Sunday, June 28, 2009
Ideas for the At-Home Vacation
by Kimberly L. Keithfor About.com
If the bottom line says it's just not in the family budget to take a vacation this year, don't let it get you down. This is the perfect opportunity to teach your kids a lesson in life; you know, the one about making lemonade out of lemons. Take your vacation at home this summer. With a little creative thinking it can be a lot of fun!
The first thing to do is call a maid service and schedule them to come on the Friday of your vacation. Then, you can ignore the dust and dirt the week you are on vacation knowing that the house will be clean and fresh before you go back to work. Now, get out your vacation clothes and attitude and just relax. Here are a few ideas from the Web for your at-home vacation.
Visit your own city as if you are a tourist. Go to the museums, theme parks, all those places that tourists visit when they come to your town. Eat out every night. Visit some new places in another part of town away from your usual haunts. To get some ideas, buy all the local papers or visit some of the local Web sites that you can find in About's Cities/Towns Index.
Teach your children the hobby of photography. They will have fun taking pictures of your "vacation". To learn more about the subject, take the family to visit these sites:
Go fishing. You do not need a lot of elaborate equipment to go fishing with kids. You will find that the sport of fishing goes hand-in-hand with the art of conversation. Some of my best talks with my son have been while we were fishing. Go to Fishing with Family for inspiration to get started on this activity that your children are sure to love.
Visit relatives. Take the opportunity to start a family history project. Let your older child help plan and carry out your family history gathering during your visit. Record the stories they tell on tape or video. Take lots of pictures. Gather old pictures, documents, and memorabilia from the attic (you know the ones of Mom as a cheerleader in high school). When you get home, you can put them all together in a family scrapbook program. You will need to scan the old pictures, but you can use your digital camera for the new pictures or have your regular pictures developed on CD-Rom. Find some music on the Web that corresponds to the different time periods and events you describe in your family history album. You can really get creative and have lots of fun with this project. Print the album; or put it on CD-Rom and you've got a great Christmas present.
Better yet, send your kids to the relatives (or camp, or anywhere!) and stay home with your spouse for a day or two of R & R & R. That's Rest, Relaxation, and Romance. To get prepared for this rare and unusual event, visit 1001 Ways to Be Romantic.
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Latest Obesity News
Stomach stapling may lower cancer risk in women
LONDON (AP) -- Women who have their stomachs stapled not only lose weight, they also may reduce their cancer risk by up to 40 percent, new research says. In a study of more than 2,000 obese people who had surgery to reduce the size of their stomachs, Swedish researchers found women who had the procedure were less likely to get cancer than those who did not.
But for some reason, the surgery didn't have the same effect in men; there was virtually no difference in the cancer rates in men who had the surgery and those who did not.
The research was published online Wednesday in the medical journal, Lancet Oncology.
A previous study has shown that stomach stapling surgery can prolong the lives of men and women by up to 10 years compared to those who don't have it. Two other studies have suggested women in particular benefit from a lower cancer risk after getting the weight-loss operation.
Scientists have long thought obese people have a higher cancer risk, possibly because fat cells produce hormones that might lead to the disease. But doctors haven't been able to prove that losing weight in other ways, including dieting, reduces that risk.
"This is one more piece of evidence in a complex puzzle," said Dr. Len Lichtenfeld of the American Cancer Society, who was not linked to the Lancet Oncology study. "There seems to be a relationship between weight and cancer, but there is a missing link we don't understand."
Swedish researchers followed 2,010 obese patients from 1987 after they had their stomachs stapled, for about 10 years. Men and women were considered obese if they had a body mass index above 34 and 38 respectively. Experts say that a normal body mass index ranges from 19 to 25.
Researchers also tracked 2,037 obese people who did not have the surgery. For patients who got their stomachs stapled, most lost about 20 kilograms (44 pounds). In people who did not have the surgery, most gained a little over 1 kilogram (2 pounds, 3 ounces).
Of the women who had the surgery, 79 got cancer. In the non-surgery group, 130 women got cancer. Various types were seen, including breast, skin and blood cancer.
