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STILL GEARING UP FOR 2012

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Well, I signed up for the January workout challenge, now I just have to do it. I have all day to put something in place. I weighed again this morning and I am pleased with what the scale is showing me. Hope it contines downward and not upward again. Just 5 lbs to 170 world! Please let me do this.

This year, I want to get and keep organized better in my life. Last night I folded and sorted fabrics and put away the Christmas ones in 3 small bins. Feels good. Still more to do but a start. I haven't had my sewing fix in several days so I need to do something about that.

I also want to start back walking and exercising. Such a simple thing just to go out and walk around the block. Why don't I do that instead of stitting here typing?

I have several pairs of newer pants that I hope I'll have to pitch in another month or so and buy smaller ones. that would be nice. I've been a sparkmember for 2 years now and still at the same weight I started at so I need to do something about it. Have to get to work! Later.

  
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ILLINITEACHER52 12/30/2011 11:24AM

  You have inspired me to work on organizing my stash of material.
(I'm sure I have enough Christmas fabric to put together a few Christmas quilts by Christmas 2012.)

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CHANGING4ME49 12/30/2011 5:47AM

    I've been cleaning, sorting and organizing this week too. Gearing up as you say for the new year. I love to organize. I'm thinking of taking some classes offered in the area after the first to sharpen my skills and to drive my husband even crazier. emoticon He's a messy but nature. Working on some health and fitness goals as well. So here's to making 2012 the healthiest and most organized year ever. WE CAN do it!!

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CELLOPLAYER1 12/28/2011 11:41AM

    I can relate to the sewing fix. I had to clean my sewing room while my family is visiting so I haven't been able to sew in almost two weeks! I will have a couple days to sew after they head home on Saturday before I go back to work on Tuesday. It has been nice having my family visit.

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KASEYCOFF 12/28/2011 10:11AM

    Yepper, I hear you about fitness - me too!!!
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GEARING UP FOR 2012

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

It's not too early to start thinking about 2012. I'm planning my business so why not myself? So I signed up for the January Jumpstart Challenge Team. Supposed to exercise everyday which I fell flat on this year for sure. But I'm encouraged because I didn't gain any weight this CHristmas and my pants are loose and my 2 new dogs like to walk. So I need to get moving more and I can do this.

So I'm going to continue following the portion control plate size of the Sonoma Diet and continually add more fruits and veggies and fiber to my diet. I made another batch of my homemade granola. I'll have to post the recipe as it tastes great and I love the crunch of the nuts and toasted cereal. ANd it sure helps with irregularity if you know what I mean!

Yesterday I made chicken corn chowder that was yummy. I had picked up a cookbook from AMish country this year and it was in there. Didn't have half and half or cream so I used skim milk as usual. ANd threw in a jalapeno pepper as I do to most of my soups and sauces. I read that a little heat and spice revs up the metabolism and it adds taste without added salt.

Yesterday we had our grandkids for the day and my daughter-in-law took a picture of me and my 2 year old grandson. I thought I looked pretty good for a 63 year old grandmother!

So its all good. Have to get to work! Later.

  
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CHANGING4ME49 12/30/2011 5:57AM

    Both the homemade granola and corn chowder sound yummy. I think I will make some chowder tonight for dinner. I have a recipe from my grandmother which is so good. Always reminds me of her. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 12/27/2011 2:37PM

    I used to live in Amish country...
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CARLANNIE 12/27/2011 9:22AM

    Hi! I just joined the January Jumpstart Challenge Team, too. My dh is going to be gone for almost two weeks in January, and I can already see that will be a challenging time for me to cook well for myself, and not snack. So I'm going to concentrate efforts toward a healthy me. Good to know someone else is headed in that direction, too!

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NO WEIGHT GAIN!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Well, the morning after Christmas and I decided to get on the scale. My jeans that I bought a couple of months ago are loose and so are my pants so I thought I would just weigh and see whats up. I had no weight gain over Christmas! And I might have even lost a pound. So there is hope for the future. I had set a goal to lose 7 lbs by New Years to get into a dress I coveted but the dress sold out at Coldwater Creek and I couldn't buy it so I am resorting to things I already have. And I'll look fabulous anyway! So I weighed in at 184 to 185 so I am happy. I didn't think I was overeating and I hadn't had too many sweets and even when I partied, I didn't eat that much. And haven't been drinking a lot eather so guess it's all good.

Our new puppies, Daphne and Wally have settled in to be part of the family. I know we made their Christmas after they were kept in a kennel for 4 months at Pet Welfare! Daphne's name is now Peanut most of the time as she looks like one. She is still a bit skittish with strangers. And she has a cataract on one eye and an eye disease where she doesn't make any tears. The shelter people thought she would never be adopted but she is certainly bonded with Wally and part of our family now. We put drops in her eyes daily as she doesn't produce tears. Guess that is why she got the cataract. Surgery on dogs is $1500 per eye so we would have to think about that if she ever gets another one.

I cooked a beautiful turkey dinner for Christmas Eve and had leftovers with my sister and her husband last night. Such a wonderful Christmas we had, seeing our son and his family who live close by and still having our 92 year old mother with us. My mom-n-law. I cooked the carcass and intend to make soup today.

It's a wonderful life! Later.

  
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LADYBUG1943 12/26/2011 11:45AM

    I love using the whole turkey! We didn't have one this year. Our son shot a turkey the week before Xmas, but damaged a lot of the meat, so we cut it up, boiled it and made turkey n' noodles. I grew up in a German community in Nebraska and home-made noodles are a tradition in our family. Nothing is better than that, and we still have some leftovers. It was interesting that the wild turkey had NO fat.... there were just a few random globules on the water when I cooked it.

