Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 30

Psalm 27:14 - NLT
Wait patiently for the Lord, be brave and courageous.  Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

Kerri wished she could lose weight just a little bit faster. She really didn't have anything to complain about. Since she started her diet, she had consistently lost. There were days, though, when she simply got tired of dieting. She doubted whether she was ever going to lose the weight she wanted to lose. All those times, she turned to God for encouragement. Talking to the Lord always made Kerri feel better. She really believed that He knew what she was going through. If God could be patient with her when she complained about her diet, she figured she could be more patient as she attempted to lose weight.

Today's Thought: Without patience, I'll never lose weight!


Today's Tip:
Simplest Diet, Health Tip – Add Fruits and Vegetables
Read more at: or look at the Produce Color Chart here:


Summer Fruit Salad

 Cool off quick this summer with a delicious fruit salad!
 Fresh bananas, oranges, strawberries and grapes combine
 with creamy dressing for one cool, refreshing treat.

 Prep: 10 min

 3 medium bananas, sliced
 4 medium oranges, peeled and sectioned
 1 cup strawberries, cut in half
 1 cup seedless green grapes, cut in half
 Sour Cream-Honey Dressing (below)
 1. Toss bananas, oranges, strawberries and grapes.

 2. Make Sour Cream-Honey Dressing; pour over fruit. Toss
 until fruit is well coated.

 Makes 10 servings

 Sour Cream-Honey Dressing

 1/2 cup sour cream
 1 tablespoon honey
 1 tablespoon orange juice
 Mix all ingredients until smooth.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September 29

John 16:33 - NLT
'I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.  Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome the world."

Leo wanted to remember how tough it was. He'd lost the weight, but he never wanted to get back into the poor shape he'd recently been in. It would be way too easy to fall back into bad habits, thinking that the battle was won once for all time. It was nice to have succeeded. But Leo planned to make sure his success lasted a good, long time. It is nice to overcome obesity, but it is an ongoing battle. We should ally ourselves with the one true conqueror: Jesus Christ. With Christ's help, we can continue to triumph over our weight problems. He grants not only peace, but power to overcome any obstacle.

Today's Thought: If we empty our plate, we won't lose our weight!


Today's Tip:  Chocolate Is Good for You!
At least it is if you stick to cocoa, or chocolate with little saturated fat. Cocoa has flavonoids -- the same health-boosting substances found in tea, red wine and soy foods. Studies suggest the flavonoids may help protect against heart disease and stroke.


First Place Favorites Chewy Chocolate Brownie Recipe

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup diet margarine, melted
3 tbsp cocoa
1 sugar subst. to taste
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/4 cup canned evap. skim milk
5 pecan halves, chopped

preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl mix flour, baking powder and
salt.  Beat eggs. Melt margarine. Add all ingredients to flour mixture.
Bake for 20 minutes.

Monday, September 28, 2015

September 28

Isaiah 41:13 - NLT
I am holding you by your right hand--I, the Lord your God.  And I say to you, 'Do not be afraid.  I am here to help you.'

When Jenny was young, her mother used to hold her hand whenever Jenny was afraid or worried. Just the feel of her mother's hand in hers gave her strength and courage. There were days when Jenny wished her mom was close enough to hold her hands again, but she lived hundreds of miles away. She especially wanted her mother's support now that she was dieting. Whenever things got particularly tough, she would close her eyes to say a short prayer. As she prayed, she imagined her hand in Jesus' hand, and she felt a wonderful peace and comfort. That image gave Jenny all the strength she needed.

Today's Thought: I'm never too heavy for God to pick up!


Today's Tip:  Easy Ways To Eat More Veggies.
The more accessible vegetables are, the more likely you are to eat them every day. Try tossing a bag of baby carrots into your bag or briefcase to nibble on throughout the day; adding frozen veggies to canned soup; or topping broiled chicken or fish with salsa.


Pumpkin Pancakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup Pumpkin
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vegetable oil

COMBINE flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt in large bowl. Combine milk, pumpkin, egg and vegetable oil in small bowl; mix well. Add to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened; batter may be lumpy.

HEAT griddle or skillet over medium heat; brush lightly with vegetable oil. Pour 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle; cook until bubbles begin to burst. Turn and continue cooking 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

September 27

Psalm 9:10 - NLT
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O LORD, have never abandoned anyone who searches for you.

It was nice to see that the church cared so much about the ladies' group that dieted together. At the annual church planning board dinner, it was suggested that a low calorie menu be offered. Dieting was so much easier when other people understood and cooperated with you. It was gratifying to be supported by the church as if by one's own family. God had been good to the ladies of the church. God's love should be apparent in our churches. The church should be a place where we know we will be affirmed and supported. God never forsakes His children, and His children should be careful not to forsake each other.

Today's thought: No matter what, I'm not on this diet alone!


Today's Tip:  Fitness
Relieve neck pain through stretching. The next exercise resembles the neck movements of a turtle. You should literally stick your neck out and then draw it back again. In doing so, you will make a gliding movement forward with your chin, as if trying to reach far out with it and thus to lengthen the neck. The pull will be felt in the back of the neck on both sides between the ears as well as in the middle. Repeat this exercise four times.


Mock Mashed Potatoes

2 10oz pkgs frozen cauliflower (or fresh 3/4 head)
1 tsp chicken bouillon granules
1/4 tsp white pepper
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp heavy cream

Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook cauliflower in microwave or on stovetop until it is fall-apart fork tender. Drain well and mix cauliflower with all ingredients except cream in food processor. Add cream slowly and mix again.

Spray ovenproof dish with cooking spray and put mixture in. Bake 15 - 20 minutes.

