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Monday, March 19, 2018

Colorectal Cancer Awareness

It seems I write a lot about cancer awareness on my blog. My life has seen a lot of tragedy because of cancer. One of my first friends at the age of 6 died of leukemia, my cousin also had leukemia, I have had aunts and other adults to have cancer either change their lives or take them away as well. My own mother in law suffered, battled and eventually lost the battle to colon cancer. So today I want to bring a bit of awareness to colorectal cancer. 

Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. Other names from this type of cancer can be colon cancer or rectal cancer. It all depends on where the cancer started. When cancer cells start growing out of control is when and where Cancer begins. Any part of the human body can become cancer and it may spread to other areas of the body as well 

Colorectal cancer often starts as a growth on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. These growths are known as polyps. Some polyps have the ability to change into cancer over time. Not all polyps will become cancer. Polyps normally take many years to turn into cancer and the chance of it doing so depends on the type of polyp it is. There are two main types of polys (1) adenomatous or adenomas these have the ability to change into cancer as they appear in the pre cancerous stage.  (2) hyperplastic polyps and inflammatory polyps these are the polyps that are more common but not pre cancerous. 

Polyps more likely to contain cancer include:
  • the polyp is larger than 1 cm
  • more than 2 polyps are found
  • a polyp that is found to be dysplasia (pre cancerous) 

If cancer does form in a polyp it can grow into the wall of the colon or rectum. The wall of the colon and rectum are made up of many layers, cancer most often starts in the innermost layer and grows outward through the layers. Cancer cells can be carried away through blood vessels or lymph vessels. The cells can travel to lymph nodes or to other parts of the body. 
  • read more about colorectal cancer here

The Wonderful Stories of Jesus Love

Doing a bit of reminiscing this evening thinking about a wonderful lady who like St. Patrick was a missionary. She was from a small little area in Illinois and went all the way to Taiwan. There she taught children school, English and about how a man named Jesus loves them. I can recall her many stories. By the time I was growing up in the same community she had returned from her time on the mission field and was then teaching children in small bible groups. What a wonderful time we used to have singing songs like these:


Make Up Some Easter Nest They will Love

1 package chow mein noodles
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
chocolate candy Easter eggs

Spray 2 mini muffin pans (12 cups each) with cooking spray. Set aside.
1. Pour chow mein noodles into a large bowl. In another microwave-safe bowl, combine milk chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Put into microwave and heat until melted. Add peanut butter and stir until fully incorporated. Pour mixture over noodles and stir to combine.
2. Using two tablespoons, fill each mini muffin cup with chocolate noodle mixture until nests form. Place 3 chocolate Easter eggs on top of each nest and place muffin pans into the fridge to set. When ready to serve, simply remove each nest and enjoy!
Easter Nests will keep up to 1 week stored in an airtight container in the fridge or for up to 2 months in the freezer.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Glanzmann's Thrombosis

As I have shared in previous post March is the month to bring awareness to Bleeding Disorders One of these disorders is Glanzmann's Thrombosis.

Our blood contains small, sticky cells called platelets. These platelets rush to the site of injury when a cut or injury occurs to a blood vessel and an individual begins to bleed. The platelets will stick to the blood vessel and attempt to stop the leak. Other platelets are alerted when the platelets at the injure site send out a chemical signal. The platelets join together at the injury site to form a plug that stops the bleeding.

One of the proteins that helps the platelets do their job is glycoprotein. The job of these proteins is to work together to form a bridge to connect platelets with each other. Each glycoprotein has a specific target, whether it be another platelet or vessel wall. They have their own jobs to help form a plug. This is the beginning stage of a blood clot. If the proteins do not work properly then it is harder for the clotting factors to work and create a stable clot.

A platelet disorder occurs if:
  • there are not enough platelets
  • a normal amount of platelets are present but they do not function properly
  • Platelets can not stick to blood vessel or to each other
  • platelets are not able to send or receive chemical signals

Glanzmann's Thrombasthenia is a platelet function disorder. The platelets do not work correctly when an individual has this bleeding disorder. When an individual has this disorder a missing or defective glycoprotein is present. The disorder will not allow platelets to stick together through to a clotting factor. Therefore, the platelets are not able to clump together to form a plug. 

Glanzmann's Thrombasthenia was discovered in children from the Swiss Alps in 1918. The discovery was made by a pediatrician from Berne, Switzerland. Dr. Eduard Glanzmann made the initial discovery and since that time the disorder has been found all over the world. 

The cause of this bleeding disorder was found to be related to parents genes. Glanzmann's Thrombasthenia is an "autosomal recessive" disorder. It affects both males and females. The disease is inherited from one abnormal gene from each parent. Whether the parent has the disorder or is a carrier does not matter. 

