How to be nice to your wife

How to be nice to your wife

1. I love you. I know it’s a little obvious. But wives need to hear this little phrase over and over. I don’t know if it can be said too much.

2. You are beautiful. Every woman wants to be beautiful. Tell her how she is beautiful and what about her is pretty.

3. Thank you for all the little things you do. Women usually do quite a few little things that may seem unnoticeable day to day, but they are big things! Let her know you don’t take her and the work she does for granted.

4. You are smart. Women have sometimes been belittled and sometimes assumed inferior. Tell your wife how smart she is. Point out some ways you have learned from her.

5. I am a better man because I am with you. Express to your wife that you have become a better man because she is in your life. She challenges you and pushes you to do your best. Because of her support, you have achieved goals & dreams in your life.

6. Tell me about your day. Women like to talk. Be genuine and ask your wife how her day was. Really listen and pay attention showing her that she is important to you.

7. I need you. Let you wife know that you really need her. Without her you would not be able to do all that you do.

8. Sit down and put your feet up. Yes. Sometimes wives need a little break! Take over dinner or the laundry for a few minutes and let her get some quiet time in.

9. You are a great mom. If you are blessed with children, then your wife has a very demanding job. She is on call 24/7. Let her know that you really appreciate her role in your children’s lives. And that she is doing a fabulous job too.

10. How can I help you? Find out what you can do to help your wife out. You might be surprised at all the little tasks she has to do each day. Just taking on one of them would be a big help to her.

People lie for all kinds of reasons but when you are on the receiving end of a lie, it rarely feels good. Sometimes people lie because they are afraid of the other person’s reaction, they feel they are not good enough, they are protecting another person’s feelings or they are enabling their own or another person’s addiction. Lying can also be related to attachment difficulties from early childhood. Whatever the cause, learn how to work through the lies in your relationship and move toward a healthier place.

Who You Can Control

The only person you can control is yourself. You are in charge of your own thoughts, feelings, actions and reactions. No matter how much you want to make another person tell the truth, it needs to be her own decision to do so. When your emotions, desire to control or sense of self-worth are particularly tied to another person’s behavior or feelings, it could be helpful to seek out therapy or a support group for possible issues with codependency, attachment or trauma.

Communicate Your Experience

When you suspect someone is lying, it is important to communicate what you know to be true about the situation, as well as your thoughts and feelings. Instead of talking in “you” statements, which place the blame on the other person, use “I” statements to communicate your own experience. For example:

  • “When I found this empty alcohol bottle that was still wet on the inside, then I thought that you had started drinking and I felt afraid that the kids and I would lose you. I feel scared that the future I envision for us will not be possible.”

Remember to maintain a calm, compassionate tone of voice and keep eye contact. When you talk about your own observations, thoughts and feelings, you make the conversation about the thing that you can control: you. It seems less threatening to the other person, who can choose to put you at ease, or admit to any wrongdoing. He might also get defensive or angry, but remember that his response is his own responsibility, not yours.

Listen Actively

Remember that the other person may or may not be honest about her actions, even when you have been transparent and honest about your experience. Listen actively to her response by paying attention to her tone, the emotion behind what she is saying and whether or not the facts line up and make sense to you. Breathe deeply, stay calm and repeat back what you hear her saying to make sure you are hearing what she intends to communicate. For example:

  • “I hear the struggle and pain in what you are saying. It seems like you are afraid that I will be upset with you and not believe you. I can understand your fears. You are saying that you brought Fred home from the meeting to help him sober up while I was out of town and that the bottle is not yours. Is that right?”

Set Proper Boundaries

Once you have heard the other person’s response to your concerns, tune in to your own emotional condition. Do you feel angry or are you experiencing overwhelming feelings? Perhaps it is time to set some healthy boundaries to look out for your own best interests. The boundaries to set will vary based on the history of your relationship and whether or not you are satisfied with the other person’s response. If you feel he is still being untruthful and there is a history of lying in your relationship, you might need to set more rigid boundaries than if this were a one-time thing and your partner admitted to the wrong and is committed to making it right. Here are some ideas on how to set boundaries:

  • “As soon as I can talk with Fred to verify that he was here over the weekend, I am willing to let this go and move on. I want to trust you and need some reassurance. Would you like to call Fred, or shall I?”

Once you set a boundary, make sure to follow through with it. Continue your own healthy communication patterns and self-care, regardless of what the other person does.

Seek Help

Relationships can be challenging, and lies complicate things even more because trust is broken. Each person in a relationship comes to the table with her own strengths, weaknesses, history and dysfunction. When things feel overwhelming, hopeless, desperate, or you and your partner seem to be going in circles, therapy can be immensely helpful. If the lies in your relationship are putting you or anyone else in danger, seek professional help in creating and acting out a safety plan. When lies are connected to addiction, groups like Al-Anon provide community and coping skills for moving forward. No matter what is happening with you or your relationship, you never have to face it alone.

How to grow parsley from cuttings

How to grow parsley from cuttings

A biennial herb (Petroselinum) grown as an annual. Its many horticultural varieties are grouped as curled leaved (var. crispum), fernleaved (var. filicinum) and Hamburg or "rooted" (var. radicosum). Though the leaves of all are used for flavoring meat dishes, soups, salads, etc., the curled varieties are most popular in America for this purpose and for garnishing, though the fern-leaved are just as attractive. Hamburg Parlsey is generally cooked like parsnips.

The leaves may be cut all season for use as needed. In the fall they may be dried and stored in tight jars, or roots may be transplanted into pots or hydroponic planters to be grown on indoors. The following spring remove the flower stems as fast as they appear so as to keep the plants producing leaves until those grown from a newly sown crop are ready.

Growing the Herb Parsley

As parsley seed germinates slowly (sometimes taking several weeks), it should be soaked in warm water overnight before planting. Sow outdoors in early spring in rows 10 to 12 inches apart, and cover 1/2 inch deep. Later thin the plants to stand about 6 inches apart.

Parsley grows well in a deep pot, which helps accommodate the long taproot. Parsley grown indoors requires at least five hours of sunlight per day or high output plant growing lights.

Parsley grows well in loamy garden soil rich in nitrogen, and does well in full sun or part shade. Parsley can overwinter if lightly mulched during extremely cold weather.

Growing Cultures

Outdoors, in containers, and hydroponic cultures.

Plant Height

Parsley usually grows to a height of 12 to 18 inches (30 – 45cm).

Plant Spacing

Parsley plants should be spaced between 9 and 12 inches (22-30 cm) apart.

Preferred pH Range

Parsley will grow in a pH range between 5.6 (acidic) and 7.5 (neutral) with a preferred range between 6.0 and 7.0.

Propagation

Sow indoors in sunny location or under plant grow lights six weeks before last frost. Transplant to garden after all danger of frost has passed.

Seed Germination Period

Parsley seeds will germinate in approximately 21 to 28 days. Patience and consistent moisture levels are key.

Number of Seeds per Gram

There are between approximately 650 and 1,000 parsley seeds per gram, depending on variety.

Soil Requirements

Parsley tolerates most soils, but rich, well-drained, moist, with a pH between 6 and 7 is best.

Alternative Growing Media

Soilless potting mixes (Pro-Mix, Sunshine Mix, etc.), perlite, vermiculite, coco peat, rockwool, or Oasis cubes.

Time From Seed to Saleable Plant

Sow in plugs or direct in pots, 4 to 5 seeds per plug or 12 seeds per pot. Seeds to finished plugs, eight weeks. Plugs to saleable plants, six weeks.

Sun & Lighting Requirements

Parsley grown outdoors prefers full sun and can tolerate some shade.

Parsley will grow indoors satisfactorily under standard fluorescent lamps, and exceptionally well under high output T5 fluorescent lights, compact fluorescent, or high intensity discharge (metal halide or high pressure sodium) plant growing lights. Keep standard fluorescent lamps between 2 and 4 inches from the tops of the plants, high output and compact fluorescents approximately one foot above the plants, and HID lights between 2 and 4 feet above the plants, depending on wattage.

Have an oscillating fan gently stir seedlings for at least 2 hours per day to stimulate shorter, sturdier, and more natural plant habit.

USDA Hardiness

Perennial. Zones 5a to 9b.

Water Requirements

Average water needs. Water on a regular schedule, but do not overwater. Allow soil to go dry between waterings, then soak thoroughly.

Potential Plant Pests and Diseases

Parsley can be susceptible to whitefly, spider mites, and aphids, but has minimal disease issues.

Companion Planting

Parsley is beneficial to asparagus, corn, maize, and tomatoes when planted nearby. It attracts Swallowtail Butterflies, wasps, and flies and sacrificially attracts insects that attack tomatoes. Do not plant near Alliums or lettuce.

Special Notes

Grown for it’s aromatic foliage. Suitable for containers.

Buy Parsley Seeds by Botanical Interests

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Prized by gourmets as the most flavorful of all parsleys. Will tolerate partial shade.

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For a fresh palate, fresh breath & good nutrition, enjoy eating this decorative, hardy herb!

How to grow parsley from cuttings

Most people think of parsley as a pretty garnish for their steak dinners—a sprig of green to liven your plate and provide a pop of color. However, parsley is a versatile herb that can be incorporated in many different kinds of dishes for a bit of added zest. Dishes ranging from steak to soups and salads can feature parsley.

Parsley adds visual interest as well as bold flavor. In fact, parsley can bump up a dish’s flavors enough to reduce the craving for salt. It can even be made into tea, offering a potent brew packed with vitamins.

Parsley is a resilient, cold-hardy herb and can be grown in the ground, potted outdoors, or even cared for as a potted plant in a sunny window.

Types of Parsley

There are two common varieties of parsley used for cooking. Flat-leaf parsley is very flavorful and easy to work with. Curled-leaf parsley is pretty and makes more of a visual impact when used as a garnish. Much of their application boils down to personal preference. Try both before deciding which you’d like to grow.

Growing Conditions For Parsley

Parsley can grow in full or partial shade. Your soil should have a pH balance somewhere between 5.5 and 6.7. A slow-release fertilizer or compost can also be used to encourage growth. However, you should avoid overusing fertilizers such as mulch, as too much moisture can encourage disease and pests.

Planting Parsley

If you intend to grow your parsley from seeds, you’ll need to do some prep work to make sure you reap a good harvest. Parsley can take a bit more time—usually about three weeks than other herbs—-usually about three weeks—to get growing, so you’ll want to reserve plenty of time for the seeds to sprout. Before you plan how you’ll grow them, know that soaking seeds overnight aids germination.

You’ll have to plan ahead when starting parsley seeds indoors: 11 weeks before the last frost of the season. Make sure the dirt they’re in stays around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Potted seeds can be placed beneath a fluorescent light to encourage growth and help maintain a good temperature range. The lights should be kept more than four inches from the soil.

When planting your seeds outside, do so about a month prior to the last anticipated frost of the season. You’ll want to use nutrient-rich soil for growing your parsley, and place the seeds with six to eight inches between them so the plants have plenty of room to grow. Seedlings and young plants need to be watered diligently so they don’t dry out. More established plants have deeper roots and can be watered less frequently.

How to grow parsley from cuttings

Care of Parsley

Once the plants have sprouted, move them to a larger pot or to a spot in your garden where they’ll get plenty of sunlight. Partial to full sunlight is ideal. Parsley grown in-ground requires weekly watering—twice a week in periods of hot, dry weather. Indoor parsley should be grown in a container with a drainage hole and watered whenever the top of the soil feels dry.

Harvesting and Storage

You will know your plants have reached adulthood and are ready to be harvested when the leaves sport three segments. Harvest parsley from the outside in, taking the more mature leaves for your use and leaving the new growth toward the interior of the plant there so it can continue growing.

Harvesting encourages plants to grow more bushy and full. Snip or pinch off the last few inches of the stem so you have a cluster of leaves each time you take some. The stem of the plant is edible, so there is no need to remove it when preparing your parsley for use—prepare and use it as you do the leaves.

