Relastionship

Image result for Ways for a successful relationship                                                                                        Do you know any couples whose love you admire? Grandparents or neighbors, colleagues or parents, people whose romantic relationships have endured year after year, inspiring awe for their deep caring, commitment, and joy?

Creating a loving and lasting partnership clearly isn’t easy. Most people enter marriage fully expecting to share a life together, but in reality, 40-50 percent(link is external) of those marriages are predicted to end in divorce. Stable marriages, moreover, are not necessarily happy: People stay in unsatisfying relationships for a variety of reasons (e.g., children, finances, religion). The question then is not one of mere stability, but also of quality: How do two people create and maintain a mutually happy relationship? What are the secrets to a successful marriage?

Relationship researchers are deeply motivated to identify interpersonal patterns characterizing successful marriages. While plenty of empirical questions still remain, certain behaviors commonly appear among happy couples. If you’re looking for the perfect someone, or wondering if you’ve found that person already, these behaviors should be of interest to you.

Will you and your partner adopt the kinds of habits that make for success? Here’s how to begin setting the stage for long, healthy relationship.

  1. Practice mindfulness. In a busy week, it’s easy to half-engage with your romantic partner as you push through to Friday, but try to resist the pull of your phone, computer, or the long to-do list in your head. Research consistently shows that relationships are more satisfying when individuals practice mindfulness (McGill, Adler-Baeder, & Rodriguez, 2016). Mindfulness is the art of giving active attention to the moment—not an easy task, but a useful one. You might imagine that individuals on the receiving end of mindfulness could feel deeply valued, a feeling that would foster intimacy, trust, and connection.
  2. Recommit, everyday. When people think of love, the emotional components of passion and intimacy are often the first to come to mind, but commitment is actually the Number One predictor of relationship satisfaction, especially in long-term relationships (Acker & Davis, 1992). Commitment is a cognitive choice, a decision that individuals make to be in a relationship. Couples who renew their commitments everyday, in words and deed, are situating themselves nicely for a long-lasting partnership.
  3. Be playful. Sure, adult life tends to emphasize productivity and seriousness, but sometimes it’s about playing. Playful people take time to prioritize enjoyment, pleasure, amusement, and having fun, and such an orientation in romantic relationships is predictive of satisfaction (Proyer, 2014). This suggests the possibility that play could be an important dimension of a successful relationship.
  4. Put work into the relationship. Back in the 1980s, relationship scholars identified relationship maintenance behaviors as critically important to the sustained health of a romantic partnership. Recent research supports the idea that individuals who actively work on their relationships help make those relationships happy and lasting (Ogolsky & Bowers, 2013). The specific kinds of behaviors that reliably predict relationship success include expressing positive emotions, being open, giving relational reassurances, using your social circle to support your relationship, and readily sharing the work and responsibilities that come with a long-term relationship.
  5. If it’s not important, let it go. In a recent study, researchers asked a sample of divorcees why their marriages failed. Participants cited frequent arguing as a major contributor, second only to infidelity (Scott, Rhoades, Stanley, Allen, & Markman, 2013). They described how an argument might start around something minor and then escalate into a major fight. Importantly, these arguments were not productive, supportive, or calm; rather, people recalled significant negative emotions. Finding ways to reduce the frequency of conflict, by letting go of the little things, could add more happiness to a relationship. If conflict does occur, how a couple manages it may be predictive of their relationship success.
  6. When there is conflict, talk it out. Recent research suggests that couples benefit from being flexible in how they respond to conflicts (Overall & McNulty, 2017). When couples are navigating serious conflicts, are secure in their relationship, and have the ability to adapt their behaviors, being direct and oppositional can actually help more than other approaches; however, a more cooperative, affectionate approach may be the best strategy when someone tends to get defensive or when the conflict is minor. In other words, there’s no “one size fits all” strategy: Successful couples adapt their approach to a specific conflict as a function of its broader context.
  7. Show your love. Routines inevitably become part of the daily lives of a couple. While much research suggests that trying something new and interesting together can be an important way for couples to keep the spark alive (Aron et al., 2000), maintaining the romantic side of a partnership can be done in other, simple ways too. Give honest compliments, for example. Research shows that compliments, when they’re understood to be sincere and meaningful, can have a surprisingly potent benefit to relationship satisfaction (Marigold, Holmes, & Ross, 2007). These findings suggest that it’s not just the big things that matter: showing love through words and small gestures may be important, too.

