Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Quick Real Age Test
For the longer version go to: www.realage.com
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Makes 12 low-fat muffins
Between the bananas, the whole wheat, and the honeyed touch of sweetness, these muffins are practically an edible lullaby.
· 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· 1 tablespoon baking powder
· 2 large, very ripe bananas
· 1/3 cup applesauce
· 1/4 cup honey
· 1/2 cup milk or soymilk
Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, combine the flour (make sure it's whole-wheat pastry flour or you'll produce golf balls, not muffins), salt, and baking powder. In a blender, puree the bananas; add the applesauce, honey, and milk. Blend well. Pour the banana mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just moistened. Line muffin tins with paper muffin cups, pour in batter, and bake 30 minutes or until tops are lightly brown and slightly springy.
Per serving: 119 calories; 1g fat; 2.5g protein; 27g carbohydrates; 10g sugars; 133mg sodium; 3g fiber; 35mg magnesium
Monday, January 29, 2007
Top 10 Foods for a Good Night's Sleep
What is the secret to getting a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep? Head for the kitchen and enjoy one or two of these 10 foods. They relax tense muscles, quiet buzzing minds, and/or get calming, sleep-inducing hormones - serotonin and melatonin - flowing. Yawning yet?
Bananas. They're practically a sleeping pill in a peel. In addition to a bit of soothing melatonin and serotonin, bananas contain magnesium, a muscle relaxant.
Chamomile tea. The reason chamomile is such a staple of bedtime tea blends is its mild sedating effect - it's the perfect natural antidote for restless minds/bodies.
Warm milk. It's not a myth. Milk has some tryptophan - an amino acid that has a sedative - like effect - and calcium, which helps the brain use tryptophan. Plus there's the psychological throw-back to infancy, when a warm bottle meant "relax, everything's fine."
Honey. Drizzle a little in your warm milk or herb tea. Lots of sugar is stimulating, but a little glucose tells your brain to turn off orexin, a recently discovered neurotransmitter that's linked to alertness.
Potatoes. A small baked spud won't overwhelm your GI tract, and it clears away acids that can interfere with yawn-inducing tryptophan. To up the soothing effects, mash it with warm milk.
Oatmeal. Oats are a rich source of sleep - inviting melatonin, and a small bowl of warm cereal with a splash of maple syrup is cozy - plus if you've got the munchies, it's filling too.
Almonds. A handful of these heart-healthy nuts can be snooze-inducing, as they contain both tryptophan and a nice dose of muscle-relaxing magnesium.
Flaxseeds. When life goes awry and feeling down is keeping you up, try sprinkling 2 tablespoons of these healthy little seeds on your bedtime oatmeal. They're rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a natural mood lifter.
Whole-wheat bread. A slice of toast with your tea and honey will release insulin, which helps tryptophan get to your brain, where it's converted to serotonin and quietly murmurs "time to sleep."
Turkey. It's the most famous source of tryptophan, credited with all those Thanksgiving naps. But that's actually modern folklore. Tryptophan works when your stomach's basically empty, not overstuffed, and when there are some carbs around, not tons of protein. But put a lean slice or two on some whole-wheat bread mid-evening, and you've got one of the best sleep inducers in your kitchen.
What if none of these foods help you get your zzz's? Check out your sleep habits with this quick RealAge test to find out what?s keeping you up at night. http://www.realage.com/health_guides/RLS/intro.aspx
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Teachers See Movie for Free- 1/26-2/1
Friday, January 26, 2007
In the end you need to stick with a new habit long enough for the brain to take over for you – some say 21 days. You’ll need to eliminate the stress and give yourself some kind of immediate gratification.
Be patient and give your brain time to rewire.
From an article: Women’s Health: New Year, New You - By Barbara C. Bourassa
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Zap That Sponge!
Zapping them in the microwave at full power for two minutes will kill or inactivate 99 percent of living pathogens. Adding an additional 2 minutes will destroy *Bacillus cereus spores. The sponges must be wet when you microwave them and of course be careful when removing them as they will be hot! Microwave them every other day or so.
*You can read more about B. cereus and Preventing Foodborne Illness at:
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I Need to Vent
"Do you want to just meet out here?"
"Sure, why not", I'm thinking as just about everyone in the office had left by now. "So what were the results of David's test?" I ask.
"Uh, it's not here in the folder. Let me call radiology for the report." "They don't have it and the place where it was done is closed today."
"So why am I here? This was supposed to be a follow-up to discuss the results?"
(Somewhere around this time the physician's assistant is slinking away in the background. Yeah, I saw that.)
"I can call you tomorrow in the morning with the results."
"I'd really like you to call after 4pm so my husband can hear the report."
"Blah,blah, blah....." by now I can't really take in too much between trying to concentrate with listening to an accent and decipher medical jargon all the while my brain keeps flashing, "What the hell are you here for?"
"You can make an appointment to come back in three months."
I walk out with David a few steps away around the corner past the checkout desk.
"You need another appointment?"
I'm thinking - I need to get out of here!
"I don't know." I blurt out, my head wanting to explode.
She leans back through the opening and asks the doctor. Yes, in 3 months.
"Fine", I sit down. "What have you got?"
"February or May?"
"I'll take May."
"I'm really ticked off. You know this appointment was a total waste of time. Nothing was accomplished, nada, zilch, zero and it cost me a $20 copay. I waited for 50 minutes before I saw anyone and that was a pharmacy student for 40 minutes. The doctor did not have the results that were needed to be discussed for this appointment so there was no reason for me to be here. The appointment should have been cancelled."
