DIY Furniture

Title: DIY Patio Furniture

Author: Danger is my middle name

Full Text & Source: http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Patio-Furniture/

The Internet, 22/7/2014

Abstract: It’s great to spend some time outdoors, especially if you have some comfortable and attractive patio furniture. Make you own with these DIY patio furniture projects!

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Title: 5 Pieces Of Outdoor Furniture You Can Build Yourself

Author: Lexy. B. Ward

Full Text & Source: http://www.curbly.com/users/lexybward/posts/15212-5-pieces-of-outdoor-furniture-you-can-build-yourself#!bjYNqs
The Internet, 22/7/2014

Abstract: Shopping for outdoor furniture can be a ghastly task. Why not build your own? Here are five pieces to inspire you to break out the tools!

Sample Text: 1. Use pallet boards to create a simple set of furniture

How to Make Outdoor Furniture

Title:How to Make Outdoor Furniture

Publishers/Authors: Fine Woodworking Editors

Full text & Source: http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/26430/how-to-make-outdoor-furniture
The Internet, 22/7/2014

Sample Text: Barbeque season is here but how is your patio furniture holding up? It’s never too late to whip up some new garden furniture–especially since many in the U.S. are heading into a long, three-day independence weekend.

FineWoodworking.com hosts a collection of outdoor furniture project and plans that you can build: See complete list below. A recent issue of our magazine included three outdoor chair plans. You can watch how to make one of them from start to finish in an eight-part video workshop. Watch the intro video below. Other projects on our site include an ipe table, a classic Adirondack, and more garden bench plans.

So, what’s on your agenda? Will you craft pieces for the outdoors this year? Or, if you recently made any projects, upload photos in our gallery. And, if you have any tips for fellow patio-furniture makers, be sure to share them in a comment below.

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A Classic Adirondack Chair
Our version updates the original design with a curved seat and back, making it even more comfortable for relaxing. It’s made of western red cedar, assembled with screws and carriage bolts.
Video: Assembling the Adirondack chair
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Sturdy Outdoor Chair
Joinery takes center stage in this chair designed by master furniture maker Hank Gilpin. It includes mortise-and-tenon joints, bridle joints, and lap joints.
Adirondack with a Twist
Michael Fortune designed this chair with comfort in mind. It’s loosely modeled on the traditional Adirondack chair but more comfortable and features more curves. Read 3 Outdoor Chairs for drawings on making this chair.
An Outdoor Table in Ipé
This 5-ft.-dia. table seats six. The top is made of boards surrounded by an outer frame constructed from 12 thicker segments. Gently curved legs attach to the base with mortise-and-tenon joints.
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A Japanese Garden Bench
A curved back rail and armrests, plus tapered back splats with a cross rail blend Asian esthetics and traditional Tudor style. The bench uses mortise-and-tenon joints throughout.
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The Lutyens Garden Bench
Designed more than 100 years ago by noted architect Edward Lutyens, this bench features a whimsical frame around classically regimented slats on the back and seat.
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Colonial Garden Bench
Inspired by outdoor furniture built during Colonial times, this bench has contoured back slats and arms that make for comfortable seating. Mortise-and-tenon joinery ensures a solid bench that will last for years.
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Build a Potting Bench
Build this redwood potting bench for yourself or the gardener in your life. It’s perfect for seed sowing, transplanting, and potting up cuttings.
Download the free plan

How To Build A Pergola

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Title : How To Build A Pergola

Author: Rick Peters

Full Text & Source: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/pergola/3352816

The Internet, 22/7/2014

Sample Text : Here’s a structure that won’t provide shelter from wind or rain, and is only marginally better when it comes to the midday sun. So, why build it? Because in the absence of walls and a roof, it defines an outdoor space without constraining it. It’s a unique architectural blend that places you both inside and out at the same time. The structure is called a pergola, and it’s just the thing to bring backyard landscaping to life. Pergolas were common features of Italian Renaissance gardens, often covering walkways or serving as grape arbors. Today, the same design can be used to define a passageway or frame a focal point in your yard. Add a climbing plant such as wisteria or, yes, grapevines, and your pergola will provide color and shade as well. 
Our pergola fits on an 8-ft. square, but it’s easy to modify it to suit your site. Cedar is our material of choice because it resists decay. Leave it unfinished and let it gradually turn gray. Or, apply a stain or sealer designed for exterior use. 

Installing the Posts
The posts are composed of pressure-treated 4 x 4 cores that are sheathed with 1 x cedar. We secured the post cores to a concrete pad with steel post-base anchors. If you’re not building on a pad, use longer posts and set them in the earth below the frost line. 

Attaching the Support Beams
Cut the four 2 x 6 cedar support beams to length, use a template to mark the curved notches at the ends and cut the notches with a jigsaw. Clamp the beams in place, and check that they’re level and that the posts are plumb. 
Then secure each end with four 3-in. No. 10 screws [4]

Adding the Crossbeams
The 2 x 6 crossbeams are notched to fit over the support beams. 
Cut the notches with a dado blade in the table saw [6], or lay out each notch and use a jigsaw to remove the waste. Install the crossbeam pairs at the posts first. When they’re in place, bore screwholes down through their top edges and screw crossbeams to the support beams [8]. Then add the three remaining pairs with similar spacing. 

Post Trim and Braces
Cut the post trimpieces to length and width. Note that you’ll need to notch some of the pieces to fit between the support beams, or you can make filler blocks to cover the post cores at these areas. Instead of trying for perfectly flush corners, we dimensioned the trim to leave a 1/8-in. shadow line, or reveal.  Secure the trimpieces to the posts with construction adhesive and galvanized finishing nails [9]. Use 2 x 6 stock for the diagonal braces. Cut the ends to length at 45 degrees, and use a flexible stick to lay out the shallow curve on the lower edge of each brace. Fasten the braces to the posts and beams with screws [10]Fitting the Top Slats
Cut the five 2 x 4 slats to length and shape the ends. 
Clamp each slat in place and mark the crossbeam notch positions [11]Capping the Posts
To make the post caps, cut square blanks and then set the table saw blade to 15 degrees for shaping the bevels. 
Use a longer board with a stop across the end as a sled to guide each blank through the blade [14]. Clamp the blanks to the sled when making the cuts. 

