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Super easy Oriental style chicken wings

Posted By Shiloh Jolie Pitt on Oct 29, 2009 at 4:45PM

Ingredients:
Chicken wings - not frozen
Any spices you have in your cupboards, except salt.
Soy sauce or Teriyaki sauce
Oil, sugar

Directions:
Place the wings in a bowl and sprinkle with any and every kind of spice you have around + soy sauce - salt.

I made mine today using cinnamon, chili powder, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, powdered ginger, onion powder, and pepper flakes. Mix well. If you have sesame oil, throw in some too.

Pour enough oil in a pan to cover the bottom, add the sugar (for about 20 wings, I used 3 full table spoons of white sugar - you can use brown too), mix until the sugar dissolves, then add the wings, cook for about 10 min each side or until done.

For my hubby, I mixed in steamed broccoli (blech). Serve over white rice, noodles, or as an appetizer.


These are not my wings but I didn't take pix of mine and I like recipes with photos :)

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I see that I am missing several Private blogs posted in Apr/May

Posted By Shiloh Jolie Pitt on Aug 24, 2009 at 8:09AM

hmmm where can they be??

Any chance to recover them, Sugars?

I have been unsubscribing and going through the list of Groups...

Posted By Shiloh Jolie Pitt on Aug 23, 2009 at 10:42AM

And it's hard to believe that we have contributed with so much original material to this site! We created Groups for Fashion, for Make-Up, for Movie reviews, for Cooking recipes, to review shows, to share our music preferences, to keep the site going with weekly themed avatars, to tell each other jokes, to criticize products that were not up to their publicity, to share with the world any and every other news that we deemed interesting.

In sum, with a myriad of different subjects that helped the new Sugar sites to develop, grow and turn into what it is now, mostly with OUR ideas.

I think that it is only appropriate now to paraphrase Paula Abdul and say that "With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to Sugar. I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all being a part of a site that I helped from day 1 become an international phenomenon …" LOL

Of course I will keep coming once in a while to check up on my girls, but in my opinion, this virtual disappearance of Team has been a mistake, Sugars.

 

I will be leaving several groups

Posted By Shiloh Jolie Pitt on Aug 22, 2009 at 4:43PM

Hi girls, I am not liking the new design of the Groups and blogs so in the next days I will unsubscribe from any blog that is not personal.

I will only stay in those groups where my friends post about their lives and themselves. And maybe the polls.

Everything else just clutters the unreads and you know how much I dislike clutter :)

At least the new icons look cute but that's all fluff imo.

10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know

Posted By Shiloh Jolie Pitt on Jun 17, 2009 at 2:17PM

SOURCE: PCworld Magazine - July, 2009

The article online provides many step-by-step instructions with explicative pictures. I highly recommend that you read the original by clicking on the link above.

1. Use Your Friend Lists
I can’t tell you how many people are not aware of their friend lists. For those not aware of what friend lists are, Facebook describes them as a feature which allows “you to create private groupings of friends based on your personal preferences. For example, you can create a Friend List for your friends that meet for weekly book club meetings. You can create Friend Lists for all of your organizational needs, allowing you to quickly view friends by type and send messages to your lists.”

There are a few very important things to remember about friend lists:

You can add each friend to more than one friend group
Friend groups should be used like “tags” as used elsewhere around the web
Friend Lists can have specific privacy policies applied to them

I’ll touch on each of the things listed above in more detail later. A typical setup for groups would be “Friends”, “Family”, and “Professional”. These three groups can then be used to apply different privacy policies. For example, you may want your friends to see photos from the party you were at last night, but you don’t want your family or professional contacts to see those photos.

Using friend lists is also extremely useful for organizing your friends if you have a lot of them. For instance I have about 20 friend lists and I categorize people by city (New York, San Francisco, D.C., Tel Aviv, etc), where I met them (conferences, past co-workers, through this blog), and my relationship with them (professional, family, social, etc).

You can configure your friend lists by visiting the friends area of your Facebook.

2. Remove Yourself From Facebook Search Results

My mom is a teacher and one of the first things she asked me when she joined Facebook is how she could make sure her students couldn’t see that she was on the site. Understandably my mom doesn’t want her middle school students to know what she’s up to in her personal life. There are numerous reasons that individuals don’t want their information to show up in search results on Facebook, and it’s simple to turn off your public visibility.

