Delectably Sweet Dessert

(Culinary.net) If you’re looking for an easy dessert, this Whoopie Pie recipe is the perfect way to cap off weeknight meals.

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Whoopie Pies

  • 1          box spice cake mix
  • 1 1/2    cups apple butter
  • 1/2       cup canola oil
  • 2          eggs
  • 8          ounces cream cheese
  • 4          tablespoons butter
  • 3          cups powdered sugar
  • 2          tablespoons milk
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In large bowl, whisk spice cake mix, apple butter, oil and eggs.
  4. With ice cream scoop or large tablespoon, spoon batter into rounded heaps, about 2-3 inches in diameter, onto parchment paper. Space spooned batter 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake 14 minutes. Let cool.
  6. In large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar until smooth. Add milk and vanilla; beat until blended.
  7. Frost flat sides of pie halves and place halves together.
  8. Refrigerate and store in sealed container.

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Ready for Winter Weather

Tips to keep your family safe and warm

Winters with heavy snowfall can be magnificent, but they can also be challenging for homeowners. Accumulated snow and ice have the potential to damage many aspects of your home and property, including exterior components of your propane system.

“Propane is one of the safest and most reliable sources of energy in winter,” said Tucker Perkins, president and CEO of the Propane Education Research Council (PERC). “It keeps your home warm and allows you to cook and have hot water. A propane generator ensures that you have reliable power in any weather.”

While you can’t predict the first snowstorm or hazardous weather conditions, you can put your family in the best position for safety and warmth by planning ahead.

Be Prepared

  • Get to know your propane system. If you are not familiar with your propane system, take a few minutes to review it. Identify core components, including the tank, regulators, meter, piping and supply valves, as well as any appliance vents. Be sure you know where your main gas supply valve is located in case you need to close it in the event of an emergency; in many cases it may be located on your propane tank.
  • Mark your tank and regulator. Use a brightly colored stake or flag taller than the maximum anticipated snow depth as a marker to enable emergency and propane service personnel to locate your tank. Also mark your secondary pressure regulator or meter, which is usually near the side of your home. Check local ordinances about marking tanks and regulators and follow any rules applicable to your area.
  • Have an adequate supply of propane. Roads leading to your home might not be accessible for delivery, particularly after a snowstorm. Establish a regular delivery schedule with your propane retailer or call to schedule a delivery when the percentage gauge reads 30% to give the retailer enough time to make a delivery and ensure you have an adequate supply of propane.
  • Talk to your contractors. If you use a snow removal service, make sure the service knows the location of all propane equipment on the property. Instruct them to keep their equipment clear of all parts of your propane system, especially tanks, regulators and gas meters. If they shovel snow off your roof, instruct them to never shovel snow onto any part of the propane system and not to block any appliance air intakes or exhaust vents. It may be helpful to designate an area to pile snow safely away from any equipment.

Take Action

  • Keep snow and ice from accumulating on propane equipment. Snow or ice accumulation can potentially cause parts of your propane system to crack or break, resulting in a gas leak. Gently brush away snow or ice that has accumulated around the tank, meter, regulator and any other piping by hand or using a broom. If you must use a shovel, use extreme caution. If you notice any snow or ice buildup that cannot be removed easily, contact your propane retailer. Do not attempt to remove snow or ice by kicking or hitting equipment.
  • Be alert to snow buildup. Frequently check areas where snow or ice collect on your roof, structures or nearby trees and clear it if you believe it might fall on any part of your propane system. Heavy accumulations of snow or ice falling on tanks, regulators, meters, piping or valves may cause damage that could result in a gas leak. In high snowfall areas, drifting snow and ice sliding off roofs may require additional regulator and vent protection. If you think this may be an issue, contact your propane supplier for guidance on protection of these components.
  • Keep vents clear. Appliance air intake and exhaust vents and chimney flues must always be clear of snow or ice. Some homes may have direct vents, which are close to the ground. Improper venting can cause carbon monoxide buildup in your home, which could lead to serious illness or even death.
  • Clear driveways and pathways to propane tanks. Remember that a propane delivery truck needs at least a 10-foot-wide path to be able to deliver fuel to your home. Keep the tank area and a path to the tank free of snow. When plowing, snow-blowing or shoveling, do not push or pile snow around your tank, meter, regulator or piping.

