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Monday, September 18, 2017

candied pecans

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
16 ounces (about 4 cups) unsalted pecans halves
1 egg white
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon water

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium bowl, add sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until combined. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk the egg white, vanilla, and water together until frothy. Add the pecans and gently toss until the pecans are well coated. Add the sugar and cinnamon mixture and toss until pecans are covered.
Spread the pecans out in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. The sugar mixture will harden on the pecans.
Remove from the oven and let the pecans cool on the baking sheet. When completely cool, store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Autumn Rice Krispy Treats

  • 6 cups Cocoa Krispies
  • 1 10 ounce package mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • Wilton Sparkle Gels in red, orange, yellow and green
  1. Spray a baking pan with cooking spray. Mine was a jellyroll pan and measures 10x15x1. Set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine marshmallows and butter.
  3. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, check and microwave for another 30 seconds. You're looking for semi melted butter and puffy marshmallows. Continue to microwave in 20 second increments until ready.
  4. Stir to completely melt butter and combine with marshmallows.
  5. Pour in Cocoa Krispies and stir to evenly coat.
  6. Press into prepared pan. Let set to harden.
  7. Use leaf cookie cutters to cut out shapes and decorate with color gels.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

6 chicken breast halves
2 medium Yukon gold potatoes
2 cups whole baby carrots
1 cup celery
2 cans Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
1/8 cup water
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 cups all-purpose baking mix
2/3 cup milk

Place the chicken, potatoes, carrots and celery into a 6-quart slow cooker.
Stir the soup, water, thyme and black pepper in a small bowl. Pour the soup mixture over the chicken and vegetables.
Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours* or until the chicken is cooked through.
Stir the baking mix and milk in a medium bowl. Drop the batter by spoonfuls onto the chicken mixture. Increase the heat to HIGH. Tilt the lid to vent and cook for 30 minutes or until the dumplings are cooked in the center.
*Or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours.
Serving Suggestion: Serve with spinach salad; baby spinach leaves topped with orange sections, dried cranberries and raspberry-pecan vinaigrette. For dessert serve wedges of mixed berry pie with whipped topping.

recipe source : Albertsons

Sad Day September 18, 1970 in the World of Rock n Roll

The Rock world would never be the same after September 18 1970 This was the day that the music would die for Jimi Hendrix. As many rock stars of that era did Jimi had a drug problem and the 18th of September would find Jimi overdosing on sleeping pills and then choking in his own vomit. The guitar legend would die at the age of 27.


Pitt Hopkins Awareness Day

Pitt Hopkins Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affect chromosome 18. The syndrome is characterized by developmental delays, possible breathing problems that lead to hyperventilation , recurrent seizures or epilepsy, gastrointestinal issues, lack of speech and distinctive facial features. More is being learned about Pitt Hopkins Syndrome.

Severe cognitive impairment has often been present but since true intelligence is hard to measure as motor and speech difficulties are often also present. Pitt Hopkins Syndrome is considered an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children with Pitt Hopkins Syndrome appear happy, excitable and frequently smiling and laughing. D. Pitt and I. Hopkins first diagnosed the syndrome and wrote about it in the Australian Pediatric Journal in 1978


Happy Birthday United States Air Force

The United States Air Force was established on September 18, 1947.

The military was not far behind the Wright brothers who would be the first to soar with the birds. In the early days the the air force was part of the Armed Forces in the United States. The earliest military use of air was during the civil war where communication was hosted via flags and torch light from balloons. This group was known as the signal corps. It was not until `1863 when they would be added to the Army roster which would open the door to aeronautical training and study.

In 1947 President Truman would sign the National Security Act establishing the United States Air Force. This would create their own branch of military.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Reye Syndrome Awareness

Reye's Syndrome is a deadly disease that can strike quickly and attack any child, teen or adult without warning. Body organs including the liver and brain can be seriously affected. The cause and cure of Reye's Syndrome is not known but researchers have been able to find a link between Reye's Syndrome and the use of aspirin.

