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Family Matters: Pets


This is not a sad story, so keep reading.

My best friend got a call today from her elderly mother who gently broke the news that her longtime friend and companion, her dog of 16 years, had passed away.

My friend was devastated, as you can imagine one would be losing the sweet dog you’d had for so long.

About an hour later, her cellphone rang again. It was her mother calling back.

“He’s alive! He’s alive!,” she screamed into the phone.

However, she had not only called my friend, but she had also called a stranger. When she was trying to dial, she called the wrong number. In her excitement, she left a message on some unsuspecting person’s voicemail. “He’s not dead! He’s alive! He got up and got a drink of water” was the message that a flustered stranger received. The stranger, who immediately called back to check on the welfare of, well, the dog, ended up getting a good laugh, as did my friend, her mom and a bunch of other people.

Moral to this story: Check for respiration, dial carefully and always love on your pets every day!



SHOP THE SALE: GAMEDAY SPICY CHICKEN LEGS


Spicy Chicken WingsFootball season is in full swing, and nothing beats some great game day snacks.

I love Buffalo wings, but I wish more meat was on them! I’ve started making Buffalo legs instead (more meat, less work).

This spicy Asian concoction turns up the heat for your game and your meal. The original recipe called for deep frying these chicken legs, but I roasted them instead with a great result. 

Chicken leg quarters are on sale at Brookshire’s this week so stock up.

Spicy Asian Chicken Legs

Ingredients:
2 lbs chicken leg quarters
3 or 4 cloves garlic, pressed 
3 Tbsp water
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 Tbsp chili garlic sauce
1 Tbsp chopped scallion (green part only), chopped cilantro and/or mint for garnish

Directions:
1. Rinse chicken; pat dry thoroughly.

2. In a small bowl, combine the garlic and water. Let sit for 5 minutes. Position a mesh strainer over a bowl, and pour the garlic water through to strain. Press on the solids to extract as much garlic water as possible. 

3. Add the fish sauce, light brown sugar, sugar and pepper. Stir to dissolve. Transfer to a zipper lock bag, add the chicken legs and refrigerate for 2 hours, or overnight. 

4. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator at least 20 minutes before preparation to remove some of the chill. Drain the chicken legs from the marinade and blot dry with paper towels. Reserve the marinade. Put the reserved marinade and chili garlic sauce in a large skillet and set it on the stove. 
 
5. Bake the chicken legs at 400°F for approximately 12 minutes.

6. Heat the reserved marinade until bubbly and slightly syrupy. Add the chicken; stir, turn and coat in the syrup, which will turn sticky as it reduces and clings to the legs. Add a splash of water if you want to dilute the glazy bits in the skillet and get them to coat the legs. There should be no liquid left when you’re done coating. 

Transfer to a plate, sprinkle with the garnish and enjoy hot. 

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 302, Calories from Fat: 158, Fat: 18 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 115 mg, Sodium: 1170 mg, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Sugar: 11 g, Protein: 26 g

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MI BLOG HISPANO: BENEFICIOS DE LA VITAMINA D EN NUESTROS HIJOS


Últimamente he estado observando y es notable como cada día mas niños y adolescentes  en el mundo tienen una vida sedentaria y un tipo de alimentación alta en grasas y mucha azúcar. Estuve leyendo un articulo que decía, según la Organización Mundial de la Salud, que  42 millones de niños menores de cinco años tiene sobrepeso o sufren de obesidad, lo que los hace tener mas probabilidad de sufrir de Diabetes y otras enfermedades propias de los adultos.

Para este grupo de niños en riesgo, podría haber una herramienta preventiva complementaria, según un estudio que leí de la Universidad de Missouri y publicado por el “American Journal Nutrition ”. El material señala, que el consumo de Vitamina D ayuda a que los niños con  sobrepeso mantengan los niveles de glicemia.

Con sólo ingerir vitamina D, el estudio reveló cual podría ser la explicación por la cual la vitamina D contribuiría con la regulación de los niveles de glucosa en la sangre. Así mismo, los responsables del estudio advirtieron que las cantidades dadas a los niños eran superiores a las recomendadas regularmente, sino mas elevadas. Muchas personas desconocen que es común que los niños tengan insuficiencia de esta vitamina en su organismo, principalmente en los niños obesos, ya que la misma se queda almacenada en los tejidos grasos, lo cual impide que el cuerpo aproveche de sus beneficios de igual forma, lo que quiere decir que ellos necesitan el doble de lo normal para mantener los niveles de vitamina D  normales.