Romantic relationships are dyadic interactions, and as such, they are ever-changing and intensely complex. The recipe for a successful marriage isn’t fully clear, but this sample of findings points to the importance of work and effort. Successful relationships don’t just happen: They emerge when two people invest in their relationship and have the structural support (e.g., manageable life stress) to do so well. Note that much of the research on relationship satisfaction and stability focuses on predictors, which may or may not be causal forces. As such, more research is needed to identify the exact role of critical interpersonal factors on relationship outcomes.

 

Discover Bourbon at Disney Springs Part 1

Discover Bourbon at Disney Springs

Part 1

Disney-Springs

Kick-start your Disney visit by discovering an all-new bourbon-inspired experience at Disney Springs, where guests ages 21 and older can partake in unique beverages and food pairings.  Wander around the many shops and restaurants throughout the area and find your favorites!

Each of these drinks has been carefully paired with a delicious dish, and there’s even a map that shows where to find all of them! Whether you’re a bourbon expert, or just enjoy sipping and savoring new drinks, this experience is perfect for an afternoon stroll or a night out with friends.

Discover Bourbon at Disney Springs will run May 1 to June 17, so come on out, grab a drink and a snack, and take a walk around Disney Springs!

Here’s a short guide to the drinks being offered along with food pairings. Remember, these offerings will only be available through June 17 and you won’t want to miss out!

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar

Homemade Bread Pudding and Fine and Mellow at House of Blues Restaurant & Bar for Discover Bourbon at Disney Springs

  • Fine and Mellow – featuring Knob Creek Bourbon, St. Elder, lemon juice, strawberry, and rhubarb bitters.
  • Hurry Sundown Old Fashioned – featuring Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Benedictine, butter pecan syrup, bitters, and caramel pecan bacon.
  • Smoked Brisket or Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich.
  • Homemade Bread Pudding – topped with toffee sauce and bourbon butter.

BBQ Chicken Pizza and The Trifecta at Splitsville Dining Room for Discover Bourbon at Disney Springs

Splitsville Dining Room

  • The Trifecta – a stirred concoction of Old Forester 100, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Benedictine, and Pimento Dram.
  • BBQ Chicken Pizza – smothered in BBQ sauce, topped with marinated grilled chicken, BBQ sauce, smoked gouda, mozzarella, cilantro, and red onion.

Bongos Cuban Café

  • Angel’s Envy Bourbon Mojito – featuring Angel’s Blue Envy Bourbon, simple syrup, soda water, and fresh mint leaves.
  • Authentic Cuban Style Churrasco Certified Angus Beef – a 10-ounce skirt steak hand-cut and served with house-made chimichurri sauce, white rice, and beans.

YeSake

  • Strawberry Bourbon Sour Slushie – bourbon, sweet strawberry puree, and lemonade.
  • Citrus Fresh – salmon, green leaf lettuce, cucumber, onion, spinach, and jalapeño tempura crunch wasabi ponzu sauce (available as a bowl or wrap).

Stay tuned for more on Discover Bourbon in Part 2.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Information from DisneyParksBlog)

 

you tube

is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. The service was created by three former PayPalemployees—Chad HurleySteve Chen, and Jawed Karim—in February 2005. Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion; YouTube now operates as one of Google‘s subsidiaries.

