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Low Fat Chocolate Muffins

Cynnara does it again! Let's give her a hand!

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I get Taste of Home each month. (It's my treat to myself!) So, there was this
recipe a couple of months back-- and it's on the website. :D

Low-Fat Chocolate Muffins Recipe

* 12 Servings
* Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling


* 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup baking cocoa
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2/3 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
* 2/3 cup fat-free milk
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* Confectioners' sugar, optional


* In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Stir in the yogurt, milk
and vanilla just until moistened. Coat muffin cups with cooking spray; fill
two-thirds full.
* Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center
comes out clean. Coo…

Recipe: Low Fat Death by Chocolate

Cynnara sure knows how to make a diet recipe sound delectable, doesn't she?

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Death By Chocolate

This low-fat dessert is made by layering prepared fat-free instant chocolate pudding, slices of fat-free chocolate pound cake, and fat-free whipped dessert topping in a large bowl, then sprinkling with chocolate chips.


* 2 Pkgs fat-free instant chocolate pudding
* 1 fat-free chocolate pound cake
* 1 container fat-free Cool Whip, thawed
* Sprinkle of chocolate chips


Prepare pudding according to instructions. Cut cake into 12 slices. In a trifle or clear glass bowl, layer cake slices, pudding, and Cool Whip; repeat 3 times. Sprinkle top with chocolate chips. Chill.

Get Rich Slowly: Fight Rising Prices by Building Your Own Food Bank

Get Rich Slowly: Fight Rising Prices by Building Your Own Food Bank
Fight Rising Prices by Building Your Own Food BankPosted: 02 Feb 2011 03:00 AM PSTThis post is from new GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Living With Less personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving.According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food prices are expected to rise as much as 5.5% in 2011. Those prices aren't likely to go back down. So why not invest in food futures, i.e., your own pantry? Put it this way: If you have an emergency fund in the bank, why not have food in the bank?Liz Pulliam Weston calls a full cupboard "the emergency fund you can eat." Having plenty of staples on hand makes sense for several reasons:You're locked in at the price you paid, which ideally will be the sale price (more on that later).There's always something to fix for supper, which can mean less temptation to order in.…

Healthy Foods - Why a Food Journal?

Why a Food Journal?
by Leanne Ely, C.N.C Keeping a food journal is a great way to track your nutrition, your water
intake, your moods, sleep patterns, and your exercise. All of these things are
interrelated to your physical and mental health. By tracking these things you
can figure out why you eat what you eat and why you feel how you feel. It's a great way to find food sensitivities, emotional eating triggers, and
quality of sleep. For example, you may learn that drinking caffeine after 3:00
keeps you up all night or you might learn that tortillas give you heart burn. As you are able to monitor and evaluate how different foods make you feel you are
able to make better choices and improve your quality of life. A food journal is also a great way to keep you on a healthy eating plan. Being
accountable to yourself is a powerful thing. If you know that you have to write
down everything you eat you may find yourself thinking twice about having that
piece of pie after dinner time. I know…

The Weekend from Hell

Okay, here's the official report of why I ended up incommunicado and incarcerated in a hospital all weekend, starting January 28, 2011. (Warning-- foul language and aspersions cast upon the wisdom of several professions.)
After Randy's death, I'd been feeling very down and considered myself very unlucky. I think most folks can understand my feelings. However, I began to realize the depression was interfering with my work and daily life. So, I made an appointment with my primary care physician's office to reinstate the prescription I'd had previously for Wellbutrin. It had worked well before, so I was confident that would be all I needed to even out the peaks and valleys of my mood swings. My appointment was for late Friday morning. Dante and I went with the idea of having a bit of lunch and taking care of a few errands while we were out.
As usual with my PCP, I had to see her PA (physician's assistant). No big deal. I had a short list of problems to discuss, suc…