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11
Dec
12

Christmas

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Happy Holidays to all of you out there I hope this time of you finds you happy and well. I find myself remembering days gone by and friends that have passed on, so many happy memories and then a few sad but that’s life.

This year things are beautiful I have a beautiful grand daughter that brings so much joy to my life when I get to spend time with her. Her laughter fills my home with such a warmth that it is hard to describe. I guess that’s what it’s like to be a grandmother. It reminds me of my children when they were little and into everything…I just love having little ones running free with so much joy on the sweet little faces. This to me is what the holidays are about. So I just want to take the time to wish you warmth, joy, and peace at this beautiful time of year, and lets all remember why we celebrate it, was because of the sweet child of God. God bless you all and have a wonderful New Year!!!

14
Dec
11

Tuscan Pork Loin

Roasted pork loin is a staple of Italian cooking. In this recipe we coat the lean meat with garlic, rosemary and aromatic lemon zest before it goes in the oven, and then deglaze the pan with vermouth to make a savory gravy. The roast is perfect for entertaining but equally at home for a Sunday family supper. About 10 servings

Active Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including 1 hour marinating time)

Ingredients 1 3-pound pork loin, trimmed 1 teaspoon kosher salt 3 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest 3/4 cup dry vermouth, or white wine 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar.

Preparation 1.Tie kitchen string around pork in three places so it doesn’t flatten while roasting. Place salt and garlic in a small bowl and mash with the back of a spoon to form a paste. Stir in oil, rosemary and lemon zest; rub the mixture into the pork. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 1 hour. 2.Preheat oven to 375°F. 3.Place the pork in a roasting pan. Roast, turning once or twice, until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 145°F, 40 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; let rest for 10 minutes. 4.Meanwhile, add vermouth (or wine) and vinegar to the roasting pan and place over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until the sauce is reduced by half, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove the string and slice the roast. Add any accumulated juices to the sauce and serve with the pork.

Tips & Notes Make Ahead Tip: Equipment: Kitchen string

Nutrition

Per 3-ounce serving: 221 calories; 11 g fat ( 3 g sat , 6 g mono ); 69 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 24 g protein; 0 g fiber; 156 mg sodium; 368 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Thiamin (58% daily value), Selenium (50% dv).

07
Dec
11

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all!!!

Well here it is another Christmas time together and I hope you

all have had a wonderful year….life for me has been really good

this year.  I have my first grandchild….a new job so I don’t have

to work 7 days a week even though it has proved to be very trying

at times. I have a new home that is really cozy. I have really been

blessed this year, I pray that you have had the same type of year if

not I hope and pray that maybe next year will be wonderful for you.

I want to wish you all the Merriest of Christmas’s and the Happiest

of New Years.

Terri

12
Feb
10

More snow pics

Friday morning after all the snow….very pretty but not so good for my car!

31
Dec
09

NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

What are your New Years Resolutions?? Here are some cartoons about New Year Resolutions…are any of these you?  I think we all feel this way about resolutions…we try but then it just goes way……….. Tell us what your New Years resolutions are!! We would all love to hear them.

26
Dec
09

Healthy beef recipes

Tired of ham and turkey try some healthy beef for the rest of the holidays..here are some great recipes.

Steak and Pepper Tacos

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 garlic clove, minced
3 ounces steak strips
1 1/2 cups sliced green and red bell peppers
1/2 cup sliced onion
2 small (6-inch) whole-grain tortillas
4 tablespoons salsa
2 tablespoons low-fat sour cream

Make It
In a skillet, saute olive oil, cumin and garlic for 1 minute. Add steak strips and cook about 5 minutes. Add pepper and onion slices and cook for another 8 minutes. Place mixture in tortillas and fold. Top with salsa and sour cream.


Grilled Steak
Ingredients
2 boneless strip steaks, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches thick

Marinade
1 cup Italian parsley leaves
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper

Vinaigrette
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and black pepper to taste
6 tablespoons canola oil

Salad
12 cups arugula
1 cup thinly shaved Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Make It
Coarsely chop the parsley leaves and the garlic. Transfer to a small bowl, mix with the olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Rub marinade over the steaks and refrigerate, covered, for at least 30 minutes.

In a bowl, whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, and salt and pepper to taste. Add oil, whisking until dressing is emulsified.

Turn the grill to medium-high heat and brush the racks with olive oil. Scrape off any excess marinade from steaks, and grill about 6 inches over heat for 3 to 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Transfer steak to a cutting board and let stand for 5 minutes. With a sharp knife at a 45-degree angle, cut steaks, across the grain, into 18 thin slices.

Toss arugula with dressing to coat. Divide among 6 plates. Top each with steak strips, sprinkle with cheese, and serve.


Chipotle Beef Wrap
Ingredients
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 6- to 8-ounce lean steak
1 tablespoon canned chipotle in adobe, chopped
4 tablespoons fresh cilantro
2 large whole wheat tortillas
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
Lettuce and tomato
Make It
Rub olive oil in a heavy skillet. Saute steak over high heat until medium rare to medium, turning once (7 to 10 minutes). Set aside until cool; slice thinly. Stir together chipotle in adobe and mayonnaise; spread on tortillas. Add 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro to each; top with beef and lettuce and tomato. Roll up.

