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Did You Know 07/15/2013 – These Women Invented………

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1.Weaving Straw Into Hats.
Mary Kies was the first American woman to earn a patent in her own name.  In 1809, she developed a way of weaving straw into hats that was an economic boon for New England. By receiving that piece of paper with her name on it, Kies led the way for other female inventors to take credit for their ideas.

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2.Circular Saw

In the late 18th century, a religious sect known as the Shakers emerged. Shakers valued living communally (albeit celibately), equality between the sexes and hard work. Tabitha Babbitt lived in a Shaker community in Massachusetts and worked as a weaver, but in 1810, she came up with a way to lighten the load of her brethren. She observed men cutting wood with a pit saw, which is a two-handled saw that requires two men to pull it back and forth. Though the saw is pulled both ways, it only cuts wood when it’s pulled forward; the return stroke is useless. To Babbitt, that was wasted energy, so she created a prototype of the circular saw that would go on to be used in saw mills. She attached a circular blade to her spinning wheel so that every movement of the saw produced results.  Babbitt didn’t apply for a patent for the circular saw she created.

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3.Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ruth Wakefield had worked as a dietitian and food lecturer before buying an old toll house outside of Boston with her husband. Traditionally, toll houses were places weary travelers paid their road tolls, grabbed a quick bite and fed their horses. Wakefield and her husband converted the toll house into an inn with a restaurant. One day in 1930, Wakefield was baking up a batch of Butter Drop Do cookies for her guests. The recipe called for melted chocolate, but Wakefield had run out of baker’s chocolate. She took a Nestle chocolate bar, crumbled it into pieces and threw it into her batter, expecting the chocolate pieces to melt during baking. Instead, the chocolate held its shape, and the chocolate chip cookie was born.

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4.Liquid Paper
Bette Nesmith Graham was not a very good typist but very innovative
It was the 1950s, and the electric typewriter had just been introduced. Secretaries often found themselves retyping entire pages because of one tiny mistake, as the new model’s carbon ribbon made it difficult to correct errors.
One day, Graham watched workers painting a holiday display on a bank window. She noticed that when they made mistakes, they simply added another layer of paint to cover them up, and she thought she could apply that idea to her typing blunders. Using her blender, Graham mixed up a water-based tempera paint with dye that matched her company’s stationary. She took it to work and, using a fine watercolor brush, she was able to quickly correct her errors. Soon, the other secretaries were clamoring for the product, which Graham continued to produce in her kitchen. Graham was fired from her job for spending so much time distributing what she called “Mistake Out,” but in her unemployment she was able to tweak her mixture, rename the product Liquid Paper and receive a patent in 1958.

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5. The Square-bottomed Paper Bag
Margaret Knight didn’t invent the paper bag, but those first paper bags weren’t all that useful for carrying things. In 1870, she created a wooden machine that would cut, fold and glue the square bottoms to paper bags.
she was granted the patent for the device in 1871.

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Health Benefits Of Chocolate

I love dark chocolate so when medical research showed that it was good for you, I now have small amounts each day. Puts a smile on my face.

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Health Benefits of Chocolate http-::www.chocolateguru.net

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Sleep – How To Make Or Break Your Sleep

IMG_0810My Granddaughter. Sleeps like an angel.

My whole day is golden when I have a good nights sleep, I can tackle anything. Bad nights sleep, then you need to stay away from me as the scorpion comes out in me and you are likely to get the ‘sting of the tail’.

I don’t sleep the way I used to. I was always a good sleeper, if my eye lids closed then so did the rest of me, my brain, my body, heart and what ever slowed down. Sleep for me today is a lot more difficult, it is harder to shut the brain down as it wants to keep having a conversation with me in the night. I can be in a deep sleep then all of a sudden I will be awake thinking of some thing that is so not important at that hour of the night. Then of course the brain does not even want to let you go to sleep in the first place.

When I see articles on the art of getting a good sleep then that always attracts my attention.

This is an article on the Natural News.com, written by Sandeep Godiyal on the good and bad foods that affect sleep.

Foods to eat and not to eat

1) Almonds and walnuts. These nuts actually contain a lot of tryptophan, magnesium, and melatonin – a powerful trio that is known to be ideal for those who are looking for natural sleeping aids. Experts say that it is best to try to eat a handful about an hour or so before sleeping.

