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About Judith

Judith is a retired Reading Resource Specialist with a Masters in Education. She is a published author and also a regular columnist with monthly articles in Pink Magazine and other publications. She and her husband Bill live on Hilton Head Island and, when not sailing their 36ft. yacht Serenity, they both volunteer at The Deep Well, Habitat for Humanity and the Boys and Girls Club on a regular basis. For many years they have also sponsored and produced a children's educational TV program called The Reading Room which is aired on WHHI each week and which is supported by their educational no-advertising web site,

Yummy Four Ingredient Desserts

Here are some more recipes from the Four Ingredient Cookbook that are fast and easy. Boy, time savers that are also tasty and do not look nearly as easy as they must be some kind of a gift, right?

Pineapple Coconut Sherbet

  1. 2 cans (8 oz.) of unsweetened crushed pineapple drained (I save the juice for smoothies)
  2. 2 cups non-fat vanilla yogurt (Obviously you can use any other yogurt but I use the Okinos 80 calorie pineapple yogurt ,duh!)
  3. 1/2 cup shredded coconut-I use the sweetened
  4. 2 Tablespoons honey
  5. Combine all ingredients and stir well. Pour into a shallow pan and freeze until soft set. Pour into a bowl and beat for appx. 4 minutes. Pour into a container with a cover and freeze solid. Soften at room temp. for about 15 minutes before serving. This is really tasty and simple. Top with a bit of Cool Whip for a fancy touch.


Chocolate Express

Boy, is this ever GOOD!

  1. 6 Tablespoons chocolate liqueur (Or something else you like-brandy, bourbon, etc.)
  2. 1 envelope plain unflavored gelatin
  3. 1 1/2 cups black coffee
  4. 2 cups fat free chocolate ice cream

Combine liqueur and gelatin in a blender container. Wait for 1 minute for gelatin to dissolve a bit then add hot coffee. Blend until gelatin granules are all dissolved. Add ice cream and blend until smooth and pour into four servers, custard cups, etc, and chill until set.

Obviously you can really make this with any ingredients to your own taste. Do watch proportions though.

More Four Ingredient Recipes

As promised, here are a few more of the Four Ingredient Recipes from the book by Linda Coffee and Emily Cale. I have made a few additions and I hope you always do the same to modify recipes to your own personal taste.

Marinated Vegetable Salad

  1. 2 cps. broken up cauliflower
  2. 2 cps. broken up or chopped broccoli pieces
  3. 1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
  4. Italian dressing to taste
  5. If you want pasta salad, simply add 2 cps of cooked pasta-your choice. I use the little swirls.

Meat and Bean Casserole

This is quick and easy and I use Morning Star Farms Ground Beef Crumbles

  1. 1/2 pound beef crumbles
  2. 1/2 cup chopped onion-I chop it very fine
  3. 16 oz (2 small or one large) cans of baked beans. I use the 16 oz. Bush’s Vegetarian fat free baked beans-yummy!
  4. 1/4 cup catsup
  5. Brown meat in a skillet and add onion and cook til tender. Add beans and catsup and heat through. Yes, this is really quite good!

Four Ingredient Recipes!

Sometimes something old makes a comeback and that is what happended to me. No, I did not get any younger, but I discovered, in a used book shop, one of those recipe books that have a certain number of ingredients.

This is a four ingredient book and I am passing on some of the recipes because this is something a bit different. Most recipes with a limited number of ingredients use packaged mixes and count that as an ingredient and that does not seem quite fair to me. This book, by Linda Coffee and Emily Cale, is not like that. It does not cop out. In fact, I found it quite clever. See what you think as I share a few recipes.

Cheese Rounds

  1. 1 cp grated cheddar cheese
  2. 1/2 cup margarine
  3. 1 1/4 cp. flour
  4. Dash of cayenne pepper
  5. Mix all ingredients and form a long roll. Slice into 1/4 inch rounds when ready to bake and cook 5 minutes at 400 degrees. this was great and the hardest part was making the rolls which took about 5 minutes.

Vienna Cocktail Sausages

  1. 2/3 cup yellow mustard
  2. 1 cup any type of jelly
  3. Vienna sausages or any type of cocktail wennie
  4. Add all of this to a Fondue pot and warm. Dip the wennies with wooden skewers or tooth picks. This is so easy and it is fun at a party and a yummy hit.

Strawberry Yogurt Pie

  1. 2 cps strawberry yogurt
  2. 1/2 cup strawberry preserves
  3. 1 8 oz. carton of Cool Whip thawed
  4. Graham cracker crust
  5. Combine strawberry preserve and yogurt in bowl and fold in Cool Whip. Pour into crust and freeze. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving. This is really good!

All of these recipes are great and soooo easy. I will add more in the nest few days. Stay tuned!

Good Stuff To Eat!

