Apple Peach Oatmeal Crunch

In my neck of the woods it is heart of peach season with the apples starting to make their appearance (eating regional produce is not only good for the local economy, it also reduces your carbon footprint). For me this time of year means Apple Peach Oatmeal Crunch: Ingredients: 2 cups cooking apples and 2 cups peaches (or 4 cups just apples or just peaches) 3/4 cup sugar 2 Tablespoons flour ½ cup packed brown sugar ½ cup flour ½ cup butter 2/3 cup rolled oats 1 tablespoon cinnamon [sc:adsense ] Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees Butter a 9-inch baking dish. Peel, core, and slice the apples and the peaches. Slice thickness does not matter nor does ripeness. Place sliced fruit, sugar, and 2 tablespoons of flour into the buttered baking dish. In a separate bowl mix … [Read more...]

Ever wonder why front loading washers are considered green?

I did. I am one of those people that likes to know why. Why are plastic bags bad for the environment? Why are phosphates bad for water systems? Why are front-loading washers and dryers "green?" Who do I turn to when I want to know why? Why Google of course. I found this very informative Energy Star website that answered all my why questions and then some. Here are a few of the things that I learned/confirmed about front-loading washers: Using a horizontal or tumble-axis basket to lift and drop clothing through a small amount of water instead of rubbing clothes against an agitator in a full tub of water dramatically reduces the amount of water used in the wash cycle. Efficient motors spin clothes two to three times faster during the spin cycle and extract more water. … [Read more...]

Clenched Teeth: A Sign of Stress

Many times throughout the day I find myself clenching my teeth. This use to be an occasional occurrence for me but lately I find myself doing it more and more. So much so that it is starting to hurt my jaw. It turns out that clenching my teeth is my unconscious response to stress (one of many I'm sure). The medical profession even has a name for this unconscious response to stress, Bruxism. Bruxism is when you clench (tightly hold your top and bottom teeth together) or grind (slide your teeth back and forth over each other) your teeth. One look at today’s news headlines can probably tell you why the frequency of my teeth clenching has increased. Whenever I realize that I am clenching my teeth I immediately unclench them, take a deep breath, and move my jaw around a little bit. … [Read more...]