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C O N T E N T S Home Improvements Top Considerations When Planning Your Fitted Kitchen 4 Planning Your New Kitchen 5 Is Kitchen Remodeling Cost-Effective? 6 The Alternative to Renovations 7 Choosing The Ventless Fireplaces For Your Home 8 A Great Item To Set Off Your Garden Is A Cedar Arbor 9 Transplanting Tips 10 Landscaping With Rocks And Stones 11 Growing Grapes in Your Backyard can be Fun and Rewarding 12 Do It Yourself Outdoor Kitchen13 In This Issue

Recipes of the Month How to Make a Perfect Grilled Chicken14 Tilapia Florentine15 Bar-B-Q Ribs15

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Pork Chops & Cabbage Dinner 15 Health Eat Healthy Lose Weight In The Best Way Possible 16 How to Make a Good Cup of Coffee 19

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Top Co nsi Consi nsidderatitioons Wh Wheen P Pllannin anningg Your F itt ed K itc Fitt itted Kitc itchhen by Jake Morely

Page 4 kitchens have units along one wall or two parallel walls, making them ideal for long, narrow spaces. L kitchens and U kitchens are ideal for those who want to maximise surface space, and you have the option to include an island unit or breakfast bar. Online kitchen planning tools can help you see which shape best suits your available space, and brochures can give a better idea of how the finished room will look. Materials and Budget

In-store kitchen planners appear helpful when planning your kitchen, but nobody understands your lifestyle better than you. Find out which considerations to make, and which options you have available, when planning your dream kitchen.

Before seeking out and comparing kitchen quotes, you need to understand your requirements and preferences inside out. This way, when you obtain quotes, you are comparing ‘like for like’ and can make a clear comparison of which kitchen fitters are worth your money. Understanding your needs and tastes also means you’ll end up with a kitchen remodel which works for you. Lifestyle A kitchen can be used for cooking, catching up with family and greeting visitors into your home, and can double up as a dining room, a utility

room or an entertainment space. Think about your lifestyle. Which kitchen styles and features best suit how you are going to use the space?A beautiful and stylish kitchen is worthless if it doesn’t suit your lifestyle. An avid cook may dream of a top-of-therange double oven, lots of clever storage space and plenty of work surfaces. Families may want to create a large welcoming family dining area, with lots of space around a large table or breakfast bar for children to sit. Or perhaps eating out is more your thing and you want to update your small kitchen to a sleek compact unit? Those who are keen on partying or entertaining guests could look into a kitchen with a bar and wine chiller or an elegant dining space. Size and Shape The size and shape of your room will greatly influence which kitchen shapes fit. Galley or twin galley

Fitted kitchens come in a wealth of different styles, colours and materials. Of course, material choice depends largely on how much you want to spend, but achieving a particular look is available on any budget. Urban, country, vintage or contemporary style kitchens can be made with different materials - high quality solid wood or more affordable MDF, chipboard covered with foil or veneers, or gloss finishes. Complementary countertops come in a similarly wide range of materials. You may find brochures and pictures useful, and tips, advice and free kitchen quotes are available online.


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Planning Your New Kitchen

Whether you are preparing your home for sale, or are updating a place that you have just purchased, home improvements such as kitchen renovations are definitely worth the investment. In terms of resale, kitchen renovations will not only help to attract more buyers and sell your home faster, they are also cost effective and wise investments as much of the money spent on the renovation is made back and may even increase the value of your home for a potential buyer. Updating your kitchen with the latest appliances, materials and trends will also add ease and enjoyment to your day to day life. There are many things to consider when designing a kitchen renovation for your home. Determining the layout of your new space is crucial to ensuring a functional and workable kitchen. The classic “kitchen triangle� is a tried,

tested and true design which allows for optimal flow and function in a kitchen. The three points of the triangle include the sink, the cooking surface and the refrigerator, allowing you to move from one area to the next briskly and effortlessly. Selecting quality materials for cabinets, flooring and countertops will prove to be a wise investment as they are more durable and may have warranty options. In terms of choosing a countertop, there are endless options to achieve a sophisticated and stylish look, while also avoiding high maintenance, hard to clean products. Recycled glass for example offers a sleek and modern look, while remaining durable, low maintenance and environmentally preferred. Also, granite options, such as engineered Trend Stone offer a resilient and cost effective countertop with great performance, as they are non-porous, stain Both

