Saturday, April 21, 2007

Rona's Book Recommendation: The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

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 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.

Laughing Mommy 'Ocean Star Book Drawing' - Deadline April 23, Monday!

If you would like to be entered into the drawing all you have to do is leave Laughing Mommy a comment, on her blog. On Monday, April 23, She'll put all the names in a hat and have Tessa pick one out. If you are the lucky winner, she''ll mail the book to you. No need to leave addresses in the comment section… if you win, she'll email you. Good luck

Friday, April 20, 2007

BerryMorins Bits and Tips Recommend Weekly Blog - Diabetic Recipes

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

Slow Cooking Thursday - April 19

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.

Enter Knitted Give-A-Way Contest at Tea Time Ramblings

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 Done Right by Christine Steendahl

April is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month. In honor of this yummy, kid friendly sandwich I have Christine Steendahl's article to share. Enjoy!

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.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A Day of Love for Heather - BooMamma Blog

Please join us on Wednesday, April 18 at BooMamma, to pray and donate towards Heather and her family's expenses for travel and living. Heather has been diagnoised with a brain tumor and will need surgery.

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.

Prayers and Thoughts for the Virginia Tech Students, Families and Friends

I have been praying for the students, families and friends of this horrific incident at Virginia Tech. I know that many people are blogging about what could have been done. But I would prefer to focus on the people.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Menu Plan Monday - April 16

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

Did You Watch '24' Last Monday?

Jack Bauer saved another day and now he has to save Audrey. Yes, Audrey is alive. Visit the official '24' website for video clips, include the episodes that you may have missed, poll questions, message board and lots of other good stuff.

How are you enjoying watching Ricky Schroder's performance on '24'? Do you think he'll be back next season?

My Chronic Pain Does Not Control Me! - My New Blog

I've been a chronic pain sufferer since a car accident in 2000 and a work related injury in 2003. As I continue on my pain management journey I have learned to embrace my pain, become a SAHM/WAHM, homeschooler and a Christian. I've learned to become my own health advocate, research alternative and Western medical treatments. My chronic pain does not control me!

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!.

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