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/ Spark Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776989 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l689009348.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Life has gotten busy again. I sat down and prioritized how I could work to get the time I needed. I've already dropped some threads, some teams, etc. It was clear after a couple of weeks that a Spark Break is required. I need to make sure that I stay on a healthy path for me and I need to make sure that I manage my full work load. For me, for this season, that means a Spark Break. I will miss each of you so much! W... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 04:53:41 EST BEWARE ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771081 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l4572132.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My friend Sheila posted this image in her blog this morning and it is perfect for where I am on my journey. September 1st. I have a reminder that pops up on my Google calendar every September 1st that reads, "BEWARE: September was a tough month for eating ..." <BR> <BR> In the past, September has been the beginning of my downfall. There are lots of anniversaries that occur starting this month. Lots of things have h... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:14:07 EST Magic Recliner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769134 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1477669535.jpg"> <BR> <BR> TaaaaDaaaa! My magic recliner! Yes, this is the place where I come to sit and relax after a long day's work. Where I curl up to read a good book. Where I sat last evening to work a little extra so that my department could have the evening off. Somehow, this magic recliner takes the stress and pulls it right out of me. <BR> <BR> I suspect the magic recliner really has no actual power, just that I'm in a state rea... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:29:56 EST Managing Stress Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767818 Work was REALLY stressful yesterday. OK, so I know it's the season, but it just kept on coming. I first thought to just sit at my desk and work through it. Then, it hit me, THAT is how I've done it in the past and that is what leads me to food to soothe me. By the end of the day, I'd be all worked up and feeling that I deserved a treat. After all, I'd suffered through the day. And my treat wouldn't be something healthy, but something that soothed. Something that made me feel cared for. <BR> ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:57:11 EST Creatures of Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765378 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1222483115.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Asher stands outside the shower EVERY morning looking in at me. He gives me this pleading look as if to say, "Pleaseeeee, I'd love to come in there with you. I won't take up much room. Pleaseeeeee!" But when I leave the door open and invite him in, he seems to know that it's not going to be as fun as he imagined. Maybe he remembers what happened last time. Maybe he knows that sometimes things are better left to th... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:46:13 EST Making Tracks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764460 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1200432428.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today was a really stressful day at work. Nothing bad happened, it was just busy with a project that was hard. I thought to get up and take a walk. My inclination was to grab a co-worker to go with me, but my heart just really wanted some time to be quiet. I went by myself. <BR> <BR> Later, I could tell that some of my staff were getting really frustrated. Some of them are just being added to the hard project th... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:25:24 EST Chandelier Shades http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762335 My condo is decorated in "shabby chic". But the chandelier in the dining room is dressy. My neighbor and I keep looking at our chandeliers (she has the same one) and debating what we're going to do about them. We moved in a month to six weeks apart, so we share what we learn about the area and shopping. Sue thinks she wants to take the chandelier out and have recessed lighting put in. I don't think that's what I want. On the other hand, I'm not sure what I do want. So, I started looking at la... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:48:29 EST Special Family Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759768 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l296101206.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My sister saw an idea on Pinterest to find old recipes in your Mom's and your Grandmothers' pen and frame them as art for your kitchen decor. We asked Mom this weekend if we could go through her recipe box and find some cards that we could take. When I went to get the box, I found another box that I'd never seen before. It turned out to be a box of recipes from my paternal Grandmother. What a blessing! <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:21:50 EST My Mom's Paintings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759065 My Mom has painted since before I can remember. She sees something she likes and she paints it. It's a talent that I wish I had inherited. She stopped painting as much as my sisters and I were growing up, but in recent years, she's started painting again. In her studio, she has so many oil paintings sitting in boxes. Some she likes, some she'll tell you aren't worth the canvas they are painted on, some she's given away, some are hung in her home. I've asked on a few occasions that she paint o... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:05:51 EST My Sunroom and Vertical Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734811 Back to the old fashioned blog! Video blogs and I just don't get along well. LOL! <BR> <BR> Here's my sunroom and my vertical garden. I'm so happy with my room! And what a pleasure now that it's summer! I love going out there and curling up in the chaise lounge to read and dozing off for a nice nap. Now I'll have my vertical garden to enjoy. I used succulents and hens & chicks in it. I do need to add a new plant to one of the hanging baskets. I have a sweet potato plant rooting now. I think ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 19:51:15 EST More Violets ... and My Recliner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730377 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l590157640.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Susan asked me to share a picture of my recliner in relation to my violets, so here it is. And the funny part of the story is, when I went to take the picture this morning, I'd taken one and Asher realized that it was a photo opportunity, so he hopped right into the recliner. The boy rarely misses a chance to be the center of attention! But, that is "His Chair". Most afternoons when I come home from work, this is w... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 08:38:49 EST My latest addition ... Violets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730042 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l220939226.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wanted to show you how I arranged the violets. I now have them all re-potted. They've been sitting all around, but today I was able to gather them all together in one place. I found the perfect bench! It's just the right color to match one of the blues in the rugs in my bedroom. I placed little mats on the bench so that my planters won't skid. Because it's at "Asher-height", it's important for things not to be ab... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:59:34 EST Succulent Dish Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723451 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1436715552.