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Potato Plum Dumplings – Knedle sa Sljivama

INGREDIENTS

Makes 8-10

2            large potatoes, boiled then peeled

1            tablespoon butter

1            egg

1/4        teaspoon salt

1-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

8-10      ripe Italian prune plums, pitted

1/3        cup vegetable oil

1/3        cup plain bread crumbs

1            cup sugar

1            teaspoon cinnamon

Sour cream (optional)

In a medium bowl, mash potatoes with salt and butter or run through potato ricer.

Let cool completely.

Add egg and mix until well combined. Sift in flour and knead until soft dough forms and it does not stick to your hands.

Cut dough into 8-10 equal pieces, depending on the size of your plums. With lightly floured hands, take a piece of dough and pat it flat. Place one plum in the center and bring sides of dough over plum; roll it between the hands until it’s sealed tight (moist your hands if necessary).

Optional: if plums are not quite ripe, place a sugar cube dipped in rum inside of each plum to increase the sweetness and flavor. In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Lower the heat to medium.

One at a time put dumplings into boiling water. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Dumplings are done when they rise to the top. In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat; add bread crumbs. Stir for a couple of minutes or until they darken just a bit.

Using a slotted spoon, add cooked dumplings to the breadcrumbs and roll them in the pan to coat completely. Transfer to a plate. In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon.

Serve dumplings topped with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkled with sugar/cinnamon mixture.

 

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The Mihanović castle was built in the 18th century by the counts Erdödy, but it ended up as a security in the ownership of governor Josip Brigljević, the husband of the sister of the poet Antun Mihanović. The poet, who is the author of “Lijepa naša domovina” often stayed at the castle, which is why it was named after him. The castle was reconstructed and restored in 1983, and today it is a well known hospitality establishment for various festive occasions – from business conferences to fantasy weddings.

 

 

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Walking With God

Make sure you are doing what is important to God—not just what is important to everyone else you know.

We gave a tendency to worry more about what other people think vs what God thinks

From an early age we work to get the approval from others,whether it was proving to our parents that we could ride a bike without training wheels, or struggling to get that C to an A.

Through the years it can become a problem for us as it can cripple us emotionally and spiritually.

We need to get to the point where we don’t care what the media says, how colleagues feel about us, or live in state of constant fear or agony of what others think.

The other person is not going to worry about it, or stay awake at night upset that you’re offended. You can’t be responsible for other people’s words, actions, or decisions as hurtful as they can be.

We all want to be congratulated for a job well-done from even acquaintances, but what happens when they don’t, or you are not acknowledged in some way.

Some think it’s painful not to always be told great job ….. for me personally I learned a long time ago you can’t please everyone and more often it’s our family and friends that seem to be the most critical.

They always feel the need to judge you in some way.

But learn to regroup, refocus, and rise above petty people, sin, and caring what others think of you.

They don’t really know your story, but Christ does.

So, where do we begin and do we need to take ownership?

Look if you are working hard doing or trying to do the right thing , being a good citizen, being kind, respectful to all people. And taking good care of yourself . Be proud of yourself and always strive to do better. But realize you will never please everyone.

Maybe just don’t worry so much about those critical people in your life and certainly lose those who are bad for you. You know those few co workers or friends that egg you on to do shit that you know is wrong or unproductive or unprofessional.

It’s really better to mind your own business and focus on work or school verses having to be someone your not.

In Philippians 4:6-7, we are told to relax, and go to God for relief and strength. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Our minds can dictate our feelings and vice-versa, so every time we are worried about what others think switch to a scripture, prayer or praise.

You can say “I trust the God not my feelings.”

Add your name to a scripture. It can really personalize it and help you grow closer to the Lord.

1 Peter 5:7: “Cast all your [insert your name] anxieties on Him, because He cares for you [insert your name].”

Worrying about what others think is human, but when it’s to a point where our joy is being choked, then we need to become proactive, not reactive.

Take people out of your courtroom of justice, and offer them to God, and also humble yourself.  It’s simply not worth it for your health, or hindering your walk

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A Treasure In My Home Town- A Need Your Vote

I love Millcreek Park

It’s located in Youngstown Ohio-and I Love Lanterman’s Mill

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Lanterman’s Mill One of Mahoning County’s most historic landmarks, Lanterman’s Mill was built in 1845-46 by German Lanterman and Samuel Kimberly. Restored in 1982-85 through a gift from the Ward and Florence Beecher Foundations, this community treasure represents one of the many pioneer industries developed along Mill Creek and operates today as it did in the 1800s, grinding corn, wheat, and buckwheat.

