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Homework with a side of Splurge

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I'm having lunch today with a friend at Atlanta Bread. I've done my HOMEWORK emoticonon everything on the menu. I know the calories, fat, protein, etc. I decided that today I will SPLURGE and have the chicken salad sandwich (only 440 calories) and probably won't be able to eat it all anyway since my wonderful gall bladder is giving me a fit. It's great knowing ahead of time that I won't ruin my calories for the day, although I will be forfeiting my afternoon snack to stay in range, but I'm sure I will be full from lunch or I can just nibble on the leftover sandwich all afternoon.

I am waiting on doctor to call with a date for gall bladder removal surgery. Doctor says I'm not going to get better unless I have it removed. So I guess the writing is on the wall - GET IT DONE !!!

emoticonSqueezed in a 2 mile run last night before dinner, then had to go to a parent meeting at daughter's school, she's going on trip to NY City for 3 days with her fashion marketing class. I would soooo love to be going with her, but it's time to let her fly from the nest for a little while on her own.

emoticonI have a 10-minute trainer workout with Tony tonight, gonna give the AB routine a whirl, since it's a rest day from running. My daughter is even going to do it with me. Still not feeling great, but I'm at least "getting thru" my workouts. Notice I said "getting thru" - I can't wait to feel better so I can be back to looking forward to my workouts and having fun.

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2HAMSDIET 3/23/2011 7:07PM

    Hugs.. emoticon your not feel your best. Take Care.

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SAMI199 3/23/2011 6:24PM

    Hang in there ...You are one tough cookie!


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STRINGS58 3/23/2011 4:39PM

    Gosh, I hope the gall bladder issue gets resolved. I hope the exercising feels good --- I can feel myself getting nervous about exercising aggravating the gall bladder, but I don't know all the particulars, and I don't have that medical degree . . .unless it's in a drawer here somewhere emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 3/23/2011 2:18PM

    Chin up. All of my family members that have had the surgery (there are six of us) have come through just fine and have very few issues (I have none, except that there have been no more attacks!).

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HOKIEJEN13 3/23/2011 1:39PM

    You're tough! Hang in there! I know it's scary, but if anyone can handle it...well you can! You're AMAZING!

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GR8CGRM 3/23/2011 1:31PM

    You can do it sis.. I am proud of you for doing what you have since you aren't feeling well.. You so rock!!

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STIPER23 3/23/2011 12:07PM

    Ugh. I'm sorry about your gall bladder. I bet it feels good to plan ahead for lunch like that.

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NATPLUMMER 3/23/2011 12:05PM

    Good job deciding ahead of time on lunch. I try my best to do that as well.
Hopefully you will get a surgery date quickly. It's best to just get it done and over with. Then you'll be feeling better and actually enjoy your workouts again.
I bet your daughter is going to have a blast in NYC.

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HEALTHY_45 3/23/2011 10:49AM

    Sure hope you are feeling better soon. It's really tough to keep at the work outs when you are feeling so poorly.
Lots of comforting {{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}} for you as you power thru!!

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JLITT62 3/23/2011 10:34AM

    Frankly, I can't even believe that you still ARE working out with all you're going thru. Kudos to you! Get that nasty thing out & get better!

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DGIBSON02 3/23/2011 10:33AM

    I've talked to a LOT of people that have more problems after the surgery. Just a thought to keep in mind. We did a lot of research when mine came up. Of course the dr is going to tell you to do it but my personal opinion is to talk to Dr. Ken and see what he tells you. AFter I struggled through the apple diet for 3 days and now do it for 2 days every couple of months along with my remedy juice that Neecee's friend told me about, i feel a ton better. I don't hurt if I have anything that is "bad" for me either as long as I do it in moderation.

