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How to get better at cooking is one question in every cooking enthusiast's mind. What makes your dish stand out is the small detail that goes into making the dish. You always don’t need to go to culinary school to become a great cook. There are a lot of small things you can do every time you cook to get better results without spending a penny. Read on to know some of the simple tips to improve cooking that can take your dish to another level. Keep Everything Ready Before You Start If you are trying something new it’s best to stick to the recipe. Read through the entire recipe before starting. Check if all the ingredients are available and keep them handy. Have the ingredients measured out and ready in front of you. Running around for ingredients can waste a lot of time and also puts you at risk of overcooking your food in the process. This will not only help you cook a little better but will also teach the underlying mechanics of what is happening [caption id="attachment_11598" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: healthline.com[/caption] Use of the Right Cooking Tools and Equipment If you are serious about cooking and want to improve your cooking skills, make sure you have the right tools such as the right pans, bowls, pots, and cutlery. Every cooking tool and equipment has a specific purpose. Invest in a good knife with a longer and wider blade that will give you speed, control, and confidence. Using dedicated tools for what you're trying to achieve, makes it easier to make a perfect dish every time. Right cooking tools and kitchen equipment make your cooking experience easier and more fun. [caption id="attachment_11602" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: tasteofhome.com[/caption] Learn to cook something new today from our various online cooking sessions Use of Fresh Ingredients Nothing gives more flavor to your dish than the use of fresh ingredients. Compared to processed foods, foods made with fresh ingredients are healthier, tastier, and retain a lot more nutrients. Food made with fresh ingredients provides the authentic taste that every single ingredient has and is visually more attractive on the plate. [caption id="attachment_11596" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: masterclass.com[/caption] Patience is The Key to Success Especially when it comes to cooking, patience is a virtue. Be it for the pre-preparation or while cooking, take your time to do things right. Taking your time to do things right can be anything from slowly adding ingredients to a recipe or allowing time for the meat to reach room temperature before it hits the pan or waiting patiently for the dough to rise. Food cooked with a lot of love and patience will make all the difference in how your food turns out to be. No Tool is Better Than Your Hands Of all the tools, the hands are the most sensitive and sophisticated cooking tool. Using your hands helps you understand how different each ingredient feels. Your hands are your first and best kitchen tool, be it to mix and knead the dough, to prod a piece of meat to check for doneness, to rub out lumps, or for mixing a salad. This sense of touch can be developed even as you’re checking them with a thermometer, a spoon, a toothpick, or a knife to feel different food at different degrees.  Do Not Put Too Much Food In The Pan The most basic cooking skill that everyone should have is to never put too much food in the pan when sauteing or grilling. When you throw in too much food the heat of the pan drops significantly and the food won’t brown properly. Too much food will create a lot of steam and start boiling instead of browning giving the wrong flavors and textures. It’s important to dry food before sauteing it and best cook in batches so each piece is evenly browned. [caption id="attachment_11605" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: cookinglight.com[/caption] Learn to make easy and comfort food with our online cooking workshops The Art of Cutting There is a lot to learn when it comes to cutting your ingredients. Vegetables react differently with each cut and the shape- size influences the way your taste buds perceive the food. There are certain dishes that require specific cuts for even cooking and some to enhance the appearance of the dish. So it is very important to keep these two points in mind while mastering the art of cutting. How the ingredients are cut can make or break the flavor of a dish. Practice Makes Everything Perfect This saying is so true when it comes to cooking. Cooking on a regular basis for your family will help you refine your skills as well as keep them happy. Keep cooking until you get it right and do not be afraid to try out something new always. There are so many options available online to improve cooking skills. Go explore and learn new techniques from other chefs you admire or pick ideas from others. What was less than an ideal meal can become your staple after you have mastered it. [caption id="attachment_11601" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: syracuse.edu[/caption] Taste Along The Way Flavors keep changing at each stage as we cook. It’s important to taste as you go so you’ll know if you need more salt, acid, or any other spices. Salt enhances the flavor of any dish so don’t be shy while using salt, but make sure you taste as you’re salting. It is easy to correct flavors that are less but very difficult to correct flavors that are added in excess. Getting to know your dish in all its stages is a big part of learning to cook beyond the recipe. [caption id="attachment_11604" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: thespruceeats.com[/caption] Learn to Season Well Good seasoning can transform even the blandest food into something spectacular. Every bite can be infused with flavors if seasoned well. Stock up your kitchen with some nice combo spice shakers that will work wonders at turning a boring dish into something super tasty. Seasoning intensifies the natural flavor of the food without changing it. Knowing how to use seasonings skillfully helps create limitless flavor combinations. Taste The World With These 12 Delicious Vegan Recipes Consider using these simple tips that’ll help you make every meal even better. Step out of your comfort zone to impress your family and friends and become the kind of host that everyone wants to visit.

This fantastic skill lets you transfer your ideas onto a paper in the most fun way. Sketching refers to a quick freehand drawing, focusing on the most important parts of a subject. The best thing about sketching is that they usually blend in while you continue to build upon the concept of your drawing. Here, we have gathered some helpful sketching tips and techniques for beginners to help you get started with your sketching journey. Ten Amazing Sketching Tips For Beginners       Always start with simplified basic shapes and forget about details until later.       Position your hand away from the tip of your pencil and move your entire arm as you draw, not just your wrist.       Place a sheet of paper under your hand when shading to avoid smudging.       Don’t use your finger to blend, instead use a blending stick to blend the graphite for a natural look.       Develop your observational skills and hand-eye coordination by drawing what you see.       Use harder sketching pencils for lighter lines and softer pencils for darker lines.       Choose a paper with a “tooth” for added texture.       Always work from light to dark, else the dark graphite can get stuck on your blending stick and mix in with your lighter areas.       Keep your outlines light if you are sketching real-life objects. However, if you’re drawing a cartoon, this tip doesn’t apply.   Practice every single day to get those creative juices flowing. Homes of Famous Artists You Can Visit Around The World Easy To Learn Sketching Techniques For Beginners Hatching & Cross-Hatching Hatching & cross-hatching are at the top of the list of techniques you should learn and are often used together. They are very common sketching techniques that can be used to add depth and texture to your sketches through shading. Hatching involves drawing lines along the main line of your drawing to create shadow and depth. The closer the lines, the darker the shading will appear. Cross-hatching is a series of lines similar to hatching, but going in the opposite direction and are placed over the first set of hatching lines. [caption id="attachment_12662" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: thepostmansknock.com[/caption] Stippling Technique With this technique, one can add shading and depth by using small dots. When you place a lot of dots close to one another, it appears darker, when you put them farther apart, it appears lighter. To ensure that your dots show up and make a better impact, keep the dots closer. It is best to use softer graphite for this effect, as it comes out better. You can either use them with great care to add controlled gradations in your drawing, or you can use them roughly to add more texture to your drawing. [caption id="attachment_12666" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: pinterest.com[/caption] Scribbling The use of random movements across the paper to create uneven and abstract lines, generally without even lifting the pencil off the paper is called scribbling.  These sketching ideas for beginners can be very effective when used properly to create sketchy artwork. Random movements across the paper will result in a somewhat deconstructed image, and the more irregular lines created closer together, the darker it will appear. [caption id="attachment_12664" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: youtube.com[/caption] Circling This technique helps to control the tone your pencil produces by simply adjusting the amount of pressure you place on it. To create smooth transitions you can make small circular strokes that give you a more blended appearance. It’s important to note that you shouldn’t make small circles with perceptible lines. Instead, move the pencil around in a circular motion when adding pressure. For this approach, a duller pencil works best. [caption id="attachment_12667" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: wallpaperaccess.com[/caption] Shading & Blending This is one of the most popular techniques used among pencil artists to give a cleaner shading element to your drawing. This effect can be achieved in a number of ways. You can blend simply by angling your pencil to utilize the wider edge, creating thicker lines that create the appearance of shadows and shading. Then, roll up a piece of paper to blend and this will give your sketch a smoother appearance. [caption id="attachment_12665" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: youtube.com[/caption] Learn everything you need to know about Warli art with our online workhop Creating Highlights Just like adding shading to create depth and shadows to your sketch, you can also create highlights. Highlights are usually created at the highest point of an object where it is closest to the light source. It helps to add extra details and shows where the light is coming from. Create highlights by adding various amounts of white to your object using a white pencil. Another way to achieve this effect is by using an eraser to remove some of the shadings to create lighter areas to indicate the presence of brightness. [caption id="attachment_12660" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: bequette.design[/caption] Rendering This sketching for beginners’ technique is sure to take your drawing to the next level. Rendering is essentially an approach where you apply graphite to the paper surface and then remove some of it with the eraser to add the highlighting effect. This is an ongoing process of applying and removing the graphite that finally gives you a very soft and almost blurred effect. [caption id="attachment_12663" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: akersarchitecturalrendering.com[/caption] Things to Keep In Mind While Choosing And Using Sketching Books         Always pick unlined books, so that you can enjoy sketching without any background distractions.         A spiral-bound book is best as the pages seem more individual, you can fold it and have a hassle-free surface to draw on.         Look for perforated pages in spiral-bound books to avoid messy edges and it also allows you to remove pages easily.         Draw on only one side of the page as it is very common to have a pencil imprint on the back of the facing page.         Use thick paper books as it allows you to erase mistakes easily and they're nice to draw on too.         Sketchbooks with hard covers are convenient for use as they are more durable than paper covers.   We hope you enjoyed these beginner sketching tips and techniques. Do let us know which is your favorite in the comment box below.

