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10/30/2013

Microwave heat therapy helps relieve pain of urinary tract infection

Filed under: Healthy Living — Tags: , , , — mainewarmers @ 3:35 am

I thought I had heard or read about every use there is for microwave heating pads. But just this weekend I took a family member to the doctor for a urinary tract infection and we were given some Home Care Instructions on the way out.

Among the recommendations – including a full regimen of antibiotics, drinking lots of water, and avoiding caffeine and carbonated drinks – was taking a hot bath or the use of a heating pad (placed on the lower stomach or back) to help relieve pain.

The written instructions recommended not going to sleep with a heating pad. The danger is that an electric heating pad may overheat, causing burns. A microwave heat pack will slowly cool off after it is heated, thus eliminating the worry of overheating. Another benefit of microwave heat packs is that there is no electrical cord tied to an outlet, which allows for freedom to sit anywhere, and take the heating pad mobile, like in the car or to work.

Maine Warmers has a variety of Back Warmers that can be microwaved and used to help stimulate circulation and help ease pain.  A Cozy Panda Bear or Cat are both microwave heating pads that bring comforting companionship for someone who could use some TLC.

10/07/2013

Green Grape & Blueberry Party Hors d’oeuvres

Filed under: Maine Warmers Recipes — Tags: , , — mainewarmers @ 4:48 pm

 

Green grapes and blueberries on toothpicks arranged  around a plate with yogurt dip in the center

Grape & blueberries with vanilla Greek yogurt

These colorful fruits on toothpicks make a lovely addition to a party. Because they are attractive and easy to eat they disappear like hot cakes. Adults love them as well as kids. It can be fun to have an extra plate of them prepared and stashed away for when they have disappeared.

Kids also love to make these, and I find putting the grapes and blueberries onto the toothpicks can become an event where I spend quality time with my grandchildren. Telling stories or having time to sit a talk with children is a wonderful thing for all.

Recipe 

Put green seedless grapes (although red ones would be fine as well) and fresh blueberries alternately on toothpicks. If the grapes or blueberries are small you may have to double up on some. Otherwise, start with a blueberry, then a grape, and then another blueberry. Arrange around a plate, leaving room for a small dish of yogurt or sour cream dip.

 Dip

Use vanilla Greek yogurt

or

Mix 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar with ¾ cup sour cream.

Place the grapes and blueberries around a plate and a small container of dip in the middle.

Enjoy!

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