31

So I turned 31 today. My hubby has been in England for 2 weeks. My kids drove me nuts today. We went on a 1 1/2 hr walk/lunch deal and took 4 hrs…
I made myself an almond cake with rum and almond flavored icing.
Last week, I had a gathering for done friends and had shrimp…(which I can have when hubby is around)….

Today, was not my best birthday ever… But I do realize how fortunate I am to have my wonderful husband, heathen children and a really blessed life.
Life is good….

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Pizza crust

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/jays-signature-pizza-crust/

I love the above recipe!!!
Note however that the dough comes out very sticky. I usually handle with olive oiled hands….
Oh and I sub 1 cup of all purpose flour with whole wheat flour.

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

Directions
In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes.
Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of the flour.
Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour. Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Use for your favorite pizza recipe.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). If you are baking the dough on a pizza stone, you may place your toppings on the dough, and bake immediately. If you are baking your pizza in a pan, lightly oil the pan, and let the dough rise for 15 or 20 minutes before topping and baking it.
Bake pizza in preheated oven, until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Peer pressure quote

When people get immersed in a culture with strong new memes, it tends to be a sink-or-swim proposition. Either you change your mind, succumbing to peer pressure and adopting the new memes as your own, or you struggle with the extremely uncomfortable feeling of being surrounded by people who think you’re crazy or inadequate. The fact that you probably think the same about them is little consolation.

RICHARD BRODIE, Virus of the Mind

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Are you mom enough?

I admit I have not nor will I read the article but I’ve read the controversy surrounding it.

http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,20120521,00.html

http://lightbox.time.com/2012/05/10/parenting/

http://m.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/why-are-women-hell-bent-on-destroying-each-other-20120514-1ylnm.html

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/05/14/health/are-you-mom-enough-mothers-react-to-times-breast-feeding-cover/

While the Time cover is certainly provocative, it’s also somewhat misleading, as the article focuses largely on the life of attachment parenting guru William Sears and the impetus for his 1992 “The Baby Book” book, which has sold 1.5 million copies and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The Orange County, Calif., pediatrician believes children are more likely to thrive both physically and emotionally when reared in a child-centered environment that includes breast-feeding long past the first year and sharing a family bed.

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Circumcision(warning graphic)

(added: http://www.drmomma.org/2012/05/cameron-diaz-on-circumcision.html?m=1)

(I have not proof read)

circumcisions be they done with a clamp like the gomco or a ring like the plastibell start like this.
There is no “cut free” method.
When does a child’s rights begin? Does it depend on the sex or the child? Does it depend on the body part?
Can I have my daughter’s labia removed without medical need? Can I have my son’s earlobes removed because of may parental beliefs or preferences?
Circumcision is not medically necessary in most cases. Rarely, will an adult human male get circumcised due to medical need.
The foreskin protects and lubricates the head of the penis. It is not a birth defect.
American obsession with a circumcised penis is a cultural defect.
No man or woman, circumcised or intact is better or less than the other…. However, each person cut or whole deserves the right to make the decision regarding their body, their future sex life, their own body/genital preference.
Parents, our only “choice” is to protect of children, get them medical attention when necessary and love and provide for them…. Not subject them to an optional medically unnecessary and painful surgery and recovery (and future side effects) because it fits with a cultural perception of “normal”
Cultural perceptions change but creation and/or evolution has not changed that foreskins belong on mammals… Humans are mammals, humans have foreskin, the foreskin is not a defect or a disease….

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(I have not proof read)

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Bread machine experiment

today, I used this recipe again: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-bread-machine-bread/

“allrecipes.com recipe:
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 (.25 ounce) package bread machine yeast (I usually do 2 tsp of reg bread yeast)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt”

BUT: I altered it…. I did not preprep the yeast. I used 2 3/4 cups of all purpose flour, 1tsp of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 packages of Quaker apple cinnamon instant oatmeal, 1 3/4 tsp of yeast and 1 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/3 cup of coconut oil, the rest of the recipe is the same as the link above….

I ran the mix through the bread machine twice (the first tine through it had an hr and 43 mins left but i reset it and allowed it to rise and cook on rapid bake the second time)

It was divine. Light and still fluffy, tasting and smelling slightly of apple.

(my measurement are approximate not exact)

Update: today 5/16/12:
I used the original recipe without prepping the yeast….
Added 1 1/2 tsp dried diced onions, 2 tsp garlic powder, 3 small sprigs of rosemary (bruised the leaves)…
Needed more garlic and rosemary but it was delicious…

$4 bread machine

I’ve been busy baking! I found a $4 used bread machine at a thrift shop…. It’s wonderful! Now I just need to find the best recipe for my taste buds…. I’ve baked 4 different loaves…. I need to find a less dense recipe…..