YouTube allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to favorites, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users. It offers a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media videos. Available content includes video clipsTV show clips, music videosshort and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailerslive streams, and other content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos. Most of the content on YouTube is uploaded by individuals, but media corporations including CBS, the BBCVevo, and Hulu offer some of their material via YouTube as part of the YouTube partnership program. Unregistered users can only watch videos on the site, while registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos and add comments to videos. Videos deemed potentially inappropriate are available only to registered users affirming themselves to be at least 18 years old.

YouTube earns advertising revenue from Google AdSense, a program which targets ads according to site content and audience. The vast majority of its videos are free to view, but there are exceptions, including subscription-based premium channels, film rentals, as well as YouTube Red, a subscription service offering ad-free access to the website and access to exclusive content made in partnership with existing users.

As of February 2017, there are more than 400 hours of content uploaded to YouTube each minute, and one billion hours of content are watched on YouTube every day. As of August 2017, the website is ranked as the second-most popular site in the world by Alexa Internet, a web traffic analysis company

YouTube was founded by Chad HurleySteve Chen, and Jawed Karim, who were all early employees of PayPal.[6] Hurley had studied design at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Chen and Karim studied computer science together at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[7] According to a story that has often been repeated in the media, Hurley and Chen developed the idea for YouTube during the early months of 2005, after they had experienced difficulty sharing videos that had been shot at a dinner party at Chen’s apartment in San Francisco. Karim did not attend the party and denied that it had occurred, but Chen commented that the idea that YouTube was founded after a dinner party “was probably very strengthened by marketing ideas around creating a story that was very digestible”.[8]

Karim said the inspiration for YouTube first came from Janet Jackson‘s role in the 2004 Super Bowl incident, when her breast was exposed during her performance, and later from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Karim could not easily find video clips of either event online, which led to the idea of a video sharing site.[9] Hurley and Chen said that the original idea for YouTube was a video version of an online dating service, and had been influenced by the website Hot or Not.[8][10]

The YouTube logo from launch until 2011, featuring its former slogan Broadcast Yourself

YouTube began as a venture capital-funded technology startup, primarily from an $11.5 million investment by Sequoia Capital between November 2005 and April 2006.[11] YouTube’s early headquarters were situated above a pizzeria and Japanese restaurant in San Mateo, California.[12] The domain namewww.youtube.com was activated on February 14, 2005, and the website was developed over the subsequent months.[13] The first YouTube video, titled Me at the zoo, shows co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo.[14] The video was uploaded on April 23, 2005, and can still be viewed on the site.[15] YouTube offered the public a beta test of the site in May 2005. The first video to reach one million views was a Nike advertisement featuring Ronaldinho in November 2005.[16][17] Following a $3.5 million investment from Sequoia Capital in November, the site launched officially on December 15, 2005, by which time the site was receiving 8 million views a day.[18][19] The site grew rapidly and, in July 2006, the company announced that more than 65,000 new videos were being uploaded every day, and that the site was receiving 100 million video views per day.[20] According to data published by market research company comScore, YouTube is the dominant provider of online video in the United States, with a market share of around 43% and more than 14 billion views of videos in May 2010.[21]

In May 2011, 48 hours of new videos were uploaded to the site every minute,[22] which increased to 60 hours every minute in January 2012,[22] 100 hours every minute in May 2013,[23][24] 300 hours every minute in November 2014,[25] and 400 hours every minute in February 2017.[26][27] The site has 800 million unique users a month.[28] It is estimated that in 2007 YouTube consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet in 2000.[29] According to third-party web analytics providers, Alexa and SimilarWeb, YouTube is the second-most visited website in the world, as of December 2016; SimilarWeb also lists YouTube as the top TV and video website globally, attracting more than 15 billion visitors per month.[1][30][31]

The choice of the name www.youtube.com led to problems for a similarly named website, www.utube.com. The site’s owner, Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment, filed a lawsuit against YouTube in November 2006 after being regularly overloaded by people looking for YouTube. Universal Tube has since changed the name of its website to www.utubeonline.com.[32][33] In October 2006, Google Inc. announced that it had acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion in Google stock,[34][35] and the deal was finalized on November 13, 2006.[36][37]

YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California

In March 2010, YouTube began free streaming of certain content, including 60 cricket matches of the Indian Premier League. According to YouTube, this was the first worldwide free online broadcast of a major sporting event.[38] On March 31, 2010, the YouTube website launched a new design, with the aim of simplifying the interface and increasing the time users spend on the site. Google product manager Shiva Rajaraman commented: “We really felt like we needed to step back and remove the clutter.”[39] In May 2010, YouTube videos were watched more than two billion times per day.[40][41][42] This increased to three billion in May 2011,[43][44][45] and four billion in January 2012.[22][46] In February 2017, one billion hours of YouTube was watched every day.[47][48][49]

In October 2010, Hurley announced that he would be stepping down as chief executive officer of YouTube to take an advisory role, and that Salar Kamangar would take over as head of the company.[50] In April 2011, James Zern, a YouTube software engineer, revealed that 30% of videos accounted for 99% of views on the site.[51] In November 2011, the Google+ social networking site was integrated directly with YouTube and the Chrome web browser, allowing YouTube videos to be viewed from within the Google+ interface.[52]

YouTube logo from 2015 until 2017

In December 2011, YouTube launched a new version of the site interface, with the video channels displayed in a central column on the home page, similar to the news feeds of social networking sites.[53] At the same time, a new version of the YouTube logo was introduced with a darker shade of red, the first change in design since October 2006.[54] In May 2013, YouTube launched a pilot program for content providers to offer premium, subscription-based channels within the platform.[55][56] In February 2014, Susan Wojcicki was appointed CEO of YouTube.[57] In November 2014, YouTube announced a subscription service known as “Music Key”, which bundled ad-free streaming of music content on YouTube with the existing Google Play Music service.[58]

In February 2015, YouTube released a secondary mobile app known as YouTube Kids. The app is designed to provide an experience optimized for children. It features a simplified user interface, curated selections of channels featuring age-appropriate content, and parental control features.[59] Later on August 26, 2015, YouTube launched YouTube Gaming—a video gaming-oriented vertical and app for videos and live streaming, intended to compete with the Amazon.com-owned Twitch.[60]

In October 2015, YouTube announced YouTube Red, a new premium service that would offer ad-free access to all content on the platform (succeeding the Music Key service released the previous year), premium original series and films produced by YouTube personalities, as well as background playback of content on mobile devices. YouTube also released YouTube Music, a third app oriented towards streaming and discovering the music content hosted on the YouTube platform.[61][62][63]

In January 2016, YouTube expanded its headquarters in San Bruno by purchasing an office park for $215 million. The complex has 554,000 square feet of space and can house up to 2,800 employees.[64]

On August 29, 2017, YouTube officially launched a redesign of its user interfaces based on Material Design language, as well a redesigned logo that is built around the service’s play button emblem.[65]

On April 3, 2018, a shooting took place at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California.[66]

On May 17, 2018, YouTube announced the re-branding of YouTube Red as YouTube Premium (accompanied by a major expansion of the service into Canada and 13 European markets), as well as the upcoming launch of a separate YouTube Music subscription.[67]

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Dragon Float at Disney World Catches on Fire

Dragon Float at Disney World Catches on Fire

 

The dragon float in the Festival of Fantasy parade at Disney World caught fire on Friday, May 11, 2018. No one was injured.

Dragons are supposed to breathe fire, not catch on fire.  Usually this dragon doesn’t do much beyond tilting back and forth and occasionally releasing a puff of smoke and flame, but this time things went a little bit different.

Unfortunately, the robotic dragon float in Friday, May 11’s Festival of Fantasy Parade did catch fire. The Festival of Fantasy Parade is held at the Magic Kingdom park each afternoon.  Walt Disney World’s public affairs department confirmed the dragon float in its parade at the Magic Kingdom caught fire on that Friday afternoon.

