Nov 21, 2011
I'm thankful for having the most amazing family and friends. Thank you so much for your love, support and friendship. I'm thankful to be alive to see another Thanksgiving. I'm blessed to have an awesome GOD who loves me despite my flaws,looks over me on a daily basis and keeps me humble, grounded and full of love for all. I'm also thankful that I found my way "via cyber" to the best recipe club in the world, Just A Pinch! Now I'm gonna have to plan a family reunion for my JAP family. I love you guys. Happy Thanksgiving! sw☺
Nov 18, 2011
DREAMY CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE
One 18.3-oz. box fudge brownie mix
2 cups canned pure pumpkin
2 tbsp. light chocolate syrup
2 tbsp. reduced-fat peanut butter, softened
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine brownie mix with pumpkin and stir until smooth. Add chocolate syrup and stir until blended. The batter will be very thick, but don't add anything else!
Spray a square baking pan (9" X 9" works best) with nonstick spray. Spread the batter into the pan. Then spoon peanut butter on top and use a knife or skewer to swirl it around.
Bake in the oven for 35 minutes. The batter will remain very thick and fudgy, and it will look undercooked.
Allow the fudge to cool. Cover the pan with foil and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into 36 squares. Then get ready for a fudge frenzy!
MAKES 36 SERVINGS..Prep: 10 minutes..Cook: 35 minutes..Chill: 2 hours
PER SERVING: (1/36th of recipe, 1 piece): 65 calories, 1g fat, 57mg sodium, 13.5g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 9g sugars, 0.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*
Compliments of Hungry Girl
Nov 17, 2011
Sharon & Annette!!!!
Annette, you had me drooling at the Ae oili, oh man oh man!!!!
Nov 16, 2011
Welcome aboard Julie!! So glad to have you on board!!!!
Nov 16, 2011
"Hey Dad," one of my kids asked the other day,
"What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?"
"We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,"' I told him.
"All the food was slow."
"C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?"
"It was a place called 'at home,'" I explained. "Grandma cooked
every day and when Grandpa got home from work, we sat down
together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she
put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it."
By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was
going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him
the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.
But here are some other things I would have told him about my
childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot
on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit
card. In their later years they had something called a revolving
charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe
it was Sears AND Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck
anymore. Maybe he died.
My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly
because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that
weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).
We didn't have a television in our house until I was 11, but
my grandparents had one before that. It was, of course, black
and white, but they bought a piece of colored plastic to cover
the screen. The top third was blue, like the sky, and the bottom
third was green, like grass. The middle third was red. It was
perfect for programs that had scenes of fire trucks riding
across someone's lawn on a sunny day.
Some people had a lens taped to the front of the TV to make the
picture look larger.
I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called
'pizza pie.' When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth
and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my
chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.
We didn't have a car until I was 15. Before that, the only car
in our family was my grandfather's Ford. He called it a 'machine.'
I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house
was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you
could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you
didn't know weren't already using the line.
Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered
newspapers. I delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7
cents a paper, of which I got to keep 2 cents. I had to get up at
4 AM every morning. On Saturday, I had to collect the 42 cents
from my customers. My favorite customers were the ones who gave
me 50 cents and told me to keep the change. My least favorite
customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on
Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in
the movies. Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called
French kissing and they didn't do that in movies. I don't know
what they did in French movies. French movies were dirty and we
weren't allowed to see them.
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you
may want to share some of these memories with your children or
grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.
~Old Author Unknown~
Nov 16, 2011
WAIT!!! Before you hit the drive-thru, check out our Big Fast-Food Survival Guide!
"HG's TOP ATE Tips for Fast-Food Trips"
1.) Think before you order. You'd Google a blind date, right? Google your meal for need-to-know stats!
2.) Value menus aren't valuable to your waistline. Don't just get it because it's cheap and easy to order; you'll regret it. And bigger pants cost more in the long run...
3.) Salad isn't always the best pick. The dressing, the cheese, the croutons... Don't assume the greens make it "safe."
4.) The fries? They have more calories than you think. Even a super-measly small order averages 300 calories and 14g fat. If you're putting together a low-calorie meal, they should not be included.
5.) LOOK OUT for mayo! Seriously, heavy mayo can sink even the most friendly grilled chicken sandwich. And it isn't always listed, so say, "Hold the mayo," just in case!
