• 5 Heart-Healthy Foods – WebMD

    Posted on February 7th, 2012 Cindy No comments

    Five heart-healthy foods are blueberries

    salmon, soy protein, oatmeal

    and spinach according to WebMD.
     Find a recipe for the heart-healthy Lemon Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins pictured above here.

  • Wear Red for Women’s Heart Health – Feb. 3

    Posted on February 3rd, 2012 Cindy No comments

      About Go Red For Women®

    Since 2004, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement has been educating millions of women on the urgent truths of heart disease. The fact is: More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Unfortunately, this killer isn’t as easy to see and is often silent, hidden and misunderstood. Go Red For Women works to spread life-saving truths about heart disease and fund lifesaving research – all which can make the difference between life and death. Learn more at GoRedForWomen.org

  • Heart-friendly Valentine’s Day treat

    Posted on January 27th, 2012 Teresa No comments

    With Valentine’s Day approaching in just a couple of weeks, I’m already on the hunt for a special dessert. But like so many, there are dietary limitations and I have to hunt a little harder for desserts that are both heart-friendly and don’t include gluten. That’s a tall order, but luckily the American Heart Association had some recipes on their site, including this delight:

    Berry-Topped Pudding Pie.

    Canola or corn oil for pie pan
    2 large egg whites
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup sugar
    3/4 cup walnuts or pecans, finely chopped
    1 small package fat-free, sugar-free instant lemon or vanilla pudding mix, prepared with 2 cups cold fat-free milk
    12 ounces fresh berries or other fruit, sliced if needed
    1/2 cup fat-free frozen whipped topping, thawed (optional)

    Cooking Instructions
    Preheat the oven to 300°F. Pour a small amount of oil onto a paper towel and lightly wipe the bottom and side of an 8- or 9-inch pie pan.

    In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites, vanilla, cream of tartar, and salt on medium speed until foamy. With the mixer still running, gradually add the sugar in a slow, steady stream, until stiff peaks form. (The peaks shouldn’t fold over when the beater is lifted.) Very gently fold in 1/2 cup of the nuts.

    Using a flexible spatula or rubber scraper, spread the meringue over the bottom and up the side of the pie pan and onto the lip of the pan, but not over the edge of the pan. Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with the remaining nuts.

    Bake for 50 minutes, or until the meringue is firm and lightly browned. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely, at least 2 hours.

    Using the package directions, prepare the pudding. Spread over the cooled crust. Arrange the fruit decoratively over the pudding. Top with the whipped topping.

    Note: In warm weather, meringues will get gummy after a few days, so it’s best to serve this dessert within 24 hours.

    Nutritional Analysis Per serving
    Calories Per Serving 169
    Total Fat 6.5 g
    Saturated Fat 0.5 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 4.5 g
    Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
    Sodium 223 mg
    Carbohydrates 25 g
    Fiber 3 g
    Sugar 18 g
    Protein 5 g

    Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate, 1 1/2 fat

  • Take the Women’s Heart Health Risk Quiz

    Posted on January 18th, 2012 Cindy No comments

    Are you at risk for heart disease? Take this quiz from the Women’s Heart Foundation to find out. Won’t you walk with me, down the path for a healthy heart, by exercising regularly, eating sensibly, managing the stress in your life and controling high blood pressure.

  • Red, White, and Sometimes Blue

    Posted on January 4th, 2012 Cindy No comments

    Martingale & Company has gathered a stunning group of red-and-white, blue-and-white, and red-white-and-blue quilts to create this book. There’s something in it for everybody; from a quick to piece wall quilt to a large bed quilt.

    The “Heart’s Desire” wall hanging above (pg. 30) finishes at 25 1/2″ x 25 1/2″. There is a special energy created by using one or two bold colors plus white in a quilt. The combination is clean and direct, with a fabulous graphic punch. This book has great instructions and beautiful pictures to inspire your next quilting project!

    Find this great book at your local independent quilt and fabric retailer.

  • Happy Healthy Holidays!

    Posted on December 22nd, 2011 Teresa No comments

    From everyone at Quilt Red and The Fabric Shop Network, we wish you the best this holiday season!

  • Promote Women’s Heart Health – Go Red For Women

    Posted on November 29th, 2011 Cindy No comments

    Women’s Heart Health Month is February 2012. Get started on your Wear Red Day campaign today! We’ve linked to free, downloadable materials that can help you spread the word about National Wear Red Day® (Friday, Feb. 3, 2012) – or any day you plan your event.

  • Needle Me This – Quilt for Charity

    Posted on November 17th, 2011 Cindy No comments

    The gals and customers at Needle Me This Quilt Shop in rural Yancey County, North Carolina, contributed red and white blocks to make this queen-sized quilt they have named “And Red All Over…”. It will be raffled off on Dec. 21. Tickets are 1 for $2.00 and 3 for $5.00. The proceeds will help support a local charity “Operation Feed A Child Bags” sponsored by a local church group in their county. The intention is to provide food for a child over the weekend, until they can get back to school for nutritional meals during the week.

    Needle Me This Quilt Shop provided the Moda white tone-on-tone for the backing.
    “And Red All Over…” is as beautiful on the back side as it is on the front.

  • Go Red for Women: Just a Little Heart Attack

    Posted on September 22nd, 2011 Teresa No comments

    Go Red for Women has produced a short film highlighting the symptoms of a heart attack, featuring Elizabeth Banks. Heart disease affects us all.

  • HDL & LDL Cholesterol Levels – How do I find my cholesterol levels?

    Posted on August 5th, 2011 Cindy No comments

    All adults age 20 or older should have a fasting lipoprotein profile — which measures total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol and triglycerides — once every five years according to the National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines for detection of high cholesterol; endorsed by the American Heart Association. This test is done after a 9 to 12-hour fast. 

    Your test report will show your cholesterol levels in milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL). To determine how your cholesterol levels affect your risk of heart disease, your doctor will also take into account other risk factors such as age, family history, smoking and high blood pressure.

    Total Cholesterol Level Category
    Less than 200 mg/dL Desirable level that puts you at lower risk for coronary heart disease. A cholesterol level of 200 mg/dL or higher raises your risk.
    200 to 239 mg/dL Borderline high
    240 mg/dL and above High blood cholesterol. A person with this level has more than twice the risk of coronary heart disease as someone whose cholesterol is below 200 mg/dL.

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