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My Mom’s Tried and True Recipe for Rich Greek Pastitsio (Παστίτσιο)

Nothing says a rich dish like a Greek Moussaka or Pastitsio or Παστίτσιο in Greek. Pastitsio is an authentic Greek baked pasta dish with ground meat and béchamel sauce. It’s like a Greek lasagna but with béchamel sauce and thick spaghetti.

Pastitsio has layers of pasta, minced beef, and a creamy béchamel sauce which are baked together to create a rich, velvety dish. This is my mom’s tried and true recipe for rich, authentic Greek Pastisio. Make sure to watch the video below as well! 

Authentic Greek Pastitsio (Παστίτσιο) – Greek “Lasagna”

Ingredients

2 packages of thick, long pasta such as bucatini, or if you can find Greek brand Misko Spaghetti  No. 3 at your local Greek bakery

1 – 1½ cups of Kefalotyri, Kefalograviera, Mizithra or parmesan cheese, finely grated

1 cup milk

Pastitsio Greek Pasta Nea Fytini

Beef Mixture

1/2 kg ground beef (1 1/2 pounds of beef is ideal)

1 large onion, finely chopped

2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil (if meat is extra lean)

2 teaspoons sea salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

Half a cinnamon stick

2 bay leaves

3-4 cloves

1/2 cup white wine

1 cup tomato purée, or 3 medium tomatoes, shredded

1/2 cup water

 

Béchamel

3 cups of milk

6 tablespoons flour

4 tablespoons butter, softened (or Nea Fytini, which can be found at your local Greek bakery)

4 eggs

Salt and pepper

Watch my mom make the recipe!

Method:

Sauté the ground beef, onion and garlic in ¼ cup of butter until browned.

Add salt, pepper, parsley and stir for a few minutes.

Add tomato and stir for a few minutes, then the wine.

Cook on medium heat for about an hour, or until sauce is thick and no water remains. When the sauce is cooked, add a a handful of the shredded cheese to the mixture and stir.

At the same time, in a separate pot, boil the water for the pasta with a little salt.

At the same time, prepare the béchamel. In a small bowl, mix together softened butter and flour, salt and pepper until a nice consistency.

Add 3 cups of milk to sauce pan and cook on low heat. Slowly add the flour/butter mixture and stir to remove clumps. Then, add eggs, one by one, stirring well after each addition. Keep stirring on low heat until the sauce thickens.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain and place back into pot. Add the remaining ¼ cup of butter and mix with the pasta, along with 1 cup of milk, and a handful of the grated cheese.

Once the sauce is cooked, remove the bay leaves, cinnamon and cloves. Add a handful of the grated cheese and stir.

In a large round roasting pan, add half of the pasta. Then, add a layer of the beef mixture. Add the remaining pasta on top. Then, add the béchamel sauce to the top. Add a little more cheese, and a few pats of butter to the top.

Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes or until brown.

 

My Mom's Tried and True Recipe for Rich Greek Pastitsio

My Mom's Tried and True Recipe for Rich Greek Pastitsio

My Mom's Tried and True Recipe for Rich Greek Pastitsio

Yield: Large Roasting Pan

My Mom's Tried and True Recipe for Rich Greek Pastitsio (Παστίτσιο)

My Mom's Tried and True Recipe for Rich Greek Pastitsio

Pastitsio is an authentic Greek baked pasta dish with ground meat and béchamel sauce. It's like a Greek lasagna but with béchamel sauce and thick spaghetti.

