Love Craft Breweries, National Parks, and Affordable Housing? Move to New Mexico.

Location is important for anyone buying a house, but it’s especially important for younger home buyers. You’re making a big commitment to that location during a time in your life when you’re not necessarily tied down to a certain career, you don’t have that many family responsibilities, and most of your disposable income is still dedicated hanging out with friends and finding cool things to do on the weekends. For us, the ideal location is somewhere you can get outside, enjoy a drink with friends, and not break the bank on your mortgage.

So, where is this enchanted place? We cut out the guess work for you and rated all the states based on the number of craft breweries, the number of national parks, and the average home price. If you want to hit the trifecta, start looking in New Mexico.

How do the states stack up? Here are the rankings:

When it comes to choosing your first home, these three attributes can make for a great lifestyle. But they can also help you find a home in an up-and-coming neighborhood where you have the potential to increase your property value over the years. Here’s how.

National parks: Supply and demand
It’s a simple case of supply and demand. Unless we shrink our park’s acreage, you’re buying up a finite resource: land. Depending on how close you are to the park, it can also be a safeguard against someone deciding they want to develop a huge mall one block over from your house or to divert a major highway through your backyard.

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Craft breweries: A neighborhood vibe
Most craft breweries and brewpubs are relatively small. These businesses have reclaimed old warehouse districts, renovated rundown buildings, and generally popped up in spaces no one else wanted to mess with. But their “pull you up by your bootstraps” attitude means they’re highly dependent on—and involved in—the community. They typically try to make their business a place where you can come with your friends to enjoy a game of trivia, bring out of town guests for a long lunch, or celebrate a happy hour with your coworkers. These aren’t places that encourage drunkness and debauchery. In fact, they usually make an effort to be family friendly by providing games and toys that guests of all ages can enjoy. That means you don’t have to worry about an unsavory neighbor bringing your property values down or making you feel unsafe in your own neighborhood.

Home values: A first-time buyer’s biggest concern
This one’s a no-brainer. It can already be difficult to figure out exactly what you can afford and how to budget for a down payment. That can be much harder if you live somewhere where property values are sky high and owning a home seems out of reach. Finding that cross-section of a good location and a reasonable price is key for any first-time home buyer.

Infographic Methodology
Home value: We looked at each state’s median list price per square foot across a period of one year (07-2016 to 06-2017). We then divided $300,000 by the state’s median to get our final number. The median list prices for North Dakota were only available in five representative counties. To calculate the final number for this state, we found the median for a one year period in each of the five representative counties and then took the median of that spread. We then ranked all the states based on their final number with one being the least expensive place.

National Parks: We used the National Parks Service data to show the raw number of parks, trails, and national historic sites in each state. We then ranked all the states based on the number of National Parks Sites they have with one being the state with the most sites.

Craft breweries: We used data from the Brewers Association to show the number of crafter breweries in each state. After that number by the state’s total population and multiplied the total by 1,000,000 to get craft breweries per 1,000,000 people. We then used that number to rank the states with one being the state with the most craft breweries per capita.

Overall rank: The overall rank is an average of each state’s final rank in each of the three categories.

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Tasteful, On-Trend Asian-Inspired Summer Entertaining

(Family Features) Summer is the ideal time to get out the grill and enjoy creating a tasteful meal while entertaining your family and friends. Although some people choose to whomp up classic recipes, you can light up things up by capitalising of the seasonal ingredients and popular culinary trends, such as choosing genuine, Asian-inspired recipes.

With so many Americans choosing to eat more ethnical foods, it is discernible that worldwide flavors continue to be on the ascension. While Asian flavors are not new, they continue to pique consumers’ curiosity. Integrating on-trend, plant-based products and ingredients that introduce Asian flavors assist in creating bright and harmonious dishes for all your eating social occasions both indoors and in the backyard this summer.

 Asian Buddha Bowl with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Consider these tips to guarantee your summertime gatherings are the ones to remember.

Make the best of Seasonal Ingredients
Summer allows for a diverseness of fresh flavors to integrate into meals, whether you are firing up a classic family recipe or some thing new. Seasonal tastes like tomatoes, peaches, corn, blueberries, avocados or other sun-ripened fruits/vegetables can help showcase the assortment of the summer harvest.

Opt for Simple, Flavorful Swaps
From sides to salads and sandwiches, many summer dishes are served with creamy condiments. Yet, simple, accessible swaps can provide the same rich flavors using fewer, cleaner ingredients. One time-tested example is rice vinegar, which can be an alternate to mayonnaise and creamy dressings. To help bring up the flavors of your summertime dishes with minimum calories, consider an option like the NAKANO lineup of eight delightful rice vinegars, which are made with real rice and finest ingredients, creating a clean flavor that’s smoother and mellow compared to other vinegars. Featuring easy-to-read labels with no more than seven ingredients, it has no added preservatives, no artificial flavors and no high-fructose corn syrup or monosodium glutamate. These rice vinegars are sold in 8 delicious forms, including the new Toasted Sesame Rice Vinegar.

Serve On-Trend Asian Dishes
Asian flavors and ingredients continue to be more and more popular owed to delicious flavor profiles mixed with vibrant colors and presentation on the plate. When warmer weather calls for lighter meals, go for an option that blends popular culinary trends and audacious tastes like those commonly found in Asian cooking to make scream your crowd. Even most unsophisticated of cooks can whip up this Asian Buddha Bowl with Lemon-Tahini Dressing, featuring tofu, nutritious vegetables and a sweet-yet-tangy dressing – a combining to leave your guests enthusiastic about your next meeting.

