Cooking Up a Big Batch of Tasty March Madness
OK, I’ve always been partial to March for a number of reasons: Spring Break, St. Patrick’s Day/Week, high school basketball’s March Madness – and of course, my birthday! This year is even more special, since the weather has been so spectacular! And a little bittersweet, since I’ve crossed the big birthday line – I’m no longer 59!
I’ve been doing a lot of baking and creative cookery lately. For example, I made myself a fabulous Boston Cream Pie for my birthday, and perfected a decadent brownie/cheesecake recipe. And then there was my homemade lasagna…
You might surmise that my New Year diet plan has been pretty much tossed out the window. And you’d be pretty much right. Last week, I actually told my husband to stop me if I baked again…
But that’s hard for him to enforce, since, after all, we do still have to eat, right? And if we’re going to eat it I’d like it to be good healthy food without additives and preservatives. And beyond that, I love the creativity of cooking and baking!!
So here we are with St. Patrick’s Day upon us — and I’ve pretty much got my new menu nailed. I wanted to create something new and fresh, that’s also healthy and nutritious.
Quite frankly, I’m bored with dining on the ubiquitous corned beef and cabbage -I grabbed a corned beef at the grocery store the other day, but I just couldn’t bring myself to buy it. For one thing, it just has too much salt in it!! And as for Irish beverages, I’ve never been able to “get into” green beer.
So this year I’m planning to introduce my corned beef loving friends to some new culinary traditions, Thankfully, I have been seeing quite a lot of other menu ideas, so I’ve just about settled on the following:
Anne’s St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
Beef and Guinness Pie
Steamed whole green beans
Brown Butter Soda Bread
A nice Irish Red Ale
For dessert, I’m still deciding between “Car Bomb Cupcakes” and a Guinness Chocolate Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Cheese Frosting. Both feature chocolate, Guiness and Bailey’s, so I think they’re Irish enough.
Never heard of “Car Bomb Cupcakes?” I hadn’t either, and I suspect that if I were truly Irish I’d find the name a bit off-putting. But I’m only Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. And besides, once you’ve learned what’s in them, you just might be as intrigued as I was. How could you possibly resist Guinness-laced chocolate cupcakes stuffed with a ganache featuring Irish whiskey and then decadently topped with a frosting featuring Bailey’s Irish Cream?
I just discovered this recipe after talking to amazing friend of mine who runs a tech-y software company by day – and an equally amazing – not to mention rip-roaringly fun– wine and martini lounge called Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape by night. She mentioned baking them and I just had to google the name.
Then I knew they MUST be worth making when I discovered versions of the Car Bomb Cupcake on both the Smitten Kitchen and Brown Eyed Baker blogsites, two of my favorite foodie outposts.
If you’re a food fanatic and you haven’t discovered these bloggers, I suggest you look for them. Both are persistently entertaining and creative. Want proof?
Recently, Deb, author of “Smitten,” who works her culinary magic in what she describes as a “42 square foot (whimper) circa-1935 sort of half-galley kitchen with a 24 foot footprint, a single counter, tiny stove, checkered floor and a noisy window,” featured her adventures with Cheddar, Beer and Mustard Pull-Apart Bread, Multigrain Apple Crisps and Fried Egg Sandwiches with Bacon and Bleu Cheese.
While “Brown Eyed’s” Michelle, who shoots the most amazing images of her culinary creations, was baking up a storm with Broccoli Cheese Soup, Hot Reuben Dip, Irish Soda Bread Scones and – just for fun — a non-alcoholic Shamrock Shake.
Meanwhile, over on Chic Mom Magazine, guest blogger Kristin Swope also shared details of the non-alcoholic drinks she’s making to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. If you also want to serve up some kid-friendly beverages, you might want to check out her recipes for Green Lemonade and Lime Smoothies.
Alright, I’ve got to get this issue posted, so you have time to check out the recipes while you’re still in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day food. So I’ll stop writing for now. But don’t miss this issue. In addition to the Irish recipes we’ve packed it chock full of great web links, member news, book reviews and information on our next teleseminar.
Don’t forget, NABBW is dedicated to supporting you and helping you live the best life possible. Be sure and use all your benefits, and if you’re not yet a member join now! Exciting things are happening here!
Anne L. Holmes
“Boomer in Chief”
PS Be sure to send us your news, and tell us what you think of this issue. As always, “I’m listening.”