So far this is the best recipe… I don’t prep the yeast though first as I’m too afraid of over flow….
I’ve cooked it in the oven (yeast ore-prepped” and in the bread machine using the standard operating procedure of yeast in the. Read machine.
Both ways came out yummy…
Both ways I put slices of salted butter on top pre- bake after rise….
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-bread-machine-bread/Detail.aspx

Copy/paste: Opinion: Lawmakers clueless about circumcision research Posted on 01 May 2012.

completely copy-pasted the below article : http://www.healthpolicysolutions.org/2012/05/01/opinion-lawmakers-clueless-about-circumcision-research/

“Categorized | Legislation, News, Opinion, Public Health Issues
Opinion: Lawmakers clueless about circumcision research
Posted on 01 May 2012.

By Jere DeBacker
“A remedy for masturbation which is almost always successful in small boys is circumcision. The operation should be performed by a surgeon without administering an anesthetic, as the pain attending the operation will have a salutary effect upon the mind, especially if it is connected with the idea of punishment.”
John Harvey Kellogg, in his book “Treatment for Self-abuse and Its Effects” 1888

This is child abuse by today’s standard, but it was embraced as the norm in the late 19th century. This is the root of circumcision in this country today.
Each year, as people learned that the latest claim didn’t work, a new disease was introduced that circumcision would cure. Dr. Paul M. Fleiss states, “In fact, no procedure in the history of medicine has been claimed to cure and prevent more diseases than circumcision.”
There is still confusion and much ignorance on this subject. Just last week, Sen. Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, was e-mailing constituents saying, “Reliable studies prove that male circumcision reduces instances of infectious disease, some congenital obstructive urinary tract anomalies, neurogenic bladder, spina bifida and urinary tract infections. ”
Shaffer continued to dispense this fiction despite having been challenged previously by Dr. Mat Masem, who stated, “There are rare therapeutic indications for male circumcision, which generally relate to pathologic conditions of the foreskin. However, a number of the conditions you mentioned as being positively affected by circumcision have absolutely nothing to do with the foreskin. Spina bifida is an anomaly of the spine; congenital obstructive urinary tract anomalies are related to urethral strictures or other abnormalities of the urinary tract; and neurogenic bladder is a neurological condition. ”
Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, was on the Senate floor last Thursday telling her colleagues that there is a link between reduced cervical cancer and circumcision. Excuse me? The American Cancer Society states: “Research suggesting a pattern in the circumcision status of partners of women with cervical cancer is methodologically flawed, outdated and has not been taken seriously in the medical community for decades.” It concludes by saying: “Perpetuating the mistaken belief that circumcision prevents cancer is inappropriate.”
Dr. Aguilar must have missed the memo.
Sen. Joyce Foster, D-Denver, the instigator of this bill, is repeating her mantra that “This is not about religion.” For her, it is about religion. No one is trying to change her faith, but the State of Colorado cannot and must not be paying to justivy her religious rituals, either.
All the senators who have been pushing this bill so hard will fail to tell you that although America has the highest number of sexually active cut men in the world, we also have the highest rates of STDs and HIV in the developed world as well. Circumcision has proven over and over again that it does not cure or prevent disease. Education, behavior, condoms and vaccines prevent disease.
Rep. Lois Court, D-Denver, the House sponsor of this bill, thinks that circumcision is some kind of special gift that bestows mainstream American-hood on poor boys and that we just can’t deny this important medical “choice” to poor families just because of money. Well, her old mid-1900s paradigm worked for her in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and she hasn’t needed or wanted to change it since then. Ironically, mainstream America is changing it for her and fast going the other direction. Young, educated, more affluent and technologically savvy parents are saying NO to circumcision in record numbers.
In the last century, the truth about circumcision was very hard to find. Americans, including experts in medical schools had forgotten everything about the foreskin, its functions, the long-term complications of neonatal surgery and the reasons circumcision started in the first place.
In today’s world, in five minutes anyone with a smart phone can look up the history of circumcision, and the functions of the perfectly evolved, multi-purpose foreskin. They can see the horrendous complications and the long-term implications of circumcision and they say NO and they take their whole baby home, without any problems, just like the other 70-80 percent of the world’s people.
Please consider abandoning the old paradigm, if you are still embracing it. Read a book, go to a website, watch a video or documentary, talk with a doctor who has done her last circumcisio, or talk with a victim of circumcision complications. Be a leader.
Make sure that Colorado is not endorsing circumcision for poor people who don’t always have the time, energy or resources to discover what their more affluent brothers are learning quickly and enthusiastically. The young men of the next generation will thank you.
Jere DeBacker is a Realtor and a player piano technician, who has been associated with NOCIRC for over 30 years.
Opinions communicated in Solutions represent the view of individual authors, and may not reflect the position of the University of Colorado Denver or the University of Colorado system.”