Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches (Cook Once)
Apr29

Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches (Cook Once)

Pre-packaged frozen breakfast sandwiches are convenient, but can contain a lot of processed foods and preservatives. You can make your own breakfast sandwiches from scratch so you understand and control the quality of the ingredients. As part of the Cook Once and Eat All Week Series, you can spend a morning making breakfast sandwiches that last for more than a week. You can even increase the batch and make enough for nearly a month....

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Get Cooking Series
Mar29

Get Cooking Series

The Epiphenie Get Cooking Series covers topics from learning to cook to everyday tasks for great food! Check back often as we add new topics. Get Cooking Series Topics Learn to Cook Like a Chef – If you don’t know how to cook, or want to improve your skills, find the best place to learn to cook like a chef. (Published in May 2016) Organize Your Recipes Online – As you cook more and try new recipes, you need to...

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Donate Items Instead of Selling Them
Mar25

Donate Items Instead of Selling Them

When you move or reorganize your home, you typically have items that you no longer use or need. If you have a lot of these items, you might consider having a garage sale (or yard sale) this weekend to get some cash. Instead, consider donating your items. NOTE: If you have good electronics, such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, flat TVs, or newer gadgets, you should sell the items instead of donating them. Because you will...

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Getting Rid of Old Computer Hardware
Feb12

Getting Rid of Old Computer Hardware

When you move or reorganize your home, or buy a new computer, you need to git rid of your old hardware. This weekend, get rid of your old computer hardware by giving it away, donating it, or recycling it. Depending on the condition of your hardware, your options might be limited. Decide what to do with your old computer: Give away the computer – If you know a family that needs a computer, it’s best to help someone that you...

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Making Hot Cocoa Powder
Dec26

Making Hot Cocoa Powder

Although you can purchase hot cocoa packets and canisters, many of those now include artificial or non-sugar sweeteners. (Gross!) By making your own hot cocoa powder, you can control the quality of the ingredients. Recipe INGREDIENTS 2 cups powdered sugar 1 1/2 cups powdered milk (Nestle Carnation) 1 cup powdered creamer (Nestle Coffee-Mate) 1/2 cup Dutch processed cocoa (Penzeys Spices) 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon mini semi-sweet...

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Why I will never use eBay again
Dec11

Why I will never use eBay again

Author’s Note: This article includes my personal opinion based on my personal experiences. The Epiphenie technical blog is a forum that I use to help friends, family, and strangers to solve problems that I have encountered. In this case, I want to warn my readers against buying or selling items on eBay because of their horrible customer service if anything goes wrong. I had a bad experience as an eBay seller 10+ years ago, and I...

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Understanding the Eisenhower Matrix
Oct16

Understanding the Eisenhower Matrix

If you’ve ever read the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey for school or work, then you should remember one important concept: how to prioritize tasks using the Eisenhower Method of Time Management. The concept is simple. When you plan your time, you should prioritize tasks that are important both in the short term (urgent) and in the long term (not urgent) over tasks that are not important to you. Tasks can be...

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Landing Your Dream Job
Aug14

Landing Your Dream Job

Whether you are happy with your current technical career or are working a job only for a paycheck, you probably dream of a better place. If you wish for a fulfilling career where your work matters and you are happy with your pay and benefits, then you must take action. Often in technical fields, employees are hired at competitive pay with good benefits. Unfortunately, years of small bonuses, small raises (around 1%-3%), and no...

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Update Your Resume This Weekend
Jul18

Update Your Resume This Weekend

This weekend, as part of the Weekend Series, spend some time getting your resume in order. As a best practice, you should update your paper and online resumes regularly so that you are prepared for unexpected layoffs or opportunities. Your resume serves two purposes. The first is to make it past the “bots” that scan the text for relevant terms, and into the hands of a recruiter or hiring manager. The second is to make that...

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Organize Your Recipes Online
Jun19

Organize Your Recipes Online

For general information about organizing your paper, cookbook, and online recipes, see Organize Your Recipes [Organization #12], first published in July 2012. After reviewing the 2012 article, come back to this article for updated and software-specific information. This article is part of both the Organized Life Series and the Getting Healthy Series. In this article, you will learn how to use Pinterest, Google Drive, and Paprika to...

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Learn to Cook Like a Chef
May29

Learn to Cook Like a Chef

By learning to cook at home, you can save money by cooking restaurant-quality meals at home. You can improve your health by using high-quality and natural ingredients in your recipes. You can improve yourself by learning a new and valuable life skill. This article is part of both the Getting Healthy Series. Below is a list of some cooking schools that are available online: America’s Test Kitchen (Recommended) – ATK hosts a...

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Preparing for a Dive Trip
Apr11

Preparing for a Dive Trip

Travelling as a scuba diver adds additional complications to a vacation. In addition to planning for your trip, you must plan to have the gear and paperwork necessary for you to dive. Planning After you have decided to go on a trip, you will know your destination, travel dates, and trip cost. You can then plan ahead for certain details. Pay trip deposits Buy trip insurance Place an alert on the airfare and purchase tickets ASAP Book...

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