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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Happy Birthday Betty White

Happy Birthday Betty White.

Born on January 17, 1922 Betty Marion White Ludden was born into this world. Little did she know that from the early days she was deemed to become a popular t.v. and movie personality, One of the first women to not only be in front of  the camera but behind it as well. Become popular in many T.V. sitcoms most likely helped her be honored as the title Mayor of Hollywood in 1955.

T.V shows like

  • Mary Tyler Moore (1973-77) as Sue Ann Nivens
  • The Golden Girls (1985-92) as Rose Nylund
  • Hot in Cleveland (2010-15) as Elka Ostrovsky
Betty also made appearances on Boston Legal, Mama's Family and Saturday Night Live. 

Betty White also appeared in many American game shows. Popular games of the day such as Password, Match Game, and the $25,000 Pyramid earned Betty the title of 'First Lady of Game Shows' White also was awarded an emmy for Outstanding Game Show host in 1983 for the game show Just Men.

Betty White spent 2/3 of her life in front of the camera. During those years she received eight Emmy Awards in various categories, three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild awards and a Grammy award. White has also been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Betty White is also a member of the Television Hall of Fame class of 1995 as well as  Disney Legend class of 2009.

Betty White has left an impression on many. Generations have grown to know Betty White and her acting power. Her personality and beauty has been stealing hearts for over 3/4 of a century. With a sarcastic sense of humor and a take on life itself that is personally her own the years of entertainment she has provided has been amazing. For existence she was once asked by Parade what her secret to long life was her answer was Vodka and hotdogs ,,, always being the Betty WHite we have always loved.

Did You Know ::: 
Betty White was offered the role as Blanche but accepted the role as Rose can you imagine what it would have been around if the Golden Girls was any different than it was before??

Celebrate Cable Car Day --- A Bit of Southern Illinois History

“The coming of the “hard” roads to Southern Illinois in the 1920’s, some called it “coming out of the mud” — was a mixed blessing. It provided a more reliable surface for those who could afford Essex, Oakland, Hupmobile and other motor cars. And it helped the budding bus lines of the day. But it killed off another serviceable economical means of public transportation, the electric railroad.

You may be familiar with what a cable car is. After all they are still in existence in places like 

  • Toronto
  • New Orleans
  • Philadelphia
  • Dallas
  • New Orleans 
Possibly the most known spot for cable cars is San Francisco. The cable cars there started running in 1892. A heritage streetcar line still runs with a variety of antique streetcars.

Cable cars ran on steel rails with a slot between the tracks where an underground cable runs at a continuous nine miles per hour. The cable itself runs from a central powerhouse from huge winding wheels. Cable cars are completely mechanical and have no means of independent locomotion with no need of a motor. The underground cable is gripped like a pair of pliers. Running originally on steam power electricity would later become the main power source. 

History of Cable Cars:
Cable Cars were invented in 1873 by Andrew Hallidie. First meant to scale the many hills of San Francisco other cities would borrow the concept as well. Cable cars are not 'trolleys' as trolleys use a trolley pole to get power from an overhead wire Cable cars are also easily id'd by the open end sections of running boards where riders can stand outside the car.

Southern Illinois History:

Here in Southern Illinois a electrical railway was one that fit the time and needs of the area. Known as the Coal Belt Electric Railway it was also known as "the trolley line" "the street car line" The line served the towns of Marion, Carterville, Herrin and places in between. Coal miners would ride the line back and forth, shoppers, visitors, sports fans and anyone who just needed a ride would ride the line.

In existence starting in May 28, 1901 the streetcar line was established by the Peabody Coal co. The establishment of the street car line would lead to  a small town known as Energy to be established as well. Stops on the route included the coal company, electric park, and the little towns that were connected. The popularity of the trolley line grew during the First World War. In fact, there were times that so many passengers depending on the line that there were no seats and standing only riders took place. Every day the line would run between 7 am and 11 pm. The last run of the day was known as the "Owl Run" After the war things would change and eventually the line would become obsolete.

The last run of the Coal Belt line was November 15, 1926. In some places even today, if you look close enough you can still see remnants of that street car system that was oh so popularly needed.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Vegan + Gluten Free Copycat Fig Newton recipe

It may surprise you but there is a cookie that is good for the body. Fig Newtons, are cookies that are fairly healthy. Originally only in fig flavor but now days available in many other fruit choices as well. The newton cookie is filled with figs that are well known to have fiber that aids the digestion process. Figs also contain protein and several vitamins and minerals. In addition a serving of 2 fig newtons will supply the body with calcium, iron,os  potassium, fiber and protein. However, fig newtons do have a high sugar content. 

The sugar content of fig newtons is 12 mg of sugar. That does seem like a high amount for 2 cookies. The American Heart Association suggest no more than 6 teaspoons or 24 milligrams of added sugar for women and no more than 9 teaspoons or 32 mg for men. Thus suggesting eating a serving of fig newtons will take up 1/2 daily amount of sugar for women and a 1/3 for a man.

