Archives for December 2011

Don’t Overlook Seniors – Guest Post

Sure, grandma and grandpa may not be any tech firm’s target market. But, maybe they should be?

Grandparents are an untapped gold mine, a market that could, if prompted, buy computers, webcams, iPods, iTunes store purchases and apps. The main problem seems to be that no one has the patience to explain everything to grandma and grandpa.

And, even if someone did have weeks to help them understand, with the rate that technology changes, the information could be irrelevant in just a few months.

That being said,helping seniors understand and use technology could still be worth the trouble. And here’s why.

1) Easier Communication: Back in the days of phone calls and showing up on someone’s doorstep, you probably were able to communicate with your grandparents much easier. But now, we’re all busy perusing stranger’s profiles on Facebook and tweeting about nothing in particular, leaving grandma and grandpa feeling a little out of the loop. Photos of your cousin’s new baby that were once passed around in a 3×5 print are now posted on Facebook or Flickr. Pictures from the family reunion are never printed, and Grandma may never get to see them. Teaching grandparents to use simple technology like social media, smart phones or text messaging can increase their communication skills and keep them in the loop with family happenings.

2)Free Time: Your grandparents probably have a lot of free time on their hands and technology can help fill that void. From social media to Netflix to Blue Ray players, technology can take up a lot of extra free time. If marketed correctly as a way for seniors to pass time in a fun and engaging manner, seniors could purchase and learn to use technology that would make everyday life much more exciting.

3)Convenience: If there’s one thing those in older demographic markets like, it’s convenience. With the web and its advanced technology, we have just about everything we need at our fingertips. If seniors were made aware of all the possibilities the web offers to make their daily life tasks easier to complete, they might be more likely to take advantage of these opportunities. Marketing a tech product or service as convenient and affordable would certainly mesh well with seniors.

4)Simpler Technology: All in all, technology is amazingly becoming both more advanced, and easier to use all at once. Though it changes often, computers and websites are now much more user friendly than before. Smartphones can give information with only the touch of a single button to activate an app. This type of technology is easy to learn and useful for people of every age.

While seniors remain an overlooked technology market, there is potential for a paradigm shift. Disregarding seniors because of their age could prove to be foolish for the tech field. The convenience, ease, entertainment value and simplicity of technology has senior written all over it. Someone just has to get the ball rolling.

This article was inspired by Danielle’s own grandmother, who started using a grocery delivery service once she was shown how easy and convenient it is to order online and have them delivered to her door.

Merry Christmas and Bible Scriptures

Hi there, 🙂

I wanted to wish all my guest bloggers, all Grandmothers, and readers a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous Happy New Year!

Spend time with your family and friends and always remember the reason for the season!

🙂
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Luke 2:8-20

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel

Isaiah 9:6-7

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

God Bless You This Christmas Season! 🙂

Bible Scriptures For The Week – Prayers Needed For a Great Grandmother

Good evening,

This week my heart has been heavy and have been reading some scriptures of healing. My Mother-In-Law has had shingles for the past month and has been in the ER twice with severe pain. It has torn at my heart watching her suffer like she has. Shingles seem to aggress the elderly. I’ve done some research and have learned some things.

I sure didn’t know that after childhood chickenpox, the virus remains dormant in the body! 😮

The shingles virus attacks the nerve cells.

Please say prayers for my Mother-In-Law! TY 😉

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Psalm 103:2-3
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases.

Proverbs 4:20-22
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

Exodus 23: 25
And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

God Bless!

And The Winner Is….

The winner of the The See It Bigger Planner Giveaway is Danielle from http://royalegacy.blogspot.com/

Congratulations to you Danielle! You are going to be receiving that wonderful planner for 2012. I just sent you an email.:-)

Thank you Darlene and Danielle for your participation.

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” Paulo Coelho

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.”

Paulo Coelho

Success of any kind takes risks, it means putting yourself on the line and risking failure in order to better yourself and your life.

