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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

When I was a child my mother taught me how to cook and I did a good job. The rest of the family worked in the garden. I loved to cook.

Then when I moved away from home and had an apartment I cooked and liked what I cooked,
but my stomach was not my God so did not spend all of my pay check on food.

Years later I became a missionary and in Mexico cooked real Mexican food the way they cook it. Delicious.

Later I returned to the states and didn't cook so good, but got by.

Then my husband went to the nursing home so I began eating fast good and quit cooking.
I forgot how to cook.

I made one suggestion on Spark one day saying I really liked oat meal with peanut butter cooked in it and sometimes I would drop Dark Chocolate in also.

I received two replies. One said Ugh or something like that meaning gross,
The other said she thought she was going to puke. ( I don't like that word but that is what she said). I crave it and it is usually my supper. I eat my big meal at noon with my veggies and fruit.

So I have been emoticon to the home of a church family for Thanksgiving. emoticon and I will go emoticon skipping happy as a lark that I don't have to cook a disgusting meal and everyone pukes. emoticon

Hope I didn't spoil your Thanksgiving dinner. Have a great one everyone and remember the blog I wrote before this one. Maybe some of you would like to read it at the table before partaking of your feast.

Your spark friend Irene (no matter what you think of my cooking)

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TEXASFILLY 12/18/2011 6:02PM

    I'm with ImagineAWoman~ Peanut butter, chocolate & oatmeal sound good to me! I love 'em all and together I bet it's absolutely delicious! Thank you, Irene, for sharing one of your favorites. *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon

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IMAGINEAWOMAN 12/12/2011 12:21AM

    Peanut butter, chocolate & oatmeal sound good to me! There are even cookie recipes with those ingredients so don't see what's wrong with just eating it from a bowl. I just don't buy much peanut butter or chocolate because I have such a weakness for both. But I will try it someday. I'm working on breaking the fast food habit though...some days are better than others.

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SUNNYWBL 12/11/2011 6:21PM

    Why cook when you have many good friends that do?

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LENHARDT 12/5/2011 5:03PM

    I think Peanut butter in Oatmeal sounds delicious. So does Chocolate emoticon

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DIDMIS 11/28/2011 11:50PM

    I was at goal and below but I have been so swollen and it won't go down. Friday they are going to do an eco on my legs to see if my circulation is all right.

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MARLIZG 11/28/2011 12:40PM

    good for u that u are close to goal--i'm struggling to lose but amping up my workouts

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MARLIZG 11/27/2011 12:32PM

    congrats on still being at goal!

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YJNANA 11/27/2011 11:57AM

I can't believe someone would be so insensitive. IF they thought it, fine, but to say it, was plan rude.
I had read before of someone adding PB to Oatmeal, and I bet it is delicous.
I discovered something this week.
DH likes the WW, instant Oatmeal.
when HE makes it, he does it with Almond Breeze.
and when its cooked he doesn't add any more milk to it. So its sort ...almost runny.
So Yesterday, I was thinking, why not try it.
So I made Red Mill, Steel Oats for 4
It called for 1 cup Oats, pinch of salt, and
3 cups Water, and cook 20 to 30 min

Well I used '2 cups of water and 1 cup of 2% Milk
It was very tasty,
I added chopped Walnuts on mine, and 1/4 cup of Almond Breeze.

because it was for 4 I had 2 for the fridge

Reheating today, I added 1/4 cup of Alm/Bre and splenda packet.
Being ReHeated it was like eating warm Rice pudding.
the chewyness of the steel oats and creamy.
OMG it was soooooooo good.
Its now my new way of making it,
and in the future may try and make it with Almond Breeze instead of the milk
Marcy could eat it :)

To get my 2 GKs to eat breakfast, I want to send some over to them to reheat and see if they love it as much.
Its hard to get kids to eat well before school.

IRENE, so glad you spent Thanksgiving with Friends.
Sometimes we can't pick out family but we can pick our friends, and we have a darn good time and visit with Them.

Love ya

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MARLIZG 11/26/2011 2:12PM

    eeeww! i like pig's knuckles in my pasta sauce...gives a delicious taste to the sauce but rarely tell anyone cause i get the reaction u got to your peanut butter & oatmeal...personally i think anything tastes better with peanut butter--so sorry anyone hurt your feelings

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 11/26/2011 11:06AM

  Irene, I love this blog LOL

My mouth started watering because oatmeal and peanut butter sound so good to me mixed together, I have to try this, I would never have thought of this on my own.

I really am a natural peanut butter junkie. There is a difference between the old and the new natural peanut butter. The new natural peanut butter is little more expensive but tastes just like fresh peanuts to me and then to add chocolate???

