WEEKLY UPDATE – June 18, 2018
Last week stocks showed mixed results as political headlines continued to dominate the news. The Dow lost 0.89% and the S&P 500 was almost flat with a 0.02% gain. The NASDAQ, on the other hand, reached a record high on Thursday and ended the week up 1.32%. Both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ experienced their 4 th week of gains in a row.International stocks in the MSCI EAFE lost ground, posting a 0.52% decline.
Two Key Perspectives From Last Week
- 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (70% cacao or higher), chopped, plus chocolate shavings
- 30 regular-size marshmallows
- 2 cups heavy cream
- Mix chocolate, marshmallows, and ½ cup heavy cream in a large bowl. Microwave the mix on high for 2 minutes. Stir until the marshmallows melt and the mix is smooth.
- If the mix is not melted after 2 minutes, microwave it again for 15 seconds. Repeat until the mix is melted, stirring between intervals.
- Let the mix cool to room temperature, 45 minutes.
- Once cooled, add the remaining cream into the bowl and mix until peaks form.
- Pour ½ cup of mix into a small bowl to use as topping. Put it in the refrigerator.
- Take half of the remaining whipped cream and stir it completely into the cooled chocolate mixture. Then pour in the rest of it.
- Gently fill eight 4-ounce small glazed ceramic or glass bowls.
- Put them into the refrigerator until the mix is set, 2 hours to overnight.
- Put the rest of the whipped cream on the servings, and sprinkle with shaved chocolate.
Recipe adapted from Good Housekeeping 
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- Stay away from commercial sprays that use carbaryl. Carbaryl attacks pets’ nervous systems.
- Many natural flea and tick repellents contain essential oils, such as geranium, citronella, and lavender. Wellness Mama (https://wellnessmama.com/2565/homemade-bug-spray/) describes some good concoctions.
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- Mix garlic and brewer’s yeast into your pets’ meals. Bugs don’t like the taste. Garlic and yeast products for pet food can be bought in pet supply stores.
- Keep your pets tidy. A fine-toothed flea comb or lint brush helps remove fleas from your pets.
Tip adapted from EarthShare
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