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Food/Ingredient question

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hi everyone!
I have a question. Do any of you use "plain low-fat yogurt" in your recipes? Every time I try to use it I get sick. I mean, I can eat regular ol' yogurt all day long and be fine. I LOVE yogurt! But for some reason I always get really sick when I try to use "plain low-fat yogurt'. And another question, for those who do use it, is it kind of sticky-ish? The recipe for the day today was a Mousse a la Banana and it sounds so very yummy and I want to try it but I'm afraid to because it has the "plain low-fat yogurt" in it. Any help would be much appreciated.

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MONISLUV 10/30/2008 2:41PM

    I have a hard time with plain low-fat yogurt, too. I don't with the fat-free, though. I tend to use it like sour cream or as a creamy base for salad dressings and other things I might use mayo or sour cream for. I also mix it with honey, cinnimon, nutmeg, ginger, and a touch of orange juice as a fruit dip. It may also be the brand you use. Try diffferent brands. I have also mixed cucumber, diced, thinly sliced onions, fresh parsley, and chives, and used as a topping for backed potatoes. Diversity rules! LOL! I also use it in brownies and cake mixes. It makes them moister. I use between a half cup and a cup. Hope this helps. emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 10/30/2008 12:53AM

    I use fat free yogurt in my recipes with no problems. I have become a fan of the ff greek yogurt mixed with granola.
Hope all is well with you! Good to see you! emoticon

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Will Things EVER Go Right?

Monday, October 20, 2008

We are just so screwed! Our money situation didn't work out the way it was supposed to. Crystal has been applying for jobs up north like crazy. But not getting any hits. I'm taking classes so that I can start bringing money in soon, but my computer is a Mac and I have to have a PC to continue the classes because the programs are all windows based. We have to have a place to live before Thanksgiving and I don't know how on Earth we're going to do it. I've been steadily gaining weight and it's starting to really effect my body in a bad bad ways. My breathing is becoming very labored and I run out of breathe very easily. My knees hurt constantly so it hurts to walk. I can't sleep. ... sigh... It seems that since February of 2008 everything we try we fail at. I have been trying to stay positive. I've been telling myself that it's all going to be ok and we'll make it. But when is enough enough? How much more hell do I have to go through? I'm really having trouble keeping my focus positive. I'm at a point that I just want to give up, crawl in a hole and disappear. I know this is just a crappy blog and I'm sorry. But I don't have any outlets anymore where I can talk to people around me. So I'm doing it here. I hope that's ok. I'm just exhausted. I don't want to do this anymore. It's just too freaking hard. This month marks 8 months of total and complete stress and chaos. I can't take much more of it. I keep thinking... 'soon we'll be able to lighten up the stress and breathe a little and get back to a decent life' but it's not going to happen. I can no longer see the light at the end of the tunnel and when I do glimpse a tiny bit of light down that tunnel it ends up being a hungry dragon ready to devour my hopes again.


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SRILUNA 11/11/2008 12:57PM

    Hi IrishRaven,

You are wonderfully expressive in this blog and we all hit walls at times. Do you have a freecycle group where you are? Freecycle is a web based group with chapters all over the world and they are devoted to recycling rather than throwing stuff out. Really what it means is that a community of folks pass on stuff that they are done with to each other. In the area I live many people post computers and printers and the like. And also many people post asking if anyone has an old laptop or computer they would be willing to part with. Might be an easy way to get what you need for your class. Sometimes it takes a little while, but almost always someone digs around and freecycles something you need.
I didn't know sparkpeople had a two mommies team until I visited your page -- I'm delighted to see it :)

Blessed be -

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GINW1977 10/26/2008 9:13AM

    I have felt this way, too. It will get better. Try to keep your head up. You know you can always call me to vent, too.

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TRACYZABELLE 10/20/2008 3:04PM

    I think we all hit a point in our lives whe n we think nothing else can go wrong..I am sorry that you are so stressed out over all this stuff. Just thikn from here it can only gert bettter, I am pulling for you both!!!

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Thank you Nora Jones!

Monday, October 20, 2008

My sentiments exactly... for this election and the last two combined!

"My Dear Country"
Nora Jones
Album: Not Too Late

'Twas Halloween and the ghosts were out,
And everywhere they'd go, they shout,
And though I covered my eyes I knew,
They'd go away.

But fear's the only thing I saw,
And three days later 'twas clear to all,
That nothing is as scary as election day.

