APPLEPIEAPPLE's SparkPeople Blog APPLEPIEAPPLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community How to lower calories in rice..NEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR><BR>ooking-trick-cuts-calories-in-half-and<BR>-114164120417.html <BR> <BR> Above is the link from which the information came. <BR> <BR> Well, now I am back on diet and have lost one pound of those I gained. Let us pray I can keep this up. <BR> <BR> I've been under stress. Always am this time of year with anniversary of husband's death looming but to add to it my insur... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:46:34 EST Familiar sight----SNOW!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> AGAIN!! SNOW!!! Every year since we moved to Maryland it snows around the Ides of March for one last time. Am to get 2-4 inches. That probably means I'm getting 4-6 inches. (sigh) Sometimes I hate being right... <BR> <BR> Have not weighted myself--afraid--very afraid. I have not felt like exercising and my sweet tooth has been acting up. I think the reason is grief. My husband's birthday was March 18th. He go... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:02:29 EST Finally I see GRASS! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These past few warm days and rain have finally allowed the grass to seen in patches in my yard. I still have snow but much less. The warmth and the sun are so relished by me and my cat. <BR> <BR> As I walked the 120 foot to my mailbox the stray black cat that looks like my cat Samantha was waiting for me on my return. He was curling up and welcoming me and showing off his new collar and tag! Someone adopted him!... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:57:41 EST Weekly update: Cold and snowy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is after the FIRST time my neighbor and I snow blew out our driveway. We got another 6 inches and total 12 inches of the lovely stuff. Today it is still C_O-L-D !!! I am soooo ready for Spring and Summer! <BR> <BR> Well I gained 3 pounds. My body wanted more warmth and so it made me gain weight. (Sigh) At least that is my story.. In reality I just wanted to stay under the covers and keep warm. So my walki... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 10:20:47 EST Update: Cooking More <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My homemade Jerky. Made from thin sliced cooked beef marinated in soy sauce and brown sugar for 1 hour. Then placed on paper towels in my dehydrator for 8-15 hours. Healthier than the store bought. <BR> <BR> <BR> This week I have also made homemade chicken noodle soup and more homemade chicken pot pies. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:23:26 EST Weekly update: Repairs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The winter is taking its toll. During the winter my weight losses have always been few to none. Well, this year none--so far. No matter how much I eat healthy or starve or exercise my body goes into hibernation mode and freezes until spring. Good news--spring is coming! <BR> <BR> Nothing like waking up opening the laundry doors to reach your washer and dryer and having one door fall off its hinges... Good Morni... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 09:54:03 EST Homemade Healthy Pizza Made today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the pizza before baked. I use the Sparkpeople recipe but I make it into 6 mini pizzas. I am eating one today which is equal to 2 servings and freezing the others for future meals. <BR> <BR> I say it is healthy because of the wide variety of information which supports the foods I topped the pizza. I used leftover pasta sauce from the Sunday Gnocchi dinner for the base. Then I added about 1T of mozzarella... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:00:45 EST Not in the Walking Mood <img src=""> <BR> Share from Facebook <BR> <BR> Yesterday I met a friend for Belly Dancing Class. I took belly dancing when I was 21-22 years old. It is mostly a leg muscle movements that give the allusion you are use to seeing. Anyway, my friend is 76 years old and I am 64. Needless to say it was a challenge! I had forgotten just how stressful the leg movements are. After standing and using those muscles for an hour I was NOT in any moo... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:56:56 EST Made Candles today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As some of you may recall, I make new candles from the leftover wax I save all year long. This year the red one was made with the wax from BABY BELL cheese! It seems to have turned out well. I will give an update later on how it burns. <BR> <BR> The good news! I lost 1/2 pound! Finally! But have so much more to go. But it is a start. <BR> <BR> Last week I managed despite a sprained ankle to get my 6,000+ ste... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:45:59 EST Weekly update: Aerogarden <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My eldest son got me an Aerogarden for Christmas. The Parsley has just started to come out! the basil and dill are doing real well. He always surprises me with things I want but did not ask. <BR> <BR> Despite my sprained ankle I have been able to get my 6,000 + steps in every day this week. However, I have not lost any weight. I am hoping it is because I am building muscle. <BR> <BR> The weather has gotten a ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:57:54 EST Thank You Sparkpeople <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I wrote Sparkpeople and they updated my trophy for last week! Yeah!!! <BR> <BR> I also got an alert that my battery on the tracker was low--so I changed the battery and should be "up to speed". <BR> <BR> Temperature is close to 40 degrees today so heat wave will allow me to let my wood stove rest for awhile. Last year due to the cold I used all my wood by the end of January. My heating bill was 3x what it usu... