Articles from: June 2017

Season’s Favorite Holiday Cookies

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I have two childhood memories that center around Christmas cookies. My Mom’s no-bake cookies and my Aunt’s sugar cookies. I can still see my Mom stirring the cocoa for the no-bakes and can still smell their savory, sweet, aroma. I remember being just barely tall enough to peek up at the waxed paper-lined kitchen counter to sneak me a cookie while they were still warm.

My Aunt made the best sugar cookies that I can remember. The shapes that I remember the most were the Christmas trees, the candy canes, and the wreaths. I like soft doughy cookies and my Aunt’s were the best. She lived just three blocks down from our house and I still remember walking to her house with my parents…visiting, and eating those cookies. Those were the good old days.

What are the cookies that you remember as a child? Which ones were your favorites?

If you’re like most people…you will come up with the following four

*Sugar Cookies

*Chocolate Chip Cookies

*Peanut Butter Cookies

*Gingerbread Cookies

These four kinds of cookies are America’s top pick when it comes to holiday cookies. There are many variations of each kind. But my favorite…other than the cookies I mentioned at the beginning of this article, is chocolate chip cookies. Every Christmas, my Sister-In-Law brings everyone in the family a big bag of them. It’s a tradition with her. She enjoys baking chocolate chip cookies for us all.

Below is my Sister-In-Law’s recipe

(It’s actually the same recipe that is in the Betty Crocker cookbook)

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup margarine or butter, softened

1/3 cup shortening

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 package (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

(The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup chopped nuts, my Sister-In-Law doesn’t include nuts)

Directions

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix sugars, margarine, shortening, egg and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until light brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

I look forward to these every year. I too, have made them many times and they don’t last long around our house. My Husband loves them.

Do you bake cookies for the holidays? Everyone has their personal favorites.

If you’re baking cookies this Christmas, don’t forget to leave Santa a special plate full of them.

Happy Holidays to all!

Spend Your Student Holidays Travelling

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There’s no time like your university years for finding your feet. Away from home and discovering how to make it in the wide world, this is the perfect period of your life to try experimenting with different things and trying out lifestyle choices. The long summer and winter breaks also make your student years good ones for fitting in some travel. There are very few jobs that offer such extensive breaks, so students are well advised to make the most of idle weeks while they can. Although, student status does make budgeting and choosing cost effective holidays a crucial part of the planning stage. .

On the flip side, being a student can also often open up a whole selection of money saving opportunities – such as student rail cards and special deals. These special offers are sure to vary greatly from country to country, so make sure you do plenty of research before you travel to make sure you can get the best from them.

However, some investments work well in a variety of countries spread all across the globe, so an STA card could be a very good investment while if you know you’re likely to travel most in one particular region, such as in America or Europe, rail cards could be a good choice too. You can also trim your budget by buying an up to date guide book before travelling, as out of date information is like to send you on a wild – and expensive – goose chase.

If you’re not too worried about staying in luxurious surrounding, you’ll find that one of the best ways to save money while travelling is by staying in hostels. By choosing a bed in a dormitory you can drastically cut your costs, however you should be prepared for potentially disturbed sleeps. Hostels tend to suit younger travellers best, especially when they are open to making new friends, so your student years tend to be the perfect time for this money-saving ploy.

Of course, if you’re planning to travel the world during your student years, it’s important to make sure you’ll be covered for unforeseen circumstances. See if you can cut your costs by searching for specific student travel insurance policies and be sure to shop around to find the one that offers you the best cover for your circumstances and the kind of places you plan to travel to. Make the most of your chance to explore the world by preparing well and minimising risks.

Over 40 Singles Vacations

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Have you ever tried to go on a holiday trip all by yourself or have an adventure with friends that are also single on their 40s? Actually, most of the holiday packages are intended for family trips, honey moon packages and others. You do not qualify on these kinds of holiday trips since you already on your 40s and you are still single. There is nothing bad on being single on an age like that especially if you enjoy your life being single.

The best thing here is that over 40 singles vacations are already available now. You can travel from different places alone or you can travel together with people who are the same as you.

If you prefer solo group holidays, it is more like a family trip since you are surrounded by people who are also above 40 singles. It can make the trip much more enjoyable because all of you share the same experiences in being a single person. Single people have a lot to expect when they are having a holiday trip. They can make friends to whoever they want, they can develop their network and they can meet different personalities and culture at the same time.

Being single also provides different benefits. The best one is that you are free to do whatever you want. You are not limited to your solo group. You can interact and meet other people as much as you want.

When you talk about budget, going on a group is also more economical than traveling all by yourself. When you are in a group, you can save more money since all of the singletons in your group will share expenses on lodging and expenses on food. You are already on your 40s so traveling alone is not an advisable thing. It is better if you can have company while you are enjoying the most pleasurable things in life.

