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Making Peace w/My Huge Pumpkin. Now I'll have to Watch a Video for Cooking Pumpkin Seeds

Monday, December 13, 2010

Since October, I've had the biggest, fattest, perfectly shaped pumpkin that I've grown attached to. (yes, I am strange.) But it's time to let go, and I know there will be a huge amount of internal matter and number of seeds that I want to cook. I've read some ways to cook it, and maybe some garlic salt on some of them? I'm also thinking of trying to make pumpkin soup.

Overall, it's silly to be sentimental over a pumpkin. But so it goes.

Wishing all a great tomorrow since it's already evening in paradise.

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JOYATLAST 12/17/2010 9:15PM

    I understand! We accidently grew a pumpkin by some seeds we tossed over the fence in a field. We were enjoying it and waiting for just the right moment when a neighbor "found" it. I was astonished to see him carrying the prize home!!!

I love pumpkin seeds and really all things pumpkin!!

YUM! Keep us posted.

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NEELIXNKES 12/15/2010 6:31PM

    Hope you are enjoying the fruits of your labor emoticon I didn't roast any pumpkin seeds this year and I am disappointed since I can't find any tasty ones in the stores.

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NANCY- 12/14/2010 5:46PM

    Pumpkin is so versatile, both decorative and nourishing.

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FUTUREHOPE49 12/14/2010 5:41PM

    I adore pumpkin seeds, but they are quite high in calories. Good with salads or sprinkled on soups. Hope you enjoy eating your friend! emoticon

Comment edited on: 12/14/2010 5:47:29 PM

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EMMABE1 12/14/2010 2:34PM

    Yum, yum!! I'm jealous - I love pumpkin - we have them often, there is so much you can do with them!!
Enjoy !!

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LIBBYFITZ 12/14/2010 2:28PM

    Poor Pumpkin! I roast my pumkin and then make soup with it! It is so yummy as the pumpkin has caramelised! Yum!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/14/2010 12:29PM

    I agree with DDHEART's comment. emoticon

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DDHEART 12/13/2010 10:07PM pumpkin soup....and roasted pumpkin seeds....think you'll be honoring this pumpkin by helping it to have it's next life as a tasty dish!

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Watched a Video to learn How to Eat my First Pomegranate

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I've eaten the seeds before, but never picked them out from the fruit before. Always bought them in a container with the work already done. So I had to go to the web and take a mini-lesson on how to do this; didn't have a clue as to how to begin. I have the bowl of water ready. Should be interesting, to say the least.

Just returned from a short hike. Couple of hours. By the time I left for home around 11, it was about 85 degrees. Sun was therapeutic.

Have a wonderful day.

(UPDATE: Worked like a charm and pomegranate was absolutely delish!)

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KTMAE2006 12/13/2010 6:37PM

    Good luck on the pomegranate! Its difficult, but so worth it, yummy!!!! I love them sprinkled on salads....or ice cream :)

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JLITT62 12/13/2010 7:53AM

    85 degrees. Oh, how I remember those days in the middle of winter. Far, far away now.

The internet can really be a wonderful tool, can't it?

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DJ4HEALTH 12/12/2010 8:51PM

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/12/2010 5:22PM

    Isn't the internet great? Youtube has lessons on pretty much everything.

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RORYLYONS 12/12/2010 3:42PM

    It is beautiful out....going out soon to mingle with the shoppers.Never had a pomegranate..must try one. emoticon

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Okay, Sometimes I Get Fascinated by the Gimmicks.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Even though I ignore most of the gimmicky things that come along for beauty and weight loss, there are a couple of things that make me curious because I read about the one or two people who've had marvelous experience and success.

One is the HCG diet. Honestly, I know that 500 calories a day is terribly few for our daily needs. I've researched HCG since first hearing about it and wonder if this would reignite might very slow metabolism. But then I come back to the reality of the healthy way to do things and put my head back on straight. Still am curious when I read someone on SP write about how amazing this has worked for them.

Also, during a rare session of TV watching, and channel surfing, I happened upon one of the shopping networks that had their guest host and product on. It was Suzanne Somers doing her schtick about the Facemaster. Have to tell you, they sure do make these infomercials look to die for. What I did after watching and researching this product, was to order simple (and inexpensive) things that exercise face muscles. Nothing complex. I'll be reviewing them in my next couple of spark secrets. Meanwhile, I occasionally go to the reviews of Facemaster and marvel at all the rave results. What I wonder is this - if the face keeps getting electrical stimulation of those muscles, when you stop using it, wouldn't they just go back to where they were pretty fast? I am very okay with my face as is. However,it would be nice to lift a bit from all the sadsack emotions my face has processed.

