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How to conserve energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P. 3 Bonanza Break Time puzzles, trivia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P. 4 Heat exhaustion, heat stroke pose threat . . . . . . . P. 5 Try these delicious Bonanza recipes . . . . . . . . . . . P. 8-10 Bonanza Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P. 12 Exercise caution when using herbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P. 15

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Classic children’s games Summer is a great time to be outdoors. However, there is only so much bike riding, tire swinging and sandcastle building kids can do before they start complaining they are bored. Put their complaints to rest this summer with these classic children's games. Flashlight Tag: For this game, you will need a flashlight and a large open space, preferably outside when it is dark. Find a volunteer to be "It" and give them a flashlight. Then have them count to 50 while everyone else hides. When they have finished counting, "It" should start looking for the others and shine their flashlight on the first person they find. That player will then become "It" and resume the search, while the player that was "It" will hide. Play continues in this fashion until everyone has had a chance to be "It." Hide 'N' Seek: For this game, you will need a large open space. Designate a spot to serve as home base and find a volunteer to be "It." Then have them count to 50 while everyone else hides. When they have finished counting, "It" should start looking for the others and try to tag anyone they come across before the person reaches home base. Anyone tagged is out of the game. Play continues until only one player remains. That person is the winner. Horse: For this game, you will need a basketball and a basketball goal. Choose a player to go first. That person should decide how they are going to shoot the ball-layup, free throw, etc.-and let everyone else know. If they miss, their turn is over, they receive an "H" and the next player in line announces their shot. If they make a basket, the next player in line must attempt to make the same shot. If that player succeeds, the ball goes to the next player in line for their attempt at the shot. If that player fails, their turn is over, they receive an "H" and the next player in line announces their shot. Play continues in this manner, with any player who spells out the word "Horse" eliminated from the

game. The player remaining wins. Red Light, Green Light: For this game, you will need a large open space. Find a volunteer to be "It" and have them stand at the finish line with their face forward. Line up everyone else on the starting line about 20 feet back. When ready to begin, "It" should yell "Green Light," signaling to the other players to move toward to the finish line. "It" may yell "Red Light" at any time thereafter, signaling to players to stop. Any players "It" catches in motion after they turn around must start over. The first player to reach the finish line wins. Red Rover: For this game, you will need a large open space. Divide the players into two teams and have each team link hands to form a chain facing each other. Then select a player to go first. That person should select someone from the other team to try to break through their chain and say, "Red Rover, Red Rover, send PERSON'S NAME right over." The player selected should then try to break through the team's chain GENTLY. If they succeed, they return to their team's lineup with another person from the opposing team. If they fail, they must join the other team's lineup. Play continues until everyone is on the same team. These are just five variations of some popular classic outdoor games for children. There are many more variations of many more games, including kickball, hopscotch and tag. Think back to the outdoor games you liked to play as a child and use them to help your kids stay active this summer.

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Why a hamburger? Trivia database KGB Answers states that 13 billion hamburgers are consumed worldwide every year. That's 35,616,438 burgers eaten each day. As people around the globe munch on savory ground beef and their preferred toppings and condiments, many people have wondered just why a hamburger is called a hamburger. After all, there is no ham in it. A hamburger is a cooked ground patty, typically made out of beef, though different meats have been substituted in recent years. Still, most people will not find ground ham in their hamburger. The name "hamburger" comes from where the first hamburger was created. The hamburger originated in Hamburg, Germany. Historians surmise it was based on minced beef specialties that first appeared around different regions of Europe as early as the 15th century. Germans devised a dish called the Hamburg Steak. It consisted of a simply flavored, shredded, low-grade beef with regional spices. The dish was eaten both raw and cooked. As Germans began to emigrate to America, restauranteurs and street vendors in New York City and other popular port cities began offering a beef dish cooked in the "Hamburg style," to attract German patrons. Eventually, the beef of the Hamburg steak was served between buns to make it more portable, most notably at county fairs across America. Different people are credited with creating the first official hamburger, including Frank and Charles Menches, who were vendors at the Erie County Fair in New York. The vendors reportedly used beef for sandwiches when they ran out of sausage. Others credit Charlie Nagreen, known as "Hamburger Charlie," with the invention of the hamburger. He made sandwiches out of meatballs that he was selling at the 1885 Seymour, Wisconsin Fair, so that customers could eat them while walking. The Seymour Community Historical Society said that 15-year-old Nagreen named the dish a "hamburger" after the Hamburg steak. There are other reports attributing the hamburger's invention to other people, so the history remains fuzzy with respect to this popular food. Regardless of where, when and by whom it was invented, the hamburger has maintained its popularity into the 21st century. Origins of Ketchup: Hamburgers seem naked without ketchup, which remains one of the most popular condiments for hamburgers and french fries. Nearly every American household has a bottle of ketchup stashed in its cupboard or refrigerator. The origins of ketchup can be traced back to the 1600s when many cultures used pickling brine as dipping sauces for foods. Affluent classes in Great Britain used rich brines from pickled walnuts and mushrooms and referred to them as catsup. Any sauce made with a vinegar base was known as catsup or ketchup. Americans eventually began experimenting with catsup recipes, targeting the country's taste for sweet foods. In the mid-nineteenth century, the tomato-based variety that is popular today was created. The name ketchup is often traced back to Malaysian and Chinese cultures who were the first to use a tart, briny condiment they called "kichap" or "ke-tsiap" or "ketjap."

