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5K Training on Autumn Trails

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I am doing the 5K training again. I go out at 8 AM while the trail is still shaded and my energy level is high. Our YMCA membership is renewed for another year and I will go back to the gym when I am back home. My diet is not so good, but maybe a little guilt is good and that is why I am running ; )

We are leaving the hotel and going to Edmonton and our campsite (no WiFi). Thanks for you comments on my blog. I really appreciate hearing from you and wish I had more computer time to visit your page. Have a great week!

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NIKEIT2011 9/30/2009 9:18PM

    I hope you are enjoying the "unplugged" time!!!!!!!

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LINDA! 9/28/2009 1:05PM

    We are thinking of you!! Enjoy your walk!

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LESLIECOY 9/28/2009 12:19PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonEnjoy the crisp air of fall on your face! emoticonWalk On!

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    Wow!! Look at you!! You set the bar so high. I need to do better. LOL.

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CHRYS13 9/27/2009 6:38PM

    You are amazing! Best wishes with your training!

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PJCHILIS 9/27/2009 2:41PM

    I think you're wonderful. I read what you and others are doing with 5K's and I'm breathing with exhaustion.

Keep it up, you're great.--PJ

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GOODBYEXL 9/27/2009 1:55PM

    You have the most amazing attitude and spirit. You are truly and inspiration. When things get tough for me, I am going to think of you.

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BUGLET- 9/27/2009 12:31PM

    You're doing great, keep it up and before you know it, you'll be back home. It sounds like you're enjoying it though...well wishes from me... emoticon

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CAROLJ94941 9/27/2009 12:27PM

    Good luck on your 5k training!

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Wonderful Autumn Days!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

I haven't blogged for awhile - no computer connection. The hot spot at the campsite is gone and I don't know if they will fix it. We are away for the weekend in High River to attend a 50th wedding anniversary. What fun! Their tip for success, 50 years and never had a fight. I think from all the pictures, they are always smiling and happy to be together.

I am doing well, no adverse effects yet. My appointments are at various times each day. I think that was done to accomodate me, so I could start and finish my radiation treatments sooner, and be back home before it gets too cold. Thursday I had a physio therapy, so I keep all the mobility in my shoulder.

After the first radiation treatment, I decided to make peace with my feelings about having the treatments. It is now my relaxation time and I look forward to going and seeing the wonderful people who are so helpful and kind. The other day I was listening to an audio book while I was wearing my hospital gown and sitting in the waiting room waiting to be called in. I am almost fell asleep. During the treatments I listen to piano music on my iPod and yesterday during the treatment I almost fell asleep. I will consider it a real success when I start snoring while I am getting a treatment!

When I started treatment I had a 40% chance this BC won't recur and I am 8/16 through the treatments and a 68% chance it won't recur. By the time I finish the treatments I will be at 97%!

We are really enjoying our camping lifestyle. With Alan being just a short drive from the office, we are sleeping later, drinking coffee, reading the paper and eating together in the morning. At home he gets up alone as he is on auto pilot - gets ready for work, catches the bus to the mine, then naps on his way to work. This is so nice to share time together in the morning.

Thursday I made dinner in the slow cooker outside (chicken mushroom soup casserole). When Alan got home we sat outside and played cards, had dinner and walked. We are sleeping very well every night too. It was a heat record for Edmonton, 33C which is 92.3F! I brought a couple of my favorite potted plants along and the look gorgeous, in fact I fertilized them yesterday as they are still getting more blooms.

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CHRYS13 9/27/2009 6:42PM

    What an attitude! emoticon
So glad to read of the 97% !!! another emoticon
Glad that you're sleeping/resting well and can't wait to read the blog that you'll write telling us that you did fall asleep during treatment!

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DEBBIER9 9/27/2009 11:39AM

    Love your out look and hoping the 97 goes to 100%
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SPEECHIED 9/27/2009 10:31AM

    The campsite lifestyle sounds wonderful! Your positive outlook will raise your percentage to the highest possible success! You can do it! emoticon

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AVONLADY3883 9/27/2009 4:53AM

    97% sounds like a wonderful number!! emoticon emoticon
God Bless you! Annette

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LINDA! 9/26/2009 8:40PM

    Wow 97% is wonderful. Keep doing what you are doing. You are such a positive role model.

