(Culinary.net) Some of the best memories throughout life stick with you forever as you play them over and over in your head and smile, thinking fondly of those times.
A lot of these good memories are centered around laughs, great conversation and irresistible, mouthwatering food. Family events such as wedding showers or Mother’s Day, or the first day of spring after a bitter winter, can be reasons to celebrate and indulge in something out of the ordinary.
This Dreamy Chocolate Mousse can make those special memories just a little bit sweeter. It’s rich, decedent and full of scrumptious chocolate flavor. Topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate, it’s the perfect addition to almost any special occasion.
It works as a dessert after a meal or just a special treat. It can be served at a big event or simply a Sunday afternoon at home.
To start, add chocolate, marshmallows and heavy cream to a mixing bowl. Microwave until melted, about 2 minutes. Let cool for 1 hour.
Pour additional heavy cream into a mixer and whip until soft peaks form. Take 1/2 cup of whipped cream and refrigerate for later.
Fold half of the soft whipped cream mixture into the cooled chocolate. Once combined, add the rest of the whipped cream.
Spoon the mousse into serving bowls or ramekins and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Once chilled, add toppings or reserved whipped cream and shaved chocolate, if desired.
It’s easy and requires minimal ingredients, and the results are something smooth, rich and luscious.
Your sense of taste will take you right back to that happy place once you take a small bite. Memories are some of the greatest gifts you get to keep forever.
Talk with your children about the dangers of the internet……
From Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost:
As screen time increases during the COVID-19 pandemic, online predators are seizing opportunities to connect with youth. It’s all the more crucial for parents to heed their kids’ online activity and talk about the dangers of the internet.
Intermittent lane restrictions and short-term road closures are possible in various locations throughout the area….
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 20,000 customers in Wood, Henry, Sandusky, and Hancock counties. Although many of our projects are performed underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service area. Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined. Work may be delayed due to weather.
Lake Township: Water Tower *NEW PROJECT* Effective today, through August 2022, crews will be constructing a 1.5-million-gallon elevated water tank near Lemoyne Road between Latcha and Hanley Roads. Residents can expect additional construction vehicle traffic. Project complete: September 2022. Project investment: $4 million.
McComb: Waterline Replacement Project Waterline work is complete. Through May, lane restrictions are possible on South Main Street, between Park Drive and Liberty Street, on Todd Street, near the railroad tracks, and on West Cooper Street between Liberty Street and Rader Road, for paving and restoration. Project complete: June. Project Investment: $600,000.
Effective Monday, April 19, through May, SR 235 will be closed from the railroad tracks (just south of SR 613) to Bond-Preble Street for sanitary sewer replacement. Detour: SR 613, I-75, US 224. Additional intermittent closures of SR 613 for final paving and restoration will be announced. Project complete: July. Project investment: $950,000.
Perrysburg Township: Waterline Replacement Waterline work is complete. Through April, lane restrictions are possible on North and South Bramblewood, Bridgewood, and Cliffwood Streets in Perrysburg Township for paving and restoration. Project complete: April. Project Investment: $1.5 million.
Perrysburg Township: Sewer Lining Through July, lane restrictions are possible in Perrysburg Township, on Mandell Road, Lime City Road, and Glenwood Road, between I-75 to SR 795, and in Perrysburg Heights for sewer rehabilitation. MAP OF EXACT LOCATIONS. Project complete: August. Project investment: $1,230,000.
District Wide: Restoration Intermittent lane restrictions and short-term road closures are possible in various locations in Northwood, McComb, Perrysburg Township, Rossford and Weston for restoration work. Additionally, miscellaneous areas throughout The District will also be restored. For detailed locations: https://www.nwwsd.org/district-restoration-projects/
District-Wide: Valve Maintenance *UPDATE* Through May 3, crews will be in and near the Village of Weston, and west of Bowling Green along U.S. Route 6, and Poe and Euler Roads for waterline maintenance. This work involves turning valves on waterlines, which can occasionally cause water to become discolored. Residents are advised to flush their taps if this occurs. Valve maintenance work will continue in various locations throughout The District through December.
District-Wide: Bulk Water Station Upgrade Project Work at the Bays Road bulk water station is complete. Work at the Lemoyne Road location will be announced. CLICK HERE for locations and more information regarding the bulk water station upgrade project, or go to nwwsd.org.
