Flour-less Orange Chocolate Cake

Two of my favorite cakes of all times are the flour-less orange cake from Nutmeg @ Bangsar Village and Lemon Polanta cake from Red Kettle.   Since exams are over for this year and the girls have 5 days of Deepavali holiday, Sherilyn volunteered to bake me a cake on an ad-hoc basis yesterday.  She searched through the fridge to see what ingredients were available.  Oranges, almond meal, organic cocoa powder, Whittakers Almond Gold bar and eggs were what she found. With these, my baking queen Googled for a recipe and found a fancy schmancy recipe by Nigella Lawson. Within an two hours, she whipped out an almost guilt-free flour-free orange chocolate cake with chocolate cream:

My baking queen’s low-carb orange chocolate cake is made from almond meal (toasted), 6 eggs, 2 whole oranges (simmered in a pot for 2 hours), reduced brown sugar (organic) and cinnamon.  She blitzed all the ingredients in our Blendtec blender.  When she encountered some difficulties blending all the ingredients half way through, she mixed them with her hands.

Chocolate cream is made from microwaved chocolate chips, Whittakers Almond Gold chocolate bars and fresh milk.

Had I closed my eyes to taste the cake, I would have thought that I am eating  orange flavored chocolate mousse cake!

Sherilyn’s treat for herself ~ cake with Haagen-Dazs Cookies & Cream ice-cream on stick!

Though the cake was yummo, I would still prefer a no-frills good old plain orange flour-less cake that’s close to zero carbs.  Never mind.  My baking queen has all the time in the world to try baking that and also a lemon polanta cake during the 5-week school holidays soon!

How You Can Benefit from Physical Therapy as a Mom

Many people think that physical therapists are only there for after an accident. However, there are many benefits of physical therapy in Valrico, FL. As a mom, it can be advantageous for you to make an appointment to experience the benefits firsthand.

Eliminate Pain
A physical therapist can help you work through some of the pain that you are experiencing. You may have pain as a result of childbirth, years of carrying your child on your hip or even a recent injury. Rather than simply struggling through the pain, you can overcome it with a few sessions of physical therapy.

Improve Mobility
You may be surprised to learn that a physical therapist can help you improve your mobility. If you don’t feel as though you are as flexible as you used to be, this may be as a result of your muscles not being properly worked. During physical therapy sessions, you can learn about various exercises that can help you.

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Avoid Surgery
The last thing you want to do is be down for the count while you recover from surgery. If you are dealing with a significant amount of back pain, you may think that spinal surgery is the only solution. However, it’s worth going to a physical therapist to see what can be done more naturally. It may be a great way to avoid the operating room entirely.

If you are a bit skeptical as to whether a physical therapist can help you or not, the best thing to do is schedule an appointment. This way, you can have a consultation and learn about the various ways that physical therapy can help you overcome the various aches and pains that you have.

 

Selecting a Way to Remove Unwanted Hair

Getting rid of unwanted hair may seem simple. All you need to do is shave it off, right? But what if it’s on your back or somewhere else you can’t reach?  Alternatively, what if you can reach it but are sick of having it grow back almost right away? Is it worth it to undergo clinical hair removal, such as laser treatment? Those are all questions you need to ask when selecting a way to remove unwanted hair. To answer them, you need to compare some of the top hair removal options and discover their benefits and drawbacks. Here are some questions and answers to help you do that.

Do You Want to Remove Hair at Home?
If your biggest concern is the ability to remove hair at home, shaving is probably your best option. It is a painless and quick hair removal method. However, it does take a lot of time, both in terms of individual shaving sessions and the need to repeat the process frequently. When you remove hair with a razor blade at home, you essentially mow the hair like grass, leaving the lower portions of each hair behind. You may not see the remaining strands, but they are there. That is why they show back up within a few days. It only takes a short time for them to pop back through your skin.

Are You Looking for Hair Removal Accuracy?
If accuracy is your biggest hair removal concern, laser treatment may be the best option for you. When you go to a clinic for treatment with hair-removal equipment, lasers are by far the most common devices you will find. Lasers target hairs individually, treating all of the hairs in the area targeted quickly and efficiently without missing any.

Laser treatment is also beneficial because, after the hairs are gone, they take a long time to return. Each whole hair is targeted. Since even the portion you cannot see falls out, it takes longer to return. Often, regrowth may take weeks or longer. However, laser treatment does not remove hairs on the spot. It takes a series of treatments before you will see significant hair loss. So, if you’re looking for immediate hair removal, it is a poor choice.

Is Pain Your Main Hair Removal Worry?
Pain is another consideration when comparing hair removal options. Ripping hair out, such as by using wax or sugar, is one of the most painful methods. Another is electrolysis. Any plucking devices, such as tweezers or epilators, can also cause some pain or discomfort. On the other hand, laser hair removal treatment is often only mildly uncomfortable. You may feel a sensation of a mild electric shock during the procedure. Your skin will also feel warm, but your clinician can help. He or she may use blasts of cool air or numbing salves to make you more comfortable.

How Much Hair do You Want to Remove?
Another important consideration is the amount of hair you want to remove. If you are trying to remove a few stray hairs, laser treatment is impractical. Electrolysis or simply plucking the hairs with tweezers may be a better option. However, large areas of unwanted hair are easier to remove with lasers, sugaring, waxing or shaving. For example, a single laser treatment usually takes an hour or less, depending on the part of your body where the hair is located and the amount of hair. Electrolysis can only remove a tiny amount of hair in a short time.