7 Reasons Why I Will Always Love McDonald's

7 Reasons Why I Will Always Love McDonald's

I'm a sucker for fast food, and McDonald's knows the way to my heart.
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I don't know about you, but whenever I'm driving down the road and see those golden arches signalling that signature greasy, fried food, Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," begins playing in my head. Now, many of you may be saying I'm being a little over-dramatic; and I very well may be. But there is something deep inside my soul that inherently craves McDonald's AT LEAST once or twice a month. Whenever that smooth "Ba-da-ba ba-ba," sings through my television or radio, my mouth begins to water, and here are 7 reasons why...(and I think you'll agree):

1. The Nostalgia

I obviously had to start with throwing it back to EVERY kid giddily opening up a "Happy Meal" -not just for the bomb nuggets- but for that awesome toy you could bring to kindergarten the next day to show off. Whether it was that awesome (slightly less cool than the real one) Tamagachi, or one of those cute, freaky mini Furbies, you couldn't help but cry when mom said she was going home to cook dinner.

2. The Service

Love them or...tolerate them, every person at some point in their life has had an interesting encounter with a McDonald's employee. Whether it be watching (or participating) in a colorful discussion about a wrong order, or complaining to them about how dirty their bathroom is, they put up with hangry customers all day and still manage to get that delicious, calorie filled heap of food onto our eat-in tray or into our dine-out bag and we love them for it.

3. Two Words: BIG MAC

Now you can make the excuse of "Oh, that's too big," or "I don't know if I can finish that," but we all know you can and want to finish those two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. You simply can't deny it.

4. That Crisp Fountain Coke

You all know what I'm talking about. It's been proven that McDonald's has the best fountain Coke anywhere. There's no question about it. Having been stored in metal containers instead of the plastic ones those lesser fast food joints would have you sipping from, Mickey D's offers you that crisp bubbly refreshment you couldn't leave those doors without.

5. OK, OK...But

At this point I'm sure many of you are thinking, "Isn't McDonald's like, super bad for you?" And yea it may be greasy, and full of empty calories, and leave you with a massive food baby, but haven't you heard of a cheat day? To me, there's nothing like the feeling of grinding so hard on all of your workouts that maybe you deserve a taste of heaven. And maybe that heaven happens to be a medium number 4 with everything on it (my true fans know), a coke, extra sweet and sour sauce, and an apple pie to go.

6. Speaking of those Apple Pies...

I believe the phrase is, "a picture is worth a thousand words."

7. The Variety

No matter what you might be feeling, McDonald's is always there to give you what you need. Cheeseburgers, Hamburgers, Nuggets (now with 100% real chicken), breakfast (ALL. DAY. LONG.) I've never been a huge fan of coffee, but hell if i'm not going to order one of their many scrumptious items from the McCafe. (I may even be hiding some of my own McCafe coffe ground from my roomates as we speak).

So if you're a true fan of this palace of saturated goodness, or you're a lost soul trying to find a quick, delicious meal, McDonald's will be waiting for you with open arms. You need only follow the Golden Arches. You'll be lovin' it in no time.

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5 Smart Kitchen Appliances - Must Need for Every Kitchen

Smart Kitchen Appliances
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Kitchens in our homes are the only place to maintain our health. We can live by ordering food from outside but for how long? At some point, we crave for homemade food. So, the importance of a kitchen and some must need equipment in our kitchen is undeniable.

If start for listing kitchen appliances, the list won’t end anytime soon. Here, we’ll be talking about 5 must need kitchen cookware. So, wait no more, start reading our 5 Smart Kitchen Appliances - Must Need for Every Kitchen.

5 Smart Kitchen Appliances

These 5 items can vary person to person as the requirement for different homes is not the same. But here, we considered 5 most wanted kitchen appliances that almost all kitchen needs. 

1. Oven

There are many types of the oven out there. But convection ovens are the best. You can do almost anything with a convection oven. The main need for an oven is to warming up the food in an instance.

Besides that, almost any type of cooking is possible with fast and even cooking technology. The flavor and efficiency will be increased when you cook with your oven. Many want to maintain a healthy diet with veggies and oven will be the best companion to help you in this case.

2. Slow Cooker

When slow cookers first came on the market, quickly it became a must-have kitchen appliance for every home. It doesn’t cost much and has multiple cooking advantages. You can cook several types of meals other than rice. 

The biggest advantage is that it also keeps your food warm after the cooking is done. Slow cookers are very easy to set up. Just plug it, put in what you want to cook, and start cooking with just one switch. It’s easily portable and perfect for on-the-go cooking.

The smart cookers also give features like slow cookers with some extra advantages like fast cooking, temperature control, auto-safety, and many more. Choose either one according to your budget and requirement. The cookers are easy to clean and maintain. So, it won’t be a hassle at all.

3. Meat Grinder

Meat grinders are very useful to chop or mix your cooked or raw meat, fish, or vegetables. You’ll find frozen meat grinder which can easily grind your frozen meat without any delay. Many families have to prepare meat-based meal too often. So, almost every family can be benefitted with a grinder for not only grinding but also mixing.

