It has been a chilly winter and because of that I have been on the hunt for new dinner recipes to help keep me warm. This past week, I came across a White Chicken Chili recipe on the Taste of Home website and it was delicious. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (14 ounces each) chicken broth
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
4 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, drained, divided
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Chopped jalapeño pepper, optional
1. Over medium heat, cook chicken and onion in oil until lightly browned. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, chilies, cumin, oregano and cayenne; bring to a boil.
2. Reduce heat to low. With a potato masher, mash two cans of beans until smooth. Add to saucepan. Add remaining beans to saucepan. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and onion is tender.
3. Top each serving with cheese and jalapeño pepper if desired.
Natalie Stoss R.D.H.
Source from Taste of Home
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Patients often ask us when their kids will get or lose teeth. Here is a chart to give you an idea on the timing, however, many kids are a year or two before or after the “normal”.
Did you just go through a period of personal reflection that included setting new goals? It is very common for people at this time of year to try to determine what would make them happy.
Most people set goals to be better husbands/wives, to be more involved parents, to become healthier, to get in shape, to be more involved in the church and community – these worthwhile goals require additional time – LOTS of additional time.
It most cases it is not possible for us to simply fix all our problems with allocating more hours – because we don’t have endless hours to allocate. We have to make carful, thought out decisions of where to spend our hours.
Here are the top ten most common mistakes people make when it comes to goal-setting:
- They don’t write them down. Unless a goal is written, it is merely an aspiration—lifeless and devoid of power. Once you commit it to writing, you set something in motion. You clarify what you want and begin focusing on how to attain it.
- They create too many. An old Chinese proverb says, “Man who chases two rabbits catches neither.” While you probably need more than a single goal, you need to stay focused on a manageable number of them. I recommend no more than 7–10.
- They only set them for one area of their life. Most people are accustomed to the idea of setting career goals. But life is far more than your job. If you are going to be happy and fulfilled, you need goals in each of the major areas of life—spiritual, physical, marital, relational, etc.
- They don’t make them specific. Most goals—even written ones—suffer from being too vague. “I want to write a book” or “I want a better marriage” are too general. Which book do you want to write? How do you want to improve your marriage?
- They don’t make them measurable. The only way to know if you have achieved a goal is to quantify it. “Lose 25 pounds” is much better than “lose weight.” “Earn 10% more than I did last year” is better than “earn more money.” When in doubt, assign a number or a percentage.
- They don’t assign a due date. So often the important gets sacrificed on the altar of the urgent. A deadline is one way to create urgency and force yourself to pay attention to what’s important. Without a deadline, there’s little pressure to get it done. It’s easy to procrastinate.
- They don’t keep them visible. How many times have you written down a set of goals and never looked at them again? I’ve done it plenty of times. That’s why you need a plan to keep them visible, whether that means reviewing them daily, weekly, or at some other regular interval.
- They don’t stretch out of their comfort zone. Safe goals are boring goals. Unless we set our goals outside our comfort zone, we won’t find them compelling enough to actually follow through and achieve them. They shouldn’t be unrealistic, but they should be challenging.
- They don’t make them personally compelling. When you pursue a meaningful goal, it is exhilarating. Accomplishing it, even more so. But the “messy middle” is where most of us get stuck. This is why we need to write down a set of motivations for each goal identifying why it is important and what is at stake.
- They don’t identify the next action. You don’t need an elaborate action plan for each goal. (Often this can just be a fancy way of procrastinating.) But you do need to identify the next action, so you can initiate and maintain momentum.
Chances are, you are going to live through 2014, one way or another. It can be another year just like this year and last. Or it can be something different … something extraordinary … something amazing! The choice is yours.
Nealy Newkirk D.D.S.
There are five numbers that strongly correlate with aging, heart disease, stroke, memory loss and sexual health, according to Dr. Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic.
1. Blood Pressure – Ideal number: 115/75
2. Cholesterol – Ideal number: LDL (bad) cholesterol under 100; HDL (good) over 50
3. C-Reactive Protein – Ideal number: less then 1
4. Hba1c – Ideal number: 5.6 or lower which is a measure for how much sugar is attached to your hemoglobin.
5. Waist Circumference – Ideal number: half (or less) of your height in inches.
Donna Gratts, Dental Assistant
Our office will be closed:
Tuesday December 24th and Wednesday December 25th
Tuesday December 31st and Wednesday January 1st.
We wish you all Happy Holidays, peace and lots of love!!
Melinda Felkins R.D.H.
Update on Evelyn – she is almost 3 months old, which does not even seem possible. She is doing great and growing like a weed.
Tis the season for runny noses, coughs, and flu bugs! We often receive phone calls from patients asking if they should cancel their appointment due to illness. We appreciate the loyalty and dedication of those who are determined to make their appointment despite illness. However, here are a few things to consider when coming in to see us when you are under the weather.
If you have been battling a cold or cough, but feel it is in the end stages and do not have a persistent cough, then come on in! If you have a cough that may interfere with your treatment, it is better that you reschedule the appointment.
Should you be feeling achy, feverish, or are “coming down” with something, please reschedule. Even though we wear protective masks and gloves, we are not the only ones you may be exposing an illness too. We have many patients that will be sitting in the waiting room with you, and could be exposed to what you are harboring. An elderly person, newborn baby, or immune compromised individual may be exposed to a “bug” by you that could be detrimental to their health.
Our administrative staff is incredibly efficient at finding you a new appointment time that works for your schedule! We understand that illness cannot be helped, and want you and the rest of our patients to stay healthy!
Have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!
Erin Gonzales R.D.H.
November is a time of year that makes most of us stop and realize all that we have to be thankful for. From family, friends, jobs, health, etc., I’m sure we can all compile a great list. It’s also the beginning of a season where we get to hopefully celebrate what we are thankful for by enjoying time with our loved ones. They come from all over to spend time with family and friends.
If you are like me sometimes this season can also be a stressful one. With a King Kong sized family it seems as though we are constantly on the go, sometimes hitting up 3-4 families a day. I often view this as an obstacle. However, at the days end, I come out a happy, rejuvenated, (sometimes exhausted), full of love soul. I mean to tell you I laugh more than I can explain, eat and drink portions that I don’t even want to admit and get to be myself in front of the people who know me best and love me anyways!! How could so many amazing things be stressful?
So this year I’m going into it with a different attitude. I’m excited to see my loved ones! I’m excited to eat and drink with them! I’m most excited to laugh with them (and maybe sometimes AT them)!!
Get out there and enjoy those holidays! For those of you who know me, I’m replacing my normal “Bah Hum-bug” attitude, and will now live by the “Eat, drink and be merry!” spirit!! I hope you do too!
Tis the season for costumes and candy! Is there candy that is good for your teeth? Well, maybe not good, but some are worse than others. Sticky, chewy candies are some of the worst for the teeth because they do just that…stick! Sour candies are also bad because they are very acidic as well as loaded with sugar.
Better choices are sugar free gum, dark chocolate and some hard candies. Dark chocolate has other benefits due to antioxidants and doesn't stick in the teeth as much as the chewy candies. Hard candies sweetened with xylitol are the best choice for teeth because they stimulate saliva and the xylitol is not harmful to teeth.
We all indulge in more candy this time of year, just remember to brush and floss every day!
Starr Tait, RDH