Fall is upon us – or darn close. In my neck of the woods it’s so chilly right now it feels like Halloween! That got me in the mood for some fall goodies and what is better than a fun fall freebie?
So… I have a couple of fall recipe cards free you can download right now and use as wish. Print as many as you’d like. Digital cards are great to have on hand. Spill something on one and you can print a fresh new copy right away.
The cards are in PDF files. Each PDF file is one page and contains two cards. So one page of paper will print out two cards each time you print it. It is recommended that you use card stock for the best results, but certainly any kind of paper you wish to use is fine.
The first blank recipe card – no lines – is adorned with a pumpkin and falling leaves and a soft autumn orange color.
The second is also in pretty fall colors with a fall “harvest” at the top featuring a pumpkin in the middle.
Both cards are totally free to download. Just click on the image of the one you’d like. Grab them both!
Fall Recipe Card One: Fall Blank Recipe Card: Pumpkins
Halloween Recipes – Fun and healthier Halloween treats for you and the kids in your life (of all ages!) Freebie Hint: Check out Witches Brew for another free recipe card, already filled in with the recipe.
Miss Read (1913-2012) was the pseudonym of Mrs. Dora Saint, a former schoolteacher beloved for her novels of English rural life, especially those set in the fictional villages of Thrush Green and Fairacre.
While reading this evening, a few paragraphs just begged to be shared. These paragraphs share how children amused themselves back in they days of innocence and hard work. How mother nature amused, taught and delighted both child and adult.
I’m going to share those paragraphs in hopes others may enjoy this sweet journey back in time to the goodness of nature.
“How lucky country children are in these natural delights that be ready to their hand! Every season and every plant offers changing joys. As they meander along the lane that leads to our school all kinds of natural toys present themselves for their diversion.
The seedpods of stitchwort hang ready for delightful popping between thumb and finger. Later the bladder campion offers a larger, if less crisp, globe to burst. In the autumn, acorns, beechnuts and conkers bedizen their path, with all their manifold possibilities of fun.
In the summer time, there is an assortment of honeys to be sucked from bindweed flowers, held fragile and fragrant to the hungry lips, and the tiny funnels of honeysuckle and clover blossoms to taste. Outside the Post Office grow three fine lime trees, murmurous with bees on summer afternoons, and these supply wide, soft young leaves in May, which the children spread over their opened mouths and, inhaling sharply, burst with a pleasant and satisfying explosion.
At about the same time of year the young hawthorn leaves are found good to eat. ‘Bread and cheese’ some call them. While the crisp sweet stalks of primroses form another delicacy, with the added delight of the thread like inner stalk which pulls out from the hairier outer sheath.
The summer time brings flower games, the heads and red satin skirts made from the turned-back petals. ‘He loves me, he don’t’ counted solemnly as the daisy petals flutter down, and ‘Bunny’s mouth’ made by pressing the sides of the yellow toadflax flowers which scramble over our chalky Fairacre banks.
And always, whatever the season, there is a flat ribbon of grass blade to be found which, when held between thumbs and blown upon, can emit the most hideous and ear-splitting screech, calculated to fray the nerves of any grownup, and warm the heart of any child within earshot.”
On so on it goes. Imagine living in such times, when nature was all that was needed to amuse and delight. When people treated each other with respect and kindness. When the body was far more than a mere sex object…
Although athletic skill and general motor skill are not necessary to be physically fit, some enjoy evaluating motor skills to test abilities. This article will address three motor skills and how to go about evaluating motor skills.
General motor skills generally refers to one’s level of ability in a wide range of physical activities. Speed, power, balance, agility, reaction time and coordination are the traits identified with motor skill performance.
In a successful performance, these skills blend into a single effective movement, such as stroking a tennis ball. The movement may be quite complex. For example, hitting a fore-hand in tennis involves three moving factors.
The body (feet).
Integration of motor abilities in a coordinated manner leads to graceful movement.
The skills involved in each sport are quite specific. Success in one activity does not necessarily mean equal success in another. It is impossible to measure all the specifics of complex physical activities.
An acceptable alternative has been to sample some of the specific traits involved in athletic performance to assess one’s general motor fitness. A person who scores well on a motor skill test usually has the potential for successful performance in a sport in which he or she receives instruction and practice. Tests of motor ability may reflect a person’s potential to perform well in specific sports.
The tests recommended here do not examine all the traits related to general athletic ability. However, the agility run, 20-yard dash, and vertical jump have emerged as excellent indicators of agility, speed and power.
Again, based on the time needed to perform these tests and ease of administering and scoring them, these tests are practical tools for getting a sense of your general athletic ability. At the end of this there is a chart with which you can rate your performance on these tests.
Evaluating Motor Skills with the Agility Run
Purpose: To measure the ability to move with quickness, speed and balance.
