Kitchen islands are functional and stylish kitchen elements that can be styled in many ways. From small ones to large kitchen islands, there are endless possibilities of decorating them. You can design an organized space with a few accessories or incorporate some useful countertop appliances. You can even create a dining area to make maximum use of the space you have. Here are some ideas that are sure to give your kitchen island a complete makeover.

Large kitchen islands can serve as an entertainment center to entertain guests. To achieve this look, add a few extra kitchen stools to create additional seating. You can choose from solid wooden stools or comfortable and plush upholstered stools, depending on what matches your kitchen decor best. If you’re inviting guests over, expand the kitchen island into a dining space with chairs.

Consider building a functional kitchen island with cabinets and cubbies to store your kitchen essentials efficiently. You can use a shelf beneath the island to display cookbooks, kitchen utensils and decorative liquor bottles. Install a wine rack or glass holders to store your drinkware.

Work with different layouts like L-shaped, wedge-shaped, square, rectangular and circular islands that suit the design and space of your kitchen. After you have decided the shape, consider the material for the countertop. Granite is a popular choice but you can also opt for marble. Both are perfect for performing different functions like cooking and dining.

Accessorize your kitchen island further by placing a beautiful centerpiece like a vase with fresh flowers. You can also place useful electrics like espresso machines, juicers, ovens or toasters on them. Electrics such as food processors and juicers are great since they help you perform multiple tasks easily. You can chop fruits and vegetables using the processor and then move on to the juicer to make a healthy juice. You can also place electrics such as toasters and ovens to make a wholesome breakfast in the morning for your family.

For the space above the island, consider adding pendant lighting fixtures to brighten up the area. Install colorful pendant lights in a series to light up a large space. You can also set up overhead racks that can store kitchen essentials or your crystal glassware.

Decorating your kitchen island should be fun and interesting with these tips!

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Cooking Oils are common cooking mediums for cooking processes which involve frying. However, the type of cooking oil should be carefully selected as too much oil in the food would prove harmful to the body. Thus, it is very important to know how to choose the appropriate Cooking Oil. Though fats are necessary for the major functions of the body, not all oils contain fats which are beneficial for the body. The following methods can be used for selecting a Healthy Cooking Oil.

By The Fats In The Cooking Oil

Most of the commonly used Cooking Oils contain the following three types of fatty acids: saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Saturated fatty acids pack together tightly and are very stable even when they come in contact with light and heat. These are the best oils that should be used as cooking oils. For example, coconut oil has very high percentages of saturated fats and is one of the healthiest Cooking Oils available.

By Its Anti-oxidizing Properties

One of the ways of selecting a Healthy Cooking Oil is to analyze its anti-oxidizing properties. Oils like butter oil, contain antioxidants which repair the damages done by free radicals. Such oils are thus beneficial for building muscles and other tissues.

By Its Purity

We live in unfortunate times when manufacturers and providers do not hesitate to engage in unethical practices of adulterations in their pursuits of profit. One of the most dangerous trends witnessed by the food industry is the adulterations and compromises in the purity. Cheaper Cooking Oils are mixed with those with higher prices in order to increase the profits. A more dangerous trend is the addition of synthetic components. Health problems due to adulterations in cooking oils, some of which even lead to deaths, are not unheard of. Consumers should take care in selecting the purest forms of Cooking Oils.

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Boost Dependency Analyzer

I have something special to announce today. A tool I’ve build over the last 2 weeks, which allows to analyze the dependencies in boost. With boost 1.53 this spring, I had the idea to build this, but not the time, as I was busy writing a series over the Papers for Bristol. Back then I realized, how easy it could be to build such a tool, as the dependencies could be read & listed by boosts bcp tool. I already had a prototype for the graphpart from 2010. But lets have a look at the tool:

The tool is very easy to handle, it is based on the out of bcp, which is a tool coming with boost. Actually bcp can help you with ripping libraries out of boost, so that you don’t have to add all of boost to your repository when you would like to use smartpointers. But bcp also has a listing mode, where it only shows the dependencies thats whats my tool build up upon. Lets have a short look at the results, the dependencies of boost 1.54:

A few words on how to read this graph. The libraries in the middle of the “starshape” are the ones with the most dependencies, each line between the nodes is a dependency. A dependency can be one or multiple files. The graphlayout is not weighted.

How to

A short introduction on what you need to get this tool to run. First boost, as this tool is build to analyze boost. I’ve tested with some versions (1.49 – 1.54) of boost. You also need a version of bcp, which is quite easy to build (b2 tools/bcp). Then you simply need to start the tool, if BOOST_ROOT is set, the tool will try to read it, other wise you will be asked to choose the location of boost when clicking on Read dependencies. Next thing is selecting the location of bcp. That is the setup, and the tool will now run for some time. On my machine its 90 seconds to 2 minutes the analysis takes, it might be lot longer on yours, depending on how much cores you got. The tool will spawn for each boost library (~112) a bcp process, and analyze this output in a thread pool. After this is done, the data is loaded into the tool, and then saved to a SQLITE database, which will be used if you start the tool a second time and select this version of boost. Loading from the database is far faster.

