Jamie Sheffield

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I Just Hacked a Box of Bisquick and Made the Best Biscuits Ever

I just baked a batch of tender, fluffy, soft-as-a-pillow biscuits, and I didn't even break a sweat. That's because I tried a new biscuit-making …

Breakfast

Some Interesting Facts About Iceland

Most Icelanders do not have a family name (such as Johnson, Smith, etc). So children have a given name and then father’s-name-son or …

European Travel

How much more humiliation can Melania Trump take?

America asks a lot of its first couples. Fairly or not, they become national marital role models. We don't really care if they have separate bedrooms, but we do expect them to demonstrate a certain amount of mutual respect and fondness for each other.<p>We like it when they seem to be in love, like …

Donald Trump

The Easiest Roast Chicken You'll Ever Make

You don't even need a thermometer to know when it's done.<p>Roasting a whole chicken sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is. You don't have to be <b>Ina Garten</b> on a Friday night to make it happen—this easy roast chicken recipe has six ingredients (including salt and pepper), can be prepped in …

Cooking

This Is How Generation Z Will Bypass College

Coming soon(er) to a workplace near you is Generation Z after participating in these education alternatives.<p>School originated to train obedient factory workers but hasn't evolved much since then.<p>Coursera and the University of Phoenix paved the way for people to digitally learn from a distance. …

UnitedHealth

16 Traditional Cuban Foods to Try Before You Die

¡Qué delicioso!<p>February 20, 2018<p>The most important thing I ever learned from my Cuban Abuela is that food is powerful. The right dish can lighten …

Cooking

3 easy ways to proofread your writing

Photo by Aaron Burden on UnsplashProofreading your writing does not have to be an arduous process. As an editor for a football blog, the number of …

Creative Writing

9 Tips for Crafting A Large (And Well-Developed) Cast of Characters

On the last #ChatWithHannah video, I was asked about creating a large cast of characters. I found myself wanting to really delve into the topic …

12 Unexpected Tricks To Help You Make A Great First Impression On Anyone You Meet

Making a great first impression is something that doesn't come easily to everyone. Sure, there are people out there who can confidently walk up, …

Self-help

Writing a Trilogy: Essential Tips for Crafting a Three-Part Series

<b>By Dan Koboldt</b><p>Writing a trilogy or a multi-book series has numerous advantages, especially for writers of genre fiction. From an efficiency …

Writing

'Ebooks are stupid', says head of one of world's biggest publishers

The chief executive of Hachette Livre, Arnaud Nourry, says the industry has had ‘one or two successes among a hundred failures’ and that ebooks have ‘no creativity’<p>The head of one of the world’s largest book publishers has described the ebook as “a stupid product” that is unlikely to see further …

Kindle

The #1 Way To Give Your Characters A “Voice”

What’s really meant by the ubiquitous advice to “give each character a voice” when it comes to screenplay dialogue?<p>Here’s a good way to get to grips …

Screenwriting

Mozambique rains trigger deadly avalanche of garbage, debris

Authorities believe death toll could go higher on the outskirts of Maputo in southern Mozambique<p>Heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge …

Mozambique

Problem-solving could be key to grey squirrels' success, study finds

Research in UK shows invasive species bests native red squirrels in complex tasks<p>The ability to solve problems may explain why grey squirrels are thriving at the expense of native red ones in the UK, research suggests.<p>Wild greys and reds were presented with an easy task (opening a transparent lid) …

Air Pollution

The Book That I Haven’t Started Writing Yet Will Be the Best Book Ever

The book that I haven’t started writing yet will be a book of such importance that people will use words like “astonishing” and “uncompromising” to describe it. Also, “a laugh riot.” And “devastating.” No, “staggering.”<p>The book that I haven’t started writing yet will be so good that reviewers will …

Writing

It’s for You—It’s the Atacama Desert Calling

Oh, hello there. You caught me right in the middle of packing. For Atacama. Inhospitable and dry? Sure, but so? It’s freaking beautiful. As Osprey’s …

South America

Read These 5 Books On Writing In Lieu of Spending $40,000 On An MFA

Back in the pre-Internet days, if you wanted to land an agent and a book deal you had two choices: spend a million dollars on postage cold-querying …

Writing

A Party-Friendly, Smoky, Spicy Dip You'll Want on Everything

<i>Izy Hossack is the mastermind behind the popular blog, Top with Cinnamon. The talented recipe developer (and busy university student!) aims to create food with maximum flavor and minimum effort, without breaking the bank. Her second cookbook, The Savvy Cook, hits on these tenets and so much more.</i> …

Recipes

The Best Steak Tips from the Pros

When it comes to cooking meat, give me a pot roast or pork shoulder and I’m golden: I’m plenty comfortable with a lovely long, slow braise. But when …

Cooking

'Loneliest tree' records human epoch

Jonathan Amos @BBCAmos on Twitter<p><b>It’s been dubbed "the loneliest tree on the planet" because of its remote location, but the Sitka spruce might represent something quite profound about the age in which we live.</b><p>The tree, sited on Campbell Island in the Southern Ocean, records in its wood a clear …

Climate Change

Siberian Chill Is About to ‘Test’ Europe’s Energy Supplies

A rare weather event in the Arctic that is expected to bring freezing weather back to swathes of Europe has spurred jumps in energy prices.<p>Winter …

Weather

'Much work needed' to make digital economy environmentally sustainable

MPs cast doubt on whether energy efficiency gains can keep offsetting rising power demand<p>A cross-party group of MPs has raised doubts over whether the growing energy demand from digital technology and the proliferation of internet-connected gadgets can continue to be offset by energy efficiency …

Sustainability

Recipe: The shortbread cookie that broke the internet

If you have a pulse and an Instagram account, or engage with food media in any capacity, you’re probably already well-aware of the internet craze …

Dessert

An unfrozen North

Like a giant dragonfly, the chopper skims over undulating swaths of tussocky tundra, then touches down at Wolverine Lake, one of a swarm of kettle …

Global Warming

Instant Pot Congee with Brown Rice and Turmeric

For the latest installment in my Instant Pot recipe adventures, we're going to explore congee. And, spoiler alert, making congee in your Instant Pot, …

Instant Pot

I Packed My Life Into a Single Backpack to Travel the World for 9 Months. Here's What I Brought

I had to embrace minimalism and get rid of most of my stuff.<p>You have not witnessed frustration until you’ve seen a 24-year-old woman trying to stuff …

Backpacking

Writing Fiction: Heinlein's Five Rules & Your Author Efficiency

Writing Fiction: Heinlein’s Five Rules & Your Author Efficiency<p><b>How to improve your speed and quality as an author by writing less than more…</b><p>One Size …

Writing

What to Eat When You Are Too Sick to Eat

What to Eat When You're Too Sick to Eat<p>For when you just can't eat chicken soup anymore.<p>February 19, 2018<p>Over winter break, I was unlucky enough to …

Comfort Food

Lose 11 Pounds in a Week on This Prebiotic Soup Diet That's Good for Gut Bacteria

Over the past decade, “good bacteria” have emerged as the darlings of the weight-loss world. Again and again, top doctors and nutritionists have …

Nutrition

Don’t feed the fatberg! What a slice of oily sewage says about modern life

A chunk of the monster Whitechapel fatberg is now a superstar museum exhibit. It shines a horrifying light on our throwaway age – but will it stop people clogging up the sewers with the grease from their Sunday lunch?<p>The fatberg that went on display this month at the Museum of London is proving …

Psychogeography