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Quickie Dinner: Ginger Carrots + Soy-Ginger Marinade

I didn’t plan to blog last night’s dinner, but it came out so yummy that I decided to share! I made it up as I went along, so feel free to tweak it according to your own tastes. Add more chili sauce if you like heat or more sugar if you don’t. Either way, it will be tasty!

Last week, I told you about how to make the best tomato sauce in the world but today, I’ll tell you how I made last night’s dinner. We ate these delicious carrots with some basmati rice, edamame, and an equally yummy soy-marinated pork tenderloin. I’m including the recipe for the marinade at the end, as a Monday bonus!!

Oh, and as a bonus-bonus, this meal is C-H-E-A-P. As long as you have the pantry ingredients on hand, it comes out to less than $6 for dinner for two. ($3.50 for a 1-lb pork tenderloin on sale, already had the basmati but it would come out to about $.50/cup, organic baby carrots $1.00 on sale and edamame $1 for 1/2 of a $2 package)

Quickie Dinner – The Perfect Tomato Sauce

In honor of our recent monthly meal planning post, we decided to share with you the most versatile and delicious recipe in our cooking arsenal: tomato sauce. We use it for EVERYTHING. Pasta, obviously. Pizza sauce. A base for quick chili or minestrone soup. A simmer sauce for meatballs.

The following “Cooking Italian with Joe” video with Chef Joe Borio explains it also perfectly well. In his kitchen, Joe shares his best Italian recipes for authentic Italian tomato pasta sauce. It simple, easy, and gives you the feel of authentic Italy:

It’s so good I could eat it every night. We plan to make a huge batch and can it to give away as Christmas gifts along with some fresh pasta. Enjoy!

Quick Tomato Sauce

(adapted from Marcella Hazan’s recipe)

2- 28oz. cans tomato puree

2- 28oz. cans diced tomatoes with juice

1- 28oz. can stewed tomatoes with juice

1 whole onion, halved and peeled

1/2 stick of salted butter, cubed

1 tbsp. salt

Fallen Heroes Survivors Foundation

“Were It Not For The Brave, There Would Be No Land Of The Free”

The Fallen Heroes Survivors Foundation (FHSF) is a Non-Profit Corporation 501(c) that was established by Mike Ladouceur in 2010. FHSF provides support and services to surviving spouses as well as dependent children of those brave American military men and women that have fallen in battle during times of war as well as military personnel who committed suicide due to documented PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) resulting from their service to our country during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. FHSF uses over 85 percent of every dollar donated to support these families, so your donation goes a long way.

FHSF is not offering a hand-outs, but a hands-up. This is temporary assistance based on need and available funding to aid these families as they recover from the tremendous loss they have suffered.

The minimum donation equals what you would spend in a month on a few cups of coffee. Commit for a month, commit for a year, or make a one-time donation, and we can make a life-changing difference for these families. Donations will assist with short-term childcare since the spouses not only lost uniformed loved ones but also much-needed financial security and support for their families.

Definitions of Fractals

Generally spoken, so-called “fractal” objects are objects that reproduce themselves on a more or less large scale, and this infinitely. These objects can be obtained from simple elements, through curves or sets of dots.

There are various definitions of fractals. Some of these definitions are complicated fractal mathematics and some are definitions for non-experts like me. Therefore, I will be able to give you only an explanation of self-taught basic fractal geometry since I started creating fractals in late 1999.

There are two main features to fractals. One feature is all fractals exhibit self-similarity at all scales. This self-similarity may be strict or loose. Strict fractal self-similarity is rare in nature and may be non-existent.

Let me try and explain loose self-similarity a little further. Imagine you’re in the kitchen and prepare a whole cauliflower for dinner. So what do you do? First, you break off a big branch from the whole cauliflower. What do you see now? You see a small cauliflower which looks similar i.e. loosely self-similar to the whole cauliflower you had a moment ago.

Personal Growth-Careful Words

They’re giving honors students a boost to big-name colleges. Alex Almanza, whose 4.75 GPA put him in the top 5% of his high school class, could have gone to one of several state universities, including the University of Florida. But the offer from Miami-Dade Community College was too good to refuse: Free tuition, fees, and books, plus a chance to transfer later to a prestigious institution like Georgetown or New York University.