Among the men, 38 of the men who had the surgery got cancer versus 39 men in the non-surgery group.
The study was paid for by the Swedish Research Council and others, including drug makers Hoffman La Roche, Astrazeneca and Sanofi-Aventis, whose products include diet drugs.
Experts were baffled why only women appeared to have a lower cancer risk after the weight-loss surgery.
Lars Sjostrom of Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden and the paper's lead author, said it was possible there weren't enough men in the study to see an effect - men only made up about a quarter of the participants.
Sjostrom and colleagues also found that neither weight loss without surgery or reduced calorie intake appeared to affect cancer rates among either men or women. He added that other possibilities to explain the smaller cancer risk, including genetics, were now being considered. "There is an unknown factor behind this effect, but we have no idea what it is," he said.
Lichtenfeld hypothesized that the stomach surgeries might have different effects on hormones or some other substance in the body that ultimately reduced the chances of developing cancer.
On the Net: http://www.lancet.com
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This is an event I am teamed up with for the summer. Truly it will be an event for the whole family. Music, Drama, and Fellowship! Hope to see you there and if you can GET YOUR CHURCH/YOUTH GROUP INVOVLED!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Keep in mind that this is Wikipedia, so I wouldn’t want bet the farm on the veracity of them all, but it’s still some good trivia for the boring work party this evening.
Here’s some highlights:
Apple - for the favourite fruit of co-founder Steve Jobs and/or for the time he worked at an apple orchard. Apple wanted to distance itself from the cold, unapproachable, complicated imagery created by other computer companies at the time.
eBay - Pierre Omidyar, who had created the Auction Web trading website, had formed a web consulting concern called Echo Bay Technology Group. “Echo Bay” didn’t refer to the town in Nevada, “It just sounded cool,” Omidyar reportedly said. Echo Bay Mines Limited, a gold mining company, had already taken EchoBay.com, so Omidyar registered what (at the time) he thought was the second best name: eBay.com.
Google - a deliberate misspelling of the word googol, reflecting the company’s mission to organize the immense amount of information available online.
Hotmail - Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service he tried all kinds of names ending in ‘mail’ and finally settled for Hotmail as it included the letters “HTML” ??? the markup language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casing.
Yahoo - a backronym for ‘Y’et Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle. The word Yahoo was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver’s Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and barely human. Yahoo! founders David Filo and Jerry Yang jokingly considered themselves yahoos
And my personal favorite and most fitting: Lycos - from Lycosidae, the family of wolf spiders.
Listen in to 90.9 FM starting at 1 pm to hear an interview with David Byrageon, a local musician from Toccoa, Georgia. David shares a compelling testimony of his days on the secular music scene now a Souljah for the Cross! He is part of the Retro Praise Band that will appear at Summer Slam on July 11, 2009 at The Point in Toccoa, Georgia, and also at Habersham Quake at the Habersham County Fairgrounds in Clarkesville, Georgia on August 1, 2009. Both events are geared toward Young people and are cooperative efforts between area churches! This is the Christian Community in action and I encourage you to get involved in these outreaches.
PS...inside note regarding WRAF - We are extremely protective of our Easels! LOL!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Though many men are into brand name sunglasses and designer sunglasses, fact is that women tend to care more about clothing accessories and fashion. So, while the following guidelines refer primarily to women's sunglasses, rest assured, gentlemen, we include a few pointers for you.
You can, of course, wear whatever sunglasses you like, regardless of what anyone else thinks. However, to achieve the best fashion appearance, specific sun glasses styles work best with the five basic face shapes. The desired effect is balance -- wear sunglasses that are what your face is not.
The square face (in men, usually described as strong-jawed) was epitomized by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the 1960s. Wearing oversized sunglasses, she popularized a style (now often called the Jackie O) which remains in vogue. For women's sunglasses, the curvier styles, round or cat's eye, will compliment your angular features. Gentlemen usually want a more strong-jawed appearance than less, so enhance the effect by wearing sunglasses with sharp angles.
The heart-shaped face (in men, triangular) has a wide forehead and narrow chin. Choose sun glasses with cat's eye frames or any with well-rounded edges; fashion sunglasses with a wider lower edge and no straight lines along the top work especially well.