Putting stuff on toast has become popular all of a sudden and boy, do I ever support that. Oh, of course there is a catch. Isn’t there always? Watch your toast-I am using Dave’s Killer Bread and putting avocado and goat cheese on it. Also try any spreadable cheese with any veg you like. For example, lo fat cream cheese with thin sliced cucumbers, or Laughing Cow Lite with chopped broccoli. also, you might like fruit better than veg. I know I do. I spread pineapple cream cheese, lite of course, with blue berries or grapes or strawberries or ….you get the idea??

Anyway, the message is-good idea but watch the toppings and watch the bread. Go for fresh in the toppings and high fiber, low fat on the bread you select.


Skating Uphill

By Judith Lawrenson

January Issue 2020

Is there such a word as “unmotivated?” I’m just wondering!

Last year, 2019, was very up and down for me. I do not mean just weight either. A week or so ago I was so unmotivated to look to the future that I took my 2019 resolution lists, yes, lists, and made the 1 into a 2 by putting a little curl on the top and made the 9 into a 0 by filling in the empty space up the side. Can you picture it? It now looks like I have made new resolutions on the 2020 totally unmodified lists. BTW I still have them shamelessly up on my fridge.

Well, times change, and something happened that actually got me motivated-Christmas! I love it and as soon as I went down to the basement to unpack my boxes, the world changed. I put up all of my stuff and loved it then went to California to see my daughter for a week, then came home and slowly over the period of a week, I put things away and had quite a good time doing it. I looked at everything, re-loved it, and saw it into its box. Strangely enough, that got me on the move. I checked out my old resolutions and still liked them so that was good. I figured I could just try it all again. I had stuff on the lists that were good resolutions: write letters, eat less white sugar, call my friends, etc. those are good things, right? So, I just kept them, and I am ultra-motivated to do them. You know what they say about the second time around, right?

Okay, that is one motivation done and I am really happy with that. Happiness means you have picked something good to be motivated about, you know. In fact, I believe that thinking about doing something that will make you happy is the best of all motivators. In truth, why would you not? So, let’s try to recall a happy time, or think about a new thing that we have seen or read about that perhaps is going to move the “happy bar.” I love to cook and take several cooking magazines and I am going to try to try something our of each one at least once a week. I do not think that sounds hard since I am always trying to think of something new to have. I always check for exotic ingredients first lest I get stuck in the middle or the recipe contains something expensive that the recipe needs ½ teaspoon of and I will never use it again. That criteria dealt with, sets give some new food a try. Motivation? Sure, eating pleasure and perhaps even compliments. I love compliments and consider them to be right up there with my top motivators.

This next one is one of those “If you can afford it” ideas. How about a little trip? It is pretty cold and ugly here in January so I was thinking a small cruise? You can actually go on week-end cruises for a smaller price than you would think. If you do not like to cruise, how about just a getaway? Sometimes one night in a hotel with a pool and spa can do wonders for your outlook. Other outlook improvers that can push that motivation button are very simple. Shop a little. I do not mean for clothing, I mean for a feel good thing. Giving of yourself can bring not just a good feeling, but actual JOY! Help someone, pet a dog, or better yet adopt one, do anything that makes you feel that you have given yourself a forward push and that it felt so good you want to do it again.

My greatest motivator is a very selfish one. I am in to my very own personal health and wellbeing.  I feel sometimes that I am getting pretty old and those numbers are looking me stone cold in the eye. On the other hand, I don’t feel that I am done yet if you get what I mean. I can only go on to do more of the things that I want to do if I am fit and well enough to do them. I make myself go to the Dr. and get that flu shot and mammogram and talk about preventative medicine. I exercise and watch my weight. Perhaps that is my biggest battle, but not being able to breathe in my jeans for a whole day or having to lie on my back to zip up a pair of pants can motivate the hell out of both you and me!

Motivation is a funny, and very personal emotion. Sometimes it lasts and sometimes not, but if it is something that becomes a part of your life and value system, your original effort will be well worth it-I promise!

Be The Change

Skating Uphill
Judith Lawrenson
December Issue

You know that the whole quote is “Be the change you want to see in the world,” which actually makes it MUCH harder!

The Uphill Skater

Honestly, Elizabeth Millen our darling editor/publisher comes up with the best themes for PINK. What a challenge to actually bring home something as broad yet right to the point as one person making a change in the world and, whoa, having that person perhaps be YOU!!!

I am just kidding-I can think of many ways we can make meaningful changes in our surroundings and if we look at the small view of say writing a check to an organization even that has its place in betterment. As you sit and read this article, look at yourself-actually see yourself. Are you thinking that there is not much just little you can do to make a dent in the big wide world? Think again.

Do you have an extra pocket book or two floating around your closet? Go down to the Dollar Store or Wal-Mart and buy some feminine hygiene items, a wash cloth, a pair of socks, some lipstick, a pair of underpants and a t-shirt, and stuff like that. Add a $5 certificate for a fast food restaurant and give it to a homeless woman. If you can’t find one, go to your local shelter or better yet, go to a local church that has meals for the homeless. Believe me, you will be shocked at how easy it is to find a homeless woman and statistically, she will be over 50. Do you believe that. It makes you want to cry, doesn’t it?
PS-Go in person!

