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Still Getting Big Tomatoes

Monday, August 29, 2011

Well, our tomato crop is still producing BIG tomatoes even at August end. I am posting 3 tomatoes......Largest is 1 lb. 10 oz.... 2nd largest 1 lb 6 oz. The smallest one is still 1/2 lb. This photo does not show how really big they are, but compare the largest with the smallest (and the smallest is a good size). I can't believe we are still getting tomatoes this BIG this late in the season. The type is yellow Brandywine.



2nd picture...I am holding the large tomato in my hand and you can tell from my hand size that the tomato is BIG.



I can't believe we are still getting tomatoes this BIG this late in the season. The type is yellow Brandywine.

  
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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/30/2011 12:20PM

    emoticonMy DH would love those tomatoes.

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KAMAPERRY 8/29/2011 11:33PM

    Amazing! Yum!

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 8/29/2011 9:15PM

    Wow, those are huge. I've never had the yellow tomatoes before. Do they taste different from red tomatoes? I do love tomatoes in my salads and on sandwiches.

Have a great evening!

Hugs,

Lainie

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MTNGRL 8/29/2011 8:53PM

    emoticon! They look great!!

We picked some more yesterday and will probably can tomorrow.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/29/2011 4:32PM

    emoticon That is a monster! emoticon

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 8/29/2011 3:57PM

    Oh just think of the wonderful things we can make with those beauties! I know there is some good eating at your house! emoticon

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FERGSGIRL2 8/29/2011 3:00PM

    awesome!

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Yesterday

Monday, August 29, 2011

Early start yesterday. We took Mom to her new home today for her to have her 1st night stay. We moved all of her clothes and remaining things from our house. Lots of moving boxes and running back and forth. I unpacked her boxes from our house and Hubby hung things on her walls. We went to get her perishables at store and put those away. Came home, Hubby fixed dinner, I soaked in the whirlpool, watched a recorded soap, read about 10 minutes, called Mom to check on her, and went to bed. Up at 3:30 this a.m. (too early). I have already washed 2 loads of clothes and have one more. Waiting for daylight so I can hang them out. Stripped Mom's bed so have quite a few things to wash. Didn't spring clean that room because she had just moved in here end of February. Doing that this week, so all will be done. This morning we are going to Mom's early (cable man coming). then have to run a couple of errands for her. Say a prayer that she likes her new place and can stay there; she is 86 years old but doesn't want to live with anyone.

  
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KAMAPERRY 8/30/2011 12:09AM

    Praying for all of you!! Get some good rest!

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MINDYJ1 8/29/2011 8:31PM

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/29/2011 2:27PM

    Will say a prayer that it all works out for you and her

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LAURIEANNIE1 8/29/2011 1:40PM

    I hope she does well. I think she will with you there to help her. Sounds like you have a full day a head, may be another night soaking in the whirlpool!

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 8/29/2011 11:14AM

    Nancy, your mom is in my thoughts and prayers. Hope y'all have a great day! Take care!

Hugs,

Lainie

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/29/2011 9:12AM

    Praying she loves her new home and acclimates well. emoticon Also praying you get some rest. You have been very busy. emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 8/29/2011 9:11AM

    I hope she does well! You all have done so much to help get her there. Get some sleep tonight!

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PDBLACK3 8/29/2011 8:34AM

    My goodness, you had a busy weekend! I was wondering why you were up so early (saw your response on my blog-thanks). I did say a prayer for your mom and your family. I work with a lot of patients in your mom's age range and they get real independent and stubborn. I hope the staff looks out for her especially since she is a new resident (high risk of falls). I pray the Lord replenish your storehouse and that you will be renewed. emoticon

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 8/29/2011 4:58AM

    emoticon Prayer said. For both you and your Mom. May all go well and may your vigor be renewed. What a busy weekend!

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I am Hungry.....

Friday, August 26, 2011

Today's Ruby Pound-A-Thon challenge is to be mindful of what you eat today. I sure could eat some "NOT" mindful something about now. I won't even write any of those that I could eat........I am going to get off this computer, go get a nectarine and go for a little walk. Ready, Set, GO.......i'm going.......going soon........going now. Nancy

  
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BARBARAROSE54 8/27/2011 9:35PM

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HOWLERMOM 8/26/2011 10:43PM

    Both are great ideas - now I should head to the treadmill!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 8/26/2011 7:41PM

    I beat the whole hungry thing this evening. I fell asleep on the love seat. The puppies got hungry and tried waking me up. They finally had to bark at me to get me up. It's been a long week and I must have needed it! So glad you found your answer too!

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 8/26/2011 7:34PM

    That sounds like a great plan, Nancy!!!! You can do it!!! Have a great evening!

Hugs,

Lainie

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/26/2011 6:27PM

    I missed lunch and am starvin' like Marvin. One fiber bar does not fill up this ole' gal. I'm debating on eating my fish salad or some chicken I just cooked for my son..enny meany miney moe... emoticon

Way to pass on the cravings and go for a walk instead. emoticon

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4MRSDAND123 8/26/2011 5:06PM

    Great choices, the nectarine and walk...You are doing great!

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USMAWIFE 8/26/2011 4:29PM

    At least a nectarine is something healthy for you. try drinking some water while you go on the walk and then come back from the nectarine

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Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Friday, August 26, 2011

I found this recipe on SP this morning: Creamy Butternut Soup. I picked a large butternut squash on Wednesday from our garden. I have a busy weekend, but I am going to try to make it Saturday or Sunday.


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INGREDIENTS
1 small onion
1 large butternut squash
2 small (or 1 large) apple - mine were Gala
2 carrots
4 cups vegetable broth
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp curry powder
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup almond milk

DIRECTIONS
Makes 4 generous (2 cup) servings.

