Raccoons are making their nightly rounds

wildlife watch

wildlife watch

 

Nature ranger award

Nature ranger award

 

raccoon

raccoon

 

 

The raccoons are  making their nightly rounds, eating cat food biscuits in the back patio.  I wish I could take a photo  of  them in real time but they only come by at night in an area that is not well lit.  By the time I get my camera out they would be gone.

raccoon kits

raccoon kits

 

 

There is the mother raccoon and her two kits are usually not far behind. I often see the mother raccoon in the front yard, not far from my door, and when she sees me she stands in an upright position her two hind legs.

raccoon on hind legs

raccoon on hind legs

 

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Solar Powered Battery Charger Charges 4 D, C, AA and AAA Batteries

National fish and wildlife foundation

National fish and wildlife foundation

Feeding America – One mouth at a time

hunger knows no season

 hunger knows no season

 

Hunger knows no season

Community food bank

          Community food bank

 

Feeding America – one mouth at a time

feeding the hungry

  feeding the hungry

I believe that it is very important to try to help those in the local community who need a helping hand and that is why whenever we have extra cans of food or bags of chips or crackers, we donate them to the local food bank in our area. Many churches and humanitarian organizations also accept food and supplies and it is always a good gesture to donate to those who are in need..

food pantry donations needed

     food pantry donations needed

food bank

     support your local food bank

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Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 32 GB – Includes Special Offers

Corel PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate

Corel PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate

 

food bank

San Antonio food bank

that aroma of dinnertime

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When I was growing up I used to love being in the house during the late afternoon to witness the aroma of dinner cooking in the oven. For me that was the best part of the day.

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The more I smelled those pork chops cooking in the oven the hungrier I got!

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remembering those weekend outings with my family

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family outing in the station wagon.

family outing in the station wagon.

was just remembering those weekend outing when I was a kid and we would load the whole family into the station wagon and head off to Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara.

small gas grill at the beach

small gas grill at the beach

If we went to Pismo Beach, my dad would bring a little gas grill and we would heat up some hot dogs.

downtown San Luis Obispo

downtown San Luis Obispo

 

If we went to San Luis Obispo we might stop downtown or go to the mall and do some shopping.

downtown Santa Barbara

downtown Santa Barbara

Santa Barabara took about an hour to get there, so we would usually go to the mall and spend the day there.

just the kids at the beach

just the kids at the beach

Ahh, remembering the good old days!

High fructose corn syrup – good and bad

The truth about high fructose corn syrup

The truth about high fructose corn syrup

What do we know about high fructose corn syrup, and is it good or bad for our health? 

looking at a corn field

looking at a corn field

 

                High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a calorie-providing sweetener used to sweeten foods and beverages, particularly processed and store-bought foods. It is made by an enzymatic process from glucose syrup that is derived from corn. A relatively new food ingredient, it was first produced in Japan in the late 1960s, then entered the American food supply system in the early 1970s. HFCS is a desirable food ingredient for food manufacturers because it is equally as sweet as table sugar, blends well with other foods, helps foods to maintain a longer shelf life, and is less expensive (due to government subsidies on corn) than other sweeteners. It can be found in a variety of food products including soft drinks, salad dressings, ketchup, jams, sauces, ice cream and even bread. (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=486)

This is what high fructose corn syrup looks like

This is what high fructose corn syrup looks like

 

 

There are two types of high fructose corn syrup found in foods today:

Powerade has HFCS listed as the second ingredient

Powerade has HFCS listed as the second ingredient

Bottom line, the Mayo Clinic notes that “controversy exists … about whether or not the body handles high-fructose corn syrup differently than table sugar.” But Mayo and Green America are on the same page when it comes to sugar and HFCS: Avoid overconsumption of both. (http://blog.greenamerica.org/2013/04/23/table-sugar-vs-high-fructose-corn-syrup-which-is-worse/)

 

High fructose corn syrup

High fructose corn syrup

list of ingredients HFCS

list of ingredients HFCS

 

We must KNOW our bodies

We must KNOW our bodies

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It is very important, not only  to eat the right kind of foods, but to drink PLENTY of liquids.

ImageWe need to know what foods are good for us and what foods can harm our bodies.

ImageThe EXPERTS in nutrition say that we should drink 2.5-3 LITERS of FLUIDS per day in order to maintain a healthy body.

My favorite section in the grocery store

My favorite section in the grocery store

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There is something about walking into a clean grocery store and walking through the produce section smelling the fresh fruits and vegetables.  I love the smell of fresh lettuce, bell peppers, onions, cabbage and tomatoes

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Quite honestly, I am not a fan of the fresh FISH section, though they say we should eat fish on a daily basis in order to maintain good health.

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I could spend an hour or two  walking through the produce section taking in the smells and looking at the fresh fruits and vegetables.

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