MUG CAKES FOR ONE
Microwave Mug Cakes are single servings
and perfect for senior citizens. No leftovers
make it sensible and easy to try something
“It’s not gourmet cooking. Anyone can
make a microwave mug cake.” So says Stacey
J. Miller, author of the just-published 101
Recipes for Microwave Mug Cakes: Single-
Serving Snacks in Less Than 10 Minutes
(BPT Press, October 2009).
1. The single-serving size allows you to
choose a different flavor every time.
2. You can be creative about decorating
your Microwave Mug Cakes — or they taste
fine with no enhancements at all.
3. You can use your favorite mug, as long
as its microwave safe.
4. You can do all the baking even if you
don’t want to drag out tons of ingredients
or heavy equipment.
5. Even finicky eaters will be excited
watching their Microwave Mug Cake creations
come to life.
6. Microwave Mug Cakes lend themselves
to spontaneous baking. In ten minutes, you
can go from “wanting a snack” to eating the
Microwave Mug Cake of your choice.
7. Everything you need to make Microwave
Mug Cakes is probably lying around
your pantry right now.
8. You won’t waste food because there
won’t be any lefovers. — it’s easier to justify
discarding a few bites of a Microwave Mug
Cake than it is to throw away an entire cake
or pan of brownies.
9. You can make Microwave Mug Cakes
in a small space..
10. Cleanup is a breeze, and no special
equipment (need a spoon, a small bowl, a
mug, and a saucer).
SEVEN SIMPLE STEPS TO STRESS-FREE HOLIDAYS
By Dorothea Hover-Kramer, author
Our thoughts are exceedingly powerful. For example, the
intention to create something meaningful with your friends
or families during the holidays can begin anytime.
Reaching beyond the idea of gift giving, think of a valued
service you could perform for someone you love. A clever
homemade “gift certificate” can document your specific
objective to help out.
The new science of
energy psychology also
provides self-care tools that
can help us to reshape our
beliefs and empower
reaching out with simple
gestures to others. Here are
some suggestions to help
you get started:
• Take time to think
about each person
you wish to reach.
Think of the senses
the person most enjoys—visual beauty, music,
something to touch, a smell or taste. Be creative in
connecting with their interests or wishes which are
likely very similar to your own.
• Be open to accepting help for yourself. Think about
what gives you pleasure or enhances your
appreciation of life. Let your wishes and interests
be known so your loved ones have a direction for
giving back. For example, if you like to cook but
hate to shop, ask for someone to shop for the
• Treat any limiting belief about how things ought
to be with a gentle rub to the heart area and the
affirmation, “Even though this is different from the
past, I deeply and profoundly accept myself and
my willingness to try out new ways to celebrate
my friendships and life.” Look for opportunities
to celebrate by
collaborating with others.
• Set your intention for the kind of holiday you really
want by tapping gently on the center of the chest, the
thymus area that is the master gland of the immune
system. Share your intention with your loved ones so
they can support your goal.
• Notice your internal stress levels which may register
with bodily symptoms such as shortness of breath,
sweating, feeling cold, or intestinal cramping. Also
note any anxious feelings, worry about expenses, or
outcomes of get-togethers.
• Treat your anxiety directly by tapping gently 10-15
times on the meridian acupoints that are most related
to anxiety: where the eyebrow meets the nose, at the
outer eye, under the lip, at the collar bone and at the
side of the hand. Use a reminder phrase such as
“releasing this worry” with each of the acupoints you
• Repeat a positive phrase that reminds you often of
your intention to lower expectations of yourself and
others while at the same time reaching out in funloving,
genuine ways. “I choose to expect less, love
more” provides one such direct communication. You
can install the positive phrase by tapping the same
acupoints as those listed.
Often, spontaneous times of laughing, eating, and talking
will be recalled more than a fancy gift or endeavor. I
asked my adult children recently what they most
remembered about past holidays.
I was surprised to hear “ I liked the candles and the smell
of balsam”...“doing the dishes and singing rounds”...
“hearing the bells and the songs”...“having warm
socks and clothes”... “the smell of cookies in the
oven”... “telling each other stories.” It was the climate
of caring and warmth that counted and was most
remembered. May your holidays be rich with a
celebration of your reflections, your unique presence,
and the laughter you share!
Dr. Dorothea Hover-Kramer is the author of Second
Chance at Your Dream, a book filled with over fifty
energy psychology self-care exercises.
delivered to your home each month!
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