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His and Hers Beans

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I just love "summer" foods - anything and everything, as long as it's fresh. I have made a habit of stopping by our local market and picking up fresh produce daily and I love when all the summer freggies are abundant. I bought a couple pounds of fresh snap beans. I was in the kitchen preparing them and washing them, when the DH comes in to see what I'm up to. He asked how I was planning on cooking the beans. I had asked a couple friends the best way to cook them and its was unanimous....steamed.

I immediately got the "nose squinch" from the DH and then he asks if he can have half the beans cooked "his" way, with some "grease". Really????? Bacon drippings??? I wanted to SHOUT...this ain't Paula Dean's kitchen, but instead I whispered softly.... "yes dear" [in my best June Cleaver voice ]

No sense in arguing over how to cook beans [sheesh] so I compromised [ya have to do that with the men folks, ya know]. So here we have it.... His and Hers beans, lol.

DH grilled us a hamburger [extra lean beef, of course] and we heated up some leftover corn on the cob. I skipped the bun and cheese, topped my 2.4 oz burger with a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese, raw onions and fresh japaleno peppers, with a bed of lettuce and tomato on the side.

My yummy presentation of 250 calories.

What's for dinner tonight? That is the million dollar question....depends on what jumps into my shopping cart.

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WONDERWOMAN 6/28/2012 12:44PM

    I'll tell you a little secret. When I do have fresh beans out of my garden, I steam them, then add some fried up bacon and grease instead of butter and salt. I know, not great, but only a couple times a year and such a comfort food for me; reminiscent of my childhood.

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ERLYWA 6/25/2012 12:53PM

    That looks SO yummy! And just 250 calories?? Go you!

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SUEAZZI 6/22/2012 2:15PM

    I'll take your dish any day, looks yummy. You made me LOL about Paula Deene, my daughter and I are always in awe with the amounts of budda!

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SIMPLYJESSICA 6/22/2012 1:19PM

    Hmmm, there's nothing like fresh steamed beans with just a pinch of salt. Hope that your sweetie enjoyed his special beans with just "a little bit of grease." :D

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2HAMSDIET 6/20/2012 9:55PM

    Oh steam beans are so yummy. Your husband just doesn't know what he is miss.
I wish food would jump into my cart. That would make shopping so much easier. What is your secret to get it to hop in? emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 6/20/2012 3:55PM

    My DS has hated EVERY kind of bean his entire life (he's 19). But he loves fresh green beans steamed or sauteed with a little olive oil. He says they bear no resemblance to the "other" beans...not even the same food, in his opinion!

So...YOU win! Seriously, though, it was very nice of you to fix DH "his" beans.

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LISAINMS 6/20/2012 2:44PM

    I'm with you. I like my beans steamed with a pinch of sea salt and maybe a drizzle of olive oil. Hubby turns his nose up at that. He prefers his snap beans well done with bacon. Your dinner looks yummy!

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TOOTHFUL99 6/20/2012 2:32PM

    (Sorry I commented twice! It didn't look like it worked the first time. Stupid internet connection!)

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TOOTHFUL99 6/20/2012 2:30PM

    You're a better wife than me, Lisa! My husband gets whatever I decide to make.

I was just weeding and saw some beans that are almost ready. By next week, I should have enough for a meal. (In a few weeks, I'll have a freezer full!)

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TOOTHFUL99 6/20/2012 2:27PM

    You're a better wife than I am, Lisa. My husband gets whatever I decide to cook!

I was just weeding in the garden and saw a few beans that are almost ready for picking. By next week, I should have enough for a meal! Yum!!

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NATPLUMMER 6/20/2012 1:23PM

    YUM!!! I'd much rather eat your beans and your whole dinner (minus the parm).

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MZSLYDE01 6/20/2012 12:28PM

    Oh yummy. Look at how much greener your beans are than his....LOL. They look way more appetizing than the greezy ones.
Your meal looks scrumptious and at a whopping 250 cal... WOW. AWESOME. I am in the mood for grilling. I am going to have to get the SH on that. emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 6/20/2012 10:27AM

    Just look at the difference! Your beans win hands down! Your plate looks delish my friend. We go bunless with Paleo and add a couple strips of bacon...because we can! Gotta love the onions, tomatoe, pickles and lettuce, too. I'm not so sure about the peppers. I'll try it...just for you!

