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THE GREAT OUTDOORS In the Woods
There’s no shortage of summer weather in Northeast Florida, which gives us time to enjoy activities like boating, fishing, and skiing. We can pretty much enjoy these water activities with our families almost year around here. Those hot summer days in late September and October get old quickly! That’s when I look forward to the first fresh hint of fall in the air. There is no doubt that fall in Florida is the perfect time to head into the woods and experience Mother Nature’s beauty. The deeper the fall-winter, the better! I look forward to the cooler weather and changing leaves. Fall is the best time for outdoor activities. Cooler temperatures invite some of the most fun outdoor family activities, such as hiking the Appalachian Trail, ATV riding, and camping at Lake Delancy. I enjoyed these recreational activities originally with my brother, but we eventually began riding with our cousins. From there, we started to involve our families and close friends. It’s amazing that Jonathan will be able to go riding by himself in less than three months! There’s nothing quite like the freedom of riding an ATV in the wilderness: Making the turn off Highway 19 onto the Limerock Road system of the U.S. Forest Service brings about one of the most exhilarating off-road adventures. What I have always enjoyed most about being in the woods is the peace and serenity of nature’s mostly unkept beauty, and the comradery I experience in riding with family and friends. Since age 13, when there were only three- wheelers (ATCs), I have enjoyed these adventures. It makes me laugh just to think of all the stories I could tell about these adventures. Thankfully, they all end well!
front of me. Jonathan rides his Yamaha Grizzly 125 and follows far enough behind to avoid the dust. The area is full of wildlife, and we usually see bear, deer, or turkeys. We’ve even come across snakes and alligators on the trails. The memories we make each trip are tough to beat — especially when we camp under the stars. One of our favorite local spots is Lake Delancy in the Ocala National Forest. The trail system connects to several destinations, from Lake Delancy to Salt Springs, to Hog Valley, Florida, to the Rodman Reservoir. A small place named Square Meal offers some of the best country breakfast you can find anywhere in Salt Springs, Florida. Then, several miles west on the other side of County Road 316 is the historic 88 Store, which is a small gas station with a few convenient store items and a dive bar that serves the coldest draft beer I’ve ever had for 75 cents. I think they may charge a dollar these days. Back at camp, Addison enjoys following Jonathan around on her battery-operated RZR. Sometimes Jonathan tows Addison around on his ATV while Alison and I follow. Alison is sure to have all we need to make our camp-fire dinner the most delicious and enjoyable. The cool weather and serenity of the woods beg every trip to be a camping trip. It makes going to the woods easy, and every time, I wish we would have geared up to camp!
Today, Jonathan and Addison look forward to each trip to the woods with utter excitement. This adventure elicits questions like, “Can we camp? How long can we stay? Can we ride? Who’s going?” It’s always fun to pack up the ATV’s with a cooler, a camp grill, a few other necessities, and then we head to the Ocala National Forest for some of the best riding trails Florida has to offer. Alison and I ride a Yamaha Grizzly 660, and Addison usually rides in
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Are You Using Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Wrong?
Coconut Oil Better for baking than cooking, coconut oil is generally solid at room temperature. It can be used for some cooking, but like EVOO it doesn’t play well with high temperatures. Keep it at 350 degrees or below and use it as a butter substitute. Canola Oil/Vegetable Oil A good option for high-heat cooking, baking, and frying, these utilitarian oils are completely neutral in flavor, but they’re not heart-healthy. Vegetable oil is a generic mix of oils, including soybean, canola (rapeseed), and palm oils, making it the most inexpensive cooking oil. Peanut Oil Great for high-heat cooking, frying, and deep-frying, peanut oil has a neutral flavor, so you can easily use it in just about any dish that needs a cooking oil. It’s also a more heart-healthy option than canola and vegetable oils. Avocado Oil When you need an oil to withstand high temps, this is your oil. It has a smoke point of 510 degrees, making it perfect for grilling and stir-frying. What makes avocado oil particularly unique is it can also be used as a finishing oil, like EVOO. It’s light yet resilient.
Not all cooking oils are created equal. Some cooking oils have distinct flavors, while others are suited for high temperatures. Every oil is unique. Here are six common oils and their best uses. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil An often misused oil, extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) should not be used for cooking or frying. It’s simply too delicate and cannot withstand high temperatures, which can damage the flavor, ruining dishes. Instead, use it as a finishing oil — drizzle it over pasta, salad, or bread. Olive Oil Unlike EVOO, standard olive oil can be used for cooking and frying. It can withstand temps up to about 460 degrees. In many cases, you can use it in place of other cooking oils — just be sure you’re using plain olive oil and not EVOO.
APPEARANCE MATTERS! How Your Look Makes a Difference
Second, arrive early to court. This applies to anyone with a court date, including the parties, attorneys, experts, and witnesses. Being early signals preparation, thoughtfulness, and respect.
The “Oath of Attorney” requires lawyers to maintain the “decorum” of the court. This means lawyers must be well put-together, prepared, and wear a suit and tie to court. Clients should also dress their best in order to show their utmost respect to the court and particularly to the judge presiding over their case. What you wear into the courtroom matters. While it may seem trivial to some, how you look and act can influence the overall outcome of your case. Judges are trained to and do pay attention to details. They, like all people, form an opinion about you simply based on the way you dress and carry yourself. It’s a literal case of judging a book by its cover. When you are expected to be in the courtroom, you always want to make a good first impression — regardless of why you are in court. There are several steps you can take to ensure you leave a good impression. In a nutshell, here are five tips to help you prevail in court. First , dress professionally. If you have a suit, wear it. If not, a pair of dress pants and a long-sleeve shirt and tie are recommended. You should never wear shorts, tank tops, flip flops, or anything printed with offensive language or imagery. You don’t necessarily need to dress in formal attire, but a clean, respectful look will go a long way.
