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Warsaw Cafe inspired Valentine's Day Menu

Sunday, February 14, 2010

My Hubby & I cook for a group of Sr. Citizens every month. They requested 'cabbage rolls' for Valentines Day so this is the menu we are preparing. They love trying new things & enjoy my Hubby's creative cooking skills. I thought I would share this one since it is a rather interesting and entertaining:


Borscht (Beet Soup w Sour Cream garnish)
Cannelloni Salad

Gwumpkies stuffed with ground veal, polish sausage, onions, rice, mushrooms & herbs
Stuffed Red & Yellow Peppers - with ground turkey, finely chopped vegetables & fresh ground fennel

Fresh Green Beans
Steamed Cabbage Hearts

Sugar Free Applesauce or Pear Halves with Cinnamon Hearts
Dove Chocolate Hearts & Hershey Kisses
ChocoVino - a product of Holland

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ASHLEEWEBART 8/1/2010 10:27PM

    The food sounds delicious. How kind of you and your husband to prepare a nice special meal each month for the group of seniors!

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CMINDYC 2/23/2010 8:46PM

    WOW sounds very tasty!

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TAZZIE5 2/16/2010 11:37AM

    I actually had left overs for breakfast yesterday & today. It turned out divine. My Hubby is a fantastic chef.

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MSLZZY 2/16/2010 11:12AM

    I am so glad to hear that other people know what "halupsa" is. That is the Russian name for cabbage rolls. The German name escapes me right now but it is a family favorite. What a wonderful menu. I am sure they enjoyed it immensely! emoticon

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Goodbye My Sweet Cafe Vienna!

Friday, February 05, 2010

I posted this as a response to inquiries on my feed so forgive me if it is a duplicate to the few who read it there.

I quit drinking my divine Cafe Vienna on my 58th birthday last Oct. I had a cup last month for the 1st time & thoroughly enjoyed it, but did not have another until 2/4/2010 - so I guess that is 1 cup/mo.!!

I've turned to hot tea in the morning & really enjoy the huge variety of caffeine free tasty flavors available. After learning thru SP that any sweetener or cream ruins the benefits of tea, I was able to rule that out & just enjoy the flavor of the teas.

The nice part of this change is that my weight has finally started to stabilize after 2 yrs of constantly climbing. That was a result of nicotine withdrawal. The reversal seems to be caused by caffeine withdrawal.

I finally feel like I can make my way back down the scale and get stabilized w about 10 lbs. gone forever!

My only regret is not giving up the coffee sooner!!

Look at these stats I finally figured out:

1 cup of Cafe Vienna = 70 calories
70 x 365 = 25,550 calories (sometimes I had a 2nd cup)

If 1 lb of fat = 3500 calories
My coffee alone could potentially = 73 lbs in 1 yr!

My 1 cup/mo. = 70 x 12 = 840 calories

So I won't miss my favorite morning drink of the past 10+ yrs, but I will look forward to that 1 morning each month that seems perfect for me to enjoy a cup down to the very last sip!

Thank you SP for leading me to this revelation. I am sorry to be such a slow learning, but it is finally sinking in!

I am curious if anyone else has ditched a staple from their past & did the math like this?

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CHERI*ANN7 2/10/2010 11:50PM

    I have also given up coffee in favor of tea, which I have always loved...and all soda/carbonated drinks. They seem to raise my blood pressure as well.........so out they go!!


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ANNARUTH2 2/8/2010 1:32PM

    I use to love to drink caffiene free Diet Coke but now I only have it rarely. Any cola will leach the calcium out of your bones besides the effects of the sweetener on our bodies.

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PERIWINKLE52 2/7/2010 8:16PM

    I did have a hard time giving up diet pop. I especially liked the ones that had caffeine. BUT then at a Dr. visit she told me that Aspartame is like putting your brain in Formaldehyde. Not so hard to go w/out when I think about that. They do make a diet coke with Splenda, but I haven't had any in a long time. Great post Tazzie!