Next, I am asking you to “stand your ground.” You have opinions and emotions and strong feelings about many things. Examine those feelings and think carefully what threatens your convictions to those thoughts and ideas. Fight them. Think your own thoughts and act on them. Don’t let others deter you from your ideals. Is something happening in your job or life to you or someone else you care about? Do you see a big injustice or better yet, a little one? Step up. Little hurts and unfair acts are only little to the person who is not involved in it. Remember that.

See a need and fill it. Man, this is an easy one. I have a dear friend who was a victim of sexual assault when she was young. She is African American. She was moved by an article she read in her newspaper about a rape victim who was a visitor to her town and knew no one. My friend went to the hospital to see her and was denied admittance because she had no training to handle this type of situation. Give up? Not on your life. She went to the Rape Crisis Center and took the three month training course and began to advocate in her local hospital and began to visit victims. This is the heart part of this story: In almost every instance the victim was Black. In every instance she and the victim were the only African Americans in the room. Nurses, doctors, even aids and pastors were white as snow. Just imagine how a victim of abuse would feel seeing not only a sister, but finding out that her visitor was a real sister not just in color, but so much more importantly, in life experiences. See a need and fill it.

My favorite #Be the Change is the easiest and potentially the most fun. Tutor or mentor a child. Oh, poor you. You don’t need a child who may need you-Are you kidding me??? Go to your local Boys and Girls Club. Go to your local elementary School. Ask at the library. Ask a Sunday School teacher. Come on, no excuses on this one. Children who need academic help, a warm coat, a backpack of food to take home over the weekend, a friend and on and on. I go into my grandson’s Pre-K classroom once a week and it was easy to spot the little girl who needed help. Now when I go to read I spend 15 minutes with her afterward. It has been so good for me-never mind good for her, ladies. When you help someone on a face to face basis, it is just as good for you as it is for the child you are

Finally, do a thing that you know needs to be done. I can’t tell you what it is. Maybe something in a neighbor’s yard. Maybe a bag of food on a doorstep. Maybe a coat for a child you see in the classroom where you volunteer. Maybe something as simple as a phone call to a shut-in. If you think that things like this don’t change the world, you are dead wrong. These, in fact, are the only things that are going to change the world. In the process and as an unforeseen side effect, you will be changed too. Trust me on this!

Just For Today

It is a gray day today but I am not letting it get me down and neither should you. I just read my grandson a book called “Count Your Blessings” in which the Berenstein Bears learn how to count their blessings instead of wanting toys and “stuff” seen at a friend’s house. What an eye opener for not only my grandson (aged 5) but me as well. The little bears are sitting in front of a nice fire with mom and dad and being loved and they learn that THAT is the biggest blessing of all. Today, think about someone who cares for you but also think about someone YOU care about and give them a call, a thought, or a prayer!

Cutting Edge

We Pescatarians are growing in number. It is a true cutting edge healthy eating breakthrough. To eschew red meat and the flesh of other mammals is a good thing and at some level we all know this. Sustainable fish and shell fish and vegetables and fruits are so good for our bodies.

Fad diets and off the wall eating plans will never survive and we all know it. How many times have you tried it yourself or seen someone else fail or the whole silly idea go away-Spinach and grapefruit, raw vegan, Keto, liquid only, etc. all may last a while, but good health and sustainability are the only true lasting tests of good nutrition.

Do it for yourself, the planet, and the assurance of a longer more physically fit life.

Do Your Best!

We all try to do our best every day, I think. Some days are better than others, obviously, but that is never an excuse to give up or be discouraged. Okay, I grant you that it may seem like it often, but don’t do it. One of my favorite quotes keeps me optimistic:

“Everything will be all right in the end, and if it is not all right, perhaps it is not the end yet!”

Slow Down-Spend time like you spend your money, Carefully!

In a hurry? Not good! I’m just saying, and yes, I know it is easy to say, that sometimes just a little pre-planning time spent can make a world of difference in your day.

I try to spend by habit, 10 minutes in the morning exercising and 10 minutes doing a plan for the day. It was easier, believe it or not, on days when I had tons of things to do. On a day that you are free or there is little that must be done, it is very simple to let time slip away and let tasks slip and be left undone. This brings huge pressure later.

So free advice-Try to space it out. Try to gain some balance between rush/sleep/dead tired and just taking it a day at a time and trying to meet goals and deadlines as you can. A healthy, realistic way to regulate yourself it to take a long term look and then a short term look. Also, take a good close look at what other people add or detract from your goals. You might be surprised when you, in a totally neutral way, evaluate your co-workers, friends, family and party group. Toxic people are just exactly that! You don’t need it.

All of this takes just what you are trying to save-TIME! It is well worth it though. Again, think long term and you will see that a little elf-evaluation is truly “Time Well Spent.”