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PJCHILIS 9/26/2009 8:37PM

    You say 97%, but we're all cheering for 110%. Check your library for internet service. Glad everything is going well.--PJ

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    It was so wonderful to hear from you!!! And to see how well you are doing though I am not surprised really. You always seem to make the best of everything. Sending lots of hugs to you for a complete and speedy recovery.

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MAUITN 9/26/2009 7:39PM

    You are sailing through this like a breeze like the strong and happy woman you are. Enjoy your party and weekend.



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BUGLET- 9/26/2009 7:33PM

    I'm glad you are doing so good. I was wondering how you were! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANCYCA555 9/26/2009 7:16PM

    Bless you for your positive outlook and here's praying for that 97%.

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Hi From the Campsite

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sept. 16, 2009 – Radiation Treatment 1, 15 to go

It is easy to lose yourself in the moment and worry needlessly. For me, I was concerned about larger radiation doses but fewer number of treatments, 16 vs the standard 25, possibly resulting in more peripheral damage to the lungs, heart, ribs and shoulder. Then I met the man next door to us in the campground. He had lung cancer 2.5 yrs ago and had part of his lung removed and chemo. His cancer has recurred and now he is having radiation. He will certainly have more peripheral damage. So let’s not lose sight of what the goal is – prevent a recurrence and deal with other issues if and when they happen. Most of what we worry about never happens.

I ran into him at the cancer clinic. I just missed seeing his brother, a farmer who has rectal cancer and is taking radiation and chemo concurrently. He is driving himself 2.5 hrs each way, everyday so he can harvest his grain. That is one tough guy! He is living in the moment and gives it his all every day.

The first radiation treatment was longer than the subsequent treatments will be. They did scans and marked me up with permanent marker, likely doing a double check of what had been done before. I was in a supine position on the treatment table (much like a very narrow x-ray table) with my arms above my head, resting in slots. When everything was set up the the radiation therapists stepped out of the room and I lay there motionless for 10 minutes or so.

I had the strangest feeling of intense loneliness. During the treatment I was alone in a way that is different than walking in the dark, getting lost while driving, or home alone and feeling lonely. No one can be with you and all you have are your thoughts. You are behind leaded doors that say `Danger Radiation`. There was music I didn’t like playing in the background, and it was annoying. I laid there doing my yoga relaxation breathing which is minimal movement. My next treatments will not be as long, but I found out iPods are allowed so I will bring it along.

In the afternoon I went to the weekly support group, Healing Connections for women with breast cancer. It goes for 3 sessions. Most were recently diagnosed and had surgery in the last month and I had mine 3 months ago. There was a Q&A, physio therapy, information about who gets cancer, round the table introduce yourself, etc. I wish I would have been able to attend something like this sooner. It`s the first time since I had surgery that I met someone else who had breast cancer. I had met a volunteer in June who told me about the group and her experience with bc.

I learned the reason for physio is to prevent a frozen shoulder, and keep enough flexibility to be able to raise your arms over your head for possible radiation treatment. For up to 2 years after treatment, daily arm excercises should continue. When I was evaluated yesterday I was rated as having very good mobility and it will be checked again as treatment goes on.

I was awed by the kindness and generosity of some of the ladies. Two different ones asked if I had a place to stay in the city and offered me a place to stay. When I told them I was staying at the campsite, I was invited to come visit or go for lunch. Amazing!

Tuesday night we went to the YMCA and I did 15 minutes of challenging cardio, followed by strength training. Playlist – Brittany, Lady Gaga, The Veronicas, etc.

Sept. 17, 2009 – Radiation Treatment 2, 14 to go

Diet is going well. There are some great upcoming concerts – Lady Gaga, Sean Kingston, etc. I would love to go to one but I am not sure how I will feel in a couple of weeks.