For those of you who think they would not like this dish because they are not fans of cauliflower, I implore you to try it - it does not taste like cauliflower at this point. Really.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

September 26

Isaiah 43:5 - NLT
'Do not be afraid, for I am with you.  I will gather you and your children from east and west.'

It didn't look like it was going to work out. Becky wanted to lose a few pounds before the dance. It wasn't any big deal, but that made it worse. She'd had almost six weeks, and in that time she hadn't lost any weight at all. She kept telling herself she had plenty of time, but time had slipped away. Now it was too late, and she felt terrible. Why had she been so stupid? Why hadn't she taken it more seriously? Not only did she feel bad because she was overweight, but she also felt guilty and hopeless. Somehow she had to learn to knuckle down and stick to what she needed to do. With God's help, maybe she could.

Today's Thought: Today I lose weight; tomorrow's too late!


Today's Tip:
Nibbling isn't the problem.
It's what you nibble ON that counts.
So find something non-fattening
to chew on, and
nibble happily ever after.


Grilled Garden Vegetables

 2 medium red and/or yellow bell peppers, cut into 8 wedges
 2 medium zucchini and/or yellow squash, cut diagonally into
1-inch pieces
 8 small carrots with 1-inch greens intact
 6 green onions and/or red scallions, cut into 3-inch pieces
 2 tablespoons LAND O LAKES® Butter, melted
 1/2 teaspoon instant minced garlic or garlic salt
 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
 1/4 teaspoon salt

 Heat gas grill on medium or charcoal grill until coals are ash white. Make 12-inch square aluminum foil grilling pan with rectangle of double thickness heavy-duty aluminum foil or use purchased foil pan.

 Place peppers, squash, carrots and onions in grilling pan. Drizzle with melted butter; sprinkle with garlic, pepper and salt. Place pan onto grill. Cover; grill, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are roasted.

Friday, September 25, 2015

September 25

Proverbs 18:10 - NLT
The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.

Every few weeks or so, Ellen would go off by herself to her grandmother's farm for a day alone. She would fast for the entire day, and each time hunger would overtake her, she would pause to pray to God. She thanked Him for providing her with food and sustenance through the week. She thanked Him for her life in a country where she was free to do what she wanted to. She thanked Him that she didn't have to struggle day to day for survival. The times on the farm meant so much to her. Ellen found great strength in those times when hunger made her feel so weak. It was good to take time to be thankful.

Today's Thought: I'll try not to think of what I don't have, but what I do have!


Today's Tip:  MOVE IT TO LOSE IT!

Watch and work out . . .  Choose one half-hour show that you like and jog in place.  Or create your own step class by putting four old phone books in a row on the floor and stepping up and down for the whole half-hour.  At the same time, move your arms up and down over your head.  Even better, let Oprah motivate you and work out for the whole hour!


Orange-Avocado Salad

 This salad features a yummy combination of fruits, veggies
 and a citrus dressing.

 Prep: 20 min

 Orange Vinaigrette (below)
 3 oranges, peeled and sliced
 2 avocados, peeled, pitted and sliced
 6 thin slices red onion, separated into rings
 Salad greens

 1. Make Orange Dressing.

 2. Arrange oranges, avocados and onion on salad greens on
 6 salad plates. Serve with dressing.

 Makes 6 servings
 Orange Vinaigrette

 1/3 cup vegetable oil
 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
 1/4 cup orange juice
 2 tablespoons sugar
 2 tablespoons lemon juice
 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 Shake all ingredients in tightly covered container.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

September 24

James 1:6 - NLT
But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the seas that is driven and tossed by the wind.

Sybil couldn't understand why Bev kept praying about her diet. It seemed so silly. Sybil was a good Christian, but she didn't bother talking about such trivial things with God. God had much better things to do than watch people lose weight, didn't He? Still, Bev seemed to be doing much better on her diet than Sybil was. Bev didn't struggle with temptation as much, and she was much better at saying no when she was offered rich, fattening foods. Maybe Bev had something. Her prayers were obviously a help to her, and Sybil had nothing to lose but her weight. Sybil decided to ask Bev for some guidance.

Today's Thought: Too much doubt rules weight loss out!


Today's Tip:  Get the Best Bread.
When you buy bread, check that the first ingredient is "whole-grain wheat," "whole wheat," "whole rye," etc. Whole grains are primary fuel for your body. They're rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and hard-to-get trace elements such as chromium.


Wheat Crackers

    1 c  Whole wheat flour
    1/4 c  Wheat germ
      1 t  Salt
    1/2 c  Water
      1 c  All purpose flour
    1/4 c  Brown sugar
    1/2 t  Baking soda
    1/4 c  butter, softened

     In a medium bowl, mix flours, wheat germ, sugar, salt and soda. Stir in water and butter until smooth dough forms.  Divide in half; cover; let
  stand 10 minutes.  Place half the dough on a lightly oiled 17 x 14 inch
  baking sheet; roll out to a 16 1/2 inch x 13 1/2 inch rectangle. Prick all
  over with a fork, cut in 1 1/2 inch squares, brush with water and sprinkle with additional salt (opt.).  Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes until crisp but not over browned.  Remove to racks to cool. Repeat with second half.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

September 23

Psalm 46:1 - NLT
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

Barb hated it when her husband went away on business trips. He was her conscience when it came to watching what she ate. Besides, when she was lonely she had the tendency to eat to compensate. It was so much harder to diet when he went away. It is good to know that we have a refuge and strength that never goes on vacation. God is ever with us, and He will help us whenever we need Him. When the temptations are the greatest, then we can be confident that God will be the strongest.

Today's Thought: I will turn to God when my diet gets too tough!