Where's the Beav?

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SAMI199 6/20/2012 10:18AM

    Poor Ward-I'm glad he got his bacon fix. Well done,June!


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MYLADY4 6/20/2012 9:48AM

    OMG, I am with your hubby on this one. Fresh green beans sauteed with a little bacon is the bomb. Everything is better with bacon. Of course I do love them steamed too and with a little sesame oil on them too.

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DIBANANA 6/20/2012 9:36AM

  Great job June! LOL I know. It is hard to convert the men sometimes.

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Weight Issues from a Purrrr-fect Point of View

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Today is Garfield's Birthday, I would have never known that if one of my fellow sparkettes hadn't told me, she's always in the "know" about these sorts of things. Thought I dedicate this to all you cat lovers out there and remind you that cats struggle with weight issues just like us, so be kind to your feline friends and feed them properly. Enjoy these cute pics from google - I searched for cat pics - weight loss and this is what I came up with.

BTW, I think all my fellow sparkies and sparkettes are the cat's meeeoooooow.

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SUEAZZI 6/22/2012 2:11PM

    Love cat pics, they have such great personalities and are underestimated, thanks for sharing. emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 6/19/2012 10:30PM

    loved the [ic thanks

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BEAR128 6/19/2012 11:42AM

    Love the pics, thanks for sharing.

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MZSLYDE01 6/19/2012 10:51AM

    Ha Ha Ha - So cute. I am such a cat lover
Have a sparkalicious day.

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NATPLUMMER 6/19/2012 9:55AM

    Our finicky cat likes to lick bacon grease out of the pan...she's still slim, though, since she doesn't overeat. I need to be more like her.

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SAMI199 6/19/2012 9:43AM

    I love this-thanks for the laughs!

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MYLADY4 6/19/2012 9:43AM

    OMG too funny since a bunch on them remind me of our cats. Especially the one about not eating for 5 minutes.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 6/19/2012 9:36AM

    Thanks for sharing! I copied a few and sent them to one of my friends who has two cats. She and I weigh in every Tuesday and update each other on our progress. I'm sure she loved them as much as I did. Stretchy pants sounds pretty familiar! Yikes! emoticon

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The Vacation Report (with pics)

Monday, June 18, 2012

I'm baaccckkkk!!!! and a few pounds heavier, uggh. Vacation this year packed on 3-pounds, but no worries, I'll shake that off in no time. I ate really well, lots of healthy foods. One of the ladies prepared this lovely plate of appetizers, yummy.

I believe it was the lack of exercise and a lot of fruity umbrella drinks that did me in, but despite the weight gain, I had a super fantastic time. I lived a carefree lifestyle with some amazingly fabulous women - five days, five ladies of leisure.

We enjoyed themed nights (luau, Mexican, Sex & the City) complete with costumes and accessories, lots of laughter and lying on the beach or by the pool. (for inquiring minds: I did wear my bikini and felt pretty confident wearing it, but not brave enough for pics) The funnest night we had was my last night there, it was glow-stick night, we donned our necklaces, tiaras and glow-wear and had some hysterical fun involving: a kitchen rolling chair, a deck and an elevator (you figure that one out, what happens in the Outer Banks...stays in the Outer Banks, lol)

I did manage to get in one run while I was there, but after that I just put tracking and fitness aside. And I see where that got me - 3 pounds - so lessoned learned, you always have to be vigilant, but it really was nice to escape EVERYTHING for 5 days.

Here's a pic from our deck, the penthouse, woo hoo - we traveled in style.

A little site seeing and you like my new boyfriend??

It was a super vacation, can't wait to have my BFF with me next year and to expand our circle of friends.

Ended the week with a super father's day celebration... We took the GS on his first visit to the zoo, he liked the giraffes..

Took the motorcycle out for a spin, hadn't done that in a while, but it was a quick trip, kinda nippy....

Enjoyed cooking a super dinner of lasagna for the hubby with a pineapple upside down cake for dessert, with the assistance of my lovely little helper - he was organizing my tupperware.

