111BUTTERFLY111's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=111BUTTERFLY111 111BUTTERFLY111's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Welcome to our new home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658017 Finally ... a tour of my new home in pictures! Notice that Asher hops around so he can be a part of things. LOL! <BR> <BR> The front foyer <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l787081663.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The living room <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l174007644.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2019763461.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The sun room <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2010870405.jpg"> <BR> <BR> T... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:00:28 EST Did you know? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656375 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1004794549.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Something to think about ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:02:47 EST Interesting Read About Splenda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645422 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1911681674.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I stopped using Splenda some time ago. Now I'm really glad! <BR> <em>88</em> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:02:53 EST Call A Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643375 Yesterday, I was at the new house doing some pre-move-in chores. I was in the kitchen wiping down the cupboards and laying new shelf liner. I opened the cupboard under the sink and there was water! My heart sunk. Not something you want to see ... ever! I called and left a message for a handyman I'd met who did some work for the seller's agent during the closing process. But all the while, I was anxious about it. I knew he was coming at 4:30, but why did THIS have to happen! I had so much on m... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 07:21:05 EST Tribute to Little_Queen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637476 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1366323876.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So long, my sweet friend, Little_Queen. I know you've been courageous in your fight here, Lori. There are so many of us here in the world of Spark who will miss you, but you are now in a place where you can see perfectly, where there is no pain, and you are free to be the woman that you could not be these last years. I am so happy to think of you this way! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:51:09 EST We are moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635862 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l160220124.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We're moving! Asher enjoyed his first adventure to our new home, investigating every inch of the living room and sunroom and forgetting all the other rooms. There must have been enough smells there to keep him happy! I'm so glad! His next trip there will be very different. The contractors come today to remove all the carpet and install hardwoods and tile. It will look and smell so different when Asher returns! <BR... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:33:14 EST Lessons Come When We Let Them http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612788 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1961390728.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been saying for the past couple of years that working a second job cost me sooo much! It put me into a higher tax bracket that I hadn't planned for (my mistake) and I had to pay extra taxes for two years. I learned some things in the job that I've used since leaving the job, but I was stuck with the thought of how it impacted me financially. <BR> <BR> This weekend, God was very gracious to me! He showed m... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 07:57:55 EST Coach Nicole's 28 Day Bootcamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589987 I was in Walmart yesterday to run some errands and what did I see but our very own Coach Nicole!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l607283655.jpg"> <BR> OK, so it was her new 28 Day Bootcamp DVD, but it was Coach Nicole! And the very DVD that I've had the privilege to try over the past couple of weeks! How awesome! <BR> <BR> I find the workouts to be fun because they are different yet build on the skills presented the day before. Best of all, there are different levels... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 09:01:57 EST Lunch ... fresh from the garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582968 Today, I picked my lunch fresh from the garden. The one on my dining room table! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1503029661.jpg"> <BR> Isn't it gorgeous?! <BR> <BR> I've been eating "living lettuce" all summer, but didn't realize until I'd lost far too many heads that I can extend the life of my lettuce that I buy each week from the CSA farmer by putting it in a bit of water and letting it sit on the table! The lettuce can last this way up to 4 weeks! <BR> <BR> This... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 12:32:07 EST Thirteen Years ... Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581955 Thirteen years. That's a long time. That's how long it's been since I looked like this ... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l877685179.jpg"> <BR> I will never look like that again. Not that scared ... scared because someone had caught me in a picture. Not that unhappy because I knew I was going to be short of breath just walking a short distance. Unhappy because I knew none of those boxes held clothes because no one could buy me clothes and have any hope of getting me ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:51:33 EST Jealous? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580985 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1460184351.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This afternoon, during the warmest portion of this cold day, Asher and I went for our walk. The marsh we cross was frozen thick! Even the foot bridge was frozen. As we walked across, even Asher knew the difference. He kept pawing my leg. The moisture in the wood was frozen! <BR> <BR> A little dog saw us out his patio window and barked at us. Asher moved to my other side as if to protect himself. I told him the d... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:10:39 EST Long Term Exercise Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578930 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1206494507.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hiking on New Year's Day is the way to start the new year! Now, I'll have to admit, my little dog grew weary of it long before I did and I carried him for short spurts along the way, but what an awesome time we had! <BR> <BR> On the way back, we passed by a tennis court in our neighborhood and Asher got excited. Maybe he actually remembered! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2046978436.jpg... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 04:35:07 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577681 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2032830980.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Words for today are: <BR> N never stop trusting God!!! <BR> E enjoy this season!!! <BR> W wise choices daily!!! <BR> <BR> Y yes Lord, use me!!! <BR> E easy victory in all things!!! <BR> A always praying!!! <BR> R reaching your goals!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l789488959.jpg"> <BR> "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:50:07 EST Happy 2014!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576965 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1146955054.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wishing you each a most blessed 2014. And while we're having a fun evening, let's be sure to take good care of our precious pets who don't really understand all the festivities but are dear members of our families all the same. <BR> <BR> * Most importantly, keep your pet indoors with curtains closed to shut out any fireworks. <BR> * Try not to reward your dog for being scared. We know it's hard not to cuddle the... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:40:42 EST Creating SMART 2014 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574786 We talked about setting goals a couple of days ago ... most of us need them to make progress on this journey. But, how do we actually do the task of setting them? Myrna (HUMMINGBIRDFLY) mentioned in her response to my blog about setting SMART goals. Yes! Those are the very best kind! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l294253270.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Goals need to be: <BR> 1. Specific <BR> 2. Measurable <BR> 3. Attainable <BR> 4. Relevant <BR> 5. Time-bound <BR> <BR> So... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 16:12:46 EST Turning The Invisible Into The Visible http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572907 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1165429293.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was talking with my sister this morning and said that I'm really good at something as long as I have a goal. After I finished the conversation, I went back to that thought. It's true. I need a goal to work toward! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1916103050.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Setting that goal gets me focused on the job ahead. It keeps me focused on the outcome that I want to accompli... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:20:08 EST Wheat ... Did you know? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572153 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l128051678.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been suffering with daily migraines ... sometimes multiple migraines a day for going on 4 months now. I've seen multiple doctors and we've hopefully brought it down to a very simple cause ... wheat! I'm relieved and dismayed. Wheat is everyplace! <BR> <BR> I have worked diligently to remove wheat from my diet and read labels even more feverishly than I ever read them before. As one friend said last week, "... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 10:22:48 EST The Jolly Ole Elf ... is Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571471 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2101143937.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Santa has come and Santa has gone. His red suit and cap all hung by the door with hardly a care. His boots kicked to the post, with barely a thought. The jolly ole elf is a tired one for sure! And ready to get back into the swing of good eating and self care! What better than a lovely fruit salad ... with a twist! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l484764109.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Basil Citru... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 07:21:47 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 32 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570861 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l881403195.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Can you believe it's already Christmas eve? December has been a really fast month! Let's make a simple salad and call it a day! We've got some recovery to do before the big man gets here tonight! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1969678727.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Grilled Romaine with Caesar Dressing <BR> <BR> Serves: 5 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 2 Tbsp olive oil, extra virgin <BR> 1 1/2... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 04:14:46 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570247 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l880241083.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's think about recipes for that leftover turkey ... and this one would be good anytime with some leftover chicken. One to keep in the recipe stash for certain! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1033597619.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Turkey-Apple Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette <BR> <BR> Serves: 4 <BR> <BR> 2 cups cooked skinless light turkey meat, sliced, shredded or chopped <BR> 2 ribs (... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 04:10:46 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569786 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l51160418.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Are you about to have a lot of leftover turkey? Here's a recipe to help you use that up! Feel free to substitute turkey for the chicken called for in the recipe. We've got to be prepared to keep our tinsel untangled for this entire week! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1571824922.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Chicken, Vegetable and Orzo Soup <BR> <BR> Serves: 8 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 8 cups ... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 10:57:32 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569356 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1687921941.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Can you believe it's the first day of winter? And here in the South, it's a very warm first day of winter. Warm enough that I'm not wanting to be in the kitchen for long. Now that the rain has stopped, I'm ready to be outside! Let's get this cooking finished! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l616277319.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Roasted Carrots and Parsnips <BR> <BR> Serves: 8 <BR> <BR> Ingred... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 14:41:00 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568435 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l904275257.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Quick and easy, let's get this breakfast prepped and made ahead of time. We have things to do!! Christmas is right around the corner! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1896868235.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Blueberry Streusel Muffins <BR> <BR> Serves: 12 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour, divided <BR> 1/2 tsp baking soda <BR> 1 tsp baking powder <BR> 1/2 tsp table... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 03:56:18 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567712 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1202005291.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We tried wheat berries in a salad a few days ago, let's look at them in a soup. They are a great comfort food, adding texture to soup, as well as fiber, vitamins and minerals. YUMM! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1021715764.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Slow Cooker Wheat Berry Minestrone <BR> <BR> Serves: 12 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 28 oz canned diced tomatoes, reduced-sodium, with their ju... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 03:57:51 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567475 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2123080960.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just a week away from Christmas! Time is getting short! Are you nearly ready? Let's fix something simple and get back to our Christmas plans! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1675371797.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tropical Black Beans and Rice <BR> <BR> Serves: 4 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 2 tsp olive oil <BR> 1/2 cup (sliced) uncooked red onion, chopped <BR> 1/2 cup unsweetened orange ... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:30:08 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566205 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l110684639.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning, I have a yummy smelling casserole in the oven. But, it is not healthy. I will not share the recipe with you. It's for the folks in my office. They do not care to eat healthy. Oh, they'll eat a few things if I sneak them in, but not much. So today, for my Manager's birthday, I'm taking the real deal! But for you, my healthy friends, I'm giving you a true gift! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 04:40:36 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565335 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1199368620.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's try another dip for those ever present party invites that seem to come in this time of year. And yes, we'll keep it healthy and simple ... no sense getting our tinsel in a tangle this close to the holidays! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1150002478.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Easy Italian White Bean Dip <BR> <BR> Serves: 8 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 19 oz canned cannellini beans, rins... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 04:19:20 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564960 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l973972790.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With so many parties and events to attend this time of year, let's share a quick and easy, healthy recipe that would be easy to take along and not wreck the day's efforts. This dip is good spooned over berries or angel food cake, or dip apple or pear wedges into it. It's really versatile! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l471573838.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lemon-Ginger Fruit Dip <BR> <BR> Serv... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:22:42 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564277 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1764059537.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's try a recipe with a little spice! And continue on with our habit of keeping it simple and yummy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l219050714.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Spice-Roasted Butternut Squash and Onions <BR> <BR> Serves: 6 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 1 spray cooking spray <BR> 2 1/4 pounds uncooked butternut squash, fresh, peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks <BR> 1 medium u... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 14:25:49 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563804 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l803727806.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today needs to be a quickie recipe because everyone tried to get my tinsel in a tangle today! 'Tis the season!! So, let's find a yummy recipe that is easy and good for us! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l43510242.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cumin-Lime Confetti Salad <BR> <BR> Serves: 10 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 30 oz canned black beans, rinsed, drained <BR> 2 cups edamame (shelled)... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 19:27:52 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562610 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1465197855.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Breakfast is a hit rather we have it for breakfast or for dinner, so let's enjoy another breakfast recipe today. In fact, I could imagine having this one as a dessert! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1457267999.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Breakfast Bread Pudding with Peaches <BR> <BR> Serves: 4 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 4 oz French bread, day-old, trimmed of crust and cubed (about 3 c... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 04:47:22 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561808 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1623910808.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While we're collecting recipes for these busy days we're having, we really should collect a few for breakfast too! You know, it's a fact, those who start the day with a healthy breakfast do much better on their weight loss journey! So let's get started! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l123630302.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Feta and Vegetable Frittatas <BR> <BR> Serves: 16 <BR> <BR> Ingredients... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:11:52 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561002 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1898342795.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's a yummy soup that when paired with a salad and bread makes a lovely lunch or easy dinner. And leftovers are nice for tomorrow's work or school lunch! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l452076879.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tomato, Lentil, and Barley Soup <BR> <BR> Serves: 8 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 1 tablespoon olive oil <BR> 1 large onion, chopped <BR> 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minc... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 04:08:04 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560216 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l543630666.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is such a simple side dish! And the colors couldn't say "Christmas" any better! It's beautiful and it really tastes good too! And, it meets our theme ... it's easy! Now, don't let the name frighten you off, it really is wonderful! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1329538341.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sauerkraut Salad <BR> <BR> Serves: 12 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 6 cups sauerkraut... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 04:42:11 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559707 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l169109980.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's look at another warm, yummy soup recipe! Seems the day for it. It's rainy here, it's sleeting at Mom's house and snowing at my sister's house. Yes, time for a nice pot of soup! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l49325410.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup <BR> <BR> Serves: 8 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 10 oz fresh spinach, baby leaves <BR> 2 medium uncooked car... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 11:16:42 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558867 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l743318849.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are so many parties to attend this time of year, let's create a little something healthy to take along! This will be easy and tasty! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1922165130.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Black Bean and Roasted Corn Salsa <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 ear corn roasted and kernels removed <BR> 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained <BR> 4 Roma tomatoes, seeds removed an... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 07:26:05 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558555 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l191130075.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's add a simple little salad to our list of recipes. And this one IS simple! And yummy! Those cute little round watermelons in the store are PERFECT for the recipe too! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1013344692.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cucumber Watermelon Salad <BR> <BR> Serves: 4 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1/2 teaspoon sea salt <BR> 3 packets Splenda or Truvia or 1 tablespoon sugar <BR... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 17:45:44 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557301 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l651765061.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tis the season for apples! Let's again think easy! Surely we don't want to get our tinsel in a tangle over side dishes! This is another recipe that I used repeatedly in the Fall and Winter when I was losing my original 150 pounds ... it's tried and true! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l107344607.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Red Cabbage and Apples <BR> <BR> Serves: 8 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> ... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 04:23:59 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556478 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1332421925.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's check out a side dish! And let's make it easy! Life is stressful enough this time of year. We'll require simple in the kitchen ... simple and tasty! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l111995359.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Balsamic Asparagus and Cherry Tomato Salad <BR> <BR> Serves: 4 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 pound asparagus, (about 40 spears) <BR> 10 average cherry tomatoes, ... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 04:05:43 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555634 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2105910529.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today's recipe is a fun one! One that was a throw back to yummy Southern eating that fit right into my weight loss plan when I first started losing my original weight. It's so simple too! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l858288828.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Crockpot Red Beans and Rice <BR> <BR> Serves: 8 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 pound kidney beans, dry <BR> 1 1/2 cups bell pepper <... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 04:24:58 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554762 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l123597534.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is one of my all time favorite recipes! When I was losing my original 150 pounds ... those 150 pounds that NO ONE thought I could lose, I had this lasagna most every week. I'd prepare it one week and freeze 3/4 of it. Then, I'd pull out a serving each week and enjoy! What a treat!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l79930720.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Baked Butternut Squash, Raisin and Pine N... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 04:57:38 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553983 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1460675871.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I decided to do some experimenting in the kitchen! I had a broccoli salad once and wanted to repeat it, but what was that recipe? Let's throw some things together and see how it turns out! If it works, I'll share it! And it did! We loved it!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1639477911.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Broccoli and Raisin Wheat Berry Salad <BR> <BR> Serves 3 to 4 <BR> <BR... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 08:55:17 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553209 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1022698804.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's try another soup today! Now, this one will take a bit of prep work ... dried beans and peas are involved! YUMMMM! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l629467590.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Black Bean and Black Eyed Pea Soup <BR> Serves 4-6 <BR> <BR> 1 medium onion, diced <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1 cup brown rice <BR> 8 ounces fresh mushrooms <BR> 4-6 cups vegetable stock <BR> 1/2 cup... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 06:57:24 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552669 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l272115031.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After all the food that some of us saw on tables yesterday, we may be ready to get back to basics now. How about a simple potato soup? <BR> <BR> I have a new pressure cooker, so I tried it out on a very down to earth recipe. It turned out beautifully! Thicker than I'd anticipated, but delicious. Now, if you don't have a pressure cooker, the same thing can be accomplished on the stove top, it will simply take long... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 09:18:28 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552336 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1296757415.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today's a big day to get your tinsel tangled! So much food to be indulged in. Sales starting before Black Friday even arrives. Christmas movies on so many channels! Regardless the happenings, I hope you were able to manage with minimal stress! And before I give you a wonderful recipe, let me wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2068113795.jpg"> <BR> <BR> T... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 16:38:55 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551196 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l231941465.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's almost Thanksgiving ... are you rushing around or taking good care of yourself? How about taking a few minutes tonight to prep your breakfast for the morning so that you're sure not to skip it? It will be sitting ready for you in the fridge, fresh and healthy! I got this recipe from Chef AJ, a wonderful chef who works with addicts providing healthy vegetarian alternatives. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 04:04:56 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550415 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1290496423.jpg"> <BR> <BR> During this season of so many holidays, starting the day out well is key. Let's look at an easy recipe for crockpot oats. I've been making this for 3 years and it never gets old. It never gets old because I keep changing the fruits that I add. Sometimes I use the dates it calls for, but sometimes I'll substitute raisins. Sometimes I'll skip the dried fruits and use frozen blueberries, or fresh apples, or pears ...... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 03:42:21 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549588 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l563603913.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mondays are such busy days!! Let's make dinner the easy way! Cut the stress out of the meal before we hardly get started. Now, I know these steps call for a bit of oil to toss your veggies in and some of us following Dr. McDougall aren't using oil so what are we to do? No, don't toss this out! Just skip the oil if you don't want to use it. Yes, your results won't be as glossy and shiny, but they'll still be delicio... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 04:08:15 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549026 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2131338496.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We're at the beginning of the week. Let's start it on a note of being in control and knowing which way we're headed. Just a month and we'll be enjoying Christmas eve. Let's make good choices for the next month. This will be a wise one! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2038211844.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Chickpea Gumbo <BR> <BR> Serves : 8 <BR> <BR> Warm up your cool autumn nights with some ... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 11:04:36 EST Tinsel in a Tangle - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548556 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l98560479.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We have over a month to go before Christmas! Plenty of time to get into good habits before the big day! So let's share some good healthy recipes to tempt the palate in a healthy way. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l426895824.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In Native American mythology, squash, corn and beans are known as the "three sisters". This recipe spotlights all three and is very satisfying! <... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 17:44:24 EST