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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Disparities in mental health care for people in diverse communities continue to struggle to receive the treatment that they need. The poorer quality of care comes at a high cost to our communities. Mental illness affects one in four American families. Minorities according to the U.S. Surgeon General are :

  • less likely to be diagnosed and treated correctly for mental illness
  • have less access to and availabilty of mental health services
  • often receive poorer quality of mental health care
  • are not equally represented in mental health research

Take a look at the statistics showing how Multicultural Mental Health is touchin the U.S.

Easy Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

You can not talk about ice cream without mentioning a few of the favorite ice cream treats. You can not talk about ice cream treats without talking about sundaes. When the subject of sundaes come up you most likely will come to the thought of hot fudge. Did you know that the first hot fudge sundae was made in Los Angeles, California in 1906. The famous C.C. Brown's Ice Cream Shop owned by Clarence Clifton Brown was the creater of such a trat.

The dessert was sold in a stylish fluted glass some call a sundae glass back in the day. This allowed the ice cream and the hot fudge to run down the side. Let me take a moment and remind you of how the sundae received its name. The famous Sunday Blue Laws common in the 19th and early 20th century. It was against the law to sell soda water on Sunday's and that meant there would be ice cream sodas. But when a need arises an answer can be found and the ice cream sundae was invented

Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

1 cup all-purpose flour (see post above for gluten-free)
⅔ cup sugar
2 tablespoons + ¼ cup cocoa powder, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
½ teaspoon + ⅛ teaspoon salt, divided
½ cup unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage (I use So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage)
2 tablespoons rice bran, grapeseed or avocado oil (or you favorite baking oil)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1½ cups hot water
1 to 2 pints dairy-free ice cream (I use So Delicious Vanilla or Creamy Cashew Frozen Dessert)
Chopped nuts, for topping (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350ºF.
Add the flour, sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, baking powder, espresso (if using), and ½ teaspoon salt to a mixing bowl. Stir or whisk until combined and any clumps of cocoa are broken up.
Make a well in the flour mixture and add the milk beverage, oil and vanilla. Stir to combine. The batter will be a bit thick.
Scrape all of the batter into a 9x9-inch ungreased baking pan, and spread to even out.
Add the brown sugar, ¼ cup cocoa powder and ⅛ teaspoon salt to your mixing bowl. Add the hot water and whisk to combine. Slowly pour the chocolate liquid all over the batter in your pan.
Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into just the top cake layer comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes.
Serve the cake topped with 1 to 2 scoops of the dairy-free ice cream. You can optionally top with nuts and whisk water or coconut oil into any remaining sauce in the pan (it is thick, with a pudding like texture) to drizzle it over the top, too.

Slow Cooker Option: This was shared by Jennifer Novic with us previously. Follow the preparation instructions, but add the cake and sauce ingredient layers to a slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 to 2½ hours or until a toothpick inserted in the cake center comes out clean. Turn the crockpot off and let the cake stand uncovered for 30 to 40 minutes before serving.

Easy Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 6 whole graham crackers)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package fat free cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce package) reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 (10 ounce) jar blueberry fruit spread
  • 1 cup blueberries
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Mix butter and graham cracker crumbs in a 9x13-inch baking pan. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan creating a thin even layer. Refrigerate while you prepare the filling.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheeses with an electric mixer on medium high until creamy. Add sugar, eggs, vanilla, and lemon juice and beat until creamy and well blended.
  3. Stir the fruit spread around in the jar until it is spreadable and then spread it evenly over the crust. Sprinkle blueberries over the jam. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the blueberries.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, until set and slightly puffed. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before covering with plastic wrap and placing in the refrigerator to chill completely. Cut into 32 bars
recipe resource here 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Drive Thru Deals for Drive Thru Day

There are many drive thru's from fast food to dry cleaning to prayer. It seems these days whatever you are looking for in a hurry you will be able to find. A few of the great deals you can find include :

When you go through Taco Bell drive thru try the dollar cravings menu. Food that is delicious and affordable which also includes a craving deal that includes a pile of food for $5. Soft tacos, cheesy gordita crunch, burrito supremme, chips and cheese along with medium soda will fill anyone up fast. 

