Thursday, September 30, 2010

Recipe of The Week - Fall Goodness

The deliciousness of Sweet Potatoes and Apples combined, who knew?

20 oz Can of Apple Pie Filling
17 oz Can of Sweet Potatoes
Vanilla 1/2 teaspoon
Cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon
Alspice light sprinkling
Brown Sugar 1/3 cup packed

Bisquick 1 cup
Brown Sugar 1/3 cup packed
Butter 1/4 stick
Chopped Walnuts a handful or so (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain and pour the can of sweet potatoes and the can of apple pie filling into a bowl or food processor. Blend together. Pour the mix into a pie plate. Sprinkle with Cinnamon, Allspice, Vanilla and stir gently to mix ingredients. Sprinkle with Brown Sugar and dot with butter. Make your Bisquick topping and sprinkle over the top. (If you want topping to be thicker, increase the recipe). Bake for approximately 20 minutes. As an added treat add ice cream, whipped cream...serve warm or cold. Don't be afraid to experiment in the kitchen to create dessert combinations. The seasonings make the entire house smell wondeful!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Come for the Fun, Stay for the Day!

The Mom Squad invites you to the Cleveland Women's Show!    We are thrilled to be a part of this event and give you a chance to explore ALL THINGS GIRL for a few hours this weekend!
Bring your friends, your family, or come alone, and connect with vendors and experts in everything from cooking classes to shopping, make-up tips to jewelry.   The Mom Squad will be on hand too!  We will have prizes like a $100 gift certificate to The Growing Years in Stow, and a $250 gift certificate from Laus Deo Salon in Twinsburg.    The Cleveland's Women Show starts Friday October 1-Sunday, October 3 at the IX Center.  Click here for the official website.  Hope to see you this weekend!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

There's A New Chickfila In Town!

What a wonderful organization! Great food and a wonderful supporter for fundraisers. Directly across from the Eastern Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and diagonally across from Lifetime Fitness.

Harvard Park FSU

4001 Richmond Rd

Warrensville Heights, OH 44122

Monday, September 27, 2010

What Do You Know About Spices?

Are you in a spice rut, consistently reaching for the Garlic Powder, Parsley and Oregano? Spices can be stored for many years and I happen to notice there are many spices within my spice rack that I have never even opened so I decided to do a bit of research.

Coriander is a part of the Parsley family and has been grown for thousands of years. It is known as being one of our earliest spices and can be used whole or ground. It is actually derived from the seed of the Cilantro plant. Some say it stimulates the appetite.

Marjoram is a cousin to Oregano. But I found it interesting that Camphor, an agent used to aid with congestion and sinus issues comes from the Marjoram plant.

Tumeric is a basis for most Chinese medicine, a relative of garlic and used in many Indian dishes. Researchers are looking at some of its active ingredients with regard to rhematoid arthritis as it is an inflamatory agent. If you are pregnant or have a history of gall stones, this spice should  be used in moderation, however, it may be helpful regarding weight loss as it promotes the flow of bile increasing digestive health.

Check out your spice rack and start spicing things up!

Sunday, September 19, 2010


After a couple of years of praying for this wonderful family, it was such a blessing to actually see The Chapman Family living God's love, mercy, grace and protection out loud! Oh, how the music blessed me but hearing Stephen and Mary's speak about their family, the loss of their little angel and just how God worked to calm the chaos, renew their faith, hold them together as a family and turn a tragedy into a beautiful expression of His eternal plan showed everyone His power. Their hearts are so tender and filled with love for Him and I am sure everyone in the sound of their voices was inspired.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Darlene's Breakfast Casserole

This is a quick and easy treat. In preparing breakfast for my family many years ago of eggs and cheese with potatoes and sausage, one day I decided to blend it all together and the outcome was fantastic.


Breakfast meat (bacon, sausage or both - optional)
Cooking oil
Green Pepper (optional)
Onion (Optional)
Shredded cheese of your choice (I use Cheddar or Colby Jack)
Season to taste (salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc.)

If using breakfast meat, prepare in a skillet and set aside. (Bacon comes out perfectly and crisp when placed on a few paper towels and cooked in a microwave). Peel and dice potatoes then rinse. Slice and dice green peppers and onions. Heat just a reasonable amount of cooking oil in a large skillet (moderate to high heat). Add potatoes, toss a bit and as they begin to brown slightly, add in peppers and onions. Drain and replace skillet on the stove. Now, lower the heat.

Depending on how many potatoes you prepared, select an appropriate amount of eggs, crack into a bowl, add seasonings and whisk. Add cheese and stir, then eggs over the potato mixture and as the eggs begin to solidify, toss the mixture a bit just so all flavors blend.

If you wish, you can slice and/or crumble breakfast meats, sprinkle over the top and serve.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Have You Heard About Groupon?

This is a fantastic site that will allow you to obtain discounted coupons for various services and situations, within the general zipcode area you are interested in. So my daughter Shae, who lives in VA, gets fantastic deals in her area while I obtain fantastic deals in Greater Cleveland. Most recently I obtained a discounted coupon for an introductory flight lesson and though I never thought of flying a plane, the price is so amazing that I have decided to signup. Go to Groupon right now and enjoy some things you may never have thought of before.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Caregiver Syndrome - Info Worth Repeating

I have been caring for Mom now for just about 6 years. It is a blessing but there is so much we all should familiarize ourselves with regards to caregiving. I am constantly telling people that if we live long enough we are either going to be a caregiver or need a caregiver and early prep benefits all. In other words, it is important to think about this need right along with retirement and end of life decisions. Needing care is that gray area in between. According to an article on CNN.Com, "Caregiver stress is directly related to the way our society views the elderly and the people who care for them,"Vitaliano says. Today, caregiving is viewed largely as a burden in this county. If it were viewed as more of a societal expectation and people were willing to offer more support, fewer caregivers would suffer in isolation, he says.


1. Begin and end your day with prayer (sometimes I find myself praying throughout the day).

2. Journaling, reading, going outside and taking several deep cleansing breaths several times a day, taking vitamins, adding more fresh fruits, veggies and lean protien (fish) to your diet, indulging in a bubble bath or aromatherapy, exercising, joining a support group or taking a class are all healthy things to do and ways to keep your stress level low.

3. Let allll relatives know your needs. There may be someone that is only available once a month to sit with your loved one or to prepare a meal here and there but that is still one less thing you need to do.

4. Make a spreadsheet to include medication information, chores, bill payments, etc.

5. Prepare an information sheet with pertinent info about your loved one so if they are taken to the hospital you or whomever is with them, can present a synopsis:

a. Name
b. Address
c. Birthdate
d. SSN
e. Medication and Dosages
f. Doctor contact information

Review the entire article and know that this syndrome can be avoided as we change our attitude about caregiving and take care of ourselves.  By all means, if you seek assistance from agencies, find out exactly what they are expecting in return, read fine print before you sign and definitely seek legal counsel. Crossroads Hospice has been a wonderful asset to me and my family. There is a lot of free information that agencies will send you - local Civic Centers and libraries have a wealth of information. Feel free to e-mail me at with the subject as "CAREGIVER". I would be happy to help in anyway. Sometimes caregivers just need someone to communicate with. Bless you in this effort.