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Homemade Oven Roasted Tator Tots

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The other day I saw this recipe and just had to make them. Ingredients: potatoes, salt, pepper and olive oil.

They were so good! It took about 30 minutes to bake so that they were crunchy on the outside. I used a potato ricer instead of a grater. This recipe is a keeper!

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DS9KIE 10/17/2014 11:17PM


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FPALIWODA 10/16/2014 3:40PM

  Those look fantastic!!


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Of all the things to crave...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A couple years ago my daughter and I made a bet with our husbands about something I cannot even remember and the prize for us, if we won, was a trip to the Spam Museum in southern Minnesota. Why there? I have no idea but it sounded good at the time, some wacky tourist attraction and to get-away for a bit.

Well, we won the bet, but the men have not paid up yet and earlier in the summer I picked up a brochure as a reminder and then had put it away in a box and forgot about it. Last week, as I was going through some boxes, I saw the brochure and for some odd reason, I found myself craving fried spam. I could almost taste it. I do not know why because the last time I ate it was nasty and I mean NASTY!

This got me thinking of the power of advertising. How often do we want the foods we see advertised? I do not have television service so I do not get to see many commercials and since that brochure was able to create a desire in me, I can only imagine how much influence those 30-60 seconds can have on some people.

Companies spend a lot of money on advertising so it must be effective. I am amazed at the power of suggestion that brochure had on me. And, just to let you know, I did not go out and buy a can of Spam.

Oh, and by the way, in case you are wondering, $$$$ (or lack of) is the reason we have not received our trip yet. And the bet was made in fun.

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MIRAGE727 10/14/2014 9:49PM

    Awww, man, I can taste it!
Excellent observation! Good job on standing your ground!

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The Real Cost

Saturday, October 11, 2014

How many times have you heard, "It is too expensive to eat healthy foods"? I received an email today that suggested calculating the real cost of healthy vs. junk food. The idea is to look up the cost of apples, potatoes, poptarts, and potato chips; then calculate the cost per ounce.

So, I decided to do that and here is my results. I chose an online service of a grocery store that I often shop at.

3 pound bag of apples = $4.99
5 pound bag of potatoes = $2.69
8 count box of Poptarts (14.7 oz) = $2.49
10 oz bag of potato chips = $4. 29 * I usually see these on sale so I calculated the price as 2 for $6.00

Price per ounce:
apples = .096
potatoes = .034
poptarts = .169
potato chips = .30

Since potato chips are so common as a snack it is interesting to see how expensive they are compared to the other items. I know that I'd be more satisfied eating an apple rather than the same weight in potato chips for a snack; plus I won't be tempted to eat a whole bag of apples like I am with potato chips.

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DS9KIE 10/17/2014 11:58PM


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FITGIRL15 10/14/2014 3:31PM

    The real cost isn't the price tag at the till, it's the drain on your health as you get older...
Makes better health sense to eat healthy food now, and live a more rich life for years to come! Money doesn't buy happiness, HEALTH and vitality does :)

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ARAZA30 10/11/2014 8:57PM

    A very good analogy. I completely agree with you!

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RYDERSAUNT14 10/11/2014 7:51PM

    I like your calculations! emoticon

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HMBROWN1 10/11/2014 7:51PM

    Good comparison! Thanks for the info.

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JLAMING263 10/11/2014 7:41PM

    emoticon emoticon

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Been awhile

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

It has been a while since my last blog, I was without internet service for a while. It is amazing how much time can pass on the web. Web is the correct term, it lures you in and then gets a hold on you so you cannot escape.

I went to our hunting property with our oldest grandson. We had a blast doing not much of anything. We played the tourist and went to a few places, but most of the things we do are closed for the season. It was just Grandma and Grandpa time for the little 5 year old, just him (no sister or cousin).

He and I did a sit-up contest and I am a bit sore this morning. But, hey I won!

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BA5454 10/8/2014 5:56AM

    Go you with the sit-ups! I bet he'll remember that he tried to beat his grandma that day ;-).

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DS9KIE 10/7/2014 1:55PM

    he's cute and I bet full of energy

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    What a cutie :)
Love that you are a role model for him to be healthy - I have to try a sit up contest with my boys

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PHHHISC 10/7/2014 9:34AM


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Just Like Sugar

Friday, September 26, 2014

I was read a blog, Forks and Beans, and was learning about the different substitutions to make for vegan baking. Great guide, very informative for what to use for dairy, egg and gluten-free flours. When I came to the guide for the sugar alternatives comment section, someone mentioned this product, Just like Sugar.

"Just Like Sugar® is a 100% natural sweetener made from only the purest of ingredients. Just Like Sugar® mimics the attributes of regular cane or beet sugar in every way without any of the negatives from sugars on the market today.

Unlike other natural sweetener products in markets today, which have a characteristic intense sweet and bitter licorice after taste, Just Like Sugar® has a proprietary formulation which tastes clean, smooth and sweet. It does not leave an after taste. “You need to try it to believe it!”


Just Like Sugar® comprises a perfect blend of Chicory Root, Calcium, and all Natural Flavors from the peel of the Orange.

It does not contain any soy, yeast, animal derivatives, No “MSG”, No L-Glutamic Acid, No D-Glutamic Acid, No Aspartic Acid or preservatives; it is not fermentable and will not promote tooth decay.

Just Like Sugar® is a natural alternative to harmful artificial sweeteners and will change the way you believe all natural sweetener products taste." [end quote]

This seems like a dream come true, has anyone tried this?

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FITGIRL15 10/6/2014 5:14PM

    There is nothing wrong with moderation. Even healthy foods contain sugar (carrots, bananas, berries!)... items like this are still processed to whatever degree, and you really have no idea what you are ingesting!?

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LIV2RIDE 9/29/2014 10:01AM

    If it seems too good to be true, it typically is. Stevia is also natural with all the same press as you mentioned above. The problem is that when you eat things like this it makes your body crave sweets more and more. If you are working to eliminate sugar from your diet, I wouldn't even try it.

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SPARKLED146 9/28/2014 7:54AM

    I haven't heard about this one. Think I'll look for it.

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DANAVB 9/28/2014 7:48AM

    I have. As a matter of fact I have some in the house. Just last week we watched FOK so I'm new to all this. I didn't dare use anything but will give it a try today. I liked it when I used it.

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DS9KIE 9/26/2014 5:51PM


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    I've not tried it. It sounds interesting but then who knows

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