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Jan 3, 2007

Dreams Are a Window Into The Mind...Right?
I ALSO wanted to tell you about a dream I had. A very telling dream. Last night I won The Amazing Race! I was so excited! (Now here's the part I am going to pretend is not telling but is rather simply a sign of all the people around me who are in this state, and I keep hearing about it so it came out in my dream...) I was one week from my wedding when I learned I had won The Amazing Race! Oh Happy Joy, Joy! I set out to tell people the good news, and along the way realized I now had extra money for the wedding! My mind began spinning with what to change at the last minute with the wedding plans. Of course, I came to the conclusion that I would change the food! I changed it from normal wedding fare to a plated dinner with extravagant foods like lobster and filet mignon dripping in sauces that my mind created to be the best and most delicious in the world! Because yes, if I could change anything at my fictitious wedding, it would be the vast quantities of food.

Anyway, after I decided upon the wedding changes, I went to tell my parents the good news. Both of them had a surprisingly distant attitude to my good fortune. My mother was dismissive and irritatingly unconcerned, and my father was so engrossed in his television program that the most response I got from him was "what's The Amazing Race?" and "Em. That's nice." (This may be particularly telling about how I feel my parents are responding to me lately...)

I plugged on though, and went about planning what to do with the money. It occurred to me immediately that I could finally quit my job and do what I wanted without fear of a foreclosure on my home. I could be a freelance writer and photographer.

Even in my dreams it's what I want to do. Now the only question is how to set about obtaining that goal without my half of The Amazing Race's $1,000,000...


posted by Ty @ 1/03/2007 | 0 comments
Enjoying Me Some Prunes!
So the Cranberry scones, are quite good! Since I don't eat scones on a regular basis, I can pretend these taste just like the real thing (which I have discovered is the way to eat low-fat eat things you never normally eat--i.e. scones, chowder, cans of skeletal salmon--and you don't realize what you are missing). They are sweet and there is a coating of sugar on top that gives them a little crunch (although I think next time I will use the larger decorative sugar crystals rather than the regular granulated sugar because it would be prettier), and sprayed with a little spray butter they are quite tasty. Since I am sure you all want to cook with prunes, I thought I would post the recipe here. I am totally stealing this from 24-Hour Fitness, but when the blogosphere is thin and svelt, I am sure they will understand.

Cranberry Scones

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup Prune Purée (recipe follows) or prepared prune butter
2 tablespoon cold margarine
1 (8 ounce) container nonfat vanilla yogurt
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Prune Purée
8 ounces pitted prunes
6 tablespoons hot water
Combine prunes and hot water in a food processor or blender and pulse blend until finely chopped and smooth. Leftovers can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Makes 1 cup.

Preheat oven to 400° F and coat baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in large bowl and mix well. Cut in prune purée and margarine with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in yogurt just until blended. Stir in cranberries. On a floured surface, roll or pat dough to 3/4-inch thickness. Using a 2-1/2 to 3-inch biscuit cutter, cut out dough. Re-roll scraps as needed but try to handle as little as possible.

Arrange on prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake on the center rack of the oven about 15 minutes until golden brown and springy to the touch. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 12 Servings
Serving Size: 1 scone

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Nutrients per serving:
Calories: 181
Total fat: 2 grams (11% of calories)
Saturated fat: trace
Cholesterol: trace
Sodium: 404 mg
Carbohydrate: 37 grams (80% of calories)
Protein: 4 grams (9% of calories)
Dietary fiber: 1 gram


posted by Ty @ 1/03/2007 | 0 comments