5 tips for living your best life with your new pet

Taking care of a pet requires plenty of patience and love…..

(BPT) – Over the past year, pet adoptions have surged with many welcoming new dogs and cats into their homes for the first time. Adopting a pet brings lots of enjoyment, love and a very special bond between humans and their four-legged friends.

New pets also bring new responsibilities and country star, Chris Lane, has experienced this firsthand. His two rescue pups were originally supposed to be fosters but, after some convincing from his wife, Lauren Bushnell Lane, Cooper and Chloe were welcomed into their forever home. Lane and his wife have another new addition to their household — a baby boy, Dutton Walker Lane. Through all these changes, the bond between Lane and his pups has only gotten stronger.

“My dogs, Cooper and Chloe, are truly my best friends,” said Lane. “Since we adopted them, they have brought Lauren and me so much happiness and laughter, and endless amounts of love.”

Lane has learned a thing or two about caring for a new pet and has shared a few tips to help anyone who has recently welcomed a new furry friend into their forever home.

1. Create routines

Animal companions — especially dogs — thrive on predictable routines. Regular times for meals, walks and playtime help animals feel secure. Dogs come to expect certain events and even look forward to them.

“My favorite part of the day is the moment we get home,” said Lane. “Seeing Cooper in the window howling always makes us smile because he’s so happy in that moment.”

2. Prepare pets for change

Change is inevitable, and you should prepare your pet for it to come. Whether it’s a new baby or returning to the office after a year at home, start getting them used to you being away. Leave for short periods, gradually increasing how long you’re gone, so your pet becomes accustomed to you being away and understands that you will return.

3. Caring for your pets

Keeping your furry friends healthy and protecting them from harm is the foundation of a happy relationship with your pet. Good nutrition, exercise and providing regular wellness visits to the veterinarian all get you off to a great start.

One important way Lane shows his love for his dogs is by using vet-recommended Seresto to protect Cooper and Chloe from fleas and ticks. Whether they’re playing in the backyard or joining him on tour, Seresto provides eight months of continuous protection from fleas and ticks so Lane has one less thing to worry about and can spend more time having fun with his dogs.

“With the new baby, the tour and everything in between, we’ve never been busier,” said Lane. “We rely on Seresto to protect our dogs from fleas and ticks so we can focus on enjoying our time together.”

4. Learn your pet’s love language

Every relationship has its own language for giving and receiving love — including our pets. Whether it’s playtime outside, getting treats or snuggling up for a belly rub, pets show us every day how they want to be loved. And they pick up on our cues too. Paying attention to those signals will continue to strengthen the bond we have with our pets and make room for even more unconditional love.

“Chloe’s favorite ways to be shown love are food and affection. She loves to eat, and wants to cuddle 24/7,” observed Lane. “But, for Cooper, it’s play time. We love playing hide and seek in the house and that gives him more joy than anything.”

5. Offer patience and love

Last, but not least, taking care of a pet requires plenty of patience and love. Showing affection and taking the time to understand their needs helps create a happy home for everyone.

“You can love your pet way better when you know what they need to be happy,” noted Lane. “You want to give them the best life possible and you’re happier when they’re happy.”

Pets bring so much joy into our lives and, the truth is, we need them as much as they need us. Learning how to care for your pet will mean endless amounts of love to go around.

Learn more about protecting your pet from fleas and ticks at Seresto.com.

Car Repairs You Should Not Try To Do Yourself

Car repair can be tricky to pin down…..

Knowing when to take your car to a mechanic is tricky. With this quick guide, you can understand which issues need more expertise to get the job done.

More than likely, your car is an essential aspect of your life. So, knowing how to deal adequately with issues that your vehicle might have  is a vital part of keeping in good shape. While there are some problems you can handle on your own, it’s also important to learn about the car repairs you should not try to do yourself. 

Transmission Repairs

Your transmission is the part of your vehicle that absorbs power from the engine and distributes it to the wheels. Transmissions contain thousands of tiny pieces, and if you don’t have expert knowledge on how each of them helps the vehicle function, it can lead to serious complications down the line if you try to repair this part yourself. Because of the vital and complex nature of the transmission, you should always have it repaired by a certified mechanic.

