If you are looking to fish in California and have never fished in the state, here are some resources for information pertaining to the state, including licensing and tag stamp information.
Here are four great tips for successful tourney fishing.
Want to eat healthier right now? Better consumer choices are all that it takes to accomplish that, and here are six easy ways to reach that goal.
Black-eyed peas are served together with roasted cauliflower for a great year round dish.
Recyclable craft ideas for Easter bring out the rebirth theme to the holiday. Recycling is a way to use up craft supplies sitting around the craft bin, too.
A good alternative to standard bark mulch is pine needle mulch. Using it around landscaping helps prevent erosion, is lightweight, and cost effective.
A climbing vine can add visual appeal to an open area of the garden or can be incorporated into a landscaping theme. It can also help to hide problem areas. And knowing what kind of trailing vine you have in the first place will help decide how to best grow it in your garden.
Granny Smith apples are tart, crisp apples full of flavor. This cake takes advantage of their flavor profile as a spiced apple cake. It is a one-bowl mix, meaning you just need one bowl when preparing the cake mix. This recipe uses a tube pan for...
Kisel (can be spelled as Kissel), is a thickened fruit puree served as a dessert. It's a specialty in Eastern European countries like Russia. Apple kissel is a popular flavor as is rhubarb, strawberry, and apricot.
When food isn't handled or prepared properly, illness can occur as the result of food borne illnesses. Here are some guidelines and tips for proper sanitation at home
Tea breads are made from both yeast and quick bread doughs, and are used for breakfast, brunch, tea service, an accompaniment to coffee, or even an afternoon snack. This recipe is for a yeast bread that is formed into a circle shape and flavored with cinnamon spice and dried fruit.
Minestrone is a comfort food but depending on what is inside can be loaded with unnecessary salt. Here is a recipe for a classic minestrone soup, low-sodium style. Ingredients: 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 1/2...
August is at the tail end of summer, but the heat shouldn't stop you from exploring the many fresh fruits and vegetables in season this month. Here is a list of fresh seasonal produce to look for - the list may change depending on where you are.
Sea foam candies are similar to divinity, yet are firmer and less fragile.
This soup recipe spinach, carrots, celery and is flavored with basil and garlic. Use penne pasta or another favorite pasta.
Black beans are a small to medium-sized oval shaped bean with a shiny black skin and a light colored flesh. They are a bush-type bean plant, are best grown in well-amended soils and prefer warm weather. Black beans go by a variety of names. Popular varieties include Blackhawk, Midnight, Black Coco,...
Legumes are the pod fruits of leguminous plants and dried legumes are called ‘pulses’. Both are a great addition to a healthy diet.
We all know eating more fruits and veggies is a good thing. If you're looking for ways to add more fruits and veggies to your diet, here are some easy ways to do it.
Vacations are a fun way for families to connect and explore together. It is also a way to easily overspend and break a budget. Finding ways to save money when on a vacation is easy if you know where to look.
Chinese Five Spice is a spice blend that is a bit on the licorice-tasting side. It complements both sweet and savory foods, and can easily fit with Asian dishes as well as Latin dishes with its unique blend.
After a baked chicken or roast turkey dinner, save the carcass bones for a flavorful stock. After picking the meat from the cooked bird, save the bones and place in a stock pot with some aromatic vegetables and water, and simmer slowly.
Peanut butter is easy to make at home. With a food processor, you can make the peanut butter as smooth or as chunky as you like.
Here are three different vegetable casseroles to try for dinner. Each uses a canned vegetable with cream of mushroom soup. All are very easy to put together.
Salt is easy to get too much of when cooking and eating. Practically everything that is processed, unless specifically stating 'salt free' has some amount of salt in it. Here are a couple of spice and herb blends to use instead of salt to season soups, meats, vegetables, and more.
Candied sweet potatoes are a staple dish to serve alongside a roast turkey or baked ham during the holidays. So is the typical sweet potato casserole. Different flavors can be added to both versions give it a little kick.