Boomers In The News
Here Are Other Articles of Interest:
Discount Drug Cards
Originally published January 27, 2011 on DiabeticCommect.com by Amy Tenderich
Discount drug card programs, which offer free or low-cost prescription drugs to patients who qualify. Find out here if you’re eligible for some of the best ones we’ve found…
Whole Foods Organics Made in China
Originally reported February 21, 2012 on ABC News
The term “organic” is not synonymous with “locally grown.” Here’s a video which explains a bit about why many organic foods sold in Whole Foods’ 275 stores, actually come from China.
Disabled Adults More Likely to Be Victims of Violence
Originally reported February 28, 2012 by Kim Carollo on ABC’s “Good Morning America”
Adults with disabilities are more likely to be victims of violence than adults who are not disabled, according to a new study published online in The Lance .
How Target Knew Teen Daughter’s Secret Before Dad
Originally published February 16, 2012 by Kashmir Hill on Forbes.com
Every time you go shopping, you share intimate details about your consumption patterns with retailers.Many are now using those details to figure out what you like, what you need, and which coupons are most likely to make you happy.
Celebrate St. Pat’s: Beef and Guinness Pie
Originally published in Epicurious.com by Gourmet.com in October 2004
Your special St. Pat’s meal doesn’t have to be corned beef and cabbage this year. Here’s another delicious idea. It actually combines your Guinness WITH your beef. Yum!!
Homemade Snickers Bars
Originally published in BrownEyedBaker.com on March 2, 2012
BEB blog author Michelle says these taste exactly like a Snickers bar. “Let me emphasize exactly because truly, these are a spot-on recreation. Only more delicious.And sinfully addictive.” Hey, you don’t have to convince us, the photo alone is addictive…
Are Your Shoes Making You Fat?
Originally published in Prevention Magazine on March 2, 2012 by Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie
The shoes you wear can make you feel slim, sexy, and stylish-or they can leave you wincing in pain. Ever wonder how much damage you are doing when you walk to work in sky-high heels or scuff through errands in flip-flops?
Recent Forum Topics
I continue to witness women encouraging others in our Virtual Village at Boomer Women Speak Forums.
Won’t you join us? Here’s a peek at some topics we’re chatting about:
Quotes for Living
This month we bring you a wealth of inspirational quotes from a variety of amazing people. If you have some other quotes which guide you, please feel free to send them so we can share them with the rest of our audience.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” ~~Thomas A. Edison
“When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.” ~~William Hazlitt
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” ~~Rosa Parks
We have several March teleseminars in the works, but details on this one have just been confirmed:NABBW Interviews Author Linda Campanella
on her book “When All That’s Left of Me Is Love”
Thursday, March 29th at 9:00pm Eastern
Linda calls herself an “accidental author.” She says this book, “When All That’s Left of Me Is Love: A Daughter’s Story of Letting Go”, essentially wrote itself in the weeks of intense grief following her mother’s death in September 2009.
The book is an account of her last year with her terminally ill mother, and Campanella says the chapters poured out of her at all hours of the day and night, flowing directly from a broken heart to a blank page. She finished the manuscript in less than two months – in time to give it to her father for Christmas, his first without his wife and sweetheart of 52 years.
Linda shares that this is not a story she ever wanted or expected to tell, but now that it’s written, she is happy to use the book to keep her mother’s legacy of love and her joyful, generous spirit alive.
No one likes to spend time thinking about or anticipating a loved one’s death. As a result, we are quite often unprepared when it happens. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Join us on this call to hear Linda discuss some of the important things she learned through her experience, including:
- Through her story of her family’s reactions to hearing of her mother’s terminal diagnosis, learn how you and your siblings might expect to react to news that one of your parents has been given a terminal prognosis. Not all people react the same…
- How Linda found that life can be lived fully and joyfully even while anticipating death. Discover how she found ways to inject living into the dying experience. And her advice for others confronting terminal illness.
- Some of the challenges associated with caring for a dying parent while balancing other important roles and responsibilities–for example, your current life as a mother and/or a working professional.
- Some of the most valuable lessons she learned as a result of her experience – lessons that she believes may be helpful to other daughters facing the prospect caring for and eventually losing a terminally ill parent.
- Whether Linda thinks it is easier to deal with the certain death – – or the sudden death — of a parent or loved one.
- Helpful things friends can do for or say to someone who is terminally ill or caring for a terminally ill family member. As well as her thoughts on whether there are things people should avoid saying or doing.
- Her insights or valuable lessons for others who face death or loss. Including her thoughts on sharing her personal story as a way to inspire or reassure others.?
- The significance of the book title.
- Suggestions for ways to keep very present in our lives someone who is physically gone.
- The reaction her book has received.
Again, this one hour teleseminar is scheduled for Thursday, March 29th at 9:00pm Eastern time. (That’s 8 PM Central, 7 PM Mountain and 6 PM Pacific time.) The call is free and open to the public. You may listen by phone, Skype or online. Follow this link for details on how to join us on the call, and how to send in questions for Linda.