Today's Tip:  Stuffing vegetables such as capsicum and zucchini with tasty fillings of mince chicken, meat or tuna are easy to do and very healthy and low fat.


Zucchini with Parmesan Sauce

Prep: 10 min - Total: 17 min
3 medium zucchini, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
2 medium yellow squash, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 medium red onion, cut into wedges
2 Tbsp. oil
1 tub (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Chive  cook on low heat until cream cheese spread is melted and mixture is thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Serve over vegetables.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September 22

Mark 11:24 - NLT
'Listen to me!  You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it.'

Abby knew that God hadn't lost her weight for her, but He sure helped her be able to lose it. When she felt most like giving up, He encouraged her and gave her the will to go on. When she was most tempted to break her diet, He reminded her of how important it was to stick with it. When the pounds began to fall, He filled her with a deep joy that insured she would continue. She never forgot to pray, whether it was for help, for strength, or for thanksgiving. Abby hadn't lost the weight all by herself. God helped more than she could ever know.

Today's Thought: I'm glad that I'm a loser. . .of weight!


Today's Tip:  Grab-and-Go Breakfast.

The key to any healthy grab-and-go meal is a balance of protein, fat and carbs. For a quick and easy breakfast, stuff half a whole-wheat pita with cottage cheese and sliced peaches or pears.


5-Minute Fat-Free Chilled Strawberry Soup

1 quart strawberries, stem tops removed
12 ounces fat-free vanilla yogurt
A pinch of dry ginger
Juice of 1 orange
4-6 mint leaves

Place ingredients in food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Chill and serve with a small dollop of yogurt and a mint sprig as garnish. It can be further enhanced with a shot of Grand Marnier or a couple ounces of sweet champagne.

Serves four.


Monday, September 21, 2015

September 21

Psalm 91:3 - NLT
For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from the fatal plague.

Bert woke up in a cold sweat. He had dreamed that he was lying on a beach, when suddenly the sand began to shift, and he felt himself being sucked downward. Try as he might, he couldn't twist or turn out of the trap. Every way he moved, the sand gave way. He realized that the only reason he was sinking was due to his weight. The more he fought, the deeper he sank. As the sand closed in over his head, he woke up. Quietly, he prayed that the Lord might rescue him from his prison of flesh. Immediately, he was filled with a spirit of sacrifice and commitment equal to the diet that lay before him.

Today's Thought: Without a doubt, I'll win this bout!


Today's Tip:  9 Myths About Dieting

1. Eating Late at Night Is Sure to Pack on the Pounds
2. You Can Break Through a Weight-Loss Plateau by Eating Less
3. Never Have Seconds
4. Deny Your Cravings; They're All in Your Head
5. Don't Eat Between Meals
6. Eating Breakfast Makes You Hungry All Day
7. To Lose Weight, Become a Vegetarian
8. Fasting for a Few Days Drops the Pounds Quickly
9. You Can Eat Anything You Want as Long as It's Fat-Free

(From Dieting For Dummies® by Jane Kirby For The American Dietetic
Association. Copyright © 1998 IDG Books Worldwide, Inc.)


Gingered Carrots

3 lb carrots
2 Tbsp. margarine
2 Tbsp. shredded ginger root
1 Tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. salt

Peel carrots and cut into 2 inch long sticks, about half an inch wide. Place in a saucepan with just enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes or until just tender. Drain into colander and reserve.

Combine remaining ingredients in saucepan over low heat and stir until margarine is melted. Add carrots to pan and toss to coat. Simmer about 2 minutes or until heated through.

WW Points = 1

Sunday, September 20, 2015

September 20

Revelation 21:7 - NLT
'All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.'

Chris thought he was going to die. Why did the gym teacher make the fat kids run track? It wasn't human. His pulse was pounding so hard he thought his eyes might pop out. The finish line looked a million miles away. It wasn't worth it. Somehow he had to lose some of his excess baggage. Nobody could go through life feeling as bad as he presently felt. We need to overcome our weight problems. Life is not meant to be a struggle, but a blessed gift from God. If we will work to be overcomers, then God will bless our efforts and carry us over the finish line.

Today's Thought: With each pound I drop, I move faster toward my goal!


Today's Tip:  On a budget?

The price we pay for convenience foods is not only the higher sodium content, but the higher price. You can gain better control over sodium consumption by changing to a recipe based plan for whole, fresh foods. By choosing the same meal 2-3 times per week, you're able to purchase larger sizes which will end up costing less.


Low-Fat Pumpkin Muffins

1 cup canned cooked pumpkin
1 cup bran cereal shreds, crushed
3/4 cup skim milk
1/3 cup light or dark corn syrup
2 egg whites, slightly beaten
1-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt necessary
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray 12 2-1/2 inch muffin cups with cooking spray. Combine pumpkin and next 4 ingredients in a bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in another bowl. Add pumpkin mixture and stir until well blended. Spoon into prepared muffin cups. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack.

This recipe serves 12 people. Due to the nature of this recipe, it adjusts the number of servings in multiples of 12 only.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

September 19

Job 11:15 - NLT
Then your face will brighten in innocence.  You will be strong and free of fear.

What a marvelous feeling, being able to stand up in front of the diet group and tell them she had lost forty-four pounds! Marcie never thought she'd see the day. She remembered all the times when, with great embarrassment, she had to confess that she was not even close to her goal. Those days were behind her. All the doubts and guilt were over. The groups had been a great help, too, as God had been. Her faith was a large reason that she was able to stay with it as well as she did. Praise God, everything worked out. She held her head high and shared her great news with the group that had helped her so much.

Today's Thought: Doubting never helps get things done!


