Tuesday, June 28, 2016

3 Simple Rosh Hashanah Recipes

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. This holiday marks the first of the High Holidays, or days of repentance (ending with Yom Kippur). During this time of renewal, prayers are given beside rivers and lakes, as sins are cast into the water in the form of small pebbles. Foods are symbolic and nourishing. The synagogue holds the faithful who listen to the expanded liturgy and celebrate new beginnings. Apples are dipped in honey, symbolizing the sweetness of what is to come. “L’shanah tovah”, is the common greeting for this day, wishing all a good year. It is a joyful, serious, and wonderful time.

Food has special significance on Rosh Hashana. Not only are apples dipped in honey, but pomegranates are eaten, symbolizing good deeds and abundance. A head of a fish may be served, so one may be “at the head of the class”. Other traditional foods may include black-eyed peas, spinach, and gourd. Nuts are generally avoided (with the possible exception of almonds), as are foods and condiments which are sour or have a tartness to them. Sweet foods are consumed, encouraging a sweetened life. Here are a few simple recipes for these foods that you may want to incorporate into your celebration.

Honey Glazed Baby Carrots (meren, to multiply)

2 cups pre-peeled baby carrots
½ cup butter
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon

Melt your butter, then add the brown sugar, cinnamon and honey. Add your carrots, cover, and let cook over medium-low heat for ten to fifteen minutes. This tastes wonderful over sweet rice. Just add 1 tsp sugar per two cups of rice, and cook as normal.

Brisket (corned beef)

Throw away the spice packet and cover brisket with water.

2 bay leaves
20-25 whole peppercorns
1 onion
1carrot
1 celery stick
1 cinnamon stick
6 whole cloves

add ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cover. Cook for approx 2.5 hours, checking often. Beef should peel apart with your fingers.

Apple and Pomegranate Salad

1 apple cut into small cubes
1 seeded pomegranate, cut
lettuce
store bought poppyseed dressing
slivered almonds

Simply combine the above and serve over lettuce.

Another option, is to chop the apple and add almonds, pomegranate seeds, and banana. Mix in a tablespoon of kosher mayonnaise.

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3 Steps to Control Your Anger

Do you feel the barometer rising? Your face turns red. Your heart beats hard and heavy in your chest. Your hands tremble. Then you blow your top. You say things you regret. You throw objects across the room. This article will show you how to defuse anger.

Anger is an emotion. That’s it. You control it – it doesn’t control you. Learn these steps and you will be able to control your temper and your surroundings.

Step #1: Finding your trigger points. You need to be in better tune with yourself. Take moment and think of about your last argument or conflict. What were the trigger points just before you lost control of your anger. What are your trigger points? You feel your head and ears getting hot, blood pulsing in your neck, hands start to clench or your heart starts pounding. Your body is trying to tell you something. It is trying to say, “I am overwhelmed.” “I am scared.” “I am offended” or “I am hurt.” You need to find this out. Otherwise, if you wait until you are angry it will be too late and you will have already lost control. Often, anger is the last emotion we feel – it’s the reaction to the situation, not the solution. If you can dig deeper into what you are feeling inside, it can be better communicated to the one you are feel hostile towards.

Step #2: Walk away. When you become familiar with your trigger points and know you are at your limit; it is best to walk away than to stay and win the verbal battle. In the long run, it is better to save face and control your anger than to lash out and say things or do things you will deeply regret. If the person in front of you is valuable to you then, no amount of fight or negative emotion is worth sacrificing that relationship. Walk away, find a place where you can calm down, take deep breaths, and find time to regain your composure.

Step #3: Healthy Communication. When you are able to, share with the opposite party what you are feeling. You may need to wait 30 minutes, several hours, or a good part of the day. When the time is right, explain how you are feeling – not how they made you feel. Bring up the topic or situation and share your thoughts and emotions – calmly. As soon as you start raising your voice and say your words like, “you” did this or “you” said this- then the battle will be a loss. Instead, start with “I” felt overwhelmed or “I” was scared or hurt by… This will bring the defenses down with the other party and they will be more willing to listen to your emotions rather than seeing it explode.

