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Personal Chef Please!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I was listening to sports talk radio on my way to work this morning, and Colin Cowherd was asking the question “What is too over the top?” If you were a billionaire what do you think would be too over the top? A personal petting zoo & amusement park?
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One caller said a personal chef was over the top. I’m telling you….if I was rich, that would be the very first thing on my to do list…..hire personal chef, check….private gym & swimming pool, check….and yes, I do believe I’d go for the home theater, check! But I think of a personal chef with longing…I hate to cook! I like the food I cook, but hate to cook it. Especially after working an 11 hour day. 90% of the times I eat out are because I can’t make myself cook. Wouldn’t it be lovely to come home to a meal personally prepared just for me? emoticon
Ahhhhh wooonderfullll. I’m trying to retrain my brain…(you LOVE to cook, you LOVE to cook)…but mostly my brain says pffffft. emoticon
So I’m struggling a bit right now. I lost some weight and right now I’m fighting myself to keep it off, let alone lose more. I just haven’t won the battle against fast food. Sigh. Maybe I could find a personal chef in training that would come cook for me for free!! It’s a thought….

  
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BEANYGIRL 7/2/2011 7:30PM

  When winter is here I adore my crockpot...you can get one that programs to keep your food warm after it's cooked so you don't come home to cinders and ashes and food that's as tough as shoe leather...I have a friend that 'batch bakes' on the weekend...she makes healthy lasagne in a big batch and then divides it up and freezes it in individual portions...the same with her veggie chili...I'm not that organized but I like the idea and try to freeze leftovers for the 10-11 hour days when I come home and just want to eat a bowl of Cheerios...hope you had a great weekend...hugs, Beany

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WICKEDQUEENTREE 6/30/2011 10:14PM

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MELIVA 6/29/2011 11:30PM

    I'm with Pinkbeanboo on this one. I absolutely love to cook, but hate the clean up. The joke that we have at our house is that I got a dishwasher for our wedding; it's name is Steve. LOL I wanna subscribe to what HiketoHeights said of Mariah Carey, only I want a live in Personal Trainer/Masseuse/Maid...kick my butt, then massage it, then clean up the mess!! The live in masseuse is probably what put this one over the top, right?


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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 6/29/2011 10:29PM

    I CAN COOK!!



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LINN3_5 6/29/2011 8:55PM

    I totally agree with you. A personal chef would definitely be near the top of my list, too. I like to cook, but having to cook two meals (one that my family will eat and one for me) is a major pain! I still have trouble saying no to fast food when we are out and about all day and I'm hungry. I'm slowly getting better though, mostly because every time I eat that stuff now my stomach doesn't feel good the rest of the night. You're doing great, keep up the good work!

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MOMFAN 6/29/2011 7:32PM

    Good luck on finding that!

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PINKBEANBOO 6/29/2011 4:39PM

    I don't mind cooking - it's the clean up I hate.
Except licking the bowl. That's my kind of clean up!
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I would love to have a personal chef. But he'd also have to be magic to be able make me healthy food out of the few healthy foods I like.
I'll dream with ya...
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/29/2011 4:38PM

    Remember when Mariah Carey lost all that weight? She had a trainer living with her who made all her meals and made HER work out. This lady got her down looking amazing. I would get someone like that. Makes me do my workout everyday and makes every single meal. We would all be HOT!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/29/2011 4:26PM

    OK, I have to pinch you to wake you up from your dream, lol. I would love a personal chef too. I hate cooking too, but I force myself to make healthy meals, its one of the keys to weight loss success. Unfortunately we have to take the good with the bad. emoticon

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Hey, Where'd My Goal Line Go?!

Monday, May 23, 2011

So I’m entering my weight for this week and I’m pleased because I went down – not quite a pound - but down is down!
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Then I notice that somehow that darn goal line is getting away from me! I used to be on it or right by it but now, not so much.
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My goal was to go from 308 to 260 by July 20th. I’m currently at 288. So those of you doing the math for us will discover that I need to lose 28 lbs in about 8 weeks. I know the recommended amount is 2lbs per week. I would like to say “The heck with that I’m gonna get my goal!” But the truth is, I’m usually lucky to lose 2lbs per week. So I’m in a quandary….I don’t like to say I can’t do it but I don’t want to be unrealistic either. I feel like Sybil – I am happy that I’ve lost 20lbs but I’m sad and disappointed that I’m probably not going to make my goal.
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Help me spark friends! I need either a kick in the pants or an encouraging hug! I can’t decide which!

  
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MOMFAN 5/24/2011 11:24PM

    Don't beat yourself, learn from the past and move toward the future.

