Kids Spend Less Time Outdoors Than Prisoners

Imagination Grove (a nature play area) at Sugar Grove Nature Cen

While inmates at maximum security prisons in the U.S. are guaranteed at least 2 hours of outdoor time a day, half of children worldwide spend less than an hour outside, reports TreeHugger.com.

 

A survey of 12,000 parents in 10 countries found that one-third of children (ages 5 to 12) spend less than 30 minutes outside each day. The survey, sponsored by Unilever laundry detergent brands OMO and Persil, inspired a new marketing campaign – “Dirt is Good – Free the Children.”

The short film below – documenting prisoners’ responses to the survey – is part of that campaign:

Prisoners at a maximum security facility in Indiana called outdoor time the “highlight” of their day.  “You take all your problems and frustrations and just leave them out there,” one prisoner said. Another said “it keeps his mind right.”

When asked how they would feel about having their “yard time” reduced to one hour a day, inmates responded that it would build more anger and resentment. One inmate said it would be “torture.” A prison guard said it would be “potentially disastrous.”

The prisoners are shocked upon learning that most children have less than an hour of outdoor time per day, one of them calling the news “depressing.” Another said if he could have one wish granted it would be that he could take his kid to a park.

Another study found that one in nine children “have not set foot in a park, forest, beach or any other natural environment for at least 12 months.”

Huffington Post reported recently that with children today spending only half the time their parents did outdoors, we are producing an “unsociable, unimaginative and inactive generation.” Only half of children have ever built a sandcastle at the beach or had a picnic outside of their own yard, and over a third have never played in the mud. Also, about half of children opt for screen time alone over playing with others outdoors.

In addition to “unsociable, unimaginative and inactive” – our culture’s lack of outdoor time is producing children who are physically and mentally ill:

“We are physically active when we spend time outdoors, so we are less likely to become obese. When sunshine hits our skin, we form Vitamin D, which helps with a number of health issues. Peer-reviewed scientific studies have shown that time spent outside lowers rates of heart disease, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, and some forms of cancer. Kids with ADHD focus better when they spend time outdoors. And, nature time leads to more positive moods, as well as lower stress and anxiety.”

18 Tasty Things To Absolutely Devour During Game Day

Surefire hits that will turn up your Super Bowl party so many notches!

The big game day is upon us. We got you covered with all of these delicious things to make during game day:

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1. Easy Stout Chili

Easy Stout Chili

Here’s what you will need:
* Drizzle of olive oil
* 1 lb ground beef
* 2 tsp pepper
* 2 tsp salt
* 1 large onion, chopped
* 30 oz can of kidney beans
* 28 oz can of crushed tomato
* 2 Tbsp. cumin
* 1 Tbsp. paprika
* 1 Tbsp. red pepper flakes
* 8 Tbsp. chili powder
* 1/4 cup water
* 14.9 fl oz stout beer
* Shredded cheddar cheese
* Sour cream
* Chopped chives

Directions:
In a large heavy-bottomed pot, brown the beef in a little bit of olive oil. Season with the salt and pepper. Once browned, remove the beef and set aside. In the same pot, add the chopped onions. Cook until slightly softened. Add the browned beef back to the pan. Mix to incorporate. Add the kidney beans, crushed tomato, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes, chili powder, water, and stout beer. Give it a stir. Bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer for an hour.

Serve with shredded cheddar, sour cream, and chives. Enjoy!

Watch the entire recipe video here.

2. Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Ring

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Ring

Here’s what you will need:
* 4 oz cream cheese
* 1/4 cup hot sauce
* 2 1/2 cups cooked chicken
* 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
* 1 cup mozzarella cheese
* 2 cans (8 oz each) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

Recipe inspired by Pillsbury:
1. In a bowl, mix cream cheese and hot sauce until smooth.
2. Mix in chicken and Monterey Jack cheese.
3. Unroll cans of dough; separate into triangles. On a large cookie sheet, arrange the triangles in a ring; dough should overlap, leaving around 5 inches in the center.
4. Layer half of the mozzarella on each triangle closest to the ring.
5. Spoon mixture on top of the mozzarella. Top with the rest of the mozzarella.
6. Bring the top of the triangle over the filling and tuck the edges under the bottom layer of dough. Repeat around the ring until the entire filling is enclosed.
7. Bake at 375˚F/190˚C for 35 minutes or until the dough is golden brown.
8. Cool 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into serving slices. Serve with choice dressing.

Watch the entire recipe video here.

3. Cheeseburger Cups

Cheeseburger Cups

Here’s what you will need:
* 8 refrigerated biscuits
* 1 lb ground beef
* 1/2 cup ketchup
* 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
* 1 Tbsp. mustard
* 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
* 8 small slices of cheese
* Toppings of your choice

Directions:
Crumble and cook the beef in a skillet. Drain. Mix in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and brown sugar. Grease a muffin tin, and line eight cups with the refrigerated biscuits. Divide the meat mixture among the eight cups, and bake at 400°F/204°C for 10-15 minutes, until the biscuit dough is brown. Top with cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes.

Watch the entire recipe video here.

4. Baked Potato Nachos

Baked Potato Nachos

Here’s how to make these:
Slice potatoes into 1/8-inch slices. Lay out on a baking sheet and coat with olive oil and salt. Bake at 425ºF for 15-20 minutes until golden and crispy on the edges.

Pile baked chips in layers with cheese and whatever your nacho topping preference is. Feel free to get crazy with it. Bake another 5-10 minutes until everything is melty and looking good.

Watch the entire recipe video here.

5. Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Bread Ring Dip

Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Bread Ring Dip

Here’s what you will need:
* 12 frozen dinner roll dough balls
* 8 oz cream cheese, softened
* 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
* 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
* 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
* 1/4 cup sour cream
* 1 14-oz can (1 1/2 cups) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
* 3/4 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained of excess water
* 2 cloves garlic, chopped
* 1 tsp basil
* 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
* Olive oil

Directions:
Coat a 10-inch oven-safe skillet with olive oil. Place the dinner roll dough balls in a ring around the skillet. Cover and let rise until thawed and doubled in size.

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, Parmesan, Romano, mozzarella, sour cream, artichokes, spinach, garlic, basil, and red pepper flakes.

Once dough has thawed, uncover and scoop the dip into the center of the skillet. Brush the rolls with olive oil, and top with an additional sprinkle of cheese (optional). Bake in a preheated oven at 375˚F (190˚C) for 25 minutes. (If the bread browns too quickly, lower oven temperature to 350˚F or cover the bread with a ring of foil.) Remove and let cool slightly before serving.

Watch the entire recipe video here.

6. Mozzarella-Stuffed Slow Cooker Meatballs

Mozzarella-Stuffed Slow Cooker Meatballs

Here’s what you will need to do:
Cut low-moisture mozzarella cheese into 3/4-inch cubes cubes. Store in refrigerator while preparing the meat.

For the meatballs, here’s what you’ll need to combine in a large mixing bowl:
* 1 lb ground beef
* 1 lb hot Italian sausage
* 1/2 tsp garlic powder
* 2 tsp salt
* 1 tsp black pepper
* 1 cup bread crumbs
* 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
* 2 eggs
* 1/2 cup whole milk
* 1/2 cup chopped parsley

Roll golf-ball-sized balls with the meat mixture. Squish mozzarella cube into the center and pull the edges of the meatball around it until it’s a new ball again. Arrange meatballs in slow cooker and cover in tomato sauce. Cook on high for 2 to 2.5 hours.

Watch the entire recipe video here.

7. Beer Mac and Cheese

Beer Mac and Cheese

Here’s what you will need:
* 16-oz box of pasta
* 3 Tbsp. butter
* 3 Tbsp. flour
* 1 cup German pilsner-style beer
* 1 cup cream
* 4 oz cream cheese
* 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
* 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:
Boil pasta until cooked; drain and set aside.

Melt butter in a clean pot, and add flour. Mix until it forms a paste.

Pour in beer, then cream, and finally cream cheese. Stir until melted and bring to a low boil.

Add in both types of cheese and stir until melted. Add pasta to the pot (or in a separate serving bowl if preferred). Optional: Top with more cheese and sea salt for extra flavor. Pair with your favorite beer, and enjoy!

Watch the entire recipe video here.

9. Pigs in a Pretzel Blanket

Pigs in a Pretzel Blanket

Here’s what you will need:
* 1 package cocktail franks/mini hot dogs
* 1 ball pizza dough
* 5 cups water
* 1/4 cup baking soda
* 1 egg, beaten
* Sea salt

Directions:
Bring pizza dough to room temperature. Cut the dough into strips and stretch/roll out. Roll up mini hot dogs in pizza dough so the dough wraps around twice, leaving the ends sticking out and cutting off any excess. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet until ready to boil.

Bring 5 cups of water to a light boil. Add in 1/4 cup of baking soda. Once it is dissolved, boil wrapped hot dogs in water mixture for 20-30 seconds each (working in small batches). Remove and place back on baking tray. Brush each lightly with beaten egg and sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake in a preheated oven at 425˚F (220˚C) for 15-20 minutes, until the dough is nicely browned.

Watch the entire recipe video here.

10. Toasted Ravioli

Toasted Ravioli

Here’s what you will need:
* Fresh or thawed frozen ravioli
* Flour
* Egg wash (3 eggs and 1/4 cup milk)
* Italian-style bread crumbs (or plain bread crumbs with dried basil and oregano)
* Marinara sauce (for dipping)
* Vegetable oil (for frying)

Directions:
If your ravioli is frozen, allow to thaw before breading. Dredge the ravioli in flour, then egg wash (allow excess to drip off), then bread crumbs. Fill a large pot or skillet with two inches of oil and bring up to 350°F / 180°C. Carefully place ravioli in the oil (don’t crowd them; cook in batches) and let cook for about one minute per side until golden brown. Set aside on a plate covered with paper towels to drain excess oil. Once the ravioli have cooled, plate and serve with warm marinara sauce.

Watch the entire recipe video here.

12. Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Here’s what you will need:
* 2 cups salted pretzels
* 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
* 1/2 cup flour
* 1/4 tsp pepper (optional)
* 2 eggs
* 1 lb boneless chicken breasts

Directions:
Cut chicken breasts into 2-inch pieces. Mix pretzels and cheese in food processor. Add pepper to flour and mix in a separate bowl. Whisk eggs in another bowl, and pour cheese/pretzel mix in a third. Bread chicken by first covering in flour, then dipping in egg, and finally coating in pretzel/cheese mix. Fry in vegetable oil. Flip several times until fully cooked. Serve with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce!

Watch the entire recipe video here.

13. Jalapeño Popper Dip

Jalapeño Popper Dip

Here’s what you will need:
* 1 4-oz can diced jalapeños, well-drained, OR 4-6 fresh jalapeños, roasted and diced (include seeds for extra spice)
* 1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened
* 1 cup sour cream
* 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
* 3/4 cup + 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
* 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
* 4 Tbsp. butter, melted
* 1 Tbsp. dried parsley

Instructions for roasting jalapeños:
1. Cut fresh jalapeños in half, then place facedown on a baking sheet.
2. Broil jalapeños until the skins blacken and bubble up.
3. Remove from broiler and peel outer skin.

