Upcoming show to feature chia seeds

Information on using Chia seeds in a Paleo diet, making a custom upholstered headboard, and using fondant to make ruffles and bows will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday.

Cookbook author and dietitian Carol Fenster will talk about the Paleo diet and what it consists of, as well as the pros and cons. Then she’ll demonstrate using Chia seeds, which are high in Omega 3 and have a long shelf life, in recipes. Her company is Savory Palate, Inc. and she’s from Centennial, Colo.

Rebecca Peck represents The Upholstery Studio, and they make kits for headboards, tuffets, cornices and other DIY projects. She is going to show how to make a beautiful custom upholstered headboard which will make your bedroom a haven of comfort. She’s from Phoenixville, Pa.

Laura Haselden is a self-taught cake decorating wonder! She’s going to demonstrate using fondant to make beautiful ruffles and bows for cakes or cupcakes. Her business is called Simply Sweet — Cakes by Laura. She is now living with her family in Germany.

Information on updating walls, how to avoid telemarketing fraud, and making elegant pillows will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday, and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Furniture refinishing expert and author Bruce Johnson will share solutions for boring walls by adding moldings, baseboards, wainscoting and other design elements. He represents Minwax in Upper Saddle River, NJ.

According to Linda Davis, Americans lose more than $40 billion a year to telemarketing fraud! She’ll talk about how to protect yourself as well as your family and friends. Davis is vice president of Operations with J. P. Stone Community Bank in Portales.

Lise Horvath is the owner of Accent Your Interior in Scottsdale, Ariz. She’s going to show how to quickly and easily make a trio of Victorian pillows. These elegant pillows incorporate Dupioni silk, floral ribbon, and gold braid and are included in one complete kit.

 

Chia pudding

One of the easiest ways to use chia seeds is in no-cook puddings. Eat as a dessert or as a hot breakfast cereal. You can vary this basic recipe by adding your favorite flavorings, such as cocoa, dried fruits, coconut, or whatever appeals to you. Perhaps a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dusting of slivered almonds would be good.

• 1 tablespoon chia seeds

• 1/2 cup non-dairy milk of choice (almond, coconut, or hazelnut work well, but use what you like)

• 1 1/2 teaspoons sweetener of your choice (agave nectar, maple syrup, etc. Honey hardens when added to cold food so heat it first so it blends into the pudding)

• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

Whisk all of the ingredients together in a screw-top glass jar and refrigerate overnight. Shake or whisk a few times during the first two hours to redistribute the seeds as they soak up the liquid. Eat as a pudding, which will have a consistency similar to tapioca pudding. If you prefer a smoother texture, grind the chia seeds in a blender before blending with the other ingredients. Heat it for a hot breakfast cereal. Makes one serving.

 

“Creative Living” is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico and is distributed by Westlink, Albuquerque.

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