Tuesday, July 28, 2009


FEELING SLUGGISH- can't get off the sofa?- tired of becoming a coach potato?
Join Susan's aerobics class!!!!!







PICNIC AND PLAY in JULY 29 2009 @ 11 AM


Monday, July 27, 2009

If you didn't see the sign up sheet passed around in Primary, YW and RS yesterday you probably don't know about the upcoming kitchen classes.
Here's the scoop! Over the next months/year we are offering hands-on classes for small groups in our kitchens to learn how to: improve foodstorage and nutrition; participate in water bath canning demos; makewheat bread with a bread mixer and hand; dehydrating demos; dutch ovencooking; freezer meals; homemade hot dog and hamburger buns, rolls andtortillas; and so much more!
Come on over and feel free to bring a non-member friend or neighbor. Sign-up sheets will be updated to reflect new classes as we get them finalized.
Here's the line up so far:
6:30 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28 in the Budge's Kitchen:Sugar-free Cooked Strawberry Jam (water-bath processed for safety and shelf stability)
10 a.m. this Thursday, July 30 in the (Old) Dragoo's Kitchen: Dill Pickles and "maybe" Zucchini Relish (water-bath processed for safetyand shelf stability)(Dilly Bean samples especially for Sister Morgan!)
7 p.m. Tuesday, August 4 in the Robinson's Kitchen: Whole Wheat Bread using a Bosch mixer and the Mohlman/Molgard never-failrecipe!
12 noon, Thursday, September 3 in the Adkin's Kitchen---kids welcome:Cooking with Food Storage Beans and Rice (Refried Beans, Burritos, Dips and some surprises!)
10 a.m. Tuesday, September 15 in the Ralph's Kitchen:Dehydrating Foods Demo with Banana samples!Call for directions as needed. Be sure to look for the sign-up sheetsagain this Sunday!Thanks a bunch,Sister Dragoo

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Employment Opportunity Kahiki Frozen Foods

Kahiki Frozen foods is looking to hire 60 individuals in their production line and other warehousing jobs effective immediately. Pay starting at $9 per hour. This sounds like a good opportunity for anyone looking to find a job. Kahiki Frozen Foods 1100 Morrison RoadGahanna, OH 43230 You should contact Todd McPherson HR Kahiki 614-322-3180 ext 106 for more information and to apply. We are a dynamic, fast-growth company in an exciting segment of the consumer packaged food industry. We are continually seeking top talent to join our team and contribute to our culture of fun, passionate, hard-working folks. Today, we have about 200 employees engaged in Accounting, Finance, Purchasing, Logistics, Production, R&D, Quality Assurance, Sales, Marketing, and Warehousing.

If you have interest in applying to open positions, please send your resume and a cover letter to hr@kahiki.com. Visit http://www.kahiki.com/ to find out more about this company.

Employment Opportunity Twin Rivers Technologies

Twin Rivers Technologies is undergoing
some business changes and is networking
for a new position – CFO/Controller –
Job Description Attached.
A little about Twin Rivers Technologies
. . . “Twin Rivers Technologies is one of
the largest and fastest growing oleo chemical
producers in North America servicing the Household Products, Industrial Chemicals, Food Ingredients
and Bio-fuels markets. We provide solutions that
deliver superior quality, service and value to our customers. The relationships we have developed
with our customers and within our communities are based on open communications, trust and delivering only one standard of performance – “The best in all that we do”. The combination of our state of the art technology, a highly self-motivated and knowledgeable organization, and comprehensive business systems are aimed to deliver uncompromising customer satisfaction.”
Any interested candidate can send their resume to me directly. I will make sure it gets to the decision maker. TRT is hoping to fill this position locally through networking, so it has not been advertised. Thanks, Cassandra Cassandra G. Willett Executive Administrator Twin Rivers Technologies 4700 Este Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45232 513.482.8824 phone 513.482.8858 fax http://us.mc374.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=cassandra.willett@trtlp.com

FINA (FELDA-IFFCO, North America)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Position reports to Company President
Business is a Joint Venture of FELDA and IFFCO
Business is a spin-off of Twin Rivers Technologies (a sub of FELDA)
Business engages in manufacture and marketing of a number of specialty chemicals, including Olestra
Business also engages in a number of non-value added trading arrangements on behalf of its parents
While the business is strictly not a start-up (in so far as it does have an established business), the early part
of the assignment may be thought of as a start-up, requiring long, hard, hands-on hours.
The business has operated as a division of TRT, with all the support provided by TRT HQ, in Quincy, Mass.
It needs to be set up as a stand-alone business. Therefore, organizationally, it needs to be built almost from
the ground up. In this sense, too, the Controller job needs to be built.
Key Areas Responsibilities
General and cost accounting
Operating and capital budgeting
Issuance of various accounting and financial reports, to brand level details
Analysis and tracking of various material trades
Treasury, including selecting bank(s) and setting-up appropriate accounts
Credit control, billing, and Accounts Receivable
Accounts Payable
Coordinating preparation of various tax returns
Payroll (outsourced)
Coordinate various internal and external audits
Financial liaison with appropriate financial counterparts at TRT, FELDA, and IFFCO
Selection & implementation of integrated accounting system
Will be a key member of a close Management team
BS in Accounting, CPA
10+ years finance & accounting experience
10+ years senior management experience
Experience in oleo-chemical industry preferred
Proficient in basic business software, including accounting applications
Understanding of manufacturing accounting and issues, including capital budgets.
Experienced in commodity trades and hedges
Exposure to, and understanding of, various federal and state taxes
Strong financial analysis skills
Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills
Proven ability to think and work independently and bring work to completion
Proven ability to multi-task
Ability to both work "hands-on" and to delegate projects and processes
Ability to work as a team member
Must be willing to travel, both domestically and, some, internationally
Person will be focused on a long term career in financial management, not general management
Base Salary $120,000/ year
Other competitive benefits, including 401-K; performance bonus; health, dental, and life insurance;
and flexible spending program.
Specialty Chemicals
Cincinnati, OH

Compensation: $120K - $130K Base + very competitive bonus package

This position is for a specialty chemical manufacturer that makes and markets a number of chemicals. This is not a start up but the early part of the assignment may be thought of as a start-up, requiring long, hard, hands-on hours.

The business has operated as a division, with all support provided by the headquarters location. It needs to be set up as a stand-alone business. Therefore, organizationally, it needs to be built almost from the ground up. In this sense, the Controller role will evolve and could lead to CFO responsibilities.

