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Wednesday

Zwieback is a spitback.




Remember zwieback toast? Parents may call this a throwback, as it evokes memories of a long-time traditional early finger food for a toddler.
 
As such, zwieback has often been a throwback in more ways than one.

This crunchy cookie-like snack, which really resembles something like biscotti for babies or melba toast for mini munchers, quickly disintegrates into a gucky, muck, mushy, sticky mess in the hands of a drooling youngster.

For generations, moms and dads have offered zwieback strips to little ones during teething times. 

Zwieback must be good for gnawing.

But, as any veteran parent can attest, zwieback often ends up on the floor, on clothing, and in between pudgy little fingers. In a flash, it’s in Mom’s or Dad’s or big sibling’s hair too.

Zwieack may be a fine finger food, but its status as friend or foe for families is still uncertain.

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Tuesday

Yellow cake can be even yummier. Three top tastes!




Yellow cake is a perennial party pleaser. But a few simple additions and twists can make this nearly universal favorite even more special.

First, yellow cake isn’t really yellow. It’s more golden in color.

Try these three delicious variations for yellow cake.


Even a cake baked from a boxed mix can taste bakery-special with an extra bit of creativity and flair. And a white cake works just as well for these delicious baked dessert choices.

Start by baking a two-layer round cake. Then try these fun variations.

1. Berry-Filled Cake

Spread your favorite berry jam on the bottom  layer. Add the top layer, and top it with vanilla,  chocolate or whipped cream frosting. Garnish the cake with fresh berries (or even chocolate shavings) if desired.

2. Boston Cream Pie Cake

Slather vanilla pudding on the bottom layer of the cake. Place the next layer over it, and finish with chocolate fudge frosting. Be sure to keep this cake chilled.

3. Peach Pie Cake

Cover the bottom cake layer with peach pie filling. Put on the second layer, and complete the cake with vanilla or whipped cream frosting. Slice a fresh peace, and arrange the pieces on the top.

Try this option with cherry pie filling, if you wish, and add a few cherries on top.

Who’s yodeling for yellow cake now?

Oh, yes.

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Monday

X = wrong! It’s not eXpresso, folks.




EXcuse me, but this is eXceptionally eXasperating.

How many people step up to the counter in a popular coffee shop and ask for an eXpresso?

Bing! Wrong.

They may want eXpress service, but they’re actually ordering espresso.

No eXceptions.

OK, maybe I haven't had enough caffeine this morning. Or maybe I've had too much already.

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Sunday

Water is wellness.




Well, maybe this is a no-brainer. Water is a wellspring of wonder for wellness.

We knew that.

Still, knowing it and practicing it may equal wildly different things.

Wow, have I experienced this firsthand, since I began running regularly. Dehydration can strike suddenly, and it is a scary thing.

If I plan to run more than three miles on a comfortable day, or at all on a hot and humid day, I carry water with me. Yep, I’m the geeky one out there with a big bouncing water bottle tucked in a pack strapped around my waist.

I don’t care how it looks. I’m sipping as I stride. I may even spill a few swigs on my shirt. But I’m staying healthy on the road.

Still, bottled water can be wreckful.

Yesterday, I tossed out a half-empty (or half-full) bottle of water at a horse show, simply because it was warm. Nope, I wasn’t being picky. But the plastic water bottle had been sitting in my car for a few hours on a warm, sunny day.

We’ve been warned.

Apparently, harmful and possibly carcinogenic chemicals can seep into bottled water, if it is allowed to freeze or warm up.

It wasn’t worthwhile to risk it – for a few sips.

So I stepped up to the snack bar and anted up for a fresh bottle of water. Why not?

Usually, I fill my own reusable sports bottles. My favorites are made of stainless steel. They wash up well and stay pretty cold.

And that works for me.

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