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Sunday, October 09, 2011

It is my time to report on the Red Carpet Event...hahahahahahaha! It was certainly different than what was in my head. I guess I expected to have some type of pampering. emoticon We signed up for it, received our recognition by checking in, I brought 8 cans of food for the Aware Foodbank and received raffle tickets, there was a 30% discount at the source (jewelry, clothes, health foods, cards etc) moving around the circle I come to a camera set up for photograph, totally surprising to me and I couldn't continue my tour without subjecting myself to a photo, the photographer shoved a fake gold oscar in my hand and said put your hand on your hip, SNAP! He photographed me. Okay, next we were headed toward a fashion show, which you must pass a bar with alcohol, and food tables, with chocolate eclairs, appetizers cooked in oil with asparagus, fried, white bread with salmon cream cheese, pineapple tidbits soaked in something like sugary maple syrup, last more alcohol, whine beer etc. Now we can enter the show area and waited there about 20 minutes hearing blasting music!!! emoticon This over a PA system. Than the Fashion Show #1 which was young women, skinny, and strutting with clothes of skinny jeans and sweaters. This lasted 15 minutes. Now we leave and entered the Source. I did find a card and matching cute purse pen and notebook twosome. This I got for 30% off for my sister Myrna. We had to wait about 45 minutes and back to the Fashion Show 2, more loud music, more strutting skinny girls, than the DJ Titus strutting, just to hear if we were the winners of a string of raffle ticket giveaways. (of course we had to stay for that) There were about 25 winners of which neither my friend Kay now I were one. In this room we also were to observe many vendors. That was it!!

So, let's say I was tempted to eat things that were bad for my healthy eating, of which I was not really prepare. I was expecting something very different.

It reminded me of how Jesus was tempted by Satan and He used the Word of God, Scripture, and virtually kicked him away. "Get thee behind me!!" There was a learning curve here for me, not really anything new but a reminder:
#1 Know what it is you are in for
#2 Decide ahead of time what your PLAN is...whether or not to go at all.
#3 Prayer

**Ephesians 1:17-19 " I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe."

Now, I realize it is hard to take a passage like this, hold it up to a decadent piece of chocolate cake or chocolate filled eclair, and instantly feel the power to walk away. But, if we unpack this passage, understand its richness, and than practice its truth, it's amazing how "Empowered" we'll be. So, let's take a closer look at some key words and phroses.

BE PERSISTENT "I keep Asking"

EMBRACE A TRUE IDENTITY "Glorious Father" "God's Girl" "Child of the King"

FIND A DEEPER REASON: "So That You May Know Him Better" Did you catch the real reason we ask for wisdom and revelation ~ not just to make healthier choices, not even to help us operate as victorious children of God, certainly not just so we can slip into smaller jeans and lose the muffin top, although these are all beneficial. The real reason is so we can know Him better. This alone is worth all the effort, struggle, sacrifice to a healthy eating journey or lifestyle.

HOPE & POWER LIKE NO OTHER: "That the Eyes of Your Heart May Be Enlightened"

emoticon (Enlightened literally means 'to shed light upon'). The apostle Paul asks that light be shed upon our hearts so we can more clearly recognize the hope and power available to us.

**paraphrased from the class I am taking "Made to Crave" by Lysa Terkeurst

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/12/2011 7:42PM

    What a blessing you are to us, Elaine. All that temptation and you were great. Thank you for sharing your evening with us.
Blessings and hugs,

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JUSTPEACHY1 10/12/2011 12:14PM

    Elaine, That definitely was a surprise evening! Oh boy, I would have a hard time, too, if I was unprepared to be tempted by all that food. And then to be submitted to the loud music, etc. I do appreciate so much your insight from God's Word. Who would have thought that you could learn such lessons from the Red Carpet Event??!! Thanks for sharing with us and reminding your sisters of what God's Word says to us - so relevant for today!
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GATOR12 10/11/2011 11:13AM

    What a ahem..... surprise evening. Sorry it can't be different, & I know if you are like me you were so looking forward to it. But you picked out the high lights and made it work. It clarified what you liked and didn't like anymore. Sales, sales, sales!!! But as Janet says, you triumped and put the rest behind you!! Glad you reported your evening although wish it had been more special! Hugs, Elaine; Brenda

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ZELLAZM 10/10/2011 3:08PM

    Enjoyed your report of your evening...and your insights. You must be glad to have survived what was supposed to be a "fun" event!

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JANETELIZABETH1 10/9/2011 5:27PM

    Amen Elaine...and it gives us His peace! And that is worth so much in this life.

