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FabFit Recipe Challenge

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Here's my recipe. I LOVE vegetables and eat 10-12 servings a day on most days. Almost any recipe I do is always loaded with veggies, as this one is.

Here's some of my ingredients. Except for the bison, spinach, parmesan and garlic, everything is from my garden.

1 pound bison
2 large orange tomatoes
2 large red tomatoes
1 large yellow tomato
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 hot pepper (forgot its name!)
3 cups of spinach
2 golden zucchini
1 zucchini (regular)
1 large spaghetti squash
1 small red onion
2 cloves garlic
Fresh basil leaves to taste
Fresh oregano to taste
Fresh rosemary to taste
Black pepper to taste
Sea salt to taste (I use no salt for my own)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated

I ground the bison in a skillet (no oil or spray as it's a super non stick pan), added the chopped veggies (not the tomatoes yet)

Added the tomatoes

Added the spinach, garlic, pepper and herbs

I cooked on a low heat until the tomatoes reduced and the veggies were tender, about 1.5 hours.

My spaghetti squash was already cooked, shredded and frozen in a ziploc baggie, so I thawed it while everything else was cooking. If not cooked, here's how I cook mine:
I cut the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, add whatever seasonings you like (I use various Mrs. Dash's, depending on what I'm in the mood for) and bake for about 1 hour at 320. Once out and cool, take a fork and shred into strands and use as spaghetti noodles. I've also grilled them before and cooked them in the microwave (a large one only takes 10-15 minutes this way). Grilling is my favorite as it gives it a unique taste and the texture is coarser.

I arranged the spaghetti squash on plate, added the bison and veggie mixture and topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese.


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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/16/2011 7:41AM

    Very nice! Your garden vegetables look beautiful!

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LLTS01 8/11/2011 10:19PM

    This looks and sounds wonderful Carla.

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4MRSDAND123 8/10/2011 5:36PM

    Yum, yum, I want some! emoticon

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 8/10/2011 10:25AM

    Thank you for sharing, Carla!

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MOMMYTO5CUTIES 8/10/2011 12:21AM

    Yummy :)

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LUVYA04 8/10/2011 12:07AM

    emoticon Yum!!!

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KAMAPERRY 8/9/2011 11:34PM

    This looks fantastic!

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MINDYJ1 8/9/2011 11:02PM

    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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An embarrassing moment!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

We just got a new IT company at work. Normally I can connect from home onto our server at work and then to my actual desktop at work. They were doing some server work day before yesterday and whatever they did, made my connection from home not work. I spoke with them and showed one of them yesterday when he was in. Last night I got home and still couldn't connect. He kept insisting it must be my laptop and I kept insisting it wasn't. I could still get to our server, but just not to my desktop. Anyway, after several hours, they had me up and running and I hung up from talking to them around 10 last night. Turns out part of the connection file got corrupt after our EHR tech was on there. I noticed that my IE favorites were all gone and my document folder was missing a lot of things and I couldn't access the network drives on the server to view patients incoming lab and radiology reports or our incoming faxes.

I emailed them last night and they got my favorites reloaded and they called me today to finish fixing it. We got everything working but I still couldn't find my documents. So he connects remotely into my computer while I'm on the phone with him and he starts looking through folders for the missing items. He comes across a folder I have labeled "Carla" and opens it. I wasn't even remembering what was in it, but here I am on the other end of the phone as he opens it and here comes up a big picture of my starting picture with me at my heaviest, over 200 pounds, in a pair of green bikini underwear and a bra, with back, front and side views!! Now mind you, I've known this new person for not even a whole week and I'm on the other line when he opens this. I got quiet and he just quickly closed the folder and said "nope, they're not in there!" He was polite enough to not say a word and I just thanked him for trying to find them and told him I'd keep looking. LOL.... now I'm off to go look for them and to take my personal pics out of that folder! I had them on there because we do weight loss counseling for some patients and the docs would have patients come to my desk to see before and after pics. I'm going to print them now and just keep them in a real life folder to show when needed.

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GBOOMER 8/15/2011 6:22AM

    As a man, I can say... it was probably embarrassing for him too.

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JELLI-LEAN 8/5/2011 11:24AM about telling him you have a twin?!?

heee hee

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BARBARAROSE54 8/5/2011 6:52AM

    emoticon wow embarrassing !

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NANFACEMIRE1 8/5/2011 5:51AM

    That is so funny. When you told me on your way home from work, we were both laughing so hard that I thought you were going to have to stop on the side of the road. That was just too funny. Love you, Mom

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LILLYPILLY24 8/5/2011 1:59AM

    He sounds like a decent man. Bless him for not making it more embarrassing for you! He's probably also gone away thinking: "Man, she looks so different now!" This could be seen as a non-scale victory! :)

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    emoticon That is so funny Carla! Sound like you handled it with lots of class!

