God Already Knows



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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Recipes To Make Delicious Bread

Recipes To Make Delicious BreadRecipes To Make Delicious Bread by by James Smi

When bread makers first came out years back people felt that all you could use them for was plain white bread. Well that is not even close to being true any more. There are now dozens of fantastic recipes available for all kinds of bread. What you will find is that the ingredients you use in a bread machine will be a little different than if you were baking bread normally. The results are just as good however.

Below is a selection of recipes that are very simple to make, very affordable, and most of all, deliciously healthy. They only take a few minutes to prepare and the results will make everyone happy. So go ahead and try them out. Crack open your breadmaker and give one of these yummy recipes a try.

Basic White Bread

1 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons powdered milk
2 TBSP oil (l usually use canola)
1 tsp salt
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp yeast

Just use the standard wet on the bottom dry on top mixing process. This is delicious with butter and honey while it is still hot.


Grain and Honey Bread

3/4 cup warm water
2 TBSP honey (liquid or melted)
2 TBSP olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 TBSP lemon juice
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (mixed grain flower is OK too)
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tsps granulated yeast

Put the salt in the breadmaker first, then add all other ingredients except the yeast, oats and flour. Add the oats and flour. Make a small hole at the top of the dry ingredients for the yeast. Bake as usual.


Cheesy Buttermilk Bread

This yields a moist and tasty loaf. It also stores very well, but you'll probably finish it before that even matters!

1 and 1/8 cups buttermilk
1 tsp salt
2 TBSP sugar
.75 cup extra sharp chedder (grated)
3 cups bread flour
1.5 tsps bread machine yeast

Prepare as usual. All wet ingredients first, then the cheese, then dry ingredients, and the yeast on top.


Oat Bread

Use natural rolled oats. Just put them in a pot with boiling water, and then let them soak until they cool off. Then add the other ingredients and proceed as usual.

1 cup rolled oats
11 fl.oz. water
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 cups flour
1 tsp yeast

Baking bread is a wonderfully delicious way to add great nutrition to you family's diet. Give the recipes a try and add some flavour to your meals.

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Getting Exercise In While Being A Mom

Getting Exercise In While Being A MomGetting Exercise In While Being A Mom by by Jill Smi

Many women have an extra challenge when dieting - Motherhood. A trip to the gym is out of the question with soccer practice and dance class to attend. But there is a way to fit exercise into your motherhood routine. Many women have an extra challenge when dieting - Motherhood. A trip to the gym is out of the question with soccer practice and dance class to attend. But there has to be a way to fit exercise into your motherhood routine if you want to lose weight, without losing your sanity. Below you'll find some suggestions for calorie burning activities real moms can do to fit exercise into their lives.

Hit The Road

Once the school age kids have hit the bus, take a brisk walk for an hour. If you need to, bring your child along in a stroller. Pushing the stroller while taking a brisk walk will actually increase the calories burned, not to mention that your child would probably enjoy it.

Exercise Videos

When the younger kids go down for a nap, pop Barney out of the VCR and insert an aerobics or workout video. You can also try getting your kids involved. At a young age, kids are usually willing to do anything that mom finds interesting. If you have a step workout video, try setting your child up with their own step (child -sized of course) so they can do it with you.

Cut The Grass

Mowing your lawn with a non-riding mower can help you burn quite a few calories. If you normally pay a service to mow your lawn, try cutting back the frequency that they come to every other time, and pick up the extra mowing yourself. Raking your lawn is also a source of a good work out. Not only will you be exercising, but you'll have a beautiful lawn as a bonus.

Get Your Dancing Shoes

Dancing is a great way to burn some calories. Pop in your favorite CD at home and dance with your kids for an hour. A night of dancing out with your spouse or partner could be a great source of exercise as well as a much needed stress reliever.

General Housework

Moderate everyday housework can also become a part of your official exercise program. Vacuuming, mopping and many other household chores burn calories.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that everyone, including at home mothers, can find a way to fit exercise into their daily routine. If you want to know how many calories you could be burning with some of these activities, check out this Calorie Counter Calculator to find out exactly how many calories you are burning during your normal at home routine, and how many more you could be burning by adding some of the activities above to your day.

