30 Challenges for 30 Days Did you know that it takes 30 days to form a new habit? The first few days are similar as to how you would imagine the birth of a new river. Full of enthusiasm it gushes forth, only to be met by strong obstacles. So, take a moment to reflect on the question ‘Who do I want to be in 5 years?’ Check out this short TED talk first to get inspired: Now pick one or more challenges and stick with them! However, be cautioned, picking too many challenges at the same time can easily result in a failure of all of them. #1 Write a I-Like-This-About-You note/text/email each day for someone (Easy) This is the perfect way to let someone else know you care. #2 Talk to one stranger each day (Hard) This is a great one to cure approaching anxiety. #3 Take one picture each day (Hard) This one gets harder nearing the end of the challenge because at one point you will run out of the easy shots. #4 Re-evaluate one long-held belief each day (Intermediate) #5 Take a 30 minute walk each day (Easy) We recommend:
20 Foolproof Hacks For Throwing The Perfect Dinner Party 25 Things You Keep In Your Life That Are Only Holding You Back 1. The phone numbers of people that never, ever call you or text you first, and often don’t even respond when you text them. 2. Mean or uncomfortable exchanges with people — either in your text or internet history — that you occasionally go over and re-read because they make you feel angry and terrible all over again. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. For more good advice and inspiration, read The Truth About Everything here. soft pretzel buns and knots Guess what we’re making this weekend? I have been obsessed with make soft pretzels at home since about 16 seconds after I learned that you could, 7 years ago. For something that looks so twisted, dark and complex, they’re actually simple to make, requiring only a basic bread dough (flour, water, salt and yeast), formed into pretzel knot (a rope with the ends twisted together, then folded back over itself), dipped briefly in a baking soda solution, salted, and baked until pretty. This is almost exactly the way they are made in southern Germany and surrounding pretzel-loving regions, save one bit: instead of a baking soda bath, the pretzels are dipped in a lye solution. Lye, as in the poison. Or so this was the case nearly a decade ago. The thing is, pretzels made with a baking soda solution are quite pretzel-ish! Which is to say, I have good news and bad today. Soft pretzels, previously: Over here. Time: 2 hours (1 1/2 hours rising time) Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Dip your pretzels:
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Basic Beer-Can Chicken This is the basic recipe for beer-can chicken whose origin has as man stories as there are grill cooks. The one I like goes something like this. A barbecue pitmaster had been drinking beer—the official sanctioned barbecue circuit beverage--all day when he realized that he was going to need to eat something if he was going to last all day and into the next morning tending his slow-cooked barbecue. Methods/steps Grilling Method: Indirect/Medium Heat Remove neck and giblets and pat dry chicken with paper towels. Open beer can, pour out about ¼ cup of the beer and make an extra hole in top of the can with church key can opener. Cook chicken for 1 - 1½ hours or until the internal temperature registers 165ºF in the breast area and 180ºF in the thigh. Note: When removing from grate, be careful not to spill contents of beer can, as it will be very hot.
15 Chic and Creative Ways to Tie a Scarf How to tie a half-bow scarf To tie the half-bow scarf, you should first loop the scarf around your neck and tie once– like the first step of tying your shoelaces. Then, take one side of the scarf and make a one loop, as if you were only tying one side of the bow on your shoes. Take the longer section of the scarf and wrap it in front and then behind the entire scarf, next to your neck. Fluff the loop afterwards to taste. How to tie a scarf bow Wrap the scarf around your neck and make sure both ends are even. How to braid a scarf Although it looks complicated, this scarf style is easy to tie. How to tie the scarf rosette belt Wrap a longer scarf around your waist and then twist it until the scarf starts to curl around itself. How to tie a layered knot Start by putting the scarf around your neck so that the ends hang in back. How to tie a simple slip knot Double up your scarf and wrap it around the back of your neck. How to tie the half-bow cinch How to tie the knotted loop How to tie a knot row
30 Foods You'll Never Have To Buy Again Inspirational Bicycle Quotes The oldest and best collection of famous, inspirational bicycle quotes on the web. Riding a bicycle is one of the great metaphors for how to live life, thus these timeless, wonderful quotable quotes. Please submit your favorite inspirational bike quote. We’ll post it here. Life is like riding a bicycle. I thought of that while riding my bicycle. ~ Albert Einstein My two personal favorites. Bicycle Quotation QUIZ Riding a bicycle is one of the greatest metaphors for living life. I never met a bicycle I didn’t like.~ Answer To bike, or not to bike: that is NOT a question. ~ AnswerBicycles are a girl’s best friend. ~ AnswerNearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him a bicycle. ~ Answer More quiz questions. New favorite bicycle quotes: Good thing riding a bicycle is as easy as riding a bicycle. ~ Becca Droz Marriage is a wonderful invention; but then again, so is a bicycle repair kit. ~ Billy Connolly Dear God, O.k. Famous Bicycle Quotes ~ Charles M. H.G.