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Squeezin' in a little lunchtime Sparkin' Fat Burning Mocha Madness! Whoop da!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

emoticonSmoothies are a GREAT thing!

Quick, easy, and chock full of nutrients! I love em! Maybe for my cold climate Sparkies you can warm this in the micro just so you aren't drinking a freezing drink when you are...oh my...freezing! emoticon

Fat~Burning Mocha Madness

In a blender mix 1/2 c cold water you can add more or less depending on what consistency you like
Add 2 scoops of nutrient rich chocolate flavored protein powder I like Body Fortress super advanced whey isolate it has the least carbs 3 g and sugar 1 g AND it includes BCAA's which help you with lean body mass (branched Chain Amino Acids).

You can pick it up at Wal-Mart which is pretty quick and convenient for everyone and best of all...it won't kill your budget like some of the health food stores do.

There's tons of protein (60 g per 2 scoops) which I need when I'm really concentrating on my RAW diet kick start. AND it keeps me full and satisfied an not eye-balling my hubs juicy hamburger with envy. emoticon emoticon

I know I won't stay on RAW forever...I just like my food to be warmer than the 107 degree threshold RAW endorses. The theory is that all the active enzymes are destroyed when food is hotter than that.

Look at Demi Moore and you get the idea that RAW does work and I truly believe it prolongs youth as your body doesn't have to deal with the oxidation process that heavier foods need during digestion. Eating RAW also doesn't have two digestive acids fighting(one for digesting protein & one for digesting carbs) against each other in your stomach. I honestly believe it is a wonderful way of eating and the energy boost is MUCH appreciated...but again if you like hot food...this is a problem.

Fantastic short term weight loss boost and really almost a detox too...so I do it for the health of it! emoticon

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to read and write (as you well know from my book length blogs..hehe) about ALL subjects and especially inner wisdom and inner peace.

When we lost our Josh Man...the EPI~center of our universe my off-balance view of the world and those in it..changed LITERALLY overnight.

I learned in one fell swope that NO one is better than anyone else in this world no matter what circumstances you are living in at this moment. We all are very vulnerable and our accumulated 'stuff' and self importance isn't going to protect us when it's time for the universe to teach us a little harsh reality life lesson.

I always thought I was pretty BIG stuff..we were quite successful in business and I had accumulated lots of fancy smancy rewards telling the world all about it.

But when my Joshua disappeared from my world...I almost did too. Suddenly the stuff I trotted out to impress others no longer impressed me. I learned that we are ALL alike in more ways than we are different and we will be WAYYYY ahead of the game in life if we learn to stop judging each other and start accepting the beauty that we can learn from supporting and sharing with each other.

Take a look at congress and you will see the MOST dysfunctional self important idiots in the world. Then ask yourself WHY...WE who are paying them to display this horrendous behavior let them get away with it. Most importantly do what YOU can to offset their lack of compassion and human caring and spread your own sweet self around to help mend the fences of greed and deceit they have broken. emoticon

Oh boy...there I go again...I need to jump OFF my soapbox and get back to work!

I love Spark...it allows each of us to be US...and as different as we can be..in reality we are all just looking for a little acknowledgement and knowing that our place in the world is for a reason and that reason is IMPORTANT!

Huggers...and onward and upward! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/12/2012 7:55PM

    Great blog! Since my dad died a few months ago, I've really been rethinking what is important in my life. "What's it's all about?" sort of thinking. I can't even imagine what you went though losing Josh or all the rethinking you have done since. As painful as the losses are, I've got to believe that it makes us better people.

Hubby and I have been having smoothies every morning. Our current favorite is coconut water, spinach, chia seeds, banana, a variety of fruits (fresh or frozen), cabbage and raw nuts in ours. They are amazingly quick to make. Yum.

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SEASONS_CHANGE 1/12/2012 5:47PM

    He's always with you and smiling at all of the wonderful things that you do.

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MPARKER67 1/12/2012 10:03AM

    I hate elections. It seems my choices are always which one do I think won't do as much harm instead of someone I believe will help.

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VICIOUS421 1/12/2012 12:43AM

    Being different is what makes us unique!!! LOL can you imagine a world where everyone was the exact same as everyone else? LOL a frightening thought!!!!!!


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GOING-STRONG 1/11/2012 10:54PM

    I agree with you about those weirdos that are our elected officials. Most of them are the biggest crooks in the World and probably are no better than Bernie Maddoff. Thanks for the tip on the protein powder. I need to get into doing more smoothies myself... particularly after I work out. This might just be the boost I need!


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FLORIDAGHOST 1/11/2012 10:18PM

    GREAT JOB! I APPLAUD YOUR LIFE. I'm going to go to Walmart and get the choclate flavored protein powder. I used to have protein powder years ago when my aunt got on some binge about health food, which is nothing like it is here. First, she was already skinny so her harping about how to eat by eatting protein powder and nearly nothing else except celery and lettuce was such a turnoff that I wanted to scream at her to get some sense. Poor woman had so many problems, I guess her extreme eating system was her only controlable thing in life. But she was selling the stuff too and I had to buy some, so I did, to get her off my back. It sat in my house, 3000 miles from where it started at her house and eventually I figured the years had worn their work on it and it went in the trash.

But this sounds good and I have a greater understanding and a lot of inheirant sense coupled with a gob of education from SP, so I can drink this and not get carried away with it.

By the way, I drank that Super green smoothie, I swapped the parsley (yuk) for basil (yum) and it's like drinking grass, but it's got a good flavor and I don't get hungry or crave anything. I don't usually get cravings and most of the time I don't even get hungry, but lately I have been missing something and once I stop to eat, I can't get past the eating, but this really helps all the way around.

