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Green Tomatoes, herbs, Clams and Fish

Saturday, October 09, 2010

We have the threat of a frost tonight so we had to clean out the gardens. I was amazed at how many tomatoes were still on the vines. There were a few almost ripe, but the majority of them were green. My husband would like to try fried green tomatoes, but Iím not thinking we can make them very healthy. Donít get me wrong I would love to have them too, but I donít need another excuse to eat badly. I have a recipe for green jelly, but neither of us are jelly eaters. We also had a neighbor give my husband some pickled green tomatoes that I may try to make. So many optionsÖ emoticon

We also have a bunch of basil, parsley, marjoram, rosemary and oregano that we brought in. We can use some of that for the tomato sauce we are making tomorrow with our ripe tomatoes. This batch I vow to freeze a portion off. The last batch we made we used throughout the week, which put me over my calorie range when we made baked ziti. I just couldnít resist Ė that sauce was fabulous.

The clams are the healthy meal I am making for the day. We cook them on a broth (usually seafood, but today vegetable) add Thyme and fresh garlic and then grill them until they open. We eat them as is and they have enough flavor to not need any butter. Delish!

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The fish are the ones in our outside pond not food. They needed to be moved inside, so I went fishing today with a net and actually caught something! We drained the pond and are starting to buckle up for the winter. Right now Iím sitting out on my back porch with a fire in the chiminea while the sun sets and the grill heats up for dinner. It is so peaceful.

I hope everyone is having a pleasant evening.
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KAT7457 10/10/2010 5:32PM

    sounds like you have been busy getting ready for winter. good advice people need to start to do.hugs

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PHYL220 10/10/2010 1:40PM

    Clams sound delicious!

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DDOORN 10/10/2010 1:05AM

    What yummy things you're putting together!

Just LOVING this weather!

Don

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WILLOW49 10/9/2010 9:17PM

    Didn't get out in our garden today, so hope that frost holds off until tomorrow night!
Yikes!

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GRAMMYEAC 10/9/2010 9:08PM

    We're looking at a frost tonight here, too. We were away all day, so didn't get to the harvesting. Here's hoping lots of sheets and blankets will keep the frost off the garden until we can get the remainder harvested.

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MPONTERIO 10/9/2010 9:01PM

    I guess I have to face the fact too, winter is indeed coming. Your clams sound wonderful.

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Orange, Purple and Green Cauliflower

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

I'm going to be blogging a little more about food because of the Trick or treat challenge Iím a part of. I also had vowed to try different foods and over the years I have seen different color cauliflower, but for some reason I always stayed with the basic white. I was probably just staying in my comfort zone. I also just started trying more tying more types of squash this year. I regressÖ

Since I was curious I picked up an orange cauliflower when I shopped this week and cooked some up tonight for dinner. I had actually wanted the purple one, but they had a few spots on them so I bought the orange. I thought there would be some difference in taste, but I did not notice any difference from the white one.

I had to look it up to see what the difference was and the orange, also called ďchedderĒ has more beta-carotene providing more vitamin A. Next week I may have to try the purple if they still have it because that one gets its color from anthocyanin, which may help prevent heart disease. To think I thought it was just providing me an interesting color for my meals.

  
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KAT7457 10/10/2010 5:34PM

    I didnt know they came in colors i will have watch for them i love cauliflower. thanks for sharing.

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SEATTLE9 10/9/2010 5:25PM

    Interesting! I will have to try them!

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P2RTA0406 10/8/2010 5:39PM

    Wow, i didn't know that emoticon

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JUDY1676 10/7/2010 5:48PM

    I just learned somwthing new! I've only seen the white! emoticon for the new info!

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MBSKIT 10/7/2010 3:11PM

    I think I will have to buy some cauliflower and have some fun with it!

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PHYL220 10/7/2010 1:22PM

    I didn't know cauliflower came in different colors. Thanks for sharing this.

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CHERN009 10/7/2010 1:09PM

    Wow thanks for sharing I never knew there were different colored cauliflowers before.

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LINDYPAINTS 10/7/2010 11:37AM

    Ooooh, how interesting... did not know that caulis came in colours! Not sure if we have those varieties here in Oz, but I will look.
Thanks for the great blog...

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KARDUH114 10/7/2010 9:01AM

    Never have seen those...I'm interested now...going to farmers market on Sat!!!

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DDOORN 10/6/2010 11:33PM

    Have never seen the purple variety...! Amazing what they can do with plants!

Don

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DEE107 10/6/2010 9:42PM

    I love white cauiflower never seen it in colors

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HEALTH4LYFE 10/6/2010 9:29PM

    I have seen the combination of broccoli and cauliflower, but I have not seen the different colored ones. I will be looking forward to trying them out. Thanks for sharing!

