Yes, Indeed, it is Elvis Presley’s birthday today! Had he lived he would be 82 and probably still rockin’. Elvis was born on this day in 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Van Morrison wrote …
Yes, Indeed, it is Elvis Presley’s birthday today! Had he lived he would be 82 and probably still rockin’. Elvis was born on this day in 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Van Morrison wrote the beautiful song “Tupelo Honey” in honor of the sweet treat that comes from that area. Elvis began his career there in 1954 at the age of 19.
Here are some fun facts you may not have known about Elvis:
- Elvis dyed his hair black. His natural hair color was brown.
- He bought his first guitar at age 11. Elvis really wanted a gun but his mother convinced him to buy a guitar instead. The rock and roll world thanks you Mrs. Presley!
- He was offered his first chance to sing live on the radio in 1947 at the ripe old age of 12 but he was too shy to perform.
- When Elvis was 18 he paid $4 for his first record as a gift for his mother.
- In 1954 he auditioned for The Songfellows, a gospel quartet and was turned down! Their loss our gain
- “Heartbreak Hotel” was released in 1956 and was written about a newspaper article covering the story of a local suicide.
- Elvis was 6′ tall and wore size 11 shoes.
- Elvis’ 1960 hit “It’s Now or Never” so inspired a prisoner who heard it in jail that he vowed to pursue a career in music upon his release. The artist, Barry White, was then serving a 4-month sentence for stealing tires.
- Elvis recorded more than 600 songs, but did not write any of them.
For those of you out there that love Elvis raise a glass and wish the King Happy Birthday! Some still believe he is alive and well. As for myself, I like to believe he is on a deserted island somewhere drinking Pina Coladas and Margaritas with Jimi, Janice, and Jim Morrison. They are all hanging out and enjoying tropical rays and good times, even if it isn’t so, I still like to believe that our great musical legends have somehow lived on.
As a caregiver, I can personally attest to how difficult it is for families trying to care for a loved one who is critically ill, physically impaired, in the last days of their life, or has other d…
As a caregiver, I can personally attest to how difficult it is for families trying to care for a loved one who is critically ill, physically impaired, in the last days of their life, or has other disabilities. It tears family members up watching their loved one suffer and it takes a very strong person to be a caregiver, whether it is care for a family member or not. I did this for my mom for quite some time and it is very taxing. When she finally got put into a 24-hour care center it took a lot of my stress away. Many families don’t have that option or can’t allow that to happen for their loved one.
Another sad factor is that some families or persons don’t qualify for in-home care from a service such as the one that I work for. It is unfortunate that people fall through the cracks in our healthcare system and for these families acting as caregivers the toll is incredible. The stress can at times be through the roof and can lead to very heavy depression.
Legacy Corps provides a brief respite for caregivers. Jannus, the company overseeing the volunteer project says that over 300,000 people in Idaho, 1 in every 4, are family caregivers. What this means is that they are the caregiver for a family member and they take critical ongoing responsibility for loved ones who are physically disabled, chronically ill, or emotionally disabled.
Jannus is trying to get people to volunteer for 10-12 hours a week through Legacy Corps. This allows caregivers to get out of the home for a short break and much-needed respite. The volunteers receive training, $167 a month and a $1,500 scholarship. Those over the age of 55 who work as a volunteer can gift that scholarship to a child or grandchild.
Currently, there are 3 information sessions available:
- Monday 1-2 p.m. at the Jannus Building, 1607 W. Jefferson St. in Boise
- Tuesday 1-2:30 p.m. at the Boise Senior Center, 690 Robbins Road in Boise
- Wednesday 1-2 p.m. at the Retired and Seniors Volunteer Program office, 411 E. Hawaii Ave. in Nampa
Jannus, Inc. is a non-profit organization that changes lives every day. For 40 years, Mountain States Group has served individuals and families to change their lives for the better. The legacy of those years is people who are healthier physically and mentally, children who gained a strong start in life with proper care and nutrition, entrepreneurs who created companies and jobs, and new Americans who were given the support they need to live productive lives here.
The one thing each of the programs has in common is assisting individuals and families in transition. The idea of helping people in transition is central to everything they do. A dedicated staff of over 130 works with an annual operating budget of nearly $14 million sponsoring over 20 programs.
We educate children and families
We support healthy living
We connect family caregivers with resources
We support efforts to maintain the health of our elders
We analyze policy impacts to vulnerable populations
We coordinate the resettlement and related services to hundreds of refugees in Idaho
We counsel entrepreneurs in development and start-up of small businesses
We support the voice for mental health consumers and families
We understand rural health and work with communities and partners to improve health care access and service in rural communities
If you would like the opportunity to volunteer and help these families in need out please contact Jannus at 1607 W Jefferson St, Boise, Idaho (208) 336-5533
For those of you that are meat lovers, there is a great special that Albertsons runs all the time. It is going on today until Tuesday. It’s the Buy 1 get 2 Free and the Buy 1 get 1 Free sale.…
For those of you that are meat lovers, there is a great special that Albertsons runs all the time. It is going on today until Tuesday. It’s the Buy 1 get 2 Free and the Buy 1 get 1 Free sale. What this means for you as a shopper is that you can get 2 huge pre-seasoned pork shoulder blade steaks in each package. I bought 3 packages for a total of 6 steaks that cost about $14 total. I also took advantage of their beef steak sale and got 2 packages, each containing 3 petite sirloin steaks. They were on special, buy 1 get 1 free, so I got 6 steaks total for about $14.
I buy these particular cuts of pork steaks all the time and have a great recipe for cooking them up to perfection. Albertsons has them on sale sometimes buy 1 get 1 free, but when you can catch the buy 1 get 2 free sales you rake in a great deal. They also have pre-seasoned chicken leg quarters which are wonderful and big!
Here is what the pork steaks look like out of the package.
As you can see they are seasoned. The pan that I cook them on is a 9 1/2″ X 14″ baking pan with a rack insert. You can tell just by the size of the pan how truly big these steaks are. The side view shows that the steaks are nice and thick!
I set the oven at 425 degrees and spray both sides of the steaks with a canola cooking oil. I cook them on one side for 20 minutes and then flip them over and cook them an additional 20 minutes. They come out juicy and tender.One of these steaks will feed 2 people so you can get 4 meals out of 1 package. If you are going to split 1 steak between 2 people I would cut them after cooking so that the steak retains the juice.
Here’s what our dinner looked like.
On a 1-5 star rating for Albertsons sale, it gets 5 stars across the board for the price, cut, and quantity!
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