Sugar takes center stage

By Sheryl Borden: Columnist

Information on refinishing vanity cabinets, managing gout, and using organic sugar products will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Furniture refinishing expert, Bruce Johnson will show how to refinish a new vanity cabinet to provide an update to an existing bathroom for much less money. Johnson represents Minwax in Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Registered dietitian and author, Pat Baird will talk about how to manage gout, which is a very painful condition. Baird represents the Gout Education Society and will explain some easy lifestyle modifications and diet changes to help those who suffer from gout. She lives in Greenwich, Conn.

Marie Oser represents Wholesome Sweeteners in Sugarland, Texas., and she will explain the Fair Trade Sugars Agreement that Wholesome Sweeteners abides by. She’ll also demonstrate some recipes that incorporate organic sugar products.

Information on making candy desserts and building strong bones will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and noon on Thursday.

Nancy Siler of Wilton Industries, will demonstrate making truffles, chocolate coffee spoons, lollipops, candy clusters and other delicious candy desserts. She’s from Woodridge, Ill.

Getting enough calcium is a life-long commitment, and Marketing Consultant, Kay Davis, will discuss how to ensure everyone gets the right amount of this important nutrient from adolescence on. Davis represents DairyMax in Lubbock.

Crispy Rice Peanut Butter Treats
1 cup Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Sugar
1 cup Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Corn Syrup
1 cup smooth peanut butter
4 cups organic whole grain crispy rice cereal
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
Spray 9×13 inch pan with olive oil spray. Set aside. Heat sugar and syrup two minutes or until hot, stirring occasionally. Add peanut butter and cook one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and quickly add Rice Krispies, raisins, and peanuts. Mix thoroughly and spread immediately into prepared pan. Cool and cut into squares.
Variation: Chocolate Maple Crispy Rice treats Use chocolate chips in place of peanuts. They will melt. Use Wholesome Sweeteners Organic maple Syrup in place of Corn syrup.