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I love the Lord and my big crazy family. My husband and I have been together for 41 years. I am a mother of two grown children and a grandmother to four biological grandchildren and six others. I own and operate my own home care business primarily for the elderly. Many sites have been sold or did upgrades which messed up back links, if you find a broken link let me know and I will fix it.I have written online articles for Bubblews, Seekyt, TopicSpotter and Triond. You may still find some of my articles on Ehow/Demand Studio.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Hawaiian Rolls: Copy Cat Recipe

I am not sure where I found this copycat recipe for the Hawaiian Rolls a couple of years ago; however, no matter the occasion, whether Thanksgiving, Christmas or an everyday dinner they are fantastic and will not last long.
 

Ingredients for Hawaiian Rolls:

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice; room temperature 
  • 1/2 cup warm milk (100 – 110°F)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Himalayan salt; my preference
  • 2 1/4  teaspoons instant yeast
  • 4 1/2  cups bread flour

For baking:

  • 1 large egg plus 2 tablespoon of water for the egg wash


Directions for making Hawaiian Rolls:

 

I use a bread maker for making all my breads. At one time, my younger years, I mixed and kneaded it all by hand. I do like my bread maker, however, you use the method most comfortable for you.

  1. Combine the pineapple juice, warm milk, melted butter, eggs, sugar, salt, and yeast.
    Egg washed and ready for the oven
  2.  Add the flour little by little and stir and mix until it's a ball.  Keep kneading the dough until it becomes a smooth ball of dough. (See why I like my bread maker)
  3. Place the dough in a clean bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until puffy and doubled in size, about 1 hour. In the bread maker this step is not necessary, on the dough setting it will mix, heat and rise automatically.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees Fahrenheit. 
  5.  Spray a 13-inch×9-inch glass baking pan with baking spray. Punch down the dough and divide to 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place in the prepared pan, brush each roll with the egg wash and allow them to rise once again.
  6. Bake the Hawaiian rolls for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Homemade Sage Bread Dressing

I grew up watching my mom make sage bread dressing; however, it was not until an adult learned the real secret is the fresh Turkey broth and sage that goes with it. I also learned the hard way; you can use too much sage. Be careful too much will make your dressing bitter. Therefore, forget that box stuffing; this recipe for homemade sage bread dressing is made in our home and I hope it is in yours too.

Ingredients for Sage Bread Dressing: 


  • Bread crumbs from fresh or stale bread; 1-2 loaves
  • 2-cups celery; chopped
  • 1 large onion; chopped
  • 3 or 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp sage
  • Garlic powder; to taste
  • Onion powder; to taste
  • Salt and black pepper; to taste
  • 2 tbsp chicken bouillon; simply for added flavor
  • 4-cups Turkey broth
  • Turkey; chopped
  • 13-inch x 9- inch baking dish

 

Instructions to make Sage Bread Dressing:

 

1)    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do not have a timer on your oven, 10 minutes will be sufficient.
2)    Use any inexpensive fresh or day old bread, and tear it apart and put in your 13-inch x 9-inch baking dish.
3)    Chop up two cups of celery and one large onion and add to the breadcrumbs.
4)    Add two tablespoons each, of sage and chicken bouillon. Add garlic, salt and pepper to taste.
5)    Put three or four eggs in the breadcrumbs and mix.
6)    Snitch four cups of juices from the turkey.
7)    Bake 30-40 minutes.


To me homemade sage bread dressing  is good all year round; why wait until a holiday.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Homemade Egg Noodles

My family loves homemade egg noodles, therefore, I used this cold snowy day to make, cut and dry the noodles we will eat on Thanksgiving Day.

Homemade Popeye Noodles

When I was growing up my mom made homemade popeye noodles. They are a thicker cut square noodle verses the think cut noodle using a noodle machine. I am not sure when mom purchased the noodle machines and started making them in bulk to sell at the Fall craft show we sponsored, however, when she did a day of making noodles was a huge project.

After mom passed away in November 2009 her things were divided and the noodle makers went different directions. Some time back in the spring my oldest sister asked me if I would like the one she had. She is gluten intolerant so doesn't make noodles like she once did, and I was happy to get it.

I made noodles early summer; some with all-purpose white flour and some whole wheat. The whole wheat noodles were good, however, they are a much heavier noodle.

While I have many times, made the dough by hand with the mixing, punching and kneading method, I have to confess, the bread maker comes in handy to make the job a little easier. 

I still knead the dough a little as it is poured out onto a floured cutting board to get the texture firm enough to run through the noodle maker, however, the bulk of the mixing is done in the bread maker.

