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From Resume Hell:

  1. “Career break in 1999 to renovate my horse” 
  2. “1990 – 1997: Stewardess – Royal Air Force”
  3. Hobbies: “enjoy cooking Chinese and Italians”
  4. “Service for old man to check they are still alive or not.”
  5. Cleaning skills: “bleaching, pot washing, window cleaning, mopping, e.t.c”
  6. “Job involved…counselling clientele on accidental insurance policies available”
  7. “2001 summer Voluntary work for taking care of the elderly and vegetable people”
  8. “I’m interested to here more about that. I’m working today in a furniture factory as a drawer”
  9. “I am about to enroll on a Business and Finance Degree with the Open University. I feel that this qualification will prove detrimental to me for future success.”
  10. “Time is very valuable and it should be always used to achieve optimum results and I believe it should not be played around with”
  11. “I believe that weakness is the first level of strength, given the right attitude and driving force. My school advised me to fix my punctuality…”

  

From AskAnnie’s article about resume blunders:

  1. “an applicant ghosted a head shot as the background to her resume”
  2. Other Interests: “Playing with my two dogs (They actually belong to my wife but I love the dogs more than my wife)”.
  3. “One applicant used colored paper and drew glitter designs around the border”
  4. Hobbies: “getting drunk every night down by the water, playing my guitar and smoking pot”
  5. Why Interested in Position: “to keep my parole officer from putting back me in jail”
  6. A woman had attached a picture of herself in a mini mouse costume
  7. Hobbies: “Drugs and girls”.
  8. Under “job related skills” – for a “can function without additional oxygen at 24,000 feet”.
  9. My sister-in-law misspelled the word “proofreading” in her skill set.
  10. The objective on one recent resume I received stated that the applicant wished to pursue a challenging account executive position with our rival firm.
  11. Objective: “career on the Information Supper Highway”
  12. Experience: “Stalking, shipping & receiving”
  13. “I am great with the pubic.”
  14. A candidate listed her e-mail address as pornstardelight@*****.com
  15. The applicant listed her name as Alice in the resume but wrote Alyce on the onsite application.
  16. One candidate’s electronic resume included links to her homepage, where the pictures were of her in the nude.
  17. “…sent out my resume on the back side of a draft of a cover letter to another firm…”
  18. “My duties included cleaning the restrooms and seating the customers.”
  19. One applicant for a nursing position noted that she didn’t like dealing with blood or needles.
  20. Achievements: “Nominated for prom queen”
  21. I once received a resume with a head and shoulders picture in the top left of the first page. The picture was of a lion’s head, wearing a coat, shirt, and tie.
  22. a resume… was printed on the back of the person’s current employer’s letterhead.
  23. One resume that came across my desk stated how the individual had won a contest for building toothpick bridges in middle school.
  24. A resume… had several grease stains and a smudge of chocolate on it
  25. Hobbies: “Having a good time”

You can read more resume blunders by going to:

http://jobmob.co.il/blog/funniest-resume-mistakes/

Weekend Events for 11/23-11/24

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Weekend Events

 

Saturday 23rd:

Metropolitan Ballet Company presents premiere of children’s storybook classic, “Tea for Ruby” and welcomes renowned Fancy Nancy illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser! • Abington Friends School, 575 Washington Lane, Jenkintown

 

Irish Night in Glenside • 235 Limekiln Pike Glenside PA 19038 (6:00-?pm)

Glenside Gaelic Club and Sean MacBride AOH Division 2 are proud to present Irish Night in Glenside! Tickets are $20 per adult—but kids are free!   Tickets will be sold at the door. There will be live music, food and drink as well as a silent auction.  For any questions or additional information, please contact contactus@aohdiv2montco.com

 

Sunday the 24th:

Jenkintown Farmer's Market • 703 Greenwood Ave Jenkintown, PA 19046 (9:00AM – 1:00PM)

 

        The Jenkintown Farmers Market will be in full swing with great products and produce ripe for purchase! So why not grab yourself a couple lovely sweet potatoes and make a fresh sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving?  It runs from 9 AM to 1 PM and promises to be full of fresh fall produce, homemade goodies and other great items up for your perusal.