The long or oblong face also calls for oversized sunglasses. Round or rectangular lenses and sun glasses with thick frames add width; tall or deep lenses and fashion sunglasses with decorative frames or vintage style also fit.
The round face has the most noticeable curves, so the sunglasses should have fewest. Sun glasses with narrow frames, frames with high temples and very colorful frames, like classic tortoiseshell fashion sunglasses, also add definition.
The oval face has gently rounded curves that work with virtually any style from sport sunglasses to designer sunglasses, those that look best are sun glasses which cover from the eyebrows to the cheekbones.
The first real fashion sunglasses were an accident. The 'aviator' style was created for the military just prior to World War II, and the glamour of the 'ace' included his fashion accessories -- those who couldn't fly could still try to look cool in mirrored, tear-drop shaped sunglasses. Today's aviator sunglasses make great men's accessories and women's accessories for almost any face.
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Regardless of style, sun glasses should protect your vision. Recent scientific advancements have greatly expanded understanding of the eye, creating materials to defend them.
The bright light of a cloudless day can be painful and distracting, so most people wear sunglasses when outside, especially while driving. At the other end of the spectrum, fog and smoke decrease visibility. The amber-colored lenses of recent decades filter out the additional blue light scattered by low-lying clouds, giving drivers a more balanced, clearer view of the road. Polarized sunglasses help cut down the glare of reflected light.
Ultra-violet radiation (known as UVA and UVB) has been shown to be a contributing factor for cataracts and many other eye problems. Look for UV-rated sunglasses, which block at least 70-percent of UVA and 60-percent of UVB light. Some sun glasses claim to block 100-percent of both.
The other main danger is impact damage. Flying debris ranges from annoying (specks of dust) to sight-threatening (pebbles kicked up by passing cars). The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private organization dedicated to producing quality goods in the USA. For sunglasses, ANSI requirements include dropping a 1-inch steel ball on the lens from four feet high and shooting a quarter-inch ball at 150 feet per second. If no part of the lens touches the eye when impacted, the glasses pass the test and may advertise themselves as ANSI compliant. This is especially useful in sport eyewear.
Sunglasses are one item where the highest price doesn't always mean the best product. Some designer glasses may not include the safety features that your eyes deserve. Of course, at Overstock.com, discount sunglasses and designer sunglasses can be synonymous.
By the way, when buying sunglasses online, you may find that so-called discount sunglasses, allegedly from top designers, are, in fact, cheap knock-offs instead of the real deal. If so, the chances of a refund are pretty slim, so buy from a reputable dealer like Overstsock.com, one with a long history of selling authentic, quality products.
Basically, sun glasses are made from two components: the lenses and the frames.
Frames can be nothing more than thin metal wires that just surround the lenses, or they can be large plastic casings that cover much of the face. Most frames are basically flat, so they can be folded into a pocket, but some prefer the wrap-around styles that fit snugly against the head, entirely enclosing the eyes in shadow.
Lenses come in almost every color of the spectrum. Polycarbonate lenses are especially valuable when working in hazardous environments, as they are darn near indestructible.
Bridge: The part of sunglasses that extends across the nose.
Cat's eye: Most common in women's sunglasses; lenses which are wider in the middle than on either side; with a greater curve on the bottom than the top.
Clip-on: Sunglasses that attach to prescription glasses with a mechanical or magnetic clip.
Impact resistant (also protective glasses or safety glasses): Lenses, usually polycarbonate, designed to absorb an impact; they are shatter-resistant, not shatter-proof. If you need these, choose only ANSI compliant sunglasses.
Polarized sunglasses: With a filter between the front and back surface of the lens, horizontally reflected glare is much reduced; very useful near water, snow, ice, glass etc.
Temple: The arm of the sunglasses, running from the ear to the lens frame.
Wrap-arounds: The lenses curve around the head or the temple is about as tall as the lenses; they eliminate peripheral vision but add extra sun protection.
