The Perfect Dinner: Shrimp Pasta

Grab the following ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 kilo of Baby Shrimp
  • Pasta (you can pick you kind: angel hair, penne, fusilli…)
  • Spices
    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • Cayenne Pepper
    • Spanish Paprika
  • Garlic ()
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Parmesan Cheese

About the shrimp….

Depending on you, the shrimp could be more or less. It tastes better if there are more shrimp in the pasta.

About the pasta….

Yes, I have mentioned that you can use the pasta you desire, but, in case you guys are wondering, I used Penne pasta. You can check the picture for reference down below.

About the spices….

You can add the spices you would like, as well. Like maybe there are some herbs you would like to add. Do It! Try experimenting, but maybe on just a small portion of the pasta in case something doesn’t go as planned.

LET. US. COOK.

1ST STEP:

Boil two pots of water. One of the pots will be for the shrimp and the other will be for the pasta. When the pots are boiling, place in your pasta and check on the plastic wrapper how any minutes you will be needing to cook it.

2ND STEP:

You will need to do one boil for your shrimp. You will know that your shrimp is cooked when it turns orange and you can find no gray spots around anymore.

3RD STEP:

While waiting for your pasta and shrimp to be cooked, chop up your garlic. Once you are finished cutting your garlic, start cooking it with butter and make it crunchy.

4TH STEP:

Once your pasta is done, drain the water and set aside while drizzling a bit of Olive oil around. Then, peel the shrimp head and shell from the shrimp and set aside.

5TH STEP:

Now, mix in your shrimp with your pasta with more olive oil and all the garlic that you’ve just cooked.

Per serving, you can drizzle the desired amount of spices and extra shrimp and garlic.

This will taste delicious and satisfying!! ENJOY.

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Yours truly,

L.O.A.S.H

Spiced Up Classic Baked Chicken

Hmmmm….. just reading the title makes me hungryyyy.

This is absolutely delicious and all you will be needing are the following:

  • Whole Chicken
  •  Spices
    • Turmeric
    • Cayenne Pepper
    • Spanish Paprika
    • Salt
  • Butter or Olive oil (or both)

Now the magic begins.

STEP 1: Cleaning

We will start everything by cleaning our chicken. Place your chicken under running tap water (preferably in a plate or bowl so that it would be easier) for about 1 minute while rubbing it. Drain the water and start rubbing the chicken all over with some rock salt (This will help to clean it even more and remove the remaining dirt). After rubbing your chicken with salt, rinse it with warm water. You could try to drip down the remaining water that is staying on the chicken

Yay. Now we have a clean chicken.

STEP 2: Spicing things up

3…. 2…. 1…. Spice! Spice! SPICE!!!!

Get the bowl or container you will be cooking your chicken and place the chicken inside.

Now, get all you spices and sprinkle it, according to your taste, on top. I put more of the turmeric and Cayenne Pepper (because I love spicyy). Now once you have put your desired amount of spices on top, flip the chicken and put your spices here as well. All you have to do next is rub it everywhere. You could also add your own spices. Like, rosemary or other herbs.

STEP 3: Last Ingredients

Yay!!!!

On both side of the chicken drizzle on some Olive or you could just the chicken with butter. I also put butter inside the chicken but that’s optional.

STEP 4: Cooking

Turn on the heat of your stove (or even a broiler), poke your chicken all around with a fork and start baking the chicken. Every now and then check on your chicken to see if its skin is getting brown and crunchy. When this happens, flip the chicken and continue to cook.

STEP 5: ENJOY

Time to eattt.

When you take your chicken out, you could cut it up or poke it to see if blood will come out, if not you are ready to eat! Enjoy!!

L.O.A.S.H’s guide to (nearly) Everything: How to make an Intruder Alarm with Arduino

INCLUDES LOTSA PICTURES!

Before we begin, you will have to download the Arduino on your computer if you haven’t already. In order to program your Arduino to work, you will need the Arduino program installed. I downloaded mine at https://www.arduino.cc/en/main/software.

