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Low Calorie Key Lime Pie Experiment - successful!

The other day I asked about substitutions for sweetened condensed milk for making a key lime pie: https://www.democraticunderground.com/115776876

My experiment worked pretty good! Here is the recipe I developed:

1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
3/4 cup Splenda sugar blend for baking

Heat evaporated milk and Splend blend until Splenda is dissolved. Cool to room temperature.

32 Honey Maid graham crackers, crushed (1 "loaf" in the box I bought or at 4 crackers per sheet, 8 sheets)
1/2 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mix graham crackers and butter. Press into the bottom and sides of a 9" pie pan. Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes. Cool.

4 egg yolks + 1 full egg
1/2 cup key lime juice

Mix milk/Splenda with eggs, beat until fully combined. Add key lime juice and stir until slightly thickened. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 350 F until mostly set - 30-45 minutes.

Cool completely before serving with whipped cream - I used Fat Free Redi-Wip which is only 5 calories a serving.

Usually a key lime pie is baked for only 15 minutes, only enough to heat the eggs to be safe. This pie stayed sloshy for a long time and I may have cooked it a little too long, but the flavor was still good and it was not at all rubbery.

The major reason that there are 4 yolks plus a full egg is that while separating eggs one yolk broke so I added to the yolks I had already set aside.

I used the egg whites to make cookies, peppermint meringues and chocolate chip meringues. Recipe are here:

Those turned out great - and low calorie, too, since I also used the Splenda Blend for the sweetner.

Substitution for sweentened condensed milk in key lime pies

I'm used to making key lime pie from store bought graham cracker crusts, sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, and key lime juice but I need to cut the sugar.

I did my internet research and found ways to make sweetened condensed milk from scratch and from non-dairy alternatives. I also found some sources that made alternatives with Stevia or other non-sugar things.

But I want to lower the calorie level and use up what I have in the pantry. I have Splenda (original) and will be buying Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking for other stuff. I also have one can of sweetened condensed milk and one can of evaporated milk.

I found this page:

Evaporated vs. Condensed Milk
Because condensed milk contains sugar, it can not be substituted directly for evaporated milk. However, the other way around, you can substitute evaporated milk for sweetened condensed milk and add sugar. For each cup of condensed milk, use 5 fluid ounces of evaporated milk and ¾ of a cup of granulated sugar. Heat the evaporated milk and sugar together over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved completely. If your recipe says to warm the condensed milk, cool it to the desired temperature, otherwise cool to room temperature before proceeding.

I'm thinking I can use this as a guide and use Splenda Blend instead of the sugar. Or could I get away with just mixing the sweetened condensed and evaporated milks and cut the sugar in half?I do like my citrus pies tangy but with key lime, I think this might be too tangy.

Or since I need to make two pies (I'm also making meringue cookies and key lime pie is the best way I know to use up the egg yolks) I could experiment with the evaporated milk and Splenda for one, make the other the regular way and give away the higher calorie pie. Dithering here.

Winter Games (A Christmas Special) - Simon's Cat

Warning - they've now added ads at the end.

Just ordered a new camera and lens - and I am excited!

Nikon D750 body with a Nikkor 28-300 zoom lens. Both are on sale and I got some nice bundles with them from Adorama. I also looked at B&H but we liked the camera bundle from Adorama better.

Actually I ordered two bodies - we have a stash of lenses dating from our N70 and D70 cameras. While they may not as good with the D750 as one designed for the FX format, they will still work. The sales guy was confused why two camera bodies - my husband would take my camera if I only got one.

Our first trip together I had a brand new Konica 35mm SLR and he had the 35mm camera he inherited from his Dad. At the Painted Forest he dropped and broke his camera. Between there and San Francisco I seldom got to use my camera, so I found a discount camera place in the city and bought another Konica just like mine so we could swap lenses. That was in 1978 and we finally replaced those Konicas in 1999 with the Nikon N70. And I even sold the non-working Konicas with the lenses for a decent price on eBay!

