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Friday, August 21, 2020

Senior Citizens This is The Day FOr You

Nearly 30 years ago on  August 21, 1988 the United States Congress and President Ronald Reagan saw a need and reason to recongize the senior population among the citizens of the United States.  Truly this is something that we should all ready be doing and not just on senior citizen day. Seniors are walking history books. Perhaps you know a citizen that you can thank for what they have done for you

Seniors  often live by theirselves. A bit over a quarter of adults over age 65 live alone. This number goes up considerably with women over age 75. Living and taking care of ones own needs offers a sense of independence as well as a big boost to their self estem. Seniors that have little or no family or other social contact may go undetected when their physical or cognitive selves become impaired. Thus putting thier health and safety at risk, decreasing the likelihood of depression and other mental health issues. 

Loneliness and social isolation are the top items that lead to physical health declines, depression and deaths in  the elderly. It is easy to help combat this for your neighbors and loved onees, simply have a quick conversation and you may be surprised how much happier you can makee someones day. Spending time with seniors is not only good for them, the family and our selves as well. Studies have shown that strong relationships with grandparent and grandchild helps both children and seniors to battle depression. 

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Mr Potato Would Be Proud of This Day

August 19th should be one of my favorite days since it is the national day of one of my favorit foods, potatoes. Potatoes are so versatile and have so many great ways they can be used. In fact it seems that people love potatoes so much they even created a toy based on it. Mr. Potato Head is a spud that you can dress up in different costumes to create the potato you desire. Likewise, real potatoes can be dressed up in different manners to achieve the taste you desire.  

Potatoes have been a popular food source for centuries. They can be prepared in a variety of ways from mashed, smashed, chipped, baked, boileed, fried or even serve them covered in cheese. It makes no difference what time of day you are ready to eat their is a potato dish that will fit perfectly. Not only will they taste good and accompaning any other dish or served alone but they will also provide important nutrients to your body as well. 

Potatoes are considered a starch but also provide important nutrients such as iron, potassium and vitamin C. Because of the many ways to prepare the potato and all the great nutrients it is no wonder that potatoes are considered a staple food. Around the world potatoes have occupied a space in diets. Potatoes are inexpensive and easy to grow as well. No matter if you serve them hot or cold, in salads or fried up potatoes are tasty and can be included in nearly every cuisin.  

Here are Just a few Favorite Ways People Choose to Serve Potatoes

French Candadians from Quebec would most likely introduce you to a way to use the potato in a dish known as Poutine. A rich mixture of french fries and cheese curds that are all smothered in gravy

The Natives from Denmark may just impress you with this delicious recipe for potatoes topped with bacon and green onions 

Italy is known for its abundant types of pasta. Gnocchi is no different a potato dumpling made to serve with tomato sauce

The list of favorite ways to fix potatoes can go on and on, So many different ways and each pleasing to the taste buds to those who know the secret to the type of potato they simply love. Before I go though... I want to share one more style of potato It is one of my favorite ways to serve food to a crowd. It is the beloved baked potato bar

How to Make a Crock Pot Baked Potatoes Bar

  • 4-6 russet baking potatoes
  • 2-3 teaspoons olive oil - 1/2 teaspoon per potato
  • 1-1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt - 1/4 teaspoon per potato
  • Aluminum foil
  • Scrub the potatoes and dry completely. For each potato, tear off a piece of aluminum foil large enough to wrap around the potato completely. Prick the potato all over with a fork, then place it in the center of the foil. Drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Rub the salt and oil over the surface of the potato, then wrap tightly with the foil sheet. Place in your slow cooker.
  • Cook the potatoes on high for 4 to 5 hours or low for 8 to 10 hours, until soft. Do not overcook, or the potatoes may become soggy. Remove and carefully unwrap (the potatoes will be hot). Split and top with cheese, chives, bacon, and Greek yogurt as desired.
  • Toppings: 
  • Chili 
  • Blanched broccoli
  • Pulled pork 
  • Avocado
  • Tex-Mex anything: salsa, cilantro, sliced jalapenos
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