Custom Search

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Enter To WIn an Adorable Adoption Book

How cute does this cover look?? There are so many great stories about bears and the love they share. This book is a new fall 2018 release and you can not only read the review but enter for a chance to win this adorable book at the blog Heck of a Bunch.   Giveaway ends 11/9/2018

Halloween Slime Time

Well, October is coming to an end and that means that Halloween is at hand. Since there is not a lot of time at hand we need a few great easy recipes to make up. Like Slime Lime Punch is a recipe my mother used to make up , it is simple, gluten free and only has 3 ingredients: 

2 2 liters Sprite ( or another lemon lime soda)
1 Gallon green Hawaiian Fruit Punch
1.5 Quart Of Lime Sherbet

In a large punch bowl mix together the sprite and fruit punch then spoon sherbet on top just before serving. I generally make only half at the beginning of the party then add in the second half as a refill once needed. You can mix up this punch by changing out the flavor of the Hawaiian fruit punch and sherbet!

Gooey Green Slime

Help kids create their own long-lasting toy with this easy-to-make slime — it pulls apart, stretches, and even bounces!
green slime
2 mixing bowls
Warm water
Elmer's glue
1/4 teaspoon unsweetened Kool-Aid or 4 to 8 drops liquid food coloring
Craft stick

Mix together 1/3 cup warm water, 1/2 cup Elmer's glue, and Kool-Aid or food coloring. Stir thoroughly with craft stick; set aside.
Mix together 3/4 cup warm water and 2 teaspoons Borax. Stir thoroughly with craft stick; pour into mixture one, stirring continuously.
Remove glob from bowl and work in your hands for 2 to 3 minutes. Store in resealable plastic bag or air-tight container. (Tip: If mixture starts to dry out, pour a small amount of water over it and knead for 2 to 3 minutes before returning to a tightly sealed container.)

slime recipe from Martha Stewart

retweet post here
share on facebook here

shared this post at these blog hops, linkups and parties
bloggers pit stop
walking on sunshine 

shared this post at these facebook groups

Beauty of Tennessee in Autumn

Tennessee, the Volunteer state, is recognized each year in October. It was the 16th state added to the union. Offerings from Tennessee include the Great Smoky Mountains, a great love of music and history tha packs a punch. Most of all it is a gateway to the deep south. 

The Civil War did no favors for Tennessee. Inheriting a slaveholding reputation there were many that sympathized with the Union as well. It was divided in and among itself during the American War. Due to the division each county in Tennessee has seen at least one battle or skirmish. However, the state did recover and still continues to prove that is a very artistic state.

Memphis and Nashville continue to showcase talent in the music and entertainment industry. More than 75 years The Grand Ole Opry has showcased radio performances that have thrilled audiences of all ages. Royalty itself found home in Graceland where Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll lived and Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul was born in Memphis. While great stars play on stage there are stars in the sky above all the great waterfalls, trails and wildlife. 

retweet post here
share on facebook here

shared at these blog parties, linkups and hops

shared at these facebook group linkups
blog support group --- ct 10/27 and 10/28

Stop Domestic Violence

The National Coalition against Domestic Violence stats show that 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute in the United States. That number quite startled me I had no idea that domestic violence was that large of an issue. For those that find their self on the wrong side of abuse there is a hotline number to call. Every day there are 20,000 calls from around the country to this hotline. Thus an average of 10 million men and women are suffering from domestic abuse each year, not to mention the number of incidents that go unreported. 

Are you aware of the signs of domestic violence. Without knowledge and awareness domestic violence has no preventive measures. Here are a few signs that may indicate domestic violence is occuring 
  • Given bruises, scars, black eyes, broken bones, etc.
  • Hit, kicked, choked, punched, or slapped
  • Threatened or harmed with a weapon
  • Told what to eat, when to sleep, and where to go or not go
  • Forced to use drugs or alcohol
  • Not allowed to seek medical treatment or call the police
  • Abandoned in an unfamiliar place or bad situation
  • Subjected to reckless or aggressive driving while in the car

Not all domestic violence has to be physical to be considered abuse. This type of abuse is known as emotional abuse:
  • demeaned, belittled, called names and insulting 
  • humiliation in public
  • accusations of being unfaithful, cheated on, lied to
  • isolated away from friends and family . followed or stalked by partner, confinement in home
  • told they deserve to be abused as well as being blamed for the abuse
  • partner demands they look or wear certain clothes

If the domestic violence is based around sex then it is considered sexual abuse. There are a variety of signs that include:
  • forced to dress in sexual manner 
  • forced to perform sex when not in mood or acts they do not want to do
  • being hurt on purpose during sex
  • made to watch or make porn
  • being physically abused and then forced to have sex
  • forced to have sex with others
If you or someone you know is living with abuse call th national Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233

retweet post here

shared at these blog hop, linkups and parties
pretty pintastic

shared at these facebook group linkups
social media networks ---- blog comment 10/27

Halloween Ghost a Dieters Treat

2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
Orange food coloring, optional
1-1/2 teaspoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Put egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add extracts and vinegar; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved, about 6 minutes. Beat in food coloring if desired.

Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert a #10 round pastry tip. Fill bag with egg white mixture. Pipe 1-1/2-in.-diameter ghosts onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Add two chips on each for eyes.

Bake at 250° for 40-45 minutes or until set and dry. Turn oven off; leave cookies in oven for 1 hour. Carefully remove from parchment paper. Store in an airtight container.

15 calories each

recipe source here

retweet post here

this blog post shared at these blog hops, linkups and parties
pin junkie

Benefits of Seafood +++++ Chowder recipe

Seafood is something that many love. Smoked salmon, buttery lobster tails, shrimp cocktails and sushi are just a few of the favorites. For centuries seafood has long been enjoyed. There have been cave drawings found that depicted individuals eating seafood. Eating fish and seafood is a super tasty way to get major health benefits that are offered.

Essential nutrients can be gained by eating fish. The type of nutrients depends on the type of fish. All fish offer vitamins and minerals and help promote heart health. Fish is also low in saturated fat and high in protein and rich in omega 3 fatty acids making fish great for cardiovascular system as well as joints.

Seafood helps keep natural moisture inside our skin. The glow in our skin is from natural moisture. Likewise the extra moisture will help protect against UV rays from the sun. Fish will also help to boost brainpower and may possibly lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease as well as promote proper brain growth in children. Omega 3 has also been linked to helping to decrease depression.

It is advised that pregnant ladies should dine on fish for dinner occasionally. It is believed fish will help increase birth weight and help fetal growth and development.
'with all these great benefits offered by seafood why not try some??

Corn and Seafood Chowder

  • 1½ tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ medium-sized yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups potatoes, washed well and diced (keep peel on)
  • 1½ pounds cod, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups frozen sweet corn, thawed
  • ½ cup half-and-half
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • Dash of turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  1. In a large Dutch oven or pot, melt butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onions and scallion whites. Sauté until softened, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add broth, potatoes and cod. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Add corn, half-and-half, skim milk, red pepper flakes and turmeric. Cover and bring to a light simmer.
  5. Add salt and pepper, as desired. Garnish with scallion greens.


retweet post here

shared on facebook here

shared this blog post at these blog parties, linkups and hops

Trick or Treat:::: Soul Cake Recipe

With halloween falling mid-week this year many communities in our area have selected to celebrate it on the weekend. Tonight, was the first night that you may have seen trick or treaters out in hoard. The costumed individuals travel from house to house begging for treats using the words "trick or treat" While the treat is normally some type of candy whild change, soda pops and other items have been handed out by the door greaters the trick is what you want to be aware of. Halloween "tricks" can be a threat of mischief on those property owners when no treat is given. Yards decorated in spirit of halloween is a sign that the individual is participating in the age old "trick or treat" However, to be sure look for a sign like the porch light or other signal. 
Trick or Treating has become a tradition of Halloween in the United states since the late 1920s. Those in Britain and Ireland have attended to the tradition as far back as the 16th century. In these two countries are many stories of costume wearing individuals reciting verses and treated with food and if they were not welcome they were greeted with misfortune. However, the countries of Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Puerto Rico and Mexico all participate in the custom of trick or treat. 

  • Where and when did it all begin??

During the middle ages in Britain and Ireland individuals would dress up "Mumming" and go door to door in costume. Performing short scenes or plays were performed as they begged for food or drink Some believe that this tradition was done on Halloween arised from the belief supernatural beings or souls of the dead roamed the earth and to help appease them trick or treating was performed. 

Celtic festivals were hosted on October 31st and November 1st as a way to mark the start of winter. The festival is thought to have some religious attachment. In this area trick or treating is believed to come from tradition of individuals impersonating the spirits or souls of the dead to receive offerings for them. Donning a costume allowed good luck to that individuals as they dressed like the old spirits of winter. 

Soul cakes were a popular way that Allhallowtide was celebration. This celebration lasted October 31st to November 2. The cakes represented the dead or was offered in exchange for praying for their souls. This act was known as souling. 

