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What to pair with oatmeal?

Friday, April 25, 2014

I need advice, dear Spark Friends,
I really like oatmeal, but I rarely eat it. But now, as part of "Amy is trying to reduce her cholesterol" I want to start eating it as part of my breakfast. I'm just having trouble coming up with a protein to pair with it.

I know if I eat a complex carb along with a protein for breakfast I stay fuller longer (something I should have remembered today when I ate a very non complex carb and no protein for breakfast and have felt the lack all day).

So, the question is, what protein pairs well with oatmeal? I'm looking for about 100 calories, and not peanut butter. PB is a trigger food for me - as soon as I eat it I want more, plus it sometimes gives me headaches, PLUS I tried it once with oatmeal and it was gag worthy.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 4/26/2014 9:42AM

    HEY AMY,

Sorry, incaps were on....... emoticon

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SPIRITUALBEAR 4/25/2014 3:58PM

    I am not a big eater of oatmeal as it is one of MY trigger foods, strangely enough. But when I do have it, I make pancakes..

1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 egg whites

Blend all ingredients in blender.
Spray skillet with cooking spray and cook just like regular pancakes. U

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KACEYSW 4/25/2014 1:17PM

    I like to add a scrambled egg and fat-free grated cheddar cheese or raw almond butter and raisins to mine.

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JLAMING263 4/25/2014 1:09PM

    I like 2 TBL of PB... emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 4/25/2014 1:08PM

    Chia seeds,nuts,Turkey bacon.All work for me.I also add fruit.That combo keeps me full longer. Good luck

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Catching up

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hi all,
I've been meaning to write a catching up post for the last week and a half, and just haven't found the time. That's the story of my life right now - no time for anything!

Okay, so update on me/my life:

* Work has been busy, busy, busy. I like staying busy at work, so that's great. And it hasn't been SO busy that I feel overwhelmed. Which is also great. Another department at work asked me to take lead admin - so I'm learning some trademark regs in regards to sustainable forestry, etc. I'm also studying to get certified as a specialist in MS Word and Excel 2010.

* Home has also been busy, but that's mostly because of:
1. The dog - I probably shouldn't let her take up so much of my time, but she does make me laugh and she does get me outside much more than if I didn't have her, so that's good. Plus, I feel guilty if I don't give her a certain amount of time (which usually ends up being an hour before work and an hour after). And speaking of the dog, she's finally (FINALLY) getting to the point where she takes walks that are more than a few yards. She's a small dog who knows she's small and gets nervous around the road, and since we don't have sidewalks, well... you get the picture
2. Granddaughter - Ona is five already!! We have her for a couple of hours every Tuesday night and from Friday after work until Saturday evening every week. I love her to death, but boy, does she keep me hopping. Even though her father and grandfather are also in the house, she prefers to spend her time at my side.

* Crafting - I am teaching myself different beading techniques. I got interested in making small purses last year (knit and beaded knit) which led me to wanting to try other beading techniques to make them. I am working on a one-needle (square stitch) beaded purse right now. Hubby gave me a purse loom for my birthday that I haven't tried yet, but that's next on my list, along with learning peyote stitch. I'm also alternately working on a knit sampler afghan and sequin Christmas ornaments. All items to be sold when Christmas nears. I find it odd that I love making purses when I don't really care about purses. I only carry utilitarian purses and don't worry about fashion. Go figure. emoticon

* Family:
Hubby and I are doing well. We are trying to figure out something to do for a weekend getaway that won't break the bank and isn't too many hours drive (I'd like three hours tops). We need a weekend break!
Older son - Brian - is doing well. He's still living with us, but has a new woman in his life (she seems really nice). He's also still working on the hubby's crew. He's done really well in the local pool (billiards) league this year and is getting back into Table Tennis
Younger son - Mark - that's always a touchy one to figure out. He didn't even make it through a semester of college, which was no surprise given his track record of depression. Just last week he started training for a new job, so we've got our fingers crossed. With his mental illness, I hope for the best, but expect the not so best. His music, though, has been growing all the time. I just cannot even grasp the way his brain works (musically). It amazes me.

* Writing - I've totally given up. After more than a decade of writing, I've just lost that spark. For the last two years I've thought I'd get it back if I just forced myself to write. Didn't happen. So I'm going to give up my Municipal Liaison duties for National Novel Writing Month and not keep stressing over it. *nods*

I guess that's pretty much it. I've been trying to go back and read some of my Spark Friends' blog posts to catch up on what you all have been up to.


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SPIRITUALBEAR 4/24/2014 4:26PM

    well, you were busy before you left and some things remain the same as you are still busy ! emoticon

I am glad everybody in your world seems to be doing well. Good luck to Mark in the workforce. What is he learning to do?