It’s time to learn how to make your own Intruder Alarm with your Arduino!!! If you don’t have an Arduino I just have to tell you that it will be a great investment.

All you will be needing are the following:

  • Arduino Board
  • Jumper Wires (13x)
  • Bread Board
  • 10k Ohm Resisters
  • LEDs (recommended different colors!!! :D)
  • Buzzer or Piezo
  • Ultrasonic Sensor (HC-SRO4)

You could check the cartoonish photo that I’ve screenshotted from Instructables for reference down below………

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On the top right, you will see this medium sized piece of machine that kind of look like speakers. Heh, they’re like baby speakers, how cute ^___^.

LEGOOOOOO STARTTTT!!!!

Step 1:

After gathering all your materials, take two of your jumper wires, which are preferably black and red. Connect one of the sides of the red jumper wire (remember, the jumper wire will do the same thing even if the jumper wire is a different color) to the 5v(olts) in your Arduino board and the other side of the jumper wire to Positive lane on the breadboard. Now, get your black wire and connect one end to the GND (ground) and the other end to one of the holes in the negative lane of the breadboard. This will be a very simple step as the GND and 5v are right next to each other. If you look at the top photo above, you will see which will be the proper places to put your positive and negative wires.wp-1488164286136.jpg

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Step 2:

Let’s just do the simple steps, first, and I want you to start placing your LEDs in a row. In case you are a n00b (newbie or beginner) in all these wires and blah, LEDs stands for a light emitting diode. If you don’t want to know more about the cool components that LED holds and the important things you should know then skip to the next paragraph. Anyways, a LED or a light emitting diode is pretty much a miniature bulb encased by an epoxy case connected to two metal wires called the cathode and the anode. Once you get deeper and deeper into Arduino, it is of great importance to know the difference between cathode and anode. Let’s learn a little something. If you look at your LED, you might notice that one of the legs are longer than the other (weird?), well, the longer leg is the anode (+) and the shorter leg, you might have guessed, is the cathode (-). When you are placing your LED, the longer leg (or the anode) should be connected to to the jumper wire and the shorter leg (aka the cathode) should be connected to the resistor. If you don’t understand it completely, you will in due time.

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You should get around 6 light bulbs and place them in a row. Look at the top photo for reference. You will not need to have that super long breadboard to complete this project by the way. As long as you connect all the wires to where they are supposed to be, like the wire to the anode and the resistor to the cathode then things should turn out fine.

Cause what you need to understand is how things are connected to the breadboard. Once you get the concept, then everything will be much simpler.

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The right leg here is the longer side.

Step 3:

This step will be a bit tedious but will be worth the work later. So for your reference, you can check this photo and the other following pictures:Screen Shot 2017-02-26 at 19.47.49.pngPlease understand that as long as the jumper wire is on the same row that the legs of the bulbs are on, then they are connected. What you will need to do is connect your jumper wires and your resistors. Check the photo above for reference because I’m a n00b at explaining. To get more specific, we should do the following positions:

To get more specific, we should do the following positions:

What you will need to do is try to follow the photo above by the positioning.

(This will be from LED right to left. Meaning when you see the word LED 1,  this is the LED at the very right, just like in the photo.)

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You will have to connect one of the ends of the jumper wire (any color) to the front of the anode or longer side of the legs of the LED and the other end to the Arduino. Down below I will be giving you guys which LED will you be connecting to which pin on the Arduino with the jumper wires. Just please refer to the photos if you don’t understand a word I’m saying because I really want you guys to make one of these!!! You will also have to be aware that the anode of the LED should be on the right side.

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These are for the jumper wires…..