31 Quick & Easy Fat Burning Recipes

Title: 31 Quick-and-Easy Fat-Burning Recipes

Author: Health Magazine Online (Health.com)

Full Text & Source: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20678467,00.html
The Internet, 21/7/2014

Sample Text: Foods that fight fat

Losing weight—and keeping the pounds off—isn’t a quick or easy process, but a few simple diet tricks can be a big help along the way. Our favorites? Eating lots of protein, fiber, and healthy carbs, which boost your metabolism and keep you feeling full all day long.
If you’re not sure how to work these calorie-burning ingredients into your daily menu, start with these recipes. They all include at least one weight-loss superfood, and, best of all, they can be made in 30 minutes or less!
Broccoli & Feta Omelet with Toast
This easy breakfast recipe, which takes just 15 minutes start to finish, packs a one-two punch that will leave you feeling satisfied yet energized.
The broccoli provides filling fiber (and just 30 calories per serving), while the protein-loaded eggs curb appetite and will help stave off those late-morning cravings.

Health Food Recipes: http://www.health.com/health/food-recipes/

Eat Yourself Skinny Great Website

Title: Eat Yourself Skinny

Author: Kelly Hunt

Full Text & Source: http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/about
The Internet, 21/7/2014

Great website, easy to read with great low cal recipes for everyone

Sample Text: I’m a 20-something foodie with a passion for cooking and a huge desire to show that living a healthy lifestyle can actually be easy and fun! I love my dog, I love my life and I love that you stopped by my blog so that I can share all that and more with you! Cheers!

Her recipe box: http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/category/recipe-box
Sections Include -
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Cook Yourself Slim TV Show

Title: Cook Yourself Thin

Authors: Harry Eastwood, Allison Fishman and Candice Kumai

Full Text & Source: http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/cook-yourself-thin
The Internet, 21/7/2014

Sample Text: Do you want to have your cake and eat it too? “Cook Yourself Thin,” an all-new series, offers viewers the skills and the confidence to give their favorite indulgent meals a healthy makeover by cutting the calories and doubling the flavor!
Based on the successful British series and popular “Cook Yourself Thin” cookbook, culinary experts Harry Eastwood, Allison Fishman and Candice Kumai show guests how to lose their unwanted inches by replacing extreme dieting with clever cooking. Each half-hour “Cook Yourself Thin” episode follows one guest as she learns simple ways to transform her favorite high-calorie meals into delicious, healthier fare.
The meals are prepared step-by-step, comparing the calorie count of the original version to that of the “Cook Yourself Thin” recipe. The guest is then sent home with the ingredients, tools and tips necessary to make healthy changes in the kitchen. After six weeks of living the “Cook Yourself Thin” lifestyle, each participant is visited at home by the hosts to check on her progress.

Recipes: http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/cook-yourself-thin/recipes
Sample recipes
Spicy Dinner Options
COOK YOURSELF THIN RECIPES!
Tortilla Soup
Kebabs With Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Chipotle and Marshmallow Sweet Potatoes
Tex-Mex Steak with Pepper Salsa
Chicken and Veggie Curry
Chicken Tacos With Lime Mayo
Spanish-Style Paprika Shrimp

Healthy Holiday Breakfasts
Mango Morning
Apple Mini Muffins
Orange Surprise
Banana Bread

Starters & Sides
Roasted Cauliflower
Garlicky Fries
Greek Salad Pitza
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Citrus Slaw
Veggie Couscous and Tomato Salad

Listen Up Aspiring Domestic Goddess – Handy Tips

Title: How to Be a Good Housewife

Authors: Bex, Krystle C., Maddmattg, CampSpot and 69 others

Full Text & Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Good-Housewife
The Internet, 20/7/2014

Sample Text: Are you a new housewife or are you just looking to really step up your game? Either way, this article will give you some great ideas for creating the perfect home and maintaining a healthy relationship with your husband.Cook (healthy) meals. Try to make healthy meals, to keep your whole family feeling their best, as well as keeping yourself healthy and strong (so you can deal with all the challenges in your day!). If you don’t know how to cook, try to learn! •Plan ahead, with the aim to have a delicious meal on the table when he gets home from work. It is often said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and it is absolutely true! Microwave meals are not suitable cuisine, so find a recipe book you like and start experimenting.
•Having a great meal ready is a good way to let him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. A good meal can be an expression of love and a warm welcome for your partner when he gets home.
Keep the house as clean as you can. Do your best to make your home a clean and pleasant place to live in. Having a clean house can reduce everybody’s stress and make things run much smoother. Prevent the constant search for the misplaced keys and the annoying dirty-dish odor by staying on top of the household chores. Do the laundry. Laundry is stressful and time consuming, plus leaving it around can make your home stinky! If you want to reduce your husband’s stress, help out by keeping the whole family’s clothing clean. With some careful planning, you can easily fit it into your day. You can even get the kids to help you fold! Have a schedule. You are like a general and your family are your troops. You have to keep everything running smoothly! Create schedules for cleaning and how you’ll get through your days, in order to help everything run better. Scheduling time is a great way to make sure more gets done in your day, since you’ll find yourself wasting much less time! Wake up early. Get a head start on your day to make everything go more smoothly. Oversleeping will only make you more tired anyway. Getting up earlier will make sure you get everyone’s lunches made and everyone dressed and ready to go without all the stress and scrambling to find that missing backpack. Create a healthy environment. Everyone in your family should come home to a healthy, empowering, uplifting environment. Do your best to make sure that everyone’s spiritual and emotional needs are being met, including your own, to make your home the best home it can be.
Part 2 of 4: Maintaining Your Relationship
Discuss expectations with your partner. Discuss realistic expectations, and how to meet them as best as you can. Do not presume that you have the same expectations because you may find out the hard way (through arguments) that you don’t. Sit down and talk it over. •The definition of a good housewife depends on which house you live in. It is also very culture-dependent.
•What are the things he is hoping you will keep up with in the home? What are his responsibilities in the home? If you are primarily responsible for keeping the house clean, he may take responsibility for cleaning up after himself: putting his dirty laundry in the hamper, putting his dishes in the dishwasher, etc.
•If you are also caring for young children during the day, you may be surprised by how difficult it is to also keep up with household tasks. Your husband may need to help significantly with the cooking and cleaning, if possible.
Maintain a respectable appearance. It is all too easy to stop paying attention to your appearance when you have a husband but maintaining attraction is a key element of a long-term relationship. While it was important to keep a good appearance during dating/courtship, it is even more important in a married relationship, or any committed relationship. Make sure you’re bathing regularly and wearing clean clothes. This is really about showing your husband that you still respect yourself….and you should respect yourself enough to take care of yourself! •If your husband oftentimes tells you he likes when you wear a certain garment or outfit, by all means, take the hint.
Treat him like an adult. It is important for your husband to still have control over his personal situations, like choosing his hobbies, his meals, his clothes, etc. When you are home a lot, it can be easy to want to take control of everything your husband does in the home, but this may not be your husband’s preference. It’s all right if you want to give him your input in a polite way, and of course fine if he asked you. Otherwise, let him have his space, just as you’d want yours. He’s a separate human being from you; always remember that.
Listen to him. A good wife listens to what her spouse has to say without interrupting. Show empathy and learn how to have great conversations. The key idea is that to be a good conversationalist, you should strive to listen more and talk less, by engaging the other person to talk more about his interests. That is the mark of humility, respect, selflessness, and generosity. •This will also set a good example and he should also listen to you more!
Find a balance in arguments, but avoid them if possible. Nagging never works, and will only serve to irritate your spouse. Not speaking your mind is just as bad. Husbands are not tyrannic creatures: if you find a balance in arguments, and take turns to speak, things will surely improve. Just remember to respect each other, and things will go much better. •Some arguing is normal. Don’t worry if this happens. You are different people and you will disagree sometimes! Just handle the arguments in a healthy way and everything will be okay.
Love your spouse for who he is. Don’t criticize him in an nonconstructive, cruel, or nagging way. Whatever your image of the ‘ideal’ man may be, everyone is unique in his own ways, so try to respect that. Before you try to improve others, try to improve yourself first. If you find things disagreeable about him, let him know in a mature, sensible and loving way: chances are that he will agree on some things and/or explain others, plus it will build trust between both of you and save unnecessary conflicts.
Part 3 of 4: Going the Extra Mile ………………………..Read online

