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Easter sweet treats make Easter special – From chocolates to marshmallows to caramel eggs to jelly beans, Easter is chockful of candy. And for those who think Easter is only child’s play, guess again.

Americans spend up to $2 billion on Easter candy each year, according to Sweet Services, an online candy retailer. The National Confectioner’s Association says people in the United States consume nearly seven billion pounds of candy during the year, and Easter is the second-most popular holiday (behind Halloween) for indulging a sweet tooth.

Faith comes first for many Easter celebrants. But there’s nothing wrong with enjoying some candy come Easter Sunday. Here’s a look at the history behind some of the sweets the Easter Bunny might leave in your basket this year.

Chocolate eggs:

The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th century. Since then, they have become one of the most popular and recognizable treats associated with Easter. The chocolate egg is predated by edible Easter eggs made from sugar and pastry first designed in Germany. According to the “Guinness Book of World Records,” the largest chocolate Easter egg ever made debuted in 2011. It was just over 34 feet high and weighed nearly 16,000 lbs. Learn more about Easter Eggs.

Chocolate bunny:

The Easter Bunny also is a German incarnation. The seasonal bunny was introduced to America in the 18th century by German immigrants who believed in the “Osterhase,” an egg-laying hare they believed was a sign of new life and prosperity. Germans also introduced the first edible chocolate bunnies. The NCA says 76 percent of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first. Learn more about the Easter Bunny.

Jelly beans:

People aren’t quite sure where the jelly bean originated, but some think it was based on a soft, chewy Middle Eastern sweet called Turkish delight and the hard candy shell of Jordan almonds. William Shraft, a Boston-based confectioner, may have coined the phrase “jelly bean” when he urged people to send these sweets to Union soldiers fighting in the Civil War. Check out the Jelly Bean Prayer!

Peeps:

Peeps are owned and made by Just Born Inc., a Pennsylvania-based company started by Russian immigrants when they acquired the Rodda Candy Company in 1953. Just Born figured out a way to automate and streamline the process of making Peeps, and today they can produce 5.5 million per day.

Easter is a day filled with fun and lots of sweetness. Candy is a big part of the celebration.

Compliments of Metro Creative. TF194851

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National Garlic Day – One of my favorite spices for seasoning, especially in Italian food. #GarlicDay

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This day is held annually on April 19. It is in the same family onions, leeks and shallots. It has many benefits such as helping with colds, reducing blood pressure and cholesterol. It even has some antibiotic properties.

Mythology and folklore would have it that garlic can word off many bad creatures such as witches, werewolf, vampires, Dracula and more.

I am not sure how or when this day got started, but this is one for me. I love to add garlic to most everything I cook.

Garlic Lovers Day is held in October.

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Poison ivy is an unwelcome guest on many properties. Unfortunately, many people don’t recognize the presence of this plant on their property until it’s too late and they’ve already fallen victim to the uncomfortable, itchy red rash that is the plant’s hallmark. #PoisonIvy

Leaves of three, let it be! A common vine found throughout the refuge is poison ivy (Rhus radicans). Although the oil of this plant causes an allergic reaction in many people, it provides food and cover for wildlife. Many species of songbirds are known to eat its berries.

According to Poison-Ivy.org, a website providing information about poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac, the rash from poison ivy may first appear as just a slight itchy spot. But that spot will gradually get worse and can even cover your entire body with giant red sores if left untreated or if it goes undetected for too long. That only highlights the importance of learning to recognize poison ivy on a property and taking the appropriate measures to prevent anyone from coming into contact with it.

Are all poison ivy plants the same?

Many people may be surprised to learn that all poison ivy plants are not one and the same. Poison-Ivy.org notes that there are different types of poison ivy in different places, so curious homeowners should visit the site to determine how to identify the type of poison ivy specific to where they live. Eastern Poison Ivy grows on the ground, climbs and sometimes appears as a shrub. And despite its name, Eastern Poison Ivy grows from the east coast to the midwest, affecting people in middle American states like Kansas and Nebraska. This itchy plant can also can be found in some parts of Texas and Arizona.

