Saturday, October 12, 2019

Cinnamon Muffins


½ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk plus 1 tablespoon vinegar or just use regular milk)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Cinnamon/Sugar Mixture:
cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 F. degrees, grease a muffin tin.
Hand mix ingredients together, be careful to not over mix the batter. Cream butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg together. Add milk, flour, & baking soda & until combined.
In a separate bowl mix cup sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon together to create the cinnamon/sugar mixture.
Pour muffin tins half full of batter. Then sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture. Add more batter to fill almost to the top of muffin pan. Then sprinkle tops with remaining cinnamon/sugar mix.
Swirl batter around using a toothpick in the muffin cups.
Bake at 350 F. degrees for 20-25 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Let cool for a few minutes in pan then move to cooling rack.

Friday, October 11, 2019

You have what it takes to be successful. Go for it and make a difference

At age 88 Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Empire was a billionaire.

At age 5 his father died.
At age 16 he quit school.
At age 17 he had already lost four jobs.
At age 18 he got married.
Between ages 18 and 22, he was a railroad conductor and failed.
He joined the army and washed out there.
He applied for law school, he was rejected.
He became an insurance sales man and failed again.
At age 19 he became a father.
At age 20 his wife left him and took their baby daughter.
He became a cook and dishwasher in a small cafe.
He failed in an attempt to kidnap his own daughter, and eventually he convinced his wife to return home.
At age 65 he retired.
On the 1st day of retirement he received a check from the Government for $105.
He felt that the Government was saying that he couldn’t provide for himself.
He decided to commit suicide, life wasn’t worth living anymore; he had failed so much.
He sat under a tree writing his will, but instead, he wrote what he would have accomplished with his life. He realized there was much more that he hadn’t yet done. There was one thing he could do better than anyone he knew. And that was how to cook.
So he borrowed $87 against his check and bought and fried up some chicken using his recipe, and went door to door to sell them to his neighbors in Kentucky.
Remember, at age 65 he was ready to commit suicide.
But at age 88 Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Empire was a billionaire.
Moral of the story: It's never too late to start all over.
You have what it takes to be successful. Go for it and make a difference.

#kygirl #dontgiveup #jump
 — em Owensboro.

Friday, September 20, 2019

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way;

The day my father died, I was at the grocery store buying bananas.
I remember thinking to myself, “This is insane. Your dad just died. Why the hell are you buying bananas?”
But we needed bananas. We’d be waking up for breakfast tomorrow morning, and there wouldn’t be any bananas—so there I was.
And lots of other stuff still needed doing too, so over the coming days I would navigate parking lots, wait in restaurant lines, and sit on park benches; pushing back tears, fighting to stay upright, and in general always being seconds from a total, blubbering, room-clearing freak out.
I wanted to wear a sign that said: I JUST LOST MY DAD. PLEASE GO EASY.
Unless anyone passing by looked deeply into my bloodshot eyes or noticed the occasional break in my voice and thought enough to ask, it’s not like they’d have known what’s happening inside me or around me. They wouldn’t have had any idea of the gaping sinkhole that had just opened up and swallowed the normal life of the guy next to them in the produce section.
And while I didn’t want to physically wear my actual circumstances on my chest, it probably would have caused people around me to give me space or speak softer or move more carefully—and it might have made the impossible, almost bearable.
Everyone around you; the people you share the grocery store line with, pass in traffic, sit next to at work, encounter on social media, and see across the kitchen table—they’re all experiencing the collateral damage of living. They are all grieving someone, missing someone, worried about someone. Their marriages are crumbling or their mortgage payment is late or they’re waiting on their child’s test results, or they’re getting bananas five years after a death and still pushing back tears because the loss feels as real as it did that first day.
Every single human being you pass by today is fighting to find peace and to push back fear; to get through their daily tasks without breaking down in front of the bananas or in the carpool line or at the post office.
Maybe they aren’t mourning the sudden, tragic passing of a parent, but wounded, exhausted, pain-ravaged people are everywhere, everyday stumbling all around us—and yet most of the time we’re fairly oblivious to them:
Parents whose children are terminally ill.
Couples in the middle of divorce.
People grieving loss of loved ones and relationships.
Kids being bullied at school.
Teenagers who want to end their lives.
People marking the anniversary of a death.
Parents worried about their depressed teenager.
Spouses whose partners are deployed in combat.
Families with no idea how to keep the lights on.
Single parents with little help and little sleep.
Everyone is grieving and worried and fearful, and yet none of them wear the signs, none of them have labels, and none of them come with written warnings reading, I’M STRUGGLING. BE NICE TO ME.
And since they don’t, it’s up to you and me to look more closely and more deeply at everyone around us: at work or at the gas station or in the produce section, and to never assume they aren’t all just hanging by a thread. Because most people are hanging by a thread—and our simple kindness can be that thread.
We need to remind ourselves just how hard the hidden stories around us might be, and to approach each person as a delicate, breakable, invaluable treasure—and to handle them with care.
As you make your way through the world today, people won’t be wearing signs to announce their mourning or to alert you to the attrition or to broadcast how terrified they are—but if you look with the right eyes, you’ll see the signs.
There are grieving people all around you.
Go easy.
- John Pavlovitz