Directions for the dip:
1. In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese and sour cream.
2. Add cheddar cheese, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and diced jalapeños. Mix well.
3. Spoon into 8×8 baking dish or medium-size cast iron pan, spreading evenly.
4. In a medium bowl, mix bread crumbs, melted butter, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, and dried parsley.
5. Sprinkle bread crumb topping evenly over jalapeño mixture.
6. Bake at 400˚F/200˚C for 20 minutes, or until hot and bread crumbs are golden brown.
7. Serve with bread or crackers.

Watch the entire recipe video here.

14. Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

Here’s what you will need:
* 4 sweet potatoes
* 1 Tbsp. olive oil
* 1/4 cup whole milk
* Salt to taste
* Pepper to taste
* 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
* 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
* 4 strips bacon, cooked until crispy, and crumbled
* Sour cream and chopped chives for serving

Instructions:
1. Pierce each sweet potato a few times and bake at 400˚F/200˚C for 50 minutes or until soft. Let potatoes cool, then cut in half lengthwise.

2. Scoop out potato flesh, leaving a thin layer of sweet potato inside, and add flesh to a medium bowl. Place skins back on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and bake at 400˚F/200˚C for 10 minutes.

3. Mash sweet potato flesh with milk, salt, and pepper until smooth and creamy. Remove sweet potato skins from oven; fill each with an equal amount of potato mixture and top with cheese. Bake at 400˚F/200˚C for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted.

4. Remove skins from oven and top with crumbled bacon. Serve with sour cream and chives.

Watch the entire recipe video here.

15. Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Get the recipe here.

16. Pizza Pretzel

Pizza Pretzel

Yields: 3 pretzels

Here’s what you will need:
* 1 (13.8-ounce) tube store-bought pizza dough
* 4 cups shredded mozzarella (from two 8-ounce bags)
* nonstick vegetable oil spray
* 15 presliced pepperoni
* Store-bought marinara or pizza sauce for dipping

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 425°F/220°C. Unroll the dough (it should form a 15×9-inch rectangle), then cut the rectangle horizontally into three equal strips. (These will be your three pretzels.) Carefully stretch each of the strips by width and length — stretch each to about a 3-inch width and about a 34-inch length. Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese down the center of each dough strip. (Reserve the last 1 cup of cheese for later.) Fold the dough over the cheese, pressing to seal and rolling slightly to create three dough logs filled with cheese. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with vegetable oil. To form the pretzels, take one dough log, move it to the foil-covered baking sheet, then form a circle with the ends of the log at the top of the circle. Twist the log ends around each other once and bring them down to meet the bottom of the circle. That’s your pretzel shape! Repeat with the other two dough logs on the baking sheet. (Watch the video if you need help with this step.) Wrap pepperonis on the pretzels — 5-ish per pretzel — then sprinkle the remaining cup of cheese among the three pretzels. Bake 14-18 minutes until deep golden brown. Serve immediately with pizza sauce for dipping.

Watch the entire recipe video here.

17. Deviled Potato Bites

Deviled Potato Bites

Here’s what you will need:
* Small yellow potatoes
* 15-oz can of chickpeas
* 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
* 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
* 1 tsp Dijon mustard
* 1 tsp turmeric
* 2 Tbsp. tahini
* 2 Tbsp. water (add more as needed for a creamier texture)
* Salt to taste
* Pepper to taste

Directions:
Chop 10-15 small yellow potatoes in half and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and spray with cooking oil. Bake at 400˚F/200˚C for 40 minutes, or until soft. Scoop out a small section of the potatoes to create a bowl. (You can add these to the hummus center, or simply snack on them now!)

In a food processor, combine all remaining ingredients and blend thoroughly. Add more water as needed until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Spoon mixture into a piping bag, and fill the potato cups. Use a ridged tip on the bag for a beautiful textured effect!

Sprinkle with paprika or seasoning salt and chives.

Watch the entire recipe video here.

18. Pizza Puff Pastry Twists

Pizza Puff Pastry Twists

Here’s what you will need:
* 2 sheets of puff pastry
* Pizza sauce
* Shredded cheese
* Egg wash

Directions:
Place the two sheets of puff pastry on a parchment paper–lined baking tray. Cut out equal-size circles. Remove the top sheet. On the bottom sheet, spread pizza sauce and shredded cheese. Place the other sheet of puff pastry on top. Take a glass and place it in the center of the circle. Using a knife or scissors, cut strips away from the edge of the glass. Take each strip and twist. Brush egg wash over the top of the puff pastry. Bake at 400°F/204°C for 20-25 minutes.

Watch the entire recipe video here.

9 Ways To Start a Fire Without Matches

Tom Hanks Starting a Fire Without Matches

There is a primal link between man and fire. Every man should know how to start one. A manly man knows how to start one without matches. It’s an essential survival skill. You never know when you’ll find yourself in a situation where you’ll need a fire, but you don’t have matches. Maybe your single engine plane goes down while you’re flying over the Alaskan wilderness, like the kid in Hatchet. Or perhaps you’re out camping and you lose your backpack in a tussle with a bear. It need not be something as dramatic as these situations — even extremely windy or wet conditions can render matches virtually uselessly. And whether or not you ever need to call upon these skills, it’s just damn cool to know you can start a fire, whenever and wherever you are.

Friction-Based Fire Making

Friction-based fire making is not for the faint of heart. It’s probably the most difficult of all the non-match methods. There are different techniques you can use to make a fire with friction, but the most important aspect is the type of wood you use for the fire board and spindle.

