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Health Benefits of Eating Gelatin Daily

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If you’re like many people, you’ve thought about making an estate plan, but you just never get around to doing it. Perhaps you’re too busy, or maybe you’d rather avoid considering what will happen in the even of your incapacity or death. Although these concerns are understandable, estate planning is a vital component of your financial well being, and one that’s bet tackled sooner rather than later.estate plan

 

Why you need an estate plan.

 

An estate plan is designed to provide financial security for your family, ensuring that your property will be preserved and passed on to beneficiaries. IN addition it can minimize estate taxes and other administrative costs, ensure competent management of your property iin the case of incapacity, enable you to provide for a favorite charity and help mitigate or avoid disputes among family members.

 

Having lost both of my parents in the last four years I can’t tell you how true this is. My mother always had all of her affairs in order. When she passed away it was an easy estate to settle and there was minimal costs involved.

 

My father was another story. He was still working on getting his affairs in order when he went into the hospital. As a result we had to hire an attorney and it took three years to settle the estate with the attorneys getting the bulk of his estate.

 

Now contrary to popular belief you don’t need to have significant wealth to have an estate plan. Basic estate planning is for everyone. Putting a plan in place will help you protect assets during your life and control how you wish your estate to be distributed on your death, as well as ease the administrative burden on you family.

 

There are three basic components of your estate plan: a durable power of attorney for financial matters, a health care power of attorney and a last will and testament. What are each of these components?

 

Durable Power of Attorney

This document allows you to appoint someone to handle your financial matters in the event that you become incapacitated.

 

Health care documents

A health care POA allows you to name an individual to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event you are unable to do so. It may be used in conjunction with a living will, which authorizes your health care provider to take specific actions in the event that life-sustaining decisions need to be made.

 

Last will and testament

 

A will dictates who will receive your property upon your death and under what circumstances. It also enables you to direct the payment of estate administration expenses and taxes and to nominate an executor to handle these matters. It also allows you to designate a guardian for your minor children.

 

Revocable Trust

 

A revocable trust allows you to maintain control and ownership of the trust assets during your life and direct how and when your beneficiaries will receive trust distributions upon your death. By funding a revocable trust during your life, your assets will avoid probate administration.

 

Remember a will governs only probate property; a trust governs only assets owned by the trust. It is also important to review the ownership and beneficiary designations of such assets as jointly held property, life insurance proceeds, retirement benefits, employee death benefits and retirement plan proceeds.

 

This may all seem a bit overwhelming but working with an experienced professional will help you to plan. The time to start your estate plan is now!estate plan

We finally had our first touch of frost in the garden and I’m seeing an end to our abundant harvest of zucchini! I had a few larger zucchini that somehow slipped by me and I decided to use them to make some double chocolate zucchini bread. This bread is more like a dessert. It is moist, dense and super choclatey! No one would ever guess that there is zucchini in it plus it’s a great way to use up zucchini!chocolate zucchini bread

 

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

 

Ingredients:

 

2 large eggs

1/3 cup honey

½ cup coconut oil

½ cup brown sugar

1 tsp. homemade vanilla

1 tsp. Slat

½ tsp. Baking soda

½ tsp. Baking powder

½ tsp. espresso powder (optional)

1/3 cup baking cocoa

1 2/3 cups all purpose flour

2 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini, gently pressed

1 cup chocolate chips

 

Directions:

 

Preheat your oven to 350 and lightly grease a 8 ½ by 4 ½ inch loaf pan.

 

In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs, honey, oil, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.

 

Add the salt, baking powder, baking soda, espresso powder, cocoa and flour mixing until well combined. Stir in the zucchini and chocolate chips.chocolate zucchini bread

 

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake the bread for 65-75 minutes. Remove the bread from the oven and let cool 10-15 minutes before turning it out of the pan onto a rack.chocolate zucchini bread Cool completely before slicing. Store at room temperature or wrap to freeze. Makes one loaf.chocolate zucchini bread

 

This recipe is a slight variation of one I found on the King Arthur Flour site. This Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread has got to be the tasty way to use up excess zucchini! I made a batch over Labor Day weekend and our company enjoyed it immensely. I think I’ll make a few more loaves to put in the freezer.

Welcome to the Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

We are so glad that you have stopped by for a visit! We encourage you to look through some of the great posts shared by our readers and then take the time to read those that interest you. If you are adding to our list, thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us. It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings. We hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us.

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Kathi at Oak Hill HomesteadFacebookPinterestInstagram Dash at Bloom Where You’re PlantedFacebookInstagram Sandra at Clearwater Farm – Facebook – Pinterest – Instagram Leah at Busy Gals Homestead and Leah’s Lovely LopsFacebook PinterestTwitter Nancy at On the HomefrontFacebookTwitterPinterest

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Each week we’ll feature the most-viewed post from last week’s hop. Each host also features her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. Visit each of our blogs to see if you were featured this week.

