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Most of you remember the song but not the words

Monday, August 22, 2011

I only wish the pictures that come up were slower to post but they can't be because the tempo of the song is so fast. This is pure genius. I always sang along but now seeing these pics it means a whole lot more.

We Didn't Start The Fire

If you don't do anything else the rest of the day, do yourself a favor now and just watch/listen to this video. Read the stuff first so you can tell what's going on..... It's awesome!

This song and its title was the answer to one question of Final Jeopardy -- only one person got it right. Question was (paraphrased): "What 1980's song do history teachers praise for its educational value?"

I never could understand all the references on Billy Joel's song -- fortunately, with this VIDEO, given the pictures, now I can "see" what my "ears" couldn't.

Apparently, it's Joel's homage to the 40-years of historical headlines since his birth (1949). Wish I could have appreciated the depths of this song when it was released. Twenty years later, I'm in awe of what Joel was able to put into music and lyrics lasting only a few minutes.

Whether you are a Billy Joel fan or not, you probably remember his great song, 'We Didn't Start the Fire.' Here it is, set to pictures... Very, very cool. Had to share this one. It's a neat flashback through the past half century. I never did know the words. Turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy a review of 50 years of history in less than 3 minutes!

Thanks to Billy Joel and some guy from the University of Chicago with a lot of spare time and Google.

Top left gives you full right lets you pause. Bottom left shows the year. The older you are, the more pictures you will recognize.

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BLONDIE410 8/26/2011 12:47AM

    I never got the lyrics, when I was young thanks for sharing..

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1COUNTRY_GAL 8/23/2011 4:01PM

    Thank you for sharing this, emoticonThank you Julie for sharing with me!

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SASSYBLONDE69 8/23/2011 3:10PM

    I was lucky enough to have an english teacher who used music as a teaching aid (the use of dissonance to set the mood in Dire Straits "So Far Away", Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire", to show how words in rhythm help us remember the content). He was an excellent teacher.

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SUSAN134 8/23/2011 1:14PM

    This was great! I had never really 'caught' all the references before and really enjoyed the trip down memory lane (and hearing this song again!) Thank you!


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JULIEFRANCES112 8/23/2011 10:19AM

    Wow! I had no idea what that song was about before. Thanks for sharing with us.

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BESTMEICANBE51 8/23/2011 10:01AM

    I LOVE THIS ! Thank you.

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OLDERDANDRT 8/23/2011 9:48AM

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane! It was nice to hear ( & see ) it again! emoticon

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HEALTHYSLIM2 8/23/2011 3:54AM

    Wow! Can't say I ever really got most (or any?) of those lyrics when that song was so popular! But I was definitely around and that was COOL! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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JOANOFSPARK 8/23/2011 12:41AM

    Very cool........I've always loved that song, and this makes me appreciate it even more. Thanks for sharing. :)

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    This was very good. Thank you for sharing.

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KATHYSCOLLIES 8/22/2011 11:55PM

    I have always loved this song, but never knew half the lyrics, and certainly didn't know what it all represented....

This was very, very ,very cool Yvonne - Thank you so much for sharing it with all us old codgers... LOL

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/22/2011 11:07PM

    I knew the references in the song - it's one of my favorites - but it is so much more vivid with the pictures!

I am OLD!

Thanks, Yvonne!!

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BUTTERFLYAT38 8/22/2011 11:00PM

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SCOUTMOM715 8/22/2011 9:22PM

    emoticon Love that song!!

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HEALTHYDEBRA 8/22/2011 7:50PM

    I was just telling my daughters about this song a couple days ago. They were asking about Billy Joel. I had thought I had heard most of the references, must now I realize that I missed probably 70% of the references. WOW. Also, I thought I understood the meaning, but I didn't. Interesting post.
Thanks! emoticon

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BOOKWERME 8/22/2011 5:28PM

    Cool! torn between watching the pictures and trying to read all the captions (I don't remember some of that stuff).

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SANDYZEE 8/22/2011 5:15PM

    You sure can write!!

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    Thanks Yvonne... very cool! emoticon emoticon

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CANBDONE 8/22/2011 3:42PM

    Now that's what I call fun!

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APIRLRAIN888 8/22/2011 2:48PM

    interesting... I knew the lyric but to that detail! WOW

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L*I*T*A* 8/22/2011 2:48PM

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MRDPOLING 8/22/2011 2:40PM

    Super awesome workout song too!

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HELIDOC65 8/22/2011 2:02PM

    One of my favorite songs!

Thanks for taking the time to post it, like the slide show.

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Observations on Growing Older

Sunday, August 21, 2011


~Your kids are becoming you...and you don't like them...but your grandchildren are perfect!

~Going out is good..
Coming home is better!

