Well...not quite. I'm still technically on vacation for another 9 hours. My vacation was 2 weeks (out of the 4 allotted to me) and I barely posted anything at all! Well it's also because I barely cooked anything at all. Quite frankly, the idea of making something and then being on staycation alone in the house with a new batch of anything is just a little too difficult for me! No willpower at all. I have at least 2 friends who think that's ridiculous.

OK, down to business. Before we left for our ski vacation, I did make 2 things I have no yet blogged. I hope to make a batch of blueberry pancakes today as well. The first, above, were skinny cheddar biscuits that I modeled on a recipe from Skinny Taste(click here for the original post). I skinnified them just a little.
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My Ingredients (Made 12-13 biscuits)
2 cups Busquick Heart Smart Mix
2 tbsp I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spread
2/3 cup skim milk
2 servings fat free shredded cheddar cheese
1.5 servings Weight Watchers Mexican Mix
1tsp (?) garlic powder
1tsp (?) dried Italian seasoning
Pinch salt

*I happened to have those two types of cheese on hand. I would probably not want to make these with all 3.5 servings of fat free cheese because it's so dry.*

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Instructions (preheat oven to 400 deg)
1. Mix the dry ingredients (Busquick mix, cheeses, 1/2tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning, salt
2. Add milk and stir. Don't stir TOO much but make sure all the floured mix is well in there.
3. Plop about 1tbsp of the mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
4. Melt butter + 1/2 tsp garlic and Italian seasoning in microwave (30 sec?)
5. Lightly brush butter mixture over the top of the biscuit blobs.  You should wind up with about half the butter mix left
6. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, brush the biscuits with the butter mix again (generously this time) and let bake for another 5 minutes.

**Watch out though, they may  be only a little brown on top but the bottom might be black (like mine). Beware of overcooking and remember that you can always pop them back in but you can't uncook them once it's been done!**

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Reviews: There are about 100 calories/biscuit and they were quite tasty for dinner the night they came out of the oven. I wasn't too hungry that night and paired them with kale chips two ways (really just 1/2 of the plate had Dijon honey mustard and the other half got ketchup!). Boyfriend had 2 with his.

What they did not do: stay well overnight without refrigeration. They were hard little pucks the next day =(

What they did do: The few that I did pop in the refrigerator to have on day 2 were delicious. Guess these guys aged pretty well!

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I also prepared a batch of cranberry sauce. Really easy stuff though. It's kind of tart, but I happen to love it that way when it's combined with some vanilla yogurt. I just put a pack of frozen cranberries in a pot along with 1 cup of water, 2 cinnamon sticks and 1 tbsp sugar. I also added 2 packets Sweet N Lo and a squirt of sugar free maple syrup. I brought the water to a boil and let it simmer while the berries began to pop. It was messy but in the end I had a nice big batch of yogurt and cereal topping! If I happened to have made a turkey sandwich, I totally would have used this on top.  I'm going to finish this post now and start afresh with posts including food, exercise and social nonsense now that I'm all caught up. Below is my yogurt parfait that I took to work with me: 1 cup yogurt, 2-3 tbsp cranberry sauce, another squirt of sugar free maple syrup, topped with a fiber/nut Trader Joes cereal. Simple but so good and crunchy =) See you next time!

 


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