Good luck either way

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I'm Still Here

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Just wanted to left everyone know... I'm still here and hanging in there.
Seems I've had a few setbacks over the past two weeks, and it's not over yet. I had a cyst removed on my thigh, and bruised my tail bone - ouch.
I officially have gall stones, so I'm consulting with a surgeon today to weigh my options. I really don't want to have surgery, I don't want the down time, the pain and the expense, but I'm really kinda tired of feeling lousy, so hmmmm, hard decision. Do I just deal with the pain or have more pain from surgery. The weather is getting tooooo nice outside to be cooped up in the house and recovering from surgery.

My father is coming down from NY this weekend to run a 5K with my sis and I. I really don't know how well that is going to go, but I'm going to give it my best. I managed to get in a 3.5 mile run last night, first time in over two weeks I've done ANYTHING other than eat soup and sleep. I ran, but I felt like I was being dragged along so I cut it short, went home to relax. Taking two weeks off from running alone will set you back a little, but running with gall stones, an incision in my leg, and a still sore tailbone - WOW. I'm falling to pieces, but I am determined now to not let anything stop me, unless of course I have another gall bladder attack.

Got up early this morning and did one of the new 10-minute trainer workouts with Tony Horton - I just love Tony - did a 10 minute total body workout. AWESOME.

So I'm off to the surgeon appointment, will let everyone know the scoop later. Thanks for all the well wishes and checking up on me, it means a lot.

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BUCKINGS5 3/24/2011 10:24AM

  oh my goodnees! I'm so sorry to hear you haven't been well. I hope all went well at the appointment and good luck on your 5k!! You're an amazing women, you just keep on keepin' on! :) emoticon

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DDOORN 3/23/2011 2:55PM

    Great to hear from you! FWIW, I think when we're in good shape we can bounce back better from things like gall bladder surgery. I was positively AMAZED last year when I had mine out how trouble-free it was and how soon I was at least able to get out for walks.


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BILL60 3/23/2011 12:56PM

    You hang in there and be real tough!!

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ARTSY_CANDICE 3/23/2011 10:17AM

    emoticon You are awesome!! Your amazing attitude is a real gift!

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KMKILROY 3/23/2011 10:13AM

    Hang in there gurl. You're a total inspiration to us all!

Sounds like perhaps you need to slow down a little and let your body heal itself? You'll actually be much STRONGER for it, if you allow yourself some planned recovery time between workouts. Might not hurt to switch your program to something lighter until after your surgery too - say, walking, pilates, golf? Just a suggestion.


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MZSLYDE01 3/23/2011 8:08AM

    Let me know how it went.
OUCH - Bruised tail bone??? Man - Your just beat up right now.
It's only going to get better from here on out - You have already gone through enough.
So you like the whole 10 minute trainer dvd with Tony. Let me know more about it.
Talk to you soon,.

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JLITT62 3/23/2011 5:39AM

    You have such a beautiful spirit. Whatever you decide I hope you will be back to normal sooner rather than later. I know I hate anything to do with doctors & hospitals, but sometimes that's just what you've gotta do. I'm praying for you!

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VBPARROTHEAD 3/22/2011 2:28PM

  I don't know who you are consulting with about the surgery but I am sure that you have searched out a good one. I will tell you that both myhusband and I felt soooooo much better after gal bladder surgery! Mine was taken out the "old" way, they weren't doing laproscopic surgery then but Ed's was the "new" way. he was back to work within a week and lifting things within 3 weeks. Good luck! Gall stones are miserable!

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HALFFAST 3/22/2011 1:16PM

    Oh wow! I'm definitely thinking about you! I went through gall bladder hell several years ago and ended up having to spend a week in the hospital (ended up having to have more than just my gall bladder removed), BUT... once I got home and recovered it was SOOOO much better! Whatever you decide, I wish you a speedy recovery!

Oh, and thanks for the compliment :)

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NATPLUMMER 3/22/2011 12:37PM

    Good luck at the surgeon appointment. It may be best in the long run to go with the surgery but you'll have to decide what is best for you.
I hope you are able to do your 5K this weekend.

