Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins

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Thank god for the weekend!

After a particularly stressful week at work (and yes, I’m only in week three!), all I could think about on a couple of those days was getting home to my apartment and de-stressing. And after surfing around through some of my favourite foodie blogs, I found the perfect medium to do just that. Spotlight on Angela Liddon’s (Oh She Glows) Pumpkin Gingerbread.

Every year around mid-september, I develop an obsession with pumpkin. So far I’ve made pumpkin cupcakes (2 batches), pumpkin soup, pumpkin lattes (still trying to perfect this one), and I’m nowhere close to being done with this delicious autumn vegetable. How can something so tasty be so good for you? Who cares, I’m in love.

Anyway, back to the gingerbread. Yes, it’s practically vegan (I used an egg), but it’s absolutely the best gingerbread I’ve ever had. The density and texture is perfect, which means it’s made it into my hall-of-fame recipe book full of tried and true concoctions. I would highly recommend this to anybody as a de-stresser, vegan or not, it’s that good. So here we go!

Pumpkin Gingerbread (adapted from Oh She Glows)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup Splenda
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (or canola), softened
  • 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses1 egg
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (OR 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ginger)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 th tsp ground cloves

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly oil a loaf pan to prevent the bread from sticking.
  • Combine pumpkin, maple syrup, Splenda, coconut oil, molasses, and egg in a medium sized bowl, and mix well.In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  • Add together the wet and dry ingredients, and stir well.
  • Pour the batter into the pan, and smooth out with a knife or spatula. Bake for 55 minutes, or until you can insert a toothpick into the center and it comes out clean.

Allow to cool before removing from pan (I can never manage to wait for this!).So there you go! The most delicious fall snack that you can enjoy at home with a bit o’ butter on top, or at work as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. What’s not to love?

Back to reality. After my stressful week, there are a few things I’ve learned now that I’m in the real world, and I thought I’d share them with you: If someone points out that you aren’t doing something right, it’s not a personal attack. This isn’t university anymore, and people don’t have time to sugarcoat things, or sit down and walk you through it. Everyone has deadlines, and that’s the priority. Work hard, learn, and that’s the best you can do!

Admit when you don’t know something! I’m working in a completely new field, and there’s a lot that I’m not familiar with. That’s okay. They know that, and they don’t expect me to be an expert. Just remember that they hired you for a reason, and that you’re capable of everything. The learning phase is the toughest part (and it can also be the most rewarding).

Business casual is an interpretive term. I was so excited to break out my professional wardrobe (now that I can afford one) and rock that every day, but in reality, work is not a Banana Republic ad. Dang. I’m still going to dress like it is when I get up in the morning, though.

Alright, that’s it for me. I’m off to bake some cupcakes!

15. March 2016 by Deborah
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DIY FARMHOUSE COFFEE TABLE

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Love coffee? Love the natural look? Then you must need a substantial coffee table. Coffee table is one of the predominant pieces of furnitures and takes up a lot of valuable estate in your living or family room. Whether your coffee table is a pair of $7 Ikea end tables, or a simple DIY project, its worth time to get any style you like. To make your coffee table special, you can build your own table with wooden crafts from store or even street.

You all know I’m huge fan of pallets for many reasons. They are free and make things amazing. To make this pallet coffee table, I bought the inexpensive wooden crates from a local store. Unlike the Washington D.C. where there is hard to find these crates, our local store offers a wide range of storage. What’s more, it’s really cheap, it only costs $50.

  • First step is cut all wooden crates to same size by using a miter saw, then attach the sides of the table to the legs. It’s really easy!
  • Drill two pocket holes at each end of the 1 x 2. I just drilled pocket holes in the boards with my Kreg Jig.
  • Place all four crates on their sides that their mitered ends are all oriented the same way. To attach them side-by-side. I just laid the table on its side. Once you finished this step, then it was time to build the planked top.
  • Secure the crates together using a drill and a few screws.
  • Next, the best way to attach the top is to set it in place and slowly lift it up.
  • You can also find the castors in the home improved store, to the corners of the bottom panel.

It’s a simple rustic look coffee table. To make it look good. I plan to make it useful than just place things like coffee maker or cups on the surface. I hope you love this coffee table as much as I do! I can recommend this project to everyone who don’t want to spend money on a table.

