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Monday, March 29, 2010

Oatmeal Cinnamon Bars Recipe Diabetic Friendly






Today I was in sort of a baking mood. I knew I wanted to bake something but was too lazy to churn out a bunch of little cookies. You know what I mean? Cookie sheet after cookie sheet rotating them & switching them out & all that.

So what I did was I used a Sunmaid Raisin Recipe for oatmeal cookies but I made it easy on myself by forming it into one solid cookie to be cut up into bars. I used only one cookie sheet but it was completely filled & only about 1/2 thickness all over. It makes a lot of bite size bars which are great for my snack time to keep me focused!

Here's the easy recipe which since I was out of raisins I left them out & swapped orange juice & pecans. These were made with Splenda so they are really pretty healthy little bites of goodness. They are just a tiny bit sweet and a hint of cinnamon in the background. The perfect snack!

Oatmeal Cinnamon Bites/Bars

13/4c whole wheat flour
2 cups oats
2 tbsp olive oil
orange zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup orange juice fresh
2 eggs
2 tsps cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup splenda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped fine pecans

They turned out delicious. Bake at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes if you make them all on one cookie sheet like I did. Spray it of course with nonstick spray before baking. I used butter flavor spray and they taste really good on the bottoms.

I also sprinkled a tiny bit of coconut on the top of part of them so they'd have that toasted coconut flavor I love so much.

Do you make a lot of bars or do you go more for cookies when you bake? What's your favorite cookie?

Friday, March 26, 2010

List of Foods Products I Have Never Tried Before





Food Ingredients I need to try just for the heck of it because I've never ever tried any of these. I may start trying to incorporate some of these never tasted before things into my life. Have you ever thought about how many things you've never tried before? Some of them I've only heard about since I've become diabetic as they are supposed to be healthy items for a diabetic friendly lifestyle.

1.coconut oil
2.wonton wrappers
3.pomegrante juice
4.agave nectar
5.organic date syrup
6.silicone bakeware products
7.vivagave powder
8.soychips
9.fennel
10.applesauce in a pouch
11.other flavors of applesauce
12.tomato paste in a tube? (saw on tv)
13.gallopaioozas
14.quinoa
15.scones
16.monkey bread
17.papaya
18.passionfruit
19.candied bacon
20.pizza baking stone
21.new flavors of m&m's (haven't had these in years)
22.caramel flavor rice krispie treats
23.more flavors of the fiber one bars
24.stevia & other sweeteners
25.almond paste
26.peanut butter pie (I've never tried this because of the amount of pb it requires I hate to waste that much)!
29.millet
30.nutbutters
21.plum jelly
22.blackberry jam
23.convection oven cooking
24.healthier deep fryer!
25.
This list turned out to be much larger than I thought it would be. Guess I need to do some experimenting at the grocery store.

Have you tried any of the above food grocery items? How did you like them talk about it in the comments. I'm willing to try all of the above I just haven't gotten around to buying them yet.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Contest Giveaway Winner Announced!





Well we didn't get too many entries for this fantastic prize but the contest is over! The winner has been emailed so answer me back to claim your prize!

The winner is: Amber! Who said:
I subscribe to your RSS via Yahoo reader.
shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

You have 48 hours Amber to contact me back by email at bgary18@sbcglobal.net to claim your prize. Your prize is any box of any item on http://www.youbars.com valued is about $37.00!


Note: Amber did contact me & make the deadline so Congratulations Amber! She needs now to contact the company & pick out her special prize package.

Friday, March 19, 2010

My favorite book I refer to all the time for diabetic foods & snacks



I bought this book a few months back. I usually pop it into my purse before I head out to the doctor's office or anywhere else where I'll be sitting idly for a long time. It gives me something to read & I always find some new information in it. It has tons of tips & meal ideas. It list everything you need to know so I highly recommend it.

Tonight's dinner was good as usual my son has got this meal down pat. I had:

pork bbq sandwich with 1/2 tbsp sauce
green beans
10 bbq chips
grapes
2 tbsp coconut

Good combination and I like this sandwich alot as it doesn't "hurt" me anymore. We live it plain and I add my bbq sauce at the end so I don't have it drowning in bbq sauce like their meals are. It works for me as barbecue sauce is pretty high in sugar but in moderation it's possible to eat it as a diabetic.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dinner just keeps getting better for this diabetic mom


As a mom I know how difficult it is to always be planning every single thing we do. We plan a lot and we do a lot-every single day,don't we? I mean sometimes it just seems like there is no end to all that we moms have to do everyday.





