Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Caramel Apples




Caramel Apples Recipe Description:

If it’s Autumn, it’s time for caramel apples.

Everyone will enjoy this popular seasonal treat all Fall long. You’ll find them at Fall festivals. And, they’re a traditional Halloween party treat.

You loved them as a kid. You’re kids and grandkids will love them, too.




Ingredients:
  • 10 apples, washed and stems removed
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • Food sticks


Caramel Apples Recipe Directions:
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan.
  2. Add brown sugar and corn syrup.
  3. Bring to a slow boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in condensed milk.
  5. Continue to cook and stir for 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir in.
  7. Push a food stick into the apple where the stem was.
  8. Dip apple into caramel.
  9. Dip apple into peanuts.
  10. Place onto a sheet of buttered, waxed paper.
  11. Allow to cool.
 

Recipe Tip: You can use other things for dipping or coating your apples. Beside peanuts, other kinds of chopped nuts are popular. Also try mini M&Ms, mini marshmallows, and granola.

Friday, September 17, 2021

NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH

NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH


National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”

For the first time in its history, the Ready Campaign, in partnership with the Ad Council, identified the Hispanic community as a key audience, and will launch a series of Public Service Advertisements specifically designed to encourage preparedness within the underserved demographic.

Weekly Themes
Each week in September, the campaign will focus on a different aspect of preparedness for individuals, families and communities.

Week 1 September 1-4: Make A Plan

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the Coronavirus.

Week 2 September 5-11: Build A Kit

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

Week 3 September 12-18: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

Natural disasters don’t wait for a convenient time. Preparing for them shouldn’t wait either. Start today by signing up for alerts, safe-guarding important documents, and taking other low cost and no cost preparedness actions to lessen the impact of disasters and emergencies for you and your family.

Week 4 September 19-25: Teach Youth About Preparedness

Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Reduce Stress Techniques

HELPFUL WAY TO REDUCE STRESS

BY LIP INK®



Friday, September 3, 2021

NATIONAL AMERICANA MONTH

NATIONAL AMERICANA MONTH

During September, National Americana Month brings our nation together to reflect on elements of life in the United States that have knitted us together and made us Americans.

Indulge in the nostalgic and quintessentially American music, flavors, art, and events you love most.

Other views of Americana are of the coastal sort.  Take your pick. Historical or theatrical, poetic, scientific, uptown, downtown, city slicker or country bumpkin, Americana comes in all shapes and sizes.  The question for National Americana Month is, what does it mean to you?

 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Anti-Vax Moms Mamalitia


Triggered leftists are reportedly threatening a group of moms opposed to mandatory vaccines in California who have formed a pro-Second Amendment group empowering women called the “Mamalitia.”


On Sunday, the Mamalitia group announced it would cancel public meet-and-greet events after receiving terroristic threats following media hit pieces which mischaracterized the group as dangerous radical extremists.

“Mamalitia community has canceled all public meet and greet events due to media attacks, irresponsible reporting and false claims that have invited terrorist organizations to threaten our women and children,” reads a press release put out by the group.






“In a time where we should all be embracing and encouraging strong women with goals to protect their home and family, the media and politicians try to create a story that puts those same women and children in danger.”

Last week, the group was covered in a report by CBS Sacramento, which framed the organization as part of the January 6 event at the US Capitol, and accused them of using inflammatory language which could incite violence.

From CBS Sacramento:

Dr. Richard Carpiano is a professor of public policy and sociology at the University of California, Riverside who has followed the group and its movements on social media since its founding.

He says Aguilar was in Washington, D.C., in January when a violent coup stormed congress, though there’s no evidence she breached the building.

But she has been seen on social media alongside members of groups like the Proud Boys.

He’s concerned that with this rhetoric some group members could become violent.

When you’re showing pictures of you with weapons, you are advertising services to train people in firearms. There’s no reason whatsoever to think they’re not pushing some extremist view,” he said.

The article also cited state Senator Richard Pan (also a former UC professor), who claimed the group had bullied and harassed lawmakers.

“Not only did they protest the public health measures but they then employed tactics to bully and intimidate people,” Pan told CBS Sacramento.

The group’s founder, Denise Aguilar, defended Mamalitia, saying, “We are not violent, we have not been on a watchlist. We are simply a group of women who are training each other and networking together.”

Mamalitia’s purpose, Aguilar says, is to arm women with guns, knowledge and survival skills.

The group says despite the attacks they’re still encouraging women to join their growing movement if they align with the following mission statement:

Mamalitia is a community of constitution loving women that recognize our empowerment comes from fully engaging in our children’s education, our wellness, food and financial sovereignty, and overall skills. We are committed to building the world we want to live in, getting back to our roots while empowering women from every walk of life.

“The tyrants have created women who are ready to go like it’s 1776,” the group proclaims on their website Mamalitia.org.



https://www.newswars.com/mamalitia-group-of-pro-2a-anti-vax-moms-under-assault-following-media-smears/

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Possible Benefits of MCT Oil

What Are The Possible Benefits of MCT Oil?



Medium-chain triglycerides are a type of fat that is found in certain oils and dairy products. MCT oil is a supplement made of these fats. But what are the potential health benefits of MCT oil?

Many articles in circulation recommend the use of MCT oil. They claim that it can help people lose weight and that it has several other benefits.

This article explores the health benefits of MCT oil, as supported by scientific evidence. It also considers the risks around the use of MCT oil, as well as where to source it and how it can be used.

