Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wiggle Your Toes!

Not your nose you sillies, your toes!!!

Chances are, at this very moment, you are sitting down. Now, look at the time. It’s right there on your smart phone or in my case, right up in the right hand corner of my monitor. As a matter of fact, my computer just chimed; “It’s 9 o’clock:)” How long have you been sitting? Of course, this could be your very first post read of the day but, I feel fairly safe saying it probably isn’t. How much time has past since you left that chair of yours and took a walk to the kitchen? That long eh? Well then, wiggle those toes again AND again AND again!!!

There, that’s better. You might be thinking; ”today must be Wiggle Your Toes Day.” It isn’t. We missed it! Wiggle your toes day was celebrated on August 6th.

However, I think every day should be Wiggle Your Toes Day! In fact, I’m making a proclamation here and now!

What’s all this talk of toe wiggling you might be wondering. It’s actually a very important conversation that we as bloggers should be having. When I worked in the newspaper industry, there were very strict rules , especially from OSHA, as to the best way to set up a computer workstation. How many of us are considering the safety of the time spent kibitzing on social media, including blogging? A simple exercise that you can do while flitting about here and there in virtual time is to wiggle your toes:) By moving your feet and ankles and yes those tootsies too, it will help encourage blood circulation in your legs and reduce the risk of blood clots forming. Don’t you want Happy Feet?

If you are feeling a bit more drab than just numbness in your legs and feetsies, (come on, time flies by more often than you want to admit on that techo board of yours:) Try this! I use to play this game with Tabi and Noah when they were little. Something tells me with all the kids getting tablets and iPhones these days, it might be something we all play well into adulthood:)

Okay, I’ve said my piece. I know, I’m probably being a bit over cautious but, I’m just passing a long some advice that was given to me on my last doctor’s visit. Remember when I told you that September was National Cholesterol Month? BTW, did you get those numbers checked!!! Well, we are still waiting to test my latest level but, while I was talking to the doctor as Marion was getting her numbers checked, yes, I had to literally drag her to get them done, the doctor reminded me that blood clots are yet another cause of strokes and not only when there is cholesterol blockage but also when we don’t keep that blood flowing happily through our bodies. I always knew about the wiggling of the toes for long air flights, but, I must admit, I was getting pretty lax about it while sitting at my computer. Fact is, sometimes you just don’t realize how long you’ve been at it!!! End of lecture for today:)

Seems to me, while we were talking about healthy feet, it may just be the perfect time to consider the nails! Fingernails that is:) (I’m done with toes for the day but of course the same goes for toenails too:)

Household Magazine, March 1957

What are Fingernails Made of? (Kids Wanna Know:)

Fingernails and toenails are made from dead skin cells called keratin (KAIR-a-tin). Nails grow from under the cuticle in an area called the nail root. As new cells grow from the root, the old ones get harder and move up along the nail bed. The hard cells protect the nail bed and eventually move to the fingertip. Your body also uses keratin to make hair and your top layer of skin.

Basically, Fingernails are made of a special kind of protein called keratin, the same kind of stuff that a cow's hoofs and horns are made of. Hey, don't chew your fingernails though. Your body can't digest the keratin protein:)

It has been a long standing belief that you can make your nails stronger by consuming gelatin based dishes whether they be a bowl of America’s favorite dessert, Jell-O or one of the many advertised uses of Knox gelatin. (You might remember a Lemon Chiffon Pie recipe from Lemon Chiffon Pie Day:)

If you have ever simmered meat bones for a soup then chilled it, you may have noticed a slight jellied effect to the broth.  This result is due to "collagen", a protein substance which yields gelatin and is found in the bones, skin and connective tissue of animals.  In manufacturing, unflavored gelatin is extracted from the collagen by hot water, then concentrated and filtered for purity and clarity.  It is cooled, extruded and dried into glassy brittle strips.  In 1889, Charles B. Knox of Johnston, New York discovered a method of granulating gelatin by breaking down the strips using high speed mills. (Knox Basics)
It’s a myth that eating gelatin will encourage healthy, longer nails. I can see where the myth started. Gelatin is made of processed collagen. Collagen is an important protein; it provides strength and elasticity to skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and other body parts. So someone figured that brittle fingernails needed more collagen.(Ask Dr. K. Harvard Medical School)

By most accounts Charles Knox was a very savvy businessman. One of the “angles” he used to promote the usage of his product was for building strength in fingernails.