And I smile to wonder why I even care about all this when I have so many bigger fish to fry in my life. (smiling) Well, simple distractions, I guess.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

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IZZYBEBOP 12/12/2010 11:13AM

    I saw your review of the Homedics Mini-Massager, but I can't find what you're talking about? Do you have a link you could share with me? The only mini-massagers I found our those little hand held ones, but it doesn't match what you were describing.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/11/2010 5:38PM

    I get hooked in my gimmicks from time to time too. emoticon

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JLITT62 12/11/2010 1:00PM

    Sadly, I like gimmicks & gadgets -- well, within a modicum of reason, I suppose -- too.

I would love not to have a skin sagging underneath my chin. But would I even remember to do it on top of all the other things on my to-do list? Doubtful.

Waiting to hear what you've come up with, tho!

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Second Year Done, Second Sparkbook Ordered. Let's See What Happens Next.

Friday, December 10, 2010

In a few weeks, it'll be my two year anniversary on SP. Wow, what a wild ride this has been! In mostly good ways. (smiling)

Last year, I ordered the new SPbook, read it, and then gave it to someone who was unable to get it at the time.

I've reordered the new paperback version and it's due to arrive on Monday. I plan to use it as a workbook, write in it, and use it as a working copy. I thought it was fitting that my second year on SP would culminate with my second book and the beginning of a planned fabulous third year of healthy lifestyle changes.

Also have to get back to blogging. I notice a big difference in my health awareness when I don't document my thoughts.

Wishing all a fun weekend.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/11/2010 4:04PM

    Good idea about writing in the paperback!

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NANCY- 12/11/2010 11:21AM

    I admire your recommittment to yourself. Using what works for you makes a big difference. For me coming to SP everyday helps me stay focused.
HAPPY emoticon

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DDHEART 12/10/2010 3:21PM

    I am so glad that during this second year, you managed to reignite the spark that was kind of trying to die out for a while. It seems as though you are really reinvigorated now and yes, it's contagious!

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LIBBYFITZ 12/10/2010 1:14PM

    Yes do keep blogging, love to hear from you! emoticonCongratualations on it being your second year here at Spark! Welcome year 3! emoticon

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FUTUREHOPE49 12/10/2010 10:02AM

    Congratulations on your sparkaversary. Wishing you a healthy and happy 3rd year with spark.

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Roses Blooming In December!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

I was out watering this morning in San Diego, and even though the mornings are cold, it warms up nicely. I noticed that a few of my miniature rose bushes are blooming (red, yellow and white), and it brought tears to my eyes.

So much loss this year, and still trying to heal from missing my dear cousin (like a sister to me). It's been a real challenge to refit the broken pieces of my heart in any semblance of normalcy. And absolutely beyond belief difficult in getting my life back.

The past couple of weeks have brought more tough stuff - another dear friend. He's suffering from a liver disease that is progressing fast. The thing about this person is that he doesn't want me to ask how he is; he wants to ignore it and it'll all go away.

So, I looked at the roses this morning and smiled through my tears. What a beautiful gift it has been to have had so many amazing people in my life! I'm just selfish in wanting to keep them around for a longer time. I've lost 9 dear friends and family members over the past three years. Not to mention my own life's bumps in the road. But we are all on this ship together and each have our own set of challenges to deal with as we roll through the turbulent seas.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

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NANCY- 12/10/2010 8:06AM

    Right now it is 8 F here.... today's high will be 29 if we are lucky.

There has been a lot of loss in your life, but they have brought so much into into your life. Perhaps your friend wants to be treated like he always has been, not as someone who is ill. He is probably dealing with his loss and wants to hang onto the way things were.

I love the way you think.... "have our own set of challenges to deal with as we roll through the turbulent seas. "
We will get to safe harbor.

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LIBBYFITZ 12/9/2010 6:10AM

    emoticonSo sorry to hear about your friend! glad the roses made you smile!

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JLITT62 12/8/2010 5:10PM

    I think maybe your cousin had something to do with those roses blooming. With your attitude, I know you will pull yourself out of your grief when the time is right. Hearts never go back to normal, but they can find a new normal.

Wishing you the peace of the season.

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PEGGY-BEE 12/8/2010 2:15PM

    It's wonderful that we are given gifts we don't see coming that make us smile and bring joy to our hearts even in grief.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/8/2010 1:56PM

It's amazing how even in the midst of pain, there are moments of extreme beauty. I'm glad that you are seeing them.

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FUTUREHOPE49 12/8/2010 1:14PM

    How lovely that the roses made you smile through your tears. I can understand how you feel about your lost friends and relatives. We have also lost a number recently. Most of my friends were a lot older than me and I have gradually lost them. There are only 2 left now, one in her 80s and one in her 70s. We are lucky to have family nearby.

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IAM_HIS2 12/8/2010 11:51AM

    Oh, how I can relate to that pain, especially this time of the year. My heart goes out to you. So happy you were given the git of roses in December. Hugs to you!!

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