1. Omelet for supper a quick, filling treat
An omelet for supper is a perfect end-of-week meal when the refrigerator is bare. All you need are a few eggs and some leftovers.
And though puffy French omelets are impressive, and those incredible breakfast hulks served in this country are awesome, I prefer a less ostentatious Spanish omelet.
Even though it's called a Spanish tortilla, there's little resemblance to Mexico's flatbreads. Rather, it's a cousin of the Italian frittata. Made with potatoes, eggs and onions, it's an integral part of most tapas menus.
When preparing it as a main course, amp it up by adding spinach, chopped mushrooms, grilled red pepper strips, diced ham or cooked sausage slices. Serve with a summery, fresh, uncooked tomato sauce. Chopped tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and fresh basil, a mix that's allowed to mellow before serving, is a favorite. Full recipe here...
2. The Golden Girls: Best bronzing beauty products
To all the earthy copper, radiant gold and boldly bronze beauty products out there, we'd like to say: Thank you for being a friend.
While these items don't give us sassy advice like Sophia Petrillo, quip sarcastically a la Dorothy Zbornak, share flirty banter like Blanche Devereaux, or make us laugh like Rose Nylund does, they do make us look incredibly gorgeous — always a good thing. They're also part of a stunning trend that's both easy to execute and universally flattering, two additional attributes that we hold in high esteem.
If you haven't incorporated these hot metallic hues into your summer beauty routine, we highly suggest you do so at once, which is why we've rounded up all the necessities you need to get that golden girl look! Check out the full story here...
3. Amazon Kindle launches textbook rentals
Amazon.com launched Kindle textbook rentals, promising "tens of thousands of textbooks" at discounts of as much as 80% less than purchase price on July 18.
Students can rent a textbook for as little as 30 days or up to 360 days, with fees differing depending on how long the book is rented, Amazon said in a statement.
Rentals can be read on Amazon's Kindle eReaders, as well as Kindle apps for Macs and PCs, as well as smartphones and tablet computers running Apple's iOS, Microsoft Windows Phone 7 and Google's Android operating system.
Once the rental period for a textbook is up, students can choose to either purchase books or rent them again if needed for a period as little as one extra day, the Seattle-based online retailer said.
Among the publishers offering rentals through Amazon are John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier and Taylor & Francis.
"We've done a little something extra we think students will enjoy," said Dave Limp, vice president of Amazon's Kindle unit. "Normally, when you sell your print textbook at the end of the semester you lose all the margin notes and highlights you made as you were studying. We're extending our Whispersync technology so that you get to keep and access all of your notes and highlighted content in the Amazon Cloud, available anytime, anywhere -- even after a rental expires. If you choose to rent again or buy at a later time, your notes will be there just as you left them."
4. Garden With Container Pots
Before you purchase a lush, blooming plant to pop into a cute container for perching on your back porch, balcony or deck, dig into Ray Rogers' latest book, "The Encyclopedia of Container Plants: More than 500 Outstanding Choices for Gardeners" (Timber Press, $35).
The engaging Rogers romps through plant-by-plant descriptions, from the abutilon (aka Chinese lantern bush) on through zinnias, with Rob Cardillo's lovely photographs sharing space in the 300-plus-page volume. More here...
On August 1, 1914, four days after Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, two more great European powers—Russia and Germany—declare war on each other; the same day, France orders a general mobilization. The so-called "Great War" that ensued would be one of unprecedented destruction and loss of life, resulting in the deaths of some 20 million soldiers and civilians and the physical devastation of much of the European continent.
The event that was widely acknowledged to have sparked the outbreak of World War I occurred on July 28, 1914, when Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was shot to death with his wife by the Bosnian Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo. Over the weeks that followed, Austria-Hungary blamed the Serbian government for the attack, hoping to use the incident as justification for settling the problem of Slavic nationalism in the tumultuous Balkans region once and for all. However, as Russia supported Serbia, an Austria-Hungary declaration of war was delayed until its leaders received assurances from German leader Kaiser Wilhelm II that Germany would support their cause in the event of a Russian intervention. This assurance came on July 5; Austria-Hungary subsequently sent an ultimatum to the Serbian government on July 23 and demanded its acceptance within two days at the risk of war. Though Serbia accepted all but two of the ultimatum’s terms, and Russia declared its intention to back Serbia in the case of such a conflict, Austria-Hungary went ahead with its war declaration against Serbia on July 28, one month after the assassinations.
With that declaration, the tenuous peace between Europe’s great powers was shattered: Germany warned Russia, still only partially mobilized, that to continue to full mobilization against Austria-Hungary would mean war with Germany. While insisting that Russia immediately halt mobilization, Germany began its own mobilization; when the Russians refused the German demands, Germany declared war on the czarist empire on August 1. That same day, Russia’s ally, France, long suspicious of German aggression, began its own mobilization, urging Great Britain—the third member, along with France and Russia, of the Triple Entente alliance—to declare its support. A divided British government declined to do so initially, but events soon precipitated Britain’s move towards war as well. On August 2, the first German army units crossed into Luxembourg as part of a long-planned German strategy to invade France through neutral Belgium. France and Germany declared war against each other on August 3; that night, Germany invaded Belgium, prompting Great Britain to declare war on Germany.
For the most part, the people of Europe greeted the outbreak of war with jubilation. The great majority of people—within government and without—assumed that their country would be victorious within months, and could not envision the possibility of a longer conflict. By the end of 1914, however, well over a million soldiers of various nationalities had been killed on the battlefields of Europe, and there was no final victory in sight for either the Allies or the Central Powers. On the Western Front—the battle line that stretched across northern France and Belgium—the combatants settled down in the trenches for a terrible war of attrition, which would continue, in Europe and other corners of the world, for the next four years.