Tuesday, January 6, 2009


First, in response to yesterday's post, I completely agree with Miss Luscious Luka that Newman's Own is a terrific brand. So far I haven't found anything in that line that has HFCS. Unfortunatley, I have to travel a bit to find a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, but I have found that store brands are less likely to have HFCS than national brands. Kroger's storebrand is frequently healthier when you compare the nutritional facts and ingrediants, and the Our Family brand that Buehler's (my grocery store) has been safer too. Their peanut butter does not contain HFCS. You really have to read everything though. I was making a dessert for Christmas and ALL the Cool Whip contained it.
Awhile back I started using real maple syrup instead of the imitation stuff, mostly because I found I needed a lot less if I just used the real stuff. I'm glad I did because the imitation stuff isn't just Corn Syrup, it is HFCS.

On to another topic though. Last month I blogged about how I wanted to read more and I thought it would be fun to read a chapter a night from a novel and get through it that way. Mark and I have been doing that, but not quite how I envisioned. We actually end up reading for about an hour, so we progressed quicker than I expected. Of course, we didn't read every night since we were away at Christmas, but nonetheless, we finished My Antonia on Saturday. In some ways it reminded me of the Little House on the Prairie series. I loved those. Perhaps it wasn't just the frontier theme that reminded me of them. My mom used to read them aloud to Becky and me. The reading is good for my knitting. I read a chapter and then Mark reads the next chapter and I knit until it is my turn to read again. I'm actually progressing on Icarus again! Now we are on to Tom Jones by Henry Fielding.


EGunn said...

I love the idea of reading books aloud to one another. My husband and I don't have the same taste in books, but I think it would be great to try.

Beverooni said...

I think that's a great idea. Do you take turns choosing a book? It would certainly open up the types of books that I read if we did that.

P.S. I love your blog. Hope you don't mind me stopping by.