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Monday, August 19, 2019

Cool Treat for Hot Day

It's hot out there. As my grandson show's quite well. Even the smurf with horns has no intention of playing very much harder than they all ready have. So what type of snack do you give them on a hot day?? Well a cool one of course. 

24 ice cream sandwiches
1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 jar (11-3/4 ounces) hot fudge ice cream topping
1 cup salted peanuts (I use an ice cream nut topping that was a mixture of peanuts and pecans)

  1. Cut one ice cream sandwich in half. Place one whole and one half sandwich along a short side of an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. pan.
  2. Arrange eight sandwiches in opposite direction in the pan. Spread with half of the whipped topping. Spoon fudge topping by teaspoonfuls onto whipped topping. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup peanuts. Repeat layers with remaining ice cream sandwiches, whipped topping and peanuts (the pan will be full).
  3. Cover and freeze for up to 2 months. Remove from the freezer 20 minutes before serving. Cut into squares. Serves 15.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Cupcakes are for Relaxing

for cupcakes:
1 cup. baking soda
1 cup Citric Acid
1 Tbsp. oil (We  used Sweet Almond Oil, but you can also use grapeseed oil or olive oil)
5 drops fragrance/essential oil (we used lavender essential oil)
3-5 drops coloring or Pigment powder (You can use food coloring, but we used soap colorant or Pigment powder)
Witch hazel (poured into a spray bottle)
Colored sugar or sprinkles
Paper cupcake liners
cupcake pan

for icing topping
3 Tbsp. meringue powder
1 lb. (measured by weight) powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. Cream of Tartar
5-6 Tbsp. warm water
Few drops of color or Pigment powder or soap colorant
Few drops essential or fragrance oil
colored sugar
Glass bowl
Hand mixer
pastry bag
Large tip for pastry bag 

Place cupcake liners in cupcake pan. Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and give it a stir. Pour sweet almond oil, essential oil or fragrance oil and color into a small bowl and stir. Add mixture to dry ingredients and stir. Spray mixture with witch hazel. Mix with your hands. Keep spraying and mixing until the mixture feels like wet sand. When it’s ready, the mixture should clump together so that you can form a ball. That said, be careful not to get the mixture too wet because too much moisture could activate the citric acid, ruining your bath bomb. Add mixture to cupcake liners. Fill about 2/3 full. Press down with fingers. Set aside for 10 minutes, then remove from cupcake pan.

To make icing layer:
Mix meringue powder with warm water in a glass or ceramic bowl. Add cream of tartar and color. Add powdered sugar. Using a hand mixer, blend on high setting. If your mixture feels too stiff, add another tablespoon of water. Beat for 7-9 minutes. Icing is done when it forms stiff peaks and is thick like, well, frosting. Place inside a pastry bag. frost your cupcakes.  Once the cupcakes are frosted, add colored sugar or sprinkles.

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Quick and Easy Meatless Noodle Meal so Yummy

This meatless dish is considered heavenly by many. While a vegan dish the proteins and other ingredients are high in protein and low in fat and calories. The best part is that it is a great dish for busy nights when you are looking for a meal to simply create using the microwave. 

7 oz . stir-fry noodles
2 Tbsp fresh ginger
1 tsp crushed garlic
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp agave syrup
1 cup frozen peppers
2 cups frozen broccoli
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 package Gardein Sweet & Sour Porkless Bites

Bring 1 3/4 cup water to a boil. Add in the noodles, then remove from heat and allow the noodles to soften for 8-10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
While the noodles are cooking, create the sauce by mixing the ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, and agave syrup.
In a pan, beginning heating the vegetables. Top the vegetables with the sauce and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
While the vegetables are cooking, add in the Gardein Sweet & Sour Porkless Bites (with the heated sweet & sour sauce as directed on the package). Cook until the vegetables have softened and the bites are heated throughout.
Mix in the noodles.
Serve and enjoy!

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Sausage Pepper Potato and Sausage casserole

pkg - Smoked Sausage
5-6 potatoes
1 - large onion
2-peppers, choice of color
1 - 8 oz package of shredded cheese
1 tsp of minced garlic
2 TBL Oil
Cavender's Seasoning (optional)
Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Preheat oven to 350.
Drizzle a bit of olive oil on the bottom of a baking dish. Peel and dice enough potatoes to line the bottom of your dish. Top with 1 tsp of minced garlic.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper (we also add Cavender’s seasoning). Dice half an onion, remove core and membrane from peppers and dice. Slice the smoked sausage
Layer starting with potatoes the entire pan surface then follow with onions and peppers and then finally sausge.
Cook 35 to 40 minutes. Add cheese and cook 5 minutes. Enjoy!!!