That sounds like a little slice of heaven on earth for me LOL

Also, I have had so many Mexican friends and have learned to cook their dishes and just love their way of cooking what they eat except I substitute brown rice for white rice anyways I love this.

I really got hungry about the oatmeat and peanut butter and don't have any peanut butter and no money until next week to get some LOL How bout that????LOL

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 11/24/2011 7:19PM

    Irene I love this blog, and peanut butter and chocolate brought fond memories back of my boys. Both my boys are vegan, because of allergies, Jared more so than Janos`, when they were very young, I would make porridge for them, with peanut cooked through it, then I would throw banana and carob chips in after it was cooked, my kids loved it, and it helped put weight on them, as they were both very underweight, so no yucks or I don't like the word either "Puking"

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DADDYS_GIRL6 11/24/2011 6:56PM

    Dear Irene,
So wonderful you have friends to celebrate today! Hope you have some great food to share together and have many happy moments, laughs and joys too!
Eating healthy is full of endless varieties. The Lord gives us individual tastes just like every other part of our lives! We don't have to be approved by anyone else! :)
Hugs and Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!!

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LKWQUILTER 11/24/2011 10:16AM

    Irene, I love oatmeal and have put raisins and cranrasins in it while ocooking. Also some sunflower seeds and have added original fiber one cereal. I will have to try the peanut butter and as for chocolate--the way I love chocolate chips in oatmeal cookies, sounds pretty good. I never make fun of what others eat as I have some funny habits myself. I sure am glad that I read this blog as you have given me some new ways to eat oatmeal. I sure hope you have a great Thanksgiving feast too!

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RAINBOWMF 11/24/2011 12:18AM

    If I was a lone and did not have to cook for anyone, I would still cook but it would be simple stuff and believe me oat meal and cream of wheat would be eaten daily.
I like to throw a potato in the micro and eat it with a little yogurt

Everyone has different taste, I say don't knock it if you haven't tried it.
So I may just try the peanut butter in the oatmeal.

Think how good peanut butter & chocolate are. emoticon

Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner at friends.

Hugs Mary

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HAPPYMOM8 11/23/2011 10:56PM

    Your experiences with food are really much like all the rest of us at this time in our lives. We all have had both positive and negative relationships with food.

I I can remember the intimidation I felt when I married DH whose mother was noted for being the best cook around. Unlike, Irene, I had not learned to cook at home with the exception of maybe -salads

And I was a city girl who had married a farmer. We lived 20 miles from the closest Super market. That was a blessing in disguise. We raised a large garden-fresh veggies in the summers- and with the help of DMIL I learned to CAN too.

So I went from looking at cooking as a CHORE to actually enjoying the CREATIVITY
of following recipes and tweaking them to fit my needs. Now I feel blessed to have found SPARK and look at food as it was really meant to be. FUEL and NUTRIENTS for my body. So yes-You really can teach an old dog-new tricks!

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ANYVAR54 11/23/2011 7:59PM

    Irene I am glad you are at the point in your life that you don't have to cook. I really do not like to. but do a good job, I think because my husband tells me things taste good. His mother does not cook, and when we visit her we have to plan and cook the meals, or eat out.
Enjoy your time with friends for Thanksgiving, and I just may try your idea of oatmeal, PB, and Chocolate together.
Blessings. Ravyna

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LMMIMI 11/23/2011 7:22PM

    I like my oatmeal with raspberries, blueberries and Greek yogurt. As for cooking, I can get by, but really don't like to cook. Have a great Holiday.

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NELLIEC 11/23/2011 5:40PM

    I don't say ugh to your idea of oatmeal, peanut butter and chocolate. A little different, but still OK.

While I can cook, I mainly cook my breakfast and use the Lean Cuisine or Healthy Choice meals for other eating times. Once I lost most of my sense of smell with my dry eyes, I was too likely to let things burn. It is easier for holidays to let my various progeny do the cooking and I enjoy! emoticon

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HEALTHYSLIM2 11/23/2011 4:02PM

    What in the world is "UGH" about oatmeal, paenut butter and chocolate? Sounds yummy to me!
I am happy for you, Irene, that you forgot how to cook and can have a lovely meal with dear friends! Until I became a mom, I really did very little cooking... I used to say it was because the only thing I was good at making was reservations! But actually I enjoy cooking when I can find (make) the time.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving!!
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LIS193 11/23/2011 1:34PM

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! It's even better because you don't need to cook the meal. You spent a lifetime cooking and looking after other people - as long as you're fine with what you eat, why not?
I like to cook, especially with all the wonderful veggies available here in Mexico. Not so sure about the scary yellow chicken but there is is plenty of fresh seafood around.

