Excel Blood Glucose Log sheet

I originally posted an Excel sheet I created to make a log sheet that shows a week on one page, with all the same time lined up (8AM, 10PM, etc.) and the 24 hours goes across the whole page.  If you do not have Excel, I have saved the sheet as a PDF file so you can print this off and write on it.

blood-glucose-log.pdf

I have also created the Excel document as a Google Document, which you can find here:

Blood Glucose Log Sheet

New Carb Factor Directions

I have created a new PDF file with carb factor directions and a list of common foods. Carb Factor Instructions and Common Foods

Recipe Websites

I found a post online from the Fort Smith Public Library that listed these websites.  Many of them I have checked out before.  I am posting this because it’s a great list!

  • AllRecipes.com — A delicious site! Search for a recipe by keyword, or do an advanced “ingredients search” to find a recipe that you can make with the ingredients you have on hand.
  • Betty Crocker Online — A fun site where you can find recipes, ask cooking questions, plan a dinner menu, and even find a recipe that uses ingredients you’ve already got in your kitchen.
  • CopyKat Creations — provides recipes for dishes from popular restaurants such as the Olive Garden, Outback Steak House, and many more.
  • Epicurious: For People Who Eat — Food, drink, cooking tips, recipes, and more. Provides a searchable database of over 11,000 recipes.
  • Martha Stewart Recipe Search — a searchable database of recipes. Search by ingredient, type of dish, and more.
  • Mimi’s CyberKitchen — Provides a searchable recipe database, helpful kitchen hints, cookbook reviews, and links to other cooking sites on the Web.
  • Rec.food.recipes Archive — Provides archives of the Rec.food.recipes newsgroup, searchable by category.
  • Recipe Link – A searchable directory of cooking sites on the Internet. You can even search by recipe.
  • The Global Gourmet – food and recipes from around the world and from many different cultures.
  • Top Secret Recipes — Ever wondered what goes into those dishes they serve at the chain restaurant? Now’s your chance to duplicate it at home.
  • Yahoo’s Recipe Section — This is a comprehensive source for links to recipes of every type, from appetizers to desserts.

COOKIES!


