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A ‘Golden Girls’ Cookbook Is Coming — and We’ve Got the Cheesecake Recipe!


The Golden GirlsImage Source: ABC/The Walt Disney Company

Editor’s Note: ABC, Kingswell, and Babble are all a part of The Walt Disney Company.

Anyone who came of age during the 1980s made a slew of questionable fashion decisions they now deeply regret. MC Hammer pants, neon-colored sweatshirts, inexcusable amounts of hairspray … we’re all guilty! But here’s something no ’80s kid could ever regret: The hours spent watching four retired ladies in Miami, Florida sit around the kitchen table eating cheesecake (and cracking jokes that went way over our heads).

Like any good child of the ’80s, I was practically raised on The Golden Girls; and I could still binge-watch full seasons of it and laugh my head off. Aside from their hilarious antics, I learned some of life’s greatest lessons Sophia, Blanche, Dorothy, and Rose. Well, all except one: How did they actually make that delicious-looking cheesecake?

Well folks, it looks like that mystery is finally solved. A Golden Girls cookbook, which includes scrumptious recipes inspired by the popular ’80s show, is set to be published by Kingswell, an imprint of Disney Publishing, in 2020. And lucky for you, we got a sneak peek at its delicious chocolate cheesecake recipe!

cheesecakeImage Source: ABC/The Walt Disney Company
Double Fudge Chocolate Cheesecake

A recipe from the forthcoming Golden Girls cookbook, written by Chris Styler (© ABC Studios). 

Makes one 10-inch cheesecake, enough for 16 servings. 

For the crust:

1 package (9 oz.) Famous Chocolate Wafer Cookies
1/3 cup sugar
5 tablespoons (2 ½ ounces) melted butter, at room temperature
¼ teaspoon salt

For the cheesecake batter:

12 oz. bittersweet chocolate (60%), broken or chopped into small pieces
3 lbs. cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
¼ teaspoon salt
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla

Make the crust: Eat a few of the cookies. You know you will anyway.
Grind the cookies and 1/3 cup sugar in a food processor until very fine, stopping once or twice to scrape the bottom and sides of the work bowl.
Add the butter and process until the mix is very moist and starts to stick to the sides of the work bowl.
Set 2 tablespoons of the crumb mixture aside and turn the crumb mix into a 10-inch non-stick springform pan.
Using a flat-bottom glass, make an even layer of crust across the bottom of the pan, working the crumbs outward toward the sides of the pan. Then, with the sides of the glass, press the crumbs about 1 inch up the sides of the pan.
Refrigerate the crust.
While the crust is chilling, heat the oven to 350° F with an oven rack in the center position.
Put the broken or chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Choose a saucepan large enough to hold the bowl steady when the bowl is set on top.
Pour about an inch of water into the saucepan and place the saucepan with the bowl over the water over medium-low heat.
Melt, stirring every few minutes with a heatproof spatula, until completely smooth and shiny. Do not let the water under the bowl come to a boil.
Remove the pan from the heat but leave the bowl of chocolate over the hot water to keep warm.
In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a bowl using a handheld electric mixer, beat the cream cheese 1 1/3 cups sugar, the cornstarch and salt until creamy, about 3 minutes.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each, then beat in the vanilla.
Scrape the melted chocolate into the mixer bowl and mix on low speed, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl several times, until well blended.
Pour the batter into the crust. Garnish the top of the batter with the reserved crumb mix, sprinkling the crumbs around the edges of the pan (or however you’d like to decorate.
Place the cake pan on a baking sheet large enough to hold it comfortably.
Put the cheesecake in the oven and lower the temperature to 300°F. Bake 40 minutes.
Gently rotate the baking sheet. Continue baking until the cake is set around the edge and the center 3 inches or so jiggles only slightly when you gently move the cake pan back and forth, 30 to 40 minutes.
Crack the oven door, turn off the oven and let the cake sit for about an hour.
Remove the cake from the oven and transfer the cake pan to a cooling rack. Cool completely.
Refrigerate the cheesecake until firm, at least 3 hours. Bring to room temperature about 45 minutes before serving.
The cheesecake can be stored in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped, for up to several days or cut into pieces, securely wrapped and frozen for up to three months.

Bon appétit!

cheesecakeImage Source: ABC/The Walt Disney Company

 For more delicious recipes like this one, keep an eye out for the Golden Girls cookbook, coming to bookshelves in 2020!

