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February Events

February 2 – Groundhog Day

February 5 – Super Bowl

February 14 – Valentine’s Day

February 20- President’s Day

February 28 – Mardi Gras


Mardi Gras - King Cake

1/4 cup butter

1 (16-ounce) container sour cream

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 (1/4-ounce) envelopes active dry yeast

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°)

2 large eggs

6 to 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/3 cup butter, softened
Colored Frostings

Colored Sugars

Preparation:

Cook first 4 ingredients in a saucepan over low heat, stirring often, until butter melts. Cool mixture to 100° to 110°.

Dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in 1/2 cup warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Add butter mixture, eggs, and 2 cups flour; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until smooth. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.

Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Stir together 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon; set aside.

Punch dough down; divide in half. Turn 1 portion out onto a lightly floured surface; roll to a 28- x 10-inch rectangle. Spread half each of softened butter and cinnamon mixture on dough. Roll dough, jellyroll fashion, starting at long side. Place dough roll, seam side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bring ends together to form an oval ring, moistening and pinching edges together to seal. Repeat with remaining dough, cinnamon mixture, and butter.

Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 20 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until golden. Decorate with bands of Colored Frostings, and sprinkle with colored sugars.

Note: Once the cake has cooled, randomly insert a tiny plastic baby doll, if desired, before frosting.

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MEMORY TIPS AND

TECHNIQUES

Memory is a composition of crisp thoughts and sharp images tied together. Remembering is a skill, just like thinking and talking. However, it is unique in that all our other abilities are based on memory. You can enhance your business and other skills by improving your memory.

The number one key to memory is concentration. To focus on specific types of information such as names, facts or numbers, you need a sustained level of attention. The main reason we get distracted and lose our ability to focus is the separation of the use of our eyes and mind. You cannot concentrate at all when they are not working together.

1. A great technique to raise your concentration is to exercise with a simple design called a mandala. Mandalas have been used in art and always include a circular central area. Twice a day, focus on the mandala for two minutes, keeping your eyes and mind directed to this target. If you do this property, it will quiet the inner noise in your mind, center your attention and focuses everything to a single point.

2. Many people benefit greatly from visualizing the information they study. Pay attention to the specific details. If you do not have visual cues to help, try creating your own.

3. Mental stimulation will help keep your brain in shape by doing crossword puzzles, playing challenging card games, take a different routes when driving or learn to play a musical instrument.

4. Look for opportunities to get together with loved ones, friends old and new. Social interaction helps ward off depression and stress, both of which can contribute to memory loss, particularly as we age.

5. You are more likely to forget things if your home is cluttered and your notes are in disarray. Jot down tasks, appointments and other events in a special notebook, calendar or electronic planner. Keep to-do lists current and check off items you've completed. Set aside a specific place for your wallet, keys, and other essentials.

6. Don’t try to do too many things at once. You will remember better if you focus on the information you need to recall later. Limit distractions and don't do too many things at once.

7. Sleep plays a very important role in helping you consolidate your memories, so you can recall them down the road. Make getting enough sleep a priority.

Winter Proof Your Body

As the winter months draw on, it can be rough on your body. You may find that the dry, harsh conditions of winter cause a number of problems for you from chapped lips to dry skin. You can protect yourself with a few simple tips:

Flyaway Hair - Cold temperatures, wind, and excessive combing can create a buildup of negative ions on the hair shafts called static. Use a mild shampoo for dry hair, and always use conditioner, which should get rid of the negative ions. Ask your stylist for recommendations for your hair-type.

Windburn Skin – Prolonged exposure to wind and the cold can leave skin raw and chapped. Before going outside, put on a thick layer of Shea butter. Then add a layer of sunscreen. For men’s skincare, look at monthly luxury shaves and facials. Luxury shaves help exfoliate the skin while also providing a hydrating mask to help restore moisture.

Chapped Lips -Chapped lips are a common problem during winter. Most people reach for a petroleum jelly-based chap stick. Petroleum jelly doesn’t get absorbed by the skin; instead it sits on your lips until it is wiped off. Use Shea butter. It is absorbed by the skin and helps improve the moisture retention of your lips.

Dry Hands – Your skin is susceptible to dehydration during the winter months. To protect your hands, wear gloves when you go outside and use rubber gloves when you do the dishes. Moisturize your hands every time you wash them. Frequent washing without moisturizing causes cracked knuckles.

Rough Elbows - Elbows have a thicker top layer of skin, which gets rough by the loss of moisture. To keep them smooth, exfoliate with a scrub twice a week and apply a thick cream every day.

Flaky Face - To keep skin from flaking, avoid products that contain alcohol, which is drying. Read labels! You might be surprised. Instead, use a gentle cleanser and switch to a richer moisturizer.

February's Specials
Relaxers $50
Brow Tattoo $100
Please remember that Valentine's Day is a polite Reminder that Christmas decoration's must go down!
~Unknown

Did You Know Fun Facts – February


*February is frequently on the list of most commonly misspelled words in the English language.

* February is the only month that can pass with no full moon. This will occur next in 2018.

* February is the shortest month in the year. Even in leap years!

EASY STEPS TO MASSAGE YOUR DOG


Did you know that massaging your dog provides many benefits such as improved circulation which supports both joints and muscles? There are several techniques and many ways to give your dog a massage. Here is a simplified routine to those who want to massage their canine companion.

With your dog lying on a cushioned mat and his head facing away from you, open your hands, thumbs touching, and placing one hand on each side of the head. Curve your fingers and use gentle circular motion down the neck. Be very gentle.

Move down to the top of the spine. With your fingers, massage in small circles. With one hand on each side of your dog’s body, begin at the shoulder and then move down the spine down to the tail using the same circular motions. At the tail, you can massage where the tail joins the body. (Some dogs don’t like this. Let your dog made that decision).

Now move down to the dog’s legs. Move your hand to gently knead the legs down to the foot. Then, massage the foot pads. With the dog lying on one side, run your hands from the head to tail in long, kind strokes. Roll your dog over and do the same thing on the other side.



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A MAN FOR ALL MARKETS – FROM LAS VEGAS TO WALL STREET, BY EDWARD O. THORP

The true story of the card-counting mathematics professor who taught the world how to beat the dealer.


A child of the Great Depression, legendary mathematician Edward O. Thorp invented card counting, proving the seemingly impossible: that you could beat the dealer at the blackjack table. As a result he launched a gambling renaissance. His remarkable success—and mathematically unquestionable method—caused an uproar, casinos altered the rules of the game to thwart him and the legions he inspired. They barred him from their premises; even put his life in jeopardy. Gambling was forever changed.

Thereafter, Thorp shifted his sights to “the biggest casino in the world”: Wall Street. Devising and then deploying mathematical formulas to beat the market, Thorp ushered in the era of quantitative finance.

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