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The Good Life Report 3.18.2020

The Good Life Report 3.4.2020

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
- Winston Churchill

Cinnamon Rolls

Makes 12-15 servings


  • ¼ oz. package yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • ½ cup milk, scalded
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Dissolve yeast in bowl of warm water and set aside
  3. Mix milk, sugar, ⅓ cup melted butter, salt, and egg
  4. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth
  5. Pour in yeast mixture
  6. Mix in rest of flour and stir into dough
  7. Knead dough over floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes, then cover in well-greased bowl
  8. Let rise for 60 to 90 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size
  9. Punch down dough and roll it out on a floured surface into a rectangle
  10. Spread melted butter over dough
  11. Mix cinnamon with sugar and sprinkle over the dough
  12. Roll up rectangle cut into a dozen or more single rolls
  13. Coat pan with butter and sprinkle sugar
  14. Insert rolls close together in pan and let rise for 45 minutes
  15. Bake for 30 minutes, or until browned
  16. For frosting, mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla
  17. Add hot water 1 Tbsp. at a time until spreadable
  18. Once you take out the rolls, let cool, then add the frosting

Recipe adapted from FoodNetwork.com[1]

Worried About Missing The Tax Deadline?

April 15 is the tax filing deadline for most people in 2020. If you didn't file a tax return or an extension to file, it's not too late to take action. Here's what you can do:

File and pay soon. If you owe taxes, you should file and pay as soon as you can to minimize the interest and penalties that you will owe on any taxes due. 

Pay as much as you can. If you owe taxes but can't pay in full, you should pay as much as you can when you file your tax return. 

Remember your refund. If you are owed a refund, you should file as soon as possible to get it. If you don't file your return within three years, you could lose your right to the refund. For more information on filing late taxes, speak to a qualified tax professional.

* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.  

Tip adapted from IRS.gov[2]

Why You Should Play for the Center of a Green

How many times do you hit a perfect approach shot? How often do your tee shots on par 3s do exactly what you want them to do? The answer to both these questions may be, "Less often than I would like." For that reason, it really is wise to play for the center of most greens, especially on a hazard-heavy course.

Your first instinct may be to go for the flag on every approach shot. Sometimes, that doesn't leave you much room for error. Playing for the center of the green (or the fat part of the green) may be conservative, but putting for a birdie from 25 to 30 feet out is better than facing a 15-footer for a bogey after losing a ball in a hazard.    

Tip adapted from Pipestone Golf[3]

Make Your Own Luck - with Science!

It's a commonly held belief that some people are simply luckier than others. Researchers have determined, however, that these fortunate few aren't charmed by chance rather they continually sought and created opportunities for their "luck." Here are five things these individuals have in common. 

  1. They're not passive. They volunteer themselves for planning and leadership positions.

  2. They make plans to achieve their goals. They search, organize, and take action to reach their aspirations.

  3. They're observant. They are constantly aware of their surroundings.

  4. They have in-person social connections. Networking is their forte.

  5. They have an impressive virtual presence. Their social media connections and prominence are highly optimized.

 The next time you're feeling down about missing a chance or not reaching a goal, turn it into an opportunity to create your own luck next time. You never know what could happen.  

Tip adapted from PsychologyToday.com[4]

Build a Wardrobe That Lasts

Are you cleaning out your closet this spring? Look for creative and environmentally friendly ways to get rid of the clothing that doesn't work for you anymore, while building a wardrobe that will stand the test of time.

Buy the highest-quality clothing you can afford. Most garments made today are "fast fashion"; meaning that the clothing isn't made to last for more than a year before being discarded. Most textile waste ends up in landfills, so buying better-quality clothing that will last you beyond the year to come is an investment for your wardrobe, wallet, and the environment.

Donate clothing in good condition. Have clothing in good condition that you no longer wear? Donate it to thrift shops, or for higher-end items, sell it online. For those garments that are beyond repair or not suitable for donating, check to see if there are any textile recyclers in your local area. 

Tip adapted from RealSimple[5]

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[1] www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/cinnamon-rolls-recipe-1946030

[2] www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-opens-2020-filing-season-for-individual-filers-on-jan-27

[3] www.pipestonegolf.com/blog/41-improve-approach-shots

[4] www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/lifetime-connections/201603/5-ways-create-your-own-luck

[5] www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/clothing/cleaning-out-my-closet