• Five ways to keep yourself from turning up the thermostat this winter: Put on a sweater; have a nice bowl of soup or stew; wear slippers or thick nonskid socks, grab a comfy blanket; snuggle up with someone special.
• “If you bathe in a tub, try rubbing on bath oil before getting in the tub. You will get greater coverage and more moisturizing power from your bath oil. And at this time of year, who doesn’t need that?” — M.E. in Washington
• “To keep light bulbs from sticking in the socket, apply petroleum jelly to the base of the bulb before screwing it into the fixture.” — B.D. in Virginia
• Here’s an oldie but a goodie: Add a few drops of water to votive cups before adding a candle. The wax will float on the water, and when the candle burns down, it won’t get stuck in the votive glass.
• “Burned rice? No problem. While it’s still hot, carefully remove to a new pot any rice not browned or blackened. Then top it with a single slice of white bread. Allow it to sit for several minutes under a tightly fitted lid. The burned smell is absorbed by the bread, and the rice is fit to eat.” — M.U. in Michigan
• “Recycle in the new year by using wrapping supplies to help store your holiday decorations. The cardboard tube from gift wrap can be cut into smaller pieces, which you can wrap strands of tree or house lights around. Boxes can be put to use to hold ornaments or other decorations, and ribbon and bows that are still in good condition can be tucked away for re-use next year.” — E.F. in Oregon
• “Resolutions are a great idea, and, like a lot of people, last year I resolved to exercise more often. I keep a stationary bike in my living room, and I use it while I watch my favorite programs on television. It has helped me lose 8 pounds, and I feel much better. This year, I am going to resolve to volunteer to help others.” — I.N. in Nebraska
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Hot White Chocolate
A touch of almond extract gives this comforting winter-warmer a deliciously nutty aroma.
1 quart milk
3 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped*
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1. In 2-quart saucepan, heat milk to simmering over medium heat.
2. With wire whisk, stir in white chocolate, sugar, and vanilla and almond extracts. Heat mixture 3 minutes or until chocolate melts, stirring occasionally. Pour into warm mugs to serve. Serves 4.
* Or use one 3-ounce Swiss confectionery bar, or one-half 6-ounce package white baking bar.
• Each serving: About 290 calories, 15g total fat (10g saturated), 37mg cholesterol, 140mg sodium, 27g total carbohydrate, 10g protein.
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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
What’s a holiday without a few holiday goodies — not too festive, that’s what! This ultra-easy cookie should brighten things up.
1/2 cup cold water
1 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
Granular sugar substitute to equal 1/2 cup sugar, suitable for baking
3/4 cup reduced-fat peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups reduced-fat baking mix
1/4 cup mini-chocolate chips
1. Place cold water in a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Stir in dry milk powder until mixture makes a smooth paste. Cover and microwave on HIGH (100% power) for 45 to 60 seconds or until mixture is very hot but not to the boiling point. Add sugar substitute. Mix well to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (What you’ve just made is fat-free and sugar-free sweetened condensed milk!)
2. When ready to make cookies, preheat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl, combine cooled milk mixture, peanut butter and vanilla extract. Add baking mix. Mix well to combine. Stir in chocolate chips. Shape into 36 (1-inch) balls. Place balls on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten each ball with a fork.
3. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Remove cookies from baking sheets and cool on wire racks. Makes 12 (3 cookies each) servings.
• Each serving equals: About 203 calories, 7g fat,
8g protein, 27g carb., 349mg sodium, 1g fiber;
Diabetic Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 1 Meat, 1 Fat.
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