Edition: 2019 Vol. 2 February
Quick Snippet of an old Favorite
Daffy Duck, a talent agent, attempts to force Porky Pig, a producer, to sign his latest client, a child duck called "Sleepy" Lagoon.
The joke here is that Daffy's vaudevillian-style performance of his client's abilities is much more flamboyant and interesting than what Lagoon can actually do. Until Lagoon sings of course.
Q: Is the African-American woman who plays Roger Murtaugh's wife on the "Lethal Weapon" TV series the same woman who plays the interim director on "NCIS: Los Angeles," the one who replaced Hetty? I say she's the same actress, but my wife says no. If not, she looks like she could be her identical twin. -- Ed. S., New York
A: It's hard to believe that "Lethal Weapon" already is in its third season on FOX. It's always a risk when a TV series is based on a well-known hit movie of the same name, but enough time has passed since Mel Gibson and Danny Glover starred in the original film that comparisons don't have to be made.
As for Murtaugh's (Damon Wayons) wife, Trish, I have to say your wife is right on this one. She's played by actress Keesha Sharp, while Nia Long plays Assistant Director Shay Mosley on "NCIS: Los Angeles." I do agree with you that they look very much alike, but they're not related. However, they both were born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Q: I really enjoy watching Alan Cumming and was especially excited to see him star in "Instinct." Is that show over? Is there any chance of seeing him in new episodes? -- A.V.
A: Yes, the multitalented Scottish-American actor is smart enough to get in on a crime procedural drama. CBS's "Instinct," based on James Patterson's novel "Murder Games," started as a mid-season series with 13 episodes that ended in July 2018.
The good news is that it's been renewed for a second season, which likely will start in spring or early summer 2019. Cumming will be back, and a new cast member has been added, actress Reshma Shetty. She'll play an old love interest of Naveen Andrew's character. Fans of "Royal Pains" will recognize Shetty as Divya on that show.
Q: I read that Dax Shepard cheated on Kristen Bell. Please tell me this isn't true. I've lost faith in all Hollywood couples ever since Chris Pratt and Anna Faris divorced. Dax and Kristen are my only hope. -- M.E.
A: I'm still betting on these two to make it to their 50th wedding anniversary, especially after hearing the details behind the rumor.
It all began when Shepard's ex-girlfriend Kayti Edwards sold photos to "The Daily Mail" of them kissing. Edwards stated it happened nine years ago, but Shepard issued a public statement that it was 13 years ago, which was before he and Bell began their courtship. Shepard also claimed that Edwards has sold stories to tabloids about Matthew Perry, Jack Osborne and Kid Rock. He then added, "I look forward to the next one. Fingers crossed it's about my No. 1, Brad Pitt."
In addition to the male stars she's been linked to, Edwards has another tie to Hollywood -- she's Julie Andrew's granddaughter. If her claims are indeed false, perhaps Andrews can morph into Mary Poppins again and give her granddaughter a good scolding.
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American treasure Dick Van Dyke celebrated his 93rd birthday on Dec. 13. He surely knew then that six days later his 25th film, "Mary Poppins Returns," would blow everyone's mind with a scene where he furiously tap dances on a table as the banker Mr. Dawes, Jr. (son of Dawes Sr., whom he played in the original 54 years ago).
Dick began his career in 1955 hosting a radio show in his native Missouri, and then a local morning show the following year. In 1959 he auditioned for the Broadway musical "Bye Bye Birdie." Insecure about his dancing, even for a small part, he nervously danced a soft shoe. So impressed was Broadway legend Gower Champion that he cast Van Dyke as the lead. Dick won a Tony Award and later starred in the 1963 movie with Janet Leigh and Ann-Margret.
That led to the 1961-66 "Dick Van Dyke Show," with Mary Tyler Moore. He did another "Dick Van Dyke Show" from 1971-74 with Hope Lange as his wife. Among his 23 other films are the classics "Mary Poppins" (1964) and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1969). He also starred in the TV series "Diagnosis Murder," with son Barry (one of four children with wife Margie Willett).
I became friendly with Dick and Margie while covering events they attended, and they were very affable. One night in 1974 I saw Dick standing by himself and went over to him and asked, "Where's your beautiful wife," to which he said, "She filed for divorce today."
"Well," I said, "at least you have that great house," to which he returned, "She got the house." Hoping to save the moment, I said, "At least your show's going strong ..." He replied, "It was canceled today!" I said, "Three strikes, I'm out." "Don't feel bad," he joked. "She got the car, I got the payments; she got the elevator, I got the shaft!" From that I learned never to mention spouses or girlfriends to celebrities.
Dick became partners with Michelle Triola Marvin from 1976 until her death in 2009, which was daring, in view of her landmark "palimony" case against Lee Marvin.
At 87 years young, Dick wed Arlene Silver in 2012. He continues to sing in an a cappella quartet and a six-piece jazz band that plays Dixieland and ragtime music. When caught dancing in supermarkets he laughingly says, "Dancing keeps me young." He says his secret for longevity is "Sing like nobody can hear you, dance like nobody can see you and love like you've never been hurt, that's a good way to live!" How can you not smile at that? Happy New Year!
