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Sunday, February 13, 2011

So why is it taking me so long to read this book? I got "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" from the library last Saturday. I am now on page 285 out of 563. So just over half way through. I used to read a book like this in under a week! What happened?

The first thing I can think of is that I no longer read while I work out on most days. I now meet my friend at oh-dark-thirty and we talk while we sweat. Or we don't, depending on how tired we are! LOL! But I don't read. I also don't get to sit on my bum and read in the evening...or on the weekend.

Instead, I read while I walk to the cafeteria for tea in the morning and back and forth at lunch and while I eat my lunch. Yes...I read and walk and no, I don't read when I drive (I listen to books on CD instead!). And, I have never (knock wood) run into a wall or a person. I've had some close calls...when the other person was cutting a corner and not paying attention. emoticon

Anyway...I want to sit and I want to read and I want to not be responsible for all this other stuff I have to do. Maybe I need to be a proofreader for some big publishing house...but only have to read the stuff I like. Think that could happen?

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CATHERINEL66 2/20/2011 3:24PM

    Funny, I used to read a lot more in my bedroom at night. I'm noticing that reading decreased when DH got me a new bedroom TV for my anni-birth-mas in December. Whoops. I'm not one to ready while I work out either -- too busy trying not to pass out :)

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AUNTIEANNE22 2/14/2011 7:52AM

  I totally hear you. My stack of unread books is growing. I'm too tired at night to read and there's no time during the day. I can't even stay caught up with the 3 magazines I buy.
I've often thought about being an editor so I could have some time to read.

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STEVENGO2 2/14/2011 1:07AM

    I love to read too! But with all that is happening right now I have not had a chance much except for information about dementia which the Doctors say that my Mom has from a stroke this past week! The last book I read from cover to cover was the Spark!

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USFBULL 2/13/2011 11:04PM

    Reading is a pleasure and can be a great way to relax. Just Sayin, LOL emoticon

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DUTCHIEKIWI 2/13/2011 10:56PM

    I love to read too, but son't get enough chance to do it at the moment.. well, the last nearly four years ;0)

Just finished eat pray love which I really enjoyed at this stage in my life. I have been hanging out for the last (6th) book of Sara Donati from the " into the wilderness series" I finally got it last christmas... and I'm not even half way yet... ???

What the???????

Reading and transforming myself into another 'universe" ... I love it!!!


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CARRAND 2/13/2011 9:36PM

    I usually have to wait until I go on vacation to get any serious reading done. Working full time really eats into my time. Maybe after I retire I'll get caught up on all the books I want to read.

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NEWNAC304 2/13/2011 8:12PM

    I like to read too but don't have the time like I used to. I'm reading The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo now. I think that's the first book in the series you're reading.

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BKNOCK 2/13/2011 7:36PM

    I think it is because of your healthy lifestyle! You have way to much energy now to sit around on your bum and read!

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JOHNTJ1 2/13/2011 1:58PM

    Every year on her birthday my sister spends two nights in a hotel. She selects a bag of books to take with her and she sits on the bed and reads until its time to go home.

On the bright side your reading is being compromised by healthy activities

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REJ7777 2/13/2011 12:23PM

    I used to read so much more than I do now. I still read, but mostly articles or blogs on the Internet rather than whole books. Now I tend to buy audio-books and listen to them. I never did master the art of walking and reading. I need to sit quietly in order to be able to concentrate on what I'm reading.

Hope you get that *ideal* proofreader's job! emoticon

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    If you're like many of us, if you sat on your bum outside, you'd be sitting on a big pile of snow.

Me on the other hand, can't walk and chew gum at the same time! I can't imagine reading while walking OR working out.

Keep up your great efforts, soon enough the sun will be shining and you will be reading AGAIN

Have a HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY and a Great Week too!

