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Day 63, RAW/CLEAN Diary...oh my the temptations that abound!

Thursday, December 03, 2009



Welp...WHAT a NIGHT!...We all had SO MUCH fun! and....the winner is..guess what...we had SO much fun I forgot to take a picture!!! In fact if DH hadn't remembered to bring the camera upstairs..neary a pic would have made it to my page. anddd....I hadn't even had a glass of wine yet! This is what happens when 15 wild women get together and everyone starts munching, brainstorming, and sippin' on the ole' vino! emoticon Did I mention sippin' on the ole' vino!



Did I also mention that it was a FULL MOON last night to top all! DH couldn't resist this pic...so I posted it just for proof of why we probably even MORE wacky and wild then usual!

Anyhow the night was SO MUCH fun..I wish I could have teleported each of you here to join us...NOW THAT would be a PARTY HARTY!!



This was one of the EASIEST Christmas Craft's that I've had in a long time! I asked that everyone bring a hors'de ouvre along with the cookies that we all brought for our cookie exchange. It made my life SO much easier to just make a few simple hor's de ouvres instead of doing the whole darn thing! Not to mention a whole lot less expensive. I always spring for all of the supplies for the craft and most of the time the girls leave a little something to offset the costs so this year I was especially grateful for their chip ins! The work situation here in Florida is STILL atrocious .. so I do my best to watch our spending right now. I no longer spend like there's no tommorrow...that's just ridiculous isn't it? Some in our group haven't caught the 911 on that yet...oh boy...rolls eyes!


So I just kept my contribution to the hors' de ouvres simple...nice veggie selection, and some smokies in BBQ sauce...other gals brought bacon wrapped scallops ( I did have 1 of them!), there was coconut shrimp with an orange dipping sauce, some meat and veggie roll ups, some Swedish Meatballs, some yummy little minature brie, nut, cranberry pastry delectables and oh sooooo much more that I didn't even want to LOOK at...last night for some reason I was more tempted than I've been the whole 2 months prior...is there something about crafting that makes you want to munch..or is it the whole crowd scene of seeing everyone else munching away...or most likely it's the sugar in the wine that sets off the alarm.

All in all, I did extremely well...but now I have 3 dozen delectable homemade cookies sitting on the counter from the cookie exchange...I'm going to have to give those away PRONTO!

Well DH will certainly enjoy a few! I made my RAW donut holes...and I can't say I'm extremely impressed with them. They really taste TOO sweet to me which is a rarity. Probably because they are full of chopped dates, dried pineapple, and coconut. I wish I would have tried a batch before I made them for the cookie exchange...not the best introduction for the girls on how I've raved about RAW food for the last 2 months. Oh well...live and learn!


We hand painted wine glasses, or hand etched them. Why oh why didn't I remember to take a few pics of the actual project...duh! It was hard to get the girls to quiet down long enough to give instuctions! In fact the cats, who are normally VERY SOCIAL came up the stairs and took one look through the bannisters and decided it wasn't safe to venture forward...down the stairs they ran and went into the den to hide with DH! You've got to love that guy for retreating to the farthest end of the house and putting on his music! He said he was going to watch t.v. but couldn't get the volume turned up loud enough...oppps!

Hummmm, a couple more cute pics down stairs by the Christmas tree...but the annoying 'file to large to save' keeps coming on...maybe you can only put so many pics in any one blog...I've never thought of that before..but it does make good sense doesn't it. I'm sure SP doesn't want one posting their entire LIFE HISTORY in each blog...hee hee..never counted on chatty people such as myself as members eh?

Any who...the night was splendid GOOD fun...and today I only have a little mess to deal with as the girls brought all 15 chairs back downstairs and helped me clean up most of the mess...ahhhhh friends...are just the best!

Today I and my friend Michelle are going to a RAW food cafe down in Naples...I've been wanting to try that place forever...it's called 'Food for thought'...isn't that a Kewl name!

Next on my agenda is looking forward to meeting my sweet Sparkie friend Ms.Eleni on Saturday...yay...another pleasant event to look forward to! I'm on my way to a wonderful holiday season!

