ECONOMIC CALENDARMonday: PMI Manufacturing Index, ISM Manufacturing Index, Construction Spending Tuesday: Motor Vehicle Sales Wednesday: ADP Employment Report, ISM Non-Mfg Index Thursday: Factory orders Friday: Employment Situation
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“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” – Abraham Lincoln
Recipe Of The WeekSmothered Pork Chops Serves 4 Ingredients: 1½ cup flour, plus 3 extra tablespoons 1 teaspoon seasoned salt 1 teaspoon lemon pepper ½ teaspoon cumin ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper Pinch of salt Ground black pepper, to taste 8 thin, bone-in pork chops ¼ cup olive oil 7 tablespoons butter 1 large onion, peeled and sliced 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced 2 cups chicken broth, plus extra on hand for thinning (if needed) 2 tablespoons cream Directions: Combine flour, seasoned salt, lemon pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper in a pie plate. Dredge each pork chop in flour mixture. Add olive oil and 4 tablespoons of butter to a heavy skillet, and heat on medium. Fry each pork chop until browned, about 2 minutes on each side, and remove seared chops from skillet. Cover the pork chops to keep them warm. Toss onions and peppers in the same skillet and cook them for about 10 minutes, stirring as needed. Once cooked, remove from skillet and set aside. Place 3 tablespoons butter and 3 tablespoons flour in the same skillet, and whisk together until they form a paste (roux). Cook the roux until it becomes a dark gold, stirring consistently for about 2 minutes. Add broth to the roux by gradually whisking in small amounts in batches. Whisk out the lumps and then add the 2 tablespoons of cream. Pour in more broth to thin out the gravy if it becomes too thick. Add salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Toss the cooked onions and peppers in the gravy, coating them completely. Serve pork chops and spoon the gravy on top. Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Tax TipsDeducting Moving Expenses Related to a New Job* Moving into a new home can bring many expenses that quickly add up. However, if you had to relocate for a new job, you may be able to deduct some of your moving costs. What homes can you deduct? You can only deduct moving expenses related to your main home. Seasonal or second homes that taxpayer or family members own aren’t included in the possible deductions. How far must you travel to be able to claim deductions? To be eligible for deductions, your new job must be at least 50 miles farther away from your previous home than your former job. What expenses can you claim? You can only claim expenses that the IRS deems as “reasonable” and related to moving for a new job. These costs can include: Lodging you needed when traveling to your new home Items your employer did not reimburse you for that relate to packing, shipping, storing, and insuring your household goods while moving Other details may apply, and you can find more information on the IRS website. * This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax advisor. Tip courtesy of IRS.gov
Golf TipFind the Fairway by Tidying Up Your Grip If you want to keep your score low, hitting the fairway is key – especially if you have a high handicap. However, golfers who have difficulty driving tend to have an outside-in swing, which can cause everything from pop-ups to slices to cuts. One way you can overcome this challenge is by tidying up your grip. Consistent swings rely on the position of your hands on the handle. You can tidy up your grip by doing the following: Focus on keeping your grip more in your fingers. Check that your thumb and index finger on each hand form a V-shape that points at your right shoulder. Setting up your grip in this manner does three things for your swing. You will: Create the proper position at address. Control how your hands move through impact by governing your release, turn, and roll. Avoid collapsing your wrist, which keeps you from over- or under-rotating your handle. Tip courtesy of Chuck Winstead | Golf Tips Magazine
Healthy LifestyleTips to Help Manage Insomnia Insomnia is a medical condition that leaves people unable to fall asleep, which can lead to a variety of other health problems, such as high blood pressure and heart attacks. While a sleep specialist can help you troubleshoot how to medically manage insomnia, you can also do some things at home to encourage a restful night’s sleep. Here are three self-care techniques to help you manage your insomnia. Exercise Earlier in the Day: Getting regular exercise can help you sleep better, but it is more beneficial when you do so earlier in the day. Since you mentally stimulate your brain, you’ll become more alert after exercising. Your body temperature also increases – and can stay that way for up to 6 hours. As a general rule, aim to exercise at least 2 to 3 hours before your normal bedtime. Leave the Bed: If you’re tossing and turning, staying in bed can often continue the cycle. Instead, try leaving your bedroom and doing a quiet activity, such as reading or listening to calm music. This choice can help you wind down while keeping you from associating your bedroom with wakefulness. Avoid the TV and Computer: At bedtime, your melatonin levels should rise and help you feel tired. However, when you watch TV or work on a computer, the noise and light can decrease the amount of melatonin in your brain. By turning off the screens, you will help your body create the hormones you need to feel fatigue and fall asleep. Tip courtesy of WebMD
Green LivingBathroom Items to Swap for Zero Waste The average American throws away 4.5 pounds of trash every single day. This garbage easily piles up in our landfills, unable to break down or needing hundreds of years to do so. You can make simple swaps in your bathroom items that will help you support a zero-waste lifestyle and avoid sending trash to the landfill. Here are some common bathroom items you can swap today: Handkerchiefs Instead of Tissues: Rather than using disposable tissues, use a handkerchief instead. You can reuse them by boiling them in hot water to kill any bacteria and drying them afterward. Bamboo Toothbrush Instead of Plastic Toothbrush: The standard toothbrush on the market relies on plastic, which will never biodegrade. Opt for a bamboo toothbrush instead, which is 100% biodegradable and also eco-friendly. Bulk Shampoo Instead of Packaged Shampoo: Your local health food store will typically sell shampoo in bulk. When buying, you can fill a reusable container and ditch the single-use plastic bottles necessary for packaged shampoo. Tip courtesy of Care2.com
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