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours

Ingredients

Beef Mixture

  • 1/2 kg ground beef (1 1/2 pounds of beef is ideal)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (if beef is extra lean
  • 3 medium tomatoes, shredded, or 1 cup tomato purée
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 2 packages of thick, long pasta * see notes below
  • 1 – 1½ cups of Kefalotyri, Kefalograviera, Mizithra or parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 cup milk

Béchamel

  • 3 cups of milk
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened * see notes below
  • 4 eggs
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

    1. Sauté the ground beef until brown. If using extra lean, add some olive oil.
    2. Add onion and garlic, salt and pepper.
    3. Add tomato and 1/2 cup water and stir.
    4. Add cinnamon, bay leaves and cloves, and stir.
    5. Add in the wine, and cook on medium heat for about an hour, or until sauce is thick and no water remains.
    6. Once sauce is cooked, add a handful of the grated cheese to the mixture and stir.
    7. At the same time, in a separate pot, boil the water for the pasta with a little salt.
    8. At the same time, prepare the béchamel. In a small bowl, mix together softened butter and flour, salt and pepper until a nice consistency.
    9. Add 3 cups milk to sauce pan and cook on low heat. Slowly add the flour/butter mixture and stir to remove clumps.
    10. Then, add eggs, one by one, stirring well after each addition. Keep stirring on low heat until the sauce thickens. Add a handful of the cheese and stir.
    11. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and place back into pot. Add the remaining ¼ cup of butter and mix with the pasta, along with 1 cup of milk and a handful of the grated cheese.
    12. In a large round roasting pan, add half of the pasta. Then, add a layer of the beef mixture. Add the remaining pasta on top.
    13. Then, add the béchamel sauce to the top. Add a little more cheese to the top, and a few pats of butter to the top.
    14. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes or until brown.

    Notes

    Try to find Greek brand Misko Spaghetti  No. 3 at your local Greek bakery. If you can't, use bucatini, or something similar - super thick spaghetti.

    You may choose to use Nea Fytini instead of butter, which can be found at your local Greek bakery.

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    16

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 541mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 15g

     

     

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    These Are the Cozy Fall Products You’ll Love Right Now

    This fall is unlike any other; thanks to the pandemic, we’re spending more time at home and getting outside for walks as much as possible. So rather than shopping for trendy clothes and glammed up outfits, we’re looking inward into cozy and comfy items for our wardrobe, beauty boxes, and homes.

    These are the cozy fall products you’ll love right now:

    The Cardigan

    Just because you’re working from home, you don’t have to look schleppy. The Cardigan by The Source Apparel is a cozy, comfortable wraparound piece that feels like wearing a blanket, but looks polished enough for a video conference. It’s made of stretch organic cotton twill, so it’s versatile.  Wear with leggings at home, as part of your yoga ensemble, or pair with jeans when going out. The Cardigan is sourced and sewn in Los Angeles, under fair conditions, using eco-friendly practices, and is available in sizes XS-3X.

    Currently available in black, it will also be available in Juniper (olive green) just in time for the holidays.

    $98 The Source Apparel

     

    Comfortable Leggings

    As I mentioned, pair The Cardigan with my favourite leggings by far – 90 Degree by Reflex yoga pants. I’ve tried so many different brands of leggings but these are by far the most comfortable, flattering, AND they don’t ride down! I’m always finding I’m lifting up leggings as they roll down, or start to shift down. But these are the only pair that seem to stay put. Definitely look for the high-waist variety, and I particularly prefer the Hypertek material (82% Nylon 18% Spandex blend).  90 Degree by Reflex, $38.

     

     

    Weighted Blanket

    A weighted blanket produces a sense of comfort much like when you swaddle a baby. The SensaCalm blanket can help you sleep more peacefully, reduces anxiety and stress, eases restlessness. Sensa Calm is American-made. Prices vary, SensaCalm.

    Warm Layers

    I’ve been enjoying daily walks since the pandemic began. With winter coming, I refuse to stop so I’ll need to layer up. The RedHEAT ACTIVE base layer crew top and bottom from KOMBI Canada will keep me warm on my outdoor exercise. This new technical fabric stores and manages body heat for maximum comfort during high intensity activities.  $59.95 each, Kombi Canada.

    Top off with the Camp toque $25.95, and Mittens $29.95

    Sherpa Cozy Slippers 

    And… these cozy wool-blend fabric house socks in Buffalo print with sherpa lining will keep your tootsies warm indoors. Bonus, they have heel grips on the bottom so you don’t slip and slide on hardhood floors! I’ll be living in these all winter. $29.95 ·at KOMBI Canada.