The spindle is the stick you’ll use to spin in order to create the friction between it and the fireboard. If you create enough friction between the spindle and the fireboard, you can create an ember that can be used to create a fire. Cottonwood, juniper, aspen, willow, cedar, cypress, and walnut make the best fire board and spindle sets.

Before you can use wood to start a friction based fire, the wood must be bone dry. If the wood isn’t dry, you’ll have to dry it out first.

1. The Hand Drill

The hand drill method is the most primitive, the most primal, and the most difficult to do All you need is wood, tireless hands, and some gritty determination. Therefore, it’ll put more hair on your chest than any other method. Here’s how it’s done:

Build a tinder nest. Your tinder nest will be used to create the flame you get from the spark you’re about to create. Make a tinder nest out of anything that catches fire easily, like dry grass, leaves, and bark.

Make your notch. Cut a v-shaped notch into your fire board and make a small depression adjacent to it.

Place bark underneath the notch. The bark will be used to catch an ember from the friction between the spindle and fireboard.

Start spinning. Place the spindle into the depression on your fire board. Your spindle should be about 2 feet long for this to work properly. Maintain pressure on the board and start rolling the spindle between your hands, running them quickly down the spindle. Keep doing this until an ember is formed on the fireboard.

Start a fire! Once you see a glowing ember, tap the fire board to drop you ember onto the piece of bark. Transfer the bark to your nest of tinder. Gently blow on it to start your flame.

2. Fire Plough

Prepare your fireboard. Cut a groove in the fireboard. This will be your track for the spindle.

Rub! Take the tip of your spindle and place it in the groove of your fireboard. Start rubbing the tip of the spindle up and down the groove.

Start a fire. Have your tinder nest at the end of the fireboard, so that you’ll plow embers into as you’re rubbing. Once you catch one, blow the nest gently and get that fire going.

3. Bow Drill

Starting a fire with a bow drill

The bow drill is probably the most effective friction based method to use because it’s easier to maintain the speed and pressure you need to create enough friction to start a fire. In addition to the spindle and fireboard, you’ll also need a socket and a bow.

Get a socket. The socket is used to put pressure on the other end of the spindle as you’re rotating it with the bow. The socket can be a stone or another piece of wood. If you use another piece of wood, try to find a harder piece than what you’re using for the spindle. Wood with sap and oil are good as it creates a lubricant between the spindle and the socket.

Make your bow. The bow should be about as long as your arm. Use a flexible piece of wood that has a slight curve. The string of the bow can be anything. A shoelace, rope, or strip of rawhide works great. Just find something that won’t break. String up your bow and you’re ready to go.

Prepare the fireboard. Cut a v-shaped notch and create a depression adjacent to it in the fireboard. Underneath the notch, place your tinder.

String up the spindle. Catch the spindle in a loop of the bow string. Place one end of the spindle in the fireboard and apply pressure on the other end with your socket.

Start sawing. Using your bow, start sawing back and forth. You’ve basically created a rudimentary mechanical drill. The spindle should be rotating quickly. Keep sawing until you create an ember.

Make you fire. Drop the ember into the tinder nest and blow on it gently. You got yourself a fire.

4. Flint and Steel

Flint and Steel

This is an old standby. It’s always a good idea to carry around a good flint and steel set with you on a camping trip. Matches can get wet and be become pretty much useless, but you can still get a spark from putting steel to a good piece of flint. Swedish FireSteel Army modelis a good set to use.

If you’re caught without a flint and steel set, you can always improvise by using quartziteand the steel blade of your pocket knife (you are carrying your pocket knife, aren’t you?). You’ll also need char. Char is cloth that has been turned into charcoal. Char catches a spark and keeps it smoldering without bursting into flames. If you don’t have char, a piece of fungus or birch will do.

Grip the rock and char cloth. Take hold of the piece of rock between your thumb and forefinger. Make sure an edge is hanging out about 2 or 3 inches. Grasp the char between your thumb and the flint.

Strike! Grasp the back of the steel striker or use the back of your knife blade. Strike the steel against the flint several times. Sparks from the steel will fly off and land on the char cloth, causing a glow.

Start a fire. Fold up your char cloth into the tinder nest and gently blow on it to start a flame.

Lens-Based Methods

Fire from a mangnifying glass

Using a lens to start a fire is an easy matchless method. Any boy who has melted green plastic army men with a magnifying glass will know how to do this. If you have by chance never melted green plastic army men, here’s how to do it.

5. Traditional Lenses

To create a fire, all you need is some sort of lens in order to focus sunlight on a specific spot. A magnifying glass, eyeglasses, or binocular lenses all work. If you add some water to the lens, you can intensify the beam. Angle the lens towards the sun in order to focus the beam into as small an area as possible. Put your tinder nest under this spot and you’ll soon have yourself a fire.

The only drawback to the lens based method is that it only works when you have sun. So if it’s nighttime or overcast, you won’t have any luck.

In addition to the typical lens method, there are three odd, but effective, lens-based methods to start a fire as well.

6. Balloons and Condoms

By filling a balloon or condom with water, you can transform these ordinary objects into fire creating lenses.

Fill the condom or balloon with water and tie off the end. You’ll want to make it as spherical as possible. Don’t make the inflated balloon or condom too big or it will distort the sunlight’s focal point. Squeeze the balloon to find a shape that gives you a sharp circle of light. Try squeezing the condom in the middle to form two smaller lenses.

Condoms and balloons both have a shorter focal length than an ordinary lens. Hold them 1 to 2 inches from your tinder.

7. Fire From Ice

Fire from ice isn’t just some dumb cliché used for high school prom themes. You can actually make fire from a piece of ice. All you need to do is form the ice into a lens shape and then use it as you would when starting a fire with any other lens. This method can be particularly handy for wintertime camping.

