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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Today is Terrific Tuesday, upper body ST (wall pushups) and walking, job hunting, a bunch of errands tonight.

I made LadyIrish's breakfast tacos this morning and man oh man were they delicious.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal.asp?id=LADYIRISH317


This morning I already called, emailed, and looked up many places for my sister and her cancer situation, doctors, and juicer. Listened to three MP3s of Dr. Coldwell, never heard of him before, and he said just a cheap Jack Lalane juicer is fine and that he's had them all, even the $1,500 ones, but he recommends just go ahead and get the Jack Lalane and he has no monetary relationship with them. That was a relief for me to hear a no-nonsense and strong recommendation as I am a novice at this alternative stuff, at least when it is life or death seriousness. (See Aug 17th blog for update on my sister.)

I moved from Iowa to Maryland and am still looking for Iowa car title, so I can get Maryland tags, and the tags expired 7/31 so I'm paranoid to drive the car. Need the title, then can get tags, drivers license, emission inspection, and be legal. Can't wait to get legal again.

Today is the last day of August. I dread weighing in the morning I think I've gained and may have to move the tracker. Maintaining will be a win, unfortunately. And at my weight, maintaining is UNACCEPTABLE.

Today is the last day of August. Sept 1-22 is Transition Time and Indian Summer. Summer is over, and Autumn begins with the September Equinox which occurs on September 22, 2010 at 11:09 pm EDT.

If I make my weightloss goal for Sept my reward is I'm going to take a long weekend to drive north to the New England states, I'll drive north up the coast and see the fall leaves. I will do it on a shoe string and just pay for gasoline, but it will still be a treat, a really neat reward as I've always wanted to see the New England foliage.

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/1/2010 7:57PM

    I hope you find something that helps your sister.

Can you not get a copy of the title from the state?

I would love to see the New England Fall too. I have never been there.

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SUNNY332 8/31/2010 4:28PM

    You will find the title after you apply for a lost title. That is what happened to us. Life - isn't it fun?

Take care and hope you do get to make that trip. That would be wonderful.

We were in the East last fall and loved seeing all the wonderful colors. This year, we will be in Arizona at the Grand Canyon so don't think the colors will be the same.

Hugs, Sunny

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LINDAB111 8/31/2010 2:59PM

    You don't have to go all the way up to New England to see the wondrous fall colors. North and Central Pa and most of upstate New York (A little closer for someone in Maryland) have just as beautiful a show and perhaps is a little less crowded.

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JOYCEMARIE9 8/31/2010 12:24PM

    Lucky you I have always wanted to see the fall colors in the New England states too but somehow I am still here in Iowa. Enjoy your time out there.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/31/2010 11:40AM

    There is a non-profit called "Cleaning for a Reason." They provide three free housecleanings for people with cancer. I found them when my dear cousin was sick. They are wonderful people. You may want to get on their website and see if they provide services in her state. Have a good day.

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A Great Blog About FlyLady

Monday, August 30, 2010

The part in 1st paragraph about a cult made me laugh outloud.

www.mommythecouponhunter.com/2010/08
/flylady-control-journal-and-sink.html


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_MAOMAO_ 10/18/2010 1:56AM

  I love the cult comment, also. emoticon

Have you read Sink Reflections? Do you consider it worth picking up, on the cheap of course?


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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/1/2010 7:53PM

    You gotta love flylady. LOL.

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A*L*P* 8/31/2010 12:28PM

    Thanks to YOU I am hooked on Flylady!! emoticon I am loving it, too. She has some great common sense ideas on organization. Not that my house is horrible but I could stand some good organization that's for sure! I am a closet gal, I will shove it in a closet sometimes to get it out of view! I have taken on her swish and swipe, my kitchen sink stays shiney and I am doing a load a day to keep Mt Washmore away, lol!

Thanks for sharing!!!

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RANGERRUNNER 8/31/2010 9:29AM

    I love FlyLady! I have her books and love them! I don't really have clutter like some of the folks she helps, but I don't want to either! And I know me, I could easily have clutter! AND I have a shiny sink!!!!

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JANC319 8/31/2010 7:51AM

  I struggle with FlyLady, yet I keep trying. Her ideas are sound and since setting my emails to the daily digest, I am not so over-whelmed by them.
I'm not home enough hours in the day to complete all the tasks, so I just work in the zone as much as I can and generally get more done than if I hadn't.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 8/30/2010 7:37PM

    I love Flylady. I'm just a little off the beaten path with her right now, but have maintained a few habits that I've formed.

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NELLIEC 8/30/2010 4:38PM

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 8/30/2010 2:28PM

    I emailed that article to a friend the same night it came out.

