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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Save Your Dental Dollars

Budgets can be tight and many health insurances do not cover dental care. With this in mind here are a few ideas that can help you take care of your families teeth and save a few $$ along the way

One of the best ways to save your dental $$ is through your toothbrush, toothpaste, water and brushing twice a day for 2 minutes each time. This formula has been shown to save billions of cavities each year. Committing to brushing , flossing  and eating a healthy diet is a great way to begin. While these are easy tasks to complete they may end up saving lots of money later on. After all the cheapest cavity is the one that never happens.

In addition to brushing, seeing the dentist for regular cleanings should be included as well. Cleanings cost less money than dental procedures , thus should not be forgotten. Other ways to save money include:

  • inquire about discounts at the dentist. Some dentist also consider payment plans or paying up front with a discount applied
  • if you plan to have dental work done, get a written plan as to what will be done and how much it will cost you
  • have a dental school in your area?? Often the students will be looking for chances to work on teeth to gain experience. This often can save great money
  • have a dentist that you trust and know will complete the work correctly it may be cheaper in the end to visit your well known dentist than trying to find ways to save money. The reason is because getting the treatment done correctly the first time may save you if you need follow ups because of a botched job
  • shop around be aware of what your dental insurance will pay for
While dental work is stressful enough do not add to the stress by worrying about financial issues. 

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Pedestrian Safety Be Aware of the Dangers

When driving along your way to where you are going have you ever noticed individuals that are crossing the street in the middle, not at the corner or that are simply waling on the side of the road without a care or whim?? I am not sure where you live but both of these happen quite often where I live. While, I live in a semi - rural area it is still a dangerous act to do, but the most vulnerable are those walking in urban areas, crossing busy streets and negotiating traffic. Thus drivers must may attention to pedestrians and pedestrians must pay attention to what is going on around them as well.

Are you aware that pedestrian vehicle injures are the fifth leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 19. While this age group is higher in statistics no age group is immune to this type of accident. Most of us were taught to look both left, right and left again before crossing the street but sometimes looking left again is forgotten and before we cross a car can quickly approach from the right. In addition to looking before crossing we can also use our eyes to make eye contact with drivers of oncoming vehicles to make sure they see you. Headphones can also be distracted and while many wear them while walking they can be the reason for accidents so perhaps it is best if they are left off.

The cell phone is a wonderful invention but it is also dangerous if used at certain times. Walking with a cell phone is a risk to becoming distracted and may lead to incidents. The cell phone conversation can lead us to losing track of our surroundings. Our safety and the safety others can be placed at risk when this happens. So what should we do?? Stop using our cell phones when walking.

In our area we have both a bike path as well as a walkers path. These paths help keep all concerned safe. More can be done though, areas such as malls and parking lots, other sidewalks, blind intersections and high traffic areas are issues that need to be looked at and a solution found. Hopefully in the future this will be done.

Other tips for pedestrian safety include:

  • watch to make sure the car totally stops to let you cross in front. Never rely on a car to stop
  • Adults with children younger than the age of 10 should be sure to cross the street together
  • Crosswalks are there for a reason, only cross at crosswalks designated for that purpose.
  • when walking wear bright and / or reflective clothing so drivers will be aware you are there
Walking has been proven to stay healthy, but in all cases safety must be put first. 

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Always Be Aware of Traffic

August is "National Traffic Awareness Month". With so many on the road trying to get that last minute trip into before school begins again the roads are super busy and traffic may be heavier than unusual. This is why it is important to recognize driving strategies and methods that can help you, those in your car and others safe. Some important driving safe tips include:

  • Staying alert even when you are in those long drives and traffic is moving at a snails pace. The number one priority in keeping you and your vehicle safe is the ability to stay alert. Other drivers may not be as patient as you and swerve in front of you in an attempt to get ahead. Staying alert can help keep you and other drivers out of trouble as well as keep you safe. 

