A roast is the most popular surprise dinner option, according to a survey conducted by one of the major supermarkets. The Sainsbury's-commissioned study also discovered that people can handle difficult situations by remembering little, happy occasions. Site Two-fifths of those polled claim that they look for little pick-me-ups every day because of the obstacles posed by the epidemic and the cost of living problem. The majority of the happiness is credited to food and drink. Site Leading psychologist Emma Kenny is advising Britons to find tiny moments of happiness to improve their mental wellbeing as they prepare for a difficult winter. Sainsbury's claims that by capping the cost of items that unlock joy, it is strengthening its commitment to supporting consumers in their hour of need. Site Brits have spoken, with 61% of respondents indicating they are actively looking for greater joy. among their top ten moments are: Site Snuggling up in bed with clean sheets binge-watching your preferred TV show having a barbecue with family and friends packages being delivered by mail a movie night at home with friends or family when someone surprises you by preparing your favourite meal the morning's first cup of tea or coffee having more money than you anticipated upon checking your bank account Obtaining an unexpected gift dancing to your preferred music The study showed how important the following foods and beverages are to our most pleasurable experiences, from our favourite tea in bed to a surprise roast dinner: Site 27% of Brits like a cup of tea in bed, while two-thirds appreciate food and drink with clean linens. Site 50% of favourite moments involve chocolate, and two-thirds of women (42%) like it while watching their favourite TV show, compared to only 26% of men. Seven out of the top ten happy moments mention wine. Site When given a surprise supper, a roast comes out on top (34%), followed closely by steak and chicken and chips. Site For our first cup of tea in the morning, one-fourth of us prefer cereal. Crisps and dip and chocolate are the two most popular snacks to have when watching a movie at home. Site Emma is urging the country to seize those fleeting moments of happiness: "With the expense of living rising, it is understandable that people are thinking more quickly and looking for more daily moments of happiness that they may share with their loved ones. Food is essential for making us feel good, for bringing people together and forging connections, but it also significantly affects our mental health, so it's crucial to seek out those moments of happiness. Site According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), some people are putting their food safety at risk as a result of financial constraints and rising energy prices. Site In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, 2,000 persons participated in a consumer survey in September that collected data on food. Site People were questioned about a variety of food safety-related activities they engaged in at least once in the previous month in order to lower energy bills and save money in a new question for the most recent iteration of the monthly survey. Site Unsafe consumer practises A refrigerator or freezer that contained food saw almost one in five people switch it off. 27 percent of people adjusted their refrigerator or freezer's settings to keep their food at a warmer temperature. Food that isn't kept cold enough may spoil more quickly and become poisonous to consume. Site Overall, 28% of participants decreased the temperature at which food was cooked and 29% decreased the cooking time. Site Nearly 60% of people heated or cooked food without using an oven by using inexpensive cooking appliances like a microwave, air fryer, or slow cooker. Site A different series of questions revealed that 25% of respondents had consumed cold food because they couldn't afford to make hot food. Site Because they couldn't afford to buy more, a third of respondents said they had eaten food past its sell-by date. While a best-before date addresses quality, a use-by date concerns safety. Site According to Emily Miles, chief executive of the FSA, "it's not a good idea to turn off the fridge or eat food past its use-by date since these activities can lead to a higher risk of you being unwell with food poisoning." Site Your refrigerator is a practical device that not only keeps your food safe but may also reduce the amount of food waste. Your food will survive longer if you keep your fridge at a temperature of 5 degrees C (41 degrees F) or lower. This will stop bacteria from growing on your food. Additionally, if you aren't planning to consume food that has a use-by date, you should consider freezing it on or before the day of the date. Site broader concerns The majority of participants (42%) were concerned about the safety of food made in the UK, while 55% were concerned about the safety of food imported from outside the UK. Site 61 percent of respondents indicated they have faith in the FSA to carry out its duties, and 75 percent believe the agency would act appropriately if a risk related to food were to be discovered. Site Three-quarters of respondents said they had faith in the UK supply chain's ability to guarantee food safety. Since tracking began in November 2021, this has reduced. Site Overall, 85% of interviewees expressed concern about rising food prices. This is comparable to the previous month, however since November 2021, the number has increased. Site 39 percent of people expressed concern in September that their household wouldn't have access to enough food to purchase in the next month. This is more than it was the month before and since tracking started in April 2020. Site Because they did not have enough money to buy food, 30% had skipped meals or reduced the amount of their meals, and 17% had used a food bank or charity in the previous month. Site According to Piper Sandler's Fall Taking Stock with Teens poll, food was the top priority for male wallet spending at 23% share, while apparel outranked food (21%) to earn the greatest level of female wallet share since 2012. Site The survey, which included 14,500 teenagers with an average age of 15.8 years, reveals changes in discretionary expenditure and brand preferences. Site Teen spending increased 3% overall over the previous year. Here are some important statistics about what and where Gen Z is eating right now. Site Trends in Snacking and Food Teenagers still favour Goldfish the most, followed by Lays and Cheez-It. It was also interesting that they intended to promote the consumption of Nature Valley and Clif goods. Site Over half of teens (52%) say they "somewhat" or "very much" prefer healthy snacks, and 55% say they eat more organic food than they did a year ago. They also indicated they eat organic food at home. Site Top brands of snacks mentioned: (25%) PepsiCo Campbell's Soup / Kellogg's (14%). McDonald's (7%) General Mills and Grupo Bimbo (4%) Site The Food Institute Podcast: October 26, 2022, FI Fast Break News In the alternative protein category, 14% of respondents said they consume plant-based meat, while another 29% said they're open to trying it. Site However, 23% of people who consume plant-based meat said they would cut back on their consumption in the coming year, a 6% increase from the previous year. Site Restaurant Business Teenagers still largely favour limited-service restaurant chains over full-service eateries, including fast casual and fast food restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, cafés, and pizzerias. Site List of the top 5 restaurant brands: (15%) Chick-fil-A Coffee Bean (13%). Chick-fil-A (7%) Burger King (6%) (3) Olive Garden Overall, restaurant spending has increased to represent a larger percentage of teens' overall expenditure over time and is now second only to clothes spending in the current cycle.

