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Recipe: British Herbed Steak with Parmesan Porcini Mash2 min read

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Herbed Steak With Parmesan Porcini MashThis hearty fall dish riffs off the classic British steak and chips, working in some healthier ingredients and amplifying the flavor. Porcini mushrooms add a rich, savory element, and creamy cannellini beans add fiber and extra protein to the mash. Sirloin steak is relatively low in fat, and contains all the essential amino acids necessary for immune function, cellular repair, and muscle growth. Steak also offers a bounty of B vitamins, as well as selenium and zinc.  This protein packed dish will keep you satiated and satisfied, and comes together quickly for an easy weeknight meal option. Serve it with a fresh green salad for a well-rounded and delicious meal.

Serves 2

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 small yellow potatoes, diced
  • ½ cup dried porcini mushrooms, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 1 can cooked white cannellini beans, drained
  • ¼ cup ground parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 sirloin steaks (about 3-4 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • Flaked sea salt (like Maldon) and black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a pot, add the potatoes, mushrooms, and ½ the garlic. Cover with 1 inch of water, and add a big pinch of salt. Bring up to a boil, and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid, then drain the potatoes and return to the pot.
  2. Add the beans, parmesan cheese, ghee, and 2 tablespoons cooking liquid to the pot with the drained potatoes. Mash the potato porcini mix with a fork or a potato masher. Season to taste with salt and pepper. For a looser texture, add a bit more cooking liquid as needed.
  3. Pat the steaks dry, and season on both sides with the rosemary, thyme, and salt and pepper.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add the olive oil, then add the steaks. Cook for 2-4 minutes on each side (depending on how you like your steak). Keep in mind it will continue to cook as it rests. Transfer to a cutting board and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing against the grain.
  5. To serve, spread the potato mash onto a platter, and arrange the steak slices on top. Spoon any herbs and pan drippings from the steak over the slices. Sprinkle with a bit of faked sea salt if desired. Enjoy!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - September 28, 2017 at 15:22

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Flying for Less: Don’t Blow Your Vacation Budget Before You Arrive2 min read

Someone once told me the best money you can spend is money spent on traveling. While it’s true that there is nothing quite like the indescribable experience of traveling and seeing the world, it usually comes with a hefty price tag. It’s not hard to decide where you want to visit—the difficult part is not emptying your bank account on the way there!

Here are some tips for making your dollars stretch as far as possible as you circle the globe.

Book Well in Advance and Shop Around

The biggest expense of any trip is usually the plane ticket. And as I’m sure you already know, the closer to your departure date, the more expensive the plane ticket. So it almost goes without saying that it is best to book your tickets weeks, if not months in advance. While it might seem like less of a hassle to just buy the first tickets you like, don’t forgo websites like Expedia—it’s worth the extra research to save a little money.

Avoid the Busiest Travel Days

Don’t forget that flying on busy travel days, like weekends and Mondays, are usually more expensive as well. If you can work it with your travel plans, flying midweek is always a cheaper alternative. And if you have the extra time, flying with a connection is also another less expensive option to booking a direct flight.

Airports Selection and Parking Matter, Too

On the same note, flights out of bigger airports are cheaper but if you don’t live near one, the long drive and ridiculous charges for parking your car can add up, making your travel more expensive from the get-go. Airlines like United usually offer a free shuttle from local airports to larger hubs if you purchase their airfare.

But if you absolutely must drive to the airport and leave your car there, make sure you do a web search for satellite parking lots. Hotels around the airport usually offer extended stay parking for a third of the cost of leaving your car at the airport—AND have a free shuttle to the airport.

Carry-on Your Way to Cheaper Flights

Another unnecessary expense is checking a bag. Most international flights come with one free checked bag; most domestic flights do not. If you can avoid checking a bag, you can save yourself around $ 50. The carry-on allowance is no more than 9 inches by 14 inches by 22 inches. Those numbers may have no meaning to you, so in simple terms: that is a decent size suitcase! In fact, I’ve traveled to Europe TWICE with that size suitcase (once for 15 days and once for 10). You can maximize this space by finding a suitcase with many compartments, rolling up your clothes instead of folding them, and using space bags! PLUS, you can still bring a “personal item,” which can actually be a decently sized tote bag (more storage!).

Lastly, do your research on inexpensive flights. Some airlines offer ridiculously cheap airfare to lure you in but then add so many fees that your final cost ends up being just as much as all the other airlines. Always read policies about additional fees when booking a flight.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - September 27, 2017 at 14:14

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Slight Turbulence6 sec read

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - September 26, 2017 at 15:21

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4 Tiny Houses to Rent on Your Next International Vacation3 min read

A vacation is the perfect time to get away from the complexities of your everyday life, push yourself outside your comfort zone, and gain a new perspective on the world. Choosing where to go is important, but equally important is deciding where to stay once you’re there. Hotels, hostels, and houses are typical the world over and can provide a fantastic vacation experience. But if you’re looking for a different way to destress and downsize on your next trip abroad, consider renting a tiny home.

“Tiny houses” are an architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. There is currently no set definition of how small a tiny house is, but they’re generally considered to be 500 square feet or less.

