Grins and Giggles: Strength

Strength from Chocolate

Strength proven by chocolate!


“Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands and then eat just one of the pieces.” – Judith Viorst

Other Chocolate Quotes to Gather Strength From!

“All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!
— Lucy Van Pelt in Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz

And above all… Think Chocolate!
–“Betty Crocker

Caramels are only a fad. Chocolate is a permanent thing.
— Milton Snavely Hershey

“Chocolate is cheaper than therapy and you don’t need an appointment.”
— Catherine Aitken

“I could give up chocolate but I’m not a quitter.”
— Author Unknown

“Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies.”
— John Q. Tullius

“When the going gets tough, the tough eats chocolate.”
— Author Unknown

Here are a couple more for that strength.

“Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food.”
— Michael Levine

“Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted power. it is the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits.”
— Baron Justus von Liebig

A favorite that gives me strength in love…

“Love is like swallowing hot chocolate before it has cooled off. It takes you by surprise at first, but keeps you warm for a long time.”
— Author Unknown

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How To Tell When Foods Go Bad

How To Tell When Foods Go Bad

For fun – but not off the mark, either! When your foods go bad, you will know it. Toss out bad foods immediately and wash hand after handling.

Foods in storage container
Foods in storage container

ICE CREAM – If you can’t tell the difference between your ice cubes and your ice cream, it’s time to throw BOTH out. Foods go bad when in the freezer too long.

FROZEN FOODS – Frozen foods that have become an integral part of the defrosting problem in your freezer compartment will probably be spoiled by the time you pry them out with a kitchen knife.

EGGS – When something starts pecking its way out of the shell, the egg is probably past its prime.

DAIRY PRODUCTS – Milk is spoiled when it starts to look like yogurt. Yogurt is spoiled when it starts to look like cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is spoiled when it starts to look like regular cheese. Regular cheese is nothing but spoiled milk anyway – if you can dig down and still find something non-green, bon appetit!

MEAT – If opening the refrigerator door causes stray animals from a three-block radius to congregate outside your house, toss the meat. Meat foods go bad often. Cut your losses.

UNMARKED ITEMS: You know it is well beyond prime when you’re tempted to discard the Tupperware along with the food.

Foods go bad
Foods go bad and get germs

CANNED GOODS – Any canned goods that have become the size or shape of a softball should be disposed of very carefully.

POTATOES – Fresh potatoes do not have roots, branches, or dense, leafy undergrowth.

BREAD: Sesame seeds and Poppy seeds are the only officially acceptable “spots” that should be seen on the surface of any loaf of bread. Fuzzy and hairy looking white or green growth areas are good indications that your bread has turned into a pharmaceutical laboratory experiment. You may wish to discard it at this time, depending on your interest in pharmaceuticals.

CEREAL: It is generally a good rule of thumb that cereal should be discarded when it is two years or longer beyond the expiration date, or when it will no longer fall out of the box by itself.

FLOUR: Flour is spoiled when it wiggles, or things fly out when you open it.

PRETZELS: Normally eternal, pretzels may be discarded if they can no longer be picked up without falling apart. Otherwise, there’s nothing to stop you from eating a pretzel that the Pharaoh put down only 4000 years ago.

RAISINS: Raisins should not usually be harder than your teeth.

SALT: It never spoils. However, if you can’t chip off reasonable amounts from the block, maybe another box is in order, as fresh salt usually pours.

SPICES: Most spices cannot die, they just fade away. They will be fine on your shelf, forever. Put them in your will.

VINEGAR: If your grandmother made it, it is probably still good.

THE GAG TEST – Anything that makes you gag is spoiled (except for leftovers from what you cooked for yourself last night).

EXPIRATION DATES: This is not a marketing ploy to encourage you to throw away perfectly good food so that you’ll spend more on groceries. Even dry foods older than you are may be ready to replace.

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Stimulate Endorphins. Just ROFL!

Stimulate Endorphins. Just ROFL!

Studies Say: LAUGH!

Researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, found that people who laughed the least were 40 percent more likely to suffer from heart disease than people who laughed most frequently.

The researchers at the University of Oxford found out that a snicker isn’t going to do you much good.

Stimulate Endorphins. Just ROFL!
Stimulate Endorphins. Just ROFL!


A smile doesn’t come close. It’s a heartfelt belly laugh – a literal “ROFL” laugh – that can be beneficial to your health and mental well-being. Laughter can stimulate endorphins, a feel good component.

Laughter Really is Good Medicine so Stimulate Endorphins With a Good Belly Laugh

In short, researchers discovered that laughter truly is one of the best medicines.

Laughter helps us deal with pain and difficulties and is valuable in a medical context because it reduces our anxiety and our body’s state of alarm. Take time out when you are sick or worried about your health to watch your favorite comedy (visit Hot Comedy DVDs# for a large choice of top comedies!) or read your favorite amusing book.

Laughing Hysterically

Having a good laugh with friends really does help us to deal with pain, suggests a new study. The international research team, led by Oxford University, found that when we laugh properly, as opposed to producing a polite titter, the physical exertion leaves us exhausted and thereby triggers the release of protective endorphins.

Only a hearty, sustained belly laugh can release the endorphins and chemicals which enable people to better deal with their pain. The release of endorphins is usually caused by physical activity, like exercise, touch or massage.

Endorphins also have been found to lower the level of stress hormones as they are released into the body.

“A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:4

So get together with some friends and have a good hearty, healthy, gut-busting laugh!