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Family Matters: Don’t be spooked by these sweeties

Halloween CandiesWhat kid doesn’t love Halloween? Scary or silly, they get to dress up in their favorite costume. They can go trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treating, attend a fall festival or host their own party. I have discovered that my daughter really enjoys making fun Halloween treats. She likes to wrap them up in cute gift bags and pass them out to all her friends when she gets to school. One of her favorite Halloween treats is these stacked skeletons.

These stacked skeletons are a wacky and wonderful way to celebrate Halloween!

Buy a pan of brownies from our bakery and cut into squares.

Melt 8 ounces of Food Club White Chocolate in the microwave and dip small twisted pretzels into the chocolate to coat. Spread out on a rack to let dry or buy pre-made yogurt-covered pretzels.

Stack several pretzels on top of the brownie to form the skeleton body. Top with a medium-sized Food Club Marshmallow.

Using food-safe frosting pens (purchased at a craft store), draw a silly, scary, spooky or sweet face onto your skeleton. Place in a baggie, tie with a ribbon and you’re ready to go with a Halloween goodie bag that’s sure to be a hit.

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Mi Blog Hispano: Poderes Curativos de la Cúrcuma

Poderes Curativos de la CúrcumaHace unos días me encontré con un artículo en el internet que me llamó muchísimo la atención  sobre “Los poderes Curativos de la Cúrcuma”, gracias a Dios que me detuve a leerlo porque aprendí sobre los  maravillosos beneficios de la cúrcuma y tambien sobre los descubrimientos que se han hecho de como ayuda a prevenir el cáncer y otras enfermedades que atacan y afectan tanto a la gente en estos últimos tiempos.

La Cúrcuma es una especia  que proviene de la planta Curcuma Longa, tradicionalmente la usamos para  dar sabor y color a las comidas, pero su uso tiene más beneficios que aportar que sólo eso. Por esto mucha gente ha integrado este ingrediente en la dieta diaria. Existen muchos métodos para consumirlos, puede ser como Fuente de alimento, o ingerir su extracto en forma de píldora, o tambien  ingerir extracto de Cúrcuma liquida altamente concentrado.

La cúrcuma”,  su ingrediente activo principal, continúa brillando como un imponente agente  especial  ‘súper alimento’ anti-cáncer, con una amplia gama de beneficios tangibles para la salud, incluyendo su capacidad de inducir la muerte de células cancerosas y prevenir la cirrosis. Es importante destacar su increíble efecto anti-inflamatorio y anti-oxidante.

Un estudio reciente publicado en el Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, por ejemplo, se ha encontrado que una administración dependiente de la dosis de la curcumina activa efectivamente la apoptosis de las células de cáncer de hígado, lo que significa que apuraba la muerte de estas células. En sus conclusiones, los investigadores involucrados en este estudio declararon a la curcumina como un “fito-medicamento prometedor en el tratamiento del cáncer.”

La de Fundación Extensión de la Vida (LEF) tambien, ha conducido una amplia investigación sobre las propiedades anti-cáncer de la cúrcuma y encontró que la especie ataca una asombrosa cantidad de 10 factores causales que intervienen en el desarrollo del cáncer, incluyendo,

  • daño en el ADN
  • inflamación crónica
  • interrupción de las vías de señalización celular

Aunque una dosificación precisa de la cúrcuma  para la prevención del cáncer oficialmente no se ha establecido, estudios con pacientes humanos diagnosticados con cáncer encontraron que la dosis curcumina de aproximadamente 3,600 mg (3,6 gramos) indujeron la paraptosis, es decir la destrucción selectiva de las células cancerosas mitocondriales; la interrupción del ciclo celular del cáncer, regulación hacia abajo de células de cáncer,  destruyendo y deteniendo el desarrollo de células madre.