Reye's Syndrome occurs in two phases. A previous viral infection such as the flu, cold or chicken pox normally has just occured. Aspirin is often given to help with pain and fever and the result may be Reye's Syndrome. Reye's Syndrome is not contagious and is often misdiagnosed in the beginning. Reye's Syndrome tends to appear with greater frequency during January, February and March when the flu is most common. Reye's Syndrome is reported every month of the year.

Reye's Syndrome is first recognized when abnormal amounts of fat begin to develop in the liver and other body organs. A severe increase of pressure in the brain is often present as well. Death often occurs if the syndrome is not diagnosed or treated this is why early diagnosis is important. When Reye's syndrome is diagnosed and treated in its earliest stage recovery is an excellent chance. When diagnosis is not early and treatment is not started Reye's Syndrome chances of recovery and survival decrease.

Reye's Syndrome was first discovered in 1963 by Australia pathologist R. Reye and again a bit later by GM Johnson in the United States. It would be 10 years later before the disease was recognized. This disease often leads to brain and liver failure but all body organs are normally affected. In 2002 only one case occured and in 2009 there were 3

Dutch Apple Dumplings

Dutch Apple Dumplings
makes 4 dumplings

1/2 c firmly packed dark brown sugar
3/4 c water
1 Tbsp butter, plus 4 more tsp
4 apples, peeled and cored
2 Tbsp raisins
4 tsp light brown sugar
your favorite pie dough, enough for a single crust pie

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make syrup: Place dark brown sugar, water and 1 tablespoon of butter in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a minute or two, to thicken up. Set aside.

2. Evenly divide raisins, light brown sugar and butter among the 4 apple core holes. Sprinkle all 4 apples with cinnamon.

3. Divide your chilled pie dough into 4 equal parts. Roll or hand flatten each into a “pancake” large enough to cover a whole apple. Place each apple in the center of its own round of dough. For each one, bring up the sides of the dough to cover and close in the apple. Place apples on a rimmed baking sheet, baste with syrup and bake for 20-25 minutes, basting 2-3 more times, until golden brown.

*Note: This can be safely shared with children younger than 12 months though, I’d recommend saving it for kids over a year old because of the relatively high sugar content.

Monte Cristo

The Monte Cristo is a sandwich that many seem to adore. The sandwich is made with french toast, and it is filled with ham or turkey or even a bit of both. Top the sandwich with swiss cheese. The bread is dipped in egg batter sprinkled with cinnamon.

The Monte Cristo is a eat any time, breakfast, lunch or supper Enjoy eating it with your hands or use a knife and fork to cut it all up.

  • 2 eggs
  • pinches of salt and pepper
  • 4 slices sturdy white bread (or white bread of preference)
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 pound thick sliced baked ham
  • 1/2 ounce, weight shredded gruyere cheese
  • additional salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • optional garnish/toppings: powdered sugar, honey, preserves
Beat eggs in a shallow dish (large enough to fit a sandwich) along with a few pinches of salt and pepper. Set aside.
Assemble sandwiches, with mustard, mayonnaise, ham, cheese, salt and pepper to personal preference. Slightly compress sandwich.
Heat skillet over medium heat. Add butter; allow to melt.
Dip and coat each sandwich in beaten egg, and place in skillet. Cook sandwiches 2-3 minutes on each side, until browned to liking and cheese has melted.

Nothing Taste Sweeter Than Freedom

Historians suggest that it was September 17 1849 that Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland. Along side her was 2 of her brothers. She would head north in but this would not be her last time in the south. Over the next 8 years she would return via use of the secret Underground Railroad helping 300 slaves to escape.

Harriet Tubman was also employed by the Union army in the US civil war. She would lead a raid helping to free hundreds of slaves during the Combahee River Raid. In the summer of 1869 Harriet would marry a civil war veteran Nelson Davis in Auburn NY. Tubman would live her life strongly supporting women's suffrage. She would pass during the winter of 1913 due to pnemonia. Her life would be recognized with a postage stamp in 1978.