$5 will go along way at Panda Express as well. A full entree and a side. You can also get a fortune cookie free

We have a few new restraunts in our area includinga few dunkin' donuts. So if you head thru their drive thru keep in mind their delicious breakfast sandwiches, donuts, and coffee. If you head there for lunch try the Texas Toast grilled cheese with bacon. Get the sandwich and a drink for around $5. 

Arby's drive thru offers a Jr. Bacon Cheddar Melt. For around $5 you can get some curly fries, sandwich and a Jr. Jamocha shake. 

At KFC drive thru you can get a $5 Fill Up. Get the original two piec with a drumstick and thigh or get a chicken breast instead. The deal comes with a side of your choice, biscuit and a 20 oz. drink. 

McDonalds dollar menu allows you to choose from a grand choice of items. All day breakfast is now available as well. Whether it be breakfast or not you can still get a Sausage McMuffin and a four piece mcnugget, a McFlurry and a small coke for around the same $5. 

Sonic is a favorite of ours as they offer quite a few great deals offering us a chance to head out to eat with the family at a reasonable price. Take that given $5 limit and you can get anything from fancy frozen drinks, hotdogs or burgers. You can get a Jr. Double cheeseburger and a mini cheesecake shake. 

Get your favorite foot long at subway for $5. My favorite the Italian B.M.T. and a bag of chips can be had for around $5. I often say at Subway you can get a sandwich with a salad on top as you can get all the fixings you want. 

Our Burger King offers a great drive thru as well as a play area if you choose to dine inside to get out of the heat. You wil find a great deal of 10 nuggets for $1.49 or a two sandwich for $5 deal. Value fries can be purchased on the dollar menu along with a BK bacon burger or a double cheeseburger, 

Last but not least Fazoli's has a new Daily Deals menu. You can get lunch for $5 til 2:30 pm Monday thru Friday. Also on Monday you can take out a cheese or pepperoni pizza for $6.99 

Our Children and those that we may know

There are things that our children will face and look for help from us. They are new to the world and are not sure what direction to go We should pray for them, for the potential friends that they will make for all that goes on in their young lives. Even at the tender age that they are they will face bullying and other worldly morals that we would love to protect them from but keep in mind the bible verse of Philippians 4:13 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me 

I believe we are placed in line so that we are able to touch others. We may not be aware of it at the time and the person we help may not either but it has been planned so that our paths in life cross. We can not reach everyone but if we try we can help those that we can reach.

Great sandwich for Picnics

'We all love to picnic but sometimes when it is hot outside, I mean really really hot outside, the desire seems to fade. Along with that if we are not careful it could be dangerous as well. We want to be super careful when dealing with food that could lead to food poisining. Here are some great tips to make your summer picnic experience one to remember for the good reasons

While many picnics occur around lunch time, think about changing that., Late morning and early afternoon 10 am to 1 pm or early evening 5 pm to 8 pm or 6 pm to 9 pm are better times to have a good time and to avoid the hottest times of the day

The more shade the better. If possible rent or purchase a tent for eating under, relaxing under and participating in activities. Some places may have a place to rent a tent.

1 large ciabatta loaf, cut in half lengthwise
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 large can of quality tuna in oil, drained
1/4 cup sliced pitted olives
8 anchovies, chopped
1 tablespoon salted capers, rinsed
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 large ripe tomato, thinly sliced
1 small bunch washed spinach
Place oil, mustard and vinegar in a screw top jar and shake vigorously until emulsified. Spread liberally on both sides of your bread. Layer the rest of your ingredients onto your bread but remember this trick start and finish with spinach; this will ensure that the other ingredients like the oily tuna or squishy tomato won’t completely soak through the bread.
Wrap the bread tightly in foil and then place something heavy on top, a couple of bricks, a large atlas, a chopping board topped with cans – anything that will over time be heavy enough to squash the bread down. Leave sit for two to three hours, and then unwrap and slice. Not only is it delicious, it’s pretty too.