Una manera fácil de añadir más cúrcuma en su dieta

  • La cúrcuma puede darle vida a sus platos de arroz.
  • Los huevos pueden ser fritos o revueltos con mantequilla o aceite de coco con una pizca generosa de cúrcuma y sal del mar. No  olvides la pimienta.
  • Lentejas garbanzos o frijoles picantes.
  • Un refrescante elixir de  verano de cúrcuma puede prepararse poniendo a ebullición una raíz de cúrcuma, dejar que se enfríe un poco, descartar la raíz y agregar miel, limón o lima, y una pizca de cúrcuma molida con una pizca de pimienta negra. Vierta sobre hielo y disfrute.

Shop the Sale: Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls

Once upon a time, there was a kiosk in downtown Killeen, Texas, that served the very best Philly Cheesesteaks this side of the Mississippi.

The rolls were richly buttered and toasted.

The steak was thick and juicy.

The veggies were grilled to perfection and the cheese was melted perfectly. They were phenomenal.

A Philly Cheesesteak from that kiosk was the last meal I had before moving away from Killeen in 2001. They were that good.

Fast forward to today. There’s an inconspicuous Chinese food place down the street from my house. I hadn’t eaten there in all the years I’ve lived here until about a year ago. Now, I have an addiction to their hot and sour soup, and egg rolls. They are divine. Crisp on the outside, warm and flavorful on the inside.

I’d never put two and two together until I saw a recipe on Pinterest for Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls.

A marriage made in heaven, I thought.

This week, boneless sirloin strips are on sale at Brookshire’s. There is only one basic way to grill a steak, but you might want to try something different this week when they are on sale!

Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls

10 egg roll wrappers
2 cups cooked sirloin steak strips
1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 purple onion, thinly sliced
3 Tbs butter
1/2 tsp garlic powder
5 slices provolone cheese, halved
canola oil, for frying
1 egg, lightly beaten

For the sauce:
1/2 cup light mayo
1 Tbs milk
1 tsp horseradish
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp fresh cracked pepper

Fill your fryer or pot with at least 1 inch deep of canola oil. Heat to 375° F.

In a sauté pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add the pepper strips and onions, and cook until soft and tender (about 5 minutes). Then, toss in the steak and garlic powder; stir to combine. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Once cool, place an egg roll wrapper on a clean, dry surface and brush all the edges with the lightly beaten egg. Place a couple strips of the steak, peppers and onions at an angle in the center of the wrapper, and top with half of a slice of provolone cheese. Fold the bottom corner of the wrapper over the filling then fold in the right side and left side. Roll toward the remaining corner and seal closed.

Repeat with remaining egg roll wrappers and filling.

Place two to three egg rolls in the hot oil at a time. Cook and turn for 3 to 5 minutes or until all sides are golden-brown. Drain on paper towel-lined plate.

For the sauce:
Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until combined. Add more horseradish if you want it with more of a kick. Serve egg rolls hot with a side of sauce.

Makes 10

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 436, Calories from Fat: 149, Fat: 16 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 160 mg, Sodium: 426 mg, Potassium: 622 mg, Carbohydrates: 20 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 49 g.

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Healthy Living: Cucumber Vegetable Cups

I’m throwing a bridal shower next week. My best friend’s daughter is getting married.

Did you read that correctly? My. Best. Friend.

If she’s MY best friend, this means I’m also old enough to have a daughter getting married.





For real.


It’s hard to acknowledge that we’re old enough to have children getting married and having babies, but we are, mostly.

I haven’t been to a shower in a while, I must admit, because my crowd is busy navigating the waters of middle school. We’re in that weird limbo between our own bridal showers and our children’s showers.

However, I DO have to admit that in all the showers I’ve been to recently, there hasn’t been much healthy food. Don’t get me wrong. I love me some cupcakes and some meatballs, but it’s always good to have a healthy option for a group gathering like a bridal shower or work event. So many people are eating gluten-free these days that it’s also important for them. These are a fun way to serve something artful and deliver a fun and healthy option, all in one.

