Category: Kitchen Home Improvement

Giving Bathrooms An Elegant Touch Is Not That Hard

By | November 11, 2018

By Stewart Wrighter

There is probably one room in the home that everyone must use daily, but often receives far less attention than any other, that is, the bathroom. In here, we often skimp on the decoration and make it look a little austere. However, we have to keep on using this day in and day out; it makes complete sense to lavish some extra care and attention on it so that we enjoy the experience more. For those who want to take a look at what is on over in the way of shower doors etc, try looking up ‘custom mirrors’ to find some companies which have plenty to offer.

Of course, the humble bathroom may be the place that we have to use when we are rushing off to work or school etc. But making this place a peaceful haven for those times when we need to relax is becoming increasingly popular. Adding artistic touches here and there is a great way to bring out a calming ambience and, for the parents in the family it makes it that one place where they can have some minutes of peace.

If the place is to be remodeled, people should try to get the best that they can afford. Not going for fad goods, like colored suites, is a good way to stop the dating effect that will surely happen when that color goes out of vogue. Better to go for neutral shades so that the rest of the room can take on color if necessary. This also adds value to the home as a whole too since any buyers will not have to remodel here if a colored suite is used.

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Also, if the new suites look a little too avant garde, there are simple and clean lined suites available which will not date quickly.

Some modern suites have things like sinks which looks like a bowl placed on top of a cupboard. The plumbing is hidden so this really looks Zen like but the water will be drawn through hidden means. Even the glass tops with a gently dip in the center double as basins too and these look wonderful since the cupboard can be seen right through them.

Vanity cupboards come in all shapes and sizes but the favored ones right now are made from hard wood. The richness of this wood means that the pieces are virtually timeless and no other decoration is needed when the carved doors have all the detail that the room needs.

The ubiquitous double tub with whirlpool facility allows the room to be used as a spa and what better way to relax after a long day at work. Adding a green plant or two will bring the only touch of color that is needed and this will surely become a peaceful haven that everyone will love to use.

Finally, buying customized pieces is a good way to ensure that no one else will have a room like this. As long as t is not over the top, this should hold value in the home and may even increase it in the end.

About the Author: Stewart Wrighter and his wife searched the term

shower doors

to hire a company to help remodel a bathroom in their very old home. They searched the term

custom mirrors Houston

to locate a company in their area.


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Argentinian Food

By | May 5, 2018

By Jennifer Doll White

Argentina’s high-protein cuisine is sometimes said to resemble European cuisine-particularly Italian, Spanish and French varieties-rather than other Latin American gastronomy. This is partially due to the country’s great production of beef, which makes read meat a common ingredient. Grilled meat, called parrilla, and beef ribs are particularly common, but the Argentines do not let too much of the animal go to waste.

Sausage types consist of pork sausage (chorizo), blood sausage (morcilla), and chitterlings (chinchulines). The meat is often breaded and fried when served as something other than a main course. Milanesas, which are equivalent to schnitzel, and pastries stuffed with meat or other ingredients, are common appetizers. In the region of Patagonia, lamb and goat are eaten more than beef, and the entire animal is often placed on the asado for roasting.

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Argentina has a diverse food selection. Sandwiches de miga consisting of white bread, cured meat, cheese and lettuce. Due to the abundance of wheat, pasta dishes are also common. Argentine pizza uses more dough than Italian pizza and more closely resembles a calzone than your average pizza pie. Fideos (noodles), tallarines (spaghetti), gnocchi, ravioli and cannelloni are among the types of Italian pasta consumed al dent

Chimichurri, a garlic-based herb sauce, is used to season steak and sausage. Argentina also harvests large amounts of wheat, with which Argentines make white bread and which serves as a frequent side dish. Other side dishes are usually fried or mashed potatoes, and vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, lettuce, eggplant, squash and zucchini.

For dessert, the sweet caramel paste dulce de leche is extremely popular, as are alfajores, which consist of two shortbread cookies joined by a dulce de leche paste or, less frequently, a fruit paste. Flan, churros, and alfajores pay testament to the Spanish influence over Argentine dessert. Germanic influences are apparent in the popularity of croissants or medialunas, or the friar’s balls and sauerkraut

About the Author: Jennifer White is a contributer writer for


– providing researched information on Argentine food and Latin American cuisine. Jennifer has been researching and studding Latin American cultures since 1988.


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Vampire Bat Chocolate Cake

By | March 19, 2018

By S. Roberts

Everyone loves chocolate cake; hand here is a fun recipe to make a Halloween cake that looks like a bat. Its not hard to make, it starts off as a simple Chocolate Victoria sandwich cake but it is cleverly cut and put together to look like a bat.


2 tbsp cocoa

3 tbsp boiling water

225g/8oz soft margarine

225g/8oz caster sugar

4 eggs

225g/8oz self-raising flour

2tsp baking powder

For the Filling and Topping:

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Strawberry jam

50g/2oz soft margarine

175g/6oz icing sugar, sifted

1 tbsp milk

A bar of Cooking Chocolate


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and base line 20cm / 2x8in sandwich tins with greased greaseproof paper.

2. Blend the cocoa and water in a mixing bowl then leave to cool slightly. Measure all the remaining ingredients into the bowl and beat well until thoroughly blended. Divide the mixture evenly between the tins and level out.

3. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until well risen and the tops of the cakes spring back when lightly pressed with a finger. Leave to cool in the tins for a few moments then turn out, peel off the paper and finish cooling on a wire rack.

4. To make the butter cream, blend together the margarine, icing sugar and milk until smooth. Keep one of the pieces of sponge cake whole to form the base. Spread a thin even layer of jam on the cake base, and add half the icing and spread this out over the top of the jam.

5. Take the second piece of sponge and with a large round pastry cutter, cut a circle in the middle of the sponge. Now cut two more circles, one above and one below the centre hole. The two big cake halves left form the bats wings, stick them on top of the base of the cake with the scalloped shaped edges sticking outwards. (See picture at link below)

6. Take two of the three circles that were cut away when making the wings. Stick the two circles together with jam and icing and stick them in one of the triangle shapes between the wings to form the bats head. The final circle should be cut in half and stuck with icing above the bats head to form the ears. Bats have large ears you know.

7. Melt the cooking chocolate in the microwave for a couple of minutes – stirring half way through. Melt the cooking chocolate in the microwave for a couple of minutes – stirring half way through. Spread the chocolate evenly over the bat’s wings, head and ears. Give the Bat a face with some icing and red jelly sweets for spooky eyes.

This lovely bat cake makes a great centrepiece to any table. It will look as if you have spent hours slaving away to make him but as you will know, he was rather quick and easy. Just watch the slices of cake fly off the plate!

A few batty jokes

Why don’t bats live alone?

They prefer to hang out with their friends.

How can you tell a vampire likes baseball?

Every night he turns into a bat.

How does a lady bat attract a mate?

She bats her eyes.

Why doesn’t anybody like Dracula?

He has a bat temper.

A group of bats, hanging at the ceiling of a cave, discovers a single bat standing upright underneath on the floor of the cave. Surprised by this unusual behaviour, they ask this fellow: “What the heck are you doing down there?” And the fellow shouts back: “Yoga!”

About the Author: See a photo of the Vampire Bat Chocolate cake here

S. Roberts writes for

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