Electric System Repair

Your car’s electric system has three parts: the battery, the starter, and the alternator. Each of these parts connects through an advanced wiring system that feeds information to a computer. This computer works to ensure that your vehicle will start and run smoothly every time. Like the transmission, your electrical system is complex and requires a level of mastery to fully understand how the system works together to accomplish its function. So, it’s always best to get your electrical systems checked out by a professional.

Cooling System Repair

Cars are massive hunks of metal with thousands of parts moving about at any given time. So, naturally, your vehicle can be predisposed to overheating if your cooling system is not working correctly. Compressors wear out, Freon leaks, and fans break. When you notice signs of these issues in your vehicle, it’s imperative to have a professional mechanic take a look. Again, this is primarily due to the complexity of the compressors and fans. If you’re dealing with a Freon leak, you’ll want to make sure that it’s appropriately fixed, so the chemical doesn’t leak out into other parts of your vehicle, damaging it further.

Engine Tune-Up and Repair

The engine is essentially the heart of your vehicle. It provides the juice every part under your hood needs to function correctly. Your engine is also easily the most intricately designed part of your car. Because of its complexity, your engine is susceptible to myriad issues requiring a keen, well-trained eye to address the problem and the best route for repair. For instance, your mechanic might suspect that there’s an internal issue with your engine’s cylinders. The cylinders will need a detailed inspection with specialized equipment that isn’t readily available in your home to diagnose the issue properly.

Car repair can be tricky to pin down. Sometimes all you need to get things running is a DIY oil change. But other times, your vehicle requires expertise and a sharp eye to resolve an issue. It’s wise to understand which car repairs you should not try to do yourself.

10 Tips For Celebrating Your First Sober Fourth Of July

Prepare by learn coping strategies…..

10 Tips For Celebrating Your First Sober Fourth Of July

By: Amy Matton at Ark Behavioral Health

Between outdoor BBQs, family reunions, and fireworks displays, the Fourth of July brings plenty of fun and relaxation. If you’re newly sober, though, it can also bring stress. That’s because most Independence Day events feature alcohol and other substances.

To stay safe while celebrating your first sober Fourth of July, follow these 10 tips.

  1. Attend A Morning Recovery Meeting

At an addiction recovery meeting, you’ll connect with others who are preparing for a sober Independence Day. You can also learn coping strategies from more experienced members.

You might even meet people who are willing to check in with you later in the day. These connections can help you feel more confident as you attend parties and other potentially triggering events.

If you’re not sure where to find a meeting, popular support groups include:

Alcoholics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous

SMART Recovery

Women for Sobriety

  1. Practice Self-Care

When you take care of your physical and mental health, you face a much lower risk of relapse. Before and after you attend any Fourth of July celebrations, try out some activities that boost your well-being. Popular options include:

exercise

yoga

meditation

journaling

arts and crafts

reading

listening to music

taking a bath

spending time outside

spending time with pets

Also, get at least seven hours of sleep, and eat vegetables, fruits, and other nutritious foods.

  1. Ask Questions Before Attending An Event

The more you know about a party or other event, the more you can prepare for it. Ask the host about invited guests, planned activities, available food and beverages, and any other information that could help you avoid a trigger.

For example, if you learn that a former drinking buddy will be at a party, you could choose to spend your Independence Day elsewhere.

  1. Bring A Sober Friend

At some Fourth of July parties, it might seem like everyone’s drinking or using drugs. This situation can be uncomfortable and even dangerous for someone in early recovery.

When you invite a sober friend to a party, you’ll feel less alone when you turn down substances. In addition, your friend can hold you accountable in case you feel tempted to relapse.

  1. Drive Yourself

If you attend a party and feel a strong urge to drink or use other drugs, you should leave immediately.

If you carpooled, you might have to wait around until other people sober up or want to leave. Avoid this situation by driving your own car to the party.

