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Too Much of A Good Thing

Fiber One Chocolate Chip bars are delicious, but don’t eat too many. I looked up Chicory Root and found these posts and funny comments. I laughed, because they’re telling the truth.

Creating A Healthy Snack Bar

I was going to try to make some of these bars, because they taste so good. But, I could not locate a store selling Chicory Root as an ingredient. So, I looked it up online to learn more about it, and learned that Chicory Root is the reason these bars make people feel gassy if they eat too many of them. So, I’m just going to try to make a similar yummy bar with honey, chocolate chips, rice crispies, oat meal and a little flour and leave out the gut-wrenching ingredient (Chicory Root! beware!).

The Good Chicory Root Does

It does actually seem that Chicory Root is a good thing, but only in moderation. The claims are that it lowers cholesterol (among other things) and blood sugar. That’s probably because it assists in moving the food right on through so fast it can’t stick around and be absorbed. All things in moderation, I suppose.

Comments About Chicory Root and Fiber One Bars

Here are posts with funny comments on blogs about yummy fiber one bars:

Fiber One Chewy Bars

Fiber One Oats and Chocolate Bar Review

Chicory Root Information

 Here is an interesting page about Chicory Root:

Chicory Root Fiber

Chicory Root Fiber

With more and more people resorting to a high-fiber diet, food products, like, those with chicory root fiber is fast gaining momentum. Read on for more information about chicory root fiber. 




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I plan to work. That is a given. Always.  I hope to be starting a new job. There will be much to learn. There will be much required. That is as it should be.

Music for Children

I want to find the time again to sing for children. I’ll probably sing for the class of a first grade teacher I know. I don’t know if I’ll do more than that any time soon.


I’d love to make some little videos of some of my songs and put them up on youtube. I imagine my ‘little movies’ more as slide shows of related images than actual movies. I’ll probably start with Teddy Bear.


It’s time to write again. My last round of new songs came with my return to NC over two years ago!

Stained Glass

I had ideas for Christmas gifts (not made). I’ve been drawing design ideas for a year (not made). I’ve purchased and collected glass (still in boxes and leaning against walls). It’s time to do some stained glass again. Maybe that will happen when the weather warms and I can sit outside again.


I don’t have a seriously green thumb. You’d know that’s true if you saw my yard. (You’d think I had a green thumb if you looked at these photos from my yard … all without any growing help from me!) I am pretty good at growing bits of greenery in water (break off a stem and stick it in water and wait for it to grow). And, I have grown some good tomatoes a few times in my life.


I think I could take pictures of boxes or shoes or pots and pans and still enjoy it. But, I really enjoy taking photos of people. I’d love to be the event photographer (for the memorable candid shots) for parties and celebrations. I do it once in awhile, but I’d love to do more of that. I love to take pictures.

Only a Few Ideas

Those are a few of the things I’d like to do in 2010. At the head of the list is where I’ll spend the major part of my time (work). The rest are things I’d love to find more time for when I’m not working. I could go on and on, but you get the idea.

What Are Your Dreams and Plans?

What will you do? What would you like to do? What do you imagine and hope you’ll try?

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I Forgot to Make Truffles

I’ve been so busy this year, I forgot that I like to (try to) make truffles at Christmas time. I thought this year  I’d just melt some chocolate chips and stir in some peanuts or pecans (not both together), drop spoonfuls of it onto waxed paper, and then give those candies for gifts. But, things got so busy right at the last, I even forgot to do that!

Lucky for Me, A Truffle Page Was in the Stats

Say what? Well, I was looking at the referring page info the other day and clicking links to see where visitors were before they came here. Somehow, someone got here from a truffle recipe on another page (Last minute gift:Christmas truffles). So, lucky me, I read that recipe, and it sounded like something I might be able to do successfully.

The Short Story

There’s a long story here, and I’ll probably tell it some day (about in-laws and calculations and conversions between standards of measure), but for tonight it’s enough to say I told the family they could have any that I “messed up” (imperfect balls of melt-in-your- mouth chocolate). So, they said things like, “Someone scare her, so she’ll mess up,” and, “I’ll have some more of your failed chocolate.” Perhaps the most creative was, “That’s too big a gift. You shouldn’t give so many to one person.” (I made a plate of truffles for three neighbors with eight pieces each.) “A gift box of truffles is usually only three pieces. Three pieces is a nice gift.” They needn’t have worried. I left a full plate  for the family, too many to eat at one sitting, even with many people and several pieces each.

Melt in Your Mouth

Melt in your mouth good? Oh, yeah! 🙂 The consistency was just right.  You can pop an entire truffle into your mouth and it just dissolves. Mmmmm. I used three kinds of coatings: powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and cinnamon.

Truffles for You

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In the Newspaper

Yep, there was a little article in the local print version of the newspaper. I found it (clipped out) on the table while visiting family.

How Do You Make Pumpkin Pie Spice?

According to the article, it isn’t very difficult. And, the author said it costs less than buying it, too.

Encyclopedia of Herbs and Spices

These instructions come from The Contemporary Encyclopedia of Herbs and Spices (Wiley, 2004) by tony Hill.

Pumpkin Pie Spice


1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Note: For best results, grind or grate cloves, allspice and nutmeg right before using them.

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Maybe AFTER Christmas

Those are not words we want to hear right before the feasting most of us do around Christmas. Maybe we can hold on to this one for January 1 of 2010! 😉

But, Seriously …

Those are the words that stuck in the mind of a man who had eaten compulsively since he was in high school. He had passed 450 pounds, and he could not find a way to lose weight.

“Just don’t eat so much.”

A co-worker said those words, and they made sense. So, little by little he ate less and less. Now, instead of 9,000 calories of junk food and fast food each day he eats 1,700 calories of healthy food.

Wow! Congratulations! 🙂

Read the article and watch the video.


[UPDATE: What do you think of this?Students may not be allowed to graduate because they’re obese]

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What I Ate While I Was Sick

Here is a photo of what I ate for one of the 24-hour blocks of time while I was sick. 🙂  It was good.

Chicken Pizza For A Cold

Of course I rationalized that it had everything in it that I would need to get well.  It’s well balanced, right? Bread (grains), pepperoni and chicken (meat/protein), cheese (dairy/calcium/vit d), fresh tomatoes (vitamin C), and Turmeric (believed to have health-giving properties).

Here’s My Pizza

Don’t You wish you’d been here? 😉

pizza 3

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How Julia Child Saved My Life

Well, not MY life, and maybe not literally HER life, but the trailer for Julie and Julia looks good.

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is in this movie. With Meryl Streep, you can’t go wrong.

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