Indeed what a trial that evening was for you...but how you triumphed!!
I think that is one of the issues with us humans...we are so impulsive where food is concerned...if we can just stop to think, we can often avoid those traps that satan sets for us!!

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Friday, September 02, 2011

ALL THINGS ARE NEW!!! New Goals 2011-12

What do I want to accomplish? I want to lose 55 pounds.

When do I want to accomplish it? I want to accomplish this in 11 months so I want to reach my goal by September 2012.

How will I know I've accomplished it? I will wear two sizes smaller in jeans and dresses. BP will be much lower.

Is it realistic and challenging? It is realistic as it means losing 5# per month!!!

I will accomplish it with a healthy eating program and 30-60 minutes exercise each day, drinking 8 glasses water daily, sleeping 7-8 hours nightly. One day off per week for praise service..meaning Sunday, and resting on one day...meaning Saturday.


Motivation for my next year 2011-12!!

1 Losing weight takes work & perseverance.
2 Being Fat is easy, but not a Healthy Alternative.
3 Being Active & Accountable takes work too, but the Results are worth it!
4 There is No Giving Up, Re-Group & be Accountable.
5 Weight is not the issue, being healthy is.
6 Looking Good is a Perk & Motivator.
7 Staying Committed is the Plan.
8 I'm Human & therefore I will have set backs.
9 Reality is your best Mirror! You can only be the best YOU can be. Not someone else's ideal.
10 Support from Others & Supporting them in return can make a huge difference in both myself & others, including Family. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Great goals, I am working through consistency issues towards Lifestyle Changes myself, especially in the area of exercise. It's a daily challenge. We can do it!
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GATOR12 9/9/2011 9:25PM

    You have the determination. You have the goals. You can do this. I see a new you in 2012! Makes me re think, too. I'm with Ena, count me as a supporter! Hugs, Brenda

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MEYLOSE 9/5/2011 11:22PM

    You can do it!!! Believe it, Claim it, Live it!

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JUSTPEACHY1 9/5/2011 1:42PM

    Elaine, I love your determination and measurable goals. Count me in as one of your supporters! And also one of your buddies in this onward trek to meet our goals! emoticon Ena

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ZELLAZM 9/5/2011 11:12AM

    You sound like you're motivated and determined to meet these good goals. Look forward to sharing some "woohoos" with you as you post your successes along the way!
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/4/2011 5:18PM

    Great goals and doable also!!! emoticon
I am going to be looking at my goals and rethinking them...Thank you, Elaine!
Blessings and hugs,

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PARAEAST 9/4/2011 1:53PM

I am sure you can do it you will have SP supporting you and all things are possible with God. Praying you reach your goal!!

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JANETELIZABETH1 9/4/2011 12:11PM

    Elaine, yes your goal is doable and in that time scale.
I know it takes hard work, dedication and determination but as you say we need to make our health emoticonin our life.
I wish you every success on your journey...you know I'll be watching you CHAMP!
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GRANDMANANCY 9/4/2011 8:28AM

    Elaine...you CAN do this. It is hard to re-learn all of our habits from childhood, but not impossible. Think of those beautiful grandchildren. You want them to learn a healthy life-style now so it will not be so hard on them later. You are their example.
I think I need to re-write my goals too. Thanks for the great idea.
You are such a blessing! emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY332 9/3/2011 4:57PM

    Great goals. Best wishes on meeting them.


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NELLIEC 9/3/2011 1:04AM

    Sounds like you have good goals and motivation!

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FROZEN Blueberry Cheesecake

Saturday, August 20, 2011

This picture is not readable so below are instructions:

Frozen Blueberry Cheesecake

We topped a light layer of vanilla cake with creamy, tangy frozen cheesecake and fresh berries.
Work: 20 minutes Total: 9 hours

1 box white cake mix, batter prepared
3 1/2 cups (12 oz) blueberries plus more for serving
2/3 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
12 oz cream cheese (low fat)
1 3/4 cup marshmallow fluff
3/4 cup plus 1 1/12 cups heavy cream
Confectioner's Sugar

1. Heat oven to 350 degree F. Pour 2/12 cups prepared cake batter into a greased 9-inch springform pan (batter will be 1 inch high). Bake until golden and cooked through, about 25 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 min. then remove and cool completely on a wire rack. Use the remaining cake batter for cupcakes or extra cake.

2. Clean the springform pan, return cooled cake to pan. Line edges with parchment paper, 2 inches above the rim. Put in freezer while preparing the filling.

3. Puree blueberries, 2/3 cup sugar & lemon juice in food processor until smooth to consistency you like. Set aside. In large bowl beat cream cheese until very smooth. Add Marshmallow Fluff and mix to combine. In separate bowl whip 3/4 cup heavy cream to firm peaks. Stir in cream cheese mixture. No lumps. Gently stir in Blueberry puree.

