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Overdid things... (this is more of a diary or journal type entry....).

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Woke up and went for a walk. Kinda hard to start my FitBit and my MaPMyWalk app on the iPhone at the same time. Both agreed that I had walked basically 20 minutes, so, oh well, that's my "10 minute streak" for the day. One said I walked 17.8 mph and the other made up some random number about 20 mph. Maybe it was measuring only the very last part of the walk, rather than an overall average?

Had my bowl of oatmeal and later on a cup of coffee... read paper. Did some email.

Then I had to take a shower as I was running out of time and had to be one place at 11 am and then I was to meet my husband for lunch and then I'd go to the ENT doc for my audiology appointment.

Well... I usually wash my hair in the tub. (long story) Today I used the guys' shower and it was nasty! I put my swim shoes on to protect my feet from whatever cooties there since they don't clean up after themselves. Got my scrubbie brush and a bunch of soap and scrubbed the dickkens out of that tub. But it was hard - lots of bending down and back up and head between my knees practically and that just wore me out. Pretty soon, I felt this weird headache coming up behind my head over the top and the sides towards the front. Got on out of the shower and made it into my room to get dressed.... but was feeling ill. Just feeling odd...I must have overdid it in the tub, since I was scrubbing like a madwoman knowing that I really didn't have time but didn't want to do it later in the day, but still grossed that it was so dirty.

Got dressed, somehow drove myself to the first place to get the car worked on, had to take the back roads as I didn't feel like I was stable enough to drive on the freeway. I kept drinking water... felt like I needed to eat but also felt sort of queasy. I should have taken my blood sugar then but I don't know if that would have been good info...

Called my husband as he was basically across the street, and he came on over and then I debated whether to eat or to go get some aspirin or what. Decided I really wanted to eat since I had done quite a bit more exercise and with that cup of coffee that I don't usually eat before exercise (did you read the Spark article elsewhere in the Health news about not drinking caffeine before exercise?).

We went to eat lunch - I picked out a beef veggie soup and a chicken veggie salad. And water. I gradually started feeling some better but still just had that feeling like I'd been beaten all over.

My husband really needed to go back to work, but I had this 2 pm appointment and still felt cruddy so I asked if he could drive me there and be there with me. So he did (one of the huuuuuge blessings of being salaried and on flex time and well, just the corporate culture of the place he works for, plus he's been that career for 35+ years. Of course, now that I'm writing this, he's back at work so he's putting in his 8 hours just later in the evening!!!).

So we get there and we'd already rearranged our Flexible Spending so that starting in January we'd have Flex Spending funds for at least one of the two hearing aids... and so we just visited with the audiologist. I wasn't really sure why she wanted me to come back - maybe because we didn't have time to finish that discussion after the last session last week when I had the long audiogram session (which always tires me and wears me out and I don't know, maybe it's just always a hugely emotional experience for me, just so mentally and emotionally draining. I put up with a lot at various doctors - poked prodded, shots, mammograms, X-Rays, 2 years of braces, drill into my jaw to install the dental implants, MRI, caesarian section, spinal block, maybe not as many procedures as many people have had....but audiograms are the worst things for me to deal with! I guess there's some baggage in all that, but in any case, it is what it is.

So anyway today we're sitting around and she's kinda starting up her pitch a bit, trying to determine what she can and can't do, if a loaner is available, if we we have insurance now, whatever... and suddenly it dawns on her where my husband works and she says "Oh Wait!! We just got paid by your current insurance for a pair of hearing aids for this other guy at your office." See - we've got this insurance but effective January 1, our company is switching to a different health insurance company. I kept asking my husband what kind of coverage we had, and for him to give me the propaganda and listing of the insurance coverage details... so the past two years I never got this info out of him. And I think he was so pessimistic, he never would make the effort of looking it up (maybe he thought it would get my hopes up? We've had such horrible experiences in the past....).

