Saturday, April 21, 2007
Originally posted on BerryMorins Bits and Tips, in December 2006.
Here's a book that had been on my reading list for a long time. I finally had the opportunity to get my hand on a copy through PaperbookSwap.com. This much talked about book is just amazing, heart warming and caused me a few tears. It's a lovely little book that follows the main character, Eddie, through a series of meetings with people who have affected his life, after he dies. The last thing he remembers is two small hands linking with his, as he tries to save a young girl from an amusement park ride accident. Some of the five people he meets surprise him, as well as the settings in which he finds them.
This book really puts light on those of us who may feel we have a dull, boring life with no purpose.
Here's a book that makes a fantastic gift for anytime of the year. With all the horrible news recently we should all get a copy and read it.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Here's a blog that is dedicated to a variety of delicious and appetizing recipes, for the diabetic meals! How does Grits and Cheese Chile Pie sound for tonight's dinner? Diabetic Applesauce Pancakes would certainly be a tasty way to wake up my bunch, in the morning.
Being a diabetic doesn't mean that you have to eat bland, boring meals. Please stop by Diabetic Recipes today!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Substitutions: Egg Beaters for whole eggs, your favorite cheese can be used instead of Monterey Jack, any precooked seafood can be used
Seafood Crustless Quiche
Butter Flavored Oil Spray (PAM)
10 eggs, Beaten
1 cup light cream
1 8 ounce pkg shredded reduced fat cheese (Monterey Jack)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 6 oz can cooked crab, drained
1 6 oz can cooked salad shrimp, drained
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (about 2 shakes)
6 scallions, thinly sliced (both white and green parts)
Spray the sides and bottom of crockpot. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, cream, cheese, and pepper. Stir in the crab, shrimp, Tabasco and scallions. Pour mixture into crockpot. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours. Do not overcook or the quiche will be dry.
Tea Time Ramblings blog is having a Knitted Give-A-Way Contest! She'll be giving away 2 knitted hanging tea towels and 3 knitted dishcloths, in a variety of patterns.
Better hurry over there and sign Mr. Linky. The deadline is May 27, 2007, Midnite, Central Time.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Grilled cheese sandwiches are the simplest meal to make. Children can even learn to make it themselves. The ones I used to make contained regular cheese and white bread with butter to cook it. Here are a few ways to make that grilled cheese sandwich healthier for your kids.
First of all you need to reduce the fat in the cheese. Full fat cheeses are a thing of the past. A slice of fat free cheese melts just the same with fewer calories and fat. If American cheese is too ordinary, try a slice of Swiss or provolone cheese. Monterey Jack is great on a sandwich, also. One slice of cheese is plenty, but if you are using the fat free kind, you could usually get by with two slices for a creamier sandwich.
What about the bread? The bread is crucial. White bread contains too many sugars that are not healthy for you. Try whole wheat or seven grain bread. Sourdough bread would make a good substitution. What you want is bread with fewer calories and carbohydrates per serving.
What about some meat? When they added bologna to a grilled cheese sandwich when I was a kid, they called it a “flying saucer”. Adding a slice of meat makes the sandwich more of a complete meal. Depending on what their favorite is, you can add roast beef, sliced ham, sliced turkey, bacon, sausage, or sliced chicken breast.
What about some flavor? Add flavor to their grilled cheese sandwich with a few choice condiments. Adding mustard gives the sandwich a tangy taste. For an even better taste add brown or Dijon mustard. Go Mexican with a bit of salsa added to the sandwich. The salsa will make the grilled cheese sandwich spicy. Roast beef goes well with a dollop of barbeque sauce added for good measure. If your child is into the simpler tastes, add a bit of fat-free or reduced fat mayonnaise or ketchup to the sandwich. Adding some dressing such as Peppercorn Ranch is another great option for adding variety.
Add some crunch to your sandwich. Slice up an apple and place it on top of the cheese. People eat a slice of cheese with apple pie and many cheese trays are served with apples, so why not on a grilled cheese sandwich? Use a Granny Smith apple maximum crunch. They will hold their shape better than a red apple.
Our grilled cheese sandwich is really coming together. We have added meat, changed the cheese, changed the bread, and added sauces for an extra kick. What’s left to do? Maybe we can incorporate some vegetables. Pickles work well on a cheese sandwich with bologna. A juicy slice of tomato would add color and flavor to any meat and cheese combination. Get a slice of green with a leaf of romaine lettuce or some spinach.
Ditch the butter. I used to spread a thick layer of butter on both sides of the bread before I put the sandwich in the pan. Here are a few alternatives to that. Use spray butter or non-stick cooking spray in the pan. Your kids will still have the butter flavor without all the butter calories. Another choice would be to brown the sandwich in the oven. Using a cookie sheet, spray both sides of the bread with butter spray. Bake the cheese sandwiches in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for about six minutes per side. Grilled cheese sandwiches are getting a new look. By adding meat, seasoning, and veggies, your sandwiches are now a meal unto themselves. Get your family involved in the process. Let them create their own sandwiches.
For more tips on Easy Ways To Get Your Little Ones To Eat Vegetables, Visit www.dinewithoutwhine.com/article-broccoli.htm
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Stop by 5 Minutes for Mom for more details. I Should Be Folding My Laundry is hosting a giveaway for those that blog about the event. Sweet Little Thoughts is providing a Chocohlics Delite Care Package. In this box is a Got Chocolate Cake, Hot Chocolate Packet, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Tootsie Pop Suckers, Chocolate Kisses and M&Ms.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Here's this weeks poll Question - Paper or Plastic? Which do you choose and why? I prefer to get paper bags, especially when we go to Henry's Farmers Market or Whole Foods Store. I like to use the paper bags for wrapping my books and CDs for mailing. (I belong to Paperback Swap, SwapCD, BookMooch, Frugal Reader)
*Will post this recipe later in the week.
Caesar Parmesan Shrimp with Brown Rice, Mixed Greens Salad
Tilapia Fillets Packets with Red Peppers, Brown Rice
Pinto and Ham Soup
Beef and Chicken Fajitas, Whole Wheat Wraps
Crockpot Chicken with Veggies*
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
Sunday, April 15, 2007
I decided to launch a blog that would focus on the many facets of chronic pain, resources, information and occasionally my personal experience with my pain management journey.
If you, a family member or friend are a chronic pain sufferer please feel free to visit My Chronic Pain Does Not Control Me!.