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Grape Salad

Friday, September 14, 2012

Wonderful salad! Almost a dessert!
4 lbs grapes (a combination of red & green ones make it pretty.)
8 oz. fat free cream cheese
8 oz fat free Greek yogurt
1 Tbls honey (to taste)
dash of vanilla extract
1 cup pecans ground
1 cup brown sugar

Wash grapes and remove from stems.
Combine cream cheese, yogurt honey and vanilla in a large bowel, stir until smooth. Mix in grapes and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Combine pecans and brown sugar. Sprinkle over the grape mixture just before serving.

  
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IMEMINE1 8/9/2013 4:57PM

    Sounds delish. emoticon

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LOVETOLAUGH56 5/5/2013 11:58AM

    Your recipe sounds wonderful and I think I'll use it soon. I came by to visit your page because you commented on my blog.
I am impressed with all your gardening and leading of gardening teams emoticon
Karen

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KATHRYNLP 4/9/2013 10:20AM

    Time for another kind of salad... soon you'll have fresh veggies! emoticon

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BLITZEN40 2/19/2013 9:55AM

    This looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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GRANNY2B2 1/6/2013 7:02PM

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FISHINGLADY66 12/4/2012 9:18AM

    emoticon Sounds delicious, I'll have to try this for a Christmas dish. emoticon

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MZKYND 11/21/2012 4:25PM

    My MIL makes a version with I swear double the sweetener in it, and while everyone else raves how delish it is, i find it too sickeningly sweet, prefer to let the grapes natural flavor take front and center :)

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MZKYND 11/21/2012 7:53AM

    Oh yummy!!

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BRAVELUTE 10/21/2012 6:22PM

    Hey, I've made this 5 times. The first time with brown sugar and cream cheese. The rest without either. At first i rebelled at having to remove all the grapes from the stems, but now I even slice the grapes in half. However, I do add cinnamon and nutmeg. Everyone has loved both recipes.

If I'm making it just for me, as opposed for a company dish or a covered dish, I leave out the pecans and have them on the side if I'm not using them somewhere else that day. I even eat this salad for breakfast. I'd think it would taste good with a little ginger grated into it, but haven't tried that.

Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

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AZIMAT 9/17/2012 8:27AM

    We have a friend at church who brings something like this all the time. Everybody loves it. and it does seem to be a toss up as to whether it should be on the dessert table or the salad table!

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SENATOR9 9/15/2012 8:58AM

    Sounds real good Thanks

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SHARJOPAUL 9/15/2012 7:05AM

    The 1 cup of brown sugar in the topping sounds like a lot but mixed with the pecans, then sprinkled over the whole salad it isn't that bad. You can use a little less if you like things less sweet but it does off set the tartness of the yogurt.

Comment edited on: 9/15/2012 7:24:32 AM

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MOTLEM 9/15/2012 3:23AM

    Yummo big time!! emoticon

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BRAVELUTE 9/14/2012 10:25PM

    Thanks for this recipe!! I'm going to take it to a Relay for Life covered dish picnic tomorrow. I'll have to get up early to go get the grapes, but I have everything else. We always have cards with the Recipe name and ingredients. I'm going to call it Sharjopaul's Grape Salad. I bet they'll love it and it will be good for them.

Oh. . . what do you think about 1/2 cup brown sugar? Seems like a lot, but I can't picture 4 pounds of grapes either. emoticon

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KATHRYNLP 9/14/2012 9:58PM

    WoW.. now this is going to be part of our Sundays' dinner. Thanks for sharing ... emoticon emoticon

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MINISANDY 9/14/2012 4:55PM

    Sounds delicious. emoticon

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JACKIE542 9/14/2012 4:45PM

    Does sound yummy!

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MADAMES 9/14/2012 4:33PM

    Sounds yummy! We all love grapes; we'll have to give this a try.

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Sarcasm/Put Downs

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sunday, I was out enjoying the beautiful afternoon on the lake in my kayak. As I was heading back toward my cove, a couple in a BIG FANCY boat are coming out of a cove. They slowed down even more when they saw me. At first I thought o how nice they are slowing down so they don't hit me with their wake. Then they both called out in a very sarcastic manner "Nice Boat!" After a moment and a deep breath, I simply replied " its a lot more fun than the gym." At that point they took off rather quickly.
Maybe I am a little on the nasty side, but I love it when someone tries to put me down and it obviously doesn't work.
I paddled on home enjoying the rest of my "workout" emoticon

  
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PATRICE_E 6/20/2013 7:05PM

    Good on ya! When people say things like that I'm usually so baffled about why they need to be unkind that I can't think of a healthy response. Yours was excellent! Truthful, not spiteful, and clearly got them tongue-tied. :) May have even made one of them consider the joys of kayaking! emoticon

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MILLIFRED 4/21/2013 8:44PM

    That was a great response and I don't see anything objectionable about it.

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MRSGOAT9699 3/17/2013 3:17PM

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PARACLETETOO 11/23/2012 12:13PM

    Hey HEY That's the WAY











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SUMITH2008 11/5/2012 11:51AM

    Jerks! Hope they got the hint..

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LIVINGFREE19 10/3/2012 1:22PM

    Awesome comeback!

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AZIMAT 9/17/2012 8:33AM

    When someone puts other people down, it shows how insecure they are in their own skin. Otherwise, why would it momentarily make them feel better, more than or superior? They're worthy of pity, even in their big boat. How do they know you weren't paddling away from your own yacht? They don't.

Your answer was perfect. "Resist not evil."

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SENATOR9 9/12/2012 9:03AM

    Nice and cool.No need to bring the blood pressure up emoticon

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MOTLEM 9/12/2012 12:33AM

    I get reeeeeelly, reeeeeeelly, pee-ed off with people like that and, worse than you I'm afraid, I am usually mammoth caustic back at them.