The others campers are very friendly and we are really enjoying the place. We have folks here to visit with and good dog walking trails. We are very happy with our decision to camp this month. Yesterday it was a record high temperature, and we slept with the windows open. On the weekend it will be `normal`temperatures.

Today Kali and I hiked a trail and had a few walks around the campsite. I am sitting in the car with my computer because it is raining now and our trailer is just a little bit out of the range of the hotspot.

Today during treatment I listened to my iPod – piano concertos which kept the lonely feeling at bay. Alan is home from work and running with Kali before dinner.

Dinner this evening - fillet of sole, salad, veggies.

I likely will not be able to read and comment on your blogs for awhile. I can't use the computer in my trailer and I am only on the computer for a few minutes. I wish you all the best and look forward to catching up later.

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FLY0NTHEWAL1 9/27/2009 11:25AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your bc but you seem to be dealing with it so well. I really admire your strength. I bet camping is doing a lot for you, being in the fresh air, being able to really spend time outside, having an opportunity to reflect. (I find I am able to reflect better on my life outside of my comfort zone when I change scenery.)

Big hugs to you!

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AVONLADY3883 9/23/2009 9:34PM

    Lynne, you continue to be a pillar of strength and inspiration for us all. You are one amazing person!

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LESLIECOY 9/20/2009 8:25PM

    My Dearest Friend - You are always surrounded by your friends and loved ones. We are there. With you when you need us. You remain in our thoughts, our hearts.
Heal Well - Heal Fast !

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JULIEBIRD23 9/19/2009 11:54PM

I think of you often and I will keep you in my prayers.

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    Thank you for letting us know how you are doing. Your blog was really interesting. I hope that the treatment schedule goes quickly for you and that you have a speedy recovery.

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MRSGOFARR 9/18/2009 1:48PM

    You sound so at peace. I loved this email. You give all people going through this an opportunity to see how your attitude can change your experience. you should get on a cancer blog and share you story as you earn your badge! serious. I love that kali can be a part of this journey with you!

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LINDA! 9/18/2009 10:06AM

    I am so sorry about the loneliness you must feel as your are behind those doors. I cannot imagine how you felt.

You remain in my prayers.

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GRYPHYNSMAMA 9/18/2009 6:59AM

    My mama survived breast cancer after a lumpectomy, a partial mastectomy and a course of radiation. Just this month she was diagnosed completely cancer free!!! I know how tiring this process can be and I'll be keeping you in my thoughts as you BATTLE AND WIN!

I look forward to hearing your progress when you're back in action :)

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JANLEEW 9/18/2009 1:41AM

    So glad to hear from you. Perhaps take those minutes alone to connect with oh say the universe. Like the man driving and harvesting, be in the moment.
There are many to meet along the way and it seems you have met a few of the best.
Keep us posted. Stand tall, into the wind, a smile all the while.


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PITAKELLY13 9/17/2009 11:21PM

    I am glad to hear how you're ok with the treatments and enjoying camping! Kali is probably loving this 'vacation'

Let us know how you're doing when you can. You're still in my prayers!

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MAUITN 9/17/2009 11:20PM

    Lynn, that loneliness you felt during the treatment was true and honest. You are alone in your fight against this disease. Of course you have your husband, family, and friends, but ultimately it is your strength that will bring you through this and it will take all that you are and all that you have to fight it. But you are a strong and vibrant woman and a loved woman so let family, friends and Kali give all that they can. I believe you will look back on this journal with great pride and satisfaction of what you are capable of.


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_RAMONA 9/17/2009 10:31PM

    Lynn, your post has touched me in ways I don't even have words for. I've never heard anyone else speak of that loneliness before... I thought it was just me being 'silly' all the times I've felt it in similar circumstances. Even though the group wasn't available to you before now, I'm so glad they are there now. Soak up every blessing you can.

May your every day be all you need it to be. May an all abiding peace fill your thoughts, rule in your dreams each night, and conquer all your fears. May God manifest himself in ways you have never before experienced. May your joys be fulfilled, your dreams be closer, and your cares be lifted. I pray that faith enters a new height in you, that your territory be enlarged, and that fulfillment is just one step closer.

