Sunday, May 30, 2010

Cure for Spicy Foods

Do you ever find your mouth on heat overload when eating spicy food? When this happens, don’t reach for a glass of water to cool down. Water actually spreads the hot sensation inside the mouth.

Your best bet is to drink skim or low-fat milk, which contains a protein that calms down the heat from peppers. Nibbling on a piece of dry bread,chips or plain rice can also help. All will help ease the pain and burning from too many hot spices.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Too much Salt?

Have you been advised to limit your sodium intake? If so, try to eat a variety of fresh and plain frozen vegetables. Most of them are naturally low in sodium. Canned vegetables generally contain a significant amount of added salt unless the label states that it is low in sodium. Look for descriptions such as “no salt added” and
“reduced sodium” on the Nutrition Facts labels when buying canned vegetables.

For more information on your salt, see Granny's page on salt.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Do you enjoy cream or half and half in your morning coffee? Each ounce provides about 40 calories with about half of these coming from saturated fat. If you want to save a few fat grams, try substituting soy milk. It has less total fat and saturated fat, is rich in nutrients, and adds a bit of a nutty taste.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Did You Have an Easy Bake Oven?

The classic Easy Bake Oven first came out in 1963—that means in 3 years it will be 50! Wow—how time flies. Do you still have one? Here’s a quick and easy recipe for making your own cake mix:



Cake Mix for Easy Bake Ovens

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa 
  • 1 tsp. baking soda 
  • 1/3 cup shortening

Combine all dry ingredients. Cut in shortening. Store covered for 12 weeks.

To use: Combine 1/3 cup mix with 4 teaspoons water. Bake in easy bake ovens only.



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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Free Salad Shrimp at Super Saver!

Our local Super Saver has some online-only coupons each week.  This week one of them is for FREE Salad Shrimp!  Go to page 3 of the coupons for that one--but check the others out, too, for other great deals.  Bookmark that site and check back every so often because those online coupons are always great!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Don't Choke!

According to the American Red Cross, the food items most frequently associated with choking include: hot dogs, grapes, peanuts and hard candy.

Here are some tips to help prevent choking: If you tend to eat fast, slow down a bit when eating. Enjoy one bite at a time, chew well and clear your mouth before taking a second bite! Also, avoid laughing and talking during chewing and swallowing.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

White Bread & Ketchup

Use white bread to: Dust an oil painting. Gently dab a slice of white bread over the surface to pick up dirt and grime.

Use ketchup to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.