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About kathiefitzpatrick1

I am a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, but live in Washington state now. I've been a Realtor since 1994. I am also an author, and have a new interest in bringing out a series of children's books. The first is "The Wish," available on Amazon in print, Kindle and audio book by typing in The Wish FitzPatrick. With a history of home entertaining I have always had an interest in "The Gourmet Kitchen." Yes, I am a coffee and espresso lover myself!

Sugarless Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Be True to Yourself During the Holidays!

Deep Dish Ceramic Covered Pumpkin Pie Plate

Ah, it’s that time of year again . . .the Holidays!  But what comes along with that is THE FOOD!

We love getting together with friends and family around the Holidays and those big dinners right on Thanksgiving, they are the best!  But the rich food often plays havoc with our fitness goals.

Here are some suggestions for you. If you are visiting friends where you did not make the food, avoid as many sugary treats as possible. Hopefully, they did some meatballs, cold cuts, fruit or veggie platters or other goodies that are not too bad on the waistline and will help your successfully skip over the fudge! If not, sample conservatively or skip all together. Have a beverage, and visit your friends. After all, that’s what you’re really there for, right?

As you enjoy the big Holiday dinners with family and friends, just be conservative. Take only one medium sized plate of food, and you should be fine. After all, turkey is healthy for you! Choose side dishes such as green beans and potatoes and green salad over the sweet dishes.

Afterwards, if possible, take a long walk around the neighborhood with some of the group. This is a great opportunity to stretch your legs and work off a big part of the dinner plus talk with people you may not get to visit with very often or any other time of year.

If you get to bring some of the food, bring healthy snacks and fruit and veggie platters to add to the festive holiday spread. You can be sure they are always appreciated!

Here’s a recipe for a sugarless pumpkin pie that I have taken out to parties and served at home that is a wonderful dessert for the Holidays. Honestly, you will not be able to tell the difference! Shop for Xyla Crystals, a sugar substitute, in the health food section or your favorite store. Xlya looks, tastes and measures eactly like regular sugar. Xyla is 100% Xylitol. “Sweet without the gulit,” the product label says. Basically, you can use any pumpkin pie recipe on the pumpkin pack can, and replace the sugar with Xyla, but here is my own personal recipe:

Pre heat oven to 425 degrees
Have on hand:

2 eggs
¾ cup Xyla crystals sugar substitute
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp. ground cloves
1 can pure pumpkin pack (15 oz)
1 can (12 fluid oz) evaporated milk
Pinch salt

1 unbaked 9-inch (4 cup volume) deep dish pie shell
Topping:
1 cup whipped cream – from carton
1 tsp vanilla
2 envelopes Stevia sugar substitute
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Combine Xyla Cystals sugar substitute salt, cinnamon, cloves and ginger in a small bowl and blend. Lightly beat the two eggs in a medium bowl, then add pumpkin, stirring, add in the spices mixture.
Pour into pie shell. Back for 15 minutes at 425. Then lower the temperature to 350 degrees continuimjg to bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Check with a toothpick or a knife to be sure the filling is cooked through and through. Cool at least 40 minutes before serving. Garnish with whipped cream whipped the old fashioned way, adding 1 tsp vanilla and 2 envelopes Stevia to sweeten.

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You will enjoy this pumpkin pie as a guilt free addition to your holiday gatherings and dinners! 

 Also think about this wonderful pie dish to serve at home or transport your pie to a party:

Buy this wonderful pie serving dish on Amazon by clicking on this link here:

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Ceramic Pumkin Pie Plate- Be the star of the party!

For yoga and exercise tips plus additional recipes, please visit me at www.healthyweightsystems.com

 

Best Super-Automatic Espresso Machine-Reviews

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Best Automatic Espresso Machines You Will Love

by Kathie FitzPatrick

So how do you find the best espresso coffee machine? There are many choices of home espresso machines out there.  The variety sometimes seems as vast as the stars in the sky. Well, perhaps not quite that vast!  But it is a bit confusing to say the least.  This article will review our top favorite picks in the realm of Semi-Automatic and Super-Automatic Espresso Machines in order to help you determine the best automatic espresso machine for you.

