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Cramp Remedies

 - by Dania

I often get leg cramps, especially when I was pregnant, they would come every night!!  I would shoot out of bed in agony.   Ok, maybe shoot out of bed is an exaggeration, I was after all 7 months along and moved liked a beached whale.  So anyway, I would shuffle out of bed in agony and call on hubby to help me out.  Sometimes, nothing we did would help and I would be in tears.  Then I heard about these tips that helped me tremendously.

First tip:  chocolate, yes ladies, CHOCOLATE as a cure!!! I was very excited.  You’re supposed to take a small piece of chocolate and place it under your tongue until it melts.   For me it worked almost immediately, a miracle.  I made sure I always had some plain chocolate squares in all my purses and continue to do so now in case of a cramp attack.  By the way when I didn’t have a piece of chocolate in the house, I put a teaspoon of Nutella chocolate spread under my tongue and it worked just as well.

Second tip:  Soap, yep, plain old soap.  Place an unwrapped bar of soap under the sheets at the foot of the bed where your feet could reach.  That’s it!  I looked it up, it seems this remedy has been around for a long long time but there’s no medical research to back it up or suggest why it works.  Doctors don’t want to associate with it but guess what, it worked for me.  It ended my nighttime leg and foot cramps.  I loved it.  Bonus, the sheets smell extra nice.  I also read that you can rub the soap on the feet as well, hmmm, worth a try.

I know that these tips may not work for everybody, but they really did for me.  The great thing is that there is no harm or risk in just trying them.  Nothing to lose but that pain!

If you do try them, let me know if they work for you.

Good luck, hope this helps :)

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Layered Chocolate Cake

 - by Dania

Layered Chocolate Cake

Cake Recipe:

  • 1 Cup sugar
  • ½ Cup Oil (I use Mazola)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ Cups Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 2 Tsp baking powder
  • 2 pinches salt
  • ¾ Cup Milk
  1. Whisk together sugar and oil until well blended
  2. Add eggs and vanilla extract and whisk well
  3. Mix together all dry ingredients and add gradually to egg mixture alternating with milk
  4. When batter is well blended pour into 9 inch pan and bake in 350° oven for 35-40 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Once cake is well cooled cut in half and frost
  6. Alternative:  Bake in two smaller pans but baking time is reduced to 15-20 minutes

Frosting Recipe:

  • 4 Ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ Cup oil
  • ¾ Cup milk
  • ¾ Cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ Tsp salt
  1. Melt chocolate in oil and milk while stirring constantly
  2. Once it begins to boil stir in sugar, vanilla and salt
  3. Let boil for a few minutes and set aside to cool
  4. Once it reaches room temperature, frost first layer of cake, place second layer on top and frost the whole.  Put your favorite sprinkles on top for fun.

It is as good as it looks and boy does it satisfy that big chocolate craving!

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Chocolate Cupcakes (No eggs, no Milk!)

 - by Dania

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 2 Cups sugar (I put 1 and 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 Cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Cup oil
  • 2 Cups water
  • 2 tsp vinegar (I use red wine vinegar)
  1. Mix together all dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, mix together really well and spoon into paper cups.
  3. Bake at 350 for 15-18 min.  Makes about 24 cupcakes.

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