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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

My Grandson Zach's first commercial professional film premiere

This past April was the world premiere of  Zach's film 'Dead Rush'! It played at the Canadian Film Fest and was a huge success.

Your Favorite Meat Loaf

This is the iconic, traditional meat loaf like your mom used to make (or that you wished your mom would make). Mix the ingredients gently, just until combined, and don't compact the meat when shaping the loaf for best results. For extra pizzazz, garnish with parsley.
 Serves 4 (serving size: 2 slices)        Total time: 57 Minutes

Cooking spray
1/2        cup chopped onion
6            tablespoons ketchup, divided
1/2       cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/4       cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1           teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3/4      teaspoon dried oregano
1/4      teaspoon salt
1/4      teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1           pound ground sirloin
1           large egg white

1.     Preheat oven to 350°.
2.     Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion to pan; cook 6 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Combine onion, 3 tablespoons ketchup, and remaining ingredients in a bowl, and gently stir just until combined.
3.     Place meat mixture on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; shape into an 8 x 4-inch loaf. Brush top of loaf with remaining 3 tablespoons ketchup. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160°. Let stand 10 minutes; cut into 8 slices.

Wine Pairing: 
Trivento, Amado Sur, Argentina  is a soft, malbec-based red blend with mild tannins, yet it's hearty enough to stand up to the flavorful meat loaf. The wine's ripe fruit and toasted oak match up with the combo of sweet ketchup and tangy-salty Worcestershire sauce. -
Heart Healthy

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Canadian physician objects to Donald Trump's glaring and apalling ignorance about abortion

Canadian physician debunks Donald Trump's glaring and obvious ignorance about abortion 

Dr. Wendy Norman  was disappointed, but not surprised as she listened to Donald Trump describe Hillary Clinton’s views on abortion. He said she advocates, “In the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby,” at the U.S. presidential debate on Wednesday. 
“The inaccuracies are glaring and obvious and they are akin to many inaccuracies we’ve heard from this particular candidate,” said Norman, a family physician and chair of Family Planning Public Health Research at the University of British Columbia.  
The terms “partial-birth abortion” and “late-term abortion,” which the moderator used in his question, are not medically accurate, Norman explained.
“The word ‘term’ refers to the time between 37 weeks and 42 weeks, when it’s safe and normal for a baby to be born. There are no abortions happening then … and abortions are not ‘birth’ processes,” she said.
What pro-life advocates call “partial-birth abortion” is a dilation and extraction  method. It’s one method of several — along with dilation and evacuation and inducing labour —  used in second-trimester abortions (13-27 weeks of pregnancy). Most commonly, it's done when there’s been a diagnosis of devastating or fatal birth defects and a full autopsy is needed or parents want a body to grieve over.
The procedure is perfectly legal in Canada, but banned in the U.S., with some exceptions.
“These are necessary procedures,” Norman said. “Women who are unfortunate enough to be faced with this decision at that (later) point in their pregnancy usually have a number of calamities.”
Cases with “something really devastating about the fetus” — like a skull with no brain growing — make up the majority, she said.
Rarely, the fetus is fine but the mother has faced “significant barriers to access care,” like severe domestic violence, incest, or being so young that the pregnancy was diagnosed late because the girl had “no idea what was happening to her,” Norman said.
Canada has gotten better at providing access to abortions in the second trimester over the past decade, she added, but there’s room to improve.
Access is limited in rural and remote areas. Easier access to medical abortion — such as by allowing pharmacists to dispense the abortion drug Mifegymiso — would reduce travel-related delays and ultimately the need for abortions later in pregnancy, Norman said.
In contrast to the United States, “Society in Canada has always supported the best health for women and families … we base policy and the provision of care upon the best evidence.” These decisions are scrupulously and very carefully made, the health and well being of the mother and her family being the first priority.
Mr Trump does more harm than good in this world. Be afraid.

Maxy sez : 6 Spices for a Type 2 Diabetes Diet

 Flavor With a Side of Diabetes Health

Who knew a diabetes diet could lead to fun exploration of your green thumb and your global palate? Type 2 diabetes cooking can be both tasty and healthy once you learn about the health benefits of certain spices. “Spices should take the place of sodium in your diet, and they have health benefits — they’re rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds,” says Juli Adelman, LD, CDE, with the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. “I encourage people with type 2 diabetes to grow their own herb gardens and boost up their spice racks.”