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Caring For Your Septic System

Caring For Your Septic System

Caring For Your Septic System
By Juanita Swindell

Every home has its own septic system and it is the homeowner's responsibility to conduct regular maintenance and inspection of the system. The septic system consists of a drainfield, septic tank and distribution box. These are connected by pipes. All household wastewater goes into the septic tank where it gets partially treated and separated from the heavy solids. The partially treated wastewater flows into a distribution box. From there it drains into gravel trenches and then seeps slowly into the drainfield where it gets further purified.

Dangers Of An Abused Or Neglected Septic System

When a septic system is working properly, the wastewater gets fully treated and purified in the drainfield and it does not pollute the groundwater. However, if it malfunctions or fails, it can create a plethora of problems, from creating a toxic environment for your family and neighbors to reducing the value of your property and polluting the public water supply.

Tips For Caring For Your Septic System

Here are a few things you can do to care for your septic system and keep it working efficiently:

Do not throw large solid items, especially nondegradables such as pampers or sanitary napkins down the toilet.

Get a licensed septic contractor to inspect the system and pump the tank out at least once in three to five years.

Practice water conservation by using the dishwasher and washing machine only when you have a full load.

Fix all leaking toilets and dripping faucets.

Try to leave the area over the drainfield undisturbed. Regularly parking your vehicle or driving over the drainfield can compact the soil in the area, and damage drain lines. Also, when the soil is compacted, tree roots may force entry into the drain pipes, cracking them in the process and blocking the free flow of waste water through the drains. This is one of the most common reasons why sewage gets backed up.

Warning Signs Of A Failing Septic System

Sometimes, despite taking all precautions, the septic system may still fail. Recognizing the early signs is important so that you can avert a full-fledged disaster. These signs call for emergency action:

• Sewage has started backing up in the house
• There is a lush, green growth over the drainfield area
• The toilets, bath tub and sinks are draining out very slowly
• Sewage has started surfacing over the drainfield
• There are toxic odors emanating from outside the house
If you notice any of these signs, it calls for immediate action. Sewage problems never get sorted out by itself. When left untreated, the problem will only get worse.

Regular inspection and maintenance are important aspects of caring for your septic system. Don't wait until there is a problem. Call Liberty Plumbing and Septic to get your system inspected today. Also check out our new Blog Post on Repair Home Septic.

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How To Find a Search and Rescue Dog Training School

How To Find a Search and Rescue Dog Training School

How To Find a Search and Rescue Dog Training School

By: Melissa Buhmeyer

There are many things dogs can be trained to do but, of all the tasks a working dog can perform, search and rescue ranks the highest for needing qualified, professional trainers. A Search and Rescue (SAR) dog's performance, quite literally, can determine life or death to a human in need.

As shocking as it may sound, there is no set of standards for rescue dog training. Subsequently, rescue clubs, teams, and individuals emerge as trainers, when, in fact, they may know little, or nothing at all, about training a SAR dog. Attending seminars and reading books on the subject are worthwhile endeavors, but they do not constitute being a SAR dog trainer. Sadly, in a large percentage of cases, this is an assumption not only made, but followed, and replicated. In some cases, those touting themselves as SAR dog trainers scarcely have enough knowledge to teach a dog simple parlor tricks, let alone promptly and accurately scenting or tracking skills, where a human life hangs in the balance.

Even when the topical qualifications are in place, this is no substitute for failing to research the validity of those qualifications. You will hear the term "qualified instructor" often from those with police/military backgrounds. While this sounds impressive, keep in mind that there is no "qualification" standard to begin with, so the very title is misleading. Further, there may be a very good reason that the individual is no longer training/handling outside of the police/military venues. That reason may be a desire for work in the private sector, or it could be indicative of poor performance.

Now, I'm not trying to paint a bleak picture; there are a number of incredible SAR dog trainers out there. All of these great instructors hold one thing in common: they can bear your scrutiny with flying colors. If you're making the huge step towards training your dog for SAR, then you really need to make the right choices. Here are the top things to consider when choosing a SAR dog trainer:

1. Experience. There is no substitute and there is no better gauge of a trainer's value. Look for trainers who have years of experience in a wide variety of disciplines, not just SAR. Demonstrated ability, in more than a single focus, means that the trainer will be able to administer a wide variety of training methods to accomplish the end goal. Other potential disciplines to look for include: agility, obedience, hunting, or herding. This experience is easily verified by titles such as: Companion Dog (CD, CDX) Agility Dog (AD, MACH, NATCH), Schutzhund (I, II, II) to name a few.

