Halloween Appetizer…

  • Don’t just serve chips and guacamole in a bowl at your next Halloween party! Carve a small pumpkin, put everything on a small platter, and make it the centerpiece on the snack table.
  • 🎃🤮🎃🤮🎃🤮🎃🤮🎃🤮🎃🤮🎃🤮🎃
  • Yes it’s gross, but it’s Halloween! I found the idea on Pinterest. I added the severed fingers for maximum gross out effect!
  • Ingredients:
  • 3 medium Hass pitted and halved avocados
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 small clove garlic, mashed
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • Directions:
    1. Place the pulp from the avocados in a medium bowl and slightly mash with a fork or a potato masher leaving some large chunks. Add lime juice, salt, pepper, cilantro, red onion, garlic and mix thoroughly.
    2. If you are serving this later, cover tightly with plastic wrap so no air gets on it. Makes 2 cups.


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    Facts About Thyroid Shielding During Mammography…

    Should you ask for a thyroid shield during your mammogram?

    Mammographers are asked regularly by patients, “can I have a thyroid shield”?

    Use of a thyroid shield is not recommended. It can interfere with a high-quality mammogram by getting in the way of positioning, interfering with compression (which is needed for a good exam), and sometimes the shield itself covers breast tissue that we need to see.

    Radiologists want to find cancers at their earliest possible stage. We want to help our patients and, we know that mammography saves lives. The thyroid shield is unnecessary and can prevent a woman from getting a good mammogram.

    Women should know that the radiation exposure to the thyroid that occurs during the mammogram is so tiny that it is hard to measure. It is not worrisome to a woman’s health.

    The American Association of Physicists in Medicine has stated that the use of thyroid shields during mammography could result in unnecessary increases in breast dose due to repeated mammography exams.

    A woman should be given a complete explanation of thyroid shields and the mammogram process, thereby letting her make her own decision.

    The bottom line is…if you choose to use a thyroid shield during your mammogram, we’ll give you one.

    Here are some articles from experts if you’d like to research yourself…

    https://www.ajronline.org/doi/10.2214/AJR.11.7225

    http://www.radiologytoday.net/archive/rt0611p18.shtml

    https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/mammogram/expert-answers/thyroid-guard/faq-20058239

    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/thyroid-guards/

    Angel Food Cake Churro Bites…

    Daughter: I need to take a treat to Spanish class tomorrow for Cinco de Mayo celebration. 😊

    Me: Why are you just telling me? It’s seven o clock! ☹️

    Daughter: I forgot. 💁🏻‍♀️

    We’ve all been there…

    Thank goodness for Pinterest! I found this quick and easy recipe for angel food cake churro bites. Luckily, I had all the ingredients on hand…all four of them! They turned out good. Hope the class enjoys them!

    Ingredients:

    Pre made angel food cake or loaf

    Cinnamon

    Sugar

    Oil

    Directions:

    Cut the angel food cake into cubes. Mix equal amounts of sugar and cinnamon. I didn’t measure. Heat up oil in a deep skillet on the stove. Put angel food cake cubes in the skillet. Turn them after about thirty seconds…be careful, they burn fast! Set on a plate covered with paper towels and drain. Roll them in the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Put in an airtight container.

    Quick, easy, and tasty!

    The Creation Museum..

    Hello all! This is part two from our road trip last weekend. We went to see the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum. You can read about the Ark Encounter in my previous blog post.

    The Creation Museum is located in Petersburg, Kentucky. It’s conveniently located off I-75.

    The museum allows you to venture through biblical history, stunning exhibits, botanical gardens, a planetarium, a petting zoo, a zip line adventure course, and much more!

    We had an amazing time. The gardens hadn’t been planted yet, but I imagine they are beautiful when spring finally arrives in the Midwest. Here are some photos from our visit.

    A Zonkey

    The Ark Encounter

    Road trip!! My traveling companions and I just took an overnight trip to visit The Ark in Williamstown, Kentucky.

    The ark is a massive ship depicting the biblical tale of Noah’s ark.

    We arrived on a rainy day…perfect weather for the occasion. A bus takes you from the ticket area to the ark. Otherwise it’s a very long walk.

