Key-Lime Pie In A Cup — With GIN!

Key-Lime Pie In A Cup — With GIN!

It’s open season on frozen drinks. Here’s a frothy refresher to get you started! posted about 7 hours ago

It’s officially summer, which means frozen blended drink season is ON. This one is compliments of my friend Marty, who sent along a summertime favorite his mom makes at his family’s Santa Cruz, California beach house. “She uses a can of frozen Limeade and half-and-half, then gin and ice in a blender,” he wrote. “It’s pretty damn good.”

Simplicity, folks, can be genius:

SANTA CRUZ-STYLE LIMEADE

One can of frozen limeade concentrate … empty into a mixer
Fill the limeade container with half-and-half … empty into the mixer
Fill the limeade container with gin … empty into the mixer
Add ice and BLEND!

I followed Mrs. Machado’s directions exactly (this recipe was actually passed down from her grandmother) and found the proportions to be perfect. It’s cool, frothy, and tart, and pronounced by two independent testers, “like key lime pie in a cup.”

TIPS FOR LAZY AND CREATIVE BOOZERS

• I visited a few grocery stores before I found a can of Minute-Maid limeade. Don’t despair if you can’t get your hands on it — Mrs. Machado said she uses lemonade concentrate sometimes.

• I used Bombay Dry gin, which is good and clean-tasting for mixing.

• Don’t like gin? Use vodka.

• Try it with grated nutmeg on top!

• Although this is refreshing, it’s more like dessert than a drink, so you might want something lighter if you’re in for a long night. Or… dieting.

Jenni Avins mixes drinks in her New York kitchen, where she also writes about food, fashion, travel, and the arts for various magazines and websites. She makes videos too.Follow her on Twitter @jenniavins

Two Cool Metallic Bracelets You Can Make Yourself

Crafting a bracelet can go way beyond your summer camp days of threading beads on twine — as these two stylish ladies demonstrate.

First, Geneva from A Pair and a Spare shows how to make a studded cone bracelet.

Here’s how she did it.

1. Collect your supplies. You’ll need about 20 metal stud beads (search on Ebay or Etsy for the type that you can thread a needle through), a length of elastic to fit around your wrist, two clamp beads, beading pliers, and scissors.

2. Thread one clamp bead onto the elastic. Using the beading pliers, clamp the bead down so it acts as a knot at the end of the elastic.

3. Thread the studded beads. Work them towards the clamped end, and add as many as you need to wrap around your wrist.

4. When you have enough studded beads, thread the other clamp bead at the end. Clamp it shut.

5. Tie the two ends of the elastic. Double knot for extra security.

6. Trim the excess thread.

And you’re done! Try styling with simple gold rings.

Our next piece of arm candy comes from Maegan of …love Maegan who turned an everyday hinge into a fabulous accessory.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Gather materials. You’ll need a decorative gold hinge, about a foot or so of gold chain link (in any size you choose), a closure (either a clasp or a hook), and beading pliers.

2. Using your pliers, create four lengths of chain. Each should be about 2″. Keep the open chain links.

3. Attach each chain to the hinge. Slip the open end of each chain into the furthest screw hole on the hinge, then close the chain link with your pliers.

4 Measure your bracelet. Place the hinge on your wrist and decide how loosely or tightly you’d like it to fit. Trim off the extra links, making sure each piece of chain is the same length. Attach the two chains on each side with an open link.

5. Attach your clasp to the newly added link on one side. Attach the other side of your closure to the opposite side.

Finished! Wear it alone or with various other bangles.

31 Insanely Easy And Clever DIY Projects

31 Insanely Easy And Clever DIY Projects

These are the kind of simple projects for the laziest and most inept of crafters. Even if you can barely operate a drill, you can do most of these projects — and in less than an hour. posted about 2 days ago

1. Make a Sharpie Mug

Make a Sharpie Mug

2. Turn a T-Shirt into a Work-Out Tank

Turn a T-Shirt into a Work-Out Tank

3. Ombre Nails with a Sponge

Click here for the full tutorial.

4. Use Bookends as Floating Bookshelves

Use Bookends as Floating Bookshelves

5. Transfer a Photo onto a Slab of Wood

6. Make a Heart-Shaped Ring Out of Wire

Make a Heart-Shaped Ring Out of Wire
Source: ispydiy.com

7. Nail Polish Key Covers

Nail Polish Key Covers

So you can easily tell your keys apart.

