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Ham and bean soup...such memories!

Friday, December 17, 2010

My department at work had our Christmas potluck yesterday. We had smoked turkey and ham. The ham was spiral cut and on a huge bone. Guess who got to bring the bone home? Yep! This gal!

Growing up, I can remember my mom making ham and bean soup. She would soak the beans overnight (after sorting them, of course) and then add a ham bone to the beans and water the next day. I LOVED ham and bean soup. Only now (as a grown up old lady) do I realize that my mom made it because it was cheap and filling. But mostly cos it was cheap! We grew up on a farm and you ate what was available or you went hungry. Nuff said!

So, I have a ham bone and tomorrow is grocery shopping day. I will be buying dry Great Northern beans, sorting them and soaking them overnight. Sunday, I will make my own version of ham and bean soup. It will have beans and ham (duh!) along with onions and celery. Maybe garlic, but only after I taste it (and check with my mom). No potatoes. No carrots. Those are silly fru-fru veggies that do not belong in ham and bean soup. LOL! That, and my DH is allergic to carrots. Small details, I know.

I am oddly excited about making soup. Weird huh? I hope it tastes as good as I remember it does!

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BRYLIA 12/27/2010 10:24AM

    Mmmmmmmm....Sounds great! My family and I will also be using the ham bone for Ham and Split Pea Soup. Enjoy!

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RWETHAIRYET 12/21/2010 3:49PM

    Funny, I was just talking with a coworker the other day about this kind of thing...ham and bean soup, turkey soup, red flannel hash...all things that were tasty and bring back great memories...but were actually made as a way of being "frugal" and stretching those food dollars. To this day I still love hambone soup and red flannel hash, haha!
You sort the beans because they might have bits of rock, grit, twigs, spoiled beans...the "closest to nature" product you can find in the grocery store, haha.

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CARLANNIE 12/19/2010 9:02AM

    That's the perfect soup for the weather we're having right now - enjoy!

P.S. We were in the city Fri/Sat and I had to go to the mall. OMG - parking lot was full-full and lines around the perimeter of the mall stretched from one entrance to the other. Traffic was so bad, it took me 50 minutes to get from the mall out to Eagle Road to pick dh up from his office. I am glad to be cozy at home now, just waiting for Santa to stop by. emoticon

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AUNTIEANNE22 12/18/2010 8:47AM

  My mom always made ham and split pea soup - for exactly the same reasons your mom did. With 8 kids to feed and only my dad working frugality was the name of the game. We loved those meals and begged for them when we had more money and could eat beef for every meal. My mom got very angry with us. I still go back to those meals.

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/18/2010 8:18AM

    I love ham/beans!!!! I always fix it a couple times each winter. With lots of cornbread----YUMMY!!!!! Enjoy!

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BKNOCK 12/18/2010 7:52AM

    Sounds good! Good soup weather!

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ELYMWX 12/17/2010 11:44PM

    Dumb question: why do you sort the beans????

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GEEMAWEST 12/17/2010 11:13PM

    Not weird. I actually hated it when my mom made ham & lima bean soup or ham & split pea soup. Hated it! The only way I could eat it was by putting lots on raw onions on it so I couldn't taste it. Now I love it and always try to get the bone from a good ham. Yummo!!

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Not my greatest week to date

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sunday started my week and it was pretty good. Exercised, made PB balls, wrapped presents, stayed in calorie range. All in all a good day.

Monday started pretty good. Exercised, in calorie range, 5+ freggies, got stuff done at work. And then my daughter had a Christmas concert. My daughter and ALL of the other choirs in the high school AND the middle school. Two hours of music. While it was a good concert and I wouldn't have missed it for the world, it did make for a late night.

Tuesday started out okay. Good on exercise, freggies, water, etc. Lunch out with a subcon, so out on calories. Not bad overall. BUT...The Biggest Loser finale was on...until 10:00 in my time zone. I *had* to stay up and watch it! emoticon emoticon So, late night number two.

And today is only Wednesday. Ugh! Planning to be in bed by about 8:30 tonight to help make up for the two late nights earlier. BTW...since I was tired, I tried to make up for it with sugar and caffeine. Can you guess how well that worked? emoticon

Tomorrow is our company's potluck. I'm looking forward to it, but it'll be another day of not being in calorie range. And it's still not Friday. Why is the week before a holiday or a vacation always so long?

