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Bye, bye

Friday, October 22, 2010

for a little while :) I'm leaving tomorrow morning to travel from upstate NY to GA for my son's wedding on Oct. 30th. Such exciting times! His birthday is Oct. 31 (a trick and treat!), and our 30th wedding anniversary is Nov. 30th. So much happening in such a short time!

I won't be around Sparks much, but will try to check in a few times while gone. See ya when I return home Nov. 6 or 7th.

Thanks for all of your good wishes :)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/10/2010 10:32PM

    Have a great time!!!!!

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GARDENER091 10/24/2010 11:35AM

    Enjoy and safe travels. How wonderful all of the celebrations!

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GRAMTOTWO 10/24/2010 9:40AM

    Enjoy every moment and have a safe trip.

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LINDA! 10/24/2010 12:26AM

    Anxious to hear about your trip and the wedding!! emoticon

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EMCCLEER 10/23/2010 3:17PM

    Have a great time!!

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SHASTA11 10/23/2010 2:58PM

    Oh, happy, happy days. I'll miss you, even though I know you'll be away for wonderful things.

Come home safe to us. Enjoy the swimming.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/23/2010 2:30PM

    Have fun and congratulations!

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MRS_LOOMIS 10/23/2010 11:02AM

    Have fun here in Georgia! Wave to Marietta as you pass by...

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THAMLEY 10/23/2010 7:58AM

    Hi Willow, Have been really busy, missing you and SP. So Happy this time has come for you, I know how excited you have been. I hope it is a wonderful, perfect time. Have a blast and be safe!
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RAINBOWFALLS 10/23/2010 7:03AM

    Enjoy! I'm so glad to hear you are able to make it. emoticon

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PICKIE98 10/23/2010 4:53AM

    Take some pics to share with us!! Have fun!!

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QUEENPIFFLE 10/22/2010 9:06PM

    Create wonderful memories on your trip. emoticon

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 10/22/2010 8:34PM

    Will be praying for safe journey and traveling mercies for you and that you all have a fabulous time at the wedding!

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DINGALLSTOO 10/22/2010 7:54PM

    have a great time!!!!

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SHERYLP461 10/22/2010 7:00PM

    Have a lovely trip Enjoy

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ADORNED2 10/22/2010 6:13PM

    Enjoy all the Celebrations and May God watch over you til you get back emoticon

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PAISHAR2 10/22/2010 5:36PM

    you are triple blessed!!!!!! i wish you well and happyness and you have a great time for us all!!!!!!


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TRUELOU 10/22/2010 5:21PM

    Congrats and have a wonderful time!

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DORYH20 10/22/2010 4:23PM

    You go and have an emoticontime. And don't you worry, we'll hold the 'Spark' fort down. emoticon

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SHRINKINGDANA 10/22/2010 4:22PM

    Congratulations on all the great stuff happening!

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L*I*T*A* 10/22/2010 4:18PM

    have a great time....
am sure the wedding will be perfect!!!
we will miss you
congratulations on your 30th wedding anniversary!!!
blessings and hugs................lita

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 10/22/2010 4:16PM

    Have a safe and enjoyable time!

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Double Apple Muffins (80 calories)

Monday, October 04, 2010

Here's a favorite of mine!


1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar (I use Splenda)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3/4 cup skim milk
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup shredded apple

In a mixing bowl, beat egg, milk and applesauce. Stir in shredded apple. Add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt all at once. Stir until just moistened. Fill muffin liners/greased muffin tins 3/4 full of batter. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

Nutritional Information (1 muffin):
Calories: 92
Carbohydrates: 19 grams
Protein: 3 grams
Fat: 1 gram
Saturated fat: trace
Cholesterol: 16mg
Fiber: 1 gram
Sodium: 159 mg
Potassium: 61 mg
Calcium: 80 mg

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GETDONE 10/16/2010 6:47PM


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GARDENER091 10/15/2010 10:11AM

    Sounds wonderful. I may have to try these too!

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TIGERCAT05 10/11/2010 9:26PM

    These sound so good, I think I'll make some tomorrow!

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THENEWCINDY 10/11/2010 8:10AM

    sounds great

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2CATS2LOVE1 10/6/2010 7:34PM

    Sounds delicious!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/6/2010 6:44AM

    yummmmm thank you!

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SDPARTON 10/5/2010 7:00PM

    mmmmm.....sounds delcious! Thanks! emoticon

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DORYH20 10/5/2010 8:42AM

    I love muffins, thanks for sharing! I think I will make them for Thanksgiving morning on Monday (Canadian).

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/4/2010 9:14PM

    Now these sound terrific.
I would love to make these.

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MSANITAL 10/4/2010 9:03PM

    this sounds good I made vegan apple bannan muffins this weekend, only 118 calories

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L*I*T*A* 10/4/2010 7:51PM

    will have ot give these a try.......
thanks for sharing.........
blessings and hugs...........lita

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SOFT_VAL67 10/4/2010 7:51PM

    yummie and i just bought a bag of apples and was wanting to use them for something good

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MAUREENV2 10/4/2010 6:58PM

    Sounds delicious. I will try them and let you know.