Your oatmeal sounds nice - I like peanut butter and chocolate together :)

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FIREBALL_V 11/23/2011 1:32PM

    Your oatmeal sounds delicious. some people have no taste. But I agree with you, I am so happy not to have to cook tomorrow....I love to cook but don't like being the only one who does it on T-Day. So my hubby is taking us all out to eat and then to see the Muppet movie. We are going to enjoy the day and each other! Happy Thanksgiving!!! emoticon

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MJRVIC2000 11/23/2011 11:46AM

    I love to cook, always have loved it, even when I was a Mess Sgt in the army. But my wife is a better cook, so I allow her to do the cooking and I do all the eating. LOL! I can still cook if I need to. I had a hard time reducing the recipes down from 175 people to 2 or 4 people.

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IGSBETH 11/23/2011 11:44AM

    I'm sorry you got such negative responses to your suggestions.

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USFBULL 11/23/2011 11:22AM

    Love the style emoticon and thank you for putting it out here to read. I cook a bunch and experiment with many different combinations, so your oatmeal with peanut butter and chocolate is interesting. I might add some sliced banana and or some strawberry's to the combo, but that is me. Very efficient and simple to make. Some folks have very tender palates, I do not. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Spark! On!

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JUDITHWITHROW 11/23/2011 11:10AM

    Chocolate chip, peanut butter oatmeal cookies sound good so why not oatmeal. Peanut butter has so many uses. My step-father loves it on biscuits and one of my kids likes it on pancakes. I had never thought of it, but sounds good to me.

Glad you have a place to celebrate Thanksgiving Irene. Here is a big Thanksgiving (((Hug))) from me.

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MONTY68 11/23/2011 10:58AM

    Hi Irene
Great blog and I find your oatmeal, peanut butter and chocolate interesting. I love all 3 and would not say ugh or puke.
I enjoy cooking, had a pizza shop and experimented with different ideas, at times had considered going to school for it.
I really don't cook anything special now, keeping it simple.
Thank you for sharing, enjoy your special meals, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and being a special friend.

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PATTYKLAVER 11/23/2011 10:28AM

    I myself am a baker and not a cook. Even then, I don't eat what I bake. I have things that I eat that others may not like, but they can choose to eat what they want. I'm glad you're going to be with people on Thanksgiving and you won't have to worry about cooking. Have a great one!

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MNNSAIDE 11/23/2011 6:40AM

    Well Irene - I'm sure no one would like my cooking as it is altered to my medical diet - Lactose Free!!!

Since my parents passed my son has spent Thanksgiving with his dad and his family and I have gone to Edinburg with my cousin that you met two weeks ago. (Like an odd ball but I am welcomed as a sibling).

This year that family is meeting in San Antonio - of course I was invited and invited and invited but I don't want to be gone from Tuesday to Sunday. So I will stay home alone this year for Thanksgiving.

Wait - !!! Yesterday my friend here in Weslaco that is like my only close want a be family invited me to Thanksgiving with their family. Another day of being the odd one but they also treat me as family! They grew up right across from my cousin that you met!!!

So a Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of the beautiful Spark Family.

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DIDMIS 11/23/2011 1:38AM

    My mom and we 6 children canned also. My thumb would get sore from shelling peas. She made her own pickles, apple sauce, apple butter, catchup then of course hundreds of jars of tomatoes, green beans, peas, etc., etc. We had lettuce, radishes, onions, potatoes, turnips, carrots, beets from the garden and I am sure I missed something. Oh yes, cabbage my mother's favorite vegetable. She even made sauerkraut. She would share with the neighbors who had no gardens. My mother was a very caring person.

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MIDDLTEACH 11/23/2011 1:18AM

    You're a riot. You have a great attitude. Each one to his (or her)own- do whatever pleases YOU.

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RGEETING 11/23/2011 1:09AM

    I learned to cook - and I've cooked for a lot of years... not the best cook... but somehow I raised a family and taught my daughters to cook...so... I suppose I'm not that bad. However, in the past 13 years since we moved to Wisconsin, God seems to keep me humble in the cooking for others category... kind of like my funky turkeys (see a prior blog).

So - I taught my daughters to cook and it paid off for awhile.... then they moved out.... Both girls really enjoy cooking. One daughter worked as a camp head cook and she did well. My other daughter loves to cook and experiment. She's getting into canning - something I done rarely - making her own pickles, canning different varieties of applesauce and apple pie fillings.