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LIBBYFITZ 10/6/2010 9:05PM

    Is there a taste diference? emoticon

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WILLOW49 10/6/2010 8:50PM

    I tried the cheddar cauliflower this summer. Yum!
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LMDION1 10/6/2010 8:49PM

    They all look yummy! I adore cauliflower! emoticon

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KIANA2713 10/6/2010 8:45PM

    I love cauliflower, I didn't realize they came in colors besides white. emoticon

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Emotional Eating Again

Monday, October 04, 2010

So I have vowed to eat within range and to exercise everyday and to get myself back on the right track. This afternoon we traveled out of town for a wake and had to eat dinner away. It was a very sad death of a friend. His car was run over by a tractor trailer. He was a very good person and I always question why a "good" person has to go so early. It does not help that my dad died in a car accident when he was 36 years old. I basically grew up without my dad. Anyway, I ordered a tuna melt and at the whole thing! Shame on me! Sad feelings make it hard for me to make good choices.

I will do better tomorrow, but I want tomorrow to really be the day I'm better - it does feel like it has been adding up for many tomorrows now.

  
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GRAMMACATHY 10/6/2010 12:18PM

    Val, You are a special friend. I am sorry for your loss.
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SUNSHINE6859 10/5/2010 11:26PM

    Sorry for your loss.I understand how difficult loss of a loved one can be. emoticon emoticon

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OMSYMBOL 10/5/2010 1:37PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Try not to feel bad about what you ate. If it makes you feel any better, I would have eaten the tuna melt, an order of fries, and a few cocktails! LOL Just get back on track and all will be well!! My condolences and good luck to you!

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FRECKLE10 10/5/2010 12:39PM

    Sorry for your loss, but that tuna melt was needed and will not equal to 1500 calories. So, it was needed fuel for the body and satisfied a multitude of things including cells and bringing down your stress level. Go tuna melt!

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 10/5/2010 12:28PM

    Val,please accept my condolences at this time of loss on loved ones,you have had some tough times and eating a tuna melt is not so bad.Just focus on what you need to help comfort you and give you peace at this time.Sending many prayers for you and all dealing with this as well. emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAT7457 10/5/2010 11:09AM

    Val. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend and dad. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon we know that they are both in good hands with God.
sometimes we dotn realize what we eat when under stress but you know what happen so just start over and get back on track. Take care and hang in there the team is here for you as well as your many friends

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LADYGWEN25 10/5/2010 9:48AM

    sometimes.. we just have too.. I'm sorry for you loss.. If you ever need an ear.I'm here.

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LIBRATAH 10/5/2010 9:01AM

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GMN5153 10/5/2010 7:11AM

    Sorry about your loss..1 meal doesn't change your journey to health.This is a life time journey and there will be times we wander off the path..get back on and move forward...1 day at a time.. emoticon

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PRINCESSNURSE 10/5/2010 4:47AM

    The first step is recognizing what you are doing, which you did! Today is a new day--at least it was just a tunna melt and not a tuna melt, plus 14 cookies, plus a gallon of ice cream etc etc etc.

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DDOORN 10/5/2010 3:54AM

    It can be so tough when fate deals such an incomprehensible blow to us!

But mistakes are opportunities for learning...in the future when an upset occurs you'll have the 5-bell-alarm-warning-warning-Will-R
obinson lights a-flashin'! :-)

Don

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/4/2010 11:19PM

    I understand completely. I have blogged about my past three months of "grief eating." So sorry about the loss of your friend.

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BRIGHTBEGINNING 10/4/2010 10:49PM

    emoticonI sorry to hear about you friend.
Hopefully your pain will ease soon.

About the tuna melt....
Come on buddy you don't have to beat yourself up over that. You've been doing great, and a tuna melt will not get you off track thats for sure.
Tomorrow will be BRAND new day, and you will definitely forget about todays tuna melt......Wait a minute!!!
"WHAT TUNA MELT??!!"
Lol..just wanted to make you smile.
Especially at a time like this.
Hang in there my FRIEND.
(((hugs)))
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~Ana

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LIBBYFITZ 10/4/2010 10:48PM

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LUREAH21 10/4/2010 10:21PM

    Hang in there, it sounds like a very rough time.

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WILLOW49 10/4/2010 9:48PM

    So sorry to hear your sad news. Tomorrow is another day, and I know you will get right back on track!
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SUNFLOWERGAL40 10/4/2010 9:16PM

    emoticon Hugs to you! That had to be a very difficult afternoon for you. You can't beat yourself up over this mistake. You can do this and you will do this. Tomorrow will be a better day. Move ahead and don't look back at mistakes from previous days. Each day is a new day we can embrace and make changes. emoticon

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Commitments and Goals for October

Thursday, September 30, 2010

I am going to do my best to make some changes in October that will get my tracker moving in the right direction again Ė Yes that would be towards the Right! Iíve come to far to blow it now.