The float, which was part of a “Maleficent”-themed creation, was stopped and cast members quickly moved guests away from the float and parade, Disney said.

The dragon’s entire skull was engulfed in flames as onlookers shot video, and it appears that most park visitors just thought that it was part of the show.  Disney cast members (employees) were able to quickly douse the flames using portable fire extinguishers, but a chunk of the dragon’s head later fell off as well, suggesting some pretty serious damage.  The fire was fully extinguished.

Park officials called the local fire department just to be on the safe side, but the dragon was already cooling off by the time they arrived.

No guests or cast members were injured (unless you count the dragon).  The robotic dragon will probably need a wee bit of refurbishing before it’s ready to join the parade again.

Maleficent is the main villain in “Sleeping Beauty,” in which she transforms into a dragon for battle with Prince Phillip.

“Maleficent” was also a live-action film released by Disney in 2014 and starred Angelina Jolie as the vengeful title character and Elle Fanning was cast as Aurora. Maleficent turns one of the characters in the film into a dragon at one point.

Hmmm, should Disney just make this part of the regular routine of the parade?  Just kidding!!  So thankful cast members were ready and prepared for that situation and acted quickly so no guests or employees were injured.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(information obtained from USA Today)

 

 

 

Eyebrown Threating

Eyebrow threading

Threading is a method of hair removal originating in Asia.[1] In more recent times it has gained popularity in Western countries, especially with a cosmetic application (particularly for removing/shaping eyebrows).

In threading, a thin (cotton or polyester) thread is doubled, then twisted. It is then rolled over areas of unwanted hair, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time, threading can remove short rows of hair.

Advantages cited for eyebrow threading, as opposed to eyebrow waxing, are that it provides more precise control in shaping eyebrows and is gentler on the skin. It can be painful as several hairs are removed at once: however this can be minimized if it is done correctly.[2]

There are a few different techniques for threading. These include the hand method, mouth method and neck. Each technique has advantages and disadvantages; however, the mouth holding method is the fastest and most precise.[citation needed]

Threading allows for a more defined and precise shape and can create better definition for eyebrows. It is also used as a method of removing unwanted hair on the entire face and upper lip area. Threading is not a good method for removing hair on arms or legs, as the hair in those regions is typically quite coarse and there is too much to remove.

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Mother’s Day Dining Experiences at Disney Parks

Mother’s Day Dining Experiences at Disney Parks

In addition to the delicious offerings throughout the parks, there’s also a few special Mother’s Day Brunches and Dining Experiences at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, all offered on Mother’s Day only.

Mother’s Day POPPED at Disney’s Pop Century Resort! A Mother’s Day Brunch buffet was served from 10am-2pm at Everything POP Shopping and Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Starters included fresh fruit, cereal, assorted pastries and muffins, and bagels with cured salmon, diced red onion, cream cheese, and capers. For the main event, options such as Made-to-Order Omelets, Buttermilk Pancakes with strawberry compote, Carved Ham with orange blossom honey, Carved Roast Turkey with traditional stuffing and cranberry relish, Bacon Vinaigrette Potatoes, House-Made Corn Bread and much more. Decadent desserts, were Peach Cobbler, Strawberry Shortcake, and other assorted mini-desserts.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante at Disney Springs

A “contemporary” Mother’s Day Brunch was served at Disney’s Contemporary Resort! The Wave… of American Flavors offered a special brunch buffet from 7:30am-2pm. Meals started off with options like a Harvest Salad, Asian Noodle Salad, Israeli Couscous Salad with grilled vegetables tossed in lemon vinaigrette, fresh fruit, Smoked Salmon with traditional accompaniments, Citrus-Poached Shrimp, assorted pastries, and cheese and charcuterie. Entrees from the kitchen included dishes such as Eggs Benedict, Sweet Potato Pancakes, Herb Roasted Chicken, Egg White Frittata. Kids also enjoyed  Mickey Waffles, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage, and even Crispy Chicken Tenders with fries.