Today's Tip:  Buying the Healthiest Dairy Foods.

Milk, yogurt and cheese are excellent sources of calcium, but regular varieties have too much saturated fat. Switch to low-fat or nonfat varieties (3 grams or less of total fat per serving).



2 cups nonfat yogurt cheese
7 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)  
1 tablespoon cornstarch
4 egg whites, lightly beaten (or 1 egg and 2 whites)
1 lemon, juice  
1 teaspoon vanilla  
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel, or 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a 7-inch springform or 8-inch pie pan.

Combine yogurt cheese, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and vanilla, mixing gently with a fork or wire whisk until well blended. Stir in the eggs.

Pour into prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake until the center is set, 20 to 25 minutes (pie pan) or 55 minutes (springform). Cool slightly and refrigerate, uncovered, for 24 hours.

Serves 8.

Friday, September 18, 2015

September 18

Hebrews 10:23 - NLT
Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.

Kelly believed God would help her. At least, she wanted to believe that God would help. Sometimes she wasn't so sure. She'd begin to doubt, then fear would set in, and she'd comfort herself with a bowl of ice cream or a chocolate bar. Then she'd get mad at herself, she'd pray for help once more, and the whole cycle would start again. If only she could stay convinced that God was with her to give her strength. Kelly knew it wasn't God's fault that she kept giving in. It was her own wavering. Perhaps Kelly's prayer should have been for strength of faith, rather than strength of diet will-power.

Today's Thought: I don't think God will help me lose weight; I know it!


Today's Tip:

Secret of Successful Weight Loss
The real secret of successful weight loss is to fill up your stomach with healthy lower calorie food. Because a full stomach is your best protection against food temptation, binges, cravings and other diet disasters.

DON'T go hungry.
If you do, you'll reach for something that makes you fat.

It's ALWAYS better to eat a little too much, than not enough.
Because not enough leads to diet catastrophe!


Golden Glow Punch

 This punch provides 100% Daily Value of vitamin C and is very
 low in sodium and naturally fat free.

 Prep: 5 min

 1 tub TANG Orange Flavor Sugar Free Drink Mix
 1 qt. (4 cups) water
 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen unsweetened strawberries, partially thawed
 1 can (6 oz.) frozen lemonade concentrate
 2 cups cold club soda
 Ice cubes

 PLACE drink mix, water, strawberries and lemonade in large
 plastic or glass pitcher. Stir until drink mix is dissolved
 and strawberries are separated. Refrigerate until ready to

 POUR into large punch bowl just before serving. Stir in club
 soda and ice cubes.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

September 17

2 Corinthians 12:9 - NLT
Each time he said, 'My gracious favor is all you need.  My power works best in your weakness.'  So now I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ may work through me.

There are times when the hunger pangs get to be almost unbearable. A person gets shaky, she feels weak-kneed and light-headed; it almost feels like an illness. Hunger makes us aware of how really weak we are. A person who is hungry is a person who is humble. It is good for us to realize that we need help, that we are not always able to stand on our own two feet. In those times of weakness, we learn to rely on the true strength: the power of Jesus Christ. Christ comes to us in our moments of weakness, to strengthen and support us. Praise God that He never lets us fail for very long.

Today's Thought: Hunger makes me weak; losing weight makes me strong!


Today's Tip:   Firm Up Your Dinner Plans.
Deciding ahead of time what you are having for dinner will keep you from grabbing the wrong foods when you are in a pinch. Set a deadline for yourself, say 3 p.m., to know what you're serving. This will give you plenty of time to plan and pick up what you need.


Number of Servings: 3

1/2 cup skim milk
1 cup cream-style low fat (1%) cottage cheese
1 1/2 cups chilled cut-up fresh fruit (strawberries, peaches, cantaloupe, blueberries, or raspberries)
1 banana
1 cup ice cubes
2 tablespoons frozen lemonade concentrate

Place all ingredients into blender container. Cover; process on high until smooth.

Note: For extra frosty shake, freeze peeled banana several hours before using.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September 16

2 Corinthians 12:9 - NLT
Each time he said, "My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me.

There are times when the hunger pangs get to be almost unbearable. A person gets shaky, she feels weak-kneed and light-headed; it almost feels like an illness. Hunger makes us aware of how really weak we are. A person who is hungry is a person who is humble. It is good for us to realize that we need help, that we are not always able to stand on our own two feet. In those times of weakness, we learn to rely on the true strength: the power of Jesus Christ. Christ comes to us in our moments of weakness, to strengthen and support us. Praise God that He never lets us fail for very long.

Today's Thought: Hunger makes me weak; losing weight makes me strong!


Today's Tip:  Health and Diet

Having a “senior moment?” It happens at any age! Maybe you’re misplaced your keys. Perhaps an appointment slipped your mind. Unfortunately, these forgetful moments are a part of the aging process. Healthy living can help keep your mind sharp. Eat a balanced diet, get plenty of sleep, control your blood pressure, keep active and exercise your mind by reading or solving puzzles.



2 C Frozen Shredded Hash Browns
1/4 Tsp Cumin
1/4 Tsp Chili Powder
2 Tbs Canola Oil, divided
1 C Egg Substitute
2 Tbs Skim Milk
2 Green Onions, sliced
2 Tbs Red Pepper, chopped
1 Tbs Jalapeno Pepper, chopped
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1 Pre-baked Pizza Crust (16 OZ)
1/2 C Salsa
3/4 C Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Cook hash browns & next 2 ingredients, in 1 tbs of the oil. In a bowl beat the egg and milk and set aside. Sauté onions and next 3 ingredients with remaining oil.  Add the egg mixture, cook and stir until almost set. Spread salsa over crust. Top with egg mixture, hash browns, then cheese. Bake at 375° for 8-10 min.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September 15

2 Peter 2:9 - NLT
So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while punishing the wicked right up until the day of judgement.

