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Sunday, February 09, 2014

Hi everyone! I am working full time now and I'm reaching out for support. I am struggling with how to get everything done. I have always been fortunate to work part time but recently upgraded to full time status.... I have been putting in 40 hrs plus a week and I am praying that as I get the hang of the job, the requirement will be less. I miss you all bunches.... I miss time at home taking care of things and I hate delegating .
I really am looking to you all for your go to recipes. I love my crockpot. Do you all have anything that you love and make every week? all suggestions appreciated. Sending you much Love. Tricia emoticon emoticon

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ROSEWCI 3/9/2014 7:03AM

    I'm not a big crock pot user Tricia, so I can't help you out there. I know if you do some research on some of the cooking sites like cooking light or skinny kitchen or even some of the cooking sites like, you'll find loads of recipes that your family would love. I think just about anything type of food does well in a crockpot. I've made corned beef & cabbage recently in the crockpot & it was delish! I also have a baby back rib recipe that I made in the pot & it is yummy! Oh wait, I have a chicken one that's delish! I'll hunt it down & pass it along to you in sparkmail! Hang in there w/work my can be a bit much changing from PT to FT. You'll catch on! Good luck!

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BIGMAMAT 2/15/2014 8:09PM

    Thanks soooo much everyone! Trying to adsorb everything and making a list. :) xoxoxo

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COOKWITHME65 2/11/2014 9:24PM

    Still thinking here :

Make a schedule of meals on Sunday and post it on the fridge where everybody sees it. No calls of What's for dinner etc....

You can make of list of items needed fresh to pick up at the store

Delegate a certain night for soup and sandwiches.... I still love a good BLT, pastrami and cheese, or grilled cheese sandwich. Make it a little special with a slice of ham and tomato etc.... Avocado on a blt is good also.

Breakfast for dinner ...... Eggs Benedict with ham and Spinach, Blueberry pancakes, potato pancakes (I buy the box kind that you just add water and an egg)with breakfast sausage, applesauce and a dollop of sour cream. (My Dad'd favorite with a side of english muffin)

Taco night - You can brown the meat on Sunday for the week ahead and reheat.

Break out the grill - hamburgers, a side salad and french fries or potato salad from the deli.

Make your own pizza night...... Go ahead and use a boboli or refrigerated dough. You have worked all day!!!

~ K

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COOKWITHME65 2/11/2014 9:03PM

    Hey Tricia,

The crockpot will become your best friend. I always buy my meat on sale then freeze it for later use. Some of the local stores up here in the Boston area have 5 for $20 or $25 meat package deals. You can mix and match. I almost always grab the marinated porktenderloins by Hormel usually. Lots of different flavors. Italian, Terriyakki, honey mustard. I buy the biggest ones I can. Normally marked at $12 to $14 but pay only $5.00 for each. Depending on the flavor I throw these in the crockpot, sometimes 2 at a time, with mushrooms, baby carrots, quartered carrots, red potatoes. The terriyakki one I add sliced pineapple and onion etc... or the easiest is to throw in just as is and shred it when you get home and add your fav barbecue sauce for sandwiches. If I do that I place large rings of onion on top of the tenderloin so they cook down and can be used as a topping on your sandwich if you want it. All these can cook on low 8 to 9 hrs etc.. or high 3 to 4.

I have a huge collection of crockpot recipes on my computer. Many are WW so let me know if your looking for something in particular.

~ Kristan

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DAISY443 2/10/2014 1:59PM

    Chili beef roast with carrots, onions, potatos and canned tomatoes, ham and beans! Now, you did it! You made me hungry for all those things! Don't forget to make double batches and freeze half for a quick meal another time. Hugs!

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JOYFULMOMTO5 2/10/2014 10:29AM

    Our favorite is cilantro lime chicken for tacos... Did I share that with you yet?
It's really simple
Just chicken breast or thighs, can of rotel, at least 1/4 C. of lime juice (we usually juice about 3 limes), about 1 Tbsp dried cilantro or you can use a bunch of fresh, season with salt, pepper, cumin and garlic, just cover with chicken broth, cook on med/lo for all day. Shred chicken and serve on tortillas. emoticon

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CODEMAULER 2/10/2014 3:18AM>
Tons of recipes to enjoy!!

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POSITIVEHOPE 2/10/2014 12:35AM

    Parchment-Baked Fish and Tomatoes
Aluminum foil can be subbed for parchment to make the packets.
Serves :4
Takes 10 min. to prep and 15-20 to cook and NO cleanup.

1 (8-oz.) package green beans (haricots verts)
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 Tbsp. capers, drained omit to reduce sodium
1/3 cup green olives, quartered
4 (4- to 5-oz.) white fish fillets
salt & pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lemon, wedged
1/4 cup fresh basil

Preheat oven to 400°.
Divide first 6 ingredients among 4 (17-inch) squares of parchment paper or foil. Top each with 1 fish fillet.
Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper; drizzle with olive oil.
Squeeze juice from lemon over fish.
Bring parchment paper or foil sides up over mixture; double fold top and sides to seal, making packets.
Place packets on a baking sheet.
Bake at 400° for 15 to 20 minutes.
Place each packet on a plate, and cut open.
Sprinkle fish with basil.
Serve with brown rice or pasta because the packet juices are delicious.