 

Know about a great event going on? Please tell us! Please email us at marketing@cardanoexperts.com so we can highlight and tell everyone about happenings around the area

Tasty Thanksgiving pt.2

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Part 2 of our Thanksgiving Recipes is all about the sides and new ways to make your turkey!  So let’s get down right to it! (Special thanks to HolisticSquid, Autoimmune-Paleo, Everyday Paleo, and Elana’s Pantry)

Gluten Free Gravy

Ingredients:

     ½ cup turkey, chicken or duck fat • 3 yellow onions, diced • 3 cloves of garlic, minced • 3 cups turkey or chicken bone broth • 2 bay leaves • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg • 1 teaspoon minced sage • 1 tablespoon butter (or ghee), preferably from grass fed cows • ½ teaspoon black pepper • ½ teaspoon white pepper • unrefined sea salt

Here’s How to Make It:

 Turn stove heat on medium high. Melt ½ cup fat skimmed from your chicken or turkey stock (you can also use duck fat or lard) in a wide heavy bottomed sauté pan. When fat is shimmering, add onions. Heat onions for 30-35 minutes, keeping watch and stirring occasionally, until they are soft and golden. Add 2 pinches of salt and stir. Add 3 cups homemade chicken or turkey broth and bay leaves. Simmer broth to reduce by ⅔. This will take approx. 45 minutes – 1 hour. Stir occasionally taking care to scrape and mix in the golden brown bits from the bottom and sides of pan. Turn off heat and remove bay leaves. Add minced sage, pepper, butter and salt to taste. Use a blender or immersion blender to bring gravy to a velvety consistency. At this point, test the thickness of your gravy. If you like the consistency for your purposes, salt and pepper to taste and serve.

    OR   If you want thicker gravy, pour it back into your pan and continue to cook down with occasional stirring.   OR   If you want thinner gravy, add more bone broth (1 tablespoon at a time) until you reach the desired consistency.

Apple-Cranberry Holiday Stuffing

Ingredients

1 sweet potato, cut into 1″ squares • 1 cup fresh cranberries, cut into halves • 3/4 cup bone broth • 4 slices pastured bacon • 1/2 onion, chopped •4 stalks celery, chopped • 4 cloves garlic, minced • 2 tablespoons rosemary, minced • 1 tablespoon solid cooking fat • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced thinly • 1 1/2 heads of cauliflower, processed in a food processor until it forms “rice” sized granules • 1 green apple, cut into 1″ squares • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

How to Make It:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine the sweet potatoes, cranberries, and bone broth in a large baking dish. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring once to ensure even cooking. Meanwhile, cook the bacon slices in a skillet on medium heat, turning when needed, until they are crispy. When they are finished, remove and let cool, leaving the fat in the pan. Add the onion and celery, and cook for 8 minutes, or until beginning to brown. Add the garlic and rosemary, and cook for another couple of minutes. Remove the onion mixture from the pan into a small bowl and set aside. Add the solid cooking fat and the mushrooms to the pan. Cook, stirring, for a couple of minutes until the mushrooms are browned. Add the cauliflower “rice”, and cook, stirring for five minutes. Set aside. When the sweet potato mixture is finished cooking, remove from the oven and turn the heat up to 425 degrees. Add the cauliflower mixture, the onion mixture, the apple as well as the cinnamon and sea salt to the sweet potato mixture and stir to combine. Place back in the oven for another 10 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes, and serve warm.

Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients:

4 cups fresh cranberries • 1 cup water • 1 cup unfiltered apple juice • Juice from 1 orange • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger • ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon • 2 tablespoons raw organic honey (make it 4 tablespoons if you like a sweeter sauce)

How to Make It:

In a large soup pot add the cranberries, water, apple juice, and orange juice and bring to a boil. Add the ginger, cinnamon, and honey and simmer, stirring often until the cranberries are broken down and the sauce becomes thick, about 10-15 minutes.

