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The Art of Garnishing


									The Art of Garnishing

Whether you realize it or not, cooking is an art. You don’t necessarily have to study to
be a chef in order to turn out great dishes and to be able to make food that people enjoy.
Many home cooks who have a great time cooking realize that their plates lack
something, but they aren’t sure how to bump the quality up a notch. You see, no matter
how incredible the food, presentation is everything. Let’s take a look at the art of
garnishing and how to make your dishes look stunning, just like in a high class

There are many forms of garnishes. You can use outside elements which are not edible,
such as decorative plates, or food itself, like the traditional lemon or orange slice.
Another way to garnish is with sauces, which is probably the most art-like method of all
as the liquid allows you to draw forms on the plate.

Decorative, inedible elements come in a variety of forms. The plate upon which the
food is placed can be a garnish in itself, simply with the patterns that are already etched
on it. For many chefs, the plate is the base of all their garnish art. Most prefer a plain
plate, of a single color, usually black or white, to form the background for the food and
all other décor.

Other inedible garnishes include sauce bowls, hollowed out leg bones that form a
container for soups and stuffings, and fluted paper cups that may be used occasionally
to present small portions of food separately on one plate.

Edible food garnishes are an art form all on their own. You can go with the simplistic,
useful garnish, like a lime slice or an orange wedge on the edge of a plate, or a sprig of
parsley atop the rice, but there are plenty of other great ideas that really don’t take that
long to do up. For example, you can make some very elegant carrot curls by just using
your vegetable peeler to make long thin strips that you then drop into ice water for 5 or
10 minutes. They curl right up and can be arranged around the edge of a plate or used to
decorate a salad.

Last, but not least, a squirt bottle filled with gravy or a herb-infused oil (to give it color)
can be the cook’s best friend in the art of garnishing. Just swirl or dot the colored liquid
around the plate, before or after the food has been arranged. Elegant zig-zags or simple
wavy lines add a whole new dimension to the food as well as lightly seasoning it.

Garnishing is fun, and it adds to the art of cooking great food. Once your family has
seen a plate with a drizzle of green chive oil around the edge and a sprig of basil in the
center, they will be more than happy to eat what you have made! So go ahead and try
adding some art to your dishes tonight.
Motivate Your Students with Awards

It can be difficult as a teacher to get your students motivated in class. You might
manage to get them hyped up to a certain point over a project or two, but in general, the
interest lags after a few days. There is another way to get your student interested and in
a competitive mood and that is with awards designed specifically for them! Classroom
awards are among the most popular for students and it is very easy to add them to your
daily teaching life.

You can make up absolutely any type of award that you want, which is especially handy
with young children. Inventing a fun award like “Best Smile of the Week” is the perfect
way to get kids laughing and working harder.

Start by planning out several general awards such as “Hardest Working Student”, “Most
Helpful”, “Best Behaved”, etc. These can be given out every week or month, as you see
fit. Although you could have awards that are given out at the end of each semester, it is
usually better motivation if you choose smaller time periods. This allows the children to
compete more and they have more chances of “winning”. For this reason, you want to
reward good behavior, so everyone will be doing their best to behave well and try
harder at their work.

There are lots of different certificate papers available, you can choose one that goes
with your theme. For younger kids, a certificate with balloons is fun, while older
children will prefer a more professional look. The idea is to give out a certificate for all
the awards at the end of each judging period. Hold a semi-formal ceremony, where each
child is praised and called up in front of the class to receive their certificate. Have
everyone clap for the winners and you can teach them a little something about not being
sore losers as well.

If you want to take things a step further, include photos in your awards ceremonies.
Take a shot of each winner with their certificate and for the next time period, that child
has his or her photo hung on the bulletin board with the name of their award above the
photo. Kids absolutely love being famous and this is a good way to cater to that interest.
Make up fancy frames with the award names on top. You can make this a class project
if you like and have all the children team up to decorate the photo frames.

Invent a special, unique award at the end of each time period, something like “Best
Dressed” or “Funniest Jokester”, according to what you see fit. This is a good way to
include the children who might figure they have no chance at winning a good behavior
award, so they automatically try to be bad. These awards are one-time only affairs and
should only be given to one child in the class.

Using awards to motivate your students is not a new idea, but it is one that has not been
used enough. As you begin to incorporate it into your classroom routine, you are bound
to see results.
Tips for Writing Children’s Books

So, you have decided to write children’s books. Many people think that this is a very
easy market, since young children’s literature tends to be so simple, but that is far from
the truth. Rather, you must select each word very carefully because there are so few!
Here are more tips on writing books for children.

