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A brisk walk

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The weather was cold and sunny again today. So, we got out and took a brisk walk while trying to soak up as much vitamin D as possible, while exposing as little skin as possible. It was a good day.

We watched Babys today. Have you seen it? It is the documentary about 4 babies in 4 different countries as they grow up. It was fun watching it with our kiddos and talking about all of the funny things they did when they were babies.

Breakfast: spelt bread with coconut oil, ham and cheese, 18 grapes, coffee with soy milk, actimel

Lunch: garlicky shrimp with peppers, onions, and spinach, 2 scallops, 1 cup spaghetti, seltzer

My dad worked on a scallop boat when I was in school, so when they had these frozen scallops at the store this week, I snatched up a bag to share with the kids. They had never had them before. Then we googled scallops and talked about their Papaw and the work he used to do. 2 of the kids really liked them, but at least now they all know what they are!

snack: coffee with soy milk, oreos

dinner: pizza soup, garlic bread, raspberry fizz, canteloupe

Thankful today for

babies - all of them
musical instruments

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RUNNINGOMA 2/12/2012 1:03PM

    I'm thankful for that sunshine even if it is cold out.
Pizza soup looks good. I'll have to try that one!

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MTNGRL 2/11/2012 8:35PM

    Yum, your plates are wonderful!!

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VISUALLYRICS 2/11/2012 6:47PM

    I have noticed how you like Oreos...& you are so good at eating just 2!
I could never even start with 1 - I'd eat & eat.. emoticon

As usual your food looks tasty...I like scallops too.

It's funny - my 4 children, me & DH just watched that video too.... I hold a great admiration for the African simple....such strong individuals!
My least favorite was our American culture..... funny how that is. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/11/2012 4:29PM

    We're getting winter-like temps finally. I'm now thinking holiday to the south. Great photos!

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Our household chores and winter cleaning are done, so we headed out to play in the snow today. Back before the wall came down, our community had an outdoor ice rink every year, but with all the changes that happened the tradition no longer had any funding and ceased to exist. This year, with the help of a few benefactors, they restarted the tradition. Last Friday, the volunteer fire department flooded the area that is usually used for skateboarding and they set up a refreshment stand. For a small donation, the kids can play there all day, sledding, skating and warming themselves by the fire. We all had a blast sledding and the girls enjoyed skating. The 3 big-footed members of the family are without skates, but I did don my Yak-Trax and walk the ice with my littlest till she got the hang of things.

breakfast: breakfast burrito with tomato, cheese and egg, a blood orange, coffee with soy milk I remember the first time my 7th grade home ec teacher suggested breakfast tacos. I thought she was crazy. Then, as soon as we put taco sauce on them, I fell in love.

lunch: open-faced tuna melt, guacamole, pineapple, tomatoes, waffle fries, green tea

snack: coffee with soy milk, oreos

supper: cucumbers, corn bread, corn and carrots, meatballs, seltzer
cornbread muffins

Thankful today for:

Yak-trax for making it back up those snowy hills.
curiosity of children
insulated snowsuits

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GIRLINBRAZIL 2/13/2012 7:12PM

    Love to see the cold weather activities!

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/10/2012 5:43PM

    Love all the great photos, food presentation, and the snow! I drove back in a flurry of snow in the headlights last night only to find nothing new on the ground at my home. (sad, sad) My lightweight jacket, however, was not enough to stave off the shivering cold we're finally getting a little of today. Burr! Now I'm feelin' a little better about making my way to a warmer climate soon.

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ABETTERSOUL 2/10/2012 2:30PM

    Looks like you had a great day outdoors. I couldn't wait to get out into the snow this year to "play". We have had hardly any snow to speak of here in NY. Oh well, I can still jog outside at least.

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VISUALLYRICS 2/10/2012 2:25PM

    I just LOVE your blogs....lovely colorful food ideas! emoticon
What beautiful Snow! glad you are enjoying the weather with your children!

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Being a Texas Gal, I love the warmer weather. emoticon
We share a love for authentic mexican food - I can make a mean burrito & fresh salsa. Lol!!

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RUNNINGOMA 2/10/2012 2:25PM

    Sounds like a great day. I have to get some of those Yax Trax.

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ZELLAZM 2/10/2012 1:50PM

    Getting some good ideas from your menus!

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A little late

Friday, February 10, 2012

We had company last night, so I didn't get a chance to blog before going to bed. Here are my meals from yesterday.

Breakfast: spelt bread with almond butter and cinnamon, an apple, coffee with soy milk

Lunch: garden guacamole with feta cheese, tomato and chips, seltzer

Supper: light and fluffy pancakes, low-fat sausages, coconut oil, maple syrup, fruit tea

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JJWARRICK 2/17/2012 2:04AM

    Looks good :) Maybe I should photo blog my meals. Thanks for inviting me friend. I was allready on sp but hadn't updated my blog in a long time. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/10/2012 12:20PM

    Love all the great detail you give to presentation. That can be as much (or more) of the enjoyment of eating than eating itself. Yummy!

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MTNGRL 2/10/2012 11:17AM

    Yum, thanks for the recipe links. I am going to try the garden guacamole dish for sure!

