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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Practice Safe Driving Strategies

Driving is serious business with potentially serious consequences when things go wrong.  Each year in the U.S., approximately 50,000 people die in crashes and 22 million are injured. 

Watch the Time – Crashes occur more often during weekday rush hours, but more severe crashes are likely to occur between midnight and 3 a.m. on weekends when many drivers are either sleepy or drunk.
 
Anticipate – Know what’s ahead and around you. When changing lanes on a multiple lane highway, pay attention to whether a driver two lanes away has the same idea you do!
 
Don’t Run Red Lights – For some drivers, “green” means “go,” but “yellow” means speed up!  Stop when it’s your time to stop.
 
Avoid Distractions – Yes, that means get off the phone. Stop applying your makeup. And pay attention to what you’re doing!
 

5 Ways Baking is Beneficial

Cooking together as a family has a number of benefits. Consider the following:
 
  1. Time spent together – Preparing a meal or treat together offers an opportunity to open up.
     
  2. Cost savings – Save money by making dessert at home with inexpensive ingredients you may already have.
     
  3. Teach and reinforce simple math skills – It’s easier for children to visualize concepts when they have tangible objects to work with.
     
  4. Learn to work together – Baking together fosters lessons of patience, cooperation and joint effort.
     
  5. Reward for hard work – The reward for your effort is a delicious treat.
 

Pesky Pollen

It’s allergy season! About 20% of you are groaning because about 20% of Americans have allergies. WebMD describes allergies as “an abnormal response of the immune system.” How much do you know about allergies, what causes them and how to prevent them? Consider the following information:

About Allergens – An allergen is the substance or particle that triggers an immune system reaction. Usually, someone is exposed to an allergen by eating it, breathing it or touching it. Allergens can be almost anything, as it all depends on your specific immune system and what it marks as an intrusion and rejects. Skin or blood tests may determine the cause of your allergies.
 
About Symptoms – The general symptoms of an allergic reaction include the following: sneezing and coughing, rash or hives, fatigue or feeling sick and itchy, watery or runny nose and eyes. The most severe allergic reaction is known as anaphylaxis in which the allergic reaction affects the whole body. In addition to general symptoms, anaphylaxis also may cause difficulty breathing or wheezing, tightness in the throat and tingly extremities or lips.
 
About Types – There are many different types of allergies caused by an almost endless list of allergens. Different types of common food allergies include milk, fish, nuts, eggs and many others. Seasonal allergies are often due to pollen or mold. Pet allergies stem from allergens produced by your pet such as dander, urine and hair or fur.
 
About Preventing or Reducing Allergies – First, you must determine the cause of the allergic reaction. The next step is to avoid it. If the allergen is unavoidable, such as many types of seasonal allergens like pollen, mold or dust, medications are available to reduce the symptoms. For indoor allergies, HEPA filters, humidifiers and other indoor air purifying systems may reduce the allergens in the air and therefore reduce the symptoms that you may have.
 
Source: WebMD.com

Scrumptious Scones and (Mock) Devonshire Cream

It sounds fancy, I know, but this sweet, satisfying breakfast or brunch food is really actually simple to make. For the scones, substitute any of your favorite berries for the blueberries to add your own personal touch.
 
First, begin with the cream:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
 
 Directions:
 
  1. In a small bowl, beat whipping cream for 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar and continue beating until stiff.
  2. Place sour cream in a bowl; stir in a small amount of whipped cream. Fold in remaining whipped cream. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
     
Then make the scones:
 

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
 
 Directions:
 
  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a bowl, whisk eggs and 3/4 cup of milk; add to dry ingredients just until moistened. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; gently knead in blueberries.
  2. Divide the dough in half. Put each portion into an 8-in. circle; cut each into eight wedges. Place on greased baking sheets. Brush with remaining milk. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, or until tops are golden brown. Serve warm with mock Devonshire cream.

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