If they aren’t used immediately, parsley stems can be placed with the cut ends in water. This allows them to stay fresh for a period of time after harvesting. While parsley can be kept this way at room temperature, it is recommended to keep the cuttings in the fridge for longer-lasting freshness.

Parsley stems can also be dried to be stored. Simply cut the stems at the base of the plant, and then hang them in a dry, well-ventilated, dark, warm place. Let the stems dry out completely. For storage and future use, it is easiest to crumble the dried parsley into a small jar or other airtight container.

Parsley can also be moved indoors when the temperature dips below freezing. Plants can overwinter inside quite happily if placed in a sunny window. (A south-facing window is optimal if you have one.)

Parsley Pests and Problems

Rot: Bacteria and fungus thrive in damp conditions. Soggy soil can allow these microbial pests to thrive and infect plants. If the leaves and stems of your parsley are yellowing or turning brown, rot is the likely culprit. Allowing soil to dry out between waterings can remedy these bacteria and fungus issues.

Leaf Spot: Another fungal infection, leaf spot, shows up on the leaves of parsley plants as yellow or brown discolorations. This fungus can be quite severe and can spread between plants. To prevent infection, avoid overwatering, and remove any infected matter from the garden entirely by removing unhealthy parts of the plants and throwing them away. Leaving the cuttings in the garden can perpetuate the infection and contribute to its spread.

Insects: Black swallowtail larvae love eating parsley plants. Carrot flies, celery fly larvae, and armyworms have similar appetites. Control these pests with manual removal of larvae, or use organic pesticides and pest deterrents, such as ladybugs or spiders.

Hopefully now you won’t see parsley as an unappreciated garnish and instead will use it to spice up your dishes, freshen your breath, get some antioxidants in your diet, and boost your vitamin intake. This plant provides beautiful visual interest to any garden or potting. Its resilience and low maintenance make parsley a great addition to any garden.

Kelly Jacobi is an artist, designer, student, and patio gardener who enjoys seeing her plants thrive, and adorning her walls with pieces of art created by local artists and artisans. She is currently in pursuit of a bachelor’s of art and performance and hopes to delve deeper into her art and writing upon completion of her degree.

How to make a paintbrush

There is only one name for professional painters when it comes to paint brushes: Purdy. It’s LATEX. See why it is important to use the best painting brushes.

How to make a paintbrush

How to make a paintbrush

For a paint job, I recommend that you use the best paint brushes from Purdy. I have to report that the majority of self-taught, cutting-corner painters will buy 5 dollar brushes, use them once and then throw them away. I find this to be sort of crazy. I buy a 25 dollar brush (more than you need as a homeowner) and I use it day in and day out for months…And my 3-month old brushes cut a better line than any new 5-dollar brush!

What brands are making the best paint brushes?

There is only one name for professional painters when it comes to paint brushes–I rarely am this blunt but please buy the good paint brushes from this brand: Purdy (here their website). They are high-quality brushes. That is true for exterior and interior painting. This link is the one for you if you are a do-it-yourself-er. It’s 2-inches wide. I use a 3.5 inch or ever 4 if I can get them and I won’t hire a painter who uses less than 2. But most of all it’s LATEX-ONLY.

Best Paint Brushes Quick Answer

  • The best brush for your home painting projects is Purdy – 2 inches wide brush. The best brush shape is angular.
  • If you are more experienced, use a 3-inch professional high-quality paintbrush (you can find it here)
  • And to keep your brush for a long time, be sure to read my post about the best way to clean paint brush!

Why Purdy’s Nylox is one of the Best Paint Brushes for Painting Walls

Nylox, the Purdy line of synthetic bristle I recommend, is high-quality latex only, so don’t use with oil-based paints. I no longer buy combination oil/latex brushes: there is little call for oil brushes anymore and even if I used an oil brush, I would not clean it as cleaning oil-based paint out of a brush is an exercise in futility. It is hard, smelly, toxic work, and still, the brush is not right after only one use.

How to make a paintbrush

But here is the main reason why this is one of the best paint brushes: the high-quality bristle. The Nylox bristles hold a great amount of paint without dripping and the texture is designed to find the corner of a room or corner next to a window frame very easily: like magic really. It is a quality brush.

  • You almost don’t even need a steady hand.
  • This means you can go VERY FAST and still have great results.
  • Those other painters? Self-taught. Cheap. Slow. Drunk. Poor.

That’s it, but here is a tid-bit of background:

Recently, Sherwin Williams (one of the two ‘good’ paint brands left, the other being Benjamin Moore) purchased Purdy Brushes. Sherwin Williams is in an expansion phase with investors and so on, and good luck to them. They do offer VOC-free paints, but Ben Moore is ahead of them in that race. Anyway, I find Purdy to still be the same good old quality it always was. Let’s just hope that S.W. does not do to them what big companies often do: cut quality to make more money. We hope they keep making those excellent paint brushes.

One Last Tip

How to make a paintbrushLast bit: when a Purdy brush becomes just too old for painting walls, I still don’t retire them. I cut the handle off and keep in my pouch as a dust brush. It comes in handy to paint in tight spots too! Did I mention that I love my Purdys?

Are you working on a recipe that requires a basting brush? Don’t sweat it if you don’t have one (or can’t find yours). You probably have several items in your kitchen that you can use instead. A basting brush is used to coat the top of foods with oils, glazes, marinades, sauces, or egg washes. So, you just need to find something that’ll do that same job, and you’re in business.

Any of these options will work just as well as a store-bought basting brush—and cost a lot less—and won’t leave you with a messy cleanup.

Leafy Greens

You can use lettuce, celery, and sprigs of various herbs as a makeshift brush for savory dishes. Use leafy green “basting brushes” for marinades, sauces, and oils when basting meats or vegetables. You can even pick herbs straight from the garden to baste meat on the grill.

Paper Towels

These work particularly well with oils, melted butter, and egg washes. Just ball up the paper towel, and soak the bottom corner in your basting liquid. Gently rub this over your food as needed. Thick napkins will also work in a pinch, but they may be more prone to falling apart, so make sure you don’t end up with little pieces of paper in your food.

Coffee Filters

Grab a coffee filter, and use it just like a paper towel. Since the material is thinner and more likely to tear, it's best to save this trick for when you're working with thinner liquids.

A Clean, Unused Paintbrush

Bristled basting brushes are very similar to an ordinary paintbrush, so this is a perfect alternative. Just be sure to stick to a new paintbrush. You don't want to use one that's been dipped in paint or some other chemical. And watch for any bristles that may fall out into your food. (This is a common issue with kitchen-grade brushes, too). Just pick them out, and you're good to go.

A Freezer Bag

Toss the food that needs to be basted into a freezer bag with the basting liquids, seal it up tight, and then give it a good shake to coat the food. Toss the bag when you're done.

Your Fingers

In a pinch, your fingers can also be used as a basting brush. Just wash your hands well before you touch the food. Then, use a spoon to drizzle your basting liquid on the dish, and work it in with your fingers. Note that this is not a good idea over the open flame of a grill.

Go for Silicone

If—despite all of these suggestions—you decide to add a basting brush to your collection of kitchen tools, look for one that’s made of silicone. It’ll save you the hassle of trying to clean oily liquids out of your basting brush and will last a long longer.

How to make a loop de loop paper airplane

Flying has bedazzled humankind since our ancestors first looked up to the sky. From Icarus’ flight in Greek mythology to today’s fictional Superman, flying has always been a dream of humans.

Thanks to the Wright brothers, humans discovered the means of air transportation, but do you know who they have to thank? It’s the paper airplanes.

Before there was Boeing, there was paper and the human brain. Many artists and engineers looked to paper airplanes as a means of fulfilling their fantasy. It would also act as a guide for constructing real airplane, should they succeed.

If you cherish a pastime that involves making aerodynamic plane designs with paper, here are a few popular and unique paper airplanes you can make and fly.

Type of Paper

To make a paper plane that can stay airborne for long duration you need a sturdy paper. Use a 20-23 lb (American standard) or 75-85 GSM (International Metric standard) paper. Here are four amazing type of paper airplane that flies far for a long period of time.

Method 1: The Basic Paper Airplane

This basic paper airplane is the first of the airplanes that were made with paper. It’s the basic model that kids make before moving on to more difficult ventures. You must definitely try one, for many have built their hopes and aspirations on it.

Step 1. Fold paper in half

How to make a loop de loop paper airplane

Place a piece of paper on a flat surface oriented in a portrait format, that is, its longer side will be vertical and the shorter side horizontal.

Along the length of the longer side, fold the paper in half and press it firmly. Flatten out the edge of the fold to make it smooth.

How to make a loop de loop paper airplane

Now, open the paper and you will see a dividing line down the middle, created by the fold.

Step 2. Fold the top two corners into the dividing line

How to make a loop de loop paper airplane

Fold the top right corner in toward the dividing line until the edge aligns with the centerline. Flatten and smooth down any rough edges. Do the same with the top left corner.

Step 3. Fold the paper in half

How to make a loop de loop paper airplane

Flip the paper into a horizontal position and fold it in half, but inward. Flatten and smooth out the edges and you will see that both sides coincide with each other.

Step 4. Fold the edges towards the base

How to make a loop de loop paper airplane

How to make a loop de loop paper airplane

The long folded part of the paper is the base of the plane. Fold the edges of the paper toward the base until they are aligned with it. Press and smooth out the fold.

How to know if a shy girl likes you at school

How To Know If A Girl Likes You In School

So, by now, if you’ve been following me for this long, you should probably know that eye contact, smiling, jealousy, and getting physical are good indicators that someone likes another person. So, I won’t be reiterating that in this video. I think its overkill by now. But if you’re still in school and curious if a girl likes you in school. I might be able to help you to spot some signs so you can at least gather some confidence to let her know how you feel about her. Remember that if you want to know something, you just gotta ask for it. At the end of the day, it won’t hurt you right? So, here’s 10 signs on how to know if a girl likes you in school.

1. She annoys you

Sometimes when a girl is crushing on you, they could be annoying. But like in a good way, that is if you have some kind of interest towards her too. She could be talking to you in class just to distract you. Purposely sit in front of you so she can flip her long hair in front of you and get it all over your desk. Or even just tease you during lunch and ask you a bunch of random questions. True story. I’ve seen it happen before.

2. She is shy around you

Instead of being annoying, she could totally be shy around you. She blushes when you talk to her. She could be little self-conscious around you. But most importantly if you confess to her that you like her , she’ll be really happy and flattered that you even said that to her. And most likely she’ll let you know her feelings too. Well statistically speaking though… From my experience… with a sample size of 3. She’ll tell you how she feels about you. It’s not much, but hey, I’m just a random guy on YouTube.

3. She asks for your help a lot

Sometimes the only reasonable and logical way to approach someone without being weird is just simply asking for help in class. This way she gets a daily dose of you without worrying about what to talk about or say. If she’s not shy, she’ll make excuses just to talk to you. Now you see where this is going? Okay.

4. She tries to compete with you

Whatever you do, she’ll make everything a competition with you. If you get an A on the test, she’ll pull out an A+. If you’re running for some sort of contest at school, she’ll definitely want to join and see if she can top you. At the same time this might go hand in hand with annoying you because why not. I mean it’s a fun way to get you to notice her.

5. She gives you a long hug

Generally speaking a normal hug or a meet-and-greet hug should be like 2 seconds long. Sometimes if you are feeling it, you’ll give them two pats on the back just to signal that the embrace is about to come to an end. But if she gives you a hug that’s over hmmm let say 7 seconds long. Like you know it’s long when you’re about to depart in 3 seconds but her arms are still wrap around you. It’s a good sign to know especially if she does that often with you. Or maybe you just smell really good and she wants to get a better whiff of you.

