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

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

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

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

Travelling As a Hobby

A hobby, whatever it may be is definitely a fun activity and a stress buster. There are so many activities people do in their free time and to relax their stressed mind. The common and popular hobbies are Stamp and coin collection, music, painting, photography, reading and cooking. Among long, long list of various hobby activities, there is one interesting, informative and adventurous hobby which is also one of the most popular and loved pastimes. That is travelling.

For some it is a waste of time and money. They argue to use an alternative and read a book or watch a film related to places to be travelled. For others, there is no doubt that a person gets more life experience by walking a mile than reading an entire book. It’s a feeling of freedom, Freedom from routine and a great experience each time. You can make new friends, get rid of day to day frustrations, and give yourself some time to experience something new.

People who like and enjoy travelling have different options to try every time; a crowded market, historical momentum, a lonesome beach, and high hills and many more. The world is so big and there are so many places to visit. Each has a different beauty, various creatures, culture, speciality, language, history, and weather. The hobby of travelling is a hobby of enduring the beauty of God’s creativity and skill fullness.

If you are travelling to an historic place then chose to get prior information and an authorized guide. If you are going to any adventurous place then prefer to go in a group or with trained a person with emergency box ready with you. If travelling to a new country then make sure of having details and include a list of hotels, food, culture, language, laws, travel options, emergency numbers, currency of that region and other many more minute details. If as a traveller you like to have a nice and a planned trip without any hurdles then you are better off planning your trip.

You can take the details about the place to be visited. A wisely chosen spot, or a package will help you reduce your expense, as travelling is an expensive hobby. The planned trip is very helpful for the lone woman travellers. If you are from those who love adventures then the sky is your limit, although, you have to be smart, and informative enough to handle the experience waiting next step. You can enjoy hill walking, hiking, canoeing, caving, water sports, snow sports, and many more adventures activities.

Travelling gives you a great break from your routine and an opportunity to learn a new culture, old history and make lifelong friends. The people you come across and interact with, will give you a new heritage. They may open up your mind from a particular bend of thinking. Travelling is a perfect educational hobby as it helps you learn a lot of new things in life.

Source by Christopher John Bennett

Take Office With You Using Virtual Services

Every successful business knows how important the Internet has become. Not only has it changed our personal lives, it has changed the way we conduct business, such as email and web page advertising. Your competitors already know how essential an internet presence is to survive in today’s economy. However, in addition to email and web pages, the Internet can also be an office. Your Virtual Office.

There are many reason for having a Virtual Office in place for your company.

  1. Take your office with you, wherever you go. From your favorite coffee-house, to your vacation. You will never miss another important event.
  2. Working from home. For many people, telecommuting is a dream. For employees, this is a huge savings in time from commuting back and forth to the office, and the cost of vehicle maintenance and gas.
  3. Downsizing is not a bad word. The best way to make money is to save money. A virtual office will allow you to keep your location in a city without the cost for rent, utilities, payroll and insurance.

A virtual office will give you the look and feel professional company. You can service customers worldwide without having to increase expenses, and it can all be accomplished with your laptop and an Internet connection. A good virtual office can also help increase business. Nothing is more frustrating than calling a business phone number and having it ring many times before switching you to voicemail.

PHONE & FAX SERVICE – Two companies stand out above the rest, Vonage and One Box. They can issue a 800 phone number and fax number. You can have your calls transferred to your cell phone from a receptionist. If you do not need a 800 number, most cell phone companies will let you order a phone line with the area code for any city you need. You will never miss another call, and the calls you do receive will always be answered.

FILE CABINET – Internet file cabinets will allow you use any computer to retrieve your files that are kept online. Go Daddy has a great plan called Online File Folders. Not only do you have access to your files in your virtual office, you have the opportunity to send your files to your co workers and customers by email or fax.

MAIL FORWARDING – There are many options Mail Forwarding companies offer. Most will send your mail by US Post on your scheduled dates, and they can also send your mail to a new destination if your on holiday. Some Mail Forwarding companies can even scan and email your letters so everything is online.

MEETINGS – Connecting with employees and customers has never so easy with so many options. Your web page may already use chat rooms, instant messaging, and video conferencing. Many accounting software companies have made driving to your accountant a thing of the past as well. Accounting is now real-time online.

A virtual office is an efficient and creative way to conduct business. It may even be the competitive edge you have looked for. Now your company can GO GREEN.