ing. It is important to consider your storage requirements, layout and own personal style when moving forward with selecting cabinetry. It is also important to assess if your kitchen renovation requires entirely new cabinetry, or whether cabinet re-facing may be your best option. If your current cabinets are in good condition and you have not altered the footprint of your kitchen, you may want to consider a budget-friendly update of the current style. Kitchen renovations add value and interest to your home, whether you are preparing to sell or planning to enjoy the space for years to come. By keeping of these counter top resistant and easy to clean.styles in mind storage, style and are great options for kitchen function, you will result in renovations, as they add a renovation that will

interest and elegance while maintaining functionality and durability. Choosing cabinetry can be the most difficult aspect to kitchen renovations, as they make the biggest visual impact to your space and financial impact to your budget. As well, the endless options of style, design and quality can be overwhelm-

impress. By choosing a design that reflects your personality, while also considering the layout and distance between the three most important elements (the sink, the cooking surface and the refrigerator) you will create kitchen renovations that will produce functionality, beauty and charm.


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Is Kitc hen R emodeling Cos t-Ef e? Kitchen Remodeling Cost-Ef t-Efffectiv ective? flooring) it will make your home stand out against homes that have a more dated kitchen. You can expect to get a return of at least 40% of your remodeling investment when you go to list your home. You can get a higher sales price due to the upgrades. A home kitchen makeover is a very prudent choice, especially if you can only remodel one room. So, you have made the decision to remodel your home. Kitchen remodeling is one of the first rooms that homeowners explore with regard to renovations. The kitchen is the main gathering place in the home for families and friends. It is the area where socialization happens frequently, so it makes perfect sense to choose to remodel this room in your home first. The project can be extremely fun and should be looked upon as such. There are so many small changes that can be made to completely transform this room that it is mind boggling. Let us talk a bit about whether this remodeling project is a sound financial decision. First, you should look at the long-term picture. Are you remodeling the kitchen for your own preferences, or will you be selling the home at any point in the future? Either way, renovations to the kitchen can help

save money in the future. If you are planning to stay in the home, you can employ some new choices that can help save on your monthly utility bills. You can opt for new energy efficient windows that can save you on your monthly electric payments. You can install low flow faucets to save on water consumption. You can also buy appliances that are more energy efficient as well. You will also experience personal satisfaction that your new kitchen is more operational and updated than it was previously. If you are planning on selling your home in the future, you can expect a very significant return on your investment. If you ask any realtor, they will tell you that one of the first things a potential buyer is interested in is the kitchen. If your kitchen is fresh and updated with contemporary finishes (counters, cabinets,

The kitchen is central to the home and you spend a lot of time there cooking, eating and socializing. The benefits of new and updated appliances and other elements far outweigh the costs you may incur. You will be surprised at how far you can get on your proposed budget. When your project is finished, you will realize it was money well spent.


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The Alternative to Renovations

Renovations can be expensive undertakings, which in many cases will not serve to increase the overall worth of your house. Therefore, whilst they may be nice, in many respects they may simply be another way of throwing money away. This doesn’t mean that you can’t make changes to your house though to increase your enjoyment of living there, but rather that you should focus on more cost-effective modifications if you want to get the most out of it without wasting money. Finding the alterations to make is the hardest part, but anything from changing doors to simply updating your home lighting can make a huge amount of difference.

Such changes will instantly serve to offer a whole new aesthetic without you having to spend the excessive amounts of money that a full renovation would cost. Home lighting can totally transform the look of a room and such small steps, together with a general reshuffle and clear out can offer you what appears to be a whole new room very quickly and effectively. Never underestimate the power of positioning to fool the mind into thinking something new has been created. However, there are still major changes you can make to a house that will recoup much of the money they cost you. For instance, underfloor heating is extremely sought after for many different reasons. First off, underfloor heating is far more efficient and will heat a room in a far more thorough and even manner than radiators will. Not only that, but by having such heating you are able to do away with radiators altogether, meaning you create more space and a generally better aesthetic. The great thing about such investments is that not only will they be increasing the amount your house is worth, but in the meantime you will also benefit from things such as lower energy bills too.


