I’ve finally found a place to use the name Wendalicious!

I have many plans for my future blog entries:

  • Hilarious food-related experiences
  • Non-hilarious food-related experiences
  • Hilarious and non-hilarious non-food-related experiences
  • Recipes, entertaining advice, and other stuff
  • Keeping myself honest with my weight loss efforts, which are in deperate need of a revival

First, today I’ll make it public that I’m going to begin a new training program called “Training for Life”. It involves a huge commitment to exercise, which is my biggest downfall. Beginning tomorrow morning at 5:30am afternoon at 5:15pm, I am officially training for life. I want to be healthy and fit – and wearing a smaller jeans size will be just fine, too. I’ll take what I can get. More info on the program can be had at www.walkvest.com. I haven’t bought the WalkVest yet, but supposedly this program works without it. I want to make myself accountable, so I’m going to post my progress here every day.

Second, I thought I should share an amazing recipe that I made for Thanksgiving (which I cooked yesterday, not on Thanksgiving itself).

Maple-Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients

3 cups fresh cranberries (1 12oz package)
2/3 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, or until all cranberries have “popped”. Serve warm.
Yield: 2 cups (serving size: 1/4 cup)

It is wonderful! Especially on my traditional “Thanksgiving Sandwich”, which this year was made as a wrap – mayo, cranberry sauce, stuffing, turkey. Deelish.

THANKSGIVING TIP: Prepare mashed potatoes first thing in the morning, after putting your turkey in the oven. Put 1/2 cup of milk in the bottom of a crock pot, add the mashed potatoes, and leave the crock pot on low until you’re ready to serve dinner. Give the potatoes a stir, and like magic, they’re fluffy and perfect. This tip also works great with mashed sweet potatoes – just add orange juice and/or apple cider to the bottom of the crock pot instead of milk.

Perhaps maybe I think too much about food…

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