In my case I'm starting to see a little break now in my once hectic lifestyle. Maybe it was a good thing I had my kids so far apart in age afterall. Now one of my sons is old enough that he wants the responsibility of planning the meals, making out the menus, stocking the groceries,filling the pantry and freezer and better yet-Cooking the dinner meals!

While I know I've been fighting it tooth & nails for months, now I'm starting to agree that maybe a little slowing down & sharing of some of all these dinnertime responsibilities can indeed be a very good thing.

For one thing my oldest son has discovered that he too loves to cook and plan meals. I can't tell you how proud that makes me feel as a mom. You spend your life trying to teach them right from wrong, how to do this, how to do that and basic cooking essentials & it works! I love it when a plan comes together!

One thing I really hate to admit out of all this giving up of "the reins" is our meals have never been better. He truly is becoming a great cook and will be far better than I ever was. I love knowing that he enjoys trying new recipes, new products, a new style of cooking different things. It brings a whole new excitement back to the dinner table.

So, I for one am saying to all you moms out there who are tired and disgusted with all the work that we do everyday-Hang in there. Your time is coming. Once your child steps up to take over it will be one of the greatest days of your life. That is after you give in and get "used" to the idea.

I'll still be cooking my own breakfasts and lunches everyday but it's nice to know someone else is planning the dinner meal now. I'm sort of like his prep chef in the kitchen now but I'm learning to live with it and not fight it. Like I said there have been some mighty tasty meals out of the change.

Think you'll have a problem handing over your kitchen duties down the road? Don't forget to enter the youbars contest by leaving a comment on any post thru 3/24/10!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Diabetics need steady insulin control daily in their lives






Last night I watched the new epiode for the season of Celebrity Apprendice. It was interesting to me that one of the contestants this year is a type 1 diabetic and is playing for the American Diabetes Association. His name escapes me but we was from the singing group "Police" ages ago. Anyway, I found it interesting because they set up a diner for the opening challenge.

They had 3 hours to completely run everything from scratch themselves. The teams did a fantastic job but the most crucial part to me was when the previously mentioned guy got into trouble during their short 3 hour stunt. He was supposed to be serving a coca cola drink to a customer but instead right at his table he said I'm sorry but I'm diabetic and I'm going to have to drink this as I am going down fast! Then he proceeded to drink the customer's soft drink! I know myself this has happened to me many times as a diabetic and I think it's great that America finally gets to see some of the true annoying circustances that happen in our everyday lives when you are diabetic. It doesn't matter if you're type 1 or type 2 diabetic, the risk is still the same. You have to be able to conrtol your daily intake of sugars. He said he took 4 insulin injections a day and still had to wind up drinking some soda to pull him from going under?!! I'm thankful that I am not that bad off but I am glad that tv finally showed something real on a reality type show. I believe more tv series should show how a diabetic has to live with daily challenges and concerns. BTW, the men won the challenge with their $100 burgers so it was a good save.

Diabetics can turn orange peels into healthy candy treats






I love this small article about turning orange or lemon skin peels into candy treats! It would be great to do for us diabetics since we eat so much fruit already. Of course we would just substitute the sugar for splenda and this recipe would be diabetic friendly. Enjoy! & don't forget to enter my free contenst runs thru 3/24, just leave a comment anywhere!

Friday, March 12, 2010

First #1 Giveaway 400th Post Box Of YouBars Products Freebie Promotion







Today is going to be the start of our first brand new giveaway on Diabetic Snacker! The prize is a $32+ value prize as you can choose an entire box of snacks!

This is in honor of my 400th post on this blog! Wow, 400 times I've written? It doesn't seem like I've written that much but the numbers don't lie!
YouBars.com

Readers will have the opportunity to win any item they want from youbars.com absolutely FREE!


I asked if there was any limitation & they said no. The chosen winner can choose any item they want from their website! Whether you get a box of bars, box of trail mixes, boxed variety pack or whatever your little heart desires it's totally free! The company is even shipping out your freebies quickly by FedEx mail so you should have them in just a few days. Starts today & continues thru March 24th, 2010!

