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Thanking A Teacher

 Whether it’s the first day of school, the last day or a week of celebrating, there is always a time when you can show your appreciation to teachers. When you begin making gift baskets for teachers, try to let your children help as much as possible. If your children have several teachers or you want to do something special for each teacher in the school, then make small baskets that are the same as what you would give for a lead teacher but without as many items included.

A fun basket idea to hold all of the things you’ll give would be a red basket with a green bow or a green handle so that it resembles an apple. Another option is to use a white basket and wrap printed ribbon with images of things found in the classroom around the top. You could also use a clear plastic storage container to hold all of the treats that you give to a teacher. The storage container could then be used in the classroom for organizing homework papers or other supplies that the teacher uses each day.

When you start adding things to the basket, think about what the teacher needs. It could be folders, crayons, pencils, or notebook paper. Try to personalize each gift as much as possible with things that can be used in the classroom as well as a few things that the teacher will enjoy using at home or in a location other than the room. Ideas include candy bars, cookies, gift cards to get coffee, or even a small bottle of wine and a glass. You could also include small boxes of coffee or tea along with a mug or two. You don’t have to put a lot of money into the gifts that you make … Read the rest

One way to strengthen a family or friends in choosing processed foods

 

One of the lovely joys of life is the ability to get to know other people and socialize. It’s always nice to feel like you’re a part of a community and have the camaraderie of people you love around you. In order to strengthen the relationships, find ways to get see one another and spend time together. A great way to do this is through a really nice dinner party. Host a few of your friends and prepare an amazing meal. There’s nothing like good hospitality and in order to host well, pay attention to details like appetizers. Consider these perfect appetizers to give your guests while they wait for their food.

  1. Mini-Meatballs

Mini-meatballs are delicious and fun to make. You can choose to make mini-meatballs using ground lamb, turkey or chicken. Add savory spices and fry the meatballs for a crunchy exterior. Add a sweet and sour sauce and bake the meatballs for 20 minutes on low heat. As the flavors combine, serve the mini-meatballs to your guests with toothpicks.

  1. Crackers & Cheese

Crackers and cheese might seem like a childish option, but consider using cream cheese instead. To make it more sophisticated, cut fresh chives into extremely small pieces. As you cut up the chives, you can sprinkle them on top of the cream cheese and mix them in as well. To take this appetizer to the next level, add smoked salmon as a topping. Organic crackers with a cream cheese dip topped with smoked salmon will be such a hit.

  1. Tortilla Chips & Guacamole

Who can turn down a delicious guacamole dip? The best guacamole is homemade. Find a few recipes on YouTube and try the recipe before making a bunch of it for your guests. Choose the ripest avocados, fresh limes and juicy tomatoes. Don’t forget … Read the rest

KFC is The Place To Be

The truth is that KFC.com is the best starting point when hunger is making un-solicited demands of you. It’s not fair. You ate earlier and started the day off with a good and hearty breakfast. But you’re still experiencing pangs of hunger. A grumbling stomach and a lack of concentration and a hankering for that mysteriously good fried chicken. It is a difficult biological imperative to ignore or put off.

In the meantime, there is an incredible history here and it’s fascinating and rich in Americana. The same is true about coupons and how they came about. The history of the two is one of mutually benefiting one another. A tale of a symbiotic relationship where everyone wins. And that’s America after all isn’t it?

Check out some fast food facts. Perhaps it will take your mind off of your hunger:
Restaurant History

Reading up on coupons and how they work would also be a fascinating read, however, hunger is a fickle thing and it’s doubtful that with juicy fried chicken on the mind, study or just plain reading for enjoyment isn’t possible.

Sometimes it’s best to give in to the subtle (or sometimes not so subtle) signals from our bodies and provide what is demanded. What better choice than the friendly face of the Colonel himself? That world-famous face seems to always be there when the craving strikes. God I love this country!

There is always a way. My fellow citizens seem to always find a way for me to get my favorite food from my favorite places. Kentucky Fried Chicken is the one and only. I’m sure you can see the quality of my typing is slowly degrading as I discuss the food I love, not to mention the fact that I am going to download that valuable … Read the rest

What to Consider when Designing a Restaurant

There are many things to consider when designing a restaurant. It’s not just about creating a pleasant place for people to enjoy food; it’s about designing somewhere appealing, appropriate and functional. It needs its own identity and must have something that will make customers want to return and it should also be a good place to work.

THEME AND DESIGN

Without a theme there can be little significant design. Even if it the restaurant is to be very simple and functionality is the only concern that has to be a clearly identified theme so that the overall design can meet those specifications. Without an overall design to pull all of the elements together a restaurant will present as ill-considered and at worst not a very appealing place to eat.

If the restaurant is also to have a bar, this will also need careful consideration as it should compliment the overall design and theme of the restaurant. For example if the restaurant is in a Victorian setting and the design is one of Victorian-style elegance then placing an ultra-modern bar at one end may not be the best choice.

Budget will also have an impact on how realistic a theme and design can be, so getting them right at the start can save time, money and heartache later.

SEATING

No matter how pleasant the surroundings, if people can’t sit comfortably and talk while they eat, they are unlikely to come back. Getting the seating arrangements right is vital. If the restaurant is aimed at people who want to eat quickly and spend as little time as possible sitting at a table, placing tables close together can work, especially if the restaurant is self-service and does not have staff who have to work between the tables. If the restaurant is aimed at … Read the rest

Beautifully Designed Restaurants In The UK

Now that the quality of food in restaurants in the UK has become so good – many dining businesses are turning to their interior to ‘wow’ customers. Although London is often seen as the focal point for great design, there are some stunning restaurants dotted all around the UK that are well worth a visit. The UK now proudly boasts many restaurants inside and outside of the capital city that are at the forefront of design. One of the many reasons companies like Dawnvale are so successful now is because restaurants really are focusing on their interiors.

 

 German Gymnasium, London

Despite what the name would suggest, this Kings Cross restaurant is nothing like a gym. The name stems from the fact that the building was a gym designed by Edward Gruning in 1864 before it became the hot spot it is today. The light, airy space displays symmetry that is pleasing to the eye and warm clean colours that create a relaxing dining experience. There are two floors and heated terraces for guests to make themselves comfortable on while they are served Mittel-European food. In a break from trend it doesn’t take itself too seriously like many other well designed and celebrated restaurants and actually markets itself as a ‘cafe’.

 

 Archive HomestoreAnd Kitchen, Ramsgate

If you have ever been in the unfortunate situation of needing to eat while doing an Ikea shop you will be fully aware of how basic and unbecoming furniture store cafes can be. While Ikea drive sales through cheap food, the overall experience is much like a school dinner, only worse as you are paying for the privilege. This is why it is so surprising that the Archive Homestore and Kitchen has made it into the list. The Kent cafe serves locally-sourced lunches in … Read the rest