Somehow I always thought he would be in the music world for work, maybe working in a recording studio or pursuing his own musical choices, either writing for others or doing his own music. I guess I thought this as it would give him the freedom to choose his own hours of work.

Nice that you have caught us up on how everyone is doing, though I am sadden to see that you have decided to quit your writings. Maybe you will pick it up again later on after some time away from it. I really did enjoy the chapter of that story you had sent to me a couple years ago.


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DSBRIDE 4/24/2014 12:57PM

    Seems like you have it altogether. Good to keep busy. If you get a chance, I would really like to see a picture of the purses you do. I can't see them in my mind but I'm interested in knowing what they look like.

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Coming back - a bit defeated

Monday, April 14, 2014

Of course, you know the story: Sparker does well for a while, then starts backsliding, and then quits for a while, and then backslides even more.

Case in point: me

BUT - it's time for me to come back and see old friends and get myself back on track.

Life has been SO busy, but I have to start taking more time for my own health. *nods*

I'm sending hugs to you all, and I'll try to catch up with everyone over the next few days. (((((hugs))))

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 4/15/2014 10:36AM

    WOO HOO..... Your BACK! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I have missed you!

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SPIRITUALBEAR 4/14/2014 10:08PM

    well, I will echo everyone and say I have missed you! Just when I came back, you left. Sowe still havent really connected again since I was left here. I am glad you are back!

Forgive yourself the backslides. We all do it, at one time or another. No point in beating yourself up over it. Just start over like it is the first time, We are all here to cheer you on, help pick you up when you stumble or fall. emoticon

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KATOFORNOW 4/14/2014 5:43PM

    Good to 'hear' your voice back here; it helps to be on this journey together.. when one feels a bit down,this site gets me up. I'm not the only one who is up and many ways!
today.. had a luncheon out with a group of women from a church; tonight have a supper out with a group of women from another church; eating out is just not good for me. Well, socially it is. But eating..oh my! So it I said up and down.

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SUGARSMOM2 4/14/2014 5:36PM

  without you here we have missed you and found a spot that was empty . happy to have you back .

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DSBRIDE 4/14/2014 4:40PM

    Oh, how I missed you and how happy I am that you are back!
You left but I stayed. We both are still in the same place! I have gained even though I kept trying, kept tracking and kept working. I didn't think this would be possible and so many times I wanted to just give up. I can just imagine where I would be if I wasn't trying.
So that's the past and moving on, let's beat this dragon together!

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Taking a Break

Friday, August 16, 2013

When life just gets too darn busy, something has to give. I figured I'd use this week as a test to see if I could find the time to Spark and here it's Friday and this is the first chance I've had to get onto the site. Between work and family, it's hard to find even a few extra minutes in a day lately.

So I'm going to officially take a break from Spark People - I do plan on coming back, but it probably won't be until sometime this winter. (Although I can't foresee a huge slow down in any part of my life at this point).

I'll leave my page up, etc., so it'll be easier to transition back when the time comes. Some of you have my personal email address - feel free to use it anytime. Everyone else, just drop me a spark message and I'll try to respond.

*hugs* to all!

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DONNAKOVAC 10/14/2013 7:30AM

    missing you, too. (((hugs!)))

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FEARLESSNOW 8/17/2013 4:44PM

    Good luck!

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JARBRITT 8/17/2013 11:28AM

    Amy - I hope things settle down for you and your family.

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POPSY190 8/17/2013 3:21AM

    I hope you make it back soon and will miss you until then. In the meantime, take care of yourself! emoticon

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WIZKEY 8/16/2013 9:54PM

    Miss you Amy!! I hope everything is okay and that things slow down for you soon so you can come back and check in with us once in awhile.

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LOOKINGUP2012 8/16/2013 7:25PM

    It's easy to understand. Have a great break!

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JESSYVIRGINY 8/16/2013 7:19PM

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NEWTINK 8/16/2013 4:40PM

    Hurry back but i understand that you need the time emoticon

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LGAR519 8/16/2013 2:22PM

    I had to do the same thing Amy. I just don't have time any more. I miss my Mom more than anything in the world. But I have managed to enjoy myself to the fullest this Summer. I spend lots of time at the YMCA. I love water aerobics. I have been attending card parties. I just love to play cards. And I am involved in Church activities too. Some of my new friends and I go out to eat in the many restaurants springing up in this area. My Brother was here for 2 weeks. Ben had surgery. My cat ran up a huge bill at the Vets. He's okay now. ( Ben and the cat! ) Tomatoes to pick and gardening to do. Busy, Busy!!! See you when you get back.