Higher end sunglasses usually come with a case and a cleaning cloth. Don't throw them away even if they seem unimportant. The case will protect your new glasses far better than your pocket. The cleaning cloth will clear the sweat and dust off your lenses with the least probability of scratching them. You can also look for lens cleaning solution or wipes that will make your lenses spotless and streak free.
Monday, June 22, 2009
30 Easy Ways to Save Money (and No, you are not doing them all!)
Let’s keep this one simple and clean - just a bunch of relatively easy ways to save money. As you incorporate more and more of these tips into your life, the savings add up and it wouldn’t surprise me if you could save thousands over the course of a year.
It will take a little work on your part but those thousands of dollars in savings are what helped us get out of debt earlier, kept us out of debt for several years and will hopefully help us pay off our recent auto loan soon as well.
Cook at home often: If both the husband and wife work, this is likely to be very difficult. Start out with the habit of cooking at home once a week and slowly increase the frequency until you find a balance between saving money and getting stressed out.
Make your own coffee: Everyone seems to have heard of the latte factor. Even though the author may have overestimated the savings from skipping a latte at Starbucks, don’t underestimate the ding it puts in your pocket in the long run. You don’t have to entirely ban drinking coffee, but skip it as often as possible unless you make it at home.
Brown bag lunch at least a few days a week: Lunch times are great opportunities to network and make connections that could improve your career growth. So unless there is a common eating area for brown baggers, you may choose to limit brown bagging lunch to three days each week. Find a balance between saving some money and making the connection. In my case, I take my lunch with me 2-3 times a week and eat out the rest of the time.
Make a list before going shopping: They call it impulse buying for a reason. Humans simply have a very tough time resisting the temptation to purchase extras while shopping. Without a list you will buy items that you simply do not need. Even worse is when your forget to purchase the actual item you came to the store for in the first place. If you plan on cooking at home, pre-plan a rough menu and make a list before you go grocery shopping. Getting all that you need in one trip can help avoid another unnecessary trip and temptation.
Go grocery shopping while you are in a hurry: Maybe you need to go out in a couple of hours. Or your favorite show is going to be on TV after a couple of hours. Try to squeeze in the grocery trip in that intermediate time. Armed with your grocery list, you should be in-and-out very quickly with little time for meandering and getting tempted to buy things you don’t need.
Watch out for expiration dates on perishable goods: This one seems intuitive when you read it, but I am surprised at how many people do not pay attention to expiry dates. No point getting a gallon of milk if it is going to turn sour with a couple of days. Same goes for meat, eggs, yogurt, spreads, frozen items, deli/bakery items etc. Some people say you can use a few items a few days after expiry – but I personally value my health more than money and would rather avoid buying such items in the first place.
Buy in bulk whenever possible: When it comes to non-perishable items, buy in bulk whenever you find something on sale. The items I usually stock up on are, cereals, tinned goods, rice, beans, pasta, coke, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, toilet paper etc. For such items, shopping at warehouse stores like Costco, Sam’s Club etc can save you quite a bit of money, provided you stick strictly to your shopping list when you shop at these places.
Buy generic products whenever possible: Does it really matter whether your cereal is made by Kellogg's or is the store brand? Does it matter if your milk is Oak Farms or the store brand? For a few things (like soda in particular), I prefer brand name products. For others, I do not mind generic store brands if they can save me money. Find what works for you and switch to generic brands for at least a part of your grocery list.
Use grocery store bags to line trash cans: This may not work if you use a massive trash can but we use a small sized one for which the grocery bags are a perfect fit. This not only helps us save some money, but reduces our environmental foot print and avoids the kitchen from stinking from a huge overflowing trash can.
Consolidate and pay off debt as soon as possible: If you carry any debt, focus on consolidating it to a lower interest and paying it off as soon as possible. Money paid in interest is money thrown away! Why spend your hard-earned cash to make the financial institutions rich?
Pay your bills on time and avoid late fees: Get organized about your regular bills. If possible, automate the payments. Most utilities and other recurring bills can be set to be charged to a credit card or deducted from a checking account these days. Also, many banks offer free bill pay programs. So there really is no excuse for forgetting to pay a bill on time and forking out the late fees. Say, by chance you do forget a bill, if you are a first time offender, call the company and request politely to waive the late fees, and more likely than not, they will oblige.
