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Baked Apple Pancakes

I just love the name of this website,

And there is a better chance I am going to making a breakfast than dinner over the next three days of this holiday weekend with the kids out of town.

So here goes.

Baked Apple Pancake Breakfast Recipe


3 large apples, peeled and sliced thinly
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar (can use more)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (can use more)


6 eggs
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2-3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 350’F.
2. Grease a 9×13 baking pan.
3. Melt butter in baking pan in oven.
4. Place the apple slices evenly over bottom of pan.
5. Bake for about 10 min, or until apples soft.
6. Remove apples from oven, and dust with brown sugar and cinnamon.
7. In a blender, combine pancake ingredients, and spread over apples.
8. Return to oven, and bake about 30-40 minutes.
9. Sprinkle with sugar topping, serve immediately.



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A round up of reviews on Romney call it his best speech

The Mom Vivant / Clint Eastwood

When I was texting a friend about Clint Eastwood’s performance at the Republican National Convention, the word correct on my phone changed “Eastwood” to “Asteroid.” Actually, it was funny and weird at the same time. Except when Eastwood said, “We own this country.” It isn’t funny that our country owns us in exactly the same way the bank owns your home if you have a mortgage. Yeah, that’s Ryan’s whole point. Each of us is saddled with something like 45,000 dollars in debt thanks to that soaring deficit. I like when he called Joe Biden, “a grin with a body behind it.” Eastwood is right that Biden has been reduced to a talking head these past four years. The funniest was when Eastwood said, “I cried, Oprah cried, the whole country cried when Obama was elected.” And ended on the punchline, “Oh, my God, I’m still crying now.” I was almost crying that it is so hard for the Republicans to let loose and be unscripted but the truth is, at the end of the skit, there were parts that worked and parts that didn’t. The empty chair was creative and symbolic at the same time.

Nikki Haley is right. It's down to the voters who voted for Obama

Nikki Haley is right. It’s down to the voters who voted for Obama

Nikki Haley really hit the nail on the head when she said this election is going to boil down to the voters who have Obama-regret. She urged Floridians, a must-win state, to each find five voters who voted for President Barack Obama and get them to vote for Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. A Romney supporter since 2008, she has said, “You know if you look at the records, you look at Governor Romney, and this is a man that went into a Democratic state, increased jobs, balanced his budget, cut taxes. You look at President Obama we lost our credit rating. The unemployment is still high. He can’t even get a Democrat senator to balance the budget.

Oprah is the oracle of intuition. Listen to your gut, she says, it’s a gift we women are born with and it doesn’t lie. So, I would like to know when it comes to the Elections this Fall, what is going to feel right for women voters? It felt good to vote for Obama, didn’t it? But is it going to feel good to re-elect him? It’s a question women in the middle need to ask themselves.

Who you vote for used to be a topic that was clearly off the table at 1) school 2) the dinner table 3) social events. It was a private matter. Which may be why so many of the women, who traditionally vote Republican and whose husbands voted for McCain, would only tell me, in hushed tones and out of earshot of the other ladies, they voted for Obama. There is no doubt that it was a cool thing to help usher in our country’s first African American President. It’s one of the reasons I voted for him. And yes, it did feel good to tell my kids I made that kind of push for diversity. It was hard to argue with the groundswell erupting around him, the hope and excitement his young, fresh outlook promised to bring to Washington. But the biggest reason was Sarah Palin. Bright and promising as she sounded initially, we were insulted that John McCain felt she was the best Republican woman he could find to run with.

A woman I just got off the phone with said one party is stuck in the old days (I think she meant the Republicans) and the other can’t seem to figure out what needs to be done today (sounds like the Democrats to me!) So, ladies in the middle, what are you going to do? I’m worried you’re all going to just stay home because you don’t like the job Obama has done and you don’t want to admit you made a mistake. Obama-mamas are a little more subdued this time around, aren’t they? And that groundswell among the country’s youth is gone. Why? They’re all too busy looking for jobs.


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The Mom Vivant / The orignial

The Mom Vivant / The orignial “laborers” – Moms!

As Isaac bears down, a news report on MyHealthNewsDaily by editor Karen Rowan asks the question of whether hurricanes can bring on labor? Talk about a great answer to the question, of “What’d you do for Labor Day?

Exactly what triggers the start of labor remains a mystery, but folklore holds that the weather may influence a baby’s arrival. With Hurricane Isaac making landfall, and two other storms brewing in the eastern Atlantic, some may be wondering if the Southeast is due for an increase in births.

Several studies have suggested that drops in barometric pressure can trigger either the onset of labor, or the rupture of the fluid-filled amniotic sac membrane, which is the technical term for a woman’s water breaking or starting to leak.

“There’s definitely a belief out there,” said Dr. Jonathan Schaffir, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Ohio State University College of Medicine. “It’s certainly not cut-and-dried, but there is some scientific evidence that changes in pressure can contribute to membrane rupture,” he said.

Of the studies that have looked at whether the weather might trigger pregnant women’s water to break, two have suggested that it can, while two others have found no association, Schaffir said.