2 1/3 cups sifted plain flour
2 cups  brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp allspice
1 egg
2 tsp white vinegar
2/3 cup currants
1 cup white chocolate
Large chocolate sprinkles
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Work the butter into the flour mix until evenly distributed. Add the egg, vinegar and currants and stir with a spoon until it comes together into a mass. Shape dough into a ball, cover and chill for 30 minutes.
Lightly flour a clean, flat surface and roll the dough out thin Use a cookie cutter to make rounds and place on lined baking sheets. Use the back of a knife to press a cross into the dough.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden.
While the soul cakes cool, line another tray with baking paper. Heat white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over simmering water, stirring occasionally. Once melted add oil and mix in quickly until smooth. Using a spoon spread the chocolate over the baking paper to form ghost shapes. Cut a toothpick in half and place two pieces in the chocolate at the bottom of ghost (sharp end down)
Drop in a two large chocolate sprinkles for eyes
Pop into fridge to set.
Stick finished ghosts into the cooled cookies using the toothpicks. 

recipe resource here

retweet post here

shared this post at this blog party , hop, or linkup
saturday sparks

Friday, October 26, 2018

ADHD awareness

One of the most common childhood neurodevelopmental disorders is ADHD. The problem is that this disorder is misunderstood, stigmatized and denied as a legitimate disability. Those that have never dealt with ADHD, or seen the impact it can leave on someone you love or the family with a member that has ADHD then you may not understand the true impact of ADHD The issue with ADHD not being understood is that many individuals and families will not seek help as they are at times unwilling to share the challenges they face daily.

First lets all understand that ADHD is real. IT IS NOT FAKE!! Individuals with ADHD are not just lazy.

Major medical psychological and educational organizations, including the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Education have recognized ADHD as a legitimate diagnosis. Previously known as ADD or attention deficit disorder is biologically based. There is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Symptoms of ADHD include inattention, impulsiveness and hyperactivity. Individuals with ADHD find issues in all aspects of daily life. Time management and organizational skills are two common symptoms

ADHD is not something that can simply be "grown out of " Nearly 2/3 of children who suffer with ADHD in childhood will carry it through to adolescence and half of these children will not see the disorder go away in adulthood. Many adults with ADHD are undiagnosed and only 1 in 4 ever seek treatment. Adults with ADHD likely have mood disorders, anxiety and substance abuse. These individuals offer have issues with their job or career, problems in areas of legal and financial problems and struggle with personal relationships

Girls and boys both equally can possess ADHD. The gender does not make a difference in symptoms caused by disorder. However, the fact remains that boys are often diagnosed over boys for having ADHD

retweet the post here

post shared at these blog hops, parties and linkups
pink saturday

post shared at these facebook group linkups

America's First Cookbook

The first cookbook in America was authored by Amelia Simmons in 1796. A short 47 pages when considered with some of the large cookbooks of today's world. However inside the pages though there were recipes that packed lots of power.

Recipes for stuffed goose, stuffed leg of veal, and roast lamb to name a few. There were even more recipes for stews and even pies. The recipes reflected the British heritage that it was authored with. Moreover, the recipes offered a new cuisine, a new place to find recipes to try or see how others cooked, and a chance for others to express through recipes their thoughts

The British loved "Queen's cake" and it was no different in the recipe that was offered in the new cookbook. The book offered elegant ideas that were different than the every day. But don't count the every day recipes out as they were there as well

Recipes for johnnycake, federal pan cake, buckwheat cake, and Indian slapjacks. These recipes all used familiar ingredients that could easily be found often right in the cooking area. Ingredients such as cornmeal, flour, milk, water and fat.

The cookbook was bought by many for over 30 years. Individuals living in New England, New York and the Midwest all purchased the cookbook. The cookbook American Cookery sits in the Library of Congress in a selection of books titled "Books That Shaped America"

retweet post here

shared this post at these blog hops, parties and linkups
best of the weekend

shared this post at these facebook linkups

History of Halloween

Halloween has been in existence since pagan times. The history of Halloween is not clearly known as it was a time in history when much was not wrote down.  In the world today, it is a holiday that is celebrated by a great variety of countries. Perhaps the reason Halloween is so popular is the fun and good times for both young and old associated with the holiday.

As a pagan celebration Halloween is believed to have originated in the British Isles. During that time it was thought that spirits rose from the dead and mingled with those living during the day. Food was left at the doors of houses hoping to encourage good spirits. Masks were worn to scare off the bad spirits. Other traditions were added to the celebration of Halloween after Romans invaded England.

The dead were honored and the harvest celebrated may have been an addition of the Romans or the Celts. The Romans and Celts from Ireland and Scotland battled around this time period with neither side a clear winner. However, it was the Roman Catholic church that strived to rid the area of pagan holidays created a special All Saints Day to be celebrated November 1st.

Modern day Halloween comes from "All Hallows' Evening" This is the evening of All Hallows' Day. This custom of celebrating the eves before holidays is a Christmas tradition still observed thru Christmas Eve, New Years eve to name just a couple. Eventually it was shortened to Halloween

retweet here 

shared at these blog hops, linkups and parties
flaunt it friday

shared this post at these facebook linkups

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Trick or Treat Safety tips

retweet post here 

shared this post at blog hops, parties and linkups
welcome wednesday
funtastic friday

Count Your Buttons

It seems that a great day to count your buttons occurs in October. It is a day that seamstress, quilters and others in the sewing world may understand the best. Their eye is very aesthetic and are able to find the value and beauty of more than the finished product. While it may bet the quilt or pieced pattern that one is most proud of but the smallest details even down to defining the smallest button is appreciated.