Procedure: Start by lying face down with your head behind the starting line and your arms flexed and hands placed just outside your shoulders. On the command “go” (the stop watch starts), jump to your feet and run as fast as you can to the end line, a distances of 30 feet.
Turn around as one foot touches or crosses the end line and then sprint back to the starting line. Then weave in and out around four chairs or boxes spaced 10 feet apart to the end line.
Turn and weave back through the chairs (in the opposite direction) to the starting line. You then sprint to the end line, touch or cross it with your foot, and turn and sprint past the finish line.
The time necessary to complete the run is recorded to the nearest tenth of a second. A wet towel may be provided so you can wipe your feet before the run. This allows better traction during the run.
Not touching the lines at each end.
Touching or accidentally touching the chair.
Not following the prescribed course.
Evaluating Motor Skills with the 20 Yard Dash
Purpose: To measure speed.
Procedure: Mark off 20 yards on the gym floor.
Have your partner stand at the finish line with a stop watch in raised hand.
As he or she drops the raised hand, the stop watch is started.
Start running as you see the hand begin to drop.
Sprint as fast as you can to the finish line.
The time it takes to complete the dash is recorded to the nearest tenth of a second.
Record the fastest of three trials.
Improper Procedure: Jumping the signal start.
Purpose: To measure the power and explosiveness of the body.
Procedure: Face the jumping board or wall and stand slightly in front of it with your feet flat on the floor and both arms fully extended over your head. Have a partner note the point where the extended tips of the middle fingers touch the board.
Now turn so that a side of your body is to the jump board. Without moving your feet (you are not allowed to step into the jump), take a deep squat and jump, touching the board as high as possible with the fingers nearest the board. After a brief rest, try a second jump.
Record the greatest distance obtained between your standing reach and your jumping reach, to the nearest half inch.
Not measuring a true standing reach.
Moving the feet in preparation to jump.
You may find that you are not satisfied with your performance on these motor skill tests. In general, after some exercise training, it is easier to improve on the basic exercise tests than on tests of athletic skill. However, with some specific motor skill exercises you can become faster, more agile, and more explosive.
Use your test results as a starting point. Keep in mind that having a high level of motor skill is not necessary for being physically fit. However, improving on some of these traits can help you better enjoy a variety of sports and recreational activities.
Combined with baking soda, strawberries become a natural tooth-cleanser, removing stains from coffee, red wine and dark sodas.
Natural Teeth Whitening Recipe
1 ripe strawberry
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Crush the strawberry to a pulp, then mix with the baking powder until blended.
Use a soft toothbrush to spread the mixture onto your teeth. Leave on for five minutes. Brush thoroughly with toothpaste to remove the berry-baking powder mix.
Floss to remove any seeds and rinse. Use once a week.
Note: Be careful not to use this too often as the acid could damage the enamel on your teeth.
Strawberries are high in vitamin C and other cancer-fighting antioxidants. Strawberries also boast a lot of fiber, plus some iron and potassium. At just 45 calories per cup, strawberries provide 85 mg of vitamin C and bioflavonoids.
Did you know?
Historically, strawberries were used as a medicinal plant. Inside the body, the berries were said to remedy digestive upsets, while the leaves and roots were used for gout. Externally, the berries were used as to treat sunburn and blemishes. The juice was even used for discolored teeth – as noted above.
Love strawberries? Consider trying our recipe for Yogurt Popsicles – strawberry-luscious!
Camping season is almost upon us! For die-hard campers, it never really ends. Following are some delicious recipes to fuel you up for your busy outdoor camping excursions.
Delicious & Hearty Camping Breakfast Recipes
On a 3-day camping trips? Save the remainder of the bacon from these camping breakfast recipes for the next day’s breakfast.
8 slices bacon
1-1/2 cups frozen hash browns
Salt and pepper to taste
6 eggs or 1-1/2 cup liquid egg substitute
1/3 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar or Colby cheese
Cook bacon in heavy skillet until crisp. Remove and crumble bacon. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat.
Slice as much onion as your family likes very thin. Add to the pan with the potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
Return to heat and fry until potatoes are lightly browned.
Beat together eggs, milk, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Pour over browned potatoes in skillet.
Cook without stirring until mixture begins to set. Using a spatula, lift and fold partially cooked eggs so uncooked egg flows underneath. Continue cooking for about 4 minutes until cooked but not dry.
Arrange crumbled bacon on top, sprinkle with cheese.
Breakfast Tortilla Wraps
1 tablespoon butter
Cheddar Cheese or American Cheese
Large flour tortillas
Beat your eggs together with a small amount of milk.
Melt butter in pan or spray with cooking spray, and add eggs.
In another pan fry your bacon in strips and drain.
After the eggs are cooked, add a spoonful or two to each tortillas, some cheese and a strip or two of bacon.