“Blueberry-Bacon

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort offered a Mother’s Day Brunch full of flavor. From 7:30am to 2pm at Ale & Compass Restaurant, guests enjoyed endless assortments of savory flatbreads, fresh fruit, yogurt parfaits, breads and spreads, smoked salmon, and house-baked pastries. Starters were followed up with delicious entrees like Blueberry-Bacon Pancakes, Salted Caramel French Toast, Eggs Benedict, Steak and Eggs, Pasta Primavera, Lobster Roll, or Fish and Chips. On the kids menu, there were Mickey Waffles, Pancakes, Ham and Egg Sandwiches, Grilled Chicken, Ravioli, and Cheeseburgers. Guests over the age of 21 also enjoyed specialty raspberry, strawberry, pineapple, or cranberry mimosas as well as a Bloody Mary Flight.

Just across the lake at Disney’s BoardWalk, Flying Fish offered a special Mother’s Day prix fixe menu with optional wine pairings from 3:30pm-9:30pm.  Meals began with Ahi Tuna with caper, blue lavender, and black Cyprus salt paired with Kim Crawford Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc. And for the entrées, guests enjoyed Filet Mignon with wild Floridian shrimp and crab, served with delta asparagus, Idaho potato, and hollandaise and paired with Penner-Ash Pinot Noir. For the finale, the Spring Garden Fruit Tart with brulee custard, bush berries, orange chiffon, and strawberry rhubarb sorbet.  Those delicious items were paired with Veuve Clicquot Rose. In addition, this experience included complimentary roses as well as a photographer who provided photos at the end of the meal, free of charge.

Over at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Turf Club Bar and Grill served a Mother’s Day Brunch from 10am-2pm. For the opening course, a choice of Steel Cut Oatmeal, Greek Yogurt Parfait, Peppered Smoked Salmon, or Berry Salad. For Entrees, guests had a choice from a selection of dishes such as Croque-Madame Black Forest Ham and Gruyére Cheese, Slow Roasted Ranchers Reserve Prime Rib, Gourmet Blend Burger with Crispy Pork Belly, Saratoga Springs Eggs Benedict with Manhattan Steak Medallion, or S’mores Style Buttermilk Waffles with marshmallow and chocolate, to name a few. For a sweet finale, a Mother’s Day Medley of Sweet Temptations. Specialty adult beverages available included an Island Grove Blueberry Moscato, Tropical Mimosas with Passion Orange Guava Juice, and the Turf Club Bloody Mary.

At Disneyland Resort, Mother’s Day was celebrated with a memorable meal at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Storytellers Café offered a bounteous breakfast buffet from 7am-11:30am as well as a dinner buffet from 11:30am-9:45pm. In addition, as a special Mother’s Day treat, Chip and Dale and other Disney Pals were around to greet guests throughout the entire day!

Kale Salad at Storytellers Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Steakhouse 55 at Disneyland Hotel had a special Mother’s Day Tasting Menu. For the starter course, guests enjoyed an Heirloom Tomato and Melon Salad with marinated artichokes, petite mache, fresh mozzarella, and peppermint vinaigrette. For the entrée course, a savory Broiled 8-ounce Filet Mignon with brown butter mashed potatoes, broccolini, balsamic pearl onions, and maniari port demi. And for dessert – you’ll love the Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee with a chocolate tart shell, poached peach, and raspberry mascarpone.

