Learn to create ambiance

By Sheryl Borden: PNT columnist

Information on creating ambiance in the home, tips to motivate a child to get to a healthy weight, and making tassels for lampshades will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and at 2 p.m. Saturday.

According to Jill Roe, consultant with PartyLite, it doesn’t take a design degree or a big budget to create ambiance in the home. She’ll show how to add a few simple pieces to create instant drama in any room. She lives in Houston.

Lisa Daniel is a certified kids’ nutrition specialist, and she will talk about the hazards of childhood obesity and suggest tips that parents can use to motivate the child to get to a healthy weight. Her company is 45 Pounds and she’s from Grass Plains, Texas.

Ever wonder where designers get the perfectly colored tassels for their lampshades? Mary Maxwell, artist, designer and owner of Heart Enterprise in Roseville, Calif., will show how to make your own tassels, and the technique is very simple.

Information on the health benefits of soy products and ways to protect your voice will be the featured topics at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and at noon Thursday.

Registered dietitian Pat Baird will talk about the latest health benefits of soy products and show some easy ways to get started using more of this food. Baird represents the Soy Foods Council, and she lives in Greenwich, Conn.

Speech pathologist Carol Roark, Ph.D., will talk about protecting your voice. She’ll talk about what causes voice disorders and tell how to prevent them. Roark is with Warm Springs Rehabilitation Center and lives in Lubbock.

Veggie Bacon Tortilla Rounds

1/2 cup pizza sauce (from bottle or can)

4 (10-inch) whole wheat flour tortillas

8 slices Veggie Canadian Bacon

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella soy cheese

Spread about 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce in a circle in the center of each tortilla. At the bottom of each tortilla circle, place 2 slices of veggie bacon next to each other. Top with 2 tablespoons of cheese. Fold in sides of tortilla, then tightly roll up the tortilla starting with the bacon end. Tear off a piece of aluminum foil big enough to cover the cookie sheet and place it on the cookie sheet. Bake in 350 degree F oven until cheese melts, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool enough to cut into 1-inch rounds. Makes 4 servings.

Chocolate Mini Pies

1 pkg. (12.3 ounces) silken firm tofu

1/4 cup water

1 pkg. (3.75 ounces) Mori-Nu Mates chocolate pudding/pie mix

6 mini graham cracker pie crusts

Cut the tofu into chunks and put it in the food processor along with the water. Process until smooth. Add the pudding powder and process again until smooth. Stop the processor, scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir. Process at least 2 minutes. Spoon the chocolate mixture into the mini pie shells, dividing it evenly. Eat right away or put in the refrigerator until ready to eat. Enjoy the pies within three days. Makes six mini-pies.


“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 of Albuquerque.