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2 small red onions, cut into 1/2-inchthick slices 2 small eggplants (about 1 1/4 pounds each), cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices 3 red, yellow or green bell peppers (or a combination), stems, ribs and seeds removed, and cut in half 4 medium celery stalks 1 tspn salt 1 tspn freshly ground black pepper 6 medium plum tomatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1/2-inch chunks 1 cup kalamata, Gaeta or green Sicilian olives, pitted and chopped 1/4 cup golden raisins 3 tblspns drained capers 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh Italian parsley leaves or basil Dressing: 1/2 tspn salt 2 tblspns red wine vinegar 2 tblspns extra-virgin olive oil 1 tspn sugar or stevia 1/4 tspn coarsely ground pepper

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clean and lightly oil the grate where the food will be placed. Preheat burners on moderately high, cover for 10 minutes, and then reduce heat to moderate. 2. Wash portabella mushrooms in cold water. Gently rinse gills on underside of the mushroom. Cut off end of stem to remove any dried or hardened section. Let mushrooms drain, gill side down, for 1 minute. 3. Rub or brush olive oil onto the tops of the mushrooms (the round caps, not the gills), onions, eggplants, peppers and celery stalks, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 4. Place mushrooms, onions, eggplants, peppers and celery on the hot grill rack. Cover grill and cook vegetables 8 to 10 minutes or until tender and lightly browned, turning over once and transferring to plate as they are done. Cool slightly until easy to handle. 5. In large bowl, mix vinegar, oil, sugar and pepper until blended. Cut mushrooms, eggplants, peppers and celery into 3/4-inch chunks; coarsely chop onions. Place vegetables in bowl with the dressing. Add tomatoes, olives, raisins, capers and parsley or basil. Gently toss ingredients and dressing until well-combined. Makes 8 servings.

chini, cut diagonally into 3/4-inch-thick slices 1 red pepper, cut into 1 1/4-inch pieces 1/2 small Vidalia onion, cut into 4 wedges, keeping wedges intact 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon olive oil 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning 1 package (16 ounces) light kielbasa or other fully cooked smoked sausage, cut diagonally into 1-inch chunks 1 large stalk celery, chopped 1 package (8.8 ounces) white rice, fully cooked 1 medium tomato, chopped 2 tablespoons water

1. Prepare outdoor grill for covered direct grilling over medium heat. Meanwhile, soak wooden skewers in water 15 minutes. 2. In large bowl, toss zucchini, pepper, onion, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning. Alternately thread vegetables and kielbasa onto skewers. 3. Place skewers on hot grill rack. Cover grill and cook 10 to 12 minutes or until kielbasa browns and vegetables are tender-crisp, turning skewers occasionally. Remove skewers to platter; keep warm. 4. In nonstick 10-inch skillet, heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat. Add celery and remaining 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning. Cook, covered, 5 minutes or until celery softens, stirring occasionally. Stir in rice, tomato and water. Cover and cook 3 minutes or until rice is hot. Serve rice with kebabs. • Each serving without rice: About 320 calories, 18g protein, 9g carbohydrate, 26g total fat (8g saturated), 2g fiber, 76mg cholesterol, 1,160mg sodium. • Each serving rice: About 85 calories, 2g protein, 17g carbohydrate, 1g total fat (0g saturated), 1g fiber, 0mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium.

