Iced Delight


Screenshot_1Chill out with this quick summer refresher

Nothing could be easier than this cantaloupe and strawberry ice. Just freeze up some fruit, make a simple syrup, and blend it all into a slush. For instant refreshment, keep the fruit in the freezer and the syrup in the fridge. You’ll have dessert in 2 minutes flat! Read on for more sweet sensations.

Pink Cantaloupe Ice

3 c cubed ripe cantaloupe

1/2 c fresh strawberries*

1/3 c sugar

1/4 c water

1 Tbsp light corn syrup

2 Tbsp orange juice

1/2 tsp grated orange peel (optional)

  1. Spread cantaloupe and strawberries in a single layer in a baking dish. Cover, and freeze overnight.
  2. In a small saucepan, mix sugar, water, and corn syrup. Cover, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Uncover, and simmer 3 to 4 minutes. Pour into a glass measure, and stir in orange juice and orange peel(if using). Chill 30 minutes or overnight.
  3. Combine frozen fruit and cold syrup in a food processor. Process with on/off turns until the mixture is smooth, stopping often to scrape down the sides. Serve immediately or transfer to a freezer container, cover, and freeze for up to 1 week. Yields 3 cups

Per 1/2-cup serving: Cal 83, Fat 0.3 g, Sat. Fat 0 g, Chol 0 mg, Fiber 1 g, Pro 0.8 g, Carb 21 g, Sodium 8 mg

(*) Note: Out of season, use frozen, unsweetened strawberries.

RELATED ARTICLE: Cool Summer Ideas

* Freeze cranberry, raspberry, or orange juice in ice-cube trays, and use to flavor iced tea.

* Make ice pops with juice combos such as orange/peach/mango or apple/raspberry/ blackberry blend.

* Freeze grapes for a cool, sweet snack.

* Make a fruit slush by blending fruit juice concentrate and ice.

* Top softened low-fat vanilla ice cream with diced mixed fruit such as strawberries, peaches, melons, and blueberries.

* Blend cold coffee, low-fat frozen vanilla yogurt, and ice for a frozen cappuccino.

* Make a fruit smoothie by blending a banana and strawberries with orange juice, yogurt, and ice.

* Blend cold coffee, chocolate sorbet, and milk for an iced mocha.

* Empty a can of diced pineapple in juice into a bowl. Freeze, then blend with low-fat coconut milk and a dash of rum or rum extract for a pina colada dessert.

* Prepare fruit gelatin with fresh fruit stirred in; chill and top with reduced-fat sour cream.

* Use small cantaloupe halves as bowls to serve individual fruit salads.3

Is your hair dye safe?


I’ve heard some hair dyes, the kind that slowly gray, contain lead. Should I be worried?

Hair Dye Colors

Hair Dye Colors

Progressive hair dyes pose a potential health threat, says Howard Mielke, PhD, associate professor of environmental toxicology at Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy in New Orleans. Unlike most dyes (permanent, semipermanent, and temporary), progressives usually contain lead acetate. They darken gray hairs by forming a lead salt that binds with hair proteins. According to a study headed by Dr. Mielke, these dyes contain 2,300 to 6,000 micrograms (mcg) of lead per gram. That’s up to 10 times the limit allowed in house paint (a lead source that remains a major hazard) (Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association, Jan/Feb 1997).

Dr. Mielke’s research team found that 26 to nearly 80 mcg of lead remained on each hand after using the product, even after washing with soap and water. In fact, lead was found on everything subsequently touched–combs, hairdryers, and even phones.

While washing your hands or wearing gloves may help, it doesn’t eliminate all risk. “The dye is clear and does not stain, so you can’t know where it has dripped,” says Dr. Mielke. That means you could contaminate clean hands and, if you touch your mouth, ingest the dye unknowingly. Even passing a hand through dry, dyed hair picked up 286 mcg of lead. And some studies say that children 6 years old and younger can ingest only 6 mcg of lead per day, safely; adults, 30 to 60 mcg.

Herbert Needleman, MD, lead-poisoning expert and professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, adds, “The more we study lead, the more we find harmful effects at lower doses than previously suspected.”

