Life is short. Eat dessert first.

Shelly's Roasted Pears with sweetened Ricotta and Caramel

2 Pears, crisp yet ripe (I used Red Anjous)
2 Tablespoons Almond Butter
1 Tablespoon Butter
1/8 cup Pecans, chopped
1/8 cup Steel Cut Oats
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)
dash Cinnamon

Topping: Ricotta Cheese, Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup, SF Caramel Sauce

Cut each pear in half and scoop out the core with a knife or melon baller. I didn't peel the pears but you certainly could. Place in a Pyrex baking dish. Mix almond butter, butter, nuts and oats together and drop a spoonful in the hollow of each pear half. Drizzle with syrup and sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon. Roast in the oven, uncovered, at 350 for about 30 minutes or until tender and easily pierced with a knife. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Top with a little sweetened Ricotta. Just a capful or so of Sugar Free Torani Syrup in a dollop of Ricotta tastes like cannoli filling and is perfect topping and you get a protein bonus. Then drizzle with teaspoon of SF Caramel Sauce (I like Smucker's) nuked for 20 seconds till warm.

This dessert is orgasmic. I'm talking legs trembling and toes curling good ;) OK maybe that's going a little far but seriously you must make it. It's super easy but special enough for company. They will never realize they are eating a weight loss surgery friendly dessert. These are soooo good that despite it being 103 degrees today (yes, you read that right) I am turning on the oven to make them again. It is 85 degrees already (it's 10 AM) so think of me melting at about 3 PM PST.

I just got back from the Farmer's Market. I bought 4 red pears, a ton of baby yellow squash, strawberries (I've been mashing them in my water. I hate plain H20) and more of those killer blueberries I made the oat bars with. I thought maybe some blueberry "ricottage" pancakes would be nice this week.

We had coffee at Starbuck's and saw the cutest French Bulldog puppy. I'm not a dog person but I love those. I want one with a spiky collar. Rose would not be happy. We sat and people watched for a bit but it was already too hot in the sun so we stopped in Baron's to get a few things. The have mini picnic size wedges of cheese in the cheese section. Perfect for us post ops. I bought 4 different types so we are going to have a little cheese tasting party manana. I might splurge and have a glass of vino. It's always hard to justify 100 calories of a liquid that contains no protein but eh like I said life is short.

Highlights of the Day:

* Right now sitting in the cool (not for long) house rockin' out to my Ipod.

* I just made a yummy breakfast... leftover Sausage Stuffed Zucchini and Scrambled Egg.

* Doing as little as possible... 103!?!

Listening to: Ned's Atomic Dustbin "Grey Cell Green"