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How to Choose The Ventless Fireplaces You huge, open space to cater, Install In Your Home

Ventless fireplaces were first introduced to the market in the 1980s and because of their unique feature, they rose into popularity. Aside from being affordable, users were quite pleased with the fact that they didn’t need to worry about maintenance and reconstruction. As of today, they are one of the most commonly used types of fireplaces in American homes. They typically run on propane, gas, alcoholbased gels and electricity. And although they have built quite a reputation for themselves, the first three versions have had some criticisms over being dangerous, unhealthy and low quality. Nevertheless, with federal regulations and safety standards in play, ventless fireplaces have been found to be a safe and viable source for supple

mentary heating. Given the variety of choices, it is understandable for any new consumer to feel overwhelmed about buying a ventless fireplace. But just like any other product, the difficulty is only a hindrance if the following considerations were not addressed beforehand. First of all, you have to study the area you will work with. How big is it? What are its main features physical appearance, construction, ventilation? It is advisable that you measure the size of the corner or wall where you intend to place your free-standing ventless fireplace so you know how big you want it to be. And on top of that, you should also assess how large the room is to guarantee that what you install is able to efficiently insulate every corner. If you have a

you ought to get a ventless propane or gas fireplace with an output of 25,000 BTU and above. Smaller rooms can do well with 5,000 BTUs. If you are getting a gel-powered ventless version, you might want to get something around 9,000 BTUs since they are known to produce less heat. And if you are looking at ventless electric fireplace choices, a 4,500 BTU would suffice. Then you have to think about what type of material would best complement the room you will place the fireplace in. Yes, they are commonly made of steel.

But ventless fireplaces can be customized to mimic slate, stone, brick, or marble. They also come in a number of colors. Third, you need to look at the safety standards of your choices and check if they match your intended use. There are some models you can’t run for more than

2 to 3 hours per evening since that might cause excessive smoke and carbon dioxide accumulation. Go over the operating instructions, the special requirements and the suggested usage so you know what you could cope with and what you can’t. This should save you a lot of grief in the long run. The prices should be the last thing you factor in when buying a ventless fireplace as they do not determine quality. Frankly, they are just filtering systems for choices and preferences. If you are looking to save on costs, you might want to go with a $300 to $700 gelpowered ventless fireplace (plus $110 for fuel). Conversely, if you want something more efficient, you can invest $2,000 to $6,000 on gas or propane prototypes. However, if you wish to spare yourself from stressing over health and safety implications, you could opt for an electric ventless fireplace and pay $1000 to $3,000.


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A Great Item To Set Off Your Garden Is A Cedar Arbor

A great item to set off your garden is a cedar arbor. Their long-lasting good looks and low maintenance make cedar the natural choice for your home and garden decor. These practical structures are not only affordable, they are constructed with top quality materials with unique designs to fit the fashionable gardener. With the added benefits of beauty and comfort, cedar is an ideal choice for any setting. Cedar has an exceptionally high strength-to-weight ratio, which means that it is both durable and easy to move about. It does not shrink or warp as many other woods commonly do. Unlike pressure-treated wood furniture, no chemical preservatives have been used that may be harmful to your family’s health. These practical structures are not only affordable, they are constructed with top quality materials with unique designs to fit the fashionable gardener. Also with the cedar arbors, you have many options of styles to choose from. One unique item is the Nantucket Cedar Arbor; a truly elegant arbor, combining a soft curved header with the traditional angularity of the gable. The Craftsman Style features add a

custom touch and suggest use as an entry or gateway. The Nantucket Arbor is a fine architectural look at a very modest price. Large Gable header supports heavy vines and foliage and is fixed-width 47-inch clear opening to accommodate wide paths. Hardware plays a critical role in ensuring the beauty, strength and

durability of this product. Therefore we take great care in selecting materials which strike the right balance of performance and aesthetics. A combination of timeless design and exceptional craftsmanship ensure the enduring beauty and functionality of this fine garden structure. Time-tested construction techniques and materials guarantee uncommon strength and durability. For example, the preassembled side panels of our arbors feature mortise and tenon joinery of rails and posts, with lattice panels glued at every intersection, then set into channels in the surrounding frame and secured with aluminum staples. It can be assembled in less than 30 minutes following the comprehensive, step-by-step instructions. Many parts are pre-assembled, and are easily fitted together using predrilled pilot holes. All assembly and installation hardware, including concrete anchors for the arbors, is provided. These practical structures are not only constructed with top quality materials, they come in many different unique designs to fit the fashionable gardener. You can choose from a simple arch to a detailed version with even a bench.