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:41:10 EST What to watch if you use the tracker <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes things get weird. I added my steps for Sunday through Saturday: 7248,2720,6824, 7096, 6776, 6656, 6576 and got 43,896 which should be a silver medal. I got a bronze. Why? Because my tracker did not load yesterdays full steps until this morning after the medals are issued. So be aware on Saturday before midnight make sure your tracker is up to date or your figures for the challenge might be off. <B... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 09:42:34 EST NEAT A way to lose weight without the gym <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NEAT (Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT).) In other words being more active instead of sitting. Like: Taking the stairs, parking further away to make you walk, standing up and walking every hour for 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> For me this week it was manually shoveling the snow for an hour before I got out the snow blower. Walking in circles throughout the house while waiting for the tea to steep or for the... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:31:35 EST New Year Update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I read this article about how water is so important to our health. Without water so many things happen. Fatigue, high blood pressure, asthma, allergies, skin disorders, high cholesterol, digestive disorders, bladder and kidney stones, constipation, joint pain and stiffness, weight gain and premature aging!! The average adult loses 10 cups of water every day by breathing, sweating, urinating and eliminating waste! ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 11:21:13 EST Merry Christmas! Weekly Update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tree has been up since the first but did not light it as much until this week. (Need to conserve energy and watch the electric bill.) I made about 5 types of cookies this year. Have the cookies and candy out ready for my sons to munch later today and throughout the season. My turkey is thawed and will be cooked tomorrow. Today we will have ham sandwiches, deviled eggs, macaroni salad, variety of cheeses and Trisc... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 12:21:00 EST Weekly update and discovery <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had an epiphany this week. Left over bacon grease mixed with bird seed and frozen makes a great winter suet for the bird feeder! It seems to be working fine for the birds. <BR> <BR> I need to confess that one week ago I gained 5 pounds almost over night due to stress. But I am happy one week later to have lost all 5 pounds! I do not know what it was: the food, holding water, feeling ill, lack of sleep or the ... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:47:29 EST Weekly update: Getting ready for Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This has been a productive week. Monday I went shopping with a friend all day. Tuesday I made chocolate chips cookies for my writers club which is today and my home made pot pies. Wednesday I put up my tree and decorated my mantel as well as did my weekly grocery shopping. Yesterday I wrapped the aloe plants for the writers club members for Christmas and did my Christmas cards and mailed them. Today I have my wr... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 08:35:41 EST Homemade Pot Pie! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Very Happy! I made 6 homemade turkey pot pies today. This is the first time I've ever made them. I missed my mom's and could not find her recipe. I did discover one which was kind of like mom's only I made 6 pies instead of one large one. I plan to try and freeze some of them for future quick meals in the microwave. <BR> <BR> It was odd how during the entire process things happened that felt like mom was t... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 16:18:14 EST Update on diet and my book is now in paperback <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I finally got my ankle feeling better and was able t make the November challenge. Yesterday I somehow managed to get 10,000 steps in! The weight loss is stalled. I think the muscle is forming which is why my weight is not showing much loss. At least I HOPE that is it! <BR> <BR> More good news! My book, "Find a Penny: A Financial Journey" is now available in paperback for those who wanted it. And I got a good r... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:41:05 EST Hospitals Selling Sickness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>elling-sickness/?utm_source=rss&utm_me<BR>dium=rss&utm_campaign=hospitals-sellin<BR>g-sickness&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=r<BR>ss&utm_campaign=hospitals-selling-sick<BR>ness&<BR>_campaign=23e44eee8e-RSS_VIDEO_DAILY&u<BR>tm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e497d1-23e44eee8e-23375473 </link> <BR> <BR> Above is a link and picture which goes w... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 12:15:18 EST Yes (sigh) Fall can be my weakness <img src=""> <BR> Made cream puffs for dinner today. <BR> <BR> Sunday is my time with my sons. We get together eat dinner and then spend some time sharing and watching movies. It is one of the best rituals. I get to share time and cook for my family. Today with the cold weather, I am making oven beef stew made with red wine, corn meal muffins, mussels, and for dessert the cream puffs. I make them maybe once a year, usually in the fall t... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:33:30 EST Weekly Progress <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, I made more caramel apples. (sigh) But I've been eating only one per week. The walking 6,000 steps a day seems to be finally working. I am back to where I was before the (sumac) incident. That event put me back. The stress of it all was almost too much to handle. <BR> <BR> This week I harvested and dried the spearmint from my garden for tea. Then I sorted, ground it and bagged it for this winter. I also ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:45:35 EST 11,036 steps so far today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My award for 100,000 steps in October. I met that yesterday. I am on a roll. Also lost another pound! <BR> <BR> Finally! My walking is paying off. Let us hope it continues. I need to get myself back. <BR> <BR> I have been reading quite a bit about healthy foods and exercise. I remembered how I lost weight as a teen by walking. So I thought I might try it again. At first I gained weight. But I guess that was musc... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:36:49 EST Finally making progress! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Making homemade vegetable soup for dinner. During the summer sumac poisoning, I managed to gain 4 pounds. My walking is starting to pay off. I, FINALLY, lost 1.5 pounds! Now 2.5 to go to get back to where I was before the sumac disaster. <BR> <BR> I have decided, after doing research on trimming apple trees, that the best time for me to trim them is late winter before they blossom. That way they have all spring... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 15:41:34 EST Keeping Busy <img src=""> <BR> Facebook share <BR> <BR> I have been busy walking. I have increased my steps to 6,000-10,000 a day. My cat thinks I'm nuts watching me walk in circles from the living room around to kitchen and back. However, she has been walking with me occasionally. <BR> <BR> The bird feeder sanctuary I put out front has worked for my cat, Samantha. She has been enjoying watching the birds. I have got to get more seed for winter. Bo... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 20:01:04 EST Got my glow getter medal 5 times this week! I have been readying my yard for winter. Today I used a spray attached to my garden hose to remove green mold from my shady side of my house. It was wonderful! I also trimmed my hedges and created a new bird feeding area in front of my house where the cat and I can watch the birds this winter. I made a bird bath from an old fireplace grate as the base and the bowl was an old cookie pan which is only 1/2 inch deep. It is near enough to the front door so I can get to it easier in the winter. It... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:59:10 EST Stacking wood and preparing for BRRR winter <img src=""> <BR> Just one of 5 stacks. <BR> <BR> This past weekend my son Josh and I spent Friday stacking wood the winter. I have heard from several people it was to be a c-o-l-d-e-r than last year one. Brrrrr! I sure hope they are wrong but I am getting prepared. I do not want to run out in January like last year. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I re-potted and created many ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:45:39 EST BETTER VISION <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At age 22, after a visit with my eye doctor to renew my drivers license, I was told I needed glasses to drive. This was devastating news since I never noticed that I had problems seeing. But dutifully I got glasses. Then at age 40 I was told I needed them for reading as well. Again I dutifully got new glasses. Then at age 42, after nagging from my husband, I got contacts. I enjoyed the freedom from glasses for ev... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 12:44:57 EST Coughing from cold finally subsiding <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been suffering with my cold for almost 2 weeks. Finally I think it is abating. What a summer! One month of sumac and almost another with a cold! <BR> <BR> I did get my deck stained and also stained my picnic table as well as painted the trim around my back door on the deck. The winter has been really tough on the house. In the spring I had to paint the front door and garage trim as well as seal the concr... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:26:38 EST My book <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I finally got my book completed. It will be available for free on August 8, 2014 at <BR> <BR> <link> </link> If you are interested. <BR> <BR> The poison sumac is gone but was the final catalyst to get me to write. Writing helped me to forget the itching. So something good came from it. <BR> <BR> Now I have a summer cold! LOL. Please take the opportunity to read my book and comm... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:55:57 EST Have you been "Pinned" lately??? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Getting an idea should be like sitting on a pin: it should make you jump up and do something. <BR> - unknown <BR> <BR> My poison sumac is acting like a needle. Yes, I still have it but it is getting better slowly. To keep my mind off itching has been a challenge. But I did manage to finish my book due to this. I maintained by focus away from the itch. It is currently being read by a friend in my writers circle f... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:37:11 EST Starting to feel a bit better. <img src=""> <BR> facebook share <BR> <BR> Well last night after I took a shower and readied myself for bed I drank two Kuhula's and creams (large). That gave me a good night sleep. <BR> <BR> I got up early and began my deck project and got another section done (two coats) but quit by noon. I still have the arbor facing the deck, and the roof to do but the outside of the arbor side of the deck is the fall project. If I do this in smal... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:59:23 EST Update. Got a shot for poison sumac but making progress on deck <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I made the 10,000 calories! I guess the painting, yard work despite the poison sumac are paying off. <BR> <BR> The frustration over the itching makes me very edgy. As a result I am doing things to try and occupy my mind and body. I also find I am eating more due to the stress. I just hope my work outs with painting etc balance the added calories. I am afraid to get on the scale. I will wait until I am more s... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:42:29 EST Poison Sumac! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well leave it to me to find probably the ONLY poison sumac in miles! As I was staining my deck I decided to trim the "tree" limbs which surrounded part of the arbor roof of my deck. Well I had no idea that poison sumac was actually a tree! I went to the doctors for a shot to try to get better. It has crept from my arms to my legs and now invading my face so the doctors visit was really needed. I am "itching" for... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:52:21 EST Tracker still on Fritz---but lost weight <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Finally! The scale moved. For the last two days I have been staining and sealing my deck floor. Not done yet. With the threat of rain, I may or may not work on it today. But my aching muscles are proof I have been getting my exercise. I hope to do the entire deck by the end of summer. I have a large deck. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Deck with my husb... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:54:42 EST 4th of July and Tracker On Fritz <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Fourth of July! <BR> <BR> Well my day was really busy yesterday so much so that was about to break the 6,000 steps on my Spark people Tracking device. But for some unknown reason the device went red and I can not get the devise connected to my computer back to green. It says the network connection for data is red. I have e-mailed Spark people and await a response. Meantime I tried to re-load the program bu... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 09:11:28 EST Eating Healthier Can Make Us Crave The Right Foods. <img src=""> <BR> Facebook share <BR> <BR> Feeling a bit Melon Collie? <BR> <BR> I have been in a "mood" thinking about the past quite a bit. You see I am de-cluttering. As I do so each piece of "stuff" I pick up recalls memories. <BR> <BR> Lately I am working on my husband's VHS tapes. He was into Chess, Reading, and Movies (and me). So as I de-clutter melancholy sets in. I got rid of his chess books and movies about 6 years ago. ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:29:28 EST Have been busy and am exhausted <img src=""> <BR> from a Facebook share and SHERYLDS blog--love the dog <BR> <BR> This is how I am feeling tonight. Way too sore and tired to move. This week I painted my front porch and side walk. The trim around my garage and front door, planted some stuff int he garden, weeded and trimmed around the birdbath and ponds and I am still having lots of stuff to do. <BR> <BR> This past winter was hard on my deck as well. I did re-nailed th... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 19:48:49 EST Bras, Freedom and Cancer <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hate bras. Always have. They make me feel like I am being choked or on a leash. I relished wearing no bra in the 70's. Yes, I was one of those. LOL. Youth. Don't you love it?! The article below has a theory that bras increase cancer risk. So do not wear bras. Sounds like a cause I could "support"! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Cancer_Society_Komen_Foundation_bras.html </link>... Mon, 19 May 2014 09:25:17 EST Mimimalism the Path to Freedom and Happiness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Joshua Becker is minimalist. Please listen to his interview at <link><BR>w-to-simplify-life-in-retirement/ </link> <BR> <BR> He discusses how it dawned on him one day, as he was cleaning his garage and his son was asking him to play, that being attentive to our "things" instead of what really matters to us is wasting our time, money and not making us happy. <BR> <BR> Since... Fri, 16 May 2014 11:20:35 EST Lost a pound! Leptin Diet <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes! Finally! Lost a pound! <BR> <BR> To celebrate I got a hair cut. (Maybe that will show up on the scale as well, LOL) <BR> <BR> I have been reading about Leptin, the little hormone which is in charge of all the other hormones. I realized that when I lost weight at age 12 I was following a Leptin diet and did not know it. I know it worked back then so I began it again and finally I am seeing some results. <BR... Sat, 10 May 2014 13:32:11 EST Finally a little SUN! <img src=""> <BR> Facebook share <BR> <BR> It still looks a bit gloomy but some occasional sun. My garden area was under water so much local drakes and ducks were swimming over it! The rabbits were bouncing all over the yard. The birds were frantically pecking at the wet soppy grass. I guess the worms were coming to the surface which explains the birds in frenzy. <BR> <BR> I am actually looking forward to mowing the lawn. Anything to ... Thu, 1 May 2014 15:38:24 EST Hello Spring!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last week, as the signs of Spring began, I found some strawberries on sale and bought about 8 pounds which allowed me to make jam and strawberry yogurt ice cream. I also had enough to eat them just as sliced berries. <BR> <BR> Then I bought a tree saw which extends up to 16 feet because I had severe ice storm damage I needed to repair. So I was able to trim the trees, grape arbor and bushes around the house. I ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:23:55 EST Washing Machine Fixed!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I happy to report ALL IS WELL!! My machine is now repaired. The technician needed help to take the machine apart so I helped him. Otherwise I would have had to wait for week or more for and pay for two technicians. Fortunately for me and him, I researched my issue on line and was able to aid him with logistics. Sometimes one pair of hands is not enough. He did the repair work but where he needed logistics I was ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:54:30 EST Coq au vin <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well Sunday I made Coq au vin for the family meal. I had just enough left overs for my dinner today. The chicken, mushrooms, carrots and parsley potatoes are delicious. Not sure about the calories. I am sad to report I have gained 5 pounds in the last 2 weeks. I think the delay in Spring is having its toll. I am so sick of winter. I have shoveled , slipped, froze and used all my fire wood. The electric bill jumpe... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:52:07 EST Tumeric kills cancer cells--safely <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rcumin-reprogramming-cancer-cell-death<BR>/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_ca<BR>mpaign=turmeric-curcumin-reprogramming<BR>-cancer-cell-death&utm_source=Nutritio<BR><BR>_VIDEO_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term<BR>=0_40f9e497d1-ecc51432c6-23375473 </link> <BR> <BR> The above link is a video of the benefits of Turmeric esp... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:37:17 EST Vegan Diet? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=em-subs_digest-vrecs </link> <BR> <BR> I just watched this video. Humorous but a lot 55 min to watch. It is worth it. It shows how eating less meat will help stop the top 15 causes of death in this nation. Cancer and heart disease the top two. <BR> <BR> I am going to try to eat more fruits and vegetables and less meat to see what happens. I always enjoye... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 11:47:43 EST Re-cycling <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My community has been using the one container re-cycling for about a year now. Since I am an avid supporter of re-using, re-purposing, or re-cycling to save the environment as well as my wallet I have been very happy with this. I have also found recently that I have much less "trash" than I used to have. They gave us HUGE re-cycling bins when they started this program. I tend to wait until it is filled to drag it ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 09:20:09 EST What are the Benefits of Homemade Yogurt?? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>efits-homemade-yogurt_.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Above is my yogurt maker as I am preparing my yogurt as I write. I began making my own yogurt about 3 years ago and I must say I have been very happy doing it. But I began to wonder with all the writing about probiotics out there just how good is mine? <BR> <BR> It seems according to the article above I am doing... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:49:54 EST Do I have to pay taxes on my social security?? For those who have been asking me about Social Security and Taxes. Please check out his link <link><BR>fo-2014/social-security-benefit-taxes.<BR>html?cmp=EMAIL-TOPIC-ALERT </link> <BR> <BR> The answer is yes if you make $25,000 are single and half of your social security plus other adjusted income equals a total of $25,000. So when you start those required distributions at 70 1/2 if that required money plus your other income and 1/2 of social securi... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 09:51:18 EST