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Homework Assignment: Quick and Easy Meals.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

This is always tough for me, because what is quick and easy for me is not always what my DH and DS want to eat. And what's with the SparkPeople pop-out ads on the right side of my blog entry pop-out window??

Quick meals for me ---

Cans of beans - black beans, garbanzo beans, pinto beans, navy beans, black eyed peas - I am happy with beans for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Peanut Butter - must gotta be the kind that is basically ground up peanuts and a smidge of salt. Or even salt-free but usually I see it with salt (preservative). No sugar. No other fats - just the peanut oil that separated out of the ground up peanuts. Favorite or usual brands include Adam's Peanut Butter and Laura Scudder's Peanut Butter (both of which were 'assimilated' by the Smuckers, partly because their own Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter years ago tasted awful - they used stale peanuts? - but thankfully they've allowed the Laura Scudder's quality control to take precedence, so now the Smuckers Natural brand is much improved.) But Laura Scudder's PB is better butter for this mutter. OOoops. I'm supposed to be talking about Quick and Easy Meals.

So ... I digress.

Oh one quick meal that I really love, if I have some decent avocados on hand, is to toast one or two pieces of my healthiest bread on hand (usually Ezekial bread, or some of the 100% whole wheat breads like OroWeat or Earthgrains, whatever I can find that does NOT have High Fructose Corn Syrup in it - I don't care what the propaganda-meisters say, HFCS does not agree with my guts.), and I give it a tablespoon of natural peanut butter on it, and then cut and scoop out an avocado, and schmoosh it onto the top of the peanut butter. Sometimes I top it with another slice of PB covered bread. Usually I have it all single slice of bread. So two slices of bread, 1 tablespoon of PB on one slice of bread (for a total of 2 TBS of Peanut Butter - which would be one serving of peanut butter - just divided between the two slices/two servings of bread, and one avocado sliced (each half is one serving, I believe, so one half does a nice job of covering one slice of bread. It can be sliced on there, I guess, since the peanut butter is there to keep it from sliding around. But I find smooshing the avocado onto the peanut butter holds it all on there better. So I eat both if I'm dying of starvation, or I'll pace it out and have one for breakfast and one for lunch. The issue, for me, is that the avocado turns brown and yukky fairly quickly, unless slimed over with lime or lemon juice and refrigerated...and then lime covered avocado doesn't play nice with peanut butter. But perfectly ripe avocado lends this delicate buttery creaminess that really complements peanut butter. I've not tried it with tahini or almond butter or other nut butters...I suspect they all would play nice with avocado.

So anyway... These are some of the ideas....

Other quick meals... frozen green beans that I like to steam cook over the stove, as I'm trying to not use my microwave as much. Or open a can of sardines, yum! It goes good with ummmm well, straight up!! or with rice, noodles, etc.

Okay I gotta go mow some more!


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ABETTERBETTY 5/27/2013 10:03PM

    When you cut the avocado, leave the pit in one side. I will split the avocado leaving the pit in one half, wrap in plastic, and put in fridge. I need to eat in one or two days before it starts turning. Avocado with tomato slices is one of my favorite sandwich.

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WIO_ALISA 5/27/2013 9:38AM

    My quick and easy meal if I've got some brown rice cooked is rice, corn, black beans and salsa.
I love a grilled cheese sandwich, too.

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ZERO2HERO 5/27/2013 9:38AM

    Quinoa, pre-cooked chicken, and sliced avocado is quick and delicious - and if sour cream is your thing a dollop of the light variety makes it feel like a burrito bowl.


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OPTIMIST1948 5/27/2013 9:06AM

    I like omlets for quick easy meals, but I usually go 1 egg+ 1 egg white instead of all one or the other.

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JANNEPERRY 5/27/2013 8:16AM

    Those are quick and easy eats! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 5/26/2013 10:04PM

  Great Blog!!! Nice Meals. that You have given us. Keep Coming Up with More Quick and Easy Meals. Thank You for Them.. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Memorial Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment edited on: 5/26/2013 10:07:46 PM

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1CRAZYDOG 5/26/2013 9:08PM

    Learning to love avocados too! And I do love peanut butter . . . a lot! Have to watch myself with that!

HUGs and hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day.

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ELRIDDICK 5/26/2013 5:54PM

  Thanks for sharing

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Please pray for those in Oklahoma tornado path!!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Have many relatives, friends, and likely SparkOkies affected by tornados yesterday and today in Oklahoma!! I have friends just SW of Tulsa who are under tornado warning now until 5:15 CST, a few minute from now.

update: 51 dead in Oklahoma, but numbers are expected to rise...

