The Dragon’s Philosophy – Trust the Process

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Weekend Inspiration – Failure leads to your Reinvention (Conan O’Brien’s 2011 Dartmouth College Commencement Address)

(Money on my Mind) McDonald’s will close 700 stores this year – What do you think their mistakes were? Will they survive?

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McDonald’s closed 350 stores in the first three months of 2015 and is planning to close an additional 350 by the end of the year.

The struggling fast food giant recently announced it was closing 350 poorly performing stores this year, but on Wednesday McDonald’s admitted it had closed a previously unannounced 350 stores in the U.S., Japan and China.

“Earlier on Wednesday, McDonald’s reported an 11% decrease in revenue and a 30% drop in profit for the first three months of year, a continuation of its troubles in the last two years as it has struggled to compete with new U.S. competitors, a tough economy in Europe and a food safety scare in Asia,” Fortune reported.

McDonald’s started falling into a steep decline after customers began seeking healthier alternatives, a decline which may prove terminal for the world’s largest fast food chain.

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It was definitely a sign of the times when Hillary Clinton stopped to eat at Chipotle while campaigning in Iowa earlier this month, two decades after her husband famously stopped at a McDonald’s while jogging.

“The world is starting to ask what they’re truly eating in their food — and the new conglomerate of natural grocers and restaurants are trailblazing the way into an entirely new economic environment,” Anthony Gucciardi wrote. “In other words: people are simply tired of shoveling garbage into their bodies, and they’re not going to put up with it anymore.”

And price conscious consumers aren’t just limited to McDonald’s nowadays: natural food outlets such as Whole Foods are offering organic foods at the same price as a Big Mac with fries.

National Pigs-In-A-Blanket Day! – How do you like your Pigs-In-A-Blanket?

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Today is National Pigs-In-A-Blanket Day! This delicious finger food is popular with kids and cocktail party guests all across the world. In fact, there are many different cultures that have their own unique twist on this comfort food classic.

In the United Kingdom, pigs-in-a-blanket are small sausages wrapped in bacon. People traditionally serve them as Christmas dinner appetizers. In Israel, kids enjoy Moshe Ba’Teiva (Moses in the Ark), which are miniature hot dogs rolled in a ketchup-covered puff pastry and baked in the oven. In the United States, pigs-in-a-blanket are hot dogs or Vienna sausages wrapped in biscuit or croissant dough and baked until golden brown. Yum!

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No matter where you are or how you decide to cook your pigs-in-a-blanket, make this tasty finger food for dinner tonight and serve it with a side of ketchup.

Tell us how do you like your Pigs-In-A-Blanket?

Happy Flashback Friday!!! – Chop Suey! (System Of A Down)

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Happy National Picnic Day!!! – Enjoy the day with your Family

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It’s National Picnic Day! People have been eating their meals outside in the beauty of nature for centuries. In fact, our modern-day idea of a picnic evolved from Medieval hunting feasts and Victorian garden parties. These were usually quite sophisticated affairs, which involved multiple courses and elaborate preparations.

During the early 19th century a group of wealthy London citizens formed “The Picnic Society” to promote picnics as social gatherings. These picnics were potlucks, and each participant also had to provide a share of the entertainment. The society members drank from crystal goblets and listened to a live string quartet while eating their meal! Today, picnics are usually casual meals enjoyed on a comfortable picnic blanket.

To celebrate National Picnic Day, take your meal outdoors and enjoy a picnic with your friends and family!

Thankful Thursdays – The Naysayers

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Happy National Cherry Cheesecake Day!!! – No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Pie Recipe

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INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  • Blend cream cheese and sugar.
  • Fold in frozen dessert topping.
  • Press into graham cracker crust, spreading cream cheese mixture up sides.
  • Bottom will be covered and there will be a ring of cream cheese mixture about 1 inch wide around pie.
  • Pour cherry pie filling into center.

Chill at least 3 hours.

Credit: Food

Wisdom Wednesdays – Learn to Shut your Mouth

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Happy National Jelly Bean Day!!! – What’s your favorite Jelly Bean?

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National Jelly Bean Day is celebrated each year on Aril 22.   Jelly beans were, at one time, associated specifically with Easter.   However, that has changed and jelly beans are now a favorite of many and enjoyed any day of the year.

* Jelly Beans were Ronald Reagan’s favorite treat. *

William Schrafft, a Boston confectioner, urged people to send his jelly beans to soldiers during the American Civil War.  This was in 1861 and it is thought that this is when jelly beans were first introduced to the public.

According to “The Century in Food: America’s Fad and Favorites” ,  On July 5, 1905,  jelly beans were advertised  in the Chicago Daily News as being sold for 9 cents per pound.

Enjoy this How to “Not” make Jelly Beans Video