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Mocha Cottage Cheese

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Today, I finally made the Mocha Cottage Cheese recipe I've been admiring from Spark Recipes.

What I did different:
* used DandyLion (a non-caffeinated hot beverage made with dandelions, chicory, etc supposed to be good for you.), I would have made it with the instant coffee, only it was late in the afternoon and I don't need to stay up all night).
* used Stevia packet instead of Splenda packet, because Splenda is against my .... body, I guess, not really a religious issue or a political issue or whatever, I just don't like how I feel when I consume the stuff.
* I used a honey that was packed with the honeycomb. I guess it's "good for you" but I still am not used to having my tongue tripping over the little waxy bits from the honey comb. Next time I'm using the regular honey. On the positive side, I got it used up, so I won't have that sitting around. It's in a nice round jar so I can refill it with un-honeycombed honey next time (no crevices to make honey difficult to get out of in the upcoming colder months, the way Honey Bear containers do, where I feel like I've wasted half of the honey stuck inside all those little crevices.).
* I used a Ninja blender/smoothie maker thingy. I'm thinking I should have used a regular kitchen blender or Vita Mix or immersion blender.
* I added 1 tsp vanilla after the first taste because it seemed a little "too dry" (probably because of the waxy bits from the honeycomb?

Anyway, this is what it looked like!!


My DS said "Eww gross, Mom!" (he has braces on, and doubtless hit a waxy bit. I'll try it again when he forgets about it, using smooth honey....).

Haven't fed any to the DH yet.

Not sure if I will feed him any... I made a double recipe...but... not sure that I'll not eat it between now and then.

  
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PROVERBS31JULIA 11/4/2011 4:19PM

    Just tell 'em Halloween is over, it's not dog messes, it's chocolate pudding!!!! ;
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Bon appeitit!

And my husband LOVED it ...especially the way I served it to him....licking the rubber scraper off while standing there in the kitchen, too lazy to scrape it out into a bowl for him... which, of course, grossed off the 13 year old, because his parents LIKE EACH OTHER.... hahahahaha!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/3/2011 11:20PM

    OK, I pulled this up at the wrong time cuz my kids were here and laughed when the picture came up! I think they were with your son! I, however, think it looks delicious! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The *BEST* WAY to LOSE WEIGHT!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

OH I'm still laughing....


I just saw the funniest video on my niece's Facebook page and had to share it with you. I couldn't seem to "share" it with the SparkPeople.com Facebook Page or Coach Nicole's page - guess because they are not considered "groups" or "individual friends". So I tracked it down elsewhere and found the link on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLrn8HgKK
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You'll LOVE this!!

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JANNEPERRY 10/30/2011 2:40PM

    That was sooo funny--thanks for posting! emoticon

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MINIUM 10/29/2011 3:21PM

    Oh, and it's French! I loved it! Thank you so much for sharing!

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ILOVEROSES 10/29/2011 9:13AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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NUMD97 10/29/2011 2:29AM

    That is absolutely hysterical. Thanks!

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BRIGHTPENNY 10/28/2011 9:43PM

    This was so much fun to watch! thank you, I'm sharing it with all my friends as well!
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JESSIKA_56 10/28/2011 9:02PM

    Lol that's hilarious!

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RIVER331 10/28/2011 8:45PM

    That was so cute - DH is French, I'll have to show this to him! emoticon

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JILLIAN40 10/28/2011 8:42PM

    Pretty silly - made me laugh!

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TRICOTINE 10/28/2011 5:57PM

    This is why French women don't get fat! LOL
(well, until they move to the US... [sighs])
LOVE THIS!!! Thanks for sharing! :-))

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SBRILLO44 10/28/2011 1:52PM

  That was awesome! emoticon
Thanks for sharing.

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LIS193 10/28/2011 1:46PM

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CANBDONE 10/28/2011 11:57AM

    thanks for sharing emoticon

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Affirmations and such...

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Why is it that when I (try to) say things like:

You Is Kind
You Is Smart
You is Important
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(like from the book/movie "The Help"),

or really, any affirmation -

but in my mind, I want to translate and distort the message:

You is Fat
You is Lazy
You is Incompetent!
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I need a brain transplant!!!

Philippians 4:8
(NKJV)

8 Finally, brethren,
whatever things are true,
whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just,
whatever things are pure,
whatever things are lovely,
whatever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthyŚ
meditate on these things.


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JILLYBEAN25 10/17/2011 12:55AM

    I think most of us are guilty of the same behaviors. I know I am! Why is it so hard for me to think of myself as beautiful, but so easy to think of myself as a fat cow? Would God be okay with me thinking of myself that way? NO! If you figure out the answer, be sure to pass it on! ;-) I think LIFEWALK is right. Make it a habit to think positively about yourself and you'll come to believe it.

