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Do You Live In A Waffle House?

Around the 15th century waffles began to evolve. Basically a batter was laced between two iron grids, some quite elaborate in design, and eaten as a sweet as well as used in religious ceremonies. The batter was often flavored with flower water and honey, cooked and served with extra honey or fruit and enjoyed as a dessert rather than a breakfast food. Similar to the French, the finished product could be kept for several days and traveled well. It was first introduced to Colonists by foodie president Thomas Jefferson in 1789, who returned from France with the first known waffle iron to grace our shores (no invention went unnoticed by foodie Thomas) who proceeded to enjoy and serve waffles at his state dinners as a final course, along with fresh berries and cream.

In North America, Belgian (spelled with an “a”) waffles are a variety with a lighter batter, larger squares, and deeper pockets than the ordinary American waffle. They were originally leavened with yeast, but baking powder is now used. First showcased in 1958 at Expo 58 in Brussels, Belgium by a European, they found their way across the pond and introduced were introduced at a the Century 21 Exposition in Seattle in 1962, served with whipped cream and strawberries. Moving forward, they were further popularized during the 1964 New York World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens. These waffles were introduced by Maurice Vermersch of Brussels, Belgium primarily based on a simplified recipe from Brussels. He wisely decided to change the name to the Bel-Gem Waffle at first, after observing that many Americans could not identify Brussels as the capital of Belgium. (And even worse, many people would associate them with brussels sprouts, America’s most despised food.)

For centuries waffles were primarily eaten in Western and Northern European countries and there are many variations. Here is a quick rundown:

The Liège waffle is a richer, denser, sweeter, and chewier waffle; native to the region of Eastern Belgium and alternately known as gaufres de chasse;

Flemish waffles, or Gaufres à la Flamande, are a specialty of northern France and portions of western Belgium. made with yeast;

American waffles – generally denser and thinner than the Belgian waffle, they are often made from a batter leavened with baking powder and served for breakfast;

Bergische waffles, crisp and less dense, usually heart shaped; also a smaller wedge-shaped version serves as a decoration in an ice cream dessert or alongside a cup of tea;

Hong Kong style – also called a “grid cake,” popular street food in China;

Waffle cone – every American recognizes these, thin and shaped into the form of a cone while still warm, cooled and filled with ice cream;

Chicken and waffles – popular in Southern and soul food cuisine, but also attributed to Pennsylvania Dutch cooks in the 1800s; they are still served at many regional restaurants and rank right up there with chicken fried steak and other southern favorites; not rocket science here, pieces of fried chicken are placed on top of a waffle and drenched in syrup;

In the first part of the twentieth century, no self-respecting kitchen was without the proverbial waffle iron, often a popular wedding gift, and the breakfast of choice on weekends with bacon or ham. In 1953, busy homemakers put away their heavy waffle irons for good when “Eggo” frozen waffles were introduced, a great time saver and a quick breakfast, simply dropped into the toaster. To this day they remain a big seller along with pancakes and french toast. In 2017 alone, 164.8 million Americans consumed the three, either packaged or homemade. And the popular restaurant chain Waffle House has sold 877,388,027 since opening their doors in 1955. So whether you prefer your version on the run or as an elaborate dish smothered with berries and cream, they are easily available, no iron required. Kind of a perma press breakfast.

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Top Benefits Of Eating Ice Cream Sandwich

So what is a sandwich ice cream?
It is a frozen dessert made up of two skins and ice cream in between. It consists of crusts and an ice cream made from different ingredients. The ingredients chosen depend on the targeted consumers. An ice cream sandwich for Americans has the crust made of cookies and wafers. Other ingredients that may be used are eggs milk sugar and even vanilla. In Israel, it may consist of thick biscuits, chocolate flavored ice and vanilla. Here are the benefits of indulging in an ice-cream treat.
1. You can eat it in public
You can leak and eat it sandwich in public without brushing the authority the wrong way. In fact, you can eat as many times as you wish without having anyone looking at you. Also, you can eat as much as you want without hurting yourself either mentally or physically.

2. You can choose to sandwich it with anything you want
You are free to choose to sandwich the ice cream with peanut butter, double fudge or anything you want. Also, you have a wide range of toppings and many flavors to choose from. You will end up with something that is tasty and which will leave you refreshed.

3. It is gratifying
The act of eating an Ice cream sandwich is gratifying. If it consists of a hunk of chocolate and chomp of macadamia it will make you feel good. Crushing the cookies is in itself gratifying.

4. It helps in fighting weight
Other than enabling one to refresh during the hot summer, ice cream sandwiches are good for people struggling with weight. In one of the studies in the US, it was established that women who ate one serving per day gained less weight compared to those who did not. Their bodies were also full of energy and were able to go about their normal chores without a problem. So, making it part of your diet can help you win weight loss wars. It will help you lead a healthier life.