One winner will be chosen randomly from all the comments using random.org. I've tried to list many different things you can to for extra entries.
YouBars.com

This giveaway is going to run for 2 weeks since it's our first so everyone has a chance to find us & enter. You can enter as many times as you'd like by doing the following & commenting seperately for each one is ok.

The more entries you have the better your chance to win so start joining, signing up, following or subscribing today. All entries will be put in a basket & one lucky winner will be drawn out. Increase your chances with more entries. It only takes 1 to win so make sure you are in the game!

To enter this giveaway do as many as you'd like:

1.subscribe by rss reader for 2 entries.

2.follow me on this blog for 2 entries.

3.Get 15 extra entries if you go to youbars website & tell me your favorite item & flavors in your comments or a new combo you'd like to make.. (doesn't mean you have to pick this 1 if you win).
YouBars.com

4. Submit a guest post to be featured on this blog at a later date of my choosing by the contact us form on this blog or by email. Topics are open; aka; diabetes,health related,mom related,recipe & story,savings,groceries,food related,anything to do with food that you think the readers would enjoy & is a fit with this site...Can include a link back to your website. This gets you a whopping 100 entries in the contest as it will take the most time to actually write an entire post.

5. Go to my mclinks (submit your food blog) category page & submit your food blog,recipe website,diabetes or general interest website to this blog. It's a permanent link. Gets you 10 entries in the contest & some link love as you are automatically added to the blogroll. You can leave a comment saying you did this so I'll know how to reach you.

6.Take the quick poll on this blog (bottom of this page), for 2 fast entries & say you did in the comments.

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7.Tell me your favorite diabetic friendly snack in the comments. Earns 1 entry.

8.Submit a diabetic friendly recipe to be posted on this blog permanently. Submit it using the contact us form on this blog. Whole recipe must be included & it will be made into a recipe post. Earns 25 entries. Also must post in the comments you sent the entry.

9.Name something you'd like to see added to this blog in the future. Entry 5 points.

10. Go to recent posts (bottom of page) & comment on 3 posts accordingly topic answers. Come back & comment that you did that. Gets you 15 entries.

11. Tell about this giveaway on your website or blog & link back to it for another 25 entries!

12. Of course leave a comment to enter! How could I have forgotten that?!!

I may add additional ways to enter so check back in often as I think of them.

Randomly chosen Winner will be notified by email & listed on this blog & will have 72 hours to contact me by email at: bgary18@sbcglobal.net to claim their prize. If after 72 hours no one claims I will draw an alternate winner. Ends March 24th, 2010 at noon.

This contest runs for 2 whole weeks!

Now, here's some additional info about YouBars if you want to read it sometime after you're done entering the contest!

YouBars.com was kind enough to send me a sample box of their fine products. I'm going to give my honest opinion of all the products they shipped me. No
The company YokuBarsmoney was exchanged, only free samples which are much appreciated.
YouBars.com

Youbars.com has a huge variety of items to choose from. The winner of our giveaway is going to have a tough time of narrowing down what they want with so many offerings. You can get custom made energy bars, protein shakes, large cookies, trail mix and much more right from their website!

I noticed they have high protein cereals included too. Breakfast bars and all types of cereal bars are available. They even have a unique option to let you completely customize your entire order to suit your nutritional needs! You can actually build your own cereal, your own cookie flavor, your own cereal bars...anything you want, any flavor you could imagine is now possible with youbars! They even have a handy number available in case you run in to trouble building your own flavors. It's 323 931-0098

They are also offering EVERYONE right now for the next 2 weeks only a 5% discount on ANY order! You must use the code "snack" so they know it comes from me. Great offer, good tasting products, what more could you want!

You choose your base flavor, your protein powder, nuts/seeds,dried fruits, the sweetener of your choice such as; agave nectar, rice syrup, honey... The possibilities are endless with youbars custom fixings bar! These quality bars are packed with all the good things for you so you don't have to worry about what the heck you are eating! I know how hard it is as a diabetic to find snacks that are on the healthy side that don't taste like crap. These bars offer flavor in every single bite you take. They are chewy, flavorful and gooey all in one!
It's like having a candy bar that is good for you.
YouBars.com

You can even say I like it not so sweet, I want it as sweet as you can make it or however you wish. You may even choose whether or not you care to have chocolate or carob powder in them. Cinnamon ginger,coffee cyrstals, unsweetened cooa,.... So many options to choose from! How does a person decide? The choice is all yours at youbars.com!

