Hot Tips from the Sterling Creations Business Desk Team

Helpful tips for July 2022

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* All You Need to Know About Turmeric Ginger Tea
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* When travel apps are inaccessible

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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

Scams of the month:
Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are some very valueable tips.
You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes! It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details have been compromised online.

From Melanie with huge thanks –
Subbstitutions
31. Molasses
1 cup honey can be substituted for 1 cup molasses. (and vice versa), Note: flavor will be affected.

32. Mustard, Dry
1 tablespoon prepared mustard can be substituted for 1 teaspoon dry mustard.

33. Mustard, Prepared
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard plus 2 teaspoons vinegar can be substituted for 1 tablespoon prepared mustard.

34. Oil
1 cup melted butter, margarine or shortening can be substituted for 1 cup oil. Note: Recipe results may vary. Texture and appearance may be affected.

35. Onion
1/4 cup instant minced onion, flaked onion OR 1 teaspoon onion powder can be substituted for 1 cup (1 medium) chopped onion.

36. Poultry Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon ground thyme plus 3/4 teaspoon ground sage can be substituted for 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning.

37. Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus 1/4 teaspoon ginger and 1/8 teaspoon EACH nutmeg and cloves can be substituted for 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.

38. Shortening
1 cup butter or margarine can be substituted for 1 cup shortening. When using shortening in place of butter or margarine, 1 tablespoon milk or water for each 1/2 cup shortening used may need to be added. DO NOT substitute vegetable oil for shortening when recipe calls for melting the shortening.

39. Sour Cream
1 cup plain yogurt can be substituted for 1 cup sour cream.

40. Sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar can be substituted for 1 cup sugar. Note: Flavor will be affected somewhat.

41. Sugar, Light Brown
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar and 1/2 cup sugar can be substituted for 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar. (Slight flavor differences will occur.)

42. Sweet Potatoes
1 (18-ounce) can vacuum-packed sweet potatoes can be substituted for 1 (23-ounce) can sweet potatoes, drained.

43. Tomato Sauce
3/4 cup tomato paste plus 1 cup water can be substituted for 1 cup tomato sauce.

44. Wine
1/2 cup fruit juice can be substituted for 1/2 cup wine in desserts. 1/2 cup chicken broth can be substituted for 1/2 cup wine in savory recipes.

Some Alexa tips from Donna
Hey Alexa
A.) You can delete your voice interactions with Alexa by visiting Alexa Privacy Settings or by saying, “Alexa, delete what I just said” or “Alexa, delete what I said today” or “Alexa, delete everything I’ve ever said.”
B.) If you ever wonder why Alexa responded in a certain way, you can ask and Alexa will provide a short explanation about the response to your last voice request. Just say, “Alexa, why did you do that?”
C.) Want to know what Alexa heard you say? Just ask and Alexa will read back your most recent voice request. Just say, “Alexa, tell me what you heard.”
D.) In addition to visiting Alexa Privacy Settings or the Alexa app, if you’ve enrolled in voice ID, you can also say, “Alexa, update my privacy settings” to change your settings by voice. Just say, “Alexa, how can I manage my voice recordings?”

 

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

All You Need to Know About Turmeric Ginger Tea

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Turmeric ginger tea is made by brewing turmeric powder and ginger root together in hot water. Both of these ingredients are normally used individually for their nutritional and medicinal effects, but they become even more powerful when they?re combined together. Let?s take a look at the health benefits of turmeric ginger tea:

1. Promotes Good Heart Health

Ginger and turmeric both have the power to lower cholesterol levels, particularly LDL cholesterol. This type of cholesterol is responsible for plaque deposition in the arteries and blood vessels, which can increase the risk of suffering a heart attack or a stroke.

2. Boosts Cognition

This particular benefit comes from the ginger in this tea. The unique combination of antioxidants in turmeric ginger tea stimulates neural activity, increases focus and reduces beta-amyloid plaque deposition.
Ginger also has anti-inflammatory effects on brain tissue.