  • Most states have laws against being on your phone while driving. If a car happens to suddenly stop in front of you, you then have a limited time to react. If you are on the phone you may not be able to have that instinct to stop. 
  • Communicate with other drivers in cars, bikes, or on motorcycles. Signals send messages from driver to driver. Switching lanes, exiting or stopping and allowing other drivers time to move. .
  • Keep your space between you and the car in front of you. The car in front of you stops suddenly, you will have time to react and avoid damages to you or your car. 

  • Watch your blind spots as many accidents occur due to drivers failing to check their blind spots while changing lanes. A quick glance over ones right or left shoulder could save an incident It is also best not to drive in the other drivers blind spot as well
  • Construction zones can be a bit tricky as well. When driving through areas be very careful. The Federal Highway Administration from 1982 - 2014 there were 24,745 lives lost in work zone area crashes. Being able to see and understand safety signs is very important. Do you know the signs?? Perhaps you should touch up a bit. 

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Happiness Is Summer

What Brings You Happiness in the Summer Time

Is it a backyard BBQ with good friends

Is it the chance to escape away from reality and head out on a trip whether for a day or longer vacation??

Is it the not knowing what tommorow what bring but knowing that what ever comes your way will be the chance to have a great day

Whatever it means may I wish you a happy summer

Children Learn In So Many Ways

Most children will learn to read by the age of seven years of age. Reading age may be determined by other milestones that have taken place in a child's short life. Milestones such as age of crawling, walking and talking should all be considered. While, reading milestones are a bit different most children begin to learn sounds by age of 5 or 6 but may be a bit slower than others.

Many children will learn to read well before the normal age. Some are early readers who easily pick up reading without much instruction. Children learn at different ages, reading skills may be gained early or come a bit later. Most teachers inform both parent and students that "All Children are different and each learns at his or her own pace. There is no need to be concerned"

Children develop in many different ways:

  • physical --- how your child moves their arms and legs (large motor skills) fingers and hands (small motor skills) These skills are helped by various physical activities and equipment. Running, jumping, throwing, and playing catch are all ways they develop physically. Materials such as paint, playdough, puzzles, sand and writing are ways to easily develop skills. Healthy bones and muscles are helped via activities completed both inside and outside
  • socially === Your child learns to get along with others Parents and teachers alike can help children learn to respect others and work together. Social skills are gained by learning to play and learn together. Language skills and self control are constructed along side social skills as well. Conflict resolution can also be supported by teachers and parents when children learn to play together
  • Your child can learn to understand their own feelings and those of others as well. Being able to recognize and manage their own feelings and behavior can be supported by adults as well. Children should learn to care about others. Having a strong self esteem is important and teachers can help students find new things to try and keep working on tasks as well.
  • Language and literacy is another area of development that is important in children learning. For childrens to be able to understand and communicate through listening, talking, reading and writing are all important skills. All of these skills are connected and travel together. Teachers and parents once again are important in helping children use their own growing communication skills. 
Thinking skills are related to cognitive skills, development skills and are all are related to children learning. The ability to make decisions, and solve problems. Young children explore, ask questions, and create that they improve their thinking skills. The information that children absorb helps them to understand the world. Children learning skills and levels are important in not only education but life. 

Goat Cheese Is Good For You and Great Tasting

Goat Cheese has many attributes to why it is good for us to eat. First, goat cheese is low in calories. A 1 oz. serving contains around 70 calories. The same amount of milk normally has 110 calories. There is also more fat in regular milk than in goat milk. A substitute of goat cheese for regular cheese will also cut calories out of your diet. 

So you are watching your cholesterol?? Goat cheese also has help save your iet in cholesterol. Goat cheese only has 5 g of fat for every 1 oz portion but regular cheddar cheese contains 9 g. Goat cheese also contains no cholesterol where regular cheese has around 25 mg of it. 

To much salt can cause issues with the cardiovascular system. The Institute of Medicine suggests grown ups eat less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day. Goat cheese contains 65 mg of sodium for each oz. consumed an oz of cheddar cheese has 170 mg of sodium

Goat cheddar cheese does not contain as much protein as regular cheddar does but it still has sufficient amount of protein. It will help you meet your daily needs. One serving of goat cheese contains 4g protein, the same amount of regular cheddar cheese has 7g. 