You'll notice on their website all the nutrition information is included on each package so you'll know exactly what you are getting.

All the sugar, carbs,nutritional data,calories,serving sizes,ingredients & everything are on the package & it's easy to read.

You'll know how much of the bar to eat if it's time for your diabetic snack of 150 calories or less. It's easy to break apart and eat small portions of which makes it ideal for diabetics. There are many times thruout the day when we have to have just a few carbs to get our blood sugar up & a piece of these youbars could be just the right thing to help you over the hump. Having these bars around will help you in your daily quest to find the perfect low calorie healthy snack for yourself. Send a box to someone you love, I'm sure they will appreciate the gesture because a good nutritionally charged snack is a hard thing to find.
YouBars.com

All their cookies are handmade to order & fresh. Hmm, they didn't send me a cookie I'll have to order some of those soon. They sent me shake mixes, bars of about 4 varieites, trail mixes in a couple of different packages. All of them look so great! The cookies come packaged in a silver gift tin container perfect for storing them in or giving as a gift.

Actually their products say guaranteed delicious & handmade. Now how's that for quality control?
I noticed one of their options is called Our Most Popular Bars Package. It sells for $32.37 for 13 large bars, so you are definitely getting a great deal with this free giveaway! Anything you want on the site one item shipped free to you!

They also sell gift certificates which would make an excellent gift for anyone. People love to recieve food gifts! What an awesome way to show someone you care by letting them choose their own bars, cookies & snacks with all the spices, fruits,nuts and choices they choose. It doesn't get any better than that fellow foodies!
YouBars.com

I tried the breakfast bar this morning & I must admit, I'm not a fan of it. It tastes like coffee which I don't like. I don't drink coffee so if you enjoy coffee you'll love their breakfast bars.

Are you hungry yet? Buy yourself a box to try while you're waiting for the contest to end!

March is National Diabetes Month Get Your Sugar Tested







Eating Well Cookbook has a lot of healthy recipes you'll enjoy.





Look at all the Diabetic Friendly Cookbooks that are out now; so many choices!

Some of my favorite cookbooks!



These taste pretty darn good & they won't spike your numbers up!






March is national Diabetes Month. The ADA wants everyone in your household to be tested. It only takes a few minutes to do and can save a lot of lives easily with early detection. Go take a test today and get other family members and friends to join you.

The american diabetes assoociation also states that 7% of our population now has full blown diabetes. Over 6 million people have it and don't even know it! If I would have known earlier I may have been able to avoid some of this diabetic neuropathy pain I suffer with right now. Early detection is the key people!

It's hard to control type 2 diabetes, it's a daily task that must be fulfilled to the best of your ability. It's hard for me and everyone else on the planet mainly because we are a country that loves to eat our food! I know I live and breath food myself.

Every meal and every snack just leaves me wondering what will I have later in the day? It's a never ending circle of food for us Americans. That is especially true once you're diagnosed with diabetes because now you have to maintain your sugar levels by eating all the time around the clock almost. The problem is you have to make healthier choices right now and all day long.

Sometimes it's a challenge to find a healthy option to snack on. I'm not one to have the same snack over and over again everyday. I love variety in my meals and especially in my snack times. Since being diabetic means smaller meals to the tune of 3 meals a day & 6+ snacks daily you better count on them being healthier ones or 1.You'll risk running your sugar up and feeling sick 2.You'll gain excess weight which makes this circle of life even harder on your body. So eat sensibly, eat often, choose smaller portions, healthier foods, more fruits, more vegetables, whole grains.

It's important to teach young children these new healthier eating habits at an early age. Start your kids on the path to future good health today. Don't let diabetes control their life like it now controls mine. It's not fun and it can be a depressing disease at times to struggle with everyday.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Product Review YouBars.com Bars,Trail Mix & Shakes







Attention readers! There's a contest coming soon! I'll be announcing the details Thursday for this contest. It's to win an entire box of YouBars products that you can pick yourself so stay tuned!
YouBars.com

The company YouBars.com was kind enough to send me a sample box of their fine products. I'm going to give my honest opinion of all the products they shipped me. No money was exchanged, only free samples which are much appreciated.
YouBars.com

Tonight I tried my first sample bar. It was the date chocolate cereal bar. It is super delicious & really moist. It reminded me of a very good chewy brownie! I really enjoyed it & it was only 150 calories. It tasted like it was much more fattening than that. That's the best kind of snack I think. It did not raise my blood sugar up so I was very happy with this bar. I'll keep adding right here each day to this post as I sample the goodies they so kindly sent! Thanks youbars! I'll be adding to this page everyday as I try my new snacks out & posting a full review for each different product in the line they have sent. They shipped them priority mail so they were still nice & fresh well packaged.