Another amazing thing I found, your pet will love it. It must smell AMAZING to them!

My last question is: which coffee table look is your favorite?

  • Rustic neutral
  • Color splash
  • Feminine elegance

More Great works:

02. March 2016 by Deborah
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Red Velvet Cupcakes

This weekend was a throwback to 8 year old me. In 1995 I was an arts and crafts fiend, a connoisseur of the hot glue gun. I practically had a degree in popsicle-stick jewelry boxes, and man, could I make a mean friendship bracelet.

I don’t know what it was that prompted this throwback, but there was just something about Friday night that screamed ‘art project!’. It scared me a bit, being as artistically challenged as I am (I once had to make a toy snow otter for art class. My classmates sewed stuffed animals, while I covered a shoe box in white paper and glued on a margarine container for a head). Despite my shortcomings, I thought… why not?

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Vancouver, you can be so hard on the eyes sometimes.

The primary focus of DIY night had a pretty stellar outcome actually, for only about 7 bucks (the former student in me loves that). If anybody’s been surfing around on Pinterest lately, I can’t imagine you wouldn’t have seen this. All you need is canvas, crayons, and a hair dryer, and you’ve got yourself the kind of project that even someone like me can pull off. If you’ve got a bare wall in your house and want something quick and easy to jazz it up, or if you have kids/nieces/nephews around, this is such a good idea (apologies for the amateur photography here).

It was nice to spend an evening on something that I can continue to enjoy even after my night of the arts, but my crafty weekend didn’t just benefit my walls. For anybody wondering, I did actually meet the goal that I set for last week. It wasn’t easy though, and the conversations were not nearly as in depth as I’d have liked them to be. I’m not making any excuses, I’m just saying that it’s more difficult than I thought it would be to wiggle my way into new workplace relationships. I also realized that work is not the only place I should be focusing my efforts on. I’d like to go beyond my company, and just try to get a better feel for my industry as a whole.

This is where I really got crafty. Without the hot glue.

Let’s just think for just a second. Reflect. If I want something, and I am not getting something, shouldn’t I be the one to do something about it? I mean, it’s only practical.

I’ve been sitting on an idea all weekend (and part of the week) that involves organizing my own “networking” event. It doesn’t need to be jazzy or formal, it just has to be fun, social, and facilitate re-connecting.

And really, Vancouver isn’t that big. Many of my old classmates from engineering work in or fairly close to the downtown core. So, why don’t I organize a mini-reunion? It’s only been a year and a half, but why should I rely on my school to do it when I’m just as capable. All you need is an informative email invitation and a restaurant reservation and bam! It’s a new-grad networking extravaganza. Even better, the intimidation factor that usually accompanies a networking event is eliminated, because these are people you already know and just haven’t seen or spoken to in the last little bit. What’s not to love about that?

Here’s something else to think about. Millennials (a term used for my generation, or Gen Y) are becoming known for their rejection of the one-company career path. The US Department of Labor estimates that the average millennial will have held 10-14 different job titles by the age of 38. Considering we typically graduate at age 22, that’s a new job every 1-4 years. Holy guacamole batman.

Commitment issues aside, why wouldn’t you want to know what other companies, opportunities, or projects are out there for you in the future? I’m not at all suggesting that I am in any sort of discontent with my own job, because I’m most certainly not, but I am saying that there’s nothing bad about knowing your options. If the time did come where you felt you wanted to move on (and up, of course), you’d be a lot better off if you already knew what was out there. So, in the spirit of being prepared, I think an event like the one I want to organize would be great for just that–getting the information you need from the people you trust. Aren’t we in the information age, after all?

Anyway, this event in the first stages of development. I definitely don’t want to throw my name on something that turns out to be a flop, so it’s going to take a bit of effort to put together. I’ll keep you posted. And on the note of keeping posted, I did end up making those red velvet cupcakes. I actually made minis and took them into the office on Friday (a little bit of sugar-bribery never hurt anyone’s networking efforts), where they were an instant hit. So, if you wanted to hold your own ‘my big red bicycle is gone’ pity party, you might want to go set your oven to preheat. To 350˚F, by the way.

Even mildly droopy icing tastes delicious!