Got enough stuff to make more tomorrow so I'm going to be making more.

Have a great day and thanks for the recipes! emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 1/11/2012 7:19PM

    YUM!!! emoticon

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MIZCATHI 1/11/2012 1:35PM

    Amen sister, what you say is completely true. I was in the same boat several years ago and now all I care about is that everyone is well and treats each other with dignity and respect.

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VAMANOS 1/11/2012 1:24PM

    Probably better than the hot chocolate my body demanded on this cold snowy morning. But does it taste as good? We shall see...

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JDFAN448HS 1/11/2012 1:21PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Amen Sista! And thanks so much for the protein drink formula. Cheers! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 1/11/2012 1:13PM

    Thanks for sharing on all fronts. Embrace the day!

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My year to 'shine' baby steps to a better me...join me my darling friends!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

emoticonThis year I'm UP for it! Putting me~self first...well...at least toward the front of the line.

I LOVE this saying and it shall become my mantra. Actually I should probably have it tattooed on the front of my forehead! emoticon

"If our goal in life is to please everyone then we have no life at all~
it is merely a compilation of choices made for us by someone else"~ ~

Are you a pleaser? Do you always say yes when the inner depths of your soul are screaming NO..NO..NO?

This has ALWAYS been a problem for me. Not the saying yes part...well actually YES to the saying yes part...

Case in point. Customer had a pick up on a sofa. I called them at 3 p.m. and told them to PLEASE get there by 5 p.m. when we closed. Oh yes..they would be there.

Later...MUCH later they called...could we please stay open a little longer..they were up in Ft. Myers and wouldn't be there until at least 5:30 p.m. No problem I said..they could just pick it up the next day...noooo wouldn't work for THEM...they were leaving town.

Now I SHOULD have said...well...5:30 p.m. doesn't work for US tonight..but being the pleaser that I am...I told them they HAD to be there by no later than 5:45 p.m. and what the heck had they been doing since the 3 p.m. telephone reminder I gave them to be there by 5 p.m.?? emoticon

Retail business and PEOPLE...it's just a "No good deed goes unpunished" page out of my lesson book to life.

Now how many OTHER stores do you know of that stay open AFTER closing...NONE that I know of...gotta get my "NO" act together this year.

I need to brush up on "it's not my problem...it's YOUR problem" action plan.

We are now into our 'season' hours.. that's 6 days a week from 10-5 instead of Tue-Sat. 10-4...you wouldn't think another day and only an hour later would make a big difference...but when you're no spring chickadee...it surely DOES!

Just like tonight...I have 20 of the dine out group coming over for 'dine in'..it's my turn to hostess and the restaurants are wayyyy too busy to contain a group that large now that it's season. Now don't get me wrong...I LOVE entertaining. That is the ACTUAL entertaining period...NOT the cleaning the house to get ready part, or the prepping 25 pounds of ribs part, NOT the cleaning up the mess part...but I just can't say no...I'm WAY too busy for you retired leisure life people who love my cooking and always show up to smooze and be waited on hand and foot.

Okay that's not really fair...because I let them wait on me hand and foot when they hostess. I used to ALWAYS jump up and grab the dirty dishes and head for the kitchen...but NO more..when I'm a guest now...I'm a GUEST..at least I've done this once in the 20+ years our group has all been together....hehe! emoticon Soooo baby steps right?

I'm aiming to make baby steps AWAY from my people pleasing tendencies this year. It's JUST got to happen. I'm missing the market today to prepare for this big group tonight...that means I'm taking money out of my pocket just to make their evening special. I'm a good friend...but a good resentful friend is not a reason to be a good one in the first place.

Today's calendar:

Spark...I'm NOT giving that one up..that's the only selfish thing I do consistently and I'm darn proud of that little slice of "me" heaven.

Fight those nasty ribs and get them marinading and dry rubbed

Prepare at least one other side dish because invariably one assigned side dish guest...YOU know who you are...doesn't show up and throws the whole menu off. In this case it's the Baked Beans person...and you know you MUST have baked beans with ribs! emoticon

Clean house...ughhhh HATE this...DH keeps telling me to get someone to do this during our heavy working days...but then I'd just have to be here anyhow, so what time does that really save? But...I'm thinking about this rather hard.

Set up all the tables and get those looking pretty. Another BIG job but I love a beautiful table so it's just an important part of entertaining you can't scrimp on..right?

Find somewhere in there to do my 30 minutes on the treadmill. Even if it's just 15 minutes at a time.

Drink my new SUPER BLAST green smoothie as soon as I get done here:

2 c spinach
2 c cucumber
1 head celery
1/2" ginger root or 1 t. powdered
1 bunch parsley
2 apples
juice of 1 lime
juice of 1/2 lemon

Throw all into the blender...makes about 28 oz. 3-4 servings so I'll have some for an afternoon power blast pick up.

Oh...and on a GREAT note...lost 2 pounds...told ya this RAW thing is a GOOD thing. Hope I can hold to it whilst watching everyone snarf down those delish ribs tonight. Did I tell you I LUV ribs?

Hey...I'll do the best I can do...my life is merely a compilation of MY own best choices within any given moment.

If I can do this health and fitness thing..you surely can to...come join me my sweet friends we'll walk down this pathway to health and fitness...the BEST way...and that is...together!

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DS9KIE 1/11/2012 12:20AM

    I like your blog

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TSISQUAUSDI 1/10/2012 12:53PM

    I didn't have a lot of time (or energy!) yesterday to say much to you, but Girlfriend, you have more going on than I could ever imagine! And I applaud you on the "Raw" diet - I just wish I liked raw stuff veggies........ Anyway, you're doing amazing!