    Upon boarding the ark you’re “greeted” by Noah and his family praying and in addition to the prayer you can also hear rain and thunder. A short walk around the corner brings you to a dark area of the ark and all you can hear is the storm raging outside.

    There are 3 levels to the ark. You can see how they stored food and water, kept animals contained, and the living quarters of Noah and his family. There is so much to see and learn. We spent about three hours exploring and reading all the signs. The life size figures look incredibly real.

    It’s a great family adventure and I recommend it highly. While in the area we visited the Creation Museum the following day and it was just as amazing as the ark. My next blog entry will be about the Creation Museum.

    Here is a sampling of photos I took from our Ark Encounter.

    I hope you have a chance to see it for yourself…and bring an umbrella, just in case!!

    Description from website

    **Ark Encounter features a full-size Noah’s Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. Spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, this modern engineering marvel amazes visitors young and old. Ark Encounter is situated in beautiful Grant County in Williamstown, Kentucky, halfway between Cincinnati and Lexington and right off I-75.

    The School Walkout…

    I try to stay away from political posts. I’m smart enough to know my opinion won’t change the minds of people with opposing views, BUT I’m gonna talk about the nationwide school walkout that happened this past week.

    Let me first say, I can’t begin to imagine the feelings of those involved in recent school shootings nor can I imagine the despair of those who lost their children in these senseless acts. My sincere condolences to all involved.

    The walkout was nationwide and was meant to honor those who lost their lives in recent shootings. I think it’s very admirable that the youth of America wanted to remember the victims, but in my humble opinion, a walkout was not the way to do it.

    Some of the comments by students on the news were disturbing. I have to wonder if they even knew what they were protesting when they advocate taking away guns? Do they even know what current laws are and what do they consider fair gun reform? Taking away guns was the most frequent answer.

    The Second Amendment:

    The amendment reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

    I may or may not own a gun, but it is my right to do so if I choose and can pass a background check. We will never keep guns out of the hands of those who choose to do us harm. Ever heard of the black market? Gangs? Drug dealers? Do you think these groups are going to line up for background checks before purchasing a gun? No!

    How many of these students use drugs or drink alcohol? Both are illegal, but they still find a way. Do they text and drive? Maybe we should take away cell phones and cars. Drunk drivers kill people everyday…should we ban alcohol? Would students who support the 2nd Amendment be given the time to protest in support during school time? Could they protest abortion? You get the point I’m trying to make.

    Some students in California became violent protesters…not the way to prove your point kiddos! I’m all for peaceful protest. I think it’s great these students want to address the issue and look at ways to keep themselves safe. They are right about one thing…they shouldn’t be afraid to go to school, but their beliefs that banning guns isn’t the answer. What was meant to remember those who lost their lives to school gun violence became politicized. The true intent became lost in the politicization of gun debate and they became puppets of the main stream media. Yep! I said it!!! You can’t make it harder for law abiding citizens to get guns because the bad guys will still find a way to get them.

    Before protesting try learning the subject matter you’re trying to protest. Kids are being taught to fear something they have no knowledge of. Teach them about the Constitution. Teach them about present gun laws and then let’s see what their own opinions will be.

    Perhaps schools should spend more time in history classes teaching students why we have our 2nd Amendment in the first place.

    Once you give up your rights to the government, you never get them back and that just puts us one step closer to Socialism. Not on my watch!

    Just my two cents…

    Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies…

    The peanut butter burger recipe wasn’t very popular, so let’s try this one.

    I was going to make these for Valentine’s Day, but didn’t have time. I decided to make them this weekend. They were easy and quick…and tasty too! I think next time I’ll try chocolate cake mix and peanut butter chips because I’m not giving up on ways to use peanut butter in my recipes!!

    Ingredients

    1 Box Strawberry Cake Mix

    1/2 cup Vegetable Oil

    2 Eggs

    2 cups White Chocolate Chips

    Directions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir cake mix, vegetable oil, and eggs in a bowl until well mixed. Pour in white chocolate chips and stir. Place large spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12~14 mins. Let set on pan for 2 mins then place on a wire rack for cooling.