Stay Alert for Safety

As you look for ways to keep your family warm and comfortable, it’s important to keep safety at the top of your list. These tips from PERC can help keep you and your family safe during cold weather.

  • Never use a gas oven or range to heat your home.
  • Never use portable gas-powered heaters indoors unless they’re designed and approved for indoor use.
  • Never use an outdoor barbecue grill indoors for cooking or heating, and never use a generator in a garage or other enclosed area.
  • Keep chimneys, flues and appliance air intake and exhaust vents free of snow, ice and other debris.
  • Consider installing a UL-listed carbon monoxide detector on every level of your home.

If you smell gas:

1. Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or fire.

2. Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.

3. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).

4. From a neighbor’s home or other nearby building away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer. If you can’t reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.

5. Do not return to the building or area until your propane retailer or emergency personnel determine it is safe to do so.

6. Before you attempt to resume use of your propane appliances, have your propane retailer or a qualified service technician check your system to ensure it is leak-free.

For more safety tips and information, visit Propane.com. (Family Features)

SOURCE:
Propane Education Research Council

How to Bring a Restaurant Favorite Home

Ever wonder about the secret to making your favorite restaurant’s ranch dressing? Look no further – the secret could be Hidden Valley® Ranch Seasoning Mix. In fact, more than half of all restaurants that use a ranch seasoning mix use Hidden Valley Ranch signature buttermilk seasoning mix to provide a distinctive house-made taste. Those who enjoy freshly made ranch at their favorite eateries can recreate this great flavor in the comfort of their homes.

Some people say “a restaurant is only as good as its ranch,” and we couldn’t agree more. Restaurant ranch is popular for a reason: the cool and creamy ranch texture made with fresh ingredients has a delicious homemade taste that pairs perfectly with dishes from wings to fries to pizza to chicken tenders to veggies and almost everything in-between.

With Hidden Valley Ranch Buttermilk Seasoning Mix, you can recreate the restaurant-style ranch dressing you love in just a few minutes whenever the craving strikes. Just combine the dressing mix with 1 cup of mayonnaise and 1 cup of buttermilk and chill for 30 minutes for an easy way to amp up some of your favorite foods, just like you would when eating out.

Throughout the month of October, you can visit hiddenvalley.com/restaurant-ranch for the opportunity to vote for your favorite restaurant ranch and be entered for a chance to win the grand prize of $5,000 and a year’s supply of ranch as well as more recipes and information.*

Restaurant-Style Ranch Dressing

  • 1          cup buttermilk
  • 1          cup mayonnaise
  • 1          package (0.4 ounces) Hidden Valley Ranch Restaurant-Style Dressing & Seasoning Mix
  • 1/2       cup sour cream (optional)
  1. In bowl, combine buttermilk, mayonnaise andseasoning mix; mix well. Add sour cream, if desired, for thicker dressing.
  2. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes to thicken.
  3. Stir before serving.

Note: Dressing stays fresh 3-4 weeks.

*No purchase necessary. US, 18+ excl. NY & FL. Ends 11:59 p.m. PT 10/31/19. Void in NY & FL & where prohibited. Official Rules @ http://hiddnval.ly/bFkhbo. (Family Features)

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Thursday is National Pasta Day: Easy Vegan, Gluten-Free Pasta Recipe

This Thursday, Oct. 17  is National Pasta Day, so the chefs at Fresh n’ Lean (the nation’s #1 organic meal delivery company) have created a masterpiece of a gluten-free, vegan pasta dish that anyone can make.

PASTA ALL’ARRABBIATA By Fresh n’ Lean

Spicy Italian classic

This classic spicy Italian pasta dish can be on your table in only 20 minutes. It’s one of the easiest pasta recipes but at the same time surprisingly flavorful and perfect in its simplicity, like almost every Mediterranean dish.

Total time: 20 minutes.

