Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Cut Down Your Alcohol Intake With These Alternative Drink Ideas

I'm not opposed to drinking alcohol. I have a few drinks myself on a semi regular basis. However, there are many people who are unable to drink alcohol or want to stop, but finding an alternative to alcohol that feels like more than just drinking water can be difficult. Here are some alternative ideas to drink.

Like many people in January, your resolution for the year is to cut down on alcohol consumption. It’s something you’ve been telling yourself to do for many years, but you’re finally going to do it. As you begin your journey, you notice why you’ve never managed to do this before; it’s harder than it seems.

Now, you don’t have to be addicted to alcohol to struggle to cut it out of your life. Lots of people drink for social reasons, meaning you only have a few beverages a week - but it all adds up. Wanting to reduce your alcohol intake doesn’t necessarily mean you need to start checking into alcohol rehab! Perhaps you have started noticing some negative health effects that you blame on alcohol - such as weight gain - and that’s why you’re keen to cut down. Or, maybe you want to cut down before you start to see any of the consequences of too much alcohol.

Whatever the reason, you’ve made a positive choice to cut down. With that in mind, how can you reduce your alcohol intake and still have a good time? In all honestly, it comes down to finding alternative things to drink. No, this doesn’t mean drinking water (though you should drink as much water as you can every day!) it’s more about finding ways to replicate the feeling of drinking alcohol, minus the alcohol. Here are some ideas:

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Basic Pet Care Tips for New Pet Owners

Getting a dog has been such a wonderful change for our family, but that doesn't mean it is always the easiest. There is a lot of information new pet owners need to know. Here are some things from a reader to help you learn how to take care of your new pet.

Whether you’re thinking about getting a pet or already adopted one, you must prepare well beforehand so you won’t feel too overwhelmed and shocked. Pets are a great responsibility as they require a lot of care whether it’s about vet visits, walks, food, or anything else. If you’ve never owned a pet before know that it’s one of life’s greatest joys but it can also be quite intimidating.

You may find yourself having anxiety attacks thinking whether you can continue taking care of it, or if it will pee all over the house, but remember that those are things that pass quickly once they learn how to behave. Below we’ll break down a few simple tips on how to take care of your new furry friend.

Friday, January 7, 2022

How Can You Save Money by Doing Family Financial Budgeting?

Budgeting is important. Here is how you can save money while budgeting. 

Budgeting for yourself is usually easy. Sometimes you don't even need a budget to be okay until your next payday when you know your exact desires and needs. On the other hand, Family Budget is a completely different game. The main reason is to have others take care of you. If you can't make ends meet, you will not only starve to death.

It can be difficult because it forces you and your entire family to consider your finances. What do I have to do and what do I have to maintain? These tips will help.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

How to Make the Perfect Sticky Rice and Sushi Rice- Without a Hassle

I love rice. So do my kids. Sushi rice, by far, is the absolute favorite here. Even if not made into sushi rice, sticky rice is something everyone asks for. 

The thing is, sushi rice isn't easy. And while I love rice, the food I pretty much hate most in the world is rice done badly. (Chicken breast done badly and soggy cereal are the only other foods I can think of that I really care so much about how they're prepared and their texture.) I've written before about how to make the perfect sushi rice, but it is a lot of work, taking many steps, and I generally don't have the energy or the time it takes for all those steps. I've also written about how to make cheater sushi rice, which is much easier, but while it's ok for sushi, it isn't that perfect sushi rice that I really want, it's slightly pasty.

I was trying to find the balance between imperfect yet easy cheater sushi rice and complicated daunting perfect sushi rice, and I was told by my friends that I should just use the Asian mother's method of cooking rice- fill a pot with well-washed rice and cover with water so the water level is pinky knuckle height above the rice. I tried multiple times and it never was enough water, tried using a different knuckle, and still never enough. The rice was hard and uncooked once all the water was gone- exactly the type of rice that I detest. Finally, a friend of mine from Japan who lives locally told me that fresh rice from Japan or China still has moisture in it and therefore can be done with that method, but the rice we have in the rest of the world is older and dryer and therefore needs more water, which is why I was failing with that "tried and true" method. I tried using the same method and just using between my first two knuckles in height, and finally it worked. Then I figured out how much water that actually is. For a kilogram of rice (5 cups) I use a full electric kettle of boiling water- my kettle holding 1.7 liters or about 7 1/4 cups boiling water. Perfection each time now.

Then I wanted to have a better ratio of vinegar, sugar, and salt in my recipe to make it into sushi rice, and my friend David gave me his recipe, meant for 3 cups of rice, which I then modified to work with my full kilogram.

And now I have it. Perfect sushi rice. Not complicated. Not a headache. Quick to make, start to finish. And not pasty at all. And the sauce makes it even better.

Since I've figured this out I've been making this at least once a week, and sometimes even 2 kilograms at a time (two different pots) since 1 kilogram runs out too quickly for us. I use it for poke bowls, bibimbap, sushi, and sticky rice bowls (something my friend Phoebe taught is made in her hometown of Guiyang, China). 

Now that I've perfected this, I wanted to share it with you.

How to Make the Perfect Sticky Rice and Sushi Rice- Without a Hassle

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Car Accident Injuries Don’t Need to Affect Your Finances

Car accidents suck in so many ways, but one of the biggest ways you generally feel the repercussions of a car accident is in the financial aspect. Here are some things you can do to make sure that your car accident doesn't cause your family a large financial toll.

Getting involved in a car accident can be costly, whether you are at fault or not. All of a sudden, you have to start thinking about car repairs, legal procedures, talking to insurance companies, and defending your claim for compensation. All while you may be unable to work, but the bills never stop coming.

Personal injury lawyers can help you by explaining the options available, as well as guide you through the claims process. They can examine the details of your incident, gather evidence to support your claim, and negotiate your settlement with the liable party. Since such attorneys have helped countless individuals in your same position, they understand your needs and the best way to meet them.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Home Cleaning Services – Are They Worth the Investment?

I used to work doing cleaning for people, but needed to stop because of health issues I was having. After I stopped working for one family they switched to using a cleaning service and overall were happy with it. They had another pro and con that I'd to this list. Con is you don't know who you will be sent before they send you someone. However, since it is through a service if you have a bad experience you have recourse. Here are some other thoughts on whether or not hiring a cleaning service is worthwhile.

We all wish that we had a little more help around the house. Unfortunately, some days that mess seems to get the best of us, and it can seem impossible to keep on top of it all.

Hiring a cleaning service is something that you might have considered. However, it’s normal to have some concerns - Are they really worth the investment?

Below, we will take a look at some different pros and cons of cleaning companies so that you can determine if they are right for you.

Sound interesting? Then keep on reading!

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