Ingredients for Homemade Egg Noodles:

  • 6 Eggs
  • 3 Cups flour 
  • garlic powder; optional
  • onion powder; optional
  • salt and pepper; optional
 

Instructions for Homemade Egg Noodles:

  1. Using a large bowl pour the flour making a well in the center for the eggs.
  2. Add the eggs, using your hands mix it all together to get a soft dough ball.
  3. Pour it out onto a well floured board and punch it around (knead it) until you have a soft and pliable dough. You want the dough soft yet firm, therefore adding more flour may be necessary.
  4. If you are cutting by hand, you will need to roll the dough on the floured board as thin as possible before cutting into noodles. If you are using a noodle maker start on the thickest setting and roll it out until you get to the desired thickness before running through the cutter. 
No matter which way you choose to make your homemade egg noodles they will taste great, however, if you are not going to cook them the same day; lay the noodles out to dry completely before storing them.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Sad Goodbye to Bubblews

It is a sad goodbye to Bubblews. I joined in February 2013. It was a rocky road to say the least with building and making new friends and connections. 

The spammers and scammers made it nearly impossible at first causing the team to make changes in which I lost my profile for nearly 4 months. When the new and improved version came out in July 2014 everyone rejoiced thinking all is well.

Well for some that meant writing their hearts out just to be cheated out of their income by December. I however not being the real money making individual received full payment for the redemption in December 31, 2014 although it took months to do it.

Once again, Arvind Dixit promised greater changes for 2015 trying to keep everyone hopeful. Well that great change never happened. I worked 11 1/2 months only to have banked $7.17, which I am cheated out of due to the closing of the site. When I logged on November 18th this is what I saw.


Greetings,
After being up and running for almost 3 years now we regrettably need to inform you that we will be shutting Bubblews.com down. The climate for display advertising has drastically changed and made it impossible for us to sustain the business model and operations.
We want to thank everyone that was a part of this journey. We wish you all the very best.
–Bubblews

I guess I am not surprised as in the spring Arvind Dixit launched a new site and really abandoned Bubblews making everyone question where is the Bubblews Support team. I was ripped off of $25.00 when the change was made in August 2013. Arvind personally told me that was simply a glitch and I would receive it. Well as of the closing of Bubblews I am still owed that $25.00 and the $7.17 that was in my bank the last time I was able to log on and check it. I found this petition online and question if I should file against them. I saved the picture of the back payment for a long time, however, as of late had given up and deleted it.

I guess for any future writers, if you see this name as the CEO you may want to think twice before joining. Arvind closed the site without warning and taking many writers posts with them. In reality add Bubblews, to yet another failed attempt at earning money online leaving me with many broken backlinks.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Apple Cinnamon Dog Biscuits: Homemade, Healthy and Delicious



 Do you buy or make your dog biscuits? I have done both, the dollar store dog biscuits are great to have on hand,  however, this healthy and delicious, easy to make recipe for apple cinnamon dog biscuits made with fresh organic apples and homemade apple juice is a healthy treat and will have your dog begging for more.

 

Ingredients to make Apple Cinnamon Dog Biscuits:

  • 4 Cups wheat flour
  • ½  Cup Cornmeal
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil; or preferred choice
  • 1 Tsp of Cinnamon
  • 1 Apple; grated or chopped into pieces
  • 1 1/3  Cup apple juice or water
  • Baking dish sprayed with a non stick spray


Instructions to make Apple Cinnamon Dog Biscuits:


1.     Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
2.     In the mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, egg, oil and cinnamon.
3.     Add the chopped up apple, apple juice or water; mix until it starts to form a dough ball. Pour out onto floured counter top or cutting board. Knead the dough until it looks like bread dough.
4.     Spread the biscuit dough onto a baking dish until it is ¼ -½ inch thick. For smaller dogs such as Hope, score the biscuit dough horizontally then vertically to make 1-inch squares. If you puppy is a large breed such as Po, you may prefer to make them a 2-inch x 2-inch square.  Reminder you are not cutting all the way through just scoring the dough.
5.     Place the pan of biscuits in the preheated oven for an hour. The cinnamon is going to smell like heaven while the biscuits are baking, and they will look good enough to eat.
  1. Let the biscuits cool completely and you will see how well your dog likes them. Our dogs Hope and Po liked them really well.
  2. Break the biscuits apart and store in an airtight container or plastic bag.


The homemade apple cinnamon dog biscuits smelled so good while baking, I actually thought about eating them. Try making your dog some of these dog biscuits soon.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Raising a New Puppy: His Name is Po



We were not really looking to get a new puppy, especially not a large breed; however, our son’s puppies before getting fixed got together and formed this adorable yet stubborn puppy. He got his name when independently both son and daughter determined he looked like Master Po from Kung Fu Panda. I really did not have any real name choices so Po it was.

