If you're not much of a baker, or simply don't have a lot of time on your hands, you may constantly be on the hunt for quick and easy recipes you can serve up if you need a sweet treat for a gathering (or simply something to indulge your own sweet tooth after a long day). Often, the easiest solution is chocolate. More specifically, a chocolate coating. You can level up just about anything and create something that looks homemade by dipping it in chocolate, even if all you did was dip a pre-made item.
For example, as per OMG Chocolate Desserts, there are countless no-bake truffle recipes that require just a little mixing and a quick dip at the end. For something even easier, as Carlsbad Cravings outlines, a dunk in chocolate transforms strawberries into an elevated, elegant treat (bonus points if you manage to master an artful drizzle with a contrasting chocolate).
However, the last thing you want is for your chocolate coating to be dull and unappealing. If not done well, a chocolate coating can quickly turn tasty morsels into unappetizing brown lumps on your plate. Sure, it may still taste delicious without that signature chocolate sheen, but it won't have the same aesthetic effect. If you've ever faced this issue, there's one secret ingredient you absolutely need to know about. It's a simple addition that will supply you professional-looking results, no matter what you're coating or what kind of chocolate you're using.
In order to get a fantastic sheen on your chocolate coating, you don't need to master any particular techniques or get any fancy equipment. Instead, as Southern Living recommends, just add in some coconut oil at a ratio of about 1 tablespoon of coconut oil per cup of melted chocolate. Since coconut oil becomes solid at room temperature, you'll want to melt it before combining it with chocolate to best incorporate it.
The oil will instantly deliver a bit of sheen to your chocolate as it hardens, creating a much more appealing final product. As Coach Sweet Tooth explains, adding oil to your chocolate also gives the chocolate a more smooth, silky texture. Plus, it makes the chocolate a little easier to work with — just like the added sheen, this means your chocolate-dipped products will look absolutely flawless.
However, there's one other hidden benefit of incorporating coconut oil into your chocolate dipping mixture — it also helps the chocolate solidify much more quickly. If you're trying to whip up a sweet treat and you're pressed for time, this is a definite bonus. In fact, coconut oil is actually one of the secret ingredients in Magic Shell coating, the chocolate sauce that creates a nearly instant shell coating the moment it's poured over ice cream. The mere addition of some coconut oil to your chocolate mixture will create a homemade version of the kid-friendly product, as Minimalist Baker outlines.
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It’s Friday and you’ve managed to fight your way through a tough week, so now it’s time to reward yourself with something fun. Sure you could go out and party, but watching this crazy video won’t leave you with a hangover. Instead, it’ll leave you questioning physics and wondering how long it took to put together what has to be the most insane BMX course of all time.
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Kriss Kyle is heralded as one of the most talented BMX riders of all time, and if you’ve ever seen a accurate BMX tricks compilation video even in passing, odds are pretty good that Kyle was featured in it at some point. Since Red Bull loves nothing more than to pull off crazy stunts with action sports icons, the company teamed up with Kyle to create what it’s calling “Kaleidoscope.”
As Airows points out, it’s a ludicrous BMX course that basically looks like something straight out of a Sonic the Hedgehog game.
Watch in awe as Kyle defies gravity and absolutely kills Red Bull’s Kaleidoscope course. As you might imagine, the course gets progressively more crazy as the video goes on until finally, you’re not sure anymore whether you’re watching footage of a real person or a video game. Trust us, you’re going to enjoy this one.
Staying in good shape comes naturally for Tia Blanco, who makes a living by catching waves in the ocean as a professional surfer.
She’s also a plant-based Yogi who is constantly moving her body with different forms of exercise.
The talented athlete recently shared a picture showing off her aerial skills in yoga clothes that fit her body perfectly.
She opened up with her fans and followers about her favorite time of the day and some of the lovely rituals she enjoys for herself.
Not long before that, Tia shared a picture wearing a wetsuit in a solid color that was bright enough to catch anyone’s eye.
As she prepared to go surfing on a Sunday during the fall season, she was looking just as gorgeous as ever.
Tia wore a tan-colored matching set of yoga clothes by JOLYN while showing off an impressive yoga move in an Instagram picture. Her high-waisted leggings hugged the curves of her hips and thighs while loosening up around her ankles.
Her sports bra could double as a crop top in a color that paired perfectly with her leggings. She was barefoot for the snaps and accessorized with a pair of small hoop earrings and a gold bracelet around one wrist.
Tia’s long brown hair hung back behind her head as she stretched out in an elegant way for the camera.