MAY GOD ABUNDANTLY BLESS YOU, and those you love, in every way that you require. May he hold you gently in the palm of his hand in a very personal way, and may you rest in the fullness of his love, his grace, his strength, his wisdom, his rescue, his redemption, his healing, his inspiration, his restoration and his mercy as you require it! May you carry in your heart always an extra special awareness of God's great love for you, may you feel his sweet and gentle touch upon your life, and may you see his miracles all around you. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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PJCHILIS 9/17/2009 10:01PM

    You're traveling a road bravely, that no one ever wants to go. You're helping prepare us, if our time comes. I applaud you.

It sounds like you made a good decision on your campground.

Our thoughts are with you.--PJ

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Cinderella and the Shoes

Friday, September 11, 2009

I am packing for a month in the city and feeling like Imelda Marcus when it comes to the shoes. To decide which shoes to take, this week I have been lining them up in the hallway as I use them. 8 pairs! But ask Cinderella what a good pair of shoes did for her.

water aerobics - water shoes
flip flops - public shower at YMCA and campground
flip flops - weekends warm days
runners - indoor YMCA
runners - outdoors walking
slippers - for in the trailer
slippers - sock type for cold toes in bed
dress shoes - going out

Considering how small the trailer is (no full length closet) the shoes will live in the trunk of the car, along with the the gym bag, swim bag, etc. Atheletic stuff does take up room, just never realized how much.

Should be leaving about 5:30 to drive to the city (5 hour drive).

This is the campground where we will be camping in our holiday trailer.


Have a nice weekend!

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Edit: Thanks Leslie, I will need something to wear in the morning dew, so the rubber clogs!

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MRSGOFARR 9/14/2009 4:48PM

    i am so jeolus!! i just went camping a few weeks ago and we got rained on big time. make sure you bring some extra towels!

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SAM60SUMTHINK 9/13/2009 11:02AM

    What a lovely city Edmonton seems to be! After reading your blog I looked at several sites and was so impressed!! Hope you have a lovely time...

DO blog to let us know whether you really wear all those shoes, Cinderella!! lol
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AMALIA8 9/12/2009 11:32AM

    I never normally think about shoes when I go to visit someone. I might bring a pair of high heels for nice occasions and my sneakers but that's about it LOL. :) I'm glad you did find room for them all though! :) Have a great trip!

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LINDA! 9/12/2009 2:20AM

    Take care, dear!!! emoticon

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JANLEEW 9/12/2009 2:00AM

    Shoes soothe the soul. Comfort rules. Take what you need and that will be what you need. Keep safe, be strong we are all here supporting you.

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CHRYS13 9/11/2009 9:53PM

    A woman can never have too many shoes!!
Your campground looks so beautiful and serene.
Praying that your treatments go well,

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    Another Imelda here. I have tons and live in my New Balance tennis shoes.

The campsite looks wonderful - peaceful, serene, beautiful.

Have a safe trip. Sending good thoughts your way for a return to good health.

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CHERN009 9/11/2009 2:19PM

    Best Wishes!

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PJCHILIS 9/11/2009 2:18PM

    Always be healthy--PJ

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BUGLET- 9/11/2009 1:47PM

    It looks like a fun place. Maybe it will help you endure your treatment by distraction. I am sending wishes and prayers for a good outcome and a happy trip if possible..God bless you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIECOY 9/11/2009 1:45PM

    ah but "Miss Cindy" what about RAIN/MUCK shoes?
I will picture you walking across that beautiful wooden bridge enjoying your walks with little Kali at your side.
Take care, stay safe, heal well, heal fast!

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CRYSTALINA04 9/11/2009 1:41PM

    Sound like you will have a great time.

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PITAKELLY13 9/11/2009 1:40PM

    That campground looks beautiful! Hard to believe it's so close to everything!