Get clear water. For this to work, the ice must be clear. If it’s cloudy or has other impurities, it’s not going to work. The best way to get a clear ice block is to fill up a bowl, cup, or a container made out of foil with clear lake or pond water or melted snow. Let it freeze until it forms ice. Your block should be about 2 inches thick for this to work.

Form your lens. Use your knife to shape the ice into a lens. Remember a lens shape is thicker in the middle and narrower near the edges.

Polish your lens. After you get the rough shape of a lens, finish the shaping of it by polishing it with your hands. The heat from your hands will melt the ice enough so you get a nice smooth surface.

Start a fire. Angle your ice lens towards the sun just as you would any other lens. Focus the light on your tinder nest and watch as you make a once stupid cliché come to life.

8. Coke Can and Chocolate Bar

I saw this method in a YouTube video a while back ago and thought it was pretty damn cool. All you need is a soda can, a bar of chocolate, and a sunny day.

Polish the bottom of the soda can with the chocolate. Open up your bar of chocolate and start rubbing it on the bottom of the soda can. The chocolate acts as a polish and will make the bottom of the can shine like a mirror. If you don’t have chocolate with you, toothpaste also works.

Make your fire. After polishing the bottom of your can, what you have is essentially a parabolic mirror. Sunlight will reflect off the bottom of the can, forming a single focal point. It’s kind of like how a mirror telescope works.

Point the bottom of the can towards the sun. You’ll have created a highly focused ray of light aimed directly at your tinder. Place the tinder about an inch from the reflecting light’s focal point. In a few seconds you should have a flame.

While I can’t think of any time that I would be in the middle of nowhere with a can of Coke and chocolate bar, this method is still pretty cool.

9. Batteries and Steel Wool

Fire from steel wool and a battery

Like the chocolate and soda can method, it’s hard to imagine a situation where you won’t have matches, but you will have some batteries and some steel wool. But hey, you never know. And it’s quite easy and fun to try at home.

Stretch out the Steel Wool. You want it to be about 6 inches long and a ½-inch wide.

Rub the battery on the steel wool. Hold the steel wool in one hand and the battery in the other. Any battery will do, but 9-volt batteries work best. Rub the side of the battery with the “contacts” on the wool. The wool will begin to glow and burn. Gently blow on it.

Transfer the burning wool to your tinder nest. The wool’s flame will extinguish quickly, so don’t waste any time.

15 Easy Healthy Dinners For People With Literally No Time To Cook

Delicious tacos, pastas, and skillets you can whip up in no time.

1. Spicy Quinoa Taco Bowl

Spicy Quinoa Taco Bowl

Top off this ridiculously simple recipe with a homemade cashew-lime sour cream sauce.

Get the recipe here.

2. Greens and Beans Tacos

Greens and Beans Tacos

Tacos for dinner are ALWAYS a good idea.

Get the recipe here.

3. Pad Thai Zucchini Noodle Salad Recipe

Pad Thai Zucchini Noodle Salad Recipe

All you need is a spiralizer or vegetable peeler to make this healthier takeout alternative.

Get the recipe here.

4. Smashed Chickpea Avocado Salad Sandwich With Cranberries and Lemon

Smashed Chickpea Avocado Salad Sandwich With Cranberries and Lemon

Picasa / Via ambitiouskitchen.com

Instead of mayo, this vegetarian chickpea salad gets all of its creamy texture from avocados.

Get the recipe here.

5. Simple Grilled Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito Bowls (With Spicy Cumin Garlic Drizzle)

Simple Grilled Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito Bowls (With Spicy Cumin Garlic Drizzle)

Make your own burrito bowl and feel accomplished AF when you add your homemade spicy cumin garlic sauce. Chipotle who?

Get the recipe here.

6. Italian Chicken Skillet

Italian Chicken Skillet

Better-for-you comfort food that doesn’t take lots of time.

Get the recipe here.

7. Roasted Salmon With Kale and Cabbage

Roasted Salmon With Kale and Cabbage

All you have to do is toss salmon, kale, cabbage, dill, some spices, and a drizzle of olive oil onto a pan, bake for 16 minutes, and dinner is served.

Get the recipe here.

8. Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl

Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl

This simple dinner is packed with veggies, protein, and fiber. All good things.

Get the recipe here.

9. Mushroom and Leek Risotto

Mushroom and Leek Risotto

Throw this ~fancyish~ risotto together — all in one pot.

Get the recipe here.

10. Collard-Wrapped Turkey Burger With Turnip Fries

Collard-Wrapped Turkey Burger With Turnip Fries

Lauren Zaser / Justine Zwiebel / BuzzFeed

Try this simple yet tasty turkey burger from the BuzzFeed 2015 Get Fit Summer Challenge. And yes, you’ll have fries with that.

Get the recipe here.

11. Avocado Boats

Avocado Boats

Literally just delicious things stuffed into an even more delicious avocado. Where do we sign up?

Get the recipe here.

12. Mexican Green Chili Veggie Burgers

Mexican Green Chili Veggie Burgers

You’ll realize vegan food can be flavorful too when you make these savory veggie burgers, with chickpeas, crushed tortilla chips, and green chiles for a little kick.

Get the recipe here.

13. Spicy Ancho Turkey Chili

Spicy Ancho Turkey Chili

Yes, you can whip this chili up in just 30 minutes. And you should, because it’s cold AF outside.

Get the recipe here.

