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Friday, December 23, 2011


I saw this on someone else's page & thought it was worth reposting -


D - Decide on an action plan.
E - Every thing is possible if you believe and work at it.
C - Consider your choices carefully.
I - Invite others to join you on you quest to become healthy.
S - Savor the feeling of each victory, big or small.
I - Invaluable lessons sometimes hurt, but are necessary for growth.
O - Optimism over pessimism,
N - Never quit trying or you will fail.
S - Say to yourself every day, "I AM WORTH IT!" because you are."


Coconut Cake - (dressed up box cake)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

1 white or yellow cake mix - prepare as usual
1/2 c. coconut
1 tsp coconut extract - add the coconut & the extract to the cake mix - bake as usual.

When cake is taken out of oven & cooled to warm, make holes in the cake using a fork.

Prepare the following:
1/2 c. powdered sugar
5 oz. canned milk
1 tsp. coconut extract - mix together & pour over cake

Spread Cool Whip over top of cake & add shredded coconut over Cool Whip.

I do not make this unless I know there are going to be others to help me eat it as I love this cake and I probably could eat it all myself.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHARDANU 11/13/2010 5:13PM

    AMY: I'm glad to hear that you made it and took it to others, so I will 'spare the rod.' HA! Good girl! Even SAYING "coconut cake" makes my mouth start to water. Your recipe sounds particularly delicious, sinful, luscious, and a whole bunch of words I can't think of right now. I would have to be strapped down not to eat the whole thing.

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STACEYM980 11/13/2010 3:56PM

    Well, glad that neither of us will get' a smack! :) And yes it is fun to have some fun! :)

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NO_DEFEAT_HERE 11/12/2010 2:06PM

  Char, I don't need to repent as I made the cake on a Friday and took it to my in-laws (because I know they both like coconut - unlike my hubby who thinks coconut is gross) and then I took it to my parent on Saturday because I know both my parents like coconut as well as my sister & bro-in-law. I ate very little actually. I remember when I'd make it & have to eat almost the whole thing! Not anymore! And if you remember, I wrote that one shouldn't make it unless they were taking it to a function where others could help enjoy eating it. And remember, if you make it, I'll be jealous that I didn't have a piece of yours! LOL! I am so glad that we can have fun on this team!

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CHARDANU 11/12/2010 9:39AM

    Yes I will, to both of your remarks!
I'm getting the Sparkstick all warmed up to land a wallop to the first one that bakes this cake. I think you need to get to the altar AMY and spend some time in repentance. Not only have you EATEN the cake, but now you're tempting others to do the same by providing the recipe. Oh you Sparksinner you!

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CHARDANU 11/12/2010 9:38AM

    Yes I will, to both of your remarks!
I'm getting the Sparkstick all warmed up to land a wallop to the first one that bakes this cake. I think you need to get to the altar AMY and spend some time in repentance. Not only have you EATEN the cake, but now you're tempting others to do the same by providing the recipe. Oh you Sparksinner you!

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NO_DEFEAT_HERE 11/11/2010 3:41PM

  Stacey, Char will only come after us if she knows - Wink, Wink!!

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STACEYM980 11/11/2010 5:55AM

    this'll be one to make when i live in the states again, someday. can't find those ingredients here...but it sure sounds YUMMY!!! But Char will hit us if we eat it, right?

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Hearty Beef Stew

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Makes 6 servings.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook: Crockpot 5 - 12 hours;
Range top 1 1/2 hours

1 pound beef round steak
nonstick spray coating
3 medium potatoes, cut into 3/4" pieces
3 medium carrots, cut into 1/2" pieces
1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
1 9 oz. package frozen cut green beans
3 TBSP quick-cooking tapioca
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp instant beef bouillon
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups water
1 14 1/2 oz. can low-sodium tomatoes, cut up
1 8 oz. can low-sodium tomato sauce

1) Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into 1/2" cubes. Spray an unheated large nonstick skillet with nonstick coating. In skillet quickly brown meat, half at a time. Drain well.

2) Meanwhile, in a 3 1/2 or 4 quart crockpot, combine potatoes, carrots and onion. Add frozen green beans, tapioca, thyme, basil, bouillon, sugar, salt & pepper. Stir in browned meat, water, undrained tomatoes & tomato sauce.

3) Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 10 - 12 hours or on high-heat for 5 - 6 hours.

Range top: Spray an unheated large nonstick saucepan with nonstick coating. In the saucepan quickly brown the meat, half at a time. Drain well. Return all meat to saucepan. Stir in tapioca, thyme, basil, bouillon, sugar, salt, pepper, water, undrained tomatoes & tomato sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered for 1 hour or until meat is nearly tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in potatoes, carrots, onion & green beans. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

1 1/2 starch
2 lean meat
2 vegetable

Nutrition facts/serving
Calories - 263
Total fat - 4 g
Saturated fat - 1 g
Cholesterol - 48 mg
Sodium - 413 mg
Carbohydrate - 35 g
Fiber - 3 g
Protein - 22 g

To Peel or Not to Peel
to make a dish more nutritious, you can omit peeling many fruits & vegetables, such as potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, parsnips, pears, apples and nectarines. You'll be increasing the fiber content since much of the fiber in fruits and vegetables is contained in the peels. Before cutting up unpeeled fruits & vegetables, scrub them thoroughly with a soft vegetable brush until clean. Do not use soap. Not peeling also makes the dish faster & easier to prepare.

