Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My Mother Eloise's Meat Stuffed Yellow Squash

Made from Leftovers use any meat you have left over

4 mediums cut 1/2 lengthwise summer squash makes 8 halves
2 cups croutons croutons your flavor
1 cup melted real butter
2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack-Colby cheese
1 cup shredded chicken (option: turkey, or crumbled bacon)

1.  Wash Squash
2.  Cut Squash in half length wise.
3.  Scrape out the vegetable in the middle and save in a mixing bowl.
4.  Lightly Steam squash halves in microwave or steamer.

In medium mixing bowl, mix croutons, cheese, chicken (or your choice of meat) butter, and squash you scraped out.
Mix well

Stuff lightly steamed squash with mixture.
Bake at 300 degrees for 8 min. or 3-6 mins in microwave until warm and cheese is melted.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Oven Roasted Green Beans

1 pound green beans
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 juliann red bell pepper
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

1.  Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil.
2.  In a mixing bowl, add the olive oil, green beans, minced garlic,  salt and pepper. Toss well.
3.  Spread the green beans out on the foiled lined baking sheet.
4.  Roast in the oven for 6 minutes,  add red bell pepper strips tossing quickly at around 6 minutes.
5.  Roast in oven for another 2 or 3 mins.
6.  Let cook slightly before serving.
   Serve Oven Roasted Garlic Green Beans as side dish with favorite meat, chicken or pork chops meal.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tip 1: Creating That Perfect Halloween Costume For Less

There as thousands of Halloween costumes to choose from these days.  And many costs more than $100 to buy.

Tip:1 Choose a Halloween costume with your child that you both can create together.  You may not be able to sew, but I am sure you can use a glue gun.

Go to the dollar stores, Salvation Army etc.

Friday, May 7, 2010


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 1. Gourmet coffees with a personal coffee cup
 2. Card, E card, home made card
 3. Child's artwork, framed
 4. Journal with special inscription inside
 5. Teacup with box of herbal tea
 6. Deck of cards and book of card game rules
 7. Homemade cocoa mix in a pretty jar
 8. Collage of special photos
 9. Gel pens and pretty stationary
10. Bottle of sparkling cider
11. Home baked bread, include recipe
12. Disposable camera or rolls of film
13. Basket filled with deli cheese and fruit
14. Craft supplies
15. Holiday serving bowl or platter
16. Pretty basket filled with special jams or mustards
17. Decorative napkins and napkin rings
18. Fancy chocolate bars tied with a ribbon
19. Gardening gloves with a plant or flower seeds
20. Photo album, hand decorated is even better
21. Makeup tote
22. Prepaid photo developing envelopes
23. Homemade cookie mix with instructions for baking
24. Variety of bread mixes
25. Special coffee cup filled with candy
26. Fancy magazines tied together with a pretty ribbon
27. Gourmet popcorn and flavored oil
28. Locally made barbeque or steak sauce with basting brush
29. Pancake or waffle mix and a bottle of real maple syrup
30. Movie theater gift certificates
31. Board games
32. Jar of sourwood or pure honey with biscuit mix
33. Note cards and book of stamps
34. Picture frames, buy them on sale!
35. Specialty cookbook
36. Pretty glass jar filled with candy
37. Collectible sports cards
38. Muffin mixes with muffin pan
39. Books, there are still a few for under $10
40. Set of dish towels and dish cloths
41. Nail polish kit
42. Pretty night shirt
43. Basket filled with kitchen gadgets
44. Video rental gift certificates
45. Pepper mill and fresh peppercorns
46. Handwritten copies of your favorite recipes
47. For the pets, gourmet dog biscuits or cat treats
48. Baking pans and supplies
49. Prepaid long distance phone cards
50. Small clock or radio
51. Pretty box for keepsakes
52. Colorful Post-It notepads
53. Address book
54. Christmas ornaments
55. Puzzles
56. Blank video or cassette tapes
57. Sewing supplies
58. Flashlight with batteries
59. Favorite quote embroidered on a nice handkerchief
60. Makeup brush set
61. Expensive socks, still under $10
62. Special soaps and bath puff
63. and don't forget my absolute favorite... home baked cookies! 

