Monthly Archives: Eylül 2012

Amazing Places To Experience Around The Globe

Fly Geyser- In Nevada;

Fly Geyser is located on the private Fly Ranch and is accessible only by a small private dirt road. The ranch is currently owned by Todd Jaksick. There is a high fence and a locked gate topped with spikes to exclude trespassers. Despite the booby traps, some people jump the fence to get a better look. Several organizations have tried to purchase the land for conservation and make it open to the public, but have been denied.

Belize- Great Hole;

This is a popular spot amongst recreational scuba divers, who are lured by the opportunity to dive in crystal-clear water and meet several species of fish, including giant groupers, nurse sharks and several types of reef sharks such as the Caribbean reef shark and the Blacktip shark. Other species of sharks, like the bull shark, have been reported there, but are not regular sightings. Usually, dive trips to the Great Blue Hole are full-day trips, which include one dive in the Blue Hole and two further dives in nearby reefs. Recently diving has also been offered from the island Long Caye in the Lighthouse Reef only a couple of miles away from the Great Blue Hole. They offer 2 dives in the Blue Hole: North side and South side.

Giant Madagascar Baobab Tree;

Also known as the Giant Madagascar baobab (Adansonia grandidieri), or Grandidier’s baobab, this iconic tree once towered over Madagascar’s dramatic arid western landscapes but now exists in only five known locations. Its thick, bottle-shaped trunks hold large amounts of water, an extremely valuable resource to people and wildlife living in the drier regions of this island nation. The baobab reflects the uniqueness of Madagascar’s flora. All but one of the world’s eight baobab species survive here, and most are found nowhere else on the planet.

Vietnam- Pongua Fall;

This water fall is the most magnificent powerful one in the vicinity of Dalat. Located in a mountain range more than 50 kilometers from Dalat, Pongua water fall is as high as 40 meters. From that height water falls down to a big lake below producing great noise the echo of which can be heard far from the fall.

Yushan National Park- Taiwan;

Yushan-Yishan (Jade Mountain) National Park is the second national park in Taiwan. Covering an expanse of some 105,490 hectares, this is the biggest national park by area in Taiwan. East of the park is the Taitung Valley and Taitung Coastal Mountain Range. The west flank is the Alishan Mountain Range, where as the south flank consists of the South Cross-island Road and Kuanshan. The north flank is Tungpu Village and Zhintashan. The park area crosses Nantou, Chiayi, Hualien and Kaohsiung County.

Kaieteur Falls- Guyana;

Kaieteur Falls is a major tourist attraction in Guyana. The falls is located in Kaieteur National Park and is in the centre of Guyana’s rainforest. There are frequent flights between the falls’ airstrip and Ogle Airport and Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown.

Lady Musgrave Island Great Barrier Reef- Australia;

Lady Musgrave Island is a 14 hectares (35 acres) coral cay on Austalia’s Great Barrier Reef,  with a 1,192 hectares (2,950 acres) surrounding reef. The island is the second island in the Great Barrier Reef chain of islands (with the first being Lady Elliot Island), and is most easily reached from the town of 1770, Queensland, located on approximately 5 hours north of Brisbane. It is named for the wife of Sir Anthony Musgrave, a colonial governor of Queensland.

Seychells;  A W E S O M E!!

The Dunes- Peru;

Ica is a beautiful city located in the southern part of Peru, in the middle of a green valley surrounded by the desert. This wonderful city stands out thanks to its warm climate, gorgeous white sand dunes and to a beautiful lagoon, known by the locals as Huacachina. On this spot visitors may explore the surroundings of the lagoon or go for a ride with buggies machines out in the desert and practice one of the ultimate sports in our country “Sandboarding”. In addition, visitors may spend a great time at one of the traditional vineyards located in the countryside and learn how Peruvians prepare our delicious “Pisco Sour”. The city of Ica also owns one of the best archaeological museums of Peru, “The Regional Museum of Ica”.

Blue Lagoon Reykjavik- Iceland;

The lagoon is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is renewed every 2 days. Superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines  that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal hot water heating system. Then the water is fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users to bathe in.

Iceland has a strict code of hygiene and guests are required to shower without clothing in the communal shower area before and after bathing.

Positano Amalfi Coast- Italy;

Like the rest of the region, the Amalfi Coast lies in a Mediterranean climate, featuring warm summers and mild winters. It is located on the relatively steep southern shore of the Sorrentine Peninsula, leaving little room for rural and agricultural territories. The only land route to the Amalfi Coast is the 40 kilometres (25 mi) long Strada Statale 163  which runs along the coastline from the town of Vietri sul Mare in the east to Positano in the west. Thirteen municipalities are located on the Amalfi Coast, many of them centered around tourism.

Madeira Island- Portugal;

Today, it is a popular year-round resort, being visited every year by about one million tourists, noted for its Madeira wine, flowers, landscapes and embroidery artisans, as well as for its annual New Year celebrations that feature the largest fireworks show in the world, as officially recognized by the Guinness World Records,  in 2006.The main harbour in Funchal  is the leading Portuguese port in cruise liner dockings, being an important stopover for commercial and trans-Atlantic passenger cruises between Europe, the Caribbean and North America. 

