Steve Jobs Designed Amazing Products, But Life Has Been Hard for Some of the Workers Who Made Them I missed the all-night, stop-the-presses TIME session last week that put together an amazing and entirely new issue to commemorate the death of Apple’s Steve Jobs. I don’t have much more to add, other than the fact that like so many other people, I found out the news on an Apple product and am writing this on another one. Outside TIME’s work, I suggest you check out Alexis Madrigal’s take at the Atlantic on why Jobs’s death has caused the kind of global grief you’d usually see from the passing of a religious figure: Steve Jobs believed in more for everyone: more money for him and his shareholders, more power through personal technology for the people. I’m an Apple addict, too. Many Apple products are manufactured by Foxconn, a Taiwan-based electronics company that maintains most of its factories in China. And then there are the suicides. But only a little bit. Of course, we’re the ones who buy those products—and therefore much of the responsibility should lay with us.
Oatmeal 2 Go Oatmeal 2 Go by Rebecca Feb 8th, 2011 // Baby Feeding, Breakfast, Kid-tastic, Recipes My kids both love oatmeal but sometimes we just don’t have the time to sit down and eat a whole bowlful. Granola bars don’t do the trick for my hungry 5 year old, but when Macki told me about these awesome oatmeal bars I knew we’d have an instant hit. The great thing about these bars is that they taste just like oatmeal – like if you could pick up a bowl of oatmeal and take it along with you without any mess, they’d taste like this. Both kids went wild for these very dense, moist Oatmeal 2 Go bars. Oatmeal 2 Go Recipe Prep Time: 8 mins Cooking Time: 30 to 35 mins Preheat oven 350 degrees. You might also like...
A Different Way to Serve Fresh Watermelon. Watermelon ‘Cake’ I saw this watermelon cake idea in the August issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. This is a cute, fun, unique way to serve fresh watermelon. And I’m not the only one who excitedly tried this; checkout ‘messy thrilling life’ blog who also tried Martha Stewart Living Magazine watermelon cake. Martha Stewart Living Magazine serves the watermelon cake plain, thats what I’ve done too. - sprinkle a little lime juice or lime zest on top - top with chopped basil or mint - sprinkle some feta cheeseand balsamic vinegar over the watermelon “cake” - drizzle a little tequila or rum or cachaca Wash and wipe a seedless watermelon. Lay it down horizontally. Cut about one thirds from the other end. Lay the middle third (the watermelon ”cake”) on a serving platter. Now take the two ends of the water melon. Now arrange these balls on top of the water melon ‘”cake”. This will serve about 8, with left over bits of watermelon from the cut ends. Comments comments Tagged as: watermelon
How to Make Easy 3-Ingredient Energy Bars at Home Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn Previous image Next image Power bars! Prepare for your minds to be blown. I am a huge fan of chewy, nutty, fruit-filled energy bars of the sort made by Lärabar. I tinkered with ratios a bit, but in the end, I decided to take the most straight-forward path: equal parts dried fruits, nuts, and pitted dates. My favorite is still cherries, almonds, and dates (which are pictured here), but you can swap out the cherries and almonds for any dried fruit or nut. You can also play around with adding other ingredients into the mix: a few tablespoons of chia seeds, a handful of coconut, even some chocolate chips. Making energy bars really is that simple. How to Make Easy 3-Ingredient Energy Bars at Home Makes 8 large bars or 16 small square-shaped bars What You Need Ingredients 1 cup nuts 1 cup dried fruit 1 cup (12-15 whole) pitted dried dates, preferably Medjool Equipment Food processor Plastic wrap or wax paper Sharp knife Instructions Roast the nuts (optional). Additional Notes:
Wheaton's (Unofficial) Homecoming for Gay Evangelicals When José Vilanova graduated from Wheaton College in 1989, he assumed he wouldn't be going back to visit his alma mater — known as the Harvard of Evangelical schools — either by himself or, God forbid, with his gay partner. Like most Evangelical colleges, Wheaton maintains that homosexuality is not God's design for humanity. That's why Vilanova felt like he couldn't come out at the suburban-Chicago college. The need for secrecy, plus the fact that he was a low-income minority student at an expensive, mostly white school, contributed to his feeling of not belonging on campus. "Being Latino, poor and gay was this spectacular triple threat of wrongness," says Vilanova, who teaches religion and media courses at Miami's Florida International University. Fast-forward 22 years and Vilanova is not only returning to campus — he's organizing a group outing. OneWheaton's highly visible presence on campus puts the college in a difficult position.
Fowler Favorite: Monkey Cupcakes Hey everyone! I found the CUTEST cupcakes online and just had to do a post on them... Take a look at these little monkey cupcakes: Don't they just make you happy? Here's how I suggest making these: The cupcakes themselves could really be any type of cake you want — it's all about the topping with these. Are these the cutest cupcakes you've ever seen? Photos and recipe are from here . Check these out too...