Signs and Symptoms of Glanzmann's Thrombasthenia include: 
  • easy bruising
  • small red or purple spots on skin caused by minor broken capillaries
  • bleeding from nose or gums
  • heavy menstruation in women
  • excessive bleeding after surgery or injury
  • bleeding into head and brain resulting in headache, neck ache, drowsiness or loss of consciousness
  • vomiting blood, bloody or black bowel movent
  • joint bleeds

The Vaquita

One animal on the rare species list is the vaquita. The vaquita is a rare species of porpoise. They live in the northern part of the Gulf of California. The name vaquita is spanish for "little cow". The animal is also known as a cochito which means "little pig", the desert porpoise, the Gulf of California harbor porpoise, Gulf of California porpoise and the gulf porpoise.

In 1996 the vaquita was listed on the critically endangered species list. At that time there was estimated about 600 in 1996 and by 1997 there was below 100 in existence. In march of 2018 there is only about 12 remaining. Unless drastic actions are taken the vaquita will no longer exist. 

The main reason that the vaquita is disappearing is because of the illegal gillnet fishery searching for the totoaba. The totoaba is also critically endangered. The Mexican government has put millions of dollars into efforts to eliminate this illegal action. A ban on the gillnet is currently on the books.

Vaquitas are the small but stocky and are porpoise shaped. Distinguished marks include dark rings surrounding their eyes, patches on lips and a line that extends from their dorsal fin to their mouth The grey color of this fish fades as they grow older Females are normally larger in size than their male counterpart.

Vaquitas communicate with others with a high pitched sound. They live leisurely as they feed and swim at their own pace. They will avoid boats and often are very evasive if contact is made. They often live alone unless they swim with their calf.

Find out more about the actions to protect the Vaquita

My Life Begins Today;;;; Enjoy life with a taste of Quinoa

This summer I choose to live the way I want to. I am a very responsible organized individual and respected by those that I live with, love and my co-workers as well. But this year I will choose to take risks, dream big, dress in a leisure comfortable manner, and go out when ever I am able to. 

I choose to be as weird as I choose to. Have a few drinks if I choose to. Have lots of fun and laugh until my chest muscles strengthen from all the movement. Its been a long times since I have just been me and this year I choose to be. Not only will they never forget this summer but neither will I. 

I choose to get out and take a walk, learn how to cook the way I want to, be the nana that my grandkids want and spend time with my family. I will no longer be a slave to the ordinary and will live how I choose to. Take a few vacations and work so that my co-workers and residents miss me when I am gone and welcome me back with a cheer. 

First, I start with cooking and living a bit healthier. Foods like quinoa that was unfamiliar to me not to long ago. If you was like I was let me first tell you what Quinoa is. Quinoa is a natural gluten free food packed with protein. It helps keep our bodies full for hours. It is quick to prepare and reheated through the week when ever needed. There is a whole mess of add ins to help with flavor. 

Preparing quinoa is much like other grains. Start by rinsing quinoa to prevent a bitter taste. Then using 1 part quinoa and 2 parts water place rinsed quinoa in medium pan filled with needed water. Bring to boil over high heat. Now is the time to add in flavors of your choice. Cinnamon and Vanilla are just a few choices. Heat should be reduced to low, cover, let simmer for 15 minutes or til liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, let stand 5-10 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork, add in fruit, nuts, milk, or whatever your heart desires. Serve. 

1 cup quinoa
1 can coconut milk (or 1 1/2 cup any other type of non-dairy milk)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
2-3 tablespoons coconut sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
1 small persimmon, cut into 1-inch pieces
3-4 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
1 handful raw walnuts

Combine quinoa and water in a saucepan over high heat. When it comes to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook 15 minutes or until all water is absorbed.
Combine the cooked quinoa, coconut milk, cinnamon, cardamom and coconut sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until warm and creamy, about 5 minutes. (Alternatively, you can combine these ingredients in a bowl and microwave until hot).
Spoon quinoa into bowls and top with fruit and walnuts.

Pro Tip
Make a big batch of quinoa on a Sunday night and mix it with your milk of choice in the mornings throughout the week.

Three Symbols of St. Patrick's Day

Many times when someone thinks of Saint Patrick's day they will think of shamrocks. The "Shamrock" is the name of a three leafed clover native to Ireland. A clover or "shamrock" is thought to be lucky. The shamrock is Ireland's national emblem because of the legend of St. Patrick. St. Patrick would use the clover to teach the doctrine of the Trinity. The belief that God is three in one : Father , Son and Holy Spirit could easily be told through the shamrock. 

The character known as the leprechaun is a traditional symbol of St. Patrick's day as well. The name leprechaun comes from the Irish word "luchorpan" which means "little body". A leprechaun is an Irish fairy resembles a small, old man about 2 feet tall. He often appears dressed as a shoemaker wearing a crooked hat and a leather apron. 

