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How to Hard Boil Eggs

Whenever you want to boil your eggs, you should have it in mind that everyone loves eggs that are boiled perfectly. It is quite difficult to know when an egg has been cooked perfectly. You should simply relax and know that you have some tricks here which would let you know that your boiled egg is perfect. After you have finished mastering how to make hard-boiled eggs, you should be on your way to making hard Cobb salads, egg salad, perfectly deviled eggs that are worthy of your Easter brunch tables. 

How you can Hard Boil your Eggs 

1. Begin this using old eggs

This would sound quite weird, I know. You should make use of old eggs because they peel faster and more easily. You would not risk tearing up the white part of these. Making use of old eggs is a great way to make sure your eggs are peel-able without any stress. 

2. You need to make sure it boils

It does not matter the level it got ready, the step here is the same. You need to place your eggs in a large pot. You should also fill the entire pot using water. Make sure the entire pot boils using a medium amount of heat. You should then turn off the heat level using a cover with the lid. 

3. You need to set your timer

This is an extremely important step. If you want your eggs to be softly boiled, you should set your timer for only seven minutes. If you want them to be hard-boiled then you should set things for about eleven minutes. When we say that each second counts, you would not believe it. Lots of tests have been done to check how well the eggs boil over time. You need to get a huge water bowl ready. You should get it as the timer counts down. 

4. Shock the boiled eggs 

After your timer rings, you should transfer your eggs into that frozen water. This would shock the eggs and hold the cooking process. They just need to hang out in there for just a minute or only two. 

5. Peel away

Since you made use of eggs which are older, you should peel your eggs gently and it wouldn’t be so difficult this time. 

My thoughts on Hard-Boiled Eggs 

Let me start with the fact that I do not like boiled eggs. I do not enjoy the aroma of them. But I made boiled eggs for my Uncle two weeks back. I had a problem making these hard-boiled eggs because I’ve never done it before. So I had to check the internet using Google to find what I was looking for and ways I could properly hard boil the eggs. I used the procedures I learned online and I got wonderful results because the eggs I hard-boiled came out looking great and nice. My Uncle enjoyed them and he complimented me considering it was the first time I was making boiled eggs.

Deviled Eggs Recipe

This article will be talking about deviled eggs and how you can make this on your own. So please sit back, relax, and let’s learn how to make deviled eggs. 

General facts about deviled eggs recipe 

This is very easy to make. The total cook time is about thirty-five minutes, and the preparation time is twenty minutes. The cook time is fifteen minutes. This yields about four servings. 

Classic Deviled Eggs Recipe 

What are the Ingredients you’ll need to make this Recipe? 

  1. Six eggs ( this is necessary for those of you that love to eat eggs a lot. I’m not a fan, but these are necessary for egg fans out there)
  2. A quarter cup of mayonnaise (This is necessary to provide a little bit of cream to our deviled eggs. We are not just making boiled eggs, right)
  3. A spoon just one of vinegar that would be white 
  4. A teaspoon of mustard, the yellow kind.
  5. 1/8 tablespoon of salt (necessary to grant one deviled eggs some taste. Letting out deviled eggs feel balanced and okay to taste)
  6. Paprika that has been smoked and would be used in garnishing your deviled eggs. (You don’t want to have something to eat that doesn’t taste well or is not decorated properly. It is going to give your meal combination a beautiful look, you know)

Which Steps Should I Follow when making these deviled eggs

Steps to go through

You should place all the eggs into a single layer using a saucepan and then make sure you cover it properly using enough water and wait till there are about one and a half inches of water that’ll be present above the eggs. These would be very high on heat, and then you should turn the heat on till the water starts boiling. After this point, you can cover it, turn the heat to low power and then let it all cook for a minute. Get rid of the heat and then leave everything covered for about fourteen minutes. You can then rinse it all using a steady flow of cold water. Make sure this flow continues for about a minute. 