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L3DESIGNS 5/24/2011 5:01PM

    Congrats on losing 20lbs! Move your goal date but keep moving - you can do this!

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GODDESSELLIE07 5/24/2011 3:23PM

    So you aren't on track to hit your target? Move the target! It's not the end of the world. This is a lifetime process, so it's not like you are going to change the way you live on July 20th and go back to your old ways. In order to lose 28 pounds with 2 pounds per week, that should put you right at the end of August... sounds like a goal! You can do it!

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PINKBEANBOO 5/24/2011 3:13PM

    Hooray!!!! on losing 20 lbs. That is awesome.
Just pick a new date & focus on it to get rid of those 28 unwanted friends. You can do it!!

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BABYSOX 5/24/2011 2:06PM

    I think that you should see it as a journey. Some paths are a little longer and take a little more time, but you still get to the end. Congratulate yourself for your accomplishments this far and just imagine how much better it is going to get. Good luck!

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JUICINGJOJO 5/24/2011 12:51PM

    Hi hon! I think you should look at it in a frame that isn't made of pounds. Ask yourself if you feel you are doing all that you could, and should, be doing to work towards your goals? If not, then change up and do more to reach harder toward them. If you are doing all that you can do, and can be proud of your EFFORT, then you are achieving big success in moving toward healthy. Goals are great. I, too, am not going to make my next one on time (below 200 by the end of May). I'm still having to play with my calories versus cardio issue, and I wasn't as good as I should have been last week. This week is going to be better. That is a positive motion, so I'm okay with it in the end. It is all a learning experience. I, too, get disappointed that it isn't as fast or easy as I'd like it to be. I don't want to get into the habit of slacking on my goals, changing them to make them easier, or being too quick to say "It is okay" that I don't make them. Slippery slope for me, so I understand what you are saying. We can do this, though. Because we deserve to be healthy.

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/24/2011 2:35AM

    I don't think goals are set in stone as long as you are working towards them and I think you are then all is good.Slow and steady stays off better .Just keep on working .hugs,Cheri

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MELIVA 5/23/2011 11:38PM

    I'm with WickedQueenTree...how 'bout a little of both...I know you'd do the same for me!

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It's all good. Timelines are just that...a line. This is for life, so if it takes 8 weeks or 18 weeks, it shouldn't matter too much as long as you get there and you will.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 5/23/2011 8:14PM

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Set new goals, this is about a lifestyle change, so if it takes a little bit longer then so be it.

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WICKEDQUEENTREE 5/23/2011 7:33PM

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you choose....

life is fluid and dynamic not static, sometimes we need to make adjustments because life happens to us

you can do this, just maybe not by your original goal, but you can do this

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Tarragon Tuna

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I do a nearly continuous search for new tuna recipes. It's one of my absolute favorite dinners! So low cal, filling and tasty!

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If it wasn't so expensive I would have it way more often than I do. I was a little bit leary about this recipe...tarragon vinegar? Never even heard of it! But I decided to try it. So began the search for tarragon vinegar. It turned up in my local grocery store, so apparently it's not that rare! I did an overnight marinade and I have to say that this recipe was much more mellow than expected. I liked it and will have it again (after all, I now have a whole bottle of tarragon vinegar!). Was it supercalifragilistic? maybe not, but it's a good recipe to have in the rotation. Here it is:

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 pounds fresh tuna steaks

Directions

In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic, tarragon vinegar, dried tarragon and pepper.
Place tuna steaks into the mixture. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours.
Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate.
Grill tuna steaks 8 to 10 minutes per side, until the tuna flakes easily and is opaque in the center.

Enjoy!

  
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MOMFAN 5/14/2011 4:20PM

    Glad you enjoyed it, I think I will pass! Sounds kind of "fishy" to me! LOL

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/13/2011 11:55AM

    I am going to try this too.It sounds great!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/12/2011 4:33PM

    Yum! I think I would eat salmon every night if it weren't so pricey!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 5/12/2011 4:14PM

    Sounds delicious! Are you going to post it on the recipes section?

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MINNIEKS1022 5/12/2011 3:40PM

    LOVE tuna!!! this sounds great. I also like the recipe from williamssonoma.com. Thanks for sharing!

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JUICINGJOJO 5/12/2011 2:27PM

    I am a tuna fan, as well. Our current favorite is lightly grilled tuna steaks with blackening seasoning, sliced over a salad with blue cheese. Yummy. The only two places I have found with good tuna steaks is Winco and Yoke's. Let me know if there is another secret! emoticon

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JANETMT2 5/12/2011 1:08PM

    Mmmm sounds good. I'll have to keep a look out for that tarragon vinegar, so I can try it.