Monthly Columns from NABBW Associates
Product Reviews of Interest to Baby Boomer Women
Reviews are a service we provide for paid-up-to-date NABBW Members. Email us for details.
(Once submitted, please allow ample time for reading/reviewing. Books and other products will not be returned.)
Click Product Image or Title to Read that Review.
(Purchase Link is Available Within Each Product Review)
The Boomer Broads have a cooked up a new business venture!
NABBW Member News
Mary Anne Benedetto
Mary Anne launched her new book, Never Say Perfect
, on March 2nd. “There is turbulence ahead for Laina Strickland and family, as following a romantic second honeymoon in Pawleys Island, Dan disappears at the airport.” Contact her directly
with payment of $15 for an autographed copy
Roberta is as busy as usual with her writing workshops for authors of fiction and memoir. She writes that she’ll give NABBW discounts to members who note their affiliation when signing up.
Diane hopes you’ll ‘like’ New Mexico Soap on Facebook, and suggests you order your own custom soap log in any combo you like! The entire log – approx. 20 bars — will be yours. Do you choose Shea and Lavender, Woodsy with Oatmeal, Vanilla Berry with pecan meal? Name your sudsy pleasure!
Sally reports that she has moved, and invites all her NABBW friends to come visit her in her new home in the Nob Hill section of Portland. Her cell number and e-mail are the same as is FaceBook and Google: Sally Franz and Twitter, LinkedIn: SallyFranz. Here’s the new addy: 2065 NW Flanders St., Apt. 507, 97209.
Joan Ellen Gage
Joan, who recently authored a free ebook, has been busy blogging in the Joan Zone lately, interviewing women she finds interesting and sharing what she learns. Check out her recent posts here.
B. Lynn Goodwin-Brown
B. Lynn advises all writers of her site’s Seventh Annual Flash Prose Contest. Send your best short fiction or memoir up to 750 words by 4/18/12. First prize: $150. Fee: $12 for processing only or $22 for detailed evaluation.
Nancy Werking Poling
Nancy notes that one of her recent blog posts appeared as an OpEd piece in the Asheville newspaper. In it she writes that by standards set by Santorum and Franklin Graham she’s not a Christian. She begs to differ.
http://laurel-rund.artistwebsites.com and http://essenceoflaurel.com
Laurel is participating in Tampa’s 23rd Annual Hyde Park Art Festival March 24th and 25th and invites you to stop by if you are in town to enjoy life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics, and much more. Her artwork is now available on Fine Art America
Chloe recently made her book, “What Happens Next? A family Guide to Nursing Home Visits…and More” available in Amazon Kindle format, where it is available for 99 cents.
Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. & Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D.
Rosemary and Phyllis invite you to a Virtual Book Tour with Susan Lieberman about her new book, Getting Old is a Full Time Job: Moving on From a Life of Working Hard. Baby Boomers, especially those who are planning ahead for their second adulthood, will benefit from Susan’s insight about the 12 “jobs” still ahead of us. Log on to www.NourishingRelationships.blogspot.com anytime, Wednesday, March 21, to join the conversation.
Give The Gift Of NABBW Membership
There are LOTS of reasons to give a gift of an NABBW membership. Perhaps you want to:
- Affirm a friendship
- Share the power of the new NABBW.com site with a colleague
- Honor a family member (your mother, your sister, your daughter, your grandmother…)
- Connect with a loved one
- Mark important events, like birthdays (After all, many of us are experiencing milestone anniversaries and birthdays these days…)
- Give a little encouragement to someone who could use some support and nurturing
- Celebrate a new beginning
- Or just share the many joys (and challenges) of being a Baby Boomer Woman today…
Now it’s easier than ever to give a membership in NABBW as a gift. In the past, we arranged gift memberships on a one by one basis. NOW we’re offering gift certificates., and they’re EASY to arrange. All you need to do is click on the link below. It takes you to a sign-up page, which you need to fill out. Here’s how:
- In the first set of boxes, you tell us about you. We’ll ask for your name, your email address (so we can contact you) and other simple contact information.
- In the middle box, where it says “Additional Information,” simply type in your intended NABBW giftee’s name, email address (so we can send her the newsletters) and, optionally, the type of occasion you are recognizing with your gift of a year of NABBW membership. Also tell us whether you want to announce the gift yourself, or have us send an e-card.
- Finally, in the third set of boxes, you provide us with information on how to charge your credit card, and click the box at the bottom that says “Complete Checkout.”
To Send an NABBW Gift Certificate, click here NOW.