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Hello there my Website Friends!
         Can you believe February is here?  And with this new month, we begin another month of holidays!
          First of all, since it's February, may I wish each and every one of you a Happy February, a Happy Groundhog Day, a Happy Mardi Gras...AND a Happy Valentine's Day!  I don't know of a lot of food celebrations for Groundhog Day!  LOL  But Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day?  Now that's another story!
         If you grew up in MY part of the country, you know that the ninth of this month will be "Fat Tuesday!"  Yes, in New Orleans, and many other areas, people eat so much the day before Ash Wednesday that they named the whole day "fat!"  And then I think we ALL know about Valentine's Day!  Yes there are beautiful cards and beautiful flowers.  But there are also boxes and boxes of candy and cookies and lots of extra special high calorie meals!  I want you to enjoy these holidays.  But I want you to take care of your health too!  So let's make it about the people, and the cards, and the special times instead of focusing on the candy.
         May your Valentine's Day be filled with hugs and kisses and thank yous. I have so many thank yous to give out.  Valentine's Day is the kind of day you want things to spill from your heart. It can be a very sensitive day. I am so much like you. I guess that's why we get along, and yes, I can remember Valentine's Days gone by.
        My mother would take me and Lenny to Maison Blanche department store to buy us a little treat. Lenny headed directly to the book department. Yes, I had to grow up with a brother who was the perfect one, and then there was me.
       The candy department was located on the first floor near the escalators. I would take the elevator to the second floor and then ride down the escalator to see the candy kingdom in its entirety. A lot of people went for the fancy, heart-shaped, frilly boxes. Hey, keep the box. Show me the candy! I loved it all...cream centers, caramels, nuts, jellies, fudge, and yes, cordials, those red cherries dipped in chocolate with a fancy swirl on top.
         I remember going home, sitting in bed, and eating more chocolate than one or two people should eat. I was fat, and I hated the feeling. People made fun of me and thought less of me. Nobody understood me. Matter of fact, I didn't understand myself too well, either. Food made me feel a little loved by something so sweet. You, too, huh?
          Even though I lost the weight and kept it off, it hasn't been without a struggle. There are days you wake up and just feel enormous...and the days when food takes control of you again. I've had those days, too. But as you know, the struggle is all worthwhile to get you to a healthier you, and that, my friends, is where you come in.  Make a healthier choice for your celebration this year!  Make this February a month to be proud of!
        Now before I go... I have a recipe to share with recipe for Apple Oat Bran Pancakes...

                        Apple Oat Bran Pancakes



                          (for 4 people)
  • 1  Cup flour
  • 1/4  Cup Oat bran uncooked hot cereal
  • 2  tsp Baking powder
  • 3/4  tsp Salt
  • 2  pkts Artificial sweetener
  • 1  Egg
  • 1  0.5 Cups skim milk
  • 1  Tb Corn oil
  • 1  Cooking spray
  • mixture
  • 2  peeled sliced apples
  • 2  tsp Cinnamon
  • pkt artificial sweetener
  • 1  tsp lemon juice
  1. Mix apple mixture together and microwave and stir in 30 second bouts for about 2-4 minutes until it softens.
  2. In a large bowl mix flour, oat bran, sweetener, baking powder and salt.
  3. Add milk, egg, oil and stir until until flour is moistened.
  4. Spray skillet with cooking spray and heat. Pour batter ¼ cup each pancake and when just starting to set top with some of the apple mixture. When brown on one side turn and brown the other side.
The apple mixture is sweet making these pancakes delicious as is. Oat bran is a great addition, loaded with water-soluble fiber, which is great for those trying to lower their cholesterol.
Nutritional Information:227 Calories, 7.7 gm Protein, 37 gm Carbohydrates, 5.5 gm Fat, 55 mg Cholesterol, 501 mg Sodium
FoodMover windows to close:1 ½ Starch, ½ Dairy, ½ Fruit, 1 Fat
          You tell me how much I do for you. You thank me for the website. You thank me for the videos I've created to entertain you and make you sweat. But wait...
          It is I who must thank YOU. Thank you for trusting me to be your guide all these years.  Thank you for visiting my website.  Thank you for using my Foodmover.  Thank you for believing in me.  And thank you for sticking with me through thick and thin.  Thank you for always being there for me.  Don't forget that I am your Valentine.
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