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Saturday, June 19, 2010


Above is the view of the Destin East Pass from a condo window on the 6th floor. I have more beach pics but where? Hubby and I are planning to go to the beach today. We had a few tarballs last week but it seems the oil is not coming ashore just yet. If you looked at a map of Florida, we live in the Panhandle and that area takes a curve north so with the winds coming from the West, the oil would skim us. At least that is what we hope for. On the bad sad, it would head directly to the Appalachicola Oyster Beds, ruining that industry. It is a sad sad situation.

This has inspired us to make the effort to go to the beach. We live here in Paradise and rarely visit our beautiful beaches. Because we can go anytime we want to, we don't. But this year is different. We want to enjoy them while we still have them. We have no plans for the day but to do whatever we want. What a beautiful gift!

My only goal is to eat more fruit and vegetables. I didn't do as well as I wanted to yesterday because I was out during lunch and had to succumb to a McDonald's Hot and Spicy Sandwich. They were giving away samples of their new berry smoothies so I had a mixed berry one. It was delicious. I hope it was just fruit and not much else. Hubby is making us some french toast so I am going to go and slice up some strawberries to put on top instead of syrup. Later.

Breakfast Update. Hubby was going to use up the white bread for the french toast but I requested he use Arnold Health Nut for me instead. He had a puny piece of white bread and one heel with real cold maple syrup. I had 2 slices of Arnold Health Nut dusted with 1 tsp powdered sugar (maybe less) and covered with one cup of sliced strawberries. A respectable 397 calories which included 1 egg and a little milk. Which breakfast would you prefer? And I'm on my third glass of water. So far so good! Think I'll clean out the refrigerator and make my shopping list. Tomorrow!

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KASEYCOFF 6/19/2010 11:44AM

    I've always thought Arnold breads are the tastiest of the packaged ones - and I bet the French toast was delish! Enjoy the beach, hon - slap on the sunblock and get your walking in. :-)

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/19/2010 9:22AM

    How nice to have a leisure of NOTHING TO DO!!! Yeah :) Good luck on today's goal. emoticon emoticon

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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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