Source by DW Oliver

Zrii, the Network Marketing Opportunity with The Chopra Center and Bill Farley

Zrii, the new fruit juice created by a new network marketing company is a perfect opportunity to start that home based business you've been dreaming about. The company was founded by William F. Farley, a well established business man who along with world raised doctors, chemists and nutritionists, aim to make this the best home based business opportunity to be presented to everyone in years. So why is Zrii such a great candidate for a home based business? The product is exceptional. It contains as its main ingredient amalaki which has been used for thousands of years in India. Till this day thousands of people who use amalaki daily in one form or another sing its praises. It health benefits are too numerous to count and everyone who has ever used amalaki has been amazed. It will be taking the West by storm and this is a great time to get in on this ground floor opportunity. The makers of Zrii have decided to market it through multi-level marketing. This means that almost anyone can get in and help sell this amazing fruit juice especially if they are interested in home based business opportunities. What is important to remember about the amalaki in Zrii is that it contains the highest known natural concentration of Vitamin C. This vitamin is vital to the proper functioning of many of our body systems and organs.

To join this multi-level marketing company started by Bill Farley, you need to know some of the benefits of Amalaki. Zrii contains a blend of Amalaki, Turmeric, Tulsi, Schizandra, Jujube, Haritaki and Ginger resulting in a wonderfully complementary mix that unleashes the full power of the amalaki fruit. This fruit is a miracle fruit because it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years to treat serious illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, liver problems and anemia. Thousands of people in India can attest to this. Is not it time the rest of the world enjoyed the benefits of this fruit? You can bring it to them in your home based business. Zrii has been made accessible to everyone who wants to earn some income when on a part-time basis or on a full-time basis. You can start your home based business today through this ground floor opportunity.

Bill Farley has been known to say that anything can be achieved through hard work, determination and the ability to seize unbelievable opportunities as they are presented. Currently more than 50 million Americans work at least part-time from home. Not only is it convenient but it allows tax duties to help reduce your taxable income from your regular job if you have one. With a home based business especially one like Zrii that is in its beginning stages of growth you will be able to get into this ground floor opportunity for the least investment before it blows up. In addition to that, working from home will allow you to work when you want, no commutes and no bosses. You do not need a storefront to get in on this amazing ground floor opportunity. Zrii allows you to create a network marketing business that suits your needs and at the same time bringing a product to your customers that you can stand behind.

Source by Marcus Elford

3 Tips to Creating a Free Gift Your Ideal Clients Actually Want

If you're like many entrepreneurs, concern (or even distress) about the size of your email list is a major issue. And for good reason.

Your email list – which is a list of folks that have given you permission to email or otherwise contact them – is the foundation of business success. Those are the people who are interested in building a relationship with you and eventually may turn into a customer of yours. The more people on that list, the easier it is to build a profitable, sustainable business.

So how DO you grow that list? Well, one tried-and-true strategy is to come up with a free gift or "taste" of your offer in exchange for getting your ideal client's contact information. (An example of this is a special report or a video or audio recording and you set up an opt-in page to collect the name and email address in exchange for giving them access to that content.)

The problem is, how do you figure out what the best gift should be? Below are 3 tips to help you do exactly that:

1. Create your gift around what's keeping your ideal client's up at night. No matter what it is you sell, there's one major problem keeping your ideal client's up at night that your products or services would solve. That's what you want to focus on – what I call the "gateway" problem.

This is important to remember – while I know some of you reading this offer very complicated and thorough coaching or healing programs that end solving lots of issues your ideal clients have, they did not actually buy the your program because of ALL those results. They bought it because of ONE major issue they were having, and now that your program solved other problems, they're really excited about it but that's not what caused them to buy your program in the first place.

If you try and get too cute or complicated in your initial gift, your ideal clients are not going to be that interested in giving you their name and email for the gift (much less actually going through what you put together).

2. Spend some time crafting a hooky title for your gift. The title is what is going to catch their eye and encourage them to read more about what you're offering for free.

So how do you create a hooky title? Go back to what's keeping your ideal clients up at night. For instance, you're a weight-loss coach, you could focus on 5 foods that make you fat. Or if you're a business coach you could focus on 5 mindset traps keeping you from building a successful business.

Now, what's keeping your ideal clients up at night is only the first step. As you can see by my examples there are a couple of other tips to help you craft a hooky title:

* Putting a number in there. It helps to have X tips or steps or secrets or strategies. Adding that detail makes it more specific for your ideal clients plus it implies you've laid out the information in a way that makes sense for them to consume.

* The smaller the slice, the better. Notice I focus on 5 foods that make you fat or 5 mindset traps. Not EVERYTHING that is making you fat or EVERYTHING that is keeping you from growing a business. One piece of the puzzle. Again, that specificity makes it very clear exactly what your ideal clients are getting, and the more clear they are, the more likely it is they'll want it (if it appeals to them).

3. Do not be afraid to make it content-rich – but do not give away the store. Okay, so how on earth can you do that?

The best way to do this is to completely answer whatever you promised them you would answer, but your answer should open up another question. So, for the mindset traps, you tell them exactly what the mindset traps are, but if they want more personalized help to avoid them, they'll need your product. Or you share what the 5 foods are, but then you may need something to replace those foods (or maybe eliminating those foods is not enough and they'll need more help) and that's where your program comes in.

