The first ever FWA Palm Coast Open Mic in Flagler Beach was a great success with the help of sponsors Florida Writers Association /Palm Coast Chapter and co-leaders Jeff Swesky and Michael Ray King, owner of Clearview Press, Inc., The BeachHouse Beanery and Words Etc. Writing. With 11 readers on the schedule and an uncertain weather forecast, organizers and attendees didn’t know exactly what to expect.
Here is the information on the Open Mic event planned for May 21. Find a URL link here for you to share on social media. Upload a copy of the guidelines here:
We'd like to see a great turnout so we can continue this event on a monthly basis. A special thank you to BeachHouse Beanery for agreeing to host this event.
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Today is the first ever Flagler Beach Vegan Fest. I’m not a vegan myself, but I’m finding myself eating this way more as I’ve been working with a great group of people to help them promote this event. The excitement has been growing over the past few weeks. This is a passionate group who believe whole-heartedly in their commitment of creating a balance in the world that is the end result of eating vegan-style. Exactly what classifies a recipe as vegan? To be vegan, a recipe must exclude meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients. Check out Vegan by Choice for more information.
My husband and I often eat vegetarian meals and many of those meals and dishes end up being vegan. What I’ve observed in recent weeks is that by “hanging out” with a few vegans while planning and promoting this event, I’ve started to analyze everything we cook and eat to see if it fits into the “vegan” category.
So it is in that spirit that I make my vegan recipe contribution today.
Communication with the earth by growing your own stuff is a favorite form of communicating for me. Last year my yellow banana peppers just wouldn’t stop communicating with me! We were overrun with Datil peppers as well as sweet yellow banana peppers. The Datils have been turned into an amazing hot sauce, and I also developed a Datil Pepper Relish that has become very popular with friends and neighbors. But the real fun I had last summer was to perfect my version of a sweet pickled banana pepper. I am already anticipating what new creativity this summer’s garden will inspire!
I’ve finally got it down to science so here it is for all the world to see. And to all my vegan friends in Flagler Beach and all around the area, Happy Vegan Fest Day!!
Christine’s Pickled Sweet Pepper Strips
Start with 2 pounds of yellow and red sweet peppers, seeded and cut into 1/4 or 1/2 inch strips or rings (about 4 cups yellow banana and 4 cups of red bell)
Cover peppers with ice water, adding a few cloves of garlic and 1/3 cup pickling salt. Mix well and allow to stand covered for about 3 hours. Drain the peppers well in a colander.
Pack 4 pint jars with peppers. Be sure to pack the peppers tightly. Remember they are raw when you pack them and will shrink up a bit from the hot brine. To each jar add:
½ tsp pickling salt
¼ tsp celery seed
1 tsp mustard seed
1 clove garlic
One Datil pepper or a few slices of jalapeno pepper for spicy jars. I usually make a mild jar or too for those less adventurous!
Prepare the brine by mixing together:
2 cups white wine or cider vinegar
1 ½ cup sugar
1 ¼ tsp turmeric
Bring to boil and simmer 5 minutes. Pour brine over peppers. Leaving ½ inch headspace. Seal and process 10-15 minutes in boiling water bath. Let jars cool on a towel on counter top. Store the cooled, sealed jars in a cool, dark, dry place for at least 3 weeks before eating the peppers.
Be prepared to make more. Everyone will love these peppers, and you can tell by the photo that they are beautiful!
Have some recipes that fit into the vegan category? Please share with me!
- MyMove™ – How to Throw a Vegan Housewarming Party (mymove.com)
- Vegan Potluck in Austin (dietiscorrect.wordpress.com)
- Getting My Sweet Vegan Fix at Whole Foods (myveganvida.wordpress.com)
- Vegan BBQ Part 1 | Sausage & Sweet Pepper Pizza with Almond Pesto (frugalveganscrapbooker.typepad.com)
- Easy Vegan Recipes (answers.com)
Many resume writers and career consultants recommend that your resume makes a splash with sharp graphic design and other style features. But what about those job sites that want you to email your resume within the body or require you to upload the resume into their online app? Or maybe you have a website and want to include your resume as part of the content – either as a job-seeker or even a business owner – and you simply just want clean text. Plain text or ASCII format is the answer. (pronounced ASKEE).
ASCII means American Standard Code for Information Interchange and refers to the universal code that most computers understand. A document saved in this format is very simply put, just words. There are no pictures, graphics or fonts and no special style characteristics like bod or underline. If it sounds boring to you, don’t worry you’re not alone in that thinking. It is a very boring document to look at, but it has all the information necessary. For job-seekers, it’s just what you need to get your information in front of a person via email or if you want to respond to an online job listing — think Monster or Careerbuilder. And if clean text is what you need, like the sample below, here are some tips to help you get there:
- When creating your resume in a word processing format, remove all of the special character attributes like bold, italics or underlining. Special fonts and font size will disappear, along with tabs when you convert to plain text, so you may want to remove these features from your document before you convert it to make the adjustments easier to make later.
- Rather than using the “bullets” feature, use these characters to define lists in the body of your resume: + * or ~. To separate sections of your resume, use a series of special characters. For example: ———————— ***************** ================= ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
- Align text to the left. You want a ragged right margin.
- Let your sentences wrap to a new line. Do not use the “enter” key to try to control the length of each line. But you should use the enter key to add white space between sections of your resume.
Following these tips will assure that your plain text resume will be easy to read on your recipient’s screen, whether he is using a computer, iPad or phone.
Once you have your document in as simple a format as possible, following the above guidelines, you will need to use the “save as” feature to save it as a “plain text” document. Depending on the software you’re using, your choices may include ASCII, Plain Text or Text Only. Any of these should work. You now need to reopen the file. You’ll find that your program has reformatted your resume file into Courier font and removed all formatting and left-justified the text.
Next, you’ll need to make some adjustments to your document:
- Reset the margin to 2 inches on both left and right margins
- Fix any strange characters that now appear where you may have used curly quotation marks, dashes, accents or other non-standard symbols
- Remove any tabs and adjust the spacing. You may have to add a few blank lines to make your resume easier to read.
- Add a series of characters as mentioned above to separate the sections of your resume.
- Re-save the file. It will now be saved as a “.txt” format file.
You’re done! Now you can open the .txt file and copy and paste it into either the body of an email or to an online application.
If you have any trouble with creating your plain text resume, leave me a comment or contact me at email@example.com
Thanks for reading!
- Plain Text Formatting: It’s Still a Must for Email Campaigns (sendblaster.com)
- An important resume decision – one or two pages (wordsetcwriting.com)
- More résumé tips (wordsetcwriting.com)