Get To know Me A Bit Better and What I have or have not done

1. Have you ever had chicken pox?

I had chicken pox when I was around the age of 5 I have no scars left

2. Have you ever shopped in Home Depot?

yes, one of my favorite places to go to shop and get great ideas

3. Have you ever spied on your neighbors?

I would have to say yes, many times our neighbors are very odd and I am always wondering what they are up to

4. Have you ever ridden in a limo?

something I may want to do but have not done as of yet

5. Have you ever had a pet fish?

yes, they were more of a family pet than just mine and everyone helped take care of it

6. Have you ever lied about your age?

a few times, not for reasons that would get me into trouble but rather save me a bit of money

7. Have you ever fired a gun?

no and have only held toy games

8. Have you ever been ice skating?

no afraid that if I did I would fall down

9. Have you ever played golf?

yes, not a real golf game but more like mini golf 

10. Have you ever hidden on Halloween because you had no candy for trick or treaters?

I believe the first year of my marriage when we had little to no money we may have 

11. Have you ever made a prank call?

no I think that is one of the rudest jokes 

12. Have you ever gotten a tattoo?

no a few of my children (all adults) have them but me nor my husband have any

13. Have you ever had a massage?

only non professional

14. Have you ever locked your keys in the car?

I do not think I have but have had to call the locksmith because I was with someone that did

15. Have you ever ridden a horse?

yes, a few different occasions and ofcours those ones that run on coins

16. Have you ever been to the circus?

yes, many different times and types 

17. Have you ever been to Europe?

no I have never been outside of the United States

Have you ever built a fire?

no, have helped gather to build fires but normally this is a husband job here

19. Have you ever been skydiving?

no do not think this is something on the bucket list either, love to watch skydivers never want to do it

20. Have you ever bought something at a garage sale?

always and often, round here I am known as the Garage Sale Queen

21. Have you ever walked in on someone having sex?

yes, and have been severly embarrased 

22. Have you ever faked an injury to get out of something?

I can recall doing this in highschool to get out of running at times

23. Have you ever been to a nude beach?

nope, again not on the bucket list nothing against those that visit these beaches I will just choose to go to another

24. Have you ever received a speeding ticket?

I do not drive and therefore should never get one

25. Have you ever run a marathon? 


How many of these have you participated in?? Join in over at Sunday Stealing

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Papaya What Is It

A papaya is a fragrant orange colored juicy fruit that is not only delicious but very healthy as well. The papaya has been famous for hundred of years and has been nicknamed as "fruit of the angels" by Christopher Columbus. Papaya is a natural source of essential vitamins and minerals required for normal functioning of the body Papaya's can be eaten in raw form, in smoothiees, milkshakes and as a vegetable in many recipes

Latex can be derived from the raw papaya fruit. This latex can be used as a meat tenderizer and also used in the manufacturing of cosmetics, skin and beauty products. The latex has also been used as an ingredient in chewing gums.

Papaya in raw form contains enzymes to help in prep of dietary supplements and chewing gums. Papaya is rich in antioxidants such as carotenes, flaonoids and vitamin C, B and pantothenic acid. It is also good source of fiber, minerals and magnesium.

buttermilk biscuits

My husbands family comes from the foot hills of Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky. Coal country as it was once known. Hundred of years ago biscuits were expected to be on the table at every meal. Centuries before that cooks had discovered that the acid in buttermilk reacted with baking soda and produed carbond dioxide bubbles. It was the introductioin of buttermilk that helped create light, tender, highest rising biscuits, breads and muffins, pancakes and layer cakes.

September is National Biscuit month. So I wanted to allow you to make up biscuits for your familiy as well

3¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour 
2 tablespoons superfine sugar 
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt 
12 tablespoons (1½ inch sticks) unsalted butter, chilled, cut into ½ inch thick cubes 
1½ cups buttermilk (regular or nonfat/skim)   

PREHEAT. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400°F. Line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper. 
SIFT & MIX. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer. Attach the bowl to the mixer and fit with the paddle attachment. Add the butter. Mix on low speed until the mixture resembles coarse meal with some pea-size pieces of butter. Add the buttermilk, mixing in just until the dough barely comes together. 
KNEAD. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times until the dough is smooth. Sprinkle the top of the dough with flour and roll it out to ¾ inch thick or slightly thicker. 
CUT. Using a 2-¼ inch fluted biscuit cutter (you can substitute a round cookie cutter), dipping the cutter into flour between cuts, cut out the biscuits and place 1 inch apart on the pan. Gently press the scraps together (do not over handle the dough). Repeat rolling and cutting. 
 BAKE. Bake until the biscuits are well risen and golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Serve hot or warm. To reheat the biscuits, wrap in aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for about 10 minutes. Makes 16 biscuits.

