Desserts to Celebrate The Festival of Weavers (July 7th) in Japan

Honey-flavoured Cheese Cake Wrapped with Blood Orange Jelly

Empire Sweet – A cup with 7 kinds of fruits and 3 kinds of ice creams is wrapped inside a translucent candy ball

In Pictures: Ice Cream Sandwiches

Nutella puff ice cream sandwich with profiteroles filled with nocciola ice cream

Strawberry macarons with avocado ice cream

Birthday cake cookies with orange cardamom ice cream

A strawberry cheesecake ice cream sandwich

Source: The Globe and Mail

Dance the Pain Away

Dancing can reduce seniors’ knee and hip pain and also improve their walking, a new, small study finds.

The research involved 34 seniors, average age 80, who all had pain or stiffness in their knees or hips as a result mainly of arthritis. The participants — mostly women — were assigned to a group that danced for 45 minutes up to two times a week for 12 weeks or to a control group that did not dance.

By the end of the 12 weeks, those who danced had less pain in their knees and hips and were able to walk faster, said Jean Krampe, an assistant professor of nursing at Saint Louis University and lead author of the study.

The use of pain medicines fell by 39 percent among seniors in the dance group but rose 21 percent among those who did not dance, she noted.

The findings about walking speed are important, she added, because seniors who walk too slowly are more likely to fall, be hospitalized or require care from others.

“Doctors and nurses recognize gait speed as the sixth vital sign that can help us predict adverse outcomes for older adults,” Krampe said in a university news release.

“Walking just a little more rapidly can make enough of a difference for a person to get across the street more quickly or get to the bathroom faster, which keeps them functional and independent. In our study, those who danced didn’t walk dramatically faster, but they had a meaningful change in their walking speed,” she added.

The study was published recently in the journal Geriatric Nursing.

“Dance-based therapy for older adults needs to be gentle, slow and include options so it can be performed standing or sitting, because their fatigue or pain level can change day to day,” Krampe explained.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Cake with Beets


2 large eggs
2¾ cups sugar
1½ cups olive oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2¼ cups cake flour
1/2 tbsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2¼ cups beets, grated and squeezed of excess juice
1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

Fromage Blanc Frosting

2 cups cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups butter, soft
5 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 cups fromage blanc, room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip eggs and sugar on medium speed to full volume, and drizzle in the oil. Sift all of the dry ingredients, then add in 3 stages.
  2. Once emulsified, fold in remaining ingredients, leaving some walnuts for garnish. Split cake batter between two half sheet pans lined with parchment paper. Bake until cake springs back to the touch and slightly pulls away from the sides. When almost fully cooled, wrap and freeze.
  3. To make frosting, in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, slowly mix cream cheese and half of the sugar until completely smooth. Add the butter and the remaining sugar and continue mixing until smooth again. Pass fromage blanc through a wire strainer and add to cream cheese/butter mixture and incorporate until smooth.
  4. To assemble the cake, remove parchment from cakes while frozen and cut each cake into 2 equally sized squares and place back in freezer. Spread 1½ cups of frosting evenly on each layer of cake, stacking as you go. Use an offset spatula dipped in hot water to smooth out each layer. Crumb-coat the cake and refrigerate until frosting is firm. Frost the cake to finish and garnish with toasted walnuts. Cut cake with a clean knife dipped in hot water.


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