    Nail Polish in Fall Shades

    This year might look different, but painting your nails is one of the few little self-care things you can do at home. Dr.’s REMEDY Enriched Nail Care has a gorgeous line-up of fall shades, including the shade, New Desire Dark Brown.

    There’s comfort in these rich earthy hues by the 10-free formula and the #1 podiatrist recommended brand. It’s formulated with organic ingredients, and without formaldehyde and other chemicals, and paraben free too.  $17.25 Dr.’s Remedy.

     

    Scrunchies

    Who’s bothering to style their hair these days unless for a Zoom call? The top bun is likely the hairstyle trend of 2020 for most moms! Dress up your locks with these stylish and cute scrunchies from Bellefixe, an American hair-accessory company. From headbands to scrunchies and pretty barrettes, these hair accessories are pretty and practical for the cost-conscious fashionista.  Also affordable, all items range between $8 – $18.  www.bellefixe.com

    Envirosax bags

    Ditch the boring reusable bags from the grocery store and opt for these trendy, high-quality reusable bag that can compliment your everyday style. From a grocery shopper bag, traveling bag, beach bag, or just an everyday tote, the Envirosax can fit all. Made from lightweight polyester, these bags are designed to hold more than 44lbs, are water-resistant and folds to 2″. What’s unique to the brand is that they use eco-friendly dyes and printing methods.   $49.99 for a pack of 5 at Envirosax.

    Prana Brush

    As the weather gets colder, we need to keep our skin moisturized. But first, it’s important to exfoliate! Dry brushing has incredible health benefits; it detoxifies the body, improves circulation, eliminates dead skin cells, exfoliates the skin, improves skin tone, aids digestion, reduces and prevents cellulite, and increases energy and well-being. In addition, dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps eliminate toxins and pathogens that can cause inflammation and illness. $44.50 Prana Brush.

    South of France Body Care

    Thanks to “Emily of Paris”, I’m dreaming about France… and while I can’t travel there, I can pretend to be whisked away to the Fresh countryside with hand and body creams from South of France Body Care. Thicker and richer than conventional moisturizing lotions, South of France hand and body creams are absorbed quickly to leave skin silky to the touch.

    Ingredients include Fair Trade Certified organic shea butter and cocoa butter, as well as coconut, sunflower and sweet almond oils. They are certified animal cruelty-free, non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan. They are also free of all sulfates, phthalates, paragons, EDTA and colorants. Climbing Wild Rose and Violet Bouquet are pretty scents, not overpowering, and moisturize with a little dab. The Green Tea soap is my favourite scent. $10.99 on Amazon.

     

    Sipology Tea

    Put your feet up with your KOMBI slippers, and cozy loungewear, and have a cup of Sipology tea. Sipology by Steeped Tea is a Canadian owned, family run, quality loose leaf company using only use real, whole ingredients tested for the highest standards: ✓ No artificial flavour ✓ No irradiated ingredients ✓ No artificial colours ✓ No harmful preservatives ✓ No added sugar unless stated ✓ No MSG.  The Earl Grey is delightful!  Visit Sipology with Sarah

     

    These Are the Cozy Fall Products You'll Love Right Now | amotherworld.com

    How to Make Your Own Pennywise Costume

    Pennywise:  Do you want a balloon too, Georgie?

    Georgie: I’m not supposed to take things from strangers.

    IT was one of the most anticipated horror films in 2017, and the highest-grossing horror film ever, not surprisingly.  

    Set in the summer of 1989, the film tells the story of a malevolent shapeshifting creature who takes the appearance of a clown, Pennywise, who begins hunting and eating children. The film is based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Stephen King, which was also adapted into a 1990 miniseries.

    So Pennywise continues to be a popular Halloween costume with the film’s sequel, It: Chapter Two in 2019, and it will always be. But to purchase a Pennywise costume is quite expensive, upwards of $150 to achieve the complete look.