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BETHGILLIGAN 2/13/2011 8:36AM

    I put reading at the top of my priority list when I retired. After 20some years of teaching I could only read in the summers while trying to catch up on housecleaning, etc. I have now made it one of my goals to read AT LEAST 20 minutes a day!!! LOVE IT!! Take a day--play hooky from other responsibilities and read that book!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 2/13/2011 3:19AM

    Anything is possible. I too loved to read, but find life and stuff getting in the way of that. I can't even remember the book I was reading, it's been awhile. I think I'm going to have to carve some time in to do that. I hope you're able to finish your book.

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Busy, busy everywhere!

Friday, February 11, 2011

And not a minute to think! Dang!

Work is busy and looking to get busier. My department works with subcons and the products I work with are being shipped to the subcons at an alarmingly fast rate! Although, not as fast as the powers-that-be would like! LOL! What this means for me is lots of late-night meetings (to talk to the subcons) and lots of early mornings (to get work done) and lots of meetings in between to keep everyone updated. emoticon

Then, when I get home, I have all of the normal home stuff, but I've also started a new project. My truck is 12 years old (same age as my fact, we got them both in the same month of the same year!). My DD is 14 and thinks she should be allowed to learn how to drive. The combination of these two things tells me that it's time to start thinking about a new vehicle.

Unfortunately, new vehicles cost money and I really do NOT want to have huge car payments. We haven't had a car payment in almost seven years and I like it that way! The way to keep payments down (or eliminated altogether) is to have a nice down payment. Which leads to my new project. I've been selling stuff on eBay. DH brings home stuff that probably won't sell in his shop and has me list them. I pay him back what he paid for it and the profit goes to my new car fund. Nice, huh?

And so far, I've done well. The only bad thing is that I have to use what I've saved to fix the truck I have now. Major wheel alignment is needed and at least one new tire. emoticon Oh least I can pay for it!

Two pieces of good news wrt to a new vehicle. We have a bill that is ~$400 per month that will be paid off in July. At least a portion of that could be applied to a new vehicle if needed. PLUS, DD will be allowed to take Driver's Ed if she has satisfactory grades AND no behavioral problems. And guess what? F's are not acceptable! And since that is what she has in Math, she's not going to be driving any time soon! Gives me that much more time to save up for a new car! LOL!

See...look hard enough and you can always find a silver lining!

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AUNTIEANNE22 2/12/2011 11:11PM

  How old does your DD have to be to take driver's ed? In NH they have to be very close to their sixteenth birthday to even get in the class.
I have to say that my son has done very well this winter being a new driver and having to contend with the weather. Baptism under fire.
Holding out for grades and good behavior is a great plan.

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CARRAND 2/12/2011 7:37PM

    I love your plan to save money for a new car. I usually end up giving things away instead of trying to sell them. We had a community yard sale one year, and we ended up just giving people stuff. I guess I'm not much of salesperson.

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NEWNAC304 2/12/2011 11:35AM

    Way to go finding the positive! I like your system of getting the money for a new vehicle. Good luck with it!

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PRESHA811 2/12/2011 8:59AM

    What a great attitude! ;)

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REJ7777 2/12/2011 8:41AM

    It's such a challenge to keep a certain focus on our health in the midst of all of life's demands! Whew! Just remember how important it is!

It sounds like you have a workable plan for the car.

Keep Sparking! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 2/12/2011 7:52AM

    You remind me how happy I no longer have teenagers!!! LOL Exhausting!

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KENDRACARROLL 2/11/2011 11:59PM

    WTG. My son's 17 and still not driving due to bad grades and unacceptable behavior. Maybe I'll let him get his permit this spring...

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STEELKICKIN 2/11/2011 11:57PM

    Haha!! Yep! Love those silver linings! Good luck on your Ebay adventure and the subcons. It sounds like you've been very busy indeed! Wow, they're allowed to start driver's ed in your state at fourteen?? It is fifteen and a half here and I thought THAT was young!

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USFBULL 2/11/2011 11:50PM

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I did it! But I don't have to do it again...