Following these 3 steps will not be easy. It will be a constant discovery of yourself. The battle will be won when you can find your trigger points and know when to walk away. Winning the argument isn’t as important as winning the relationship. Learn how to defuse your anger and you will have healthier relationships around you.

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3 Steps to Better Sleep

Our minds are racing and our bodies seems to be on warp speed. Our schedules are full and the demands are high. It’s no wonder when it’s time to lay down and sleep our minds are still going 100 mph. Here are some very simple and practical steps to getting the well deserved and crucially needed sleep our bodies and minds desire.

Step #1: Avoid stimulation. Despite what you may have been taught, exercising may wear you out muscularly, but it raises your heart-rate, stimulates the nervous system, and increases hormones. Do not exercise before bed! Also, watching intense television shows, movies, and playing video games proves to accelerate the heart and mind. All of these activities have a place in our lives, but not before bed. Instead, find a good book that allows you to escape life’s reality. A book about fantasy or a feel-good book will calm your spirit and allow your mind and body to relax. Another great way to tune out life’s stress is to start a puzzle. You know, the good old fashioned puzzle pieces is good way to release your mind of stress and puts your focus elsewhere. Same goes for crossword puzzles and Sudoku.

Step #2: Avoid caffeine. Doctors go back and forth on this topic, but a good rule of thumb is to allow your body to filter out all stimulants within 8 hours. So, if you go to bed by 10:00PM, then avoid chocolates, coffee, soda, and energy drinks by 2:00PM. This allows your body to get back to its normal state and it allows your mind to relax for a restful bedtime.

Step #3: End your day on a good note. Find something positive that will feed your mind with good thoughts and a higher self-esteem. Look at old pictures in a photo album. Read letters of recommendation from a boss. Bring out the shoe box full of old love letters. Think about the highlights of your day and you will find yourself happy, content and ready for restful sleep.

Lack of sleep will cloud our minds, break down our bodies, and make our lives feel overwhelming. A good night’s sleep will better prepare us for what lies ahead. A good night’s sleep is what will keep our minds and bodies healthy and strong.

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3 Special Camps for Kids: Camps that Help Children

Summer camp is something that nearly every kid dreams of going to, at least once. There’s something special about being able to get away from the family for a week or two, be immersed in nature, and generally feel independant.

There are also a few camps out there that take the idea a step further, promoting ideas within the setting that can help children heal, feel as if they’re not alone, and even to give them a family.

Whether you’re looking for a special camp for your child with special needs, looking to adopt a child that needs a family, or would like a worthy cause to donate time or money to, these camps offer something amazing.

Camp Hope

Hundreds of older children – “too old” to be adopted – remain in Russian orphanages until they turn 16, when they’re faced with the grim realities of living totally on their own. Faced with this during a visit to a Russian orphanage seven years ago, adoption-agency direcor Alla Lakov was shocked by the number of these kids, needing nothing more than a home.

When Lakov returned to America, she began organizing Camp Hope. This organization brings older Russian children to America where they get to stay with host families for 10-12 days of activities, adventure, and love. The goal is to help the children get adopted, and has been very successful in meeting their goal. In their first year of operation, Camp Hope was able to adpt each of the 11 kids who participated in the program.

To stay running, Camp Hope relies on host families, volunteers for the camp, and donations from people all over the country. This year’s camp will be held in June and Camp Hope is still looking for more help.

Get in contact with Camp Hope by visiting their website, www.camphope.net, or by calling one of the directors: Alla Lakov (978-689-2442) or Shannon Free (515-778-9019. You can also email Alla at storkadopt@comcast.net or Shannon at shannon@storkadopt.com.

Camp Agape

One of very few camps dedicated to helping children who have suffered the loss of a loved one, Camp Agape offers the fun and adventure of a traditional summer camp alongside group therapy activities to help children with the bereavement process. They use art, music, games and play to offer a theme of hope for childrens’ futures. By relying on sponsors to pave the way for children to attend camp, the child and their guardians are not charged for attendance.

How can you help? As a 501©3 organization, Camp Agape is entirely nonprofit so any monetary gifts you can give are tax-deductible. You can also sponsor a child to attend the camp, which is how they can continue operating without charging childrens’ families for attendance. Camp Agape is also usually on the lookout for volunteers to share time and talents with their program – a background check will be performed, but anyone aged 15 and above is welcome to work with Camp Agape (these volunteer hours can be used toward Continuing Education Credits for Licensed Therapists, Counselors and Social Workers. Community Service Hours of credit can be earned by high school students).