Your retort was almost 'polite' but it DID work. Good for you! I probably would've said p*ss off before I ram you; or something similar. emoticon

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LOWFATFOODIE 9/11/2012 7:06PM

    I really don't understand some people, but happy to know there's other people like you that don't let 'them' get to you. Inconceivable was a good word...

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SHOAPIE 9/11/2012 5:49PM

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WALKZWDOGZ 9/11/2012 5:25PM

    My goodness. They're so much shallower than the water!

Wonder if they'd like to compare BMI & cholesterol readings & THEN laugh? emoticon emoticon

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KATHRYNLP 9/11/2012 3:42PM

    It's inconceivable the lengths some people will go to, just to be rude. Some how this makes them feel superior, I guess... however; you came way out on top with your calm and controlled retort. I really applaud you... and yes, kayaking is a lot better than a gym workout. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GINNABOOTS 9/11/2012 2:50PM

    We have a big boat & I would rather kayak. They were just being rude. You go girl & keep enjoying your kayaking & yes it is so much more fun than the gym.

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Doing what we all know we are supposed to do.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Saw neighbors Sunday, who are weekenders here at the lake, they commented on my weight loss and asked what I was doing. As I told them about my "diet" and exercise, I realized that I am just doing what we have all been told we should be doing since we were young. Guess I should have heeded that advise all along, but at least it is working now!

  
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IDLETYME 7/27/2012 9:57AM

    Losing weight is special - but when other people comment - that's REALLY special!! I proud for you! emoticon emoticon

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Huge compliment! Nice!

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QUILTINGB52 7/27/2012 2:45AM

    Any weight-loss is more meaningful when others begin to notice!!!
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HICKOK-HALEY 7/27/2012 2:22AM

    That was nice of them to comment on your weight loss. emoticon I hear you about the heeding!

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DMF2012 7/26/2012 9:09AM

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KATHRYNLP 7/25/2012 10:01AM

    Nothing feels as good as someone saying.. "Hey, have you lost weight?" emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALKZWDOGZ 7/25/2012 4:45AM

    The older I get, the more that seems to apply to about any area of my life! If I'd actually started then..... etc...

Hey, at least we finally caught on! emoticon emoticon

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MOTLEM 7/25/2012 12:05AM

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MADAMES 7/24/2012 4:40PM

    Good for you! An occasional compliment is nice to hear too!

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SENATOR9 7/24/2012 1:50PM

    emoticonand have fun doing it

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 7/24/2012 12:27PM

    That's awesome!

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JACKIE542 7/24/2012 12:17PM

    Good for you. Never too late if a lesson is learned. emoticon

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Get Your Green On

Saturday, April 09, 2011

I spent most of the day at the Master Gardeners' Booth at the Get Your Green On celebration for Earth Day at the City Market. Spent lots of time answering gardening questions, passing out cards with the gardeners hot line number on them and talking with people from Habitate for Humanity, Harveters and a number of recycling places. I also had time to wander around the farmers' market. I bought a white and a pink Guara (Whriling Butterflies) and a Stevia plant. What a wonderful day. I am exhausted. emoticon

  
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HANNAHV 2/1/2012 7:50AM

    Now I'm jealous! been dying to get my hands on a stevia plant here!

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WIGIME 9/24/2011 7:45AM

    It's nice to share your passion with other people isn't it!!

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KATHRYNLP 5/30/2011 8:52AM

    You're my kind of people!! emoticon

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WALKZWDOGZ 4/10/2011 6:50PM

    What a delightful way to spend a day. I love Gaura; they're so tough but look so airy & dainty.

I have to admit I'm a little envious. Our county budget was cut in odd places for a recession: they axed the Master Gardener, Master Canner, & composting programs. They're tearing down the local home extension office that had included a test garden for an ag college & decades old rose society test garden.
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I hope your community realizes how lucky they are!

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CAROLIAN 4/10/2011 3:32AM

    What a great day you had ive my green on just looking into ordering a wormery used to have one years ago till 1st ex hubby used my worms for him and mates to go fishing. lol

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MOMWANNABSLIM 4/9/2011 9:58PM

  Sounds like a wonderfully FUN day!!!!

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Mom's 93rd Bday.

Monday, June 21, 2010

My mom turned 93 this weekend. She taught me to love gardening, so for her brithday I pick a big bouquet of flowers from my garden and took them to her. The smile on her face when she saw the flowers was wonderful. I think she like that better than anything I could have done for her.

  
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GRANNY2B2 2/15/2013 11:05PM

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 1/23/2012 12:46AM

    Nothing bought could have compared to you doing this for her. You have shown her one of the gifts she given to you has formed into a beautiful thing.

What a beautiful lady you are. Your mom raised you very well.

Hugs,

K

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WIGIME 9/24/2011 7:46AM

    How nice. It really is the little things in life isn't it?

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ALISPARKY 9/11/2010 10:08AM

    My dad turns 88 tomorrow, and I have been trying to figure out what to give to him. I think his present will be the same thing that you gave to your mom on her 93 birthday. Flowers from my garden. My dad and my garden are two of my favorite things. I'm so glad to have found your post!

How is your mom doing? How is your garden doing?

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PEGGYSTILLHERE 7/6/2010 7:32PM

    Wow! I'm so glad you still have your mom to enjoy!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 6/22/2010 11:41AM

    PLEASE SAY, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MOM AND MAY YOU HAVE MANY MORE. I'M SURE YOU ARE A SPECIAL FLOWER IN YOUR DAUGHTER'S LIFE."

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 6/21/2010 10:33PM

    Your gift...bouquet of flowers from your garden was a gift from the heart that's why it was perfect. emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Birthday to your Mom emoticon !!!!!! emoticon

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