What Time Is It?

Hey Kids! Do you know what time it is?????

Thats right! Happy Peanut Butter and Jelly Day!!!

You know if its a holiday involving any nut butter, I’ll know about it! A classic side kick to peanut butter is jelly, of course, and one of my favorite collections of such items is Polaner’s Sugar Free with Fiber collection! Well, recently, I’ve gotten on the mason jar bandwagon, and since doing so, have wanted to make  my own jam. Pops brought home a big container of blueberries and JAM, I mean, “BAM!” Don’t have a canner? No worries… Neither do I.

No Sugar Added Blueberry Jam

makes 16oz (approx. 32 Tablespoons

  • 2 cups blueberries or strawberries
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (zest would probably be a nice addition, as well)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp No Sugar Needed Pectin
  • 1/3 cup granulated Splenda

Mash blueberries to your preferred consistency. (I like chunks remaining, just makes it a bit more textured.) Transfer mashed blueberries to a medium pot with the water. Sprinkle with Splenda and pectin. Turn heat to medium high. Continue to stir constantly and you bring the mixture to a boil for 1 minute. Thats it!

Remove the pot from the heat, transfer mixture to clean jar(s). To seal jar(s), tighten the lids to a finger-tightness. If you have a canner, now is the time to use it… If not? Follow along:

In a large pot, place the sealed jars, and fill the pot with enough water to cover the top(s) of the jar(s). Bring to a boil. Check on the jar(s) every few minutes. Use a utensil to poke the center of the lid(s). If the lid dips when pressure is applied, continue to boil, rechecking the lid(s) every few minutes. Once the lid(s) are solid and no longer “pop,” turn off the heat, and carefully remove the jar(s), using tongs, and allow the jar(s) to cool at room temp. Then you can refrigerate.

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Go Ahead… SCHMEAR IT!!!

Nutrition (per tablespoon):

Calories:9, Fat: 0g, Sat. Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 0mg, Carbs: 1g, Fiber: 0g, Sugars: 1g, Protein: 0g

Fun Fact: What the heck is the difference between jelly, jam, and preserves??

The difference between them comes in the form that the fruit takes.

  • In jelly, the fruit comes in the form of fruit juice.

  • In jam, the fruit comes in the form of fruit pulp or crushed fruit (and is less stiff than jelly as a result).

  • In preserves, the fruit comes in the form of chunks in a syrup or a jam.

Thank you, howstuffworks.com!

Simplicity

Our morning began with a delicious start. I absolutely adore the smell of a toasted cinnamon raising bagel. Breakfast was coffee and bagels with cream cheese, a bagel for Barry and a breakfast thin for me. We sprinkled the top of our cream cheese with a little cinnamon sugar for some added umph.

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WP_003746After a very lazy morning, dad swung by to check out the new paint job in the living room and drop off my nose rings. Yay! My face feels complete, again! To thank him, I provided quite an appetizing lunch of leftovers, I must say!

We finally got motivated after heading to the furniture store and picking up the new furniture! The living room looks like new! I love it! And now, theres 5 recliners! Soooo comfy!

We debated using one of the boxes to ship Becky to China.

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By the end of the day, Barry and I were both hungry, and debated Chinese food. I was really in the mood for veggies! After some thought, we decided enough money was spent the last two days, and we would go with  something simple. Sometimes the simplest of meals are the best, I talked Barry into getting the Buffalo Chicken soup dad and I had, and he ate a bowl of that with a nice sandwich. I simply steamed a bag of California Blend vegetables topped with salsa and Italian dressing. It was jammin! And the broth the steaming created was incredible! For only three types of vegetables, it really hit the spot.

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We took advantage of the new living room and enjoyed our meals with the Great Gatsby!

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Ahhh the simple life…

Take That, Dunkin

After a great shift at work, and a good day of eating, (and absolutely no sleep, whatsoever!) Barry picked me up to go food shopping.

I had grabbed some habeneros from the farmers market a week or so ago, and inspired by the Dunkin Donuts breakfast we had the other morning, I was down to battle it out!

