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Friday, June 18, 2010


Finding what works is an all consuming process when you are trying to lose weight. Maybe that is why we try so many different diets, only to lose and gain it back. I have really been floundering and so disgusted with myself. After talking with my niece about the DASH diet, I have decided to concentrate on eating 8 fruits and veggies a day. If I did that, I would be so full, I wouldn't want anything else that didn't qualify as a veggie or fruit.

My main problem is scrounging for something sweet after dinner and at night. AND1571 posted a fruit dessert recipe on her blog and I think I will make that for in the freezer. Substitute for those klondike bars. Last week when I made the banana pudding that needed to be cooked and wasn't, I put everything into a blender and then cooked it on the stove. What was left, I made some freezer tarts. Poured into a cupcake liner with a vanilla wafer on the bottom and froze them. They made nice creamy treats, like ice cream. I am going to try it with instant chocolate pudding and put banana or strawberry in it with the vanilla wafer. Also, thaw some lite coolwhip to mix with it. I'll post the recipe if it turns out good. That would satisfy my sweet chocolate tooth and also add a little fruit to my diet. SO, more fruit and veggie is my aim.

I had a wonderful week with my grandchildren. I loved having the baby for 2 days and was glad it was only 2 days as I do have to work occasionally. Then I had my granddaughter and I took her to an Art Camp for 3 hours each morning. She loved it and I was able to have appointments while she was there. And also visit with my niece and her family. Working from home is so flexible and I've got some great clients I'm working with right now. Weeks like that are tough to stay focused on what you are eating. We went to McDonalds for lunch one day and I had one of their salads with very little dressing and a good piece of chicken breast. Much better choice. I actually have to work today. Granddaughter went to a birthday party! Tomorrow!

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KASEYCOFF 6/18/2010 9:52AM

    Like everything else, it takes a bit of research and experimenting to find what works for you - myself, I find adding freggies to the diet to be a lot more fun than adding workouts, lol...

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LJCANNON 6/18/2010 9:48AM

    Frozen Grapes are wonderful, and are kind of like eating Candy. I don't add sugar or anything although I have seen several recipes that say to dip or roll them in sugar. I just pluck them off their stems, rinse them, put them in a sealed container and FREEZE.


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MARSHASTAR 6/18/2010 9:31AM

    My sweet treat is simple: I put frozen strawberries, a frozen banana, and soymilk into the blender, and chop, mix, whip. It's like ice cream. I freeze part of it if I make too much. mmmmmmmm
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RITAROSE 6/18/2010 9:30AM


The above link is the original recipe with the numbers listed so you can track it if you choose to make it.

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RITAROSE 6/18/2010 9:24AM

  You are making good choices and plans to handle your sweet tooth. Something that I keep in my freezer for a quick fix is:

Frozen Cherry Salad
1 can pie cherries
1 can crushed pineapple
1 can sweetened condensed milk, fat free
1 small container of cool whip

Mix first 3 ingredients and fold in the cool whip. Spoon into muffin papers and place in muffin pan and freeze until you get the desire for a sweet.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010


My niece, her husband and 2 daughters came to visit the area this week. Thank goodness, no oil but we did have tar balls that showed up and now we are fighting with barges, booms and whatever else. It is so sad, like a death in the family.

Anyway, they are here visiting and she is super thin, exercises daily, and adheres to the dash diet and is mainly a vegetarian. She told me the Dash diet says to eat 8 veg and fruit a day. I can barely get 3 in so I thought that maybe there was something to that. When we had dinner, she showed me how she had filled her 8 a day and she was eating a veggie burger. Not my cup of tea. So anyway, today I decided I would really try to add more fruits and veggies and I got up to 5. I might even have a few more strawberries later tonight.

I went online and looked up the DASH diet, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. It really follows the Mediterranean diet and so I printed off some pages and I am going to try and follow this. It's similar to the Sonoma diet on which I lost 18 pounds but seems more lenient, allowing more milk and dairy. I'll give it a shot. I am really frustrated with the state of my body and need something for guidance so eating more veggies and fruits makes sense. I think I'll go for my strawberries right now! Tomorrow.

