Friday, August 29, 2008


Banana Peels Will Stop Headaches

I was out tonight, and as many know Shaun has had a rough past couple of weeks. Yes, he still has the same headache as the one he got in April. It never goes away, just varies in intensity. The last few weeks, he has been as bad as he was in April. Not sure why, perhaps it goes in cycles.

Any way. We love all the suggestions people give us. We have entertained a great many suggestions. None have helped, but I keep hoping one will. Not even the Headache DR has been able to help him. Here is the latest suggestion I received. Actually I got two suggestions tonight. The banana peel is one and the other is squeezing your head in two different directions. I am always looking for new ideas. The banana one, I would have never came up with on my own. Can I convince my husband to try it. Hmm, I suggested this to him and well he gave me a weird look. Hey desperate times call for desperate measures. I just want him to not be in pain. Below is only a small part of the article. Let me know if it works for anyone. :) So the next time you are walking down the street and someone has a banana peel on their head. Well you now know why.

Banana Peels Will Stop Headaches Ann Landers
(We have found that Banana peels will not only stop headaches but may even relieve severe Neuropathic Pain, RSD Pain, Trigeminal Neuralgia Pain, and Kidney Stone Pain. "Apply directly where it hurts.")
by Darrell J. Stoddard Copyright 1998
A neurologist specializing in headache treatments responded to an Ann Landers' column in which it was suggested that a banana peel across the forehead and across the back of the neck would help relieve headaches, perhaps because of the potassium in the peel.
The doctor stated, "Headache is not always a minor disorder that responds easily to such simple cures. Each month in the United States, approximately 3 million days are spent in bed by headache sufferers. Many of these people are in excruciating pain, unable to tolerate even the light from a bedside lamp or the sound of a child's step. Some vomit repeatedly. For them, trying to cure a headache with banana peels is like trying to irrigate the Sahara by spitting."
I have measured the electrical resistance at the site of pain in more than 18,000 patients and categorically state my belief that pain is caused by the breaking, cutting, failure, or suppression of electrical signals between cells in living tissue. With headaches this often occurs across the forehead and across the back of the neck.


Healthy, Yummy Dessert recipes Wanted

Alright everyone. Now is the time to submit your favorite healthier dessert recipe. Recipe finalist will be tested and the winner will receive a loaf of Shaun's 1st place fair winning French Bread. This bread is too good to miss, so enter away.

To enter please leave a comment in this posting. Please note that comments are not posted immediately, so be patient if you don't see it right away. It may take up to a day to be approved. If you are one doesn't know how to post on our blog, please feel free to email the recipe to us and we will post it for you. Please also include your recipe source if you have one, so we are giving proper credit to those you deserve it.

Please enter early, doing so may affect the judges ratings toward you. Taste must appeal to a diverse group of judges, with varying ages and taste preferences. Deadline to enter for eligibility to win french bread loaf is Sept 20th. All submissions are welcome after deadline, but are not eligible for the prize/prizes. Void in the states of Denial. Family welcome to enter also. Lastly, it only takes one entry to win, so don't hold back.


Fudgy Low-Fat Brownies 3rd place at the Fair

This is Shaun's Brownie recipe for he entered in the Polk County Fair. He entered it among normal fat Brownies and it got 3rd place. Not too bad. One tip, do not use chocolate chips. It must be baker's squares. Yum Yum, this is a must try.

Fudgy Low-Fat Brownies
Makes 16 brownies

Melt the chocolate and butter together in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water or in a microwave set to 50 percent power. For a truly fudgy consistency, don't overbake the brownies; as soon as a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with sticky crumbs attached, the brownies are done. If the toothpick emerges with no crumbs, the brownies will be cakey.

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon table salt
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate , chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons low-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1
1 large egg plus
1 large egg white
1 cup sugar

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Fold two 12-inch pieces foil lengthwise so each measures 7 inches wide. Fit 1 sheet into 8-inch-square baking dish, pushing foil into corners and up sides of pan (overhang will help in removal of brownies). Repeat with second sheet, placing in pan perpendicular to first sheet. Spray foil with cooking spray.

2. Whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl. Melt bittersweet chocolate and butter in large bowl until smooth . Cool 2 to 3 minutes, then whisk in sour cream, chocolate syrup, vanilla, egg, egg white, and sugar. Using rubber spatula, fold dry ingredients into chocolate mixture until combined.

3. Pour batter into pan, spread into corners, and level surface with spatula. Bake until slightly puffed and toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few sticky crumbs attached, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool brownies completely in pan on wire rack, at least 1 hour. Remove brownies from pan using foil handles. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve. To keep brownies moist, do not cut until ready to serve. (Brownies can be wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for 3 days.)

Recipe brought to you from America's Test Kitchen


Comic Pages

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Three stages of Man



Grandma, Let me show you how!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Two little cousins giving Grandma a lesson on how to use all her painting stuff. You can see here how impressionable they are at this young age too. A couple of editing variations. Feel free to share comments on thoughts or suggestions of improvement.


Shaun's Fair Picture Ribbons

Thursday, August 7, 2008

This ribbon was for Outstanding Portrait.
All ribbons are in the Amateur division. I hoped to win a couple ribbons and was pleasantly surprised. Portraits are my weakest area, so this came as a shock. I just hope I can take a few more that this great.

Below are the 1st place ribbons:

For Second place:

Third Place:

Honorable mention (I guess that is like 4th place, I think):

Thanks for letting me share my exciting news with every one. Let us know what you think.


Shaun is King of the Cookstove (almost)

Shaun entered the Fair's King of the Cookstove this year and entered 32 items. The winner was determined by the total ribbons earned. 5 pts for 1st, 3 pts for 2nd, and 1 pt for 3rd. Shaun was 8 pts behind the 1st place winner, who earned 52 pts, Shaun with 46, and third place with 31 pts.

Blue Ribbon winners: French Bread, Double chocolate chip muffins, no bake peanut butter cookies, peanut brittle (look close who I beat in that picture. And she is a great cook.) and lastly two types of sugar cookies.

For Second place: Blue berry muffins, Cheese bread, Chocolate peanutbutter balls.

Third Place: Low fat brownies (which competed against normal brownies), tomato juice, chocolate oatmeal cookies, dried onions, basil, and zucchini.


Anna's pictures entered in the fair. Part one

We are so proud of Anna for entering the Polk County fair this year. This is her first time and she did great. Above you can see a couple of picture she took at Yellowstone. One is of one of the bacteria pools. Different bacteria grow in different temperatures. It was neat to see the great color variations. The second is a small geyser we saw. It was the very first one we saw as we were walking the boardwalk.

Third for this flower is pretty good and first for a waterfall. Go Anna Go.
Anna actually placed in all photos she entered and if she had not, they give all kids a participation award with is nice too. Look below for Anna's part two.


Anna's pictures entered in the fair. Part two

Anna got two second place ribbons for origami and a pencil drawing. First place for a picture in the Yellowstone Grand Canyon. Jef you may be right that Anna needs her own camera or she will take mine.

Second Place picture is of Jackson Lake, where we stopped for lunch and were about eaten alive by mosquitoes. There were tons of them.
3rd place for a picture of Mt Hebo Lake. They actually have the picture upside down. The picture is of the reflections in the lake, though it does look like the actual picture. Also Anna's edits she did herself over exposed it a bit, but still a wonderful picture.
The second place one is of a Yellow bellied Marmot. Funny things is a few minutes later, we sat on that same rock to take a family picture. The marmot just watched us from the side and waited for us to leave its rock so it could go back. Good Job Anna. You Did great.