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Transplanting Tips the plants remain dormant until the

You are welcome to use this article on your website or in your newsletter as long as you reprint it as is, including the contact information at the end. You must include an active link back to the author’s website, as well as an active link back to http://gardeningarticles.com Early spring is a great time for transplanting trees and shrubs, but you must do so before they wake up. Transplanting a plant is a very traumatic experience for the plant if it is awake. It’s like doing surgery on a person while they are awake. Dormancy starts in the fall as soon as you experience a good hard freeze, and

weather warms up in the spring. This is when you should transplant, while the plants are dormant. You can transplant in the spring up until the plants leaf out. When the buds are green and swollen you are usually safe to still transplant, but once the leaf develops, you should wait until fall. When transplanting you can dig the shrubs out bare root, just make sure they are out of the ground for as short a time as possible, and keep the roots damp while out of the ground. Make sure there are no air pockets around the roots when you replant them. When possible, it is always better to dig a ball of earth with the plants when you transplant them. The rule of thumb is 12” of root ball for every 1” of stem caliper. If the diameter of the stem of a tree is 2”, then you should dig a root ball 24” in diameter. Don’t be afraid of cutting a few

Page 10 roots when you transplant. Just try not to cut them any shorter than the above guidelines allow. Cutting the roots will actually help to reinvigorate the plant. It’s a process simply known as root pruning. When the roots are severed, the plant then develops lateral roots to make up for what is lost. These lateral roots are more fibrous in nature, and have more ability to pick up water and nutrients. Some nurseries drive tractors over the plants in the field with a device that undercuts the roots of the plant just to force the plant to develop more fibrous roots. This make transplanting the plant the following year much more successful, and makes for a stronger and healthier plant. The old timers root pruned by hand by forcing a spade in the ground around their plants. If you have a plant in your landscape that is doing poorly, a little root pruning while the plant is dormant could bring it around. It’s worth the effort.


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Landscaping With Rocks And Stones

Using rock to add color and definition to your landscaping is a great idea. Most rock is very inexpensive and easy to maintain. It also doesn’t require water or other types of care like living landscaping features do. The use of landscaping rock to personalize your landscaping is quite easy. Natural stone is a common choice for landscaping. Not only is it durable, but it offers a classic look that is timeless. This will make your landscaping design appealing now and far into the future. This type of landscaping rock is one of the cheapest you can find, yet it holds up well to the elements. You definitely get a good deal when you invest in natural stone. It can be used to accent walkways and patios or to build a sidewalk or patio deck. Pieces of designed concrete are a spectacular way to make your landscape appear to have been done by a professional. It can also add value to your home. The patterns look complicated, yet they are very simple to

install. Choose from basic brick or various shapes and colors of designed concrete to develop a truly one of a kind design. Clay is a great option for obtaining the same affect as well. Large boulders can add distinction to your landscaping. They also make the area look wider. They made great center pieces or attractive focal points. You can purchase boulders that are small enough to be put in place by a few healthy individuals or ones that are so large they require a crane to put them into place. Boulders

are available in all shapes, sizes, andcolors to give you a very unique look. Landscaping rock provides you will great tools to create any type of landscaping design you wish. Used with a balance of grass, plants, and flowers, landscaping rock will give your area the appeal you have been dreaming of. You can purchase this rock from a variety of locations including nurseries, rock quarries, and specialty rock companies.