Leo Buscaglia once said ‘The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing and becomes nothing’ and he’s not far from the mark, because those individual who spend their entire lives living inside their comfort zone never taking the risk to step outside it (and we all know people like that), end up achieving very little worthwhile with their time here on earth.

If you have great dreams, accept the fact that great dreams take great risk, but what is the greater risk, to put it all on the line and possibly fall short, or to risk nothing and have your life stand out not as an example to others as to how to live greatly, but as a warning on how not to waste this precious gift we call life?

Ask yourself today, ‘Am I willing to risk falling short and ‘failing’ in order to achieve my deepest dreams?’

Live Life Large!
Reprinted with permission of Alex Prez & Motivation in your Mailbox E-ZINE, for more information, visit www.motivationinyourmailbox.com

Monthly Food Column – Easy Scrumptious Filled Cinnamon Rolls

By Dennis Weaver From The Prepared Pantry

I love making sweet rolls. They’re not quick but they’re easy.

You can make sweet rolls a thousand different ways. And they’re hero food. They can be so good that your family and friends will make a hero out of you.

Last week, Julie Rencher in our test kitchen was the hero. She made really good sweet rolls—apple pie cinnamon rolls plus lemon cream rolls and raspberry cream rolls. She made them like cinnamon rolls but substituted pastry fillings for the cinnamon and sugar fillings typically found in cinnamon rolls.

She made them; I handed them out. I handed out apple pie cinnamon rolls while they were still warm and covered with caramel frosting. People were swooning over them. One fine lady said she didn’t like to bake, that she was just picking up pancake mixes and syrups. But she sure liked the cinnamon rolls.

“I don’t want to make them,” she said. “I just want to buy the baker.”

I explained that they were easy to make. She listened and for a minute; I thought she might be persuaded. She left without the fixin’s but she didn’t leave hungry.

How to Make Cinnamon Rolls with Pastry Fillings

If you can make cinnamon rolls, you can make filled sweet rolls. 😉

You can use a bread recipe, but to make it even easier—easy enough for non-bread makers—use a mix. You can make it with your bread machine set on the dough cycle or with your stand-type mixer.

If you use your stand-type mixer, use the dough hook and let it beat for about four minutes on medium speed. The gluten will be developed then. Roll the dough out on the counter, cover the sheet of dough with a layer of filling and roll it up pinwheel fashion. Cut slices, put them in a greased pan, and let them rise. When fully risen, bake them, let them cool, and frost them.

It’s that easy. I’ll give you more directions in the recipes but basically, you’re substituting a pastry filling for a filling of cinnamon, butter, and sugar. You can use any pastry filling you like from raspberry to Bavarian cream. Often, we mix a fruit filling with a Bavarian cream or a cream cheese filling to make an apple cream or raspberry cream filling.

If you buy a tube of premade filling, it’s super easy. Snip the corner off the tube and squeeze what you want on the sheet of rolled out dough. Lots of filling is better so we usually use a couple cups of filling, about half a tube. We have a new cherry filling, Chubby Cherry that makes great sweet rolls.

Pastry Fillings vs. Pie Fillings

Can you use a pie filling instead of a pastry filling? Yes, but the pastry filling is better. With a pie, you get a little bit of pastry with a lot of pie filling where with a pastry, you get a lot of pastry with less filling. The pastry filling has to be more intense to balance. The pastry filing has more flavor and is usually a little sweeter. In our store, the pastry filings are usually less money.

The following pastry fillings are commonly available. They are used not only as pastry filings but fillings for cupcakes and between layers of cakes.

Bavarian Cream
Chocolate Bavarian Cream
Cream Cheese
Raspberry
Blueberry
Cherry
Lemon
Apple

Apple Pie Cinnamon Roll Recipe

1 bread mix,Buttermilk White
Sour Cream Potato Rolls, or equal
3/4 cup cinnamon chips
2 cups (about one pound)apple pastry filling

Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)

1/4 cup Sweet Sensations Cinnamon Apple Bark Topping (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x13-inch baking pan.