Make It a Relaxing Summer

Have you taken some time to enjoy this summer?? Have you been able to sit out in the yard and relax?? Perhaps you may have even taken time to sit or lay in a hammock. I believe that we may be busier in a fast paced world and don't always take the time to relax. Yesterdays world was much slower paced it seemed to be a simpler time. Does every generation think this or has the world just sped up for one reason or another?? 
I can recall a time when we purchased my dad a hammock that he would relax on. Normally on Sunday's after church. I can also recall making home-made ice cream, playing card games with friends and family and the list goes on. While the busy world will continue I have no doubt in that perhaps takinga break is what is needed and best for the heat of the summer. 
Did you know::

A hammock is a sling made of fabric, rope or netting. It is connected and suspenede by two points such as trees or posts.  used for swinging, sleeping or simply resting. The hammock is made up of cloth panels, twine or thin rope. 
Natives of central and south america were the first to use hammocks. Sailors adopted the use due to comfort and space. In the 1920s hammocks were used to care for babies who were learning to crawl. Today, they are popular around the world for relaxation, as a bed and on camping trips. 

Moths and and Idea for Night Time Adventure

Butterflies or moths?? Is the question on your mind?? Unless you are well advised you may not know. Both belong to the samee family of insects the Lepidoptera. Butterflies are more likely to appear during the day as that is when they naturally feed, at night they rest. Moths often do the opposite resting in daytime hours and feeding at night as nocturnal creatures

want to observe moths up close and personal?? Make a moth brew that will attract moths to your back yard. To make the broth you will need:

Ripe banana
Brown sugar
Stale beer or active dry yeast and warm water
Other ripe fruit such as pears, peaches, plums, and watermelons (optional)
1-inch paintbrush

let the kids help by squishing the fruit. Mix all into a thin paste and let ferment or sit a few days 
On the day of the exploration paint a broad strip of moth broth on the tree or area you have chosen to watch the moths. Do not spill sauce on ground as it will attract ants. You will be ready for night exploration. Between 10 pm and midnight are the best moth watching hours. Gather the kids, flashlights, and magnifying glass to head out into the moonlit area. 
While you wait quietly in th dark as you await the arival of moths in various shapes, colors and sizes. Their eyes will glow like amber coals. 

Chinese Honey Chicken

If you love chinese honey chicken at your local chinese buffet then you will love this sweet little recipe

1 ½ lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1” chunks)
Oil (for deep frying)
4 tablespoons cornstarch
¼ cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup water
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 egg white
Sauce-1 ½ tablespoons oil
2 teaspoon ginger (minced)
3 tablespoons garlic (minced)
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
½ cup water
1 teaspoon cornstarch (mixed with 1 teaspoon water)
Sesame seeds (for garnish)

Step 1: In a large bowl mix all batter ingredients together until smooth. Cover and allow the batter to site for at least 30 minutes. Add the chicken to the batter tossing to coat.

Step 2: Heat a deep fryer to 350 degrees. Fry chicken bits in patches for 2 minutes or until batter becomes firm. Drain on paper towels.

Step 3: To make the sauce. Heat 1 ½ tablespoons of oil in your wok. Add garlic and ginger and stir fry for 30 seconds.  Add salt, honey, vinegar, and water. Mix well. Combine 1 teaspoon of water with 1 teaspoon of cornstarch. Add to the sauce and Simmer for 2 minutes.
Step 4: Coat chicken with the sauce and garnish with sesame seeds. Serve with white rice.

Fragile X

Fragile x is a common inherited syndrome. It can cause intellectual disablities and affects one in everyy 2,000 males and one in every 6,000 to 8000 females. 

Fragile x syndrome is the result of one single gene the Fragile x mental retardation gene. This gene is located on a x chromosone. A three base sequence of DNA is repeated over 200 times. The abnormal repetition of bases creates the appearance of a gap on the long x chromosome.

The gene is responsible for providing instructions for making a fragile x mental retardation protein. The protein is required for the brain to develop. It plays a role in nerve system as well. When Fragile x oocurs the brain does not develop normally and the gene is switched off. The protein is not produced

Boys with Fragile X syndrom have developmental delay, they reach developmental milestones later than other childreen. They may have moderate to severe learning disabilities as well as behavioral problems, hyperactivity and autism. As boys with fragile x grow you may notice larger ears, high forehead, flat feet or/and flexible finger joints.

Girls with fragile x have fewer problems normally. Mild behaviors may be noticed and around 50% of girls with fragile x may be mental retarded.

