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How to Make Pizza Dough Without Yeast

  • 7/6/16
  • Making Yeast Free Pizza Dough
    Pizza Dough Without Yeast
    Most pizza crust recipes call for yeast. Yeast helps convert starch into sugar, giving dough its sweet, pleasant taste.

    Yeast also creates carbon dioxide, which helps the dough rise. The process of yeast growth takes time, however.

    When you need a pizza crust in a hurry, or if you just don’t like dealing with yeast, consider making a no-yeast crust for your next pizza.

    The following recipe makes a tender crust that is different in texture and taste from a yeast-based crust but is still quite tasty.

    Ingredients You Will Need To Make Your  Pizza Dough

    • 1 ½ cups flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 2/3 cup milk

    1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease a pizza pan, pizza stone or cookie sheet with olive or vegetable oil.

    2. Mix together flour, salt and oregano in a large bowl.

    3. Add egg and milk, stirring well.

    4. Roll the dough out, and transfer to pan.

    5. Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes.

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    Written By: Shannon R


    How to Cook Asparagus

  • Sauteed Asparagus
    Ways To Cook Asparagus
    The appearance of asparagus in grocery stores and farmers markets is one of the first signs of spring.

    This tender member of the lily family is tasty, high in folic acid and antioxidants and easy to prepare. Asparagus tastes best when you prepare it shortly after purchase; however, it can be refrigerated for up to four days.

    For maximum freshness, buy asparagus that is refrigerated or standing in cold water. Wrap it in damp paper towels, and keep it in your crisper until you are ready to cook it.

    Read on to learn how to steam, roast and sauté this delicious spring vegetable.


    1. Rinse the stalks under cold running water, and snap off the tough ends.

    2. Pare away blemished areas with a vegetable peeler.


    • 1 bunch asparagus
    • Butter
    • Salt

    1. Tie asparagus spears together with kitchen string near the bottom and under the tips.

    2. Set in 2 inches of boiling water in a tall pot.

    3. Cover and steam for 9 to 10 minutes or until asparagus is tender.

    4. Toss with ½ tablespoon of butter.

    5. Season with salt, and serve.


    • 1 bunch asparagus
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • Salt and pepper
    • Lemon juice

    1. Heat oven to 400 F.

    2. Add garlic powder and olive oil to plastic bag.

    3. Place asparagus in bag, and shake to coat.

    4. Set asparagus on baking sheet, and cook about 10 minutes, stirring once partway through.

    5. Remove from oven, and season with salt and pepper.

    6. Sprinkle with lemon juice, and serve.


    • 1 bunch asparagus
    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced

    1. Over medium-high heat, melt butter in large skillet.

    2. Add asparagus and garlic.

    3. Cover skillet, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until asparagus is tender.

    • One pound of asparagus consists of 15 to 20 medium-size stalks.
    • It is very important not to overcook asparagus, which will continue to cook a little even after removal from boiling water.
    • Because refrigeration impairs the flavor of asparagus, serve at room temperature or warm.

    1. Whats your favorite way to cook asparagus?

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    Written By:  Shannon R


    How to Cook Ribs in the Oven

  • Cooking Ribs In The Oven
    Many people like country-style pork ribs because they are meatier than spareribs and back ribs. You can enjoy these succulent, oven-baked ribs with a minimum of fuss.

    Parboiling them before baking will give you ribs that are fall-apart tender. Use a good barbecue sauce for the best results.

    What you will need to cook your ribs:

    • 2 1/2 pounds country-style pork ribs
    • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 cup good-quality barbeque sauce

    1. Place ribs in large pot, and cover with water.

    2. Add garlic powder, pepper, onion powder, salt and Worcestershire sauce to pot.

    3. Bring pot to a boil, and cook until ribs are tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

    4. Preheat oven to 325 F.

    5. Transfer ribs to a 9 x 13-inch dish, and cover with barbeque sauce.

    6. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake ribs for 1 to 1 ½ hours. Check to ensure internal temperature has reached 160 F.