She added a caption that said, “Over the years I’ve learned how to be more of a morning person & lately the mornings have become my favorite part of the days.”
She went on to explain that yoga and soaking up the light of every new day are two things important in her morning ritual.
Tia posed with her surfboard in a hot pink wetsuit designed by the brand Jonesea. The wetsuit was skin-tight and snug enough to show off the curves of her midsection, hips, and legs.
It was completely pink, aside from the black emblem on her upper chest and the white label printed along the side of her calf. The beauty wore a pair of black water shoes that were covered in sand but opted to skip out on all other accessories.
Her pink surfboard perfectly matched her wetsuit — aside from a few splashes of color near the bottom. The surfboard also had some red, yellow, green, and purple hues and was finished with a black strap.More: Tia Blanco
Windows 11, like many operating systems of the present and past, has a habit of hiding the good stuff. When it comes to productivity, it’s often easier to search the web for something you assume must exist, rather than it being a matter of the user interface (UI) organically pointing you in the direction of said feature.
Many businesses, and professionals alike, will be mulling over whether it's worth upgrading to Windows 11. Alongside a swathe of exciting features that have arrived with Windows 11, what might push users over the edge are a handful of useful tips and tricks that may be slightly difficult to stumble on, but that can ramp up your productivity if you successfully tap into them.
There are multiple ways to take a snapshot in Windows 11, but perhaps the most versatile is the snipping tool. Rather than using the 'Print Screen' button, which takes an image of the entire screen and requires pasting into another programme, click Windows + Shift + S.
Your screen will darken and four options will appear, all denoting a different way to select the image you want to capture. Once you decide between rectangle, freeform, window, or full screen, you can then select what you’d like to capture and save it through the snipping tool window that will open once you click on the notification on the right-hand side of your screen.
There are hundreds of keyboard shortcuts embedded into Windows 11, and while you could go full productivity guru and have an entire keyboard dedicated to Windows 11 macros – like some video editors – it’s perhaps more practical to memorise the ones you use most often.
For many professionals, that means using combinations like Windows + the number that corresponds to the order of the shortcuts in your taskbar. Some of the most useful include pressing Windows + I to open your settings, and Windows + U to open accessibility options. Here’s a more complete list of shortcuts as curated by Microsoft itself.
We could make a joke about hiding what you’re doing from shoulder surfers, but this window shake trick will be really useful in letting you focus on just one window at a time, minimising everything else on your screen.
While you can set all of the items on your screen to skedaddle by using Windows + M, activating the window shake function allows you to move a window back and forth to make it the only thing on your screen. Although this setting isn’t enabled by default, you can enable it by opening Settings, scrolling down on the right-hand side to the multitasking area, and toggling window shake to on.
We all have those tools that we return to again and again. For many, they might be Network settings, Bluetooth devices, Focus mode indicator, and Audio settings. To look at this handy menu, click on the bottom right-hand of your screen, next to the date and time.
From there, you can add different options, including Airplane mode and Keyboard inputs. You can also go straight from this smaller menu to the broader settings area by clicking the corresponding gear icon.
It may seem simple, but actually knowing which audio source you’re plugged into, rather than the generic name of your monitor or headphones, can really help shifting from deep quiet work to a broader presentation.
There are, after all, many times when you might be using multiple audio sources over the course of the day – such as your laptop, headphones, external monitor, and bluetooth speakers – which might cause confusion when logging into, say, a video conferencing meeting and encountering audio issues. First, go to Settings, then Sound, before selecting the little arrow next to the device you want to change.
There are multiple options here, from changing the quality of audio you’re sending to your headphones to enabling spatial sound, but renaming your device is as simple as clicking the Rename button just below your device icon.
Microsoft isn’t a stranger to voice recognition technology. For one, it acquired Nuance – the makers of the Dragon Naturally Speaking software – in 2021. Voice typing, which was once known as dictation, can be used as both an accessibility tool as well as a way to speed up your workflow.
To activate voice typing, press Windows + H and then click on the little mic icon in the window that appears. You will hear a small bleep to indicate the programme is listening. Privacy-wise, you can choose whether or not to send voice clips to the window and you can also choose whether the software automatically provides punctuation for you.
Sometimes referred to as ‘the secret Start Menu’, if you right click on the Windows icon, a simple menu will appear that allows you to do things like go straight to your power options, open PowerShell, or task manager, without having to click through multiple menus. You can also access this feature by pressing Windows + X.