As you can see, it certainly was a truly magical Mother’s Day at all of the Disney Parks.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Information from Disney Parks Blog)

 

how to make pizza

For the perfect homemade pizza:

  1. Preheat oven and a baking sheet to 220C/fan 200C.
  2. Mix strong bread flour, salt and fast-action yeast together in a large bowl. Quickly stir in lukewarm water and olive oil and bring together to a rough dough.
  3. Tip out the mixture onto a lightly floured worksurface and knead for 5 mins until you have a smooth, springy dough.
  4. Roll out into a thin round (you may have to stretch it with your hands a little) and place on a floured baking sheet.
  5. Add your favourite toppings (such as tomato passata, mozzarella, vegetables or cured meats), place the floured sheet on top of the preheated sheet and bake for 10-15 mins, until the pizza is golden and crispy. 1122 SPRING CYPRESS SPRING TX 77373

Fantastic Ways To Celebrate Mother’s Day at Walt Disney World – Part 3

Fantastic Ways To Celebrate Mother’s Day at Walt Disney World – Part 3

 

Will you be paying a visit to Walt Disney World during Mother’s Day (May 13th)?  Then Disney World provides a wide range of magical ways to show your Disney-loving mom just how much she means to you.  So for those searching for the perfect Mother’s Day treat, here are a few suggestions on ways to say “Thanks Mom!”

For Mothers with a Sense of Adventure – If you have the sort of mom that prefers to get-up-and-go then Disney has a wide range of fantastic options.  Why not head on over to the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground’s Tri-Circle D Ranch and saddle up with a Trail Ride?  There are also carriage rides that can be booked in advance and mom will also be able to see the amazing horses that pull Cinderella’s carriage. There’s also the Wilderness Back Trail Adventure where mom can climb aboard a Segway on a journey through the campground’s beautiful Cyprus forests.  For those looking for something more adrenaline-fueled, Mom can indulge in a parasailing excursion at Sammy Duvall’s WaterSports Center which departs from Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  Many Walt Disney World resorts also offer bike rentals so hop on and take a pedal around your magnificent resort! Reservations for the trail rides and parasailing can be made by calling 407.WDW.PLAY. Bicycle rentals can be arranged on the day at your Walt Disney World resort of choice.

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Give Her a Fireworks Experience She’ll Never Forget-  The cherry on top of the perfect Disney-day has to be the incredible Happily Ever After fireworks display which takes place nightly at the Magic Kingdom.  Disney has the perfect way to enjoy this spectacle via the Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace.  Trust us when we say that it will leave your mom feeling like a VIP! This dessert party offers a delicious array of goodies including character-themed cupcakes, ice cream, chocolate mousse, and chocolate dipped strawberries.  Guests can also choose from a range of hot and cold beverages like sparkling cider, hot chocolate, teas, coffees and lemonades.   Guests will also get to enjoy the views of Cinderella’s Castle from your own private table at Tomorrowland Terrace.  There is a separate admission to attend the Fireworks Dessert Party.  A Disney representative can inform you of the admission price.  Guests visiting during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party should note that special seasonal versions of this party exist featuring specially themed treats and views of the party fireworks.

Fourth of July Fireworks

For the Mom that Loves to Shop –  If your mom loves to bring her Disney memories home with her, then why not head on over to Disney Ever After Jewelery Co. Recently opened in the Town Square area of Disney Springs, this boutique carries a wide selection of jewelery, handbags, and even stylish mouse ears. Be sure to check the schedule as a highlight of visiting the shop is an enviable range of special events including trunk shows, designer appearances and more!

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A Night Without the Kids – Traveling to Disney World as a family doesn’t mean you can’t treat mom to an “Adults-Only” night on the town. Walt Disney World Resort offers an in-room babysitting service. Disney works with an independent childcare provider Kid’s Nite Out which offers one-to-one babysitting services directly to your Walt Disney World Resort hotel room.  Kids will be able to enjoy arts and crafts, reading, playing games and other fun activities. The service is available for children between 6 months up to 12 years of age.  Guests should note that the sitters will not take children outside of the guest rooms so activities like swimming, campfires or Movies Under the Stars are out of the question when using this service. The cost varies depending on the number of children.

Though Mother’s Day comes but once a year, most of the Mother’s Day treats listed above are available all year round.  So pick the one that suits your Mom best and be sure to include it as a special “Thank You” next time you’re at Walt Disney World.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms!!