Ingredients:

(makes 4 servings)

400g gluten free pasta of choice (preferably short type of pasta, like penne or maccheroni)

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp of chili flakes

400g canned crushed tomatoes

salt to taste

For serving: handful of fresh parsley and (optionally) chili flakes to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta in salted water until al dente (according to suggested cooking times on the package). Drain, saving about ¼ cup of the cooking water.
  2. In the meantime, add olive oil and minced garlic to a pan and cook over medium heat for 1 minute.
  3. Add chili flakes and saute for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  4. Add crushed tomatoes along with all the juices, stir well and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and let simmer for 6-8 minutes.
  5. Add cooked pasta to the pan with arrabbiata sauce, stir well until the pasta is evenly coated. If the sauce is too thick (that will depend on the variety of tomatoes), add 2-3 tablespoons of the saved pasta cooking water. Quickly heat up to the desired temperature, stirring constantly, don’t cook.
  6. Transfer to serving bowls or plates, decorate with freshly chopped parsley and, optionally, extra chili flakes. Enjoy!This classic spicy Italian pasta dish can be on your table in only 20 minutes. It’s one of the easiest pasta recipes but at the same time surprisingly flavorful and perfect in its simplicity, like almost every Mediterranean dish.Total time: 20 minutesIngredients:

    (makes 4 servings)

    400g gluten free pasta of choice (preferably short type of pasta, like penne or maccheroni)

    2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

    1 garlic clove, minced

    1 tsp of chili flakes

    400g canned crushed tomatoes

    salt to taste

    For serving: handful of fresh parsley and (optionally) chili flakes to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta in salted water until al dente (according to suggested cooking times on the package). Drain, saving about ¼ cup of the cooking water.
  2. In the meantime, add olive oil and minced garlic to a pan and cook over medium heat for 1 minute.
  3. Add chili flakes and saute for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  4. Add crushed tomatoes along with all the juices, stir well and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and let simmer for 6-8 minutes.
  5. Add cooked pasta to the pan with arrabbiata sauce, stir well until the pasta is evenly coated. If the sauce is too thick (that will depend on the variety of tomatoes), add 2-3 tablespoons of the saved pasta cooking water. Quickly heat up to the desired temperature, stirring constantly, don’t cook.
  6. Transfer to serving bowls or plates, decorate with freshly chopped parsley and, optionally, extra chili flakes. Enjoy!

Is Investing in Real Estate a Quick Route to Riches?

If you’re on the hunt for sensible ways to make money and live the lifestyle that you deserve, it might seem like there are very few dependable options. One tactic many people consider is whether real estate is a good strategy for quickly building up wealth. Whether you’re interested in an entrepreneurial house-flipping business or just curious about investing in a real estate project, you’ll want to know how to do it wisely. Before we answer the titular question, we’ve put together a list of pros and cons for you to consider before you take the plunge into real estate.

Pros:

First, we’ll cover a few reasons why investing in real estate might be an enticing option.

  • Real estate investing is a form of passive income (in some cases), so if you’re successful you won’t have to worry about clocking in and out – your check will simply be in the mail from your recent real estate deal, or from tenants renting out your property if you do choose to lease it. This makes property ownership a good option for retirees who are looking to augment their retirement savings with extra cash flow.
  • Real estate is a reasonably steady, long-term investment option. Property values do tend to rise and fall (more on that in the Cons section), but over time, a good amount of real estate appreciates in the long-term. So, this may not be a quick route to riches, but it certainly could be a slow and steady one.
  • It’s widely available in some growing areas. Parts of the country like Colorado, Nevada, and Texas are growing rapidly. However, they also have a lot of land. That means that there’s still plenty of room for your real estate investments to appreciate, making even riskier options like Fort Worth hard money loans actually seem somewhat attractive.
  • Property is actually a tangible asset. Unlike investments in the stock market that serve no purpose before you sell them, property can actually be used. For instance, if you’re flipping a house to resell it, you can still live in it during renovations. Or, if you’re just waiting for property values to increase before selling, you can lease to renters and make some more income that way.

Cons

Now we’ll go over what you should be careful of before you get started investing in real estate.

  • There are a lot of real estate scams. If you don’t do diligent research before investing, you could wind up with a property that rapidly depreciates or isn’t worth anywhere near what you paid for it. Be careful and do diligent research before putting your money toward any real estate investment opportunity.
  • Real estate investing takes time. If you are looking for a way to make money quickly, purchasing a house in hopes that property values will increase could take a decade or more. House flipping might be an easier way to make money more quickly, but this requires significantly more time and investment, as you’ll have to renovate the home well enough to warrant a high asking price.
  • Property management can be a headache if you can’t find good tenants. If you do go the leasing route, it’s important to find tenants who will respect your property and treat it well. The last thing you want on your list of costs is repairs necessary after troublesome tenants move out.
  • A substantial amount of your net worth is tied up in your investment. If you find that you need money quickly, you might be in some trouble. Real estate is difficult to convert into liquid funds fast enough to cover a last-minute need for emergency cash. That’s because you’ll have to sell the property successfully to make your money back. Plus, if you have tenants, you might not be able to just evict them to liquidate in your property, further stalling access to funds.