The average tiny home costs under $ 30,000 to buy and nearly 70 percent of tiny home owners do not have a mortgage. While you may not be ready to completely downsize your life in the pursuit of financial freedom and a smaller carbon footprint, renting a tiny home on vacation can give you a glimpse of the lifestyle. And, in some cases, the tiny home you rent will actually be larger – and cheaper – than your hotel room.

Check out these international tiny homes for rent.

The Rambleshack in Coldingham, Scotland

Looking a bit like something left behind by a spaceship, the Rambleshack is a perfect coastal getaway on the east coast of the Scottish Borders in Scotland. You can enjoy a pristine beach, a welcoming village where you can enjoy a pint and an order of fish and chips, and plenty of walking in the countryside. Plus, you’re situated close enough to the action for day trips to Holy Island, Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh, and Edinburgh.

The tiny home itself sleeps two and has one bedroom and one bathroom. You have the option to bring your own bedding and towels or have them supplied if you want to travel light. At just $ 75 per night, you’ll have a lot left over to spend on other parts of your vacation.

Romantic Cottage in Carinthia, Austria

Located in the tiny village of St. Margareten im Rosental, this romantic little cottage puts you in touch with nature in the heart of the Alps. It’s the perfect getaway for exploring the region’s lakes and spas during the summer or hitting the slopes during the winter.

The cottage has two floors and all the amenities you’ll need for a romantic vacation for two. Plus, there is a restaurant on premises, so you won’t have to go far to try some local Austrian delicacies.

The Old Tower in the Tuscan Countryside, Italy

If you’ve ever wanted an entire castle to yourself on vacation, here’s your chance. The Old Tower is located along picturesque Lake Trasimeno, which you can explore by kayak or boat during your stay. Or, simply take in the magnificent views from the pergola in your own private garden.

The space accommodates two people and includes all the comforts of home. You’re a short distance from the train station, which connects you to the major cities and historical sites around Italy.

Ocean Front Beach House in Rosarito, Mexico

Beach life has never been so good. The house patio opens right onto the sand, giving you unfettered views of amazing sunsets and the ocean. The small town of Rosarito is filled with friendly locals and a tasty restaurant called Pelicanos. Stroll down the beach to the pier and catch a few waves, or lounge in the Baja sun to your heart’s content.

The house includes a mini kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedroom loft. There’s also a deck off the second floor, offering you a bird’s eye view of the beach and nearby town.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - September 25, 2017 at 19:20

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How to Have a Safe Night Out in Rome3 min read

Rome Nightlife

Whether you are studying abroad or just passing through, Rome is home to many tourist hotspots, from the Trevi Fountain to Vatican City. One popular attraction that always seems to reel people in is the exciting nightlife. From American bars to discotheques, there is a different local bar around every corner where you can dance and meet new people from all over the world. And while the city is as welcoming as they come, it is always important to stay alert while you’re breaking down your best dance moves.

Just as you would if you were going out in your hometown, it is important to always follow the buddy system. It may seem obvious to never leave a bar or club alone but once you are out you might forget the simplest of rules. In addition to that, you should really never be alone in any circumstance when you are out—going to the bathroom, getting a drink at the bar, or showcasing your moves on the dance floor. Always have a friend with you!

Another rule of thumb that doesn’t disappear when you are out in the beautiful city of Roma is to not accept drinks from a stranger. You might make some really interesting friends from Australia or India or even from the United States, but no matter if you just met them that night or a few days earlier, do not accept a drink unless you see the bartender make it and hand it right to you.

One part of going out in Rome that is especially tricky is finding a way home. The subway system stops running around 11:30 p.m. every night so if you are planning to be out later than that, make an action plan before going out. Thankfully, Rome has Uber and Lyft so if you have one or both of those apps already, you are pretty set for making it home. Rome also has a great taxi system; they are pretty much everywhere. If your group of friends walks out to a main street, chances are several taxis will pass by in a matter of minutes. Decide what your course of action will be before you go out, because you will probably need Euros for the taxi ride.

Since there are several bars within each piazza, you might find that you want to leave one bar and walk to another. It is important for your group to be aware of the streets you are taking to get to your next stop. Rome can be very confusing to maneuver by foot and one wrong turn can lead you down a darkened alley. Remember that if your phone is in airplane mode, you can still use the maps app to make sure you are on the right path. Doing a quick google search of all the bars or clubs within walking distance before going out will also help you see which places are safest.

With a little pre-planning, some street smarts and a reliable friend, a night out in Rome can be an experience of a lifetime.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - September 19, 2017 at 15:18

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Slight Turbulence6 sec read

Slight Turbulence Terry LaBan

Slight Turbulence Terry LaBan

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - September 18, 2017 at 19:25

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ADD vs. ADHD: Is There a Difference?

What are ADHD and ADD, and what are the signs and symptoms of both? Learn about how ADHD and ADD are diagnosed and treated and when to see a doctor.
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Posted by Lustige Bilder - September 16, 2017 at 12:28

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What Effect Does Caffeine Have on People with ADHD?

Can caffeine be used as a treatment for ADHD and what should be considered before caffeine is given to a child? What other treatments are available?
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Can Marijuana Help Treat ADHD?

Learn if marijuana affects ADHD and if medical marijuana is available as a treatment. What are the risks, and can marijuana treat children with ADHD?
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Natural Remedies for ADHD

Learn about natural remedies for treating the symptoms of ADHD. This article looks how supplements and lifestyle changes may be able to help.
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