There are many times in every person’s journey they encounter a mishmash of different files with confusing, clashing names, created using a variety of software, ranging from Microsoft Word to Adobe InDesign. Knowing which type of file you’re looking for can be helpful, as it can be for Windows 11’s file explorer to tell you. To enable this, click on the View tab, scroll down to Show, then click on File name extensions. No matter the view you’re using, you’ll be able to tell what file type something is.
Rather than picking out just one accessibility feature, let’s look at the entire menu. To access it, open up your settings window and scroll down the list on the left-hand side. There, third from the bottom you’ll see the universal symbol for accessibility in tech: a little humanoid.
Click on that menu and you will see a plethora of options. You can do things like change the text size on your screen, enable eye tracking if that’s a need for you, and also change your screen’s contrast and colour filters.
Many of the hidden Windows 11 tips and tricks centre around accessibility, and with good reason, but there’s one particular setting that’s invaluable regardless of whether these settings are normally part of your workflow. By clicking the toggle named ‘Use the Print screen button to open screen snipping’ you can make saving those screenshots just a little bit easier.
As the demands on our time have gotten more intense, and our screen real estate has expanded to match, wrangling the items that clutter our digital workspaces can be complicated.
With Windows 11 you can snap windows to various layouts by hovering over the window icon in your top right. Once you’ve snapped those windows, they also appear as a snap group in your bottom bar. Segmenting your work in this way can allow you to quickly change how your screen appears depending on your tasks and workflow.
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Eyeliner is one of the most fun makeup tools to experiment with— from drawing sharp, defining cat-eyes to brightening waterline looks. It can also make you look younger, if applied correctly and not too heavily, and you aren’t limited to just the color black!
We spoke with makeup artists about three other main illuminating eyeliner colors for your top lid (and some bonus ones for your waterline). We learned how these hues have the power to not only open up your eyes and make them look larger, but how they can also have younger-looking effects, too.
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Yes, kohl-rimmed eyeliner can do the trick for any eye color, but there are specific eyeliner colors for your blue, green, hazel or brown peepers that are better aligned with them. These other choices can really make them pop more than a simple black liner!
Professional makeup artist Mandie Brice explains that to find a great eyeliner color for your eyes, use a color wheel and find the coinciding shade across from your eye color.
“A color that is near the opposite end of the color wheel as either the main color of someone's eyes or the flecks of color within, can really brighten the eye,” says Brice. She notes that a “copper or orange-ish brown on blue eyes,” and “purple on eyes with flecks of yellow or gold” can make a person's “eye color pop, and brighten up their face.”
Makeup artist Lindsay Kastuk adds that you can use “any color” on the upper lid that is not black if your goal is to look younger, and that it’s important to opt for something “less harsh” than black. She notes to find a product that is “still in the natural color palette,” such as “a gray, brown or navy blue.”
If you’re going for a less experimental look and simply want to enlarge your eyes, Brittany Lo, professional makeup artist and founder of Beia Beauty, recommends a timeless staple for your waterline— white eyeliner.
“I love using a white liner on the bottom waterline to help brighten up the eyes while looking younger and bigger,” says Lo. “I love smudging an eyeshadow underneath the bottom waterline for a softer look or using a dark liner on the top and keeping the bottom clean and bright.”
Katsuk recommends nude and gold for your waterline as well as white. “For something in the water line, [choose] eyeliner in a nude or even a gold tone,” says Katsuk. “This would be really pretty to open the eye up and add a bit of brightness.”
Overall, with so many eyeliner colors to choose from and experiment with, there are many ways that you can craft anti-aging makeup looks and have fun in the process.
Brice notes in conclusion that “more so than color, how the eyeliner is applied makes a big difference” in helping someone look younger. Often, she says, “people will apply it in a very heavy fashion all the way around the eye, which can make the person look tired, and the eyes look heavy.”
Brice recommends a “light touch,” and applying product to the outer two-thirds of the eye on top. She says you can choose to skip eyeliner “altogether on the bottom” or apply it “very lightly” on the outer two-thirds and “blend or smudge it into the lash line” for some slight definition.
You can also use non-black eyeliner in a non-traditional way to make your lashes look thicker, according to celebrity makeup artist and founder of Mally Beauty, Mally Roncal.
“Bury your eyeliner in the same shade as your brows, think browns, taupes, etc so it matches your lash coloring,” says Roncal. “Apply a thin liner directly on your lash line.” This, she says, gives you “fuller looking lashes without mascara,” and ultimately uses less products for a lighter look.
The softer and subtler the look on aging eyes, the better!