Goat cheese is higher in vitamins D, K, thiamine and niacin than a serving of  cow's cheese. Both cheese are equal in levels of vitamin A. Goat cheese is higher in vitamin B riboflavin and mineral phosphorus. 

It is easy to tell that goat cheese is better for your diet but can you cook with it?? Why not try this recipe then let me know

2 oz. cream cheese
8 oz. goat cheese
salt and pepper to taste

1/3 cup honey
1 large sprig fresh rosemary
1 baguette, sliced (I used a multigrain baguette)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
6 oz. fresh blackberries
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 lime, zested (you won’t need to juice the lime for this recipe, so use a microplane to shave off the zest and save the lime itself for later!)

Crumble cream cheese and goat cheese into the bowl of a food processor. Blend for 10 seconds or so, then scrape down the sides of the bowl and add salt and pepper to taste. Blend again for 10-20 seconds until cheese is creamy and well-blended.
Scoop whipped goat cheese into a small bowl and set aside.

Pour honey into a small saucepan.
Roll the rosemary sprig around a bit with your hands or hit it a few times with the back of a knife to help it start releasing some of its flavor. Add rosemary to honey and stir to combine.
Warm honey over very low heat – we don’t want it to simmer at all! – for 10-15 minutes to help it absorb the rosemary flavor. Remove from heat and set aside to cool briefly while you prep the rest of the crostini ingredients.
Lay baguette slices in a single layer on a sheet pan. Drizzle bread with olive oil and bake at 375 degrees until bread is lightly toasted, about 4-7 minutes.
When crostini is toasted, it’s time to assemble! Top each crostini with a bit of whipped goat cheese, then 1 or 2 blackberries. Sprinkle chopped basil and a pinch of lime zest over each crostini.
Finally, use a small spoon to drizzle a bit of warm honey over each crostini. Serve immediately.

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Healthy BBQ Sauce

It's that time of year when more individuals are out there barbecuing. Barbecue is one food to me that has no real season, it taste as good in summer as it does in the winter. It is also a healthy way to dine. But what about the sauce?? Like everything else if you can make your own then that is most likely the healthiest as you know exactly what you put in it. 

Homemade Barbq Sauce Recipe: 

1/2 teaspoon olive or coconut oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped small
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
3 Tablespoons maple syrup
1 1/2 Tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon tamari or coconut aminos
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
dash of cinnamon

Add oil to a medium sized saucepan and heat over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and sauté until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Make sure to stir the mixture frequently and watch the garlic because it can burn easily.
Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, maple syrup, molasses, apple cider vinegar, tamari and mustard into the pan. Stir to combine.
Add in seasonings and spices: salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder, ground pepper and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
Allow mixture to come to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook for about 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Just be careful because if the heat is too high, the mixture will start to boil and splatter.
Use right away or let cool and refrigerate for later use
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Find the Catch of the Day on Special Day During Pirate Month

It's time to have a bit of fun and practice our piratering as well. The entire month of August is dedicated to pirates and acting like them as well. You can celebrate this month in any manner that you wish , matey, but  having at least one day in which the crew has some fun would be better than waking the plank

Today, at snack time why not dress it up a bit and make it perfect for a Pirate to find lots of good loot.

those small little fish shaped crackers are perfect for a day like this

and how about those fun little cookies with that fun pirate themed name

Need even more pirate themed snacks. How about some pirate ships to top it all off

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Walking Can Help Improve Your Health

Walking is an excellent aerobic activity that many of us can do. Just by walking our heart rate and blood pressure are increased temporarily which in turn helps our heart work to its fullest. Walking at a brisk pace just 30 minutes a day will aide in weight loss as well

Everyone is not a fitness fanatic but most of us can invest 30 minutes into taking a walk. Walking can help reduce and treat chronic illnesses. Half of all adult Americans are affected by chronic illness that can be helped by physical activity. Moderate physical exercise has been proven to help prevent and reduce severity of chronic disease such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Mood and mobility is also helped through physical activity. No!!! That does not mean we have to head out and get a gym membership. One of the simplest exercises that is accessible to nearly everyone and does not require any special equipment is walking. Walking counts s moderate physical exercise and is good for the body. Simply walking 30 minutes a day can help with:

  • body composition offering higher muscle to fat ration
  • decreases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Walking helps prevent heart problems by lowering the levels of bad cholesterol. Likewise, walking helps to increase the good cholesterol levels. Regular walking can lower your risk of heart conditions just as much as jogging according to the American Heart Association

Walking helps you lose weight by helping to burn calories. Consistent 30 minute walks can help start the weight loss.

