Heat, Humidity, Humanity and Harvest Pizza

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Warm weather here in our state goes by so quickly and winter’s cold seems to just last forever. It is hard to believe that summer is already over half gone. In fact the leaves on one of the trees in my neighbor’s yard have already turned scarlet and are falling off. She may need to cut down that tree, just to boost the morale of the rest of our community.

This week we are going to get some real Minnesota summer weather with temperatures over 90 degrees and very high humidity.  For some reason, God in his infinite wisdom usually makes the hottest most miserably sticky weather of the year coincide with the annual International Soccer Event held in Blaine and our state fair in August.  So far, this  year appears to be no exception to that rule…the tournament is in full swing this week and so will be the latest heat wave.

Keeping safe during hot muggy weather requires drinking lots of fluids and the ability to cool off in a lake, pool or an air conditioned building.  It is so very important for us to check in on family, friends and neighbors, especially small children, the elderly or those who do not have an air conditioned home, to make sure that they are comfortable and safe from the real and dangerous effects of becoming overheated.

Regardless of what we may see in the news or read on social media, God really did intend for us to be our brother’s keeper. As Christians we should lead by example by taking care of our neighbors regardless of race, religion or creed during heat waves, blizzards, illness, economic hard times and during times of personal and political strife.  We are to lead with love. It’s that love one another as I have loved you and turning the other cheek thing.

So, here is an explanation of the seriousness of getting overheated and the symptoms of heat exhaustion and sun stroke from the WebMD website:

Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and is considered a medical emergency. If you suspect that someone has heat stroke — also known as sunstroke — call 911 immediately and give first aid until paramedics arrive.

Heat stroke can kill or cause damage to the brain and other internal organs. Although heat stroke mainly affects people over age 50, it also takes a toll on healthy young athletes.

Heat stroke often occurs as a progression from milder heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting), and heat exhaustion. But it can strike even if you have no previous signs of heat injury.

Heat stroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures — usually in combination with dehydration — which leads to failure of the body’s temperature control system. The medical definition of heat stroke is a core body temperature greater than 105 degrees Fahrenheit, with complications involving the central nervous system that occur after exposure to high temperatures. Other common symptoms include nausea, seizures, confusion, disorientation, and sometimes loss of consciousness or coma.

Symptoms of Heat Stroke
The hallmark symptom of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 105 degrees Fahrenheit. But fainting may be the first sign.

Other symptoms may include:

Throbbing headache
Dizziness and light-headedness
Lack of sweating despite the heat
Red, hot, and dry skin
Muscle weakness or cramps
Nausea and vomiting
Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak
Rapid, shallow breathing
Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
Seizures
Unconsciousness

First Aid for Heat Stoke
While waiting for the paramedics to arrive, initiate first aid. Move the person to an air-conditioned environment — or at least a cool, shady area — and remove any unnecessary clothing.

If possible, take the person’s core body temperature and initiate first aid to cool it to 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. (If no thermometers are available, don’t hesitate to initiate first aid.)

Try these cooling strategies:

Fan air over the patient while wetting his or her skin with water from a sponge or garden hose.

Apply ice packs to the patient’s armpits, groin, neck, and back. Because these areas are rich with blood vessels close to the skin, cooling them may reduce body temperature.
Immerse the patient in a shower or tub of cool water, or an ice bath.

If emergency response is delayed, call the hospital emergency room for additional instructions.

Walking around the neighborhood last night with my dogs, I could not help but notice all of the beautiful vegetable gardens filled with tomatoes, broccoli, onions, zucchini and cucumbers.  Yes, the garden harvest is well underway.  A very fresh cold entree to serve on a hot day that makes the most of those tasty fresh veggies is vegetable pizza. I encourage you to give this recipe for Garden Harvest Pizza a try.

May all of the young people competing in the soccer tournament this week be safe, drink lots of fluids, tell an adult if they feel unwell and have lots of fun playing soccer while meeting and making new friends from around our nation and world.

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Garden Harvest Pizza

2 (eight count) tubes of crescent rolls
1 (eight ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
2 Tablespoons fresh dill weed, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon minced onion
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups of grated cheddar cheese, sharp
For pizza toppings choose any combination of fresh garden vegetables including:
1 cup broccoli, chopped
1 cup cauliflower, chopped 
1 cup carrots, chopped very fine or shredded
1 cup chopped green, red, yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup onion or green onions, chopped fine
20 cucumber or zucchini slices, sliced thin
10 cherry tomatoes, halved 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Lightly grease a 10 13 inch bar pan.

Separate crescent roll dough and press into the bottom of the bar pan  and one inch up the sides to make crust.  Be sure to press the seams together.  Bake for 14 to 19 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool completely.

In a small mixing bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, dill weed, minced onion and garlic powder and mix until smooth.  Spread over cooled crust.

Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

When ready to top with fresh vegetables. Gently, press the vegetables into the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the vegetables and serve.

Makes one very large pizza.

 

 

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