A screenshot to illustrate this:

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To the left are all the boost libraries, the number of dependencies is shown in the braces. To the right is a Tabwidget showing all the dependencies, the graph is layouted with boost graph. When you click on show all you’ll get the full view of all dependencies in boost. The layouting is done in the background, so this will take some time to calculate, and is animated when its done. The results of the layouting are good, but not perfect, so that you might have to move some nodes. Exporting supports images, which are transparent PNGs, not all services/tools are happy with that (f.e. facebook, twitter nor G+ could handle the perfectly fine images), this can be fixed by postprocessing the images and adding a white background.

Inner workings

I’ve already written a little about the tools inside, its build with Qt5.1 and boost. Where boost is mostly used for the graph layouting. As I choose to work with Qt5, it has a few more dependencies, for windows this sums up to a 18 mb download, which you’ll find at the end. The tool depends on 3 libraries from my company Code Node: ProcessingSink, a small wrapper around QProcess, that allows to just start a bunch of processes, and lets you connect to the finished and error slot. This was necessary, as I could only spawn 62 parallel processes under windows, so this library does take care of spawning the parallel processes now. Which are currently 50 at a time. GraphLayout is the code that wraps the innerworkings of boost::graph, its a bit dirty, but lets me easily process the graphlayouting. The 3rd library is NodeGraph, which is the Graph UI, based on Qts GraphicsView Framework.
I plan to release the tool and its libraries under GPL later on github, for now I don’t have the time to polish everything.

Problems

One of the earliest questions I had when thinking about building such a tool, was where to get a list of the boost libraries? This sounds easy. But I need to have this readable by machine, not human, so HTML is a great format, but I refused to write a parser for this list yet. I talked to some people about this at C++Now, and most agreed, that the second option would be best: maintainers.txt. Thats what the tool reads currently to find the boost libraries. Unfortunately at least lexical_cast is missing in this list. So, the tool isn’t perfect yet, while lexical_cast is already patched, I’m not sure if anything else is missing. A candidate could be signals, as its not maintained anymore. Currently the tool analyzes for 1.54 112 libraries.

boost dependencies

Working for 2 weeks on this tool has given me some inside knowledge about the dependencies in boost. First, the way it is shown in the tool, is the view of bcp. Some dependencies will not affect the user, as they are internal. f.e. a lot of libraries have a dependency to boost::test, simply because they provide their tests with it. The bcp tool really gets you ALL the dependencies. Also most (or was it all?) libraries depend on boost::config. I plan to add filtering later, so that the user has the ability to filter some of the libraries in the GraphView.

The tool

Here is how to get the tool for now: there is a download for the binaries for windows and linux. I’ll try to get you a deb package as soon as I have time, but for now its only the binaries for linux, you’ll have to make sure to have Qt5.1 etc. on linux too, as I do not provide them. For Windows, its 2 archives you’ll need to download: the programm itself, and needed dlls for Qt5.1 if you don’t have the SDK installed ( in this case you also could copy them from the bin directory)

Note on linux: this is a one day old beta version. Will update this later.

Holidays to Florida are a sure fire way to please everybody on the trip with a wide selection of beautiful beaches, world-class theme park attractions, and outdoor recreation destinations across the Sunshine State. Easy to book and priced just right, Florida all inclusive holidays cut the budget down to size with rock bottom industry travel rates.

One of the most visited states in the USA, Florida welcomes visitors twelve months a year with a warm and inviting climate, casual atmosphere, and eclectic dining options from simple take away fare to intimate candlelit dinners from award-winning chefs. Seize the moment any way you see fit with a wide range of lodging options geared to meet and exceed most budgets.

The all inclusive Florida holiday plan takes care of everything so you can leave your money in your wallet and get down to business with the suntan. Voted the favorite mode of international travel, the all inclusive plan covers the airfare, round trip airport transfers, your choice of three, four or five star accommodation, most meals at your hotel’s sumptuous buffet, and admission tickets to select attractions. With all the major travel expenses rolled together at one great rate, your Florida holidays may be closer than you think.

Florida resorts and private villa packages offer optional full or half-day excursions to Key West, deep sea fishing tours, private yacht rentals in Miami Beach, and safe and sane biking trails through the rugged tropical terrain. In addition, visitors to south Florida may wish to book a two to fourteen day cruise heading for the Bahamas, Jamaica, Aruba and more. Cuba holidays, however, are not available for departure from the USA. Florida cruise ports operate convenient daily departures from Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Tampa and may be easily reached from the inland city of Orlando.

Best value booking for all inclusive Florida holidays should be made early enough to take advantage of seasonal sales and deep discount deals. Early birds take first choice of sea view rooms at the beaches and the top Disney theme park hotels when you plan your work and work your plan. However, late travel deals abound year round for the travel bug that can leave on short notice. Florida knows how to treat its valued guests right with last chance bookings at best bargain deals.