Be aware of your bank balance and avoid over draft fees: If you use your checking account often or have some bills that are paid automatically from your checking account, be aware of the balance and avoid overdraft fees.
Avoid ATM fees: Be aware of the ATM withdrawal fees charged by your bank. While some banks waive fees for all ATM transactions on any ATM machine, most don’t. So be sure to use only those ATM machines where your bank will not charge the fees, or withdraw directly at your bank.
Avoid credit cards with annual fee: Credit cards with their cash back bonuses and reward points are a great way to save some money. Just make sure that the card does not charge you any annual fees! There is no dearth of cards that offer fee-free reward plans, so there really is no reason to pay the annual fees.
Disconnect land line if possible: Unless you have small kids in the house or older people to take care of, it is more than likely that you will be able to survive with only the mobile phones and can get rid of the land line. We have survived without any problems for over 4 years now with out a land line. Our Internet comes via cable.
Instead of buying books, borrow books from the library: Whenever possible, borrow your books instead of buying them. The card to your public library is free and the libraries are generally well stocked. In my city, the chain of public libraries is connected and the available books can be checked online. If there is some book that I cannot find in my local branch, I can make a request online for it to be brought in from one of the other branches to mine which is very convenient.
If you have to buy books, check if you can buy it used: Used books do not quite give the same feeling as leafing through the crisp pages of a brand new book. But considering that you can get used books for almost as much as half the price of a new book, it is a small price to pay. My favorite place to buy used books is a local chain called “Half Price Book Store”. Check if you have something similar in your city. For text books, look online on bulletin boards, mailing lists etc, and price compare on websites like addall.com.
Price check before buying anything expensive: For other items that are expensive, do a price check before buying the item. If you can wait for a while you can track the prices and grab a great deal when it comes along. Frequently available online coupons make it even more easy to save some money. This is especially true while purchasing any electronics.
Avoid impulse buying: Make it a habit to avoid impulse buying. Many of the things you want to buy do not seem all that necessary, if you only you wait for a day or two. Also, waiting means you will be able to check prices and make an informed decision to buy it at the best possible price.
Bottle your own water: Drinking water is good for your health. I always make it a habit to keep some at my desk at all times. Bottled water is the most convenient since it can provide protection against accidental spills. That said, buy bottled water only once in a while, and then reuse that bottle to fill your own water. If you are not happy with tap water, invest in a Brita Filter – in the long run it can save a lot of money.
Avoid the vending machines: Almost everything that is dispensed via vending machines has a huge markup (and is rarely healthy). However, if you suffer from snack attacks at work, consider creating a secret stash of snacks. If you like drinking soda and have a fridge at the workplace, save a refrigerator pack in the fridge with a post-it with your name on it. If you have a long commute, consider a stash for the car as well and avoid a quick drive-thru visit.
Keep your car as long as possible: When possible, try to keep your car as long as possible. Find the balance between the money spent on repairs versus the monthly installment on another vehicle and choose to run your old car as long as the repair costs are low.
Do regular scheduled maintenance on your vehicles: Do not skimp on or forget to do regular oil changes. Remember to check the air in your tires often. And use the grade of fuel that the owner’s manual recommends. These small acts can significantly lengthen the life of your car, giving you years of use.
Avoid buying a new car: When you eventually buy a car, see if you can make do with a pre-owned vehicle. A new car depreciates significantly the moment you drive it out the dealership. Is the new car small really worth thousands of dollars? Pre-owned cars that are only a few years old with low mileage are the best bargains. Regardless of the purchase, learn to negotiate with car dealers.
Ride your bike or carpool whenever possible: In many of the cities in the US it is hard to get by without a car. That said, just because you have a car does not mean you have to use it every day. Whenever possible, ride your bike or share a ride with a colleague or spouse and save both on gas and reduce the environmental footprint.
If you watch a lot of DVDs, get an online DVD store membership: Membership to online movie stores like Netflix or Blockbuster Online can save you a lot of money compared to buying DVDs or renting it from a local store. You need to wait once you order the movie, but if you watch a lot of movies at home, then you can easily get into the habit of ordering ahead of time so you always have something at home. If you are patient and your library has the resources, check to see if they have a movie section. You won't get anything very new, but they are free.
