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CHOCOLATE MALT CUPCAKES
Sometimes you just want a good sweet snack. And we deserve some treats after all we have gone through in the past few months, so I give you permission to bake up a batch of these cupcakes. Make the full batch but only make frosting for as many as you are going to eat. The unfrosted ones freeze well so you can enjoy them again at another time.
Ingredients:
2 1⁄4 cups flour
3⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon espresso powder
1⁄2 cup sugar
3⁄4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 1⁄2 cups malted milk powder
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin cups with standard liners (about 26); set aside. In large bowl, whisk flour,
cocoa, espresso powder, both sugars, baking soda, and salt together. In anoth- er bowl, whisk milk and malt powder together until powder is dissolved. With electric mixer, add malt mixture to dry ingredients and add oil, mixing to com- bine. Add eggs one at a time, beating only until each is incorporated. Add sour cream and vanilla, beating only until combined.
Divide batter into prepared muffin cups, filling halfway. Bake for 20 min- utes or until cake tester/toothpick comes out clean. Cool before frosting or freez- ing.
WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING
(divide in half if only frosting part of cupcakes)
Ingredients:
2 cups cold whipping cream 1⁄2 cup powdered sugar
1⁄2 cup malt powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
Whip until frosting consistency (do not over whip). Frost cooled cupcakes and garnish with malted milk ball.
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Researchers from Stanford University and Kent State University have given grandparent caregivers some healthy strat- egies for managing stress and tension:
out on others.
• Overeating or not eating enough.
• Sleeping too much, or not enough.
• Constantly blaming yourself or others. • Smoking or relying on alcohol or drugs
• Try to solve problems as they come up rather than avoiding them.
to feel better.
• Overspending or shopping for things you
• Set priorities and organize your time more effectively.
don’t really need.
• Dropping your exercise program or not
• Exercise.
• Change negative thoughts and attitudes
Taking care of yourself while caring for others is the best thing you can do for your loved ones.
with more helpful ways of thinking. • Humor.
FOR TWO
Joanna Stelloh Phelps, Special to Senior Times
Grands
THE TIES THAT BIND
Mitchell Gallagher, Special to Senior Times
CARING FOR YOURSELF WHILE CARING FOR OTHERS
Grandparent caregivers receive many rewards as they care for their grandchil- dren, but many experience tremendous stress that comes with this demanding role. Situations can seem overwhelming and stress levels can rise, contributing to health issues, so grandparents need to be proactive in the prevention of stress.
It’s imperative that grandparent caregivers remain emotionally and physically healthy and seek positive strategies to help manage tension and stress when managing a home and the needs of grandchildren.
• Talk issues out with a friend or profes- sional counselor.
• Religious or spiritual practices.
• Relaxation and meditation techniques. • Prescribed medications.
The following are examples of some less healthy strategies for managing stress: • Dwelling on the “negative” parts of
one’s situation and being “down” a good
deal of the time.
• Not going out with other people or keep-
ing appointments.
• Not spending time with friends when
you really want to.
• Not calling people on the phone.
• Taking feelings of frustration and anger
going on regular walks anymore.















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