2) Grapefruit. This is one of the foods that people should steer clear of, as it contains acid. Nobody wants to be kept up all night because of heartburn. Grapefruits increase the acidity of the stomach, so it is expected that those who eat this before sleeping will have heartburn. If people do not want this to happen, it is best to stay away from grapefruit, as well as other citrus fruits or juices before going to bed.

3) Oatmeal. This food is mostly considered as breakfast fare, and many eat this only in the morning, but studies have shown that there are actually a lot of benefits from eating oatmeal before going to bed. Oatmeal has been found to be full of nutrients that help promote sleep, such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium.

4) Celery. Celery is listed as a healthy vegetable, but it is considered as one that should be avoided before going to bed. Why is that so? Celery is considered a natural diuretic, and if people do not want to wake up in the middle of the night just to urinate, it would be best to steer clear of this vegetable. Other natural diuretics that people should avoid include parsley and ginger.

5) Tart cherries and raspberries. It has been found that raspberries and tart cherries have melatonin, which is a popular sleep aid.

6) Fried and greasy food. People who have a high intake of fried, fatty, and greasy foods at night tend to have less productive sleep compared to those who do not. The stomach works twice as hard just to digest the oily foods, which could then make people experience heartburn or indigestion.

7) Bananas. Bananas contain a lot of magnesium and potassium. They also contain tryptophan, which is an amino acid found in turkey, another food source that is famous for helping people who wish to have better sleep.

8) Spicy foods. Spicy foods not only irritate your digestive system, but they can also have a huge impact on your sleep. Experts say that it is best to avoid eating spicy foods before sleeping.

I can add to this.

Dark chocolate - A small amount just before you retire can assist with sleep. It works for me.

Warm milk and a few drops of molasses - I used to feed my babies  this concoction  and it was great for  a good nights sleep for them and me.

Green Tea - I do not have this in the evening because for some reason I find it hard to get to sleep after I drink it.

Milk Chocolate - This also keeps me awake. I assume there is too much sugar in it.

Clean Sheets - There is something about fresh clean sheets on the bed, I always seem to get a good nights sleep on that first night of those fresh cuddly sheets. I sprinkle a little lemon grass oil on the sheets when I make the bed.

Breathe - This I know works for me. If I am a little tense and not getting to sleep I take 4 very deep breaths and I find by the time I get to the 4th one I am on my way to sleep. Make it slow and as deep as you can.

Here are some more tips that I have come to my attention

6 Top Tips For A Better Nights Sleep

Hope these suggestions help as I know there are chronic non sleepers in this world and I can only sympathize  with you because I cannot think of anything worse than not getting some form of relaxing sleep even if it only for about 4 hours. I think it has been proved that sleeping pills are not the answer and can even be worse for you as they can make you drowsy and not particularly functional during your working hours. 

Stress has a lot to answer for and as we all know stress is a cause of many problems with our health. 

Find some way to relieve your stress – Breathe, yoga, read soothing words before sleep, no murder, police tv series, find a love story on tv, have a brandy.

Good sleeping

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Yummy Energy Bites

I saw this recipe on the site of gimmesomoven and am off to the store to get the ingredients. Looks like a great lunch snack for the grandkids lunch and me of course.

Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites gimmesomeoven.com:cranberry-pistachio-energy-bites:

cranberry pistachio energy bites

Ingredients

8 oz. (about 1 packed cup) chopped dates
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds or wheat germ
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked)
1 cup shelled pistachio nuts
1 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup white chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips (optional)


Method

Combine the dates, honey, chia seeds, flax seeds and salt in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and combined. You should be able to stir the mixture — if it is too thick, add in another tablespoon or two of honey.

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the oats, pistachios, dried cranberries, and white chocolate chips until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Once the mixture is cool (and easier to work with), use a spoon or cookie scoop to shape it into your desired size of energy balls. Alternately, you can line a small baking pan with parchment paper, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bites hold their shape.)