Visit Lanterman’s Mill and step into the past. Observe the pioneer ingenuity involved in the early production of meal and flour, smell the sweet aroma of freshly ground grains, and feel the rumbling vibrations of the massive stones as the various grains are ground. You can also Browse the gift shop located in the Mill to find unique items and charming wares made by local artisans. They have stone-ground cornmeal, buckwheat, and whole wheat flour that are preservative-free and can be purchased in the gift shop and at local participating stores.

You can Call them at 330.740.7115 for information regarding their stone-ground flours and meal. Download a brochure for delicious recipes using your Lanterman’s Mill products.

Here’s a picture I took today while walking. My walk wasn’t to long today because it was only 15 degrees Fahrenheit out.

And a quick video.

Photo and video taken by me

Deborah Andio

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Wheel of Fortune Puzzle was my home town

My ancestors founded Youngstown Ohio and it was cool to learn that it was last nights final puzzle.

What Happened to Youngstown Township?

The Mahoning Valley is part of a tract of land that once belonged to the state of Connecticut. Connecticut’s Western Reserve was bordered north and south by Lake Erie and the forty-first parallel, and extended 120 miles westward from Pennsylvania. In 1795, Connecticut sold a portion of the Reserve to a group of speculators known as the Connecticut Land Company.

The company surveyed the land, marking several townships of twenty-five square miles to sell to individuals who would in turn subdivide the townships into smaller parcels for sale.

In 1796, John Young of Whitestown, New York, set out to view the land for himself before making a purchase. In February of 1797, Young visited Connecticut and purchased from the Connecticut Land Company Township Two in the Second Range of the Western Reserve. The sale was finalized on April 9, 1800.The first Court of Common Pleas and General Quarter Sessions was held at Warren on August 25, 1800. During that session, the Court divided Trumbull County into civil townships. The governmental township of Youngstown (not the same as the 5 miles squared township) comprised most of what is now Mahoning County and included the townships of Poland, Coitsville, Hubbard, Liberty, Youngstown, Boardman, Canfield, Austintown, Jackson and Ellsworth.

Youngstown Township ceased to exist on November 17, 1913 when its remaining area was annexed by the City of Youngstown. Parts of Boardman, Liberty and Coitsville Townships were also affected in 1929-1930 when the City of Youngstown added to its incorporated area through additional annexations.

John Young Memorial, Mahoning Commons, Youngstown, Ohio — “Dedicated to the Memory of John Young”

John Young Bicentennial Memorial

 

Dedicated: June 23, 1999

Artist: Csaba A. Kur

Medium: Bronze

Cast: 1996

 

John Young (March 8, 1764 – 1825) was an American surveyor and pioneer. He is best known as the founder of Youngstown, Ohio, a village that eventually became one of the nation’s largest steel producers

 

Starting near the west end of the Spring Common (Peanut) Bridge near the B&O Railroad Station just west of downtown Youngstown and extending all the way to Fellows Riverside Gardens is the small, artsy, Youngstown neighborhood known as the Mahoning Commons.

 

Youngstown, not surprisingly, was named for New York native John Young, who surveyed the area in 1796. On February 9, 1797. Young purchased the township of 15,560 acres (6,300 ha) from the Western Reserve Land Company for $16,085. It was near this spot that in 1796, John Young founded Young’s Town.

 

By 1798, Youngstown was the home of several families who were concentrated near the point where Mill Creek meets the Mahoning River now known as the Mahoning Commons. The 1797 establishment of Youngstown was officially recorded on August 19, 1802. Although he never settled here permanently, two men in his party, James Hillman and Daniel Shehy did and have south side streets named after them.

 

The Mahoning Commons neighborhood grew up on the narrow flood plain on the south side of the Mahoning River. This neighborhood historically was a transportation and small industrial area with residential scattered throughout. It is the home of the City’s original water works, the historic B&O railroad station and the Western Reserve Transit Authority, located on the site of its predecessor, the Youngstown Transit Company.

 

Mahoning Commons was the site of Youngstown’s major flour processing entity, Baldwin’s Mill. Some of the mills foundation works and the waterfall that provided power to the mill still exist. There are several small industries and supply companies in the Commons as well as the old Isaly’s Dairy Company processing plant, now a U-Haul rental and storage facility,and the Ward Baking Company building, now home to small businesses and artist lofts.

 

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Moms Stove Top Pot Roast

My mother made the best Pot Roast. I can smell and taste it now.

On the rare occasion I eat beef I make this.

Especially now that it’s cold out.