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Salt and pepper, to taste
Egg, or liquid substitute
Fat free pepperjack cheese
Turkey bacon
Hot sauce for an added kick

Lets compare:
Barry’s sandwich on toasted English muffin

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2 eggs, 1 slice cheese, 2 slices turkey bacon, 1 English muffin
350 calories and monsterous

Dunkin Donuts Hot & Spicy on English muffin: 380 calories

Sammy’s Wrap

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1/3c egg substitute, 1 slice turkey bacon, 1/2 slice pepperjack cheese, half wrap
135 calories and way more delicious

Dunkin Donuts Hot & Spicy Wake-up Wrap: 190 calories

 

To finish off our spicy night, a scoop of this bad boy: Edy’s Slow Churned Key Lime Pie Frozen Yogurt

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The swirls of graham cracker make it addicting!

Granola Day

While thinking about what to pack for night shift, I was suddenly struck with a desire to have a bagel sandwich. I packed an everything bagel thin, which I toasted at work and topped with spicy brown mustard, lettuce, onion, and a few slices of chicken lunch meat. To join the party, I sliced a small red bell pepper and dipped it into Walden Farms Creamy Bacon Ranch dressing! A handful of caramel popcorn was my treat if the night.

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I managed to squeeze in about a 2 hour nap when I got home from work. Once I woke up, my tummy was yelling, “Feed me!” Yogurt was my fancy. I topped a Stonyfield Super Fruit Greek yogurt with a tablespoon if sunflower seeds. This was my first time trying this yogurt and I was surprised by how sweet it was. The sunflower seeds really helped mellow the flavor and give a nutty accent.

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I spent the remainder of the day trying to tidy up the house, and my car, which was very much needed, as well as run a few errands. I also managed to whip up a few batches of granola. I really love granola but it is so easy to over eat it! I got my mom pretty hooked on a granola I picked up, which I was not particularly impressed with. I made Mom a small batch and then proceeded to do a little experiment. I made Barry some blueberry granola!

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Lunch was some delicious baby carrots and cauliflower drizzled with a bit a warm garlic sauce. It was just what I needed to keep me going.

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Dinner was a surprise. I wasn’t exceptionally hungry so I decided for the ol’ standby of cottage cheese and raspberries. “Danger, Will Robinson!” I only had two tablespoons left! Cottage cheese turned into yogurt. Yeah, yogurt twice in a day…

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I topped a plain OIKOS Greek with a splenda packet, a handful of raspberries and some freshly made  granola. It was so filling! For fresh! It was delicious!

I’m pretty pleased with my eating today. I pray that it gets better every day!

Newark Deli and Bagel

Yesterday breakfast was oh so simple and oh so yummy: Toasted Blueberry Crumble bread, by Sara Lee, topped with Bar Harbor Blueberry Jam, my favorite! It was compliment with a navel orange and my new coffee I got when I had a layover in Denver.

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I was expecting, I guess, a syrup flavor, in the coffee, as if I would receive it from a coffee shop. Instead, it was a mild mocha flavor (I love mocha). I really enjoyed its subtle flavors.

After trying to cram in some studying, I headed off for an interesting  and semi-frustrating night at work. I can’t share much, due to HIPPA, but I can say it involved an aggressive patient. I love my job, but some days are rough.

I was thankful for my dinner break, not only because I needed a breather, but also because dinner was delicious! I was pretty darn impressed by this Lean Cuisine meal: Ranchero Braise Beef with Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes! I brought some frozen corn to have with it. It was sweet, with just a bit of spice! The corn was the perfect pair for this meal! I called dad and insisted he try this meal for lunch one day at work, just like I totally insist you, give this one a try!

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This morning, mom and I woke up early to go food shopping . While in the area, I took mom to one of my favorite breakfast spots: Newark Deli and Bagel (lovingly called “NDB”)! They make all the bagels in house, and they are delicious! They are also known for their chicken salad. Dad loves this stuff! One of his favorite things is chicken salad on a toasted asiago bagel. Their breakfast are phenomenal! Crispy bacon! Juicy sausage! They even have egg whites! This morning, I split a sandwich with mom, one they I never had before. I ordered a rye bagel with egg whites, tomato, roasted turkey, and pepperjack cheese! MMMM I’m definitely getting this one again! That half a sandwich, paired with a small caramel nut coffee, was perfect and it held me over for most of the day!

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Work tonight was consistent. Dinner was another Lean Cuisine, one, for which, I had high expectations: Roasted Garlic Chicken with creamy Parmesan spinach. I added steamed broccoli  I really expected a better flavor. There was not as much garlic as I had hoped, in fact, there was not as much flavor as I had hoped.

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I start my new clinical rotation, tomorrow, at a long term care facility for the elderly. Wish me luck!