Florida holidays are ideal for family travel, honeymoon packages and action packed sightseeing for the solo traveller. For quick warm weather breaks or comfortable long-term stays, Florida holidays have something for everyone at the budget crunching price you want to pay. No one can undercut the all inclusive holiday deal, making it the number one choice for fussy travelers on the go.

Choosing health food and health drinks, exercising, and getting rid of bad habits are all steps we know we should take, but we put them off like a to-do list we never want to face. If it were easy to change bad behaviors quickly, people would do it all the time. Health food would be more popular than fast-food, and everyone would have a personal gym in their homes. One of the biggest impediments to making the wisest choices is the belief that we have to make only the wisest choices, all the time. Its too overwhelming to think about, so we hold on to the bad habits, turning our noses up at health food and promising to start exercising, “next week.”

What if we take a slower approach to lifestyle changes? What if we only substitute one thing at a time, making it a comfortable part of the daily routine prior to moving on to the next change? Making a minute alteration in ones daily activity doesnt seem nearly as intimidating as trying to vanquish every bad habit all at once.

Make it Easy With Health Drinks and Healthy Snacks

A great way to lower sugar and carbohydrate intake is to alter your beverages. Instead of replacing meals with smoothies, try just switching out a soft drink for anti-oxidant rich green tea. Dont get led into buying “vitamin enhanced” waters, though, as they often contain high levels of sugar and artificial ingredients. Instead, look for natural health drinks that include benefits like complex carbohydrates, chlorophyll, and live enzymes from whole food ingredients.

Snacking is a challenge for many when it comes to dealing with weight and health issues. While it may be a good idea to eliminate snacking entirely, another option is to replace those snacks with “health food”. You still get the satisfaction of munching on something flavorful, while putting less garbage and more good nutrients into your body. As time goes on, you can gradually switch all of your snacks and drinks with healthier options. Again, its not about changing everything at once but rather making a few small, simple changes that have a cumulative effect.

Putting Health Food on Your Menu

Another easy change that can have a dramatic effect is to replace one side dish with a health food option. If you would normally serve up some frozen potatoes with your evening meal, for example, start by replacing it with some steamed vegetables. After a while, you may find that youre ready to completely replace an entire meal a week with something far healthier. Try steaming instead of frying or microwaving, veggies instead of boxed side dishes, and alkaline foods instead of acid forming ones. Strengthen the experience further by serving your health food with anti-oxidant rich health drinks. You may find that you actually start getting excited about this healthy meal and will want to select better options more often.

The city of Brampton offers you a diverse and vibrant lifestyle between some of the finest flower beds and most beautiful gardens. It is the second fastest growing city and 11th largest city of Canada. Standard & Poor’s provided it triple ‘A’ credit ranking for its economic importance. It is situated near Lester B. Pearson International Airport and boasts of some of the best businesses in manufacturing, retail and wholesale sector.

If you are planning an investment in Real Estate, Brampton offers you great opportunities. It has been recognized as an Internationally Safe Community by World Health Organization. A recent study by Real Estate Investment Network states that the investment in Brampton Real Estate will increase in next three to five years. It has been placed fifth in “Top Ontario Investment Towns 2011-2015 Report.” .”

This city offers some great parks with ample outdoor sports facilities. It has libraries, hospitals, educational facilities, shopping centers and religious places all in easy reach from every place. It has residents from different parts of world, with different languages and different cultures. So it is one of the few places of world, where you can get a glimpse of diverse cultural values.

So if you want a great return on your investment, Brampton Real Estate can be a perfect choice. You’ll never regret your investment in here. This city has shown a steady and continuous economic growth in last 10 years. The studies predict that by 2031, the City’s population will grow to some 725,000 that is at present about 500,000. It creates an optimistic picture for home’s demand in coming future.

If you love large open spaces and big houses, Castlemore provides you all that you need. You can feel a touch of open air and can reach Brampton or Vaughan within minutes from it. Many big projects are under construction in this city of possibilities. Before investing in here , it is necessary to get the assessment of Castlemore home values from a good home appraiser.

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A booming economy and rising disposable incomes have contributed to the evolution of online shopping store. In what is clearly being seen as a boost to the online retail sector, a recent survey by ASSOCHAM has revealed that about 40 per cent among those surveyed across cities like the aforesaid cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahmadabad, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Lucknow and Jaipur said they prefer to shop online. In fact this inclination among the youth is going to help the online retail industry to reach Rs 7,000 crore marks by 2015, ASSOCHAM predicts. Among the reasons cited by the youth, ones like convenience to shop anytime during the 24 hours and ability to collect detailed product information have helped fuel the trend.

Besides the convenience of researching a variety of products available and comparing prices from different vendors anywhere in the world, are also a factor. Interestingly, a majority of consumers also said they shop online to purchase products that cannot be found in malls and the local markets. FlipOclick- a complete online shopping sites in India contributing great skill of expedient, truthful, excellence and price tag effectual experience of Shopping online in India just over a mouse snap. Online shopping in Mumbai was on top among the 5 leading cities in online shopping in India, which is set to become the third largest nation of internet users in the next two years with a large chunk of youngsters eager to adopt new technologies with rapidly changing lifestyles.

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