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Did You Know – 08/14/2018


1. Half the atoms inside your body came from across the universe.

They found that in galaxies with 100 billion stars or more, the galactic winds actually ferried in about 50 per cent of the matter present today.
Jessica Werk at the University of Washington in Seattle – Werk says tracking the flow of matter from the origin of the universe to present day, and understanding where the atoms that make up the air we breathe and water we drink is one of the fundamental problems in astrophysics. “It’s one of the holy grails of extra galactic cosmology,” she says. “Now, we’ve found that half these atoms come from outside our galaxy.”

Faucher-Giguère and Anglés-Alcázar Northwestern University in Illinois  found that for larger galaxies like our own, this intergalactic Gulf Stream is the primary contributor to their growth, allowing them to snatch away matter from their smaller counterparts.

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2. Back when people burnt coal to heat their homes they rid the soot off their walls by rolling dough across the walls.

The Story goes: Kutol, a Cincinnati based soap company, was about to go under in the late 1920s.  Cleo McVicker, just 21 years old. 1933 when Cleo was at a meeting with Kroger grocery store representatives when they asked him if he made wallpaper cleaner. In those days coal was used for heating ones home as wood was less efficient. The down side of coal was the soot that it left on the walls and wallpaper.

Cleo boldly told them he could supply them with such a cleaner having no idea what they were going to do as at that time things had become desperate financially. Kroger subsequently ordered 15,000 cases of wallpaper cleaner from Kutol with a $5,000 penalty (about $90,000 today) if Kutol didn’t deliver on time.

Noah McVicker his brother then figured out that dough was the solution and that kept the company afloat till after WWII. Sales then started to decrease as coal was no long the main use for heating and the company once again was facing financial ruin.

Hence Play doh!

Interesting story: read more Business insider 

3. A craft like knitting is ailed as a phenomenal for your physical and mental health – While we are creating it is not just our hands that are busy – our brains are diligently releasing dopamine which is a natural antidepressant. So keep on knitting guys and gals.

4. Comfrey tea provides benefits for your plants especially house plants – Pour about 500mls of boiling  water over dried or fresh comfrey leaves, cool to room temperature then strain. Spray the plant liberally at least once a week. refrigerate the remaining liquid for another time. Remember house plants love temped water rather than cold so warm it up in the sun before you spray it on.

5. ” Tsunami Stones” are an ancient warning written on Stone.  – Some over 600 years old that lie on the northeast coast of Japan.

In 1933 after a tsunami the residents of Aneyoshi moved uphill and placed a stone that read “Do not build your homes below this stone. In 2011 another tsunami of magnitude occurred and the entire village survived

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Rose Shaped Baked Apple Dessert

This looks bloody delicious. I am going to have it for desert this week.

Made with lots of soft and delicious apple slices, wrapped in sweet and crispy puff pastry

 

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Ingredients: to make 6 roses
1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed
2 red organic apples ( red delicious)
half lemon, juice
1 tablespoon of flour, to sprinkle the counter
3 tablespoons of apricot preserve
cinnamon (optional)
powder sugar for decorating (optional)

Preparation time: 45 minutes
Directions:
1. Thaw the puff pastry if you haven’t done so yet. It should take 20-30 minutes.
2. Prepare a bowl with some water and the lemon juice. Cut the apples in half, remove the core and cut the apples in paper thin slices, as shown in my picture. Leave the peel so it will give the red color to your roses. Right away, place the sliced apples in the bowl with lemon and water, so that they won’t change color.

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3. Microwave the apples in the bowl, for about 3 minutes, to make them slightly softer.
4. Unwrap the puff pastry oven a clean and lightly floured counter. Using a rolling pin stretch the dough a little, trying to keep it in a rectangular shape. Cut the dough in 6 strips.
5. In a bowl, place three tablespoons of apricot preserve with two tablespoons of water. Microwave for about one minute, so that the preserve will be easier to spread. Spread the preserve on the dough.
6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Drain the apples.
7. Place the apples on the dough, as shown in my picture. Sprinkle with cinnamon if you’d like.
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8. Fold up the bottom part of the dough.
9. Carefully roll, seal the edge, and place in a muffin cup.

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10. Do the same for all 6 roses. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 40-45 minutes, until fully cooked. Sprinkle with powder sugar.

Looks fabulous worth the try and very impressive to guests I should imagine

 

Source: http://cookingwithmanuela.blogspot.co.uk

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Pizza Anyone?