Sichuan – China,

Alentejo- Portugal,

Rice Field Terraces in Yunnan- China,

You should see the planets in the form of a Lollipop!!

5 Yummy Desserts!

Caramel Bars:Ingredients:

– 3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
– 2 cups unsalted butter, melted
– 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
– 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
– 4 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 cup uncooked regular oats
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 3/4 teaspoon salt
– 6 (2.07-oz.) chocolate-coated caramel-peanut nougat bars, chopped (Snickers)
– 1 (14-oz.) can dulce de leche

Directions:

– Preheat oven to 325
– Combine brown sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract in a large bowl; stir well
– Combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in another bowl
– Add to butter mixture, stirring just until blended
– Fold in chopped candy bars
– Pour batter into a greased aluminum foil-lined 13″ x 9″ pan coated with cooking spray, allowing foil to extend over ends of pan.
– Spoon dollops of dulce de leche over batter, swirling slightly into batter with a knife.
– Bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes.
– Cool completely
– Use foil to lift uncut brownies out of pan
– Peel foil away from sides of uncut brownies, and cut into bars

Brownies:

Ingredients:

Brownie Layer:
– 10 tbsp unsalted butter
– 1 1/4 cups white sugar
– 3/4 cup cocoa powder
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 2 tsp vanilla extract
– 2 large eggs
– 1/2 cup AP flour

Oreo Layer:
– 1 package of Oreo (regular stuffed or double stuffed)

Cookie Dough Layer:
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temp)
– 1/4 cup brown sugar
– 3/4 cup white sugar
– 1 egg
– 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
– 1 1/4 cups AP flour
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1/2 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

For the Brownie Layer:

– In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium high heat
– Add the sugar and cocoa powder once the butter is melted
– Whisk to combine and remove from heat
– Add the salt, vanilla and eggs and continuously whisk until the eggs are combined
– Add the flour and continue to mix
– Set batter aside
For the Cookie Dough Layer:

– Cream together the butter and sugars in a mixer
– Add the eggs and vanilla, making sure to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl
– Add the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix on low until everything is incorporated
– Fold in the chocolate chips
– Set dough aside

Assembly:

– Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
– Line the bottom of a 9×9 baking pan with tin foil and then spray the tin foil with a layer of baking spray
– Layer the cookie dough on the bottom of a 9×9 baking pan, pressing down to form the bottom of the slutty brownies
– Layer as many oreos that will fit on top of the cookie dough in a single layer
– Pour the brownie batter on top of the oreo layer and make sure it’s evenly layers on top
– Bake for 30-35 minutes or until knife removes clean from the center
– Test with a knife to see if the center is done. If the knife comes out clean
– Serve with ice cream

Pan:

Ingredients:

Crust:
– 1 cup pecans, chopped
– 3 tbsp white sugar
– 1/2 cup butter
– 1 cup flour

Cream Cheese Layer:
– 1 8 oz package cream cheese
– 1 cup powdered sugar
– 1 cup whipped cream

Vanilla Pudding:
– 1 package of instant vanilla pudding (5.1 oz or 144 g)
– 3 cups milk

Chocolate Pudding:
– 1 package of instant chocolate pudding (5.1 oz or 144 g)
– 3 cups milk

Last layer:
– 2 cups whipped cream
– Shaved chocolate

Directions:

– Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
– Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
– In a mixer mix all the crust ingredients together and press the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
– Bake it for about 20 minutes.
– Prepare the vanilla pudding as per the instructions on the package.
– Prepare the chocolate pudding as per the instructions on the package.
– In a mixer add the cream cheese, powdered sugar and the cup of whipped cream.
– Mix until light and fluffy.
– Let the crust cool. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust evenly.
– Spread the chocolate pudding over the bottom crust, then the vanilla pudding.
– Top with the whipped cream and sprinkle with the chocolate.
– Refrigerate until ready to serve

Snickers Brownies:

Ingredients:

Brownie Layer
– 1 box of brownie mix
– 1/4 cup hot fudge topping, unheated

Nougat Layer
– 1/4 cup unsalted butter
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– 1/4 cup evaporated milk
– 2 (7 oz.) jars marshmallow creme
– 1/4 cup peanut butter
– 1 1/2 cups salted peanuts, roughly chopped
– 1 teaspoon vanilla

Caramel Layer
– 1 (17 oz.) jar of caramel

Candy Bar Topping
– 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips
– 1/4 cup peanut butter

Directions:

– Prepare brownie batter according to package directions for a 9×13-inch pan
– Add hot fudge ice cream topping to the batter Make sure to follow the high
– Cook according to package directions
– Cool completely


– Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
– Add sugar and milk, stirring until dissolved.
– Bring to a boil.
– Add in the marshmallow creme, peanut butter, and vanilla stirring until smooth.
– Turn off heat and fold in peanuts.
– Pour evenly over cooled brownies, using a spatula to spread
– Cool completely