As we saw in the first American election since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, pro-abortion media and activists are willing to go to extreme lengths—even as far as tricking and misleading citizens. In European and American media outlets alike, pro-abortion advocates have gone from ignoring science to the outright denial of it. Tragically, in several states, this strategy paid off, as California, Michigan, and other states adopted radically pro-abortion measures that relied on misleading publicity campaigns.
The Guardian ran a story on Oct. 18 that was so insidiously misleading that many people undoubtedly accepted its false claims. The story claims to demonstrate “What pregnancy really looks like before 10 weeks” and shows a series of petri dishes containing what looks like white fuzz. This fuzz, the article explains, is the amniotic sac—and up until this point, the description is correct. But then things go wrong.
Underneath the picture of the seven-week amniotic sac, the article says, “Above is pregnancy tissue at seven weeks. There is still no visible embryo.” There’s just one problem: an embryo at seven weeks is very much visible. Sources as diverse as WhatToExpect.com (reviewed by medical experts), Mayo Clinic, and the British National Health Service (among countless others) offer data on fetal development; they all agree that, at seven weeks, a baby is between .3 and .5 inches long—about the size of a pomegranate seed. That’s small, to be sure, but it’s certainly visible to the naked eye. In fact, many expectant parents get their first look at their baby around week 8, when an ultrasound reveals an actual-size tiny person with a clear, strong heartbeat.
In The Guardian’s photo, however, there appears to be nothing but white fuzz.
From this point, the article’s misleading claims become only more egregious. The article relies on the words of Dr. Joan Fleischman, who describes herself as a family doctor. Dr. Fleischman insists that, through week nine, “there is no visible embryo.” Beneath a photo claiming to be “everything that would be removed during an abortion” at nine weeks, the article asserts that, at this point, the “embryo… is not easily discernible to the naked eye.” But at nine weeks, the baby is nearly three-quarters of an inch long—in other words, nearly the size of a paper clip, a green grape, or an AirPod Pro earbud. Those things are all “easily discernible to the naked eye,” so why not an embryo? Nine-week ultrasounds show a tiny person with a discernable head, body, and buds of arms and legs.
The unavoidable conclusion here is that The Guardian simply decided that it didn’t want its readers seeing a nine-week-old embryo—possibly because they know the statistic that around 80% of abortion-minded women who see their baby in an ultrasound choose life. We cannot say with certainty why The Guardian’s pictures show only amniotic tissue and no embryo. We cannot know if the embryos were deliberately removed or strategically covered up. But we do know that the photos are misleading. The writers misuse these photos to imply that early pregnancy is merely a woman’s body preparing for a baby by making cottony tissue, when, in reality, early pregnancy is a vibrant time of genuine human development. They make early pregnancy seem like making an empty bed, when really it is more like tucking a child in for a good night’s sleep.
Many women who have experienced miscarriages before their 10th week of pregnancy responded to The Guardian’s story with anger and frustration. Some shared heart-breaking photographs (caution, graphic content) of their own miscarried babies from weeks eight, nine, or 10—photographs that show delicate faces, eyes, tiny noses, and distinct arms and legs (and fingers!) on bodies that are very easily discernible to the naked eye.
Words and pictures matter. In the election on Nov. 8, citizens in five states (Michigan, Vermont, California, Montana, and Kentucky) voted against protecting life—a reality that seems unthinkable, until we remember how pro-abortion advocates manipulate information and distort the truth of abortion. When leading newspapers betray their role as media by publishing misleading information on a subject of such importance, they trick people into supporting lies.
Prenatal science is, quite simply, pro-life. Technology has given us such a clear look into early pregnancy, and as we learn more and more about the first weeks of a child’s life, it becomes obvious that life begins at conception. Every pregnancy involves two people, a mother and a child, from the very beginning. But pro-abortion advocates cannot accept that, so they are choosing to trick the public with misleading photos, deceptive campaign slogans, and false claims. They are choosing to obscure the truth, because they cannot face it.
This is a critical time for pro-life people to tell the truth about the miracle unfolding within the womb. While pro-abortion advocates are resorting to trickery and manipulation, pro-life Americans know that the truth will set us free and empower us to truly care for the vulnerable in our midst.
The iPhone 14 Pro is out of stock right now, and it’ll be a miracle if you can order one in time for Christmas. But those people who already own the handset should know about a brilliant built-in trick they might not know about. It’s not a must-have feature, and it’s a trick that you’ll rarely use. But it’s exciting nonetheless. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max can instantly measure a person’s height.