Woody had a weird dream. His hands and arms got so flabby that he couldn't reach out and pick anything up anymore. Before him stood a long table filled with marvelous things to eat, but he was unable to take anything. He woke up sweat-soaked and shuddering. It had seemed so real! He caught a glimpse of himself in the dresser mirror as he sat alone in the night. He was getting awfully plump. Maybe somebody was trying to tell him something. He was no fool. They say that God moves in mysterious ways, and maybe that was true. No reason to push the old luck. Tomorrow the diet begins!

Today's thought: I remember when my eyes could be bigger than my stomach!


Today's Tip:  Conquer Pre-Dinner Munchies.

Ever get home from work and feel so hungry you grab any food in sight? Plan ahead by keeping low-calorie munchies in easy reach, such as raw vegetables (mini carrots, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers) with low-fat dip, or air-popped popcorn.


Easy Low Fat Dip

1 pint creamed cottage cheese -- Fat Free
1 tablespoon mayonnaise -- Fat Free
1 teaspoon dry salad dressing mix

Blend together until smooth. Serve chilled with fresh veggies and/or crackers.

Monday, September 14, 2015

September 14

Proverbs 3:24 - NLT
You can lie down without fear and enjoy pleasant dreams.

Janice remembered long, sleepless nights where she tossed and turned, feeling guilty that she had cheated on her diet or merely crying because she was so enormous. Thank God those nights were long gone. Being fat was not just a physical trauma, but an emotional and mental one, as well. She never realized how much her peace of mind was dependent on her waistline until she took off the excess weight. Now, she had wonderful nights and wonderful days. Her life was transformed. God had been so good to her. She felt she'd been given a new life. This time, she was determined to take care of it.

Today's Thought: Losing weight promises a new lease on life!


Today's Tip:  Health and Diet

Don't just count on the scale to determine the state of your health. Ask yourself these questions: Do my clothes fit better? Are my body measurements the same? Do I have more energy? Have my eating habits changed? The answers to these questions all factor into the big picture. Remember, every step toward your goals is a step toward a healthy lifestyle.


September Fish

3/4 cup Fat-Free or Light Mayonnaise.
1 tablespoon of yellow mustard
1/8 teaspoon of black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of garlic salt
1/2 cup of celery washed and dried chopped really fine
1/4 teaspoon of celery salt
1/3 cup of onion chopped really fine
3 cans of Star Kist tuna packed in water each 6-ounces, drained
2 egg whites from hard boiled eggs, diced -- save a tbsp. or so for garnishing the tuna.

You could add sweet pickle relish if you'd like to sweeten it. You can omit the hard-boiled eggs, to save on cholesterol. So there you have it. The tuna is good on a bed of lettuce, add some tomato and wahhhhhhhhh laaaaaaaaaaa! A light, lower fat "Tuna Delight Salad" -- Very flavorful.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

September 13

Proverbs 3:24 - NLT
You can lie down without fear and enjoy pleasant dreams.

Janice remembered long, sleepless nights where she tossed and turned, feeling guilty that she had cheated on her diet or merely crying because she was so enormous. Thank God those nights were long gone. Being fat was not just a physical trauma, but an emotional and mental one, as well. She never realized how much her peace of mind was dependent on her waistline until she took off the excess weight. Now, she had wonderful nights and wonderful days. Her life was transformed. God had been so good to her. She felt she'd been given a new life. This time, she was determined to take care of it.

Today's Thought: Losing weight promises a new lease on life!


Today's Tip:  Downsize the Sweet Tooth
The sweet tooth can be the downfall of so many. After all, usually mixed in with the sugar is loads of fat. Think about portion control big time here. If the sweets can be eliminated all together, that’s optimal. However if a piece of chocolate cake is calling, try slicing an even smaller piece off. Then, eat it slowly and enjoy each and every bite.


Garlic-Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

1 pound Red potatoes, quartered
1/4 cup bottled roasted garlic cloves, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp fresh Rosemary
1/2 cup non-fat milk
salt and pepper to taste

Place potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water and boil for about 15 minutes, drain.

Heat milk until warm in a pan (do not boil), add potatoes, olive oil, milk and garlic and beat on medium until smooth (or, desired consistency).
Add salt and pepper to taste and stir in Rosemary.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

September 12

Colossians 3:2 - NLT
Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth.

The smells from the cafeteria were more than Blanche could take. Not that the cafeteria food was anything to write home about, but when she was on a diet, almost anything smelled good! She grabbed her jacket and headed out the door. Immediately, the fresh fall air erased the cafeteria smells. The sky was a deep blue, and the white clouds lazily drifted by. The sun was out, the birds were singing, and everything was right with the world. Blanche spent her lunch hour just strolling through God's splendor. Before she knew it, her hunger had passed, and she was ready to tackle the afternoon. The glory of God had lifted her above her earthly passions, and she was grateful.

Today's Thought: There's much more to life than lunch!


Today's Tip:
Food poisoning can be downright deadly. Before handling raw poultry, seafood, meat or eggs, always wash your hands in hot, soapy water. Check to see that your refrigerator’s thermostat is set to 40 degrees or below. Do not thaw foods at room temperature, but rather defrost them in the refrigerator. Wash the cutting board with hot, soapy water when using it for a variety of foods.


