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Microwave Mug Cakes are single servings and perfect for senior citizens. No leftovers make it sensible and easy to try something new.

“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).


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 needed ingredients.

• 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 treat.

• 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.

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