    A Pennywise mask alone will run you about $50, and over $150 for a Pennywise costume. But, if you have some time to spare and creativity, you can make your own Pennywise costume. Here’s how to make your own Pennywise Costume.

    First, you’ll need to find a white shirt and pants/leggings. You can find a plain white button shirt at a thrift store, or at Old Navy for about $15 and white leggings for $5.

    Then, you’ll need to take a trip to the dollar store and buy an inexpensive orange wig, a bald cap (or find one at Amazon like this one), hot glue, coffee filters, and some red yarn. 

    What you need to make your own Pennywise costume

    Then, the work begins!  Fold the coffee filters into fours so that they resemble a ruffle neck. You can do the same for the shoulders, and waistline as well. Use hot-glue to adhere to the shirt and leggings.

    DIY Coffee Filter Neckline for Pennywise Costume

    Make your own Pennywise costume

    After applying the coffee filters but before adding the pop-poms, you can spray paint the costume with metallic silver paint to better resemble Pennywise’s costume from the 2017 film, or leave as is in white.

    Here’s how to make the pom-poms:

     

    With the orange wig, transfer the hair to the bald cap using hot glue to glue pieces onto the bald cap. Or, you could also buy an orange wig and trim the hair into Pennywise’s hairline. You may still wish to wear the bald cap along with the wig in order to have a high hairline. 

    For the face, you can skip the cheap Halloween makeup and use a pale foundation and/or light powder to cover the face, and a red lip liner or lipstick to paint the rest of the face, including the marks on his face and lips.

    What do you think of this make-your-own DIY Pennywise costume?

    Make Your Own Pennywise Costume

    Make Your Own Pennywise Costume

    How to Make Your Own Pennywise Costume

     

    How to Make Your Own Freddy Krueger Costume

    Year after year, Halloween is an exciting holiday in our household. When else can you load up on sugary treats and dress up as your favourite character?

    Since my kids were little, deciding on Halloween costumes is the highlight of autumn. We start thinking about what to dress up as for Halloween as soon as school begins in September!

    There is no doubt that your little goblins and ghouls are excited to dress up as a Marvel superhero or, for older kids, a villain or frightening figure from a favourite Horror film. The truth is, many of the popular costumes are expensive to be worn likely only once.

    My son is a horror film buff, and loves to dress up as classic fil villains such as Michael Myers, Joker, and Freddy Krueger.  A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of most popular Halloween movies ever made. Even today, Wes Craven’s horror film is a cult favorite, spawning a franchise of sequels, a TV series and a movie remake.

    Freddy Krueger is a serial killer with a burnt face, and wears a glove armed with razors to kill his victims in their dreams, still gives fans nightmares.  He still remains one of the most infamous villains in movie history – and a popular Halloween costume.

    If one of your kids prefers to dress up to scare his/her friends and is asking to dress up as Freddy Krueger, you’ll be likely surprised to discover the hefty price tag that goes along with a store-bought costume.

    A Freddy Krueger sweater alone will run you $50. That doesn’t include the mask or the hand, mask or hat.

    Instead, you can check thrift stores for a plain red crewneck sweater or long-sleeve tee, or purchase this sweater for $9 at Wordans, or $15 at Old Navy. Then, use fabric paint in green to paint the stripes; I bought green acrylic craft paint from the dollar store.

    First, I taped the stripes on the sweater. Then I placed cardboard inside the two layers of the sweater so the paint wouldn’t bleed through. Paint the stripes, and allow to dry. I only painted the front of the sweater, not the back.

    How to make your own Freddy Krueger Costume | amotherworld.com

    For the hand, you can purchase one on Amazon for about $16. Or instead, you can pick up a pair of brown gloves from the dollar store, four plastic knives and some paint. Using sandpaper, dull out the sharp part of the plastic knives. If you can find silver plastic knives, even better – if not, paint them silver.

