It’s time for my weekly Weight Watchers update. I lost 2.6 pounds this week, bringing my total to 14 pounds lost. I also hit my first goal that was set by the program, and now I have a new goal to reach. One of the ways that Weight Watchers tries to make the process less overwhelming is to give you small goals to reach. They haven’t even discussed with me what my weight will need to be in order to reach the end goal.

Onto your weekend reads. I don’t really have a theme this week. It’s just a little of this and a little of that.

  • Snooth has a fun slide show this week on wines to drink during the Oscars this Sunday night. They suggest Black Swan wine, wine from John Lasseter’s family winery and others that fit the best movie theme.
  • I generally agree with this Yahoo post on What to buy and what to skip at Trader Joe’s.
  • Mark Bittman’s most recent opinion piece for The New York Times discusses all that’s wrong with McDonald’s oatmeal, including asking a great question, “Why is it more expensive than a double cheeseburger?”
  • What will happen to the Easy Bake Oven when incandescent light bulbs (the heat source for baking cakes and cookies in the oven) are a thing of the past? Chicago Breaking News says Hasbro is creating a new oven that uses a different heat source.
  • Enjoy your weekend!
  • This is interesting. In a report on parents that allow their children to drink alcohol at home, Time says that researchers found “when parents actually drink with their teens at dinner or in a religious context … it is associated with lower levels of alcohol problems.”
  • The New York Times is reporting that PepsiCo is working directly with farmers in Mexico to buy their corn instead of going through a middleman. The arrangement has many advantages for the farmers and their families, but it also has several advantages for the beverage giant, too. 
Enjoy your weekend!

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Weekend reads: Wines to toast Oscar with, Easy Bake Ovens, and more
Food news and items of interest from around the Web for your weekend reading.