2. Actual SAR experience is a must. SAR dogs perform a number of tasks that your instructor MUST have real world experience with. They need to be well versed, from first hand experience, on how lost or fleeing people will act, how a crime scene needs to be preserved in cadaver searches resulting from criminal acts, etc.

3. The trainer should be well-versed on all breeds and capable of assessing and advising on the limitations and capacity of that breed.

4. Separate marketing from proven performance. If your trainer is good, you can bet he or she will have references. Contact those agencies and inquire about the specific services the trainer was hired for and their thoughts regarding the trainer's services. Just because they have a polished web site, well-designed brochures, etc., does not mean they're the best pick, by default. In some cases, a smaller organization may actually yield better references.

The decision for you, and your dog, to become involved in SAR is a big one. Take the time to do your homework. Your success and enjoyment will not only be richer but it may, in fact, save a life!


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Melissa Buhmeyer has been involved in dog agility training for two years and is co-founder of dog training school, a resource site for aspiring and professional dog trainers.

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Getting the Credit You Deserve?

Getting the Credit You Deserve?

Getting the Credit You Deserve?

Have you ever wondered why so many businesses fail within 1-2 years... or even after 5 years in business?

To many business owners, this question is scarier than finding a burglar standing over your bed at night. So, here's some common sense advice that can save your business, regardless of how long you've been in business.

First of all, building a solid business credit rating is possible regardless of your personal credit scores. Obtaining the right types of corporate credit is vital to: the protection of your personal assets, the risks associated with personal lawsuits affecting your business, and your business' ability to weather economic changes that seem to occur overnight.

All business owners must make it a weekly priority toward developing relationships with the right types of lending institutions. You usually want to start your application process with out-of-state, national (or international) lenders... not your local or regional banking institutions; because these larger lenders typically won't require a personal guarantee or your social security number.

However, there are many steps you'll need to take before you start applying for any type of business credit. Ultimately, it's in your best interest to find a competent professional that can help you navigate through the murky underworld of building a strong corporate credit rating... giving you a head start on your competition & also letting you focus on running your business' day-to-day activities.

An excellent business credit score can help your company's image, overnight. You need to be able to answer some very basic questions, before you apply for any business credit.

1. Is your business strauctured as a sole proprietorship, C-corporation, S-Corporation, Limited-Liability Corporation (LLC), Partnership, or Trust?

2. How long has your business been recognized by your State & Local government?

3. Has this company ever had any derogatory information provided to the most popular business credit reporting agencies, Dun & Bradstreet or Experian?

4. Does your company have the proper permits, licenses and registrations necessary to conduct business in your jurisdiction?

5. Does your business have a physical address?

6. Does your business have a landline telephone number that's recognized by directory assistance?

7. Are your incoming telephone calls professionally answered in your business name, or is it answered as if incoming calls are personal conversations?

8. Does your business have a business checking account?

9. Does your business have an Employer Identification Number (also known as an EIN)?

If your answer to the first question was a sole proprietorship, partnership or trust; I urge you to re-establish your company as a corporation or LLC. I'm not going to provide you with legal advice, but many CPAs and attorneys highly recommend LLCs (Limited Liability Corporations) as a way of protecting your personal assets & estate... in the event of any lawsuits being filed against your company. As a sole proprietor, your personal assets are at direct risk of seizure or forfeiture when faced with most types of legal action. Additionally, most lending institutions will not require you to provide any personal guarantee when applying for credit in the name of an LLC.

A corporation can still face difficulties applying for business credit, if its been in business less than 2 years or if its had previous credit problems reported against it... although its not impossible to overcome. Here are some common fixes. You can purchase a "shelf" or "aged" corporation that's been recognized by your State government for longer than 2 years. You can attempt to repair your business credit rating by writing dispute letters to Experian or Dun & Bradstreet, which isn't always possible. A few corporate credit experts will sell you "shelf" or "aged" corporations, some of which already have strong credit ratings established in each entity's name... saving you alot of hassles.

I cannot stress this enough... you MUST have a physical address (not a PO Box) if you want to establish a solid business credit rating. The same thing is said for telephone numbers & the way incoming phone calls are handled. You don't have to act as if your company is a Fortune 500 company. You just need to put yourself in the lender's shoes for a moment & ask yourself, "Would I lend money to a company that I can't find a physical address for?" or "Would I lend money to a company that answers their mobile phone with your favorite musician's answer tone & is answered in a non-professional manner?". I hope your answer was a resounding "NO!". If not, can I borrow $1,000,000? You can always find me wherever my mobile phone is at the moment. (Get my point?) And, don't forget to get the proper paperwork to go into business & keep these documents current.