Stove Top Pot Roast

Ingredients

1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 to 4 pounds)

2 to 3 garlic cloves, sliced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, cut into 1/2-inch slices

3 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch slices

2 medium turnips, peeled and cut into chunks

4 cups water

2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules or 1 pack onions soup mix

4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered

1 pound carrots, cut into chunks

1/2 pound fresh green beans, trimmed

1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms

1 small can diced tomatoes

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1/3 cup cold water

Directions

1. Cut slits in roast; insert garlic slices. In a Dutch oven, brown roast in oil on all sides. Remove roast; add the onion, celery and turnips to skillet. Place roast over vegetables; add water and bouillon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours.

2. Add the tomatoes,potatoes, carrots and beans; cover and cook for 45 minutes. Add mushrooms; cover and cook 15 minutes longer or until meat and vegetables are tender. Remove to a serving platter and keep warm.

3. Skim fat from cooking juices. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with roast and vegetables. Yield: 8-10 servings.

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My Story From The Mighty

I have a rare, degenerative bone disease called osteonecrosis, or avascular necrosis (AVN). It is a painful, debilitating disease without a cure. Many doctors don’t know how to treat it. AVN essentially cuts off the blood supply to the affected bone and the bone begins to die, becoming necrotic.

“Osteo” means bone and “necrosis” means death. It is most often found in the hips, knees, shoulders, and ankles and sometimes spine. You may have osteonecrosis in one or more bones. It can strike at any age, any gender. In people with healthy bones, new bone is always replacing old bone. This process keeps bones strong and also happens when children grow or if a bone is injured. In osteonecrosis, bone breaks down faster than the body’s ability to make strong, new bone. If you do not get treatment, the disease worsens and the bones in the joints break down. You may not be able to bend or move the affected joint very well, and you may have intense pain in the joint.

For the newly diagnosed, here is some information I hope you will find helpful. First of all, you are not alone. We know what it’s like to first hear you have osteonecrosis. I recall I was in shock the day I was told, as I never heard of the disease. I was told it was “bone death” and it seemed like I was frozen in time and disbelief when I heard these words. So what the heck does all that mean? Am I dying?

The answer is no, but one or more of the bones are.

At the time, my orthopedist had told me nothing more and sent me on my merry way. Gee, thanks. I do wish there was more research on this disease, and maybe someday there will be. It’s sad when many doctors get frustrated because they don’t know all that much about the disease either. We definitely need more studies. To try and find answers, I rushed home and sought out my old friend “doctor” Google. I cried, got pissed off and wondered “why me?” Why was this happening to me? I was only 51 at the time, (I’m now 53), so I asked the doctor about the plan of action, in order to try and get on with my job and my life. I was told at 51 I was “too young” for knee replacement, so let’s wait until knee collapses,as they only last 10-15 years, so for now I would have to deal with it. I still haven’t had any surgery. I did have steroid injections, which later I was told can make it worse. Then I read steroids are a cause for Osteonecrosis!😳

strong>The doctors predicted the osteonecrosis came from trauma to my knee when I tore my meniscus exercising. (I always knew exercise was hazardous to your health!) It took me several weeks, if not months to really get over the shock of it all. I have learned now to accept it and just make the best out of it.< strong>I do plan on getting PRP injections as my AVN has changed very little in two years, although pain is greater. The MRI and X-rays show a slight change, which is a good thing, but the pain is really exhausting.< strong>Sometimes I see my pain as a sign of weakness or a personal defect I should be able to overcome, but deep down I know I have to be strong, as I deal with this pain every single day. Oftentimes, I try to ignore it and go about my day, but it’s not that easy. Even when I try to push it to the back of my head to focus on cleaning, cooking or work, the pain starts to scream again leaving me frustrated and at times defeated. This is when the issue of self-esteem can come into play, as I just don’t feel like the same kind, loving hard working person I know I am. It’s difficult with osteonecrosis to do what you want with your time, even when you try. Either one knee doesn’t bend, or your hip, so you become frustrated, as simple things like cleaning the bathtub are now challenging.< strong>AVN pain isn’t just constant pain, though that would be more than enough for anyone to handle. The truth is the pain can bring about other health issues, or is caused by an underlying health issue. When you are in pain it can be very hard to think beyond the pain and see the big picture. You may not realize it could be making you tired, sleepless, cranky, and ruining your concentration and self-esteem. Sometimes all of this can cause you to isolate yourself. If you love someone who is struggling with this rare disease, learn about the disease so you can recognize the symptoms easier. Try to show a little extra compassion, as you now know why they are feeling that way. After all, it could happen to you.< strong>Although I hate this being in limbo feeling, I am carrying on as best as I can and you can as well. My advice is to seek out doctors knowledgeable about AVN, check for underlying causes and eat a good, clean diet. Try to find ways to help ease your pain. Don’t stop living, but be more cautious and try not to over do it. You will have great days and days that may suck. You have to be able to forgive yourself on those days you aren’t able to do anything. Never allow your condition to get you so “down in the dumps,” you have a hard time crawling out.< strong>And lastly, it’s great to have a support group. It’s crucial. I have been fortunate to have family, friends and a whole community of others in similar circumstances. I started a support group and people from several countries with this disease have joined. While people in your family and friends might not be able to fully understand the disease, we do. We have it and you are never alone.< strong>To stay strong, something I always reference back to is this saying:< strong>Fate whispers to the warrior, “you cannot withstand the storm.”And the warrior whispers back,< strong>“I am the storm.”< strong> < strong>Update — it’s been 3 years since my diagnosis and 1 year+ since I wrote that article —I did have a Prp injection and it has helped. Diet and eating real food no processed has helped most of all. < strong>More info coming soon < strong>https://themighty.com/2016/07/receiving-an-osteonecrosis-diagnosis-what-to-know/?utm_source=search&utm_medium=site&utm_term=Osteonecrosis%2520< a href=”https://themighty.com/author/deborah-andio/”>Deborah Andio< strong>