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CANBDONE 10/12/2011 3:41PM

    You just can't beat The Good Book for life's instructions. I love spending time with the Lamb!

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LIFEWALK 10/10/2011 8:51PM

    luv these!

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Wednesday - 10.05.2011

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

I checked into the North Y at about 8:49 pm, the guy said, and got off treadmill at 9:33 pm. When I first got in, I thought I had it programmed for 20 minutes, but didn't really pay attention to the final display as the machine began ramping up while I walked. Then it stopped after a few minutes (maybe 5? not real sure??) and I was thinking "that was the shortest 20 minutes I'd ever walked!" Tried to reprogram the machine, and the second time it wasn't accepting my age and weight very well, just took off running again. Plus, I thought I was setting it to stop at 23 minutes. But as I started walking, it seemed to be counting up, rather than counting down (which is what I thought I'd seen before.).

SO fine, I kept walking, and it kept counting up, and then it got past 23 minutes, and it just KEPT ON GOING! Psycho-manic Dreadmill!! I decided enough was enough, and shut it down... besides, my left Achilles heel was beginning to ache, and I'd finished reading the scripture reading for the day and realized I really should have brought reading glasses or magnifying sheet to read off my iPhone. Or see about resetting it to a LARGER font?

Somewhere in all this walking and reading, my husband texted me to let me know that Steve Jobs just died earlier this evening (former CEO of Apple, Inc. I know, that's strange he would let me know, but we're just nerdy like that....). Very sad, because the poor guy is only like a year older than my husband. And we've already lost another friend to pancreatic cancer at about the age or maybe a little bit older (although that friend died about 5-6 years ago - but even then we think he wasn't a whole lot older than my husband.). Sad.

Well, if I hurry, I can get my Wide Load upstairs and in a nice soaky bath and in bed before midnight. So I guess I better scamper.

  
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TAMIK1964 10/6/2011 6:31AM

    Great job on the dreadmill........however long it was, lol.

RIP Steve

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SUNSHINE99999 10/5/2011 11:34PM

  Yes, Steve will definitely be missed. :(

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Positive Affirmations...

Monday, October 03, 2011

This morning I woke up and remembered the three affirmations recited over and over throughout the movie that I watched last night "The Help". In it, the one help, Aibileen had her little charge recite every morning:

"You is Kind. You is Smart. You is Important".

I'm sure many will quibble about the poor use of English Grammar - but for me, that's not the point. The point is she encouraged that little girl every day, to realize she had important attributes, in spite of the fact that the little girl was "fat" (her mom was one of the unreasonably thin Southern Belles in the movie.), because Aibileen was well aware of the fact that the mother more or less emotionally abandoned her daughter because she was not perceived as a great "beauty" (my quotes) like her mom.

Here's one clip from the movie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZimx1wHY
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This same theme, I guess I could call it, was repeated elsewhere in the movie, because the white woman "Skeeter" who initially begins to contact Aibileen and others, to write their story, she has her own detatchment issues with her own mother and her own deeply held love for "the help" that her family had - Constantine (played wonderfully well by Cicely Tyson), whom the mother disgracefully fired while Skeeter was away at college. That theme resolves itself later in the movie, so go watch it or read it.

I am quite sure we can draw out a million other lessons from the movie... and mental note to myself: go get the book!!

But in any case, just thinking about the words Aibileen shared with little Miss Mae Mobley every day drew tears to my eyes this morning, what a great gift, and something I didn't have from my parents on a daily basis. But I want to write them down so I can see it every day.

You is Kind.
You is Smart.
You is Important




Amen!

  
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YIWEN39 10/28/2011 6:35PM

    Thanks for sharing that with us :-) Will go and look for the book and/or movie... and will certainly write down "You is Kind, You is Smart, You is Important" somewhere where I can see it every day :-) I need all the help I can get, and starting with how I speak to myself sounds like a good plan :-) emoticon emoticon

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BIRDINSUN 10/5/2011 9:25PM

    You took the words right out of my mouth. I read "The Help" when it first came out and LOVED it, and just saw the movie about a week ago. Loved that, too. Like you observed, I also loved the beautiful message Abileene gave to little miss Mae Mobley. It is a great example of how we all should be talking to ourselves every day.

Thanks for reminding me to acknowledge my good qualities!

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IDLETYME 10/4/2011 12:29PM

    That was great. Thanks for sharing it with us. And, thanks for reading my blog!
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THINAGIN2 10/3/2011 2:42PM

    I read the book and it was wonderful! We should all do daily affirmations to ourselves in much the same way. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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MARKSTIPANOVSKY 10/3/2011 8:55AM

    Lovely thoughts... Thank you and have a lovely day.

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