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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

bacon wrapped corn on cob



6 ears of corn – husks and silks removed
1 lb package of bacon
Salt and Pepper
Optional: Fresh Cilantro for garnish



Prepare grill for direct high heat.
Rinse corn cobs under water and pat dry.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Wrap 2-3 pieces of bacon around each corn cob.
Wrap the bacon wrapped corn in foil, ensuring the ends are completely covered in foil and turned inwards.
Grill for about 40-45 minutes, turning every ten minutes. (10 minutes for all four sideKeep grill cover on when not turning.
40 minutes into grilling, open a packet to check for done-ness. Corn kernels should be tender and bacon should be starting to get crispy.
Serve with fresh cilantro.

The most important part of this recipe is rotating the corn often. One tip you can share with your readers is to place the corn in a line so they don’t lose track of what they have rotated.
Towards the end of cooking, you can open the foil and see if any sides need to cook a little more. You can finish the last few minutes with the foil open, rotating as needed.
There is no need for any extra seasoning with this recipe, the corn soaks up a rich smoky bacon flavor and that’s really all you need.
You can prep this dish before hand and keep in the fridge until it’s time to grill.
When serving this dish, you don’t need any utensils … just lots of napkins!

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Cookie Butter Ice Cream



2 cups whole milk
1 cup sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla
1 cup cookie butter (divided)
10 Biscoff cookies (crushed)

In a large microwave safe bowl, combine milk and sugar. Microwave for 1 minute, remove and stir to dissolve sugar. Gradually whisk heavy whipping cream into milk and sugar, followed by vanilla. Place cookie butter in small microwave safe bowl and cookie for approximately 45 seconds. Pour about half of the melted cookie butter into ice cream base, whisking to combine. Pour mixture into freezer canister of ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions.
In a large freezer safe container with lid, sprinkle about two tablespoon of crushed cookies as the first layer. Scoop out about a third of the ice cream, dollop with a few tablespoons of melted cookie butter, gently swirl into ice cream and sprinkle with crushed cookies followed by another third of ice cream. Repeat layers, finishing with crushed cookies. Cover with lid and freeze for at least four hours or overnight.
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Monday, June 17, 2019

Kresge Steam Burger

Sebastian Kresge was an American businessman who lived through the early 1900s. During his life time he created two chains of department stores. The first was the S.S. Kresge company which was one of the largest discount retail organizations. The second was the Kresge-Newark traditional department store chain. In 1977 the discount store chain was sold to K-Mart. However, our little town still holds fond memories of the Kresge that was located here. 





The prices and locality of the store was great . Another awesome reason that the Kresge store was loved was because of their food. One dish that was served quite often was the steam burger. If you would like to try the steam burger that closed out in the mid 1900s Follow the below recipe and Enjoy 


Roses loved by Many

My dad was an avid gardener and loved to work in the garden, with flowers and other bushes and plants as well. One of my dad's last acts that also is a living tribute is the rose garden he planted for my mom before he got severely sick. My dad was a bad diabetic and in the end that was the root of what caused him to pass away so early in life. The rose garden remains as a remembrance of his love for both growing things and his family.



June is national rose month and also the month of my dad's birthday. Born June 1st 1944 my dad only lived to see his early 50s but had a very colorful life full of love. Roses also have had a colorful life as well as the symbol of love, beauty, war and politics. It was in November 1986 that President Ronald Reagan named the rose the emblem for the area where many ceremonies occurred at the White House.



“Americans have always loved the flowers with which God decorates our land. More often than any other flower, we hold the rose dear as the symbol of life and love and devotion, of beauty and eternity. For the love of man and woman, for the love of mankind and God, for the love of country, Americans who would speak the language of the heart do so with a rose.
We see proof of this everywhere. The study of fossils reveals that the rose has existed in America for age upon age. We have always cultivated roses in our gardens. Our first President, George Washington, bred roses, and a variety he named after his mother is still grown today. The White House itself boasts a beautiful Rose Garden. We grow roses in all our fifty States. We find roses throughout our art, music, and literature. We decorate our celebrations and parades with roses. Most of all, we present roses to those we love, and we lavish them on our altars, our civil shrines, and the final resting places of our honored dead.
The American people have long held a special place in their hearts for roses. Let us continue to cherish them, to honor the love and devotion they represent, and to bestow them on all we love just as God has bestowed them on us.
The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 159 has designated the rose as the National Floral Emblem of the United States and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation declaring this fact.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the rose as the National Floral emblem of the United States of America.”