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Acing Frozen Cocktails At Home


When it’s 90 degrees in the shade and the sun just won’t stop, cocktail hour benefits from breaking out the heavy artillery. The blender can be a home bartender’s best friend on long summer days, but because many bars use commercial frozen-drink machines, replicating recipes on a smaller scale at home can pose a few challenges. For best results when whipping up summer’s best blender drinks, keep a few basic principles in mind:

1. Using crushed ice, rather than cubes, typically gives a drink better consistency. Give your cubes a quick blast through an ice crusher or food processor, or a few whacks in a Lewis bag, before proceeding with a recipe. If you wind up using cubes, give the drink a longer blend (though keep in mind the next point, below).

2. All blended drinks are not equal. Some drinks (like Manolito’s Daiquiri Menta) benefit from a longer blend (around 20 or 30 seconds with crushed ice), which results in a uniform smoothness, while others (including many classic tiki drinks and some modern inventions like the Jungle Bobby from The Polynesian) achieve the right balance of dilution and texture with a much shorter “flash blend”—no more than five seconds at high speed.

3. Treat the ice like all the other ingredients—be sure to measure carefully in order to avoid weak or poorly diluted drinks. If the recipe doesn’t specify how much ice to use, start with one cup per serving and adjust as needed.

4. If you’re experimenting with devising your own recipes at home, keep in mind that using any ole cocktail recipe will likely not translate to the blender perfectly. You may need to up the amount of sugar in a citrusy drink or increase the citrus in a boozy drink in order to achieve the right balance. A little trial and error will help you get a feel for the proper ratios. And though it might seem counter-intuitive, spirit-forward cocktails like the Negroni or Martini will benefit from a bit of citrus juice to balance out the booze (see Parson’s Frozen Negroni Slushy as an example).

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Nicole Kidman captures scary tarantula like a boss


Nicole Kidman Tarantula Rescue

Nicole Kidman is a leading actress and mother, and sometimes the second job requires nerves of steel. The veteran Australian actress and mom of four displayed both skills after a massive tarantula showed up near her swimming pool recently.

Kidman played it calm and relaxed while collecting the arachnid and posted the ordeal to Instagram.

House guest! Catch and release…spider released unharmed and healthy ❤Happy Sunday

A post shared by Nicole Kidman (@nicolekidman) on Jul 29, 2018 at 11:41am PDT

Kidman’s kids can be heard in the background losing their damn minds while the Big Little Lies star giggles slightly then captures the intruder under a glass. Kidman commented that the spider was released back into the world “unharmed and healthy” and hopefully 100 miles away from the family property. She owns homes in Los Angeles and Nashville with husband Keith Urban, though it’s unclear where this Instagram video was filmed.

After securing the tarantula under a cup, she pleas for “help” from her 1.5 million Instagram followers, though it feels more like she needs assistance with the freaked-out kids and not the gross-ass spider.

Kidman will star in Aquaman later this year.

H/T Deccan Chronicle

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Hell’s Kitchen Contestant Jessica Vogel Dies at 34


Jessica Vogel, a New Jersey chef who appeared on Hell’s Kitchen and Cutthroat Kitchen, died on Monday. She was 34.

The chef’s fiancé, John Michael Keyser, told that she was being treated for the inflammatory bowel disease colitis at a hospital in southern New Jersey when “her heart gave out.” She is survived by her mother, Donna Bruchmann, her father, Mark Vogel, and her sister, Caitlin Johnstone, according to an obituary published in the Star Ledger on Wednesday.

The obit references Vogel’s struggle with drugs and alcohol throughout her life, though it also noted she had recently sought treatment at an in-patient rehabilitation program. “Unfortunately, the damage done over the years was too great, and she died, like she lived, a fighter,” reads the tribute.

Johnstone posted on Facebook in honor of her sister, writing of her “vivacious personality and huge smile.”

“Just being around my sister made me the happiest person in the world,” she continued. “That world has been taken away from me and I have never felt so lost.”

Vogel received her culinary degree from Johnson & Wales in Denver, Colorado. She went on to work at a number of restaurants around New Jersey, while also appearing on cooking competition shows. During an episode of Hell’s Kitchen in 2014, Vogel received some rare praise from the show’s host Gordon Ramsay for a venison dish she created. She ultimately placed 12th in the competition.

Keyser, who told that he spoke with Vogel a week ago, said they were “planning to open a restaurant together. My heart is breaking.”