Buttons have existed for quite some time. There is more than one functioning job for buttons with the top 2 being decorating and securing different pieces of clothing. All over the world there are stories of how the beautiful buttons were created from ivory, sea shells or bones. However, if it had not been for Germany during the 13th century buttonholes may have never made their appearance. Once they had appeared it did not take long before they were found in many places.

Here is an idea, start a button collection. For each button you collect you can name a blessing you have received as well.

retweet post here

shared on these blog hops, linkups and parties
creative inspiration
sweet inspiration 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Make Sure To get Proper Iodine Intake

Iodine is essential component of thyroxine and triiodothyronine both of which are hormones produced by thyroid gland. Iodine is only gathered through food in the diet. Inadequate iodine intake leads to inadequate thyroid hormone production. Hypothyroidism is caused by iodine deficiencies. 

Iodine Deficiency Disorders Prevention day which also is known as World Iodine Deficiency Day is observed each year in October. During this time awareness as to how much iodine our bodies need and the consequences we face if our body is iodine deficiencent. 

Iodine Deficiency disorders have been brought into the spotlight as a major public health problem with around 1/3 of the world population is at risk of iodine deficiency disorders. The WHO states that 54 countries are still iodine deficient. 

Deficiencies of iodine may cause these disorders:

  • Enlargement of the thyroid gland
  • Mental illness: subnormal intelligence, mental retardation, impaired cognitive development in children, brain damage
  • neuromuscular weakness and spasticity (muscle stiffness)
  • Endemic cretinism (stunted physical and mental growth)
  • Stillbirth and Spontaneous abortion in pregnant women
  • Congenital abnormalities such as deaf-mutism (inability to speak) and dwarfism.
  • Defect in vision, hearing, and speech
One of the most common sources of iodine is iodized salt. This is not the only way the only way to get iodine:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Seaweed
  • Shellfish
  • Sea fish
  • Seafood
  • Meat
  • Cereal Grains
The thyroid gland demands adequate amounts of thyroxine to be takenin by the thyroid gland daily. The World Health Organization recommends that 90 mcg of iodine be taken in by infants and children up to 5 years old. For children 6 to 12 years old need 120 mcg of iodine intake and for individuals over the age of 12 as well as adults need 150 mcg. 

retweet post here

shared this post on these facebook groups
retweet the words - 10/25

Garbanzo Beans and Pumpkin Chili

Garbanzo beans are commonly known as chickpeas. They are fairly commonly found served alone or in recipes like hummus. The texture of these legumes is sturdy but buttery. Garbanzo beans are easily recognized due to their round shape and have a mild nutty flavor that have some have referring to it as delicious.

Garbanzo beans is a main ingredient in falafel which is prepared in both ball shape and patties. Bakeries in Italy and France are overflown with those searching for pancakes made from chickpea flour known as socca or farinata. Garbanzo beans are also popular in a dish served in India known as chana masala made of chickpeas stewed with onions, tomatoes and spices.

Garbanzo beans are nutritionally rich as well, offering 50% Daily Value of fiber, 2/3 insoluble and helps support digestive health, 70% Daily Value of folate and 85% manganese combat oxidative stress, reducing the risk of heart disease and protects the respiratory and nervous systems.

Garbanzo beans taste delicious in many cooked recipes as well. I am sharing a yummy recipe I think perfect for fall. Filling and yummy with the taste of pumpkin as well. The recipe is vegetarian in nature but can include meat as well if you would like to add. The protein in the pumpkin chilli comes from beans both black bean and garbanzo beans. Make the chili as spicy as you prefer the choice here is yours.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion , chopped
4 garlic cloves , minced
1 cup pumpkin puree , from the can or homemade
1 cup tomatoes , from the can
1 cup vegetable stock or water
15 oz black beans (425 g), from the can
7.5 oz garbanzo beans (212 g), from the can
1 tablespoon cumin powder (start with half the amount, and add more, to taste)
2 tablespoons chili powder (start with 1 tablespoon, reduce or add more, depending on your tastes and also on how spicy your chili powder is)
salt and pepper

In a large pot or skillet, cook chopped onion and minced garlic in olive oil for about 5 minutes on medium heat until soft.

Add pumpkin, canned tomatoes (chop them up into smaller chunks), vegetable stock (or water), black beans and garbanzo beans. Add half the cumin and half the chili powder, stir everything well, and season with salt and pepper. Taste your chili, season some more with salt and pepper if needed. Add the remaining cumin (or more) and remaining chili powder (or more), if desired. Bring to boil, make sure to stir all ingredients well together to combine flavors and spices. Reduce to simmer and cook for 20 minutes on simmer.