The growing and caring for roses most likely started in China more than 5,000 years ago. Roses were used as confetti during celebrations in the Middle East. They were also used in medicines and perfumes. Roses gained even more popularity after the fall of the Roman empire.



A popular rose in England was the white rose. This rose was used to help control England as it was thought to symbolize York. The red rose in England was also part of the early conflicts in England. The red rose was used as the symbol of Lancaster. Thus the period became known as the "War of the roses"



Through the history of roses the demand was at times great. During the seventeenth century roses as well as rose water was thought to be considered royalty. During this time period the roses and water could be used to barter with and pay debts. One royal individual, the wife of Napoleon, was known to have an extensive collection of roses at an estate west of Paris. Eventually, cultivated roses became part of the landscape of Europe.



Today's gardening culture have even helped roses gain in more popularity. The shrub roses and old garden roses delight modern gardeners. The reason is because these roses are not as time demanding and are stronger against diseases as well as winter hardiness.


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Papaya Boats




1 Ripe Papaya
1 cup Vanilla Yogurt Whisked
1 Pear Cut into thin slices
10-15 Blueberries
1/4 cup Granola
2 tbsp Pecan Roasted and chopped
Fresh Mint
Edible Flowers

Cut the papaya into half lengthwise and remove any seeds.
Keep the papaya halves on the serving plate.
Pour whisked vanilla yogurt in the papaya cavity.
Top with pear and blueberries.
Sprinkle granola and pecan on top.
Garnish with fresh mint and edible flowers.
Serve immediately.

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Happy Fathers Day

Father's day was originally created after being inspired by mothers day. The idea was brought up by a woman in Spokane, Washington who was inspired by a sermon on Mother's day. Why were fathers not recognized in the same way as mother's?? Sonora Smart Dodd had been raised by her father as had her siblings after their mother passed away. Thus began Dodd's fight to have father's recognized as well.


Protestant churches and local groups were the first places that she visited to share her thoughts. It was decided that on the third Sunday in June everyone should wear a rose to help bring recognition to Father's day. The first father's day recognition was hosted in churches that also helped remind all that their heavenly father loved them all. However, this was just the beginning as Dodd wanted to share her idea of a father's day with others

Local celebrations including getting politicians involved would help promote the cause of father's day that began in the church. Sadly, it was not catching on as Mother's day had and by 1920 the newly promoted day had started to disappear. Dodd herself let the cause slip for a bit but in the 1930's tried even harder to bring recognition to father's day. Perhaps it would be a surprise to you but it was actually the Associated Men's Wear Retailers of New York City that began a promotion of Father's day.



The new theme "Give Dad Something to Wear" was shared by florists, tobacconists, stationers and men's clothiers around the United States. In 1972 President Richard Nixon joined the campaign and signed a proclamation proclaiming the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. The holiday that was started by Sonora Smart Dodd to celebrate her own dad continues on today.






Saturday, June 15, 2019

10 Warning Signs of Dementia

The definition of Dementia is a decline in mental ability. The decline is severe enough that it interferes with daily life. One feature of this decline is memory loss. One of the most common types of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. Ten of the most common signs of dementia include:




  • Memory Loss== affecting short term memory it is often the most common early sign symptom of dementia. While many of us may experience loss of short time memory we still know the subject we are talking about. However, an individual with dementia easily forgets but stops mid conversation as they have forgot what they are talking about. 
  • Dementia interferes with completing normal daily task as well. Individuals with dementia may not recall how to put their clothes on or how to prepare a simple meal. 
  • Dementia also interferes with how one speaks. Stumbling around to speak because they have forgotten simple words or use words that they are unfamiliar with. 
  • Being confused to what day it is, what time of day it is, what season it is as well as what month or year are all signs of dementia. Likewise, taking a short journey to the mailbox and back may leave the individual with dementia lost and scared. 
  • Dementia can leave an individual not knowing how hot or cold it is therefore dressing to warm or not warm enough. They also forget to eat and drink leaving their health in danger
  • Disorganization more than usual is a sign of dementia as well. Not recalling what we were doing may be normal but even simple task like having a conversation become a struggle for those with dementia. 
  • Individuals with dementia often forget what belongs where. This often leads them to losing things only to have them found in places they should never have been. 
  • Rapid mood swings as well as extreme happiness or severe depression often are associated with individuals that suffer from dementia. At times they may seem as they have no emotions at all. 
  • Dementia often changes the individuals personality. A sweet person may become bossy and mean. Feelings of suspicion, irritability, depression, apathetic, anxiety and agitation are often associated with dementia. 
  • Individuals with dementia may find they have no zeal for life. A life of sitting around watching T.V., sleeping more than usual and loss of interest in favorite activities may occur. 

IF any of these signs are present in your personal life or the life of a family member or friend a visit to the doctor to discuss concerns should occur.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Breakfast casserole #Recipe



1 10 ounce bag of hash browns
¼ cup butter
6 eggs
1½ cups half and half
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
2 cups browned sausage, diced ham, or fried and crumbled bacon


Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Spread hash browns in a greased 9 x 13 dish. Slice butter and put it on top of hash browns. Bake for 15 minutes.
Wisk eggs. Add milk. Stir in cheeses. Season with salt and pepper.
Stir browned sausage in with the cooked hash browns.
Pour egg and cheese mixture over the hash browns.
Cover with foil and refrigerate until the morning. Then bake covered for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
If you don't want to refrigerate reduce baking time to 30 minutes covered and 15 minutes uncovered.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Do You Have A Headache??

Is it brought on by a long day of work, stress , hunger or other means?? If you have experienced them then you may know I am talking about headaches. Even worst than a headache is a migraine. Like many I have experienced some bad headaches and migraines that have sent me to bed.


June has been selected as the month to draw awareness to Migraines and Headaches. Healthcare providers, patient advocates and those that suffer with as well as those that help those that suffer are taking a stand against the pain. The theme for 2019 is "Sowing the Seeds for a Cure" Thru the efforts of all the American Migraine Foundation is looking forward to working with all those taking a stand to offer awareness and advocacy efforts to help those suffering from the great pain involved in headaches and migraines.



The easiest way for a physician, neurologist or headache specialist to create a treatment plan is with you is to provide the professional with as much information as possible. They need to see the full picture, and to do that, they may ask you a number of questions.



Upon visiting a doctor or specialist they may ask a few questions concerning how you feel. These questions may include:

  • How quickly do your attacks peak?
  • How many of the attacks are morning migraines?
  • How many attacks are already full-blown by the time you’re seeking out a solution?
  • Are you nauseated? When and how bad is nausea?
The answers will offer the physician knowledge concerning you and your headaches. The information will help find a path to hopefully offer you helpful treatment. The process will take a bit of give and take to find the path that will help you. 



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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

cataract awareness

They say our eyes are the windows to our world. Through them we can see where we are and envision where we want to go. When we struggle with eye sight our vision becomes cloudy and distorts the way we see. Cataracts cause a clouding of the lens of the eye and prevents the passage of light into the eye
More than 24 million Americans age 40 and older suffer with cataracts. Thus making the subject of cataracts a theme that deserves much awareness.