La vitamina D, es la encargada de ayudar al cuerpo a absorber calcio y contribuye con la formación y el fortalecimiento de los huesos. Se encuentra en la leche de forma natural y también cuando el cuerpo se expone a los rayos del sol. La Vitamina D, es la mejor alternativa para prevenir la Diabetes tipo 2, también es recomendable de acuerdo a los especialistas, procurar mantener una alimentación balanceada y hacer ejercicio físico regularmente.

Vamos a poner estos consejos en practica y procurar que nuestros hijos crezcan saludables y fuertes. 



Healthy Living: Stretch!


I work at a desk job, and sometimes I get the uncontrollable urge to get up, walk around or stretch. The good thing is experts agree that it’s very beneficial to do these things during the day.

The kids are back in school now, and they are also sitting sedentary at a desk most of the day. We can all benefit from moving around.

It’s best to get up at least every hour and take a short lap around your office or building. It helps our kids to switch classes and walk the hallways to get their wiggles out, and it helps adults, too.

When you can’t get up, you can stretch at your seat. These simple activities should work for students or executives to help increase blood flow, to increase focus and to ease stress on your cramped or stiff limbs.

1. While sitting in a chair, cross your arms over and hang onto the chair between your legs. Let your head fall forward and lean backward slowly. (Be careful!)

2. Sit upright and interlock your fingers. Bend your arms and place them above your head while pressing your elbows and hands backward.

3. Keep your shoulders still and your head up. Slowly rotate your chin toward your shoulder. Repeat on both sides.

4. Look forward while keeping your head up. Slowly move your ear toward your shoulder while keeping your hands behind your back. Repeat on both sides.

5. Sit upright and place one arm across your body. Keep your arm parallel to the ground and pull your elbow toward your opposite shoulder. Repeat for both arms.

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Product Talk: Thomas Bagel Thins


Thomas Bagel ThinsI’m pretty sure a lot of you are in the same boat I am: I have to lose a few pounds. One of my biggest downfalls is bread. I love it. I REALLY love bagels. I found these Thomas Bagel Thins recently and they’re delicious, all the bagel taste and texture without the calories.

Bagel Thins come presliced and are bagel-sized, but much thinner (like I hope to be). They have five grams of fiber and six grams of protein in the whole wheat variety! I love them with peanut butter in the morning and topped with hummus for a mid-afternoon snack.

They’d also be a great sandwich bread or base for a “pizza.”

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Dine In: Avocado Crab Dip


Avocado Crab DipI went to the beach last weekend for one last hurrah of summer. We spent the day lying on the sand, soaking up rays and frolicking with my friend’s young daughter in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Exhausted from a fun day of sun, sand and surf, we decided to go out to eat that night instead of cooking at home.

Our waiter suggested an avocado crab appetizer that was so fresh and delicious that it defined the meal for me. I’ll definitely be trying it again at home next weekend to capture that beach feeling in my own backyard.

Avocado Crab Dip
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 ripe avocados
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tomato, chopped
1/2 cup lump crab meat
salt and pepper to taste
tortilla chips

Directions:
Mash avocados with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with tomato and crab, and serve immediately with tortilla chips.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 65, Calories from Fat: 51, Fat: 6 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 2 mg, Sodium: 26 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 2 g.

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Shop the Sale: Eckrich Smoked Sausage


Eckrich SausageSausage was never one of my favorite foods, until I moved to Germany.

They practically elevate the sausage to an art form there.

In fact, it’s the German version of fast food. In almost any town near a restplatz or at a festival, you’ll find a little Imbiss serving hot, grilled bratwurst on a crunchy brochen (roll) or cardboard trays of saucy, spicy currywurst. Delicious! They’re even better on cold fall or winter days when the steam rises from the hot sausage into the crisp air.

