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Saturday, March 2, 2024

International Cat Rescue Day

 International Cat Rescue Day has been celebrated around the globe since 2019 on March 2 of each year. It’s a day to bring awareness about cats in shelters needing loving, forever homes. Approximately 3.4 million cats enter U.S. shelters each year, with roughly 2 million adopted out yearly. There are many reasons these cats are there in the shelters but that is not the point here. What we would like to do is share with all those interested that there are cats out there that can offer love and simply need a place to do that

First if you are looking for a cat to be your pet then please visit your local animal shelter. Shelters set up their own rules and fees so these can differ from place to place. If you are not able to adopt a cat currently but you have extra time, offer to volunteer at the local animal shelter. Thus you will be helping the community and offer all the cats and kittens in the shelter the love that they so want. 

IF you want to help all those cats and kittens but have no extra time considering donating to the local animal shelter. Shelters are always in need of money as well as other items such as blankets, food and beds. Shelters offer cats a place to stay where they are safe but also give all cats their shots that are needed as well. In addition, if you are not an individual that loves that cute kitten stage the shelter also has adult cats to offer. 

If you are all ready a cat owner then on this day please spoil the cat just a bit more. Showing them love, offering a treat can show your cat yoou love them after all they are amazing companions. 

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2nd 1904. Today is his  birthday and also part of Read Across America that attempts to get young people reading. Dr. Seuss is an author and cartoonist that has written over 60 books. There has been  a total of 600 million books sold that has been translated in 20 languages around the world. However, it has not always been easy for Dr. Seuss.

During the life of Dr. Seuss he has worked at advertising for companies such as Standard Oil company. Political Cartoons created by Dr. Seuss would be shared in papers during World War II. The work that went into his first book was met with many denials. The Book And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street was rejected a total of 37 times. Finally in 1937 because he was persistant and kept trying and one of his old friends became the editor for a book company the book was made it would be the first of over 60

It all began that day as many more books would follow, In the meantime Dr. Seuss would share political cartoons during World War II. 

The book The Cat in the Hat would be published in 1957 by Random House after Geisel read and responded to an article that was in LIFE magazine. In the article children's reading levels were criticized. Houghton Mifflin and Random House asked if he could write a children's primer that had 220 vocabulary words. 

At about the same time Dr. Seuss would write a book about a cranky, solitary creature that would attempt to steal Christmas from the town of Whoville. Yes, that is right the book How the Grinch stole Christmas book would be published by Random House. In 1966 the book would be adapted into a movie and has been adapted many times since then. 

In 1991 Geisel famed as being Dr. Seuss would pass away. His ashes would be scattered in the Pacific Ocean. Thank you Dr. Seuss for bringing your wisdom and talent to create books and characters that would shine for many years. 

Monday, February 26, 2024

Eating Disorders

This week is a week where many are trying to bring awareness to eating disorders. Eating disorders are not new but often hidden. In face some eating disorders have been around since ancient Romans who would over eat at feasts. Then the other end of that syndrome are Europeans that have starved their selves for religious reasons. England physicians in the 17th century who first diagnosed eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Furthermore Eating disorders were given their own treatment manual and guide in 1980 in the United States. 

The definition of Anorexia Nervosa is an emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat. Symptoms common to anorexia nervosa include: 

  • unhealthy obsession of being thin / underweight
  • denial of being underweight
  • irrational fear of gaining weight
  • extremely restricted eating patterns 

There are more than 6 million Americans that have experienced bulimia during their life. The actions involved in this disorder will see someone eating or binging on large amounts of food then making their self purge it all back up. This is often done by vomiting but can be done through laxative use or excessive exercise. 

Symptoms include

  • Repeated episodes of binge eating
  • Purging after eating 
  • Irrational fear of gaining weight
  • Using enemas, diuretics or laxatives unnecessarily

This week  I wll be sharing more on eating disorders here on Annies HOme. THanks for visiting.

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Chocolate Pistachio Granola


Pistachio nuts were not always considered nuts but were once considered kernel of the Anacardates fruit. The plant grew in the mountain range of west Asia and Turkey. It was the dry summer heat and cool winters that would help the pistachio grow. Today pistachios are cultivated in the U.S. Iran, Syria, Turkey, and China. 

Pistachios as a member of the nut family are high in protein. There is 6 grams of protein in one serving equal to  49 pistachio kernels or 1 oz of nuts. The amino acids gathered from breaking down the nuts are used to repair tissues or create new molecules. Vitamin B6 is also gained from pistachio nuts. Vitamin B6 helps protect the body from cardiovascular disease, cancers, and some cognitive functions bad for the body. 

The following recipe is perfect for the campaign Make Chocolate count. This campagin goes til the end of Easter. The best part is this recipe also has pistachio nuts which is the nut of the day. 

3 1/2 cups quick oats
4 Tbs butter
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries
1/4 cup shelled pistachios
1/4 cup almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

In a medium sauce pan melt butter and honey then add in brown sugar and mix until completely combined.
Stir in oats and mix until evenly coated then spread in an even layer on a lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Allow to cool and stir in your dried cranberries, pistachios, almonds, and chocolate chips.

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Bacon Wrapped Chicken Legs


These chicken drumsticks will please the crowd and they are easy to make as well. The first thing you do is to season your chicken drumsticks use any seasoning you would like but I normally sprinkle on some salt, pepper, garlic powder. Marinade can be used as well if you would like. 

Wrap each leg in a piece of bacon. Take your time this can be done. It may be slippery but when you finally have it be sure to secure the ends of bacon under the leg to secure them in place. When leg is wrapped then go ahead and wrap in plastic wrap.

Place the wrapped legs in a baking dish. Pour 1/2 cup of water into dish and cover with foil. Bake in 250 oven for 50 minutes. Take out of oven but do not unwrap for the next 30 minutes. 

Unwrap the chicken, heat cast iron grill pan over medium heat. Brush a bit of canola oil on the chicken legs. When the pan is heated add the drumsticks and cook each side (4) for 3 minutes each. Lower heat and cook a bit more til done

Well we are getting there but not there yet. We have one final step to complete and that is to make a glaze for the chicken. 

Mix juice of 1/2 lemon, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, pinch of crushed red pepper flakes to make this delicious glaze. Use a brush and brush the glaze on the chicken and cook til they hit perfection

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