~When people say you look "Great"... they add "for your age!"

~When you needed the discount, you paid full price.
Now you get discounts on everything... movies, hotels, flights, but you're too tired to use them.

~You forget names.... but it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!

~The 5 pounds you wanted to lose is now 15 and you have a better chance of losing your keys than the 15 pounds.

~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything.... especially golf.

~Your spouse is counting on you to remember things you don't remember.

~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.

~Your spouse sleeps better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than he or she does in bed. It's called their "pre-sleep".

~Remember when your mother said, "Wear clean underwear in case you GET in an accident"?
Now you bring clean underwear in case you HAVE an accident!

~You used to say, "I hope my kids GET married...
Now, "I hope they STAY married!"

~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..

~When GOOGLE, ipod, email, modem....
were unheard of, and a mouse was something that made you climb on a table

~You tend to use more 4 letter words ...
"what?"..."when?"... ???

~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.

~Your husband/wife has a night out with the guys or gals but is home by 9:00 P.M. Next week it will be 8:30 P.M.

~You read 100 pages into a book before you realize you've read it.

~Notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!

~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

~Everybody whispers.

~Now that your spouse has retired ...
you'd give anything if he/she would find a job!

~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet ...
2 of which you will never wear.

~~~~But old is good in some things:
old songs,
old movies,
And best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!

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WEDDWT 8/23/2011 2:29PM

    Liver spots, ugh

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SHARJOPAUL 8/23/2011 9:06AM

    Getting older may have some disadvantages, but it sure beats the altenative!

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WILLBOYWONDER 8/22/2011 12:37PM

    Isn't it amazing how our mindset changes as we age. We do and see things so differently than when we were 'youngsters' as my elders would say. I also recall when I was a young kid, I thought my mom was a little strange because she was always so cold. In the winter, she kept the house EXTRA hot and in the summer, the A/C was seldom up very high. Funny that I find myself doing the same thing. Oh the irony of it all.

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KITT52 8/21/2011 8:45PM

    this was so true and great to know it's not just me.....

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    Great post filled with Smiles!! emoticon

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ASHLEEWEBART 8/21/2011 3:44PM

    You'd better believe it! This blog is full of truth, and thanks for the humor which makes it all easier to accept!


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CANBDONE 8/21/2011 3:31PM

    My favorite was the first one...young/ old reminder to cherish the moment.

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MRDPOLING 8/21/2011 3:03PM

    The underwear cracked me up as well!

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SUSAN134 8/21/2011 11:25AM

    Truer words were never spoken! LOL

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WILLOW49 8/21/2011 10:49AM

    emoticon Love it!

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GOOSIEMOON 8/21/2011 9:50AM

    I really enjoyed this post. Thanks!

Have a great day!

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    This is great. Thank you for sharing.

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-ICANDOIT- 8/21/2011 12:22AM

    LOVE this! The underwear really made me laugh!

Thanks for the smiles!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 8/21/2011 12:20AM

    Excellent blog.. .I can totally relate to most of this! Glad to count you as an "old friend". Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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Green Smoothies are a great way to sneak veggies into your kids...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I had such a busy day yesterday so I made Slurp For Sore Eyes (recipe below) that I blogged about the other day because this is really one of my favorite smoothies. Plus I haven't seen many green smoothies using green grapes. I put the whole smoothie in a big glass jar and brought it with me on my travels.

My 1st stop was physical therapy. I told Sherri I have a surprise for you. Have some of this with me, it is Raw and so healthy. We talk about Raw a lot while she works on me. She looked at the jar and then at me. She is like that looks funky. I said exactly, your kids will love it. They'll think it is cool green slime and when they taste it they will want more.

She took the jar but before she would pour some in a cup she smelled it. I'm like just taste it, go for it. She was shocked because although she could smell the spinach there was no spinach taste. She loved it and wants the recipe so she can make for the kids.

Lots of questions if you can taste the spinach, you can't!

Other kid friendly green smoothies:

Basic Green Smoothie

1/2 cup mango
1/4 cup pineapple
1/2 cup strawberries
2 handfuls spinach
Cold filtered water

Blend all in blender and serve!

You can use coconut water or almond milk in place of water
Frozen fruit works well too and it is already cut up if you're in a hurry.

Basic Green Smoothie Formula:

1. A green (spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, cucumber, celery)
2. A fruit (strawberries, citrus fruits, bananas, mango, pineapple, green apples etc..)
