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My newest toy for my container garden.

Thursday, July 14, 2011



It was a perfectly gorgeous day today. There was no humidity and the temps were the low 80's. I have been waiting for a day like this for a couple of weeks now plus my shoulder had to feel up to it. Today was that day!

My girlfriend's husband had made me a 3' x 2' raised bed box for my garden. I am forced to container garden because unfortunately my soil is mainly a combo of sand and clay. I have been gardening in huge flower pots but I have been interested for a while in raised beds for flowers or vegetables. I just needed some one to build one for me. My girlfriend's husband came to the rescue. I had even thought about using a kiddie pool filled with good soil but I was afraid that in the heat the plastic would heat up and leach into the soil and then my veggies. Not so good!

I spent an hour or so puttering in my garden, mostly with the prep of this raised veggie bed. I live behind a boatyard, I am not on the water but I still get the awful reeds that grow near the water in my backyard. They are a pain to weed and take a lot of strength. I needed a good day heatwise and also shoulder wise because this was going to be hard work. My right arm is still very weak from rotator surgery so I had to be careful, used both hands most of the time. I also had to pull all of the other weeds besides the reeds and pull clean an area bigger than the raised bed would be. Oh what fun I had. NOT!

Weeds gone, I raked the area and leveled it out. I am going to plant some seeds from a cantaloupe I had eaten in the area around the box to see if they swill grow in my sand/clay soil mix. I have nothing to lose because I got the seeds for free when I ate the cantaloupe.

I put the box in place and laid a layer of top soil on the bottom. On top of that I threw in a layer of shredded newspaper. Yup you read that right, I had read that online. I watered that well and tomorrow if the mixture has dried out I will add my store bought garden soil and then transplant some of my tomato and red pepper plants to their new home.

If this works out well my girlfriend's husband will build me some more. Here is a good link on raised beds and how to build them:
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Here is a video on how to build raised beds and compost bins from recycled wooden pallets:
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emoticonI wish this was a picture of my garden. It is from the internet. I don't know hot to upload pics. My profile pic was uploaded by a disc.

  
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DEFIANTVEGAN 7/19/2011 11:36AM

    I've seen and heard of the raise Garden containers but I wouldn't have thought they would be successful.

Hmmmmm for now I can only do pots if I did start a garden maybe next year or who knows what I'm able to grow or plant season allowing, now you got me thinking.

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SHARJOPAUL 7/16/2011 9:25AM

    Raised beds are wonderful! Enjoy!

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ANNCHER 7/15/2011 5:01PM

    I like to work in the garden. I go home every day & look at my garden & flowers. Last night I weeded & watered the plants. Right now the dill is taking over my garden. I need the dill for pickles that I make. Enjoy your garden! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 7/15/2011 11:12AM

    I have a couple of raised beds and pots, too. Nothing but a couple sweet potatoes in one of the raised beds and the rest just resting this year. (a long story......suffice it to say we were too lazy to deal with it this year.) Hoping the sweet potatoes do something good! Got a couple of tomatoes so far, but it's not looking good for any more, even tho there are a few small ones and blossoms on there! That internet pic you posted here is really nice. Wish I had a great place to put that many beds that would get the right amount of sun all day. Maybe I'd do better! hehe
Glad your shoulder is letting you do more stuff, now! Just be careful not to re-injure it or injure the good one while protecting the fixed one! emoticon

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SECRETMUSIC 7/15/2011 8:03AM

    You will love your raised bed, Yvonne! I have been square-foot gardening for 30 years, so if you should have any questions, please give a holler. Enjoy!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 7/15/2011 7:40AM

    Great job and workout! The garden looks great.....mmmmm...all those fresh veggies and herbs. Good for you!



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DROPPINGTOSHOP 7/15/2011 1:27AM

    The garden is looking good! Would love to have raised beds but need to get the yard fenced in first. Too many rabbits and animals around that would eat my veggies for a snack. emoticon

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PONYFARMER 7/15/2011 12:02AM

    I thought you said that you had no camera. I love the pics tho so thanks for putting them up. I envisioned them being higher, like with legs.

I have two horrible knees that just will not allow me to kneel or squat or bend over for very long. I am truly a mess.

But I love what you are doing their, so keep going.



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NATALIE225 7/14/2011 11:29PM

    Sounds great! I'm moving in a couple weeks and I'm thinking about starting a garden when I get my own place. It'll probably have to be in flower pots though, as I lack a yard. Good luck to you...I hope this works out well!