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NOW2DAY 10/4/2010 6:57PM

    Looks good. Thanks

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Nobby Apple Cake

Sunday, October 03, 2010

I had a request for recipes that use some of those apples I picked ;) Here's my son's favorite!

Nobby Apple Cake

3/4 c. sugar (I use Splenda)
1 c. flour
2 T. shortening
1/4 c. molasses
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
1 t. vanilla
1 t. baking soda
3 c. diced apples
1 egg, beaten
1/4 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Cream sugar and shortening, add molasses, beaten egg and mix well. Add apples, nuts and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients and add to apple mixture. Spread into a greased 8 or 9 inch pan. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

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DIANE929 10/18/2010 5:13PM

    emoticon yummm.....

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VALERIEMAHA 10/7/2010 7:23AM

    YIPPEE!!! Glad you saw my blog title and gave me a "heads up!" It is indeed a delicious dessert! I have two pear trees that just didn't want to stop bearing, so I've been substituting them in apple recipes (i.e., pear crisp, pear cobbler...and NOW nobby pear cake, thanks to YOU!!!)
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SDPARTON 10/5/2010 7:01PM

    Are you using tart apples?

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/4/2010 6:37AM

    sounds good!! i always wondered why they called it nobby..lol.
I use tart apples..i dont much care for overly sweet--and the tart is a great compliment to the sweet cake!!

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    I can't wait to try it. Sounds great! Does it matter what kind of apples you use? I have just bought a bunch of Fuji which are sweet and delish! emoticon emoticon

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SHASTA11 10/4/2010 3:20AM

    I will definatively try this for my kids when we get to LA. Thanks. Looks delicious.

Have a great week.

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TRUELOU 10/4/2010 1:18AM

    Johnny Appleseed would be soo proud of you:)

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QUEENPIFFLE 10/4/2010 12:26AM

    What a wonderful recipe. I will save some from the applesauce canning and give your recipe a go. Thank you.

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L*I*T*A* 10/4/2010 12:01AM

    what an awesome recipe......
thanks for sharing.........
blessings and hugs............lita

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/3/2010 10:17PM

    Now this sounds very good and I bet ist smells so good as it is baking, too.

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7777BEV 10/3/2010 9:13PM

    You know how to make a person hungry! Now I'm thinking I have to go buy some apples...
Thanks for sharing!

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DENI_ZEN 10/3/2010 8:52PM

    MMMMmmm! Thanks for sharing this deeelicious looking recipe with us, Willow! Sounds so fallish, too :) - Sandi emoticon

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DRAGNALONG 10/3/2010 8:44PM

    How much molasses? This sounds great. Thanks.

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DRAGNALONG 10/3/2010 8:44PM

    How much molasses? This sounds great. Thanks.

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GMASPARK72 10/3/2010 8:44PM

  How much molasses?

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Johnny Appleseed Day!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Johnny Appleseed (September 26, 1774 March 18, 1845), born John Chapman, was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. He became an American legend while still alive, largely because of his kind and generous ways, his great leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples.

Have you enjoyed an apple today?!

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TEDDYTEDDY 11/28/2010 9:28AM

    I love apples....just discovered another new one from New Zealand called "Eve." emoticon

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    yes, I ate one for breakfast. emoticon emoticon

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7777BEV 10/3/2010 9:11PM

    It's so funny - I made apple sauce on this day and didn't even know it was Johnny
Appleseed day - must have been in the air!

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QUEENPIFFLE 9/27/2010 9:59PM

    Have you ever tried "Apple Smiles?" Take a red apple, cut into quarters. Take two quarters spreading peanut butter on flesh side of each piece. Line up miniature marshmallow onto peanut butter of one slice. Put slices together and you have a red mouth showing white teeth. It is a good way to get kids to eat their fruit but also a lot of fun. emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 9/27/2010 10:49AM

    What memories this brings back - I always did an apple theme at this time of year when I taught first and second grade! We'd visit an orchard, pick apples, make applesauce and applebutter, read about Johnny, write about our experiences, taste and graph our favorite apples, measure and weigh apples - just about anything I could think of to do with apples! It was always a fun week and was enjoyed by all.
These memories make me miss teaching - but not enough to go back! 35 years was long enough!
Stay positive!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/27/2010 6:30AM

    I have!!! we sing a song in elementary and i cant get it out of my head!!
OHHHHH Johnny Applesed.........lol!!

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    Not yet but we have some.

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TRUELOU 9/26/2010 6:44PM

    Wearing that pan on his head must've been difficult:)

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    Yes, I had an apple for breakfast and it was good. Thank you for the sparkgoodie too.
Have a great week.

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LINDA! 9/26/2010 6:10PM

    Yum. I love apples....

