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It has been determined that our “Syracreamsicle” ice cream flavor may contain salmonella. As soon as this was discovered, we issued an immediate recall for retailers and stopped production of ALL of our ice creams. A full inspection of our facility will be done to ensure that all of our products are safe for our customers.

While no one has been affected, we urge our customers to take precautionary measures to ensure their safety. We ask those who have bought one of the potentially contaminated products to bring them back to a retailer for a full refund.ย 

We have been working with the FDA ever since we discovered the problem to correctly address this issue and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Our greatest concern is our customers’ happiness and health, and we apologize for putting that into jeopardy.

Salt City Ice Cream strives to provide our customers with products that are of the highest quality and we are sorry for falling short of this mission. If you have any questions or further concerns, please e-mail us at info@saltcityicecream.com or call 1-800-555-1234.

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Angela Persico is a fellow blogger who blogs over atย http://angelablogslibraryschool.wordpress.com/. Her blog is about genealogy and she posts lots of helpful tips on how to get started! I got the chance to ask her a few questions on how she got started with her own genealogy conquests and what she’s found so far from it.

What got you interested in genealogy?
A: I kind of got interested in genealogy by accident. Both of my grandfathers were full-blooded Italian, so Italy has always been a dream destination of mine. I was looking into how to become a dual citizen and found that in order to do so, your ancestor(s) must not have been naturalized after coming to the US (thereby giving up their Italian citizenship). My father is less than interested in genealogy, so I decided to look into my mother’s grandfather who came to the US from Alberobello, Italy. We had no idea if he had been naturalized, so I ended up joining Ancestry.com to see if I could figure it out. We also had no idea what year he came to the US, so I had to figure that out first. His whole life then became a really fun mystery to solve, because it turned out that we knew hardly anything about him except for some less than credible stories passed down by his children. After just a few searches on Ancestry.com I was hooked.

How long have you been interested in genealogy?
A: I became interested in it about 2 years ago. I had just graduated from college, had no job, and was looking for something to do! I’ve had my ups and downs with it and have given it up for months at a time out of frustration or because I thought there was nothing more to learn, but whenever I come back I seem to find something new about a family member that I never caught before. When I get sick of working on my own family history, I try to work on my friends’ who seem to have more interesting families than I do!

What have you learned while tracing back your own family?
A: Just in general, I’ve learned that I have Italian, Slovak, Polish and Swiss roots. Unfortunately, I don’t appear to be related to anyone famous…All of my ancestors came to the US in the 1890s-early 1900s and seemed to stay in the same general area their whole lives. Aside from them being my family, they aren’t all that interesting, but there have been a few scandals. My great grandfather (whom I mentioned previously) owned a restaurant in Utica, NY and I’ve found newspaper articles of him being arrested 2 or 3 times for selling alcohol during prohibition. Another good one is an article I found about my great grandfather having my great grandmother arrested on the night before their wedding because she stole $75 from him. And they still got married! On my mother’s side I’ve managed to trace my family back to the 1700s in both Italy and Slovakia (thank you, FamilySearch.org and the local Family History Center!), I believe something like 11 generations for one line. So far, they have all come from relatively small towns and stayed in the same place for centuries, making them pretty easy to trace. But while my great aunt swears we come from Italian royalty, I’ve yet to find any truth to it.

What do you hope your readers will get out of your blog?
A: One of the main reasons I want to blog about genealogy is to discuss my family and my research and hopefully connect with distant relatives or people with ancestors from the same towns as mine. I plan to discuss my experiences, my triumphs and disappointments in my research, as well as tips and suggestions for doing your own genealogy research. I hope that readers will find it an interesting and enjoyable read, but also feel like they’ve come away with greater knowledge on the topic of genealogy that can be applied to their own research. I would also love for there to be a sense of community and have it be a place where readers can come with questions and concerns about their research and be able to provide advice to me and others. Basically, I hope that we can all learn from each other and become better genealogy researchers because of it.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever found out while doing genealogy research?
A: I’ve done a pretty extensive family tree for my boyfriend and have traced his surname back to the 1630s when his 10x great grandfather William Godfrey came to Watertown, Massachusetts from England. Shortly thereafter he helped settle the town of Hampton, New Hampshire. While that is definitely interesting, the coolest (and perhaps creepiest) thing I’ve ever found was in an old book about Hampton, where it discussed how one of William’s grandsons Moses Godfrey was killed by suspected witchcraft as an infant in 1680 and the investigation that followed. We’re actually going to visit the town next week to see what else we can learn!