Back at it yesterday with the food tracking and got in a short 4 mile run, great weather today, so I'm sure I'll do a run this evening. Vacation life was fantastic, but the SPARK-life is the best. emoticon

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SUEAZZI 6/22/2012 2:09PM

    Fantastic fun vacation and some time off from fitness and tracking is okay; gotta have a break once in a while and I'm sure you'll knock those few extra pounds off in no time (if you haven't already!). Your grandbaby always brings me smiles!

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    Looks like you had a fantastic time! You look great!!!

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2HAMSDIET 6/18/2012 8:58PM

    emoticonWhat a great trip and I'm sure those extra pounds will melt off. emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 6/18/2012 3:28PM

    You're very blessed to have such great girlfriends to get away with for vacations. Sounds like a ton of fun! You looked awesome in the pictures. So glad you are back "to the real world" with us. Have a great week!!!! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 6/18/2012 2:31PM

    Glad you had a good time!!
GS is sooo cute.

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LISAINMS 6/18/2012 1:24PM

    What a fun trip! And a super cute GS, too!

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SAMI199 6/18/2012 12:52PM

    Glad to have you back-we missed you. You look wonderful & make one sexy grandma-lol.


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COOP9002 6/18/2012 12:11PM

    Looks like some fun. Going to the beach is always a good thing.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/18/2012 12:09PM

    Your vacation looks fantastic! Glad you had fun.

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JLITT62 6/18/2012 12:07PM

    Life is to be lived! And enjoyed! And I know you'll be right back at it - cause you'll have me to kick your butt soon, right? Gotta email you later today, crazy busy . . .

Can I come next yr? You guys obviously have way too much fun!

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KANSASROSE67 6/18/2012 12:01PM

    Sounds like you've had so much fun! You have the right attitutude...those few pounds will be gone in no time.

Your grandson is a cutie!


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Celebrating in Style

Friday, June 08, 2012

Well the big day has arrived... I'm forever 39. Started the big day off on the right foot. I ran to the office this morning, I've been wanting to do it forever and I finally had the opportunity to. Perfect time for me to try out my birthday gift the DH got me. A Garmin Forerunner 410 - this is the coolest gadget ever, I'm hoping it will help improve my running - it's high tech going to take me a while to figure out how to make that watch work to it's potential so I can work up to mine.

DH let me order the watch from Amazon, but he slipped out to the store last night for a surprise. He awoke me this morning with a lovely card, and he bought me this new awesome cup for my smoothies and to take with me on vacation, what a thoughtful gift and quite a surprise too.

My DD came by the office to deliver some balloons, and she bought me some of those big mamma jamma windchimes I've been wanting forever. She is such a ray of sunshine. We enjoyed a healty lunch at Cracker Barrel with lots of veggies and only ONE biscuit for me. Woo Hoo.

One the way back from lunch, this dude backed into my car - well Happy Birthday to me, lol. Whatcha gone do? Just laugh it off, it could have been so much worse, but thankful that it wasnt. That big black line, is a deep gash in my car, oh well - the guy was nice and apologetic, and I've already filed a claim, no harm done, just aggravation now to get it fixed.

Looking forward to a nice dinner with some ole friends. Thank you all for the birthday wishes. But one last thing.......

I've been saving this one all week....

It's last call at this party, so....

let's live it up.....

everybody out of your seats and.....

wobble with me....

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SUEAZZI 6/22/2012 2:03PM

    Great birthday, love your Garmin, something I've thought about as well. Can't wait to hear how it's working out for you. Glad you had a great day, aside from the fender bender!

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BILL60 6/9/2012 8:41AM

    And a Happy B'day to you. Guess what????? I bought my wife the very same Garmin. Did you know that it's also a heart rate monitor? Best of luck with it.

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WONDERWOMAN 6/9/2012 12:15AM

    Happy Birthday to YOU! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 6/8/2012 10:41PM

    Happy Birthday!! emoticon Sounds like a great day... not perfect but one to remember.

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BUSY_BEE68 6/8/2012 8:49PM

    Happy Birthday! emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 6/8/2012 6:33PM


Enjoy every moment!

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MYLADY4 6/8/2012 3:34PM

    Happy Happy Happy 39th birthday girly emoticon

Sounds like it was a great day and I am sure that you are going to love your Garmin. Did you get the HR monitor strap too?

