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Hope you had a wonderful Sunday & Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

I sure did! The day just went too fast!

Got up early and went to church on the way to visit our daughter at the University.

We went to pick up a "load" of her belongings. She needed us to come with a pickup truck to bring home "part" of her things.
Lots of boxes and laundry...guess what Mom gets to do?

She will finish school for this year at the end of the week and will bring the rest of her things home for the summer this next weekend.

Then the following week, she is off to intern in Washington DC for the summer.
I will miss her terribly, but also realize that she is looking so forward to this opportunity. She will be an intern with the House of Representatives.
I am hoping to go and visit her with my two sisters in July.

We went out for lunch at a lovely little Greek restaurant. One of my favorite cuisines.

Then stopped at a Cheese Factory on the way home for cheese curds and had an ice cream cone... a real treat. The flavor I chose to splurge on was called "Eskimo Dream." It had coconut flakes and chocolate truffle pieces in it. It was a small cone, but really delicious! Worth the splurge for sure. Glad I enjoyed it in portion control away from, there isn't any sitting in my freezer! LOL!

Then, on the way home we stopped to visit my Mom. She had gone out for lunch with two of my brothers and Dad today. She said she had a very nice, quiet day. I am sure she was contacted by my other siblings...2 sisters and another brother. She loves hanging flowering each year, that is what I give her for Mother's Day.

I hope all you "Moms" had a wonderful day!

Have a super week, everyone!

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GRACEISENUF 5/11/2011 11:21AM

    Sorry I am late reading this. It sounds like you had a wonderful "Moms Day".

How exciting for your DD to spend the summer as an intern and what an opportunity.

My daughter has year round housing (a lease agreement), so I will be making several trips up for "sleepovers", lol! She also has a year round job on campus. We are going up Monday to our condo at the beach (fifteen minutes from her school) and she will get to come and spend the day/night with us on Tuesday. She is looking forward to a "mini vacation" and walking on the beach. I've packed some games and we are having a pizza night (must be good,ha ha!)

The ice cream flavor sounds so yummy that you picked. I love coconut and truffles!

Hope your week is going well! Thank you for ALL your prayers for my Dad. He started rehab yesterday and it looks like he will be at the rehab hospital for awhile.

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1BEACHWALKER 5/11/2011 4:04AM

    How awesome for your daughter to go to Washington DC!!! Glad you had a nice day with the family! emoticon

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ROSEWCI 5/9/2011 8:24PM

    You enjoyed a beautiful Mother's Day Maria! How exciting for your daughter to be interning this summer! What an opportunity! I know you'll miss her tho. Hugs for you mom!

And the Eskimo Dream sounds AWESOME! I'm so glad you got to treat yourself! We all need to do a little of that now & then! Do a "splurge", that is!

How fortunate you are to still have your mom... You're very blessed!

I had a wonderful mother's cards & calls from children. Talked w/the grandkids via phone & I did a little shopping for summer clothes! All in all, it was a great day!

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THINRONNA 5/9/2011 1:51AM

    What a good Mother's Day! The lunch and ice cream after sounds wonderful! How exciting for your daughter to be an intern with the House of Representatives! What an exceptional young lady you have raised! I hope that we get to hear a little bit about what it is like for her. I remember lugging all that stuff back and forth from college when I was young. Laundry took me days! lol!

We had a quiet time here at home with a short visit to the lake with my parents who are here visiting for the weekend from Northfield, MN. They have just been on a cruise in Holland.

Thank you so much for the recap of your Mother's Day. It sounds perfect!

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SMILEYBEE 5/8/2011 11:12PM

    Sounds like a great day! You got to see both your daughter and your Mother ... what a blessing! I talked with my daughter today and will get to visit her next weekend. My Mother moved to Heaven ten years ago this week. (I still talk to her sometimes ... a rather one-sided conversation.)

Your meal and treats sound delightful! And what an exciting time is coming for your daughter! I hope your visit works out ... what an adventure!

Wishing you a super week also! Sleep well tonight Maria! Betty

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MJ7DM33 5/8/2011 10:49PM

  I'm glad you had a great Mother's Day!!!

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Secret Weapon ~ Chocolate Milk!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

According to Prevention Magazine - June 2011 Issue:

Chocolate Milk
The carbs and protein will speed muscle repair, the process that makes your stronger. Sip 8 ounces of the low-fat kind after exercise.

I have read this now in several sources. I keep thinking when I get to my goal and start my maintenance phase I will drink low-fat chocolate milk after a brisk workout ~ when I have the calories to spare. My college age daughter who is a runner does this. She says she prefers it over the more expensive energy drinks. Since I am a fast walker at best, I haven't felt like I deserve to use my calories on chocolate milk yet. But, chocolate milk would be a good source of calcium.