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MAUITN 9/11/2009 1:36PM

    Hope this time goes quickly and easily for you.

luv e

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Microwave Popcorn From Scratch Challenge

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


1/4 cup good quality popcorn
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt or popcorn salt
Sprinkle jalapeno seasoning mix
Paper lunch bag


Toss the popcorn with the olive oil, salt, and jalapeno seasoning mix in the paper bag. Fold the top of the bag over and staple the bag twice to close. Place the bag in the microwave and microwave on high for 2 minutes to 3 minutes, or until there are about 5 seconds between pops.

NOTE: Popcorn salt is a super-fine salt that is designed especially for sticking to food such as popcorn. It has the taste of regular table salt, but its granules are much finer


OK I tried this with my own modifications. I made it in a plastic microwave bowl, not paper bag (worried about staple and scorching).

I have a salt grinder (same as a pepper grinder) that I set to fine to get fine salt.

Have to play with the time. 2:05 is my setting for regular microwave popcorn so I tried it. Only 1/2 was popped. Next time I will try 2:30.

If you make microwave popcorn from scratch or try this and twitch it a bit, please let me know your recipe. I read that the fumes from the regular microwave packages are harmful so I wanted to try this. Wow, sure saves money too!

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PJCHILIS 9/11/2009 12:36PM

    You can put your popcorn kernals in my microwave anytime. Thanks for the info--PJ

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ALIDPAYNE 9/10/2009 8:05PM

    Most metals are actually ok in the microwave. I don't think a couple of staples will hurt anything. Aluminum is pretty much the only one that sparks.

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TERRIJ7 9/10/2009 1:16AM

    I can't wait to try this recipe! I hate the mess of stovetop-popped corn, but the family loves eating it. I'll give this a try and see how it turns out.

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_RAMONA 9/9/2009 7:23PM

    Lynn, I think I LOVE YOU! LOL! I won't touch that microwave stuff with a ten foot pole and have looking for a faster alternative to stove top (don't like hot air popped... as often as I weat the stuff, I want the 'real' thing). I can't wait to try this and I'll bet Olivia will be pretty excited!

And for your information.. you can buy the distilled aloe in gallon jugs at the health food stores... I buy George's 100% Aloe Vera. It's worked wonders with my IBS, and I actually think it's helped my endometriosis.

I hope you're feeling well my friend!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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MRSGOFARR 9/9/2009 3:45PM

    i love it like this. it was my favorite treat as a child

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AMALIA8 9/9/2009 6:43AM

    Wow....that's cool! I will need to try that sometime. I always just make my popcorn in a pot LOL. I didn't realize I could get the same thing done in a bag. :) Thanks for sharing!

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SIMPLEJOYS 9/8/2009 10:14PM

  Hey Lynn!
I just use a brown paper lunch bag (NO STAPLES! were they kidding?!) and no oil. I simply put the kernels in the bag and fold it over a couple of times.

My micro cooks popcorn super fast, so I usually start listening to it around 1 min. 30 seconds. But I have an air-popper now, so I rarely use the micro anymore!

I use a butter-flavored (zero calorie) cooking spray to moisten the popped corn and then sprinkle cayenne pepper (just a little!) and parmesan cheese on top! And a little salt. If I have a sweet tooth, I'll use the spray, add just a little cayenne, and salt, and then sprinkle a single packet of Splenda across the top. (adjust the sweet to your own taste)

Nothing tastes as good as oil-popped popcorn, but for as often as I eat popcorn - I don't want to waste my calories on oil!

Great topic!


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SPIKE2DAY 9/8/2009 9:56PM

    Wow, I must try that the next time I get a craving for popcorn. Thank you for the idea.

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NIKEIT2011 9/8/2009 9:54PM

    Ran across this blog while surfing around and I LOVE this challenge! I read the same thing with a paper bag and staple but who would use a staple in the microwave!!! :) I am wanting to try this over the stove and I have a gas stove so would love to hear others stories...


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DEBZDOGZ 9/8/2009 9:54PM

    Very interesting...i seem to recall years ago having a microwave bowl specifically for popcorn. you put in a spoonful of oil-a quarter cup of popcorn-put on the lid (which i think had a spot for butter to drip down) and ta-daaa!!!!

this is worth a shot! thanks!

i also was not aware there may be issues with the bags!


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