Make This Vinaigrette And Never Buy The Bottled Stuff Again


Ever since I made this super tasty vinaigrette I’ve never had to grab a bottle at the supermarket. The store-bought stuff is full of high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives and other junk. But this stuff is like liquid gold.

All you need are shallots, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, mustard, salt and pepper. Jam it all into a mason jar, screw on the lid and shake it up. Presto, amazing salad dressing with simple ingredients and no fuss.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 Shallot Finely Minced
  2. 1/2 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  3. 1 Cup Olive Oil
  4. Small Handful of Freshly Chopped Parsley
  5. Tablespoon Honey
  6. Spoonful of Mustard (Djon, Course Ground, etc)
  7. Pinch of Salt and Pepper

Steps:

  1. Add minced shallot to mason jar
  2. Add lemon juice
  3. Mix the two and let sit for 30 minutes in the mason jar
  4. After set, add olive oil
  5. Add some parsley  (doesn’t have to be exact)
  6. Add a tablespoon of honey (doesn’t have to be exact)
  7. Add mustard
  8. Add salt / pepper
  9. Put on lid and shake

For a full video on the steps and instructions, click here.

(h/t Southern Living)

See The Entire Pacific Crest Trail In Just 3 Minutes

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The Pacific Crest Trail (or PCT for short) is an absolutely stunning trail that goes all the way from Southern California to British Columbia in Canada. Most recently profiled in the Reese Witherspoon vehicle “Wild” (2014), the PCT hews closely to the Sierra Nevada and the Cascade mountains.

The views are stunning and the scenery is magnificent, but the trail can take 5 months to complete on foot. Luckily for us, the wonderful folks at Halfway Anywhere put together this excellent video that allows all of us schlubs to hit this beautiful American gem in just over 3 minutes.

Photo by MiguelVieira

Amazing Orangutan Reaction To Pregnant Woman’s Belly

Orangutans are known for their maternal instincts, with infants being completely dependent on their mothers for their first two years.

In this video, Jay Clarke and his partner are visiting the Colchester Zoo in Britain. The Orangutan notices the woman’s pregnant belly and kisses the glass.

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According to Mr. Clarke, “Me and my 37 week pregnant partner visited Colchester Zoo on 13/07/2015 and was amazed when we visited Rajang the Orangutan that very quickly become fixated with her belly as she is heavily pregnant and before long he was trying to kiss my partners belly through the glass.”

 

Incredible stuff.

 

Hot Tub + Hammock = Win

We’re in the thick of summer, which means we’re likely to think of summer-y things, like barbecues, watermelon, the beach, hammocks, hot tubs… But what if you combined those last two? That’s right, a hot tub hammock! Benjamin Frederick’s Kickstarter campaign did just that and, on July 14th, reached its goal of $50,000 for the Hydro Hammock. (Not only its goal, but above its goal: $72,943.)

I don’t know about you, but I’d love one. It’s not only water-filled, but heated, too. (And requires less water than bathtubs!) You can fit your significant other in it with you and it can hold up to 50 gallons of water (and 20 gallons is suggested as the minimum). In total, it can support 700 pounds (but try that at your own risk). Here, you can see three people in one (which looks a little precarious and like a sitcom prank waiting to happen).

 

What does Hydro Hammock‘s inventor and CEO say?

“It is amazing to be floating in water and supported by a hammock nearly anywhere. I have tested it in over 30 locations and watched 25 friends try it for the first time, and love it. Really a heavenly experience… Sitting sideways gives great posture for meditation.” — Benjamin H. Frederick, Hydro Hammock Inventor and CEO

And what do users say?

“Pure camping bliss.” — CNET

“It’s a private paradise… and with room to share! How cool is that? There’s really nothing like this anywhere… and you can put it almost anywhere you want it. It’s removable so you can take it with you and can be put where pools can’t go. I’m in love, it’s where I hang on Sundays.” — Chef Tracy Fleming, Glaser Organic Farms

“Finally someone has combined my two favorite things, hammocking and hot tubs. This will be key to injury rehab and general wellness.” –Dr. Casey Frieder, DC., Southern Oregon Active Health

Now that its Kickstarter goal was reached, the Hydro Hammocks are available for purchase.

  1. Hydro Hammock 1 (more compact), $480
  2. Hydro Hammock 2 (you can add an insulation pad between the layers or make it into a water bed), $680 (can double as a water bed)
  3. Portable Heater System, $1950

(And if any of you happen to have a spare one laying (or hanging) around, let me know.)

When This Dog Has To Wake Up, He Protests More Than The Worst Alarm Clock

Are you a morning person? Well, neither is this dog. I thought I was bad at waking up, but this little guy definitely wins. When he has to get up, he sounds like a hyena, unhappy baby, and lamb all in one.

Personally, I’d be more scared of that paw scratching my eyes out than the dog’s cooing (if you can call it that). And kudos to the woman (I love how she slept through it; maybe she’s become immune!).

How about you? Would you stick with your regular alarm clock… or this dog?

Dog Has Trouble Admitting That He Committed A Crime (Knocking Down A Trash Can)

Sometimes, we all try to get away with things—eating the second-to-last bite of ice cream yet leaving the container in the freezer as though nothing’s happened, drinking the almost-final drop of wine in the bottle, or leaving just enough toilet paper (a square or two) for the person after us, yet not replacing the roll for them.

But, how about knocking over a trash can and pretending we didn’t do it? That’s what Matzo did in this video. I think you’ll agree with us that he tried to flee the scene of the crime and hide when, literally, backed into a corner. What would your pet have done?!

Make The Perfect Popcorn On Your Stove With A Stainless Steel Bowl

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Here’s a great new tip, courtesy of Alton Brown that will take your popcorn making to the next level. All you need is a heavy gauge stainless steel bowl and you have the perfect popcorn machine.

According to Brown, the bowl helps popped kernels move away from the bottom of the bowl so they don’t burn. The oil and kernels slide to the bottom near the heat to keep the kernels popping.

Checkout Alton’s video as he walks you through the process. There are two keys to using this method:  1) Covering the bowl with heavy duty foil / poking slits it in for steam to escape and 2) Continuously shaking the bowl over a medium heat until the kernels pop.

If you don’t have a big stainless steel bowl, then you can use a wok.  In need of a great bowl, then checkout this really affordable one from Amazon.

VIDEO: Turn Your Cat’s Backside Into A Beautiful Jewel With This Accessory

Hey cat owners, tired of looking at your cat’s butt? You know who you are. At some point or other you’ve been forced to look and there’s no shaking the mental picture.

But what if I told you that some ingenious folks just invented a solution to all of your problems? Introducing Twinkle Tush, the first accessory to turn your cat’s butt into a beautiful gem. Just hang it around the base of your cat’s tail, and voila, problem solved.

In all seriousness, this doesn’t appear to be real, since links on the Twinkle Tush site redirect to CatCrib, but we can always hope that we’ll be able to save this to our Amazon wishlist one day!