Monday, June 30, 2008

BROWNIE LOVERS......



The brownie pan for edge lovers!





For corner brownie fans and chewy edge lovers, it’s a dream come true -- a gourmet brownie pan that adds two chewy edges to every serving! It’s the Edge Brownie Pan from Baker’s Edge, and it’s the first (and only) brownie pan specifically designed for chewy edge lovers. 



The pan’s patented sidewalls also improve baking performance by circulating heat evenly to the pan’s middle, where food typically takes longer to bake. Its 9” x 12” x 2” size is a perfect fit for box mixes, as well as most recipes sized for 9” x 9” and 9” x 13” conventional pans. The pan also has a quality nonstick coating and smooth, round corners so it’s always easy to clean. Hefty cast aluminum construction ensures superior durability, and the unique recessed handles make the pan easy to grab when it’s turned upside down.











Get this awesome brownie pan here! BROWNIES

Units are individually boxed and come complete with a gourmet recipes insert and a custom nylon spatula.



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Chocolate Chip Cookies


Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe - 117 calories

Ingredients:

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 eggs

2/3 cup margarine

2/3 cup shortening

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon butter flavoring

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla


Preparation:

1. In a mixing bowl, beat together the margarine, shortening, white and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

2. Add the eggs, butter flavoring and vanilla; mix well.

3. Stir in the flour, baking soda and salt until well combined.

4. Stir in the chocolate chips.

5. Chill the dough about 1/2 hour.

6. Shape into walnut-sized balls and flatten slightly with a glass dipped in sugar.

7. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 8-10 minutes.




Servings: 60 cookies


Nutritional information for one serving:

Calories: 117

Calories from fat: 55

Total fat: 6.2g

Cholesterol: 8mg

Total carbs: 15.3g

Protein: 1.1g


  





Photo credit: GaylaJ

Recipes credit: Diet Recipes Blog

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Iced Sweet Mint Tea



Iced Sweet Mint Tea recipe - 102 calories

Ingredients:

12 bags single serving tea

2 lemons, sliced

1 cup sugar (or to taste)

10 sprigs mint

2 quarts boiling water

Preparation:

1. In large tea pot, pour boiling water over the tea bags and mint; allow to steep for about 20 minutes.

2. Place the sugar in a 2-quart pitcher that can tolerate some heat.

3. Pour the freshly brewed tea (minus the tea bags and mint) into the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.

4. Let cool, then place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

5. To serve, pour into tall glasses over ice and garnish with lemon slices.



Servings: 8

Nutritional information for one serving:

Calories: 102

Calories from fat: 0

Total fat: 0.1g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Total carbs: 27.9g

Fiber: 1.3g

Protein: 0.3g

WW points: 2

Now, if it's me fixing this recipe.....no sugar!





Recipe: Diet Recipes Blog

Friday, June 27, 2008

Healty Cucumber-Tomato Salad

Healthy Cucumber-Tomato Salad recipe - 40 calories

Ingredients:
1-2 medium tomatoes, cubed
1 large cucumber, cubed
fresh basil, chopped
1/2 small onion, chopped
garlic salt
pepper

Preparation:
1. Add the tomatoes, cucumber and onion to a tupperware bowl (or any bowl with a cover).
2. Add some chopped basil, garlic salt and pepper to taste.
3. Seal the bowl and shake.
4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.


Servings: 2

Nutritional information for one serving:
Calories: 40
Calories from fat: 2
Total fat: 0.3g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Total carbs: 9.6g
Fiber: 1.7g
Protein: 1.7g
WW points: 0

Photo credit: Bayhill Recipe credit: Diet Recipes Blog

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Cucumber Orange Summer Salad


This delicious salad is perfect for the summer heat and heart healthy. Great for a quick lunch or side item and so refreshing!


1 large English cucumber, sliced into rounds
1 (12 ounce) can of mandarin oranges (drained)
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup toasted pine nuts
¼ cup craisins (dried Cranberries)
Salt & fresh ground black pepper

In a large bowl, combine sliced cucumbers, drained mandarin oranges, mint leaves, vinegar & oil. Mix with a spoon to combined and season with salt & pepper to taste.
Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts & craisins.

Simply Delicious!
Lady Lynn

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

GARDEN SHOWER....INDOORS


Over the weekend I pulled together a couple's wedding shower using a garden theme indoors. It took some creative thinking to keep it under budget and still have the Southern Elegance feel, but I think I may have pulled it off.

Instead of using flowers such as roses and such that will die and can be expensive, I chose to use Periwinkles and Zinnias as my centerpieces which can be planted in my garden later. I took a wide mouth Mason Jar and added a white paper lunch bag and then a quart size Ziploc bag, placed the flowers inside, added a little water, a ribbon and voila! A perfect Garden Centerpiece.

Keeping the theme going, I used twinkle lights and garden flowers on a backdrop for the romantic feel, yellow gingham table covers and an oval tin bucket for the fruit arrangement. I served nothing but desserts (homemade of course) and a fun whimsical cake with the couples pictures on it. Pink lemonade was the perfect drink with lemon slices floating on top.




All in all it was a very fun and inexpensive shower for my close friends. Everyone left full of sugar and sweeter than when they arrived! heehee
I hope you enjoy the pictures!


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