8. Make a Travel Flat Iron Holder Out of a Pot Holder

Make a Travel Flat Iron Holder Out of a Pot Holder

9. Make Your Own Spray Paint

Make Your Own Spray Paint

You can make your own small batch spray paint: mix 2 parts acrylic paint with 1 part water in a spray bottle.

10. Build a Bookshelf With Two Ladders and Planks of Wood

Build a Bookshelf With Two Ladders and Planks of Wood
Source: indulgy.com

11. Create a Couch From Wooden Pallets

Create a Couch From Wooden Pallets

12. Or Make a Bike Rack out of Those Wooden Pallets

Or Make a Bike Rack out of Those Wooden Pallets
Source: lowtechatmo

13. “Fireflies in a Jar” Night Lantern

"Fireflies in a Jar" Night Lantern

14. Ramekins, Coffee Beans and Tea Lights

Ramekins, Coffee Beans and Tea Lights

The warmth of the candles makes the coffee beans smell amazing.

15. Glitterize Anything With Mod Podge and Glitter

Glitterize Anything With Mod Podge and Glitter

Mix the Mod Podge with glitter and paint it on stuff.

16. Turn Clothes Hangers Into Shoe Hangers

Source: epbot.com

17. Screw Cheap Furniture Knobs Into Wood for a Necklace Holder

Click here for the full tutorial.

18. Use a Window Shutter as a Mail Holder

Use a Window Shutter as a Mail Holder

19. Stack PVC Pipe/Paint Cans as Shoe Storage

Stack PVC Pipe/Paint Cans as Shoe Storage

20. Cut Up an Old T-Shirt Into a Tie-Front Tank

Cut Up an Old T-Shirt Into a Tie-Front Tank

21. Make a Lamp Out of a Water Jug and a Headlamp

Make a Lamp Out of a Water Jug and a Headlamp

22. Wrap a Scarf to Make a Draped Skirt

Click here for the full tutorial.

23. Turn Inexpensive Frames Into Chalkboard Signs

Turn Inexpensive Frames Into Chalkboard Signs

Paint the frames, and then paint the glass with chalkboard paint.

24. Color Your Shoe Soles With Nail Polish

Click here for the full tutorial.

25. Make a Stool Using Old Magazines, Two Belts, and a Pillow

Make a Stool Using Old Magazines, Two Belts, and a Pillow

26. Letter Bottles With a Hot Glue Gun

Letter Bottles With a Hot Glue Gun
Source: imgfave.com

27. Sew Five Pillow Cases Together to Create a Body Pillow

Sew Five Pillow Cases Together to Create a Body Pillow

28. Make a Braclet with String and Hexagonal Nuts

Click here for a more detailed tutorial.

29. Glue Corks into a Picture Frame to Make a Bulletin Board

Glue Corks into a Picture Frame to Make a Bulletin Board

30. Fill a Mason Jar With Christmas Lights

Fill a Mason Jar With Christmas Lights

31. No-Sew Pillow Cover

This tutorial is taken from Organizeyourstuffnow.com, click here for the full tutorial.

Your Nutrient Reference Guide – catherine.hicks@gmail.com – Gmail

The Perfect Reference Guide

I just came across this list of nutrients and nutrient benefits.

I hope you print this list and tape it to your wall so you can refer back to it time and time again.

Vitamin A (66% as Beta Carotene 33% as Palmitate)
Antioxidant promotes eye health, immune system, teeth & bone, tissue repair, skin disorders, new skin growth

Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine)
Antioxidant to enhance circulation, carb metabolism, aid digestion, energy & muscle tone

Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin)
Promotes red blood cell formation, antibody production, cell respiration & growth, alleviates eye fatigue, skin, oxygen uptake

Vitamin B-3 (Niacin)
Circulation, healthy skin, carb-fat-protein metabolism, bile secretion, memory enhancer, cholesterol control

Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic Acid)
Anti-stress, antibodies, converts fats-carbs-protein into energy, produce adrenal hormones, stamina, neurotransmitters

Vitamin B-6 (Pyrodoxine)
Fat & protein absorption, red blood cell formation, brain function, activates enzymes, inhibits homocysteine, diuretic

