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Florida Strawberry Festival Time!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I've been telling you about my strawberry picking and the huge berries. Here's a picture of one, this is not the only one that is this big, it's the one I grabbed to do the shoot. I named it movie star and it was the most flavorful, juicy berry I've had in a long time. We found a farm, Berry Bay Farms in Waumama (pronounced Why Mama) and we go there every Friday or Sunday morning, sometimes both days and pick them at 3 quarts for $1.00. We usually stop at 15 quarts, I pick 8, DH picks 7 and then we get 4 onions for 2 for $1.00. Everything looks like it's growing on steroids, but they are plentiful and beautiful.

We currently have close to 65 quarts of sliced strawberries in our freezer. We have eatten a gob of them this year. I think we have devoured about 15 quarts already. We were picking at a hydroponic place, which I like better, no stooping or bending, but they ran out of berries as they are much smaller and when I heard about this place, I didn't care that I had to crawl. Well the beds are raised about a foot off the ground so there isn't any crawling, but bending is required unless you have unusually long arms. Since they are plentiful, it only takes about 15 minutes to get my 15 quarts. Yes, that's a quart a minute and that's how easy and fast it is. No searching, just push the leaves out of the way and harvest like crazy.

Sundays are great mornings to go pick. No one else is there and we have an entire huge field to plunder at will.

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    They look beautiful! I am soooooooooo jealous. LOL.

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WETPTARMIGAN 3/12/2012 12:26PM

    Wow. Strawberries. That looks like paradise from up here in the snowdrifts!

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TEXASFILLY 3/10/2012 7:14PM

    WOW! Now that's one big ol' strawberry! Enjoy your delish berries, dear heart! *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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PMFISH 3/10/2012 6:06PM

    The price has come down in the grocery, but not that cheap. They are delicious this year.

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REXTINE1 3/10/2012 4:57PM

    With gas at $3.76 a gallon, I'm not sure we will, but I'm going to look up that farm on Mapquest and see how far it is from Palm Harbor. I think you just provided a wonderful day trip for the us. The BW loves strawberries.

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WENDYWITKOSKI 3/10/2012 3:36PM

Those look wonderful and so do you!
You are so lucky to have fresh strawberries right now! Nothing is growing here.
I did get some at the grocery store today that are pretty good but nothing like the Puyallup berries we get in the early summer here.

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LENKA763 3/10/2012 3:30PM

    wow..we won't see those here for few months :)

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Bad Advertising!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I guess if I were an advertiser, I sure would NOT add my product, without permission, to someone's food tracker!

While I always like Welches, I certainly will not buy their product nor pass on any good words about them. I don't know who or why they are allowed to put their product on our food trackers, and while I thought I hadn't been dinged, I found them today, hidden down on the last snack of the day. So I went back through and deleted them all, but COME ON!

I don't mind their ads several places on every page, but I do mind items being entered on my food tracker without my doing so. If we don't complain about this - where will it stop?

I know a lot of others are real diligent on keeping track of every morsal they eat. I am not, but I still don't want extra calories, carbs, fat, proteins, etc., added to my tracker - especially without my permission.

In Florida, I have been told by doctors, that while the label may say it is 100% juice, the producers are allowed to put sugar in the product and it's all acceptable to most - not to me. I count sugar. Actually, I count carbs, but watch the calories, protein, fat, fiber, and sugar, too.

So I'm getting off my soapbox, and I hope my - and other's messages - get's through to the powers that be. Of course there is always the choice of going to Coach Jen. She seems to have powers to get things done.

Tell me what you think.

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SILVERANGEL6 1/28/2012 9:41PM

    Well said, no-one should drink fruit juice, it's just concentrated fructose, that is the addictive half of the sugar molecule. Especially don't feed this crap to your children. You can make smoothies instead, using whole fruit, Fruit is ok, as it has fibre. But just the equivalent of 2 pieces a day to keep you low fructose. Another tip is don't eat dried fruit either, same deal....also, honey, just concentrated fructose. Use Rice Malt syrup instead, yummy on porridge, and to sweeten desserts, ie Greek style yoghurt with mashed berries.