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How to Use Coffee to Build Relationships

Having coffee together adds a warm positive note to both your discussion and work projects.

Having coffee together adds a warm positive note to both your discussion and work projects.

Sitting Down and Having Coffee Together is Much More Powerful Than you May Think.

By Kathie FitzPatrick

We know we love drinking coffee . . . and we know a lot of other people like to drink coffee.
So enjoying coffee is something we can potentially have in common with people, both current friends and soon to be friends, and business associates.

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Are There Health Benefits to Drinking Coffee?

Love Coffee?  Are You Drinking 3 or 4 Cups a Day? It might Just be Very Good For your Health!

Studies show that coffee in moderation is actually good for your health.

Studies show that coffee in moderation is actually good for your health. Scroll below for the video YOUR BRAIN ON COFFEE

By Kathie FitzPatrick

There are certain things we love . . and some things we even feel guilty about indulging in. If you love coffee, relax.  Drinking one to four cups a day may protect you from developing a number of various diseases, according to current clinical studies.

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Small Espresso Machine for the Home

“Where is that Small Espresso Machine that I Will Love?”

"Where is that small espresso machine that I will love...and will fit neatly on my kitchen counter space?"

“Where is that small espresso machine that I will love…and will fit neatly on my kitchen counter space?”

Small Espresso Machine for the Home

Ever found yourself looking over the display of home espresso machines on-line and wondered if the one you like would fit your limited counter space?

Or maybe starting with evaluating a small espresso machine is just the way to go from the very beginning.

Let’s take a look at a selection that should answer the question and give you a wonderful espresso machine that will make those really great coffee drinks you are looking forward to!

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Which Nespresso Machine is Right for You?

Cappuccino coffee...one of the favorite specialty coffee drinks!

Cappuccino coffee…one of the favorite specialty coffee drinks made with a Nespresso machine!

“Which Nespresso Machine Shall I Buy?”

Nespresso Citiz C111 Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frothier, Chrome

 

Which Nespresso machine makes cappuccinos and lattes?”

Here we go . . . this one does!

This Nespresso machine includes an Aeroccino Plus milk frothier, rapid one touch preparation of hot or cold milk froth for Cappuccino, Latte and Iced Cappuccino
Owners notice an easy insertion and ejection of the coffee capsules.  This model of Nespresso  holds 10 used capsules. It also has a removable 34-ounce water tank. This is for use with Nespresso coffee capsules only.
The Nespresso Citiz is a good example of compact brewing unit technology.  Fast preheating time is 25 seconds. This machine has a 19 Bar high pressure pump. The automatic power turns off off after 9 minutes of inactivity
This machine also has an automatic and programmable coffee volume quantity (Espresso and Lungo). Items sold separately valued at $348.
The flexible pivoting tray accommodates tall recipe glasses!

Buy the Nespresso Citiz C111 Espresso Maker on Amazon:

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Which Nespresso Machine Should I buy?

Here are a few questions posted on Amazon reviews from people considering owning a Nespresso machine or who already own one:

Question:  Can you also make just plain coffee with this model?

Answer: No. If you want one that makes coffee and espresso look at the Nespresso Vertuoline machines.

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Freshest beans? Is Home Coffee Roasting for You?

The Importance of Fresh Coffee Beans . . .

Is Home Coffee Roasting for You?

Green and brown decaf unroasted and black roasted coffee beans as background.

Green beans will make the transformation to freshly roasted coffee beans in our cup!

 

Ah, if you are a coffee lover there is nothing like fresh coffee beans in your cup!
Since the critical top priority in making a full and flavorful cup of coffee is in the freshness of the beans, let’s get to the bottom of it.  You can sometimes find a source of freshly roasted beans close by your home through various coffee stores or specialty shops, or possibly through mail subscription, or you can decide to roast the green coffee beans at home yourself.  More about home coffee roasting later.
When you look around the local grocery store where you shop you probably assume that the beans on the shelf are fresh, but this often just not the case.