Anyway, the way it stands now, maybe the insurance will cover it even though we're just about to run out of time. She's got a plan to contact the insurance company or have her insurance guru do it tomorrow . If they deny it, then back up plan B will be the Flex Spending starting in January, as she's pretty sure the new insurance company we are being switched to will be a step or two lower in quality (or extra frustration levels...depending on one's point of view, I guess.). As she put it, she didn't know exactly what benefits there were for the employees but as a provider, that company was really awful to work with....would deny claims for the most capricious reasons (joking that even the Pope would have problems dealing with this insurance company!)...

And of course, we don't get a choice as to keeping the previous insurance company, since they've evidently been "voted off the island" by the head poobahs and bean-counters. To quote some famous management expert, can't remember the name - "The beatings (floggings, whippings, etc) will continue until employee morale improves...."

Soooo I have these loaners... keep in mind, this isn't a quick fix. I'm still deaf. I am hearing a lot of "stuff" but not necessarily clearer speech... guess it's a learning process, so they say.

Right now, my Channukah album playing through blue tooth off my iPhone iPod is sounding really tinny and horrible...

I'm tired!!!

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MRSCLAUS46 12/10/2012 4:58AM

    emoticon Just went thru getting donated hearing aide programed for my loss and a new ear mold--it is a very difficult time making the adjustment--like you said: what sound you do hear is horrible at first. Hope it gets easier for you! Good luck with the insurance company too--mine just denied what I had done as it was not done by my primary care provider (must check into this--he isn't qualified to do it!) and they claim I did not have a referral (which I most certainly did). Take care of yourself and have a wonderful Holiday Season!

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JANNEPERRY 12/8/2012 5:08PM

    Rest up! Difficult decisions are always exhausting for me!

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123ELAINE456 12/7/2012 1:12PM

  So sorry You had such a rough tough Day. I hope You are able to get a good night sleep and tomorrow will be better for You. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/7/2012 9:52AM

    (((((((HUGS)))))))) Our insurance starts on Jan. 1 with a new group. I anticipate LOTS of fun . . . NOT! Wishing you all the best.

Had to laugh @ your comments that even the Pope would have difficulty dealing with insurance companies AND "The beatings (floggings, etc.) will continue til employee morale improves." YUP . . . that's how to do it for sure!

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JILLYBEAN25 12/7/2012 12:25AM

    It sounds like a very difficult day for you. Glad it's over? I bet you are. At least tomorrow is another day. emoticon

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DIET_FRIEND 12/7/2012 12:16AM

    Thanks for sharing your day. It is a blessing to have a good husband. HOpe the hearing aid situation comes together in your favor ASAP. You are a blessing with your family for getting to that tub! I don't like cleaning tubs myself.

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UMBILICAL 12/6/2012 11:27PM

  Good note

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The Funny Laws of Life...LAWS YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU KNEW!!

Monday, December 03, 2012

I'm kinda brain dead and tired. Saw these funny "laws" in email, so thought I'd share - some are related to weight loss!!

Here goes:
1. Law of Mechanical Repair - After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee.

2. Law of Gravity - Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

3. Law of Probability - The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

4. Law of Random Numbers - If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.

5. Variation Law- If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).

6. Law of the Bath - When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

7. Law of Close Encounters - The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

8. Law of the Result - When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.

9. Law of Biomechanics - The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

10. Law of the Theater & Hockey Arena - At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.

11. The Coffee Law - As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

12. Murphy's Law of Lockers - If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

13. Law of Physical Surfaces - The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

14. Law of Logical Argument - Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.

15. Brown's Law of Physical Appearance - If the clothes fit, they're ugly.  (My favorite!)

16. Oliver's Law of Public Speaking - A closed mouth gathers no feet.

17. Wilson's Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy - As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.

18. Doctors' Law - If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you'll feel better. But don't make an appointment, and you'll stay sick.

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DOLLYHOLLY 12/15/2012 7:58PM

    LOL. These are so cool & funny! emoticon

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JESSIKA_56 12/5/2012 12:30PM

    Cute! Thanks for sharing!

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SUNNYLIFE72 12/5/2012 9:02AM

  Cute - thanks for sharing.

