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MOST INCREDIBLE Barley Bean Toss Salad---Try it!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This ultra-fresh salad is bursting with flavor!

Salad:
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

Dressing:
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!!

  
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JUST_TRI_IT 3/27/2010 4:50PM

    Oh.. this sounds yummy! I LOVE the texture of barley. I'm going ot have to try this recipe.

I also now use wheat berries because of their texture and have made a white bean, plum tomato and wheat berry salad.

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SPIDERGIRL502 3/5/2010 7:54AM

    Sounds really good! I think I have some barley in my pantry I've been wanting to use up. Looks like I found a good recipe for it!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 2/10/2010 9:06PM

    This sounds really good! Thanks!

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SUNNY332 2/10/2010 8:57PM

    OMG - this sounds so good and we love Barley. I will definitely try it.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

Have a Terrific Thursday.

Sunny

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FITABULOUSMELLY 2/10/2010 7:57PM

    Im gonna have to try this one! Sounds YUMMY

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MSWEEZER 2/10/2010 7:40PM

    Sounds good!

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MYDROPPLAN 2/10/2010 7:08PM

    Thanks! I love to try new recipes!!


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    Sounds delicious! Can't wait to try it. emoticon

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SNOW

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!! emoticon

  
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JUST_TODAY1 2/12/2010 11:20AM

    I am ready for SPRING!!!

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BESSHAILE 2/9/2010 6:44AM

    Snow walks really are fun - even when I am sick of snow (which, by now, I am) I still love walking in snow. Next to that I love feeding birds in the snow.

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HAPPY1049 2/7/2010 9:11PM

    I like walking in the new snow, too.

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MSWEEZER 2/6/2010 5:31PM

    How nice indeed. I too walked out in the cold today. Wasn't snowing but it was windy - glad I had a hood on my jacket or I wouldn't of made it. Started with 12 of us and ended with 6 of us but a nice 5 miles indeed. Glad you enjoy the snow.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 2/6/2010 5:09PM

    I used to love walking in the snow! But there are no sidewalks where I live now and the neighborhood roads haven't been plowed - we have about 18 inches - so it's inside walking again!
I glad you get to enjoy it.
Sheila

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SUNNY332 2/6/2010 4:22PM

    Awesome!

I love the snow but don't like the cold so chose to walk inside today.

Keep up the good work.

Sunny

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DEBRA_T 2/6/2010 4:20PM

    Sounds lovely!

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BIKERBABE2BE 2/6/2010 2:57PM

    Glad you are enjoying it. We are supposed to get more tomorrow. Have a great weekend.

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Thankful heart

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Little by little, every day I am exercising, building strength, stamina and endurance that I haven't had for so many years! An unexpected outcome is how much I'm enjoying the process!

Even though I'm over 50 I'm stronger than I was in my 30's. My sleep has been better as has my mood. Even though I have sore muscles after a good workout it's a good kind of sore because I know that my workout caused it. My husband doesn't have to give me foot rubs every night now.

I'm so encouraged and feeling very blessed that I have this opportunity to improve my health! An added bonus is the encouragement, friends, education and tools that I've so enjoyed on SP!

Thanks, friends, thanks Chris Downie for the gift of SP! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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LJCANNON 2/5/2010 11:07PM

    I second that feeling. I have NEVER enjoyed exercising before, but now I get excited at being able to add a new exercise or more minutes to my routine. emoticon emoticon
I even am excited that my part time job has turned into a full time job, only half a mile from my gym (Curves) and with flexible hours that allow me to continue going to Curves every day and going for a walk every evening. emoticon
Actually enjoying this Journey is a Blessing that I could never have predicted happening.

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HAPPY1049 2/3/2010 10:59PM

    Yes, thanks for SparkPeople and everything I have learned. I am grateful for all the friends here who encourage me every day in some way.

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CARMEL466 2/3/2010 8:21PM

    I'm so happy for you. We 50+ women are doing it! WooHoo! WTG RitaRose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SUNNY332 2/3/2010 7:35PM

    How wonderful and boy do I relate. I feel better today than I did 10 years ago and that is absolutely a very good thing.

Keep up the good work - you are doing awesome.

Hugs, Sunny

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WOODSYGIRL 2/3/2010 4:48PM

    Wonderfully stated, Rita! I am so happy and proud of you for working your program consistently and with such joy. So much of our success is in our attitudes and you exude such good spirits on a daily basis...it's contagious!! This is going to be YOUR year and I can't wait to celebrate every victory with you!! emoticon

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EGR2BEME 2/3/2010 4:38PM

    so happy for you...I am about to join a gym over the next 2 weeks or so! Dare I say I am looking forward to the pain:)

I know that will mean I am making progress!!