Some telltale signs of the plant?

Eastern Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is the most widespread version, and these are some of its characteristics.

· Poison ivy plants always have leaves of three. No poison ivy plants have more than three leaves.

· Grow left, then right. That means that the stem/branch of leaves closest to the root of the plant will always lean left. Subsequent stems/branches of leaves can lean right. Stems/branches of poison ivy leaves are never side by side.

· Never have thorns.

· The edges of the leaves are never saw-toothed or scalloped.

· The leaves will appear differently depending on the season. In spring, Eastern Poison Ivy leaves will appear red. As spring turns into summer, the leaves will gradually appear more green. Come fall, the green leaves will look as if they were brushed with red, with some leaves featuring patches or spots of red.

The poison ivy rash can be very uncomfortable. Learning to identify poison ivy plants can help people avoid the rash.

You can can learn about the characteristics of this plant in your local area by visiting www.Poison-Ivy.org).

Article compliments of Metro Creative. GT194818


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GrubHub Delivery Driver – I signed up to be a delivery driver for several popular food delivery apps. I share my experience with GrubHub. #GrubHub

They give you two nice big bags. They are thick. One seems more for pizzas. This one is my favorite one to use and deliver for. his will just be free flow writing.

So for this weeks Travel Thursday, I will have three blog post. These three are going to be about three of the popular food delivery apps. This is my experience from only doing this on Friday and/or Saturday for less than one month.

I got two deliveries, when I wasn’t scheduled. Both of them ended up being at Red Robin. The app told me to make sure to ask for my free fry cup. Yes, drivers get a free fry cup from Red Robin. Both of my deliveries were within 2 miles of the restaurant, where I had to pick it up. I did however, deliver some that were under 10 miles too.

I also like how they show you how much you will make on each delivery before accepting them. But remember, rejecting deliveries could hurt you too.

Another good thing is, you don’t keep cash on you. The customers pays through the delivery service.

This one shows it delivers from only one restaurant in my city, Jefferson City. My near by town, Morristown, it gives a small handful. But, when I log into the app, it tells me to go to a busier area such as Knoxville. I am not sure how they get deliveries if they want us to go to Knoxville. One of the places they deliver from told me they stay busy with GrubHub. Maybe they need to do regions like DoorDash.

Of course, the driver can choose to accept or reject the delivery. Rejecting a delivery can hurt the ratings of a driver. Drivers often don’t make an hourly rate. They just get by on tips and the mileage.

With that said, a driver is more likely to accept the delivery with a bigger tip on it. Just saying. They are using their own car, gas, wear and tear. Getting very little on the delivery, unlike a Pizza Delivery Driver.

When you are not on the schedule and are able to deliver, then I believe you get the overflow. But, getting a schedule is hard and competitive on the app.

Every restaurant has a different preferred method for the pick up. Sometimes it is noted on the app. Taco Bell, will tell you when it is ready. They like it if you waited until you got that to come in to pick it up.

Sometimes, it may not be ready and you have to wait. I went to an iHop and it said it was ready, but I ended up waiting 30 minutes for the food.

You are a contracted person, that means 1099 and you pay your own taxes.

I am sure notifications are based on your location to the restaurant and the availability of you and other drivers.

I even had people put in the wrong delivery address. Sometimes it was next door or down the road.

I arrived at one restaurant to pick up an order and while I was there I got another offer for a delivery. What was cool is … it was for the same restaurant I was at. So I had to wait for both orders to be given to me. I then delivered to the first order,, followed by the second order.

I do believe this can be fun for extra cash. You can work when you want. That means you can start and stop when you want, as long as, you are not in the middle of a delivery.