I didn't see the Beautician's Law (similar to the Doctor's Law): When you make an appointment or a plan for a hair cut, you will receive compliments about your hair BEFORE your appointment! =)

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1CRAZYDOG 12/4/2012 8:05PM

    Too funny!

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MJ7DM33 12/4/2012 7:46PM

  All of these are true! Thanks for sharing!

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CATHYJR73 12/4/2012 4:59PM

    Very Fun emoticon

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BESEVEN 12/4/2012 12:32PM

    emoticon SO True!!!

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123ELAINE456 12/4/2012 9:34AM

  Awesome. And Very True. God Bless You and Have a Wonderul Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care.

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CONFUSEDBIRD 12/4/2012 8:36AM

    So very true!

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GAYLE-G-63 12/4/2012 8:27AM

    emoticon emoticon

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DARLY55 12/4/2012 7:44AM

    They are like gravity - nothing you can do to remedy any of these situations!
Thanks for the funnies! emoticon

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JANNEPERRY 12/4/2012 6:03AM

    Thanks for sharing--reading these was a fun way to start the day!

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BARCLE 12/4/2012 12:17AM

    Oh so true! emoticon

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WINSTONSUZ 12/3/2012 11:52PM

    these really are true you know! LOL

they're always funny every time I see them..... thanks for sharing I needed a smile tonight!


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"Life Becomes Easier When You Learn To Accpt An Apology You Never Got"

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I saw this a few weeks ago on Facebook or somewhere else, maybe Pinterest, who knows, my head is swimming...

Just felt like sharing this (so I can find it later when I need??). I alluded to it earlier this week in Bruce's Happiness Blog:

Breathe in....
Breathe out...

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SAINTBETH 12/2/2012 10:56AM

    So true. Some people will never apologize but if you have to deal with them, it's easier on yourself if you just forgive them.

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DIBANANA 11/28/2012 8:17PM

  Interesting thought

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DIANER2014 11/26/2012 1:31PM

    So true! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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JANNEPERRY 11/26/2012 1:20PM

    oh so true! emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 11/26/2012 6:56AM

    Ah, if only we could do that!!

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JACKIE542 11/25/2012 10:26PM

    Is very true. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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3016DEBRA 11/25/2012 9:12PM

  So True emoticon

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DOLLYHOLLY 11/25/2012 9:26AM

    Excellent advice! Irrespective of apologies, we all can learn a lot not only from forgiving others, but also ourselves as well.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/25/2012 9:01AM

    Oh my dear, you have NOOOOOOOOooooOOOOOO idea how I needed this one today!!!!! Ok, breathing in, breathing out, letting go. THANK YOU!!!

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JESSIKA_56 11/25/2012 8:57AM

    So true, thanks for sharing!

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SCHECK5 11/25/2012 7:39AM

    Very true...I need to remember this also! Thanks for sharing!

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TROUBLE2ME2 11/25/2012 6:06AM

    This is such a powerful statement. It helped me so much yesterday when I felt hurt over something from the previous day.
Already this morning my mind has taken to thinking on some other situations that I have been holding on to for awhile, perhaps it is time to apply this to them also.
Thanks again for sharing this!

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123ELAINE456 11/25/2012 5:33AM

  Awsome. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take care.

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RORYLYONS 11/25/2012 2:52AM

    emoticon emoticon

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EVWINGS 11/25/2012 1:59AM

    It certainly is true. For myself, I found I can do this if I write a letter stating all my feelings, leave it about an hour, go back and read what I wrote,. then destroy it after I am able to say I can forgive without getting the apology. Thank you for the quote and the link.

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JANTWO 11/25/2012 1:03AM

    Thank you for sharing that. It would cut down on hanging onto bitter feelings.

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Introducing our new baby girl...(with pictures!)

Friday, November 23, 2012

..puppy dog. Chihuahua (is that how it's spelled??)

Went to the YMCA this morning to do some apres-Turkey repentence - put in a mile around the track (was too gusty and cold to walk this morning and for some reason I was being a wimp about walking.). Then we spent some time up on the "30 Minute Circuit" doing some of the weight machines

Then, we went to Kansas Humane Society to see about a new black dog. Being Black Friday, they were giving away BLACK DOGS. FREE. (or Black Cats, which we already have one.). Evidently, one of their Girl Scout Volunteers had started a "Black Dogs Club" because she was horrified to discover that black dogs were least likely to be adopted and most likely to be euthanized.