Cucumber Vegetable Cups

2 large cucumbers (about 3 cups)
1 cup ranch dressing
2 cups carrots, sliced

Peel cucumbers. Slice into 1/2-inch rounds.

Scoop out seeds, leaving a shell at the bottom of each round to be filled.

Fill with a teaspoon of ranch dressing. Place carrot sticks inside cucumber cups. Serve immediately.

Serves 12

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 35, Calories from Fat: 2, Fat: 0.2 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 251 mg, Potassium: 194 mg, Carbohydrates: 8 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 4 g, Protein: 1 g.

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Family Matters: Pets

Family Matters | CatMy boys wanted a cat. Begged for a cat.

They told me they’d clean toilets for a year for a cat.

Well, I can’t have a cat; I’m allergic. I’m sticking with my big doggie.

However, one day while riding home with their bonus mom, they saw a small kitten trying to cross the busiest thoroughfare in town, dodging traffic and surely expending one of its nine lives. They pulled into the mall parking lot and rescued the kitten who was riddled with worms, had an eye infection and was clearly malnourished.

They dropped it off at the vet, hoping the vet could get it healthy.

The boys, plus their bonus brother, must have really worked on the parental units that night, begging to pick the small, white, fluffy kitten up from the vet the next day and bring it home with them because that’s exactly what happened.

The kitten, a Manx, has big blue eyes and a little nub of a tail distinctive to that breed.

Remember the promise about cleaning the toilets for a year? Well, apparently their dad didn’t extract that promise, but the boys DO have to clean the kitty’s litter box.

It’s not their favorite chore in the world, but cat litter is engineered to lock in moisture and odors. It’s easy to clean and clumps to be easily scoopable. Plus, the kitten is worth it.

Shop the Sale: Apple Bacon Pork Roast

This week at Brookshire’s, boneless pork roast is on sale, and do you know what that means? Well, besides getting a great deal on the other white meat that is a healthy and easy choice for your family, it means that you can celebrate fall with recipes that celebrate the pork roast!

Pork naturally lends itself to fall flavors such as fruit and succulent spices. Pork can be dry, so fruit adds natural juices while ramping up the flavor.

This recipe actually does double duty. Apples, slipped between succulent slices of pork, keep the roast moist, while bacon placed on top adds a little fat and a lot of flavor to the meat, infusing it with the taste of Americans’ favorite guilty pleasure.

I like Granny Smith apples in this recipe because they don’t break all the way down, and the tartness of the apples plays well against the sweetness of the glaze. Fuji apples work well, too, or whatever suits your taste!

Apple Bacon Pork Roast


3-4 lb boneless pork loin roast

2 large Granny Smith apples, sliced

6 slices bacon (halfway cooked)

1/3 cup brown sugar


1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup apple juice

1 Tbs Dijon or grainy mustard

dash of cinnamon

Directions:Slice your pork loin into 1-inch slices about 3/4 of the way through. That way the roast is still connected in one piece. Place roast in a large slow cooker and place the apple slices in the slits. Lay the bacon slices over the top of the roast and sprinkle with brown sugar. Place lid on the slow cooker, and allow the roast to cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. Slice and serve with the glaze below.


Blend glaze ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and set aside.

Serves 4-6

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 516, Calories from Fat: 116, Fat: 13 g, Trans Fat: 0.1 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 207 mg, Sodium: 349 mg, Potassium: 1270 mg, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 20 g, Protein: 74 g.

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Family Matters: Diaper Rashes

Baby with Diaper RashIt’s the middle of the night. You are startled awake from a deep sleep and pleasant dreams of more sleep by baby’s screech. Not just any screech, a blood-curdling scream. You rush into the nursery. Baby is fed. Baby isn’t overtired. You investigate. One peek inside baby’s diaper and you deduct the cause…diaper rash!