I like GrubHub the best followed by DoorDash. I seemed to get more deliveries with GrubHub and I can sign in when I want to earn extra cash. DoorDash, it must be busy.

I do know, this has shown me places that I believe I would go eat. It also has shown my places I do not want to eat. Sometimes you get to go to the kitchen area of a restaurant.

I may update this blog post, as I gain more experience with delivering for them.

To sign up as a driver, simply go to their site and sign up. They will ask you for your information such as Driver License Number, Proof of Insurance, Etc. They will do a background check. What is interesting, is you don’t go through a job interview. Bite Squad, made you have a job interview. I haven’t delivered for them yet. (Currently do not offer a referral program)

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DoorDash Delivery Driver – I signed up to be a delivery driver for several popular food delivery apps. I share my experience with DoorDash. #DoorDash

They give you a small cheap bag. Any other bags you want, you must order and pay for them. This one is good to deliver for, but I do prefer another one. This will just be free flow writing.

So for this weeks Travel Thursday, I will have three blog post. These three are going to be about three of the popular food delivery apps. This is my experience from only doing this on Friday and/or Saturday for less than one month.

I went to Dash when it was busy and not scheduled. I had to go to Blaze Pizza and deliver an order. At least the small bag, was big enough for the size pizza this person ordered. I didn’t have to travel far for the delivery either from the restaurant. I think most are near the restaurant, but I have had them up to 10 miles.

I like the fact that they tell you how much you will make for the delivery. I even get text messages saying when a market area is busy. In some cases in the busy markets, if you go to it, you could get $1.50 to $2.50 extra per delivery, per the text message.

Another good thing is, you don’t keep cash on you. The customers pays through the delivery service. However, they do give you a red card to use, just in case. But the company pays for it using that card.

Drivers often don’t make an hourly rate. They just get by on tips and the mileage. Of course, the driver can choose to accept or reject the delivery. Rejecting a delivery can hurt the ratings of a driver.

When you are not on the schedule and are able to deliver, then I believe you get the overflow. But, getting a schedule is hard and competitive on the app.

Every restaurant has a different preferred method for the pick up. Sometimes, it may not be ready and you have to wait.

You are a contracted person, that means 1099 and you pay your own taxes.

I am sure notifications are based on your location to the restaurant and the availability of you and other drivers.

I even had people put in the wrong delivery address. Sometimes it was next door or down the road.

Currently, you must be in a big city such as Knoxville, Chattanooga, Etc. to get some Dashes, known as deliveries. But, DashDoor is starting in these areas near me soon.

  • Jefferson City / Morristown – Starts April 24, 2019
  • Sevierville / Pigeon Forge – Starts April 24, 2019
  • Maryville / Alcoa – Started April 3, 2019
  • Lenior City – Starts May 8, 2019
  • Oak Ridge / Clinton – Started April 10, 2019
  • Greeneville – Starts June 19, 2019

I had a schedule Dash. When it came time for it. I couldn’t login to the Dasher app. I tried to reset the password. That didn’t work. I called the toll free support number. They did the same thing. That didn’t work. I later tried the online support. They relied they are having problems. I still was unable to sign in to do that schedule. Because I couldn’t sign in, it kicked me out and counted against me. That wasn’t even my fault. Well, at least, I still could do GrubHub.

I may update this blog post, as I gain more experience with delivering for them. I have only done several deliveries with them.

I like GrubHub the best followed by DoorDash. I seemed to get more deliveries with GrubHub and I can sign in when I want to earn extra cash. DoorDash, it must be busy.

My direct referral link:

doordash.com/dasher/apply/Steven-Patterson-6937/

To sign up as a driver, simply go to their site and sign up. Feel free to use my referral. They will ask you for your information such as Driver License Number, Proof of Insurance, Etc. They will do a background check. What is interesting, is you don’t go through a job interview. Bite Squad, made you have a job interview. I haven’t delivered for them yet. (Invite Code: Steven-Patterson-6937)

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Uber Eats Delivery Driver – I signed up to be a delivery driver for several popular food delivery apps. I share my experience with Uber Eats. #UberEats

They do not give you any bags. You use your own. I used one I got from Walmart. You must use a thermal type bag. his will just be free flow writing.

