Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Recipe (Blushing) and a Free Brass Word Element


I certainly didn't win any favour when I did not include a link for those delicious Portuguese Buns I posted pictures of.  Well, I wanted a big build-up ok? 

Actually I did not have any shortening the batch I made, and they were small and so I decided I was going to wait and make them BIGGER and put the shortening in as well - THEN I was going to share but thats not going to happen this week due to a hectic schedule, sooooo You can find the recipe by clicking on the picture of the buns, below.  I found out the OFFICIAL name for these is Papasecos


Portugese Buns


I hope yours turns out as good as mine!

My poor husband is under the influence of some virus - could it be swine or H1N1?  I don't know but its certainly not good.  I was forwarded Dr. Oz's Prevention Rules and I guess, even though its too late for our household they might help yours. 


The following advice, given by Dr. Oz, makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know:

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat or bathe.)

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine or Hydrogen Peroxide if you don't trust salt).  *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water, or hydrogen peroxide. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose softly once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*

5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm


Lastly - I've not created anything to give away for a while so I decided to make a small gift for you.  I will be making several words in this series and would love your suggestions.   These were based from a set of antique brass stencil letters I picked up at our local thrift store last week. This can really be used as a stencil too.   I've left it without a drop shadow so you can add your own.  Enjoy! 

Click on the preview to be taken to the download site.  (PS - I would LOVE to see how you use this in a project!)




  1. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 21 Oct [LA 08:44pm, NY 10:44pm] - 22 Oct [UK 03:44am, OZ 01:44pm] ).

  2. Morning Sweety!!!!!!!!
    Will put Hubby & you in my prayers!!!!!!!!!!
    HUGE HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Very nice, thank you :)

  4. Thank you again for all your great freebies!!


  5. Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 9 post on Oct. 22, 2009. Thanks again.

  6. wow Barb thanks for the info ..sure do not want to catch or even spread the flu thing. Love the stencils ..have a great day ...miss you lots


  7. Thank you for the word element! I like these stencils. Here are some masculine suggestions for more word elements:
    Truck (s)

  8. Good Morning Barb:)
    Sure hope Miles is feeling better by now.Will add him to my prayers.!!
    Thank you soo much for sharing your recipe for the yummy buns.:)They look delicious!
    Thank you also for the wonderful word element!How COOL!:)
    Got our roof put you know.:)It rained yesterday and so far it looks like it doesn't leak.YAY!
    Hope you have a great weekend and stay healthy ..that's an order!!:)

    Love and hugs,

  9. The buns look amazing sis. :)




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