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This Is The Psychology Behind The Hidden Agenda Of Supermarkets

Published April 7, 2017 by teacher dahl

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We all know that there are certain rules we should follow if we want to shop smart and healthily. Plan your meals. Write a list – and stick to it. Don’t go shopping on an empty stomach. But sometimes you can go in with the best intentions and come out with a family-size block of chocolate and a packet of chips. But you shouldn’t be too mad at yourself for that transgression; turns out supermarkets are specifically designed to trip you up.

A recent study by Live Lighter revealed that 60 per cent of Aussies buy unhealthy foods if they are on sale and in prime positions – such as end-of-aisle displays and at the checkout.

It’s all part of the psychology of supermarkets, which are specifically designed to keep you shopping longer, feeling happier and buying more. According to environmental psychologist Paco Underhill, “Upward of 50 per cent of what we buy in a supermarket we had no intention of buying as we walked in the door.” But how do we get duped time and time again? Here are four sneaky ways the experience of shopping gets you to overbuy.

Think it’s simply a matter of convenience that those roast chickens are made onsite? Think again – the mouth-watering smell that hits you right as you walk into the store is there to remind you just how hungry you are before you start your shop.

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If you’re just popping in for a bottle of milk, the layout will have you walking right to the very back of the store. The most common items most people purchase – milk, bread and eggs – are often placed at opposite ends of the shop. By making you walk farther, you’re more likely to see something else you ‘need’ on the way. Not to mention the fact that the path to your staples involves walking down aisles full of tempting junk food first.

The supermarket playlist is at its most grating in November, when the Christmas music starts up way too early to get you in that festive (buying) spirit. But those catchy tunes have a purpose the rest of the year, too: a landmark 1982 study of supermarket shoppers found people spent 34 per cent more time shopping when background music was playing.


Entrances and exits
Have you ever noticed that the entrances of most supermarkets are on the right, with the exits on the left? The aim of this is to get you moving counter-clockwise, right to left along the aisles, priming you to pick up things from the right-hand shelves. Exactly where supermarkets place the more expensive items. And it works. According to a discussion on ABC Radio Canberra, counter-clockwise shoppers spend an average of two dollars more per trip than punters moving in a clockwise direction.

So, how can you outsmart the supermarket giants and stop making those impulse purchases? LiveLighter Victoria Campaign Manager Alison McAleese suggests making fewer trips to the supermarket and sticking to the outer aisles to lessen the temptation.

“Steer clear of cheap promotions on junk food and drinks by sticking to the outer aisles of the supermarket where there is a plenty of fresh healthy food like fruit and vegetables,” she says. “Also consider shopping at local markets, greengrocers or butchers where you are less likely to find sales and promotions on processed, high kilojoule food and drinks.” To the farmers’ markets we go!



Humitas or Steamed fresh Corn Cakes

Published November 14, 2016 by teacher dahl


Humitas are savory steamed fresh corn cakes made from a mixture of freshly ground corn, onion, garlic, cheese, eggs, and cream, which is placed inside corn husks and steamed. Humitas are hard to translate, if you’ve ever had an humita you know what it is, but to describe them to someone who’s never had them before is a little bit complicated. I guess you could compare them to fresh corn and cheese tamales (and explaining the difference between a tamal from Ecuador and tamal from Mexico is a completely different story).

Humitas are made using fresh corn, which is ground with other ingredients and then stuffed in a fresh corn husk and steamed. In Ecuador, humitas are very popular in the Sierra or Highland region, especially in cities like Loja, Cuenca or Quito, and they are typically eaten for breakfast or with the afternoon coffee.

Recipe for Humitas or steamed fresh corn cakes
Recipe for humitas or savory steamed fresh corn cakes made from a mixture of freshly ground corn, onion, garlic, cheese, eggs, and cream, which is placed inside corn husks and steamed.
6-7 fresh ears of corn, with husks
3 cups grated or crumbled cheese, mozzarella or a fresh farmers cheese
1 cup diced white onions, about ½ large onion
1 tsp ground coriander (optional)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
About 1 cup corn meal
¼ cup of heavy cream
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
To serve:
Aji de tomate de arbol or tree tomato hot sauce

Remove the husks from the corn; try to keep each husk intact, the large ones will be used as wrappers for the humitas and the smaller ones will be broken into long strips to tie around the humitas.
To help make the corn husks more pliable place them in a pot of boiling water for a couple of minutes, then drain the water and save the husks until ready to use.