6. She sits next to you

Whether it’s in class, at lunch, or even in a bus that’s a huge giveaway that she likes you . You should probably ask yourself, “out of all these seats… why specify that one that’s like only a foot away from me?” If so, then she got some explaining to do.

7. She writes your name on paper a lot

For the younger audiences out there. This might be for you. Doodling hearts or just straight up doodling your portrait is a for sure sign that she likes you. You’ll get bonus points if she starts writing notes and giving them to you in school. That’s definitely a sign of interest.

8. She dresses up more around you

Granted there are girls who just want to dress up for themselves and it’s okay, I have nothing to say about that. But it’s also a hint that she wants to make herself more attractive towards you. I mean who doesn’t want to be more presentable around someone they like. It’s just the nature of things. But if you’re at a school with uniforms, then this sign might not work so well.

9. She tells you things that only you know

Do you have inside jokes with her or secrets that only you two know? If so, it’s no secret that she likes you. Yeah, I can totally picture you two just giggling in the back of the classroom while everyone else is doing his or her work.

10. She talks about you with her friends

If she’s crushing on you really hard, she won’t be able to keep it in all to herself. She’ll eventually tell someone and that someone would be her friends or close friends. And if you catch her friends randomly teasing you out of the blue about you and her, you should probably get the hint that she likes you .

But for some of you, you might not get any signs at all and it’s totally fine. I have times where I really like someone but just to find out that their friend likes me instead. Awkward. I know. Sometimes you just need to be straight forward if you really want answers. But if you’re still single and hoping that someone would like you back, don’t worry. Just know that I like you and thanks for reading. So that’s how to know if a girl likes you in school.

How to perform interval training

Research by Tremblay has long since showed that Interval Training is more effective for Fat Loss and Improving the Aerobic and Anaerobic System than regular long distance Cardio. Interval Training is very demanding so I would recommend 4 weeks of steady Cardio conditioning before embarking on any of the following methods.

Perform each of the following methods 3 – 8 times and allow approximately 2 minutes rest or until your heart rate drops to 60 – 75 % of your Max heart rate between each interval.

How to perform interval training

Image by Michael Connell

# 1. Sprints

Simple, cheap and high effective. Ensure you perform a comprehensive warm up before starting, pulled hamstrings can be very common. Sprint hard for 20 – 25 seconds before recovering and repeating. You can also do Hill Sprints and Sand Sprints to make this even more difficult.

# 2. Airdyne Bike

Full body and safe method. Minimal impact on the joints and so good for beginners. Keep the re- sistance high and work hard for 30 seconds before resting and repeating.

# 3. Rower

Another Powerful Interval method. Set the damper up nice and high and really drive with the legs. After some general coaching on form and technique the rower is another safe but effective method. Work hard for 30 seconds, rest and repeat.

# 4. Kettlebell Swings

If you are comfortable with Kettlebells then this is another excellent option. It is crucial with Swings to get the weight correct, swinging with too light a kettlebell will not generate the response you require. Keep form impeccable throughout. Swing for 30 seconds, rest, and repeat.

# 5. Swimming Sprints

This is my favourite holiday training method. Ensure that you use Front Crawl (Freestyle) or But- terfly Strokes to keep the intensity high. Depending on the length of the pool you can swim one or 2 lengths at a time. Try to finish in the shallow end for safety reasons or stay close to the side. I would not recommend performing this method out in open water.

# 6. Heavy Bag

Intervals of Kicking and Punching a heavy bag can have a great effect. Ensure you have good tech- nique first and then go for it. Keep all strikes crisp and hard. Depending on your intensity you may need to increase the time to 45 seconds per round.

# 7. Battling Ropes

A very demanding method and great to get some Pulling based movement into an interval session. You can use alternating arms or both arms together. Ensure that you perform a good warm up first to prevent any injury. Try 30 seconds, rest and then repeat.

# 8. Bodyweight Exercises

No equipment required with this method of interval training. Only full body intense exercise should be used, good examples are Burpees, Squat Thrusts, Fast Mountain Climbers, Jumping Lunges. You can alternate between exercises to hit different muscles and movement patterns. 30 second bursts before resting and repeating is a good start.

# 9. Skipping / Jump Rope

If you can Skip well then this can be an excellent Interval Training option. Skipping is a Self Cor- recting exercise meaning that you cannot cheat or use bad technique, the moment you do then the rope hits the feet and you stop. Try doubles or alternating legs to really get the heart rate up. 30 – 45 seconds is a good starting time before resting and repeating.

# 10. Barbell Circuits

Cardio training with a Barbell is very effective providing you maintain good form throughout. Once form fails so do you! I have found the Squat and Press (Thrusters) to be very effective. Ensure the weight is correct and technique is perfect. Intervals of approx. 30 seconds is a good start.

Interval Training is highly effective but you must choose the correct exercise. Following a good warm up you need to push yourself hard. You shouldn’t have anything left in the tank after the interval. Using a heart rate monitor is a great way to push yourself and keep your workout honest.

Over to You

Do you have a favourite Interval Training Method? Leave me a comment below…

How to perform interval training

Just because you’re new to fitness doesn’t mean high-intensity interval training isn’t for you. Otherwise known as HIIT workouts, these fast-paced routines have been shown to torch tons of calories in a short amount of time — so you don’t need to spend hours in the gym. This type of training will have you alternating between periods of maximum effort (think: 20 seconds of jumping jacks) and short recovery.

If you’re just getting into fitness — or starting over after an injury — the key to success lies in doing the right moves, at your own pace. Yes, HIIT workouts should be intense, but pushing too hard, too fast can result in injuries and other setbacks. Your task: Listen to your body, modify as needed, and complete each movement with proper form.

To kick off your journey without a hitch, we’ve tapped Justin Rubin, trainer for Daily Burn’s True Beginner program, to create three workouts, ranging from 10 to 30 minutes. Each one has easy-to-master moves, made just for you. All you need is a chair and a yoga mat. Then, start with this dynamic, two-minute warm-up to get your muscles ready to go:

  • Jog or march in place for 30 seconds.
  • Standing tall, circle your arms backwards, one after the other, (as if you’re pretending to do the backstroke) for 30 seconds.
  • Finally, perform a front lunge, side lunge and back lunge stepping with the same leg, then switch to the other leg and repeat. Continue for one minute. Now, get ready to HIIT it!

Beginner HIIT Workouts You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less

10-Minute HIIT Workout

Work up a sweat in less than the time it would take you to drive to your gym with this simple routine. Best of all, you don’t need any equipment to jump right in.

How to perform interval training

Jab, cross, front (right side): Stand with the right foot in front of the left, hips facing to your left side. Bring your arms up into a boxing position. Jab (punch) forward with the right arm, then throw a “cross” punch with the left arm, letting your body rotate as your left arm crosses over your body to the right. Your bodyweight should be over your right foot, with your back heel picking up off the floor slightly. Bring both arms back into the body, shifting your weight back to the starting position and facing front. (This is the “front” move.) Repeat on the left side. For more detailed instructions, try Cardio Kickboxing 1 and 2 in DailyBurn’s True Beginner program.

Jumping jacks: Start by standing upright with your feet hip-width apart and your arms at your sides. Jump your feet out while raising your arms. Repeat as fast as possible. If a regular jumping jack is too difficult, step side to side while raising your arms instead.

Sumo squats: Position your feet a little more than hip-width apart and point your toes out at a 45-degree angle. Keeping your weight in your heels, back flat and chest upright, lower yourself until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Engage your glutes and quads and push back to the start position. Repeat.

Cool down with an overhead stretch, reverse lunge and forward fold.

20-Minute MetCon: HIIT Workout

Metabolic conditioning is designed to maximize your caloric burn, so you should expect this workout to feel challenging. You’ll go through five moves that focus on full-body exercises. Try to do as many reps as possible during each 45-second interval, then rest for 15 seconds before repeating.

How to perform interval training

Push-ups: If you can’t complete a traditional push-up, place your hands on a stable chair or plyo box instead of the floor. Or, try doing push-ups with your knees resting on the ground.

Squats: For extra assistance, use a chair for added support. Remember to keep your feet under your hips and your bodyweight in your heels, says Justin.

Butt kicks: Jog or walk in place, kicking your right heel up to touch your bottom. Repeat with the left leg.

Tricep dips: Place your hands on a chair or a low table, with your back to the chair. Put your legs straight out while balancing on your palms. Bending from your elbows, lower as far as you can, then press up to the original position. Engage that core!

Side Lunges: With your bodyweight in your heels and your toes facing forwards, step to the left in a deep lateral lunge, keeping your knee above your toes. Alternate legs.

Cool down with an overhead stretch, a quad stretch and a forward fold.

30-Minute MetCon: HIIT Workout

Got half an hour? Try this longer workout to challenge your core, and your upper and lower body. (Fun fact: This will burn more calories than 30 minutes spent walking on the treadmill!) Complete the same three-minute warm-up as in the previous workout, then get ready to move it, move it.

How to perform interval training

For exercise descriptions, see above.

Cool down with an overhead stretch, a reverse lunge, a quad stretch and a forward fold, holding each move for 30 seconds.

To get new workouts free you can do right at home, head to dailyburn.com.

Originally published February 2015. Updated February 2018 and September 2021

Q: I got into a discussion the other day about the lenght of intervals. This program has as you know one interval of 30 seconds and one of 1 minute (I am just finishing week 2 and those have been the goals so far).

The people I discussed with meant that the intervals were too short. An interval of 30 seconds means that there is no way one’s pulse can get as high as recommended for interval training. They recommended at least 3 minutes intervals, preferably 4 minutes.

I am not sure if the short intervals are included in the program because most of us are so out of form that we cannot possibly do longer intervals? Or is there research that shows that short intervals are more beneficial?

Answer:
Interval training for fat loss has nothing to do with heart rate. In my opinion, there is no direct relationship between heart rate and fat loss.

The latest interval training study from Australia that showed intervals were superior to long slow cardio used 8 second intervals.

Its all about the amount of mechanical work done during the work interval.

We are not worried about cardiovascular fitness here (although that will obviously improve with interval training of any level), but fat loss.

Sounds like the people you were talking to were getting the reasons for interval training mixed up.

For distance runners, intervals of 2-5 minutes are very helpful. But for fat loss, we don’t give a crap what endurance athletes have to say.

After all, look at the dead end road they led so many people down with slow, boring, inefficient, time-wasting cardio for weight loss.

Now, I don’t think you need to do the 8s interval method. The 30s interval method I use in the Men’s Health Belly Off program works just as well for burning belly fat. There is no best interval training method.

In Fact, I will use up to 2 minute intervals depending on the situation.

Any type of this interval training for fat loss is likely better than slow cardio, and allows for faster workouts.

Besides 8s intervals are not practical on any piece of equipment, and a lot of guys here are doing their intervals on machines. which is generally fine.

How to avoid class action lawsuits

Sometimes, filing a class-action lawsuit is what people should do. In today’s world, people that have bought a defective or even dangerous product are entitled to start a class action lawsuit. Additionally, employment-related claims are also something people can go for if they were discriminated at work in any way. Fraudulent business practices are another element that entitles the fraud victims to file for a class action lawsuit and ask for a settlement.

However, there are some requirements that people need to fulfill before they can file their lawsuit. If you want to know how to file a class-action lawsuit, the first thing you need to do is to make sure to hire reputable class action lawsuit attorney.

How to avoid class action lawsuits

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In addition to that, here are other requirements people must know:

1. Knowing Your Rights

The essential thing that people must be aware of is their legal rights and laws. Recognizing the wrongdoing that happened to them is the most important step before taking further legal actions. If their case doesn’t have the legal foundation for filing a claim, there’s nothing else they could do.

Some of the most common causes that lead to class action lawsuits are employment discrimination by age, race, religious or sexual beliefs, etc. Other things, like personal injuries, which involve a third party are also an excellent base to start. If a lot of people bought the faulty product from the same manufacturer, they can file for class action lawsuits and try to claim their rights.

