Friday, April 30, 2010

Sugar-Free Watergate Salad



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stevendepolo


Easy and delicious - a company dish too!

WATERGATE SALAD

1 pkg. (4 serving size) pistachio flavor fat-free sugar-free instant pudding & pie filling

8 ozs. can crushed pineapple in own juice, undrained

8 ozs. fat free vanilla yogurt

2-1/2 cup thawed fat free whipped topping, divided

1-1/2 cups mini marshmallows, divided

Stir pudding mix, pineapple with juice and yogurt in large bowl until well blended.  Gently stir in 2 cups of the whipped topping; add 1 cup marshmallows; cover.  Refrigerate for 1 hour or until ready to serve.  Top 
with remaining marshmallows before serving.  Yield: 8 servings

Weight Watchers points - 2

Nutritional info: Calories: 100; fat: 1.5 gr; Fiber: 0 gr
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

GREAT TIPS FOR YOUR SKIN FROM WEBMD


Summer and more hours of sunshine are headed our way....

These are some tips for having healthy skin all year long.
It's important to take care of ourselves, so we can take care of our families.

FEED YOUR SKIN THESE SUPER FOODS

Friday, April 23, 2010

SUGARED ASPARAGUS

Did you know if you bend the stalks, they will break off naturally where they should - to separate the tough part from the edible part!?  Amazing how simple God makes things for us sometimes huh?

This is easy and delicious - hope you give it a try.



SUGARED ASPARAGUS

3 Tb. brown sugar
2 Tb. butter
2# fresh asparagus, cut into 2" pieces
(about 4 cups)
1 cup chicken broth

In skillet over medium-high, heat brown sugar and butter
until sugar is dissolved: add asparagus; saute for 2 minutes.
Stir in chicken broth; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat;
cover and simmer for 8 - 10 minutes or until
asparagus is crisp-tender. Remove to a serving
dish and keep warm. Cook leftover sauce in pan,
uncovered, for a few minutes, until reduced by half.
Pour over asparagus and serve immediately.
Yield: 4 - 6 servings

I always say, if you want your kids to eat their veggies,
add a little sweetness and they'll go down a lot faster.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

ARE YOU KOOKY FOR COCONUT?

It seems that springtime makes us think more about coconut - hope you'll check out this variety of lovely recipes from Taste of Home.

Top 10 Coconut Recipes

Friday, April 16, 2010

MORE BAKE SALE IDEAS! CANDY & COOKIES - YUM-O!

This is such a delicious and easy cookie with only two ingredients!  How much easier can it get?? It is fun for the kids to make, and sells fast at a bake sale. A wonderfully quick recipe for an enjoyable treat. 

credit:
Pink Sherbet Photography


CHOCOLATE - PEANUT BUTTER CUP COOKIES

1-15 oz. roll refrigerated ready-to-slice peanut butter cookie dough
48 miniature peanut butter cup candies

Preheat oven to 350. Slice cookie dough into 3/4" slices.  Cut each slice into quarters. 
Place each quarter into ungreased mini muffin pan. 
Bake 8 - 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and immediately
press an unwrapped peanut butter cup gently and evenly into cookie.  Cool before removing from pan.  Refrigerate until firm.  Recipes makes 4 dozen cookies.

I also make this with chocolate chip cookie dough.

Source: Southern Living Magazine, January, 1985


CANDY BAR COOKIE SQUARES

1 - 18 ozs. pkg. yellow (or chocolate) cake mix
1/2 cup pkg. brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
3 snicker bars (2.07 ozs ea), chopped

Preheat oven to 350.
Mix together and bake in an ungreased 9" X 13" pan
for 25 - 30 minutes.  Cool; cut into squares.
(Feel free to use any kind of candies you have!)

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

ROASTED ASPARAGUS...AND MORE!

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'Tis the season for thinking about spring 'crops'...like asparagus.

We love to eat it fresh-roasted and I wanted to share this simple recipe idea.  I'm also including a link below for a combo of different veggies.  Sounds yummy to me!  My friend Lois loves to roast assorted veggies together and it's a wonderful dish!

Use about 2# of fresh asparagus spears - bend them toward the bottom and they'll break off where the tough part begins (I learned that from food network and it works great!) Wash and dry the stalks; spread them out, in a single layer, on a cookie sheet. Drizzle a couple of Tablespoonsful of olive oil over them - stir around so it all gets coated - then sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Depending on the size of the stalk, bake at 400 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes, turn the asparagus over, then roast until tender - 12 - 15 minutes longer. 

We love to eat these with our fingers right off our plates.  Try them - you'll like them!
Another recipe I devour quickly is an asparagus casserole.  I'll share that one soon too.

Don't forget to check out the recipe below too.

Roasted Root Vegetables

Monday, April 12, 2010

MAKE IT A MEATLESS MONDAY!

OK Gals - I wanted to suggest that you try a meatless meal, and the soup below is a great dish to 'build around'.  It's a good way to get enough vegetables for the day, and helps you to stay frugal. Maybe you could choose one day out of the month to enjoy a meatless meal??  I enjoy ordering the '4 vegetables' on the menu at Cracker Barrel - and I certainly need to eat more veggies.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

We enjoyed this soup (my revisions below) along with fresh tomato, cucumber and onion salad - topped with our favorite Ranch dressing.  And a side of cottage cheese too.  You could add a muffin, or even a grilled cheese sandwich.  And a cookie or pudding for dessert would top it off nicely. 

