God Already Knows

 by

Joseph

Humans have a natural tendency to feel disappointed when things seem to be going against us, often times expressing it through complaints and anger. But that only adds to the sense of helplessness and disappointment we're already feeling.

There is a famous story in Numbers 11 where the Israelites complained against God about the lack of variety in their diet. God provided the people with manna which is a nutritious bread, it fell from the sky and the people were instructed to gather it up six days a week.

But after a while the Israelites grew tired of the manna and complained and wailed outside Moses' tent saying that they had better food back in Egypt. Moses, for his part, complained to God about the people's grumbling and went so far as to say that God should just kill him:

"Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? 12Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors? 13Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. 15If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin."  

This made for a very tense situation. I could imagine the people grumbling and complaining about their daily bread, Moses' agitated complaints to God about the ingratitude of the masses and God's anger about the entire situation.

God responded by saying to Moses "16 “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you. 17I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them. They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone.

18“Tell the people: ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The Lord heard you when you wailed, “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat it. 19You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, 20but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it—because you have rejected the Lord, who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?” ’ ”

21But Moses said, “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’ 22Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them?”

23The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”

24So Moses went out and told the people what the Lord had said."

It appeared that God was going to give the people exactly what they wanted because He sent quail in from the sea but there was a caveat: "31Now a wind went out from the Lord and drove quail in from the sea. It scattered them up to two cubits deep all around the camp, as far as a day’s walk in any direction. 32All that day and night and all the next day the people went out and gathered quail. No one gathered less than ten homers. Then they spread them out all around the camp. 33But while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed, the anger of the Lord burned against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague. 34Therefore the place was named Kibroth Hattaavah,because there they buried the people who had craved other food."

The Israelites' complaint was a challenge to God and He met it accordingly.

This isn't to say that we have no right to express our grievances and unhappiness about bad situations. In 1 Peter 5:7 the apostle tells us to "cast all of our anxiety before the Lord for He cares for you."

God wants us to tell Him about what ails us. Asaph did it in Psalm 73 wherein he expressed his sadness about wicked people seemingly getting ahead in life while good righteous people appear to get the short end of the stick.

Habakkuk, an old Testament prophet had a long talk with God about the problems the righteous face (Habakkuk 1 - 3) . He felt dismayed about what he perceived as evil being allowed to profit at the expense of the righteous. The prophet was right in talking to God, he did it in a respectful way in contrast to the Israelites who were ungrateful for what God was providing for them.

 

Comfort In Our Troubles

I recall how a daughter of God went through great travails but didn't complain. She looked forward with hope to better things and even as her situation grew more serious she held out hope for God and for the words that Peter had said in 1 Peter 5:7.

With all that was going on around her, though there were a few times in which she did seem very sad, she did not rail her fists at God nor wail and cry out or scream. Instead she felt peace in knowing God was with her. God sent the Comforter to her and also blessed her to be with her ever loving children whom she also loves so that she would be okay. This daughter of God also had the support of her many friends who love her.

And in time when God called her spirit home to forever be with Him in heaven she went peacefully in gentle sleep and her children were there and know that her example is a good one. For God does remember and watches and will do His work all the time. (“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abram’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29)

The daughter of God set a good example for her children who are also children of God and all of them have the promise that they all will be reunited in heaven and to do the work of the Lord there for where God is, she is and her children will be in time.

The world is a stressful place. We often make plans and when they don't come to fruition, we get the urge to grumble and complain. But we must be careful to not fall into a sense of entitlement thinking that God owes us something.

He doesn't.

We must remember that we belong to God. We are His creation and He will do as He sees fit.

God watches us all the time, nothing is beyond His notice. We must be patient and wait on Him. Because God is compassionate:"The LORD is compassionate and merciful; he is patient and demonstrates great loyal love." Psalm 103 (verse 8).

God knows about our pain: "“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)"

God welcomes our sincere complaints: "A prayer of the afflicted when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord." Psalm 102:25-27

God is faithful: “Faithful is He who calls you, and He will also bring it to pass.” Thessalonians 5:24

And God knows what He is doing: "For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

So the next time you feel downhearted and feel the urge to complain remember that God already knows.

 

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Chicken Noodle Soup is Easy to Make

Chicken Noodle Soup is Easy to MakeChicken Noodle Soup is Easy to Make by by Mary Mechler

It's really not that difficult to make great tasting Chicken and Noodle Soup. Really! With the convenience of using a supermarket roasted chicken, you can get incredible flavor without starting from scratch.

