Summer Staples – Part 1

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I stumbled upon romesco sauce a few years ago when looking for accompaniments for a Spanish-ish feast I was concocting. I immediately fell in love with the flavor and texture and knew this would be a recurring item in my summer weekend menus.
The smoky, sweet, earthy—yet bright and almost refreshing flavors—work well served warm or cold, with fresh veggies or grilled meats and seafood alike. Impress others by making a pizza on the grill, with this as your sauce. Make a turkey romesco sandwich and ponder the versatility of your new favorite summer staple with kitchenaid ravioli maker.

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When I find other versions available at grocery stores, delis and restaurants, the romesco has more of a sauce-like consistency. I prefer a more coarsely processed romesco, which is why I dropped the “sauce” from the title. Mine lends a fluffy texture that can quite literally stand up on its own. Charred tomato and pepper goodness.

  • Prep: 20 minutes
  • Cook: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups

Ingredients:

1/8 cup + 1/3 cup olive oilThick slice of bread, torn into crouton-size pieces (Pane di Como is my pick)1/2 cup almonds, crushed5 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped2 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley2 tbsp Sherry vinegar1 tbsp smoked paprikaPinch of cayenne (optional)2 red bell peppers1 large tomato (a meaty heirloom variety works well here)Salt and black pepperInstructions:Preheat grill or broiler for high heat.
Add 1/8 cup olive olive to a sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the bread, almonds and garlic and cook, tossing until the almonds and garlic are fragrant and the bread is toasted. Dump into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until coarsely minced.
Meanwhile, roast the bell peppers and the tomato on the grill. You can use kitchenaid pasta excellence set to do that. Remove the tomato when the skin has black grill marks on 2 sides and place in a covered bowl. Continue roasting and rotating the peppers until they are covered in black. Add the peppers to the covered bowl and allow to rest for 12 minutes.
Remove the peppers from the bowl, stem, seed and scrape the blackened skin from the flesh. Add the peppers to the processor bowl. Core the tomato and add to the processor bowl.
Add the parsley, vinegar, paprika and cayenne to the processor bowl. Pulse several times to coarsely chop. Start the motor again and allow to run while slowly drizzling 1/3 cup olive into the romesco to create a thick, almost fluffy consistency. Eat immediately at room temperature or chilled. Store leftovers in the fridge. Eat with everything.

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When living in the moment gets interrupted

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We all know the importance of paying attention to the present moment but life can be so distracting! Focusing on the ‘now’ can be rudely interrupted by our hectic lives, things that happened yesterday or worries about tomorrow.

These seemingly random thoughts trigger anger, sadness, fear, anxiety and other emotions that just ruin our lovely Present Moment Happiness.

Over time we can become masters at choosing our thoughts but until then here’s a way we can declutter the past so it can stop interrupting our day.

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“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present”

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  • When you have at least 10 minutes take a pen and paper and draw a horizontal line.  At the start of the line on the left write ‘birth’ and at the end of the line on the right write ‘now’.  Between ‘birth’ and ‘now’ mark your age for each year with a little vertical line, so if you’re 35 you will have 35 lines.  (basically draw a timeline if you remember this from school!)

The next step involves a bit of self-reflection so do it when you won’t be interrupted by anyone looking over your shoulder, boss, husband, wife, etc!  The goal of this step is to become aware of unresolved past events that are triggering blah feelings in the present, so private is best.

Please note: (If you have a trauma in your past that you don’t want to re-visit now still mark it on your timeline but only work with the other events.)

Happy memories may surface and that’s great, but for this exercise we are focusing on the less pleasant emotions such as anger, guilt, fear, anxiety, sadness and anything else that just isn’t fun. (It’s worth it)

  • For each age from birth to the present reflect on how life was for you then.  When something significant comes up that triggers a strong emotive response, make a note on or near your timeline with its associated feeling.  When you have finished, your timeline should be dotted with little notes of significant events such as:
  1. age 1 – broke my arm: scared
  2. age 5- bullied at school: fear, anger, sadness:
  3. age 10 – grandma died: guilt, sadness
  4. age 20- fight with boss and fired from job: anger, regret, resentment, sadness.