5. It fights infertility
Perhaps this is one of the reasons that make most women love indulging in ice cream. In a study published in a Human Reproduction Journal in the United States, It suggested that consuming a full-fat milk sandwiches improve a woman’s chance of getting a baby. Also, the study established that women who ate a full-fat ice cream often reduced the risks associated with ovulation.

6. It is loaded with important nutrients
The ingredients used to make ice cream sandwiches are mainly sugar, milk, and flavoring. They are rich in important nutrients like potassium, phosphorous and calcium. Potassium helps in lowering blood pressure while phosphorus and calcium strengthen bones. Other nutrients contained in the delicacy include protein, and energizing B vitamins. Protein is essential in helping the cells to grow and repairing tissue.

7. You can share it with a friend
Unlike other foods, you can always share an ice cream sandwich. Depending on what has been combined to make it, you can cut it into two half’s and share it with a friend. It makes the two of you enjoy and feel better.

8. It will make you smile
Perhaps you have always wondered why you always feel good a few minutes after indulging in the treat. Well, it is true that it refreshes but researchers have found that a few bites of the delicacy may make you happy.

Having said all this, it is important to note that regardless of the ingredients used, sandwiches are popular across the world. They confer a lot of benefits to people including aiding in fertility .

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Madras Curry

Madras Curry is curry (a sauce made from curry powder) that is distinctive to Madras (the former name of a major city in India, now called Chennai) that is set on the Coromandel Coast that borders the Bay of Bengal. The components of curry powder include: chili powder, turmeric, pepper, and ground ginger, cumin, plus coriander. The powder (and curry sauce) of the Madras Curry has a signature red appearance. There are other types and colors of Indian Curry.

Madras Curry Sauce is the central element of any dish on which it is served. Even cauliflower, a somewhat overlooked vegetable, can gain regal status when it is drenched in Madras spicy red curry. The spice will withstand the further creativity of a chef. Add some crunch with nuts: almonds, or even pistachios. Add some chew: raisins, or perhaps pitted dates. Build upon the cauliflower by adding rice to dam the sea of curry so that the bite-sized portions of cauliflower become islands in the dish. Spread about a cup of Cilantro leaves to draw out the uninformed (some diners believe that you created a Mexican dish).

If you add the rice, be certain that you choose the slender aromatic grains of Basmati Rice, the centuries-old cultivated rice of India. Your guests will ask you, and you would rather say, “Of course the rice is Basmati,” than to say, “Umm, Bass what?” As you share this fine dish with others, consider teaching them some history about Madras. It was once the capital of the Honourable East India Company (HEIC), aka British East India Company, which stood for 200 years. If your guests are from India, then don’t talk about the HEIC. They will not want to hear it. Remember that the people of India ditched the name Madras for Chennai. Did you know that the Christian Bible contains a quote from God about the gift of grain (such as rice) as food. Web Search a verse in the book of Genesis 1:29.

Have you wondered who heard and wrote such words of God? Moses wrote the first five books in the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. God directed him to lead the Hebrew people from bondage in Egypt to a land that he had promised for the children of Abraham. The journey lasted 40 years, because it took that long for the people to turn back to God, even though they saw his presence for all of that time (Exodus 13:21-22). Moses had plenty of time and opportunity to write what God wanted the Hebrews (and all of us) to know about who he is and what we mean to him.

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Mustard Aficionado

Web search the history of mustard to learn that its use has been traced back to mustard seed residue found in stone age cooking bowls. Over 5600 varieties of mustard have been catalogued. Mustard has a history as a medicine that is as long as its history as a food ingredient or as a condiment (mostly how it is used today).

In the 13th century, Catholic Pope John XXII was a mustard aficionado. He capitalized on the efforts of French Monks who had grown mustard plants around their monasteries since the 9th century, after the Romans brought mustard seeds to them from Italy. The seeds had been introduced to both the Romans and the Greeks, at an earlier time, through trade from Egypt.

Aside from setting in motion the bliss of superior mustard in the region of Dijon, the Pope also gave his nephew a job and a title: “Grand Moustardier du Pape,” which meant “The Pope’s Grand Mustard Maker.” The young man’s previous job had been “a gentleman of leisure.” Dijon Mustard today (my personal favorite) was not formulated until much later: Middle 19th century.

In early 20th Century America, mustard rose to prominence in lower class society when someone slathered it on a hotdog in New York City. There, mustard met its arch nemesis: ketchup. People took sides. I would balance this article by telling you the history of ketchup, but instead, let me just say, “Who cares?” I will point out that there have been, and still are, peacemakers who put both mustard and ketchup on their hotdog, but that produces gastronomic chaos – plus, I think it might be a sin.

In the Christian Bible, Jesus is quoted, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move,” Matthew 17: 20-21, New International Version. The mountain was likely Mount Tabor. Read Matthew 17: 1-13 to know what happened on that mountain earlier. By the way, Jesus did not mention ketchup.

