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Using my bounty

Monday, February 10, 2014

Today I made an apple pie for DH with my Granny Smith apples from the bountiful baskets. I also used Leeks for the first time in a potato soup. It was very good.

I'm looking forward to next weeks veggies and fruits.

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LIVEDAILY 2/13/2014 4:11PM

    You made some wonderful things from your basket!! It's definitely soup weather for sure!!

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FROSTY99 2/12/2014 4:05PM

    Soup sounds good. I love potato soup. I am not a big fan of pies so I make apple cake instead. Made one a couple weeks ago, we ate a piece and I sent the rest to the pool room guys!

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CASTIRONLADY 2/11/2014 9:01PM

    Sound great. We live in an area that doesn't have bountiful baskets but my daughter and granddaughter take advantage of the offers. I am glad you are using all your stuff.

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PATRICIAAK 2/11/2014 8:41PM


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TATTER3 2/11/2014 9:54AM

    Yea for baskets of fresh food!!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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EDENFELL 2/11/2014 9:07AM

    Love apple pie..must have been delicious! Have a great rest of the week. emoticon

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MENNOLY 2/11/2014 8:10AM

    Potato leek soup is one of my favorites. Unfortunately it is a bit higher calorie than broth based soups but it is delicious!

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WINDSONG~ 2/11/2014 2:58AM

    loving that you are doing new things to eat!

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KAREN608 2/11/2014 2:04AM

    Soup and pie... sounds like a wonderful time at your home!

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KERRYG155 2/10/2014 11:52PM

    I bet that was good with all that fresh local stuff. My daughter does that sometimes, too.

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ILOVEMALI 2/10/2014 11:43PM

    You bake pies! That's way harder than baking bread!

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Bountiful Baskets

Friday, February 07, 2014

Well I had a nice surprise tonight. I picked up my first “Bountiful Baskets”. It was all of $15 + $3 handling fee. I didn’t know what to expect of the food. I couldn’t believe how much food there was.

I got 8 bananas, 8 oranges, 16 oz of strawberries, 8 oz of blackberries, 2 grapefruit, a bag and a half of Granny Smith apples, two leeks, 4 zucchini, 3 bunches of romaine lettuce, 3 cucumbers, asparagus and broccoli! The bad thing is now I will have to cook! You never know what you will get. Everyone tells me they love it and it makes them cook things they don’t normally buy. Bob is suggesting an apple pie already!

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MIKA016 2/25/2014 7:01AM

    Wow, lots of veggies and fruit. A good deal in deed. Enjoy.

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FROSTY99 2/10/2014 9:11PM

    Sounds yummy-all those goodies and for such a little price!

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STARLITNIGHT 2/9/2014 11:21PM

    emoticon Score!

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MENNOLY 2/8/2014 11:45AM

    Great fixings for salads and soups. I find green bags keep my lettuce fresh looking for over a week.

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JUSTYNA7 2/8/2014 9:16AM

    Lots that can be cut up and put in the freezer. I love adding fruit to my oatmeal. It's a great way to try new things and find new recipes.

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KERRYG155 2/8/2014 7:14AM

    My oldest daughter does things like that. Not sure it's the exact program but similar.

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WINDSONG~ 2/8/2014 2:03AM

    A gr8 'goodie' basket. What will you make?

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CHRISGORGME 2/8/2014 1:03AM

    You have an amazing selection of fresh produce to start cooking!!!
Have fun in the kitchen!

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ILOVEMALI 2/7/2014 11:47PM


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TATTER3 2/7/2014 11:17PM

    Wow!!! What a bounty!!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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I have taken my eye off the ball

Friday, January 03, 2014

Yep. I had it right for several months. I went on a two week vacation back in Sept and did well the first week and then my eye started to wander. I never focused again and here it is January.

I did prove several things to myself though.

1) That I need to make it my priority to get it done
2) That even on vacation (week 1) I was able to stay on track
3) That my husband was supportive
4) I felt better.

So it is a new year and a new attitude for me. I need to go back to what I was doing right.

Please join me.

