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Avocado & Grapefruit Salad!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I went to the grocery store today with this recipe in hand. It turned out rather yummy, so I thought I'd share the recipe with my Sparklers!

AVOCADO AND GRAPEFRUIT SALAD
(4 servings)

Dressing:
1.5 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp liquid honey
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 olive oil
1 chipotle pepper, finely chopped
2 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
black pepper

8 cups baby salad greens, (or spinach & romaine mixed)
1 large avocado, pitted, peeled & cut into thin wedges
1 grapefruit, peeled & thinly sliced
1/2 pecan halves

Place first 4 ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine. Mix the chipotle pepper, cilantro and pepper. Add lettuse, acocado, grapefruit and pecans and toss to combine.

Divide salad between 4 plates, ensuring some ot the avocado, grapefruit and pecans decorage the top.

378 calories, 4.3 gm. protein, 33 gm fat, 22.9 gm carbohydrate, 8.8 gm dietary fibre, 28 mg sodium, 8% of your calcium, 14% of daily iron, 100% daily vitamin C, 49% folate

Bonne apetite!

  
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MACGIRRL 10/22/2009 12:05AM

    This sounds divine. Avocado/Cilantro/Lime One fave olfactory trifecta on my taste buds. Thank you!

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GOSPELCLOWN 10/19/2009 12:28PM

    I would definitely try this recipe with mandarin orange sections and I'd substitute the pecans with cashews for a bit of a change up!



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LACEEJO11 10/19/2009 11:31AM

    That sounds sooo good! I used to eat grapefruit and avocado together for breakfast!! I love avocado...full of health benefits too!!



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LINGUISTMARCIE 10/19/2009 8:36AM

    That sounds great. I can't have grapefruit though because of my medicine. Think an orange or two would work instead?

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MRSAKINS2005 10/19/2009 5:58AM

    Sounds great...will have to try it this weekend.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/18/2009 11:43PM

    Sounds Yummy!!! Thanks for sharing!!
Hugs,
Helen

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MSLZZY 10/18/2009 10:18PM

    Sounds delicious-thanks for sharing!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 10/18/2009 10:18PM

    Thanks, sounds pretty good!

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BUBBLES1541 10/18/2009 10:17PM

    I need to try this one! Thanks for sharing!!

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DEWEYDAME 10/18/2009 10:15PM

    Thanks for reminding me of one of my fave salads! joan

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Faux Finished Wall

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Last week I was all excited about painting the wall in my kitchen. It used to be a dusty rose, which had been selected by the home's previous owner. We have chili peppers in the kitchen now, so the pink just wasn't working.

DH's sister came out for a visit and enthusiastically volunteered to color wash the wall in any 2 colors that I chose. I went with a brown and beige. The look was supposed to be a suede or parchment (mottled look.)



Did we get it right?

  
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LINGUISTMARCIE 10/16/2009 8:31AM

    Wow! I think you got it right. Looks fantastic and I bet it compliments your chili peppers nicely!

Enjoy cooking your healthy food in there!

M.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/9/2009 11:55AM

    WONDERFUL...WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WALL. ABSOLUTELY INSPIRATIONAL!!! NOW I WANT TO DO SOMETHING WITH MINE. I WILL HAVE TO ASK A FRIEND IF SHE CAN DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS FOR ME. I LOVE THE COLOR!!! YOU DEFINITELY GOT IT RIGHT!!!
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BLESSINGS AND HUGS,
HELEN

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CLEOLEFT1 10/8/2009 5:06PM

    that is gorgeous! thanx for your comment on my blog. I need to just worry about my own responsibilities and not worry about everyone elses

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LITTLE_QUEEN 10/7/2009 9:35PM

    I think it looks very nice

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CANNOTFATHOM 10/7/2009 9:32PM

    It looks really nice!


Penny

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SHEWHODOES 10/7/2009 10:49AM

    I love it!! That is what we are thinking about doing in our dinning room, but was worried it would be to hard to do? Was the process horrible, or pretty easy?
I think the way it looks is just beautiful!
Great Job!

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GLENDAJ5 10/7/2009 10:41AM

    Beautiful. I love color!!! So much happier than beige.

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MSLZZY 10/7/2009 10:28AM

    Looks great to me! Somebody has a true gift!

