Diabetic Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Recipe

Diabetic Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Recipe
Ingredients:

1 cup Margarine, (2 sticks)
1 1/3 cup Sugar
1 tsp Peppermint, flavoring
1/2 cup Egg, whites at room temperatur
3 cup All-purpose flour
1/2 cup Cocoa
2 tsp Baking powder
1/4 tsp Salt


Preparation:
Mix the margarine and sugar together and blend at medium speed untill light and
fluffy. Combine the mix with the low sugar flavorings and egg whites,and mix on medium speed for 60 seconds, scraping down bowl before and after adding diabetic flavorings and egg whites. Now seperatley stir flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt together and blend well to add to the creamy mixture. Mix at medium speed to blend well.

Cover and refrigerate from 3 hours to overnight.

When you take out the dough roll it out on a lightly floured
board to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with a 2 1/2 inch round cutter or an equivalent
cutter. Place on cookie sheets that have been sprayed with pan spray
or lined with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes, or
until cookies are almost firm. Remove cookies to a wire rack and cool
to room temperature.

NOTE: Cookies will be soft if kept in an airtight container. If you
want them crisp, freeze them or keep them in a container that isn't
airtight.


Food exchanges per servings: 1 STARCH/BREAD EXCHANGE + 1 FAT EXCHANGE
Calories: 115, FAT: 5g, CHO: 16g, Na: 98mg, PRO: 2g, Cholesterol: 0
Desserts for Diabetics by Mabel Cavaiani, R. D.


Makes 3 dozen or so Chocolate Peppermint Cookies that diabetics can enjoy with everyone else.

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Diabetic Chocolate Coconut Swirl Cheesecake Recipe

Diabetic Chocolate Coconut Swirl Cheesecake Recipe

Crust:
1-1/4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
4 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons Organic Honey

Cheesecake:
3 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup Organic Honey
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup fake sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted, slightly cooled
1 tablespoon organic fat-free milk

For Crust, mix vanilla wafer crumbs, butter and 2 tablespoons Organic Honey.
Press onto bottom and 1/2-inch up side of a 9-inch springform pan. 
Bake in preheated 325 degree oven 10 minutes.
Cool on wire rack while preparing cheesecake.

For Cheesecake, beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup organic honey a in mixing bowl on
medium speed of mixer until smooth and well combined. Mix in eggs, egg whites and cornstarch.

Fold in fake sour cream and vanilla until combined. Remove 1/2 cup cheesecake batter.
Pour remaining batter over baked crust.

Add melted chocolate and fat-free milk to 1/2 cup reserved cheesecake batter; mix well.
Place spoonfuls of chocolate mixture on top of cheesecake. Using tip of knife or spatula,
gently swirl chocolate batter into cheesecake.

Bake in preheated oven 45 to 50 minutes or until center of cake is almost set. Cool on wire rack.
Gently run metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake. Let cheesecake cool completely.
Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving. To serve, remove side of pan.
Garnish top of cheescake with carrow chips, if desired. Cut cake into wedges.

We hate artificial sweeteners but replace honey with:
* May substitute 3 packets Equal sweetener
** May substitute 18 packets Equal sweetener
(if necessary)


Recipe makes 12 servings.

Nutrition information per serving:
  • Calories: 164
  • Protein: 7g
  • Carbohydrate: 8g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Cholesterol: 57mg
  • Sodium: 235mg
  • Food Exchanges: 1 Milk, 2 Fat

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Diabetes Friendly Rolled Sugar Cookies Recipe

Diabetes Friendly Rolled Sugar Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cup Margarine
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 tsp Vanilla, extract
1 Egg
2 cup Flour
2 tsp Baking powder


In a mixer blend together the margarine, sugar, vanilla and egg until light and
fluffy. Add about 3/4 of the flour and the baking powder, reserving
the rest of the flour for rolling. Blend until well mixed. Chill the
dough for 2 hours or overnight.