However, defendants are usually willing to come up with a settlement to avoid the court processes. In case the plaintiffs and defendants agree to settle without going to court, everything can end much faster and more comfortable for both sides.

2. The Basics

How to avoid class action lawsuits

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When it comes to class-action lawsuits, the most critical requirement people must know about is that it can be filed if there’s only one plaintiff or even a smaller group. Class action lawsuits don’t require a specific number of plaintiffs to file the lawsuit against one or more defendants, but having more plaintiffs usually helps start the process.

The document that must be filed to officially start a class action lawsuit is called a “class action complaint.” After the lawyer has investigated and reviewed the facts and the legal issues at hand and concluded that there are enough materials and proofs, they’ll file a class action complaint to the court.

An excellent example of this is a personal injury lawsuit. If there are more plaintiffs, it’s impractical to file separate lawsuits. Therefore, the best solution is to file for a class action lawsuit instead. The representatives file the lawsuit and conduct the litigation. All other class members will be notified so they’ll have a chance to opt-out of the class action and receive instructions on how to get their share of any potential settlement or damages award.

3. Claim Certification

To be able to file a class-action lawsuit, people must be aware that their lawsuit needs to be certified by the court. Depending on the subject matter, a class action can be governed either by state or federal law.

The entire certification procedure can somewhat differ from state to state because of the federal systems and states’ rules. Rule 23(a) of FRCP (Federal Rules of Civil Procedure) states that the needed requirements are as follows:

  • The “questions of law or fact” across all claims must be common. This means that all the allegations must consist of unified wrongdoing or fault. A good example will be if there are thousands of complaints against a car manufacturer for a faulty car engine.
  • There must be numerous possible claimants, so it’s impractical to combine them all as named plaintiffs in a single and conventional lawsuit.
  • All class representatives must have the same claims as to all others in the class. The arguments that the defendant might bring up would be similar or the same ones.
  • The class representatives will provide adequate and fair protection for the entire class. In this situation, the attorney(s) may be scrutinized about the fee agreement.

If your case is class certified, it doesn’t mean it’s already won. The judges can exercise a fair amount of discretion, while all the arguments against and for certification may be protracted and quite complex. When the case is certified, it’ll go further to a pre-trial procedure. Otherwise, the case is dismissed.

Conclusion

Although requirements for filing a class action lawsuit may seem somewhat complicated, they’re not. People must know their rights and act accordingly.

Finding a reputable attorney to check if there’s a foundation to start a lawsuit is the next most crucial step. When the judge approves the claim certification, the whole process will begin, and that’s when people can start hoping for the best outcome.

How to make awareness ribbons

Before a Stetson hat makes it to the store shelves, it undergoes a series of processes that includes forming, heating and sewing. Once you purchase a hat, the last step begins — breaking in or shaping the hat to your head. The Stetson Hat factory in Garland, Texas produces hundreds of hat styles each year, but the Stetson name is commonly associated with the classic cowboy hat 3. Shaping a hat to fit your head perfectly takes time, and it is important to begin the process with the right-sized hat.

Put on the hat by gently tugging the front and back of the brim simultaneously. Do not push down on the crown of the Stetson. This crumples the shape of the crown.

How to Freshen Sweaters

Take off the hat when it gets wet and shake off any excess water. Flip up the sweatband to allow hidden moisture to dry. Do not use a blow dryer or heater to dry the hat. Allow the hat to dry naturally or it may shrink.

Shape a felt hat by placing it over steam for a few seconds. Wave the hat slowly over the steam to make it more pliable. Curve the brim of the hat in whatever direction you like. Hat steaming is not recommended for wool or straw hats.

How to Stretch a Shrunken Boiled Wool Jacket

Bend the edges of a straw hat to get the shape that you want. Straw hats have a thin wire along the rim that allows you to mold the hat to whatever brim style you like.

Preserve the shape of your hat by storing it properly. Flip the hat upside down rather than letting it rest on the brim.

How to open google docs

How to open google docs

Whether it is a class project, financial document or even a company agreement, everything is becoming digital. However, similar to paper documents, the need to sign a document persists. You still need to sign a digital document for both legal and authentication purposes.

Fortunately, there are many ways you can digitally sign a document and legally bind it as well. If you need to sign a document in Google Docs, then we are here to help. In this post, we will show you how to add signature in Google Docs using two different methods.

Method #1: Use Google Docs Drawing Tool

Usually, you will need a third-party tool to sign documents, but in Google Docs you can use the built-in drawing tool. It will let you create a sign then enter it as an image. Of course, this will not legally bind the document, but it will be good enough at the corporate level where you can confirm the team that you agree with the document content.

To sign Google Docs using the drawing tool, click on the “Insert” option at the top and select “Drawing…” from the menu.

How to open google docs

Here click on the “Select line” tool and then choose “Scribble” from the menu. Now simply draw your signature and click on “Save and close” to insert the drawing into the document. If you are unable to draw signature properly on the first attempt, you can click on the “Undo” button to try again.

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You can both adjust the size and change the location of the sign, simply click and hold in the middle or the corners and drag.

How to open google docs

Method#2: Use HelloSign to Sign Google Docs

HelloSign is a renowned digital signature service that will let you digitally sign Google Docs and also legally bind it. It even has a Google Docs add-on that makes it easy to sign documents right inside Google Docs.

Install HelloSign Google Docs add-on and access it from the “Add-ons” menu. In the sidebar, click on “Just Me” and then click on “Draw new signature” to draw your signature.

How to open google docs

The drawing tool is much more intuitive than Google’s own drawing tool and makes it easy to create a perfect signature. When you are done, simply click on “Continue” and the signature will be added to the sidebar.

How to open google docs

Now click on the signature to insert it into the document. Just like in the first method, you can both resize and change the location of the signature. When you are done, you can click on the “Email as PDF” button to send the signed document to anyone you want. The document will be legally binded and cannot be edit in the HelloSign interface. Additionally, both you and the receiver can download the signed document as a PDF file.

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Unfortunately, HelloSign only allows you to sign 3 documents per month for free. For an average person this is more than enough, but if you are in a field where you need to regularly sign documents; you will have to buy a HelloSign premium subscription.

Conclusion

Google Docs built-in method is great if you need to quickly add your signature, but it will not legally bind the document as anyone with the editing rights can remove the signature. You will have to use HelloSign signature add-on to sign and legally bind the document.

It is also good to know that you can also download the Google Docs signed document as PDF or Word document by selecting “Export” from the “File” menu. This might come in handy if you need to submit the signed document in one of the formats.

Google Docs (docs.google.com) is a very handy document editor, but how do you open Google Docs on your computer or mobile? Do you know that? If not, this article will help you know every possible way that you can use to open Google Docs on Windows 10 without any problem. Although the same processes can be applied to open Google Docs on mobile, there are some differences that you might need to consider.

If you are already familiar with Google Docs, you might know how easy it is to open a document in Google Docs. However, if you are hearing about this tool for the very first time, you do not know the process to open this tool on your computer.

For your information, Google Docs is one of the best Microsoft Word alternatives that you can find on the internet. No matter whether you need to open a document, PDF or anything else, you can do that with the help of Google Docs. However, you can do all those things only when you know the process to open and access this tool.

How do you open Google Docs

Steps to open Google Docs easily:

  1. Open Google Docs from Google Drive.
  2. Visit the official website directly.
  3. Install Chrome app to access Google Docs files.
  4. Install Google Drive bundle for Windows 10.

Let’s check out all these steps in detail.

1. Open Google Docs from Google Drive

As Google Docs is internally linked to Google Drive, it is possible to open Google Docs from Google Drive. For that, you do not need to spend any money or create a new account. To get started, you should have the login credentials of your Gmail account. Then, visit the official website of Google Drive – https://drive.google.com/ and enter your username and password. After opening Google Drive, click the New button, select Google Docs from the list, and select either Blank document or From a template.

If you want to create a blank document, the first option is for you. Otherwise, you can choose a theme by clicking the “From a template” option. Now, you can find the Google Docs interface on your screen where you can type anything or create your file as required. Knowing this process is important because you can rename the file to bypass Google Drive download limit for shared files.

2. Visit the official website directly

It is probably the easiest to open up Google Docs on Windows or Mac. Previously, Google Docs was accessible from Google Drive only. However, things have changed over the years, and now you can visit the official website of Google Docs directly to open a document.

After visiting this website, you need to sign in to your account.

3. Install Chrome app to open Google documents

Google Chrome is one of the best web browsers for Windows, and you can download it for free. Like any other standard browsers, Chrome also supports apps and extensions to exaggerate the functionalities. You can install Google Docs app in the Chrome browser and open the Google Docs on your PC within moments.

After downloading the app, enter this in the address bar-

You should see a Google Docs icon on your screen. Click on this icon, and it will open the Google Docs website directly. Now, you can log in to your account to access files or create a new one.

4. Install Google Drive bundle for Windows 10

If you install the Google Drive bundle on your Windows computer, it will help you get on Google Docs directly. Although it doesn’t open as a fetterless program, you need to have a browser on your PC to open up Google Docs. To get started, download Google Docs for Windows 10 and install the app, respectively. After that, you should see the Google Docs icon on your Desktop, which you need to click. After that, it would open the official website of Google Docs in your default browser. Now, you can log in to your Google Docs account as usual.

These are some of the best methods to open Google Docs. You can use any of these tutorials to get your job done. No matter whether you are using Windows, Mac or Linux, you can follow the same steps. On the other hand, mobile users can download an independent app since Google Docs is available for Android as well as iOS.

Google Docs is an immensely popular word processing application. But despite its popularity, a lot of newcomers don’t know where to find or create a document in Google Docs.

So, they usually ask the question: “Where is Google Docs?”.

Here are some tips to help you get started with this amazing alternative to Microsoft Word.

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What is Google Docs?

If you know what Google Docs is and you just want to know where you can locate and open this application, feel free to skip to the next section. If you’ve never heard of it before, here’s a brief introduction.

Google Docs is a free online word processing document offered by Google – to compete with Microsoft Word. It lets you create and format documents and work with other people online.

Google Docs is available on all smart devices and platforms. You only need an internet connection and a browser to access this cloud-based application (or the Google Docs app, in case of a mobile device).

Google Docs supports several different types of documents, including .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, and .odt, making it easy to convert and work with Microsoft Office files directly from Google Docs.

One of the cool features of this application is its ability to let you share and collaborate with different people on the same document, tracking revisions, changes, and suggestions all in real-time.

With that being said, let’s now look at how and where to find Google Docs.

Where is Google Docs?

Google Docs is on the cloud. If you need to open and work with Google Docs, you’ll need to access it through your internet browser or download the Google Docs app on your mobile phone, depending on the device you are working with.

However, it is a requirement to own a Google account before you can access Google Docs. Google Accounts are free, and signing up for one is a breeze.

NOTE: If you have a Gmail address, you already own a Google account, so you won’t need to create an account again – you can simply sign in to Google Docs using your Gmail details.

You’ll need to provide Google with some basic information to open you a free Google account, like name, date of birth, and location. When you open a Google account, Google will automatically give you a Gmail email address that you can use to access all the Google apps including Google Docs.

If you don’t already have a Google account, create one here.

Now that we have our Google account (or Gmail email address), let’s see how we can use it to access Google Docs.

How to Open Google Docs in a browser

Once you’ve set up your Google account, you can access Google Docs by going to https://docs.google.com in your web browser.

Alternatively, you can open Google Docs from any Google page (such as Google search or Gmail.com). Let me show you how to do this in the following steps.

To open Google Docs on a browser,

  • Open your favorite web browser.
  • Make sure you are logged into your Google Account. (Create one if you don’t have one).
  • Go to https://docs.google.com to open Google Docs.
  • Alternatively, go to https://Google.com or https://Gmail.com and wait for the page to finish loading.
  • Select the Grid icon near the top-right corner of the page, a list of all Google apps will appear in a drop-down. Scroll down until you see Google Docs, click on it to open it.

