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To limit sweets eating do you only serve homemade treats (not processed cookies or candy, etc) and not every day and only with some meals? We eat healthy foods but sweets are our downfall. I love your blog. It is very helpful and uplifting to me! Thanks for taking the time and energy it takes to provide so much goodness to people. Your optimistic attitude is very helpful for me.
I’m so glad my blog is encouraging to you!
I’m actually kind of a slacker when it comes to non-bread baking. My kids would love it if I made more home-baked desserts, but there are only so many hours in a day.
I’m mostly of the opinion that dessert is rarely healthy, so I focus more on portion control than on trying to come up with healthy desserts.
I’ve been trying to cut back on our grocery budget each month by using things up before they go bad and also only buying things I will actually use all of. I’ve noticed I seem to have a great deal of difficulty using things like half and half, whipping cream, etc. that I buy to use in specific recipes. I know about the buttermilk substitute of milk and vinegar but do you know of substitutes for any of the other kinds of dairy? I hate the idea of making something we won’t eat just to use the leftovers..that’s more wasteful that just throwing it out to begin with. Would love to hear any suggestions you might have!
I do tend to buy specific dairy products like buttermilk and half and half, because the substitutes never seem to be quite as good (especially buttermilk substitutes. There’s just nothing quite like real buttermilk). The good thing about dairy products is that I find them to be quite versatile, and so I rarely have trouble using them all up (as long as I’m paying attention!). If you become skilled at using up various dairy products, you won’t have to rely on inferior substitutes.
Half and half and whipping cream can be added to eggs when you scramble them, used in place of milk in baking recipes, or thrown into a smoothie (whipping cream takes yogurt/fruit smoothies to a whole new level!). Half and half and whipping cream can also be frozen.
Readers, do you have any good substitutes to suggest to Erin? And if you’ve got a great way to use up things like half and half or buttermilk, I’d love for you to share it.
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