Aging, what really matters. Would you be so kind as to Dance with her?

Good evening, On the evening before Christmas Eve, I sit and reminisce about my mother in her later years. Let me preface to say that as she was raising us, in the home, she faithfully took care of both us and the household yet seeming to be more reserved on the subject of music whereas my dad danced right along with us in he living room to the sounds of stereo 70’s music.

Five or six years ago, she suddenly began to dance whenever she heard music. For instance, when she heard music playing over an intercom at a restaurant or store, she would bend her knees low and twist her hips, her arms also bent in dance form  and say, ” I can do ” the  twist”  and  smile.

This was my same mom, yet different, and I struggled to understand. I resorted to other people to make sense of it. I recall asking my husband,” why is mom dancing a lot? My intuitive , observant husband would say,”  she has lessened inhibitions “,” her barrier has been lowered”.

Tonight, I described to the PCT,  nurses aide for evening shift, that my mother danced the Pennsylvania Polka, bringing onto the dance floor with her at Kutztown Fair one hot July about 5 years ago.  My husband recorded a video, of the two of us dancing the Polka. I recall I was smiling, with beads of sweat on my forehead, and keeping up with mom’s polka steps as the summer’s heat didn’t phase her as the sounds of the live muscians propelled her body to dance.

Rememering these sweet moments, it begins to hurt my heart that these chances to dance are over.   If you ever encounter an aging person, whether family or out experiencing life,  I want to pass on this message.  What really matters, ” is to dance with her”.

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On the search for tasty soft diet options! Carrot Soup with Orange and Tarragon

Since discovering that a family member needs soft foods for her diet, I am on a quest for nutritious and tasty options.

I always like to have a bag of carrots on hand to make my own soups and stew. Carrot soup blenderized is what was prepared this Saturday morning by my husband.

The following recipe is courtesy of “In my Kitchen”.

Carrot Soup with Orange and Tarragon
Yield: 4 servings

1 TBSP butter
1 lb. carrots, peeled and chopped into small chunks
3/4 cup chopped onion
3 cups organic chicken broth
1/2 cup juice from freshly squeezed oranges
1 TBSP brandy (optional)
2 tsp chopped fresh tarragon
salt and pepper
fresh tarragon sprigs for garnish

1. Melt butter in heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onion and the carrots and saute until onion is soft, 6-8 minutes. Add broth; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, uncover and simmer until carrots are tender, about 10 minutes.
2. Puree soup smooth with an immersion blender or, working in batches, in your blender or food processor.

3. In pot, stir in orange juice, brandy and chopped tarragon. Simmer for 5 minutes more to blend flavors. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with tarragon sprigs.

Orzo pasta

I’m looking at nutrition content as well as ease of eating. Orzo can be stirred into soups or added to grilled vegetables.

Orzo is made of Semolina wheat. Because this pasta shape is so small, orzo dishes can be quite dense, as the pasta will compact into a solid mass, rather than having lots of air, as is the case with bigger pasta shapes. “This is why the pasta is primarily used in soups or with soupy sauces, since plated orzo and orzo casseroles are very intense. Some people like to use orzo like rice in pilafs, deliberately aiming for a very rich, dense dish.”

Nutrition Facts :

Serving size : 2 ounces dry

Calories 210

Protein 7 grams

Total carbs 42

Cholesterol 0 Sodium 0

Fat 1 gram

Iron 10 %

Thiamine 30 %

Niacin 15 %

Ribiflavin 15 %

Folic Acid 25 %

Eat a serving of orzo, and you consume 7 g of protein. This accounts for 12.5 to 15.2 percent of the recommended daily amount.

Increase your protein consumption by eating whole-grain orzo or pairing it with seafood, such as salmon, shrimp or clams, or some other meat. The protein in orzo also helps boost your energy levels.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/398174-about-orzo-pasta-nutrition/#ixzz1lQk07Zvr

Couscous

Both couscous and white rice contain small quantities of certain essential minerals. Couscous contains significantly more selenium, potassium and calcium than white rice.

Couscous is commonly prepared with herbs, oils and spices mixed in, which changes its nutritional profile significantly. Couscous is often prepared with tomatoes, oil, lemon juice and parsley to make the traditional chilled salad known as tabouleh. White rice is extremely bland without additional spices or seasoning. When soy sauce, for example, is added to white rice, the sodium content increases dramatically
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/532689-nutritional-difference-between-couscous-white-rice/#ixzz1lQmsrsZN

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