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The Spice Rack | Town & Cooking

For some, the spice rack is the graveyard of the kitchen. It’s where dried herbs and spices wither and grey– the only jars not covered in dust from infrequent use are pizza spice and garlic salt. Stocking spices can seem a daunting task– and an expensive one, at that. It certainly doesn’t have to be expensive or tedious to turn your spice graveyard into a shrine.

 

The Spice Rack

 

1. Buy only what you need. The easiest way to know which herbs and spices to keep in stock is simple: buy for whatever recipes you make as you make them. It’s easy to simply buy a pre-made spice rack with standard spices already in it, but chances are you’ll be overpaying. There’s no reason to go on a spice shopping spree and buy everything you see– the most important spices to stock are what you actually use regularly, whether it be 5 or 15.

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2. See it all. Everyone has old spices lying around– it’s almost cute, finding a bottle of dried marjoram from 2002 way at the back of the cabinet. It’s not cute when you realize you have three containers of cinnamon, of three different vintages. To prevent things from getting lost at the back of a cabinet, keep them somewhere that you can keep them in a shallow cabinet or drawer where it’s easy to view them all at once. I keep my spices on an old, inherited shelf mounted on the wall.

 

My New York kitchen has only three small cabinets and no drawers, so it was necessary to be innovative! I love having everything in plain sight and it helps me be more creative in the kitchen– a quick perusal of the shelf and I get inspired to be more adventurous with seasoning. Seeing everything at a quick glance also makes it much easier to tell when you’re out of stock on a preferred herb– I just ran out of both dried thyme and rosemary this week!3. Make it beautiful. There’s no reason that the spice rack, which is used often, should be neglected when it comes to decor.

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Try displaying little doo-dads and tchotchkes among the spices to make it more personalized.  You can even use your electric pasta machine to do that in your kitchen. I have a few little antique salt + pepper shakers, an old tea box from the Old Country, a feather brush my great-grandmother brought from Europe, a little vial each of edible gold and silver leaf, and a New Jersey-shaped cookie cutter among a few other curious objects. If everything is in plain-view, don’t neglect this opportunity to use it to its full design potential!

 

4. Think outside the jar. Some people are very brand-loyal or appreciate a more cohesive look, I prefer a more natural approach. If you have a lot of little jars from different companies, consider using old jam and mustard jars to hold your spices and herbs. I prefer the wide rim of a jam jar to a small, standard spice jar– it’s easier to fit a whole measuring spoon in. Despite the pleasingly hodge-podge look of different jar sizes, the look is more cohesive because of the handwritten labels on each one. If you do use old jam or mustard jars, thoroughly wash out the lid and the jar and allow to get bone dry before filling. You could also consider buying glass or plastic jars in bulk and handwriting out labels, if you want a truly cohesive look.

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Where to find phlebotomists jobs?

If you decide to become a phlebotomy technician, you’re probably worrying, where you will be able to find phlebotomy jobs. It’s a great decision to enter the medical field right now because there are many opportunities and you’ll be performing the duties that will be in demand for many years to come. The necessity for qualified phlebotomists will likely exceed the number of qualified candidates in the coming years, according to the latest researches. There are many different locations where you might find employment, although a position in hospitals may be the first and only ones that come to mind.

 
Let’s look closer at some of the places you could find a job after completing the required phlebotomist classes and certification. Blood banks offer one of the best options to find a job, because there is a large staff and the demand for qualified specialists is permanent.

 
Clinics, hospitals, and offices of physicians are the most often chosen places. You should look at the local medical centers if they require a phlebotomist. If you are interested in the career’s growth, you can decide to work at the laboratory. Here you can continue your education and begin to analyze blood samples. This employment position will guarantee the best phlebotomist salary.

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To become a phlebotomist in one of the locations listed above for work, you must first complete a certificate or associates degree. Many students prefer online certificate programs through schools, technical or professional as they can be completed in less than a year. Some employers prefer to hire candidates who graduate associate degree programs with local community colleges, because they are more complete. Phlebotomy school alumni must also pass a kind of state-administered examination to become licensed to work in this field, although specific requirements vary from state to state.

 
The job of a phlebotomist is drawing of blood. The majority of phlebotomists take blood samples for medical diagnosis, so they can work in a student health center, clinic, hospital or other care facility. Some phlebotomists collect blood from donors to maintain a supply of blood for surgeries and other medical tests. Other technicians draw blood for further testing in laboratories and testing centers. Regardless of the objective, the blood is still collected from a vein using a sterile needle and the lancet, a tube placed in safe collection and sent to a laboratory for testing with the appropriate labels on it. It is a work that requires tolerance, steady hands and a good bedside manner.

