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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Skin Issues and What To Do

November 12th, 2018 first snow and very cold. It is not the first cold day this year but it was the first day for snow with more to come in just a few days I am sure. The best thing is that I work inside the worst thing is that my skin because of the heat and cold both is not very well adaptable. However I have been able to find a few things that work for me.

Here are a few trips you may want to try as well

  • Both the air outside and the heating systems are dry. This is why it is up to us to find some sort of air indoors that will help our skin. Introducing the home humidifier to help not only with skin issues but also sinuses. Adding moisture back into the home can help our skin feel a bit moist. 
  • It is natural to think about protecting our skin in the summer months but we often forget that sunscreen is needed in the winter as well. If spending time in the snow and ice you should use the same SPF you use in the summer months as the reflection of sun rays is powerful. 
  • As our skin dries it is losing moisture faster than it does in the summer. Exfoliating cleanser is needed to get rid of dead cells and make room for new skin sells. Daily exfoliation is not always needed 
  • Lip balm is needed so as that your lips do not become painfully cracked. Remember lipbalm with SPF factor as well. 
  • What you put into your body will make a difference as well. Brisk air and home heating pull moisture from your skin. Drinking at least eight 8 oz. glasses will help keep skin hydrated.  

Remember the Soldiers Past and Present by Making up Some Banger and Mash

Veterans day, Armistice Day, and Remembrance Day are all the same wrapped in one. It is a time to remember those who served our countries and came back home or perhaps they did not make it home. It also commemorates the victory of the First World War in 1918. Along with meeting with family and friends food goes into the day as well.

Many times the afternoon on such a day will be had with friends, a cold drink and something good to eat. Bangers and mash is a dish I was introduced to by a good friend from Wales. She spoke of the stories of war that had been passed down to her.

Mashed potatoes served along side sausage and sometimes with onion gravy over top. This dish is an English and Irish comfort food. The term 'Bangers' was term offered to cheap sausages. Such sausages often had excess water which when cooked exploded inside their casings.

Bangers and Mash

* 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and diced
* 1 tbsp salt
* 8 large links Cumberland sausage
* 1 tbsp oil
* 1 big onion, thinly sliced up
* 2 tbsps flour
* 4 cups chicken broth
* 1/3 cup cream
* 2 oz butter
* 1/4 cup sour cream
* 2 tbsp grainy mustard
* Pepper and salt
* Serve along with extra mustard

Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Include about a tbsp of salt and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until fork tender.
Prick sausages with the tines of a fork in several places. Over moderate temperature in a large saucepan, heat the oil and brown the sausages. Once brown, remove from skillet and set aside.
Put the onion into the skillet and saute for about 10 minutes, or till onions are soft. Mix the flour over the onions and stir well, cooking approximately a minute. Slowly add chicken broth to the pan and bring to a simmer. Return sausages to the skillet, and simmer for around 15 minutes.
Strain the potatoes and mash = with a ricer if you have one. Add the cream, butter, sour cream and mustard. Blend well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve bangers together with a mound of the mash, and ladle some of the gravy over the entire thing. Serve with grainy mustard.

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Native American Heritage Month and Delicious Salad #recipe

Thanksgiving will be here in less than 10 days. It is time to get your favorite recipes ready to go and maybe you have considered adding a new recipe or two. If you would like to keep with the Thanksgiving theme and add a native recipe or two this salad will go great.

Native American families are still producing their own food using traditional recipes. These foods have sustained their families for many years. Often included in the mix are healthy foods that help to sustain sources of healthy foods that are safe and nutritious. 

November is Native American Heritage Month! 
Bring a Bit of Native America to Your Table to Celebrate
November is National Native American Heritage Month in the United States. The week November 8-14 is known as "Rock your Mocs Week" and is a time that Native individuals stand together and show their Native Pride by wearing their moccasins. 
1½ cups uncooked wild rice
4 cups vegetable broth or water
4 sprigs thyme + 2 tablespoons
chopped thyme leaves
3 cups chopped kale, thick stems
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
teaspoon salt
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed
and drained
1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
¼ cup sliced green onion

