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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Baked French Onion Soup

Baked French Onion Soup

  • 1 32 ounce box of Swanson Beef Broth (low sodium and low fat) (unless you happen to have homemade stock)
  • 3 Large Sweet Vidalia Onions
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Provolone Cheese
  • 1 Stick French Baguette Bread
  • Half Stick Butter
  • Salt, Pepper
  • Fresh Parsley


  1. Pre-heat oven 375
  2. Melt the butter - mix in 1/4 tsp salt and pepper, 1/2 tsp parsley
  3. Slice the french baguette 1/2"
  4. Spread the butter mixture on the slices. Toast until golden brown in 375 degree oven.
  5. Just before taking out of the oven add half slice of provolone cheese.
  6. In a small stock pot add the beef broth and sliced onions. Salt and Pepper to taste.
  7. Boil until onions become transparent.
  8. Place 1 toasted bread slice in each of the 6 small soup crocks
  9. Divide up the broth mixture.
  10. Add Provolone to each crock- push down so it sinks.
  11. Add Swiss cheese

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Company You Keep Why It Matters Who You Hang Out With

"You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." Jim Rohn
This quote is one of the most powerful,  I keep reminding myself over and over again. I am the average of the five people I spend the most time with. Others around myself determine how I think and how I act. 

The older I get, the more I realize that this applies to people of all ages. I have seen first hand what happens when adults associate with people who have no morals. Before long, they mimic their behavior, their language and their habits. Never underestimate the influence of people you let into your life. It's important to surround yourself with people that will lift you higher. People that will be happy for your success - that will be there - should you fall or stumble.  

If you want to be more productive, hang out with productive people. If you want to be outgoing or artistic or altruistic or polite or proactive or smart or just about anything else, find people who are better than you at that thing and become friends with them. It's not all that hard, people that share common interest have something that build the foundation of their friendship. 
Just remember - not to build a friendship on negativity or a shared dislike of another. 

Think about the friends you've met on social media, they can significantly impact your life - if you let them. Ask yourself this: Would you spend an evening with them? Would you invite them into your home? Do they bring along to much drama - are they more negative than positive?  You don't have to go an unfriend everyone on facebook - just realize you must maintain a little distance. Understand who they are and what they are. Be strong enough, confident enough - to not follow the leader. 

Quality over quantity!      


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Vicks VapoRub - Bet you didn't know...

The active ingredients in Vicks VapoRub are camphor, eucalyptus oil, and menthol. The powerful vapors emitted by these ingredients relieve congestion and coughing. Inactive ingredients include cedar leaf oil, special petrolatum, nutmeg oil, turpentine oil, and thymol.
If you suffer from dry, cracked heels, there is hope! Rub a little VapoRub on your heels at night and then wrap them in super soft socks to seal in its amazing moisturizing abilities. Your heels will feel like a baby's in no time.

Studies have found thymol, an ingredient in VapoRub is effective at treating toenail fungus. Wash your feet thoroughly and dry them. Apply VapoRub to the affected toenails, getting into all the nooks and crannies, and apply under the nail if possible. Wrap the nail in a band-aid and keep it clean. It might take anywhere from 10 days to six weeks to cure the fungus, so repeat the process with your doctor's advice until the fungus is gone. 

Whether you're changing Jr.'s diaper or taking out the trash, there are a lot of stinky jobs where we wish we could just hold our breaths and hope for the best. Put a little VapoRub under your nostrils (but be careful not to get it inside your nose!). The strong and distinctive smell is actually pretty effective at blocking odors we'd rather not experience. 

Apply a small amount of VapoRub for fuller, softer lips. VapoRub contains menthol, which is a natural lip plumper. Since it is also made from Vaseline (petroleum jelly), it will soften your lips too. Be careful to not apply this to chapped or cracked lips, as the menthol can irritate them. 

Some people suggest the use of Vicks VapoRub for hemorrhoids. It shrinks the hemorrhoids and relieves itching. Clean the area and apply Vicks directly to the hemorrhoids. Side effects may include a burning sensation.
Place some Vicks VapoRub on chapped lips to soothe discomfort and soften the lips. Be careful to not ingest the VapoRub. It is for external use only.
If you have a headache, VapoRub may be the cure. Dab a little Vicks VapoRub on your temples, or forehead, for headache relief. Do not place it near your eyes.
Cure dandruff by rinsing your hair in a mixture of Vicks VapoRub and mineral oil. Let sit and shampoo out.
Place a little VapoRub on bug bites. It will relieve the pain or itch.
Rub Vicks VapoRub on the bottoms of your feet and then put on socks. This should cure nighttime coughing.
For mild earaches place VapoRub on a cotton ball and put it in your ear to reduce the pain (be careful — it should just sit gently in the cup of your ear. Don't push it into the ear canal!). VapoRub will not treat an earache, but it will at least make the pain a little bit more manageable. 

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