10/20/12

Recipe: Peanut Butter Fluff

I am going to share a fantastic dessert that will be a huge hit with everyone at the party. It is very easy to make and only needs 5 items. I don’t know if this dessert is floating about anywhere else on the web but I like to claim it as my own. I made it one day at work. I have never made it at home before but did and it came out nicely. I hope you enjoy it. If you love peanut butter like I do then I know you will.

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02/7/12

January Stats – Part I: Drinks

Once again I am doing the food log. I didn’t do it last year. I had another idea I wanted to accomplish but that fell flat. It would’ve been nice if I just did the food log. I have lots of projects I am trying to do this year. The food log seemed like a good idea again. I don’t count calories or look at the portion size. I am doing this for the same reason I did it the first time. I am just curious as to what I eat. Below is what I drank for the first month of this year. I also would like to add that when the year ends, I will tally up the same things I tallied up back in 2010. Be silly to count things and show you a graph and not compare this from 2 years ago. I still don’t know what else I have planned for this project.I am sure I will do a nice update 6 months in. Be patient. Anyway, read on. Here is what I drank in January of 2010 and now here begins the food log  for 01/2012.

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11/25/11

Recipe: Peanut Butter & Jam Bars

I would like to share with you a recipe my mother found many, many years ago. If you’re a fan of anything made with peanut butter, then you will love these tasty treats. They are simple to make. Believe me. If I can make them, anyone can. Give it a shot. Your family and friends will be begging you for the recipe.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of shortening
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour*
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup red raspberry jam**
  • Glaze (below)
Heat oven to 350°. Mix sugars, shortening, peanut butter, and egg. Stir in flour, baking powder and baking soda. Reserve one cup of dough. Press remaining dough into an ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x12 inches; spread with jam. Crumble reserved dough and sprinkle over jam. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool; Drizzle with glaze. Cut into bars, about 2×1 1/2 inches. Will make 3 dozen cookies.
Glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons hot water
Heat margarine in 1-quart sauce pan over low hear until melted. Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat in hot water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until smooth and of desired consistency. 
*If using self-rising flour, omit baking soda and baking powder.
**You’re welcome to use a different jam but I prefer the taste of raspberry. 
Note: Unbleached flour can be used in this recipe.
High Altitude Directions (3500 to 6500 feet): For all-purpose flour, no adjustments are necessary. For self-rising flour, bake about 20 minutes.
I hope you enjoy these bars. My mom makes them all the time. I don’t know where she found the recipe but I am glad she did. They hit the spot. Try them out and let me know what you think of them!
Finished product should look like this.
02/27/11

I Don’t Eat There Anymore.

I am a picky eater when it comes to many things (like potatoes). It isn’t just food, it’s a lot of things. We all have our little quirks when it comes to things. I have an issue with straws. I’ll use them in certain style cups and won’t in others. I can’t use them in glass cups. I can’t and I won’t. I worked with a guy who could only have 14 ice cubes in his cup. Or was it twelve? No matter. That eff’ed up. Can’t talk really. I have problems of my own. Aside from my cup and straw rule, food is an important thing in my life. I like food. I really, really like food. If I had the chance I would eat all day. You might be thinking, what about gaining weight? Aren’t you worried about that? No I am not. I was gifted with a strangely high metabolism. I can eat and eat and not gain a pound. I am not worried about when I hit forty. I don’t think I’ll hit forty with my life style. If I don, that will be a joyous day. The angels with sing and a parade will be held in my honor.

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01/1/11

Food Log: The Results

Now, I didn’t log it all. I could but that will be a job I don’t want to take one. I did however, log and tally up some of the items I feel I indulged in more than anything. You’re welcome to go back to each month and add up what I ate or drank. I am very proud of myself for keeping at this project. There were a few people who assumed I would give up after a few months. Others said six months. But I showed them. I did it every day. I logged 365 days of food and drinks.

Do I think I will ever change my eating habits? No. I doubt I will. I mean, I do look at some of that stats and get bothered by the amount of soda or alcohol I drank. It’s a high number. I am sure there are other people who drink far more than I do. I am not saying I drink more than you or more than Bill W. I just looked at the three digit number and was a little sick to my stomach. But what do I do? I sit here and nurse a beer. It’ll never end. I will never change my eating habits. I snack too much. I drink too much. Maybe when I resemble a beached whale, I’ll cut back and then start watching what I eat. But while I have this great metabolism, I will eat and drink whatever I want.

When this gets posted, It’ll be the new year. I will not continue this project. This was a one year thing. If anything, I’ll probably eat and drink close to the same thing. It was a long and difficult job to take on. I am happy that I did it. I cannot give you a real purpose as to why I did it but that I was curious about what I eat and how much I eat of it. Below is a chart of some of the drinks and food I ate throughout the year.


Thank you for reading. Happy New Year!