Archive for October, 2007

A Tasty Halloween.

Hey, Halloween is tomorrow! What are YOU doing?

I’m getting the kids ready, looking for candy, and trying to decide if we’re going to dress the dog up. I also found a ton of Halloween decorations for 50% off retail, so I went a little crazy. The ront of the house looks like some sort of graveyard/crypt.

The best way I’ve found for decorating is to start my decoration shopping when the sales hit, then to continue shopping until everything is gone. That way, next year there is a huge box of things to choose from, all still brand new and at a fraction of the original cost. We also found some grea fabric for a dollar a yard, gauzy white and some black net. We enclosed the porch with the black, with the entryway open and strips of the fabric hanging down. Lights can go around your door, roof, windows, or bushes. With the white fabric, my two girls want to be ghosts. Talk about a cheap way to get out of costume purchases!

For tomorrow, it’s going to be a total grossfest around the kitchen. Moldy Breakfast Pizza will start it all off, lunch will be Monster Eyes, and supper will be a tasty concoction of Maggoty Mess. What kid wouldn’t be happy as a ghoul could be?

All of these recipes are easy and tasty. If you have just a few items on hand, you can make all of them.

Moldy Breakfast Pizza
Some breakfast sausage, crumbled.
Cheese for melting
Tomato, chopped
Parmesan cheese
Green food coloring

Use one egg for each slice of toast. Scramble with crumbled bacon or sausage and tomato. Place on warm, buttered toast, top with your child’s favorite cheese. Allow the cheese to melt. Mix a drop of green food coloring with the parmesan, try to get a nice mold color. Sprinkle the ‘mold’ on top of the pizz, then serve.

Monster EyesMake deviled eggs according to your favorite recipe. Pop one half of a pimento stuffed olive into the middle of the deviled egg. Serve.

Maggoty MessMaggoty Mess can be made quite easily. You can follow your favorite recipe for beef stew, then right before serving, add in cooked Orzo pasta. The pasta looks just like maggots!

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Alternative Skin Cancer Treatment

I use herbal and natural remedies for almost every illness or injury. You probably have seen I enjoy posting about kitchen spices that have health or medicinal benefits. We’ve spent too long relying on synthetic drugs to cure our ills, so long that thanks to that, we now have super bugs resistant to even the strongest antibiotics. Cancer runs rampant through our societies, with skin cancer attacking people of all ages.

I try not to be preachy when telling others how natural remedies can prevent many health problems that people normally just pop a pill for. But, with prescription prices going through the roof, why wouldn’t someone want to know how to mak their own medicines for free or nearly free? Or what if you could buy herbal or alternative skin cancer treatment that lasts for a long time, avoiding the cut and burn treatments from the doctor?

I’m concerned about cancer and especially skin cancer due to it running in my family. My aunt had an experience with malignant melanoma several years ago that gave us all a scare. A bad scare. I wish at that time I had known about the skin cancer cream you can buy at The Original Cream Company. Their creams are made from wild crafted herbs. Wildcrafted herbs are thought to be better for oils, creams, and teas than herbs grown in greenhouses. Wildcrafted means ‘picked in the wild’.

The company also sells dog skin cancer cream, plus other creams for your best friend. I haven’t seen too many companies that serve humans and animals with the same level of care. Pretty cool, I think. Spend some time checking out the different creams and their new body wash. You just might find something for you.

Next time I discuss herbs, we’re going to talk wild foods. Learn to make a salad from things you can find growing in your yard.(or close to it).

Editors note: Alternative Skin Cancer treatments can sometimes be used in conjunction with medication and treatment prescribed by your physician.  Always consult your physician before modifying your treatment regime.

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Super Easy Oatmeal Muffins

I’m a silly girl. Here I am thinking it was Thursday, all day long! I was planning on posting the recipe for these muffins tomorrow, even while watching Supernatural last night! I love Supernatural and I can promise you, these Oatmeal Muffins are just as yummy as Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles).

Sorry for posting the recipe so late, but these are easy enough for you to whip up for breakfast in a snap! You can use plain or flavored oatmeal.

2 1/4 cups Instant or Quick Cooking Oatmeal
1/3 Cup Chopped nuts(optional)
1/3 Cup Raisins
1 tablespoon Baking Powder
1 1/4 Cups Milk
1/4 Cup Honey (sugar is ok, too)
2 tablespoons Veggie Oil

Preheat your over to 400 degrees (F). Make sure to oil/butter your muffin tins or use muffin cups. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Spoon the batter into each section, these do not rise very high so it is ok to bring the batter near the top. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. If not using the muffin cups, the muffins are done when they begin to pull away from the sides.

I have mixed in dates, bananas, honey roasted peanuts, and lots of different spices. These muffins are truly verstile and make a great on the go breakfast. I’ll be posting a picture of some I make soon!

