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Julie & Julia: the movie, the food & blogging

Friday, September 04, 2009

Last night my mom, cousin Alma & our mutual friend Sylvia went to see the movie "Julie & Julia" -and loved it! After the show we went over to my cousins new place and spent wonderful evening catching up with each other and talking about Meryl Streep's awesome acting, of course french cooking, and the blogging thing.

I was informed in this little session that 'french fries' weren't french; that they were an American invention. I also learned that not a one of us have ever cooked any french recipe in our lives. So I am now interested in digging out a french recipe from one of my old dusty international cookbooks. Hmmm, I may actually have to find an old copy of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" -stay tuned. I wonder if there is a "Lite" version of the book, hehehe!

I was also the only one in our little group that has posted a blog. When I tried to explain blogging on the Spark site, they just got a glazed look in their eyes, so the discussion moved on. The laughter continued into the evening. We all confirmed that we love butter WAY too much, so we all have that in common w/both Julie & Juia. When I got home I started digging out cookbooks & I ended up staying up way too late past 3AM thinking about cooking french, then cooking pasta for hubby's lunch box. I think I got to bed at 4:30 am, so I ended up oversleeping and missed my walk in Land Park w/my girls!!! I am sooooooo bummed about doing this :-(


Ooops, on the humor note, my baby sis sent me this little Andy Rooney ditty that made me laugh. Since it had some references to food (milk & sausage to be exact) I'm hoping that a few of you may get a chuckle, or two as well.

60 Minutes Correspondent Andy Rooney (CBS)

As I grow in age, I value women over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night and ask, 'What are you thinking?' She doesn't care what you think. If a woman over 40 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do, and it's usually more interesting. Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it. Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it's like to be unappreciated. Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than her younger counterpart. Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off if you are a jerk if you are acting like one. You don't ever have to wonder where you stand with her. Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize.

For all those men who say, 'Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?', here's an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? ---> Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SKEETER90 9/7/2009 9:12AM

    Great blog, thanks!
Yeah, I don't think you'll be able to find a lite version of French cooking, unfortunately!

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NEEDSHELP4EVER 9/5/2009 7:00AM

    I love that..LOL

The film is just coming out here in UK and I am going as soon as I can, it looks great


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DEEGIRL50 9/5/2009 6:07AM

    Thanks for the chuckles!! Sounds like a fun clucking session with some wonderful hens!!

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JWOOD635 9/4/2009 9:51PM

    I loved Julie and Julia. My thought when I saw that was "It's impossible that Julie's still that thin living over a pizzeria and cooking all of those butter in all of those recipes!

Good luck on finding the "lite" version. :D

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Getting healthier w/laughter & blogging

Thursday, September 03, 2009

I've been trying to catch up w/my Spark friends & teams and realized there are quite a few folks out there that blog every day (something I've never done); and that many blogs are down right funny; and the jokes, laughter and poking fun at dieting is good for the soul.

With this in mind I posted a Sept-Oct daily blog challenge for the Sacramento Sparkles Team, in part to see what kind of impact regular daily blogging may have on my Spark goals -as well as the goals of others on the team.

With laughter in mind I submit the following for a few chuckles:

Ciao for now,


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GETDONE 9/4/2009 12:23AM

    Love it, love it!!!! Know the feeling very well. emoticon emoticon

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SHININGSOUL 9/3/2009 7:33PM

    this cartoon made me laugh out loud! Thanks!
I have never blogged, but reading this does make me curious, in the interest of science, I may try and see what happens.

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SACTOKAREN 9/3/2009 4:21PM

    Cute! Thanks for sharing!

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SKEETER90 9/3/2009 8:01AM

    Great cartoon! Thanks for sharing it :)
It's good to hear that you are doing better. I'm looking forward to getting to know you.

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Rising up every time we fail.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I've been in a bit of an overall funk for several days now. Having a hard time trying to balance a variety of things (family, friends, self, trying to deal with a laptop computer I have that's been infected by a virus, gardening, mourning, exercising -or not, doing chores, etc.). I've been very disappointed in my self and the choices that I've been making lately. You know that negative voice that creeps in your head telling you that you've been failing, that you should just chuck it.

