Sunday, September 26, 2010

Expired cake mix danger...

Hi everyone! This was an e-mail that my mother in law sent to me. I thought I would share with all of you because it is something I'd never thought of before and is pretty scary!  It reads:

Warning re: cake mixes - who knew ??

I always thought that "old" mixes that were past their expiration date would just not rise/bake correctly. This is scary! Note that it's confirmed on Snopes.

Somebody wrote:

Before my surgery I bought quite a few Duncan Hines cakes mixes that were on sale. A couple of months ago I decide to use one, I checked the expiration date and found it past, all the boxes were passed the expiration date. I phoned Duncan Hinds to ask if the one that was only two months passed if it was OK. She told me in no uncertain words to throw them all out, she even said to open the boxes and throw the mix in the garbage, just in case someone picked it up and used it

According to Snopes:

Subject: Cake Mixes & Toxins- **PLEASE READ** Pass this on to ALL in your address book. You never know whose life you may save by doing so. For those of you at work, PLEASE remember to check your cupboards when you get home tonight!!!

This is confirmed on Snopes ;

A student at HBHS (high school) had pancakes this week and it almost became fatal. His Mom (registered nurse) made him pancakes, dropped him off at school and headed to play tennis. She never takes her cell phone on the court but did this time and her son called to say he was having trouble breathing. She told him to go to the nurse immediately and proceeded to call school and alert the nurse. The nurse called the paramedics and they were there in 3 minutes and worked on the boy all the way to the hospital. He came so close to dying. Evidently this is more common then I ever knew. Check the expiration dates on packages like pancakes and cake mixes that have yeast which over time develop spores. Apparently, the mold that forms in old mixes can be toxic! Throw away ALL OUTDATED pancake mix, brownie mixes, Bisquick, cake & cookie mixes, etc., you have in your home.

P.S. Tell this to your children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and anyone else who keeps these types of mixes in the cupboard.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I'm Baaaack

No, I wasn't swallowed by a giant hole in the earth. I have been doing what I do best, trying to be everything to everyone and biting off more than I can chew.  A very dear friend of mine got married last month and asked me to be her maid of honor. I of course accepted and took on the grueling task of helping her plan her wedding.  I also volunteered to do her flowers for her. Flower arranging is sort of a hobby/talent of mine. Now, if I could just find a way to make money at it!  Anyway, planning her wedding consumed me for several months, hence the giant gap in my blog entries!  Now that my two precious girls are off to school (my youngest daughter started kindergarten) Sniffle, Sniffle, I have a little more time on my hands to write again. In between of course, keeping my son from sticking various objects in the light sockets (his tongue included) and hanging from the chandelier.
 In addition to all of these, my dirty little secret is that I suffer from depression. I'm usually able to keep it at bay, but once in a while the beast rears it's ugly head and consumes me for a time. I avoid talking about it in most cases, but since we are all parents, some of you may be able to relate.  At any rate, I'm back. Thank you to all of my loyal followers who have stuck with me in my time of chaos!