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Crock Pot Egg and Broccoli Casserole

Tuesday, Aug, 18 2015

3 cups cottage cheese
3 cups frozen, chopped broccoli, thawed and drained
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
6 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 T. finely chopped onion
1/2 tsp. salt
Additional shredded Cheddar cheese, opt.

Combine first eight ingredinets in large bowl.  Pour into a greased 3-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour.  Stir.  Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 2-1/2 to 3 hours longer or until a thermometer reds 160 degrees.  Sprinkle with additional cheese if desired.

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Friday, Aug, 14 2015

If you're taking Fido or Fluffy with you on vacation, advanced planning is the key to making sure you all have a good trip. Kansas State University veterinarian Dr. Susan Nelson offers the following tips:
1. Do restrain your pet in some way while traveling in a vehicle. Cats and small dogs tend to travel best in secured crates, while specialized harnesses for larger dogs help keep them strapped in the vehicle. Letting pets run loose in vehicles can be extremely dangerous because the animal can get between the driver's feet and the pedals.
2. If your pet gets nervous or nauseated during car rides, talk to your veterinarian about medications that can ease anxiety and motion sickness.
3. If you're traveling with a dog, do stop every two to three hours so he can relieve himself and get some exercise.
4. If you're traveling with a cat, leave her in her crate even when you stop at rest areas. Bring a litter box so the cat can use it inside the car during extended trips.
5. Line your pet's crate with absorbent material or newspapers in case the pet doesn't make it to the rest area or the litter box. Do pack cleaning supplies--just in case.
6. Bring a supply of tap water from your home. This is water your pet is accustomed to drinking so it can help minimize gastrointestinal issues that may result from consuming water the pet isn't used to drinking.
7. Never leave a pet in a car unattended, especially in warm or hot climates where heat stress and heat exhaustion can develop.
8. If you will be crossing state lines with your pet, do bring a health certificate issued by your veterinarian. Such certificates are required by every state. The certificates are valid for 30 days.
9. Do have identification for your pet, which should include tags and a microchip. Also, be sure to label the crates or carriers.
10. Carry a photo of your pet in case it gets lost and you need proof of ownership.

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Thursday, Aug, 13 2015

The Magic Bank Account, Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use.  However, this prize has rules.

The set of rules:
1. Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you.
2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
3. You may only spend it.
4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.
5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say,“Game Over!". It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.
What would you personally do?
You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right? You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?
Shocked ??? YES.
Each of us is already a winner of this *PRIZE*. We just can't seem to see it.
1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.
2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is Not credited to us.
3. What we haven't used up that day is forever lost.
4. Yesterday is forever gone.
5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING...

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds? Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars.  Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.
So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!
Here's wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start “spending”....


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Kathy Keene's Aloha Chicken Salad

Wednesday, Aug, 12 2015

6 boneless chicken breast halves
1 cup cut up celery
1 to 1-1/2 cups Miracle Whip
1 cup chopped pecans
2 (15 oz.) cans mandarin oranges, drained
1 (20 oz.) can chunk pineapple, drained
1 to 1-1/2 lbs. seedless grapes, green and red

Place chicken in large saucepan and cover with cold water.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until tender.  Drain, cool and place chicken in refrigerator overnight.
Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces (the size of pineapple chunks works great).  Mix all ingredients together in large glass bowl. Cover and refrigerate a few hours to blend flavors.

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Tuesday, Aug, 11 2015

From  Nothing replaces a visit with a health care professional when you have a medical problem, but there are some issues that can be tamed with a simple visit to your pantry or fridge. Here's how you can squelch some troublesome topics without going any further than your own kitchen. Here are ten foods with additional health benefits.

In some cases, vinegar could prevent a simple burn from blistering; however, if your burn is deep or severe, be sure to seek attention from your physician.

Tea bags
The tannins and caffeine in tea could help to reduce the ache of swelling and inflammation. If you wake up with puffy eyes, steep some tea, allow the bags to cool and apply to shut eyes. A tea bag also helps blood clot, which could come in handy after getting a tooth extracted. In summer, steep some black tea bags to ease a sunburn.

Olive oil
Soothe chapped or chafed skin with the silky rich feel of olive oil. Add moisture to dry hair by applying some oil to the ends before bed. You can also smooth out those sand-paper-feeling heels by rubbing your feet with oil and slipping them into a pair of cotton socks before turning in.

Vitamins C and E, plus carotenoids (a type of antioxidant), in this green fruit calm redness and inflammation while moisturizing your skin to relieve dryness and itchiness. If your face is in need of some TLC, try mashing half of an avocado and apply as a face mask for 30 minutes. Just remember to buy extra avocados as a snack so you're not tempted to scrape your mask off with chips!

Ginger, anise or peppermint tea
High-fiber, cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts may be kind to most of your body but may create painful rumbling in your gastrointestinal tract. To combat these unwelcome side effects, sip ginger or peppermint tea or make your own tea from anise seeds to help cut gas.

If tea doesn't help your upset stomach, try eating papaya for dessert. The enzyme, papain, has been show to beat bloat, gas, and gastrointestinal unrest by helping aid digestion and preventing constipation.

Lavender's light purple shade has been shown to ease anxiety, while its scent eases muscle aches and tension by reducing spasms. A squeeze of a lavender hand lotion before bed can help lull you to sleep.

Tart cherries
The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties of tart cherries could work wonders to help squelch the pain of gout. Studies show that it may pay to pucker up with tart cherries to relieve aches and pains resulting from an intense workout or a pulled muscle.

This fiber-filled breakfast favorite not only promotes heart health, but also soothes, cleanses, and exfoliates skin and clears acne. Prepare plain oats with hot water, let cool to apply it to your skin, and leave it on the affected area for a few minutes, or soak in an oatmeal bath to help lock in moisture and soothe irritated skin. Great news for summer skin maladies -- sunburns, mosquito bites, eczema, and poison ivy: Oats are beneficial inside and out!

As a natural anti-microbial, this pungent bulb can help you avoid getting the common cold -- or at least ease its symptoms. The key component is allicin, which kills off bacteria and viruses. If you feel sniffles coming on and you can tolerate it, try eating raw garlic, which has been shown to be a potent infection-fighter!

Let your pantry items do double duty by helping cure minor irritations, bites, and swelling. These common household items may be able to mend common ailments -- but remember, they're not meant to replace a physician's opinion or treatment.

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