Tuesday, April 5, 2016


These tasty apple rolls are not only good but versatile and fun and easy to make. Have them for a quick dessert with some reduced fat whipped cream or non-fat whipped dairy product or as a snack or nice and warm with some scrambled eggs for breakfast. Just remember they are low fat and low calorie and will not taste like pie crust.  Hubby likes them too.
On Tasty Tuesday I try and not use any special ingredient but in the case of these rolls I will make an exception because the egg roll wrappers are carried by most grocery stores.  Look for them in the produce section.

One thing that makes this so easy is that I get to use two of my favorite kitchen gadgets - the apple peeler and the box chopper.  These two items make short work of the rolls.
 I used about 1/3 Truvia brown sugar to Truvia white sugar.

Just follow the instructions on the back of the wrapper package and easy peasy to make the rolls - almost zen like and really fun to make these.
Be sure and spray either a silpat mat or if you don't have one use parchment paper.
170 Calories in three of the wrappers + the calories in the filling.  Hubby gets two and I am happy with one.
Some light whipped cream or not - I prefer them just as they come out of the oven. I freeze the leftovers.
Or turn them over to serve to a group - they get very nice and brown on the back.

Apple Rolls

Preheat oven to 375°


2 apples, peeled, cored and diced (I used Fuji)
2 T Crasins, soaked first in water to soften
Juice of a lemon
1/3 cup sugar substitute I used Truvia and some Truvia Brown
3 T Wondra Flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
10 egg wrappers
1 T reduced fat butter, melted
2 t cinnamon sugar for dusting (I used real sugar)


Mix together the apples, Crasins, lemon and Truvia.  Add the flour, spices and salt.

Beat the egg and have a brush handy.

Spray your cooking sheet with non-stick spray (either a silpat mat or parchment paper. Add 2T of the filling to the wrapper, paint the edges with the egg and roll.

See the instructions on the wrapper package on how to make the apple roll.

Bake the rolls for 20 minutes and remove from the oven.

Brush with the reduced fat butter and dust with the cinnamon sugar and return to the oven for five more minutes.


Box chopper, http://amzn.to/1Uvypol
Apple peeler, http://amzn.to/1UvyzMy

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Thursday, March 31, 2016


I love botanical prints.  One of the great things about them is that they are so versatile - the go with any decorating theme. Depending on the framing or the subject matter you can make them look Asian (use Asian botanicals, red or black lacquered frames) country, traditional, etc. You can send the files to an outside printer and have them put on different types of paper, made large, etc. I chose to print them on good quality matte photo paper and frame them in simple frames with no matte - just the glass backed with glass. There are many outside places that will print for  you for example Staples will allow you to submit your PDF files from their website or take them to the store on a USB flash drive.  The cost of an 11 x 17 print on cardstock paper in color is $2.38 per copy and if you want to print on cardstock in black and white it will be .42¢ per copy. Staples is just one of many vendors who will do this for you. Or - you can do them yourself as I did but unless you have a special printer the largest size you will be able to create will be 8 1/2 x 11.
The first thing to do is to find your prints and this is actually quite easy.  The Graphic's Fairy has a good selection but the best place is the Peter H. Raven Library of the Missouri Botanical Gardens.  I entered the site through Curbly but I will put a direct link to the library in the resource section.  If you just Google "Free Botanical Prints" you will find lots of sources and also see a book called Instant Wall Art. The book is reasonable but I loved looking at the different prints and I chose prints that had meaning to me - orange, lemon, English walnut and pine.  I did not chose them because of color but because of what they have meant to me in my life. I started by printing out my first print on this Kodak Matte paper - I always keep it around because I love the way the color comes out - amazing.  You could also print these out on linen or canvas paper. Another and more varied source for art that is in the public domain is a site called Vintage Printable.  This site has lots of images that are legal for you to use.  Remember to make sure that any image that  you use is not copyrighted.
I set my printer on the matte paper setting and best print and was amazed at the quality of the printing.  It looks so much better in person.