Top 10 Irish Beers

Title: Top 10 Irish Beers

Author: Gayot

Full Text & Source: http://www.gayot.com/beer/top10irishbeers/main.html
The Internet, 20/7/2014

Text: The Best Stouts, Ales and Lagers Brewed in Ireland
Ireland might be a small island off the coast of a somewhat larger island, but its breweries are big business. Guinness, which dominates the Irish beer market at home and abroad, is brewed in nearly 60 countries and sold in more than 100. Its parent company Diageo also owns Smithwick’s, Harp and Kilkenny. Then there is Heineken International, which owns Beamish and Murphy’s. Those who find the dominance of multinational conglomerates disconcerting can take comfort in the expanding craft beer segment, including brands such as O’Hara’s and Porterhouse. GAYOT’s Top 10 Irish beers run the range from strong, rich and full-bodied for sipping to light and crisp — perfect for thirst-quenching and as a companion for spicy foods. To get a full taste of what the Emerald Isle has to offer, line up the following selections and have a tasting.
STOUTS
Guinness Draught
The milkshake of beers, this “meal in a bottle” has that roasted malt flavor and hint of chocolate we’ve come to expect from most full-bodied beers. A rich and creamy Irish favorite, this hearty brew is best straight out of the bottle or, if it’s canned, from a tulip-shaped pint glass. Ask your bartender for a “perfect pint,” an optimal pouring method which, according to the company, should take 119.53 seconds. Can’t wait that long? Just think of how happy you’ll be when that fluffy white cloud forms at the top of your glass, distinctive of “draught” or nitrogen-infused brews. Warning: May put hair on your chest.
Guinness Black Lager
Designed to lure pale beer drinkers over to the dark side, Guinness Black Lager is not a lighter version of the brand’s famous stout, but a whole different beer. Instead of stout’s creamy thickness and full body, black lager offers the crisp carbonation and light hops of its paler cousins. Yet, it still retains some of the stout’s roasted barley character, which gives the lager its dark color and fuller flavor. At just 4.5 percent alcohol by volume, Guinness Black Lager works great as a session beer and adds welcome diversity to the Irish brewery’s stout-heavy line-up.
Harp Lager
Not everyone wants a beer to taste like a milkshake. Luckily for them, there’s hope — Harp. This crisp summery lager, which comes from a country better known for its stouts and leprechauns, has a bitter beginning that quickly that turns to clean and refreshing. This classic lager is smooth and solid.
CREAM ALES
Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
Kilkenny has friends in high places. Guinness brews it; Diageo, the world’s largest producer of spirits (Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Jose Cuervo, Bailey’s and Guinness) carries it; and Smithwick’s, Ireland’s oldest brewery, is where it originated. The beer is older than some countries, with a heritage dating back to the fourteenth century, and until recently, Dubliner Pub in Washington, D.C. was the only place in the United States that carried it. Kilkenny has since become widely available. The taste can be described as Smithwick’s with less hops and a creamy head like Guinness. The amber brew has the rich aroma and flavor of toasted malt. It’s all at once sweet and creamy, offset by some bitterness and is available in both draught (nitrogen-infused) and canned forms.
ALES
Murphy’s Irish Red
Irish red ales get their reddish hue from the small amounts of roasted barley they contain. Some manufacturers artificially color their beers red, and as a result some beers labeled “red ales” are not truly so. In America, darker amber ales are also sometimes labeled as “red ales.” Murphy’s Irish Red was originally brewed as Lady’s Well Ale in 1856. Lady’s Well, located across from the company’s brewery in Cork, has been a religious site for Catholics since the eighteenth century. Dutch beer juggernauts Heineken International purchased the brewery in 1983. This true Irish red is dry, crisp, hoppy and very carbonated with some signs of fruit and caramel.
STOUTS
Murphy’s Irish Stout
The lightest and sweetest of Ireland’s Big Three (Guinness, Beamish and Murphy’s), Murphy’s Irish Stout is the “nice guy” of the group. But don’t be deceived — that just means you can drink more of ‘em. Think chocolate milk topped with a double shot of espresso and finished with a one-inch thick head of caramel-infused creamy goodness. Since the company’s acquisition by Heineken in 1983, Murphy’s has been enjoying a reputation as one of the fastest growing stout brands in the world. Have a Guinness for dinner, but save this one for dessert.
STOUTS
O’Hara’s Celtic Stout (Carlow Brewery)
Carlow Brewery is what you would call old school. Its name comes from Carlow, a small town located in Ireland’s historic Barrow Valley region and home to a once-thriving craft beer scene. In the 1800s, crafting your own beer was a popular practice among the inhabitants of Carlow, but this ended with the takeover of small breweries by big business. Carlow Brewing Company, founded in 1996, is reviving this olde tyme way of producing beers long lost, motivated by the belief that their way of manufacturing beers is superior to modern methods. O’Hara’s Celtic Stout is true to the original Irish stout. It’s a robust, full-bodied combination of hops and roasted barley, providing both sweetness and a roasty bite with no artificial additives. Just hops, barley, yeast and water — that’s it. (Really makes you wonder what you’re drinking in all those other beers.) If you’re looking for the real deal, this is it.
ALES
O’Hara’s Irish Wheat (Carlow Brewery)
Ireland is famous for its stout, but this Irish wheat beer is worth checking out. Also known as Curim Gold Celtic Wheat, O’Hara’s Irish Wheat is an easy-drinking golden ale. On the nose, it displays hints of banana, peach and plum, which balance the bitter hops on the finish. Mild and smooth on the palate, the beer’s wheaty flavor profile lacks the stronger wholegrain flavors typical of many American hefeweizens. At just 4.3 percent alcohol, the Irish Wheat works well with food or as a session ale.
STOUTS
Porterhouse Brewing Co. Oyster Stout
Established in 1996, Porterhouse Brewing Company is Ireland’s largest independent brewery. Beginning with a Dublin pub, the company now operates bars as far afield as New York and London, bringing their craft brews beyond the Emerald Isle’s shores. Porterhouse Brewing Company makes a varied range of stouts, ales, lagers, seasonal and specialty beers, including their popular oyster stout. The name is not a misnomer. While not all oyster stouts are actually made with the bivalve mollusc — some were simply designated as such because pubs served them with oysters — Porterhouse actually shucks fresh oysters into the conditioning tank. Fortunately, you won’t find them floating in your pint, but you should get a hint of their flavor — not full on, as if you were eating fresh seafood, but more subtly, as in Asian foods made with oyster sauce. The result may not be your typical Irish stout, but it still has the characteristic rounded malt flavors, creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish. Vegetarians beware!
Smithwick’s Irish Ale
This beer is so old, it dates back to the fourteenth century when monks would brew their own next door to the Smithwick’s brewery. The ruins of the original Franciscan abbey that once stood there can still be seen. Smithwick’s is Ireland’s oldest operating brewery, the major ale producer in Ireland and, along with Guinness, part of Diageo. Like Murphy’s Irish Red, this is a red ale characterized by caramel maltiness and a hint of hops.