How to Remove Yourself From Facebook Search Results
Now that you’ve decided that you would like to remove yourself from Facebook’s search results, here’s how to do it:

Visit your search privacy settings page
Under “Search Visibility” select “Only Friends” (Remember, doing so will remove you from Facebook search results, so make sure you want to be removed totally. Otherwise, you can select another group, such as “My Networks and Friends” which I believe is the default.)
Click “Save Changes”
By default, Facebook makes your presence visible to the network you are in. Frequently, people aren’t aware of their visibility, so this is one of the first settings that users wish to modify. By selecting “Customize” from the search visibility drop down you can make your settings even more granular.

3. Remove Yourself From Google

Facebook gets A TON of traffic from displaying user profiles in search engines. Not all of your profile is displayed though. Currently the information displayed in the search profile is limited to: your profile picture, a list of your friends, a link to add you as a friend, a link to send you a message, and a list of up to approximately 20 fan pages that you are a member of.

For some people, being displayed in the search engines is a great way to let people get in contact with you, especially if you don’t have an existing website. Facebook also tends to rank high in the search results, so if you want to be easy to find, making your search profile can be a great idea. Many people don’t want any of their information to be public though.

By visiting the same search privacy settings page listed in the previous step, you can control the visibility of your public search listing which is visible to Google and other search engines. You can turn off your public search listing by simply unchecking the box next to the phrase “Create a public search listing for me and submit it for search engine indexing” as pictured in the image below.

4. Avoid the Infamous Photo/Video Tag Mistake

This is the classic Facebook problem. You let loose for a few hours one night (or day) and photos (or videos) of the moment are suddenly posted for all to view, not just your close friends who shared the moment with you. The result can be devastating. Some have been fired from work after incriminating photos/videos were posted for the boss to see. For others, randomly tagged photos/videos have ended relationships.

At the least, a tagged photo/video can result in personal embarrassment. So how do you prevent the infamous tagged photo or video from showing up in all of your friends news feeds? It’s pretty simple. First visit your profile privacy page and modify the setting next to “Photos Tagged of You”. Select the option which says “Customize…” and a box like the one pictured below will pop up.

Select the option “Only Me” and then “None of My Networks” if you would like to keep all tagged photos private. If you’d like to make tagged photos visible to certain users you can choose to add them in the box under the “Some Friends” option. In the box that displays after you select “Some Friends” you can type either individual friends or friend lists.

5. Protect Your Albums
Just because you’ve uploaded photos doesn’t mean that you’ve accurately tagged every photo correctly. This setting is more of a reminder than anything else. Frequently people will turn of their tagged photo visibility to certain friend lists yet keep their photo albums public to the world. If you are trying to make all your photos invisible you must do so on an album by album basis.

There is a specific Photos Privacy page from which you can manually configure the visibility of each album (as pictured below). This is an extremely useful configuration option and I highly recommend that you take advantage of it. This way you can store your photos indefinitely on Facebook yet ensure that the only people that can view your photos are the ones who you really want to see them.

6. Prevent Stories From Showing Up in Your Friends’ News Feeds

Oh, did you really just break up with your girlfriend? I’m sorry to hear that. I’m sure all of your friends and business contacts are also sorry to hear that. I can’t tell you how many awkward relationship status changes I’ve seen. The most regular one I’ve seen recently is when an attractive female ends their relationship and numerous guys hop on the opportunity to console her.

I’ve also seen the end of marriages, as well as weekly relationship status changes as individuals try to determine where their relationship stands with their significant other. My personal policy is to not display a relationship status, but many like to make a public statement out of their relationship. For those individuals, it can be a smart move to hedge against future disasters.

There are a number of ways to control how your relationship status is displayed. The first thing that most people should do is uncheck the box next to “Remove Relationship Status” in the News Feed and Wall Privacy page. In the rare instance that a relationship does uncomfortably end, you can avoid making things more uncomfortable by avoiding a friend notification about it.

Second, your relationship status falls within your “Basic Information” section of your profile. You can control who can see your basic information next to the “Basic Information” setting on the Profile Privacy page. Keep in mind that other relevant profile information like your gender, birth date, networks, and other settings are visible within your basic information section.