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Pax 2 Portable Vaporizer Review

Pax 2 is an herbal vaporizer manufactured and developed by Ploom. It’s an upgrade of the original Pax, which is already in the market for a few years now. The Pax 2 has all the features of the Classic and a few updated features of its own. If you want to know what kind of vaping experience you can get with the product before you buy pax 2 vaporizer, just sit back, vape, and read our review.

Pax 2 in a nutshell

As we said, it’s very similar to the original Pax unit developed by Ploom a couple of years back. But here are the basics of the vaporizer in case you’re new to all of this, or to the Pax series of vaporizers.

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  • Pricing
    • The Pax 2 comes at around $280, which is a pretty huge price tag for herb vaporizers in the market today.
  • Quality of burn and vapor
    • At that price, the unit doesn’t fail at providing potent clouds of vapor, making it a good buy, even if it’s a little expensive. The burn gets a little less flavorful and a little hot as soon as you use it for longer, though.
  • Warranty
    • Now this is something that you didn’t think you’d get from a portable vaporizer. The unit has a 10-year warranty, which is way longer than the warranty of most units out there.
  • Setup
    • Ease of use is what the Pax 2 gives every vaper out there. It reaches working temperature quickly, giving you a more efficient use time.
  • Portability
    • When you buy the product, you’ll probably wonder where the mouthpiece is. It’s carefully hidden inside the lid to keep it clean and compact, making it a good vaping choice for when you’re on the go.
  • Controls
    • The Pax 2 is straightforward and won’t cause you headaches with figuring out how to work it. The controls are intuitively designed and the unit is good for both long and short draws. A drawback is that it needs extra attention with maintenance as compared to other models if you want it to always perform at its peak.
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Home Improvement : Fluorescent Light

Flourescent light is an easy electrical home improvement project when you follow these easy instructions with safety tips. These easy step by step instructions include list of necessary electrical supplies, safety precautions and other helpful tips.

SAFETY FIRST!

Working with electricity scares a lot of people. When installing a light, you need to follow these electrical safety tips.
Always make sure the power is SHUT OFF by turning off the breaker in the circuit breaker box or by removing
a fuse in a fusebox. Note: fuseboxes are not as common as circuit breaker boxes.Test the light in question and make sure it does not turn on and light up.

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Supplies for Electrical Home Improvement to Replace a Light with a Flourescent Light

Home Improvement Instructions for Replacing a Flourescent Light

I am assuming that you do have an existing light in a ceiling (such as a kitchen, garage or workshop) and you want to
replace it with a flourescent light. If this is the case, make sure electricity is off.Begin by removing the old light fixture.You should be left with three wires sticking out of the box mounted in the ceiling. A black wire,
a white wire and a ground wire (usually copper or green in color).

Let’s assume you want to wire up a 48″ long, 4 bulb flourescent light fixture. We must now examine how to anchor it to the ceiling. Due to its length, obviously it must be supported by screws, mollybolts or hollow wall anchors of some sort. If you can locate the celing joists, then I would use 2-1/2″ drywall screws. Just drill some holes through the back of the light where the screws can hit those joists. If mollybolts are your choice, then drill 4 holes near each corner of the fixture. Insert the mollybolt bolts through each hole and then screw on the wing end on each bolt. You will have to spring the wing ends together when pushing them into a large enough hole in the ceiling drywall. The winged parts will flip back and that’s what anchors the light tightly to the ceiling drywall. Hollow wall anchors attach similarly. Be sure you can retreive the wires in the ceiling box, even if you have to drill a large hole in the light to stick it through.

File off any rough burrs that may have been created when drilling. It is best to use plastic hole liners to insure the electrical wires do not short out.After the light has been anchored solidly to the ceiling, it is time to hook up the black and white wires using yellow scotchlocks. Just attach these over both black wires and turn clockwise until tight. Repeat for the white wires. Attach the green or copper colored ground wire to the little green screw already attached to the new light fixture.Attach the metal cover over the wires and transformers. Make sure all wires are tucked in and under the cover.

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It simply needs to be pinched to spring into position.Your light will typically need 48″ flourescent bulbs with 2 little pins sticking out of each end. These bulbs slide into the sockets and twist 90 degrees to lock in. Put all 4 bulbs into their sockets.Turn the power back on and flip the switch.You have now installed a new flourescent light.