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"October's Party"

Thursday, October 21, 2010

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came -
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

~George Cooper

With the rain this morning and the blustery winds in our area this poem seemed appropriate for the day!

  
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YOUNGNSMYLIE 10/22/2010 2:31PM

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ALASKASKY 10/22/2010 5:36AM

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JUDY1676 10/21/2010 9:32PM

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LIBBYFITZ 10/21/2010 7:35PM

    emoticonThat was a great read . Thank you. Just glad you didn't get blown away! emoticon

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FRECKS96 10/21/2010 7:03PM

    I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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LUREAH21 10/21/2010 6:24PM

    Love the poem!

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WILLOW49 10/21/2010 5:41PM

    Great poem for today! Thanks for sharing with us :)

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LADYGWEN25 10/21/2010 4:16PM

    i so LOVE THAT! :)

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LINDABENEDICT 10/21/2010 2:11PM

    Ohhhh...I LOVE the poem ! Thanks !

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RUFFIT 10/21/2010 1:12PM

    I just love the fall. Moni emoticon

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JEJECHENG 10/21/2010 1:01PM

    NICE! Sorry about the rain and wind in your area =o( We had rain in the morning, but now it's somewhat decent out.
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Chicken and Apple Sausage

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I have blogged a few times regarding my husbands and mine sausage making. Our brother in law had bought a partial pig and had all these packages of sausage that he did not like. He asked us to come over and doctor it up so that he didnít have to throw it away. We added some additional lean pork to it because of the fat content and then started adding different spices. I think the end result was pretty good. We had dinner with them and grilled a coil of it. They went back for seconds so I think they are happy too. I think it is funny that people come to us for sausage help.

Oh yeah, my title is about a different sausage that we had made weeks ago. My husband pulled a package out yesterday so he could have the Chicken Apple Sausage for breakfast. This one is more of a breakfast or stuffing type sausage. I just had some and it made me want to tell you how wonderful it tasted. The best thing about making our own sausage is that we can make it leaner than store bought. Some people like it fatter, but what we make is so much better for us.

Enjoy your Sunday! Mine started off very delicious!

  
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KARDUH114 10/19/2010 11:43AM

    Wish I knew how to make my own sausage...sounds sooooo good....

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CAMELA_55 10/18/2010 7:48AM

    Sounds delicious!
I love your pumpkin background!
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PHYL220 10/17/2010 10:05PM

    Sounds delicious!

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KAT7457 10/17/2010 6:01PM

    sounds good

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LIBBYFITZ 10/17/2010 1:16PM

    emoticonSounds yummy!

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PLAYBLUES22 10/17/2010 12:01PM

    Sweetie, sounds like my down home, country Sunday morning breakfast emoticon

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WILLOW49 10/17/2010 9:54AM

    Sounds yummy!
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WHISPERING-PINE 10/17/2010 9:16AM

  emoticonThat sounds sooooooo good!! I love home-made sausages. My brother in law makes his own and gives us some. You Chicken Apple Sausage sounds wonderful. You have a wonderful day too my friend.

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BARBARAWEBSTER 10/17/2010 9:14AM

    emoticon Sounds wonderful, when do we eat? Have you posted the recipe? emoticon For Sharing! emoticon

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Spedies

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Spedies are cubed pieces of meat (pork, beef, lamb and even chicken) marinated and grilled. They are very popular in our area to the point that every year now we have a Spedie Fest which consists of cook offs to determine the best in multiple categories. The fest also has hot air balloon launches and musical performances. It is quite the event.

Many times when we have guests at work from other states we purchase lunch which consists of Spedies, salad and salt potatoes. Iíve also learned that salt potatoes are not available in all areas. Most people eat the spedies on Italian bread, but I prefer to make a salad and top the salad with them.

Ironically, this morning after I prepared my lunch I wished I had made a salad instead. Lucky for me today we had guests and there were leftovers of both salad and spedies. I changed my plans and built myself a salad!

This all lead to a Food blog and a salad meal which gives me more points for my trick or treats Challenge! That and my favorite fitness instructor allowed me to join her class tonight since we didnít have ours on Monday because of the holiday. All in all everything worked out well!

I hope your day worked out for you!

  
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ALASKASKY 10/15/2010 9:38AM

    Those spedies sound yummy.

Have a great weekend.

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CAMELA_55 10/15/2010 8:26AM

    Sounds like you had a very good day!

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LIBBYFITZ 10/14/2010 6:45PM

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CBEVNOW 10/13/2010 11:51PM

    Never heard of it. What is salt potatoes? Where are yu from?
Caroline

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DDOORN 10/13/2010 10:23PM

    Big fan of spiedie salads, yes!

Don

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LINDABENEDICT 10/13/2010 10:22PM

    YUMMY !

