Thursday, December 07, 2006

BSE Buttons, A Whole Wheat Quest and Threats of Fripperies

A few days ago, I posted my commitment to performing BSE's on a monthly basis. I said that I would put the initials BSE at the end of the first post I write after doing the exam. Well, timing being everything, it will be another couple of weeks before the optimum time to perform said exam. However. . . Izzy of IzzyMom and Izzy Design designed these cool little buttons that anyone can download and use. Because it is for a good cause, she didn't charge me so she gets some good Karma points, too.

I hope that you will use these buttons. We can talk about prevention and early detection all the live long day. We need to act. By giving ourselves BSE's and letting others know, we can encourage others to join us. Five minutes. Five minutes is all it takes. We're worth it, right? If you need a refresher course in how to do the exam, here it is. (To download a button, right click and save to your computer. You can then upload the photo into your post when you are ready. In the next day or two, I will also put the buttons in my sidebar.)


That is the sound of me taking a sharp turn into a completely different subject. I am on the prowl for some yummy recipes using whole wheat flour. After my colonoscopy and diagnosis of moderate diverticulosis, I am trying to go refined-flour and white rice free as much as possible. I'm a sweet freak, however, and there just aren't alot of options out there. I know I've had some yummy whole wheat chocolate chip cookies before so if you have a recipe to die for, I would so appreciate it if you would pass it along. You can reply in the comments or email me at

I did make some yummy bread last night for my book club's discussion of The Penelopiad. It is called Christopsomo and it a Greek Christmas Bread. I found the recipe at Bella Online and it was easy to make and uses a 3/5 whole wheat to 2/5 white flour recipe.

Here's the recipe in case you are interested:

Christopsomo - Greek Christmas Bread

Traditionally on Christmas Eve every household would bake a Christopsomo or "Christ bread". The loaf is often decorated with engravings on the crust that represent aspects of the family's life and profession. A loaf from a fishing family might have a picture of a fish on it, for example. Here is the recipe for the Christopsomo, you can decorate it as you like.

1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cardamom seeds (seeds removed from the exterior husk)
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Grease an 8-inch circular cake pan.

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and allow to stand for a few minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the sugar, salt, egg, milk, cardamom and butter in a large bowl and mix well. Add the yeast mixture, both types of flour, raisins and the walnuts. Mix well. If the dough is too moist, add a little all purpose flour to make softer dough.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead by hand until it is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Shape into a round loaf.

Place the dough into the cake pan, cover with a towel and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in volume. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350.

When risen, bake the loaf for 35 to 40 minutes or until brown and it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

Well, thanks for your time and attention. Tomorrow I'm planning on bringing back Friday Fripperies; so, if you want some non-essential and trivial information, you know where to find it.


Pieces said...

Mary, do you have a bread machine? I have a great whole wheat bread recipe for the machine that doesn't come out all heavy.

Anonymous said...


That was the sound of me swiping one of the BSE buttons. I'm very goal-oriented; knowing that I'll get to post my nifty little button will definitely help me remember.

Sophie said...

Hi Mary,

I saw a Whole Wheat Gingerbread cake recipe in our town's newsletter, and I thought of you. It's kind of long... probably too long for this comment box. Would you like for me to send it in an email to... what email address?

sunshine scribe said...

Oh that receipe!

And the buttons are awesome ... great idea.

Anonymous said...

I need to do the BSE, I don't always do it.

MarillaAnne said...

YOu Did it! Hooray! ok so what page do you want us to point our little badges to?

Mary-LUE said...

Well, I haven't actually done the exam yet! The timing was a little off... But I was so excited to get the cute buttons that I couldn't wait to share them.

I think the best place to direct people when they click on the button The National Breast Cancer Foundation, OR The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The links are in my Pink Ribbons post:

Life, the Universe and Everything: Better Late Than Never: A Pink Ribbon Extravaganza

Mary-LUE said...

P.S. You should be seeing that little button at the end of a post in about six days time!

EnnuiHerself said...

Huh. I was coming back to this post because I'm about to post my first BSE button.

I just checked the comments and realized that mine was anonymous . . . sorry. :)

Anyway, the first anonymous comment is mine (the *yoink* one).

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