Saturday, September 14, 2019

National Rice Month (September)

There are a lot of ways to cook with rice. Rice is a cheap and filling staple to any diet!

Here is my Orange Rice Pudding you should try!

Ingredients needed:

3 Large Oranges
2 cups of rice
2 cups of sugar
2 1/4 cups of water
1/2 cup of Orange Zest
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup of sweetened condensed milk (can substitute with just milk)
1/2 teaspoon orange extract (can substitute with vanilla)
a Dash of Nutmeg
Real thin Orange slice to garnish the top with (optional)

It's very simple to make.

I pureed three oranges and cooked them with 2 cups of rice and a cup of sugar and 2 cups of water, 1/2 cup of orange zest (thinly grated orange peel) and a teaspoon of cinnamon.

Then when the rice was done, I added another cup of sugar, a cup of milk (you can use sweetened condensed milk if you like...would probably taste better) and a tablespoon of butter and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.

I cooked it down until it was thickened with more rice than liquid, stirring constantly to keep it from burning.

I poured the pudding into Martini glasses (You can use cups or small bowls) and I garnished the top with a sprinkle of nutmeg. (You can also place a thin slice of Orange on top for decoration).

Then I cooled it in the fridge. Delicious!

If you need vanilla or orange extracts, cinnamon and nutmeg, you can visit my Watkins site and buy them!

Monday, September 2, 2019

National Kinship Care Month

Source: House Representative Karen Bass (D-CA, 37th)

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and the five co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution to designate September 2017 as “National Kinship Care Month.” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a corresponding resolution in the Senate.

“Grandparents and other relatives all over our nation step forward every day to provide a home and care for children when their biological parents are unable to do so,” Rep. Bass said. “These family members play a vital role in our child welfare system and often care for these children without the same resources as foster parents. This sometimes lifesaving support deserves to be honored and recognized. I’m proud to support this effort lead by the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth as we continue to fight for meaningful recognition and reform for this important issue.”

“All children deserve loving, stable homes,” Senator Hatch said. “For every one out of 11 American children, grandparents and other relatives have stepped in to provide and care for children whose birth parents are unable to do so. I am proud to join my colleagues in recognizing the important role kinship caregivers play in the lives of so many young people.”

“My work on kinship care has long been driven by a core belief that whenever it’s in the best interest of children, every possibility must be explored to keep children connected to their families and relatives,” Senator Wyden said. “I’m proud to join a bipartisan group of colleagues in both houses of Congress that recognizes this crucial goal as we continue to work on ways to keep families and kids together.”

Read the full resolution here.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

By: Mrs. Brenda Fleischmann

The calendar fills up quickly in September as families return to a packed routine after quieter summer days. Unfortunately, your health might take a backseat to your busy schedule. So make a note on your calendar that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and remind yourself—or the men in your life—about the importance of a healthy prostate.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men after skin cancer, and an estimated 161,360 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the disease in 2017. In Tennessee alone, about 2,830 men will be diagnosed and an estimated 550 will die of the disease.

Although all men are at risk for prostate cancer, African-Americans have a much higher rate of prostate cancer than white men and are more than twice as likely to die of the disease. A family history of the disease also puts you at increased risk, as does getting older (you are more likely to develop the disease after age 50).

Symptoms are not common in the early stages of prostate cancer, but as it progresses, you may experience difficulty urinating, weakened or interrupted urine flow, blood in the urine or pain while urinating. If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with your health care professional immediately.

Early detection of prostate cancer can save lives, but testing also comes with risks. Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood tests are not 100 percent accurate and may prompt unnecessary treatment (and subsequent side effects) of cancers that might not have ever advanced to a harmful stage. If you are a man age 50 or older (age 45 for African-American men or those with close relatives who have had the disease), talk to a health care professional about the potential benefits and harms of screening and then determine if it is best for you.

If you and your doctor do decide you should be screened, testing may be done every one or two years. Men with prostate cancer usually have elevated PSA levels, though high PSA levels can also be caused by several non-cancerous conditions, such as an enlarged prostate (BPH). There are also tests that can better distinguish prostate cancers that are likely to be aggressive and those that would likely not cause harm, which can help guide treatment decisions.

Don’t neglect your health as the hectic fall season approaches. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and not smoking can reduce your risk of prostate and many other cancers. To learn more about prostate cancer, visit

Brenda Fleischmann is a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families Program, and the spouse of U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann. Statistics provided by the American Cancer Society.