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T-day 2011

Well, it’s been a year…well, since my last Thanksgiving Day post, anyhow. This year has some subtle changes, since my rotisserie broke and I have yet to replace it. I really miss it though.  I might break down and get one…but it’s really only the door that broke. I just can’t seem to get another. *sigh*

Update: I didn’t buy a new one, cuz I couldn’t FIND one…ANYWHERE! So, I covered the front with foil and rotissed it anyway. It was wonderful. And? I just flat forgot to do some of what we had planned and we we full as we could be anyhow.

Rotisserie or Roasted Turkey
Baked Acorn Squash w/brown sugar Splenda
Mashed Potatoes w/gravy
Sweet Potato Puffs
Buttered Corn
NSA Pumpkin Pie w/SF whipped cream
Dutch Apple Pie ala Mode [CarbSmart Vanilla]

So, I had a special request for a repeat performance on the Sweet Potato Puffs. We’re going fairly simple for the rest, because with only 4 of us…it’s just too much food to have a Turkey AND a Ham.  As always, nothing on our menu has any added sugar at all. I mainly substitute with Diabetisweet, which is available at in Brown and White granulated. Use it cup for cup like sugar and it is awesome. Sometimes I use brown sugar Splenda. Not as low in sugar, but pretty good, and very tasty.  Between that and a walk after dinner, his blood sugar will be just fine. Comment below if you would like recipes. Um, as always, comment spam will be deleted. Have a wonderful weekend!!


Happy Happy!!

Cyndi’s Sugar Free Spicy Pineapple & Sweet Pepper Spread

My DH is diabetic and loves jams…loves spicy, too. We were gifted with a jar of Harry & David Sweet Red Pepper Spread, which we ate, but is A. NOT sugar free and B. Not available anymore.

So I have been messing around with this to recreate it. It’s hot, so add the cayenne 1 tsp at a time and see if you need less. I used red, yellow & orange peppers, which turned out really pretty, but mostly cuz we both hate green ones with a passion. Green & red would be pretty for Christmas gifts though. Also, this was twice as much as I intended to make, because my DH brought so many peppers home. It can easily be halved.

Here’s info on canning in general.
Here’s info on boiling water canners.

Takes about 90 minutes to prepare and cook.


Dole Crushed Pineapple, 20 oz, 2 cans
Sweet peppers [bell], 6 cups, chopped [any color]
Splenda Brown Sugar Blend, .5 cups
Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated, 3.5 cups
ReaLemon 100% Lemon Juice, .5 cup
Ground Cayenne Pepper, 2 tsp
Sure-Jell Premium Fruit Pectin, Light, 2 boxes

Wash and sterilize jelly jars and lids. Keep warm. Wash and dice peppers, the smaller the better. I have one of those Vidalia Chop Wizards which has a tiny screen for julienne…which worked really well for this. Combine pineapple, peppers, cayenne and lemon juice in a large pot and bring to a rolling boil. Cook for 10 minutes, then add Sure Jell and stir. Bring back to rolling boil and boil hard for one minute. Remove from heat and stir in sweeteners. Fill warm jars leaving 1/4 inch head room. Wipe rims and threads of jars with a damp paper towel and place lids on jars. Secure with ring bands and process at gentle boil for 10 minutes. May take 24 hours to set up.

Serving Size: Makes about 10 half pint jelly jars, serving size is 1 tbsp. Number of Servings: 160

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 160
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 20.6

Total Fat: 0.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 12.9 mg
Total Carbs: 5.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g
Protein: 0.1 g


Summer is here and we cook out all the time during the summer. I end up making things the day or evening before and that way I just cool off in the pool while my sweetie does his grill master thing.

He was so jazzed at his recent purchase:

He said, “OMG! It actually works…really well! This is very cool.” And it was really nice to see the grill clean and not gross. LOL

My part of the party was the side stuff:
Faux Potato Salad
Cole Slaw
Corn on the Cob

The rest of the menu was:
Ribeye Steak [on sale! Watch those sale bills! Woooooo!]
Grilled Artichokes

Grilled artichokes are soooooooo easy. Trim stalk and top, cut them in half long ways, and steam them first. Then make a quick cut with a paring knife just below the choke [furry ick over the heart] and spoon it out to the garbage can. And rather than dipping in mayo or butter, brush them with a little melted butter and herbs [we use Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb] and stick them on the grill for a few minutes. The flavor is awesome and you need NO other dipping sauces. So much easier for outdoor eating.

It was a great day…I love summer!

EASY way to peel potatoes!

I am a potato skin lover…lovelovelove the skin. BUT, some folks don’t, and? This is the easiest way I have ever seen to peel a potato. I bet it would work on microwave-cooked potatoes, too.

What’s cooking today…

So, it’s supposed to turn cold in the next couple of days, with freezing rain, etc. Made me think we needed something warm in the crockpot. We’re also both trying to lose a little weight…or a lot…so it needed to be healthy, too. I flipped through some recipes and merged a bit and tweaked some…this is what I ended up with:

As always, spices can be altered to your taste, bu it is awesome. Check the page for nutrition info.