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Thank You!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I'd like to thank all my great friends and team mates who were kind enough to wish me Happy Birthday.. Nothing could have prepared me for the amount of well wishes, goodies, and Spark Mails. Thanks so much for all of your kindness. Each and every one of you are special to me!

As some of you know, I spent the long weekend in Philly as my son & wife were up from GA. OnSaturday, we drove to Hoboken, NJ to Carlo's Bakery (The Cake Boss) to pick up a birthday cake for me. (Oh yum, best cake I've ever had!) Just a few blocks before reaching Carlo's, we were hit on the front passenger door. My son was driving my minivan. The fellow blamed us for running a red light (I know that did NOT happen), but just minutes before that told my dil "sorry". Thankfully no one was hurt except me. I was hit in my R leg by the door that pushed in. Panic set it because I'm very claustrophobic! Everyone else was out of the car; police, firemen, and ambulances came. I wanted out of that car! Took some doing, but finally I managed to push myself from the passenger bucket seat to the driver's seat, then had help getting my feet out of the car. Medics insisted on getting me in the ambulance. Obviously I didn't want to get inside anything at that point, but they wouldn't listen to me...lol They kept insisting that I go to the ER, but I refused. I was fine (or would be as soon as I got outside again!

Finally we were on our way to Carlo's. Just down the street was a CVS. My son and dil purchased some clear duct tape, white plastic bags, and bungee cords and fixed the door so cold air woudn't blast in on me. (It pays to have a PA surgeon in the family :)

After we got back to Philly, we had supper out with my family and dil's mom. Then we all went back to the hotel for birthday cake and canolis! Oh yum!!! The next morning we had breakfast with my son & dil before they left for GA. That was the best birthday! Nothing else mattered as everyone was okay!

Quite the birthday, huh?!

Thanks again everyone; Spark friends are the best!!!


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TRUELOU 12/3/2010 12:27AM

    A cake fit for a Queen! Glad eveyone's ok:)
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WRITERGIRLMEL 12/1/2010 6:33AM

    I'm so glad you weren't seriously hurt! (And happy belated birthday. I missed it!)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/30/2010 10:10PM

    I'm so relieved that you were not seriously injured!!

Your birthday and you cake sounded wonderful. And I'm srue the best was spending quality time with family.

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/30/2010 7:33PM

    Ok, now I think I'm either going to have to make the drive up to Hoboken for some of that cake or pony up for one the next time they take cake orders for a charity event in south Jersey! Like I said before, glad you're ok. I hope the same can be said for the minivan once it gets repaired! emoticon

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/30/2010 7:33PM

    Ok, now I think I'm either going to have to make the drive up to Hoboken for some of that cake or pony up for one the next time they take cake orders for a charity event in south Jersey! Like I said before, glad you're ok. I hope the same can be said for the minivan once it gets repaired! emoticon

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/30/2010 7:33PM

    Ok, now I think I'm either going to have to make the drive up to Hoboken for some of that cake or pony up for one the next time they take cake orders for a charity event in south Jersey! Like I said before, glad you're ok. I hope the same can be said for the minivan once it gets repaired! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 11/30/2010 7:28PM

    good to hear all ended well and that you had such a great birthday...........
blessings and hugs.......................lita

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SHASTA11 11/30/2010 5:25PM

    I'm so glad your son and dil came up to meet you in Philly for your birthday. I want one of those cakes! You realize you drove almost a hundred miles to get that cake? Good thing it was worth it. You could have sent me and QL a piece!

How bad was the car door damaged? Have you talked to the ins co yet/who's going to pay for it? I hope the police did a report.

I'm glad you had the bestest birthday.

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EAGLES_WINGS 11/30/2010 5:25PM

    So glad you are ok and happy that you had a good time. emoticon

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LINDA! 11/30/2010 5:18PM

    This is going to be a birthday that you will ALWAYS remember!!! I am so sorry about the accident. Hope you are feeling better. emoticon

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WILLOW49 11/30/2010 4:36PM

    THE BEST CAKE I'VE EVER HAD!!!!! emoticon

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SDPARTON 11/30/2010 4:27PM

    Wow!!!! You couldn't have dreamed about a birthday like that, in your wildest dreams! I am so Thankful everyone was ok and that you managed to come out of an accident like that! You truly had a blessed birthday Willow! I am so thankful you could make light of a bad day and enjoy your birthday with your loved ones!
Oh.... The cake had to be to die for;)

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CONNORCOLINSMOM 11/30/2010 3:18PM

    Wow! So glad to hear you are okay and also jealous for eating a cake from Carlo's bakery. My son loves that show and we record it every week. Happy Birthday!

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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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    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!!!!!!


sharon

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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!

DOUBLE APPLE MUFFINS

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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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/4/2010 8:30PM

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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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BARBARAWEBSTER 10/4/2010 4:33AM

    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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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/3/2010 9:01PM

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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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