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“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs
Recipe Of The WeekHarvest Succotash Ravioli Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 pound cheese ravioli 2 small bell peppers 1 medium onion 3 slices bacon 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 2 tablespoons water ½ cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen 1 teaspoon olive oil ½ teaspoon salt Directions: Boil water and toss in ravioli. Cook according to directions. Deseed and chop the bell peppers and finely chop the onion. Save ingredients for later. Chop bacon slices and toss into a skillet with olive oil. Cook on medium heat until the bacon crisps, roughly 6 minutes. Remove cooked bacon from pan and transfer to bowl lined with paper towels to drain. Keep the bacon fat in the skillet. Combine the chopped onions, bell peppers, thyme, and salt in the skillet, and sauté for about 7 minutes. Add corn kernels and cook for 2 minutes. Toss in the cooked bacon and ravioli, and combine to serve. Recipe adapted from Good Housekeeping
Tax TipsRenew Your Expiring ITIN Now* Some taxpayers use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to file their taxes. If you have an ITIN and it expires this year, you must renew it in order to avoid processing and refund delays. Here are some details to know: 1. What numbers expire this year? Any taxpayers who have not used their ITIN to file taxes within 3 years will automatically see their numbers expire on Dec. 31, 2017. In addition, ITINs that have the following middle digits will expire at the end of this year: 70, 71, 72, or 80. And if you have an already expired ITIN with middle digits of 78 or 79 and plan to file next year, you should also renew. 2. Can you renew the whole family? Yes. If you have an ITIN with the numbers listed above, then you can renew for your whole family even if they have different ITIN middle digits. 3. What form do you use? You can renew your ITIN with Form W-7. Once submitted, the IRS will send your new ITIN package within 60 days. 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 TipCompress Your Irons Successfully compressing your ball will create a characteristic sound similar to a pressure cooker releasing steam. By hitting down on the ball with the center of your iron’s face, you can hear that sound with every hit. To practice this shot, follow this technique: Set: You need a strong setup to compress the ball. To do so, favor your left leg slightly at address and lean the club shaft just a bit forward. The butt should be closer to your target than your clubhead. Cover: Steepen your angle and improve contact by keeping your chest on top of the ball as you swing. Test your stance by hanging your club down from your sternum; it should point directly at the ball. Lean: Keep that forward lean, and let your hands lead as you make contact with the ball. Your clubhead should trail the club’s grip up until you hit the ball. Drill: Now practice your swing by placing a tee down a few inches behind the ball’s position. When you swing, hit only the ball, leaving the tee in place. With this swing, you should hear that distinct compression sound. Tip adapted from Ron Kaspriske | Golf Digest Magazine
Healthy LifestyleStay Ahead of Colon Cancer Colon cancer typically affects people once they age, making regular checkups with your doctor once you turn 50 important. And if you have a history of colon diseases, you may need earlier or more frequent visits. Certain risk factors can increase your chance of developing colon cancer. These can include: Family history: If your family history includes relatives that developed colon cancer, you may be more at risk of developing the disease. Diet low in fiber, high in fat: Studies correlate an increased risk of colon cancer in people who eat a lot of fat and not enough fiber. Avoid eating diets rich with red meat and processed foods. Not enough exercise: Those who live sedentary lifestyles are more at risk of having an unhealthy colon. If you worry that you may be susceptible to colon cancer, be sure to consult your doctor. Tip adapted from Mayo Clinic
Green LivingTips to Create a Tree-Free Home Look around your house. How many items can you find that came from trees? Paper towels. Tables. Picture frames. The list can quickly add up. One way to support green living is to decrease the number of items in your home that come from newly harvested trees. Here are some ways you can swap tree-based items for their eco-friendlier alternative: Use cloth-based napkins instead of paper ones. Turn paper-based subscriptions into digital reads, such as your newspaper. Reuse paper by turning discarded sheets into notepads. Write to-dos and errand-needs in digital organizers. Turn old clothing into rags to replace paper towels. Tip adapted from GlobalStewards.org
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