14. Sugar Snap Pea and Carrot Soba Noodles

Sugar Snap Pea and Carrot Soba Noodles

Perfect if you’re in the mood for something light yet filling and need to feed a lot of mouths — or just yours for the rest of the week. Just one batch of this recipe makes six servings.

Get the recipe here.

15. Chopped Thai Salad With Coconut-Curry Dressing

Chopped Thai Salad With Coconut-Curry Dressing

A refreshing blend of bell peppers, mango, sliced carrots, napa cabbage, and kale with a homemade creamy coconut curry sauce that only takes 10 minutes to blend up.

Get the recipe here.

10 Great Alternatives to the Classic 52 Week Money Challenge

Ten alternatives to the 52 week money challenge
It’s that time of year when people are looking to better their finances as part of their New Year’s resolutions, and many decide one way to do this is through the 52 week money challenge. The challenge is a simple and effective way to save money that isn’t complicated. All one has to do is save $1 corresponding to the week of the year. For example, during week one, you would save $1. During week two you would save $2 and during week three you would save $3. You continue this every week of the year until the last week when you would save $52. By doing this each week, at the end of the year you will save $1,378. 

 

While the classic challenge can help a lot of people save money, there are some limitations to it. The challenge also doesn’t fit the finances of all people. The result has been that there are a lot of alternatives created to this challenge you can do, one of which is likely to fit nicely with your current finances and financial goals. Below you’ll find ten alternatives to the 52 week money challenge to consider. (Click on the headlines to get more detail about each challenge and to print that specific challenge sheet.)

Modified 52 Week Money Challenge

The modified 52 week money challenge allows you to choose how much you save each week from $1 to $52. Instead of going in order from $1 to $52, you can choose any amount that is still left on your challenge chart. Since it’s difficult to predict when you will have a week where you can’t save as much as you hoped, this modified challenge gives you more flexibility to succeed. The goals should always be to save the highest amount still on your chart, but if you can’t for whatever reason, you can substitute that for a smaller amount.

26 Bi-Weekly Money Challenge

Some people get paid bi-weekly and find it easier to save the money for the challenge when they get paid, rather than each week. They find that when it comes to week 2 after they have been paid, they may not have the money left to save. For them, it’s easier to pay the money for the two weeks as soon as they get paid and they have it available. You can also try the twice a month money challenge if you get paid this way rather than bi-weekly.

Monthly Money Challenge

Much like the issue that people who get paid bi-weekly have, those who get paid monthly also can find it difficult to save the money the week before they’re paid. Many find it easier to pay for the entire month when they get paid and have the money. It’s the classic “you don’t miss what you can’t see” philosophy behind pay yourself first.

Double 52 Week Money Challenge

For those who want a bit more of a challenge than simply $1 a week, they can try the 52 week double challenge. In this challenge all the numbers are doubled, so at the end of the year you end up with $2,756 instead of $1,378. It’s a great challenge for those who believe they can save a little more and want to challenge their savings a bit more.

Mega 52 Week Money Challenge

For those who are really looking to jumpstart their savings, the mega 52 week money challenge might be exactly what they’re looking for. Instead of $1 a week, the mega challenge shoots for $5 a week. For those able to complete the mega challenge, they will find an extra $6,890 in their bank account at the end of the year.

52 Week Mini Money Challenge

Also called the 52 week half challenge, this one uses $0.50 each week instead of $1. This makes it easier to save the money, but it also means you’ll end up with half as much at the end of the year ($674 instead of $1,378). For those who want to take the challenge, but start a bit slower, this can be the perfect alternative.

52 Week Coin Challenge

On the opposite end of the double and mega challenges is the 52 week change challenge. In this challenge, you simply save the number of coins for each week of the year. In week one you save a single coin, while in week fifty-two, you save 52 coins. The amount you save will depend on the value of the coins you save each week. Another option is to save specific coins during the year such as a 52 week challenge for pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.

52 Week Bill Challenge

The 52 week bill challenge is like the coin challenge, but uses bills instead. In the first week, you save a single bill (it could be a $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 or $100 bill), week two, 2 bills and week fifty-two, 52 different bills. In this challenge you would save a minimum of $1,378 (if you only used $1 bills), but it could be much more depending on the bill denominations you save each week.

365 Day Money Challenge

Some people find that in order to save money, they need to do it on a daily rather than weekly basis. For those who want to make sure saving money becomes a habit this year, the 365 day money challenge can be a great alternative. In this challenge, you begin with a penny on day one and end with $3.65 on day 365.

Create Your Own 52 Week Money Challenge

None of the above money challenges meet exactly what you’re looking for? That isn’t a problem. You can simply create your own 52 week challenge which meets the exact specifications and needs you want. You know yourself better than anyone else, so creating your own specific challenged will give you the best chance of completing it.

For all these challenges, it’s important to remember the actual amount you decide to try and save is not nearly as important as creating the habit of saving money on a consistent basis. Once this habit has been formed, you can then increase the amounts you save to meet your current financial situation. While each challenge is an important step to jump-start your savings, it’s the habit of consistency which will help your finances in the long run.

CRAZY GOOD BAKED MEATBALLS

Here is the long-awaited recipe for meatballs to go with the marinara sauce that my son made a few weeks ago. The meatball subs were delicious!  He does need some help in the kitchen but insists all of his weekly cooking be from scratch.  Like with the marinara sauce, We used a recipe from The Fountain Avenue Kitchen.




This meatball recipe reduces mess–and fat–by baking the meatballs instead of pan-frying. Parmesan and panko add great flavor and texture. Make them ahead and simmer all day with Basic Marinara sauce (your favorite store bought works, too) in a crock pot set on low. Or heat on the stove as you are boiling water for pasta.