You can then break the eggshells and then, with care, peel it all under the running water. Then dry gently using towels made of paper. Then to can slice the eggs half lengthwise and then remove the yolks to a medium bowl. You can place these whites on a platter for serving. You can then mash these yolks into a fine crumble making use of a fork. You can then add salt, pepper, vinegar, and mayonnaise and then mix them all very well. 

You can disperse them generally using teaspoons of yolk into the egg whites. You can then put on some paprika all around and serve it using desirable quantities. 

So there we have it. You now know how to make deviled eggs. The proper and right way. Have fun and enjoy.

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

The oven serves as one of the easiest and perfect ways to cook a piece of crispy bacon over the stovetop method. It is stress and mess-free, unlike the stovetop method that leaves hotspots on the pan.

To rid you of the hassle of dodging splattering grease during baking let’s take a look at how to cook Bacon using the oven.

Baking a piece of bacon with an oven has 2 methods which you can follow. You can choose to cook the bacon directly on the baking sheet lined on the pan or you can choose to bake it on a cooling rack kept on the pan.

  1. Place a rack in the oven, preferably in the middle. Heat the oven up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a baking sheet with aluminum foil, making sure it is overlapping on all sides. If you choose to use a cooling rack, do not use ones that have a non-sticking coating, instead apply a non-stick cooking spray to avoid sticking.
  2. Carefully arrange the bacon. Make sure that it is in a single layer with none overlapping on each other to avoid sticking during baking.
  3. Close the oven and allow it to bake. This will take about 14-18 minutes to bake (start checking after 15 minutes), depending on how thick the bacon is. Bake the cake until the Bacon takes a golden brown color and crispy. The oven is one of the best ways due to the fact that the bacon cooks evenly, unlike the popular stovetop that heats some slices faster than the others, leaving some undercooked.
  4. Place paper towels on a plate, using tongs, place the hot bacon on the paper towels, allow the grease to drain from the bacon.
  5. Serve immediately.
  6. It can be served with eggs (fried or boiled) or pancakes

NB: the drained grease can be stored and used to cook eggs or popcorn later on.

Advantages of preparing Bacon with an oven

  1. Cooking with an oven is a clean practice. Cooking bacon using an oven prevents splattering of grease and also prevents hot spots marks in the pan. With the oven, you have less to clean.
  2. If you are planning on baking lots of Bacons, then using an oven is the best option. The oven has more than enough room to fit a good amount of Bacon without stacking them on each other and leading to sticking.
  3. Well, of course, Bacon won’t be the only thing you will be preparing. Using the oven gives you free time to comfortably go about your business in the kitchen until the bacon is ready.
  4. Due to the fact that the oven does now allow the pan to form hot spots, the bacon tends to cook evenly with an oven.no charcoaled or white parts left after baking.
  5. Baked Bacon does not form a curl after baking, unlike the stovetop method.

Materials needed to bake a Bacon;

  • Paper towels
  • Foil (Aluminium foil)
  • Cooling rack
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven 

How to Make French Toast

There are a lot of pieces of bread and toppings, there’s also a variety of French Toast one could make. We have Brioche French toast, Cinnamon French toast, French toast that tastes like Macchiato Caramel Starbucks, there’s even stuffed French toast. You could even make French toast using a mug. These are great for easy and quick French toast recipes. You need to start making this using cinnamon and vanilla extract. This would give your French toast a great rich flavor. You can then decide on which type of bread you would like to use. Bread types include bread made with whole wheat, French bread, Italian bread, or white bread. These are served using simple easy spiced syrup that’s done for tasty French toast. You can learn how to make easy and quick French toast right now. Let’s get to it, shall we? 