1. Who had a hit with "I've Got the Music in Me"?
2. Which artist had a disco hit with "Turn the Beat Around"?
3. What Scottish songwriter released "Hurdy Gurdy Man"?
4. Which Motown group sang "Up the Ladder to the Roof"?
5. Name the song that contains this lyric: "Want some whiskey in your water? Sugar in your tea? What's all these crazy questions they're askin' me?"
1. Kiki Dee, in 1974. The song has been covered by over a dozen artists, including Aretha Franklin (1977) and Jennifer Lopez (2012).
2. Vicki Sue Robinson, in 1976. She received a Grammy nod for best female pop vocal.
3. Donovan, in 1968. Legend says he was studying Transcendental Meditation with the Beatles in India when he wrote the song.
4. The Supremes, in 1970. It was their first single without Diana Ross.
5. "Mama Told Me Not to Come" by Three Dog Night in 1970, and Eric Burdon in 1966. Songwriter Randy Newman said the song was in response to a straight young man attending his first big city party and being shocked at the drugs, alcohol and music.
1. For possible new year's resolutions, Proverbs 16:3 says, "Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be ..."? Resolved, Established, Directed, Bountiful
2. Psalm 37:5 instructs us to, "Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to ..."? Nurture, Pass, Action, Light
3. Which book proclaims the first day of the new year is for resting and a memorial sounding the trumpet? Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers
4. 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 2:20 are among the verses to focus on what in a new year? Blessings, Moving forward, Grace, Church attendance
5. In which month of the religious calendar did the new year begin in the Bible? 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th
6. From James 1:5, what may one lack, and if they ask God, it shall be given? Love, Wisdom, Truth, Goals
ANSWERS: 1) Established; 2) Pass; 3) Leviticus; 4) Moving forward; 5) 7th; 6) Wisdom
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On Jan. 13, 1128, Pope Honorius II sanctions the military order known as the Knights Templar, founded in 1118, declaring it to be an army of God. The Templars protected Christian pilgrims during the Crusades, military expeditions aimed at defeating Muslims in the Holy Land.
* On Jan. 9, 1768, Englishman Philip Astley stages the first modern circus in London. The former cavalry sergeant major found that if he galloped in a tight circle, centrifugal force allowed him to perform seemingly impossible feats on a horseback.
* On Jan. 11, 1908, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt declares the massive 800,000-acre area of the Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona a national monument to ensure that it would remain as it was. Congress, however, would not officially outlaw private development in the Grand Canyon until 1919.
* On Jan. 8, 1946, Elvis Presley's mother took him to the Tupelo Hardware Store and bought a birthday gift that would change history: a $6.95 guitar. Legend says Presley had really wanted a rifle or a bicycle.
* On Jan. 10, 1967, President Lyndon Johnson asks for enactment of a 6 percent surcharge on personal and corporate income taxes to help support the Vietnam War. The proposal, approved by Congress in March 1967, backfired with an American public tiring of the controversial war.
* On Jan. 12, 1984, the use of modern construction techniques to restore the Great Pyramids in Egypt is abandoned in favor of methods used by the ancient Egyptians. Restorers stopped using mortar and adopted the system of interlocking blocks practiced by the original pyramid builders.
* On Jan. 17, 1999, the Senate begins the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton based on 11 grounds, including perjury, obstruction of justice, witness-tampering, lying under oath and abuse of power.
1. Name the two players in the 2017 major-league season who hit four home runs in a game.
2. In his 22-year major-league career, how many times did Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry pitch in the playoffs?
3. Name two of the three quarterbacks who hold Clemson's record for most career wins (32).
4. Who holds the record for most career triple-doubles in the NBA Finals?
5. Name the last coach before Washington's Barry Trotz in 2018 to not return to his NHL team the season after winning the Stanley Cup.
6. Which was the last team before Belgium in 2018 to overcome a two-goal deficit in a men's World Cup knockout match?
7. How long was boxer George Foreman's first world heavyweight championship reign?
1. Cincinnati's Scooter Gennett and Arizona's J.D. Martinez.
2. Once, for San Francisco in 1971.
3. Rodney Williams (1985-88), Tajh Boyd (2010-13) and Deshaun Watson (2014-16).
4. LeBron James, with 10.
5. Detroit's Scotty Bowman, in 2002.
6. West Germany rallied to top England in 1970.
7. His first title reign lasted 646 days.
* It was way back in the 17th century when noted Scottish scholar Patrick Young made the following sage observation: "The trouble with weather forecasting is that it's right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it."
* As 2018 winds down, you might want to keep this crime fact in mind: Those who study such things say that New Year's Day is the No. 1 holiday for car theft. Perhaps they're making up for Christmas Day, which is typically the holiday with the fewest auto thefts.
