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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Be Aware of Lightning

Today I saw a bit of rain and wind but no real storm but it is getting more into summer and I am sure the lightning will roar. Lightning is a bright flash of electricity that normally accompanies a thunderstorm. If you hear the roar of thunder then you should realize that a storm is around and there is always danger of lightning. With lightning killing and injuring more individuals each year than a hurricane or tornado then you should keep in mind some safety tips

There is no place safe during a thunderstorm

When you hear lightning you should know that you are close enough to lightning that you are in danger. At the first sound of thunder you should move inside to a safe place that will shelter you from the storm. A safe shelter place includes a building that is enclosed with walls or a metal topped car with the windows up. In addition, you should stay in your place of safe shelter for at least 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder. 

        Being Inside During a Thunderstorm has its own Dangers

You may think that you are safe inside a place of shelter during a thunder storm but there is still dangers of lightning While inside you should 
  • stay off of corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment. These items can put you in direct contact with the electricity directed from lightning
  • avoid plumbing including sinks. baths and faucets. When I was a teen they often said "do not do the dishes during a storm with lightning"
  • While the lightning may look pretty you want to avoid windows, doors and for sure stay off the porches
  • Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls. The material that helps make the concrete work also is a conductor for electricity
If Caught Outside During a Thunder and Lightning Storm What To Do

  • Do not stay on hills, mountain ridges or peaks these are all areas that offers more chance of lightning strikes
  • Never lay flat on the ground --- again electricity from lightning can travel a bit
  • Never find shelter under a tree standing alone the tree itself may become a lightning rod and put you in more danger
  • get away from any body of water near you no matter it be a pond, lake, or whatever water can conduct the electricity caused by lightning
  • Stay away from metal from barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills or anything that may be able to conduct electricity     
Be Safe Out There and Enjoy Life                      

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No Bake Chocolate Cookies

  • 1/2 cup (113g) salted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups (350g) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (32g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup (160g) creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups (275g) quick oats (don't use old fashioned oats)

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or set out approximately 29 cupcake liners.

In a 2.5 to 3 quart medium saucepan combine butter, sugar, cocoa, and milk. 

Set over medium heat, and cook stirring frequently until it reaches a full boil. 
Allow mixture to boil 60 seconds without stirring. 
Remove from heat, immediately add in vanilla, peanut butter and quick oats. 

Stir mixture until well combined then, using a medium (2 Tbsp) cookie scoop or two spoons drop mixture onto lined baking sheets or into cupcake liners. 

Allow to rest at room temperature until set, about 20 - 30 minutes (to speed up setting refrigerate)

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Be Safe with Fireworks

Its that time of year full of summer fun and so much going on. While this year has been quite different than other years with many events cancelled and others simply not even being mentioned many have started to entertain their selves. This may all be well however, when it comes to fireworks there should always be one thing we keep in mind. 

Remember you are not a professional so leave the fireworks including those packed in brown paper to those that are pros at fireworks. An adult should be present at all times when children even teens are using anytime of firework including sparklers. Young children should never be allowed to play or light fireworks. In addition, never point or throw fireworks at anyone and stand back after lighting the fireworks. 

Being safe also means being prepared. Being prepared for the what ifs can be as easy as keeping a bucket of water or a garden hose ready and handy. Fireworks should be lit and shot according to directions never using metal or glass containers to shoot the fireworks off. While cleaning up pick up fireworks that did not ignite and toss do not relight. Before tossing any firework leftover in the trash be sure to douse it first in water. 

Many states and areas do not allow fireworks so be sure that in your area fireworks are legal. 

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Fresh Fruit Salsa #Recipe

June is national fresh fruit and vegetable month. The reason is because in many states it is the time of year perfect for growing crops. An abundance of fresh produce is available locally and most likely in your area. Have you checked out the local farmers market. Thus the perfect time to increase your daily consumption of fresh produce. 

Fruit and vegetables are important components for the human body. Offering nutrients including calcium, fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, vitamins A and C. 

June welcomes summer in with an abundance of produce. The types of fresh fruits and veggies often available in June include apricots, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, corn, kiwi, lettuce, mangoes, strawberries, swiss chard, watermelon and zucchini

                                   Fruit Salsa Recipe 

  • 3 kiwi, peeled, diced
  • 1 pint strawberries, diced
  • 1 pint bluberrries
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
  1. Combine kiwi, strawberries, blueberries and apple in large bowl.
  2. Whisk lemon juice, lime juice and brown sugar in small bowl. Drizzle over fruit and stir to coat

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