The FDA, currently reviewing this, maintains that lead acetate-containing hair dye products can be used safely by carefully following label directions. Still, Dr. Mielke has stopped such tests on humans. “If it’s too hazardous for my lab, I say it’s too hazardous for your bathroom.”

Quick Tip

Check the label–and relax: If lead Acetate is not listed, then your Hair dye is okay.





DATA >> A new 5,898-square-foot four-bedroom with four full bathrooms for $1,799,000

BACKDROP >> Five minutes uphill from the roiling Yampa River and just over a hump from the resort proper, the Greystone development offers hiking/biking/skiing trails (for the outdoorsy) plus membership to the on-site Rollingstone Ranch golf course (for the sorta-outdoorsy),

HOME >> Built for empty-nesters, it has four bed/baths, a bar, and a family room on the first floor to accommodate the visiting kids, cousins, and friends. But the real living is upstairs. The master bedroom and bath and enormous main-floor kitchen/dining/family room are adorned with oversize windows for nonstop views and a modern-rustic vibe, with reclaimed-wood flooring and accents. A covered deck allows for entertaining all those kids, cousins, and friends.

CONTACT >> Nick Metzler, Colorado Group Realty, 970-846-8811


DATA >> A 5,315-square-foot four-bedroom with one full and six partial bathrooms for $1,995,000

BACKDROP * Park City’s Aerie development sits on a hillside over-looking downtown and PCMR. While not exactly “walkable.” it offers refuge from tourist density.

HOME >> The designer of this mod Swiss chalet wanted clear Empire Canyon views and installed so much glass that the solar exposure heats the home in midwinter. Unusual hardwoods finish the walls and ceilings, The bottom floor offers an indoor tap pool and hot tub.

CONTACT >> Ben Fisher, Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, 435-962-0192


DATA >> A 25-room inn on 38 acres for $1,995,000

BACKDROP >> Bring your skis–and your horses. sleds, and fishing poles. This former gentleman’s estate is currently a B&B with 38 acres. ponds, a brook. and stables for a dozen horses. Fifteen miles of cross-country trails lead into Vermont’s famous 300-mile Catamount Trail.

HOME >> A nine-bed. nine-bath manor with four additional four-bed. four-bath carriage houses. The manor’s kitchen services the 50-person dining room; fireplaces throughout (plus a small pub down-stairs) keep it cozy.

Coaching Baseball to Prioritize Player Development


The target audience of this article is intended to be youth baseball coaches, the parents of youth baseball players, and the youth baseball players themselves. For the purpose of the article youth baseball is defined as leagues and teams serving ages 8-15. Leagues designed for those younger than age eight tend to use modified rules. Leagues for players older than age 15 should prioritize winning.

Screenshot_1Development is characterized by providing individual players with the opportunity to learn and master the skills of the game. Inherent in this opportunity is the concept of trial and error. Coaches should create in-game opportunity for players to apply the skills sets they are being taught, assess the outcome of their execution of these skills sets—both in terms of failure and success, and receive immediate follow-up opportunities within the context of the game to apply what they have learned from experience.

Trial and error is the one concept that has been strategically extracted from almost all aspects of the lives of children, a sincere but misguided attempt by adults to spare them the disappointment that accompanies failure. However, trial and error is the most effective means to develop the types of skill sets—most based on range of motion and a sequence of physical movements—that are required for success in sports. Trial and error is the basis for human adaptation.

In terms of physical movement, the brain requires repetition to develop the degree of muscle memory that promotes the stimulation to response proximity athletes need to excel at hitting, throwing, fielding, and base-running, and in addition to construct a data bank for the purpose of subconscious recall.

The objective of this article is to encourage coaches to prioritize development by balancing the desire to win with the needs of individual players and to provide strategies for doing so.

