About Donna Fasano

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl's Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #5. View website

Diabetes Checklist ~ #CareGivers

My father battled diabetes for the last ten years of his life. When he became too ill to care for himself, I stepped into the roll of primary caregiver. I drove him to his doctor appointments, cooked his meals, helped him with his insulin and other medications, as well as other day-to-day tasks necessary to keep him as healthy and happy as possible.

Diabetes

Everyone who lives with diabetes or helps care for a diabetic knows about the daily routine of checking glucose levels. But there are other tasks that need to be done on a regular basis. Here’s a Diabetes Checklist that I found to be helpful.

Once a Year:
  • Schedule an annual checkup. Your doctor will probably want to see you more often. A yearly physical exam is the bare minimum.
  • Request a microalbumin urine test to check your kidney function. Type 2 diabetes puts you at higher risk for kidney disease.
  • Request a dilated eye exam to check for retinopathy.
  • Schedule a foot exam. Diabetics often have reduced blood flow or nerve damage that can inhibit sensation in the feet.
  • Get a flu shot. Diabetics are at risk of developing a secondary infection (like pneumonia) when they come down with the flu.
Twice a Year:
  • Get your A1c levels checked. This blood test shows your average glucose level over the prior two or three months and will help to show you and your doctor how well you are controlling your sugar levels.
  • Schedule a dentist appointment. Regular cleanings and exams are a must. Always remind your dentist that you’re diabetic.
Monthly:
  • Keep a three-day food log. This will help to remind you to stay on top of good eating habits.
  • Download glucose readings from your meter. This habit will help to show you any patterns of high or low readings. For example, if your blood sugar is always high at bedtime, maybe you’re eating too much for dinner or the wrong kinds of snacks.

Managing this condition takes a great deal of commitment and perseverance. I hope this printable diabetes checklist is helpful. Are there any tasks you would add to the above list? If so, let’s share the information so we can all be more informed.

My thanks to Dr. Gary Beste, MD for the above information.

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Keep Glass Shower Doors Sparkling

The enemies of glass shower doors are well-known. When water droplets dry on glass doors, hard water spots form. Over time, the minerals build up, creating a haze on the glass. Damp places are the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. The key to crystal clear glass shower doors is preventive action.

Glass Shower Doors

A basic squeegee costs less than $20. This is your best friend when it comes to keeping glass clean. Simply squeegee off the water after the last person has showered. Just a few seconds of use will keep hard water deposits from building up. This will save you tons of time and frustration.

Clean Glass Shower Doors After Showing

The best time to clean the shower or bathtub is right after it’s been used. The warm water will have loosened any dirt, grime, and soap scum. If you’re looking to avoid harsh, toxic chemicals, use a sponge or a magic eraser wipe down surfaces. Leaving the shower door open will allow the area to dry quicker and help prevent mold and mildew growth. To solve an existing fungi problem, mix 1 part bleach and 2 parts water in a spray bottle. Spritz the mold and allow the solution to sit for 10 minutes. A course brush or old toothbrush might be needed for more stubborn mold growth.

A good water repellent, like Rain-X, will cause water to sheet and slide off glass and porcelain tiles. To apply, just spray the repellent on the shower doors and walls and spread it with a cloth or paper towel. However, a water repellent won’t remove existing hard water build-up.

If your shower doors are hazed over from hard water stains, try using a product like CLR or Lime-A-Way. These products dissolve minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Or you can use a mixture of 50% white vinegar and 50% grease-cutting dish detergent (such as Dawn) in a spray bottle. (Warning! If your shower walls are made of stone, vinegar could damage them!) Spray the walls and doors with the solution, let the product sit for a few minutes, rinse, and wipe with a wet cloth.

If the door tracks need attention, this kit of brushes is perfect for the job.

A Handy Schedule

Once the doors, door tracks, and walls are clean, here’s a suggested schedule for keeping them that way:

  • Daily: After showering, squeegee walls and glass shower doors. Leave door open to dry out the area.
  • Weekly: Wipe down the walls and doors with a sponge or magic eraser.
  • Monthly: It’s time for a deep-scrubbing, using your favorite cleaning products. You’ll need a sponge, a cloth, and/or a brush to get into all those corners and crannies. Once everything is clean, spray the walls and doors with water repellent.

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Lemon Curd Filled Cake by @Donna_Fasano

It’s February and we’ve been experiencing a lot of gray, rainy, winter days. Whenever I need a sunny pick-me-up, I bake something lemony. This Lemon Curd Filled Cake is just delicious. Lemon is used three ways: to flavor the cake, the filling, and the icing. And the curd is so easy because it’s store-bought (see notes for more information). It would make a great Super Bowl Party dessert. And if your Valentine loves lemon, this would make a wonderful “I love you!” surprise.

Lemon Curd Filled Cake

Ingredients for the cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk*
  • 2 tablespoon lemon rind, finely minced**
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven 350° F. Prepare 2 eight-inch round banking pans by spraying with cooking spray. Line bottoms with circles of waxed paper (optional).
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Stir to combine well.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir until all ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Divide the batter between the 2 pans and bake 30-35 minutes, or until wooden toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn out cakes onto wire rack to cool completely.
Lemon Curd Filling

Ingredients:

  • 1 small jar lemon curd (about 10 to 12 ounces)***
  1. Place one cake layer on the plate upside down and spread the entire jar of curd on the flat side just to the edges.
  2. Top with second cake and frost the cake with Lemon Icing.
Lemon Icing

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon rind, finely minced**
  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, add lemon juice and rind to the melted butter. Stir to combine.
  2. Add 2 cups powdered sugar and stir to combine. Add more sugar until desired consistency is reached.

Notes:

I like a thinner icing so I can smear it over the top and let the icing drip down the sides of the cake. See picture.

* If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can create sour milk by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or vinegar) to a measuring cup and top off with milk to reach the 1 cup needed. Let sit for several minutes to curdle.

**I use a microplane/zester to remove the yellow part only of the lemon. The white pith can be bitter.

***Most grocery stores sell lemon curd in the jelly/jam section. Look on the top shelf, near the specialty jellies. Amazon also sells lemon curd. Or you can make your own.

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Second Chance Valentine

 

February – The Month of Love and Romance

Usually, the first of every month brings an exciting travel blog written by our very own Mona Risk. However, Mona is under the weather this week, so I’ve decided to step in. Everyone knows that February is the month of love and romance. Lovers all over the world celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 14th. The authors here at Authors’ Billboard have oodles and oodles of boxed sets that cost next to nothing yet are filled to the brim with flirty love, passionate romance, mysterious who-done-its, intense suspense, and much, much more. I invite you to take a look at some of our bundles.

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