    For the mask, if you can find one for a good deal at a Halloween store or online, go for it! But for a less expensive option, you can use an old red tube of lipstick to paint burn marks. Buy a top hat from the dollar store and the costumer is complete!e

    How to make your own Freddy Krueger Costume

    How to make your own Freddy Krueger Costume

     

     

    How to Make Refreshing Instant Fruit Sorbet

    Forget the packaged ice cream and sorbets at the grocery store – you can make instant fruit sorbets at home with a Vitamix. Instant frozen blender treats are so easy to make without having to wait, or bring out the ice-cream maker. You also don’t need to make sugary syrup either; the sweetness comes from the frozen fruit! 

    It’s always a good idea to have several kinds of mixed frozen fruit in the freezer for smoothies, including frozen berries, peaches, mango, and pineapple. I also peel and freeze ripened bananas to have ready just for smoothies and sorbets.

    Perfect for breakfast, or a snack on the go; after a workout, or even as a late-night “treat”, this instant fruit sorbet recipe is quick and easy, nutritious and delicious. The best way to blend the fruit as smoothly as possible is with the Vitamix – use the Personal Cup for this recipe, or double or triple the batch using the large pitcher.

    Here’s what you need to make instant fruit sorbet:

    Instant Fruit Sorbet Recipe

    Ingredients:

    1/4 cup orange juice

    1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)

    1 frozen banana

    2 cups frozen fruit – strawberries, mixed berries, peaches, mango or pineapple

    1 scoop of your favourite protein powder (optional)

    Method:

    Add ingredients to Vitamix and blend until well combined. If you prefer a bit thicker, add a little more frozen fruit.

    Scoop into bowls and enjoy!

    If you prefer the sorbet to be a bit harder, you can freeze the mixture into a container. If you plan on doing this, freeze the container before putting the sorbet inside as it will freeze quicker and be less icy.

    Makes 1-2 servings.

    Enjoy!

    How to Make Refreshing Instant Fruit Sorbet in the Vitamix - amotherworld.com

    How to Make Refreshing Instant Fruit Sorbet in the Vitamix - amotherworld.com

    Yield: 1-2 servings

    How to Make Refreshing Instant Fruit Sorbet

    How to Make Refreshing Instant Fruit Sorbet in the Vitamix - amotherworld.com

    Forget the packaged ice cream and sorbets at the grocery store – you can make instant fruit sorbets at home with a Vitamix.

    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 5 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 1/4 cup orange juice
    • 1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
    • 1 frozen banana
    • 2 cups frozen fruit – strawberries, mixed berries, peaches, mango or pineapple
    • 1 scoop of your favourite protein powder (optional)

    Instructions

    1. Add ingredients to Vitamix and blend until well combined. If you prefer a bit thicker, add a little more frozen fruit.
    2. Scoop into bowls and enjoy!

    Notes

    If you prefer the sorbet to be a bit harder, you can freeze the mixture into a container. If you plan on doing this, freeze the container before putting the sorbet inside as it will freeze quicker and be less icy.

    How to Make Refreshing Instant Fruit Sorbet in the Vitamix - amotherworld.com

     

    Make Special Memories When the Kids Are Young Now

    I read a post somewhere (and I wish I could find it to reference) where a Dad told his wife that the kids won’t remember all the things they did when they were young. They’ll be too young to remember but at least Mom and Dad will remember the memories they built together as a family.

    But guess what?

    They DO remember. Kids do remember making memories when they’re young.

    They remember the bouncy rhymes you sang when they were light enough to sit on your lap.

    They remember the Criss-Cross Applesauce sensation on their backs when their hands were smaller than yours.

    They remember their favourite lovies they would never leave home without, like my son’s red block and horse flashcard (that I kept for him).

    They remember the talking toy their late grandfather gifted when they were just babies (that blows me away).

    They remember their favourite shows they watched as little kids like Wonder Pets and In the Night Garden.

    They remember the colourful kids-sized table in the kitchen corner where they’d sit together and have a snack.

    They remember the first time they rode their bikes without training wheels as you watched, cheering them on.

    They remember the sounds of the ice cream truck hitting the neighbourhood and the screaming with joy as they ran to get their favourite rocket pop.

