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So you never forget an ingredient when Baking.

Get out all of the ingredients on to the counter top. Read the recipe through. if you need to use anything "Divided" put the right amounts in small containers aside and put the ingredient back on you shelf. As you add each ingredient to your mix remove the ingredient container back to the shelf or to another counter. That way if the phone rings you will know if it is in or not. If you are interrupted just carry the ingredient container with you. That way you know you have not added it yet. emoticon

- Submitted by NORASPAT 6/14/2011 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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More protein in your salads.

I used to like creamy dressing. I switched to balsamic vinegars. After my salad is completed -minus croutons I put 1/4 cup of cottage cheese in the salad and stir it to spread it around. Then I Spritz the salad with the balsamic vinegar and it make it more like creamy dressing, less fat and adds lean protein and dairy. Pat in Maine.

- Submitted by NORASPAT 6/7/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Avoiding boredom by setting goals to never be bored.

If you are sitting and wanting to eat because you are bored. Make a list of what you would like to do if you had time to do it. Make it realistic. My list would probably be doing things in my yard or around the house. I could sort photos, I could make a list of lots of things to do. Just look at your list and find your favorite and the boredom will most likely go away.
If you are bored and weary just rest and relax, it's healthier than eating or stressing over nothing to do. FIND your to do LIST

- Submitted by NORASPAT 6/3/2011 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Using Zucchini as a gluten free sandwich wrapper.

To cut back on carbs in the summer, I use zucchini sliced the long way. Put in sandwich fillings like tuna or roast turkey slices, I just pick it up as if it was bread. I discovered that when i was told I was allergic to wheat. I used it as bread for sandwiches but it does reduce carbs too.
Iceberg lettuce leaves or Bibb lettuce makes a great wrap too. Even for hamburgers ot hot dogs. emoticon

- Submitted by NORASPAT 6/2/2011 in Living With Diabetes | 4 Comments
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Easy peeling Potatoes

My mother always cooked potatoes with skin on. Then she allowed them to cool just a little and peeled the skin off with fingers-OUCH
I saw a variation of this, Before cooking score through the skin round the thin part of-the potato. Boil as usual. Meanwhile set up ice water bath. Remove potato from water and plunge in to ice water. The skin will slide of in two pieces with just a little squeeze,
I always did Tomatoes this way but score after dipping in hot water. Same family same way to peel.

- Submitted by NORASPAT 6/1/2011 in Cooking | 2 Comments
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Keeping Glucometer, meds and Pedometer together really helps tracking.

I keep my medication and test kit and my pedometer together. At night all three go on my kitchen Island so i see them and test my FBS, then I take my meds for the day and then I clip on my pedometer. If I am not yet dressed I clip it to my slipper, my feet are always covered. When I am dressed I transfer it to my waist band. My day has then begun Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by NORASPAT 5/24/2011 in Living With Diabetes | 2 Comments
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Saving a little on Prescriptions.

We buy our medications from the same store we buy food. We are on a lot of medications and Dr recommended supplements. We save the receipts and the gas mileage counts towards our medical mileage deductible. Every little bit helps but it sure mounts up for us. Keep all of the receipts and circle the supplements on the grocery receipt. emoticon

- Submitted by NORASPAT 4/10/2011 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Dry erase notice board for exercise recording

I keep a small dry erase white board next to my equipment to keep track till I put it in the fitness tracker and then clear it for the next day . Keeps it all together and no more bits of paper.Great for challenges especially.

- Submitted by NORASPAT 3/13/2011 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Poring from heavy containers.

Children and people with limited arm mobility often have problems pouring from heavy milk containers or containers like that. Putting the the container on a flat surface and just tipping it forward with both hands in control allows the liquid to be controlled much easier than holding it up off the counter. Once the container is half empty it can the be lifted and tipped with ease since by then half of the weight is gone. DH has hand problems and I showed him this. I just always did it that way.

- Submitted by NORASPAT 3/4/2011 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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Using your sink for more than washing dishes.

I am short and my counter tops are standard height. I keep my sink ultra clean and when I want to mix or whip in a bowl I hold it down in the sink so my shoulders can function better. Filling storage containers is so much easier since the container is lowered for you and if anything spills its easy to clean up after the spill it goes in to the sink. Once you start doing this you will find other things to use it for. Try it and discover the difference a lower work surface makes.

- Submitted by NORASPAT 3/3/2011 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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