Time to Refocus

What is it that you’re missing in your life? What is it that you would most like to have? Would you like more love, more freedom, more peace?

In life, we strive and fight in our own lives to get whatever it is that we believe we need or want. We reach professional and personal objectives and get what we can manage. But is that what life is actually about? Is that what makes our soul thrive and feel happy? Is it what makes me fulfilled and complete?

Look inside you. What are you missing? What haven’t you got enough of? What would you like to have more of?

If your life ended today, what would you be sorry you never got?

If you dream of having matters, what need are these things trying to satisfy? What do they provide you? What do they make you feel, power, Palm Bay Bat Removal, satisfaction, peace… ? If you dream of attaining goal after goal, what does success mean to you? These things and goals are your way to fulfill your personal needs and those needs somehow conceal what you most desire. Ask yourself, then, what it is that your being needs, what it is that you crave day after day, what is it that would make you feel complete and whole.

As soon as you know, why don’t you turn that into your life purpose? Imagine planning your days and activities with that general purpose in mind. Everything you do then has that ultimate function. Your life immediately adopts a new meaning. Imagine you choose “peace” as your life purpose.Whenever dealing with others, you may now target peace as the highest goal. Your relationships will have that ultimate goal. And so will your job. And your leisure time. Along with your everyday activities, And the objectives you wish to reach. And your conversations… If you ever feel bad for whatever reason, ask yourself: am I still pursuing my purpose or did I go astray from it? Your life goal becomes your inner compass, your north, your way to follow no matter what. If you deviate from it, you may feel bad because you will not be aligned with it. Which is the same reason that will lead you to returning to it and resuming it. Once your life goal is defined, it is far easier to return to it. This step that I’m taking, this conversation that I am having, this activity that I am undertaking… is aligned with my purpose? Is making me move forward? Otherwise, what do I want to do to change it?

Give yourself the gift of the life compass. Do not you see how your life is changed? Pick your goal and re-focus your life.

Mix Up Your Mac and Cheese

What did foodie president Thomas Jefferson start? After discovering a cheesy, rich pasta dish in France. he brought it back in the early 1800s and introduced his dinner guests to a delicious new concoction loaded with rich cream, cheddar cheese and baked to a bubbly, crusty perfection. The latest from France, he definitely proclaimed, together with his other creations such as ice cream, french fried potatoes, fine wines and exotic fruits and vegetables, all whipped up at his estate kitchen by his French-trained chef (not to mention in the White House), and Colonial foodies dug in. For Southerners, homemade mac and cheese has always been a staple on holiday dinner tables.

Once commercial production began, Kraft Foods harnessed its great potential by mass-producing and boxing it up for active mothers and hungry kids, putting it on the map during the Depression, in 1937. When many cooks still preferred to make it from scratch, it created quite a stir in packaged foods, right up there with sliced white bread and Toll House cookies. In spite of a former First Lady’s campaign maligning it, boxed mac and cheese is a pantry staple.

No question, it’s come a long way, and a number of its newest versions are just plain outrageous. Seems each restaurant and chef wants to outdo the others, and while possibly some (possibly) delicious variations, the new combinations could qualify as just plain bizarre. Here is a list of current popular creations:

Mac and cheese bagels (really baked into the dough) from Einstein Bros.Bagels

Mac and cheese chunks, breaded and deep fried for a new experience in hors d’oeurves (Trader Joe’s are especially good)

Palm Bay Rat Removal Pizza topped with mac and cheese is showing up at several Big chains

Hamburgers topped or stuffed with mac and cheese

Mac and Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Meatball-stuffed sandwich sliders

Mexican foods (quesadillas, burritos and enchiladas) stuffed with M&C

Rich homemade baked M&C casserole with lobster (and a very hefty cost)

Mac and cheese topped with white truffles

Of course, driving up the cost and (sometimes) the flavor level, any cheese may be used, such as Gruyere (Martha Stewart’s favorite which will run you about $30/pound, but hey, it’s Martha Stewart) and blue cheese, which adds an interesting and fresh taste for this traditional dish, as opposed to traditional cheddar and Velveeta. Perhaps a chunk of butter and some sour cream to the calories up.

And at one L.A. restaurant, truffle oil and a splash of white wine is added for the bargain price of $95 per serving (you read that right). Yikes.

To put it differently, just about anything you can dream up, you can do with your basic mac and cheese, so get creative if the spirit moves you. However, for you purists, nothing beats the creamy goodness of macaroni, rich cheddar cheese sauce and buttery crumb topping baked to gooey perfection in the oven. It can be all grown up, but no doubt about it. Some things are better simply left alone.

Hamburgers 101

The Hamburg steak as it was called in the 1800’s was served on the voyages from Germany into the USA. The meat patties were quickly cooked and served on two pieces of bread. To attract many of the sailors and European people to their eating stands sellers. They would provide the Hamburg style steak on the menu.

With Hamburg steak firmly embedded the American culture in the late 1800’s claims of the way it served in the modern standard is according to Congress woman Rosa DeLaurao.

A ground meat patty served between two pieces of bread was made in America in 1900 by Louis Lassen a Danish immigrant, owner of Louis Lunch in New Haven Connecticut. This is a disputed fact. We’ll give you a few more names and areas of the Hamburger in the United States.

Fletcher Davis of Athers Texas sold burgers in the cafe in the late 1800’s before taking them into the World’s Fair in 1904.

Frank and Charles Menches vendor at a county fair ran out of their sausage sandwiches and began using beef instead. It was recorded this took place in 1892 in the Summit County Fair in Akron Ohio.

In 1885 Charles Nagreen now known as hamburger Charlie who made sandwiches that were easy to eat while walking at the Seymour Fair he was just 15 years old at the time.

Evidence that Oscar Bilby in 1891 was the first to serve the Hamburger on a bun in Tulsa Oklahoma. In 1995 Governor Frank Keating proclaimed that the first true hamburger on a bun was made and consumed in Tulsa Oklahoma.

With 40 billion served up in the United States alone has truly become America’s favorite sandwich. It may not have ever happened because in 1906 Upton Sinclair’s Journalistic book “Palm Bay Raccoon Removal” detailed the unsavory areas of the meat packing industry in the usa. Ground beef became subject to much scrutiny since it was easy to add meat scraps, additives and fillers

It became the lead way for today’s fast food hamburger success. The White Castle restaurants gleamed with cleanliness bringing the hamburger standing along with it.

Other national chains which followed were McDonald’s and In-n-Out Burger in 1948, Burger King 1954 and Wendy’s in 1969.

The combinations which come with the hamburger are endless with ideas being generated without end. Lots of you have your own favorite recipe to the burger of your choice.

So next time you pull into your favorite fast food restaurant, fire up the grill or put one on the George Forman grill you’ll know a little of this evolution on the Hamburger.

That is some fantastic information about ground beef and the way our food always has a little history behind it.