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Eating Through Time: Part 1 – The Tudors

As a self-professed ‘foodie’ with a thirst for historical knowledge, the evolution of our dining table has always fascinated me.

Throughout this series of blogs, I will be delving into the best and worst of our culinary past, seeking out historical recipes, and the eating habits of time gone by; from the gorging banquet halls of Henry VIII to the famine of the French Revolution.

Come with me as I take you on an edible journey through time, exploring the customs and traditions of the day.

The Tudor Period

We are starting our Time Series with the Tudor period; or specifically the reign of Henry VIII.

1509-1547

We are all familiar with perhaps the most famous monarch in history. His reign saw England break away from Rome, the formation of Parliament, the foundations for our modern-day Royal Mail and of course, his six wives.

But what happened to the English palette in the 36 years Henry VIII ruled?

When Henry succeeded his brother to the throne in 1509, he inherited a country united behind the monarchy, stable finances, and his brother’s wife.

Fruit was a constant feature on a Tudor table, with choices ranging from those that could be grown in England such as apples, pears, cherries, plums, and strawberries to those that were imported from Spain after the arrival of Queen Katherine of Aragon.

The pomegranate became the symbol of her house, and she was instrumental in the popularity of oranges at court. Records show that Henry in particular loved oranges; having them readily available to eat fresh and preserved as marmalade.

Orchards were grown at Hampton Court by Cardinal Wolsey for the consumption of the King.

English food may not have appealed to the new Spanish queen, who would have been used to Mediterranean tastes and cuisine, heavily influenced by the Moorish community and their use of exotic spices and fresh vegetables.

On my search for recipes from this time, I have come across this one from 15th Century Andalusia; the autonomous community of southern Spain close to Katherine’s native Granada.

Recipe for Thumlyya, A Garlicky Dish

A 15th Century Andalusian Recipe

Taken from ‘How to Milk An Almond, Stuff An Egg And Armour A Turnip: A Thousand Years Of Recipes’

by David Friedman and Elizabeth Cook

Ingredients:

5 oz garlic 1 t ginger

1 hen ¼ t cloves

6 T oil 15 thread saffron

½ t salt ½ c whole almonds

½ t pepper ? c crushed almond

1 t cinnamon ¼ c murri

2 t lavender -1 c flour – water

‘Take a plump hen and take out what is inside it, clean that and leave aside. Then take four uquias (ounces) of peeled garlic and pound them until they are like brains, and mix with what comes out of the interior of the chicken. Fry it in enough oil to cover, until the smell of garlic comes out. Mix this with the chicken in a clean pot with salt, pepper, cinnamon, lavender, ginger, cloves, saffron, peeled whole almonds, both pounded and whole, and a little murri (there exists no modern recipe for murri, which is similar to the Chinese soy sauce). Seal the pot with dough, place it in the oven and leave until it is done. Then take it out and open the pot, pour its contents in a clean dish and an aromatic scent will come forth from it and perfume the area.’

As Henry’s reign progressed, his well-documented affair with Anne Boleyn began. Anne spent a lot of her youth in the French Court, first accompanying Henry’s 18-year-old sister Margaret on her journey to France to marry King Louis XII.

Henry and Anne’s affair lasted seven years before his infamous break away from the Catholic Church of Rome and their eventual marriage. Her French influences would have played a huge part in the changing tastes and customs of Court.

In the 15th century, bread and cheese were a staple in French cuisine, with meats and fruits considered fit for royalty, and vegetables seen as a peasant food.

Pears stewed in wine were often eaten as an ‘ending’ to a meal, which may have been adopted by the English after Anne Boleyn became Queen.

A Day In The Life Of Henry VIII’s Stomach

Henry would often start his day with Pike, Plaice, Roach, Butter and Eggs choosing to eat with 30 of his courtiers around 10am

Henry would then have had the choice of at least 13 freshly cooked dishes at every lunch and supper, choosing from a vast range of pies, meats, pottages, jellies and fritters all cooked by his personal chef Pero Doux.

One essential to the Tudor kitchen was the spit roast meats. Pork, Mutton, Venison – they would be on the spit day in and day out, ready to serve the King and his Court.

More unusual meats were reserved for banquets and occasions such as swan, peacock, heron and deer.

Despite his ever-increasing stomach, Henry and England adhered to the strict rule of fasting on Fridays and Saturdays and sometimes Wednesdays which prohibited the eating of meat and were only allowed to eat fish. During the period of Lent (2nd March – 14th April) butter, eggs and dairy food were also forbidden.

To disobey the rule of fasting was to risk an accusation of heresy, however, fasting did not mean that Henry ate any less than usual.

Any other day was considered a ‘flesh day’. Below is an example of what Henry would have expected to see on offer.

