I love food! You love food too! I need to lose weight…How about you? I saw this article and I just had to share! Bon Appetite!
When it comes to slimming down, two (or more!) foods can be better than one. Check out these pairings that give stubborn pounds a one-two combo punch.
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The skies of the Western Hemisphere are set for a â€śblack Moonâ€ť on Friday night. Fortunately, you can put away the tin foil hats and stop repenting your sins. Despite some of the headlines, it doesnâ€™t mean the second coming of a messiah or anÂ ensuing apocalypse.
It does, however, mean a rare astronomical event that only happens roughlyÂ every 32 months.
A black Moon is the name given to the second new Moon in a calendar month. AÂ new Moon is the first phase of the 29.53-day lunar cycle as the Moon orbits Earth. At this phase of the cycle, the Moon is invisible to the naked eye as its illuminated side faces away from Earth and towards the Sun, meaning itâ€™s shrouded in darkness (and thus hard to see).
The black Moon will officially take placeÂ on Friday 30 September at 8.11pm EST (5.11pm PST) in the Western Hemisphere. For those in the Eastern Hemisphere (Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia) on the other sideÂ of the globe, the black Moon will arrive just in time for Halloween on October 30, or October 31 for the eastern-most regions.
As a side note, a blue Moon is when a full Moon occurs twice in a calendar month, according to the newer â€śnon-traditionalâ€ť definition. It doesnâ€™t literally mean the Moon is blue. As NASA explains, â€śSqueezing a second full Moon into a calendar month doesn’t change its color.â€ť
Simply, a black Moon just meansÂ the Moon appears almost invisibleÂ in the sky for the second time in a calendar month. Itâ€™s perhaps not the most dramatic of astronomical oddities, but at least it means there’s no apocalypse and you can keep your weekend plans.
Recall what I said inÂ my opening paragraph?Â Christians shouldn’t be alarmed at the black moon at all, despite the fact that so many “pagan rituals” are performed because of it….nor because it just so happens to fall on Halloween. There will be nothing happening on Halloween other than the streets flooded with children seeking to fill their bags with candy.
A dark/black moon is a totally natural occurence that is dictated and initiated by the Creator of the Universe!
Besides, a maniac in a hockey mask only haunts the wooded areas.
And Christians aren’t supposed to be superstitious.
I made the decision today to grow my blog, so I was talking with a Brother in Christ Randy Jackson on Facebook and invited him to post on my blog. This should be interesting. I’m just waiting for the email verification to come through on his end.
Randy blogs over at http://theranchonmars.wordpress.com.I can’t wait to read what he has to post!
I hate to spend the time digging into a pumpkinÂ yanking out it’s guts, carving it’s face only to have it mold and rot the next day. But according to this little article I found, it doesn’t have to be that way:
- Mix up a preservative solution for your carved pumpkin consisting of 2 teaspoons of household bleach per gallon of water.
- Fill a sink, bucket, or tub with enough of the bleach solution to totally immerse the carved jack o lantern. Place the jack o lantern in the bleach mixture right after you have finished carving it. Soak the carved pumpkin for 8 hours or overnight.
- Remove the pumpkin from the liquid and allow it to air dry. Spray the pumpkin inside and outside with a commercial pumpkin preservative or use your own mixture, consisting of 1 teaspoon of bleach in water. Spray the pumpkin once daily, to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.
- Smear petroleum jelly on all of the cut surfaces of the pumpkin. This will prevent the pumpkin from drying out and getting that puckered, shriveled look.
- Protect the jack o lantern from sun or rain, since one will dry the pumpkin out, while the other will promote the growth of mold. If possible, refrigerate your jack o lantern when it’s not in use.
How It Works
Bleach is dilute sodium hypochlorite, an oxidizer that kills microorganism that decay the pumpkin, including mold, fungi, and bacteria. You need to reapply it because it loses its effectiveness fairly quickly. The petroleum jelly locks in moisture so the jack o lantern doesn’t get dehydrated.
Now that you know how to keep it fresh, make a science Halloween jack o lantern.
I want to try something different. I know this is a departure from the focus of my blog, but since I am not that active with the recent events in my life, I want to try and add some helpful nutrients.
Hmmm…I smell a forthcoming blog post. đź™‚
Anyways, this Aside post has to do with the wonders of lemons…yes lemons.
We do have a lemon tree in our backyard. And the lemons are already on their way. I am not sure when they will be ready though…maybe sometime after Summer.
Here ya go:
We all know lemons are delicious, adding a citrusy kick to everything from salad dressings to cocktails. And the laundry list of health benefits is seriously impressive â€“ not only does the fruit contain antibacterial properties that cleanse the kidneys and liver and strengthen your immune system, but it offers a hefty dose of vitamin C and antioxidants that fight free-radicals and help keep you looking younger.
*Health booster: Get in the habit of starting the day with a cup of hot water and lemon â€“ itâ€™ll kick start your metabolism and get your morning off to a healthy start!
What fewer people know is that lemons also have some unexpected uses. Here are seven ways the handy fruit can solve your trickiest kitchen dilemmas and help enhance your meals.
1. Prevent Browning: A few squeezes of juice can do wonders for avocado, apples, bananas, and peeled raw potatoes, since lemon juice is just acidic enough to prevent the oxidation that turns produce brown. Try this trick the next time youâ€™re doing meal prep ahead of time or when you set out a platter of fresh sliced fruit for dipping in a Chocolate Fondue.
2. Stop Rice From Sticking: Have a problem with clumpy rice? Youâ€™re in luck â€“ adding a few drops of lemon to your cooking water helps prevent the rice from sticking together. Added plus? The lemon juice will also whiten your rice and keep it looking great on the dinner plate! Try this tip with our Green Tea Rice recipe.
3. Keep Brown Sugar Soft: The juice isnâ€™t the only useful part of the lemon; its super moist and flavorful peel can work wonders in the kitchen too. Add a slice of the skin (with the pulp completely removed) to your box of brown sugar to keep it from clumping and hardening. This way, you wonâ€™t have to do any sifting the next time you make our Old-Fashioned Apple-Nut Crisp.
4. Crisp Your Lettuce: No need to toss that limp lettuce! A little lemon juice and water can help bring your leaves back to life. To crisp up limp leaves, soak them in a bowl of cold water and Â˝ cup of lemon juice, then refrigerate for about an hour. The leaves will come out revived and ready for eating. Try it out on a simple green salad topped with our Roasted Garlic Dressing.
5. Cook Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs: Even if youâ€™ve mastered perfectly hard-boiled eggs, try brushing the eggshells with lemon juice before adding them to the pot for a little added insurance. The lemon juice helps keep the shells from cracking while they cook, and it also makes them easier to peel once theyâ€™re ready to eat. Try this technique before you enjoy the eggs in our Golden Polenta and Egg With Mustard Sauce.
6. Tenderize Meat: Lemon juice is a great meat tenderizer; the acidity gently breaks down the fibers in meat, leaving it scrumptiously fork-tender. See it in action with Steak Salad-Stuffed Pockets or our Moroccan Flavored Pork Ragu.
7. Enhance Flavor: Last, but certainly not least, lemonâ€™s yummy flavor can totally transform a meal. It brightens up creamier dishes, balances the flavor in seafood, and is a great sodium-free substitute for sprinkling on salt. Squeeze lemons over our Sizzled Citrus Shrimp, try them sliced with our Lemon Loversâ€™ Asparagus, and get zesty with Fettuccine with Shiitake Mushrooms and Basil.
And there you have it…Seven things you (probably) didn’t know about Lemons!