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    Written By: Shannon R


    How to Borrow From Your Life Insurance Policy

  • One Hundred Dolllar Bills Spread Out
    Borrow From Your Life Insurance Policy
    The chief goal of life insurance is to provide enough money for your dependents to maintain their standard of living after you are gone.

    Occasionally, unexpected events occur, however, leading to a sudden need for cash. In these instances, your whole life insurance policy may act as a source of money.

    While you must pay interest on loans taken from your life insurance policy as long as they remain unpaid, rates are often lower than those associated with many other loans.

    Read on for information on borrowing from your life insurance policy.

    Examine your policy contract to determine whether or not your policy has a cash value. If you are not sure, ask your agent.

    2. Find out what the cash value of your policy is. You may borrow up to that amount. If you have had the policy for only a few years, there is probably very little cash value to the policy.

    3. Contact your agent to find out the amount of the interest rate you will be charged. Find out if there are any fees associated with taking out a loan.

    Ask your agent what impact your loan will have on the death benefit of your policy.

    4. Keep in mind that unpaid interest will be added to the amount of your loan and that it is subject to compounding, leaving you to pay interest on interest.

    It is a good idea to pay the annual interest on your loan out of your pocket to prevent your loan from increasing.

    5. Ask your agent lots of questions. Make sure that you fully understand the tax implications and risks before taking out a policy loan.

    6. Request the loan if you are certain that a loan from your life insurance policy is right for you. Your agent will guide you through the process.

    • Note that if you die before repaying the loan, the loan and unpaid interest will be taken from the death benefit, leaving your beneficiaries with less money. 
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    Written By: Shannon R

    How to Help Children Cope With a Divorce

  • Child Coping With Divorce
    Cope With Divorce
    Divorce affects thousands of children each year. Whether the divorce process has been amicable or stormy, kids will most likely feel anger, fear and anxiety. Fortunately, there are steps you can take during the divorce process to help your child emerge as a flexible, open-minded and strong individual.

    1. Break the news calmly. Both parents should participate in the discussion, if possible. Keep feelings of hostility in check. Make sure kids know the divorce is not their fault. Children commonly feel guilt over their parents' divorces, so reassure them that they bear no responsibility.

    2. Answer children's questions truthfully and as completely as possible without denigrating the other parent. Kids don't need to know the whole story, especially if it makes one parent look bad. Tell kids which parts of their daily lives will change and which will remain the same.

    3. Encourage children to express their feelings. Let them know that their emotions are normal and natural. Emphasize that you will always listen to their concerns.

    Discuss living arrangements and plans for holidays, and solicit their input.

    4. Speak positively about the other parent. Keep conflict to yourself, and don't discuss legal aspects with the kids. Avoid negativity and blame.

    Never stoop to criticism or name-calling when your kids can hear you. Damaging events such as infidelity evoke strong emotions, but it is especially important to keep these details from the children. Never encourage your children to take sides.

    5. Seek the support of professionals. Look for a support group, locate online resources or speak to other divorced parents.

    Never ask for support from your children. Save your venting for a friend, counselor or therapist.

    6. Provide alone time with each parent. Take care to accommodate your ex-spouse as you both work on establishing a visitation schedule.

    Whenever possible, both parents should stay involved in their children's lives. Kids might be resistant to equal-time arrangements if it interferes with their own activities. Remain flexible, but explain how important it is for both of you to remain in their lives.

    7. Avoid tugs-of-war. Decide which custody arrangement will most benefit the children. Some kids thrive when they spend an equal amount of time with each parent, while others need the stability of one home.

    Remember that the arrangement is about the needs of the children, not the needs of the parents. Focus on the children when making decisions regarding birthdays, holidays and vacations. Don't put kids in the position of having to choose one parent over the other.

    8. Maintain consistency in routines by expressing expectations for similar rules, bedtimes and homework in both houses. The stability will help reduce anxiety. Never relax limits because you feel guilty about putting your kids through the stress of divorce.