  1. Bring Your Own Drinks

At most Fourth of July events, someone will offer you a drink. It can be difficult to refuse these offers, especially when you’re newly sober.

Prevent the offers by always having a drink in your hand. Bring a six-pack of your favorite soda or other non-alcoholic beverage, and store it in an easily accessible cooler or fridge.

Consider pouring your drink in a solo cup. No one will know what you’re drinking, which means they won’t ask if you’d prefer an alcoholic drink.

  1. Keep Your Phone Handy

At a party with drugs, a fully charged phone could save your life. If you feel unsafe, contact your sponsor, a sober person from your support group, or a supportive friend or family member. They can help you get to a safe place, especially if you couldn’t bring a sober friend to the party.

You can also use your phone to view inspirational quotes and coping skills. Before the event, make your favorite quotes and skills easily accessible on your phone. For instance, you could type a list of coping skills, take a screenshot, and set it as your phone background.

  1. Plan An Exit Strategy

An escape plan can ease anxiety if you feel triggered and need to leave an event. Prepare a reason for leaving, such as “I have to head to another event” or “I’m not feeling well.”

You should also plan where you’ll go. If possible, head to a recovery meeting or supportive loved one.

  1. Host Your Own Event

If you don’t feel ready to attend a party where drugs may be present, throw your own sober party. Your friends in recovery will appreciate having a safe way to celebrate. Just remember to tell any non-sober guests that the party must remain substance-free.

If you’d rather avoid the party scene altogether, plan a different group activity. For example, you could visit a lake, beach, or theme park. There, you and your loved ones can enjoy fun activities without even thinking about alcohol or other drugs.

  1. Celebrate Your Independence From Drugs

While managing triggers is important, it shouldn’t consume your entire Independence Day. You can also treat the holiday as a chance to celebrate your independence from substance abuse.

Amidst the celebrations, reflect on how hard you fought to become free from addiction. Let yourself feel proud of your new life in recovery.

If you or a loved one struggles with substance abuse, please reach out to an Ark Behavioral Health specialist. Our drug addiction treatment centers provide a variety of recovery-focused services to help you stay sober.

Author Bio: Amy Matton 

Amy Matton is a content writer for Ark Behavioral Health. She strives to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction and other mental health conditions.

About Ark

Ark Behavioral Health is an addiction treatment organization committed to their patients and supporting families throughout the treatment process. They use an individualized treatment plan to address the underlying issues that may be causing addiction and offer the tools and support systems to achieve recovery.

 

You can learn more about Ark Behavioral Health and their services at https://www.Arkbh.com/

 

 

Fairy Garden Kits at NB Library

Kits are $5……

Fairy Garden Kits are now available at the North Baltimore Public Library.  Each kit includes 6 items (bridge, bench, birdbath, set of stepping stones, gazing ball pedestal (no marble), and a fairy garden sign) for only $5. 

All the items have been printed using the library’s 3D printer that was purchased earlier this year. Stop in to see our very own fairy garden created for us by Celina Kuhlman, using all the pieces in the kit.


Kit’s are available at the Main Desk for $5 or can be requested by emailing nblibrary@nbpubliclibrary.org subject Fairy Garden.

Summer Fun Learning About Soil, Water & More

FREE at-home “Do-It-Yourself” summer program….

NWO Soil & Water Conservation Districts offer a Jr. Conservationist Program

 The Northwest Ohio Soil & Water Conservation Districts are pleased to offer a free at-home “Do-It-Yourself” Jr. Conservationist summer program. The program’s hands-on activities and registration are online at www.lucasswcd.org/jrcc.

The Jr. Conservationist in training will have fun learning about soil, water, plants, animals, community, and nature exploration by completing the required number of activities in each category and submitting photos of doing the activities or photos of the completed projects by Wednesday, August 25th. Photos will be sent to your county’s local SWCD contact, who will send you a welcome message once you register.

Upon completion of the activities, participants will receive a certificate. A Jr. Conservationist t-shirt is available for $10.00 (unless sponsored for free by your local SWCD), it will be invoiced and available for pick up at your SWCD office or can be mailed to you for an additional $5.00 fee. The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District  is offering a t-shirt free of charge for those who complete the program in Wood County.  

