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By Bonnie D. - 4 Hours Ago

There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you (Deuteronomy 12:7).

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You work hard. Whether you are the breadwinner and go to a job every day or the one who keeps the home fires burning, you are fully occupied in providing for your family. You contribute finances, whether by earning them or saving them. You labor physically, whether by sitting at a desk plugging away or carrying laundry up and down the stairs. You are continually improving your investments, whether you are putting money into an account that grows or improving your house and yard. All work is good, and it should bring a great deal of satisfaction as you care for your home and family. But there needs to be a time for rewards.

Family celebrations are one of the rewards of faithful services. More than trophies that only collect dust, more than monetary rewards that are soon spent, family celebrations are rewards that will be remembered for a lifetime. So celebrate. Celebrate everything -- birthdays, special occasions, anniversaries, beginnings and endings. Enjoy life, enjoy your family, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Family celebrations are one more time to teach your kids your values and help them understand they are part of a larger plan. Your children are pieces of a family that has a great history and far-reaching possibilities for the future. Teach your kids that they are an important link in the chain of life and of your family. They are the hope for the future of your family.

Make family celebrations your very own. Don't be sucked into doing it the way others in your family have done it or the way some television personality says you should celebrate. When a couple marries, the two individuals will bring traditions from their families.

Make those traditions the starting point for building your own family unit. Included in building your own traditions is permission not to spend every holiday at someone else's house. Your kids need to spend time with you in your own home. So stay home with your children and enjoy them. They will be gone before you know it.



By Bonnie D. - 4 Hours Ago

Studies have shown that it is unlikely that most people will experience any significant positive changes in their vision from eating carrots unless they have an existing vitamin A deficiency, which is common in developing countries.

So where did all the hype surrounding carrots and vision come from? During World War II, the British Royal Air Force started an advertising campaign claiming that the secret to their fighter pilots clear, sharp vision was carrots. Realistically, the fighter pilot's accuracy was due to a new radar system the British wanted to keep secret from the Germans, but the rumor spread and remains popular today.

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Your microwave can do more than reheat leftovers and make popcorn

By Norene G. - 10 Hours Ago

1. Helps You With Your Tears
Will your microwave wipe away your tears and tell you it’s all going to be OK? No, that's what your friends are for. Your microwave will, however, help make the experience of cutting onions less emotional. Simply microwave your onion for 30 seconds and you'll see that your peeling and chopping will no longer induce tears.

2. Gives You Proof
Yeast dough can take an hour or more to rise at room temperature. Your bakery sous chef, the microwave, can proof yeast dough in about 15 minutes. Place an 8-ounce cup of water in the back of the microwave. You want to place your dough in a plastic-covered bowl in front of the water in the center of the microwave. Heat the dough on the lowest power for 3 minutes. Allow your dough to rest in the microwave for 3 mins. You're almost there. Heat your dough for 3 minutes longer then let it rest for 6 minutes. Your dough has now doubled. Take a bow, microwave.

3. Makes Life Sweet
That's right, your microwave sweetens up life with its ability to morph brick-like dark sugar into supple, use-friendly dark sugar. Place your sugar in a microwave safe bowl and cover it with a moist paper towel, and heat for 20 seconds. If it requires further softening, nuke it for an additional 20 seconds.

4. Hooks You Up With Herbs
Are you spending money on dried herbs or wasting money because you can't go through an entire bunch of fresh herbs? Have no fear, your microwave is here! You don't want to pile up your herbs. Instead, place leaves on a single layer on a microwave-safe plate. Cover the plate with a paper towel and microwave on high for 1 minute. Keep heating in increments of 20 seconds until your herbs are dried.

5. Helps You Out In Sticky Situations
Honey sometimes has the pesky habit of crystallizing. If your honey comes in a glass jar, simply remove the lid, and heat it in the microwave in 30 to 40 second increments until it returns to its original glory. Just be careful when you're handling a hot jar!

6. Makes Time Travel Possible
How many times have you wanted to cook beans but you can't because you didn't soak them overnight? That's where your microwave saves the day. Again. You want to allocate 3 cups of water for every 1 cup of dry beans. Place beans in water in a large microwave-safe dish, cover, and cook on the highest setting until it boils, about 15 minutes. Remove beans from the microwave and let stand for 1 hour. Drain beans, discard water, and then rinse beans with fresh, cool water and proceed to cook as you normally do. It’s like you traveled back in time and soaked your beans overnight!

7. Makes Life Less Stale
What's the point of having bread if it’s stale and not edible? Your microwave is around to make sure that travesty never happens. Place your stale bread in a damp towel and then perk it up by nuking it in 10 second increments.

8. Helps You Show Some Skin
Hard squashes and root vegetables can be cumbersome or downright difficult to peel. But not with your BFF, the microwave. Depending on the size, place the vegetable in your microwave for 2 to 3 minutes and the exterior skin should be more pliable for peeling and cutting.

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A Country Thanksgiving

By Andy Anderson ! - 12 Hours Ago

It's a crisp morning, and my sister and I are excited because today we're going to grandma's for Thanksgiving dinner. We bundle up and pile into the car, as dad drives us the two hours to grandma's.

When we arrive and open the door, our noses are assailed with the wonderful smells coming from the kicthen. Several of my aunts are already helping grandma with the preparation; while the guys settle down and watch the Thanksgiving Day parade on an old B&W television.

I know where the food is, so I make my way into the kitchen, hoping that I'll get a bite of what's cooking. Most of the time, I get a pat on the head and told that dinner will be ready... when the turkey is ready.

The sites, sounds, and smells of all our Thanksgiving's past... May everyone have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving.

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My kind of turkey!

By deb baldwin - 13 Hours Ago

If you're looking for a Gluten Free, Vegetarian Turkey for next week, try this Rice Krispy Treat turkey stuff with M&M's. Everybody's happy.

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