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L*I*T*A* 7/14/2011 10:41PM

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EGRAMMY 7/14/2011 10:40PM

    emoticon A little fellow for your container garden. So glad you have these toys.

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Thank God our heatwave broke...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Yesterday Newark, NJ which is about an hour north of me hit 99 degrees and that was without the humidity factoring in. After I took my afternoon walk (late afternoon) although the temps and humidity were dropping I wasn't ready to shut my a/c off yet. I just went out to get my mail and there was a nice breeze and no humidity. I immediately went and shut the a/c off and opened the windows. I just love the fresh air!

money is very tight right now as I am still out of work. I keep my air set at 79 t0 80 degrees just to take out the humidity and have all my fans going to circulate the air and keep it cool. Draw all the shades to keep the sun out. Next thing to do is I am going to throw a load of laundry in because I refuse to run the dryer when the a/c is on. Waiting for the sun to set and then I will go out and water my garden. The plants look all wilted from today's heat. I have to water them daily because when you container garden the plants and soil dry out faster.

Excuse me while I run around doing the emoticon Happy Dance in between starting the laundry.

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FUNGRANNY72 7/14/2011 4:06PM

  I am glad it has cooled down for you. I live in Hernando, MS and we have been having temps in the high 90's for the past few days. If you factor in the humidity the heat index has been in anywhere from 103 to 111. It is miserable. I stay inside because this kind of heat and humidity just wrecks me. They are saying there is a chance of rain this Saturday and Sunday. I hope they are telling me the truth.

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OLDERDANDRT 7/14/2011 10:59AM

    Yes, thank you, it has cooled nicely here, too! What a relief!!! I have container plants, too. I've been having to water the tomatoes twice a day in the 100 degree (and the 90's) heat! They do dry out fast! Happy Dancing with you!!! emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 7/14/2011 9:50AM

    We had a nice break for a couple days, I need to cut the grass today before it heats up again for the next 5 days, we are suppose to have heat in the 90's with humidity making it feel over 110 and the only A/C we have is in my bedroom. Going to be a tough few days.

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 7/14/2011 4:42AM

    I sympathise so much. i can't stand the heat!! emoticon emoticon

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 7/14/2011 1:10AM

    Glad your heat wave broke. You would be cold living in Oregon. It was partly cloud/sunny today and about 68. Hopefully summer is right around the corner for us.
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DS9KIE 7/13/2011 11:23PM

    Yes it was 88 instead of 99 woo hoo... I saw Saturdays temps....yikes over 100 degrees.

Man I got the wildest Thunder storm last night... Thunder, lightening (which knocked out the lights for 5 minutes) and I thought it was raining very hard and was very windy and then it was raining so hard, it was a big wall of water. I have never seen it pour rain so hard. The street looked like a river with wind blowing.

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L*I*T*A* 7/13/2011 10:57PM

    so happy to hear things are getting better.....
enjoy the cooler days....
blessings and hugs......lita

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WISEDUP1 7/13/2011 9:55PM

    Did you hang your clothes out to dry? That is my goal this summer! So far, I have dried 2 loads. My hopes are still high that we will have more nice weather soon in the Pacific Northwest!

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EGRAMMY 7/13/2011 9:19PM

    Glad your heat wave broke. emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 7/13/2011 8:51PM

    We have been having very unusually high temps of 103-105 the last week or so. Today we finally got a break at 90 degrees. Take care and stay cool! emoticon

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 7/13/2011 8:50PM

    The heat broke here too...whew! Good time for your walk lat in the day and watering your garden too. I give my garden good soaks in the morning and sometimes again at dinner time depending the heat of the day.

Keep on dancing my friend! You look so cute dancing.

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WILLOW49 7/13/2011 8:22PM

    Much cooler here today...only in the 70s. Brrr! lol

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MARYHOLMAN 7/13/2011 8:19PM

    I think I'm fortunate even though I live in my mom's basement. It's always much cooler down here and I don't have or need an air-conditioner-just a fan.

Keep your little green friends safe emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/13/2011 8:02PM

    LOL We're still in spring time in the 60's rained ahrd yesterday. I'm in Portland, Oregon well south of it in Oregon City.

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MY TEACHER (joke)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Our teacher asked us what our favorite animal was, and I said, "Fried
chicken."

She said I wasn't funny, but she couldn't have been right, because
everyone else in the class laughed.

