Monday, October 17, 2016

Movie Monday - The Day After

Even if you don't keep too close of an ear to world events, you likely can't help but have heard rumblings of a nuclear war with Russia lately.  Of course, I'm not the fear mongering public panic type, but I thought it might be a good idea to send a reminder...plant a seed of thought.  In recent decades, the threat of a nuclear war has been diminished in the public view.  We've slowly been conditioned not to think about it and keep being told that nuclear arms are being dismantled.  This may or may not be true, mine is not to figure out what is truth and what is propaganda, but I am confident that there are nuclear weapons capable of mass destruction...and a lot of them no matter how many may have been decommissioned. 

This week's movie is "The Day After" , a made for TV movie that aired on ABC on November 20th, 1983.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Friday Book Recomendation

Complete Book of Home Preserving
Bernardin Home Canning Products are the gold standard in home preserving supplies, the trademark jars on display in stores every summer from coast to coast. Now the experts at Bernardin have written a book destined to become the Bernardin "bible" of home preserving. As nutrition and food quality have become more important, home canning and preserving has increased in popularity for the benefits it offers:
  • Cooks gain control of the ingredients, including organic fruits and vegetables.
  • Preserving foods at their freshest point locks in nutrition.
  • The final product is free of chemical additives and preservatives.
  • Store-bought brands cannot match the wonderful flavor of homemade.
  • Only a few hours are needed to put up a batch of jam or relish.
  • Home preserves make a great personal gift any time of year.
The 400 innovative and enticing recipes include everything from salsas and savory sauces to pickles, chutneys, relishes and, of course, jams, jellies and fruit spreads. You'll find such treats as:
  • Mango-Raspberry Jam
  • Crabapple Jelly
  • Green Pepper Jelly
  • Pickled Asparagus
  • Roasted Red Pepper Spread
  • Tomatillo Salsa
  • Brandied Apple Rings
  • Apricot-Date Chutney
The book includes comprehensive directions on safe canning and preserving methods, plus lists of required equipment and utensils. Specific instructions for first-timers and handy tips for the experienced make the Complete Book of Home Preserving a valuable addition to any kitchen library.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

How to Protect your Back to School Aged Children from Catching the Flu - Guest Post by Lee Flynn

Each year, September is a reminder that it’s time for children to go back to school and the annual flu season will soon raise its ugly head. Unfortunately the two events go hand in hand. School-aged children are especially susceptible to the catching the flu. Every year, anywhere from 5-20 percent of all school-aged children in the United States will catch some strain of influenza. Thousands will be hospitalized. For the 2014-2015 school year, 113 pediatric flu deaths were reported.