My own mother turned 90 on Thanksgiving day, and we, too, feel blessed to still have her around. She is beating me on a FaceBook game of Scrabble right now.....
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LADYBUG1943 12/26/2011 11:44AM

    I love using the whole turkey! We didn't have one this year. Our son shot a turkey the week before Xmas, but damaged a lot of the meat, so we cut it up, boiled it and made turkey n' noodles. I grew up in a German community in Nebraska and home-made noodles are a tradition in our family. Nothing is better than that, and we still have some leftovers. It was interesting that the wild turkey had NO fat.... there were just a few random globules on the water when I cooked it.

My own mother turned 90 on Thanksgiving day, and we, too, feel blessed to still have her around. She is beating me on a FaceBook game of Scrabble right now.....

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LADYBUG1943 12/26/2011 11:44AM

    I love using the whole turkey! We didn't have one this year. Our son shot a turkey the week before Xmas, but damaged a lot of the meat, so we cut it up, boiled it and made turkey n' noodles. I grew up in a German community in Nebraska and home-made noodles are a tradition in our family. Nothing is better than that, and we still have some leftovers. It was interesting that the wild turkey had NO fat.... there were just a few random globules on the water when I cooked it.

My own mother turned 90 on Thanksgiving day, and we, too, feel blessed to still have her around. She is beating me on a FaceBook game of Scrabble right now.....
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LADYBUG1943 12/26/2011 11:43AM

    I love using the whole turkey! We didn't have one this year. Our son shot a turkey the week before Xmas, but damaged a lot of the meat, so we cut it up, boiled it and made turkey n' noodles. I grew up in a German community in Nebraska and home-made noodles are a tradition in our family. Nothing is better than that, and we still have some leftovers. It was interesting that the wild turkey had NO fat.... there were just a few random globules on the water when I cooked it.

My own mother turned 90 on Thanksgiving day, and we, too, feel blessed to still have her around. She is beating me on a FaceBook game of Scrabble right now.....
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CHRISTMAS DAY SHOULD BE COLD AND SNOWY!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Most of the time, living in Florida in the winter is a real treat! However, right now, it is programmed to be 60 degrees and cloudy on Christmas Day. We've had a handful of cold days, cold enough to wear a sweater. And the rest has not only been warm, sometimes in the 70's, but humid as well. I can take the warm but we actually had to turn on our air conditioner yesterday just to take the humidity out of the air. At Christmas time, it should be cold! I've known it to be in the teens on Christmas EVe while coming out of church. But this year, I don't think it will get cold, at least in the next few days.

My granddaughter came over to the house this week wearing shorts and a short sleeve t-shirt! I'm a displaced Northerner and I want it to be cold! And then get warm again. It's not very much fun to get a sweater for Christmas when you can't even wear it because it is too warm. And we don't even live in South Florida. We live in the Panhandle where it is known to get cold!

Other than that, I'm looking forward to the next couple of days! What fun is ahead with family! Enjoy your time, and the cold and snow! Later.

  
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JIBBIE49 12/27/2011 12:42AM

    I'm sure it will be plenty cold in JANUARY on the Gulf Coast. I hate cold weather.

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PMFISH 12/23/2011 9:42AM

    It is even warmer here in the Tampa Bay area, but I enjoy it!! The beautiful sunshine keeps the spirits up! I cannot live in the areas that have cold and snow, because I cannot breathe in them. Merry Christmas!!

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JILLITA55 12/23/2011 9:13AM

    Houston. Doubt it will snow here. Although it has before. Fortunately, I was able to enjoy snow in 2009 and 2010.

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KASEYCOFF 12/23/2011 9:10AM

    I'm not crazy about hot'n'humid my own self, but it's certainly 'humid' here, tho not hot - it's been raining for two days, and at mid-50 temps is warmer than usual for this time of year. Guess it'll be a wet Christmas rather than a white one in old Blighty--!
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MRE1956 12/23/2011 8:48AM

    Hmmmmm......I'm from a state that was hammered to an extreme by weather throughout this year, so I personally would just as soon not see a single flippin' snowflake if possible......but then again, "to each his or her own", I guess.....

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EATING HOMEMADE GRANOLA!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

I got the cooking bug last week while at the hairdressers and my mother-in-law was getting her hair cut. I was looking at their Southern Living Magazine which has 2 great looking recipes in it. So I went home and decided to make both of them. You can find the recipe by going to Southern Living online and looking for Holiday Food gifts. In their search block, type butter-pecan granola.

I go out of my way not to follow a recipe exactly because I usually don't have all the ingredients, like wheat germ and sesame seeds and date. But I made this and added about 1 1/2 cup of honey rice chex cereal, 1 c pretzels, a bit of almonds and sunflower seeds that I had and raisins. What happened was it stretched the butter honey sugar mixture so it wasn't so sweet and turned the whole thing into cereal that I have been enjoying every since. I take out the pretzels for cereal so I'm thinking I may just make this stuff to have on hand for my breakfast all the time. Another benefit is all the fiber which I need desperately!

The other recipe I made was Pecan-toffee shortbread which you can find on the same site! It called for 1/3 c of cornstarch and I thought that was a huge amount but it did make a shortbread cookie so guess it was correct. I thought it was yummy but hubby didn't like it so much. Our fruitcake is nearly gone as I give most of it away but it was sure good! I use an old recipe I got out of a magaine about 30 years ago for a golden fruitcake. Makes a huge one and is very moist!

Enjoy, This is one of the last few days before Christmas where I need to shop for a few things and get groceries so we can have something to eat! Later.

  


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