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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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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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