Get Ready First Day Comes Soon

It's that time of year again. Time for the first day of school. While some schools have all ready started and others will start soon the first day of school is sure to happen. School signifies that summer is mostly over and it is time to get an education but this is not always easy. Many children will feel a bit uneasy even as they prepare to head back to the classroom.

While each student may feel as if they are the only one not ready to go back to school it is important to remind them that they are not alone. Anxiety of students will be high and the teachers will try to make the best of this. You can help as well by talking to your young student about the fun they will have, old friends they will see again as well as time to make new ones. Perhaps doing something special on the first day of school will make both you and your child feel good about the first day of school. 
What is it that you do to make the first day of school special?? Need a bit of help here are some ideas:
  • prepare a special breakfast for the first day of school. Sharing the morning meal together before leaving for school will leave time for last minute nerves to be curbed. This does not have to take up a lot of time 
  • Write a little note and leave it where they will be able to find it. A simple "I Love You" will go a long way. 
  • leaving a note in your childs lunch box or backpack will offer them the encouragement they need on that first day. 
  • does your child take their lunch to school?? If so why not offer them a surprise of a healthy but tasty snack. 
  • Make your child the star of the day Take pictures the first day of school and share them with friends and family

Make Your Own Baby Food

In just a few weeks our family will have a new addition. Our youngest son and his wife are expecting a wee little baby. One thing that I know that we will do is to offer the baby the best. One way we do this is by making our own baby food. Have you ever thought about making your own baby food?? Start with this great recipe for steamed applesauce for baby 
  • Steamed recipes can be made in food steamers, or if you do not have one try a metal colander resting over a pot of simmering water. This delicious applesauce recipe is made by steaming. No need to add sugar                                                                                                                                                                          
2 to 3 apples … seed, peel and cut into quarters                                                      1 stick of cinnamon                                                                                                   1 tsp.. lemon zest                                                                                                       Water for boiling. 
In a pot, add the ingredients and cook apples until they are completely cooked through. Once the apples are cooked, remove from heat. Let it cool down. Remove the cinnamon stick. Blend the apples with some of the water that they were cooked in. 
Once the apples are cooked, remove from heat and let it cool down Remove the cinnamon stick. Blend the apples with some of the water that they were cooked in until smooth. 

  • Steamer: I like my Black & Decker food steamer, but you really don’t need a separate appliance. Inexpensive alternatives include a traditional expandable steamer or a metal colander resting in a pot with a couple inches of simmering water.
  • Slow cooker: I love making dinner in my slow cooker, but it’s also great for making baby food because I can leave food cooking for a long time – and sometimes foods take a long time to get soft enough for baby (like apples, peas, and prunes).
  • Food mill and/or Food processor and/or Blender: I actually have a large food mill, a 7-cup food processor, a 2-cup electric food mill, a 3-cup mini-chopper, a regular blender, and a hand blender. You definitely don’t need all of them to make baby food. I use my food mill for applesauce, corn, peas, green beans, and anything that might have a component that should be removed before being served to baby. I use my large food processor for big batches of squash, carrots, peaches, etc. And I use my electric food mill for things I want to serve fresh, like avocados and bananas. I never reach for my mini-chopper or blenders when I’m making baby food. I would recommend the large food mill over a food processor since foods that can go in the food processor can also go through a food mill. But if you already have a food processor, you may want to consider Kidco’s manual food mill. I’ve never used it myself but I’ve heard some good things about it.
  • Ice cube trays: Any ice cube trays will do, and they don’t have to be specially made for baby food. Trays with covers are convenient if you want to leave the cubes in the tray, but I usually dump them into a labeled zip top freezer bag so I can use the tray for another batch. (I’ve reviewed Kidco and Fresh Baby trays here and trays from the Container Store here.)
  • Masking tape and a permanent marker: I’ve included these items in the list to emphasize how important it is to label the food before you freeze it. Trust me, it can be surprisingly difficult to tell peaches and pears apart, not to mention carrots and butternut squash, peas and green beans, and so on. Don’t forget to write the date down too, since it’s best to use the food up within 30 days or so, and always within 3 months (per I also keep a list on the freezer door of foods that are inside along with the date that I made them so I know what needs to be used up

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Left Handed Awareness Day

August 13th is the day of the year when Left Handers get their just do. Yes,, that is right those who are left hand dominant have their day of recognition August 13th. The day is meant to make others aware of how the world is unique and offers a bit of challenge when a left handed individual lives in a right handed world. Perhaps the unique difficulties allows those who prefer their left hand to draw against the challenge. Perhaps this short list of left handed individuals will allow a glimpse into the world:
  • Barack Obama
  •  Oprah Winfrey
  •  Justin Bieber
  • Lady Gaga 
  • Bill Gates.
I am sure that all of these individuals have faced their own personal challenges simply because they are left handed. From scissors to notebooks school may well have been a challenge all on its own. Left handed awareness day allows everyone in the right handed world to realize the challenges are real. However, the struggles that those who prefer their left hand to work with have adapted and created special tools and utensils in order to learn to work well within the world. 