A DECLARACION OF THE PARTICULAR ORDINANCES OF FARES FOR THE DIETTS

TO BE SERVED TO THE KING’S HIGHNESSE, THE QUEEN’S GRACE, AND THE SIDES,

WITH THE HOUSEHOLD, AND HEREAFTER FOLLOWETH.

THE DIETT FOR THE KING’S MAJESTY AND THE QUEEN’S GRACE, OF LIKE FARE,

IN ALL TWO MESSES, AS FOLLOWETH.

ON A FLESH DAY

DYNNER. SUPPER.

Cheat Bread and Manchett, 16 Cheat Bread and Manchett, 16

Beate and Ale, 6 Gal Beate and Ale, 6 Gal

Wyne Wyne

Fleth for Pottage 8 Fleth for Pottage 8

Chines of Beef 8 Chickens in Crimary, Larkes

Rammeners in Stew, or Cap 6 Sparrows or Lambe,

Venison in brewz or mult 4 stewed with chynes of 13

Pestels of Reed Deere 2 Mutton

Mutton 6 Giggots of Mutton or Veni-

Carpes or Yong Veale in – -son, stopped with Cloves 6

Arm’, forced 1 Capons 4

Swanne 1 Conyes 2

Capons 2 Phesant, Herne, Shove-

Conyes 1 -lard 4

Fryanders, baked Carpe 1 Cocks, Plovers or Gulles 2

Custard garnished 12 Swete Dowcetts or Orange 10

or frittars 8 Quinces or Pippns 2

Along with recognisable options, the Tudors enjoyed many delicacies that would raise an eyebrow or two nowadays.

Grilled Beavers tail would be served most Fridays as the Tudors classed Beaver as a fish. Whale and porpoise were boiled or roasted and were a favourite of Katherine of Aragon.

From Fast To Peasant

When the King and the people of Court were gouging on an immeasurable number of calories, the poorer people of England had a much simpler menu.

Meat was scarce for the everyday Tudor peasant and so fresh vegetables, bread, and ales were the staple. Pottage comes up throughout history in many varieties, with the meatier stew even being served to the King.

The basic vegetable and oat Pottage would have been a regular sight at the dinner table for those not at court. Similar to our modern-day stews, the recipe is simple and easy to follow.

Pottage

Ingredients:

½ Onion

Vegetables (whichever you prefer – carrot, parsnip, cabbage, leek etc)

300ml stock (or just warm water for the average peasant)

Herbs (such as parsley, mint, rosemary, thyme and sage which were readily available)

1tsp pepper

4tbsp porridge oats

Bread (optional)

Method

Prepare vegetables (peel and chop to whatever thickness you like).

Soften onions in a pan before adding other vegetables.

Cover with stock or warm water until they begin to soften.

Add a good handful of herbs, salt and pepper.

Turn up the heat and leave to stew.

When the water begins to boil add the oats. Cook for 4-5 minutes till everything is combined.

Eat on its own or with bread.

Six Wives

Finishing our Tudor journey, I am going to be focusing on perhaps the most famous element of Henry VIII’s reign – his wives.

Each wife has their own backstory and tragic life whether they were divorced, beheaded, died or survived. But what were their favourite things to eat?

Katherine of Aragon. Dec 1485 – Jan 1536 Divorced

Besides the fruit native to her Spanish roots, Katherine enjoyed eating boiled whale.

Anne Boleyn July 1501 – May 1536 Beheaded

Anne was reported to have a fondness for certain fruits such as damsons, plums and strawberries. During one of her pregnancies, she had a ‘furious desire to eat apples’

Jane Seymour 1509 – Oct 1537 Died

Henry spared no expense to keep Jane happy. When she had a craving for quails eggs during pregnancy, Henry had an ornate box of the delicacies shipped from Calais.

Anne of Cleeves Sept 1515 – July 1557 Divorced

A popular German treat that may have been enjoyed by Anne was ‘Gefuellte Semmeln’. A bread roll, filled with jam/preserve, covered in sugar and spices and fried in egg yolks.

Katheryn Howard 1523-Feb 1542 Beheaded

The young Queen was perhaps ill-suited to the customs of Court. Described as childlike and naive Katheryn liked to snack on marchpane, small balls of an almond, sugar snack similar to marzipan.

Catherine Parr Aug 1512 – Sept 1548 Survived

A popular sweet treat at the time was ‘Maids of Honor’. A predecessor of the modern-day cheesecake, made from curd cheese, often found at Court, and possibly enjoyed by the Queen.

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Update Your Wardrobe With These Fashion Tips

If you are a fashion misfit, it is likely that you do not look and feel as good as you would like. Developing a great sense of style is not as difficult as you may think. The tips and advice packed into this article will help you to quickly improve your fashion.