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WILLOW49 10/13/2010 9:59PM

    I love spiedies on salad...yum!
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Green Spinach and Eggs... oh and Grilled Veggies!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

No, it isn't "Green Eggs and Ham" but try them I think you will like them! Can you guess my favorite book from childhood? emoticon

This morning I was getting lunch out of the refrigerator and saw the left over grilled red pepper and onion from dinner the other night. I quickly changed my breakfast from cereal to some scrambled eggs with the grilled veggies and I also added some baby spinach. Oh, that was so tasty. In the past I have also used the left over veggies to top a pizza, which I usually make on a pita bread to keep my calories lower.

I have to remember to make sure we make extra grilled veggies more often. They are one of my favorites. I could even cook them on the George Foreman during the winter when it is too snowy to use our outside grill. Yum, Yum emoticon emoticon

  
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KARDUH114 10/13/2010 10:33AM

    makes me hungry...sound delish..

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JUDY1676 10/12/2010 6:37PM

    Sounds good!

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LAURELSPARK 10/12/2010 5:39PM

    Wow, that sounds great. I've had a craving for an omlett and I think I'll try one tonight with veggies inside.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/12/2010 4:27PM

    Sounds absolutely yummy. Great idea! Have a wonderful day and going to check out your other flower arrangements.

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PHYL220 10/12/2010 4:12PM

    Sounds delicious!

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WILLOW49 10/12/2010 3:58PM

    I love veggies in my eggs...yum!
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MYUTMOST4HIM 10/12/2010 3:39PM

    Sounds GREAT!!

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MARYLQ11 10/12/2010 3:36PM

  The George Forman makes great grilled veges

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Weekend sabotage

Monday, October 11, 2010

I get through the week with a little bit of a weight loss. Then the weekend comes along and I throw caution to the wind. I know I need to make better weekend choices, but Iím struggling doing it. Once Friday hits I want that Friday night cocktail with hubby. It is a nice relaxing end to the week. Yesterday my husband wanted chicken wings for football Sunday. I donít usually eat many of them, but yesterday was a different story.

I feel weak during the weekend. I need to find a happy medium.
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FRECKS96 10/12/2010 10:58AM

    I'm the same way...you'll learn to balance it out eventually.

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DDOORN 10/12/2010 5:55AM

    Time to come up with a better plan before you find yourself in those situations again...!

What are some healthier alternatives to the cocktails or the tailgating snacks...?

Don

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/11/2010 10:19PM

    Thank you for your kind reminder on my blog about the healing process. And, yes, I know that weekends are hard. But soon you'll find yourself getting more of a handle on them. BTW, this flower arrangement in your background photo? Is that something you made? It's so beautiful.

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DEE107 10/11/2010 10:17PM

    Hugs its hard when everyone is home for the weekend Hugs and better luck next week

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ADIPOSEROSE 10/11/2010 9:48PM

    Both of you: I'm diabetic. I can't tell other people (especially at work) not to have pizza or chocolate cake or candy or whatever in front of me . . . I can't even tell them not to talk about how much they love Whoppers or Cheesecake Factory or candycorn. I can just recognize that they can eat it without consequences (or they without caring about the consequences) and SO CAN I. But the payback for me is a little more immediate for most of that, and a lot more dangerous. Would you tell people to put away anything breakable when you're coming to visit, because you're bringing your toddler--or teach your toddler not to touch what isn't his or hers?

Teach your inner toddler to care more about being healthy and happy in her own skin than "consuming mass quantities" of momentary pleasure--and to feel good about making good choices, rather than "deprived" because she "can't have" what the others are chowing down on.

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ADIPOSEROSE 10/11/2010 9:42PM

    You have CHOICES. If you CHOOSE to have a cocktail, a bunch of chicken wings, or a whole Boston creme pie, do it because you *choose* to--and not to spite the voice in your head telling you "mustn't touch it." DECIDE that if you do whatever it is, you wanted that more than you wanted to see the needle on the scale move--then move on, the way you would have if you'd decided to have a stick of gum, or to watch this program on television instead of that one, or to watch TV instead of balancing the checkbook. Sure, that might mean you have to work extra hard to get it done tomorrow--but so what? You wouldn't send yourself to psychological hell over it . . . you'd just tackle it the next day, and keep on keeping on. This is no different. YOU HAVE CHOICES. If you make a decision, don't second-guess yourself after the fact. YOU DID IT. If it wasn't as rewarding as you thought it would be, or if it made you feel unhappy or uncomfortable, learn from it, and don't choose it again. It might help to think about what you're about to eat as "minutes on the treadmill" or whatever is meaningful for you. I find that something that's going to cost me an hour on the treadmill loses its appeal very quickly! emoticon

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 10/11/2010 9:38PM

    Oh I can relate,my family had pizza and I cannot resist and I didn't eat to much,the problem is the salt and I retain when I eat to much. I wish I had some advice to help,I try to plan something healthier prepared to eat or use portion control and eat some before. It would be easiest if the food wasn't in the house in the first place,if only I could convince the unhealthy eaters in our home of this! Finding the happy medium is a challenge,but can be done,I know emoticon! emoticonDiana

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