Tip #1: Double the batch and freeze half to serve later as mini meatloaves. Or reheat with sauce, top with cheese and make into a mean meatball sandwich.

Jen’s Incredible Baked Meatballs:

1 pound hamburger, grass-fed if possible
2 eggs, beaten with 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 cup panko or bread crumbs
1 small onion, minced or grated (1/2 a large onion)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley or basil

Mix all ingredients with hands. Form into golfball sized meatballs. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Tip #2: If you have a leftover piece of rind from the Parmesan, let it simmer in the crock pot with the marinara sauce or save for another soup recipe. This will add a great flavor boost to most any sauce or soup. 

 

51 DIY Ways To Throw The Best New Year’s Party Ever

These sparkly, celestial decorations are so awesome, you’ll want to leave them up all year. Feel free to cover every non-glittery idea here in glitter and confetti.

1. Make a moon-shaped piñata.

Make a moon-shaped piñata.

Get the directions here.

2. Create origami paper star ornaments.

Create origami paper star ornaments.

The full directions are here.

3. Fold paper cubes to make a decorative string of lights.

Fold paper cubes to make a decorative string of lights.

Get the directions here.

4. Tape giant confetti to your walls.

Tape giant confetti to your walls.

5. Make these festive drink stirrers using pom-poms.

Make these festive drink stirrers using pom-poms.

These are created from bamboo sticks, pipe cleaners, and sparkly pom-poms.

6. Use metallic yarn pom-poms as cupcake toppers.

Use metallic yarn pom-poms as cupcake toppers.

You can make tiny pom-poms with a fork.

7. Cover your champagne bottles in glitter.

Cover your champagne bottles in glitter.

Get directions here.

8. Cut up strips of paper streamers for a backdrop.

Cut up strips of paper streamers for a backdrop.

9. Spray-paint bow-tie pasta to make an easy garland.

Spray-paint bow-tie pasta to make an easy garland.

10. Dip feathers in gold paint and glitter.

Dip feathers in gold paint and glitter.

Get the tutorial here.

11. Easily make these celestial spikes with glitter, Styrofoam balls, and spray-painted toothpicks.

Easily make these celestial spikes with glitter, Styrofoam balls, and spray-painted toothpicks.

12. This awesome chandelier is actually an Ikea hack.

This awesome chandelier is actually an Ikea hack.

Start with the $60 Tidig from Ikea and follow the instructions here.

13. Use colored paper to make these cracklers.

Use colored paper to make these cracklers.

Get the directions here.

14. Make a constellation cookie tray.

Make a constellation cookie tray.

Paint a tray with chalkboard paint and serve with star-shaped cookies.

15. Or make easy origami stars from strips of paper.

Or make easy origami stars from strips of paper.

16. Spray-paint a doily onto a lightbulb.

Spray-paint a doily onto a lightbulb.

When the light shines through, it will cast a nice pattern on your walls.

17. Hang giant tissue paper pom-poms from the ceiling.

Hang giant tissue paper pom-poms from the ceiling.

Get the directions here.

18. Serve gold-spun cotton candy.

Serve gold-spun cotton candy.

Get the recipe here.

19. Make your own party hats.

Make your own party hats.

20. Create masks for your guests.

Create masks for your guests.

Full tutorial here.

21. Hang some flashy pyramid ornaments.

Hang some flashy pyramid ornaments.

Get the tutorial here.

22. Spell letters out with pipe cleaners to make cake toppers or drink stirrers.

Spell letters out with pipe cleaners to make cake toppers or drink stirrers.

23. Fold these dodecahedron stars as table decorations.

Fold these dodecahedron stars as table decorations.

Full instructions are here.

24. Use glittery marshmallow stars if you’re serving hot chocolate.

Use glittery marshmallow stars if you're serving hot chocolate.

Recipe here.

25. Glue silver coins onto mounted Styrofoam letters.

Glue silver coins onto mounted Styrofoam letters.

26. Frame your mirrors with starry string lights.

Frame your mirrors with starry string lights.

27. Recycle that extra tinsel by making these drink stirrers.

Recycle that extra tinsel by making these drink stirrers.

Get the directions here.

28. String paper tassels together to create a garland.

String paper tassels together to create a garland.

Get the tutorial here.

29. Take a paint pen to some shot glasses.

Take a paint pen to some shot glasses.

30. Top your drinks with these sequined star stirrers.

Top your drinks with these sequined star stirrers.

Get the tutorial here.

31. Make pink and silver streamers out of leftover wrapping ribbon.

Make pink and silver streamers out of leftover wrapping ribbon.

Easily make them from leftover Christmas ribbon.

32. Create a sequined pallet photo backdrop for your guests.

Create a sequined pallet photo backdrop for your guests.

Get the tutorial here.

33. Serve your drinks in spray-painted mason jars.

Serve your drinks in spray-painted mason jars.

Be sure to include a festive swizzle stick.

34. Stick colorful squares of washi tape on the wall.

Stick colorful squares of washi tape on the wall.

35. Attach sparkly foam circles to balloon strings.

Attach sparkly foam circles to balloon strings.

Get the directions here.

36. Recycle brass tacks by making these baubles.

Recycle brass tacks by making these baubles.

Hang them on houseplants. Get the tutorial here.

37. The perfect party favor — golden disco ball pendants.

The perfect party favor — golden disco ball pendants.

Get the tutorial here.

38. Make diamond-shaped marshmallows.

Make diamond-shaped marshmallows.

Get the instructions here.

39. Wrap cardboard numbers in tinsel.

Wrap cardboard numbers in tinsel.

Get the tutorial here.

40. Cover your cookies with metallic dust.

Cover your cookies with metallic dust.

