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Yes, Corn Pudding!

Diana’s Corn Pudding!!

It is with a great deal of reluctance that I share this recipe. It is an all time favorite at any covered dish affair and known only to a special few! Diana shared it with me on the condition that I would call her before any event to be sure that it was not the dish she was bringing. So, Jut for YOU, here is:

Diana’s West Virginia Corn Pudding

  1. Cream 1/2 butter ans1/2 cup sugar until smooth (I used Marg)
  2. Add two eggs one at a time mixing in between
  3. Add 1 cp sour cream (I used Daisy Lite)
  4. Beat until smooth
  5. Add one can of cream corn and one can of regular corn
  6. Add one box of corn muffin mix alternating with 1/2 cp milk (I used skim milk) Mix well and bake at 350 in a greased 9X134 glass pan.

This is sooo good you won’t believe it. It is pretty easy too!

Eat This-Not That

Salads are not what they used to be. Lettuce and tomato are not the salad any more, they are just the starting base. What else can you add? Try some of these additives for a salad surprise. BTW-Eat This Not That means don’t add any cheese except feta and DON’T under any circumstances use full fat dressing. The best dressing is V and O of any type you like. I like apple cider or rice vinegar and Balsamic special vinegars. I use olive oil only for salads or dip and I use Canola oil to cook.

  1. Boiled egg
  2. Blueberries
  3. Different types of tomato-there are sooo many
  4. Any and all veg. Broc, Cauliflower, Carrots, (I like grated carrots) etc.
  5. Add a special bag of Asian mix or South West mix
  6. Nuts (I like walnuts)
  7. Feta Cheese
  8. Try “Skinny Girl” Dressings
  9. Any different type of greens
  10. Meat
  11. Salmon, tuna, tofu or any other vegetable protein, like chick peas or beans
  12. Just for fun-Try scallops (I buy the frozen bag at Trader Joe’s)

So, you see that I am right-right??? Do anything to your salad. Just be sure to watch the carbs and use lots of fiber! Let me know how it goes.

A “pear”ently Yummy

I love pear and yes, out of season I even use canned pears. I buy the kind that are canned in lite syrup and then I drain the syrup into tea, any type of water, just a jar of juices I keep in the fridge to caramelize things, and on and on. The easiest way to eat a pear is just out of hand, but you might also try a 1/2 peeled pear on a leaf of Romain lettuce with some blue or feta cheese. It looks really fancy when plated as a starter or salad.

I also really like to poach pears. Use canned or fresh and poach in just about anything you like that is flavorful. I poach in red wine, white wine, maple syrup added to water, even cheap sparkling wine.

Just barely cover the pear halves and bubble the liquid until the pears are al dente. Save the juice to pour over the pears and decorate with some mint leaves. Yummy-I think YES!

Ok, so life just gave you some lemons

I love that old saying that when life gives you lemons you should make lemonade, but we here at “Skating Uphill” like to think out of the box. When life gives you lemons, first of all, jump up and shout “Lucky Me!” Then you can:
  1. Make lemonade and make lemonade ice cubes to put in tea
  2. Make a lemon merengue pie
  3. Use squirts of lemon on vegetables or fruits
  4. Saute fish with lemon and white wine
  5. Make lemon bars
  6. Put lemon peel down your garbage disposal to clean and refresh
  7. Rub lemon and or peel on your hands to kill the odor of fish or anything else you have been working with
  8. Use lemons in any kind of fruit bowl display to add big color
  9. Make lemon curd and bake it in those little puff pastry cups
  10. Make an easy pie with a graham cracker crust, a tub of Cool Whip, a package of lemon pudding, and 1/4 cup of squeezed lemon made boiling hot in the microwave with a package of lemon jello added to it and disolved. (I use Jello instant pudding and add 2 cups of really cold milk then stir for 2 minutes.) Combine all and pour into the pie shell. Put this in the fridge for at least 2 hours. It is lo-cal and really yummy.

See, being given lemons is not so bad really, is it? And if you do not want the lemon and you do not want to do any of these things, give the lemon back!!

Eat This/Not That

I have said many times before that wrapping whatever in a tortilla is great for any meal or snack, but you can also use this trick for lovely and even elegant appetizers.

Lay down any type of tortilla and spread it with lite cream cheese or Laughing Cow. If I am using fruit I like to spread with flavored cream cheese like strawberry or pineapple. Finely chop your filling.

For fruit I use strawberries, blueberries drained canned pineapple, chopped apple and cinnamon, or really just about anything. Do NOT pulse this in your blender. It makes the filling much to finely chopped and damp. I use my little hand chopper.

If you prefer vegetable, use broc, cauliflower, BLT, tomatoes or again just about anything. Spread your cream cheese or Laughing Cow and add filling on the tortilla and wrap tightly. With a sharp knife, slice the roll very thinly. The spirals are quite festive, and if you dress the platter with curly Italian parsley or cilantro, it makes a lovely appetizer tray.

You can take this anywhere!

Eat This, Not That-Smoothy

Yes, be alert even in Smoothy World! If you use ice cream instead of frozen yogurt or ice cubes you may be in trouble. Do you use full fat yogurt? Do you use whole milk? Have you tried the 5 Calorie Cran-Apple drink as your liquid? Have you checked to see how many calories there are in your protein powder? (If not, get ready for a shocker, and next time read the label!) Did you know that one of those little Dole fruit cups that come in the 4 pack has only 40 calories?

Your good morning Smoothy can be a total calorie bomb instead of a healthy breakfast alternative. BTW, vegetable smoothies are fantastic and usually only 1/2 the calories of fruit. Try a cup of vegetable broth, low sodium of course, and add some broc, celery, and fresh spinach, and ice cubes. Yes, it is rally good and if you add your protein powder, it can set you up for the whole day.

Eat This/Not That

Eat This/Not that is a brand new buzz phrase that should and does resonate with all of us. In fact I am so taken with it that I will be using it as a headline for many features, wellness tips, and recipes. Take a look at the picture and you will immediately get the idea. Look at all of those yummy foods then think, and not in a good way, about cookies, ice cream, and your heart! Finally, think about YOU being soo happy and healthy. I am not saying no cookies and ice cream, but I am saying “In Moderation!” I will also put out there that fat free frozen yogurt is very good, and it is also lots of fun to make your own ice cream and that puts you in total control of your calories, carbs, and fat.


When you make a salad, forget just ice berg lettuce and tomato. Go for it with avocado, an egg, bib lettuce, crunchy broc and cauliflower, and for a texture treat, add chopped walnuts.

Banana Fanna Fo Fanna

Yes, Mr. Banana even has his own song-remember it? The lowly banana is, in reality, a big star. Not only are bananas delicious, everyone knows also that one banana is a whole days worth of potassium. At only 100 calories, that is quite a deal

This is really only the beginning of the banana story though. For example, I NEVER make a smoothie without a soft banana or two. Does anyone-I think not. It goes best, in my opinion, with a cup of unflavored Greek yogurt, a scoop of protein powder, some blueberries and strawberries, some ice cubes and my secret ingredient-a cup of 5 calorie cranberry juice.

Also, you can make that non dairy ice cream that is so very good. Freeze some banana chunks, add your favorite flavors like a bit of vanilla or some chocolate syrup, use any non-dairy milk, I prefer oat milk, and blend. Add or use less liquid to determine your texture. Freeze and enjoy.

Some people use a mashed banana as a moisturizer too, but to be honest, I have not tried that. I have used avocado though and it works! Try the banana facial and let me know!

PS if you have extra bananas that are going black, freeze them right away for future use in a bunch of different things.