Walking helps prevent type 2 diabetes and obesity. Losing excess weight, balance the body and keeping the blood and digestive system moving.

Walking can help boost vitamin D if you walk in the sun. Vitamin D can help prevent cholesterol and diabetes and also offers support to the lungs and immune system.

Walking can help improve ones mood. Being active outdoors often can help improve our moods. We all know life can be stressful and distracting so why not escape a bit go outside and take a walk?? By walking our body is able to produce endorphins that helps create a positive mood. So get out there with your comfortable walking shoes, leave your cell phone at home and take a walk.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

National Minority Donor Awareness Week

National Minority Donor Awareness Week is a date that honors minorities who have been organ, eye and tissue donors. It also offers encouragement to those who have registered as donors to take better care of their health in order to reduce the number needing a transplant.

The United States has a need for minority donors as minorities make up 58% of those currently on an organ transplant waiting list. Of all those needing transplants in the U.S. in 2014 about 42% of them were minorities. Kidney transplants topped the list. There are over 3,000 individuals that are African American that are currently awaiting kidney transplants. The HHS states that African Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders and Hispanics / Latinos are three times more likely than Caucasians to suffer from end stage renal (kidney) disease. The reasoning is behind the high blood pressure and other conditions that damage kidneys.

Organ transplant candidates are not matched based on race / ethnicity. However, transplant matches made within ethnic groups can be more compatible. People in minority communities should register as an organ, eye, and tissue donors and then share the decision with their family.

Back To School ____ Immunization TIme

August is for many of us the time to return back to school. For many school children immunizations are not only recommended but demanded. Which makes August the perfect time for National Immunization Awareness Month. The CDC states that thousands of American adults get sick each and every year from diseases that vaccines have been proven to prevent.

National Immunization Awareness Month celebrates disease prevention. It is important that children, young adults, adults and seniors receive vaccinations. Vaccines work by training the body to fight a certain disease by mimicking it. Injections enter the body and act or look like the disease without posting any life threatening risks. These vaccinations have been important in eradicating and controlling countless diseases that used to affect massive groups of people. At one time in the past, Polio ran rampant and affect society as a whole. The disease mained millions but thanks to vaccinations Polio has been eradicated in many countries. Many other diseases still exist so make sure that you and your children are up to date on immunizations. In addition, inform as many as you can to help protect yourself and others around you.

Later this month, early next month, will see our children return to the classroom. During this time the number of illness will go up. Many children are vaccinated and still there are some that have not yet been. Immunizations is a hot button topic with strong beliefs on both sides. Some do not believe in vaccinations because of religious or lifestyle reasons and other choices. Others argue that simple shots can ward off debilitation effects of chronic disease should not everyone want them.

Is your child up to date??

Protect Your Head

When the word Neurosurgery is said most minds will instantly think of brain surgeons. However, this is not entirely true. Neurosurgeons diagnose and treat disorders of the entire nervous system. Yes, this does include the brain but it also includes back and neck problems, as well s surgical and non surgical care. Traumatic brain injuries and concussions is some of the leading work being conducted in this subject of health care.

August is Neurosurgery Outreach Month The American Association of Neurological Surgeons established this awareness month to help bring awareness and education. Intention was also placed on informing others on how neurological injuries could be prevented. Kids, teens and professional athletes around the country are all preparing for fall sports. Emphasis should be placed on patient safety and preventing injury.

