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It's official, I'm a fig pig...

Monday, August 17, 2009

The fig tree in my neighbor-girlfriends back yard is on its 2nd round of fig production, so she & my pop & I picked figs until we ran out of buckets. We came home with 5 1-gallon ice cream buckets full of figs.

I love to wash them and stick them in the frig for cool sweet snack, treat or desert on hot summer days. They are delicious! I actually ate 17 figs for breakfast this morning, and when another friend came by I sent him home with a bag of figs. I didn't track any of the figs I've been eating until this morning; and found out 1 medium size fig is about 35 calories; so my figgy breakfast of 17 figs cumulated to 629 calories worth of figs. So I have decided it's official - I am a fig pig.

I've decided now that I need to find some fig recipes so I can bake up some fig goodies and possibly freeze for future treats. Anyway, I need fig recipes now!


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MUDSLINGER81 8/23/2009 12:24AM

    MMMMMmmmmmmm figs are wonderful. I didn't realize they had that much caloric value. But I am sure they are good for you. I don't have fresh figs where I live in MD. You are very lucky. I have to eat dried ones. They are good too. emoticon

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RHAEVYN 8/20/2009 4:05AM

    LOL! I love your caption. They sound great and I have been looking for something new to stick in the fridge for ready snack attacks.. I'ma have to give figs a go..

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SHININGSOUL 8/18/2009 7:02PM

    well, I hope I can have a fig when I come over on Sunday!
I will send you any recipes I find.

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MISS_VIV 8/18/2009 3:51PM

    See if you can find a recipe for FREEZER JAM..... for FIGS..........I made some YEARS AGO and it was sooooooooooo good and easy to do. I don't have a clue where my recipe is...

good luck

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MIMULUSBUG 8/18/2009 12:30PM


This recipes sounds delicious! I think I'll add more figs though. I figure it will just make it more moist.

I'll report back on my results next week!

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GETDONE 8/18/2009 4:39AM

    Fragrant and Healthy Carrot Cake SUBMITTED BY: Maka

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup cake flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon carob powder (optional)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 orange, juiced and zested
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1/2 cup raisins
5 dried figs, chopped
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
2 cups grated carrots
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch Bundt pan.
In a large bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, cake flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, carob, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the molasses, oil, eggs and orange juice. Mix until the dry ingredients are moistened, then stir in the orange zest, lemon zest, raisins, figs, poppy seeds, carrots and pecans until evenly distributed. Pour into the prepared pan.
Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool for 30 minutes before removing from the pan.
Nutritional Information
Fragrant and Healthy Carrot Cake
Servings Per Recipe: 9

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 315

Total Fat: 10.9g
Cholesterol: 47mg
Sodium: 368mg
Total Carbs: 52.8g
Dietary Fiber: 5.6g
Protein: 5.5g

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GETDONE 8/18/2009 1:21AM

    I walked down by the river and found a fig tree I ate 4, and they were good!! I totally understand, they also have a lot of fiber!!!

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Land Park Walk & Tai Chi in the park

Friday, August 14, 2009

We had a great walk in Land Park this morning. EVASOMA, and friends Christin & Allison joined us at the zoo.

When we headed north we saw that there were about 15 people up on the amphitheater stage doing tai-chi. As we chatted we realized that we were all interested in tai-chi, so we made a detour over to the amphitheater & met up with the instructor Janny Wu. She is now out here every Monday, Thursday & Friday morning. Her web site is: www.Yang24Taichi.com. I don't have time right now, but I will be investigating her site and am wondering if any SparkPeeps are currently involved in TaiChi in Sacramento area?

EVASOMA & Christine also told me that they get out and walk Land Park around 8:30 am on Monday & Thursday mornings too. So I've updated the SacramentoSparkles general discussion topic "Walking in Sacramento" to note this, so if Mon/Thurs mornings might fit into your schedule better - please think about contacting them.

EVASOMA & Christine also are thinking about possibly getting together for a Spark Horror Movie fest in October, so if that's something you might be interested in helping them with please Spark Mail them ASAP.

Back to Land Park: we also noted an increased number of people walking in the park. It was so lovely, to see other smiling faces at the park; exchange 'good mornings'; it was just refreshing to just rub shoulders with so many super people: older, younger, mom's w/strollers, joggers, runners, and dog walkers too!