Yellow Squash Casserole

1/2 c plain low-fat yogurt
1/2 c low-fat cottage cheese
1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp dried whole thyme
2 eggs, beaten
1 c sliced onion
3 c sliced yellow squash
1/4 c soft whole wheat bread crumbs, divided

Combine yogurt, cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, thyme and eggs in a bowl; set aside.

In a skillet coated w/spray add onion; saute until tender, drain and set aside. Place 1 c squash in a casserole coated with spray. Top with 1/3 of onion and 1/3 yogurt mixture. Repeat procedure with remaining squash, onion and yogurt mixture. Sprinkle with bread crumbs, cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake until top is browned.

Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11

Romans 4:21 - NLT
He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything he promised.

Jesus Christ turned water to wine, He walked on the water, and calmed the sea. He cured many diseases and cast out demons. He conquered death for His friend Lazarus and for Himself. He promises that He will be with us and that His power is ours as we try to be the people God created us to be. How, then, can we doubt that He will help us when we need to lose weight? Are not the pounds of our flesh within His scope of power? Cannot the chosen Son of God do such a small miracle in our lives as to give us the determination we need to conquer fat? This He can and will do, and much more, if we will but believe.

Today's Thought: 'More' brought about my distress; help me, Lord, to live by 'less'!


Today's Tip:  Health and Diet

Headed to the supermarket? Eat before you go! Often, when you go food shopping on an empty stomach, you tend to select more food items than you normally would if you weren’t hungry. Prepare a food list when you aren’t hungry and stick with it. Once you are there, use this time to brush up on label reading.


Turkey Tostadas

6 flour tortillas
1/4 c minced onion
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
1 tsp dried whole oregano
hot sauce
1/2 c plus 2 tablespoons shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 lb. ground turkey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1/2 tsp dried whole thyme
1/4 c plus 2 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt

Place tortillas on a baking sheet; bake at 350 until crisp. Set aside.

Combine turkey, onion, garlic, and jalapeño pepper in a large skillet coated with cooking spray. Cook over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, stirring to crumble meat. Add tomato sauce, oregano, thyme and hot sauce; stir well. Simmer for 10 min. or until thickened.

Spread 1/3 c. turkey mixture over each tortilla & sprinkle with cheese.  Broil until cheese melts.  Top each with yogurt

Thursday, September 10, 2015

September 10

2 Timothy 1:7 - NLT
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Brenda decided it was time to lose weight, and she did. Peggy struggled a little bit more, but she lost the pounds she wanted to, also. Tracy wondered why everyone else seemed to do so well, while she did so poorly. Maybe something was wrong with her! Maybe she couldn't lose weight. The more she thought about it, the more frightened she became. Often our mind turns out to be our worst enemy when we try to diet. We can alarm ourselves needlessly. Everyone diets differently, and everyone receives different results. There is no place for fear and doubting in dieting. What we need is perseverance and faith that God will help us.

Today's thought: I have a very skinny spirit!


Today's Tip:  Why Weight?
Don't spend all your valuable gym time on a treadmill or stair climber. You may love watching your "calories burned" tally climb, but you may do better to cut it off to squeeze in weight training. Lifting boosts lean body mass, which will rev up your metabolism over time.



1/2 Cup Soy sauce
1/2 Cup Plum Sauce
1/2 Cup Pineapple Juice
1/2 Cup Ketchup
1/4 Cup Scallions, sliced  3 Tablespoons Cilantro
2 Tablespoons Ginger
2 Tablespoons Garlic, minced
3 Pounds Flank Steak

Add all the ingredients into a plastic bag and Marinate for 6 hours. Place on the Grill and cook for 15 to 20 Minutes. Use the left over marinade to brush over the steak while cooking. Heat the remaining in a pan a serve with the steak.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

September 9

Philippians 4:7 - NLT
If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Jessica was doubtful at first. She really didn't believe Mindy when she said the church would be a big help during her diet. Mindy had taken her to see the pastor, and they had told him that they were dieting. She felt silly at first, but the pastor asked regularly how they were doing, and Jessica liked that. It made her feel that what she was doing was important and a good thing. Other members of the church mentioned how good the dieters were looking. Before long, Jessica found that she enjoyed the dieting because she enjoyed the reactions of the church people and didn't want to let them down. Mindy was right: The church helped a lot.

Today's thought: Sharing the load of dieting makes the burden light!


Today's Tip:  Dining Out on a Diet.
Save calories by choosing chicken or fish over red meat and make sure it's baked, broiled or grilled rather than fried or sautéed. Avoid anything scalloped, au gratin, breaded, creamy, à  la king or Alfredo: All are loaded with fat.



1 1/3 Teaspoons Oregano
1/3 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
1 Green Pepper Chopped
1 Onion Chopped  1 (14 OZ) can Stewed Tomatoes
4 Boneless Pork Chops
2 Cups Frozen Corn
1/2 Cup Salsa

Preheat oven to 350°. Mix the first 5 ingredients, in a 13 x 9 Pan. Place the pork chops on top. Mix the corn and salsa together and cover the pork chops. Cover with foil, Bake for 45 minutes.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September 8

Luke 12:29 - NLT
'And don't worry about food--what to eat or drink.  Don't worry about whether God will provide it for you.'

Clyde was so infuriating! Every time his wife suggested that he go on a diet, he came up with some excuse. Most of the time he just said that diets weren't healthy. He was afraid he would do more harm than good. Clyde knew it was just a dodge. He didn't want to lose weight, and he saw no reason why anyone should want to push him. That all changed when he landed in the hospital with a heart attack brought on because his body simply couldn't carry the weight Clyde contained. Clyde no longer questioned what was right. Instead of doubting the intelligence of dieting, he wondered why he ever been so stupid as to resist it. Sometimes God needs to let us know through crisis what we will not hear normally.

