Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tips for Preventing H1N1 or Swine Flu....

After a recent visit to the allergist who gave us some tips on avoiding the swine flu and having received this great e-mail with additional suggestions I thought I would pass this information along to my readers.... I learned a few new tips & I hope these will help you all stay healthy too!

Prevent Swine Flu - Good Advice

By Dr. Vinay Goyal ~ Presently, he is heading the Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W).

The only portals of entry for the H1N1 virus (or any virus for that
matter) are the nostrils and mouth/throat.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1
infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms
and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not
fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced:

1. Frequent hand-washing

2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any
part of face (unless you want to eat or bathe).

3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't
trust salt). H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/
nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple
gargling prevents proliferation. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt
water. Blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with
cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down
viral population. Sinus rinse kits are available at the drug store and
relatively inexpensive. (neti pots)

5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C
(citrus fruits). If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make
sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. Drink as much warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. Drinking
warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse
direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the
stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

Please feel free to share this information on your blogs, facebook, twitter etc...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Yummy Goodness....

Oven Roasted Plum Tomatoes.... run, don't walk to your nearest farmers market... scoop up the biggest basket you can find (I bought a 1/2 bushel) and pop a few trays of these tomatoes in your oven Pronto! You can come back here and thank me later... after you tempt your tastebuds with the rich, salty sweet taste of the roasted tomatoes... so good!

so... here is what you need to do:

rinse off your tomatoes & slice in half lengthwise

place on baking sheet - cut side up - drizzle with olive oil, sea salt, add a few cloves of garlic and I used fresh thyme leaves too

place in oven at 225 degrees farenheit (sorry celsius blog readers) and roast for 9-10 HOURS! yes... HOURS! we ate them on baguette, homemade pizzas, plain, eggs, you name it... diced like a dip or popped straight into your mouth the taste can not be beat! I have even frozen some and the taste is great even out of the freezer... so as I said earlier... RUN don't walk to your local farmers market and scoop up a bushel to make these beauties!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

If you are in the area....

stop in and see me the next 3 days as the annual twigs fundraiser for Rochester General Hospital

The Twigs of Rochester General Hospital Association present their Autumn Promenade

Wednesday, October 14th 6 – 9 pm
Thursday, October 15th 10 am – 2 pm and 5 pm – 9 pm
Friday, October 16th from 10 am – 3 pm

Admission: $5 at the door

Monroe Golf Club
155 Golf Avenue in Pittsford

A unique collection of upscale vendors from Rochester and beyond!

I have lots of new goodies I will be debuting at the show.... hope to see you there!

Friday, October 09, 2009

What's for Dinner tonight??

with fall in the air it is time for roasting vegetables! My sister and I headed to the local public market yesterday to scoop up some of falls best bounty...

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I picked out some yummy delicata squash and sweet potatoes for roasted veggies for dinner.... this is how I prepared it!


cut off ends of squash, slice in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and slice into 1/2" thick slices



slice the sweet potato into thick sticks ... keep skin on for added nutritional value!


toss in a bowl with onion slices and season to taste with olive oil, salt, ground cumin and curry powder


place in pan - try to keep it to 1-2 layers high... roast at 350 degrees until tender - about 45 minutes



Sunday, October 04, 2009

Happy First (Week) Anniversary!!!

... to my brother & new sister-in-law! Last saturday was their wedding in Buffalo NY ... held in a vacant lot owned by the non-profit PUSH Buffalo that my brother works for. The day was rainy & gray which added to the fun & excitement in the air.

Very non-traditional ... no wedding dress, or organ music, no minister or priest ... but the most magical wedding I have ever been to - I was so glad my children had a chance to experience a wedding outside the box!

presenting Clarke & Melissa Gocker Kondrak

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the nieces & nephews

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with great grandma gocker

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getting ready for the rain

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the look of love

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*insert squeal* ... I think they are about to kiss!

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of course I had to make something for Eily to wear

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our advice to the bride & groom... remember to always have fun!

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