You can still have lots of fun, you can socialize, you can enjoy eating..you only need a little concentration to stay on track..and just keep thinking about how fabulous you will look, and how much healthier you feel...it's a beautiful Christmas gift to give yourself all year long...the gift of self love!



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SHAKENBAKE 12/4/2009 8:45PM

    Glad to hear how well everything went. Wish Ilived closer. Loving my salads with the raw dressing. Also added dates. YUM

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AZIKA1 12/4/2009 3:17AM

    I've been making ornaments for family members, but never thought of having a party so my friends could join me. That's a great idea and it sounded like you had a great time. I also identify with your comments about your DH. My SO is like that. Luckily, last time I had a few friends over, he was able to watch football in the other room.

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WOLFSPIRITS 12/3/2009 10:09PM

    I FEEL LIKE I LEAD YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU WRITE. SO COOL.

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MS.ELENI 12/3/2009 8:18PM

    Everyone seems to be having a good time.Maybe you need to get hubby some ear plugs.LOL
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KIZIDOG 12/3/2009 7:47PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time. And here I am on the other side of the states. I know that this time of year with all the goodies and parties will be extremely hard to resist all the temptation for all of us. You did great, oh and the little vino might have also gave you the munchies and lowered your defenses a little. (lol) Star emoticon

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BECKYSRN 12/3/2009 4:43PM

    Glad you and your guests had such a good time. Friends are the greatest.
Blessed be.
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GOING-STRONG 12/3/2009 3:30PM

    Great recap on the event Bobbi... made me feel like I was right there with you. Have fun at the cafe... sounds like a fun place to try when you are on DAY 63 of Raw and Clean. Woo Hoo... Love you, Rhonda

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NEWFLABULESS 12/3/2009 2:19PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time. How thoughtful of you to wish us all there with you. Wish I could be there since it's the coldest day of the season...so far! I love getting a piece of your happiness through these blogs.
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/3/2009 1:24PM

    Last night sounded like a blast! What fun.

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CAROLYN1213 12/3/2009 1:24PM

    Sounds like a good time Bobbi! I am envious!!! By the way, your recipes always sound sooooo good! I've been reading some of your blogs from the beginning of your Raw/Clean Journey and am quite fascinated. So I pulled out my NoCooking Cookbook and decided to give it a try.

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ANNIE_1015 12/3/2009 1:18PM

  Bobbi

It sounds wonderful!!! What are smokies?? I never heard of that before (we just probably have a different name up north). Also, I love your new background picture. Is that your house?? It looks beautiful!

Annie

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-DEBY- 12/3/2009 10:57AM

    THANK YOU THANK YOU Bobbi... I sure enjoyed this blog...

What a great get to gether... sharing and creating...

blessings all ways my dear friend...

hugs ~~Deby

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SUNNY332 12/3/2009 9:02AM

    Looks like you all had a lot of fun. It would have been fun to be there with you all. Enjoy your trip to Food for Thought. Can't wait to hear all about it.

So happy you and Eleni are meeting on Saturday. She is certainly looking forward to the Day.

Take care and have a Terrific Thursday.

Hugs, Sunny

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BETHLOVESBIKING 12/3/2009 8:50AM

    What a great evening you had! Thanks for sharing the fun with your SparkFriends!

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ANGELCOWBOY1 12/3/2009 8:06AM

    Sounds like a fun filled evening. And your studio looks great - wishing I had space for one like yours, but oh well. I count my blessings for all I do have, and you are one of the biggest. Thanks for always being here!

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Day 62, RAW/CLEAN Diary...this will be my shortest blog ever...okay maybe!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009



Yay...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Christmas! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

And...one of my most FAVORITE things is my girlfriends! We have been having our annual "Girl's Christmas Craft Night' for some 20 years...who can believe it?

It's when we all congregate at my house and I come up with some outrageous Christmas craft to make. We have prizes for the best, worst, and best effort at making that year's project.