Balsamic Roasted Turkey with Apple Stuffing

Ingredients:

    1 turkey (10-15 pounds) • ½ cup grapeseed oil or olive oil • ½ cup balsamic vinegar • 1 tablespoon celtic sea salt • 10 apples, peeled, cored and sliced in half • 4 sprigs rosemary

Here’s How to Make It:

    Remove the gizzards (save in refrigerator for gravy). Rinse bird well and pat dry with paper towels; then truss (tie legs together with string). Place turkey breast side up in a roasting pan, then put rosemary inside bird. Drizzle bird with oil and balsamic vinegar, then sprinkle with salt. Wedge apples around roasting pan to prop turkey up evenly –place 2 apple halves in cavity of bird. Place roasting pan with turkey, apples, etc. in oven on lowest rack. Roast at 325°, 15 minutes per pound; a 15 pound turkey requires 3 hours and 45 minutes. If skin begins to brown too soon, cover with foil. To check temperature stick a meat thermometer deep into thigh; at 175° it is safely done. Remove turkey from oven and allow to sit for 20 to 30 minutes before carving. Serve.

Monday Morning Mojo-People Who Found Success Despite Failures

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

J.K Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, spoke to the graduating class of Harvard in June 2008. She didn’t talk about success. She talked about failures. Her own in particular. I absolutely love her quote.

 

“You might never fail on the scale I did,” Rowling told that privileged audience.“But it is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default. 

 

She should know. The author didn’t magically become richer than the Queen of England overnight. Penniless, recently divorced, and raising a child on her own, she wrote the first Harry Potter book on an old manual typewriter.  

 

Twelve publishers rejected the manuscript! A year later she was given the green light by Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury, who agreed to publish the book but insisted she get a day job cause there was no money in children’s books.

 

What if she stopped at the first rejection?The fifth? Or the tenth?

 

The measure of success can be shown by how many times someone keeps going despite hearing only no.

 

The following people are not the only ones who have succeeded despite failure and rejection.

 

I thought they would be the most interesting  to you.

 

Colonel Sanders :The founder of KFC. He started his dream at 65 years old! He got a social security check for only $105 and was mad. Instead of complaining he did something about it.

 

He thought restaurant owners would love his fried chicken recipe, use it, sales would increase, and he’d get a percentage of it. He drove around the country knocking on doors, sleeping in his car,wearing his white suit.

 

Do you know how many times people said no till he got one yes? 1009 times!

 

Walt Disney:The man who gave us Disney World and Mickey Mouse. His first animation company went bankrupt. He was fired by a news editor cause he lacked imagination.Legend has it he was turned down 302 times before he got financing for creating Disney World.

 

Albert Einstein:He didn’t speak till he was four and didn’t read till seven. His parents and teachers thought he was mentally handicapped. He only turned out to win a Nobel Prize and be the face of modern physics.

 

Richard Branson: He’s a billionaire mogul of Virgin but has had his share of failures. Remember Virgin Cola or Virgin credit cards? Probably not. He’s lost hundreds of millions of dollars but has not let failure stop him. When you’re rich like him you can rent his private island for $53,000 a night.

 

Mark Cuban:The billionaire owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks got rich when he sold his company to Yahoo for $5.9 billion in stock. He admitted he was terrible at his early jobs. His parents wanted him to have a normal job. So he tried carpentry but hated it. He was a short order cook but a terrible one. He waited tables but couldn’t open a bottle of wine. He says of his failures,

 

“I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter how many times you failed,” Cuban says. “You only have to be right once. I tried to sell powdered milk. I was an idiot lots of times, and I learned from them all.”

 

Vincent Van Gogh:He only sold one painting in his lifetime!  Just one to a friend.Despite that he kept painting and finished over 800 pieces. Now everyone wants to buy them and his most expensive painting is valued at $142.7 million.

 

Theodor Seuss Giesel: Dr. Seuss gave us Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. Books every child reads. At first many didn’t think he would succeed. 27 different publishers rejected Dr. Seuss’s first book To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.

 

John Grisham: The American author first was a lawyer who loved to write. His first book A Time to Kill took three years to write. The book was rejected 28 times until he got one yes for a 5,000 copy print. He’s sold over 250 million total copies of his books.