Anyway, hope everyone is having a great week. And hope I can stay awake and not over indulge *too* much tomorrow. Sweet dreams all!

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CAROLYNVIL 12/17/2010 6:53PM

    It is a very tough time of year all you can do is your best.

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RWETHAIRYET 12/16/2010 4:05PM

    I dunno, I still have so much to do that the week is flying faster than I want it least the parts where I'm not chained to an office desk, phone and computer, haha.
If it makes you feel better, I just finally shook that 6 lb gain from Thanksgiving, just in time to start packing it back on over Christmas...but I suppose that's better than gaining on top of the Thanksgiving gain, haha.
And since there's still so much to do just sign me...
Sleepless in Salisbury

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STEVENGO2 12/16/2010 11:39AM

    Merry Christmas, 10 days away. I hope you find the JOY in this Holiday season. Watch out for that caffeine and sugar! Enjoy the food, but when you can get some workouts in!

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ILUVTOTAT 12/16/2010 9:52AM

    So much like my week! But every day is a new day.


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CARLANNIE 12/16/2010 8:46AM

    This season is getting to me this year - usually I'm way more organized than this year. Ah, well. Christmas will get here whether I'm 'ready' or not. Rumor has it the weekend is coming up soon!

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NEWNAC304 12/16/2010 7:24AM

    This time of year is so hard. Good luck getting through it all!

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SUZYMOBILE 12/16/2010 7:19AM

    What did you make for the potluck? Veggies?? emoticon
Hope you got some sleep last night!

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/16/2010 7:13AM

    This is such a tough time of year---for eating and sleeping!!! Hang in there!

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BKNOCK 12/16/2010 6:50AM

    Merry Christmas, it is that eating time of year!

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Dang busy weekend...but aren't they all?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Saturday - up at 8:00 (yep, I slept in).
Moxie Java for a gift card.
Home for breakfast and start laundry.
Take the boxer (Abby) in for shots so she can be boarded over Christmas. Poor puppy has an ear infection, so we got meds for that.
Home for lunch.
Rolled two batches of peanut butter balls.
More laundry.
Took both kids to Wal Mart for pants, a couple of presents and a few groceries.
Out to dinner with DH.
After dinner, DS and I went to a friend's Christmas party/open house.
Finally home and in bed around 11:00.

Sunday, up at 6:30 (cos DH was awake) and off to the gym.
More laundry.
Dipped the first four batches of PB balls.
Rolled and dipped four more batches. My work department is having our potluck on Thursday and chocolate peanut butter balls is what I bring. If I don't, I'm not allowed to eat! LOL!
Put ear medicine in Abby's ear. That was exciting, I must say. Not very successful, but exciting! LOL!
More laundry.
Wrap presents while watching a Christmas movie, probably on Lifetime.
Make dinner
Get everything gathered for tomorrow.
Sit and Spark...finally!

Going to bed in about 10 minutes and man am I ready for the rest!

Life is good and I hope it's as good for all of you!

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RWETHAIRYET 12/13/2010 3:39PM

    WEll, on Saturday I slept in (7:30), walked my dog, got in my car and drove the hour and a half to Suzymobiles...and then just wandered the day was great!
Of course on Sunday I ran my a&& off trying to do all the things I should have been doing on Saturday....but it was worth it, haha!
Mmmmmm, peanut butter balls!

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CARLANNIE 12/13/2010 9:17AM

    It was a busy weekend here as well, but in a good way. Now I'm wondering about those peanut butter balls - they must have rave reviews from your co-workers! Enjoy the week.
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BETHGILLIGAN 12/13/2010 7:10AM

    You did have a busy one!!! But, sounds like you got a lot done. Good for you! I've done the doggie ear med!! I had my son's little beagle in September and she had one as well as one of mine (we have 2 beagle rescues). It was a full time job as neither dog "enjoyed" the experience! LOL I thought those ear infections would NEVER clear up!!!!

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BKNOCK 12/13/2010 5:16AM

    Sounds like a busy weekend too! I am going to work today to rest up!

