OATMEAL MUFFIN DAY

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12-19 OATMEAL MUFFINS

Hey there!

Around Christmas time, people who are not diabetic always ask me if it’s okay to BAKE GOODIES for those who are diabetic.  It seems they are fine with baking all sorts of cookies and candies for everyone else, but feel a bit put off when it comes to the diabetics.

Well, we enjoy getting goodies too – but we just can’t have things that make us SPIKE – spiking is not a good thing!   I try to share diabetic-friendly cookie, cake and muffin recipes here on the blog – so you no longer have to leave us out of the BAKING LOOP.  We can be on the list – but we need something with less of a sugar kick.  

For example, I was looking at a recipe for healthy oatmeal muffins and found a recipe using protein batter – take a look!  Look ma – no flour!  These are made with Whey Protein powder!  I suppose you could make these for a diabetic friend, if you happen to use Whey Protein powder yourself.  I doubt that you’d want to purchase it just to make these muffins.

If you cut back on the fat in muffins by substituting unsweetened applesauce and eliminate the sugar by using Splenda or Stevia, that is definitely a more healthy way to make muffins!  For type 2 diabetics it is a challenge to eat low-sugar, low-carb and low-fat.  I’d go so far as to say the following is a recipe that you could be comfortable baking and giving to a diabetic friend.  I wouldn’t recommend giving fudge or divinity, but these muffins would be a lovely homemade gift for a person with diabetes.

 Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.   – Peg Bracken

Most of us appreciate gifts from the heart instead of a present that is purchased in haste with little or no thought put into it.  When we give of our time and make something by hand, it means more because it has a bit of us in it.

For the spirit of Christmas fulfils the greatest hunger of mankind.   – Loring A. Schuler

It seems like the more we love someone, the more time and effort we are willing to put into their present.  For many years I made my mama a cross-stitched sweatshirt every year.  I remember making some pretty intricate designs for her – and it didn’t matter if it took the entire year to complete – I did it because I loved her.  I remember one particular project –  MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE – the famous Precious Moments design that depicts a goose making a joyful noise.   I started that project on December 26th and it was not complete until December 24th the following year!  I had to stay up late working on it toward the deadline – but I did it! 

I can’t cross-stitch anymore because my eyesight is not as good as it used to be and I have arthritis in my wrists, so I don’t buy waste cloth or threads nowadays; however, I can still follow a recipe (if I make the text extra-large print!)  Once in a while I like to eat a muffin for breakfast with a cup of coffee (I’ve even been known to dunk – but shhh…  don’t tell!)  :-/

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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Click on the link below to order your copy!

http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000952694/A-Second-Cup-with-Jesus.aspx 

 

 

 

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NATIONAL LEMON CUPCAKE DAY

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It’s tart with a little sweet and it’s taste can’t be beat – and it will make you pucker up!  Take a bite of a lemon cupcake and wish everyone around you a happy NATIONAL LEMON CUPCAKE DAY!!!

For my non-diabetic friends, this looks like a yummy recipe:

That’s too much of a sugar bomb for me, but I think this recipe is pretty good:

 http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=50442

Frankly, I think this day is odd because it’s in the middle of December!  When I think of a light, tart lemon cupcake, I picture springtime and warm weather and lots of sunshine – not cold temperatures with snow everywhere!  Hey, I just report the wacky holidays – I don’t make ’em up!

Maybe some lemon cupcakes are just what you need to eat today to give your taste buds a break from all the heavy foods from Thanksgiving – and all the even heavier fare coming up at Christmas!

The lemon cupcake fully deserves its day of recognition (even though it is in mid-December).  The humble lemon has gotten a bad rap – and it’s time the truth be told about this humble and misunderstood citrus wonder.

Did you know that by adding lemon (fresh – not that bottled concentrate stuff) to your water, you can immediately make your body more alkaline?  Why does that matter?  Because the more alkaline your body is, the more healthy it is!  A more acidic body is prone to be less healthy.

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Source:  Pinterest

Of course, lemon cupcakes are not healthy…  um…  no.  :-/

There is a compromise – you can make the healthy recipe and have a cupcake.  Then go squeeze some lemon in your water and drink it down.  That should work – right?

LOL – well – I tried. 

Make some lemon cupcakes today and celebrate.  Make a batch for a friend who has never eaten a lemon cupcake before and watch their reaction to it – that should be entertaining!

Lately I’ve seen some pretty funny advice about what to do when life hands you lemons.

When life gives you lemons, put them in the freezer until they are really hard, then take them out and throw them at the people who are getting on your nerves!  – Grumpy Cat

Well – we will just consider the source.

 When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.   – Cathy Guisewite

That certainly sounds feasible to me.  Not kind, but feasible.

When life gives you lemons, throw it back and demand chocolate!

I don’t know who said that…  who the heck said that???  I don’t know – but I LIKE it!  I think it might have been Miss Piggy.  Sounds like Miss Piggy logic to me.

Seriously – I scanned the entire internet and could not find one instance where this quote was given credit.  Sorry!

If life gives you lemons. Eat carrots.  – Unknown

Always practice proper etiquette when life gives you lemons.  Be sure to send a hand written thank you note for the lemons, as email thank you notes can appear to be less sincere.

Enjoy this poem by Lucinda:

MAKE LEMONADE

I found these on Pinterest – no infringement of copyright laws is intentional.

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Yep – that’s pretty much my attitude about it…

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Getting them to stay in one place and not move around could be a challenge…  jus’ sayin’…

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I probably broke a Guinness World record for amount of time laughing when I read this!

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Um…  yeah – I think it would be time to MOVE!

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Southern people rock!

And finally – our sentiment for today:

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Yep – make the cupcakes today!  Enjoy!!!   😀

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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Click on the link below to order your copy!

http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000952694/A-Second-Cup-with-Jesus.aspx 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

COOKIE

I’m celebrating with a cookie today!  On this day in 1971, the first episode of COLUMBO was broadcast on NBC-TV.  That was one of my favorite shows!  I remember watching it with a glass of milk and a cookie.

Well, diabetes has brought about a challenge and I can’t just eat any old cookie anymore.  I do have a pretty good recipe for peanut butter cookies.  I’ll make these and watch the very first episode of COLUMBO on DVD!  I tried to post the YouTube video of this episode, but due to copyright it was pulled by YouTube.  Hopefully you have the DVD and can watch it to celebrate.

CHEWY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

Ingredients:
•1 cup creamy peanut butter
•1/3 cup honey (I use HoneyTree Imitation Honey)
•1 egg
•1/2 tsp baking soda
•1/4 tsp natural sea salt

Directions:
1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2.Mix all ingredients together until you have a sticky dough.

3.Drop level cookie scoops onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (Don’t press with a fork until later)
4.Bake for 10-12 minutes.
5.Remove from oven and let cool completely on the cookie sheet.
6.Halfway through the cooling process, press a crisscross into the cookies with a fork, if desired.
7.NOTE: the cookies with become more firm as they cool.
8.MAKES 20 COOKIES.

Nutritional Facts for 1 Cookie
Calories 95
Total Fat 6 g
Sodium 365 mg
Carbohydrates 7 g
Protein 3 g

Hey – make a batch of cookies and enjoy COLUMBO!  Weren’t the 1970’s great???  😉