"I'm sorry that happened to you."
Yeah me too I'm thinking, or did I say it?
Oh, and the doctor was able to hear everything I said to the secretary, and I really don't care.
Well. tonight it's after 6pm and there's been no phone call.
I took David to a dental appointment this morning and his dentist came out apologizing for running late before I had even told him what had happened the day before. I had seen they were having a problem with a piece of equipment. I don't think he was even 5 minutes late and we were out of there by 11:30 for a 11am appointment. Probably more of the time was taken up by me talking to him about my awful time yesterday. He felt a refund was in order.
After I took David to his program I called up the chiropractors (a brother and sister team). Althought I had just called at the time where they close down for several hours before resuming at 3pm, they told me to come in anyway. Boy, was I ever glad to see them. I had so much stress and they were able to help relieve much of it. I thanked them again for seeing me and told them that I had needed it and it had really helped me. Oh, and they too both couldn't believe I wasn't given my money back.
Copyright © 2007 Deborah Sharp Loeb
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
The Longevity Game
Thanks Dave for passing this along.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Get GARDASIL for Your Daughters Now
"GARDASIL is for girls and women ages 9 to 26. Like other vaccines your daughter has received, GARDASIL works to help prevent illness. GARDASIL works when given before there is any contact with HPV Types 6, 11, 16, and 18. That’s why it’s important that you talk to your daughter’s doctor or healthcare professional about getting GARDASIL now—not later. You’ll be helping to protect her future from cervical cancer and genital warts before she’s even old enough to worry about them.
HPV Types 16 and 18 cause 70% of cervical cancer cases, and HPV Types 6 and 11 cause 90% of genital warts cases. GARDASIL may not fully protect everyone and does not prevent all types of cervical cancer, so it is important to continue regular cervical cancer screenings. GARDASIL is given as 3 injections over 6 months. Before you visit the doctor's office, contact your health plan to determine your level of coverage."
Friday, January 19, 2007
Jump Start Smarts
It says that jump starting and driving away after having found you have a dead battery, may be the worst thing that you can do. What happens is that as soon as you drive away, your alternator starts pumping out maximum amps to recharge the battery. The strain of recharging a dead battery and powering headlights and a blower motor can toast the alternator. Having to have your car towed and replacing the alternator can cost between $600-$800 (parts and labor).
What you should do instead is ask the Good Samaritan that gave you the jump start to leave the jumper cables on the battery for 5 to 10 minutes before starting your car. Once you've got it running, let it idle for 10 minutes with the lights and blower motor off. Then, when you do get home, put it on a trickle charger to bring the battery back up to a full charge.
You might want to make copies of this for everyone in your household that drives and have them keep a copy of it in the glove compartment of the car with their car's manual.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
"Well, Just Slap Me Upside the Head!"
So if you're looking for a recipe or wanted to reread something, just type a word or two in there and hit "Search Blog". Go ahead give it a try. See if you can find what it was you've been looking for. Pretty neat, huh?
Still can't find it (or if you are more of the A.R. type), you can still get the full list of titles for 2005 on 1/9/06 and for 2006 on 1/16/07.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Lose Weight in Your Pajamas - Live Chat Tomorrow
Chat With the Doc!
Need some company and support in maintaining a healthier lifestyle? You need the StandUp Doc's new online program "Lose Weight in Your Pajamas." Join Barbara Crafton and Anil Maheshwari, the famous StandUp Doc, in an hour-long online chat tomorrow, Thursday, January 18th at 8pm EST. The doc will discuss weight loss and answer your questions, and we can all talk about what works and what doesn't. You can do it, and we can help. To join the chat, visit http://www.geraniumfarm.org/ and click on "Live Chat."
Here's the link to his weight-loss blog:
For his Home Page and to Join the Weight-Loss-To-Go mailing list to get weight loss news and tips e-mailed to you each month. Go to:
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
A List of All the Hodgepodge Postings for 2006
I hope it helps you to find what you're looking for!
Monday, January 15, 2007
New Member to the Geranium Farm
Welcome to the Farm!
Friday, January 12, 2007
How to Make a 3-D Snowflake
You can make these out of paper as the sample above or it's really best to use the large craft foam sheets, especially if you'd like to hang them outside. If you have a sturdy gift wrap that's printed double-sided that would be pretty too!
You can get 2 squares from each sheet so you'll need 3 large sheets to make one snowflake.
Each section was made from an 8 1/2" square.
The link below will give you the directions.
It may be slow to load, so be patient.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Thanks Joan for passing this along.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The official website that can answer all your questions is at:
The Rules - from: http://www.garmin.com/outdoor/geocaching/
(a maker of GPS units)
This growing outdoor sport has a simple set of rules, making it easy for anyone to play. The challenging part is finding the cache.
Once geocachers find a cache, they follow these basic rules:
1. Fill out the logbook
2. Take something out of the cache
3. Put something in the cache
4. Return the cache to the exact position and condition in which it was found
You never know what the founder or other visitors of the cache may have left for you to enjoy. Be sure to fill out the logbook with the date and time you visit the cache and leave something in return.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Matt and the Orange Juice
So now whenever I see of orange juice I think of Matt and his little strainer.....
Copyright © 2007 Deborah Sharp Loeb
Monday, January 08, 2007
To learn more about it and to see if there is a group in your area go to:
Friday, January 05, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Thanks to Tony & Jen for sending this along.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
A Penny for Your Thoughts . .
P.S. - Don't forget to write "Pennies from Heaven" in the memo blank on your check to ERD.