Using Your Slow Cooker to Bake

Do you know that you can actually bake in your slow cooker? A lot of people are not aware of this because they assume that only the oven can be used to bake the things that they want. There are some things that you can cook much easier with the use of your slow cooker than your oven. As much as possible, you would like to make things easy. You will also be using up less amount of energy with the use of your slow cooker.

Want to know some of the things that you can bake in your slow cooker? Read on.

1. Apple Cake

A lot of people think that anything that involves apples can surely be good. This recipe in particular can serve 8 – 10 people. Just make sure that you need a cake pan that can fit inside your slow cooker.

Beat the following in a bowl:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

You would need to stir in:

  • 2 cups of chilled chopped apples

You would need to sift:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

You would need to mix in all of these ingredients together with the chopped apples. You may also choose to place some pecan nuts with the mixture but if you are allergic to nuts or you are not that interested in nuts, you may choose not to. Place on the bread pan and make sure that you grease the tin foil that you will be placing on top of the pan. For 3 – 4 hours, bake on high temperature.

When it is fully baked, make sure that the pan will remain on the slow cooker for about 5 minutes before you will take out the pan that contains the baked apple cake. Cool it further then slice.

2. Chocolate Fudge Cake

The great thing about this cake is that you do not need any pan in order to cook it. You can cook it directly on the slow cooker.

In the bowl before you place the cake on the slow cooker, here are the things that you would need to mix:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

You would need to stir in the following:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

The next thing that you need to do is make sure that you will spread the mixture that you have created at the bottom of the slow cooker. You can then mix in the following:

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

You would need to sprinkle this over the batter that you have placed on the bottom of the slow cooker. You need to boil about ¾ cup of water to pour over the batter. Remember that you would need to cover this and cook on high for …

Why Do We Gamble?

Let's start with a definition. What is gambling? Gambling is betting on something that may or may not happen in the future. When we gamble, we take a risk, choose an uncertain outcome, and bet on it. Gamblers bet on casino games, horse racing, and sports where the result can not be predicted with certainty. Some people will bet on anything. Remember the Seinfeld episode where Kramer bet on the arrival and departure times of airplanes at a New York City airport?

How is gambling different from buying stocks and bonds? Stocks and bonds are considered investments and not gambles because we can reasonably expect to come out ahead in the long run. They may be risky but not in the same sense as gambling.

How is gambling different from buying insurance? When we buy insurance, we are betting on something that may or may not happen in the future. We do not want to take the risk that it will happen, so we pay someone else (the insurance company) to take the risk for us. When we buy homeowner's insurance, for example, we are betting our house will burn down and the insurance company is betting it will not. (Of course we hope we will not win this bet.) This is not gambling because the risk can be calculated. The insurance company uses all kinds of statistics to analyze the probability of our house burning down and fixes the premium we will pay accordingly.

People have gambled since ancient times. However, society never approved of it because it was labeled an attempt to get money without working for it. Society believed that hard work should pave the way to financial success. It was not until the late 1960s that states (except for Nevada which had legalized all forms of gambling earlier) started to run lotteries to raise money for goodwill causes.

So why do we gamble even though we are illegally to win in the long run? We gamble for the exclusion of the uncertain exit. Some gamble to try to make their financial dreams come true. Some people gamble for entertainment or enjoyment, such as a night out with friends at the casino or a bingo game for a charitable organization or a lottery ticket. Some think they can beat the odds and make a living out of gambling. There are people who gamble because they simply love the challenge. They look at gambling as a game of skill or problem solving and they are sure they can win. Some like the environment or the thrill of a possible big win, or the adrenaline rush of taking a chance. Casinos allow us to socialize and pass some time. There are no clocks in a casino; We lose track of time; We forget all our troubles. It's like a therapy session! If we are timid, we can go to a casino and boldly take chances.

Occasional gambling may be a relaxing form of entertainment but be careful not to …