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KAREN_NY 6/8/2012 3:28PM

    ** H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y **

Love my Garmin too - it is just one part of spelling out adventure & good spirit for your new year!

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LORI-K 6/8/2012 3:13PM

    Happy Birthday, Lisa!!!
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Love the Garmin and love the cup!!
Hope the rest of the day is as fabulous as the beginning!

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MZSLYDE01 6/8/2012 2:51PM

    OMGosh - of all things to happen - A FENDER BENDER... But I know you won't let that get you down. It's just a thang.
How sweet of the DH and DD. You have a great loving family.
Cracker Barrell. I WISH. We don't have one within a 100 mile radius of where I live. Sheesh I really do live in the boonies...Ha Ha Ha. Maybe - just maybe - When I do finally get to come down to Virginia Beach for a visit you can take me to one. The SH was saying just the other day how beautiful he heard it was and we should go visit you... Hee Hee.

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JLITT62 6/8/2012 2:40PM

    What an awesome cup! What a sweet family you have. Sorry about the car - such a pain.

And of course . . . HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 6/8/2012 2:26PM

    I WANT YOUR CUP!!!! Did he get it at Bed, Bath & Beyond? Very nice. (It's the little things...) Score on the Garmin, too! Very, very nice!! Sucks on the car though, but you're right, it can be fixed. No sense in getting all worked up. You are blessed to have such a wonderful family. You Lucky Girl!!!

Enjoy the rest of your day. How can you not? Wobble on!!!

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NATPLUMMER 6/8/2012 2:08PM

    Almost the perfect day...sorry about the car. At least you're keeping it all in perspective. Nobody got hurt and that's a win!!
Happy Birthday!

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It's Electric

Thursday, June 07, 2012

The birthday week party is in full swing now. It's Happy HOUR......

Anticipation is killing me.... Waiting on the UPS guy to bring my special birthday present [stay tuned].

A low-key night last night, whipped up a super fantastic omelette for dinner last night - spinach, onions, pepper jack cheese, ham and a side of hash browns for dinner. It's great to have breakfast for dinner sometimes. Lounged around trying to finish my book... Born to Run, but I was just so sleepy, I think all the hype of my upcoming vacation was getting the best of me last night.

Think I may try to run to work tomorrow, get a long run in before I go on vacation, I'm still kicking that idea around, but I'm hoping to have a new toy to place with along the way....come on UPS guy.

Still keeping up with fitness minutes goal for the month and seven smiley faces.

Getting Buff emoticonno excuses.

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SUEAZZI 6/8/2012 8:16AM

    So, did the UPS guy show up???? Enjoy your birthday vaca!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 6/7/2012 10:41PM

    Here's hoping that you enjoy your birthday, your present, your vacation, and the UPS guy. (He always makes my day. emoticon)

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LORI-K 6/7/2012 4:09PM

    We have breakfast for dinner very often here! Love it!
Come on UPS guy!!! Hurry!!!

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2HAMSDIET 6/7/2012 2:43PM

    We have breakfast for dinner too and we love it. Dinner sounded yummy. We just don't take time in the mornings for hot stuff unless it is steel cut oat. I can't wait to hear what the UPS man is bringing. emoticon emoticon

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PARKERB2 6/7/2012 2:37PM

    Hope you get a good birthday present!! Where's vacation this year?

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NATPLUMMER 6/7/2012 2:22PM

    I love breakfast for dinner :-)
Keeping fingers crossed for the UPS guy. Can't wait hear all about the toy!!

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BEAR128 6/7/2012 11:56AM

    Enjoy your vacation and what's your new toy?

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1HOTMAMA2BE 6/7/2012 9:29AM

    Where you going on vacation? Inquiring minds want to know...and me! I thought you were Garmin shopping last night. I could be mixed up. Too much going on right now. Enjoy the run at lunch. I'm doing the usual three miles and then getting my hair highlighted after work. Yeah! My hair needs help!

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JLITT62 6/7/2012 7:40AM

    I almost had the same dinner last night - love breakfast for dinner (but DH doesn't), but went with the portabello sandwich instead. It was yummy. I think the scale should be at last semi-kind today.

Hope you have great weather for your birthday vacay!

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