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KASEYCOFF 6/18/2010 3:57AM

    I have a tossed salad with lunch and one with supper - there's two. I have at least one hot vegetable with supper - there's three. I always have at least two fresh fruits per day - there's five. Now if you throw in the occasional carrot as a snack or 'munchie' on the side... have tomato and maybe some fresh spinach on a sandwich... have a sidedish of peppers / onion / tomatoes to go with a meal... and voila! You've gotten plenty of freggies for the day. Soup has vegetables; add grated carrot to hamburgers or meatloaf; use broccoli or zucchini in an omelet. You can do this - and I think it will be so healthful for you! :-)

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LJCANNON 6/17/2010 11:33PM

    I love Veggies and most Fruit, so the only reason I ever have any trouble getting them in is when I haven't been to the store.
Good Luck with the DASH Diet, I have heard a lot of good things about it.
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ANDI571 6/17/2010 11:06PM

    I am horrible at getting in my fruits and vegetables. Check out my blogs. I put a recipe for a Frozen Fruit Dessert on there. It came in a magazine from a local hospital here. I made it tonight and put it in the freezer. I hope it is good. I figure that will get some fruit in me.

Good luck. We may have to start calling you DASH emoticon

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010


I've been missing the last couple of days because I've been babysitting my grandchildren. My granddaughter is 8 and Baby is 7 months. I don't know how you young mothers do it. Maybe that is why you have the children while you are young! My granddaughter was a big help with her brother. I took her to an Art Camp for 3 hours each day and she loved it. I don't have the baby today so it is much easier but he certainly is no problem. Such a happy baby and I am fortunate to have them so close. Yesterday we rented Alice in wonderland on the TV and watched it. Today, she is playing computer and I'm being lazy.
My husband had it worse yesterday. He had to take his mother to see 2 different doctors and was kept waiting more than 2 hours. You just want to send them a bill. Next week is my turn. WE go to the same doctor on Monday and haircuts on Thursday.
We are going over to my sister's to see my niece and her 2 daughters in about an hour. I am taking Cauliflower Faux Potato Salad, one of Spark's recipe. ALl the raters said it was good and I had a cauliflower to use up so we'll see. I just tasted it and it wasn't bad. I think next time I would add a few potatoes to it as well. Tomorrow.

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KASEYCOFF 6/16/2010 5:19PM

    The cauliflower 'potato' salad sounds pretty good. I always use cauliflower 'rice' now for recipes that call for white rice - works pretty well, has virtually no calories, and lots of that all-important fiber! I can so agree with you re waiting at doctors' and dentists' offices. Seems like there ought to be a better way. :-D

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Saturday, June 12, 2010


I've just come off of two days with my granddaughter at home with me. She is a joy but you sure need to be organized when you are responsible for someone else. I met her mother at work to pick her up so I could not loll around the house in the morning drinking coffee and reading the paper and doing the crossroad. I had to get dressed and go. Thursday was a home day so I didn't bother with makeup or fancy clothes. We baked a cake for her daddy's birthday party that night.
In the afternoon, I had to clear off the dining room table so that I could meet with 2 ad reps from the paper to talk about my advertising needs for my business. The dining room table is a drop off point for all the stuff I bring in after my appmts with clients. It all went on the floor.
First off the doorbell doesnt' work so Elaine had to call me on the phone to let her in. I swore her to secrecy not to tell a sole about the condition of my home! Everyone expects a decorator to have a beautiful home and mine is me, a mess.

Anyway, while we were sitting at the table talking business, my blind and deaf 14 yr old dachshund saunters up and pees on the floor, right in front of us. It's a good thing I know these girls really well. Hannah came and occasionally asked me something as well. Then, I saw the dachshund getting ready to do his other thing so I hurriedly picked him up and took him outside with Hannah. Thank goodness as what a mess it was. And right by the front walk where Elaine and Peggy would have to pass on their way out. So we covered it with a big magnolia leaf.

The good news is that business has picked up and I am working with 3 very good prior clients on decent sizedprojects. That is always so much fun. I had to take Hannah to Grammie's for the morning and lunch. Mon and Tuesday will be interesting as I am helping out not only with Hannah but with 8 month old Brandon. It's been a long while since I took care of a baby. I hope they bring his walker. I have a lot of work to do. We went to a party last night and another one tonight and Sunday I do coffee at church. In between I need to move things around to create a path for the baby's walker. And hope he doesn't step in dog poop. Later.

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LNSYLVSDOGS 6/13/2010 7:52AM

    Our house has lived in clutter that I always feel like I'm playing catch up with. Right after we moved in our home, I gave an acquaintance a tour of the house for the first time (to show some of the improvements...cuz it's an older house and needed much done...) There was some dirty laundry on the floor in my bedroom & just some overall clutter. My first reaction was to be embarrassed, but it was too late to fix it. The clutter was just there. Well, she has become my best friend and her home has the same "lived in" clutter that mine has. I ended up being glad for the condition of my home that day. It has meant that we are comfortable around each other, instead of it being one of those formal friendships where you think your house & life needs to be spotless at all times....that the person can't see whom you really are.