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TSISQUAUSDI 1/9/2012 12:12PM

    You go, Girl!!

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MPARKER67 1/9/2012 10:30AM

    Sounds deelish. emoticon

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FLORIDAGHOST 1/9/2012 8:53AM

    Okay, I made the green smoothie but I hate parsley so I swapped in basil instead. A few grams of carbs less and a couple calories less.

I love green, but I hate grass (allergies) and this green stuff didn't have an awful taste, but it made me think of grass. So I added a packet of Splenda to it as it was a little too basil. Also I don't like how thick it is so I add some unsweetened apple juice to make it a little easier to get out of the glass.

I made this yesterday and took 2 servings and today I've got 2 more scheduled (both snacks). I've lost 2 pounds already. I don't know if it has anything to do with the green stuff, but I don't know that I changed anything else, either. Doesn't matter, the green stuff is extremely good for me and any way to lose the weight is better than not losing.

I'm moving forward again and that's what counts.

Thanks for the green stuff recipe and being my friend.


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    I hope you had a great time with your friends. They are fortunate to have you! Your smoothie recipe looks interesting. I'm surprised you are putting all that in a blender instead of a juicer. I've ever thought of putting lettuce in my Vitamix although I put spinach almost every day. Duh! I'll have to think about that one. Hubby and I are thinking of getting a juicer for Valentines Day....we figured it would be good for our hearts! Any juicer recommendations? I'm currently leaning toward an Omega single auger juicer.

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VICIOUS421 1/8/2012 7:43PM

    Baby Steps are what I am doing too!!!!! The most important thing is you are taking steps forward!!!!!!

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TKADEEPBREATH 1/8/2012 12:37PM

    My head is spinning from all the things you attend to. And do it very well I might add. Don't let it get on top you . . . though. I get a feeling you thoroughly enjoy the "ride".

People pleasing, well you could look at it from a different prospective, how about being an "equalizer"? I heard this about a person that just wanted to "make things all right" for other people. Not that they wanted to "please" them necessarily, it's just that they wanted them to feel OK?

Well, you have to ask the question "Is that really my job"? For me, the answer has to be a resounding "NO"!!! I can't control how someone else is going to feel and it will be a futile effort if I try. The only reason I know about this so well is because I had to painfully learn this myself.

Here's a scenario, an elderly Mom is at the end and struggling with illness (my daughter-in-law's for the record). I'm compelled to say something to make it better, so in my ignorance try to comfort by saying "She'll soon be in a better place". WRONG . . . ! I just didn't know any better till it happened to me. Through my own experience I finally learned that at a time like that the only "right" thing to say is "I'm sorry . . . ". It was like a huge light got turned on for me. New revelation you could say. I finally understood. You can't make it better for anyone, they just need support. And that's the best thing you can give.

This is getting long, to be continued. I'm going give you a goodie . . . Muah!!! Toodles, Jan

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HEALTHY4ME 1/8/2012 9:43AM

    Busy lady and I know of no store that stays open cos you are going to be late....
HOpe some of my snowbird friends go to your shop. not sure how much I could bring back being in our trailer lol I have no interest to go south but hubby does, he wanted to do it for 2 years now he is hoping i will do it for a few months lol
me I could sell the trrailer today and be fine, enjoy it parked but thats about it.


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MSLZZY 1/7/2012 9:28PM

    And you think I do too much! You amke me look like I am standing still. People-pleasers, unite! And learn to say no!

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SEASONS_CHANGE 1/7/2012 8:26PM

    I sooo wish I had your energy. I may have to give your smoothie recipe a shot! Hopefully, it tastes better than it sounds, lol...

If your guests don't say it, then I will... "Thanks for all that you do as you are very much appreciated."

2012 is the year for you, and to live the way your heart leads...


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VAMANOS 1/7/2012 4:42PM

    Oh, that sounds so familiar! Real estate agents get it, too. The one who shows a buyer 40 houses, or does an EXTRA open house (that is, any at all) for an overpriced seller....that was me! One of the reasons I got OUT of retail real estate. Yes, it's customer service, but when you look at it objectively, it isn't doing the customer any real good, it's just catering to their uneducated whims. A buyer who can't make a decision after 10 houses isn't ready to buy, and the overpriced seller isn't going to sell no matter how many hours you sit in their house with no one coming in to see it. Well, obviously I spent too many years doing it, because here I am ranting about it 5 years later!

You go, girl! Do this for yourself, and make it your top priority, even over losing weight, this year. You've reached that milestone birthday that I used as an excuse to say, I now deserve the best for ME, and that's who's going to come first from now on. emoticon

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MS.ELENI 1/7/2012 11:41AM

    you are one tough cookie. emoticon

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SUNNY332 1/7/2012 11:25AM

    20 people - yie, yie, yie.

I am with OH2BESKINNY on this. emoticon It wears me out just thinking about it.

I used to be a people pleaser but not so much these days. I do understand the necessity to be flexible when you are in business but sometimes, it is just best to stay firm. If people find out you stayed open for one customer, they will ask for you to do the same for them. I guess I am thinking if they wanted it bad enough, they should get to the store during the store hours.

Hang in there. Enjoy your dinner tonight. emoticon

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MYTURN11 1/7/2012 11:22AM

    I will be right there to help you Bobbi but it will take a bit as I am up here in Delaware. Oops my people pleasing skills are showing.

Seriously 20 people?? There must be something to that SUPER BLAST green smoothie and I am hooking myself up w/ one of those - I copied it to try it.

Love ya and enjoy your get together and I mean truly take the time to enjoy after all of your hard work. Sounds delicious!

Best of luck w/' those baby steps ~ sounds like a great plan!

