July 2, 2013
God Bless America...
...and the women who keep it running! It's a holiday week, and that can mean planning the annual barbeque, family gatherings, and vacations. The Fourth falls on Thursday. If she is able, she takes the week off so she can get the most out of this holiday. She's making her famous potato salad or picking up hot dog buns for the neighborhood block party (don't forget to clean the pool), and making sure her kids are slathered
in sunscreen and fitted in clothing that is hot- and cold-weather appropriate. Afterward, she must clean up, pack the next day's summer camp bag for her kid, and be ready to get up for work the next day. She wonders why every holiday has to be so much work, but she gets over herself as she eats a funnel cake while enjoying the fireworks. If she is working, she can use the Fourth of July as a prime opportunity to receive holiday pay or extra comp days. Comp days are a hot commodity for moms who must adhere to a school calendar during the rest of the year. Her kids have many days off that
she does not. Conveniently, there's plenty of shopping to be done this week and most summer items are being moved to the clearance rack, while fall merchandise will soon be creeping into her favorite store. The good news: She will finally get a few of the summer clothes she's been wanting, if she can find her size.
Right now she could be...
• Ironing her work uniform
• Giving her dog a bath
• Bathing a newborn
- Waiting for the EPT strip to change color
There are about 76 million cases of food poisoning a year in the U.S., many resulting in hospitalizations and some in death. Salad bars can make a lovely meal, provided all the ingredients are fresh, but summer heat could make your favorite pay-by- the-pound salad bar a dangerous place to eat. Simply put, keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. The National Restaurant Association recommends that salad bars check these temperatures every two hours. In two hours, the summer sun can turn some foods into choice breeding grounds for bacteria. Here are some foods to scrutinize or avoid when eating at a deli salad bar during a hot day:
• Foods with a mayonnaise base, like tuna or chicken salad
• Yogurt and cottage cheese
• Grilled fish and meat
- Unpeeled fruits and shellfish
"How important it is for us to recognize our heroes and she-roes!" – Maya Angelou
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