Fresh Food Friday: 100 Healthy Snack Ideas Join our page on Facebook for our latest recipes and projects! Happy Friday! I did pretty well this week . . . I have only caved on one day to a sugary treat (I will be posting the treats later- they were so good! Totally worth losing points over.)! Snacks right around 3 pm each afternoon are my downfall. I am trying to train myself to reach for healthier snacks, but I just forget. So, I have complied this list that I am printing out and putting on my fridge. Here is my list: 1. If you would like to print this list out, you can either click on the "Print Friendly" button on the bottom of this post, or for a printer friendly version that will fit all 100 snack ideas on one page. *Please note that these are just ideas . . . my opinion of a healthy snack! I know that some are not the healthiest options out there, but there are definitely a lot worse things that you could eat! If you are trying to be Healthier...Try using Spark Natural Essential Oils!
How To Make Turkey Stock, The Most Important Thanksgiving Ingredient Born to Spend (or Save): It’s All in Your Genes Now I get it. We can’t help ourselves. When it comes to spending and saving, we are genetically wired to be what we are, and there isn’t a lot anyone can do about it, according to a study by Stephan Siegel at the University of Washington and Henrik Cronqvist at Claremont McKenna College. The two scholars looked at the money habits of 15,000 sets of Swedish twins and found the same patterns in even those who had lost contact with one another. Some of us naturally squeeze every penny; the rest of us can’t leave the mall with more than the lint in our pockets. (LIST: 12 Things You Should Stop Buying Now) But genetics do not tell the whole story, the researchers concede. “Parenting effects on savings behavior are strong for those in their twenties but decay to zero by middle age,” the authors write. “There is overwhelming evidence across the board that the genes matter and that between one-third and 50% of our behavior is determined by our genes,” Siegel says.
Cupcake Mold Pizzas My post for this week is one of the first recipes I pinned. However, the picture I pinned, and all the other ones I found were not linked to an actual recipe. This is what I did as a starting point for the recipe and it almost worked out perfectly. What You Need: Pillsbury Refrigerated Pizza Dough Pizza Sauce Shredded Cheese Pepperoni Cupcake Tin (I used a muffin tin so the pizzas were bigger) Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees (as the package directed) and grease the cupcake pan. Cover dough with pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
Guaranteed Crispy Sweet Potato Fries & Sriracha Mayo Dip Right here, right now I am going to teach you how to make crispy sweet potato fries. But first … Let’s get one thing straight. A sweet potato french fry is not a real french fry. They are french fry substitutes to be eaten when a real french fry can’t be found. Yes, I know. I have been eating, making and lusting after french fries for as long as I can remember. Best way to eat a french fry? But … if you’re on some sort of stupid meal plan, or you’re all out of regular potatoes, or you just feel like having something a little different, why wouldn’t you cook up some Sweet Potato French Fries? Because they’re soggy messes. I’ve oven baked them, par boiled them and deep fried them and they don’t get crispy. Finally, I’ve figured out how to make crispy sweet potato fries and the best part is you can do them in the deep fryer or the oven! But like with most things, you’re more guaranteed if you do them in the deep fryer. Here’s what you need to do … Gather your sweet potatoes. See?
How to Make Vegetable Stock Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn Every time we make vegetable stock, we wonder why we ever bother buying it in the store. It's so easy! Chop up some vegetables, cover with water, and simmer. Done. You'll have enough stock to make your soups, casseroles, and pilafs for weeks to come, and all in just a little over an hour.When making a basic vegetable stock, you want something with a fairly neutral savory flavor. How To Make Vegetable Stock What You Need Ingredients 1 to 2 onions2 to 3 carrots3 to 4 celery stalks4 to 5 sprigs fresh thyme1 bay leaf1 small bunch parsley1 teaspoon whole peppercornsOptional Extras: leeks (especially the green parts), fennel, tomatoes, mushrooms, mushroom stems, parsnips Equipment Sharp knifeStock potStrainerCheesecloth or coffee filters (for straining)Storage containers Instructions 1. It's nice to add a few herbs to the stock, but we tend to keep them fairly light. 2. 3. 4. 5. Additional Notes:
Monkey Brain Control: The Future of Robotic Prostheses? File this under “the future is now:” in a series of experiments at Duke University Medical Center, researchers fitted two monkeys with electrodes in their brains and trained them to move a virtual arm across a computer screen to grab virtual objects and “feel” their different textures — all using only their brains. It’s the first demonstration of what the researchers call a brain-machine-brain interface (BMBI). The potential is obviously enormous. The technology could help people with paralysis control prosthetic limbs just by thinking about it and even experience intuitive, tactile sensations. “Someday in the near future, quadriplegic patients will take advantage of this technology not only to move their arms and hands and to walk again, but also to sense the texture of objects placed in their hands, or experience the nuances of the terrain on which they stroll with the help of a wearable robotic exoskeleton,” said the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Enter the BMBI. MORE: Coming Soon?