Humans have always longed for good health and vitality. Even prehistoric cave dwellers searched for relief from their various ailments. Many ancient Egyptians had arthritis. Medieval people experienced all kinds of infections and sicknesses. And don’t forget the great plague, which wiped out a large part of the world’s population!
What did all these people do before the dawn of multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies with their thousands of synthetic medications?
They turned to the plant kingdom.
Through trial and error, the earliest humans discovered that some plants have medicinal properties. These properties, they learned, could help to purify, normalize and energize the body. They also found that many plants could enhance the body’s ability to heal itself.
Of course, humans have always looked for other – perhaps more sophisticated – methods to heal illness and promote health. Some of these methods were downright dangerous. Like using leeches to “bleed” a patient. Other methods were ineffective. Sorcery, for example, probably didn’t cure too many sick people…except through the power of suggestion.
Today we have sophisticated surgical procedures and a positively mind-boggling array of chemical treatments. We have lasers, laparoscopes, lithotripsy. Intensive care units, pacemakers and in vitro fertilization. And, of course, we have the countless pills, capsules and injections.
Still, throughout the evolution of medicine, one treatment has remained constant: The use of plants as a natural remedy. Leeching, sorcery and other “weird science” techniques have come and gone, but herbal medicine has withstood the test of time.
In fact, half of all our modern-day drugs come not from a laboratory test tube, but from plants! Aspirin and digitalis are just two examples. Aspirin, for instance, comes from two herbs: White willow bark and meadowsweet. The “modern” decongestant pseudoephedrine was discovered by Chinese herbalists more than 5,000 years ago.
Helpful Healthy Herbs First Known Recordings
The first written record of herbal medicine dates back to the Sumerians – more than 5,000 years ago. After that, we find many other historical traces of herbalism, including Chinese herb books from 2700 B.C., Old Testament references to herbs and a first century A.D. Greek encyclopedia of 500 herbs.
Sixty-seven healing herbs are mentioned in the 4,500-year old Rig Veda, one of India’s four books of wisdom. Herbs were a big part of ancient India’s Ayurveda medicine.
The world’s oldest surviving medical text, the Ebers Papyrus, mentions 876 herbal formulas that were used by Egyptian herbalists. This document dates back to 1,500 B.C.!
When monasteries were formed after the fall of Rome, the Church looked askance at herbs. However, “underground herbalists” flourished…and many of them were women.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used herbs. So did Thomas Jefferson. Likewise for most Native Americans. And the founder of the Kellogg cereal company was a naturopath who frequently turned to herbs in his practice.
Simply put, an herb is any plant that is known to have medicinal qualities. The great advantage of herbs is that they are natural. So they do not produce side effects. However, an herb may cause an allergic reaction, but that’s rare. It’s also possible that an herb may interact with a medication. Check with your doctor before taking herbs if you take prescription medication(s).
How fast do helpful healthy herbs work? Keep in mind, they are not like synthetic medicines. Their primary action is to balance and restore the body’s normal processes. That may take some time. But for the millions of people who have been helped by herbs, the benefits are well worth the wait.
Will herbs work for you?
There is only one way to find out. Discover for yourself what herbs have to offer.
A successful sports agent occupies one of the highest profile jobs in the country. They deal with celebrities, the media, and sports teams to get the best possible contract for their client while also maintaining their charges’ public image. To join the successful sports agent ranks, you must obtain an education, gain the trust of athletes, and develop your negotiating and marketing skills. Following are a few steps you need to take if you want to become a successful sports agent.
Get an Education
While a bachelor’s degree is not required to become a sports agent, it provides you with an invaluable education that prepares you for your career and gives you an edge on the competition. Most sports agents hold a degree in sports management, exercise science, or kinesiology. After earning the degree, you might want to further your education with an online masters in sports management, which allows you to obtain valuable work experience without having to attend class in person. Other popular graduate programs for agents include law and business.
Obtain an Internship
Many sports agents work with companies that provide athletes with contract management. The best way to get your foot in the door is by serving an internship with one of these companies, which are usually based in major market areas like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, or Miami. Not only will you gain valuable experience, but you will work one-on-one with clients who are difficult to acquire by yourself.
Get a License
Most states require sports agents to acquire a license to practice in their field. Fortunately, the process only requires you to fill out an application and pay a small fee. California and Florida have the most stringent rules placed upon agents, so a knowledge of the legal requirements comes in handy.
Build Brand Identity
Education provides you with the background you need to become successful, but your brand also requires attention. Both you and your clients must build and maintain unique brands to succeed in this industry. Athletes want to work with someone who is capable of both marketing their skills and managing their careers. To become that professional, learn how to highlight the positive aspects of your client both on and off the field. Simultaneously, you must build a name for yourself based on your competence in negotiations.