    They remember when you held them tightly in the ocean playing ring around the rosey.

    They remember giggling, “higher!” each time you pushed them on the swings just a little harder.

    They remember that you played I Spy in the car rides on summer long weekend road trips.

    They remember fall apple picking, getting lost in corn mazes, and going on hayrides.

    They remember the Halloween party you threw with all the cool decorations and the costumes you handmade for them.

    They remember your loud cheers when they scored their first goal.

    They remember when you stood up in the auditorium and clapped your hands like a hysterical woman applauding for their performance at the school assembly.

    They remember the trips you took to the beach, and falling asleep in the car on the way home with chocolate ice cream smeared all over their faces.

    Don’t underestimate how the love you share with your children can form early memories that will stay imprinted in their mind. The time you spent together and the love you gave them is what they will always remember.

     

    Make Special Memories When the Kids Are Young Now | amotherworld.com

    More Women are Quitting Jobs They Love to Homeschool Their Children

    Alycia King has a 10-year-old son entering grade 5 this upcoming school year. She also has worked as a nature educator in a children’s nature program for the past 5 years.

    But like many others, King, 28, was laid off in March. This July, the Ottawa mom had to decide whether she’d be returning to work in September. At the time, Ontario’s plan was leaning towards a hybrid model, which meant King felt she would need to quit her job as she assumed children would split their learning time at school, as well as at home.

    “It was a very difficult decision, I loved my job,” King says. “At the time, I made the decision based on a false guess that schools would be resuming part-time. But as the plan for full-time school came out I have been feeling more and more confident with my decision.”

    The pandemic has forced women to reconsider how to balance their careers and families. Now that elementary-aged children will be going back to school in class full-time with full-size classes, many parents are opting to keep their kids learning remotely from home, or in learning pods. That means, more women are quitting the jobs they love to homeschool their children.

    King’s son struggles with reading and writing. She fears that schools, whether online or virtual, will not be able to provide the same level of support to their students this year compared to previous years. She’s also worried about keeping her family healthy.

    “Our other major concern was health; my son usually requires a puffer in the winter and will have a cough from fall through spring. My husband has asthma as well and doesn’t do well with the regular flu.”

    Tovah Lalla of Windsor decided to quit her job as a massage therapist to take care of her 5-year-old. Her decision came after the Ontario government announced that elementary class sizes would remain the same, and not be reduced to a maximum of 15 students as recommended by the Hospital for Sick Children’s Guidance for School Reopening.

    “I have a 5 year old. I know they can’t socially distance because they are small and don’t understand,” says Lalla.  “Also, we have several vulnerable family members we would like to visit for the holidays. If we are exposed, we won’t be able to visit with them. So we are limiting our exposure as best as we can.”

    Lalla, 39, felt the pressure of balancing her career and family life too much to sustain.

    “I’ve found it too difficult to spend my day home-schooling my son, maintaining my home, and then going to work for 4-6 hours, then coming home and caring for my family. My mental state could not handle burning the candle at both ends like that.”

    King recognizes that she is in a privileged position to make that decision, but it wasn’t always so. She was a single mother and worked 2-3 jobs while in school and taking care of her son.

    “If this pandemic had hit a few years ago, I would be putting my son on that yellow bus. Heck, I would have given my 2 months’ notice and searched for a cheaper place because the average child gets sick 5-6 times a year and with strict protocols surrounding COVID, I would have been taking too many sick days to afford rent. I’m grateful to now be in a position where I have options and can choose the ideal one for me.”

    Like many parents, opting to quit their full-time careers to stay home to take care of children, will be a financial challenge.

     “With good budgeting, we could cope on one income… but it’s still a big hit compared to a steady income, especially considering the fact that any small virus and my husband will be unable to go to work,” King says.

    Lalla and her family feel privileged that they are able to budget and live on one income.

    “My husband and I are in a financial situation where we can afford to live on his income (which is mostly what I did when I was in mat leave), so it made the most sense that I would exit the working world to focus on making sure my family is thriving.”