When I started testing recipes, I looked through all my conventional cookbooks, gourmet cookbooks, online, etc. All the recipes I found seemed to lack the flavor I was looking for - you know, that great 'chickeny' depth of homemade chicken soup? So, I started looking in those cookbooks from churches and women's organizations.

Although I didn't find the exact recipe there, I did have some thoughts that led to my current method. I use a noodle recipe from a very sweet lady who goes to my church, Delores Koster. Her soup recipe is in the St. Francis Xavier, Carbondale, Illinois Cookbook.

The struggle I was having lied in making the stock/broth/base for the soup. That's when I decided there had to be a better, easier, faster way to get the flavor I wanted without waiting for a whoe chicken, vegetables and some seasonings to figure out how to marry together appropriately.

One night after my daughter's basketball game, we stopped to get a rotisserie chicken and the grocery store for dinner. My family only likes the white meat, so we have part of the chicken left over. Rather than tossing it, because no one liked the dark meat, I froze the whole thing until I could figure out how to use up the remaining chicken.

My son had been asking for homemade chicken and noodles, and that's when I decided to give it a try. I added what was left of the rotisserie chicken into water with some vegetables and spices to make the base for the soup. After a couple of hours of simmering on the stove - and it smelled great - I strained the mixture and boned what was left of the chicken. Ironically, my kids don't really like a lot of chicken in their soup, so this idea works out great for us. And, for some reason, they eat the dark meat in this soup.

I add the noodles and let it simmer for at least an hour or two. Usually, I have towater prior to adding the noodles. The result is really good. It has become one of those meals that everyone looks forward to, and the kids always ask for when they don't feel well. I guess that's the true test of chicken soup, right? I hope you enjoy it, too!

By the way, feel free to add new carrots or whatever other kind of vegetables you would like to this soup. My kids prefer to have a bowl of steamed broccolli and cauliflower that they can dip in the broth, so I don't add anything but noodles to the strained broth for us.

Chicken Noodle Soup

1 Grocery Store Rotisserie Chicken - or the remaining part of one. (If you like a lot of chicken in your soup, you may want to add a chicken breast or two if not using a whole chicken)
1 Medium Onion, quartered
2 Stalks Celery, cut into 2 inch pieces
5 whole Peppercorns
1 T. Poultry Seasoning
1 T. Sea Salt
Water

In a Dutch Oven, or large soup pot. Add all of the above ingredients except water. Pour enough water over to cover ingredients by 1 inch.

Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer and leave uncovered for at least 1 hour, but preferably 2. I like to start this first thing in the morning to have for lunch, or at noon for an early dinner.

With a slotted spook, or spider, strain chicken, bones, and vegetables out of pot. Put pot back on burner, and add about 3 cups of water.

Bone chicken, reserving meat for the soup. If you would like to add vegetables, especially carrots, do so now. If adding peas, you can wait until the last 10 minutes of total cooking time.

Noodles

1 egg
3 egg yolks
Cold water
2 C. Flour
2 t. Salt

In a medium mixing bowl, add all eggs. Whisk until light. Add 3 tablespoons of cold water and salt and whisk until well blended.

Add flour and mix with a fork until you can gather it up in your hands and form a ball. Depending on the weather, I've had to ad a bit more water to bring it together; but, be careful not to add to much and make it sticky.

Let the dough sit for about 5 minutes. This is important because it allows the dough to be rolled out much easier, and less like elastic.

Flour the area where you will roll out the dough.

Roll out the dough into a large circle. I get it as thin as I can, about 1/8 inch, although some people like their noodles thicker. If you prefer them thick, you will need to add for time for cooking to make them tender.

Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into noodles the desired width and length you prefer.

Put the noodles into the simmering broth and continue to simmer for at least 1/2 hour, but they are more tender if you have the time to let them simmer for an hour.

You can add the chicken about the last 15 minutes.

Taste for seasoning, because I usually need to add at least another teaspoon of salt at this point.

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Maintain Your Exercise Routine with Nine Training Tips

Maintain Your Exercise Routine with Nine Training TipsMaintain Your Exercise Routine with Nine Training Tips by by Trina Rowe

A well thought out exercise program and proper nutrition equals being physically sound and healthy. Sounds simple enough, right? But how do I start? And what type of exercise program is really best for me, based on my age, body shape and size, abilities and time constraints? And how do I know if I'm making progress?