    Maintaining stability and normalcy will help the children feel more secure during a stressful time of change. Most importantly, remember to shower your kids with hugs and affection. Assure them that the bond between parent and child will never be broken by divorce.

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    Written By:  Shannon R

    How to Fight Grubs in Your Lawn

  • 6/30/16
  • Green Lawn From Fighting Grubs
    Fighting Grubs
    Late summer may reveal uneven brown patches of grass that lift easily from the surface of your lawn.

    The culprits are most likely lawn grubs, pests that live in the ground and consume grass roots.

    The grubs themselves are the larvae of the Japanese beetle.

    The beetles remain dormant during the winter and then begin laying eggs in the middle of July.

    The grubs make their appearance in August and may even attract raccoons and skunks, which feed on the grubs and may cause further damage to your lawn.

    Examine your lawn carefully to determine that your lawn has grubs, and take steps to eliminate them.

    1. Check the root area of brown spots of grass for curled, white grubs. The presence of more than five worms per ¼-square foot of lawn indicates a need for treatment.

    2. Treat the worms at summer's end or in early autumn when they are small and near the ground surface.

    3. Apply an insecticide, such as trichlorfon or diazinon, carefully following label directions. The ingredient portion of the label will list active ingredients.

    4. Apply nematodes in liquid form or in a water mixture if you prefer natural grub treatment. These tiny worms kill grubs by releasing grub-hostile bacteria into the ground. Neem oil and milky spore also work to kill grubs. These three natural treatments, which are considered effective and safe, can be found at garden centers.

    5. Repair your lawn in early autumn if it has suffered significant damage. Remove debris by raking, and water the damaged area to help grass recover. Reseed thin areas of lawn.

    6. Prevent the return of grubs by keeping your grass at least two inches long. Beetles rarely lay eggs in longer grass. Overseed your lawn to encourage thick grass growth, which will help repel many beetles.

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    Written By: Shannon R


    2 Insanely Simple Ways To Cook Your Next Steak

  • Grilling Steak
    Grilling Steak
    Many people love a juicy steak but are not sure how to cook one properly at home.

    Choose the right recipe, and you can have restaurant-quality steak without paying restaurant prices.

    Read on to learn how to prepare great steak by grilling it or by searing it on the stove top and finishing in the oven.

    Grilling Steaks

    You will need:

    • 4 pounds sirloin steak
    • ½ cup butter
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
    • Salt and pepper

    1. Preheat outdoor grill to high.

    2. Melt butter in small saucepan over medium-high heat, and mix in minced garlic and garlic powder. Put to the side.

    3. Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper on both sides.

    4. Grill steaks for 4 or 5 minutes on each side or until done.

    5. Place on plates, and brush with melted garlic butter.

    6. Let rest for 2 minutes before serving.

    Grilling Steaks On The Stove Top/Oven

    • Sirloin steaks
    • Olive oil
    • Salt and pepper

    1. Bring steaks to room temperature.

    2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

    3. Pat steaks dry, and season them with salt and pepper.

    4. Cover bottom of oven-proof skillet with oil, and heat on medium-high burner on stove top.

    5. Sear steaks for 3 or 4 minutes per side, turning only once. Use your oven fan because steaks will smoke at this point.

    6. Transfer steaks in oven-proof skillet to middle rack of hot oven.

    7. Bake 5 to 10 minutes.

    8. Check temperature with thermometer to see if steak is done. Take steak from oven when thermometer registers 145 degrees F.

    9. Cover steak with foil and allow to rest 5 minutes before serving. The meat will continue to cook during this time, and the juices will settle.

    • Select steaks that are bright red in color and evenly marbled with thin streaks of fat.
    • Trim fat after the steak is cooked because it adds moisture during cooking.
    • Do not pierce the steak before cooking because you will allow juices to escape, resulting in drier meat.
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    Written By: Shannon R