Birthdays & Being Thankful!

February 7, 2014
** The Day **
I Turned Another Year Older

While in the car headed out to meet with two friends for lunch at The Corner Bistro. It was a GREAT lunch, with the Friends who were also with me when the Over the HILL 40th Birthday rolled around .. 22 years ago.  { February 7th  }

Late Yesterday (Thursday) I received a birthday card from my cousin in NC… a Phone call last night from TWO Aunts .. who then both sang “Happy Birthday” to me …

Then an e-mail this morning {Friday} from a (special) cousin in NC who said something like this “that on this day God had created a beautiful baby . and to enjoy my day” (something like that) {so I think I did OK}.. and then the lunch … arrive home…

Came home, (after checking in on Mom and Dad) & another phone call from my aunt with wishes again…. went back to Mom & Dad’s … and cake … (daddy now sleeping) SO mom and I watched the opening of the Sochi 2014 Olympics … and that was wonderful to share with my mother. (the cake was good too) …

A couple more ‘messages’ from two cousins….

So turning my age – is not bad …

I look forward to what the year has in store for me, & when things get tough as they sometimes do, I’ll have friends who will listen, give support, give hope, share LOVE…

Today – My Birthday

Today

Two Girl Friends
We spent the lunch time this afternoon
22 years later from my  previous post.  { February 7th  }
when we were a bit younger….

February 7th

February 7th

Twenty-Two Years ago .. I was celebrating my 40th Birthday with friends…. and today, I will celebrate with two of those friends with an afternoon lunch.

Life has had its ups and downs, but that is what happens when life marches
on no matter what occurs and how hard we try and stop it or even wish the wheels could turn back.

But life, it is what we make it. I’ve done OK … not the best at times, but I’m proud of who I am as a person. And with that, that is the most important gift I can give myself… not just today, but any given day.

Be proud, Walk tall, Cry when needed, Laugh as often as you can, Love with your heart, Pray, Share the Joys and Sorrows…. GROW within ones self, so others can also grow with you.

Thankful. That I have this LIFE.

Out with the OLD ~ In with the NEW

Happy New Year to all of the WordPress Families

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013

Not so fast

Not so fast

 

Dec. 26, 2012: This blue heron had been looking for food in a quiet marsh when it bit off more than it could chew with a feisty snake. The snake tightly wrapped its body around the heron’s beak before the bird had the chance to bite. After 15 minutes, the heron changed technique & started to bang the snake on the ground. The reptile’s grip began to wane & the heron gulped it down. (© Peter Brannon/Caters)

Johns Hopkins Update

Johns Hopkins Update

John Hopkins Update Friday

This HAS to be of interest to everyone…

FINALLY!!! News from the medical world that makes sense!!!

Johns Hopkins Update This is an extremely good article. Everyone should read it.   AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY (‘TRY’, BEING THE KEY WORD) TO ELIMINATE CANCER,JOHNS HOPKINS ISFINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY .

Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.

3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies,changing diet to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/day and by including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.   An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.   *CANCER CELLS FEED ON:

a. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.

b. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little other meat, like chicken. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

c. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including be an sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)..

Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit.   A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.   Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

1. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave..

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Please share this with your whole email list……………………. Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

This is an article that should be sent to anyone important in your life…

Damn, this is a great country!

Damn, this is a great country

This morning I went to sign my dogs up for welfare.

At first the lady said, “Dogs are not eligible to draw welfare.” So I explained to her that my dogs are mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no clue who their Daddy’s are. They expect me to feed them, provide them with housing and medical care. So she looked in her policy book to see what it takes to qualify. My dogs get their first checks on Friday.

Damn, this is a great country!

 

This orphaned baby bat

 is the cutest thing you’ll see all day

 

If you’re eating pancakes right now, don’t even bother pouring on the syrup. This is the sweetest thing you’ll see all day, nay, all week. This is the tale of Lil’ Drac, an orphaned short-tailed fruit bat who was raised by the folks at Bat World Sanctuary. Here’s his biography:

 

His mother was yet another casualty from zoo closures which are occurring across the US. She is a young mother who was stressed from the conditions in which she was kept, combined with the additional trauma of being captured and transferred to a new and unfamiliar environment. Consequently, she abandoned Lil’ Drac after he was born. He was found on the padded floor of the indoor flight enclosure at Bat World Sanctuary, curled up in a little ball.