Serve in soup bowls, garnished with chopped green onion

recipe source here

retweet post here

shared at facebook linkups
growing social media ct 10.26

Loaded Bell Pepper Nachos

12 sweet mini bell peppers (each about 2 1/2 inches long)
8 oz. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1/4 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese
2 tbsp. seeded and chopped jalapeño pepper
1/4 cup salsa
3 tbsp. light sour cream
2 tbsp. chopped scallions
Optional topping: sliced black olives

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Slice off and discard the stem end of each pepper. Remove and discard seeds. Slice each pepper in half lengthwise, and lay them on the baking sheet, cut sides down.
Bake for 5 minutes. Flip pepper halves. Bake until soft, about 5 more minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add beef, and sprinkle with seasonings. Cook and crumble for about 5 minutes, until fully cooked.
Thoroughly blot excess moisture from pepper halves. Arrange them in the center of the sheet. Top with beef, beans, cheese, and jalapeño pepper.
Bake until cheese has melted, about 3 minutes.
Top with salsa, sour cream, and scallions.


recipe source here

retweet post here

shared this post on these blog hops, parties and linkups
friendship friday

shared this post on these facebook group linkups

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Halloween Treat ::: Halloween Popcorn MIx

5 cups popped popcorn
1/2 cup white chocolate
1/4 cup orange chocolate
1/4 cup yellow chocolate
1 cup Reese's Puffs cereal
1/4 cup candy corn
candy eyes

Pop corn, separate out all of the unpopped kernels.
Mix popcorn with cereal and candies.
Spread out the popcorn mix over baking sheets or parchment and drizzle with chocolate.
Sprinkle with more cereal and candy if desired.

recipe resource here

retweet post here

shared on these blog parties , hops and linkups
party in your pjs
mini linky party

Have you ever spent time with your friend or sibling making all sorts of silly faces and spending hours laughing?? Make up some of these apple silly faces and have fun all over again. 

2 green apples, each quartered
sunflower butter
32 sunflower seeds
2-3 strawberries, sliced
1-2 homemade googly eyes per apple bite

Cut the middles out of each quarter of the apple to create a mouth. Don’t worry about perfection, you are filling this gap with sunbutter anyway so if you cut too deep, you can always just cover it up and no one will know.
Coat the inside of the cut gap with a filling of sunflower butter.
Place 4 sunflower seeds on the top of the “mouth” for the teeth.
Place 1 sliced strawberry inside the mouth for the tongue.
“Glue” each eye above the mouth with a dab of sunbutter to stick.
Serve with a smile.

Serving Size: 1 Apple Bite (with no googly eyes)
Calories: 40

recipe source here

shared on these blog hops, linkups and parties
waste not wednesday

Red Ribbon Week

The last week of October every year is the time to celebrate red ribbon week. You may see red ribbons at your child's school. I know outside of ours there are red ribbons tied to the fence around the playground. Simple acts that offer a firm message. Each red ribbon stands for a boy or girl, a caring adult or family member. It is a symbol for Americans who are coming together to make a drug free atmosphere

The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse provides leadership for this exciting event. It is a nationwide celebration that has become a major force for raising public awareness and bring communities together to combat alcohol, drugs and tobacco use of our youth.

Red Ribbon Week is the Nation's oldest and largest drug prevention program that reaches millions of Americans during the last week of October each year

retweet post here

shared at these blog parties, hops and linkups
Tuesdays at our home 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Almond Joy Boston Cream Pie #Recipe

For the Almond Cake:
2 large eggs at room temperature
5.5 oz sour cream 2/3 cup, at room temperature
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
5.75 oz cake flour 1 2/3 cup, sifted after measuring
1.25 oz almonds 1/3 cup finely ground (or almond meal)
7 oz granulated sugar 1 cup
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
6 oz butter at room temperature
For the Coconut Pastry Cream:
2 large egg yolks
1 1/2 cups milk preferably 2% or whole
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/8 tsp salt
3 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup shredded coconut
2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Chocolate Glaze:
5 oz semi-sweet chocolate finely chopped
5 oz heavy cream