How to open google docs

When you click on the Google Docs icon, it’ll successfully open up the Google Docs app for you.

You can now start creating new blank documents or import a Microsoft Word document into your Google Docs.

How to open Google Docs on Mobile

The above section shows you how to open Google Docs on PC using the browser.

However, it is a great idea to download the mobile app to enable access to your files regardless of where you go.

To use Google Docs on your tablet or phone (android or iPhone) you need to first download the app from either the Google Play Store or from the iOS App Store.

Below is how to download Google Docs on your phone:

  • Open Google Play Store or the iOS App Store.
  • In the search bar, type Google Docs and select the first result.

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  • The Google Docs app will be ready for download and install. Just hit on the Install button to proceed.

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As soon as you tap on install, the app will download and install for you.

All you need to do now is to go to your list of apps on your phone and locate the Google Docs app, then tap on it to open.

From the app, you can create, edit and share documents with ease.

Conclusion

And there you have it. If you’ve read to this point, I hope you wont ever ask to know where to go and find the Google Docs app.

Using the instructions in this guide, you can easily open Google Docs on both your browser and on your smartphone or mobile.

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Google Docs lets you view, create, and edit documents online for free. It’s probably the most used online office suite. The beauty of Google Docs is that it is compatible with the Microsoft Office Word document file format (.docx) as well.

Since Google Docs is an online service, you won’t be able to use it offline. Although there is a Google Docs extension available for Chrome to make it work offline as well, it is not perfect.

Users who want advanced formatting options create the document offline with Office Word. Because of these reasons, many users use Microsoft’s Office software to create and edit documents and later upload them to Google Drive so that they can open and access documents anytime from anywhere.

If you have a Microsoft Office Word document (.docx) that you want to open and edit with Google Docs, you can do so with ease. Here is how to open an Office Word document with Google Docs.

Open Office Word (.docx) document with Google Docs

Step 1: Head over the Google Drive (yes, Google Drive) website and sign in with your Google account. We need to sign in to the Google Drive first as we need to upload the Office Word document to Google Drive first to be able to access it from the Google Docs.

Yes, you need to sign to view, create, edit, or upload documents to Google Docs. If you don’t have a Google account yet, create one.

Step 2: Now, click on the New button (as shown in the picture) and then click the File upload option. Select the Word file that you want to open and edit with the Google Docs, and click the Open button. This will upload the selected document to your Google Drive account. Of course, you can upload multiple documents.

How to open google docs

Step 3: In a few seconds, the file will show up in the Files section of Google Drive. Right-click on the document, click Open with and then click the Google Docs option to open the document with Google Docs and start editing.

How to open google docs

Alternatively, after uploading the document to your Google Drive account, you can open the Google Docs website, and then sign in to view and edit the recently uploaded document.

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Can you open Word documents in Google Docs?

You can use Google Docs to open and edit Microsoft Word documents. However, you can only download your Word Online documents as PDF, ODT, or DOCX files. And if you want to open a Google doc in Word, you’ll need to convert it first.

Can you save a Google Doc as a Word file?

If you have your Google Docs file open, just go to File | Download, and choose Microsoft Word (. docx), then save the file wherever you want.

How do I make a Word document?

Create a document

  1. Open Word. Or, if Word is already open, select File > New.
  2. In the Search for online templates box, enter a search word like letter, resume, or invoice. Or, select a category under the search box like Business, Personal, or Education.
  3. Click a template to see a preview.
  4. Select Create.

How do I create a document on my computer?

Click File and New or press the shortcut Ctrl + N to create a new document. Type the document you want to create. Save the document by clicking File > Save or pressing the shortcut key Ctrl + S .

How do you make a PDF file into a Word document?

Open a PDF file in Acrobat DC. Click on the “Export PDF” tool in the right pane. Choose Microsoft Word as your export format, and then choose “Word Document.” Click “Export.” If your PDF contains scanned text, the Acrobat Word converter will run text recognition automatically.

How can I create a PDF file from a Word document?

How to Create a PDF in Microsoft Word for Windows

  1. Open the document you want to convert into a PDF.
  2. Go to File > Export > Create PDF/XPS.
  3. Select PDF as your chosen file type.
  4. Pick a level of optimization (either “Standard” or “Minimum size”)
  5. Choose a name and location for the new file.
  6. Click Publish to create a PDF file.

What is a PDF file and how do I open it?

A file with the . pdf file extension is a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. PDFs are typically used to distribute read-only documents that preserve the layout of a page. They’re commonly used for documents like user manuals, eBooks, application forms, and scanned documents, to name just a few.

What is the full meaning of PDF?

PDF stands for the Portable Document Format, used to display documents in an electronic form independent of the software, hardware or operating system they are viewed on.

How do I open a PDF file on my PC?

Windows users Right-click the PDF, choose Open With > Choose default program (or Choose another app in Windows 10). Choose Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or Adobe Acrobat DC in the list of programs, and then do one of the following: (Windows 7 and earlier) Select Always use the selected program to open this kind of file.

What is the full form of doc?

The Full form of DOC is DOCument (file format extension used by word processors such as MS Word), or DOC stands for DOCument (file format extension used by word processors such as MS Word), or the full name of given abbreviation is DOCument (file format extension used by word processors such as MS Word).

What is the full name of OTG?

USB On-The-Go (USB OTG or just OTG) is a specification first used in late 2001 that allows USB devices, such as tablets or smartphones, to act as a host, allowing other USB devices, such as USB flash drives, digital cameras, mouse or keyboards, to be attached to them.

What does OTG mean?

What does OTG mean in slang?

What is the difference between OTG and USB?

USB devices support the host mode as well as USB peripheral mode. The host USB socket is different from the peripherals The OTG come in to add the extra pin to the micro USB Socket. If you connect a USB OTG cable at one side, the device acts in the host mode. The cable has seemingly identical plugs at either side.

Are USB and USB A the same?

Although a cable has two differently shaped connectors, it takes the name of whichever connector is not USB Type-A. That’s because USB Type-A is the most commonly used USB port and connector so an alternative type is the most distinguishing feature. For example, this cable would be considered a USB Type-C cable.

Are all USB cables OTG?

Technically, there is no “OTG cables”. There are cables with “micro-A” to Type-B plug, and “micro-B” to Type-A plugs. The only “OTG cable” is the one with “micro-A” on one end, and “micro-B” on another.

Can I charge phone with OTG cable?

Charge Other Smartphones Believe this or not, you can actually transfer the battery charge of one smartphone to another using an OTG cable. The smartphone connected via power cable will go in charging mode and the phone connected with OTG adapter will be the power source.

How can I make my phone OTG compatible?

Setting up the connection between an OTG and an Android device is simple. Just connect the cable in the Micro USB slot, and attach the flash drive/peripheral at the other end. You’ll get a pop-up on your screen, and this means the setup has been done.

What is a OTG cable used for?

An OTG or On The Go adapter (sometimes called an OTG cable, or OTG connector) allows you to connect a full sized USB flash drive or USB A cable to your phone or tablet through the Micro USB or USB-C charging port.

How do you use a USB on a phone?

Use USB storage devices

  1. Connect a USB storage device to your Android device.
  2. On your Android device, open Files by Google .
  3. At the bottom, tap Browse. . You should find a notification that says “USB available.”
  4. Tap the storage device you want to open. Allow.
  5. To find files, scroll to “Storage devices” and tap your USB storage device.

How do I use a USB connector?

Transfer Content via Smart Switch

  1. Connect your previous device to the microUSB end of a charging cable.
  2. Connect the standard USB end of the cable to the USB Connector.
  3. Connect the microUSB end of the USB Connector to your new device.
  4. On the new device, touch Smart Switch .

How do I transfer files to my USB?

Open the drive for the USB Flash Drive. Click in a white empty space on the drive and press Ctrl and V (this is the Windows shortcut for paste) on the keyboard. This then copies the files from the PC memory to the USB Flash Drive.

How do I transfer files from my phone to my laptop?

Option 2: Move files with a USB cable

  1. Unlock your phone.
  2. With a USB cable, connect your phone to your computer.
  3. On your phone, tap the “Charging this device via USB” notification.
  4. Under “Use USB for,” select File Transfer.
  5. A file transfer window will open on your computer.

How can I share files from laptop to mobile?

Go to Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth and find your phone. Select it, click on Connect on your PC and then Pair on your phone to complete the process. To share a file over Bluetooth, go to Settings>Devices>Send or receive files via Bluetooth>Send files. And then choose the file you want to share.

INTRODUCTION

Google docs is the word processor offered by Google which is slowly getting more and more attention by the users.

In addition to the basic and important functionalities of any word processor, Google Docs offers us with a seamless sharing which is definitely a special mention in comparison with other word processors.

A situation may arise when we need to work offline or want to edit our document in MICROSOFT WORD which is of course older and more advanced than GOOGLE DOCS as of now.

In this situation, we must be able to open our google docs document in MICROSOFT WORD.

So, in this article, we’ll learn to open a google docs document in microsoft word.

WHY TO OPEN THE GOOGLE DOCS DOCUMENT IN MICROSOFT WORD?

The reasons can be many such as

  • We want to work offline.
  • we want to work in microsoft word for some additional options present only in microsoft word.
  • we want to export the document to microsoft word.

STEPS TO CONVERT GOOGLE DOCS DOCUMENT TO MICROSOFT WORD DOCUMENT TYPE

The process is divided into two steps.

  1. Convert the standard google docs document into Microsoft Word format i.e. [.docx]
  2. Open it with Microsoft Word.

CONVERT THE STANDARD GOOGLE DOCS DOCUMENT TO MICROSOFT WORD DOCUMENT.

Let us take an example file as shown in the picture below.

Follow the steps to save the google docs document in MS WORD format.

  • Go to FILE MENU.
  • Choose DOWNLOAD > MICROSOFT WORD (.docx).

How to open google docsCHOOSE DOWNLOAD .DOCX

  • As we choose the format MS WORD , a dialog box asking to save the file will appear. [ The dialog box can be different as per the browser. Mine is firefox and saving it it the default location. You can choose the location ].

How to open google docs

  • Save the file in the location of your choice.
  • The file will be in the word format.
  • Double click the file to open it in MSWORD.

The following picture shows the file opened in the MS WORD.

How to open google docs DOCUMENT OPENED IN MS WORD

OTHER WAY TO CONVERT THE GOOGLE DOCS DOCUMENT INTO MS WORD

One more option is to convert the file into MS WORD format and mail it directly to the recipients.

For the example, we’ll take the same document as shown in the picture below.

How to open google docsSAMPLE DOCUMENT IN GOOGLE DOCS

STEPS TO E MAIL THE GOOGLE DOCS DOCUMENT IN THE MS WORD FORMAT

  • Open the document which you want to convert and send.
  • Go to FILE MENU.
  • Choose Email > Email this file.

As we click, choose email this file, another dialog box will open as shown in the picture below.

How to open google docsSETTINGS DIALOG BOX FOR EMAILING DOCUMENT

The different options available in the dialog box are:

MARKING NO. DESCRIPTION
1 Enter all the EMAIL ADDRESSES in this field to whom you want to send this mail with attached document.
2 SUBJECT: Enter the subject of the mail. The subject will be picked up from the document name by default which can be changed manually.
3 Content of the email. You can write a few lines for the recipients.
4 CHECK BOX. If checked, the content of the documents will be put inside the email content without attaching it as a file. This is helpful if we have written email body in Google Docs and we want to directly send it as a mail.
5 Choose the format of the attachment. For our case, it’ll be MS WORD [.docx]. [Shown in the picture below] *
6 After all the settings , click SEND.

The document will be attached as MS WORD file and sent to the recipients.

The attachment can be downloaded and opened in MS WORD.

Let us send the document to gyankosh.net.