How could the weather trigger labor?

“The idea behind this belief is that the amniotic sac is like a balloon, and if you lower the external pressure on it, there is an increased risk it can ‘pop,'” Schaffir said.

However, in his own experience as a practicing obstetrician for 18 years, Schaffir said he has seen no link between weather events and women going into labor. “In reality, the amniotic sac is protected. It’s kind of hard to imagine that a small drop in barometric pressure would cause a change in the amniotic sac,” he said.

Dr. Salih Yasin, a practicing obstetrician for 25 years in Miami, also said he has not seen any increase in women going into labor during hurricanes.

As for the studies that have suggested a link, their usefulness in practice is doubtful, said Yasin, who is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The ranges of the barometric pressure changes in the studies were not very large, he noted.

In one study, researchers considered 162 women who, over the course of a year, went into labor at a Houston hospital around times of significant air pressure drops. Using air pressure data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the researchers found that more women started labor after a drop in barometric pressure than prior to a drop, according to the study, published in 1997 in the Journal of Nurse-Midwifery. For example, for one drop in pressure, three women went into labor prior to it, but 11 began labor after it.

When looking at the 12 pressure drops that occurred that year, they found 66 women began labor prior to pressure drops, whereas 96 women began labor after the drops.

However, another study’s results cast doubt on the link. In that 1996 study of about 2,400 pregnant women published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the researchers found no link between days with the lowest pressure and the number of women who began labor.

But when the pressure drops were broken down into three-hour time periods, there was a link: fewer women went into labor during the hour after a period of falling air pressure.

“We were surprised to find a significant decrease in the onset of labor,” after the pressure drops, the researchers wrote.

Hurricane Andrew and labor

Yasin and a colleague looked at deliveries around Aug. 24, 1992, when the lowest barometric pressures drops during Hurricane Andrew were noted, at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital, which had the most deliveries in Miami-Dade County before, during and after Hurricane Andrew hit, Yasin said.

The researchers looked births and complications of pregnancy, and related them to NOAA data on barometric pressures, taking into account women’s ZIP codes, to determine where they lived in relation to the Andrew’s path. No association between air pressure and labor onset was found, Yasin said.

The most important things pregnant women can do during extreme weather events are to maintain their safety, eat and stay hydrated, he said.

Pass it on: Weather conditions such as hurricanes are unlikely to make pregnant women go into labor.

This story was provided by MyHealthNewsDaily, a sister site to LiveScience. FollowMyHealthNewsDaily on Twitter @MyHealth_MHND. We’re also on Facebook & Google+.


I should probably hide the spinach inside the Chicken Burger!

From a site I love:


Hands-on time: 30 minutes
Time to table: 30 minutes
Serves 5
  • 6 ounces fresh spinach, stems removed if tough
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons panko or dry bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • Buns
  • Garden Tzatziki Sauce (see recipe, left)
  • Sliced cucumbers, optional
  • Sliced tomatoes, optional
  • Lettuce leaves, optional

SPINACH Rinse the spinach leaves in a microwave-safe colander, then place in the mike and cook on high until tender, 30 seconds at a time, for a total of about 90 seconds. Let cool a bit, then roughly chop. (If you like, use a small food processor, then make the Garden Tzatziki Sauce.)

BURGERS Combine spinach, feta, panko, onion powder, salt and pepper and mix well. Gently stir in the chicken, combining without compressing the mixture. Form into five four-ounce burgers, about a half inch thick.

GRILL Heat a grill pan on medium high, spray with cooking spray. Drop in the burgers and let cook, without moving, for about 5 minutes, then turn over and cook the other side for another 5 minutes. To make sure the chicken is cooked clear through, insert a probe thermometer into the center of one burger, the temperature should reach 165F.

ASSEMBLE Place a burger onto the bottom bun, top with Garden Tzatziki Sauce, then sliced cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce and finally, cap off the burger.

LEFTOVERS The burgers reheat well and are good cold too.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per Burger, not including bun or Tzatziki Sauce: 190 Calories; 10g Tot Fat; 4g Sat Fat; 91mg Cholesterol; 500mg Sodium; 5g Carb; 1g Fiber; 1g Sugar; 19g Protein; Weight Watchers Old Points 4.5, PointsPlus 5

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Ryan captivates GOP


A Storybook Speech

Okay, I have to start out by saying the cutest thing about Ann Romney is the way she giggles. I don’t think it was nerves. I think it was her very genuine “aw shucks” demeanor. I loved when she said that contrary to media reports, she does not have a “storybook marriage.”  That what she has is a real marriage that has survived real life challenges like M.S. and breast cancer. I also liked when she said voters might not agree with Mitt Romney’s positions but they’d have to agree this is a guy who refuses to fail.  And probably the best line of the whole speech was when she said if the last four years had been more of a success, no one would be slamming Romney for how successful he’s been.  Why deride a guy for turning a state, a company and the Olympics around? When did being good at something, or in this case, being good at many things, become a bad thing? Bottom line on the Ann Romney speech is it was pure Storybook. She is confident, genuine, cute and convincing.

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