Mix the bread dough according to package directions. Set the dough aside to rise.

After the dough has risen, fold in the cinnamon chips kneading until the chips are dispersed. Do not knead more than necessary.
Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a rough rectangle on a floured counter with the dough about 1/4-inch thick. Spread the pastry filling on dough.

Roll the dough into a log with the filling trapped inside. Pinch the seam with your fingers to keep the filling from falling out.

Cut slices horizontally about 1 1/4-inches thick. Place the slices in the prepared pan. Bake for about 30 minutes or until done. The center of the rolls will register 190 degrees with an insta-read thermometer. Times will vary with different pans.

You may let the rolls cool in the pan. We prefer to invert the pan onto a cutting board to remove the rolls (you may need to loosen the rolls first) and then invert the rolls and the cutting board onto a wire rack so that they finish cooling right-side-up. (If you are going to remove the rolls, do so immediately before the sugar starts to set up. If you have trouble getting the rolls out, lift the cutting board six inches with the pan inverted on the cutting board and then drop the cutting board with the pan to jar the rolls loose.)

Let the rolls cool for five minutes and then frost them. While the frosting is still soft, sprinkle with the Cinnamon Apple Bark Topping.

Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

4 ounces of cream cheese, softened.
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon caramel flavoring
2 tablespoons milk
3 to 4 cups powdered sugar

Beat the butter and cream cheese together with the whip attachment of your stand-type mixer.
Add the flavor and milk. Beat the mixture, adding powdered sugar until the consistency reaches a soft frosting just right for spreading.

Lemon Cream Roll Recipe

1 bread mix,Buttermilk White
Sour Cream Potato Rolls or equal
2 cups (about one pound) lemon pastry filling

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)

1/4 cup Sweet Sensations Lemon Cream Bark Topping (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x13-inch baking pan.

Mix the bread dough according to package directions. Set the dough aside to rise.

Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a rough rectangle on a floured counter with the dough about 1/4-inch thick. Spread the pastry filling on dough. Roll the dough into a log with the filling trapped inside. Pinch the seam with your fingers to keep the filling from falling out.

Cut slices horizontally about 1 1/4-inches thick. Place the slices in the prepared pan. Bake for about 30 minutes or until done. The center of the rolls will register 190 degrees with an insta-read thermometer. Times will vary with different pans.

You may let the rolls cool in the pan. We prefer to invert the pan onto n cutting board to remove the rolls (you may need to loosen the rolls first) and then invert the rolls and the cutting board onto a wire rack so that they finish cooling right-side-up. (If you are going to remove the rolls, do so immediately before the sugar starts to set up. If you have trouble getting the rolls out, lift the cutting board six inches with the pan inverted on the cutting board and then drop the cutting board with the pan to jar the rolls loose.)

Let the rolls cool for five minutes and then frost them. While the frosting is still soft, sprinkle with the Lemon Cream Bark Topping.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

4 ounces of cream cheese, softened.
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon lemon flavoring
2 tablespoons milk
3 to 4 cups powdered sugar

Beat the butter and cream cheese together with the whip attachment of your stand-type mixer.
Add the flavor and milk. Beat the mixture, adding powdered sugar until the consistency reaches a soft frosting just right for spreading.

How to Make Raspberry Cream Rolls

1 bread mix, Buttermilk White
Sour Cream Potato Rolls or equal
3/4 cup raspberry baking chips
1 cup (about 1/2 pound)raspberry pastry filling
1 cup (about 1/2 pound)Bavarian Cream pastry filling

Raspberry Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x13-inch baking pan.

Mix the bread dough according to package directions. Set the dough aside to rise.

After the dough has risen, fold in the raspberry chips kneading until the chips are dispersed. Do not knead more than necessary.
Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a rough rectangle on a floured counter with the dough about 1/4-inch thick.

