An increase in the number of the “vehicular homeless” gives governments a dilemma: Should they provide safe spaces for car living or enact policies to discourage the practice? While they ponder, faith groups have stepped in.

woman_living_in_carWhat’s going on is that low- to moderate-income Americans who don’t own their own homes are being hammered by skyrocketing rents, stagnant wages and a shortage of affordable housing. Applicants for subsidized housing face years on a waiting list. Those in need of emergency shelter find beds are often full while people sleep in the streets.

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How to live the RV life for cheap

Posted: September 29, 2020 in General
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rvMore Adventure, Less Money

RVs aren’t cheap to buy and they’re pricey to maintain, but that doesn’t mean you can’t afford a life of leisure and adventure on the road. The key is to save money in ways big and small wherever you can. Here are some tips, tricks, and strategies direct from experts who have learned from real-world experience in their campers, trailers, fifth wheels, and motorhomes.

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Potato Roses

Posted: September 27, 2020 in Recipes
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Potato Roses

Could you imagine a more beautiful side dish? Thanks to the starch in these potato roses, the petals don’t stick to each other, leaving the roses deliciously soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside.

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“I grew up with these products along with others I did not include, I never thought any of these products as racial or offensive I simply just thought of them as food”  What the hell people find something worth bitching about

Time for a Change

This year’s massive protests over racism and police brutality have led to a wave of rebranding from people, products, and companies that want to make sure they’re on the right side of history. These sudden image changes are nothing new, however — rebranding is a time-honored way to keep up with changing consumer tastes or recover from public relations nightmares like corporate scandals. Here are some of the most notable transformations

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libraWelcome to Libra season, lovers. Now’s the time to restore balance in our lives and take stock of the things and people we find most valuable. It’s no coincidence that Libra season is at the beginning of fall, either. While Virgo season was about buckling down, being productive, and getting sh*t done, the sun entering Libra symbolizes a more laid-back, lighter shift in your day-to-day routine and mood.

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7 Signs Your House Could Be Haunted

Posted: September 16, 2020 in Oddball stuff
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blog_post_hauntingMysterious sights and sounds

Clearly we have a fascination with haunted houses in this country, but professional ghost hunter Greg Newkirk doesn’t think most of them are so scary. Instead, he says, "I think they’re trying to send us a message." Newkirk, who has appeared as an expert on TV shows such as TLC’s Kindred Spirits, Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum, and Destination America’s Paranormal Lockdown, has practically seen it all, and only very rarely finds himself truly spooked. He says most hauntings aren’t evil, only misunderstood. "I think a lot of the classic signs that people run into are mysterious noises that seem to come from places they can’t locate, a lot of bumping and scratching on walls, seeing full-bodied apparitions, and things moving from place to place when you’ve not touched them." Of course, anyone who has seen a horror movie or a ghost show probably already knows this. What you might not know, however, is that what you call "a haunting" may not be the real deal. Newkirk has been called to houses where the causes of these phenomena have actually been carbon monoxide poisoning which caused people to hallucinate. Mold too, can cause the same reaction. For houses with legitimate ghosts, there are more telling signs that your house is haunted.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken & White Bean Stew

Posted: September 10, 2020 in Recipes
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chicken_white_bean_stewThis load-and-go slow-cooker chicken recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Serve this Tuscan-inspired dish with crusty bread, a glass of Chianti and a salad.

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

  • 1 pound dried cannellini beans, soaked overnight and drained (see Tip)
  • 6 cups unsalted chicken broth
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 (4 ounce) Parmesan cheese rind plus 2/3 cup grated Parmesan, divided
  • 2 bone-in chicken breasts (1 pound each)
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves

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Irish-Bread-and-Butter-PuddingBread & Butter Pudding has been a staple in many Irish homes for donkey’s years. Like a lot of traditional dishes, this recipe came about as a way to use up leftover, day-old bread. Use a good pastry brush that doesn’t shed, use it to brush the pudding dish generously with butter. Enjoy this hearty dessert for St. Patrick’s Day or any time of year!

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Crockpot Pho – Slow Cooker Chicken Pho

With every place having its own version of pho, every recipe can be different so feel free to tweak the recipe as you see fit!

How to Make Homemade Pho?

phoOne of the best things about making your own pho is the great aroma that all the spices and herbs used to layer flavor into the broth. Lots of aromatics like cinnamon, cloves and star anise add a warm spice to the broth, while fresh ginger and jalapenos add a spicy bite. A splash of fish sauce adds that Asian flavor and gives the broth a real deep savory character.

Crisp chopped bok choy and bean sprouts add a bit of green freshness and a pleasant bitterness that balances out the salty broth.  A garnish of fresh lime brings just the right amount of acid to make the spices pop. Combine all these flavors and this pho will be sure to be a popular meal the next time you make slow cooker soup recipes!

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Cast-Iron Cornbread

Posted: August 4, 2020 in Recipes
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cornbreadWhether you’re in the savory cornbread camp or you like it on the sweet side, we can all agree on one thing: It’s at its finest when baked in a cast-iron skillet—the magic ingredient to a crisp, toothsome edge. Our cast-iron cornbread recipe is sweetened with maple syrup and contains brown butter, because what could be bad about that?

Even better, that brown butter means you don’t have to grease the skillet before pouring in the batter. You’ll want to keep an eye on it once it starts to melt, because it can go from toasty, nutty and golden to charred in a matter of seconds. Just keep swirling the pan until the foaming subsides and the butter solids start to turn golden. Serve the finished cornbread with extra butter and a drizzle of honey if you like.

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