Sunday, November 29, 2015

5 Ways to Make Money on Facebook

When I first joined Facebook I couldn’t make heads or tails of what was going on. But after several years of participation, I’m starting to see where the real gold lies. There’s money to be saved—and made—by spending time on Facebook (i.e., yes, you really can justify your “Facebook habit!”). Read on for five cool ways to save and earn when you log in!

1. Host a virtual yard sale.

That’s right—none of the sweat and labor, and all of the profits can be yours when you host a virtual yard sale on Facebook.

What to do:
  1. Take high-quality photos of the items you want to sell or barter away.
  2. Set a price for each item.
  3. Create a Facebook event for your yard sale.
  4. Describe the event (including start/end times) and post the pics with prices.
  5. Be on hand during the event to answer questions.
  6. Arrange for shipping or local hand-offs when items are sold.

2. Sell your creativity.

Whether you like to paint or bead, take pictures or write books, Facebook is a great way to build a network of enthusiastic fans-turned-customers.

What to do:
  • You can create an event page for seasonal sales events.
  • You can also create a company page for your work and start building a fan base.
  • You can direct people who “like” your page to your website so they can purchase your work.
  • You can offer incentives to people who invite their networks to “like” your page to expand your reach.

3. Snag freebies, deals and coupons.

Facebook is so big and successful precisely because big companies already know what you and I are discovering—most of us log in at least once a day, and if we find deals and coupons on a page, we are likely to return again and again.

What to do:
  • We can use Bed, Bath & Beyond as an example.
  • Visit:
  • Scroll to see past coupons and sales notices.
  • You can “like” the page to be notified of future page posts so you can snag coupons and take advantage of sales pricing.

4. Swap, barter, borrow and trade.

If you have things you want to rent or sell, or things you want buy, or things you need to borrow, why not hit up your “friends” network on Facebook?

What to do:
  • Let’s say you need to paint your house but don’t have a ladder.
  • So you post on your Facebook wall asking if anyone in your local network has a ladder they can lend or rent you (or swap or barter for something you have that they need).
  • You can do this with any item where it doesn’t make sense to buy (or sell) it, but you can loan it out, rent it, or borrow it from a friend for short-term use.

5. Earn extra referral and bonus points using Facebook + apps.

we are huge fans of apps that help us save and earn. As it turns out, our favorite apps also offer rewards when we use Facebook—here are some examples!

What to do:
  • We can use Swagbucks as an example.
  • Visit:
  • “Like” the page to get alerts when new earning opportunities are posted.
  • You can also visit the page to find out about Double Swag Bucks Days and other earning events.
You can do this for any app or business you like and snag coupons, deals, discounts and earning opportunities just by “liking” their Facebook page.

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Foresta Lumina: Illuminated Forest in Quebec's Parc

Moment Factory, a Montreal-based studio, managed to turn Quebec's Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook into Foresta Lumina, an illuminated nocturnal illumination through the enchanted forest. From now until mid-October, visitors to the park are able to experience an immersive, storybook-like adventure at nightfall.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

60 Awesome Ways to Spice Up Boring Chicken Breasts

“Oh chicken breast, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… ”

Despite being packed with protein (which helps our bodies build and repair tissue and keeps us feeling full longer) and versatile in the kitchen, chicken breasts often get knocked for being boring, tasteless, or just plain not good. But we guarantee that these 60 delicious recipes from around the web will breathe new life into the not-so-hallowed bird.

These recipes will have you looking at (chicken!) breasts in a whole new way.

These chicken breasts recipes use common household ingredients and healthy cooking methods like baking and grilling to add new zest to chicken breasts. Forget what you thought about the meat. These recipes will have you looking at (chicken!) breasts in a whole new way.

Seared Chicken With Lemon Herb Pan Sauce
No washing piles of dishes here! This chicken comes together all in one pan. Seared chicken, fresh herbs, and zesty lemon pull this meal together in just 20 minutes. Have some bread handy to dip in the extra sauce!
Chicken With Dijon Mustard Sauce
Mustard: not just a sandwich condiment. Dijon mustard complements poultry perfectly, and this dish is no exception. Combine it with fresh thyme, salt, pepper, some white wine, and garlic, and you’ve got yourself a main course that’s perfect to serve with roasted potatoes, over pasta, or on salad greens.
Chicken Breasts With Lime Sauce
Pair this chicken breast with a healthier margarita, because this lime sauce is out of this world. Cut down on prep time by purchasing thin-sliced breasts at the store.
Chicken Breasts With Mushroom Sage Sauce

For a recipe that uses only easy-to-get-your-hands-on ingredients (such as mushrooms, cream, and shallots), this sauce is lip-smackin’ good. Sauté the veggies in a pan with your oil of choice and white wine (save the rest of the bottle!), while browning the chicken breasts separately. Add some fresh herbs to the sauce, pour it over the breasts—and voila! Your restaurant-worthy dish is ready.