If you wear stockings, keep a small bottle of clear nail polish with you. If you get a snag or run, a small drop of the polish will help stop it before it gets bad. Remember that it only takes a small amount to work so, do not overdo it, or you will have a sticky mess.

Don’t be afraid to wear the look you love. It can often feel a bit scary to sport a look that is a bit out of the norm. However, if you really want to wear it, just do it! It makes good sense to allow your true inner fashion diva to come out, even if she’s on the quirky side.

Keep a pair of lightweight, inexpensive ballet flats in the bottom of your handbag or briefcase. In the event that you break a heel, develop a blister, or simply need to give your feet a break, you will be prepared without compromising your style. Choose a neutral color that matches the majority of your wardrobe to prevent clashing.

A good fashion tip is to select your clothing for the day based on color. You don’t want to step outside with your shirt and shorts clashing because they’re complimentary colors. Experiment with different color combinations and see which colors you like and which color combinations you don’t like so much.

Always keep your eye out for any changes in the latest styles. Change is constant when it comes to style, and magazines are a great way to follow this. They generally stay abreast of the latest news.

Your beauty kit does not need an overabundance of makeup in it. Instead, pick your desired products in colors that are appropriate for the season. Think about what you will need from the time you get up until you go to bed. Once you open up makeup, it may ruin. It can also allow germs to grow if you open it.

Don’t fall for a fashion trend if it doesn’t fit your frame well. Everyone may be wearing the newest fashion fad, and you’ll be tempted to follow suit. But if the newest style is not complementary to your physical frame, you will only be doing yourself a fashion disservice.

Ask your family how they feel about the way you dress. Tell them that you are considering changing the way you dress and that you would like some constructive feedback from them. They can help you figure out a style that works for you since they know the most about how you’ve dressed your while life.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. Instead of going with the norm, play with your wardrobe. Try pairing a stiff skirt with a soft and flowing top. Combine dress shoes with your favorite casual pair of jeans. Often the most unusual pairings can turn out to be the most stylish choice.

If you want your lips to look fuller, start first by lining them using a lip pencil. Then use a sponge applicator to blend the edges. After this process is complete, use gloss to emphasize the lips. Then accentuate the top lip with some additional gloss in the middle to create a more pouty look. You can also add drama and appeal to lips by using a coordinating eye shadow. Just place a small dot in the middle of each lip.

When you dry your hair, you should just pat or blot it dry with a towel instead of rubbing your hair with a towel. Rubbing tangles and breaks your hair and can even lead to loss of hair. When you are blow-drying your hair, use a low setting and move the blow dryer constantly so that you don’t fry one section of hair. Don’t hold the blow dryer too close as this can cause harm to your hair and even burn you.

Pay attention to the fabrics your outfits are made of. It is vital that you read the label to see what materials went into making the garment. Just because it fits now doesn’t mean it will after a few washes. Avoid spending your money on clothes that could fray, shrink or become misshaped.

Select clothing that is appropriate for your age and the event you are attending. If you are outfitted in clothing that is for people younger or older than you, you will lose the effect you want. Also, if you do not consider the venue, you may stand out in an unpleasant way. You want to look fabulous, but not stick out.

Keep some basic items, like scarves, camisoles and cardigans in many colors in your wardrobe. You can use these to layer and make many different styles from the same articles of clothes. This is a great way to provide your self with many different fashion options for less money.

If you are a guy, invest in a good tie clip or pin. The number of occasions where you wear a tie seem to be on the decline over time. This just means you might not feel natural when you do have to put one on. Tie clips and pins that look great are very affordable, and can save you the stress and distraction of your tie flapping around.

Be aware of your body type and shape. Buy clothing that look good on you and not the rack. Make sure are wearing an appropriate shirt, skirt, and pants style for your form. Tall and thin women should not be wearing the same clothing as stocky, shorter women. Make sure your clothes flatters you.

As stated at the opening of this article, improving your fashion style can dramatically improve your appearance. The hot fashion tips and advice you’ve just learned, if applied to your life, will allow you to look and feel better than you ever have before. You no longer need to be a fashion misfit.

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Should Be Afraid Of This Summer

If you follow the news, you’ve probably seen headlines about “Brood X,” the massive cicada population soon to arrive in many midwestern and southeastern states including Kentucky. Awakening from dormancy for the first time in 17 years, Brood X will certainly be a memorable phenomenon.

If you’re afraid of cicadas, think again. Despite their unnerving appearance and deafening mating call, cicadas pose no risk to humans. They don’t bite, sting, or spread any diseases. They are actually quite beneficial for the environment: they prune trees, aerate the soil, supply nitrogen to growing plants, and provide sustenance for many insectivorous animals. Their presence may be annoying, but they’re not harmful.https://cooksspot.com

An insect you should be afraid of, on the other hand, is the mosquito. Unlike cicadas, mosquitos leave itchy, unpleasant bites and spread dangerous pathogens to humans. In fact, mosquitos are often considered the deadliest animal on the planet, responsible for over a million malaria-caused deaths each year. Besides malaria, mosquitos also spread Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, Dengue, and many more diseases. According to the CDC, global disease epidemics from mosquito-spread viruses are on the rise, such as the Zika epidemic (2015-2017), and the chikungunya epidemic (2013-2014).