While that can be a lot to digest at once, the path to good fitness and health doesn't have to be complicated and difficult to travel. With the proper guidance, exercise plan and the right equipment, anyone can find their own way to fitness and health.

First, there's one key point we'd like to make - the difference between "physical activity" and "exercise." Physical activity is simply any movement that uses energy. Walking up stairs, lifting boxes, folding laundry are all movements that use energy and involve different parts of the body.

Exercise is defined as "physical activity that is structured and done at a specific intensity for a length of time." We engage in exercise for fitness and health benefits, to improve some components of our physical well-being - cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength or endurance, flexibility, body composition, etc.

A proper exercise program combines aerobic activity and strength training with stretching. The American College of Sports Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control recommend 30-40 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise for 30-40 minutes most days, combined with 2 days of resistance/strength training per week.

A fitness program that includes regular exercise and increased physical activity, can add years to your life and life to your years. But proper exercise is most important to fitness and health and a well-balanced body. Many people are looking specifically at changing their eating habits to lose weight and get in shape, but that's only half the battle. In order to get the maximum benefits from a healthier diet, an exercise program needs to be developed and followed as well.

Some of the benefits of both Aerobic and Strength exercise include:

Aerobic Exercise
- Increases the level of oxygen to the lungs and bloodstream.
- Improved fitness and health with decreased blood pressure.
- Increases immunity to disease, by circulating and draining the fluids in the lymphatic system.
- Lessens our body's fat stores because they are being used to fuel our activity level.
- Strengthens and builds up the heart muscle and our bones.
- Improves the endurance level of the cardiovascular system.
- Helps to detoxify the skin due to the promotion of sweating.
- Conditions the lungs so they're better able to handle everyday activity.
- Improves the flexibility and strength of muscles throughout the body.
- Decreases the risk for developing heart disease.
- May help with the alleviation of stress and improve our overall mood.

Strength Training
- Increases our body's bone density and strength.
- Helps to develop tendon and ligament strength.
- Helps to intensify our body's fat weight loss process.
- Increases the body's metabolism and overall fitness and health.
- Boosts our body's stamina, energy and endurance.
- Helps increase the body's coordination and balance.
- Gives our body greater muscle strength, tone and firmness.

As you can see, an exercise program is good for your overall fitness and health in so many ways. And if you're trying to lose weight, exercise raises your metabolism, which allows your body to burn fat instead of storing it. If the activity level is maintained, this will help you keep your weight under control. Getting in at least some form of exercise every day is an important part of everyone's path to fitness and health, and your well-being.

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Building an Energy-conscious Home

Building an Energy-conscious HomeBuilding an Energy-conscious Home by by Cliff Lewis

When building a new house, most people like to think that the structure will stand for a long time, that the home will be a lasting, sustainable one. What many people fail to consider, however, is whether their home will be sustainable in the ever-shifting energy market, and alongside its natural environment. With an uncertain future, it is important stay ahead of the curve by building your home as green as reasonably possible. The following are a few points to remember through the course of your planning process:

Foundation

A poorly insulated foundation can account for 33% of a home's heat loss. This means more wasted energy and more wasted cash. For maximum insulation, seek out a builder that will use precast foundation technology. Such a foundation will largely eliminate small openings in the wall's surface and will thus largely eliminate heat leakage.

Windows

The energy-efficient possibilities of a window are twofold: First, a properly insulated, EnergyStar-approved window can keep the inside temperature where it belongs, significantly conserving the energy used to heat and cool your home. Second, a large and spacious window allows the inflow of daylight, which reduces the energy you consume for household lighting. A helpful rule of thumb is that - of your home should be reached by natural light.

Location

The location of a home has a lot to do with its energy efficiency. Think about it: If you build yourself a "green" home on an endangered wildlife reserve and then drive 100 miles to work everyday, how green are you really? When building a new home, strive to build on a lot that has already been developed for some time; avoid cutting into untainted open spaces. To save on gas consumption, find a location where many of your daily needs are only a walk or short drive away!

Water Efficiency

This last point is not specifically about energy, but it is no less important. Fresh groundwater is not an unlimited resource. Help sustain the water supply in your by purchasing water-saving fixtures for your bathroom and kitchen.

You want your new home to last a lifetime. Make sure that that lifetime is a clean, healthy, and affordable one: Build energy-conscious.