< strong>I’m finding the new me. < strong>Stay tuned more to come …..

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Bone & Joint Action Week October 12-20

Bone and Joint Action Week is held annually October 12-20 with activities focused on disorders including arthritis, back pain, Osteonecrosis,Osteoarthritis trauma, pediatric conditions, and osteoporosis. The themes and their related activities are designed to raise awareness worldwide about prevention, disease management and treatment.

Statistics on Avascular Necrosis (AVN, Osteonecrosis, Aseptic Necrosis, Ischaemic Necrosis, Femoral Head Necrosis)

Frequency depends on the site involved. The most common site is the hip; other locations include the carpals, talus, and humerus. In most countries, exact figures on incidence and prevalence are unknown.

One Japanese survey estimated that 2500-3300 cases of AVN of the hip occur each year; of which, 34.7% were a result of corticosteroid abuse, 21.8% to alcohol abuse, and 37.1% to idiopathic mechanisms. A French study reported AVN in 4.3% of allogenic bone marrow transplant recipients.

Race: No racial predilection exists except for AVN associated with sickle cell disease and hemoglobin S and SC disease, which predominantly are diagnosed in people of African and Mediteranean descent.

Sex: The male-to-female ratio depends on the underlying cause, although primary AVN is more prevalent in men. The overall male-to-female ratio is 8:1.

Age: Age at onset depends on the underlying cause. Primary AVN most often occurs during the fourth or fifth decade and is bilateral in 40-80% of cases. On average, women present almost 10 years later than men.

Risk Factors for Avascular Necrosis (AVN, Osteonecrosis, Aseptic Necrosis, Ischaemic Necrosis, Femoral Head Necrosis)

Avascular necrosis has several causes. Loss of blood supply to the bone can be caused by an injury (trauma-related avascular necrosis or joint dislocation) or by certain risk factors (nontraumatic avascular necrosis), such as some medications (usually steroid basesd), steroid abuse in general, blood coagulation disorders like sickle cell, Factor V, FactorViii, MTHFR, eNOS and more, chemo and radiation infections in the Bone vascular issues such as vascularitis or alcohol abuse. Increased pressure within the bone also is associated with avascular necrosis. The pressure within the bone causes the blood vessels to narrow, making it hard for the vessels to deliver enough blood to the bone cells.Many deep sea divers get Avascular Necrosis from a condition known as the bends. Gaucher disease.

Progression of Avascular Necrosis (AVN, Osteonecrosis, Aseptic Necrosis, Ischaemic Necrosis, Femoral Head Necrosis)

Hip Stages of avn-on

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The natural history of osteonecrosis is directly linked to the size and level of the necrosis. Very small lesions (involvement of less than 15% of the femoral head) may resolve without any further treatment. Conversly, lesions involving greater than 50% of the femoral head progress to collapse, and ultimately require in total hip arthroplasty.

Symptoms of Avascular Necrosis (AVN, Osteonecrosis, Aseptic Necrosis, Ischaemic Necrosis, Femoral Head Necrosis)

In the early stages of avascular necrosis, patients may be asymptomatic. However, as the disease progresses most patients will begin to experience joint pain; at first, only when putting weight on the affected joint, and eventually even when resting. Pain usually develops gradually and may be mild or severe.

If the level of necrosis progresses further and the bone and surrounding joint surface collapse, pain may develop or dramatically increase.