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 teaspoons honey
Coarse salt and freshly ground
pepper to taste
8 cups mixed salad greens
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1. Cook wild rice in vegetable broth or water according to package
directions. Add thyme sprigs to pot. Let cool, remove thyme sprigs.
2. Meanwhile, place chopped kale in a medium bowl. Drizzle with
2 teaspoons olive oil and ⅛ teaspoon salt. “Massage” the oil and salt
into the kale for one minute.
3. Mix remaining salad ingredients, including kale and 2 tablespoons
chopped thyme leaves in a large bowl. Stir in cooked wild rice.
4. To make the dressing, whisk ½ cup olive oil, lemon juice, lemon peel
and honey together in small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Toss dressing with salad mixture; spoon over mixed greens.
Garnish with Parmesan cheese

Monday, November 12, 2018

Stomach Cancer Awareness

Cancer---- The Big C--- a terrible infraction to life. One of the worst forms that I have been associated with is stomach cancer. I have taken care of residents with stomach cancer and had a good friend that was inflicted by it as well. Stomach cancer awareness is observed in November === something that I think is ironic since it is the month with one of the biggest feast. Perhaps, that is why it was to raise awareness about gastric cancer.

November places a focus on food, nourishment, and family. For those living with stomach cancer or without a stomach may find it hard to be grateful. The first Stomach cancer Awareness Month in the United States was held in NOvember 2010. While it is great that there is a national awareness day Stomach Cancer should draw awareness all year long

The goals of stomach cancer awareness are to:

  • Raise awareness and support efforts to educate people about stomach cancer, including risk factors, prevention and early detection
  • Recognize the need for additional funding and research into early diagnosis and treatment for stomach cancer
  • Raise funds for stomach cancer research
  • Encourage people and interested groups and organizations to observe and support Stomach Cancer Awareness Month through appropriate programs and activities to promote public awareness of, and potential treatments for, stomach cancer
  • Empower everyone by uniting the caring power of people worldwide affected by stomach cancer
  • Supporters hope that greater awareness and knowledge will lead to earlier detection of stomach cancer, which is directly associated with higher long-term survival rates, and that money raised for stomach cancer research will result in better detection, treatments, improved survival rates, and ultimately a cure for this deadly disease.

 all patients, caregivers, families, friends, businesses and organizations to participate to bring awareness to Stomach cancer. Some ways to help bring awareness are:

  • Make it a disease with a face by sharing personal stories 
  • make stomach cancer a subject to be discussed in your community
  • Bring awareness to social media
  • attend or raise funds for stomach cancer awareness

As I stated the first National Stomach Cancer Awareness month took place in the United States November 2010. A year later more organizations became involved and more local events were held as well as funds being raised. In 2012 the No Stomach For Cancer Walk was hosted for the first time. Each year the organization continues to grow as they spread the word and share knowledge. Through awareness funds can be raised and lives can be saved. As in most cancers early detection is important so that treatment can take place. In addition awareness can help with prevention

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WHo's Your Role Model

Do you try to follow the example of someone you know or someone you would like to know?? For me I was always a daddy girl as I followed his example and as I got older I started to admire my grandmothers and how they carried their selves. When I was married I found yet another individual to admire, my grandmother in laws cooking skills were something I desired to have. Have you ever had an inspirational role model.

Age, gender or stage of life does not seem to matter it seems that we can always have someone that we admire and inspires us to do better. Whether it be a family member, a friend, a celebrity or an activist for a cause you feel strongly about.

November is the perfect time to thank those that inspire you to do better or to do more. Whatever it is that you admire about them can be different for each individual. From their healthy habits to the way they carry their selves or conduct their selves around others. Many times the goal of having an inspirational role model is to become more like that individual.

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Heart of Gratitude

This is the season to have a grateful heart as we enter into Thanksgiving. What does it mean to be grateful?? The definition of gratitude: 

A few things I am grateful for include:

  • First and foremost I am thankful for my personal relationship with my Lord Jesus Christ 

  • my family. I am blessed with a husband, children and grandchildren
  • in this trying time I am grateful to have a job. One that I truly care for
What are you grateful for?? What does gratitude mean to you?? Here is what it means to others 

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Keeping on the Reading Track

As we all know it is important to build a good foundation of education for our children. One of the elements of this foundation of learning is reading. Many other subjects depend on reading. In fact many elements of life depends on being able to read.

If students are struggling in reading it is best to I.D. early. I had a child that faked through school acting as if she could read until she reached 3rd grade. Yes, she did quite well pretending but she was failing in education while getting decent grades. It took a bit for her to catch up, she did and I was very proud of her. However, it is best to be able to catch struggling readers early before they get to far behind.