Moving on, business checking accounts are a must. Again, this proves stability to your potential lenders. Here are some possible solutions, if you've had checking accounts closed in the past. Pay off the outstanding balance (if any) that's being reported by the bank, or open a checking account at a bank or credit union that doesn't use the ChexSystems credit reporting system. Most credit unions don't use ChexSystems, and you can always find a list of banking institutions in your area that don't use ChexSystems... by simply doing a search on Google, Yahoo or MSN.

Corporate credit ratings are tracked using your business name, business address and employer identification number (EIN). It takes less than five (5) minutes to apply for an EIN at http://irs.gov which is the IRS' website.

Next, you'll want to obtain a D-U-N-S number from Dun & Bradstreet, the largest business credit reporting agency. You can apply for this without any fees at http://dnb.com which is the Dun & Bradstreet website, and you'll usually receive this number within thirty (30) days. Do not apply for this number until you've prepared your self thoroughly, because any information you give to them... goes into your credit file... permanently.

After you've obtained your D-U-N-S number, you're probably ready to start establishing some vendor credit. Vendor credit is where many business owners start establishing business credit ratings. Simply go to http://staples.com, http://officemax.com or http://officedepot.com to get started. Then, you'll also need to fax your business telephone bill & the credit application to them... on your business letterhead (which you can create using your favorite word processing software). They usually don't require any personal guarantees (if you've followed the outline above), and you'll usually receive a starting credit line of $750.

Be sure to always pay your invoices before the grace periods begin. This is critical, especially on unsecured credit cards. Dun & Bradstreet issues what's known as a Paydex score (your corporate credit score), and a score of 80 is very good... with 100 being the highest score you can achieve. Your Paydex score is issued once you've established a known vendor/credit relationship with at least five (5) creditors... and it reflects negatively on your credit score if you pay a bill after you've entered in the grace period & even worse if you pay after the due date.

Again, there are shortcuts that will help you get much more than $750 alot faster. I've seen hundreds of people start with vendor credit equaling $25,000-$50,000 and open credit lines of $50,000 up to $1,000,000... in as little as 45-90 days... by using a corporate credit expert's knowledge of the application process & "shelf" corporations. In fact, the best corporate credit experts will usually already have "shelf" corporations for sale... with pre-established credit ratings & lines of credit.

In summary, I've given you most of the tools & information you need to obtain corporate credit lines. Are you going to let a "cash crunch" put you out of business? Are you going to try to establish a business credit rating yourself & build your credit slowly? Or, will you utilize the services of a knowledgeable corporate credit expert to establish your credit rating & secure large credit lines... overnight? The choice is yours.

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Optimistic and Gentle




You have hope for the future and look forward with a gentle heart. Your optimism is wonderful and those who know you are inspired by it. You will overcome any obstacle that is set before you. You have weathered many hardships and have become ever stronger.

Your optimism and stems from a gentle heart that is filled with goodness. You will prosper. You have great worth. You are you.


But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14


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Taking a Trip to Michigan for a Great Bass Fishing Experience

Taking a Trip to Michigan for a Great Bass Fishing ExperienceTaking a Trip to Michigan for a Great Bass Fishing Experience by by Jillian Smith

Michigan, the metro Detroit area, is a surprising location for great bass fishing trips. While many fishermen would not think to take a bass fishing expedition to the state of Michigan, there are several great areas for fine bass fishing. Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie, Saginaw Bay, and several inland lakes offer some of the best small mouth bass fishing anywhere. Fishing in Michigan takes place from April through December and the seasons provide different kinds fishing opportunities.

Bass fishing trips from early spring through the spawn are usually very productive. There is exciting fishing at this time of year. Many fish are visible, and they are interested in fishing baits like the super flukes and spinner baits. With these baits, it is a prime time to catch fish. The spring weather makes it a great destination for enjoyable fishing.

Fish are generally found in deeper water as the fish settle into their summer routines. By mid summer they are schooled and feeding heavily. Your bass fishing trips at this time of year can yield twenty five to forty fish per day. The average fish weighs almost seven pounds.