· General and cost accounting
· Operating and capital budgeting
· Issuance of various accounting and financial reports, to brand level details
· Analysis and tracking of various material trades
· Treasury, including selecting bank(s) and setting-up appropriate accounts
· Credit control, billing, and Accounts Receivable
· Accounts Payable
· Insurance
· Coordinating preparation of various tax returns
· Payroll (outsourced)
· Coordinate various internal and external audits
· Financial liaison with appropriate financial counterparts
· Selection and implementation of integrated accounting systems
· Will be a key member of a close management team

· BS Accounting, CPA
· 10+ years finance and accounting experience
· 10+ years senior management experience
· Experience in chemical industry preferred
· Proficient in basic business software, including accounting applications
· Understanding of manufacturing accounting and issues, including capital budgets.
· Experienced in commodity trades and hedges
· Exposure to, and understanding of, various federal and state taxes
· Strong financial analysis skills
· Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills
· Proven ability to think and work independently and bring work to completion
· Proven ability to multi-task
· Ability to both work “hands-on” and to delegate projects and processes
· Ability to work as a team member
· Must be willing to travel, both domestically and, some, internationally
· Person will be focused on a long term career in financial management, not general management.

CHOCOLATE NITE- Chocolate Mint Brownies Recipe

Chocolate Mint Brownies
Becky B.
I use my mom's Texas sheet cake recipe for this, but you can use any brownies--just cut the mint frosting and the chocolate topping recipes inhalf if you do.
In large bowl mix:
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
In small saucepan, bring to boil:
1 cup butter
1 cup water
1/4 cup cocoa powder
When the butter melts, add immediately to dry ingredients. Blend.
Then add:
1/2 cup sour cream (I use fat free)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon soda
Blend well.
Pour into greased and floured jelly roll pan.
Bake at 375 for 12 to 15 minutes. Do not over bake.
Cool. Spread with mint cream, then with a chocolate truffle topping.
Chill for about an hour.
4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup soft butter
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
6 drops green food coloring
Beat until smooth.
12 tablespoons butter
2 cups chocolate chips
Melt in microwave for 1 1/2 minutes; stir until smooth.
You might need to
heat it a little more.

CHOCOLATE NITE- Chocolate Chews Recipe

Chocolate Chews

Susette S. and Brenda B.


1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup (one stick) butter or margarine softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 large egg

4 packets (one ounce each) Nestle tollhouse chocobake unsweetened chocolateflavor

1/2 cup chopped nuts or chopped nuts or shredded coconut (I use morepersonally)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda in a s small bowl. Beatbutter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and egg in large mixer bowl until

creamy. Beat in chocobake. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in nuts.Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased (I grease mine) baking sheet.

3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are set but centers are stillsoft. Cool on baking sheets for three minutes; remove to wire rack to coolcompletely.*****

CHOCOLATE NITE- Buckeyes Recipe

1 1/2 to 2 sticks butter, softened
1 12-Oz. jar Kroger brand creamy peanut butter
8 Oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 pound powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1. Cream butter, sugar, and peanut butter with your hands and form intoballs (size of a buckeye) Place on wax paper.

2. Put chocolate chips into double boiler and melt.3. Pick up balls with fork or toothpick and dip into chocolate most of theway, leave very top plain. Place onto wax paper to cool.

CHOCOLATE NITE- Snickers Pie Recipe

3/4 cup powdered sugar
4 Oz. cream cheese
8 Oz. Cool Whip
1/4 cup peanut butter (Kroger brand)
2 1/2 Snickers bars (broken into small pieces)
1 pie crust
1. Whip slightly softened cream cheese and powdered sugar together untilsmooth.
2. Add all other ingredients and combine WELL. Pour into pie crust andrefrigerate overnight.

Monday, July 20, 2009

KUNG FU PANDA JULY 21,2009 @ 10 AM

Kristine F. is inviting anyone who'd be interested to join her and her kids to see Kung Fu Panda tomorrow at 10 am.
Please check your e-mail boxes for e-mail about directions and where the show is been played. You can also contact Kristine F directly if you would like to go.
See the e-mail for extra info!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Any Computer Data, Songs, Photos, etc—May Be Lost on Your CD or DVD Media within 3-5 Years!!!

Hello Family Historians,

Did you know that family history records—for that matter any computer data, songs, photos, etc—may be lost on your CD or DVD media within 3-5 years, despite claims to the contrary? Files stored on CD and DVD media may degrade over time, primarily due to the relatively unstable material used to create the discs and the “burn technology” used to inscribe or store records on the media.

What would it be like to access a CD or DVD you’ve created, only to discover that all your family history research, photos, scanned keepsakes, etc cannot be opened? I have several hundred photos, over 5,000 individual records in my PAF database, and scores of research files on DVDs and an external hard drive devoted solely to family history. But, what about long term file storage? Technology will change over time, but how can I safely archive my family history until the next generation of software and storage media comes along?

According to Utah’s Daily Herald, “On Sept. 1, Millenniata, a start-up company based in Springville, will release a new archive disk technology to preserve data at room temperature for 1,000 years. It's like writing onto gold plates or chiseling information into stone.” Like all new technology, the new “Millennial Disk” and writer will be expensive and limited in distribution at first; but, over time, prices will come down for the general public. Stay tuned.

To read about this exciting new technology, select the following link:


Remember, families are forever, but recordkeeping is temporal in this imperfect world. Technology changes and so must your archiving. Don’t be caught with corrupted files on obsolete media. Like Moroni and the prophets of old, your children, grandchildren and descendants are depending upon you to preserve the record for generations to come.

Catch the spirit of Elijah!


D. Williamson
Family History Consultant


Mark Wednesday @ 11 am, July 22 ( already...where is this summer going) 2009 in your calendars. Get your kids excited about water. What's more fun than water, kids and the sun = summer!!!
Keep your eye out for the reminder e-mail about our Wednesday park visit for the address, and driving directions!
Bring sack lunch, your kid, swimsuit, sunblock, a friend, or just you and your kids and have fun with other moms and have an adult conversation for a short while.

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Here is a great tip from a site that shows a simple or an easy way to make family books with the genealogy history collected and then be easily shared with other family members or relatives.
You can click this address to go to the site directly or read the cut and pasted information below the address.
Reader, Marianne Golay asked about creating "Family Books."

"Was wondering if you could help me? I'm frustrated and don't know who to turn to. I've looked on your web site, but could not find an answer to my question.
I have Family Tree Maker which is great for storing all my information. Some of my lines are 30 generations back. I have been collecting info for about 40 years, wow how time flies.
I have put together books for some of my relatives years ago, but that was when I only had 6 or 7 generations back. I want to put another book together but want it to be easy to read and not confusing. I tried some of the reports in Family Tree Maker and I was getting confused after a few generations. I want to eventually include pictures, other siblings and stories about each person, but want to start with just the basic facts and just ancestors only.

Do you have anything to help me decide how to start and organize such a book or know where I could go on the Internet to find such information?
Is there a code system that works the best? I appreciate your feedback." (Marianne Golay)

The Solution is Simple, but You MUST Get Past One of the Biggest Stumbling Blocks in the Modern Genealogy Research World…

What I am about to show you may change the way you look at genealogy research. It really does have the potential to "rock your genealogy world."
It is simple, and is an incredible time-saver, but it is also one of the biggest stumbling blocks that genealogy researchers face today.
So, Marianne has all this data already entered into "Family Tree Maker" (a popular genealogy software program). This is wonderful because that's the hard part. She is 99 percent there already, but she doesn't realize it yet. The rest is easy IF she can get past the big stumbling block.