Pineapple Guacamole

Pineapple Guacamole Recipe
serves 2-4

2 ripe avocados
1/4 onion, finely diced
1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
1/2 cup pineapple
juice of half a lime
salt and pepper to taste
optional: 2 bird’s eye chili, finely chopped (and deseeded if you like just a touch of spice)

Cut the avocados in half, remove seeds and scoop into a bowl. Use a fork to roughly mash the avocado and add the onion, cilantro, pineapple, chili and lime juice. Stir to mix and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!

Responsible Dog Owner Month Recipe for Pumpkin Dog Treats

The month of September is the month that the American Kennel Club (AKC) hosts Responsible Dog Ownership Days. This day helps to make dog owners aware of the responsibilities as a dog owner they possess. Celebrate this day as a responsible owner by:

attending an event in your area that offers obedience tips
check out microchip ID clinics
visit a pet health clinic and learn about first aid for your dogs
look for free training classs

2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons dry milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour *
1 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.
In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine.
Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2″ – depending on your dog’s chew preferences, ask first – and use biscuit or other shape cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. If desired, press fork pattern on biscuits before baking, a quick up-and-down movement with fork, lightly pressing down halfway through dough. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog.
* Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not, like many people I know, tolerate wheat.

Do Your Share

The third Saturday of September is known as National Cleanup Day. It was created to help encourage everyone to help make the country a better place to live. It is a simple thought that if everyone would simply pick up one piece of trash then the earth coast to coast would be cleaner. Organizations, individuals, and groups are taking a stand and joining forces to help clean up parks, trails, beaches, mountains and open spaces. 
Have you ever noticed that places that are free of trash and litter are easier to relax in?? As I shared earlier today, is the day that the pilgrims set sail for a beautiful new world. By helping to keep America clean we can all enjoy a clean America. Litter, debris and trash that is not properly cared for is not good for our Earth. 
National Clean Up day is a day to allow everyone to get involved. By providing an opportunity to make messes right and give the earth a fresh clean sweep. 

Eczema Awareness

No one likes having a rash. Thy itch, burn, get infected, look bad and never seem to go away quickly or can easily be identified. Early stage of a rash they may look similiar to others and diagnosis becomes an issue. Two of the most common chronic conditions of rashes are eczema and psoriasis. Dermatitis is general term for skin inflammations and eczema and psoriasis both fall under the category.

Atopic dermtitis or eczema is a red, dry itchy rash. If it is not cared for then the affected area can become cracked, infected, and become leather like. Eczema can be developed simply from scratching or rubbing your skin long enough. Eczema is known as the "itch that rashes" Those with asthma often have eczema as well. Eczema is not contagious and does run in families.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Prep time:  20 mins Cook time:  3 hours 40 mins Total time:  4 hours
Serves: 3 loaves

1½ cups milk
1 cup warm water (between 110-115 degrees)
5 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 eggs
½ cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup raisins
9 cups all-purpose flour + more for kneading
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, melted (approx.)
3 9x5 inch loaf pans

