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This week we’ve been enjoying cooler nights and warm sunny days, just the perfect fall weather. I’m also trying to use up various items from our freezer. I had a half of a package of edamame beans in the freezer and decided to make this cold Edamame Peanut Noodle Salad. It was a perfect dish to enjoy during our “Indian Summer”. The recipe makes enough for six so we had leftovers, which make for a delicious lunch the next day.

 

The recipe only takes about 20 minutes of preparation time and maybe 15 minutes to heat the water for the pasta and cook the pasta. I love a recipe that comes together in under 30 minutes!Edamame Noodle Salad

 

Edamame Peanut Noodle Salad

 

Ingredients:

6 ounces of whole wheat linguine

1 cup thawed frozen shelled edamame

3 Tbsp. soy sauce

3 Tbsp. peanut butter

3 Tbsp. rice vinegar

1 Tbsp. honey

2 tsp. peeled and grated fresh ginger

1 ½ tsp. sesame oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

2 scallions, slic

1 large carrot, shredded

1 red pepper, very thinly sliced

½ English cucumber, thinly sliced

 

Directions:

 

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Add the edamame during the last five minutes of cooking time. Drain and rinse under cold water. Place in a large bowl.

 

Whisk the soy sauce, peanut butter, vinegar, honey, ginger, sesame oil, garlic and pepper flakes in a bowl until well blended. Mix Combine the pasta, scallions, carrot, bell pepper and cucumber in your large bowl.Edamame Noodle Salad Add the soy sauce mixture and toss to coat. Serve at once or cover and refrigerate up to one day.Edamame Peanut Noodle Salad

 

This edamame peanut noodle salad would be delicious anytime of the year but is especially good during the warm weather when you just want a quick meal and don’t want to spend much time at the stove!Edamame Peanut Noodle Salad

 

Have you used edamame in your recipes before?

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Taking a road trip can be a wonderful vacation idea for you and your family. Loading up the car and driving somewhere is usually a cheaper way to travel than buying various airplane tickets. The journey of a road trip can provide wonderful sights and thrills along the way, rather than being clumped in a crowded flight, make a road trip its own reward.road trip

 

However, a road trip can just as easily turn into a major headache if you don’t plan for it. Traveling with the whole family in one car is surely going to turn up some challenges, but it’s still worth it. Here are some tips to make the family road trip go smoothly…road trip

 

Prepare some distractions for your kids

 

When you pack your kids into a car and expect them to sit there quietly all day, then you are invariably going to have problems. This is most families’ hesitation with taking a road trip, as it can be a horrendous experience if you are going to hear crying and bickering the whole time. For this reason, make sure that you plan out things for your kids to do on the road trip.

 

Think of some road trip games that the whole family can play, or give them a creative task to do while the drive is going. If all else fails, there’s also no shame in letting technology do some of the heavy lifting for you and getting some entertaining apps to hold their attention for a while during the longest stretches of road.

 

Budget what the drive will cost

 

While taking a road trip is definitely going to be cheaper than taking a flight, there are still going to be some deep costs for a long journey. You should expect this, but you can ease some of the travel pains on your wallet by thoroughly planning out the road trip and budgeting what it will cost you.

 

Once you get everything down and on paper, you can see ways that you can cut hotel costs, or ways that you can spend less on gas. Just make sure that you also budget yourself a cushion, because there are almost always things that come up that you just don’t expect.

 

Get your vehicle a checkup before you go

 

Nothing can wreck a road trip faster than having your transmission go out, or your engine stalling, in an area that you are unfamiliar with. Breakdowns are sure to add a great deal of stress to the trip, and can make your costs skyrocket. For this reason, it’s always worth the insurance and peace of mind to take your vehicle in for a checkup by a professional before a long drive, so that you can rest easy knowing that you can get where you’re going, safely.