In this case, "Family Tree Maker" is Marianne's genealogy software of choice.
NOTE: Before I continue, please keep this in mind as you go through the rest of this lesson…
"You can use ANY genealogy software program you like - The big secret is to ENTER YOUR GENEALOGY DATA ONCE and let the software do all the work for you!!!"

What's the Solution?

Here's an easy solution for Marianne. Once she is past the "learning curve" and knows how to do this - it will take her about five minutes to do.

Here it is:
Take the data that is in FTM (Family Tree Maker) genealogy software.
And put it into PAF (Personal Ancestral File), another genealogy software program.

NOTE: You can get the free PAF genealogy software program from the main page of the www.familysearch.org Web site.

WHY? The PAF genealogy software has a cool feature where you can print genealogy books, AND it even creates an index of the data for you.
HOW? Here's the short version of how to get data from FTM to PAF?
Use FTM genealogy software to create a GEDCOM file from the data. Close the FTM program.
Open the PAF genealogy software program. Then, use PAF to OPEN that GEDCOM file and print the family book.

NOTE: You don't have to type in a single name in the PAF program. Marianne entered all the data in her genealogy software of choice already - FTM. All that data was put in the GEDCOM file, and now is in the PAF program.

SEE IT IN ACTION: This is why seeing the video is so important. Just look at how awesome of a job that PAF does with the data when you want to print it in the "Book" format. Also, I want you to be able to get over the super-common GEDCOM file stumbling block that so many genealogy researchers have.

Watch this video to see how it works:
In a way, I am hesitant to even say the words "GEDCOM file," because I'm afraid that your eyes may start to glaze over, or that old GEDCOM-phobia may kick in and you will not even want to read further.

This GEDCOM stuff is confusing to many people, yet they are such a powerful, useful, and time-saving "tool" - if you learn how to work with them.
What is a GEDCOM file? Here's how they got their goofy name:
GEDCOM = GEnealogical Data COMmunication
A GEDCOM file is a standard genealogy file format that any genealogy software program can read.
Every genealogy software program has the ability to create GEDCOM files.
HELPFUL RESOURCE: My Genealogy Compass site has a three-part series (with videos) on working with GEDCOM files that you may want to see.
ADVANCED STUFF: In my Pajama Genealogy Research System, there are different methods of creating and working with what I call "Storage Files."
When you find valuable information about your ancestors online, there are different ways to gather, and store that data where you can keep it and find it again quickly.
Well, GEDCOM files make wonderful storage files. To keep things simple, consider this…
Someone can use whatever genealogy software that they want, create a GEDCOM file of the data to share with you, and you can use whatever genealogy software you prefer, and open that GEDCOM file and see the data.

The plot thickens: You can go to the FamilySearch site, find information about ancestors that you are researching and…Download (save to your computer) a GEDCOM file of that information.
Another good source of free online genealogy databases is Rootsweb WorldConnect. You can find valuable information in most of these databases and, you guessed it, Download (save) GEDCOM files from there.

NOTE: In Rootsweb WorldConnect, be sure to do your searches in the "Search Family Trees at WorldConnect" area. Other parts of this page lead to different "pay" sites.
These GEDCOM turned Storage files can be kept on your computer's hard drive, or even better, put on a portable Flash Drive (again, see the Genealogy Compass site for a "Flash Drive Genealogy" tutorial) so you can keep them and know where they are.
Keep a DIGITAL COPY and a HARD COPY of the information:
Just having a GEDCOM file makes it a "digital copy."

If you find some really important information and have it in a GEDCOM file (your digital copy), I understand the need to want to print it out and have a "hard copy." Sometimes it is nice to look things over sitting down in the recliner (in your pajamas, of course).
With the free PAF genealogy software program, you can PRINT information from any GEDCOM file in PAF's "Book" format. Remember that the printed information will have even have an INDEX of the people that are in that GEDCOM file. You can't beat that!
As I mentioned in the video, I know a lady who has FIVE different genealogy software programs. I asked her "Why?"
She said that she liked the way that one genealogy program printed Pedigree charts and another one printed Family Groups Sheets in a format she liked, etc.
In this case, the PAF genealogy software program prints these "family books" in a nice format.
Use any genealogy software program that you want. Just remember that YOU ONLY HAVE TO TYPE IN THE DATA ONCE! You can do so much with that data after it is entered into your genealogy software.
Also remember that any genealogy program can CREATE and OPEN GEDCOM files. Working with GEDCOM files is a very important skill to have. Please take some time to learn how to work with them.
Out of all the methods and genealogy/computer stuff I teach, I feel like if I can help others to truly learn and discover at least these TWO IMPORTANT THINGS, then I am successful with part of my personal mission as a teacher in the genealogy world.
Those two things important things, that can make adramatic difference for any genealogy researcher are:
Learning how to really use the Internet search engines and become an online research expert.
Learning how to work with GEDCOM files.
Yep, the GEDCOM stuff is that important.

Friday, July 17, 2009

See Our List of Blogs We Follow

The Book Club has their own blog site. :D We have added them as the blogs we follow. You can click the blog we follow on the left side of our blog page to always be on the know what is going on with the Book Club. We won't have a special reminder book club News here unless the Book Club will ask us to remind everyone of upcoming events.

They have a great blog to follow, read and comment on. Please visit them often. Find out about great reads, opinions, resources etc.

A Hand-Crank Weather Radio

A hand-crank weather radio is helpful to have in an emergency (see attached example). You can carry it with you and it will operate without batteries, by cranking the built-in generator. They are available on-line and at several local retail stores and sporting goods stores for $30 - $80, depending on the quality and features.

Craig A.

Another comment to this message from
Nolan C.