Prep Time is five minutes 

Cook time is also five Minutes 

It has ninety-five calories 

Ingredients you Need to Make French Toast

For four servings you need the following ingredients:

  1. An egg 
  2. Four bread slices 
  3. A quarter cup of milk 
  4. A half-cup teaspoon of grounded cinnamon 
  5. A teaspoon of pure vanilla extract 

How to Prepare this French Toast 

Step One 

This French Toast is very simple to make. You need to simply beat the eggs, add in cinnamon and vanilla inside a shallow dish and then stir it all with some milk. 

Step Two 

You can then dip your bread inside this mixture with eggs and then turn this to both sides gently and evenly 

You can then cook these slices of bread using a skillet or nonstick griddle. Make sure the heat is medium till it looks browned on both of its sides. You can then serve using simple spiced syrup. If you desire this. And that’s all, you’ve got your French toast. 

How to make the simple spiced syrup: add up a teaspoon of Pure Extract made with Vanilla and a quarter teaspoon of Cinnamon per cup of syrup made from pancakes. Stir this very well and then serve it as it is warm. You could serve it whichever way you desire, don’t mind me. 

Nutritional Information 

You get to enjoy ninety-five calories per 3g. There’s a gram of Fat, there are forty-eight grams of saturated fat. There are a hundred and fifty-five grams of cholesterol. There are thirteen grams of sodium. There’s a gram of carbohydrates, there are four grams of fiber and there’s some protein available in this French toast. 

As stated earlier, making French toast is easy, it is simple and it is very basic to make. It is just like soaking cereals but this time you don’t make use of water. Just make sure your egg mix up blends on all sides of your bread pieces and make sure you enjoy the taste of it. If you don’t enjoy the taste then there’s no fun in what you made anymore. Have fun making your French toast. 

How To Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Card

It is the month of February and Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. This is a period of love. It is that period where you show your loved ones how much you love them. Of course, a lot of Valentine’s day cards and flowers will be sent out. It could be to your significant other, family members, friends, and so on. Whichever person it is, ensure to give them something from the depth of your heart. One good way to do this is to send them homemade Valentine’s day cards. Yes! A card you made yourself from the scratch.

It is quite easy to make Valentine’s day cards or any card at all. You only need to have the materials and follow the procedure carefully. In less than 30 minutes, you will be done with it. Valentine’s day is a day to show someone that you care about. When you present them with your card, they’ll realize that you care about them so much to craft something but yourself. Of course, you can always buy them an already made card. However, a handmade card is more unique. You know what the person likes and can incorporate it into the card.

Here are materials to make a Valentine’s Day card:

1.  White cardboard paper and plain paper

2. Markers

3. Glitter

4. Glue

5. Pen or pencil

6. A pair of scissors

Procedure

1. Cut the cardboard paper to be shaped like a card. It could be a rectangular card, square card, circle, or whichever shape you like. Set it aside.

2. Using the scissors again, cut the plain white paper to be love-shaped.

3. Apply a little glue at the back of the love-shaped plain paper and stick into the cardboard. Allow drying for a few minutes.

4. Write your love notes inside the paper. You can write things like “I love you”, “Happy Valentine’s Day”, and so on.

5. Using the markers, design the front and back of the cardboard paper. You can also add some designs inside. You can draw little hearts and color them red. This is why white cardboard paper is preferable.

6. Use the glitter as a finish. This will make it sparkly and more beautiful.

7. Your Valentine’s card is ready!

That was easy, wasn’t it? It is a homemade card and so, you can design it however you want. You may also want to use stickers on the card. Accompany your card with a little gift and the person getting it will be extremely happy. It could be flowers, perfume, Valentine’s key holder, and so on. You can shop for gifts from a nearby supermarket. They are aware of the season and will have gifts in stock.

If you need to send a card to someone over the internet, you can design your own Valentine’s day card with several available templates on the internet. Get the templates, make your unique design, and send it across to the person.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sugar-free Holiday Cheesecake Recipe

The holidays are upon us again, and we have to prepare promptly to receive them. The joy that Christmas brings, the thrills of getting to meet with long-time friends and distant relatives, everything is worth looking forward to. But then, what do you have to offer them when they finally arrive? Let me give you an idea; you can create this super-delicious cheesecake without worrying about excessive sugar content.