Also here's something to Google,
'50 different names for sugar' AND
'The Worst Additives'......(ie, on nutritional labels)

Keep on that bandwagon, they shouldn't be able to do that, have you shot off a message to Spark Guy?


Sylvia xx


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TEDYBEAR2838 1/22/2012 10:25AM

    that happened to me also. I asked a lead about it. She said it should go away
in about a week, and it did.

Why it happens, who knows.

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FRANNYMAE80 1/13/2012 1:21PM

    That is VERY interesting, I've just gotten back into tracking my food and will now be much more dilagent in making sure that everything logged in is correct.

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    I agree. I don't drink fruit juice - it's just concentrated sugar water.

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MIRAGE727 1/12/2012 6:42AM

    It's interesting how they do it. They've placed an arrow close enough to the nutrition count that it is so easy to accidentally press it and add it on. I checked it out. If you look at the background, you will see what I mean. We inadvertently do it to ourselves. It's a bad design of advertising. .Amazing! I have submitted an email to support and one "principal!"

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TATTER3 1/12/2012 6:40AM

    Speak your mind! Just keep Sparkin'!!!

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Thanks to all the Vets and those that served our troops!

Friday, November 11, 2011

My husband and I awoke this morning and, once awake, thanked each other for our hard work to the freedom of this country. My husband served in Viet Nam and I served our country by staying in the US and shipping everything from soup to helicopter blades and submarine periscopes to Viet Nam in support of our troups. They needed the supplies and it was my job, and others that worked with me, to offload trucks and load aircraft. Some of the stuff, I can't talk about, but I can say it was strange stuff. Some of it seemed so strange and other stuff scared our socks off. But we figured out how to get it on an airplane and tied it down tight, then saluted the pilot and waved them off.

Our vets go there and fight for our freedom and we take it for granted. We grow up knowing only freedom and we have no concept of living anywhere without it. We can only thank God and the Vets for that. We should do it proudly, happily, and honorably because they deserve all the honor and gratefulness they get.


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WENDYWITKOSKI 11/11/2011 11:22PM

    emoticonThanks to both of you!

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KERRYG155 11/11/2011 8:56PM

    Thank you both for your service to our country and freedom.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/11/2011 8:30PM

    My first husband was a Vietnam Vet. Thank you for your service to our country!

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Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Today, I'm stopping long enough to wish all my friends a Happy Halloween! I hope all of you gets lots a Sparkling Points in you Trick-Or-Treat bags and I wish all of you Sparkling success in reaching all your dreams and goals, health, wealth, and happiness!

Sweet day, my friends!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/31/2011 2:43PM

    Happy Halloween to you too and I'm returning the wishes..

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WENDYWITKOSKI 10/31/2011 8:50AM

    Have a fun day!
Happy Halloween!

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BABYGIRLLOVE1 10/31/2011 6:56AM

  Happy Halloween .!Enjoy your journey to great health and fitness.

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SEABREEZE64 10/31/2011 6:17AM

    Thanks! Happy Day to you too!

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MYRUN4THEROSES 10/31/2011 5:20AM

    Right back at ya!!!! emoticon

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Facebook Liking or Not!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Did you know that you can get a max of 3 points everyday for liking SparkPeople content on Facebook and/or Twitter? So how come when I click "like" many times everyday (and can find my likes on my Facebook page) I only get one point every day? What is the trick to getting the 3 points? Is anyone else having this difficulty and what are you doing about it, if anything?

Have a great one. emoticon

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LOSER05 10/21/2011 10:40AM

    I know what you mean. I just wrote about this same problem in my blog yesterday. I have to click on everything I read just to get 3 points. if you ever figure this out let me know. emoticon

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STRNGNGRNDED 10/14/2011 11:09AM

    I don't link FB to SP or anything else for that matter. But if it isn't working for you, you can contact SP and let them know about the glitch.
Love your halloween background. =)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/14/2011 10:34AM

    It doesn't work for me.

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