(information from disneyaddicts.com)

 

 

 

OLIVE OIL

Olive oil is a liquid fat obtained from olives (the fruit of Olea europaea; family Oleaceae), a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. The oil is produced by pressing whole olives. It is commonly used in cooking, whether for frying or as a salad dressing. It is also used in cosmeticspharmaceuticals, and soaps, and as a fuel for traditional oil lamps, and has additional uses in some religions. There is limited evidence of its possible health benefits. The olive is one of three core food plants in Mediterranean cuisine; the other two are wheat and grapes.

Olive trees have been grown around the Mediterranean since the 8th millennium BC. Spain is the largest producer of olive oil, followed by Italy and Greece. However, per capita consumption is highest in Greece, followed by Spain, Italy, and Morocco. Consumption in North America and northern Europe is far less, but rising steadily.

The composition of olive oil varies with the cultivar, altitude, time of harvest and extraction process. It consists mainly of oleic acid (up to 83%), with smaller amounts of other fatty acids including linoleic acid (up to 21%) and palmitic acid (up to 20%). Extra virgin olive oil is required to have no more than 0.8% free acidity and is considered to have favorable flavocharacteristics

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Fantastic Ways To Celebrate Mother’s Day at Walt Disney World – Part 2

Fantastic Ways To Celebrate Mother’s Day at Walt Disney World – Part 2

Will you be paying a visit to Walt Disney World during Mother’s Day (May 13th)?  Then Disney World provides a wide range of magical ways to show your Disney-loving mom just how much she means to you.  So for those searching for the perfect Mother’s Day treat, here are 10 suggestions on ways to say “Thanks Mom!”

How about Dinner and A Show? –  For something exotic, treat mom to a Rivers of Light Dining Package over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.   This special dining offer includes a delicious meal at either Tiffins or Tusker House where mom can enjoy an eclectic range of World Cuisine before enjoying special reserved seating for Animal Kingdoms dazzling nighttime spectacular.   River of Light features amazing light displays, special effects, water projections and live theater in mesmerizing celebration of the connection between humans and animals.  Advanced booking for the Rivers of Light Dining package is essential and can be made via My Disney Experience or by calling 407.WDW.DINE.

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Treat mom to a tour.  – Disney World offers an impressive array of tours that add an extra element of fun to your Disney days.  Whether you’re going scuba-diving in the massive aquarium at Epcot’s The Seas Pavilion, learning some behind-the-scenes secrets during the Keys to the Kingdom tour our dangling above a hippopotamus enclosure on the Wild African Trek, there’s something that all moms will love.  One of our favorite tours has to the be the Savor the Savanna Evening Safari Experience.  This unique offering gives guests the opportunity to hop aboard a private safari vehicle and enjoy an expedition through the Wildlife Reserve.  You’ll stop at an exclusive viewing area where you get to sample regional beers, wines and African-inspired tapas while watching the beautiful sunset.  Anyone age 8 and above is free to take part. For more information on the many tours on offer contact Disney directly at 407.WDW.TOUR.

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For Moms With a Green Thumb – Speaking of tours, if gardening is a favorite past-time for your mom then you may want to treat her to one of two exciting tours now available as part of Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival which is running at Epcot until May 28, 2018.  The English Tea Garden Tour, which is presented by Twinings of London takes place in the homey English Tea Garden found at the World Showcase’s UK Pavilion. Here guests will learn about the importance of tea on British Culture, the different varieties of teas and how they are grown.  Or for those looking for some behind-the-scenes Festival magic, there is also the Gardens of the World Tour where guests will join Disney’s amazing horticulture experts to learn about all of the steps that go into preparing the impressive flora and fauna displays found at the Festival including the delightful themed topiaries.

Tune in for more ideas for Mother’s Day Disney style in Part 3.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(information from disneyaddicts.com)