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Glad I didn't land on my face!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Made it through a very busy week last my daughter's in-laws. Up late and up early...was REALLY tired at the end of the week. Then there was a KH work day and service...and Sunday, a dinner invitation! Go, go,go! I have been going to my daughter's each day to help with the baby while my daughter is recovering from a difficult delivery (andchronic lack of sleep!)

We have invited a young pioneer couple to move in with us temporarily...they are struggling with finances and are considering moving back to our area if they can get enough work. They were married in this house five yrs ago! They arrived last night right about the time we got home from dinner. He started a new job today..but doesn't know yet if it is temporary of permanent. Anyway..more excitement and adjustments.

Then top off everything, I drove out to my daughter's town (50 min) and stopped at the grocery before my chiropractor's app't. I was returning the cart when my ankle turned and down I went. I hung onto the cart handle so I didn't land on my face..but I pulled things all over the place...mostly in my back! Immediately took aspirin..and then made it to my chiro app't right on time (ten min after the fall). This evening, only my ankle is hurting..and I took two capsules each of Turmeric and ginger..both anti-inflamatories...and I am amazed that my ankle feels better! I expect to be sore tomorrow..but going immediately to chiro really helped avoid what could have been a lot of damage. We shall see how things feel tomorrow. I am ready to SLEEP tonight (hope I can!)

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HONEYDRIPPER 11/12/2009 9:34AM

    Hi there,
How's your ankle? Healing nicely I hope. You're too busy to have to nurse an ankle emoticon.

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RASCALSMOMMA 11/10/2009 5:30PM

    I have actually done one of those "timing couldnt have been better" stunts as well! And the outcome was the same. Thanks for the tips on the antiinflammatories. I need as many natural things as pos. as i am allergic to the synthetic ones like benedryl and prednesone and stuff.. TC of your ankle let it rest while you get some! Hugs

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JCHOATEX2 11/10/2009 10:44AM

    Hugs dear sister! Take care of that ankle!

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THREADMASTER 11/9/2009 10:02PM

    Golly, I hope you feel better in the morning. I'll be thinking about you.

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Anyone tried Gardein?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I heard about Gardein for the first time when Oprah hosted Tal Ronnen this week. I had never heard of him either...or of his new cookbook, The Conscious Cook.

I was intrigued with cashew cream...which he Ronnen used to prepare a Celery root soup. I have a daughter who cannot have dairy...this sounded really good.

For years, we have been what is now called flexatarian. Ronnen talked about his recipes and how he has applied french cooking techniques...with Asian achieve flavor without all the bad for you stuff. Well, THAT sounds good to me, too.

Then he made a recipe using Gardein...never heard of that either!!!but it sounds like a great Idea also. Now to find the stuff to try it.

For that matter, I want to round up the supplies to try the recipes as well as the Gardein.

I would love to succeed with more vegetarian and/or vegan recipes. I don't cook much anymore compared to when I had four teens home plus my DH who eats like a teen.

Ah well, adventure ahead...will try the recipes...will try Gardein if I can find it...and would like to look at that cookbook. Guess I will report back when I have taste tested!

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BOOKWERME 11/9/2009 9:42PM

    Decided to try the gardein before I got the cookbook...and I didn't do any thing fancy with it. I eat chicken so prob. won't need to use this stuff, but it does taste very much like chicken..texture is slightly different. In some recipes, you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference. I am glad I tried it and can recommend it. VERY handy if you are entertaining vegans or vegitarians!

The cookbook arrived shortly thereafter. It is a lovely book with what looks to be good ideas. I am looking forward to trying some of the things there.

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BOOKWERME 10/29/2009 7:22PM

    Well, I have ordered the cookbook (it hasn't come yet) and found the Gardein at the Whole Foods Store in the fresh foods section. The Gardein website says it is also available at Kroger but I havean't looked there yet. I have not had a chance yet to try it. Will report!

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HONEYDRIPPER 10/29/2009 5:05PM

    Gardein (combination of the words "garden" and "protein") is a line of plant-based foods with a meaty texture. It is made from a blend of soy, wheat and pea proteins, vegetables and grains. Gardein is healthy; it is high in protein and easy to digest.

Gardein is free of cholesterol, trans fats and saturated fat; the majority of Gardein foods are low fat, too. Gardein products are vegan-friendly.