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MIZCATHI 1/7/2012 11:07AM

    Wow, you are so introspective and your thoughts force me to take a look at my own behavior. Am I a pleaser? I'm getting better at that. Entertaining for 20 is a blessing in disguise. To have so many friends must fill your heart despite the work and it's great that you are starting to draw lines.

Having your own retail business is just so personal, but you have to make that sale. So that's why you stayed late, to make the sale. Maybe you can post a big sign at the delivery sign up station that there will be NO EXCEPTIONS in hours for pick up, and state so verbally at the time of the arrangement. Even it they call.

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GOING-STRONG 1/7/2012 10:30AM

    20 people!!
Definitely worth a sweaty brow emoticon!

Hugs to you and congrats on the 2 pounds!

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FLORIDAGHOST 1/7/2012 9:57AM

    I'm like you - I'll have to do the baby steps on changing from, "Sure, I'll do that for you!" and never expect a thing in return or just figure it in anyway. People are selfish and thoughtless - like customers that expect you to stay open a half-hour longer just for them because they can't change their day in the least. But I can tell you from exprerience, if you would have said no, they can sure put on the pressure to change your mind. It's like they can't compromise in the least and, "because you - Ms Vendor - aren't the only store out there, I'll just go find a store that will make changes for me." I think they have been working the system their entire lives to get people to jump for them and of course they do not jump for anyone.

My DH sells flooring and goes through this all the time. He can't have a day off or even an evening off after working 10.5 hours a day. Sundays are days when the customer is home bored out of their mind and thinking, I'll just call over there and make a change, again, to the plan and they'll do it for me or I'll go somewhere else and they know it."

My contention is, how much work do they put into everything to get it done the way they want it? They seem willing to wait until the hottest-place-know-to-man freezes over to get what they want as long as it is done they way they want it regardless of the price or hassles. I think those people enjoy the hassles and don't understand those of us that just want it done as inexpensively as possible, as fast as possible - just done. So we deal with them. Because, it seems, eventually, you are out of business if you don't.

But the saying yes part and pleasing other people seems like part of my genes. Nobody taught me that, I don't think, it was just part of life trying to please everyone. Now I can look at it and realize that if I don't please them, someone else will and if they can't figure out that I don't have to please them, then we aren't very good friends. I know that sounds a little snide, especialy since I say yes to almost everyone, but you get to a point wher eyou have to decide, can I really do this for my friend? Do I really want to? If I do this, what do I have to not do because I only have so much time in my day to do, and I like you, will not give up Sparking! That pleases me period, end of discussion. Oh! We weren't discussing that!

So good for you, is what I say, and I'm with you. Somehow together we will learn to say only to the things we really, really want to do and not the things that are yes'd because we haven't learned to say, I'm sorry, but I don't have time for that."

I have a girlfriend back in WA (which I love your background because it looks like some WA forest with the wild rhody's that are the state flower) and she always had a way around people trying to get the Mayor to do something for them (bragging rights). After she said, "Sorry, no" (in a very nice way) she would refer them to someone that might be able to help them. She didn't worry that they might be as you and I, can't say no, but it got the person off her foot anyway. So it's something I have to learn how to do, too.

Best of luck on this goal. I'm taking it on, too.

Have a great one!

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MIRAGE727 1/7/2012 9:38AM

    ...maybe not on your forehead but one word on the inside of your forearm, surrounded by a hibiscus wreath might look good!
I came by today just to see how you were doing. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. Be strong and go forward this year.
We hope to visit you "down south" from Dunedin soon! Be afraid!
All the best in everything you do!

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WENDYSPARKS 1/7/2012 8:48AM

    I will join you!!!!

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Healthy can become a habit in no time if you commit to it...

Friday, January 06, 2012

I was always a skinny kid growing up, here I am at a Rainbow girls installation (2nd from the left) I never thought a whit about food. When we ate my mom was more of a one pot meal cooker. She didn't think much about eating either and her job as a photo journalist was always primary on her mind...certainly not homemaking. She didn't get married until her mid 30's and didn't have me until she was somewhere around 36ish...something absolutely unheard of in the 50's era.

So like daughter, like mother...I just never focused on food, sometimes I'd even forget to eat and then get this gnawing feeling inside and decide...oh...better eat something. We ate mostly plant based foods, my daddy was a farmer and loved his gardens even after we moved to the BIG city of Des Moines, Iowa. My mother didn't like meats much except turkey...so when she cooked it was usually what came out of the garden fresh. My favorites were wilted lettuce, and new potatoes and green beans. I just loved those dishes as a child.

After I had Josh around the age of 31 I started noticing that I had a little weight left over from pregnancy that was stubborn to drop. I think I really started adding weight in my late 40's to early 50's. I always had a stubborn 10 pounds that I was fighting with that eventually turned into 20, then 30, then 40, and up to 60. So distressing this extra weight is. It harnesses me and reminds me that I really CAN'T do anything by just wishing it away.

So...I'm ready to admit this and get busy shedding it to be the best I can be in the current moment.

I know HOW to lose weight...I just need to LEARN how to consistently practice the healthy habits that keep it off.

That's calories in versus calories out. I have never been a big exerciser for the sake of exercising but I do know that if you get yourself to do it you are rewarded with happy little endorphines that make you feel great...so it's really worth the effort right?

I have NO excuse not to use my treadmill, and I get plenty of exercise vaulting up and down the huge expanse of stairs at our consignment gallery.

You can't tell how really tall they are from this shot...but believe me they are UP there! emoticonI run up and down them many times a day with customer questions. This counts as a work out right?

Another thing I need to work on is eating smaller meals more frequently...this is always a challenge because it demands prep time and planning...both things that my crazy topsy turvy lifestyle challenge me to do.