  
Spice-Rubbed Flank Steak
Ingredients
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)
1 pound flank steak

Make It
Preheat the broiler and coat a broiler pan with cooking spray. Combine all ingredients except steak in a small bowl; rub mixture over the steak. Broil 6 to 7 minutes per side, or until cooked. Let cool for 5 minutes before cutting diagonally across the grain into thin strips. Serve with a green salad.

 Meat ball sub

Ingredients
4  meatballs
1  whole-grain hot-dog bun
2  tablespoons spaghetti sauce
1/2  cup sliced green pepper
2  tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1  medium orange
Directions
Warm meatballs in microwave.

Place on bun with sauce and peppers, and sprinkle with cheese.

Warm sandwich in microwave for 20 to 30 seconds.

Serve orange slices on the side.

13
Dec
09

Low-calorie cocktails

Yes, you can enjoy a couple of cocktails and still have a bikini body. Try these low-calorie cocktail recipes for a healthier happy hour.When FITNESS learned that Americans drink about 20 percent of their total calories on average, They immediately thought of one sinister culprit that tends to lurk near social gatherings: the cocktail. They tapped the experts — top mixologists and dietitians – and with a few tweaks to basic drink recipes and some creative interpretations of high-calorie favorites, they believe They’ve found a few recipes that’ll let you imbibe on occasion and maintain a trim waistline. Read on for drink recipes that go down easy.

Pina colada cooler

Pina Colada Cooler

Pina Colada Cooler

1 1/2 ounces coconut-flavored rum
3 ounces pineapple juice
4 ounces sparkling water
1 tablespoon of Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut Lite (found in the drink mixers section of many supermarkets)
Pour ingredients over ice and stir.
 
 
 

 Blueberry Lemon Breeze
 
 
 
 
 

Blueberry Lemon Breeze
  

10 blueberries
3/4 ounce light agave nectar, such as Wholesome Sweeteners, available at Whole Foods or other natural foods stores
1 1/2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce lemon juice
Splash of champagne (about 1 ounce)

In a shaker, muddle* together blueberries and agave. Add the gin and lemon juice, then shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain contents of shaker into a martini glass and then top with champagne. Garnish with 3 blueberries on a cocktail stick.

Mimosa Lite
 

Mimosa Lite Cocktail

 
 
   2 ounces Minute Maid Light Orange Tangerine Juice
4 ounces champagne
Juice of 1/2 medium-size orange, or 1 to 2 ounces

Add several ice cubes to a tall glass. Squeeze the juice of the orange into the glass. Pour in orange tangerine juice, followed by champagne. Stir. Garnish with fresh orange rinds, curled.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Blended Raspberry Cocktail
 
 
 
 
 

Blended Raspberry Cocktail
 
 

1/2 cup ice or several ice cubes
8 ounces Minute Maid Light Raspberry Passion
1 1/2 ounces vodka

Combine ingredients in a blender. Garnish with several fresh raspberries.

 Strawberry-Citrus Vodka Cocktail
 
 
 
 
 

Strawberry Citrus Vodka Cocktail
 

2 strawberries
1 sprig of mint
3/4 ounce light agave nectar, such as Wholesome Sweeteners
1 3/4 ounces citrus vodka
3/4 ounce lemon juice

In a shaker, muddle together mint and strawberries, then add the remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously with ice for 20 seconds. Pour entire contents of shaker into a tall glass. (Include all of the mint and strawberry pulp.)

Mojito Makeover
 
 
 
 
 

Mojito Makeover Cocktail
 
 

2 ounces light rum
1 ounce Splenda syrup, Da Vinci’s Sugar Free Sweetener Syrup
1 ounce lime juice
7 mint leaves
Splash of club soda

In a shaker, muddle mint leaves and a lime wedge. Add ice and other ingredients and shake. Pour into tall glass and top with soda.

 Skinny Wasaberita
 
 
 
 
 

Skinny Wasaberita Cocktail
 

 

1 teaspoon wasabi powder
3/4 ounce lime juice
1 ounce light agave nectar, such as Wholesome Sweeteners
1 3/4 ounces Tequila blanco

Salt rim of a margarita glass. In a shaker add all of the ingredients with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and then strain over fresh ice into glass.

 Choco-lite Cocktail
 
 
 
 
 

Choco-Lite Cocktail
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

1 ounce Godiva chocolate liqueur
1 ounce vodka
1/2 cup nonfat milk
1 teaspoon Hershey’s Syrup Lite (for lining rim of glass)

In a shaker, combine chocolate liqueur, vodka, and milk with crushed ice. Shake to mix. Pour into glass.

Grapefruit Basil Martini
 
 
 
 
 

Grapefruit Basil Martini
 
2 basil leaves
1 ounce grapefruit juice
1 ounce Da Vinci’s Sugar Free Sweetener Syrup
1 3/4 ounces gin
Splash of sparkling wine
In a shaker, muddle basil and syrup. Add syrup and gin and shake hard with ice for 20 seconds. Strain ingredients into a martini glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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