What gets stolen the most at Utah Walmart's?

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It makes all of our prices go up. It get my blood boiling. I'll breathe and you can read. Here is the list of the top 8:

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  1. - Cosmetics
    Y'know, there are some real good drugstore brands out there, but swiping stuff like lipstick, mascara, compacts, and hair dye, isn't the way to go.
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2 - Small Electronics
When it comes to small electronics, from basic watches to fancy smartphones and headphones, folks seem to eye those a lot.

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3 - Toys
Toys like Hot Wheels or Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh cards, and Magic the Gathering cards disappear a lot.

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4 - Over the Counter Medication
Now, for some reason, people nab pain relievers the most, followed by laxatives and pet meds. You'd think with self check out people wouldn't be so embarrassed to buy laxatives, ooo but there is a camera at self check out. hahahah

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5 - Food
Interesting fact- packaged meat is reported as the most shoplifted item in America. Also on the list is baby food, deli stuff, alcohol, and noodle packets.

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6 - Intimate Items
At the top of the lists mentioning the stolen goods at Walmart are things like pregnancy tests, condoms, and adult toys are apparently top targets.

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7 - Apparel and Accessories
You won't believe it, but underwear gets swiped a lot from Walmart, along with shoes, hats, handbags, and sunglasses.

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8 - Jewelry
I thought rings would be high on the list but apparently earrings, necklaces and bracelets take the top spots.

 Stealing is dumb and it raises the prices for those that do have some morals left. With the influx of people moving to our state, some of the things Utah was known for, are seemingly going out the window. Petty crime rates are going up. Be honest and don't take things that don't belong to you. If you notice anything suspicious, please report it. Remember to be safe! It's better to tell the store staff or the authorities rather than trying to deal with it on your own.
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Aaronee LOVES the country lifestyle. She has a great little farm with Alpacas, goats, dogs, cats and chickens! So yes, some.....stuff on her boots. ;) Aaronee's playlist has everything from Reba & Brooks & Dunn to Rascal Flatts & Garth to Miranda Lambert & Laney Wilson to Kane Brown & Morgan Wallen. She loves them all. ♥ Get her some chips and salsa or tater tots and a root beer float and she is set. She loves chatting on social media so make sure to hit her up on the Cat Country Utah Facebook page!

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A lot of times when there is a top ten list of amazing places in the state, Southern Utah is a little overlooked. This time we have 2 Steakhouses in the top 10!

A great steak is all about the perfect combination of quality, preparation, and personal taste. If it all comes together it's amazing. When you can visit a business that can serve it to you, even better. LET'S GO SOUTHERN UTAH!

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Here are the Southern Utah steakhouses that scored in the top 10 on the Best Things UT website!

Anasazi Steakhouse, St. George, UT

"Offering different steaks at a variety of prices, Anasazi Steakhouse in St. George uses what are called “hot stones” to cook their meet. Essentially, slabs of volcanic rock are heated in a special oven for 6-8 hours before they are delivered to your table with your entrée selection. There, you have ultimate control over the cooking of your meat. Taking a unique approach to steak, the restaurant is a must-do for meat lovers."

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Rusty’s Ranch House, Cedar City, UT

"Cedar City is one of those places you go when you want to get away from it all without actually getting away from any modern conveniences. In accordance with that vibe, Rusty’s Ranch House makes you feel like you’re really at a “Ranch House,” enjoying the freshest, down-home cooking possible. Offering four different steaks from $19 to $27, the restaurant is famous for attracting meat-a-holics from across Utah."

You can check out the complete list here: https://bestthingsut.com/steakhouses/

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How do you get the perfect steak? Let's break it down.

Firstly, the cut matters a lot. Different cuts offer various flavors and textures. For instance, a ribeye boasts marbling that melts during cooking, making it tender and flavorful. Filet mignon is leaner but incredibly tender. Then there's the New York strip with a balanced fat-to-meat ratio.

Next, quality is key. Opt for well-marbled steaks as the marbling—those fine streaks of fat throughout the meat—ensures juiciness and adds flavor when cooked. Fat = flavor.

