HAPPY “ALMOST” 4th of JULY!

Written:  July 3, 2015

It’s BARBECUE season in the northeast — FINALLY!  That long, dark, frigid, icy winter is behind us.  The sun is out and so far, so good, in terms of the heat index.  We’ve been really lucky! (Best not to say it out loud.)   🙂

This is a great season for diabetics.  Yes, there are a lot of parties, but grilled food can’t be beat. Of course, the fresh fruits and veggies are abundant and delicious!  We know that we can keep our blood sugar levels under control by skipping the carbs.  A fresh, juicy burger, is still a fresh, juicy burger, whether it sits atop a roll or not.  A slice of tomato and/or red onion on top? Mmmm. Add a salad of greens with red and yellow peppers scattered about, and I’m good to go. For dessert, a small serving of mouth-watering, colorful, cut-up fruit is perfect.

Skinless chicken and fresh fish hot off the grill, are a welcome change of pace. I like to add my (Penzey) herbs and spices Sunny Paris and Tuscan Sunset are my faves, with Chesapeake Bay for the fish.  What a difference a shake or two of these delectable additions can make to plain ol’ chicken or fish. Your guests will delight in your creativity.

Fresh Veggies
Fresh Veggies

DON’T LEAVE OUT THE VEGGIES — rows and rows of them laid out on the fiery grill. What could be better than hot, grilled peppers — red, yellow, and green? Slices of fresh green and yellow zucchini, and rows of sliced onions and tomatoes with those deep, dark grill lines — tell me that doesn’t make your mouth water. Seriously, they’re really good! I was never much of a “vegetable person,” until I tried them hot off the grill. A whole new world was opened to me with the first bite. What better way to keep your blood sugar in line? Healthy and delicious.

Enjoy the 4th, folks, and keep that A1C right where it belongs  —  D   O  W  N!!!

                                 

There’s No Justice!

On my way home today, I stopped at my local Stop and Shop.  LIST in hand 🙂 I entered the store completely focused.

  1. paper goods
  2. tomatoes
  3. 3 small bananas
  4. 1/2 lb. roast beef
  5. dish detergent
  6. flowers

That’s it — I’m done.

Moving down the aisle from the deli section on my way to the check out line, two wagons blocked my way. No one was paying attention, so I took a detour to the left.  It was the bakery area, but I knew I was o.k.  The showcase was to my left, so I looked to the right as I passed it (Just to be on the safe side — trying to avoid temptation.)

“Miss, Miss, excuse me.  Miss!”  I turned to my left and a frail, elderly lady was smiling at me.  She was standing, slightly hunched over, in front of the showcases filled with you know what.  I’m tall, so I’m used to people asking me to get them items from the high shelves. But, there were no shelves.

“I don’t know what to do,” she said, appearing to be confused.

“How can I help you?”

And then it began. A LONG story, with much pointing out of the various pastries.

“I’m having 5 people over for bridge today.  So far I have this,” she said, pointing to the container of fruit in her cart. “But I can’t decide what pastries to get.  Do you think two of the tarts, two of the giant chocolate cookies and maybe eight of the rainbow cookies would be enough?”

My mouth began to salivate, “I’m sorry, I really don’t know.” I started to walk away.

“Wait, please, I really need your help,” she pleaded.  “Maybe I should get the mini chocolate ganache cakes too. What do you think?”

THERE’S NO JUSTICE IN THIS WORLDthat’s what I think!

I took a deep breath and said, “Maybe you should ask the baker, she’s the expert.” I started to scoot away.  “Wait,” she called out. I turned and pointed to the woman behind the counter. “She’s right there; she’ll be able to answer your questions.”

I took off like a bat out of hell! Once on line, I checked out my items and was on my way.  Before leaving, I glanced over at the bakery section. She was still there, debating with the baker. I smiled

Walking to the car, I gave myself a virtual pat on the back. I made it out — sugar free.  Good for me!

Another battle won.  One day at a time.

YOU KNOW YOU’RE ADDICTED WHEN…

Saturday, October 4, 2014

You KNOW you’re addicted when —

1. chocolate is the FIRST thing you think about when you wake up.

2. you pull into the gas station to buy a newspaper and KNOW it’s the candy bar you’re really after.

4. your car is filled with candy wrappers.

5. at dinnertime your appetizer is a Milky Way!

6. your desk at work is overrun with candy wrappers.

7. you dig into your coat pocket and come up with M&M’s.

8. Halloween is you favorite holiday.

9. you take a bath and dream of bathing in chocolate

10. in a restaurant, the first section you read on the menu is “Desserts.”

You KNOW you’re addicted when —

THIS HAS BECOME A PROBLEM, and you’re determined, “DEDICATED” to fixing it.

THAT’S enough!