Whether student sare not gaining the knowledge of the reading concept when introduced or they are forgetting what they learn or they simply are not applying it to what they are doing. Talking to the educator should help and you can help as well. Here are few ideas that you can help your child read better Being successful in reading they must have phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. .

  • Books are not the only thing that can be read. Include in reading material magazines, comics or websites. The more they read the better at reading they get 
  • Ask the teacher for extra work that i at the student's developmental level 
  • keep the excitement going don't make reading a chore 
  • Include real world logistics in reading so children realize it is more than just a school subject. This can be done by allowing the child to write a letter to someone special or to someone they like as their favorite musician or star. 

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A memoir is an account of things that happen. It can be personal but it does not have to be. We often hear of famousftthe individuals writing their memoirs. But  memoirs are not only for the stars. We all have our own stories to tell and write down. Perhaps your stories can connect younger generations with generations past. 

It is true that somebody somewhere will want to read your stories one day. Many of us share our stories in our blogs. It is a way to capture stories and thoughts about daily life as well as stories of the past. Our stories are told just like we want them to be told. Like memoirs we can capture the stories as we go along they do not have to be in a number line. 

While we do capture memories of births, marriages, holiday and the list goes on it is our story to write. We can share what we want when we want to. When we record those moments in life we have to write as if the individual is there smelling, seeing, hearing what ever is going on. It is part of the story we must set the scene. 

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Pecan Crusted Porkchops

One American made product is the pecan nut. Both cost competitive as well as a reliable supply the pecan is one nut produced in America. There are close to 30 different varieties of pecans grown in America The state of Georgia is top of the list as the nation's top producer. Each year Georgia grows an estimated 100 million pounds of pecans each year

November is National Georgia Pecan Month. While pronunciation may differ from "pea-can" or "pu-cahn" the one thing that is agreed is that they are delicious and can be used in a great variety of ways. Some facts about pecans include:

  • In an average pecan pie you will find around 78 pecans
  • Pecans are the only tree nut that is native to the United States
  • Georgia is the top producer of pecans in the United States. Georgia has been producing and selling their nuts since pre 1800.
  • An acre can produce 1000 pounds of pecans 

1 cup pecans
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ cup panko breadcrumbs
½ cup flour
2 large eggs
4 pork chops, about 1 inch thick
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Spread the pecans on the baking sheet and bake on a medium rack for about 5 minutes, until lightly toasted.  Let the pecans cool.
Turn the oven up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once the pecans have cooled, chop them finely.
In a shallow bowl add the pecans, salt, pepper, and breadcrumbs.  In another shallow pan add the flour.  In a 3rd shallow pan crack the eggs and whisk.
In a frying pan, over medium heat, add the olive oil and butter.  (Note: if all of the pork chops will not fit in the pan at the same time, only put half of the olive oil and butter and repeat the next step with half of the pork chops at one time)  Dredge a pork chop in the flour, then the egg, then the pecans.  Place the pork chops in the frying pan and cook 3-4 minutes each side.
Place the pork chops in a baking dish and add any olive oil from the frying pan to the baking dish.  Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, making sure the pecans don’t burn.

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Adopt a Senior Pet

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. If you have considered adopting a pet then I urge you to consider adding an older family member. Shelters house all types of dogs and cats both younger and older pets. But while small kittens and puppies are adorable and are often considered first older pets offer love and loyalty as well. In addition to this there are also a few more advantages to adopting a senior pet.

  • Senior pets often do not require constant monitoring and training like the attention a puppy or kitten would
  • Many dogs and cats that are older are all ready house trained
  • The staff at the shelter will be able to tell more concerning the pets personality and grooming requirements. 

with all these given reasons, would you please consider a senior pet when looking for the perfect pet for your family

Getting Better Sleep This WInter

Hello!!! How are you doing?? Sleeping well? This is a tricky question as daylight savings time ended not that long ago. It is a sign that we should all wake up early and soak up the extra sunlight. For some that is great and others not so well as it also means it gets darker 1 hour earlier than normal as well. In this pattern by time we meet winter solstice in December 21st the sun will set around 4:20 pm. Thus making the rays of sun hard to get. 