Over the years we've made Christmas plant enhancers...a cork on a bamboo skewer with jiggly eyes, and small twigs for antlers, Fireplace or plant shelf sitters...little blocks of wood with funny hair, a painted face, and little block legs that hang over...Angels made out of raffia, squiggly hair, a painted face and embellished crown, a shell wreath, cinnamon candles, spa night with homemade bath salts and bubble bath...a Christmas homemade soap night..wowsa..that was a mess! A long piece of twine with little scraps of Christmas fabrics hand tied to create a garland...that was the cleanest project we've ever done...but wow did I spend a lot of time cutting the little strips of fabrics out with pinking sheers...so many more..and believe it or not I still have most of them...what fun, what memories, what a great Christmas tradition.

This year we have 15 wild wacky women coming...so I've got to get my cookies RAW of course made up!

I'll take pics and post them later...or tommorrow morning..hee hee depending on just how much wine I drink...what are Christmas Crafts without wine...IMPOSSIBLE..that's what I'm talking about!!! I'll limit myself to no more than 3 glasses...it depends on how much of a handful those women turn out to be...they are are an UNRULY bunch...but hey..that's what makes me LOVE emoticon emoticon love em...it surely does!

  
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2ABETRLIFE 12/3/2009 12:55AM

    Sounds like fun! Let us know how it went.
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GOING-STRONG 12/3/2009 12:08AM

    Can hardly wait to see what crazy Christmas crafts you girls come up with. Sounds like such fun... Enjoy Bobbi and congrats on 62 DAYS! You Rock and are going to be ringing in the New Year in high style! Hugs, Rhonda

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2010TRIATHLETE 12/2/2009 4:21PM

    Sounds like so much fun! I can't wait to see the pics!

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EMILYBEMENT 12/2/2009 4:02PM

    Bobbi, Have a blast!
Em

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WOLFSPIRITS 12/2/2009 2:46PM

    WHERE'S THE REST????? HEE HEE. THANKS AGAIN. I LOVE READING THESE. YOU ARE REALLY GOING TO HAVE A GREAT DECEMBER!!!! emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/2/2009 2:18PM

    Have fun!

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ANGELCOWBOY1 12/2/2009 2:12PM

    Sounds like a wonderfully, fun evening. I'll be anxiously waiting for a recap and photos.

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ZAEZAE 12/2/2009 10:24AM

    Hope you have a fantastic evening Bobbi - sounds amazing! Enjoy every minute with your girl friends!

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CAROLYN1213 12/2/2009 9:31AM

    What a beautiful way to enjoy the season with people you love! I love girlfriend night! I still have pajama parties with my girlfriends from high school when I go home! The silliness that takes place . . . what a hoot!

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-DEBY- 12/2/2009 9:17AM

    hi Bobbi... I just love the idea of a Craft night and getting together with friends....


another great blog... my friend

hugs Deby

~*~BLESSings~*~ this WEIRDnWILD Wednesday~~0:)

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BECKYSRN 12/2/2009 9:10AM

    I still think you should try the tampon angels!!! New, of course....honest, I saw them on a craft website! Have a good time tonight, and give thanks for the friendship and the fun. I'll be typing my fingers to the bone with school stuff, or at least I'd better be doing that!!!!
Blessed be, soul sister.
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SUNNY332 12/2/2009 8:12AM

    Have a great time. I wish I were there to join you. Sounds like fun.

I can't wait to see the photos.

Hugs, Sunny

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DREMARGRL 12/2/2009 8:01AM

    CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR THE PICTURES, SUGAR! emoticonMary Ann

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MS.ELENI 12/2/2009 7:35AM

    Being a loner I think it is great that you have these wonderful gatherings. Your craft night sounds like fun.I am sure as the wine flows the crafts get more original. Have fun and I will see you soon

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GEMGODDESS 12/2/2009 7:34AM

    Have a wonderful time! Sounds like you do every year. =)

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MELANIETBI 12/2/2009 7:25AM

    Beautiful!

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Day 61 RAW/CLEAN Diary..oh what a difference 3 months make!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009



Happy Tuesday my Sparkling Sparkies! Here's one of my fav mom/son pics from happier Christmas pasts. This was taken years back when DH, Josh, and I were visiting his mom and sis for Christmas back in Iowa. This particular pic came from a friends house that we visited in Nebraska. We always made a point of taking a little side trip to visit those dear friends. DH had been a room mate and college buddy of the husband and he and his wife had been dating at the same time Don and I were. We used to have some of the BEST times together...especially on Sunday's when we were all off work and would choose a group recipe, then go shopping together, and all cook together.