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Deserve This? Yes we Do Just Because

I thought this was a good idea. Something to get you out of the “Dog House” or just something sweet to do for that special person. Chocolate usually always works but I am sure an email with this picture in it with the crosses in strategic boxes  would also win you points.
My husband sent me this with the crosses in strategic boxes. It worked

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Chocolate Stout Pumpkin Brownies

A goodie from the Prevention recipe of the day

INGREDIENTS
Serves: 16 Prep: 12min Cook: 38min Total: 1hr 20min

2 tbsp low-fat cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp whole-wheat pastry flour
1 tsp cinnamon, divided
6 oz bittersweet baking chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup stout beer, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cayenne powder (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan. In a bowl, stir together cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, canned pumpkin, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons flour, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; set aside.
Place chocolate and butter in a metal bowl and heat over a pot of simmering water, stirring until completely melted. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup sugar. Mix in 2 eggs, one at a time. Gently stir in 1 cup flour, cocoa powder, beer, vanilla extract, baking powder, cayenne, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

Scrape half the chocolate batter into the prepared baking pan and spread evenly. Spread half the pumpkin mixture on top, then add the remaining chocolate mixture on top of that and spread evenly. Top with the remaining pumpkin mixture. Gently swirl batter with a butter knife. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before slicing.

NUTRITIONAL FACTS PER SERVING
CALORIES 165 CAL
FAT 7.6 G
SATURATED FAT 3.8 G
SODIUM 78 MG
CARBOHYDRATES 23.9 G
TOTAL SUGARS 13.7 G
DIETARY FIBER 2.8 G
PROTEIN 3.4 G

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Great Idea to Take To A Party – Or Not!

How simple is this and a great idea.
Actually you don’t have to use strawberries. You could put melted chocolate in the ice-cube then put in raw almonds, or brazil nuts or even melted caramel. Heaps of things you could do and a great party dessert

Fill an ice-cube tray with melted chocolate. Add strawberries, add more chocolate, and cool.

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Christmas Gifts And What I Look For

I love Christmas! I may be one of the few but it is a time of the year that I can show the friends that I like to surround myself with, that I care and appreciate who they are to me. I do it with love and fun.

I don’t go overboard and buy things that are expensive because that can be embarrassing to them, especially if they did not get you a gift. The fact is I don’t want or expect anything in return it is truly in the choosing and the giving that gives me pleasure.

Of course I always buy for the immediate family. It’s a time of the year I can really spoil my Grandkids, as for my sons, and daughter in law, they usually get something functional.

I think the secret to buying Christmas Gifts is to buy something you would like yourself, that usually works.

Here are the things that I usually choose to buy.

One year magazine subscription: (Men or Women’s Health, National Geographic, readers digest)

Candles: (Whole food have some great candles that have a natural, pleasant smelling odor) One year I bought candles made from Honey wax. They were a ‘classy’ looking design and smelt fabulous in fact I notice that Whole foods have them again this year.

Chocolates: I find Costco or Sam’s have beautifully packaged chocolates for very reasonable prices. I usually buy them there for all my chocolate lover friends. Chocolate is often a treat for some because, like me we do not indulge all year, well most of the year, the reason being we are always trying to keep that spare tyre around our middle deflated as much as possible.

Gift basket: Now this is what I get for my Mum. I do it online with a reputable company every year because I send it to NZ.(The same thing can be sent anywhere in USA). It is great value and includes a bottle of wine or port, nibbles like nuts, crackers, Pate, small christmas cake in a beautifully decorated package that is delivered to her door the day before Christmas.

Body Oil: One year I bought some nice looking little bottles from the dollar store. I bought some glass paint and made a design on the bottles. I then made a batch of body oil made from various natural oils including Olive oil, Vit E oil, almond oil and an essential oil (I think it was patchouli and lavender and lemon grass, if I remember correctly) Put a bow on it and ‘Walla’. They loved it. Well they said they did.

Bracelets: This year I think I may make some bracelets. Never done it before but I am thinking that would be something I would like and because of the personal touch, my friends may like that too.

So there are some ideas you may like to think about for your Christmas gifts. I am not one for fighting the crowds in the mall and this is a quick, easy and enjoyable way to overcome your Christmas shopping hassles without spending too much money.

Doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. Just sayin’

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Chocolate Kiwi On A Stick

This looks delicious and healthy as well.

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Chocolate Lovers – Great Chocolate Beverages

To Order – Australia and New Zealand – Online-Ganoderma.com

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