During fall, small mouth bass start feeding aggressively. They are best found in the shallows. Some of the biggest fish of the year can be caught as the ice over approaches because this is when fish are looking to feed. There is a benefit to scheduling bass fishing trips at this time of year in Michigan, because there is little boat traffic. You have most of the fishing areas to yourself. However, cold weather gear is necessary for these trips, and may deter fishermen who aren't accustomed to cold water fishing. It can be a frigid experience in Michigan during the winter season because of the winds and temperatures.

Bass fishing trips are available for different bodies of water throughout Michigan, particularly for small mouth bass. The Grand Traverse Bay, Thunder Bay, Bay De Noc and countless other Great Lakes Ports offer often untouched fishing opportunities. Also for small mouth fishing Michigan has top-notch inland lakes.

The Detroit River also offers opportunities for walleye fishing in addition to bass fishing. This is where fish in massive numbers migrate up the Detroit River from Lake Erie in the spring.

For the white bass fishing the best time period to go is May through mid June on Lakes Erie and St. Clair. This is also a great time for top water bass fishing opportunities. At this time is where spawning white bass are making their way up the river. These fish are eager to bite at anything resembling a minnow so this makes fishing simple and easy during this time.

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Spur Of The Moment Get Together? No Problem With These Quick And Delicious Appetizers!

Spur Of The Moment Get Together? No Problem With These Quick And Delicious Appetizers!Spur Of The Moment Get Together? No Problem With These Quick And Delicious Appetizers! by by Mary Mechler

This happens to all of us. It's Friday afternoon, and your colleagues are talking about getting together for a drink after work. You volunteer to have everyone over, but have no thoughts for a few quick appetizers.

Not to worry. If you keep a few staples on hand, I have a couple of great ideas for quick and delicious appetizers your guests will love! No matter what the season, these appetizers works well.

I always have a jar of artichokes, on hand -- the main ingredient of this recipe. I have made it so many times, that I just keep all the ingredients around now because you never know when friends or family will drop in for a visit. Here we go:

Artichoke Cheese Bake
1 can or jar of artichokes (if you have them marinated, that's fine - it makes no difference)
1 cup grated cheese (Romano or parmesan work well)
1 small can diced chilies
1 cup mayonnaise
1 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. sea salt
1/2 t. freshly ground pepper
(Optional - at the holidays, I like to add about 1/2 cup of crab meat. Fold it into the mixture after you have pulsed the previous ingredients in the food processor. I omit the chilies when using crabmeat in order to not overpower the flavor of the crab.)

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Butter or spray a 1 qt. casserole or baking dish.
Put all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until there are small chunks of artichokes visible, about the size of a pea.
Put into prepared baking dish and bake for about 35 minutes, or until a bit brown on top and bubbly.
This is a great dip with water crackers because they allow the flavors to really come through. I also like to use broccoli, cauliflower and red bell peppers to dip into it. Everyone always loves it, and are amazed that it's so simple to make. This one is an easy hit!

Pesto Bruschetta

1 French Bread Baguette, cut into 1/2" slices
1/3 cup pesto - any type
Roasted red peppers, thinly sliced, enough for 2 pieces on each slice of bread
1/2 cup grated or shaved parmesan cheese
Olive oil

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Brush one side of bread with a bit of oil. Put on baking sheet, oiled side up, and bake until top is barely brown, about 7 minutes. Remove from oven and cool until you can handle them.
Flip the bread slices over. Spread pesto on each slice. Top with roasted red pepper slices and cheese.
Return to the oven for another 6 minutes, or until cheese begins to melt. Serve warm.
This is a great flavor combination with traditional basil pesto, or, any other flavor you may choose. I've used a sundried tomato based version in this recipe as well.

So, there here are a couple of ideas to help you out in a pinch. Maybe you'll end up keeping these items on hand so that you can accommodate that last minute get together as well. They're homemade, quick and delicious. Your guests will love them.

These are just a couple of my "old reliables". Send us your thoughts on whether they work for you, and if you have ideas for other articles.

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Dress Slimmer for the Summer

Dress Slimmer for the SummerDress Slimmer for the Summer by by Sharon Clara

Summer is coming up. It is a season that people will spend more time outdoors during such as travelling to the beach and picnic with friends or families. There are many interesting parties will occur in summer.

Lots of girls try to lose weight before summer comes so as to look much beautiful or slimmer in summer dress. However, losing weight is really a tough thing. Though more and more people agree that confidence will make them look much more beautiful, jimpness is still part of a woman's life.