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Best Home Coffee Bean Roasters

So why do people do home coffee roasting?

Freshly roasted coffee . . . there's nothing like it.

Freshly roasted coffee . . . there’s nothing like it.

I watch people on-line passionately stirring those green coffee beans in a frying pan on their stoves at home, patiently waiting for those precious “cracks” to signal the first sign that their roast is about done.  The first crack finally makes a loud pop or a crack sound like a branch breaking. Then here is comes, the second crack that sounds like rice krispies . . . ah, now it’s  time to pull it off and cool it in a colander, and eyeball that perfect medium roast.

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Italian Espresso Machines-Reviews & A Little Bit of History

Italian Espresso Machines-Reviews

By Kathie FitzPatrick

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No, espresso did not originally come from Seattle.

Thanks to North African and Turkish merchant traders who brought the early concept of espresso through Venetian ports to Italy in the early part of the 20th century during the Renaissance period, coffee had already become a part of daily life in Italy. In the year 1763 there were 200 coffee shops in Venice.

Then about 140 years later, in 1903, a businessman, Luigi Bezzera, was trying to figure out a way to make his coffee faster. He was an owner of a manufacturing business and was losing patience with how long it took to make his coffee each morning.

Bezzera delightfully discovered that by adding steam pressure to the coffee making process this not only cut down the time of the brewing process itself, but created a far stronger and more robust cup of coffee. It was a new creation of its own. Upon further study and tinkering he cleverly came up with what he called his “Fast coffee machine.” The word “espresso” means fast in Italian.

Vintage teapot with dry tea and rose buds over black metal background

However, Bezzera was not as talented in marketing as he was creating the first espresso maker. In 1905 he sold the rights to another businessman, Desidero Pavoni. From there a short time later the machine was patented.   Also within a short time Pavoni’s name was associated with everything having to do with espresso.

In current times Italy now has over 200,000 coffee bars and growing.

It’s fun to look at the history of espresso coffee creation! Today we are going to take a big leap forward in time and review some of the favorite Italian espresso machines for the home. So now you will get a good look at all things “espresso machine Italian,” and make the right choice for the best Italian espresso machine for your personal home!

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Cuckoo Rice Cooker Review

Cuckoo CRP-HR)*^7F 8 Cup Rice Cooker

Cuckoo CRP-HR0867F 8 Cup Rice Cooker

Best Cuckoo Rice Cooker

By Kathie FitzPatrick

It’s no secret that the rice cooker Cuckoo Brand has been a top favorite in the world of rice cookers. Let’s take a look at the wide variety of Cuckoo Rice Cookers, and see what makes them unique.

Best Cuckoo Rice Cooker Review

Cuckoo CRP-EHSS0309F Smart IH Pressure Rice Cooker

Cuckoo Rice Cooker EHSS0309F Smart IH

Cuckoo Rice Cooker
EHSS0309F Smart IH

Cuckoo CRP-EHSS0309F Smart IH Pressure Rice Cooker, 110v, Metallic

White cup full of rice with vegetables

White cup full of rice with vegetables

It is time to discover a  rice cooker with the advantages of induction heating.   You will be happy to taste the difference.  This style of rice cooker is full of delightful differences.  This type of rice cooker will produce chewy but soft, and just plain delicious rice.  The difference will be clear if you try the same rice with different style rice cooker.

Such an induction heating pressure rice cooker will assure your rice stays fresh not just for hours,  but that the rice stays fresh for days! You will be happy to learn that you have  lots of cooking options.  If you are a beginner, don’t be worried. You will learn quickly how to cook rice in induction stove. Once you buy induction pressure rice cooker, you will also receive a rice paddle and a measuring cup included in the price.

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