There’s nothing more satisfying than having a creative crafting session with your kids. These crafting sessions can be a learning experience for both and a great way to bond with each other. Art and craft ideas for kids can be anything from drawing/painting to paper folding, knitting and much more. This is a medium for children to express themselves creatively. There are tons of engaging art and craft ideas for kids for all ages and occasions. Come let’s make crafting fun with some easy craft projects that are kid-friendly and budget-friendly too. Simple Ideas For Art And Craft To Make You And Your Kids Happy There are hundreds of art and craft ideas for kids that you can make that require no special skills or tools. If you would love to make creative projects with your kids, but are not sure where to start from; then you are in the right place! Try out these DIY simple projects that'll bust boredom for good, act as a temporary distraction, or can be used as a craft project. You and your kids are going to love making them! Finger Painting This is one of the quick and easiest arts and craft ideas for toddlers as paint is applied directly with bare fingers. Children can enjoy getting messy with paints by making dots, stripes etc. You can level this one up for older kids by making finger-painted animals, objects or characters. [caption id="attachment_12104" align="alignnone" width="697"] Source: draxe.com[/caption] Counting Sticks Turn craft sticks into a counting learning tool for kids. When your kids are learning how to count, this can be the simplest DIY art and craft ideas for preschoolers. It makes teaching and learning a fun activity which is super easy and interesting. [caption id="attachment_12103" align="alignnone" width="694"] Source: masandpas.com[/caption] Homemade Stickers Making stickers is an all time favorite DIY art and craft idea, as your little one can create their own personalized stickers. It’s so simple that all you need is some wax paper and clear sticky tapes. Keep the colors bright and bold, the brighter the better. [caption id="attachment_12105" align="alignnone" width="693"] Source: agirlandagluegun.com[/caption] Magic Wand These magical creative art and craft ideas for kids, is a fun activity that doubles up as a toy and handy dressing-up accessory. Nothing can be more magical than a magic wand. Customize your own wand with ribbons, beads, gems, glitters or anything else that the toddler likes. [caption id="attachment_12106" align="alignnone" width="698"] Source: preschoolismagic.wordpress.com[/caption] Box Aquarium Box aquarium art and craft is a great idea for encouraging creativity among kids.  Tear the top of the box to make a little aquarium. Decorate the aquarium with colorful fishes to move them around like puppets. These creative art and craft ideas for kids are so much fun as a piece of cardboard headed for the recycling bin has been converted into something great. [caption id="attachment_12100" align="alignnone" width="512"] Source: artncraftideas.com[/caption] Pebble Painting Natural pebbles can be beautifully painted to create a symbolic piece of art. A few pebbles, a pot of paint and a little bit of inspiration is all that you need to make this wonderful art. Join in with your kids to make their favorite cartoon character or to make your own story. [caption id="attachment_12111" align="alignnone" width="698"] Source: cz.pinterest.com[/caption] Pom-Pom Balls Pom-pom, also called cheerleading pom, is a small decorative ball made of fabric, wool or feathers. Make small balls with different colors so that it can be used in activities to transfer balls to cups based on their color. Learning colors can be so much fun with these fluffy heavens! [caption id="attachment_12112" align="alignnone" width="500"] Source: indiamart.com[/caption] Salt Dough All you need to make your own salt dough is salt, flour, water and a cutter. Kids will be totally involved in making this as they love mixing, rolling the dough, and cutting it into different shapes. They look simply adorable and can be personalized as per your child’s needs. [caption id="attachment_12113" align="alignnone" width="680"] Source: livewellplaytogether.com[/caption] Monster Bookmarks Make your own bookmarks with these simple art and craft ideas for kids. All you need is paper folding, scissors, glue and loads of creativity. Make reading for your kids a whole lot more fun with these not-so-scary monster bookmarks. Your little avid readers will be super fond of them. [caption id="attachment_12109" align="alignnone" width="669"] Source: lafeebiscotte.com[/caption] Paper Plate Ladybug Kids of all ages will enjoy learning how to make these adorable ladybugs. Let your child’s creative direction take the lead in this project as it can be painted in so many different color combinations. These art and craft ideas for kids are perfect for home, school, or camp activities! [caption id="attachment_12110" align="alignnone" width="665"] Source: firefliesandmudpies.com[/caption] Bubble Painting Mix water with a generous squirt of both dish soap and paint or food colors to create beautiful patterns. This project is best done outdoors as it can get a little messy. Even after the water has evaporated, the dyes will remain, so you can save your artwork. [caption id="attachment_12101" align="alignnone" width="654"] Source: babbledabbledo.com[/caption] Check out for more creative tips and tricks here with CECE Streams Schedule Clock Here’s a fun activity that lets your kids create a clock of their own. This DIY schedule clock is a great way for your child to visualize their time and keep themselves on track. Along with fun it also teaches the importance of time in the real-world. [caption id="attachment_12102" align="alignnone" width="652"] Source: blog.motherslounge.com[/caption] Mask Making Making masks with cardboard is a classic activity that’s cheap, easy and effective. A great way to make the best out of waste!  Allow kids to decorate their masks using whatever art & craft supplies you have. This activity is suitable for all ages, although toddlers may need some assistance. [caption id="attachment_12108" align="alignnone" width="640"] Source: ar.pinterest.com[/caption] It’s very important for every parent to take the initiative to introduce art and craft activities to their children. Activities like these not only provide immediate and lasting benefits but also create a unique parent-child bonding that will create lifelong memories. If you have tried your hand at something new, please share your experiences in the comment box below.