If you own the iPhone 12 Pro, 13 Pro, or their Pro Max versions, you can also take advantage of the same feature. We’re just focusing on the iPhone 14 Pros, as these are the existing iPhones. Not to mention that many people who upgraded to iPhone 14 Pro might come from iPhone models predating the iPhone 12 series.
Apple introduced the Measure app several years ago, an augmented reality (AR) application that lets you measure objects and people around you with the help of the iPhone’s camera.
But the iPhone 14 Pro models will let you measure someone’s height by simply pointing the handset at the person. Open the Measure app, and ensure the entire target appears on the screen. That means the person has to be visible from head to toe.
As MacRumors explains, that’s all you have to do to get the height of the person. You don’t have to tap the screen and select anything. A line will appear at the top of the person’s head, showing their height. Depending on your region, it’ll appear either in feet and inches or centimeters. You can customize the units in the app.
Moreover, you can take a photo from the Measure app, which will display the person and their height. You can then share the picture with the person.
The reason measuring someone’s height is so easy on iPhone 12 Pros through iPhone 14 Pros models concerns the hardware. Apple introduced a LiDAR sensor on Pro devices in 2020, and that’s what makes this feature possible. The sensor measures how long it takes light to travel from the phone to objects. Therefore, the sensor will come in handy in AR apps like the Measure apps.
The LiDAR sensor also helps Apple Boost the focus of the rear-facing camera system.
Getting back to the instant height measuring trick, it’s not something you’ll routinely need. But if you have kids, it can be fun to try as long as they’re involved in enjoying the experience. It’s not as cool as drawing lines on a wall or door to record growth.
If you doubt the accuracy of the Measure app, you can always use regular measuring options that do not involve an iPhone 14 Pro. As for measuring other distances with your iPhone, you’ll need to touch the screen to tell the device exactly what you want to measure.
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While it may not have the user numbers of Instagram or Tiktok, Twitter has cemented its position amongst the top social media platforms. Whether it has attracted your attention after Elon Musk’s takeover or if you are a long-term user, you will find these Twitter hacks extremely useful.
Long tweet threads are an important part of the Twitter experience but sometimes, it is difficult to read really long threads on the app’s interface. That is where the Threader app comes in—the app will “unroll” long threads and put them into a format that makes threads easier to read. All you need to do to use it is to tag the app’s Twitter handle and type “unroll” as a reply to any thread that you want to read. The app’s bot will then automatically post a link to the unrolled thread.
If you are addicted to Twitter, staring at your screen and scrolling through your feed constantly will likely put a lot of strain on your eyes. While the best way to remedy this would be to stop using the screen, the Twitter app’s dark mode can help reduce the strain that using the app will put on your eyes.
In order to use the Twitter app in dark mode, first, click on your profile icon. Then, under the “Settings & Support” tab, click on “Settings and privacy.” From here, go to “Accessibility, display and languages. Then, go to “Display.” Here, you will see a button that says “Dark mode.” Once you click on it, you will be given a toggle to switch dark mode on and off. You can also choose between “Dim” and “Lights out” for the dark mode. The lights-on mode provides the darkest user interface.
No matter what you use Twitter for, it is likely that you follow different accounts for different reasons. You might follow accounts from different publications to stay up to date on the latest new, while you may also follow different standup comics for the jokes they tweet on the platform. If you use Twitter’s lists feature, you will be able to group these accounts into different lists so that you stay on top of different types of content.
To create a list on the Twitter mobile app, click on your profile icon and click on the “Lists” button. Then, tap the blue icon in the bottom right of the screen. Here, you can enter the name of the list and also a description. You can also choose whether the list should be private or public. After this, you can select the accounts you want to add to the list.
Sometimes, you may make an important tweet that does not get much engagement. This might happen because of the time you chose to make the tweet. But worry not. You can later retweet your earlier tweet so that the platform then displays it to more users. In a way, this “extends the lifespan” of a tweet. But do use it sparingly and when you do, make sure what you are tweeting is still relevant at the time you’re retweeting it.
Like most social media platforms, Twitter has “peak hours” when a lot of users are online and “off-peak” hours when not as many users are using the platform. Also, since Twitter’s algorithm takes into account the recency of a tweet when displaying it to users, you might be able to get more engagement on your tweet if it was made during a “peak hour.”
According to the social management suite company Hootsuite, the best time to post on Twitter is at 8 AM on Mondays and Thursdays. Of course, this does not mean that noone will see your tweet if you make it at other times, just that you are likely to get more visibility and engagement if you make it then.
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