Colorado’s PERA manages more than $5 billion in assets for the state’s 95,000 public employees. It offers defined-benefit and defined-contribution plans to its members. Some PERA members have the option to choose a defined-contribution plan instead of the defined-benefit plan. Additionally, PERA allows all members to save money toward retirement in optional 401(k) or 457(b) plans.Empower is based in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. The Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association has selected Empower Retirement to serve as record keeper for its defined-contribution plans. Retail investors abuzz over ETFs and how that affects funds’ growth
D.C. officials are concerned that they will be unable to vaccinate the city’s health care workforce once a coronavirus vaccine is available, according to the city’s health director.More than 80,000 health care workers are employed in the District, but the federal government plans to allocate the city just 8,000 doses as part of the first phase of distribution. Those estimates could change though.“We have requested that they reconsider and provide the District a pro rata share based on our workforce, given our porous borders,” D.C. Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt said during a press conference on Nov. 30.A vaccine may be distributed as early as December because promising research results were filed in November.Moderna reported that its vaccine was 95% effective on Nov. 16. Pfizer reported that its vaccine is safe and at least 95% effective and that it would seek regulatory approval on Nov. 20. And AstraZeneca reported three days later that its vaccine was up to 90% effective and easy to transport, though its study has raised questions in the weeks since, as some test groups were mistakenly given incorrect doses.Both Pfizer and Moderna applied for emergency use authorization on Nov. 20 and Nov. 30, respectively. The Food and Drug Administration will review the research results and an advisory committee will then vote on whether to approve each vaccine. If both vaccines are approved, 20 million people could be vaccinated by the end of the yearStates have already begun working on how they would distribute a coronavirus vaccine. Each state had to submit a draft vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October. D.C. officials recently made its draft plan public.D.C. health officials believe the city has sufficient storage for the vaccine, which may have to be stored at ultra-cold temperatures. But the city will only get one tenth of what is needed to vaccinate those eligible in the first half of phase one; there are four phases. That is because the allocation is based on how many health care workers are District residents, even though many workers enter the city from Maryland and Virginia.“We don’t quibble about testing residents from Maryland or Virginia who work here, because we can just put more money into that,” Nesbitt said during a recent scientific advisory meeting in October. “But I can’t put more money into buying more vaccines. It’s a controlled supply chain, so it’s not a budgetary issue, it is strictly a resource allocation issue.”More than 21,000 residents have tested positive for the virus, and 680 people have died from COVID-19. Nearly 160 COVID-19 patients are in D.C. hospitals, 43 of whom are in the intensive care unit. District officials believe those numbers will get worse in a few weeks, reflecting the reality that many people traveled and gathered for the Thanksgiving holiday, even though health officials advised against it.“We expect that we’re going to have more cases,” D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser said during a press conference on Nov. 30. “We have a very robust testing program, which we feel strongly will help us identify and isolate people who have been infected by covid.”The spikes in coronavirus numbers could come at a time when health officials are distributing the first doses of a vaccine. While D.C. health officials are concerned that they might not receive enough vaccines to vaccinate all health care workers regardless of their residency, they are perhaps more concerned that vaccine acceptance is low.People mistrust a coronavirus vaccine because of how rapidly the manufacturers have developed the vaccines, and because of the Trump administration’s interference at the FDA.People of color are especially suspicious of a vaccine because of reports of Black people being used for research experiments in the past, such as in the case of the Tuskegee Study when men were unknowingly infected with syphilis and then weren’t treated for it. The suspicion is particularly worrisome because Ward 7 and Ward 8, which have the highest populations of African Americans in the city, have been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.But Castina Watson, a Shaw resident who is Black, plans to take a vaccine as soon as she can. She lost her mother to COVID-19 earlier this year and can’t imagine not doing her part to protect other people from the illness.“Seeing this thing up close and what it does to people, not only people who pass away but people like me who are just left here to deal with the ashes, anything that I can do to try to eradicate it from the planet, I’m totally interested in doing,” Watson said.,Fear growing in ICE detention centers as COVID-19 cases steadily climb this winter. Immigration organizations and lawyers are fighting for better health care but are afraid it’s…,Families must wait longer than usual to set up funerals for lost loved ones in another grim consequence of the enduring pandemic.,Black Lives Matter activists and community organizers march outside the L.A. mayor’s…
CNN:The first thing I did after receiving what is surely one of the top two or three most terrifying medical diagnoses was pick up the telephone to call my husband to tell him to come home, and my brother to ask him to call my parents, because I couldn’t bear their grief as well as my own.The second thing I did was open a document in Word and name it: The Second Half of My Life.And these are the words I wrote in those first few minutes:Read more: CNN More of our Members in the Media >
