Friday, February 12, 2010
I wanted to wish all of the Spark community a very Happy Valentine's day! I hope you set aside time to have a special celebration, whatever that might be!
I'm so thankful for my dear husband who has stuck with me as I ballooned from the 110 pound bride to, well let's just say, the bride was twice as big! He never said anything negative to me about my weight. He was supportive when I wanted to exercise. He was always willing to do anything I wanted to try. When I had medical issues because of weight, he would ask me what I thought I should do instead of telling me to lose weight. He's been so happy to see me become more healthy as I've lost. He has been very willing to purchase a new wardrobe and compliment me on how my new clothes look on my new body! I am so blessed!! Ritarose
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
This ultra-fresh salad is bursting with flavor!
1 C regular pearl barley
3 C water
1- 15.25 oz can Mandarin oranges, drained
1 - 15 oz can kidney beans, drained
2/3 C finely chopped red onion
1/2 C chopped red bell pepper
1/2 C chopped green bell pepper
3 T chopeed fresh cilantro leaves
2/3 C whilte wine vinegar
1/3 C olive oil
2 T granulated sugar
1 t. salt
1 t. ground black pepper
1 t chili powder
1 t dry mustard
10 drops red pepper sauce
Combine barley and water in med. saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook 45 minutes or until barley is tender and liquid is absorbed. Combine cooked barley and remaining salad ingredients in large bowl; set aside. In medium bowl, combine dressing ingredients and mix well. POur dressing into small saucepan and heat until mixture bubbles. Pour hot dressing over salad; cover and refrigerate 4 hrs or overnight. Serve with a slotted spoon. Makes 8 servings
Per serving 285 calories, 7 g protein, 10 gr fat 44 g carohydrate, 0 cholesterol, 8 g fiber, 449 mg sodium
Note--we ate this 1/2 hr within making and it was delicious and oh so colorful!!
Saturday, February 06, 2010
I am so invigorated after walking for an hour in the snow. The wind wasn't blowing, I was warm and my ipod was my companion. As one who loves the snow, I couldn't ask for a better start to my day!! Have a great weekend all!!
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