During the first stage of labour the cervix begins to dilate and uterine contractions begin. These contractions are painful and perplexing to the dog. She will appear quite uncomfortable and restless – pacing, shivering and panting. During the second stage of labour, uterine contractions begin in force. As this stage progresses the placental water sacks break and a straw-colour fluid is passed. When your dog is about to give birth, her body temperate will drop a few degrees.

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www.ask.com source

Further Reading:

How do I Know When my Dog is Ready to Give Birth? – http://answers.ask.com/Science/Nature/how_do_i_know_when_my_dog_is_ready_to_give_birth

There is a variety of things that might happen if your ECM (which stands for Electronic Computer Module) if going bad. The car might begin to stall, or the gauges or other electronics on the dash may not work.

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repairmanualsonline.blogspot.com source

Further Reading:

What are the symptom of an automobile universal joint going bad? – http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_symptom_of_an_automobile_universal_joint_going_bad

To message a wrestler, one must first have their contacts or ways of reaching them. This may be through texting on phone, electronic mail, facebook and twitter, placards at their games and matches, leaving notes on their car but finding out where they are and gaining proximity for direct questioning is the most productive.

Photo Credit:

wrestlingclassics.com link

Further Reading:

How do you send messages to wrestlers? – http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_send_messages_to_wrestlers

You can know if your child is a troubled teen by taking time to talk to your child. Watch his or her behavior and see if there are any signs of drug use or other destructive behavior. Talk to a counselor if you feel like you can’t do this on your own. Most of all, talk to your child. You can find more information here: www.teenswithproblems.com

Reference:

www.teenswithproblems.com

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www.raisingtroubledkids.com link

Further Reading:

how to raise troubled teens? – http://www.ehow.com/how_8160611_raise-troubled-teens.html

Enjoying Ethnic Dishes

Opening your mind to another cuisine is essential to really enjoy foods in restaurants and in cooking a variety of different foods. There are many types of foods now widely available and the ingredients are no longer difficult to find in most places.

Mexican food has been a favorite in the U.S. for many years, starting in the southwest, but now common everywhere. In addition to the fast food and Mexican chain restaurants, many cities now have authentic Mexican restaurants with chefs that learned to cook in their native Mexico. Delicious dishes featuring tortillas, sauces that can be spicy or not, meats, beans, rice, cheeses and vegetables are often quite delicious. The popularity of Mexican food attests to the changing American taste buds.

Many Asian cuisines are popular, as well. Chinese food has been a staple of American restaurants for many years. In addition to the continuing popularity of Chinese foods, there are Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai, and Korean restaurants that attract many people. The foods can be spicy or not, the sauces can be delicious, and the prices reasonable. There are so many to choose from, that you see restaurants come and go. The best ones seem to succeed in the tough restaurant business.

Indian food has achieved popularity in many cities. The interesting curries and sauces and the delicious meats, rice and bread have entertained and satisfied diners. Often the sauces are quite rich and exotic and there is the need to experiment or eat with experienced diners to understand what dishes are the best. Most wait staff can answer questions about dishes and what they are made of and can recommend what is most popular. Another way is to partake in their lunch time buffet lunches, where you can try a variety of the foods to get an idea of what you will like.

Spanish restaurants, especially those serving tapas, have begun to draw people in and be successful. Tapas are the small plates of foods that allow diners to try different things without getting too full. They are more on the order of appetizers, but several of them can make a nice meal.

I’ve only touched on some of the most popular ethnic cuisines here. There is a world of culinary delights waiting for you! Bon Appetit!

Reference:
1. Cuisine of the United States
2. Ethnic Cuisine: How to Create the Authentic Flavors of Over 30 …

glazed doughnuts
2 packages active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup scaled milk
1/3 cup shortening
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
31/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
2 eggs

glaze
2 cup sifted confectioners sugar
3 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

soften yeast in 110 degrees F warm water. Combine milk, shortening, sugar and salt, then cool to lukewarm. Add one cup of flour and beat well. Beat in softened yeast and eggs. Add enough of remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough. Mix well.

