Cocoa Krispies Biscotti, really?

My daughter was eating breakfast this morning, her usual breakfast of champions: Cocoa Krispies.  She finished the box and handed it to me to break down and recycle.  As I turned the box over I read the recipe on the back: Cocoa Krispies Biscotti.  I had to read it twice. Really? Is that right?Now I am quite desperate for chocolate as I sit here on Day 13 but that insults my intelligence, my Italian heritage and any skill I may…

Acupuncture vs. Chocolate (Day 11)

I have a bad knee and ever since the hula-hoop incident, my lower right back is off, hurts a bit and gets stiff.  Wow, did that sound like the ranting of an old woman!Since my old friend chocolate cannot come to my assistance for another 35 days, I turned to acupuncture.  You naysayers let me tell you: it works! I was diagnosed last July with trigger thumb in need of surgery.  After about 6 sessions no surgery  was needed. My thumb…

St. Patrick’s Day for an Italian Family?

On this St. Patrick’s Day, I thought about the Irish influences in my life and thought I should share some of them with you.1.    I am 100% Italian.  My husband is only half.  My mother-in-law is a mix of English, Irish and Scottish I think. I hate to make it sound like I don’t know and don’t care but that is the truth.  We are an Italian family: period. So one day, years ago, my son asked if he was…

Day Eight: Deprivation and hallucination: Chocolate Pizza

As promised, here is a great recipe for Chocolate Pizza.  I modified the recipe from “giada’s family dinners” cookbook. Ingredients:1 pound of store bought or homemade pizza dough. (I prefer Perrecas in Schenectady)3 teaspoons of melted butter (real butter, no substitutions)Nutella Spread (chocolate hazelnut) to be used as desired White chocolate chipsSemisweet chocolate chipsChopped nuts of your choicePreheat the oven to 450 degrees F.I roll out the dough and place into a regular pizza pan (9 inches). You can also line…

Day Five: Chocolate and Zumba, really?

Day Five and I am now dreaming about chocolate. I had a little come-to-Jesus talk with myself this week and decided to concentrate on my health and activity levels.  I have said in the past that I love Zumba and take classes at least 6 times a week.  This morning's class was wonderful. I was cruising along and working as hard as I could. When I checked my BodyBugg half way through I had burned 326 calories...sweet.So I am getting…