The pain may be severe enough to limit the patient’s range of motion in the affected joint.

In some cases, particularly those involving the hip, disabling osteoarthritis may develop.

The period of time between the first symptoms and loss of joint function is different for each patient, ranging from several months to more than a year.

How is Avascular Necrosis (AVN, Osteonecrosis, Aseptic Necrosis, Ischaemic Necrosis, Femoral Head Necrosis) Diagnosed?

In the earliest stages of Avascular necrosis plain x-rays are often normal. A magnetic resonance image (MRI) is the key that allows us to detect AVN at its earliest stage.

Osteonecrosis develops when the blood supply to a segment of bone is disrupted. Without adequate nourishment, the affected portion of bone dies and gradually collapses. As a result, the articular cartilage covering the bone also collapses, leading to disabling arthritis.

Osteonecrosis of the knee can affect anyone, but is more common in people over the age of 60. Woman are three times more likely than men to develop the condition.

Risk Factors

It is not always known what causes the lack of blood supply, but doctors have identified a number of risk factors that make someone more likely to develop osteonecrosis.

Injury. A knee injury—such as a stress fracture or dislocation, meniscus tear, bruised patella or combined with some type of trauma to the knee, can damage blood vessels and reduce blood flow to the affected bone.

Oral corticosteroid medications.

Many diseases, such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, are treated with oral steroid medications.

Although it is not known exactly why these medications can lead to osteonecrosis, research shows that there is a connection between the disease and long-term steroid use. Steroid-induced osteonecrosis frequently affects multiple joints in the body.

Medical conditions.

Osteonecrosis of the knee is associated with medical conditions, such as obesity, sickle cell anemia, and lupus.

Transplants. Organ transplantation, especially kidney transplant, is associated with osteonecrosis.

Excessive alcohol use.

Overconsumption of alcohol over time can cause fatty deposits to form in the blood vessels as well as elevated cortisone levels, resulting in a decreased blood supply to the bone.

Chemo therapy and radiation Non-traumatic osteonecrosis of bone is recognized as a potential complication in solid-tumour cancer patients receiving treatment with cytotoxic chemotherapy.

Regardless of the cause, if osteonecrosis is not identified and treated early, it can develop into severe osteoarthritis. And for some with osteoarthritis before avn the disease is even more painful.

Knee stages of avn-on

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I Started To Cut Out Added Sugar & Use This: Homemade Stevia Liquid

We have to cut out all the added sugar or try to cut back at least !!

It is no secret that people today ingest far too much sugar. According to the NHS, adults should not be consuming more than 30g of added sugars per day.

But we consume 3x that amount !

It’s no wonder why were becoming fat

and unhealthy

In 1700, the average person consumed approximately 4.9 grams of sugar each day (1.81 kg per year). That’s about 1 teaspoon.

·         In 1800, the average person consumed approximately 22.4 grams of sugar each day (10.2 kg per year). That’s about 5 teaspoons

·         In 1900, the average person consumed approximately 112 grams of sugar each day (40.8 kg per year). That’s 28 teaspoons

·         In 2009, 50 per cent of Americans consumed approximately 227 grams of sugar each day – equating to 81.6 kg per year. That’s almost 58 teaspoons !!!

We wonder why we’re sick! And living with chronic pain.

I mean it’s in everything. From Cookies where we expect it to me to tomato sauce and yogurt. Things you never would expect to have sugar and it’s causing us to be fat and unhealthy and full of inflammation.

I’m trying to cut out added sugar and it was very hard.

Once you get past a few weeks you will feel better.

Food tastes better also and coffee does to .

I do use hazelnut coffee mate . And I’m not going to lie I still will eat a couple chips ahoy thin cookies or a mini cupcake or two now and then.

But I am really trying to get off the sugar. I have to admit it’s harder than when I stopped smoking.

I have learned through my herbology classes how to make my own liquid stevia.

And it’s helped me cut back a lot on the sugar. I just can’t drink things like tea without some sweetness in it.

So now actually make my own Stevia extract and dilute it, and other Stevia liquid flavor it etc..

I learned a lot in the herbology classes I take.

I buy all my herbs from mountains rose herbs.

I also just put the dry leaves in a beverage hot or cold.

I stopped buying Stevia at the store.

Also raw honey is good to use as a substitute.

Anything processed with a strange chemical or an artificial ingredients added is never good.

You can use fresh stevia leaves as a sweetener in beverages, such as tea and lemonade, or in sauces. A few fresh stevia and mint leaves make a great herbal tea when steeped in a cup of boiling water.

