Happy National Blueberry Pancakes!!! (Jan.28th) – Todd’s Famous Blueberry Pancakes

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Todd’s Famous Blueberry Pancakes

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

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1/2 teaspoon salt
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1 tablespoon baking powder
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1 1/4 teaspoons white sugar
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1 egg
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1 cup milk
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1/2 tablespoon butter, melted
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1/2 cup frozen blueberries, thawed

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  • PREP
10 mins
  • COOK
15 mins
  • READY IN
1 hr 15 mins

Directions

  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. In a small bowl, beat together egg and milk. Stir milk and egg into flour mixture. Mix in the butter and fold in the blueberries. Set aside for 1 hour.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

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Survival of the Fittest: Joe Rogan – Do What You Love, Because Society Is A Trap And Work Is Meaningless

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Question: Are you actually contributing to society or are you just paying the bills?

Here, comedian Joe Rogan talks about work and meaning in his own unique style, asking some important (and sometimes uncomfortable) questions about what our purpose is as a society, and as an individual. Aren’t we supposed to be contributing? He asks. Is contributing the same as working? Rogan concludes that these two things are entirely separate, at least in most cases, and has some thought-provoking advice for anyone who is stuck in a job they hate…follow your dreams instead.

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Him, Her and Angels Sent…by One Happy Hapa (BLW Contributor)

Mom and Pops

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As I reflect upon my childhood, the greatest thing that stood out in my mind was the closeness of this family. It didn’t matter to me what the overall financial status was, the family stayed close through thick and thin. After my dad left the army of 25 years he had a very hard time keeping or finding work. From VW salesman to security guard he was out there trying to make a better life for his family.

We were never close as father and son, I was always off doing my own thing and he was trying to find work. I blame myself for this separation, even to this day. He served three campaigns during the wars – Italy, North Africa and North Korea. I haven’t a clue about any of this, he never talked about it and I never asked him. It’s shameful and I’ll always regret not getting closer to the man who took cared of me, who loved me.

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Words cannot express the feelings and love I have for my mother. She reminds me of a mother hen that has all her chicks around her and wherever she went we would follow. We could talk to each other like we were best friends, of course I never would admit that to anyone outside the family but she is where everything started and ended, at least in my life. Yes I was sort of a mama’s boy but hey, alone, with no one around we all are. You can admit it.

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They both led honorable and productive lives living as if the end of the world was on the morrow. However, they both ironically were subjected to the cruelties of life, as I learned at an early age just how rough life can be.
Dad crashed his car one night asleep at the wheel and broke his neck. He would be in beds and wheelchairs for 10 years trying to make the best of his somewhat limited life. Mom developed pancreatic cancer and would die a quick death. It wasn’t easy for this young man to see this and I remember distancing myself so it wouldn’t be in my face.

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I give tribute to my two sisters who took charge of the caring and whatever else they needed in their time of need. It is they my sisters who had that strength and compassion to make their lives a little easier, it is they who I will always remember and forever be grateful to for this love and kindness. They were angel sent…

1. Photos: top, Pops, Retired Major, US Army

2. Mom, Pa’u rider for Oahu in the Aloha day Parade (I think she’s 20yrs here)

3. A rare early photo of a mom and pops

4. The two angels… Love you

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BLW Interview: Cincinnati Bengals star, Domata Peko talks about New England Patriots Deflategate Scandal

The Truth Hurts – The Truth is like the Sun

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Cancer Doesn’t Take A Snow Day & Current of Time among the Waves by Thank you isn’t Enough (BLW Contributor)

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Cancer Doesn’t Take A Snow Day

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Cancer, illness, treatments doesn’t take a snow day. The appreciation of others staying at AstraZeneca Hope Lodge because dinner was delivered before the storm, priceless! Thankful for the many volunteers that make these nights possible for many deserving people! 

Current of Time among the Waves

Grief takes time but, just maybe time brings out clarity. As an ocean flows with the current and tide, it sustains a rhythm centered by outside forces. Grief  has a flow that is sustained differently by each person, a wave in a sense that is centered amongst a current, a very unique current due to many outside factors.
Grief, I always thought was the same for everyone until I was caught in the current.  Trust your ability to swim against the uncontrollable tide and ride the waves. Remember,  you know yourself and your grief the best. Have faith in yourself even when the waves come crashing down on you that you will bask in the sunlight and ride the wave back to the shore in time.