When I read about her in the paper, I was surprised too, because I grew up with black dogs and cats at various times in my childhood, and so had DH. Plus, we have had a black cat since December 2000 and our black dog had just passed away in September.

So... we get there, more than a hundred people ahead of us, and only 25 dogs available to adopt. Not all of these were black (the free ones) - and the others were 25% discount off the usual adoption fee.

(I"m waiting for my son to upload a photo for me, so I can save it to my disk and upload it here....)

We arrived shortly after 11 am (event was to begin at 11 am), so we were assigned numbers. So, DH had time to go over to Grandma's and pick up DS who had spent the night last night .

Now, the KHS staff named her "Janet" but we're not certain we'll keep that name... but here she is:

What she looked like on the website at Kansas Humane Society:

Puppy on the son's computer table:

Puppy all nestled in on my chest, inside my hoodie, no more shivering, just nice and warm....

She's still a bit groggy and in pain, I think, because she's neutered already. Guess her parents were both purebred Chihuahua's but for whatever reasons, they didn't keep her and had surrendered her and her litter mates (or at least the rejects they didn't want?). Plus, they may have been moving (the story they gave KHS.).

Soooo we'll just have to play it by ear. She's not a walking dog, more of a cuddling dog. We're questioning my sanity but I knew I didn't really want a big dog. DS claims she is going to be "his dog" and he will be taking care of it, but we all know I get stuck with the pets while the kid is at school and the DH is at work.

Not sure if she is shivering from nervousness and excitement, or from cold (she's s short-haired Chi) or (hopefully not) some sort of residual crud from her recent surgery?? Although, when she's inside my hoodie, she does get warm and stops shivering. Or does get comforted by my "mommy sounds" which must seem something like her mommy's sounds, just different breed... heh.

She's also not offered to go to the loo when we've taken her outside the past few times since we've been home two hours ago. She just ate and drank water, and she's not house broken. Guess we're in for a crash course on how to housebreak a pup!!?

(Hissing and growling....)

OOOOOH that did NOT sound good! Wow! Piper is having some "Alpha Female" or "Alpha Pet" type issues dealing with this new pup half her own size. (Piper's the cat!!). This dog is hardly a threat but she doesn't know it yet!!

Ha! DH is recording her on his phone! who know?? I might have some cat growl uploaded here. If I do, I'll edit it in, later.

Hope it all works out well??! I'm not sure ... but I guess I'm about to enter a new path on my journey!!

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-BENI- 11/25/2012 9:48AM

    Too cute

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AWESOMECHELZ 11/25/2012 9:36AM

    Thanks for sharing. All my cats have been from the SPCA except one who was an outside cat that I adopted and he got used to being inside (actually loved it since I lived in Connecticut then and I found him in December). Of my five cats, I have been lucky to have had two black ones. Of all my cats, they were/are the most friendly, the black ones. I now have two cats and one is black and white. Love them and she is extremely friendly and playful.

Congrats on your new puppy and may you enjoy her with your family for years to come.


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GAYLLYNNE 11/25/2012 7:49AM

    So adorable!!! What a wonderful extension to your family!! Enjoy her!!

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MJ7DM33 11/24/2012 7:04PM

  She is a cute new baby! I hope that you have many years of great memories together!

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SLOPOKE_SAL 11/24/2012 3:49PM

    what a cutie pie!


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3016DEBRA 11/24/2012 2:10PM

  So CUTE!!! I hope she brings you alot of happiness emoticon

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JANNEPERRY 11/24/2012 8:51AM

    Good to see you and DH at the Y yesterday. Glad you were able to get in some exercise before that all important shopping trip for the cute little doggie! Congratulations, looks like you got a sweet one! emoticon

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JESSIKA_56 11/24/2012 8:47AM

    Aww, she's sweet! Remember, take her outside after eating, drinking, playing, and sleeping!