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BYU Management Society Networking Event - July 22 @ 7:00 PM

Networking events can help you meet potential clients or employers, but they can also help you meet partners, thought leaders, and other people who can help refine your business ideas into focused plans.
Event Details:Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 7:00 pmOhio State UniversityNationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H CenterInternational Room (110)2001 Fred Taylor Dr., Columbus OH 43210Cost: FREE Register here: http://ms.byu. edu/columbus

Health Services Coordinator (RN) - PT—Reese Adult Day Center—Newark, OH

Health Services Coordinator (RN) - PT—
Reese Adult Day Center—Newark, OH

Responsible for health needs assessment, data collection, health screening, and routine basic health care for participants. Responsible for nursing care directed through physician’s orders, and interdisciplinary team meetings. Schedule—30 hours per week. Monday– Friday shift will be 9a-3p Flexible schedule for remaining hours. RN with valid Ohio license. Must have pharmacology certification in medication set-up and distribution. CPR/FA certification req’d. Min 1 yr exp in nursing. Experience working with adults with developmental disabilities and aging conditions is preferred. Valid Ohio driver’s license, proof of insurability, criminal background check, TB test and drug screen required. $17-19 per hour. Apply in person or send resume to: UCP of Central Ohio, 440 Industrial Mile Rd., Columbus, OH 43228. Fax 614/279-2527 apply online at: www.ucpofcentralohi o.org

Kroger's Little Clinic is offering health physicals

Hi Scouting Friends,
Kroger's Little Clinic is offering health physicals to our Scouts for a great deal - with $1 going back to Simon Kenton Council for each physical.
If you, your Scout or anyone in your family needs a physical for camp, back to school, sports or anything else, consider going to Kroger Little Clinic.
Print and bring the attached form with you when you go. Make as many copies as you'd like to distribute to family and friends.
Contact your local Kroger Little Clinic with questions. Thanks!

Plus, The Little Clinic will make a contribution to your school or organization for every sports physical performed.* $29.00
n Conveniently located inside your
neighborhood supermarket
n No appointments necessary
n Open 7 days a week – including nights and weekends
I cannot get the form/flier that Kim sent me up here. Please e-mail me (Kirsi or Kim) for the flyer to get this deal and I'll forward it for you. This expires Sept 30 2009

I stopped at Corbett's today.

I stopped at Corbett's today. They take checks and cash only, not creditor debit cards. Their sample room hours/office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays. No weekendhours.
Take Roberts Road east,past Wilson Road . The first left is Westbrooke. It does wind around a bit and actually takes you back out toRoberts Road by the railroad tracks just before the Upper Arlington busgarage and yard waste site if you don't turn in to Corbetts! Look forthe Corbett sign on the right or just turn right at the last road before the railroad tracks!
Unfortunately, they don't have printed price lists of their full baking supply inventory so I copied prices from the sample room and asked about a few other items. They also had one pound bags of sesame and caraway seeds, bags of rye flour, brown sugar, and pie crust mix in the sampleroom as well as the items listed below.
Here prices as of today, July17th:Sample Room:
Regular and Quick Oats, 3 pound bag, $2.50
Cinnamon, 1 pound, $3.25
Cocoa, 1 pound, $3.75
Cracked Wheat, 3 pound bag, $3.
Wheat Bran, 2 pound bag, $2.50
Yeast, 1 pound vacuum pack, $3.50
Powdered Sugar, 5 pound bag, $2.95
Hard Red Wheat, 10 pound bag, $5.
High-gluten Flour, 10 pound bag, $5.50
Velvet Cake Flour, 5 pound bag, $3.50
Bulk Items:
Hard Red Wheat, 50 pound bag, $21.
High-gluten Flour, 25 pound bag, $12.
White Wheat Sapphire Flour, 25 pound bag, $10.50
Powdered Milk, 50 pound bag, $95.
Baking Powder, 10 pound can, $12.25
Regular or Quick Oats, 50 pound bag, $21.
Granulated Sugar, 50 pound bag, $26.
The prices are reasonable compared to the storehouse. Hopefully this source can help you stretch your canned food storage until the storehouse is up and running for dry packing sessions again.
Sister Dragoo

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

DON"T FORGET- Celebration for Women Only!!! JULY 14, 2009!!!


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Have Your Salads Started to Bore You???

Not any more...just add the above flower its leaves in any of yours and it will add color and some peppery aroma/flavor to your salads. Wondering what this flower is? it's called Nasturtium. It has vitamin C, it has anti viral properties and is natural antibiotic.Very easy to grow and require very little water to grow after established from seed. You cans till plant them...they will bloom for you in mid to late August on until frost. They are a handsome plant to use in your landscape as well. They come in variety of colors such as the red above. you will find them in jewel tones, and normal tones reds, oranges to yellows. You can find them in vine form ( up to 6 feet) and to 12" and above Up to 6 feet. The vines are great in window boxes and planters. The shorter ones make a great filler or a salad garden specimen. The perfect thing is these are not poisonous. If you have kids or pets, they love to watch them grow and if they happen to eat them- no problem. Go have some fun and grow some spunk and color for your Summer salads.

Here is link to a cool blog Herbs are Special http://www.herbsarespecial.com.au/isabells_blog/nasturtium-natural-antibiotic.html

here you can read more about the plant.


Here you'll read some interesting info about milk in our series "DID YOU KNOW THIS ABOUT..." feel free to write and send us your research on this series...we are at the moment concentrating on foods but if you have something else in mind will work as well in this series.
don't be shy.
As in today's world information changes quickly, and new facts come about ad changes, this is just to help us to be aware of those things that we have been provided for our health and nutrition.
Now to the milk:
Below is an article about the facts and all who contributed to it and some extra links.

The following specific health benefits of milk have
been noted:

*Drinking milk may help to reduce the risk of
kidney stones. A recent epidemiological study
of more than 81,000 women with no history of
kidney stones links intake of nonfat milk with
decreased risk of colon cancer.

* Milk intake may help to reduce the risk of tooth
decay by acting as a substitute for saliva. In
addition to providing moisture which helps clear
cavity-promoting substances (e.g., simple sugars
such as sucrose) from the oral cavity, milk buffers
oral acids, reduces the solubility of tooth enamel,
and helps to remineralize tooth enamel.

*Consuming chocolate milk improves children’s
nutrient intake. Moreover, there is no scientific
evidence that chocolate milk, because of its sugar
content, contributes to dental caries. On the
contrary, because chocolate milk is liquid and
cleared relatively quickly from the mouth, it may
be less cariogenic than other sugar-containing
foods (e.g., raisins, candy) that adhere to tooth
surfaces. Also, several components in chocolate
milk, such as cocoa, milk fat, calcium, and
phosphorus, may protect against dental caries.

* There is no scientific evidence that intake of
recommended servings of dairy foods such as
milk contributes to overweight. Weight loss is
achieved by reducing total caloric intake and/or
increasing physical activity. For individuals
concerned about reducing their body weight,
milks (and other dairy foods) of different calorie
content are available (Table 13).
The U.S.Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services’ Dietary Guidelines
for Americans cautions that even people who
consume lower fat foods can gain weight if they
eat too much of foods high in starch, sugars, or

M i l l e r, G.D., J.K. Jarvis, and L.D. McBean. Handbook of
D a i ry Foods and Nutrition. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC
P ress, 1999.
C u rhan, G.C., W.C. Willett, F.E. Speizer, and M.J.
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Just in the news and it concerns anyone who gardens and especially those who are growing potatoes.
See the link below or read the cut and pasted article from yahoo news below the link.

Potato famine disease striking home gardens in U.S.