4. Blender 

Blenders are another essential element to prepare any liquid recipe. You can do soups, smoothies, milkshakes, sauces, purees, and so much more. You’ll find two types of the blender. One is jug blender, and another is bullet blender. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Choose as per your need. 

5. Noodle and Pasta Maker

Who doesn’t love noodles or pasta? 

Everyone love either one or both. If you can make noodles and pasta at home, what else can be more enjoyable than that? You can even buy one for a birthday gift. 

You can prepare homemade noodles within 10 minutes, and everything is automatic with this maker. Readymade noodle and pasta don’t have too much variety of flavors. With this maker, you can customize the flavor as you like and have a wonderful evening with your loved ones.

Final words

Not many years before, one would have to consider many things as kitchen appliances took too many spaces. But they are not space-hungry monsters anymore. Not only these kitchen cookwares take less space but also makes our life way easier. So, check and ensure that your kitchen has appliances and worry no more.

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Tips for Successful Dorm Room Cooking
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College is a time of great stress and also a lot of fantastic experiences. Schools open the doorway to things like internships and volunteer opportunities, but they also make sure you always have something to work on. One way to deal with stress that they’ll advertise to students is for you to go by the cafeteria and grab a quick meal on your way to the library or favorite study spot. For some students, this works, but not for very long.

No matter how creative cafeterias get with the food they serve, it isn’t always right for everyone. People who have specialized diets like vegans and vegetarians may not have enough — or any — options to eat. Those with food allergies come across this problem as well. And for many, they just prefer food from elsewhere. It’s why pizza places and Chinese restaurants around schools offer discounts and delivery. However, eating takeout every night is also not a great way to live.

While you’re learning about many other things during your time at school, you’ll find that you need to learn about cooking as well. Dorms aren’t the best place to begin a culinary career, but even if you lack a stove, you can still find ways to cook for yourself. To figure out where to start, check out some tips so you can skip the Ramen and be a successful dorm room chef.

1. Never Forget About Your Roommates

When you live with roommates, you have to be especially careful about how your actions affect them. Things like keeping your room clean and not spending too much time in the bathroom will come up, and this same thoughtfulness applies to cooking.

If you think there’s a good chance you’ll burn a food, make something smelly or generally make a mess in your shared space, give them a heads up. They’ll appreciate knowing what’s going on, and they may even want to join in on the action!

2. Start With the Small Stuff

Your first instinct might be to start looking at food blogs online or pinning recipes on Pinterest, which are both great to do. Just remember that you should start with the small stuff. Instead of aiming to bake a family-sized lasagna, maybe look for simple pasta recipes instead.

The fewer ingredients and steps there are in a recipe, the more likely you’ll be able to cook it or find a way to add it to your dorm room supplies. Plus, you don’t want to make a big recipe and then get discouraged when it doesn’t work out.

3. Buy the Basics

Almost every meal will share a common ingredient, and those ingredients come together as the staples of every kitchen. You should learn what the staple foods are so you know what to go out and buy.

If you plan on cooking, think about spices and vegetable oil. If you want to bake, focus on things like flour and baking powder. These are things every cook should have in their pantry, and they’ll end up lasting a long time. Don’t sweat it if your initial grocery bill is higher than you thought it would be. These items are worth it!

4. Rethink the Basics

Okay, so you’ve bought your staple foods. Now what? It’s time to get creative. You can only make sandwiches for so long before you start to crave literally anything else. Rethink how you can use your foods by getting creative.

For instance, a can of tuna usually only costs about a dollar, and it can be made into many different meals. For five dollars, you could get five entirely different dinner options. Take a second to do an internet search on the ingredients you have on hand to see what you can make.

5. Talk With Your Campus Nutritionist

More and more colleges are now getting on board with the idea of offering students the ability to talk with a nutritionist while they’re enrolled. Check on your school’s website to see if a nutritionist is on staff, and then make yourself an appointment.

Not sure if that’s for you? Certain bodily functions, issues and goals you may have are signs that you should see a nutritionist. Even if you’re healthy and fine eating anything, a nutritionist will help you learn about what foods you should eat and how to cook them.

6. Branch Out When You Can

Eventually, you’re going to get tired of eating the same soups and sandwiches that you can easily put together. When you get there, know how to branch out. You can explore a whole new world of foods by investing in a rice cooker or microwave pasta bowl. These things don’t take up much space, but they present the opportunity to try all new foods. And if you haven’t already, renting or buying a mini fridge will give you more space to store food (and keep it all safe from your roommates!).

You may have been assigned to the tiniest room on campus, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck eating at the cafeteria every day. There are still plenty of ways to cook in a dorm room that don’t require a stovetop or dishwasher.

The best first step you can take is to talk with a nutritionist so that you get started by eating what’s right for you and not just what’s microwaveable. Reaching for the quick foods often means eating stuff that’s processed and unhealthy, which will lead you down the road of bad health habits.

Then, it’s time to get creative! Buy the basic foods and do some research to learn all the different ways you can combine them to make meals for yourself. Or experiment on your own and see what you can come up with! Foods like tuna and pasta can be stretched into multiple meals if you find the right recipes.

Don’t let your worries stop you from inventing delicious foods for yourself. You’ll be much happier not waiting in the cafeteria line every night, and you’ll have fun while you’re cooking!

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