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Monday, July 21, 2014

Healthy guidelines to maintaining food nutrition with a smoker

We intake various kind of foods everyday which are full of vitamins and minerals. But researchers and nutrition experts have always stated that more than 60% of the nutrition of our food diminishes while you cook our food on our stove. Because of this reason although we eat a lot of vegetables and non-veg items every day, we are not getting the nutrition which we are actually paying for.

Smokers are a great solution for maintaining food nutrition within the food items. If you are a regular smoker user, then it will be easier for you to get the best out of your meals.

Preparing the food items 

Like everything else in the cooking process, you have some preparation to do to ensure that the maximum amount of preparation is kept in the food.

Here are some valuable tips from the top chefs on how to prepare a food item so that it will have maximum amount of nutrition in it:
  • Always try to buy fresh food items rather than frozen ones. You will have more nutrition and taste from fresh ones then the frozen ones 
  • Don’t wash your meat, fish or veg items to much into the water. 
  • Try to chop the items in as large pieces as possible. 
  • If you are planning to use smokers for cooking, which is always the best way to ensure maximum nutrition, try to follow the per-cooking instruction written in the electric smokers recipes to ensure the perfect taste. 

Maintaining nutrition: the easiest ways 

Taking care of the outer nutrition 

Generally when we cook meat and fish items in a pan with various herbs, most of the nutrition vaporizes. This is not a good thing for the family nutrition at all. So if you are a health conscious individual like me, you should follow the advice of nutrition experts. According to them you should eat more baked or steamed food then fried ones.

For example, you will always get more nutrition in a piece of fish sushi then a piece of fish fry. So, while preparing meals for your family and friends, always try to go for steamed or smoked delicacies rather than deep fried ones. If you are having problem with preparing smoked or boiled food item in your kitchen, then it would be a great idea for you to buy an electric gas smoker or a gourmet smoker to use on a daily basis.

Saving the inner nutrition 

It has been proven again and again that too much cooking can bring the nutrition level of your meal to less than 10%. Which means that your meal is all about fiver and nothing else. Not protein, nothing. Which is not something that anyone wants. So to save the inner nutrition of your food, go for smoking your food rather than deep frying it with various herbs. For cooking up your meat delicacies, you can use a leading meat smokers like Masterbuit or smoking it electric smoker at your home. These are not much expensive and I have read really good words about these smoker on popular electric smoker review sites.

Friday, June 8, 2012

History of antique clocks

There are number of people or association who are enthusiastic about collecting of antique clocks. The history of antique clocks would be informative and useful for them.
These are the events that started the history of antique clocks.
The majority of clocks that were made from the 15th to the middle of the17th century are now mostly in museums and a small percentage in different individuals' private collection. Most people love the look of an old antique clock but don't necessarily know an awful lot about them.

Those antique clocks that were made during the 1800's through the early 1900's are more in number since the periods mentioned were the time when clocks and watches were produced in mass quantities. Antique clocks from the mid 1600s still exist. Some of these are worth well over $70,000. Some extremely rare models are worth over $100,000


History of antique clocks:

The history of antique clocks that are mechanical can be traced back to the medieval period. People at that time heard the sound of the mechanical tower clocks that told them it was time for them to say their prayers. Because of this, the movements of the people in the city became more organized and synchronized. And they soon realized that clocks are an integral part of a civilization.

European monks invented the first mechanical clocks back in the late 13th century. These clocks did not have pendulums, or even hands. They only make a sound every hour. It was only after a century did the clock with hands and dials were invented. The scientist Galileo also contributed to the history of antique clocks. He discovered the pendulum. He created a clock design with a swinging pendulum but he died before making the clock. It was only in 1645 when the pendulum was added to the clock. And this was done by Christian Huygens. Today, these clocks are considered as antiques and many antique clock collectors would pay for a high price just to get one of these ancient clocks.

Related: 'antiqueroyale.com'

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Artistic cars around the world


Art means diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities. Common view of art refers to painting, film, photography, sculpture, and other visual media. Music, theatre, dance, literature, and interactive media are popular forms of art.
What about artistic cars or vehicles with artistic approach? This article is about cars with different designs and color combinations which will amuse you.

Why people art cars? Simple answer is that art plays an integral part in our lives and thus public can see this art form on the road every day.

