Rum raisin monkey bread: the company-perfect breakfast treat
Tired of pasty-tasting pastries or stale-too-quick Danish? Monkey bread, a
proven satisfier for hungry guests, is a breakfast treat for both adults
Breakfast pastries were made at least as far back as
medieval times. The word comes from the Old English paest, meaning
paste. The first quiche, considered a pastry, was created by the Romans.
The French and Austrians perfected their own sweet
treats, the British became famous for scones, the Danes for Danish, and
the Germans for breakfast stollens.
This recipe, a variation of sugar and cinnamon monkey
bread, is created by adding rum-marinated raisins.
Rum raisin monkey bread
1 cup raisins
3 ounces dark rum
1 stick butter, melted
1 can of flaky refrigerated grand biscuits
1 cup of white sugar or Splenda
1/4 cup of cinnamon
1 cup of brown sugar.
Soak the raisins in the rum and refrigerate over
Mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Cut
the biscuits into pie-shaped quarters. Coat them with the sugar mixture.
Grease a deep cake pan or bundt pan with cooking oil.
Line one layer of the pieces like an inter-locking jigsaw puzzle in the
Pour half the melted butter evenly over the layer.
Sprinkle some of the sugar mix over the buttered layer and place the
raisins on the top.
Arrange a second layer of the dough pieces on top of
the raisins and pour the remainder of the butter over it, and the brown
sugar over all.
Bake at 400 degrees for ten minutes, reduce heat to
350 and bake 15 minutes or until top layer is crusty.
Serves six to eight.
Aerobic activity can add 12 years to your life
Taking a brisk walk or working in the garden can make
you feel good now, but doing aerobic exercise every day could turn back
the clock on aging by 12 years.
According to a report in the British Journal of
Sports Medicine, vigorous walking for an hour a day five days a week can
increase your maximal oxygen intake by as much as 25 percent in just
three months. For seniors, that could also mean years of independence.
The University of Toronto reviewed 30 studies on the
relationship between aerobic activity, aging and maximal oxygen intake,
known as VO2max. Marathon runners have a rating of 80, while the average
40-year-old man with no endurance training might score 35 to 40. Women
averaged 5 points lower.
With age, VO2max declines about 5 points per decade.
At 18 points for men and 15 for women, a person is likely to lose
Aerobic activity such as vigorous walking can slow or
reverse the decline. The longer you keep at it, the greater the gains in
turning back the loss.
The intensity of the exercise can speed up gains in
Problems with energy drinks
Most energy drinks contain tons of caffeine, sugar
and herbal supplements such as taurine. It's OK to drink one as long as
it has about the same amount of caffeine as a couple cups of coffee and
about the same amount of sugar as a can of soda.
Many contain much higher amounts plus other
substances. They can cause faster heartbeat, irritability, nervousness,
nausea and sleep problems.
Ingesting the massive amounts of caffeine in two or
more energy drinks can trigger abnormal heart rhythms.
If consumed along with alcohol, when you are
dehydrated, or consumed quickly before a sporting event, they are
dangerous. Fainting or a heart attack could occur, say doctors at the
Young adults' health
A report from the National Center for Health
Statistics shows the health of young adults age 18 to 29 has not
improved in the last 15 years. In some areas, such as obesity, they are
One-third are obese and another third are overweight. Many don't
Some 30 percent do not have health insurance, and
almost a third of young men are smokers. One quarter of them admit to
binge drinking once a month in the past year.
Most young adults appear to be healthy now, but the
long-term effects of their habits could cause problems later.