This article will show you how to make your own sugar-free holiday cheesecake recipe. You’ll see how easy it is to get everyone smiling at the dining table. The good thing about this cheesecake is that it can still pass for a good dessert if you prepare it well. You don’t have to worry about a family member who has diabetes; it is sugar-free and is still as delicious as you can imagine.

What You’ll Need

For the Cake Filling

  • 750 gram of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • One egg
  • One tablespoon of vanilla powder
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • Two tablespoon yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of rice malt syrup
  • Extra raspberries and mint leaves to decorate
  • 1/4 cup of coconut cream

For the Cake Crust

  • One cup of almond meal or other nut meal
  • One cup of shelled pistachios
  • 120 gram of softened unsalted butter
  • One cup of shredded coconut

Directions

It is not an entirely new procedure if you have been baking other types of cheesecakes. The only difference this time is that you won’t be adding sugar to the batter.

Step one

Start by preheating the oven and lining the bottom and sides of the pan with baking paper. This will prevent the cake from sticking to the pan.

Step two

To make the base, you’ll whiz the nuts in a food processor. Continue to do that until you’re sure it is very smooth. Pour your shredded coconut into the bowl, add the almond meal and butter. Stir the mixture with your hand till it forms a dough. If you don’t feel like the butter is enough, as some more. Remember that the oil in the nut can only be released when you stir correctly with your hand. Press the dough into the pan and bake for around 5 to 8 minutes until you notice that it is becoming golden in color. Remove it from the pan and allow it to cool.

Step three

Make a puree out of raspberries by slowly blending it. Ensure that you add some water to make it pass through easily. Pour the product into a saucepan and stir carefully until it becomes slightly thick. Allow it to cool down while you move on to the next step.

Step four

Empty all the remaining ingredients into a big bowl and stir thoroughly. Drop little bits of the mixture into the cold pan, and drop some of the raspberry sauce on the surface of the cheesecake. Pour the remaining mixture into the surface of the cheesecake and smoothen it out. Place it in the oven for about 25 minutes. Make sure you don’t overcook it. Place the product in the fridge for some hours and serve it cold.

How to Wrap a Present (Step by Step)

Wrapping a present is one skill that everyone needs to know, especially now that the Christmas holidays are upon us. It may not mean so much if you decide to open up your present when you deliver it. However, it will make it more presentable and surprising when it is properly wrapped.

In this article, we will look at how you can wrap a present properly to make it look presentable, not minding the content of the gift. Follow me through this article, and you just might be the one who teaches your friends and family who also want to learn to wrap presents.

Step 1: Measure the paper

It is always best to measure out the amount of wrapping paper you will need for the present. Remember that you must already have your gift before you begin to cut. Place the present on the wrapping paper and mark the length and breadth of the present on the paper.

Step 2: Cut out the paper

When you have carefully measured the actual size of the present on the paper, you can now move forward to cutting the measurements out of the wrapping paper. Try as much as possible to stick with your markings. You can go above it but try not to go below it; else, you might need to throw the paper away.

Step 3: Fold two ends of the paper

It will be your decision which two ends you want to fold first, but whichever one you choose, ensure that you wrap them up properly and tape them together. This is going to be the basis of your work.

Step 4: Fold down the other two sides

When you have folded the first two ends and taped them together, you will notice that the other two ends are sticking out. Fold them down and tape them to the body of the present.

Step 5: Form a triangle

You can do this by folding in one the wrapping paper from one edge of the present. You will notice that it naturally forms a triangle when you do this.

Step 6: Raise the triangle tail and tape

The job gets easier from here on. Just raise the tail of the triangle to cover the two folded sides and tape everything together firmly. Repeat the same step for the other side of the present, and you’re good to go. Some people may decide to tape the entire box again, but I think that would deface the gift and steal its beauty.

