Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Merry Christmas

May this holiday season sparkle and shine, may all of your wishes come true, and may you feel this happiness all year round! With love, from Hinesly Orthodontics!

Thursday, December 15, 2016



10 mins
8 mins
18 mins
Serves: 36 cookies

  • ⅔ cup shortening
  • 1½ cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup dark cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup peppermint crunch baking chips 
  • 1 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large bowl cream the shortening and brown sugar. Mix in the water and vanilla. Then add the eggs. Mix until combined.
  3. In another bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. Gradually add it to the sugar/egg mixture.
  4. Stir in the peppermint crunch baking chips and the semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 7 - 9 minutes. Let the cookies cool slightly before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you all a luxurious holiday filled with love, joy, great food and wonderful company. Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Hinesly Orthodontics!

Friday, November 11, 2016

November 11th is National Sundae Day!

Happy National Sundae Day! It's a tradition every year, on the 11th of November for ice cream lovers to celebrate one of the most popular desserts, the ice cream sundae! Sundaes come in all flavors, shapes, and sizes, but there are always 4 main ingredients that make a sundae, a sundae! Those ingredients are, ice cream, flavored sauce, whipped cream, and a cherry on top! Add in some sprinkles, maybe some cookies, and there you have it, one of America's favorite treats.

So maybe you're an ice cream sundae lover looking for a new recipe? Well, look no further! We found a delicious mouth-watering recipe sure to satisfy any ice cream sundae appetite.
HOW TO MAKE THIS: The key to this P.B.-chocolate overload is a creamy peanut butter like that will melt into a smooth, pourable sauce when heated. Microwave some peanut butter in 15-second bursts until it’s warm, then coat the glass with a spoonful of it and some fudge sauce before layering with chocolate ice cream, Reese’s pieces, halved peanut butter cups, and extra sauce. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

No More Blue M&M's?

This Halloween the blue M & M’s will be difficult to find. In response to growing pressure from consumers across the globe, MARS (the maker of M&M’s), announced in February that over the next five years it would remove artificial colors from the processed foods it makes for human consumption. Pigments found in natural substances would take their place. MARS has joined a growing list of global food manufacturers removing artificial dyes from some or all of their products. The companies include Nestle’ USA, General Mills, Kraft, Frito-Lay, Campbell’s, Kellogg’s and Mondelez International, the makers of Oreo’s, Tang and Sour Patch Kids.

The challenge for MARS is the color “blue”. Blue is a rarity among plants and animals. When blue does occur in nature it often is not truly blue but rather a trick of diffraction or the scattering of light; which is the case for bird feathers, sky, water and iridescent butterfly wings. A blueberry is actually more red than blue when you mash it.

The orange glow of Krafts revamped macaroni and cheese now comes from paprika, turmeric and annatto; a coloring extracted from tree seeds. General Mills experimented with 69 different natural dyes before it released a naturally colored Trix.

One would think that it would be relatively simple to find “blue”. In 2013 MARS began experimenting with the microscopic algae spirulina to make the first natural blue dye approved for use in the US. The problem is it is the incorrect blue, the color degrades and fades. So researchers are still looking everywhere for naturally occurring blue pigments. They have found a berry in Central & South America, the huito, a blue gardenia flower, red cabbage, aged red wine, a bacteria used to make swiss cheese, the Japanese Kusagiberry, butterfly pea-flowers and tree root fungi. All of that for the blue M & M. Let’s hope it tastes as good as the red ones.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Straighter Teeth, Healthier Smiles

At Hinesly Orthodontics, Dr. Hinesly and staff strive to give patients the best services while straightening their teeth. We know having a beautiful straight smile is the ultimate goal of our patients, but we can’t deny the fact that their orthodontic treatment also assists in a healthier smile too. The fact is, straight teeth lead to better oral hygiene and an increased chance of healthier teeth later in life.

Another wonderful fact about straight teeth is they are less prone to decay because they collect less plaque. When you visit Hinesly Orthodontics for your initial consultation, Dr. Hinesly will examine all aspects of your teeth, face, smile, and jaw.

If you’re curious whether your teeth might cause problems because they are out of alignment, please give us a call to set up an initial orthodontic consultation at our convenient Ann Arbor or Tecumseh offices. Dr. Hinesly can help you decide whether or not you will benefit from orthodontic treatment.

Questions? Give us a call, ask us below or on our Facebook page!