Remove the silky hairs from the corn and use a knife to cut the corn kernels from the cob, if you don’t have a steamer save the cobs to use as a steamer.
Place the corn kernels, 1 cup of cheese, diced onions, crushed garlic, ground coriander, corn meal, cream, eggs, and salt in the food processor, mix until the corn is pureed.
In large deep pot place about 2 ½ cups of water and a steamer, the water should be just below the steamer, if you don’t have a steamer arrange the cobs on the bottom of the pan instead and cover them with some of the leftover husks.


To fill each humita (see detailed instructions on filling above as well as pictures), use 2 of the large corn husks per humita, place them on top of each other, fold the left side of the husks, then fold the top half over the bottom half, this creates a semi-pocket, fill it with a spoonful of the mixture (how much mixture will depend on the size of the husks, the larger the husks the more filling you can add) and stuff some of theremaining cheese in the middle, now fold over the right side of the husk and tighten it up a little bit, use the thin strips to tie around the wrapper and keep it closed.

Place the humitas in the pot on top of the steamer, I like to keep them slightly inclined with the open end on top. Place any leftover husks on top and cover well.
Place the pot on the stove over high heat until you hear the water boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 35-40 minutes, the cooked humitas will be slightly firm to firm when they are done.

Serve warm with aji de tomate de arbol or tree tomato hot sauce.

For the slightly more sophisticated variation of humitas, this version separates the eggs and beats the whites.
Same as the previous humita recipe, with the following changes:
Add 4 tbs butter, elted
Approximately 1 ¼ cups corn meal (instead of 1 cup)
4 eggs, yolks and whites separated (instead of 2 eggs)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbs sugar
½ tsp salt (instead of 1 tsp salt)


Instructions: Same as above, except add only the egg yolks to the food processor mix. Also add the melted butter, baking powder and sugar to the mix in the food processor. Beat the egg whites until they are stiff and incorporate the whites into the corn mix. Follow instructions above to assemble the humitas.


Humita making process: How to fill and close the corn husks

The whole process of filling the humita mixture into the corn husks can be a little bit confusing until you get the hang of it. This is another part that people do differently depending on how they were taught.

Use the corn husk to create a wrapper for the humitas, the larger ones will be used to make the wrapper and you can use pieces of the smaller husks to tie around the wrappers to keep them sealed. The bigger the husks the better, of course you’ll get to a point where the bigger ones are all gone or most of them will be small to start, so in that case I use 2 husks and place them on top of each other oppositely, i.e. top part of second husk should be placed on top the bottom part of the first husk, and not directly on top, on the side, the idea is to create a wrapper so you want to use both husk to overlap to increase the width.

Next you can place a spoonful of the mixture in the wider part of the husks (upper or lower) and some cheese in the middle, and then close it or you can finish or semi-finish the husk wrapper and then stuff it with the corn mixture.


To close the wrapper, fold the left side over the mixture (or where the mixture will be placed), then fold the other half of the husk over – I like to stuff them at this point -, and then fold the right side, if you don’t have any mixture in it you will see that this creates a small pocket that you can then fill with a spoonful of corn mixture, some cheese and some more mixture.



Unbelievable Uses of Used Teabags You Didn’t Know Before

Published March 1, 2016 by teacher dahl


Teas has been used by the many for centuries because it is considered to be the healthiest drink there is on the planet. It has a lot of nutrients and loaded with antioxidants that has a powerful effects on the human body.

But did you know that aside from the health benefits you get from drinking this healthy drink, you can use it in many ways even after you used it?

