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Gluten Free


One day I just happen to stumble across  an article about “Gluten” and how it effects some people. Then, I went to the internet to  research the effects of gluten and was totally surprised by the effects of it. Symptoms of gluten sensitivity included bloating, abdominal discomfort, pain or diarrhea and some articles even say  that wheat gluten can cause weight gain !  So, start  learning  a little more information about “gluten” or “wheat gluten”. There are many “gluten- free” foods and recipes available to eat. Below are two of my favorites. Enjoy them and become more aware of what you are putting in your body.

1. Gluten-Free Pancakes.



  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp honey, fruit juice concentrate or sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda


Beat egg until frothy. Add buttermilk, oil, and honey and beat until well blended.

In another bowl mix brown rice flour and the remaining dry ingredients. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the liquids. Stir until well blended. Do not over stir. Batter will be slightly lumpy.

Lightly grease a frying pan and fry pancakes. Serve with your favorite Fruity Preserves.

2. Peanut Butter Balls


4 tablespoons butter

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup chopped walnuts

2/3 cup peanut butter1/2 cup maraschino cherries,


2 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate


1 cup flaked coconut


1. Melt butter or margarine over low heat. Remove from heat and mix melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, coconut, walnuts, peanut butter and cherries. Form into small balls. Chill until firm.
2. Melt chocolate chips over low heat. Stick a toothpick into each ball and dip into chocolate. Roll chocolate covered peanut butter balls in coconut to coat. Chill.


Who’s Responsible For Your Child’s Education? Teachers or You?


Schools are filled with some really great kids who are eager to learn and some awesome dedicated educators.

However, schools are also filled with some disrespectful students who are interested in everything except being educated.

Some teachers say that parents are the child’s primary teacher and the child’s behavior at school reflects their parents’  educational values.

Some parents solely hold  teachers accountable for their child’s failures in school .




Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

By Maya Angelou



  • Make a little loving gesture every day for one full year.
  • Cuddle on the sofa and watch a movie.
  • Take a bubble bath together.
  • Walk on the beach in the moonlight.
  • Put a note in a romance novel saying, “The story is great but our own love story is the best”.
  • Put a single red rose on the seat of your lover’s car before they go to work.
  • Send your lover a virtual postcard at least once a week.
  • Get every book ever written by your loved one’s favorite author.
  • Get every movie starring your lovers favorite actor.
  • Keep twenty pounds of your lovers favorite candy on hand.
  • Take her to see the movie Titanic fifteen times.
  • Make love to him/her every night until he/she asks you to stop.
  • Give him/her twelve dozen roses on all their special days.
  • Compose a list: “101 Reasons Why You’re the Greatest” Write each reason on a separate square of paper. Wrap them in a fancy gift box.
  • Sprinkle perfume on to light bulb. When light is turned on the scent of the perfume will fill the room.
  • Relax with a glass of white wine.
  • Listen to a romantic audio tape, fix a cup of hot flavored tea, and light two candles.
  • Keep a journal of your romantic fantasies. Share it with your soul mate.
  • Buy a bunch of fish at a pet store. It doesn’t matter what kind. Leave it for your lover with a note saying ” Out of all the fish in the sea, you are the one for me”.


Hershey’s Chocolate Cake


This cake is awesome! Chocolate Lovers Only Please.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. 2 Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. 3 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.  10 to 12 servings.VARIATIONS:
    ONE-PAN CAKE: Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350° F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely. Frost.THREE LAYER CAKE: Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost.

    BUNDT CAKE: Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt pan. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 50 to 55 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Frost.

    CUPCAKES: Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Heat oven to 350°F. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30 cupcakes.


    1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
    2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
    3 cups powdered sugar
    1/3 cup milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
    Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

Kitchen Organization


Where to Put Things

Put items close to where they will be used.

Near your stove and microwave:

  • Pots and pans(hanging or stacked by shape in cabinets)
  • Potholders and trivets( in drawers)
  • Mixing spoons( in drawer or fancy holding container on counter)
  • Storage containers (for leftovers)- Place in a cabinet with lids on containers
  • Glasses, bowls and plates ( stack bowls and plates on cabinet shelves and line glasses by size on shelves- larger ones in the back.)
  • Silverware( in a silverware holder in a drawer organized by type)
  • Cleaning supplies( cabinet under sink)

Near your coffee maker:

  • Coffee, sugar, creamer
  • Filters
  • Measuring scoop
  • Coffee cups

In your trash can:

  • Garbage bags( place several clean ones in the bottom of trash can, ready for use)

Refrigerator/ Freezer:

  • Organize shelves to fit your needs
  • condiments and bottled water on door(leaves spaces for other items on shelves)
  • Label / date freezer bags
  • Store all-purpose flour in freezer (place bag in a freezer bag)
  • organized frozen items in categories in the freezer( vegetables, fish, beef , chicken, bread)

Food Pantry Closet or Shelves

  • Organize cans, boxes and storage containers by size
  • Use chip clips or clear tape to keep opened chips, cookies and cereals fresh
  • Check dates of all foods and spices periodically