Bread pudding is a good comfort-food style dessert, and a great way to use up leftover slices or stale bread.
Here's a recipe for a Christmas fudge. It is non-chocolate and colored and flavored with candied fruits, just like fruitcake. Cut into tiny squares and serve next to chocolate truffles or chocolate treats on the candy plate for the holidays. ...
If you are looking for a recipe that is sugarless - meaning no added sugars or artificially sweetened - try this recipe. It is sweetened naturally with dried fruits, like raisins, dates, and dried prunes.
Quiche is a savory pie made of different ingredients and binded together with beaten eggs. Popular ingredients include meats like ham or bacon, vegetables like broccoli and onions, and different cheeses.
A Béchamel Sauce is basically just a white sauce, and is the foundation for many classic recipes, such as a Mornay Sauce.
This recipe uses canned pumpkin with vanilla ice cream and flavored with cinnamon and other spices to make a great fall-themed ice cream pie. Don't wait for September, October or November for this pie: it is great served during the hot summer months as well.
This recipe for Boston Baked Beans isn't too sweet, and has molasses in it for flavor. It uses the overnight soaking method for beans, where you place water with beans and soak them overnight. Since they cook for a long time, slowly in a low oven, start the soaking the night before.
Cookies don't have to be baked to be delicious. In fact no bake cookies can easily be put together without heating up the kitchen, with ingredients rounded up from the pantry.
Pineapple's sweet tropical taste is great for all kinds of baking, including cookies and cakes. Canned pineapple is available in all varieties including crushed, chunks, and rings. These cookie recipes use both crushed pinapple and candied pineapple.
Condensed tomato soup is good all by itself, but is more often than not used in recipes as a sauce base or flavoring ingredient in cooking. Since it has a sweet tomato flavor, tomato soup is used in everything from salad dressings, meat loaf, pasta sauces, and even baked goods.
The fall and autumn season utilizes spices, nuts, and dried fruits. Using these ingredients in cookie recipes can make flavorful treats to make for Halloween parties, or for easy treats to make for the family during the fall months.
Invitations can be formal or informal, depending on the event, and the type of printing used for the invitations can be influenced by the theme of the party.
What is Google Caffeine? Google Caffeine is the name for a way that Google is indexing or non-indexing pages for searching.
Summer squash is a great vegetable for all kinds of meals. Here are some recipes using zucchini and summer squash from your garden bounty.
Soda crackers are an inexpensive pantry staple, and make a surprisingly tasty ingredient in many baked goods. Here are some great recipes to try.
Having a Halloween party at home? Create a pumkin carving or decorating contest for your guests, and have a judging contest. Carve them or simply decorate them, everyone can have a great time at the party.
Fresh-from-the-garden green zucchini and yellow squash are great for grilling on the BBQ. They hold up well to turning on the grill, and go nice with a multitude of marinades and basting sauces. Be sure the grates of the grill are small enough to...
Self rising flour is a flour that has leavening already inside of it. Depending on the brand, it contains all purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. It is packaged together, and when using this flour in recipes, omit the leavening called for in the recipe.
There is a certain skill with serving beer, and every beer is different. Different beers are best served at different temperatures, and each has its foam. Bartenders use different tricks for serving a proper glass of beer, and it is not just keeping the beer at a good, constant cold temperature....
Using chocolate cream filled cookies, Kahlua and marshmallows, this pie makes a spectacular coffee-flavored pie. This is great garnished with chocolate whipped cream.
Buying an REO house, one that is owned by a bank, may be a real deal. But knowing a few things about the house can save from heartache later. An REO is an acronym for "Real Estate Owned." It is where the bank has actual possession of the house. Since most of these houses are sold as-is with no...
This recipe for cream of mushroom soup with clams uses canned minced clams and fresh button mushrooms. It is cream based using half and half, and is flavored with freshly ground black pepper. Keep the clam juices when opening the canned clams for...