The settings are shown below.

After clicking the SEND BUTTON, the mail will be sent.

Let us check the email if it arrived correctly or not.

The following picture shows the email which we sent earlier.

Click on the download button to save the file as shown in the picture below.

After clicking the download button, the default file saving dialog box of your browser will appear.

Choose location and click save.

My browser is firefox, which is asing me to OPEN FILE, OR SAVE IT as shown in the picture below.

I chose, save file, it’ll save the file in the default location which can be changed from the OPTIONS of the browser.

After the file is saved, we can open it in the MS WORD and edit it as per our choice.

Creating a keyboard shortcut that opens your browser to the Google Docs upload option won’t save you a lot of time, but you’ll more easily transmit files as e-mail attachments.

What I really want to do is add a link to Google Docs on the right-click (context) menu in Windows Explorer. That way, I could open a file in Google Docs by right-clicking it in Explorer and choosing Send To > Google Docs.

Well, I wasn’t able to figure out how to do this. So instead, I created a shortcut to open Google Docs, and then I browsed to the file and opened it the old-fashioned way.

This won’t save you a lot of time, but at least Google Docs makes it easy for you to transmit the file to the service as an e-mail attachment. And, of course, you can send the file to other e-mail recipients at the same time.

To create the shortcut to Google Docs, log in to the service, copy the URL in the address bar, right-click the desktop or any folder window, choose New > Shortcut, paste the URL in the Location field, click Next, type Google Docs (or the name of your choice), and press Enter (or click Finish).

Now navigate to the shortcut you just created, right-click it, and choose Properties. Click in the “Shortcut key” box, and type your preferred keyboard shortcut (I chose Ctrl-Alt-G).

How to open google docsGive your Google Docs shortcut a keyboard sequence to open the service in a flash. Microsoft

Now you can open the service by pressing the keyboard shortcut you just entered. Once it opens, choose Upload in the top-left corner of the window, browse to and select the file, give it a name (or use the existing file name), and click Upload File.

Alternatively, you can copy the unique e-mail address Google Docs generated for you under E-mail Your Documents and Files, open your e-mail program, paste the address in the To: field, and add any other recipients you want to send the file to. The file will be attached to the message automatically.

Google Docs limits your HTML and text files (including Word’s .doc and .rtf) to 500KB, presentations to 10MB from your computer, and 2MB from a Web site (500KB as e-mail attachments), and spreadsheets to 1MB (spreadsheets can’t be uploaded as e-mail attachments).

I’ll keep looking for a way to add Google Docs to my right-click menu (either via the Open With or Send To submenus, or directly on the context menu), and when I find it, I’ll let you know.

Tomorrow: remove unwanted items from your Send To menu.

How to open google docs

Ivan Cook

The Google Docs is a very handy tool to store the documents online from where these can be accessed with ease and satisfaction. Another important advantage of Google Docs is that the data is never lost. Almost every file type can easily be uploaded using this program including PDF. Google Docs also provide an interface, which can be used to open PDF in Google Docs with ease and satisfaction. The PDF management with Google Docs is very easy and therefore it is highly recommended and reliable.

Part 1. How to Open PDF in Google Docs

The steps that are associated to this are very easy to understand. It means that they are easy to follow and implement. The Gmail or any other Google related product users can easily use the PDF related features of Google Docs to get the best results.

Step 1. Open Google Drive

Access the Google Drive and login with your account. Click the new button on the top left corner and choose ‘File upload‘.

How to open google docs

Step 2. Upload Files

From the window that pops up choose the PDF file that is to be uploaded to the drive and click open. Once the file has been uploaded search it in the drive. Right-click the file and then go to ‘Open with‘ > ‘Google Docs‘.

How to open google docs

Step 3. Open PDF File in Google Docs

Then you can open the PDF in Google Docs and this completes the process in full.

How to open google docs

Part 2. Common Issues on Opening, Viewing and Editing PDF in Google Docs

The most common issues, which are related to this phenomenon, are as follows:

1. The images of PDF does not load when the file is open through Google Docs

Not loading PDF images is a by default phenomenon which is associated to Google Docs. There is only one solution and that is to change the program used for PDF viewing.

2. The words of PDF files opened in Google Docs cannot be edited at all

It is again a by default phenomenon or a limitation of Google Docs. Changing program to another or copying and pasting PDF file to new Google Docs and then editing it will solve the issue.

3. The Google Docs keep loading when the option of PDF file opening from Google drive is chosen

There are many reasons to that. Unstable internet connection and broken PDF file link are usual causes of this. Uploading the PDF file to drive once again and then repeating the process will solve the issue.

4. Google Docs show distorted PDF files once it is opened

This is issue related to browser or system resolution. Troubleshooting both will get the work done with ease.

5. The pages of PDF cannot be added and deleted when it is open through Google Docs

It is one of the quandaries of Google Docs that it lacks the advance editing functions. A change of program helps in this regard.

Part 3. Open PDF with Google Docs Alternative

PDFelement ProPDFelement Pro can be regarded as the best alternative to Google Docs. This program has most advanced features of manipulating PDF which Google Docs do not possess. The OCR PDF, PDF creation, securing the file and even editing of PDF has never been as easy as it is with this program and hence it is highly regarded to get the work done with ease. The steps to open PDF in Google Docs alternative are mentioned as under:

Step 1. Import PDF to the Program

Download and install the program. The PDF file can be dragged and dropped to import it to the program. The ‘Open File‘ button can also be pressed to import the files.

How to open google docs

Step 2. View PDF

After you’ve imported the PDF to the program, you can click on ‘View‘ > ‘Zoom‘ on the top of menu, and view the PDF files as your needs. Otherwise, you can go to the right side of the window, choose ‘Actual Size‘, ‘Fit Width‘, ‘Fit Height‘, ‘Fit Page‘, ‘Zoom In‘ or ‘Zoom Out‘ icon to view your PDF pages.

How to open google docs

Step 3. Edit PDF Files

With the help of this Google Docs Alternative, you can also edit PDF files easily. To do so, you can click on the ‘Text‘ button. And then choose the corresponding PDF editing tool to edit your PDF files easily.

Edit PDF Texts: Open your PDF documents in ‘Edit‘ tab and then move the cursor to select the text content you wanted. Then you can change the font size and color on the right side toolbar.

How to open google docs

Edit PDF images: Click on the images in the PDF file, you can rotate, flip, extract or replace the images in the PDF on the image editing toolbar with ease.

How to open google docs

Part 4. More Tips about Working with PDF in Google Docs

Google Docs are great and become even handy when it is connected to PDF files. There are many tips which can be applied to get the work done with ease. Some of the tips are as follows:

1. The PDF file can easily be downloaded and saved to Google Drive where it can be viewed using Google Docs. Click the printer on the bottom right corner, click change button, access the Google Cloud print section where you can also see save to Google Drive.

2. Open the PDF file with Google Docs and it is converted to Google Docs format. Save it once again for easy OCR PDF.

3. If the format conversion is required then it is easy. Open Word file in Google Docs and click ‘File‘ > ‘Download As‘ > ‘PDF‘ and then the word format will be downloaded as PDF. There is no need of any convertor once this process has been followed.

4. The keyboard shortcuts can also be used to perform different functions on PDF files that have been exported to Google Docs from Google Drive. For instance the ‘CTRL + SHIFT + F‘ can be used to view exported PDF in full screen.

How to flavor sugar

Do you know how to make flavored sugar, or how to color sugar? These are simple tricks that makes your baking even sweeter. Making flavored sugar is an easy technique to add to your food and cooking repertoire — basically, all you have to do is combine a flavoring with the sugar, mixing and letting it sit until it has absorbed the flavor.

How to flavor sugar

Photos via CakeSpy unless otherwise noted

You can scent sugars with a variety of flavors, from vanilla to citrus fruits to flavoring extracts to exotic spices. You can even tint your sugar with various colors, too. The finished sugar is fantastic for finishing or cake decorating, but can also be used to add a subtle flavor to tea and lattes. You can even use the sugar to add to cake batter or filling recipes to create thoughtful and delicious flavors, such as those presented in the Craftsy course Creative Flavors for Cakes, Fillings & Frostings.

How to flavor sugar

Here are several ideas for how to flavor sugar.

How to flavor sugar
Photo licensed via Creative Commons by Flickr member George Atanassov

Vanilla sugar

  • 1 whole vanilla bean
  • 2 to 3 cups granulated white sugar

Note: Vanilla beans are expensive, so you may want to stretch it out as much as you can. One vanilla bean will delicately flavor up to 4 cups of sugar, but will distinctly flavor 2 cups.

Step 1:

Pour the sugar into an airtight container or freezer bag.

Step 2:

Slice the vanilla bean, lengthwise, and open it up gently. Use a small, sharp knife or a spoon to scrape the viscous black specks inside. Add the specks to the sugar, and give it a stir so they are evenly distributed.

Step 3:

Bury the pod in the sugar and seal your container. Let the sugar sit for about a week. When it is ready, remove the pod and pour the sugar through a strainer to separate large specks. Store in an airtight container.

How to flavor sugar

Flavored sugar using extracts

This is an easy method to quickly and easily flavor sugar in a variety of ways. You can even use vanilla extract, though the result is more subtle than the above method.

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2-4 drops flavoring extract (for example: almond, peppermint, vanilla)

Step 1:

Combine the sugar and flavoring extract in a heavy duty, sealable freezer bag.

Step 2:

Seal the bag, and then shake vigorously for 1 minute, or until combined. The sugar will be slightly softer, almost the texture of brown sugar. The flavor will become more pronounced after a few days, but it will remain fairly subtle.

Store in an airtight container.

How to flavor sugar

Citrus sugar

  • zest from one orange, lemon, or lime (or, mix it up and use part lime, part lemon, etc.)
  • 1 cup sugar

Step 1:

Zest the citrus fruit. Finely chop the zest. Let the peel dry overnight, or place it in a low oven (100 degrees F) for about 20 minutes to dry. (This will keep the zest from adding too much moisture to the sugar and causing clumps.)

How to flavor sugar

Step 2:

Place the sugar in an airtight container or freezer bag. Add the zest, and stir to combine. Seal the container, and let the sugar sit for about a week, or until it has attained the desired flavor.

Store in an airtight container.

How to flavor sugar

Spiced sugar

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Note: Use ground spices, preferably freshly ground.

Step 1:

Place the sugar and spices in an airtight container. Stir until combined.

Step 2:

Store in an airtight container, and use in recipes or as garnish, as a finish to homemade pie crust, or this is particularly fantastic with teas or hot chocolate.

Since you are not adding any moisture to the sugar, this type can be stored in a shaker, or in an airtight container.

How to flavor sugar

Colored sugar

To make your flavored sugar even more special, you might consider tinting it, too: for instance, lime-scented sugar with a touch of green food coloring can really enhance the visual appeal of the corresponding flavor. Tinting is a snap, and can be combined with flavoring it. For best results, tint the sugar before flavoring it.

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 drops liquid food coloring

Note: You can also use concentrated gel food coloring or powder food coloring. Use a toothpick to dip into the coloring and then dip it in the sugar and repeat the same steps. Far less coloring will be needed with the more concentrated color.

Step 1:

Place the sugar in an airtight freezer bag.

Step 2:

Add the food coloring and seal the bag.

How to flavor sugar

Shake vigorously. You will start to see the color incorporate, first as specks and then it will begin to distribute throughout the sugar. You can add more color if it is not vibrant enough for your liking.

You might also enjoy our posts on how to make confectioners’ sugar at home and making brown sugar at home.

Still hunting for homemade gift ideas? Today we’re sharing easy Flavored Sugar Recipes that make flavorful and fabulous edible gifts for the holidays!

How to flavor sugar

In years past, you’ve done cookies. You’ve done fudge. You’ve made cloth wreaths and rice pillows. You’ve baked tiny loaves of bread, and you’ve jarred caramel sauce.