“I decided to risk it,” says Almanza, 18, an accounting major who just finished his freshman year. “I have a shot at going somewhere better, a step beyond a state school.”

Community colleges have long been the gateway to a bachelor’s degree, particularly for those who aren’t quite ready for the rigor of a traditional undergraduate education. But more and more, two-year institutions are serving as launching pads for the best and brightest, luring students like Almanza with merit scholarships, intensive academic programs and the potential to be discovered by a big-name school.

Right Timing is Everything-Goodnight Tycoon

This morning I talked with Emily from Imagine Results about promoting their free HiSET help tools and was blown away. Sell your stuff where they buy it she said. Pretty simple for most businesses right? If I sell gum, I sell it at convenience stores, grocery stores, candy machines, vending machines in the workplace, etc…

Emily explained that instead of normal ads she decided to promote their practice tests for the GED test on career websites. People who are looking for a better job might realize that having a GED diploma will help them to get a better job! Get the point now? Get obvious about where your products are on offer. So, not only where your customers are buying, but at the most opportune time as well.

So what does this have to do with your business? Seriously, it has everything to do with it. If you are using online video to attract customers instead of just throwing them up all over and tweeting the crap out of them and spamming your Facebook friends, place them where your clients will watch them.

Tips to avoid being scammed while traveling

As a tourist in a foreign country, you become an easy target for scammers. You can be naive of the different cultures and customs and let your guard down when it should, in fact, be at its highest. It is common for people to not realize they are being scammed, or have been scammed until they check their pockets or look at their bank balance, so it is, therefore, important to stop the scam when it is in motion.

I will describe below some of the scams to watch out for and how to best avoid them. It is fair to say that many scams have the same core principles and are just variations of each other. Once you are accustomed to the signs of a scammer you will easily be able to spot future ones.

From each of the situations outlined below, there are valuable lessons to be learned regarding how to stop situations getting worse, and how to handle yourself. Some of these were attempted or actually performed on myself during my travels, so, unfortunately, I am talking from experience. Hopefully, you will be a little more vigilant after reading this and will be able to recognize suspicious behavior and act accordingly.

What are Fractals?

There are various definitions of fractals. Some of these definitions are complicated fractal mathematics and some are definitions for non-experts like me. Therefore, I will be able to give you only an explanation of self-taught basic fractal geometry since I started creating fractals in late 1999.

There are two main features to fractals. One feature is all fractals exhibit self-similarity at all scales. This self-similarity may be strict or loose. Strict fractal self-similarity is rare in nature and may be non-existent.

Let me try and explain loose self-similarity a little further. Imagine you’re in the kitchen and prepare a whole cauliflower for dinner. So what do you do? First, you break off a big branch from the whole cauliflower. What do you see now? You see a small cauliflower which looks similar i.e. loosely self-similar to the whole cauliflower you had a moment ago.

Now if you were to continue breaking off even smaller branches of cauliflower you’d end up with ever-smaller replicas of the whole cauliflower until nothing was left. That in effect is what fractals are, self-similar replicas at all scales. I know this is not how you prepare cauliflower but I hope you’re able to understand the nature of fractals a little more.

Finding Cheap Flights In Europe

With the recent emergence of budget airlines in Europe, flying from one destination to the next is more affordable than ever. 5 years ago it wouldn’t be anywhere near economical to fly point to point in Europe and taking the train was really your only option. However, that has all changed and now flying may be your best bet.

There are several advantages flying will give you over traveling the rails, the most noticeable being the amount of time you can save. Besides time, you can also save money thanks to the competitive nature of Europe’s discount carriers. The last thing you want to do while backpacking Europe is waste your precious time and money. Today we’re going to look at your options for finding cheap flights within Europe.

Freedom isn’t Free

Happy Fourth of July, America. On this anniversary of our independence, it’s important to thank those who make it all possible. Let’s talk about veterans for a minute. Freedom isn’t Free. We know that.

Veterans, they are our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers, our teachers, our congressmen, our local small business people, our family. They possess something that defines the American spirit: a willingness to defend it all costs, especially their own. Fiercely independent, they are also just as generous, overwhelmingly brave and most incredibly, very humble.

When you thank a veteran, they will most often look at you kindly and say, “My pleasure.”  It’s always hard to believe that, but they say it’s true. A big thank-you to all of our veterans this Fourth of July. You make our country possible.