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AUNTIEANNE22 12/12/2010 11:29PM

  You got a lot done! I worked most of yesterday and today. Got trapped in Portsmouth this morning by a very quick hitting ice storm. They actually closed down the road I use because there were so many cars off the road.
Have a good rest.

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Two servings of cookies and STILL don't hit the carbs range?

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Most of my meals today were fairly low in calories. So, I needed some snacks to make up my calories for the day. First snack was an apple and string cheese. The next snack was a Fiber One bar. Third was two ham and egg cups with broccoli and onions. STILL had calories left.

So, I then had two (yes two) servings of Lorna Doone butter cookies...the best cookies ever! I was in my calorie range. In my fat range. In my protein range. And still way under on my carbs! It seems that the only time I can hit the carbs is when I eat unhealthy (and yet tasty) stuff. So I'll hit it on Friday! LOL! Employee appreciation dinner - prime rib, mashed potatoes, rolls and cheesecake!

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RWETHAIRYET 12/10/2010 7:30AM

    OMG, I haven't had a Lorna Doone since I was a teenager living with my grandmother. She always had them in the house and always served them up with ice cream...they go great with any flavor, haha! I used to love them!! Have to pick some up tonight!
I never have problems with carbs either, but then again, I love my bread. I could eat an entire crusty Italian loaf with butter and call it dinner.

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AUNTIEANNE22 12/8/2010 8:17PM

  you know I have problems hitting protein and fiber. Carbs can also be a problem, but usually my fruit and veggies takes care of it. I need to do something tonight to get my calories in. Too much low calorie food today.

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MDTWEETY 12/8/2010 2:53PM

    That's a great problem to have, IMO! emoticon

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JOHNTJ1 12/8/2010 11:15AM

    If you are going to do it, do it big.

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DMGABBETT 12/8/2010 9:16AM

    No-bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies work well, they are a good/easy source for carbs/cals, just add some protein powder for the trifecta. ;-)

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CAROLEHZ 12/8/2010 8:49AM

    Whew! I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one having trouble getting the numbers for Carbs. I eat Oatmeal every morning and a sandwich for lunch and I still don't hit the minimum most days.

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/8/2010 8:27AM

    Carbs? REALLY???? I NEVER go under!!! But, I'm not losing weight either! LOL

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BKNOCK 12/8/2010 5:57AM

    I am a breadaholic so I don't have that problem!

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MOMMYKAY038 12/8/2010 3:35AM

    Okay great! I am not crazy! This has happened to me everyday since I started EXCEPT for the last 3 days... here is my trick.

Oatmeal or cream of wheat. The serving is pretty small but the carbs are higher than like toast would be. I've also found pitas to help a lot. Again more carbs than regular bread.

Let me know if you come up with any more good ideas!

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KENDRACARROLL 12/8/2010 1:55AM

    I have to say I have NEVER not hit my carb range. And, I cannot even imagine how you cannot...

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GEEMAWEST 12/7/2010 11:45PM

    Love the Lorna Doone's!!

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SUNHOME 12/7/2010 11:17PM

    A few months ago, I really increased my carbohydrates as part of my half-marathon training. I found that eating more fruit and whole grain foods (i.e. oatmeal) really helped me bridge that gap.

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OUIOUIOUI 12/7/2010 10:58PM

  I never hit my carb range either! I found that very odd.

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Form letter in the Christmas card?

Sunday, December 05, 2010

I know that most people do not like the form letters that come in Christmas letters. All of that bragging and who has time to read four pages, printed on both sides in size 8 font? I have better things to do, right?

Well, you wouldn't say that if you received MY form letter! LOL!

Here are the rules I follow.

1. One page, one side, size 10 or 12 font.
2. No bragging.
3. One paragraph per family member
4. Make it fun!

I've had people tell me that they look forward to my letter each year. And I have fun writing it! The hard part is remembering stuff that happened more than a month ago! This year, though, it's easy to remember DS's year. Broken collarbone, sprained back muscles, hurt elbow on last game of the year. Poor kid.

So, do you write and send a form letter? Does anyone send them to you? Do you get any that you like?

BTW...when I was a kid, friends of ours gave us a fruitcake each year that was DELICIOUS!!! Wish I could get some of that again!