Knowing your soil will give you better results in the garden. This includes finding out about how the soil you have drains. This is easy test to find out how your soil drains. Beforehand, assemble these tools: hose for pouring in water, or a large bucket; yardstick for measuring depth, timer.
Dried beans such as pinto and black beans benefit from soaking before cooking. Here are a couple of methods of soaking the beans: overnight method and quick soak method.
Try this recipe for making a whipped topping from nonfat dry milk powder. You will have the best of both worlds: having something lowfat that tastes great, while being inexpensive to create.
A successful web page article begins with an image, graphic or great photography. If you have a camera, then the images can be all shot by you, and used for all your work. However, if you find yourself unable to capture the perfect image, or are far away from the topic that you are writing about,...
A delicious recipe for chocolate cheesecake with a graham cracker crust and sour cream topping.
A matignon is a little-referred to term for an important part of cooking. It is a combination of vegetables and other flavorful ingredients (bacon and ham are two popular additions), and can be used as an ingredient or as a side dish. It similar to a mirepoix, in that the main purpose of the...
Greenware is an unfired clay piece after it has been molded. It is very fragile, and the term comes from not the color itself (it's not actually green) but from the fact that it has not been fired, 'green'. Before you can paint greenware, it must be cleaned and all seam lines must be removed.
Every garden has typical things that need to be done in the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. While regions may change different tasks, here is a typical yearly guide for things to be done in the garden. Adapt it to your region or gardening zone.
For those just beginning to write or are in need of guidance in how to create a good paragraph, the Jane Schaffer method of writing simplifies paragraphs. This method is based on the premise that certain elements are always included in a good paragraph.
Curtains do more than just block out light and give privacy. They add house appeal and can make a room attractive and provide a focal point. Depending on the fabric of the curtains, they can be washed by hand, washed my machine, or taken to the cleaners. Here are some guidelines for home washing...
Cinquefoils are pretty shrubs to add to the garden, and they make attractive lawn borders. They have tiny flowers that come in shades of white, yellow and orange. They are perfect for areas that are experiencing little rainfall as they are drought tolerant.
Leptospermums are very vibrant colored shrubs with beautiful flowers. They are perfect for spots that get full sun and are great for areas that are experiencing little rainfall as they are drought resistant. Here are some tips for growing them successfully in the garden.
Flowering quinces are a beautiful touch to any garden. The flowers resemble apple blossoms, and produce edible fruits. They are great for areas experiencing little rainfall as they are drought resistant. For those wanting to encourage wildlife to come and stay, birds love flowering quinces. Here...
While annual flowers give a shot of color and fragrance to many garden beds, they need to be grown from seed each year. Collecting the seeds from these annual flowers is a way to save the varieties that perform especially well for you, and to save...
Pirates are fun! If you have a little pirate that is having a birthday, here are some great ideas for hosting a Pirate Birthday Party - which is a great theme for both boys and girls.
Deadheading is a term in gardening where the spent flowers are removed from the flower plant to both keep the plant in shape and to encourage new growth. By deadheading a flowering plant, the plant will focus its energy on creating new flowers rather than any seed pods for reproduction.
Dried flowers are used for both craft projects and for showpiece arrangements for table tops. They are available at many larger craft stores, but if you have flowers in your garden, why not dry them yourself?
Soluble and Insoluble dietary fiber are important to add to any diet. Soluble fiber helps with digestion and insoluble fiber helps to lower cholesterol. One of the easiest ways to increase your fiber intake is to switch to whole grain bread products at the supermarket.
Turnips are a healthy and tasty root vegetable to eat, and if you have room in your garden, planting them yourself is an easy way to save on your vegetable bill at the grocery store. Growing healthy turnips in the ground and keeping up on the cultivation will help reduce many of the pests that like...
Watching birds in the backyard is an enjoyable experience for many. Children love to get involved in naming the different birds and birdwatching is a serious hobby for many people. For those who would like to attract more birds to a yard or garden, here are some simple tips for just that.