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Promised Picture

Monday, April 25, 2011

I am sure you all were waiting anxiously for the promised picture from my winners dog blog....
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So here it is! Winner's Dog, Moses Lake WA (judge: Mrs. Cartwright) I was having a bad hair day, but luckily Eliot was not!

  
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JOURNEYTO60 5/11/2011 5:59PM

    He is beautiful!

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KLAD_COCKERS 4/26/2011 10:01AM

    Lovely! Congrats again!

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/26/2011 12:52AM

    Eliot is gorgeous and I think your hair looks just fine!

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MELIVA 4/25/2011 11:59PM

    Well no wonder he won...he's perfect! Had to laugh, after winning a major, my friend's dog was excused from her own picture! Glad Eliot wasn't!

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SAFETYSUE 4/25/2011 6:20PM

    CONGRATULATIONS ON A GREAT WIN!
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I HAD TO POST, I LOVE DOGS AND WHEN I SAW YOU WERE IN SPOKANE! I LIVE IN THE TRI-CITIES!!!

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WICKEDQUEENTREE 4/25/2011 6:03PM

    awww

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SHINJU39 4/25/2011 5:43PM

    Beautiful and well done Moses

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JUICINGJOJO 4/25/2011 5:41PM

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PINKBEANBOO 4/25/2011 5:18PM

    No wonder he won, he looks great!
Thanks for posting.
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Winners Dog Happy Dance!

Monday, April 18, 2011

I’ve been showing dogs for about 5 years. It’s been a wonderful hobby where I get to travel and bond with them. I’ve learned so much about grooming and training and showing, it’s kind of fun to think back …..I started off with Australian shepherds. My first aussie was maybe not the best show dog for conformation, in fact he didn’t win a thing – but I learned alot from him…. So he got snip snipped, moved to performance events like rally and obedience, and excelled because he’s a smarty pants!
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My second aussie, is a nice looking dog…but still not a big winner in the ring. (snip!) but still, I learned more… He’s currently in training to start rally. I have a feeling he may strain my limited dog training skills! Lol!
I then decided to get a Springer Spaniel. I’ve always loved them but still did my research, asked all the right questions, found a wonderful breeder, and along came Eliot.
Now for all of you who don’t speak dog show-ese…here’s a simplified primer…the way it works is all male dogs (called dogs) and all female dogs (called bitches) first compete separately within their breeds to see which male is the best of the males and which female is the best of the females. (there are other things that come into play like age group and, in some breeds color, but that would just make it more confusing…) They are judged on how they compare to the breed standard. Then finally, the best female, the best male and all special champions for the breed, go into the ring for Best of Breed which is the best over all out of both sexes. Everyone thoroughly confused yet?!
Well as you may have guessed from the title of this blog…Eliot, in his first “official” AKC show, was Winners Dog!! Best of the male dogs!
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I was so happy I almost got teary eyed in the ring! Not that he cared, he just knew that somehow he had made me very happy and enjoyed the hugs and kisses!
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Needless to say, it was a great day. When I get my winners picture I will definitely share!

  
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MARAHAB 4/19/2011 9:57PM

    Congratulations! I bet he benefited from all the training you put into your first dogs! But, being partial to spaniels myself, I can see he is a winner in all categories!

Sounds like a really fun hobby for you!

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KLAD_COCKERS 4/19/2011 10:50AM

    I know the thrill of getting WD! HUGE congrats to you and Elliott!

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/19/2011 2:28AM

    Eliot has my vote, and always has. Not only is he beautiful, but a real love. emoticon
Wish I could have been there!

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/19/2011 12:30AM

    We had long ago declared Eliot a Winner.As faar as I can tell he is simply gorgeous.I may not be a showdog expert but I love dogs and I think anyone with eyes can tell Elliot is special !

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MELIVA 4/18/2011 11:41PM

    It was the tongue, I'm sure of it!! Congrats!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/18/2011 7:36PM

    I am no judge , BUT... he is incredibly gorgeous! I am not surprised emoticon

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way to go Eliot! and Mom!!!

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JUICINGJOJO 4/18/2011 5:40PM

    YAY!!! Showing is a lot of fun, I used to do it when I was a kid. My first dog was an ugly cocker spaniel that someone forgot to tell to grow...hair. Ha! But he was fun. In high school I worked for a kennel and showed Manchester Terriers...they are snooty by nature! I much prefer happy dogs like yours. I can't decide what breed I would want to do now though....hmmm. I have always loved training, I should definitely get back into it!

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LINN3_5 4/18/2011 5:30PM

    Congratulations! Wow, that's amazing! Can't wait to see the pics.

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I can tell by your pictures of him that he is a special guy.
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