Diaper rash is a common form of inflamed skin that appears as a patchwork of bright red skin or bumps on your baby’s bottom. It can be caused by a wet or dirty diaper. However, I’m telling you, I could have changed my younger son’s diaper every 30 seconds, and he still would have had a diaper rash. Some babies have more sensitive skin than others.

Diaper rash also may develop after solid foods are added to baby’s diet, when breast-feeding mothers eat certain foods or when your baby is taking antibiotics. It’s a crap shoot. Pun intended.

There are many ways to treat diaper rash. First, you can try to prevent it. Change baby’s diaper as often as possible. Secondly, use a light coating of petroleum cream to form a protective barrier over baby’s bottom whenever you change the diaper. It doesn’t absorb, but it prevents urine and feces from touching the skin directly. Secondly, use an antibiotic cream to clear up a rash. Lastly, let baby go “bare bottomed” as much as possible, exposing his bum to direct air and helping to clear up the rash.

Mi Blog Hispano: Saludables Licuados Naturales

Saludables Licuados NaturalesA medida que vamos madurando, comenzamos también a tomar conciencia de lo importante que es mantenernos saludables. Una de esas cosas súper efectivas para desintoxicar nuestro organismo y a la vez ofrecerle un sin número de nutrientes, son los licuados naturales.

Como una bendición, llegaron a mis manos unas recetas de estos licuados que he comenzado a preparar y consumir y les puedo decir que aparte de que me encantan, sé que le estoy aportando a mi salud algo que le va a hacer bien. Desde que estoy ingiriendo estos licuados estoy más pendiente de no tomar cosas artificiales y dañinas. Sé que voy a ver resultados en mejorar mi sistema inmunológico y digestivo y como regalo adicional me voy a ver y sentirme mejor.

Existen licuados para diferentes funciones, están por ejemplo los licuados desintoxicantes, licuados para bajar de peso y los famosos licuados verdes que son una rica fuente de vitaminas y sales minerales que ayudan a quemar grasa.

Licuado para acelerar el metabolismo
Ayuda a quemar grasas rápidamente porque tiene componentes antioxidantes.

1 taza de trozos de melón
1 taza de trozos de piña
1 taza de leche descremada
2 cucharadas de miel o fructuosa
1 cucharadita de Jengibre

Licue todos los ingredientes y tómelo por las mañanas en ayunas.


Licuado reductor
Reduce el colesterol de la sangre, desintoxica el organismo, aumenta la diuresis, estimulando el metabolismo renal.

1 Piña
3 Pepinos
3 Vasos de agua mineral

Pele la piña y córtela en trozos, corte los pepinos. Mézclelos con el agua. Licúelos y tome un vaso en ayunas, otro antes del almuerzo y otro antes de la cena.


Jugo Verde (Kiwifruit, Espinaca,  Lechuga y miel)
Es una excelente opción diurética por su alto contenido en clorofila, fibra, vitamina C y antioxidantes. Permite mejorar la digestión, bajar de peso y perder grasa.

1 Kiwifruit
5 Hojas de espinaca
3 Hojas de Lechuga
1 Cucharada de miel natural

Lave, pele y desinfecte los ingredientes y licue todos los ingredientes junto a la miel. Puede colarlo antes de tomarlo. Tómelo 3 veces por semana en ayunas.


Jugo Verde (Nopal con apio, piña, toronja y miel)
Constituye una gran Fuente de nutrientes y fibra. Ideal para adelgazar ya que ayuda a eliminar grasas y toxinas, es depurativo y diurético. Mejora el metabolismo y previene la aparición de celulitis.

1/2 Nopal Mediano
1 rebanada de piña
2 tallos de apio
2 Toronjas (Jugo)
1 cucharada de miel

Lave todos los ingredientes y licúelos. Puede tomarlo en ayunas por 7 días, haga una pausa de 15 días, dependiendo de cómo reacciones su organismo

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