 

Steven Spielberg:He applied and was denied two times to the prestigious University of Southern California film school. Instead he went to Cal State University in Long Beach.

 

He went on to direct some of the biggest movie block busters in history. Now he’s worth $2.7 billion and in 1994 got an honorary degree from the film school that rejected him twice.

 

Stephen King:His first book Carrie was rejected 30 times and he threw it in the trash. His wife retrieved it out of the trash and encouraged him tore submit it. The rest is history. He has sold more than 350 million copies of his books. (He’s also made many adults fear clowns too.)

 

Stephenie Meyer:The author of the crazy Twilight series said the inspiration from the book came from a dream. She finished it in three months but never intended to publish it until a friend suggested she should.

 

She wrote 15 letters to literary agencies.Five didn’t reply. Nine rejected. One gave her a chance. Then eight publisher's auctioned for the right to publish Twilight. She got a three book deal worth $750,000. In 2010, Forbes reported she earned $40 million.

 

Tim Ferris:The man behind the 4 Hour Workweek, who changed how many people view work and life, was rejected by 26 publishers before one gave him a chance. It’s been on the bestseller’s list for years, sold all over the world,and last year published The 4 Hour Body that went to #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list.

 

The Beatles:They were rejected by many record labels. In a famous rejection,the label said, “”guitar groups are on the way out” and “the Beatle shave no future in show business”.

 

After that the Beatles signed with EMI,brought Beatlemania to the United States, and became the greatest band in history.

 

Michael Jordan:He’s famous for being cut from his high school basketball team. He turned out to be the greatest basketball player but never let failure deter him. I love this quote…

 

“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

 

Thomas Edison:No list of success from failures would be complete without the man who gave us many inventions including the light bulb. He knew failure wouldn’t stop him.

 

If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.

 

There is no success without failure

 

Decide what is important to you and take huge steps everyday even though it doesn’t seem like it’s working. Success doesn’t happen without failures. It’s reality.

 

Deal with it.

 

How bad do you want to achieve your goal? It better be so bad that rejection won’t derail you.

 

How much do you believe in what you’re doing?Colonel Sanders did despite 1009 rejections!

 

“Fall down seven times, get up eight.” –Japanese proverb

 

Let these examples inspire you everyday.

Weekend Events for 11/16-11/17

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Events for the weekend!

 

Saturday, November 16th

 

Rummage Sale •St. Joseph RC Church, 7631 Waters Rd., Cheltenham, PA 19012

 

Come check out and shop for new and gently used clothing, toys, games, books and CDs, accessories, jewelry, household items, small electronics and more!

 

Sunday, November 17th

 

Antique Appraisal Day at Moland House • 1641 Old York Rd Hartsville PA 18974 (1:00-4:00pm)

 

Ever wonder what that old stuff that you have stashed away in the attic, inherited by your great aunt Gertrude or picked up at a garage sale is really worth?  Now you can find out by bringing your possibly valuable and unique items to Moland House.  They will be verbally examined, identified and appraised by the well-respected firm of Barry S. Slosberg, Inc. of Philadelphia. The appraisal donation is $8 per item; 3 items maximum for $20.00.  Doors open at 12:30, so try to come early to reserve your place in line as appraisals will be done on a first come, first served basis.  Owners are fully responsible for their items while visiting the Moland site.  All proceeds benefit the continued preservation of Historic Moland House.

 

Wine and Cheese Vendor Event • Stars Studio of Dance, Willow Grove (3:00- 5:00pm)

                Over 25 of your favorite vendors will be there.  Babysitting offered for a donation.  Come join the fun!  Check out the event page on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/363862923747945/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Workout Wednesdays!

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Finding time to work out while you’re on the job is very difficult. But it doesn’t always have to be. Here are some simple, but great ways to keep yourself active and fit, even when your time is limited! Don’t forget; it’s important to keep yourself hydrated and it’s imperative that you stretch! (Special thanks to howstuffworks.com)

 

Office Stretching

Stretch from head to toe, beginning with the neck.

  • Slowly tilt head toward shoulder.
  • Hold for ten seconds.
  • Alternate sides.