At a certain age many realize that they need to have their eyes checked for cataracts Cataracts affect more than just adults. Children and young adults can have cataract of the eye as well. Risk factors of younger individuals getting cataracts include:

  •  Intense heat or long-term exposure to UV rays from the sun
  •  Certain diseases, such as diabetes
  •  Inflammation in the eye
  •  Hereditary influences
  •  Events before birth, such as German measles in the mother
  •  Long-term steroid use
  •  Severe long-term nearsightedness (myopia)
  •  Eye injuries
  •  Eye diseases
  •  Smoking


Cataracts are common and many may get it but the good thing is that the cure is fairly simple. The solution to cataracts is surgery. The surgeon will remove the lens that has deteriorated and replace it with an artificial lens. Each year millions of Americans will undergo cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the U.S. Within 30 minutes the surgery is over and most individuals can resume normal activities fairly quickly



To prevent age related cataract of the eye one should
  • avoid smoking
  • reduce exposure to U.V. rays
  • eating healthy foods
  • wearing proper eye protection 


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Goop Up A Fun Day

Looking for some summertime fun?? Why not make up some goop?? Goop is a type of slime named after Oobleck. Oobleck??? Yes, that's right out of the Dr. Seuss book Bartholomew and the Oobleck First why not read the book and then make up some goop for a fun play material that is a bit of solid  and liquid at the same time.



How to make Goop :: Tinkerlab.com

  • 16 oz. container of Cornstarch (this is corn flour in the U.K.)
  • Up to 1 cup of water
  • Liquid watercolors or food coloring (optional)
Set up a large container such as an under-bed tub
There are two ingredients in this recipe: cornstarch and water. If you don’t have the same quantities as us, the ratio is one part water and two parts cornstarch.
Pour one 16 oz. container of cornstarch into the tub
Pour almost all of water on the cornstarch, around 3/4 cups. Mix the water and cornstarch together with your hands. Add the rest of the water to make the consistency more liquid. Play with the ratio.
Add food coloring or liquid watercolors to make it colorful.

How to get the most out of your Goop
To get the most bang for your buck, do what I did and set up this goop-making activity up as a 3-part activity to enable your child to experience the medium in multiple ways.


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Monday, June 10, 2019

The Birth of A.A.

One of my favorite games when I was a child was hopscotch. While my kids have not found a true fondness for the game as I did I have seen them play the game as well.



Hopscotch was a game played in ancient Britain during the Roman Empire. The original boards did not only have 10 squares but rather had over 100 feet of playing area. These boards were used for military training purposes in which the men would run the course in full armor with field packs attached. Thus hopefully making the men stronger with steady footwork.

The children during this time period drew their own courts which were much smaller. The new boards also had a scoring system and "hopscotch" was created. The game quickly spread throughout Europe.



To Play:
The game is played with each player holding a marker. The marker is normally a stone of some sort. To start the game a player will toss the marker into the first square. The stone must land in the square without touching a line or bouncing out. In the case that it does the player will not be able to go further. However if the stone lands properly in the square the player then hops through the court straddling the side by side squares and hopping on the left or right foot in the single squares.



In the end the player then turns around and continues to hop back stopping to pick up the marker. The game continues with each square. If the player steps on a line, misses a square or loses his balance and falls the player must end their turn and repeat the square that they are currently on. The winner is the player that completes each square first.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Dairy Month

June is national Dairy Month. In 1937 National Milk Month was established to promote drinking milk. At the time milk was at a surplus and the special promotion of milk month was meant to help stabilize the dairy demand. The month has surpassed the demand and now is an annual tradition that celebrates the dairy industry. Following the demand the Dairy Council stepped in and the name was changed to "Dairy Month"


As we all should well know dairy products are rich in nutrients such as calcium and potassium. These nutrients have the ability when taken correctly to help manage weight, reduce risk of high blood pressure, osteoporosis and some cancers. Protein found in dairy foods helps to build and repair muscles to help keep our bodies active. Vitamins A and D help to maintain healthy skin. Perhaps you are starting to see the reason that Dairy should be celebrated but not only in June but should be consumed all year long.





June celebrates the dairy community and honors the hardworking dairy farm families. Dairy farmers work hard and are on demand around the clock. Their goal is to produce safe, high quality milk by taking care of the cattle and protecting the environment There are several thousand dairy farmers that help bring the milk home to you. Thus allowing us to enjoy a ice cold glass of milk or eat other dairy products that all enjoy.

