Bacon and Apricot Bites

6 11 2010

These little sweet and savory bites are always a party favorite.

Dried apricots moistened with freshly squeezed orange juice, then wrapped in bacon slices and grilled until hot make a tasty snack to pass round with drinks.

Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 5 minutes

Makes 24

24 Turkish dried apricots
Juice of 1 orange
2 tsp marmalade
2 tsp wholegrain mustard
6 × 97% fat-free bacon slices (about 150 g in total)
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley to garnish (optional)

To find the directions please click here!

Thanksgiving Turkey Spoon Craft

2 11 2010

This cute turkey craft is a good project for kids, and it uses up leftover plastic spoons.

There was no tomfoolery here. This youngster followed in her mother’s footsteps to design a pleasing project. “Mom was making crafts for a fund-raiser at my school, and I wanted to do something, too,” explains April L. of Detroit, Michigan.

To April, a bird in the hand was a fun choice. “I decided to make a turkey out of a spoon, because I’d never seen one decorated for Thanksgiving before,” she says. “I thought foam feathers would be pretty to use. My family and friends also liked it.”

Ready to dress up a project of your own? Just ask a parent for the materials and any help you need, then follow the simple instructions here.

You Will Need
Patterns (below)
Tracing paper
White plastic spoon
Scraps of craft foam in five colors, including red (April used Foamies)
Two 10 millimeter wiggle eyes
Scrap of gold felt
Low-temperature glue gun and glue sticks
6-inch-long stick of hard candy or small sucker
Transparent tape

For instructions on how to complete this Thanksgiving Craft—-> Click Here

Top 10 Nutrition and Fitness Tips

4 09 2010

1. Get real and be specific. Write down three or four realistic goals that you can stick to. For example, “I will try to lose one pound of body fat every week. I will walk for 30 minutes minimum five days a week.” Avoid fantasy-land goals that will only frustrate you.

2. Get prepared. Throw away all the junk, the processed, and the “bingeable” foods now and replace them with fresh, whole foods like lots of water and veggies. Buy a new pair of walking shoes and find some clothes in your closet you feel comfortable to walk in. During a lifestyle change, if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail!

3. Get support. Whether it’s your best friend, spouse, or pet, it helps to have some nonjudgmental and nurturing support when trying to lose weight, especially during trying times.

4. Make daily notes. Research has shown that keeping track of your daily exercise and food intake in a journal or notebook will increase the likelihood of success. Keep it simple, or if you’re inspired, write a novel! The key is to hold yourself accountable.

5. Create a food-free reward system. How about a new workout outfit, pair of jeans, shoes — or what the heck, even a spa treatment, shopping spree, or weekend getaway? You deserve this kind of treatment when you reach your goals.

For more of the Top 10 Nutrition and Fitness click here.

Top 10 Toys for Men!

3 09 2010

1. Cranium

This board game can drive you crazy and therefore, keep you entertained for hours at a stretch. Two groups need to play it and try to reach the middle portion of the board. They will have to keep humming an odd tune, answer questions and spell difficult words back to front. Why? To have fun!


2. Aim N Shoot

If you like throwing all the wastepaper into the bin from a distance just to see if you can make the shot- this game is for you.

3. Razor Xtreme

This is basically like a small scooter and the rubbers are smooth enough to allow you to zoom over any street in the world. You can even rush over curbs and pavements- as long as there is no traffic in sight, of course.

4. Ferrari Model

If you cant afford the real deal, you can get somebody to create a dummy for you. Place it in such a way that you cannot help but admire it every time you are in the house. This will not only encourage you to buy the real car but also keep you happy.

5. Super Soaker

This is basically like those guns that squirt out water but much bigger. It may sound shocking but more adults buy this toy when compared to little children. Round up some old friends and play for hours and call it a day! Frustrated men can always point it at their wives if they don’t mind sleeping on the couch for the rest of the year.

To view the rest of the top 10 list click here.

4 Ways to De-Fat Your Cat

22 08 2010

If your cat’s packing on the pounds, here’s what you can do to help.

If your dog starts packing on the pounds, you take him for walks to get him moving. With cats, it’s more difficult. Today’s felines lead an inactive lifestyle, says veterinarian James Richards, director of the Feline Health Center at Cornell University. “More and more cats are living indoors, so they’re not out running around burning off calories.”

If you can feel your cat’s ribs with your fingers and see his waistline, he’s probably healthy. If not, help your kitty drop some weight:

  • Get him to play. Invest in some interactive toys such as a fishing-pole line for him to chase.
  • Watch portions. Keep her food out of reach when you’re not home. Cats should be fed mornings and evenings — don’t let them graze all day.

For more ways to de-fat your cat visit the Reader’s Digest website! Click Here.

Dog Birthday Cake Recipes!

18 08 2010

Peanut Butter Delight

Margaret Thatcher (Maggie) celebrates her fourth birthday
with a little Peanut Butter Delight. Note: She only ate half!

1 cup white or whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup shredded carrots
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup honey
1 egg


Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C)

Mix together flour and baking soda. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into a ring mold sprayed with a nonstick spray for 40 minutes.

Frost this cake with low fat cottage cheese and decorate with carrot pieces. Store in refrigerator.

Banana Carob Chip Birthday Cake

2 cups water
2 ripe bananas
1/8 tsp vanilla
3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 Tbs baking powder
1 egg
2 Tbs honey
1/2 cup carob chips


Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C)

In a mixing bowl combine water, bananas, vanilla, egg and honey. Add whole wheat flour and baking powder. Mix well. Pour mixture into an 8-inch cake pan sprayed with a nonstick spray. Sprinkle carob chips on top. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Decorating suggestion: Make both the Cinnamon and Carob frostings (below), then ice the cake with one, and use the other as a decorative trim.

Cinnamon Frosting:

Combine the following ingredients and blend thoroughly:
12 ounces nonfat cream cheese (room temperature)
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp honey

Carob Frosting:

Combine the following ingredients and blend thoroughly:
12 ounces nonfat cream cheese (room temperature)
3 tsp carob
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp honey

Makes One 8-inch cake.

For more great birthday cake recipes: Click Here!

31 Delicious Recipes for the Grill

11 07 2010
Fire up the grill, plan a picnic, or invite friends over for a backyard fiesta.
The Best Beef Satés in Singapore
These tiny, flame-seared beef kebabs are tender and spicy. This delicious recipe comes from Planet Barbecue! by Steve Raichlen.
Eggplant and Peppers with Feta
Emeril Lagasse’s new cookbook proves you don’t need meat for great grilling.
For these great receipes and more check out Reader’s Digest! Click Here