Five Best Beers For A Party

Title: Five Best Beers For A Party

Author: The Kitchn

Full Text & Source:http://www.thekitchn.com/the-beer-fridge-5-best-beers-to-serve-at-a-partybeer-sessions-168925
The Internet, 20/7/2014
You love beer. I love beer. But do you know if your guests love beer? If you’re facing a big crowd with lots of different tastes, here are five great brews to have in the fridge.
• Sam Adams Lager
• Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
• Rogue Dead Guy Ale
• Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
• Oskar Blues Ten Fiddy Imperial Stout
The idea here is to hit a range of tastes. Sam Adams is the “safe” beer: most people recognize it, like it, and will drink it if their favorite beer isn’t around. The Sierra Nevada pale ale and Rogue’s Dead Guy are also fairly familiar, but push the edges a little. The pale ale will appeal to folks who like bitter beers while Dead Guy is sweeter and maltier.
The last two are for your beer lovers or folks wanting to try something different. They might be a little extreme for people who usually drink Corona and Bud Lite, but you’ll make your guests who like more intense beer flavors very happy. You could really replace these two with any new, favorite, extreme, or otherwise mind-blowing beer you’ve recently discovered.
Which five beers would you recommend having on-hand for a crowd of mixed beer drinkers?

Time to Think Pink!

Title: Time to Think Pink!

Author O’Brien’s Wines (Nice Wine Blog)

Full Text & Source: http://www.obrienswine.ie/blog/entry/Time-to-Think-Pink
The Internet,20/7/2014

Sample Blog: Time to Think Pink!

As I look out the window this afternoon it’s hard to believe it, but apparently there’s lots of glorious sunshine predicted for this weekend.
I for one will definitely be seizing the all too rare opportunity to sit in the sun with a nice glass of rosé and what better time to take advantage of our amazing 3 for 2 offer.
With up to eleven wines to choose from there are plenty of options and I have picked a few of my personal favourites from the offer.
As you can see from the selection below we have a broad variety of styles of rosé included in this mix & match deal, so whatever you are planning this weekend we have the perfect wine for you!

L’Ostal Cazes Rosé € 13.99 3 for 2
This is ground-breaking a new rose from the fabulous Lynch-Bages owned estate. Using their high altitude with just a touch of skin contact, this is aromatic and packed with flavour.
This rose is one the best wines we have tried from the whole of the Languedoc; a beautiful strawberry scented dry rose that is superb with barbecued food.

Mas Belles Eaux Rosé € 13.99 3 for 2
Owned by Bordeaux superstar estate Pichon-Longueville, this domaine is excelling in premium Languedoc wines. This rich, dry Rosé is one of the region’s finest.
Try this with pan fried tiger prawns in chilli and garlic for a perfect pai

Domaine de Nizas Rosé € 14.99 3 for 2
Structured, serious rosé from this highly acclaimed Languedoc estate. Owned and run by Goelet Estates (Clos Du Val).
Everything here is estate grown and bottled and the results show in this concentrated food-friendly rosé.

Rizzardi Chiaretto Rosé € 13.99 3 for 2
Rich, concentrated and bursting with ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit, this is a sumptuous rosé.
This is the perfect Spring summer drink: lovely as an aperitif or matching fresh pasta. For a match made in heaven try this with pork/ chicken stir-fry.

Los Vascos Rosé € 13.99 3 for 2
Los Vascos is the Chilean branch of world famous DBR Lafite. The quality is stellar and you will find this to be one of Chile’s best rosés.
A real treat for wine drinkers let alone fans of good dry rosé, this is structured, dry, full-flavoured rosé that delivers buckets of vibrant fruit. A new star.

