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Happy Birthday DEBMORSE1!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Today is DEBMORSE1's birthday! Stop by her page and wish her well! Deb has been so supportive and inspirational along my weight loss journey; thanks so much!

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Deb!
Happy Birthday to you!


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SEASHELL71 12/6/2009 7:29AM


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L*I*T*A* 11/21/2009 1:17AM

    thanks for the heads up...............will wish her well..........................have a great weekend......blessings and hugs....................lita

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TRUELOU 11/21/2009 1:17AM

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And only 7 more days till Willow49's birthday:)

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Today I bought a brick.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

emoticon emoticon for all of your comments about my weight loss this week. I am more determined than ever to get 1 more lb. gone by Thanksgiving! I appreciate all of your support and inspiration! I'll reply individually as soon as I have some free time. We've been doing some major renovations to our home lately, and I'm frazzled beyond belief. I want my house back!

Last night I slept for only 2 hours. Too much running through my mind. I joked with my husband this morning that I was going to buy a brick today when I went to the home improvement store so he could "knock me out" tonight if I didn't fall asleep.

Today I bought a brick and taught him how to use it. Good night.

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GETDONE 11/20/2009 10:35PM


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MARGETODAY 11/19/2009 1:37PM

    Get some much deserved rest and good luck with that goal! emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 11/19/2009 7:01AM

    Hope you get that good night's sleep without having to resort to the brick. emoticon

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EMMABE1 11/19/2009 4:42AM

    Been there, done that - never again - renovations` are just sooo disruptive. Its so good when they are done though. Just keep in mind there is light at the end of the tunnel!!
Sleep well

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L*I*T*A* 11/19/2009 1:35AM

    hope you sleep well tonight.............blessings and hugs..........lita

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ARENDIVA 11/19/2009 12:45AM

    I hope you meet your goal and lose that pound and more :D

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ERIECANALGAL 11/19/2009 12:42AM

    OMGoodness! I hope he didn't have to use it tonight.Better get some rest.

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SUGARPUNK52 11/19/2009 12:29AM

  Thanks for the laugh! Hope you get some sleep tonight.

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TRUELOU 11/18/2009 11:56PM

    Hope you get to sleep and have some relaxful days before the excitement of your Nov. 28th birthday...
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JESSICA_0029 11/18/2009 11:42PM

    I hope you get some rest tonight! I know how crazy you can start to feel when your sleep deprived. emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/18/2009 11:37PM

    Hope you get more sleep tonight.

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Be Thankful

Monday, November 16, 2009

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

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TESSAMARIE3 11/18/2009 11:19AM

    Willow you are an inspiration to me . emoticon

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MARGETODAY 11/17/2009 9:30AM

    emoticon So true. Thank you for posting!

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JESSICA_0029 11/17/2009 12:32AM

    What a wonderful blog! Just what I needed to lift my spirits today. Thanks
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R-U-JELLEN 11/16/2009 10:14PM

    Thank you for the wonderful message. The line about mistakes reminded me of something my daughter told me when we were making cards one day. She said, "There's no such thing as mistakes---only opportunities for creativity!"

Another common thread--many, many moons ago my grandfather played the fiddle and my grandmother the piano for old-time dances back in Minnesota. My son-in-law, AKAYCAT's hubby, successfully defended his dissertation this week and has his doctorate in music. Ang called today and has decided to try for her master's in piano.

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TRAVELNISTA 11/16/2009 1:55PM

    I loved this blog and its important message to all of us. emoticon

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LADYNETTIE 11/16/2009 12:43PM

    Loved this. Thanks for sharing emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 11/16/2009 8:47AM

    wonderful.......wonderful great words we should all live by........thanks so much for sharing...............blessings and hugs...................lita

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/16/2009 8:16AM

    Willow, Thank you for this wonderful blog.

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JFULMER1 11/16/2009 6:55AM

    Thanks for sparking my gratitude!

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TRUELOU 11/16/2009 1:25AM

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/16/2009 1:19AM

    this is such a wonderful blog, Willow!

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More recipes from the "Guru" :)

Monday, November 09, 2009

I've had more requests for recipes so am posting them here instead of individually. If you try them, please let me know your opinion!

Bavarian Beef

(Recipe Source: everydayhealth.com)

Nutritional Info (Per serving):
Calories: 244, Saturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 323mg, Total Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 56mg

1 1/4 pounds beef, stew meat, lean, trimmed of fat, cut in 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon oil, vegetable
1 large onion(s), thinly sliced (I add more onion)
1 1/2 cup(s) water
3/4 teaspoon caraway seeds (I omit as I don't like caraway seeds)
1/2 teaspoon salt (I omit)
1/8 teaspoon pepper, black
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup(s) vinegar, white
1 tablespoon sugar (I substitute Splenda)
1/2 head(s) cabbage, red, cut into 4 wedges
1/4 cup(s) cookies, gingersnap (I omit to save calories)

1. Brown meat in oil in a heavy skillet. Remove meat and sauté onion in remaining oil until golden. Return meat to skillet. Add water, caraway seeds, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 75 minutes.