Here are some of the amazing ways on How To Use Your Used Teabags That You Didn’t Know Before


Put some bags of tea in the water where you’ll cook your pasta, oats or rice. As soon as you are about to put in the grains, remove the bags just to give it a flavor added with nutritional benefits from the tea.



You can use this to eliminate the odor coming from your fridge by putting up a stash of tea bags in it. You can also put it in an ashtray to remove bad smells.





We cannot deny the fact that some odors can’t be easily washed off by soap. By scrubbing the contents of the teabag, the antibacterial properties of the tea will leave your hands smelling good and fresh.




If you’re feeling stressed out or tired, try adding tea bags in your bath water. The antioxidant properties of the tea will keep your skin young looking as well as relax you with its smell.


Steep some peppermint tea and let it cool to create a natural mouth wash. It’s a great alternative than the alcohol based mouthwashes that burns the mouth.




After your normal hair washing, rinse it with weak tea while massaging the scalp. It will bring volume to your lifeless hair.



Soak your feet in a warm water with green tea. Green tea is a natural antibacterial and will easily get rid of the smell. Once done, you will notice a refreshed, soft feet.



Tea bags can be the best treatment for eye bags because the tea that contains tannins will help constrict blood vessels around the eyes, reducing swelling. First, cool the teabags in the fridge and apply it for at least 15 minutes.




Tannin found in the tea will reduce the swelling of the bruises as similar to the idea to eye bags.


Using damp teabags to scrub windows and mirrors will help break down grease and oil. It is also a more natural way to clean than those chemical filled sprays.

Source: amazing info. com/life hacks


Why Tears Fall When Cutting Onions

Published August 6, 2014 by teacher dahl

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It’s a well-known fact that onions make you cry. We’ve all experienced this while cooking; we start chopping an onion, our eyes start stinging and the next thing we know we have tears rolling down our cheeks.
Blinking or rubbing our eyes only makes it worse. It’s happened to us all, but have you ever wondered why?

When you slice into an onion you’re breaking apart the cells inside. These release their contents which form sulfenic acids. These acids mix with enzymes to produce a gas called propanethiol S-oxide. As this gas reaches our eyes and mixes with the water in them, it forms sulfuric acid.

This acid makes our eyes sting, which results in more tears and this added water produces more acid, which in turn produces more irritation. Cooking the onion then deactivates the enzyme and our eyes return back to normal.There are a number of different suggestions about how we can avoid this. As you will see, some of them are quite logical and useful; others are just downright impractical or even dangerous.

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Some Suggestions:

Cut the onion under, or near, running water
In theory this method ensures that the gas gets absorbed by the running water instead of your eyes. It’s not very practical from a saving water point of view though, and cutting anything under water is quite likely to end in an injury. Other tips based on this theory include chopping onions with your tongue sticking out!

Chill your onions first

This is supposed to slow down the amount of acid that is released. The onion doesn’t need to be frozen, just chilled in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and is one of the more sensible options.

Wearing goggles
It is possible to actually buy “onion goggles,” although tight-fitting swimming goggles would likely do the same job. They just have to stop any gases from reaching your eyes. It may seem excessive, and you may be ridiculed by your family for standing in your kitchen in swimming goggles, but at least you’ll know that you can chop as many onions as you like without crying!

Some dubious advice includes holding a burning match in your mouth. Ignore it. We’ve also heard about whistling and chewing gum or bread—although preferably not all at the same time!

Some people say that wearing contact lenses helps as the lenses form a barrier for the eye. Others say that wearing contact lenses makes it worse because they make it harder for the eye to produce tears to wash the acid away. Professional chefs tend to just chop them quicker, so that the gas doesn’t have time to reach the eye. This always looks easier than it is, though.

Whichever method you use though, it is worth it because onions have lots of health benefits, from loweringcholesterol to being high in vitamin C. So maybe it’s worth all the tears after all.

Nothing in this blog post is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions, please see your eye care practitioner 

source : healthmeup.com


Published August 2, 2014 by teacher dahl

whiten pillows

One of the most common reasons why pillows can turn yellow is sweat. Even when you’re sleeping your body continues to sweat to keep your body at a comfortable temperature. Depending on the type of fabric your pillowcase is made from, sweat can seep through the fabric. As the sweat dries, it can leave a yellow stain on the pillow. Even if you use pillow COVERS underneath your pillow CASES, the yellowing can still occur.