Being diabetic means many many snack times during the day & night to keep your glucose level steady & accurate. Keepting a number of healthier snacks in the house is a struggle to our budget & very time consuming. You have got to make the right choices in order to feel good when you have diabetes. One wrong snack can set you back for days. So get some healthy snacks & keep the pantry & fridge loaded up with so they are ready at a moment's notice.

Youbars.com has a huge variety of items to choose from. The winner of our giveaway is going to have a tough time of narrowing down what they want with so many offerings. You can get custom made energy bars, protein shakes, large cookies, trail mix and much more right from their website!

I even noticed they have high protein cereals included too. Breakfast bars and all types of cereal bars are available. They even have a unique option to let you completely customize your entire order to suit your nutritional needs! You can actually build your own cereal, your own cookie flavor, your own cereal bars...anything you want, any flavor you could imagine is now possible with youbars! They even have a handy number available in case you run in to trouble building your own flavors. It's 323 931-0098
YouBars.com

You choose your base flavor, your protein powder, nuts/seeds,dried fruits, the sweetener of your choice such as; agave nectar, rice syrup, honey... The possibilities are endless with youbars custom fixings bar! These quality bars are packed with all the good things for you so you don't have to worry about what the heck you are eating! I know how hard it is as a diabetic to find snacks that are on the healthy side that don't taste like crap. These bars offer flavor in every single bite you take. They are chewy, flavorful and gooey all in one!
It's like having a candy bar that is good for you.

You can even go so far as to say I like it not so sweet, I want it as sweet as you can make it or however you wish. You may even choose whether or not you care to have chocolate or carob powder in them. Cinnamon ginger,coffee cyrstals, unsweetened cooa,.... So many options to choose from! How does a person decide? The choice is all yours at youbars.com!

You'll notice on their website all the nutrition information is included on each package so you'll know exactly what you are getting. You'll know how much of the bar to eat if it's time for your diabetic snack of 150 calories or less. It's easy to break apart and eat small portions of which makes it ideal for diabetics. There are many times thruout the day when we have to have just a few carbs to get our blood sugar up & a piece of these youbars could be just the right thing to help you over the hump. Having these bars around will help you in your daily quest to find the perfect low calorie healthy snack for yourself. Send a box to someone you love, I'm sure they will appreciate the gesture because a good nutritionally charged snack is a hard thing to find.
YouBars.com

All their cookies are handmade to order & fresh. Hmm, they didn't send me a cookie I'll have to order some of those soon. They sent me shake mixes, bars of about 4 varieites, trail mixes in a couple of different packages. All of them look so great! The cookies come packaged in a silver gift tin container perfect for storing them in or giving as a gift.

Actually their products say guaranteed delicious & handmade. Now how's that for quality control?
I noticed one of their options is called Our Most Popular Bars Package. It sells for $32.37 for 13 large bars, so you are definitely getting a great deal with this free giveaway! Anything you want on the site one item shipped free to you! Have you ever tried youbars yourself? I'd love to hear your comments on their products.

Are you hungry yet? Buy yourself a box to try while you're waiting for the contest to end!

They also sell gift certificates which would make an excellent gift for anyone. People love to recieve food gifts! What an awesome way to show someone you care by letting them choose their own bars, cookies & snacks with all the spices, fruits,nuts and choices they choose. It doesn't get any better than that fellow foodies!

YouBars.com

Monday, March 8, 2010

Diabetic friendly dinner combination of tastes






Tonight my grown kids were in the mood for their silliest thing on earth to eat (according to me). Nacho's. Yuck!

It's easy to fix is all I can say about that for a main dish item. They enjoy it so I had myself a combination platter of diabetic friendly items.

Dinner

Hot Dog
Whole Wheat Bun
Sauerkraut
Sliced Potatoes fresh pan fried
Green Beans

My meal was very good though they still swear sauerkraut is the worst thing on earth to have to smell. I love sauerkraut, it's my favorite vegetable of all time. It just happens to be good for me so I lucked out on that.