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DENI_ZEN 9/26/2010 6:08PM

    Lovely information about one of my favorite fruits!! My favorite as of late is the honeycrisp apple. It's sweet, crunchy, juicy, and flavorful - just incredible! I like to cut one up and sprinkle on some cinnamon for a sweet treat :) - Sandi emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 9/26/2010 5:03PM

    good reminder............
will be chomping on one soon.........
blessings and hugs.............lita

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/26/2010 4:52PM

    Soon I shall. thanks for the reminder.

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FLORIDAGHOST 9/26/2010 4:49PM

    Thanks for reminding us that today was Johnny Appleseed's day.
We just refilled our apple drawer in the fridge and I love those Mac's. Being from WA state and growing up around apples made Johnny special to us as children.

The Ledgend lives on! emoticon

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Turning the corner

Saturday, September 25, 2010

My valvuloplasty went well on Sept. 16, however the cardiologist wasn't able to open my valve as much as he had hoped...only about 1/2 as much. Still, I've had great relief and hope it lasts. On the way home from the hospital I almost passed out. My blood pressure had been running low while in the hospital, but the nurse assured me that I would be okay once active again. Not so. My blood pressure continued to stay very low. My meds have been changed 4 times, and now I think it's finally right. I've been stable for a couple of days :)

Another major problem for me was great fatigue. I had very little stamina, could barely drag myself a few feet. Also, the severe headaches that I'd been having for months continued. After several days of this, I made an appt. with my doctor. She assured me that all of my blood work was normal, that my great fatigue and headaches were from all of the physical and mental stress I had been through the past 4 weeks. 3 procedures, 2 hospital stays, cancer scare, losing my best friend, etc. My body was telling me I needed to just rest and heal.

I guess she was right as yesterday I felt a bit better, and today I feel better yet. Praise God!

I have a million and one things to do as we leave for my son's wedding in GA 4 weeks from today. Now where is that to-do list?!

Thanks to all of you who have sent Spark mails, commented on my blogs & page, given me goodies, etc. I've tried to thank you each individually, but may have inadvertently missed someone. A special thanks to QL and QJ who have lifted my spirits and kept me going when I thought I couldn't take one more step. You are the best!

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TRAVELNISTA 9/26/2010 9:56PM

    I am so happy to hear that you have gotten some relief even though the Dr. could not open the valve up as much as he hoped for. It only just goes to show what a great fighter you are. I know you have a lot to do before the wedding but you need to take of yourself 1st or you won't make the wedding. Sending healing emoticon and emoticon

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DAWNO64 9/26/2010 8:45PM

    I'm glad you're seeing improvement! Hopefully every day will be a little better and you'll have your old energy back in no time.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/26/2010 12:07PM

    PLEASE if i can do anything..if you need an ear or a shoulder..let me know. I'm working full time with this med change..and i know JUST what you mean. Rest and healing would be nice..i will get my chance in November though!! I think if i slow down now i will shatter into a bazillion pieces.
I am so glad your surgerys are over and you are having glimpses of feeling good. arent they the best?
let me know if i can be of support!!

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LADYGWEN25 9/26/2010 10:35AM

    so glad you're feeling better... get some rest.

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CATTIANN 9/26/2010 8:15AM

    Glad you're feeling better! emoticon

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BETRME100 9/26/2010 8:09AM

    I hope you just keep feeling better and better...and enjoy the upcoming wedding!

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RAINBOWFALLS 9/26/2010 7:21AM

    I'm glad to hear you are feeling somewhat better. Take care of yourself and take time to rest.

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QUEENPIFFLE 9/26/2010 1:40AM

    You have had a time of it but things will be better tomorrow and your attitude sounds great; that is the best thing for healing.
I am new to the Siamese Cat Lovers Spark Team. I have a very active 2-year old seal-point male that runs the house but is a great help to me in my weight loss journey. I bought him a harness and he helps me get in my walking goals although he only likes to go around the neighborhood and get the usual comments of admiration.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/25/2010 10:33PM

    You have been through so much and I'm so glad you are doing better. emoticon

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SAMI199 9/25/2010 8:43PM

    I am so happy to hear youu are finally feeling better. It has been a long road for you. Enjoy your son's wedding!!!!!!
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PATTIANNT 9/25/2010 8:19PM

    So glad you are on the up swing. Remember to rest when you need it. Keep your eye on the prize....your sons wedding! SO glad you are here to share it with him!

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L*I*T*A* 9/25/2010 7:48PM

    you have been through the mill and back so to speak!!!
the great news is you are improving daily.........
wishing and praying you heal quickly.....
all the best.....
blessings and hugs................lita

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DENI_ZEN 9/25/2010 7:31PM

    Willow...what a great deal you've been through with such delicate major surgery. I'm glad you're finally on the mend after so many scares and much sadness... Continued swift, smooth healing to you! - Sandi emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/25/2010 7:24PM

    Prayers have kept you going and getting your energy back. You'll be doing fine. Hugs

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