Jul 28

Six Ways to Make Food Last Longer

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average family of four throws away $1,500 worth of food every year.  Here are six types of food, and how you can make them last longer . . .

1.  Onions.  Keep them in the refrigerator in a paper bag, and they’ll last more than two weeks.

 

 

2.  Hard cheese.  Take it out of the plastic it came in, and wrap it in parchment paper and tin foil.  Parchment paper is the stuff you use for baking.  It can last for months.  And if it gets moldy, just cut away an inch of cheese around the moldy spot.

 

 

3.  Apples.  They’ll last ten times longer if you keep them in the coldest, most humid part of your fridge.  That’s usually the bottom drawer.

 

 

4.  Potatoes.  Don’t throw them away just because they grow sprouts.  Just break the sprouts off.  Potatoes actually tend to be sweeter after sprouts have grown on them.

 

 

5.  Lettuce.  Put it in a plastic bag . . . poke about ten holes in it . . . and it should last about four times longer.

 

 

6.  Milk and dairy.  Bring a cooler or an insulated bag with you when you go shopping.  Or just make it the last thing you put in your shopping cart.  The shelf life for dairy products goes way down if they’re exposed to heat, even if it’s just for an hour.

 

 

(Time)

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Jul 27

[Video Premiere] Meek Mill Ft. Nicki Minaj “All Eyes On You”

 

Meek & Nick’ are in love, and it’s very apparent in Meek Mill’s new video All Eyes On You, from his chart-topping album Dreams Worth More Than Money. Watch the two put it all out there for us to see.

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Jul 21

Tyrese Vows To ‘”Save” R&B Muisc

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Tyrese is on top of the world lately, scoring his first #1 on the Billboard charts with his new album ‘Black Rose’. It’s been 17 yrs since the singer/actor debut on the charts, and he wants to save R&B music. In an open letter on Facebook, Tyrese states; “How is it possible that urban radio plays Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake and Sam Smith ( When they release R&B Soul records and when we’re singing in the EXACT same genre, WE don’t get ANY love on the other side…??” He also says;  ‪#‎SHAME‬ ft Jennifer Hudson needs to be HEARD by people ALL AROUND the WORLD!!!! And I won’t stop or rest until we get there. Check out the video for that aforementioned song, and decide if he is saving R&B.

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Jul 17

[Video Premiere] Ciara “Dance Like We’re Making Love”

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Ciara sizzles in her new video “Dance Like We’re Making Love” from her album Jackie which is on stores now. “I challenged myself the most I’ve ever challenged myself in any video,” said Ciara, and it definitely shows! Check out the visuals below!

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Jul 16

Four Side Effects of Sleeping on Your Back, Side, and Stomach

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Do you sleep on your back, your side, or your stomach?  Whichever one it is, there are specific consequences you might not know about.  Here are four side effects that have to do with the way you sleep . . .

1.  Sleeping on your stomach can cause back pain, because your spine isn’t supported.   And it makes you sleep with your head turned to one side, which is hard on your neck.

 

 

2.  If you sleep on your back, you’re more likely to snore.  But as long as you don’t prop your head up with too many pillows, it’s better for your spine than sleeping on your side or your stomach.

 

 

3.  Sleeping on your left side puts more strain on your internal organs, including your liver, lungs, and stomach.  Doctors usually tell pregnant women to sleep on their left side though, because it increases circulation to the baby.

 

 

4.  Sleeping on your right side can cause heartburn.  It’s not clear why, but several studies have found you’re more likely to wake up with heartburn if you fall asleep on your right side, opposed to your left.

 

 

Regardless of how you sleep, using an extra pillow for support can help.  If you sleep on your back, put it under the arch of your spine . . . if you’re a side sleeper, put it between your knees . . . and if you’re on your stomach, put it right under your hips.

 

 

(Daily Health Post / NY Times / Business Insider)

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Jul 14

The Eight Worst Things You Can Eat for Breakfast

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The website EatThis.com put together a list of the worst things you can have for breakfast, in different categories.  So, things like the least healthy cereal, and worst fast food breakfast sandwich.  Here’s the list . . .

1.  Worst cereal:  Honey Smacks.  One bowl has 15 grams a sugar, which is more than Frosted Flakes or Cap’n Crunch.  And it’s coated in partially hydrogenated oil, which has trans fat.

 

 

2.  Worst donut:  Dunkin’ Donuts Blueberry Butternut.  It has 35 grams of sugar, and 420 calories, which is more than any other donut on the menu.

 

 

3.  Worst breakfast burrito:  Taco Bell’s A.M. Crunchwrap with Sausage.  710 calories and 47 grams of fat.

 

 

Unless you’re eating a whole 12-pack of their Cinnabon dessert things, the A.M. Crunchwrap has more fat than anything else on the menu.

 

 

4.  Worst fast food breakfast sandwich:  The Monster Biscuit from Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.  It has as much fat and calories as the A.M. Crunchwrap, but TWICE as much salt.

 

 

5.  Worst breakfast that SOUNDS healthy:  A Dunkin’ Donuts Multigrain Bagel with Reduced Fat Strawberry Cream Cheese.  It’s 500 calories, has 17 grams of fat, and is pretty much nothing but carbs.

