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“We are still in the position of waking up and having a choice. Do I make the world better today somehow, or do I not bother?” – Tom Hanks
Recipe Of The WeekEggplant Stuffed With Bulgur and Cashew Serves 4 Ingredients: 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 garlic cloves, crushed ½ cup golden raisins ½ teaspoon curry powder ¾ teaspoon salt 1 cup bulgur, quick-cooking style 2 cups water 2 medium-sized eggplants ½ cup cashews, shelled Fresh mint, chopped Directions: Warm 1 tablespoon olive oil on medium heat in a small saucepan. Toss in garlic, raisins, curry powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add 2 cups water and bulgur. Heat until mixture simmers, then cover pan and simmer for 15 minutes (or until bulgur becomes tender). Halve both eggplants lengthwise and remove seeds. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil, and place eggplant halves face side up. Brush each eggplant with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt. Set oven to broil, and once heated, place eggplants in oven, 6 inches away from heat. Broil eggplants for 7 minutes or until they become tender. Take cooked eggplants out from oven and cover with foil. Fluff bulgur mixture with fork, adding cashews. Stuff bulgur into each eggplant and top with mint to serve. Recipe adapted from Good Housekeeping
Tax TipsBeware W2 Scams* The IRS is warning people to be safe and cautious when opening emails asking for access to W-2 files. A rising email scam attempting to steal private information can put employees’ personal details at risk. Here are some common signs that scammers may include in their emails: Messages that appear to be from the company’s executive Subject lines with words like “review,” “manual review,” or “request” Simple greetings, such as, “Hey, you in today?” Requests for a list of all employees and their W2 forms Follow-up emails asking for a wire transfer The scam is now so problematic that the IRS has created a special reporting portal for taxpayers who believe they’ve been affected. 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 TipStrengthen Your Legs to Add Power to Your Drive If you’re looking to improve your drive, strengthening your body can give you the boost you need. Specifically, your legs can affect how well you drive. Follow this exercise to improve your muscle and posture: Stand so your back is fully erect and straight. Hold your driver vertically flat against your back – removing any curve in your spine. Do a lunge by stepping your right foot forward and dropping your left knee down. Make sure your right shin remains perpendicular to the ground with your back and club completely straight. Step back into place and do the same motion by leading with your left foot and dropping your right knee. Repeat sequence 3 days each week with 20 reps each time. Follow this straight-back stance when you swing and add extra power to your drive. Tip adapted from Blair O’Neal | Golf Magazine
Healthy LifestyleManage Anemia Anemia occurs when people have too few healthy red blood cells (hemoglobin), which affects 3.5 million Americans. A variety of issues can cause the condition, including iron deficiency and lead poisoning. In some cases, bigger health issues can trigger anemia, such as hemorrhaging or cancer. To help you manage your health better, here are common symptoms to look out for: Abdominal pain Insomnia Leg cramps Low energy and fatigue Nails that curve upward Pale skin Tingling sensation in hands and feet Other symptoms exist and vary depending on the cause of anemia. Consult your doctor if you have any of these symptoms. Tip adapted from WebMD
Green LivingUse Baking Soda for Boosting Your Plants Caring for plants, whether inside or outdoors, can often require using harsh ingredients to boost their health. Despite improving soil quality and blooms, these chemicals can further leech into the environment. You can decrease this effect by swapping harsh chemical-based products with a fertilizer using natural baking soda. If your plants look a bit lifeless or drab in color, perk them with this simple fertilizer recipe you can make at home: Baking Soda Plant Booster 1 gallon water, pure and filtered 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon Epsom salts ½ teaspoon ammonia Mix the ingredients, and water plants once a month. Tip adapted from UrbanMeisters
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