Since we emptynested and I had a lot of pain, my hubby began to take over... he would not call himself a cook - but I've gotten used to it. . . :-)

Like for Thanksgiving dinner, we will do it together. He'll often make sure all the supplies are out and available, and will chop up the apples for the apple cake I'm making tomorrow. His own masterpiece is Chex Mix - and he's begun working on that tonight. :-)

I am blessed!
And - I'm really glad that you will not be spending Thanksgiving alone. May God give you precious fellowship with these believers.

About oatmeal and pb & choc... yes - it sounds like a Reeces Cup :-) My hubby likes peanut butter and frosting sandwiches, as do my children. I've never been tempted to try them. Hubby also likes pb on his pancakes after being introduced to it when we've served in Canada.

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DIDMIS 11/23/2011 12:48AM

    I told them maybe they needed to adjust the liquid and peanut butter. It is better than what I used to eat. Avalanches, a big cup of ice cream with peanut butter clusters mixed in and I got fatter and fatter. At least oatmeal, peanut butter and dark bitter chocolate are good for you.

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RUNBAREFOOTMAMA 11/23/2011 12:45AM

    You eat what you enjoy....no one else's business. emoticon For the record, I think that sounds good, kind of like a peanut butter cup.

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AERYFAERY 11/23/2011 12:44AM

    I love oatmeal with peanut butter & chocolate in it! They just don't know what they are missing.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR: (Taken from our church bulletin)

TAXES because they mean I am employed.

CLOTHES THAT ARE TOO TIGHT mean I have plenty to eat (may I say too much?)

A PARKING SPACE WAY OUT because I can walk.

MY ELECTRIC BILL because I have lights and heat, etc.

TALL GRASS AND LEAKY FAUCETS because I have a home.

POLITICAL BICKERING because I have freedom of speech.

TOO MANY E-MAILS because my friends are thinking of me.

NOISY GRAND KIDS because I can hear.

HIGH GAS PRICES because I have a car to drive.

GROWING OLDER because heaven is in the near future.

TRIALS AND TROUBLES because God isn't through with me yet.

What are you thankful for?

HAPPY THANKSGIVING. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHERR513 11/30/2011 3:15PM

    Like your blog! I'm thankful for trails and tribulations, they come to make you strong!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 11/25/2011 3:03PM

    Ahem! I am thankful I can still be thankful!
Hugs, Pay

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DEBBIEDAY 11/24/2011 10:32AM

    LOVE this new look at 'blessings in disguise to be thankful for'....!!!!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 11/23/2011 4:07PM

    I love this blog and also the many challenges that so many here are thankful for! YES! - for with God on our side, each event, either 'good' or 'bad', can be something to rejoice in!
Thanks to everyone here for setting a good example and reminding me to thank God for even the things that seem like problems in my life!
Here's one - I am losing my weight so slowly that it keeps me really engaged with SP every day!! Because I needed to lose weight and get fit again, I found this site and all my new SP friends in the first place!!!

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HAGIN2010 11/23/2011 9:09AM

    I am thankful for family and friends but most of all God.

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RGEETING 11/23/2011 12:47AM

    Excellent reminders!

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DADDYS_GIRL6 11/22/2011 6:54PM

    So thankful for all the daily blessings we don't even consider!! Air to breathe, water to drink, rain last night, even though it wasn't quite a full inch!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 11/22/2011 3:37PM

    Being thankful I think should come second after God,

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DIDMIS 11/22/2011 2:46PM

    I love all of the things you are grateful for. Might be something to read at your Thanksgiving table.

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CVRONEK 11/22/2011 2:42PM

    I am thankful that my hubby has lost several jobs, since his accident, because that means that he had them in the first place, which means that the Doctor was wrong that he would never work again! Even brain surgeons make mistakes.

I am thankful that I am working my tail off...I need to do that anyway...because I can still do it!

I am thankful for financial difficulties because I become my most creative! emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 11/22/2011 10:01AM

    Thanks for getting me thinking about all the things that I am grateful for! Have a great Thanksgiving.

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HOLLY_ROSE333 11/22/2011 9:13AM

  I love it Irene! Great Blog!!

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JUDITHWITHROW 11/21/2011 11:25PM

    I am thankful for my husband's long commute...because he has a job and is willing to work hard for his family.

I am happy for my son's college bill...because few people believed he would ever make it to college.

I am happy for my medical expenses...because there is a treatment for RA.

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PRAYINGSUZIE 11/21/2011 11:20PM

    Thank you so much for making me realize how blessed I am.


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INFLATED 11/21/2011 5:53PM

    I heard a sermon about Job over the weekend and he blessed the Lord in the midst of all that he lost and we get upset if we get cut off in traffic.

I liked your blog.

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SA9CHI 11/21/2011 3:42PM

    I am not rich but am thankful to that whatever wants I have, I can afford them!