Third, never chew gum or hold candy in your mouth. It doesn’t matter the situation. Talking with gum or candy in your mouth, even a cough drop, is highly disrespectful, not to mention irritating for everyone in the courtroom. The last thing you want to do is irritate the judge. However, a cough drop may be the least disruptive alternative if you are experiencing a constant cough during your proceeding. Otherwise, do not use any gum or candy in the court room. Fourth, keep your cell phone quiet and out of sight. In fact, don’t bring it into the courtroom if you can help it. It invites distraction. Mobile phone use is not permitted during court. That said, it is increasingly more common and acceptable for your lawyer to use the features of their phone in court so long as they do so in an undisruptive manner. Fifth, be respectful always no matter what, and never talk out of turn. Both attorneys and all parties should show mutual respect for each another and toward the court. Professionalism and civility are expected. Anything less is sure to impact the result of your case one way or another.
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Many people stress over the option to purchase additional insurance coverage when they rent a car. After all, not having enough insurance, having the wrong coverage, or having no coverage at all, can quickly turn into a tough situation should you have car trouble or get into an accident. If you are driving a rental car and your vehicle becomes disabled or you get into an accident, what should you do? At the scene, make sure you are in a safe place to call for help. If you are involved in a crash and are not badly injured, be sure to photograph the scene, including the damage to all vehicles, the site of the accident, or other property. Get contact information from any witnesses and cooperate with the police when they arrive. Notify the rental car company from the scene of any crash since they may come out to conduct their own investigation. After you leave the scene of an accident with injuries be sure to see your doctor within 14 days. If you do not seek medical attention within 14 days, you may lose out on some valuable insurance coverage. If the rental car is damaged , the liability insurance coverage, if any, of the at-fault driver pays for injuries or damages to other people involved in an accident, but it doesn’t necessarily cover repairs to the rental. If you carry full or collision coverage, these policies may pay out for rental repairs. If you lack any coverage, the rental car company may file a lawsuit against you to recover associated costs if you did not elect to purchase their insurance as an option at the time you rented the vehicle.
This collision coverage will take care of the repairs to the rental vehicle, but you may be responsible for the company’s loss of income while the car is out of service for repairs.
If the other party is liable for the crash, the claim generally proceeds like a typical car accident claim. The responsible party’s liability insurance covers your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. It should also cover repairs to the rental so long as there are sufficient coverage limits.
Some credit cards offer collision coverage when you use their card to rent a vehicle. Most rental car companies, at an additional cost, offer collision coverage when you rent a car.
Inspired by Food & Wine magazine
As we enter the height of s’mores season, consider upgrading those store-bought marshmallows to homemade ones. For a colorful treat, you can easily add food coloring to this recipe.
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3 packages unflavored gelatin 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
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1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup light corn syrup
Powdered sugar, to coat
1. In a mixing bowl, combine gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water. Let sit while you make the syrup. 2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water until the sugar dissolves. 3. Raise heat to high and bring syrup up to 240 F, using a candy thermometer to check for temperature. 4. With an electric whisk on low speed, slowly whisk syrup into gelatin mixture. Switch speed to high and whip for 15 minutes, until very thick. Fold in vanilla after whipping. 5. Dust a nonmetal baking dish with powdered sugar and spoon mixture into dish. Smooth mixture, top with more powdered sugar, and let stand uncovered overnight. 6. Cut into squares, decorate, and serve.
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FALL FUN: MADE IN THE SHADE INSIDE THIS ISSUE 1. 2.
UNDERSTANDING COOKING OILS AND THEIR USES COURT APPEARANCE? YOUR LOOK MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS WHAT DO YOU DO AFTER A RENTAL CAR ACCIDENT?
THE SURPRISING ORIGINS OF TRICK-OR-TREATING
Why There Are Kids on Your Porch Asking for Candy
THE HISTORY OF TRICK-OR-TREATING
As Halloween looms and you load up your grocery cart with candy, you may ask yourself, “Why do I provide these spooky gremlins with a sugar high every Oct. 31, anyway?” Well, when your doorbell starts ringing around 6 p.m. this All Hallows’ Eve, you can thank the Celts for this tradition of candy and costumes. Halloween itself is a kind of mishmash of four different cultural festivals of old: two Roman fêtes, which commemorated the dead and the goddess of fruit and trees (not at the same time); the Celtic Samuin or Samhain, a new year’s party thrown at the end of our summer; and the Catholic All Saint’s Day, designed to replace Samuin and divorce it from its pagan origins.
hand, the Celts believed that Samuin marked an overlapping of the realms of the living and the dead. To trick the spirits leaking into our world, young men donned flowing white costumes and black masks — a great disguise when ghosts were about. The Catholic Church was never a big fan of these pagan traditions, so they renamed it “All Saints’ Day” and gussied it up in religious garb. By the 11th century, people were dressing up as saints, angels, and the occasional demon instead of spirits. Eventually, costumed children started tearing through town begging for food and money and singing a song or prayer in return — a practice called “souling.” But when did they start dressing up as Minions? Starting in the 19th century, souling turned to “guising,” which gave way to trick-or-treating
in mid-20th-century America, and the costumes diversified. So put on some clown makeup and a big smile, scoop up a handful of sweets, and scare the living daylights out of ‘em — ‘tis the season!
Long before there were young’uns on your porch dressed as Thanos with candy-filled pillowcases in
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