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YAFENELRA 8/4/2011 9:39PM

    That is just tooooo funny!!

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HIPHOPSCOTCH 8/4/2011 9:15PM

    hahaha :)

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LLTS01 8/4/2011 8:55PM

    What a riot. You should have said: "If you could see me now. " emoticon

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    Oh no, Carla! Sorry I had to laugh. It is embarrassing for you though.

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BETHGILLIGAN 8/4/2011 8:20PM

    OMG!!! That is so funny!!! Made me laugh!! You have to wonder what the poor guy was thinking!

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    Thanks for sharing Carla....I haven't laughed so much reading a blog in a long time! I needed a good laugh.

I can just imagine your expression when he opened that file....good thing you two were on the phone with each other rather than at work.

I don't think it would have mattered what you weighed in the bikini underwear and bra....front, side and back views would have been cause for "an awkward moment" with the IT person in any event.

Life is just full of those "unexpected moments"...good thing we can laugh about them along the way.

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    OMG!! I'm glad you've got a GREAT sense of humor! Kind of reminds me of the time my miniskirt fell off at work..... emoticon

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BARBIE176 8/4/2011 6:46PM

    Wow that would be so embarrassing, but it definitely sounds like something I could have happen to me.

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HEALTHY1JESS 8/4/2011 6:45PM

    Oh my goodness. You at least technically had a good reason to have those pics in that file at work. I'm a schoolteacher, so that whole story would have played out a little differently for me. LOL

I'm glad you survived this embarrassing moment! Who knows? Maybe he was thinking, "Dang, she got really healthy! That's awesome!" He was also probably thinking, "I shouldn't say ANYTHING because I don't want to be accused of harassment." LOL

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    wow - I could totally see something like that happening to me :)

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My vision board

Sunday, July 31, 2011

A group of mine, Fabulous Fitness had a challenge to make a vision board of goals we have. Here is mine:

My goals are very simple. I am having a new daughter in law in a month and a new (first!) Grandbaby. I want to be healthy, fit and be able to be here a long time to enjoy them and I want to be able to run around with my Grandson. Part of my board is to remind me that they are coming into my family and that they are part of my reasons for making a new me.

The biggest goal I have it to run a half marathon in March of 2012. The Rock 'n Roll in DC. I know with the proper training and support and tips from people who are runners, I will be able to do this. I've only done 5 and 10K's and I've walked/run those doing intervals. This is a hefty goal for me, but one I know I can reach!

Healthier eating, clean something I strive for. I don't eat 100% clean, nor do I eat healthy 100% of the time, but this part of the board is to remind me of my goal to do it most of the time.

At the very top, I had to have a reference to Spark People (it's small so you have to have really good eyes to see the little and the book, The Spark), because it is through this site that I have met all the fabulous people I have and it's where I learned to make small goals and to eat healthier. The tools here have been an enormous help! I've made incredible friends, both online and in person and each and every one of you is dear to my heart and all of you are part of my success. I can't wait to sign in here every morning to read about how everyone is doing and to support each of you as you have supported me. I love you all!!

Another section of my board is about breast cancer awareness. I am extremely active in breast cancer prevention events and I plan on another year of Susan G Komen events and breast cancer prevention functions and teaching. One day there will be an end to this disease and until then, I will continue to preach/teach about awareness and early detection.

The last part of my board is about fitness. I have come to love Zumba, so I wanted to have a little bit about that. I'm getting stronger every day and learning so many things about myself and what I AM capable of doing! Just a few short years ago, I'd be writing nothing about fitness and would likely still be sitting on the couch in front of the TV most of the time. Just because the fitness part is the smallest, doesn't mean it's the least important!

Thanks for an awesome challenge and one that made me think and be more aware of why I am here.

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GBOOMER 8/15/2011 6:24AM

    Very nice. A lot of work on that board... even more off the board! emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 8/12/2011 9:58AM

    Carla, this is awesome! I might do this too! Thanks for the inspiration!

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LLTS01 8/1/2011 9:39PM

    What a great board. You put a lot of thought and work into it. Hope we will be running the half together. That would be awesome!!

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DIGISCRAPPY 8/1/2011 3:31PM

    Awesome! Really nice work putting that together!

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    LOVE how you covered every area. Definitely alot of thought put into this. You definitely know where you want to be and what you need to get there! emoticon emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 8/1/2011 2:33PM

    These are great !

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LOOZINITNOW 8/1/2011 1:48PM

    Love it! I have no doubt that you will be able to do the half marathon! emoticon

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LASHERTHECAT 8/1/2011 8:32AM

    Love it!! Love your vision and enthusiasm... There's no stopping you!!