 

Chestnuts

When I saw this today on the BING Page, and had

No idea as to what this could be,

but with the help of that little (i) thing found it said ‘Chestnut’.

So I went looking  via the BING & came across something

that sounded and looked interesting!

Recipes Using Chestnut

During this the Holiday Season for MOST

You might want to find try & share & make a new tradition!

Roasted Chestnuts

And as not to end there-vist this and find what just

might be a wonderful

Holiday Gathereing Favorite RECIPE!

Enjoy!

 

Thanksgiving Blessing begin …..

 

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving – give THANKS to those you love now – forever and always…remember those in stress – and never forget the life of ones we’ve loved and lost … Thankful that they have – did – in one way or another touch our lives to make them richer for our blessing today.

This is a wish card for you………..

A Thanksgiving masterpiece by Jacquie Lawson [link]

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Taco Recipes – Every Day with Rachael Ray

It might be early morning or just in time for these delicious looking tacos!

 

Avocado Salad-Topped Steak Tacos

Taco Recipes – Every Day with Rachael Ray.

 

**IRENE** Tracking Hurricanes

** This is a site that I do NOT remember how I found it – but I have found it to be the best I’ve seen and love it.   (better than local!)

If you click on the center of the map … it will enlarge.

I hope you find it useful and may all in Irene’s path stay safe.

I have family in both NC & VA and friends from the social networks all over I’m sure so my thoughts are with all those in the path.  When Irene started it was headed within a direct path of us – Jacksonville, Florida!

This is the link  http://www.stormpulse.com/

Also there is anopther TD #10 right behind – but last look may head up north away from the USA!  

Myanmar Fishermen

 Photo of the DAY

Find more Here

 

Marinated Mozzarella

*** Saw this & it looks so easy & delicious just wanted to

share with those of you who love to Eat! ***

 

Marinated Mozzarella
Marinated blocks of fresh mozzarella in an Mediterranean-inspired mixture of olive oil and seasonings, then top with tangy sun-dried tomatoes and fresh rosemary. Since it needs to marinate for 8-24 hours before serving, this appetizer is a great make-ahead choice.

Ingredients
3 (8-oz.) blocks mozzarella cheese
1 (8.5-oz.) jar sun-dried tomatoes, drained and halved
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Garnish: flat-leaf parsley sprigs or fresh rosemary stems

Preparation
1. Cut blocks of cheese into 1-inch cubes. Arrange cheese cubes and tomato halves in an 8-inch square baking dish.
 2. Whisk together 1/2 cup olive oil, chopped parsley, and next 6 ingredients; pour evenly over cheese cubes. Cover and chill at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours. Transfer mixture to a serving plate. Garnish with fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs, or spear tomato halves and cheese cubes with short rosemary stems, if desired. Drizzle with marinade, if desired.
 

from
Southern Living
OCTOBER 2007

Link to More……
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/marinated-mozzarella-10000001665328/

ENJOY!

Why you mustn’t eat too much GARLIC ……

Jiaozi of garlic chives and shrimp by Adonis Chen
Image via Wikipedia

WHY YOU MUSTN’T EAT TOO MUCH GARLIC  …………..Oh, I just could not resist sharing what I just found out about this via e-mail!

 

Oh – Go Down… 

 

 

 

 

 

Garlic

 

SEE Good Advise!

From the Kitchen of…..

Paula Deen holds court
Image by Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway via Flickr

Via Twitter ….. Paula Deen ….. wrote…..

Paula Deen
 

“If your cake recipe calls for nuts, heat them first in the oven, then dust with flour before adding to the batter.”

Sounds like great advise to me!

What a great country!!

The Great Lakes marina park at Menominee, Mich...
Image via Wikipedia

 

 

What a great country!!