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Sunshine Trifle

A light, no-bake dessert, this citrusinfused (from thrifty orange juice concentrate) trifle recipe is a perfect treat after a heavy dinner or whenever your sweet tooth kicks in. 1 1/2 cups prepared vanilla pudding 1/3 cup thawed orange juice concentrate 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon sugar 1 (3/4-ounce) frozen pound cake

1. In a bowl, combine vanilla pudding and thawed concentrate. In another bowl, whip heavy cream and sugar until soft

peaks form. 2. Cut half of frozen pound cake into 1/2-inch cubes. In four 8-ounce parfait glasses, layer cake, pudding and cream; repeat. Chill 2 hours. Serves 4.

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1. In food processor, pulse 2 toasted hot dog buns into crumbs; transfer to bowl. Pulse salmon until chopped. 2. Mix with crumbs, green onions, 1/4 cup wine, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Form into 12 patties. 3. Bake on foil-lined pan in 425 F oven 10 minutes or until cooked through. In saucepan, boil 1/2 cup wine on high until reduced by half, stirring; chill slightly. 4. Toast 4 more buns, cut into thirds. Whisk wine into 1/3 cup mayonnaise; serve with patties on buns. Makes 12 sliders. (c) 2012 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved

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steak sandwich -- marinated grilled flank steak mingles with hefty slices of grilled onion, ripe tomato and peppery arugula leaves. 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper 1 (1 1/4-pound) beef flank steak 1 medium (8-ounce) red onion, cut into 4 thick slices 8 slices sourdough bread, toasted on grill if you like 2 medium ripe tomatoes, sliced 1 bunch arugula, tough stems discarded

1. In large self-sealing plastic bag, mix soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, thyme and pepper. Add steak to marinade, turning to coat. Seal bag, pressing out excess air. Place bag on plate; let stand 15 minutes at room temperature or 1 hour in refrigerator, turning over several times. 2. Meanwhile, for easier handling, insert 1 long metal skewer horizontally through onion slices; set aside. Prepare charcoal fire or preheat gas grill for covered direct grilling over medium heat. 3. Remove steak from marinade; pour marinade into 1-quart saucepan. Heat marinade over high heat to boiling; boil 2 minutes. 4. Place steak and onion slices on hot grill rack. Cover grill and cook steak and onion 12 to 15 minutes or until onions are browned and tender and meat is mediumrare, brushing both with marinade occasionally and turning both over once. Transfer steak to cutting board; separate onion into rings. 5. Thinly slice steak diagonally across the grain. Arrange onion rings and steak on 4 slices of bread; spoon any meat juices from board over onion and steak. Top with tomatoes, arugula and remaining 4 slices of bread. Serves 4.

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More weddings are performed in June than in any other month. And why not, June is just about the most perfect month of the year. The flowers are in full bloom, and the weather is both warm and sunny. So with everything so ideal, let's toast the bride with a perfectly delightful bridal luncheon - featuring this recipe.

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1. In a large bowl, combine apples, grapes, marshmallows and walnuts. Stir in mayonnaise. Add whipped topping. Mix gently to combine. 2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Gently stir again just before serving. Serves 8 (1/2 cup each).

Chocolate-Almond Strawberries

If you love strawberries as much as I do, then you've been watching the patch as steadfastly as I have (and it really doesn't matter if your "patch" is in your backyard or at your grocery store). Strawberries With Chocolate-Almond Cream Sauce is the current "most favorite" strawberry recipe for you to try. 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries 1 (4-serving) package sugar-free instant chocolate fudge pudding mix 2/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder 1 1/2 cups water 1/2 cup reduced-calorie whipped topping 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1 tablespoon mini-chocolate chips 1 tablespoon slivered almonds