 

 

6.  Worst pancakes:  Denny’s Peanut Butter Cup Pancake Breakfast.  They’re stuffed with chocolate, and have hot fudge and peanut butter on top.  You also get sausage, eggs, and hash browns, so it’s 1,670 calories, with 105 grams of fat.

 

 

7.  Worst omelette:  The Chorizo Fiesta Omelette at IHOP.  1,300 calories and106 grams of fat.  And you can add pancakes, which is another 700 calories.

 

 

8.  Worst overall breakfast:  The Cheesecake Factory’s Bruleéd French Toast.  It has 2,780 calories, and as much saturated fat as six cheeseburgers from Sonic.

 

 

(Yahoo)

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Jul 13

Letterman Came Out of Retirement to Do a Top 10 List on Trump

 

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STEVE MARTIN and MARTIN SHORT are doing a comedy tour called A Very Stupid Conversation.  And during a show Friday night in San Antonio, DAVID LETTERMAN made a surprise appearance to rip on DONALD TRUMP.

Dave said he was enjoying his retirement until Donald Trump announced he was running for president.  That’s when Dave realized, quote, “I’ve made the biggest mistake of my life ladies and gentleman.”

 

Then he did a Top 10 list of interesting facts about Trump.  Check it out:

 

10.  That thing on his head was the gopher in ‘Caddyshack’.

 

9.  During Sex Donald Trump calls out his own name.

 

8.  Donald Trump looks like the guy in the lifeboat with the women and children.

 

7.  He wants to build a wall?  How about building a wall around that thing on his head!

 

6.  Trump walked away from a moderately successful television show for some delusional bull[crap] . . . oh wait, that’s me.

 

5.  Donald Trump weighs 240 pounds . . . 250 with cologne.

 

4.  Trump would like all Americans to know that that thing on his head is free range.

 

3.  (tie)  If President, instead of pardoning a turkey on Thanksgiving, he plans to evict a family on Thanksgiving . . .

 

OR:  That’s not a hairdo, it’s a wind advisory.

 

2.  Donald Trump has pissed off so many Mexicans, he’s starring in a new movie entitled, “NO Amigos”.

 

1.  Thanks to Donald Trump, the Republican mascot is also an ass.

 

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Jul 9

The Top Ten Vacation Fantasies

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There’s a new survey about people’s top vacation fantasies, and I love the results . . . because it shows how “fantasy” means such different things to different people.

For some, it’s sex . . . for some, it’s romance . . . for some, it’s wealth . . . and for some, it’s just to get their damn kids to stop screaming at each other for three days.  Here are our top 10 vacation fantasies . . .

 

1.  Going skinny dipping with your partner.

 

2.  Staying at a resort with celebrities.

 

3.  Horseback riding at sunset.

 

4.  Joining the mile-high club.

 

5.  Not getting into any arguments with family members.

 

6.  A vacation romance with a stranger.

 

7.  A romantic candlelit dinner.

 

8.  Having sex on the beach.

 

9.  Being rescued by a lifeguard.

 

10.  Getting upgraded.

 

 

(Daily Mail)

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Jul 8

Powerball Is Adding More Numbers To Lower the Odds of Winning

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If you haven’t won a giant Powerball jackpot yet, here’s bad news:  Now you’re REALLY not going to.

The lottery commissioners who run the Powerball just approved a plan to make it WAY harder to win those giant jackpots . . . from one in 175 million to one in 292 million.

 

 

They’re adding 10 more balls to the mix.  So now instead of picking five numbers between one and 59, the range is one and 69.

 

 

But you also have to pick your sixth number as the special Powerball.  That used to be between one and 35, now it’s going to be between one and 26.

 

 

The result of those changes is that the big jackpot has much worse odds and fewer people will win one . . . but a lot more people will get smaller prizes like $4 for just getting the Powerball number.

 

 

Not surprisingly, both of those changes are designed to make you GAMBLE MORE.  Huge jackpots get the most people buying tickets, so worse odds equal more enormous grand prizes.

 

 

And when you get a little win like $4, you usually just use it to buy more tickets.  The new changes take effect as of October 7th.

 

 

(USA Today)

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Jul 6

Ten Weird Benefits You’re Probably Not Getting at Work

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If you got a paid day off last week, you’re probably still glowing from your three-day weekend.  Here’s something to curb that joy a little bit.

A new survey asked companies which benefits they offer, and most of them aren’t that surprising.  Like 90% have some sort of retirement plan, and 76% have free coffee.  But here are the ten weirdest benefits you’re probably NOT getting . . .

 

1.  14% have on-site fitness classes, and 11% offer on-site massage therapy.

 

2.  9% have health insurance for pets, and 8% allow pets at work.

 

3.  9% pay for the mini-bar if you stay at a hotel on business, and 4% will also cover your pay-per-view bill.

 

4.  8% of companies give employees a paid day off for their BIRTHDAY.

 

5.  5% have an on-site vegetable garden at work.

 

6.  2% offer UNLIMITED paid time off, and 3% offer unlimited sick days.

 

7.  2% will help women pay to have their eggs frozen.

 

8.  2% do a take-your-PARENT-to-work day.  (???)

 

9.  2% offer on-site haircuts.

 

10.  2% have a room at work that’s specifically for taking naps.

 

 

(SHRM.org)

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