3. A liquid (filtered water, coconut water, almond milk)

Blueberry Kale:

1 cup frozen blueberries
2 frozen bananas
2 handfuls chopped kale
2 cups water (or 1 cup water and 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice)
handful of ice

Peach Almond Smoothie:

1 cup frozen peaches
2 frozen bananas
2 handfuls chopped swiss chard
2 T raw almond butter
2 cups water
cup agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla

Peanut Butter Chocolate Green Smoothie

The Laughing Gorilla created by Valya Boutenko

head romaine lettuce
2 ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
2 oranges, peeled, seeds removed
1 mango
2 cups water
Yields 2 quarts

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BUTTERFLYAT38 8/21/2011 9:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon sounds delicious!

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CATIATM 8/20/2011 12:56PM

    Oh! They all sound delicious! emoticon

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SUSAN134 8/20/2011 12:10PM

    I love that the spinach is in there, but you can't taste it!! So looking forward to when I have a blender (or Magic Bullet) so I can try some of these fabulous looking recipes!

Thanks Yvonne for sharing them.


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CANBDONE 8/20/2011 10:50AM

    That's it...I'm getting my juicer out! Have a smooth Saturday!

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L*I*T*A* 8/20/2011 10:32AM

    another great share.....thanks
have a great weekend...
blessings and hugs.............lita

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EGRAMMY 8/20/2011 9:28AM

    from Dr Oz Website.....Dr. Oz Green Breakfast drink
Make the breakfast drink that Dr. Oz swears by! This "green drink" is high in fiber, low-calorie and rich in vitamins.

2 cups spinach
2 cups cucumber
1 head of celery
1/2 inch or teaspoon ginger root
1 bunch parsley
2 apples
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Combine all ingredients in a blender. This makes approximately 28-30 ounces, or 3-4 servings.

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DISP715 8/20/2011 9:25AM

    Sounds yummy! I just started making smoothies and I really like them. The one I make is the "oh so smooth smoothie" (recipe on SP). It has almond milk, banana, protein powder, coconut, pineapple and spinach. I love it. It is easy for calories to add up in smoothies, I was surprised by that. But, I feel like I'm having a milk shake and getting my veggies/fruits at the same time. Thanks for these recipes, I plan on trying one this morning! HUGS!

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The best smoothie I have had in a long time.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sorry 2 recipe blogs in a row but I just made this and it is emoticon Many of us in the Raw Food Community, not just my team but worldwide are celebrating International Smoothie Day. It originally was supposed to be on the 15th but the dates changed as they couldn't get the recipes out by then and have everyone stock up on the ingredients. It is going to be a 3 day event with nothing but smoothies for all 3 meals. Well I just tried this one for breakfast.

This is a variation of A Slurp for Sore Eyes by Stacey Terry. The original recipe calls for fennel which I did not have in the house, so I just increased the amounts of some of the ingredients.

This sweet and fruity green smoothie is pure eye candy!!

1 large banana
1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup green grapes
2 cups spinach
water (or ice) as needed for blending

Original recipe calls for 1 small fennel (greens and bulb). If you add this in please add in the fennel calories into your tracker as my recipe has deleted the fennel.

Combine all ingredients in a blender blend until smooth.

Makes 3 servings and each cup comes in at only 93.4 calories.

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DEANNAADELE 9/4/2011 5:42AM

  emoticonI am back (devora4) this is my real name, I found that I missed some of you good folks a lot! Hope Irene was not too bad for you. Love and hugs deanna

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EGRAMMY 8/19/2011 6:05PM

    What fun. thanks

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LGAR519 8/19/2011 10:15AM

    Really!!! Spinach with fruit!! Sounds icky. Are you sure it tastes good.? I really need to find a way to slip in some hated veggies. Let me know.

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    sounds most delicious!

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    Sounds very good.

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SUSAN134 8/18/2011 9:49PM

    Yummy and nutritious! Perfect!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 8/18/2011 9:42PM

    sounds good will have to try it sometime

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LOOZINITNOW 8/18/2011 9:41PM

    I love smoothies and have not tried using grapes. Sounds delicious! Time to make a grocery list including all the above ingredients!

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CANBDONE 8/18/2011 7:04PM

    I need to find the courage to mix spinach with fruit!

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    sounds delicious! emoticon emoticon

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TEMPERANCE88 8/18/2011 5:35PM

    Sounds yummy!

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SLIMLILA 8/18/2011 12:14PM

    Sounds very good.. do you use fresh spinach and willit blend in a blender or do you freeze it? And this is it, 3 smoothies for the whole day? Even with diabetes?

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DS9KIE 8/18/2011 11:38AM

    ok more yummy recipes... emoticon

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USAINI 8/18/2011 11:32AM

    i am trying it tonight. :) thanks for sharing