All I can say is get out and walk in a park near you!

Ta-Ta for now.

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YANG24 9/1/2009 3:57PM


We saw your Aug 14 posting and your writings about our Tai Chi class at William Land Park.

We have Saturday classes too from 8am - 10am, across from Funderland. All classes ends by end of Sept. 09. The class will then be moved to Asian Community Center on Greenhaven Dr. The Tai Chi instructor is Sifu Janny Wu, who recently won 10 gold medals at the 2008 & 2009 Martial Arts Tournament in UC Berkeley.

FYI, there won't be a Sat. class on Sept 12 as the group is performing in San Francisco.

On Sunday, Sept. 27, the Tai Chi group will be performing at the 2009 Sacramento World Music & Dance Festival. It will be at the Old Sacramento, and the performance time is from 12.50pm to 1.05pm. The admission is FREE!

Please check our website for more details. www.yang24taichi.com

on behalf of instructor Sifu Janny Wu
Tong Xin Tai Chi

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RHAEVYN 8/20/2009 4:02AM

    Hey Lady,

Thanks for the Cheers! I popped by to see how you were doing and seen you had been walking in the park with other Sparkies. Sounds so fun.. It is a bit to far for me to drive, but if ever you all go somewhere north/west of Land Park for a walk, I'd love to know.. I really enjoy anything you write, whether for others or about yourself, you just bubble over with happiness in it..


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MIMULUSBUG 8/15/2009 2:26PM


Thanks so much for comment & Thursday correction. I'll also check out Christine's SparkPage too.


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EVASOMA 8/15/2009 12:44PM

    Oh Sabrina,
you are soo right.. it is a wonderful walk.. that's why Christine and I have upped our walks in the park... I Believe that Christine's spark name is Christine16 if anyone would like to ask her opinion about the walks in the park.. this is a wonderful way for beginner walkers to join in.. we totally understand the need to stop and stretch something in necessary
also I just wanted to make one quick correction.. the second day that we walk is Thursday not Wed.. it is an odd schedule.. but if anyone would like to walk any or all of those days we would love to walk with them.

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Gardening as exercise? -You betcha!!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thanks to all the Spark folks that responded to my blog about how to estimate gardening exercise & calorie values.

I was actually able to to use SP exercise logging tool. By blogging I realized I had never investigated the exercise logging section enough to see that they even had a "gardening" selection. So I spent some time today to figure out the various type of exercises that I did on my big workday this past Sunday. So I after I did general break down I entered the values below for my "garden work" and was able to determine that I probably burned about 1948 calories!!! So I am definitely logging it all in and letting the FatSacSisters team know that I made the August Super Challenge of 700 calories of exercises in a day.

Thanks FatSacSistas for inspiring me to question my gardening day & letting me see how much value a hard day of gardening, digging, walking up and down aisles managing 5 guys can be.

So I will definitely be tracking my gardening a lot better from this point on!

Using SP log on Sunday I totaled 290 minutes & 1948 calories:

Gardening-180 minutes =1186 calories
Digging:Heavy - 20 minutes = 320 calories
Walk 30 min/mile- 90 minutes = 442 calories

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SACTOKAREN 8/14/2009 12:11PM

    I always knew that gardening was exercise - you can't sweat that much without expending some calories!


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LOBO77 8/14/2009 12:38AM

    Thanks, sister...I am still trying to figure out that calorie burn stuff. I love gardening & count it as exercise...you know all that stretching & lifting.

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TRIXIELOU 8/13/2009 10:19PM

    Thanks for the inspiration. I knew that gardening was so much more than what I do when I sit at my desk all day. Believe me, I feel it when I garden, so I know I'm burning more calories than normal! Keep it up!!

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SHININGSOUL 8/13/2009 10:18PM

    oh, yes, I have used the gardening as exercise before, good on ya, sis!

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BOOPBETTY7 8/13/2009 10:03PM

    Yeah seen that there is a garden area and you should log it. Good for you geting in so much in one day. Better get some rest or a massage for the muscles that are sore. emoticon I know I would be sore unless you do this all the time that is.

