Summer can often seem busier than other times of the year, with vacation, entertaining the kids while school's out, etc.
In the midst of all this activity, we sometimes forget that not everyone is able to do these things, particularly people who are homebound du to illness or other reasons.
That's why Meals On Wheels and More is so vital to our community, providing meals for people who are otherwise unable to cook for themselves. The organization relies on dedicated volunteers to transport 90 percent of the one million meals it distributes each year throughout the Austin area.
With summer approaching,MOWAM is facing a shortage of drivers to cover its routes, and more cancellations are expected due to summer commitments. 40 of these routes are currently open, which means they don't have regular drivers assigned to them, and are having to be covered by paid drivers. This raises administrative costs, including gas.
Meals On Wheels and More is looking for both regular and substitute drivers, particularly in north Austin and areas east of I35. If you can help, visit their website at:
For many years, scientists have cited many reasons to not drink much coffee: it causes cancer, it's addicting, it's bad for your heart, etc.
Not surprisingly, more recent studies have begun to reverse those myths, and are coming up with reasons why we SHOULD drink coffee. Alex and Terri mentioned some benefits this week on Majic In the Morning, including weight loss among women.
I happened to come across an article in USA Today that touts another excuse to have a cup o' joe: it reduces the risk of stroke, particularly among women. Read the article here:
Alex and I love our hard boiled eggs, we're addicted!! Â We are always talking about the right way to boil and egg, I found one that not only works, (I tried it this past weekend) but is fun too! Â Check it out here from "Eggwatchers"!! Check out a little preview below! Â Enjoy your incredible, edible, hard boiled eggs!!
Things have certainly been interesting here in Central texas due to the extremely cold temperatures: frozen pipes, rolling blackouts, and such. My apartment complex is being affected by the rolling blackouts, but I barely managed to still have my morning coffee and fixed a quick hot breakfast before the power shut off again.
However, especially in times like this, I realize not everyone is able to cook their own meal, particularly those who are ill and/or homebound. That's why I want to take a moment and pay tribute to the wonderful people at Meals On Wheels and More, thank them for their dedication during this cold snap, and to ask for your help on their behalf.
The good news is that meal delivery for today will take place as usual. The agency will continue to make deliveries unless inclement weather or other emergency makes it dangerous or impossible to do so.
However, many of their high-risk clients are in need of heaters and blankets, and the agency currently has none available.
If you have extras of these items and you'd like to donate, Meals On Wheels and More would greatly appreciate it. You can drop them by their Central Kitchen Headquarters at 3227 East 5th Street in Austin. For business hours and other information, call 476-6325, or visit their website at:
Be safe, and stay warm!
I'm filling in for Alex on Majic In the Morning for the next couple weeks, and Friday morning, I talked about an article that has another take on why there is increased problems with obesity in the U.S.
A White House Task Force recently released a report citing a class of chemicals in our food called endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDC's, that are making us fat.
See the entire article here:
With increasing concern over obesity among children in the U.S., it's nice to know celebrity chefs like Rachael Ray are getting on board to promote healthy eating among kids.
Find out what Ray did Thursday at a Brooklyn School by clicking here:
From Chef Tiffany and the Texas Beef Council
6 hours to overnight
* 1 beef top round steak, cut 3/4 inch thick (about 1 lb.)
* 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
* 2 cups thinly sliced carrots
* 3 cups fresh pea pods, strings removed
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* salt and black pepper
* 3 cups hot cooked jasmine rice, prepared without butter or salt
* chopped fresh cilantro
* 1/2 cup prepared plum sauce
* 2 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
* 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
* 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
* 2 Tbsp. ketchup
* 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
* 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
* 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
Combine marinade ingredients in small bowl. Place beef steak and 1/2 cup marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn steak to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or as long as overnight, turning occasionally. Cover and reserve remaining marinade in refrigerator.
Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Place steak on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, uncovered, 8 to 9 minutes for medium rare doneness, turning occasionally and basting with some of the reserved marinade during last 2 to 3 minutes of grilling. Remove; keep warm.
Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add carrots; stir-fry 5 minutes. Add pea pods and garlic; stir-fry 2 minutes.
Carve steak into thin slices. Season with salt and black pepper, as desired. Place remaining marinade in small saucepan; heat until warm. Serve with steak, vegetables and rice. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.
To broil, place steak on rack in broiler pan so surface of beef is 2 to 3 inches from heat. Broil 12 to 13 minutes for medium rare doneness, turning once. To easily remove pea pod strings, slightly cut corner of pod with pairing knife and peel back string.