Children are always fascinated by magic as it is filled with fun and excitement. Putting the magical power into their own hands can be one of the most amazing things to do. The ability to astound their friend’s with magic tricks that they can do all on their own is a great feeling for you and your kids. Come let’s transform them into little magicians with these simple magic tricks for kids, right here! Magic With Sugar Cube This magic tricks easy for kids is more science than magic. The trick here is that the graphite in the pencil transfers easily to the human skin. Items Required: Pencil, Sugar Cubes, Water, Glass How to Perform the Trick: Step 1 - Allow someone from the audience to pick a number from 1 to 10 and write that number using the pencil on a sugar cube. Step 2 - Pick up the sugar cube by squeezing it against your thumb till the number will get transferred on your thumb. Step 3 - Now drop the sugar cube into a glass of water and allow it to dissolve. Step 4 - Ask for your volunteer’s hand and transfer the number to his/her palm by pressing your thumb to their hand. Step 5 - To give it a magical effect you can ask the volunteer to wave their hand over the glass of water and see the number appear on their hands! [caption id="attachment_12454" align="alignnone" width="720"] Source: momjunction.com[/caption] Magnetic Hand Card Trick You can help your child astound his or her friends with this simple magic tricks with cards. The catch here is a simple gimmick that is easy to make. Items Required: Pack of Cards, Sticky Tape, Scissors How to Perform the Trick: Step 1 - Use a pair of scissors to cut a small flap in the center of one playing card, and make sure the flap is easily bendable. Stick that gimmick card onto the back of a regular playing card, making sure the edges don't overlap. Step 2 - Select a few more playing cards and place them out to hold them in your hand. Have the gimmick card in the bottom center, and make sure you can easily grab the flap between your index and ring fingers. Step 3 - Hold out the cards, release your thumb, and show that your hand is magically keeping the cards stuck to it. You can even turn them around and over to show that they are appearing to stick like magnets. Step 4 - Getting that grip between index and ring finger right will hold the cards in place. [caption id="attachment_12451" align="alignnone" width="767"] Source: decemberboys.com.ua[/caption] Pull A Coin From Thin Air This trick requires a bit of practice, but this will totally wow any audience once the child has mastered it. Items Required: Gum Tape, Piece of Twig or Safety Pin, Few Books of Same Size, Coin How to Perform the Trick: Step 1 - Take 2 inches of sticky tape and stick one end to the edge of the coin. Step 2 - Place a piece of twig right at the center of the tape and fold the other end of the tape back to the coin. Step 3 - After your coin is constructed, put it in between the books allowing the tape to project outside. Step 4 - Show your audience that your hands are empty and then do a drum roll on the books. While doing this, pick up the coin with your index finger and middle finger. Step 5 – Using gravity flip the coin that’s in your hand to show as if you have picked the coin from thin air. [caption id="attachment_12450" align="alignnone" width="747"] Source: 7magicinc.com[/caption] Bend The Spoon  With this simple magic tricks for beginners, show your audience how you can bend a spoon just by using your bare hands. Items Required: Just a Spoon How to Perform the Trick: Step 1 - Hold the handle of the spoon with both your hands showing the audience as if you are putting a lot of pressure on the handle. Keep in mind not to let the thumb wrap the handle. Step 2 - Place the tip of the bowl against the table and pretend to put immense pressure. Push the hands down so that your audience can see the pressure. Step 3 - Let the spoon fall on the table while covering it up with your hands so that the audience doesn’t see what’s happening. Step 4 - Now that your magic is established, pretend to straighten the spoon. You can only run your hands over it and lift it up for your audience to witness the miracle. [caption id="attachment_12455" align="alignnone" width="600"] Source: thesprucecrafts.com[/caption] Locking Clips This magic trick is a good one for amateur magicians, all you need is a little bit of practice to get it right. Items Required: Two paper Clips and A Currency Note How to Perform the Trick: Step 1 - Fold a currency note into the shape of an "S" with three folds, putting a finger between each fold. Step 2 - Place the paper clips onto the note, with the first paper clip joining the top two parts of the note and the second paper clip joining the bottom two parts of the note. Step 3 - Gently pull the ends of the currency note and watch as the two paper clips slide together, join, and fly off the bill. [caption id="attachment_12456" align="alignnone" width="746"] Source: wikihow.com[/caption] Click here for Magic Shows through your screens.....Virtual Online Magic! Disappearing Pencil  Miraculously disappear a pencil using these basic magic tricks. Items Required: One Pencil and Table Top How to Perform the Trick: Step 1 - Hold a pencil with both your hands. Step 2 - Allow your audience to hold it to know it is an ordinary pencil. Step 3 - While it is concealed behind your fingers, move it towards you and in one quick, subtle movement allow it to fall off the table into your lap or hide it into your arms. Step 4 - Keep your hands as if the pencil is still there. Make a show of breaking or squashing the pencil. [caption id="attachment_12453" align="alignnone" width="720"] Source: momjunction.com[/caption]

Desserts are a favorite part of any meal and with bakers working towards satisfying consumer needs, in a world led by Instagram, there are bound to be some trends.  A key piece to keeping customers coming back and to attracting new ones is to stay on top of these trends that are shaping their tastes and choices. With so many of us locked up in our homes, there has also been an increase in quarantine baking, and bakers both professional and home are experimenting with different flavors and styles, leading to some of the best baking trends in 2021. There has been an influx of experimental baking recipes leading to new baked goodies and though the old classics are timeless, consumers are always looking for something new. 2021 has led to a new era of baking, with smart and functional flavors and reducing food waste. So, let's look at some of the key trends in baking paving their way for the year.  Let’s Look At The Best Baking Trends For The Year 2021 Healthy Snacking 2020 has given rise to a completely different way of snacking. With the downtime, some of us used it to focus and fitness and some of us added a few notches onto our belts. Whichever one you are it’s a blessing that with the onset of 2020 bakers have introduced healthy snacks for those guilt-free indulgences in days. And with the added nutritional value in snacks these days, they are worth every penny making healthy baking a trend which is quite the blessing.  [caption id="attachment_10218" align="alignnone" width="300"] Baking trends that will never die[/caption] Bread! Not just for breakfast Bread is generally considered a breakfast staple or something as an accompaniment to a fancier dish. But bakers these days are throwing off their notions on how difficult it is to make good bread and exploring the world of what this baked delight has to offer. Bakers are sharpening their skills to further explore this baked good and working towards the far more exquisite creations like a buttery brioche, dainty Danishes, and all things layered, sweet, and stuffed. [caption id="attachment_10219" align="alignnone" width="300"] What to bake during quarantine[/caption] Flavors of the world With limited international travel on the cards this year, the best way one can take a trip is by experiencing the flavors from all over the world. Bakers have always been inclined to creations that are grounded in rich culture and tradition, with flavors from the Middle East, China, and Japan leading the pack. With the ongoing travel restrictions, we can extend this trend to continue giving all flavor enthusiasts to experience flavors from the world without even leaving the comfort of your kitchen. From New York to Tokyo the world is your delicious dessert bowl. [caption id="attachment_10220" align="alignnone" width="300"] baking trends of 2021[/caption] The age of Vanilla Vanilla is a classic flavor that will never go out of style. However particularly this year Vanilla can be seen on the rise. With bakers exploring flavors that help in masking any odd unusual flavors that may occur naturally while using “healthier” ingredients vanilla seems to be the prime flavor of choice. Along with the growing popularity of healthy, allergy-free, or plant-based cooking vanilla is the queen on the board.  [caption id="attachment_10221" align="alignnone" width="300"] Here are the baking recipes of 2021[/caption] Oil change Made viral by the delicious olive oil cakes of Little House confections, these fluffy cakes have pushed olive oil to the limelight. The use of olive oil has gained popularity not only because it’s the healthier option but the use of olive oil brings out the unique fruity flavor of your delicious baked goods.  Easier recipes Minimal ingredient bakes, doing more with less is also another baking trend that gained popularity in 2021. Bakers are prioritizing top-quality ingredients in comparison to fussy, multi-step recipes. One-bowl recipes and becoming more resourceful with ingredients in the pantry reigned supreme this year. Though it started in the year 2020 this trend continues to be relevant as people focus on sustainable living.  [caption id="attachment_10222" align="alignnone" width="300"] healthy baking recipes[/caption] Waste not, Want not Consumers are growing increasingly aware of food waste and its moral and financial implications. We are all guilty of food waste. Consumers often purchase too much, letting food go bad before consumption or simply not reusing leftovers. What was perceived as useless scraps are now being turned into beautiful bakes. So save that over-ripe banana and bake yourself a delicious banana bread.  [caption id="attachment_10223" align="alignnone" width="300"] Online baking classes for you[/caption] Crackling Combos If a sweet and salty mix of desserts is your thing, the year 2021 is just for you. From ice cream fries to Danish dessert pizza, and potato snacks covered in milk chocolate or caramel, the year is set to offer some exciting combinations. [caption id="attachment_10224" align="alignnone" width="300"] Baking during quarantine times[/caption] Nostalgia Bakes Classics cakes have seen a huge resurgence, as they have more traditional flavors A Black Forest gateau will always be a favorite.  If baked goods weren’t comforting enough before, adding a hit of nostalgia will help. Delicious bakes that bring us back to a time where everything was just a little bit easier and it is undeniably a baking trend that keeps on coming.  [caption id="attachment_10225" align="alignnone" width="300"] Baking techniques to try this year[/caption] Let's go Vegan Appetite for vegan-friendly baked goods shows no sign of slowing down. Plant-based options will continue to take more space in the mainstream. The rise is partly due to ‘part-time vegans’ or ‘flexitarians’ as consumers look to reduce their intake of animal-derived products. This is a trend that will remain a talking point for the next decade.  [caption id="attachment_10226" align="alignnone" width="300"] Healthy baking for your taste buds[/caption] The bakery industry is experiencing significant innovation in the search for the perfect balance between offering healthy and indulgent products. With new recipes being created on a daily and bakers adding a twist to existing recipes it’s a great year to indulge in baked goods or even take a spin in making your own creations.  Choose your favourite stream in Cece FAQ’s On Best Baking Trends of 2021  Why is baking a trend? Quarantine baking may have started as a trend but has become a hobby for many. A desire for healthier food and the desire to use high-quality ingredients has fuelled the interest of amateur bakers as well as having professional bakers come up with newer recipes regularly. How Do Bakeries Attract Customers?  A key piece to keeping customers coming back and to attracting new ones is to stay on top of baking trends that are shaping their tastes and choices.  What is trending in baked goods? New data from a UK gourmet brownie company has revealed the most popular baking trends. The study has revealed the top 5 baking recipes which were most engaged in the year. The recipes on the list include Cloud Bread, Ice cream cake, Baked Oats, Churros, and Cake Pops.  What attracts the customer in buying a cake? Though the taste of baked goods is what going to keep customers coming, there is a need for visual appeal to attract them initially. Cakes with delicious-looking ganache’s, cupcakes with colorful frosting, and doughnuts with colorful glaze are sure to draw the crowds in.  What are the 2021 food trends? The trend of vegan food has accelerated during the pandemic. People are now more inclined towards organic and plant-based diets. The younger generation seems to be keener on going vegan and healthy. What is the most popular cake flavor? Without a doubt, chocolate is the most popular cake flavor. Chocolate has many different levels of richness and options for flavor pairings making it the number one popular cake flavor.  

Pastry has been adored throughout the ages because of the wonderful sweet and savory foods that you can make with it. Some of the most amazing pastries we still use today are created by France, Italy, and Spain. A variety of culinary traditions has produced different types of pastry, but what makes them taste different from the others is the ingredients, proportions, and method. With so many types of pastry lists, it’s difficult to choose the right one. This list below will help you choose better. 7 Different Types of Pastry To Die For! Puff Pastry Puff pastry has been around for generations and is considered the king of pastries. These types of pastry form the base for many wonderful pastries due to their unmatched rise and picture-perfect structure. A puff pastry consists of many layers and is made of three main ingredients - flour, water, and butter. The dough and butter are rolled together and then overlapped many times to form layers. The trapped air between the layers expands, making the pastry rise, and creating gaps that make some of the most fantastic pastries you have ever tasted. It is prominent in many French dishes and very popular around the world. What You Can Make: Puff Pastry Pizzas, Nutella Puff Apple Turnovers, Cinnamon Pastry Roll. [caption id="attachment_12372" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: iambaker.net[/caption] Filo Pastry Filo pastry or the phyllo pastry is an unleavened pastry of very thin, delicate sheets of dough. The layers of these types of pastries are separated by melted butter or oil. It is very crispy and flaky when baked. Made from flour, water, salt, and oil, the dough is different from both puff and shortcrust due to its low-fat content. Due to this, filo pastry dries out fast and does not rise like puff pastry but the plus side is that they are highly versatile as they can be folded, rolled, ruffled, or made into any shape. Filo pastry dough is stretched to a very thin layer, brushed with liquid fat, and generally used with dry fillings. What You Can Make: Apple Strudel, Samosa, Crispy Tarts, Spring Rolls. [caption id="attachment_12369" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: allrecipes.com[/caption] Learn Easy Baking Recipes with our Online Baking Workshops Choux Pastry These types of pastry have a crispy crust and a hollow center, which is often filled with piped cream, topped with melted chocolate, or anything of your choice. This French delight is made from flour, eggs, butter, and water. The water and butter are boiled before incorporating the flour, after it cools, the eggs are mixed in and which brings even more moisture to the dough. This moisture turns to steam when baked, causing it to puff up and rise in size. The basic dough is cooked twice, first, on the stovetop and then, piped into small puffs and baked into light and airy pastries. What You Can Make: Cream Puffs, Éclairs, Profiteroles. [caption id="attachment_12368" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: swissbake.ch[/caption] Shortcrust Pastry A shortcrust pastry is usually made with half the amount of fat to flour. Simple ingredients like flour, fat, and a liquid to bind are used in these types of pastry. By far this is the most common, versatile, and easiest pastry to make at home. The dough is much more cohesive than flaky pastry, hence often used as the base for tarts. It does not puff up but gives a crumbly texture as the dough involves pricking with a fork before baking. You can also use baking beans to weigh it down to prevent the dough from rising and add the filling once the pastry has hardened. Shortcrust pastry is suitable for sweet and savory dishes. What You Can Make: Pies, Tarts, Flans, Quiches. [caption id="attachment_12374" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: recipes.sainsburys.co.uk[/caption] Rough Puff Pastry Otherwise known as flaky pastry, rough puff pastry is commonly used to make all sorts of lunch and dinner dishes. This is a favorite among many as it takes a fraction of the time to make, and it's hassle-free too. It is made with diced, chilled butter or grated frozen butter which is mixed with flour, salt, and cold water. Here the butter is not rubbed into the flour, but rather the water is used to bring the flour together. It consists of large lumps of shortening that keep the layers of the dough separate from each other. The results are great as it gives a similar rise and texture to flaky pastry, but with a lot less risk. What You Can Make: Mini Chicken Pies, French Onion Pies, Caponata Pies. [caption id="attachment_12373" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: bonappetit.com[/caption] Hot Water Crust Pastry This English pastry is rich and heavy and is used to create raised meat pies and pasties. As the name suggests, fat is melted in a high concentration of heated water to which flour is added, to form a hot and sticky paste. The use of hot water can speed up mixing time and make it easier to fill and form the dough. These types of pastry are easy to shape and work with. Hot water crust pastry is best for dishes that require a stronger crust that can hold saucy or heavy ingredients. It holds up incredibly well, so you can fill them up with as many dry or wet fillings. 18 Rules Of Dining Etiquette From Around The World What You Can Make: Pork Pies, Game Pies, Steak, And Kidney Pies. [caption id="attachment_12370" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: marthastewart.com[/caption] Suet Crust Pastry This traditional British pastry is used particularly for steamed puddings, whether savory or sweet. Suet crust pastry is a pastry that has suet in it instead of fat. The suet has to be minced or shredded finely, or you’ll end up with a lumpy pastry. All that you need to make this old-fashioned pastry is the self-rising flour and shredded suet. Suet crust pastry could be the only pastry that needs a chemical-raising agent. In most other pastries, the rising agent is steam within the pastry. This very quick and simple-to-make pastry must be used quickly once made. What You Can Make: Dumplings, Christmas Pudding, Kidney Pudding. [caption id="attachment_12375" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: instabaking.com[/caption] Now that you know exactly which pastry to use, go try them out, and don’t forget to share your experience in the comment box below.