Dairy farms in the United States produce around 21 billion gallons of milk a year. Every state in the United States have dairy farms. Nearly 75% of calcium in the United States food supply comes from dairy foods. The amount in one glass of 8 oz. milk is equal to the calcium in seven oranges


Go ahead and enjoy Dairy it does your body good

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Campfire Enchilada #Recipe



2 tablespoons oil
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
½ red onion, sliced into thin half-moons
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons salt
14 oz can enchilada sauce
2 cups cheese
1 cup cooked black beans
4-6 flour tortillas
GARNISHES
cilantro, jalapenos, lime, etc.

Prepare your coals or get your campfire going so that you'll have embers to cook with.
Over medium heat, heat the oil in a Dutch oven. Add the peppers and saute for a few minutes until they are starting to soften. Add the onions and saute until the onions are soft and translucent and the peppers are soft. Add the garlic, cumin, and salt, and saute 30 seconds, until fragrant. Remove from heat and transfer the vegetables to a plate or bowl.
Add 1/2 cup enchilada sauce to coat the bottom of the Dutch oven.
To build the enchiladas, place onions and peppers in a line the center of a flour tortilla. Add a few spoonfuls of black beans and top with cheese. Roll the tortilla around the fillings, then place the enchilada, seam side down, into the Dutch oven. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. This recipe will make 4-6 enchiladas depending on the size of your Dutch oven.
Cover the enchiladas with the remaining sauce and cheese. Place the lid on top.
Return the Dutch oven to your campfire. Place it over indirect heat (the grill grate over the campfire works great) and stack 14-16 coals on the lid. Cook about 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted.

Serve topped with jalapenos, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime & enjoy!

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Keep Right

Take a drive in the summer time is one of my favorite activities. Getting out there and seeing what is out and about is fun to me. The issue is not the drive but it is often my fellow drivers. Drivers that simply seem to believe the road belongs to them and have no intention of sharing the road. While there has been a few rules set up for driving many times they are ignored.



One of these driving laws pertains to lane courtesy. While the highway is set up so that slower moving traffic keeps right the left lane often remains clogged. To make drivers aware of this the National Motorists Association has designated June as Lane Courtesy Month. Perhaps the awareness will help to improve traffic flow which in turn will prevent accidents and even save a bit of gas.



Not following the lane courtesy rule amounts to highway build up leading to frustration. Tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic and speeding all increase the frustration and also increase the dangers of driving and waste fuel. Vehicles burn the most fuel when accelerating. When the car can go at a consistent speed less fuel is used. Again another reason to follow the rules of the road with gas prices rising and new tax at least here in Illinois

While many traffic laws such as speeding, seatbelt usage and driving in construction zone the issue of lane courtesy is not paid much attention to.

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Prevent Bed Bugs While Camping

For many the fun of summer time includes camping. Getting out into the great nature, taking a rest from the other day, having a bit of fun with family are all part of the reason we leave home to sleep in sleeping bags, tents or cabins. However, there are those pests that none of us like that are out there as well. Mosquito bites, poison ivy, and many other obstacles that we try to avoid. But, there is one more thing you can add to the list of things to avoid and these are bed bugs.



Known as hitch hikers these bed bugs can attach without ever being noticed. Once they have found a free ride they then strive to get to their next stop. Victims are often unaware that bedbugs are even near. Preventing bedbugs may begin before you ever head out to camp.

  • ask camp supervisors if they have ever had to deal with a bedbug issue 
  • inspect the child's dorm , cabin or room where they will be staying. Look for bed bugs in the mattress, in the cracks and crevices and behind the headboard. Report any issues you may find

  • Send a plastic trashbag with your child to store their suitcase in.l This will help to keep bed bugs out of the luggage during camp
  • Once home do not bring all directly inside. Leave the garage outside in the garage or on the sidewalk for a bit This will allow you time to inspect
  • Wash all clothing that went to camp even if it may still be "clean" The hottest temp should be used Make sure it is good and dry before putting it all away. 
  • Prior to storing the suitcase vacuum it out making sure to hit all crevices where bed bugs may hide. 
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Grilled Dessert Pizza



2 ounces white chocolate, chopped
1 pound pizza dough, thawed if frozen
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup raspberries
1 cup drained canned mandarin orange segments
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted, optional

1. Preheat grill to medium. Lightly mist a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and dust with flour. Place white chocolate in a bowl and set over a small pan of simmering water (do not let bottom of bowl touch water). Cook, stirring often, until white chocolate has melted.

