Airplane Seats

I enjoy traveling. Finding that right seat is sometimes a challenge. This cool infographic from Visual.ly has some great advice on

How to Choose The Best Airplane Seat

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Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

Air travel can be such a chore. Not only are wait times and baggage claims a seemingly unending hassle, airplanes can also be extremely uncomfortable especially on long, international trips. However, the right seat choice could make your trip a little more bearable. Here’s how to finagle the best seat on an airplane. - See more at: http://visual.ly/how-choose-best-airplane-seat

Drink a Strawberry?

I love strawberries! They have probably been my lifelong favorite berry. Did you know you can drink them? Shari’s Berries shows us

16 Ways to Drink a Strawberry

Sweet, juicy summer strawberries. Let us count the ways, we love to eat you. Fresh-picked from the patch. Between buttery shortcake and whipped cream. And sipped through a straw. Expand your strawberry repertoire with 16 refreshing recipes. Greet the sunrise with a smoothie. Toast the sunset with a sake cocktail. Just muddle, stir and celebrate.
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Top photo courtesy of Matthew Kenwrick.

Wok Fried Peanut Butter

I love peanut butter (crunchy is my fav!). I don’t like a lot of preservatives and additives. Here is a pretty simple way to make your own customized peanut butter at home from Alton Brown:

Wok Fried Peanut Butter

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This recipe is part of the AB/TV series on YouTube, watch the video here: http://bit.ly/AltonswokPB

Wok Fried (Chunky) Peanut Butter

Recipe Courtesy Alton Brown, 2014

Software:

2 tablespoons peanut oil

1 pound peanuts, raw, shelled, skinned

1 teaspoon kosher salt

3 tablespoons honey, optional

Procedure

  1. Heat the oil in a wok or large pan over medium high heat until shimmering (time 5 minutes, 350 degrees F). Add the peanuts and stir-fry for one minute. Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking until the peanuts are golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Remove the peanuts to a paper towel lined half sheet pan and immediately season with salt.
  3. Cool the peanuts completely (20 minutes), then transfer a third of the peanuts (one cup) to a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped (20 pulses). Remove the chopped peanuts from the food processor and set aside.
  4. Add the remaining peanuts to the food processor and add the salt and honey. Process the peanuts for 5 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides of the processor as needed.
  5. Continue pureeing until the peanut butter is completely smooth. Add the chopped peanuts and pulse 3 to 4 times until well incorporated.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

 Yield: 16 ounces, approximately 2 cups

Serving Size: 16, 2 tablespoon servings

Active Prep Time: 10 minutes

Inactive Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Video is here

Cool Practical Tips

These are awesome (and mostly new to me) tips from my loyal DLT fan Robin – Thanks!
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The simplest way to slice a bunch of cherry tomatoes is to sandwich them between two plastic lids and run a long knife through all of them at once!
 

 

 
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Keep brown sugar soft by storing with a couple of marshmallows
 
 
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Install a regular coat rack low down the wall to store shoes safely off the floor
 
 
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Organize jewellery on a corkboard for easy viewing when deciding how to accessorize an outfit
 
 
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Create a thrifty watering can by puncturing holes in the top of a used milk bottle.
 
 
 
 
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Remove pet hair from furniture and carpets with a squeegee.
 
 
 
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Flip a toaster on its side to make grill cheese
 
 
 
 
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Water  straight from the tap becomes cloudy when frozen. To make ice cubes crystal clear, allow a kettle of boiled water to cool slightly and use this to fill your ice cube trays.
 
 
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Use a large muffin tin to cook stuffed peppers in the oven – it will help keep them upright.
 
 
 
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To prevent potatoes budding, add an apple in the bag.
 
 
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Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to the water when hard-boiling eggs to make the shells incredibly easy to peel off.
 
 
 
 
 
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WD40 can be used to remove crayon marks from any surface!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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To tell if eggs are fresh, immerse them in a bowl of water. Fresh eggs will lie on the bottom, while stale eggs will float to the surface.
 
 
 
 
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To clean a wooden chopping board, sprinkle on a handful of Kosher salt and rub with half a lemon. Rinse with clean water and dry to ensure it is clean and germ-free.
 
 
 
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Use ice-cubes to lift out indentations made by furniture on your carpets.
 
 
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Prevent soil from escaping through the holes in the base of flowerpots by lining with large coffee filters
 
 
 
 
 
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To sharpen scissors, simply cut through sandpaper.
 
 
 
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Use rubber bands to help open a jar easily: place one around the jar lid and another around the middle of the glass. The rubber provides friction to prevent your hands from slipping.
 
 
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To prevent your eyes watering while chopping onions, wipe the chopping board with white vinegar (which won’t affect the taste of the onions)
 
 
 
 
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Store bed sheets inside their pillowcases for easy storage and access
 
 
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Drop a couple of denture cleaning tablets into the toilet bowl at night to clean off stubborn stains.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Use cupcake cases to cover drinks glasses in the summer and prevent flies from dropping in
  
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Use egg boxes to store delicateChristmas tree decorations
 
 
 
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This has to be the simplest way to open those annoying blister packs!
 
 
 
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Use a cut potato to easily remove a broken lightbulb
 
 
 
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Use chalk to remove grease stains from clothes. Simply rub white chalk on the affected area and wash as normal – the chalk will absorb the grease and be washed away in the cycle.
 
 
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Use a rubber band to rescue a stripped screw
 
 
 
 
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Wrap rubber bands around the ends of a coat hanger to prevent dresses from slipping off.
 
 
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Yet another use for drinks can ringpulls! Use to create a hanging loop for picture frames by screwing into the back.

Cub Scouts Honor

Awesome candid amatuer photos from National Geographic

‘Cub Scouts Honor’

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Photo and caption by Kevin Dietrich / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest / Via travel.nationalgeographic.com

“While watching her mother dive for salmon in the frigid glacier water of the Crescent River this young brown bear cub couldn’t contain her excitement and stood up on her rear legs and politely made a waving direction towards me. In a matter of one hour this young cub ate several salmon that were provided by her intelligent and fearless mother. Deep in the Alaskan wilderness this brown bear family provided my favorite image of the year.”

Location: Alaska-Chigmit Mountains

The Best Focal Length

I don’t claim to be much of a photographer – I respect the art SO much though! Here is a cool tutorial that would never had crossed my mind – from PetaPixel:

How to Pick the Best Focal Length When Capturing Landscapes

Put together by photographer Steve Perry, the video tutorial above shares a collection of useful tips, advice and examples that help explain how to best think of and use focal lengths when you’re out capturing landscape photography.

Dispelling the myth that there is a “right” focal length for all landscape photography, Perry breaks down how every scene often requires a different lens, and why zooms should never be used as “cropping tools.”

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He also shows how the relationship between subjects changes as the perspective and focal length change, breaking down what is an otherwise complicated concept into a concise run-through.

Whether you’re a seasoned vet looking for a solid refresher, or you’re just now getting into photography and parsing through the complex world of lenses, be sure to give this very useful tutorial a once (or twice) over.

Sabrage (Sabering) Champagne

Some dear friends of mine know how to do this! SO very cool! Take a look at this fun and informative video from Sploid on

How to open a bottle of champagne with a sword and science

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People don’t keep a saber in the kitchen drawer, but opening a champagne bottle with a sword is so cool that it should be mandatory—at least—in every single restaurant. Here’s food star Alton Brown showing you how you do it and why this method works so well.

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