Next loosen up your shoulders to get rid of the ache, increase flexibility and add strength.

  • Roll both shoulders forward in a circular motion.
  • Roll both shoulders backward in a circular motion.
  • Repeat ten times.

Stretch your wrists to get ready for computer work.

  • Stretch arm out with palm down.
  • With other hand, pull fingers down.
  • Hold for three seconds.
  • Then pull up on fingers.
  • Hold for three seconds.
  • Repeat, alternating three times.

Relieve the tired and lethargic feeling you get in your legs with ankle and calf stretches.

  • Hold one foot off the floor with your leg straight.
  • Flex your ankle pointing your toes up.
  • Extend you ankle pointing your toes down.
  • Do ten times and repeat with other leg.
  • Next, draw a circle with your toes, moving one foot clockwise and then counter-clockwise.
  • Change feet.

Under Desk Dynamics

Your co-workers will see you intently reading the report from yesterday's meeting, but they won't see you strengthening your abs and relieving your tired leg muscles.

  • Start with feet flat on floor.
  • Sit tall at your desk.
  • Hold your abdominal muscles tight.
  • Extend one leg until it is level with your hip.
  • Hold for ten seconds.
  • Slowly lower leg.
  • Repeat 15 times.
  • Change legs.

Chair squats are an effective body-strengthening exercise. Sneak a few in every time you get up from your chair and sit back down.

  • Stand tall.
  • Keep back straight.
  • Lower to one inch of chair, pretending you are sitting down.
  • Hold for ten seconds.
  • Lift back up to standing position.

You don't need a resistance band to get great leg toning.

  • With legs straight, cross one on top of the other.
  • Raise them off the floor.
  • Press top leg down and resist with bottom leg.
  • Do until muscles are tired.
  • Repeat with opposite legs top and bottom.

Replace your office chair with an exercise ball for all-day abdominal toning and strengthening. Sitting on an exercise ball forces you to use your abs to hold yourself in position. It improves your balance, tones your core muscles and takes stress off your lower back. Some people even find that it focuses their concentration.

  • Sit on the ball and find your balance.
  • Pull your navel in.
  • Pull your shoulders back (no slouching).
  • Place feet hip width apart.

Sitting on an exercise ball isn't easy. You might want to try it at home first to see how long you can last.

Leg Lifters

While you are helping your company to increase its bottom line, you can also lift your own. Try these exercises to tighten and strengthen your gluteus muscles, as well as relieve back pain.

  • Lift one glute up and almost off the chair.
  • Perform in a side-to-side rocking motion for 30 seconds.
  • Next, squeeze your gluteus muscles.
  • Hold for ten seconds.
  • Release.

Although originally intended for dancers, arabesque circle exercises performed while you are talking on the phone can be an effective glute and hamstring toner. This is best performed if you have a private office.

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Shift weight to left leg.
  • Lift right leg behind you.
  • Hold on to your desk or chair for balance.
  • Slowly circle your left leg clockwise 25 times and counter-clockwise 25 times.
  • Switch legs.

Who needs weights? A full water bottle makes an excellent substitute for a dumbbell. If anyone interrupts, you can simply take a drink. Begin with bicep curls to tone and strengthen your arms.

  • Sit tall with abs pulled in.
  • Hold water bottle in right hand and curl it up towards your shoulder.
  • Repeat 15 times.
  • Change arms.

You can also use your water bottle to do front arm raises and overhead presses.

  • Hold water bottle in right hand.
  • Bend elbow.
  • Extend arm overhead.
  • Repeat other side.

Water bottle twists are a great way to work your waistline.

  • Hold water bottle at chest level.
  • Twist to the right as far as you can.
  • Twist back to center.
  • Twist to the left.
  • Repeat 10 times.

Other Calorie-Burners

Sometimes the best way to burn calories isn't by exercising at all. Following are a few non-exercise ways to shed some weight.