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Eating out @ Panera Bread on El Camino Ave.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tuesday, I connected w/Sacramento Spark peeps SMASHY1 & SHASTA11 for early (11am) lunch at the Panera Bread restaurant (3328 El Camino Ave.). First and foremost we wanted to meet each other in person, and wanted to provide other local Sacramento Spark folks and opportunity to join us. Secondly, we wanted to check out Panera Bread's menu, ambiance and service for future meet ups.

Panera Bread restaurants does have menu nutritional information* on the web for viewing/downloading. SHASTA11 took the time to print out copies for all of us to review/use for our lunch selections. I was happy to find the 'Half Strawberry Poppyseed" hand tossed salad (only 80 calories & 3 g of fat) and the "Half Asiago Roast Beef on Asiago Cheese" signature sandwich (only 360 cal. & 16 g of fat). I also noted that they had 2 nice vegetarian sandwich options (the 'Tomato & Mozzarella on Ciabatta', 'Mediterranean Veggie on Tomato Basil') and several vegetarian soup options as well.

The strawberry poppy seed salad was yummy. The half salad include 4 giant blueberries , about 3 beautifully sliced giant strawberries, 6 mandarin orange slices, a 1/2 cup of pecan halves, mixed w/romain lettuce and a slightly sweet poppy seed dressing. YUMMY! (But the home version of this salad would include a lot more blueberries, of course.)

We all agreed it was a good location with easy access and parking. The restaurant has a nice out door eating area (if weather permits) and neat & clean indoor area that offers customers booth or table seating. We'll definitely be going again.


*See: http://www.panerabread.com/pdf/nutr-guide.

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AEVERS1987 8/16/2009 7:04PM

    I would love to join!

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MISS_VIV 8/14/2009 10:41AM

    I was so glad to be a part of this meet up. I was well into my salad, when Mimu and Shasta got there. My breakfast didn't hold me, so I started 'lunch' without them. I had the 1/2 CHOPPED CHICKEN COBB salad and 1/2 tuna sand on wheat. It was excellent and actually MORE than I needed for lunch. 1/2 a salad is a generous 7-8 oz of salad. The girls and I will be going back again soon, hope to make it a day when there will be more sparkers able to make it. Check out the menu. The prices are in line and the food is GREAT. emoticon

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Gardening: how do you estimate exercise/calorie values?

Monday, August 10, 2009

I got my bootie over to the native plant demo-garden* at Sacramento Historic/Old City Cemetery* and worked there from 7:45 to about 2pm. I took lunch break and had discussions w/several visitors to the garden so estimate I was actually working in the garden for about 5 hours. Since the city has Sheriff Work Project folks helping out, the Sheriff staff assigned 5 guys to help in demo-garden area. Unfortunately none of the other garden volunteers showed up today, to help out.

I feel like I put in a 700 calorie day but have no good judgement on how many calories are expended gardening. The main thing we were doing is digging out elm tree sapplings (one of our holes was 4' deep and the root kept on going...) then there's just the basic digging holes to plant new plants, pruning, hoeing/hauling and just all around walking all over the place. During the most active periods I was sweating so much that I had it dripping off my face (brow, nose, etc.).

I'm kind of at a loss of how to break down the exercise value of what I did today any suggestions????

*For more info about Native Plant Demo-Garden @ Sacramento Historic Cemetery visit:

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FRANCLYN 8/10/2009 11:57AM

    heavy digging, raking lawn, gardening...all in the list of "other activities"

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SACGIRL 8/10/2009 10:09AM

    If you go to your fitness tracker, they do have a "gardening" choice from the fitness menu. Just plug in how many minutes you were out there and then a pretty good estimate of how many calories you burned shows up :) I think you burned WELL OVER 700 cals yesterday!! What a fantastic project to be working on!

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MISS_VIV 8/10/2009 9:57AM

    Excellent question. I might think that it could be on a scale of 'the feeling of' ... was it 2 X as sweaty or as energized or as tired as your normal workout per hour? or 3X ? Were you moving as much or less than...what your normal routine would be. Digging and raking I think are pretty good examples of calories burned.. I think they are on the exercise chart.? Yard work is, I know and maybe even more defined.. Good luck.


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BOO-SHAY 8/10/2009 1:42AM

    I have the same problem in estimating calories. I went for a walk on the beach today and know that I worked harder than my regular walks, because my thighs and butt were burning as I walked. So how do you estimate?

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