Share Single individuals tend to have a lower desire for a romantic relationship when they are more socially satisfied and place their friends higher in their life priorities, according to new research published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.“The population of singles is on the rise and very few seem to care. In the U.S. alone, Pew notes that the share of married adults age 18 and older has declined from 72% in 1960 to 50% in 2016. Of course, many talk about this shift per se, but very few discuss the characteristics of this growing population,” said researcher Elyakim Kislev of the School of Public Policy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.“I believe that it is important to study how relationship desire appears in singles’ lives, how their lives look like. Being single myself, I know that there are new communities of singles, new ways of life, and new patterns of behavior that we must acknowledge and research. In this particular research, I focused on the group of singles who are not seeking relationships. I estimate this group to be around 20% of the total population of singles.” Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Email LinkedIn For his study, Kislev examined data from the German Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics (Pairfam), a longitudinal survey of more than 12,000 individuals and their partners, parents, and children. As part of the survey, single participants were asked the degree to which they agreed or disagreed with the statement “I would like to have a partner.”The survey also assessed how satisfied the participants were with their friends and level of social contact, and the relative importance of friends in their life.After controlling for factors such as age, health, education, employment, income satisfaction, and number of children, Kislev found that the importance of friends and social satisfaction were correlated with the degree of choosing singlehood.“My findings show that people that desire relationships at higher levels tend to assign their friends lower importance and are less satisfied with their social lives. And vice versa, singles with less relationship desire think their friends are more important and are also more satisfied with their social lives,” he told PsyPost.“In short, these results show that singles with low relationship desire are more social and derive greater support from their friends. These findings also defy common negative perceptions of singles with low relationship desire as having social difficulties.Longitudinally, single participants who reported an increase in their level of social satisfaction and the relative importance of friendships from one year to the following one showed a decrease in their desire to find a partner.In his book, “Happy Singlehood: The Rising Acceptance and Celebration of Solo Living“, Kislev finds that single people, especially those who have been single for a long time, have more extensive social networks than do their married peers, which can help buffer singles against feelings of loneliness.But there is still much to learn about the social life of singles.“I would be happy to know more about the social net of singles. It might well be that singles with low relationship desire transfer some of the assumed responsibilities of the nuclear family to their networks of friends and I want to know more about how it looks like and about what shapes communities of singles these days,” Kislev said.“We should ask how the ‘new singles’ create communities, how they derive social support from their friends and wider family, and how these new constructs relate to their overall well-being over their life span.”“I believe the population of singles deserves more attention as such. I will even dare to say that we need to accept and embrace solo living more. Chasing after having a partner is fine as long as it is in line with our true goals, not those of our family or the society around us,” Kislev added.The study, “How do relationship desire and sociability relate to each other among singles? Longitudinal analysis of the Pairfam survey“, was published June 24, 2020.(Image by Laura Smith from Pixabay)
You may be interested in… Oct 15, 2020 Barbados releases new COVID-19 Travel Protocols Oct 16, 2020 In his remarks at the ceremony the CARICOM Secretary General said it was a historic moment for Haiti and for the Community. He said he was very pleased to see that the CARICOM family has responded to the call and have come to celebrate with Haiti as it hosts CARIFESTA for the first time. The Secretary General also used the opportunity to congratulate and thank the Haitian President as well as the Government and People of Haiti, for their willingness and commitment to support regional integration, as demonstrated through the hosting of CARIFESTA XII. Thanks to the warm hospitality, generosity and hard work of our Haitian brothers and sisters, the CARICOM family is here to display over the next ten days, the immense creativity and phenomenal artistic skills and talents, of which we are justly proud, and for which we are world renowned. Ambassador LaRocque reiterated the CARICOM Heads of Government, Ministers of Culture and the artistic community’s commitment to the implementation of a new and improved CARIFESTA. He said everyone should do their best to ensure that each edition of the Festival is in line with the Region’s mission and brings us closer to the goal of presenting a “world-renowned mega festival of Caribbean cultural and artistic excellence that brings economic benefits, unites the region and excites all peoples”. (L-R)Secretary General of CARICOM Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, his wife Sandra LaRocque and Minister of Culture of Haiti Dithny Joan Raton during the opening ceremony for CARIFESTA XII. Sitting directly behind the SG is ASG in charge of Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Douglas Slater The Haitian President in very warm and heartfelt remarks said he was very pleased to see CARIFESTA XII happening in Haiti. He also used the opportunity to thank the CARICOM Secretary General and the people of CARICOM for helping to make it happen. President Martelly also extended gratitude to everyone involved in the planning and execution of the event. The event continued with performances from various Haitian artistes who wowed the audience with powerful voices and extraordinary talent but which were curtailed by rain. CARIFESTA XII continues today with the opening of the exhibition “Shared Memories” at the Haitian National Museum (Mupanah) and the opening of the Grand Market in Champ de Mars. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 16, 2020 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Haitian ladies in tradition dress during the opening parade The twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XII) opened last night with a plethora of exciting performances, speeches and fireworks! The event began with a parade of all the countries represented dressed in their traditional country wear and arriving in the Haitian traditional mode of transportation, tap-taps! It was a scene of pure excitement, vibrant colors and smiles all around. The Haitians were very gracious and the refrain “welcome to Haiti!” was a common feature of the night’s proceedings. The ceremony was attended by President of the Republic of Haiti H. E. Michel Martelly, Secretary General of the Caribbean Community Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Minister of Culture, Haiti, Hon. Dithny Joan Raton, Minister of Culture, Sport and Youth, Barbados Hon. Stephen Lashley as well as other dignitaries and members of the diplomatic corps. Oct 16, 2020 CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Haiti making preparations for CARIFESTA XIIHaiti is currently making preparations to greet and host several thousands of people from the Region and other countries who are expected to converge there for CARIFESTA XII. The festival of arts and culture runs from August 21 to 30 and will feature events across the country. CARIFESTA, which is the largest…May 25, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”CARIFESTA XII closes on a high!The twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts CARIFESTA XII has come to a close. The ten-day mega cultural event ended with a closing ceremony at the Kiosque Ocide Jeanty in Champs Mas, Haiti on Sunday night. The night’s activities included a culmination of performances from various Caribbean groups…August 31, 2015In “CARICOM”CARIFESTA XII Launch: a taste of vibrant, exciting event in AugustCARIFESTA XII in Haiti next month promises to be a vibrant and exciting event if the regional launch is anything to go by! Hundreds of Haitians and CARICOM delegates converged on the Ibo Lele Hotel for the regional launch of the regional mega-event on Tuesday evening. CARIFESTA will be held…July 8, 2015In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp
By BERNADETTE LAURITZENExecutive DirectorLos Alamos Retired & Senior OrganizationAlong with your monthly additions to the senior center calendars – please look for those at the bottom, I wanted to reflect on the much-discussed Coronavirus as it relates to our work at your senior centers. The first four cases of Coronavirus have been reported. Please make sure your only news source is a reputable one. www.cdc.gov is best.We’re strongly encouraging members to wash their hands, stay home if they are sick and refrain from shaking hands or hugging when possible. It takes practice, but a variety of greetings, like putting your hand over your heart, or just a kind word, are making their way into every day practice. Staff, have an abundance of caution and we remain vigilant with wiping down hard surfaces and paying extra attention to often handled items and locations. You will notice a few tables at lunch with less chairs for those who are trying to be conscious of proximity.We are in discussions with the county and the state for pro-active plans, in many, many areas. You’ll hear a lot soon, as we talk about emergency planning and fire season. We’ll update you as soon as we know more, and you are always welcome to call or email us. Please don’t contact staff if they are not working, if it can wait until the next business day.Common sense and kindness must prevail in our community. Here are simple things YOU can do to help. Make sure your paperwork, often called an assessment is up to date. That way, if you need a service from the center like transportation, etc., we are ready to serve on a moment’s notice. Unless you have a religious or medical reason not to get a flu shot, get one right away. The difference between the Coronavirus and the flu, is that you can be proactive.As the Director, you may still see me give someone a hug. It has always been my philosophy that you never know what is going on in someone’s day. I encourage you not to approach someone with open arms, because that might make someone feel awkward to decline. When in doubt, ask first, because it is better to be safe than sorry.Upcoming events:We will still hold regular activities until data tells us otherwise. This Friday, both centers will celebrate Pi(e) Day. If you’d like to bring a pie for our contest, contact the director of each site. Those attending lunch will get a free ticket to vote for their favorite.Emergency ManagementBeverly Simpson, the Los Alamos County Emergency Manager, will make presentations at both the BE and WR senior centers. Betty will host April 1 and White Rock April 2, both at 12:30 p.m. We will discuss the Emergency Registry, Code Red, wildfire season and perhaps entertain some Coronavirus questions. Her background and knowledge are astounding, so consider attending the talk.Imagination LibraryAt 12:30 p.m., April 2, we’ll be showing Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library with the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Adults play a huge role in encouraging children to read, come learn how. We will also hold a small raffle to win some books, so consider bringing a dollar to participate.I thank you for your time. My staff works very hard and cares deeply for their seniors. We also could not exist without our wonderful volunteers and incredible volunteer program.