My parents told me to always be truthful and honest, and I am. Fried
chicken is my favorite animal. I told my dad what happened, and he said
my teacher was probably a member of PETA. He said they love animals very
much.

I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef. Anyway, my teacher sent
me to the principal's office. I told him what happened, and he laughed,
too. Then he told me not to do it again.

The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal
was.


I told her it was chicken. She asked me why, just like she'd asked the
other children.

So I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken.

She sent me back to the principal's office again. He laughed, and told
me not to do it again. I don't understand. My parents taught me to be
honest, but my teacher doesn't like it when I am.

Today, my teacher asked us to tell her what famous person we admire
most.

I told her, "Colonel Sanders.."

Guess where I am...???

  
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JESSESGIRL9 7/14/2011 9:26PM

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    funny

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 7/13/2011 1:26AM

    This is a good one.
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BUTTERFLYAT38 7/12/2011 11:50PM

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 7/12/2011 6:36PM

    That's so funny!


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TEDYBEAR2838 7/12/2011 4:26PM

    OH Gosh, that is TOO FUNNY!

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MARYHOLMAN 7/12/2011 3:37PM

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SKYRUNHER 7/12/2011 3:26PM

    LOL that's too funny!!! I love it!

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I harvested my first veggie from my garden...

Monday, July 11, 2011

I have been picking a lot of basil from my garden and either using it in my salads or freezing it but basil doesn't count. I was finally able to pick some cucumbers from my garden. emoticon
I am container gardening I might add as my soil is the pits so if I can grow veggies like this anyone can.

It looks like I will be able to pick 2 tomatoes soon and a yellow summer squash so the garden is beginning to thrive. My red pepper plants have plenty of buds on them but no little peppers are starting to form as of yet.

I just posted 2 recipes to SparkRecipes as I faithfully use my Nutrition Tracker to track my food. It is just so much easier when you have the recipes in there already programmed in and when you make them all you have to do is point and click.

I know since it just came from my garden the cucumber would have been delicious as it because it was just picked. It would have been nice and sweet as is by just taking a bite and eating it . However, I was in the mood for something hot and spicy and also stay Raw so I made Cucumber Kimchi. You can also do the same thing with zucchini and we all know how much of those you get in the summer so I also added Zucchini Kimchi because I know I will be eating a lot of that this summer as well. My summer menu is pretty much a salad of some sort for lunch and a different one for dinner and I like to switch up my choices so I am not eating the same old thing.

Cucumber Kimchi
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Zucchini Kimchi
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NO_SNOW_BODY 7/13/2011 9:26AM

    sounds great

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KIWINURSE 7/12/2011 11:27PM

    I ate fresh lettuce from my garden tonight! I love my vegetable garden though it is a little slow in getting away this year!

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/12/2011 6:26PM

    You are creative, resourceful and such a NEAT PERSON!

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DEVORA4 7/11/2011 9:00PM

  I have never done cukes like that BUT will try it. emoticonI have marinated cukes in vinegar,

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MARYHOLMAN 7/11/2011 8:12PM

    Yesterday I envied your freezer--today I envy your garden. You must live on Heaven Blvd. emoticon

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FUNGRANNY72 7/11/2011 5:25PM

  Congratulations on your first veggie. I hope it tastes good.
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EGRAMMY 7/11/2011 3:51PM

    Cheers for cucumber

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PONYFARMER 7/11/2011 3:09PM

    How are you gardening with a bum shoulder??? I have a few things growing but I need to get more planted, if it is not too late?

What to go spicy girl!

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WILLBOYWONDER 7/11/2011 3:03PM

    That's great. I am a huge fan of cucumbers. I also love squash and summer squash too. I especially like the squash because I slice it up raw for my salads. YUMMY, I think that's a great cache for your first garden treats.

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I love blueberries!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I scored big time last week at our local Aldi's which is a Dutch owned discount grocery store popping up all over the U.S. I bought at the beginning of their weekly sale, which runs Wed. to Wed., blueberries for 99 cents a pint and I thought that was an excellent price. I bought 6 pints and went home and washed them and then froze in 16 oz portions for my smoothies or blue berry sorbet. I had more room in my freezer so I decided to go back on Tuesday and they were marked down to 59 cents a pint. OMG 59! I bought 2 cases of 12. Needless to say my freezer is stocked. I am surprised I haven't turned blue.

