Month: November 2013

Easy Thanksgiving Recipes

By Catherine McCord
CranberrySauceCranberry Orange Sauce

  • 1 bag of cranberries, washed and bruised cranberries discarded
  • 2/3 cup orange juice and or the orange pulp, removing the seeds and sections between the pulp
  • 1/3 cup agave
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  1. Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. When they reach a boil, turn the heat to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the berries start to pop.
  3. Turn off heat and cool. Remove the cinnamon stick.
  4. Serve warm or chilled.

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Holiday Travel

By Josh Kafka
Josh Kafka Owner BlisscapeThis holiday, what does the whole family really want? The perfect family vacation of course. Somewhere beautiful, with great cuisine, at a reasonable price. It’s what we all want of course.

If you haven’t organized yet, don’t panic—it’s not too late. Here are three ideas that will score mama some extra hero points with the whole fam. (more…)

Test Taking Stress Busters

By Nathalie Kunin
Nathalie KuninUSE POSITIVE VISUALIZATION. Imagine yourself succeeding. Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Visualize yourself taking a test or completing an assignment with feelings of confidence. Tell yourself: “I will do well” instead of “I hope I do well”. Smile and think to yourself: “I’ve got this.” You are relaxed and in control.

TAKE MINI-BREAKS. If you find yourself losing your focus or burning out, stop for a moment and stretch. Flex your arms and feet. Take a deep breath. Use this mini-break to help refocus your thoughts and get back to work. (more…)

Preventing the Flu

Tips on how to stay healthy during the flu season.

By Peter S. Waldstein, M.D. and Julia A. White, M.D.
For those of you who have not had the flu shot, it’s not too late. In addition to the flu shot, here are some tips to share with your family in preventing the flu from coming to your household.

JuliaPrevention of Influenza
Knowing how to protect yourself from illness this winter will be the most important way to keep your family healthy. People who have influenza are thought to be shedding the virus from around 1-2 days before symptoms appear to about 5-7 days after symptoms start. This can vary, however, especially in children. The H1N1 and seasonal influenza viruses spread through respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing. Someone then comes into contact with these and touches his/her mouth, eyes, or nose before washing the hands and becomes infected. The influenza viruses are thought to be able to live on environmental objects for several hours after being deposited. (more…)