Shawnee? or the video of Moore, OK? there are several clips...

Awesome News! One of my deaf friends about this #caption Live Feed in OKC!!

UPDATE: to search for relatives or to report yourself as safe, please go to

I'm posting on Twitter - @msdrpepper

UPDATE: Be very careful {edited} (what you write online because ... because.... because....):


UPDATE: Sadly, a tattle-tale complained to the SparkCoaches. and reported me for "soliciting". I thought "soliciting" was something you do in the Red Light Hooker District? My bad.

So that has been deleted, but here is a handy dandy link to go look at for other suggested ways to help out in Oklahoma - supplies they might need etc. This is from the Television station KFOR in Oklahoma (the ones that did the open captioned webcast that helped me so much!!).

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SPARKFRAN514 5/21/2013 11:22PM

    emoticon for everyone have a friend who live in Moore they saw the tornado though the window in the computer room as they closed the door to the safe room it was a 1/2 mile from them. they are safe and very thankful to still have a home but do have stuff from other homes in the yard. They still need lots of prayers as they start the clean up and rebuilding.

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MOMMA2SKI 5/21/2013 10:40PM

    it is so sad that people need to be reminded of all the creeps out there that prey on the weak & scared.
my prayers continue to rise for all those affected & for the safety of people until this horrible season is over.

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AWESOMECHELZ 5/21/2013 6:50PM

    I am SO glad you are safe and didn't lose anyone in the disaster. I am really sorry about the mess. emoticon Living in Florida, I am always concerned about hurricanes and their destruction so I feel for you. My prayers are with you, your family and friends. God bless you all.

Love, Chelsea emoticon emoticon

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ISTRALOUISE 5/21/2013 3:19AM

    Thank you for keeping us updated, Julia, with such great resources..
OK will be in our thoughts and prayers tonight

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123ELAINE456 5/21/2013 12:11AM

  The Area Looks Like A War Zone. I'm watching Fox News which is covering the Tornado. Block After Block is flatenned like a Pancake. We need to keep Everyone in the Area in Our Thoughts and Prayers. This is very Sad. Children are among the dead too. Keep their Families in Prayer too. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/20/2013 7:42PM

    It is just heartbreaking to see the devastation. My heart and prayers go out to all affected by this horrific tragedy.


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LOOKINGUP2012 5/20/2013 7:31PM

    Praying with you for your relatives and friends.

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JOMAMA 5/20/2013 7:27PM

    Prayers for all in the path of these dangerous storms. More are predicted for tomorrow. May the Lord keep them safe and out of harm's way!

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DIDMIS 5/20/2013 6:46PM

    Saw it on the computer. I-95 closed both ways. A few years ago southern Oklahoma was hit and my husband were driving to OKC to minister in some churches. We were shocked at the devestation. It looked like a war zone.
Keep safe all of you. I lived in Oklahoma for about 4 1/2 years in the Tulsa and Pawhuska area.

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RASPBERRY56 5/20/2013 6:39PM

    Spouse tried to contact a cousin from OKC - only got his voicemail........hope he's safe.....and hopefully all our fellow Sparkers in the area are safe as well!

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LINWASH23 5/20/2013 6:17PM

    You are right about this, thanks for sharing. We will be iin the path tomorrow. God is able and we are trusting Him.

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Please pray for those in Oklahoma tornado path!!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Have many relatives, friends, and likely SparkOkies affected by tornados yesterday and today in Oklahoma!! I have friends just SW of Tulsa who are under tornado warning now until 5:15 CST, a few minute from now.


SparkSolutions and other questions

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Reminder: Tomorrow is a rest day from your “Fitness That Fits”. Take that time to post a review to your SparkPeople blog about your progress so far and you’ll get 100 SparkPoints!*

Well obviously SparkPeople doesn't have access to a calendar of spiritual events, because this weekend is a Double Sabbath, so I have two rest days - Today is the weekly Seventh Day (Sabbath) rest. Tomorrow (Sunday) is a High Holy Day - Pentecost or Feast of Weeks.

Details: Post a blog on your SparkPage answering these questions:

• What made you decide to try The Spark Solution Program?

I honestly was not planning to because I understood videos were not captioned. I wanted the book and bought it on pre-order from Amazon because it would be captioned. But May is a horribly busy month for me anyway, and it's worst than usual this year. So I discovered that transcripts were available now for (most of) the videos, and thought I'd give SparkCoach a try, since it was free with the book purchase.

Oh wait, they are asking about SparkSolutions (the book). Hmmm I'm a fine mess! So obvious I need both programs.

• Have you seen or felt any results in this first week?

