Friday, September 26, 2008

Sansi, a better alternative to oven mits

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Today, as I was pouring hot water over my ramen noodles with my fat oven mit, I poured some scalping hot water onto my other hand. Hah! What good is an oven mit if your hand is going to get boiled?

Then I thought back to that handy dandy utensil my mom had in her kitchen. You won't find it in the aisles of WalMart, nor will you get it in a kitchen department store in America. This helpful utensil is only sold in India and over the internet through several online stores.

What on earth am I talking about here? The utensil that would have saved my hand from becoming cooked is a Sansi. That's what my mom always called it. A sansi is a stainless steel picker upper, if you will, of hot items. Now how is this better than oven mits? Well the grip on a pot or pan is much better, especially for those pots and pans that are without handles. Sure oven mits are great for pulling cakes and cookies out of the oven, but a sansi ensures that contents of a hot pot will not be dumped on you.

If you are interested in obtaining one, just visit this site. Don't worry, they are not overly expensive. The most you will ever pay for one is 15 dollars (and I think that's an extreme scenario)



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Train with me online

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Folks, its that time, summer has ended, and fall is here. However, just because swimsuit season is over, does not mean our work out regimens have to be. A good, balanced work out not only tones your body, and helps you reduce weight, but it also improves your mood. Studies show that people who regularly exercise show a boost in moods and lower rates of depression. The benefits of exercise are just endless, but to sum it up, you'll be a lot healthier. Sounds like a pretty good deal, doesn't it?

Train with me online is an excellent support site dedicated in helping you meet your weight loss goals. Thousands of members have access to fitness tips, exercise video demonstrations, healthy recepies and even a members forum. Getting into shape may be difficult, but you don't have to do it alone. Think of this website as your own private personal trainer. Members are allowed to save exercises to their profile, thus enabling them to compile a work-out series. The exercises are conveniently organized according to emphasis on body part.

The best part of it all, is, it's FREE! Yes that is right, you do not need to pay a single dime to reap the benefits of this. Sorry if I sound like an ad, but it has helped me figure out what exercises to do. If you're like me, then you want to know if an exercise you're doing is correct. It is a life saver for those who are at loss on which exercises to do, what exercises benefit which body part, and what is healthy in terms of diet. Although it is free, there are a few things you may want to invest in if you don't have them already

  • Free weights (for your toning exercises)
  • A good pair of gym shoes
  • A exercise ball
  • A yoga mat
Just because you no longer have to look good in a beach dress, does not mean you should stray from your health goals. After all, you have the holidays to look stunning, confident, and most of all, healthy.

Happy fitness!

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Wamu goes down under

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Considered to be the biggest bank failure in American history, WaMu (Washington Mutual Bank) the FDIC claimed WaMu's assets and then sold most of the companies to JP Morgan, now the second largest bank in America. The fall of the bank is due to several factors. After the fall of The Leham Brothers, WaMu customers withdrew earnings approximating 16.7 billion dollars in a ten day period. The panic and uncertainty which caused this massive money withdrawal, left Wamu unable to liquidity their assets.

In the long run, WaMu's failure was due to the mismanagement and misinformed bets on the mortgage market. Due to their risky debts and tumbling mortgages, JP Morgan has dropped the loan portfolio to 31 billion. This however can change if the company decides to take advantage of the bailout IF it goes through.

For current WaMu customers, you are still able to resume regular banking. According to Shelia Bair, (FDIC chairman) what this means for customers is the combination of two banks.

For an in depth article on WaMu's fall, read article

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