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BLUEberry Salad


In honor of the UK Wildcats and the NCAA Final Four game tomorrow night, I’m sharing my favorite salad, which includes blueberries! The dressing is super light and delicious with an unexpected twist my husband, Paul, added. 




Salad recipe:

Box of fresh mixed greens (we like organic and they don’t cost much more than regular)

4-ounce package of fresh blueberries

4 ounces feta cheese crumbles

Almond slivers (or candied pecans, which I make ahead of time)

Small can of mandarin orange slices, drained

Does spanking lead to a cycle of misbehavior?

Being a parent is not an easy job. To me, it’s the toughest job in the world that requires no prior experience or four-year degree. And it’s certainly a test of a parent’s patience when a child is fussy, angry, defiant or just generally “difficult.”

When I was a kid I got a spanking when I did something my parents told me not to do. Sometimes it was a swat on the bottom, but it also could be dad’s belt or a switch from a bush out front. Fortunately, I didn’t get too many spankings — but they left a lasting impression.

Doctor-pilot rescues pets

When he’s not in the operating room or meeting with patients before or after weight loss surgery, Jeff W. Allen, M.D., might be heading to the airport on a rescue mission. Dr. Allen, director of bariatric surgery at Norton Weight Management Services, has combined a lifelong love for animals with a passion for flying. He’s a volunteer for Pilots N Paws, a nonprofit group that links willing pilots with animal rescue groups, and The Arrow Fund, which provides medical treatment to animals that have been victims of extreme torture, abuse or neglect. At least 10 times in the past two years, Dr. Allen has flown thousands of miles to pick up animals in need of a home or emergency medical care.

New Stroke Guidelines for Women

The American Stroke Association issued new guidelines for preventing stroke for women. The new guidelines take into account specific risk factors that are only prevalent in women. These new guidelines provide better tools for physicians to use when evaluating a women's potential for a stroke.

Jackie Hays interviews Lynn Hundley, MSN, RN, APRN, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS, about the new stroke guidelines and warns that worldwide one in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime.

Health Tip Tuesday: Sneezing Etiquette

It happens to all of us — that unexpected sneeze that escapes before you have time to grab a tissue and cover your mouth. According to many studies, the spray from a sneeze can travel 11 feet! Even a quick sneeze into the arm can send particles traveling 8 feet. Think of how many surfaces you just covered with your germs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some good reminders about coughing and sneezing etiquette during the cold and flu season:

Sausage and cheese breakfast casserole

I make this the night before so that we can open presents while the casserole cooks.


1 teaspoon canola oil
12 ounces turkey breakfast sausage
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
2 cups egg substitute
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 large eggs
16 (1-ounce) slices white bread
1 cup (4 ounces) finely shredded reduced-fat extra sharp cheddar cheese
Cooking spray


Dangers of drowsy driving

I know I’ve done it — driven a mile or two without realizing I was nearly asleep. That presleep phase actually has a name: “microsleep.” It may have been to blame in a deadly train crash in New York in late 2013. Microsleep can last for 20 to 30 seconds. That’s a long time to travel in a car going 60 to 70 miles an hour.