– Scoop caramel topping into a heavy bottomed saucepan and heat over low until caramel is soft and easy to stir
– Pour the caramel over the nougat layer evenly Make sure to pour it evenly across the nougat covering as much as the surface as you can. This makes it easier to spread the caramel with a spatula
– Cool completely

– Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter together in a saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth
– Pour over nougat layer
– Cool in fridge until ready to serve

S’mores Bars:

Ingredients:

– 2 cups graham crackers
– 2 tablespoons sugar
– 7 tablespoons butter melted.
– 16 oz of dark chocolate (65% cacao), melted
– 1 cup of whole milk
– 2 cups of Cocoa Pebbles
– 4 cups mini marshmallows, divided use

Directions:

– Preheat oven to 350
– Place graham crackers, sugar and melted butter in a bowl and mix to blend
– Firmly press mixture into the bottom of an 11×13 pan
– Bake for 10-12 minutes
– Set aside to cool

– Melt chocolate with milk in a pan over medium low heat and whisk to combine.
– Transfer mixture to a new bowl and set aside for 10 minutes to cool (transferring the mixture to a new bowl will help to cool it faster)
– Add cocoa pebbles and 2 cups of marshmallows to cooled chocolate mixture and mix to combine
– Pour mixture over crust
– Pour remaining 2 cups mini marshmallows on top and place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to toast tops of marshmallow layer
– Chill in refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours or overnight

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Mini tacos!

Perfect for football season!!! Mini tacos: Won ton wrappers in muffin tins. Fill with taco seasoned ground meat, cheese & bake for 8 minutes at 180 degrees. Top with favorite taco toppings!

 

So cute!

Guinness World Records 2013

The world’s largest biceps belong to Mostafa Ismail (Egypt) and were measured
for left arm flexed at 64.77 cm (25.5 in) and non-flexed 62.23 cm (24.5 in) and
for right arm flexed at 63.5 cm (25 in) and non-flexed 60.96 cm (24 in). The
measurements were taken in Franklin, Massachusetts, USA which is where Mostafa now resides.

The heaviest competing sportswoman living is sumo wrestler Sharran Alexander (UK) of London, UK, who weighs 203.21 kg (448 lbs)

The oldest gymnast is Johanna Quaas (b 20 November 1925, Germany) who, at the age of 86 years, is a regular competitor in the amateur competition
Landes-Seniorenspiele, staged in Saxony, Germany. She performed a floor-and-beam routine on the set of ‘Lo Show dei Record’ in Rome, Italy.

The tallest mohican measures 113.5 cm (44.68 in) and belongs to Kazuhiro
Watanabe (Japan). The length was verified at Bloc de l’art hair salon, Shibuya,
Tokyo, Japan.

The tallest living dog is ‘Zeus’ (USA) a Great Dane, who measured 1.118 m (44
in) tall and is owned by Denise Doorlag and her family, of Otsego, Michigan,
USA.Zeus also takes over the ‘Tallest dog ever’ title from previous holder
‘Giant George’

The tallest living horse is Big Jake, a nine-year-old Belgian Gelding horse, who
measured 20 hands 2.75 in (210.19 cm, 82.75 in), without shoes, at Smokey Hollow Farms in Poynette, Wisconsin, USA.

The shortest bull is Archie, a 16-month-old Dexter Bull, fully registered in the
Northern Ireland livestock inventory, in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, who
measured 76.2 cm (30 in) from the hoof to the withers.

The tallest donkey living is Oklahoma Sam, a four-year-old American Mammoth
Jackstock, who measured 15.3 hands (155.45 cm; 5 ft 1 in) tall on 10 December
2011, and is owned by Linda Davis of Watsonville, California, USA.

The heaviest rideable bicycle weighs 750 kg (1650 lb) and was built by Wouter
van den Bosch (Netherlands) and ridden in Arnhem, Netherlands.

Largest collection of Barbie dolls : Bettina Dorfmann (Germany) has 15,000
different Barbie dolls. She has been collecting Barbies since 1993.

Largest collection of Hello Kitty memorabilia: Asako Kanda (Japan) has 4,519
different Hello Kitty items. Her house is filled with Hello Kitty items, such as
a Hello Kitty frying pan, a Hello Kitty electric fan and a Hello Kitty toilet
seat.

The youngest professional drummer is Julian Pavone (USA) (b. 14 May 2004). As of 21 March 2010, he was five years, 10 months, three days old.

The largest drum set is comprised of 340 pieces, is owned by Dr Mark Temperato (USA) and was counted in Lakeville, New York, USA. Dr Mark Temperato is a member of the band called Jesus the Soul Solution. He transports the drum set in a custom-built trailer.

The most balls juggled is 11 and was achieved by Alex Barron (UK), who managed 23 consecutive catches in what is known as a qualifying” juggling run. This feat was achieved at Roehampton Squash Club, London, UK.

The largest mining truck body by volume is the Westech T282C Flow Control Body which has a volume of 470.4 cubic metres at a coal density of 0.86 tons/m3. It was designed and manufactured by WESTECH (USA) an Austin Engineering LTD company and was presented and measured at the North Antelope Rochelle Mine, Wyoming, USA.