While there is no cure for fragile x. Medication may be used for certian symptoms.


What Do You Know About Horseradish

Horseradish is a plant in the Brassicaceae family. Included in this family are mustard, wasabi, broccoli and cabbage. Horseradish is a root plant vegetable used as a spice. It may have originated in asia or Europe. Now it is grown around the world and can reach up to nearly 5 feet tall. The plant is mainly grown for the root. The plant has little to any scent but when cut or grated the scent has the possibilty of bothering eyes and nose. 

There are many health benefits of horseradish. From fighting flu and respiatory disorders or another of other health benefits horseradish is one condiment that can help you stay healthy. Horseradish has been used for centuries to treat ailments. There is no waste to a hoseradish plant as it can all be used for medicinal reasons. The horseradish flowers, root, and leaves can all be used to treat health ailments. Horseradish has also been proven to help with cancer treatment. 

Horseradish should come with a warning of high in sodium and sugar calories. Normally consumed in small amounts it does have a slightly diuretic quality that can cause problems with individuals with kidney disorders, peptic ulcers or inflammatory bowl disease. 

Since we are in the month of July, Christmas in July month, I am sharing a great idea for a gift in the kitchen. 


2 jalapeno peppers
1 medium-size sweet red bell pepper
2 8″ fresh horseradish roots
3 c. white vinegar
1/2 t.  salt

For the peppers trim the tops and tips so they’ll make a nice flat rectangle when opened up. (The size of the pieces will vary of course but the process is the same.)

Remove all seeds and trim off the long white ribs. Cut into fine dice, 1/8″, taking care to make all the pieces (green and red) the same size.

Trim the the tops and tails of the horseradish roots. Use a swivel peeler to remove the woody outer skin.

Chop the roots into 3″ lengths and split open the long way.  Trim out any brown centers in the roots — it’s important to only use the snowiest white pieces of the horseradish.

Use the small-size grating disk of a food processor to shred the white horseradish root into fine short strands 1″ long.  If the results look to too course for your taste put the shreds into the processor’s bowl fitted with the chopping blade and pulse, checking every two pulses to break down the shreds, taking care to not overdo it.  Over chopping will rob homemade horseradish of is its old-timey roughness.

Mix the horseradish and pepper dice in a mixing bowl and fill four 8 oz. sterilized canning jars.

Bring 3 c. of white vinegar with the 1/2 t. salt to a full boil. Pour over the horseradish in the jars, leaving 1/4″ head space.

Seal with sterilized lids and bands and process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.

Its hot out there

If you feel like the guy in the cartoon above you are not alone. It seems as if the entire country is experiencing some high temps. 

This summer we have made the decision to live without a/c. Our reason is to save a bit of money. Others may have to live without it because of other reasons. The other day, part of our town went without electricity because it was so hot the electricity was overloaded and went out. So what can you do if you find yourself on a hot day and no a/c

Find a cooling center where you can find some relief. Often there are air condioned cooling centers where you can bring a book, magazine or laptop to help pass time. Another great place to visit to let kids play is a mcdonalds or other restraunt with a built in play yard. Often drink refills are free and the kids can have fun as well. Think about the library where you can read and relax. Often you will have access to computers or wifi. 

Head to the mall, even if you are low on money you can do some free window shopping. You will find many cool treats there as well in the food court. You may also find a play place for the children here as well 

One hot weather tip is to freeze your sheets. Lifehacker offers a tip that will help keep you cool by freezing you cotton sheets for a few minutes  Showering will help you cool your body down as well Allow your hair to air dry to help extend the cooling process. 

Grilling, microwaving or other cold fixed meal is a great way to help keep out of the house by not using the oven. Sugary drinks will often dehydrate bodies in the heat so one should fill up on water, tea, lemonade and koolaid drinks to help stay cool and hydrated .

Wear clothing that is loose fitting, lightweight and light colored to help you stay cool. Take off your socks and wear sandals.. Hot feet will make you feel hotter and sandals have a way to cool your feet down.

One of our saving graces is our fans. Fans can cool individuals as well. The thing is that they are not great at cooling an entire room but cooling people is easily done. Ceiling fans running counter clockwise will help send air down to the floor as well. Placing a pan or bowl filled with ice in front of fan will offer a cooler breeze as well.

