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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Pumpkin Cheesecake

October 21st should be the tops for both pumpkin lovers and cheesecake lovers. Cheesecake is a sweet dessert made up of soft cheese, cream cheese or cottage cheese, eggs, sugar all on a graham cracker crust, crushed cookies, pastry or sponge cake. Fall is perfect time to add pumpkin to so many things and cheesecake is perfect for pumpkin. Whether you swirl it through, mix throughout with all ingredients or layer. Just like adding the pumpkin cheesecakes can be prepared by baking or not. 

Did you know:::::::::::
Cheesecake may date back in time to Ancient Greece. A famous greek physician wrote a book on the art of making cheesecakes. 

It was in America that one of the most loved ingredients in cheesecakes was created. James Kraft created a form of pasteurized cream cheese in 1912. Kraft acquired the Philadelphia trademark and sold the cream cheese under pasteurized Philadelphia Cream Cheese. 

Cheesecake styles in North America include:

New York-style cheesecake
Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake
Farmer cheese cheesecake
Country-style cheesecake
Lactose-free cheesecake
Cheesecake Kludys
Chicago Style Cheesecake
Savory cheesecake

Make Up Some Mango Pancakes for the One You Love on Sweetest Day

One holiday that will find celebrated in the Midwestern United States, parts of Northeastern United States, Texas and part of Florida is a day known as Sweetest day. While you may be like me and not familiar with such a holiday it is a day to share romantic deeds or expressions. Some accuse the candy company for solely increasing sales of sweets.

Sweetest day was on October 10, 1921 in Cleveland. The day was first planned by a committee of 12 confectioners. Over 20,000 boxes of candy to "newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor" It was meant to bring sweets to those that may not have had them

Today I encourage you to be generous even in the smallest ways. Small tokens improve the lives of those around us who are suffering or going without. This day originated at candy day in 1916 but has came to mean so much more. Today why not treat the ones you love. Make up some great dish like these Mango pancakes. I hope you enjoy and have a sweet day

1/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup mango pulp, pureed
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp sugar
a pinch of salt
cut mango for garnish

Whisk cream cheese and sugar together. Add mango puree and continue whisking. Add egg, milk, and oil. Add dry ingredients and fold into the batter. Heat a nonstick pan and our batter on it. Cook on low heat.Flip once the bubbles appear on the sides. Cook until browned. Serve with mangoes.

recipe source here

Friday, October 20, 2017

Awareness for Osteoporosis

One in every three women and one in every five men over the age 50 will experience fractures because of osteoporosis. Extreme pain, long term disability are often the result of Osteoporosis. Did you know that this disease can also be life threatening. Medical has had vast advances to find help for this disease the problem is that only a small minority will ever get treatment. World osteoporosis day is being observed today as it will and has been observed on October 20th since 1996. This day is to help bring awareness to Osteoporosis and what you can personally do to help keep your bones healthy.

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes to little bone or both. Bones will become weak and may break from a fall or even from sneezing if the disease is serious. Osteoporosis means "porous bone" Healthy bone looks like a honeycomb but the holes and spaces in the honeycomb are much larger when osteoporosis is present. Bones lose their density or mass and contain abnormal tissue structure. Individuals 50 or older who break a bone should have a bone density test ran.

Regular exercise and a healthy diet with nutrients calcium , protein and vitamin D included in the diet will help you on the right path to keep your bones healthy. Not being involved with negative life styles such as smoking and excessive drinking will also help greatly. There are test your doctor can run to check your bone health bring this to your doctors attention and see if you should have the test ran.

Those who have high risk for Osteoporsis include 

Autoimmune Disorders

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
Multiple sclerosis
Ankylosing spondylitis
Digestive and Gastrointestinal Disorders

Celiac disease
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Weight loss surgery
Medical Procedures

Gastrointestinal bypass procedures

Breast cancer
Prostate cancer
Hematologic/Blood Disorders

Leukemia and lymphoma
Multiple myeloma
Sickle cell disease
Neurological/Nervous System Disorders

Parkinson’s disease
multiple sclerosis (MS)
Spinal cord injuries
Blood and bone marrow disorders

Mental Illness

Eating disorders
Endocrine/Hormonal Disorders

Cushing’s syndrome
Irregular periods
Premature menopause
Low levels of testosterone and estrogen in men
Other Diseases and Conditions

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema
Female athlete triad (includes loss of menstrual periods, an eating disorder and excessive exercise)
Chronic kidney disease
Liver disease, including biliary cirrhosis
Organ transplants
Polio and post-polio syndrome
Poor diet, including malnutrition
Weight loss

Thursday, October 19, 2017

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

One in three American's have experienced domestic violence in her lifetime. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says that this number is more than those affected by breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer. Many Americans feels that discussing this issue is not appropriate and thus lies the problem.