Mostly in giving me some structure to hang onto, since all this emotional trauma has been reopened recently. It's allowed me to not feel so horridly guilty if I could only manage a 10 minute walk most days.

• What do you like the most about the program?

That it exists.

• What was your favorite meal from this week?

The substitutions I made because I didn't throw every thing away and buy new food for the book lists. I'm so numb, I don't remember many meals. Yogurt. Spinach salad.

• Which Insider Tip motivated you the most this week?

Hmmm in the book? Or in the SparkCoach thing? No clue. I don't recall reading an insider tip.

• What is your goal is for next week?

To just sit and finish READING this book, and to survive without freaking out.

• Include a link to the book’s website:

Okay, I'm easy. Here is a link to the book's website:

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ILIKETOZUMBA 5/20/2013 9:47PM

    High fives for answering all those questions despite how busy things are! I'm so sorry you're going through a rough time, but hey, ten minutes of walking is great! Certainly better than no walking at all, which is what most people manage. I'm glad you're at least able to fit a little something in like that. Hang in there!

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SPARKFRAN514 5/19/2013 7:04PM

    its a learning process and need longer than a week to get right in my head bur i am enjoying learning that the journey is not just about food and working out it understanding how we feel about how are day went and some days are emoticon and other are emoticon we will get there it not a ace its a journey and my journey like you said some times you need to adjust the program to fit your personal and that is what spark is all about eating healthy emoticon

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KATWELL88 5/19/2013 1:55PM

    The first step of anything new can be confusing sometimes.... Sometimes I write like that somewhat confused or don't remember certain things.... emoticon

This I KNOW when i stay with a program after a while studying it ( I take info bits and pices and build from there ( reading book or Internet to fill in the blanks---- otherwise my head would be spinning with endless details -UGH!!)

Hang in there.... emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/19/2013 8:09AM

    good job! HUGS

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GLORYB2014 5/19/2013 7:20AM

    I think you did really well! I'm doing the Spark Coach program and am in, I think, my 5th week with it.
I pre-ordered the Spark Solution too and received my book and got on their team. However, my book arrived after they started their challenge and since reading what the challenge is all about, I'm not sure I could go along/follow with everyone anyway. I think I'll just read the book first and take it from there.
All the best to you my friend!

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SONYALATRECE 5/18/2013 11:26PM

    Bless your heart! May is busy for me too. Stress does take a lot out of progress. I understand and empathize with you completely.


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Groovy Trippy Light Show Flower Child kind of thing... or Fractual Nerds?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

This has nothing to do with weight loss. Or eating right. Or exercising (other than the mind and/or eyeballs!!)...

I just got this email with a link to a website and I thought it was COOOOOL.

Here it goes:

This is really amazing!

And to think we use to have to hold it up to the light!

Remember the Kaleidoscope when we were kids?

This is really incredible! How amazing that someone could not only
create this, but make it to change when you move your
mouse/cursor...or you can just sit back and let it change by itself.

Either way it is awesome!!! Very nice.........and pure genius!


Be sure to run your mouse over the screen slowly.

Click here:

Warning: This won't work on iPhone/Safari browsers. Don't know yet about iPads.

Warning: Before you open the link, PLEASE Notify your family to come wake you up in 5 or 10 minutes, should you get sucked into this website. Don't say I didn't warn ya!!!

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ISTRALOUISE 5/21/2013 3:11AM

    Awesome!! Thank you for sharing, Julia!!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 5/17/2013 10:23AM

    Whooooaaaaa....that kaleidoscope is AMAZING. I could hypnotize myself with that thing! LOL can you imagine how people who are stoned might react to that? That thing is crazy cool. :) Thanks for sharing!

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3016DEBRA 5/15/2013 1:53PM

  WOW!!! That was definitely different! Thanks for sharing that!

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KPETSCHE 5/15/2013 4:11AM

    Way cool - thanks!

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AKATHLEEN54 5/14/2013 9:51PM

    Well that was fun..... much better than the same old stories about what somebody ate or didn't eat or how much weight they lifted. blah, blah, blah...... thanks!!

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GWTRIKER 5/14/2013 8:51PM

    That was great, thanks for sharing.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/14/2013 8:06PM

    O my heavens! You have t consciously will yourself to stop looking @ this! LOL That was one of my favorite gifts as a kid from my Mom & Dad -- a kaleidoscope which I still have! Thanks for sharing this! HUGS!

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MJ7DM33 5/14/2013 7:01PM

  COOL! Thx for sharing!

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    That was fun! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 5/14/2013 6:29PM

  AWSOME!!! GREAT SHOW!!! God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Delightful Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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