The beautiful land of diversity, India is home to various classical dance forms. Classical dance in India is an ancient and traditionally regional form of a specific type of dance coming from each of the Indian states with a unique culture. Although these dance styles evolved from different regions, their roots are the same that can be traced back to 'Natya Shastra', the ancient Sanskrit Hindu text on the performing arts. Classical dances are integral parts of the Indian rich cultural legacy where each posture has a special meaning. Today, Indian classical dance is a very popular dance form all over the world. With so many unique and beautiful classical dance forms it is hard to keep up with the different dance styles in India. To understand this breathtaking art form better, let’s take a look at some of the famous classical dances of India. Also Read: Beautiful Regional Folk Dances Of India To Witness Famous Classical Dances Of India Bharatnatyam (State of Origin - Tamil Nadu) Considered to be one of the oldest dance styles in India, Bharatanatyam is regarded as the mother of many other Indian classical dance forms. This dance form originated in the Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu. Meaning of Bharathanatyam: Bha meaning emotion, Ra meaning music, Ta meaning rhythm and Natyam meaning dance in Tamil. This classic Indian dance form involves transitional movements of the leg, hip and arm with expressive eye movements and impressive hand gestures used to convey different emotions. Bharatnatyam dance is known to be ekaharya, where one dancer takes on many roles in a single performance. This form of dance is slow and moving, but at the same time fast and fluid often used to express Hindu religious stories. [caption id="attachment_10859" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Source: medium.com[/caption] Kathakali (State of Origin - Kerala) This renowned art form originated from Kerala’s shores over 300 years ago. Kathakali is a major form of classical Indian dance form that tells the great stories of the past, mostly from Indian epics. It combines devotion, drama, dance, music, costumes and make up into a divine experience which is simply fascinating to watch. Kathakali is one of the most renowned and religious classical dances of India that leaves one spellbound at the various intricacies involved in the performance. The storytelling of the epic Hindu mythology tales is shown through their body gestures and facial expressions. The costume, face masks, body paints and makeup are elaborate. This makes it hard for the audience to take their eyes away from the spectacle taking place on stage. [caption id="attachment_10861" align="alignnone" width="1440"] Source: swaraanjalifinearts.wordpress.com[/caption] Kathak (State of Origin - Uttar Pradesh) Kathak is one of the main genres of ancient classical dances of India and is traditionally regarded to have originated in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The name Kathak comes from the word "katha" which means ‘story’, used as a storytelling device in a musical way to portray the epic tales of Ramayana and Mahabharata or portray a lost romantic poetry. Kathak is performed by both the male and female dancers together, often referred to as the dance of love. This dance form focuses highly on the ankle movements performed with intrinsic footwork and expressive hand gestures that has to match the beats of the music. The Kathak costumes were initially a long skirt called as ghaghras, Choli which is a blouse and a veil to cover the head. Gradually, it gave way to churidhar, pyjamas and angrakha. [caption id="attachment_10860" align="alignnone" width="750"] Source: in.pinterest.com[/caption] Kuchipudi (State of Origin - Andhra Pradesh) Kuchipudi is a dance-drama performance originated in the 17th century in a village called Kuchipudi belonging to the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is probably the toughest form of traditional dances of India. Kuchipudi is not just considered as the dance form but a whole religious procedure dedicated to God where the dance performance begins with the sprinkling of holy water and the burning of incense. This Indian style dancing is a blend of tandava and lasya elements known for its impressive, quick footwork, dramatic characterization, expressive eye movements and spirited narrative. In the earlier period, Kuchipudi was performed only by the male dancers in the temples, specifically the Brahmins. But with the passage of time, it became famous among the women and now it is mostly performed by the female dancers. [caption id="attachment_10862" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Source : nateshwar.wordpress.com[/caption] Manipuri (State of Origin - Manipur) Manipuri is the classical dance from the north East Indian state of Manipur where its origin can be traced back to ancient times that go beyond recorded history. This dance-drama form also famously known as Raas Leela is performed to narrate the romantic relationship between the Hindu gods Radha and Krishna. This dance form is more restrained compared to the other classical dances of India where the artist never establishes eye contact with the audience. The movements are continuous and circular, merging into one another and performed in a team with the traditional Manipuri costumes and makeup. What makes this dance form different from other classical dances is that the artist does not wear anklets or gungroos. [caption id="attachment_10863" align="alignnone" width="969"] Source: sentinelassam.com[/caption] Odissi (State of Origin - Odisha) Initially called 'Odra-Nritya,' Odissi is a dance style from the state of Odisha in eastern India which is one of the major classical dances of India. Odissi dance form has brilliant body movements, expressions, and gestures are predominantly a dance for women, with postures that replicate those found in temple sculptures. Related to Bharatanatyam in its basic pattern, Odissi dance form is appreciated all over the world for its lyricism, sensuality and emphasis on devotion and surrender. The themes of this dance come from Vaishnavism and others associated with Hindu gods and goddesses like Shiva, Surya and Shakti. Its performance collection includes snrita, nritya, natya, and moksha. [caption id="attachment_10864" align="alignnone" width="2121"] Source: whatshot.in[/caption] India is blessed with many classical dance forms, each one more beautiful than the other. Great Indian classical dancers like Rukmani Arundale, Uday Shankar, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Mrinalini Sarabhai, Mallika Sarabhai and Shovana Narayan have played a crucial role in presenting India to the forefront of the world stage. Thanks to the contributions from all these dancing legends without which Classical dance in India wouldn't have been in its present day glory.

