Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

We are Thankful

In keeping with Thanksgiving - Philippians 4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Saturday, November 7, 2009


With the holidays fastley approaching I wanted to post a few of my secret substitutes that really cut out calories when I cook or bake.

Whole milk- Skim, 1% or 2% milk
Whipped cream- Chilled, whipped evaporated skim milk or nondairy whipped topping
Sour cream- Plain low-fat yogurt, or 1/2 cup cottage cheese blended with 1½ tsp. lemon juice, or low- or nonfat sour cream
Evaporated milk- Evaporated skim milk; low- or nonfat mayonnaise; or plain low-fat yogurt combined with low-fat cottage cheese
Whole egg- Two egg whites, or 1/2 cup egg product
Full-fat cheese- Low-fat, skim-milk or fat-free cheese
Ricotta cheese- Low-fat or nonfat cottage cheese (puree in a food processor or blender before using), or low-fat or nonfat ricotta cheese
Bacon- Turkey bacon, Canadian bacon, smoked turkey or prosciutto
White pasta- Whole wheat pasta
White rice-Brown rice
Butter or oil (baking)- Applesauce (substitute only half the amount of butter or oil called for with applesauce
White flour (baking) -Whole wheat flour
Cream cheese- Neufchatel-style cream cheese
White wine or beer- An equal amount of apple juice
Red wine- An equal amount of cranberry juice with a touch of red wine vinegar

Happy Baking!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Belated Halloween

We celebrated B's first Halloween at my
sister and brother in law's house.
The weather was perfect so we grilled out for
dinner and then walked around their neighborhood
with our little entourage of family and friends.
Cutest little pumpkin in the pumpkin patch!