Showing posts from December, 2010

Gloria Estefan’s Natilla!


Superstar Gloria Estefan shares her recipe for natilla, a traditional Spanish custard served at the holidays.


8 egg yolks

1 cup granulated sugar

4 tbsp. cornstarch

3 cups whole milk

1 cup evaporated milk

1 piece lemon rind

1 cinnamon stick

¼ tsp. salt

1½ tsp. vanilla

Cinnamon powder, to taste


In large mixing bowl, mix egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch until completely smooth, then set aside. In medium saucepan over medium-low heat, place both milks, lemon rind, cinnamon stick and salt, and bring to boil, watching closely and stirring occasionally to avoid scorching milk. As soon as milk boils, remove from heat and let cool about 5 minutes. Remove lemon rind and cinnamon stick. Gradually pour heated milk into egg mixture, stirring constantly with wooden spoon (or using paddle attachment of stand mixer set on low). Return custard mix to same saucepan used to heat milk, set over medium heat and bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low, the…

9 Ways to Boost Your Toddler's Confidence!

Stop the Comparathon

It's never a good idea to compare your child to others, whether it's a more outgoing friend or an overachieving sibling. Instead, focus on what makes your child different and let her know how special that part of her personality is, says Lynne Milliner, a pediatrician with Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland. "That alone will help boost her confidence and make her more comfortable in front of others," she explains. So if your child isn't particularly athletic but loves to draw, sign her up for an art class where she can be around other kids with the same interest.

Watch Your Words

Talk about shyness as how your child feels, not who she is, says parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. For example, if your daughter is hiding behind your leg and refusing to say hello to Grandpa, you might be tempted to say something like, "Sorry, Grandpa. She's shy." Instead, tell your daughter, "You feel shy…

What Makes an Online Display Ad Good or Bad?

This is a powerful business article guest post written by Mel Chye on "What Makes an Online Display Ad Good or Bad?"

Internet users are increasingly frustrated with flashing, shaking pop-ups and advertisers are showing equal concern over these forms of display tarnishing the image of display advertising.

Advertisers want to get the most out of their online advertising budget, therefore this article will communicate the methods through which a good display ad can be achieved and a bad display ad can be avoided.

The most commonly used ad formats being banners, skyscrapers and pop-ins are viewed positively. When working with the small spaces reserved for display ads, design elements are crucial as they can add or detract from an advertisement.

In these limited spaces, advertisers need to be able to communicate the benefits of a product to the target audience, a call to action or service information. Bold colours and differentiating between an image in the foreground and the bac…

How Effective is E-mail Marketing?

E-mail Marketing is one of the most effective forms of traffic retention because you retain traffic by relying on the fact that people check their e-mail(s).

E-mail marketing is a very reliable method. It works by first capturing the e-mail address of those that opt-in to receive your newsletter. Optionally, you can clean your list by having people double opt-in. The double opt-in process requires that somebody open their e-mail and confirm their subscription to your list. This removes bounce backs, invalid e-mail addresses and generally people who do not want your e-mails.

Once you have their e-mail address, you can send them e-mails with reasons to open it. A general rule of thumb is to send people information that will benefit them one way or another.

The effectiveness of an e-mail marketing campaign is measured by the open and click rates and perhaps revenue generated. To maximize your open rate, you have to entice people with what they can see from their in-box folder. The two m…

SEO Trends - What 2011 Holds for Us?

A powerful business article guest post written by Danielle Sage on "SEO Trends - What 2011 Holds for Us?"

With 2010 nearing an end, we are all looking ahead optimistically towards 2011. In the world of web technology, we have not witnessed any major upheaval this year. Being an ardent web surfer and a webmaster it's all but natural for me to become curious about what holds for us in 2011.

The most interesting area to look forward to is Search Engine Optimization (SEO), without which no website under the sun passes the fitness test. The SEO domain has got a tremendous boost owing to the growing popularity of social networking sites and various improvements in search technology. In this article and the following one, I will share with you some of the SEO trends that you can look forward to next year.

Social Media Optimization

Close on the heels of Search Engine Optimization, comes Social Media Optimization, the newest incarnation of SEO. I know that you are not getting surp…