As I decorated the house yesterday for Christmas I felt my Josh all around me. He knows the holidays are particularly hard for his dad and I. Of course every day without the one you love 'more than yourself' is hard...but holidays bring the void up close and unavoidable.

We love our friends but seeing their families all congregate with the grandkids and the hopes and dreams of their futures is really really rough! We've had 3 Christmas' to adjust and we just try to put on a stiff upper lip and get through it...but if you know of someone who has lost a dear close one...do a little extra to be extra sensitive and caring for them this holiday. Just one extra hug and a "I know this is hard for you, but we love and understand" will be one of the greatest holiday gifts you can give them! Trust me I know! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Wouldn't it be the greatest thing if we could walk a mile in another's shoes before we judge or push our own little agendas! I'm going to remember that this Christmas and I bet I have an even happier one!

We aren't going to do the massive Christmas brunch we have been doing for the last 20 years...it is just TOO MUCH work and I'm not even eating the stuff that I always used to fix..we will do a nice sit down dinner for the group on December 19th. Still be able to carry on our entertainment tradition and then we'll volunteer to feed the homeless on Christmas Day. Honestly I'd rather spend my time doing something for people in need...our group is full of wonderful friends...but sometimes their self indulgence is a little off putting...especially when other people are hurting so deeply!

I was terrific with my food yesterday...too busy to even think about eating..hee hee!

I had a wonderful fruit smoothie for breakfast, a bunch of water, a salad for lunch, and then...yes I admit it...a pretty wacky dinner choice a few handfuls of my DH's homemade 'fireman style...from scratch...popcorn'....it was delish and I went to bed happily satisfied..although my nutrition tracker was a little baffled!

I'm shopping today for last minute items for tommorrow's Craft Night...I'll get the rest of the decorating done today...I'm tackling the upstairs studio, will get the tables set up and the crafty crafters will be in business!

Tommorrow I'll bake my RAW cookies which will be my contribution to our cookie exchange...everyone is bringing 3 dozen cookies to exchange with each other so that we have a big variety on hand for the Christmas season...what oh what will I do with 3 dozen cookies...take them to the market on Saturday and share them with our market buddies..I'll share a few with neighbors and if they stay fresh (hummmm, how long do cookies last?) I'll take them with us on Christmas Day for the homeless...what a treat for them!

I think I'm going to make these!

RAW Donut holes by Annie Phyo

Who can go wrong with donut holes...especially HEALTHY ones...?!! Makes 24 servings..I'm going to triple this recipe!

1 3/4 c almonds
1/2 t sea salt
1 vanilla bean, scraped
2 c dried pineapple, chopped
2 c pitted dates
1/2 c + 1/4 c shredded coconut

In food processor, place almonds, salt, and vanilla. Process into a fine powder first. Slowly add chopped pineapple and dates, mix well. Place in a large bowl, Mix in 1/3 c shredded coconut.

To serve use an ice cream scooper, (wow that sounds BIG)...I might use a melon scooper...or spoon to form donut holes. Roll holes in 1/4 c shredded coconut. Will keep for over a week in the fridge.

I'm loving this recipe because you don't have to dehydrate..which quite frankly tests my patience even on days that I have the time to do it!

I'm sorry...but I think I'll always be an instant gratification type of gal!

To make these even MORE delectable you can dip them in Berry Compote. (8 servings)

5 large blackberries or strawberries
1 c white raisins
Splash of water, as needed

Blend blackberries and raisins with just enough water as needed to make a thick berry sauce. Will keep for 2 days in fridge.

Why of why wouldn't you want to try this RAW/CLEAN lifestyle when you can feed your body what it loves and craves and lose weight at the SAME time...I'm gonna convince you to try this...it's MY big quest...yes it is!!!

Happy Tuesday...keep on Sparkin'....RAW/CLEAN! You love me...I know ya do!