What can you make your friends and family this year that you haven’t made them before?

How about Flavored Sugar Recipes!

How to flavor sugar

Flavored Sugar Recipes take minutes to make and are fun to give as gifts!

You can make nearly any variety under the sun, but today I’m sharing my 6 favorite flavored sugar recipes.

From spicy, to boozy, to flower scented, these sugars are wonderful to have on hand for stirring into coffee, sprinkling over oatmeal, or even sprinkling on plain sugar cookies.

How to flavor sugar

Simply add 1 cup of sugar to a small glass jar, then add in the additional ingredients and shake.

Over time the ingredients release their essence into the sugar and give it a wonderful scent and flavor.

It’s best to mix your Flavored Sugar Recipes several days in advance. However, if you are in a pinch for time, one day ahead will work.

How to flavor sugar

You can use plain granulated sugar, turbinado sugar, palm sugar, date sugar, any kind you like. But remember, the course sugars work best with moist add-ins because the are less likely to dissolve.

If adding wet ingredients to your Flavored Sugar Recipes, shake them well in a larger container, then let them air dry. They will clump a little while drying, so shake again to break up the clumps before jarring.

How to flavor sugar

You can even use culinary grade flowers like lavender and rosebuds.

These are great for adding to tea, scones, and shortbread!

How to flavor sugar

Most Flavored Sugar Recipes are inexpensive to make, so have fun experimenting with interesting flavor combinations.

And make sure to keep a jar or two for yourself!

Make quick work of flavorful, colorful sugars with these simple recipes. Then, find fun ways to incorporate them into your entertaining, desserts, and more.

We have a fun idea to share for making fruit-flavored sugars, which are both beautiful and pretty darn tasty. The flavor is concentrated, so you only need to use a little to pack quite a punch. These sugars are great for rimming cocktail glasses (think of this as a way to fun-up mocktails at a baby shower, too), sprinkling over oatmeal or yogurt, or decorating cookies and quick breads. Check out the how-to video to see how they’re made.

How to flavor sugar

Struggling to cook healthy? We’ll help you prep.

Cookies sprinkled with our Orange Sugar make for a zippy treat. Try this sugar on our Iced Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies.

A rim of Lemon-Mint Sugar is a natural on any of our Cold-Brewed Iced Teas.

If nothing else, a sprinkle of Peach Sugar on fresh summer fruit is a sweet way to add a little pizzazz to a simple dessert.

When fresh berries are in season, add a spoonful of Blueberry Sugar on fruit cobblers.

Add a hint of fruity sweetness to cottage cheese, yogurt, or ricotta cheese with the Strawberry Sugar.

Roasted apples are an easy fall-time dessert. Top the apples with Apple-Cinnamon Sugar for a hint of additional sweetness. We also love this sugar in our morning bowl of oatmeal or atop a multigrain hot cereal.

How to flavor sugar

No Snacktastic Sunday post again this week, because I had another one of those days where nothing goes right in the kitchen. Literally nothing.

First, I tried to make Shortbread Bites – my plan was to dip them in chocolate and put together cute little holiday cookie baggies for people at work. But, as it turns out, shortbread dough is NOT my friend. Super crumbly and tender, not at all conducive to slicing/moving. So when I tried to slice the finicky dough into teeny tiny squares and gingerly transfer them to my baking sheet…I mostly ended up with tiny piles of crumbled cookie dough. Sometimes the unbaked cookies would explode in my hand en route to the baking sheet. Other times, I would look at the dough funny and it would immediately disintegrate, probably in anticipation of my touch.

It was REALLY UPSETTING, guys.

I can’t even tell you how many times I had to re-work the dough to get just a handful of cookies. Cookies that, by the time I was through with them, I didn’t even want to eat. Or look at, for that matter. Ugh.

How to flavor sugar

Up next in Tina’s Kitchen Misadventures: French Silk Pie. Gorgeous to look upon, made with the humblest of ingredients, and not at all complicated as far as recipes go. The only real “baking” involved was for the crust, and even then the expected effort was minimal. Just crush some Nilla wafers, mix with melted butter, press everything into the bottom of a pan, and bake. Easy peasy.

Cookie-based crusts are usually my jam. I’ve made lots of pies with crushed cookie crusts, and they’ve never given me a problem. It’s just crushed cookies and butter, for crying out loud! Fast, easy, and delicious!

But this time, I think I must have pissed off some kitchen god somewhere, because when I pulled my crust out of the oven I discovered (to my horror), that it had collapsed. The beautiful high sides that I had so lovingly hand-pressed up the sides of the pan had collapsed in on itself and I was left with an ugly, flat thing with a lumpy outer ridge that should be ashamed to call itself a crust.

I was so mad that I just chucked the dish into the fridge and walked out of the kitchen for the rest of the day. The “crust” and I still aren’t speaking, but I’ll let you know if we reconcile and I decide to do something with it later…

How to flavor sugar

In between the cookies and the pie, I did manage to cook us something edible lunch – Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic, and grilled cheese minis. Delicious to eat, hard to photograph. I might have to recook/reshoot these two recipes for the blog later.

For now, I’m gonna stop whining and tell you guys about these awesome DIY flavored sugars. I first got the idea from my from Sarah, who recently used freeze-dried cherries to punch up the frosting in one of her cupcake recipes. I remember thinking it was a genius idea, because once you process the fruit into a fine powder, you can use it to infuse just about anything with intense fruit flavor (without the drippy, sticky mess fresh fruit would entail).

My first thought was to take Sarah’s lead and use freeze-dried fruit in cupcakes – I had a hell of a time with the frosting for chocolate covered strawberries a while back, and this would be the perfect solution. But then I decided I didn’t have the energy for cupcakes. So instead, my mind turned to other, faster/easier things…like flavored sugars.

How to flavor sugar

Cinnamon sugar is one of my favorite things for sprinkling/dipping/rolling, and it’s so easy to make. Just dump some cinnamon into a bowl of sugar, and stir. That’s it. Instantly delicious topping for anything and everything.

I figured that fruit-flavored sugars, with the help of freeze-dried fruits, would be equally easy. And…I was right! It takes about a minute to turn freeze-dried berries into finely-ground powder, and then all you have to do is mix it with regular ol’ white sugar. Pour it into a spice shaker, slap on a pretty label, and you’ve got yourself an awesome, giftable treat that’s both adorable and delicious.

You can use these flavored sugars in/on literally everything. As a sugar rim for cocktails. Sprinkled over oatmeal. Rolled all over cookie dough for extra pizzazz. As a flavor booster in a hot beverage (tea or cider, for example). Or, you know, you can be like me and smear some crackers with Nutella, then sprinkle raspberry sugar on top so it tastes like chocolate covered raspberries. ‘Cuz YOLO.

Happy Monday, everyone! And before you ask…

How to flavor sugar

There’s no doubt that moonshine, also known as unaged whiskey, packs in a strong punch. Nevertheless, you’ll be able to subdue its potent taste by adding almost any kind of fruit flavoring to it. These include raspberry, lemon, peach, watermelon, strawberry, lemon, or apple.

Learning how to flavor moonshine is actually pretty exciting as it can greatly enhance its taste. When you add flavor to moonshine, it will have a taste much closer to commercial spirits. You’ll be able to craft a variety of drinks, such as whiskey, vodka, bourbon, and a whole lot more.

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What Is Moonshine?

In simplest of terms, moonshine is the process of turning sugar into alcohol. The process begins with a mixture of fruits, starches, or grains processed to get the most of their sugar content.

Yeast will then feast on these, producing ethanol. Afterward, the liquid from the mixture will undergo multiple distillation process to the desired purity, proof, and clarity of the distiller.

Some recipes of flavored moonshine need this entire process to achieve the best possible results and subtlety on their flavor. However, you can easily create your own for your party this weekend with our guide on how to flavor moonshine.

Importance Of Using The Right Ingredients And Brewing Method

How your end product will smell and taste will depend on the raw materials you’ll use in the crafting process. Also, keep in mind that the brewing technique you choose is one of the most vital parts of producing a flavor-rich moonshine. Moreover, the character of your moonshine will rely massively on the way you take control of the distillation process. This includes how you make cuts out of your fermented wash.

How Do I Ensure My Moonshine Is Perfect Every Time?

If you want to make perfect moonshine all the time, make sure to only use a quality moonshine still kit. If you are utilizing a homemade or cheap still kit, the result of your final product can vary a lot.

The reason behind this is because those DIY kits will never provide you with the control you need over the production process. Hence, the result of your spirits will be quite different every time. As a result, it’ll be harder for you to make moonshine with a unique and distinct taste.

On the other hand, using a high-quality still kit will give you more control over every part of the process, from temperature to the pressure level of the barrel.

Furthermore, applying the exact methods and ingredients will enable you to produce moonshine that has the right amount of alcohol level. Likewise, the taste will be perfect every time.

How To Add Fruit Flavor To Your Moonshine

Step 1:

Measure the fruit of your choice. Make sure that its weight is six times more than the water you need for your moonshine recipe.

You may also use juice concentrate. Simply calculate one-fifth of the water’s weight called for in the recipe by dividing the amount of water by five. Then, measure this amount of juice concentrate.

Step 2:

Use a food processor to puree your fruit and strain any leftover large pieces. For pre-made juice concentrate, make sure to strain it of any seeds, pulp, or large pieces. You want the liquid to be as smooth as possible so use a fine sieve strainer for this. If your liquid came out thicker, that’s acceptable as well. Just make sure to remove any chunks in there.

Step 3:

Measure the amount of liquid fruit puree or remaining pre-made juice concentrate you have after straining. To know the exact amount of water you need, subtract the amount of liquid puree from the amount of water indicated in your moonshine recipe.

Step 4:

Add your liquid puree or juice concentrate to the measured water. The combination of these will equal the original amount of water required in the recipe of your spirit.

Step 5:

Follow. the instructions on your moonshine recipe, including the ingredients you need to infuse it with to finish crafting your flavored moonshine.

A little tip:

If you want to add flavor to a distilled moonshine, simply add sugar to your fruit puree or juice to the level of sweetness you want. Then, pour that into the spirit. Doing this method will lessen the overall alcohol content since the flavored liquid will dilute it.

Should I Age My Moonshine?

Aging your moonshine can make a tremendous difference in the taste of your spirits. This is the reason why a lot of brewers store their products in barrels for many years before selling them on the market.

Although you can consume any flavored spirit on the very same day of its distillation, plenty of distillers recommend waiting at least a month. Also, storing it in a darker place will enhance its taste further. Following this simple method will make your moonshine more refined.

Ways On How To Enhance The Taste And Flavor Of Moonshine

Fresh wood chips

Using new wood can age moonshine more in comparison to old wood. It is advisable to apply fresh chips to old ones since your spirit will acquire a woody taste from old chips. Moreover, very old chips can affect the flavor of your finished product negatively.

Sweet bourbon essence

Sweet bourbon essence can help intensify and enhance the taste of moonshine. You can filter it in a muslin cloth and then incorporate the sweet bourbon essence into it.

Afterward, you can go ahead with bottling your spirit into 700g bottles. Make sure to store them in a cool, dark place for at a month or even more to heighten its flavor. This will enable you to achieve a bourbon taste that’s both mellow and smooth to drink.

Sugar

If you want to adjust the taste of your spirit, just add around 5 teaspoons of white or caramelized raw sugar per liter of your moonshine. You can add more sugar if you want it to be sweeter. Keep in mind that the taste of your final product will still mainly depend on the preference of your tastebuds.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to flavor moonshine, you’ll surely be the center of attention in your up and coming dinner party or other events. Flavored moonshine is a delight to make. You can even try mixing it with exotic fruits like mango to create new refreshing flavor.

Introduction: Easy Citrus Flavored Sugar

How to flavor sugar

How to flavor sugar

How to flavor sugar

Citrus fruits like lemon, lime, orange, tangerine or grapefruit are wonderful ingredients for making your own flavored sugars.

