Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Christmas season is definitely here...

...because I'm stressing over money. Figuring what to put on credit cards and how much to transfer from my savings account. Oh, and did I mention OU room & board was due? Ah, thank you, God, that I have such things to worry about!

Actually, I shouldn't say worry. I should say thanks for giving me things to exercise my faith on. I keep telling myself the opposite of faith is worry and fear, and I'm determined not to live in worry or fear for one more second than I can humanly manage.

Most of my Christmas list was crossed off on Black Friday - yippee!! I've been trying to find a Zune on sale, but no luck yet. Laura - if you're reading this DO NOT show it to Brian - hehehe. For those of you who haven't heard me rave about my wonderful son-in-law, let me immediately bring you up to date - he is the best. He is very good to my daughter (even picking up and moving to Boston with her so she could get her Master's) and he's very good to me and the rest of my family. When I went to visit last year, he made me feel so at home. Oh, and as a side perk - his mom is one heck of a cook.

Ah, it feels good to be alive today.

Oh! I almost forgot it's food tip Tuesday (feels like Monday since I was so off my game yesterday). Here's an easy way to lower fat in egg dishes - leave out the yolks. I do this in all my recipes except scrambled eggs in which I leave 1 out of every 3 egg yolks for coloring and flavor.

Here's a recipe where you can try this out:

Coconut Waffles:

1-3/4 c. all-purpose flour (can split 1/2 white and 1/2 wheat for more nutrition)
3 T Splenda
1 T baking powder
4 egg whites
1 14 oz. can unsweetened coconut milk
6 T Smart Squeeze (or other healthy butter substitute, melted - I like Smart Squeeze because it doesn't have to be melted first)
3/4 cup UNSWEETENED coconut (available at health food stores)

In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and a dash of salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside. In another medium bowl lightly beat eggs; stir in coconut milk and melted butter substitute. Stir in coconut. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be slightly lumpy). Cook in waffle iron and enjoy!

My dh likes these with 100% Maple Syrup. I eat them plain (if my weight is up) or with about 2 T of Maple syrup, berries mixed with Splenda, and whipping cream sweetened with Splenda and vanilla extract (I don't use Cool Whip because of the hydrogenated oils).

Hugs and kisses!!

2 flies caught in my web:

Sheila Fields said...

one word. YUM!

lady, you are such a role model on controlling your stress. Worry and stress are always wearing at me. Share some of your methods for combatting worry. I know faith is one huge factor, but do you have any other secrets you wish to share? : )I bet you whistle while you work too. : ) Any insights you'd like to pass on?

Anonymous said...

:) Sorry I didn't call you back this evening. I was in class and just checked my messages. I'll try to give you a call during a break tomorrow.

Love you.