Making your basic information completely invisible to friends probably isn’t a good idea, but removing the news feed stories about relationship changes most likely is.

7. Protect Against Published Application Stories

This one is a little more tricky to manage but I’ll explain the issue at hand. Frequently when you add an application, a news feed item is immediately published to your profile. One way to get instantly embarrassed is to visit the “Have Sex!” application (found here). This application has no purpose besides telling your friends that you are interested in having sex with them. Without taking any action, the application will post a news feed story to your profile which says the equivalent of “Nick just published to the world that he is having sex!”

This is surely something that none of your professional contacts if any of your contacts are interested in seeing (honestly I’m a bit confused about that application, but that’s a different story). That’s why it’s important to monitor what takes place after you install an application on Facebook. Once you install an application you should visit your profile to ensure that no embarrassing notification has been posted to your profile.

More often then not, nothing will be posted but there are many applications on the platform unfortunately that publish stories without you knowing it. There are two ways to avoid having this happen: don’t visit applications or scan your profile every time that you do. Ultimately you shouldn’t be concerned about applications that you’ve built a trusted relationship with but any new applications could potentially post embarrassing notifications.

8. Make Your Contact Information Private
I personally use Facebook for professional and personal use and it can frequently become overwhelming. That’s why I’ve taken the time to outline these ten privacy protection steps. One of the first things I did when I started approving friend requests from people that I hadn’t built a strong relationship with, was make my contact information visible only to close contacts.

The contact information is my personal email and phone number. It’s a simple thing to set but many people forget to do it. Frequently people we don’t know end up contacting us and we have no idea how they got our contact information. Your contact privacy can be edited right from your profile. If you have chosen to enter this information, you should see a “Contact Information” area under the “Info” tab in your profile.

If it displays, you simply click “Edit” and then a screen like the one pictured below will show up.

For each contact item that you have in your profile you should set custom privacy settings (as pictured below) so that contacts that you aren’t close to don’t have access to your phone number and/or email. It’s a small change but it can save you the hassle of being pestered by people you don’t know well. Also, protecting your privacy is generally a good practice to get in the habit of doing.

As a side note, this is a great area to take advantage of friend lists. By getting in the habit of grouping your friends, you can ensure that you are navigating Facebook safely through privacy settings that are attached to your friend lists.

9. Avoid Embarrassing Wall Posts
Just because you use Facebook for business doesn’t mean your friends do. That’s why once in a while a friend of yours will come post something embarrassing or not necessarily “work friendly” and it can end up having adverse effects. That’s why Facebook has provided you with the ability to customize your wall postings visibility. You can also control which friends can post on your wall. There are two places you can control these things.

Adjust Wall Posting Visibility

Within your profile page you can control who can view wall postings made by your friends. To do so, click on the “Settings” icon on the wall in your profile page. Next, find the box pictured in the image above and adjust the setting which says “Who can see posts made by friends?” I’d suggest using a strategy similar to the one outlined in the previous step regarding contact information.

Control Who Can Post to Your Wall
In addition to controlling who can view wall postings published by your friends, you also want to control which friends can post on your wall. Not everybody needs to do this, but occasionally you simply want to prevent some people from posting on your page. If you visit the Profile Privacy settings page, there is a section labeled “Wall Posts”.

From this area you can completely disable your friends’ ability to post on your wall. You can also select specific friend lists that can post on your wall. Personally, I don’t really care who can post on my wall but I can understand the need to control who can see those wall postings. If you want to limit who can post wall posts on your profile, this is where you can do it.

10. Keep Your Friendships Private
While it’s fun to show off that you have hundreds or thousands of friends on Facebook, some of your friends don’t want to live public lives. That’s why it’s often a good policy to turn off your friends’ visibility to others. I’ve had a number of individuals visit my profile and then selectively pick off friends that are relevant to them for marketing purposes, or other reasons.

Whatever the reason they are doing it, just know that they are … it’s part of what makes Facebook so addictive: the voyeuristic nature. Also, your friends are frequently visible to the public through search engines and exposing this information can ultimately present a security risk. To modify the visibility of your friends, visit the Profile Privacy page.

Navigate down to the setting which says “Friends” and then modify the setting to whatever is right for you.