To Make the Almond Cake:
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a 9x2-inch cake pan with a parchment round, and spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray. (If you only have 9x1-inch pans, use two of those instead, and divide the batter between them before baking.)
In a small bowl, combine the eggs, a quarter of the sour cream, and the extracts, and whisk lightly until they’re blended.
In the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, ground almonds, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix on low speed until everything is well distributed. Add the softened butter and remaining sour cream, and mix on low speed until everything is combined. Raise the speed to medium, and beat for 90 seconds.
Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl with a spatula, then begin beating again. Add the egg mixture gradually, beating well after each addition. Scrape the cake batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 F for about 40 minutes, or until golden on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool the cake on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then run a knife along the sides, turn the cake out of the pan, and cool completely at room temperature. The cake can be made in advance and kept, well-wrapped in plastic, for several days in the refrigerator or for several weeks in the freezer.
To Make the Coconut Pastry Cream:
Place the egg yolks in a medium bowl and whisk them briefly to break them up. Combine the milk, sugar, salt, and corn starch in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk everything together, until the sugar and cornstarch dissolve, and continue to whisk while the mixture heats up. Once it starts to bubble and thicken, remove it from the heat. Whisk the bowl of egg yolks while slowly streaming in about 1 cup of the hot milk mixture—this will help heat the egg yolks gently so that they don’t cook during the process.
Now whisk the milk mixture while you pour the egg yolks into the saucepan. Return the pan to the heat and continue to cook, whisking constantly, until the pastry cream thickens and has the texture of pudding. You may want to occasionally scrape the bottom of the pan with a rubber spatula to prevent any scorching. Once thick, remove the pan from the heat.
Stir in the vanilla extract. Let the cream cool to room temperature, whisking occasionally so that the top doesn’t form a skin. If you want to make this in advance, pour it into a bowl or airtight container, press cling wrap right on top of the pastry cream, and refrigerate until chilled. Pastry cream can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week. Right before you are ready to assemble the cake, stir in the shredded coconut.
To Make the Glaze and Assemble the Cake:
Place the semi-sweet chocolate in a medium bowl. Pour the cream into a small saucepan and heat it over medium-high heat until it starts to simmer and almost boils. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let it sit for 1 minute to soften the chocolate. After a minute, gently whisk the chocolate and cream together until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is shiny and smooth. Let it cool at room temperature, whisking occasionally, until it pours thickly from a spoon. You can press cling wrap to the top and refrigerate the bowl for 20-30 minutes to speed the cooling process. You want it thin enough to flow smoothly and drip down the sides of the cake, but thick enough to hold its shape.
To assemble the cake, cut the almond cake in half with a sharp serrated knife. Spread the coconut pastry cream on the bottom of the cake, all the way to the edge. Add the top layer of cake. Pour the glaze on top of the cake, spreading it out to the edge and encouraging it to drip down with an offset spatula. While the glaze is still soft, sprinkle the top of the cake with extra almonds and coconut, if desired.
Refrigerate the cake to set the glaze, for about 15 minutes, before serving. This cake keeps well and can be kept in the refrigerator for several days, but for the best taste and texture, bright it to room temperature before serving.

recipe source here

retweet post here

shared this post at these blog hops, linkups and parties
inspire me monday 

shared this post on these facebook linkups
social media network group --- retweet 10/23

Can You Hear It in Can You Feel It

Found in this song "Can you Feel It" is the sound of the vocoder. An audio effect processor that merges 2 sounds. Going from a vocal input's tempo and pitch changes and mirroring them with the signal of a synthesizer or second sound source.

retweet post here 

shared this post on these blog hops, linkups and parties
inspiration monday

Protect our Family from Lead Poisoning

As a parent I strive to protect my children and do all I can to do just that. There are so many things to protect them from in this world. One thing that many may not think of is lead. Protecting our children from exposure to lead is important in order to ensure they have a long life of good health.

There has been no safe lead level identified. It has been proven that even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. Effects from lead exposure can not be corrected. Parents have many ways to protect child's exposure to lead. First and upmost is to stop children from coming into contact with lead. In order to do this lead hazards in the child's environment must be identified Some ways exposure happens are:

Nearly everyone can receive a bit from lead poisoning. Children under 6 years of age are most risk. Children this age often put their hands or other objects contaminated with lead dust into their mouths. Children living near the poverty line or under often live in older houses that are at greater risk. Lead paint was not banned until the later 1970s and houses built before this time may have paint that is peeling making the lead contamination higher.

You can help protect your children from lead poisoning by having the test and dust in your home tested for lead. Make sure that there are no surfaces contaminated with peeling paint the child can reach. Regularly wet mop floors and wet wipe window components to rid of lead dust.

Bare soil is another way that lead poisoning can take place. Grass should be planted on top of the bare soil or cover with mulch or wood chips.

retweet post here

shared at these blog hops, linkups and parties
dishing it and digging it 

Celebrate::: Caps Lock Day

We have all seen it, we may have even used, the caps lock to get a point across. Some say its like yelling, I say its like enforcing the words being said. So is that the truth or is the Caps Lock Button even needed.???

Since 2000 Derek Arnold of Iowa tired of seeing people using the caps lock just to express their status so the Caps Lock Day was created. It is simply a fun holiday to tease those who use the Caps Lock button when not needed.