* I bet you didn't know there's a word specifically used to refer to the space between your eyebrows. Yep: It's called the "ophryon."
* Fans of old Westerns have doubtless seen depictions of Native Americans scalping their enemies. Most probably don't realize, though, that the brutal practice didn't originate with the Indians. When the Dutch and English settlers were trying to clear out the natives, they were paid a bounty for each scalp they brought back. The Native Americans adopted the practice only after the Europeans' arrival on the continent.
* If you're a runner -- and a compulsive counter -- you might already be aware of the fact that the average person's feet hit the ground approximately 800 times per mile when running.
* The food eaten by a typical American travels between 1,500 and 2,500 miles from the farm where it was grown to the plate where it's consumed.
* Paleontologists claim that Neanderthals used toothpicks. How can they tell, you might well ask? It seems that toothpick use leaves distinctive grooves on teeth.
Thought for the Day: "We should not be simply fighting evil in the name of good, but struggling against the certainties of people who claim always to know where good and evil are to be found." -- Tzvetan Todorov
1. BALLET: What is the name of the young girl who stars in "The Nutcracker"?
2. TELEVISION: Which actor played the dad in the sitcom "Eight Is Enough"?
3. GOVERNMENT: According to the Constitution, what is the minimum age of a member of the U.S. Senate?
4. MUSIC: What is the nickname of country music singer Hank Williams Jr.?
5. FOOD & DRINK: Where did gumbo originate in the United States?
6. MOVIES: Which 1990s film had the tagline, "A little pig goes a long way"?
7. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Which president is honored in the Wrestling Hall of Fame?
8. LITERATURE: What was the nickname of the deadly flu that wiped out most human beings in Stephen King's "The Stand"?
9. U.S. STATES: Where is Fort Knox located?
10. MEASUREMENTS: What does the Brannock Device measure?
2. Dick Van Patten
7. Abraham Lincoln
8. Captain Trips
10. Shoe size
Bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway, Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into the one and only Spider-Man. When he meets Peter Parker, he soon realizes that there are many others who share his special, high-flying talents. Miles must now use his newfound skills to battle the evil Kingpin, a hulking madman who can open portals to other universes and pull different versions of Spider-Man into our world. (Shameik Moore, Hailee Stienfeld)
Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, the city of Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people -- and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Aquaman, Orm's half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne. With help from royal counselor Vulko, Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan and embrace his destiny as protector of the deep.
Governor George W Bush of Texas picks Dick Cheney, the CEO of Halliburton Co, to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. No stranger to politics, Cheney's impressive résumé includes stints as White House chief of staff, House Minority Whip and defence secretary. When Bush wins by a narrow margin, Cheney begins to use his newfound power to help reshape the country and the world. (Christian Bale, Sam Rockwell)
Awards season is gearing up, and although not all nominations are out (Oscar nods aren't made public until Jan. 23), there are front-runners and there will be surprises. Maybe. Here are a few movies you can review for awards potential now, from the comfort of your couch. And a handful that are upcoming to keep an eye on, according to the early buzz.
OUT NOW ON DVD
"Black Panther" (PG-13) -- Chadwick Boseman is T'Challa, a young man come home to take his place as king of a hidden, technologically rich and mesmerizing nation, only to face challenges to both the crown and the safety of his country -- and the world beyond. This may be the best film of the past year, with the best soundtrack in a good long while, thanks to the genius of Kendrick Lamar. This one is on almost every prediction list.
"Crazy Rich Asians" (PG-13) -- Based on the novel by Kevin Kwan, "Crazy Rich Asians" is a fantasy rom-com about a regular gal whose seemingly normal longtime boyfriend takes her East to his best friend's wedding -- and to meet his incredibly wealthy family. Nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Comedy category.
"Incredibles 2" (PG) -- Superheros are banned, and the Incredible family is relegated to a dreary existence. But wait! A mysterious patron seeks to bring back the glory and makes them an offer they can't refuse: He wants Elastigirl to be the face of the superhero comeback! Golden Globe nominated for Best Animated Film.
COMING SOON ON DVD
"First Man" -- This Neil Armstrong biopic based on the book by James R Hansen, reteams "La La Land" powerhouses Ryan Gosling in the title role with director Damien Chazelle. Out Jan. 22 on DVD.
"Bohemian Rhapsody" -- Another biopic at the other end of the spectrum. This one centers on legendary musician and singer Freddie Mercury of the rock band Queen. Rami Malek is sure to receive a nomination for his portrayal of Mercury. Out on DVD in January 2019.
"A Star Is Born" -- A seasoned but alcohol-soaked rock god and a starlet full of promise begin their respective descent and rise. Bradley Cooper stars, adapted and directs as Jackson, while Lady Gaga unfolds her talent as Ally. The love story is alive in all the right ways. Due on DVD Feb. 19.
"Green Room" -- Jamaican pianist Don Shirley tours Jim Crow-era South with a white New York City bruiser in the driver's seat as chauffer and bodyguard. It's a comedy with an unconventional look at race relations. Mahershala Ali has big buzz for his performance. Out on DVD February 2019.