If you don’t wish to register to receive a t-shirt and certificate, you can still enjoy the activities on your own. Visit www.lucasswcd.org/jrcc.html for more information and to register online. Contact Julie Lause at the Wood SWCD at 419-354-5517 #4, follow the Wood Soil & Water Conservation District on Facebook, or visit www.woodswcd.com for more information.

 

NB Library July Newsletter

At this time The North Baltimore Library
Board has decided to continue to NOT rent out the Wolfe Community Room.

 

Library newsletter 2021 WSN July

The North Baltimore Public Library
230 N. Main St. North Baltimore, OH 45872
PHONE: (419) 257-3621 FAX: (419) 257-3859
www.nbpubliclibrary.org
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North Baltimore Public Library
Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Wolfe Community Room Update
At this time The North Baltimore Library
Board has decided to continue to NOT rent
out the Wolfe Community Room. The
Community Room has not been available
due to Covid-19 restrictions for gathering of
large groups. The Board will address this
item again in the fall. We will continue to
keep the community updated on any
changes. We thank the community for your
continued support.

Children’s Events
Weekly Children’s Craft Kit – Each Monday, a
limited number of kits will be available to take home.
A craft will be posted Mondays on Facebook and our
website at 11 am. Children may pick up a kit or make
the project using materials at home.

Weekly In-Person Programs:

Preschool Tales – Tuesday mornings @ 10:30
am preschool children (age 1-entering Kindergarten)
& an adult companion may join us for stories, songs
& activities discovering animals through July 13!

Kids’ Tales – Wednesday mornings @ 10:30
am for children entering grade 1-4 come for tales,
virtual field trips, and adventure games to learn
about real tails through July 14!

Teen Tales – Thursdays @ 2:30 pm teens
entering grade 5-12 are welcome to explore, create
and play games related to a variety of animals
through July 15! Snacks, too!

Tasty Teen Kits – As an alternative to the
Children’s Craft Kit, we are offering a teen version
every other week! These kits will include a simple
recipe to make a tasty treat! On July 1 pick up a
Sweet & Simple Mini Cake mix and on July 15 drop by
for a Pizza Muffin kit – while supplies last!

Summer Reading Contests – The 3rd contest
deadline is June 2 for entering your Mixed-Up Animal
Drawing. See our website or visit the Library for
complete details. The next week we will be again
voting on the winners! On July 6 information for our
4th and final Summer Reading contest will be posted.

Congratulations to the 1st Contest Winners who
designed outstanding Pet Rocks: Alexis Snyder
(preschool), Sidney Engard (entering grade 1-4),
Kayden Livingston (entering grade 5-12) and Taylor
Baer (adult) & the lucky voter who won the random
drawing – Macy Avers.

Please be sure to pick up all Summer Reading
prizes and award items by July 30 or contact us to
make alternate arrangements.

How to Make a Princess Cake

Watch the video to see how to make this Princess party cake!!

(Family Features) Having a princess party doesn’t have to be intimidating. Delighting your princess with a magical event can actually be easier than you may think.

An edible, eye-catching party centerpiece, this Princess Cake can be made by following these step-by-step instructions.

Find the full video and instructions at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this party cake!!