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NEWFLABULESS 12/3/2009 2:26PM

    Just keep holding onto those special years you got to enjoy your Josh. There are many who weren't fortunate enough to get to know their loved ones as well as you did before they were taken away. Wish I could be there to give you a big hug and tell you in person how wonderful you are for allowing all of your spark friends to enjoy your special guy. Best wishes for a most joyful Christmas and Happy New Year!
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JENSVICTORY10 12/2/2009 5:56PM

    Hey there beautiful Lady,
Wow love the recipee idea I too want to know how they turn out! Sounds like a wonderful time with your women friends and fun to spend some time around crafts. Now I have a question? Is there something you will be doing at Christmas time in memory of Joshie? Its wonderful you feed the homeless and I am in awe of your beautiful spirit! But embrace the day or christmas eve by spending time in memory of or with him in mind as you are doing now by sharing the picture....What would Josh do at christmas time? I know you miss him and that is why I am asking my dear lady is there something you did together or wouldhave done as a family that you maybe cannot because he is not there? I remember the cruise idea...but Christmas is especially hard when you want to buy a gift or are reminded someone is missing.....I would hug you if I was your neighbor bring you into my home allow you to cry and talk about missing him and then maybe find something to do together that would be a way of spending time in rememberance of him. Here there is a sewing place that helps you make picture quilts wouldn't it be fun to have a quilt with allhis christmas pictures on it and then wrap it around the bottom of the tree? Something like that....HUGS JEN

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EMILYBEMENT 12/2/2009 3:58PM

    Well Bobbi, I would love for folks to be able to walk or even try on a pair of shoes from someone else's closet...what a wonderful lesson. Love your picture, just love it.
Like the idea change up for your holiday fun with your friends.
The recipe sounds yummy and a great holiday treat, will just have to try this one. I bet the guys will love it, they love that tropical idea for any food.
They still haven't cracked the book open yet of natural raw food recipes, but I am still hoping. I did have my son help make a big batch of natural salsa up this morning, it is awesome and last up to two weeks in the fridge.
Hope you have an awesome day. Hugs, Em

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/2/2009 2:16PM

    Wow... the doughnut hole recipe sounds great. Do you think you could post it on sp and give credit to the originator of the recipe? I've seen other people to that on sp and they seem to allow it.

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SUNNY332 12/1/2009 10:48PM

    I love this photo of you and Joshman. Oh if we could turn back time and he was still here....
I think we are all loosers for never getting to know him.

I hear this is the weekend you will meet Eleni. Do have a wonderful time and be sure and give her a hug for me.

Love ya - sure do!

Hugs, Sunny

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WOLFSPIRITS 12/1/2009 6:59PM

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GOING-STRONG 12/1/2009 2:49PM

    Thanks for the advice about what to do and say to people you encounter who have lost loved ones. I always am at a loss regarding that issue and sometimes I say nothing which I KNOW is the worst... sort of like saying the person they lost didn't even matter enough to acknowledge! I lost my Dad right before Chistmas 17 years ago and you are right... the holidays always bring back the memories of what we are missing in our life. He was so full of life and energy and I can still hear him laugh. Glad you got your decorating done. I put up a tree before I left for NYC and my daughter was going to finish it with the ornaments for me so it will be ready when I get home mid-December. You have a great day Boibbi and look forward to chatting tomorrow. Hugs, Rhonda

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MS.ELENI 12/1/2009 10:41AM

    Sounds like another busy day for you. emoticon

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BECKYSRN 12/1/2009 10:22AM

    Yum...the donut holes sound like something I would be willing to try! I know how you feel about the holidays, soul sister, without your Josh, because even though I still have my other three kids, Jeff, and Vivi, along with John's kids, there's always a hole where Erika should be. But we'll always know they're there, won't we? Have fun getting ready for your party.
Blessed be.
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CAROLYN1213 12/1/2009 10:16AM

    All the 'things' we get wrapped up in life are never as important has the life and well being of those we love the most. It doesn't matter how much we 'have' it matters how much we give. Thanks for sharing your heart and love for Josh, he is beautiful and I'm sure he brought you much delight. I am honored that you would share these pictures and thoughts with me. May you blessed abundantly.