Place in a greased bowl and turn to grease the surface. Cover and chill for 3 hours or overnight.

Turn onto slightly floured surface and roll to 1/3-inch thick.

Cut with floured doughnut cutter. Let rise for 30-40 minutes until very light. While dough is rising, combine all ingredients of the glaze in a bowl and set aside.

Fry in 375 degrees F deep hot fat for 2 minutes or until brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels and dip them into the glazing bowl while warm.

Source:

  1. Doughnut Recipes – Allrecipes.com
  2. Super Easy Doughnuts Recipe – Allrecipes.com

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Greek salad is a delightful dish for late spring or summer and very easy to make. It tastes best when chilled but it’s good no matter how you decide to eat it. I add tuna to the salad and serve it with crackers to make it a substantial meal.

2 small cans of tuna fish packed in spring water, drained and flaked
1 pint of kalamata olives, pitted
1 pint of greek olives
1 pint of feta cheese
4 oz. marinated artichoke hearts with marinade
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced
3 roma tomatoes seeded and cut in small pieces
5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
6 tablespoons olive oil
salt and lots of cracked black pepper to taste

Add all ingredients in a large wooden bowl, gently mix together to keep from breaking the feta cheese up too much. Add olive oil, vinegar and salt and pepper last. Let it chill for an hour in the fridge.

When ready to eat serve with crackers and a crisp hard apple cider or iced tea!

Source:

  1. Greek salad
  2. Greek Salad I Recipe – Allrecipes.com

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“MMmm that smells so good”, “It’s Five Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup, do you want some too?”

OK, so sometimes it is four mushroom and wild rice soup, on occasion six mushroom and wild rice soup, I use whatever mushrooms, four, five or six kinds that are lowest in price of the fresh mushrooms at the market on any given day.

Two cups or more of each of your mushrooms, washed, dried and sliced about one eight inch or one quarter centimeter thick. I take more of the lower priced fungi and a few less of the more expensive ones.

A small yellow onion finely minced.

A stalk of celery, finely minced.

A cup of dried wild rice.

A quarter cup of pearl barley.

A half cup of fresh parsley, chopped.

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.

A bay leaf.

A sprig of thyme, left whole.

Butter for frying.

Filtered water to rinse the frying pan.

Optionals two bullion cubes; either chicken, beef or vegetarian.

Optional, serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and/or a loaf of crusty French bread.

Using your largest, heaviest frying pan, first heat the pan well, than add just enough butter to coat the bottom of the pan when it is melted. Fry the mushrooms about a cup at a time, do not stir them until they have started to brown against the buttered pan. Than stir, just once to turn them and let them brown again. After each batch of mushrooms is finished browning, rinse the frying pan into a large stockpot putting the mushrooms into the pot also. Re heat the pan, re butter and fry the next cup of mushrooms rinsing the pan after each batch you fry. When all the mushrooms are fried and the pan is rinsed into the stock pot, add the wild rice, bay leaf, onions, celery, herbs and barley. Put your bullion cubes into the stock pot. Add salt and pepper, this can be adjusted to taste when the soup is finished cooking.

Cover the rice and mushrooms with water about an inch above the mushrooms highest point and allow the pot to simmer gently. When the wild rice has fully bloomed (opened from it’s dark brown seed case) it should take about an hour to an hour and a half, the soup is finished simmering. Add salt and pepper to taste.

A fresh loaf of crusty bread as a good accompaniment to this soup. It will make a lovely guest worthy lunch, it even pleases most dieters. A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese pushes this dish over the top.

Enjoy.

Source:

  1. Soups, Stews and Chili Recipes – Allrecipes.com
  2. Winter Soup and Stew Recipes and Ideas : Food Network

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