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Not-Auth(entic) Paprikash

Not-Auth(entic) Paprikash

Recipes
Disclaimer: this recipe is not in any way authentic and bound to make people angry. Let's start by saying I probably don't deserve to use the title Paprikash because I know that the real version has a special place in some people's authentic, Hungarian, hearts and I mean no disrespect to them when I completely butcher their memories of how this meal should be made.A little background on me, I suck at cooking. So, if I post a recipe of something that worked for me, chances are, it will work for anyone else in the world because I can easily mess up the simplest of recipes. Flash back to a horror show of a Thanksgiving I put together for all of my friends who didn't have local family Thanksgiving plans, where the mashed potatoes turned into soup somehow, then I added Hungry Jack flake...
2 Days in Asheville, NC

2 Days in Asheville, NC

Travel
Jump to Top 10 Things to Do in Asheville Our Trip to Asheville Sometimes you go somewhere that you end up having a special connection with. For me, this was Asheville, NC.This delightful city melted my heart. I think you either "get it" or you don't - I feel lucky that I'm in the former group.About a 2 hour drive west from the Charlotte airport, you will descend from a small mountain and get dropped into the heart of a city that has a pulse. It's the best way I can describe it, alive. There is an energy about this town that is just, charming.Asheville is an artist's community/college town filled with every ethnicity, every age range, every income level, and DOGS - lots and LOTS of DOGS, EVERYWHERE. That might have been my favorite part and biggest surprise on our visit - ...

How to Fix Sunken Pavers

At Home
  After 7 years of living with sunken and crooked bricks on our front walkway and a few quotes around $8000.00 to fix it, I decided it was time to try fixing it myself. This tutorial is for people who want to know how to fix sunken pavers. This is not starting from scratch installing pavers. For that, I imagine the process is similar but would probably require more planning and geometric bordering of the path.How this happened: The previous owners probably spent a lot of money to have the walkway done, but they did it very sloppily. First, they placed the brick over the existing concrete in some places rather than removing the concrete first. This is a very hacky way of doing it. Then, they didn't properly tamp the ground, meaning, it wasn't well packed in, so it has shifted...
How to Pack Smarter and Travel Light

How to Pack Smarter and Travel Light

Travel
A tip when it comes to traveling: always pack lighter. Baggage fees are astronomical these days so it has become critical to define and pack only the “essentials” for a trip. Plus, who wants to haul around a bunch of clunky, heavy bags?I find you always need less, not more, than you think.After reading Rick Steve’s travel guide prior to our Mediterranean Cruise, my husband and I finally hit our stride for doing it right. Here are some of the secrets we learned throughout our various travel journeys as well as recommendations on what you should bring.In the next 3 sections we break out the items you already have and how to use these, items you may not have but should, and items that you don’t need at all but are fun. The fun ones make great gifts if you are looking for somet
Homemade Mayonnaise in 5 Minutes

Homemade Mayonnaise in 5 Minutes

Recipes
Did you know mayonnaise is mostly oil? For a long time, I didn't. Food chemistry is fascinating; it's actually the emulsification of the oil and egg that turns the oil into a firm white substance. Whatever that means, to me it's just PFM. A few years ago I became OBSESSED with trying to make my own mayonnaise once I found out that was something you could do. But alas, I probably went through 100 cups of oil before I actually got the technique down. So even though I mention it is "easy", it is now, but wasn't easy for me for the longest time. If you don't succeed on your first try don't be discouraged! Just make sure you are following these instructions carefully. I have tried to make mayonnaise in a regular blender and had watched tutorials and have seen other people successfully do this,...
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Remedies
  Hair Woes My freakin hair was falling out.Coloring, heat abuse (flat irons & blow dryers) and lots of braid or pony tail styling combined with vitamin deficiencies and stress made it so that I was increasingly losing hair.Since I have always had massive amounts of hair I didn’t think it would be a huge issue until I was starting to see some of my scalp which was a bit shocking.I relentlessly read everything I could find on the subject matter. Hair is important and as much as men might not like it they are expected to bald, it’s a much more emotional and hard to deal with thing for women.There are medicinal things you can do to help hairloss internally (and I do this as well) which includes supplements specifically formalized for Hair, Skin & Nails. Thes
7 Website Building Tips