Hawaii is a tropical area, with different areas of the state and island range to be located in a USDA hardiness zone of between 10 and 11 which means it average minimum temperature growing range is above 30 to 40 degrees F. Florida is in the same tropical region, and has similar growing problems...
Garden weeds can easily take over a yard or a garden if left unchecked. Some garden weeds, like dandelions, blossom into colorful flowers but can quickly overtake a lawn if not controlled.
Water conservation is not only great for the environment, but also important for the family budget and pocketbook. A small pipe leak or water problem can add up over time as well as inefficiently watering your lawn or garden. Here are some ways you can cut back on water.
Collecting and saving pepper seeds that you've grown is a great way to save money on gardening, but also a way to choose those varieties that have done exceptionally well in your area to reproduce again. A great garden one year will produce seeds for the next, free.
The types of upholstery sewing will depend on what type of furniture will be upholstered, or where the piece will be placed when it is finished.
Hand mixers are used in both home kitchens and in small kitchens, like those inside travel trailers or recreational vehicles. Because of their portability, they can be used to blend or mix inside the cooking vessels themselves such as blending a vegetable soup or a one-bowl cake mix.
A heat press is a mechanical hot plate that is used for making t-shirts and other things by pressing down onto a garment for a period of time to set an image. Then it is lifted up to reveal the image heat set permanently onto the garment itself. They are much more reliable and much quicker than...
A pond can help create a soothing place to relax at when in the backyard or create a fun place for the natural wildlife to congregate. Here are some different ways to build your own pond at home.
This park is centrally located in San Diego, and provides both a place to escape for San Diegans, but also another way to see San Diego for travelers instead of the usual beaches.
There are many different types of bricks using in both functional home building and decorative facades.
Organizing a china cabinet includes going through the pieces and keeping only the ones you use, like, or want.
San Diego is a bigger city with a small town feel. And for those of you who have never traveled to San Diego county, there are many beach to explore. Here are five beach to explore.
Volkswagen is a popular manufacturer for cars, and the early types are now collector's items for those who love the brand. There are four basic types of Volkswagen vehicles.
Pirozhki, sometimes spelled piroshki, are filled baked or fried Russian dumplings. Serve as an appetizer, or even the main course, when filled with meats and vegetables. When filled with sweetened or stewed fruits, they are generally served as a snack or dessert. This recipe uses a pie crust for...
With water restriction being placed on many residents of drought-affected areas, conserving water not only helps out the local water supply, but helps with pocket book as well. Here are some tips for conserving water in the garden.
The real answer to the question of 'how to prevent people from stealing and copying your work' from your website is: 'there is no way.' All content can be lifted by anyone wanting to get it, but here are some ways to limit it.
Engraved cake servers can be purchased online, or through specialty gift shops. But if you have an antique cake server, or a handmade one, you may want to do it yourself. Using an engraving tool, any special message may be engraved on the cake server, so it may serve as a memento for the special...
Canning is a form of food preservation that is used primarily to kill micro-organisms, such as the botulinum bacteria which is a toxin causing sometimes fatal food poisoning. While canning can be a fun and enjoyable hobby, and can be rewarding when you save one season's harvest for later in the...
Kenmore sewing machines are produced by Sears, Roebuck and Co., and can be purchased both in store and online. Sears model sewing machines first sold during 1889, by Richard Sears. The sewing machines went by a variety of names, include the Minnesota, the Iowa, and the Burdick.
A pan's shape is determined by the function it performs during cooking; for example, a stock pot is deep to allow for the boiling of a large amount of liquid while a frying pan is wide and shallow for browning and flipping food easily.
Commercial biscuit mixes save time by creating simple biscuits for any meal fast and easy. But they are also expensive, and oftentimes filled with preservatives or unneeded ingredients. Here is a recipe for a biscuit mix that you can prepare at home.
