Monthly Archives: June 2017

How To Make Elegant Lacquered Pears

How To Make Elegant Lacquered Pears

Lacquered pears are an elegant touch to special meals. They are amazingly simple to make. Look for Bosc pears when they are in abundance in your local grocery market. This cookery method actually gives the pears a beautiful, rich lacquered appearance. Some guests have been known to say, they almost look too beautiful to eat!

Ingredients you will need:

Bosc pears

Red Burgundy Wine

1 cup sugar

Equipment you will need:


Baking Dish


Tool for Basting

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Step 2: Wash pears. Keep stems intact.

Step 3: Slice off the bottom of each pear, so that they will be able to stand straight. Place pears in a shallow baking dish in an upright position.

Step 4: Pour one to two cups of red wine over the pears and sprinkle with about 1/2 cup sugar.

Step 5: Bake pears for about 45 minutes, basting every ten minutes with the burgundy pan juices.

Add additional wine, if necessary.

Step 6: Sprinkle pears with with an additional 1/2 cup of sugar and bake until tender (about twenty minutes.)

Step 7: Remove from oven and cool in baking dish. Do not refrigerate! Prepare several hours prior to your dinner party.

Step 8: Serve whole or sliced in half.

For an elegant display, arrange upright on an antique stemmed platter. They will look quite beautiful on a buffet. The pear theme is a great launching pad for many lovely and innovative design inspirations. Go ahead… let your creative juices flow!

By the way, you might want to be prepared with some copies of the recipes. Your guests will certainly ask you how you created this delightful dish.

(c) Kathi Dameron and Associates

Source by Kathi Dameron

Embrace Your Heart – Embrace Your Brain

Embrace Your Heart – Embrace Your Brain

Here’s yet another reason to “know your numbers!” Recently the Center for Disease Control and the American Heart Association reported evidence of a strong link between the risk factors for heart disease and dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

We all know we should have our blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar tested. We all should maintain a healthy body weight and eat foods low in fat and high in fiber. But most of us don’t.

Yet, people in their 40’s and 50’s have the opportunity to impact not only their heart health but also prevent or delay developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Younger people have an even better opportunity. People in their 60’s can significantly delay the onset of symptoms. Even those who are already experiencing cognitive decline can receive some relief and even delay more problems by treating heart disease related conditions.

Here are some tips to take charge of your health and start creating a brighter future today:

Make an appointment to discuss your risk factors with your doctor. Controlling your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar will reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease as well as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Move more. Be more active in your daily life. Walk the dog, do chores around the house, turn on an exercise program or video. Being active doesn’t have to mean a trip to the gym. Using tools like a pedometer and taking 10,000 steps during your day can help to increase your activity level, make you feel better and help keep your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar in line.

Make good choices at meal time. At breakfast include some good quality fiber like oatmeal or whole grain bread. At lunch avoid trans-fats in fried and prepackaged items and choose a plate filled with color. Having a salad, soup or stir fry is a much better choice than the burger and fries. At dinner limit your serving of meat to the side of a deck of cards and fill the rest of your plate (and belly) with whole grain rice or pasta, vegetables and fruits.

Take a break. One of the leading risk factors for all disease is stress, and it is often the most difficult to control. Each day take a moment to sit quietly, breath in and out and remind yourself of the good things in your life. Focusing on the people you love, the things that make you laugh and the smiles you share can brighten your day and lighten the load.

Avoid smoke. Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death. If you smoke the best thing you can do for your future is to quit. Living or working with a smoker and breathing in their smoke doubles your risk of developing heart disease, cancer and a host of other ailments.

Don’t try to do everything at once. Pick just one thing to do today for your health. By focusing on the good choices you make and not beating yourself up when you slip, you will build your own health lifestyle.

Source by Eliz Greene

The "Three P" Method of Entertainment

The "Three P" Method of Entertainment

For a friend's 40th birthday his wife threw the Bash of a lifetime. Eddie has been a KISS fan since he was knee high to a grasshopper. His loving spouse found a KISS tribute band and booked them to play the common space on the first floor of the beach-side condo they share. The space was two enormous rooms, and in one the band set up, and in the other was a cornucopia of food offerings.