Thursday, September 19, 2019

-Lawyers should never ask a Texas grandma a question if they aren't prepared for the answer.

In a trial, a Texas small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand. He approached her and asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know me?' She responded, 'Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a boy, and frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to realize you'll never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.'

The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?'

She again replied, 'Why yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a
youngster, too. He's lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him.'

The defense attorney nearly died.

The judge asked both counselors to approach the bench and, in a very quiet voice, said,

'If either of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I'll send you both to the electric chair.....🤠

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Will an apple a day keep the doctor away?

 "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Could the common apple honestly help a person to maintain perfect health?
The first printed mention of this saying can be found in the February 1866 issue of the publication "Notes and Queries." The publication printed the proverb like this: "Eat an apple on going to bed, and you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread." Nearly 150 years later, variations of this adage are still quoted. It's unlikely that the saying would have maintained such popularity if there wasn't some truth to it, right? With that in mind, let's consider some of the apple's components and their effect on our health:
·         Pectin -- Pectin is a form of soluble fiber than lowers both blood pressure and glucose levels. It can also lower the levels of LDL, or "bad" cholesterol in the body. Pectin, like other forms of fiber, helps maintain the health of the digestive system. Apples are an excellent source of pectin.
·         Boron -- A nutrient found in abundance in apples, boron supports strong bones and a healthy brain.
·         Quercetin -- A flavonoid, this nutrient shows promise for reducing the risk of various cancers, including cancers in the lungs and breast. It may also reduce free radical damage. Free radicals develop when atoms in the body's cells have unpaired electrons, which can lead to damage to different parts of the cell, including DNA. Quercetin may neutralize free radical damage, which has been implicated in a variety of age-related health problems, including Alzheimer's disease.
·         Vitamin C -- Vitamin C boosts immunity, which helps maintain overall health.
·         Phytonutrients -- Apples are rich in a variety of phytonutrients, including vitamins A and E and beta carotene. These compounds fight damage from free radicals and can have a profound affect on health, including reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and asthma.
Apples also act as a toothbrush, cleaning teeth and killing bacteria in the mouth, which may reduce the risk of tooth decay. They're also low in calorie density, one of the trademarks of a healthy food. When a food is low in calorie density you can eat good size portions of the food for relatively few calories. In addition, apples are affordable and readily available.
Are apples the secret to a long life?