There are four specific areas where coaches can concentrate their efforts: (1) in-game at-bats, (2) stealing bases, (3) implementing relays and cutoffs, and (4) individual players and playing time

In-game at-bats

Coaches can encourage the development of hitting skills by limiting their use of the take sign to the last inning or two of a game, and even then only if the situation dictates it, for example it is a one-run game and the strategy improves the odds of winning. After all, winning and player development are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

The first pitch

Leaving the hitters free to swing at the first pitch of an at-bat—something that coaches intent on winning generally oppose—serves two purposes. Pitchers are routinely coached to throw first pitch strikes which increases the probability the hitter will receive a pitch that is hittable. The second is that swings early in the at-bat, assuming swing and miss or pitches fouled-off, provide real-time feedback that allows the hitter to adjust for timing and swing path, both of which increase potential for more solid contact on ensuing swings. Mark Teixiera early in the 2012 season attributed his lack of offensive production to taking too many pitches within any one at-bat, and as a result of denying himself the opportunity to make adjustments frequently produced weak ground balls and pop-ups due to tentative swings at less than optimal pitches.

In terms of general success, Kirby Puckett in his lifetime hit over .400 when swinging at the first pitch. Josh Hamilton is equally as successful going into the 2013 season hitting .401.

The 3-0 pitch

Most coaches automatically have a hitter take the 3-0 pitch. This too can be limited to a late inning approach. Permitting a hitter the leeway to swing at the 3-0 pitch allows him to predict for location and to ready himself more aggressively in anticipation. Assuming that he has a pitch of preference, one that is more than likely suitable to his swing path, the potential for successful contact is increased. If the result is a swing and miss or a foul ball, at the very least the process of trial and error is initiated in terms of within at-bat adjustments. Even a worst-case outcome such as weak contact back at the pitcher provides valuable feedback for the next at-bat.

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Tips for proper food refrigeration.


Just because you place food in the refrigerator or stick it in the freezer doesn’t mean that food will last forever. With the refrigerator set no higher than 40[degrees]F and the freezer at 0[degrees]F, the following storage tips will help to decrease your chances of becoming sick from harmful bacteria associated with spoiled food.


Hamburger /
Ground Turkey
1 to 2 days
Freezer: 3 to 4

Fresh Chicken /
Turkey Parts
1 to 2 days
Freezer: 9 months

Fried Chicken
Refrigerator: 3 to 4 days
Freezer: 4 months

Raw Steak
Refrigerator: 3 to 5 days
Freezer: 6 to 12 months

Raw Bacon
Refrigerator: 7 days
Freezer: 1 month

Fresh Salmon / Catfish
Refrigerator: 1 to 2 days
Freezer: 2 to 3 months

Cooked Fish
Refrigerator: 3 to 4 days
Freezer: 4 to 6 months

Fresh Shrimp / Scallops /
Refrigerator: 1 to 2 days
Freezer: 3 to 6 months

Ham (Fully Cooked)
Refrigerator: 7 days
Freezer: 1 to 2 months

Cooked Meat
Refrigerator: 3 to 4 days
Freezer: 2 to 3 months

Soups & Stews
Refrigerator: 3 to 4 days
Freezer: 2 to 3 months

Lunch Meats
(Opened Packages)
Refrigerator: 3 to 5 days
Freezer: 1 to 2 months

Frozen Dinners
Freezer: 3 to 4 months

(Opened Jar)
Freezer: Don't freeze

Fresh eggs in shell
4 to 5 weeks
Freezer: Dont freeze

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RelyOn Technologies Introduces Website


RelyOn Technologies is expanding its reach with a brand new website.

According to a release, RelyOn Technologies offers the full line of industrial spray booths designed and manufactured by Garmat USA in its Englewood, Colo.-facility. These include booths of any size from the smallest to the extra large, big enough to spray paint rocket ships and airplane parts and sections.

Together, these two companies are able to meet any budget requirements, any production needs and custom design systems capable of working perfectly in any factory space layout. Fully licensed for all aspects of construction, thereby avoiding the need to utilize any outside contractors, RelyOn can provide a turn-key installation. Everything is geared to the highest quality standards possible, all designed to streamline operational efficiency to produce the maximum possible return on investment.

While most may think of a spray paint booth in the traditional sense of spray-painting automobiles, the products offered by RelyOn and Garmat go well beyond these.


Industrial booths are used for woodworking, as in the manufacture of furniture, doors, shutters, etc. They are also called for when working with certain composites such as metal alloys, carbon fiber and fiberglass materials.

All booths feature full downdraft, semi-downdraft, side-draft or cross flow ventilation, comply with all associated government regulations, state and local, and can be custom designed to meet whatever specifications are required for each individual job.