Vitamin B-12 (as Cyancobalamin)
Aids anemia, folic acid in red blood cell formation, helps iron, digestion, metabolism, memory, enhance sleep

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
Antioxidant, tissue growth, immune response, adrenals, healthy gums, anti-stress, collagen promotion, blood clots, cataracts

Vitamin D-2 (as Ergocalciferol food source)
Calcium and phosphorus utilization, growth, bones & teeth, osteoporosis, thyroid function, blood clotting, osteoarthritis

Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopheryl acid succinate)
Antioxidant, circulation, promotes clotting, reduces blood pressure and scarring, cataracts, skin & hair, heart

Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone from plants)
Prothrombin promotion necessary for blood clotting, bone formation and repair, osteoporosis, liver-glucose to glycogen

Biotin
Aids cell growth, carb-fat-protein metabolism, healthy hair & skin, nerve tissue, muscle pain, nerve tissue, bone marrow

Boron (as Sodium Borate)
Mineral for healthy bones & muscle growth, calcium, phosphorus & magnesium metabolism, brain function, osteoporosis

Bromelain Enzyme
Enzyme to eliminate digestive upset, duodenal ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, blood clots, plaque, anti-inflammatory

Calcium (as Calcium Phosphate)
Mineral for strong bones & teeth, healthy gums, controls cholesterol, aids cardiovascular health, muscle cramps, aids control of blood pressure

Chromium (as Chromium Polynicotinate)
Mineral, glucose metabolism for energy, stabilize blood sugar levels, diabetes & hypoglycemia, cholesterol synthesis

Copper (as Copper Gluconate)
Mineral for formation of bone, hemoglobin and red cells, elastin formation, energy, healthy nerves, joints, hair health

Folic Acid (PGA)
Brain food, energy, formation of red & white blood cells, depression & anxiety, homocysteine regulator, heart, pregnancy

Ginger Root Extract (4:1-Zingiber Officinale)
Herb-phytochemical for inflammation, cleanses colon, antioxidant, bowel disorders, circulation, nausea, indigestion

Iodine (as Potassium Iodide)
Metabolizes excess fat, physical & mental development, healthy thyroid gland, fatigue fighter, aids goiter health

Magnesium (as Magnesium Oxide)
Mineral for enzyme catalyst & energy production, depression, dizziness, muscle weakness, PMS and proper pH balance

Manganese (as Manganese Citrate)
Mineral for protein & fat metabolism, healthy nerves, immune system, blood sugar regulation, joint & cartilage lubricant

Molybdenum (as Sodium Molybdate)
Mineral for nitrogen metabolism to convert purines to uric acid, cell function & enzyme activation, bone and teeth health

Papain Enzyme
Enzyme to break down proteins-fats-carbs, aids digestion and nutrient absorption

Selenium (as L. -Selenomethionine)
Mineral as antioxidant with Vitamin E, prostate relief, heart & liver health, lung, prostate and colorectal health, blood pressure

Trace Mineral Complex (as Kelp)
Mineral for brain & sensory nerve health, nails & blood vessels, thyroid, hair loss & ulcers, stool softener, radiation protection

Vanadium (as Sodium Metavanadate)
Mineral for cellular metabolism, bone & teeth formation, inhibits cholesterol synthesis, improve insulin utilization

Zinc (as Zinc Citrate)
Mineral for prostate & reproductive gland function, acne, liver protection, colds, antioxidant, protein

Back in the Saddle Means I’ll definitely need this at some point this summer!

As the weather becomes more conducive to riding, the racing season gets going, and average weekly training distances start to climb a few of us will have some trouble with our knees. Usually knee problem are caused by one of four things:

 

1) Riding too hard, too soon. Don’t get impatient. It’s going to be a long season and there’s plenty of time to get in the proper progression of efforts. Successful cycling is a matter of listening to your body. When you see cyclists burning out, hurting themselves and just not progressing past a certain point you can be fairly certain that it is because they are not paying enough attention to what their bodies are saying.

2) Too many miles. The human body is not a machine. It cannot take all the miles we sometimes feel compelled to ride without time to grow and adapt. Keep this in mind whenever you feel like increasing average weekly mileage by more than forty miles over two or three weeks and you should have no problems.

