Friday, November 26, 2010

Flashback Friday: Recipe Swap

Last year was the first time I participated in the Weight Watchers Holiday Recipe Exchange. In November 2009, I found this event advertised on the Weight Watchers message boards. This sounded like so much fun! This is the perfect event for someone like me, who is also on the hunt for great recipes. So, I quickly submitted my name and mailing address.

A Weight Watchers member collects all the addresses and divides them into groups of twelve. After everyone had submitted their information, I received an email, before Thanksgiving, with the complete list of names and addresses. I located my group.

After I found my group the instructions said that I was supposed to mail a Christmas cards with and recipe to each person in my group. All of the other people in my group would do the same thing and we would all have at least eleven new recipes before Christmas. I worked to find just the right recipes and mailed them to the appropriate people in my group.

Slowly, I began to receive all of my Christmas cards with new recipes. Some ladies put five or six new recipes in each envelope! By the time Christmas was over I had a stack of new recipes.

Last year was such a success and I got a ton of great recipes, so I knew that I had to do it again this year. I cannot wait for my new recipes to start coming this year. This really is a great idea! Who knows maybe we can do our own kind of recipe exchange next year.

Here are the recipes that I am going to share this year with the people in my group. I choose one recipes that was Weight Watchers Friendly and the other is a Family Favorite.

Holiday Recipes

Weight Watchers Friendly
From: Just-Rhonda

1 lb lean ground beef, browned & drained
1 can pinto beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can corn
1 can diced tomatoes
1 package taco seasoning
1 package ranch dressing

Combine all ingredients in the Crockpot. Cook on low for 4-8 hours.

Serves 14 (1/2 cup); 2 points

For Recipe Review, click here.

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Family Favorite
DeBlaeij Cookies
From: Cindy McMartin

1 cup margarine
½ cup sugar
½ packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup jam, more if needed

1 cup powdered sugar
½ tsp almond extract
2 tsp water

Mix all ingredients. Refrigerate the dough if necessary for easy handling. Roll dough into balls; place on ungreased sheets; make an indent in center of ball and flatten some; put a dab of jam in indent. Bake 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Make Glaze. Drizzle glaze over baked cookies in a crisscross pattern.

For Recipe Review, click here.


Tia Colleen said...

Recipe swaps are so much fun. I miss the days of being able to share things like that with people. My Grammy used to send me recipes all the time. Food allergies and intolerances are SUCH a pain. But I guess the trade off, the not being sick anymore part, its all worth it.

Anonymous said...

That recipe swap sounds like SO much fun! Thank you for sharing the recipes! I've printed them out and can't wait to try them.

Robyn Campbell said...

Love these recipes. I found you from Blogfrog. Come visit me sometime.

Man! You look good after loosing your weight. Congrats. I lost a bunch too, so know how you feel. Still have about 12 to go. UGH

Jen Newsham said...

Tia - It is absolutely worth it not being sick. Recipe swaps are fun, but not at the cost of your family.

Stephanie - You're welcome! Let me know what you think when you try them!!

Robyn - Welcome!! It's always nice to have new visitors. Look forward to checking out your blog.


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