I don’t like Stevia

The whole concept of fake sugar bugs the hell out of me. I have always been of the opinion that if I’m going to eat something, its going to be (generally) real food.

IMG_3314Getting rid of processed foods in my diet is a long time goal of mine, and it’s getting better as I get deeper into my health consciousness and dieting. But lets be honest here, those puffed veggie sticks and crackers are addicting and I doubt I’ll ever get rid of Diet Coke totally from my life.

But for what ever reason my dieting and health-nutting does not include is substituting sugar for things like Stevia or Truvia or the uber fake sugar in pink and blue and yellow packets…

This is not to say that people who do use them are wrong or bad, I just can’t be one of them. It just doesn’t taste the same and it makes everything else taste wrong. And I can’t stand that.

So for me, when diet recipes call for Stevia or Truvia or any other kind of sugar substitute in them I tend to roll my eyes and walk in the other direction and don’t even bother with them.

And for some reason, in a fit of ridiculousness, my mother bought a bag of Truvia baking sugar. Like years ago. And we used it once, and haven’t used it since. I’m pretty sure the expiration date was last year.

Honestly, its the same thing for me with margarine and other ‘healthy’ butters. I’m just not going to use it. I’ll use less of the real stuff before I move to using the non-natural stuff.

Also, I do the same thing with mayo, I’d rather use less and track it then use more of the low fat stuff.

I donno. It’s my own little idiosyncrasy. The reason this all came up was because I got incredibly frustrated when I found a recipe for a dessert that I really wanted to make but it had Stevia in place of the sugar and I got cranky trying to figure out if I could use real sugar instead and what that would do to the recipe….

Again, this is not me saying that people are wrong for using Stevia or Truvia, it’s a better option than Sweet and Low and Equal, but it’s just not for me.

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Recipe: Cinnamon Pie

I’m having a serious issue with Cinnamon pie of late. I’m not 100% sure how it happened but I’ve been craving it for the past few weeks. In case you missed it, last Friday I had a booze inspired moment and made one.

Cinnamon pie in the oven!

Cinnamon pie in the oven!

Like most pies, this one isn’t all that great for you. But I ignore that because, well. PIE. I love pie.

I was initially inspired to make pie after watching the Psych episode, Dual Spires, and have loved the custardy pie ever since. Find below the recipe that I have found works best.

Cinnamon Pie 

Serves 8, Weight Watchers Points per serving  8. 

Ingredients –

  • 1 1/2 c milk (if you use less than whole milk it doesn’t change the point value I don’t know why.)
  • 1 egg, beaten intensely
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted down
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c white sugar
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon, plus extra for dusting (OK, I will admit here that I’m heavy handed with the cinnamon, you can decrease to 1 tsp, but not much less.)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pre-made pie crust

Instructions-

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix together the dry ingredients.
  3. Add in the butter and vanilla, mix well.
  4. Add in about 1/2 cup of the milk to start and once the mixture is more liquid than solid, add in the rest.
  5. Roll out the pie crust and put it into a glass pie pan. Make pretty decorations with the crust on the outside.
  6. Put the liquid into the crust. Sprinkle the extra cinnamon onto the crust and top of the pie for extra cinnamony flavors.
  7. By this point your oven should be heated! Put the pie in and cook for 15 minutes then decrease the heat to 375 and cook for another 45 minutes.
  8. Once its finished, take it out. IT WILL STILL LOOK LIQUIDY DON’T WORRY. It’s a custard base pie, so until it’s totally cool it’s likely to still look liquidy in the center. It’ll take around 20 minutes for it to cool and then you can put it into the fridge to set completely, or you can it eat then.
  9. Enjoy by itself or with whipped cream or ice cream. (I eat it straight out of the pan on a knife. I walk on the wild side for pie.)

Let me know if you try it and what you think!

Re: Cinnamon Pie and Temptation

OMG Cinnamon pie

OMG Cinnamon pie

OK. So. If you missed it, I got a little tipsy Friday night and made Cinnamon pie. A whole effing pie. And it’s delicious and I love it. All while watching (on repeat) The Dual Spires episode of Psych.

Meanwhile, I’m impressed with myself. Because not only did I not devour the whole thing that night, I only had one slice Saturday and nothing since! Yay for avoiding temptation!

That I gave into briefly this morning at church… Damn little cinnamon frosted goodness things and pound cake! I didn’t eat many, only two of the cinnamon things and three half pieces of pound cake.

Which in retrospective is a lot…  Damn.

BUT! I RESISTED AT THE CHOCOLATE EXPO!

I got to cover a chocolate expo today. And I resisted all but the tiniest pieces of rum cake that was practically shoved at me. (It was really good) But seriously. I’m really impressed with myself and not attacking every little sample that was available to me at this thing.

It helped, I think, that the place was so crowded it was hard to even get at some of the samples, but still. If I’d wanted to I could have pushed in and gotten something. But I didn’t.

So, I’m counting this as a victory. Yay me!

Other than that, I had three consecutive days of going to exercise class. I didn’t go to one today (Sunday) because all the classes are basically offered during church so… I skipped it today. But not so tomorrow!  I go back to class tomorrow afternoon and I’ve already scheduled a bunch of other classes. This is really big for me. I’m not really used to exercising this much and I think its helping.

We’ll find out tomorrow. It could be good.

Just as long as I don’t eat a lot of my mothers beef stew tonight…

Oh food. Why you kill me with goodness?

My sister is home

And I love her. I do. I really do. But one of the first things she said to me on the phone as she was driving home was “I’m so excited to do some baking!!”

Feck.

We’ve been pretty good (freezer cookie dough and my brothers obsession with Ben and Jerry not withstanding) about not having a lot of sweets in the house. 

I’m honestly exhausted by the very idea of it. And it worries me. For a bunch of reasons. As we’ve learned over the last week, I have little to no self control when it comes to food. I devoured the left over brownie with some homemade fluff last night (I did track it) and I’m more likely to eat the food that is put in front of me than not. 

So if my sister is planning on baking all weekend and through the end of her break I’m screwed. This whole thing might as well end now. 

What kills me the most though, is that my sister is thin. She’s essentially obtained the body that I’d like to have. Which I know won’t ever actually happen. I’ve got bigger bones than her and I’m genetically disposed to larger breasts and hips, so it won’t happen.

But she’s got the self control to not eat everything in front of her. Or if she does, she actually goes to the gym to work it off. 

She’s five years younger than me and somehow, she’s figured it out better than I have. I don’t know quite what happened. Isn’t it my job as an older sister to figure this stuff out for the both of us? Or is that just me being the typical older sibling?

I hate to say it, but she always makes me a feel a little inadequate. She’s just always been better at things and it makes me feel… ugh. 

This is not to say she doesn’t have problems, but we’re not going to get into that. This blog is about me and my problems! 

My issues with my sister stem mostly from my own feelings of inadequacies, thats what several professionals have told me, none of which I should feel they said. But here we are. So for now, I’m hoping that my sister is still on her gluten free kick and won’t bake anything too bad for me. Or at least she’ll employ the applesauce trick in cakes. 

But here we go. I’m looking at a month of sibling rivalry, Christmas, eating, drinking and arguments. 

This should be good. I’m going to go cry in a corner.