Sunday, February 06, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about a menu item at one of our local restaurants. It was a Peanut Butter Burger. A hamburger patty with hickory smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, mayo and, of course, peanut butter.

I was intrigued when I read that but immediately discarded it from my choices. But as the day went on, and the days turned into weeks, I kept thinking about the dang peanut butter burger!

So...DH and I headed to the Ram for dinner tonight and I ordered that darn burger! And I ate it!! The whole darn thing! And it was tasty! I'm glad I ate it. Now it no longer has it's hold on me!

The good news is that I don't have to eat it again. It was okay, but not habit forming. Now on to Super Bowl food!

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USFBULL 2/17/2011 12:34AM

    Crunchy or Smooth? Sounds interesting, decadent, and tasty emoticon emoticon

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STEVENGO2 2/17/2011 12:23AM

    Glad you enjoyed it, but did not become hocked on it!

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PRESHA811 2/12/2011 8:59AM

    Hm...that does sound intriguing! I guess it's one of those things you've just gotta try once in your life. lol

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MANDAMYMANDA 2/11/2011 1:19PM

    sounds so interesting! and glad you got to try it emoticon

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KEN1965 2/11/2011 11:24AM

    Sometimes you have to just do it. emoticon

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COUNTRYCRONE 2/11/2011 11:03AM

    emoticonI'm glad you got it out of your system. Sometimes, in fact often, different fast food does that to me to. If anyone even mentions a double jalapeno cheeseburger from White Castle I obsess about it. It's like fighting a losing battle until I get it.

So emoticon on finally doing away with one more 'want'


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NEWNAC304 2/9/2011 1:43PM

    I like bacon cheeseburgers and I like peanut butter, but I'm not sure about eating them together. Better you than me!

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BETHGILLIGAN 2/7/2011 8:50PM

    Way to go!! Glad you did it!! Also, glad it's not habit forming!!

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GEEMAWEST 2/7/2011 12:25AM

    We all have our vices. Now you have one less to worry about. You did the right thing.


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AUNTIEANNE22 2/6/2011 9:24PM

  Better you than I. The only things on that sandwich that sound good together are pb, bacon and the mayo, but I would substitute Miracle Whip. I'm glad you're so willing to be our guinea pig.

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HOT4FITNESS 2/6/2011 9:00PM

    Peanut butter and hamburger, that just seems wrong. Glad you got your quick fix, now definitly on to better things

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BKNOCK 2/6/2011 8:57PM

    Glad you got it and got it out of your system! Does not sound appealing to me at all. On to Superbowl food is right!

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JUNIAATROME 2/6/2011 1:51PM

    I must admit that a peanut butter hamburger could not tempt me - but plenty of other things will and have. I was not as bad as last week (guess that's improvement) but I was far from great. Did go to for a long walk with DH...

I'm glad you are over that temptation and ready for a new week. emoticon

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HEALTHYCALM 2/6/2011 11:56AM

    Okay, that is hilarious! Did you try to figure out how to track it? I just checked the nutrition tracker and I can report that no one else on Spark seems to have shared such a food adventure. So, I'm glad you've now done it on all of our behalf--my curiosity is now perfectly satisfied!

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REJ7777 2/6/2011 7:54AM

    emoticon Glad you got that *out of the way*! emoticon I can't even imagine what a burger with peanut butter would taste like. emoticon Enjoy the Super Bowl! emoticon

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TRIGFROST 2/6/2011 1:34AM

    i don't think I would like that burger...
emoticon emoticon emoticon for yourself...

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How long does one week take?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Holy moly! This week is taking forever. And I'm not the only one who feels this way. All week, it has seemed like the week should be over, or almost over, and it hasn't been! emoticon

It is finally Friday Eve! And I still feel like the week should have ended long ago! Does anyone have a time machine? I'd like it to be tomorrow at this!

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JUNIAATROME 1/30/2011 1:22AM

    Oh my, my week is over before I notice and there is so much left on my desk to do. I turn around and it's Friday: What's up with that time???