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Growing Grapes At Home Can Be Fun And Very Rewarding by: Charles Waterman Growing grapes at your home, in your backyard or garden can be a very rewarding activity or hobby. Grapevines are so called “perennial plants� and can grow for many years. There are some things that need to be considered if you plan on growing grapes at home. Grapes need a lot of sunshine so if you are planning to grow grapes at home, you need to plant them in a place that receives maximum sun for, at least, half the day. However, you need to know that grape vine roots like cool temperatures. You can keep the roots cool by placing stones or rocks over the roots so they are not exposed to direct sunlight. You can

also try to mound the dried leaves that have been swept from your garden under the vines so that it keeps the roots cool. This way, you also get maximum use of the dried, fallen leaves as it gradually decays to become organic fertilizer.

Growing grapes at your home means you need to remember that grape vines need a good supply of water during the seasons of spring and summer. Grape vine should be watered at least once a week in areas where there is little rainfall. Watering should be continued until the cluster of berries form and begin to turn color. After the berries have turned color watering is not needed. Watering, at this stage, might actually slow the ripening process of the fruit. Once leaves have fallen during the fall, one major watering should be done before the ground freezes. You also need to regularly prune the grape vines if you are plan on growing grapes. Regular pruning removes almost 90% of the previous year’s growth of the vine. Pruning the vines when you are growing grapes keeps the vines in balanced and aids in controlling the crop and in the ripening of the fruit. Growing grapevines at home can be a nice hobby that will provide you and your family with delicious fresh grapes to eat or turn into jam, jellies,

raisins or wine. If your main intention for growing grapes at home is to make wine, then you need to choose a grape variety suited for this purpose. For making raisins, the seedless variety is best. If you are thinking of growing grapes at home, in your backyard or garden, make sure that you find a really sunny spot to plant them. Also, ensure that you choose the appropriate grape varieties, depending on what you will be using the grapes for. Growing grapes at home can prove to be rewarding if you remember to take good care of your vines.


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How ttoo M ak IY) O itc Mak akee a D Doo It Y Yoour ursself (D (DIY) Ouutdoo oorr K Kitc itchhen By Mike Lombardy

Making an outdoor kitchen all by you can be fun. Though it can be time consuming and requires some physical effort it’s a great way to jump start your creativity and have a good time with your family. The most important tip while building an outdoor kitchen all by yourself is : Take it slowly. You don’t want to exhaust yourself. A typical outdoor kitchen DIY project usually takes about 50 hours of time. This is when you all the plans and materials in place. Add a few hours extra for going to the market and ordering all items. The construction can be done either on weekends or you can take it in one go. Such a project would cost you around less than $3000 and would include a grill, sinks fixtures, cabinets, framing (made from wood / concrete /backer board) and tiling. Though you will find information on how to build outdoor kitchens on the internet, try looking for a book

which gives practical advice on how to begin and avoid the pitfalls. This way you would save a lot of time and material wastage. Sunset barbecues and outdoor kitchens is a very popular

book which you could consider. A typical outdoor kitchen (with concrete sub structures)would require the following materials to get you started. 1. Sink with faucet and tap

2. Outdoor cabinet doors 3. Gas pipe, shutoff valve, and connections 4. Plumbing supplies: drain lines, supply lines, stop valves 5. Electrical supplies: cable or conduit with wire, boxes, GFCI receptacles 6. Concrete block 7. Mortar mix 8. Pressure-treated 2 × 4s 9. 4 × 4s 10. Nails and screws for building framing and attaching boards to the house 11. concrete backer board 12. Stucco mix 13. Waterproof tile backing 14. Fortified thin set mortar 15. Tiles 16. Fortified grout

17. Grout sealer 18. Paint

So what are you waiting for? Get the concrete, Get the backer board, It’s action time!


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How to Make a Perfect Grilled Chicken by: Angelica Florin

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make your own marinade from scratch. In the recipe below, the marinade and the chicken were simmered together to speed up the process of grilling and also to let the flavors marry together. I like Asian-style marinades For every 2lbs of chicken: ½ cup light soy sauce (available in the Asian section of grocery stores) 2-3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice 4 tablespoons brown sugar 1 medium stalk of lemon grass (pounded) 3 cloves crushed garlic 1 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)