There are precautions that should be taken to prevent potential head injuries. While many head injuries do take place during sports that is not the only way. Here are some tips to help you protect yourself and your safety while reducing risk of suffering a potential head injury:

  • While playing sports head gear and helmets should be worn. The equipment should fit properly and worn at all times while engaged in physical activities of the sport
  • When under influence of alcohol or drugs do not take part in physical activities In addition if sick and tired sports should not be played
  • Sport play should not take place on uneven surfaces
  • Fields and courts should be observed for safety
  • clothing that does not impair your vision should be wore when participating in activities
  • falls of any sort should be avoided. If needed install handrails on stairs, use a stool to reach high object, use non slip mats on floors, grab bars should be in the shower, remove cords or rugs that are in the way, keep the house tidy with no obstructions. 
  • a regular exercise program should be maintained to help build strength, balance and coordination
  • when driving be sure to obey all traffic signals and wear seatbelt at all times when the vehicle is moving. Children should be buckled into appropriate child safety seats
  • children should not jump on beds

At least 3 individuals a minute in the United States will sustain brain injury. This is why education and prevention is so important. Taking care of our health as well as our loved ones and those that live around us is very important. During Neurosurgery Outreach Month take the lead and follow the tips as well as encourage those around you. Questions, contact your local physician for more concerns about your health.

For Better Nutrition Top Your Salad With this Superfood

Salads are a great food for those trying to diet, eat healthier or to simply accompany as a side dish. Salads are great for getting nutritional value. Salads are full of fruit and vegetables  The nutrients in a bowl of salad often includes beta carotene, lutein, vitamin C and more that are important to your health. Sadly, many of these nutrients will not make it to their destination because of the bodies processes. However, there is a way to increase the value of a salad and it is easy enough to do.

Eggs are often found on the salad bar. Eggs are a superfood all on their own but when combined with your salad they have the super power of helping your body gain nutrients. This is not a new finding in fact, you may have heard about it before. It was the year 2015 when the American Society for Nutrition provided researched proof that eggs can help absorb nutrients when on top of salads.Hard boiled eggs top a number of salads, but unlike many have thought in the past it is not the egg white that helps absorb the most nutrients. Rather, the fact is that the fat in the egg yolk is responsible for increased nutrient absorption. 

Eggs have long been proven to be beneficial for good health. Eggs offer protein that makes us feel fuller and gives all day energy, iron, vitamins and minerals. Eggs have also been shown to help reduce risk of type 2 diabetes. With all this what else could one ask for?? How about the fact that they are quick and easy to make as well. 

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Dog House Repair Month

July is a great time to get all the work outside done. This should include the animal care that needs to be done in the warm weather as well. July is National Dog House Repair month and that is just what it should be. A doghouse for an outside dog should be able to offer a dog a place to retreat from the very hot summer weather as well as a place that offers protection from the rain and icy cold weather conditions

IF you are a dog owner and have an outside doghouse for your dog then its time to get out and inspect it and make sure it is in good shape. If repair is needed take a note of whatever needs fixed and put it on your to do list. Make sure the doghouse is waterproof as well as insulated. Wood portions that have been chewed or wore down should be replaced. Make sure not to use pressure treated wood as it may contain arsenic that can make your dog sick if they lick or chew on it.

Second, check for nails and screws that are sticking out that may cause injury. Ensure that the roof is in good repair as well. Portable doghouses should be moved to shady spot in the hot summer months. In the winter dog houses should be acing to the sun but not the "wind and weather"

Dog houses should be cleaned with nontoxic soap and rinsed well. Remove any waste, dead leaves and branches that can attract other pest as well. Comfy bedding seems like a good idea but it can also cause fleas, ticks, and other pests. So rather than the fluffy bedding try using a mat or small carpet. Other accessories that your pet may like are a sand box to bury toys as well as a wading pool to cool off in hot summer days

If in the worst case your pup's doghouse is worn out, you may be better off to replace it. If you choose to buy a doghouse look for one that will proved great insulation against the heat and cold. Pressure treated wood should not be considered as I shared above.

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Easy Lasagna

This recipe allows you a few options when preparing it. Use jarred sauce or homemade sauce for example. There are even have two options in how to prepare it. Traditional lasagna or lasagna rollups. This recipe is also freezable for future use, which is another great idea.