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been doing some research on succulents after buying some dish gardens already constructed at a local store. I decided that I wanted to create my own. I'd seen a few small succulents a week or so ago at the farmers market. Yesterday, I looked again. Oh the choices! I had trouble deciding. There were three that could easily have been my center focus. I chose this one because it will bloom. I pulled out the smal... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:42:22 EST Warm Fuzzies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715437 Warm fuzzies ... just a little fuzzy pom-pom ball with moving eyes, antenna and stick on feet. They've been around for years and years. A few months back I recalled that my first Nursing Supervisor gave them out when we'd had a particularly stressful day and managed it well. Hmmmm ... perhaps I should do the same thing. An idea forming. <BR> <BR> I mentioned it to my Manager and she said, "I like it! I'm going to do it!" OK, I left it with her and waited. She didn't do it. Two months passed... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 04:41:22 EST Dad Had a Great Surgical Outcome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714687 Yesterday was a pretty stressful day for my family. My Dad was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation a few months ago. He's seen a few doctors. One cardiologist tried a cardioversion and failed. He gave my Dad a 50/50 chance at a successful ablation surgery. He wouldn't call my Dad back when he was having problems. Dad fired him ... we're a feisty lot! <BR> <BR> He was referred to a cardiologist at the University of Virginia. This man presented my Dad with a plan that was bent on winning. He ha... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 04:50:26 EST My Re-purposed Chair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714112 I've been working on re-purposing a chair that was left by the family who owned my home before me. It's a simple little straight back chair that has seen it's better day and just too unsturdy to put into daily use. Here's what it looked like the first time I walked into the house. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1570501274.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had seen this idea on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a try. It's really fairly simple. Cut pieces of material the colors tha... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:57:13 EST I Gave More Than Blood ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713440 This week, I donated blood at the American Red Cross. They send a mobile unit to our office so it makes it easy for me to participate. The woman who did my stick was <em>345</em> at her job! And I have plenty of experience being stuck for blood to judge her skills. <BR> <BR> As she stood talking with me, the conversation turned to weight as she told me that she now weighs 260 pounds but she's down from just over 300 pounds and she's stuck there. I thought it was interesting that we got t... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 12:51:11 EST The Plants in My Yard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712954 Today has been busy from the moment I woke up until now and I'm just taking a little break before I start getting my steps in and Sparking. Here's a look at the plant life around my new condo. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l70412769.jpg"> <BR> Here's the front where I planted a Gardenia and a couple of ground roses last Saturday and a Knock-out rose today. The white blossom in the middle is the gardenia and the pink blossom on the end is the rose. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 17:45:17 EST A Keg Ready to Blow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711011 Yesterday I'd posted the blog about suicide risk and hadn't even had time to read the wonderful comments posted to it ... Thank you all so very much ... such wonderful people with such insight! I'm so happy to be here with you! But in my office, one of our staff had a mental crisis. It was terrifying to some of my staff. The gentleman doesn't work on my team, but in my area. I watched it all happen and stepped from my seat, motioning for everyone to sit down and stay where they were. I went t... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 05:00:11 EST Suicide Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710233 Suicides happen ... in any family. <BR> <BR> I really wasn't planning on talking about this here, but when I read this article on Spark this morning, I just thought that I should. Here's the link if you're interested: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_<BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=688452 </link> <BR> <BR> One of my staff came to talk with me early Monday morning. Her cousin, just 40 years old with a 10 year old son, suicided over the weekend. She couldn't believe it happe... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 04:59:18 EST "I hear ..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709121 "I hear that you're the one to beat," said my co-worker to me today. That would be true!! Seems that a lot of us are getting Fitbits. And we're becoming Friends on Fitbit so we see how many steps the others get. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1117319855.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One friend says that the only time she can get ahead of me is before I sync for the day! She makes me laugh when she tells me that she'll be satisfied to be within 5,000 steps of me for her gra... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 17:45:21 EST Sun Room Decorating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708004 I'm in the process of decorating my sun room. I ordered a settee and a chair that I love. BUT! I didn't realize when I ordered them online that they have different background colors. Same design, just different backgrounds. The chair arrived a couple of days ago, the settee yesterday. I put them together and I love them! I put them in the sun room and I have walked in several times in different light as the day progressed and even though I thought they would work, the more I looked at them, t... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 10:14:46 EST Busy Saturday Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707509 It's been a busy Saturday morning! Farmers Market was full of finds today!! Not only did I get my veggies, but some plants too! I have a couple of holes in my front garden that need to be fixed. So today I started to look. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1097534000.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They still need to stand up a little yet after planting, but I have two miniature white roses in front of the gardenia. Oh does it smell good coming in the front now! I think I'm goin... Sat, 31 May 2014 13:46:00 EST Continuing to Decorate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706766 I'm so excited! I've finally found a chair and settee that I like for my sunroom and they match my chaise lounge that is already there! The chair came yesterday. The settee is due to be here in a few more days <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1033759155.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Asher seems to like it too! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1929802377.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My new home is really coming together! <BR> <em>88</em> Fri, 30 May 2014 11:44:35 EST A new DOOR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677571 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1485238942.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's a new day ... what will you do to take advantage of what's before you? <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:47:10 EST 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