By Julie Steenhuysen Julie Steenhuysen – Fri Jul 10, 5:22 pm ET
CHICAGO (Reuters)
– Late blight, which caused the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s and 1850s, is killing potato and tomato plants in home gardens from Maine to Ohio and threatening commercial and organic farms, U.S. plant scientists said on Friday.
"Late blight has never occurred this early and this widespread in the United States," said Meg McGrath, a plant pathologist at Cornell University's extension center in Riverhead, New York.
She said the fungal disease, spread by spores carried in the air, has made its way into the garden centers of large retail chains in the Northeastern United States.
"Wal-mart, Home Depot, Sears, Kmart and Lowe's are some of the stores the plants have been seen in," McGrath said in a telephone interview.
The disease, known officially as Phytophthora infestans, causes large mold-ringed olive-green or brown spots on plant leaves, blackened stems, and can quickly wipe out weeks of tender care in a home garden.
McGrath said in her 21 years of research, she has only seen five outbreaks in the United States. The destructive disease can spread rapidly in cooler, moist weather, infecting an entire field within days.
"What's unique about it this year is we have never seen plants affected in garden centers being sold to home gardeners," she said.
This year's cool, wet weather created perfect conditions for the disease. "Hopefully, it will turn sunny," McGrath said. "If we get into our real summer hot dry weather, this disease is going to slow way down."
According to its website, the University Maryland's Plant Diagnostic Lab got a suspect tomato sample as early as June 12, very early in the tomato growing season, which runs from April-September.
McGrath said the risk is that many gardeners will not recognize it, putting commercial farms and especially organic growers at risk.
"My concern is for growers. They are going to have to put a lot more time and effort in trying to control the disease. It's going to be a very tough year," she said.
"This pathogen can move great distances in the air. It often does little jumps, but it can make some big leaps."
McGrath said the impact on the farmer will depend on how much the pathogen is spread. "Eastern New York is seeing a lot of disease," she said.
She said commercial farmers will be able to use fungicides containing chlorothalonil to control the blight.
And while some sprays have also been approved for organic use, many organic farmers do not use them, making it much harder to control.
"If they are not on top of this right from the very beginning, it can go very fast," she said.
(Editing by Maggie Fox and Lisa Shumaker)

Friday, July 10, 2009


I have been looking up information on nutritional values of vegetables and other food products and I found this very interesting and thought of sharing it.
I have found the flavor changes depending where you cook it. Microwave is ok but my favorite is baking them in the oven placing them on the on cookie sheet. They are great on their own nothing added to them.
If you have great and simple recepes, please share.
Here you find information that is better let this site explain than me attempting to do the same.
Here's the website address also I have cut and pasted their article here if you just want to read.

Creamy or firm when cooked, yams have an earthy, hardy taste and usually a minimal amount of sweetness. Although they are available throughout the year their season runs from October through December when they are at their best.
There are approximately 200 different varieties of yams with flesh colors varying from white to ivory to yellow to purple while their thick skin comes in white, pink or brownish-black . Their shape is long and cylindrical (oftentimes having offshoots referred to as "toes") while their exterior texture is rough and scaly. There is great confusion between yams and sweet potatoes in the United States; most of the vegetables labeled "yams" in the markets are really orange-colored sweet potatoes.

Health Benefits
Protection Against Cardiovascular Disease
Yams are a good source of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is needed by the body to break down a substance called homocysteine, which can directly damage blood vessel walls. Individuals who suffer a heart attack despite having normal or even low cholesterol levels are often found to have high levels of homocysteine. Since high homocysteine levels are signficantly associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke, having a good supply of vitamin B6 on hand makes a great deal of sense. High intakes of vitamin B6 have also been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Yams are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps to control blood pressure. Since many people not only do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, but also consume high amounts of sodium as salt is frequently added to processed foods, they may be deficient in potassium. Low intake of potassium-rich foods, especially when coupled with a high intake of sodium, can lead to hypertension. In the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) study, one group ate servings of fruits and vegetables in place of snacks and sweets, and also ate low-fat dairy food. This diet delivered more potassium, magnesium and calcium. Another group ate a "usual" diet low in fruits and vegetables with a fat content like that found in the average American Diet. After eight weeks, the group that ate the enhanced diet lowered their blood pressure by an average of 5.5 points (systolic) over 3.0 points (diastolic). Dioscorin, a storage protein contained in yam, may also be of benefit to certain individuals with hypertension. Preliminary research suggests that dioscorin can inhibit angiotensin converting enzyme, which would therefore lead to increased kidney blood flow and reduced blood pressure.

A Look at Yam, Diosgenin, and Menopausal Symptoms

Many consumers have found products in the marketplace that promote wild yam or wild yam extracts as substances that can help provide a natural alternative to hormonal replacement in women who have reached the age of menopause. Many of these products are provided in the form of creams that can be topically applied. Even though the food itself is not usually promoted by natural products companies, these yam-containing products have sparked interest in the relationship between yam and menopause. Yams do contain some unique substances called steroidal saponins, and among these substances are chemicals called diosgenins. Because of similiarities between diosgenin and progesterone, questions were initially raised about the ability of our body to convert diosgenin into progesterone, but research has shown that the answer here is clearly no. Diosgenin does, however, have an impact on hormonal patterns in studies involving animals, and may be helpful in lowering risk of osteoporosis, although we don't as yet have any human studies in this area.
Wild yam also has some history of traditional use in herbal medicine, especially Chinese herbal medicine, as a botanical that can affect organ system function. While the focus here has been on kidney function, wild yam (or Chinese yam) has also been used to support the female endocrine system. For example, there has been traditional use of this root in conjunction with lactation. We've only seen one high-quality, peer-reviewed research study in which women were actually given wild yam (in the form of a topical cream) to determine the impact of this plant on menopausal symptoms. Although this research showed some very limited benefits from the wild yam cream-and no side effects-none of the symptom changes were statistically significant. In summary, we'd say that there's no research evidence to support the claim that yam has special benefits when it comes to menopause, but that more research is needed in this area because there is a clear connection between yam, diosgenin, and endocrine function that is not yet understood.
We'd also like to add some information about yam and vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 has been an especially popular supplement with respect to premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in women, especially in conjunction with the depression that can be triggered by PMS. Some companies have also advocated the use of this vitamin for menopausal symptoms. One cup of baked cubed yam contains 15.5% of the Daily Value for B6, and we rank yam as a "good" source of vitamin B6 for this reason. In research studies, however, the dose of vitamin B6 required for help with PMS depression is about 50-100 milligrams-many, many times the Daily Value level of 2.0 milligrams. So if you're a woman, even though yam might be a food well-worth including in your meal plan in conjunction with PMS, the amount of vitamin B6 that you'd be getting from this food would be insufficient (by itself) to reach the therapeutic level shown to be helpful in research studies.

