NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY DAY

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Today is NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY DAY!!!

If you are interested in making these decadent desserts, here’s a recipe:

 http://www.food.com/recipe/chocolate-covered-cherries-214787

Of all the candy I like chocolate covered cherries the most!  It’s only right that these melt-in-your-mouth beauties have a special day.

Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices & strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.  – Author Unknown

Melissa Clark of the New York Times describes Tom Faglon’s recipe for these confections as sophisticated because he adds pomegranate seeds on the surface of dark chocolate.

 Research tells us fourteen out of any ten individuals likes chocolate.   – Sandra Boynton

Other variations include cherry cordials with liquid fillings, often including cherry liqueur, as well as chocolate covered candied cherries and chocolate covered dried cherries.

 Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands — and then eat just one of the pieces.  – Judith Viorst

Chukar Cherries in central Washington state dries 250,000 pounds of cherries and creates a much richer taste.

Which brand is best?

If you’ve got melted chocolate all over your hands, you’re eating it too slowly.  You think Kentucky Fried Chicken is finger-lickin’ good???  There’s a Russell-Stover store a few miles from Abeline, Kansas.  We try to stop there close to holidays – and I always go to the chocolate covered cherries!  So – suffice to say, it’s good that we don’t always go there.  Moderation is a must when chocolate is around!  You can enjoy this treat with no guilt as long as you do not over-indulge.

 Abdicate, v.: to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.  – Author Unknown

Before we get carried away with the candy, let’s temper it with reality.  It’s to be enjoyed in moderation.  Let’s explore some other ways to enjoy the day with less guilt:

Here’s a great chocolate covered cherry nail look:

 Isn’t that pretty?

I wonder how that would look with gray eyes?  I might try it!

Here’s some chocolate covered cherry SOAP…  I’ll bet that smells really good!

And yeah – there’s a song.  It’s not my favorite type of music – but it’s called Chocolate Covered Cherry.  I couldn’t resist.

Enjoy the day with just a few chocolate covered cherries and have fun doing up your fingernails, makeup, making this amazing soap and listening to this very addictive song!  😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CHEESECAKE DAY

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I love the idea of collaborating with another Christian author – but if that collaboration took place under a shade tree with some cheesecake bites – wow – that would be perfect! 

There are not many blogs that I follow on a regular basis, but I do follow Sally’s Baking Addiction! She has developed the best recipes that provide not only a healthy alternative, but the portion control is built right in most of the time.

We believe in celebrating sensibly!  Today is CHEESECAKE DAY!!! Now, I know you’re thinking that isn’t something for a diabetic to be celebrating, but hang on a minute – these are cheesecake bites! See what I mean about portion control??? Everything in moderation.

Ingredients for the crust:

5-6 full-sheet graham crackers (or 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs)
2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted or salted butter, melted (or even melted coconut oil)

Ingredients for the filling:

8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened (do not use fat-free)
3/4 cup (185g) Chobani Greek yogurt*
2 egg whites
1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar (I use Splenda)
2 Tablespoons (16g) all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup (85g) mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a 8×8 baking pan with aluminum foil with enough overhang on the sides. Set aside.

Make the crust:

Using a food processor or blender, pulverize the graham crackers into a fine crumb. Pour into a medium bowl and mix with melted butter. Press into the lined pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Allow to cool as you prepare the filling.

For the filling:

Beat the softened cream cheese for 1 minute using a hand or stand mixer. Beat in the yogurt, egg whites, sugar, and flour until mixture is smooth and creamy, about 3 full minutes. Add the lemon juice and vanilla, beat for 1 more minute until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Remove the crust from the oven and spread filling on top. Bake for 25 minutes, covering the cheesecake bars at the 20 minute mark with aluminum foil to prevent browning. Allow to cool for 20 minutes at room temperature, then chill completely in the refrigerator for at least three hours. Lift the foil out of the pan and cut into squares.

Makes 16 bars. Store bars in a covered container for up to 7 days in the refrigerator. Recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9×13-inch pan, baking time will vary – about 45-55 minutes.

*For the Greek yogurt: I used Chobani 0% fat, plain. You may use low-fat Greek yogurt instead. You may also use regular yogurt, plain or flavored, low-fat or fat-free.

I hope you like these as much as I do! Enjoy cheesecake day! ❤

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM DAY

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There’s just something about a bowl of ice cream, isn’t there??? Rich, creamy, smooth and oh so yummy. The only thing that could be better than a bowl of vanilla ice cream is a bowl of chocolate ice cream!!! Today is NATIONAL CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM DAY!!! I am so ready for my bowl of happy!!!

The Unilever company, makers of Walls ice cream, sponsored research which indicated that ice cream really does make you happy in a literal sense! Don Darling of Unilever said,

This is the first time that we’ve been able to show that ice cream makes you happy. Just one spoonful lights up the happy zones of the brain in clinical trials.

Just as winning a large sum of money or listening to your favorite music can trigger the pleasure centre in the brain, so does eating ice cream! Talk about instant gratification – they said that the second the ice cream goes in your mouth, the “processing” area at the front of the brain, known as the orbitofrontal cortex – senses pleasure.

How were the scientists able to measure all of this? Well they used a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine to watch blood flowing to activated brain areas when people swallowed ice cream. And you thought the MRI machine was just for diagnosing bad stuff!

Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.  – Don Kardong

This is good news to be sure, but we still have to override the urge to eat an entire carton of ice cream with some common sense. I know – I have to throw a wet blanket on things. Before you dive into the chocolate ice cream, make sure you read the label and have just one serving size. Be especially careful if you are diabetic like me! Remember those ugly carbs!  If you are careful with portions, you’ll be fine.  Have the right amount and don’t feel guilty.

Don’t wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty.  – Lora Brody

So – have a cone or bowl of happy today! Enjoy your chocolate ice cream!

NATIONAL ROCKY ROAD DAY

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Some special holidays are to be enjoyed with wild abandon, while others need to have a voice of common sense and moderation inserted. Let me be that voice. Today is NATIONAL ROCKY ROAD DAY!!!

 Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.  – Jim Fiebig

On this date in 1929, Mr. William Dreyer came up with a new flavor of ice cream and it sold like crazy – Rocky Road! The texture and crunch of this ice cream became so popular and is still one of the biggest sellers that Dreyer’s carries. Something good did come from the Depression era, huh??? Rocky Road is traditionally chocolate ice cream, marshmallows and nuts. When Mr. Dreyer made that first batch of Rocky Road he used chopped walnuts, but now they use almonds.

Here’s where the voice of reason comes in. For just one cup of Rocky Road Ice Cream you get:

300 calories
16g fat
8g saturated fat
30mg cholesterol
90mg sodium
40g carbohydrate
34g sugar

So… maybe 1/2 cup would be a better idea. You can celebrate – you just can’t eat a lot of “real” Rocky Road ice cream. Obviously there are also low-sugar and low-carb varieties. There is a way around the dreaded WEIGHT BOMB!!!

Ice cream is happiness condensed.  – Jessi Lane Adams

If you eat too much “real” Rocky Road ice cream and you will find out what a rocky road REALLY is – especially if you are diabetic!  I don’t like it when my jeans suddenly don’t fit either.  You can only blame the dryer for shrinking them so many times.

Here’s the recipe for the real deal…  use responsibly.

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Enjoy some Rocky Road ice cream in moderation today. It’s ok… don’t deny yourself. Just be smart about it. ❤