So for this weeks Travel Thursday, I will have three blog post. These three are going to be about three of the popular food delivery apps. This is my experience from only doing this on Friday and/or Saturday for less than one month.

I did only one delivery. With this order, I had to pick it up in West Town Mall. Then drive to Farragut, TN, about 9 miles away. The apartment complex, I had to deliver to was new, the customer only put the office address, not her own. It was hard to find. I had to call the customer to help.

This one took me longer to pick up and deliver, compared to Grub Hub and DoorDash. Which, I like GrubHub the best followed by DoorDash.

One thing I didn’t like was, I saw it pop up on my phone. It didn’t tell me how much I was making. I clicked on the item, it auto accepted it without knowing how much I was going to make. I didn’t know how much I made until the delivery was completed. Also note, rejecting deliveries could hurt you.

I tried to use this to make extra cash. I only did one delivery from it. I was signed on two different times. The second time, I had one popup, then went off right away before I could do anything with it.

One good thing is, you don’t keep cash on you. The customers pays through the delivery service.

Drivers often don’t make an hourly rate. They just get by on tips and the mileage. Of course, the driver can choose to accept or reject the delivery. Rejecting a delivery can hurt the ratings of a driver.

With that said, a driver is more likely to accept the delivery with a bigger tip on it. Just saying. They are using their own car, gas, wear and tear. Getting very little on the delivery, unlike a Pizza Delivery Driver.

You are a contracted person, that means 1099 and you pay your own taxes.

I am sure notifications are based on your location to the restaurant and the availability of you and other drivers.

I don’t see me using this one. I will stick to mostly Grub Hub or DoorDash. But, who knows, this one might work better for you. You never know, unless you try it.

To sign up as a driver, simply go to their site and sign up. They will ask you for your information such as Driver License Number, Proof of Insurance, Etc. They will do a background check. What is interesting, is you don’t go through a job interview. Bite Squad, made you have a job interview. I haven’t delivered for them yet. (Invite Code: SteveP2883OUI)

My direct referral link:

uber.com/signup/drive/deliver/?invite_code=mrz69w4z1

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That Tomb Is Still Empty! – Easter Story told by Two Kids – Come and listen to these very young kids tell you the Easter Story. The kids names are Levi and Lia Mullen. They share about the empty tomb. The video shown above is first of four in the series.

That Tomb is Still Empty 1 (Easter Series 1 of 4) - YouTube

This video is precious as they share the story. I think they do a great job explaining the Easter Story!

Transcript

Hey Levi, the Easter story is amazing.

Yea, I especially love the ending.

Do you want to tell the story? Sure!

It goes like this.

Jerusalem was a happening place.

The holiday was called Passover.

Jesus came by donkey transport.

“Hossana” was the password.

Palm branches were everywhere.

People called Him “King”

Days later, nothing was the same.

From grand entrance to final meal.

From the mount to the garden.

For just 30 silver coins, Jesus was betrayed, And Jesus was arrested.

It was just awful!

The high priest and the governor interrogated Jesus.

The evidence wasn’t too legit, and the whole thing was rigged.

Even the crowd turned, and chanted, “Crucify Him!”

Jesus was stripped. Jesus was whipped.

Jesus was mocked. Jesus was tortured, and wore a crown of thorns.

Ouch! That had to hurt

They hung Him on a Cross. It wasn’t a pretty sight.

Jesus cried, “It is finished,” and breathed his last.

They laid Him in a tomb, and they sealed it with a very big rock.

The tomb was full.

After the Sabbath, the women went to the tomb.

Nothing had prepared them for the surprise that waited.