1. Spoon 1 cup sliced strawberries into 4 dessert dishes. In a large bowl, combine dry pudding mix, dry milk powder and water. Mix well, using a wire whisk. Blend in whipped topping and almond extract. Evenly spoon about 1/2 cup pudding mixture over strawberries in each dish. 2. In a small bowl, combine chocolate chips and almonds. Evenly sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons chips mixture over top of each. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. Serves 4. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Party favors hide dinosaurs Inside By Donna Erickson

Every preschooler I know loves outdoor summer fun, birthday parties and anything to do with dinosaurs. Put that combination together, and it's likely that a dinosaur-themed party will be somewhere in your parenting repertoire during the early years. So save this recipe and use it when it's time to create sandy triceratops party favors. These surprises inspired by another place in time are something the kids will never forget. If there are older kids in the family who have already earned their degree in the dino phase, let them get their hands in the mix and help you prepare this sand-goop recipe to make triceratops party favors for their younger brother's or sister's party. Once this sand clay is off the stove and has cooled (yes, you'll be cooking sand!), mold it around plastic eggs containing little plastic or rubber dinosaurs. If you don't have plastic eggs, mold the sand clay around the toys to form a ball. Anyway you do it, let them dry a few days until hard. On the day of your party, pass one out to each child, or hide them in your yard for guests to find in a treasure hunt. Invite them all to follow you to the sidewalk. Tell them to tap-tap-tap their eggs against the concrete. The eggs will break after a few tentative

hits, and voila! Your party guests have just hatched a slew of baby dinos into the world! Perfect for a "birthday" favor. Sand Clay Recipe Put 1 cup clean sand, 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered alum (in the spice section of your market) and 1/2 cup water in an old cooking pot. Stir with hands or a spoon. An adult should then place the pot on the stove, turn heat to medium and continue stirring with a spoon. As it becomes warm, it will begin to liquefy. Continue to stir for 2-3 minutes until clay thickens. Remove from heat and spoon mixture onto cutting board. Let cool. Make above-mentioned party-favor eggs or enjoy molding the clay into shapes and characters. There are probably as many ideas as there are grains of sand between your fingers! Donna Erickson's award-winning series "Donna's Day" is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday.com and link to the NEW Donna's Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is "Donna Erickson's Fabulous Funstuff for Families."

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Strange, but true By Samantha Weaver It is still not known who made the following sage observation: "Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity." If you are an aficionado of the word game Scrabble, you probably know that there are only five words that can be played using a q but no u. In case you're not in the know, those words are "faqir," "qaid, " "qoph, " "qindar" and "qintar. " In 1774, surveyors in Maryland marked off a parcel of land by mistake. The error was immortalized when the town that grew up on that land adopted the name Accident. The English word "mistletoe" comes from an Anglo-Saxon phrase that means "dung on a twig." It seems that the branches where mistletoe is often found have white splotches on them, which some say resemble bird droppings. The martial art that is known today as karate actually originated in India and spread to China before becoming popular in 17th-century Japan, where it was dubbed karate, which means "empty hand" in Japanese. These days you'll rarely see an elected official with a beard, but facial hair wasn't always considered to be a liability in politics. In fact, it's been reported that Abraham Lincoln was inspired to grow a beard while he was running for president in 1860 because of a letter from an 11year-old girl. Grace Bedell wrote to Lincoln that a beard would make him

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Exercise caution when using herbal remedies When you were younger, your mother may have suggested drinking a bay leaf tea to calm a queasy stomach. For a sore throat, you may have swallowed a spoonful of honey. To calm jitters, you may have turned to chamomile. What you may have not known then is that you were taking herbal remedies for common ailments. The herbal market is a billion dollar industry. According to a report in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, about one-third of adults in developed countries and more than 60 percent of people in Asia use herbal medicines for health promotion or treatment of various chronic diseases. Herbal medicines can now routinely be found lining the shelves of everything from pharmacies to supermarkets to discount stores. Many consumers feel if a product is sold over the counter it is safe to use, even if they haven't consulted a physician. This is not always true. Certain herbal remedies require as much caution as prescription drugs. Furthermore, it is often imperative for individuals to understand the dosing instructions and drug interactions that come with herbal medicines. Unlike prescription medications, herbal remedies may not be required to undergo the strict testing measures for safety and efficacy. These products also may not be checked for quality control, such as whether the same level of active ingredient is contained in each package - or even pill. Sometimes it is buyer beware when it comes to herbal medicines. That isn't to say that all herbal products are bad. Herbal medicine, sometimes referred to as botanical medicine or herbalism, has been practiced with great success throughout history. Before there were pharmacies or drug manufacturers, ancient cultures relied on the products of the land - namely plants - to improve overall health and to treat illnesses. No

