ECONOMIC CALENDAR:Tuesday: FOMC Meeting Begins, Import and Export Prices Wednesday: FOMC Meeting Announcement, Fed Chair Press Conference at 2:30 p.m., Retail Sales Friday: Housing Starts
Quote Of The Week
“Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge.” – Matthew Arnold
Recipe Of The WeekCauliflower Penne Puttanesca Add some spice to a midweek dinner. Serves 4 Ingredients:
- 3/4 pound penne or some other short pasta
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small head cauliflower (about 1 1/2 pounds), cored and cut into small florets
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
- 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped
- 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Grated Parmesan, for serving
Tax TipsDon’t Depend on Tax Refund Timing The holiday shopping season is officially underway, and you may want to take advantage of great deals on expensive items. However, if you plan on making major purchases on credit this holiday season, don’t rely on having your tax refund in hand before your credit card bills arrive. Many factors can affect the timing of your tax refund, especially if you have a complex tax situation. Though the IRS issues most refunds within 21 days of receiving a return, extra reviews or requests for more documentation can delay this process. For more information on preparing tax returns or shortening your refund time, please contact a qualified tax professional. Tip courtesy of IRS.gov
Golf TipKeep The Ball Rolling For Better Control Instead of aiming for maximum distance and getting the ball close to the hole on your chips, try aiming for maximum roll. You have much more control over the golf ball when it’s rolling versus when it’s airborne. This is because you don’t have to worry about things like where the ball will land, how much backspin it will have, and how the slope and lie of the green will affect its movement. To improve your control over the ball, practice hitting low chips that roll toward the hole instead of flying. Tip courtesy of Jeff Johnson, PGA | Golf Tips Mag
Healthy LifestyleLower Your Risk of Arthritis Arthritis is a painful category of conditions that are not yet completely understood. However, recent research has shown that there are a few things we can do to prevent arthritis and reduce its symptoms:
- Eat more cherries. Cherries have powerful antioxidants and painkilling agents called anthocyanins that have been shown to lower the risk of gout and painful arthritis flare-ups.
- Stop drinking sodas. Sugary drinks can contribute to weight gain (and joint strain) and have been shown to increase the progression of knee osteoarthritis in men.
- Avoid high-purine foods like red meat, oily fish, and certain vegetables. Eating these foods in excess can lead to increased gout flare-ups.
- Strengthen your joints with exercise, stretching, and mobility work.