Shrimp Salad for Sunday Brunch

If you are looking for a quick and easy meal to serve to your family or guests for Easter or any Sunday Brunch, then this easy, breezy simple Shrimp Salad should fit the bill.
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I purchased a 2 lb package of frozen shrimp which was thawed in the refrigerator overnight.  You can either steam the shrimp in a Double Boiler or place them in a pan with 1/4 cup of water to cook until they are pink in color.  Allow the shrimp to cool then remove the shells, and veins and cut into thirds.
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Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs of fresh or frozen shrimp – deveined and tails off
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayo
  • 1 tsp of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp of fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup red onion – diced
  • springs of fresh dill (optional)
  • Lettuce leaves

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Instructions:
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  • Place the shrimp in a bowl
  • add 1/4 cup of mayonnaise or more if you like a creamier salad,
  • add a teaspoon of Dijon Mustard
  • mix in the 1/4 cup diced red onion and the juice of the lemon and lime. 
  • Lightly stir to mix all the ingredients together then cover and place in the refrigerator for an hour to chill.
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To serve you can either scoop some of the Shrimp Salad onto individual lettuce leaves or onto toasted Italian bread slices garnished with Dill.

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This simple Shrimp Salad is also perfect for a light lunch or as a quick and easy mid-week meal.

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This recipe first appeared on my other blog, DeDivahDeals.

Will Social Media Die Like Disco Did?

As reported by NPR.org
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It was the summer of 1979, and disco was taking over the world. Donna Summer, Chic and Gloria Gaynor were at the top of the charts. Just a few months earlier, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack had been named Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards. Radio stations were switching to all-disco formats.
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Steve Dahl, then a 24-year-old disc jockey, was mad. He had been fired from a Chicago radio station when it, too, went all-disco. In his new job at a rival rock station, he took out his frustration by destroying disco records on the air.
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“Back in the day when we had turntables, I would drag the needle across the record and blow it up with a sound effect,” Dahl says. “And people liked that.”
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Pretty soon, station reps and Chicago White Sox promoters had the crazy idea of actually blowing up disco records. The team was averaging just 16,000 fans a game and would have done anything to fill Comiskey Park.
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So, on a muggy Thursday night doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers, fans could bring a disco record and get in for less than $1. What transpired came to be known as “Disco Demolition” and is the subject of Dahl’s new book Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died, co-written with Dave Hoekstra.
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What about Social Media?
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Last week while driving to work I heard a radio DJ complain about the evils of social media and why she thinks it should die…but of course not before giving out her Facebook URL and Instagram account to the listeners.
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As a self-proclaimed Social Media Maven, Boomer who Blogs with a Millennial Mind, I couldn’t help but cringe at her statement, but it did remind me of the statements made by DJ’s in the 70s about Disco.
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However, if we are constantly connected to the Internet with social media becoming more integrated into our daily lives. Everything from driving, shopping, eating, watching smart TVs, to talking to Siri and Alexa in this “social media everywhere era” will it die out or just evolve into something like House Music?  
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Have you heard the phrase “Internet of Things”?
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Let’s Chat: what do you think, will Social Media die like Disco did in the 70s?
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Did you have a myspace account?
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Did you have a Meerkat account?
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Where are my Vine videos?
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Healthy Eating and Exercise For Our Kids

Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African-American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of our children are overweight or obese.
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If we don’t solve this problem, one-third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.
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I was so proud of then First Lady Michelle Obama when she worked hard withPresident Obama in the implementation of the”Let’s Move” program which included healthy eating as well.  She too understood the importance of keeping our kids healthy if we wanted them to grow into healthy adults.
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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle for our kids is very vital and it takes only a few changes to make it happen. So check out my Podcast interview which was on and popping with guest Queon Jackson, owner of Summer J Pops, “Delaware’s Coolest Desserts!”
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#AAUGlobalProductions #DelawareBlogger #health #Podcast

The Importance of a Good Social Media Profile Picture

You are the brand and face of your business which is why having a professional headshot is so essential. Selfies with the standard closet door background taken with your Smartphone camera just doesn’t cut it.
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When was the last time you had a good look at your profile picture? Does it match the image you are trying to portray for that particular site or are you still using an old outdated photo from a couple years ago?

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover”, well that may not hold water in today’s world. The reality is that we are all judged, or perceived, by the way, we look.
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And, particularly when it comes to professional situations—job interviews, making connections, networking—we have a short amount of time to make a good first impression.
Which is why it’s incredibly important to always appear professional, both in-person and online.
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 Most professional women understand the importance of business attire in-person, but unfortunately far too many fail to show that same professionalism online and that is actually the very first place most professional contacts will see you especially on LinkedIn!
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Instead of using a selfie-stick to take your next social media profile photo, you may want to consider a professional headshot instead.
Here are just five reasons why:
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First impressions are lasting impressions – you only get one chance to make a first impression.  
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To be treated as a professional you must look like a professional – point -blank – period!
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Take your business or career seriously and invest in your headshot, it is a business expense which qualifies for a tax write-off.
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Makes you more memorable especially if you use your picture on your business/rack cards or brochures and banners.
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You want to be found in person if anything happens, think of the “milk carton test” – it should be reflective of what you actually look like.
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What does having a good headshot bring to your brand?