Just click on the name of the cookie and the recipe is there. Good to keep handy



1-2-3 Cookies 7 Layer Cookies Allie Nelson’s Famous Snickerdoodle Cookies Almond Crescent Shortbread Amish Sugar Cookies Andies Candies Cookies Angel Crisps Angenets Applesauce Cookies Apricot Fold-Overs Aunt Edy’s Molasses Crinkles Auntie Linda’s Ginger Gems Bakeless Dream Cookies Banana Drop Cookies Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World Biscotti Biscotti Blueberry Cookies Boiled Chocolate Oatmeal Drop Cookies Bronwnies Brown Sugar Shortbread Brownie Cookies Brownie Delight Brownies Buccaneer Snowballs Buried Cherry Cookies Butter Cookies Butter Nut Balls Butterballs Butterscotch Haystacks CO.P. Cookies Candy Cane Cookies Candy Cookies Caramel Shortbread Cheesecake Brownies Cherry Buns Cherry Crowns Cherry Winks Chewies Chewy Noels Chinese Chews/Haystacks Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Chocolate Chip Cookies Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies Chocolate Christmas Trees Chocolate Cream Cheese Squares Chocolate Crinkles Chocolate Mint Snow-Top Cookies Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (no bake) Chocolate Snowball Cookies Chocolate Streusel Bars Chocolate Sundae Cookies Chocolate Walnut Crumb Bars Choco-Scotch Crunchies Choose A Cookie Dough Recipe Christmas Crackers Christmas Crunch Bars Christmas Ginger Snaps Christmas Macaroons Christmas Mice Cookies Christmas Shaped Cookies Church Window Cookies Coconut Cookies Congo Squares Cookie in a Jar Corn Flakes Cookies Cornflake Christmas Wreaths Cowboy Cookies (oatmeal) Cream Cheese Cookies with Apricot Filling Crème De Menthe Chocolate Squares Crème Wafers Crescent Cookies Crispy Crunchies Date Nut Balls Date-nut Pinwheel Cookies Diabetic Peanut Butter Cookies Disgustingly Rich Brownies Doodles Double chocolate chip cookies Double-Chocolate Crinkles Eatmore Cookies Eggnog Cookies Elizabeth’s Sugar Cookies Elves Quick Fudge Brownies Emily Dickinson’s Gingerbread Cookie Recipe Emily’s Best Brownies Famous Oatmeal Cookies Firemen Cookies Fluffy Shortbread Cookies Forgotten Cookies Frosted Peanut Butter Brownies Fruit Cake Cookies Fruitcake Squares Fry Pan Cookies Gems Ginger Cookies Ginger Crinkles Gingerbread Baby Gingerbread Cookies with Butter Cream Icing Gingerbread Men Gingerbread Men Ginny’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Glory’s Golden Graham Squares Glory’s Sugar Cookies Gramma Chapman’s chocolate coconut drops Grandma Elsie’s Zimt (cinnamon) Cookies Grandma J’s Butter Cookies Grandma Olson’s Parkay Cookies Great Grandmothers Sugar Cookies Gum Drop Cookies Gumdrop Gems Haystack Cookies Ho-Ho Bars Holiday Cereal Snaps Holiday Chocolate Butter Cookies Holiday Raisin Walnut Bars Holly Cookies Hungarian Cookies (Little Nut Rolls) Ice Box Cookies Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies Italian Cookies Jacob’s Peppermint Snowballs Jam Bars Jessica’s Famous Brownies Jessie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies Jubilee Jumbles Juliet’s Peanut Butter Blossoms Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies Kentucky Colonels Kiefle (cream cheese cookies with jam filling) Kifflings Kiss Cookies Lacy Swedish Almond Wafers Lemon Angel Bar Cookies Lemon Bars Lemon Cake Cookies Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies Lemon Squares Linzer Tarts Log Cabin Cookies Luscious Lemon Squares M&M Cookies Magic Cookie Bars Melt in Your Mouth Cutout Sugar Cookies Melting Shortbread Meme’s Cream Cheese Cookies Milk Chocolate Florentine Cookies Mincemeat Cookies Mincemeat Goodies Molasses Cookies Molasses Forest Cookies Molasses Sugar Cookies Mom Mom’s Crescent Cookies Mom-Mom’s Ginger Cookies Mom’s Nutmeg Sugar Cookies Mom’s Old Fashion “Puffy” Sugar Cookies Monster Cookies Moravian Christmas Cookies Nana’s Famous Soft Southern Cookies Nitey Nite Cookies No Bake Chocolate Cookies No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies No Bake Cookies No Bake Cookies No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies No-Bake Cookies Norwegian Sugar Cookies Nut Balls Oatmeal Bars Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Nut Cookies Oatmeal Coconut Crisps Oatmeal Cookies Oatmeal Scotchies Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies Ooey Gooey Caramel Chocolate Dunk Ooey Gooey Squares Orange Slice Cookies Parking Lot Cookies Peanut Blossoms Peanut Butter Bars Peanut Butter Blossoms Peanut Butter Cereal Cookies Peanut Butter Chewies Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars Peanut Butter Cookies Peanut Butter Cookies Peanut butter fingers Peanut Butter Reindeer Peanut Butter Surprises Peanut Marshmallow Cookies Pecan Puff Cookies Peppermint Snowballs Peppernuts Persimmon Cookies Persimmon Cookies Petey’s Yummy Spicy Almond Thins Pfeffernuesse Pffefferneuse Cookies Pineapple Filled Cookies Pizzelles Potato Chip Cookies Potato Flake Cookies Praline Cookies Praline Strips Pterodactyl Nests Pumpkin Bars Pumpkin Bars Pumpkin Chip Cookies Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Pumpkin Cookies Queen Biscuits Quick Cookies Raised Sugar Cookies Raisin Filled Oatmeal Bars Raspberry Meringue Bars Really Peanutty Butter Cookies Reese`s Brownies Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars Rich Flavor Christmas Cookies Rich Lemon Bars Ricotta Cheese Cookies Royal Almond Christmas Bars Rudolph Cinnamon Cookies Russian Tea Cookies Russian Teacakes Samantha & Kelsey’s Chocolate Chip Cookies Sand Art Brownies Santa Claus Cookie Pops Santa Claus Cookies Santa’s Butterscotch Melts Santa’s Shorts Santa’s Special Squares Scotch Cakes Scotch Shortbread Scotcharoos Scotcheroos Seven Layer Cookies Short Bread Cookies Shortbread Skor Squares Snicker Doodle Cookies Snickerdoodles Snickerdoodles Snow Balls Sour Cream Apple Squares Sour Cream Christmas Cookies Special K Cookies Spice Cookies Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Spritz Cookies Stained Glass Window Cookies Stir & Drop Sugar Cookies Sugar Cookies Sugar Cookies Sugar Cookies Swedish Pepparkakor (Pepper Cake) Cookies Swedish Sugar Cookies Sweet Marie’s Swiss Treats Taralle (Italian Cookies) Tea Time Tassies Texas Brownies The Best Shortbread in The World Thumbprint Cookies Thumbprint Cookies Toffee Squares Traditional Christmas Sugar Cookies Traditional Gingerbread Men Cookies Triple-Chocolate Chip Cookies Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies Vanilla Waffer Balls Walnut Butter Cookies Walnut Crumb Bars White Chip Chocolate Cookies Wild Oatmeal Cookies Will’s Famous Apple Jack Cookies Yummy Yummy Peanut Butter Blossoms

Menus 4 Moms

 

I have struggled for years with planning a menu and cooking. I was a little better at it when I was a stay at home mom, but since I work now, I’m just terrible about it! My teen boys are also a bit TOO picky, so that doesn’t help my cooking plans either.