Blood Sugar and Weight Control

Yams' complex carbohydrates and fiber deliver the goods gradually, slowing the rate at which their sugars are released and absorbed into the bloodstream. In addition, because they're rich in fiber, yams fill you up without filling out your hips and waistline. And one more benefit, yams are a good source of manganese, a trace mineral that helps with carbohydrate metabolism and is a cofactor in a number of enzymes important in energy production and antioxidant defenses. You've just got to hand it to Mother Nature; when She brings forth a food, She makes sure it integrates everything needed to contribute to your health and vitality.
Yams are members of the Dioscoreae family. Depending upon the yam variety, of which there are about 200, its flesh may be of varying colors including white, ivory, yellow or purple while its thick skin may either be white, pink or brownish-black. Their shape is long and cylindrical (oftentimes having offshoots referred to as "toes") while their exterior texture is rough and scaly. Yams have a very starchy and slippery texture and when cooked, will either be creamy or firm, depending upon the variety. Their taste is earthy and hardy, with most varieties having minimal, if any, sweetness. Specific types of yams include Dioscorea alata (Hawaiian yam), Dioscorea batatas (korean yam) and Dioscorea esculenta (sweet yam).
Chances are this does not sound like the description of the "yams" that you had for Thanksgiving dinner. That is because most of the vegetables that are labeled "yams" in the United States are really orange-colored sweet potatoes. When the moist-fleshed orange-colored sweet potato was introduced into the United States in the mid-20th century, producers wanted to distinguish it from the white-fleshed sweet potato that most people were used to. They adopted the word "yam" from "nyami", the African word for the root of the Dioscoreae genus of plants. While there are attempts to distinguish between the two, such as the U.S. Deparment of Agriculture's labeling requirement that the moist-fleshed, orange-colored sweet potatoes that are labeled as "yams" also be accompanied by the label "sweet potato", for many people this does not help to clarify the distinction between the two very different root vegetables. Yet, once you experience the distinct taste and texture of the real yam you will definitely know the difference, appreciating each of these root vegetables for their unique qualities.

Although it is uncertain from which country yams originated, yams are one of the oldest food plants known. They have been cultivated since 50,000 BC in Africa and Asia. In addition to these continents, yams also currently grow in the tropical and subtropical regions of North and South America.
Yams are one of the most popular and widely consumed foods in the world. They play a staple role in the diets of many different countries, notably those in South America, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and the West Indies.

As noted in the Description section, oftentimes the root vegetable that is labeled in the store's produce section as a yam is not truly a yam but is a variety of sweet potato. Therefore, if you want to buy a real yam, you should ask someone in your store's produce department who can let you know the actual origin of the vegetable in question. As yams are not widely available in the United States, you may find that your store does not carry true yams although you are certain to find them in many Asian and African food markets.

Choose yams that are firm and do not have any cracks, bruises or soft spots. Avoid those that are displayed in the refrigerated section of the produce department since cold temperature negatively alters their taste.
Yams should be stored in a cool, dark and well-ventilated place where they will keep fresh for up to ten days. They should be stored loose and not kept in a plastic bag. Keep them out of exposure to sunlight or temperatures above 60°F (around 15°C) since this will cause them to sprout or ferment. Uncooked yams should not be kept in the refrigerator.

For some of our favorite recipes, click Recipes.

A Few Quick Serving Ideas:

Purée cooked yam with a little milk and season with tamari, coriander, cumin and cayenne.
As yam has an earthy, deep taste, it nicely complements darker meats such as venison.
Add chunks of yams to your next stir fry or pan of roasted vegetables. Roasted yams, fennel, onions, and mushrooms are a delicious combination.
Research has shown some nutritional advantages to roasting over boiling when it comes to yams, so if you are deliberating over these two cooking methods, we recommend that you choose roasting. At the same time, however, when it comes to a potentially problematic substance like phytic acid (phytic acid can sometimes block absorption of desirable nutrients like zinc and iron), a wet-heat cooking method might be helpful. Because steaming is a wet-heat method that avoids submersing the food in water and risking excessive leeching of water-soluble nutrients, we recommend steaming over boiling when using wet heats (and we always stick with steaming in our own yam recipes).

Yam is not a commonly allergenic food, is not known to contain measurable amounts of goitrogens, oxalates, or purines, and is also not included in the Environmental Working Group's 2009 report "Shopper's Guide to Pesticides" as one of the 12 foods most frequently containing pesticide residues.

Introduction to Food Rating System ChartThe following chart shows the nutrients for which this food is either an excellent, very good or good source. Next to the nutrient name you will find the following information: the amount of the nutrient that is included in the noted serving of this food; the %Daily Value (DV) that that amount represents (similar to other information presented in the website, this DV is calculated for 25-50 year old healthy woman); the nutrient density rating; and, the food's World's Healthiest Foods Rating. Underneath the chart is a table that summarizes how the ratings were devised. Read detailed information on our Food and Recipe Rating System.
Yam (Dioscorea species), cubed, cooked1.00 cup136.00 grams157.76 calories
World's HealthiestFoods Rating
vitamin C
16.46 mg
911.20 mg
0.50 mg
dietary fiber
5.30 g
vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
0.31 mg
World's HealthiestFoods Rating
very good
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Thursday, July 9, 2009


I got curious about foods in my nutritional plan and started to do some research on them. Most of you may like celery ( it is not my favorite, I have a bit difficult time with its flavor) but it has become one of my favorites not because I suddenly like its flavor (I'm still working on it) but because of the properties it has.

I have cut and pasted an article of an Newsletter that explains the properties much better than I ever could. All the credits belong to the address below...if you want to check it out on their site please click on the address below...otherwise just read/scan the article here.


Celery has become a common household staple along with carrots, onions and potatoes. Its crunchy texture and distinctive flavor makes it a popular addition to salads and many cooked dishes. Although it is available throughout the year, you will enjoy the best taste and quality of celery during the summer months when it is in season and locally grown varieties can be easily found in the markets.
Celery grows to a height of 12 to 16 inches and is composed of leaf-topped stalks arranged in a conical shape that are joined at a common base. It is a biennial vegetable plant that belongs to the Umbelliferae family whose other members include carrots, fennel, parsley and dill. While most people associate celery with its prized stalks, the leaves, roots and seeds can also be used as a food and seasoning as well as a natural medicinal remedy.
This chart graphically details the %DV that a serving of Celery provides for each of the nutrients of which it is a good, very good, or excellent source according to our Food Rating System. Additional information about the amount of these nutrients provided by Celery can be found in the Food Rating System Chart. A link that takes you to the In-Depth Nutritional Profile for Celery, featuring information over 80 nutrients, can be found under the Food Rating System Chart.

Health Benefits

Celery contains vitamin C and several other active compounds that promote health, including phthalides, which may help lower cholesterol, and coumarins, that may be useful in cancer prevention.