So, is real estate a quick route to riches? In most cases, real estate is not a way to get rich quickly. That’s because, as with any investment, it can take time to fully appreciate. While flipping houses can be a good way to earn money, it’s not always easy to quickly get rich this way – in many ways, it’s like owning any small business, as the overhead costs are substantial and don’t allow for immediate profits. Let us know whether you’ve had any teachable experiences from real estate investing in the comments below!

7 High-Paying Remote Jobs You Should Know About

The 9-5 grind has become an exhaustive source of stress for people all around the world. Spending 40 hours chipping away at a job that doesn’t necessarily bring you joy is a tough middle ground to live in. Instead of submitting to the grind of the traditional work-life, people are opting for career paths that allow them to build their own type of success while following their work-life balance dreams.

In fact, according to a report by Global WorkPlace Analytics, “regular work-at-home, among the non-self-employed population, has grown by 159% since 2005, more than 11x faster than the rest of the workforce and nearly 50x faster than the self-employed population.”

1. Virtual Assistant

The beauty of the virtual assistant career path is that there are so many different industries in which your services are needed. Responsibilities typically range from office admin work, social media management, email organization, proofreading, and client contact.

Virtual assisting is becoming increasingly popular among remote workers as it’s fairly simple to complete all tasks from the comfort of your couch or inside of your favorite cafe. The average virtual assistant makes between $35- $50 per hour.

2. Blogger

Have a way with words? The blogging sphere is wide open and waiting for ambitious and eloquent writers to engage audiences among the many burgeoning industries out there. Whether it’s sharing your passion for fashion or divulging into your opinions on the current political landscape, you have the power to make an impressive annual salary on your words alone. There is, however, plenty of hard work involved in building up your blogger status, but if you play your cards right, you could rake in a substantial amount of money in no time. 

3. Accountant

In this day and age, you don’t need to be a certified public accountant (CPA) to land a well-paying remote career in accounting—you will, however, you need a robust bookkeeping background and high-performance software for tax preparers to get your career started.

Accountants are essential for clients and companies who need some extra help handling tasks ranging from payroll duties to corporate tax preparation. Because these jobs require some high-level skills and a decent amount of experience, the average salary ranges between $45,000 and $80,000.

4. Airbnb Host

Airbnb has become the number one alternative to hotel stays, and business is booming for Airbnb hosts. Depending on your real estate’s location, you could potentially make over $75,000 a year by simply renting your space out. While Airbnb earnings tend to range drastically more than 50% of all Airbnb hosts make more than $500 per month. All you need to do is be a kind host and make sure your space is sparkling for the next visitor. 

5. Freelance Writer

If you’re looking for a remote job that has a splash of creative spice to it, freelance writing may be your destined career path. The market for writers has always been huge, it’s merely a matter of finding your niche that makes a world of difference to your pockets and to your interests. While the average freelance writer makes between $50,000 and $60,000, specific niches, specifically those in technical industries, are more likely to earn higher wages. 

6. ESL Tutor

Online tutoring has transformed the education field, making learning a more accessible experience around the world. English as a Second Language tutoring has blossomed into one of the most opportune remote work options for people who have a hankering for teaching, traveling, or a bit of both! Depending on your skill level and client base, you could earn anywhere between $25,000 and $40,000 annually. 

7. Social Media Consultant

Are you particularly skilled in the social media department? Whether you have a degree in marketing or just have an impressive background in understanding social media trends, pursuing a career in social media consulting may be the pathway to success for you.

Today’s businesses place high importance on their social media presence and their engagement levels with clients and potential leads. Having the right social media strategy in place could make a significant difference for a company or brand.

Are you a remote worker? What lucrative remote career paths do you wish you could pursue? Open up the discussion in the comments below.

Jesus Christ Superstar Amazes Patrons in Austin

Aaron LaVigne and Jenna Rubaii and the company of the North American Tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Aaron LaVigne and Jenna Rubaii and the company of the North American Tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Lexus Broadway In Austin’s presentation of “Jesus Christ Superstar” raucously tells the story of Jesus in the final dramatic days leading up to his crucifixion.