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ANYVAR54 11/21/2011 2:52PM

    I am thankful for the 31 years my husband and I have been married tomorrow, because it shows his faithfulness to me.
I am thankful that my children are not coming on Thanksgiving day, because it means that they have other family that loves them.
I am thankful that they will all be coming on Saturday.
I am also thankful that my husband has a good job and I have not had to work outside the home, so I now have time to take care of myself and improving my lifestyle.
I could go on and on. God is so good.

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MONTY68 11/21/2011 1:34PM

Thank you,
You have listed a great number of ideas that for a number of people including my self would consider a negative in our lives and have shown in a new way, how much we have to be grateful for. There are always 2 sides to a coin, a glass half full or empty and our ability to choose.
At this very moment, I am grateful that I have a roof over my head, a computer and electric to run it and that I can see what you wrote.
I hope a lot of responses come, as this was a wonderful blog to show how fortunate we are to have met you.
Thank you for sharing

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LMMIMI 11/21/2011 1:27PM

    As always, Irene, you are right on. Along with everything above and then some, I am thankful for you.

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DIDMIS 11/21/2011 10:52AM

    Thank you everyone for being blessed by this. I was. All I had to do all the years I was in Mexico and t hen on the border was to compare what they have with what we have.

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NELLJONES 11/21/2011 9:06AM

    Silver lining to every cloud! Thanks for reminding us to just be grateful for what we have!

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DEERLADY45 11/21/2011 7:49AM

    Great Blog! It does make you think for sure! I am thankful i have heat, lights a car its just hard to keep it all up but im doing it ok! I deffinately dont go shopping like i used to! i enjoy what i have here,and i dont need all the STUFF I used to have. I enjoy my friends, Nature and my animals wild and other wise! im thankful i have the creater in my life!! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Bonnie emoticon emoticon

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SUNSET09 11/21/2011 7:03AM

  That the Lord gave His Son Jesus for for sins that I can live more abundantly. Worldy things, family, friends and a job!! emoticon

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NELLIEC 11/21/2011 1:00AM

    My oldest son detected that you may have a Spanish Bible by the word Colosenses. emoticon

Nice list!

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RGEETING 11/21/2011 12:57AM

    Excellent reminders!!! Thanks, Irene!

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PATTIE441 11/21/2011 12:32AM

    Wonderful Irene! Thank you! Very awesome!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 11/21/2011 12:21AM

    That is so true Irene Happy Thanks Giving!!
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RAINBOWMF 11/21/2011 12:21AM

    Very good.

Hugs Mary

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FLEMIDG 11/21/2011 12:19AM

    Thanks for reminding us to be thankful for what we have. Have a wonderful week.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 11/21/2011 12:19AM

    So very true Irene!! But sadly we sometimes forget it!!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Daily or almost daily, I post "Devotions for Dieters" from Crosswalk.com/devotionals/for dieters

Some of you emoticon's answer daily.

Others are silent. I realize some are not interested but this is for those who are and can't find it. Some have written and said they did not know about this before.

Some teams are so kind as to make it a sticky but others get lost way down in the games or something.

Although I would do it for just one and it helps just one I would do it but it would be nice to know if you do read them.

Please just say in the comments to this blog, I read it but don't comment
Or I read it and do comment,
I didn't know about it but hunted it up and read my first one
Or I will look it up
Or I do not read it and am not interested.

Everyone who answers this will receive a goodie from me.
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SUNNYWBL 12/11/2011 6:18PM

    Bribery? emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 11/19/2011 9:51AM

    emoticon Hi friend!

I read your devotional blogs (when I can lately!) and sometimes I comment
and sometimes I just let it sink in and heal.

Thank you!

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DIDMIS 11/18/2011 11:17PM

    I'm still waiting for all of the answers to come in before sending the goodies to everyone as promised.
Probably will be next week but it is coming.

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CHATTIEGIRL 11/18/2011 10:00PM

    Hi Irene;

I did not know about this one but I read other post you make in teams and love all of them and they make me think deeply. God bless you always. learn something new every day.

Smile Joyce

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CVRONEK 11/18/2011 8:03PM

    Hi Irene, I thought that I answered this, but I don't see my comment!

Yes, I read them everyday and sometimes I comment!

I truly appreciate them and you!

Keep up the great work!

Thank you!

in Virginia

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SWEETLIPS 11/18/2011 1:35PM

    A goodie is not necessary. I read but don't comment. It is part of my daily devotion and as such, that is a privste time for me. Thank you

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SEWINGMAMACDS 11/18/2011 11:13AM

    Thank you for posting this. I don't read every day. I do catch up when I can - "I read it but don't comment" . emoticon

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 11/18/2011 10:12AM

  Irene, I just look forward and really need these devotions, but I quit getting them, and now reading this blog, I realize I can go to the team page and look it up, I hope????!!!!

