Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Why Does Hair Turn Gray?

By Sarah B. Weir

Shine from Yahoo! Canada  
There is one thing most presidents have in common at the end of their first terms: more gray hairs. The graying of the Commander-in-Chief is symbolic of the stress associated with being top dog in the world's most powerful nation. However, research shows that psychological stress does not, in fact, impact the color of one's locks.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Buttermilk Banana Bread

Buttermilk Banana Bread
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The perfect banana bread contains one special ingredient… buttermilk!
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 cup mashed bananas, 3-4 bananas
  • 1/2 cup (113g or 1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup (300g) granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  1. Prepare 9x5 loaf pan. (I used two smaller loaf pans.)
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. (Do not skip this step!)
  3. Mash bananas and set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer on medium-high, cream butter and sugar together for about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time with mixer on low speed. Add in buttermilk and vanilla until the batter is just combined.
  5. Slowly pour in the flour mixture. Mix until JUST combined.
  6. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in mashed banana's.
  7. Divide batter into greased and floured bread pans and bake at 350°F for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Nonna's recipes and home remedies

Body Care
Wash your body with coffee grounds as an exfoliant, also helps with celluite. 
Then soak is a bath of baking soda.

Roasted Garlic Olive Oil


  • 1/2 gallon (2 liters) high quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 whole heads of garlic


Slice the tops off the heads of garlic, drizzle with a little olive oil, and
 wrap tightly in aluminum foil. Bake in 350F (180C) oven for
45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool. When cool,
squeeze the garlic out of the 'paper' shells. Add this to the olive oil in a
 large saucepan (you can also add the 'paper'). Heat the olive oil
(not very hot, but more than warm) to extract the flavor from the garlic.
 Let cool. Letting it steep for a couple of days will intensify the flavor.
 Strain through several layers of cheesecloth or through a tightly woven
 dish towel. Using a funnel return the oil to the bottle it was bought in,
or put into a decorative bottle and keep next to the stove.
Tip: save the garlic after you have strained the oil.
t is lovely in sauces, soups, or just spread on toast.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Perfect Pancake Recipe

Perfect Pancakes 
3 - cups plus + 2 tablespoons cake flour
1/2 - teaspoon salt
3 - tablespoons baking powder
2 - tablespoons sugar
2 - cups milk or buttermilk
2 - large eggs
3 - teaspoons vanilla
4 - tablespoons butter (melted)
Lots of butter and syrup

Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together milk, eggs, and vanilla.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring very gently until just combined.

Melt butter in the microwave and add it to the batter, stirring gently to combine.

Cook on a greased skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown. Serve with butter and syrup.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Cinnamon Roll Dutch Apple Pie

Pillsbury™ refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing -                                                                         1 can (19 oz/540 mL) apple pie filling
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons cold butter
1/4 cup chopped pecans
    Heat oven to 375°F. Separate dough into 8 rolls. 
  2. Spoon icing from can of rolls into small microwavable bowl; cover and refrigerate.
  1. In medium bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter with fork until crumbly. Mix in pecans; set aside.
  2. In ungreased 9-inch pie plate, place 1 roll in centre; pat and press to stretch. Surround with remaining 7 rolls; press seams of dough to cover entire bottom of pan and seal. Bake 10 minutes.
  3. Spoon pie filling over cinnamon roll crust; top evenly with streusel. Cover edges of crust with strips of foil. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool on cooling rack 1 hour.
  4. Before serving, microwave icing uncovered on High 10 to 15 seconds or until thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle back and forth over top of pie.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Have Fun Cooking With the Kids

Probably one of the best and most memorable bonding experiences you can share with your children is preparing a meal or a snack with them. Letting your children help in preparing meals and snacks builds coordination, helps improve math skills, and establishes life skills. Besides that, it's also fun and a nice break from video games and cartoons. Below are some no bake and "low" bake recipes for snacks and meals you and your children will enjoy making—and hopefully, eating together.

Rice Crispy Treats have nearly become a traditional treat—or at the very least a small institution. With a little twist they can become new again to even the most experienced marshmallow treat veteran—like my 9 year old. Use fruity rice cereal, or chocolate rice cereal, or just about any cereal out there. Just make sure it's one you could easily cut with a knife after your confection has set.


1/4 cup butter 4 cups marshmallow cream (about 1 jar) 5 cups fruity rice cereal


Melt margarine in large sauce pan over low heat. Add marshmallow cream. Keep stirring until the cream is melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Add fruity rice cereal, or chocolate cereal. Stir until well coated. Pour into a buttered 13 x 9 inch pan. Press down firmly using a spatula or piece of wax or parchment paper. Cut into squares after cooling.

For breakfast, few things top French toast. The question is: how do we involve the kids in a one person/one pan scenario? Try this recipe:

Baked French Toast Bites


Approx. 1/2 loaf of stale bread 4 eggs 2 1/2 cups of milk (or half and half) 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 tablespoons butter 3/4 cup light brown sugar


Cut stale bread into 1 inch cubes and layer them on a cookie sheet or in a buttered baking dish, then set aside. Mix together eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla until sugar is completely dissolved. Pour over bread squares and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Stir together butter and brown sugar with a fork until mixture is crumbly and butter is evenly distributed. Sprinkle this mixture over the soaked bread cubes. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

French Bread Pizza

This was one of my favorites as a kid. This is probably one of the easiest and most fun recipes for you and your kids to enjoy because your child will have a chance to express his/her self creatively and really get a chance to get their hands dirty.


1 loaf of French bread Pizza sauce (canned) Shredded cheese As many toppings as you can think up!


Cut the bread in half length wise then again down the middle. It should resemble a boat. Start with the sauce, add cheese and then toppings. I suggest that you make your pizza first so that your children can see how it's done, and so you can get a pizza before they have a go at all the toppings!

They will enjoy comparing notes on pizza making and hopefully a pizza food fight won't break out! You'll be amazed at the combinations your kids will come up with on their own and your kids will be pretty impressed with themselves.

Cooking with your kids should be a given. In past days, meal time and meal prep were considered bonding and tribal rituals that brought families and tribes much closer together. In these days families rarely eat at the same time, much less together. Perhaps a step backwards is needed to regain some of what we've given up to technology and prosperity. Maybe just that little bit of "extra" time will last a lifetime.

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