Today's Thought: If it's a choice between dieting or dying, I think I'll diet!


Today's Tip:  Back to school! If this means a return to a more hectic schedule don't let your desire to lose weight become your last priority. Write down what you need to do to reach your goals along with the rest of the tasks on your "to do" list. Schedule your daily walk, your trip to the grocery store and some time for yourself to log on to eDiets for a chat session.


Slow Cooker Pizza

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 (8 ounce) package rigatoni pasta
1 (16 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of tomato soup
2 (14 ounce) jars pizza sauce
1 (8 ounce) package sliced pepperoni sausage

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and set aside. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat. Drain off grease.

In slow cooker, alternate layers of ground beef, noodles, cheese, soup, sauce and pepperoni.

Cook on Low setting for 4 hours

Monday, September 7, 2015

September 7

Psalm 34:17 - NLT
The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.  He rescues them from all their troubles.

Pat lay crying in bed. It was so hard. It seemed that for every three pounds she lost, she immediately gained two back. She really wanted to lose weight, but she felt so weak in the face of temptation. Wasn't there anything that could help her? Pat fell asleep that night with a prayer on her lips. Strangely, she felt a wonderful peace the next morning. The battle was truly tough, but she was once more ready to face it. God didn't take away the struggle, but He was able to give Pat just what she needed to carry on. That is the wonder of our God.

Today's Thought: I'll keep fighting fat until I'm fit!


Today's Tip:
Feeling tired? Did you know that one of the most common reasons for fatigue is mild dehydration? If you have a hard time keeping track of how many glasses of water you consume, fill a 2-liter bottle of water and drink over the course of a day. If you finish the bottle, you’ve reached the goal of 8 glasses per day. This way you can visualize your daily fluid intake.


Easy Chicken Casserole

Dice up 2-4 chicken breasts and cook in a skillet with a small amount of olive oil to prevent from sticking

Cook up 2 cups of macaroni

Once the chicken and macaroni are cooked place in a bowl and stir in a can of fat free or reduced fat and low sodium mushroom soup

Pour in a casserole dish and top with light or fat free cheese

Cook in the oven for about 30 minutes

You can add a variety of frozen veggies into the mix if you want something different.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

September 6

Job 22:27 - NLT
You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows to him.

Gary took time every morning to pray about his diet. Some days he awoke frustrated that he wasn't losing weight. Other days he awoke with cravings, afraid he wouldn't be able to withstand temptation. Still other mornings he just wanted to thank God that he'd come so far. God helped make the diet bearable. Every time Gary found himself feeling ready to give up, a quick prayer to God gave him the willpower to go on. The power of God is a wonderful thing. We cannot comprehend how much God does for us when we call upon His name. Rest assured that God is with you in all you do. . .even your diet.

Today's Thought: The more time you pray, the less you can weigh!


Today's Tip:  Fiber Up!
Want to boost your fiber, but your favorite breakfast cereal doesn't make the grade? If the total fiber per serving is less than 3 grams (check the Nutrition Facts panel), mix your favorite half-and-half with a higher-fiber choice such as bran flakes or shredded wheat.


Molasses Oat Bran Bread

1 package active dry yeast
1 pinch white sugar
1 c warm water
2 tbs butter, melted
1/3 c molasses
1 c oat bran
3 c whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs oat bran

Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Rest for 5 min.  Mix butter and molasses into yeast. Add oat bran, 2 c. flour, and salt. Stir, and add flour as needed to make dough stick together and forms a ball. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 8 to 10 min., adding flour as needed to make a slightly sticky and moist dough. Place in a buttered bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Punch down, and form into two round or oval loaves. Place on a greased baking sheet, and allow to rise 1 hour. Sprinkle oat bran on top of the loaves. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees oven for 35 to 45 min.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

September 5

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.

Lois woke up from the strangest dream. She had died and gone to heaven, but when she got there, she couldn't get in. There was an extremely narrow hallway that everyone had to pass through before they could enter heaven. Try as she might, Lois couldn't get through the passageway because she was so large. Before, she had doubted that she could lose weight. Now, she found a new motivation. She believed God had broken through her excuses to tell her how important it was for her to lose. Never once did she believe that God would keep her out of heaven because of her weight, but she realized that her weight already kept her from enjoying life the way God intended it to be.

Today's Thought:  Life is great when you carry less weight!


Today's Tip:  Stop Emotional Eating.
It's not always calories, fat or any other diet factor that causes people to become overweight. For many people, the trigger to overeating is stress, and the answer could be mastering relaxation techniques.



2 Chicken Breasts Boneless and Skin Removed, cut into pieces
1 Carrot, sliced
Broccoli, cut into pieces
2 Cloves Garlic
12 Ounces Angel Hair Pasta
2/3 Cup Chicken Broth
1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

Cook the chicken and cut into pieces. Cook noodles until done about 7-10 minutes. Add the chicken broth into a frying pan. Add carrots and cook until tender. Add broccoli and steam for about 7 minutes. Add basil, garlic and chicken and simmer for 5 more minutes. Place the noodles in a bowl and top with the vegetable chicken mixture. Sprinkle the top with parmesan cheese and serve.

Friday, September 4, 2015

September 4

Matthew 7:7-8 - NLT
Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

Barry never really believed that he'd lose weight. That was probably his problem. His heart was never in it. Whenever he got the least bit discouraged, he'd immediately give up. His friends tried to offer support, but Barry always came up with excuses why he should give up his diet. If we want to lose weight, we need to believe in ourselves. Self-doubt is a killer. If we lack faith in ourselves, then perhaps we can overcome it by the faith we have in God. God can fill us with a self-assurance that allows us to do almost anything we set our minds to. Push aside doubt. Be filled with the confidence of God.