Many accessories come standard with different sewing machine models, but can also be purchased by part number. While there are many different sewing machine and serger accessories, the most popular ones are those that help with specialty stitching.
Pintucks are a nice, and very easy, sewing embelleshment that can be used on a wide variety of both home decorative goods and wearable clothing. Pintucks, or tucking, is a sewing method where rows of pleats are sewn down. This can be done in a vertical or horizontal fashion. Pintucks are different...
Australia is an important area for wine, with Shiraz and Semillon, as well as good Rieslings, imporant classic varieties. Cabernet and Chardonnay also do well here. There are many regions are located mainly in one location, the southern most area of the country.
Starting a food blog? Or sprucing up yours? Here are links for starting a food blog and how to spread the word if you have one up and running.
Bread machines are useful for all types of bread making: yeast breads, quick breads, or specialty breads or cakes. They can also be a time saver when creating recipes for baking in a standard oven, like preparing fresh pizza doughs or creating a specialty dough that is ready for making up on a...
Crochet, the yarn work, comes from the French word 'crochet', meaning hook. Crochet work is formed by looping thread, yarn or thin strips of fabric with a hooked needle, forming a series of stitches.
Handmade quilts have country charm and a unique look. While the stitching may be irregular, it is what gives a handmade quilt its ultimate look. If you have a large quilt, though, a sewing machine will save you time. Here is how to create the look of hand quilting with the help of a sewing machine.
The Janome 1100D is a four-thread overlock serger with an automatic tension system. In case you lost the manual, here is how to thread the serger. When in doubt, follow the guide on the panel and remember: Lower Looper, Upper Looper, Right Needle, Left Needle -- in that order.
Isomalt is a dry product that can be used in much the same ways as regular sugar. It can be placed in bakery items and used in liquid recipes. While it can be used as sugar, it does not have the same browning abilities as standard granulated sugar, but it can make caramel.
Singer sewing machines are one of the most well-known sewing brands in the U.S. The company was started by Isaac Merrit Singer in 1851, along with partner Edward Clark, and the first naming of the company was from the owner - "I M Singer & Co." which was subsequently changed in 1853 to the familiar...
Most household kitchen sinks will have a disposal system attached to one of the drains. The three main types are continuous feed, batch feed, and septic system models. All three work to grind food to be flushed down the drain.
Choosing a vent or hood for your kitchen will largely depend on what type of range you are working with, how big the kitchen is, and how you want the air to be removed. Ventilation systems in kitchens are needed to remove actual particles in the air, and remove odors and gases that build up when...
What is a kitchen hood? It is the kitchen fixture above the stove that removes the cooking air from the kitchen. They can be as simple as recirculating air and removing particles from the air, or sophisticated systems with ductwork to remove the air to the outside.
A wok is a pan used in Asian-style cooking that has either slanted or rounded sides. Foods are cooked at high temperatures in the center bottom and either pushed up the sides to keep warm or for later introduction in the menu item, or simply removed as others are added. A wok can be made of...
Parsley is a main ingredient in many soup seasonings. Wikimedia Commons I'm always on the lookout for a good seasoning. I love dry rubs, homemade chili powders, and chopping fines herbes from our garden. Old cookbooks generally have unique...
White sewing machines are a popular brand of sewing machines. The White Sewing Machine Company was started in 1858 by Thomas H. White, and was originally named White Manufacturing Company. Electrolux acquired the White brand in 1986. The line was then consolidated in 2006 into the Husqvarna brand,...
The pressor foot is the part of the sewing machine that holds the fabric down when sewing. It generally has a flat part on the bottom with a hole in the center where the needle goes down into it, and has many different shapes depending on the type of stitch or fabric being sewn.
Here is how to remove the sewing machine from an attached cabinet, then replace it once it has been repaired.
The Euro-Pro brand of sewing machines offer budget pricing to a wide range of sewing machine capabilities. Simple and portable machines, like the Dressmaker series, offer the convenience of stitching straight stitches anywhere. Other machines, like the Euro Pro Denim 1260 DX, can sew through...