Then...I need to go within and ask me what is REALLY eating me that I am turning to food to supply when I should be getting to the root of the frustration without food props. Hummmm this is where meditation will come in handy...another challenge I need to learn to sit still for and explore.

I know we all have our own individual journeys to explore in what makes us tick and together I know that supporting each other is nurturing and filling and we can do it WITHOUT food...for sure...for sure! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Great blog!! I do think that running up and down those steep stairs really does count!!

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VICIOUS421 1/8/2012 7:27PM

    emoticon And you will do it with your own unique style and flair!!!!!!!!

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SEASONS_CHANGE 1/7/2012 8:50PM

    Ahhhh, the memories...and with the right tools in place, and with a little help from our friends, it should become a habit in no time!


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GOING-STRONG 1/7/2012 12:03AM

    Yes healthy can become a habit... just repeat behavior (good or bad!) long enough and it becomes routine. I did 5k on the treadmill after work tonight and am trying to do that at least every other day. I want to log in at least 500 miles this year... so jump on that treadmill and we will do it together! Hugs to you, Rhonda

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DS9KIE 1/6/2012 8:20PM

    hey you are so right, the trick to having healthy habits is to keep doing the habits everyday..wow we is that hard but you seem to be doing it.

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BTRTHANEVA 1/6/2012 8:19PM

    I've found a little friend which is a great motivating tool ~ my pedometer. With all the walking and running up and down those stairs, I bet you'd be surprised how many steps/miles you get in during a day! I'm challenging myself to get in 15k a day. Every hour I make sure to get in 1,000 which gets me away from my craft table or computer for a bit.

A BIG wakeup call for me was my latest physical. My ldl's rose 70 points. I had simply stopped caring about what I was putting into my body. NOT ANY MORE! I feel better knowing that I'm fueling my vehicle with nutrious, healthy, good for me foods. I'm planning on blasting those 70 points out and then some by my next check in six months from now.

I'll be right here cheering you on!


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EL-E-E 1/6/2012 11:39AM

    Love this post. Thanks for sharing it. I have recently become reacquainted with endorphins! emoticon I surprise myself with how GREAT I feel after working out. I want to shout it to the world! (It's almost obnoxious, hee hee.)

I wish you great success with your goals!


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VAMANOS 1/6/2012 10:59AM

    I never thought I had a problem with emotional eating. For example, I have never in my life eaten a pint of ice cream just because I had a fight with my husband...and believe me, I had plenty of opportunities with my first. Even the tests say it's not much of a problem for me. But deep in my heart, I know that there are times (like right now when I'm dealing with the stress of having no kitchen and contractors in my house from 9 a.m. until 7 or 8 p.m.) when I use the excuse to have just a little extra treat. I deserve it don't I? What I don't deserve, and neither do you sweet Bobbi, is the health consequences of an extra 20 lbs. or more.

So, you're right. we know HOW, we know WHAT. Now we should take a tip from Nike and just DO IT.

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NEWNAC304 1/6/2012 10:43AM

    Good blog. You're right, it can be a habit we just have to make small changes to make those habits stick. You can do this!

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AUNTB63 1/6/2012 9:07AM

    Interesting blog. One of the keys to success is to put into practice what we know we need to do. Just take it one day at a time....changing perhaps one habit at a time. I assume you grocery shop at least once a week....make out that list with healthier foods in mind....than before you are put away those groceries put together as many single servings that you can for lunches and snacks to take to work.....just a thought to help you out. Have a healthy day and keep sharing a smile. emoticon

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OH WHAT A NIGHT...my birthday...survived it! Onward & Upward!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

emoticonHoly tomatoe...the BIG 60!! Who would have EVER thought I'd get this far in life? As Bette Midler said..."If I knew I'd be around this long...I woulda taken better care of myself!"

I don't project myself far into the future so arriving at the big 6~er never really occurred to me.

I can tell you...I don't FEEL 60...people tell me I don't LOOK 60...but then WHAT does 60 really look like anyhow. My crowd of friends have been under the knife so many times (sorry women...but your secret is OUT)...that I don't really have an actual role model to gauge by.

The only thing I can really say is that I don't have the fire whip energy that I used to have and I'm planning on getting it BACK!

Remember when I first started Spark...dare I say WAYYYYY back in 2009 I was blogging me little heart out about the wonders of RAW eating. I seriously was losing a POUND a day..and I know there were those of you out there that were a little skeptical of those results...but honestly they were TRUE! emoticon I'd wake up at 5 a.m. in the morning for no other reason then I was READY and EXCITED to get out of bed!

Who would have thunk it? I remember those RAW days so fondly and I'm going to get myself stocked up and ready to climb back on the RAW train...at least for awhile until I feel fit enough to alternate RAW with CLEAN eating.

Sooooo...it's too darn cold right now..in the 40's...I KNOW...wimpy Floridian...but I'm going to stock up on organic raw at the Farmer's Market this Thursday...hey...that's tomorrow and we'll be launching our RAW journey anew.

Of course you know I'll share this with you...just because I love you all so much and if I'm crazy healthy and jumping off the planet with energy...I've got to have my lovely Sparkies right there with me right?

Let's start this new RAW adventure Monday January 9th. That gives you a chance to think about it and stock up if you want to join in. Now I also know that RAW probably isn't your first choice for the winter months...but you can still follow my adventure and jump in during spring.

Okay...I'll be your guinea pig how 'bout that?

I MUST do this to capture every bit of energy I can to carry me through 'season'...that's six days a week at the consignment gallery, maintaining the jewelry design for my inventory to keep 2 BUSY farmer's markets going, that puts me up in my jewelry studio til the WEE hours of the morning. Then of course my VERY important social life. Ya gotta have fleshie people in your world right along with your sparkie people too.