I bought simple frames and removed the backs and the points that hold the back in with needle nose pliers (see the first photo) then used glazing points to keep the glass in the frame. These frames are around $10 and when I bought mine they were on sale half-off.
After printing  the botanicals I set them on the floor and set one on the top of the frame to see if I liked the look before going forward.
Before framing the edge needs to be removed.  No matter how you set the printer to print to the edges you will always have some part of an unprinted edge.  Either carefully cut the edge with scissors our preferably use a cutter like this to trim the edge.  The cutters are inexpensive and perfect for a job like this.
The best way to finish off the prints is to have another piece of glass cut and place the print in place and glue the back piece of glass.  If you do not want to do this than you could use a clear adhesive dot - this is just one brand they are readily available at any craft store or you can make your own using Aleene's Tack-It over and over glue.
This is the wall where the botanical prints are to be placed.
Left side....
Right side....
Finished - well maybe.  The angle of the photo is a little deceiving as the prints look more in scale than the photo shows.  I have decided to live with them for awhile and I may decide to send some files to Staples and frame larger prints or maybe will just leave them as is....time will tell. I also need to decide if I want to go to the expense of non-glare glass as this area of my house gets lots of sunlight. As I say, time will tell.

This is an easy and inexpensive way to bring some nature into your home.  Simple frames, fussy frames, matted, not matted, prints that fill the frame, your call, your house. These also make a great gift.


Graphic's Fairy, Botanicals,  http://thegraphicsfairy.com
Peter H. Raven Library,http://www.botanicus.org/item/31753002839139
Vintage Printable, http://vintageprintable.com/
Paper cutter, http://amzn.to/1MCcs4
Zots, http://amzn.to/1MCcARn 
Glazing points, http://amzn.to/1UtzywN 
Kodak Matte Photo Paper,  http://amzn.to/1M1g6oo
Canvas paper for inkjet printers, http://amzn.to/1q3W2Z1
Aleene's Tack-It over and over glue, http://amzn.to/232KIKj
Frames, Hobby Lobby

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Sometimes the simplest things are just the best and I think that poaching fruit is so simple and just so darned good.  By taking out a lot of the sugar calories (the added sugar) you still end up with a really good way to end the meal.  I grew up eating lots of fruit and lots of dried fruit so fruit for dessert is something we really enjoy.  All you need is poaching liquid and to that liquid you will need to add whatever combination of spices and herbs you like, sugar and water.  That's it.

The classic way to poach fruit is to use wine, that's how you get those beautiful pears that look like red candy.  I chose to start with some Constant Comment tea....
Before pouring in the hot water I added one half of a vanilla bean, some whole cloves and some wide orange rind slices. Use whatever combination sounds good to you.
The last liquid I added was a 12 ounce bottle of hard pear cider, you could use apple juice, wine, etc. whatever sounds good to you. Finally, I added 1/2 cup of the Truvia(it has 75% fewer calories than regular brown sugar) brown sugar blend and stirred it to mix everything.
Hubby loves pears (me too) and I like to use them for poaching because all you  have to do is to peel them and they are ready to go.  Chose pears that are ripe but still firm.  I chose red pears.
Once my tea had steeped I mixed all the liquid and spices together, placed in a pot and then took some parchment paper, folded it in half and cut out a steam circle and then cut around so that it fit in the pot.  I needed more liquid so I removed the parchment, added some water and put the parchment back on and poached the pears for 30 minutes.  They were perfect and my kitchen smelled so good.
When the pears were done I removed them to a plate and then using a slotted spoon removed the orange, vanilla bean and the cloves, turned up the heat and reduced the liquid and it will become very syrup like.  Turn off the heat and let it cool.
I placed the pears in a footed glass and just before serving, spooned some of the poaching syrup over the fruit. As I mentioned earlier, this is so simple but oh so good and I do not feel it needs any further embellishment but you could add some whipped cream or a little vanilla Greek yogurt.  I like it just the way it is and Hubby does too.

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