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Learn The Procedures Of Paper Training Your Dog For A Healthier And Cleaner Environment

Paper Training Your Dog

Learn The Procedures Of Paper Training Your Dog For A Healthier And Cleaner Environment

By: Jonathan Cheong

House training is one of the most important elements of creating a well trained dog and trusted family member. Problems with house training and similar issues are the number one reason that dogs are surrendered to shelters, so properly house training your dog can literally save his or her life.

House training a puppy does not need to be difficult, but it is important to take the process seriously, plan ahead and take things slowly. Some dogs will be easier to house break than others, so it important to work with your dog. Rushing the process can be counterproductive and cause you to have to start all over again.

When it comes to house training a new puppy, it is important to know what to expect. Unless the owner is able to supervise the puppy round the clock, it is difficult to complete the house training process until the dog is at least six months old. It is important to know this ahead of time so you can be prepared.

Young puppies have bodies that are constantly changing and growing, and puppies younger than six months often have not developed the bowel and bladder control they will need to be properly house trained.

When the owner is not at home, the puppy should be confined to a small room and the entire floor should be covered with paper. Of course it is important to puppy-proof the room, that is removing any items on which the puppy could be injured. In the beginning, the puppy will most likely eliminate anywhere within the room. In addition, the puppy will probably play with the papers, chew them, etc.

This is perfectly normal and should not be grounds for punishment or distress. Cleaning up each day should simply be part of the routine of living with a new puppy. Simply clean up the soiled papers and put down new ones each day.

Time for paper training
During the time that the puppy is confined in its little den, it will begin to develop the habit of eliminating on paper. After a little time has passed, the puppy will begin to exhibit a preferred place to eliminate. After this preferred spot has been established, the area that is papered should be slowly diminished.

The first papers to be removed should be those that are furthest away from the "toilet". Eventually, the owner will have to lay down only a few papers. If the puppy ever misses those papers, it means that the papered area has been reduced too much and too soon.

After the puppy is reliability doing its business only on the papers that have been left, the papers can be slowly and gradually moved to a location of your choice. The papers should be moved only gradually, as little as an inch a day. If the puppy misses the papers, again it means that they have been moved too soon and too far. In this case it will be necessary to go back a few steps and start over.

It is important not to become discouraged. The puppy will eventually understand the concept, and you will be able to choose your puppies toilet area and move on to the next step.

House training when the owner is home
Obviously the more time you can spend with your puppy the faster the house training will go. The objective should be to take the puppy to the toilet area every time he needs to do his business. In most cases this will be either every 45 minutes, right after each play session, after he first wakes up or right after he eats or drinks. It is important to provide effusive praise for the puppy when he eliminates in the established toilet area.

As the puppy becomes more used to using his toilet area, and as he develops improved bladder and bowel control, he will be able to begin spending more and more time outside his den with his owner in the rest of the home. It is important to begin this process by allowing the puppy access to one room at a time.

It is also important to allow the puppy in the extra room only when he can be supervised. When you must leave the room, be sure to put the puppy back in his den.

 

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Wrapping up Business at Year End

Wrapping up Business at Year End

Wrapping up Business at Year End

By: Melody Campbell

If you're a small independent business owner it could serve you well to take a birds eye view of your entire money making process for your business.

1. Looking at this year's activity and make sure you've identified your most profitable customer - profile the characteristics that help you identify similar customers in the marketplace so that you develop your message specifically to target the customers with the characteristics you've identified as those of your most profitable customer.

In my promotional products business I want relational customers vs. transactional customers. All of my marketing and sales efforts are designed to attract the client that is looking for a trustworthy, reliable promotional products distributor with great ideas. The customer that wants a cheap transaction with no loyalty on either side of the table is probably not my customer and I'm not offended when they don't want to buy from me. As I've been doing business over the last 15 years I've identified the transactional customer as a time waster for me. I end up doing a lot of research and servicing of an account with very little profit.

2. Establish or fine tune the marketing message to the prospect you've identified with your profile as most likely to be your most profitable customer. Look at everything you are doing, saying and printing about and for your business - Is your message clearly spoken to the target customer?

3. Identify the most effective activity to reach your prospects and schedule that activity so that it happens consistently. If you bring customers in by running ads in your local newspaper then schedule them for the entire year. You get a better rate if you contract for a years worth of advertising.

If the activity that brings you business is your weekly email newsletter then sit down and plan your editorial calendar for the year and begin to write the articles now. You can always edit or add to them before you send them out for those written far in advance. By using autoresponders you can schedule the email newsletter well in advance.

