PINKNFITCARLA   290,931
SparkPoints
250,000-299,999 SparkPoints
 
 
PINKNFITCARLA's Recent Blog Entries

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.



Ingredients:
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.



Enjoy!


  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/16/2011 7:41AM

    Very nice! Your garden vegetables look beautiful!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LLTS01 8/11/2011 10:19PM

    This looks and sounds wonderful Carla.

Report Inappropriate Comment
4MRSDAND123 8/10/2011 5:36PM

    Yum, yum, I want some! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAINIESNEWLIFE 8/10/2011 10:25AM

    Thank you for sharing, Carla!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMMYTO5CUTIES 8/10/2011 12:21AM

    Yummy :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
LUVYA04 8/10/2011 12:07AM

    emoticon Yum!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAMAPERRY 8/9/2011 11:34PM

    This looks fantastic!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MINDYJ1 8/9/2011 11:02PM

    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Report Inappropriate Comment


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.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GBOOMER 8/15/2011 6:22AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
JELLI-LEAN 8/5/2011 11:24AM

    OMG....how about telling him you have a twin?!?

heee hee

Report Inappropriate Comment
BARBARAROSE54 8/5/2011 6:52AM

    emoticon wow embarrassing !

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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! :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEALTHYHAPPYDEB 8/4/2011 11:35PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
YAFENELRA 8/4/2011 9:39PM

    That is just tooooo funny!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HIPHOPSCOTCH 8/4/2011 9:15PM

    hahaha :)


Report Inappropriate Comment
LLTS01 8/4/2011 8:55PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAINIESNEWLIFE 8/4/2011 8:52PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
BETHGILLIGAN 8/4/2011 8:20PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/4/2011 7:20PM

    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 picture....green 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.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LORIENABANANA 8/4/2011 6:46PM

    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

Report Inappropriate Comment
BARBIE176 8/4/2011 6:46PM

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


Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEALTHYHABITGAL 8/4/2011 6:24PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment


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 eating...is 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 sparkpeople.com 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.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GBOOMER 8/15/2011 6:24AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
PIXIE-LICIOUS 8/12/2011 9:58AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIGISCRAPPY 8/1/2011 3:31PM

    Awesome! Really nice work putting that together!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FITNHLTHYMONICA 8/1/2011 2:55PM

    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

Report Inappropriate Comment
BARBARAROSE54 8/1/2011 2:33PM

    These are great !

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOOZINITNOW 8/1/2011 1:48PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
LASHERTHECAT 8/1/2011 8:32AM

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


Report Inappropriate Comment
KAMAPERRY 7/31/2011 11:23PM

    Totally awesome!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUN2MYDREAMS 7/31/2011 9:16PM

    emoticon job Carla! I absolutely LOVE it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAINIESNEWLIFE 7/31/2011 9:00PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEALTHY1JESS 7/31/2011 8:44PM

    Nice job on the vision board...now 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.

CONGRATS! :-)

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Comment edited on: 7/31/2011 8:39:33 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
DONNA0256 7/31/2011 8:38PM

    Great job! I love all your goals!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BROWNIEISLANDER 7/31/2011 8:30PM

    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

Report Inappropriate Comment


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.






  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ABRANNEWME2014 7/31/2011 10:28PM

    Very nice pics...

Tema

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOWLERMOM 7/31/2011 9:27PM

    emoticon emoticonGreat pics!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TREEBW 7/31/2011 8:03PM

    Gorgeous photos!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAROLYN1213 7/31/2011 6:30PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
FITNHLTHYMONICA 7/31/2011 6:24PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
PIXIE-LICIOUS 7/31/2011 5:56PM

    Thank you for sharing these great pictures, Carla!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAMAPERRY 7/31/2011 4:50PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WALKING_WONDER 7/31/2011 4:21PM

    I wish I did mine outside! How lovely!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BARBARAROSE54 7/31/2011 2:22PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
BUTTERFLYEMERGE 7/31/2011 1:44PM

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


Report Inappropriate Comment
LAINIESNEWLIFE 7/31/2011 1:43PM

    emoticon pictures, Carla!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEALADY0531 7/31/2011 1:34PM

    emoticon What a wonderful kind of busy!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
USMAWIFE 7/31/2011 1:03PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment


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!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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

    I bet its so hard to wait!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WALKING_WONDER 7/31/2011 11:10AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/30/2011 11:14PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAMAPERRY 7/30/2011 9:58PM

    This is soo great!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WVROSE1 7/30/2011 9:54PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PUGRAD1995 7/30/2011 8:32PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
BARBARAROSE54 7/30/2011 8:10PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUN2MYDREAMS 7/30/2011 7:43PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
BUTTERFLYEMERGE 7/30/2011 7:42PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
USMAWIFE 7/30/2011 7:24PM

    These are such great pictures. Congrats on the grandson

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 Last Page