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Chaos in the Kitchen

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Since I've been ready about healthful cooking and foods, last night I decided to stop by the store on the way home and pick up a few things to cook. I got the ingredients for a chicken stock, northern beans and beets. Sounds pretty easy doesn't it?

Well, not for me. After cooking the stock with chicken, carrots, onions and celery, I decided to move it to the crock pot to add the ingredients for chicken soup. Turned out the crock pot had a crack in it so I had chicken stock all over my counter, cabinets and floor. So after cleaning all that up I tried to finish the soup and the beans. I just put the beets in the fridge for tonight. Next time, I'll just try one food at a time and Check the pot for cracks! emoticon

  
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LASHARINK 12/29/2009 7:33PM

    Aw - so sorry to hear about the crock pot. They're definitely a good thing when they work. I did a turkey breast in my crock pot with small potatoes, celery, carrots, peppers and onions for Christmas. Perhaps you can find one with the after Christmas sales. Excellent way to assist with the healthy cooking!!

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GRANNY1972 12/29/2009 5:54PM

    Some days you just wonder why you even bother!!LOL I've been feeling a little "cracked" myself today. Just been going from one thing to another and not finishing anything.I'm sure your soup and beans will be wonderful!!

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RURAL3 12/29/2009 5:25PM

    You will laugh at this on another day. emoticon Did you scream? emoticon

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OURELEE1 12/29/2009 5:17PM

  All you can say is you had a bad day. emoticon

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GABY1948 12/29/2009 5:10PM

    emoticonthis sounds so like something I would do. But then, cooking is definitely not my strong suit! You took it all in stride thought I see! emoticon

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Talk About Cold

Monday, December 28, 2009

Even the dogs didn't want to go outside this weekend! It was really cold. The cabin was cosy with the fire but going out to turn the generator on to refill the water tanks was cold and windy. The snow was blowing so hard we couldn't even see the trees around us. Thank goodness we brought plenty of books and DVD's. I couldn't go out and walk the hills the way I usually do so I exercised to Leslie Sansone and a Line Dancing Video. Not as much fun as trekking but it did the trick.

I read Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal Vegetable Miracle" about only eating locally produced food for one year. She was a little fanatical but I learned a lot about how food is produced and about how many more nutrients are in food that is produced locally, organically and not shipped for miles and miles. Interesting book. It was also interesting that I was able to read all about food and not go off on a binge! Life has changed with Spark People.

I came back 2 pounds lighter and hit my personal goal of being 225 before the New Year!

  
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GABY1948 12/28/2009 7:50PM

    I guess I will have to check out some of the information you talk about on buying locally grown foods.

Glad you reached a goal...it's very motivating when we do that. We are very cold and windy here today too.

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LOULOUBELLE2 12/28/2009 2:00PM

    Even though it was cold, I am jealous...Would rather spend time at our cabin like that then here in AZ......Congrats on making your goal of 225, guess it's time for you to set a new goal.
Have a Happy New Year, especially if your gong too the cabin..........
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BSTAKINGACTION 12/28/2009 11:58AM

    I just listened to Kingsolver's book on CD and found it really intriguing. Not sure I'd go to those lengths, but they did provide some really good info about how to eat locally and ethically.

Kudos to you for getting exercise in and not falling into "excuses"!

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RURAL3 12/28/2009 9:20AM

    Congratulations Nancy. Way to go on meeting that goal. We got 12 inches of snow over the weekend.

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GRANNY1972 12/28/2009 9:00AM

    Sounds like you came back from your weekend more informed and lighter!! LOL Congrats on meeting your personal goal!! That is awesome!

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Quiet Holiday

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My daughter is working the whole weekend and my son has "other plans" so DH and I will be alone for the Holiday. I could be sad, but I'm not. Thankfully DH and I like being alone together and we are happy we have happy kids who spend time with us when they can - this Christmas just isn't one of those times. We have a tree with presents under it at the cabin and both kids and all the grandkids have already called us today so we will enjoy a quiet holiday together in our mountains with our critters and an extra pup we are sitting for a friend.

May all of you have a blessed holiday with joy in your hearts.

  
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RURAL3 12/24/2009 8:32AM

    Merry Christmas Nancy. It sounds like you will be having a blessed Christmas in your favorite place. See you after the holiday with renewed vigor and purpose.

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GABY1948 12/24/2009 5:12AM

    I totally understand, Daisy. DH and I are quiet people and have the best times together! I hope you both have the nicest and most memorable Christmas ever!
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BABYFACE26 12/23/2009 10:28PM

    I like your attitude. I am single and live alone. My only relative is a brother who lives fairly close by, but also has other plans. But I am grateful that we have gotten closer just recently. You are truly blessed to have a good husband and animals who live with you, and grandkids.

Congratulations on losing all that weight!
Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Gifts

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I hope I don't sound like a Scrooge, but I don't like the exchange of meaningless gifts with people I barely know, like at work. I love giving things to the people I love and think carefully about what would bring them joy, but I don't like Secret Santa exchanges and Christmas White Elephant games. So this year I didn't participate. I decided instead to give the gift of my honest words of appreciation to people at work. I found a few minutes to talk with each of them about all they do for the workplace and all they mean to me. It felt really good and specific and special for each person. I felt warm and giving and in return I received some of the most beautiful smiles I have ever seen. People at work are not generally appreciated for what they do.

I wish each of you a Happy Holiday or Merry Christmas and I share with you my honest appreciation of your efforts to improve yourself and to support and love others who are doing the same.

  
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RURAL3 12/22/2009 6:34PM

    I think that is awonderful idea. It always means so much to receive kind words that are spoken from the heart.

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GRANNY1972 12/22/2009 9:24AM

    I think that was a wonderful gift you gave your co-workers!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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GABY1948 12/22/2009 9:23AM

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. DH and I quit the "mandatory" gifts long ago with explanations long before Christmas and it was surprising how many of even our family members we thrilled with this. There is so much stress for most and it meant less stress for them. Now we give gifts during the year for no reason that can mean reciprocation if not desired. So far, as I said, everyone we know appreciates it!
Merry Christmas to you and your family
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Peace and Joy

Monday, December 21, 2009

I'm down 3 pounds this morning. That includes the 2 I gained last week and one new one!

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I think I left them on the mountain this weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday I went trekking for an hour. Wow, treking on the mountains in the snow isn't easy. I know I burned a lot of calories cause I was sweating profusely when I got back to the cabin.

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I am so glad Christmas is here this week. I feel so blessed to be able to get out of the hustle and bustle of the town and the commercialism of the holiday and just enjoy God's serenity and contemplate the Gift He gave us in His Son.

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May you all have a Blessed Holiday and enjoy the season in the way you value most.

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RURAL3 12/21/2009 4:36PM

    Congrats on those pounds gone forever Nancy. Are you spending Christmas in the Mountains?

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JUST-AMY 12/21/2009 9:54AM

    How wonderful for you! I love the mountains, and I'd love a mountain cabin! I live in mid-Missouri...not much of either! But I love visiting Colorado and the Smoky Mtns of Tennessee, too. You are fortunate to have the Rockies out there! Congrats on the progress! Enjoy! Enjoy!

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HAASESH 12/21/2009 8:20AM

  congrats!

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