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THINRONNA 5/9/2011 3:54PM

    Thank you for posting this! I kind of avoid chocolate milk even though it is yummy but I don't really like sports drinks. I mostly only drink water coffee and skim other beverages on a regular basis really. Now maybe I can indulge and feel good about it! (my kids would be thrilled too if I brought it home or mixed some up...)

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1BEACHWALKER 5/5/2011 10:38PM

    I hadn't heard that! I love chocolate milk! Yummy! Now I won't feel guilty when drinking it! I like it when I am craving chocolate and it helps! emoticon

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SUCCESS68 5/5/2011 10:12AM

    Well the calcium will be good for your body. And the protein helps reduce hunger pangs

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COOKWITHME65 5/5/2011 6:22AM

    Haven't heard that. I too am not burning enough calories to indulge but a cold glass of chocolate milk sure does sound good. Thanks for sharing!

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ROSEWCI 5/5/2011 6:19AM

    I say....go for it! Whatever works! emoticon

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NPDSLEUTH 5/4/2011 10:46PM

    Woo hoo -- sounds good to me. It's funny all the great things we discover as we approach this eating from a different point of view, isn't it? Thanks for sharing this!

I love Prevention magazine and am so frustrated that my copy always arrives late. Half the time, I pick it up in the market because I can't wait to read it. What a difference a year makes!

Thanks again girlfriend - Nikki

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-CHERI- 5/4/2011 10:24AM

    Wow - gonna do a little investigating on this. At this point I don't exercise hard enough yet either. Thanx for the info!

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LNSYLVSDOGS 5/4/2011 5:28AM

    Hmmmmm. I Have noticed that my grocery store has this made with 1% milk. I will think about giving this a try....specially since we're trying to get rid of all pop drinking in the house. I quit, now DH is trying to is DS who thinks he ALWAYS has to have it. But, he ALSO likes chocolate milk. So, I'm thinking it'd be good to have around.

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MEADSBAY 5/3/2011 10:32PM

food for thought!

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LUCKYCOMET 5/3/2011 10:31PM

    I drink chocolate milk after a hard tennis game. Great for recovery.

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FENWAYGIRL18 5/3/2011 10:28PM

    good to know... sometimes when i'm craving chocolate , i have a glass of 2% milk with a little syrup and it satisfies my craving.... emoticon

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MRSTSUD 5/3/2011 10:28PM

    I've been reading that as well. I just started running myself, but after a really good workout, running or not, I treat myself. SO good and quite worth it!

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ELISADENK 5/3/2011 10:27PM

    Interesting! What about the sugar content?

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Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp Candy Bar Review

Saturday, April 30, 2011

I am finally having that second candy bar my husband gave me for my birthday back on April 15th.
The Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp Candy Bar is described on the label as: 'delicate wafers layered with delicious peanut butter creme.'
Nutrition Information:
1 Bar = .77 oz (22 grams) for 110 Calories
Fat Calories = 50
Total Fat = 6 grams
Sat. Fat = 4 grams
Sodium = 75 mg
Total Carbs = 14 grams
Fiber = 1 gram
Sugars = 8 grams
Calcium = 2% DV

The Points Value if you are following Weight Watcher's is 3.

***Cute little quote on the label:
~ If by "less is more" you mean "more is more" ...I'm listening. ~

Now to eat the bar and give you my 'taste review'...

Pretty good! Cross between a cookie and a lite candy bar. I'm not a huge fan of peanut butter, but if you like peanut butter and'd probably like this. Since it's only 110 calories.

Oh, I found out that my husband bought these at Walgreens for 2 for less than a dollar. So not too expensive to try.

I might buy these again.

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JUNEBUG4967 5/5/2011 11:25AM

    Sounds good - also the other one Shelley147 mentioned. I like the ice cream bars in summer so will look forward to trying these.

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SHELLEY147 5/3/2011 2:08PM

    emoticontoo funny, I didn't read this before I wrote my blog today, and I reviewed the other new Skinny Cow treat...the crispy-caramel covered in chocolate ones. They were really good too! :) I may keep these on hand for 'treats', but will have to hide them so I'm not tempted to eat them all at once! ~hugs~

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ROSEWCI 5/1/2011 4:09PM

    Sounds yummy Maria! Thanks for the review! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 5/1/2011 2:05PM

    My mouth is watering.

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ONEGREATCAT 5/1/2011 1:15PM

    I agree with Warmspringday that it sounds a bit like a KitKat, which I love. I haven't seen the Skinny Cow version on the market here in "one-horse town", but will be on the look out for them...they sound good.
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WARMSPRINGDAY 5/1/2011 12:40PM

    Will need to keep my eyes open for these. Give me PB and chocolate and I'm in bliss. Sounds kind of like a KitKat?

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GRACEISENUF 5/1/2011 12:11AM

    I wouldn't eat just one so I have to walk on sounds good though. You have great will power for it to last that long in your house without eating it!