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7 Effective Ways to Look Better Instantly


Hi IMBBians,

We all strive to look our best – neat, presentable and energised. Yet we are unable to follow a proper routine and put in extra efforts to achieve our perfect look. So here are 10 ways that you can look better instantly:

7 Effective Ways to Look Better Instantly

1. Adding a Bit of Blush or Bronzer

Makeup in the morning can be a hassle as we are in a rush to get to work or college. By simply adding a natural blush to the face, it instantly makes us look healthy. The flushed look gives the illusion of a lot of zeal. A light dusting of your favorite bronzer also adds color to the face and contours your face.

2. Concealer and Pink Nude Lipstick

Young women applied concealer under the eyes with applicator

Applying concealer in only problem areas help to make our face look bright and awake. Simply dab a little bit of concealer under the eyes or on areas of discoloration. Do not go overboard, and try to use a concealer that sets quickly and has a mattifying effect. This eliminates the need to use a powder to set it. Dab a pink nude lipstick and spread it all over to add a healthy blush to the lips.

3. Clothes

Makeup may not always be the best solution for looking your best. But do not worry, as the way you style your clothes makes a world of a difference. Tuck your t-shirt or top into your pants or jeans to achieve a structured look. Fold the bottom of your pants twice neatly to add finesse. Iron your clothes before wearing them. These small changes makes one look well put together instantly.

4. Hair

Hair beauty

Hair can be a problem for those of us who have frizzy and untame hair. Simply braid your hair loosely and spray a good fixing hair spray. Open your braids on the way out, and you have instant wavy hair. This trick hardly takes 5 minutes, but it will make you look good immediately. Alternatively, quickly run your hair through a straightener. This helps to achieve a neat look.

5. Jewellery

Adding small trinkets can do wonders. The key here is to ensure that you do not overdo it. Stick to small ear studs and delicate necklaces. If you want to try something different, wear hoop earrings or a nose pin. This will instantly lift your look.

6. Accessories

Fashion Woman Portrait. Beautiful Elegant Female Smiling Jewelry

Apart from jewellery, accessorizing well is important too. Add a thin band watch on your wrist to give a sophisticated look. Put your hair up and use a thin scarf to hold it in place. These small things will make it look like you spent hours getting ready, when in reality, it took you only two minutes.

7. Shoes

Swap your sneakers for kitten heels or platforms. A little bit of heel adds to your structure and posture. It will automatically change your stance. You do not have to wear very high heels. Look for simple shoes that add a bit of height.

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A Week In Chicago, IL, On A $65,000 Salary


Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we’re tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We’re asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we’re tracking every last dollar.

Ahead of National Twins Day, we present Twin Week, where we’re tracking the spending of five sets of twins. Just because twins share the same DNA, doesn’t mean they share the same money habits, so we thought it’d be a fun experiment to compare and contrast the way millennial twins are saving and spending. Here’s a set of twins living in Chicago, IL.

This diary: a social media planner working in advertising who makes $65,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on a secondhand Madewell denim jacket. Her sister is an analyst.

Occupation: Social Media PlannerIndustry: AdvertisingAge: 25Location: ChicagoSalary: $65,000Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $1,962My Husband’s Salary: $75,000My Husband’s Paycheck Amount: $1,660 (not biweekly, because they’re on some weird financial pay schedule)

Monthly ExpensesRent: $1,350 (My husband and I share all expenses.)Student Loan Payment: $146Gas: $47.30Electric: $36.61Gym: $70Internet: $50Movie Pass: $10Netflix: $0 (Thanks, Dad!)Spotify: $9.99 for three months Hulu: $0 (Thanks, twin!)Adobe Suite: $10401(k): My company matches my contribution. (Is it bad that I don’t know exactly how much it is…?)Public Transportation: $100

Day One

6 a.m. — I wake up early twice a week to workout before work. (I only do this in the summer when the sun is up at 6 a.m., though — otherwise I can’t get myself to pull the covers off my face and get my butt out of bed.) After my workout, I drink coffee at home and eat a knockoff Quest bar that my husband and I buy in bulk.

12 p.m. — My husband and I make a point of grocery shopping every Sunday for the week. I religiously bring my lunch to work with me every day unless a vendor is taking my team out. Today it’s grilled chicken, kale, and lemon poppyseed dressing.

3 p.m. — I’ve had a pounding migraine all day and I’m supposed to go on a boat after work with a vendor. I take some Advil from our company’s free stock pile.

5:30 pm – My migraine hasn’t subsided, but I’m determined to enjoy the the private yacht trip. My office is only a 10-minute walk from the harbor, and the weather is perfect weather outside, so my coworkers and I decide to hoof it to the docks.