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CATHERINEL66 12/9/2010 6:36AM

    I am not even sure that I'm going to get to Christmas cards this year at all, much less the form letter. I've done one a couple times in the past, but it was years ago. I'm feeling pretty maxxed out with work, and am actively taking everything off my to-do list that's not a total neccessity.

I don't mind getting them, and if they're braggy, DH and I just make fun of them. We're mean that way, LOL.

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FRAN0426 12/7/2010 7:07PM

    On the yeaqrs that we do a letter in the Chistmas cards, it is only one page in lenght. However, most years I write only a few hand writted letters for friends and family farther away. I always hand write a personal note in every card I send tho. We usually get a fer letters from friends in cards each year and they also make it to the point and one page most of the time. I do enjy getting the letters from them as it's one way to keep up on them and their families.

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CARLANNIE 12/7/2010 1:20PM

    My Christmas letters are just like yours - one page, 10 font, paragraph on each family member, questions about the receiver. And I insert photos to match the paragraphs. I probably get a dozen letters each year from people who live away from us, so I look forward to hearing what is new in their lives. So much better than just signing "Merry Christmas, B&B".

Write on!

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KENDRACARROLL 12/7/2010 10:14AM

    I like fruit cake. I like Christmas form letters, too. Especially if the include a lot of pictures. Never managed to write one myself though. Lucky and glad to get my cards out in time. :)

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RWETHAIRYET 12/6/2010 5:02PM

    Eww, fruitcake!!
I remember making a fruitcake for my dad (with the help of my grandmother) every year from earliest memories to graduating highschool. I wouldn't touch it because I didn't like a lot of the fruits that went in it, but then she'd make me one with nothing but red and green cherries in it, haha.
Best part was pulling it out every week and resoaking the cheesecloth in rum or brandy (depending on who the cake was for) Those were some potent cakes by the time they were "ready for giving"
Still have the recipe somewhere. Haven't made it in years, but keep it because it was one of my grandmothers.

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QUIKSYLVER 12/6/2010 3:27PM

    I always just put my blog address in the card, and if they want to go read that stuff they can.

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AUNTIEANNE22 12/6/2010 1:38PM

  I get only one card a year and it is a form letter from my cousin. It is usually informative, but some of it is so high brow that I have no idea what they are talking about. I do love this cousin though. He has been my support through a lot of family turmoil.
Sears used to sell a fruitcake that was wonderful. I can't find it anymore.

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GERIKRAGH 12/6/2010 12:35PM

    I send a sort of form letter. I have Jan.--one thing great. Feb--one thing great, etc. That's all. Just 12 lines.

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JOHNTJ1 12/6/2010 10:04AM

    My youngest sister send one along with pictures. It cracks me up a bit because I talk to her three times a week so I already know most of what she is talking about

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CAROLEHZ 12/6/2010 8:59AM

    The one person who sent us a Christmas letter was my husband's Aunt Martha who has since passed away. It did keep us informed on the family, we miss it and her. My few cards are mostly from Business acquaintances. I love fruit cake. The problem is I would be the only one eating it at my house. It's the type of thing, for me at least, that you grab a slice of as you walk past. So, no fruit cake for me.

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/6/2010 6:47AM

    This is the first year in many that I have not sent a form letter. I usually like to get them--the good ones are, well, good and the bragging ones are good for a laugh! LOL

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BKNOCK 12/6/2010 6:16AM

    I don't get many Christmas cards either but some of the form letters I have seen are cute! A friend of mine puts a lot of pictures so you know I like that!

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SANDYBRUNO 12/5/2010 11:27PM

    I used to work for a place originally called Manor Baking Company. They had the best fruitcakes. Unfortuantely they quit selling them.

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GEEMAWEST 12/5/2010 11:26PM

    Don't send Christmas cards anymore. Just received a form letter from a friend yesterday. From the looks of it she wrote it during the summer because on the back side of it she had to explain that her mother had passed away in September.

Hate Fruitcake.

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LIL-VIXEN 12/5/2010 10:48PM

    I don't get many Xmas cards and I don't really send out that many either.

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ALLIE_1969 12/5/2010 10:45PM

    The only Christmas cards I get anymore are from my investment adviser and a couple of business acquaintances... no letters telling me what happened in the last year... of course I don't send Christmas cards either so what can I expect?

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