If the activity that builds your customer base is face to face selling then you need to be sure that you are calling on customers to schedule appointments. You should identify how many prospects you need to call to get appointments, and how many appointments you need to create sales for your product.

4. Understand your sales cycle. Whether or not you are running ads, sending email or scheduling appointments you need to understand what happens and how long it takes to finally close the sale. The rule of thumb is "the more costly the investment the longer the sales cycle." No matter what you sales cycle is you need to plan your most productive activity to steadily continue to draw in new prospects while you're finalizing sales for other customers.

I have a few small business owners who ask if they should take the time to do this kind of review of their business plan every year. YES, in fact, do a mini version of this every week to be sure that you're on track and making money consistently. Your income will be consistent if you've

  • Identified your customer
  • Established your most effective message
  • Identified the most productive activity
  • Understand your sales cycle

Take the time to do this review before the end of this year and give yourself the gift of more business next year.

 

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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Supplemental

by

Joseph

 

I did the barbell floor press in two other workouts last week, the exercises were at lower weights I was aiming for recreation.

Here are the exercise results:

 
Monday, January 8, 2018
 
no warm-up set
225x5x2
225x1x1
 
I also did five sets of stationary dumbbell holds at 75 pounds (the max weight for the dumbbells) for 30 seconds a piece, five sets of horizontal cable rows at 190 pounds at six reps per set, and five sets of seated overhead presses at 120 pounds (140 is the max on the fixed weight machine) at six reps per set.
 
Saturday, January 13, 2018
 
no warm-up set 
225x5x2
225x3x2
225x5x1
 
I also did five sets of the seated push press on machine at 150 pounds and six reps per set, five sets of horizontal cable rows at 210 pounds and six reps per set and three sets of bent over barbell rows at 155 pounds, 175 pounds and 185 pounds for ten reps per set.
 
When I get back to the gym I'll do the barbell floor press at 260x5x3. I'll keep you posted.
 
 
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Sea Fishing Equipment And Fishing Tackle

Sea Fishing Equipment And Fishing TackleSea Fishing Equipment And Fishing Tackle by by Leona Simpson

Sea fishing equipment and fishing tackle in general is what makes an angler come alive. The only thing that an angler finds better than using the equipment and tackle is actually catching fish. This is more than a mere hobby, a way to pass a lazy Saturday afternoon - this is life itself, lived to the full with containers of fishing bait, beach rod rest, reels and spools, and even a pair of polarised fishing glasses to cut out the glare from the water.

Angling can be divided roughly into two main areas of interest: freshwater fishing and sea angling. Those who prefer freshwater fishing can find it just about anywhere there is a river or lake, which of course can be far inland from the sea. Those who prefer sea fishing, on the other hand, really need to live reasonably close to the coast. And while sea fishing equipment can certainly be used close inshore from rocks, or even from a beach, to get the most from sea fishing, you really need to get out on the ocean on a boat.

The sea angler will most likely have several rods and fishing tackle to cover every likely eventuality. He will likely have a variety of flies, lures and spinners, or he will use fresh bait on his hooks. The sea fishing equipment used may be best suited for inshore or deep sea fishing, or a balance of both. It is also likely that the sea angler will concentrate on catching one species of fish at a time, and this will vary according to the seasons. It might be cod, mackerel or herring, or even salmon, whiting or sea trout.

Angling is one of the oldest ways of finding food there is. Early man did it, and modern man only has the advantage of having better designed fishing tackle when all is said and done. The art of catching fish hasn't really changed very much over the centuries. Technology has perfected things to a large degree, but simply securing bait to a hook, attaching the hook to a line, tied to the end of a rod, is all you need at its most basic. With that alone, you will catch fish.

Fishing tackle can be purchased at any good angling outlet. Most of them are also online these days and will deliver most items across the country by mail or carrier. This has opened up this popular pastime for the enthusiast, as anyone can now spend time comparison shopping to get the best sea fishing tackle bargain. Some online fishing supplies stores are better than others, of course. You should choose one that has the necessary experience and knows what it is talking about. Sea fishing equipment and fishing tackle should always be purchased from those who know how to use it.

