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May 2017 IncSmart Newsletter

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May 2017 IncSmart Newsletter

The Best Spring Ever

Memorial Day

Memorial Day and Labor Day or bookend holidays, marking the beginning and the end of summer.  It is still a time to remember those who have passed on, whether in war or otherwise. Memorial Day is not limited to honor only those Americans from the armed forces. It is also a day for personal remembrance. Families and individuals honor the memories of their loved ones who have died.   It also is a chance for families to get together for picnics, ball games, and other early summer activities.  The beginning of summer is also Barbeque season.  Get out the grill.

Memorial Day BBQ

Party on the Patio

Baby Back Ribs
Take 4lbs of baby back ribs, cut into sections of about 4 to 6 ribs a piece.  For each rib section, place in aluminum foil and coat with your favorite BBQ sauce.  Wrap each rib section.  Let sit overnight to marinate.  Bake ribs in oven at 300 degrees for 2 1/2 hours.  Remove ribs and cover with more sauce.  Then caramelize the ribs on the grill.
Carolina Honey BBQ Sauce
1 cup ketchup
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp liquid smoke
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce
Kansas City BBQ Sauce
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground mace
1/8 tsp pepper
12 onion chopped
1 garlic chopped
Worcestershire
Currant Sauce
1 cup red currant jelly
6 tablespoon orange juice
2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 orange -- sliced thin

Cinco de Mayo

4000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French and traitor Mexican army of 8000.  The Mexicans had won a great victory that kept Napoleon III from supplying the confederate rebels for another year. The United States was embroiled in its own Civil War.  The Union army smashed the Confederates at Gettysburg just 14 months after the battle of Puebla, essentially ending the Civil War. Union forces were then rushed to the Texas/Mexican border under General Phil Sheridan, who made sure that the Mexicans got all the weapons and ammunition they needed to expel the French.  American soldiers were discharged with their uniforms and rifles if they promised to join the Mexican Army to fight the French.  The American Legion of Honor marched in the Victory Parade in Mexico, City.

The Fiesta

Cheese Enchiladas
2 Cups Shredded Monterey jack cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 flour tortillas
15 ounce can of tomato sauce
1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4cup shredded cheddar cheese
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease rectangular baking dish, 12 x 7 x 2 inches. Mix cheese, onion, sour cream, parsley and pepper. Spoon 1/2 cup cheese mixture onto each tortilla. Roll tortilla around filling and place seam side down in dish. Mix remaining ingredients except 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese. Pour over enchiladas. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese. Bake uncovered about 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Garnish with sour cream and sliced black olives or lime wedges if desired.
Bean Tostadas with Guacamole
     Refried Beans
2 Cups Cooked Pinto Beans
1/4 Cup Shortening
Salt
White Pepper
     Guacamole
2 ripe Avocados
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
1 small tomato
Juice from fresh lime
Salt and Pepper
Heat shortening on high in a large skillet. When shortening is hot, add beans. Allow beans to boil for approximately 5 minutes, do not stir. When the beans have warmed completely, begin to mash with a spatula or spoon. Continue to mash the beans until desired consistency is achieved. Add salt and white pepper to taste.   Place beans and guacamole on top of fried corn tortilla.


Mothers Day

The Mother's Day tradition is a popular American holiday. The second Sunday in May has become the most popular day of the year to dine out, and telephone lines record their highest traffic, as family everywhere take advantage of this day to honor and to express appreciation of their mothers and grandmothers.

Spa Packages

Options vary, but remember if you are sending someone for the first time, you might want to make two reservations.  People do not like to experience new things alone, so be ready to send her girlfriend as well. 

Cinnamon Rolls


See the smile on moms face when she wakes up smelling freshly bakes cinnamon rolls.  The aroma from these pastries will make everybody happy and will make a wonderful Mothers Day tradition.  You can shape these rolls the night before, cover in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.  In the morning let them set at room temperature for 20 minutes before baking.

Quick Rolls
1 1lb loaf of frozen bread dough, thawed
1 Tbl butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
Place dough on a lightly floured board.  Roll into a 12 x 8 inch rectangle.  Brush with butter.  In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle over dough.  Roll up from long side.  Press gently to seal seam and edges.  Slice bread into 12 rolls.  Place rolls onto greased baking pan.  Cover and let rise until nearly double in size.  Preheat oven 350 degrees and bake until brown, about 30 minutes.  Top with your favorite glaze while rolls are still warm. 
Vanilla Glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbl milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
In small bowl, combine glaze ingredients.  Drizzle over warm cinnamon rolls.
Orange Glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp grated orange peel
3 tsp Orange Juice
In small bowl, combine glaze ingredients.  Drizzle over warm cinnamon rolls.


Blue Star Banner Service

Many people are flying the colors when this nation is at war.  The tradition of hanging gold stars started in WWI.  Gold Star Mothers was organized in 1928.  Blue Star Mothers were organized in 1942.  The blue star in the windows is a traditional way for families and friends to display their pride and to remind others of their service.  And now the American Legion is leading a patriotic front to bring them back.  They are not just for parents, but spouses, siblings and other relatives of those on active duty during war or hostilities.  Each banner can have up to 5 stars.  Part of the tradition that nobody wants to see is that when a loved one dies in duty, a gold star replaces the blue star.  So the Blue Star Banner Service continues to be a tradition in America.  The banner lets everyone know that someone connected with this home serving in the US Armed Forces

Peace Corps

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship.  Three simple goals comprise the Peace Corps mission: Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.  Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.  Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of all Americans.

Margaritas

3 cups water
3 cups sugar
2 cups fresh lemon juice
2 cups fresh lime juice
Lime wedges and course salt. 

Combine water and sugar in large saucepan.  Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.  Bring to boil then cool syrup.  Mix syrup with lemon juice and lime juice in pitcher.  Chill until cold.   Rub rims of glasses with lime wedges.  Dip rims in course salt.  Combine 1 cups of sweet and sour mix, 1/2 cup tequila, 1/4 cup Triple Sec and 8 ice cubes in blender.  Process until well blended.  Pour into 6 glasses.  Repeat with remaining sweet and sour mix, tequila, Triple Sec and ice cubes.  Garnish each with a lime slice.

Strawberry Margarita
Add about 1 cup of strawberry per each margarita you want to make.
Watermelon Margarita
Add about 1 cup of watermelon seedless per each margarita you want to

Spa Days

- Sea Salt Massage
- Aromatherapy Oil Wrap
- Face and Scalp Massage
- Traditional Swedish Massage
- Foot Massage
- Natural Herbal Wrap
- Cellulite Treatment
- Exfoliating Body Scrub
- Manicures and Pedicures
- Full Body Mud Mask

Breakfast in Bed

Coffee and Cream
Juice
Sliced melon
Croissant
Butter and Jam
Flowers
Newspaper
Wooden Tray
Cloth Napkin

Juicing

Don't juice because you think it's good for you, juice because it tastes great.   The more you juice, the more ways you create your own favorite combinations.  While you may be just getting started in the world of juicing and might anticipate merely dabbling a bit, many people find that they become avid juicers once they start

2 apples
2 celery
1 carrot

2 apples
6 strawberries
1 knot ginger

3 carrots
1/2 beet

1/2 cup parsley
6 carrots

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