“I Want My Own” Pizza

August 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Cooking & Recipes

When kids are at that difficult stage where everything is “mine”, you can make their little hearts pitter-patter by serving individual pizzas and letting them choose their own toppings. This thin crust recipe makes 4.


1 cup of warm water
½ package of active dry yeast (about 1 & 1/8 teaspoon)
1 and ½ of granulated sugar
½ teaspoon of salt
3 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
3 cups of bread flour
Blended Pizza Cheese (Mozzarella and Provolone)


This dough does not have to rise. In a large bowl, combine the warm water with the yeast, sugar, oil and salt. Mix until the yeast dissolves. Using a wooden spoon, mix in the flour, ½ cup at a time. Once it’s all mixed together, knead it on a floured counter until it feels elastic. Divide into 4 parts, roll each into a ball and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Assemble the toppings. You can use a jar of prepared pizza sauce or make a simple sauce yourself by combining a 15 ounce can of tomato sauce with 1 and ½ Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1 Tablespoon of Italian seasoning.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. A pizza stone will deliver a crispy crust, whether thick or thin. Otherwise a baking sheet will do. Shape each individual dough ball into a round crust about 1/8 of an inch thick. Add the sauce and a few toppings (not too many) and sprinkle on pizza cheese.

Bake at 425 degrees for 11 to 17 minutes turning once or twice after 10 minutes if needed.

What are teeth whitening strips?

August 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Health & Fitness

Teeth whitening strips is the new innovation in the counter of products for teeth bleaching. The main idea in providing this product to people is to achieve less messy, whitening, superior, simpler system for whitening the teeth. These strips are thin, flexible, clear pieces of plastics or polyethylene in which one side is coated with a thin film of bleaching agent mainly hydrogen peroxide. They are designed in a way that the strip itself becomes bleaching agent’s delivery system.

These strips are very easy to use. This strip is put simply on the user’s teeth and then pressed gently into place so that it is stabilized and makes maximum contact between the teeth which has to be treated with the strip’s whitener. After the passing of treatment time, the strip is simply taken out and it is discarded. Mainly these strips are worn for thirty minutes in a day and twice a day. Treatment duration depends on the particular product and conditions of teeth. For course of 2 weeks these whitening strips have been coated with a whitener such as hydrogen peroxide where its concentration is 6%. In 2 weeks 56 strips will be used, 28 for lower teeth and 28 for upper. If course is of one week, the strips are coated with 10% whitener.

In this teeth whitening strip, no tray is needed as in the case of bleach treatment which are bulky and messy to wear, to fill and to remove. These teeth whitening strips are so effective that it provides best results to the user. Due to advantages of this treatment, most of the people find it the best treatment as it creates little interference of one’s daily activities. Due to its ease in working and relatively low cost it becomes one’s perfect choice in treatment of teeth. After trying these strips people feel that they have achieved the success what they wanted.

What is teeth whitening paint?

August 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Health & Fitness

Many people while meeting strangers feel hesitation; they make excuses to avoid them. It is all due to bad look of their teeth. They feel embarrassed of their teeth look. But now it is not a problem as there is a new product available for these problems and that is teeth whitening paint. It is used by professionals and its affect can be seen. By using these paints one can go to meet strangers and can shake someone’s hand with confidence and flashing his white and wholesome smile.

These teeth whitening paints do not require any special whitening trays and through it paint can be applied directly on the teeth so that paint can solidify on the teeth and act as a white film over the real tooth. Other advantages of these paints are that they are easy to use, relatively cheap and can be applied to individual teeth selectively.

This teeth whitening paint has primary bleaching ingredient such as carbamide peroxide agent or hydrogen peroxide which is used to solve the problems related to teeth. There are different types of paints available in the market. Some are applied for a period of 30 minutes while some for time of sleeping at the night. The best part of this whitening paint is that it can be removed simply by brushing the teeth.

This teeth whitening paint is safe and non- toxic and it gives the appearance of natural and white healthy teeth on one’s face. This paint can also be utilized to bright the crowns veneers and caps used in the teeth. This teeth whitening paint is the best solution for those people who do not want any big hassle and a big amount of money to be spent on treatment of their teeth. Through this teeth whitening paint people are saying good bye to their yellow or discolored teeth.

Acid Reflux: How women are affected

August 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Health & Fitness

Nothing proves the connection of women with Acid reflux disease , than the study done  by Dr B. Jacobson in Boston.

Turns out , that  10,545 women were presented a questionnaire which asked them how often, how severely, and how long they suffered from  Acid Reflux  (GERD)  symptoms. They were categorized according to their Body Mass Index(BMI),

The results :

22% had Acid Reflux symptoms once a week or more. Of all the women who had had symptoms at some time, 55% described them as moderate.

Those with a BMI under 20 were 33% less likely to suffer from Acid Reflux than those with a BMI between 20-22.4.

Women with a BMI of 22.5-24.9 had a 38% higher chance of having Acid Reflux symptoms in comparison with the 20-22.4 BMI group.

And we need to remember, that women with a BMI higher than 25 are classed as overweight.  And obese.

Another factor unique to women, pregnancy, also has something to do with Acid Reflux. Pregnant women have increased levels of hormones, which decrease the pressure on the muscle and block reflux. Also there is an increased pressure from the baby in the lower abdomen. due to the hugely expanded uterus.  All these conditions during pregnancy tend to increase discomfort. Hence pregnant women are more prone to acid reflux. At the same time, the physical situation makes it very difficult for them when it happens.

There are simple measures that a pregnant woman can take to reduce the possibility of Acid Reflux. Besides taking appropriate diet, it is the way the woman drinks her water that makes a difference. Pregnant women are advised to drink eight glasses of water a day. The thing to bear in mind is to have these, in-between meals, instead of with meals.  Drinking along with meals, the sheer volume pressures the stomach wall to expand, and then the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) feels   more pressure, forcing it to open inappropriately. Hence, it is really recommended that in particular, pregnant women drink more water and other fluids in between meals, instead of with meals.

Women prone to Acid Reflux may also be at risk for what is called  Laryngopharyngeal reflux, or  a case of stomach acids landing up, pouring into,  and affecting your larynx or voice box..  A typical age for onset here is 57, and though obese women are at risk, this condition, is usually seen in thin tall women. The activity of the esophageal muscle trying to hold down acid that is  trying to back up from the stomach, leads to a “voice box fatigue” situation, and many women suffer on waking up, from a gravelly voice, and a feeling of a lump in the throat.  .

Those women who suffer from the above symptoms are well advised to consult gastrointestinal practitioners.

Workshop goals

August 6, 2012 by  
Filed under General

Every workshop must have a clearly defined goal.  The goal is the desired result that the organization envisions, plans and commits to achieve.  The reasons behind organizing a workshop may be many and various. It may be that an organization wants to focus on its recruitment procedure.  Other businesses may need to undertake some team building activities for newly formed teams.  Another reason could be to teach better organizational skills to a section of the staff.

The workshop organizer has to define the workshop goals that represent the intended outcomes of the workshop and are aligned to the participant’s needs and interests. It is important to define at least two goals; one goal that focuses on the workshop content and one goal that focuses on taking actions.  Coupled with this it is important to identify objectives for each session of the workshop, the objectives being the steps leading to achieving goals.

Thought must be given to what it is the organization wants the participants to know at the end of the session.  Once that is known it is possible to form well constructed goals.