This process can be done quickly or in more detail, it’s up to you.

What you will have now is a record of past experiences, many of which won’t be fully processed or resolved.  Having this list gives you the gift of insight into why your past is interrupting your present moment.  Keep this list on hand such as in a diary or handbag.

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Whenever your thoughts hijack your present and drag you into negative or unpleasant feelings, refer to your list. You’ll be surprised at how unresolved feelings from your past can manifest in different forms in the present.  Do you notice any patterns?  Are you experiencing  anger the same way now as when you were younger?  Do you still feel sad when you think of a certain person or life event? How does your present well-being connect to your past?  Write down any significant thoughts or insights and highlight main trouble areas you wish to resolve later on.

Take a few deep breaths and return to the moment knowing you have just decluttered your past.  Those thoughts will now be less intrusive on your present because you have organised them. The highlighted areas clarify what to work on in your present moment in a constructive and worry free way.

There are many therapeutic techniques utilised by Hypnotherapists to understand, process, resolve and release restricting emotion associated with past events.

There are also many techniques you can utilise by yourself, one being Reframing.  We can’t change the past but we can change our feelings about it by reframing a thought, feeling or situation.

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Growing Your Own Weed for Perfect Vaporizer Sessions

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There are other difficulties and considerations for outdoor growing. Growing indoors means having total control over all factors. The great outdoors poses its own set of difficulties and surprises. You don’t want your female flowers to pollinate. Indoor conditions allow you to control that. Outdoor growers must be wary of rogue male plants or hemp. Pests and animals also pose a problem. In addition to bugs, deer and rabbits like to nibble on marijuana.
In addition, water is an issue and if not naturally available, must be provided. Your plants will generally want an inch of water each week. If you plant directly in the soil, you must provide fertilizer and nutrients, high in nitrogen for the vegetative state, but switching to high in phosphorous when the plant begins to flower.

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SITE SELECTION

Marijuana can be prone to mould and does not like to be waterlogged. The soil should be light and airy, slightly acidic with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. It is easier to plant in a cleared section but the presence of weeds and plants indicates fertile soil and good conditions. You will have to clear them out, though, once you begin to grow. Until it takes root and gets some height, your plants can be swallowed up by the competing vegetation. If you are planting off property, look for a secluded site where your treks in and out won’t be noticed. Keep in mind that you will be hauling gravel, fertilizer, potting soil, and water. Low vegetation will help prevent trails. High vegetation will help hide your plants but will also limit sunlight.

SOIL TYPES Clay

This type of soil is a poor choice to grow in. It retains moisture and can cause root rot and mold. It is also difficult for root penetration. You can make it suitable with a bit of work and preparation by adding organic matter.Sandy
This type of soil provides for excellent root penetration and drainage, but is generally low in nutrients. Composting can turn this into an excellent choice for your site.Loam
This soil is dark, fertile, and airy. It is your best choice for planting.

PLANTING

It is recommended to grow the seedlings at home and transplant them when they are at least six inches tall and have at least three internodes. Each plant will require a hole, two feet wide and two feet deep. If you suspect the conditions might become damp, a layer of gravel at the base is recommended. After putting in the seedling, fill the rest of the hole with potting soil.
If you are planting seeds, plant them about a half an inch deep unless the soil is clay in which case you should plant on quarter of an inch deep. The seeds should be about two inches apart. This may lead to crowding but you will be weeding out the males. In any case, you should weed every 2-3 weeks what makes your vaporizer sessions fantastic (click here for more info).

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IN GROUND OR POT

Planting directly into the soil may not be your best option. Your plants may be sensitive to poor quality soil and changes in the soil pH. In addition to this, most strains are sensitive to too much moisture. Poor drainage or a high water table can cause problems, making the plant waterlogged. If you are suspicious of your site, or if you think you may want to switch sites, planting in pots or buckets may be your best solution. Unless you have a particular reason for planting directly into the ground, or know you have an excellent growing site, it can be beneficial to consider placing your plants in pots.

