I would NEVER buy a bottle of iced coffee! I have but never will again. First, they have as many calories as ice cream! Second, they are too sweet for my taste, and third, they cost too much. But I do like a nice iced coffee and Todd Wilbur has given me the recipe. I did adjust it to my liking and ended up changing everything. Here is my version:

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Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method
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1 cup dark roast coffee
1 cup skim milk
4 packets Truvia
1 teaspoon pectin — liquid

Stir everything together and chill.


About the same calories as half a glass of skim milk!

Last night we ended up making that diet version of ice cream I talked about. It tastes wonderful, but the small 60 gram serving below packs 140 calories. For lunch I am having the last Waffle Monte Cristo Sandwich, some raw broccoli, and this ice cream.


Milk Tea

I have tried for years to perfect Japanese Milk Tea. We buy it in the Asian supermarkets, but I wanted to make it at home. It used to be the drink to have with the sushi Someone likes to make. I finally found the crucial element from this webpage. I haven’t tried it with Uva, but I did brew a pot of Ceylon. Here is exactly how I made it:

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Milk Tea

Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method
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4 cups boiling water
6 bags Ceylon tea
12 packets Truvia
1 cup skim milk

Steep tea in water for 3 to 10 minutes. Stir in sweetener until dissolved. Add milk and chill until cold.


It is surprising how much I have enjoyed these low-calorie drinks throughout the day. Normally I would be happy with coffee and diet soda. Today, I went to the freezer and the last roasted turkey meal just caught my eye. So that is my delicious lunch.

Mint Julep

I am having a Chili Size for lunch. I will also have a roma tomato. But on to the featured recipe. When I was young, we went to Disneyland every summer. We lived in Upland, California, so it was not far. I remember my mom buying Mint Juleps in New Orleans Square. She would let us have sips. I think we thought they were alcoholic for some reason. They were served in clear plastic cups with crushed ice and a straw. The green color was magnificent. My first try to replicate is as follows:

Mint Julep
2 cups diet 7-up (or any lemon lime soda)
1/8 teaspoon mint extract (spearmint)
3 to 4 tablespoon Torani sugar-free lime syrup
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 drop green food coloring
crushed ice

I wanted to make this calorie free. It might be enhanced with the addition of lemon and lime juice.

Mint Julep.jpg

This was the consensus of tonight’s tasters. Adjust to your own taste and use whatever sweeteners your circumstances allow.

Orange Julius

When I was young, our Brownie troop went to a cookie bakery and then an Orange Julius stand. It is strange what memories stick with you. Now all the Orange Julius places are in malls. But they still serve this amazing drink. When the pickiest eater I know asked for orange juice this morning, I asked, “How about an Orange Julius?” Affirmative! Since I am having an uninteresting “Shepherd’s Pie” made with ground turkey for lunch, to get it out of the freezer, I decided to share this recipe with you. I used Splenda instead of sugar. I have a version in my good ol’ Pillsbury Cookbook, but I like the addition of egg white. (I think the other recipe uses milk as well.) If you’ve never had one, be aware that they serve all sorts of Juliuses these days, pineapple, mango, banana and any combination so use your favorite fruit juice or puree. It separates so serve it with a spoon.


Ok, I don’t care if this isn’t interesting, it is delicious. I can’t recall how I made the meat filling but the potato topping with sour cream and cheddar cheese is so excellent! I’ll look for a classic recipe and make it fresh some time.




Three Lovely Drinks

I tried to share the Coronation Chicken I made yesterday but had no takers so I must have it again for lunch, since I don’t think it would freeze well. But I can still give you a mid-day recipe or three. It really helps to have some nice low-calorie drinks (though give me a diet root beer and I am happy!)

When I was a newlywed, I found Pillsbury Family Cookbook in the library and borrowed it. It was full of so many good recipes I bought a copy. A recipe that caught my eye was an almond, vanilla and lemon flavored ice tea which you can see here. Since I have been urged to try Stevia, that is the sweetener I used today.

Another great iced tea is Good Earth original sweet & spicy herbal tea. The ingredients are: Rooibos, chicory root, natural flavor, rosehip, cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint, chamomile, ginger root, anise seed, orange oil and orange peel. It has virtually no calories but tastes sweet! I drink this ALOT! One bag makes 3-4 cups for me, otherwise it is too strong! If you have a very sunny spot, fill a glass jug with water and drape tea bags over the edge. Close the lid then let it sit in the sun for several hours.

The last drink was invented by the pickiest eater I know. She ordered a drink at a restaurant and was mistakenly given lemonade (which she hates). We had a large party and the waitress was too busy for us to flag down to rectify the mistake so Miss Picky opened some French Vanilla Creamer and poured it into the lemonade. She passed it around the table and it was unanimously declared delicious. However, I don’t want the fat or sugar of creamer so I came up with this low-calorie approximation:

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Vanilla Lemonade

Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method
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1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup water
1/8 cup Splenda
1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla (I actually used McCormick Vanilla Butter & Nut flavoring)
1 tablespoon Torani Sugar-free Caramel Syrup

Combine all ingredients and stir well. (It will look curdled but will blend.)  A spoonful of Dreyer’s slow-churn vanilla bean ice cream might work too!