To learn more about providing the Camp Agape program to children in your community or to get more information on the camp, you can contact Kim Turk at (512-756-7353) or visit their website.

Camp for All

Open year-round, Camp for All is located in the gently rolling hills of Washington County, Texas. A unique camping and retreat, this group aims to enrich the lives of children with special needs, promoting self-esteem, self-awareness and independance through recreational, therapeutic, and educational programs.

Children and adults alike are welcome at Camp for All, enhancing the lives of all people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. With their week-long summer camps, weekend retreats and day programs, they serve more than 70 different special needs and mission-related organizations annually, aiding hundreds of people every year.

Because they’re a non-profit organization, any donations you make to Camp for All are tax-deductible. Unlike many similar programs, CFA doesn’t rely on government or United Way funding – they are dependant on individuals, foundations, and corporations to help them continue providing a unique camping experience. You can find out more about their many special funds by visiting this page, or by contacting them:Camp For All, 10500 Northwest Freeway, Suite 220, Houston, TX 77092. Phone: 713-686-5666

There are also several volunteer opportunities available, including Camp for All Friends, Young Professionals, and Camp Care Days. Detailed information on each of the opportunities is available on their website.

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3 Smart Tips for Saving Money

It is a general fact of life that money makes the world go round. We all know that money is essential for our everyday transactions.

People from all walks of life always ask questions about the best ways to manage, save and invest money.

Saving money essentially guarantees a person financial his or her safety and independence from economic adversity. It helps people to maintain the best of health as they can afford quality healthcare and the best form of nutrition.

It is important to save money as this can be mean the difference between a life of finacial difficulty and living a life free of wants and worries.

Before considering the best way to save money, we need to look at the logic behind our actions and this is best illustrated by comparing the long term benefits of saving money to the short term benefits. What would be the benefit of saving money and investing it over time instead of spending it for instant gratification.

The following are 3 useful tips for saving money.

1) Take an inventory on your daily spending – Many of us fail to keep track of how much we spend daily especially on so many thing we buy on impulse. A lot of dollars could be saved if we knew how much went where? When was such an amount spent? Tracking our spending gives so much valuable information. We can cut our spending by having a rethink before making any buying decision.

2) Save money on your home – It seems far fetched but so many people forget that they can get a lower interest rate on thier home. Another area often overlooked concerning saving on homes is to try low-cost payments on utilities. A ton of money can be saved by doing a little research to find cost-effective ways of maintaining your home.

3) Following the 10% Rule – Try to save 10% of whatever you earn every month. It may be helpful to set aside a separate savings account for this porpose. You will be amazed how much you can save after a few months.

Jus make sure you do not treat your savings as a source of releif anytime you need a little extra money. This just ends up defeating the whole purpose of saving in the first place.

Why do we need to save?

Saving up for retirement – Saving allows you to get prepared for retirement. At our feeble old age, we most certainly will depend on what we have saved up to cater for us when we no longer have the strenght to work anymore.

Saving up to invest – Savings also make an important source for investments. This is fine as long as the purpose of saving was for future investment oppurtunities if they present themselves. We could use up money saved up for other purposes to make an investment. The returnsshould be immdeiately saved after the investment yeilds profits. This helps to keep the aim of saving in perspective and gives you a sense of fulfillment.

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3 Steps to a More Organized Life

Organization skills come easy for some people. They seem to have a mysterious instinct which guides their every choice, allowing them to seemingly glide through life with supreme efficiency. For the rest of us, organizing our laundry into darks and whites can seem like an insurmountable task. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Although it may seem like organized people are simply born with an innate gift for superpower tidiness, the truth is that usually these people have simply built structure into their lives by habit and routine. This is great news for the rest of us. With a little practice you can learn to become as organized as you wish. Below are a few things to try every day to help you get more organized; practice and you just might end up a superhero of organization too!

