Sunday, 28 August 2011

The Effect of Music

While blogging I am listening to this:


This is the first song of Sarah G that I like.

Anyway, as to the effect of music:

Music soothes

Listening to music from our youth can be particularly beneficial, Fuller says. "We're very affected by sound so if you play music from a time when you were doing interesting things and happy, that revitalises you. It floods you with feel-good hormones.

"If you feel uplifted, the muscles in your face relax more. You’ll stand and move differently – more upright and with confidence – and you’ll breathe more deeply and that impacts on oxygenation to the skin and improves your complexion. All these subtle changes can help you look younger."

Fuller believes it’s also important to have friends of a broad age range so you keep up to date with younger people, but also have friends who are older and leading interesting lives.

"They show you growing older doesn’t have to be depressing and dispel the negative myths about ageing," she says.

Try to do at least one new thing each week – even if it’s only finding a new route to work, taking up a new sport or hobby, going away for a weekend to a place you have never visited before or listening to a new style of music.

"When we try something new we’re enthusiastic and that is an attractive trait," Fuller says. "People appear younger when they are engaged, interested, curious and enthusiastic. So don’t give up on living life."


Indeed! Music does wonder to people as water pump does to plants.
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Cooking Rib Eye Fillet Steaks

I always buy steak but I am not really sure how to cook them so I always braised them. Though one would think that's ruining a perfectly good steak by boiling. Oh there are many recipes available online. One just have to find to her liking. But this tip is really helpful. I'll definitely do this as I have already fried the steak and will freeze them. Will put in the oven when it's time to eat them. This is a compromise for one has to cook enmasse on the weekend to cater for the weekdays. We enjoy some nice steak cook just before eating them at times (just like tumbling composter).

Cooking the Perfect Steak
For best results, remove the steak from the refrigerator about an hour before cooking. This will allow the steak to get to room temperature. This is really important if you are going to cook the steak blue, rare or medium rare.

I’d recommend using a grill plate with bars, or a char grill on a BBQ heat as they will give you the best results. Turn the heat to high, as it enables the natural juices to be sealed inside the steak.

Season the steak with sea salt, black pepper and macadamia nut oil, then place on the hot grill. Leave for 3 minutes and then turn 90 degrees, this will give you the char grill marks or criss-cross effect. Cook for a further 3 minutes then turn the steak over and repeat on the other side. At that point remove the steak and finish in the oven.

If you are able to finish the steak in an oven, do so, otherwise finish on the grill to the desired doneness. Rare to medium rare will just be a few minutes longer on the grill, where as medium and medium well will see a small pool of juice come up out the top of the steak after a few minutes.

The key to the perfect steak, is allow the steak to rest after cooking. Simply remove the steak from the grill or oven, place on a plate in a warm place for a ¼ of the cooking time. The reason you need to rest the steak is because the meat is all tensed up from the heat of the cooking and you need to allow the meat to relax.

Credits
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Sunday, 7 August 2011

Manners and Kids

Some really helpful tips in instilling manners to our kids from bodyandsoul.com.au.

Five manners all kids should learn

Saying "please" and "thank you": Eighty five per cent of people surveyed in a US poll a few years ago said they felt the world would be a better place if we just said "please" and "thank you" more often. And they may just be words, but throwing in a "please" or "thank you" can soften a command, or make a response sound friendly and respectful.
Eating like civilised humans: The subject of table manners could fill pages. But learning some basic politeness like not talking with a mouthful, not reaching in front of others and not burping, passing wind or talking about disgusting topics in public can take kids a long way.
Respecting others' voice space: If someone is talking – whether an adult or one of their friends – kids should learn it's impolite to interrupt. While teaching them to say "excuse me" is good, kids also need to know that saying it over the top of other is not polite.
Don't use rude or disrespectful language: Kids, like all of us, need to learn how speak politely to others and not use rude or inappropriate language and put-downs. This is not about swearing – some non-swear words can hurt a lot more – but continuing the theme of treating others courteously and with respect.
Respect differences: We live in a diverse society now with lots of different cultures, nationalities and traditions. Teach kids to embrace and accept diversity in others.


As parents, we are the first teacher and however the kids interact outside our house have at great time, something to do with how we have brought them up. And hope for the best that what we have instilled in them will live long and carry on (much like bearings).
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