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The USA has many popular New Year’s Resolutions that most of the population makes year after year. Unfortunately, many of these resolutions are broken early on, during January.

The Top Three New Year’s Resolutions in the United States all involve controlling one’s weight and money. Both of sandwich-696417_960_720these elements have become big problems in American culture and they appear in broadcast news nearly every day.

Some of the other Top 14 have to do with eating and drinking as well!

Maybe this will be the new year in which America can solve some of the underlying problems that cause these scourges of obesity and poverty. Check out all 14 resolutions at:

New Year’s Resolutions – Fun Or Torture?

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Try a couple of these tasty recipes for you winter holiday extravaganzas, or just treat yourself when you take a break from school or job search action!

Best New Year’s Apple Recipes From The American South

Tennessee and Alabama are home to some of America’s finest dishes. Here are a few recipes I’ve picked up on vacations. Happy New Year!

Best Healthy Cranberry Recipes For Thanksgiving And Christmas

These three cranberry fruit recipes will add zip to your holiday table and create tasty memories for your guests.

Off the Beaten Path – Alternative and Different  December Holidays

photo-montage-488177_640Whether you are looking for some refreshing alternatives to Commercial Christmas and hectic winter holidays, or just need a different sort of weekend getaway, try celebrating one of these holidays or events – or hold a themed party.

For instance, you can visit Mount Rumpke at the Rumpke Sanitary Landfill near Cincinnati, and view 30,000 lights and a gathering of 25-foot candy canes all month in December.

  • The Rumpke folks power motor vehicles commercially with the methane created by the landfill.  They are sustainable in American Made business as well as fun.

Or, you might want to visit Boogie in the Bungalow in Pennsylvania.

Or visit the oldest gorilla in captivity on her birthday – Colo seems to be in charge of the zoo.

America has a lot to do in December — Take a look at the link above.

Increasing numbers of free magazines, newsletters and eBooks are becoming available online as more people learn how to create them.

While some of these offerings are strictly sales literature, others are informative, entertaining, and fun to have. Even employment news and trade or business journals are available online these days.

via The Best FREE Hot Magazine Subscriptions

The total number of American workers that produced income at home or elsewhere offsite (with a laptop at Starbucks) at least one day monthly rose 39% just from 2006 through 2008, according to data provided by WorldatWork in 2009.

Since that time, even more people have begun lucrative work-at-home and independent contractor employment, especially during the Great Recession 2008 – 2010. None of it is Get Rich Quick, but all of it is real.

via Top 5 Work At Home Jobs That Produce Income.

The Film and Arts community in Detroit, Michigan is thriving, despite the loss of other types of businesses from the city. The restaurant scene is still full of good places to eat any meal.

To restore some of Detroit’s former economic strength, we need large and small businesses to come in and families to move into Detroit, likely with the encouragement of tax and mortgage incentives.

In July 2013, over 85,000 job vacancies and increasing were listed for the city – the most in several years. However, Detroit does not have the trained workers to fill them. Many of the jobs involve Heathcare, Engineering, and Technologies. New businesses are starting up with the helo of crowd-funding as well.

There is an answer out there somewhere!

via Detroit 1950 – 2020: Growth, Bankruptcy and Recovery.

I had a problem with some of the events on Paula Deen television shows regarding the food content of certain recipes and the whole concept of the “party” show.  Some episodes of Best Dishes I lived very much.

I also liked her volunteer work, but then became disillusioned. She seemed to be another story of a very hard life turned around to become too much spending, too much eating, and too much acting. 

My problem with Ms. Deen was her partnering with Smithfield Ham, which hired groups of undocumented workers and then turned them in to INS and hired more. They have since remedied hiring practices and I follow them on Twitter, but I’m still a bit irked.

Paul helped to provide what she called “protein” from Smithfield to poor children and families,  but the product was not ham, bacon or sausage — It was actually hotdogs and/or cheapest sausage made from pork byproducts/remains. It’s a dishonest and unhealthy thing. You remember the chicken commercial that lamented “parts is parts”? What pig parts were in that protein?

The pork-giving program to the poor may end with Chinese ownership, but perhaps Ms. Deen should not be dumped from FN because of Smithfield, racism, or pushing diabetes-exacerbating foods. All that can be pretty much fixed.

If Paul is being sued with her brother for running hostile work environments and discriminatory workplace operations, and she loses that lawsuit, then that is the reason to cancel her contract with Food Network. 

Since October 2012, American sugar companies borrowed $862,000,000.

However, some of the sugar companies cannot pay back their loans, because domestic sugar prices dipped by 18%, because the MidWest produced an over abundance of sugar beets and elsewhere, sugar cane crops were oversized as well. USDA wants to purchase 400,000 tons (800,000,000 pounds) of sugar.

Since the 1934 Sugar Act was passed and the US Sugar Program for loans to sygar producers began, taxpayers have paid billions of dollars in taxes to these ventures.

By early 2013, some people could not even afford to buy a candy bar, let alone a diet soda.

Yet, obesity and Diabetes Type II continue to rise in percentage among our American populations. Does diet soda do that?

via Diet Soda Warnings Coincide with Government Plans to Bail Out Sugar Industry.

Someone asked how many ways we can use baking soda — Wouldn’t it be great if one simple, inexpensive product like this could be used for dozens of jobs around the home? At just 39 – 50 cents a box, it really can! Baking soda can be used not only in a variety of ways in food, but for medicinal purposes, cleaning, and a whole lot more.

Many people have found that taking baking soda in a glass of water daily balances the body’s PH and they feel that this regime is even preventing cancer. The research literature may not be sure about it, but many regular people are certain.

thinking about how to use baking soda, I was transported to a time at work in a restaurant when Paul Simon was singing 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover on the radio.

It was there that I first learned to use baking soda and ice cubes to clean a burnt coffee pot.

See what else I learned at:

50 Ways To Leave Your Lover or To Use Baking Soda

I was looking at winter vegetables tonight, because they will be on sale later this week, and was delighted at the varieties available .

All of the squash looks very good and is not as expensive as I had imagined. Many other winter vegetables are also being stocked right now: Kale, Carrots (all year), Cabbages of all colors, Broccoli, Cauliflauer, Beets, Fresh Peas, and several others.

via Best Christmas Menus: How To Prepare Winter Vegetables For Variety In Meals.

You may want to try growing some of these vegetables yourself, because parts of the United States are great for growing them right now in December and through to Spring. At any rate, you can find these delicious recipes at the link above:  1) Red Slaw and 2) Chicken and Broccoli Pie [or Ham and Swiss Cheese Pie!!]

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