  • Stand whenever you can. You'll burn more calories than sitting, as many as 50 more an hour for a 155-pound person [source: Platkin].
  • Fidgeting can burn an extra 350 calories a day. Rapidly tapping your feet, talking with your hands, and chewing gum, all count. While the calorie burn for each movement is minimal, fidgeting could add up to a loss of up to 36 pounds (16.3 kilograms) a year [source: Platkin].
  • Good posture is an effective core strengthening measure. It requires you to use muscles to keep your tummy tight and your back straight. Do it continually to build abdominal strength, alleviate lower back pain and help you feel more confident.
  • Deep breathing helps you relax and lowers heart rate. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Laugh often. It tightens your stomach muscles, exercises your diaphragm, works your heart, relieves stress and gives you a better outlook on life.

By making exercise part of your everyday work routine, you'll be healthier, happier and more productive. But let's keep that our little secret.

Want more tips? Check out this article by the Washington Post.

Tasty Tuesday Bites! (Thanksgiving pt.1)

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and if you like to make new and different things for your Thanksgiving Day feast, we have got you covered! Starting this week, we’ll be providing you with some special, Paleo-friendly recipes that will make your mouth water! This week we’ll focus on appetizers and sides! Special Thanks to Elana’s Pantry, Jen’s Gone Paleo, and Everyday Paleo)

 

Cranberry Nut Bread

Ingredients

½ cup coconut flour • ¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt • 1 teaspoon baking soda • 5 eggs • ½ cup grapeseed oil • ½ cup agave nectar • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract • 1 cup frozen cranberries • ½ cup walnuts, chopped

How to Make It:

    Place coconut flour, salt and baking soda in a food processor. Pulse ingredients until together.  Pulse in eggs, grapeseed oil, agave and vanilla. Remove the blade from the food processor and stir in cranberries and walnuts. Pour batter into (2) greased 6.5 x 4 inch baby loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes. Cool and serve It!

Smokey Sweet Potato Soufflé w/Bacon

Ingredients:

5lbs Sweet Potatoes, pricked with a knife • 1lb Bacon, thinly sliced • 1 Chipotle in Adobo, chopped, plus 2 teaspoons adobo sauce • 2 Tbs. Pure Maple Syrup (omit if you'd like) • Zest of 1 Orange • 3 Tbs. Fresh Orange Juice • 1Tbs. Ground Cinnamon • 5 eggs, separated • Sea Salt and Black Pepper

Here’s How to Make It:

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

    Roast the potatoes on sheet tray until fully cooked, about 1 hour. Set aside until cool enough to handle.  Meanwhile cook the bacon in large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels, reserving the rendered bacon fat.  Peel the sweet potatoes and transfer to a food processor. Pulse to puree. Add the chopped chipotle, adobe sauce, maple syrup, orange juice and zest, and egg yolks. Mix together until combined. Transfer to a bowl, add 1/2 of the bacon, and stir to combine. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

    In a separate large bowl, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Add 1/3 of whipped egg whites to sweet potato mixture and fold to create a lighter base. Fold in remaining whites until just incorporated, leaving some white streaks. Grease a 2 quart baking dish with some of the reserved bacon fat and gently pour in sweet potato soufflé mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining chopped bacon. Put the baking dish on a sheet tray and bake 40 minutes.

 

Prosciutto Wrapped Pears

Ingredients:

½ red onion, very thinly sliced • 2 pears • 1 package of prosciutto di parma • Baby Spinach leaves • 1 tablespoon coconut oil • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

Here’s How to Make ‘Em:

Preheat oven to 400. Heat the coconut oil in a small skillet and sauté onions until they are caramelized.  (onions should be brown but not burnt).  Peel and slice the pears into thick slices.  Top each pear with a little bit of caramelized onion and one spinach leaf, wrap tightly with a piece of prosciutto.  Grease a baking sheet with a little bit of grassfed organic butter, and place the pears on the baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes.  While the pears are baking, add the balsamic to a small sauce pan, heat over medium low until the balsamic is reduced down to a syrup like consistency, stirring often.  Drizzle a small amount of the balsamic reduction over the pears and serve.

 

Monday Morning Mojo-10 Reasons Why You May Want To Sell Your Home In November and December

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

1. Your home will show well when it’s decorated for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The magic of the holidays and the warmth of the seasons make your home more appealing.