There are also singles that are going on a group trip to find romance. The people who are already tired of being single and the people who want to have someone to share their old days with are also going on a group trip to search for love.

Singletons can have a lot of options if they want to have a holiday trip. They can choose to go on a solo trip and enjoy the wonderful destinations by their selves or they can go with a group and share the goodness of being single together.

Post Holiday Blues

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Okay we ate to much. Junked out on sweets. Had a week maybe two of enjoying all those holiday foods we only make for holidays. So what now? Feeling tired, a little fatter then before, yeah, now we start rethinking about those diets and watching what we eat. Welcome back to reality!

Lets be smart about how we go about it. Don’t hit the gym hot and heavy. Work at a little slower pace, ease into it. Its known that if you have a weight issue that cutting back on the snacks an extra sugars will help you feel less bloated.

Make yourself drink plenty of water to help flush your system out. Plan ahead those meals as we all get back into the work habits of everyday life. If you think you need to diet then be smart and set reasonable goal for yourself. Cut back on your calorie intact and do some exercise.

I’m by far not an expert on diet or exercise either. But as an average person I do know and I do watch what I eat. I never miss a meal but watch what size portions I have and try to exercise a little every day. Funny studies show that people who keep food diaries tend to lose more weight and keep it off longer than those who don’t.

Now is because maybe they are more intense on losing that weight and keeping off or have less time to eat? I think although it might be true, you have to have the right reasons and mind set to do it. That’s no difference than life is.

Over the month of January I will post a few simple easy to fix type meals for those that just don’t have the time to eat a well balanced meal. Like all at the beginning of a new year things seem to take a mind of their own. Here’s to good health from Back to my Kitchen

Where In Ireland To Take A Vacation

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If you only have one week, travel one or two regions only so you can make the most of your trip to Ireland. Make a list of your must see places first, and plan from there. If you are taking the spontaneous approach, seek out the local tourism office first when you arrive in an area. The locals also will give good regional advice and tips. Here are the highlights of each of the four provinces in Ireland to help you plan your Ireland vacation.

Dublin and the East

If you are travelling to and from Dublin airport for your Ireland vacation, then you may choose to spend at least a day at the start and end of the trip. Dublin offers history, culture, architecture, music and the city indulges all tastes and interests. Trace the history of the ages in Dublin from early Viking to modern Celtic Tiger years. Try a guided tour of the city if it is your first visit to ensure you see the highlights. Dublin is a good base for many day trips such as the Japanese Gardens, Newgrange Passage Tombs, The Hill of Tara, Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains.

Rugged West of Ireland

If you love wild untouched landscapes and ancient archaeological sites then head west during your Ireland vacation. Carved by the Atlantic Ocean the coastline is wild and awe inspiring. The Burren Region, Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands are geological wonders and are renowned worldwide. Visit Galway city of the tribes and capital of the West, before exploring the hills and lakes of Connemara. Then follow the literary trail of W.B. Yeats into Sligo and beyond.

South

The Southern regions are known for its fertile farmlands, beautiful beaches, gardens, and castles. The three peninsulas of the South West; Beara, Dingle and Iveragh are some of the most well known routes for visitors. Visit Cork, which is Irelands second largest city, before travelling to Cobh (Queenstown), which was the last port that the Titanic stopped in. The South East reveals its Viking and medieval past almost everywhere you look.

Northern Counties

From Dublin you can be in the vibrant city of Belfast in about two hours and from there begin exploring the Causeway Coast or follow in the footsteps of St. Patrick from Armagh town. Other highlights of the North include the Glens of Antrim, Bushmills distillery, Fermanagh Lakelands, and Derrys walled city. Cross the border once more into County Donegal and explore the rugged west coat with Mount Errigal in the background.

Services Offered by South Beach Smoke

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South Beach Smoke, a leading e cigarette brand is known worldwide to offer good deal of customer-oriented benefits with millions of satisfied customers. This battery operated device has attracted many users across the globe. The reason behind the popularity of e cigarettes is the uninterrupted customer services and products etc. It is designed very high tech with a led indicator at the tip that signals the operational mode. When one draws, it glows orange for the duration and also for the duration of charging. The main benefit of South Beach smoke is that it starts blinking when batteries need charging.

This e cigarette brand, apart from offering good services also provide great collection of flavors. Some of the enthralling flavors include chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, cherry and menthol. These wide varieties of flavors step up the delectation of users to a great extent.