Are you bored of just pulling out a plain tub of ice cream for dessert? If yes, then you are at the right place! Generous scoops of some best ice cream flavours can end up with all sorts of delicious treats. Try out these simple and creative ways to take your favourite frozen treat game to the next level. Colourful Tacos These delicious tacos look just like the real thing, but the twist here is they're stuffed with ice cream instead of tomatoes and lettuce. All you need are some taco shells and your favourite flavour of ice cream. They are the perfect party treat and the kids will love them. Top them with different toppings and enjoy them! [caption id="attachment_12704" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: sweetyhigh.com[/caption] Fried Delight They are crunchy on the outside, and soft and cool on the inside. A scoop of ice cream that is frozen hard, coated in a batter, and quickly deep-fried creates a warm, crispy shell around the still-cold ice cream. Its delightful combination of textures and flavours has made it a favourite among dessert lovers. [caption id="attachment_12698" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: divascancook.com[/caption] Learn your favourite dessert recipes online with us Japanese Mochi  It takes only a handful of ingredients to whip up the popular Japanese mochi. Mochi is made from sweet pounded rice dough wrapped around the ice cream. Its texture is similar to the chew of boba and gives a fun spin to homemade ice creams. Some top flavours like strawberry, green tea, chocolate, mango and vanilla go well with this. A perfect dessert to cool off on a hot day! [caption id="attachment_12700" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: telegraphindia.com[/caption] No-Bake Cake A simple no-bake cake made by layering different flavours of ice cream is called an ice cream cake. Your favourite frozen flavour and fruits are decoratively placed in moulds and these components are then assembled while freezing. This cake is popular party food, often had at birthdays and weddings. [caption id="attachment_12695" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: kitchenstories.com[/caption] Trendy Rolls These trendy rolls are the new ice cream fad that’s taken over social media. This Thai-inspired trend is easier than it looks. You’ll need only two ingredients and a super cold metal tray for rolling. Make your own version as they are yummy and really fun to make at home. [caption id="attachment_12702" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: danielfooddiary.com[/caption] Easter Eggs With A Twist Surprise everyone with these simple and yummy Easter eggs with ice cream. Fill the egg moulds with the best ice cream. Place the skewered moulds in the freezer and let them set. When set, remove the moulds from the freezer and sprinkle or roll the Easter eggs in a bowl of sprinkles to coat them. [caption id="attachment_12696" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: kidspot.com.au[/caption] Sandwiched Ice Cream Take your frozen treats to the next level by adding them between two biscuits, skins, wafers, or cookies. For more sugary treats, dip the whole thing in chocolate. The ingredients used are different around the world. Ireland and Israel use wafers, while North America uses chocolate cookies. Go ahead and use what you like the most! [caption id="attachment_12703" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: ifyougiveablondeakitchen.com[/caption] Ice Cream Pie Swap the traditional fruit pie with ice creams this summer. It is the perfect no-bake dessert that the whole family will love. You can use peanut butter rice Krispie for the crust and store-bought ice creams for the filling or homemade ice cream to notch up things. [caption id="attachment_12701" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: jsonline.com[/caption] Ice Cream Bread This two-ingredient bread is one of those recipes that are incredibly easy. All you need are your favourite flavour of ice cream and self-rising flour to enjoy this loaf. This unique ice cream bread has a great texture and mild flavour that will keep you craving for more. [caption id="attachment_12694" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: thespruceeats.com[/caption] Must-Try Ice Cream From Around The World Frozen French Toast  Try out these mouthwatering French toast, you're gonna love it! The secret here is to use good-quality melted vanilla ice cream instead of milk or cream. Good quality ice creams make the bread sweet enough that you don’t even need a drizzle of syrup on top. [caption id="attachment_12697" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: realsimple.com[/caption] The best thing about these unique recipes is that they are quick to make and loaded with delight. Be it in the heat of summer or in the chill of winter, nothing can beat some good ice creams! Come let us chill with these wonderful treats. If you have come across something creative made of ice cream, do post it in the comment box below.

Indian classical music represents the countries deep-rooted culture and heritage, and the spine of Indian classical music can be said to be the Indian musical instruments. These instruments have empowered Indian musicians to showcase their talents not only in the country but all over the world. Musicians in India are acclaimed for bringing out the essence of Indian culture and taking you on a journey that will be memorable for years to come. During ancient times musical performances were conducted in the king’s court, today people from different corners of the world witness the bliss of Indian classical music through various concerts performed by maestros.  Best Indian Musical Indian Instruments Sitar Associated mostly with the northern parts of India, the sitar is one of the most popular Indian instruments. Shaped like a round gourd with a long protruding neck, it consists of cords, frets, and strings adjusted together to produce the perfect harmony. Invented in medieval India the Sitar flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries and arrived at its present form in 18th-century India. The sitar evolved from one or more instruments of the tanbur family, long-necked lutes which they argue were introduced and popularized during the period of Mughal rule. Used widely throughout India, the sitar became popularly known in the wider world through the works of Ravi Shankar.  [caption id="attachment_11262" align="alignnone" width="568"] Source: india.com[/caption] Tabla Since the 18th century, the Tabla has been the principal percussion instrument in Indian classical music. The tabla consists of two small drums of slightly different sizes and shapes. Each drum is made of hollowed-out wood, clay, or metal. The smaller drum (Dayan) is used for creating treble and tonal sounds, while the primary function of the larger drum (baya) is for producing bass. They are laced with hoops, thongs, and wooden dowels on their sides. The dowels and hoops are used to tighten the tension of the membranes for tuning the drums. It’s a versatile Indian instrument that can be used for solo performances as well as part of larger ensembles as an accompaniment with other instruments. Popularly used in folk music, the tabla is also used in devotional music for Hinduism and Sikhism.  Mridangam Primarily an accompaniment in Carnatic music the Mridangam has been around since ancient ages. Often accompanied by the ghatam, kanjira, and morsing the Mridangam is more prevalent in the Southern parts of India. The mridangam is often depicted as the instrument of choice for several deities in Hindu mythology. This Indian musical instrument is made from jackfruit wood which is known to be very thick. The two open ends are covered with goatskin and leather straps are tied around the circumference to tighten them. It is widely believed that the tabla, the mridangam's Hindustani musical counterpart, was first constructed by splitting a mridangam in half.  [caption id="attachment_11260" align="alignnone" width="750"] Source: chandrakantha.com[/caption] Bansuri  ‘Bansuri’, or a flute is undoubtedly one of the most melodious musical instruments of India. Bansuri is an aerophone produced from bamboo.  Some modern designs come in ivory, fibreglass, and various metals. The cylindrical pipe with different sizes of holes in between for producing different tunes. To produce sound, one must hold the holes with fingers of the left and right variations. Popularly used in Hindustani classical music, the Bansuri is intimately linked to the love story of Krishna and Radha. It's revered as Lord Krishna’s divine instrument and is linked with Krishna’s Rasa Lila dance.  Harmonium The harmonium has been around for centuries and is a quintessential part of Indian classical music. Often used at festive occasions or religious occasions, the harmonium provides its listeners with serene and sombre musical compositions. When it comes to Indian classical music, the harmonium is the first step taken towards musical prowess by vocalists. The harmonium is essentially a pump organ that generates sound as air flows past a vibrating piece of thin metal in a frame. The piece of metal is called a reed. Hence it can be said the harmonium is much like a reed organ but portable. It’s a popular instrument and is widely used as an accompaniment in Hindustani vocal music, in religious music across the states of Maharashtra and Punjab- Haryana, and in Qawwali music of the Islamic traditions. [caption id="attachment_11259" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Source: alittlesparkofjoy.com[/caption] Veena  Quite similar to the Sitar, Veena is a plucked string instrument associated with South India. Its one of the oldest Indian musical instruments and its origins can be traced back to the ancient yazh, a stringed instrument similar to the Grecian harp. History states that the Veena went through several transitions before its current state. It is 1.5m long and made from jackwood.  It has a large, round body with a thick, wide neck, the end of which is carved into the head of a dragon. A small resonator is attached to the underside of the neck. The veena has 24 metal frets embedded in hardened beeswax, mixed with charcoal powder. Melody is produced on four metal strings that run above the frets. These are stretched over a wide bridge that sits on the body of the veena. Three other strings run alongside the neck of the instrument. These are used for maintaining time and for playing the drone. [caption id="attachment_11264" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Source: pinterest[/caption] Shehnai Mainly used at Indian weddings, the Shehnai is made out of wood with a double reed at one end and a met\al or wooden flared bell at the other end. Its sound is thought to create and maintain a sense of auspiciousness and sanctity and making this the main reason for it to be used in weddings. The name shehnai comes from the Persian word, shah meaning king, whilst nai or ney is the generic term for any kind of wind-blown flute-like instrument. In other words, it is either 'the king of flutes' or 'a flute fit for kings'. The Shehnai is a very difficult instrument to play as it requires tremendous breath control, especially for long sustained melodic passages which can have incredibly fast tempos.  [caption id="attachment_11261" align="alignnone" width="759"] Source: indianexpress.com[/caption] The Magic Of These Indian Musical Instruments Is Awe-Inspiring Music is something that brings people together and touches your soul. The musicians of India have successfully promoted their music using musical instruments all over the world. The musicians are also experimenting with the versatility of these instruments by using them in modern music as well, making their melodies accessible to everyone. These sounds are meant to soothe your soul and enrich you. So what are you waiting for, grab your favourite music app and go listen?   