 

Doesn’t this give you a warm fuzzy knowing those who have to solicit governmental assistance are able to eat well this weekend………

 

Found in a parking lot of a grocery store, Menominee, Michigan

UNLIKELY TRIO

They make an unlikely trio, but Baloo the bear, Leo the lion and Shere Khan the tiger have forged an unusually strong bond.

Considering that they would be mortal enemies if they ever were to meet in the wild, it is stunning to see their unique and  genuine friendship in these intimate pictures.

Rescued eight years ago during a police drug raid in Atlanta, Georgia, the three friends were only cubs at the time at barely two months old.

They had been kept as status symbol pets by drug barons.

Delivered to the Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue Centre in Locust Grove, Georgia, the decision was made to keep the  youngsters together, because of their budding rapport.
 
‘We could have separated them, but since they came as a kind of family, the zoo decided to keep them together,’ said  Diane Smith, assistant director of Noah’s Ark.    

‘To our knowledge, this is the only place where you’ll find this combination of animals together.’
 
Living with the zoo’s founders for the past eight years, Shere Khan, Baloo and Leo have now moved to a purpose-built  habitat where the US public can now witness first hand their touching relationships.

‘We didn’t have the money to move them at first,’ said Diane.

‘Now their habitat is sorted and they have been moved away from the children’s zoo areas where the public couldn’t really get a good look.

‘It is possible to see Baloo, who is a 1000lb bear, Shere Khan, a 350lb tiger and Leo, who is also 350lbs, messing around like brothers.

‘They are totally oblivious to the fact that in any other circumstance they would not be friends.’ 

Handled by Charles and Jama Hedgecoth, the zoo’s owners and founders, the three friendly giants appear to have no comprehension of their animal differences.

‘Baloo and Shere Khan are very close,’ says Diane.

‘That is because they rise early, and as Leo is a lion, he likes to spend most of the day sleeping.

‘It is wonderful and magical to see a giant American Black Bear put his arm around a Bengal and then to see the tiger nuzzle up to the bear like a domestic cat.

‘When Leo wakes up, the three of them mess around for most of the day before they settle down to some food.’ 
 

Surprisingly for three apex predators with the power to kill with a single bite or swipe of their paw, they are very relaxed around each other.

‘They eat, sleep and play together,’ said Jama.

‘As they treat each other as siblings they will lie on top of each other for heat and simply for affection.

‘At the moment, they are getting used to their new habitat.

‘Shere Khan is being quite reticent about the move, but Baloo, the bear, is very good at leading him on and making him feel comfortable and safe.’  

Explaining that the three ‘brothers’ have always seemed to share a unique bond, Charles said: ‘Noah’s Ark is their home and they could not possibly be separated from each other.

‘You just have to remember who you’re dealing with when you are with them, though. ‘It’s when you forget  that these fellows are wild animals that you get yourself in trouble.’ 

The trio’s new habitat had to be constructed carefully, in order to accommodate its occupants.

Jama said: ‘The clubhouse had to be very sturdy for the guys, because they all sleep in it together,’ 

She added: ‘We had to include a creek, because the tiger and the bear both like to be in water.’ 

http://www.noahs-ark.org/

Flower Garden Cake

Angel food cake
Image via Wikipedia

Makes 12 • From the kitchen of Grace Fugate Spencer

Ingredients

3/4 cup sugar
6 egg yolks, 6 egg whites separated
3/4 cup lemon juice
grated rind of 2 lemons
2 envelopes of plain gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
3/4 cup sugar
Angel food cake
whipped cream

Directions

Make a custard of the following ingredients: sugar, egg yolks, lemon juice, and grated rind of lemons. The custard should be cooked over water until it coats a spoon. Dissolve gelatin in cold water. Add to custard the dissolved gelatin. In a bowl, beat 6 egg whites very stiff and add gradually 3/4 cup sugar. Pour the lemon custard into egg whites. Tear into bite size pieces one large angel food cake then fold into above mixture lightly with two forks. Grease 8 x 12″ baking dish with salad oil and pour mixture into dish. Place in refrigerator and leave overnight. Before serving, ice with whipped cream. (Remove from refrigerator one hour before serving)

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