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.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


1 pkg (1.25-oz) taco seasoning mix
5 tbsp Splenda or Stevia Granular
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 cups pecan halves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan with aluminum foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine 1 tablespoon of the taco seasoning, 4 tablespoons of the Splenda or Stevia, the cinnamon and half the cayenne; mix together well. Stir in the orange juice and bring to a boil over medium heat.

Remove pan from the heat and stir in the pecans. Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking pan; spread out evenly.

Bake pecans at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring once about halfway through.

While pecans bake, in a small bowl, combine the remaining taco seasoning, remaining Splenda or Stevia, and remaining cayenne; mix together well.

When you remove pecans from the oven, place in a medium-size bowl. Add the spice mixture and toss to coat all the pecans. Return to the baking pan.

Place back into the oven and bake another 5 minutes, stirring once. Allow to cool completely before serving or placing in an airtight container to store briefly.

These make great snacking party foods or placed in a decorative jar or container they make a great gift for diabetics.