6.) Beware of the limited-time-only offers. The nutritional stats are often MIA. (How convenient.) That special super-stacked burger? It's not worth it.
7.) Chicken and fish aren't smart if they're fried. If you bypass the burgers for one of these, make sure it's grilled. (We doubt you'll find grilled fish, so just skip it altogether.)
8.) Don't stress too much or feel bad if your meal isn't as low in calories as you'd like. Hey, stopping for fast food is hard to avoid sometimes! Just do the best you can.
Totally trustworthy finds from popular fast-food joints...
***McDonald's Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait
PER SERVING (1 parfait): 160 calories, 2g fat, 85mg sodium, 31g carbs, 1g fiber, 21g sugars, 4g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*
***This is listed with the desserts on the menu, but we consider it a great breakfast, side dish, OR dessert. Also lumped in with the sweets, but good anytime? The Apple Dippers with Low Fat Caramel Dip -- only 100 calories and 0.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 3*)!
***Subway Egg White Muffin Melts (Most Varieties)
PER SERVING (1 sandwich, excluding Mega and Sausage varieties): 140 - 210 calories, 3.5 - 8g fat, 490 - 940mg sodium, 18 - 20g carbs, 5g fiber, 0 - 1g sugars, 12 - 19g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4 - 5*
The lineup has expanded! Now your options include the Egg White & Cheese with ham, double bacon, or steak (or sans meat); the Western (ham, veggies, and two types of cheese); the Breakfast BMT Melt (ham, salami, and pepperoni with cheese); and the Sunrise Subway Breakfast Melt (turkey, bacon, ham, and cheese).
WOW and YUM! Just steer clear of the fattier Mega and Sausage Melts. (Not worth it.)
***Taco Bell Fresco Chicken Soft Taco
PER SERVING (1 taco): 170 calories, 4g fat, 680mg sodium, 22g carbs, 3g fiber, 3g sugars, 12g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*
Want to enjoy a whole meal from TB without swallowing too much fat? Get two of these with a side of Fresco-style Pintos. Your filling meal will come in at about 470 calories, 10g fat, 14g fiber, and a PointsPlus® value of 11*. Not too shabby!
***Burger King Whopper Jr. without Mayo
PER SERVING (1 burger without mayonnaise): 260 calories, 10g fat, 460mg sodium, 29g carbs, 2g fiber, 6g sugars, 13g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7*
"Hungry Girl! I require a hamburger!" Not a problem; this pick is totally acceptable. Add a crouton-less side salad dressed in fat-free ranch for 100 calories, 2g fat, and a PointsPlus® value of 2*.
*KFC Grilled Chicken Breast
PER SERVING (1 breast): 210 calories, 8g fat, 460mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 34g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*
*Carl's Jr. Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Salad
PER SERVING (1 salad without wontons or dressing): 260 calories, 8g fat, 560mg sodium, 34g carbs, 4g fiber, 17g sugars, 22g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7*
*Wendy's Small Chili
PER SERVING (1 small order): 220 calories, 7g fat, 870mg sodium, 22g carbs, 6g fiber, 6g sugars, 18g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*
***** Super-Scary Items to Avoid
Taco Bell Chipotle Steak Taco Salad
PER SERVING (1 salad): 900 calories, 57g fat, 1,600mg sodium, 68g carbs, 8g fiber, 6g sugars, 28g protein -- PointsPlus® value 24*
Wendy's Baconator Double
PER SERVING (1 burger): 980 calories, 63g fat, 1,830mg sodium, 46g carbs, 2g fiber, 9g sugars, 58g protein -- PointsPlus® value 26*
Burger King Triple Whopper
PER SERVING (1 burger): 1,140 calories, 75g fat, 1,110mg sodium, 51g carbs, 3g fiber, 11g sugars, 67g protein -- PointsPlus® value 31*
This week has been Shape Up With Pickles Time! Have YOU been eating pickles? We definitely have. Wrap some up in lean turkey slices for a protein boost...
Nov 15, 2011
It's an eye opener. It is the " Toyota of the food business."
Nov 14, 2011
Today is World Diabetes Day...be aware !!!
CRUNCH! Today, November 14th, is National Pickle Day. Grab a jar of your favorite briny goodies -- and get chomping.
An average dill pickle spear has only 5 calories!