Mosquito Prevention & Eradication – Understanding Why It’s So Important

As it gets warmer, we can only expect to encounter more and more mosquitos. Did you know that in 2020 there was an anticipated record amount of mosquitos in the eastern United States? Thanks to above average temperatures and precipitation, mosquito populations are now thriving in every state.

Mosquitos are drawn to the carbon dioxide that we exhale with each breath, making them very difficult to avoid. Plus, some types of mosquitos, like the black-and-white-striped Asian Tiger Mosquitos, are active at all hours of the day, even in the bright sun! While there are some preventative measures you can take, it’s recommended you contact an experienced pest control professional to deal with a reoccurring mosquito problem.

You can protect yourself by covering up with long, thick clothing, and making sure your house has mosquito-proof window screens. Eliminating standing water on your property, like bird baths and empty pots, can prevent mosquitos from breeding as well. You should also consider taking preventative measures such as signing up for Preventative Mosquito Services from Black Diamond.

As pandemic travel restrictions begin to ease, many people are looking forward to more local and international travel. Before doing so, it’s important to familiarize yourself with mosquito risks for the region you’re travelling to. Different locales have higher risks, and most mosquito-borne viruses still lack vaccines or specific medicines. Some CDC pages such as the Traveler’s Health page and Disease Map are good resources. If you experience symptoms during or after travel such as a rash, fever, headache, or joint pain, you should share your travel history with your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Always avoid mosquito-exposure for a few weeks upon your return, as even if you lack symptoms entirely, you can spread viruses like Zika or dengue to mosquitos at home.

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Time Management Tips And Advice To Help Most People

There is no doubt that people are leading more hectic lives than ever these days. For that reason, solid time management skills have become a necessity. Review the tips and guidance that follow below, and you will soon acquire the knowledge necessary to effectively manage the tasks and duties that make your family run.

If you want to improve yourself, consider keeping a to-do list. This will help keep you organized and manage your time wisely. It can cover the most important tasks that you have, or you can micromanage every event in your life. It really does not matter. Having a to-do list is a great way to manage your time.

Be sensible in allocating your time. Think realistically about the length of time needed to accomplish each of your tasks and schedule accordingly. This helps you to manage your time better and also improves your life. If you find yourself with unexpected free time, use it or catch up on unfinished work.

Build time in your day for unforeseen interruptions. It’s time to own the fact that you can’t control what happens every minute. Things happen, whether you want them to or not. So add in buffer time into your schedule to handle these moments. That way, at the end of the day, you’ll still feel accomplished!

Learn to let the little things go when you are overwhelmed by a busy day. People who tend to fuss over less important matters often lose their focus on the big picture, thus wasting time. Have your priorities straight and don’t allow small problems to get in the way of managing time efficiently.

Do not rush through your day. If you rush through things and make mistakes, it is going to take you far longer to fix those mistakes than it would have for you to do it right the first time. Slow and careful work will be more productive than rushed, sloppy work.

Plan your day soon after waking each morning. Make a list and allot your time accordingly. This will help you make good use of your time.

Keep your office door closed so others don’t disturb you. Leaving your door open all the time invites in others and makes it difficult for you to get anything done. Just by closing the door, you get instant privacy. This will allow you to complete tasks faster.

Sometimes, time management problems arise because you do not say “no”. When you take on more than you can handle, of course you will not finish all of your tasks on time. When a new task is thrust upon you and you already have a full schedule, either give a firm “no” or defer the task to a later period of time.

A great tip for self-improvement is to only follow up with clients when absolutely necessary. If you can pass on follow up calls onto a subordinate, then do so. You need to handle what is most important for you and delegate effectively. This will go a long way with managing your time.

Organize your day into sections to use your time better. See if you can clump similar work together so that you can accomplish things faster. If you’ve got multiple things that need to happen outside the home, then accomplish them as a group. It’ll save you time and a lot of energy too.

If you are in charge of a large task, break it down into manageable smaller tasks. This will enable you to concentrate on a small portion of the task without getting overwhelmed. By using this technique, you can ensure that you stay on schedule to complete the larger task.

There is nothing wrong with the word “NO”. You can easily stress your self out by taking on too much. You must be willing to say no to tasks that are going to throw your day into chaos. If you can get to the task on a later day, so be it. Otherwise, stick to your priorities.

Keep the paper on your work desk organized. When you spend half of your time looking for a document, that is time wasted. Keeping your papers filed in a logical manner will make it easier for you to find what you need. You will also reduce the likelihood of losing important papers.