64. home grown flowers, roses
65. flowering plant
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Monday, May 3, 2010

Brand vs Store Brand

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 Big-brand consumer products companies are starting to win the battle for shoppers who traded down to store brands by cutting prices, rolling out both lower- and higher-priced new products, and pumping up promotions. Even with new Brand name products many are still higher priced than store brands that are the same product or very similar. Although some name brand products

Procter & Gamble Co., Colgate-Palmolive Co. and Unilever NV all showed strong sales growth in Thursday's quarterly earnings report, although P&G's results were hurt by charges including from the U.S. health-care overhaul, and Colgate took a hit from the currency devaluation in Venezuela. While consumers are still minding their budgets, the rising sales are an encouraging, if tentative, sign of economic rebound after more than a year of shopper cutbacks.

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"These are companies that sell everyday household products," said Jack Russo of Edward Jones, who covers P&G and Colgate. "Procter has been introducing products that have more of a value equation. I wouldn't say that consumers are jumping back in on the premium products."

The three companies' sales surged overall, particularly in emerging markets and after price cuts meant to lure consumers back from cheaper private label and store brands.

"We are doing what we have to do price-wise to stay price-competitive," Bob McDonald, P&G chairman and CEO, told investors on a conference call.

Colgate shares fell 20 cents to $84.80 Thursday, while P&G was off 97 cents, or 1.5 percent, at $62.20.

P&G is trying to combine brand strength with lower-priced alternatives while also grabbing shoppers' attention with upgraded products and marketing. The maker of Tide detergent and Pampers diapers says revenue rose 7 percent, to $19.2 billion, while profit dipped 1 percent to $2.59 billion, or 83 cents per share, with a 5-cents-a-share charge for costs from health-care changes in its third fiscal quarter.

Colgate-Palmolive, maker of Colgate toothpaste, Palmolive dishwashing liquid and Ajax cleanser, saw revenue rise more than 9 percent, to $3.83 billion. But first-quarter earnings fell 30 percent, to $357 million, or 69 cents per share, after the company took a charge for the currency changes in Venezuela, a key South American market.

Unilever NV, the maker of Lipton tea, Dove soap and Ben & Jerry's ice cream, reported a 33 percent jump in first-quarter profit and a revenue increase of 6.7 percent.

"In cutting prices, Unilever continues to up the pressure on rivals" analyst Keith Bowman of Hargreaves Lansdown said in an earnings note. He described the company's strategy as "intense advertising combined with successful product innovation and stringent cost control."

Unilever and P&G had to cut prices in the quarter because people are more apt to trade down to off-brand home products, said David Kolpak, managing director at Victory Capital Management in Cleveland.

"Consumers are just flat-out a lot more loyal to branded products when it comes to stuff you use for your appearance and your health than when it comes to mopping your floor or cleaning your countertops," he said.
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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Lower Your Blood Pressure

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Want to lower your blood pressure in four simple steps? It's not as difficult as you think, and the benefits include a decreased risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and eye problems, erectile dysfunction, cognitive difficulties, and osteoporosis. Adopt the following:

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  1. Quit Smoking. Smoking can temporarily spike blood pressure, damage blood vessel walls, and raise your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. While quitting smoking can be a challenge, natural support such as Dr. Gurgevich's CD "Hypnotic Tonic to Remove Tobacco Addiction" can help - find it in our Marketplace.
  1. Exercise. Research shows that regular aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, swimming, and cycling, can reduce blood pressure, possibly by keeping blood vessels flexible. Regular exercise can also help you lose weight and keep it off, which is crucial to the success of any high blood pressure treatment plan. Start slowly and aim for 30 minutes of aerobic activity most days of the week. Or go fishing yes believe it or not fishing.
  1. Stay calm. Stress can raise blood pressure, while relaxation techniques appear to lower it. Learn and practice a mind-body approach such as breath work, yoga, or meditation and take advantage of its benefits regularly. 
  1. Eat a healthy diet. Adequate intake of micronutrients, including calcium, magnesium and vitamin C, is essential to maintain blood vessel tone and healthy circulation.
     5.  Foods That Help:  Spinach, unsalted sunflower seeds, beans (black, white, navy, lima, 
         pinto, kidney)skim milk, and dark chocolate