See you soon and thank you for praying for me as my back has been hurting all day and tomorrow will be a long day with me driving. I sure appreciate it Maria.


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VIAFREE 4/30/2011 11:08PM

    always looking for new low cal treats, have to look for these in walgreens, ty for sharing

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Cinnamon Carrot Muffins

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I love the combination of carrots and cinnamon in a carrot cake.
So when I ran across this recipe, I knew I had to save it and try it.
This is a healthier option for me than carrot cake.
And I like the built in portion control of muffins.

I got the recipe from Martha Stewart's Publication: "whole living" magazine ~ April, 2011.

Cinnamon Carrot Muffins
Makes 12 Muffins


3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 cups finely grated carrots (4-5 carrots)

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.Line a standard muffin tin with paper cups.

3.Whisk flours, wheat germ, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Whisk remaining ingredients in a separate bowl. Fold dry ingredients into wet and mix until just combined.

4.Spoon batter into cups.

5.Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 22 minutes. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.

Per Muffin:
178 calories
7 grams fat (1 gram saturated fat)
36 mg cholesterol
26 grams carbohydrates
3 grams protein
2 grams fiber

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ROSEWCI 5/5/2011 6:21AM

    LOVE these! Moist & delish! emoticon

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THINRONNA 4/30/2011 2:44AM

    This recipe looks great! I might have to try it. Let us know if you make it and what you think!

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-CHERI- 4/27/2011 11:21AM

    These do sound good. Have to talk daughter, Shannon into making these this coming weekend!

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SUCCESS68 4/26/2011 10:22AM

    Portion size sounds like a good idea. I want to incorporate healthy alternatives and this sound like a good one.

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1BEACHWALKER 4/23/2011 1:26AM

    emoticon Yummy! emoticonBob's favorite cake. Maybe he will make it for me. emoticon

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KARRYB1 4/20/2011 11:19AM

    Sounds great ! I'm going to make these today. emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 4/20/2011 11:06AM

    Sounds good. Thanks for sharing!

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PETUNIAPIG 4/20/2011 10:59AM

    Ooooh! This sounds YUMMY!! Thanks for the recipe!

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ROSEWCI 4/20/2011 6:39AM

    Thanks Maria! What a wonderful way to get fiber & veggies into the diet! And these seem to be moist too! There's nothing more I hate than to bite into a muffin & have it be dry! So, thanks again!

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MRSBENNETT2 4/19/2011 6:29PM

    Mmm...looks good! I think I'll try it with gluten-free flour and see how it works.

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GRACEISENUF 4/19/2011 6:26PM

    I can almost smell them...sound delish.


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REDHEAD_PINUP 4/19/2011 6:20PM

    This looks really good! Thanks for sharing!

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I tried my Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters candy today!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

My husband, the enabler at times....LOL gave me 2 Skinny Cow Candy treats as part of my birthday gift last Friday. I saved them to enjoy later and so today I tried the Dreamy Clusters one.

Here's my review:
Nestle ~ Skinny Cow ~ Dreamy Clusters

Serving Size:
1 oz. (28.3 g.)
120 Calories

They are "crunchy crisps and creamy caramel drenched in milk chocolate."

They really remind me of Nestle's 100 Grand Bar ~ only in little bit sized nuggets. They were very good - because I do like 100 Grand Bars.

The ingredients listing includes 'milk chocolate' & rice flour. It does contain maltitol with a warning label that 'people sensitive to polyols (such as maltitol) may experience a laxative effect.'

There's 6 grams of Total Fat.
115 mg of Sodium
20 grams of Carbohydrates
3 grams of Dietary Fiber
1 gram of Protein
2% of Calcium (*Percent Daily Value based on 2,000 calorie diet)

If you follow the Weight Watcher's Points Program - it contains 2 Points.

Would I have it again? Maybe.
I might just check out and compare a fun size 100 Grand bar to this.

I don't know what he paid for this Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters Candy - but it was packaged as a single serving.

Next to try sometime in the future: The Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp Candy Bar.
This one is described as: 'delicate wafers layered with delicious peanut butter creme. It has 110 calories for a .77 oz. serving. And lists it as a 3 point food by Weight Watchers. Will let you know what I think of that one, once I try it.

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THINRONNA 4/30/2011 2:50AM

    Nice review. I wonder what the 100 Gram bar info is. It would be interesting to know. I always wonder about those additives. They just don't have such things as lite candy here ...or much diet food at all. I just have to figure out how to fit the real thing in!

I love your food blogs!

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ROSEWCI 4/20/2011 6:36AM

    YUMMY! emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 4/17/2011 2:44PM

    Thanks for the review and durn it I missed your birthday! HAPPY, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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May you have many, many more spark filled years! :)

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