Princess Cake

  • 4          cake mixes, any flavor, or homemade cakes, divided
  • 4-5       containers premade buttercream icing, any color (or buy white and tint) or homemade buttercream icing recipe
  • 1          princess doll
  • 1          piping bag
  • 1          piping tip, any size and design
  • 1          bottle sprinkles, any style (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 325 F.
  2. Use two cake mixes to make four 8-inch round cakes.
  3. In metal cake pans, bake 25 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
  4. Make remaining cake mixes according to package instructions and pour into oven-safe glass bowl to make dome layer. Bake 45 minutes then check every 15 minutes until cake is thoroughly baked. Cake is done when toothpick or straw comes out clean from center of cake. Cool on wire rack. Carefully remove cake from glass bowl.
  5. Wrap all layers in cellophane and place in freezer 45 minutes.
  6. Trim off top of each round cake to make layers level.
  7. Cut hole in center of each round layer.
  8. Trim off flat end of dome layer until it fits on top of round layers.
  9. Cut hole in middle of dome layer.
  10. To make first layer: Place first layer on top of plate or cake turntable.
  11. Put three dollops icing on first layer and, using icing spatula, spread around top of layer.
  12. Place parchment paper pieces underneath edges to keep plate or turntable clean of icing.
  13. Place second layer on top of first layer, lining up cutout centers then dollop with icing and spread over top.
  14. Repeat with third and fourth layers, ensuring cutout centers line up.
  15. Place dome layer on top. Centering hole with other layers. Dollop with icing and spread over dome.
  16. Place dollop of icing at top of cake and start working down sides of cake adding more icing to create thin crumb coat layer on entire cake.
  17. Freeze cake 45 minutes.
  18. Place 3-4 generous dollops of icing at top of cake and start working down sides of cake adding more icing, as necessary, to completely cover cake. Using spatula, wipe icing inside cutout area.
  19. Using spatula, make swirly moves all over cake to give it some texture.
  20. Wrap doll in cellophane under arms to feet to protect outfit that comes with doll.
  21. Place doll in center of cake.
  22. Using spatula, add some icing where doll and cake meet to cover any gaps.
  23. With piping bag and tip, pipe on bodice of doll and over shoulders for straps.
  24. Add sprinkles, if desired, on bodice and decorate as desired.

Tip: To make cake white and moist, only add egg whites per box instructions.

SOURCE:
Culinary.net

Fun, On-the-Go Health Hacks

Make every bite count with whole-grain popcorn snacks, like Crunchy Popcorn Trail Mix……

(Family Features) As many people start getting back into normal routines, they’re returning to familiar on-the-go lifestyles by heading back to work, traveling to new destinations and enjoying time with loved ones.

While you get out to explore and gather with family and friends again, remember you’ll need fuel for your adventures. According to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, most Americans fail to get enough whole grains each day, opting instead for mostly refined grains.

Foods like tasty whole-grain popcorn offer an easy health hack so you can make every bite count. Try getting in the habit of popping 9 cups of popcorn in the morning and dividing it into two containers. Season one container with salt and herbs, the other with a pinch of sugar and cinnamon so you can alternate between sweet and salty throughout the day. Bringing delicious options like these while on the go can help satisfy hunger pangs while adding the fiber your body needs.

Because mouthwatering whole-grain popcorn is versatile and 3 cups is equal to one serving of whole grains, it’s a simple yet flavorful option for meeting dietary recommendations. It can be a breeze to add it to snacks like Blueberry and Pomegranate Power Bars, Crunchy Popcorn Trail Mix or Sweet and Savory Curried Popcorn. You can even satisfy kids’ cravings with Grab and Go Pizza Popcorn, a six-ingredient recipe made in a matter of minutes.

Visit popcorn.org to find more nutritious snack ideas.

Sweet and Savory Curried Popcorn

Yield: 8 cups

  • 8          cups unsalted, unbuttered popped popcorn
  • 1/3       cup ghee (clarified butter) or coconut oil
  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1          tablespoon honey
  • 1          teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon cumin
  • 2          teaspoons flaked sea salt
  1. Place popcorn in large mixing bowl.
  2. In saucepan over medium heat, melt ghee, brown sugar, honey, curry powder and cumin; stir until dissolved. Bring to light boil; remove from heat.
  3. Toss ghee mixture and salt with popcorn; transfer to serving bowl.

