Tuesday, December 7, 2010

C is for Christmas!

I know this is supposed to be the "ABC's of Losing Weight", but the letter C is going to be a little different.  If you want to lose weight then you might not want to read this post!  This post has a lot to do with sweets.  Something that is very dear to me!  Hopefully this will be the only post that really won't help with our weight loss goals. 

If you worry about gaining weight over the holidays you're not alone.  The average person can gain about 5 pounds during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  Thanksgiving was almost two weeks ago and we have about two weeks to go until Christmas.  I don't know about you, but I love to cook and I love to eat.  It is that plain and simple.

That is especially true this time of year, because I have a sweet tooth.  I get it from my mom.  My mom is the world's best baker!  OH.MY.GOSH.  My mom makes a homemade German Chocolate Cake that is absolutely awesome.  I could probably eat the entire cake by myself, but my family makes me share it with them!  Her other specialities include strawberry pie, pecan pie, lemon meringue pie.  You get the idea.  Sweet, gooey delights!!  My Grandmother Galloway (my dad's mom) was a wonderful baker too.  So there has always been an abundance of sweetness around me!

I will probably start my Christmas baking this weekend.  I am not that great at baking, but as you can see from my list it's not really "baking".  I like to make candy.  Buckeyes are my favorite.  You can go here for Mandy's recipe.  I made these last year and they were a big hit, so they are definitely on the list this year.  I also love to make peppermint bark.  It is so super easy to make.  Puppy chow and peanut brittle is a big hit too.  This year I am going to make Oreo Truffles.  So now you can see why it is so easy to gain at least 5 pounds during this time of year.  Just remember to drink lots of water.  It can help to prevent overeating.  I did manage to add a weight loss tip in after all!

I hope if you have some yummy recipes you will share with the rest of us.  I am always looking for more sweetness in my life!  =)


1 comment:

  1. I love, love, love white chocolate over pretzels! I need to find a sugar-free white chocolate and have some this year :-)

    Here's a good un, similar to your Peppermint Bark.

    White chocolate fudge is infused with mint and swirled with red stripes to resemble a candy cane. As always, you should use the best white chocolate chips you can find—do not substitute white chocolate candy coating.

    Candy Cane Fudge! Fast and Easy

    * 2/3 cup evaporated milk
    * 1-2/3 cups granulated sugar
    * 2 tbsp butter
    * 1/2 tsp salt
    * 2 cups miniature marshmallows
    * 1.5 cups white chocolate chips
    * 2 tsp mint extract
    * 1/4 tsp red food coloring

    1. Prepare an 8x8 pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

    2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar, salt, evaporated milk, and butter and stir until the sugar melts.

    3. Bring the mixture to a boil and boil, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes.

    4. After 5 minutes, remove from the heat and stir in the marshmallows, white chocolate chips, and mint extract. Stir quickly and vigorously to incorporate all of the marshmallows and chocolate.

    5. As soon as the candy is smooth, sprinkle drops of red food coloring over the top and stir once or twice, creating red swirls. Do not overstir, otherwise the candy will turn pink!

    6. Immediately scrape the candy into the prepared pan. Allow to cool at room temperature or in the refrigerator until solid. To serve, cut into 1-inch squares.