Comment edited on: 2/7/2010 8:16:38 PM

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DEB007 2/5/2010 2:54PM

    Well girls, Coffee and tea have never been my thing. But I use to love diet pop which is just as bad. Well I only had one glass if diet pop (Coke) in Jan, and couldn't handle it. So now I just wonder if I will feel the same about the non cola types. I use to love Fresica or diet squirt. Haven't had any of them in a long time. So its safe to say that I"m a all water girl now, and all the trips to the potty prove it!!! hehe

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LINDA25427 2/5/2010 11:22AM

    Good blog, thanks for sharing .
I gave up lozengers over a yr ago, my throat was always dry so I kept them or a piece of hard candy in my mouth most of the time . Now I buy the grapefruit 0 calories Tic -Tacs.I gave up soda's and coffee years ago .I only drink decaffinated tea, black . I haven't had any breads for over a week now ...doctors orders, but still no change on the scale.
If you cut 5 calories aday for a yr. You can lose over half a pound think about what you would lose if you gave up something that you really didn't need to eat everyday .

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MSLZZY 2/5/2010 11:12AM

    I have never been terribly fond of flavored coffee so this wouldn't be an issue with me. I do love my morning cup of tea. It relaxes me and makes my day get off to a good start.
Slow learner? Aren't we all? emoticon

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January Goal Met - My Feet are Healed!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Hear Ye - Hear Ye! My Feet are healed!

As of 1/28/2010 - I was released from the Podiatrist's care and able to wear normal shoes again! The men's extra wide slipper/shoes have helped see me thru the past 4 wks.

My January goal has been met & I am grateful to my SP friends for praying me thru this issue. I never knew ingrown toenails were such a big deal, but encourage anyone who has this condition to take time & have it taken care of professionally. I learned the hard way that a Nail Salon is not the proper way to keep feet healthy. Pedicures are great for feeling pretty - not doing mini-surgery on your piggy toes!

Please pray my Feb. goals go great too!! To get my engine revved up again, I intend to return to water aerobics & take golf lessons.

Blessings to all who pass thru & glance at this blog! My prayers for your January goals to be met too!

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LINDA25427 1/31/2010 5:37AM

    I will continue praying for your feet and for you to have a great Feb. God bless. emoticon emoticonTake care .

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LINDA25427 1/29/2010 4:02PM

    Hi there it is great that you are doing so well. My new son-in-law-,daughter and younger son are getting into playing golf. They seem to like it and said it was fun . My husband and I never got interested in golf. Maybe someday .Good luck with your lessons .Praying for you .Hope you have a fantastic Feb.God Bless . Hugs emoticon emoticon

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PERIWINKLE52 1/29/2010 3:06PM

    I'm so glad for you Tazzie - nothing like a little freedom and restriction lifted to get going again! Will be praying. Continue to keep us posted - that way we don't feel totally deprived of your input, encouragement, struggles, victories, etc.

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MSLZZY 1/29/2010 10:39AM

    emoticon Back to your activity now that the toes are healed!
Swimming and gold lessons-sounds like fun!

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My Update

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

In order to conform with my team, I am posting a blog.
I want to thank my supporters for seeing me thru a strange winter - the first in our new home.

Good News! My feet are healing from their trauma of 12/28 & 1/14 (having chronic ingrown toenails permanently removed by a Podiatrist). I am finally (sorta) out of my mens size 7 extra wide slippers (for church & special outings only)!
I am SO eager to start golf lessons around Feb. 1 - toes & weather permitting!

We have had a wicked winter for North Texas. Our 6th snowfall is expected later this wk. We've had the frozen pipes & all - blizzard, white christmas & all that jazz. The only one that impressed any of us was the 1st on Dec. 2. Thereafter, we had had enough of the white stuff! Unfortunately, more is expected to come our way this wk.

More Good News! We have been searching for a new home church since moving to The Ranch 5 months ago & think we finally found someplace to call home! We still have 2 others to investigate as possibilities, but are getting closer to becoming members of a new church. That is always the most difficult transition for us to make a move. We truly loved our last church & were quite involved in several ministries there as well as the one before & the others prior to that. They all remain very dear & near to our hearts.

I am currently battling an aggravating pain in my back ribs that I think is related to a possible kidney flare up moreso than my reoccuring spinal problems. Please pray the probiotics, cranberry juice & other over-the-counter remedies work so I don't have to take time out for a Dr. apt.

I missed my 1st Water Aerobics Class this morning because of this pain.
I also missed a 2nd Country Western Dance Class tonight.

However; tomorrow we are joining a bus load from the Ranch to go to a Rodeo.
And Hubby joined the Ranch Softball League - bought his cleats & glove too!
We also joined the Ballroom Dance Club so will be learning the Rumba prior to the Valentine's Dance on Feb. 13.