I arrived early to help her set up the room. Every kind of KISS paraphernalia from concert one-sheets to dolls and limited collectors items filled every possible space. As we worked to ready the one room the band worked in the other to ready their equipment. They checked their play list, went over sound checks, and played several songs. From the other room they sounded awesome. I went over to watch and saw the band in ordinary street clothes working through their sound check. They were thorough, though, and took great effort to make certain nothing was left to chance on the technical side of things.

That night when Storme went upstairs to get Eddie (under the guise of going to a wedding), the tribute band finished last looks before making their appearance.

Eddie appeared to thunderous applause with a very surprised look on his face. As soon as the camera flashes subsided the band appeared. Already surprised by the party he was completely floored by the band.

We all were. Myself especially. The transformation was incredible. These guys looked like KISS. They sounded like KISS. They had the mannerisms and affectations down. We were watching Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss make their magic.

Between their two sets they made themselves available for photographs, autographs, and being present to add to an already electric atmosphere. Gene Simmons stepped outside to do some fire eating which had people eating out of his hands. And after their break they played their second set.

The band is called DESTROYER. I believe they are based out of South Florida and they are absolutely dynamite all the way around.

The reason I mention this experience is they epitomized certain critical aspects of entertainment, aspects that are easily transferred to almost any other business model in the world.

Their focus on Preparation, Presentation, and Professionalism showed a consummate sense of effort to their final product.

Preparation: they came in with their equipment and went to work immediately on identifying the show / concert space and the logistics of their performance. They set up their equipment and made several adjustments as they worked alongside their technical crew. They checked their instruments and gear, speakers and mics and made sure there were no surprises. They played several songs to make sure sounds were crisp and feedback issues would be minimized.

Presentation: They made their appearance striding into the room as if they owned the place. They picked up their guitars and drumsticks and began to play. And they had everyone entranced. Eddie's mouth was open for the first ten minutes as he watched like a kid locked inside a candy store with his favorite chocolate. The band members acknowledged Eddie several times, and got the audience involved as well. They had taken great care in their costumes, make-up, and musical ability to present something that was a turn-key package. Each member of the band had taken the time to study and understand the person whose work they were recreating. It was truly a visual feast.

Professionalism: The members of the band behaved like veteran performers who understood their obligations to themselves and others. Like a well-oiled machine, they knew what needed to happen, and when it needed to happen. Their timing was impeccable. They were KISS, and left little doubt to the others who gathered to watch.

The lessons here are simple:

Whether one is preparing for an audition, a table read, or the first day on a set, whether a supernumerary or a principal player, the necessary demands on self should be the same. Be prepared, be ready to present what you are arriving to present, do your research, and be totally professional with your finished product.

These apply to anyone, anywhere. These can be applied to our personal as well as professional lives. It requires time and effort, but the end result is worth it when we realize our goals.

It's simple: We stand to benefit greatly when we are willing to give more than those around us expect. Do the absolute best. Be willing to listen and learn. This applies across the board and is good to remember as we find our way down life's river and encounter others doing the same.

Source by Ronald Fox

Biodegradable Packaging Supplier

Biodegradable Packaging Supplier

We now know what Biodegradable packaging is now, an environmentally friendly form of packaging, made from biodegradable materials. So now I am going to tell you about a few companies that actually supply these products to business and the public in general:

Poly Postal Packaging

Previously I have wrote about the packaging being mainly for catering (food products) however Poly postal specialise in biodegradable packaging for the Postal Industry. They offer a range of 100% degradable or recyclable mailing bags, they are totally transparent and can be supplied in a range of transparent colours: Black, Grey, Green, Metallic Blue, Blue, Pink, White, Violet and Neon Green. The bags are fine for use and only start to degrade upon contact with UV Light and Heat,

W.F. Denny

This company are specialist online suppliers and distributors of environmentally friendly and biodegradable catering disposables and packaging. Mainly catering packaging they are able to supply:

  • Ecotainer Hot Drinks Cups – (ECO Friendly cups).
  • Plastic Deep Fill Sandwich Wedge – transparent degradable sandwich packaging.
  • Salad Container and salad boxes – biodegradable salad containers that can also be used for Quiches.
  • Chinese Food Packaging – Environmentally friendly recyclable packaging design for Chinese food like noodles and rice (all come with Chinese artwork on the packaging).


Another online supplier of biodegradable packaging, they offer almost anything you can think of to do with Deli Packaging. They offer fast delivery all of witch must be signed for and they accept PayPal from their online store. If you are looking for Deli Packaging you don’t need to look much further.

Source by Wesley C Clarke