Thursday, November 17, 2011

Making Turkey Hand-Print Cards

SO MUCH FUN!!!  Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and what great treat these hand-print turkey cards are to give to your closest friends and family.  We purchased some awesome finger-painting supplies for this craft:

(No chemical dyes, certified non-toxic, and all-natural; not to mention that the packaging is made of 80% recycled materials!)

(It is perfect!  Just cut to size and no need to worry about the paint bleeding through it.)

HOW TO:  Just paint the palm and thumb the same color for the turkey's body, and then paint the other fingers different colors for the feathers.  Later "after finger paints have dried" you can go through with regular acrylic paint to make turkey's wattle, eye, beak, legs and feet. ... After all paint has dried, you may wish to use some crafting glue "that doesn't wrinkle" to attach the turkey paper to some decorative card stock.  Be sure to later personalize these cards by writing "Thanksgiving, the year, the child's name, and age. :-)

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Perfectly Balanced Breakfast Cookie

I love these cookies!  Just made a batch and they are already almost gone!  They are great for on the go, hearty enough for brunch, and my son loves them too!!!  I've made them before when I was working at the compounding pharmacy; these ladies are always sharing treats and recipes (or shall I say formulas "wink").

Why I think it is the "perfectly balanced breakfast cookie" is because of how it is high in protein, fat, and fiber, which all slow the absorption of sugar/glucose into the bloodstream.  Accounting for the glycemic index of foods hasn't quite caught on in American as it has in Europe.  It is a great way to manage diabetes!  I personally would prefer this route over sugar substitutes.  Not saying that this cookie follows the glycemic index recommendations for a diabetic; however, it is a healthy (more balanced) cookie compared to the average sweet treat, which is great for all of us. :-)

Peanut Butter Oat Bran Cookies

1/2 c butter, melted
1/2 c white sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1 egg or 2 egg whites
1/2 c peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix melted butter with sugars. Add egg (or whites); mix well. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla; beat until smooth. Add remaining dry ingredients; mix well. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Criss-cross on each cookie with the tines of a fork. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 36 cookies. Each cookie: 86 calories: 1.33 g. dietary fiber, 12 g. carbohydrates; 2 g. protein; 4 g. fat; 6 mg. cholesterol; 67 mg. sodium.