Some of the services offered by and Benefits offered by South Beach Smoke include:

Lifetime warranty 30 day money back guarantee International shipping facility Incredible savings Referral Program

South Beach Smoke offers a Lifetime Replacement Warranty for its electronic cigarette products with an intention to warrant that each product is in good working condition. When the user is an active member of the South Beach Smoke Home Delivery Program, he/she can receive the Limited lifetime Warranty. The 30 day money back guarantee, on the other hand is available to the customers if they are unhappy with the products delivered by the brand.

The international shipping policy provided by South Beach Smoke e cigarette is free on orders over $100. International shipments can take from 7 to 30 business days to arrive; depending upon the country being shipped to. The worldwide shipping facility offered is one of the main reasons that have led to its popularity.

There’s a safety feature that will temporarily turn off the atomizer if a drag reaches 10 seconds. This prevents the overexposure to nicotine. When activated, this feature will trigger the LED light to flash 3 times and e-cig will stop working temporarily.

Electronic cigarettes are considered to give the same pleasing experience as that of traditional tobacco cigarettes. Thus some of the benefits that depict electronic cigarettes to be better include offers, deals, cost-effective rates, e cigarette coupons, kits, cartridges and so on. As the list is just endless, many of the users are switching towards this battery operated device.

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Get Hot Vacation Deals On Super Hot Vacation Packages!

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Well may be it is time for you to plan some Holidays to get out of the maddening crowd and enjoy life! Keep your yes open, there are several excellent vacation packages with fantastic vacation deals being offered for the vacationers!

If you have something like this in your mind and looking forward to break free of your day to day life but not sure which destination would be pocket friendly for you to get the maximum fun then there are couple of user friendly Internet portals sharing with you the relevant details regarding best vacation deals and vacation packages in much comprehensive manners.

You might be just thinking of going on your own or with your friends and family. Whether you are in a mood for a city break or for a beach holiday? Whether it is mountains calling you or the dessert? Whether you are in mood for a jungle safari this time or thinking of going for cruise holidays? Believe it! There are such fine vacation packages for the vacationers of every type! The Meta search engines provide you with the list of really nice vacation packages from various travel destinations for an individual or for the group to suit your mood and budget. Major travel agents through out the world keep on posting their deals on the Internet. You will find the portal displaying all the deals and packages offered by these travel agencies around the world with itineraries. You can also compare the vacation packages offered by different travel agents and the cost. Its simple and saves lot if time. It might just take you half an hour to settle down with best deals to suit your budget and time.

The planet is big! The vacation destinations are too many! But the best vacation deals on the best vacation packages are limited! Grab the best of the best for the destination of your choice when it is still some time left for you to avail them.

Travellers Enjoying Holidays In The British Virgin Islands This May Have The Opportunity To Attend The Bvi Music Fest

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Travellers planning their holidays in the British Virgin Islands this May are in for treat as the island is preparing for its annual three day beach front music festival- BVI Music Fest. The event is set to take place at the stunning Cane Garden Bay Beach at Tortola between 25th and 27th May 2012. Organisers are expecting the event to be well attended as the dates coincide with the US Memorial Day weekend- historically a time where holidaymakers from the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and other surrounding locations converge in the British Virgin Islands.

The diverse crowd expected to be in attendance coupled with the fun-filled Caribbean atmosphere and the amazing talent that will be on display are all the ingredients needed for a memorable holiday to the British Virgin Islands.

The Cane Garden Bay Beach has long proved to be a popular spot for travellers booking their holidays in the British Virgin Islands. Cane Garden Bay is known not only as the go to place for holidaymakers interested in various water sports but also for the lively entertainment provided by the local bars and restaurants making it the ideal spot to host the 2012 BVI Music Fest.

Music Fest Committee Event Coordinator, Rhodni Skelton has expressed his confidence in the success of Music Fest 12 as it makes a return to a beach front location, We have been eager to host Music Fest again on the beach. From its inception, people have come to know and recognise this festival as one of the top beach jams in the Caribbean. After a three-year hiatus from having the stage set within footsteps of the sea, we look forward to seeing the partygoers, music lovers, locals and tourists dancing and enjoying themselves on the waters edge.

Previous editions of the BVI Music Fest have proved to be a resounding success with appearances from an eclectic group of local, regional and international stars including Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Boyz II Men, Fantasia, Wyclef Jean, Luciano, Lucky Dube, The Temptations, Roberta Flack, Percy Sledge, Allison Hinds, Shurwayne Winchester, The Stylistics, Maxi Priest and Daddy Yankee. This year the performances promise to be equally varied with talent representing the full spectrum of musical genres on display including, British Rock n Roll, Party Soca, Dancehall, R&B, Fusion Jazz and Roots Rock Reggae.

A detailed list of the headline acts and performers are due to be released on the 23rd April 2012. By all accounts, BVI Music Fest 2012 is shaping up to be the perfect answer for travellers looking to escape to an exciting, fun filled holiday in the Caribbean.