For more recipe inspiration and tips for creating fresh summer flavors, visit

Asian Buddha Bowl with Lemon-Tahini Dressing
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

Tofu Marinade:
2 tablespoons NAKANO Seasoned Rice Vinegar or NAKANO Roasted Garlic Rice Vinegar
1/4 cup tamari (Japanese soy sauce)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons chili paste
2 garlic cloves, diced
2 blocks extra-firm tofu, pressed and cut into 1-inch cubes
nonstick cooking spray
wooden skewers, soaked in water

Buddha Bowl:
2 cups fresh, shredded carrot
2 cups broccoli, cooked and cut into small florets
3 cups brown rice, cooked
2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted

Lemon-Tahini Dressing:
1 tablespoon NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar or NAKANO Organic Natural Rice Vinegar
2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
3 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon tamari (Japanese soy sauce)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 garlic clove, grated
1 teaspoon grated ginger
2 tablespoons lemon juice

To make Tofu Marinade: In small bowl, whisk rice vinegar, tamari, sesame oil, chili paste and diced garlic. Add tofu to bowl and place in refrigerator 10-20 minutes to allow tofu to marinate.

Before lighting grill, spray with nonstick cooking spray then heat grill to medium-high heat. Remove tofu from marinade and thread on skewers. Grill each skewer 10 minutes, turning midway, or to desired doneness.

To make Buddha Bowl: In six bowls, evenly combine carrots, broccoli, baked tofu, brown rice and sesame seeds.

To make Lemon-Tahini Dressing: In medium bowl, whisk rice vinegar, tahini, sesame oil, tamari, maple syrup, garlic, ginger and lemon juice until combined. Top each bowl with dressing, as desired.

Substitutions: Tofu can be substituted with 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken or top sirloin steak.
Source: NAKANO

Ways to Make the World a Better Place for Seniors

(Family Features) By 2050, the senior population (adults age 65 and older) will be more than double that of the world’s youngest citizens, and the number of people living beyond age 80 is expected to triple over the next 30 years.

As the aging population increases, some 11.3 million seniors are living alone, according to the Institute on Aging. In addition, women are twice as likely as older men to live by themselves.

Seniors can experience a broad variety of problems without adequate assistance, including restricted mobility, chronic circumstances, unsuitable nutrition, and loneliness emotions. Older adults, for instance, may have chewing issues or take medicines that interfere with their appetites. The greatest challenge, however, study demonstrates absence of companionship.

In fact, an AARP survey found 1 in 5 adults over the age of 40 were “socially disconnected,” which can impact health. People who reportedly experienced loneliness and isolation had lower mental well-being scores, and those who were dissatisfied with their level of social engagement were more likely to report a decline in cognitive function, as well.

While anyone can benefit from a kind gesture, seniors are some of the most in-need members in many communities. There is likely a wide range of opportunities to enhance the lives of seniors in your area. Numerous programs and agencies exist to help you determine the best way to make a difference.

One example is Ready to Care, an initiative from Home Instead Senior Care that challenges people to complete weekly care missions. Each activity guides members through various ways to give to senior-related causes, learn about the aging crisis and issues impacting seniors, and serve seniors through small actions of kindness.

Most care missions are simple acts, such as opening a door, learning about Alzheimer’s or helping with a chore. Each week, a new mission is delivered to participants’ phones via text message.

Small gestures, like these simple acts of kindness, can go a long way toward improving a senior’s day.

Physical assistance: Most seniors are eager to retain their independence, but everyday tasks can pose fall risks or require exposure to harsh weather conditions that can be dangerous to older adults.

* Offer to bring in the daily newspaper or mail.
* Mow their lawn or offer to help with other yardwork.
* Lend a hand in caring for pets, such as taking a dog for a walk or helping clean up waste from the yard.
* Offer moral support and a sense of physical safety by volunteering to join them on a walk.

Social support: Loneliness is common among seniors, especially those who live alone. Show seniors in your area they have a meaningful place in the community and options for companionship.

* Offer a friendly wave and say hello when you see them out.
* Invite them to dinner, either at your home or at a restaurant.
* Have your children or kids you know in the area draw pictures or write letters.
* Make a date for an afternoon or evening of entertainment, such as cards, a movie or board games.

Practical solutions: For various reasons, some seniors may be unable to complete everyday tasks. Offer a helping hand in their daily routines when possible.

* Lend your time to take them to run errands.
* Deliver baked goods or a home-cooked meal to improve access to nourishing foods.
* Help arrange for professional assistance and services, such as an audit to ensure homes are safe.

To find more ways you can care for the seniors in your community, visit

How You Can Help

Consider these simple ways you can help the aging population by taking action and learning about issues impacting seniors:

* Lend your voice. Be an advocate for change in public actions and medical research for the aging society. If you’re an expert by experience, share your knowledge about senior-related issues and public policy measures.

* Give from your heart. Less than 1% of charitable donations go to organizations that help seniors. Find senior-focused non-profits to give your next charitable donations to, such as one dedicated to raising awareness, inspiring change and accelerating progress in Alzheimer’s care and research.

* Get prepared to care. Educate yourself on issues that impact seniors and complete small acts of kindness for seniors in your life. Sign up for weekly care missions and find additional information to better equip yourself to care for seniors at

* Give your time. Volunteer with local non-profit organizations that help seniors or offer support related to senior-affiliated issues.

Source: Home Instead Senior Care