o Start with 2 whole cucumbers (one per foot), 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of olive oil; mix in a blender until pureed.
o Pour the mixture into a bowl and heat it up to warm temperature.
o Place half of the mixture in a large Ziploc baggie and half in a second baggie.
o Slide feet right into each baggie, rubbing cucumber mask until each foot is fully soaked.
o Leave on for 5-10 minutes then rinse with warm water.
o The cucumber is extra refreshing and reviving for tired toes, the lemon helps exfoliate and the olive oil deeply moisturizes for super softness.
April 30, 2015 – 8:34 PM - | Posted in health | 2 Comments »
Baking a cupcake is easy, but baking the best cupcake is slightly difficult.
Why is it so?
Here are some mistakes made while baking cupcakes. Some of the noted mistakes can lead to disasters while others can still be a turnoff. So, read and understand them so that you don’t make any of them.
Sub-standard ingredients or a poor mix, either way you are spoiling your cupcake. High-quality ingredients are important. At the same time, it is important to know what is required and in what quantity. For example, if the cookbook or expert tells you that you need one cup cocoa powder, you need cocoa powder only. Also, if it is noted that you need just one cup of cocoa powder, don’t assume that experimenting with an additional cup or half will not affect your cupcake. It definitely will!
Warning: Before using your ingredients, it is important to bring them to room temperature. Using them
straight out of the fridge will not be a good idea because it will not bring in the smoothness. So, bring them to room temperature before using it, especially egg and milk.
Mixing the batter
Mixing is important, but people often over-mix the batter. Over-mixing crushes some of the air bubbles
that can lead to hollow tunnels inside of your cake. Look at your cupcake. If you do not like it, it is
probably because of those tunnels that make your cupcake look average.
We often make this mistake. We do not pre-heat the oven. Placing your cupcake tray in the over before
it is ready; you are messing up with the baking process. So, be careful and pre-heat the oven before
placing the tray in your oven.
We love to know whether our efforts have paid off or not. So, we keep peeking by opening and closing
the oven door quite often. Opening and closing the oven door regularly, you are disrupting the structure of the cupcake. So, resist the urge of peeking, and the result will be better than expected.
How do you fill it?
Well, if you are not using a scoop for filling the cupcake liner, you will be disappointed on pulling out your tray of cupcakes because they are either overcooked or still raw inside. Placing the exact amount of batter in each liner is possible if you use a scoop.
For minis, use a small cookie scoop and for standard-sized cupcakes, use a large scoop.
Want to buy a scoop that is perfect for your need? Buy it at Overstock.com. Apart from the scoop, look
for deals and discounts too because Overstock.com is not the most economical online store. Also, look
for coupons that can help you get additional discounts on your purchases.
However, before choosing coupons, make sure that you choose unexpired and matching coupons so that you can get the best deals on your purchased items.
April 29, 2015 – 5:33 PM - | Posted in deals | No Comments »
There’s nothing closer to a girls heart than some good chocolate and a great glass of wine…..ok….maybe diamonds, but chocolate and wine are right behind those…
Check out this Oreo Nuvino Wine Nutella Cupcakes, sure to be a girls night favorite!
Oreo Nuvino Wine Nutella Cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
¼ cup Nuvino’s Red Blend Wine
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup Nutella
For the filling:
½ cup Nutella
For the frosting:
1 cup red wine, any kind you like
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 10 muffin cups with cupcake liners. Set aside.
The cupcakes: In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together until fluffy. Add the egg and beat to combine.
– Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla extract. Stir in Nutella and Nuvino’s Red Blend until evenly combined. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Place an Oreo cookie on the bottom of each cupcake liner. Pour batter over each Oreo cookie and fill each cupcake liner about ¾ of the way full. Bake the cupcakes for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
The filling: In a ziplock bag, place the Oreos and use a mallet to crush the cookies into small pieces. In a small bowl, combine Nutella with crushed Oreos. Set aside.
The frosting: In a small saucepan, combine Nuvino’s Red Blend and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves and wine comes to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes (until the liquid is reduced to about ¼ cup or a light syrup texture). Let to cool.
– Beat the butter until until smooth and creamy. Slowly add in powdered sugar (1/2 cup at a time), vanilla, and ¼ cup of prepared wine syrup. Beat until no lumps remain. Taste the frosting and add salt to cut the sweetness, if you prefer.
Assembling the cupcakes: Cut out the center of each cupcake with a sharp knife. Fill the cupcakes with Nutella & Oreo filling. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a decorative tip. Pipe frosting into a swirl on each cupcake. Enjoy!
April 19, 2015 – 3:14 PM - | Posted in recipes | 1 Comment »
Grandpas and their theories! DreamWorksTV’s new animated series ‘Advice Times With Grandpa Theo’ takes you through the living room, onto the rocking chair and into the mind of Grandpa Theo’s mysterious theories about life – which he “confirms” with his phone’s Siri. Little does he know his grandson is turning him into an internet sensation by video blogging all of his hilarious lectures.
Written and voiced by animator Willis Bulliner, new episodes will post every Friday, check out YouTube for more of Grandpa Theo’s advice!
April 19, 2015 – 2:20 PM - | Posted in Entertainment | No Comments »
As we all know, WWE is more than just wrestling. In fact, it’s more than just entertainment. WWE is very into getting involved with their fans, and the community and helping out where they can be it bringing to light breast exams with Susan G. Komen, visiting the troops overseas, or helping out with an anti-bullying campaign with Be A STAR. WWE and their superstars are all about what more they can do besides entertaining us.
WWE and NBCUniversal have come together to air “For The Hero In All Of Us” which will be shown across NBCUniversal’s two different broadcast networks, 17 cable channels and more than 50 other digital properties, that’s in addition to the platforms WWE uses as well.
Who is your hero? Is it a WWE Superstar? I can tell you, although I’m personally not a huge John Cena fan, if I had to pick a hero, it would be him. Why? Because he’s helped me to better my health, he’s helped me to see how to get healthier in my life, with his Changetime program, John Cena is my hero. Check out the #MyHeroIs hashtag on twitter, and check out who other fans heroes are, as well as who some of the WWE Superstars have as a hero.
If you are not currently a WWE fan, you may not know how valued the company is within the community, with the help of NBCUniversal it can now be knows how family friendly and how involved WWE is to families, communities and more.
There’s already been an advantage for different advertisers that you may not have thought would be working with WWE, take the “Champions of Fatherhood” series and the “Heroes of Tomorrow” campaign, things you may have not thought WWE was involved in.
I have been compensated for this post as I participate in the WWEmoms campaign – all opinions expressed here are my own.
April 17, 2015 – 1:27 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, WWE | No Comments »