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HEALTHY_45 3/22/2011 11:21AM

    Be sure to make the best decision for you. Now that they do so many surgeries with laproscope the recovery time is much quicker and easier. You are in my thoughts daily, hope you are back to your healthy, spunky, happy self soon.

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ELAINEROSE5 3/22/2011 11:11AM

    I had the surgery too and it's very simple, usually. They make 3 small cuts and do the whole thing with a scope, so it is much, much easier to heal from than some other surgeries. I went home the same day. I was down about a week too and afterwards feeling great. Went on a cruise and parasailed! I don't have any problems as a result of the surgery. I only had one attack before I had it removed and I would rate it as worse pain than childbirth. Thought I was going to die! It was an easy decision for me. Hope it is for you too!

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DGIBSON02 3/22/2011 10:52AM

    Takes 2 weeks to build your wind up and only 2 days to lose it. Good luck this weekend. i'd love to go watch but we have the coaches basketball tourney this weekend.

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SPARTANPHOTOG 3/22/2011 10:44AM

    Hope you feel better soon.

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HOKIEJEN13 3/22/2011 10:21AM

    Chin're in a rough spot right now, but this too shall pass...or maybe the stone will pass first? I'm thinking of you and hoping you'll receive good news today. Keep up the great, positive attitude and the hard work. You're truly something else (in the best way imaginable)!!!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/22/2011 10:20AM

    I was just beginning to worry about you. It's going to be okay. You're going to get this all taken care of and be back and good as new! Just take the time off to heal. Keep us posted. emoticon emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 3/22/2011 10:19AM

    I recommend just getting the surgery. It was one week of down time for me (my mom and my grandmother and my sister have all had it). From what I was told, you can get medication to dissolve the stones, but they will most likely just come back. You're in great health right now which will make recovery much easier.


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Poof, Disappeared into Thin Air

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

This short blog contains whining and disappointment, you can stop reading now, your were warned.

I was browsing my "friends" on Spark yesterday, was checking in with a few and I noticed two of my friends had "Poof" disappeared into thin air. Their page was no longer available, they just disappeared. It really saddens me, especially this one in particular. I have always checked in with her at least once a week when she was less active. I commented on her daily blogs and she had quite a following of other SP buddies and then "poof" GONE.

I know people sometimes get busy and SP is not a priority and life gets in the way, but to leave without saying goodbye is just plain upsetting. Soooo my point is..... if you are going to be MIA for a while, at least let people know. Common courtesy.

I have to add... I am sooooo worried about this person

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VBPARROTHEAD 3/22/2011 2:25PM

  I guess that we have all had this happen but that doesn't diminish your feelings of concern and even sadness. I am so sorry the people vanished from SP but also sorry that they didn't even say, "So long, thanks for the memories".

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GRACIELA_ELENA 3/17/2011 5:31PM

    Whew, glad to hear it was someone else who was gone and not that you were thinking of disappearing...Im not sure what I would do without you!

On the issue of folks disappearing I understand what you mean and feel the same way. I am concerned about a few folks I had subscribed to who have not written in a while. I have even gone back to their blogs to nudge them a reminder but it doesnt always work.

Funny, we do get attached to these folks and have to admit I am as guilty as anyone about finding the time to post but hope we all can take a note from your example and keep plugging along. As I have said are an inspiration to me. Keep up the great work!

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DDOORN 3/17/2011 4:15PM

    That's such a sad thing when our fellow members vanish like that...have had a few similar losses.

Not much that one can do, unfortunately!


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ARCHIMEDESII 3/16/2011 10:58AM

    I have a handful of Spark Buddies that have gone missing. Unfortunately, some people do lose their spark. We hope they come back and many do. So hopefully, this friend will return at a later time when they've either regained their spark or life has become less hectic for them.

Of course, I had one Spark friend who decided to change their Spark identity. They closed up their page and started a new page. I don't know why they decided to do that, but I respected their wish to do it.