Read as many children’s books as you can get your hands on. This is vital if you want to
writer your own quality stories that children will enjoy. Take note of how other authors
use words to describe the pictures in the books for very small children.

Now that you have read all those picture books, try reading them to some little kids. If
you have your own, perfect, but if not, don’t let that stop you. You can easily borrow
some friend’s kids or volunteer to read to a day care group or in a preschool. Watch to
see how the children react to each book.

When you feel prepared, you are ready to go ahead and write your own book. Selecting
a topic is key to writing the perfect piece of literature for small children. There is no
point in choosing something that will be completely out of their league, so you want to
go with common, every day issues that face little kids. These might include welcoming
a new sibling into the family, traveling, divorce, starting school or dealing with their
mother going back to work. These are all very important things that affect their lives.

Don’t underestimate children. They can spot badly written books a mile away and you
won’t have their attention for long unless you write something interesting that captures
their imagination. While the pictures and drawings in a picture book are important, so
are the words and they are the introduction to reading and writing for many small

Think back to when you were small. The feelings that you pull up from those distant
memories will help you write the books that you are working on now. Can you
remember how it felt to be jealous of your big sister because she had more juice than
you? If so, incorporate that into your book, make your primary character feel what you
felt. This is the best way to get kids truly involved in your stories, by including
emotions that every one of them has felt at some point or another.

Join an online or offline book writer’s group. They can provide invaluable feedback on
your writing and it is worth having some constructive criticism when you are writing
something so delicate as books for children. Try to find a group that specializes in
juvenile literature and remember to give as much as you take.

Once you actually have your manuscript in hand, it is time to revise it. Not once, not
twice, but three times. This is very important. You might figure you don’t have much to
edit, since it is only a 300 word picture book, but every sentence needs to be as tight as
possible. Test the story out on children that you know and see what they think. They are
great critics and will tell you the truth straight out.
Finally, you are ready to submit your books. Follow the publisher’s guidelines or you
will be rejected right off. And be prepared to be rejected, since even the best writer’s
don’t always get accepted on the first try.
Making Your Divorce a Friendly One

Divorce is considered to be such a nasty word, the angry splitting apart of two people
who once loved each other and now hate each other. However it doesn’t always have to
be that way and there are many couples who actually manage to stay friends throughout
the divorce process as well as afterwards! If you think that keeping your split relatively
friendly is a good idea, whether for the kids or just because you are tired of fighting, this
article will give you a few pointers on doing so.

The benefits of a friendly divorce are many. First, neither partner gets into a heated
argument and the negotiations tend to be far more reasonable, based on wanting things
to be resolved instead of focusing on revenge. Children are also happier when their
parents are splitting amicably. The tension in the household, while still in existence is
not as strong and the children of friendly splits tend to be better adjusted than those who
suffered through their parents´ hatred and badmouthing.

The first step in creating a friendly divorce is to decide things between the married
couple. Don’t just hand everything over to a judge. If you are capable of making
responsible, adult decisions, do so on your own turf, not in the court room. This
includes such decisions as how to share custody of the children, splitting up the assets
that you both own, etc. These are all things that are commonly left to the judge, but you
will avoid a lot of problems if you can work it all out between the two of you.

Setting goals that both of you want to achieve is another way to help your friendly
divorce along. These goals might be something that you want for your children, that
both of you are willing to work towards. It is a good idea to figure out ahead of time
how you will both work things out, if there will be a process. Some couples find that it
is far better to take a couple of hours per week to sit down at a coffee shop and discuss
things, while others will call each other up as soon as they think of another problem.
The choice is up to you and really depends on how friendly you remain with your ex.

Most couples had a joint way of raising kids while they were together and this should
continue after the divorce. Just because you are now separated doesn’t mean the
children should suddenly be allowed to watch TV all day when they were limited to an
hour before. Neither parent should give in to demands raised by the kids if they
wouldn’t have as a couple, since this only causes problems between the divorcing pair.

If you are having difficulties resolving an issue, but don’t really want to involve
lawyers, you might consider hiring a mediator who is able to gently help you both sort
things out. This is a good way to keep the divorce peaceful since the mediator will be
looking at what is best for both parties.