Thank you so much Irene for letting me know about this.

I have had so many different things come up in my life lately and have really changed the way I am living and doing things.

But, I am still eating healthy and living healthy and I need sparkpeople to round out my life because of the beautiful people I have met here.

You are one of the beautiful and must have people in my life that I will go out of my way to talk to.

By the way, no one has ever called me a "darling" LOL I love it.

I am a darling LOL

You made my week with that , thanks

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LKWQUILTER 11/18/2011 6:58AM

    I don't read everyday but catch up with several at one time. Thanks for posting them as they sure help me. ((HUGS))

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RAINBOWMF 11/17/2011 11:58PM

    Irene, I read them but do not comment
I had a feeling, it was your thread for us to enjoy
so I never left comments.
I do enjoy them.
Hugs Mary

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LMMIMI 11/17/2011 11:11PM

    Irene, I am so thankful for your daily devotions and you encourage me in so many ways. Because of the site I am encouraged to search to find devotions that speak to me and hopeful to others.

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TRAVLNWOMAN 11/17/2011 11:06PM

    I read them and I love them!

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HAGIN2010 11/17/2011 11:01PM

    I haven't been reading for a while, perhaps I will start again soon.

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ANYVAR54 11/17/2011 10:53PM

    I have missed your blogs for some time. I don't know why, but I really enjoyed them. Ravyna

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ANHELIC 11/17/2011 9:57PM

    Hi Irene,
I look forward to your blogs. I have also subscribed to them and receive them. They are awesome and a help. Sometimes it's just when I need a little support, you come in at just the right moment.
Blessings to you.
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CVRONEK 11/17/2011 8:54PM

    Hi Irene! Yes I do read them and comment on occasion!
I appreciate them and you for posting!

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THISISIT-PA 11/17/2011 6:51PM

    I've seen it but I'm not interested and don't read it.

I'm sure others benefit from it though. :)

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JUDITHWITHROW 11/17/2011 6:38PM

    Yes Irene I read them but don't comment. I appreciate your dedication. Keep it up!

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/17/2011 6:29PM

    Thanks for writing the Dieter's Devotional . . . I hadn't seen it in some time. In looking back over your thread with the Inspired by Joyce Meyer Team, the stories that go with the verses are quite relevant and enlightening.

I have my hands pretty full with my own studies and faith-based activities. Biblegateway.com gets me a daily verse that often triggers further study for me or helps me design a future Spark Huddle. I signed up for the Charles Spurgeon devotion, but because he uses the old "ye" "hath" and "doth" language, I have difficulty getting past the language barriers and will likely unsubscribe to his devotional.

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TIABITS 11/17/2011 6:25PM

    I didn't know about it but hunted it up and read my first one

Thanks for letting me kow Irene....sometimes I am one of those who read things & remain silent...but I always enjoy your blogs & comments.

Take care Irene & have a great Thanksgivings! Liz emoticon emoticon

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 11/17/2011 5:15PM

    I have read it, but have yet to comment, soon I will

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1COUNTRY_GAL 11/17/2011 4:11PM

    I would like to look it up and read what I have been missing. emoticon emoticon

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NELLIEC 11/17/2011 3:22PM

    I read it but don't comment.

Incidentally, you don't have to give me a goodie! emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 11/17/2011 2:14PM

I always read the Scripture quotation but
I don't always read the "story"
I always comment with my own interpretational scripture quote.
I appreciate your giving another important perspective to our weight loss journey what ever our faith!
I would like to see others respond more often.
PS. I will be looking forward to my GOODIE :)

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SUSIEPH1 11/17/2011 1:47PM

    Hi Irene .
I must admit that although I appriciate you having the rights to do your daily devotionals
Actually voicing my religious beliefs are not a major part of my life.
I do respect other's rights to voice theirs ..in the appropiate place
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PATTIE441 11/17/2011 1:32PM

    Hi Irene! I do read them everyday. In fact, I also get them in my e-mails. I'm not always around to answer yours, but it is very much appreciated, like you are. I stopped in quickly, cause I had a short break, and I'm sorry I'm not able to be around as much, but I am very interested in them, and appreciate you from the bottom of my heart. You are a very awesome and amazing woman! Thank you my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RGEETING 11/17/2011 1:30PM

    For awhile, I was getting to it daily. I appreciate them and the effort you put into posting them. As our busy fall ministry season arrived, I haven't been able to spend as much time on SP as I did in the summer, and so I haven't looked it up. However, I just went to find it again and subscribed to it so I don't lose it anymore! :-)

And by the way - it's okay, you don't have to send me a goodie... :-)
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MONTY68 11/17/2011 1:09PM

    Hi Irene

I read your devotions everyday, I don't always make a comment. However, each day's devotion is great and I feel we never know how important r=they are until the day we read one and recognize our self . I am glad that you do it each day and know that you have helped different people.
Continue to share and thanks for sharing this.