To get the most out of your time-management strategy, you have to be firm about time limits. If you intend to work on a specific job for one hour, don’t let yourself get caught up and spend 90 minutes on it. When tasks take more time than you have scheduled, schedule a new block of time to deal with the overflow. Then proceed to the next item on your agenda.

Break down your agenda into four sections. Label vertical columns into unimportant and important. Incorporate two rows also. One for urgent tasks and the other for non-urgent tasks. Only spend 5 to 10 percent of time on the not important/not urgent section. A lot of your time will be working in the important/urgent quadrant. Make time for things that are not urgent or important to avoid them from becoming future emergencies that you could have avoided.

To cultivate a better sense of time management, you need to start with the big picture. Take a week or two to log everything you spend your time on. What you want is an hour-by-hour breakdown of how you do your work. Review your log carefully and identify the places where you’re spending more time than is strictly necessary.

Think about what you really want to do with your life. If you have the dedication to a task, you should make time to complete it. Put some things you like to do into your schedule. By scheduling activities you enjoy, you will find more joy in your life.

Given our busy lives, everyone could stand to brush up on their time management skills. Learning to properly juggle the demands of school, family and home can be tough, but it is essential. With any luck, reading the information presented above has given you the proper foundation for building a new, streamlined schedule for yourself.

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Learn About Time Management With These Simple To Follow Tips

Do you often feel as if there are not enough hours in the day? You may be one of the many people who have poor time management skills. You can change that with these time management tips below.

If you want to improve yourself, consider keeping a to-do list. This will help keep you organized and manage your time wisely. It can cover the most important tasks that you have, or you can micromanage every event in your life. It really does not matter. Having a to-do list is a great way to manage your time.

If you find yourself late all the time, attempt to focus on deadlines. You fall behind on your other tasks if you try to cram a certain task before a deadline. You can avoid neglecting things when you do this.

Try using the calendar feature on your cell phone to manage your time. Since most people carry their cell phones with them at all times, you will always have your schedule with you. This will help you improve your life because you will never miss another appointment or important date.

When you make your daily schedule, don’t neglect to leave the room for possible interruptions. If you fill your calendar with appointments back to back without breathing room for surprise phone calls or late visitors, you can put your entire day off track. It’s easier to stay on track when interruptions are planned.

Build time in your day for unforeseen interruptions. It’s time to own the fact that you can’t control what happens every minute. Things happen, whether you want them to or not. So add in buffer time into your schedule to handle these moments. That way, at the end of the day, you’ll still feel accomplished!

If managing time is becoming a problem in your life, start delegating where you can. At home, ask others to pick up the pace or the slack, so you everyone can become more efficient. At work, make sure you’re not constantly picking up the slack for others! Delegate some of your load and manage time better.

If you have a very large task that you are facing, break it up into smaller parts. Create a list of everything that it will take to get the project completed. Once you have the list to work with, use the deadline and create a calendar that includes what you need to get done each day to ensure it is completed in time.

Don’t wait for the last minute to get something done if you find yourself constantly behind schedule. For example, when you suddenly remember an important task that has to be taken care of before five today, you won’t be able to get anything else done! Avoid being a slave to deadlines and manage time more wisely.

Consider not wearing a watch. It sounds counterintuitive to time management, but some people are clock watchers. They get focused on the time, to the detriment of actual time management. You need to free yourself of this to really focus. In fact, you’ll find that it’s quite liberating and effective to just get down to work without being the slave of a clock or watch.

Get your priorities in order. You would be surprised by how much of your day can be taken up by unimportant tasks. This pushes the more important things back and that could lead to a host of issues. If you find it helpful, make a list of what is most important and work your way down the list.

In order to manage your time more wisely, prioritize your daily tasks. Tasks that are unimportant and time-consuming can take up a lot of your time during the day. Prioritizing all your tasks will help you spend more energy and time on those tasks that are more important to you.

Don’t dismiss the simplicity of a simple pocket sized planner with pages for you to write in appointments, birthdays, lists and other important things. People tend to rely too much on electronic gadgets to help them manage their lives but paper and pen can often be the most effective way to organize your thoughts.

One of the most basic time management techniques is a to-do list. Sunday night, write down everything you need to do in the coming week. The simple fact that you put it on paper should help you sleep since the list is outside of your head. Monday, just focus on starting the list, not finishing. You likely will never finish your weekly list, but just having it on paper makes it constantly manageable.

Stress is a major reason why people have trouble with time management. It can cloud your thinking and make you feel overwhelmed. If you feel stressed out, you need to learn how to relax. This may mean taking a half an hour out of your day to meditate or do yoga.

For better time management, estimate how much work a certain job requires. If a task is unimportant, don’t waste time on getting it done perfectly. Only spend enough time to get each task done well enough to move forward to the next. You use your time more wisely when you expend the most effort on jobs that are critical.