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Six Wines to Bring to a Dinner Party

Title: Six Wines to Bring to a Dinner Party

Author: Scott Jones

Full Text & Source:http://www.cookinglight.com/entertaining/wine/dinner-party-wines
The Internet, 20/7/2014

Sample Text:
Match Wines to your Host or Hostess’ Personality
Is your dinner party host or hostess a wine connoisseur or a novice? Does he or she stick to comfort-food basics or go all organic? Or are they just downright hard to please?
Well, we have you covered with the perfect wine suggestions to impress your dinner companions—even the pickiest cook will be pleased with your gift.
Joel Gott, Unoaked Chardonnay, California, 2011 ($18)
This crisp chardonnay packs a two-punch combo. Palate-cleansing acidity easily cuts through a rich casserole, but this weighty white also has enough heft to tackle baked pasta or mashed potatoes.
For the Dark Chocolate Indulger
Lapostolle, Casa Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile, 2010 ($14)
A deep, intense chocolate bar calls for an equally powerful, rich red. The bold tannins in Lapostolle’s Casa Cab balance out dark chocolate’s bittersweet edge while allowing the wine’s red berry flavors to shine through.

Ask a Sommelier: The Best Party Wines

Title: Ask a Sommelier: The Best Party Wines#

Author: Hayley Daen

Full Text & Source: http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2013/12/best-wine-for-party-champagne-riesling-wine-recommendations-sommeliers-new-years-holiday-parties.html
The Internet, 20/7/2014

Sample Text: With the holiday season fully upon us, we all need something festive to drink. Whether we’re toting it with us to a cocktail party or serving it to guests, there are certain wines that work especially well for a party. We asked wine experts from across the country what they like to open when it’s party time.
Here’s what they had to say…
“Right now it’s rosé! It’s a myth that we should only drink pink wine from the most recent vintage and only during the summer. Many of the rosés out there are crisp and dry, which makes them great to enjoy on their own or with a variety of party snacks. No need to worry about specific food pairings or having purple teeth at a party!” —Theresa Paopao (Ribelle)
“In the winter, I love Cru Beaujolais. It is relatively inexpensive, but it’s totally drinkable and is a crowd pleaser.” —Shannon Tucker (Foreign Cinema)
“For parties, I tend to gravitate toward things in a box. From one-liter boxes of organic Sangiovese in a Tetra Pak (Fuoristrada Sangiovese 2010 is my favorite) to five liters of organic Bonarda or Barbera from the Pedmont (go with Cascina Roera Langhe Rosso).” —Liz Vilardi (Belly), (The Blue Room), and (Central Bottle Wine + Provisions)
“Bubbles! Always bubbles. I’m crushing on Melaric Cabernet Franc. Its tiny pink bubbles are a little funky and something different. Most people don’t treat themselves to sparkling wine. I think it’s special and love to drink it any chance I get.” —Sarah Egeland (Smallwares)
“My favorite wine to bring to a group of friends is Pierre Peters Cuvée Reserve Champagne, in magnums. First of all, who doesn’t love Champagne? Secondly, it’s from one of the greatest producers of ‘Farmer Fizz’ ever. In addition to that, even though it is a non-vintage wine (and priced like a NV!), it is secretly an undeclared vintage wine! Currently 2008. (To be clear, only the Magnums are all one vintage).” —Joe Camper (DB Bistro Moderne)
“Riesling is the king of party wine. The light body and fruity palate is very approachable to non-wine drinker and experienced winos. My absolute favorite is Riesling in a magnum bottle. It is the sexiest bottle shape out there and will sure make a conversation starter.” —Bank Atcharawan (Chada Thai & Wine)
“It really depends on the party and the time of the year, but right now I would say my go-to party wine is Rhone Valley for red, and Alsace for white. These wines are really well suited for this time of the year because they have a really nice spice, and go well with seasonal ingredients. My favorite in the magnum format is Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe, “La Crau”, 2009.” —Pedro Goncalves (Oceana)
“Champagne! Or sparkling wine in general because it is always festive and celebratory. I am huge fan of rosé Champagne (all year round!). Magnums are always more fun! If you have enough people, opening any large format bottle is always a show stopper and conversation starter.” —Jessica Brown (The Breslin) and (The John Dory Oyster Bar)
“For party wines I believe in going with the classics. Let’s be honest, people are there to socialize and have fun, not to learn about a grape they’ve never heard of. I also believe in serving white wines—when you are socializing all night no one wants purple teeth or a dry mouth from too much tannin. Chablis is my favorite party wine—light and crisp enough that it is refreshing, and delicious enough that guests keep drinking more and more, ensuring that they have a good time. Picking up a village level Chablis from an iconic producer like Dauvissat will make any wine geeks at your party happy without emptying your bank account.” —Jeff Kellogg (Maialino)
“My go-to party wine is definitely Cru Beaujolais. I try to find good producers that distribute in magnum format (1.5 Liters) because the great examples are honestly almost too easy to drink, and single bottles are never enough to go around. Cru Beaujolais (especially from the villages of Morgon and Fleurie) is one of the most versatile wine regions for medium-bodied red wines out there and can serve as a charming wine to drink with snacks or can pair with a whole array of dishes from Mexican to Thai and in between.” —Eduardo Porto-Carreiro (DBGB Kitchen and Bar)…………………

Cocktail Hour

Title: Cocktail Recipes; Ranging from classic to eclectic, browse our cocktail recipes to find the right libation for every taste, occasion, and season.

Author: Martha Stewart

Full Text & Source: http://www.marthastewart.com/275676/classic-cocktails/@center/276959/cocktail-hour
The Internet, 20/7/2014

17 Classic Cocktail Recipes
19 Whiskey Cocktails
23 Rum Cocktails
18 Tequila Cocktails

Sample Text:
Manhattan
Food and drink trends may come and go, but these classic libations are never out of style. Make happy hour even happier with our tried-and-true recipes.
Yes, this all-American barroom standard was created on the island that gives it its name. The combination of rye or bourbon with bitters and sweet vermouth has been a classic for more than a hundred years.
Ingredients
 2 1/2 ounces bourbon or rye
 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
 2 dashes Angostura bitters
 Ice cubes
 Maraschino cherry, for garnish
Directions
Step 1
Shake bourbon, vermouth, and bitters over ice. Strain into a cocktail glass; garnish with cherry.
Step 2
Shake bourbon, vermouth, and bitters over ice. Strain into a cocktail glass; garnish with cherry.

Party Cocktails A-Z

Title: Party Cocktails

Author: Food Network

Full Text & Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/cocktail-party.html
The Internet, 20/7/2014

Sample Text: Cocktail Party

Bring your cocktail party to life with inventive ideas for elegant drinks and easy appetizers guests will love.

