Steak Not Linked To Heart Disease, But…


There’s some good news and some bad news for meat lovers out there. A new study has found that red meat is NOT linked to heart disease, strokes or diabetes — unless it is salted or cured.

So, steaks are good for you… but bacon and hot dogs are bad.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that unprocessed red meats aren’t linked to any heart problems.

But, the same cannot be said for bacon, hot dogs and other processed meats. These tasty foods contribute to all the health problems experts have long been warning us that red meat causes.

I’m so excited. – Justin

10 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day for remembering those who have laid their lives in the nation’s service. Memorial Day has also become a popular time for Family Reunions and Get Togethers as it is preceded by a weekend. Here are some ways to celebrate the patriotic spirit of this day:

1. Donate to families of soldiers who are wounded or have lost their lives. 

2. Observe the National Moment of Remembrance. The Moment occurs on Memorial Day, 3 PM, local time, for 1 minute. You can choose to observe this moment in any way you like. It is the sentiment that counts.

3. Visit a gravesite and offer flowers to those U.S. Troops who have died in the nation’s service. 

4. Plan a family reunion or Get Together. It may be as simple and informal as a backyard barbecue.

5. Plan a family picnic. Get kids to help with preparing picnic food. This is also a wonderful way to enjoy the summer season.

6. Throw an informal Grilling or Barbecue party. Throw some burgers on the grill and invite your friends over and enjoy. 

7. Wear your American spirit proudly. Badges, Pins, Shirts – make it a point to wear something that shows your patriotism.

8. Make crafts with a patriotic theme. Make a pretty, beaded USA Flag Pin using easy instructions given here or a patriotic sign following step-by-step instructions found here . More crafts can be found on craft sites. 

9. Educate your kids about Memorial Day’s history and origin and the history of U.S. Military. Read to them stories with a patriotic message and encourage them to look up dictionaries and encyclopedias on the subject.

10. Have kids participate in Memorial Day parades and other such activities.  

10 Tips for Hosting a Memorial Day Party

If you are indeed planning on entertaining guests, there are a lot of things to remember to make it the most enjoyable experience possible. Here are ten tips for hosting your Memorial Day party that will surely make your guests come back for more.

1. Always Have Plenty of Ice

Never underestimate how quickly the ice will be used during a summer party, as picking up enough supplies the first time will save you more trips to the store. Remember, you can never have enough ice!

2. Make Sure to Pack Enough Beverages

From water to soft drinks and beer, there’s never enough in the summer. Whether your guests are simply walking outside and chatting, or playing an energetic game of volleyball, they’ll work up a strong thirst.

3. Honor Our Vets with a Toast

Before you begin your party, honor our troops by raising a glass with your guests to toast their dedication to our country along with their health, protection, and safe return soon.  

4. Keep it Light

 Use as many fresh, seasonal ingredients in your menu as possible. As thirsts increase during the summer, appetites for heavy recipes shrink. Opt for salads and grilled food in place of stews and casseroles.

5. Remind Friends to Dress Casual

Summer is all about letting loose and kicking off your shoes. Unless you’re hosting a wedding or some other formal event, nobody wants to wear fussy clothing in the summer. Everyone will be more comfortable, and in-turn will have a better time. 

6. Provide Shelter from the Heat

If you’re hosting a daytime party outside, provide your guests with options for getting out of the sun. Whether it’s a rented tent, chairs placed under a shady tree, or tables with umbrellas, your guests will appreciate a place to escape from the heat.

7. Remember Food Safety

Always keep cold food cold and hot food hot. Summer heat quickly turns good food into a stomach disaster if not served under correct conditions.  

8. Serve Something Fun for Dessert

Use your imagination. Maybe some ice cream sundaes and cookies for dessert? Guests will love making their own sundaes. Watch out for melting though!

9. Keep Those Mosquitoes Away

Make proper arrangements for ample light and mosquito repellents. Lanterns can be hung on tree trunks or tiki torches can be set up to create a pleasant mood. 

10. Winding Down Around the Fire

The perfect end to an outdoor dinner party: making s’mores by an open fire. All you need are bamboo sticks and the right ingredients — marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate – and a fire.

Taking time to honor our fallen vets is something we all should do. Also, if you know a veteran or member of the military, say hello today and thank them for their service. 

Today is their day.

Remembering the sacrifice and dedication of our fallen American veterans is what Memorial Day is all about. Here’s some pictures from the “Honor Scroll” that was signed by community members of the Motherlode 2 years ago and sent to Iraq. Also photos of the soldiers who received your well wishes in 2008. Have a splendid weekend. – Justin