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EGR2BEME 2/3/2010 4:38PM

    so happy for you...I am about to join a gym over the next 2 weeks or so! Dare I say I am looking forward to the pain:)

I know that will mean I am making progress!!

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EGR2BEME 2/3/2010 4:37PM

    so happy for you...I am about to join a gym over the next 2 weeks or so! Dare I say I am looking forward to the pain:)

I know that will mean I am making progress!!

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DEBRA_T 2/3/2010 3:45PM

    Hear, hear! It is great to read other people's experience coming alive!

Cheers, Debra

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DEBRA_T 2/3/2010 3:45PM

    Hear, hear! It is great to read other people's experience coming alive!

Cheers, Debra

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FITABULOUSMELLY 2/3/2010 2:47PM

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Update on my friends/prayer request

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

First, I thank those spark friends who prayed for my friends Erich and Jackie. I asked for prayer for Erich after he suffered a stroke while on vacation in Hawaii last week. I spoke with his daughter and found out that they are very encouraged, even though his left side is paralyzed they were able to get him to walk yesterday with the help of a walker. He also came through the mental tests with flying colors and his speech has not been affected.

The women who cook at church with Jackie were planning to send flowers to them as we originally thought they would be there until next week. Upon hearing that, Jackie told her daughter, "forget the flowers, Erich would like chicken pot pie!" I loved hearing my friend's humor come through!

Please pray that they will be able to leave HI to come back to MT to begin rehab. They must have a bed in a rehab center before they will release Erich.

I am so very thankful for your prayers and concern, what a beautiful community Spark People is! May the Lord bless you all!
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FLORIDASUN 1/29/2010 8:50PM

    Ohhh I will be most happy to send up some prayers for your dear friends...that's what SparkPeople are all about...I see my dear friend Sunny on your friends list...I'm so happy to meet you and thankful that your friends have a wonderful friend like you to enlist help just for them! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARMEL466 1/15/2010 5:23AM

    Thank you for the update. I had been wondering how they were doing. Sounds like he has a great sense of humor. Continuing to pray for them.

Have a great day.

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JOJO58 1/12/2010 10:07PM

    Oh that's great. I'm so happy for you and your friends. With the good Lord's Blessing he will have a speedy recovery. It sounds like he is already on his way.

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HAPPY1049 1/12/2010 10:00PM

    Glad to hear the good news! And thank you very much for praying for my husband. They are still giving him tests, but he is hanging in there.

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BESSHAILE 1/12/2010 4:43PM

    good news - sending my prayers along - for good health and for good friends

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WOODSYGIRL 1/12/2010 10:27AM

    Oh Rita, this is such WONDERFUL news!!! Erich is in good hands and I do pray that he can get back home to MT, where he will feel more comfortable. So encouraging that his speech and mental faculties were not affected. He sounds like a very strong man and having a big prayer ring around him is giving him encouragement from afar as well. Thank you for letting us know and please keep us updated. Praise God!

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SUNNY332 1/12/2010 8:17AM

    That is very encouraging, Rita. PTL - God is so good.
Thanks so much for the update.

Hugs, Sunny

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

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Need prayer

Saturday, January 09, 2010

An hour or two ago I received a call from a friend who told us that our mutual friend from church had a stroke while in Hawaii on vacation. This brings back memories for me of when another friend from church was with us in TX for our daughter's wedding and the husband had a stroke the day before the wedding. It was a devastating time. I'm broken hearted for our dear friends and would like nothing better than to do something to help.

I am praying! If you are a believer please pray for Erich and Jackie. Thank you!

  
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ALEXSGIRL1 1/9/2010 7:26PM

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SUNNY332 1/9/2010 6:44PM

    Our Dear Heavenly Father, please be with Erich and Jackie during this health crisis, giving them both the rest they need to recover and return home.

Be with all of the health care workers as they provide care and emotional support during a very scary time for this couple.

Be with Ritarose and comfort her as she prays for her friends giving her comfort and assurance that you are there in the mist of this crisis.

In your name, I pray, Amen.

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JOJO58 1/9/2010 6:32PM

    Hi there, I am so sorry, I will keep your friends in prayer.

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WOODSYGIRL 1/9/2010 5:21PM

    Prayers are being sent their way, Rita. I'm so sorry they are going through this very difficult time. I pray for patience, strength and a full recovery for them. Hang in there as best you can my friend.

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CARMEL466 1/9/2010 4:43PM

    My prayers go out to your friends.

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HAPPY1049 1/9/2010 4:34PM

    That is too bad. However, I have prayed for them and I hope things will work out for them and the Lord will be glorified through it all. Keep your chin up.

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PPLUNICORN 1/9/2010 4:23PM

    You and your friends are in my prayers.

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LINDAKAY228 1/9/2010 3:54PM

    I'll be thinking and praying for your friends and for you. I'm so sorry for what you and they are going through.

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