Spread the pastry fillings on dough. Spread the fillings evenly on the dough with the two flavors mixed together. Roll the dough into a log with the filling trapped inside. Pinch the seam with your fingers to keep the filling from falling out

Cut slices horizontally about 1 1/4-inches thick. Place the slices in the prepared pan. Bake for about 30 minutes or until done. The center of the rolls will register 190 degrees with an insta-read thermometer. Times will vary with different pans.

You may let the rolls cool in the pan. We prefer to invert the pan onto a cutting board to remove the rolls (you may need to loosen the rolls first) and then invert the rolls and the cutting board onto a wire rack so that they finish cooling right-side-up. (If you are going to remove the rolls, do so immediately before the sugar starts to set up. If you have trouble getting the rolls out, lift the cutting board six inches with the pan inverted on the cutting board and then drop the cutting board with the pan to jar the rolls loose.)

Let the rolls cool for five minutes and then frost them.

Raspberry Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

4 ounces of cream cheese, softened.
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon raspberry flavoring
1/2 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
2 tablespoons milk
3 to 4 cups powdered sugar

Beat the butter and cream cheese together with the whip attachment of your stand-type mixer.
Add the flavors and milk. Beat the mixture, adding powdered sugar until the consistency reaches a soft frosting just right for spreading.

Dennis Weaver is the author of the popular 250-page ebook How to Bake. You can get your free copy of this culinary-school type book, as well as another free e-book called Monkey Bread and Other Sweet Breads Baking Guide on the Prepared Pantry website
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Culinary Family Traditions–From A Grandmother’s Heart – Christmas Recipes

By: Tammy Embrich

The holidays bring about numerous opportunities to gather with family to celebrate the season of sharing and giving. Throughout the years my family has collected quite a list of some favorite Christmas recipes.

These favorites have been enjoyed over and over again, and we have yet to grow tired of them.
We’ve shared some precious memories in pitching in and preparing the holiday meals.

Here are just a few of our family favorites:

Christmas Punch (One of Tammy’s recipes)

Ingredients

1 1/2 liter of chilled 7-Up
About 20 scoops of green lime sorbet
2 Tbsp of lemon juice

Directions

Gather up your favorite punch bowl set. Make sure it is washed and cleaned for use. Pour the chilled 7-Up in the punch bowl. Scoop up 20 scoops of sorbet into the 7-Up. Add the lemon juice and then give the punch mixture a quick stir. Serve immediately.

Cheesy Potato Casserole (My Sister’s Recipe)

Ingredients

32 oz frozen hash browns
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup melted butter
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 8 oz tub of sour cream
1 bag shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: 1 cup crushed corn flakes or potato chips

Directions

Mix onion, soup, sour cream, and cheese in bowl.

Place potatoes in 9 x 13 baking dish. Pour melted button on top. Then stir in mixture of remaining items.

Sprinkle corn flakes or potato chips on top. Bake uncovered @ 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.

Ambrosia Salad (My Sister-In-Law’s Recipe)

Ingredients

2 cups shredded coconut
1 8oz container whipped cream, thawed
1 11oz can madarin oranges, drained
3 apples, peeled and chopped
3 bananas, sliced
1 8oz can pineapple chunks, drained
1 10oz jar maraschino cherries, drained
3 cups miniature marshmallows
Optional: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the whipped cream, coconut, chopped nuts (if desired), apples, pineapple, mandarin oranges, marshmallows, and cherries. Mix together well and refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes.

Important Tip: Wait until right before serving to peel and add the bananas to help preserve them from turning brown.

There was a time when we did a recipe exchange. This was a lot of fun…plus it was a perfect way to get lots of great recipes to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Here’s a neat holiday gift idea for your family members

Make a scrapbook up of memories including family favorite recipes, events, pictures, and even special memories shared by the family. Get creative with this and include lots of illustrations. This will be a gift that will be special to your family and will last for a lifetime.

It’s important to keep your family traditions going…and keep sharing them even when the Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren come along. There’s nothing more important than gathering with your family and just being together and sharing old memories, laughing, and loving one another.

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

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