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Subject: How to preserve berries - good tip! Berries, particularly super-fresh berries, are just won

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Received this in my email today:


Berries, particularly super-fresh berries, are just wonderful, aren't they?


But they're also kind of delicate. Raspberries in particular seem like they can mold before you even get them home from the market.

There's nothing more tragic than paying $4 for a pint of local raspberries, only to look in the fridge the next day and find that fuzzy mold growing on their insides.

This is an excellent tip on how to salvage berries that are starting to lose their luster. Now I'm here to share a tip on how to prevent them from getting there in the first place:

Wash them with vinegar.

A friend of mine shared this tip with me a few weeks ago, and it really, really works. When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider probably work best) and ten parts water. Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around.

Drain, rinse if you want (though the mixture is so diluted I find you can't taste the vinegar,) and pop in the fridge.

The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, and voila! Raspberries will last a week or more, and I've had strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft. So go forth and stock up on those pricey little gems, knowing they'll stay fresh as long as it takes you to eat them.

  
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EWEINHISPASTURE 11/22/2011 6:50PM

    emoticonfor the tip! I wash my other fruits in vinegar water, but never thought to try it with berries!

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DARKTHOR 11/18/2011 10:39AM

    Great tip, thank you! I do hate when my berries go bad before I've had a chance to eat them all.

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VALVAL49 11/17/2011 1:30PM

  Thank you for that information I am going to try that today. I learn a lot of thing being on SP web.

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VALVAL49 11/17/2011 1:30PM

  Thank you for that information I am going to try that today. I learn a lot of thing being on SP web.

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VALVAL49 11/17/2011 1:29PM

  Thank you for that information I am going to try that today. I learn a lot of thing being on SP web.

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DANCER6011 11/17/2011 12:27PM

    Interesting emoticon emoticon emoticon I always rinse my fruit and veggies but I will surely do this.. I rinse and let dry, bag and freeze my fruit. Thanks for the infor.

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IVORYGIRL1776 11/17/2011 10:56AM

    Love it!

My friend told me she washes all her fruit and veggies in apple cider vinegar for prevention of getting sick from whatever is on them. (It got me thinking how many people have handled the food! YUCK!). Doing the vinegar rinse has given me more peace of mind. Another friend drinks apple cider vinegar if she suspects she has eaten something spoiled in an effort to keep food poisoning at bay.

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60SIXTY 11/17/2011 8:03AM

    We had a team mate from South America that used bleach - I think in the same proportions. Soaked about 5 minutes. Then rinsed with water.
Drain well.
You can spread on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Then bag them the next day.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/17/2011 3:10AM

    Good tip. I'm going to have to try that one. Thanks!

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/16/2011 10:35PM

    Do you think you could taste the Vinegar? I would be curious if anyone has tried this?

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SUSAN134 11/16/2011 9:39PM

    Fantastic tip!! Thank you so much Yvonne!

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WILLOW49 11/16/2011 8:37PM

    What a great tip! Thanks for sharing with us :)

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LGAR519 11/16/2011 8:17PM

    That is such a great tip. I love berries. Thank you so much!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/16/2011 7:35PM

    I love berries! Thanks for the info my friend. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 11/16/2011 6:16PM

    dr oz has a recipe on his site i think it is similar...
thanks for sharing........
blessings and hugs.....lita

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DEERLADY45 11/16/2011 5:32PM

    Interesting! Thanks for the info! I love Berries all kinds emoticon emoticon

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Prejudice and Unemployment

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

We had an incident here in NJ that hit the news yesterday where an employer posted an ad to hire help but one of the requirements was that you had to be currently employed. Today the State of NJ levied a $1000.00 fine against them. Good for NJ.

I have been unemployed due to a company downsizing since Jan. 14, 2011. I have 30 plus experience in the mortgage industry and it seems no one wants to hire me as of yet. They tell me I am over qualified.

No one is over qualified if you are willing to accept the job as posted with those salary requirements for the position you applied for. It doesn't matter how much I made before. What matters is I need a job and I need to get health benefits.

The amount of people out of work forces you to look for lower paying jobs, many times in different fields. You do what you have to do to pay your bills.

Am I not being hired because of my weight? Am I not being hired because I am 56? Who knows the truth because all I get is I am overqualified. If I am overqualified then why after reviewing my resume you call me in because you were interested in my qualifications. Why?

There is a school of thought out there that the employer is afraid you will leave when a better job comes along. They don't want to train you and then have you leave. Another thought is that there are some milking the system and staying home and just collecting. That is ridiculous, you are only earning 60% of your income and you have no health benefits. Yeah, COBRA is there and mine costs $530.00 a month. Unemployment benefits eventually end.

No we are not milking the system we are looking for jobs to pay our mounting bills and to obtain health benefits.

  
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DROPLET 11/21/2011 2:26AM

    Dear Yvonne,

My heart goes out to you. If I was there, right by your side, the first thing you would get would be a nice cup of hot tea and a big, big hug. You need to recharge your batteries, Girl.