This is how I made my soup...just in case you want an easier option...
  • I used a bag and a half of frozen broccoli instead of fresh
  • I sauteed chopped onion, celery and carrot in olive oil, then added the chicken broth - brought it to a boil, then added the broccoli, and allowed it to simmer atleast 15 minutes, or until tender. 
  • I used the amount of chicken broth called for, but reduced the cream by half.  I also used half the amount of cheese too - it was plenty!
  • I made a roux, by melting 3 Tb. butter, then adding enough flour to whisk in until you have a thick paste.  I added the cream to that mixture, whisking as you go, and then the cheese, stirring until it melts.  Add to the broth and vegetables when it's time.
  • Instead of whirring the soup in a blender, we prefer a hearty soup, so I just mashed the cooked veggies with a hand held potato masher.  It leaves smaller chunks, and gives you something to bite into when enjoying.
  • If you wanted to add meat, I suggest cooked chicken or even diced ham.  Would make a great one-dish meal!

I found this info at the WebMD site...
Go Meatless More Often



Eating vegetarian meals more often is a slimming habit, according to WebMD's "recipe doctor," Elaine Magee, MPH, RD. Vegetarians weigh up to 20% less than meat eaters. While there are several reasons for this, legumes play an important role. Bean burgers, lentil soup, and other tasty legume-based foods are simply packed with fiber. Most Americans get only half of this important nutrient, which fills you up with fewer calories.

Friday, April 9, 2010

EASY JELLO CAKE MIX COOKIES

I'm involved in the Relay for Life program right now - they're honoring my grandson, Caden, as Youth Survivor of the Year - thank you Lord!  We have a couple of upcoming bake sales, so I'm thinking "baking" and cookies are on my mind these days.  Wanted to share this delicious and easy recipe - it won't be long and it'll be too hot to be baking, so bake these up now and freeze them to eat later. 


JELLO COOKIES



1 - 18 ozs. pkg. white cake mix
1 - 3 ozs. strawberry jello
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil

Blend all ingredients together with a wooden spoon.
Drop on an ungreased cookie sheet - bake for 10 minutes
at 350. Cool 1 minute before removing to rack.

I love that there are so many options with this recipe.
I like using a chocolate cake mix with
cherry or raspberry jello - try using orange or red
jello along with a yellow cake mix, to go along with a 
special-occasion color theme.
I have also used the 50% reduced-sugar cake
mixes with sugar free jello and they're
deliciously wonderful.
ENJOY!

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Leader Enterprise Article - April 2010 - Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring is in the air! And hasn’t it been glorious!? The longer daylight hours seem to light a fire under us to clean,scrub,get rid of dust bunnies and organize our homes.
I'm sharing some simpler spring cleaning tips to help motivate you.It feels good to get your home freshened.It also helps shake off winter and welcomes the warmer temperatures.But don’t wear yourself out and try to ‘binge’ clean.Doing a little at a time can make a real difference over time.


Open up the windows and doors in your home and let the fresh air in and the winter doldrums out.


Get rid of your old sponges and look for some cheery, colorful ones to brighten up your kitchen.



Take your wastebaskets outside for a good cleaning. You can hose them out and turn upside down to dry.Sprinkle the bottoms lightly with baking soda to keep the odors down.I keep replacement bags in the bottom of the basket,so they are handy when the next one is needed.


Wash small knicknacks instead of dusting them.
Wipe refrigerator out with baking soda water to rid odors,or vinegar water to reduce mildew.An open box of soda will easily absorb odors for several weeks.Be sure to vacuum the coils and motor to remove dust and dirt and keep the motor running properly.


Wash your shower curtain and liner in the washer,adding a bath towel for scrubbing action.Hang to dry or pop in the dryer for a few minutes,then rehang.
Sprinkle your carpets with a light dusting of baking soda;let stand overnight,and in the morning,vacuum away the odors.If you prefer purchased fragranced carpet fresheners,add baking soda to stretch the product but retain the scent.

Air out throw rugs on the clothesline to freshen.

To remove scuff marks from no-wax floors,it’s as easy as rubbing with a dry paper towel.Don’t use anything abrasive as it removes the shine and scratches the floor.


We don’t have to spend money on pricey products to make our home ‘sing’ and smell fresh and clean.Here are a few ideas for using natural products in your home.


A wonderful natural air freshener is made by mixing lemon juice and water in a spray bottle.



Grind citrus peels in the garbage disposal to eliminate nasty odors and freshen the drain.Boil peels to freshen up the whole house.

To remove showerhead build up,remove and soak in white or cider vinegar,then scrub with a toothbrush.If it can’t be removed, pour vinegar into a plastic bag and tie around your showerhead so the nozzle is submerged.Let it set overnight,or atleast 8 hours.It should dissolve any mineral deposits.





Wondering what to do if someone comes to your door and you haven't gotten around to spring cleaning?Always have get well cards ready.Put them on the mantle,then let in your guest,sigh,and mention how of course you would have cleaned by now if that nasty bug hadn’t kept you down.


I have been using this recipe and am very pleased with the results.


HOMEMADE LAMINATE FLOOR CLEANER
In a spray bottle, mix 1 cup water,1 cup rubbing alcohol,1 cup white vinegar and 1 Tb. liquid dish soap. Shake,spray and mop as usual. A sponge mop does not do well on laminates - use a cloth mop.




Next month I will be sharing my two favorite asparagus recipes.

FUN FOODS FOR APRIL FOOL'S DAY

I've always been a sucker for doing fun things in the kitchen!

April Fool's Day Fun in the Kitchen