Be sure to check out Angela’s blog and start your own genealogy journey! ๐Ÿ™‚

My topic is baking, of course! Here is what I propose to do to engage my audience and grow my community on this blog:

1. Consistently post good, quality recipes, as well as tips on methods, tools, etc., including pictures.

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2. Ask my fans what kinds of recipes they’d like to see, either via a survey or asking them to comment, and then deliver those types of recipes! I’d like to have them feel involved and considered.

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3. Reader Recipe Day! Every week, I’ll ask my fans to submit recipes of their own and then I’ll randomly choose one to try and ย post about it on the blog.

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4. Share recipes, articles, etc. on social networking sites. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr. I’ll use them all!

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5. Utilize categories linked for different types of dessert recipes (cookies, cakes, etc.) so that readers can more easily find what they’re looking for.

The question of what happened to aviator Amelia Earhart and her plane may be answered with new clues that surfaced from the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery. According to them, 57 previously dismissed radio signals have been found to be credible as coming from Earhart’s aircraft. Earhart attempted an around-the-world flight in 1937 and mysteriously disappeared that July.

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The announcement comes with a theory that Earhart, her navigator Fred Noonan, and her aircraft landed on Nikumaroro Island (previously Gardner Island). It is suggested that Earhart landed on the island and would have made distress calls, but her plane was swept away by the tide. Earhart and Noonan are thought to have parished as castaways on the island.

According to the theory, the U.S. Navy flew over Nikumaroo Island, but gave up on the area after not seeing Earhart’s plane. Distress calls made after the search were dismissed as bogus and ignored until now.

An expedition to Nikumaroo Island is set to depart in on July 2nd of next year, marking the 75th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance. It will be the ninth expedition for the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery.

Source: CNN

Summer is approaching fast in all its humid glory and before you know it, the 4th will be upon us! Of course you’ll probably attend cookouts and see some fireworks, but have you thought about what you’re going to bake? Don’t worry…I got you covered. Here are links to some great Independence Day-themed recipes!

Hidden American Flag Cake

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Photo Credit: ePhemora Studio

This is probably one of the coolest cakes I’ve ever seen. So crafty!

Blueberry Raspberry Pie

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Photo Credit: Betty Crocker

The perfect patriotic pie!

Fireworks Cookies

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Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

These look pretty, festive, and delicious. It’s a win-win…win.

Bomb Pop Cupcakes

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Photo Credit: Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Remember Bomb Pops? They are a staple from my youth and I still love them to this day! A summer classic turned cupcake. ๐Ÿ™‚

4th of July Cake Pops

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Photo Credit: My Juice Cup

Little bite-sized cakes decorated with festive red, white, and blue accents…or strategically placed together to make a flag!

Giant S’Mores Cookies

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Photo Credit: Picky Palate

We can’t forget about the chocolate goodies! S’mores are a perfect and classic summer treat. Make them in cookie form for an interesting twist!

Classic Flag Cake

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Photo Credit: Smitten Kitchen

An oldie, but a goodie. This cake is super simple to make. Just bake and then decorate with berries!

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There you have it. Some awesome recipes to help you celebrate the 4th! Enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Who doesn’t love a classic chocolate chip cookie? I know I sure do. But there may be times when you want to add a little something extra into the mix. And so, I bring to you…

Five Twists on the Chocolate Chip Cookie

1. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yeah, that’s right. You heard me. One of the most divine combinations known to mankind in the form of an alternate chocolate chip cookie. Take your basic peanut butter cookie recipe and throw in some chocolate chips!

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2. Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

If mixing mint and chocolate is your cup of tea (it’s definitely not mine), then here is the perfect cookie for you. Take your standard chocolate chip cookie recipes, but then add in some mint chips!

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Photo Credit: bradleykitchen.blogspot.com

3. Chocolate Chip & Oats Cookies

Oats make me think of oatmeal, which makes me think of breakfast. So putting oats in your chocolate chip cookies means it’s that you can eat cookies for breakfast, right? I think that’s pretty sound logic. Add in some oats for a slight and crunchy twist to your average CCC.

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4. Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Are you a fan of chocolate-covered strawberries? Are you open to having them in cookie form? Honestly…cookies form is the best way to have things, if you ask me. Plus…they’ve got fruit in them, so that means they’re healthy, right? For these, you take a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe and just add a tablespoon of honey and some freeze dried strawberries!

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5. Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is by far my favorite variation on the chocolate chip cookie. Two cookies in one?! Come on, people. It’s like going to cookie heaven with each bite. Make your cookie dough and then wrap some dough around the Oreos. But wait…why stop there? You can also stuff your chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter cups or any other type of candy!ย Note: They will be pretty big (but who’s complaining?).

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Photo Credit: beckybakes.net

So there you have it! Five new delicious types of chocolate chip cookies to try. Good luck and happy baking! ๐Ÿ™‚