Several months ago (maybe a year?), I found a neat website, Menus 4 Moms, that has a free weekly menu, shopping list and recipes!

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You can sign up to get this weekly email and it gives you everything you need to make meals for your family! Even though I’ve had this great resource, I have not been good about using it, and now I’m going to get busy and try it!

They also have a great area on freezer meals with lots of great articles and book resources, so that you can make several items when you have time and freeze them for nights when you are short on time. This is another plan I’ve been wanting to do for YEARS! It doesn’t even have to be overly complicated or time consuming like Once a Month Cooking, just triple the recipe you are making anyway. Eat one that night and freeze the other two for later dates. If you did this for 10 days, you would have 20 more meals in the freezer – that is a month’s worth! If you do this regularly, you can have a variety of foods in the freezer so you aren’t just eating the same 10 things on a rotating basis.

One thing I have used over the years is to get hamburger in big packages (5 or 10 pounds) and brown it all at once, let it cool slightly and put about 2 cups of browned meat into ziplock bags, flatten them and zip shut, mark with the date and freeze. This saves a huge amount of time and mess later! I can take a package of frozen meat and thaw it in the microwave for about 2 minutes and it is ready to add to spaghetti or casseroles.

Foods

A few years ago I heard a speaker who made cooking easier. She had several mixes made up and then recipes that used those mixes to prepare different foods, which helps save time preparing meals. I found a website that has several of these mixes on it, plus other great tips! It is called budget101.com found here.

Also last week I went to a Tastefully Simple party and had the beer bread again, which is SO yummy and I ordered some. Tonight I was surfing the web about something else and came across a post that someone made their own for a fraction of the cost and it tastes just like the TS beer bread! I did a google search came up with several recipes online for this, all very similar, but the one that seemed to have the most comments that it tastes very similar to TS’s is found at AllRecipes.com at this link. I can’t wait to try it, especially with all the different variations like cheesy, garlic, dill, onion, Italian seasoning, and even sweeter versions such as brown sugar & cinnamon, applesauce or 1 tsp. of vanilla & 1 tsp. of ground allspice!

It’s getting to be fall when we have more soups or get togethers with appetizers, and this bread is so yummy with dips!

Figuring out carbs – see this example

For those of us with a child or loved one with Type 1 diabetes, you have to count all the carbs they eat in order to know how much insulin they need to take. The more accurate you get the carb count, the more exact you can give insulin, therefore keeping their sugars more in range. Counting carbs was VERY frustrating in the beginning of Type 1 for us, and I’ve since heard from many parents with this frustration. After about 20 months with Type 1, we learned how to use a food scale and figure out how many grams of carbs are in ONE weight gram of the food, which is the “carb factor.” By knowing that, you can weigh the food on a scale that weighs in grams and multiply by the carb factor to know the exact number of carbs being eaten. It is EASY to do and much more accurate!!

One of the moms on the parents board posted this comment, and it is VERY true! “An average apple generally is around 25 carbs when weighing and using carb factors. I generally get 23 to 27 carbs after I cut out the core. But most days it is exactly 25. I can’t believe at diagnosis we were told to count an average apple as 15 carbs and also 15 carbs for a small banana – nearly every banana I weigh is 27 to 30 carbs. If we dosed with those averages we would be almost a unit short a lot of times – and that would make for HIGH numbers.”

To explain insulin doses for those who aren’t familiar, the doctor figures out the amount of insulin needed to lower their blood sugar based on how much the person’s blood sugar raises by the carbs eaten. Some people have 1:15 or 1:25 or 1:18, whatever the individual needs. So for example if it is 1:10, they take 1 unit of insulin for every 10 grams of carbs eaten, and in the above example of the apples, they would be 1 unit short on their insulin dose, which would leave their blood sugar too high. If you do not know that it is because of inaccurate carb counting, then other insulin rates are changed (basal) instead of carbs, and they will still be off. Since we’ve been weighing and getting a more accurate carb count, it has greatly improved my son’s blood sugars!

Using carb factors, we know that if you weigh the “edible portion” (which means no apple core and no banana peeling, only the part of the fruit you eat) you can multiple the grams of weight by .138 or .14 for an apple with skin and .228 or .23 for a banana to know the exact number of carbs! Strawberries and watermelon are .08, pears are .15, pineapple is .13. For Thanksgiving day, we knew pumpkin pie’s carb factor is .26, so my son just weighed his pie and knew the exact number of carbs!

See my blog entry Food List with Carb Factors to see where you can download the entire USDA food list to find out the carb factors.