6 p.m. — I’m on a boat, and it’s amazing. Food and drink were brought by the vendor, so I’m chilling with a rosé and a pounding migraine. If I have a migraine, it might as well be on a yacht. Right…?

9 p.m. — I offer to order the Lyft for me and a couple coworkers after the three-hour vendor booze cruise on the lake. I’ll expense it at work tomorrow. ($12.41 expensed)

Daily Total: $0

Day Two

9 a.m. — I wait in line at the Starbucks in my office. Every Friday a vendor buys our agency coffee from 9 to 10 a.m. I order a nitro cold brew with sweet cream, and they comp it. ($5.45 expensed)

12:30 p.m. — I work along the river, so I take my homemade salad outside for some summertime sunshine.

3:45 p.m. — It’s Friday and summer, so I leave the office a little early and take the train home.

6 p.m. — My husband, twin sister, her boyfriend, and I meet up for dinner at a local burger place. It used to be BYOB so we bring our own bubbly, but once we get there we find out they changed their policy. I stick with water, a truffle burger, and fries, and my husband gets a cheeseburger, fries, and a draft beer. We’ll save the bubbly for later. $32.50

9 p.m. — We all head back to my sister’s house and crack open the bubbly and watch Netflix.

Daily Total: $32.50

Day Three

9:30 a.m. — I’m a “micro-blogger,” so I get invited to events hosted by brands. This one is brunch at a place on the other side of town. The food and drinks will be free, so we take an Uber there. For some reason I have 40% off Uber. $7.36

12 p.m. — We finish the blogger brunch, take some photos, and then order a Via to take us home. It’s been raining all day, so Lyft and Uber are quoting us $40 for the same ride we paid $10 for on our way over. $8.34

1:30 p.m. —It’s still raining, so I don’t feel guilty about watching The Bold Type and cuddling my cat.

3 p.m. — My sister comes over after her brow wax, and we hang out and listen to music. We live less than a mile away from each other, so we hang out nonstop over the weekends. She’s throwing a little taco dinner party with our other friends tonight and asked if my husband and I could bring guac and salsa. We pick up some pre-made guac and salsa that were on sale. Sorry for being a cheap-o, twinny. $10.07

7 p.m. — My husband and I head over to my sister’s house for the taco party with our guac and salsa in tow. She provides the alcohol and meat, and our other friend brings the chips and tortillas. I help myself to lots of tacos and cuddle her foster dog.

11:30 p.m. — My husband and I take the bus home from my sister’s house. We could walk the 0.7 miles, but we’re full and tired.

Daily Total: $25.77

Day Four

10 a.m. — I go to the same tabata workout class every Sunday morning, and it’s my absolute favorite. The class is hosted at my gym, so I don’t have to pay extra for it.

11:15 a.m. — I was supposed to go to brunch for my friend’s birthday, but the weather is shitty so we reschedule for later in the week. My husband went to a movie since he thought I was going to brunch. We usually go to the grocery store after my class, but this week I go home instead.

12 p.m. — I eat scrambled eggs at home and watch more of The Bold Type on Hulu. I have to watch it when my husband isn’t home, or he will tease me mercilessly. This is marriage.

2 p.m. — I have a box of TJ Maxx returns, so I take the bus over to the store and get $69 back. While I’m there, I pick up two candles for our apartment, since we’re burning through the ones we have. $15

3 p.m. — I have a fashion blog that focuses on affordable/secondhand fashion, and I haven’t been to the resale shop by my apartment in a while. I also have a pair of jeans I think they might take. It’s a successful shopping day, and I find a Madewell denim jacket, three blouses, and a pair of shoes. They take my jeans and credit me $11 to use in store, which I use toward my purchase. $88

4 p.m. — It’s still raining, so my sister comes over to bake a special treat. I have the KitchenAid and the base ingredients we need already (eggs, flour, sugar, etc.) so she brings the mix-ins.

7:30 p.m. — Since we didn’t make our normal grocery run today, we have to pick something up for dinner. I offer to grab sandwiches for my husband and me from a corner bodega. The subs come with complimentary chips (score!). $14.38

Daily Total: $117.38

Day Five

7 a.m. — Back to reality. I get up and grab myself a cup of already brewed coffee. My husband and I switch off scheduling the coffee to be brewed for the next morning. I don’t buy fancy coffee during the week.