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PANSYLADY2 11/17/2011 1:08PM

    Don't remember if I've seen this somewhere along the line or not, but I will look it up. Thanks for posting this devotional!

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Please Thank a veteran today and if you are married to one do something very special for him today and that doesn't mean dragging him to the mall while you shop for yourself. That does not count. Do something he likes to do and maybe you don't.

I sent a poem about a husband complaining about his wife not cooking like his mother and was going to comment on it but it was so long it was a blog. So here it is.

When I married my wonderful Charles who passed away January 9, 2006 he pulled something like that on me also.
He had been married for many years before and she was a stay at home mom.
He soon began to tell me his first wife didn't make this or that the way I did and I told him I was not his first wife and didn't want to be.
He also told me he was happier with me than he had ever been in his life. I told him not to say that as he had the best of two worlds. He had three children by her but he also wanted to be in full time ministry and his wife did not want to be.
When he married me he became a full time missionary.
He did let me know from time to time how happy he was though and he was such a thoughtful man, taking care of me when I had hip replacement.
What goes around comes around so when he got Alzheimer's I had the privilege to take care of him for years and forgot to take care of myself. I would do it again though but would try to take care of myself also.
He deserved it.
Today is veteran's day and I always remember him as he was a veteran and I have a signed certificate by President George Bush thanking him for his service to our country. It is too bad they wait for them to die to give them the recognition.


Love them while you have them as you never know what tomorrow will bring.


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BOBBIENORTHERN1 11/15/2011 2:30PM

  Irene, this is such a beautiful blog, thank you for sharing this. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI love my country and am so thankful for all the service men and women who gave up so much for our country and comfort and freedom.

Yes, I did get alot of messages from you and you really made me laugh, thanks, because I love to laugh because it makes me feel so much better when I laugh.

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HAPPYMOM8 11/12/2011 1:08PM

    Irene, you were blessed to have had such a wonderful husband but he was blessed also for having you and I am sure he knew it too.
Hugs, Pat

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MOM4407 11/12/2011 12:24PM

    Life is short we need to love while we can.

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GAILRUU 11/12/2011 10:32AM

    God bless you Irene!

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MNNSAIDE 11/12/2011 9:03AM

    I bet you made your Veteran very happy till the end! He was looking down at you yesterday as your memories were strong.

I am a Military Brat - my dad (who could be eating supper with your husband and Jesus) was in the USAF.

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DIDMIS 11/12/2011 12:18AM

    Go to your team and look up Make someone feel good. I just posted on it for the veterans and family.

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RAINBOWMF 11/12/2011 12:09AM

    Irene what a heart warming story thanks you for sharing.


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YJNANA 11/11/2011 11:08PM

    Beautiful Story Irene :)
Those Vets love hearing it, so we must do it when ever possible.

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MONTY68 11/11/2011 10:32PM

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. It sounds like you had a great marriage. He was fortunate to have someone to take care of him and I am sure that you gave him the best of care. Sometimes our focus is on that one thing like you taking care of him and it is easy to neglect our own needs.
You are a very special lady and have been a blessing to so many people, here on Spark and those that come to you. I love your last statement, each day needs to be one shared with love, for as you said, we never know what tomorrow will bring.

Thank you again for sharing

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CVRONEK 11/11/2011 8:19PM

    Very nice, Irene. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 11/11/2011 8:18PM

    Thank you for Sharing Irene !!
Love you !!
hugs Susie

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PATTIE441 11/11/2011 6:20PM

    Very beautiful Irene! Thank you! emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/11/2011 5:56PM

    Thanks! I did some lovin' on my Marine Corp Dad who turns 88 this month. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story.

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LMMIMI 11/11/2011 4:23PM

    Irene, a beautiful tribute to your husband and how fortunate he was to have had you in his life.

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ANYVAR54 11/11/2011 4:20PM

    I love your tribute to your husband, and I want to give tribute to my husband. He is not a veteran, but his father and step-father both were.
Thank you also for leaving an update on your other blog.

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JUNEBUG150 11/11/2011 3:08PM

    Irene, what a wonderful tribute to your husband. Hugs, Melody

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JUNEBUG150 11/11/2011 3:08PM

    Irene, what a wonderful tribute to your husband. Hugs, Melody

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DIDMIS 11/11/2011 3:00PM

    emoticoneveryone. I said thank you to a world war 2 veteran who ate at the same place I did. I say thanks every time I see one and know he or she is a vet.