Make your lunch the night before. If you go to work every day and think you “don’t have time” to figure out your lunch in the morning, do it the night before. That way, you can create your lunch without rushing. Not only that, but that simple step will stop you from spending so much money eating out.

Reward yourself. Sometimes it is hard to stay on task for the amount of time that you need to. Set a time limit that you will work and once that time has passed, give yourself a reward. It could be anything you enjoy such as going for a walk or taking a short nap.

This article has given you tips to help you manage your time. You can be a master of your life again! By incorporating the tips here, it can be easily possible for you to have effective time management skills.

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Do Your Best With These Awesome Internet Marketing Tips!

Internet marketing is a bustling new area of business that shows great opportunity and growth. Internet advertising has reared its head as one of the biggest industries around, best characterized by the prolific giant Google. Initially based off of their advertising revenue from their search engine, Google has realized the potential profits to be earned by selling their search hits to the highest bidder, at least with respect to the larger corporations. This article explores the origins of search engine advertising.

If you are going to run a blog on your site, run a second blog outside of your site or vice versa. By having two avenues of information out there you can target those who do not want to feel the pressure of being on a site where they might have to buy something. However, the power of the external blog can drive them to the main site and create a buyer.

Make each person feel like part of the community by creating a common space for visitors to connect with others. When people feel valued and important, they will be loyal to the website. Create an interactive, welcoming site that people will enjoy coming back to.

If you are going to use other languages than English during Internet marketing, make sure you know what the word means. Just doing an online translation of an English word will produce poor results. Ask an expert, you may have to pay for services yet it will be worth it. Look at it this way: they speak a different form of Spanish in Spain and in Mexico. You want to target the right people with the right words.

Create a MySpace page, which can help get the word out on your company. Try to friend as many people as possible, as their friends will be able to view and access your page as well. Keep your page as neat as possible, highlighting the services and advantages that you provide to your customer.

Make your first impression a great one. Customers who are visiting your website for the first time want to feel welcomed, not overwhelmed. An easy way to do this is to make an “entrance page,” or a title page with only the most basic information included. Allowing the customer to delve into the website themselves makes them more comfortable with the experience of shopping with you.

Business owners can be blind when it comes to their website. They can be emotionally attached to their business and will assume that their website is easily explaining their business to the customer when it is not. The key to having a great website is acknowledging the website is not perfect and may need improvement.

If you have a Facebook page that is related to your company, make sure to continue adding content all the time. When you post something new, it makes your page relevant and contemporary, as followers will notice this. Also, every post that you make will appear on the current news feed for your followers, increasing your visibility.

When you are deciding on the website you want to build, keep in mind the type of affiliate marketing you plan to do. Companies care about the way you are going to portray their products. If you want the best payout for your affiliate marketing links, then make sure to keep your site easy to navigate and clean.

In important tip regarding Internet marketing is to spread yourself around as much as possible, while still retaining a sense of legitimacy. This is important because the more information about your company that there is, the more potential business you will have available. Be sure to not overdue it, as you can easily lose your credibility.

An important tip regarding Internet marketing is to be sure to create a relevant blog and update it frequently. This is important so that you can easily spread relevant information about your company in a conversational format, and at the same time hopefully pull more traffic to your site.

For best results from your online advertising, include a promotional element at the end of the ad. This should provide a further incentive that could be the deciding factor in whether or not they actually make a purchase. You can offer a small excerpt or a limited access code to the end of the text, which may cement the deal if the copy itself was not sufficient. “Afraid you won’t like it? Why not download a FREE sneak preview?”

Hold a contest on your site that is more unique than any other idea that you have seen. The more unique the idea it, the more buzz will be created by your site. This will increase the amount of traffic and links that your web site will have.

Creating viral videos and using tags can help you succeed with Internet marketing. Be sure to include a link that goes back to your website in the video description. This can help attract new customers.

When trying to come up with a page title, use one that is very rich in keywords. Also be sure to take out any words that may be seen as being filler content. This will appear hyperlinked in search results, and you want it to catch the eye of potential customers.

Make use of coupons when sending out packages to your customers. This can help those customers purchase even more products from your site. This can also help get you more customers, as they can use those coupons for gifts to other people or even just give them to other people. They can be like instant referrals.

Now that services like search engines and social network sites are so incredibly huge, they can be of great use to your internet market efforts and your overall business expansion. Take your time to create business pages with search engines. Not only are they free, but Google will make sure your business is seen by people. You won’t have to perform any Search Engine Optimization.

Google’s almost subtle usage of advertising is characteristic of the current technological epoch. Innovation and outside the box thinking are necessary when dealing with a new market. Google’s exploitation of the available resources and their consequent launch into mainstream corporations indicates just how valuable a good idea can be.