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Peach State says: It’s Gonna Happen Folks…No Matter How Much Coffee You Drink!

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With my latte’ in hand a morning ritual began. A mutual coffee lover and I were talking yesterday and as usual the conversation touched on the subject of coffee! Her husband had read that drinking this “Heavenly Brew will increase your life. “Drink more…Live longer!”. We were thrilled…but then the conversation turned to what things will still occur. It’s Gonna Happen Folks…No Matter How Much Coffee You Drink!

Things That Will Always Happen:

The sun will rise!
A cup to wake up with…maybe two!
We all need money!
Money and Coffee…a cup of coffee will always be present!
We all have bills!
Must have coffee!
Bills have to be paid!
Stressed? Have another cup!
There will always be people who annoy you!
A simple escape…coffee break!
Traffic!
Commuter cups!
Growling stomachs!
Hoping this cup of coffee will fool my stomach into thinking I am eating!
Complaining children!
Another coffee break!
Paying for gas!
Calm down…sip!
We will always be aging!
At least I am old enough to drink coffee!
Aches and pains!
A cup of coffee and two Tylenol…just what the doctor ordered!
Dieting!
Fat-free creamer…Fat-free flavoring
Lines at the grocery store!
NOOOO! My cup is in the car!

I know there are more constants…but coffee will be with them as well! We can’t drink away our problems. We will always have situations that influence the way we live and we will always adapt. The fact is we have grown up knowing what lies ahead as we age…what responsibilities bring with them…how money evaporates, like a ghostly vapor, before putting it in the bank. We continue our journey and typically have a cup within reach.

What is a constant in your life? How does coffee( ok…I will accept tea!) help you deal with these daily situations? You know it as well as I do! LifeIt’s Gonna Happen Folks…No Matter How Much Coffee You Drink!

Have a great day…and enjoy your coffee!

Peach State

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Peach State says: Just Desserts!

Sorry for the delay…I decided to enjoy my Mother’s Day with my family.
I had written earlier about the Pampered Chef desserts and wanted to give them to you. I hope you want to try these Just Desserts!

First up we have a Mock Lemon Meringue Cake:

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This recipe look like a light refreshing seasonal favorite!

Next was the Mini Chocolate Tiramisu Cakes:

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Don’t they look scrumptious?

I was also asked about my recipe for my Dump Cake?..Ask and ye shall receive! I made two Saturday night and they turned out wonderful. We ate one yesterday…”My hubby wants another one soon!”

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The hardest part of this recipe is the opening of the cans!
For these two pans I used …
2 cans of crushed pineapple…drained
2 cans of cherry pie filling
1 yellow cake mix…divided between the two pans
1 cup of butter…1 stick for each pan

Dump one can of crushed pineapple in greased dish or pan
Dump one can of Cherry Filling on top of pineapple
Spread cake mix on top of fruit
Slice the butter on top of dry cake mix
Bake at 350 until done…the trick to the cake being done is the outside edges will brown…it will be a cobbler like texture. “Make sure you spread the cake mix out evenly to prevent a gooey clump!”
Serve warm…and you can put a whipped topping or ice cream with it!

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I used light cherry pie filling and a sugar free cake mix…”You know…dieting! Let me know what you think of these recipes!

My family loves desserts and variety is the spice of life…well that’s what they say. I hope you like these recipes after all they are Just Desserts!

Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Let the Cravings Begin!

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Yesterday was a successful day of firsts…today…OUCH! I am hurting in places I didn’t know I could hurt. Of course…this may not be the result of the exercise class alone, but the stepping in and out of chairs as I twisted and reached for bulletin board displays and “ABC’s” throughout my friend’s classroom.

“Drinking my latte’ is a true act of love as I stretch and feel the burn with each lifting of the cup.”

Today is my husband’s first complete day without smoking! He typically smoked about 2 packs a day and yesterday he only had 10! He is resolved to quit for health reasons…and to support a co-worker who has been ordered to quit by his doctor. My husband often resembled a puffing chimney, during the coldest of winter days, as it sends a constant graying haze into the air.” The snacks, that I sent with him yesterday, are still in the fridge at work. I did not have to cut or chop today. He has a jar of oversized Lifesaver Mints on his desk, which will be gone before the day is over, to aid in the cravings. He does not want any chocolate or nuts! “Remember…we’re dieting!” One of my sons told him to wear a rubber-band and pop it against the wrist when he wanted to smoke…Electro-shock would work too…Want a smoke? ZAP! “I know the wires wouldn’t reach that far…but what about a set of jumper-cables?”
I am just kidding!
The ability to remain calm is not the easiest thing to do when quitting. I had been through this before and knew brief “solar flare” reactions would replace the simple talking-to lectures. Our youngest did not listen or heed the warning!
My husband needed to suck a cig down after our youngest set him
off early this morning! My husband asked our son why he tried to take extra food and why he stole something that belonged to his brother. He said…”I was starving!”
#1: he gets 4x the servings of cereal…and he had just finished eating breakfast!
#2: he has a snack at school after his lunch…
#3: he has gained weight but the doctor wants him to gain more due to his body’s ability to burn calories and the ADHD!
#4: he eats extra servings of fruits and vegetables with bread and starches on the side.

He eats more than I do for goodness sake!

The “Dieting Cravings” have begun too…
My husband said no bread…granted my bread items are low in everything but hearing this statement, all I wanted was a toasted bagel…With lots of cream cheese!
My husband said less Starbucks…”whoa!” I drink mine ultra skinny…my hubby drinks his venti vanilla breve’. This is a large espresso with half &half and vanilla syrup!
My husband said no baked items...”but..but..but!” Okay so I could stand to lose some but! (butt)

I just hope to get through the first week. Things will be easier…not easy…but easier after that!
Anyone have any good suggestions to surviving the cigarette and diet cravings?
Common sense tells me not to undertake these two things at the same time…to bad my husband does not use directions when assembling items or doesn’t ask for directions when lost!
I will keep you posted!

As for me…it is time for me to get ready to help my friend in her classroom again. A room full of 1st Graders is a wonderful and energetic distraction from cravings! So bring on the hunger…the shakes…the raised voices…”We are ready to face these challenges sooo…Let the Cravings Begin!

Have a great day!

Peach State