LED 1 —> pin 8 (these pins are on the Arduino Board)

LED 2 —> pin 9

LED 3 —> pin 10

LED 4 —> pin 11

LED 5 —> pin 12

LED 6 —> pin 13

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THIS IS THE RESISTOR THAT I USED

Now, for the resistors, you will also notice that this has two legs. If your resistor has one leg then there’s something wrong. So, take one of the legs of your resistor and place it in the same row of the LEDs cathode then put the remaining leg into the negative lane of the breadboard. Do this step for each of the LEDs until you’ve completed it. Make sure the reddish part of the resistor is facing the LEDs…..

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See, the red part of the resistor is facing the LED. NOTICE: The jumper wires are on the anodes (longer side) while the resistors are on the cathodes (shorter side)

This step might be a bit messy….. just a warning.

Step 4:

Unfortunately, with the rush of excitement to show you guys something new and because of the excitement to achieve something new, I’ve forgotten to put in my Piezo or the buzzer.

If you want to add in your buzzer, you should make sure that you connect the longer leg (just like for the LED, the same way) of the buzzer to pin 3 on the Arduino with a jumper wire. And, connect the shorter leg of the buzzer to GND. To put connect the shorter leg of the buzzer to the GND, just make it on the same lane as the negative lane on the breadboard. After all, we did connect that to the GND at the start.

Step 5:

Place your Ultrasonic Sensor on the top right. For this step, you will have to grab 4 jumper wires. If you look closely at the Sensor, you will notice that it has 4 words: GND, ECHO, VCC, TRIG. For each word, connect a jumper wire.

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Connections….

GND (on the sensor) —> GND (on the negative lane of the breadboard (A.K.A ground, too!)

Echo (on the sensor) —> pin 6 (on the Arduino board)

Trig (on the sensor) —> pin 7 (on the Arduino board)

Vcc (on the sensor) —> To the positive lane of the breadboard (A.K.A 5V(olts))

Your outcome should look somewhat like this:

 

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Don’t mind the messy background. If you look closely at the contraption that I’ve made, you will notice how and where I have placed my jumper wires for the sensor.

 

Step 6:

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Finally, just plug in your Arduino device and run your code to program it. If you get this annoying error message from Arduino saying: ” Avrdude: no programmer has been specified on the command line or the config file         Specify a programmer using the -c option and try again”. Then, all you have to do is, go to tools, then in tools go to boards and in boards click on boards manager.

So…

Tools < Boards < Boards Manager.

When you open you board manager, update your Arduino Avr Board.

Yours truly,

L.O.A.S.H

L.O.A.S.H’s Guide to (nearly) Everything: How to Google Keep

What is Google Keep? 

You may wonder what this Google Keep is but today you shall find out. It’s an app and site that enables you to store anything from notes, lists, audio, videos, and videos. And, that’s not all, with google keep you have the choice to collaborate with other people! It’s simply a note – taking the device which was programmed and developed by google to help you to remember and share anything that you need to. Your google keep is connected with your email which means it’s in the cloud which helps you to access it anywhere.

What can you do on Google Keep?

Just as I’ve mentioned above, you can keep all your notes, lists, links and other things that you’ve just so happened to remember one day that you won’t want to forget. Also, what makes this different from other simple notes or a piece of paper, is that you can make you remember what you want when you want. You can set a date and time to what suits you most. So, if you want to remember something, it doesn’t just stay in your bag just to make you forget again!

You can also collaborate with others if you want to share what you know!

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What devices is it compatible with?

Honestly, most devices are compatible with this. The devices that I’ve come across that allow the download is: Sony, Apple, Mac, Windows and much more. But, with a different device comes a different action. An example, when you use google keep with your phone, it allows you to access the notes that you’ve saved and the notes that have been collaborated with you the last time you were connected to the internet. On the other hand, if you download Notes of Google Keep on your computer, it does not allow you to access your notes without internet. So, personally, I enjoy using the phone version rather when it’s on my computer.

What other features does it have?

Other features? Hmmmm….

Oh ya! You can personalize you google keep to what color for each note that pleases you and the way you want you it to be formatted. Also, for each note that you make there will be small icons at the bottom for you to change.

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Let’s learn more about these icons…..

