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    • Merry Christmas!

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    •  12/24/2012 12:22:08 PM
    • We just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas!

      We are so grateful for our Savior Jesus Christ and for this season of celebrating his birth.

      He lives and He loves us...all!

      Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your lives.  We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday week :)

      Much Love,

      WholeFoodMommies (Miriam, Loni, and Charity)

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    • Neighbor Gifts and Potatoes!

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    •  12/21/2012 7:05:14 PM
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      If you are still searching for a last minute neighbor gift, look no further.  Why not give something straight from your kitchen!

       

       

      FRY SEASONING

      1/4 cup paprika (smoked paprika is best but is almost double the price)

      3 TBS garlic powder

      2 TBS onion powder

      1 TBS garlic salt

      1 1/2 TBS kosher salt

      2 tsp sugar

      1 tsp cayenne pepper

       

      Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly.  This will fit in a 5oz jar.

      Now here's one way to use it

       

       

      SEASONED POTATO WEDGES

      2-3 pounds of potatoes, cut into wedges

      3 TBS olive oil

      3 TBS  Fry Seasoning

       

       

      Cut the potatoes and then slather will the oil, trying to cover them all evenly.  Then add the seasoning and mix well (I usually end up using my hands for this).

       

      Bake them on 1 or 2 cookie sheets at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.  Turn them over and cook for another 15 minutes

       

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    • My "triggers" to overeating!

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    •  12/17/2012 6:03:16 PM
    • Are there certain foods that you can’t resist?  Where just the smell can trigger a memory or a craving?  Are there special places or events that you just know you will indulge?  Perhaps there is a time of the day (or month :) where you find yourself eating things that maybe you wished you wouldn’t?  For some people it might be the late night snacking, for others it might be the crazy hour when all the kids arrive home from school.

       

      “TRIGGERS” are what I classify as anything that causes me to either eat MORE than I should, or eat FOODS that I normally wouldn’t, and often regret eating later.

       

      Well one of my BIGGEST triggers, that almost inevitably leads to overeating, is large social settings where there is a lot of food served buffet style.  This can be a birthday celebration, a major holiday (like Christmas!), a football party, a family gathering, a church function, or even a funeral.  I am the kind of girl that wants to taste everything.  The problem is that when there is a large variety that “little taste of everything” can add to a lot of food and a big tummy ache (although for me, poor eating generally leads to brain fog and lowered energy more than anything else).  And then of course, now that I am being “bad”, I might as well “enjoy” myself before I have to be “good” the next day.

       

      Have you ever stopped to think what some of your triggers might be?  I know for my hubby the movie theater is definitely a trigger spot.  He wants the whole “experience” of going to the movies, which more often than not, includes a large Diet Coke, Popcorn, and sometimes even ice cream.  I have to have the discipline of an Army General to go to the movies with him :) Maybe that should be one of my goals this week: Attend movies with hubby without coming home feeling crappy!!!

       

      I have another trigger that is almost uncontrollable…..FREE FOOD!

       

      I honestly don’t know what it is, but anything free seriously calls to me.  I remember watching an Oprah years ago where they exposed this phenomenon.  They set out a large box of shoes with a sign that said “FREE”.  People went crazy grabbing the shoes.  Well here’s the kicker…they were only SINGLE shoes…no pairs!  When they asked the people later why they took the shoes, the people, somewhat bashfully said, “They were FREE!”

       

      Yikes, that’s totally me!!!

       

      For some reason, if I am out and about I can’t resist free food. Even if I don’t like it that much.  One time in particular stands out.  We took our kids to Arctic Circle one evening for ice cream.  I was on a pretty good role avoiding the sugar and I was determined to not have ANY!  Not even a lick of my kid’s! Well sure enough after we order, we sit down and they bring us our ice cream.  Well the guy says, “We accidentally made an extra one, so you can just have it.”  And he hands it right to me. What did I do?  I ate it!!!  Why?  I don’t know…probably because it was free! UGH

       

      Here are a few more of my triggers.

       

      • Vacation – for some reason I think this is an excuse to indulge

       

      • Long car rides – I get very “snacky” and give in to the temptations of my husbands convenient store treats

       

      • around 3:30pm – interestingly enough this is only during the school week, and just so happens to be when the kids get home

       

      • Bored, stressed, or emotional

       

      • Whenever I am in a social setting and people are eating.  Even if I am not hungry, I will still eat right along with everyone else.

       

      I think the first step of overcoming some of these triggers is first recognizing them, seeing them and confronting them.  The next step is a plan of action or goal-setting.  For example, the next time I go to a party I could make a goal to fill my plate just ONCE.  Even if I give myself to try anything that I want, I can only have ONE plate of food.  I think that would certainly help with eating too much.

       

       

       

       

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    • Zucchini Fries and "Blommin Onion" Sauce

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    •  12/11/2012 5:39:13 PM
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      This recipe was inspired by one that came from King Arthur's website.

       

      Let me just say that it was a HUGE hit with the kids.  I have never seen them eat that much zucchini in one sitting :)

       

      We will definitely be making this one again!

       

       

      3 medium sized (or 6 small) zucchini

      1 large egg or egg substitute

      1 cup of bread crumbs

       

      Cut the zucchini into thin "wedges".

       

      Here's the genius that I learned from their website...drain the zucchini!!!  Crazy right, but it made a huge difference.

       

      All you do is sprinkle about 1 TBS of salt on the zucchini and let them sit for about an hour.  I laid them on the paper towel to help absorb some of the liquid.  This is so great because the finish product is much less mushy.

       

      While they are "draining" you can begin the sweet onion dip (below).

      Preheat the oven to 425.

       

      When the zucchini is ready, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

      Bread the zucchini by dipping them into the egg and then into the bread crumbs.  One hint is to keep "one hand wet (eggs) and one hand dry (crumbs)". This goes faster when you have a little helper :)

       

       

       

       

       

      Sweet "Bloomin Onion" Sauce

      1 sweet onion, sliced

      1 TBS olive oil

      2 tablespoons cider vinegar

      2 tablespoons honey

      1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard

      2 TBS BBQ sauce

      1/2 cup Vegenaise

      Carmelize the onion by heating the olive oil in a large pan and cooking the onions over medium-low heat, stirring occassionally.  Be careful not to burn them.  This will probably take about 20 minutes.

       

       

       

      When the onions are carmelized, transfer them into a food processor with the vinegar, honey, and mustard.

       

      Process until smooth.

       

      Put the mixture into a bowl and then stir in the mayonnaise and the BBQ sauce.  Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

      • How long do you cook the zukes?
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