The Blair Witch Project movie was released all the way back in 1999 and influenced a whole slew of movies trying to cash in on the success of this hidden footage genre. Around the same time as the sequel was released, back in 2000, a trilogy of games were released that each explored different aspects of the Blair Witch mythology. The guys behind the new Blair Witch game are Bloober Team who have been busily scaring the pants off us with games such as Observer and Layers of Fear.The new gameplay trailer sets the tone perfectly as we see lead character Ellis, a former police officer, and his trusty hound Bullet enter the Black Hills Forest on the hunt for a missing boy. Together they find there is much more going on that just a missing persons case and things start to get dark, very very dark.View the Blair Witch gameplay trailer below:Quite frankly I’m not sure if I’m brave enough anymore to play scary games and Blair Witch looks like it’s going to be very scary indeed. When Blair Witch was first revealed at E3 2019 it was described as “story-driven psychological horror game that studies your reactions to fear and stress.” I for one feel stressed just watching the trailer!Blair Witch launches on 31st August for PC and Xbox One.
vicfurth SportsLogos.Net Chicago Bears: Next 4,667 posts By vicfurth, November 28, 2012 in Sports Logo News Location:Wembley Stadium Location:Oconomowoc, WI 376 0 0 Posted December 3, 2012 Blake! Where’s a bloody violin?! Recommended Posts Link to post 376 Posted December 3, 2012 Share on other sites Page 1 of 4 677 vicfurth vicfurth 3,260 0 Blake! Where’s a bloody violin?! 18,003 Share this post Link to post Members 677 Do the pants on the dark jersey match irl? I have never seen the dark jerseys being worn in a game CCSLC 2012 NFL Updates 2,983 posts Blake! Where’s a bloody violin?! Posted December 3, 2012 mattb6 3 Share this post Link to post Location:Wembley Stadium Members Link to post 629 Share on other sites Posted November 28, 2012 The greenish pants were originally designed to look flat silver on old B&W screens. They are worn only with the white CODY’s #1 fan boy Location:Wembley Stadium Hello, CCSLC. I am pleased to announce that the 2012 Nike updates for Sportslogos.net have been completed. They will be up soon. This is the thread where I will unveil the uniforms as I upload them. I also have the SVG’s on my computer to make any adjustments you guys find. I want these as accurate as possible. All uniforms, including throwbacks and proper jersey cuts, will be included. SPECIAL THANKS TO COLORWERX! All the uniforms are done precisely to official colors for every team. This will be the order of unveil:-NFC East-NFC North-NFC South-NFC West-AFC East-AFC North-AFC South-AFC WestThis will also be the place to find new combinations as teams wear them this season. I am excited to finally get this off the ground. DeFrank 376 Share on other sites Nitpick – the center helmet stripe looks too narrow, in that it appears to be the same size as the outer stripes. If these proportions are correct and maintained to other teams, the striping on the Lions’ helmet will be really narrow. You need data to know what everyone thinks Members 8,082 posts Location:Wembley Stadium 376 Members 376 Share this post 8,082 posts Posted November 28, 2012 vicfurth Next St Louis Cardinals 8,082 posts Share on other sites Sports Logos 376 Posted December 3, 2012 1 Location:Wembley Stadium 2 0 Posted December 3, 2012 289 No specific time. vicfurth Members Link to post Sports Logo News CCSLC 2012 NFL Updates The updating has hit a bit of a snag due to my computer and sportslogos.net not communicating very well. I will keep at it and have more up soon as I can. 0 Location:Wembley Stadium Location:Wembley Stadium 376 Just updated the Dallas Cowboys on the site. Will post pictures here once my internet works again (on phone currently). Posted November 29, 2012 Posted November 28, 2012 Link to post 0 Posted November 28, 2012 376 vicfurth vicfurth Share on other sites 0 Initialisms Suck Location:Wembley Stadium Share this post mattb6 Dallas Cowboys Dark:Dallas Cowboys Light:Dallas Cowboys Throwback: Link to post Share on other sites Location:Ohio Share on other sites Blake! Where’s a bloody violin?! DeFrank lancealot 84 Share