There is nothing you can't do, you hear!!! Especially you! If you can't do it ... So, first off, banish all negative thoughts. No, it is not the weight, not the economy; say to yourself that it is just a narrow bridge over a deep ravine that you need to cross, not blindly with both eyes closed, but certainly not foolishly with both eyes cast down, either. You will be drawn to that which holds your attention.

So, no thought of anything but positive activity. You know your To Do List for this week. Off you go! Checking things off left, right, and center. Do not look fear in the eye and acknowledge defeat long before it has even so much as has come to knock on your door.

It does not take much for me to imagine you as a trim, fit, righteous 'injustice fighter' and mortgage provider in NY. Prove me right. Be the change and the strength this country called USA is made off. You can do it. It's simple. Shine your shoes, dance in the rain, for you are living in a day and age - and place - that dreams are made of. Believe this, and so it shall be for you.

You will need to begin living it before you will see it. God bless you, Yvonne.

P.S. You write well. Can you write a book?

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ROCHELLE62 11/17/2011 12:01AM

    I have read a few things re: employers who are looking to hire people who have manged to keep their jobs during the recession because if you were any good you wouldn't have been laid off. It is amazing to me that employers can be that stupid. There are too many factors that are beyond your control and there is no rational way to support the idea that a single individual could keep a company from closing, or control who gets cut. Unfortunately it isn't about you.


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DYNAMICDEB53 11/16/2011 7:35PM

    OH I have been through that like 30 years ago and all I wanted to do was work. this economy sticks and life is upsidedown.
Hang in there girl.
Hugs and smiles
Deb

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LGAR519 11/16/2011 10:48AM

    I have always thought that people are not hired because of the way they look. It is so unfair. Here's hopeing that employers will start looking at the brain power of an applicant instead of the width of their hips!!! They don't know what they are missing!

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HOWDOIHEARTTHEE 11/16/2011 7:05AM

    It took me two years to get a job...I think there are just so many applications...good luck on the job hunt! emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/16/2011 12:41AM

    I wish you the best finding a new job. It's difficult and sometimes they are not making it easy for others to find jobs out there.

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L*I*T*A* 11/15/2011 11:44PM

    hoping and praying you find employment soon....
blessings and hugs.........lita

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FERGSGIRL2 11/15/2011 10:48PM

    Praying for you Yvonne. It's hard enough with a job, to make ends meet; but without a job and trying to live on unemployment benefits is tougher.I do believe what you are saying however; and I too feel that employers are biased in their hiring practices. We have to keep trusting God, we know He is our hope!
Hang in there!

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SUSAN134 11/15/2011 10:47PM

    Yvonne, I think weight and age discrimination play a very large part in job hiring. Unfortunately, it is not something that can be proven easily, especially when given the
"you are over qualified" reason. Praying that you find a job soon.

Hugs

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/15/2011 8:42PM

    Honey, I have been there and know what you are talking about. I personally believe that you're on to something with the weight issue. If they call you in for an interview sight unseen.... and once you meet with them, all of a sudden you are OVER qualified... what I believe it boils down to is that you are MORE than they expected. I've seen their faces and the look is in the eyes. Unfair? Heck yes! Sadly, not a THING that we can do about it. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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EWEINHISPASTURE 11/15/2011 6:51PM

    I am praying right now that you find a job Yvonne.

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SECRETMUSIC 11/15/2011 6:51PM

    Hoping for you to find employment soon!

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DEFIANTVEGAN 11/15/2011 6:38PM

    UGh I know what you mean it's so sad, have this crossed your mind that your other employer might be saying lies?

I pray and hope you find a job quickly. = )

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/15/2011 6:11PM

    I know what you mean, Yvonne. I have been unemployed 1/2 my life, it seems. I sure wish you could find a job.

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The Month Before Christmas

Monday, November 14, 2011

Twas the month before Christmas

When all through our land,

Not a Christian was praying

Nor taking a stand.

See the PC Police had taken away

The reason for Christmas - no one could say.

The children were told by their schools not to sing

About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.

It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say

December 25th is just a ' Holiday'.

Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit

Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!

CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-Pod

Something was changing, something quite odd!

Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa

In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.

As Target's were hanging their trees upside down

At Lowe's the word Christmas - was nowhere to be found.

At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears

You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.

Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty

Are words that were used to intimidate me.

Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!

At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.

And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace

The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.

So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.

Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS,
not Happy Holiday Holiday's

Please, all Christians join together and
wish everyone you meet
MERRY CHRISTMAS
Christ is The Reason' for the Christ-mas Season!

  
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SUSAN134 11/15/2011 10:44PM

    Excellent! Merry Christmas!!

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EWEINHISPASTURE 11/15/2011 7:18PM

    I LOVE this Yvonne! Thanks so much for sharing it.
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DEFIANTVEGAN 11/15/2011 6:35PM

    AMEN! got this in an email too love it.

