Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What are the benefits of kissing on New Year's Eve?

Is kissing really that awesome?  

According to medical studies, kissing offers amazing advantages for a long and healthy life.

  1. Those who kiss their partner goodbye each morning live five years longer than those who don’t.
  2. Kissing is great for self-esteem. It makes you feel appreciated and helps your state of mind.
  3. Kissing burns calories, 2-3 calories a minute and can double your metabolic rate. Research claims that three passionate kisses a day (at least lasting 20 seconds each) will cause you to loose an entire extra pound! It's time to start that kissing diet!
  4. Kissing is a known stress-reliever. Passionate kissing relieves tension, reduces negative energy and produces a sense of well being, lowering your cortisol ‘stress’ hormone.
  5. Kissing uses 30 facial muscles and it helps keep the facial muscles tight, preventing baggy cheeks! The tension in the muscles caused by a passionate kiss helps smooth the skin and increases the circulation.
  6. Kissing is good for the heart, as it creates an adrenaline which causes your heart to pump more blood around your body. Frequent kissing has scientifically been proven to stabilize cardiovascular activity, decrease blood pressure and cholesterol.
  7. Those who kiss quite frequently are less likely to suffer from stomach, bladder and blood infections.
  8. Kissing reduces anxiety and stops the "noise' in your mind. It increases the levels of oxytocin, an extremely calming hormone that produces a feeling of peace.
  9. Kissing might even help you lose weight, says Bryant Stamford, PhD, professor and director of the health promotion center at the University of Louisville. "During a really, really passionate kiss, you might burn two calories a minute -- double your metabolic rate," he says. (This compares to 11.2 calories per minute you burn jogging on a treadmill.)
  10. A natural source of pain relief.  Kissing provides a natural form of pain relief. Before reaching for an aspirin the next time you've got a headache, grab your honey and lay on a big smooch instead. Dr. Varnado notes that "kissing releases natural chemicals in the body called endorphins, which can be more powerful than morphine to relieve pain" - without the all the negative side effects of using a narcotic, of course.  
  11. Last but not least, while kissing may feel oh-so-good, it also has health benefits, too. It triggers a whole spectrum of physiological processes that boost your immunity and generally spruce up that body you work so hard to keep attractive.

Now go out there and KISS someone! xxxxx

[source: 1., 2.]

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Recipes: Coquito Lite and Coquito Regular

Coquito Lite

Serves 10


  • 1 1/2 cup of fresh coconut milk 
  • 1 13 oz can of coconut cream (Coco Lopez) 
  • 1 12 oz can of 2% low fat evaporated milk (optional) 
  • 2 eggs (optional) 
  • 2 egg yolks (optional) 
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp vanilla flavor 
  • 1 tsp ground ginger 
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves 
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice 
  • Bacardi Rum (optional) 

Put the eggs and yolks in a blender. Blend at high speed until the eggs are pale yellow and light. Stop the blender, add the coconut milk, cream of coconut, and evaporated milk one at a time, add spices then blend again. Taste. Serve Chilled.

Note: For rum pour desired amount. Suggestion: taste, pour, then taste. 

Coquito Regular

contribution from Fan Mark Rodriguez 

Makes 1 gallon


  • 6 12 oz cans of evaporated milk 
  • 3 13.5 oz cans of coconut milk 
  • 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk 
  • 1 13.5 oz can coconut cream (COCO LOPEZ) 
  • 6 egg yolks 
  • 1 bottle of either pure or imitation vanilla 
  • Captain Morgan Dark Spiced Rum (optional) 
  • ground ginger 
  • ground nutmeg 
  • ground cloves 
  • ground allspice 


1. In a big bowl, begin by emptying the cans of evaporated milk, coconut milk, condensed milk.

2. Empty the bottle of vanilla. With a whisk beat the egg yolks in a separate bowl then add into the mixture.

3. With the same whisk begin stirring the mixture blending in all the ingredients until you see and feel the texture as smooth. 

4. Taking the cup from the blender, use a soup ladle to begin filling the blender cup with the mixture.

5. Once the blender cup is two-thirds full, scoop up a tablespoon of the coconut cream and put in into the blender cup. 

6. Taking each bottle of spice one at a time, slowly tap three pinches on top of the mixture.

7. Place the cover onto the cup, place it on the blender and press the blend option.

8. Leave it on for about 90 seconds in order for the mix to gel together with the coconut cream and spices.

9. Using a funnel, take the blender cup and pour the mix into a one gallon glass wine jug or empty milk container.

10. Using a measuring cup, pour one cup of spiced rum into the jug.

11. Place the cap and shake the jug or container in order for the ingredients to mix well.


Note: Depending on your tastes you can add more rum to make it stronger.

If you plan to share it with others, I recommend getting a few empty liquor or wine bottles and then filling them for distribution. 

Place in the refrigerator to chill then enjoy!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Halloween Slime



How to make Halloween Slime (for playing, not eating) 


  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cornstartch
  • food coloring
Boil 2 cups water in a medium saucepan.  Add cornstarch while stirring. After that is mixed well, add food coloring and stir.  Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.  Make sure kids play with it on a plastic covered surface.