The shorter hours of day light can interrupt even the best of sleep patterns. So what is it that we can do to get better sleep. There are a few recommendations that have been recommended by many professionals. These tips include:

  • Don't just sit around, I know those shorter days make us all feel a bit sluggish but that is even a better reason to get up and get moving. Many people will not only struggle with sleep but also gain a bit of weight. Regular exercise can help fend off the extra weight and also improve winter sleep. Those with sleep apnea have even more reason to sleep. Whenever possible head outside and exercise while getting a bit of sunlight
  • When it's cold outside many houses will heat the house with dry air from a forced air heating system. This type of heat may cause more congestion and lead to excess snoring and breathing habits that do not result in restful sleep. It is important to stay hydrated during the day and use a humidifier during the night 
  • Eating earlier than normal in the winter or eating a lighter dinner can help get a good nights sleep
  • Keep the sleeping room a bit cooler but not cold while sleeping. 
  • While it is tempting to sleep in on weekend mornings it is not a good idea. Getting more sleep can make it difficult to get back on track for the work week. 

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Book Giveaway

Offered in giveaway is this cute book ABC Mindful Me by the blog Heck of a Bunch

Author: Christiane Engel
Format: Board book, 36 Pages
ISBN: 9781633225107
Publisher: Walter Foster Jr.
Published: March 6, 2018

Song for Veterans Day

This ol' song tells of the battles that the flag has made it through and while it comes out a bit ragged the flag always made it back home. Thank you to our many veterans and those serving presently. Our thanks I feel is never enough for all that they have protected us from our enemies that would other wise harm us.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Native American Tribes Forced out By Immigrants

As the news reports nearly every day that immigrants are coming closer I stop to think about my Native American relation and the fact that immigrants moved in on their land and forced them out. But who were those people and what tribes did they belong to??

Indian tribes (Native Americans) as well as Kentucky tribes traveled and lived throughout the woodlands. More than likely these tribes survived via hunting and fishing. The groups most likely traveled but some may have settled down in some villages were they made pottery and grew maize and veggies.

In southern Illinois where I live so did Indians. My grandfather may have taken the same route as I recall him speaking of Illinois , Kentucky and Tennessee tribes. Common Tribe names were

  • Chippewa Indians: tribe members appear in treaties in 1795, 1816, 1829, and 1833. These treaties primarily relinquished land to the whites
  • Delaware Indians: traveled through Illinois as they were being crowded west by the whites
  • Kickapoo Indians : helped destroy Illinois and later ceded land to the United States Government July 30, 1819
  • Miami Indians : lived up northern Illinois 
  • Ottawa Indians were located near the Illinois // Michigan border would be now
  • The Sauk Indian Tribe helped to expel many Illinois tribes from Rock River region. Later this land was ceded to the Whites and moved farther west
  • The Shawnee Indians was the main tribe here in Southern Illinois.
  • Tribe near the central part of state was the Wyandot In 1795 their land was relinquished in Illinois to the Whites

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American Goulash #recipe

1 lb ground beef
1 small onion diced
1 tsp minced garlic
1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp Italian seasoning
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup elbow macaroni pasta cooked (measured before cooking)
grated Parmesan cheese for serving

In a large saucepan, over medium heat, brown beef along with onion and garlic.
Drain excess grease.
Stir in tomatoes (with juices) and tomato sauce.
Season with sugar, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper.
Stir well and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Then add in cooked pasta and stir.
Allow to simmer for another 5 minutes then serve.
Sprinkle with a little grated Parmesan cheese.

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Forget Me Not

Each November National Forget Me Not Day is observed. In 2018 the date occurred on November 10th as it does every year. Forget Me Not day encourages the people to try and reconnect with people that you may have not for quite some time. For all those individuals who would like to reconnect with a friend or family member this is the day for you.

Forget Me Not Day was created by Judge Robert S. Marx who wanted to show support for the wounded returning soldiers. The date was 1921 and there were only a few services and organizations that existed to provide support and care to veterans required. Many of these soldiers came back home following war. Marx wanted to remind the country of their sacrifices and raise funds through the sale of forget me nots. In 2003 a second forget me not day was created to bring awareness to Alzheimer's

Some great idea for you to do today include thanking disabled ex soldiers for their service, remembering to be kind to our elderly neighbors, communicate with long lost friends or send simple gifts of forget me not flowers to your loved ones as a simple way to show that you truly do love them.

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Pea Soup

  • Classic Split Pea Soup is made with dried split peas and cooked with ham. It is a great soup to have some now and more even later. Split pea soup is  a hearty winter soup, easy to make and taste so good. Whether you select smooth or chunky both versions are great tasting. 