4.Remove cake from freezer. Pour filling over top. Return to freezer 8 hours or overnight.

5. Before serving whip 1 1/2 cups whipping cream with 2 tbsp sugar to soft peaks and dollop around on cake. Freeze again. Allow cake to sit at room temperature 15 to 30 minutes before serving and use a hot knife to slice.

Serve with extra Blueberries. Serves 12

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GATOR12 8/22/2011 5:59PM

    Sounds so good!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/21/2011 11:49PM

    Sounds YUMMY!! I have copies your recipe and will be making later this week. Thank you so much for sharing!!

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MEYLOSE 8/20/2011 8:42PM

    looks and sounds good, TY for the directions

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DORCAS9 8/20/2011 7:19PM

    Thanks for the recipe Elaine, have copied it out & will be making it! Sounds yummy!! emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/20/2011 7:18:53 PM

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NELLIEC 8/20/2011 5:34PM

    I'm glad you wrote out the recipe for those of us who are half blind! emoticon

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EBLOOMING 8/20/2011 4:10PM

    Sorry, so I wrote the directions. emoticon Yummy!

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GRAMPIAN 8/20/2011 3:56PM

  Sorry, but the type size is too small to read. emoticon

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Friday, July 08, 2011


At 5, began studying under his cousins tutor.

At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.

At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.

At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.

At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

At 23, started his own law practice.

At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British America " and retired from his law practice.

At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence ..

At 33, took three years to revise Virginia's legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.

At 40, served in Congress for two years.

At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben
Franklin and John Adams.

At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.

At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.

At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.

At 57, was elected the third president of the United States .

At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation's size.

At 61, was elected to a second term as President.

At 65, retired to Monticello .

At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.

At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence .

Jo hn F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: "This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe , we shall become as corrupt as Europe ..
>>> Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
>>> Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
>>> Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
>>> Thomas Jefferson

My r eading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
>>> Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
>>> Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
>>> Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
>>> Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
>>> Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive
the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

I wish we could get this out to everyone!!!

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
>>> Thomas Jefferson

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    Those private banks are in every country today...they control the economy!! That statement was prophecy and has come to pass.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/9/2011 1:27AM

    I love your favorite also. I think this is where we are finding ourselves today. Thomas Jefferson was a very wise man and definitely ahead of his time!!! Great blog. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

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EBLOOMING 7/9/2011 1:13AM

    Thanks for your comment. I agree Nellie.

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NELLIEC 7/8/2011 11:34PM

    And I think it is sinful to take a person's money for a retirement plan mandated by government, then steal from that pension plan, and later act like the people who paid into the plan don't deserve to get their pensions (Social Security which has been wasted by Congress).

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Monday, May 30, 2011

This is Memorial Day weekend in our country, the USA. It means different things to different people. To some, it simply means that they get Monday off & don't have to work. An opportunity for a three day weekend. For others, it will be a time of reflection, as they remember those in their own immediate families whom they lost during times of war. A TIME FOR US TO REMEMBER! Too many of us do not remember very well. We often forget to remember.

Those heroes who gave so much for our freedom...we shall not forget to remember that they did it because they loved and their families shared them with us.

What lessons will we learn from the dead so that we shall live more effectively today? The book of Deuteronomy ,specifically chapter 8, (in the Bible) draws for us a significant lesson in learning from the past. It was a sermon delivered to the people of Israel calling them to remember. They were reminded to remember what God had done. To remember so they would be grateful. They are reminded to be grateful to the God who led them for 40 years while they wandered in the wilderness. It was He that preserved them. Remember the God who freed them from bondage and brought them into the Promised Land. It is a call to be faithful.


Words cannot express my gratitude.

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    Thank you Elaine for causing us to think deeper than just the day!

Yes God hated those 'murmurers and complainers' in the wilderness...let us not be one of those!!

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GATOR12 6/1/2011 9:31PM

    If we only remember once a year, it is okay but I, too, feel such gratitude to those who help assist us with our freedom. Our freedom is not nor has ever been free. Ultimate sacrifices have been given!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/30/2011 9:15PM

    Elaine, thank you for posting this heartfelt blog!!! I also can not find the words to express my gratitude but I will not forget!
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JOURNEYTO60 5/30/2011 3:07PM

    Amen. Thank you for posting and the picture is very touching.

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LINDA! 5/30/2011 12:54PM

    My father and husband are both military vets. So thankful they came home after serving in the military. I am grateful for those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

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JSALERNO 5/30/2011 12:50PM

    My father was in the military. He passed away a few years ago(not related) but I always remember him on this special day.

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