TYPES OF SEEDS

Non-feminized seeds are substantially cheaper but buying feminized seeds saves you the effort of having to sex your plants. Removing the males can be a major hassle under field conditions. Sensimilla literally means ‘without seeds’ and is obtained from female plants that have not been pollinated by males. Instead of putting their energy into seed production, these ‘virgin’ plants put all their resources into THC production and produce weed that is more potent and has no seeds. If you plan on planting, you will probably want to grow at least a few male plants.
Autoflowering plants have many advantages, particularly in more temperate climates. Your plant is pretty much guaranteed to bud after a certain period of time, regardless of the temperature or daylight hours it receives. Autoflowering plants tend to stay small, which can be an advantage for covert growers or growers with limited space. The disadvantages are that the harvest is typically lower and THC content is less than in a non-autoflowering type.

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9 Lessons Learned During My First Year With A Motorcycle

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It’s been one year since purchasing my first motorcycle and boy have I learned a lot over the past 12 months! When I first got my motorcycle in the fall of 2009, I had never ridden a motorcycle before, had never driven a manual car (and thus, I didn’t know how to change gears), and I was unable to even turn my motorcycle on without instantly stalling it.

Since then, however, I have learned to stop and go without even thinking what it is I am doing, I can drive in heavy traffic, ride on the freeway, and I even conducted my first motorcycle tour to Dinosaur National Monument just a few months ago. Since getting my first motorcycle in late 2009, I’ve added a few thousands miles to my bike and I’ve had a lot of fun learning how to ride and stay safe.

Thinking back on it now, there are 9 main lessons I learned during my first year with a motorcycle:Practice Stopping and Starting Until It Becomes Second Nature

When I first got my motorcycle, I wanted to go out and ride on the streets right away. The problem with this was that I still didn’t have the basics down. Unable to quickly decelerate or accelerate on my new motorcycle, I would freak out whenever I had to stop at a stop sign or signal controlled intersection. And because I was nervous, I wouldn’t think straight and I’d end up stalling the bike.

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After stalling the bike at two or three different intersections, I realized that I shouldn’t even be out on the streets yet. I needed to practice my starts and my stops. And that’s exactly what I did. I spent my first month or two driving my motorcycle around in a small parking lot. Over and over again I would simply drive the bike around in a figure eight pattern, stopping and starting the motorcycle over and over again. After several weeks of practice, I had learned how to properly slow down and accelerate on my motorcycle. And when it came time for me to hit the open road, all that practice made my riding so much more enjoyable.

Relax, Relax, Relax

The second big lesson I learned this year was that when it comes to riding a motorcycle, you need to stay relaxed. If you are tense and uptight about what it is you are doing,  you aren’t in the right state of mind to make smart decisions or react as quickly as you should. I already mentioned how I was so nervous when first driving my bike that I would occasionally stall the motorcycle at intersections. I was doing this in part because I had yet to master my starts and stops, but also because I was mentally psyching myself out. When driving your motorcycle, it is super important that you learn to relax. This is a skill that is useful for beginners, but becomes even more important as you progress as a rider and push yourself to higher speeds, sharper turns, and more dangerous maneuvers.

So relax!Take It Slow – Increase Speed Gradually

Another mistake I made during my first several months of motorcycle riding is that I occasionally pushed myself beyond my limits. I wanted to get out there and ride all over the place right away, but I wasn’t yet ready to ride on larger roads.

If you are just starting out on a motorcycle, take it super slow. Stick to small, low-speed roads at first and if necessary, plan out your route in advance so you can stick to these slow, non-crowded streets. When I first started riding, I tried to stick to roads with a speed limit no higher than 35 miles per hour. Then, once I felt comfortable steering my bike at 35 miles per hour, I began looking for roads in the 40-45 MPH range. And once I became comfortable there, I began traveling on roads with a speed limit of 50-55 miles per hour. This continued until I was traveling with my bike at 65, 70 and 75 miles per hour.

Don’t Trust Anyone – Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

I’ve come to the conclusion that most motorcycle owners are some of the safest drivers out there on the streets. When you drive a motorcycle, you are super exposed. Just one small run in with another vehicle and you could be finished. That’s why it’s so imperative that you pay attention to your surroundings and watch the cars around you. And that’s why most motorcycle owners are such safe drivers. They pay attention to everything around them.