I pledge 1300 fitness minutes for October. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Drink a Minimum of 10 glasses of water Ė try for 12 though. emoticon
I will eat 5 Ė 7 freggies a day! emoticon emoticon
I will eat within my calorie range at least 6 days a week! emoticon
I will Lose Weight and Inches! emoticon emoticon

I have joined a couple of team challenges to help with my motivation! One for my fitness minutes with regular postings so this will help keep me on track and another called Trick and Treats. The rick and Treats is actually a team effort challenge so this should be fun too.

I am currently in a fitness class and will sign up for others once I make sure I available. I have to call in for Federal Jury duty so Iím not sure of my hours if I should have to serve. I donít want to sign up for the classes until Iím sure I can attend them.

Hopefully the month of October will not be as Spooky as September was! emoticon
Come on letís get ourselves in shape for the up-coming holidays!

  
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KAT7457 10/1/2010 4:05PM

    sounds great emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARDUH114 10/1/2010 1:22PM

    Sounds awesome!! Good Luck I know you can do it...Kar!! emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 10/1/2010 10:15AM

    Great goals! emoticon

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DDOORN 9/30/2010 11:07PM

    Rev it UP this October...you can DO IT! :-)

Don

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BRIGHTBEGINNING 9/30/2010 9:38PM

    WooHoo!
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You definitely have a plan!
A GREAT plan that is!!
emoticonFitness? CHECK!
emoticonWater? CHECK!
emoticonVeggies? CHECK!
emoticonCalories? CHECK!
YOU ARE DEFINITELY GOING TO HAVE
AN AWESOME OCTOBER!!
YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT AND INCHES!!
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I'm with you on this buddy!!!
I'm.....
emoticonROOTING FOR YOU!! emoticon
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~Ana

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Fridayís Loss Ė Sundayís Sauce

Monday, September 27, 2010

My earlier blog this week told the tale of my work related stress this week and how I emotional ate due to this. It doesn't surprise me since emotional eating directly related to stressful situations in my life is a major reason I was obese at the start of my journey here at Spark People.

I want to thank everyone who responded to that blog. The encouragement that you offered was greatly appreciated. I will not allow stress to control my life!
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So Friday rolls around and my husband and I were faced with the decision to put our 14 Ĺ year old toy poodle to sleep. She had been sick and we had treated her with medications, but she wasnít recovering. So stress at work became grief and stress on making such a hard choice. emoticon emoticon

I know better from past life experience to never think it canít get worse. Just when you feel that way you will end up with something worse, which in the end makes you see that it wasnít as bad as you thought it was in the first place. My husbands birthday was Sunday and the last thing we wanted to do was start off our weekend putting Mickey to sleep.

We enjoy cooking, which can be both good and bad during these stressful times. Our garden tomatos have produced quite a lot within the last week so we decided to make tomato sauce on Sunday. We also had some homemade sausage that we added to the sauce and of course fresh garden herbs. We served it with multigrain pasta and I had some spaghetti squash too. I have to say it was a fantastic comfort food choice. emoticon

  
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HAPPYONE331 9/30/2010 3:05PM

    My heart goes out to you and your family. Pets are soooo special.

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/30/2010 11:49AM

    Very sad and sorry for the loss of your furry loved one. I have been through that as well, and it is so difficult. Made me smile about knowing better than to think life can't get worse. Have a good day.

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LINDABENEDICT 9/29/2010 8:16PM

    So sorry to hear about your dog. My sympathies to you and your family.

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DDOORN 9/28/2010 11:26PM

    This has to be right up there in the top ten terribly difficult things to do...!

Sounds like a yummy, filled-with-life means of comfort...!

Don

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LADYGWEN25 9/28/2010 8:04AM

    so sorry for your loss... losing a cherished pet is hard and i empathize with you. Your sauce sounded like it was delicious... and how do you make your own homemade sausage??sounds intriguing.

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FRECKS96 9/27/2010 9:10PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I've been there and it was one of the hardest things I've ever done.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/27/2010 6:28PM

    So sorry about your dog. It is a hard thing to do, but sometimes it is THE thing to do.

Glad you were able to make some sauce and enjoy.

Hope your week is better than last week. emoticon

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PHYL220 9/27/2010 4:45PM

    Sorry about your loss! emoticon Homemade sauce sounds delicious!

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KANSASROSE67 9/27/2010 2:11PM

    I'm so sorry about your dog. We have been there more than once and it is such a hard thing. Blessings to you.

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KARDUH114 9/27/2010 12:13PM

    I can relate with your dog situation...I'm sorry that happened to you and your husband...things will look up and I hope they do fast..stay strong and positive..things will get better and as chessy as it sounds..time does heal... emoticon

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XTMONT 9/27/2010 11:24AM

    So sorry about your loss!

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REBECCAMA 9/27/2010 9:39AM

  Yummm.... homemade sauce and homemade sausage. Sounds yummy!

Sorry about Mickey too.... :-(

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GRANNYPEG 9/27/2010 8:45AM

    Sounds really good....Sorry about Mickey... emoticon emoticon

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 9/27/2010 7:09AM

    SOUNDS DELISH!!! I am trying to prepare for my busy and stressful week!
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