An apple a day can reduce the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and many types of cancer. However, would you be able to avoid the doctor entirely just by eating a bunch of the forbidden fruit? Not likely. Various studies show health benefits when participants eat an apple between three and five times a week, but all ailments cannot be cured by diet alone.
Are other fruits just as good for you as apples? Sure. All fruits are loaded with nutrients that are building blocks to good health. Bananas are loaded with potassium, which is important for a healthy heart and proper muscle function. Blackberries are loaded with fibre, and strawberries contain vitamin C and fibre.
Like cranberries, blueberries help prevent and fight urinary tract infections. They are also a bit tastier than cranberries, which most people only enjoy when combined with plenty of added sugar. Apricots, fresh or dried, are high in beta-carotene.
When choosing drinks, apple juice barely makes the top 10. Pomegranate juice, wine and purple grape juice are high in antioxidants, with apple juice in the tenth spot, right behind tea. One of the things that makes apples so incredibly healthy is the amount of fibre they contain, but that has lost during juicing.
If all fruits are nutritional powerhouses, why are apples the only one to be included in the folklore? At the time the adage emerged, apples were easy to grow (and still are). Once harvested, they could remain in storage for nearly a year. Recent studies have shown that, unlike many fruits and vegetables, the nutritional benefits of apples remain relatively stable as long as 200 days after harvest.
While an apple a day will go a long way toward keeping the doctor away, most nutritionists recommend a varied diet. In addition to apples, fill your shopping cart with citrus fruits, tropical treats like mangos, and a variety of berries, which pack a nutritional punch. Eating several servings of a varied selection of fruits each day is truly the best way to keep the doctor away.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

·         2 cupsunbleached all-purpose flour(10oz, 283g)
·         3/4 teaspoonbaking soda
·         1/2 teaspoonbaking powder
·         1/2 teaspoonsalt
·         1 teaspooncinnamon
·         1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
·         1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
·         2 large eggs beaten lightly
·         3/4 cup granulated sugar (5.25oz, 149g)
·         1 ½ cups very ripe bananas soft, darkly speckled, mashed well (13.65oz, 387g) (about 3 medium)
·         1/4 cup plain yogurt (2oz, 57g)
·         6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled (3oz, 85g)
·         1 teaspoon vanilla
·         6-8 ounces milk chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips (170-228g)
·         1-2 ounces chocolate chips for sprinkling on top optional (28-57g)

1.            Preheat oven to 350F. Place rack in middle of oven.
2.    Prepare a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan by buttering and flouring the base only if it is non-stick. Butter also the sides if it is not a non-stick. Non-stick baking spray can be used instead of butter and flour.
3.    In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Whisk to combine. Reserve 1/2 tablespoon flour and mix with 6-8 ounces chocolate chips.
4.    In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar. Add mashed bananas, yogurt, melted butter, and vanilla. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
5.    Gently fold the wet and dry ingredients together, just until the dry ingredients are moistened. The batter should be thick and chunky, but without any streaks of unincorporated flour.
6.    Gently fold in the chocolate chips that have been tossed with flour.
7.    Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and smooth. Sprinkle on additional chocolate chips if desired.
8.    Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean, about 55 minutes.
9.    Remove from oven and cool on a rack for 5 minutes. Remove loaf from pan and let cool on rack. (If you did not butter and flour the sides of the pan, you may need to run a sharp knife in between the sides pan and the loaf.)
10. Serve warm or at room temperature.

For a no-yogurt Banana Bread:
*Replace yogurt with 2 additional tablespoons of butter, bringing the butter to 8 tablespoons (4oz, 113g).
*Replace baking soda with 1-teaspoon baking powder.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread freezes very well. After cooling completely, either wrap the whole loaf or individual slices tightly in plastic wrap. Let the whole loaf thaw to room temperature. Individual slices can be microwaved for about 30 seconds directly from the freezer.

Going Grey Gracefully

Beautiful women who are ditching hair dye in order to show off their natural grey hair aren’t just women saving money on trips to the hair salon. They are not just a bunch of older women who are fed up with social norms. Women shouldn’t be ashamed or embarrassed by the grey hairs on their heads or feel any need to cover up. They are brave and beautiful women of all ages willing to celebrate themselves, their hair, and their life in the face of questions and leers. They are paving the way for other women to resist social expectations and embrace their hair colour, eye colour, body shape, shoe size, or whatever. While social media, magazines, and social norms are all clamouring for them to “hide their gray hair,” these women are choosing to love themselves instead.