When we make pancakes we add powdered buttermilk to the dry ingredients. It helps to make them fluffy.

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VISUALLYRICS 2/10/2012 9:02AM

    Oooooh! Lunch looks yummy! emoticon

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ADZY86 2/10/2012 6:37AM

    Yum! Looks amazing. Ain't food blogging so much fun! I have been doing it this week, as one of my February goals, and it is soooo cool!

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Delighting in mushrooms

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Breakfast: whole grain bread, coconut oil, one sliced boiled egg, paprika, grape tomatoes, bell peppers, actimel, coffee with soy milk

lunch: 4 oz of turkey, 2 oz actifry potatoes, 2 tbsp peas, seltzer

supper: 1 cup spaghetti, .5 cup mushrooms, 2 oz hamburger, fresh spaghetti sauce, green tea

I love adding mushrooms to just about everything. It add volume to my meals without many calories. Unfortunately, most of the family does not like them though. Notice though, 2 plates with just mushrooms and noodles for 2 goofy kids that don't like hamburger and spaghetti sauce.

Thankful today for sunshine, spark hugs and mushrooms.

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MLROBINSON 2/9/2012 10:07AM

    You are doing a great job! Those look like wonderfully healthy meals! emoticon

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KADULAC 2/8/2012 9:01PM

    Your breakfast looks especially yummy. I may need to go boil some eggs. I'm sad that I am out of tomatoes.

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KSMGLASS 2/8/2012 8:15PM

    What a delish and healthy Wednesday! I love mushrooms too and eat them most days. We live in an area of a mess of mushroom houses and can get them at a good price. Love your jean placemat! Not only do you eat healthy, you are very creative! emoticon Have a great Thursday! emoticon

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FREELADY 2/8/2012 7:50PM

    Your meals delight the eye! I commend you! I am a firm believer in presentation making a huge difference in taste and enjoyment. Research bears this out also....I'm thinking of books The End of Overeating and Mindless Eating.

Anyway, your photos are a feast for the eyes and a genuine pleasure! Like a little oasis of artistry in my day!

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MTNGRL 2/8/2012 7:24PM

    We love mushrooms here too. I think we eat them almost every day. Sometimes in our egg beaters, or like today I made mushroom soup or the night before last I made Mushroom Risotto. First time I ever made rispttp and it was delicious!

Your children are lucky to have a Mom who eats so healthy!

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/8/2012 5:35PM

    More hugs coming your way. I, too, love mushrooms. The black mushrooms from the Asian food store, make the best tasting and rich broth for vegetarian soups. I put a 1-1.5 cups of diced mushrooms on my healthy pizza on 90-calorie whole wheat Flat Out Bread. Yummy!

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VISUALLYRICS 2/8/2012 4:00PM

    Here are a few Spark emoticon .....Lol!! emoticon
The food looks so colorful...I LOVE my veggies too!
Your children are a blessing to you! How wonderful! My 4 children are HUGE Blessings to me too.

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In on the Act

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The kids got in on the act today. I had to be gone today at lunch, so I left directions for the kids to make lunch like they would if they were packing for lunch at school. I was surprised by what I saw when I got home in the middle of the afternoon. First surprise: The kitchen was clean! Wow!
Second surprise: They took pics of their lunch, just like they have seen me doing the past couple of days. And what did they eat? Look for yourself:

My "Princess Arwen" made lunch by looking at my Jenny Craig pyramid and making sure that there was something from every category. (The cheese is under the egg. ) yellow bell pepper strips, boiled egg, cheese, hot dogs, blood oranges, tortilla chips, walnuts and green tea.
Here, another picture after the littlest one had eaten all of her hot dogs.

My meals today were not nearly as creative:
Breakfast: spelt bread, ham, cheese, grapes, latte

Lunch: Turkey and ham sub at Subway, no sauce, multi-grain, 1/2 bag of salt and vinegar chips

Snack: Coffee and tangerine

Supper: Leftover buffet Avocado Salad, Ground beef and veggies, pineapple, fries from my new actifry. Green tea

Thankful today for:

Kids that are getting it!
My actifry gift!
Candlelight chat with the kiddos after supper.

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KADULAC 2/8/2012 8:49PM

    What wonderful children you have. That is a beautiful lunch your daughter made. It is amazing what they do when we aren't looking. Makes us remember that we have to be a good example for them.

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RUNNINGOMA 2/8/2012 5:55AM

    The clean kitchen impresses me the most! Mine might get into the healthy foods, but clean the kitchen??? That's another story! Although, I can't complain, they do do a lot and I have left my family at home for several weeks (to be with the grandblessings) and they can cook and clean - if they have a mind to!
Nice creative food and very neat the way they displayed it!

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/8/2012 1:19AM

    How wonderfully creative everyone was.

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MTNGRL 2/7/2012 7:07PM

    Your children did a wonderful job fixing lunch, must have been well taught by Mom!
It looks so cozy there at the table, joining you in spirit!

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VISUALLYRICS 2/7/2012 3:32PM

    emoticon What a Sonny house you have.....obviously lots of Joy and Peace! What a blessing!
Those were awesome edible glad your children are getting in on the Fun!

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