This is perfect for football season…a football-shaped meatloaf!
Use your favorite meatloaf recipe (or use the one below) and form it into a football shape with a nice ketchup-based sauce and cheese strips for the lacing.
How yummy and fun is that? Your friends and family will be impressed with your creativity. This football-shaped meatloaf is sure to please the “foodies” in the group!
Recipe makes 8 servings
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 cup milk
1 cup dried bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1/3 cup ketchup
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, onion, milk and bread OR cracker crumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 5×9 inch loaf pan, OR form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish.
3. In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour.
5. The finishing touch is cheese strips for the lacing.
(A variation to this football-shaped meatloaf is to substitute some of the ground beef with ground turkey.)
This Football-shaped Meatloaf is sure to please your party guests!
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Yes, you can Prevent a Stroke.
It starts with some simple things to do and don’t do.
80% of strokes can be prevented. Age, family history, and ethnicity factors cannot be controlled.
You can reduce your chances of a stroke by taking simple steps – Monitor your blood pressure, see your health care provider for evaluation and possibly medications to get to a healthy number.
Other ways to prevent a stroke:
1) Don’t smoke
2) Get tested for diabetes
3) Get your cholesterol and triglyceride levels checked
4) Maintain a healthy weight
5) Limit alcohol to one drink per day
6) Lower your stress levels
Did you know that certain risk factors can increase your chances of having a stroke?
Here are guidelines to follow to help you prevent a stroke:
Identify – Review your risk factors and identify your personal risk.
Reduce your risk factors – Work to reduce your stroke risk by lifestyle changes and possibly necessary medication.
Recognize and Respond – Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke. Memorize the four points of the “FAST” symptoms shown below.
F – FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A – ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S – SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
T – TIME: If you observe any of these signs, Call 9-1-1 Immediately.
You may have identified personal risk factors. If so, work with your healthcare provider to reduce your personal risk.
Some risk factors for stroke are simply not controllable. Learn more about the age, gender, ethnicity, and other factors that are most at risk for stroke.
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Looking for Creative Bookshelves?
Look no more!
Here are several DIY very creative bookshelves that offer much needed storage for books as well as for displays. They are, indeed, functional as well as attractive!
These bookshelves also add a touch of character to your home. The best part is that these are beginner projects.
Which one is your favorite?
READ Creative Bookshelf
Bookshelves with Wine Bottles
All of these bookshelves have a unique twist which is sure to please you and the other book readers in your life! They are a good way to give your decor a little twist. Nothing outlandish, but making DIY projects that are just a little different creates a home with personality.
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Enjoy These Creative Bookshelves DIY Projects!
There’s no doubt that Winter is upon us, and you will love these crock pot recipes. The colder weather calls for warm, home cooked meals, doesn’t it?
These are the days when your crock pot becomes your best friend! “Throw-all-the-ingredients-in-and-walk-away” is definitely my kind of recipe!
We’ve gathered some of the best “comfort food” recipes for you to enjoy below! Just click on each title for the recipe. Enjoy!
1. Crock Pot Tater Tot Casserole
These Crock Pot Recipes will all be “go to” recipes for years to come!
Another Delicious Recipe: Cranberry Bread
Aging in Place!
What is that?
Have you thought about what and how it applies to all of us Over 50?
From a Senior Resource Website to further define the term “Aging in Place”:
“We are using the term “aging in place” in reference to living where you have lived for many years, or to living in a non-healthcare environment, and using products, services and conveniences to enable you to not have to move as circumstances change.”
As people grow older, a significant concern is that they may have to leave their home. They like their comfortable setting in a familiar community and the many memories that go along with it.
They feel that a certain amount of control is lost when a person leaves their home. They want to have “control” which is the basis of their feelings of dignity, independence and quality of life. One’s home is a strong element in the sense of security.
There are several reasons for this strong aging preference:
1. Comfortable Environment
2. Feelings of Independence
3. Safety and Security
4. Familiar Environment
5. In close proximity to family
6. Convenience to Services
We also want to address the basic challenges of aging. Some of them are subtle and not so obvious. However, they usually include some of the following:
To keep all of this in perspective, here are the facts!
In 2000, there were just over 35 million American citizens aged 65 or older. By 2030, according to the US Census Board, there will be about 70 million Americans aged 65 or older. It makes this age group almost 20% of the total US population.
Living in an “Aging in Place” home may be a wise choice!
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Today we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the historical civil rights leader. His birthday is actually on January 15, but is observed on the third Monday of January each year. King was an American Baptist minister and a leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
King is best known for his role in civil rights in using nonviolent civil disobedience which were based on his Christian beliefs. He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott. King helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957 and served as its first president.
He helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1963 he helped organize the March on Washington where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
In October 1964, King was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. During the final years of his life, he expanded his focus towards improving poverty levels and the Vietnam War.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., called the Poor Peoples Campaign. However, he was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee before that event took place.
