Fourth of July Celebration Ideas

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How to celebrate the Fourth of July in your house

Fourth of July is day that the United States became independent. There are several ways which you can celebrate to mark the occasion without leaving the comfort of your home. Provided that you have a garden or backyard and would like to have some company (friends or family members) during the holiday, you can host a barbecue on the day: grill tomatoes, cucumber, potatoes, onions and pork chops in your garden or backyard and serve to guests with your choice of table dressings; if you would rather make something sweet then you can bake different types of patriotic cakes, such as a coffee cake or a butter cake and top it with colored marzipan squares in shades of red, white and blue.

If you are feeling lazy on your day off and just not interested in entertaining but would still like to do something fun to celebrate Independence Day, then you can get crafty; make a patriotic vase: firstly, buy an old vase from the flea market, secondly, color it with acrylic enamel paint – pick Craftamo Acrylic Paints (available at Amazon), in the colors of the American flag, and finally add water to the vase and use the vase to store a newly bought bouquet of flowers in your house.


Why Eat Fruits

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How to resist temptation to switch fruits with sweets in your daily meals

You are taught at a very young age that you must always eat the right fruits to grow up healthy and strong. But when temptation lurks in every corner in the form of fried sweets and sweet breads (for example: chocolate bread), what to do? It does not sound like an idea worth trying out: exchange fresh fruits for a Chelsea bun and also lots of churros.

What you can do in moments such as these where the temptation to deviate from that healthy outlook is just too strong is improvise a little bit for your health. Now, I know that idea sounds even worse than the previous one, but can a donut really solve all your problems when it looks that mangoes really can? It really does not and fruits not only provide you with the regular vitamins you need, they do not actually taste bad.

I think that if you widen your taste palette, then it will get easier to avoid temptation to sneak in that hot cross bun you bought yesterday from your favorite bread store because you will think twice before choosing it over a banana. And if, like me, you just always cannot eat fruits completely raw then mix it with your favorite daily drink, such as tea or hot milk, and pretty soon you will find that you can no longer remember that bun.

The Story With Apple Pies

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Apple pies: no matter how the wind blows, it is hard to replace the popularity of apple pies in the United States

Apple pies are sweet and crusty. It is an eccentric combination, which forms the very heart of food culture in the United States, and yet it is hard to understand why an apple pie would be such a beloved in the country, rather than something more conventionally sweet, like cake – it is probably so because of the story associated with the dessert.

From the 1600s and onwards, apples of the necessary breed (from Europe) had to be homegrown first in the United States before any delicious apple pies could be made. Its popularity had even propelled the creation of an imitation edition of the apple pie, which was familiar to the British Navy in the early part of the 20th Century. The imitation pie was drastically different from the traditional apple pie because it was made from crackers, which are salty – this is more akin to the traditional British concept of a pie which usually contains meat, instead of something sweet-tasting.

What really differentiates the humble apple pie, in my opinion, from its fellow desserts, is its pastry crust and also how unique it is to have that over a sweet-flavored stuffing. It really diversifies the British concept of pies and brings something new to the table, even though the ingredients that makeup the pie are naturally so British.

The Trade War Over Soybeans

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Amidst tough local circumstances of farmers raking in less profits, there is a trade war erupting between China and the United States, with soybeans

In response to Trump’s latest imposition of high taxes on products brought into the United States from China, the Asian state has counter-imposed high taxes on soybeans. It appears that this move could really hurt the American economy, which is quite dependent on the legume, given that it is the country’s top agricultural export – it is so, that China usually snaps up a very large share of it.

The trade of soybeans between the United States and China is valued at $14bn, and it flourishes in the Midwest (in states like Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska) – it is also the region where Trump had been a favorite during the elections in 2016. It might just seem like a disagreement over trade for China and the US, on the surface, but the atmosphere is just too hostile to simply term as such, especially when soybean farming is at stake.

China likes to make use of soybeans in food items such as tofu, cooking oil and milk. So, this new trade move might make both the countries unnecessarily switch their trading partners over the commodity: Brazil could replace the United States for China, whilst the United States could begin to export soybeans to nations, such as Japan and Thailand.