PICAYUNE — In a press release, MasterChef Season One winner and cookbook author Whitney Miller announced she is partnering in her Myasthenia Gravis (MG) fundraising campaign with a national sponsor for the month of June. “Popsicle maker company, ZOKU (www.zokuhome.com), is coming on as a national sponsor in my fundraising campaign Popsicles for MG. “Using their maker, popsicle fundraisers will occur across the U.S. ZOKU will also donate 20 percent from each popsicle maker sold on their site www.zokuhome.com to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America,” said Miller. “My father, John Miller, was diagnosed over two and a half years ago with the autoimmune neuromuscular disease, MG. “Because of his diagnosis, my family and I have made lifestyle adjustments, one of those relates to diet. My part in dealing with his disease has been to work creatively with ingredients to help him enjoy the foods he loves but also to eat as healthy as possible. A rare autoimmune neuromuscular disease, MG can leave sufferers remaining undiagnosed. “My dad suffered from symptoms for months and underwent many tests before he was diagnosed; some people suffer for years before diagnosis. Awareness of the disease and the characteristic symptoms may help not only individuals experiencing these and their care-takers, but also those in the medical field as well,” said Miller. “I am wanting to bring as much awareness to this disease as possible. It took months before my dad was diagnosed. I do not want people experiencing the symptoms of MG to suffer for months before receiving a diagnosis and begin medication,” she continued. Miller has become a strong advocate for the little publicized disease. Through speaking at the National Myasthenia Gravis Conference in 2012 in Las Vegas, she shared some of her recipe modifications and healthy cooking tips with others and continues to share them through her website. “Please help me to spread awareness of this disease, MG, this month,” she requested. “There is no known cure at this time, but we can make a difference in the lives of those who have it.”
Arboretum Paths: Mississippi native plants — for the birds
Would you like to provide some new plants in your landscape that will be attractive to birds? You may be surprised to learn that while birds will feast on the fruits and seeds produced by the native plants in your yard, at certain times of year their diets also will consist of large quantities of the insects that feed on these plants.
The great spice cabinet purge
Erma Bombeck once said, "Once you get a spice in your home, you have
it forever. Women never throw out spices."
Man, I’m a believer.
Arboretum Paths: Mississippi native plants that shine in late fall
Have you noticed that some plants in the local landscape are glowing? One exceptional native shrub that is hard to ignore lately is Elliott’s blueberry (Vaccinium elliottii). Its leaves are turning a gorgeous scarlet red, which makes this shrub easy to spot from your car window on a county ride.
Whitney Miller force to be reckoned with in food world
Since winning the first season of MasterChef, Whitney Miller has been in a whirlwind of new experiences and opportunities.
Valuable native plants of the Piney Woods
As a child, it fascinated me that everything that made up my world had been fashioned of materials that came from the earth. It was great fun to sit among the trees in our heavily forested suburban neighborhood and imagine what this country would have been like in its early years, when each new tree or plant encountered would be eyed for its potential ability to prove useful to families eking out a home life in unfamiliar territory.
CWC Pilgrimage: The Teague home
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Teague home in North Hill Subdivision. The home of Richard and Janet Teague, located at 48 Long Lake will be featured in the Civic Woman’s Club Christmas Pilgrimage to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 until 7 p.m.
Arboretum Paths: Plant natives – for seasonal flower arranging
When considering incorporating new plants to your landscape, consider its potential uses. Don't just dig that hole for the exercise. There are many more inexpensive ways to get into shape! If you make an investment in the purchase and care of a new specimen, think about how t will provide you with a return. Could your new plant be used as material for flower arrangements?
Coast Orchid Society Show changes venue
For the past 33 years the Gulf Coast Orchid Society has sponsored a free Orchid Show on the Gulf Coast usually at Singing River Mall in Gautier, Miss. on the bye weekend before the Super Bowl. With the ongoing renovations to the mall, the Society has had to relocate.
It’s fall y’all
It’s fall y’all and this week’s Vocability focuses on all the goodness of southern words and terms.
These are from my own experience growing up and I believe they are common knowledge. You may recognize some of these— admission of knowledge is not necessary. Feel free to email me additional terms you do not find here and there might be another column on the topic.
Tough native species for your home landscape
Last week’s column offered some outstanding native plants for you to consider including in your home landscape for the upcoming planting season. Cooler days inspire us to spend more time outdoors, and many of us will start pondering new planting projects.
Is your yard in need of a fall spruce-up before friends and relatives descend upon you for the holidays? Sometimes all a landscape needs is a fresh dusting of mulch and a morning spent creating a well-defined edge to the planting beds.
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