Blessings,
R>Carolyn

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-DEBY- 12/1/2009 9:19AM

    Love the Pic of you and Josh...

another great blog my friend....

~*~BLESSings~*~ this LOVEly Tuesday ~~0:)

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GRANDMAAMIE 12/1/2009 9:16AM

    GREAT PIC OF YOU AND JOSH.
I WAS 6MONTHS PREGNANT OF MY SON AND HE PAST. I NEVER GOT TO MEET HIM BUT I KNOW HE LIVED WITH ME FOR THOSE MONTHS AND I WILL ALWAYS HAVE THAT VOID.

YOUR A GREAT PERSON

HUGS AMIE

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DESERT_BIRD 12/1/2009 8:47AM

    That recipe sounds yummy! I love the picture of you and Josh. What a nice thing to do on Christmas Day, volunteer to feed the homeless. You've got the biggest heart!



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Day 60, RAW/CLEAN diary...3 months of health and it's been easy!

Monday, November 30, 2009



Happy Monday dear Sparkling fabulous friends of mine!

I posted a pic of last year's Christmas tree...just to get myself motivated..hee hee!

I've got soooo much to do before our Girls Christmas Craft night on Wed. We are all getting together to celebrate our yearly tradition of making a Christmas craft together.
This year we have about 15 wild women congregating at my house where we hold the event in my craft studio.

We are going to hand paint or hand etch some cute little designs into wine glasses for this years project. We all LOVE emoticon our vino so this will be a useful little project we can enjoy for years to come!

Yesterday as you know...I made DH his Thanksgiving turkey. The bird was a bust!

I don't know if they have bred and rebred those little turkeys into oblivion but this bird wasn't all that tasty...in fact I'm thinking something may have been wrong with it.

We only had a little bit and it just didn't taste good at all. It was a fresh bird and I bought it at a reputable grocery store and the sale by date was November 29th. I don't know if it was because I bought it the day before Thanksgiving and it was in our refrigerator for a few days but I'd think it would be okay if it was cooked by by the sale by date???

Anyhow it was pretty horrible...all stringy and tasteless! I had even decided I was going to treat the cats to RAW by chopping up some of the gizzard and liver...when I put it down for them they both just gave me a look like "Mom...you've got to be kidding me!"

They walked off with their tails held high in indignation! Maybe they knew that bird was no good long before I did. The color looked okay and I didn't smell any thing that seemed off.

It also reminds me that a good friend from our dine out group had commented that her bird wasn't good this year either...I'll have to ask her where she got hers.

But all in all yesterday which was a day dedicated to cooking was a bust for the bird!

The stuffing was faboulous...I had about 3 bites! I used chopped apples, onions, cornmeal muffins, with a bran raisin muffin, dried cranberries , sweet Italian sausage chicken stock, butter and heavy cream...yum o yum o...I might have to have a bit more today! I'm SO HAPPY that I didn't put it in the bird, it would have been ruined too!

I also tried a new sensational sweet potatoe recipe..it has baked bananas in their skins, peeled and mashed with the sweet potatoes that have been slow roasted and skinned. It too has cream and butter..what doesn't taste good with that! I added some chopped pecans, vanilla, nutmeg, orange zest, and cinnamon. Instead of brown sugar I added RAW honey...very very tasty!

That was plenty good and filling...I'm just bummed over that silly little turkey...I HATE wasting food and I HATE being duped by getting food that isn't fresh..when it says "FRESH" on the label...another lesson learned that you just can't get pulled in by labels and advertising!

So yesterday was pretty much dedicated to cooking so I'll have to do double time today to catch up on the cleaning and decorating!

Today I'll get right back on the RAW wagon with my fruit smoothies and my BIG gigantic salad for lunch. I won't have to worry about turkey left-overs, but will have about 3 or 4 more bites of the stuffing and about 2 cups of the sweet potatoes. I wish I could ship those potatoes out to each and every one of you to try...my problem is that I always cook for an army...good thing for friends to share with...those bananas in the sweet potatoes add such a flavor dimension...you should definitely give them a try!