Crunchy Popcorn Trail Mix

Yield: 9 cups

  • 5          cups popped popcorn
  • 3          cups whole-grain oat cereal
  • 1/3       cup raisins
  • 1/3       cup peanuts or other nuts
  • 1/3       cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4       cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 6          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2          tablespoons light corn syrup
  1. In large, microwavable bowl, stir popcorn, cereal, raisins, nuts and seeds; set aside.
  2. In small saucepan, heat butter, brown sugar and corn syrup until boiling; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour over popcorn mixture, stirring to coat evenly.
  3. Microwave 3-4 minutes, stirring and scraping bowl after each minute.
  4. Spread onto greased cookie sheet; cool. Break into pieces and store in airtight container.

Blueberry and Pomegranate Power Bars

Yield: 12 bars

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 8          cups popped popcorn
  • 1 1/2    cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1          cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2       cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2       cup whole natural almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 2/3       cup honey
  • 2/3       cup light brown sugar
  • 2          tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 6          ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
  1. Line 13-by-9-inch pan with foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, combine popcorn, oats, blueberries, pomegranate seeds and almonds.
  3. In small saucepan over low heat, boil honey, brown sugar and butter 2 minutes. Pour over popcorn mixture and mix thoroughly.
  4. Using damp hands, press mixture firmly into prepared pan. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Cut into 12 bars.
  5. Dip bottoms of bars into melted chocolate. Place on wax paper-lined pan; refrigerate until ready to serve. Store in tight covered container in refrigerator.

Grab and Go Pizza Popcorn

Yield: 6 quarts

  • 6          quarts popped popcorn
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1          cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2          teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2          teaspoons paprika
  • 1          tablespoon Italian seasoning
  1. Place popcorn in large, sealable plastic container or 2 1/2-gallon plastic sealable bag.
  2. Spray popcorn lightly with olive oil cooking spray.
  3. Sprinkle cheese, garlic salt, paprika and Italian seasoning over popcorn and shake to distribute evenly.
  4. To serve, scoop popcorn into reusable plastic cups.

SOURCE:
Popcorn Board

National Pollinator Week

June is National Pollinators Month and June 21-27 is designated as “National Pollinator Week.” 


The family yard is still the safe outdoor space to relax, play and de-stress. The TurfMutt Foundation reminds families that nature starts right outside your back door – and one way to help nature is to make sure your yard supports our very-important pollinators.

June is National Pollinators Month and June 21-27 is designated as “National Pollinator Week.” Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S Department of the Interior, Pollinator Week is a great opportunity to encourage people to do more in their backyards to support pollinators. (See more statistics below!)

Plant It for the Planet


•    Choose flowering plants for pollinators – butterflies, bees, bats and hummingbirds
•    Backyards, school yards, green roofs, parks, planted medians and other green spaces provide food and shelter for pollinators
•    Select flowering plants that thrive in your yard’s conditions, considering the following: climate zone, soil type, sun/shade ratio, and average rainfall
•    Plant a healthy balance of grasses, garden flowers, shrubs, and trees
•    75 percent of the world’s flowering plants depend on pollinators to reproduce
•    About 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat exists because of pollinators 
•    More than 3,500 species of native bees help increase crop yields

For more information, go to www.turfmutt.com

A Summer Meal Solution

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

(Family Features) Sunshine and summer evenings often elicit a certain craving for warm-weather favorites, but many families don’t always have time to light a grill or wait for the charcoal to heat up. On those busy days when summer fare calls your name but time is of the essence, opt for a family-friendly recipe that offers seasonal taste from the cool comforts of the kitchen.

Hot dogs provide a versatile option that bring the kids running and can be used in a wide variety of dishes. These Corn Muffin Hot Dog Sliders, ready in just 30 minutes, offer a tasty twist on tradition by combining a summertime favorite with a comfort food classic.

In addition to the feel-good flavors, they’re made with all-beef Coleman Natural uncured hot dogs, sourced from American family farms that never use antibiotics or added hormones, meaning you can feel confident about the ingredients you’re feeding your family.