Having no spoken dialogue, this modern day rock opera, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice is loosely based on the biblical Gospels, focusing on the personal tensions between Jesus, his disciples, the people of Israel, and the leadership of Rome.

Unique among biblical retellings, this theatrical portrayal makes great emphasis of Judas’ concerns for Jesus’ increasing popularity and the potential negative repercussions from local authorities that may ensue, as Judas criticizes Jesus for accepting his followers’ unrealistic beliefs in him. Meanwhile, Caiaphas, the High Preist of Israel, assembles the Pharisees together at the Sanhedrin to hold council about Jesus and his disciples unwillingness to accept the Romans as their rulers and the threat of imperial authority being debased. Caiaphas soon concludes they kill Jesus for the greater good, and the Pharisees concur upon his decision.

Upon Jesus’ exultant arrival in Jerusalem, Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea, has a dream in which he meets with the Galilean and then receives all of the blame for the man’s violent and mournful death, predicting the rise of Christianity.

Chorus upon chorus regale the familiar epic history that follows with Judas’ betrayal of Jesus to the Pharisees, the last supper, Peter’s three-time denial of Jesus, the Garden of Gethsemane, Judas’ kiss upon Jesus cheek inciting his apprehension by Roman soldiers, the numerous interrogations and tortures that ultimately placed the Man from Galilee upon the rough timbered surface of the cross, all the while Mary Magdalene and countless followers stand helplessly by as Jesus is raised in to the air for his final pains taking breath and ignite a movement singular only to not only the King of the Jews, but the Son of God.

Visit Lexus Broadway in Austin for more details at https://austin.broadway.com/shows/jesus-christ-superstar/.

Today is National Dessert Day: Vegan Raspberry Coconut Cheesecake Recipe

Today is National Dessert today, so the chefs at Fresh n’ Lean (the nation’s #1 organic meal delivery company) have created a masterpiece of a vegan dessert that anyone can make.

VEGAN RASPBERRY COCONUT CHEESECAKE – By Fresh n’ Lean

No-bake and gluten free

This no-bake raspberry coconut cheesecake is a real crowd pleaser. It’s vegan, gluten free,
creamy, naturally sweet and refreshing. Made with a bunch of wholesome ingredients, it will
satisfy your sweet tooth being healthy and nutritious at the same time. It needs only 20 before
it’s ready to be popped in the freezer and it can be prepared the day before, which means you
don’t have to worry about the dessert anymore, just remember to take it out of the freezer 30
minutes before slicing and serving.

Prep time: 20 minutes + 4-6 hours in the freezer

Ingredients:
(12cm round cake tin, serves 6-8 people)
Crust:
½ cup gluten free oats
½ cup almonds, raw
½ cup desiccated coconut, unsweetened
2 large medjool dates
¼ tsp of sea salt
1 tbsp of coconut oil, unrefined
1-2 tbsp cold water
Coconut raspberry layer:
1 cup cashews, soaked in boiling water for 15-20 minutes, drained
½ cup coconut cream (solid part from a can of full fat coconut milk)
1 tbsp of coconut oil, unrefined
½ cup of fresh or frozen raspberries
3 tbsp of maple syrup
juice of half a lemon
2-4 tbsp of coconut milk, if needed
For decorating: handful of fresh raspberries, dessicated coconut

Instructions:
1. Add oats, almonds, coconut, dates and salt to a food processor. Blitz until wet sand
consistency. At this point add coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of cold water. Blend again
and see if the dough starts to come together. If not, add an extra tablespoon of cold
water.
2. Line 12cm cake tin with parchment paper. Firmly press the crust into the bottom of the
tin. Place in the freezer while you prepare the raspberry layer.
3. Add all raspberry layer ingredients, besides coconut milk, to a food processor or high
speed blender. Blend until smooth. Scrape the sides whenever necessary. Add 2 to 4
tablespoons of coconut milk if needed to keep your food processor work smoothly.
4. Pour the raspberry layer on top of the crust. Place in the freezer for a minimum of 4-6
hours to set (or overnight).
5. Take out of freezer 20-30 minutes before serving. Decorate with fresh raspberries and
desiccated coconut.