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    Building Stronger Bones

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    Stronger bones are an asset. The bones in your body make up your skeletal frame, and that is what holds your body in the shape it is. Having strong dense bones is essential to good posture, strength and balance. Women are more likely to experience the effects of osteoporosis than men Says, Toni House CEO First Tax Solution LLC and author of Save Your Money, Save Your Family(book on Save Your Money, Save Your Family

    Bone is a living tissue containing blood vessels, nerves, and marrow, where blood cells are created. Peak bone mass is reached at the age of around thirty. After this age, bone mass starts to decrease at a rate of one percent per year. Before menopause, women lose bone at a rate comparable to men (rate of one percent per year). After menopause, women lose bone two to six times faster than premenopausal women due to the loss of estrogen (the rate returns to one percent 10 years after menopause). Every person's goal should be to maximize bone building when young and slow down age-related bone loss after the age of 30. Bone density is measured by a painless, low-radiation X-ray as number called T-score and is compared to that of an average person between 20 to 30 years old. A normal score is between -1 and +1. A score of -2 or below may indicate osteoporosis.

    Osteoporosis is a huge problem in India. One in three women and one in eight men in India suffer from osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become weak, brittle and may break easily. While several factors are involved in developing osteoporosis, the disease is largely preventable by taking steps to build strong bones. So here are a few things about building stronger bones:


          Get Sunshine: Vitamin D plays a critical role in the preservation of bone health. Without sufficient Vitamin D, your body cannot absorb the calcium to build stronger bones. The best source of vitamin D is through exposure to direct sunlight. Three times a week for about 10 to 15 minutes is enough sunlight for an average adult.

          Eat green vegetables: Dark leaft greens not only give you calcium, but vitamin K, potassium, and other minerals you need to lay down bone. Vitamin K found in dark leafy greens is beneficial for bone strength, the immune system and blood. Dark green veggies like parsley, broccoli and spinach (palak) have a lot of calcium in them too.

          Drink milk daily: When you think of calcium-rich food, the first thing that should come to your mind is milk. Having a glass a day provides you with 300 mg of calcium. Although dairy products are high in calcium, they can also be high in fat so always prefer the one made from skimmed milk. For those who are lactose intolerant, you can have calcium fortified soy milk.

          Say No to caffeine: 4 or more cups of coffee per day can causes calcium to be excreted in the urine thus increasing the risk of fracture. If you drink more than this amount though, stick to decaffeinated coffee.

          No Soft Drinks: Most soft drinks or soda contains phosphoric acid which also removes calcium from bones. Some drinks also contain excessive amounts of caffeine which also affects the bone health.

          Cut back on Meat: Limit or avoid high-protein animal foods. When meat is consumed, it creates an acidic environment in your stomach. To balance that, minerals like calcium are drawn from your bones which results in weak and brittle bones. Replace some of your red meat with calcium-rich varieties of fish and seafood.

          Quit Smoking/Alcohol: Smoking weakens bones and can lead to osteoporosis. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can contribute to fracture.

          Calcium Supplements: If you are unable to get enough calcium from your diet, then calcium supplements are an alternative. Although they are not as good as natural sources and should be only used as supplements and not as a primary source. Calcium supplements are available in tablets, powders, liquids, and chewable chocolate.

          Reduce Stress: Cortisol is a hormone produced when your body is under stress and causes calcium to be pulled from the bones. Try meditation exercises to reduce stress from daily lives.

          Increase fruit intake: Bananas are extremely rich in potassium and calcium. Kiwis are another great fruit that helps your bones grow stronger. Dried plums or prunes increase calcium absorption and help in preventing common orthopedic problem.

          Add B-complex vitamins to your diet: Your body also uses a variety of B vitamins in bone building, particularly folate and vitamin B6. A recently published study showed that when serum (the clear liquid part of coagulated blood) levels of vitamin B6 and folate are low, bones change and become weak. The best sources are liver, eggs, lean meats, yeast, fish, asparagus, beans (like kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils), raw nuts, spinach, broccoli and bananas.