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AVIDWISHER 2/9/2014 10:49PM

    Chicken breast and Rotel in the crockpot while you are gone. When it's done you can use it for tacos, to top rice, or even a salad.

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SHALOMFROMWOO 2/9/2014 10:33PM

  I love buying a bag of frozen meatballs and cooking them in the crock pot with Mids Sauce. They can be served so many ways.....plain - right out of the crock pot - over hoagie buns - over couscous......delicious - and filling.

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Instant weight loss plan....

Saturday, December 07, 2013

So, Unfortunately I have found a weight loss plan that is fool proof. At work Thursday, I was eating a small candy cane, and the cap on my tooth came off. It's a back tooth and it has had a root canal so it doesn't hurt but they can't get me in until Monday. This happened Thursday . I'm thinking, REALLY? I think it's a crazy that Monday is the first day they can see me??? What the heck. Ok. So I made a big pot of "skinny soup", put it in the blender and poof. Instant weight loss plan.
We had a Christmas Parade last night, so we needed to be downtown. (poured the rain by the way) So my husband asked me to meet him at the local chicken wing restaurant. Ummm? really? I asked him if we could eat across the street at another restaurant that served soup(my food of choice these days.) and he said he had already made plans to meet our friends there. Grrrr. What??? We never eat out with friends. Ok. So I managed to eat fries saying that I had eaten a late lunch.... Lies.... Who wants to tell every one my teeth are falling apart. emoticon Oh well. Hopefully not much of the tooth broke off with the cap and they can save it.
So when you see my ticker moving, you'll know why:)
P.s. This may be Gods special plan for my weight loss over the holidays. lol. Gotta love it! emoticon

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LISALGB 12/18/2013 11:14AM

    No fun at all! I hope that all is well now. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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ROSEWCI 12/10/2013 6:16AM

    Awe, that ain't no fun! Well, I'm reading this on the 10th, so I hope you're all mended now & back to solid foods once more! EnJOY!

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JOYFULMOMTO5 12/8/2013 7:46PM

    Boo :( That stinks. Hope everything goes well replacing it tomorrow. I've been eating more soup here lately…wish it was moving my ticker…Hope it does yours emoticon

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DAISY443 12/8/2013 12:32PM

    So sorry about the tooth problem, but happy you can keep your sense of humor, even though you must be unhappy! Good luck at the dentist! Hugs!

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CODEMAULER 12/8/2013 12:06PM

    Not quite the approach I'd advocate, but at least you're smiling and making it work!!


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CLEARNIGHTSKY 12/8/2013 11:34AM

    Oh, wow! That's tough. Hang in there. This too shall pass!!


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FITMARY 12/8/2013 6:36AM

    Way to find the silver lining!!!

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ROBBIEY 12/7/2013 7:14PM

  What you can do temporarily for the cap is to put it back on with toothpaste; it works.

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busy life....

Saturday, September 28, 2013

I don't know how we could be busier!!! This is cooper. Our new pound puppy. Boxer and???? Anyway. The good news is I am walking more, the bad news, I have no time!!! lol. I still miss my beloved LAB Sandy more than i ever thought I would, but this little guy is easing the heart ache. Hope this finds you well. Hugs. Tricia

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CODEMAULER 9/29/2013 9:56AM

    I love the photos. At this stage he's all ears and feet!

Thank you for opening your home and heart to such a handsome fellow.


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FITMARY 9/29/2013 8:33AM

    Oh, what a doll! Cute, cute doggie!

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ROSEWCI 9/29/2013 6:29AM

    He is soooo sweet! And he has the kindest eyes that just melts my heart! You are blessed! Busy, busy is GOOD! And most definitely, he has come into your life w/love & affection! He's one lucky pooch!!! EnJOY him!!!

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PENNYPEARLS 9/28/2013 9:37PM

    He is just too cute!!

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BOB5148 9/28/2013 9:23PM

  He will help you get over the other loved one

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  what a cutie!

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LIVN2BFIT 9/28/2013 7:41PM

    He's adorable! I'm sorry about the loss of your lab Sandy...may you find new joy in your pound pup!

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Haven't blogged for a while.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Just wanted to share a little of what's going on with me. It has been a little crazy this summer with the job search. I know I shared a little with some of you and I just wanted you to know that I will be staying with the company that is buying out our hospice. Effective Sept first I will be with the new company. I received 5 job offers but that one ultimately was the best opportunity and fit my into my life and schedule. fingers crossed . Thought I would include a couple pictures. Our peach tree was loaded this year. just had a ripe peach this morning. yummy.

behold the peach tree!
unfortunately, the branch broke with the weight of the fruit. We are trying to save it. Any suggestions? Here is a pic of the fruit from one branch!!!(turn your head upside down. lol)

And here is a pic of our newest babies!!!