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NATPLUMMER 3/16/2011 10:51AM

    I've had that happen to me as well. It is very sad.

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ARTSY_CANDICE 3/16/2011 10:39AM

    I think a lot of it has to do with shame. Who wants to admit they are quitting? Of course I understand how you feel! emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 3/16/2011 10:30AM

    For what its worth, in these situations, I tell myself that this is about them, not me, and I hope that they are well soon.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/16/2011 9:16AM

    True...sad. Don't you ever do that or I'll have to hunt you down! emoticon

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DGIBSON02 3/16/2011 9:13AM

    seems like social networks have people coming and going. No one picks up a phone anymore :(

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JLITT62 3/16/2011 9:00AM

    I never really understand why people would leave unless they're being stalked somehow - that actually does happen. It's not like it costs anything!

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777GRACE 3/16/2011 8:21AM

    I know how you feel, I was checking and commenting on this one lady for a while and then poof. I am not sure what happened too. Did they get so discouraged they couldn't take it anymore? Did they lose their house, job, internet? Did they lose a spouse or child and just gave up?
We may not know, but don't get discouraged to keep up the good work you do for others. (looking in mirrow as I type)
You are worth it and I am proud of you!!!!

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Great Weekend

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Had a great weekend, despite still feeling really bad. Went to doc yesterday, suspect gall bladder will get results tomorrow.
Had a great ride with hubby.

Trying to keep my mind off of feeling bad, I just plain ole don't feel good, stomach hurts, etc. Don't have a energy to do much, this has been going on for over a week. I really wanna feel better. I'm done being sick. Hope everyone is enjoying a healthy, happy week so far. Love to all.

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ERANGEL37 3/17/2011 5:34PM

    Get well soon! I was reading your profile and it is inspiring to see you lose all that weight!

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SWELL10 3/16/2011 8:22AM

    Sorry you haven't been feeling well. Hope the Dr. gets to the bottom of it quickly. emoticon

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SAMI199 3/15/2011 8:54PM

    I hope you feel better soon-You look great on the bike!!!

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PARKERB2 3/15/2011 4:13PM

    Hope you get well soon. You look awesome, both of you, on the bike. emoticon

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HEALTHY_45 3/15/2011 11:31AM

    Sending you {{{{{{{HEALING HUGS}}}}}}} Take Care and get well soon.

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NATPLUMMER 3/15/2011 10:24AM

    You are looking fabulous in you motorcycle gear!! I'm glad you had fun despite feeling crappy.

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SPARTANPHOTOG 3/15/2011 9:32AM

    Nice bik2! Hope you feel better soon!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/15/2011 9:26AM

    First, looks like you two have fun and that's cool! Second, I hope it's not your gall bladder, but if it is, I think it's a laproscopy kind of thing, right? I've had two or three family members have their gall bladder out and they said it wasn't too bad and they felt a heck of a lot better afterwards.

Prayers for you dear! You're so positive and that will help, too!

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ELAINEROSE5 3/15/2011 8:50AM

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend in spite of feeling bad! I had my gall bladder out a few years ago. Not a bad surgery and such a relief to not feel as bad as the gall stones made me feel! Hope you feel better soon!!


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HOKIEJEN13 3/15/2011 7:58AM

    emoticonFingers crossed that it isn't your gall bladder. But, if it is, please please please get well soon! Thinking of you!!! emoticon

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Checked off One Monthly Goal

Friday, March 11, 2011

I have accomplished one of my monthly goals. Last night I made a new recipe, trying something new once a month. I made salmon cakes. Canned salmon, rotele, baby spinach, egg beaters and bread crumbs, doesn't get any easier than that. Then make into patties and brown with a little EVOO - AWESOME !!!!

The family all turned their noses up and decided they didn't want to eat them, so I made them pizza instead. I had the salmon cakes with a side of sugar snap peas. They were sooooo delish, I made everyone at least try one bite, they all said they weren't tooo bad, lol. They just don't know what good food is considering they were chowing down on the pizza.