8:30 a.m. — I commute to work using public transportation. It isn’t so bad, since I have an amazing podcast to listen to. Shout out to Binge Mode: Harry Potter.

12:30 p.m. — We didn’t go grocery shopping last week, so I’m stuck having a hodgepodge lunch that consists of a peanut butter sandwich, Pink Lady apple, cheese stick, and blueberries. Yes, a five-year-old would also be happy with this lunch. I’ve packed my lunch my entire life (well, since middle school), so buying lunch seems like a waste of money to me.

5 p.m. — My husband and I order groceries from our local grocery chain’s delivery service. (The first delivery is free and we get an extra $20 off.) $93

Daily Total: $93

Day Six

6 a.m. — Another early morning workout day. I’m trying to add some more cardio (I usually focus on weight training), so I skip the gym and go for a 3.5 mile run along the lakefront. I see the sunrise and think I should do this more often.

1:30 p.m. — It’s a busy work day, so I eat my normal salad at my desk. I hate not taking a lunch break, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

6:30 p.m. — My husband does most of the cooking, but tonight I want turkey tacos, which is the one dish that I make. We have all the ingredients from our grocery haul earlier this week, so I get to cooking and we watch Sharp Objects and eat plantain chips and guac. I love Taco Tuesday.

10:30 p.m. — I have been eyeing these wide-leg pants from Target for a while now, and I see a blogger post about them while I’m laying in bed scrolling. I look them up and see that they’re on sale now. I don’t need further convincing, and I make the decision to purchase them. $21.59

Daily Total: $21.59

Day Seven

8 a.m. — I’m really over hearing about the Nordstrom anniversary sale, but I’ve been wanting these Spanx leggings for a while, and they’re half off. Naturally, they’re out of my size, so I do some Googling and find that Spanx is price-matching Nordstrom’s sale price. I take the plunge and buy them. $62

2:30 p.m. — My company is hosting a women’s creative panel and one of the co-founders of Refinery29 is on it. I go, and I’m inspired.

5:30 p.m. — My husband meets me on the river before an event we have tonight. I’m wearing a cute outfit, and I brought my DSLR to work so he could take some blog photos of me. He takes my pics, and we walk to the event. Working in the Loop is the best.

6 p.m. — Another blogger event tonight. This time it’s hosted by a tequila company. I’m so excited because tequila is my favorite alcohol, and it’s on one of Chicago’s amazing rooftops. My husband and I get there and find out it’s not open bar, but we do get two free drink vouchers, so we drink up and peace out.

7 p.m. — We’re in a weird part of the city for public transportation, so we get an Uber home from the tequila event and my husband makes us waffles from the goodie bag we got from the other blogger event earlier this week. $9.51

Daily Total: $71.51

Read my twin’s diary, here.

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The house loses on weak guidance from Caesars


A strong rally of casino stocks ended abruptly on Wednesday 8/1/18, after Caesar Entertainment ($CZR) gave weak guidance even after beating EPS and revenue. Earnings per share came in at a strong beat of $0.04, a full $0.13 beat from analyst estimates. Revenue as well massively crushed its year over year, with a 112% gain year over year at $2.12 billion, beating estimates by $20 million.

Caesars pitboss called and wants his gains back

Caesars held a conference / earnings call Wednesday to discuss outlooks for the rest of FY18, and FY19. Guidance for the outlooks aren’t that great, and not only did it temporarily tank Caesars Entertainment stock (at one point on Wednesday the stock traded down 20% of opening), it ended up taking the entire gaming segment, both domestically and in Macau.

Looking at the sector slump, Boyd Gaming ($BYD | -5.7%), MGM Resorts ($MGM | -6.7%), Golden Entertainment ($GDEN | -5.2%), Scientific Games ($SGMS | -5.5%), Eldorado Resorts ($ERI | -4.3%), Wynn Resorts ($WYNN | -4.1%), and Las Vegas Sands ($LVS | -3.4%) all showed red today based on the earnings call.

Why Caesars is now the equivalent of a 2 for 1 alcoholic slushie

Caesars is on sale. Plain and simple. Giving up some of the share price is a good time to jump in and take advantage of a lower share price. At around $9 a share, there is plenty of room to grow. Looking at 5 YR Discounted Cash Flow EBITDA exit models, we are estimating that there is a 62% upside to CZR, with a price target of $18.26. If we switch gears, and even looking at P/E multiples of competitors in the sector, we have a 29% upside, with a share price target of $14.57.