You may choose to try an alternative here are a few

  • Compared to Chips Ahoy!, fig Newtons have more sugar — but this is only by a gram per serving. There are 11 grams of sugar in each serving of Chips Ahoy! cookies.
  • Compared to Oreos, fig Newtons have less sugar. There are 14 grams of sugar in each serving of Oreos, and no fiber.
  • Compared to Nutter Butter, Nutter Butter is the clear winner. There are only 8 grams of sugar in Nutter Butter cookies compared to fig Newtons' 12 grams. Nutter Butter cookies also have twice as much protein per serving and the same amount of fiber.
  • Compared to Teddy Grahams, fig Newtons once again have more sugar. There are only 8 grams of sugar in a serving of Teddy Grahams, the same as Nutter Butter cookies. These cookies also have twice the amount of protein and twice the amount of fiber as fig Newtons

Fig Filling:
1½ Cups Dried Black Mission Figs (soaked in water overnight)
¼ Tsp Cinnamon
¼ Tsp Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract
Cookie Dough:
1 Cup Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
¾ Cup Teff Flour
½ Tsp Baking Powder
¼ Cup Erythritol
½ Tsp Cinnamon
½ Tsp Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract
¼ Tsp Nutmeg
¼ Tsp Orange Extract
½ Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1 TB Milled Flax Seed + 2 TB Water (mix together to gel)

Preheat the oven to 350°F.
For the fig filling, combine the soaked figs, cinnamon, and vanilla in a food processor and blend until you don't have big pieces of figs anymore.
For the dough, in a large bowl combine all ingredients, adding the applesauce and gelled flax egg last.
Knead together and let sit for 5 minutes before rolling the dough out between two Silpats or parchment paper. (Rolled to about the size of the mats)
Cut the dough in half and spread the fig mixture, about 1 inch wide, on one of the cut halves of dough.
Fold the dough over to cover the fig filling, shape and flatten the top of the log smooth and pinch the dough seam of the log closed.
Repeat this process for the other half of the dough so you have 2 fig newton logs.
Now cut the logs into 1-2 inch bars and place them on a lined baking sheet.
Bake the bars for 15 minutes, let cool before enjoying.

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Celebrate Right to Religious Freedom

January 16th is the date of the anniversary that Virginia claimed religious freedom breaking ties with the Church of England. Since that time the president of the United States has formally recognized the date of January 16th as Religious Freedom day. Perhaps this is the time that the world as we knows it should stop and celebrate our commitment to the religion of our choice

The great author Thomas Jefferson drafted a measure that would be passed into law in 1786. The measure took the state church out of establishment, abolished the parish taxes and protected the civil rights of citizens to express their religious beliefs without fear of censure or reprisal. Early on one of the goals of those arriving in the new country wanted to have religious freedom with the ability to be free to live out their faith without the government trying to control their personal faith.

This movement by Jefferson and the other settlers was bold and radical at the time. Today, many simply take our religious freedom for granted. Nearly 250 years ago the connection between church and state was very much alive. Jefferson's argument was that religion should be a matter between an individual and God and that state should not force faith or interfere with the relationship between God and man.

Personally I am thankful that I can choose how to praise my Lord. I do not have to go through anyone in the government to be able to talk to my Jesus. No matter your religion you have the right to celebrate your belief

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Taco Soup #Recipe

1 pound hamburger
1 packet taco seasoning
1 packet ranch dressing mix
1 can corn (undrained)
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can hominy (white)
1 can diced tomatoes

Brown meat and drain.
In crockpot or large kettle, add meat and sprinkle seasoning packets on top.
Add entire contents of the canned ingredients - do not drain the juice!
Stir until mixed and and cook on low for 2 -4 hours in crockpot or on stovetop until hot.

Feel free to add shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Apple Crazy Cake

Dry Ingredients: 
  • 1 1/2 c. + 2 tbsp. flour  (all purpose or gluten-free flour blend)
  • 3/4 c. white sugar
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda (use 1 1/2 tsp. is using gluten-free flour blend)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
Wet Ingredients:
  • 5 tbsp. vegetable oil (we use sunflower)
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar (use apple cider vinegar for gluten-free version)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded apples

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8 by 8 inch square baking pan.

Measure out and mix all the dry ingredients together in your prepared baking pan. Make three wells in the baking pan (making sure one is large enough to contain the oil). Pour the oil into the largest well and the vinegar and vanilla separately into the other impressions. Pour water over all the contents, add the shredded apples and carefully mix your ingredients until combined and smooth. 

Bake for 35 - 40 minutes (it is finished when a toothpick inserted inside the center comes out clean). Cool on wire rack. Once it is completely cooled, you may frost it. Recipe can be doubled – just use a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.