Martin Luther King was awarded two honors posthumously – the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.
The federal holiday to honor Dr. King was created by a bill signed by President Ronald Reagan on November 2, 1983.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was dedicated in 2011.
A point of interest – King’s legal name at birth was Michael instead of Martin (his father’s name was Michael as well). The elder King changed his and his son’s name in honor of the German reformer Martin Luther after attending the Fifth Baptist World Alliance Congress in Berlin in 1943.
To celebrate this special day, King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech text can be found by clicking the link provided below.
Click Link for “I Have a Dream” speech.
Your humor for today!
This is a great video of what creative, retired guys do in their spare time!
This is your dose of humor for today…hope you enjoyed it!
Oh, no…arthritis pain! Sooner or later, according to statistics, those Over 50 will be dealing with some sort of arthritis pain in their bodies.
Did you know? Within 20 years the numbers of those affected by this debilitating disease are projected to soar as more and more Americans turn 65 each day. By the year 2030, an estimated 67 million Americans will have arthritis unless the trend is reversed. This is reported by the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).
However, there are ways to combat it:
“Arthritis affects approximately 50 million people in the United States, according to the Arthritis Foundation. It is the second most frequently reported chronic condition in the United States. It costs the U.S. economy $128 billion annually. Gain insight on natural ways to help ease the pain of one of the nation’s leading and most costly health ailments.”
Did you know? Arthritis strikes 1 in every 5 American adults. It is the nation’s leading cause of disability. But, be encouraged! You can use natural remedies to help ease the pain of arthritis!
Dr. Jones-Born provides tips on how to help ease arthritis pain using natural remedies. Remember to consult your health care provider to determine the right exercise plan and diet for specific health conditions.
Natural ways to help ease arthritis pain:
1 Weight Loss
2 Chiropractic Care
3 Fish, Green Tea and Ginger
5 Physical Therapy
6 Regular Exercise
7 Vitamin C and Flavonoids
8 Glucosamine and Chondroitin
10 Capsaicin (Chili Pepper) Cream
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers the following tips to help baby boomers avoid injuries:
Remember, variety is a virtue. Include in your fitness program several different kinds of exercises. Aerobic activity and strength training will help you keep your joints strong and flexible. This will help you reduce the risk of injury, especially from overuse. Source…
Listen to your body. Your joints will let you know when you’ve gone too far.
Living with arthritis can sometimes lead to extreme anxiety and depression. Professional counseling or an arthritis-specific support group will give you an outlet to talk about your emotions. They will also provide you with coping mechanisms.
So, what is your coffee preference?
How do you like your coffee? With cream and sugar, flavored, a complicated mixture of things, or straight-up black?
These coffee preferences may best describe your personality.
Whether you have a cup of coffee in your hand all day or just need a little boost in the morning, how you drink your coffee and what kind of coffee you drink says a lot about your personality.
1) Those people who take cream and sugar with their coffee are good at being pleasant and small talk. If you don’t have anything nice to say, you can just sit back and sip your coffee.
2) Then there are the folks who need flavored coffee. Sure, a peppermint flavor or a little hazelnut can have its place once in a while, but it’s not an everyday flavor. You’re the kind of person who needs to mix it up all the time and always have a surprise in store!
3) If your coffee type is a complicated one that’s ordered in a coffee shop where you need to say several words to describe it, my guess is that you’re the type of person who showers and puts on makeup before heading to the gym. Well, maybe that’s not all bad!!
4) For those of you who drink straight-up black coffee, I’m assuming you’re a get-it-done person. No muss, no fuss. You take your coffee straight up, and you dish it out straight, too. Chances are I’d have a coffee with you.
The kind of coffee – Dark Roast, French Vanilla, Dark Roast Decaf and everything in between will be left for another time. Frankly, for me it depends on my mood and the time of day as to the kind of coffee I prefer…although, I don’t like it too strong!
So…What about you? How do you like your coffee…what is your coffee preference? Leave a ‘Comment’ below!
DIY furniture projects are an excellent way to use your creative abilities and turn old, used and salvaged furniture pieces into beautiful, usable pieces of furniture.
By visiting second-hand stores, garage and yard sales as well as moving sales, you can find those pieces of furniture that need a new life!
Don’t pass up a bedraggled piece of furniture at a yard sale or thrift shop. You never know how beautiful they can look with a ‘make over’!
We have two ideas for you that prove that an idea and a little elbow grease will result in stunning pieces of furniture.
Here are two DIY furniture projects that turned out great!
Turn an older dresser into a bookshelf…a coat of paint, minus the drawers does the trick!
You can turn a thrift store end table into a creative chess table for children.
Use a foam roller to get a smooth painted surface.
An interesting note – the chess pieces were painted by children for their school’s yearly auction.
This chess board can also be used as a checker’s board. And, the drawer can be used to store the game pieces.
We would love to hear from you on ideas you would like us to investigate and write about.