Kenya Safaris Verses Zanzibar Islands

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Its become evident that when holiday seekers travel to Kenya for a safari experience they will eventually end up in Zanzibar to wrap up the Africa safari experience.

We all know a little too much about Kenya Safaris and the countries amazing diversity. Now lets just focus more on Zanzibar Island.

Zanzibar is considered to be part of the greater Tanzania, through ruled and governed by its own people.

The name Zanzibar is derived from a combination of two Arabic words, Zinj, meaning black, and barr being the Arabic word for land, resulting in the ancient title Land of the Blacks. As Zanzibar absorbed peoples from as far as the Orient and Iberia, Assyria and India, so the tapestry of its expression.

Zanzibar Island being the birthplace of Swahili, a lingua franca forged from global dialects, upon which legends were carried, trade routes opened and a Sultan Empire prospered there.

Zanzibar Island has a rich history with many invasions through the centuries. In the middle of the 19th century under the Omani Arabs the Island was the most important trading port on the East Africa, long before Kenya started safaris.

The strident laments and exultant overtures of Swahili taarab were born, their rhythms and melodies carried and honed between Zanzibar and the Arabian Gulf until they became the sounds of Zanzibars own musical narrative.

The architectural styles of the main town in Zanzibar Stone Town were born of the social convergence, while the tangled mass of stories, woven from centuries of lives lived, bestow a folklore and legacy that permeate life on the archipelago.

The Stone Town of Zanzibar is a fascinating warren of narrow streets, overhanging balconies and huge intricately carved doors. The bustling Suk where traders frantically bargain, is full of the pungent perfume of exotic spices.

The Old Stone town was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO for more than a decade now. Lamu Island in Kenya is also one of the islands that hold this prestigious title.

In order to protect the towns the governments has established the Stone town Conservation Authorities to enforce this.

Both Islands do really compete for the holiday makers looking for unexploited beaches and culture after Kenya safaris.

The stone town offers real value tours that start from the main city market, which was opened in 1904, you will get a comprehensive view of the Stone town architecture, its sand and stone ancient built houses, some of them have Arab inscriptions with carved doors with brass studs, carved balconies. You will also get the chance to see the old post office.

A good guide will then take you to the Anglican Cathedral of Christ, which was built by Bishop Steers in 1873 on the site of the Old slave market.

From here you will continue and tour the Sultans Palace Museum, House of Wonders (Beit-el-ajaib) built in 1883 and bombarded by British fleet in 1886, next to this you will see the Old Arab Fort, built in 1700.

What should be in your Airline ticketing Agent Resume

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What is Airline Ticketing Agent?

The airline ticketing agents are significant part of the airport practices. They examine the tickets of the passengers and check the boarding passes of the flights before directing them to their flights. For working at the airport as the ticketing agent, you will need a passenger service agent resume to display your skills. It is also called as the airline ticketing agent resume. Follow the basic resume writing tips to make better impact on the employer with your skills.

What are the responsibilities of passenger service agent? Airline ticketing agents have to answer the queries of the patients and guide them in the security procedures. Sometimes they also sell the travel insurance policies to the passengers. They make the announcements of arrival and departure of the flights and guide the passengers to the flight. When applying for this position, you need an optimized, job relevant resume to address to the recruiters. Your resume must reflect your work efficiencies and your job specific skills and traits.You can take help of Open Office Resume Templates

Airline Ticketing Agent

Educational Requirements

For working as an airline ticketing agent, you at least need to possess the high school diploma or a GED from recognized university. Candidates with college degree are preferred for the position.

Age The minimum age requirement for this job is 18 to 20 years. This age limit may vary by 2-3 years depending on the airline agency you are applying for. Skills Required These passenger service agents have to interact with the passengers and help them by providing the customer service. For this job, there is the requirement of strong communication skills. All the other skills required are listed below:
Strong verbal and written skills
Interpersonal skills
Proficient computer skills
Supervision and monitoring ability
Proper knowledge of geography
Foreign linguistic skills

Other Requirements

Also, it is important to stay well dressed as you have to interact with the national and international passengers. Your behavior should be pleasant and polite when you communicate. They may sometimes or frequently need to lift, push or pull the heavy baggage. Hence they must have good physical standards.

Salaries

There are several salary benefits for the airport ticket agent. The wages may depend on the work location and the company, but salaries offered in general are really good. It may range from $18,500 to $31,200 yearly. These pays are given on an hourly basis. Some of the employers provide additional allowances for uniforms, medical allowances, etc. These benefits vary according to your work status either full-time or part-time. When writing the Airport Passenger Service Agent Resume , you need to know the requirements of the job and list the exact details in the resume. It is the skills based job. Hence, you need to focus on writing your skills effectively to grab the attention

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