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WHERE DID 2010 GO? (Continued) • The first Olympic Winter Games were in Chamonix, France, in 1924. The Canadian hockey team outscored their opponents 110 to 3, winning five matches and the gold medal. Canada won the gold in the following three winter Olympics, and settled for the silver in 1936. Since then, Canada’s hockey dominance has waned even though the popularity of hockey remains strong among the Canadian people. Prior to 2010, Canada’s most recent hockey gold was in 2002 in Salt Lake City, and that win followed a 50-year gold medal drought. In 2010, however, at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada had a chance to win hockey gold on Canadian soil. In one of the most exciting games in hockey history, Canada defeated the USA 3-2 in overtime to win the gold medal. There were many other great Olympic moments, but considering how much Canadians love hockey, this was a colossal victory for them. • Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, is famous for its golf courses and “island paradise” beauty. The island is also notable for the number of alligators in its lagoons and waterways. In July 2010, three ‘gator wrestlers and a truck pulled an 11-footlong (3.4 meters), 500-pound (226.8-kilograms) behemoth from a lagoon. So, you may want to keep your eyes open while riding or walking around the island’s many lagoons. • We’ve all heard that “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” The huge 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond has been part of the British Crown Jewels for about 150 years. When Prime Minister David Cameron was asked this year by Indian officials to return the diamond to India where it originated, he refused. He said it will “stay put.” (This question has been asked many times before and answered the same way!) • Do you remember listening to news reporters trying to pronounce “Eyjafjallajökull” last spring? (It is pronounced AY-uh-full-ay-ho-kul, just so you know!) This was the volcano in Iceland that spewed ash and grounded flights going into and out of Europe. (The last eruption of the volcano on the Eyjafjallajökull glacier was 189 years ago.) Flight disruptions in Europe cascaded around the globe and eventually affected approximately five million passengers. The volcano caused the biggest flight disruption since World War II. The bad news was that many people had problems getting where they wanted or needed to be…The good news? No airplanes went down because of the natural disaster. • Nebraska and Kansas have held the records for large hailstones for years. The heaviest on record

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intoxication,” Garbutt said. Eat a meal before you take your first sip of alcohol, he advises, and continue to take in food as the night wears on. Food, fats especially, help slow down the body’s absorption of alcohol. But to truly be effective, the food must be in your stomach first. If you wait until you’re feeling buzzed or tipsy to start eating, it’s already too late. Another good way to pace yourself: After finishing a drink with alcohol, drink a glass of water before your next round. This will both dilute the concentration of alcohol in your blood and help prevent dehydration, Garbutt said. And if you ignore this advice and end up with a hangover anyway, there are some things you can do that, while not a cure, will aid in your recovery. For example, taking two ibuprofen just before you go to bed and then again when you wake up will help reduce your headache pain. But it’s best to avoid aspirin, because alcohol can aggravate gastritis, and aspirin can increase risk of gastric erosion and bleeding. “Put the two together and there might be increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding,” Garbutt said. You also should avoid acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, because in some people taking this drug while alcohol is in their system can cause serious liver damage. Rehydration is very important, Garbutt said. Drinking a sports drink, such as Gatorade, will help both rehydrate you and replace salt and other electrolytes lost through the increased urination that drinking alcohol causes. What about those hangover “cures” we’ve all heard about? Coffee? Doesn’t help. Hair of the dog that bit you (i.e., drinking one more round of whatever caused your hangover)? All that does is delay the start of your recovery. Eating a big, greasy bacon and egg breakfast, or any other legendary “morning after” meal? It might’ve helped ... if you’d eaten it before you started drinking.

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TIP BITS Look up the word impulsive in the dictionary and prepare to see my face. I have five big bags of chocolate chips in my freezer to prove it. They are the ghosts of Christmases past when my plans exceeded my available time. Have I also mentioned the two containers of candied fruit that I picked up the year I knew Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have all kinds of time to make fruitcake? They have to be at least seven years old by now and curiously show absolutely no sign of becoming stale. Many supermarkets put baking supplies on sale starting about Thanksgiving and continuing through Christmas. Given the grim predictions that inflation has already

begun to send food prices higher, you should consider stocking up now when the price is right. So, how long will this stuff last if you decide to buy enough for the year? It all depends on the item and if you have the space to store it properly. Baking soda. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place; good for two years unopened, six months opened. Brown sugar. Store in freezer, and use within six months, opened or unopened. Butter. Salted butter is good up to five months refrigerated. Unsalted butter has a short shelf life of about three months in the refrigerator. Butter can be frozen for around six months. Canned evaporated milk. Store unopened for up to six months. After this time, it will not turn sour, but it will turn yellow and lose its flavor. Chocolate chips. Store at room temperature; 18-24 months unopened, one year if opened. Flour. Store in freezer. Unopened flour lasts for up to a year; opened, six to eight months. Whole wheat flour is good for up to a year unopened, but use within six months if opened so the oil doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dry out.

Granulated sugar. Store in cool, dry place; good for two years unopened; use within six months if opened. Corn syrup. ACH Food Companies, Inc., the company that manufactures Karo syrup, says it is safe for consumption for an indefinite period of time whether it has been opened or not. Light corn syrup may turn slightly yellow with age, but this is normal and not harmful. Marshmallow creme. Up to four months unopened; store in refrigerator once opened and use within two months. Marshmallows. Keep in an airtight container in a cool, dry place; good for three months. Powdered sugar. Store in a cool, dry place (not the refrigerator); good for eighteen months unopened. Pure vanilla extract. Store at room temperature; as long as it is pure, it has an indefinite shelf life. In fact, it even gets better with age. Raisins. Up to three years stored at temperatures up to 80 F. Can be refrigerated. Spices, ground. Store in a cool, dry place for two to three years.

Sweetened condensed milk. Store in a cool, dry place; good for one year unopened; invert can every two months. I am still searching for information on candied fruit. So far I can find no indication that it will ever spoil or change in quality or texture.

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118th year, the people of St. Paul were reveling in winter by holding a citywide celebration. The centerpiece of that year's Winter Carnival was, of course, the ice palace in the middle of downtown. • St. Paul opened its first ice palace in 1886 and historians say it was 14 degrees below zero on that night. Palaces had made periodic appearances since then but the risk of falling ice kept carnival officials from letting visitors walk through. This palace however, belonged to a new milennium and was monitored by sensors that continuously reported its temperature and conditions to authorities. It was the first time in more than 60 years that carnival-goers had been able to step into an ice castle. • With a 75-ft. turret at the center of the five-acre palace grounds, Let's Not Forget Minnesota's twenty-seven thousand blocks of ice Claim to Ice Creation Fame covered a steel frame and were wired for a computerized light and sound show The year was 2004 and for the occuring every 30 minutes during visiting

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