          Get exercise: You need to start regular exercise program. Exercises that put extra pressure on specific bones stimulate your bones and help keep them strong. This type of exercise not only includes lifting weights, but also anything that involves impact (bearing your own body weight) like running, walking, dancing, etc. If you have a health condition or are new to exercise, talk to your doctor and make sure the workout you choose is safe for you.

    It is recommended that you get tested for osteoporosis if you are over the age of 65. These changes are small, but the payoff could be big and remember it is never too late for us to start living better lives.

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    Friday, April 30, 2010

    We Need More Fiber

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    What is dietary fiber?

    Dietary fiber, also known as roughage or bulk, includes all parts of plant foods that your body can't digest or absorb. Unlike other food components such as fats, proteins or carbohydrates — which your body breaks down and absorbs — fiber isn't digested by your body. Therefore, it passes relatively intact through your stomach, small intestine, colon and out of your body. It might seem like fiber doesn't do much, but it has several important roles in maintaining health.

    Fiber is commonly classified into two categories: those that don't dissolve in water (insoluble fiber) and those that do (soluble fiber).

        * Insoluble fiber. This type of fiber promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk, so it can be of benefit to those who struggle with constipation or irregular stools. Whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts and many vegetables are good sources of insoluble fiber.
        * Soluble fiber. This type of fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Soluble fiber is found in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium.

    below is a list of fruit that also cans the fiber we need everyday: Eat healthy to sat healthy says, Toni House CEO First Tax Solution LLC, and author of Save Your Money, Save Your Family (also available at Amazon)Save Your Money, Save Your Family Amazon

    1. Raspberries,
    2. Blackberries,
    3. Strawberries,
    4. Prunes,  
    5. Papaya,
    6. Orange,
    7. Apple,
    8. Pears,
    9. Figs, dried,
    10. Avocado,
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    Thursday, April 29, 2010

    Ladies, Lifting Weights will help You Build Stronger Bones

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    You don't aspire to have the body of an Olympic powerlifter, so why should you add strength training to your workout schedule? "You'd have to be crazy not to lift weights," says Women's Health fitness director Adam Campbell. When done properly, he says, it is more about losing weight quicker, living longer, being smarter and looking great in a swimsuit than building bulging 20-inch biceps.

    Lifting weights is also good for building stronger bones for women. Says, Toni House CEO First Tax Solution LLC and Author of Save Your Money, Save Your Family. (book at amazon)Exercise and eating right. Milk, green vegetables and stop smoking are just some of the keys to living heathier.
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    Reduce Stress Will help fight Canker Sores

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    If you find that daily stress and fatigue manifest as canker sores you aren't alone. Mouth ulcers  are common and can be very painful, even if they are barely visible. The cause of canker sores remains unknown, although a popular theory holds that they are autoimmune in nature - the result of an attack by the immune system on the body's own tissues. They may also be a result of deficiencies of folic acid, iron or vitamin B12.

    Canker sores are often triggered by stress, fatigue, certain foods (including nuts, acidic foods and sweets) and occasionally by toothpaste containing the additive sodium lauryl sulfate. While they are painful, there are ways to reduce discomfort and speed the healing process. Try making a tablet of DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) extract into a paste, or make a paste from DGL powder and coat the paste over the sore. Do this four times a day until the sore has disappeared. A daily B-100, B-complex vitamin supplement may also help support the health of oral mucosa.

    Perhaps most important are mind-body approaches, such as visualization, hypnosis or relaxation techniques, which can reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks.Says, Dr.Weil

    These list of fruits also have folic acid and are full of other nutrients like vitamin C, fiber, carotenoids, calcium, says Toni House CEO First Tax Solution LLC and author of Save Your Money, Save Your Family
    1. Avocado
    2. Papaya
    3. Guava
    4. Cantaloupe
    5. Orange
    6. Apricots (dried, unsulfured)
    7. Mango
    8. Strawberries (organic)
    9. Kiwi
    10. Grapefruit (pink or red)

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