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KPETSCHE 11/24/2012 4:09AM

    Thanks for sharing! She's a doll - have fun with her.

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JANTWO 11/24/2012 12:56AM

    Oh how precious!!!!

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IMSAFEINHISARMS 11/24/2012 12:08AM

    She's a cutie!

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LIBBYL1 11/23/2012 11:19PM

  a new puppy is just the most joyful thing!

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LALMEIDA 11/23/2012 11:05PM

  She is adorable! I am sure she will make a great companion!

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ELISADENK 11/23/2012 9:09PM


She'll be a handful for you.

"Janet" seems too tame. Need something more like, "littlebit" or "snookums" or ???? What fun!

You can make little sweaters and stuff for her. LNSYLVSDOGs, our co-leader, can give you a bunch of ideas, etc. :-)

Keep us posted....

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SURVIVOR61 11/23/2012 8:16PM

    Sooo cute, looks like my Chico. Lol ...When he was a baby. I just love Chihuahua's they fun, sweet and so personable. My are my kids, they have their own personalities and we even have to put up Christmas stockings for all 3. I hope you have fun and many years with your pup. God Bless and Good Luck Sparkin' emoticon

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Southern Peach Yambake today - with extra modifications....

Thursday, November 22, 2012

I typed in the recipe for Southern Peach Yambake this morning - but I'm not entirely convinced I did all the math conversions right. The SparkRecipes converter doesn't always play nice with the ingredients measurements when the ingredients found in the "Enter Food" tracker are only entered as "one serving". As an example, the nutritional information for the Ziyad Marshmallows was like 2/3 cup or some such, I've forgotten already, and so many grams. Well, recipe calls for 1.5 cups. The way I had it saved as grams (since it was a nice neat 27 grams or some such), I had to then figure out how to make that work in cups. I ended up having to edit it and save it as 1 serving was equal to 0.666667 or in my case, I said 0.67, and then go from there to arrive at the total of 1.5 cups. Of course, you and I know we just eyeball it and add more or less, depending on how many marshmallows we actually have, and whether or not we have to leave one corner of the dish without marshmallows to suit the family member who can't stand marshmallows, etc.

And being math challenged, I wish SparkPeople had a converter to help me arrive at the fractions of a cup needed, when the recipe calls for anything deeper than 1/2 cup! That I can get: 1/2 = 0.5, right? 1/4 cup is 0.25 cup. But 3/5 of a cup and I go * TILT * !!

So then today... I discovered I did NOT have two cans of Bruce's Yams, just one can. I had gobs of cans of pumpkin. I'm substituting pumpkin for the other yams. Thought I'd use up my Coconut Manna and use it instead of butter. My husband doesn't like nutmeg (neither did his mom, back when she was alive) and so I've always used cinnamon, but today I also added a smidge of clove (that's approx 1/8 tsp), and about 1/4 tsp cardamom. And I only put the pecans on one half of the dish. Will have to mark it with more pecans on top of the marshmallows when we get to my mom's and I broil it there (to keep it from getting yuckky before we get there.).

Should be interesting to see if those modifications are worth repeating another year.

And the official recipe said "six servings" but I've typically doubled it and had plenty for 24 people. Not everyone is willing to try a yam/sweet potato recipe they've never tried, especially those who have been burned out by yuckky experiences they had in their childhood. It will just be the four of us today so I didn't double it.

Soooo need to work on the rest of the goodies to take.

Happy Thanksgiving Day (USA but those of you in other countries, it can't hurt to have extra days where you have thankfulness in your life for whatever blessings you have!).

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EVWINGS 11/23/2012 9:49PM

    It sounds yummy. I have eaten yam cassaroles and never knew it was yams! Yumm-o!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 11/23/2012 8:13PM

    Yep! Seemed a bit dryer then when I've made it before with only the yams and peaches. But that could because I didn't use butter... just some coconut oil and some coconut manna. Still good though!!

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JANNEPERRY 11/23/2012 3:41PM

    How did it turn out? Was it yummy? emoticon

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