Add fresh stevia leaves to beverages or foods as a sweet, edible garnish. Although the fresh leaves are less sweet than dried leaves, they’re still much sweeter than sugar. Taste-test your beverage before serving to ensure you don’t over-sweeten your drink.

Use dry stevia leaves to make a powdered sweetener. Bundle and hang fresh stevia plant stems upside down in a warm, dry location until the leaves are thoroughly dry, then strip the leaves from the stems.

Fill a blender, food processor or coffee grinder to half full with dry leaves and process at high speed for a few seconds.

Store the powdered sweetener in an airtight container. Use the powder in recipes that call for a sweetener, but make adjustments in the amount used due to its dense sweetness.

A general rule of thumb is that 2 to 3 tablespoons of stevia powder equals 1 cup of sugar.

Use dry stevia leaves to make a syrup for sweetening beverages, sauces or other syrups. Add one cup of warm water to one-quarter cup of fresh, finely crushed stevia leaves.

Put the mixture in an airtight container and allow it to set for 24 hours before straining the leaves from the mixture. You can cook the strained mixture on low heat, reducing it to a more concentrated syrup. The syrup should last for several years, if kept in an airtight container in your refrigerator.

Things You Will Need

* Blender

* Measuring cups

* Strainer

* Airtight container

• Glass amber color and dropper

I also make my own liquid stevia extract for baking etc…

Stevia extract recipe.

Vodka

Organic Stevia Leafs Dried

Glass mason jar

Fill a clean glass jar 1/4 to 1/3 full with stevia leaf. Cover the herb with vodka and pour to the very top. Allow to steep for 24-48 hours, taking care not to let it extract any longer than that to avoid bitterness. Strain and bottle it in a dark amber glass dropper bottle.

Vanilla Stevia Extract Recipe

Chop 1 vanilla bean and add to strained stevia extract. Allow to infuse for 2 to 6 weeks. Strain and bottle it in an amber bottle with dropper.

Lemon Stevia Extract

Fill your jar 1/3 full with organic lemon peel

Cover completely with strained stevia extract.

Allow to infuse for 1 to 4 weeks, tasting along the way. Strain and bottle in amber glass bottle with dropper

HOW TO USE HOMEMADE STEVIA EXTRACT

Add 1-2 drops to your favorite beverages (I especially love using homemade stevia extract to sweeten my coffee or tea!) A little bit goes a long way, so start with small amounts.

I found I had  to use a bit more of my homemade stevia to get the desired level of sweetness, as compared to the store-bought stevia I’ve tried.

But I think the sweetness will depends on how long you heated the extract and how many leaves you used.

This is a Stevia Plant.

Your dry stevia leaves can be used to make a healthy syrup for sweetening beverages, sauces, or even other syrups. A teaspoon of stevia syrup is as sweet as a cup of sugar.

Take 2 cups of warm water and add it to half a cup of dried stevia leaves.  Put the mixture in a glass jar and let it steep for 24 hours. Strain the leaves from the mixture.

Cook the strained mixture on low heat, reducing it to a concentrated syrup. The syrup should last for at least a year if kept in an airtight container in your refrigerator.

Conversion chart

1 cup of sugar is equal to – 1 teaspoon of stevia leaf powder or 1 teaspoon of stevia extract.

1 tablespoon of sugar is equal to – .25 teaspoon of stevia powder or 6-9 drops of stevia extract.

1 teaspoon of sugar is equal to – a pinch of stevia powder or 2-4 drops of stevia extract.

Stevia is becoming a popular plant and is readily available at most local nurseries.

If grown inside or outside it will flourish.

Thankfully it has few pests and is easy to grow and preserve.

Now that you know how to use it, you be adding stevia to your garden or window seal.

Another Recipe

Extract

With Alcohol cooked off.

• 1 glass jar with a tight fitting lid

• Dried Stevia leaves. They can be crumbled, chopped or powdered

• Vodka or Rum

Using a ratio of 2 parts stevia to 3 parts liquid, place one cup of stevia in the jar and cover it with 1.5 cups of alcohol.

Shake the mixture well and let it sit for no more than 36 hours. (it will become bitter if you steep it longer than 36 hours) Strain through muslin or a coffee filter and pour the tincture into a dark colored bottle.

To remove the alcohol: once the 36 hours are up, simmer the mixture on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring regularly.

Be careful not to boil.  When it cools, strain and bottle as above.

This mixture should be kept in the refrigerator, where it will store for six months.

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I Love History and I Did Ancestry DNA

I love history and I have been researching both sides of my family tree. 
I found some interesting information from my fathers side. 

Some information I have found. And I cannot wait to see what else I uncover.

I may start a geneology blog so I can keep all that information in one area. 