For companies in the automobile collision repair business, having a long-lasting, spray paint booth that is designed to use a minimum of shop space and maximize revenue by increasing productivity is essential. Drive through doors, vehicle lifts and make-up air that can be heated or cooled make these booths the number one choice.

Buying advice for basket bats


Let us face the facts: baseball bats are some of the most complex objects in sports. It looks simple but it is meticulously designed to ensure that it can allow quick and balanced swings while at the same time providing power that is required to hit the ball once it is thrown by the pitcher in a baseball game. It is mainly divided into the barrel, handle, and the knob, all of which are carefully designed to perform various functions.

Baseball player with bat. Studio shot over white.

According to the baseball regulations, the thickest part of a baseball bat should not be more than 2.75 inches in diameter and its length should not exceed 42 inches long. The bat should be made of wood or metal alloys. However, if it is made of aluminum for instance, it has to be a Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution for it to be used in a game, according to the law.

Most baseball bats used in college and most baseball leagues are made of aluminum, but professional baseball players prefer wood baseball bats because of the traditional look and the feel. The cracking sound made when a wooden baseball bat hits the ball is considered to be more pleasing to the ear than the “ping” sound made when an aluminum bat hits the ball. However, wooden baseball bats break easily. On the other side of the coin, a ball hit with an aluminum bat goes at a higher speed than another hit with a wooden bat. Aluminum bats are lighter than the wooden ones and a higher distance can be covered using less effort. Overall, both wooden and metal-alloy baseball bats have their own advantages and disadvantages. The choice normally depends on the level of play, the regulations and the personal preference.

Buying advice for basket bats

Before buying a basket bat, it is advisable to have a keen look at the baseball bat reviews available so that you can have a sneak peak of how a good baseball bat should be. These reviews are available in various baseball online shops or review websites. It is also important to research and familiarize yourself with the practical details of baseball bats before you buy one. You cannot avoid the legal issues for instance. At these times when financial crises do not cease to rock the world economy, a baseball bat should not cost an arm or a leg. However, low price does not mean that you should compromise the quality or the ‘feel’ of the bat. A surefire way of avoiding fake bats is buying from a reputable baseball equipment dealer. Whether you buy a wooden or an aluminum bat is up, to you, as this is essentially a matter of personal preference.

Indeed, whether you are a professional baseball player or an amateur, what matters is what kind of a baseball bat you will use. To ensure that you use the right bat, check online for baseball bat reviews from various users, and make an informed decision based on the reviews.

Wagner Brand Paint Sprayers


If you want to buy a paint sprayer then you can buy it from the Wagner because Wagner is a trust brand. In the market you can find all of the products of the Wagner brand. You can use the Wagner products for home improvement, industrial and commercial painting and if you want to finish your painting with a good result then you can use Wagner brand paint sprayers.


The Wagner Company helps the customers to prepare the surfaces easy and apply for a good paint. It also helps you to cleanup right when you finish your painting work. Actually this company made all the products that really wanted by the customers.

If you want to buy and product of Wagner band please look at this article before buying the product because I am sure that this article will help you to get an idea about the product of Wagner brand. After reading this article when you get a good idea about the product of Wagner brand then you can buy the best one for you.

Products of the Wagner brand:

There are many kinds of the product of the Wagner brand available in the market like Wagner 0518080 control spray max high volume low pressure (HVLP) Sprayer, Wagner 0529010 indoor or outdoor handheld sprayer kid that can be used both in indoor or outdoor and many more product. Most of the people generally use these two sprayers for their paint work. Let’s see the work of these sprayers.

Wagner 0518080 Sprayer max high volume low pressure (HVLP):

  • You can use this sprayer in many work like you can use this sprayer for your cabinet paint and also you can use this sprayer for your furniture painting work.
  • In this pressure you can get high volume but low pressure facilities which will be good for your paint work.
  • This paint sprayer weight will be not too much and for this reason you can carry with you very easily and can work in a better mode and you can get a better performance.
  • There are some powerful materials inside this paint sprayer and for this reasons this paint sprayer will be friends of yours for do your work with an excellent performance.
  • If you want to get a good paint in your house and in your furniture’s you can use this paint sprayer. You can use it in any kinds of home improvement works.
  • When you want to finish your work from it then it will get you a good finish. Also there are many kinds of facilities in this paint sprayer for this reason you can use this paint sprayer.