Child-rearing is one of the toughest but yet the most fulfilling job in the world. Parents are believed to be the first teacher children have. As parents it’s our responsibility to ensure that the child is brought up in a healthy environment. Good parenting is not about achieving perfection, it’s about the parent-child relationship. Great parenting is not just defined by the parent’s actions, but also by their intentions. As your child grows, there are many things you can do to guide them. In short, parenting is a process that prepares your child for independence. Here are some tips for parenting that can help you feel more fulfilling as a parent. [caption id="attachment_12837" align="alignnone" width="750"] Source: noodle.com[/caption] Spend Quality Time With Your Kids Studies have shown that kids who aren't getting the attention they want from their parents often act out or misbehave. Give your kids the undivided attention that they are craving for. Spending quality time with your children does not have to be a huge undertaking, it can be as simple as eating at least one meal together as a family. It’s a great way to engage in meaningful conversations and discuss each one’s day. This is the perfect time to show your children that you love and care for them. All the top tips for parenting can be encapsulated into that one hour of a family meal, creating a lasting and positive impression on your child’s future that helps to keep them mentally and emotionally strong. [caption id="attachment_12832" align="alignnone" width="750"] Source: chicagotribune.com[/caption] Be A Good Role Model For children, role models are generally their parents, who have a regular presence in their lives. Parents serve as role models through the examples they set with their behavior within the family and in the outside world. So, be the person you want your child to be — respectful, friendly, honest, kind, tolerant and unselfish. Children watch everything their parents do very carefully and pick it up very quickly. Don’t just tell your child what you want them to do, but set an example as you're constantly being watched by your kids. Role modeling is one of best parenting tips to influence the direction of your children's character, whatever their age may be. Treat your kids the way you expect other people to treat you. Show That You Love Them A word of encouragement and love directly affects your child’s well-being. There is no such thing as loving your child too much can spoil them. When material-indulgence, leniency and over-protection are given in place of real love, that’s when you’ll have a spoiled child. Showing love can trigger the release of feel-good hormones such as oxytocin that can bring a deep sense of calm, emotional warmth and contentment. Love directly affects your child’s well-being and makes them physically and mentally more healthy. It is important that they receive love from both parents unconditionally. Loving your child can be as simple as giving a hug or spending time with them. Make sure your child feels that your love is there no matter what. Be Ready To Adjust Your Parenting Style There are times when parents struggle with unrealistic expectations and goals for both their kids and for themselves. When this happens, parenting can suddenly feel burdensome and this is where you need to be more flexible. As your child grows, you'll gradually have to change your parenting style. What works with your child now may not work after a year or two. This is one of the most important tips for parenting a teenager. Teenagers tend to look less to their parents but as parents, continue to provide guidance to them while allowing them to earn more independence. Being a perfectionist parent is stressful. This kind of pressure can backfire, so look for ways to alter your surroundings that will cause less frustration for both of you. [caption id="attachment_12840" align="alignnone" width="754"] Source: thepillarsclc.com[/caption] Criticize Less And Appreciate More Lack of appreciation can directly create a complex in children, hence it is very important to appreciate more. The more effective approach is to catch your kids doing something right or find something to praise them every day. Give them more of your love, hugs, and compliments which will work wonders and boost their self-esteem. Appreciation will encourage good behavior over the long run than repeated scolding. One of the best tips for parenting that will not only help them get a sense of right from wrong but will also prevent your child from feeling neglected. Look back and think about how many times you reacted negatively with your kids and change that approach today! [caption id="attachment_12839" align="alignnone" width="750"] Source: rootsofaction.com[/caption] Be A Good Listener Active listening is the most important parenting tips in your tool belt.  It lets the other person know that you are with them and aware of what they are saying. Make it a habit to know what your kids are hoping for; what their fears are, and what they are anxious about. When you listen and ask questions, it shows that you care and love them. The best way to improve your listening skills is to get to your child's level so that you can make good eye contact and give them your complete attention. By listening to them, you are communicating that they are worthy of your attention. Try Virtual Escape Room that you can enjoy with your family. Have Control Over Your Emotions One of the golden tips for parenting is to never punish while angry. Whenever you lose control, never yell or argue. Instead, show them how you can keep your cool and resolve problems in a calmer manner. If you lose your cool in front of your kids, they may become fearful or anxious. Always keep in mind to never exhibit mean behavior in the presence of your children. If you do lose your cool, be sure to apologize and take responsibility for your behavior. [caption id="attachment_12838" align="alignnone" width="750"] Source: raisingchildren.net.au[/caption] We as parents should serve as role models for them which will ultimately reflect in the child's actions. Parenting is a journey that will take time and lots of patience…..but it’s worth it!

Vodka is a European clear distilled alcoholic beverage that is mild and pairs well with pretty much anything. When it comes to mixed drinks, vodka seems to be everyone's favorite because of its subtle flavor. From sweet to savory and dry to spicy it goes well with any flavor. Vodka is generally considered a woman's drink, probably because of its sweet and sugary flavor. But with unique flavors and easy to follow recipes, cocktails with vodka have become a favorite among men too. Most of these vodka cocktails are actually super simple to make.  Here we bring you twelve vodka cocktails that you can mix in less than five minutes…….You’re sure to find something for every palate! Here Are 12 Fun And Refreshing Vodka Cocktails Vodka Martini These crispy and clean simple vodka cocktails need only two ingredients to mix and are one of the best-known mixed alcoholic beverages. To make this version, simply stir five parts of vodka and one part of dry vermouth together in a mixing glass with ice. Strain this mixture into a Martini glass, and garnish with an olive or lemon peel to make a classic gin martini with a vodka base. [caption id="attachment_10946" align="alignnone" width="728"] Source: wallpaperup.com[/caption] Black Russian Black Russian is one of the easy vodka cocktails that are refreshing and easy to mix at home. A classic black Russian cocktail made with vodka, coffee liqueur and cola, is generally served as an after-dinner drink. Pour all the ingredients into a tumbler filled with ice and stir gently. Serve it with a maraschino cherry on top for that stylish look. [caption id="attachment_10952" align="alignnone" width="740"] Source:mybartender.com[/caption] Cranberry Vodka One of those classic vodka cocktails that are good for an everyday drink. This bright, tart and incredibly refreshing drink are formally named Cape Cod, but popular among teenagers in the name of cranberry. This simple-straightforward two-ingredient drink of vodka and cranberry is a perfect choice for happy hour or anytime you want a refreshing cocktail. [caption id="attachment_10950" align="alignnone" width="720"] Source: thewanderlustkitchen.com[/caption] Zipper This simple and refreshing raspberry liqueur backed up with a punch of vodka is one of the best vodka cocktails. This stunning little sipper is one that you'll fall for on the very first sip. Combine vodka, raspberry liqueur, lime soda in a chilled old-fashioned glass with ice and garnish with seasonal berries and mint to get this simple yet amazing drink. [caption id="attachment_10942" align="alignnone" width="729"] Source:taste.com.au[/caption] Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor, one of the best fruity vodka cocktails, is a very popular drink in the Hawaiian Islands. This stunning drink mixes pineapple juice with a brilliant green melon liqueur. Layer these two ingredients to get an eye-catching green and yellow stripe in your glass. Finally, add some ice and you’re left with a cocktail that is very cooling and refreshing. [caption id="attachment_10948" align="alignnone" width="723"] Source: af.hiloved.com[/caption] Vodka Sidecar The Sidecar cocktails are typically made with brandy, but this twist of mixing with vodka is refreshingly tangy and absolutely worth taking the risk. These vodka cocktails are made with three simple ingredients: Cointreau, lemon juice and vodka zing. Run a lemon wedge around the outside of the rim of the glass for a perfect sugar rim! [caption id="attachment_10945" align="alignnone" width="735"] Source: alushlifemanual.com[/caption] White Russian Here are the famous Russian vodka cocktails that are made by combining vodka, Kahlúa and cream. Mix up all the ingredients and serve it on the rocks with heavy cream on top to create a delicious alternative to adult milkshakes. This creamy cocktail can be tried without the cream as a Black Russian. Confirmed as one of the simplest cocktail recipes with vodka, which is always a crowd-pleaser. [caption id="attachment_10943" align="alignnone" width="744"] Source:mealthy.com[/caption] Vodka Soda These simple vodka cocktails are light, refreshing, and go down easily. Mixing one part of vodka to two parts of soda water makes the best hydrating combination that’s tart and refreshing. This combination is actually called a “rickey”, a classic cocktail made with liquor and soda water, garnished with a lime wedge. It’s also called the cousin to the Vodka Tonic. Apple Cider Mule Apple Cider Mule is one of the best drinks with vodka that’s perfect for cool weather, when the temperature starts to drop. Made of Vodka, ginger beer, fresh lime juice, and apple cider creates a delicious fall drink that looks perfectly cosy nestled in a copper mug, garnish with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick. A perfect cocktail to serve for festivals and holiday gatherings! [caption id="attachment_10953" align="alignnone" width="740"] Source: 417homemag.com[/caption] Cosmopolitan This pretty-in-pink, fruity cocktail made with vodka, cranberry, orange liqueur and citrus is a timeless classic. A sweet and sour party drink also called the "cosmo," is made by adding vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, cranberry juice to a shaker. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Some like it sweet and some like it sour, but it tastes fantastic either way. [caption id="attachment_10951" align="alignnone" width="626"] Source: wallpaperflare.com[/caption] Screwdriver Screwdrivers are vodka cocktails that are heavy on the fruit and more like spiked fruit juice. They are the best to offer from brunch to happy hour, it's great throughout the day. Combine freshly squeezed orange juice with vodka that’s really chilled in a highball glass. It’s a basic drink with simple two ingredients but has many variations with different names in different parts of the world. [caption id="attachment_10947" align="alignnone" width="612"] Source: istockphoto.com[/caption] Cucumber Jalapeno A perfect drink for the summer where the cucumber and fresh lime juice brings some spa-like cooling relaxation, while the jalapeños bring about some spice. These spicy yet refreshing vodka cocktails are made by filling the shaker with club soda, vodka, lime juice, cucumber-flavored syrup and ice. Shake until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted and garnish with a slice of cucumber. [caption id="attachment_10949" align="alignnone" width="670"] Source: heatherchristo.com[/caption] Also Read: How to make simple Rum Cocktails with Cece Streams There’s every good reason for this drink’s huge popularity because of the variety of recipes it offers for every drinker and occasion. Hope the above-listed vodka cocktail recipes will inspire you to try them out. Mix up a few of these vodka drinks for a cocktail party and see for yourself this spirit’s versatility, that’s sure to impress all!

What is the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of cookies? A hot cup of tea with cookies that is crispy and loaded with Chocó chips that crumble inside your mouth……doesn’t that sound yummy? Cookies have always been associated with tea time. No matter what, one can’t deny the fact that cookies are the all-time favorite bites everyone likes to munch. The word cookie refers to "small cakes" derived from the Dutch word "koekie." A cookie is a baked or cooked food that comes in a wide range of flavors, shapes, and textures. The heavenly smell of these types of cookies they leave in the kitchen takes you back to your childhood memories. Every country has its favorite: In North America, it's the chocolate chip; in the United Kingdom it's shortbread; in France, its macarons; it's biscotti in Italy and nankhatai in India. This article takes you through everything you need to know about cookies, from how to classify them to the most popular different types of cookies to die for. I bet, once you start, you can’t stop eating them! Classification Of Cookies Based On How They Are Made The various methods used to bake cookies make a huge difference in the taste and textures. Here let’s take a look at how cookies are classified according to some of the baking methods. Drop Made from the soft dough and dropped by spoonfuls onto baking sheets that make Chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, and macaroons using this method. Pressed The stiff dough is forced through a cookie press into decorative shapes to make Spritz cookies. Rolled Made from stiff dough that is rolled out using a rolling pin and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter. Gingerbread, sugar cookies are made using this method. Bar Dough or batter is baked in a cake or sheet pan and cut into bar shapes after cooling. Many varieties of drop cookie dough can be baked this way like Brownies and chocolate chip bar cookies. Molded The stiff dough is rolled between the hands to form shapes using a mold or tools like a fork, cookie stamp or bottom of the glass. Peanut butter cookies, snickerdoodles, almond crescents and biscotti cookies are made using this method. Refrigerator or icebox Made from stiff dough that is rolled into a log, chilled, sliced and baked to make Pinwheels, shortbread or sugar cookies. No-Bake The cookie mixture may or may not be cooked on a range and these cookies are not baked in an oven. This method is used to make Chocolate no-bake cookies and Rice Krispies treats. Sandwich Cookies are assembled with two identically sized cookies joined together with a sweet filling. Peppermint cream sandwich cookies and Oreo cream cookies are made using this method. Different Types Of Cookies Sure To Satisfy Your Sweet Cravings Chocolate Chip Cookies The most popular of all types of cookies, the chocolate chip cookie is a drop cookie. What distinguishes it from the other types of cookies are chunks of delicious chocolate chips in every single bite. They can be soft and doughy or crispy and crunchy depending on the ingredients and how long you cook them. Peanut Butter Cookies Considered to be a classic, peanut butter cookies are loaded with peanut butter to balance the salty and sweet flavor. Made with hand-rolled dough that is flattened with a fork to achieve that familiar waffle pattern and for more even baking. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Oatmeal raisins are warm and comforting and remind us of our grandma's house. They are thick and chewy those are slightly crisp on the outside but soft and buttery on the inside. Made of oatmeal, raisins and brown sugar is an easy dessert that disappears fast. Butterscotch Cookies These cookies are made with butterscotch chips, corn flake cereal, rolled oats, and chopped walnuts. The combination of these ingredients creates a rich, old-school flavor that most people associate with butterscotch pudding. These crispy, crunchy cookies bring about an explosion of flavors in your mouth. Shortbread Cookies Short-breads are made with just three ingredients, butter, sugar, and flour with a very high ratio of butter or shortening to flour, hence the name "short." These kinds of cookies had originated in Scotland and were once served only during Christmas and New Year's Eve. Gingersnap Cookies Also known as ginger biscuits, these spicy treats are chewy, a little spicy and sweet all at the same time.  Slightly crispy at the edges with a chewy soft center makes this a perfect recipe. A combination of powdered ginger, cinnamon, molasses, and nutmeg make this a perfect holiday cookie. [caption id="attachment_10745" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Source: thebackyardpizza[/caption] Kiss Cookies A top pick among kids from the list of cookies as it’s pressed with Hershey’s kisses in the center. Made with cocoa powder, melted chocolate and rolled in sugar before dabbing some chocolate nugget in the center. They are slightly chewy, crunchy from the sugar-coating and creamy from the melty center. [caption id="attachment_10746" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Source: youtube.com[/caption] Coconut Macaroon Cookie Simple, yet one of the best types of cookies made with shredded coconut. Soft and chewy from the inside, crispy and golden from the outside, making them the perfect treat. Make them more delicious and irresistible by dipping them in dark chocolate. Spritz Cookies These German cookies are made by squirting the dough through a cookie press to make complicated designs. Spritz cookies are a lot like sugar cookies that are buttery and sweet. These types of cookies come in different colors and shapes topped with sprinkles for a festive look. [caption id="attachment_10748" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Source: youtube.com[/caption] Lofthouse Cookies Lofthouse cookies are soft and delicious sugar cookies topped with addictively delicious sweet fluffy frosting. What makes Lofthouse cookies so special is the cake-like texture of the cookies and taste just like that grocery store favorite. [caption id="attachment_10749" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Source: thespruceeats.com[/caption] All the above listed different types of cookies go straight to the heart through your mouth that makes your day a little better. So what are you waiting for? Go try all of them and tell us which one is your favorite.