Wednesday, July 13, 2016

~ Betty Crocker Cake Mix Recall ~


In case you were not aware, General Mills had a recall of their flour products earlier this month. If the links shown do not work, please just copy and paste in your browser.

POPULAR BETTY CROCKER MIX IS UNDER RECALL

by M Staff
Out of an abundance of caution, two flavors of Betty Crocker cake mix sold in the U.S. and one flavor sold in Canada have been added to General Mills’ previously announced flour recall from July 1, 2016. No illnesses reported to date have been connected to cake mix. No other General Mills or Betty Crocker mixes are included in this recall.
Two flavors of cake mix – Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix (called Betty Crocker Super Moist Rainbow Bit Cake Mix in Canada) and Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix have been added to the recall. A General Mills supplier used Wondra flour implicated in the July 1, 2016 recall to manufacture the flavor chips (or bits) used in these two recalled cake mix flavors. General Mills continues to collaborate with health officials to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O121 connected to several brands of flour.
This recall applies only to the specific product and date codes listed below.
The affected Betty Crocker cake mixes sold in the U.S.:
Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix
Package UPC: 000-16000-40997
Recalled Better if Used by Dates: 25MAR2017, 28MAR2017, 27APR2017, 28APR2017,23MAY2017, 24MAY2017, 25MAY2017

Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix
Package UPC: 000-16000-40987
Recalled Better if Used by Dates: 12APR2017, 13APR2017, 14APR2017, 28MAY2017,29MAY2017, 30MAY2017, 07JUL2017, 08JUL2017

The affected Betty Crocker cake mix sold in Canada:
Betty Crocker Super Moist Rainbow Bit Cake Mix
Package UPC: 000-65633-46589
Recalled Better if Used by Dates: 27AL2017, 08JN2017, 09JN2017

If you possess any products included in this recall, they should be thrown away. A full list of retail products included in the flour recall can be found at www.generalmills.com/flour.
Guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to be that consumers should refrain from consuming any raw dough or batter products. E. coli O121 is eliminated by heat through baking, frying, sautéing or boiling products. All surfaces, hands and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour, batter, or dough.
Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. E. coli O121 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Seniors, the very young, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.
Anyone diagnosed by a physician as having an illness related to E. coli O121 is also urged to contact state and local public health authorities.
U.S. consumers with questions or requesting Betty Crocker replacement product should contact General Mills at 800-230-8103. Canadian consumers with questions about the Betty Crocker products including in the recall, or requesting replacement, should contact General Mills Canada at 800-526-4579. Additional recall information can also be found at www.generalmills.com/flour.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

~ Just Texas! ~







This is a must read for all Texans, used-to-be Texans, adopted Texans or wanna-be Texans.
JUST TEXAS
Pep , Texas 79353 
Smiley , Texas 78159
Paradise , Texas 76073
Rainbow , Texas 76077
Sweet Home , Texas 77987
Comfort , Texas 78013
Friendship, Texas 76530
Love the Sun? 
Sun City , Texas 78628
Sunrise , Texas 76661
Sunset, Texas 76270
Sundown, Texas 79372
Sunray , Texas 79086
Sunny Side , Texas 77423
Want something to eat? 
Bacon , Texas 76301
Noodle , Texas 79536
Oatmeal , Texas 78605
Turkey , Texas 79261
Trout , Texas 75789
Sugar Land , Texas 77479
Salty, Texas 76567
Rice , Texas 75155
Pearland , Texas 77581
Orange , Texas 77630
And top it off with:
Sweetwater , Texas 79556
Why travel to other cities? Texas has them all! 
Detroit , Texas 75436
Cleveland , Texas 75436
Colorado City , Texas 79512
Denver City , Texas 79323
Klondike , Texas 75448
Nevada , Texas 75173
Memphis , Texas 79245
Miami , Texas 79059
Boston , Texas 75570
Santa Fe , Texas 77517
Tennessee Colony , Texas 75861
Reno , Texas 75462
Pasadena , Texas 77506
Columbus , Texas 78934
Feel like traveling outside the country? 
Athens , Texas 75751
Canadian, Texas 79014
China , Texas 77613
Egypt , Texas 77436
Ireland , Texas 76538
Italy , Texas 76538
Turkey , Texas 79261
London , Texas 76854
New London , Texas 75682
Paris , Texas 75460
Palestine , Texas 75801
No need to travel to Washington D.C. 
Whitehouse , Texas 75791
We even have a city named after our planet! 
Earth, Texas 79031
We have a city named after our state
Texas City , Texas 77590
Exhausted? 
Energy , Texas 76452
Cold? 
Blanket , Texas 76432
Winters, Texas
Like to read about History? 
Santa Anna , Texas
Goliad , Texas
Alamo , Texas
Gun Barrel City , Texas
Robert Lee , Texas
Need Office Supplies? 
Staples, Texas 78670
Want to go into outer space? 
Venus , Texas 76084
Mars , Texas 79062
You guessed it.. It's on the state line. 
Texline , Texas 79087
For the kids... 
Kermit , Texas 79745
Elmo , Texas 75118
Nemo , Texas 76070
Tarzan , Texas 79783
Winnie , Texas 77665
Sylvester , Texas 79560
Other city names in Texas, to make you smile...
Frognot , Texas 75424
Bigfoot , Texas 78005
Hogeye , Texas 75423
Cactus , Texas 79013
Notrees , Texas 79759
Best, Texas 76932
Veribest , Texas 76886
Kickapoo , Texas 75763
Dime Box , Texas 77853
Old Dime Box , Texas 77853
Telephone , Texas 75488
Telegraph , Texas 76883
Whiteface , Texas 79379
Twitty, Texas 79079
And last but not least, the Anti-Al Gore City 
Kilgore , Texas 75662
And our favorites...
Cut n Shoot, Texas
Gun Barrell City , Texas
Hoop And Holler, Texas
Ding Dong, Texas and, of course,
Muleshoe , Texas
Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about folks from Texas ...
If someone in a Lowe's store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you may live in Texas ;
If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you may live in Texas ;
If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you may live in Texas ;
If 'Vacation' means going anywhere south of Dallas for the weekend, you may live in Texas ;
If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Texas ;
If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you may live in Texas ;
If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you may live in Texas ;
If you carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you may live in Texas
If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph --you're going 80 and everybody's passing you, you may live in Texas;
If you find 60 degrees 'a little chilly,' you may live in Texas ;
If you actually understand these jokes, and share them with all your Texas friends, you definitely live in Texas ..
Here are some little known, very interesting facts about Texas. 
1. Beaumont to El Paso : 742 miles
2. Beaumont to Chicago : 770 miles 
3. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas 
4. World's first rodeo was in Pecos, July 4, 1883.
5. The Flagship Hotel in Galveston was the only hotel in North America built over water. Destroyed by Hurricane Ike - 2008
6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston . 
7. Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America 
8. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America's only remaining flock of whooping cranes. 
9. Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978. 
10. The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane, in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island. 
11. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20,1969, was " Houston ," but the space center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time. 
12. King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island. 
13. Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S. rainfall record of 43' in 24 hours in and around Alvin in July of 1979.
14. Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by TREATY, (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union ) instead of by annexation. This allows the Texas Flag to fly at the same height as the U.S. Flag, and may divide into 5 states. (With the state our country is in, right now might be the time for Texas to secede from the Union!)
15. A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old. 
16. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state. 
17. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period in Dr Pepper. 
18. Texas has had six capital cities:
Washington -on- the Brazos, Harrisburg, Galveston, Velasco, West Columbia and Austin.
 