But the day after is darker,
And darker and darker it goes,
Who knows, maybe the plans will change,
Who knows, maybe he's not deranged.

The news men know what they know, but they,
Know even less than what they say,
And I don't know who I can trust,
For they come what may.

'cause we believed in our candidate,
But even more it's the one we hate,
I needed someone I could shake,
On election day.

But the day after is darker,
And deeper and deeper we go,
Who knows, maybe it's all a dream,
Who knows if I'll wake up and scream.

I love the things that you've given me,
I cherish you my dear country,
But sometimes I don't understand,
The way we play.

I love the things that you've given me,
And most of all that I am free,
To have a song that I can sing,
On election day.


Well... you ain't gonna believe this

Monday, October 13, 2008

So we have been in Louisiana since July 30, 2008. We've been through 2 hurricanes. Gustov knocked the dickens out of us and Ike just got windy and rains. We've met a few really really wonderful people. I am in love with the history of Louisiana. It's very much alive and you can feel it and sense it all around you here. Not only in the ghosts, but in the people you meet, the houses you see, the land itself just speaks of this life that has been lived on it. Very powerful! It's not a dead document lying in a state building under a sheet of glass... you can touch it and see it and feel I said I just love it. Some of the people here though...well... I don't fit in here. And we've had a lot more downs than ups in the short time we've been here. I can't seem to find balance here. I can't find that place within myself that is peaceful in my surroundings. I think Crystal wanted to move here so badly in hopes to reconnect with her family. Unfortunately that did not happen. Her family doesn't even call her. They aren't there for her in any manner. They don't like that she is gay and with me here it just seems to re-enforce that for them. They seem to see me as the evil that keeps her chained in the sin of being gay! Ridiculous I know, but that is what it feels like. The sad thing is that her Dad is really a very nice good man. He likes me. But then he sees me with Crystal and you can just see the change. It's odd really. Like he's fighting with himself because as long as I was in Texas he could hate me from a distance, but now that he is getting to know me a little he likes me and is fighting with himself because he doesn't want to like me... if that makes any sense at all. Crystal says she doesn't think we will ever truly be happy here. I think she might be right. She says that she doesn't really think there is anything for us here either. I can see where she is coming from on that. The schools are ranked very low nationally here and that is a HUGE thing for us since we are planning a family and since Jordon will be coming home soon. We have to have good schools. Anyway. Due to all the stress and hurt and inability to get a step up without getting knocked back down... we are moving... again!

We have declared our intentions to move to Boulder Colorado. Our friends, Kim and Michelle who just had the baby, are moving there in about a year or so. We want to be with them again. I want to be where it snows and you can actually watch the seasons change. We have spent long hours talking about this. We are both really happy with this decision. In the time since we've made this decision Crystal and I have both been smiling more, laughing more, and simply feeling a better sense of well-being. I think it's a good decision.

My dear friend, Julia, is going to help us out a lot! She has graciously offered us a room in her home so that we can save up a couple of paychecks to move on and so Crystal will have time to get a job up north! I'm really excited about this because it will give me a chance to see Julia's world and spend some good quality time with her. I'm seeing it as a sort of Rest and Recuperation time so that I can hopefully remove some of the negative chaotic feelings I've been having so they don't go with me to my new life.

SO there's the update!

I hope this posting finds all my wonderful SP friends and family happy, healthy and loved!


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BZYBEE 10/14/2008 5:14PM

    I'm glad to see that you are getting back on track. Hope you enjoy CO and being there. It is daughter lived in Denver a while. Anyway, glad to hear from you and glad you finding your way. Don't let what others think hurt to much...they just don't understand or accept change. Stay strong and be happy...hugs for now...BEE

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

My best friends, Kim and Michelle, have had their baby (I call him my Nephew Prince!)!! Michelle went into labor on Sept. 31, 2008 at 8:30am and gave birth to Ryan James at 10:07 am on OCT. 1, 2008!!!! He was 21 days early but he is very healthy and beautiful. He entered this world at a wonderful 7 pounds 8 ounces!!! I have posted a photo of him in my Photo Gallery!! I AM SOOOO FRIGGIN EXCITED I COULD JUST BUST!!!!!

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CELTIC_WITCH 10/3/2008 6:35PM

    Oh, congrats! New babies are so wonderful. Give my best to the moms.

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TRICIA39 10/2/2008 9:56PM

    That is sweet! Babies are precious. :)

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