Crushing tomatoes as part of dinner prep? Oh yeah. Fresh herbs give chicken breasts extra zing, while savory cherry tomatoes are heated until they burst, finished off with a dash of wine, and then poured over the chicken. In short, this sauce makes “plain” chicken so very not plain.

Cayenne-Rubbed Chicken With Avocado Salsa
When you want to make something easy, this fits the bill. This cayenne-spiced chicken gets topped with a fresh, tasty salsa and stars avocado, which comes with its own benefits—it can improve cholesterol levels and is loaded with vitamins E (yay, antioxidants!) and B6 to help keep your skin looking good. Not too shabby for a dinner!
A quick, sweet, and savory dinner doesn’t get easier than this. Preheat the oven while you coat chicken in a blend of sugar, paprika, cumin, salt, pepper, oregano, and superfood garlic. Bake for 20 minutes, and enjoy.
If you like heat, this chicken is for you. Up the spice quotient by using more rub. Not ready to fire up the grill? Feel free to bake or sauté in a pan—you’ll still get all the zesty flavor.
Hershey’s for dinner? Believe it or not, using cocoa powder intensifies the taste of the cumin and curry powder in this simple rub, without leaving behind a chocolate-y taste (We’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not that’s a good thing.).
A simple rub that can be used on chicken breast—or other meats—ups the ante with an accompanying sauce made with superfood Greek yogurt, honey, and Dijon mustard. Don’t let the long list of ingredients intimidate you, because this meal comes together super easily.

Packed with strong ingredients such as allspice, sage, and nutmeg, the taste of this chicken will transport you to Jamaica (even if you’re stuck in another polar vortex). Serve with optional red beans and rice to round out this Jamaican-inspired meal.
A marinade that requires only 15 minutes and imparts delicious Asian flavors? Sign us up. Be sure to let the chicken rest for five minutes after cooking to allow the juices to redistribute and keep the breasts moist.
The perfect marinade for a Greek chicken salad or souvlaki, this recipe uses regular ole’ garlic and common herbs like oregano and thyme to give each bite a burst of flavor, while lemon juice, red wine vinegar, and salt tenderize the chicken.
This chicken will conjure up thoughts of sunshine, grass skirts, and fresh island flavors. If you like coconut-flavored foods, this recipe is calling your name. We love the trick of poking the breasts with a fork to ensure the marinade seeps in.
So simple yet so tasty, this marinade will keep chicken breasts juicy while grilling. Who knew that brown sugar, vinegar, oil, and soy sauce could produce something this good?

Loaded with unexpected ingredients like protein-packed edamame, coleslaw, and superfood quinoa, this Thai-inspired salad gets drizzled with a peanut-y dressing. Sprinkle chopped peanuts or cashews for extra texture, or just gobble down as-is!

Cajun-spiced chicken tops a salad made with fresh greens, crunchy apple slices, crumbled goat cheese, and trail mix. Tossed with an easy-to-make homemade maple-mustard vinaigrette, you’ll love this no matter what season it is.
We couldn’t write a list of chicken recipes without mentioning chicken salad! The secret ingredients in this version are our dear friends Greek yogurt and avocado. Lime juice and cilantro give a fresh, light taste. Eat it on its own or in a wrap (as pictured above).
While the chicken marinates for 20 minutes, toss together this creamy-crunchy salad. While the chicken cooks, the flavors in the salad meld, coming together for one healthy, hearty main course. The next day, throw leftovers in a wrap for a new spin on lunch.
Balsamic vinaigrette pairs perfectly with superfood strawberries, and acts as the star in this light salad. (Optional) bacon and pecans add a little crunch, and goat cheese gets sprinkled on top for a meal that’s as nice to look at as it is to eat.