So last night...pure spoiled BLISS. If anyone happens to live near a Capital Grille...go there for ANY special occasion. Yes the prices are through the moon...but for special occasions don't hesitate one moment! The hubs made reservations for my birthday dinner online (modern technology STILL knocks me out!) he told them in the comments box that it was my birthday and he wanted to make the dinner special for us and two of our closest friends.

Well....when we arrived and they took us back to the table it was BEAUTIFUL. It had little "happy birthday" charms laying on the table, a card for me saying how much they appreciated that I would share my celebration with them. Then champagne (and it was the GOOD kind) all around in little fluted glasses...so adorable! A picture of all of us before the dinner, developed and delivered after dinner. On top of THAT...a delectable sampling of a sushi grade tuna appetizer, AND a killer triple chocolate cheesecake dessert with forks all the way around!

Talk about SPOILED..yep I was and loved EVERY minute of it! P.S. for $50 bucks an entree with sides extra...I guess they can afford to load up the special occasions. But you know what...when something is REALLY really good...I don't even mind paying top dollar for it. The service was exquisite...although we had a bit of a problem understanding the very PROPER waiters French accent...it was all part of the decorum and I LOVE decorum...so this little occasion was the BEST!

Here's a pic of the cute little beret that my friend Deb got for me along with a beautiful jeweled scarf. She said it was 60ish...for my 60th. Kinda sassy don't you think?

Here's a view that the waiter took with my new I-phone...I'm telling you that camera is BETTER than professional...I'll never have to carry a separate camera around again...technology...LOVE it!

Here's the sweet hubs who made this happen...and this is BIG...he's a tightwad about spending money on fancy smancy restaurants...his theory...what have you got to show for...it just goes right through you...wow...romantic huh?

Okay...it doesn't take much to get me going...this was right before we all went dancing at the club next door!

These were our willing partners in silly town...Don and Richard have been buds for TOO long to remember..they went all through school together and served on the fire department together...you know fire fighters...a crazy brother bond above all others!

Yep...you've got to love Richard...he's silly too!

Okay...there's other pics but I can't show you those...the club was WAY too dark...and I think my camera lost focus!


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    Hey you. Now I know why I was drawn to your page. Happy Birthday! Loved your beret, energy and zest for life. Hope to hit a lull soon and visit more often. I appreciated your visits and heart hugs. 2011 has been a tsunami year, and it's continuing a bit more. I adore your picture of Josh. You do 60 beautifully. Cute hubby, too. You two are a sweet match. Luv ya. Sue

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TKADEEPBREATH 1/8/2012 12:03PM

    OMG Bobbie . . . I missed your birthday! Dang, I can't believe it . . . no excuses only to wish you a very happy belated one.

My birthday was 1/1 and I turned 59. We have a lot in common GF. I wish I could have celebrated with you. Your party looked like a lot of fun. Can't have too many of those "fun" times!!

I've been thinking of you since you responded to my recurring dream blog in November but . . . well, life swallowed me whole for a while and my time on SP got very sparse. I hate that because I love catching up with my friends and you are definitely one of my BFs.

Anyway, Happy Happy Birthday and I love the "what does 60 look like anyway" comment. I'm with you there. We are changing the stereotype on that right? Yah!!! Rock on . . . that's what I say.

Love you Bobbi, may all the best and what you sow into others come back in multiplicity . . . and then some. You deserve it.

Bye Doll . . . love, Jan emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 1/8/2012 4:04AM

    It sounds like you, your DH and friends had a great time! You definitely deserved what that meal cost!! Glad you had a great time!

It's too hard to do RAW eating here in the middle of nowhere. If / when we move back to the city I will try RAW eating. Until then, I will live vicariously through you! emoticon emoticon

Happy belated birthday! emoticon emoticon emoticon You certainly don't look 60 though! Hoping you have many, many more happy birthdays to come!!

emoticon and emoticon to you my sweet, beautiful virtual mom!!

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SEASONS_CHANGE 1/6/2012 9:28AM

    What an awesome, fun time it looks like you had. And your company looks fun too. 60, wow, you don't look it!

Glad you had a great birthday, you deserved it and may the happiness continue throughout the year!

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TSISQUAUSDI 1/5/2012 7:47PM

    So glad your birthday was wonderful! A beautiful time for a beautiful lady!

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MPARKER67 1/5/2012 12:10PM

    Happy Birthday. Wish I was having my 60th again instead of approaching 63!

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SUNNY332 1/5/2012 8:54AM

    So happy for you. Looks like it was a great party.

BTW, I think we will always feel "Young at Heart". I don't see myself as 65 either and DH says he still feels like he is 21. So glad in our mind's eye, we are still young.

Hugs, Sunny

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CEB2007 1/5/2012 5:12AM

    WOW what a night. Sounds like you had fun. Wishing you many many more.

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VICIOUS421 1/5/2012 1:48AM

    I am glad you had a Great Time!!!!! You look Beautiful and I would have guessed in the 40s if you hadn't of said!!!! So keep on doing what you are doing it is definately working for you!!!!!!!
Enjoy going Raw LOL that sounds almost wicked!!!!!! You will do AWESOME at whatever you want to do!!!!!!!
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SAL1512 1/4/2012 10:35PM

    Happy Birthday!
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GOING-STRONG 1/4/2012 7:05PM

    Thanks for sharing your birthday events with us... the evening looked FABULOUS and you absolutely SPARKLE. A Big 60 Hug to you, R.

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BARBARAROSE54 1/4/2012 12:43PM

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Happy birthday Bobbi..... your hubs did great !