Our most-visited post from last week’s hop:
Homestead Crafts: Holiday Gifts from Your Hands

My Favorite Post:
How to Root Herbs the Organic Way Plus DIY Bouquet Garni

 

Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week.

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According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, roughly 1 out of every 8 children suffers from an anxiety disorder. Based on the same research, children with anxiety disorders may be at a higher risk of poor school performance, or of having normal social lives. Later on, the risks are also higher that they might use illicit substances.

 

However, this is far from a sure thing. Plenty of children with an early anxiety disorder live healthy and happy lives. You, as a parent, can help your child work through their anxiety and learn to function with it, until it isn’t nearly as much of a problem in their life. Here are some tips on how to help a child with anxiety…

 

Always remain calm

 

For parents, it can be frustrated to have your child be anxious in so many situations, especially when it comes to social situations. However, it’s important that you shouldn’t be the thing that adds to their anxiety, but helps them work through it. Because of this, always make sure that you remain calm in situations when they might be panicking.

 

You should be the anchor that reminds them that it is okay, and that they can work through their emotions with you. When you lose your calm, then their mental anchor is gone, and their anxiety can skyrocket.

 

Use family therapy

 

Counseling can be an especially useful tool to help kids work through their anxiety and lessen the impact it has on them. Plenty of counselors specialize in anxiety and other mental disorders in children. One particular tool that many counselors use is family therapy, where the session takes place with the child and their family members, together. This post has some helpful guidance for what to expect from family therapy, which can sound intimidating to many people.

 

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that you shouldn’t participate in family therapy because you don’t have any need of it, yourself. Family therapy is a great setting to help a child talk about things that they might be nervous about talking about in their normal day-to-day lives.

 

Give them praise when it is due

 

Positive emotions help children deal with underlying anxiety. It is especially good for them to feel pride when they have done something well. Be sure to give your child praise, when it is due. This doesn’t mean dishonestly congratulate them for everything they do, as that is setting them up for horrible expectations in life, but offer praise for each step that they take towards mitigating how anxiety affects them. This encourages them to examine their emotions and get a good read on how anxiety is impacting their life, as well as change that impact.

 

Understand what will trigger them

 

Your child’s anxiety may be triggered by different things. If they have social anxiety, then social events are definitely going to be a trigger. Specific phobias, such as the fear of dogs or heights, are also common triggers for anxiety disorders, depending on the child. Make sure you understand what it is that triggers your child’s anxiety, but don’t focus on avoiding those triggers.

 

If you steer your child away from everything that might give them anxiety, then you are teaching poor life habits that encourage them to run from their problems, instead of address them. Instead, focus on guiding them through these encounters with anxiety triggers, and teach them how to process their emotions, wisely, in those situations.

 

Assure them that nothing is wrong with them

 

When a child is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, they are definitely going to feel an impact to their self-worth. The common thought that children have in this situation is that something is wrong with them. It’s natural for them to think this way, but it can also be very destructive. Talk with them about what an anxiety disorder is, and help them understand that it is something that naturally happens to some people, but that it is just a challenge that is going to make them stronger people and better for it.

Last weekend we had friends over for dinner and I was looking for a simple dessert that was somewhat healthy. We still have an abundance of blueberries so this light refreshing Whipped Lemon Cheesecake  was a perfect choice.whipped lemon cheesecake

 

I was able to mix up the lemon cheesecake a day in advance and let it chill overnight. This gave the filling a chance to set and it also enhanced the lemon flavor. It was such an easy dessert I’m sure we will be enjoying it again!whipped lemon cheesecake

 

Whipped Lemon Cheesecake

 

Ingredients:

1 cup heavy whipping cream

8 ounces of cream cheese, I used the lighter Neufchatel cheese

7 ounces of sweetened condensed milk

½ cup powdered sugar

½ cup plain Greek yogurt

½ tsp. homemade vanilla

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 Tbsp. Lemon zest

Blueberries for topping

 

Directions:

Using your stand mixer add the cream cheese to the bowl and beat for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Slowly add the sweetened condensed milk and continue beating until thoroughly combined. Add the powdered sugar, Greek yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy and then place in the refrigerator while you whip the cream.

 

Add the whipping cream to a cold bowl and beat until stiff peaks form. Remove the cheesecake filling from the refrigerator and gently add the whipped cream. Gently fold in just until combined.

 

Pour the cheesecake filling into your dessert glasses. I was able to generously fill six dessert glasses. Place in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours. I made the filling the day before and let sit overnight.

 

Before serving sprinkle a generous handful of blueberries on top and garnish with a mint leaf. It was a big hit!whipped lemon cheesecake

 

The original recipe was found on 5minutesformom.com.

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