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MARTHROID 1/29/2014 11:08AM

    I'm late in responding to this blog, but i joined you (without knowing it) on January 1st. I am not worried about what I eat, but I started the Couch to 5K and I'm an on week 5. Go!!! emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 1/18/2014 7:15AM

    I put a list on my fridge that says "I Matter" and listed all the things I do that make me feel better. Not a "should" list. These are just choices I can make when I have gone astray... and some really great days I do them all. Everything from exercise ten minutes to go outside and breath some fresh air or take my meds on time. emoticon emoticon

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DONNA2238 1/11/2014 4:15PM

    There is something just so "forgiving" about January! New start..refocused...AWESOME!!!

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SWEAT-EQUITY 1/9/2014 2:24PM

    I was in the saaaaame boat (as I'm sure many of us were/are)! New Years is such a great time to get out of the boat and into the water - sink or swim!! I'm definitely with you emoticon

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WINDSONG~ 1/5/2014 2:02AM

    Together is a great way to start. I am IN!

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    I truly want to make it happen also!

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SIMPLY4DHEART 1/4/2014 12:36AM

    Yes, I wish to join you. I have wandered way to far from my LIfe style journeys and even have a Fit Bit I never programed yet, emoticon Time to get with the program now! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAREN608 1/3/2014 11:53PM

    I know! I joined my first spark challenge because I could see something needed to reignite me. I'm nervous and excited.
I hope that burns calories!

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MIKA016 1/3/2014 8:27PM

    Ok Diana, I'm joining you. Ready to climb that mountain this year and get things under control. Count me in!

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TATTER3 1/3/2014 5:40PM

    Right with you!

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CASTIRONLADY 1/3/2014 1:59PM

    You are very welcome and God bless you in this journey. You are on you way!!!!!

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FROSTY99 1/3/2014 1:36PM

    emoticon This is going to be THE YEAR that we make it to our goal-to a healthy new YOU! You know I am here for support.
Let's make it happen in 2014

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ILOVEMALI 1/3/2014 12:40PM

    You're there. I have problems staying on track when we are out of town, too! But you're back in the saddle!

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MENNOLY 1/3/2014 12:21PM

    I totally understand! I seem to have taken all of last year off. However we did it once and we can do it again!

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KERRYG155 1/3/2014 11:26AM

    I understand!! I need to get back on track, too. Breakfast is good but after lunch I get lost every day.

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NHES220 1/3/2014 10:49AM

    Welcome back!

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QUEENIEBELLE 1/3/2014 10:05AM

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SUZIPAM1 1/3/2014 9:35AM

    im in

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Green tomatoes with pictures

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

This year we had a hard time getting our tomatoes started but somehow with advice from local farmers about "beating them and not watering so much" we had a crop. But, it was a late crop. DH loves to play with the garden but somehow I get stuck with the work of doing something with the garden. I don't mind adding a tomato to salad or frying some squash but when he came home with tons of green tomatoes and wanted me to do something with them I thought I would show him!

So to the internet I went.

The first "adventure" was a tomato pie! I figured he would not like that at all and surely I would not have to do this again next year. So, my pie....

I figured it would be a one bite pie. But, he has managed to eat 3/4 of the pie.

So a few days later I made a cake. It was a recipe I found on the internet and when my son arrived while I was making it he said it sounded "gross". The funny thing is by the time it was through baking it smelled so good we ALL had a piece. There is now one slice left!

Of course I did do the traditional Fried Green Tomatoes

and Salsa Verde

I am not sure I managed to get out of harvesting the green tomatoes next year since even my son had 3 pieces of the cake and took a slice home to his wife. And DH seems to be eating everything.

I guess it wasn't as bad as I thought. I had fun looking for recipes and found out I'm a better cook than I expected! LOL

Waste not want not!

