Valentine's "Show the Love" Salad
1 pkg Earthbound Farms Spring Mix
1 large cucumber, sliced
2 red peppers, seeded (tops and bottoms removed)
1 bunch radishes, sliced
1 small brick of partly skim mozzarella cheese
10 - 15 small plum tomatoes, halved
1/4 to 1/2 pkg Grab & Go Simply Sesame Trail Mix
1 bottle Kraft Roasted Red Pepper with Parmesan salad dressing
Place the Spring Mix in a large bowl. (If you can't find the Earthbound Farms Spring Mix just use a similar mixed greens blend, about 6 cups or more.)
Using a small, heart shaped cookie cutter (about 1 inch) cut out heart shapes from the cucumber, red peppers, and mozza cheese.
Sprinkle the veggies and cheese over the salad.
Sprinkle with a generous amount of the Simply Sesame Trail Mix. (If you can't find this you can leave it off or substitute with another crunchy salad topper.)
Just before serving, drizzle with your desired amount of Roasted Red Pepper Dressing and toss until equally distributed.
Visit the link here! http://joandsue.blogspot.ca/2014/02/valentines-show-love-salad.html
Heart Shape Calzones
•1 1/2 cups warm (115 degrees) water
•2 packets (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
•1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for bowl
•2 tablespoons sugar
•2 teaspoons coarse salt
•2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for kneading
•2 cups whole-wheat flour (spooned and leveled)
1.Place water in a large bowl; sprinkle with yeast. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Brush another large bowl with oil.
2.In bowl with yeast, whisk sugar, oil, and salt. Stir in flours with a wooden spoon until a sticky dough forms. Transfer to oiled bowl; brush top of dough with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; let stand in a warm spot until dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
3.Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface. With floured hands, knead until smooth, about 15 seconds; divide into two balls.
4.Set balls on a plate (they should not touch); freeze until firm, about 1 hour. Then freeze in a freezer bag up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator.
*If you aren’t freezing, then skip #4 and just use the dough!
-whatever your heart desires
-I used marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and ground beef flavored with hamburger seasoning.
-use a heart shape cookie cutter (or just free hand it)
-spread your marinara, cheese and toppings on one piece of the heart (leave a little room around the edges to seal the calzone)
-place the other heart dough on top and seal the edges with a fork
-brush the top with some melted butter and sprinkle a little salt or garlic salt
-place in a pre-heated oven (400 degrees) for 12-15 minutes
Visit the link here! http://messyaprons.blogspot.com/2012/01/heart-shape-calzones.html
Pink Hot Chocolate with Mason Jar Whipped Cream
• Pint-sized mason jar with lid
• 1/4 cup cold heavy cream
• 1 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
• Dash of vanilla optional
Pink Hot Chocolate
• 2 cups milk
• 4 oz good-quality white chocolate chopped
• 2-4 drops red food coloring
• Sprinkles optional
1 Put your mason jar in the freezer for 15 minutes, so it is very cold.
2 Pour in cream, sugar, and vanilla.
3 Screw on lid and wrap the jar in a towel if it is too cold to hold. Shake vigorously until you no longer hear liquid sloshing inside, about 5-7 minutes. Check the consistency of your whipped cream before setting in the refrigerator while you make your hot chocolate.
1 In a small saucepan, heat milk. Add chocolate and stir until completely dissolved and milk reaches desired temperature. Do not allow to boil. Remove from heat and stir in food coloring.
1 Pour into cups, spoon on whipped cream, and top with sprinkles.
Visit the link here! https://bakingmischief.com/2016/02/10/pink-hot-chocolate-mason-jar-whipped-cream/
We all know what braces look like, but do we all know what each part is called, and what role it plays in your orthodontic journey? No? We are so excited to educate you about your braces!
Bands: A band is generally made of stainless steel, and is a ring that wraps around a molar. It is cemented to the tooth. The band anchors the rest of the braces to your mouth.
Brackets: Brackets are the fun little metal or ceramic component that is bonded to each tooth with cement. The brackets help the archwires stay in place and guide them along the teeth. What’s an archwire? We’re glad you asked!
Archwires: Archwires are thin, metal wires (generally made of either stainless steel or titanium) that guide the teeth as they shift. The archwires are adjustable and provide the force that aligns the teeth. Archwires attach to the brackets through ligatures, which brings us to our next word!
Ligatures: The ligature is a small, twisted wire or elastic band that holds the archwire to the bracket.
Elastic ties: Elastic ties are tiny rubber bands that wrap around the brackets in order to hold the archwire in place. Elastic ties come in a wide variety of colors, and allow the patient to customize their braces bling however they’d like!
Elastics/Rubber Bands: These are different from the elastic ties. Rubber bands attach to hooks on the top and bottom molar brackets or bands, helping your teeth move in the direction the orthodontist wants them to go.
Hooks: You thought we forgot about hooks, there, didn’t you? Hooks are, you guessed it, hooks attached to your braces! They are placed strategically so the rubber bands can hook onto them.
Coil Springs: Springs can be attached to the archwire, between the brackets, to close spaces or to keep spaces open for incoming teeth.
Buccal Tube: The buccal tube is attached to the band (Remember it? It wraps around your molar!) and contains slots to hold a variety of appliances in place, including the archwire and headgear.
Headgear: Headgear comes in several varieties, and serves several purposes. The term “headgear” refers to orthodontic appliances that are worn outside of the mouth, to help correct oral issues that can’t be corrected with braces alone.
Getting braces can feel scary. Often, we know that it’s made of metal and may feel like an eternity before it finally comes off. If we don’t know anything else about our braces, we may have a less than awesome orthodontic experience.
When we know more about something, it becomes less unknown and mysterious, and can ease some of our fears. We hope that, by learning the names and functions for the different parts of your braces, you will feel more informed and empowered to fully embrace (see what we did there??) your orthodontic experience!We all know what braces look like, but do we all know what each part is called, and what role it plays in your orthodontic journey? No? We are so excited to educate you about your braces!