Step 7: Do the decorations

The decoration shouldn’t take much of your time. It merely entails that you tie a beautiful ribbon around the present. If you are wrapping a Christmas present, you should consider using a red ribbon because it represents the color of Christmas.

If you followed all these steps judiciously, you should now have a firmly and beautifully wrapped present that will thrill the benefactor with its looks even before its content is revealed.

How to Make Paper Snowflake Christmas Tree Decorations

Paper decorations are beginning to gain ground in the media lately. People are starting to ditch the overly expensive decorations and going for cheaper and easy-to-make ones. One good thing about paper decorations is that they won’t affect your pocket at all, and they’re just as beautiful as any other form of decoration you can think about.

In this article, I will show you how to make beautiful paper snowflake Christmas tree decorations. You can choose to place them on your Christmas tree, on your walls both in the office and at home, or on your home table.

How to Make Paper Snowflakes

Follow the steps below to make your own paper snowflakes.

Step one

Make a triangle from a square paper by folding it diagonally. Ensure that the paper is square before you begin to fold. To make it a perfect square, you can measure the sides with a ruler or fold the paper from one of the tips and make sure that it is parallel to the adjacent edge of the paper. Cut out the excess paper, and what you’ll have is a perfect square.

Step two

While still maintaining the first folding, fold the two pointed edges again till they meet. Make sure that the edges are perfectly parallel to each other.

Step three

For the third time, you will have to fold the triangle again, but this time, it will not form another triangle; it will form the shape of a rocket. Your paper should be getting thicker by now, which is why you must ensure that you start the process with light paper. Thicker paper becomes difficult or impossible to fold as you go further.

Step four

After the previous folding, you’ll notice that you now have excesses on both sides of the rocket shape paper. Cut those excesses off the piece, so you have a regular triangle again. Be careful while doing this, because a wrong cut into the other parts of the paper could ruin the entire process, and you’ll have to start over again with another paper.

Step five

This step is where all the work is because here’s where you begin to design your paper snowflake Christmas decoration. Pick a pair of sharp scissors and cut through the folded paper from the edges to the center. Cut different shapes; some straight, some zigzag, and some wavy or curved. You’ll see the magic when you spread out the paper.

Step six

Unfold your paper now, and what you’ll have is a beautifully designed snowflake. When you spread out the paper, you must ensure that you’re extremely careful to avoid tearing up the design. If you used a very light paper, the risk of getting it torn is higher. Be as cautious as possible, and the result will thrill you.

You can either hang the finished product on your Christmas tree with a fine ribbon or on your windows to make them dangle freely and beautifully.

How to Make Playdough (No-Cook) for DIY Christmas Ornaments

Generally, children love this playdough no-cook a lot. That’s because it practically excites and tickles their minds. When you make playdough yourself, you should be able to tell the exact items that were involved in the making. Moreover, you get the chance to make exact customization of what your little one loves. This is much better than buying from a store. The truth is, there are lots of benefits that are attached to making playdough for your little one.

Probably,  you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to learn how to make playdough (no-cook) for DIY Christmas ornaments. Well, today is your lucky day! Today, I’ll be showing you a recipe that will help you achieve this in just 4 minutes! Stay put as we take you through this journey.

Here’s how to make this at home:

Ingredients

●  1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. You may also use baby oil or coconut oil.

●  2 cups of all-purpose plain flour

●  1.5 cups of boiling water. (Add more when needed at intervals.)

●  1/2 cup of salt

●  2 tbsp tartar cream

●  Food coloring (gel)

●  Few drops of glycerin

These are the ingredients that would help you achieve playdough faster.

Directions

When preparing playdough, some instructions are to be adhered to. This is so as to not make certain mistakes that should have been avoided. Let’s take a look.

●  Combine the salt, flour, tartar cream, and oil. Then, mix them properly inside a mixing bowl.