Warm milk (in the microwave or stovetop) to a luke-warm temperature (120-125 degrees F).
Dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside until yeast is frothy, about 10 minutes or so.
In the bowl of your stand mixer (or a large bowl) add in eggs, sugar, butter salt and raisins. Next, add room temperature/warm milk. Mix slowly to combine. Add water/yeast mixture. Mix slowly to combine.
Add the flour gradually to make a dough.
On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for a few minutes until smooth. I usually finish my dough on the counter since my stand mixer is not a huge one and it tends to overfill. Depending on the time of the year, my dough might need closer to 9 cups. For this reason, I add 8 cups to the bowl and slowly add as I need it while kneading the dough.
Place dough in a large, buttered, mixing bowl and turn to grease the surface of the dough.
Cover with a warm, damp cloth and let rise. I usually turn my oven on for a couple of minutes while I am mixing the ingredients, turn oven off and let my dough rise in there. It's warm enough but not hot that it will cook it.
Allow to rise until doubled, usually about 1½ hours.
Roll out on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle ½ inch thick.
Moisten the dough with 2 tablespoons milk and rub all over the dough with your hands.
Mix together 1 cup of sugar and 3 tablespoons cinnamon and sprinkle mixture evenly on top of the moistened dough.
Roll up tightly (the long way). The roll should be about 3 inches in diameter.
Cut into thirds, and tuck under ends and pinch bottom together.
Place loaves into 3 well greased 9 x 5 inch pans and lightly grease tops of loaves with the melted butter.
Let rise in warm place, uncovered, again for about an hour.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until loaves are lightly browned and sound hollow when tapped.
Remove from oven and let cool on rack. Take melted butter and spread over tops of loaves (totally optional).
After about 20 minutes, lay loaves on their sides and remove from pans. Allow loaves to cool before slicing.
I bake all 3 loaves at once, cool and slice. I freeze 2 of them for later use.
Whole wheat option: no more than 3 cups of all purpose flour can be swapped for whole wheat without getting a more dense loaf.

Don't have 3 9x5 pans? you can use a 9-inch round pan and make a rounded bread too. Make sure it rises in that pan.

National Play Doh Day

Hope you had your chance to play with some play doh today. After all, it is national play doh day. Many of us have played with it during our childhood but may not know where or when it was invented. Play Doh was invented in the mid 1950s and has been used to allow children to use their imagination for many years.

A school teacher wanted to create a safe modeling clay for her pre schoolers. Her brother in law Joseph McVicker worked at a chemical company and decided to help her out. It turns out that mixing flour, water and food color makes up the perfect clay. There are many brands of play clay on the market but the main one that everyone seems to recognize is play-doh.

Joseph McVicker of Kutol Chemicals in Cincinnati Ohio created the doh in 1955 and by 1956 it was all ready a popular toy. Hasbro toys the makers of Ply-doh disagree. They say the story of play doh begins in 1956 when a scientist at Rainbow crafts based in Cincinnati and makes soap and cleaning compounds, created a unique cleaning dough. The company realized that this doh was perfect for children and the original Play-Doh was born. No matter how it came to be I hope you spend many hours being creative with your dough

Here is a recipe to make your own


Mayflower Sets Sail

On September 16 1620 the Pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower to reach the new land. The Pilgrims were early European settlers of Plymouth colony which is now known as Plymouth, Massachusetts in the United States. The pilgrims were led as a religious congregation of Brownist English Dissenters who were fleeing the volatile political environment in England. They were looking for a calm tolerable place in the Netherlands. They did not want to stay in the Netherlands as they did not want to loose their English cultural identity. The group decided they would travel to the new world and establish a colony. In 1620 this colony was established and was the second settlement that strived in North America the first was Jamestown Virginia in 1607.

In the new world the Pilgrims would enjoy meals as a group. The larger meal would come around what we would consider lunch time and consist of several foods. A thick porridge or bread made from Indian corn, meat, fowl or fish may have all been served at the large meal. Supper time would be mainly leftovers.

Have a bit of fun and make up some mayflower ships with your crew tonight

.12 large red potatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
1 Tbsp. olive oil
½ cup sour cream
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. chives, finely diced
1 Tbsp. Italian parsley, finely chopped
1 zucchini, sliced and cut into 12 thin strips
3 large carrots, cut into 12 thin strips
Poppy seeds for sprinkling
Melon baller or small spoon
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place sliced potato halves in a bowl and toss with olive oil. Transfer potatoes to a baking sheet and turn them cut-side down. Bake until potatoes are fork tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven and allow potatoes to cool slightly.
While potatoes are still warm, scoop out the center section using a melon baller or small spoon. Leave about ¼ to ⅛ inch around outside edge of potato. Place all potato centers in a medium mixing bowl with butter, and mash together until butter is completely melted. Mix in sour cream and herbs until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Scoop spoonfuls of potato mixture back into boat shells with a spoon.
Use toothpicks to skewer through the top and bottom of the zucchini and carrot strips to form the sails. Insert a toothpick sail into each potato half. Sprinkle tops with poppy seeds. Serve potato boats warm or at room temperature.