"If Beale Street Could Talk" -- Kiki Layne and Stephan James are young lovers on the cusp of marriage when the almost groom is accused of rape and imprisoned. She fights for his release before the birth of their child. DVD release unannounced.
(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.
TOP TEN MOVIES
1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG) animated
2. The Mule (R) Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper
3. The Grinch (PG) animated
4. Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG) animated
5. Mortal Engines (PG-13) Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan
6. Creed II (PG-13) Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone
7. Bohemian Rhapsody (PG-13) Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton
8. Instant Family (PG-13) Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne
9. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (PG-13) Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston
10. Green Book (PG-13) Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali
Top 10 Video On Demand
1. Mission Impossible -- Fallout (PG-13) Tom Cruise
2. Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13) Constance Wu
3. The Nun (R) Demian Bichir
4. Operation Finale (PG-13) Oscar Isaac
5. Searching (PG-13) John Cho
6. The Happytime Murders (R) Melissa McCarthy
7. Elf (PG) Will Ferrell
8. The Meg (PG-13) Jason Statham
9. Incredibles 2 (PG) animated
10. Mile 22 (R) Mark Wahlberg
Top 10 DVD, Blu-ray Sales
1. Mission Impossible -- Fallout (PG-13)
2. Incredibles 2 (PG) Disney
3. The Nun (R) Warner Bros.
4. Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13) Disney/Marvel
5. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (PG-13) Warner Bros.
6. Elf (PG) Warner Bros.
7. The Polar Express (G) Warner Bros.
8. The Happytime Murders (R) Universal
9. The Greatest Showman (PG) FOX
10. The Meg (PG-13) Warner Bros.
Sources: comScore, Media Play News
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Hope and Liam announced the name they chose for their unborn daughter. Ridge asked everyone in attendance for Christmas dinner to share how they had been blessed. With hearts full of love and gratitude, Xander carried on a Forrester tradition about the true meaning of Christmas. The Logan sisters saved Charlie and Pam a place at the table. Ridge gave Steffy a gift for Taylor. Zoe demanded that Reese quit putting on an act, but he assured her that he would make her proud. Hope planned a romantic getaway for her and Liam, but baby Kelly's fever put a glitch in their plans. Reese's past caught up with him when a shady character came to collect on a debt. Liam made Steffy a promise about the future of their family. Wait to See: Several lives are changed forever as "B&B" celebrates its 8,000th episode!
DAYS OF OUR LIVES
Abigail and Chad were granted a Christmas miracle. Leo made a spectacle out of himself at the children's party at the hospital. Roman arranged a special moment between Will and Sonny. Abe received an unexpected gift from Sheila. Chad was stunned to learn that he was Charlotte's father. Meanwhile, Abigail and Gabi had a major showdown. Claire and Tripp grew closer. JJ tried to get Haley to open up about her problems. Jennifer apologized to Abigail for not believing her. Gabi feared for her life as she found herself at Stefan's mercy. Jennifer attended the New Year's Eve bash with Dr. Henry Shah. Eric consulted Justin about suing for custody of Holly. Wait to See: A special guest arrives at Doug's Place.
Ryan continued to torment Kevin. Lulu confided in Laura about something unexpected she was experiencing. Olivia made an important discovery. Julian celebrated a belated Christmas. Kevin bought a little more time. Ava lashed out. Laura looked to Felicia for help. Griffin struggled with his feelings. Jason warned Sonny not to get too close to Margaux. Kim was touched by Drew's support. Michael attended a charity gala. Willow went on a date with Chase. Kim reminisced about her past. Kristina made a big decision. Kevin received an unwelcome visitor. Wait to See: Ava is affected by Lulu's visit.
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
Billy and Victoria spent the holiday together and discovered old romantic feelings. Jack shared a sweet memory with Dina after she didn't recognize him because of her dementia. Devon faced his first Christmas without Hilary, but he was soon joined by Nate and Ana, who shared their holiday traditions with him. Kyle replaced his expensive watch with the less flashy one Lola could barely afford. Lola was horrified to learn how much Kyle, in turn, had spent on her gift. Ana accused Devon of taking credit for the talent she discovered. Later, Fen realized that Ana was writing songs anonymously, and with much reluctance she fessed up. Wait to See: Christine targets Victor.
Birds' feathers furnish the iridescent blue color on some antique Chinese jewelry. Gold-colored necklaces, earrings, pins and even hair ornaments were made in China with kingfisher feathers before the first century.
Few collectors know how difficult it is to make the delicate blue jewelry or how easily it is damaged. The metalsmith places thin strips of hot gilt copper on a flat outline of the finished piece. It is cooled, cleaned and polished, and glue is put into the empty spaces created by the strips. Then, using tweezers, small pieces of the fragile, shaped feathers are put on the glue. The feathers tend to rot over time, so few of the pre-1600 pieces remain.