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Cars and trucks aren’t the only thing you need watch out for though. When driving your bike, be sure to keep an eye out for animals crossing the road, insects that might fly into your face or body, and rocks or debris that might be kicked up by the vehicles in front of you. Even small cracks or bumps in the road can be detrimental to your safety. So be aware of it all! The more attention you give to the space surrounding your bike, the safer you will be.

Heavy Winds Are Frightening

Even after a year of practice I still hate the wind. Driving a motorcycle in the wind is really, really scary. Small winds aren’t much to worry about and after a while you will get used to driving your bike in the breeze. But big wind storms and heavy gusts that come out of nowhere are dangerous and can cause you to crash if you aren’t careful. Most experienced riders that I speak with say they eventually learn to handle even the most heavy wind storms. But for a beginner like me, there were several times over the past year where the wind became so bad that I had to pull over and stop my bike as I waited for the wind to pass. If you are riding in the wind, be careful and don’t be afraid to pull over if the wind gets so bad that you can no longer control your bike.

Be Prepared For Cold Weather

You would think that with all those clothes on (gloves, jacket, helmet, etc.) riding a motorcycle in the hot summer sun would be like riding a bicycle with a toaster on top of your head. But as it turns out, the self-generated wind you create when riding a motorcycle does a lot to cool you down most of the time.

In colder temperatures, however, you may need to wear even more clothes than you normally would. There were several times this past year where I went out for a long ride during the day and felt perfectly comfortable riding my bike, and then returned home later in the evening, while freezing my butt off in the cold night air. Even a small temperature change, combined with the self-created wind that your motorcycle creates at high speeds, can cause your body temperature to drop… and you need to be prepared for these temperature changes (especially on longer rides). Pack an extra jacket if necessary, wear warmer gloves, and ride with thick wind-resistant pants.

Find Some Friends Who Also Ride

Being a newbie to this whole motorcycle thing, I was at first very much afraid of riding my motorcycle with other motorcycle riders. I was afraid the other riders might laugh at me for being so new to the activity, or that I would be so slow on the bike that I’d be a constant hindrance to the more experienced riders. That said, I made an effort to go on a few riders with other motorcycle riders in my area and these rides really paid off.

Besides making some new friends, riding with more experienced motorcycle riders taught me a lot. By riding with other cyclists, I saw where these more experienced riders positioned themselves in the road, how they took sharp turns, which gears they used to tackle various obstacles, and a whole lot more.

There were a few times when I was left behind by the more experienced riders, but each time I got dropped from the group I would eventually find the riders stopped on the road up ahead, waiting for me to catch up. Everyone I rode with this year was super nice and totally understanding about the fact that I was a beginner and not yet ready to push myself to the levels they were currently riding at.

You Learn The Most On Long Rides

For the most part, I use my motorcycle to get around town and explore my local area. But there were a few times when I went on long 100+ miles rides… and when I think back on it now, it was these long rides that taught me the most.

The most obvious example of a long motorcycle ride that taught me a lot was my three-day adventure out to Dinosaur National Monument. This small national park is a little over 200 miles from my home, but going out there was the furthest I had ever driven on my new bike. To get to Dinosaur, I had to ride over a windy mountain pass, cross through a vast desert, and ride on a crowded freeway with semi-trucks coming directly at me from the opposing lane. It was scary at times, but I certainly learned a lot from that short trip.

My recommendation to you is that once you learn the basics of driving your new motorcycle and get comfortable driving in traffic and scooting around your home town, go on a short trip to a nearby National Park or other such area you’ve always wanted to visit. You’ll learn a lot in the process and you’ll have a whole lot of fun.

It’s Good To Know How Your Bike Works

Finally, knowing how to make adjustments and repairs to your motorcycle or snocross helmet is a nice skill to possess. This is one area where I certainly fell short this year, but I did learn a few little things about my motorcycle over the past 12 months. In the future, I want to spend more time learning the ins and outs of my motorcycle. I want to learn how it works, which parts do what, and how to repair the bike if necessary. Luckily, my bike never broke down during my first year with it. The worst thing that happened was that I lost my speedometer cable and I let the battery drain by accidentally leaving the bike on overnight. In the future, I want to learn how to make larger repairs to my motorcycle… and I encourage you to learn a little bit about repairing your bike as well.