●  In the booking water and dry ingredients, add your food coloring respectively.

●  Keep stirring the mixture until you it attains a sticky consistency.

●  Put in the glycerin.

●  Let it cool for some time, remove it from the bowl, and keep kneading it until it loses all its stickiness. (You should take this part seriously as it’s the most essential part of this process.)

●  Add more flour, if it remains a bit sticky.

 Boom! It’s readyyyyy!

The playdough can be kept or stored in an airtight container. This should be done for 6 months (minimum). Depending on your environment, you may want to store in a refrigerator sometimes.

For the colors, you can use Wilton Gel. This is because they tend to be more vibrant, and most times, it requires a little quantity of color for the playdough.  They are also required in a couple of other activities.

After making the playdough, you can go ahead to get your little one some of the important items that are supposed to make up a playdough kit. Also, ensure that you get the quality ones.

As described earlier, playdough is more like a child’s companion. You can decide to check out some of the tip benefits of letting your child play with a batch. If you have an idea that’s different from ours, you are free to share it with us. This article is a comprehensive recipe for how to make playdough (no-cook) for DIY Christmas ornaments. I hope you find this very helpful!

How to Cook Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole is one meal that seems to be present every Thanksgiving. It can be prepared in so many ways. In this short piece, we will show you how to cook green bean casserole.

Green Bean Casserole – Canned, Frozen, or Fresh?

There are three major ways of preserving Green Bean Casserole – fresh, frozen, and canned. You can opt for any method that you’re convenient with.

In November, green beans are not always in season, so people tend to get it earlier and preserve it in a refrigerator. They most times taste like the fresh ones if preserved properly.

Creamed Green Bean Casserole Sauce

This is exactly as tasty as it sounds. Here’s how you prepare this delicacy:

●  Melt the butter

●  Blend the butter with the flour

●  Pour it over the milk

●  Put the mixture in your cooker and allow it to cook for a while. Bring it down.

You can also decide to add cheese to your Green Bean Casserole recipe, but you have to use one cup or less of it. You can opt to use Parmesan, Gruyère, or Monterey Jack.

Also, fried onions should be an addition to this meal. As a matter of fact, if you skip anything during its preparation you should never skip fried onions. This is because of the extra flavor which it adds to it. Green Bean Casserole takes about 55 minutes to get ready.

Ingredients

●  Trimmed Green beans (1 lb)

●  1 onion (should be sliced like a half moons)

●  6 tablespoons butter

●  Kosher salt

●  2 cloves of garlic ( minced)

●  1/4 cup of all-purpose flour

●  8 oz. Of sliced mushrooms

●  Black pepper  (freshly ground)

●  3 cups of whole milk

●  11/2 cups of French fries onions

Directions

●  Have your oven preheated to 350°. Make an ice bath. Put a pot on your stove, and allow to boil. Put in your green beans, and keep cooking until it turns to bright green, let’s say, for 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, have your beans transferred into the bath and drain afterward.

●  Put your ovenproof skillet over a medium heat cooker and melt 2 tablespoons of butter inside it. Put in your onion, and cook for 5 minutes. Be sure to stir it occasionally until it gets soft.

●  Season your mushrooms with salt and pepper and add it. Stir the mushrooms often and keep cooking until it turns golden. Cook for five minutes. Dip the mushrooms into the garlic. When it’s fragrant, turn in this mixture into the green bean bowl.

●  Melt the remaining butter, and dip it into the ovenproof skillet until it is still over medium heat. Whisk everything together with the flour, and have it cooked for 2 minutes until it turns golden. Season the milk with salt and pepper, and whisk the mixture. Allow it to simmer and cook for 4 minutes until it gets thick. Bring it down from the heat, and blend with green bean mixture

●  For 30 minutes, bake until it has warmed through and is bubbling.

●  Add the fried onions, and have it baked for an extra 5 minutes

Here it is! Now, you can make your own Green Bean Casserole!