Terrible thing happened right after I took the pizza out of the oven. My daughter yells "the oven is on fire", well I thought maybe a piece of cheese or a pepperoni slipped off into the oven and caught fire, but nope. The heating element was on fire, we watched it burn half way around, then it popped and snapped in half, turning to ashes. Bummer, just glad I had finished cooking or I would have been up the creek without a paddle.

So while we were eating I was thinking, YEAH, no cooking for a couple of days til the oven gets fixed. Well my DH was on the phone after dinner with his buddy who is an appliance repair dude and he can pick up the part today. Darn, I thought I was going to have a couple days of NO COOKING, pooh.

Hoping to get a long run in this evening, hoping the weather cooperates. Trying to organize a walk in the park with all the VBSPARKERS in the morning, but no one has RSVP'd so it looks like a "no go" unless I get positive feedback today, will keep my fingers crossed. Looking forward to a nice weather weekend, probably take the motorcycle out for a spin, yippie.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and a special shout out to Judy.... "Best wishes on your race tomorrow", I'll be cheering for ya.

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SHERRILLGRAFF 3/11/2011 11:16PM

    That is so funny that you thought you would not have to cook... That is just what I would say/think.

Thank you for making me smile. so sorry your oven broke but glad you were able to get it fixed. It's so nice to have husbands who can fix things.

I'm sure your salmon was yummy!

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DGIBSON02 3/11/2011 2:09PM

    can't believe your oven burnt up. it's practically brand new!!!

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ELAINEROSE5 3/11/2011 12:17PM

    You are much nicer than me because I don't offer my family another choice. (Thankfully, my husband isn't a picky eater at all and likes my healthy food!) I love salmon and you can't beat the nutritional value and the low calories that it has.

I hope to get up early and run Saturday morning. It is finally nice and the snow is all melted and rain all dry! Looking forward to it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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NATPLUMMER 3/11/2011 11:54AM

    I love salmon cakes. You're family is crazy.
I'm sorry that the oven is getting fixed so quickly. You deserve a little cooking time off.
I do hope you get your walk in the park, your long run and your motorcycle ride in this weekend.
Sumo squats are a little painful but work wonders on the inner thighs.

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2HAMSDIET 3/11/2011 11:24AM

    Your family doesn't know what they were missing with your great sounding dinner. Have a great weekend.

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SEEAMANDARUN 3/11/2011 11:21AM

    Those salmon cakes sound great! I actually just had a salmon burger the other day that was mighty tasty. Have fun on your run! It's supposed to be 60 here today so I'm going for a run after work (in a tank top!).

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MZSLYDE01 3/11/2011 11:02AM

    Oh yeah - I love salmon cakes. They are awesome. That recipe sounds interesting too.
Glad you were done cooking when the oven went kaplooee..
Also glad nothing in the house started on fire and there was nothing damaged too.
Hope you have a great weekend.

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HEALTHY_45 3/11/2011 10:19AM

    WOW, there is never a dull moment is there! emoticon
I know exactly how you feel with the family not wanting to try the healthy recipes, but you are much more generous than I am, my crew wouldn't have gotten pizza as an alternative unless they made it themselves.
Hope you have a great run and a fabulous week end.

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JLITT62 3/11/2011 9:41AM

    Aww, thanks for the good wishes! I don't really have much great expectations . . . Just hoping to find somewhere to park!

The salmon cakes sound yummy . . . I keep meaning to make some myself . . .

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NAOMIEVA 3/11/2011 9:34AM

    Sounds like quite the adventure last night! You're not alone though - I've had a heating element burn up on me before as well. Fortunately my friend was with me and threw baking powder onto the flame (who knew?).

Anyhow, I think the salmon cakes sound tasty, and great job making the family at least TRY them! I used to make a similar one with water chestnuts and light soy sauce...

Happy Friday!

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