4 Fun Ways to Take a Home Sports Viewing Party to New Heights

There’s nothing better than having all your favorite people over to watch a sporting event together. No matter the sport, team, or event – be it a random NBA game, the Super Bowl, or March Madness – there’s just something fun and relaxing about watching with your own crowd. And you can make the experience even better by shaking things up a bit, and upping your watch party preparation to include more than chips, dip, and beer.
Amp Up the Eats

Chips and salsa may be easy to dump into a bowl when company’s coming, but it’s usually nothing special. And if it’s become a common staple at watch parties, it’s time to try something else anyway! One way to spice it up (pun fully intended) is to try a nacho-style fondue station. You can add something like Ro-Tel dip to the cheese if you want it to be hotter, and then give guests dipping choices besides tortilla chips. Add in extras like pretzels, bite-size sausages, or even french fries. It’s basically the ideal snack station, it doesn’t take a whole lot of effort, and everyone will wind up satisfied.

Have An In-House Betting Pool

If you and your friends are all into it, you can certainly have fun getting your own game going while you watch whatever event is on TV. Online sports bookie sites are becoming more readily available and more user-accessible than ever before, which in turn means more people are becoming familiar with the ins and outs of betting (in terms of how to read odds, which tips to trust, etc.). You might all simply place bets together at one of these sites, but you could also use them as a basis to set up your own, in-house betting pool. And really, it doesn’t even have to involve money. Betting candies, gift cards, or anything else fun and innocent can be a great way to give everyone a stake in the action. And for that matter, if you have regular watch parties, you could even organize season-long betting pools!

Watch Outside

Another very fun way to spice up a watch party is to structure it like your own home tailgate, no matter the season. You can get some lawn games going, set up a tent outside, and move a TV out under the shade if it’s super hot – or put the TV in the garage and set up heaters if it’s a cold fall day. Supply extra jackets or mittens for your guests, and even a hot coffee, hot chocolate and/or cider station. (If you’re feeling extra festive, add single shots of whiskey to make those hot drinks even more delicious.) Whatever the case, you can set up a grill outside, embrace the elements, and make whatever you’re watching the game with that much more satisfying in the process – be it a cool beer on a hot day or a piping-hot burger in a chilly garage.

Go Virtual

While watching at home generally gives you a better view than nosebleed seats at the stadium, there is now a way to get an even better angle. Watching a game through a VR headset is becoming an option, and allows you to enjoy the best seats in the house even though you’re at home. Not all leagues and games facilitate the option yet, but if it is an option, your friends might love getting in on the action together. Granted, it takes a little bit of the communal fun out of things, in theory, but particularly while it’s still aa novelty, we don’t think that will be a problem. It will be a blast to sit and talk with friends on comfortable couches while all enjoying first-person stadium views together.

You can always find fun ways to change up watch parties according to your personal interests and those of your friends as well. Maybe there’s something you all like to eat or drink every time, or maybe you have your own sort of betting or fantasy side game to go along with the action. But for more general ideas that anyone can try, the above options can make watching sports with the gang more fun than ever.

Peter Ulrich Collaboration Teaches “Lessons of Love” with Help from Singer Sharon Hochma-Hawk and Painter Ola Lubczyńska

The Third Single from “Final Reflections” Tells the Tale of an Art Aficionado Falling in Love with a Master Painter’s Rendering of a Beautiful Woman

It was truly a case of Art imitates Life imitates Art when the third single from The Peter Ulrich Collaboration’s album “Final Reflections” entitled “Lessons of Love” came into being. Producer Trebor Lloyd met Polish artist Ola Lubczyńska online through mutual friends. As it turned out, Lubczyńska was contemplating a painting where a man interacted with a painting of a beautiful woman while, at the same time, lyrics were spinning in Lloyd’s head about an art lover falling in love with a master painter’s rendering of another beautiful woman. Throw into this happy confluence some music from New York songwriter Anne Husick, collaboration head Peter Ulrich and others, enlist the charming Israeli American vocalist Sharon Hochma-Hawk to sing lead and not only was the song, Lessons of Love. born, but a lovely canvas from Lubczyńska ensued. The beautiful canvas was used as the cover image for the single and on YouTube for the audio video. Final Reflections, to be released on December 3, is the third and final album in The Painted Caravan Trilogy.