Grilling can be a fun, family activity during weekends. Spend your lazy afternoons in your backyard, and take out those grillers for a grilled chicken for your dinner. Learning how to grill is not as hard as you would see on television. All you need is the proper temperature for your griller especially if you are using an electric grill. Nevertheless, if you have the conventional griller, try to find some dried wood or charcoal. Ignite the coals or wood by placing crumpled papers below each coal and then set the papers on fire. Do not pour gasoline on the coals or dried wood. The smoke coming from the coals will give a gasoline-like aroma to your grilled meat. These are your best weapons in grilling. Choose the best part of the chicken. I usually use chicken thighs and legs since they are the fattiest parts of the chicken. These parts will yield a juicy, barbecued chicken. Although these may sound unhealthy, the taste is incredibly delicious. Some would still prefer grilling chicken breasts with the skins on. Before you start grilling your chicken, do not forget to marinate them at least overnight. Yes, overnight. This is because the longer you marinade your meat, the better absorption of flavors happens. I prefer to use store-bought marinades as these save much preparation time in the kitchen. The downside of most ready-made marinades is their high sodium content. But if you have time, you can

Combine all the above ingredients in a heavy skillet and let it boil for two minutes. Add in the chicken and simmer for another five minutes. Drain the chicken in a colander and reserve the marinade for basting during grilling. Basting is necessary so that the chicken won’t dry out. The marinade can also be made as a sauce by making a basic roux. This is simply done by placing a tablespoon of butter on a non-stick pan and let it cook for minutes. Pour over the marinade and whisk until the sauce thickens. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings accordingly. You can also opt to make a dry, rub marinade. This dry rub is comprised of herbs and spices and a little oil. For chicken, dried or fresh tarragon and rosemary blends together very well. If you want a spicier, grilled chicken, add a pinch of chili powder and cayenne pepper. There are limitless marinades for grilled chicken. A little imagination and creativity are the keys. Make sure that when grilling the chicken, never let the flame flare up. This will result in burnt chicken. This does not appeal both to the eyes and to the palate. If this occurs, sprinkle a little water over the flame. Some also like their grillers to be covered during the grilling process. Personally, I liked mine uncovered. There is just something about the smoke which is, for me, the essence of grilling. Grilled foods are best served warm, right off the grill with some salads or other vegetables of your choice.


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Tilapia Florentine

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Pork Chop Cabbage Dinner By Linda Carol Wilson

Ingredients 10 RITZ Reduced Fat Crackers, crushed (about 1/2 cup) 4 tilapia fillets (1 lb.) 1 tub (10 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Savory Lemon & Herb Cooking Creme, divided 2 Tbsp.milk 1 pkg. (6 oz.) baby spinach leaves Directions Heat oven to 400째F. Place fish in shallow foil-lined pan; top with 1/2 cup cooking creme and crumbs. Bake 12 to 15 min. or until fish flakes easily with fork. Meanwhile, cook and stir remaining cooking creme and milk in large skillet on medium heat 2 min. Stir in spinach; cook 2 min. or just until wilted, stirring frequently. Serve fish over spinach.

BBQ Ribs Start With A Bottled Sauce 2 lbs spareribs, cut into strips, salt and pepper Sauce: 1/2 cup your favorite bottled barbecue sauce 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 garlic clove, crushed 1/4 tsp thyme 1/4 tsp basil 1/4 tsp oregano Sprinkle the ribs with salt and pepper. Lace onto grill spit accordion-style. Attach spit to grill and cook, rotating, for approximately 2 hours or until the meat is well done. Brush with the sauce during the last half hour of cooking. To make sauce: Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small mixing bowl.

Ingredients 6 pork chops 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1 tbsp shortening (modernize to canola or olive oil!) 1/2 tsp savory 1 small bay leaf 2 cups tomato juice 1/2 cup water 1 small cabbage, cut into 6 wedges 6 carrots, cut-up into pieces about 1-inch in size 1 1/2 cup chopped onion 3 medium potatoes, quartered 1/4 tsp salt Directions Season the pork chops with the 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the pepper. Brown in the shortening in a large skillet. Add the savory, bay leaf, tomato juice, and water. Cover skillet and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the cabbage wedges, carrots, onion, potatoes, and the 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook another 35 minutes or until tender.