Red Velvet Cupcakes (from Vegan Machine)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar (I used Splenda)
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp liquid red food colouring (I used a 28 oz. bottle)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt(for the icing)
  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance butter (room temperature)
  • 1 3/4 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp almond milk (to achieve desired icing consistency)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Place cupcake liners in your cupcake tin

Combine almond milk and apple cider vinegar in a bowl, and let it thicken for 5 minutesCombine sugar, oil, food colouring, and extracts in a large mixing bowl. Once the milk mixture has thickened, add as well and combineAdd the rest of the dry ingredients, and mix until all lumps are gone.

Fill the cupcake liners to about 2/3 full and cook for 17-19 minutesUse an electric mixer to combine frosting ingredients while your cupcakes are baking

Wait at least 30 minutes to frost (I am horrible at this, and always end up with melty icing)

This recipe will make 12 regular sized cupcakes, or about 30 minis. yum. Happy creating! xo

25. February 2016 by Deborah
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The Importance of Keeping a Lid on a Coffee Cup while Changing a Tire

The perils associated with making it to work on time are as unlimited as minutes on Jim’s shiny-new cell-phone plan. One particular morning, Jim decided to hit the snooze button one too many times and did not have time to brew his usual pot of high-caffeine coffee and perform his ritualistic consumption in front of the morning news programming.

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“No problem,” Jim tried to subconsciously convince himself, “I’ll just go through the drive through at the closest coffee shop to the office.” As innocent as an idea as is seemed, Jim was in for a startling awakening that far superseded the alertness factor afforded to him by his morning Joe.

So, about 5 miles from the congested rat trap that is downtown Jacksonville on a busy workday morning, Jim spots the local Starbucks that is closest to his place of employment. Since Jim usually brews his own morning pot, the possibilities of the Starbucks menu send him into a virtual trance as he imagines what his choice will be. He eventually goes with the plain Americano, which is a blend of high-powered espresso and water, and was classically served to American soldiers in Italy during World War II who could not stomach drinking the concentrated espresso customarily served in Italy. Jim orders this drink with 3 extra shots of espresso in order to match his normal caffeine intake. When he gets to the window, he is terribly shocked by the $4.00 price of the simple coffee-based beverage, but begrudgingly pays this price, noting in his mind that this is a one-time occurrence.

During his mesmerized period of looking at the expanded drink menu, Jim unknowingly ran over a nail in the parking lot, and after returning to the freeway for the final 2-mile stretch before his exit to his office, the nail decides to exit from its hole, causing an immediate loss of tire pressure that results in Jim suffering a complete tire blowout at about 60 miles per hour. The trusty cupholder in Jim’s center console prevents the overpriced Americano from spilling, as Jim pulls over to the side of the road.

“No problem,” Jim again tries to convince himself, “I’ll just use the floor jack, throw on the spare, and be on my way.” Jim places his coffee on the hood of the car, sans lid, as he gets his aftermarket best racing floor jack out of the trunk, along with his spare tire. His tire is changed in no time.

Jim finishes up, releases the pressure on the jack, and throws the punctured tire and the jack back into the trunk. He then gets to the front door and notices his coffee cup on the ground, tipped over, with coffee running down the hood and side of his car. He thinks of his $4.00 spent on the drink and becomes quite disappointed.

It is at this point that Jim resolves to his own conscious mind that he will never betray his morning ritual pot of coffee and early news programming ever again.

06. February 2016 by Deborah
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My Cafe Latte

Caffeine has been a homely drug used by many people. Coffee is the best way of getting caffeine into your body. It has been the energy drink in the morning for many people across the globe. Working women especially have coffee as their morning drink. Apart from giving energy boost to you, caffeine has many more advantages which not many coffee lovers know. Here is a sneak peek into the caffeine magic!

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It eases the withdrawal symptoms of a person which develop overnight. It is commonly observed in people who drink coffee have tremendous energy after they have their first cup of the day.

Caffeine has a tendency of easing your blood vessels. This increases your blood circulation and also your blood pressure to an extent. The freshness which people experience after drinking coffee is due to this reason.

Your thought process is much faster after a cuppa. There is a relation between your body’s nervous system and caffeine. It stimulates the nerve cells in turn making them move faster in the body. This will help you in thinking clearly.