6 cooked lasagna noodles

1 lb ground beef

2 cups ricotta cheese (or you can make homemade ricotta cheese!)

1 cup shredded provolone cheese (use fresh and not that crappy grated stuff)

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

24 oz pasta sauce (or you can make homemade pasta sauce to use)

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

Oregano, to taste

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

To start, preheat your oven to 400° and brown and crumble the ground beef along with the garlic and onion powders. Drain well using a colander and set aside. Once the beef is almost browned, set your lasagna noodles to cook. Add 1/2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil to the water if you would like to keep them from sticking together. If you would like, you can mix your sauce and beef together before you add it to each noodle. I didn’t for the purposes of this post so that I could show you better in photos but normally I do.

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Cleft Awareness and Prevention Month

Have you ever wondered how  miracle like a baby being formed in its mothers womb occurs. This is something that happens over and over again. Most times all goes right but some times something may go wrong. One thing that may occur when the baby is forming is known as cleft palate. An infant born with the roof of their mouth has not joined together during fetal development is known as cleft palate.

A cleft palate is a birth condition where the components of the roof of an infant ‘s mouth have not joining up during early fetal development. Cleft lip is similar but it’s the parts of the lip that are affected. The two halves of the palate or the lip do not fuse properly, leaving an open space known as a ‘cleft The event occurs in one in every six to eight hundred live births. Cleft conditions vary in severity and extent with variations including cleft lip, cleft palate, cleft lip and palate. Clefting may leave a notch or scar and may involve the soft and / or hard palate. The condition may occur on one side of the face only one side or both sides

The reasons that birth defects involving the cleft plate occur are not known. Reasoning may be from genetics , a few cases have shown this to be the cause. Over 1 in every 3 children are born with a cleft or have a relative with the same or similar condition or genetic condition related to the cleft palate.
Cleft conditions occur late in the first month of pregnancy, perhaps before the soon to be mother realizes she is pregnant. The mouth develops in two halves each forming part of a hard palate. The hard palates will form together to form the roof of the mouth by the eighth week. The lips will form around the 10th month.If an issue with the lip or palate occurs it is known as cleft. This occurs if the two halves do not fuse properly which causes the soft palate or nostrils not to fuse correctly as well.

Treatment through surgery can be done normally before the age of one. The surgery is used to correct the clefting and any other structures that did not develop properly. Many times problems such as feeding and speech may arise. if  surgery is not done. Other issues that may result from cleft palate include tendency to develop recurring ear infections, speech and language development issues, swallowing issues. Depending on their needs, your child may need to have ongoing care from a cleft team. This might include a/an:

clinical nurse consultant
dental specialist
ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon
oral and maxillofacial surgeon
plastic surgeon
speech pathologist.
Your child will see the cleft team from birth until their face has finished growing (usually in their late teens).

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Celebrate Friendship with Bread recipe

Pecan Peach Amish Friendship Bread
Yield: Each loaf yielded about 15 slices or so.

1/2 cup of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 325F. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

Grease 2 large loaf pans with shortening or Pam with Flour spray. Dust the greased pans with half of cinnamon sugar mixture.

About 2 cups of starter* (or whatever you have left after you've measured out 4 cups to share)
3 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce, at room temperature
1/2 cup milk (full, 2%, or skim will all work okay), at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups all-purpose flour (I prefer to use unbleached)
1 cup of toasted and chopped pecans
1 15 oz can of sliced peaches in light syrup, thoroughly drained and diced

In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, oil, applesauce, milk, and vanilla until well combined (you can use a hand mixture for this step) and add it to the starter. Using a hand mixer or spoon, mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, kosher salt, and flour. Add it to the starter batter and continue to mix on medium speed until it's well combined and no pockets of dry ingredients are visible.

Mix in the pecans and peaches with a wooden spoon until they are well distributed.

Pour the batter evenly into the 2 pans and sprinkle with the remaining sugar mixture over the top.

Bake both pans together in the oven 60 to 75 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of bread comes out clean. Cool until bread loosens from pan evenly (about 10 minutes). Remove from the pan and either eat it while it's warm or let it cool on a wire rack.

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