Apr 29, 2011

Have you ever heard of Vulvar Cancer?

Today I was reading a web page at one of my favorite sites...a daughter shares her mother's experience with Vulvar Cancer, and she did lose her Mom, as she was dealing with other health issues and took a while to get to the doctor to have symptoms she was having checked. SO important to act quickly when you aren't sure whether something doesn't look or feel right.

I had never heard of this type of cancer before, and appreciated the detail with which this woman explained the disease that is unique to women. Because it seems that so few know about it, I want to share a link to her page, where it shares early signs of the disease that you might take for granted, and we know how important early detection is with cancer. 

Updated 3/29/16

Here is her page, My Mother's Fight with Vulvar Cancer. I hope it helps someone, gaining much more knowledge has helped me.

Apr 17, 2011

Considering Changing Over to Organic Olive Oil

Extra Virgin Olive oil, now often called "EVOO", is the only oil I use as a cooking oil. We have an oil and vinegar salad set with olive oil in the oil bottle, and balsamic vinegar in the vinegar bottle to sprinkle on our salads. Except for occasionally seasoning a dish with Sesame Oil, olive oil is really the only oil that we have in the house. This is because I am convinced that the olive oil is beneficial to the health, a reason why many more are using olive oil than ever before.

I must admit that I haven't gone out of my way to find organic olive oil, but maybe it is something to be considered.  How oils are processed and how they are bottled can have an affect on their quality. I do make sure that the oils I purchase are cold-pressed, as heat processing can destroy some of the valuable nutrients.  I store ours in a cool dark cabinet and purchase in darkened glass bottles as light can affect the taste and quality of the oil.  I have tried to keep olive oil in the refrigerator, but it tends to harden. Some suggest using and unopened bottle of olive oil within a year, and an opened one within 6 months.

Olive oil is high in fat content, but the healthy kind of fat that is beneficial to the heart. It contains monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). This type of fat is better than saturated fat and trans fats. Still, because of it's high fat content, it is best to use it as an alternative to other fats in recipes than in addition too.  For example, rather than slathering butter on bread, some now enjoy dipping in seasoned olive oil.

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To me, it's easy to see why so many have turned to olive oil as their oil of choice, and now I have to take some time to explore the increased benefits of organic olive oil.

Apr 9, 2011

Mouth-Watering Meals Using Campbells Recipes

Many years ago, I had a Campbells soup recipe cookbook that I loved. It got miss-placed, and I was so excited when one was available at a garage sale I went to. It had so many easy and delicious recipes using various soups by Campbells. I was working out of the home at the time, and loved the crock pot recipes that were so easy to make and tasted so good when the soup suggested in the recipe was added.

That was before the internet and home computers...and now computers that you carry around with you in your cell phones. Now I can find these mouth-watering Campbells recipes online so easily. I just visited the link I shared, and must have the slow cooker chicken with dumplings recipe I saw using a Campbells soup in it before the the cool weather leaves us here in the Northeast. I tend to think winter and crock pots go together, though that's not necessarily so, as using them does not heat up the kitchen as much in the summer. They are great times savers and it's so nice to come home to a home-cooked meal ready to eat after a long day of work.

There were many casserole recipes, another way to cook that is quick...a number of the casseroles I make can be cooked in the microwave. Then there are the budget Campbells recipes, who doesn't live on a budget these days? I know I do. Even the soups alone are a great meal on a budget, popular flavors in the USA being Campbells Tomato, which I love with a grilled cheese sandwich; Cream of Mushroom which is in my personal opinion one of the most common soups used in casseroles and similar dishes, and Chicken Noodle Soup.

It was great to be given the opportunity to write about Campbells Recipes, both because it brought back many memories and provided me a source to find some old favorite recipes online.  I found over 20 Casserole recipes, about 20 budget recipes from Campbells, 20 main course recipes (I am feeling very hungry about now looking through these recipes!), and some new pork chop recipes to try.  My husband will be happy about that, he loves pork chops, but I've been cooking them the same way for a long time. 

Updated 3/28/16

I'm excited!  Can't wait to try some of these easy meals.