I have chosen this name for this blog because it truly states my story. I am a type II diabetic who most certainly enjoys food. When I was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago, my blood sugar level was over 400. With some oral medications, a lot of research and some trial and error, I have found that unlike my ancestors I truly can continue to enjoy food. I hope this blog will help you to also enjoy food and be healthy. Some recipes are my originals and some I have collected. Everyone reacts different to various foods. Check your blood sugar readings so you will know whether or not a recipe works for you! And feel free to take a recipe and adjust it to suit your needs.

Saturday, July 14, 2012


pastry for a 2-crust pie (made without sugar)
2 cans (15-oz each) pitted tart cherries
1 cup Splenda Granulated
3 tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp flour
2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract or flavoring
3 to 4 drops liquid red food coloring, optional
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Make an egg wash by beating 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of water.
Line a 9-inch pie plate with pastry; brush entire bottom and sides of crust with egg wash.  Reserve remaining egg wash.  Refrigerate until ready to fill.

Drain the cherries; reserve the juice and set cherries aside.

In a 2-quart saucepan combine the Splenda, cornstarch, flour, and reserved cherry juice.  Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a slow boil.  Cook for 1 minute; remove from heat.

Add the lemon juice, vanilla extract, almond extract, food coloring - if using, and salt; stir to combine well.  Fold in the cherries and pour into the chilled crust.  Top pie with a top crust or lattice crust strips, turning edges under and crimping to seal.  Brush top crust with remaining egg wash and cut air slits in top if using a solid crust. 

Use a pie shield or cover edges with a loose foil rim to prevent edge of crust from getting too brown.  Bake at 425 degrees for approximately a half hour or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.