Rich in Vitamin C
Celery is an excellent source of vitamin C, a vitamin that helps to support the immune system. Vitamin C-rich foods like celery may help reduce cold symptoms or severity of cold symptoms; over 20 scientific studies have concluded that vitamin C is a cold-fighter. Vitamin C also prevents the free radical damage that triggers the inflammatory cascade, and is therefore also associated with reduced severity of inflammatory conditions, such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. As free radicals can oxidize cholesterol and lead to plaques that may rupture causing heart attacks or stroke, vitamin C is beneficial to promoting cardiovascular health. Owing to the multitude of vitamin C's health benefits, it is not surprising that research has shown that consumption of vegetables and fruits high in this nutrient is associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes including heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Potential Blood Pressure Benefits
Celery's potential for reducing high blood pressure has long been recognized by Chinese medicine practitioners, and Western science researchers may have recently identified one reason why.
Celery contains active compounds called phthalides, which can help relax the muscles around arteries and allow those vessels to dilate. With more space inside the arteries, the blood can flow at a lower pressure. phthalides also reduce stress hormones, one of whose effects is to cause blood vessels to constrict. When researchers injected 3-n-butyl phthalide derived from celery into laboratory animals, the animals' blood pressure dropped 12 to 14 percent. Of course, injection of a celery extract into laboratory animals is very far from food consumption by humans, and the researchers participating in this as yet unpublished study cautioned against overindulging in celery until clinical trials could be conducted with food and humans. But the potential helpfulness of this already nourishing food in lowering blood pressure seems likely, and it doesn't hurt that celery ranks as a very good source of potassium and a good source of calcium and magnesium, because increased intake of these minerals has also been associated with reduced blood pressure.

Celery has a reputation among some persons as being a high-sodium vegetable, and blood pressure reduction is usually associated with low-sodium foods. So how do the benefits of phthalides compare with the risks of sodium in celery? There are approximately 100 milligrams of sodium in a full cup of chopped celery-that's about 2 stalk's worth. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Daily Value for sodium intake is 2,400 milligrams, the equivalent of about 24 cups, or 48 stalks of celery. Since two stalks of celery only provide about 4% of the sodium DV, most individuals would be able to include 2 or even more stalks of celery in a day's diet while keeping their total sodium intake below the DV by sticking with other low-sodium foods. The exact amount of celery needed to achieve the blood pressure lowering effects found in animals cannot be determined until clinical trials are conducted on humans using the food itself.
Cholesterol-lowering Benefits
In studies of animals specially bred to have high cholesterol, celery's cholesterol-lowering activity has been demonstrated. In eight weeks, aqueous solutions of celery (like celery juice) fed to specially bred high cholesterol animals significantly lowered their total cholesterol by increasing bile acid secretion.

Diuretic Activity
The seeds of celery's wild ancestors, which originated around the Mediterranean, were widely used as a diuretic. Today, we understand how celery, which is rich in both potassium and sodium, the minerals most important for regulating fluid balance, stimulates urine production, thus helping to rid the body of excess fluid.

Promote Optimal Health
Celery contains compounds called coumarins that help prevent free radicals from damaging cells, thus decreasing the mutations that increase the potential for cells to become cancerous. Coumarins also enhance the activity of certain white blood cells, immune defenders that target and eliminate potentially harmful cells, including cancer cells. In addition, compounds in celery called acetylenics have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells.
Celery is a biennial vegetable (meaning it has a normal life cycle of two years) that belongs to the Umbelliferae family, whose other members include carrots, fennel, parsley and dill. While most people associate celery with its prized stalks, its leaves, roots and seeds are also used as a food and seasoning as well as a natural medicinal remedy.
Celery grows to a height of 12 to 16 inches and is composed of leaf-topped stalks arranged in a conical shape and joined at a common base. The stalks have a crunchy texture and a delicate, but mildly salty, taste. The stalks in the center are called the heart and are the most tender. In the United States, we are used to celery appearing in different shades of green, but in Europe they also enjoy a variety that is white in color. Like white asparagus, this type of celery is grown shaded from direct sunlight, so the production of its chlorophyll content, and hence its green color, are inhibited.

The celery that we know today was derived from wild celery. While thought to have its origins in the Mediterranean regions of northern Africa and southern Europe, it was also native to areas extending east to the Himalayas. Wild celery differed a bit from its modern day counterpart in that it featured less stalks and more leaves.
Celery has a long and prestigious history of use, first as a medicine and then later as a food. The initial mention of the medicinal properties of celery leaves dates back to the 9th century B.C., when celery made an appearance in the Odyssey, the famous epic by the Greek poet, Homer. The Ancient Greeks used the leaves as laurels to decorate their renowned athletes, while the ancient Romans used it as a seasoning, a tradition that has carried through the centuries.
It was not until the Middle Ages that celery's use expanded beyond medicine and seasoning into consideration as a food. And while today, for most people thoughts of celery conjure up images of dips and crudité platters, eating this delicious crunchy vegetable raw did not really become popular until the 18th century in Europe. Celery was introduced in the United States early in the 19th century.

How to Select and Store
Choose celery that looks crisp and snaps easily when pulled apart. It should be relatively tight and compact and not have stalks that splay out. The leaves should be pale to bright green in color and free from yellow or brown patches. Sometimes celery can have a condition called "blackheart," which is caused by insects. To check for damage, separate the stalks and look for brown or black discoloration. In addition, evaluate the celery to ensure that it does not have a seedstem-the presence of a round stem in the place of the smaller tender stalks that should reside in the center of the celery. Celery with seedstems are often more bitter in flavor.
To store celery, place it in a sealed container or wrap it in a plastic bag or damp cloth and store it in the refrigerator. If you are storing cut or peeled celery, ensure that it is dry and free from water residue, as this can drain some of its nutrients. Freezing will make celery wilt and should be avoided unless you will be using it in a future cooked recipe.

How to Enjoy
For some of our favorite recipes, click Recipes.
Tips for preparing celery:
To clean celery, cut off the base and leaves, then wash the leaves and stalks under running water. Cut the stalks into pieces of desired length. If the outside of the celery stalk has fibrous strings, remove them by making a thin cut into one end of the stalk and peeling away the fibers. Be sure to use the leaves-they contain the most vitamin C, calcium and potassium-but use them within a day or two as they do not store very well.
Celery should not be kept at room temperature for too long since, because of its high water content, it has a tendency to wilt quickly. If you have celery that has wilted, sprinkle it with a little water and place it in the refrigerator for several hours where it will regain its crispness.
A few quick serving ideas:
Add chopped celery to your favorite tuna fish or chicken salad recipe.
Enjoy the delicious tradition of eating peanut butter on celery stalks.
Use celery leaves in salads.
Braise chopped celery, radicchio and onions and serve topped with walnuts and your favorite soft cheese.
Next time you are making fresh squeezed carrot juice give it a unique taste dimension by adding some celery to it.
Add celery leaves and sliced celery stalks to soups, stews, casseroles, and healthy stir fries.
Individual Concerns
Celery and Pesticide Residues
Virtually all municipal drinking water in the United States contains pesticide residues, and with the exception of organic foods, so do the majority of foods in the U.S. food supply. Even though pesticides are present in food at very small trace levels, their negative impact on health is well documented. The liver's ability to process other toxins, the cells' ability to produce energy, and the nerves' ability to send messages can all be compromised by pesticide exposure. According to the Environmental Working Group's 2009 report "Shopper's Guide to Pesticides," celery is among the 12 foods on which pesticide residues have been most frequently found. Therefore, individuals wanting to avoid pesticide-associated health risks may want to avoid consumption of celery unless it is grown organically.
Nutritional Profile
Celery is an excellent source of vitamin C. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, potassium, folate, molybdenum, manganese and vitamin B6. Celery is also a good source of calcium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, magnesium, vitamin A, phosphorus and iron.
Celery also contains approximately 35 milligrams of sodium per stalk, so salt-sensitive individuals can enjoy celery, but should keep track of this amount when monitoring daily sodium intake.