When is it o.k. to post a message in all caps?? Perhaps when:

  • expressing a message from the weather monitoring network. 
  • when an important message must get out

Take time today to remind others not to type in all caps

.retweet here

shared on these facebook link ups
social market network ---- 2 retweet 10/22 

Respiratory Care Week

As a mother, aunt and grandmother of children with asthma I have made friends with many that have worked in the respiratory department at several hospitals. The work they do is something that helps many not only children but adults in need as well. My husbands grandmother suffered from many respiratory problems as well. She was taught to smoke her "peace pipe" as she called it. It truly was one type of inhaler but she just had a way of making it all sound better. So this week I want to salute the many that I have met and the many others that are out there caring for the respiratory needs on individuals in their area. 

The week of October 21 to 27 recognizes National Respiratory Care Week During this week respiratory professionals who strive to help individuals with breathing and other cardiopulmonary disorders The professionals in this department are known as respiratory therapists. Patients range from young children with asthma to older victims of heart attack and stroke.

Respiratory therapist job duties include:

  • Maintains equipment such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus and aerosol generators
  • Assisting in emergencies such as heart failure, heart attack, stroke, drowning and shock
  • Assisting patients with asthma, emphysema and other lung conditions
  • Teaching patients about breathing exercises
  • Maintaining natural and artificial airways in patients
  • Respiratory therapists also provide vital assistance to people delivering care inside helicopters and ambulances as they transport patients to a hospital or health care facility.

retweet post here

shared on these facebook linkups
social media network === twitter 10/22

Known Drug - Food Interactions

Drug interactions can take place for a number of different reasons. If the drug interacts with another drug that is being taken it results in a drug - drug interaction. If the drug reacts with food, beverages, dietary supplement it is known as drug nutrient / food interaction. Drugs can also interact with a disease that the individual has resulting in drug - disease interaction. Those with poor diets, serious health issues, children and pregnant women may have greater risk at developing food and drug interactions.

Some foods may interact with the drug by increasing or decreasing actions or possibly producing serious side effects. These side effects may include issues with absorption by fatty, high protein, and fiber diets.

Known Food - Drug Interactions include:

Bananas=== may interact with antihypertensive drugs as well as diuretics. Potassium rich foods such as bananas, oranges, green leafy veggies may increase level of potassium in body when taking with said medication. Irregular heartbeats and heart palpitations are most likely to occur in patients taking medication when eating bananas

Green Veggies ==== Kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage all rich in vitamin K should not be taken with warfarin The green veggies can prevent the drug from working

Grapefruit Juice ==== grapefruit and its juice should not be taken with cholesterol lowering agents such as statins. Chemicals in grapefruit can cause an increase in medication potency by interacting with enzymes in small intestine and liver. Grapefruit and its juice can raise level of drug in bloodstream as well as increase risk of side effects such as muscle weakness and leg pain.

Licorice ==== glycyrrhizin can be found in this treat and may lead to sodium retention and potassium depletion. Medications such as antihypertensive and antiarrhythmic agents leading to increased blood pressure, edema and issues with the renin angiotensin aldosterone system. The named system helps control blood pressure, renal blood flow, and glomerular filtration rate

Coca - Cola==== Ibuprofen dosage should be reduced when taken with coca cola. An increase of plasma concentration when coca cola and ibuprofen are taken together leading to absorption of ibuprofen

retweet post here

shared at these facebook linkups
social media network --- 2 tweet retweet 10/22 

Buying in Bulk

Three great reasons to buy food in bulk are:

  • Great way to save money in many cases. Just be careful to check prices as there are times that it will not save money. Often the price of buying in bulk is lower than regular price per unit
  • Buying in bulk can offer you a way to start a food storage system. In this case you will want to buy items with long shelf stable life. Buying in bulk will help you prepare natural disaster or other emergency
  • A bulk supply of food will mean you will not have to go grocery shopping as often.
Before getting started buying food in bulk take into thought a few things. First, do you have enough space in the freezer or pantry?? Will it be saving money in the long run, be careful and figure how much per lb etc... What about waste?? Do you have to fix large quantity at once that you will not use?? Is it something you will eat enough so that you wont be letting good food go bad?? 

Good foods to buy in bulk include : 

Apples=== I can recall my parents going to the apple orchard this time of year to buy apples in bulk. They were kept in a cool place, normally the closed in front porch and be used through out the winter. 

Cheese === can be a great buy when purchased in bulk. Cheese can be used in a variety of ways so buying in bulk is a great idea. It can be easily frozen as well. 

Pasta=== often with a long shelf life pasta makes a great item to buy in bulk. They will need kept in an area that is not extremely humid. Pasta will last for months and can be used in a number of recipes. Often there are great sales as well as coupons for pasta that makes it an even better buy.

Canned Goods ==== great purchase when bought in bulk from box stores as well as when sales are going on. The only issue is that can goods can take up room so be sure to buy what you will use. 