Looking for growth at Caesars Entertainment

Highlights from the conference call mirror what we are actually seeing (literally) on the ground. CZR broke ground on a 550,000 sq ft convention center behind the Linq promenade (traffic is a nightmare down on Koval), and it’s starting to go up QUICK. Look for the space to start adding both direct and indirect revenue for surrounding Caesars Entertainment properties.

Also, with Caesars having such a stronghold on the sports betting industry, coming in the top 3 with MGM Resorts and William Hill, Caesars has fantastic opportunities to build inter-state sports gaming and almost instant approval for sports betting in new jurisdictions.

Both of these opportunities mean dollars to the bottom line of the balance sheet.

But what if you don’t want to invest in a so called “sin stock”

Taking a look at Caesars Entertainment across the board, we have a few interesting ways to play this stock, not apparent on most publicly traded sectors in such a defined way.

First, you can play the gaming properties REIT’s. Both MGM Reports and Caesars Entertainment spun off their real estate arms, MGM Growth Properties ($MGP) and VICI Properties ($VICI) for Caesars. Since the spin off, VICI has remained fairly strong and stable, with a 52-week trading range of $17.58 – $22.99. Interestingly enough, while CZR does not pay a dividend, VICI does. In fact, VICI pays a healthy 5.16% dividend.

This strategy in essence allows you to own the floor the gaming table sits on, and collect a dividend while being relatively unconcerned with how well the gaming table is performing. Growth for the VICI stock also has a target price of $22.63, giving you some room to grow from a capital appreciation standpoint.

As a stability comparison, the bad news from CZR sent the stock plunging ~20% at one point, while VICI stood down only 1.43%. That’s strength right there, and allows you to get involved with the casino industry without owning a “sin stock.”

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6 Natural Ways to Ease Your Dog’s Anal Sac Distress


The post 6 Natural Ways to Ease Your Dog’s Anal Sac Distress by Marybeth Bittel appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren’t considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on

Ever watch your furry friend “walk” by without the use of his paws? This exasperating little amble is often executed on some sort of textured surface — such as your new living room carpet or Aunt Emily’s heirloom Persian rug. But it can also be performed on hardwood, ceramic tile or the garage floor. To the uninitiated, it looks like some quirky canine-yoga move. The rest of us have a special name for it: dog scooting to relieve a dog’s itchy bum. And we know it’s just one sign of a dog’s anal sac woes.

Holistic veterinarian Dr. Jeffrey Feinman, V.M.D has noted that scooting dogs are often struggling with some sort of pesky posterior pain or discomfort. Sometimes, it’s just a freaky-yet-fleeting thing. Sometimes, it’s a parasite problem. But another key cause of derriere-related dog distress lies in an area commonly known as the “anal sacs” or “anal glands.” And yes, you can probably sense it’s officially time to put down whatever you were eating. Because as pet parents, we need to understand how these anal glands function — and when they’re poised to cause serious (and expensive) health issues.

The Anatomy of … Your Dog’s Anal Sac
A merle coated dog looking back, showing his butt.

What is your dog’s anal sac? What are dog anal glands? Photography ©GlobalP | Thinkstock.

First, a quick anatomical overview of your dog’s rear end and your dog’s anal sacs. Envision, for just a nanosecond, the point right beneath the tail where your pup poops. Good, that’s plenty; now take deep cleansing breaths while I explain that the anal glands are two tiny sacs situated within that opening, on either side. This biological feature has existed in wild animals for thousands of years. The material secreted into them is profoundly unpleasant — thick, oily, kinda fishy-smelling. But it’s useful to wild animals like skunks, who can empty these glands at will in threatening situations. Our domesticated dogs have largely lost this ability — but the anal glands have hung around to fill up regardless.

Usually, everyday defecation helps empty your dog’s anal glands, but sometimes — as I’ve discovered with several of my own dogs — that’s not the case. When the glands remain full for too long, they can become impacted and extremely uncomfortable. And if the situation continues to worsen, an abscess can form and then rupture. This actually happened to Maizy, and it required expensive emergency surgery, antibiotics, the oh-so-cruel Cone of Shame, and eight days of stomach-upsetting pain medication.

What If Your Dog’s Anal Sacs Need to be Emptied Every Few Weeks?