You can cut gluten from pizza, and delicious desserts, too…..
(Family Features) Time available to cook, your family’s preferred dishes, ingredients you have in the pantry – there are plenty of considerations that may limit your options for an at-home menu. Add in a gluten allergy, or simply a desire to avoid it, and it may feel impossible to appease everyone.
However, all it takes is simple ingredient swaps to turn a family favorite into a gluten-free recipe. From pizza at dinnertime to a chocolatey dessert, these dishes offer easy, flavorful ways to make your menu gluten-free.
A Healthier Homemade Pizza Creating a gluten-free dinner can be as easy as tweaking some of your loved ones’ favorite meals. Even pizza can offer a gluten-free solution when you rethink the ingredients included.
Satisfy your family’s needs with an option like Toufayan Gluten-Free Wraps in place of traditional crust in this Gluten-Free Barbecue Skillet Pizza. Made from wholesome, all-natural ingredients with no cholesterol or trans fats, these easily foldable wraps are available in four flavors, making them perfect for homemade pizza.
Heat cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add 1-2 teaspoons olive oil; spread to cover bottom of skillet.
Place wrap in skillet, brush with barbecue sauce and add sausage, Mozzarella and green onion.
Fry 2-3 minutes, or until bottom of wrap is golden and crispy.
Place skillet under broiler until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 2 minutes.
Remove from broiler, place on cutting board and sprinkle with Parmesan, fennel fronds and crushed red pepper, if desired.
Season with salt and pepper, to taste; drizzle with remaining olive oil, cut and serve.
Dish Up a Dynamic Dessert
Going gluten-free isn’t just for meals from breakfast to dinner – you can cut gluten from delicious desserts, too.
This Cookie Brownie Supreme calls for layers of cookie dough, cookies and brownies for a taste bud tempting way to round out a meal with those you love. One of the key ingredients is Goodie Girl Chocolate Creme Sandwich Cookies, made with real cocoa and a sweet cream filling between two chocolate wafers. They’re made without artificial flavors, colors or preservatives for a gluten-free, vegan and peanut-free treat.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare 9-by-9-inch cake pan with parchment paper.
To make cookie dough layer: In large bowl, combine softened butter, brown sugar, sugar and vanilla. Mix with handheld mixer until combined and creamy. Add egg and beat until combined.
In small bowl, combine baking soda, salt and flour. Beat flour mixture gradually into sugar mixture. Once completely combined, fold in chocolate chips. Add cookie dough layer to bottom of prepared pan and spread evenly.
To make cookie layer: Layer cookies on top of cookie dough layer.
To make brownie layer: In saucepan, melt butter, sugar and salt until completely combined. Remove from heat and transfer to large bowl. Add vanilla, cocoa and eggs; mix. Slowly add flour and baking powder. Mix until completely combined.
Pour brownie mixture over cookie layer. Spread evenly.
Top with crushed cookies and chocolate chips.
Bake 50 minutes. Let cool completely before removing from pan. Slice and top with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup, if desired.
(BPT) – This Earth Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is celebrating climate action, partnering with companies and organizations that are leading the way to a clean energy future and a healthier planet by investing in energy efficiency with ENERGY STAR and green power with the Green Power Partnership. Companies that partner with EPA through these programs make investments that are good for their bottom line and good for the communities they serve. Earth Day is the ideal time to follow their example and join the celebration by exploring ways you and your family can make a difference.
Purchasing renewable energy, choosing ENERGY STAR certified products, or driving an electric vehicle (EV) are three ways you can make smart energy choices that help the environment. Learn more at energystar.gov/earthday.
1. Tap into green power
Green power has never been more available with options expanding every day. Wind power provides the largest renewable generation capacity in the United States today, creating enough electricity to offset the energy consumption of 29.5 million average American homes. There is currently enough solar power installed in the U.S. to power over 12 million average American homes.
Because green power has become increasingly accessible nationwide, many homeowners can now make the choice to switch to renewable, sustainable energy sources. Interested in tapping into green power for your home? Research local green power options or contact your utility provider directly. Even if nothing is available, you will have taken an important step in voicing your interest in future options, which supports investment in expansion.
