Archive | November, 2010

With Love.. From My Diabetic Kitchen!

24 Nov

I love sugar.  Let’s be honest – so do most humans living on this Earth.  However, I live with Type 1 Diabetes and with the holidays coming around I have to think of fun and creative ways to get that sugar taste – without actually using the white devil-ish stuff!  My mother is a Saint and has been coming up with these amazing delicious recipes for as long as I can remember.  I’ve had Diabetes for the past 19 years (this December is my anniversary!) and to this day, I can tell you with complete honesty and sincerity that when I eat these deserts, I don’t miss sugar at all.  AT ALL.  Please, I urge you to give them a try.  Whether you know someone living with Diabetes, or if you just want to reign in your waistline for the holiday season and cut your carbs a bit, these two deserts won’t make you feel deprived at all.  In fact, they will probably give you a little boost at the end of your meal because you won’t have that sugar crash and food coma!  Chow down my loves!!

Low Carb Key Lime Pie 🙂

15 grams of Carbohydrate per serving.  Serves 8

 

1 packet Knox unflavored gelatin

3 Tablespoons lime juice

½ cup boiling water

9 packets Equal

1 cup evaporated skim milt

1 teaspoon vanilla

Juice of 1 ½ limes

2 drops green food coloring

9” graham cracker crust

  • Sprinkle gelatin over 3 Tablespoons lime juice and let stand for 1 minute.  Add boiling water and Equal.  Stir.  Refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  • Combine milk and vanilla in a small bowl.  Freeze for 30 minutes.  Remove from freezer and whip at high speed until stiff.  Stir the juice of 1 ½ limes and the food coloring into the whipped milk.  (Save the remaining ½ lime for garnish)
  • Blend the gelatin/lime juice mixture into the whipped milk/vanilla/lime juice mixture.
  • Spoon into the graham cracker crust.  Chill until firm.  Garnish with slices of lime.

Apple Pear Crisp – YUMMY!! 🙂

1/8 of this dish = approximately 20 carbs

Preheat oven to 375°

1 ½ lbs baking apples (such as Cortland,) peeled, cored and thinly sliced
(The apples must be sliced thinly, not cubed.)
1 ripe pear, also peeled, cored and thinly sliced
3 Tablespoons flour
3 Tablespoons butter or margarine, softened in the microwave
¼ cup frozen, unsweetened apple juice concentrate (in the freezer section of the grocery store)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
¾ cup (10) graham crackers, crushed
4 packets of Equal or Splenda

  • In an 8” square baking dish, toss the fruit with 1 Tablespoon of the flour, plus the apple juice concentrate.  Stir.
  • In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 Tablespoons flour, the spices and the butter.  Mix well.  Gradually stir in the graham cracker crumbs.  Sprinkle this mixture over the fruit.
  • Bake 30 minutes at 375°
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with the Equal or Splenda

 

 

What are you thankful for?

22 Nov

It’s this week that I really have a ton to be thankful for.  Great friends, fantastic family, a job that keeps me (sort of) fed, and a life that is really fulfilling.  Here are some of the best things in the world in my eyes.. things that I will always be thankful and grateful for!!!  ❤

Karl doesn't eat.. c'mon, who are they kidding?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is so iconic American – and cheesey – that you just HAVE to love it and watch it every year.  There’s really no getting around it!  I love sitting around in my PJ’s, with my coffee, watching my family cook and staring at the floats on TV.. it makes me feel like I’m five years old again.

Disney.. Do I really have to explain this one?  The parks, the characters, the movies.. The Main Street Electrical Parade!!  It’s ALL good! I remember my first trip to Disney World, I think I was around 7 or 8 and I can remember every single detail of that magical day.  It was pure perfection in my eyes.  I still love going, as a matter of fact.  I love the fact that you can really, and truly become a child again.  I love seeing the couples wander hand-in-hand, wearing Mickey ears.. the best part being, they’re elderly.  🙂

 

I am the prettiest princess in all the land.. Disneyland at least!

I am a Red Sox fan.  Not a bandwagon fan, but a true-blue part of Red Sox Nation.  We are a mighty stronghold, and when you live in Boston, Massachusetts..  the Red Sox become a part of you.  You can’t escape them.  This city and it’s inhabitants eat, drink and breathe baseball every year.  Every single season, people come out of the woodwork, from being cooped up all winter long with no baseball to turn to, and they come out in throngs to Fenway Park for the Opening Day Game.  If you have never experienced the pandemonium that is Red Sox Nation – I urge you to come to a game and see for yourself.  You’ll either be shocked, or in love.  Go Sox!!

