Natural Pools or Swimming Ponds Natural Pools or Natural Swimming Ponds (NSPs) Let nature clean the water... Chemical-free water garden and swimming pool. The plant portion, or regeneration zone, is separated from the swimming area by the wall seen a few inches below the water’s surface. www.naturalswimmingpools.com The pools have skimmers and pumps that circulate the water through the regeneration zone and back into the swimming area. The aquatic plants filter out contaminants and use nutrients from the water as food which helps prevent algae. Then rocks, such as granite river rock or haydite, to which friendly bacteria attach, act as biological filters. There are many options as to design. A gradual slope contains the plants, gravel and loamy sand, a wall keeps them separate from the swimming area. Vacuum but twice a year and tend to the plants as needed. The regeneration zone can be along the perimeter of a natural pool or a pond unto itself but connected to the swimming area. www.gartenart.co.uk Northeast U.S.
Brown Butter Double Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookies Little bit of a mouthful there. But it’s like a cookie on top of another cookie! Yeah. Like total dirty cookie on cookie action. Except these ones down below wanted to try a few different positions. I dunno… they’re all mixed up. In order to solve a common I-want-a-chocolate-CHOCOLATE-cookie-but-he-wants-a-plain-chocolate chip-cookie dilemma that happens like, every single weekend here… I made both. Some of them smashed up against each other while others sat on top of each other but in the end, they all tasted… fantabulous. And then they tasted extra delicious after I spent two hours cleaning out the contents of our bar (take that as you will), after he spent three hours organizing the pantry (that was weird) and after we both needed to severely eat our emotions immediately post-Boardwalk Empire finale. WHAT was that. ??????? Why??? Then I tried to dunk a cookie in milk and failed. I need cookie dunking lessons, a redo on season 2 (thanks HBO), and a salad. [from giant rainbow cookies]
Top 10 Things to do in Venice - Venice Attractions Venice is one of those fairytale cities that a huge number of people dream of visiting. In my opinion, despite being a massive tourist magnet and often a bit too crowded, Venice still does live up to the hype, and that’s mostly because as a canal city it’s pretty unique. Like Paris or London or Berlin, I consider Venice a city that everyone should try out at least once. Anyone for a gondola ride in Venice? Podcast on Ten Things to Do in Venice Subscribe to the Europe a la Carte Podcast in itunes or audioboo. Piazza San Marco/St Mark’s Square Arguably the most photographed Venice attraction, and certainly the place with the highest concentration of pigeons! San Marco Piazza at dusk by Rmonty119 Basilica San Marco/St Mark’s Basilica While you’re there, check out St Mark’s Basilica as well, as another must-see Venice sight. Basilica San Marco by alag_pl Doge’s Palace Courtyard view of Doge’s Palace by Szilveszter Farkas Campanile di San Marco/Bell Tower of St Mark’s Glass-blowing on Murano Guggenheim
Wine Tasting in Paris with O Chateau! Are you in Paris, afraid to try French wine but don’t know where to go to learn? Have I got a fun and informative solution to your dilemma! O Chateau is a company in Paris that teaches the public all about French wine in a very enjoyable and fun way. O Chateau was started by Olivier Magny whose energy and knowledge is only surpassed by his canny sense of humor! As stated on their website, “. . . we hire our sommeliers based on their personality just as much as their wine knowledge.” If you want an indication of their sense of humor just take a look at their website! Without further ado, Olivier Magny of O Chateau. . . Tell me a little about you. My name is Olivier. What made you leap into this new venture? Another clear moment of insanity. Tell me something about O’Chateau that isn’t on your website. We are in major debt. Do you find that US wine palates and knowledge differ from other nationalities? Clearly, there are many discrepancies within the US. Well, actually, I am Jude Law.
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DIY Ice-Cream Parlour "Make your own Sundaes" Buffet Concept for a Wedding or Party I am lactose intolerant. This probably explains my unhealthy obsession with ice-cream. My favourite dessert is nothing fancier or more sophisticated than a simple Ice-cream Sundae. Nothing satisfies my sweet palate more than vanilla ice-cream with hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, crushed nuts, caramelised banana, wafer biscuit and the all-important cherry on top! Despite evidence to the contrary (what is with this crazy Melbourne weather?!) I absolutely love the idea of Make your own Sundaes for a party because it adds an element of creativity and fun to your event and is so easy to do. Here are the elements I've used in my Ice-Cream Parlour buffet concept: I've used a metal tub with ice to contain the ice-cream and whipped cream. At Wheel and Barrow I found these really beautiful old-fashioned pink hued ice-cream sundae dishes- Rather than use these for the sundaes themselves I've actually decided to use these for some of the toppings. I also made little labels for the box. Bon appetit!
