Diva Rambling:Perspectives….

Perspectives
This recent illness has been like a near death experience. It has caused me to look closer at the plight of the aging in our global universe.
I discovered that in my/your/our communities there are those each day who struggle to get out of bed and just breathe. Their needs are numerous. In the US we have alleged agencies to help but I’ve lived here 8 years and never knew of these services. So where is the money going if no one knows about the need and existence of such places? See if you can find these places, how are your tax dollars paying for the information to get out there? Is the money being directed to other than high paying executive jobs and not services? Get information placed at your public libraries, and all government agencies using tax dollars to exist. You may not have a lot of time but making your lawmakers and government agencies do their jobs is easy and our duty.
In my county here is what I found.
Senior Center Info
Cumberland Valley Area Development District
CVADD
Senior Centers provides a broad range of group/individual activities and services to respond to the needs, interests of older adults and their families in its community.  Senior Centers serve as a “focal point” for all the programs available to older adults within a county.
Services Include:
Congregate Meals – A nutritious noonday hot meal that meets a minimum of one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA).
Home Delivered Meals – A meal delivered to a client’s home one hot or other appropriate meal that meets one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA).
Homemaker – Help for essential shopping, laundry, errands, and meal preparation.
Information and Assistance – Providing current information to a client or individual about available resources and linking them to appropriate community based services to meet their needs.
Outreach /Client Finding – To identify clients in needs of Senior Center services and encourage the use of existing services and benefits.
Transportation – Provide transportation from a person’s home to the doctor, drug store, Senior Center, shopping, etc.
Escort – Provide transportation accompanying and personally assisting a client to obtain a service.
Informational Sessions – Other agencies are invited to make presentations of interest to older adults i.e., Legal Assistance, Health Promotion, Nutrition Education, Ombudsman, and Benefits Counseling.
Social Events – Activities to encourage socialization, Bingo, Table Games, Recreation, Arts, Crafts, Pot Luck Dinners, etc.
Senior Center Locations in Cumberland Valley Area Development District:

Diva Tasting: English Walnut Pie…

English Walnut Pie
Ingredients
3 Eggs
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
3/4 Cup White Sugar
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
3/4 Cup Light Corn Syrup
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts
1/4 Cup Butter
1 (9 Inch) Deep Dish Pie Crust
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
  2. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Mix in sugar, salt, vanilla, and corn syrup. Melt the butter and whisk it into the egg mixture. Stir in the nuts. Pour filling into pie shell.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), and continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes.

Diva Rambling: Difference between English Muffin and Crumpets: 

I’ve often pondered this …so I pulled one school of thought for our clarification…
Difference between English Muffin and Crumpets: 
Homemade English muffins are one of those things we whip out whenever we want something extra special in the morning – a birthday brunch, in-laws are in town, you name it! One guest recently asked about the difference between crumpets and English muffins, and we were honestly stumped…with good reason, it turns out!
One thing that all the blogs, websites, and cookbooks seem to agree upon is that crumpets and English muffins are two different creatures. Where they all disagree is exactly how.
After all, crumpets and English muffins are both griddle cakes – meaning they were originally made on the stove top in a cast-iron griddle pan. They’re both round and generally biscuit-sized. They both have a spongy texture full of nooks and crannies for absorbing melted butter and other delicious toppings. They’re also both considered to be a breakfast, brunch, or tea food, but not the kind of bread you’d serve with dinner.
But then things start to get confusing:
Crumpets are always made with milk, but English muffins never do. (Though there are a few recipes that beg to differ.)
Crumpet batter is just that: a loose batter. English muffins are made from a more firm dough. (Sometimes.)
 Crumpets are made only using baking soda, where as English muffins are made with yeast or sourdough (and occasionally a little baking soda to help things along).
Crumpets are cooked only on one side, so the bottom is flat and toasted while the top is speckled with holes (delicious, butter-absorbing holes…). English muffins are more bread-like and are toasted on both sides. (This one is actually a definite!)
Crumpets are served whole with the jam and butter are spread right on top. English muffins are split before serving. (Unless you happen to like your crumpets split.)
As long as it serves as a vehicle for melted butter and jam, we’re pretty equal opportunity when it comes to breakfast baked goods! Call it a crumpet or an English muffin, we’ll give it a try either way.
What’s the Difference? Crumpets Versus English Muffins
by EMMA CHRISTENSEN
PUBLISHED: APR 9, 2010

Diva Tasting: Lemon Blueberry Cornbread….

Lemon Blueberry Cornbread
Ingredients
1/3 Cup Melted Butter
1 Cup White Sugar
3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
2 Eggs
1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
3/4 Cornmeal
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Half N Half
1/2 Cup Buttermilk
2 Tablespoons Grated Lemon Zest
1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts
1 Cup Fresh Or Frozen Blueberries
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup White Sugar
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8×4 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, 1 cup sugar, juice and eggs. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; stir into egg mixture alternately with milk. Fold in lemon zest, nuts, and blueberries. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool bread in pan for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl. Remove bread from pan and drizzle with glaze. Cool on a wire rack.

Diva Tasting: Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms…

Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms
Ingredients
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Minced Green Onion
1 Cup Cooked Crabmeat, Finely Chopped
1/2 Cup Dry Bread Crumbs
1/2 Cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
1 Egg, Beaten
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Dried Dill Weed
1/2 Cup Butter, Melted
2 Pounds Fresh Cremini Mushrooms, Stems Removed
1/2 Cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
1/4 Cup Dry White Wine
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet; cook and stir green onion until softened, about 2 minutes. Transfer green onion to a bowl. Stir in crabmeat, bread crumbs, 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, egg, lemon juice, and dill weed until well mixed.
  3. Pour 1/2 cup melted butter in a 9×13-inch baking dish; turn mushroom caps in butter to coat. Fill mushroom caps with the crab mixture and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese. Pour white wine into baking dish.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until cheese is melted and lightly brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

Diva Tasting: Sweet Potato Casserole 2 …

Sweet Potato Casserole 2 
Ingredients
4 Cups Sweet Potato, Cubed
1/2 Cup White Sugar
2 Eggs, Beaten
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
4 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
1/2 Cup Evaporated Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour
3 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
1 Cup Chopped Pecans
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Put sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan with water to cover. Cook over medium high heat until tender; drain and mash.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the sweet potatoes, white sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  3. In medium bowl, mix the brown sugar and flour. Cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse. Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potato mixture.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly brown.

Diva Tasting:Healing Cabbage Soup …

A good after holiday detox soup…
Healing Cabbage Soup 
Ingredients
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 Onion, Chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
2 Quarts Chicken Stock
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt, Or To Taste
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper, Or To Taste
1/2 Head Cabbage, Cored And Coarsely Chopped
1 (14.5 Ounce) Can Italian-Style Stewed Tomatoes, Drained And Diced
1 Stalk Celery Chopped
1 Small Bag of Baby Carrots
Directions
  1. In a large stockpot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic and remaining vegetables; cook until onion is transparent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in stock, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then stir in cabbage. Simmer until cabbage wilts, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomatoes. Return to a boil, then simmer 30-60 minutes, stirring often. Serve with cornbread and salad.