Today's Thought:  With God's help, I'll knock off a few pounds!

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Today's Tip:  To make brights brighter and whites whiter, add 1/4-cup baking soda to your laundry in addition to laundry detergent.  Not only is it great for combating juice, ketchup, and drool stains, it also removes odors and costs just a few cents per load.  Better yet, unlike bleach it's environmentally harmless.

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Summer Berry Parfait with Yogurt and Granola

3/4 cup sliced strawberries
3/4 cup blueberries
1 (6 ounce) container vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon wheat germ
1/2 banana, sliced
1/3 cup granola

Layer 1/4 cup strawberries, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/3 container yogurt, 1/3 tablespoon wheat germ, 1/3 of the sliced banana, and about 2 tablespoons of granola in a large bowl. Continue to build the parfait, repeating the layers until all of the ingredients are used completely.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

September 3

Malachi 3:6 - NLT
I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed.

God was such a big help when Gwen began her diet, but He didn't seem to care much anymore. Lately, Gwen's diet had become almost intolerable. She began to wonder if God knew what she was going through. She had prayed daily when she started her diet, and it had gotten so easy that she really didn't need to pray all the time. Then, it started getting harder. Why did God let that happen? Poor Gwen never realized that God hadn't changed, but she had. She included God all the time at first, then she left Him out more and more. God will help us just as much as we allow Him to. Often we are our own, and God's, worst enemy when we take our lives out of God's hands and put them into our own.

Today's Thought:  God and I are dieting together!

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Today's Tip:  Allergy Times

Pollen counts are often highest during the late morning and early evening. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, try to stay indoors in air conditioning during these times. For more information on allergies, see your physician.

- M. Ellman

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Deviled Eggs

4 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and halved lengthwise
1 tbsp finely chopped chutney
2 tsp reduced-calorie mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp salt

Remove the yolks from the egg halves; set the whites aside. In a medium bowl, mash the egg yolks with a fork; mix in the chutney, mayonnaise, mustard, cayenne and salt. Spoon (or use pastry bag) the yolk mixture into the egg white halves.  Sprinkle with paprika, if desired.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September 2

Isaiah 41:10 - NLT
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Ben was afraid to even try a diet. He never had much luck with things that required a lot of willpower on his part. He caved in much too easily. If only someone else would make his decisions for him. He had never been overweight when he lived at home and had his mother around to tell him what to eat and what not to eat. Ben would be the first one to admit that he had no self-control.  Unfortunately, we all have to learn to discipline ourselves. God doesn't tell us what to do. He gives us complete freedom, but He will help us have the strength to make right decisions if we ask Him to. Include God, and He will make some wonderful things happen.

Today's Thought:  True power is the ability to say no!

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Take a small sponge and cut it in half.  Place it in a container that you can seal tightly.  Add one part fabric softener to three parts water.  Just throw the wet sponge into the dryer when you get ready to dry your clothes.  It takes the place of those costly fabric sheets and works just as well.

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Cherry Banana Fruit Salad

1 1/2 cup Lucky Leaf Cherry Pie Filling, No Sugar Added
1 1/2 cup Del Monte Pineapple Chunks In Its Own Juice
2 medium banana(s)
1 Tbsp sugar

Slice bananas. Mix all ingredients and chill.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 1

SEPTEMBER is on Doubt

Whenever we involve ourselves in a process that takes time, it is only natural to move through periods of doubt. Doubt is not necessarily a bad thing. It can help us reassess our desires and motives. We ask ourselves why we are doing what we do. People diet for all different reasons, some of them good, some of them not so good. When the pounds don't fall off quite as fast as we think they should, it causes us to feel frustrated and hopeless. Doubt sets in. If we are to fight the negative effects of doubt, we will definitely need help. We can turn to friends for help when the doubts mount up, but more importantly, we can turn to God, who knows what is on our heart before we even speak to Him. He will be true to strengthen and encourage us. In the light of Christ, even our darkest doubts are dispelled. Open your heart to the light of Christ and experience the joy as your doubts fad into nothingness.

2 Corinthians 3:5 - NLT
It is not that we think we can do anything of lasting value by ourselves.  Our only power and success come from God.

Muriel knew she couldn't do it alone. She wasn't strong enough. Her friend Ann told her that one of her strengths was realizing she was weak. Too many of her friends tackled diets on their own and failed miserably. Well, Muriel wasn't going to make the same mistake. She wanted help from the outset. If we realize our weaknesses and limitations, then we are better able to cope with them. God will help us be honest with ourselves, so we can work to turn our weaknesses into strengths. Pray to God for that insight.

Today's Thought: What I want to eat and what I need to eat are two different things!


Today's Tip:  Pantry Detox!
If certain high-calorie foods lurking in your pantry keep throwing you off track when trying to lose weight, show no mercy: Throw them out!


Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

1 organic, cage-free egg
1 cup organic peanut butter (or almond butter)
1/3 cup organic honey

Optional: organic fair-trade chocolate chips (1/2 cup), or organic raisins (1/2 cup), or 1/4 cup shredded coconut and 1/4 cup pitted dates, or 1/4 cup chopped dried fruit and 1/4 cup nuts…or you choose what to put in!


Oven 350

1. Mix all the ingredients together, stirring well.

2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Drop the batter on the paper, a heaping tablespoon for each cookie.

3. Bake for 8 minutes. Cookies should start to brown slightly around the edges. They may seem too soft, but if they’re starting to brown they’re good to go!

4. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes (they will firm up as they cool).

Makes 18-24 cookies