 

Plan for regular bathroom breaks

 

When traveling with a large group of people, it’s important to understand that everyone’s bathroom habits aren’t going to suddenly synchronize, as beneficial as that would be. Don’t limit your family to only one, two, or even three bathroom breaks throughout the day. Plan for some regular stops so that they can relieve themselves and travel comfortably. This will make the trip much more pleasurable, believe me.road trip

 

Pack a wide variety of snacks

 

Getting hungry on a road trip is an easy shortcut to getting angry, and nobody wants that. Always make sure to pack enough snacks and drinks to keep everyone appeased for the duration of the trip. Sure, you’re probably still going to stop for a quick meal at an interesting place that you spot along the way, but you still want to make sure that everyone is staying hydrated and well-fed during the long stretches of road where you can’t stop. Don’t only stock up on sugary snacks, either, as that will lead to sugar highs and crashes, which won’t be fun in the full car. Make sure to get some healthy things in there, as well.

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I try to give blood whenever I can. Since I am A negative I can also give double blood. There are many good reasons why you should be a blood donor, every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood and more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day, according to the American Red Cross.give blood

 

Here are 4 reasons to give blood.

 

People Need Blood Donations

 

Blood is essential for life; it carries oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, fights infections and helps heal wounds. When people are in accidents they often need blood. Blood transfusions save the lives of cardiac patients during surgery and premature babies come into the world often needing blood to survive. Your blood donation could save up to three lives.give blood

 

It’s a Simple Process

 

Donating blood is a simple four-step process:  registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments (cookies!)  The whole process takes no more than one hour and 15 minutes with the actual blood collection taking about 12 minutes.give blood

 

You Get a Mini Check Up.

 

Before you are allowed to give blood you’ll have to complete a quick physical that measures your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin levels. After the blood is collected it’s sent off to a lab where it will undergo 13 different tests for infectious diseases, like HIV and West Nile virus. If anything comes back positive, you’ll be notified immediately. The physical and blood tests are no reason to skip your annual doctor visits but it gives you peace of mind.

 

You’ll Meet Some Amazing People.

 

Every time I give blood I am amazed at how nice everyone is, from the people that take down your vital information to those actually drawing the blood. They are all friendly and want to make the blood donation process as easy as possible. There are also volunteers who will serve you sandwiches afterwards and make sure that you feel well enough to drive home. It’s actually medically necessary to replenish your blood supply after a blood donation. You get to enjoy sandwiches, cookies and a drink before they let you go home.give blood

 

If you’ve never given blood before there’s a first time for everything. As you sit in the donation chair, you realize how lucky you are to be healthy. Your heath is a gift you are bestowing on someone who needs some of your wonderful blood to survive.give blood

 

If you don’t know how to find your local blood donation center don’t worry the American Red Cross can help you with that. There are usually blood donations going on all the time.give blood

As we head into autumn one of my favorite recipes to make is my Aunt Cathleen’s Fresh Apple Cake. My aunt shared this recipe years ago with my mom and it has been a family favorite ever since! It is delicious anytime of the year but especially good in the fall when the apples are fresh.apple cake

 

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! It is best to make this recipe in the late afternoon just before you plan serving dinner. There is nothing better than warm apple cake with some vanilla ice cream. My aunt has since passed away but every time I make this apple cake it brings back wonderful memories of her.

 

Fresh Apple Cake

 

Ingredients:


2  ½ cups flour
½cup wheat germ
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp salt
2 cups brown sugar
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup walnuts, chopped
4 cups coarsely chopped unpeeled applesapple cake, cooking, apple cake, prudent living

 

Directions:

 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine the flour, wheat germ, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and brown sugar.flour, apple cake, pecans, applecake

 

Stir to combine. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. It is often easier to use your hands to mix everything together as the mixture is quite stiff. Lightly grease a tube pan. Scrap mixture into the tube pan and bake at 350 for 1 1/2 hours.apples, apple cake, applecake, prudent living Let cool for a few minutes before inverting onto a plate or cake stand.Apple cake, apples, baking

 

There is nothing that reminds me of autumn than this delicious apple cake. It is good with fresh apples that you have just picked or apples that you want to use up from your refrigerator. Do you have a favorite recipe that has been passed down in your family? Any favorite apple recipes?

 

Bon Appetit!

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