Blepharospasm is an eye disease which makes people blink their eye uncontrollably. This particular disorder is curbed thanks to caffeine.

There is a very small percentage of studies which have proven that caffeine is very helpful in treating breast cancer.

For all those who are into hardcore muscle building this one is for you. Caffeine helps you relax your muscles after a heavy work out.

Caffeine acts as an anitasthamatic drug. It is good for lings or the bronchial system.

Although there have been many theories about caffeine being a bad influence on your body, researches have proved that this is possible only in case of very high dosage of drugs. That comes up to 80-100 cups of coffee in very short period of time. The average dosage of caffeine is not more than 100-200mg which is very minimal. For this dosage one can observe various benefits like alertness, stimulation of mental activity, wakefulness and high focus.So always remember that caffeine is not bad to your body! So go have your cuppa to do some magic to your body.

01. February 2016 by Deborah
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Health Benefits of Hot Coffee

Coffee is a distilled drink prepared by the roasted seeds of its plant, known as coffee beans. Due to the presence of caffeine content in it, this one contributes to many benefits to your health, especially the a cup of hot coffee. It is one of the most liked and loved beverages of the world. In fact, its a symbol of prestige and people who do not like the trendy tea often celebrate their parties with coffee. It has played a crucial role in many societies. The energizing effect of the coffee bean plant is thought to have been discovered from the northern region of Portugal. And thereafter it has expanded in the Arab world. Thus, in order to know the advantages of this coffee bean seed, have a look at this frame of review!!

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How Hot Coffee Benefits our Health

Improves brain function- A cup of coffee in the morning perks your mood by stimulating your brain. Some moderate doses of this awesome beverage improves your mental alertness. It is beneficial on cognitive performance and protects the brain against the disorder of dementia. Thus, coffee drinkers are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Speeds up metabolism- This boon is very supportive for those who are looking to lose their extra weight. Its hot form helps in increasing the rate of metabolism. Thus, taking coffee everyday is very good before leaving for a walk or going for doing exercise in the morning and evening. It is also believed to be low in calorie content.

Relieves from asthma- The caffeine content found in this drink dilates and opens up the airways for the patients of asthma or bronchitis. Experts suggest to give coffee to the severe sufferers of this problem. It is really helpful, especially in the case when an immediate medication is not possible.

Reduces cancer- Coffee has anti-cancer and anti-oxidant properties. It helps to reduce the chances of many types of cancer in your body. This immense relief is generated by the presence of the compound methylpyridinium. It is generally not found in the daily use food items. So, taking coffee provides the magic which inhibits the cancerous growth.

So, guys for the bloom and boom of your health, you can now rejoice and get relive with only a cup of hot coffee. Its gonna benefit you with a sparkling taste and a very good body system. Thus, take care and add this cup of pleasure to your diet!! However, don’t drink coffee daily, although caffeine has the ability to improve the surface of the skin, leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth, and also has a glowing after effect, but drink too much coffee can cause pimples or acne (http://www.pimplestap.com) from irritation and dry skin especially you have sensitive skin.

27. January 2016 by Deborah
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3 Healthy Snack Ideas for Toddlers

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of a snack is something sweet, salty, or crunchy, maybe something purely indulgent. But as most of us have come to realize, snacking is not just about satisfying cravings, but also being healthy.

This is particularly true when it comes to toddlers. Most toddlers do not eat enough at meal times to get their necessary nutrients. Healthy snacks not only prevent toddlers from becoming hungry and cranky, they also provide essential nutrients needed to fulfill their nutritional needs.

Here I am going to cover 3 wholesome snacks for tiny tots.

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Cascadian Farm Purely O’s

Both meals and snacks should contain a considerable serving of whole grains. Purely O’s from Cascadian Farm is an organic whole grain oat cereal rich in 11 essential Vitamins and Minerals. It is an excellent source of whole grains, providing at least 16 grams of whole grains per serving. It is made with organic whole grain oat flour, organic whole grain barley flour, and organic wheat starch and is flavored with sea salt. It is also a good source of fiber providing 3 grams per serving (11% of recommended daily value). The tiny O’s are the perfect size for toddlers to pick up and snack on. But, while Purely O’s are a great snack for toddlers, they are very plain and I would not recommend it as your morning cereal.