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GRAYGRANNY 12/9/2013 12:33PM

    Heard of everything but the cake and it do look good.....yummm

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SIMPLY4DHEART 12/2/2013 3:19AM

    emoticon I have tried Green Fried Tomatoes once and since we are from the North, we use flour, lol! Your pictures make me hungry, looks so delicious! Thank you for sharing emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOODIE59 11/30/2013 11:47AM

    Wow -- I was drawn to your blog by the headline (What CAN one do with green tomatoes??) and your gorgeous photos are enough to make anyone try those recipes -- very impressive:)Congratulations:)

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KELTIC-CARA 11/30/2013 3:26AM

    emoticon Well done and they all look delicious

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MIKA016 11/28/2013 8:18PM

    It's amazing how many different recipes you found for green tomatoes. All of them sounded yummy. I might try the tomatoes cake some time. The frosting on top looked scrumptious. I love how you present food in your pictures. They should be in a food magazine. Happy Thanksgiving to you. Hope it was a good one. Ours turned out pretty good from what I could tell from the silence at our table. My dd said it was the best turkey ever. emoticon emoticon

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EDENFELL 11/26/2013 8:20PM

    Everything looks delicious.. emoticon

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KAREN608 11/26/2013 5:32PM

    That is so true about gardening, the men leave the cooking/preserving to the ladies. Glad the recipes worked well for you.

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FROSTY99 11/26/2013 4:36PM

    Wish I was closer so I could help you out-we love fried green tomatoes!!! I buy 2 or 3 occasionally to make some since they are so expensive as an appetizer.
Thanks for sharing the pics. The cake looks yummy.

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TATTER3 11/26/2013 4:12PM

    Yea you...my turn next year!

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ILOVEMALI 11/26/2013 4:11PM

    these look amazing!!

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BAMAJAM 11/26/2013 2:53PM

  Goodness, a green tomato cake!---
I am from the Midwest and never heard of eating green tomato anything. But now I am a happy southerner and I have fried batches of green tomatoes... YUM!

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CELIAMINER 11/26/2013 1:52PM

    You are so clever!

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KERRYG155 11/26/2013 1:35PM

    Glad they enjoyed them. I've never tried green tomato anything that I know of.

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Kids are off to Cozumel

Friday, November 01, 2013

Well, I'm in Dallas for the next 10 days watching 4 year old granddaughter Calleigh.

She didn't have a nap today since we took her parents to the airport. So about 7 pm she had a meltdown! I cuddled up with her and we watched Sleeping Beauty for the hundredth time. I watched it earlier with bunny ears on! We do what we have to!

Tomorrow she has T-ball and we will go watch her cousin play later in the day. A no nap day again because of timing so she will likely have another meltdown. Then there is the time change. Oh my....testing grandma!

Well, I think we will actually have a great time once we get in our groove!

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KELTIC-CARA 11/12/2013 2:44PM

    You should be in the groove by now and I hope you are both enjoying this special time together. Have you been taking photos?


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D7TOHIM 11/4/2013 8:10PM

    I guess this makes life interesting! emoticon - Diane -

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FROSTY99 11/4/2013 1:16PM

    Patience Grandma-hope things are going good and the two of you are getting into a routine.

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MIKA016 11/4/2013 9:11AM

    You have your work cut out for you. Your GD must be so excited having her Grandmother around to spoil her. You are making things fun, wearing bunny ears while watching "Sleeping Beauty." lol! Enjoy and get your rest in during your stay.
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CASTIRONLADY 11/2/2013 11:16PM

    God bless you during this precious time. You are both blessed.

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LIVEDAILY 11/2/2013 3:08PM

    Actually...depending on the level of activity she's had, a 7:00 pm bedtime isn't odd. She'll probably sleep through the night! At least 7:00 pm is a good time to begin all of the preliminary bedtime rituals: bath, snack, bedtime story, cuddles, etc.

Enjoy your time with her!

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WINDSONG~ 11/2/2013 6:17AM

    But ya gotta love her lol

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ILOVEMALI 11/1/2013 10:16PM

    Have a wonderful time!

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TESENISIS1 11/1/2013 10:12PM

    You certainly will...I took my granddaughter in for a few months. She is 4 years old and I have a 4 & 2 year old sons, quite the house full...though my daughter will be coming tomorrow afternoon to visit for an overnight. I also have to take them all shopping tomorrow for a few things...you should see the looks I get...pretty funny.


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