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Whipped Cream Recipe

One of my favorite dessert treats is whipped cream. Yum! I could eat it straight, especially if it’s frozen. Here is my recipe:

1 cup whipping cream
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Set up your mixer and measure out the sugar and vanilla. (Keep the whipping cream as cold as possible until you are ready to make it.) Whip the cream until it starts to get thick; be patient, this could take minutes. When it thickens, add the sugar and vanilla, and mix a bit more to stir. Don’t keep mixing  or you’ll end up with something like butter! Refrigerate; lasts about a week (if you can manage to not eat it all). Freezes great, too!

And remember: you can whip cream but you won’t get whipped cream unless you start with whipping cream.

Home for the Holidays

Kerri’s home! Ever a kid at heart, we let her open a present early on Christmas day (Katie and Tim weren’t due til around noon).

Kerri and her new Slinky

Ker also made us a proper English breakfast, replete with beans, tomatoes, potatoes, mushrooms, eggs and bacon.

We also had Babci (Vin’s mom) and Nani (my grandmother) over the house. My brother Greg was sick, so he didn’t come up at all. Hopefully we’ll see him on New Year’s.

Nani just loves Dot, and fortunately, the feeling is mutual. Poor Nani, she’s a bit out of it with old-age dementia, so keeping up with Dot is about all she can do. Nani didn’t stay at our house the entire day, but considering we had her here by 9am, she did pretty well for the 5 hours she was over!

Nani petting Dot

Babi stayed until the very end of the day! She enjoyed our Christmas breakfast, the cinnamon buns Kerri made in the afternoon, and then the pork roast, lasagna and cannelloni Vin and Kerri made for dinner. I made 2 kinds of cheesecake, which Babci enjoyed with her wine.

Babci

Next up: New Year’s Eve! We’re having a Hobbit Day during the day, our annual Chinese food marathon for the evening, and Tim’s parents over on New Year’s Day.

Caring for your Sinuses

Icky topic, but some of us just have bad sinuses! With an allergy as well, I am more susceptible to getting sinus infections than the average person. At one point a few years ago, I was having nearly chronic infections. Two rounds of antibiotics, two weeks off, then another infection. This went on for a couple years each winter! Here’s what I started doing to attempt to keep the infections at bay during the winter, when I feel sinus pressure, or after I’ve had a (food) allergy attack:

  • Sudafed at least every morning; as often as allowed when necessary. I use the CVS store brand, but only the one that you get “behind the counter”.
  • Once or twice a day, a Mucinex tablet; every morning, and in the evening if I need it.
  • Daily sinus rinses with NeilMed Sinus Rinse. I used to do it twice a day with 1 packet of saline, but now I do it once a day with 2 packets.
  • Four capsules of echinacea a day. Natrol makes one that is corn-free.
  • Daily use of fluticasone propionate nasal spray, especially in the late afternoon when my sinuses are tight and stuffy.
  • Avoid allergy triggers like hairspray, perfume, and cleaning products. These products seem to cause the allergy reactions in me that lead to sinus issues. Kind of obvious when you think about it.
  • Sleep! I make sure I get as close to 8 hours of sleep a night as possible. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people that can skip sleep and still function, let alone get run down and sick.
  • Use a humidifier in the bedroom at night. We have hot air heat (as opposed to electric), so our rooms get very dry. The humidifier works wonders.

With this strict regime, I now get only one or two sinus infections a year. What a relief! Sinus infections are not only painful, but I am very limited as to what antibiotics I can take. Not to mention that my doctor’s office has a policy of making us wait 10 days from the first symptom before they will prescribe antibiotics. While I completely agree with that policy, being sick for 10 days (or even a week if it clears up on its own) is pretty rotten!