Monthly archive for October 2014

Fear Not

“Step away from the refrigerator, Vicki!”  “Put your hands down and step away from the refrigerator.”  Really? Are we that much out of control during the holidays that we will have to install highly-sensitive security warnings on the appliances? Fear of the holidays is a reality. `Tis the season to be feasting, right? From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, it is socially acceptable, even encouraged, to participate in gluttony and abandon all self-restraint. I say, “This year let’s be countercultural and participate in the holidays fearlessly and with great joy, not with dread.” The Bible is full of principles and precepts to keep us from harm and from sin. We will more than make it through the holidays without shame, guilt or extra pounds. We will thrive through the season if we follow our holy, holiday guide for successful celebration: Stay on High Alert I Peter 5:8 (NIV 2011) says, Be

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The Healthy Fridge

The Healthy Fridge

Just moving the food around can make a difference in the food we consume.  We reach for what is convenient and what we see.  Stock your own healthy fridge with these helpful tips.  Eye Level: Fresh Food Snacks This should be your primary food source to fuel your body.  Put washed, dried, and cut-up raw vegetables and fruit in clear containers on the top shelf. They will be the first things you see and are ready to eat. Lower Shelf: Healthy Go To Low-fat Greek yogurt and cottage cheese provide healthy doses of calcium and protein, so they should play second string.  Also on this shelf, hummus and nut butters that you can pair with sliced veggies and fruits. You can also put nuts on this shelf because they last longer when they’re chilled. Middle Drawer: Meat & Cheese Avoid salty and nitrate-filled deli meats and go for cooked meats

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Healthy Holiday Cooking Tips

For gravies or sauces.  If you are making pan gravy, first skim the fat off pan drippings. For cream or white sauces, use fat-free milk and soft tub margarine. For dressings or stuffing.  Add low-sodium broth or pan drippings with the fat skimmed off instead of lard or butter. Use herbs and spices and a whole grain bread for added flavor. For biscuits.  Use vegetable oil instead of lard or butter and fat-free milk or 1% buttermilk instead of regular milk. For greens.  Use skin-free smoked turkey, liquid smoke, fat-free bacon bits, or low-fat bacon instead of fatty meats. For sweet potato pie.  Mash sweet potato with orange juice concentrate, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, and only one egg. Leave out the butter. For cakes, cookies, quick breads, and pancakes.  Use egg whites or egg substitute instead of whole eggs. Two egg whites can be substituted in many recipes for one whole egg. Use

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No Longer Battle Weary

No Longer Battle Weary

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite times of the year. With this holiday comes the sights and smells from my childhood days. I remember my aunt’s homemade broccoli casserole (with lots of cheese, so even the kids would eat broccoli), a table set with my grandmother’s finest china and, of course, hot homemade bread! We would watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and spend the rest of the day together as a family, eating and napping. Memories of holidays are usually surrounded by food. When you mention “Thanksgiving,” we always seem to muster up an image of a well-set table, golden brown turkey and all the trimmings. Over the past few years, my focus has been drawn away from the food and toward my family. Since I have been following

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No-Worry Thanksgiving

Prepare as much as possible in advance. For example: Homemade cranberry sauce tastes better after curing in the refrigerator for a few days; premeasure seasonings and store them in labeled bags or containers; clean, cut and store vegetables in plastic bags in the refrigerator. Let your family set the table. Children will gobble up the chance to make place cards, fold napkins and dress up the holiday table. This will also keep them out of the kitchen while you attend to the food. Serve buffet style. With pretty serving bowls and silver utensils, guests can help themselves to seconds whenever they want, while you remember your portion sizes. Let the turkey rest before slicing. To avoid a last-minute crunch and assure tender turkey, let the bird rest out of the oven, covered for about 30 minutes before slicing. Thermometers are essential for food safety. When choosing a meat thermometer, look for an easy-to-read

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Healthy Slow Cooker Meals

Healthy Slow Cooker Meals

Use your slow cooker to make comforting, healthy one-pot dinners, breakfast and even dessert. Slow-cooked Crockpot Peaches Barbecue Pork Spicy Pot Roast Souper Chile Chicken Company Pot Roast Cubed Steak with Mushroom Gravy & Potatoes Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal  

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