Recipes: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/articles/sandras-cocktail-party/sandra-lees-south-beach-cocktail-party.html

How To Organise The Perfect BBQ Party

Title: How to Organise the Perfect BBQ Party
Author: Matthew Lawrence
Full Text & Source:http://www.hss.com/blog/how-to-organise-the-perfect-bbq-party/
The Internet, 20/7/2014
Sample Text: With the summer season already here and the temperatures expected to rise even more over the next few days, many have plans to fire up the barbeque this weekend. All it takes is a glowing sun (even if it is only for 5 minutes), bags full of charcoal and a quick reaction; phone calls should be made immediately and everyone should hastily put on their best shorts and t-shirt… before the sun leaves the U.K. for another year.
So, how can you host the “perfect” BBQ party, especially when you don’t have the time to organise everything in advance? Instead of serving your guests a few frazzled sausages we have complied some hints and tips on how to make your parties an experience that everyone will remember for a long time.
The main food
Going all out for a traditional barbeque means serving ribs, chicken, burgers and sausages, but don’t forget those who don’t eat meat and include things such as veggie burgers. Also make sure there is something for people with food allergies to eat. People attend BBQ’s with high expectations for the food, so it’s important that you get it right. Everything should be cooked on a low heat to get the best out of the meat. If you have the time and really want to go for it, marinate or season the meat the night before. The classic sauces to serve are BBQ sauce, tomato ketchup and mayonnaise. People will always remember if there wasn’t enough food and choice on offer and nobody wants a reputation of throwing a poor party.
The nibbles
Snacks like crisps should be on offer to starve off hunger, while you guests are waiting for the meat to cook, and to prevent them from getting too drunk too quickly. You may also consider getting some ice-cream for those who can’t resist a sweet treat for dessert and to keep people cool.
The drinks
Make sure there are plenty of cool drinks on the table. You could even get your guests’ favourite drinks in for extra brownie points (and to be in with a chance of winning the “Host of the Year” award). Include a mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks; while you won’t be driving some guests will be and some may be tee-total. Pimm’s and lemonade in jugs with chopped strawberries, oranges, cucumber and mint leaves is a summery choice while beer is essential.
To mix things up, you could try something different, like orange or limed tinted flavoured beers. To keep drinks cool you could use a large container filled with ice, so you don’t have to run in and out of the house every time someone wants a drink. Just because it‘s summer it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have tea and coffee in your cupboard; these will always be the “die hard” drinks that fans refuse to live without, no matter the weather.
Cutlery
It’s highly doubtfully you’ll want guests in your back garden eating off your finest china plates, so make sure you have enough paper plates, napkins, plastic cutlery and cups. They aren’t the most attractive things in the world, so chose bright colours to add to the summer vibe. The real beauty in them is that they are easy to dispose of. Have a bin easily accessible for your guests to use, each time they want to dispose of their old plate or napkin, but not too close to the food as you want to avoid attracting unwanted guests such as flies.
The BBQ
Remember that all this means nothing if you don’t have a reliable BBQ; taking too long to prepare a few steaks, or being able to serve literally “a few” steaks due to its size, will leave your guests starving and stuffing their mouths with the nibbles – which is fine, unless it lasts too long. Light the barbecue before your guests arrive to create a welcoming aroma and to raise their appetite. If you do not belong to the BBQ Experts pantheon, then make sure that you choose a BBQ grill that will make your life easy, like the HSS Hire Gas Barbecue Grill. No matter how many mouths you have to feed, thanks to its size several guests can be served at once.
The Chef
I doubt you’ll meet anyone who doesn’t like a BBQ since having a barbeque party is a great occasion to relax with friends and family while men compete to be the alpha in charge of cooking the meat. If you have too many “chefs” attending your BBQ party, then why not adopt the Australian BBQ customs? Every time the head-chef needs to refill his drink the next in line takes over – and by “next in line” we mean literally the person that is seated closest to him. This way anyone who wishes to be in charge of the grilling can get a chance to do it.
The garden
Make sure your garden is in top condition. A BBQ needs to set level and guests don’t want to feel like they have to wade through the grass because it is long and unkempt. If you haven’t got your hands around it for a while, hire a Lawn Scarifier and spend a few hours in the morning to tidy up your lawn!
Seating
While your guests are waiting for their main meal, be sure you have enough chairs for them to sit on as not everyone will want to stand and eat. You need enough tables for guests to put their plates and drinks on, but you also need a table by the BBQ to put cooking utensils on when they are not being used. If you are not planning on making a career out of BBQ’s or buying a patio set is out of your budget, hiring patio furniture is a much cheaper solution.
Entertainment
If you’re hosting a large party all your guests may not know each other. Break the silence with music, as this will help people feel more relaxed and help them to mingle. You can either have the radio on or a CD if you know what your guests like. If they are into dance music putting rock on probably isn’t your best bet. Make sure what you decide to play the music on will be loud enough, if you are playing the music from inside your home. As guests start to get tipsy and the night draws on, you could always check if anyone is up for the Macarena. If there are children attending, make sure there are activities for them to engage in or toys to play with. A bored child doesn’t exactly help create a relaxing party atmosphere.
The neighbours
The best way not to make an enemy of your neighbours is to be considerate towards them, especially if they work unsocial hours, weekends or have small children. If they aren’t going to be at your BBQ party let them know beforehand you are hosting one, with a rough idea of how many people will be there and what time it will end.
The weather
The British summer is infamous for being unpredictable. Make sure you have all weather conditions covered. Spending a few minutes inside the house if it’s a scorcher of a day can help your guests stay cool with an air conditioner or fan. On the other hand, if you party lasts into the night an outdoor heater will keep guests warm long after the BBQ flames have died down. If your garden is big enough you could also hire a party tent to make sure your BBQ party can be held despite of what Mother Nature throws at you.