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Postpartum Depression

After pregnancy, some women start to feel like they’re just not ‘right’. Hormonal changes, healing, and taking care of a newborn while still running a household can all attribute to this feeling. In cases, the extra tiredness and sad emotions will begin to fade. In other the symptoms can deepen and become Postpartum Depression.

The word ‘depression’ brings to mind lethargy, avoidance of others, and someone who is constantly sad. This may be true, but depression can also include anger, hallucinations, and intrusive thoughts. Women with post partum depression often do not seek treatment due to feelings of shame and inadequacy. When a woman does not seek help she may eventually lose control and harm herself and potentially others.

Luckily for those of us who have suffered from postpartum depression there are resources readily available on the internet and through understanding health care practitioners. By recognizing symptoms you or your loved one may be experiencing, you can use these resources to find an ending to the suffering brought on by this serious mental disease.

If you are suffering from PPD, you may not even know it. You might feel sad, tired, or angry, but not know why. While it is possible to beat PPD on your own, it’s not recommended. If you do not choose to use medication, there are alternatives like support groups and therapy.

My own story with PPD began in 2002. I had given birth to my second daughter and just didn’t feel ‘right’. I was sad, tired, and felt at a loss each and every day. I began to believe people were talking about me behind my back. It got so bad that I would avoid looking at people in public and if there were more than two cars in a restaurant parking lot, I would make my husband go elsewhere or through a drive through.

I found some information on postpartum depression and decided to take the first step by admitting I had a problem. I talked with my husband, then to my nurse-midwife. We all decided a plan of low level antidepressants would have the best effect on me. Sadly, it turned out that the drug I was taking did nothing for me, except to cause an apathetic outlook. I eventually gave up the medication in favor of support.

In 2004, my third daughter was born and I began to have symptoms of PPD again. This time though, the severity was much worse. Bordering on Postpartum Psychosis, I came very close to being committed several times, and to be honest, I should have been. While I did not have wishes to harm others, each and everyday suicide was a very prominent thought. I refused to admit to having a problem, luckily my husband had been with me through the entire episode of the last PPD issue and knew that this time, there was something seriously wrong.

I began a regimen of the anti depressant Zoloft, with nearly immediate effects. I also found an online support forum on the Ezboard network devoted to PPD. All people affected by PPD was welcome there. Husbands, the victim herself, and other friends and family members. I was able to keep a journal in hopes of finding a pattern in my actions and symptoms. Eventually, I did. Now I use my journal as a way to update other members and let them know there is hope at the end of the dark tunnel that is Postpartum Depression.

Today I am a (fairly) happy mother of four with a budding freelance writing career. I write for online and print media, and I do not worry so much about having a ‘trigger’ set me back into my old depression. There is an end to the PPD, you just have to hold on to your life tightly. Here is a link for those who need more information on PPD. Postpartum Depression Forums

Posted in Pregnancy, Concerns and Expectations, Mental Health | 5 Comments »

Bad Credit Help.

I’ll be honest with you. I don’t have the best credit in the world. I made a lot of mistakes when I was younger, so now in my more mature days, I’m paying for the excesses of youth. Not to mention the irresponsibility. It’s 15 years later and I get turned down for credit cards and loans left and right. There are many, many people who suffer the same fate, wondering what they can do to try to repair their credit.

Because credit is coming to be more of an issue these days, not only when you try to get a loan or credit card, buy a home, or car…but now in some places you need to have good credit to rent an apartment. Heck, sometimes you will have to allow a prospective employer to review your credit! Some employers believe that someone with good credit is more likely to stay in their employment or not steal.

I’ve done a lot of research on how to get credit help. Credit repair companies abound on the internet and you see advertisements on the television almost everyday for them. I’ve checked them out and many times, it’s a total scam. You have to pay a fee to even get counseling, which most times tells you things you can find out just by doing a simple internet search.

I did find something recently in my searches that really impressed me. RMCN Credit Services has probably one of the most honest websites dealing with bad credit and credit repair that I have ever seen. The general manager, Doug Parker, wrote an interesting letter in the About Us section of the site detailing how he had fought his own bad credit which led him to decide to help others in their battle for better credit.

The website has a clean look, plus you can find good common sense advice for credit help. You will find free information that some other companies charge for. Instead of trying to charge you for this information, they’ve posted it right on their site. But, if you need credit help beyond the information they offer, you can employ their services. Since you will have someone in your corner who has dealt with heir own bad credit, you won’t hear some of the questions other companies ask, like.. ?Well, why didn’t you pay this, it was really low? and so on.

So if you are having some issues or even just would like good information on how to stay out of the bad credit slump, go take a peek at RMCN Credit Services and their site.

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Friday’s Foods: Sweet Potato Souffle

Tasty Pie
I adore things made with sweet potatoes and with pumpkin. This recipe was shared again by Gayla Peterson, it is from a community cookbook put together by her friends and neighbors.