Most similar 20th-century jewelry is made with blue enamel, not feathers, because of efforts to protect the kingfisher. A few pieces of antique kingfisher feather jewelry made from the 1600s to the 1900s were sold at a recent Neal auction for affordable prices. A pair of Chinese hairpins, each 5 1/4 inches long with gilt copper outlining blue birds and flowers, was estimated at $400 to $600 and sold for $854, including the premium.
Q: We inherited a table, and we are having trouble finding its value. It was bought in Granada, Spain, in the early 1970s and shipped to the U.S. with a duty value of $1,500. The table is wood with geometric inlay and panels that look like Arabic characters. It has two sets of legs, a shorter set for use as a coffee table and a taller set to be used for dining or games. The 37 1/2-inch-top is octagonal. Your help identifying the table and value would be appreciated.
A: Your table is decorated with marquetry. In Spanish it is called "taracea." The Moors were the first in Spain to cover surfaces of furniture with geometric patterns made of wood, bone, metal and ivory. The Moors left a legacy of Hispano-Moorish art and design, and Granada still is a center of cabinet work. Multi-sided table tops with star patterns surrounded by floral designs and geometric borders were common. Your table was made by Laguna Taracea in Granada. The company was established by ancestors of today's owner, Miguel Laguna, in 1877. The characters on your table are Arabic for "God is the greatest." Tables similar to yours have sold for about $2,000.
Game, Scrabble, crossword, 100 wood letters, board and four wooden stands, 1950s, 14 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches, $20.
Thimble, c-scroll band, 18 karat gold, continental, 1 3/4 inches, $140.
Ship's telescope, mahogany, brass mounts, three draws, lens cover and eyepiece slide dust cover, Troughton & Simms, c. 1890, 30 inches, $305.
Satsuma, jar, flowers, butterflies, cream ground, handles, Japan, 13 x 8 1/2 inches, $555.
TIP: If you buy an old iron pan that is very dirty, spray it with oven cleaner and put it in a sealed plastic bag for a few days. Then, clean it with a brass bristle brush. Rinse, then season the pan.
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* Do yourself a favor and pick up red and green festive party items, like plates and cups, plain cloth napkins and foil-wrapped candies, at after-holiday discounts. You can use the red items for Valentine's Day and the green for St. Patrick's Day with none the wiser.
* DIY shower spray: Add 1 part vodka to 2 parts water, plus a few drops of essential oil (peppermint or tea tree) to a spray bottle. Mist your shower walls to keep mildew at bay.
* Resolutions are meant to help us focus on improvement, not to be a source of stress. Take some time to think about the times and situations that negatively impacted you in the past year. Instead of making a blanket resolution (lose weight, travel, watch less TV) come up with a few things that will have a specific positive effect on your life (go to the gym or take a walk three mornings per week, prep cook for the week ahead on Sunday afternoons).
* "We purchased a large, weatherproof storage bin that we keep out front. It has balls and bats, plus other toys that the kids like to play with outside. They put the toys back in the bin when done playing, and then we don't have to worry about what's under that surprise layer of snow." -- U.D. in Wisconsin
* Now's the time to reset your clothing hangers. Turn the hangers in your closet facing out toward the room. As you wear items and they go through the laundry, put them in the closet facing in as normal. It won't take long for you to see what you're NOT wearing, and you can donate or get rid of the excess.
* "Put car manuals into a zipper-top bag and stick it in the trunk or the seat-back pocket. This will free up space in your glove box for personal items you might need to access." -- T.F. in Georgia
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Bacon Alfredo Bake
Alfredo doesn't have to be one of those foods that you avoid just because you think it's loaded with fat and calories. This light, creamy dish has all the satisfying flavor and a whole lot fewer calories and fat.
2 cups cooked rotini pasta, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup Oscar Mayer or Hormel Real Bacon Bits
1 cup Carnation Nonfat Dry Milk Powder
1 cup water
2 eggs, beaten, or equivalent in egg substitute
1/2 cup Kraft Reduced Fat Parmesan Style Grated Topping
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1. Heat oven to 350 F. Spray an 8-by-12-inch baking dish with butter-flavored cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine rotini pasta, peas, onion and bacon bits. In a small bowl, combine dry milk powder and water. Stir in eggs, Parmesan cheese and parsley flakes. Add milk mixture to pasta mixture. Mix gently to combine.
3. Spread mixture into prepared baking dish. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for 5 minutes. Place baking dish on a wire rack and let set for 5 minutes. Divide into 6 servings.
HINT: Usually 1 1/2 cups uncooked rotini pasta cooks to about 2 cups.
* Each serving equals: 193 calories, 5g fat, 13g protein, 24g carbs, 557mg sodium, 236mg calcium, 2g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1 Protein, 1/2 Fat-Free Milk, 1/2 Fat; Carb Choices: 1 1/2.