7 Website Building Tips

Website Building
  Website building is a ton of work but also a lot of fun. These 7 tips will help you with your process!   Step 1: Map out your user flow before you start to build When you navigate a website most of us are not drawing a mental map of how we go from page to page or return to certain places. In fact, the better a website’s design, the less you would pay attention to any of that – it just works and feels seamless.But for all that you don't notice, someone (or a whole team) took a LOT of time making those connections easy for you and you should do the same for your users as well, to ensure a good experience.Some sites these days are creating a one-page website with the User Experience in mind because it is easier to navigate on just one page. If your site isn’t using a
Quick Low-Cal Yogurt Dessert

Quick Low-Cal Yogurt Dessert

Recipes
Hubby and I are always on the lookout for quick and easy food and dessert (low-cal is just a bonus) ideas. Here's one that we make many nights out of the week when you need a little something sweet but don't necessarily want a bowl of ice cream. Nutty Yogurt Bliss "Amazing low-cal, easy to make dessert!"Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 0 Total Time: 5 min Yield: 1 container (6 servings)Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups yogurt (greek yogurt is best) 1 cup pecans 1 tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla Topping: Fruit of your choice Almond slices (optional)Instructions: Mix all ingredients (except Toppings) in a blender until smooth. Top with garnish/fruit of your choice. Eat and Enjoy!Let us know what you thought!
Azazie Solved my Bridesmaid Dilemma

Azazie Solved my Bridesmaid Dilemma

Wedding
  Choosing a bridesmaid dress was stressful. Being chosen to be the maid of honor was truly a special thing for me and I had a lot of pressure to get it right. Knowing that I would be in pictures and standing next to my beautiful Sister-In-Law, I wanted a flattering dress with great quality, and I was prepared to spend as much as this required. However, I’m not one for fancy dresses, ever. I usually wear pants and occasionally shorts or a skirt, or a simple dress. But this occasion meant I would need to break out the "keesh" and get formal with it, so I started my search for the perfect dress. I wanted something modest, yet tasteful and flattering. I thought it would be FUN to find one, uh, ~wrong~. Color Variations The largest consideration was color. Once a color is p
The Easy to Use Smoker You Should Know About

The Easy to Use Smoker You Should Know About

At Home
  OOOOOooh Doggie!!! Choices, choices. Who doesn't love smoked meat? With Christmas coming up last year I wanted to buy hubby a new smoker to replace his massive metal smoking box with something smaller, more convenient, and operational. A friend of ours had kindly gifted us a very old standing Brinkmann and while it worked well in certain circumstances, we rarely used it because it was a GIANT PAIN in the tukus to use or set up – and was starting to rust so it had to be washed out before any usage. We had to buy the right charcoal otherwise it would never get to temp, and if the wind was blowing too hard or if it was chilly out it would never get hot enough. We waited HOURS for our end results even in the best of weather/charcoal circumstances, so it could really only be done on a
Oh Sheet(s)

Oh Sheet(s)

At Home
  When my husband and I moved into a house that had a size-able bedroom, we finally got the opportunity to purchase a bigger bed. He’s a big guy at 6’2 and weighing in at a little over 2 bills, and we had been crammed into our Queen-sized bed since we were married and our previous bedroom was too small to fit anything else – it barely fit that bed, actually. We took some time and evaluated different options and picked a bed that was suuuuper comfortable, but also very high up. Then I ordered one of these mattress toppers (the kind you sink into like a cloud) and the whole experience was basically heaven. I have never stayed anywhere where I didn’t miss that bed and coming home to it is a literal dream - a good one! But nothing comes free – the price you pay for such comfort is a ve