Then, why not try to dress slimmer before you can lose your weight successfully?

Actually, dressing slimmer can be much simple that you can think of from choosing a dress or top in a V-neck, three-quarter sleeve combo rather than a scoop-neck and cap-sleeves to just teaming a pair of high-hell black pumps with black opaque tights to give the appearance of longer legs. The perfect appearance will add to your confidence.

Well, now let's see how to dress slimmer.

1. Longer legs
For longer legs, match hosiery with shoes to give you that lean, continuous line. For summer, tanned legs and nude shoes have the same effect. Metallic-colored footwear also has slimming properties, more so than classic black. The style is also important. Rounded toes can make feet look wider, thick ankle straps have the effect of making legs look chunkier.

The length of a dress or skirt is critical is you want to slimline your legs and give extra height. The most flattering length for a hemline is just on, or just-above the knee. Try it and see! Calf length hemlines can make you look dumpy, and high heels are a must in this case. Besides that, high-length skirts and dresses are a danger zone if you have less than perfect legs.

2. For pants and trousers
When it comes to jeans, to create an illusion of a slimmer derriere then search for a style which offers pockets placed high on the behind. Clever stitching (as in Levi's V-shaped stitching on its 501's) create an optical illusion of slimming down the bum.

Jeans and trousers should actually fit comfortably, rather than be tight. This means buying a size that actually fits on your waist, rather than creating a muffin top. The height of the waistband can make a huge difference. Avoid low-cut hipsters if you have a bit of a tum and go for high-waisted styles, which hold in the stomach.

3. Find the suitable underwear
Get professionally fitted for a bra. Around 85% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. The right bra (size and style) can take not only pounds off, but years off you too. The most common mistake is to wear a bra that is actually too big in the bandwidth and too small in the cup.

For big-busted women, then a dress or top with a V-neck has miracle slimming properties, especially when paired with just-above, or below-the-elbow sleeves. Forget polo necks, round necks and boat necks; these only serve to make your bust look heavier and can give you that uniboob look. Caps sleeves can accentuate flabby and chunky arms.

4. Colors
Wear colors that actually flatter your skintone and will consequently have a slimming effect. Some of this season's blush, salmon and honey tones can make skin look sallow and does nothing for streamlining the silhouette. If you thought you couldn't wear blue then spring and fall's new take on teal is extremely flattering and slimming. Also spring's new neutral, charcoal gray is a good alternative to black.

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What to Do When Your Septic Tank Is Full

What to Do When Your Septic Tank Is Full

What to Do When Your Septic Tank Is Full
By Juanita Swindell

Many residents get in touch with plumbing professionals complaining that their septic tank is full when they notice even a minute problem with their septic tanks.

The truth of the matter is that the septic tank is always full because they contain liquids that almost reach the brim of the tank. It is only when it gets overfull that is when this liquid goes above the outlet pipe that issues arise. So what do you do when this takes place?

Check For Backup In The Cleanout

If you have a cleanout, backup that is present can collect between your home and the tank. You need to keep a check on this cleanout regularly to make sure no backup is formed there. You need to call in a professional to inspect the entire system and carry out the necessary procedure. You should also make sure that acids, paint, grease, polishes or oil is not flushed down your drains.

Problems In The Plumbing System

Your plumbing system can also be a major problem when it comes to your septic tank. If there is an issue about waste water from your home not reaching the tank, it could be because there is a problem with your plumbing pipes and drains.

The Absorption Area Of Your Septic Tank

If the absorption area of your house is not taking in any wastewater, your septic tank and the entire system will not work to its optimum capacity or sometimes, it may not work at all. To handle the issue on a temporary basis, you can have your tank pumped out. If the absorption area continues to struggle, it can still cause many problems.

Call In A Professional

Although the tank is designed to handle vast amounts of waste generated by your residential area, it needs to be maintained from time to time. Septic scum or sludge can contribute to scum buildup in your system. If not handled in time, it can enter into the drain field which can in turn harm the environment.

Sometimes, the problem does not only lie in an overfull septic system, there could be other issues as well. For any problems you experience, it is best to get in touch with a professional plumber who knows what to do, should disaster strike. Septic system problems can prove to be a tricky affair so it's best that you let the experts handle it.

For proper and systematic septic system cleaning, get in touch with Liberty Plumbing and Septic. All of your issues and problems will be sorted in an efficient manner. Also check out our new blog comment Inspecting Your Septic Tank.

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