this post Just added the New York Giants:HomeRoad: 376 Nitpick – the center helmet stripe looks too narrow, in that it appears to be the same size as the outer stripes. If these proportions are correct and maintained to other teams, the striping on the Lions’ helmet will be really narrow.Actually, since I kept the proportions pretty similar league-wide the Lions may be the closest. I also just realized I forgot the Cowboys’ classic helmet sticker in the white stripe. I’ll update those real quick.EDIT: I adjusted the proportions of the helmet stripes. Looks better now, I think. vicfurth Link to post 4,184 posts 0 Members 8,082 posts 1 Share this post Share on other sites 629 376 Sign in to follow this Link to post Share this post 376 376 Prev Link to post vicfurth Posted December 3, 2012 tohasbo 8,082 posts Location:Wembley Stadium Location:Washington, DC Share on other sites Share this post 376 8,082 posts vicfurth 46,552 posts Share this post 0 376 376 Giants helmet stripe is too thin. I believe the NY is disproportionally small too.Also stripes on Skins white pants seem too thin. First outline of the numbers of Eagles white jerseys is charcoal, which should be much darker than the silver it appears that you used here.Also, are you using some kind of standard block for the block number teams? I think their true block styles are slightly different than the block you’re using – the angles on the corners don’t start as low / inside as yours (there’s more straight horizontal and vertical, and shorter diagonal in real life.) 4 0 3,260 Share this post Share on other sites Link to post This topic is now closed to further replies. 8,082 posts 4 3,260 376 8,082 posts Link to post Sec19Row53 SportsLogos.Net Share this post vicfurth 18,003 Sec19Row53 Forums Home Members Members Share on other sites Posted November 28, 2012 vicfurth Blake! Where’s a bloody violin?! Edited November 29, 2012 by vicfurth 376 Share this post Followers 1 8,082 posts 629 NFLNike vicfurth 376 Blake! Where’s a bloody violin?! 8,082 posts 376 8,082 posts Blake! Where’s a bloody violin?! Detroit Lions: Location:Wembley Stadium Forums Home 376 vicfurth Share on other sites (edited) Link to post UC! 1,276 lancealot WASHINGTON REDSKINS: 376 Members Posted November 28, 2012 Posted November 30, 2012 Link to post 1,276 Members Go To Topic Listing Share on other sites Posted November 28, 2012 vicfurth Do the pants on the dark jersey match irl? I have never seen the dark jerseys being worn in a gameYes. They usually wear the silver-green ONLY with the white jerseys and the darker silver color with the blue jersey. 18,003 Blake! Where’s a bloody violin?! Members Sports Logo News 8,082 posts vicfurth Share on other sites Blake! Where’s a bloody violin?! 2 Members 0 Prev vicfurth Link to post Blake! Where’s a bloody violin?! BBTV Finally my computer begins working again! Here is the remainder of the NFC East (in two posts):Philadelphia Eagles vicfurth Members Share this post vicfurth Members Link to post Posted November 28, 2012 There are no sleeve cuff stripes on the Redskins throwbacks. Members Share on other sites 289 376 Posted November 28, 2012 1,276 0 4,331 posts 84 vicfurth Members sounds like a great idea. but i’d love to see the afc north first Share this post Members 0 0 Posted November 28, 2012 Posted December 3, 2012 677 tohasbo 376 Members Location:Wembley Stadium 376 Sign in to follow this vicfurth Share this post Link to post Share on other sites Share this post 0 376 1 Followers 1 376 Blake! Where’s a bloody violin?! All Activity 376 3 0 376 CCSLC 2012 NFL Updates Share on other sites Share this post 376 Link to post vicfurth St Louis Cardinals vicfurth 289 Blake! Where’s a bloody violin?! Share this post 376 376 Link to post CCSLC 2012 84 Share on other sites Share this post Link to post 376 BBTV 376 8,082 posts vicfurth when will the unveil be? like, what time specifically (9:00, 8:45, etc…) 376 Location:Wembley Stadium Posted November 28, 2012 5,125 posts vicfurth 0 There are no sleeve cuff stripes on the Redskins throwbacks.Just updated it. 0 376 2,925 posts 376 0 Share on other sites Banned 376 Page 1 of 4 vicfurth Share on other sites 376 376 All Activity Share this post Members Sports Logos Location:Wembley Stadium Blake! Where’s a bloody violin?!