Let's have fun watching few artistic cars:





Now search more at sites or links related to art on cars.
'Art Car' is hosted by Costas Schuler aka 'The Pen Guy' creator of the Mercedes Pens Art Car covered in over 10,000 pens. Art Car Central is a blog about art cars, art bicycles, art motorcycles, mutant vehicles, videos and any other artistically altered vehicles.

 'Art Car Fest' is a festival for Art Cars, which are registered and insured vehicles that an artist has permanently altered in an artistic fashion.  The purpose of this art festival is to bring art into the world everyday as these cars are driven to work, and on the highways.
'Art Car Fest' is the only festival in the world of its kind.

Read more:20 of the World’s Most Awesome Art Cars: From Cupcake Scooters to Cat Cruisers
* 'Air Brush.com' is Australia's professional airbrush production shop. They also air brush the vehicles.

BMW Art Cars

* Driven by Design A professional designers site. http://weburbanist.com/2008/08/03/20-of-the-worlds-most-awesome-art-cars/?ref=search http://www.burningman.com/art_of_burningman/art_cars_on_the_playa.html http://www.orangeshow.org/art-car/

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Indoor plants for urban homes

There are many species of plants that can be grown indoors. To select best species you need to determine what kind of plants you prefer to decorate your house. In urban environment, living plants have become part of the interior decoration. Among many species there are large leaves or small leaves plants, flowering plants or ferns, vines etc to select. 


Best Species of indoor plants for interior decoration:

Large-leaved species such as rubber plants (Ficus elastica), Monstera deliciosa, dumb-cane (Dieffenbachia amoena), and Philodendron are especially suited to commercial building interiors. They provide the size required to make them focal points in interior landscaping.
These large leaved-plants, as well as flowering house plants, tropical house plants , and smaller specimens such as ferns , vines, and ivies can serve a similar purpose in the home or apartment. 
Ficus elastica or Rubber Plant is popular as a house plant, however, because of its large, leathery, glossy leaves that can grow to 8 in (20 cm) long or more -- and because it is so easy to grow. 
Thanksgiving Cactus :Thanksgiving Cactus is a member of the Cactaceae family.
Flat stem segments are long and narrow and connected by a mid-rib. Its deeply indented stems look like crab claws, giving it a second common name, Crab Cactus. In late fall, it bears big, beautiful flowers, which may be red, pink, peach, orange, white, or bicolored.

Fuchsia: Fuchsia plant  is vibrant, eye-catching indoor plan which you can hang near a window, where it'll get filtered sunlight. If you hang it outdoors, keep it in a shady location. 

Chenille Plant: Fuzzy, tassel-like blooms spill over the sides of the container, making this captivating plant an ideal hanging basket plant -- and a sure conversation starter. Hang chenille plant in a bright window and you'll have a show of blooms from spring through fall.

 Zebra Plant has outrageously bold striped foliage and, for 6 weeks in autumn, vibrant yellow flowers emerge from golden bracts for a scene-stealing performance. In the wild it thrives in the regular downpours of the Brazilian rain forest. It will also do well indoors if the humidity is high.
African Violet
African violets, obviously native to Africa, were introduced to Europe in the late nineteenth century. These fuzzy favorites come in hundreds of varieties and grow well in bathrooms and kitchens as they love humidity.
Bromeliad
Bromeliads thrive on neglect as they can endure a wide range of indoor conditions with minimal care. They bloom only once in their lifetime and the flower lasts for about three months. Once it flowers, the plant stops producing leaves and grows other baby plants that grow and flower in two to three years.
Lady Slipper Orchids: Lady Slipper Orchids are among the few terrestrial orchids commonly grown indoors. Its unusual blossoms have a slipper-shaped pouch that is often in a contrasting color to the rest of the flower. It has long, flaring side petals and a showy dorsal sepal (that's the top part of the bloom). Bloom time varies with the species. Flowers last for several weeks and range in color from soft pastels to any exotic combination of rich, earthy tones.
Jelly Bean Plant (Sedum rubrotinctum) are often grown as Houseplants. These are called succulents or water-retaining plants. 
Moth Orchid: Thrives in high humidity, lots of light (but not hot, mid-day sun) and thorough waterings with, unlike many types of houseplants, almost complete drying out between.
Peace Lily: It's also said to remove mold spores in the air, making it great for bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms; purifying the air of trichloroethylene, a chemical found in cleaners and solvents; and removing alcohols, acetone, and formaldehyde. It prefers lots of water, less often and bright, indirect light.
Boston Fern is a classic. This is the most popular of the fern species that originated in Central America and became a fast favorite in parlors and porches in North America during the Victorian era.
Mother-in-Law's Tongue or Snake Plant: It's tall, sword-shaped leaves make stunning vertical accents among a group of leafy, bushy plants. And, because of its ability to tolerate low light levels and low humidity, sansevieria is an extremely adaptable house plant.
These plants brighten up the home-space and create a healthy home environment. They purify and renew the indoor stale air by filtering out toxins, pollutants and the carbon dioxide we exhale and replace the air with life-sustaining oxygen. Home plants also filter pollutants generated by computer equipment, furniture, paint and air conditioners.
Flowering house plants keep us smiling and cheery; green house plants ease our minds and provide comfort, while tropical house plants make us feel composed and sophisticated.
You may check more indoor plants at following sites. I have selected only few which are pretty and add decoration element for homes.

