Monthly Archives February 2018

10 Tips for Living a Retirement You Love

The best way to have a retirement you love is to plan for it! Here are some tips for success.   Create and keep a schedule Although you may have dreamed for decades about the future when you would no longer have to set an alarm for the crack of dawn or race off to a job five days a week, once you retire you may start to feel differently about the lack of structure. Men in particular tend to identify with their work, and can start to feel isolated or bored after the initial excitement of free time has
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Culinary Corner: Chocolate Mint Brownies

It’s a brownie covered in mint cream topped with chocolate. Mmmmmm! Ingredients: 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup butter, softened 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups chocolate syrup 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup butter, softened 2 tablespoons creme de menthe liqueur 6 tablespoons butter 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips Directions: Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. In a large bowl, cream together 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup of softened butter until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the chocolate syrup. Stir in the
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Culinary Corner: Sweetheart Cupcakes

Instead of just plain white cupcakes, take it a step further and make them special. You can even change the colors for other holidays – green for St. Patrick’s Day, pastel colors for Easter, or red, white and blue for the 4th of July. Ingredients: 1 (18.25 oz) package white cake mix 1 1/4 cups water 1/3 cup vegetable oil 3 egg whites 8 drops red food coloring 2 drops raspberry candy oil Directions: Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard muffin tin with paper cupcake liners. Beat the cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and egg whites
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Have You Checked Your Beneficiaries Recently?

Take a moment to think about this: Are your beneficiaries in order? It’s far too common for people to sit down and designate their beneficiaries in their wills, trusts, insurances and/or investments, and never give it another thought. With that one-and-done mentality, you may find your legacy isn’t what you meant it to be. Life happens. People get married, divorced, have children, lose children, pass away, become ill, etc. If you don’t review your beneficiary designations regularly, you may find your assets are going to the wrong people or organizations now. I recently had an experience with a wonderful woman
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