3) Low, low rpms (also excessive crank length). Save those big ring climbs and big gear sprints for later in the season. This is the time of year to develop fast twitch muscle fibers. That means spin, spin, spin. You don’t have to spin all the time but the effort put into small gear sprints and high rpm climbing now will pay off later in the season. Mountain bikers need to be especially careful of low rpms. I generally recommend that even full time MTB competitors do most of their training on the road.

4) Improper position on the bike. Unfortunately most bicycle salespeople in this country have no idea how to properly set saddle height, the most common error being to set it too low. This is very conducive to developing knee problems because of excessive bend at the knee when the pedal is at, and just past top dead center.

If you’ve avoided these common mistakes yet are still experiencing knee problems first make sure your seat and cleats are adjusted properly then:

1) Check for leg length differences both below and above the knee. If the difference is between 2 and 8 millimeters you can correct it by putting spacers under one cleat. If one leg is shorter by more than a centimeter or so you might experiment with a shorter crank arm on the short leg side.

2) Use shorter cranks. For some riders this helps keep pedal speed up and knee stress down. I’m over 6 ft. tall and use 170mm cranks for much of the off season. 3

) Try the Fit-Kit R.A.D. cleat alignment device and/or a rotating type cleat/pedal system.

4) Cut way back on mileage and intensity (This is a last resort for obvious reasons). Sometimes a prolonged rest is the only way to regain full functionality and is usually required only after trying to “train through” pain. Roger Marquis (www.roble.net/marquis)

via Rec.Bicycles Frequently Asked Questions Posting Part 5/5Section – 9.25 Knee problems.

Don’t mind the randomness of the upcoming post

This is just for my reference.
Think Fathers day.

 

 

InstaHANGER “Picture Perfect”
Sugru
Plasti Dip Rubberized Coating
Tool Box Fridge
Lechuza Self-Watering Planters
Sedona Food Dehydrator
Instant Chalkboard
Plug Hub
Humio Humidifier & Night Lamp w/ Aroma Oil Compart
iZON Remote Room Monitor
Fracture One-Piece Picture and Frame
Litter Spinner
Leatherman Tools
AR AW825- Mission Style Wireless Speakers
Fine Paint and Finish Storage Protector
Hobby Lathe
Wagner Double Duty HVLP Sprayer,
http://marketplace.diynetwork.com/Product.aspx?Lid=3084-N8103011

Roto Zip 120 Volt Variable Speed Rotozip
Kreg Jig Jr.
Dremel Trio
PaintEater
Variair Heat Gun
Arbortech Mini Grinder
Utilikilts
Belt Bucket Pro
Galvanized Garden Vessels
Dog Bone Wrench
Dremel Stylus
Senco Fusion Cordless Nailer
Weza Portable Energy Source
http://steminnovation.com/page/iZON/44/24/

Nasty Gal Blog: Lessons From The Pros: Lash Out

 

Full disclosure: for years, we’ve avoided wearing fake eyelashes after many failed attempts that ended with eyelashes going where no lash should ever go. This week, we’re finally facing our fears and learning how to apply faux lashes like a pro. We asked our Makeup Artist Stacey to guide us through the surprisingly easy steps to get voluminous, natural looking lashes that will transform you into a doe-eyed bombshell in no time.

1. Let’s start with all the tools you’ll need – clear glue (to hide any mistakes), scissors to trim the lashes, tweezers for placement, and of course, a pair of lashes.

2. Trim the inner corner of the lashes to fit your lash line, then wrap each lash around an eyeshadow brush for a few minutes while you do your makeup (we recommend a smoky eye so the lashes blend in better). This will give them a nice curve so they fit the shape of your eye, making them easier to apply.

3. Squeeze some glue onto a flat surface (or the back of your hand) and drag the first lash through it for an even coat. Apply the lash in the center of your eye, and hold for a few seconds.

4. Next, use tweezers to attach the inner and outer corners, making sure that they’re placed snugly against your lash line. Hold them in place with gentle pressure for around 30 seconds on each side.

5. Repeat on the other side (obvi). If you’re going for a more natural look, you’re finished! To make it a bit more dramatic for a night out, use an eyelash curler to press your natural lashes together with the faux lashes, then apply another coat of mascara.

6. Bat those lashes and get ready to channel your inner Brigitte Bardot.

Style-O-Rama > Lessons From The Pros > Lash Out

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