Today I also made a huge loaf of whole wheat bread with sesame seeds on top. It turned out very good too. I sliced it all up & set it aside to use all this week for myself. Heaven forbid they would touch anything that included whole wheat in it!

I plan on mixing it up all week with this bread here's a few of the combinations I'm going to try.

olive oil, garlic powder,oregano (oven)
lightly spray with butter spray (skillet)
sandwich style (toaster)
cinnamon toast style (oven)
surprise myself with some herbs (oven)
cube up some & bake with spices for croutons
spread chocolate sauce on for a real treat toasted (oven)
spread oranges & splenda all over & soak it up

So, as you can see I made one loaf of bread but it's going to last me all week! I may have to freeze some of it for next week since it made so many serving pieces when I cut it up!

Also today, I made a package of blueberry muffin mix. It was a small package & said it would only make 5 muffins. So I added 1/2 banana & 1/2 cup of oats to the batter & put it in my muffin top pan & got 12 servings out of it! They are delicious too, tastes almost as good as that blueberry donut the other day but without the extra pound of sweet! These will be a good snack for me with just a few grapes & I'll be good to go with one of these little cookie like treats. You can't taste the oats or bananas at all which is what I wanted exactly.

Of course my picky kids would'nt even try a bite of one because they "smelled" the bananas cooking. They complained all afternoon about the house stinking like bananas! I don't know how these are my kids. There must have been a mistake at the hospital!

What did you bake today? Talk about it, I'm dying to hear!


Sunday, March 7, 2010

I'm back on Pepsi Max as my #1 caffiene addiction even though I'm diabetic





This morning I started back up with one of my former old bad habits.


I started drinking Pepsi Max again


Yes I know I probably shouldn't have but when we were at the grocery store I saw them sitting there and I remembered how they do taste so much better than the regular diet pepsi I am drinking now and I just couldn't resist buying a case of them.





This time I am going to limit drinking them to only 1 a day and I'm going to try to drink water for dinner when I have a max already for the day.




As I've said before, the max pepsi's do have 3x the amount of caffeine as a regular diet pepsi or a regular pepsi too for that matter. I know studies are now showing everyday how caffeine may play a role in diabetes. Sure, there's not exclusive doctor warnings or anything like that out yet but we all know it's coming sooner or later. Well, I'm voting for later! ha



It was so hard for me to give up my regular 40 year pepsi habits to make the switch to diet that I at least feel somewhat rewarded by having the max pepsi. But I will this time limit it to once a day as I would also recommend this for other diabetics to follow just to be on the safe side of caution.





Have you tried the pepsi max yet? Let me know what you think about it.


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Why can't I bake a decent Biscuit?






Believe me, I've seen the simple lowly biscuit made dozens of times on Food Network over the years & it looks so easy! I can even remember my grandma making them in Kentucky when we'd go to visit & she made it seem like it was the most simple thing in the world you could ever do in the kitchen.

For the life of me, I've never been able to make a decent biscuit! This time we used a recipe my son got off the internet since he didn't like the ones I had chosen naturally.

Here's the recipe but I assure you don't make them because something is wrong somewhere along the way! This is so very frustrating not to be able to make a freaking biscuit at age 54! My son why can't we throw all that stuff into the bread machine to make biscuits, but I told him I'm pretty sure that would not work.

Biscuits

3 cups all purpose flour
6 ounces shortening
2 cups buttermilk
1/3 cup water
1/2 salt
3 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder


Bake 425 degrees 10-15 minutes

Ok, there's the biscuit recipe from hell! We made them exactly as the notes said. We put all in a bowl except the milk & water, which we slowly added into the center after making a well. We used our hands & tried to form a dough with it but it was a total wet gloppy gluey mess! We 3 different times added a bit more flour to it & continued on. We finally got this disastrous mixture where we thought we could cut out some biscuits quickly using the biscuit cutters we have. We put them in the pan close together & waited. After the 15 minutes when they should have been golden brown, only the bottoms were browning & the centers were very doughy consistency!

We put them back in the oven & brushed some melted butter on top & put them on broil. After about 3 minutes we took them out to check them & turned the oven back to 425 again not broiler. They were still gooey in the center & looked horrible no where near done enough to eat!

