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Friday, March 7, 2014

Nicole* always knew she wanted a big family.

But after a successful pregnancy in 2011, she and her husband were faced with the scariest challenges of their lives.

The couple began trying to add to their family soon after their son turned 2. A few months passed and Nicole noticed something was off with her menstrual cycle.

She began spotting in the middle of her cycle, which was not normal for her, so she called the doctor.

At first, the doctor said maybe it was implantation bleeding since she had been trying to conceive.

Friday, March 7, 2014
PHOTO BY METROGRAPHICS Ectopic pregnancies are the leading cause of maternal death in the United States. Knowing the signs may save your life.

Ectopic pregnancies are the leading cause of maternal death in the United States.

Many women will never know the pain and sadness associated with this early complication of pregnancy, and will go on to carry and deliver a healthy baby.

But for the one woman out of every 50 who experience an ectopic pregnancy, knowing the signs and seeking medical attention early will save your life, and your chances of becoming a mother.

What is an ectopic

pregnancy?

Thursday, March 6, 2014
SUBMITTED PHOTO

Lehighton artist Tecu'Mish Munha'Ke will have several of her creations on display at a Philadelphia gallery.

The 10th annual Mary Liz Memorial Masters Exhibition opens today with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank's, located on the northeast corner of 13th and Pine streets in Philadelphia.

Munha'Ke and fellow artists Russell Brodie and Jon Laidacker will be on hand to meet the public during the reception.

The exhibit continues through April 25.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Gently-used and new prom and wedding dresses, along with accessories, are being collected until March 27 at the following Blue Ridge Cable offices: Lehighton, Lansford, Gilbert, Palmerton, Walnutport and Stroudsburg.

The Dress Sale will take place from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 at Penn's Peak.

All proceeds will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Thursday, March 6, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Franklin Klock, naturalist at Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill, constructs a bird box at the center. These boxes, which attract a number of species of birds, are available for purchase at the center.

Bird lovers, are you looking to attract birds to your property?

If so, why not purchase a handmade bird box from the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill.

The boxes, which are available for a $10 donation, are all made by the staff as well as volunteers at the center.

They each have their own "quirks" to them since a number of people constructed the boxes.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
AP Photo/Matthew Mead Roasted Potato-Wrapped Haddock

This past summer I fell in love with a kitchen gadget that has been relatively slow to catch on in the U.S. the mandoline.

I've had several of these kicking around my kitchen for a while now, but I never quite saw the need for them. For those not in the know, a mandoline is shaped like a plank with a very thin, very sharp blade at the far end.

To use it, you slide a firm vegetable back and forth along the plank. Each time you slide over the blade, it shaves a slice off the vegetable.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

When it comes to comfort food, it's hard to top cheesy scalloped potatoes. Even if you are cooking for two, there is nothing better than having a pan of these to graze from, whether it's breakfast or dinner, throughout the week.

Scalloped potatoes is the American name for potatoes gratine. I've always felt the French version seemed a little fancy, if you know what I mean delicious, but best reserved for special occasions. Scalloped potatoes, on the other hand, seem a bit more "everyday."

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Pork Chops, Potatoes and Sauerkraut

I have to be in the mood to eat pork, and even then, there are only a few ways I actually like it.

This is one of them.

The pork is highly seasoned with lots of salt, pepper and garlic powder.

The potatoes cook along with the pork, and the sauerkraut is added at the end. However, if you prefer, you can add the sauerkraut after you turn the pork.

When the pork has finished cooking, remove it and the potatoes, and give the sauerkraut a good stir to pick up all of the flavor at the bottom of the pan.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jean Zimmerman won first place in Heritage Hill Senior Community's "Show Us Your Cupcakes" competition in Weatherly. There were 25 entries in the Winter Wonderland themed event. Entries were judged on creativity and presentation. Over 60 people attended the event, which supported the local animal

shelter.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Q. What can I do to avoid lead exposure?

Lead exposure can cause anemia, make you irritable, affect your memory and ability to concentrate, and it can increase blood pressure, particularly in older people.

Lead can also lead to digestive problems and cataracts. Exposure to high lead levels can be fatal.

The following are some significant sources of lead exposure: tap water, lead-based paint that was used before it was banned from housing in 1978, soil, household dust, lead crystal or lead-glazed pottery.