Friday, November 18, 2016

Gluten Free Thanksgiving recipes

Photo credit to Food Network

For those of you in need of some gluten free recipes, please check out Gluten Free Thanksgiving recipes. I was surprised at how delicious some of them looked. They have some great dishes so you can make something for everyone. Check out Gluten Free Thanksgiving recipes for more information. The Food Network also has great options. You can find them here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Stop child abuse now


Don't be silent and hope someone else will do something. It only takes a second to save a child's life. Child abuse has become a huge issue in the US. Too many cases of abuse go unnoticed and result in the death of an innocent child. To find out what you can do to help stop child abuse please visit Childhelp Chapters to find a local chapter.


Please read the below statistics from Childhelp.org

National Child Abuse Statistics

A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.

More than four children die every day as a result of child abuse.

It is estimated that between 50-60% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates. 

Approximately 70% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4. 

More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way. 

Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.

About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse. 

In at least one study, about 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder. 

The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2008 is $124 billion. 

14% of all men in prison and 36% of women in prison in the USA were abused as children, about twice the frequency seen in the general population. 

Children who experience child abuse & neglect are about 9 times more likely to become involved in criminal activity. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Chocolate no-bake oatmeal cookies = YUM


This is one of my families favorite treats for the holidays. Make sure you have milk in the fridge because you can't eat these without it. They are very rich. Oh and don't tell my Mom that I just made these. They are her favorite :) 

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

2 - cups granulated sugar

3 - tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 - cup butter

1/2 - cup evaporated milk

1/2 - teaspoon salt

3 - cups quick or old fashioned oats

1/2 - cup creamy peanut butter

1 - teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat add butter, sugar, cocoa powder, milk and salt. 

Stir until butter is melted and ingredients are
incorporated. 

Bring to a boil, and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly so it doesn't burn.









Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until completely melted. 

Add vanilla and oatmeal while mixing well. 

Drop by tablespoon full onto wax paper. 

Let cool completely on waxed paper. 



Remove the cookies once they have set up. They are delicious so make plenty because the go fast. At least they do in my house. 

Enjoy!




Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Win a Luxurious Trip to Costa Rica


Win a Luxurious Trip to Costa Rica and stay at the 
5-star Tabacón Thermal Resort and Spa
Prize includes round-trip airfare, $100 dining credit per day, a 60 min spa treatment per person rendered in an open air bungalows surrounded by the rainforest and exclusive access to hotel's hot springs and gardens.