Fruity Recipe Ahead

Fluffy Pink Fruit Salad

1 jar (10 0z) maraschino cherries

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped (I used Light Cool-whip since I was trying to save some calories)

1 can (20 oz) pineapple tidbits, drained

1 can (15 1/4 oz) fruit cocktail, drained

1 can (15 oz) sliced peached, drained and diced

6 medium firm bananas, sliced

3 cups pastel miniature marshmallows

Drain cherries, reserving 1/3 cup juice (save the remaining juice for another use). cut cherries in half; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and reserved cherry juice until smooth. Fold in whipped cream. Fold in cherries, pineapples, fruit cocktail, peaches, bananas and marshmallows. Transfer to a serving bowl. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Yield: 18-22 servings. Woohoo!

Coupons

I took a half hour break tonight from studying to go through the paper and cut out coupons.  Now, first I should mention that the newspaper is my landlords – I’m not foolish enough to actually purchase a paper when I can read everything online.  Anyway, I went through and found a lot of good deals on food items.  When I go to buy fish this weekend, I’ll save $1.25 a pound.  For cereal, since I’m taking to eating that more and more, I’ll save $2 on the generic family sized box.  That’s a great deal.  Something I can get 50+ meals out of only costs me around $3.30.  Talk about good shopping!  Those were really the highlights of my experience, but I’ll keep at it.  Every bit helps.

Canceling Cable

I grew up without cable television in my house.  My family was some unknowing group of Luddites I guess.  Either way, when I went to college, I got hooked on cable tv.  I would watch it all the time.  To this day, I am still crazy about A&E and Lifetime.  I also like the History Channel, although I can’t really put my finger on what attracts me to that.  Maybe all the shows about criminals and brining them to justice.  A constant reminder of why I want to go into law, even if it isn’t going to be criminal law.  Anyway, in an effort to save money, I’ve decided to cancel my cable.  It will save me $59 a month and I can watch almost anything I want online nowadays.  Plus, it will help me focus more, not that I ever stray too much from my work to cable.  I guess I just don’t need it anymore and the novelty has worn off.  Looks like there are a variety of reasons.

Yummy and Healthy Quick Bread

This is by far the best use of Blueberries ever come up with!

2/3 cut butter, softened

1-1/4 cups sugar blend for baking

2 eggs

4 egg whites

1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

3 cups all-purpose flour

3-3/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup fat-free milk

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (I used 3 cups and it was well worth it)

1 cup canned unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained

1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (totally optional)

1/2 cup flaked coconut (I left this out since I’m not a big fan)

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar blend.  Add the eggs, egg whites and lemon juice; mix well.  combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk.  Fold in the blueberries, pineapple, pecans and coconut.

Transfer to two 8 x 4 x 2 loaf pans coated with spooking spray.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes (around 53 seemed to be perfect for mine, but I like mine soft) or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.  Yields: 2 loaves.

With the extra cup of blueberries, each piece is so rich that you can really extend the time that these loafs will stick around.  They’re pretty healthy too.  I highly recommend them.