The most vital aspect of becoming a successful sports agent is the ability to network. Whether it’s with other sports agencies, teams, or individual players, these connections make or break an agent. Attend as many networking events as possible to make yourself visible. You never know who you’ll meet.
Love What You Do
Embrace your career as a sports agent and nurture your passion for the industry. Since the sports industry is highly competitive, you need to show athletes and prove to yourself that there’s nothing you’d rather be doing.
Becoming a sports agent requires discipline, knowledge, and the ability to maintain a relationship with your clients. The most successful agents don’t make excuses
How much both mothers and teachers – and teaching – have changed. Not for the better, sad to say. The following poem titled, “A Mother’s Prayer“, touched my heart, as it reminded me of the kind of mother and teacher that was once the norm.
Dear Father, Thou who hast given me the great gift of mother-love, help me to show that love every day in a gentle voice, tender, skillful hands and a brave spirit.
Save me from nervous hurry and worry, from nagging, from short-sightedness and from dimness of vision that I may tuck my children in bed at night with a serene light still shining in my eyes.
Grant to me an understanding heart that I may always prove worthy of the trust of my children for I long to have them turn to me with their mistakes and failures as well as their achievements and successes.
Work within me, Thou who has made the rich colors of autumn and the tender skies of spring, that I may see beauty and make it a part of my home. Teach me Thy way of gladness, for I would ever keep a merry heart, a keen zest for the new and untried and pure fun in the give and take of every day companionship.
Dear Father of All, may the love, the patience, the understanding, the beauty and the gladness of my home reach out to other homes and so help to bring in Thy Kingdom on earth. Amen.
-Written by Jessie Field Shambaugh, 1920s
About Jessie Field Shambaugh, Author of A Mothers Prayer
Jessie Field Shambaugh, the author of A Mothers Prayer, was a teacher who inspired rural children.
Jessie Field graduated from Tabor College in 1903, and began teaching at Goldenrod School in Fremont Township, Page County. There she organized the boys’ and girls’ clubs that became the models for the 4-H Club movement in the United States. Read more from The University of Iowa.
Here’s a scanned image of the prayer from a publication I found it in. Click on it for a larger view.
Bells on Christmas Day Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
With all the craziness going on these days, this poem has sprung to my mind as quite appropriate this year. It is very touching and inspiring.
A Bit of Background
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was grief stricken when his wife died tragically in a fire in 1861. The Civil War broke out the same year. Two years later, Longfellow learned that his own son had been seriously wounded in the Army of the Potomac. Sitting down to his desk, one Christmas Day, he heard the church bells ringing. This was the setting in which Longfellow wrote the following lines, which would be called, Bells on Christmas Day.
Bells on Christmas Day Poem
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men!
And thought how, as the day had come
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men!
Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men!
Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good will to men!
It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good will to men!
And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep.
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep!
The wrong shall fail,
The right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men!”
— Pulpit Helps, 12-92, p. 23
“It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, ‘God Bless Us, Every One‘”
Help celebrate the season with cinnamon, warming to the senses and marking the festivities with its familiar aroma. One of the oldest spices known to us, it has been coveted as a medicine, flavoring, embalming agent, and preservative. So common to households today, it was once quite rare, much sought after, and almost worth its weight in gold.
Cinnamon comes from the brown inner bark of several trees from the genus, Cinnamomum, in the laurel family. Ceylon, or “true cinnamon“, and Cassia (also called Chinese and Saigon) are the most common. They are available as dried tubular sticks or ground powder. The oils in the bark contain cinnamaldehyde, among other substances that give this sweet spice its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Just two teaspoons provide 44 percent Daily Value for manganese, which helps the body maintain normal blood sugar levels.
Seasoning high-carbohydrate foods with cinnamon significantly reduces the rise in blood sugar levels by slowing the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Though it is premature to deem cinnamon a treatment for type 2 diabetes, it has shown promise.
Ceylon and Chinese Cinnamon Spice
Ceylon and Chinese are very similar, but the harder-to-find Ceylon is a bit sweeter and more refined. Look for Ceylon in spice stores or online. The spice’s pungent, sweet scent is the best freshness indicator, so when possible, smell it before buying. Cinnamon sticks store up to a year in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark place, twice as long as the stronger flavored ground variety.
A lovely enhancement to both sweet and savory foods and beverages, cinnamon is easily simmered in tea, cider and milk, sprinkled into dough and batter for breads and baked goods, and mixed into beans and curries for a unique ethnic twist.
Hot Apple Cider Recipe
8 cups apple juice or cider
4 cinnamon sticks (or 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon)
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Heat apple juice or cider in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg and zest; simmer for 30 minutes.
Strain and serve hot. Garnish with sticks and a dash of nutmeg, if desired. Makes 8 servings.