* Decorative indoor house plants from 'Home interior design'

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Feng shui tips for home decoration

The main goal of feng shui is to organize your home in such a manner to enhance your feelings of comfort and safety. Feng shui home decorating maximizes the positive influences while minimizing the negative ones.


Feng shui tips for home decoration:


Recently, people around the world have begun to see the benefits of using feng shui techniques in their homes. To design for optimum results, you need to learn the basic feng shui areas, and what each symbolizes, and decorate accordingly in your home, office, room or garden.
  • Fresh flowers at home can also add vitality and energy, and plants are different, they are a particularly active form brought to the room with colorful colors. If careful cultivation and care, flowers have a strong effect of feng shui, the color and shape will be affected, therefore, life at home must be diligent in the water every day and cutting plants to a lasting effectiveness. At the same time, we must note that the layout at home feng shui, the best do not use dried flowers, die forgotten because of its symbolic and decline. 
  • It is good luck to place an aquarium or a fountain inside your home. Good Chi is attracted to water. A good place to place your aquarium is facing your front door inside the house to invite good Chi to come in. Other good places to put an aquarium or fountain: On the south-east element of your home for wealth, south-west for marriage, east for health, west for friends, north for career and north-east for education.
  • Plants which has thorns or spikes like the cactus is inauspicious, leave it outside your home. Instead of the cactus, use round leafed plants, wind chimes and crystals. All these are auspicious and will bring good chi inside your home.
Door Placement                                                 
Your front door and back door will not line up with each other. If they do, according to the principles of Feng Shui, the chi (energy) will slip right through the house, without bringing benefits to the residents. If the doors do line up, you can help ease the problem by placing a large plant or other obstacle beside one of the doors, with an angled throw rug to encourage a path in a sideways direction.

Use red color carefully: The rules of feng shui say to be careful with your use of the color red, which represents the element of fire. Do not use a red living room set. A red sofa and chair could bring undue work pressures and obstacles into your life. Likewise, don't use red in the wealth area.

Dining Room:
Round dining room tables are best because circles symbolize heavenly blessings. Dining room chairs should be of an even number and comfortable to sit in. Dining room décor should be simple, so it doesn't distract from the food.
Watch Out for Exposed Beams: Other elements to watch for are exposed beams, which can create oppressive downward energetic flows that can cause problems regarding your health, well-being, and other areas of your life. Watch out especially for beams over the bed, stove, desk, dining table or front door. To cure the problem, you can hang two Feng Shui flutes at 45-degree angles on the beam, one at each end. Or, paint the beams to match the ceiling or hide them with a false ceiling or in some other way.

Bedroom:
Bedrooms and other rest facilities should be housed in the upper part of a house according to Feng Shui. 

Don't have your bed situated so you are directly facing the door to your bedroom. Also, be careful where you place mirrors in your bedroom. A mirror opposite your bed or at the side of the bed could attract a third party into the relationship.
Stacking unused or finished bottles of shampoos and creams invites Sha energy. Keep bathroom clean, use candles, bamboo luck pots, and aroma oils to keep the ambience inviting. Keep the toilet seat closed, bins shut and drains covered when not in use.

Living room: 
The living room furniture should not have sharp bends or corners. Its desirable not have too many knick knacks of tiny decorating items, as eventually they will form clutter and stop Chi from moving freely; also keeping paintings that denote loneliness, violence fear or solitude.
Don’t have too many metal appliances, remotes, wires all in visible area; keep them in a cabinet hidden from view. A warm fireplace, a warm earthly shade rug on the floor, beautiful votive candles, few good books, and a water arrangement be in fountain, aquarium or float is very harmonious to any guest.