 

Some classy chicks in Beantown...

You said it, kid.

 

So, the number one thing I am thankful for is my amazing friends, family and my boyfriend, Brandon.  I thank my lucky stars everyday to have such an incredible group of people around me.  I am blessed to have them and honored to call them true friends.  We get into a lot of trouble together, make awesome memories and have great times and hilarious stories to tell afterwards.  I don’t know where I would be without them…  This week, sit around and watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, drink some coffee, eat some amazing food and ask yourself, “What am I thankful for?”  HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!

xoxo,

Blondie

Brandon and I, in Central Park - NYC

The Group! We're a motley crew... 🙂

 

 

 

 

A few more additions to St. Malo…

18 Nov

I just can’t stop myself.  I had such an incredible time in St. Malo, and I took SO many pictures, that I feel compelled to share them all!

Barbie loves the St. Malo open markets too..

Barbie, mannequins and more shopping – oh my!  I would return here in a mili-second… if I didn’t have a live here, in Boston!

In front of Blanc du Nil. This place was SO busy, everyday!

The bottom two pics, are at the restaurant Lion d’Or.  We ate here more often than not.  It might have been the cute waiters, or maybe it was the fact that they had outdoor seating and a live band.. or most likely it was because the menu was in French AND in English.  Merci, Lion d’Or!!

Pirate Fortress: St. Malo, France

18 Nov

This past August, I had the most incredible opportunity to visit Europe with my Grandfather and Mother.  One of our many stops included St. Malo, a pirate fortress still intact to this very day.. located on the coast of France.  It’s a truly magical place, with fantastic cafes and restaurants, gorgeous boutiques littered throughout the cobblestone streets and street performers and artists showing their worldly goods.

Jack the Pirate: O.G. Bad Ass

Anyone recognize this? Parts of the movie "Ronin," was shot here!

 

Days full of sunbathing, shopping, people-watching and coffee (or wine!) drinking was nothing short of amazing.  I could have moved there in an instant.  It’s too bad when silly things like work and school hold you back!

Sunset in St. Malo - gorgeous!

Coffee Count: 5 Time: 11:00 AM.. Woohoo!

I beg your pardon?! Actually, this means "Enter.." 😉

 

I managed to snag some amazing finds from the shoppes in St. Malo.  Le Blanc du Nil, was light and airy – just like their egyptian cotton dresses, skirts and tops.  Love, love!  My truly favorite store was a hidden jewel – literally.  I can’t for the life of me remember what the name of the boutique was, but once it comes back to me – I will definitely let you know!  Truly unique – edgy, flirty, ethereal women’s clothing.  It’s not often that clothes “speak to me,” but, these did.  😉  I want to go back!

I'm on a BOAAAT! Well, next to a Pirate Ship at least!

 

Perfect Gardens and even better sunshine!

Horseburger Delux: delicious actually

Hi, Mama. You are lovely!

 

Oh my good God... the seafood was INCREDIBLE

 

 

Okay, let’s talk food for a second here.  I ate a Horseburger.  Yes, a burger made from horsemeat.  Apparently, that’s very commonplace in France – and honestly, it was delicious!  When your diet consists of “moules avec frites,” for most of your trip, you’re willing to try almost anything to get a bit of variety.  I love seafood but I can only eat so many mussels!   Oh, and the coffee… is… heavenly!  It’s so strong, your spoon practically stands at full attention.  But, that’s okay.. because you need full strength if your going to spend some serious dough with this Blondie.  After spending five total days in St. Malo, I was ready to head on.  I love it here, it’s absolutely breathtaking and it’s a perfect place to relax; however, it’s small.  You can only wander the cobbles for so long before you’re ready to head out to sea.  St. Malo is removed from other cities, so if you’re without a car, you become a bit.. deserted.  Anyways, our next stop was Bayeux: home to the famous Tapestry.  My next post will bring us to Normandy.. with guns blazing and crazy tour guides, quaint Inns and (not) so exciting food!

xoxo,

Blondie


A Message to Someone Special…

17 Nov

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BEAUTIFUL MOM!!