Start by dicing the onion and sautéing in a tiny bit of olive oil. This is best done in a dutch oven or other large soup pot. Next, cube up all the veggies - butternut squash, apples, and carrots - and combine them in a large bowl.

Once the onions are softened and starting to brown, add the rest of the vegetables to the pot, and top with 4 cups of vegetable broth.

Add in the spices, stir, and bring to a boil. Once the soup comes to a boil, turn it down to a simmer and cover for about 15 minutes, until vegetables are very soft. If vegetables are soft and starting to break down, it's time to BLEND!

Use an immersion blender to puree the soup to a creamy, thick consistency. If you don't have an immersion blender, you can also use a regular blender (in several batches), but make sure you take the plastic knob off the top before you blend. This is key in order to release steam - otherwise you will hav e soup everywhere. Don't say I didn't warn you!

Finish the soup with a half cup of almond milk, or other milk if you prefer. I use almond milk because I love the creamy texture and consistency, and the fact that it is much lower calorie than typical dairy milk.

Stir in the milk, bring back up to a slight simmer to heat through, and serve!!

Number of Servings: 4

Nutritional Info

Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 154.7

Total Fat: 0.8g

Total Carbs: 38.6g

Dietary Fiber: 9.5mg

Protein: 2.1g

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 8/26/2011 7:33PM

    Sounds yummy! You'll have to let us know how it turned out. Have a great evening!

Hugs,

Lainie

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KAMAPERRY 8/26/2011 1:33PM

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4MRSDAND123 8/26/2011 11:26AM

    Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe you found. Im gonna add it to my Spark recipe book for future use.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/26/2011 9:45AM

    I love butternut squash. Hope it comes out great. It sounds very tasty. emoticon

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KITT52 8/26/2011 9:40AM

    I have to try this too. still a bit hot here in southern colorado......still in the 100's

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 8/26/2011 7:45AM

    How beautiful! I saw the recipe this morning. Hope it tastes yummy!

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Earthquake Update

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Yesterday was a zoo. Earthquake. We felt the rumble here. I was on the deck and the deck shook. I came inside and Hubby said the whole house shook and the wall hangings rattled. That seems to be the extent of our situation. My daughter PINKNFITCARLA was in more of a situation than we were. She was going to write a blog about what happened where she was. After it hit, I was on the phone and computer trying to find out if everyone was okay. I called Carla first to check on her and my phone call was the only one she had been able to get because of phone/internet signals. I was trying to reach grandkids for her and for me. Wasn't able to reach anyone for a few hours. So worried.....BUT thankfully no injuries reported for us or anyone that we actually knew. Everything was such a panic, not knowing. TODAY will be better.

  
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AGRLNKY 8/25/2011 11:41PM

    Happy for good news!

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PINKNFITCARLA 8/25/2011 11:19PM

    Thankfully all was well! They are finding more and more damage at places though and the aftershocks don't help! The one last night was 4.5 and had my heart racing agaim! I'm getting sleepy, but waiting for the next one. The last 2 nights we had them: 12:45 am and 1:07 am.

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MINDYJ1 8/25/2011 8:20PM

    Praise the Lord that you and your family are safe Nancy! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 8/25/2011 12:42AM

    Thank God you are all ok!

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YAFENELRA 8/24/2011 5:46PM

    Maybe I will withdraw my desire to sit on your deck. LOL

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RHONDALYN10 8/24/2011 2:04PM

    Glad to hear you are all ok! My house shook like crazy up here!

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 8/24/2011 12:09PM

    So glad everything turned out okay for you and your family, Nancy. Hopefully today will be a less eventful one. Take care!

Hugs,

Lainie

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BARBARAROSE54 8/24/2011 10:08AM

    glad all are okay.

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LAURIEANNIE1 8/24/2011 8:57AM

    We were about in the middle of the earthquake out there and the one in Colorado. Glad to hear no one was hurt at either location.

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4MRSDAND123 8/24/2011 8:09AM

    Glad to read you are all okay.

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GRAMPIAN 8/24/2011 7:08AM

  So glad nobody was badly hurt. emoticon

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MRE1956 8/24/2011 7:01AM

    My family didn't feel anything - I noticed something like a "wave" beneath my chair for a few seconds - no other shaking whatsoever ...... actually wasn't a big deal for me.....

That situation with the Washington Monument does concern me, though.....

Glad to hear that nobody close to you was injured!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 8/24/2011 6:26AM

    I just read on Yahoo that the Washington Monument is closed because there is a crack in it. Very scary! I'm glad it wasn't more severe, but it was sure scary.

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JANET552 8/24/2011 6:23AM

    I'm glad everyone was safe! What a shocker! We've had them in the Midwest on rare occasions so I understand how unnerving they can be.

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EXENEC 8/24/2011 6:22AM

  Glad you're fine. I was on the 9th floor in NYC building and we all thought it was another act of terrorism. My friends on the West Coast think we're total wimps, but it was scary!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 8/24/2011 6:07AM

    I learned something in the midst of all of that yesterday. Well a couple of things. One, we're on a plate in the East so when the earth shakes, we feel it further away than they do in the West. They have multiple plates that bump up against each other so it's more localized.

But the biggest thing that I learned that will help in the future is that it's better to send a text message. Phone calls overwhelm the network because they take up so much more bandwidth. A text message is just a little blip on the network and goes away. Although we want to chat with loved ones in a time like this, it's most important to know that they are OK and text messages would be better than none.

I'm so glad your family and mine are well. Mine are up and down the East coast. We always think of that as being safe. We've dodged one this time. I pray there won't be any more any time soon!
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DRB13_1 8/24/2011 6:03AM

    I felt it too, but no damage or injuries. Be safe!

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