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Spring has barely sprung, and here we are facing those terrifying tornadoes already. Our hearts and prayers go out to all recently affected. We all know tornadoes come each year, but the impact and devastation they leave behind can be very distressing, both physically and mentally. For those seeking help, the National Disaster Distress Hotline on 1.800.985.5990 (sponsored by SAMHSA) provides immediate crisis counseling to those affected by tornadoes.

So, where do tornadoes come from? Tornadoes come from the energy of a thunderstorm. Even though tornadoes are very powerful, they only account for a small fraction of the energy in a thunderstorm. What makes them so dangerous and terrifying is their energy is concentrated in a small area. However, not all tornadoes are the same, and scientists continue to study them.

How to prepare for a tornado?

  1. Check the latest weather conditions, you can visit sites like
  2. Check your local radio, TV and social media sites.
  3. Move to a safety shelter immediately, such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar or small interior room most central of a sturdy building on the lowest floor. Stay away from windows.
  4. Try protecting yourself under a sturdy table or workbench.
  5. If you have helmets, even bicycle helmets, put them on, especially for children.
  6. Stay away from flying debris – they can cause severe injury or death.
  7. Do not go under an overpass or bridge. This may strengthen the air speed as it passes through a narrow section that could cause you to be sucked out.
  8. If your home is not safe, make plans to reach an emergency shelter immediately.
  9. Try to inform family members and friends of your whereabouts so they know you are safe.
  10. Stay well clear of any downed power lines, as they could be live and cause death if you come in contact with them.
As tornado season has arrived, it is best to be prepared. Consider having an emergency bag packed and ready to go at the last minute. Your emergency bag should include items such as clothes, toiletries, batteries, chargers and charge leads, food, water, pocket knife with opener, torch and other essential items.

Jewelry By Johan

*Photo by: Jewelry by Johan

What better way to express yourself and your personality than with a unique piece of jewelry by Johan. Located near Minneapolis in Oakdale, MN these truly unique pieces will become the talking point of any dinner party or gathering. Whether your unique style harbors for a piece of meteorite that was floating around space for billions of years, or you want to be taken back to prehistoric times and wear a piece made from dinosaur bone, whichever style you long for you will truly wear a unique masterpiece that matches your personality, style and spirit.

In 2008, Johan was making beautiful pieces of jewelry part-time with his wife by his side. By 2011, Johan followed his passion and dream to design and make his unique masterful pieces of jewelry full-time, incorporating his son-in-law into the business. Since then the amazing work by Johan and his dedicated team have produced some of the finest pieces anybody would be proud to wear. From precious metals to stones and even wood, there is a unique piece awaiting you. Whether a ring, earrings, necklace, bracelets, cuff links or even a tie clip, you’ll be proud to own and wear a piece made by Johan and his team.

For more information on these beautiful pieces of wearable art, visit today and let them know you heard about Jewelry by Johan from our Pest Free newsletter. You will be glad you checked them out.

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Q: What is the average tornado count per year in the USA?
Check for the answer and interesting facts below.

Lemon Pie by Magnolia Table

*Photo by: Magnolia Table

Here is a great Lemon Pie recipe we found from Magnolia Table by the lovely and highly talented Joanna Gaines… The prep time is around 20 minutes, and cook time slightly less. After it cools for 1.5hrs, you can enjoy.
First the ingredients. You will need:
Lemon Pie

• 1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers (from about 27 squares)
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 6 tablespoons of salted butter, melted
• 3 cups of sweetened condensed milk
• 3 egg yolks
• 2/3 cup of fresh lemon juice (from 3 to 4 lemons)
• Pinch of sea salt
Whipped Cream
• 1 cup of heavy cream
• 2 tablespoons of sugar
• 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
• Lemon slices
• Grated lemon zest
• Mint sprigs

1; To make the lemon pie: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 9-inch pie plate with vegetable oil.

2; In a large bowl, combine the crushed graham crackers and 1∕3 cup of the sugar and stir to blend. Stir in the melted butter until well blended. Press the cracker mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pie plate. Bake until firm, approximately 8 minutes.

3; Meanwhile, in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl with a handheld electric mixer), beat the condensed milk, egg yolks, lemon juice, and sea salt on medium speed for 4 minutes.

4; Pour the mixture into the baked pie crust. Return to the oven and bake until the center is set when the pan is gently nudged, approximately 10 minutes.

5; Cool the pie on a rack for around 30 minutes. Place in the refrigerator until set, at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.

6; Just before serving, make the whipped cream topping: In a medium bowl, with a handheld electric mixer, beat the cream, sugar, and vanilla on high speed until fluffy and the cream holds a soft peak when you pull the beater out of the bowl.

7; Spread the cream on the cooled pie. Garnish with fresh lemon slices, a sprinkle of lemon zest, and mint sprigs.

Makes 8 servings.

For the full Magnolia Table recipe, go to this link Be sure to check out other amazing Magnolia Table recipes by Joanna Gaines. Order your Magnolia Table Cookbook here

When in Waco, TX be sure to put the Magnolia Silo’s on your bucket list along with their amazing Magnolia Press cafe serving up beautifully roasted coffees and delicious pastries. Not far away is their fabulous Magnolia Table restaurant.

*If you make the above recipe, we welcome your feedback and photos.

A: Approximately 1,200 tornadoes occur in the United States each year! Tornadoes are more common in the United States than any other country in the world. With approximately 1,200 tornadoes per year, this is four times more the amount than seen in Europe. The United States are more prone to violent tornadoes rating EF4 and EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

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