I have been eating them just plain washed and popped in my mouth. It makes a real fast meal. I can eat a whole pint with no second though, it is like candy. I have been eating them in my blueberry sorbet recipe or in smoothies. emoticon

Blueberry Sorbet


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Tropical Blueberry Smoothie
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Blueberry Peach Salsa
SUBMITTED BY: EMILYHPERLMAN
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Watermelon Blueberry Banana Split
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Raw Blueberry Cream Pie
SUBMITTED BY: LEWASKO
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Blueberry Vanilla Raw Granola
SUBMITTED BY: HOPEISPOWER

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Banana Blueberry Breakfast Pudding (Raw & Gluten Free)
SUBMITTED BY: KRAVMAGAGIRL

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Raw Blueberry-Apple Scones
SUBMITTED BY: ERIKA00177

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Yup these are all Raw Recipes but there are plenty of cooked cobblers, muffins, pies, etc. in SparkRecipes but I am following a Raw Food Lifestyle. You can look them up as SparkRecipes is such a great tool. You have the recipe and you can just hit the button and the calorie and nutrient account goes right into your tracker.

  
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OLDERDANDRT 7/11/2011 1:49PM

    My Gracie loves blueberries enough to turn into one, too!!! hehe Lucky you finding such a great deal!

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ASHLEEWEBART 7/11/2011 11:33AM

    This type of blog is always good. We need to be made aware of where to find the fruits and vegetables, and to buy them at good prices. What a great dessert! Blueberries are wonderful without adding any other ingredients!

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JREA24 7/11/2011 7:37AM

    That is a lot of blueberries.

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WILLBOYWONDER 7/11/2011 7:22AM

    I love blueberries too. I eat the fresh. But I love dropping in a handful in my salads. I also enjoy having them with a little sweetener, sautéed in a pan and mixing in oatmeal or over toast or my pancakes. They are also great to drop into a smoothie or when I make my shakes. YUM YUM YUM

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ANATASHIKI 7/11/2011 3:03AM

    emoticon but raspberries are still my favorites

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EGRAMMY 7/10/2011 10:13PM

    Love blueb erries. thanks for the blog and recipes

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MRDPOLING 7/10/2011 10:01PM

    OMG Blueberries! They are like the best of the best!

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DEVORA4 7/10/2011 9:57PM

  If some of the other receipes are half as good as Annette'ssmoothie it will be fantastic. Will do!! Thanks so much~ debby emoticon emoticon

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USAINI 7/10/2011 9:22PM

    I don't really know if you guys know it or not but blue berries help decreasing fat from your body. I know this as it was the research done by my friend in my university. She had many published reports too. You can check the web.

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LOOZINITNOW 7/10/2011 8:58PM

    I love Aldis and thanks for the great recipes!!!

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DS9KIE 7/10/2011 7:20PM

    wow we you are sooooo lucky...I just bought blueberries but they were not that good of a deal.

those recipes sound yummy

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WILLOW49 7/10/2011 7:06PM

    That's a great price for blueberries! Like you, I could eat them a pint at a time. Won't be long before I'll be picking them...can't wait.

Thanks for the recipes; going to check them out!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 7/10/2011 6:11PM

    Thank you for the recipes. I want to try a couple of them out.
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KAITLYNSNAMMY 7/10/2011 5:43PM

    Good for you! mmmmmmmmmmmmm

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SCOUTMOM715 7/10/2011 5:39PM

    I love blueberries, eat them every day in my cereal. Great deal too - .59 a pint WOW!! Thanks for the recipes, will have to try a couple. emoticon

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MARYHOLMAN 7/10/2011 5:07PM

    I'm not a big blueberry fan. The only way I eat them is cooked in blueberry pancakes and smothered in syrup---dream on girl emoticon

I do envy you your freezer. I practically have to rent space to find some room in ours emoticon

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PAPPHEM 7/10/2011 5:03PM

    My favorite thing about summer is the berries!! Hitting up my farmer's market today to stock up, yummy!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/10/2011 4:59PM

    Being I don't like recipes with a lot of work to do i think the first two the sorbet and smoothie sould be delicous! thanks! I'll be trying then

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PONYFARMER 7/10/2011 4:52PM

    Dang girl, you are making me hungry for blueberries and I usually do not like them as they are to tart for my taste.

Way to score on the blueberries!!!

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ROSAMARCELLE 7/10/2011 4:32PM

    Sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/10/2011 4:13PM

    The blueberry sorbet sounds great. Going to try some

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DOLLIE6 7/10/2011 4:08PM

    Enjoyed your blog and page. You are on a great journey and what fun we will all have getting to our goal. Keep on Sparking.

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