So, that began my love affair with sausage of all kinds. When I moved back stateside, I still sought out sausage and different ways to cook it. I love this version with potatoes. The olives seem strange at first but give it a nice, salty bite.

Recipe from www.eckrich.com

Potato Salad with Sausage

Ingredients:
3/4 regular-sized package Eckrich® Smoked Sausage, halved lengthwise, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
3 small red potatoes (about 2 1/2 lbs), cooked, quartered
1 can (4 oz) pitted ripe olives, drained, halved
2 cups Italian dressing
1 green onion, sliced (about 1/4 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:
Cook sausage in large skillet over medium heat for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stirin potatoes; cook until heated through, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

Add olives, dressing, onions, garlic and pepper; mix lightly.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 759, Calories from Fat: 546, Fat: 61 g, Trans Fat: 0.2 g (14 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 150 mg, Sodium: 929 mg, Carbohydrates: 36 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 11 g, Protein: 20 g

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Healthy Living: The Yin and the Yang of Social Media and My Diet


Healthy LivingMy name is Amy and I’m a social media addict.

I have a permanent residence established on Facebook. I have second homes on Twitter and Pinterest. I visit Instagram and Vine on a regular basis. HootSuite has a place on the home screen of my iPhone.

I chat with my friends, keep up with their children’s lives through pictures, stay in touch with my far away family and get snippets of news and entertainment from my social media sites. I also get recipes, lots of recipes.

We all know I love to cook. I love eating more than cooking. For those reasons, social media is a gold mine of culinary nuggets.

Sometimes that’s a good thing. Sometimes it isn’t.

My friends are pretty equally divided into the Paleo/Cross Fit category and the Stanley’s BBQ/Whataburger group.

The recipes that have come across my newsfeed today include Jalapeno Popper Dip, Texas Corn Caviar, S’mores Brownies, Chocolate Chip Cookies Stuffed with Oreo Cookies, Snickers Dip and Bacon Wrapped Sausages. On the flip side, there’s been Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Greek Yogurt Dip, Sweet Berry Smoothies and Skinny Enchiladas.

I’ll admit; yesterday it was hard to eat my salad with grilled chicken and lemon juice for lunch because right before going to eat, I’d read a recipe for Southwestern Stuffed Cheeseburgers, which sounded really good.

The social media diet isn’t easy. Food pictures are mouthwatering. Recipes are riveting.  However, the beauty is that there are as many healthy options at your fingertips as there are not-so-healthy ones. It’s just a matter of making the right choice.

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Product Talk: Keebler Flipsides


Keebler FlipsidesWe have a new addiction in my family: Keebler Flipsides crackers. I seriously cannot keep a box in the house for very long. I TRY to only go to the grocery store once a week. However, I bought three boxes the last time I went, and they were gone in three days. No joke.

Keebler Flipsides have a zesty pretzel on one side and a scrumptious cracker on the other. They come in Original, Cheddar and Garlic Herb. My boys like to slather creamy peanut butter on the Original flavor. For the cheddar, they slice slabs of sharp cheddar cheese and pair it with the already tangy cracker. They also will make cheddar and pepperoni “sandwiches” with that flavor. On the Garlic Herb, they like plain cream cheese, but the flavored cream cheeses are good, too!

The only problem with sharing this delicious snack with you is that there will be fewer boxes left for me!

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Family Matters: Self Care


FamilyMatters_Baby1336Months_91313_228x173This is about the stage for your toddler when they not only WANT to do everything for themselves, but it’s about time for you to start letting them.

Curt always wanted to brush his own teeth. Now, I wasn’t going to completely relinquish care of his teeth, but I let him brush first before I took over, and that eliminated so much of the power struggle that is common in kids this age. The same thing happened with washing his hair. He no longer wanted me to rinse the shampoo out of his golden-brown baby locks; he wanted to do it himself. So, I let him dump that cup of water over his head, repeatedly. It made him giggle, too. Go figure.

At this age, they can try to comb their own hair. They can help choose what foods they eat (within reason, obviously). They can feed themselves. They can pick up and put away their own toys with help. Independence, here we come!

Tip 13-36 months: Have child-sized brooms, mop cloths (for wiping the table) and sponges available for your toddler, and allow him to clean like the adults do.



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