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.
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:
You'll LOVE this!!
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Why is it that when I (try to) say things like:
You Is Kind
You Is Smart
You is Important
(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!
I need a brain transplant!!!
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.
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.
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:
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
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