Dried Beans and Oats === great to be purchased in bulk and saved in food safe bucket. My father started me on this when he gave me a bucket of dried beans that we were able to use when we were low on other food items early in my marriage. It is a great way to save money and have items right at hand so you do not have to go to store and shop. 

Meat ==== look for those sales on meat. I love to find great sales on meat, the price is lower and since meat is often expensive it is a great way to save money. Local farmers in our area and maybe yours sell whole or sides of beef , pig as well as chicken at a great value. Meat will stay good in freezer for months. 

Do you buy in bulk?? What is your favorite item to purchase in bulk??

retweet post here

shared this post at these facebook linkups
social media network --- pin from blog post 10/22 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Make It a Sandwich Night with Reubens

Left over corned beef
1/2 a head of cabbage
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 a small onion, chopped
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup apple juice
1/4 cup water
Salt, to taste
1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
Creamy Horseradish Dijion (recipe here)
Swiss cheese
Rye bread
2 tablespoons butter

 To make the sauerkraut, heat the olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes, or until it begins to soften.
Add the cabbage, apple juice, vinegar, water, salt and caraway seeds and bring to a boil.
Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.
Remove from heat. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to drain the sauerkraut and add it to another saute pan with the corned beef. Heat on medium until the corned beef is warm.
Remove from heat. Wipe down the saute pan and add the butter over medium heat. Add the rye bread and toast. Layer the corned beef, sauerkraut, sauce, and Swiss cheese on top. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes
Top with remaining bread and flip over. Cook until cheese melts.

recipe source here 

retweet post here

shared at these facebook linkups
social media network --- blog share 10/22

Safety Alert ::: Lead Poisoning

Lead is a naturally occurring toxic metal found in Earth's crust. The widespread use of lead has resulted in extensive environmental contamination, human exposure and significant public health problems around the world. Sources of environmental contamination of lead include the mining, smelting, manufacturing and recycling lead. Some countries also continue to use leaded paint and gas In addition more than 3/4s of global lead consumption comes from the manufacturing of lead-acid batteries for motor vehicles. Other products that contain lead include: 

  • pigments
  • paints
  • solder
  • stained glass
  • ammunition
  • ceramic glazes
  • jewelry 
  • toys
  • cosmetics 
  • some medications. 

Childhood lead exposure is estimated to contribute 600,000 new cases of children developing intellectual disabilities each year globally. Toxic effects of lead affect the young children the most. Effects of suffer profound an permanent adverse health effects, as well as the development of brain and nervous system. Adults can carry with them an increased risk of high blood pressure and kidney damage pregnant women to high levels of lead can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and low birth weight 

High levels of exposure can lead to attacks of the brain and central nervous system to cause coma, convulsions and death. Severe lead poisoning may leave children with mental retardation and behavioural disruption Lower levels of exposure causes no symptoms that are none of but that does not mean the child is safe.

Exposure to lead may affect a child's brain which may result in

  • lowered IQ
  • behavioral changes
  • short attention span
  • antisocial behaviour
  • reduced chance of gaining education
There are also physical issues that may take place when lead exposure occurs these physical issues include
  • anaemia
  • hypertension
  • renal impairment
  • immune-toxicity
  • toxicity to the reproductive organs
The days of widespread lead poisoning has decreased due to changes such as unleaded gas. Currently there are only  a few countries that still use leaded fuel.

retweet post here

shared at blog hops, linkups and parties
nifty thrifty sunday
creative muster

Chicken Spaghetti

1 (3 to 4 pound) whole chicken, cut up (skin removed)
2 Tbs. butter
1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
8 oz sliced mushrooms
2 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 pound spaghetti
10 to 12 slices American cheese (seriously)
pinch of salt

Boil the chicken in a large pot of salted water until cooked through, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool a few minutes, then shred the chicken off the bones and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350.
Bring the chicken water back to a boil and add the spaghetti; cook until just shy of al dente. You may need to add a cup or two of fresh water to the pot, if a lot of it evaporated during the chicken boiling. That was a weird sentence. Reserve about half a cup of the chicken/pasta water and drain the rest.
In a large dutch oven or deep casserole dish, melt the butter with the oil. Once the butter is lightly foaming, add the green bell pepper, onions, garlic and mushrooms. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
Add the tomatoes and chili powder, and let simmer for about a minute. Then add the spaghetti and shredded chicken; toss to incorporate everything. At this point you could add a little of the reserved cooking liquid, just to moisten everything up. (gah, sorry)
Layer strips of American cheese (this is what makes it! promise!.) on top of the casserole, cover and bake for 30 to 45 minutes. Remove the lid at 30 minutes and let the cheese brown and bubble for a few more.
*Serves 4-6 (with leftovers. Boom.)

recipe source here

retweet this post here

shared on blog hops, linkups and parties
snickerdoodle sunday
wonderful wednesday