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SPIRITUALBEAR 8/16/2013 1:22PM

    I, too, have already missed you and will miss you while you are gone.

You will alway be in my thoughts and I wish you and your family good health, and pleasant journeys through the roads that life is taking you along at the moment emoticon
big hugs, take care

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DSBRIDE 8/16/2013 10:53AM

    I miss you too! Don't forget to enjoy yourself in all this busyness! I'll be waiting for your return!

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MRSBETH99 8/16/2013 10:49AM

    I'll miss you! I've already missed you. :( I'm sorry things are so busy right now. I hope you find a way to make this new busy-ness work for you and your family. And I hope we see you back here soon.


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I'm still around - just not very vocal...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I'm still here, though I haven't been doing well on my program the past couple of weeks - between Mark's depression (he's better for now) and his graduation, it has been hectic and draining.

I was pretty emotional leading up the graduation. It breaks my heart that Mark missed out on his whole senior year and the graduation ceremony. But his mental health comes first.

Anyway, sorry for being so silent lately - when I'm feeling less brittle, I'll be more vocal, I promise.

A couple of pics from the grad party:

The two grads - Mark is sitting down, his cousin Brandon is standing:

And this is what happens when an 11 pound puppy tries to party all day with the big folks:

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PAULAAUTUMN 6/30/2013 9:09AM

    So sorry things have been rough for you it is always hard to keep things going when things are going well. emoticon

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JMCADE 6/28/2013 3:05PM

    Glad to hear that things are doing better. Keeping your family in prayer.

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LJR4HEALTH 6/27/2013 7:19PM

    emoticon sorry its been a rough spot for you You were missed

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MRSBETH99 6/27/2013 4:48PM

    (((HUGS)))...wish I could give you a real hug and not just a virtual one. Hang in there and take care of yourself, please!

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HAZELFRUIT 6/27/2013 2:32PM

    Wow, I just listened to the bandcamp link you posted on a previous blog, and that kid has talent AND creativity. I hope he keeps working on new stuff to share. Creating is tough work but he's clearly got a lot of potential.

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LV_MOM1 6/26/2013 6:37PM

    Congrats to Mark for graduating! One of many great milestones, with many more to come. Enjoy the moment, they grow up way to fast! emoticon emoticon

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WIZKEY 6/26/2013 6:27PM

    Glad you're back on here and congratulations to Mark!! Devin had to come home to school for the last 3 years of high school and so we had a party for him when he graduated, but also no ceremony. He didn't seem to mind, though. I know how hard it is for us as parents when our children do not do the things that we considered part of our growing up, but they are making progress as strong young men in their own time. emoticon

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 6/26/2013 5:35PM

    YAY! Your ALIVE!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 6/26/2013 5:29PM

    Amy - no need to be sorry - you have a right to your feelings as Mom . I understand completely of coarse that is sad. But it is what it is at least he graduated and is dealing with entire situation. Mark looks handsome , cuz also - Love the sleepy pup!! Amy you are an awesome Mom and I am very proud of you for being as strong as you are as a person with all that you have dealt with I the past year. Their 's no right or wrong in this just friends that love you !! Hugs K emoticon emoticon

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SIRENSONGS 6/26/2013 4:15PM

    I've missed you here Amy, but totally understand why you haven't been around as much. What you have been dealing with have definitely been priorities! I am glad to hear that Mark is doing better, and hope he remains so for a long time! It is sad that he had to miss his senior year at school, but you're right: his mental health definitely comes first! He will have plenty of time to form new memories. Congratulations to Mark on his graduation! After all he's been through, I know how proud you must be! Your pictures are lovely, and I want to give the puppy a nice big cuddle! :)

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LGAR519 6/26/2013 4:01PM

    Amy, I missed reading your blogs. I'm glad Mark is doing better. I sometimes think that parents miss important activities in their children's lives more so than the kids do. At least he graduated and has his music. You will get back into your healthy life style soon. I know you will.

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SPIRITUALBEAR 6/26/2013 3:41PM

    i am glad that Mark is doing some better. It is unfirtunate when these things interfere with their school years but there is not a lot to be done about that.He has other accomplishments to be proud of, namely, his music! It will take him places if he chooses to let it!

Glad you are still around, after a long haul through all these events and troubles. You will turn around and be back on track when your heart and mind are not so distracted from the things that life throws at you. We all have those times one way or the other, sooner or later. All we can do is be there for those that need that helping hand or friendly ear to listen.

Any time, email me. Big warm hugs to you

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TERESA159 6/26/2013 1:11PM

    Good to hear from you and thanks for sharing your family's celebration. I'm still around too but have not had time nor energy for blogging or keeping up with people. Am trying to figure out how to "do it all".

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