The first button, the hand with the finger that looks like it just turned Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 12.22.46.png, is the remind Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 12.23.46.pngme button. Once you click on this, a drop down box will fall exposing a few choice. You can set the date that you want it to remind you of something as long as the place! I found this feature to be extra helpful as I tend to have a lot of tasks to do and this helps me to fit them all together neatly while finishing multiple things!

 

The second button, the addition sign on top of a person’s shoulder Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 12.28.13.png, is the collaborator. The COLLABORATOR. Sounds serious, right? Hahaha. Anyways, once you click on this, you just have to enter the email of the person you would like to share the piece of information and *KABOOM* it will instantly share it with the other person. This can be classified as one of my favorite icons as it’s proven itself to be of great helpfulness. It has reached the maximum helpfulness bar. With our projects that we have to do, like writing a program together or finishing an essay, any two or more collaborators can help each other and edit and teach through this. And, as a student, I found this to be extremely helpful when needing to share information or even contact somebody a secret morse code message (like a spy).

The next icon, simply a pallet Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 20.35.08.png, is simply used to change the colour of your note. And, if you take a quick glance at the second screen shot, you will notice that the colour is teal. You will have a range of colours (Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 20.40.07.png | Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 20.40.13.png | Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 20.40.21.png | Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 20.40.28.png | Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 20.40.42.png | Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 20.40.01.png) to make your dashboard to your liking! Usually, when I first open my Google Keep, I get more happy vibes when I bombard my dashboard and notes with colour. Try it some time!

After the “change colour” icon comes a small coloured box with a down arrow at the centre Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 20.42.28.png. This is the archive. It’s used mainly to hide the notes that you don’t want to see for awhile or you could also use the archive to lessen the notes on your dashboard. I use this icon when I’ve finished an assignment that has been given to me. This is very useful if you want to keep you dashboard neat.

Finally, the last icon! Well, it’s the three dot thingy Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 20.47.29.png. I’m pretty sure this means more or other options (I think). Anyways, this helps to customise your notes more by giving you the option to add checkboxes and plenty more! You might encounter this so just to warn you, there was a time I accidentally hit my mouse and it hit archive and I didn’t know where my note went. And, you know me, I write super important highly classified information that can’t go missing- Just kidding. But, that’s what happened my study note just vanished and I didn’t know google keep so well so I only found the note like a few days after. So before you freak out that your note goes somewhere try checking your archive, first!

The rest is for you to explore! I hope you have fun in this new found app. This has really helped me in putting my time together and having fun at the same time. I just hope that you enjoy the other features you will soon find out by looking around yourself. So have fun!!!

Yours truly,

L.O.A.S.H

DIY: Kinetic Sand!

Thank you to my two sisters who helped the most! ❤

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Cup of fine sand
  • Water (as needed)
  • 1.5 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Dishwashing Soap

Combined all these ingredients together starting in this order: sand and cornstarch (mix together), dishwashing soap, water, mix together, add food coloring (again, this is optional) then lastly, mix it for the last time then leave it for 1-2 hours…… VOILA!! Once it finishes, and it’s successful it becomes very mesmerizing….

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SOOO SATISFYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mom’s Special Remedy: Hair Moisturizer and Flee remover

What you’ll need:

  1. Onion
  2. Honey
  3. Small Container
  4. Blender
  5. Flat Plastic Spoon
  6. Cling Wrap
  7. Hair tie

What you’ll do:

  1. First, put your onions inside your blender and press that blend button. Make sure your onions are fairly blended into very small bits, like a chocolate chip.
  2. Second, put your honey inside the small container and mix in the blended onions.
  3. Third, mix the two ingredients and get ready to rumble,
  4. Next, scoop up the remedy you’ve just made while trying to get an equal amount of both onion and honey on your hair and scalp
  5. After, when you are done spreading it, tie your hair in a bun and wrap your hair with cling wrap.
  6. Last, wait thirty minutes before washing it all out thoroughly with a bit of conditioner. And, Voila!