Top Ten Ways to Stay Stylish and Look Great.


"The other day I had the wonderful opportunity to interview an amazingly stylish 98 year old woman by the name of Rose . I met her a few weeks ago when I stopped to take her photo off of Madison Ave. She told me that she never allows anyone to take her picture, and she is not quite sure why she decided to say yes to me that fateful day. After appearing on Advanced Style, her grandchildren emailed me telling me that Rose loved her picture and that I could come by her place and ask a few questions about her life and style! Even more inspiring than Roses' fantastic fashion sense is positive outlook on life; Enjoy every moment and be happy with what you have.At 98, she has more vitality and spirit than most people half her age." (as told by Ari, creator of Advanced Style, October 26, 2010)

Find your perfect perfume, people will remember you by your scent. Rose is known for her Pauline Trigère fragrance. She tells her granddaughter "I'll give you anything in the world, but I won't give you my perfume".
Belts and Beads. Rose believes that a belt or unique strand of beads can really make an outfit and they don't have to cost a fortune.
Take care of your feet and wear good shoes, but when you are going out for a night on the town, "Fashion comes before comfort". At 98, Rose goes out every single night!
"Walking is a must, it's better than doctors or medicine."
No need to use expensive moisturizers, Rose swears by Oil of Olay which she has been using for decades.
"Inexpensive lipstick is as good as expensive, only better!" Rose has tried every brand from Chanel to Lauder and has recently been turned on to Revlon.
Be Unique: "If everyone is wearing it, then it is not for me".
"Be smart enough to know what you don't know".
If you have trouble reading the dinner menu, Lorgnettes are a fashionable and elegant alternative to reading glasses.
"Be happy, enjoy what you have at every moment!"


Stay Organized. "If you take a toothpick out, or a pair of pantyhose, or a hundred dollar bill, always put it back where you found it, because if you add up the time you spend looking for it later, that's a waste of time"
"Always tell the truth because if you don't you'll have to think of another lie."
"Be More, appear Less."
"Always take the phone off the hook when you are in the bath."
"Make friends with the Maître De."
"Never loan, Never borrow."
"Never keep anyone waiting. Always be 15 minutes early."
"Never look back, always look forward."
"Don't be afraid to tell your age, that's silly. Be proud of your age."
"Don't frequent a restaurant where they don't crumb the table

Monday, July 22, 2019

Cat, ladybug on nose crosstitch pattern

Bolo gelado

- 2/3chavenas de açúcar X 2
- 6 folhas de gelatina incolor
- 6 ovos grandes
- sumo e raspa de limão grande
- morangos e kiwi
Barra-se com manteiga uma forma de buraco.
À parte fatia-se a torta e os frutos e forra-se a forma,
deixando algumas fatias de tudo para depois meter no creme.
Mistura-se num tacho as gemas bem batidas com uma das chávenas de açúcar e mexe-se bem, até fazer um creme.
Acrescenta-se o sumo e a raspa do limão e vai-se mexendo sempre até engrossar um pouco.
Desliga-se o fogão e à parte demolham-se as folhas de gelatina em água fria, acrescentando depois ao creme e mexe-se.
À parte batem-se bem as claras em castelo e acrescenta-se a outra chávena de açucar e envolve-se bem sem bater.Mistura-se o creme lentamente, envolvendo apenas, sem bater. Vai-se deitando camadas de creme alternando com cubos de torta e pedacinhos dos frutos, até encher a forma.
A ultima camada deve ser de torta fininha.Vai ao congelador e depois para desenformar deve-se colocar o fundo da forma em agua quente, só até soltar o bolo.
É muito fácil de desenformar.
*PS. - Enquanto fizer o bolo a forma já forrada deve estar no congelador senão com o calor vi cair tudo no fundo.