Charles B. Knox realized that no matter how good the product, people must know about it before they will buy it. Mr. Knox had what has been fittingly described as "a keen sense of the situation," and he set out to make Knox Sparkling Gelatine known the country over. He advertised it with dirigible balloons and airplanes when these air navigating machines were in their infancy.

Mr. Knox's advertising methods were as varied as his grasp of this interesting and powerful manner of developing business. His methods and his results merit the attention of students of advertising and its professional followers.

Here’s a booklet published in 1959, long after Charles Knox was gone.

Here’s a rather “dainty” recipe from Salads, Desserts, Pies and Candies published in 1943.

Just in case you’re not convinced that gelatin is the way to go to build up those extremity nails that you plan on frequently wiggling, (yes, yes, wiggle, wiggle right now:) Here are a few suggestions from The Handbook of Natural Beauty by Virginia Castleton published by Rodale Press in 1975.

I know there are some of you Jell-O lovers out there who don’t really give a hoot about stronger fingernails. For those of you who are being good little kiddies and giving those toes a wiggle, wiggle, here’s some Minty Jell-O for you!!! It was captured from The Old-Time Brand Name Cookbook by Bunny Crumpacker:)

I suppose long posts like this one kinda defeat the purpose, lol…which I realize in actual, is no laughing matter. Please, you “guys” keep that circulation going by wiggling those toes and YES, get that cholesterol checked!!! In the mean while, I’ll justify my “long” post by not popping in on this blog until next Sunday which will be just the right time to announce October’s many food celebrations!!! Have a delicious week, everyone…Louise

1. How Fast Do Human Fingernails Grow?
2. Johnstown isn’t New York state’s only gelatin connection

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Touched By A Bee

Guess what? September is National Honey Month! I happen to think it’s a wonderful time to celebrate not only Honey but also those busy little bees too:)

There’s just one problem, it looks like another day has gotten away from me and I will only have time to drop off a couple of links and recipes and beeeeeeeeee on my way:)

To produce 2 pounds of honey, bees travel a distance equal to four times around the earth.

I’ve actually done a rather in depth post about bees and honey a while back. I’ve left the link below. However, I suggest you drop by the National Honey Boards website for a hive full of information. No time? Then, check out their Pinterest Boards where you will discover sweetness from “Bee-ginings” to Winnie the Pooh:)

”The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey
and the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it.”

~Winnie the Pooh in A.A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner~

Ready for some Ice Cream??? Hey, it’s still Summer in my book:)

Not any ol’ ice cream mind you. It’s a recipe for Country Style Ice Cream!

Whew! Now that I got the honey of a dessert strutting its stuff, I suppose I should calm things down with a couple of “down-home” bread recipes harvested from a booklet published by the folks at Honey Acres in Wisconsin.

The term "honey moon" originated with the Norse practice of consuming large quantities of mead during the first month of a marriage.

How do you feel about Mushrooms? I happen to like them a real lot!!! You might remember, I just happen to live in PA which touts itself as the Mushroom Capital of the World! Unfortunately, I missed the Mushroom Festival again this year…darn! Mushrooms are pretty plentiful around here this time of the year and September is, after all, National Mushroom Month.

Mushrooms and Honey? That calls for some Sweet & Hot Marinated Mushrooms, don’t you think?

While marinating, why not throw in some Zucchini and prepare these:

That’s right “kiddies” those are some Sweet and Sour Zucchini!

I want to take a moment to thank everyone for all your encouraging comments. I am doing fantabulous!!! I’ve put myself on a strict cholesterol free diet and added an exercise regime to my daily activities. I've also been educating myself about TIAs and my doctors have been really terrific about answering questions whenever I call. Yes, I'll admit, I'm still a bit shaken up but it seems normal according to the doctors. I'm also taking my medication like a good "girl." I don't think they want me back in the hospital anymore than I want to revisit, lol...

I’ll be sharing some of my new dishes real soon. In the mean time, don’t think I’m missing out on anything because I’m not. Just look at this huge plate of Eggplant I made for myself with, of course, my garden tomatoes, roasted!!!

Have a wonderful week you all:) Some of you will be saying Hello to Spring and we will by saying Hi to Fall! I’ll “see” you here next Sunday. Louise:)

1. A BeeKeeper’s Lunch (previous post)
2. More interesting facts about bees and honey
3. Check out Marjie's Honey Bunches, Yum!