There's something magical about a snow globe. Who can resist shaking a liquid-filled decoration to watch it "snow"? I know families that collect them on their summer vacations, and on occasion they give them a good shake, turn them upright and then smile with the memories. Now you can make your own to commemorate something special you did in 2018. Reminisce with your kids about activities your family enjoyed this past year, and then make a memory snow globe using a small waterproof object to represent the activity or event.
First, you want to have a vision for your scene and how it will be contained. Will you need a little jar, fat jar or skinny jar? A tall jam jar might accommodate that plastic bear figure as a reminder of a camping trip at a national park. A baby-food jar would make a perfect home for a little rubber starfish to represent the sea life you observed at an aquarium. It's all up to you and your imagination.
Step 1: Fill the jar with water and shake to test the lid for tightness. Pour the water out, remove the paper label and let it dry completely.
Step 2: Choose a clean waterproof toy, game piece, travel souvenir or trinket to inhabit the imaginary world. Place it temporarily inside the lid and lower the jar down over it, just to make sure it fits and allows enough space for the "snow" to fall when complete. An adult should glue the object on the inside of the lid with water-resistant glue, such as aquarium sealant from your local pet store. Let dry 24 hours.
Step 3: Fill the jar almost to the top with baby oil, or use distilled water with a few drops of glycerin added to the water. Sprinkle glitter or waterproof confetti into the liquid. An adult should apply water-resistant glue to the outside grooves of the jar rim and carefully screw on the lid. Stand the jar with lid end up to dry for 24 hours.
Gather your kids around and shake your 2018 memory globe. Then hold still and watch.
Grandparent Tip: Enjoy a "crafting fest" with your grandchildren and let each one make a memory globe with objects that represent something you did together, such as a fishing trip, a book you read, a movie you saw or a recipe you cooked up. Talk about the memory as you create.
Donna Erickson's award-winning series "Donna's Day" is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday.com and link to the NEW Donna's Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is "Donna Erickson's Fabulous Funstuff for Families."
A Healthy New Year to You!
Most Americans typically start each New Year determined to make changes in their lives for the better. For many of us, it means taking charge of our health and creating a healthy eating plan. By the end of January, those good intentions have melted away and a flood of bad habits have returned. This New Year, you may want to make small changes in your eating plan, and then persevere until those choices become a healthy habit.
The basis for a healthy eating plan should be fruits and vegetables; whole grains; low-fat or fat-free milk products; lean meats, poultry, fish; and beans, lentils and other legumes. Some foods stand out as superstars with many nutrients to enhance health and prevent disease. Here are some smart food choices to make every day:
Yogurt -- Low-fat or fat-free yogurt can serve as a snack or even as part of dessert. Yogurt has live cultures and good bacteria that may promote health, boost immunity and increase bone health. Some of the nutrients in yogurt include calcium and potassium, which are important for good bone health. Plus, yogurt contains protein, which helps you stay full longer. Top yogurt with blueberries and walnuts for a nutritious snack or breakfast. Yogurt can also serve as the base for creamy dips, toppings or dressings.
Tomatoes -- Fresh tomatoes may not be available year-round, but processed tomato products such as stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato juice can be found any time of year. The red color of tomatoes comes from lycopene, a phytochemical the body absorbs better from processed tomato products. Lycopene can help prevent prostate cancer and may improve bone health. Tomatoes also contain vitamins A and C, both of which are antioxidants. Add cherry tomatoes to a salad or eat them as a snack, or add a can of stewed tomatoes to chili.
Carrots -- Bugs Bunny probably has great eyesight, thanks to the beta carotene that gives carrots their orange color. Beta carotene helps protect against some cancers and cardiovascular (heart) disease. In addition, carrots contain vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber and potassium. Add carrots to soups and salads or enjoy as a side dish.
Black beans -- All beans can promote health, but black beans contain anthocyanidins, the same antioxidant in blueberries. Black beans contain soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol. Beans contain protein as well, making them a good substitution for other protein foods that may be high in fat. Beans are also low in calories, low in fat and inexpensive. Mix black beans with corn and salsa for an easy side dish that is delicious and nutritious.
Sweet potatoes -- Sweet potatoes are a rich source of fiber as well as containing a good array of vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium and selenium, and they're a good source of most of our B vitamins and vitamin C. One of the key nutritional benefits of sweet potato is that they're high in the antioxidant known as beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A once consumed.
This recipe for Spicy Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili is an easy and delicious way to add several of these foods to your healthy-eating meal plan and enjoy the many health benefits from these nutritional all-stars!
SPICY SWEET POTATO AND BLACK BEAN CHILI
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium-large sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 large onion, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
4 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground chipotle chili
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon light brown sugar
2 1/2 cups water
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
4 teaspoons lime juice
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar or Colby Jack cheese
1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the sweet potato, onion and carrot; cook, stirring often, until the onion is beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, chipotle, salt and brown sugar; cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds.
2. Add water and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to low to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the sweet potato is tender, 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add beans, tomatoes and lime juice; increase heat to high and return to a simmer, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in half of the cilantro. In a small bowl, mix the yogurt and remaining cilantro together. Sprinkle each serving with the cheese and a dollop of the cilantro yogurt. Serves 4.