If you’re like me and love pumpkin, substitute pumpkin for the sweet potato. It’s not just a recipe for Thanksgiving or Christmas, pumpkin and sweet potatoes make great accompaniments to nearly any cool weather dinner. Special thanks to June Moriarty who contributed this recipe to the community cookbook. If you would like a copy, send an email to familyresourceblogger (at)

Remember, every Friday a new recipe (or a few) will be posted, so be sure to check in!

Sweet Potato Soufflé

3 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
½ cup butter, melted
Mix above ingredients and put in casserole dish.
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup melted butter
Mix above ingredients and pour over sweet potato mixture and fold until the mixture looks mealy.
Bake uncovered at 350o until done.
From the Kitchen of June Moriarty

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Caregivers of the Elderly

During my time as a Certified Nursing Assistant, I spent most of my time caring for nursing home residents who suffered from Alzheimer’s and other dementias. I have seen so many tired and depressed residents, along with families who seem so lost. Dementias can wreak havoc on a family, especially those who do not have the resources or support that they need. In the midst of the doctor’s appointments, the flurry of care decisions, and arguments, the victim and their families lose touch with one another’s needs.

Caregivers tend to forget about themselves. Depression is a danger while caring for a loved one affected by this disease. Feelings of helplessness, loss, anger, and being inadequate runs rampant in the caregiver community. If you are the caregiver or relative of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s, you don’t have to feel this way. There are a multitude of resources available to you online and through your community.

The internet is a vast reservoir of information concerning health topics. Websites, forums, and newsgroups can help you find your way through this time of coping. In most areas there are community based support groups that advertise though Yahoo Groups or Craigslist. Your local newspaper is also an excellent source of support group information. A newspaper will often have times and phone numbers listed to help you in contacting the groups.

If your loved one is already in a long term care facility, try to strike up friendships with the Nursing Assistants who are providing the personal care. Most people think that nurses are responsible for the day to day care of residents, but that just is not true. Yes, nurses oversee the work of CNAs and give medicines, but nursing assistants provide the basic care for all patients. From bathing to feeding, these are the ones who do it all. Forming a relationship with the nursing assistants will also help ensure that your family member gets the proper care they are entitled to. It will also give you a great insight into the condition of your loved one.

Make sure to talk to the CNAs and nurses each time you visit. Being friendly and not agitated in your manner helps keep down miscommunications. These workers can give you so many tips on how to help your loved one be more comfortable and also help alleviate your grief, if only a small fraction. The staff who cares for your relative becomes attached and cares very much for their patients. It’s hard on a CNAor nurse when their patients pass, so they will try to help you learn to walk down your road ahead with grace and understanding.

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McDonald’s Monopoly Game, Rare List

Sick of seeing the rare pieces list all over Ebay? Well, don’t go looking any further. I am posting this list for anyone who wants to use it to compare what they need. Originally found on Wikipedia, I have cropped this down to include only the 2007 list.

Good luck!

McDonald's Monopoly Rare Pieces List

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The Great People

Mark Twain

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. -Mark Twain

No matter what you try to do in life, aim high. People who have little ambitions will try to stop you, making light of your dreams. These people are jealous, knowing that they do not have the discipline to go after their own dreams, or lacking the imagination to even fantasize of something great for themselves. You know them, the ones who always look happy to give bad news and point out the smallest problems in any plan.

The truly great people are those friends or family that you know who exclaim over every tiny accomplishment of yours and of others. Who see the silver lining and who push people to become greater than they would have been left to their own devices.

Seek these people out and spend as much time as possible around them. Be one of them, yourself. Look for the good in everyone, point out their accomplishments, no matter how small they seem, because this is the hallmark of the great, not money or fame.

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Important Infant Cold Medication Recall

Important Infant Cold Medication Recall

Last month, U.S. health officials had advised that the warning ‘Consult your physician’ be removed from infant cold medications and place instead the warning to not use the medicines in children under 2 years of age.

The problem comes not from the medication itself, but from unintentional overdosing. Parents may lose the dropper that came with the medication, then try to estimate the dose with droppers from other medications or with the tiny measuring cups on other cold medicines. This has led to around 50 death in the past 40 years.

The companies who make the medications are putting forth a voluntary recall. The recall does not affect cold medicines targeted to children aged 2 and up.

Here is a list of the recalled medications:

Dimetapp Decongestant Plus Cough Infant Drops

Dimetapp Decongestant Infant Drops

Little Colds Decongestant Plus Cough

Little Colds Multi-Symptom Cold Formula

Pediacare Infant Drops Decongestant (containing pseudoephedrine)

Pediacare Infant Drops Decongestant & Cough (containing pseudoephedrine)

Pediacare Infant Dropper Decongestant (containing phenylephrine)

Pediacare Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough

Pediacare Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough (containing phenylephrine)

Robitussin Infant Cough DM Drops

Triaminic Infant & Toddler Thin Strips Decongestant

Triaminic Infant & Toddler Thin Strips Decongestant Plus Cough

Tylenol Concentrated Infants’ Drops Plus Cold

Tylenol Concentrated Infants’ Drops Plus Cold & Cough

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