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VAMANOS 1/4/2012 12:09PM

    I've got the biggest smile on my face! So happy that you had a stand-out birthday celebration! That's the way to do it, Love.


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MS.ELENI 1/4/2012 11:33AM

    Awesome. I threw myself a big party when I turned 60.Rented the elks club.Food was a pot luck with family and friends bringing food. I am always thankful for each birthday

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SCIGEEK 1/4/2012 10:17AM

    Happy Happy Happy Birthday! I am glad you had such a wonderful celebration for your special day. It looks like you all had a blast! Hope this year brings you much joy and all the energy you are hoping for with the RAW program. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIZCATHI 1/4/2012 10:16AM

    Happy Big 60 Birthday to you - you look Mavelous Darlink! Good luck on the RAW diet - sorry, won't be undertaking that challenge!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/4/2012 9:36AM

    Happy Birthday, Bobbi. Ignore the number. It's just that - a number. Have a great year.

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DS9KIE 1/4/2012 9:20AM

    Sounds like you had a great birthday.

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BECKYSRN 1/4/2012 9:05AM

    Happy birthday, heart sister! You and the hubs look very happy! And you look simply smashing! I'm glad you had a great time.
And there's a Capital Grille just up the street from school... so maybe when I feel flush I'll have to check it out!

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MOSTMOM1 1/4/2012 8:53AM

    You look fab AND sassy! Way to rock the 60! I'm glad you had a marvy time and have fun with your new iPhone.
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    Congratulations on such a lovely birthday celebration!!!

GO RAW!!! I look forward to your exciting blogs about it! It really worked for you.

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-CHERYL 1/4/2012 8:43AM

    I got the iPhone 4 for my Christmas present and I LOVE IT! It's so great it makes me want to buy a Mac computer! The camera is a beast!
And the bar code scanner app! The Spark app!

You look fantastic! Mawvolous! You don't look plasticy like those folks who get surgery, they just don't look "right".
Stay natural!

Happy Birthday!


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A tasty healthy one skillet meal in a flash..MY kind of cooking! :-))

Monday, January 02, 2012

emoticonJanuary 2 and I'm still up to my healthy habits...good job Roberta. That's my given name and I always use it when I'm feeling kinda pompous and important.

I feel good when I make healthy choices...and today I stayed on task. I got my treadmill in and extra exercise dashing up and down the long staircase to my studio. I worked on a few projects up there and could quite easily just LIVE up there full time. Of course I'd have to come down for occasional QUICK meals like the one I made tonight..hee..hee...but other than that...just me, my beads, and HGTV...we'd all get along just fine!

My studio is truly my bliss and as you know the one place I hate to give up if we are forced to leave our beloved home.

I'm still in the thick of the 'save our home' fight but whatever happens happens...I'll just have to adjust.

It WON'T be easy...I LOVE my studio..but you know that by now don't you?

No where.. ABSOLUTELY no where.. in the world makes me happier or more inspired to create things of beauty than right upstairs in my cozy little nest of a studio. The 2nd floor of this home and the wetlands behind it are the two principle things I will miss VERY much! But I'm keeping the faith babes...and hoping that for once...just once.. the courts will favor the little guy..hopefully optimistic as they say. emoticon I keep thinking of the saying "Only she who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible!" C. Moses

But the real truth is...I wish I had a relative who is a member of congress...or a bestie who is a judges wife or something more pertinent to the way the world REALLY works.. emoticon Alas I don't...I only have me..the little warrior woman that I am!

Here's a shot of the wetlands right outside my studio window...who wouldn't be inspired looking at the face of God himself..in his beautiful gift of nature?

Say big powerful prayers for the hubs and I to be able to stay in our home at a payment that we can actually afford. It surely wasn't our fault that the construction industry fell through the crapper and our 30 year business suffered the solvency we were so accustomed to earning and making the sky high mortgage payments. Trust me we made those payments for years..so the bank really is ahead of the game as far as monies earned. We worked and worked with those scoundrels to get a permanent modification and they stomped our good will right into the mud committing crimes and fraud that should have THEM in jail...not US out of our beloved home.

But hey...it's only the second day of a brand new year..so I've got to stop the pity party and realize that we are truly blessed to have each other, great friends, a thriving new business and a lawyer who is fighting the good fight for us. Well...actually I'm fighting the good fight..they take my research and do the legal paper pushing... emoticon I can assure you...if I weren't the engine on the track...we'd be sitting at the station.

Good point...don't expect other people to do your work...if you want it done...get off your little tushie and make it happen. We are all the master's of our own ships and God helps those who help themselves.. you get my point..right?

I had a productive, healthy day. I updated the consignment gallery website if you want to check out my hard work take a gander at www.foundobjektconsignmentgallery.com you'll find the website..and I'm pretty proud to tell you I built it me~self along with Yahoo's help.

If you can't pick it up right away...we sometimes have problems with our Mac go to yahoo as your server and we should pop right up. Sorry...shameless self promotion there for a minute or two...but if you don't toot your own horn...no one else will. Okay...enough.. you tell me with the sayings already! emoticon

For dinner I made a super quick and easy but yet very healthy one skillet meal. You might like it...goes together in 15 minutes and cooks in just a little over 20 minutes.

Mango Mojito Chicken
4-4 oz chicken breasts
2 ripe mangos, pitted and diced
1 green pepper chopped
1 c low sodium chicken broth
1/2 c chopped scallions
2 T chopped fresh mint
1 T fresh lime juice
1 t finely grated lime zest
1 t finely grated garlic
2 c cooked brown rice

In large skillet heat 2 T olive oil on med. high. Salt & pepper chicken breasts and cook 1-2 minutes on each side til nice and brown.
Add mangos, bell pepper, broth, scallions, mint, lime juice, lime zest and garlic and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium, partially cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes undisturbed until chicken is cooked through. Add rice to skillet and stir to combine cook a few minutes to heat through.