So if your sweet pup simply won’t stop scooting around or chewing at his itchy, uncomfortable bum, consult your vet immediately. A rupture is an emergency situation. However, if the vet simply detects some (ahem) fullness, you’ve got options. The first is manual draining. Not to mince words, but this is a strong, solid 9.5 on the gross-out meter. Really, don’t try it yourself. Done improperly, it can cause severe injury. Done properly, your house could still reek for days. Having dealt with this dog-related issue for years, I’d suggest cheerfully doling out a few dollars and having it done at your vet’s office. It’s a non-surgical procedure that takes only a few minutes  — and your canine returns to you clean, comfy and fresh as a daisy.

If you find that your dog’s anal sacs need to be emptied every few weeks or more, think long and hard before considering permanent removal. This is definitely a surgical procedure — and because it can disrupt delicate nerve pathways, it can occasionally lead to incontinence, infections, and other chronic complications. Instead, consider trying these natural home remedies to ease your dog’s anal sac distress. In combination over time, they can often eliminate — or at least minimize — the angst and aversion caused by this unpleasant issue.

1. Increase fiber
Pumpkin puree.

Pumpkin puree. Photography by Liliya Kandrashevich / Shutterstock.

This has been a magic bullet for Maizy. We add a teaspoon of Benefiber to her morning meal, and then give her a teaspoon of ground flax later in the day. Both dietary supplements have a stool-softening effect, which can help the glands empty on their own. We also let Maizy snack on high-fiber treats like baby carrots or dried sweet potato, and every so often, we treat her to a tablespoon of plain, fiber-rich pumpkin. You may be thinking, “that’s a lot of fiber for one furry friend,” and it’s true. Every dog responds differently. That’s why it’s important to start small and increase very gradually. Begin with just a half-teaspoon of Benefiber daily, and work up until you notice slight stool softening.

Learn more about feeding your dog a fiber regiment on Whole Dog Journal >>

2. Increase moisture

Some dogs just aren’t wowed by their water bowl. One simple solution is to add more liquid directly to their food. You can also invest in a pet drinking fountain. Instinctively, many pets find moving water more palatable than a plain, tepid, motionless puddle.

3. Decrease their weight

According to Dr. Junia Borden Childs D.V.M, a dog’s anal sac issues are often a symptom of broader systemic issues. Perhaps this is one reason why pudgy pups are more likely to struggle. That certainly doesn’t mean skinny dogs like Maizy are off the hook, but if your pooch is packing a few extra pounds, switching foods or going on a diet might help alleviate pressure so the sacs can empty more easily. Read labels carefully, and choose options with real meat as a top ingredient. Notice animal byproducts, cheap carbohydrate fillers or weird additives you can’t pronounce? Put the package down, and try an established whole-food brand.

4. Boost beneficial bacteria

Re-fortifying with canine-formulated probiotics can also help encourage your dog’s anal glands to empty on their own. Well-respected brands include Prozyme Digestive Enzyme Supplement and Digest-All Plus. Simply follow dosing instructions on the package.

5. Apply a warm compress

Dr. Childs and other vets have noted that holding a warm washcloth against the under-tail region can sometimes encourage natural drainage. Try soaking a washcloth in warm water infused with 1 to 2 teaspoons of Epsom salt or Witch Hazel. Hold this in place for five to 10 minutes, twice per day, every day. Wear household gloves, and use a clean cloth each time.

6. Exercise!

Regular exercise encourages consistent elimination and elimination encourages anal sac emptying. Thinking back to high school math class, we might term this the transitive property of anal sac triumph.

Tell us: Have you encountered dog anal sac or dog anal gland issues? Share your insights!

Thumbnail: Photography by WilleeCole Photography / Shutterstock.

This piece was originally published in 2016.

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Simple and Sweet Cherry Pie Bars Recipe


Simple and Sweet Cherry Pie Bars Recipe

These adorable Cherry Pie Bars are summer sweetness in a bite. The cake base is heavenly. Not at all crumbly, it slices extremely well, which is sometimes not the case when I make cherry pies. To keep the top nice and light colored, you may want to add a piece of tin foil over the top of the baking pan after about 20 minutes.


Cherry Pie Bars

Yield: Makes an 8×8-inch pan, about 12 bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: About 90 minutes, including time for cooling & glazing


For the bars:1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened1/2 cups sugar2 eggs1/2 tsp. vanilla extract1/8 tsp. almond extract1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1/2 tsp. salt1 (21 ounce) cherry pie filling

For the glaze:1/2 cup powdered sugar1/4 tsp almond extract1 Tbsp. milk


1. Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and beat well. Beat in extracts.