2. Press and stretch dough to form a 14- to 15-inch round. Place dough on prepared sheet, place on grill, cover and cook for about 5 minutes, until crust is puffed and golden. Using tongs, flip dough over and cook for about 3 minutes longer.

3. Sprinkle dough evenly with chocolate chips, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Cover grill and cook 2 minutes, until chocolate chips have melted. Using an offset spatula or butter knife, spread chocolate evenly over dough. Using tongs or spatula, transfer pizza to a large cutting board.

4. Scatter berries and orange segments over pizza. Sprinkle with almonds, if desired. Dip a fork into bowl with melted white chocolate and drizzle over pizza.

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Alzheimer's Awareness

Alzheimer's and other types of dementia's have become a health concern like no other around the world. There are at least 44 million people around the world that are living with these conditions. Dementia may occur to anyone in every type of population. As long as you have a brain you may suffer dementia. Thus, we should all join the cause and get involved in National Alzheimer's Awareness Month.



Dementia is an individual disorder affect every person differently each in their own unique way. There are no two people who will have symptoms that develop exactly the same. Dementia often affects an individuals personality, general health and social situations. The most common sign of both Alzheimer's disease and dementia is memory loss. Eventually these issues will lead to a withdrawal from daily life.

If you believe that you or someone you know is suffering with these issues you should contact your local doctor.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Spearmint

Herbs add an extra level of taste in our diet. Herbs have zero calories, fat or sodium. Heat will destroy their nutrition values and crushing herbs is not good either. Spearmint is a herb that can add flavor to a dish, dessert or in a drink.



 Try adding it to a glass of water in order to help you gain the recommended level of water in the day as well. Simply Mix:


  • 8 Oz. Water
  • 1 Sprig Spearmint - snapped
  • 1 Slice Cucumber


Spearmint can be used to relieve nausea and ease stomach digestion. Cold symptoms can find some relief with spearmint as well.

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Firework Safety

Summer time is here and one of the items most likely on the bucket list has something to do with fireworks. Yes, the big day for fireworks is still nearly a month away but it is approaching swiftly as well. The post I share here will hopefully help bring the number of reported injuries that involved fireworks down. Perhaps one of the best tips is to ensure that those that are lighting the pyrotechnics are over the age of 18.



Firework injuries were primarily to hands, fingers and eyes. Over half of the injuries were caused by rockets and sparklers malfunctioning or being mishandled. While sparklers are often loved by children and adults alike children should never be allowed to do them alone. Sparklers can burn at 1,800 degrees strong enough to melt glass. Therefore, a safer substitute for young children would be glow sticks.

One of the most important safety tips for those setting off fireworks is that they may backfire or shoot off in a wrong direction. This is why it is never a good idea to throw or point a firework at someone. I know , I know you meant for it to be a joke but it could go dangerously wrong. Likewise, always have a fire extinguisher or water nearby if anything should happen to go wrong.



Other safety tips to keep in mind include:

  • never try to relight a firecracker
  • do not pick up pieces that appear to be burnt out
  • protect our pets from the loud noises from frightening them
  • Be well aware of all state and local laws concerning fireworks.
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Mens Health BPH

One common health issue that men face as they age is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. For the most part the term refers to an enlarged prostate gland. The job of the prostate gland is to produce semen. While an enlarged prostate is not cancerous it is the most common prostate health issue that men over the age of 50 face.



BPH affects nearly half of all men between the ages of 50 and 60 and 90% of all men by the age of 80. Symptoms of frequent urination, inability to completely empty the bladder, a low or weak urine stream and struggle to start urination are all included under the enlarged prostate arena. Many times aging and hormonal changes help bring the condition of BPH into view. However, at times the condition seems rather irritating as it includes an uncontrollable urge to urinate as well as the difficulty to start urination.



