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Monday, July 08, 2013

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I find that I am spending more than my self-imposed allotted time here at SP & now I need to cut back a bit. To that end, I want to thank, in advance, everyone who responds to this Blog.

It is always such a blessing to have added insights & thoughts shared. I do appreciate the fact that others take the time to respond & share what they have gleaned/learned through their life walks.

Rest assured that I will continue to check back & read all comments & respond individually, as needed.

God bless!

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I did share the following tips on strawberries in a previous Blog; however, I deleted it (along with others). I thought a reappearance to be in order.

A few facts about strawberries:

They are not berries or fruit at all, but enlarged ends of the plant's stamen.

There are about two-hundred (200) seeds on the outside of each berry.

The berries are non-fat & low in calories, rich in vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, fiber, & vitamin B6.

American Indians allegedly invented Strawberry shortcake, mashing berries in meal to make bread the colonists enjoyed – those berries must have been wild strawberries since strawberries have been cultivated in America only since 1835.

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In order to save as much of the fruit as possible when hulling the the inedible green caps - insert a larger plastic straw though the bottom of the berry – pushing it straight up. The green caps will automatically release from the berry.

Something I heard about that “inedible green cap” – I have heard it only once & have not read it anywhere – still, somehow it stuck with me. The green cap can be left on the strawberry when making smoothies. Doing so is unnoticeable in the drink & adds nutritional value.

I like to wash, air dry, & then spread strawberries (green caps on) on a cookie sheet for freezing. After each is frozen solid, I store them in airtight containers in the freezer. This really works well for using the strawberries in smoothies – they do double duty making the drink much thicker & colder.

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POUTINGPEGGY 7/12/2013 11:40AM

    I am going to have to limit my time too, but i listen to radio 4 at the same time. I love strawberries, keeping the green on is supposed to help them keep their flavour and firmness. I think the green bit is called the hull, but not sure. On holiday in Galway Ireland with my husband, years ago, we used to go for long walks and he picked wild strawberries for me from the hedgerows. They were very very small but the flavour was really intense. I still remember their taste.

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ONUTHIN125 7/10/2013 8:28AM

    I am glad to read that others are having a hard time with their Spark time allotment. I have found myself in the same boat, I get on the site and 3 hours I have not gotten anything done! I limit my time to 30 min in the morning and 30 min in the evening. I have also cut the number of teams that I am on. I looked at the ones that I am active with and those are the ones that I have kept. Thanks for the info about the strawberries! Spark On but in moderation. emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/9/2013 9:56AM

    It is very easy to spend lots of time on Spark... I too, have to limit my time... fortunately I am a very early riser, so I have extra time to Spark before it starts cutting into my day too much!

Thanks for the strawberry tips... hadn't thought of freezing them with stems... shall try this...

Have a spark-a-riffic day!!!

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IMREITE 7/9/2013 12:43AM

    i drink green smoothies. kale and spinach add color but i dont think they alter the taste of the bevearage. i often add strawberries with the greens to my smoothies as well.

i went to a upick berry place and i told people you could eat the greens. i got funny looks but a few little kids liked it.


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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/8/2013 10:12PM

    I love strawberries & just had some for my afternoon snack. I like them naked! Glad that you're going to stay close to us, even if you are not on as much as usual. I love you & would be very sad to see you go. emoticon

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SLIMLILA 7/8/2013 10:01PM

    I never thought to leave the stem on when I freeze them, but it's true when you add spinach to a smoothie, it just gives it a "fresh" taste, and that would be cool to try the straw thing...

thanks for sharing...
I hope you do get a visit from the PCR... your idea was great!!

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WOUBBIE 7/8/2013 8:42PM

    Yumm!

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TOPSBEAR 7/8/2013 6:19PM

    I do not spend a lot of time here either. Other things to do and being more active in summer pursuits....perhaps I do spend more time in the winter months, but not much more I am thinking.

We will see you when we see you, meantime, I am just a mailbox away if you need some support while you are taking time away.

take care god bless you and yours!

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CATLADY52 7/8/2013 4:30PM

    I have found that my time on SparkPeople has to be limited, or I will go for all day and not get anything else accomplished. emoticon

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 7/8/2013 4:20PM

    I understand very well what you are saying about time spent here on Sparkpeople. I have had to work on spending my time more wisely....and make necessary changes also.

Thank you very much for the info on the strawberries. I didn't know that about the green cap/straw. emoticon

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