Overview
MCT oil can be derived from coconuts, and is often used to aid weight loss or improve stamina.


MCT oil is a dietary supplement that is made up of MCT fats, which are fats that can be found in coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and dairy products.

MCT oil is mainly used by people looking to lose weight, or boost their endurance during a workout.

Some supporters of MCT oil also claim it can improve the ability to think, as well as help with various forms of dementia.

What are MCTs & Why Are They Different From Other Fats?

Fats are made up of chains of carbon atoms, and most of the fats in a person’s diet are made up of 13 to 21 of these atoms. These are called long-chain fatty acids.

In contrast, short-chain fatty acids are made up of 6 or fewer carbon atoms.

MCTs refers to medium-chain triglycerides that sit in the middle of the other two types. They are of medium length and made up of 6 to 12 carbon atoms.

MCTs are found in coconut oil and are processed by the body in a different way to long-chain fatty acids. Unlike other fats, they go straight from the gut to the liver. From here, they are used as a source of energy or turned into ketones.

Ketones are substances produced when the liver breaks down a lot of fat, and they can be used by the brain for energy instead of glucose or sugar.

As the calories in MCTs are used straightaway, they are less likely to be stored as fat. This principle is the basis of the ketogenic diet, which many people believe is an effective way to lose weight.


Potential Health Benefits of MCT oil

There are several potential health benefits of MCT oil. Some of these are supported by scientific evidence, while others are yet to be proven. Each potential benefit and its available evidence is explored below:

1. Better Brain & Memory Function

The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation have reported the pros and cons of MCTs in respect of brain and memory function, as well as their potential benefits for those with Alzheimer’s disease.

But to what extent are the claims surrounding MCTs backed up by scientific evidence?

A 2016 review notes that in three studies, the brain’s take-up of ketones in people with Alzheimer’s was the same as in healthy people. In contrast, the brain’s take-up of glucose was poorer in those with Alzheimer’s than healthy people.

The reviewers also note that ketosis has a slight beneficial effect on thinking ability for those with Alzheimer’s. Ketosis is when the brain uses ketones for energy instead of glucose.

More research is needed to say with certainty that MCTs or MCT oil can improve brain and memory function. That said, initial research is promising, and there is growing interest in the use of MCTs in this area.

2. Energy Boost & Increased Endurance


MCT oil may help to improve endurance, and provide energy for intense exercise.
Supporters of MCT oil claim that it can help boost a person’s energy and improve their endurance when they are working out.

A 2009 study found that consuming food rich in MCTs, rather than longer-chain fats, improved the time that recreational athletes could endure high-intensity exercise.

This evidence is encouraging but too limited to conclude for certain that MCTs or MCT oil can improve exercise endurance, as one 2010 study notes.

3. Weight Loss & Improved Weight Management

A popular claim that supporters of MCT oil make is that it helps with weight loss. This area has been studied the most by scientists.

A 2003 study found that MCTs increased the calories and fat that overweight men burned. It concluded that MCTs might be helpful in the prevention of obesity and to stimulate weight loss.

A 2014 study found that MCTs led to a greater increase in the hormones that reduce appetite and make a person feel full. This was in comparison with longer-chain fats.

The evidence suggests that MCTs may play an important role in weight loss and management.

However, it is important to note that studies have looked at MCTs as a type of dietary fat rather than MCT oil supplements specifically.

4. Lowered Cholesterol

MCTs may also have a part to play in helping to protect heart health by lowering cholesterol.

A 2009 study that looked at 40 women found that consuming coconut oil reduced bad types of cholesterol and improved good ones. The comparison was to soybean oil and taken alongside a calorie-controlled diet.

As MCT oil is high in the MCTs found in coconut oil, it is also likely to improve cholesterol levels. However, as the study did not look at MCT oil specifically, this cannot be said with certainty.

5. Lowered Blood Sugar Levels

MCTs may also help to improve blood sugar levels and play a potential role in diabetes management.

A 2007 study found MCT improved diabetes risk factors, including insulin resistance, in a small group of participants with type 2 diabetes.


Risks & Considerations
MCT oil should not be used for cooking. Solid coconut oil should be used instead.
MCTs from dietary sources and MCT oil may have some health benefits. However, it is important to remember that when a person consumes these, they are consuming fats.

Taking MCT oil adds extra fats and calories to a person’s diet. As such, excessive use of MCT oil may not be beneficial and could lead a person to gain weight.

MCT oil supplements are created from versions of food oils, and so are not considered a natural product.

It is important to remember that MCT oil has a low smoke point, so it is not suitable for cooking.

However, solid coconut oil, which is high in MCTs, can be used in cooking and may be used to replace olive oil or other cooking oils.

Sources of MCTs

MCT oil supplements are available in many health food stores and are available for purchase online.

Some people prefer to consume MCTs in their diet, which may be more natural than taking supplements. MCTs are found in:

  • coconut oil
  • palm kernel oil
  • milk
  • butter

Takeaway

MCTs have many potential health benefits, and taking MCT oil supplements may also be beneficial.

While MCTs may not lead to dramatic weight loss, they may be able to play a role in overall weight management. They may also help boost energy and endurance, although more research is needed to prove this benefit.

A growing body of research also suggests that MCTs may improve a person’s ability to think and fight the effects of conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Again, this is an area that needs further study.

It is worth noting that consuming MCTs from dietary sources may mean that a person gets more nutritional benefit than taking MCT oil supplements.