Any tips from others would be greatly appreciated

Is it time that I put my family history research on a blog of its own? Maybe.  
I been doing research for months and in some areas years and I have a lot of wonderful information I’d like to share. 
And  a place to record my  research progress and keep better track of what I’m working on? So I will start a  new blog to get organized, share my  research with family, or bring it to fellow researchers across the world?

A story. We all have a story…..

Antun Mihanović (10 June 1796 – 14 November 1861) was a notable Croatian poet and lyricist, most famous for writing the national anthem of Croatia, which was put to music by Josif Runjanin and adopted in 1891. Klanjec, his birthplace, holds a monument to him and a gallery of his works.
Mihanović studied law and worked as a military judge. After engaging in diplomacy, he was the Austrian consul in Belgrade, Thessaloniki, Smyrna, Istanbul and Bucharest. He retired in 1858 as a minister counselor, and lived in Novi Dvori until his death.
The poem which would become the Croatian anthem was Horvatska domovina. It was first published in the cultural magazine Danica ilirska, No. 10, edited by Ljudevit Gaj, in 1835. The anthem itself would become known as Lijepa naša (Our Beautiful), since those are the first two words of the poem.

Mihanović also wrote a small but important book, Rěč domovini o hasnovitosti pisanja vu domorodnom jeziku (A Word to the Homeland about the Benefits from Writing in Mother Tongue), published in Vienna in 1815. The ideas in this book became one of the foundations of the Illyrian Movement.

His Sister  Marija Justina Veronika Mihanović married a great great great uncle of mine Josip Brigljevic . 

Maria Mihanovich was the youngest sister of Antun Mihanovich who wrote the lyrics for Croatian national anthem “Lijepa naša domovino”. No other siblings had survived other than two of them. She married a lawyer Joseph Brigljevich Kurilovečki (de Kurilovec). 

He was from a rich family of lawyers originating from Kurilovec-Velika Gorica area, but living in Zagreb. I was not able to find a specific connection to Brigleviches living in Velika Gorica. 

Joseph’s parents had three sons christened with name Joseph. The youngest one was christened in year 1810. I am assuming that the first two sons named Joseph did not survive, and that the third Joseph is the husband of Maria. It is interesting that the youngest Joseph was born after his father’s death and initially declared illegitimate. That decision was reversed. 

Joseph Brigljevich was a successful lawyer, until he ended up on the wrong side of the history. In 1848 there was a culmination of a conflict between between two Croatian parties, one supporting the union with Hungary and the other with Austria. He was supporting the loosing side (supporting the union with Hungarians), against the future ban of Croatia Josip Jelachich. 

Joseph Brigljevich tried to run, but was caught and put in prison, but eventually released folowing an intervention of his brother-in-law Antun Mihanovich, who was supporting the winning side. 

Antun Mihanovich has spent his last days living in the manor owned by Joseph (maybe as a pay off for saving his life). That manor is now called dvor Mihanović in honor of his most famous inhabitant.

Photo of Antun Mihanovic


Information also found in here 😀

Links
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Anthem_of_the_Kingdom_of_Yugoslavia

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antun_Mihanovi%C4%87

http://ihjj.hr/iz-povijesti/antun-mihanovic-rec-domovini-od-hasnovitosti-pisanja-vu-domorodnom-jeziku/29/

https://narod.hr/kultura/10-lipnja-1796-roden-antun-mihanovic
Josip Brigljevic 

http://www.thebestincroatia.info/ideje/antun-mihanovic-1128.html

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How It Feels Not to Have Your Mom on Mothers Day

Mothers Day…an amazing day to celebrate the life and love between you and the greatest person in your life. 
Your mom has given up everything for you. She’s made countless sacrifices and loved you unconditionally no matter what, she made hard difficult choices that maybe you didn’t understand, hopefully you do now.

She worked hard, maybe she was a single parent, maybe she was a caregiver to your dad,maybe she was abused, maybe she had a chronic illness, maybe she was just a mom who had decent health and was active ,maybe she was doing the very best.

 Moms are amazing and until you are one you never understand the things Moms do.
So of course there should be a day to celebrate her.

Well unfortunately for those of us who have lost a mother, this day still exists, and is no longer a day to be happy, excited and celebrate. 
This is actually one of the most dreaded days of the year for us.
My mom died in January 2000, I knew she had some health issues but wasn’t expecting this at all. 