Be Safe
While a BBQ is about relaxing, eating, drinking and generally having fun you must be safe while you are doing so. Raw meat is one of the most common sources of contamination, so here is some useful piece of advice from the NHS:
Raw meat is a nesting paradise for germs; these germs can easily move from raw meat onto anything that might get in contact with it, such as cutlery or even your hands, and then onto anything else you touch, including food that is cooked and ready to eat; that is called “cross-contamination”.
Here are a few tips to help prevent cross-contamination:
•Wear a pair of disposable gloves when you are about to touch or chop raw meat; if that’s not possible, then remember to always wash your hands after touching raw meat.
•Use separate sets of utensils and chopping boards to manage or chop cooked and raw meat.
•Don’t use the same plate that has (or previously had) raw meat on to place cooked food.
•Keep raw meat in a sealed container away from foods that are ready to eat, such as salads and buns.
•Never put sauce or marinade on cooked food, if it has already been used with raw meat.
Food poisoning cases double during the summer, so if you aren’t cooking your meat in the oven before putting it on the BBQ you need to be extremely careful.
Here is a checklist from the NHS that will help you know when your meat is ready to serve:
•Before you start cooking make sure the coals have a glowing red colour and a powdery grey surface.
•Frozen meat has to be properly thawed before cooking it.
•Make sure the meat is cooked evenly by turning it regularly; when it is piping hot in the centre, there are no pink parts visible and it is drowned of all its juices then it’s ready to eat.
Finally, here is a checklist regarding fire safety:
•Stabilise the barbecue so that there is no danger of reversal, away from any flammable furniture or plants.
•The coal layer at the bottom of the barbecue should not exceed a 5cm (2in) depth.
•Opt for recognised firelighters or starter fuel and use them only on cold coals.
•Never use petrol on a barbecue.
•Keep children from approaching the barbeque.
Now your BBQ party is planned and everything is prepared you are ready to go. Relax, sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour, as well as the company of your guests and family.

How To Throw A Surprise Party

Title: How to Throw a Surprise Party

Authors: Puppylove0121, Lucky7, Flickety, Tryme2 and 27 others

Full-Text & Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Throw-a-Surprise-Party
The Internet, 20/7/2014

Sample Text: Everyone loves a surprise party! To give the guest of honor some happy news, a lot of presents and groove on the dance floor, here’s a perfect way how to throw a successful party!First, come up with a party plan. Where are you going to have it? You could choose it at the guest of honor’s house or perhaps at the mall, or a classroom at school. Be creative! You could make it at your house too. Come up with a location that she/he can easily be dropped and picked up at. Pick a party theme. You can have a dress up party, if you’re a group of 12 or 13 years old. If you’re 14, 15 or above, you may want to have a sophisticated party with a big group of friends, food and music. It’s up to you, though, if you want to pick a specific theme like royal or even casual. It’s your decision. Now, go out to the supermarkets or stationary shops to get party decorations! Pom poms, balloons, streamers, and don’t forget, the delicious cake! Decorate the location (if it’s set at someone’s house) with helium balloons and streamers on the walls. If you can afford a disco ball, then get one which will be set on the dance floor! Choose a date and time for the party. Make a time and date where ALL of your friends are able to go and of course, the guest of honor too. Also, make the invitations. If you’re not into the handing-out-invitation-cards, you can always send an e-mail or just write the date, time and address for the party so your friends know when to come. Remember, it’s a surprise party. Keep the whole thing a secret. Warn your friends not to slip any party details away or else the guest of honor will get suspicious. It’s better not to talk about it if he or she is around you in case of being overheard. You and your friends can come up with a secret place to discuss and confirm party details. Make sure the whole thing is kept a secret until the big day! •However, if the guest of honor is a child, you should let their parents know about the party too just in case some other event isn’t planned for them. Just slip in some details so their parents can keep all other family plans shut away and their daughter or son’s surprise party at one day.
If you are having the party at your house, make sure everything is set properly. Blow up the balloons and bunch them in different corners of the house. Hang colorful streamers up the walls and dim the lights for a party effect. If you bought a disco ball, hang it up on the ceiling and get it ready. Make a mini-buffet but don’t fill it with veggies and fruit. Go for junk food like chips, soda, candy and chocolate. It is optional to get a punch bowl or a chocolate fountain for a more party look. The night before, re-confirm the details with all your friends by text messaging or calling your friends. Don’t send them an e-mail, in case they might not check their e-mail that day. CALL them and let them know any extra buzz. Get everything prepared and remember – DON’T tell the guest of honor about it!
Have everyone arrive earlier at the party. Don’t forget a big banner that says the guest of honor’s name on it or a colorful sign that says ‘Happy Birthday!’ or “Congratulations!” or something similarly appropriate on it. Call your friend and ask her to come over as soon as possible. Make up an excuse like, ‘you need her help for homework,’ or even better yet, ‘I have major news! I can’t tell you on the phone, you have to come over.’
Before the guest of honor comes, switch off all the lights and have someone to be in charge of turning on the disco lights as soon as they enter. After the guest of honor enters, have someone switch on the lights and make everyone yell something like ‘Happy Birthday’. Now don’t turn the lights completely on, but dim them a bit. Get the disco ball on and present your honoree with some presents and gifts.Enjoy your successful surprise party!

How to Throw a Great, Cheap Party for Your Child

Title: How to Throw a Great, Cheap Party for Your Child

Authors: shelly, Horses4Ever, Nicole Willson, Sondra C and 19 others

Full Text & Source:http://www.wikihow.com/Throw-a-Great,-Cheap-Party-for-Your-Child
The Internet, 20/7/2014

