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STEM Tuesday: Gratitude is Good for Your Heart

(Yesterday, as I drove CoCo to work, I listened to my favorite radio station, WBEZ. The mellow voice of Bob Edwards introduce It was Gratitude Monday, and the week of Thanksgiving, so of course I listened up. Paul Mills, a professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, already knew that gratitude helps fend off depression.  He wondered if it could make a difference in physical health.  So he decided to do a study.  A much more rigorous study than the one I did with the “miracle” face cream. Mills recruited a…

Gratitude Monday: Thanksgiving

 One day to concentrate on gratitude.  Today, I heard that gratitude can actually make you healthier.  Keeping a daily journal of the things that make us give thanks can actually reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, etc.  (More on that tomorrow.) For today, here are some of the things that bring me gratitude.  Snow. Yes, we got over a foot of really wet, heavy stuff.  It’s so pretty.  Now leaves fall on top of the snow, imprinting the white with a collage of color.  A still strong body. My shoulders got tight, and my neck’s a little stiff, but I shoveled.…

Gratitude Monday #56

In the wake of Thanksgiving, I am filled with gratitude.  This year, my daughter CeCi (formerly known as Beanie in this blog) fixed Thanksgiving dinner.  I only added a few traditional dishes; things I said I wanted to bring.  CeCi carried on a newer tradition.  Her daughter Miss K wrote something she was thankful about for each guest.  A little way each guest gifted Miss K, without the guest’s name attached.  The “gifts” got distributed randomly to everyone.  Before the meal, each guest read a “gift.”  Miss K had some wonderful thanks for the guests around the table.  I wonder if she was thankful for my “flexibility,” or “my smile,” or “how smart I am,” or what. I’ll never know.

I know particular order, here’s the other things I’m thankful for this Monday:

Talking Turkey about Diabetes and the Maillard Reaction

“If only people knew about the Malliard Reaction,” I say to anyone who will listen.  “They would understand why avoiding diabetes is so important.  And if it’s too late, controlling blood sugar is essential.”

What’s the Malliard Reaction?

English: A Thanksgiving turkey that had been s...
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Oven roasted turkey:  Yum, Yum.

 

Crusty rolls warm from the oven.  Mmmm…mmm.

 

Gravy made from turkey roux… Uhhh, huh.

 

Melt-in-your-mouth flaky pie crust and caramelized pecan pie.  Smack-smack.

 

What makes these tasty Thanksgiving day dishes taste so good?

Photo Friday: Thanksgiving and Our Version of Black Friday

  Oh what abundance I am blessed with:   And then there’s Black Friday.  Make that Chocolate Friday for us.  It’s candy-making day at my house. You don’t see Loved-One in these pictures.  He is right there with sponge in hand, helping with all the clean-up.  That’s one of the reasons he is the one and only Loved-One. Related articles Thanksgiving is over? (gwynweyantsgreatlyblessed.com) Why must we buy? Black Friday’s powerful pull (miamiherald.com) What Does Your Black Friday Look Like? Send Us Your Photos (mashable.com)

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