Sunday, August 14, 2016


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The cookie jar in my kitchen was empty and had been for some time now. Since my dear hubby enjoys home baked cookies I decided to fill the jar up.
It has been unusually hot here in CA so I went looking for a quick recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies.
It is better to do them early in the morning while it is still cool and the windows are open. Also when you are finished baking open the oven door to cool off quickly while the windows are open.
The Bisquick Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe I found calls for Heart Smart Bisquick Mix. Since I make my own "Low Fat Baking Mix" (HERE), I used it. I cannot have chocolate with Afib, so dear hubby was my taste tester. He said they were good making this recipe a keeper. 
It was also a very quick recipe to prepare.

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The original recipe says it make 24 cookies. The little cookie scoop I have made 41 cookies. I would estimate that the scoop is about 1
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The link for Bisquick Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is HERE

SERVING-1Cookie=95 calories, 6 gr fat, 12 gr carbs, 0 gr fiber

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Now watching him eat cookies is not going to work unless I have some cookies to eat too. So two batches of cookies were in order. The next recipe for me was Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies. Being borderline diabetic most recipe I choose have whole grains in them. This recipe had only whole wheat pastry flour and oats as the grains in them.
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This recipe held up really well after baking. Sometimes with whole grains the end product crumbles a lot. These cookies stayed together very well. The original recipe said 34 cookies and I got 38 with the mini cookie scoop.

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The link for Peanut butter Oatmeal Cookies is HERE

Serving-1 cookie=69 calories, 6 gr fat, 10 gr carbs, .5 gr Fiber. So if you have a little extra time, try these recipes out.

Your family will have a big smile. 
I am looking forward to my grand daughter's smile when I tell her there are cookies in the cookie jar and she can have a few.
Have a great day you all.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


 photo SLICED amp ONIONS_zpskvalcujp.jpg Peel and slice potatoes and onions
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Put some water in bowl to just cover the potatoes and onions. This will keep the potatoes from turning brown while you make the sauce.
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I make my creamy sauces with 1 1/2 cup fat free milk, 3 Tablespoons Flour to cook sauce. Place milk, flour in jar and shake completely. Place the mixture in sauce pan on medium heat. Add ham, and any spices you want to flavor. I add pepper and onion powder. I did not add salt because of the salt that is in ham. Cook slowly till mixture thickens and just starts to boil. Remove from the stove.
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At this point I add about a cup of cheese to the hot cheese. I use 2% Fiesta cheese in mine. You can use what ever cheese you prefer.
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Pour the prepared sauce into the drained potatoes and onions. Stir completely.
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Place in a prepared (sprayed with a product such as Pam) baking dish depending on the amount you make. Mine was in a 8X8 baking dish. Bake covered at 350 for 30 minutes. Remove covering and continue baking till potatoes are tender and browned on top.
This is my finished Ham and Potato comfort food dish. I like mine pretty brown on top. That is why the dish is blackened around the edges. This did not deter from the yummy taste at all. You could cook yours just a little less than I did if you prefer.