Sample Text: Have you ever thrown a birthday party that you know cost way too much? Have you felt frightened to venture back into the territory of kids’ parties as a result? Fear not – you can hold a fabulous kids party with little money, and still have your kid in awe. By keeping it small, picking a fun theme, and providing snacks, a cake and a variety of games, you can throw a memorable party without spending much cash.
Keep the Birthday Bash Small. Usually between 5-10 kids is plenty. Some people go by the rule: as many children as the birthday child’s age. Pick a Theme. Having a theme to work with can help guide your party planning. While not strictly necessary, it’s fun and can lead to creative party decorations, games, and food. Some ideas: •Pink party: Recommended for girls. All decorations, food, drinks, and so forth are pink. Guests are invited to wear pink.
•Pizza party: Highlight is make-your-own pizza. Games can include pin-the-mushroom-on the pizza (a spin on pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey). Turn your home into a pizza parlour and play Italian music!
•Pool Party: Great for active kids, and appeals to a lot of kids. Guests each get a beach ball as a favour.
•Spa Day: Great for older pre-teen or teen girls, guests are invited to bring bathrobes. Play soft New Age music, make facial scrubs, do pedicures and paint each others nails. Food can be light cuisine such as fruit, salad, and sushi. Use Asian-inspired decorations such as bamboo.
•Foreign Land. Exotic locales can be inspirational: Texas, Japan, Paris, Ancient Egypt, Hawaii, Hollywood, New York, New Orleans…all of these lend to special menus, activities, and games.
Pick an Inexpensive Venue. Save a lot of money by looking for low or no cost party locations. Such as: •Your house, or possibly a friend or relative.
•Library (Many have community rooms that are free or low cost)
•Place of Worship. Many churches, temples, and the like have meeting space that can work for a party.
•Local park. Sometimes you have to pay to use a shelter, gazebo, picnic area, beach, or entrance fee. However, it is often less expensive than other choices and may offer amenities such as tennis, swimming, recreational fields, natural areas, and more. Be sure to schedule in advance!
Consider the Food Issue. The largest expense of a party tends to be food and drink. It is also easy to under-estimate, as you also have to consider if you need additional napkins, cups, plastic utensils, and so on. Some things to consider: •Dessert party: Keep it to cake or cupcakes, ice cream, milk, juice or soda. For a birthday party, kids focus on cake anyway.
•Pot Luck: all guests bring a favorite dish. This cuts down significantly on cost and can sidestep dietary issues.
•Frugal Meals: Some foods such as spaghetti is inexpensive while still a crowd favorite. Sandwiches, pizza, chili, hamburgers, hot dogs, and stews are also cost effective if made at home.
•Make from (near) scratch. Buying pizza can add up, but you can save a lot of money by making your own, if you’re a good cook.
Make the Cake, (or decorate a pre-made grocery store one) . If your little one is fond of a cartoon or TV character, go to the dollar or bargain store and look for a small toy you can add on the cake. Otherwise, be creative and create a free hand design on top. You can use food coloring to change the color of the icing. Some examples: •A monster truck themed cake.Dye the frosting green, and use crushed chocolate cookies to make a track on top. Buy a small pack of cheap cars and crush them with a hammer, set them on the cake and put a nice monster truck to put on top to make it look as though the cars have been crushed by the monster truck.
•Princess cake: Frost a pink cake, and decorate with small princess figurines and roses.
•Rainbow Cake: Make colored layer cake, frost with white frosting, cover with colorful candies.
Get Crafty! Instead of buying all the decorations for the party, try making a few. If you have children, likely you already have craft supplies. •Small, inexpensive packets of construction paper or craft foam can be turned into paper chains, banners, signs of any color combo you want. Plus, your child can help make them and give them control of aspects of the celebration.
•Fold hats out of newspaper and have the kids decorate them at the party.
•Make a banner from a large sheet of paper, and use poster paint to write letters. Use it as a guest book for when people arrive. Or use a plain sheet with a magic marker. Your child will have it to sleep with and all of his or her friends can draw on it at the party.
•Autograph a pillowcase. Using fabric markers or permanent markers, put a piece of cardboard in the pillowcase, and have guests autograph the pillowcase.
Balloons are inexpensive and fun. Dollar stores often offer them very inexpensively with helium. Regular balloons may not float, but are terrific for colorful and easy decoration. •Put confetti in your balloons for a special touch.
•Hang one from the ceiling with candy in it and draw names for it when the party is about to end as a prize. Or everyone gets one as a “goodie bag’.
•You can take permanent markers and write messages on balloons for a personal touch.
•Balloons are also fun for games such as relay races, volleyball games (good for small kids), and water balloon toss or fights.
Make goodie bags. Buy things at the dollar or bargain store. Go for the party packets and toys where you get more than one item. Look for such items as stickers, cars, candy, etc.
Or not. All too often, goodie bags end up as a collection of cheap plastic toys and candy. Even at the dollar store, these items can add up quickly–surprisingly so! Get a bit creative. Perhaps guests can go home with a bandanna from the cowgirl party. Or a garden party can end with the guests taking home flowers for their own homes.
Make the games. If necessary, make up games as well. Even half a croquet set can be used to make a mini golf course that is a mix between golf and a demo derby (give points for knocking someone’s ball, and deduct points if you miss the ball you aim for). Other great ideas include pass the parcel, musical chairs, drawing shapes around bodies on large pieces of blank paper etc. Visit the library to borrow books on party
Dont forget to clean up the mess

The Perfect Kids’ Birthday Party

Title: The Perfect Kids’ Birthday Party

Authors: Jessica Hartshorn and Pamela Stock

Full-Text & Source: http://www.parents.com/fun/birthdays/ideas/perfect-kids-birthday-party/
The Internet, 19/7/2014

Sample Text: Experts say to invite the same number of kids as the child’s age, but trust your judgment about how many little guests your kid can happily handle.What Does Baby Want?
Everyone has a different tolerance for party planning, and when it comes to potential for stressful logistics, kids’ parties rank second only to weddings. Still, some of us thrive on it: We love big affairs with lots of people. Others want only a handful of guests, thank you very much.
What does baby want? Many kids are adaptable and will roll with whatever celebration you put on, as long as they get parental attention and some semblance of a normal routine (don’t mess with naptime, Mom!). But you know your own child — adjust the level of hoopla to whatever you think he can handle.
And we’re not going to lie: Anything you do will require some work. Just sharing cake with your 1-year-old is a mess — but fun! And that’s what it’s all about, providing everyone — but mostly you and your child — with a good time. We’ve rounded up ideas to help you enjoy the day.
You’re Invited!
•Are young kids coming? Have your party take place either before 1 p.m. or after 3 p.m. to avoid naptime conflict.
•For the sake of your sanity, give the party a start and end time. It’s the first step in getting the “time to go!” hint across.
•With the invitations themselves, add a homemade touch by tracing your baby’s hand on the outside of a blank card. Or let your toddler “decorate” with stickers.
Consider having separate parties for the grown-up crowd (grandparents and other relatives, plus adult friends) and the kiddie crowd (cousins, playgroup kids, or your child’s preschool class). Each celebration needs different things: Grown-ups want adult food and at least a few hours to talk and catch up. But a party full of kids who are the same age should be nonstop games, kidcentric food, and most important, goodbyes after an hour and a half at most.
The exception: At baby’s first birthday, mixed ages will likely come and go over a couple of hours, and no one expects fellow 1-year-olds to play organized games.

M & S Recipes

Title: M & S Health & Nutrition

Author: Marks And Spencer

Full Text & Source:http://health.marksandspencer.com/recipes

The Internet, 18/7/2014

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