If you like watching movies at the theater, go before 6:00 pm: This is one of our soft spots when it comes to spending. We really like watching movies in the theater with the big screen and the great sound effects. But instead of paying ~$10 a pop for the ticket, we usually go before 6:00pm when the tickets are a little less expensive. Also, for movies that we don’t absolutely want to watch right away, we just wait until it screens on the discount theater where the tickets are $2 a pop. We avoid the temptation to buy snacks, by usually going for a theater some time soon after our lunch or sometimes sneaking in our own snacks in the purse.
Regulate your electric use: When not in use, unplug electric appliances. Apparently, unplugging the TV instead of just switching it off can save a lot of electricity! When not in a room, switch off the lights and the fan. Use a programmable thermostat to control your A/C and heater usage. If that's too much, at least know what each appliance uses and unplug a few of them.
Plan vacations ahead of time: Vacations are a necessary part of saving our sanity in the busy lives that we lead. But vacations are also a huge drain on the family finances. You can cut the cost of a vacation significantly by planning and booking ahead of time. Bookmark travel sites for finding inexpensive airfare, hotel etc., and book at least two weeks in advance.
Finally, keep distance from lavish, high-roller friends: If you have lavish friends who buy a new car every other year (or worse still, lease it), have large screen TVs and every other conceivable electronics gadget, eat out at fancy restaurants every other night and just live way beyond their means, keep the distance. They may be nice people and mean you no harm, but hanging out with such people often can lead to a lot of unnecessary desires and discontent. What’s more important – your friends or your peace of mind?
Whoa, that article ended up being a lot longer than I anticipated. Hopefully, I haven’t put you to sleep! Despite the length though, it barely scratches the surface when it comes to ways to save money. Make it a sub-conscious habit to save money in things that you do every day, even if it is a few dollars. All that money saved can add up significantly and you can save it or spend it on things that really matter!
NOTE: I am not saying that you should follow *all* these tips. Trying to be too frugal can make both you and the people around you very miserable. So, pick out a few tips at a time that will work for you and make them a habit, before deciding if you can incorporate more money saving habits in your daily routine.
Written by ispf of Grad Money Matters.
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Nestle recalls all refrigerated Toll House dough
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal authorities are investigating a new national outbreak of a bacteria-triggered illness, this time related to a sweet treat treasured by the heartbroken and children-at-heart - packaged raw cookie dough.
The federal Centers for Disease Control said its preliminary investigation shows "a strong association" between eating raw refrigerated cookie dough made by Nestle and the illnesses of 65 people in 29 states whose lab results have turned up E. coli bacteria since March.
About 25 of those people have been hospitalized, but no one has died. E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure.
Nestle USA voluntarily recalled all of its Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advised consumers to throw away any Nestle Toll House cookie dough products in their homes and asked retailers, restaurateurs and other foodservice operations not to sell or serve any of the recalled products.
Customers also can return any recalled product where they bought it for a full refund. The recall does not affect other Toll House products, including ice cream that contains raw Toll House dough.
FDA spokesman Michael Herndon said officials were confident that Nestle refrigerated dough products caused the outbreak.
"This has been a very quickly moving situation," said Roz O'Hearn, spokeswoman for Nestle's baking division, adding the company took action within 24 hours of learning of the problem.
Spokeswoman Laurie MacDonald for Nestle USA in Glendale, Calif., a unit of Switzerland-based Nestle SA, said the company has temporarily stopped making the refrigerated dough products while the FDA investigates the Danville, Va., factory where all the recalled items are made.
"We hope to resume production as soon as possible," she said.
There are about 550 employees at the facility, just across the border with North Carolina, about half making Toll House products. Spokeswoman Roz O'Hearn said Friday the company doesn't know how many will be temporarily laid off, but it could be as many as 250.
Nestle holds a 41 percent share of the prepared cookie dough market.