one knows for sure when humans first carry with them side effects and produce began using herbs for medicinal purposes, drug or food interactions similar to prebut there are written records of herbal scriptions. medicine use in China dating back to For example, St. John's Wort, one of 2800 B.C. Since then, herbalism has fallen the more popular herbal remedies, is a out of favor, only common product to resurface severused to ease the al times. Herbs symptoms of were used in depression and Ancient Greece, anxiety, and monks once because of its employed their widespread availuse, and when ability, most lack of availabilipatients assume it ty of drugs to be safe. But St. occurred during John's Wort may World War I, cause photosensiherbal medicines tivity, meaning increased in use. Herbal medicines may be available individuals with over-the-counter, but that doesn't fair skin could Herbal remedies mean they won't interact with other have an increased are still in use drugs. Nor does it mean they should risk for sunburn. today and may have found even be used without doctor supervision. Also, Biol more supporters. Psychiatry has Although the European Union started released data that St. John's Wort may to regulate the testing of herbal medicines cause manic episodes to occur in bipolar beginning in the 21st century, there still individuals. Immunosuppressants, benzoisn't any official overseer to most of the diazepines and antiretrovirals, as well as herbal products on the market. many other prescription drugs, are known Thanks to rising healthcare costs, many to interact negatively with St. John's Wort. people turn to herbal medicines in lieu of Here are some other popular herbal seeking out professional medical advice. medications and their potential drug interThis can be dangerous, because, although actions. these products come from nature, they can •Echinacea is used to boost the

immune system and fend off colds and flu. But it may cause inflammation of the liver if used with certain other medications, such as anabolic steroids, methotrexate or others. •Feverfew is used to minimize migraine headache attacks and for rheumatoid arthritis. It may increase bleeding risk, especially in those taking anti-clotting medications. •Ginseng increases concentration and physical stamina. Those using ginseng can see an increased heart rate or higher blood pressure. •Kava-kava is used to calm nervousness or muscle spasms. However, Kavakava may increase the effects of certain anti-seizure medications and/or prolong the effects of certain anesthetics. It can also enhance the effects of alcohol. Many herbal remedies are notorious for affecting metabolism, meaning they can be dangerous for people taking medications that need to be dosed into the blood stream at a specific rate. It is best to discuss use of an herbal remedy with a doctor prior to beginning any treatment. Always keep health professionals apprised of changes in herbal or vitamin usage, as it may interfere with prescriptions the doctor has issued or may issue.

Explore natural remedies As prevalent as prescription medications are, all-natural remedies for common illnesses and conditions are still a viable alternative to prescription medications for many people. But are these all-natural options safe? Although conventional care is often an effective means to treating illnesses and other conditions, there are many doctors who agree that implementing natural remedies at times can be safe and effective. Furthermore, not all natural remedies are without merit, and some traditional medicines are actually derived from natural, plant-based ingredients themselves. According to surgeon and author, Dr. Walter C. Thompson, "Herbal medicine is safe because it's natural. After researching the literature, one can truly say that, at the very least, herbal medicine is safer than conventional drugs." Those thinking about incorporating natural remedies into their health regimen can consider the following options. Nervousness and anxiety: Try lettuce, chamomile, valerian, and rose petals. Pain relief: Use omega-3 fatty acids, green tea, ginger root, and tumeric. Itchiness: Witch hazel, jewelweed and aloe vera are effective. Feminine issues: Parsley, basil and goldenseal can alleviate symptoms associated with menstruation. Antibiotics: Oregano and garlic are purported to have antibiotic qualities and can fend off harmful bacteria. Infections: Honey has long been used to heal and as an antibacterial and antifungal remedy. Many natural foods are effective in preventing and fighting cancer as well. Although natural remedies can be effective, it's important for pregnant women to avoid any herbs and plant supplements until discussing the risks/benefits with their doctors. Also, some natural remedies can interact with prescription drugs or increase their potency, so it's important to talk to a doctor about any plans.

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