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L*I*T*A* 8/18/2011 10:24AM

    great share....thanks
blessings and hugs..............lita

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How I am keeping cool on a hot day like today?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Well no rain today. I have been kind of spoiled with a rainy overcast week last week that kept the temperatures down. Today is full sunshine and as far as I am concerned it is hot out today. So today I am staying cool by having smoothies all day long.

emoticon I can't say there is no heat in the kitchen because I am not cooking today because most days I don't cook as I am trying to follow a Raw Diet. But today's food prep is a breeze. Just chop things up for the most part and throw in my blender.

Breakfast was my "Chia Chocolate "Tapioca" Pudding" that I topped with fresh strawberries. The longer you let it sit the chia seeds will turn it into a pudding. If you don't let them soak in the fluids it is a nice smoothie.

I made one of my favorite green smoothies which is my Raw Creamy Cucumber Soup for lunch. I could eat this everyday and be a happy camper.

I also had my Raw Beet Salad with Ginger and Oranges which is a very cool refreshing salad.

Raw Beet Salad with Ginger and Oranges

4 two inch beets, peeled and grated
2 large carrots, grated
2 oranges, zested, 1 peeled and chopped, 1 juiced
1/2 inch ginger root, grated and juiced
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt to your taste

Put the beets and carrots in a salad bowl.

Zest the oranges into a jar or bowl for the dressing.

Peel and chop one of the oranges, and add it to the salad.

Squeeze the juice from the other orange into the jar/bowl.

Grate the ginger and squeeze the juice from the pulp into the jar/bowl as well. Add the olive oil and salt, and shake or whisk to combine.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss, then leave it to marinate for 30 minutes, or up to a couple of hours.

Serving Size: 4

I just made and am sipping a green smoothie I just added to SparkRecipes while I write this blog. The whole pitcher full has only 245 calories.

2 large tomatoes
1 large cucumber (didn't peel mine)
3 cups of spinach or baby greens mix
1/2 lemon, juice of
1/2 red bell pepper
1/4 avocado*
1 - 2 stalks celery
1/2 cup water
celery salt to taste (I used sea salt)

*you can use a whole half of avocado but you will need to add in the extra calories to your tracker.


Blend the tomato, cucumber and lemon juice first, until the mixture is liquid.

Add in red bell pepper, spinach or baby greens, and avocado progressively, pushing with the celery stalks until the entire mixture is blended.* Add in a half cup of water.

Add in the "celery salt" to taste, or any other favorite seasoning.

* i don't have a Vitamix or Blendtec, I have a Kitchenaide Blender which in my opinion is excellent. I cut into chunks my red pepper, cucumber, and celery before throwing them in.

Serving Size: 1 whole pitcher

I am planning on making a Raw Corn Chowder which is nothing more than 1/4 cup of almonds and 2 ears of raw corn blended with some spices. I'll probably add a pinch of sea salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper. I have my almonds soaking now to be used later. I'm hoping a 1/4 cup of almonds will be sufficient to give me the texture I want.

If I manage to eat all of the above my calorie count for the day will be 1310 calories. 1310 of healthy vitamin/mineral packed nutrients. Can't beat that!
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SLIMLILA 8/18/2011 12:20PM

    These sound very healthy, but I guess it will take a while before I can feel like no meat is healthy and meeting all my nutrients. If I did this regularly and saw my diabetes numbers going down, that could help to convince me, couldn't it!

BTW, if the raw diet gives the beautiful, healthy skin you have, that would certainly be another encouragement to get serious about it. still investigating....

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DEFIANTVEGAN 8/18/2011 10:38AM

    Did you add the recipe on Sparks Recipes?


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CATIATM 8/18/2011 8:31AM

    Yum! Some of those recipes sound delicious! emoticon

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SUSAN134 8/17/2011 10:56PM

    My blender is broken - have to get one of those Magic Bullets cause these sound yummy!

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    What a YUMMY blog! Thanks for sharing your day of treats with us. Keep COOL my friend! Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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MRDPOLING 8/17/2011 4:32PM

    I had an orange cream fickle smooth for breakfast. Freshly juiced oranges and vanilla soymilk. Was soy yummy. Hehe

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MJK0430 8/17/2011 4:02PM

    Thanks for posting your menu. I'm still new to raw and need all the ideas I can get.

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DAWN_MIRANDA 8/17/2011 3:57PM

  What a great idea, making smoothies all day long! I have a book with tons of smoothie recipes, but I never think to use it. Here in Florida, it's incredibly hot, and we hate mealtime, because it heats up the whole house to cook anything. I'm definitely going to try your recipes and spend a day with my blender. Thank you!

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DEFIANTVEGAN 8/17/2011 3:56PM

    Wow that's not bad for those amounts of calories.

I love corn and that Raw Corn Chowder sounds Yummy thanks for the recipes.


By the way I wish it was hot out here in Cali as I haven't seen a summer yet I'm very disappointed in the summer this year so far. If it continues it would be 2 years in a row. emoticon don't hate me please. emoticon

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