To avoid the negative head chatter I've resorted to playing Tetris online (what a fun waste of time); mindless munching mixed w/calling my sisters, nephew, cousins to "catch up on things"& then while working on the lap top virus infection (& feeling dumb for not being able to fix it); so then more Tetris; but then I looked up quotes about failing and found this little Emerson gem:

"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It reminded me of another quote:

A winner is just a loser who got up one more time.

Anyway, the black-dog that has been hanging around these past days has been driven into the woods, and hopefully won't be back for a while -because I'm rising up again. I don't want to give up or given in; or as Winston Churchill says:

"Never, never, never give up!"

PS Thanks for all your support.

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SKEETER90 8/31/2009 7:58PM

    How are you doing today?

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ARIAVIDYA 8/28/2009 2:49PM

    I know everything about that big inner bully, but you are handling it very well, making sure that he is not in control by counterattacking and silencing it with those positive affirmations. emoticon Thanks for sharing and take care! emoticon

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GETDONE 8/28/2009 10:49AM

    I like your positive attitude!! Keep up the keeping up!!

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KO1215 8/26/2009 8:46PM

    Good for you! I love it!


P.S. What are you doing about the virus? Maybe I can help.

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IDAATJE 8/26/2009 3:54PM

    That's the spirit girl! Take care, Ida

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Falling off the wagon/Where did my week go?!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

It's late Monday night, I've taken my shower, washed my hair and sitting in front of the computer wondering where did my week go?! It's like 7 days just flew by.

The good: I had a lot of fun this past week w/family & friends, picking figs & vegies, working in my gardens, making 'pico-de-gallo' w/fresh tomatoes & jalapenos; cooking zucchini-fig bread, fussing w/my pop; having a cookout on Sunday. I made a new friend w/the Ca. Native Plant Society. I got the back patio section of house painted. My beater truck is back from the mechanic (this time for good -for a while I hope.)

The bad: I consumed way more calories than I should have. I was over on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & now today. Bread, burgers, chips-n-salsa (fresh -from my vegie garden!), gin & tonics, margaritas, Sierra Nevada beer & apple pie & ice cream were part of many of the things I consumed.

The ugly: I don't even want to post what the scale said tonight (it was not pretty). My uncle was kiiled in auto accident this past Tuesday & this has brought up a variety of very sad memories and problems involving a cousin of mine that I love a lot, but who is deeply troubled and is continuing to trouble family & me in the most sad bizarre ways. I am at a loss of what to do about this situation; and have obviously been preoccupied w/worrying about this more than I realized.

In fact kind of bummed just thinking about it again as I write.


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DLDAY08 9/1/2009 8:40AM

    I am praying for you. I know how emotions can cause you to overeat and not care anymore. I am sorry to hear about your uncle.
Please don't give up. Remember to rely on the Father for strength.
Glad to hear your garden is going well.


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MISS_VIV 8/25/2009 6:00PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am so sorry for the loss of your uncle and the continuing problem with your cousin. Hopefully everything will lighten up very soon. Keep eating fresh from your garden and if you need to be alone.or need some release,. go down to the garden and kick dirt..................

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KO1215 8/25/2009 10:40AM

    I hope your day is going better.

Shake it off....one weekend does not define your life or the goals you have. Today is a new day with no mistakes in it.

You can do it! (BTW-The salsa sounds delicious, I'm jealous!)


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TAMATHA* 8/25/2009 9:55AM

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your uncle and reoccuring family issues. It's easy to fall off the wagan when under that kind of stress and sadness. Be kind to yourself. We're all allowed to mess up from time to time, just don't give up. Hang in there. Time will heal and you'll soon be back on track.

Tamatha emoticon

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LVNG4ME 8/25/2009 8:11AM

    Sorry for your loss. Hope this week turns out to be more positives then negitives for you and your family. Please remember that God promises not to give you more than you can handle, so look to him for comfort and guidance. God bless.

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GETDONE 8/25/2009 5:22AM

    Prayer sent for your family. I am so sorry you have to go through this.

I can understand why you found comfort in food. I also see that you have thought it through and know why you are eating--

God Bless.

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SASKATIA 8/25/2009 3:24AM

  Just remember to see this new week as a brand new chance to do better.

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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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