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 8/30/2010 1:56PM

    I recently read an article about a woman in Las Vegas who disappeared. Search and rescue teams couldn't find her. Four months later her husband found her feet sticking out of a floor to ceiling pile of junk. Her house was so full of junk, animals, and rotting food, that even the search dogs who came in the house did not find her body! She could have used some advice from FlyLady.

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SUNNY332 8/30/2010 11:55AM

    What a nice blog about The FlyLady.

Have a great day.

Sunny

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/30/2010 11:49AM

    Thank you for your thread information. I read it and joined that team. Appreciate your help. I had added you as a friend a long time ago, but somehow the site wasn't registering it, so I added again. Have a wonderful day.

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Batchcooking and Recipes

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Today is Sabbath Sunday, administration day, Sept budget, coupons, weekly plan overview in Franklin Covey, and walking, worship, and wings of praise.

For the last two weekends I've neglected to batchcook. Part of this is ok because I'm still eating on organic baby lettuce that I got on sale at Safeway. But I dislike not having some go-to meals and salads in the fridge. Makes it too tempting to eat crap, though I have used up alot of leftovers, and have used up some canned goods I won't be replacing (because I'm eating healthier now), which is good.

So this third weekend, like it or not I needed to spend some quality time in the kitchen. First I washed, peeled, and sliced bags of whole carrots into sticks, celery bunches into sticks, cauliflower heads into florets, and broccoli into spears.

I picked over, washed, and dumped into a crockpot a bag of dried garbanzo beans to make hummus with. Soak one day, cook the next, and make hummus on the following. I love the crockpot for beans. Beans for Dummies. Foolproof.

I'm not giving up on homemade legumes even tho the carbs are high. Beans are so nutritious and good for diabetics that I eat them 2X a week (I'm trying to dodge Type 2).

In the other crockpot I made Mimi Wilson's pizza sauce recipe.

Last night it was cool so I got some boneless chick breasts previously bought on sale and frozen, defrosted them, and divided them into thirds: roasted herb flavor, lemon flavor, and buffalo flavor. I marinated them & baked them off. While they were baking I made chicken broccoli noodle casserole using 2 cups cubed previously cooked poultry from the freezer; when the chicken breasts came out the casserole went in.

I shredded carrots with the Salad Shooter for use in green salad, and to make carrot raisin pineapple salad with.

While the Salad Shooter was still out I sliced pepperoni, mushrooms, radishes, and olives (touch tested them first to make sure no stones had been missed that would tear up the Salad Shooter), then changed cones and shredded cheese.

Then I made a quadruple batch of albacore tuna salad since I'm using it alot on green salad and am tired of running out. It is my regular recipe which also includes granny smith apple, onion, celery, garlic powder, black pepper, sweet pickle relish, mayo, and a squirt of mustard. I blend it all with an electric hand mixer; it does an excellent job of breaking up the tuna chunks without any help or work from me. When I learned how to make tuna salad it was from a lady who blended the dressing/egg part separately before adding it to the tuna/veggie part, but let me tell you a secret that is totally unnecessary!! Now I just save steps and mix it all in the same bowl together.

My tuna salad is not at all creamy. I don't like it creamy. Creamy = lots of mayo. Yuck. I am mayo-adverse. Others have told me the consistency I make it is just right for making tuna melts in the (toaster) oven. I believe them but tuna melts are something I don't do. They might have been politely saying it is dry. Which is exactly how I like it; meaty tuna salad with a little bit of mayo, as opposed to a sloppy mostly mayo salad with a few bits of tuna thrown in. I haven't bought organic mayo yet so this is the unhealthy stuff. Yeah it's lite and all that but don't get me started on how unhealthy regular-even-if-light mayo and miracle whip and the like are - another prepared food made by the unhealthy food manufacturers with a long ingredient list you do NOT want to read. Boy have I changed. I am looking forward to organic mayo.

My tuna salad is crunchy due to the pickle relish and the finely diced onion, apple and celery. The savory, snappy flavors of garlic, mustard, pepper and onion are a lovely contrast with the mild sweetness of the apple and relish. Smooth, crunchy, savory, and sweet, all in one bite: I love my tuna salad, even though yes I'm saying so myself.

In addition to the tuna salad, my original thought was to make tabouli. Did you know tabbouleh is spelled and misspelled at least 5 ways? I use dried mint when I have some, which makes it very refreshing, but don't have any, so I left out the mint and used the cumin in Ellie's recipe, and added more parsley than what's shown in her video. Traditional tabbouli as I learned it is heavy on the fresh parsley. I have had traditional Lebanese, and traditional Israeli; I prefer the bulgur cooked as Ellie shows it, which is the Israeli way I learned, and I prefer the heavier parsley dosage which is the Lebanese way I learned it. However I cheat and put the parsley in the mini food chopper, I don't do it by hand, and I use curly it's my fav.