Gardein is available in a variety of forms and flavors, both 'fresh' and 'frozen' styles.
I'd never heard of it before reading your blog so had to google it to even find out what it is. Sounds interesting and a lot better than all the fake meats made mostly with soy that are available in the supermarket.

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FRENCHTOSD 10/25/2009 2:11AM

    I'll be interested to hear how this goes. We are almost totally vegetarian here now. I eat some fish once in awhile and dairy and eggs. I've had meat in restaurants, but I don't seem to like it anymore now that I've gotten away from it.

My son will barely eat things that have animal products at all. I tried TVP, but I don't like it too much.

Good Luck!

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BOOKWERME 10/24/2009 10:45PM

    Did you find that info at the Gardein website...there is a link there to locate where you can buy Gardein locally to you. You can also watch a clip of Tal Ronnen cooking with it.Thanks for your comment.

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SHARISHORTCAKE 10/24/2009 10:22PM

    I'd never heard of it, but looked it up and found this:

Gardein (combination of the words "garden" and "protein") is a line of plant-based foods with a meaty texture. It is made from a blend of soy, wheat and pea proteins, vegetables and grains. Gardein is healthy; it is high in protein and easy to digest.

Gardein is free of cholesterol, trans fats and saturated fat; the majority of Gardein foods are low fat, too. Gardein products are vegan-friendly.

Gardein is available in a variety of forms and flavors, both 'fresh' and 'frozen'

Also found that there's a company planning on introducing mainstream grocery stores to a line of frozen Gardein foods soon. Sounds interesting. I wish I would have caught that episode of Oprah, I'm sure I would have been intrigued too.

Have fun exploring the new and exciting! emoticon

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Goodies and cake!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Yesterday I went to lunch with a friend. We went to Panera Bread. We split a soup and sandwich meal. So far, so good. Then my friend wanted to buy some bread and we stood there by all those pastries. I counted 23 kinds of pastry...all beautifully displayed. tempting!!! I made it out without one bite (or purchase for later either!)

THEN, I had to frost and decorate a cake for a bridal shower. It smells wonderful while you work on it! This evening was the shower. The cake went over wonderfully well...and I didn't eat but one piece (I had to at least try it!!!) The guests ate about half the cake ...a 12 X 18 sheet cake. I was able to walk away and LEAVE it....I don't even know who took it home. I LOVE that cake. One small serving...I am really pleased!

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FRENCHTOSD 10/24/2009 6:59PM

    Good for you! It's so hard when you see all that "good" stuff. I know you felt great after getting through that minefield!

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MARIE4950 10/24/2009 6:10PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Miss you. Love Marie

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WIIGAL 10/23/2009 11:06PM

    Great job dealing with temptation. You did great!

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home time

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Well, my life has been on a different track for the last few weeks. After my daughter's difficult childbirth experience, she needed help after DH went back to work. I went willingly to help my daughter care for the baby and to assist her as needed.

I've been driving more than usual...45-50 min each way. I am getting home much later than usual...I am usually home by 3:30 and am not leaving DD's till her DH gets home. Since MY DH started a new job two weeks ago...WE are up much earlier in the mornings.

The results of all this has been my getting behinder and behinder in MY usual home care, shopping, cooking etc .

This weekend, DH is fighting a cold and the weather was rather raw we mostly stayed home and in. I got SO much done!

Today, crisp and clear weather lent itself well to my floor cleaning project. I do a MAJOR floor cleaning of my "dining" room before I haul in plants for the winter season. It is the only room with enough light. Most of the plants love it. It looks like a jungle in there when we finally bring in everything we can fit.

Doing the floor is a multi-step process...move furniture/plants/etc, scrub/wash section of floor; wait for it to dry. Repeat process. Anyway, I got the floor done, some windows washed as well and began moving plants...just a few since after tonight's frosty temps...the rest of the week is supposed to be more normal...warmer and nice.

There is still plenty to turn my hand to...but it will have to wait till I get to it.

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FRENCHTOSD 10/18/2009 11:41PM

    Wow! That is so ambitious. It must look beautiful to bring the outdoors in. I have no gardening outlet at all where I live, so I envy you to have all those plants. The floor cleaning was a good workout too, so you got something else done at the same time!

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no more I mow again!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Well, I am done with the snoozies...and am back to mowing. I try to do 30 min a day. Now if I can just get all the mowing done before it is time to start again!!!


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