Clonmel Commercial management teamPhoto Stephen Gleeson As the 2020 County Senior Football Championship gets underway in Tipperary this weekend defending champions Commercials know they’ll have a tough task ahead of them.They open their campaign on Saturday against Cahir in Group 3.Just the top team in each of the four groups will progress to the semi-finals so a good start is vital. Sean O’Connor says Commercials will have to drive on this year.“Last year we were top of the pile but Commercials in the past – it’s been 20 years since we did a back-to-back. Last year was a very good year but we need to put that in the past and really build on this year.”“We need to try and win this year and keep building on the success we’ve had – we need to start getting a bit ruthless now while we are on top which is something we haven’t really done in the past. That’s another driving factor for us this year.”
A tapas-style meal made up of a variety of small, appetizer-like bites is something we tend to associate with evenings and cocktails. But we thought the same idea of small plates would lend itself perfectly to a Mother’s Day brunch. So we came up with a variety of tapas ideas suitable for Mom’s big day.In this image taken on April 22, 2013, stuffed baby bell peppers are shown served on a plate in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)Use these ideas as a jumping off point. Accompany them with mini muffins, mini bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon, and fresh berries served in shot glasses and topped with yogurt and honey. And nobody says you need to give up the cocktails. Mimosas, anyone? SMOKED SCHMEARED POTATOESStart to finish: 30 minutes (10 minutes active)Makes 12 pieces2 medium red potatoesOlive oilSalt and ground black pepper1/4 cup garlic-herb cheese spread, such as BoursinHalf an 8-ounce package smoked troutHeat the oven to 400 F.Slice each potato into six 1/2-inch-thick slabs. Brush the potato slices with olive oil on both sides. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange the slices on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Allow to cool. Spread a bit of the cheese onto each potato slice, then top with a piece of the smoked trout.Nutrition information per serving: 70 calories; 30 calories from fat (43 percent of total calories); 3 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 10 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 4 g protein; 75 mg sodium.___CHORIZO HASH-STUFFED MUSHROOM CAPSStart to finish: 30 minutes (15 minutes active)Makes 12 pieces12 cremini mushroom capsSalt and ground black pepper1 teaspoon olive oil1/2 small yellow onion, chopped1 link (about 4 ounces) fresh chorizo sausage, casing removed, crumbled1 small potato, grated2 tablespoons water1/4 cup grated manchego cheeseHeat the oven to 400 F.Arrange the mushroom caps, open end up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then roast for 15 minutes.Meanwhile, in a medium skillet over medium-high, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and chorizo and saute until browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the potato and water, then cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. When the mushrooms are roasted, spoon the sausage mixture into the caps and sprinkle with the cheese. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.Nutrition information per serving: 50 calories; 25 calories from fat (50 percent of total calories); 3 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 5 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 3 g protein; 150 mg sodium.___STUFFED BABY BELL PEPPERSStart to finish: 15 minutesMakes 12 pieces6 baby bell peppers2 ounces cream cheese, softened1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar1/2 cup ham, finely chopped1/4 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika2 tablespoons chopped scallionsCut the tops off the peppers, then slice them in half top to bottom. Remove and discard any seeds and ribs from the halves.In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, cheddar, ham, paprika and scallions. Spoon a bit of the mixture into each pepper half.Nutrition information per serving: 45 calories; 30 calories from fat (67 percent of total calories); 3.5 g fat (2 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 10 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 2 g protein; 90 mg sodium.___STRAWBERRY CROISSANT SKEWERSStart to finish: 15 minutesMakes 12 pieces2 croissants, each cut into 12 cubes6 strawberries, halved4 ounces edam or other semi-soft cheese, cut into 12 piecesHoneyGround black pepperOn small skewers, thread a piece of croissant, followed by a strawberry half, a piece of cheese, then a second piece of croissant. Drizzle lightly with honey and sprinkle with black pepper.Nutrition information per serving: 80 calories; 40 calories from fat (50 percent of total calories); 4.5 g fat (3 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 15 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 3 g protein; 160 mg sodium.___EDITOR’S NOTE: Alison Ladman is a recipe developer for the AP. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CrustAndCrumbCo