3. Has Analgesic Properties

Curcumin and gingerols, which are the two most significant active ingredients in turmeric ginger tea, can relieve pain throughout the entire body. These analgesic properties are in addition to their anti-inflammatory properties, which can relieve joint pain and muscle discomfort.

4. Prevents Cancer

The progression of various types of cancer has been shown to slow down when consuming ginger, with particular reference to gastrointestinal cancers.
Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant compound that reduces oxidative stress and free radical formation in the body.

5. Bolsters Immune System

Turmeric ginger tea is an excellent immune system aid. If you have a weak immune system and frequently come down with colds, this tea might be the solution for you. Furthermore, turmeric ginger tea also assists the body?s healing process and eliminates underlying infections.

6. Promotes Healthy Skin

Inflammatory skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema, can be treated with turmeric. The gingerols found within turmeric ginger teas have strong antibacterial and antioxidant properties that protect the skin from infection. Other benefits include new cell growth stimulation and the prevention of aging.

7. Aids Digestion

Ginger can help to settle the stomach, reduce nausea and promote healthy digestion thank to its strong anti-inflammatory properties. It can also eliminate cramping and bloating, which can in turn eliminate symptoms of constipation. In fact, it?s often used to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ulcerative colitis and acid reflux disease.

8. Regulates blood sugar

Ginger and turmeric are both known for their abilities to regulate blood sugar in their own right, but those effects are increased significantly when they?re combined in a tea. Turmeric ginger tea prevents dangerous fluctuation in blood sugar levels by keeping glucose and insulin levels balanced.

How to Make Turmeric Ginger Tea

Ingredients

? 1 cup of water (filtered)
? 1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger root ? 1 teaspoon of grated fresh turmeric root ? 1 teaspoon of honey ? 1 teaspoon of black pepper

Method

1. Boil the water in a saucepan or pot.

2. Add the grated turmeric and ginger to the water, then turn the heat down to a simmer.

3. Allow the mixture to stand for 10-15 minutes.

4. Strain the tea into a teapot.

5. Add black pepper and honey and enjoy!

Correct Turmeric Ginger Tea Consumption

This tea is an extremely potent mixture, so all you need to drink to reap all of the health benefits outlined above is one cup per day. Although consuming more than that each day is not dangerous, doing so will exacerbate the risk of experiencing side effects.

The Side Effects of Turmeric Ginger Tea

? Interacts negatively with diabetes and high blood pressure medications.
Also has anticoagulant properties, meaning that it can interfere with blood-thinning medications.
? Exacerbates gallbladder and kidney stone issues by increasing uric acid levels in the blood.
? Ginger and turmeric allergies can cause skin irritation headache, nausea, dizziness and swelling of the tongue, lips or throat.
? Not good for pregnant or breastfeeding women. The tea?s medicinal effects can be dangerous to them.
? Can cause gastrointestinal problems when consumed excessively. Limit intake to just one cup per day.

source: Organic Facts <https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/turmeric-ging
er-tea.html?utm_source=onesignal15aug17>

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
When travel apps are inaccessible

One of the biggest barriers that I have had and continue to face is when a travel app is not accessible or usable. When I expect an app to function adequately but alas! There are problems.

On the whole, most travel apps are extremely accessible but with the pandemic dictating how we present information to border services agents, we need to ensure that especially these types of apps are made accessible so that we do not have to depend on sighted assistance or most importantly it takes away unwanted stress.

With the need to be more aware of what types of outlets are close to where we are located, the need for accessible apps is even more acute. As mentioned above, these types of apps are generally very accessible and I can only hope that this trend continues.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach and author visit
http://www.donnajodhan.com

On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you could either purchase or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at www.donnajodhan.com/store.html
and you can now take advantage of our free downloads here.

Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan
And like me on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan and at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

 

 

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