Focus:

Does your mind wander often? Daydreaming can be a great source of creativity, and it certainly should have it’s place in your life (don’t forget to smell the roses, right?), but sometimes we daydream about doing things more often than actually doing things. One of the most effective ways of increasing your concentration is by staying healthy. This means getting proper sleep and eating well. Jump start your day with a healthy breakfast and a little exercise such as walking and stretching. This is great for both your body and mind, and will improve your focus throughout the day. Focusing is important. You need to set goals and remained concentrated on achieving them.

Make a plan:

While daydreaming is a great way to understand your goals subjectively, in order to achieve those goals you need to externalize them in an objective way. This means making a plan. Some people find this very invigorating, always excited planning their next course of action. Other see planning as an unnecessary burden, a waste of time. Planning may seem like a waste of time, but that little bit of time normally pays off. In order to see your ideas come to fruition, you should have a good outline of what your ideas actually are. This is how you make your goals. Make your goals clear and get ready to follow through with them. A great way to do this is to buy a journal and write in it every day before bed. This is especially useful for longterm goals.

Make a List:

Making a list seems, to some people, like even more a waste of time than planning. And some people don’t need lists at all in order to get organized. However, these people usually just build lists inside their mind instead of on paper. I recommend writing everything down for a while before transitioning to mental lists. There is a good reason for this: habit. In order to remain focused on your goals you need to ingrain list making into your regular routine. Gradually you will rely less on written lists and more on mental ones, but in the beginning you should write them down to develop the habit.

Follow these steps every day. It’s not usually very fun in the beginning to stick to these steps every day, but within a couple weeks it will become habit. Habit is the most important thing; it will make organization seem effortless.

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3 Steps to Great Speeches or Public Presentations

It may seem like all a person needs to make a good public presentation is an adequate Powerpoint presentation and an audience. Over-reliance on visual aids has created many a bad public speaker, however. It is important to remember that people are there to see and listen to you and not just look at paper and screen versions of a snazzy computer-generated presentation. Here are three tips for giving great speeches or presentations-whether in front of a few people or a room full…

The first step is to prepare, but not over-prepare. This means that while you definitely want to have an outline, notes, handouts and any visual aids that you may need for your presentation-if you choreograph everything down to when you will take a sip of water, you are over-prepared and your speech/presentation will come off as if you have stepped out of a can. Give yourself a good outline and take care of all the incidentals; anticipate questions or comments; and make sure you have done your homework and research, but leave room for some ad-libbing and adjusting to the actual situation. The more comfortable you are with your preparations, the more relaxed and accessible you will appear while giving your presentation.

The second step is to avoid relying on those visual aids. Nothing is more boring than an individual who stands with his or her back to the audience while talking through a Powerpoint presentation or someone who uses and overhead or other equipment to hide behind. Remember that you ARE the presentation, not your visual aids. A visual presentation should augment or add to your verbal presentation and not be in place of it. Step out from behind the podium or equipment, move closer to your audience and talk directly to them. If you need to show charts or images, show them and then turn off the equipment so the focus will be back on you where it belongs.

Finally, to give a memorable and fabulous presentation or speech-vary your cadence and your movements. Take up the space you have been given-whether it is an entire stage or the corner of a room and move a little. What makes a dynamic speaker is not someone who tells a lot of jokes and speaks loudly, but someone who knows how to mix things up. It is the contrast between movement and stillness, speaking louder and then softer and varying which direction you look in and the way you approach both your subject matter and the audience that makes a memorable, dynamic speaker. If you decide to walk a little while talking, make sure you stop, pause, and talk instead of pacing madly back and forth. Try to be as varied as you would ordinarily be in a conversation with a friend and you will come across as collected and in control of your subject matter.

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3 Substitutes for Chives

Chives are the leaves of members of the onion family, allium. Most chives sold in grocery stores are cultivated specifically for their use in recipes, their bulbs are not as fragrant or flavorful as most garlic and onion plants. If you are in the middle of a recipe and don’t have access to chives, any of these chive substitutes may act as viable alternatives.

Wild Onion

You’re probably not far from access to wild onions, which yield edible chives that can be used in recipes as chive substitutes. Wild onion grows as a weed throughout most of North America and it’s likely that it’s growing rampantly in your yard. Simply harvest a few handfuls of wild onion leaves, wash them thoroughly, and slice them thinly for use instead of chives.