I have to get good with the Nikon before we leave for Britain in July so I hope to post some photos over the next few months!

Today's groaners

From my sister:

Lexophile describes those that have a love for words, such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish," or "To write with a broken pencil is pointless" An annual competition is held by the New York Times to see who can create the best original lexophile. This year's winning submission is posted at the very end.

No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

If you don't pay your exorcist, you can get repossessed.

I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.

I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

Did you hear about the crossed-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?

When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

When chemists die, they barium.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.

I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool .

Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.

This girl today said she recognized me from the Vegetarians Club, but I'd swear I've never met herbivore .

I know a guy who's addicted to drinking brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months .

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A.

I got some batteries that were given out free of charge.

A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail .

A will is a dead giveaway.

With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

Police were summoned to a daycare centre where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He's all right now.

A bicycle can't stand alone; it's just two tired.

The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine last week is now fully recovered.

He had a photographic memory but it was never fully developed.

When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.

Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it.

Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.

Simon's Cat p Festive Feast & other Cat Capers

Finished my Christmas shopping today!

Well, almost. All the shopping for adults is done. The kids will get gift cards to bookstores so that part is easy.

My family gave up exchanging gifts in 2001 after GW Bush advised us to go shopping. MY husband's family went to drawing names but a couple of years ago they decided to do a"dirty Santa" exchange. Everyone brings one present wrapped. The first picks one and opens it. The second can take that present or pick another wrapped present. If your present is taken, you get to select another but each present can be selected only three times (once originally, then "stolen" twice). It's funnier than it sounds.

I picked out a Cuisinart stick blender that comes with a whisk attachment and a mini chopper. I've had one for several years and it is very handy. My husband needed a new atomic clock with exterior temperature gauge so he bought two - one for us and one to gift.

Yeah! Halfway done with the holidays!

Looking for a new tablet - maybe

I've been planning to buy a new tablet sometime in the next few months. Part of the plan was to use my tablet as my phone during our trip to Britain next year. My old Lenovo tablet has a place to put a SIM card in so it could be used that way and I assumed the new ones would, too.

Today I was looking at tablets online. It appears that now they no longer have SIM card or phone capabilities! I guess with smart phones getting such large screens and so many capabilities the idea of duplicating them in a tablet is not as important.

I need to be able to navigate and access the internet while my husband is driving. I HATE using his Samsung 8 smart phone for that. Even though the screen is a decent size, it is not big enough for my tastes.

I need suggestions for what device can do the things I need - or should we just look to rent a car with WiFi capabilities and just link a tablet to it?

Housing crisis explodes in Panama City after Hurricane Michael's devastation

Housing crisis explodes in Panama City after Hurricane Michael’s devastation

By Eileen Kelley | GateHouse Media Florida
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at 4:04 PM Updated Oct 24, 2018 at 1:31 PM

Half of the Panama City Housing Authority’s 450 apartment homes will be condemned, said Teri Henry, the authority’s executive director. The agency also issued Section-8 vouchers for 415 private units and 60 vouchers for veteran’s housing. At this point, Henry still has no idea how many more of the area’s poor from that pool of 475 voucher holders will lose their homes because they are deemed unsafe.

PANAMA CITY — Amid a crushed water bottle, a sandwich bun and upside down disaster relief meal box was an assortment of little girl’s shoes. Size 3.

This particular small, well-worn section of grass at an affordable housing complex was a showcase of childhood and chaos: Silver ballet-style flats, chocolate brown thick-padded boots, a Western set in pink and brown and a look-a-like pair of Buster Browns.

The dropped shoes were not things isolated here. Throughout the grounds of Macedonia Garden Apartments, clothes for all shapes and ages rose from the ground in discarded heaps. A children’s bicycle and a blue stuffed monkey with a shock of bright orange hair would under normal circumstances have been up for grabs.

But this is anything but normal. There is a crisis in Panama City. Poor people are sorting through what is salvageable and what they can bring with them when they attempt to start their lives over.


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