The Tomb Was Empty!

Levi & Lia Mullen

And an angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid, He’s not here. He is risen. Check it out yourself. Now go tell everyone this great news.”

It’s still good news today.

That tomb is still empty, and Jesus still lives.

And that’s the only hope for you and me and this crazy world that we live in.

It’s not complicated, really.

We have a Savior. Jesus Messiah.

He died for us. When I survey…

He rose for us. Up form the grave He arose …

He lives for us. Because He lives…

So we worship Him.

Oh, praise the One who paid my debt…

Forgiven and redeemed. This is amazing grace…

And that’s what Easter is all about.

Go tell everyone this great news:

That tomb is still empty!

Christ is risen from the dead Trampling over death by death.

Come awake! Come awake! Come and rise up form the grave.

Have a blessed Easter! From the Mullen Family!

Levi and Lia Mullen

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Notre-Dame Cathedral In Paris On Fire – the famous and popular cathedral in Paris France is on fire and even collapses. #NotreDame #Paris

Notre-Dame Cathedral is a popular tourist destination in France. The fire broke out Monday morning, April 15, 2019. Sadly this occurred just days before Easter.

Francois Guillot | AFP | Getty Images

Some speculation is the fire is from some renovations currently going on in the cathedral. The roof has collapses as part of the fire. At this time, there is no known cause of the fire.

Police and government officials are asking people to stay clear of the area for safety. At this time, there is no word of any injuries of deaths either.

This cathedral dates back to the 12th Century (period from 1101 to 1200 in accordance with the Julian calendar in the Common Era).

French media quoted the Paris fire brigade saving the fire is “potentially linked” to a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project on the church’s spire and its 250 tons of lead.

As more details come in, I will try my best to update this blog post.

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The Knoxville Passion Play – Come see the story of Easter through a drama musical play performance in Knoxville, TN. Held at Black Oaks Heights Baptist Church off Merchants Drive in Knoxville, TN. This performance is a dramatic and musical representation of the life of Jesus Christ, including His death, burial and resurrection.

They have been doing this play for many years now. It has been called a few different things too during that time period.

Photo Credit: Heather Patterson

Performed each year just before Easter. I did think they did a good job with it. There were a couple of things. You have missed 2019! You will have to wait until next year!

This play is very interactive. That means they use the isles and walkways through the viewing area. So it is advised that you not get up during the performance. That is for your safety and their safety.

I did find lines hard to hear at times. That is when they were singing and had lines going on at the same time. The music parts were louder than the vocals. But, when there was no music playing, you could hear the lines better.

This was mostly a musical, not many lines. So you will have to like musicals.

It seemed the air was on high there, it was rather cold for me. If I am saying it is cold in there, then it is really, really cold, as I am hot natured.

I do believe you should go and check it out at least once thought!

The other thing is, to go to the Bathrooms, you had to exit the outside of the church. So if it was raining or cold, it might not be a pleasant experience.

Despite those, I did enjoy it. I am not too big on musicals.

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Spy Wednesday or known as Holy Wednesday or even known as Great and Holy Wednesday. Sometimes known as Good Wednesday. This is the Wednesday that leads up to Easter. Part of Holy Week. #SpyWedneday #HolyWednesday #GoodWednesday

Mostly celebrated by the Catholic Church and most protestant churches.

On this day on which Jesus was anointed with spikenard during a meal (Matthew 26:6–13). The day is sometimes called “Spy Wednesday” since it is traditionally thought of as the day Judas conspired with local authorities to betray Jesus (Matthew 26:14–16).

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Future Dates:

2019 – April 17
2020 – April 8
2021 – March 31

HOLY WEEK:
Lazarus Saturday | Palm Sunday | Holy Monday | Holy Tuesday | Spy Wednesday |
| Maundy Thursday | Good Friday |Holy Saturday |
| Resurrection Day (Easter Sunday) | Easter Monday |

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