Sunday, February 07, 2010
Wowser...I'm pooped tonight! I'm checking in with my Sparkland buddies and then..I'm hoping to last for the rest of Super Bowl..and then I'm taking a well deserved rest!
Today was windy, windy, windy..but nice. My boards held up and I was happy with my sales in Naples at the Farmer's Market. I'm really wondering if I'll stay the full course at that market. It isn't generating the crowds that it should be. That means that the promoter is not advertising. When you have a new market...you've got to let the people know it's there in all fairness to the vendors who put up 6-8 weeks of rent in advance. I can see the vendors are getting a little frustrated. They haul all their stuff, build their displays, arrange their wares..and then wait...for people to come.
Sales is strictly a numbers game...you've got a much better chance of selling if your product is exposed to large numbers...the Naples market isn't cutting the mustard to date..this is week #6 for me. I've got about 2 more weeks before it's rent time again and a serious decision to make, will I renew, or won't I? I keep thinking the market should be going gang busters by now..but I am losing faith in the promoter..I think he's all show and 'no go'...rumor has it that he is starting yet another market in the area on Saturday's. Now why..I ask you would he be scrambling together another market when he hasn't even got this one going in a strong way...hummmmmm...you get the same drift that I do...lack of commitment to the vendors, and more commitment to collecting more rent..right? Well, at least that's the way I see it tonight..but it may be that I'm just tired and cranky and my world view is fairly narrow.
We were to go to a Super Bowl party that I was really looking forward to...but I got a big custom order from a customer who is only in town until tommorrow..so I decided it was much more important to concentrate on that and I'm happy that I stayed home to work on it. DH made his famous chili so we were a rousing crowd of two whooping and clapping for our team! I must be getting to be an old geezer...two late nights back to back, plus market days back to back leave me pooped...or maybe at this ripe old age I'm learning I don't have to attend every social event that we get invited to...yep..there's something to the adage.."live and learn'...yes there is!
I'm down another pound..so a big whoop da for that...31 pounds down..I'm into this new way of eating for life..and I'm so doggone proud of myself for finding Spark, instituting a plan, and just keep on keeping on with it! I easily could have skipped my blog today..but once I get into the groove of something it becomes a habit..Spark land is a habit that I hope I never get out of...happy Super Bowl my Sparksters..and remember to just keep on keepin' on...the proof is in the puddin'..and make that a puddin' a CLEAN one..okay, okay?
Friday, February 05, 2010
They made this emoticon just for me! I also love to say I'm expressive... is a big FAT UNDER statement! I'm watching the Keanu cat chasing around his catnip toy..wish I could take a little whiff of it too! I'm beadin' me brains out today! It's good fun..if a little stressful. I usually take stress as an energy booster, I've always seemed to function pretty well under it. I write better, I produce better, I have to actually chain my channels of attention towards the goal. That's a biggie for the creative types. You can get off task oh so easily. The right side of the brain has a mind of it's own bouncing and bobbing into deep waters.
But....I'm taking a little lunch break..hey...everyone has to eat right..so I can justify a little Spark time too...after all Spark time for me is every bit as nuturing as food..at least in my opinion!
I'm warming up this CLEAN soup that I made that is absolutely to die for! LadyNettie wanted it...so here you go soup girl after me own heart!
Chicken, White Bean, Spinach Soup
This version came from Eating Well but I always jazz up my own version...erp..one of these days I'm going to remember all the delectables I add...I just open my spice cabinet and start dumping...so I'll try to remember add ons as best I can. I know you all will tweak to your own taste also..everything is better with our own brand on it isn't it?
2 t EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
2 leeks, white and light green parts only, cut into 1/4" rounds(I used more..love em)
1 T chopped fresh sage..I bought it then forgot to use it so used dried
2 14 oz cans reduced sodium chicken broth..I think I used 3..or maybe more??
2 c water..skipped this because of the extra broth added
1 15 oz cannellini beans, rinsed...I used 3..I make bigger batches of soup always!
1 2 lb. roasted chicken skin discarded meat removed from bones and shredded (4 c)
I just bought 2 lb chicken breasts and sauted with garlic, rosemary and evoo and cut them
up. Worked out just fine.
1 pkg frozen spinach thawed
I also added Ms. Dash, chopped celery, some left over cherry tomatoes that I had in the fridge that had been baked in EVOO, garlic and parsley flakes with balsamic vinegar..see what I mean when I say I throw in everything. I added some chopped celery and some chopped carrots, even some thyme and other spices..you decide.
Heat oil in a Dutch oven over med. high. Add leeks and raw veggies, stirring often until soft. Stir in sage and continue cooking until aromatic about 30 sec. Stir in broth and increase heat to high, add in any extra's you want. Add in beans, chicken, spinach, and cook uncovered stirring occasionally, until heated through. Serve hot.
I eat this delectable soup with my 'homemade CLEAN pita chips' so completely satisfying and healthy. I think I posted my chips a few days back.
Enjoy and and know that eating CLEAN is not nearly the hardship you might think it would be...it is your GIFT to your own beautiful self and the one's you love! Remember...only YOU control what goes into your body..make healthy choices okay, okay! Do I hear a big ...yes, Bobbi...I can do that! Right on sistas and bro's....right on!
One more note...no wogging yesterday...just a 15 minute ST with Coach Nicole DVD..today I'll do my 45 minutes on my buddy slim...that's me treadmill...it's a love/hate relationship for sure, for sure...but I know she is the one that will help me achieve the goal I'm looking for and that is the goal of a healthy weight with a healthy lifestyle! Do I hear a Whoop da??? Love ya sparklers.....aw oh...lunch break is officially over..back to Loop de Looing...I've gotta have a load of them for Saturday and Sunday's market!
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