Archives for January 2014

Superfoods That Fight Colds by


What foods help us when we are sick with a cold? Check out this article from that list foods that may shorten our common cold.

Make them a part of your diet for your best defense against colds and flu.


These pungent cloves do more than just flavor your food. Garlic also contains allicin, a sulfuric compound that produces potent antioxidants when it decomposes.
A 2001 study in the journal Advances in Therapy found that people who took garlic supplements for 12 weeks between November and February got fewer colds than those who took a placebo. And of those who did get sick, those who took the garlic supplement felt better faster.

Anise seeds

These licorice-flavored seeds, which have antibacterial properties, have been shown to ease coughing and help clear congestion from the upper respiratory tract.
Anise seeds can be eaten (in rolls and cookies, for instance), but for cold-fighting the delivery method of choice is usually tea. According to the American Pharmaceutical Association’s Practical Guide to Natural Medicines, a typical recipe is to add one cup of crushed anise seeds to one cup of hot water, and flavor with sugar, garlic, cinnamon, or honey (if desired). Sip this concoction up to three times a day.

Citrus fruits

Recent research suggests that vitamin C may not be as useful in preventing colds as once thought. However, studies do show that taking the vitamin at the first sign of illness may reduce a cold’s duration by about a day, which can feel like a lifetime when you’re suffering.
Eating lots of citrus—whether that entails digging in to orange and grapefruit slices, or using lemons and limes in recipes—will provide plenty of this powerhouse nutrient. Don’t worry about overdoing it, since it’s very hard to overdose on vitamin C. Anything your body doesn’t use is just washed right out of your system.


Like anise seeds, fennel is a natural expectorant, and can help clear chest congestion and soothe a persistent cough. The two foods have similar flavors, in fact, and in supermarkets fennel is sometimes referred to as anise, even though they’re different plants.
Fennel can be eaten raw or roasted, but you may get the best cold-fighting benefit from drinking a tea made from fennel seeds. Try Yogi Tea’s Throat Comfort, or make your own with 1.5 teaspoons of fennel seeds and one cup boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes, strain, and sweeten with honey to taste.

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Peanut Butter Brownie Cheesecake by Betty Crocker

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This Peanut Butter Brownie Cheesecake is a nice desert to have when family or company is coming.


1    peanut butter cookie mix

     Water, oil and egg as called for on cookie mix pouch

1   Ultimate fudge brownie mix (with chocolate syrup pouch)

     Water oil, eggs as called for on Brownie mix box

 3   packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened

 1    can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)

 4   eggs

 1    teaspoon vanilla

 1   cup caramel ice cream topping


Heat oven to 325°F. Make dough as directed on cookie pouch. Cover and refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm.

Meanwhile, make brownie mix as directed on box for 13×9-inch pan. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

inch springform pan with foil to prevent leaking. Spray inside bottom and side of pan with cooking spray. Press cookie dough on bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of pan. Bake crust 13 to 15 minutes or until set.

Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in condensed milk until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, just until blended. Stir in vanilla

Crumble 2 cups (I used 3 cups) of cooled brownies into coarse crumbs. Fold into cream cheese mixture. Pour over cookie dough crust.

Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes or until edge of cheesecake is set at least 2 inches from edge of pan but center of cheesecake still jiggles slightly when moved. Run small metal spatula around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake. Turn oven off; open oven door at least 4 inches. Let cheesecake remain in oven 30 minutes. Cool in pan on cooling rack 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight before serving.




What is Emotional Connection by Kelly Morris

This a wonderful article that explains what emotional connection is. This can help us understand an emotional connection between family members and in-law relationships.

What does it mean to be emotionally connected to another person? It’s something that goes beyond just the physical. It’s being able to relate to a person on an emotional level- being able to share your feelings with them, being open and vulnerable, and trusting that person not to hurt you emotionally. The connection has to work both ways. It’s not a true connection if you share your feelings but the other person holds everything back.

Communication is the key to being emotionally connected with another person. You can’t be emotionally connected to someone if you can’t talk to them. You don’t have to tell your partner everything, especially in the early stages of a relationship, but you should be able to talk to them about things that are important to you.

Communication works both ways, of course. Your partner needs to be able to talk to you, too. That means you need to be a good listener. To encourage your partner to talk to you, listen without interrupting. Don’t jump in with advice.

Trust and honesty are important components of emotional connection, and they both relate to communication, as well. Communication is pointless if you’re not going to be honest. Lies or half-truths do not lead to a healthy emotional connection.

Real, open communication requires trust. Before you can feel safe telling your partner important things about yourself, you’ll need to trust them not to share your secrets with anyone else. You’ll need to trust them not to use the information against you in some way. Honesty comes into play here, as well. It’s hard to trust someone who isn’t honest with you.






Are You Ready For A Visit To The ER by Winnie Yu

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My granddaughter Naomi fell on the playground last summer and we ended up in the ER. When your grandchildren are visiting without the parents, this is a helpful article to be prepared in case there is an ER visit in your future.

Your grandchildren are visiting for a few days and you’re having a delightful time, until one of them crashes into a bookcase and bangs his head. His unceasing screams — and the gash on his head — convince you to get him to the emergency room. The parents aren’t around. You’re on your own. Are you ready?

The Papers You’ll Need

You probably don’t think about visits to the ER when you agree to watch kids. You may focus more on choosing great books, shopping for dinner, or planning a park outing. But when you assume responsibility for another person’s children — even your grandchildren — you must have the information and documents to get them the medical care they need, says Jay Berkelhamer, M.D., past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics and chief academic officer of Children’s Healthcare in Atlanta.

Doctors always do whatever they must to care for sick or injured children, especially when the kids face life-threatening injuries. But having the right documents, information, and attitude can make things go more smoothly.

A signed permission letter. Hospital officials will want to know whether you’re authorized to seek care for your grandchildren. “It would be a good idea to carry a letter authorizing [you] to seek care and make decisions on the child’s behalf,” Berkelhammer says. The letter should include your name, the child’s name and a parent’s signature. If possible, it should be notarized.

Without this authorization, care might be delayed while the hospital tries to contact a parent. The call will probably have to be recorded and witnessed by an employee of the hospital.