This is a brilliant way to enjoy Pizza.

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Pizza Pull-Apart Bread
A pull-apart bread which is perfect for parties, this one is made with pepperoni slices but you can add anything you want to it. There are different variations for Pizza Pull-Apart Bread…
 
*2 (14 oz.) cans of Pillsbury pizza dough (you can use Grand biscuits)
*2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
*1/2 tbsp. basil leaves
*1/2 tsp. dried oregano
*1/2 tsp. fresh minced garlic
*1/3 cup olive oil
*1 (8 oz.) package of pepperoni (cut into quarters)
*1 cup Parmesan cheese
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray Bundt pan well.
Cut pizza dough or biscuits into quarters.
Add all the ingredients in a bowl & toss so that the oil is spread evenly on each piece of dough
Bake in oven for 30 minutes (or until the top is & and center is cooked) If the middle is still not cooked thoroughly, leave it in oven for another 5 minutes at a time until it’s done. Remove from oven & let rest for 5 minutes.
 
Flip over on to a plate & serve with marinara/pizza sauce for dipping.

 

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Bacon and Egg Cupcakes

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This is easy.

Use ‘Flakey Pastry’ sheets or ready mix dough which you just mix with water.

Cut in rings to fit a 6 muffin, muffin tin. place pastry in muffin tins.

Chop bacon in small pieces, chopped parsley, Mix approx 6 eggs.

Put bacon and parsley in cupped pastry that you have put the muffin tins. Then pour in the whipped eggs over bacon and parsley. Sprinkle with cheese and black pepper.

Bake for about 15 minutes in an oven with the temperature of 375o or until the eggs are firm.
These are delicious for school lunches or just a snack. Simple to make also.

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How To Make Scented Salted Dough Balls

I love walking into a room that has that beautiful Aroma. Studies have shown that certain smells can affect your moods, energy, evoke vivid memories and powerful emotions. I personally love the smell of Lemon Grass, to me, it makes the room feel clean and bright. I find that lemon grass also appeals to men, they seem to recognize the fragrance and comment on how much they like it. I often use lemon scented Eucalyptus, it is sort of antiseptic smell and one that is great if you are feeling a ‘bit under the weather’, maybe the beginnings of the flue. Also reminds me of the bush in Australia.
It is has been suggested that certain odors can create a healthier home and work environment.
An example, and I am sure we have all done this, when you enter a room with a “oh that smells beautiful” makes you feel good, or when someone forgot to empty the garbage bag with last nights prawn shells in it. The reaction to the garbage smell is, your face immediately becomes screwed up, mood changes to accusingly, “Who didn’t take out the garbage last night” and you become that unpleasant person.
I think everyone has their preference to an Aroma. The smell that you enjoy may not be the same for your partner or spouse so it is a good thing to find an aroma that suits you both. I know my husband is not very keen on the odour of Ylang Ylang, me, I love it.
You have hundreds of different essential aromatherapy oils.  My suggestion is not to use fragrant oils. They are usually made from artificial scents and to me are very overpowering, stay with the pure oils. Men usually don’t like those strong scented sort of smells but will handle the subtle smell of pure essential oils.

Some of the oils can be rather expensive, although lemon grass and lavender are normally reasonably priced. Only a drop or two is needed and a small bottle will last a long time.

Rather than use candles and an aroma burner, I found this recipe for Scented salt dough balls. The scented dough balls can last for a very long time and only take a drop or two of oil on them every now and then to keep that nice fragrance in you room. These can also make nice gifts.

You Need

2 cups plain flour
1 cup table salt
1 cup of water
1/4 tsp essential oil

Method

Mix the water into the flour and salt to make a modelling-type dough. Add a few drops of food colouring for your desired coloring before adding the oil.

Knead well until smooth, roll into small balls and leave to dry.

Dry the balls in a warm place over several days, or speed up the process by placing them in an oven at a very low temperature for a few hours

Tip: Adding 1 tbsp of lemon juice helps the dough to harden.

You are able to perfume a room with these balls and look nice, placed in an attractive ceramic bowl. They harden after a period but remain absorbent and can be regularly refreshed with a few drops of oil.
Unlike potpourri dough balls do not get dusty and dry over time. As the balls get impregnated with the oil, they develop a glossy appearance. Instead of balls you can also try other shapes such as shell shapes or fruit shapes. What ever takes your fancy

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