The recall includes refrigerated cookie bar dough, cookie dough tubs, cookie dough tubes, limited edition cookie dough items, seasonal cookie dough and Ultimates cookie bar dough. Nestle said about 300,000 cases of Nestle Toll House cookie dough are affected by the recall, which covers chocolate chip dough, gingerbread, sugar, peanut butter dough and other varieties.
The FDA said consumers should not try to cook the dough, even though it would be safe to eat if cooked, because the bacteria could move to their hands and to countertops and other cooking surfaces.
Raw cookie dough is so popular that it has spawned more than 40 groups on Facebook, complete with postings that read like love notes.
Stacey Oyler, a 33-year-old San Francisco resident, called it her "secret indulgence" - a treat that became irresistible when she was pregnant with her second child last August. She said she still indulges occasionally.
"I love the combination of the salt and sweet," she said. "You can't get that from a piece of chocolate."
But no raw cookie is necessarily safe. The eggs in Nestle Toll House's dough are pasteurized, which eliminates most of the risk of salmonella infection from raw eggs. But other ingredients could contain pathogens or bacteria, and the company warns in product labels not to eat the dough raw.
Several recent food recalls have been related to bacterial contamination, including a salmonella outbreak last winter traced to a peanut company that sickened more than 600 people and that was blamed for at least nine deaths. A separate outbreak of salmonella last year linked to jalapeno peppers from Mexico led 1,400 people to become ill.
Sarah Klein, staff attorney in the food safety group at consumer advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest, called the cookie dough news disheartening.
"Unfortunately, I don't think that people who have been working in food safety for years can be surprised at this point and sadly, I don't think the American people are surprised either," Klein said.
Congratulations to Pastor David Bagwell and the entire congregation!
Doris nominated the church and says, "David has been with us for 3 years and has reached out to the youth and it has grown. He has doubled our Sunday services and also Wednesday services. We have a Samaritan Purse store to give groceries and clothes to those that have a need. David has started mission trips to other churches that have a need and foreign mission trips to Romania for 2 years. Bethel has services for children (RA, GA, Mission Friends and other activities). We love him, he is humble and deserves recognition. David has MS, but it does not stop him from serving in any way he can."
You can learn more about Bethel Baptist Church by visiting their website: http://www.lovingbethel.com/index.html
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Mary May Larmoyeux
Daddy always said to love the Lord and treat others just like you wanted to be treated ... to tell the truth ... to work hard.
Daddy always said, "If you write a check, be sure the money's in the bank ... and that doesn't mean you just think there's enough."
Daddy always said to display good sportsmanship. ... I'll never forget attending the obedience school graduation when my dog and I flunked our class!
The calendar has now turned to June, and once again my thoughts turn to Father's Day ... and Daddy.
... once again, I miss him.
... once again, I wish I had another chance to say, "I love you!"
You and your children may still have that chance. I hope that some of the following 10 ideas will help you do something today to express your love and appreciation to the special dads in your life.
1. Have each of the kids paint their names (in their own style and favorite colors) on a solid white tie. Children who cannot write could draw a small picture. "Although I seldom wear ties and my kids are mostly grown now, I wear that tie to church on Father's Day every year."
–Contributed by Dennis Leake
2. Record favorite memories with your dad and how much he means to you. If possible, burn this on a CD and surprise him on Father's Day with "something special to listen to" on his drive to work.
–Contributed by Hugh Duncan
3. Frame a special handwritten note or tribute. Even little ones can give Dad a unique note with printed letters or crayon-colored pictures. Adult children may want to give their fathers an actual tribute (read The Best Gift You Can Ever Give Your Parents).
–Contributed by Tim Spyridon
4. Honor your father through your marriage. "After Kathy and I had been married for about 15 years, we were visiting Mom and Dad. As we were about ready to depart, Dad pulled me aside and said, 'I'm proud of you, son. You've got a good woman and family there.' I think it honored him that finally a Helvey was getting it right."
–Contributed by Bob Helvey
5. Recreate an experience with your father that brings back memories (going to a special sporting event, amusement park, camping trip, etc.). With adult siblings, it's fun to remember identical events from different perspectives.