    Despite the fact that many fathers are also quitting their jobs to take care of their families, women still bear the brunt of housework and child care responsibilities. Women shouldering the burden of childcare more likely to “fall out” of the labour force, according to an RBC Economics report.

    The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse women’s earnings and economic opportunities, widening gender gaps that persist despite 30 years of progress. That statement was recently made by the IMF International Monetary Fund

    But King isn’t worried about re-entering the workforce. “I don’t have a plan for next year when my son returns to school (I hope?), but having a plan in this era seems silly. I’ve had dozens of plans over the last few months and there are so many moving parts that the plan usually changes within the week. I plan on homeschooling and going with the flow until we get to calm waters.”

    Lalla isn’t concerned about jumping back into her work once things settle down either.

    “Massage therapy is something many people really need, even if they don’t know that they need it. I’ve been a massage therapist for 12 years this year. My clients will always find their way back. And if they don’t, I’ll get new ones.”

    “We all have choices we need to make. My family will always come first.”

     

    More Women are Quitting Jobs They Love to Homeschool Their Children

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    How to Make Restaurant-Style Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer

    Have you ever craved chicken wings but didn’t want to go to a pub or restaurant, but could never make them at home? Want to make restaurant-style chicken wings at home, crispy chicken wings but not deep fried? Well, do I have the recipe for you! Here’s how to make crispy chicken wings in the air fryer! 

    Making chicken wings at home is quite simple however you will need to have some extra time to prepare. A busy weeknight may not be the best time to make restaurant-style chicken wings in the air fryer. It’s all in the preparation of the wings that is the trick, and I’ve found this two-step method is the winner in my home.

    I love cooking chicken wings in the Hamilton Beach Digital Air Fryer; this powerful kitchen must-have cooks the wings to a nice crisp, and clean-up is easy thanks to its non-stick basket.  

     Here’s how to make restaurant-style chicken wings in the air fryer.

    How to Make Restaurant-Style Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer

    Ingredients

    4 pounds split chicken wings (about 40)

    ½ cup all-purpose flour

    ¼ corn starch

    ¼ Panko crumbs

    1 teaspoon paprika

    1 teaspoon garlic powder

    1 teaspoon onion powder

    1 teaspoon sea salt

    1 teaspoon black pepper

    Sauce of choice – BBQ, Frank’s Red Hot, etc.

    Ranch or blue cheese sauce for dipping

    How to Make Restaurant-Style Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer

    Method

    Add chicken wings to a large pot and fill with water until covered. On high heat, bring to a boil; reduce to medium heat and boil for about 15 minutes.

    In a bowl, mix flour, corn starch, panko, and spices. Add half of the mixture to a plate.

    Drain chicken wings. Using tongs, dip chicken wing into flour mixture to coat.

    Spray the air fryer with some oil. I use grape-seed oil placed into a spray bottle. Place coated wings into fryer in one layer. Then, spray some oil on top. Add more of the coated wings. Fill the fryer only 3/4 of the way.

    Using the Air Fryer settings, press the chicken button of the Hamilton Beach Air Fryer and cook for about 15 minutes. Depending on how crispy you like them, after the first 15 minutes, I spray them with some oil once again, and mix them up in the fryer and cook for another 10-15 minutes.

    Transfer chicken wings to a bowl. Add sauce of choice and shake in bowl, or serve with sauce on the side.  

     

    How to Make Restaurant-Style Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer | amotherworld

    How to Make Restaurant-Style Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer | amotherworld

    How to Make Restaurant-Style Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer | amotherworld

    How to Make Restaurant-Style Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer | amotherworld.com

    Yield: 4 pounds

    How to Make Restaurant-Style Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer

    How to Make Restaurant-Style Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer | amotherworld

    Want to make restaurant-style chicken wings at home, crispy chicken wings but not deep fried? Here's how to make crispy chicken wings in the air fryer!