The cooking method is crucial too. Whether you're grilling, pan-searing, or broiling, getting that perfect sear on the outside while maintaining the desired doneness inside is the goal. And speaking of doneness, everyone has their preference—ranging from rare to well-done—so ensuring the steak reaches the ideal temperature for your liking is essential.

Seasoning plays a vital role. Salt and pepper are the classics, but experimenting with different rubs or marinades can elevate the taste. Some prefer the simplicity of just salt and pepper to let the natural flavor of the meat shine, while others enjoy the complexity of various seasonings.

Lastly, resting the steak after cooking is often overlooked but equally important. Letting it sit for a few minutes allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a juicier steak when you cut into it.

Ultimately, a great steak is a balance of quality, preparation, and personal taste preferences that make it a delightful experience to savor and enjoy!

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In Utah a lot of homes have food storage that needs rotating. This simple pantry hack will help you put together delicious chili that you will fool your guests into thinking it's made from scratch. 

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Ingredients:
2 cans of whatever chili you have in your pantry/food storage (I used Nalley Turkey Chili)
8oz of salsa (I used medium homemade salsa cause I still had some on hand)
Heat, stir and serve. Fast and yummy!
If you have time, you can up the anti and start with sautéing
¼ diced yellow onion
2 cloves minced garlic
Then adding in the chili and salsa.
Don't forget the toppings like cheese & sour cream and the chips to scoop it all up.
Everyone will think you have been slaving all day on your delicious chili dinner.
Enjoy!
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We've already had some snowfall across Utah, but what is to come? When will we get dumped on? Lots of rain, snow and balmy temperatures are forecasted this winter because it's an El Nino year.

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It's expected to be seasonally stormy through December with rain and snow on and off but, the bigger amounts of snow come in January & February 2024

Here is what is What the Farmers Almanac has forecasted for Utah:

Southwest -Forecast for Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah: An El Niño could lead to "copious amounts of rain and snow across the entire Southwest," the Almanac forecasts. The Pacific Coast can expect a "stormy, snowy, and wet" second week of January followed, in the first week of February, by "heavy mountain snows" that will cover the western U.S., it forecasts.- Famers' Advance

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When will winter end? Winter temps and precipitation may hold on till early spring, with a possibility of snow during the first part of April. (We'll have to see what the groundhog has to say.)

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I'm so excited because it's time for holiday parties! I love getting together with friends and family and eating good eats. Cheese balls are a staple at holiday parties and you can always have the perfect appetizer ready to go with this easy make-and-store recipe.

(All of these photos are what you get when using AI. hahahahah)

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I make enough for 3 small cheeseballs at a time so I can have a couple on hand for last minute appetizers.

What the prompt? photo realistic people eating a cheeseball at a party....so weird
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'photo realistic people eating a cheeseball at a party'....so weird. What's with the hair too?
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Recipe:
2 blocks of your favorite cream cheese
8oz of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 packet of dried onion soup mix
mix well and form into balls
What the prompt? photo realistic people eating a cheeseball at a party....OH MY GOSH HAHAHAHHAH
What the AI prompt?
'photo realistic people eating a cheeseball at a party'....OH MY GOSH HAHAHAHHAH
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That's it!
Now, I spruce it up by rolling it in chopped nuts or bacon, chopped green onions and different spices so it looks all fancy, but you don't have too. Put whatever you want in it to make it yours. Oooo hot sauce is good too.
Storing:
You can store wrapped in plastic wrap in the fridge for a week or so, or you can put it in the freezer wrapped and put in a freezer bag, for a little over a month. Just let it thaw out in the fridge a day or so before you need it. Do not roll it in the toppings until you are ready to serve it.
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Finding the best holiday treats in Utah can be a delightful experience, as the state offers a variety of bakeries, confectioneries, and specialty shops that cater to festive cravings. Here are some places in Utah where you can find delicious holiday treats:

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  • Gourmandise - The Bakery:
    • Located in Salt Lake City, Gourmandise is known for its delectable pastries, cakes, and desserts. During the holiday season, they often feature special treats and festive-themed baked goods.
  • RubySnap Fresh Cookies:
    • This cookie shop in Salt Lake City is famous for its unique and flavorful cookies. Check out their seasonal offerings for holiday-inspired treats.
  • Harmons Grocery:
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  • The Sweet Tooth Fairy:
    • With locations in various cities, The Sweet Tooth Fairy is a bakery known for its cupcakes, cookies, and other sweet treats. They usually have festive options during the holiday season.
  • Muddy Bees Bakery:
    • Located in Hurricane, Each baked good that they make comes from recipes handed down, and tried and true. They may have special holiday treats and desserts for you to enjoy.
  • The Chocolate Conspiracy:
    • For those who love artisanal chocolates, The Chocolate Conspiracy in Salt Lake City offers handcrafted, organic, and ethically sourced chocolates. Look out for their seasonal selections.
  • Mrs. Call’s Candy Company:
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  • Crumb Brothers Artisan Bread:
    • In Logan, Crumb Brothers is renowned for its artisan bread, pastries, and desserts. Check their holiday offerings for a taste of festive delights.
  • Schmidt's Pastry Cottage:
    • Located in downtown Salt Lake City, Schmidt's Pastry Cottage is a long-established bakery known for its cakes, pastries, and cookies. They may have seasonal treats for the holidays.
  • Farmstead Bakery:
    • Situated in downtown St. George. Farmstead is a local European-style bakery/patisserie. They have sandwiches, pastries and decadent doughnuts. Keep an eye out for their holiday specials.
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    Before visiting, it's a good idea to check the websites or social media pages of these establishments for information on holiday menus and seasonal offerings. Additionally, check your local farmers' markets and holiday festivals as they also feature vendors with unique and delicious treats.

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    Tis the Season, and sometimes we need a few ideas for gifts for our loved ones. Some people are just plain hard to shop for. Plus, we live in a society that just buys what we want and need. We don't wait for much. So how do you get that perfect gift? You choose something unique and local!

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    Buying local for holiday gifts is a wonderful way to support small businesses and your community. Here are some ideas for locally sourced gifts:

    Artisanal Foods:
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    A great Southern Utah idea is jam from 'That's My Jam 435.'

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    Lyndee Leavitt and Nadine Stratford make gourmet jams and jellies with as much local produce as they can. They taste amazing and look great too! 

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     Here are some of the pairings they came up with for us to try!  They were so yummy. These jams would be perfect for any holiday party that you need an appetizer for!

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    Handcrafted Jewelry:Dixie Rocks and FossilsEarth's Treasures Crystal Shop
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    They have a wide range of gift ideas.

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    Check out Earth's Treasures Crystal Shop at their new location at 558 E. Riverside Dr #105 Saint George, UT 84790!

    Handmade Clothing or Accessories:
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    We have a local lady that used to be my neighbor and she has her own line of clothing!

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    She uses everything too. She uses her scraps and makes jewelry & hair ties and scrunchies.

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    Marie Nohr has done fashion shows around the world and she lives right here in Utah!

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    You can support her and  check out her styles at Www.maluxe.etsy.com and Www.marienohr.com

  • Books by Local Authors: Check out books written by local authors or books that celebrate the local culture, history, or cuisine of your area.
  • Artwork: Support local artists by purchasing paintings, photographs, or sculptures. These can be great additions to someone's home or office space.
  • Experiences: Consider gifting experiences like tickets to a local theater production, cooking classes, wine tastings, or spa treatments at a local spa or wellness center.
  • Gift Cards to Local Businesses: If you're unsure of someone's preferences, gift cards to local restaurants, cafes, boutiques, or spas can allow them to choose what they like while supporting local businesses.
  • Remember, the key to buying local is to explore the unique offerings available in your area. Supporting local businesses not only provides thoughtful gifts but also contributes to the growth and sustainability of your community.

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