Roll out on a lightly floured surface until 1/8 inch thick. Cut with
a cookie cutter. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 375
degree oven until lightly browned, about 5-10 minutes. Cool before
storing. Makes about 72 cookies 2 inch size or 6 small cookie sheets
of various sizes.

My note: If you aren't too fussy, square or random shapes from the
edges can be cut with a plastic knife or anything that is safe to use
on your rolling surface. Decorate with a tiny piece of a cherry,
raisin or nut.

Two small cookies = 58 calories, 1/2 bread exchange, 1/2 fat exchange
8 grams carbohydrate, 0 protein, 2 fat, 46 mg. sodium, 10 potassium,
8 mg cholesterol.

Source: Am. Diabetes Assoc. Holiday Cookbook by Betty Wedman, 1986
Shared and tested by Elizabeth Rodier Nov 93.

Makes about 36 diabetic friendly cookies for all to enjoy.

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Conquer Bathroom Clutter Simply and Effectively

Bathrooms seem to be notorious for becoming cluttered and unkempt.  Between small makeup compacts, medicine bottles, hair accessories, razors and the like, it can be quite easy to lose things in the shuffle.  Assess your bathroom and its contents and utilize a few simple ideas and you'll find more space and tranquility as a result.  

First, take a good look at your medicine cabinets.  Ironically, it's probably not a good idea to store medicine in your medicine cabinet, as most bathrooms become hot and humid during showers and baths, and can be detrimental to medication that requires being stored at room temperature.  Don't keep medicines past their expiration date, even if you've never opened them or have used them very little.  Try storing your medications on a high shelf in your linen closet with a lock-tight lid.  This will help lengthen their shelf life as well as keep them out of reach of curious little hands.

The same should be done with old makeup.  Generally speaking, most makeup will last about 18-24 months, with the exception of mascara, which lasts about three months, and liquid eyeliner, which lasts about three to six months.  Nail polish generally only holds up for about a year, so if you have any older than that, get rid of them.  And since many makeup products have animal-based ingredients, it's also important to pay attention to how they smell.  If they smell like they've gone bad, they probably have, so toss them. Try using a permanent marker to mark the purchase date on the back of the item, so that way you won't have to try to remember just how long it's been since you purchased something.

If you take a look in your favorite discount store's home organization aisle,  you'll find lots of inexpensive storage containers that can easily be utilized in bathroom drawers, under the sink, and for shower and bathtub areas as well.  Since bathrooms are full of small things, they can easily be organized in small bins, baskets or boxes.  


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Careful Organization and Planning Helps Preserve your Favorite Photos

Photos can be a wonderful way to preserve memories and relive favorite past moments.  However, they can also become a cluttered mess without an organized storage plan.

Probably the most important tool to have when you begin your photo organization project is a trash can.  Statistics show the average person develops one roll of 24 pictures a month but only seven are worth keeping. That being said, you'll probably find many photos in your collection that simply aren't worth keeping.

Another tool you'll need during your organization process is several manila envelopes.  Do your best to sort the photos by year, and place each group in the envelope with the year clearly marked on it.  Place these envelopes in a strong cardboard box or storage bin.  You'll probably be able to store a decade's worth of photos in a single container.

Collages and shadow boxes are great ways to display several photos from a selected year.  Include mementos and keepsakes in the shadowbox to add a unique personality.  Special photos should be enlarged and framed to be displayed around your home.

Take special care to purchase photo albums that are made with acid-free paper.  The acid used in processing everyday paper can be very damaging to photographs over the long haul.

Scrapbooking is a growing trend and a clever and creative way to display your photos. Craft stores have an abundance of scrapbook supplies, including stencils, decorative scissors, background papers, rubber stamps and permanent markers. You can also utilize everyday items around your house such as ribbons, magazine clippings, and fabrics.  Again, take care to ensure that the paper you use is acid-free or is displayed separately from your favorite photos.

Lastly, just in case something should happen to your photos, make sure you have a backup plan to replace them. Store the negatives of your most important and cherished photographs in your safe deposit box to also protect against theft or destruction from elements such as fires or floods.


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