Only around 12% of the world is left handed. The number, however, is slowly growing and being left handed is becoming more socially accepted. In the past parents and educators would try to teach children that appeared left handed to write with their right hand. History demonstrates strong emotions with individuals who are left handed going as far as having a case in 1860 that believed left handed individuals were in a pact with the devil. 

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Monday, August 5, 2019

New Brunswick

Today,,, as well as the first Monday of August in every year has come to be known as New Brunswick Day. The events to take place on this day will include cake cutting, musical events and sporting events as well. The most important part of the day is to bring all together. Many will enjoy barbecues, drink beer and be merry. 

  • 2 cups (3/4 pound) cooked, chopped chicken
  • 2 cups (3/4 pound) cooked bbq pork 
  • 1 bag Simply Potatoes diced potatoes 
  • 1 cup diced onion 
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 1 can whole kernel corn
  • 1 can baby lima beans, drained
  • 2 cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 3 TB butter, diced into small pieces
  • 1 carton Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 bottle barbecue sauce (or 1 cup from barbecue place)
  • 1 TB Liquid Smoke
  • 1 TB Worcestershire
  • Tobasco (to taste)
  • 2 TB Frank's Buffalo Sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste

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Don't Forget Your Underwear

Today ,,, August 5th is National Underwear Day
Many of us all ready know the importance of underwear. They seem to complete any outfit and keep parts from moving that other wise should not. Nearly every culture around the world finds the importance to wear underwear. In addition, through out the centuries citizens have found it important to put on underclothes one form or another. 

The time period in history known as the middle ages would find men putting on linen shorts known as "braies" and women would don what were known as "shift" under their dresses. The term "panties" derived from the British term drawers that were wore long in fashion under their pants. While men possessed underclothes years before women eventually women would find "knickers" quite important as well. Now, underwear comes in all colors, sizes and materials. 
The term underwear includes the boxer, briefs, panties, bikins and thongs that may be wore any given day but even more. Long John underwear  were created to help folks such as mountaineers who lived in extremely cold areas that needed a way to keep warm. Now these same long johns are used by those involved in winter sports, those who work outside in the cold weather or anyone that needs a bit of extra warmth. 
Whether you choose boxers, briefs, panties, tighty whities, you will be blessed with a bit more warmth and comfort than not wearing them.  Remember to always do as mama said "wear clean underwear as you never know when an accident may occur." Underwear is a hard working part of clothing ensuring it protects from sweat and protects the body from cold and chafing. In addition, underwear offers support and body shaping

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Cleft Palate Awareness

Many times there is no warning of the newborn being born with a cleft palate. The shock to the new mom and dad as well as the grandparents, other close relatives and friends may be a bit over whelming. But remember you are not alone. Your child is beautiful just as they are and the issue can be corrected. Several children have been helped with cleft palate surgery and after the surgery it is often unbelievable that they were ever born with the deformity. 

If you are faced with this issue know that you did nothing wrong and God does not make mistakes. There is a reason for all things and while that reason is not always known believe that it happened for a reason and have faith that all will be o.k. While it is believed that issues with the cleft may hint at other issues know that this has never been proven. In addition, there are no true known reasons as why a baby may be born with a cleft palate. 

Some suggest that a cleft palate may be the result of a diet, family history, or other personal choices made in life. There is no true evidence that it is directly related to any one reason or another. Thus, not even the doctor can for a fact tell you what caused the issue with the cleft 

When medical issues occur in my family the first thing after it seems crying and trying to hug it out is that we give it to God. The next thing I recommend is to research whatever the issue is and know for sure what it is that should be expected to occur, where and what to do and the best answer. This can occur as early as a 3D ultrasound. My own son and daughter in law was delighted today as they went to have their own sonogram performed. In the pictures you can see the shape of her nose and if any abnormalities were there the person in charge would be able to see that as well. Perhaps, knowing what may happen may help those around you as well to prepare.

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