FruitsFruit is an excellent snack for toddlers.

Not only is it sweet and delicious, but it also provides essential nutrients and fiber. Some easy fruit snacks would include:Sliced bananaBite-sized cantaloupeDiced applesOranges separated into segmentsGrapes quartered. (Be sure to quarter them so they don’t pose a choking hazard)

StonyField Farm YoBaby Yogurt

This is another wonderful snack to tie your toddler over until their next meal. High in protein and rich in calcium, yogurt serves as a nutritious snack that toddlers won’t say no to.Stonyfield Farm’s organic YoBaby yogurt contains DHA, an essential fatty acid required for efficient neuron functioning found in fish oils. It also contains live active cultures to aid in digestion and the absorption of nutrients. It comes in various flavors like vanilla, pear, peach, blueberry, banana, and apple. It also comes in a drinkable version. Toddlers love the different flavors and textures, which come with the added fruit and cereal.These are just three of the many nutritious snacks that can be offered to toddlers.

Here are some important tips to remember when trying to find healthy snacks for your toddler:

Keep snacks low in sugar, high in whole grains and nutrients.

Toddlers are intrigued by colors and are more willing to try a snack that catches their eye. Never offer a toddler foods larger than a dime. Common choking hazards are popcorn, nuts, hard candy, large chunks of any food like meat, whole grapes, and peanut butter ( a spoonful of peanut butter can stick to a child’s throat).

Happy snacking!

25. January 2016 by Deborah
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How to Find The Best Meat Slicer

Meat slicers are mainly utilized to make food preparation faster and simpler. Due to a large amount of features, choosing your meat slice can be a -delicate process. Choose the best meat slicer for your needs by reviewing the information on these three slicers.

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Simple home Meat Slicer
These are the basic and ideal for home use. They are electric light-duty meat slicer. Electric-eat slicers give a job advantage over traditional manual slicers. The slicer comes with many blades. It is 5 inches in size and provides a maximum of 100 watts of power. The best features of these dicers include: ease of use, cleaning and maintenance. You can adjust the thickness of the slices to your preference. Spare parts for these meat slicers are readily available in most retail locations.

Frequent Operation Meat Slicers
These are for those who require using the meat slicer more often like restaurant. You would require a medium-duty, slicer for this to make your meat slicing chore more efficient while saving you time. These slicers are offered on a variety of blade sizes, different size of motors and the ability to slice to varying degrees of thickness from which you can choose when purchasing your preferred unit. These meat slicers are very cost-effective since they are multi-purpose and can also be used to slice other foods, including but not limited to, fruits, vegetables and cheese.

Specially created meat slicer
Just like it sounds, these are meat slicers that are created for industrial and commercial purposes. For this kind of purpose, you are going to need a bigger, more durable, and more automated meat slicer for the utmost convenience and efficiency. In order to give you the best product for the job which is powerful and has a long life span, these slicers are equipped with a 1/4-horsepower motor. They also come with carbon steel blades of sizes ranging from 8-14 inches. Some of the additional features that you can choose for these kinds of slicers include: built-in sharpener and a retractable carriage which makes the slicing process easier, quicker and more efficient.

While making use of these meat slicers, irrespective of the type, it is crucial to exercise extra caution when operating me slicer and cleaning the blades to prevent prematurely breaking it and to protect yourself from cuts. Here are some general safety guidelines you can take into consideration:

1. Ensure that all the parts of the slicer, including the blade, are in their proper place
2. Position it properly before you start slicing it
3. While the meat is being sliced, never put your hand near or on the blade
4. Unplug the slicer from the socket after use and before cleaning
5. Wear thick, cut-resistant gloves when removing and cleaning the blade to avoid being cut

A meat slicer is a great investment, whether it is for the home, a small business or for commercial use.