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Black Bean Burrito Bowl for 2 #recipe

Black Bean Burrito Bowls (for two)

1 cup cooked quinoa
1 tbsp olive oil
1 diced bell pepper
1/4 cup diced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can (15 oz each) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tsp dried cilantro (2 Tbsp fresh)
1/4 tsp chili powder (mild)
Pinch of cayenne pepper (spicy)
Juice from 1 fresh lime
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 diced tomato
Shredded cheese
Sour Cream
1/2 Avocado
Squeeze 1/2 the lime and 1/2 cilantro into fluffed quinoa and mix.

Cook pepper and onion in olive oil until soft, then add garlic. Cook 1 minute longer.

Add drained black beans, remaining cilantro, chili powder, cayenne pepper and 1/4 cup water, cook until most of the water is evaporated. Remove from heat and squeeze juice from 1/2 lime and stir.

Assemble bowls with  1/2 cup quinoa in bottom, 1/2 the bean mixture, lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, avocado and top with sour cream.

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The Many Hats Moms Wear

Have you ever taken  a note of how many hats a mom has to wear. There is never a day that goes by that does not require mom to play more than one role. Boredom is not something that often if at all sets in for a mom. The role of being a mom has one constantly busy and performing acts at times they may never have thought they would. We were all built with two hands but at times I have heard myself wish to have many more. However, while the changes keep coming and routine never seems to slow we are all still only human but must wear a variety of hats.

While it is often mothers who must juggle their lives it is also dads and grandparents that participate in these roles right aside or by their selves.
Some of the hats (roles) that mothers and others take part in and wear are:

  • The nurse that cares for them when they are sick or hurt. The adult in this role is one that cares for the foundation of the family. Nurturing our children spirit, soul, and body is the job of mom, dad and grandparent. The role is to nurture their emotions, body and spiritual growth. 
  • The role of a protector starts early for a mom. With the baby still in the womb it is the moms job to protect and carry that baby for 9 full months It is the job of caring adults to protect the children from the world and all those in it. 
  • The role of the enforcer has not always been easy for me. While I want my children to learn to live life the right way it has always been hard for me to punish them. It has gotten better since the early days of being a mom but at times I still feel a bit guilty when I ground them or take away that favorite item for safe keeping for a short period of time. Adults in the lives of children should be able to enforce manner, meal times, routines, good behavior, proper choices and family values
  • The role of an empowerer is one that moms, dads and grandparents should all wear. It is how we help our child to grow up strong and confident. They need to learn how to do it  on their own, make good decisions and build up self confidence. 
  • Adult in a child life also wear the hat of a taskmaster often. It is the role that is often required moms to ensure kids are doing what they are supposed to be doing. The task master holds expectations for kids to learn and complete skills in life. It is then their job to carry out tasks that help them reach the goals. While it may seem that the adult is being strict the truth is that it is preparing them for their future. 
  • It the role of the respected mom, dad or other adult to stand up and do what is right as well. It is all worth it when you get those hugs and the "I Love You" 

How Many Hats Have You Wore Today?? 

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Meal Plan Tips

So this year you are thinking of having a more organized life For some one of the most hectic times of the day is meal time. One way to tame the stress of meal time is by planning ahead. By committing to a routine the stress will be organized and the hectic chore may be tamed. However, to begin this or any change takes a bit of commitment.

A change in routine takes a bit of commitment and planning. What day of the week will you plan and shop?? What works best for you?? It all begins on this day and getting it all together and then having stick-with-itis to follow through with the plan and not cheat.

You know your schedule the best …

Planning on making meals a week ahead of time will take some work. One of the most important is to match it to your schedule. If you have hectic days then don't plan big meals on those days. Rather, take time on days that are less chore driven to prepare a family meal that is pleasing for the family. On hectic days make up those quick meals and more elaborate meals on other days. In addition keep tract of what meals your family loves and what ones they could pass on.

One last idea is to get the entire family involved. For meal planning to be a success everyone must be on the same page. So get everyone involved in both planning and prep. Crank up the music and cook dinner together. Perhaps , the best part is that having a plan means you know exactly what you will serve leaving more time to be with the family.

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Brown Sugar Bacon Caramel Sundae

To make this scrumptious brown sugar bacon caramel sundae the first thing you will need to do will be to make the bacon. To do so bake the bacon in the oven on a baking sheet lined with foil at 400 degrees. As they bake and shrink they will also get crispy. Before they get to the crispy state though you will want to sprinkle them with a spoonful of brown sugar. Return to oven 5 more minutes til crispy, fully cooked and sugar is caramelized.

Crumble the bacon up to sprinkle over the ice cream. For each small sundae a slice of bacon will do but for a larger sundae count on 2 to do the job.

Dish up a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. Add a little dollop of whipped cream and drizzle of caramel syrup. Break a slice of brown sugar bacon in half and put the two halves in the sundae to be crumbled over top.

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