Nutrition information per serving: 496 calories; 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat); 61mg cholesterol; 531 mg sodium; 66 g carbohydrate; 6.2 g fiber; 36 g protein; 8.4 mg niacin; 0.8 mg vitamin B6; 1.5 mcg vitamin B12; 6.9 mg iron; 43.0 mcg selenium; 6.1 mg zinc.
Lisa Starr was in today for today for Wet Nose Wednesday (your chance to adopt a dog or cat from the Austin Humane Society) and she brought along these great tips and I just wanted to pass them along!Halloween Safety Tips for Your Pets
Halloween is a time of fun and excitement for children, adults and even pets. However, for many family pets it is also a time filled with stress, fear and anxiety. While dressing up is fun for people, sometimes dogs and cats can become scared by face make-up and costumes, causing them to react in a frightened manner. To ensure a safe and fun Halloween for your pets, family, and your trick-or-treaters, the Austin Humane Society recommends the following options for Halloween pet safety:
Prior to the arrival of trick-o-treaters:Take Your Dog for a Walk: By doing so, your dog will burn off some extra energy and feel slightly more relaxed before the evening begins.
During and After Halloween events:
Contain the dog and cat inside the house. Crate the dog and put the cat/kitten is a safe place with the door closed: Dogs need to feel secure while also protecting their domain. To ensure a safe evening for your family and trick-or-treaters, consider crating your dog with his favorite blanket and soft chew toys. Place your cat in a separate room, with the door closed. With the front door opening and closing frequently to trick or treaters, a cat and/or small dog can easily run out the front door. Be sure to leave plenty of food, water and toys to keep your dog or cat occupied and re-assure them often by visiting the room.
Backyard: We strongly recommend your dog not be permitted to roam through the backyard as this may disturb or frighten trick-o-treaters approaching your home. Additionally, the dog may become highly frustrated and anxious as the number of individuals entering your premises and, unfortunately, in rare cases, the dog may suffer injury or harm as they may try to dig under or jump the fence.
Place All Candy Out of Reach: Because chocolate can be fatal to dogs and cats, move all candy out of their reach. Additionally, be sure all candy wrappers and foil are discarded properly as wrappers and foil can result in intestinal blockage or suffocation if your pet consumes it. If you suspect your pet ate any amount of candy or digested wrappers, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Decorations: Because dogs can be overly excitable during the Halloween events, it is highly recommended that all Halloween decorations be removed from any area in which the dog may come in contact. Of particular concern are items which the dog may hit with a wagging tail or candles which may have been lit through the night.
More Halloween Factors to Consider:
1. People in costumes. Even familiar friends and beloved family members can be frightening to a pet when in costume. Or, your pet may mistake a costume for a toy and tug or jump on you or a child.
2. Costumes for pets. Nothing is cuter than a pup or kitty in costume, but be sure the costumes are safe! Tight fitting costumes (with or without elastic) can be a choking hazard. Loose pieces can be chewed off or swallowed, causing an intestinal obstruction that needs expensive surgery to correct.
3. Open doors. Don't open the door if your pet is nearby and can escape. Even the best behaved pet can become confused or agitated with a lot of children coming and going on Halloween. Make sure your pets are wearing collars with ID tags and current rabies tags -- just in case they make a break for it through an open door.
4. Unusual noises. Laughing trick-or-treaters, people screaming when they get scared -- these can make your pet anxious and unsettled. A frightened dog can snarl or snap at strangers or friends.
5. Candles. Keep an eye on lit candles, especially when your pets are around. A curious cat can burn a paw or tail on a lit candle.
6. Mischief makers. Local troublemakers may be out in full force smashing pumpkins, wrapping houses in toilet paper, tossing eggs at cars or even taunting pets.
I love the Tax Free weekend!Â It is such a great way to save money just before the school year begins!Â Tomorrow is just got sweeter with a great special at Krispy Kreme donuts!Â Enjoy!!
That's right a dozen donuts for just 99 cents!!Â Remember to be safe while you are out shopping.Â Here are a few be safe rules to not only practice this weekend but anytime!
Tips to safe this Tax Free Weekend.
* Shop during daylight hours. If you must shop at night, go with a companion.
* Avoid wearing expensive jewelry that could attract thieves.
* Men should carry a wallet in a front pocket. Women should be sure to hold a purse close to the body and on the inside if walking in a pair.
* Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Use checks or credit cards.
* Donât overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have a clear sightline.
* Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Any time of the year, con artists may try various methods to distract you.
* Park in a well-lighted space, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and take the keys with you when you leave.