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JUDITHWITHROW 11/11/2011 2:58PM

    I appreciate the stories about your husband. They are a good reminder to me.

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NELLJONES 11/11/2011 1:39PM

    I am thrilled to live to see men AND WOMEN able to proudly wear their uniforms or fatigues in public. When my first husband served in Vietnam, when he was in public in military clothing people spit on him. Thank God today we recognize all those serving and all those who have served, with the gratitude they deserve.

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JUDITHANNIE 11/11/2011 1:13PM

    Irene, loved your blog. I was married to a Viet Nam Vet whom I lost at age 40 and am now married to another Viet Nam Vet and it's a really tough day for him He doesn't feel worthy to eat free at the resturant that offer this. It's just a really rought day for him. I try to be there for him and we basically do what he wants to do which is mostly stay home...but I am with him and that's what counts for him. emoticon

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 11/11/2011 12:42PM

    Irene that was very touching, yes we must remember and not forget, as a child we learned by heart in "Flander's Field", We then taught it to our children.
Take care my dear friend.

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CAROLYN0107 11/11/2011 11:26AM

    Thank you for remembering US! Yes, I am a Veteran too, an Army Nurse! emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 11/11/2011 11:25AM

    Yes, I am in so much agreement with us taking care of each other. Today, my husband is playing golf with other veterans and I am glad that he is doing that. He does enjoy it and why not. I am here doing some much needed resting and cleaning for we both benefit when the closet ( filled with my stuff) is decluttered and I do mind. Thanks for sharing and blessings to you.

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DUTCHDAVE 11/11/2011 11:06AM

    Thank you for remembering us. Sounds like you had a great man, your a wonderful person

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A Good Poem (borrowed from New Caz Spark friend)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

He didn't like the casserole

And he didn't like my cake,

He said my biscuits were too hard

Not like his mother used to make.

I didn't perk the coffee right

He didn't like the stew,

I didn't mend his socks

The way his mother used to do.

I pondered for an answer

I was looking for a clue.

Then I turned around and

Smacked him one

Like his mother used to do.
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    emoticon Thanks for that ...I needed a good chuckle.

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HOLLY_ROSE333 11/11/2011 7:02AM

  Thats funny!

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JUNEBUG150 11/10/2011 10:00PM

    The poem made me chuckle and I read it to my DD and she laughed, but then I went down and read your last post. That is so sad, I saw my dad raise his fist to my mom one time in my life and she said to him, "go ahead and make it good because it'll be the last time." He never did do it, I think it was just stress but it was scary at the time as I was a teenager.

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DIDMIS 11/10/2011 8:40PM

    My mother received abuse from my father after working like a horse all day. I would see him slap my mother in front of me and sometimes the others. Then the worse would be when he gave her the silent treatment.

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ANYVAR54 11/10/2011 8:35PM

    NELLIEC, I am sorry that your husband experienced abuse at the hands of his mother. It takes away the joke, and it is so sad that we have to remember ill times. Ravyna

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NELLIEC 11/10/2011 5:23PM

    In a way it is funny, and in a way it is sad. That was my ex. And his mother beat him until he started supporting her!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/10/2011 3:26PM

    Oh that is too funny! I love it!

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SA9CHI 11/10/2011 12:29PM

    thanks for the laugh! Terrific sense of humor!!! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/10/2011 11:36AM

    emoticon I would have given him more than 1 smack!

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GAILRUU 11/10/2011 11:07AM

    This is funny, but it could have been written about my husband!

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HAPPYMOM8 11/10/2011 9:49AM

    Cute-I just read that one to my DH and he got a chuckle.
He is fairly warned!

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PATTIE441 11/10/2011 9:28AM

    emoticonWay to go Irene! Woo Hoo!

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KATHRYNLP 11/10/2011 7:48AM

    I loved this one too, and Blogged it Nov.3rd. I see this chap is really getting his dues! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUDITHWITHROW 11/10/2011 6:23AM

    Thanks for making me laugh this morning.

For the last 3 Thanksgivings my brother-in-law has commented that my rolls are not like his mother's. She always served those tiny Pepperidge Farm rolls. Mine are freshly melt in your mouth just risen.

My brother-in-laws response to my husband telling him I could not cook this year was..."But what about her rolls!?!" Guess under all those complaints he really liked them...men...smile.

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SUSIEPH1 11/10/2011 5:19AM

    Ha Ha Thats really good Irene !! very funny!!
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WENDYSPARKS 11/10/2011 5:15AM

    Love this!!!

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