She called me saying Debbie I need help. I got dressed as fast as I could and got to her place in less than 10 minutes it was a bitter cold 10 degree night. I got to her apt her door open and she was on the floor lips blue, face white,unable to speak. I called 911 and was trying to do chest compressions as the shock and fear and tear roll down my face. 
In between yelling mom MOM

And no answer

Where the hell is the ambulance seemed like forever 

I will write more about this another time. 
Needless to say I was told my mom had no brain stem function.

And after a couple days and neurological test after another and no change I had to decide to let her go. 

Talk about guilt. 

After all machines were removed it was a slow process and I didn’t leave that room or her side. 

My father passed in 1988. 

And this just sucked. 
When she passed 

The only words I could form were “No, no, no, no please, no.” I immediately fell to my knees in disbelief, sobbing alone in her room for what seemed like forever.

I had never even imagined a world without her in it, until that moment.

It’s these instances in which nothing can prepare you for the amount of immediate pain you feel.

You keep holding your breath, hoping it goes away, but it doesn’t. You keep blinking your eyes, hoping you’ll wake up, but you don’t.
The shock of everything is so surreal, you feel as though you’re suddenly living an entirely different life.

It was these first few moments that provoked so much fear that I thought my life would never be the same again.
In the past, this day was always one for admiration and love; it was a day that encouraged you to show your gratitude for the woman who brought you into this world.
But after you lose a parent, it almost seems as though the day’s only purpose is to remind you of your loss.

Mother’s Day took place a mere few months after my mom passed away.
For me, my uneasiness started right around the first Mothers Day without my mom. I couldn’t handle it well.  
I couldn’t handle that every single store I had to walk in for weeks and sometimes months before, had to be a slap in the face that I didn’t have a mom. 
I couldn’t walk through an isle of Walmart, Target or CVS without being reminded that this was the first year that I no longer had my mother.
I couldn’t take it. It got to the point that I literally wouldn’t even go to these stores because I just couldn’t handle it. I did not need a constant reminder everywhere I went of my new reality. 

It wasn’t fair. 

Even hanging out with a few of my friends brought up issues. 
For weeks leading up to Mother’s Day I remember people talking about what their plans were and asking each other what they got their mom’s. 
“Hello…. I’m right over here, you remember me the girl whose mom died!?!?!” 
You can’t expect everyone else’s life to stop because you went through things.. and you can’t expect that these things aren’t going to come up in conversation.. but it still sucks.
Mother’s Day would come around and it’s so awkward figuring out how to spend the day. 
So I created my own Mother’s Day traditions. 
I would spend the day doing things that my mom and I used to do together, but instead do them alone. 

I’ll have lunch at LakePark Cemetery. I’ll go shopping. I’ll do all things that mom loved. 
It’s okay to need to be alone
I have learned that this is one day a year, nobody can do anything right. 
Regardless of who it is, they need to steer clear of me on Mother’s Day. 
I am anxious, I am sad and I am confused 17 years later and I still miss my mother so much. 
There is nothing anyone can say to make it better, but that’s okay. I have found my own ways to make peace with this day.
What makes the day suck even more is my daughter lives a few hundred miles away. 
So I don’t get to see her or my granddaughter.

I talk to them which is lovely but it also isn’t the same. 
My Amazing Mother. 

I love and Miss you every day 

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Ancestry DNA

So because a have a couple of  mysteries in my family. And just the love of history I have , I  decided to do an Ancestry DNA 

I got the test in November 2016 and did nothing with it until February-March 2017

Well I finally took test and results are coming in.

Family Mysteries 

Who was my grandmothers birth parents

(She was adopted)

From what I was told 

The Cleveland Protestant Orphanage Asylum on St Clain Avenue in Cleveland Ohio between 

1901-1910

She was given an adopted name and a hint of her middle name. 

St Clair was a hint about the place she was adopted from. 

I also heard many years ago her name may have been Bessie.  (Unsure if true)

I was told she may have been from most likely German decent. (Also unsure)

She has always gone by the birthday of 

July 9 1902

I spoke to Orphanage in Cleveland which is now called BeechBrook and they can’t tell me anything unless I know her birth name
That really let the wind out of my sail because they have her info. 

So I have to find another way I guess. 

And I have a lot of info on her as I knew her. And I also have info 

Im related to the founders of Youngstown Ohio

Where I grew up. 

Mystery 

Next mystery is on my fathers side

His father was illegitimate 

So I have no idea who his father was

They were from the former Yugoslavia 

Now Croatia

Zagreb-Velika Gorica area

He has his mothers last name. But not his fathers. No mention of the fathers name at all. 

I also have a couple other wild things from my fathers side 

Mystery 

Some one a female burned at stake hundreds of years ago …. I wonder why..
So stay tuned.  

If your great at research and family history I would love tips

Stay tuned…..