Thursday, March 18, 2010

An every day Condiment can help you loose weight!!!!!!

Choose This Fat-Burning Condiment

It's perfect on potatoes, very good on veggies, and divine in salad dressings. And the best news yet? It may help with fat burning. The magic condiment in question: vinegar.

Obese people who took in 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily in a study melted significantly more body fat and belly fat than a group taking a placebo -- despite being on the same diet and exercise plan.

A Sour Path to Skinny

Vinegar may offer a weight loss boost thanks to acetic acid. Seems this sour stuff does double-duty fat-blasting, inhibiting the body's ability to store fat while boosting its ability to burn it. And even though apple cider vinegar was the type used in the recent study, researchers suspect most varieties of the liquid seasoning could have the same get-skinny effects. (Find out what the YOU Docs think about vinegar and weight loss.)

Other Tart Benefits

Vinegar also seemed to help lower bad-for-the-heart triglyceride levels and systolic blood pressure at the end of the 12-week study. That's a Sherpa's load of health benefits for one little flavor maker. So get your daily dose of vinegar with one of these tart-tasting, waist-whittling RealAge recipes:

When you're craving tart: Give your salad and grilled veggies a refreshing citrus-flavored punch with this Lemon-Balsamic Vinaigrette.

When you're craving savory: Add a Mediterranean touch to chicken with this Chicken in Garlic-Vinegar Sauce.

When you're craving sweet: Add a bit of tangy sweetness to dessert with these Balsamic-Spiked Strawberries.

Did You Know?

Apple cider vinegar can make your skin and hair beautiful, too.

By RealAge

Can Balsamic Bring Weight and Blood Sugar Down?

by Mehmet C. Oz, MD, and Michael F. Roizen, MD

Q. Is apple cider vinegar the only vinegar that works for stabilizing blood sugar and cutting appetite?

A. It doesn't seem to matter what vinegar -- white, apple cider, or even red raspberry -- you use. What's critical is that you use the vinegar that has 5% acidity (acidity is typically marked on the label). The waist benefits of vinegar come from its acetic acid. In balsamic vinegar, it's masked by a sweet taste, but it's there. Trust us, we're docs.

The antiglycemic effect is greater the more vinegar you consume: The bare minimum for lowering your blood sugar is 1 to 2 tablespoons. It's not the most chuggable liquid, so we think the best delivery system is as a salad dressing. Mix your favorite vinegar with olive oil at a 2 (vinegar):1 (oil) ratio, and serve with mixed leafy greens, crucifers like watercress and arugula, and other veggies.

I guess that is why the most popular salad dressing when on a diet is a light vinegarette dressing.   Makes sence to me!!!!


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Leapin leprechaun's!!! They are up to their funny little tricks.

If it weren’t for one of my friend making a post about St Patrick’s day and what she had planned for her children’s surprise visit from a leprechaun, I would have forgotten all about it.

First thing this morning I was running around trying to gather some items. I had to place an order for some cookies because there was none left. Then I called a party store and had them set some gold coins aside for me. It was a good thing I called because when I got there someone had taken all they had.

When the children went to lunch. Mom leprechaun went into the class and set each desk up with some goodies. I couldn't leave without playing some tricks. I tipped over a chair or two. I put some coats up high on hooks and I turned the tissue boxes upside down.

Happy St Patrick's day!!!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


A dear friend had given me this Ebelskiver Recipe book with pan about five months ago. Sadly!!!! This is the first time I have used it. I made some cheeseburger Ebelskivers and Manwich Ebelskivers. All I could say is that they were so good. This is my new found pan. The book has some really great recipes and I find myself thinking of new and inventive ideas to use for a great tasty center. This is one of those great items that William Sonoma sells.
Instead of making the batter from scratch, I used Bisquick.
I added a small amount of cheese to the batter. 
Slightly let the batter cook.
Add the ground beef.
Add cheese.
Flip the cheeseburger.
I had some extra ground beef left over and I decided to put Manwich in the beef.  I then filled the Ebelskivers with the Manwich mixture. 
They turned out really good. 
I think that by adding a slightly moist filling was really so much better. 
As you can see, we enjoyed them.   

For more great recipes go to Temp my Tummy Tuesday.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Against all odds

When we first heard about the Pinewood Derby, we thought! It’s our first year in the race, let’s just have some fun picking out the style and making the best car that we know how. The three of us talked about not expecting to win the race because there are boys that are more experienced in racing and competing. The Cisco Kid had his heart set on making a fire engine. As soon as I heard that, my first thought was we defiantly have no chance in winning at all. The aerodynamics of a fire engine is like trying to push an open umbrella into the wind. We had our first race with our Scout pack. The Cisco Kids Fire truck weighed in at 4.6 oz. We raced!!!! and against all odds, we came in second place in our den and we came in second place in our pack. Shocking!!!!! Those wins made us qualify to race in the district. Wow!!! We had our district race yesterday and we were allowed to make a few adjustments to the truck. The Chief added more weight so it could weigh in at exactly 5 oz. and add graphite to the wheels. The Cisco Kid raced against thirteen Tiger Cubs. He raced in four races and came in 1st place twice and second place twice. Amazing!!!! Overall, he came in second place and winning a ribbon. That made him eligible to race in the regionals.
These three friends won in our pack.
All these cars were very fast. Thank goodness for the counter that lets you know who came in first, second, third and fourth place. Most of the cars won by a hair.
These are the weight changes we made to the Truck.
A row of weights were added to the bumper
Two small pads of weights were added to the front.
There are five requirements the Pinewood Derby cars must meet. 1, the car must be made out of wood. 2, the car must not weigh over 5 oz. 3, the wheels must be BSA certified. 4, the axles must be nails not a solid axle. 5, fit inside the certified box.


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