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Baked Coffee Custards
1 teaspoon instant-coffee granules
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 large eggs
2 1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup coffee-flavor liqueur
1/4 teaspoon salt
18 chocolate-covered coffee beans for garnish
1. Heat oven to 350 F. Grease eight 6-ounce custard cups. In small saucepan over medium heat, stir coffee and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth, stirring constantly. Immediately pour into custard cups.
2. In large bowl with wire whisk or fork, beat eggs and 3/4 cup sugar until blended. Beat in milk, coffee liqueur and salt until mixed; pour mixture into custard cups.
3. Place custard cups in large open roasting pan; fill pan with hot water to come halfway up side of custard cups.
4. Bake 1 hour or until knife inserted in center of custard comes out clean.
5. Remove custard cups from the pan of water. Place cups on cookie sheet; cover; refrigerate until well-chilled, at least 3 hours.
6. To serve, with knife, carefully loosen custard from cups; invert each onto a dessert plate; allow syrup to drip from cup onto custard. Garnish each with three chocolate-covered coffee beans. Serves 8.
* Each serving: About 270 calories.
Easy Cappuccino Dessert
1 package chocolate flavor, sugar-free instant pudding and pie filling for 4 servings
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon instant espresso-coffee powder
Whipped cream in aerosol can
1. Prepare pudding as label directs, but use only 1 1/2 cups milk and instant espresso powder.
2. Pour into 4 dessert dishes. Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Serves 4.
* Each serving: About 105 calories, 5g total fat, 15mg cholesterol, 360mg sodium.
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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) It's a good time to take a much-needed break from your recent hectic schedule and spend some time in quieter surroundings. Important news could arrive early next week.
TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The Taurean traits of reliability and thoroughness could be well-tested when decision-makers consider your proposals and/or requests. Be prepared to answer some probing questions.
GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A sudden attack of boredom leaves you with some tasks undone. It's OK to take a short respite. But get back to work by week's end so that you have time for other projects.
CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Avoid prejudging a situation just because it looks bad. Facts could emerge that would make your position uncomfortable, to say the least. A relative has interesting news to share with you.
LEO (July 23 to August 22) This is a good time to begin reassessing some of your recent decisions about your long-range goals to see if they still have merit. Spend more time with loved ones this weekend.
VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) An unsettled situation at home or on the job early in the week could drain your energy levels, making it difficult to get your work done on schedule. But things improve by midweek.
LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A temporary setback could give you time to go over your plans to find weaknesses you might have overlooked before. A romantic getaway with that special person is favored this weekend.
SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Professional and personal situations benefit once you set a positive tone in getting things off to a good start. Honest dialogue smoothes over any occasional display of balkiness.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A problem with workplace colleagues or family members seems to defy even your sage counsel. But be patient. Your words eventually will lead to a resolution.
CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Don't just wait out that unexpected and unexplained delay in your career move. You could gain added respect if you ask why it happened and what you can do to move things along.
AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Although your workplace strategies usually are accepted, you could be challenged by someone who isn't so favorably impressed. Be prepared to defend your positions.
PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your friendship circle expands, with new people coming into your life at this time. Welcome them warmly. But don't neglect those cherished longtime personal relationships.
BIRTHDAY: You love to search for knowledge and share it with others. You would make an especially fine teacher.
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Aquarius (21 Jan – 19 Feb): Don't bother with crunches - If you squint your fingers have abs. Work those digits with text messaging!
Pisces (20 Feb – 20 Mar): Feeling bad about your skinny jeans? Feel good because you have skinny toes!
Aries (21 Mar – 19 Apr): Frustrated about your workout routine? You have the least fatty earlobes of anyone we know.
Taurus (20 Apr – 20 May): Your hair is always in some sort of shape! Whip it into form 80's style with gratuitous abuse of AquaNet. (PS. The pink can is now a collectors item)
Gemini (21 May – 21 Jun): Good news is that everyone loses weight. Bad news you find it but no wants it back.
Cancer (22 Jun – 23 Jul): Your buy one get one free coupon to the gym expired with last years resolution.
Leo (24 Jul – 23 Aug): Take up a sport! Remember bowling, fishing, and golf are all considered sports.
Virgo (24 Aug – 22 Sept): Fitness freaks say to add nuts to your diet because they are a good source of protein. Snickers bars, almond joy, and peanut butter cups all contain nuts!
Libra (23 Sept – 22 Oct): Almond milk clears your complexion! Did you even know that almonds make milk? They really do - but you can only milk the female ones.
Scorpio (23 Oct – 22 Nov): Anger and rage have now been found to be more effective at weight control than counting your steps. Count your cuss words and see if you can get to 10,000 a day.
Sagittarius (23 Nov – 20 Dec): Your birthday is during the holiday rush - no one actually cares enough about your birthday to make you a birthday cake. So you are already calories ahead of everyone else just by default.