LISTEN TO LESSONS OF LOVE HERE: 

https://youtu.be/uwSUNqRrSdE 

LEARN MORE ABOUT OLA LUBCYNRISKA AND SEE HER PAINTINGS HERE:

http://www.lubczynska.pl/en/about-me 

ABOUT THE PETER ULRICH COLLABORATION:

The Peter Ulrich Collaboration is a collaboration helmed by Peter Ulrich, former percussionist for the iconic Dead Can Dance, the brilliantly innovative band that music historian Ian McFarlane described as world music that “constructed soundscapes of mesmerizing grandeur and solemn beauty… with African polyrhythms, Gaelic folk, Gregorian chants, Middle-Eastern mantras and art-rock”. Ulrich met Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, the founders and cornerstones of Dead Can Dance, in London in 1982 and joined the band on drums and percussion. After leaving DCD and after releasing a string of critically acclaimed releases as a solo artist, Peter’s next big step was The Peter Ulrich Collaboration.

The Collaboration mixes folk rock, world rock, art rock and psychedelic music with a world view that encompasses alternative history, fictional universes, Steampunk, and Goth, and recalls the exquisitely crafted soundscapes of Dead Can Dance. The group features songwriting by Ulrich, Lloyd, and New York songwriters Anne Husick, Sara Wendt and Kathy Sheppard among others with vocals by David Steele, Wendt, Ulrich, Jen Elliott, Shane Chapman, Stephanie Linn, Timothy Dark and other bright American and English talents. The vocalists are backed by a crackerjack band playing rock, post-rock, world and folk influenced music. After the release of two albums, thrilled New York Collaboration fans were were treated to a live performance by the band at Manhattan’s famous Webster Hall in 2015. 

The Peter Ulrich Collaboration’s “Final Reflections”; the final chapter in the well received The Painted Caravan Trilogy, will be available for streaming and purchase on all the major services starting December 3rd, 2019.

ABOUT SHARON HOCHMA-HAWK

Sharon Hochma-Hawk was born and raised in Israel where she received early instruction in vocals and percussion. After a stint in the Israeli military, she joined the prestigious Circle in the Square theatre school in New York City. During her subsequent ten years in New York, Sharon sang and played live with a wide range of musical New York talents and also demonstrated similar range as a session player in New York recording studios.

Among those recording sessions were several with The Peter Ulrich Collaboration including vocals in all three albums of The Painted Caravan Trilogy including most recently in Lessons of Love for Final Reflections, the final album in the Trilogy. Sharon then returned to Israel for awhile where she continued her musical and acting career playing with her band and appearing in a slew of television commercials. However New York called again and she made a pilgrimage back to add her vocal talents and percussion expertise to The Peter Ulrich Collaboration show at Webster Hall in 2015.

Over the years, Sharon developed considerable chops as a song writer and a charismatic stage presence. Among her songwriting efforts was the song, Green, which appeared in Tempus Fugitives, the second album of The Peter Ulrich Collaboration which she also performed live at Webster Hall.

Presently Sharon is putting the finishing touches on her very own album which features self-penned songs in a delicious pop EDM style with wise and often witty lyrics.

“A rich and song-filled showcase”—RollingStone. com.

“Grand mix of folk and world music”—Modern Drummer.

“Riveting and intriguing”—Popdose.

“A collaboration to be cherished”—The Independent.

“Colorful and enjoyable record”—All Music Guide.

As a special thanks to Collaboration fans, from October 1 until November 5th, the new album Final Reflections – along with the entire Painted Caravan Trilogy – will be available on a pre order basis at a special discounted rate through AIS Records which is distributing Final Reflections and The Painted Caravan Trilogy under an exclusive license from City Canyons. Stayed tuned for a link for this very special discount with access to the entire Trilogy at one convenient location. 

With The Painted Caravan Trilogy now complete, Peter Ulrich brings his colorful Caravan home full speed ahead. All aboard for the final exhilarating trip!

LISTEN TO THE PETER ULRICH COLLABORATION ON SPOTIFY HERE: https://open.spotify.com/artist/51zJ8DnSMTP7aWHtY8mrdh.

FOLLOW FINAL REFLECTIONS ON FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/ulrichcollaboration.

VISIT THE TEMPUS FUGITIVES WEBSITE

http://www.citycanyons.org.

VISIT THE PAINTED CARAVAN WEBSITE

http://www.citycanyons.net.

VISIT PETER ULRICH ON FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/UlrichMusic/.