❤ I LOVE YOU ❤

Vintage Cards make me HAPPY!

xoxo,

Your Blondie Daughter  🙂

WalMart can cure ALL

17 Nov

I give thanks to my computer for the ability to spell check, turn on and off efficiently, get me to Facebook quickly.. and, well.. that’s about it.  Blogging is definitely not as easy as I thought it was going to be!  Well, I shouldn’t say the writing part isn’t fun.. It is.  It’s the whole web-design aspect.  I feel like pulling my hair out from time to time!  For example, I can’t for the life of me, figure out how to get my posts into seperate categories.  One post tends to go into EVERY category.  That can’t be right..  I guess this is going to take some patience, and some getting used to.


are you serious?

So, yesterday I ventured to Walmart.. in Quincy, MA.  If you are from Massachusetts, you know what this means.  Freaks.  Lots of freaks… also lots of overalls, missing teeth and wicked think Baahstan accents.  Yippee!  I made my trek out there for one reason only:  to get CHEAP insulin!  Yesss!  Thank you, Walmart Brand medications!  So, after my adventure which took me ALL afternoon (I left Boston at 1:00 PM, and didn’t get to Quincy, which is supposedly 20 minutes away, until 2:30 PM!) There was a major accident on the highways, so I couldn’t complain that much.  I made it to WalMart, and as I’m looking around, I’m realizing that I’m the only normally dressed, showered and clean person in the place.  It was a bit unreal, I felt like I had entered The Twilight Zone.  Don’t get me wrong, I love WalMart.  Everything is very cheap, accessible and the lines move with lightning speed.  I picked up Hard Candy nailpolish for $6!  It’s usually $14 at the department stores or at Sephora.. so, I was happy.

On my drive home, I was contemplating: “Is it like this at ALL WalMarts?”  The answer: YES.  If you go to the website http://www.peopleofwalmart.com you can see for yourself.  Images of the real clientele of our nation’s WalMarts will greet you in the slideshow.  There’s also the daily Feature Creature when the page first loads (see Flavor Flave above!)

Here are some other pictures to feast your eyes on!

It’s the “Who Wore It Better: Battle of the Pink Drag Queens.” WalMart Edition..

This was taken at a Texas WalMart, and let’s just be glad that her thong is high enough to hide her tramp-stamp lower back tattoo!

That b*tch stole my outfit!!  No, kidding obviously.  But seriously, you know you’ve forgotten most of your outfit if your BOOTS cover the most skin!

Ohhhh people of WalMart, thank you.  You make me feel better and better about fashion and my outfit choices on a daily basis.  For this, I commend you!

Check out http://www.peopleofwalmart.com for a great laugh.

xoxo,

Blondie

Plan Accordingly..

16 Nov

Autumn in Boston…  My favorite time of year!  Many restaurants have begun to put out there special holiday menus for Thanksgiving, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  Thanksgiving evokes memories of family, envelopes the senses and makes us all smile a little wider (even if we can’t cook to save our lives!)  Some of my favorite restaurants in and around the city are starting to advertise their special (usually tasting menus, paired with wine.. etc) on their websites.  Also, you can check out http://www.boston.com or http://www.opentable.com for a listing of some (if not all) restaurants that are participating for not just Thanksgiving, but Christmas Eve and New Years Eve also!  OpenTable is my personal favorite, as you can instatnly check availability and build points when you fufill those reservations made.  Once you get to a certain number of “points,” OpenTable will send you a $100 gift card to spend at any participating restaurant that is part of the OpenTable family!  (and we’re not talking about The Cheesecake Factory here people.. places like Sel de la Terre, Grille 23, CityTable, Atlantic Fish.. a few of my faves!)

If you’re going to eat out for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years I really urge you to think about the setting and how comfortable you want you and your family to be while you eat.  Have these questions in the back of your mind:  Am I dining with a variety of age groups?  Is bringing my 3 year old appropriate at a 4 star restaurant?  What types of food do I want to have?  Do I want traditional fare or something a bit more interesting?  How big is my party?  (I ask you to remember this, because come the few days before the big holiday, and you’re trying to get a table for 12 at a busy place, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t happen.. usually these fantastic restaurants book up to 45 days in advance, espeically for the busy holiday seasons!)

Don’t be frustrated if you can’t find “the perfect restaurant,” because there are so many choices, and so many fantastic meals to be hand.  And don’t forget, the holiday season is a time to reflect on how precious our families are.  Enjoy their company, and don’t stress too much!

xoxo,

Blondie