Well, it's the first day of 2011 and I managed to survive for another year. That is no small feat these days. The economy sucks. The job market is tight, and time is a precious commodity. There never seems to be enough hours to go around. I did manage to make it through the Christmas season without gaining too much weight. Actually the diet, (uch! I hate that word) has been on hold since Halloween. I decided that I needed a little vacation from rules. I may need to do this every year. It has done amazing things for my attitude. But now it is time to come back home, like the prodigal son.
It should be no great surprise to anyone that I indulged in a number of sweet treats over the last two months. Actually I only crave sweets a couple of times a year. Around Easter, and beginning at Halloween. I think I would be fine if they were not sitting right under my nose at every turn. The fact is I do have a sweet tooth, but with the diabetes that runs in my family, along with the weight problems, it is just not safe to eat that much sugar. This year, I found a new recipe for sweets that I absolutely adore. I want to share it with you:
6 fresh Peaches, stones removed and sliced into quarters
¼ C honey
½ tsp. vanilla
1 egg white
½ C rolled oats
¼ C brown sugar
Quarter the peaches and lay skin side down in a baking dish. Mix the honey and vanilla together. Drizzle over the peaches.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites for about a minute until smooth. Mix in the oats and pine nuts and stir well. (If mix is still moist, add more oats until a crumbly consistence. Spread the mixture over the peaches, and finish with sprinkled brown sugar over the top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until the peaches are soft and the topping is golden brown. Let cool.
This dessert is delicious as it is, or can be topped with fat free ice cream, yogurt, or whipped cream. It is low in calories, and fat free, and above all, delicious. You can also use, pears, apples, apricots, plums, or any other fresh fruit that you like.
"…the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." Galatians 5:22
Psalm 23:6 "...my cup overflows."
Coming Christmas 2010
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Bionote: Lori is the author of three business books, numerous church skits, and several articles. She lives in Sacramento with her two children, two dogs, and cat. She loves to hear from her readers, so please email your thoughts and questions.