2. In a separate bowl combine flour and salt. Add to the creamed mixture. Mix until combined.

3. Grease a 8×8-inch pan. Spread 1 1/2 cups batter into bottom of the pan. Spread with pie filling. Drop remaining batter on top of pie filling.

4. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes clean. Cool on wire rack. Combine glaze ingredients and drizzle over the cooled bars.

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I suck at my job but am otherwise a delightful person


A reader writes:

Short version: I truly suck at, and therefore hate, my job, but I’m otherwise a delightful person and employee — so says pretty much anyone who works with me (they don’t say “delightful,” but they use complimentary terms!). But I love my company and want to stay. Is that just a pipe dream?

Long version: I started my job about a year and a half ago. It is in the same industry I’ve worked for the past 10 years, but doing something different – I spent 10+ years doing medical billing and the new job is processing medical insurance claims. I was burned out on the collections end of medical billing and was delighted to land this position, thinking that my billing experience would be beneficial, and as a bonus, I’d never have to speak to disgruntled patients about why their bill was so high! The company I work for is fantastic – I always loved working with them from the billing side, and they are doing their best to actually HELP people with their medical care – they are not an enormous medical insurance company who doesn’t care.

It takes about six months to be fully trained to process all types of claims, so it’s a pretty intense process. For quality control, processors must maintain 98% accuracy when processing – this is done by spot-audits from another department.

Turns out, this job is JUST processing claims. I can do it, and I can even do it well, but I can’t seem to do it well consistently. I’m not meeting the accuracy standard, and it’s stupid mistakes that I know better than to make! But I get so bored, I think I just zone out. I just can’t make myself care, and I can’t convince myself that it matters. I’m more than happy to fix mistakes, but it makes more work for everyone, which is why we have the 98% standard.

My supervisors have been great about this, offering to help, checking in with me, etc, but the reality is, I just suck at this. However, my supervisors have assured me more than once that I’m a great employee, have a great attitude, and am the type of person they enjoy having on their team. It’s just … that’s not enough! I’ve never had an experience where I’ve been so consistently bad at an aspect of my job – and this isn’t an aspect, it’s the actual job! It’s disappointing, and quite frankly, it’s embarrassing!

There are no current openings within the company that I am qualified for, or that I’m interested in, but I really love this company and would like to stay. But this job is boring! My supervisors and HR even had me do a strengths assessment, which confirmed that this sort of thing isn’t great for me, but the type of job they indicate I’d be good at (marketing) is nothing I’ve ever thought of or worked in. My self-assessment is that I like “consistent variety” – I like having structure and knowing what is expected of me, but I need a little variety in there to break up the day and keep me focused. I like to feel I’ve accomplished something, whereas processing claims is literally never-ending – not even in a way that I can finish a batch and start another one.

So do I cut my losses here and just see what else is out there? I hate starting over, and haven’t really been here that long, but I’ve been trying for months to do better and just can’t seem to get it together. Thoughts? Reassurances? Advice?

Ahhhh, I so badly want to be reassuring here because I do believe you are a delightful person! But …

I wouldn’t stay at a job you’re bad at, even if they think you’re lovely and are lovely back to you.

First, there might be a point where they become less patient with the mistakes. Right now, they might be in “give it time” mode, hoping/assuming that you’ll bring your accuracy up once you’ve been there longer. If that doesn’t happen, it might not be realistic for them to keep you in the job indefinitely.

But maybe more importantly, it’s not good for you to stay in a job you’re bad at. You won’t be building a reputation for doing strong work, and at whatever point you leave, it may be harder to find your next job if you have several years (or more) of not-great work. You’ll have fewer people excited to vouch for you or connect you with job leads, and your references won’t be strong (at least in regard to your work quality). And getting used to being Not Very Good can mess with your head in ways that might be hard to shake once you leave.

Normally I’d tell you to have an honest conversation with your boss to explore whether there might be ways to tweak your role or more you into a different role entirely, but it sounds like you’ve already done that and that your manager and HR are being pretty proactive in trying to work with you on this.

So yes, it does sound like it’s time to start looking outside your company. I get that you really like them and want to stay … but your day-to-day, hour-to-hour work is going to have a lot more influence on your overall quality of life than being at a great company will (as important as that can be too). Plus, if you leave on good terms soon-ish, you’re more likely to preserve the ability to come back there in the future if a job that’s better suited for you opens up … whereas if you stay for a couple of years with a mediocre performance, that may be harder to do (especially if your manager leaves and is replaced by someone with a different take on all this).

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