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DUTCHIEKIWI 1/29/2011 7:02PM

    Sunday morning here, so you must be enjoying some good times now...



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CARRAND 1/29/2011 9:45AM

    January seems like it will never be done this year. I am sooo tired of winter.

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RWETHAIRYET 1/28/2011 4:21PM

    I just want a time machine to stretch out my weekends, haha. I say goodbye to coworkers on friday evening and I swear I'm saying hello to them 20 mins later come monday morning.
But yes, it was excruciatingly long this week. I thought it was friday by tuesday morning, haha.

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BKNOCK 1/28/2011 9:23AM

    This has indeed been a very long week! Sitting around drives me crazy!

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BETHGILLIGAN 1/28/2011 7:58AM

    I totally agree about the week but I was just saying yesterday that I don't ever remember a January lasting this long!!!!! Argh! Could we just flip that calendar page please?

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DEUSMACHINA 1/28/2011 3:51AM

    Just come down here. Friday's done already. Nothing left to do but sit back with a cold one.

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KENDRACARROLL 1/28/2011 12:00AM

    Ya, weekend would be nice :) Just one l-o-n-g Friday to go...
We'll get there :)

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RANGERFAN10 1/27/2011 11:05PM

    I am so ready for the week to be done.

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ELYMWX 1/27/2011 10:45PM

    I'm so with you. Meetings most of the day. I've blocked all of tomorrow off in my calendar as "GSD" a.k.a. Getting S#%& Done - hopefully no-one tries to book me a meeting!

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STEELKICKIN 1/27/2011 10:06PM

    My last two days have felt like two weeks. I dunno, Barb, maybe it's the weather doing this to us. When you find someone who has a time machine, PUH-LEEEEEZE share with me. I wanna go back to when I could eat anything I want and not gain weight! No wrinkles, too!!

I would totally share with you!

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AUNTIEANNE22 1/27/2011 9:37PM

  I'm with you. It has been a loooooooooooooooong week. Of course the weather has been miserable which hasn't helped.

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GEEMAWEST 1/27/2011 9:34PM

    I have a Time Machine that's in a Rubber Room. You just keep bouncing back and forth from today to tomorrow and back again. Wanna give it a try? hehehe

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Peanut Butter Burger??

Friday, January 21, 2011

For lunch today, I went with some co-workers to a restaurant called "The Ram." It is one of those restaurants that I don't go to with my family because DS can't eat anything there, DD won't eat anything there and DH isn't interested. Whatever.

As I was reading the menu, I saw that they had a burger called "The Peanut Butter Burger." Here is the description.

Peanute butter, cheddar, hickory smoked bacon, sliced tomato, lettuce and mayo 9.99

BTW...they spelled peanut with the extra "e" on their website. I just copied and pasted! emoticon

Okay, so I like peanut butter. I really like peanut butter. And I'm a fan of the cheddar and the bacon and the tomato and the lettuce. Not so much on the mayo. But...put it all together? I'm not sure about that! I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich with monterey jack cheese, no sauce, and fries. (Fries were VERY salty so I only ate a few). I was satisfied and pleased and pretty darn proud of myself for ordering a fairly healthy meal.

But now I want to try that PB Burger! emoticon Dang it! It is on my mind and it is haunting my taste buds and it is luring me back to that restaurant. Gosh darn it!! Maybe I can order a sampler? Or make my own? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 2/11/2011 2:21PM

    I saw a peanut butter burger on Man vs. Food... it didn't look too bad. If you try it, you MUST post an update emoticon

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CBARRETT10 2/11/2011 1:33PM

  Great choice on your selection! emoticon
When you make it or order it...let us know what you think!