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KAMAPERRY 7/31/2011 11:23PM

    Totally awesome!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 7/31/2011 9:16PM

    emoticon job Carla! I absolutely LOVE it!

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CAROLYN1213 7/31/2011 8:56PM

    Ooooooo, girl!!! I love that you covered various areas of 'fitness and health'!!! Family, food, fun, strength, endurance, support, community!!! Love it, love it!!

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HEALTHY1JESS 7/31/2011 8:44PM

    Nice job on the vision where are you going to put it to admire it and remind you of your vision's goals? I put mine on the fridge, but I think I'm going to photocopy it and tape it to my desk at work, too.


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DEBSZOO74 7/31/2011 8:39PM

    Carla, your board looks GREAT! Not only did you put a lot of thought into it, you were very creative and crafty! You have some great reasons for being healthy and fit, and I know with your determination you're going to reach your goals! emoticon emoticon

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DONNA0256 7/31/2011 8:38PM

    Great job! I love all your goals!

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/31/2011 8:36PM

    I absolutely LOVE your vision board. I like the way you separated the different things to remind you of "where" you are going. It is done so well and says so much. You are certainly headed in the right direction and have done a GREAT job with you weight-loss journey. I know you are going to continue until you get there. Good luck honey. I love you very much. Mom

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WCUNNINGHAM3 7/31/2011 8:33PM

    Great board and vision, very encouraging to me been wanting to do a board similar to this just not sure where to begin. Stay focused on your goal and you'll make it.

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    What a wonderful Vision board...covering all of the Things that
are inspiring and Dear to your heart...keep on making great strides!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Brandon and Lisa's engagement photos

Sunday, July 31, 2011

What a busy fall this will be! Aaron and Amber are expecting my first grandchild and my baby, Brandon is getting married. The wedding and the baby's due date are both September 4th! Yesterday Aaron and Amber had a maternity photo shoot and Brandon and Lisa had their engagement pictures done. Here are a few pics from that.

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ABRANNEWME2014 7/31/2011 10:28PM

    Very nice pics...


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HOWLERMOM 7/31/2011 9:27PM

    emoticon emoticonGreat pics!

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TREEBW 7/31/2011 8:03PM

    Gorgeous photos!!!!

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CAROLYN1213 7/31/2011 6:30PM

    Awwwww . . . what an awesome time in your life!!! Congratulations darling!

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    Love the pics Carla! Lots of wonderful things happening in your family. Congrats!!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 7/31/2011 5:56PM

    Thank you for sharing these great pictures, Carla!

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WALKING_WONDER 7/31/2011 4:21PM

    I wish I did mine outside! How lovely!

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BARBARAROSE54 7/31/2011 2:22PM

    emoticon to the engaged couple. and thanks Carla for sharing with us emoticon

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    What great pictures!!! Such a special time in your family!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    emoticon pictures, Carla!!!

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TEALADY0531 7/31/2011 1:34PM

    emoticon What a wonderful kind of busy!!!!

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USMAWIFE 7/31/2011 1:03PM

    Congrats to you on both occasions. You will definetely be busy

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Amber and Aaron's Maternity Photo Shoot

Saturday, July 30, 2011

My daughter-in-law Amber has been looking forward to the maternity photo shoot she booked months ago and today was finally the day. They went to a place called Picture Perfect and I think they did a really nice job.

This is my sons first child, my first grandchild and my Mom (Nanfacemire1's) first great grandchild!

There were tons more pictures, I just picked one from each little group to share here.

Only about 4 more weeks til Levi is actually here!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 8/2/2011 10:12AM

    I bet its so hard to wait!

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WALKING_WONDER 7/31/2011 11:10AM

    Cool!!! I didn't know people took maternity photos!

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/31/2011 10:12AM

    These are really great pictures. I like the one with the blue bow around the belly best of all. My great grandson---won't be long now. I am so excited.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/30/2011 11:14PM

    The pictures are beautiful Carla. Thank you for sharing. Are you super excited?

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KAMAPERRY 7/30/2011 9:58PM

    This is soo great!

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PUGRAD1995 7/30/2011 8:32PM

    Great. And I'm sure grandma is patiently waiting too! emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 7/30/2011 8:10PM

    Thanks for sharing your exciting news. 4 more weeks emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUN2MYDREAMS 7/30/2011 7:43PM

    How exciting! I know you are ready for the newest addition to get here!!

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    What great pictures! I'm sure you're all so excited!!! emoticon

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USMAWIFE 7/30/2011 7:24PM

    These are such great pictures. Congrats on the grandson

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LESLIES537 7/30/2011 7:22PM

    Those are such neat pictures!! Congrats to Amber and to you on your 1st grandchild! How exciting! emoticon emoticon

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