Risk Factors of BPH include:

  • the risk of BPH increases over the age of 45
  • an immediate blood relative being diagnosed with BPH 
  • health conditions such as obesity
treatment for BPH include medications, treatment and waiting and watching. 




Prostate enlargement early stages may make it hard to urinate as the bladder muscles must work harder to do its job because of a narrowing urethra. As time goes on the bladder muscles will thicken which may lead to over sensitivity resulting in urgent and frequent need to urinate. However, the bladder muscles often tire which leaves the process of urination incomplete.

Take note that while there is no link between prostate cancer and BPH an individual may have both.

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Men's Health Awareness

June is men's health awareness month. It was began as part of a congressional health educational program. Throughout the month celebrations around the country will take place. These celebrations will include screenings, health fairs, media appearances and even more ways to get the message out concerning men's health. Perhaps the best part is that this awareness opportunity is supported by the White House



Men's health month was created to help heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases that
may affect all males. During the month health care providers, public policy makers, the media and individuals interested in men's health will have the opportunity to get their message across to all those that will listen. Many times men fall short of taking care of their own health through the men's health initiative the hopes is that more men and boys will seek regular medical advice when it comes to their health.

Are You Aware:::

  • men die at higher rates than women 
  • men are victims of 92% of all workplace deaths
  • the male fetus is at greater risk of miscarriage and stillbirth --- in addition about 25% more newborn males will die over females.
  • men suffer hearing loss 2x the rate of women
  • men are thought to have weaker immune systems than women
It seems the cards may be stacked against the male sex making men's health awareness month even more important. 


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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Caribbean Okra and Shrimp



1 Tbsp Vinegar
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp curry powder
1 onion chopped
3 scallions White and Greens, sliced into 1 inch pieces
3 cloves garlic minced
1 red bell pepper chopped
1 Scotch Bonnet or hot chili pepper chopped or minced
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
2 Sprigs Fresh thyme or 1 tsp dry
1 Cup Water
1 lb okra trimmed, cut in 1 inch rings
1 lb large shrimp peeled, deveined
2 tbsp Lime Juice
1/2 tsp or more sea salt

Marinade shrimp in vinegar and soy sauce for 20 minutes.
Heat oil in large pot on medium-high heat. Add curry powder and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute.
Add onion, green onion, garlic, red pepper, hot pepper, and black pepper. Cook until onions turn transluscent.
Stir in tomatos, thyme, water and okra. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high, then reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes. Avoid stirring too much since this will break up the okra.
Stir in the shrimp, lime juice and salt. Cover the pot , reduce to a simmer, and let cook until shrimp is cooked through & has turned pink - about 3 minutes.
Serve with Rice, Festival or Boiled Green Bananas.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Make Memories with Family This Summer

Warm weather is here, and while it is not officially summer, school is out and the days have become a bit lazy. In order to keep the house organized and on track some rules must still be followed. It is also important that you spend time as a family and make lots of memories that will be cherished for years to come. However keeping it all together and making sure time was spent to make those memories may be a bit of a struggle.



It may seem now that the kids are out of school there will be plenty of time to make memories. This may not always be the case as schedules change and time goes on. This is why it is important to set up regularly scheduled family get together dates. Not only will the time spent together be a great deal but looking forward to a great time helps build up the excitement as well.



While school may be out for summer .... the job never ends. One way you can find time to spend with your child is to make just a bit of time each morning to spend together. Are there things in your daily routine that you can include your child in?? Perhaps you will not only make memories but help them to build skills they did not have.

Summertime in the evening also often means activities that would other wise not occur. It is a great idea to take time for not only the family but yourself to enjoy the warm weather activities. It is still important to just set a bit of time aside to talk about the day or whatever the subject may be. In addition, why not provide yourself with some time and activity to do with your family in a quiet sort of way.

Whatever you do with your child and family make sure that it is the right thing. Enjoy your summer and make those memories that will last.

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