Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Celebration At Mom's Assisted Living

When Mom told me she had decorated her own Halloween T-Shirt, I knew I was going to have to go and see.  I was not expecting the totally fun evening we all had. 
They had a wonderful trio that sang and played bouncy music.  My sister- in-law figured out how to bounce and grove to the music. 

She also won the Family Division Costume contest.  She shows you can be sexy at seventy.  Whoo Hoo.  She's got legs. 

 My brother in law wore a mask from the movie Avatar.  It was a bit spooky you could see his eyes, but the mask so hid him.  I like him better without the mask don't you? 

The Facility workers had all dressed up like the old rock n roll group "Village People" and did a rendition of YMCA, which my sister-in-law jumped right in and sang and made the motions.  It was really fun.

Here is the reason I went.  Isn't she gorgeous.  92 years young.
Happy Halloween 2010 to you all.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Spiced Banana-Walnut Muffins Heart/ Stress Healthy

As I have been letting you know, I have been searching for a way to reduce my blood pressure.  I am tired of whining, so I thought I would share some positives I have found with you.
Sheila G. West, PhD, of Pennsylvania State University team did a study of diet for possibly reducing stress with omega 3 fatty acids from plant sources.  They used my favorite nut, walnuts and walnut oil in the study. 
The findings were positive for reducing stress and reducing cardiovascular illness. Click here to view the write up about the study. 
That article and others like it, along with the knowledge that potassium also is helpful, led to me get out my Banana Walnut Muffin recipe and modify it to be heart healthy friendly.  [I see you smiling.  Yes, I needed some comfort food.  ; )   ]

Spiced Banana-Walnut Muffins
Servings: Serves 6
1 cup all-purpose flour (I used 1 Cup Gluten Free flour and 1/2 tsp Xanthum Gum)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup olive or Walnut oil
1 cup (2 to 3 whole) very ripe mashed bananas
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tsp. orange zest
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2   egg whites.
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a standard 6-muffin tin with paper liners or grease well; set aside.

Yes that is my sewing in the background.

Put flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt into a large bowl; set aside. Put sugar and butter or oil into a second large bowl and beat until well combined. Add bananas, applesauce, zest, vanilla, and egg to the sugar-butter mixture, and beat again until combined. Add flour mixture to banana mixture in three parts, stirring well after each addition; fold in walnuts.

Spoon batter into prepared tin; bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 25 minutes (With my convection oven it is 18 minutes). Serve warm or at room temperature.
My evening muffin really tasted yummy and squelched any desire for more snacks for the evening. 

I went to to calculate the nutrition and calories.  Click on SparkPeople to view their set up.  Really healthy and tastes good too.  Life is all good. 
Nutrition Facts
6 Servings
Amount Per Serving
 Calories                   299.6
 Total Fat                   12.5 g
 Saturated Fat              1.6 g
 Polyunsaturated Fat    3.1 g
 Monounsaturated Fat 7.1 g
 Cholesterol                0.0 mg
 Sodium                228.4 mg
 Potassium             273.1 mg
 Total Carbohydrate51.3 g
  Dietary Fiber          2.3 g
  Sugars                  31.1 g
  Protein                   4.5 g
  Vitamin A               0.7 %
  Vitamin B-12          0.0 %
  Vitamin B-6         12.4 %
  Vitamin C              6.4 %
  Vitamin D              0.0 %
  Vitamin E              6.8 %
  Calcium                 3.2 %
  Copper                 8.6 %
  Folate                   3.0 %
  Iron                      8.7 %
  Magnesium           6.2 %
  Manganese         22.5 %
  Niacin                 7.0 %
  Pantothenic Acid 1.3 %
  Phosphorus         3.2 %
  Riboflavin           6.9 %
  Selenium             1.5 %
  Thiamin               9.0 %
  Zinc                    1.7 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. 
Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Hope you weekend is an exceptionally bright and happy one.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Shouts of Joy! I Feel like the Calf Roper!

I have been multi tasking lately.  In addition to my volunteer work, and taking care of business, I have been trying hard to fulfill my grandsons confidence in me. 
Cowboy on the left and Scientist on the right
My daughter had related to me earlier this summer that one of the boys had decided he was going to be a scientist, the older of the two (they are 6 months apart) said "well, what am I going to be?"
Said the other, "You can be what ever you want to be." 
I some how feel without knowing it he was quite profound.  "We can be what ever we want to be."
At the end of August, it was announced by our scientist that GrandmomE was going to make his lab coat.  That was good.  I knew 2 months before Halloween, which is what we are striving for.  The older then decided I could make him a cowboy outfit. 
I am so excited that I have finished both and am getting ready to do He Man outfits for the younger twins...a rush job it will be, and wings for my fair princess CopperTop, and a poodle skirt for the dreamer.
My equipment is elderly but useful. The sewing machine has seen better years, but there are many memories written on its soul.

Here are the boys' outfits.
[Remember you can click on the pictures to enlarge them and click the back arrow to return.]

Yes, of course I branded them.  ; )

We are now boxed and ready to go tomorrow!  Whoo Hoo.... Boys are your excited?