Get the instructions here.

41. Spray-paint the stems of your wineglasses.

Spray-paint the stems of your wineglasses.

Get the directions here.

42. Fill shiny matchboxes with confetti to give to your guests.

Fill shiny matchboxes with confetti to give to your guests.

Get the directions here.

43. Cover paper lanterns with glitter.

Cover paper lanterns with glitter.

Get the tutorial here.

44. Make a colorful chandelier out of paper.

Make a colorful chandelier out of paper.

Get the directions here.

45. Cut circles out of paper to create clocks for your cupcakes.

Cut circles out of paper to create clocks for your cupcakes.

Get the directions here.

46. Hang tassels off your balloons.

Hang tassels off your balloons.

Get the instructions here.

47. Make countdown champagne glasses by spray-painting numbers on them.

Make countdown champagne glasses by spray-painting numbers on them.

48. Hand out sparkle sticks.

Hand out sparkle sticks.

Get the tutorial here.

49. Make crowns for your guests.

Make crowns for your guests.

50. Make your own confetti poppers.

Make your own confetti poppers.

Get the details here.

51. Walk into a room holding a tray of ice cream, complete with lit sparklers.

Walk into a room holding a tray of ice cream, complete with lit sparklers.

Top 32 Sparkling DIY Decoration Ideas For New Years Eve Party

Top 32 Sparkling DIY Decoration Ideas For New Years Eve Party

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New Year’s Eve is the last and also the biggest night of a year. You should gather your family and friends together and throw a big party to say farewell to this year. In order to make this night memorable, you should prepare some fabulous DIY decorating ideas to dress up your party to make it sparkling. If you have no idea how to decorate, then you just need to remember to make everything glitter. Glittering table setting, star garland, golden balloons, spray painted bottles, champagne…let every bit of these spark! In order to have a nice New Year’s eve party, but also not break the bank, there are many Christmas ornaments that can be reused. You just need to give them some new year’s spirit. Take a look at these fabulous ideas together!


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How To Carve A Turkey Perfectly

Nothing’s worse than botching the dismount.

Some people insist on carving slices off the breast meat while it’s still attached to the body as part of a whole dramatic, table-side carving thing. Stop it: That will lead to inferior, uneven slices and is way harder. Do it this way instead.

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***VERY SHARP KNIFE.***
(As in, get it professionally sharpened if you don’t have a sharpening stone and know how to use it.)

STEP 1: REMOVE THE WISHBONE

This step isn’t absolutely necessary but it makes for an easier removal of the breast meat and wing later on.

Cut along the perimeter of V-shaped wishbone to expose it.

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With your finger, dig around the wishbone to free it from the meat.

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Grab the wishbone firmly and pull hard to release it from the breast.

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Clean and save for later to make a wish!

STEP 2: REMOVE THE THIGH/LEG.

Removing the thighs will make carving the breast later easier.

Note: A lot of people carve slices off the breast meat as a first dramatic step to carving the whole turkey. This is a terrible idea because it leads to inferior, uneven slices. Don’t be tempted. Follow this guide and everyone will be happier.

Firmly pull the thigh away from the breast.

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This should reveal the joint of the thigh and the hip, which you want to cut through.

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After cutting through the joint, pull the thigh and leg away further from the breast so you can carve out the oyster.

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The oysters are small, round pieces of dark meat on the back of poultry near the thighs. (To become a real expert on removing the oyster, watch this videothis video,read this and see this.) At this point you may need to turn the bird over to slice out the full oyster. (Also: They are arguably the most flavorful and tender part of the bird, so you might want to just eat it right now before you continue cutting.)

Cutting around the oyster, slice through the thigh to completely separate it from your bird.

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Put your leg/thigh piece on a separate cutting board.

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STEP 3: SEPARATE THE LEG FROM THE THIGH.

Locate the joint where the leg and thigh bones meet and cut through it.

Locate the joint where the leg and thigh bones meet and cut through it.

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To remove the thigh bone, slice along each side of the bone and remove.

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Now slice the boneless thigh; you can serve the leg whole.

Now slice the boneless thigh; you can serve the leg whole.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the other leg and thigh.

STEP 4: REMOVE THE BREAST.

I REPEAT: Some people insist on carving slices off the breast meat while it’s still attached to the body as part of a whole dramatic, table-side carving thing. Stop it: That will lead to inferior, uneven slices and is way harder. Do it this way instead.

Make an initial cut along the breastbone then begin slicing down against the rib cage.

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Repeat on the other breast.

Move the breast meat to a separate cutting board and slice across the grain for even, juicier pieces.

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STEP 5: REMOVE THE WINGS.

Locate the joint between the wing and the turkey body. Slice between to remove and serve the wings whole.

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OK HERE IT IS, START TO FINISH, IN A VIDEO:

Merry Christmas

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Now THIS Is an Easy and Impressive Side to Serve on Christmas

Want to branch out and try something new for the holidays? Why not try a satisfying side dish that’s straight out of A Christmas Carol! We’re talking about Yorkshire pudding, and don’t let the name full you— this puffed baked good isn’t a dessert. Instead, it’s the perfect vehicle for everything from gravy to smoked salmon, and for impressing everybody. And who better to show us how than Jamie Oliver? Watch him demonstrate how it’s done!

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You’ll Need

– Vegetable oil
– 2 large eggs
– 3/4 cup (100 grams) all-purpose flour
– 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon (100 milliliters) milk
– Sea salt
– Freshly ground black pepper

I never would have thought Yorkshire pudding would be this simple! You can find the full written recipe over on Jamie Oliver’s site. Have you ever tried making this dish before? What would you like to eat with them?