Conclusion
These are just ten ways that you can protect your privacy on Facebook. While there are a few other small things to keep in mind, these ten settings are most important. Keep in mind that while you may have turned off the visibility of many profile sections, there is no way to prevent all photos or videos from being visible if friends of yours make the images visible.

The best way to prevent embarrassing items from showing up on Facebook in the future is to not make bad judgements in your personal life. We’re all human though and being completely paranoid about every choice you make is probably not the best way to live your life. Be aware of what privacy settings are available and be conscious of what your friends may be publishing about you.

While you may not want to configure all of the privacy settings outlined, simply knowing how to do so is a great step in the right direction. By following the 10 settings listed above you are well on your way to an embarrassment free future on Facebook!

I need you all good hearted people to do something really important

Posted By Shiloh Jolie Pitt on May 27, 2009 at 1:45PM

Whatever your faith, whatever you believe in, whomever you appeal to in times of distress, whatever it is you do to help others get through tough times, I will appreciate it if you do it now. It is for a really good friend of mine, a gilfriend that I met on our first day of elementary school when we were both 5 years old, and who has always been one of my very best friends.

She has been battling breast cancer for several years, and just now I have learned that last year she was found out to have lung cancer as well. She has been receiving treatments but she is weak and her spirits down. She is a young mom of 2 wonderful kids and has a loving husband who's never failed to be her rock. She only needs to overcome this hurdle to keep enjoying a fulfilled life. So please I ask you to help me out praying, sending good vibes, having her in your thoughts, it will all help. She just needs to gain back her strength so she can keep receiving her treatments, and I do believe in the power of good energy.

Her name is Sofía, and she is a decent, honest, loving, charitable human being. A brave woman that I am proud to call my friend, and you would all like her because that is the kind of person she is, a likeable, nice, pleasant girl to be around.

So please, PLEASE, help me out. Think of Sofía, pray for Sofía, send her your good, positive thoughts. Let all your good energy surround her soul and lift her spirits, and that just might be what she needs to regain the strength of her body and continue with her treatments.

And I will thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
ROX

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Is Facebook broken?

Posted By Shiloh Jolie Pitt on May 21, 2009 at 8:36AM

or is it just my computer? boo I can't check up what my friends are up to :(
Anybody else having probs?

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Hilarious Bill Maher's New Rules!

Posted By Shiloh Jolie Pitt on May 4, 2009 at 5:03PM

Give me a Hellz Yeah!!! :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Tagged with: It is what it is

Membership Update

Posted By Shiloh Jolie Pitt on May 2, 2009 at 11:30AM

I have removed from this group girls who haven't been on Sugar for a while or with whom I haven't crossed paths in a while too.
Nothing personal.

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Have you seen the movie Greenfingers (2001)?

Posted By Shiloh Jolie Pitt on Apr 13, 2009 at 1:59PM

Greenfingers at Yahoo movies, with Clive Owen and Helen Mirren.

I saw it when it was first at movie theaters and both hubby and I loved it. Then last night I caught it on the Indieplex channel and once again I thought it was a lovely film.

Yahoo says:
"Colin Briggs is a man who has given up on life. Nearing the end of a long sentence for murder, Colin is transferred to Edgefield, a minimum security prison in the Cotswolds. Once there, Colin meets Fergus Wilks, an eccentric "lifer" who gives Colin an unwanted packet of seeds as a Christmas present. He begrudgingly plants the seeds in Edgefield's hard, infertile soil and, much to both men's surprise, the seeds flourish along with the two men's friendship. Impressed by the sight of the blooming flowers, the prison Govenor commissions Colin, Fergus and three other inmates to cultivate Edgefield's first garden. When the prison garden attracts the attention of flamboyant gardening expert, Georgina Woodhouse, she offers to sponsor the inmates in their first garden show. "

I think that it is a wonderful story about redemption, finding beauty in the least likely places, about love and about hope. This film has drama, comedy - with hysterical one liners -, endearing moments, charming gardens and even a great soundtrack. Helen Mirren is outstanding as always, closer to her character in Calendar Girls than to The Queen. And Clive Owen showed an underlaying tenderness and sensibility that I haven't seen much in his subsequent roles.

I highly recommend this edifying movie. It will make you feel good as the credits roll by.

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