The problem I've seen with content sharing is either people clearly hold back information so it's obviously incomplete (which irritates your ideal clients) or they share too much information and their ideal clients end up feeling satisfied and have no need to take the next step (EVEN if it's a false sense of satisfaction).

Again, this can be helped if you narrow down what your gift is covering to a very small piece of the puzzle. If you do that, you (hopefully) will not share so much your ideal clients feel complete, and if you answer that small piece completely, they'll feel like you gave them a great deal of content.

Source by Michele PW

Paint Color Ideas For A Living Room

The single choice of paint color will change the entire atmosphere of your living room. To find the perfect color for your home, start by deciding what you want the room to feel like.

Making the choice of what color to paint your living room can be difficult because of the myriad of colors available at every paint store. Don’t start out trying to pick the right color and the exact shade. Break down the decision process and begin by looking at the big picture. Try to decide what you want the room to feel like. If you want the room to be peaceful and relaxing, think of light, natural colors, such as soft whites, creams, beiges, sage greens and other earth tones that give you a soothing feeling. If you want a cheery room, pick cheery colors, such as bright white, yellow, warm pink or any color that feels sunshiny and happy. For an invigorating, classy room, choose warm, dark colors, from burnt orange to eggplant to chocolate. To make your living room cool and posh, pick stark black, white and cool blues.

No matter how light or dark or rich colors are, about half of them are warm and the other half are cool. You’ll be able to tell pretty easily which category each color falls into, but don’t get distracted from the way it will make the room feel by how pretty they are. Cool colors will give your living room a more impersonal, peaceful feel, while warm ones create an atmosphere of warmth, hospitality and excitement. Cool colors often coordinate with blue, and include pure white, black, gray, blue, all shades of purple, pink, and pastels. Warm colors have a closer relationship with gold, such as cream, brown, golden yellows, orange, orangey reds, and most greens.

One of the unique and often unnoticed qualities of color is that it can psychologically change the size of the room. Light colors make rooms feel bigger. This is why ceilings are often painted white, making them feel higher. Dark colors draw the walls of a room together, so people rarely paint rooms in very dark shades. If your living room is small, go with lighter shades. On the other hand, if you have a large living room, especially if it feels too big, a darker color can make it feel more homey and intimate.

No matter what shade of color you choose, the way to make it work is to put your efforts into creating balance. Unless you’re going for a monochromatic look, pick a wall color that contrasts with your furniture and decor. Balance is very important with dark paint colors. When a room has lots of windows, wide trim and light colored furniture, a dark color can be the best idea possible.

Don’t be afraid to pick a wild color. Take into consideration the way color affects the mental size of the room, get advice from friends and decorators and go with it! Keep a balance between bright or dark colors with light furniture and trim. Choose the atmosphere of the room first and select a color that achieves that atmosphere. You’ll make your living room a decorating success!

Source by George Samford

All About Fiber Optic Cable Cleaning

To get rid of contaminants and keep your optic cable functioning optimally you have to clean it regularly.

Tools you need for cleaning

There are many types of tools you need when cleaning the cables. Some of these things include:

Compressed air: Clean dry air is necessary to ensure that the aerosol is free or water, dust, and oil. For ideal results, you should use filtered or canned compressed air. You can easily find the air in your local laboratory supplier or photoshop.

Lens paper: The lens paper is made up of a long fiber that doesn’t have any chemicals. The paper is ideal when you are looking to minimize particulates. You can easily find the lens paper from your local drug store, laboratory supplier, or camera shop.

Methanol: You are discouraged from cleaning the optic cables using chemicals but if you have to, you should go ahead and do it but you should follow the guidelines given by your manufacturer. Just like the other cleaning materials, you can easily find methanol from your local camera shop, pharmacy, or drugstore.

Fiber optic cleaning notes

For ideal results when cleaning the unit you need to observe a number of notes. When cleaning, you should ensure that the fiber optic cable doesn’t come into contact with any surface, including your fingers. You should also avoid bending the cable. This is to avoid breaking the cable which would result in poor performance.

It’s common for optics and optic coating to be easily chipped. To prevent the chips from getting onto your hands you should use finger cots or powder free surgical gloves. To avoid contamination you should only use fresh spectroscopic grade methanol. Before you start the cleaning process, always ensure that the module power is off and the light sources are disabled.

Fiber optic cable cleaning procedure

To achieve ideal results, you should follow a cleaning procedure. You should start with blowing the surface of the fiber optic cable with a stream of clean dry air. This is to dislodge any large, loose particles. You should then place 1-3 drops of methanol at the center of the lens tissue and use it to clean the optical surface. Once you are done examine the optic fiber under high-intensity light using a magnifier. If there are still some contaminants on the surface you should repeat the cleaning process. If clean, immediately install a protective cover.

Source by Idd Aziz