Many herbs, such as parsley, mint, and dill, pack a flavor punch that simply makes eating or drinking more pleasurable, while others could help with managing type 2 diabetes. Enjoy eating and growing herbs and spices; just don’t consider them a substitute for other type 2 diabetes treatment. “Moderation is key,” says Gustavo Ortega Jr., RD, with Kaiser Permanente 
in West Los Angeles. “The idea is to use spices as part of a balanced diet instead of as a supplement.”

Here are six spices that can make your diabetes-friendly meals more tasty and healthy.
“Basil has a lot of flavonoids and goes well with tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and mozzarella,” Adelman says. Eating plenty of basil may improve blood pressure control, according to a research roundup published in April 2014 in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences. High blood pressure can be a concern with type 2 diabetes. Two of three people with diabetes have high blood pressure, according to the American Diabetes Association, so it might be worth growing a basil plant to enhance your meals.
“Cinnamon is an antioxidant that’s been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce fasting blood sugars,” says Ortega. Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that can prevent or slow cell damage, according to the National Institutes of Health. Cinnamon’s ability to improve insulin sensitivity is highlighted in a review of plant-based compounds for people with diabetes. The review appeared in November 2014 in the International Journal of Molecular Science. Adelman suggests adding cinnamon to oatmeal or mixing it into chili and stew.
Garlic appears to be linked with lower fasting blood glucose levels, according to an analysis published in December 2015 in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Adelman suggests including it in hummus, mashing cooked garlic into cauliflower, or adding cooked garlic to steamed spinach. Garlic may thin your blood or interact with medications, so talk to your doctor or pharmacist before incorporating it into your diet. In general, always check with your doctor or a dietitian about your nutritional needs before making any changes to your diet, Ortega says.
“Rosemary is an antioxidant and best when used with bell peppers, legumes, or cabbage,” Ortega says. It also goes well with fish and lean meats, like chicken breast. Rosemary is a hearty herb that you can grow and maintain in a pot or garden, and research suggests it may have anti-inflammatory and other beneficial properties.
Tiny thyme leaves deliver strong flavor to roasts and sauces and go well in many dishes, from eggs to soups. Thyme is also rich in antioxidants, according to a laboratory study of the plant published in August 2015 in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Turmeric is a yellow spice often used in Indian and Middle Eastern dishes like curries. Turmeric may improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels, according to research published in October 2014 in the International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. Add turmeric to stir-fry, lentil soup, or sprinkle it into chicken or tuna salad (with yogurt instead of mayo as the base) for a zesty twist.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Baby tells mom " I love you"


Awesome hubby

(Facebook/Kate Douglas)

Scott Douglas works hard to provide for his family. And he admits that sometimes, there’s nothing better than “clocking off” and calling it a day. But for his wife Kate, a stay-at-home mom, there is no clocking off.

After noticing that she had had a particularly tough day, he penned an open letter to her on Facebook letting her know just how much he appreciates all the things that she does — and the Internet is totally smitten.

“I get home and see my beautiful wife worn out, tired, frustrated and overwhelmed by the challenges of being a mum. Unlike me she has no set hour to clock off or rewarded with overtime or bonuses for all the extra work and effort she has put in during the day. She doesn’t accumulate sick leave, annual leave or long service, no weekly super or weekend, no looking forward to a public holiday to shorten her week.”

He explains what her day looks like, and how most days she probably doesn’t feel like she made a difference.

“When you see a bad day, I see an amazing women who never calls in sick, never quits, never turns her back on the hard days and who has the power to go to bed knowing it will happen all again tomorrow. You are an amazing and fabulous mother, even though it doesn’t seem like it, you are the greatest thing in these boys’ lives and we love you, for everything you do.”

Kate was so touched by the post that she shared it on popular mommy blogger Constance Hall’s Facebook page, where it’s been shared more than 10,000 times.
Many were touched by the gesture and some even shared their own struggles with being a stay at home mom.

“I’m a single mother to four children, I study full time (almost finished my graduate diploma in education!) and have my kids full time. This brought me to tears because my ex husband will never understand what I do, all on my own. To hear a simple thanks for raising our children on your own would make my day!” said Nicole ML.

“What a man! The fact that he not only shows his appreciation but manages to lift her up and help her feel worthwhile! Being a mum is the hardest job in the world but must be a bit easier knowing your husband notices and appreciate you,” shared Kate Bektas.

“I had a bad day with my 2 last week…my amazing husband walks in the door from a 10 hour day (we run our own business) took one look at me and took the kids for a walk down to the park so I could relax and gather myself! Made me appreciate him so much,” said Tamsyn Mogg.
Guys...tell her how much you appreciate her once in a while and take the kids out for ice-cream and a walk to the nearest playground. You will never regret it.