Divorce is never an easy process, but by keeping it as friendly as possible, you can ease
the transition. Follow the steps above and try to stay civilized and you should be able to
achieve your goals.
Pros and Cons of Home Education

The whole home education movement began back in the sixties, with the hippies
rebelling against all things government run, but since then, it has grown into a
legitimate method of schooling. In fact, home schooling has become so big that colleges
and universities now accept applications from children who have never been to school
without question. But like any major decision involving your child, you have to weigh
the pros and cons before deciding if home education is the right choice for you and your

Over the years, home education has received a bad rap due to parents who keep their
kids at home, but don’t actually teach them anything. These children often emerge from
the cocoon of their home life as adults with severe disadvantages. They are not able to
interact well socially and their knowledge of basic academic subjects is very low. When
people see this, they assume that home education is not a good thing.

Also, many people are against home education because they believe that the school
teachers are better equipped to teach children than parents. The facilities in the school
are better in many areas, particularly the lab and the library. For obvious reasons, gym
class is quite different in the school environment as well.

However, not all home education is badly done. There are parents who are very well
equipped to teach their children and as long as they realize when they are out of their
league, there is no problem, as a tutor can be hired. Also, there are several very good
curriculums available specifically for home use that are easy to follow both for student
and parent.

As long as care is taken, there is no need for social ineptness in the average home
education student. There are a multitude of activities and classes that children can take
to provide them with a social experience. In fact, many areas have home education
groups where families who home school get together for various activities. The parents
can discuss children and teaching difficulties while the students play games and sports
and just generally interact with other young people their own age.

While it is true that classes such as phys. Ed. and science can be more difficult at home,
there are ways around this. One way is to invest in lab equipment as a group, with
several families pitching in to buy the required equipment. Also, many schools allow
students from home educated families to participate in just one class without problems.
This depends on the school and the area it is in, so it’s best to ask first.

Home education can be a very rewarding venture for the right people, but you do need
to realize that it is not a vacation. Studying at home means a lot of hard work and less
motivation, since you have only your own family to spur you on. For those who are not
very disciplined, home schooling is not a good option. Weigh the choices, talk to other
people who are already teaching their kids at home and then make an educated decision.
Online Shopping Safely

With online shopping revenues going through the roof in recent years, the need for
safety while making your purchases over the internet has also risen. Most people are
unsure of how to stay safe, protect their identity and credit cards while buying from
online stores and vendors. And websites are struggling to create newer and better
methods of online protection for their consumers. Online shopping shouldn’t have to be
dangerous, as long as you know what to watch out for, which is explained right here.

Using a secure method of payment is always the best option. Look for websites that use
PayPal or BidPay, etc. These sites are specially designed to prevent fraud and protect
both the buyer and the seller from potential problems.

If you are using a credit card, you are at risk for theft every time you give out your card
number. Although experts agree that using a credit card is far safer for online shopping
than a debit card (credit cards hold extra protection against fraud, but debit cards don’t),
you still need to take care. One way to avoid problems in this area is to buy a virtual
credit card. These prepaid gift cards are the best way to go because they come with a
preset limit, which you have already paid, whether that be $10 or $500. There is no way
for anyone to spend more than the limit, even if they steal your number. Virtual cards
also offer special online shopping protection.

Bank account numbers, passport or other ID numbers and passwords should never be
kept on your computer. Some websites utilize spyware to enter your computer and
search out this information to be sent back to unscrupulous people, allowing them to rob
your identity. Instead, keep this information on a burned CD or a USB memory stick
which you can remove easily. Better yet, just write it down in a handy notepad that you
keep beside your desk. Hackers haven’t yet figured out how to get to offline materials!

When paying for something during your online shopping spree, avoid using services
like Western Union or any other payment method where you are not protected. With
systems like PayPal, if you don’t receive the goods after sending payment, you have
ways to reclaim your money, whereas with a check, or certain other payment methods
you have no proof.

Whenever you are asked to enter private, personal information, check to see if there is a
privacy policy on the website. This should just say that they promise to keep your
information safe and will not sell, rent or give it away to anyone else. If there is no
privacy policy, do not submit your information since it will then become public

Also, when doing your online shopping, you should always have an anti-virus and an
anti-spyware program installed on your computer and running. Online shopping while
unprotected is a very dangerous venture! You can pick up all sorts of nasty problems
while searching for that perfect Christmas gift!

Online shopping is convenient and in most cases, secure. Just make sure you use the
above tips to keep it completely safe.

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