    Prep Time 30 minutes
    Cook Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour

    Ingredients

    • 4 pounds split chicken wings (about 40)
    • ½ cup all-purpose flour
    • ¼ corn starch
    • ¼ Panko crumbs
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper
    • Sauce of choice - BBQ, Frank's Red Hot, etc.
    • Ranch or blue cheese sauce for dipping

    Instructions

      1. Add chicken wings to a large pot and fill with water until covered. On high heat, bring to a boil; reduce to medium heat and boil for about 15 minutes.
      2. In a bowl, mix flour, corn starch, panko, and spices. Add half of the mixture to a plate.
      3. Drain chicken wings. Using tongs, dip chicken wing into flour mixture to coat.
      4. Spray the air fryer with some oil. I use grape-seed oil placed into a spray bottle. Place coated wings into fryer in one layer. Then, spray some oil on top. Add more of the coated wings. Fill the fryer only 3/4 of the way.
      5. Using the Air Fryer settings, press the chicken button of the Hamilton Beach Air Fryer and cook for about 15 minutes. Depending on how crispy you like them, after the first 15 minutes, I spray them with some oil once again, and mix them up in the fryer and cook for another 10-15 minutes.
      6. Transfer chicken wings to a bowl. Add sauce of choice and shake in bowl, or serve with sauce on the side.  

      Nutrition Information:

      Yield:

      6

      Serving Size:

      1

      Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1179Total Fat: 80gSaturated Fat: 28gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 45gCholesterol: 267mgSodium: 2087mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 59g

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      Like many people right now during Covid-19, you may be feeling more anxious, helpless, worried, sad, a variety of powerful emotions. You may not know when things will start looking up again, and that fills you with dread. You may have lost hope, and cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel through this pandemic. It’s tough not to feel worried, hopeless, and anxious about almost everything these days.

      Many people have had their lives turned upside down because of the pandemic, whether had to adjust to working from home, homeschooling their children, or lost their jobs. These changes to lifestyle can take a negative toll, and for some, cause fear, anxiety and stress. Some people may have fallen into a depression, being isolated from their peers. The COVID-19 pandemic may be impacting your mental health, according to various surveys and hotlines, as recorded in this Mighty article.

      The feelings of worry, helplessness, hopelessness and utter dread are spreading among the population more than ever before. What’s strikingly familiar?

      Everyone is currently going through something that is so similar to what depression sufferers deal with. Yes, the struggles you’re currently coping with now, are struggles mental health warriors battle every day – not just through this these unprecedented times.  Are more people understanding mental health matters now because of the pandemic?

      I hate having to make the connection but I have to point it out because many people are now experiencing what it feels like for someone who suffers from depression and anxiety. And that strangely makes me feel a little relieved because finally, people who could never empathize with me are now unwillingly in the same position. It’s opened up their narrow views on mental health because they’ve been thrown into the frenzy of emotions we typically struggle with. Now you know how I feel all the time!

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      Summers Growing Up in the 1980s Were the Best

      The summers of our childhood past,
      were simple yet full of laughter and adventure.

      The neighbourhood kids gathered from noon till night, doors unlocked.

      We walked to the local outdoor community pool with no parental supervision,
      and rode our bikes around blocks and trails, and to the variety store where Fun Dip was 10 cents and chocolate bars were 25.

      The excitement of the day was buying Freezies and rocket pops that would stain our clothes.

      The sounds of the ice cream trucks circling the streets enticed joyful screams.

      We played “restaurant” with mud, and climbed trees, swinging from their branches.

      We ran through sprinklers, and waded in small plastic pools,
      and played tag, hopscotch and Double Dutch.

      Outside we spent all summer’s day until we were called in for dinner,
      and then rushed back out once again until dusk for hide-and-seek.

      Extended families gathered on Sundays since everything else was closed,
      to Wonderland, the local beach, or Centre Island for potluck picnics and charcoal barbecue,
      and on the way back, we’d gaze out the car window and daydream or nap, sun-kissed.

      These are the summers of our childhood past,
      where families and friends gathered and created memorable fun and endless laughter,
      where we entertained ourselves rather than looking to be entertained,
      where boredom meant making our own adventures.

      Our summers growing up in the 1980s were the best | amotherworld

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