Daily Prompt: Sugar, ah Honey, Honey

My one and only vice at this time.  As a borderline diabetic, I’m ashamed of myself as any alcoholic would feel falling off the wagon every time I over indulge and know I do it with some risk.  I have always loved sweets, but mostly just chocolate and ice creams with some kind of fudge or chocolate in it or on it.  For years I kept my cravings under acceptable control.  A piece of chocolate here and there.  A small bowl (or two) of ice cream after dinner in the evening.  Now it’s over the moon due to once I start eating sweets, it’s hard for me to stop.  I started drinking coffee with International Delight French Vanilla which is so delicious on its own and it sets my palate for more sweets like maybe a donut or scone instead of oatmeal, toast or an egg.

Since I’m new in my small town, about two months now, I have already visited a couple local bakeries in the morning if I wake up and feel the need to get out because it’s just too quiet and they have a no noise thing before 8:00 am.  I’m po’ so a buck or two for something sweet is better than forking out four or five dollars for an omlette.

Enjoy the visions of sugar (not plums) dancing on my screen!


View this post at your own risk of drooling and spontaneous eating frenzies. For entertainment purposes only!

Po’ Girl Christmas

Sorry that I have been so lazy about posting anything of substance for a while now.  The very reason for this blog was to share things I have learned living on the cheap all of my life.

Christmas was great this year, had some family and friends over for Christmas Eve this year and went to one of my son’s homes on Christmas Day for “Dinner with the Cratchits” complete with plum pudding from England and some kind of “Hot Gin Punch a la Cratchit” which I blame for the enormous group hug before I left for the night.  I didn’t try any but brought some with me to try when I got home.  I never drink and drive.

Lighting of the Plum Pudding!

Lighting of the Plum Pudding!

I lost one of my cousins a few days before Christmas this year.  I am posting a picture with her from Christmas of 1957.

From far left, Aunt Ruth, sister Gail, cousin Thelma, Bro Bryan, Me, cousin Brenda, Front Bros Bob & Don

From far left, Aunt Ruth, sister Gail, cousin Thelma, Bro Bryan, Me, cousin Brenda, Front Bros Bob & Don

Some of my family now live in the Upper Peninsula. My cousin Thelma passed this year after suffering for many years with Alzheimer’s and my sister Gail passed right after Christmas last year from esophageal cancer. Christmas 1957 was the last Christmas for my Aunt Ruth who passed approximately six months later from Colon Cancer.  Moral:  Enjoy every Christmas like it’s your last.

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I saw this idea at a diner in Marshall Mi before the holidays. They had placed a loved ones picture in one of the wreaths to honor them and so I placed a picture of my sister to honor her because she always loved Christmas so much and this was our first Christmas without her.

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2014 Casa Po’ Girl Christmas décor.

Wanted to add more to the usual lights and garland I place in my flower boxes each year so I found these gift boxes at the dollar store and inserted some wire to attach them.  The soil was not yet frozen, so this was possible.  The following is a little walk through of what I did to achieve this:

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Finally broke down and made a Santa doll with the pattern I purchased many years ago.  Also used some of my odds & ends to make some “baby” crafts.

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I will not post actual pictures of the parties out of respect for others privacy. A few shots of some of the cookies that I and others made this year. One of my sons went all out this year and for the first time made cookies. All kinds of them. I think the Ninja sugar cookies got him started, but we really loved the melt in your mouth eggnog cookies!  I have to say I have eaten so many of these I have actually felt very sick so that’s it for me.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

Enjoy this gallery of textures!

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

Po’ Girl’s Pudding Treasures!

Quick and delicious these cookies are hard to resist and just too easy to make!

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Mix all ingredients together dry to wet. Completely incorporate all and drop in teaspoon size balls, flatten and bake at 350 for approximately 8-10 minutes.  Use any flavor instant pudding of your choice.  You don’t really need the chips at all.  Makes a very tender and delicious cookie.

Chinese Eight-Treasure Rice Pudding.

 

Hearty Vegetarian Soup

With no sign of a thaw in sight

With no sign of a thaw in sight

craving comfort food that sticks to the ribs!

craving comfort food that sticks to the ribs!

hearty vegan soup
Place the onion, carrots, turnip, potato and squash in the pot of water that covers the vegetables at least a couple inches and bring to a boil, turning down to a simmer for approximately 30 minutes.  Add the remaining ingredients bringing back to a boil.  Turn heat to the lowest setting to simmer an additional 30 minutes or until the pasta gets soft which should only take an additional 15 minutes.  Don’t be afraid to experiment with the ingredients and seasoning to your taste but this soup was delicious!  The amount of the vegan bouillon or soup base depends on the amount of water you use and soup you end up with.  This soup did not need any thickening due to some of the vegetables breaking down and the small amount of tomato paste.

Please see the following slide gallery for dessert!

Po’ Girl’s Peanut Butter Cookies

 

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Best Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have these cookies on my recipe page with pogirlshines.com as Po’ Girl Chocolate Chip Cookies .  I have now found a way to make them healthier, less fat, cheaper and they still come out plump, soft and delicious!  I must have my treats, love chocolate and if I can’t make them super healthy, at least they are less bad for me.  The human body does need some fat daily, as long as you don’t over do it.  I come from a family with type 2 Diabetes and am borderline myself.  I really try to keep my weight normal or slightly below out of fear.  If you have family members that have been obese and really sick from it, it gives you that extra incentive to exercise and to think before eating anything.  I have always been a yo-yo, some will say in more ways than one, and I will gain weight fairly easily like most, but try to lose it right away.  I suffered from gestational diabetes with my first child in which I did gain about 50 lbs, which I made sure I lost right away.  It was pretty easy as I was a dance teacher at the time, so lots of daily exercise.

Carob chips are not an option for me in these, but make any changes as you desire.  You can enjoy these knowing that you are getting more fiber, half the fat and sugar that you find in the original Toll House Cookie recipe.  Way less sugar shock to the body.

Po’ Girl Chocolate Chip Cookies Revised

Prepare these the same way as the Toll House recipe calls for on the package of chips you’ve purchased.

FYI:  I bake mine at 360 for about 9 minutes for Tablespoon size dollop of dough.  The dough will be stiffer and you can place them fairly close, not much spreading occurs.

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