Welp, off to get my list made...shopping, cleaning, decorating and lunch with a girlfriend...love you all my sweet wonderful friends! Have a motivating Monday..and be good to your sweet selves! emoticon emoticon

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/2/2009 2:10PM

    I have never thought of baking bananas, much less adding them to sweet potatoes. That sounds really good. I'll give it a try next time I have bananas on hand with sweet potatoes.

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SUNNY332 11/30/2009 8:27PM

    We had a small bird this year and I also thought it was not as tasty as in the past and it was stringy. I thought maybe it was the bird but now wonder.

I can not wait to hear about your wine glass etchings. I also love wine and my new love is White Merlot.


Take care and have a GREAT week.

Sunny

BTW - the tree looks awesome.

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SOON2BTHINNER 11/30/2009 6:31PM

    Sorry the bird wasn't good; I would toss it out; it's not worth taking a chance. The holidays seem to have come upon us really quick this year; time to get things in order; need to get my tree and outdoor decorations up this week. Have a great week.

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/30/2009 11:22AM

    THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER GREAT BLOG. SORRY ABOUT THE BIRD . HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!!! emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 11/30/2009 10:59AM

    Bummer about the bird! I actually have never had that happen before but can't say I'm surprised. Who know what those birds get fed... Have a great week and the party sounds fun fun fun.

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-DEBY- 11/30/2009 10:20AM

    AWEsome blog Bobbi...

Love the christmas tree pic to motivate... we got ours up on Fri...

I put mine up right after Thanksgiving to motivate me into getting all the other stuff done...

Have a great week my friend

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CAROLYN1213 11/30/2009 9:52AM

    The sweet potatoes sound yummy! I love sweet potatoes, even just roasted by themselves. . . mmmm. Maybe I will roast some this evening. Thanks for the idea!

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MS.ELENI 11/30/2009 9:21AM

    It sounds like somehow you got a bad bird. It has been a long time since I used a fresh turkey but I have never had a bad bird.We bought a cooked turkey that had previously been frozen and it was excellent. I am afraid you need to throw that bird away.
My favorite is always cornbread stuffing and I was afraid the made one we got would be bad.It was almost as good as mine.
Sorry your meal was a bust.
Today I have to try to start over so to speak.Last week was bad as far as eating and counting calories.
Your wine glasses you will be decorating sound nice. I always think wine glasses are so kewl .It is a shame I do not drink so I have no reason to buy any. I do like drinking my caffeine soda out of a glass glass but wine glasses are too small for that.
Ok Have a good day.I will see you soon

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DESERT_BIRD 11/30/2009 9:14AM

    Too bad about the bird :(

Your craft night sounds like fun!

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VALERIEMAHA 11/30/2009 9:07AM

    Could it have been all the hormones poultry gets shot up with?

You sound so good, as usual! GO BOBBI!
xox
Maha

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BECKYSRN 11/30/2009 9:07AM

    Have fun cleaning! Do you want to come do my house next?
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Day 59, RAW/CLEAN EATING is my new way of life!

Sunday, November 29, 2009



Another pic from our fun Thanksgiving day at the horse ranch. I'm still thinking about what a great TREAT that was to visit that quiet tranquil place! I LOVE horses..if you missed the pics from yesterday's blog...take a peek..that ranch was really SOMETHING!

I wanted to post even more pics..but something about 'the file being too large'..does anyone know anything about that problem...maybe I can go in and crop the pics down to size...I'm clueless on some of that technical stuff...anyhow I still got some good pics up to give you the flavor of the day! It's so GREAT to break out of your same ole' same ole' and mix things up and get out there in the world and EXPLORE!

I'm encouraging you to get healthy so that every day you can try whatever...whenever..and just ENJOY all that this beautiful world has to offer you!

Today I'll be busy fixing sweet hubby his Thanksgiving turkey. We really didn't get much turkey at all..but had a pretty awesome smoked pork chop...still not true Thanksgiving in DH's book. So today I'll fix a small fresh bird! I'll make some stuffing with a new recipe and try to keep the meal as CLEAN as possible and eat just a tiny bit of everything. Then of course we will have the YUMMY left-overs that make Thanksgiving...well...Thanksgiving.