Po’s daddy is a Great Pyrenees, a very large dog. Po’s mommy is a Labrador mix, mixed with what they do not know. Needless-to-say, Po has large genetics. At 14 ½ weeks Po weighed in at 35 lbs. That was a 5 lb increase in just one week and he has doubled his weighed in the month we have had him.

Our greatest problems are he chews everything. He has an abundance of toys and yet he likes the sofa ties, my pillows the oven mitts and even me. Thank goodness, so far he has not decided to chew on our shoes or anything expensive.

He also is not getting a handle of not pooping on our living room area rug or any place else he decides to squat. The peeing is not as bad; however, he has had accidents. If I take him outside regularly and tell him to go potty, he usually does, however, for example, yesterday I took him out and he peed but a few minutes later, he decided to poop on the floor. OK Po, I had you outside to do this, why didn’t you do it there. Ugh…

For now raising a new puppy is a challenge and his name is Po.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Vitamin D3 Deficiency and Symptoms



S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) goes hand-in-hand with Vitamin D3 deficiency. Doctor Mehmet Oz explains that our skin color determines how much direct sunshine a person needs. For many it is 10-15 minutes of sun however for dark skinned individuals you many need an hour. In the cooler months, 2/3 of the USA lacks Vitamin D. Dr. Oz suggests supplementing with a multi vitamin that contains Vitamin D and then add in some sunshine, vitamin D3, cod liver oil liquid or capsules. He said add in a minimum of 1000 units a day. However, Dr. Oz stresses the importance of getting a blood test done to determine your levels as some need much more. His father-n-law requires 5,000 units a day to achieve his proper levels. 

Read more about S.A.D. and D3

Vitaminddeficiencysymptomsguide.com gives us the following symptoms.
  • depression
  • chronic fatigue
  • weight loss
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • osteoporosis
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Rickets and osteomalacia are classic vitamin D deficiency diseases. In children, vitamin D deficiency causes rickets, which results in skeletal deformities. In adults, vitamin D deficiency can lead to osteomalacia, which results in muscular weakness in addition to weak bones. Populations who may be at a high risk for vitamin D deficiencies include the elderly, obese individuals, exclusively breastfed infants, and those who have limited sun exposure. Also, individuals who have fat malabsorption syndromes (e.g., cystic fibrosis) or inflammatory bowel disease (e.g., Crohn's disease) are at risk.”

*Disclaimer, I am not a physician and information listed above is just a guideline not an absolute.

Tan Safely-UVB Ray for Vitamin D3

Tanning is popular in the summer at the beach or pools and in the cooler fall and winter months in tanning beds. However, are you tanning safely while getting your golden tan?
Dr Oz and Dr. Mercola differ in their opinions about tanning and vitamin D 3, however, they both agree in taking care of your bodies and or yourself and doing it safely.
According to DoctorOz.com, “Dr. Mercola proposes that people use a “safe” tanning bed that uses electronic ballasts versus magnet ballasts, and one that relies on UVB rays (which convert cholesterol in your blood to vitamin D) instead of UVA rays. If you pursue this method, Dr. Mercola recommends you ask the manufacturer or owner of the salon for a bed with at least 5% UVB radiation or better yet, 10%.”


Locate a Tanning Salon


Find a reputable tanning salon. You can do this by asking family and friends what they know and what they’ve heard. Find out why they like it and why they don’t.


Ask Questions


After taking friend’s suggestions call and talk to the owners of the salons using Dr. Oz and Dr.Mercola’s suggestions of UV rays. Tanning beds produce UVB and UVA rays. Our body’s need UVB rays to produce vitamin D3 we need. We get D3 from the sun however; the northern states either have cloudy skies, cooler temperatures and lack of sun forcing us to use tanning beds. If you are interested in tanning for color, UVA rays help to tan and a little vitamin D. If you are going for health and color, the UVB rays are good for Vitamin D3 production.
If you are new to tanning beds other questions to ask are how old are the bulbs? Do you clean and sanitize the beds? How long should I stay in the tanning bed? Do I need special tanning lotions? Do I need protective eyewear? Don’t assume they will offer this information; ask!



 Go Prepared


You have done your homework and selected your tanning salon. When you start tanning, make sure you have tanning lotions that meet the requirements of the salon, there are lotions that can damage the acrylic.
Have proper eye protection. The lamps can damage your eyes and a tan is not a good reason to be stupid.
The salon worker will set the time on the bed and they will ask you how long you want to be in the bed, therefore be smart and start slow. The idea is to tan not burn. Dr Oz suggests a good UVB ray for 3-5 minutes. He says go for the Vitamin D3 and not the tan.

Tips:


  • Summer months bring sunbathers; use lotions or sun block, limit prime sun hours, cloudy days will still burn your skin, wear sunglasses or eye protection and ask your Doctor about any medication you are taking.

Even if you owe your own tanning bed, practice safe tanning.