Have a rhinestone design kit and lost the instructions? Or perhaps received one second-hand or as a hand-me-down? Here are basic instructions on how to use it, how to change the plungers, and how to identify the size of the rhinestones by the size chart.
It's fun for kids to check online to see an actual countdown, broken down by month, day, hours, and seconds until the big man in red comes down the chimney.
Dragons make a fun birthday party theme for both boys and girls. The fiction Viking books "How to Train Your Dragon" is a popular series for kids and makes a fun theme for a kid's party.
Here are some of the more popular rice and noodles types used in Asian cooking.
Here are 10 basic rules and safety guidelines when Trick or Treating during Halloween for all ages.
Here is a gift wrapping guide and how to make a large bow for impact. Videos included for all sorts of holiday and occasional gift wrapping.
Fresh pecans are great when purchased in bulk from the store and cracked with a holiday nutcracker. Here are ways to properly keep raw shelled pecans once you bring them home.
This article goes into the pros and cons of different garden edging: plastic edging, wooden edging, brick edging, and stone garden edging.
Having a party with a fish theme? Here are some ideas to try, all revolving around the water in some way, or fish. The best part is that each craft can be made at the pary and taken home.
Christmas decorating isn't complete until the stockings are up for Santa. Here are some great links for creating your own Christmas stockings for the season.
Friendship bracelets are made by everyone, from girl scouts to camp-goers, from best friends as a gift to others to family members as gifts. Friendship bracelets are created from a series of knots in a pattern that is meant to be worn until it falls off.
Here are links for party planning resources, such as cakes, balloons, and birthday decorations.
Wondering if what you are doing when you cook at friends' houses is a catering job, or wanting to know how to become a personal chef? Caterers and personal chefs are similar in that they create food for others for profit. The main distinction is that a personal chef cooks food strictly on site at...
Kites can be decorative only, where they are made for placing on a wall or bookcase for display, or for flying outdoors. Here are several projects to work on.
Play kitchens help foster social interactions and provide many hours of independent play. Kitchen play sets come in all sizes and styles, from a simple stove and sink models to those with refrigerators and built-in pantries. While different play kitchens may look different, they are basically put...
You don't need a special embroidery machine to do machine embroidery. Machine embroidery can be done with a standard sewing machine. Here are the steps to complete the task.
Ideas for creating custom jewelry, including earrings, can be a simple as looking inside your closet, using a favorite object for mounting, or creating a unique pattern.
Many foods are used in macrobiotic cooking, including whole grains, beans, condiments free of artificial coloring and flavoring, natural sweeteners, and fruits and vegetables.
In California, every aspect of serving food to the public is regulated in some fashion or requires a license of some kind. If you are looking to start a food-based service business in California, here are some things to look for, and places to begin the business license search.
Biscuits are supposed to be light, fluffy, moist and at times either rich, savory or sweet. If biscuits are tough and heavy, then a few things could be the problem. Here are some reasons why biscuits may be tough or heavy, and ways to fix them.
Determining the needle size has everything to do with what is being sewn. Fabrics that are light, such as silk, crepe and muslin will work well with low numbered needles. Fabrics that are heavyweight, such as heavy woolens, upholstery and leathers need a higher number to sew effectively through the...
The types of printing for formal weddings include both flat and raised lettering. Some require long times to produce, so order in advance. Outside events can be either casual or more refined, and can very fun in the process. For kids parties, choosing a type of printing can be as simple as using a...
A chocolatier, bread artisan, or sugar artist are just some of the specialized jobs in the pastry field.
There are many great ways to prepare fish in a low fat and healthy way. Methods to avoid are deep frying with a batter coating, pan frying with a thick and crunchy coating that will soak up oil, and baking with lots of butter or a thick layer of full-fat mayonnaise.
Here are tips on how to shop, store, prepare, and serve fresh artichokes.