For an in-depth nutritional profile click here: Celery.
In-Depth Nutritional ProfileIn addition to the nutrients highlighted in our ratings chart, an in-depth nutritional profile for Celery is also available. This profile includes information on a full array of nutrients, including carbohydrates, sugar, soluble and insoluble fiber, sodium, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids and more.

Introduction to Food Rating System ChartIn order to better help you identify foods that feature a high concentration of nutrients for the calories they contain, we created a Food Rating System. This system allows us to highlight the foods that are especially rich in particular nutrients. The following chart shows the nutrients for which this food is either an excellent, very good, or good source (below the chart you will find a table that explains these qualifications). If a nutrient is not listed in the chart, it does not necessarily mean that the food doesn't contain it. It simply means that the nutrient is not provided in a sufficient amount or concentration to meet our rating criteria. (To view this food's in-depth nutritional profile that includes values for dozens of nutrients - not just the ones rated as excellent, very good, or good - please use the link below the chart.) To read this chart accurately, you'll need to glance up in the top left corner where you will find the name of the food and the serving size we used to calculate the food's nutrient composition. This serving size will tell you how much of the food you need to eat to obtain the amount of nutrients found in the chart. Now, returning to the chart itself, you can look next to the nutrient name in order to find the nutrient amount it offers, the percent Daily Value (DV%) that this amount represents, the nutrient density that we calculated for this food and nutrient, and the rating we established in our rating system. For most of our nutrient ratings, we adopted the government standards for food labeling that are found in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's "Reference Values for Nutrition Labeling." Read more background information and details of our rating system.
Celery, raw1.00 cup120.00 grams19.20 calories
World's HealthiestFoods Rating
vitamin K
35.26 mcg
vitamin C
8.40 mg
344.40 mg
very good
33.60 mcg
very good
dietary fiber
2.04 g
very good
6.00 mcg
very good
0.12 mg
very good
vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
0.10 mg
very good
48.00 mg
vitamin B1 (thiamin)
0.06 mg
13.20 mg
vitamin A
160.80 IU
0.01 g
30.00 mg
vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
0.05 mg
0.48 mg
World's HealthiestFoods Rating
very good
In-Depth Nutritional Profile for Celery
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Tsi D, Tan BK. The mechanism underlying the hypocholesterolaemic activity of aqueous celery extract, its butanol and aqueous fractions in genetically hypercholesterolaemic RICO rats. Life Sci 2000 Jan 14;66(8):755-67 2000.
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More of the World's Healthiest Foods (& Spices)!

Bulk food info

While you are waiting for the Bshp's Strehouse to resume bulk product ordering there are a few local places you can try in the meantime that are cheaper than Whole Foods or similar places:
Yutzy's Farm Market, 6010 Converse-Huff Road (off Rt. 42 near JonathanAlder High School) phone 873-3815.
They carry many bulk productsrepackaged into convenient sizes and in the past were willing to order orsell by the bag. (They also have specials on deli meats and cheeses on a regular basis.) The shop is no longer Amish or Mennonite owned, but still has the same great customer service and some alpacas next door for your little ones to see up close.
Corbett Company, 3675 Paragon Dr. phone 771-1123 is just around the corner from us all. Go east on Roberts Road, pass Wilson Road and turn right at the first street, wind back around and Corbett's is on the right side with a very small sign.
They have a walk-in sample/showroomwhere you can pick up repackaged smaller bags or order bulk bags right at the counter to take with you that day. They always were a reasonably priced bulk source for powdered milk, oats, cocoa, cornmeal, carob,assorted flours, cinnamon, coconut and other baking items before the storehouse existed or for a quick and closer trip than the storehouse. They may still take checks, but call to confirm that before you go!
For those interested in Red Raspberries, the pick-your-own Champaign Berry Farm is about 25 miles from here and a nice drive in the country on Route 29 past Mechanicsburg. Prices for black raspberries were "cheap"compared to grocery stores and other local farms. The black raspberries are probably finished---call first! Red raspberries are around the corner. Call if interested at (937)653-7525.With today's gas prices, always call first to check information, pricesand products! Thanks a bunch! Jennie D.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Rainy Day -Too Hot to Be Out Activities :)

Here are few links to interesting websites that provide some fun things to do when you have pulled all your rabbits out of your hat and need something more. WE do not endorse anyone but think these might give some fun things to do in a one place. If you can share more ideas, those are warmly welcomed any time in the comment area or send us your idea/s in a new blog to refresh our minds. As with any site or game or activity, please check the content that it agrees with your personal standarts. I know we all differ somewhat in our views. Also makse sure your child knows how to be safe while on internet.


http://familyfun.go.com/fun-activities/ free but you may need to come up your own materials for the ideas.
http://www.schoolexpress.com/ I understand this is free

Lamp Oil Source

Matthew 25:1 "And then, at that day, before the Son of Man comes,..."

JST We receive the PREPAREDNESS ESSENTIALS catalog every month. It is a good source for extended food storage items from dehydrated or freeze-dried Apples to Zucchini and offers low-cost shipping.They offer a quanity discount every month on a different item making it reasonable to try a new product like freeze-dried cheeses, fruits and vegetables or to stock up on necessities like this month's 49% discount on leather gloves (think service project!)

They have a wide variety of backpack emergency kits, first aid items, water purification supplies, etc. These are really pricey but the pages are very detailed and can be a great guide for putting together your own car kit, school kit, new baby kit, elderly parent kit, evacuation kitor a baseline for reviewing your current 72-hour kit. This isn't an endorsement of their products, just another source of oil to add to your lamp. Or, information to add to your Home Production, FoodStorageand Preparedness file that you already maintain or may be starting"today".Check them out at: BePrepared.com or 1-800-999-1863 M - F 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or preparednesspantry. blogspot. com . Thank you!

Jennie D.