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How to Cook Different Kinds of Ham

How to Cook Different Kinds of Ham

How to Cook Different Kinds of Ham
By Ray T. Lewis

Ham is usually sold in one of three conditions:

1) Fully cooked
2) Partially cooked
3) Uncooked

Although the cooking techniques are similar, there are differences between a fully cooked and a partially cooked or uncooked ham. For example, a fully cooked ham should be cooked to an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit, while a partially cooked or uncooked one should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

The instructions below are grouped into sections for fully cooked and partially or uncooked hams. --

Roasting or Baking--Fully Cooked

There are three basic types of fully cooked ham:

1) Wet cured or City Ham
2) Spiral sliced
3) Canned hams

Keep in mind that a fully cooked ham does not require cooking; it can be eaten as is. But cooking it can bring out the flavors of its own juices. The flavor can also be enhanced by adding other ingredients during the baking process. A fully cooked ham should be cooked to an internal temperature of 140 degrees.

Spiral Sliced Ham

This type is pre-seasoned and does not require cooking. However, if the ham is to be served warm place it in aluminum foil, cut side down and add approximately � cup of water. Wrap ham tightly in aluminum foil and cook at 275�-300�. Allow 10 to 14 minutes per pound cooking time. Ham may be removed from oven when internal temperature reaches 135�. Allow to sit in foil for a few minutes until the internal temperature reaches 140�.

Canned Ham

Place the ham in a shallow cooking pan, uncovered. Bake at 325�. Allow 15 to 20 minutes per pound cooking time.

Wet Cured (City) Ham

This ham may be cooked either covered or uncovered.

Covered

Trim any excess skin and fat. Do not trim off all the fat as that is what produces the juices and flavor. Place ham in a roasting pan, if cut, place cut side down. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 325 degrees. Allow 15 to 18 minutes per pound for whole hams and 18 to 24 minutes per pound for half hams. Glazes, if used, should be applied during the last thirty minutes of cooking.

Uncovered

Follow directions for covered ham, except do not cover with foil. Use same cooking temperatures and times. Apply glaze in the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Roasting or Baking Partially Cooked or Uncooked Ham

These hams are defined as Dry-Cured (Country) ham or Wet-Cured (City) Ham types. Remember, regardless of the type, these hams should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

Dry-Cured (Country) Ham

These hams need to be washed and soaked for up to three days before cooking. Follow the label directions on the ham for washing and soaking instructions. This type of ham can be baked covered or uncovered.

Covered

After soaking, place it in a large roasting pan with 4 to 5 cups of water. If the ham has a skinless side and a side with skin, put it in the roasting pan skin side up.

Cover the ham with aluminum foil or a cover. Put the ham in a preheated 375 degree oven and increase oven temperature to 500� and cook at this setting for the first 10 minutes only. After 10 minutes, turn the oven off and allow the ham to set for three hours without opening the oven door. Turn the oven back on to 500� again for 15 minutes. This time, the ham needs to set in the oven, without the door being opened, for 6 to 8 hours. After setting, the internal temperature of the ham should be at least 160 degrees; if not, repeat the 500 degrees setting again for 15 minutes and check the ham after 1 to 2 hours. If desired, brush with glaze before serving.

Uncovered

After soaking, place the ham in a large roasting pan with 3 cups water. Do not cover. Put the ham in a preheated 325 degree oven and cook until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. As a guide, a whole ham will need about 18 to 20 minutes and a half ham will need about 22 to 25 minutes cooking time per pound.

Wet-Cured (City) Ham

Use the same methods as the fully cooked wet cured hams, but remember to cook to an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Therefore, the cooking time will be a little longer than that for a fully cooked wet ham.

Ham Cooking Tips

  • Baking at lower temperatures but with increased times will result in richer flavored hams. Do not use temperatures below 200 degrees.
  • Do not pierce the ham once cooking begins-this allows beneficial juices and flavorings to escape.
  • When checking the internal temperature, avoid touching the bone with the thermometer as this can cause an incorrect reading.

Learn more about how to cook a ham and about cooking in general at these links.

Ray T. Lewis thinks that if it's pork, it tastes good. And that just about sums up his ideas on food.

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Type 2 Diabetes - Are You Hungry, or Eating Out of Habit?

Type 2 Diabetes - Are You Hungry, or Eating Out of Habit?

Type 2 Diabetes - Are You Hungry, or Eating Out of Habit?
By Beverleigh H Piepers

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 56% of Americans between the ages of 20 and 74 are overweight, and 30% of that figure are obese. Unfortunately, it has become the norm to be an overweight adult. This is mainly due to a physically inactive lifestyle and overeating. When people with Type 2 diabetes are looked at as a group, more than 80% are overweight. With just a little weight loss blood sugar levels may drop significantly.