Wagner 0529010 indoor or outdoor handheld kit paint sprayer:

  • You can use this paint sprayer for both outdoor and indoor work and it can help you in many ways.
  • It is mainly an airless paint sprayer and you know that an airless paint sprayer can be very helpful for you.
  • From this paint sprayer you can spray your interior surface easily.
  • The materials in this paint sprayer are most powerful than a HVPL paint sprayer and for this reason you can use this paint sprayer.

First time buyer


What do you look for when you buy or are looking to buy your first bass guitar? Should it be new and possibly expensive? Used and possibly cheap? Is the bass in question the one your favourite musician uses? Did you read about a particular model or did somebody recommend one? What about buying online at eBay or Craigslist, through the Buy & Sell or at a pawnshop? Small local store or generic music store chain? Four strings or twelve?

This issue’s article is a two-parter … I think it’s very important to talk about the many options and situations which can affect your decision making process; especially if you are new to the world of bass guitar.


Here are some things to consider:

1) Price Range.

What do you want to spend or better yet what is your budget? Most musicians are balancing on fairly unstable financial ground, so be aware of what you are prepared to shell out. I’m a fan of making sure the money is in place (if possible) to get whatever it is that I’m looking for. That way the deal is over and done with at the beginning. Unfortunately, this scenario is the less common one to most of us working folk. This is where buying at a bigger music store can come into play. If your credit rating is okay, you can set up a payment plan and with minimal money down walk out of your local Long & McQuade or Steve’s Music, etc., with your bass in hand. There will be interest added onto the overall purchase price just like any other payment plan and you will pay more in the end. Top of the line basses cost top of the line dollars so you might want to consider the compromise of getting a bass that is reasonably priced. It might not be your first choice but if you are in it for the long haul you’ll eventually end up with the one or the ones you’ve always wanted.

2) Model and Brand.

I have pretty small hands. Some basses are not very comfortable to play as a result. Try out a few different kinds of basses, different brands, different shapes and different sizes. You want to get a feel, a sense of what might be right or wrong for your situation. What is it like when you play it sitting or standing? Is it light or heavy? Does it feel good playing with a pick and with your fingers? Is the neck size a regular scale, short scale or long scale? Does it feel balanced when you’re wearing it with a strap? The main thing is to look around as much as possible. And never be afraid to ask questions. Any questions?

3) What Kinds of Music Are You Interested in Playing?

Some instruments lend themselves naturally to certain kinds of music. If you are in a hard rock band you probably want to get something that will give you the necessary crunch and heaviness, which is part of the music like a Gibson Thunderbird. If you like a lot of mid-range punch you may want to check out a Music Man Stingray. If you like jazz, a fretless bass may be in order or an upright.

4) Bring Someone Who Knows

I started out playing a copy of a Jazz bass when I was 13. It was a decent, well made beginner bass, which didn’t cost an arm and a leg to acquire. My bass teacher, Wayne Boychuck, helped me pick it out. Actually, he sorted it out completely as I had no prior experience in the buying or selling of any sort of instrument. It was a definite plus to have someone give me guidance so I wouldn’t get ripped off when it came time to actually hand my money over for my new purchase. It’s not just little kids who get burned either. A contemporary of mine wanted to get an effects pedal for his burgeoning pedal board setup. He hadn’t bought many before so I offered to help him out, to come along to the music shop so he could find something solid and workable at the best price possible. I was out on the road with Sarah McLachlan for a while and he didn’t want to wait. What happened was he ended up going to a local music shop and got talked into buying a pedal which cost way too much that wasn’t all that suitable to his needs. This pedal now sits around gathering dust. It really does pay to have someone with you who knows about gear and stuff–especially if it’s your first time buying a bass.

Brian Minato is the bassist for Sarah McLachlan. He is also a Vancouver based musician/producer currently working with The Blue Alarm, Boywonderbread, Sandy Scofield, Jennifer Campbell, Chris Tait and other artists. Find him online at,