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USFBULL 1/24/2011 3:46PM

    What you have not had it yet... mmm ok maybe it needs some cheese on it, oh wait cheddar is there, maybe it needs some tomato, oh yea that is there already. I've got it, cut out something else for the day add a few miles or minutes/hours to a work out and go for it. Like John says, lemme know how it tastes. LOL enjoy, drop the guilt and try something new. woohoo!! Then work out but do let us know. spark friend. I was thinking of a nice Thai burger with ..... I will not tempt you emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 1/23/2011 8:37PM

    I say, make your own and post it in the recipe section here.

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MYOWNHERO 1/23/2011 8:10PM

    Not a healthy choice, but I used to sometimes make myself a cheesesteak sandwich with a smear of peanut butter on the toasted bread. Add fried onions and mmmmmm.

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JPRICE217 1/23/2011 7:55AM

    I vote to try it

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CHEF4RENT 1/23/2011 1:09AM

    Hmmm...well maybe it's just me but I bet that burger is awesome. I suspect if you got some natural peanut butter that wasn't too sweet and made one yourself it wouldn't be too bad. Truly you are just some hot peppers from having a Thai burger. Drop the mayo and add some dried Thai peppers and you are golden!! Just go easy on the serving size like Rachel Mac said both the beef and the peanut butter are super calorie dense. If you use either ground turkey or 97% fat free beef and only 1 T of PB it wouldn't be too bad. Just watch all the extras they add up quick. Maybe make bite sized and share with the whole if they would eat it.

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AUNTIEANNE22 1/22/2011 11:06PM

  I say make your own because then you know exactly how much of everything you use and can log it. We ate peanut butter and Miracle Whip sandwiches when we were kids. Actually pretty good.

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 1/22/2011 10:39PM

    I love peanut butter! But on top of a burger? With mayo? Bacon? Cheddar? Ummmmm....not so much. But if you do try it out, let us know how it is!

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ALESHABEE 1/22/2011 10:37PM

    Yikes...maybe make your own at home. It would be much better and a lot healhtier. Kudos to you for making healthy choices while dining out... emoticon

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RACHEL_MAC 1/22/2011 10:28PM

    AVOID IT. Peanut butter is so dense and they probably slop it on. The burger and fries before the peanut butter is a nutritional disaster--almost certainly more than 1500 calories and 75g fat, probably more than a day's worth of saturated fat (25g+), but when you add a decent schmear of peanut butter it's going to add about 500 calories and 40+ grams of fat on top of that. Not worth it ... put it out of your head!

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EM4488 1/22/2011 9:52PM

    Oh.Mi.Gosh! I had one... I forget where. I even took a picture (I must now find it).
Awesome. Absolutely awesome.
I heart burgers. And I heart peanutbutter. And a + plus a + = a BIG PLUS!

Go try it. I demand you :)

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JOHNTJ1 1/22/2011 9:46PM

    Well Barb.

You are only young forever so go for it.

(Lemme know how it tastes)

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NEWNAC304 1/22/2011 7:48PM

    Great job choosing healthy. I'm not sure about the peanut burger. If you try it be sure to let us know.

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    A Weird combination eSPecially since I had a PBJ this afternoon.

For $10 I probably would have chosen the same thing that you did!

If you try it and like it, let us know

Have a Wonderful Weekend

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BETHGILLIGAN 1/22/2011 8:30AM

    I LOVE peanut butter (and peanute butter!) but this just isn't working for me. Let us know how it is--now I'm curious. Good lunch decision---way to go!

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BKNOCK 1/22/2011 6:24AM

    That combo does not sound good to me at all, let me know how you like it!

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FROGGIEBEAR 1/21/2011 11:16PM

    I'm ashamed to admit that my parents frequently sent me to school with a peanutbutter and mayonaise sandwich. Truthfully the combination isn't that bad, but try to trade that lunch off!

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GEEMAWEST 1/21/2011 11:09PM

    I googled Peanut Butter Burger and was surprised at the number of sites that came up, 994,000 to be exact. I'm sure you could find a recipe to your liking. I like peanut butter but it sounds too weird in a burger. Let me know when you try it, my curiosity has got the best of me.

Good job on ordering the grilled chicken instead!

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