Here are some ways that you can help:

Encourage employer to create a domestic violence policy that offers education and training

Organize a moment of silence in honor of victim and survivors

share on facebook and twitter

Replace light bulbs outside of home with purple light bulbs

wear purple

Research position of candidates running for elected office. How do they stand on domestic violence

Help raise money to help fun local womans shelter

Mini Caramel Apples

3 large Granny Smith apples
18 sucker sticks
1½ cups caramel baking bits or caramel chews of choice
1 tablespoon heavy cream
Optional Toppings: crushed nuts, crushed cookies, sprinkles

Peel apples.
Using a melon baller, scoop out apple balls.
Insert the sucker stick into the apple. Be careful not to puncture the stick through the other end.
In a small pot add caramel baking bits and heavy cream.
Melt over low heat, stirring constantly until completely melted.
Fill a small bowl with icy water. Set aside.
Thoroughly dry the apple with a paper towel to remove excess moisture from the surface.
Dip the apple into the mixture, swirling to coat and being sure to get the caramel on the stick a little. This will help keep out the water on the next step.
Immediately dip the caramel apple into the icy water for a few second to quick set the caramel.
Dry the caramel off gently with a paper towels.
Press the top of the caramel apple into desired topping if using.
Place caramel apple into the fridge or freezer to finish setting.
Remove from fridge of freezer.
Repeat with all the mini caramel apples.

Do get the caramel down the stick about ¼ of an inch to create a seal so the water won't seep in.
Be sure the water is super, duper cold and icey.
Only dip the caramel into the water for a few minutes. You want a soft set, not a rock hard one.
Gently dry the caramels off with a paper towel when they come out of the water OR place them right into the fridge or freezer.
Be sure to squeeze the apple balls in a paper towel to remove the excess moisture BEFORE placing into the caramel. If caramel doesn't cling to the apple then you did not dry it off enough.

recipe resource : Divas Can Cook

Seafood Gumbo

Seafood Gumbo

Serves 4 - 6

1 Onion, finely diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 red chilli, finely diced
100 g (3.5 oz) Chorizo, sliced
1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
420 g (14.8 oz) can condensed tomato soup
2 x 400 g (14 oz) can diced tomatoes (I used Mexican spiced)
4 Cups vegetable stock
400 g white flesh fish, cut into pieces
300 g raw prawn meat

1. Heat a dash of oil in a large saucepan, cook pepper, onion, chilli, and chorizo for about 3 minutes. Add the condensed soup, tomatoes, stock, herbs, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

2. Add the seafood and cook for a further 5 minutes.

3. Serve gumbo accompanied with a chunky, crusty bread.

It's O.k. To Be A Dork

There is nothing wrong with having Dorky habits. This post will introduce you to a few that may surprise you. 

Robin Williams was considered by many to be a dork. He loved comic books, dungeons and dragons, and his favorite series was "legend of zelda". His daughter in fact was named Zelda.

You may consider Stephen Colbert a dork as well. His love of Lord of the Rings has earned him the title of Tolkien geek. His profession of debating politics and news should land him a bit of credit towards a dork as well.

Let's do some talking about Tim Duncan a basketball player who has earned five championships, two MVP awards, an astounding 15 All-Star appearances. You may think a sports fanatic like this could not be considered a dork and you would be wrong. Duncan has a bigger fascination with Merlin than Williams did with Zelda. Desiring to be nicknamed the "Merlin" by his team-mates which did not happen Duncan got a tat of the famous "Merlin". Look for the tattoo on his chest, you wont be able to miss it. Merlin may be where it all started by Tim Duncan list of "dork" goes on with being fan of D&D, Renaissance , and video games. 

Supermodels  Lyndsey Duncan may not hav the most intellectually challenging job in the world but that does not mean she does not have the ability to do so. In high school Lyndsey learned to program games onto her graphing calculator. While she started a career at modeling she also has created apps for apple, 

Patrick Dempsey talented juggler has also starred as a heart-throb on Grey's Anatomy, starred in Transformers and in Meatballs III but did you know he could juggle. He not only loves to juggle but takes great pride in his effort to do so. He has been at it for quite some time so if you are looking for a juggler and know Patrick Dempsey you may want to contact him