Saturday, June 26, 2010

Do you like spicy foods?

Seasonings can add loads of flavor to reduced-fat recipes. Try basil
to spruce up poultry, cilantro or salsa with fish, and dill in low-fat
cottage cheese. Use cracked black or red pepper for more exciting
pasta, and add turmeric to rice dishes. According to an online registered
dietitian, a little spice goes a long way toward making fat-modified
dishes taste great.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

How to Remove a Tick

Summer is here and everyone is heading out to the great outdoors! But, one negative is the ticks that will soon be showing their heads. Here is a good way to get them off you, your children, or your pets. Give it a try.

This is great, because it works in those places where it's some times difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. This technique is much less traumatic for the patient and easier for the person trying to remove the tick.

Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging in any way. It works because insects breathe through their skin. The soap suffocates them.


Smile more often.

Whenever you get a grin on your face, your brain is releasing serotonin, the happy hormone. Smiling is the natural way to force yourself to be happy. Many people even smile for five minutes straight in the morning to get themselves in a great mood for the day. It is a very powerful tool that is utilized less and less as we grow older and need happiness more than ever.

Just remember that while happiness leads to smiles, smiles also lead to happiness.

Monday, June 21, 2010

How much pasta do you need?

Did you know that one serving of pasta is a ½ cup cooked, or a portion about the size of half a baseball or rounded handful?

Depending on gender, age and level of physical activity, most Americans need between four and eight servings of grains each day. Heaping plates of pasta may end up providing more calorie-dense carbohydrates than you need.

For a well-balanced meal, try limiting portions of pasta to ½- ¾ cup; consider whole wheat, if available; and include plenty of vegetables and lean meat, fish, chicken or tofu.

Park in the Shade

When you can, keep your car out of the sun. Not only will it be more bearable when you get back inside, but it will help you save on gas too. The fuel can evaporate right out of the tank of a hot car.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Concrete Brick Planter

Another great idea found on the Internet! Concrete Blocks used for succulent planters.  You could use it for an herb garden, too. 

Monday, June 7, 2010

Homemade Book Shelves

Here’s a fun idea I found while looking around the Internet: Homemade Book Shelves! It’s easy to do--just look at the picture and go buy the brackets!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Homemade Breakfast Bars

  • 1 large egg 
  • 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 box (14 oz) gingerbread mix 
  • 3 cups reduced-fat granola cereal
  • chopped nuts (optional)



Heat oven to 350° F. Coat a 12" × 8" baking pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine egg with water. Beat with a fork until blended. Stir in gingerbread mix just until moistened. Add granola. Stir to combine.

Pour into prepared pan. Bake about 25 minutes, or until bars spring back when pressed with fingertips. Cool in pan on a rack.

Makes 12 bars which will stay good in an airtight container for up to 4 days.


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Another Reason to Eat Bananas!

Anyone who has feasted for Thanksgiving knows turkey can induce some serious sleepiness, but bananas contain the same snooze-chemical, tryptophan.  Try one just before bed-time!