Setting the Holiday Dinner Table

Setting the Holiday Dinner Table

We will be sitting at the Holiday Dinner table more times in the next few months than for the many months in the rest of the year. With September we begin the march into months of Holidays, Family, and Reunions with lots of sit-down dinners, some formal and some not so much.

Lenox Dinnerware
I apologize. Usually, I'm more concerned about the dessert after the meal than which fork to use with the Turkey and Dressing

Our family is large and rowdy and easy to please. When I speak of the table setting for the holiday, I'm not referring to how many spoons on the left or right or which knife is best for butter. 

I'm not talking about proper silverware or glassware settings. Well, at least not how to set the table cutlery correctly.

I'm talking about patterns, and designs, and gorgeous dinnerware, silver and other accouterments for dinner dining.

I'm talking Pretty! I love pretty dinner plates, glasses, silverware... well you'll see what I mean.

Crockpot Chicken and Dumpling Recipes for a Slow Cooker

Crockpot Chicken and Dumpling Recipes


We recently had a houseful of company from Texas. Our home state where most of Hubby's family lives. We were lucky enough to have them bring fresh Crappie from Lake Tyler and their fry pots as well. A couple of handsome nephews and sweet nieces fired up a fish fry with East Texas Crappie and Hush Puppies like we haven't seen in 10 years.

What a good time we had. The lawn chair with sand beneath my feet was the next best thing to sittin' on a muddy creak-bank with my feet in the water. We had such a good time. The young men swapped job stories while the older men exchanged stories of their youth.

Of course, the women were talking "Chicken and Dumpling Recipes in a Slow Cooker." Who would have thought Chicken and Dumplings could be so easy to make. Of course I call it a Crock Pot, nonetheless it was the best recipe passed around all day and I thought you might like it too. 

I've added a few of the changes I made. If you've already tried the recipe, what changes would you make?
I must admit it was totally Delish! as seen in the Video!

Do you really Need a Sleep Test? Or pills to make you sleep?

Is it Sleep Apnea, or do you need a glass of warm milk?

Many years ago I went through a spell where I just couldn't go to sleep. I was totally exhausted all day but as soon as I lay down at night, I had "Owl eyes," wide awake and glaring. That was one miserable time in my life. Without constant good sleep, the body becomes totally fatigued.

Recently, folks have noticed that newer drugs created to induce sleep simply don't work like the older drugs. But, it's a Catch 22, since the older drugs could often become addictive and even create a worse situation than you are already in if you're sleepless at night.

Constant use of pills to get a good night's sleep for a prolonged period of time can create a day after day grogginess and produce a bounce-back affect between insomnia to grogginess.

If you are a having some restless nights but would rather not try either of the solutions above, a few tips for better sleep might be...

Vitamins and More for Good Health

Vitamins and More for Good Health

Dandelion Tea

I've written about my own health issues many times before, COPD and all it brings. Sometimes it's difficult to breathe despite the fact that I swallow 12 pills every morning, sniff twice from Symbicort and once from Spiriva and often have an albuterol for dinner.

And still--some days, I really do not want to get out of bed.

I know I absolutely need those medications because breathing is nil without them, but sometimes we have to re-think what really keeps us young and happy and feeling good.

I can't count all the new meds that come on the market. I hunt them down and investigate to see how they might help me. 

Yet some days, the best part of my entire day is a cup of hot green tea and a snooze from the chaise lounge in the warm sunshine

After a rain! Oh my, there is no better taste than fresh air after a drizzling rain. It can evaporate a headache instantly for me.

Update on LIsteria in Blue Bell Ice Cream

Listeria Outbreak - Update to previous article

This is an update on the Listeria Outbreak at the Blue Bell Ice Cream plant.
Yesterday this announcement was made from Blue Bell Creameries.

 BLUE BELL CREAMERIES VOLUNTARILY EXPANDS RECALL TO INCLUDE ALL OF ITS PRODUCTS DUE TO POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK
BRENHAM, Texas, April 20, 2015 –Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, Texas, is voluntarily recalling all of its products currently on the market made at all of its facilities including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

So if you had Blue Bell ice cream which did not qualify for the previous recall, you might want to get rid of it now. To be safe remove all of this product from your shelves as Blue Bell Ice Cream suggests.

Listeria is a deadly bacteria and can be fatal : The Symptoms Include 
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A Listeria Outbreak - Check Your Freezer

A Listeria Outbreak in Kansas - Check your Freezer 

"Three people in Kansas have died and two others became ill from eating Blue Bell ice cream listeria, according to the state health department, the Wichita Eagles reports
contaminated with

The Blue Bell Creameries were first established in 1907 and have never experienced a recall previously.

There are many kinds of bacteria that can cause food poisoning, but Listeria is one of the more deadly forms. Most food poisoning will make you very ill but if you are in otherwise good health, you will probably recover.

Listeria is a more dangerous form of food poisoning which often brings death, especially if you have a compromised immune system.

When investigators visited the manufacturing plant, Blue Belle CEO Paul Kruse said, “They feel that one production line we use here is what might have caused the problem.” Kruse continued, “It’s a complicated piece of machinery, it’s been down for about a month and a half, and what we’re likely going to do with it is throw it out the window, so to speak.”

Cheese and Mac Recall - Kraft

Metal in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese?

Kraft received 8 comments of metal in boxes of their Macaroni and Cheese dinners in the 7.25 oz box.  They have issued a recall for any boxes of this size that you might have in your cabinets.

You may return these items to the store for a full refund. This will be a large Recall for Kraft including 242,000 cases. 

There have been no reports of injury from this finding, but Kraft is being proactive in removing these items from store shelves. The boxes in question are marked with a "use by date" of September 2015.