This tutorial will show how to make lime sugar, to use in pastry, desserts and mohito’s! 🙂

You can adapt this tutorial to make other flavored sugars, for example by using vanilla beans or cinnamon. https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Vanilla-sugar/

Step 1: What You Will Need

Step 2: Zest

Cut of the zest from your citrus fruit with a sharp knife or zester (zest is the outer layer of the peel without the white part).

Then cut it in little peaces (I switched from my small knife to a large chef’s knife).

Step 3: Let It Dry

Let your zest dry in the open air, or put it in a oven for 15 minutes (40 degrees Celcius / 100 degrees Farenheit).

According to probablepossible you could also put the zest in the sugar and let it dry there. See the comment below 🙂

Step 4: Mix and Enjoy

Mix the dried zest with the sugar, the longer you wait, the more flavor the sugar will get, now it’s just pleasant to the eyes.

You could use this sugar in pastries, on desserts, on bread with butter, on fruit salads and in drinks like mohito’s! 🙂

Extra tips: Put it in a blender to make your own powdered sugar. Use it to make flavored frosting or butter cream. (Thanks to -RoyaleWithCheese- and chazortiz)

How to flavor sugar

How to flavor sugar

National Coffee Day is September 29, just in time for the early tinges of autumn that make a hot cup of java all the more appealing. But as you prepare for sweater weather, it may be worth reconsidering what you add to your mug.

Pumpkin spice lattes may taste delicious, but they’re loaded with sugar (mostly added sugars from syrups and sweeteners), and end up spiking your blood glucose levels. When that blood sugar comes crashing down, you’ll be even more tired than you were pre-latte. Even worse, the American Heart Association says added sugars can increase your risk of dying from heart disease. (Keep in mind that even honey, agave nectar, and molasses are considered added sugars. As for naturally occurring sugars in produce and milk products, you typically don’t need to worry about those unless you’re limiting your calorie intake.)

(Ditch processed foods and try the naturally sweet, salty, and satisfying meals from Prevention’s Eat Clean, Lose Weight & Love Every Bite!)

That’s not to say you can’t enjoy coffee—for many of us, it’s a nonnegotiable!—or even sweetened coffee, for that matter. The trick is to boost flavor without added sugars or too much cream so you can enjoy the health perks of your brew: Research shows regular coffee drinkers have less risk of heart disease, respiratory disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Power through your day without crashing using one of these six tasty coffee flavorings:

Cinnamon

How to flavor sugar

Let’s start with a classic swap: Nix that packet of sugar for a teaspoon of cinnamon to flavor your java and distract from its bitterness—without added sugar and calories. Make sure you’re using pure powdered cinnamon (not cinnamon sugar), or consider storing your coffee beans with a few sticks of cinnamon to infuse them with flavor.

Natural cinnamon does even more than elevate your brew: A study from the Human Nutrition Research Center found that just ½ teaspoon of the spice every day can increase your cells’ sensitivity to insulin. This is the opposite effect of added sugar, which can contribute to insulin resistance.

This is your body on sugar:

Unsweetened cacao powder

How to flavor sugar

Stirring cacao powder into your coffee is one of the easiest ways to reap the benefits of chocolate’s flavanoids, which are antioxidants that can help ward off environmental damage to the cells and improve blood flow to the brain and heart. Even more, it lends your coffee the rich flavor of pure chocolate without added sugar—unlike a syrupy mocha. Look for a product that’s unsweetened and 100% cacao powder. One to try: Navitas Organics Cacao Powder (Buy now: $10, navitasorganics.com).

Vanilla extract

How to flavor sugar

If you’re an avid vanilla latte drinker, you don’t have to give up your favorite flavor to keep sugar in check. Remember that vanilla is just that—a flavor—not a sugar, so get down to its root with a few drops of vanilla extract in your coffee. Vanilla extract has 0 calories and 0 sugars (compare that to the 80 calories and 20 g of sugar in a serving of vanilla syrup flavoring). Start with one drop and add to taste; a little goes a long way. (This one tweak to your coffee order can prevent weight gain.)

Nutmeg

How to flavor sugar

Just 1/2 teaspoon of this autumnal staple will give you all those warm-and-cozy fall vibes you love in your brew, especially if you pair with a touch of cinnamon or cardamom. To make a spiced coffee, drop a pod of green cardamom into your coffee beans before grinding and sprinkle your brewed coffee with nutmeg and cinnamon (or just stir ground cardamom right in with the other spices).

Keep in mind, a teensy bit of nutmeg is all you need: As little as two teaspoons to two tablespoons can actually produce a high similar to that of marijuana, with potential side effects like nausea, heart palpitations, and hallucinations, according to Columbia University.

Ground coconut flakes

How to flavor sugar

Hang on to summer vibes with the tropical flavor of unsweetened coconut flakes in your coffee (One to try: Let’s Do Organic Shredded Coconut Unsweetened, $3.49, target.com). Shake them into your coffee beans when grinding—think 1 tsp per cup—for delicious flavor minus the unhealthy sugars. (Love iced coffee? Here are 6 surprisingly tasty ways to upgrade your favorite drink.)

Coconut flakes are also a good alternative to pouring coconut oil in your mug—we’re looking at you, bulletproof coffee lovers. The American Heart Association advises limiting coconut oil due to its high levels of saturated fat.

Orange juice

How to flavor sugar

Thank the state of Arizona for this wacky but refreshing combo. Orange juice topped with espresso exploded in popularity in Phoenix last year (possibly because AZ grows many citrus fruits). This odd mix goes by a variety of names at coffee shops, from “Good Morning” to “Sunrise,” but is particularly popular with Instagrammers thanks to its orange and brown gradient.

Here’s why it’s worth a sip: Orange juice has natural sugars and sweetness that brighten up an espresso, plus just ¾ cup of orange juice gives you 155% of your daily dose of vitamin C. (Not to mention, it’s an easy way to avoid dirtying two glasses on your breakfast table—convenience at its best!) If you’re not quite ready to mix OJ with espresso, simply rub an orange peel around your coffee cup rim or add just a few drops of juice to your coffee for a taste test.

No more crumbly cookies.

How to flavor sugar

Sugar cookies often look prettier than they taste. Now that’s not right. With cookie season well under way (and almost over!), follow our tips to ensure your sugar cookies are beautiful inside and out.

Don’t Use Too Much Flour

Texture is an important factor in taste. When your sugar cookie is dry and chalky, it’s because you used too much flour. Be more sparing when you flour your rolling pin and countertop or pastry cloth. And for added moisture, brush the tops of the cookies with buttermilk before baking. It’s a good idea to do that when you’re adding sprinkles, and not icing, to the top of the cookies to help them adhere too.

Don’t Use Melted Butter

If you forget to take out the butter and let it soften for an hour before beginning and now you’re short on time, well, we understand. But in your rush, don’t melt the butter in the microwave until it (accidentally!) turns to liquid. That’ll make your cookies greasy. Chop your butter up into tiny pieces to speed up the softening time. Another trick: grate the butter.

Refrigerate Your Cookie Dough Before You Roll It Out

Refrigerating the cookie dough before baking does a lot to improve the flavor and texture too.

“Chilling cookie dough before baking solidifies the fat in the cookies,” according to PJ Hamel, a baker for King Arthur Flour. “As the cookies bake, the fat in the chilled cookie dough takes longer to melt than room-temperature fat. And the longer the fat remains solid, the less cookies spread.”

And you can enjoy their taste more easily when the cookies are not blended into each other en masse. Because they’re thicker (1/4 inch is ideal), the cookies are chewier. The longer you refrigerate the dough, the more pronounced the flavor will be. But 30 minutes is a good minimum.

How to flavor sugar

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At the same time, chilling the dough dries out the cookie dough, which concentrates the flavors even more. It’s like the difference between watered-down lemonade and lemonade with less water, Hamel says. Also, letting the dough rest breaks the flour down into its component parts, including simple carbohydrates (ie: sugar). More sugar means more sweetness.

However, there are bakers who swear that chilling the dough ruins their cookies. So there’s that. We recommend trying two batches. If you like the way the first batch turns out, no need to try the other way—at least if you’re pressed for time.

Don’t Overbake

Take your sugar cookies out of the oven before the edges turn golden. It’s not like chocolate chip cookies or other kinds. To ensure your cookies have that satisfying chew to them, stop baking them earlier. Otherwise, they’ll be hard.

Don’t Skimp on the Vanilla

Use real vanilla extract, not the imitation kind, which can bake out a bit. If perfectly buttery, soft, chewy, sweet, vanilla cookies aren’t enough for you, then add some lemon or orange zest. Do a dab of almond extract. That’ll do the trick.

Don’t Use Royal Icing

Cut It Out These Cookie Cutters Are Festive AF Oh, that foul, tooth-cracking, absolutely beautifully piped icing. Bakers everywhere recommend royal icing because its hard texture makes it the perfect base for decorating cutesy pictures on your sugar cookies. Beaten egg whites plus lemon juice make our Royal Icing recipe taste better than others, but some of us still wish it was whipped and creamy-sweet like buttercream or cream cheese frosting.

“Personally, I like my cookies to look pretty and taste yummy, and not have to worry about cracking a tooth on the cement-like hardness you’ll find with royal icing,” says Ashley Whitmore, cookbook author and founder of the blog, Kitchen Meets Girl.

Royal icing calls for powdered sugar and meringue powder, or sometimes beaten egg whites instead of meringue powder, if you’re going to the root of the recipe. Whitmore’s alternative uses corn syrup, almond extract, and whole milk along with that powdered sugar. She whisks up a runny frosting, then separates a bit of it and adds more powdered sugar to that smaller amount to make a thicker icing. That thicker icing becomes the dam that she pipes along the cookie’s border. Inside, goes the thinner, more runny frosting. About 15 minutes in the freezer will harden it enough to decorate on top. But it won’t harden as much as royal icing. And we like that.

Some people feel this kind of icing is too sweet. If that’s the case for you, consider a fusion of meringue-buttercream to find middle ground between hard and soft. Plus, shoot for a flavor you’re excited about. By all means, if you don’t care about creating perfect little candy canes, Santas, or Christmas trees on top of your cookies, go for taste and texture and do buttercream all the way.

To an outsider, sugar cookies seem so simple. Ha. We know better. You may have to experiment and tweak your ingredients, measurements, and techniques to find the perfect cookie for you. Everyone’s oven is different, just like everyone’s palate isn’t uniform either.

Sugar Cookie Recipes

Check out some of our sugar cookie recipes to see how they can vary.

Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies

How to flavor sugar

This is a pretty standard recipe for sugar cookies, with a two-hour minimum refrigeration time for the dough. Get our Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies recipe.

Dorie Greenspan’s Sablés

How to flavor sugar

The cookie queen has spoken on this topic, of course. She uses part powdered sugar and part granulated sugar, and the egg yolks only. Get our Dorie Greenspan’s Sablés recipe.

Crackly Sugar Cookies

How to flavor sugar

These cookies aren’t meant to be cut into cute shapes. The cream of tartar and baking soda mean to crack them wide open. You also roll them in sugar. They’re good that way. Get our Crackly Sugar Cookies recipe.

Icebox Sugar Cookies

How to flavor sugar

This recipe is the simplest of them all. No separating eggs. No buying cream of tartar for this one recipe and never using it again. No cookie-cutter issues. You can even freeze the log of dough for a month. Then slice and bake. Get our Icebox Sugar Cookies recipe.

Bubbe’s Sugar Cookies

This Jewish grandma uses egg whites instead of the egg yolks like Greenspan does. And a few kosher ingredients too. Sprinkles instead of icing go on top here. Get Bubbe’s Sugar Cookies recipe.

For additional tips, tricks, and recipes, see our Ultimate Guide to Holiday Cookie Baking, and visit our Holiday Headquarters for more.