Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
- Suet (lard) for Bird Feed
1 cup suet (bacon grease, Crisco...)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins or peanuts (chunky peanut butter)
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup seeds (sunflower, mixed)
Mix together and place in forms or make into balls, enjoy the show.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Mix cookie crumbs and cream cheese together, make into little balls and refrigerate at least 2 hrs. till firm.
Amanda made sugar cookies with Junior mints.
Make cookies and bake in mini-muffin pan. Immediately after pulling from oven push a mint into each cookie. Enjoy.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
and Courtney here's yours...
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
- Christmas Cookie Rules
- 1. If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie free.
- 2. If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories.
- 3. If a friend comes over while you're making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend. Because your friend's first cookie is calories free, rule #1 is yours also. It would be rude to let your friend sample alone and, being the friend that you are, that makes your cookie calorie free.
- 4. Any cookie calories consumed while walking around will fall to your feet and eventually fall off as you move. This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.
- 5. Any calories consumed during the frosting of the Christmas cookies will be used up because it takes many calories to lick excess frosting from a knife without cutting your tongue.
- 6. Cookies colored red or green have very few calories. Red ones have three and green ones have five ? one calorie for each letter. Make more red ones!
- 7. Cookies eaten while watching "Miracle on 34th Street" have no calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one's personal fuel.
- 8. As always, cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breaking causes calorie leakage.
- 9. Any cookies consumed from someone else's plate have no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to their plate. We all know how calories like to CLING!
- Yup, I do have a slew of sites I use. I tend to go for the sites that really serve a specific purpose over ones that have lots of fluff and fancy copy. (Ugh -- I hate fluff!) Here is a list of my favorites:
- 1. CalorieKing - This site is THE place to go for nutritional info. There are other sites that are similar, but this has the most complete and accurate database of nutritionals for generic, name-brand, and restaurant foods. I visit it dozens of times every week.
- 2. Dotti's Weight Loss Zone - Dotti has what I think is THE best database of Weight Watchers POINTS® values for foods from specific restaurants. As with any unofficial site, you should try to double-check the stats to be sure they're accurate and up-to-date. Dotti ROCKS.
- 3. WeightWatchers.com - Even if you're not following the WW plan, this website is a FANTASTIC resource. The message boards are amazing, and anyone can search away on them. If you're a member with a question about anything under the sun, post it on the boards and you'll have dozens of answers almost INSTANTLY -- that's what I like best about the WW site. While members get the most from this site, there are tons of articles and valuable info available to everyone as well.
- 4. SparkPeople - I receive hundreds of emails from people each month who RAVE about Sparkpeople.com. Join for free, and you'll have access to tons of tools, the site's community, health articles, and more. People SWEAR by it. There's even a team for HG fans. WOOHOO!
- 5. The Daily Plate - Thedailyplate.com is fantastic. With a food journal, exercise tracker, calorie calculator, and database of a bazillion foods, this site is one of the best out there. You really need to be organized, though, to get the maximum benefits from it, since there's a lot going on there.
- 6. The World's Healthiest Foods - Worldshealthiestfoods.com is an amazing resource for food info. Find out which foods are the most nutritious and why, plus find recipes and fantastic articles. The book version is an absolute FOOD BIBLE, and the site itself is packed with info.
- Hope you like the sites!
Monday, December 22, 2008
(copy and paste the link into your web browser to get to the coupons)
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds (sunflower seeds)
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup dried fruit or raisins (optional)
In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. As the butter begins to melt, slowly stir in the honey until well combined. Add the sesame seeds and cook for 2 minutes - stirring often. Add the oats and cook 3 to 4 more minutes - stirring often - until the oats are golden brown. If you're adding raisins or dried fruit, stir them in just as the oats start to brown.
Spread granola evenly over a large cooking sheet to cool. A very easy recipe with no baking required. Good stuff to have around as cereal or to sprinkle over oatmeal or grapefruit.
from "All Breakfast All the Time"
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008, 6:04 a.m. (CST) marks the solstice—the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
The date December 21, 2012 AD (188.8.131.52.0 in the Long Count), represents an extremely close conjunction of the Winter Solstice Sun with the crossing point of the Galactic Equator (Equator of the Milky Way) and the Ecliptic (path of the Sun), that ancient Maya recognized as the Sacred Tree. This is an event that has been coming to resonance very slowly over thousands and thousands of years. It will come to resolution at exactly 11:11 am GMT.