If you need a buffalo wings fix, this sandwich will do the trick. It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare, and you can use any leftover chicken in a salad or wrap. If you’re counting calories, leave off the optional mayo, bacon, and blue cheese.
Forget fast food sandwiches—this homemade version tastes just as good and is ridiculously easy to make. Feel free to skip the accompanying slaw—or use plain Greek yogurt in place of the mayo if you want a healthier side.
Just when you thought grilled cheese couldn’t get any better, this recipe came along. Gooey cheddar and barbecued breasts turn a childhood favorite into an adult classic. Use a pan or Foreman grill if you can’t get to an outdoor grill—the chicken will still be delicious.
This pesto sauce gets whipped up quickly in the food processor (or blender) and then combined with Greek yogurt for extra creaminess before topping the chicken. Spread on a baguette and top with tomatoes, arugula, and fresh mozzarella (optional) for one of the simplest, tastiest uses for leftover shredded chicken ever.
Honey and lime might sound like a weird combo, but trust us: It works. They’re the main ingredients in this simple chicken breast dressing. Served with a veggie-heavy slaw, it’s a complete meal.
Soups and Stews

Veggies and herbs give this soup a fresh flavor, while sriracha keeps things spicy. As a bonus, this recipe uses rotisserie chicken to make preparation even quicker.
This super simple stew tastes so rich, you’ll swear it has more ingredients than the mushrooms, tomatoes, chicken, and seasonings that comprise it. Serve over rice or with a slice of crusty bread.

For a unique take on regular old chicken noodle soup, try this version. Traditionally Asian flavors such as sesame oil, chili-garlic sauce, and soy sauce give this easy dish some intense taste.
The country favorite gets a whole food makeover. This stew is loaded with celery, carrots, and onions (and chicken, of course!), while the dumplings are made with whole-wheat flour. Whether you make it in a crockpot or on the stove, it’s got that homemade flavor that makes the dish so darn good.
This recipe tastes like the chicken soup mom or dad used to make when you were younger, but with a much speedier cooking time. Make this the next time you have a case of the sniffles—chicken soupis scientifically proven to help ward off congestion and inflammation.
It’s everything you love in a taco, but in a broth that’s packed with Mexican flavor! This soup makes a great alternative to your typical taco or fajita night. Don’t forget the healthy toppings, such as avocado, diced red onion, cilantro, and salsa or pico de gallo.
Meat lovers, rejoice! This soup has chicken and sausage in it (but feel free to leave out the sausage if you have a smaller appetite). Brown your meat(s), add veggies and broth, and then stir in beans and pesto to top off this hearty, protein-rich soup.
St. Patty’s day can come any day of the year with this tasty stew. It’s loaded with veggies such as potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms, and a variety of fresh herbs jazz up the broth.
Just a touch of sour cream and Dijon mustard give this quick stew a tangy taste. Leeks, mushrooms, and fresh thyme add texture, nutrients, and a whole lot of flavor.
When you’re in need of some TLC, this stew is an awesome alternative to chicken noodle soup. Chicken and vegetables cook quickly while you make a creamy sauce with the help of some flour—and then you serve it all with (optional) biscuits!

Is it Mexican or is it pizza? It’s both—and it’s good! The gluten-free cornmeal and egg crust is super easy to make, and it gets covered with refried beans (or black bean puree) instead of tomato sauce, shredded chicken, and enchilada sauce. The best part is that you can play around with all the ingredients to suit your taste. Go wild!
This pizza is the equivalent of a party in your mouth. Tangy barbecue sauce, zesty onions, and two types of cheese make this one a winner.
Skip the whole crust business and stuff all the best parts about pizza straight into the chicken breast! Surprisingly satisfying, this pizza chicken is awesome on a bed of greens—or on its own.
This recipe uses a spicy marinade to make a chicken pizza that’s out of this world. Use your favorite store-bought dough to make this more quickly, and add or subtract vegetables based on your preferences.
A pizza without tomato sauce? You won’t miss it in this white version. Once you have a bite of this spinach, basil, and garlicky chicken pizza (topped with as much or as little gooey cheese as you’d like), you just might not go back to the red-sauce varieties.

Baked buffalo chicken is the star in this salad—and it’s so good you might find yourself making it for other meals, too! If you’re a fan of buffalo wings, you will love this recipe. Using a wire rack will keep the breading intact. If you’ve got the time, whip up a healthier dressing on our own—use plain Greek yogurt in place of the mayonnaise to keep things light.
Can anything with cheddar and garlic be bad? These breasts get that fried chicken flavor in every bite without the mess of actually… frying. Pro tip: Uncover for the last 10 to 15 minutes of baking to crisp up the breading.
Lemon steals the show in this dinner-party-worthy dish. Cook the chicken with the skin on to keep it juicy, then remove the skin.
...Because everything tastes better in miniature form. These sweet and spicy breasts are easy to make and, thanks to their size, work perfectly as an appetizer.
This recipe’s title makes a bold claim, but when you combine the taste of this chicken and the fact that it’s totally foolproof to make, it’s definitely a strong contender. A sweet-and-tangy mixture of mustard, maple syrup, and vinegar gets poured over chicken breasts. Bake for half an hour, sprinkle on some fresh rosemary, and you’re done. Serve with a side salad for a complete meal.
On the Stove