I'm also going to get our Christmas tree up and get the house decorated for Christmas. I have the girls Christmas Craft night Wed. December 2nd. We decided to do it really early this year because a good friend will be out of town and we don't want to have it without her! Scheduling parties is a lot of work..but also a lot of reward!

I LOVE to share our beautiful home with all of our friends and since we don't have family down here..they ARE our family!

I wish I could jet all of you right here to Florida...then we'd REALLY have a beautiful Christmas! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm right on track...another pound gone this week. I'm losing about a pound a week pretty regularly..that makes 28 pounds gone since I started SparkPeople on June 18th of this year. To date I'm about 24 weeks into my journey, which averages me at a little over a pound a week weight loss. I might add this is without much exercise at all...my one fatal flaw...exercise! Big sigh...that's a goal I'm going to really have to buckle down on and thankfully in January I'm starting a running program..so that should really help me peel the pounds!

I read today that the 3 fatal triggers to an uncontrollable appetite are salt, sugar, and fat...avoid those bad boys and you have a much better chance for keeping your appetite in rein...get it horse ranch blog...reference to rein...hee hee!


Have a sparkling Sunday dear ones! I'm making a yummy sweet potatoe casserole..definitely not RAW or CLEAN but if it turns out really good..I'll be the official taste tester and let you know! It actually has baked bananas in it...go figure??

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/2/2009 2:30PM

    Beautiful, peaceful pictures of the horses. Glad you got the chance to go to such a nice place.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 11/29/2009 10:01PM

    Bobbi,

Enjoyed reading another great blog of yours!!! You are doing fabulous! The photos are awesome!!! Hope you and hubby have a nice Thanksgiving dinner! Wishing you a wonderful week!

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MS.ELENI 11/29/2009 9:06PM

    Sounds like you are going to be very busy.Have fun.

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BARBARAROSE54 11/29/2009 7:10PM

    Another pound gone, wow Bobbi !

I love the pic of the horses.

Thanks for stopping by my page and leaving such a nice comment !

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2ABETRLIFE 11/29/2009 4:51PM

    I'll take a pound a week any day, as long as it's a pound GONE! LOL Congrats on your success and thanks for the great pics!

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BECKYSRN 11/29/2009 12:42PM

    Horses are a lot of fun, and horseback riding is good exercise as well. I hope you have a good weekend, Bobbi. Your sweet potato recipe sounds good...and just remember all the good antioxidants and beta-carotenes and everything that is in it.
Blessed be.
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NANNER2121 11/29/2009 12:27PM

    Lovely photos, great blog. I had a horse when I was young and just loved it: the freedom of "having to exercise" her, trotting through the fields, even cleaning the stalls . . .
I've been reading a lot of blogs about eating raw and clean, must look into it. Perhaps it will help me off this plateau, but I really don't ingest much salt, sugar or fat as it is, only if it naturally occur in foods.



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GRANDMAAMIE 11/29/2009 10:29AM

    good morning!
love the pic I love the country .
your potato pie sound yummy

have a nice day!

amie

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GOING-STRONG 11/29/2009 9:45AM

    I also read about salt, sugar, and fat being the naughty culprits that can set off binges and keep you craving more more more. Sugar in particular is a big trigger for me. I believe it.

About the photo size issue ~ I run into that same problem and here is what I do. Have you ever noticed when you click on the photo that you can e-mail it? When you go to e-mail it asks if you want to make it smaller. If you make it smaller and e-mail it to yourself you can then save the smaller photo on your desktop and use that one to insert in your blog. Does that make sense? If that doesn't work for you, spark mail me and I'll give you an alternate method.

Good luck and have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Rhonda

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DESERT_BIRD 11/29/2009 8:55AM

    Bobbi, you are doing so well on your weight loss! Love your energy. Have fun decorating!

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-DEBY- 11/29/2009 8:48AM

    Hi Bobbi....

another AWEsome blog... I love horses too... as a child and young girl, my favorite pass time was to spend it with our horses.... I love/d riding... and feeling the wind blow through my hair....

~*~BLESSings~*~ this Comforting Sunday ~~0:)

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