19. The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U.S. which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington DC (by 7 feet). 
20. The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest free standing monument in the world and it is taller than the Washington monument. 
21. The name ' Texas ' comes from the Hasini Indian word 'tejas' meaning friends. Tejas is not Spanish for Texas. 
22. The State Mascot is the Armadillo (an interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have four babies. They have one egg, which splits into four, and they either have four males or four females.). 
23. The first domed stadium in the U.S. was the Astrodome in Houston.

Cowboy's Ten Commandments
(Posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Fairlie , Texas)
1) Just one God.
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa.
(3) No telling tales or gossipin'.
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meeting.
(5) Put nothin' before God.
(6) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal.
(7) No killin'.
(8) Watch yer mouth.
(9) Don't take what ain't yers.
(10) Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff.

Y'all git all that?  :-)

Thoughts of Home on Thursday
 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

~ This is What Happens To Your Body if You Eat Avocado Every Day ~


I love avocados and I knew they were good for us, however, I'm even more impressed by this information!


The avocado is believed to have originated in Puebla, Mexico. The oldest evidence of the avocado was found in a cave in Puebla, Mexico and dates back to around 10,000 BC.
Native to Mexico and Central America, the avocado is classified in the same family as camphor and cinnamon. An avocado is botanically, a large berry that grows on a tree that can reach 6 feet tall. Just like a banana, the avocado ripens 1-2 weeks after being picked.
Avocados are often referred to as the healthiest food due to its impressive nutritional value.
An avocado contains these vitamins and minerals:
Vitamin B1
Vitamin B2
Vitamin B3
Vitamin B5
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B9
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Vitamin K
Calcium
Iron
Magnesium
Manganese
Phosphorus
Sodium
Zinc
• An avocado contains more potassium than a banana. Avocados have 14% and a banana contains 10% potassium.
• Folate for your hearts health. Avocados have 23% folate which lowers incidences of heart disease. Vitamin E, monounsaturated fats and glutathione are also good for the heart. Folate can lower the risks of having a stroke.
• Folate is also essential in the prevention of birth defects such as spina bifida and neural tube defect.
• Eating avocados help our body’s absorb 5 times the amount of carotenoids (lycopene and beta carotene).
• Eye Heath- Avocados contain more carotenoid lutein than any other fruit, protecting against macular degeneration and cataracts.
• High in beta-sitosterol, avocados lower bad cholesterol by 22%, raises good cholesterol by 11% and also lowers blood triglycerides by 20%.
• Studies show high oleic acid prevents breast cancer, inhibits tumor growth in prostate cancer and seeks out precancerous and oral cancer cells and destroys them.
• Avocados are high in fiber and will help you feel fuller longer, potentially helping with weight loss. High fiber helps metabolic health and steadies blood sugar.
• Avocado extract paired with soybean oil can reduce the symptoms of arthritis.
• Pholyphenols and flavonoids within avocados have anti inflammatory properties.
• Avocados cleanse the intestines, relieving bad breath.
• Avocado oil greatly nourishes the skin and is a beneficial treatment for psoriasis and other skin irritations.
• Avocados contain an antioxidant called glutathione that prevents heart disease, cancer and slows the signs of aging.
• Glutathione also fights free radicals.
Our blood and cells carry oxygen all throughout our bodies. When we are exposed to environmental pollutants, these toxins change the oxygen in our mitochondria into free radicals, destroying our cells and DNA. This damage creates chronic illnesses. Researchers from the Federation of American Society for Experimental Biology have found glutathione in avocados can be absorbed into our mitochondria and then neutralize the free radicals.