Sorry the pics are upside down. lol. emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 9/19/2013 4:00PM

    Wow, what a great thing you got the job!! And got to stay where you already were! Such a cute baby!! And those peaches! Very peaches! Sorry about the branch...hope you were able to save it. Some people put wood braces under these big live oaks down here to keep it from snapping off. Maybe that would work, if you haven't already done something.
Hope the new job is working out and you like it! emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 8/27/2013 11:21AM

    Are those ferrets? They are adorable!!
And the peaches look very yummy. I didn't know we had peach trees around here!

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FITMARY 8/8/2013 8:06AM

    Wow! Beautiful peaches!!! It's good to hear from you and nice you can stay with the company. Stay strong!

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ROSEWCI 8/7/2013 5:58PM

    Yum! Yum! I've been eating peaches like crazy lately...they're so juicy & good! HUGE too!!! I hope ya can save the tree! And the babies are precious!!!

I know the change at work will be stressful for a while, but I'm sending positive thoughts your way that the adjustment will go smoothly! Hang in there sweetie!!!

EnJOY the rest of the summer! emoticon

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ABAKER34 8/7/2013 11:14AM

    Your babies are so cute! The peaches look delicious! Congrats on the new job!

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PJH2028 8/7/2013 10:50AM

    woohoo for seeing you! good morning peaches ;-)!!! and regalia ;-)
congrats and good luck with work transition. transitions/change.... Moi...I'm still learning baby steps how to welcome all the changes in my life.

I am renting a cabin/house in california for august. amazing opportunity here. just beautiful. hummingbirds and eucalyptus.

sending you love. cop

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drum roll please....

Friday, May 03, 2013

Yep. That's right. I had a very successful weigh in on Monday! 7 pounds gone. Bam. emoticon If you read my last blog, you know that Monday was my weigh in, in which I needed to demonstrate the ability to loose to get a discount on my insurance. So Monday was great. The rest of the week, not so good.

Luke and I both have sinus infections.... When I get a sinus infection it triggers a flair up of my Trigeminal Neuralgia which means pain in the left side of my face. Who knows what happens when I hurt. That's right. I eat. Not veggies either. I am on steroids and antibiotics so hopefully will be back on the mend soon.

Unfortunately We lost our little ferret Thursday morning.... I was so glad I was home when my daughter found him. Luckily he died peacefully in his sleep. We had him for 7 1/2 years. He was a good little thing. So needless to say we are grieving. emoticon

I did manage a small bike ride emoticon at a nearby state park today. I went with my DH and it was the first time I took my mountain bike on mountain trails. Must say I prefer the rail trails. I like long distance flat. About 3/4 of the way through I was sitting back too far on my comfy seat..... so the seat tilted back and DH tried to readjust it. Back on the bike, only to have it tilt up again. I'm sure I don't have to tell you all how terribly uncomfortable that seat was pointed up.... Why do they put a pointed seat on a bike anyway???? We did have a nice enjoyable picnic lunch. Best emoticon PBJ I have ever had. emoticon
So now, I'm sparking and watching undercover boss. I have a little bit of a fever tonight and probably overdid it today. Time for some rest. emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 5/16/2013 3:44PM

    I am happy to see another successful biker! Be careful out there! I fell off my bike last week (blog posted with details) and do not want you to suffer the same thing. Forget those rough trails! After falling on the rail trail, there would be now way I would do a rough trail...just my opinion! emoticon on the 7 pounds! emoticon emoticon
Hope you feel better soon on the sinus infection! Have you ever tried Neilmed Sinus Rinse? I use it all year long and it keeps my sinuses from getting the infections. I used to get them 2x a year until I used it! emoticon

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DAISY443 5/8/2013 7:43PM

    Sorry for the bad parts and glad for the good parts! Take care of yourself!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 5/7/2013 9:38PM

    I assume you were out at Coops? I go out there from time to time - more often on the rail trail - surprised I haven't seen you yet! MAJOR CONGRATS on the albs - that is awesome!!!

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CELLISTA1 5/5/2013 1:08AM

    Glad you got your discount. Sorry about the flare-up. Hope you feel better soon!!!

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CODEMAULER 5/4/2013 10:37AM

    That's a pretty mixed-up week! Take it easy and keep happy memories of your ferret buddy.


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JOYFULMOMTO5 5/4/2013 10:12AM

    Yay on 7 lb lost!!!! That's amazing! Praying you feel better soon.... Love ya!

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FITMARY 5/4/2013 8:36AM

    Congrats on your successes! You can build on that!
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ROSEWCI 5/4/2013 5:24AM

    emoticon Congrats on the loss!!!
Feel better soon honey! emoticon
Sorry for the loss of your ferret...I know how ya feel, I was the one who found my daughter's gerbil ...& I know it would have traumatized her, if she would have found it. Lucky us!
Glad you're enJOYing the bike rides, well...except for that seat! Yikes!

Keep pushing girl! You're doing GREAT!!!

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