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With God's Help

Friday, October 02, 2009

Dear God:

The girl reading this
is beautiful, classy and
strong, and I love her..
Help her live her life to the fullest.
Please promote her and cause her to excel above her expectations.
Help her shine in the darkest places where it is impossible to love.
Protect her at all times, lift her up when she needs you the most,
and
let her know when she walks with you,
She will always be safe.
Love you Girl!!!!

  
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MSLZZY 10/4/2009 11:36PM

    The same to you, dear friend!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 10/2/2009 1:55PM

    Awwww...... Thanks Karen, I love this.

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Thank You For Your Prayers!

Friday, September 25, 2009

To those of you out there in Spark Land, who have been praying for me to secure steady, valuable employment, I send my thanks.

You have given me encouragement and boosted my enthusiasm to keep on going. I know that there is a quality job out there, possibly close to home and available in His timing.

There are so many of us these days who are being trained in the discipline of patience.

Have a good weekend to all my friends-- keep spreading The Spark!

  
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JENNY712 10/2/2009 11:41AM

    Hello! Patience! I need patience too! May the bless, direct, and keep you. Love and prayers, Jenny emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/26/2009 6:56AM

    God will provide an answer in HIS time so patience will be your tool for getting through this time until the right job comes along. I hope it is not a long wait. Take care of yourself and have a good weekend!

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CANNOTFATHOM 9/25/2009 9:34PM

    Hope the right job finds you soon!


Penny

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LACEEJO11 9/25/2009 5:17PM

   

WE ain't done yet my friend...as GOD hasn't been able to bless you, YET, with what HE has for you...so we are still in the praying mode!!

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Interview Went Very Well, But Didn't Get Job

Friday, September 25, 2009

Doesn't that title say it all?

I had a very positive & uplifting job interview on Wednesday. My blood pressure numbers were ferocious, but once it was behind me, well, OK, much later that night I noticed my BP numbers started to decline. Phew...

On Thursday afternoon, about 2:30pm my time, they called to say that they really like me (SOOOO Sally Fields!!) but they will be employing a gal who thoroughly knows a Mac computer already. I had said that I was up for the challenge and had already watched the Mac tutorials but didn't quite cut it, I guess.

I have to tell you that the 28 hours wait to hear the news seemed excruciatingly long.
The very kind lady who interviewed me and had to phone me back was a nice as nice could be. She asked if she could hold on to my resume for 3 months in case something else popped up. (She didn't even sound like a recorded message when she said that to me!)
Yes, I've been told that very line many times before.

Am I crushed? Feeling like I've crashed and burned??? Nope. Not one little bit.
And since life has gifted me with "lemons" I will, in my Karen fashion, go to the kitchen to make lemonade.

My first phone call was to the doctor for a blood pressure appointment. I've been told that I should have gone for that check up a while ago... so to my BP coaches, thank you, and I will be tested on Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone out there need a 50 year old receptionist with excellent phone skills??
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LACEEJO11 9/25/2009 5:14PM

    I hate to sound cliche...but it is so true, when one door closes another one opens. I have been a L.P.N. for nearly 30 years, and I use to say"I have never applied for a job I didn't get"...well, that is sure past tense now!! I am still a capable, skilled and caring nurse, I just have a bit of a hip problem, when I do apply for a nursing job now days it is an in home job, where I only have one patient, and no lifting.... I have changed my field over to child development (that is why I am in college getting my masters).... Not near as much money in it, LOL, I love it so much that it makes up for that. Also I am my own boss, don't have to leave my home to go to work, (my work comes to me)

My point is that I never would have dreamed that was going to happen, say 8 years ago...I didn't have a clue, but guess who did? You got it...GOD had made provisions for me long ago!!!

I just had to be open to new possibilities and go with the flow, so to speak!! HE had even provided me with that extra bedroom, so I had the room for my day care room!!

I would just like to encourage you, I know what it feels like to get your hopes up, then let down. You have a great attitude about it!!

I will keep praying for GOD to guide you where it is that HE plans to bless you. I hope you keep your horizons open, cause like I said, I am a nurse turned day care provider, and I really do love it!! PLUS, there will always be a need for this, and I can retire from it, actually I can keep on working as long as I am in good enough health to do so!!

We just never know what might work out for us! LOVE & HUGS, LaceEjo11

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