ENERGY STAR certified products include not only kitchen and laundry appliances, water heaters and HVAC systems, but also doors and windows, consumer electronics, ceiling fans and light bulbs. You can search for certified products at energystar.gov/productfinder and purchase many online or at local retail stores.
3. Explore electric cars
In the market for a new vehicle? An electric vehicle is Mother Nature approved. Thanks to technological advances, the number of plug-in EVs on the road in the United States is rapidly increasing — as are charging stations nationwide. Fully electric cars produce no tailpipe emissions, plus for every mile driven, the average cost to drive an EV is typically less than half the cost of driving a standard gasoline vehicle.
In addition to saving on fuel, fully electric vehicles also have fewer moving parts, so typically require less maintenance — and no emissions testing. All-electric vehicle driving ranges are increasing, with some models able to drive over 300 miles on a single charge. Depending on your driving needs, you may be able to rely completely on plugging in only at home. And when you do plug in at home, make sure you have an ENERGY STAR certified electric vehicle charger for even more cost savings and environmental benefit.
What you do now will impact the wellness of the planet for generations to come. Make your energy choices count this Earth Day and every day.
Tuesday, 4/20/2021, beginning at 5:30pm :Listen remotely by phone: PLEASE MUTE PHONE…..
In consideration of Social Distancing and Public Gathering Directives issued by
Governor DeWine and the Department of Public Health Director, this meeting is
available by conference call to the public for remote listening (please mute phones).
To listen remotely: call 1-844-621-3956
When prompted for meeting “number”, enter 187 825 1209
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VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
at VILLAGE FIRE TRAINING ROOM
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 5:30 PM
Pledge of Allegiance
III. Approval of the Minutes
Letters and Communication
Report on the Proposed Quarry Road/Mitchell Road/W. Broadway Street Reconstruction Project by Mr. Rex Huffman with the Wood County Port Authority
`Finance Officer: report submitted
EMS Chief: report submitted
Fire Chief: report submitted
Police Chief: report submitted
Utility Director: report submitted
DPW Superintendent: report submitted
Village Administrator: report submitted
Clerk: First Readings:
Second Readings: Resolution 06 – 2021
Resolution 07 – 2021
Third Readings: Resolution 05 – 2021
Resolution 02 – 2021 “Tabled’
Appointed Legal Counsel:
Mayor: Copy of the 2021 Village Newsletter is attached
Economic and Community Development
Personnel, Policy and Ordinance Review
Finance and Technology
VII. New Legislation, Resolutions, Motions or Business
VIII. Second Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions
RESOLUTION 06 – 2021 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH MORLOCK ASPHALT LTD. FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING CONSTRUCTION SERVICES FOR THE 2021 STREET AND ALLEY RESURFACING PROJECT AT A COST NOT TO EXCEED $80,198
RESOLUTION 07 – 2021 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR TO DIRECT THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF A STAINLESS-STEEL GAS LINE REPLACEMENT FOR A SLUDGE HOLDING TANK AT THE SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT AT A COST NOT TO EXCEED $5,200.00
Third Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions
RESOLUTION 05 – 2021 A RESOLUTION ADOPTING REVISIONS TO THE VILLAGE PERSONNEL POLICY AND PROCEDURES MANUAL SPECIFIC TO THE FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT (FMLA)
RESOLUTION 02-2021 A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE, OHIO AND THE HENRY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES WITH REGARD TO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES “TABLED”
The best wildlife gardens offer animals such as butterflies, bees, bats, birds, and amphibians a sense of security, a safe place to take shelter, birth and raise their young, and feed. It sounds like a lot to provide, but it’s easy to do! Our tips will help you create a low-maintenance haven for your wildlife visitors you can enjoy for years to come.
1. Decide Who You’d Like To Invite
Before you get started planning (and planting) your wildlife garden, you’ll need to decide which types of wildlife you’d like to bring to your landscape. Do you want to welcome them all, or just a certain type of songbird, for example? As every animal has different needs, the plant selections and the design you choose will reflect your decision.
Think of how a forest looks. Near the ground, you’ll find the groundcovers: small perennial fruits and flowers, and sometimes creeping vines. Shrubs are the next layer, then small trees. Large trees tower over everything. For wildlife to feel comfortable and make your garden a source of food and a place to live and reproduce, you’ll need to mimic these layers.
