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It's Your Choice - Aug. 27, 2012

In the summer the county fair in my town attracts throngs of people.  Driving by, you can see the bright lights and Ferris wheel, and if you have a vivid imagination, you can almost smell the cotton candy.

As kids we all loved to go to the amusement parks or fairs, and yet each of us would arrive with different destinations in mind.  Some would get on the line for the scariest roller-coater while others would spend their allotted money on shooting the moving ducks in hopes of winning the huge stuffed animal as opposed to the consolation-prize Kewpie doll.  Another group would head over to ride the camel or gather round the barkers, who would try to lure them into their tents to see the bearded lady.

For weeks before the outing, we would already be thinking and planning each step, from buying our tickets to getting on the bumper cars, to the ice-cream cone at the end of the day.  Some would be contemplating the experiences while others would picture the U-Haul they would need to take home all they would win.

The choices were overwhelming to us.  At the same time, that was exactly what filled us with enough excitement that we sometimes thought we would bust.  The same is true about our everyday lives.  There are choices all around us.  But sometimes we get so caught up in the everyday happenings that we forget other possibilities exist.

Some of our choices might seem as scary as the roller-coaster.  And that might just keep us from even getting on the line.  Or if we do brave it, we might keep our eyes closed the entire ride and never see what it is that is making our heart race as the wind wraps us in.  What a sad state of affairs it would be to take the risk to go on the ride but never be open to all the experience has to offer.

The gambler, however, would skip the rides, just for the thrill of nailing one of those lame ducks.  Their joy came not from the experience, but from the end result.  Maybe a mix would be best for an interesting life-a few joyrides, a little bit of playing your luck, and throw in some time at the fun house just for a few laughs.

 Sound good to me.  Why not try a few new choices that might throw a little spice into your routine?  The problem is we often think we have no other choice.  The good news is we always do.

                                                                   ~ By Sharon Lee Riguzzi

Peach and Ginger Sorbet  (Makes 8 half-cup servings)

PointsPlus™ value per serving:  3



        1/2 cup water

        1/3 cup sugar

        1/3 cup light corn syrup

        2 tsp dried ground ginger

        1 1/2 pounds fresh peaches, pitted and quartered

        3 Tbsp lemon juice

        1/4 tsp salt


1.    Combine the water, sugar, corn syrup, and ground ginger in a small saucepan set over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer; boil 1 minute without stirring. Set aside 5 minutes to cool.

2.    Pour the sugar mixture into a large blender or food processor fitted with the chopping blade. Add the peaches, lemon juice, and salt. Blend or process until puréed. Pour into a large bowl, cover, and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.

3.    Pour the mixture into an ice cream machine and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.