2. Add vinegar and sugar; stir. Place cabbage on top of meat. Cover and simmer 45 minutes more.

3. Arrange meat and cabbage on a platter and keep warm. Strain drippings and skim off fat. Add enough water to drippings to yield 1 cup of liquid. Return to skillet with gingersnap crumbs. Cook and stir until thickened and mixture boils. Serve with meat and vegetables.

Pennsylvania Red Cabbage

Source: cooks.com

2 tbsp. cooking oil
4 c. shredded red cabbage
2 c. unpared cubed apples
1/4 c. brown sugar (I use 1/8 c. brown sugar, 1/8 c. Splenda)
1/4 c. vinegar
1/4 c. water
1/2 tsp. caraway seed (again, I omit)
Salt and pepper (I omit the salt)

In skillet, heat oil. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally. Cook 25-30 minutes. Garnish with apple wedges, if desired.

Sweet Saurerkraut

(This is a recipe from my husband's aunt. Ingredients weren't very specific, but I've tweaked it to my liking.)

2 bags of saucerkraut (rinsed)
1 large sweet onion, chopped
2 T. Smart Balance (or any margarine)
1/2 lb. cooked bacon, chopped (I use turkey bacon)
brown sugar to taste (I use 1/2 brown sugar, 1/2 Splenda)
1 T. caroway seed (optional)

Saute chopped onion in Smart Balance until tender.
Add sauerkraut and brown sugar.
Simmer for 30-35 minutes.

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JESSICA_0029 11/13/2009 10:09PM

    YUMMY THANKS!!!! emoticon

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BETTYAHE 11/13/2009 4:29PM

    Thank you for posting your recipes dear Willow! I will let you know as soon as I cook them. They sound wonderful. Hubby and I are going to the local restaurant for German night Thursday. They were out of sauerbraten the last time we went so we have an early dinner reservation this coming Thursday. Last time, the cook made some awesome potato pancakes and red cabbage!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/10/2009 10:19PM

    Sounds yummy...will be fixing them for DH!!! Thank you for sharing!

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R-U-JELLEN 11/10/2009 9:44PM

    Hubby is a cabbage lover so the first one I'm gonna try is the BAvarian Beef (like you omitting caraway-yuck!) My mother always made braised spare ribs and sauerkraut which I absolutely loved. Hubby's family always sweetened theirs so I bet he will like the Sweet Sauerkraut recipe. Thanks for sharing.
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MARGETODAY 11/10/2009 12:26PM

    I will try this weekend. My DH is a meat lover. I will let you know. I am excited to have something new to make.

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EMMABE1 11/9/2009 4:26PM

    They sound really interesting - I particularly love the sound of the Red cabbage!!
Thank you for sharing

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L*I*T*A* 11/9/2009 4:16PM

    i'll give the recipes a try later this week.....thanks so much for sharing.........blessings and hugs.............lita

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/9/2009 3:12PM

    Sounds terrific!


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10 Most Important Things...

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

I came across this during my internet travels. Just had to share!

10 Most Important Things...

The Special Feeling That Makes You Feel
All Warm And Wonderful.

Treating Others As Well As You Would Like To Be Treated.

To Be Grateful For All The Good Things Life Has To Offer.

The Full Enjoyment Of Each Moment. A Smiling Face.

The Ability To Let Things Be Without Anger.

The Joy Of Giving Without Thought Of Receiving.

The Quality Of Always Telling The Truth.

The Purity Of Doing What's Right, No Matter What.

The Essence Of Feeling Another's Pain, While Easing Their Hurt.

The Reward For Living The 10 Most Important Things.

--- Author Unknown

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TRUELOU 11/7/2009 10:01PM

    A great top 10 list:)

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SHASTA11 11/7/2009 8:22PM

    Thank you for the reminder. It's easy to forget in these days and times.

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KELLYC_14FAN 11/5/2009 11:24AM

    I really like those! Thank you for sharing them with us.

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SACTOKAREN 11/5/2009 11:19AM

    Thanks for sharing these - Wonderful reminder!

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MARGETODAY 11/5/2009 11:09AM

    Wonderful, Thank you! This reminds me of the important values in life.

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TRAVELNISTA 11/5/2009 7:32AM

    Thanks for sharing! Sometimes we just get too caught up in our daily lives and forget what is important.

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L*I*T*A* 11/4/2009 8:50PM

    wonderful words we should all live by...............thanks for sharing........blessings and hugs............lita

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/4/2009 8:15PM

    Ohhhhhhh How I loved this.

Thank you for sharing it.


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JESSICA_0029 11/4/2009 7:59PM

    Thank you for the reminder on what is truly important in life.
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LADYNETTIE 11/4/2009 7:49PM

    Wish everyone had this appreciation for life, things would be different. Thanks for posting this.

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SLCB1023 11/4/2009 7:47PM

    Thanks for sharing this list. It is an excellent reminder of what we should consider important in our lives. emoticon

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