So, there it is! Those are the 9 big things I learned during my first year with a motorcycle.When you look back on your first year driving a motorcycle, what are the things you remember learning. And if you had just one piece of advice for someone who was totally new to motorcycle riding, what would it be? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

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How to Create an SEO Friendly Website

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Building a visually gorgeous web site isn’t enough to make sure any success for your on-line presence. “Build it, and that they can come” isn’t the method things work on-line.

To reach your target market, you want to create your web site search engine-friendly. SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) is that the method of skyrocketing visibility on Google, Bing, Yahoo and alternative search engines.

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Regardless of what technique you employ you build your web site (see this link for our most well-liked methods), there square measure invariably stuff you will do to make sure that your web site style and content complies with the conventions of search engines.

Here could be a list of tips about the way to produce associate degree SEO friendly website:

1. Create your universal resource locator structure “SEO friendly”

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A universal resource locator has to be purposeful to look engines. Search engines don’t typically use mortals to index websites – they use machine-driven processes (known as spiders) to try and do thus. It so helps to create certain your content is sensible to those spiders, beginning together with your universal resource locator structure.

Some individuals directly disadvantage themselves on this score by employing a Content Management System like WordPress and going universal resource locator generation on the default settings.

Here’s associate degree example:

  • By default, WordPress can generate URLs like this: www.example.com/?p=2588176
  • As you’ll see, this makes very little sense, and tells neither humans nor internet search spiders what the content is regarding. this is often a higher URL: www.example.com/an-article-about-websites

The first link could be a dynamic URL; not solely is it unfriendly to look engines however to users similarly. The second link is static and additional easy since {we can|we can|we are able to} simply make out what the page is regarding – then will Google.

It’s really very easy to create WordPress generate friendly URLs rather than dynamic ones. you may notice the settings in WordPress beneath “Settings” then “Permalinks.”

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2. Deem your keywords

Keywords square measure associate degree integral a part of any SEO campaign. If you fail to incorporate relevant keywords in your content, Google might ne’er notice it – but smart it’s.

The Google Adwords Keyword Tool could be a smart place to begin once researching keywords. you’ll use it to induce a concept of what number individuals rummage around for totally different phrases, and the way hot the competition is to induce hierarchic for them.

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Once you’ve got determined the keywords you would like to focus on, typical knowledge is to incorporate them in your posts and pages within the following areas:

  • Page titles
  • Sub headings
  • The main body of your copy
  • Your URLs
  • Image filenames and “ALT” text

Obviously Google (and the opposite search engines) don’t ever reveal however their algorithms work. If they did, it might be too straightforward for individuals to below the belt manipulate them. If your on a budget with a small business owner.

The current college of thought is that Google’s rule is sufficiently refined to differentiate between real, quality copy, and keyword-stuffed bulk content. thus don’t go crazy with together with keywords – strive instead to put in writing distinctive, top quality copy, with keywords incorporated naturally however not to a fault.

3. Optimise pictures

People typically concentrate an excessive amount of on text content once functioning on SEO, however ignore their pictures. However, it looks that the likes of Google do pay respectable attention to pictures once crucial computer programme positions.

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Here square measure a number of tips:

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Keep your file sizes little – you’ll use a picture editor like Photoshop to scale back the scale of your pictures (usually by reducing the standard or dimensions). This may cut back your web site loading times and create your web site expertise additional best for readers. As we tend to aforementioned on top of, details of computer programme algorithms don’t seem to be created public, however the actual fact that Google mention “site health” on their AdSense dashboard definitely looks to point that web site performance plays a neighborhood.

Remember the importance of other (alt) text, that permits you to incorporate a keyword within the description of the image. This helps computer programme spiders confirm the content of pictures. elevation text is additionally important for the visually impaired, as screen scaning computer code can read the elevation text to assist them perceive the page content.Make sure your pictures square measure relevant to the encircling text content.

 

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