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OLDERDANDRT 11/15/2011 10:06AM

    Merry Christmas, my friend! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 11/15/2011 9:26AM

    Amen!!! Merry Christmas!!! emoticon

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60SIXTY 11/15/2011 5:52AM

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/15/2011 2:33AM

    Love it! Merry Christmas all the way!!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/14/2011 10:00PM

    AMEN!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 11/14/2011 9:18PM

    Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you all and a goodnight! I remember the reason for the Season.Thank you for sharing with me Dale and for this blog Yvonne.God Bless You! emoticonDiana emoticon

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BESTMEICANBE51 11/14/2011 9:09PM

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS ! THANK YOU ! ! !

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SPASTASTIC 11/14/2011 8:55PM

    =D emoticon

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LGAR519 11/14/2011 8:30PM

    AMEN!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/14/2011 7:48PM

    beautiful. Thanks for sharing Yvonne. emoticon emoticon

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TOXIC SEAFOOD WARNING

Sunday, November 13, 2011

If you or anyone in your family eats seafood this is a must see.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0F8x4i5GYE&
feature=youtu.be

  
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LIVINGFREE19 11/14/2011 4:23PM

    Thanks for posting!
Knowledge is power! emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 11/14/2011 10:08AM

    You know, it's like this with most imported foods, not just fish. The regulations are just not in place in foreign countries and since they charge less than our own places with good regulations (or at least SOME regulations) you never know what you're putting in your mouth. It's very sad. So I can grow my own vegies in their season, but as for the rest, it's a crap shoot. Thanks for sharing this. I guess it's like everything else, we can get it cheaper elsewhere and I'm thinking that greed is the root of how we're killing ourselves (as a country). It's really sad.

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SUSAN134 11/13/2011 8:35PM

    Wow! I had no idea. I'm not sure where Canada is with all this (I do know that a lot of the fish we have in the stores is either locally farmed or wild). I'm definitely going to start reading labels more on the frozen fish though. That is pretty scary information!

Thanks Yvonne!



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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/13/2011 5:15PM

    I eat a lot of seafood. This is very alarming to me. How does one get the information needed to determine which seafood is safe & which is not? Do we just stop eating seafood? SIGH. Thanks for the information. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/13/2011 4:49PM

    Thanks Yvonne

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L*I*T*A* 11/13/2011 1:05PM

    thanks for letting us know.....
have a great Sunday...
blessings and hugs...............lita

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ERIN1957 11/13/2011 12:40PM

    We have known this for sometime now. Look more carefully as some of the labels are not so clear any more. At first glance it will say USA, but only packaged here, but shipped from so many other places like they have mentioned in this news report.
I watched a tuna boat come in once, they had tuna being placed on a conveyor dropping into vats being loaded in a truck and they were hosing the fish off. With a closer look they had maggots on them. It was a brand name you see often in stores, not the high end stuff, but a cheaper brand. Made me sick to think they didn't care, and this was years ago and it only has gotten worse. YUCK!
Thanks for a great reminder!

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Zumba Baby!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Oh my gosh how I have missed Aqua Zumba! Just back from the class and I feel pretty good, not that sore. I have really missed Aqua Zumba so I was relieved I could do it without much pain. I took it real easy on the arm movements but man oh man did I work out my core.

Doc said no swimming because that would be too much strain on my rotator cuff but he didn't say nothing about no Zumba. Probably because he doesn't even know a version of Zumba even exists in a pool. emoticon You know I am not going to tell him. emoticon

Yes I will be careful and I will still do it only once a week till I get a lot further along.

  
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DANCER6011 11/13/2011 8:48PM

    Wow! emoticon That really sounds like a lot of fun. It's something you enjoy and your not sore so keep up the good work. emoticon

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LILBITWANNABE 11/13/2011 12:31PM

    That sounds like a lot of fun! And bonus: if you mess up the leg work too much, nobody will know hehe;)

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SECRETMUSIC 11/13/2011 7:25AM

    That sounds wonderful! I'm happy for you!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/13/2011 1:18AM

    I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying swimming and being able to get a workout in. Water Zumba sounds like so much fun.

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DS9KIE 11/12/2011 8:28PM

    well just don't do your arms and you should be fine.

Have fun

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L*I*T*A* 11/12/2011 7:54PM

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/12/2011 7:04PM

    emoticon Glad that you got to do something that you love so much. Bright blessings to you my dear friend. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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DYNAMICDEB53 11/12/2011 5:49PM

    LOL yes you had better take care or boy will he find out and that will not be a good talk.
I am glad you are enjoying going back.
Hugs and smiles
Deb

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/12/2011 5:18PM

    Remember to just do what YOU can do. They say, go at your own pace.

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QTEALADY20031 11/12/2011 3:28PM

    Good for you. We have Zumba in the water at the YMCA about 2 times a month. I did one before my knee surgery and managed to survive. I am hoping to work up to taking a class on land after my PT is finished with my knee replacement. Have a great day! June emoticon

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SHIRE33 11/12/2011 2:59PM

    I just started a regular zumba class last week, and then again this week. I hate it. :D But it's so good. I am just exhausted afterward, but so proud of myself for keeping up the pace, even if I no doubt look like a klutz. I'm glad my gym doesn't have mirrored walls. :D :D



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LIVINGFREE19 11/12/2011 1:40PM

    I never knew Zumba was done in the pool either.
At least you got a great workout! emoticon
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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