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Giving Thanks

Saturday, November 20, 2010

For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped,
For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped,
For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,
For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,
For the cunning and strength of the workingman's hand,
For the good that our artists and poets have taught,
For the friendship that hope and affection have brought --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the homes that with purest affection are blest,
For the season of plenty and well-deserved rest,
For our country extending from sea unto sea;
The land that is known as the "Land of the Free" --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/25/2010 9:13AM

    Love it!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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LINDA25427 11/24/2010 8:04AM

    Great . !!! Happy Thankgiving !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/21/2010 9:58PM

    Great poem!!

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SQUASH@34 11/21/2010 9:55PM

    I find myself spending far too little time feeling thankful. I am blessed richly and am very thankful.

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JIBBIE49 11/21/2010 7:41PM

    emoticonI'm always thankful for having been born an American. My mother's mother was a full blooded Cherokee Indian who lived free in Illinois where the tribe ran a sawmill business. She was born in 1890 and got married at 14 and had my mother in 1908 when she was 18. My grandfather was an Englishman from Wales. I always think about how lucky I was to have my Grandmothers hardy genes as I know she was young and healthy.
I know how it is to have a difficult year. Last year I dealt with my son's Testicular Cancer & his surgery and Chemotherapy, and then my horrible gallbladder mess that caused me to regain 33#. So this year, I spent most of the time just getting that back off. This morning I was 165.2# on the scale and last year in July when I had the gallbladder attack, I was 169# so that is pretty awful that I've gotten no further than that, but regaining is bad. So, I'm just determined in 2011 to get the rest of it off. And I know I will. emoticon

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DINGALLSTOO 11/21/2010 8:11AM

    we have a lot to be thankful for

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TRUELOU 11/20/2010 10:32PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!
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RAINBOWFALLS 11/20/2010 7:49PM

    Very nice.

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L*I*T*A* 11/20/2010 7:35PM

    great reminder to counting our blessings
blessings and hugs.........lita

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ZUMBAWITHTASHA 11/20/2010 7:33PM

    I Give Thanks For Everything!

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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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