So I diced some tomatoes and cucumbers while on the phone with a friend. I seeded the cukes but not the tomatoes. Filled up a bowl so had to start another bowl, which I filled up with diced green and red bell pepper, and diced red and white onion. I used up all the cukes and peppers I had on hand, and most of the tomatoes. I divided the bowl of diced toms & cukes in half, made one half into tabouli salad, the other half I made into Israeli salad. Didn't have any zataar seasoning or cubanelles for the Israeli salad but it is still delicious.

I still had enough peppers and onions for salad toppings for the week, to make pasta garden olive salad with, and for homemade pizza toppings for tonight's dinner.

Tuna Salad
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=701851


Israeli Salad
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=5081


Video of Ellie Krieger's Tabouli Salad, 3+ mins
www.foodnetwork.com/videos/tabbouleh
-salad-with-salmon/17710.html


Ellie Krieger's Printable Tabbouleh recipe
www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-kr
ieger/tabbouleh-recipe/index.html


Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipes.asp?
food=wheat+pizza+dough&a=


And how was your weekend?


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LOSLUWOM 9/3/2010 9:56AM

    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!! You have motivated me to get in the kitchen and start chopping, cooking....

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/29/2010 10:28PM

    We had a quiet weekend. The food sounded wonderful. I'm not a big mayo fan either. Most people use way to much. I want to taste the tuna, not the mayo.

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PLAYBLUES22 8/29/2010 1:08PM

    Sweetie, you are after my own heart, batch cooking is right up my alley, thank you for the great recipes, it was so very kind of you emoticon

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SUNNY332 8/29/2010 11:41AM

    I love tabbouleh so apprecaited the recipes.

Sounds like a very successful day for you.

Have a Blessed Sunday.

Sunny

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DEVORA4 8/29/2010 11:28AM

  as an Israeli I can truthfully say your receipes were exactly right,

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AMILXTWO 8/29/2010 11:27AM

    I love to batch cook on the weekend. My only problem is since it is just my husband and me, the left overs don't always get used up (but not enough to freeze)so I have to eat them or throw them out. Sometimes this is a very hard choice. I really hate throwing away food, but I don't need the extra calories. :( emoticon

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LIFES*2*SHORT 8/29/2010 10:32AM

  I pre-made a veggie lasagna yesterday... and I thought that I had ambission. lol Way to go!

Naomi

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Don't Quit

Saturday, August 28, 2010



This poem has hung on my kitchen wall several decades, ever since my very first apartment. It is shabby, cheap looking, and is cherished & priceless. It nutured me and kept me and gave me hope when I had no other mentors or encouragers. I hear other people speak of old fashioned hymns, in the same way that I feel about the words in this poem.

Other versions online of Don't Quit have other verses; but these are the ones that came printed on the wall hanging I bought, and are now printed on my soul:

Don't Quit
Anonymous

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and its turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a person turns about
When they might have won, had they stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit!















  
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SUNNY332 8/29/2010 11:47AM

    Great Blog!

Thanks!

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ASMPP1 8/29/2010 8:15AM

    Thanks for sharing! It is so true.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/28/2010 7:03PM

    I loved the poem and the pictures - especially the last one.

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LINDAB111 8/28/2010 8:50AM

    We all need that reminder from time to time.
Thanks for sharing!

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PLAYBLUES22 8/28/2010 6:43AM

    Sweetie, I think that poem has pass the test of time, so may days this same said poem has been an inspiration over the years

Thank you

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VILLAGE205 8/28/2010 12:52AM

  I needed that poem today. Thank you for posting it.

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DEVORA4 8/28/2010 12:44AM

  I have the poem in my workroom on the wall next to my PC. Tough times never last is the name of a bood too that Dr. Robert Schuller wrote. He is one of my personal heroes.

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BEEBEE75 8/28/2010 12:37AM

    I love that poem "Don't Quit". I remember a friend who was in his 90's and he used to say, "As you age you may have to slow down, but never quit or give up". That made an impression on me.

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Friday

Friday, August 27, 2010

  
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SUNNY332 8/29/2010 11:41AM

    Sweet!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/27/2010 5:25PM

    Yep, me too. LOL. Let the party begin............................wi
thout me. LOL.

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PLAYBLUES22 8/27/2010 12:17PM

    Simply adorable emoticon

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DEVORA4 8/27/2010 12:05PM

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LINDA! 8/27/2010 10:36AM

    So cute!! I wish I could feel the bliss of that kitty. emoticon

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