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Eat Healthy Lose Weight In The Best Way Possible by: Jolanda Toscani

You are probably wondering what the best way to lose some weight is, and probably you have tried some or many of them. So here is one I have found which got interested me so much. I would like to share with you some interesting facts I have stepped upon in it I and would like you to spread the word about it, too. I think this programme really deserves it. But, let me start from the beginning when I borrowed a diet program from my friend to see what it is all about. Is it like many others lose weight programs because we are rather overwhelmed with them, or is there something new in it? And then, only thing I was able to say waswow! I began to read with the sense of scepticism because a person in these days do not know who to trust anymore because there are so many different information regarding everything and especially food. And by so many so called gurus and specialists many diets of different types which promise miracles in a very short time, you simply do not know who to turn to and ask for piece

of real advice. Without ulterior motives. So can you imagine me, experienced dieter, in my sofa, reading manual of this diet program to lose weight like it was some interesting crime story? Because in fact it was. There were bad guys who were claiming some things regarding food and the good one who was fighting against them. But sadly, it was a reality, the real world. I was wondering why they are hiding the truth from us. Because it suits them, because food and food products means a lot of money so it is good for them to make us fat and to use many medicals for weight loss after gaining some or many pounds. But, the question is why I really appreciate the good one from the story, who is actually a woman? Because she was brave enough to tell and reveal us some hidden truth and facts about the food. The facts that are so simple, the facts about what the real and good foods for our body. Only the raw truth made simple with easy step by step to follow. But, let me ask you some questions. contined on page 17


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Eating Healthy-continued For example, do you know that milk we buy isn’t very good for our health although many say it is? Do you know that soya in some form isn’t good for our health as well? Do you know that the number of overweight people has increased after we started avoiding fats? Do you know that some fats are actually quite good for us? Do you know that we can eat whole eggs and meat? Do you know what with we can substitute the sugar-our enemy number one? Do you know that we need to add some salt in our meals to be healthy? Do you know that important is calorie source and not just calories per se? Do you know how valuable organic food is? Do you know that genetically speaking, humans still have the bodies of cavemen? Do you know that most types of bread are not good for us?

Eating healthy while pregnant is very important from the very first months.

Strange, isn’t it? Do I see a question mark in your eyes? Well, famous American nutritionist explains it all and even more. She explains the reasons why we are overweight and what the solution is! Well, it is rather simple one - we should eat healthy to lose weight. And how? Very simply, by following only three principles in this diet food plan, by knowing which food is good, which is the best for us and which food we should avoid? Furthermore, very important is to believe in yourself, to encourage yourself because you are your mind. Setting goals and your persistence above all will help you in your way to success. And it is only up to you to decide about your health and your entire life, which paths will you chose. It is best to start now. Please, for your sake, your family and particularly children get to know some unknown facts about food and let yourself regain your ideal health and above all, live long, healthy and prosperous life with the helping hand of weight loss diet food. You will be amazed.

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Ho w ttoo Mak How Makee a Good Cup of Cof Cofffee

Instructions

1 Clean your coffee pot thoroughly. This may seem elementary, but it’s easy to get lazy and only rinse your coffee pot after each brew without truly cleaning it. Residue can burn and heavily affect the taste of your coffee. 2 Purchase freshly roasted beans and store them properly. Try to get your beans as soon as possible after they’ve been roasted and buy only what you need for a week or two. When storing your beans, put them in an air-tight

container. If you don’t have an air-tight container, seal them in a freezer bag and store them in the freezer. 3 Grind only what you will use to keep the rest of your beans fresh until you’re ready for them. If your grinder let’s you, shake the grinds a little to even them out for a more even cut to avoid powdery grinds. 4 Pour cold, filtered water into your pot in the measure that you need. The quality of the water you use is important. Different factors, such as minerals and pollutants, can cause water to taste bad and affect the taste of your coffee. 5 Insert a non-bleached coffee filter into your machine if it needs one, then put the proper measure of coffee in it. Some machines have built-in coffee filters, but if your machine does not, avoid bleached filters. The brown or gold filters don’t have dyes and other chemicals that can come out in the coffee. Professional tasters use about 2 tbsp. of coffee for every 6 oz. of water. 6 Turn on the machine. When the brew is complete, drink your coffee immediately. Coffee starts losing its flavor minutes after it’s brewed, so if you don’t drink it immediately, store it in an insulated container to preserve the flavor.



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