Your blog post makes me smile, and say "Thanks for letting us all see that you're normal." :)

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SGKAYLOR 6/12/2010 7:27PM

    Busy lady! If kids are the answer to having an organized place I think I'll take the mess lol!

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MARSHASTAR 6/12/2010 11:48AM

    Yikes! You are SO BUSY! ohhh you must have a strong constitution. No wonder you're so successful! (i'd go crazy if i had all that going on)

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RITAROSE 6/12/2010 10:37AM

  Hahahahaha, I loved your blog this morning! I personally love the challenges you described, always wondering if I can keep juggling all the balls or will one fall? Have fun with those adorable grandchildren! Congrats on your increase in business! You are very gifted, your clients are fortunate to have found you! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 6/12/2010 10:17AM

    You are certainly keeping busy - having children around keeps you young, too. (Thinks me!) :-D

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Thursday, June 10, 2010


I love that little mantra above. It is so soothing! And it works! Hubby came home with about a dozen ripe bananas that needed to be used for something. I made some banana bread to take to church on Sunday and decided I would find a banana pudding recipe on Spark and use the rest for that. Now, I have never made a banana pudding. Wasn't in my mother's recipe book I guess but it seemed simple. I sent hubby to the store to get all the low fat low sugar ingredients and when he came home I quickly got to work. After all the ingredients were together, it said to chill for 3 hours. Well, it never got firm. I ate some and it tasted good but even this morning when I got up, it was still runny. I thought maybe I added too much milk but no, hubby said he got cook and serve pudding, not instant. OHHHHHH, that was the problem. I couldn't bring myself to throw out almost 4 cups of milk and bananas and vanilla wafers. So I threw it all in the blender and then cooked the whole thing on the stove. It actually turned out pretty good except it is kind of a butterscotch color. But now what do I do with it. I found a shortbread crust in the cupboard and I have more bananas so maybe I'll make a pie. I might try putting a nilla wafer in the bottom of a cupcake wrapper and pour pudding over it and freeze. Maybe I could take those to church coffee. Lutheran's will eat anything. If I put a slice of banana on top of it and brushed it with lemon juice that morning, would it stay nice ? Do I get points for trying a recipe on Spark? Can I add a comment to the recipe? I wish I had some yellow food coloring, it would make it a little prettier. Anyway, my granddaughter is coming over today so we will have a good time. Later.

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/12/2010 10:05AM

    Your poor hubby... First the Klondike bars and now the banana pudding box! LOL

Sounds like you know how to make banana anything now!

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MARSHASTAR 6/10/2010 2:35PM

    Hah, you are creative! That pudding sounds delicious anyway. I'd be eating it with a soup spoon.

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BUGGYS 6/10/2010 1:43PM

    I love bananas but have never made banana pudding...bread, cupcakes and coffecake but never pudding...putting it in the blender sounds like a pretty substantial smoothie! emoticon

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ANDI571 6/10/2010 12:03PM

    I haven't made banana pudding in years. That is one thing I got from my mom before she got to bad with her alzheimer's. She made her banana pudding from scratch. You make like a custard then put it together. It is so good, but definitely not low sugar or low fat. You start out with like a cup of sugar and 4 to 6 eggs.

She used to make it for my husband because he loved it. He says I now make it as good as she did. What a compliment.

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SROUS1340 6/10/2010 10:42AM

    Sounds like you had some fun being creative. I read a SP receipe for frozen bananas that is supposed to taste like soft serve ice cream-that's what I'm going to try the next time I have a few overripe bananas. They don't usually last that long at my house. My husband and daughter eat about 6lbs of bananas a week. I just try to keep 'em in the house!
I like Kasey's idea about the cupcake thing too.
Have a great day and I love the title of your blog.
Words tolive by for sure!

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LADYJ6942 6/10/2010 9:48AM

    I feel your pain, my first time making fudge did not turn out well. However you faired better than I did as you found a way to not waste but use what you had. Great job

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KASEYCOFF 6/10/2010 9:04AM

    Pudding freezes well (e.g., pudding pops) and certainly bananas freeze, so take a vanilla wafer, put it into a cupcake paper, put the pudding in and freeze it. Within an hour or two you'll know if it seems to work okay, and either you can use it up by freezing it in individual portions or you will have to try something different if it doesn't turn out well when frozen. Nothing ventured--! :-D

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