Spend Extra Dough on Shelter Pets
DEAR PAW'S CORNER: I get a decent end-of-year bonus around Christmas time, and I make it a point to donate a percentage of that bonus to a worthy charity. This year my wife recommended that I donate to the local pet shelter. However, there is plenty of need in other areas, especially those affected by disasters. Where would my donation be most needed? -- Doug H., Dallas
DEAR DOUG: While the decision is entirely up to you, please consider donating to the local shelter as your wife suggested. Your donation will be used to directly support animal care at the shelter, from facilities maintenance and upgrades to providing food and medical care.
Providing local support helps to strengthen its ability to care for animals that need help. And, as shelters increasingly support each other, a well-funded local shelter means that it can support other shelters in the area when needed. This type of interdependence has proved its worth: After Hurricane Harvey, thousands of strays and lost pets were saved and kept in safe conditions throughout Texas and surrounding states, thanks to planning and coordination between animal welfare organizations.
Whether you decide to donate to a national organization or a specific shelter, try to find out as much as you can ahead of time about how your donation will be used -- how much of the money goes directly to animal care, and how much to administration? Sites like Charity Navigator can provide information about larger organizations, and often you can find that information on a local shelterÕs website, or by emailing or calling them.
Send your tips, questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternative Therapies in Cancer Treatment
DEAR DR. ROACH: I wonder why you never talk about holistic measures to prevent illnesses, such as cancer. I just read an article by an oncologist who said there are certain anti-cancer supplements that work, including vitamin D, magnolia extract and artichoke extract, all of which have been shown in laboratory studies to kill a variety of cancer cells, including colon, breast and liver cancers, and leukemia. Artichoke extract also contains cynarin, which decreases inflammation.
Other compounds that can reduce cancer growth are black cumin seed oil and bee propolis, which is rich in caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), chrysin and cinnamic acid -- compounds that affect cancer genes. Studies show that they reduce the growth of many cancers, including colon, prostate and kidney.
I've also read about the powerful effects that simple seasonings have on cancer cells: black pepper, sage and oregano. My question to you is: Why isn't this blasted all over the news media, and why don't physicians who can access this information tell it to their patients? -- V.A.
ANSWER: The therapies you mention are termed "complementary" or "alternative" treatments, specifically "herbal treatments." Holistic medicine, on the other hand, aims to treat the entire person -- physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Holistic medicine ought to be a goal for all providers, since health consists of much more than mere absence of physical disease. While a physician can help with some of these aspects, it is difficult or impossible for one person to be expert in helping a person meet all goals of wellness, which is why collaborative care is so important.
With respect to the herbal treatments you mention, and others like them, it is my opinion that these have potential to help treat some kinds of cancer. However, I am quite convinced, after reading many studies, that none of them is completely effective at preventing or curing cancer.
Compounds can be very effective at killing cancer cells in a laboratory, but that is very different from killing cancer cells in a person at a level that's achievable without toxicity. That's why they aren't on the news media -- they aren't a cure, and haven't been proven definitively helpful. If that changes, I will be among the first to spread the news.
Where I believe alternative therapies have the most potential in cancer is in combination with traditional therapies: helping people feel better through chemotherapy and radiation. Some herbals, like turmeric, have solid data showing benefit in combination with chemotherapy in treating some cancers. However, finding an oncologist who has expertise in alternative treatment might not be easy.
Similarly, finding an alternative medicine provider who knows enough about cancer and chemotherapy to be of value to both the patient and the oncologist isn't easy. There are some centers where both traditional and complementary therapies are used, and where the patient's entire care team is aware of all the treatments a patient is getting.
Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to ToYourGoodHealth@med.cornell.edu.
Short on Resolutions? Try These on for Size
What are you going to do in 2019? Do you have a list of resolutions all ready to go? Making a resolution to go to the gym every Monday, Wednesday and Friday is all well and good, and sometimes we keep those types of vows. Mostly we don't. Resolutions that we're most likely to keep involve doing things for others.
If you're more comfortable taking small bites, rather than committing to doing something for a whole year, try making one resolution for every month or season of the year. Sign up to be a financial assistant to someone who needs help writing checks and managing bills. You'll need a background check, but knowing another senior needs to get his or her bills paid will keep you on track.
Join a community crew that does free repairs to the homes of other seniors. Can you paint a wall? Put clear plastic on windows to keep out cold drafts? Organize volunteers? Anything you can do will be appreciated. Start a vegetable garden in the spring, perhaps in a plot in a community space, and give the bounty to the food bank. Go every few days to water and weed. Knowing that the plants need care will keep you motivated.
Volunteer over the summer to deliver books to people who can't get out, or shelve books at the library. Be an usher or sell tickets at the theater group. Your whole community will thank you.
Be a relief delivery driver for Meals on Wheels or deliver pharmacy prescriptions. You might be the only person the recipient sees all day.
Do you see the pattern here? You're more likely to keep your resolutions if they involve helping other people. The bonus is that doing things for others increases your own well being.