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.]

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.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Spooky Guacamole with Carrot Fingers

Halloween Parties! What costume are you going to wear? We had small Halloween Cooking Party with parents and kids. We all had so much fun. Check out what they made!

Recipe for Spooky Guacamole with Carrot Fingers


For Guacamole:
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 6 cherry tomatoes,  halved or 1 ripe tomato diced
  •  juice of ¼ of lime
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced (optional)
  • ¼ cup diced red onion (optional)
  • ¼ cup diced jalapeno (optional)
  • pinch of ground cumin (optional)
For carrot fingers:
  • 5 Carrots, (knobby ones work best)
  • a little bit of peanut butter 
  • 5 sliced almonds (for finger nails)

Guacamole: Combine all ingredients in pilon (mortar and pestle) or bowl. Mash until desired consistency is achieved.

Carrot fingers: Take 4 long carrots and 1 shorter one (cut off carrot tops), with a sharp paring knife, carve a location for the almond  to sit (finger nail). Using peanut butter as glue, fasten the sliced almond onto the carrot finger. Insert all five fingers into the guacamole like a hand rising out. Serve immediately or chilled if preferred.

Coqui the Chef's Halloween Cooking Party Photos

What do you think Chef Chris Ackerman afro?
What do you think about Tania Lopez cat ears?

Kids mashing the ingredients for the guacamole.
Chef Chris demonstrating how to slice the avocado
Mom helping out her boys cut and slice the ingredients for the guacamole

Family time is always important and fun