 

2. Many companies manage their budget on the calendar year and transfer their employees during January, which make November and December prime looking months for them. 

 

3. The buyers looking in your town, from your town might just be looking for a gift for the whole, entire family. 

 

4. If someone is out looking for a home during this time of year,he/she tends to be a more serious buyer. 

 

5. Your quantity of buyers through your home may dwindle, but the quality of your buyer prospects will increase exponentially. 

 

6. There is less competition among sellers during this time of the year, giving you the opportunity to negotiate a better price for your home with fewer options available for buyers. 

 

7. It’s your home. Set showing dates and times when it works best for you and your family. Give yourself time to enjoy the holidays and still show your home. 

 

8. Lenders have buyers who need to buy homes to grab a good rate before the year ends…especially if rates go up during November. 

 

9. Again, it’s your home…no need to do any open houses if you don’t want to.

 

10. Since many of the people looking at your home would want to close after the holidays, you’re likely going to be able to pack after the holidays and move at a time that works for everyone.

Weekend Events for 11/09-11/10

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

 

Saturday, November 9th

 

- Coffee Break@ Abington Art Center • 515 Meetinghouse Road Jenkintown (10:00 AM-?)

                Come chat with artistically fellow minded people over a cup of coffee or tea. This

month , meet artist and AAC faculty member Marguerita  Hagan.  There is a $5 fee, but AAC members get in free. For more information, call 215-887-4882.

 

-Family Opera: Cinderella Presented by Plymouth Meeting Friends School • Plymouth Meeting Friends School 2150 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting PA 19462 (2:00 PM)

                In the mood for some family fun theater? Check out these talented youngsters as they perform their rendition of “Cinderella”!  Be sure to order your tickets now at www.pmfs1780.org/upcoming events . F or more information please call (610) 828-2288

 

-Abington Marching Ghosts Championship Show • Hershey Park Stadium (12:30PM-?)

                All of these young musicians’ had work and talent pays off for their grand finale show at Hershey Park Stadium. The band’s show this year, “The Break of Day”, is an interesting and beautiful take on the hours between 3 AM and 7 AM.   So come enjoy an afternoon of wonderful music, and breath-taking visuals by high schools from around the Pennsylvania area, and of course, your local Abington Marching Ghosts! The Ghosts are slotted to start at 12:30 pm, and the awards ceremony for their division will be at 2:00pm.

 

Sunday, November 10th

 

Jenkintown Farmer's Market • 703 Greenwood Ave Jenkintown, PA 19046 (9:00AM – 1:00PM)

-          The weather is looking to be clear and cool this Sunday, so why not enjoy  your Sunday at the Jenkintown Farmers Market? It runs from 9 AM to 1 PM and promises to be full of fresh fall produce, homemade goodies and other great items up for your perusal.

 

Know about a great event going on? Please tell us! Please email us at marketing@cardanoexperts.com so we can highlight and tell everyone about happenings around the area!

3 Ways to Stay Fit on the Go!

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

The holidays are fast approaching, and many of us are getting ready for traveling. Whether you’re heading south for the winter, taking a small vacation or heading to grandmom’s, you may find yourself in a tighter lodging solution than your home, or the gym! But we have you covered! Here are a few workout tips when you’re away from home!

1.)    Use your backpack!  Believe it or not, a backpack is a great impromptu weight! Why? You can load and unload weight as needed, it has comfortable straps, and chances are that if you’re traveling, you already have one with you! With this substitute, you can curl, squat, or even “press” it! If you’re careful and strong enough, you can even wear it while doing pushups. Remember, don’t overload it, and be careful! The key to a good workout is being prepared and not overly straining yourself.

 

2.)    Don’t forget simple maneuvers like sit-ups, toe-touches, and planks. These three work-outs are a great way to tone your tummy! Don’t forget to rest between each rep and most importantly, STRETCH beforehand.

3.)    Take the stairs! Many of us going to hotels generally are tired from our travels to our temporary rooms

and walk right by the stairs to the elevator. Well, try not to! Walking up and down the stairs is a great, simple exercise. And when you’re not climbing stairs, walk briskly to help as part of a cardio regimen.

 

 

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