September 30, 2014

Changing seasons can be tough on your health! Large fluctuations in weather and temperature lead to different levels of activity, clothing, moods, and motivation.  Don't let the Fall get the best of you this year! We have a few helpful tips to help you prepare so you can enjoy this beautiful season!

Switch Your Bedding

A great way to prepare for colder weather is to switch your bedding. You don't have to go straight to flannel sheets either. Layering blankets or having a medium weight quilt at the foot of the bed is a great way to get ready for cooler nights.

Get Cold & Flu Season Ready

Do what you can to stay healthy this cold and flu season. Daily doses of Vitamin C will help strengthen your immune system and can be simply taken by drinking OJ, eating an orange or taking a Vitamin C supplement.

Rejuvenate yourself

Fall is the time to rejuvenate body, mind and spirit. Get a massage after your run. Learn to meditate. Take an art class. Treat yourself not just with exercise but other activities that promote wellness so you can feel good physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Deal with darkness

The best way to enjoy fall is to exercise outdoors. But it is getting darker earlier, and staying dark later in the morning, so be smart and safe.

Buy in-season veggies, such as beets, broccoli and Brussels sprouts

Not to mention cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, kale and squash. An abundance of tasty autumn vegetables makes it easy to reap the benefits of a plant-based diet, such as diabetes prevention, hypertension control, heart health and more. One of the best way to enjoy fall veggies is by roasting them with just a little oil, salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

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September 27, 2014

October is almost here.  We thought we'd help get you in the spooky spirit with this recipe for banana ghosts!

Banana Ghosts

These ghosts couldn't be any cuter if they tried!

Ingredients

1 Banana

1-1/2oz. White chocolate melts

Candies or dried fruits like raisins and cranberries for eyes and mouth

2 Popsicle sticks

Directions

Remove any stringy fibers from the peeled banana, then cut it in half width wise. Push a Popsicle stick into each half through the cut end, then cover each pop with plastic wrap and freeze until firm (about 3 hours).

Place a 1.5-ounce piece of white chocolate candy in a microwave-safe bowl and cook on high until melted (it generally takes about 1 minute). With a butter knife, spread the melted white chocolate on the frozen banana halves.

Set the pops on a waxed-paper-covered dish. Press on candies or currants for eyes and mouths and return the pops to the freezer until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

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Serves 2
Idea from: Spoonful

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September 25, 2014

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September 24, 2014

Kindergarten Activities

Look through the newspaper/edition and find pictures of ten things you have in your house. Cut out these pictures and paste them on paper. Label each picture. Cut out letters of the alphabet from the newspaper headlines to spell your first and last name. Paste onto paper. Find pictures of appliances that run on electricity. That means they need to be plugged in! Cut them out and paste them onto your paper. How many did you find? How many of these do you have in your house? Can you write the names of them? How many happy people can you find in the newspaper/e-edition? Cut out all the pictures of happy people you find and paste them on your paper. Do the same for all the sad people. Why do you think these people are happy or sad? Look through the newspaper and cut out all the letters of the alphabet. Paste them in alphabetical order on your paper.

For more ways to create paper activities, visit: https://nie.democratandchronicle.com/content/100-ways-use-newspaper

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September 24, 2014

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September 24, 2014

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September 23, 2014

Ingredients

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 cup white sugar

1 pinch salt

1/3 cup boiling water

3 1/2 cups milk

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup half-and-half cream

Directions

Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn't scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.

Recipe by Jeanie Bean

For more information, visit: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Creamy-Hot-Cocoa/

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September 22, 2014

My Chili Recipe

Ingredients

2 lbs ground beef

2 onion (chopped)

4 cloves garlic (minced)

2 tbsps chili powder

2 tsps salt

2 tsps dried oregano

58 ozs stewed tomatoes

15 ozs tomato sauce

15 ozs kidney beans (with liquid

Directions

  1. Combine ground beef, onion, and garlic in large stockpot. Cook and stir over medium heat until beef is brown. Drain.
  2. Stir in chili powder, salt, oregano, tomatoes, and tomato sauce; break up tomatoes while stirring. Heat to boiling, reduce heat to simmer, and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.
  3. Stir in beans. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes; stir occasionally.

Recipe by Michelle

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September 17, 2014

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September 15, 2014

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