27. September 2015 by Deborah
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Cafe Ceiling Fan: An Overhead You’ll Want

Any business owner will tell you that selecting the appropriate furnishings for their new enterprise is a critical endeavor. This rings even more true for cafe owners who need to create an environment that often competes with both large chains and more eclectic attractions. Creating a welcoming atmosphere is paramount to the success of a cafe; after all, customers will often come in with their laptops and spend a good portion of their day typing away or chatting with friends all while partaking of your signature brew. When done right aesthetics should be felt as well as observed. When a business creates a truly visceral atmosphere, it keeps customers coming back. So it is pivotal that furnishings be perfect. Everything from the chairs and tables, to the mugs and other vessels used to serve up your delicious joe, must work together to create a cohesive, welcoming environment.

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Peet’s Chestnut Street, San Francisco

An often overlooked, but nonetheless important, accoutrement is the ceiling fan. When hot coffee is being brewed and milk for lattes and cappuccinos is being steamed, your customer will appreciate the welcoming breeze circulated by the fan overhead. And certainly the fan that you select for your cafe will need to mesh with the overall aesthetic of your location. Though it may not seem important to give your ceiling fan more than just a cursory thought, think about the ramifications (and money lost) for choosing the wrong fan. Well, that’s where we come in. Here are some things to consider when purchasing the all-important ceiling fan for your cafe:

Fan Style
Though we’ve repeated this ad nauseam, your furnishings should be cohesive with the overall aesthetic of your cafe. Choosing the best ceiling fans that are complemented your otherwise cozy, eclectic, or modern cafe is key. This means choosing the right style. Will the fan be for an indoor or outdoor space? Do you want the soft glow of a lantern-style fan, or the brighter light provided by a more traditional-style? Are you looking for something more contemporary to fill your space, or is perhaps a more rustic style what you’re after? What about color, blade type, and material? Well, this is starting to feel a little overwhelming. But not to worry there are other considerations that will you help narrow down some of these options.

Fan Size
It may seem obvious, but the size of your ceiling fan must play a role in ultimate selection. The fan needs to fit the space well, but also not draw attention away from the other things you have chose to adorn your walls. Imagine a fan far too small; well one lucky customer may be fortunate to feel a breeze. Now imagine a fan that’s too large. It may feel like you’ve walked into a ceiling fan store and happened to find a coffee shop.

Fan Performance
Finally, the performance of a fan needs to be considered. How large is the space? What is the ambient temperature? These are questions you should be asking yourself before you purchase a fan. This could be the difference between leaving your customers sweating, battling gale force winds, or enjoying a gentle sea breeze inside your cafe. And don’t bother shelling out money for some rinky-dink ceiling fan, unless you want to replace it every year. Your cafe’s fan is likely going to be running all day, every day. Do yourself a favor and buy one that will last.

With so many styles to choose from, finding the right ceiling fan for your cafe may not seem like an easy task. But follow these recommendations and the process should be a breeze.

29. July 2015 by Deborah
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Super Crumb Coffee Cake

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Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon flour, for coating the pan
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup + 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
10 Tablespoons (1 and 1/4 stick) unsalted butter, firm and cold
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature*
1 large egg, at room temperature*
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Generously spray a 9-inch springform pan* with cooking spray or grease with butter. Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with 1 Tablespoon of flour and tap out the excess.
2. Whisk the flour, sugar, and salt together in a large mixing bowl until combined. Cut in the butter in very small pieces using a pastry knife or mix with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside 1 cup of the flour mixture.
3. Mix the baking powder and baking soda into the remaining flour mixture. Add the room temperature buttermilk, egg, and vanilla – you may want to do this with a mixer. The batter is very, very thick. Vigorously mix everything together until the batter is smooth, fluffy, and resembles frosting – about 2 full minutes. Spoon the batter into the prepared springform pan, smoothing the top.
4. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon to the reserved flour mixture. Toss with a fork until well blended. Sprinkle the crumbs over the batter, pressingly lightly so they stick. Bake the cake until the center is firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean – 50-58 minutes. Mine took 55 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then remove the sides of the springform pan and allow cake to cool completely before serving (about 2 hours).

Recipe comes from: americastestkitchen.buysub.com

My review: At first, what attract me to this coffee cake are the bright and pretty colors. I tried this coffee cake in this weekend, it’s so good and the best coffee cake I’ve made for my family. I couldn’t wait 2 hours to cut into it. The difference is I substituted in 1.5 tsps of almond extract, it was amazing! If you would like the make this cake, you must try it!

23. November 2014 by Deborah
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