For more recipe ideas, visit ColemanNatural.com/Recipes.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Corn Muffin Hot Dog Sliders

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 (2 sliders per serving)

  •             Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1          cup all-purpose flour
  • 1          cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2       teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1          cup buttermilk
  • 1/2       cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3       cup sugar
  • 2          large eggs
  • 6          Coleman Natural Beef Hot Dogs, cut into coins or sliced on bias, 1/2-inch thick
  • 1          cup baby arugula
  • mustard, for garnish (optional)
  • ketchup, for garnish (optional)
  • relish, for garnish (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly coat 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, whisk buttermilk, butter, sugar and eggs. Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients and stir until moist.
  3. Scoop batter into each muffin tin cup until halfway full. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4. Remove pan from oven and cool on wire rack 10-15 minutes before removing muffins from pan.
  5. In large skillet over medium heat, cook hotdog slices, turning occasionally with fork until slightly browned.
  6. Slice each muffin in half horizontally, add arugula and hot dog slices then garnish with mustard, ketchup and relish, if desired.

Substitution: Use store-bought corn muffin mix rather than making corn muffins from scratch, if desired.

SOURCE:
Coleman Natural Foods

BBB ALERT! “Prime Day” Shopping Scams

Better Business Bureau gives tips to protect yourself…..

This year, Amazon isn’t the only retailer rolling out discounts for Prime Day (June 21-22, 2021). Walmart, Target and Kohls, among others, are running competing sales. But more deals mean more chances for scammers to capitalize on the buzz and trick shoppers. BBB is warning that we will probably see phishing scams, misleading advertisements, and lookalike websites.

Here are some tricks to watch out for:

Phishing scams that appear to come from a popular retailer. Fake emailsphishing – during busy shopping times, such as Prime Day or Black Friday, are common. When you are making a lot of purchases, it’s easy to lose track of exactly what you bought and where you shopped. That makes you more likely to fall for a phishing scam posing as a big name store.

Look out for unsolicited emails, texts, or phone calls. They may claim you have a free gift waiting for you or that there is a problem with a delivery – all you need to do is click on a link or give up your personal information. One recent phishing scam we have seen in NW Ohio and SE Michigan starts with Amazon “calling to fix an issue with your account.” Nonsense!  This a trick meant to get your credit card information. Often the “Amazon” caller claims he needs remote access to your computer to correct a problem. Don’t let them in!

Beware of false advertising and phony websites. When searching online or browsing social media, watch out for ads that point to scam websites. Con artists often create lookalike websites that, at first glance, appear to belong to a trusted retailer. But look more closely at the URL and you’ll notice that the domain name is slightly different (i.e., Instead of Popularstore.com, the URL might be PopvlarStore.com or PopularStoreOnline.com). A store will not misspell its own name. Always make sure websites use the correct spelling of a business name and have legitimate contact information and customer service numbers. Also, if a company claims to be selling the hottest item of the year at a super low price, it’s probably a scam.

Protect yourself from Prime Day scams:

  • Beware of fake lookalike websites: Check the URL, watch for bad grammar, research the age of the domain, search for contact information, and read online reviews.
  • Professional photos do not mean it’s a real offer. Scammers often steal photos off other websites, so don’t believe what you see.
  • Make sure the website is secure. Look for the “https” in the URL (the extra “s” is for “secure”) and a small lock icon on the address bar. Never enter payment or personal information into a website with only “http.” It is NOT secure.
  • Be careful purchasing sought-after products. If something is sold out everywhere, don’t be tempted by a seemingly great deal. Scammers often trick shoppers by offering the most popular products at too-good-to-be-true low prices.
  • Pay with a credit card. It’s always best to make online purchases with your credit card. If any shady charges turn up later, you will be able to contest them through your credit card company. Be very wary of any retailer that asks you to pay by digital wallet apps, prepaid gift or money cards, wire pay (like Western Union or Money Gram) or other non-traditional payment methods. 

If in doubt, call BBB at (419) 531-3116 or 800-743-4222.

BBB ALERT! “Prime Day” Shopping Scams

This year, Amazon isn’t the only retailer rolling out discounts for Prime Day (June 21-22, 2021). Walmart, Target and Kohls, among others, are running competing sales. But more deals mean more chances for scammers to capitalize on the buzz and trick shoppers. BBB is warning that we will probably see phishing scams, misleading advertisements, and lookalike websites.