–Contributed by Rick Maupin
6. Give your dad gifts to encourage him in his special hobby or talent. Kids could wrap individual presents that all relate to a central theme. "My kids gave me some canvas, oil paints, brushes, and such. I haven't painted in years and they were trying to jump-start me."
–Contributed by Lee Smith
7. Mom, help the kids plan and prepare a secret picnic for Dad. The kids can hijack him for a special time. You can send them all off with the picnic basket and a map to their surprise destination.
–Contributed Dennis Leake
8. Take some time to retrieve some specific memories of things you did with your dad, which you remember but he may not. Reflect on them: what was important, significant, fun or memorable about them? Write those specific memories in a letter. If your father is nearby, take him to lunch (or breakfast). Let him read the letter and then talk together about those specific memories. If your father does not live nearby, send him the letter and follow it up with a phone call.
–Contributed by Mark Trover
9. Men, if your son has blessed you with grandchildren, you may want to give him a blessing for Father's Day. "Dad prayed the most awesome prayer that went straight to my soul. He said he was proud of me. He asked God to bless me, my wife, our children, and future grandchildren."
–Contributed by Matt Burns
10. If there was a period in your life of estrangement from your father, or rebellion against God, give your dad the evidence of real faith. Nothing means more to Christian fathers than the contentment of seeing God work in their children's lives. Immediately after I came back to the Lord as a young man, the gulf between my father and me evaporated. Ironically, what meant the most to Dad was not a transaction between him and me, but between me and the Lord.
–Contributed by Mark Trover
Friday, June 19, 2009
Viewing will be held at Whitlock Mortuary in Toccoa, GA from 6-8pm on Saturday, June 20 and a Memorial Service held at 3pm on Sunday, June 21 at Grace Chapel on the campus of Toccoa Falls College. All are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Toccoa Falls College, Dallas Theological Seminary, or Kenn’s own ministry, Christian Education Leadership, Inc.
Our hearts and prayers do rest with the entire family during this time of great loss.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
- Shout to the Lord Kids cd's - volumes 2 and 3
- Adventure Club bookmark
- Hope of Heaven cd
- 5 Adventure in Odyssey trading cards
- Jungle Jam book - Taming of the Shoe
- Jungle Jam cd with 4 episodes
- Jumbo Adventures in Odyssey pen
- Songs from Wildwood cd's (from Paws and Tales) - volumes 2 and 3
- Adventures in Odyssey cd with 2 episodes
- Collection of 12 Jonathan Park cd's with 12 episodes
- Paws and Tales DVD
Sign up win at http://wrafadventureclub.net/. The winner will be announced during the Adventure Club on Saturday, June 27th.
The Adventure Club with Miss Deb is heard every Saturday morning on WRAF:
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Concerts at The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, NC
Mark Schultz...............................................July 31, 2009
David Phelps...............................................August 29, 2009
Carl Hurley & Jeanne Robertson....................September 4, 2009
Chonda Pierce.............................................September 5, 2009
The Isaacs...................................................September 12, 2009
Greater Vision.............................................September 26, 2009
Mike Speck Ministries..................................October 2, 2009
Ivan Parker.................................................October 16, 2009
Blue Ridge..................................................October 23-24, 2009
and appearing with Blue Ridge... Mark Bishop, Mark Trammel Trio, and The Talley Trio
The Reach Up Tour.......................................October 25, 2009
Denver & The Mile High Orchestra.................November 20, 2009
The Imperials..............................................November 28, 2009
NewSong....................................................December 12, 2009
The Gift of Christmas...................................December 18-21, 2009
For More info GreatMountainMusic.com Or call 866.273.4615
Friday, June 12, 2009
“Since Ticuna is completely unlike any other vernacular, it is important for us to reach these people in their heart language,” says TWR’s Jim Munger. “Radio is a powerful tool to penetrate inaccessible or restricted areas like where the Ticunas live.”
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Congratulations to Pastor Barry Dotson and the entire congregation!
Andrea nominated the church and says, "We are an apostolic church with a family admosphere and love for the community. We have Children's Church on Wed. night along with Bible Study for the Adults. We invite everyone to come and worship our soon coming King Jesus with us."