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Baby James has arrived!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Our grandbaby has arrived!

  
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SAMI199 3/30/2012 6:20AM

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CATHYGETSFIT 3/25/2012 1:48PM

    Congrats to you and the parents! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRIDGIEEE 3/25/2012 11:16AM

    Post pics when you can!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/23/2012 10:53PM

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DANCINCAJUN1 3/23/2012 10:07PM

    emoticon emoticon congratulations .. lovin' the name ! Roc

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SARAHTAIT 3/23/2012 7:49PM

    So happy fort you..mine is due any time now....I can't wait. Enjoy that sweet baby! emoticon emoticon

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Why Not Fruit Sides?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sometimes I've had a fruit side with my meals. Grilled pineapple or peaches with bbq, a baked apple with pork, waldorf salad and cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving for example. Why is fruit used as a condiment instead of the star of the meal or saved for snacks or dessert?

Spring is here and I ready for a change of pace. At least a couple of times a week I am going to make sure fruit reigns over the traditional vegetable sides I've been serving. Here are some ideas on how to do that:

*Slaws don't have to be carrots or cabbage. They can be made with apples or pears with raisins.
*Strawberries on fresh spinach leaves packs nutrition and anti-oxidents. emoticon
*I'll hink tropical using mango and pineapple not as just a condiment, but cubed as sides for meat, fish or poultry.
*Many of us have had a chilled fruit pizza. Why not mini pizzas with your choice of fruit toppings? That may be a meal and not a side, but I'm keeping it on my list.
*Cold sliced fruits. Apples, Pears, Strawberries, etc. They'd all be great next to poultry or pork.
*Grilled plantains, stuffed.
*Serving Italian? Grapes would go well with that!
* Rice or other grain tonight? Add dried fruits like apricots, plums, cranberries or raisins (watch the sugar, though)

I'm just getting started. I'm adding this to my weekly goal list. I'll continue to look for new ideas.




  
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ARGYLE-RUNNER 3/23/2012 12:33PM

    yummy!

emoticonyesterday my husband wanted a Hawaiian pizza, so we bought a fresh pineapple - I love fresh pineapple so much - I had some chunks along side my turkey sandwich this morning - mmm...I'm craving some more now!

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DONNA2238 3/22/2012 10:57AM

    Do you have a recipe for apple slaw that you like? I have mixed apples with cabbage, but never alone. Hope you find this spring invigorating and motivating!!!

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DONNA2238 3/22/2012 10:56AM

    Do you have a recipe for apple slaw that you like? I have mixed apples with cabbage, but never alone. Hope you find this spring invigorating and motivating!!!

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CARLA-216 3/21/2012 4:07PM

    Good ideas! One of my favorite fruit side dishes is "pineapple cheese casserole" and can be made as healthy or as unhealthy as you like.

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DAISY443 3/20/2012 1:49PM

    I like the way you're thinking. I have trouble getting enough fruit in my diet, but do great with veggies. I'll be trying some of your ideas! Thanks!

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REBELBLITZ 3/20/2012 1:11PM

    Great ideas!

I like to eat fruit for breakfast too.

Of course they are a big part of my plant based diet. The natural sugar in fruit is great. Savor the taste. emoticon

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DANCINCAJUN1 3/20/2012 12:40PM

    not a thing wrong with that .... I have a lot of fruit for my snacks .... I do love cooked pineapple .. yummy for sure ...Roc
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BRIDGIEEE 3/20/2012 12:20PM

    Yum! All of that sounds so good. What would you stuff the plantains with?

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March 18 Goals

Sunday, March 18, 2012

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2. burn 500 calories/60 mins exercise emoticon
3 walk 3 miles - Modified to indoor jogging on trampoline due to high winds - emoticon
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7. Plan menus for next 3 days (produce shopping day)


Every Day: Check in with the Determined Daisies, following team challenges

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DANCINCAJUN1 3/18/2012 10:25AM

    yep, gotta watch the church potlucks for sure ... you'll do fine and dandy I betcha !! Roc
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Wonderful Things of Today

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Hubby cleaned out some of his things and we took them to a temporary recycle station. I met a wonderful lady and will get to do some volunteer work in the office 1x per week. That will look good on a resume! It will also help me feel better about myself. We all need to be needed!

We're working on plans to go to oldest dgd's graduation in June in NC.

We went to a garden center today as they were having special events. It was a great experience. We bought goat cheese and blue potato sets. Both of which made me very happy. The manager over-heard me tell hubby I wanted to win a prize (they were having drawings). She gave me 3 boxes of various fertilizers and a bag of bat something for my potatoes. Just like that!

We went out for lunch. I got chicken on a stick and steamed veg. It tasted fabulous and was Irishy. I was shocked when I got home and tracked and found out I didn't eat very many calories and practically no sodium!

It was just one of those days sent from Heaven!

  
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RGEETING 3/20/2012 12:14AM

    Sounds like a great day!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/19/2012 11:18AM

    Oh, I LOVED this day of yours! Especially the garden center gift! Wasn't that fantastic!? Thank you for sharing your wonderful day!

I am so behind, but just plugging along, and I will get caught up on my Sparking. There is so much less stress with less "stuff" to do on it. I am not worrying about the points so much, and just tracking the necessary things and keeping up with blogs of my best SparkFriends. So much nicer! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DANCINCAJUN1 3/18/2012 10:24AM

    BLUE potatoes .... never heard of them until Dr Oz had them on his show a week or so ago .... said they were very healthy .... sounded like a great day !! Roc
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5 Week 5k Walk Training - Completed!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Whoo Hoo! emoticon SP has helped me with consistency. By following the 3 training workout plans as suggested for 5 weeks I have finished! That's a big deal for me. I'm one of those people who starts things but has a problem finishing them.

This challenge is finishing up just as the 5% spring challenge begins. That will help mecontinue to build momentum and set my sights on this longer challenge (8 weeks). I've committed to continue walking 3x per week. The goal - 5 miles by the March of Dimes Walk on April 28th.

Thank you everyone who has been and will be supporting me. I'm better prepared to help someone else now. You're all great!

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DANCINCAJUN1 3/16/2012 7:36PM

    Fantastic .... I'm right behind you .... hurt my ankle today working in the yard but gonna hit the final walk/run in the morning !! let's do it ! emoticon

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