Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Miss Au Gratin Potatoes On The LC Diet?

This is a recipe I found on Cooks.com I substituted cream for the milk and used Cheddar
Cheese ( That's all I had in the fridge) And sliced the onion. Pretty yummy.
My husband
thought it was potatoes and that we were celebrating something.


2 lbs. butternut squash
1 med. onion, finely chopped (about 1 c.)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 tbsp. butter, melted
2 eggs
3/4 c. milk
3/4 c. finely shredded Swiss cheese
Peel outer skin of squash with peeler or knife. Discard skin. Halve squash lengthwise and cut into thin slices. Place slices in bowl with onion, salt, pepper and melted butter. Toss well. Spoon mixture into buttered 9-inch baking dish. Bake, covered, at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, beat eggs, milk and cheese. Remove cover from baking dish and pour cheese mixture evenly over squash. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
Makes 6 servings.

Work I'm proud of : )

As I said before the garden is overflowing...I actually caught our geese eating the tomatoes today and told them to have at it. I have been canning...Looking pretty on the pantry shelf is...Salsa...Pickled Jalapenos with garlic...Jalapeno Jelly...Strawberry Jalapeno Jelly (yum)...Pickle relish...HOT pickle relish ( made with jalapenos )...Several quarts and pints of tomatoes for the winter....Grape jelly...Strawberry jam...apples...applesauce....apple butter....pickles......in the freezer are green peppers , squash , chili's. I can remember growing up and watching my mother can and can and can....I remember her saying as she filled up our pantry..." Aren't they pretty? " I never understood what she meant until I could take pride in the work myself....As I show my kids and grand kids I hear myself saying... "Aren't they pretty? "

Friday, August 21, 2009

Summer fun

The farmers market has been so much fun this summer. Made lots of new friends and customers. The local produce is really looking good. Our garden is full of squash,tomatoes, peppers, chilli's, cantaloupe,watermelon and the pumpkins are beautiful. Will have the grand kids over to pick their pumpkins from the pumpkin patch.....There is one that looks like it will be "The Great Pumpkin"

Why..oh Why....

Why do family and friends make you cakes, buy you maple bars and 4 pounds of malted milk balls for your birthday, when they know you are low carbing it???????
They are supposed to love me........not tempt me.

Website Woes : (

My products are selling well on ebay. So Due to the low volume of sales from my online shop and the ever increasing cost of Prostores to host this site, My Low Carb Products will only be available by calling 620-795-2876 -emailing ctom@wavewls.com - OR on ebay at http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Carolyns-Low-Carb-Creations__W0QQ_armrsZ1 - or by doing a search on ebay by user name thecompleteshop or a search for low carb cookies.
Thanks to everyone who ordered from thelowcarbshop.com

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Interesting Yahoo News Article

Heart attack survivors who eat chocolate two or more times per week cut their risk of dying from heart disease about threefold compared to those who never touch the stuff, scientists have reported.

Smaller quantities confer less protection, but are still better than none, according to the study, which appears in the September issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine.

Earlier research had established a strong link between cocoa-based confections and lowered blood pressure or improvement in blood flow.

It had also shown that chocolate cuts the rate of heart-related mortality in healthy older men, along with post-menopausal women.

But the new study, led by Imre Janszky of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, is the first to demonstrate that consuming chocolate can help ward off the grim reaper if one has suffered acute myocardial infarction -- otherwise known as a heart attack.

"It was specific to chocolate -- we found no benefit to sweets in general," said Kenneth Mukamal, a researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and a co-author of the study.

"It seems that antioxidants in cocoa are a likely candidate" for explaining the live-saving properties, he told AFP in an exchange of e-mails.

Antioxidants are compounds that protect against so-called free radicals, molecules which accumulate in the body over time that can damage cells and are thought to play a role in heart disease, cancer and the aging process.

In the study, Janszky and colleagues tracked 1,169 non-diabetic men and women, 45-to-70 years old, in Stockholm County during the early 1990s from the time they were hospitalised with their first-ever heart attack.

The participants were queried before leaving hospital on their food consumption habits over the previous year, including how much chocolate they ate on a regular basis.

They underwent a health examination three months after discharge, and were monitored for eight years after that. The incidence of fatal heart attacks correlated inversely with the amount of chocolate consumed.

"Our findings support increasing evidence that chocolate is a rich source of beneficial bioactive compounds," the researchers concluded.

The results held true for men and women, and across all the age groups included in the study.

Other factors that might have affected the outcome -- alcohol consumption, obesity, smoking -- were also taken into account.

So should we all be loading up on cocoa-rich sweets?

"To be frank, I'm pretty cautious about chocolate because we're working on weight problems with so many individuals," said Mukamal, who is also a practising physician.

"However, I do encourage those who are looking for healthier desserts to consider chocolate in small quantities," he said.

"For individuals with no weight issues who have been able to eat chocolate in moderation and remain slim, I do not limit it," he added.

The researchers caution that clinical trials are needed to back up the findings of their study.

In the meantime, however, a bit of chocolate may not be amiss, they suggest.