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November 15, 2016

When you think “Asian food,” you probably don’t expect butter to enter the recipe. But crab meat undoubtedly pairs well both with butter and the light, foamy texture of Chinese bao rolls. These decadent bao buns are perfect for bringing to a potluck or for treating your sweetheart to a romantic dinner at home. If you’re looking to save yourself a trip to the store by ordering fresh seafood online, Francesca’s Favorites has plenty of options to choose from. Try pairing this indulgent treat with dry champagne for those extra special occasions.

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Bun ingredients:
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup warm water
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup sugar

Crab filling:
4 lbs uncooked crab claws
3 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup unsalted butter
2 tbsp sweet onion
3 tbsp Sriracha
Black pepper to taste

Prepare the buns:

1. The bao buns are going to take quite some time to make, so you should prepare these first. In a mixing bowl, combine the water, yeast, and sugar. After about five minutes, you’ll see the yeast start to foam as it activates. Once this happens, stir in your vegetable oil, water, and cream.

2. Combine your flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda in a separate bowl. Once they are thoroughly sifted together, mix these dry ingredients with your wet ingredients. Mix with a spatula until your dough becomes tacky.

3. Add a little bit of flour to your dough and knead it until it’s nice and smooth. Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a towel and allow it to sit at room temperature for about 2 hours. It’s ready to work with once it appears to be twice the size of the dough ball you started with.

4. Once your dough is ready to work with, separate it into equally-sized ovals that are about 3 inches across.

Cook the filling:

1. Steam the crab in a large pot for 5 minutes.

2. Transfer crab claws to a separate dish so they can cool. Once they’re ready to handle, you can remove the meat from the shells and cut it into bite-sized pieces.

3. Melt the butter in a pan, then add the lemon and Sriracha sauce. Stir together, then add the crab meat. Cook this for about three minutes.

Steam the buns:

1. Flatten the dough ovals you made before and distribute the filling evenly between each of them. Gather the edges together and give them a good twist and pinch at the top to seal.

2. Line a steam basket with perforated parchment paper and steam the buns for 7 to 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

November 5, 2016

It only takes a simple slip and fall to knock you off your feet for a few days or longer. When the snow starts falling, you should immediately think about what you can do to keep both yourself and your family safe. Icy spots can lead to falls that cause your spouse to break his or her arm and other injuries that can keep you out of work. Make sure that you know what to look for and what to do to keep your whole family safe this winter.

Check for Icicles

Icicles hang down from your roof and the top of your porch. While those icicles might look harmless, they can do some serious damage. One can come loose and hit you hard enough to cause a concussion. You should take the time to break those icicles off your roof. If the icicles keep coming back, consider installing heating cables on your roof. These cables work with any outdoor outlet and produce enough heat to melt any ice or snow in the surrounding area. Heat cables can also stop the freeze-thaw cycle that can damage your roof.

Lay Down Salt

It’s important that you lay down salt on any icy or slick surfaces outside your home. Buying from bulk rock salt suppliers ensures that you have plenty of salt on hand for the whole winter. When you buy in bulk, you don’t need to worry about rushing around to fine salt later in the season too. Put an even coating down on any ice or snow that you see. The salt will slowly melt those patches and reduce the risk of your family members slipping and falling. You can use salt on your porch, patio, sidewalk, walkway and even driveway.

Watch for Black Ice

Black ice is one of the most potentially dangerous problems that you can come across in the winter. Though it looks harmless, a patch of black ice can send your car into a spin and lead to a serious accident. Always keep your eyes firmly on the road, and make sure that there are no distractions in your car. If you do hit a patch of black ice, turn into the skid to reduce your risk of injury and to keep your car from spinning out. Knowing what to do and what to look for can keep your whole family safe this winter and beyond.

November 5, 2016

Remodeling the kitchen or the bathroom doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. There are a few things that you can do that will change the look of each room and bring out a bit of your personality without breaking the bank. Get free quotes today from contractors who are ready and willing to help you with your overall design so that you know what to put the most money into and what to leave alone until there’s more money in the budget.

Talk to the contractor about doing both rooms at the same time instead of coming back to do a different room. Sometimes, contractors have materials left over from other jobs that they can use in your home, saving you money and giving you a beautiful look in the process. An example would be the flooring. You might not think that you could afford anything but a simple tile, but if the contractor has better flooring in surplus, then you might be able to snag a deal.

Keep the retro design of the kitchen and bathroom, such as a stainless steel sink, and only replace the surfaces. This will save a good bit of money as sinks and items of the same nature can be a little more expensive than getting only cabinets for the room. If the bathroom has a pedestal sink, consider keeping it in place while installing a small cabinet underneath the sink to give an update while adding to the storage in the room.

