15 Tips for perfect waffles that will make you swear off the freezer aisle

000If you’re not making your waffles like this, you’re doing it all wrong

If your waffles tend to be soggy or dense, there are probably just a few little things you’re doing wrong. Regardless of your recipe, following these rules of the perfect waffle will give you crispy exteriors with fluffy insides every single time.

1. It starts with the waffle maker

I’m not usually a fan of single-purpose devices, but with waffles, avoid the temptation to buy a waffle maker that doubles as something else. Waffles require very specific settings, and the compromises you’ll make for a multipurpose device aren’t worth it.

You’ll want a cast-iron or nonstick model. Whether or not it flips is up to you. Some swear they get better waffles from a flip model because gravity forces the raw batter into the other side when you flip, and it cooks more evenly. But a quality non-flip model will do the same. Electric makers that beep when it’s done are best because it lets you keep cooking other things without watching for an indicator light or steam. America’s

Bloody hot dog fingers the creepiest thing you will eat this Halloween

0000Terrorize the kids with a Halloween meal of bloody hot dog fingers that look a little too realistic

Want to serve up something extra creepy for Halloween? Use hot dogs to make these gross bloody fingers that trick-or-treaters of any age will love.

This fun Halloween dish is super easy. With a few simple cuts in the hot dogs and by dropping them into boiling water for a few minutes, they turn into some creepy-looking fingers.

I used veggie dogs in my recipe, but you can use any type of hot dog you like. If you are making these for a party, just do all the prepping before hand, and boil them right before you want to serve them to your guests.

Bloody hot dog fingers on buns recipe

Yields 12

Prep time: 30 minutes | Cook time: 5 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes


  • 12 hot dogs (any type — chicken, beef, pork or veggie)
  • 1 sweet onion
  • Ketchup
  • 12 hot dog buns


  1. With a small paring knife, carefully cut off a small layer of the hot dog at the tip (this will be the area where the fingernail would be),

Move over onion rings this fall its all about crispy acorn squash rings

00Crispy baked coconut-acorn squash rings are the healthier alternative to fried onion rings

I’ve always been an onion ring fan. When given the option of onion rings or fries, onion rings will win hands down for me (unless sweet potato fries are a choice — then things get complicated). I just love the crunchy exterior with the soft, warm middle of the onion ring. Nothing beats that.

Onion rings are one of those things, though, that are totally an order-out kind of food, only because there’s no way I’m smelling up my house with frying oil for some greasy onions that the diner can do better than I ever could at home anyway. That said, I still crave them and their crunch. These crispy baked coconut-acorn squash rings are my at-home (healthier) fall version of the onion ring. A version you can feel good about eating, with all the things you love about the classic onion ring.

Crispy baked coconut-acorn squash rings recipe

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes | Bake time: 35 minutes | Total time: 45 minutes


  • 1 acorn squash, cut into rings, seeds

How To Make Dinner Easier

Ask any busy person and they will tell you that getting dinner together after a long day is difficult. think of it like this, what do you want to do when you get home from the office or picking up the kids? Chances are dinner is the last thing on your mind. If you are having difficulty finding the time and motivation to cook up a good meal then follow these simple tips to help you out in the kitchen.

  • Make A Calendar: If you have big, yet busy family, the best way to assign dinner duties may be to create a calendar. If mom is busy on Mondays and Thursdays, then have dad cover those nights. Ditto for dad’s busy schedule. If your kids are old enough you can even get them in on the action too, having them help make a meal or two per week.
  • Prep Ahead of Time: If you know that you week is going to be busy, take time on the weekend to make all of your meals for the week. While it may not be an ideal way to spend a Sunday, taking the time to make and freeze your meals

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Highlight Trends

Highlighting your hair can add a subtle change or make a dramatic statement. There are many amazing highlighting trends for 2016. Here is a list of some of the most popular highlighting trends for this year.


This fantastic highlighting trend is also called highlight painting because the colorist paints your highlight in where the light would naturally hit your hair. This look has been seen on many celebrities to include Gisele Bundchen.

Baby lights

Baby lights are highlights that are on the lower half of your hair, they frames the face and give your hair a natural look. They were inspired by the natural highlights you get if you spend a lot of time outside.


This highlighting trend, is all about very thin highlights being spread throughout the head in a choppy and erratic fashion. Jennifer Lopez has been embracing this look all season.


The name of this style comes from the French word meaning shading. This highlight trend is all about being super dark on top and then gradually increasing to super light on the bottom. The look has been seen on everyone

Alternative Wedding Catering Ideas for Big Savings


If you fancy trying something different with your wedding menu while saving big on expenses too, rest assured that there are some great alternative wedding catering options available. On that note, the following are 3 of many great alternative wedding catering ideas:



  1.    Heavenly Hog Roast

A delicious hog roasting on a spit looks ever so luxurious and appetising. It can make for a great wedding catering idea that’s sure to provide a mouth-watering sight for guests and serve up a very tasty dish. Have a professional Hog Roast Machine Ireland catering team on hand to serve the finest cuts of meat accompanied by an array of delicious accompanying sides to your guests.

  1.    Tapas Delights

Another affordable wedding catering option that will spice up the day’s affairs is a tapas siesta. Serving foods tapas style ensures that guests have plenty of different foods to try and there’s always something for everyone. It also gives guests the opportunity to taste foods they may not have eaten before and therefore serve as a great topic of conversation, the perfect ice-breaker for guests who have

Stylish Ways To Serve Drinks This Christmas

When it comes to serving your Christmas lunch and your festive drinks, a large part of the fun is the appearance of what you have cooked up. The festive season is a time to let yourself be inspired by all the seasonal decorations around you and inject some fun, sparkle and festivity into your presentation.

Whether you are hosting a Christmas Eve drinks party for friends, or simply sitting down for a glass of a tasty tipple before your Christmas dinner itself, there are some unique ideas to use for serving your drinks. Here a few of the most stylish ways you can do this in order to impress all your friends and family.

One way of serving drinks that has become popular in recent years is using a mason drinking jar instead of a regular glass. The large, “chunky” look of the jar can add a greatdeal of originality to your presentation, and is perfect for serving a wide range of drinks, spanning all the festive cocktails and hot drinks that the winter season is known for.

Another advantage of the mason drinking jar is that it has a ratherrustic look, which ties in well with the traditional nature of the celebrations

Joy Gelato – Italian Partner For Your Gelato

Gelato is loved by all! Be it an infant or an elderly person.It serves as dessert after a fulfilling meal is enjoyed by everyone around the world. It has been an old companion of people to lighten up their mood. In summers especially, it becomes a savior option in many countries. It is one of the most amazing and popular treats in the world. It also prove to be a stress buster in many ways. Sitting in front of the TV after a long day, after family meals or taking a walk in the park with your friends! There are just so many reasons and places where people enjoy a delicious gelato.

What’s the difference between Gelato and Ice Cream?

Gelato: Dense and Intense

It is the Italian word for ice cream. It starts out with a similar custard base as ice cream, but has a higher proportion of milk and a lower proportion of cream and eggs (or no eggs at all). It is churned at a much slower rate, incorporating less air and leaving the gelato denser than ice cream.

It is served at a slightly warmer temperature than ice cream, so its texture stays silkier and softer. Because it has a