Friday, September 2, 2011

Happy Faces!

It was Spirit Day at the girls Elementary School today. My daughter and I volunteered to help paint the faces of the school children with team logos, etc.

I think we must have painted a couple hundred faces today. The children were all so well behaved and excited. It was great fun. There were children of every age from 5 to 11 or so, and some had an exact idea of what they wanted. Others had to have a little guidance in choosing a team or a color, but one thing for sure, they all enjoyed this special day. We made sure each kid felt "special", no matter what they chose.

By the way, if you ever want to "paint" faces, use the actual face painting paint, not the crayons. The crayons seem to "melt" after put on the face, and smear terribly. The paint works much better. We found that there are "stencils" out there now that you can use with the paint. We used small foam brushes and paint with the stencils and had great success. Hobby Lobby carries all of these supplies.

As we go into this Labor Day Weekend, I hope that you all have some kind of plans with your family/friends. It doesn't have to be something over the top. We are just having a family cookout. My hubby loves "brats" and "kraut"....and I will be happy with just a regular grilled hot dog with all the fixings!

Whether you are traveling for a special Summer "Grand Finale" or just cooking out at home, take time to tell those you love how special they are to you.

I found out today that "Grandparents Day" is taking place at both of the schools my younger grandchildren attend on the same day. Thank goodness, at one school it is from 9:30 to 11:30 AM and the other is at 1:00 PM. Gonna be a busy day for this Grandma visiting all three of the elementary aged children. They grow up so fast. I can remember so many times going to GP Day with Eric, who is 15 now...and will soon be driving. Where did the time go?

Well, just in case you haven't come up with a special recipe for the Holiday this Weekend, here's one for you that won't pack on the pounds!


2 Full Graham Cracker sheets, crushed into crumbs
1 Package (8 ounces) light cream cheese
1 Package (8 ounces) light firm silken tofu (YES I SAID TOFU!)
1/2 cup sugar substitute blend
2 egg whites
1 cup sliced strawberries

Preheat oven to 350. Place graham cracker crumbs in a 9" pie plate. In large bowl or food processor, blend together the cream cheese, tofu, sugar substitute blend, and egg whites for about 1 minute or until smooth.

Pour the mixture into the graham cracker crust. Bake for 20-35 minutes, or until set. Let the cheesecake cool. Garnish it with slices of fresh strawberries.

Calories per serving 119

Enjoy! and Happy Labor Day!

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