In the past when the yellowing got really bad, I would simply toss the pillow and buy a new one. But I hated doing that because the pillow was still perfectly good. Recently I came across an old article from Martha Stewart Living that suggested pillows should be WASHED at least twice a year. Wow. I hope I’m not the ONLY one who didn’t know that! I have washed an occasional pillow in the past but usually because something was spilled on it.

Basically it involves the following ingredients:

hot water

  • HOT HOT HOT water
  • 1 cup of laundry detergent
  • 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent
  • 1 cup bleach (you could try “A Natural Bleach Alternative“ if you are opposed to chlorine bleach)
  • 1/2 cup boraxNot only did the whole pillow-washing process turn out to be much easier than I anticipated, it worked like a CHARM!

Just look at these “BEFORE” and “AFTER” pictures! It’s almost like my poor pillows were just WAITING for me to rescue them! 😉

before and after pillows

WASHING {and whitening} your pillows:

  • Check the care label to confirm that your pillow (down or synthetic) can be machine washed – most can be.
  • Remove the pillow case and any pillow protector
  • Fill the washing machine about 1/3 full with HOT water (I even added a couple of pans full of boiling water).
  • Add all the ingredients in the Miracle Laundry Whitening Solution (or, if you’re just looking to wash your pillows, add your detergent now) then start the machine and allow it to agitate for a few minutes to makes sure all the detergent dissolves before adding the pillows.

inside washer

  • Once the detergent is dissolved, add the pillow(s), and then allow the washer to fiil the rest of the way with HOT water. I washed two pillows at a time, which helped balance the load when it came time for the spin cycle.

agitate pillows

  • Agitate the pillows for several minutes, then turn the pillows OVER to allow the top side to get the full effect of agitating in the HOT water. Agitate for several minutes more.

machne control

  • Put your machine on the 2nd rinse cycle or just run it through twice manually.

DRYING your pillows:

  • For down and feathers, use the air cycle. For synthetics, use the low heat setting.

dryer balls

  • Place the pillow(s) in the dryer, add a couple of tennis balls covered in clean socks or a few Homemade Dryer Balls to help FLUFF the pillows as they tumble dry. (If it’s a nice day you could also set them outside in the sun to dry!)

pillows better

  • Now isn’t that just about a thousand times better!?!? 🙂

reposted from : onegoodthingbyjillee.com


Household tip : Getting Rid of Fruit Flies in a Compost Bin

Published July 20, 2014 by teacher dahl

compost bin


Fruit flies are such a pain to get rid of,  once they’re in your house. But what do you do if your vermi composting  bin has fruit flies? Sure we could always keep the  bin outside, but when the temperatures are in the upper 90′s outside the poor worms will cook in our worm bin. We thought about putting the worm bin in the shop or barn, but those two places also get pretty warm when the temperatures soar. Our last resort was putting them in the house. But before they moved into the house, we needed to get rid of those pesky fruit flies!

Three Key Elements to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in a Compost Bin
I eventually discovered three key elements to keep fruit flies out of the worm composting bin while still feeding them fruit and vegetable scraps. I’ve been doing these two things for a couple weeks now and we no longer have issues with fruit flies! What does that mean? Our worms now live in the house, in a nice shady corner of the laundry room.

#1: Freeze all worm “food” before adding it to the bin.



Fruit flies lay their eggs on the skin of produce. When frozen, the eggs are killed. We now keep a gallon size plastic bag in the freezer and add produce scraps to it as we have them. Once the bag is full, I keep it in the freezer for another 24 hours just to make sure the last batch of scraps added to it have a chance to fully freeze.

After freezing the produce scraps for at least 24 hours, remove them from the freezer. Let them thaw and return to room temperature. Then they are ready to be fed to your worms. After the produce is frozen and then thawed, it all starts to turn in to a slimy mess which the worms love even more!