Kitchen: It is believed in ancient Chinese beliefs that if you can cook and feed well that means you are wealthy and successful. In kitchen the burners should be so placed that the kitchen door is visible when you are cooking. If that is not possible place a mirror at the back of the burner that reflects the door.

Keep the kitchen clutter free and ingredients nicely stacked and shut. Do not keep any sharp elements like knife or scissors in public view. Its unwanted to have too many left over’s, unused items or cans and bottles on kitchen tops.
More 'Feng shui kitchen tips'

Dining Room: The dining room can be nicely decorated with a painting of food or people eating like the last supper! Table tops are preferably made of wood; if at all it’s made of metal or glass them make sure to put a nice warn table top cover. Chairs should be comfortable with enough leg space, and too many things should not be kept on the table top that deviate attention away from food.

Useful links:

Feng shui home

Feng Shui cures to encourage positive bedroom Feng shui

Feng shui perfect bedroom

Feng shui decorating tips

Monday, March 26, 2012

Why Feng shui for home decoration?

Feng shui decorating is basically a way to decorate your home so as to create a vibrant feeling of joy and harmony. Home decorating or interior decorating is extremely important for an inviting and relaxing place called 'home'.
There are many aspects of feng shui home decorating, all which can be crucial for create better movement of the ‘qi’ or energy in your home. This energy which is often known as a ‘life force’ can easily become stagnant within a house and have a negative impact on the residents. An easy way to solve this problem is to redecorate the home in a way that can tackle the bad energy and promote the ‘qi’ to flow freely. There are many effective ways of decorating that will have a positive influence, finding the correct combination is key.


Feng shui beneftis for home decoration:
  • Feng Shui is all about the balance energy and enhancing the environment. For thousands of years, the Chinese have utilized Feng Shui to enhance harmony, peace and prosperity.
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  • Through harmonious design of the residential areas according to the rules of Feng Shui, an oasis to relax and recharge to be created. Furthermore, the classical feng shui is used to activate and permanently improve all areas of life.                      
  • Feng Shui reflects the house or apartment nine life themes. This will include things such as relationships, creativity, career or wealth. They can all be positively influenced by the setting up of Feng Shui.
  • The main entrance of the house should be kept cluster free, and clean all times, an inviting fountain or some small plants along the path to the house is ideal, pathways nicely lit at night reflecting safety and warmth. Keeping Chinese vases, crystals, chimes, fountains, inspirational paintings, lamps are all units of decoration whose placement alone can bring positive change.
  • Try decorating your home with more light, music, water, air, plants, mirrors, windchimes, bright colors, houseplants and flowers. Open the drapes, curtains or miniblinds all the way to let the sun shine in. This will activate the yang chi of joy and happiness.  
Few tips for a feng shui decoration:
  • If you have your front door or front window open directly to a window or door at the back of your house, place a big screen or furniture to block the alignment to prevent good Chi from entering and leaving your house straight away.
  • Find a way to brighten long and dark corridors. They trap bad chi inside your home and prevents the good chi from entering and circulating inside.
  • Feng Shui in the modern concept of a home with sufficient sunlight, the flow of air and comfortable line of home hygiene activities that have the best feng shui. 
  • Directly opposite windows are bad, yet the Chi flows come in on the one hand, and without a stop, very quickly, on the other side back out of the apartment. Because we need this energy, however, it should be kept in the room and can be distributed evenly.
  • Skylights should be placed opposite each other by design lying, it can prevent a mobile center of the room flow through the Chi. Moreover, from Feng Shui experts advise freiliegendenden of beams, especially in the bedroom.
  • An important and very simple tip is order, particularly in the entrance hall or area. Top bedroom furniture or corners should not be addressed directly to places where we are staying longer if possible. The bed or the desk should not be placed between the door and windows.
  • Don't place your kitchen directly below a bathroom, nor place your kitchen in front or the centre of your house. Ideally, the kitchen should be located at the back of your home. And if you cook by open flame, it is best to cook outside the house. 
  • Inside your kitchen, do not place your cooking stove directly in front of the sink, water dispenser, refrigerator or washing machine, this creates conflicts between household members. Water and fire elements don't mix. 
These are few tips which can help you decorate your home using knowledge of feng shui. You can search online for more tips and ideas.



Useful links:


* Color And Feng Shui Home Decorating! 

Feng shui home

Feng Shui cures to encourage positive bedroom Feng shui

* Feng shui perfect bedroom

* Feng shui decorating tips

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