We put them back in & checked about every 10 minutes so finally after 30 minutes total baking time we removed them & just gave up! We wound up eating some of the biscuits but of course they were:

Hard
Crunchy
Doughy inside
Chewy

I'd love to know where the heck we are going wrong with our biscuits? It seems to me there should have been some baking soda in thsee to interact with the baking powder but the recipe didn't say so.

If anyone can help me with this disastrous biscuits I'd really appreciate your tips & suggestions! Until then, I'm going back to eating toaster toast with my delicious sausage gravy!




Potluck dinner night is an economical way to save





Last night we had left the menu pretty much blank. That meant everyone could have anything at all they could find to fix. You could use the fridge, the freezer or the pantry to make your gourmet meal yourself. My son, 22 chose his all time favorite go to dish- Cereal. Not just one big huge bowl of cereal though, it was 2 different cereals! He first had Kellogg's Froot Loops with their new green added circles which he was happy with. Then he chose another huge bowl & gulped down Kellogg's Rice Krispies which he added about 1/4 cup of real sugar to! OMG, these kids do not listen to me! That's the kind of eating that got me into this diabetic mess in the first place all my past life eatings of sugar coated foods.

My oldest son decided on his favorite Tyson frozen "hot" chicken strips which are hot sauced coated & deep fried then frozen so you warm them in the oven. Pair that with a tortilla shells, taco cheese & pretzels & he calls it a meal-yuck!

Myself I cleared out the fridge. I decided whatever leftovers I had in their lurking around I'd fix for my dinner. I had some mashed potatoes & leftover gravy, white beans in a ramekin & cooked turkey. So I threw together this & it was ok for a dinner, not the best thing I'd ever ate that's for sure but hey, it was cheap.

My Dinner

grilled turkey
mashed potatoes
brown gravy (added cooked onion bits to it)
white beans
garlic toast whole wheat bread
peaches 1/4 cup

All in all my meal was at least healthier for me than their's was by a long shot. I had planned on eating green beans but couldn't find any in the fridge so I settled for the white beans. Not a good choice for gravy I found but you live & learn, right?

What kind of throw together clean out the fridge meals do you make for your family?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Dr Visit Great Results Diabetes Under Control!







Yesterday after much complaining on my part, I was forced to go to my family doctor for a checkup. You know I hate going to the doctor's when I am not sick! It just irrates me to death to have to sit there and play their little waiting game, which this time was 2&1/2 hours.

No one else in the waiting room when I arrived so I thought sure it would be better this time but no such luck. I went thru 3 magazines that I took with me to read so at least I felt like I accomplished something with my "wasted" time. Anytime I'm not on the computer doing something it's considered wasted time to me.

All in all though the trip turned out better than expected as I got a great diagnosis from him. He even did the dreaded A1c test & I passed it with flying colors! He said anything between a 6-7 was excellent on their diabetic scale & I had a score of 6.1!! That made me feel pretty good!

Though I'd only lost a pound since he last saw me we had a great talk and I felt better overall about the progress I'd been doing. He said I was doing so much better than I was a couple of years ago that he was amazed. I even talked to him about my food blog and how it has helped me to feel better about my general overall self. Coping with diabetes is a hard road to follow sometimes. It takes a lot of time, a lot of patience and as we know a lot of trials and errors.

So actually it turned out I felt better by going to the doctor afterall so that was a good thing. I just hate it when you "have" to go in order to keep your medicines filled. You know, the blackmail doctor visit. I fill all my prescriptions online thru CVS now so that works out really well for me. You don't have to mess with prescriptions, going to the drugstore or any of that hassle. Of course if I have a good coupon I want to use towards a new prescription then I'll go. Anyway, if you're thinking you don't need to go visit your doctor about your diabetes you're wrong. Go and be done with it, you'll feel a lot better about yourself! He said whatever I was doing to keep on doing it because I was doing great with my diabetes. My blood sugar is finally under control and I know a lot more about what I need to eat & not eat to keep it that way.

Of course the kids had picked up Long's donuts while they were out so I had a 1/2 of a cinnamon baked cake donut for my next snack! It was delicious and I didn't even feel guilty about eating it!!!!