#2: Bury the food in the worm bin.


Instead of laying the produce scraps on top of the other materials in the bin, bury them. I keep a small hand rake by the worm bin so when I feed them I can use it to carefully rake the other materials back and bury the new food. The idea behind burying the food is that it keeps it out of reach to any flying insects, like fruit flies, that may happen to sneak into your bin. If they can’t reach it, they won’t lay eggs in it.


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#3: Put damp newspaper scraps on the top layer of the compost bin.

We tore newspaper into thin 1/2″-1″ wide strips and laid it on top of the other layers of material in our worm bin. If you tear with the grain of the paper, you will be amazed at how easily it tears in nice uniform strips! Place enough newspaper strips on top so you can’t see the next layer underneath. Again the idea with this is to keep the soil layer or any food scraps poking up through inaccessible to the fruit flies to lay eggs.

Spritz water on the newspaper strips until they are damp. This is another great way to gauge the moisture level in the worm bin. For a newbie vermicomposter, trying to figure out if the bin is wet enough or too wet can be tricky. The newspaper is an easy gauge. When you check the worm bin and the newspaper is dried out, sprtiz it with water until it is damp again. If the newspaper is soaking wet, it is probably a little too wet in the bin and the lid needs to stay off for a bit. We’ve also noticed that the worms loved to eat the newspaper layer so eventually you will need to add more as they consume it.

How to Be a Happy Housewife

Published June 28, 2013 by teacher dahl


If you want good things for your family, you need to begin by understanding just how important your happiness is to the rest of your household! And then you need to act on becoming that happy housewife!

How to be a Happy Housewife

1. Recognize that while you may not be employed outside of the home, you still have a “job.”

It’s true. Even if you don’t work outside the home, you have a great deal of responsibility, and we, as women, do quite a lot of work. I often say to my husband that he comes home from work every night, but my work never rests. Even at one in the morning I might be up rocking a sick child.

2. Do the housework.

Most of us can’t hire someone to do the housework for us. If you can, then good for you! But if you are like me, you need to go through the daily grind. Experience tells me that this gets easier the more you do it. Not because you have more experience, but because you will spend less time the tidier your house is.

You and your family deserve to have a nice place to relax at the end of the day. While your job might never end, you do have time to sit down and relax from time to time. Make sure that you can enjoy that time by keeping your house clean and tidy1

3. Plan your meals.

I am still learning about how to do this. Once I have it all figured out I will post another hub on the subject of menu planning. For me, this has been the most difficult part about being a housewife. I don’t enjoy cooking and I have a hard time planning what my family should eat as a result. I have discovered, however, that if you plan your meals carefully you will find that you save time, money and stress!

4. Keep a routine.

Nothing, and I mean nothing has changed my life like getting myself into a routine. When I wake up in the morning and make my bed, shower, fix my hair and makeup, and get dressed, I feel like a different human being. I am less stressed and am generally a happier person. I am also usually more productive if I am dressed and made up!

A routine provides much-needed structure and helps you to move from point A to point B more smoothly throughout your day!

5. Be good to yourself.

I have noticed that many stay at home moms in particular don’t take good care of themselves. I used to be one of those. Taking the time to shower and dress in the mornings makes a significant difference in the way that you feel about yourself, however. Makeup can do a lot for the way a girl feels!

6. Consider making an income (from home).

There are several ways that you can go about making an income from home, including selling on Ebay or writing here on Hubpages. Even if you don’t make a lot of money, you will give yourself a boost and a bit of pocket money that you might not otherwise have had!

7. Eat well.

This should go without saying but I know that for me, when I’m staying at home all day I can find any excuse to eat junk food. I’m an oddity: when I am eating in a restaurant I can absolutely order a salad and be happy with it, but at home I don’t tend to eat right. Be sure, too, that you are drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated!

8. Take some vitamins.

If you aren’t currently taking a multivitamin, now might be a good time to start. Organic vitamins are preferable and ensuring that you are getting a B-vitamin complex can be great for boosting the mood!

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