1 chicken breast and 1 c mango rice mixture = approx. 340 calories

Not bad and QUITE tasty too!

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What did YOU do today to stay healthy and happy...I'm taking names and checking your resolve..okay..yes...I realize it is only day 2 of our brand new year, but every day a little something will move you closer to your ideal..so fill me in. emoticon

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KAY-KADUNKA 1/17/2012 2:44PM

    Again it was an honour to be able to peek into a bit of your world (and heart).

My prayer for you:

"Take this child of yours dear Lord and hold her close to your heart, continue to give her the strength to continue with the tests you are putting before her, but take her hand and give her a sign that you are leading her to where she needs to be. I feel that you have given her the heart of a Proverbs 30 woman, you have also given her love and compassion for others as well as the ability to push through adversity and stay upright, but lord its now time for you to make your presence and promise felt as you did say that all who come to you weary, you will give them rest. She loves her home Lord, please dont let her lose it, she has lost far too much already. Amen"

Bless you my lovely friend.


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CATHYGETSFIT 1/7/2012 9:05PM

    The meal sounds yummy! emoticon

I like your website. You did a nice job too! However, if you don't mind I can give you some tips since I've made several websites before. Use the KISS (Keep It Short and Sweet) principle.

1) It's too wordy. You need to treat people like they have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) because most of society doesn't like to read.

2) A video would be better. You can talk on the video and explain what you want. Again, keep it short and to the point (5 minutes or less). People get bored quickly and easily.

These are just suggestions of course. emoticon

emoticon and emoticon to you my sweet and loving virtual mom!

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SAL1512 1/4/2012 10:32PM

    Sorry to hear that you are fighting to keep your home. Thank you for sharing the pictures. Happy New Year!

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DS9KIE 1/4/2012 9:01AM

    hey your recipe sounds like my recipes that I make (minus the meat) and i add a lot of veggies...yum

good for you on doing the treadmill

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WENDYSPARKS 1/4/2012 7:52AM

    So far I had oatmeal for breakfast with lowfat milk and almonds and cinnamon in it. Had a cup of coffee and some orange juice. Woo Hoo!!!! Next will be thinking of some exercises to do soon. Took down your web site and will check it out. Have a good day...love the pictures!!

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    Your website looks great!

I was in Stuart Fla. for a couple days right before Christmas visiting friends of my husband. It was a very spur of the moment trip. I wondered where you lived while I was was there because I wanted to pay a surprise visit to your shop. I didn't have my computer with me....only my smartphone. I did several searched for "found object gallery".....I remembered it was the name of your shop, but couldn't remember how you had changed the spelling. I couldn't find it with the limited access I had on my phone. I see now that it would have been quite a drive over to Bonita Springs. After hubby retires next year, we will have more time for longer trips to Florida in the winter. When that happens, I'm make sure we take the time to come visit you and see your amazing gallery and jewelry.

BTW...I totally get how you love the Florida weather in the winter. It was great to be out walking on the beach in shorts. We woke up to 17 degrees this morning back in Illinois. Brrrr!

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VAMANOS 1/3/2012 2:36PM

    That looks like something I could cook in my electric skillet...my main standby while my kitchen remodel is going on. I did brown Minute rice in the microwave last night, something I've never done before, and I may just keep doing it. It turned out better than stovetop IMHO.

You know, one of the things that we have learned in the two years since we gave up our dream home is that you don't get the opportunity to rethink what works while you have the status quo. What I mean by that is that I never got a chance to make a sewing room, my minor equivalent to your studio, while living in our dream home, because we had a constant parade of boomerang kids living in our upstairs space with their spouses and children. So our having to give that place up had two positive outcomes just from this perspective. First, our kids had to learn to stand on their own two feet. That was most important to me, and believe me, even as I write this, I'm aware that you probably wish with all your heart that you had your Josh, a significant other, and maybe even a grandchild living with you. I'm not trivializing that, it's just that we have had different trials in life.

The second outcome was that in this little, old, mostly outdated rental where we are living, there is a small room that isn't good for anything better than a sewing and craft room for me. It has hardwood floors, too little light, and isn't perfect, but it is a consolation and I'm enjoying having it. So be prepared for something just as good or maybe even better...it could be around a corner that you wouldn't turn at all if you didn't have to.

Always remember, look for the silver lining and you just might find gold!


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BELOVE2013 1/3/2012 12:04PM

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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GOING-STRONG 1/2/2012 10:20PM

    I LOVE one skillet or one pot meals... especially if you get leftovers and have enough for 2 meals... that is a WIN WIN in my book! I had Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup for dinner tonight. I made a big batch a few days ago and I love how it ages... just gets better. The recipe is in the 2011 Costco cookbook (available on-line_ and it is easy peasy too! Glad to hear that your New Year is off to a strong start. I just KNOW that 2012 is going to be our year to rock. Cheers "clink". Hugs, Rhonda

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VICIOUS421 1/2/2012 9:12PM

    Sounds Yummy!!!!!!!

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SEASONS_CHANGE 1/2/2012 8:40PM

    sounds delish and the pictures are beautiful!


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SUNNY332 1/2/2012 8:31PM

    That is a great studio and I know you would miss it. I am keeping you all in my prayers. Do keep us posted.

I took a look at the website - it is awesome.


The New Year lies before you
Like a spotless tract of snow
Be careful how you tread on it
For every mark will show.
~Author Unknown~

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MS.ELENI 1/2/2012 8:24PM

    Web site looks great emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 1/2/2012 8:12PM


keeping you and hubs in my prayers.

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