 

Here are some tricks to watch out for:

 

Phishing scams that appear to come from a popular retailer. Fake emailsphishing – during busy shopping times, such as Prime Day or Black Friday, are common. When you are making a lot of purchases, it’s easy to lose track of exactly what you bought and where you shopped. That makes you more likely to fall for a phishing scam posing as a big name store.

 

Look out for unsolicited emails, texts, or phone calls. They may claim you have a free gift waiting for you or that there is a problem with a delivery – all you need to do is click on a link or give up your personal information. One recent phishing scam we have seen in NW Ohio and SE Michigan starts with Amazon “calling to fix an issue with your account.” Nonsense!  This a trick meant to get your credit card information. Often the “Amazon” caller claims he needs remote access to your computer to correct a problem. Don’t let them in!

 

Beware of false advertising and phony websites. When searching online or browsing social media, watch out for ads that point to scam websites. Con artists often create lookalike websites that, at first glance, appear to belong to a trusted retailer. But look more closely at the URL and you’ll notice that the domain name is slightly different (i.e., Instead of Popularstore.com, the URL might be PopvlarStore.com or PopularStoreOnline.com). A store will not misspell its own name. Always make sure websites use the correct spelling of a business name and have legitimate contact information and customer service numbers. Also, if a company claims to be selling the hottest item of the year at a super low price, it’s probably a scam.

 

Protect yourself from Prime Day scams:

 

  • Beware of fake lookalike websites: Check the URL, watch for bad grammar, research the age of the domain, search for contact information, and read online reviews.
  • Professional photos do not mean it’s a real offer. Scammers often steal photos off other websites, so don’t believe what you see.
  • Make sure the website is secure. Look for the “https” in the URL (the extra “s” is for “secure”) and a small lock icon on the address bar. Never enter payment or personal information into a website with only “http.” It is NOT secure.
  • Be careful purchasing sought-after products. If something is sold out everywhere, don’t be tempted by a seemingly great deal. Scammers often trick shoppers by offering the most popular products at too-good-to-be-true low prices.
  • Pay with a credit card. It’s always best to make online purchases with your credit card. If any shady charges turn up later, you will be able to contest them through your credit card company. Be very wary of any retailer that asks you to pay by digital wallet apps, prepaid gift or money cards, wire pay (like Western Union or Money Gram) or other non-traditional payment methods. 

 

If in doubt, call BBB at (419) 531-3116 or 800-743-4222.

A Luscious Lime Smoothie for Hot Summer Days

Summer can be so much sweeter with a fresh and fruity drink in your hand…..

(Culinary.net) During summer months, it’s common for many people to want to spend as much time outside enjoying the weather as possible. From the minute they wake up to when the sun goes down (and beyond), nearly everyone wants to take advantage of the warm summer heat. Especially kids, who often want to enjoy their break from school for the year.

From beach towels and sunglasses to swimsuits and flip flops, almost everything you need to enjoy some fun in the sun is likely already on-hand. However, summer can be so much sweeter with a fresh and fruity drink in your hand. Made with fresh ingredients, this drink is a perfect addition to any poolside party.

Next time you are looking to relax outdoors all day, try this Tart Lime Smoothie, which is filled with fresh fruit and cool enough to wash away that summer warmth. This chilled, tart drink will have everyone in the family ready to go for round two down the water slide.

To make this smoothie, in a blender, blend two kiwis, two ripe bananas, some fresh mint, lime juice, orange juice and 2 cups of crushed ice until all the ingredients are incorporated.

Light, fresh and a little bit frothy, this smoothie has a unique texture that may leave you wishing for a second cup the moment you take your first sip. Find more fun summer recipes at Culinary.net.

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Tart Lime Smoothie

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

  • 2          kiwis, peeled and halved
  • 2          ripe bananas
  • 3          tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
  • 2          limes, juice only
  • 1          cup orange juice
  • 2          cups ice, crushed
  1. In blender, blend kiwis, bananas, mint, lime juice, orange juice and ice until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses to serve.

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