Garlic Chive

Garlic chive, also known as garlic leaf or Chinese chive, are good substitutes for regular chives. These fleshy, pungent, flavorful leaves contain large amounts of the sulfurous compounds for which the onion family is renowned. Use garlic leaf as a chive substitute, using lower amounts of leaves than the recipe calls for.

Leeks

The leek is another member of the onion family, and it is very similar in taste, origin, texture and appearance to chives. Leek is closely related elephant garlic, and its edible bundle of leaf sheaths form an edible stalk. To use leeks as a substitute for chives substitute in cooking, use the same ratio of leek, and slice the leeks relatively thinly.

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3 Straightforward Advices to Surmount BPD Relationships

Are BPD Relationships a nightmare for you and wanting to learn what can you do to alleviate the distress your borderline close one generates to both of you?

Read through below to discover 3 straightforward but effective techniques.

The first tip is connected with the your communication manner. You may be affectionate and good intended, yet a BPD can still perceive you as criticizing or scourging.

So the way you want to go is to first determine the words or things you say that are interpreted as rejecting by your dear person. You can plainly ask him/her to communicate you those things or words the moment they turn up. Your dear person has to also know that you are doing this for your relationship and you require his or her collaboration.

The 2nd tip is to use what you have discovered at step one to clarify the intended meaning of your words. This has to be accomplished in a amicable and cooperative way.

This technique has two significantly vital gains to both of you. Firstly, your dear one will see now clearly that you had the highest intentions in mind. Additionally, you’ll also communicate a second more refined point that you really love and care for him or her, that he/she is an important person to you, and all these without actually coming out and say it. You let the other one conclude for him/herself.

This tactic will correct considerably the BPD relationship with your close person.

The third straightforward but very effective thing you can do is to congratulate for his/her achievements. You don’t need to delay this until his or her proximal advancement or raise! You can start with the little but meaningful things in your relationship, like him/her being more caring to you, for paying more attention, for the delightful meal, or the delicious wine he/she had chosen.

BPDs were reared in negative backgrounds, that induced them to perceive themselves in negative and depreciative manners.

Initially your praises may get ignorrance or “this is not true” reactions. Do not worry, just keep on showing your care and admiration, sooner or later he/she will understand that his/her value isn’t determined only by the early experiences. He/She will realize that a individual means much more than the early redundant criticism, maltreatments, cold-heartedness, or other underminings.

If you want to find out more about borderline personality as well as other modalities to enrich the BPD relationship with your loved one, download my free e-book “Surviving The Borderline Hellhole”!

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3 Steps to Weight Loss Success

Every New Year’s we all say the same thing…

“I’m gonna do it this year!”

There’s never any doubt that we all mean it when we plan to lose weight. We make New Year’s Resolutions and make great plans but it never seems to work out for most of us. Workouts and nutrition and all the science behind losing weight is great, but in the end it’s a lifestyle change that means losing weight.

So how do you do it?

The first thing you must do is set a realistic goal and make that the number one priority. This past year my goals were more about performance than number raw numbers, but the main thing I had to focus on was making sure my 50 hour-a-week work schedule didn’t eliminate training time.

Most of you probably have a job that can be demanding at times so training can be difficult. I recommend a membership at a 24-hour gym or buying workout equipment for the home. I found a gym that charged $20 a month for all-day access and after many long days at the store I found myself on a treadmill at midnight.

It’s not glamourous, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s about results, not style!

Secondly, don’t sabotage yourself at home! The hardest thing to do is getting rid of the junk food! Go through your kitchen and throw away, that’s right, THROW AWAY all the chips, cookies and soda you have and make a trip to the store with a healthy shopping list and stock up. I found great lists on bodybuilding.com to get me started and it was a great help.

Finally, a support system is vital to success. When I have a bad workout, my girlfriend hears about it. My Twitter hears about it. I tell the world! When people know that are in the middle of a lifestyle change, most are sympathetic and will offer advice and support.

Though there are some that won’t so it’s a great way to learn who your friends are!

The key to losing weight, or making a lifestyle change as I call it, is to set yourself up for success. Don’t wait until January 1st. Proper planning always guarantees success. The best advice I ever received was that no matter how far you fall off the path, you can always get back on. Plan ahead, work hard and make 2011 your best year!

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