There might be some things that you can do yourself when you’re tackling a remodeling project, but some of the bigger jobs should be left to a contractor. At times, the contractor might cut you a deal if you can do a good bit of the smaller details on your own. One of the things that the contractor could do is the flooring and drywall, leaving you with the painting and decorating in the way that you want the room to look. Painting can cost a lot of money as it can sometimes stake a few days depending on how many coats of paint you use and the kind of paint as some take longer to dry than others.

September 12, 2016

trumpet

Are you buying a trumpet for the first time? For those of you have no idea how much does a trumpet cost, the things to look for in a good trumpet and the basics and the things to consider, I found a website that provides guidelines for first time buyers like me. My son is learning how to play and recently joined the school band. At first, my husband and I didn’t think he would be serious about this, but we can see that he is pretty determined to learn so, we decided to buy him his own trumpet. I’m glad I found this site because it made things easier for us.

September 12, 2016

Is it just me or does anyone of you have an idea what a gamago is? I’ve been looking all over the internet trying to find out what this stuff is all about. All I know is it has something to do with music. I have no idea if this is a musical instrument, an accessory or a brand. If you do know, kindly share it through your comments and I would appreciate it. TIA!

September 9, 2016

If you’re a hunter, you know how exciting South Carolina deer hunting can be. There’s nothing quite like a successful deer hunt. To ensure that you make the most of your next deer hunting expedition, follow these helpful tips.

The Importance of Game Trail Cameras

If you’re interested in digital deer scouting, try using a game trail camera. These effective tools can be a great help during a hunt. You can configure game trail cameras to send photos to your phone when motion is detected nearby. To get the most out of your camera, place salt licks at strategic locations to ensure that deer will enter into camera range. You should also remember to position the camera north, as this will ensure high-quality pictures. Don’t forget to bring extra batteries and memory cards on the day of the hunt. This will make sure that your camera stays fully functional all day long.

Control Scent

Before you go on a hunt, remember to shower with scent free soap. You want to be as odorless as possible going into the hunt, so take precautions to avoid coming into contact with scents. Store your hunting clothes in a scent free bag, and only put them on when you’ve arrived at the field. Also bring scent eliminating breath spray and field spray on all of your clothing. Opt for rubber hunting boots, as leather boots can absorb unwanted scents.

Catching Big Bucks

If you’re looking to catch bug bucks, there are several ways to go about it. If it’s time for the rut, you can find big bucks near does, as they are looking to mate. Most bucks are killed during breeding season because their activities are easier to track. Bucks also tend to gravitate to heavy corner. Find overgrown areas and wait for the bucks to arrive. If you’ve located an aggressive buck, try utilizing the snort wheeze. Many hunters find that this is an effective call to use on hormonal or unwieldy bucks.

Patience Is Key

If you’re a hunter, the best way to improve your game is through patience. Never shoot too early. If you have a buck in sight, wait for the right shot to open up. If you’re not sure whether your shot placement will prove effective, wait rather than risking missing. If you practice patience, your next hunt is sure to be more successful.

May 6, 2016

Many brides spend years imaging and fantasizing about their wedding days and months planning the ceremony and reception with their grooms. While you might focus on the right type of flowers, the overall theme and the food that you serve, you also need to think about the centerpieces that you’ll use on each table. A large number of couples use flowers that they purchase from the florists making their bouquets, and some save money with centerpieces they rent from party supply stores. If you want something that is new and different, you can take a look at some unique centerpiece ideas.

Wine Bottle Centerpieces

Instead of using ordinary place cards like those you see at dozens of weddings, let guests know where to sit with wine bottle centerpieces that feature their names right on the bottle. You can make and print customized labels right from your own computer. Put the table number at the very top of the label and list all guests sitting at the table below. You can also use champagne bottles in lieu of wine bottles to help your guests toast you on your big day.

Centerpieces Made from Live Flowers

Most of the floral wedding centerpieces that you see on reception hall or venue tables feature already cut flowers. While guests may take those flowers home, the blooms will die within a few days. Using live flowers or plants is a much better alternative and will make your reception a little more green. Opt for miniature rose bushes, fresh and fragrant herbs or even brightly colored tulips. Use ribbon and other decorations to make the planters look more festive or elegant. You may even include a small note that tells guests how to care for those plants.

Cookie Bouquets

While most guests expect to have a slice of wedding cake, most won’t expect to have cookies they can munch on later. Cookie bouquets are a fun alternative to traditional wedding centerpieces. Companies that make gift baskets make these bouquets by inserting a wooden dowel into the bottom of each cookie and then putting the cookies in a vase with a ribbon wrapped around the top. Encourage your guests to snack on those cookies during the reception and take home any extras with them. Use unique ideas for your wedding reception centerpieces, including live flowers, wine or champagne and cookie bouquets.