An alternative to traditional labor-intensive chicken parm, this version comes together with pantry ingredients on the stove for a 30-minute meal. Rachael Ray would be proud.
Three ingredients, 15 minutes, and 100-percent delicious: This pesto chicken breast is great over (whole-wheat) pasta or in a salad.
Fast, spicy, good: This green curry will wake up your taste buds and satisfy a Thai food craving. Still hungry? Pour extra sauce over rice.
Use your favorite barbecue sauce (store-bought or homemade) and a handful of spices for juicy, barbecued chicken without the grill.
No need to order takeout when you can make this Indian favorite right at home. Serve over basmati rice and be amazed that you made dinner before delivery would have arrived.

Forget a side of vegetables—this chicken comes with them inside. Vitamin-rich asparagus are placed inside chicken breast halves along with a smidge of goat cheese. After cooking for a few minutes on the stovetop, the chicken gets drizzled with a simple pan sauce for a quick weeknight dinner.
This isn’t the steamed, boring broccoli you ate as a kid. Here the veggie gets an adult makeover when it’s stuffed in chicken along with Swiss cheese (use as much or as little as you’d like) and breaded with whole-wheat crumbs. And with just seven ingredients, making this is a snap.
Using fresh rosemary makes all the difference in this super simple recipe. When combined with a touch of Canadian bacon and goat cheese, its flavor really shines. And with just four ingredients, this recipe is a great for those nights when you’re wondering what to make for dinner.
This recipe does Popeye proud. A heap of spinach is sautéed with onions, garlic, and spices, and then mixed with feta and protein-rich ricotta. The chicken then gets breaded (with whole-wheat crumbs!) and baked to perfection. Serve with a simple side salad for a green-friendly dinner.
Two types of cheeses (as much or as little as you’d like), tomatoes, and basil make this weeknight-friendly chicken feel like it should take much longer to prepare.
With Fruit

How do four ingredients manage to taste so good? As the chicken broils, brush the easy-peasy glaze on—and you’re done. If you’re not an apricot fan, try a different flavor of jam to suit your tastes.
This showstopper will help you pretend you’re in the tropics. Coconut chicken is great on its own, but adding mango salsa makes it even better. The recipe calls for frozen mango, but if fresh is in season, it’ll lend extra sweetness.
Plain grilled chicken gets a little more interesting with a spicy fruit glaze. Don’t miss out on the grilled peaches, either—they really give the chicken some extra “oomph.”
Kiwi, pineapples, and (superfood) strawberries for dinner? You’ll touch on a few food groups when protein-rich chicken gets combined with a zesty fruit salsa in this recipe. It’s quick too—make the salsa while the chicken sautés for 4 to 6 minutes, and then coat the chicken in it. Dinner’s ready!
Pineapple gives this homemade teriyaki sauce a natural sweetness. If you like things saucy, you might want to make an extra batch of sauce to pour over sautéed veggies and/or rice as well.

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White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake


Yield: 8 servings

1 store-bought pre-made oreo crust (save the lid) - graham cracker crust works too
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/3 cup cold water
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
12 oz. cream cheese (1 1/2 pkg.), softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 egg white
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
6 oz. white chocolate, chopped or 1 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a small saucepan, whisk together 1 Tbsp granulated sugar and cornstarch until well blended. Stir in cold water and add raspberries. Cook over medium heat whisking frequently, until mixture reaches a boil. Allow mixture to gently boil about 5 minutes whisking constantly and reducing temperature slightly if necessary to reduce splattering, until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat and force sauce through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl to remove seeds, set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese and granulated sugar until fluffy, about 1 minute. Mix in egg and egg white. Add vanilla and lemon juice. Set mixture aside.

Melt white chocolate with cream in a double boiler until melted and smooth, or melt in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave on 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. Add melted chocolate mixture to cream cheese mixture and blend until smooth.

Pour 2/3 cup cheesecake mixture into the oreo crust and spread evenly over bottom. Drizzle or spoon with 2 Tbsp raspberry sauce. Slowly ladle remaining cheesecake mixture over the drizzled raspberry sauce, covering all the raspberry sauce (you just don't want it to show through). Swirl cheesecake with a toothpick or knife (your just swirling that inside layer of sauce for now, be careful not to let the sauce show through). Carefully jiggle the pan to even out the top. Now, fill a clean medicine syringe with raspberry sauce and begin to pipe small circles in a swirl pattern over cheesecake. Take a toothpick or sharp pointy knife and beginning with the center circle, run the toothpick through the center of each heart (don't lift the toothpick out until you finish the last circle).
Bake cheesecake for 40 minutes, then turn oven off and leave cheesecake in the oven for 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Cover with saved lid and refrigerate until fully set about 6 hours. Top slices with remaining raspberry sauce and optional sweetened whipped cream (for extra indulgence =).