Keep the sun out by closing windows, drawing curtains, and tilting blinds to help keep out heat. South facing windows properly shaded will allow less direct sunlight in, north facing windsows allow natural light producing glares and no unwanted summer heat. East and west facing windows allow daylight into the house in the morning and evening, it does not cause glare but allows lots of heat into house. 

Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

How many times have you heard this old rhyme?? I can recall saying it lots with my friends. Ice cream is the perfect summer time treat for many. The truth is that ice cream is perfect for any time of year.

It seems that ice cream has a way of putting a smile on your face, bringing old and new friends together and simply making a day better than it was. The old saying is you can not be sad while eating ice cream.

2 cups cream
1 cup whole milk
5 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1 pint (1 basket, about 13 oz weight) strawberries
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Rinse, hull and slice the strawberries. Chop half of them into very small pieces and keep half of them sliced. Add the sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract and mix. Do this in advance so they have time to macerate, at least a few hours or overnight. The sugar, lemon juice and vanilla will cause the strawberries to soften and release some of their juice. Before mixing into the ice cream base, you’ll want to smash them a little more with a fork or puree part of them.   
To make the ice cream base, separate the eggs and put the yolks in a medium sized bowl. Add 1/4 cup of the sugar and whisk it into the egg yolks.
Get a big bowl and fill it with ice and a little water. Get a bowl just smaller than that and set it on top of the ice. You will be pouring the custard into that bowl to cool it down quickly. Set a small fine mesh strainer over the bowl.
In a medium sized heavy bottomed sauce pan, combine the cream, milk and remaining 1/2 cup of sugar. Heat until just below a simmer.
To temper the egg yolks before adding them to the cream mix, take about 1 cup of the hot cream/milk mix and whisk it into the egg yolks. Then add the egg yolks, whisking slowly, back into the cream/milk mix. Cook, being careful not to boil, until the mixture begins to thicken into a custard and will coat the back of a spoon. You do not want to over cook this or the eggs will start to scramble.
Pour the custard though the strainer set over the bowl on ice. The strainer will catch any bits of egg which might have over-cooked. Stir the custard until cool and then cover and refrigerate until completely cold, preferably overnight.
Freeze the ice cream according to the manufacturer’s instructions and add the strawberries in at the end during the last 5 minutes of churning.

Amelia Earhart

One person that has been able to capture Americans attention for over 3/4 of a century is Amelia Earhart. Who was she?? What did she do?? Why do we still think about and discuss the possiblilities of what might have happened.

Perhaps the first place you heard about Earhart was in grade school. She was the first female to fly across the Atlantic ocean, first to fly solo from Hawaii to California, and her final trip to fly around the world she mysteriously disappeeared without a trace in Pacific Ocean. Whatever did happen to her?? That is the question that haunts many.

There have been many searches that have taken place. The search for her twin engine plane has turned up no answers as well. Intelligence and technology has seemed to make no difference as of yet. There have thought of many things that may have happened but has of yet not figured out the entire story of what did happen.

Was this her plan??

Amelia's story:
On midnight July 2, 1937 she climbed into her plane in Papua New Guinea and flew away in th dark night. Along side was Fred Noonan, the 39 year old pilot who flew east toward Howland Island an island in central Pacific Ocean. Her adventure of circumnavigating the globe along the equator in a 29,000 mile flight would end in her disappearance.

The thought is that it may possible that Earhart was captured by the Japanese and died a prisoner.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Frito Dog

Frito Dogs Recipe

8 all beef hot dogs

8 hot dog buns

1 (15 ounce) can chili (with beans)

1  1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1  1/2 cups Frito chips (crushed)

Pickled jalapeno slices

1. In a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat cook the chili so heated through. Keep warm.

2.  Lightly grease the grill grates of an outdoor grill (you can also use an indoor grill pan or op[en fire). Heat the grill to medium-high heat. Place hot dogs onto the grill and grill until they are slightly charred on the outside.

3. Place hot dog buns onto the grill cut side down and grill until lightly toasted.

4. Place hot dogs onto the buns. Top with chili, shredded cheese,  pickled jalapeno slices, and crushed Frito chips.