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Happy National Pistachio Day!!! (Jan. 26th) – Health Benefits of Pistachios

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Heart Health
 – Pistachios have been shown to reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and increase the good HDL cholesterol after only a short period of regular consumption. High in antioxidants such as vitamins A and E, they fight inflammation, protecting blood vessels and reducing risk of heart disease. Even a moderate intake of pistachios has been shown to increase levels of lutein, an antioxidant well known for protecting against oxidized LDL, reducing heart disease.

Diabetes Help
 – Eating pistachios may help to prevent Type 2 diabetes. 60 percent of the recommended daily value of the mineral phosphorous is contained in just one cup of pistachios. As well as breaking down proteins into amino acids, phosphorous aids glucose tolerance.

Healthy Blood
 – Pistachios are an incredibly rich source of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is essential to make hemoglobin, the protein responsible for carrying oxygen through the blood stream to cells, and is also shown to increase the amount of oxygen carried.

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Nervous System
 – The vitamin B6 so abundant in pistachios has wide-ranging effects on the nervous system. Messaging molecules called amines require amino acids to develop, which in turn rely on vitamin B6 for their creation. Furthermore, B6 plays a crucial role in the formation of myelin, the insulating sheath around nerve fibers that allows optimal messaging between nerves. Furthermore, vitamin B6 contributes to the synthesis of serotonin, melatonin, epinephrine and gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, an amino acid that calms the transmission of nerve impulses throughout the nervous system.

Eye Health – 
Pistachios contain two carotenoids not found in most nuts. These carotenoids, called lutein and zeaxanthin, function as protective antioxidants, defending tissues from damage from free radicals. They have been linked with a decrease in the risk for developing age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of visual impairments and acquired blindness in the United States.

Immune System – 
A healthy immune system requires adequate intake of vitamin B6, which pistachios abound in. A surfeit of vitamin B6 can retard brain activity as well as decrease the effectiveness of the immune system for fighting infections. Vitamin B6 found in pistachios also helps the body make healthy red blood cells, and helps maintain the health of lymphoid glands, such as the thymus, spleen and lymph nodes, ensuring the production of white blood cells that defend the body from infections.

Skin Health
 – Pistachios are a great source of vitamin E, a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant, essential for maintaining the integrity of cell membranes and often recommended for healthy and beautiful skin. Vitamin E does an excellent job protecting the skin from UV damage, providing daily defense against premature aging and skin cancer.

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Poetry Mondays – Hope is the Thing with Feathers by Emily Dickinson

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Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune without the words,

And never stops at all.

And sweetest in the gale is heard;

And sore must be the storm

That could abash the little bird

That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chilliest land

And on the strangest sea;

Yet, never, in extremity,

It asked a crumb of me.

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What’s in Your Purse? by House of the Hartmanns (BLW Contributor) – Tell us ladies what’s inside of yours & Why?

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What’s in Your Purse? 

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Today I decided to organize my purse!! This is whats inside.

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  • wallet
  • diaper cream for my boys
  • husbands watch
  • husbands keys
  • old os tickets from august
  • a save the sate from our wedding 2 years ago my son threw in their
  • baby socks
  • sonic jelly fish kids meal toys
  • two types of lipstick and blistex
  • bracelet
  • pumpkin spice gum
  • old pro golf score card from the beach from June
  • registration paper from school
  • a bag of nickels from my tripoly game!!

That’s all folks :) Whats in your purse??(or wallet for my male readers)

Thanks for reading!! G

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Motivation Monday – The Many Benefits of Push Ups

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Don’t have time to go to the gym?

Do some push ups then!!! #GetitIn #NoExcuses

Push-ups are one of the oldest and most basic of exercises for a simple reason. They work.

The exercise positions all the muscles in our upper body and builds optimal strength in the forearms, shoulders, chest. And for the ladies, they will “get rid of the jig” by targeting the upper arms. And when done properly, also put emphasis on building a strong core by stabilizing the abdominals and back.

There is even some benefits to your quads and hammies.

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