Sunday Comfort Food | Baked Banana Monkey Bread Sunday’s are rough around this house. It has become our day of boredom, cleaning and more boredom. My husband has to get his things together for the new work week, our son gets grumpy about school the next day and for me and the girls, it’s nothing different really. So we all get a little bored and stir crazy especially during the winter months. So I just decided to take some me time in the kitchen to fight the boredom, armed with biscuits, sugar, cinnamon and bananas. I just leave you with some mouth watering pictures from the monkey bread I made. Fruity and Sweet. Gooey and Crispy. Soft and Irresistible.
Rome To Paris in Europe Highlights Visit iconic cultural attractions in Rome, Travel across the undulating Tuscan countryside, See the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Mingle with locals in Lucca, one of the most charming cities in Italy, Walk the fabled paths of the Cinque Terre coast, Discover high fashion on a trip to Milan, Take a spectacular train journey to Lucerne, Breathe in the crisp air of the Swiss Alps, Savour Dijon's gastronomic delights, Tour the champagne caves in Reims, Be swept away by the romance of Paris Tour description provided by Intrepid Put your finger on the pulse of Europe's beating heart on this memorable tour through Italy, Switzerland and France. From ancient wonders on the bustling streets of Rome, to high fashion in Milan, traditional folklore in the Swiss Alps and champagne tours in Reims - this trip truly captures the spoils of Europe. Itinerary Rome Lucca/Pisa/Florence Cinque Terre Milan/Stresa Lucerne Swiss Alps Bern/Dijon/Beaune Reims Paris
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake « miss anna cakes As Valentines Day has just happened, the past few days I have been trying to focus on what matters most: our loved ones, our happiness, our mental heath and how we can treat ourselves and others with kindness. One thing that I love in this world is the idea of friendship. The idea that one person can lift your spirits and be your other half in a sense. That they can make you laugh, make you cry, and make you feel like the luckiest person in the world, even if they are on the other side of the country. They can remind you of your talents and tell you how much they miss one of your silly little blog posts. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake is just like the perfect friendship. Happy Valentines Day everyone. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake adapted from Joy the Baker Cookbookmakes one 2-layer 8 in cake Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cake pans with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Like this: Like Loading...
$9 airfare and 9 other travel hacks - cheap travel Right now AirAsia is having a sale from Kuala Lumpour to USD $3 each way to Singapour, Thailand, Malaysia, some destinations in Indoesnia. USD $9 each way to Japan and some destinations in India. USD $17 each way to some destinations in Indoesnia, viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia. USD 72 each way to Some destinations in Australia, Taiwan, Some destinations in India and some destinations in China. USD$90 each way to some destinations in Australia, Korea and New Zeland The most expensive of them is USD $197 each way to London, Paris, Tehran Only thing not included is Airport fees and taxes. My wife is from Thailand and we fly AirAsia as much as possible when we are there.
Healthy Diets For Dancers Dance revolves around significant technical, physical and aesthetic components. Because dancers are continually required to perform at the top of their abilities, proper nutrition and fueling of the body is essential. Dancers need to consume diets adequate in calories to support the demands placed on the body. Those calories should come from healthy carbohydrates, lean proteins and fats. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you are dancing throughout the day and eat a very early breakfast and late lunch, you should consider eating a mid-morning snack. For a dancer, lunch can be a difficult meal to plan. If you eat an early lunch and late dinner, you might consider eating a snack between these meals. Dinner is a meal important for dancers in that it prepares their bodies for the next day's work.
Grasshopper Brownie Bars For the brownie base: 3/4 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon dark unsweetened cocoa powder (like Valrhona) 5 ounces good quality dark chocolate (60 to 72%), coarsely chopped 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 1 inch cubes 3/4 cups sugar 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 3 large eggs, at room temperature 1 teaspoons vanilla extract For the buttercream: 3/4 cups sugar 2 tablespoons flour 3/4 cup milk 2 tablespoons heavy cream 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened but still cool, cut into small cubes 3 tablespoons creme de menthe 1 teaspoon peppermint extract For the chocolate glaze: 6 ounces good-quality dark chocolate (60 to 72%), coarsely chopped 1 teaspoon light corn syrup 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened, cut into cubes To make the brownie base: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter the sides and bottom of a glass or light-colored metal 9-by-13-inch pan. Line the bottom with a sheet of parchment paper, and butter the parchment.
Italy - Wiki Travel Guide edit Introduction Italy is the home of culture, some of soccer's finest teams and the Roman Catholic church. Quite simply, this is a place of such diversity that the only thing that will stop you spending the rest of your days here is an empty wallet. Museums display some of the most beautiful art works ever made; but the living, breathing Italy that operates outside museum doors has enough beauty to suffice the average visitor. Natural beauty abounds, too: gorgeous stretches of coastline; the Alps sealing off the northern border; and the people, of course. edit Brief History main article: History of Italy The history of the Italian peninsula can be divided quite neatly in seven distinct periods, spanning almost three millennia of human civilisation. Prehistory to Etruscan period Roman period The Roman period consists of three main eras. In 476 AD due to great corruption and inability even to protect the city of Rome the western empire fell. Middle ages Renaissance Don't tell anyone I took this!