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Miraculously Saved From Drowning

Posted on 06 April 2012 by Cathy

Charlene Deherrera was miraculously saved in 2006 from downing in her SUV and it was all caught on video! It only took few minutes for her SUV to start sinking into 10 feet of water caused from flash flooding

All of the windows on her vehicle are up and you see the car floating slowly into deeper water where it then goes under.

You see several people on the video trying to break the windows to get her out. The man you see in the photo is Dr. Khosla and he was the first to swim out to help her. He said “I gotta tell you I was putting a lot of force and I was getting nowhere. And I just was frustrated and the woman was actually, I believe at that point toward the back of the car and she had her hands in there and she was screaming at me. And so I could see this poor person and I was frustrated because I couldn’t get anything done.”

Howard Absetz was finally felt her arm after almost a full minute through what he thought was her driver window and was able to pull her up and out of the water. “To actually feel her grasp my arm was a real shock,” Absetz said. “And then the second time she grasped my arm, I knew right then I could get her out.”

When the SUV was pulled from the water all of the doors were shut. All of the windows were intact and closed tight. How did she get out?

Mythbusters did an episode (#72) on getting out of a car underwater. What they were able to find is you cannot break a window even only submerged in 2 feet of water unless you have a window breaking hammer. You cannot roll the window down under water. They tested this using a test weight of 350 lbs (equivalent to pressure differential from just two feet of immersion), the pressure of the window glass against the frame is so great that no amount of effort can move the gear. You are more likely to break the window handle than roll it down. Also power windows still cannot overcome the pressure differential. Let me remind you now that the windows were intact and closed tight

Another explanation is that the man was mistaken that it was the window and she came out through the door. Mythbusters found you can open the door only after the vehicle is fully filled with water because the pressure differential between outside and inside when the car is submerged is too great for a man to force the door open. To get it open the pressure must first be equalized, which means the interior must be fully flooded first. When they conducted the test Adam was forced to resort to emergency air during his first test. A second test Adam escaped only by remaining calm and not attempting to open the door until the interior is well and truly flooded, so as to conserve oxygen while holding your breath.

When you watch the video the time the passes does not look like it is long enough for the SUV to fully fill. She was screaming and acting frustrated according to the doctor who was trying to bust the window open. Therefore she was not calm and conserving oxygen. When they pulled the SUV all of the doors were closed. So how did she escape?

Now watch the video :)

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Beef Barley Soup

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Beef Barley Soup

Posted on 05 April 2012 by Cathy

Barley is a very good source of fiber and selenium. It is also a good source of phosphorus, copper and manganese. You could add it to any soup get the health benefits.













1 (3 pound) beef chuck roast
1/2 cup barley
1 bay leaf
3 carrots
3 stalks celery
1 onion
1 (16 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
4 cups beef stock (or water)
4 teaspoons beef base
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (28 ounce) can chopped stewed tomatoes
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste











It is best to buy the meat and break it down yourself











Cut the beef into bite sized pieces











In a heavy stock pot add the beef cubes and cook over medium high heat until browned. Remove the meat and set aside











Wash the celery











Dice the celery











Gather the carrots











Peel the carrots











Dice the carrots











Peel the onion











Dice the onion











Add the veggies to the pot and cook until tender











Add beef stock or water (yes I was being lazy here)










Add base










Add bay leaf










Have I told you how much I love penzeys yet? That is another blog post yet to come











Add tomatoes










Add barley










Add sugar, salt and pepper










Add the browned beef cubes











Cover and simmer approx 2 hours or until the beef is tender and the barley is fully cooked. Add the frozen vegetables in the last half hour of the cooking time












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Peanut Butter Cookies

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted on 04 April 2012 by Cathy

I learned to bake when I was young because I had a sweet tooth and my mother did not bake. I created this cookie recipe for my great-grandmother Bessie Hudson. She could not wait to start eating them as I was measuring everything out.  She would actually sample one as I would pull them out of the oven. It was always fun waiting for baked good to be cool enough to eat. These cookies were her all time favorite.











1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla











Measure out sugar into a large mixing bowl











Add brown sugar











Add butter and peanut butter then cream it all together











Add the vanilla











Beat in eggs











In a separate bowl add flour and baking powder











baking soda











Add salt then sift all the dry ingredients together











Stir the dry ingredients into batter and put into refrigerator for 1 hour










Grab a spoon of dough











Form into 1 inch balls and put on parchment lined baking sheets











Flatten each ball with a fork











Make a criss-cross pattern by pressing the other way











Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for about 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown











Let them cool completely and try not to eat them all in one cookie monster session

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