Acer palmatum Akaji nishiki ⋆ Eastfork Nursery

Acer palmatum Akaji nishiki

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Acer palmatum Akaji nishiki


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Acer palmatum Akaji nishiki is a stunning dwarf maple with its hot-pink color in the spring.

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Acer palmatum Akaji nishiki is a dwarf maple with hot-pink new growth. The first photo shows this wonderful hot-pink color.  In the spring the hot-pink color is dominant and slowly evolves to a light green during the summer. Fall color is crimson red. This maple is in the group of maples with pink spring color which evolves to light green in the summer.   Kawahara Rose, Hino tori nishiki, Phoenix, and Corallinum are a few of the other cultivars with the same color pattern. The first two are more tree-like. Akaji nishiki, like Corallinum and Phoenix is more bushy or shrub-like. The height and width in 10 years may be 4-5′ tall and 3-4′ wide.

Acer palmatum Akaji nishiki has a slow to moderate growth rate and has a very nice shape when helped by a little pruning.  I would like to remind my customers that one or two branches shooting out 2′ on a dwarf maple is not a good look. Don’t let a branch get that long before you prune off 80% of it. The energy of the maple is being wasted and with pruning the new growth can be balanced in the direction you want it to grow. For more information please see Pruning Japanese Maples.  Once established this cultivar is hardy to -20 degrees, USDA zone 5.

If you love Japanese Maples as much as I do, you can learn more about these amazing trees by joining the Facebook  Group – Japanese Maples and Conifers. It is free to join – you just have to be a Facebook member. The contributors to the group have a wealth of experience and post many photos.  This is what I value the most – learning about variations of growth, leaf size and color in different sections of the USA and around the world. I often participate in the discussions.

Limited Availability – This is a fast selling maple so the supply is very limited. The maples currently in stock were repotted this fall and will not be shipped until late April or early May.

The first photo shows spring color as of April. The other photos show spring, summer and fall color. All photos taken here at the nursery.

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1 Gallon, 2 Gallon, 3 Gallon


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