Friday, March 5, 2010

What's for lunch when you're diabetic? Childhood favorite meal of course






Yesterday for lunch I had an old childhood favorite meal that I just loved.  It's something my kids wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole.  Sauerkraut & Wieners with mashed potatoes on the side.  Sure it was leftover mashed potatoes as I would never fix a whole pot of that just for myself, but they were still quite tasty.  Especially when you mix in a little of the sauerkraut, now that's some good eats my friends!

I remember we had that meal when I was growing up at least once a week.  I had 2 brothers that wouldn't touch the sauerkraut which was bad since we had to cook their hot dogs seperately.  Personally I love that the hot dogs absorb some of the saukerkraut juices and taste terrific. 

This meal was really preety good since sauerkraut was the main ingredient on my plate and it is a vegetable.  I'm going to have to start working this into my regular menu more often.  You should too, afterall being diabetic doesn't mean you can't enjoy your food too.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Cinnamon Bread Pudding Recipe Healthier Diabetic Friendly







Cinnamon Bread Pudding Healthier


Today for my first time ever, I made a bread pudding! I don't know what has taken me so long to come around to making this dish. I really had seen bread pudding all my life but believe it or not, I didn't try bread pudding until last year!



Yes I know I'm a dummy now as it is pretty darn good. This one that I made I just had a serving of (1/2 cup) and it reminded me of cinnamon toast. I mean, literally, if you took cinnamon gooey toasts and crumbled them up all over your plate, that's what this tastes like.



It's good and I mean really good! I've made this a bit healthier so I can have this as one of my many snacks thru out the day everyday if I want without fearing of a sugar spike. It's almost sugar free and it's moist and chewy but also has some crunch around the edges especially. I love me some crunch in my desserts.



Here's the easy recipe:



Cinnamon Bread Pudding



In a sprayed with nonstick butter spray bowl pour about 8 slices of diced up toasted bread. Make sure you toast the bread in the toaster first as that really comes in for the crunch factor later.



Then in another bowl mix up all this:



2 eggs

3 cups skim milk (I used dry powder & water mix)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 tsp almond extract

2 tbsp cinnamon

2 tbsp splenda

1 tsp melted margarine

After baked add 2 tbsp powdered sugar to top. (That's all the real sugar there is in this recipe).



Mix that all up well & pour your custard over the sprayed bowl you are going to bake in. I put mine in the fridge overnight so it could soak up a lot of the liquid flavors.



Then bake at 350 for 1 hour and 30 minutes uncovered. It will be nice and golden and all the custard will be absorbed. I actually turned the oven off after my time was up & covered it with foil and left it sitting in the oven. I think that is why it taste so good, the flavors had a long time to mingle together and get to know each other.



Enjoy this healthier version of cinnamon bread pudding. No one says you have to stop eating dessert just because your'e diabetic. There is always room for a 1/2 cup portion of this sweet treat. Make it a part of your daily snack routine.



Let me know how you like it if you make it or any other comments would be great!


Monday, March 1, 2010

Some Sugar Tips & Talk For Diabetics To Follow






Here's some basic tips about sugar intake to help you out in your daily diabetic quest to feel better.


If you're diabetic I'm sure you are already doing all of these things but, if you're not diabetic, it's a great idea to start doing them now.



Stop drinking regular soda pop aka pepsi, coke. They contain 10 teaspoons of sugar per 12oz can! A diet equivalent has 1 calories & 0 added sugars. That huge change can save your life almost by itself. I know it's hard, I've done it so believe me it can be done. I was the biggest pepsi drinker lover of all time. That love affair had to be put to a bitter end once I was diagnosed as diabetic.



Limit fruit juices of any kind to 2 servings or less a day which means 1 cup total. Each serving should just be half a cup. My doctor recommends I eat one banana a day which is 2 seperate servings of fruit right there so that makes it fairly easy. I love oranges and grapes so with those 3 fruits worked into my daily diet I'm a pretty happy camper. I try to think of fruit as my little heavenly sweet snacks since they are so great tasting. I know we are allowed fruits but it seems if I think of them more as a guilty pleasure type of thing I come around to eating more of them! Does that make any sense? What is your favorite fruits that you eat everyday?



Limit all the other added sugars in your life. All those secretive words on all labels for sugar such as high fructose, corn syrup, cane sugar, sugar cane, beet sugar, cane juice & more.



When you're diabetic, your body can usually handle a fair amount of natural sugars such as found in low fat yogurts, milk and fruits.


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