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Getting healthy…

The prompt word for the month of March over at Creative Every Day is "transition" so I think this post is appropriate as my husband and I are transitioning into a healthier lifestyle. We had both become much too sedentary  this winter and our diet was getting worse by the day. We are fortunate in that we both arrived at this decision at the same time as it is so much better to have a partner when getting fit. I hesitate to say the word "diet" because I don't want to think of it that way. I approach this as a lifestyle change for the better! Any healthy program that is fitting for your particular health needs will do but we are following the South Beach Diet plan. It is heart friendly (my husband has a heart condition), low in carbs and sugar and transitions into healthy carbs as you go along. So the first two weeks being the strictest, you of course will drop the pounds pretty quickly (we are not yet at the 2 week mark with 2 more full days to go but he has lost 13 and I have lost 8 pounds!) and then the rate of loss will taper off as you add "good" carbs back into your meals.  The nice thing is that if you reach a plateau where you are not loosing or have gained a little, you can always go back and repeat phase one..the first two weeks…to get your metabolism going again. But seriously, the BEST thing we have experienced on this plan is the total lack of hunger and cravings. This is a biggie for  us as we were terrible evening snackers munching our way through high fat foods while watching TV. Now if we do feel the desire for a snack, I have sugar free jello at the ready or sugar free ice pops or fudge pops! We can even have some of our favorite nuts…within reason. Because our meals are loaded with good veggies and low-fat cheeses, we leave the table feeling full and satisfied.  The book we are following has food lists (good and bad), daily meal plan suggestions and recipes. Who could ask for more? I find that I am actually enjoying trying new foods as well as new recipes and new ways to cook old favorites. Monday we can go into Phase two if we choose or continue with Phase one. I think my husband will continue with Phase One and I will probably just add a few new foods but not too many because I am such a carboholic and I fear getting those cravings again. So I plan to journal a bit about our quest for health here at least once a month so you can experience the journey with us and perhaps get motivated yourself! 100_9161This is the latest dinner that I prepared. Chicken breast over a bed of spinach with sun dried tomatoes and feta cheese….yummy and satisfying!100_9139This is a typical lunch salad. Sometimes we add ham, turkey or chicken to the greens. Haven't done shrimp yet but that's a possibility too.100_9140A mid-day snack might be fresh veggies with a hummus dip. This one is edamame hummus which is very tasty and "legal" fare!100_9142In phase one we are not using the wine glasses for drinks but they sure do make our sugar free jello look more appealing, don't they? I find that jello fills me up very quickly and I often can't finish it. That hasn't happened with a dessert in a long time!  Hope you are thinking healthy as spring time nears and we prepare to be more active as we get out doors. Happy eating!

Candied Orange Peel….

Want something that really smells and tastes like a holiday? Try making candied orange peel…. Wash oranges. Cut peels only into strips. Cover with cold water. Bring to boil & let boil a few minutes. Drain and repeat. Repeat 3 or 4 times. Weigh rinds. Use as much sugar as weight of rinds and just barely cover with water. Boil until liquid is almost gone. Place on waxed or parchment paper to cool. Roll in granulated sugar and let dry. Store in airtight container.Better than any fruit snacks you give your kids! Enjoy! 100_8717   100_8726   100_8723   100_8725   Made these the other night as a "prelude" to Christmas baking. Sweet and citrusy. Messy to make and a little labor intensive but well worth the effort!

AEDM DAY 8/ Banana Nut Bread…

The other day there were "apples begging to be pie" but this time around I had over-ripe bananas begging to be bread…Gigi's Banana Nut Bread to be exact! So I got out my Mom's recipe, mixed up a double batch of batter and baked two medium loaves and two small ones. (you'll notice half of a small one is..er..missing!) Boy, does the house smell good when these are in the oven!! I'm not a "natural" when it comes to kitchen skills so I do have to call upon my creative instincts to carry me through when I'm being domestic in a "culinary" sense and thus we have today's creative post! YUM! I've included Mom's recipe for you and if you try it I'm sure she will smile down on you from heaven!  =)

Gigi's Banana Nut Bread

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup Crisco

3 ripe bananas

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups flour

1/2 cup walnuts

Mix sugar, eggs and Crisco in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Mash 3 bananas with 1 teaspoon baking soda and let it sit for a few minutes and then stir into sugar mixture. Add 2 cups of flour and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts to the mixture. Bake in a greased and floured bread pan at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until wooden skewer comes out clean. Timing will depend on size of your pans so adjust accordingly. I have also made cupcakes with this batter and though they don't need icing, you could sprinkle lightly with confectioner's sugar or put a thin white glaze on them. These freeze well and remain moist when you defrost them so they are great to keep on hand for unexpected guests. Enjoy!

 

the baking….

So by this time, most of my friends and I are down to the baking part of getting ready for the holidays. I already stowed away the chocolate chip cookies because they were...er..disappearing! But today I made Russian tea cakes and Scottish shortbread cookies in the shape of...what else..Scotties! They were supposed to be dipped in a chocolate sauce just prior to serving but we all know that isn't going to happen so I just used the candy melts that will harden enough to store them until serving time. But because I couldn't "waste" the leftover melted chocolate, I decided to do some pretzels too. I have two more varieties of cookies to bake yet and then I will call it done because I decided not to bake banana nut bread this year. Fa la la .....

AED Month

Spooky Lady Fingers

Well, as my first post for Art Every Day Month, I will regress one day to Halloween because, although it's over, I just had to post a picture of the spooky cookies I made for my friend's Halloween party. They were tasty almond butter cookies...found the recipe on line...but looked so gross that a few of the partiers just couldn't bring themselves to bite into one! LOL! What fun! I arranged them on a doily covered silver serving tray and added a meat cleaver dripping with blood (red icing gel) for effect. The little sign said "lady Fingers (please be careful of bones)."  So here you have it, my first AED post....YAY! Looking forward to checking out all the creativity of my fellow posters this month over at www.Creativeeveryday.com  Have fun everyone!

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