3. Design An All-Season Garden
This may not seem as important in cool climates, where insects and some other types of animals are not active in the winter, but there are many bird species that will benefit from the persistent seeds and berries left on shrubs, grasses, and herbaceous perennial flowers. Be sure to plant a wide range of plants that bloom, produce fruit, and provide cover through all seasons.
4. Keep Your Lawn to a Minimum
For many gardeners, it is appealing to maintain a carefully-mowed lawn near their homes and driveways. While turfgrass isn’t diverse enough to be wildlife-friendly, it can still have its place, so if you need a manicured lawn, all is not lost. Bear in mind, however, that wildlife gardens are pesticide-free—this may impact your decision to maintain a lawn, unless it is grown using organic methods. You can keep a small area “overgrown.” Wildlife garden spaces can fill a portion or all the rest of the existing land.
5. Use Native Plants Whenever Possible
Grow what is best for your particular region. To do this, it is best to source seed and plants from your own geographical area. What is native in one part of the United States isn’t necessarily in another. Climate will also play a huge role in your choices.
A diverse selection of plant species is the key to success with wildlife gardens. Some wildlife-friendly plants to consider for your garden are:
Little bluestem grass
Don’t forget that even if you live in the city, you can grow plants in containers to attract bees, butterflies, and birds.
6. Have a Source of Water Ready
Even shallow dishes containing a few smooth stones in the middle for butterflies and bees to land on are helpful if there aren’t any ponds nearby. Birdbaths are special treats for your feathered friends – and it is fun to watch them use them!
7. Add a Few Special Touches
Nesting boxes for birds that are cavity nesters (birds that use holes in trees) such as woodpeckers, owls, chickadees, and nuthatches, are very welcome. Bat houses for bats to take shelter in during the day are easy to construct and valuable to the winged mammals.
8. Check Local Ordinances
Before siting your wildlife garden, ensure there are no ordinances in your community regarding this style of garden. Wildlife garden landscapes are largely unmaintained, left to the natural processes of weather and time (although a bit of tidying and pruning should be performed when required). That may be frowned upon by both your neighbors and the lawmakers in your community. Inquire before you start work to save grief later.
Over time, your wildlife garden will mature and become even more of a haven to the animals who call it home. With suitable plant selections and proper siting, a wildlife garden is a low-maintenance landscape that will be sustainable long in to the future. Enjoy the animal encounters you will share!
Sheryl Normandeau, BA, is a Master Gardener and writer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her articles and short stories have appeared in several international publications. She is the co-author (with Janet Melrose) of the Guides for the Prairie Gardener series.
BVHS Announces the Construction of a New Inpatient and Community Pharmacy….
The Blanchard Valley Hospital (BVH) inpatient pharmacy, along with the Center for Medication Management, the outpatient pharmacy for our community members, are currently under construction. They are being moved to a more convenient location within BVH, located at 1900 South Main Street in Findlay, on the main floor adjacent to the Healing Grounds coffee shop. The innovative project will offer more convenience to customers as well as additional services.
“This project aligns with our mission of ‘Caring for a lifetime.’ We strive to bring the very best service and quality to our community, and the new state-of-the-art pharmacy will keep the program strong long into the future,” said Myron D. Lewis, president and chief executive officer of BVHS.
BVHS associates also had the opportunity to provide input into the development of the layout and design of the pharmacy. The team, comprised of subject matter experts from across the health system, used a mock 3D layout to evaluate workflow and processes.
“This has been part of our long-term space planning efforts,” shared Ryan Shoemaker, the director of facility and support services. “Patients will begin to see the construction mobilize on-site and the new pharmacy should be operational by fall.”
Another part of the innovative project will be sizeable sterile compounding rooms for hazardous and non-hazardous medications. As regulations for pharmacies have changed, the way medications need to be handled have also changed. The new compounding rooms will allow for best practices.
“We look forward to the opportunities the new pharmacy will bring to BVHS,” concluded Mark Johannigman, the director of pharmacy. “We hope this new venture will improve quality and service for both associates and patients when they visit the Center for Medication Management and BVH inpatient pharmacy.”
For more information, please call 419.429.7002 or visit bvhealthsystem.org.