A great holiday gift!

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10 Romantic Movies for Valentine's Day 2015

1. P.S. I Love You (2007)

Cast: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler
Plot: Holly and Gerry are a married couple and deeply in love. Gerry dies from an illness, Holly Kennedy loses the love of her life. But Gerry plans ahead by knowing how hard Holly will take his death. Beginning on her 30th birthday, she receives the first in a series of letters written by him to ease her grief and encourage her to move forward to a new life.

Cast: Shane West and Mandy Moore
Plot: The story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble. The two start powerful and inspirational relationship, in which they discover truths that take most people a lifetime to learn.

3. If Only (2004)

Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt and Paul Nicholls
Plot: Violinist Samantha (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is always taken for granted by her live-in partner Wyndham (Paul Nicholls).
Briton loves her very much but more in love with his own career. He knows her importance until he is to lose her to death one day.

4. Sweet November (2001)

Cast: Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron
Plot: Nelson Moss (Keanu Reeves) and Sara Deever (Charlize Theron)ly spent one hour in DMV hell, since then, they were intrigued by each other, but not quite ready to commit, they develop a one-month trial, after which they'll go their separate ways. No expectations. No pressure. No strings attached.

5. Casablanca (1942)

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid
Plot: Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II, one day met former lover, she was in the same town with her husband who is a famed rebel. Rick can help them get out of the country.

Cast: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable
Plot: This movie is a 1939 American film, a historical epic and romance-drama adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel of the same name. It tells the tragical survival and tangled love story of petulant southern belle Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh), based on the American Civil War and Reconstruction era.

Cast: Richard Gere, Louis Gossett Jr., Debra Winger
Plot: Zack Mayo (Richard Gere) is a new brat of the U.S. Navy. He met with Sgt. Emil Foley (Louis Gossett Jr.) a strict leadship. Through Foley’s training and guidance, an Zack learns some tough lessons and discovers what he truly wants out of life.

8. The Way We Were (1973)

Cast: Sydney Pollack Starring: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman and Lois Chiles.
Plot: Katie Morosky (Barbra Streisand) meets Hubbell Gardiner (Robert Redford) are attracted by each other during their college days. In the wake of World War II, they meet again and marry. Katie's objections. They have the fundamental differences in the way they engage the world, which eventually pull them apart.

9. You've Got Mail (1998)

Cast: Hallee Hirsh, Michael Palin, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey, Greg Kinnear, Jean Stapleton
Plot: Kathleen Kelly owns a little yet famous bookstore for children's books, she falls in love with a man over the internet without knowing him in person. Suddenly, her business get endangered by the opening of Fox Books. She never know that the man on the internet is right the son of the owner of Fox Books.

10. Vertigo (1958)

Cast: Samuel A. Taylor, Maxwell Anderson, Alec Coppel
Plot: The Plot is intriguing, with a police officer being hired to investigate the strange behavior of an acquaintance's wife. Scottie ended up falling in love with her. Unfortunately for him, Madeleine died and he was left alone until a woman named Judy came along and things start to unfold.
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32 Magical Destinations To Visit In This Lifetime

1. Machu Picchu, Peru

2. Prague, Czech Republic

3. Glacier Bay, Alaska

4. The Enchanted River in Surigao, Philippines

5. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Florida

6. Namib Desert in Sossusvlei, Namibia

7. Iguazu Falls, Argentina

8. Yangshuo, China

9. Sacre Coeur, Paris

10. Kauai, Hawaii

11. Cenote Dzitnup, Yucatan, Mexico

12. Inside Iceland’s Thrihnukagigur volcano

13. St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

14. Salzburg, Austria

15. Delphi, Greece

16. Edinburgh, Scotland

17. Oxford, England

18. Coastal Road in Cape Town, South Africa

19. Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah

20. Ilulissat, Greenland

21. Yellowstone National Park

22. Lalibela, Ethiopia

23. Mount Evans, Colorado

24. Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

25. Table Mountain, South Africa

26. Koh Samui, Thailand

27. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

28. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

29. Paje, Zanzibar

30. Heidelberg, Germany

31. Santorini, Greece

32. Epcot at Disney World in Orlando, Florida

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