Prep Time: 20 Min
Cook Time: 30 min
Total Time: 50 min
Mix all the ingredients together and place in casserole dish. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Top with cheese and return to oven to melt cheese, about 5 minutes. Serve hot.
Echinacea use reduces the incidence and duration of the common cold.
Echinacea appears effective in preventing upper respiratory tract infections in children.
Treatment with Echinacea Plus tea at early onset of cold or flu symptoms was effective for relieving these symptoms in a shorter period of time than a placebo.
Probiotic bacteria reduce the duration and severity of common cold episodes.
American Ginseng is safe and effective in reducing relative risk and duration of respiratory symptoms associated with “cold and flu” in adults.
American ginseng is safe, well tolerated, and potentially effective for preventing acute respiratory illness due to influenza and respiratory syncytial virus infections.
Elderberry appears to be safe and effective treatment for influenza A and B.
Elderberry significantly reduces the duration of infection from influenza in a safe manner.
Green tea is safe and effective in preventing cold and flu symptoms, and for enhancing T cell function.
Green tea consumption is inversely associated with the incidence of influenza among Japanese schoolchldren.
Vitamin D deficiency is associated with susceptibility to influenza.
An herbal preparation containing echinacea, propolis, and vitamin C in preventing respiratory tract infections in children.
There is evidence that vitamin C may reduce susceptibility to the common cold.
Pelargonium sidoides is a safe and effective treatment for the common cold
A Pelargonium sidoides extract has broad antiviral activity against respiratory viruses.
Homeopathic preparation has therapeutic value in the treatment of influenza-like syndromes.
Homoeopathic Oscillococcinum appears to have therapeutic value in influenza and influenza-like syndromes.
Zinc lozenges may provide an effective treatment for the common cold.
Zinc may inhibit influenza virus.
A combination of fruit and vegetable powder extract reduces symptoms associated with the common cold.
An extract of Baptisa (Wild Indigo), echinacea and thuja is safe and effective in the treatment of upper respiratory infections.
Consumption of yoghurt fermented with L. bulgaricus reduced the risk of catching the common cold in elderly individuals.
Cinnamon has antiviral activity against various influenza viruses.
Horseradish extract attenuates influenza infection (in mice).
Pomegranates have anti-influenza activity.
Agrimony (A. pilosa) has broad spectrum antiviral activity against Influenzas A, B and Avian Influenza.
Black Tea inhibits influenza virus.
Cranberry juice constituents inhibit influenza virus adhesion and infectivity.
A water extract of dandelion exhibits anti-influenza activity.
Maitake mushroom appears to induce the production of certain factors, including TNF-alpha, which are responsible for the inhibition of viral growth in vitro.
Mullein contains antiviral compounds.
Red Marine Algae exhibits strong HSV and Influenza-inhibiting activity.
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2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Cover with whipped topping before serving.
1 box devil’s food cake mix, such as Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
2 to 3 cups White Faux Buttercream, recipe follows, colored or swirled with your favorite color
Crushed peppermint candies
Crushed lemon drops
Multicolored jimmies or nonpareils
Mini white and dark chocolate chips
Small chocolate candies
Colored decorating sugars
Cereals such as corn pops, fruit rings or graham cracker cereal squares
White Faux Buttercream:
3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons whole milk, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Food coloring, such as yellow, blue and red, or your favorite, if desired
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line two 12-cup standard muffin tins with paper cupcake liners and set aside.
In a bowl, using an electric mixer, mix the cake mix, 1 1/3 cups water, oil and eggs on medium speed until moistened and smooth. Stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups, stirring it occasionally to redistribute the chocolate chips. The batter will nearly fill each liner to the top. Evenly sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips over the tops of the cupcakes. Bake until the cupcakes spring back when lightly touched, or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool.
When cool, put the White Faux Buttercream out with spoons or small spatulas along with bowls of the cupcake toppings for the kids to decorate their own cupcakes.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, whip the butter on high speed until very soft. Meanwhile, place a large sheet of parchment paper on a work surface. Using a large sifter, sift the confectioners’ sugar onto the parchment. This helps prevent clumping and makes the mixing easier. Lower the speed of the mixer and, using the parchment as a funnel, pour half the sugar into the bowl and mix slowly until combined. Add the milk and mix until combined. Once combined, add the remaining sugar with the vanilla and mix. Once it is combined, turn the mixer speed up and beat the icing until very light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. If desired, divide the icing into smaller batches and color with food coloring.
Spread the icing on cooled cupcakes while at room temperature. Refrigerate any leftover icing, but be sure to let it come back to room temperature before using. Re-whip the icing to make it fluffy again. Makes 4 cups (enough for 24 cupcakes).
Yield: about 8 cups, enough for at least 6 dozen cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Ease of preparation: easy
Banksy’s Girl With Balloon is one of the more talked about pieces in his career. The original work depicts a young girl losing a heart-shaped balloon to the wind. There is also a small quote etched into the staircase that reads, “There is always hope.” The girl is seen standing in front of a gust of wind in black and white. Her balloon is painted in bright red.
The heart-shape represents love, hope, innocence, childhood, and even self-confidence. It is not clear if the piece is supposed to represent a loss of hope or that what you desire is within your reach. The quote seems to suggest the latter.
6 slices bacon, chopped
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Put the peas in a large colander. Drain the pasta in the colander with the peas. Return drained pasta and peas to the pot. Stir bacon, chicken, and wine mixture into the spaghetti. Thin sauce with reserved pasta water as desired.