Lots going on - which is why I am not very active on SP these days.

I appreciate your understanding & continued support.

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PERIWINKLE52 1/27/2010 7:46PM

    Hey girl - when your toes are completely healed, we won't see much of you at all. emoticon
With all that you're dong now with still recovering!! Real life is more important than cyberville, but we do have a great encouraging team! We'll take what we can get so don't forget us totally!! Which I know you won't.

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MSLZZY 1/27/2010 7:03PM

    Your physical health will return so give yourself time to heal adequately. Spring and golf will be there long before we see it here LOL! I can understand your distaste of winter. This has been an unusual winter for us and we are
accustomed to snow and cold. We don't like it, just tolerate it. I would say we've had at least 40 inches of snow so far. Not a record but certainly more than average. Take care and keep in touch!

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LVSHOPE 1/27/2010 3:06PM


I know what its like to have less time for online SP and other thinks as well.

I felt the need to add a face to face group back in the fall. It has been helpful but decided I could balance both.

Exciting to hear you've retired. Tis a new chapter of your life. I'm 65 and thinking of taking the plunge over the next couple of years. Hope you'll check in with us as your able.

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DEB007 1/27/2010 8:18AM

    Tazzie,you truly have a full life and that is what retirement is about. Getting to do all the things you love. Praying that you will continue to recover from your foot problems and that the over the counter stuff will take care of the issue for you.
It sounds as if you have gotten more snow this winter than we have in Michigan. We haven't gotten a lot of snow, but the temps have been really cold and that shows up in a high gas bill of about 280.00 that can kill a budget!
Tazzie, I took the summer and fall off from spark, not so much from being too busy but because of so much joint pain. And through that pain I managed to be a little active doing the things I love, biking and camping. Now that I have a handle on things,I'm back on here and doing what I need to do! So pop in any time you like even it its just to blog and let us know what your up too. Sorry we can't let you go completely we LOVE you to MUCH!!! Deb

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DEUCE119 1/27/2010 7:14AM

    Nice to hear from you Tazzie. Anytime you write, I am ready to listen. The snow this year has been bad. But I am in th enorth so it is expected. Lets hope that yours is about done for the season. Sorry to hear about the toes. That sure makes doing most things difficult. Hard to have a good time when your feet are sore. You sound like you are transitioning well into your new home. Glad things are going well. Miss you everyday, but we all get busy. emoticon emoticon

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"It is well, it is well with my soul."

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Saturday December 26
This week's promise: God will give you peace
How is it with your soul today?

"For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory."

Psalm 32:7 NLT

If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7 NLT

Peace like a river
"H.G. Spafford was a businessman in Chicago. He was a dedicated Christian. He had some serious financial reversals and, during the time of readjustment, he lost his home. He realized his family needed to get away for a vacation. Spafford decided to take the entire family to England.

He sent his wife and four daughters ahead on the SS Ville du Havre. In midocean the French steamer carrying his loved ones collided with another and sank within twelve minutes; 230 people lost their lives. The four daughters drowned, but Mrs. Spafford was rescued. She wrote her husband, "Saved alone."

Mr. Spafford was almost overcome with grief. He had lost his property, his four precious daughters were buried beneath the deep waves of the sea, and his wife was prostrate with grief on the other side of the world. But he put all his trust in God and wrote a song that has comforted thousands since that time:

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
"It is well, it is well with my soul."

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GRANDMANANCY 12/27/2009 6:35PM

    Many years ago I heard this story. I have 4 daughters and could not imagine this happening, or if it did...how could you posibly survive? ....many years later. here I am...with a prodigal....and her 5 children ( she is single) and Deborah with cancer as well as many other trials and tests...I can say "It is well with my soul." He is sovereign. Blessed be the name of the Lord.Praise His Holy Name!

Thanks TAz!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/27/2009 6:21AM

    Tazzie, Thank you for this exceptional blog and for lifting my spirits. I have been so blessed with the peace that God provides.
Blessings and hugs,

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DEUCE119 12/26/2009 10:15AM

    Thanks Tazzie for always lifting my spirirts. Hope your Christmas was exceptional. emoticon

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MSLZZY 12/26/2009 8:58AM

    I am content and I have peace in my soul! God has been very good to me-better that I probably deserve! For that and all things. I am thankful! emoticon

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