I made this for our supper tonight. I did change a few things such as: I use dried onions instead of a regular onion as our family isn't big on onions but dried onions are okay. I also used a 16 oz. bag of frozen green beans instead of 9 oz. (I can never find just 9 oz.) I also added some corn left over from last night's supper (it was corn that I helped freeze this summer - not throwing that out!) And I had a bit of roast left over from last night's supper so I added that to my meat. The canned tomatoes I buy are already diced up so I don't have to do that step either.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

STACEYM980 11/4/2010 9:11AM

    yeah, thanks for sharing! interesting about the tapioca! but, thankfully, I actually have some over I just might have to give it a try! :)

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LUV-BEING-NANA 11/3/2010 3:28PM

    Sounds yummy! Can't wait to work this into the menu!!

Thanks for posting!

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20 Tips from "Dietgirl"

Saturday, January 03, 2009

I was hoping to save these tips in My Favorites but I didn't see a link for that so I have copied them here because they are so simple & realistic.

First, start with the big picture. Write down your goals and be specific. What do you want to change? Where do you want to be a year from now?

Next, focus on the details. Every day we make dozens of tiny decisions that can spell the difference between whether we lose weight or gain. Do you pick the muesli for breakfast or the chocolate muffin? Do you spend twenty minutes on the couch or twenty minutes on a brisk walk? Small changes can add up to huge results.

Start exercising--no matter what your fitness level. At 25 stone I could only shuffle to the end of the street, but I gradually built up to the whole block. Within a couple of years I was running! Don't compare yourself to others, just work within your limits and take it slow and steady.

Eat breakfast. A wholesome breakfast makes me feel smug, satisfied and determined to stay on track all day. My favourite is porridge, livened up with grated apple and cinnamon, or chopped banana and teaspoon of peanut butter.

Be kind to yourself and your body. You donít have to look in the mirror and chant, ďI love me! I am beautiful!Ē but at the same time yelling at your thighs wonít encourage your weight loss efforts.

Make your treats miniature. Instead of banning dessert, I choose smaller portions Ė like an apple crumble baked in a ramekin dish or a small bar of Green and Blacks chocolate. I get my sugar hit without dangerous leftovers!

Lift weights. It wonít make you bigger Ė itíll make you svelte and strong! If youíre worried about loose skin, resistance training is the best thing you can do to tone your body as you lose weight.

Planning is crucial. Every Saturday I take ten minutes to plan our meals for the coming week. I choose from a list of 25 easy, tried-and-true recipes, so itís quicker to cook than phone for a takeaway.

Buy your groceries online. It saves time and youíre not tempted by all the sights and smells of the supermarket. Or tortured by your screaming children.

Feel your emotions, donít feed them. In times of stress itís tempting to bury your feelings in cake Ė better to feel bad about binging than tackle the real issue! But try to find non-edible ways of coping Ė I highly recommend kickboxing classes.

Go Greek. If youíre a cream or sour cream fiend, 0% or 2% Greek yogurt is an excellent substitute. It's low in fat, protein-rich and incredibly creamy. Dollop into meringue nests and top with fresh fruit. Splodge onto a bowl of chilli. Swirl into butternut squash soup.

The best exercise is the one you enjoy. So what if your best friend swears by aerobics at dawn? If youíre a shift worker or just plain grumpy in the morning, this will never suit you. Choose an exercise you like and do it when itís most convenient for you Ė this way youíll stick with it.

Stock your office pantry. It's much easier to ignore the vending machine when Iíve got half an orchard sitting on my desk and a drawer full of oatcakes, nuts and seeds.

Have a cuppa. When hunger strikes and itís not meal time, I make a cup of tea. This gives me time to figure out if Iím really hungry or if Iím just bored or cranky or upset. Herbal tea is great Ė experiment until you find one that doesnít taste like grass clippings!

Have a moan. Losing weight isnít easy, but you donít have to feel alone in the struggle. Start your own blog, or sign up for a message board. Remember, weíre all in this lardy boat together!

Put the scales in perspective. Donít fret over small fluctuations Ė focus on all the healthy things youíve been doing for your body. Get out the tape measure or have a pair of ďmeasurement jeansĒ, so youíre not dependent on the scales for feedback.

Be adaptable. Make your weight loss plans fit around your life, not the other way around. Sometimes circumstances will change Ė a new job, a family crisis, moving house Ė and suddenly your usual routine doesnít work. The trick is to be flexible and know when itís time to tweak your methods.

Set a non-scale goal. Why not train for a charity 5k race or challenge yourself to do ten push-ups? Focusing on fitness means I donít fret about the numbers so much. And all those endorphins make me feel less inclined to go on a chocolate bender.

Accept that sometimes itís going to suck. Despite your best intentions, there will be days when you fall into a bag of crisps. But long-term success is about persistence, not perfection. Itís picking yourself up when you fall, over and over again.

Donít wait to be ďskinnyĒ to start living your life. If you have dreams of traveling or writing a book or learning to scuba dive, donít think you need a smaller bum before you deserve them. Your life is happening right now Ė so forget about your wobbly bits and jump right in!