Weight loss is not an easy thing considering our sedentary lifestyles but physical inactivity is easily fixed. Just stop making excuses, and start moving. If consistency is where you have fallen down, there are ways to develop a routine you are likely to keep. But it will be all for nothing if your motivation is not strong enough, to begin with.

Addressing overeating is simple in theory, but often tricky in practice. Unlike physical inactivity, there are many reasons why you may be overeating. On the surface, these reasons could include...

  • a poor diet or lifestyle, and/or
  • bad habits where a lack of instruction may be a factor.

Do not make things harder for yourself. You need to understand the reasons why your health is as it is. Talk to your doctor, and go over all the details regarding your weight, your blood sugar levels, and your overall health.

After a brief analysis or reflection, you will likely find the main reason you are overeating is due to a lack of appetite control. This is where you eat when you are not actually hungry, often out of habit.

The habit could be due to a combination of things. You might be eating because you have not had something to eat for a couple of hours. You may be used to several small meals, which contrary to popular opinion, is inferior to eating fewer, more satisfying portions. You might be eating because you are bored.

Essentially, if you are eating when you are not hungry, it is almost always going to cause you to overeat. It is your total consumption at the end of the day that matters. This is why it is better to eat two complete meals each day, with one smaller meal in between. If this seems hard to do, it could be because you have not tried to make the most out of your meals. If you have...

  • whole-grain carbs as your staples, for example, brown rice and pasta,
  • sweet potatoes, and
  • plenty of vegetables,

you are not going to be hungry as often. Overweight people often eat more of certain types of foods than the ones they need to maintain a normal weight. These include white rice, bread, and other refined carbs which digest very quickly.

If you do not feel the urge to eat due to hunger then you would be eating out of habit. And that would be a pattern to break if you are to take control of your weight.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

For nearly 25 years, Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body. Go to http://DrugFreeType2Diabetes.com to learn about some of those secrets.

The answer isn't in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.

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Home Ventilation In An Older House

Home Ventilation In An Older HouseHome Ventilation In An Older House by by Matt Reardon

Home Ventilation For A Renovated House

According to NASA, human related activities such as chemical plants have contributed greatly to the number of greenhouse gases which have in turn caused an alarming warming trend leaving serious side effects in its wake. It's little wonder then that one of the factors that most people look for when shopping for a house is a properly working ventilation system. But what about if you are moving to an old home that is not fitted with a modern ventilation system? The likely solution would be to install one. If you choose to go the DIY route, you may want to have a few tips in mind.

How Home Ventilation Works

In the same manner in which we need clean air to breathe, so does a house need it to stay fresh. It is important that the air that is expelled by the house's inhabitants is replaced with fresh air. In some cases, simply opening some windows is enough to let in clean air. However, if you have installed a home heating or cooling system, then allowing in air through the windows or doors may affect its functionality.

A home ventilation system works by expelling used air and introducing clean air from the outside into the house. This works because expelled and used air is lighter and floats to the top, while cold fresh air is denser and flows to the bottom; a ventilation system facilities this flow of air.

Tips On Home Ventilation In An Older House

Below are tips on how you should go about ventilating an older home.

1. Assess how the former owner maintained the home. If the house seems to be in a general state of neglect, you may need to replace the whole system. However, if the previous owner did a fairly good job of maintaining the system, then you may need to replace only a few parts of it.

2. Do not depend on a home inspector to determine the state of your ventilation system. This is because although he/she may be trained to look at a house in general, only a ventilation system specialist will be able to truly determine whether or not a system is good enough to function.

3. If the house you are living in is approaching the 10 year benchmark, then you may want to set aside money in order to have your ventilation system replaced.

Advantages Of Having A Well Ventilated System

Once you repair an old or buy a new ventilation system, there are a number of advantages you will enjoy.

1. Regulate your air. A good ventilation system will know when to bring in fresh air, as opposed to bringing in fresh air all the time which can lead to high energy bills.

2. Without proper air circulation bacteria, damp air, pollutants and allergens will buildup which in turn will cause the air inside your home to become more polluted than the air outside.

Copyright (c) 2016 Matt Reardon

Matt Reardon is a professional ventilation expert at Mould Buster. His years of experience handling ventilation for many homes across Australia place him in a good position to serve you when you need ventilation services.

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