A great variety of Split Soups can be found around the world. Each country it seems has claimed their own version:

  • Canadian version of split pea soup is made with yellow peas and is very popular. 
  • Germans fix their split soup with meats such as bacon, sausage or smoked pork. On the side they will enjoy a slice of dark rye bread
  • The Dutch have a version they call "Snert" The pea soup type is a thicker stew with pork and variety of veggies. One can find "Snert" served at outdoor food booths near canals and lakes for skaters
  • The military have enjoyed pea soup in Poland for a nutritious meal that can be fixed in large amounts at a cheap price. Rumor has it the soup is thick enough to hold a spoon straight up
  • To prepare for fasting on Friday individuals in Sweden and Finland often eat pea soup with pork and pancakes on Thursday. 
  • Pea soup was introduced in New England during the 19th century by French Canadian mill workers During colonial era pea soup was served as a thinner soup with pork, carrots and dried split peas
Perhaps you recall this childhood song. It originated in 1765 in Britain

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Pet Cancer Awareness

November is the month that helps bring awareness to pet cancer. There are several million new pet cancer diagnoses every year. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy are used to curb cancer in both humans and pets.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Pet Cancer include:

  • A pets lymph nodes are found through out the body with the easier ones to find being behind the knee and jaw. When lymph nodes are enlarged they may suggest one common form of cancer known as lymphoma. The vet can take a biopsy of large lymph nodes to gain a diagnosis
  • Lump that is rapidly growing or changing in texture or shape should be biopsied. 
  • If the pets stomach is enarged at a fast pace it may suggest a mass or tumor in the abdomen or bleeding that is occuring in the area. Vets will perform a radiograph or ultrasound of the abdomen to be sure what is going on. 
  • Pet losing weight without reason you should have pet checked. This is not always a sign of cancer but can indicate something may be wrong. 
  • Unexplained vomiting or diarrhea should be investigated. Chronic vomiting or diarrhea can be caused by tumors on the gastrointestinal tract. The vet can use special test to determine if anything is wrong
  • If pets are bleeding from mouth, nose, penis, vagina, or gums not due to trauma they should be examined. When pets are young signs like this may occur. When pets are older they should be taken to the vet
  • Older pets with a dry non-productive cough should be taken to the vet. This is a sign of lung cancer, however there are many reasons for coughs in cats and dogs
  • Urination is another area of concern if the animal is straining to urinate or has blood in the urine. Antibiotics may help control the issues Veterinary care can determine if there is any trace of urinary cancer
  • Oral odor are common in pets because of oral tumors. Pets will change food preferences or 
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Does your Pet have Diabetes

More than likely you have heard and / or know individuals with diabetes. I must say that me, my husband and my son are all diabetics. Diabetes is a condition where the body can not use glucose as normal individuals do. The body cells normally use glucose for energy. Insulin , a hormone made in pancreas that helps control glucose levels in the blood.

During digestion food will pass through the intestines absorbing nutrients including sugar. Sugars are transported into the cells of the intestine where they are converted into simple sugars glucose. For those that do not have enough insulin or are unable to use insulin glucose will build up in the blood.  This is called hyperglycemia. When the blood glucose reaches a certain level the glucose overflows into the unie and pulls water out as well. Diabetic pets will drink more water and urinate more frequently

Dogs and cats may develop diabetes at any age. Most diabetic cats are older than 6 years of age and dogs between 4 to 14 with female dogs developing diabetics twice as often. Risk factors for our pets to development of diabetes include

  • obesity
  • age
  • overactivity in the thyroid gland (may also develop pancreatitis, heart disease, kidney disease, urinary and skin infections.) 
  • long term use of medications containing corticosteroids

Ear;u signs of diabetes in our pets is important to notice early. If any signs are noticed your vet should be notified and your pet examined. Early diagnosis makes longer life and better outcome. Watch for these signs:

  • excessive water drinking 
  • increased urination
  • weight loss
  • decreased appetite
  • dogs cloudy eyes
  • cloudy eyes (especially in dogs)
  • chronic or recurring infections including skin and urinary

After vet offers diagnosis your vet may run additional blood tests to rule out other medical conditions seen in older pets. The vet will prescribe insulin for your pet. Your vet or vet tech should teach you how to give insulin injections. The pet will most likely be placed on a diet. Continuous exams , blood and urine tests and monitoring pets weight, appetite, drinking and urination. 

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