Leprechauns are said to be unfriendly and often live alone. Making shoes is how they pass their time when they are not checking on their hidden pot of gold. Leprechauns guard their gold from treasure hunters who endlessly seek the pot of gold. The sound of hammering often helps give the leprechaun away. If the leprechaun is caught the seekers will threaten him with bodily violence until they find out where the gold is. The leprechaun can never be trusted even if captured. If he is not constantly watched the leprechaun can easily vanish and the treasure will be lost. 

The color green was not actually the color St. Patrick wore. He actually wore blue. It was during the 19th century that green became used as a symbol for Ireland. Ireland is blessed with plentiful rain and mist making it the 'Emerald Isle' It is green all year in Ireland and this became the inspiration for the national color. Wearing green is considered an act of paying tribute to Ireland. Green is thought to also bring good luck when wore on St. Patrick's day. Irish children began the tradition of pinching people who did not wear green on St. Patrick's day. 

Deli Style Corn Beef Sandwich

3 lb corned beef brisket
2 tnsp olive oil
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp cider vinegar
½ cup water
1 small onion, quartered
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
Rye Bread
Swiss Cheese
Thick sliced pickles
Brown Mustard

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Heat the olive oil in a heavy pan or braiser. Add the corned beef to the pan, and sear on all sides until browned and crispy.
Add the brown sugar, cider vinegar, water, onion, and garlic to the pan.
Cover with a lid, and place in heated oven.
Roast for about 2½ hours, or until tender.
Let sit for 15 minutes. Let the corned beef cool, or serve it on the sandwich warm. Either way, it's delicious!
Slice the corned beef as thin or as thick as you like, and build your sandwich. I put the coleslaw on the bottom, added a generous helping of corned beef on top of the coleslaw, 2 slices of Swiss cheese on top of the corned beef, 2 thick pickles on top of the Swiss cheese, and a generous dollop of spicy brown mustard to top it off.

we served ours up with some chips and kraut Delicious for lunch or supper if you choose to make the coleslaw yourself it sounds rather easy:
 roughly chopped a half of a small cabbage, shredded a small carrot, a couple of tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 tbsp. vinegar, 1 tsp sugar, about a tsp of mustard, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp black pepper, all combined and chilled for about an hour.

Corned Beef Very Versatile

It's that special day better wear green or someone may << Pinch>> you. Its also that time of year where you may smell corned beef and cabbage in the air I do not come from an Irish family but my mom did make what she refereed to as hash. It was hamburgers and potatoes mixed together, a long way off from the traditional Hash that is devoured on St. Patrick's day.

Corned beef can be served a variety of ways. From sandwiches to potato casserole  to the recipe we are sharing today cornbeef and cabbage.

1 1/2 – cups water
4 – lbs corned beef
1 – onion
spice packet: come included with the corned beef ( mustard seeds, coriander, black peppercorns, and bay leaf)
2 – sprigs of thyme
1 – teaspoon ground mustard
1 – head of cabbage
10 – baby carrots (optional)
1 – teaspoon olive oil
10 – yellow potatoes
1 – teaspoon sea salt

Pour water into a slow cooker, then place corned beef, and onion inside slow cooker.
Sprinkle the spice packet over the corned beef. Then sprinkle the ground mustard over the top, and add the thyme to the top.

Cover and cook for about 6 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
While the corned beef is cooking steam the cabbage and roast the potatoes an hour before dinner time.
Cut the cabbage in 4 equal pieces, then place them in a steamer basket inside a dutch oven with about an inch of water at the bottom of the pot. Place a lid over the dutch oven and place over a medium high flame and steam for 40 minutes. You can add carrots to the cabbage if you would like.

To cook the potatoes: place them on a baking tray and drizzle olive oil over the top and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake at 400 degrees fahrenheit for 45 minutes. 
When corned beef is ready. Remove from the slower cooker and place under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly browned on top.

Let the corned beef rest for 15 minutes before slicing it. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hodge Podge Wednesday

Best Place we have been was mostly likely when we had a family meal at

What's something you should say yes to today? Or this week? Or even this year?

I said yes to a day a bit slower today on my day off, this week I need to say yes to a bit of O.T at work and this year I hope to say yes to a few trips to get away

Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in any way, shape, or form? If so tell us how. In Western cultures the color green is typically associated with jealousy, nature, good luck, and growth. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'green'?

we love St. Patricks day who wouldn't a time to wear green, have a bit of fun, a bit of green goodness why would we want to miss that??

 What's a product or service you love so much you'd happily be their spokesperson? Tell us what makes you such a fan.

The answer to this most likely would be neosporin. We use it all the time and for so many different things I am not sure where we would be without it

Random Thoughts today have been around getting away for a much needed weekend. Simply can not wait

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