1. Credibility
To be successful today, most professional jobs require knowledge and skill with social media. Profiles without photos are usually either not very active or just plain out-of-date on social media.
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In addition, many of those “spam” accounts and social profiles are only created to sell products or services or to collect information. Those fake profiles usually either have no photo or the photo of someone other than the actual person i.e. pictures of the family in a frame.
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When it comes to seeking employment, job recruiters, don’t want to waste their time with phony or fake profiles because it’s probably a phony or fake person.
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2. Recognition
Someone who already knows you from your past, other social media platforms, or even from a recent networking event will, hopefully, recognize that photo and know who you are.
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Have you ever attended a networking event, exchanged business cards and then checked that person’s Facebook page or Twitter account to see that their profile pic looks nothing like the person you met at the event?  Also, think about it, if a friend, college roommate or co-worker from your last job is looking for you and you have a very common name, your photo will help them find you.
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3. Consistency
Someone who follows you in other social networks will find, and probably follow you in new social networks. So, the reach of your social media visibility will be expanded and connected, and your “social proof” will be strengthened – having the same pic across all social media platforms makes it easy for people to connect and trust the person they are connected with.
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4. Personal Appeal
All profiles are more appealing when a person’s face is associated with it. LinkedIn has said that entries in LinkedIn search results with photos beside them are seven times more likely to be clicked than entries without photos.
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So, that recruiter looking for someone with your job title will probably not click on your name unless there is a photo beside it in the search results listings.  I don’t know about you, but when I get a request on Linkedin to connect and there isn’t a picture – I ignore the request.
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5. Personal Branding
Whether personal or professional your photo represents your brand it’s your personal logo — particularly when you use the same photo for all of your social accounts.

Here are five important things to remember when taking your social media profile picture:
Attire: It depends on the industry you are in, if you are in the fashion industry you will want to show off your suave and stylish clothes with the latest fashions, however, a law firm employee should wear a suit or a dress shirt. It doesn’t really matter about the lower half of your body, as your picture should be of your upper body only.
Simplicity: This word speaks volumes. Keep it simple.
Background: Where you take the shot should be clean, not distracting and should not take your limelight.
You, and only you: By this I mean there is no need for kids, family members, friends or pets to be in the picture at all. It confuses the viewer and it no longer makes it about you.  Arms around the shoulder,  flowers in the background, etc.
Personality: Smile, or at least look approachable and polite. No one wants to connect with someone who looks like they have an attitude.
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Think about this, there are more than 4 million companies registered on LinkedIn with company profiles that post jobs on their page. It is the place that is most likely to have industry professionals and stakeholders looking to bring some sort of benefit to your career.
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So if it’s time to update your headshots, you might want to hire a professional photographer, because a photo from your iPhone will not do.
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For more tips from a professional photographer, listen to my Podcast interview withWilly Vargas, of Vagas Photography.

Chicken Salad Made With Little Green Apples

“Little Green Apples”
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Do you remember that song?  According to Wikipedia, “Little Green Apples” is a song that was originally written for and released by American recording artist Roger Miller in 1968.
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It had since been re-recorded by several artist includingBloodstone, but it’s a classic nevertheless.
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Spring has officially sprung and there is more sunlight during the day, so my grocery food choices have also lightened up.  While shopping for the ingredients to make a light and tasty Chicken Salad, I knew that wanted to add something that would give it a little crunch. . 
After seeing a beautiful display of juicy green apples I knew they would be a perfect choice.

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It’s been a long winter filled with lots of Crock Pot Meals and comfort foods so it’s time to lighten up the dinner menu.  For this mid-week meal, I used lettuce leaves instead of bread to save a few calories.
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Ingredients:
  • 2 cups cooked chicken,  diced – Perdue Short Cuts Carved Chicken Breasts
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon honey mustard
  • ½ Green Apple,  diced
  • 1 cup celery,  diced
  • ½ cup sweet peppers, diced
  • 4 large lettuce leaves

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Instructions:
  • Rinse and pat dry the lettuce leaves
  • Wash and dice the celery
  • Wash and dice apple – do not peel to remove skin
  • In a medium bowl, mix together mayonnaise, and mustard, then add the chicken, celery,  peppers, apples and stir until completely coated
  • Cover and refrigerate at least an hour or until ready to serve
  • Spoon ½ cup onto each of the lettuce leaves
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Pour a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy this other classic song by Bloodstone!  

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