APPLEPIEAPPLE's SparkPeople Blog APPLEPIEAPPLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Harvested Mint and updates <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a fantastic Labor Day! I spent mine harvesting my spearmint for tea. I began making my own tea 4 years ago when I read a book for Book Chat which taught me how to do it. Once harvested it needs to be sorted for blemishes and other plants which might have been accidentally been harvested as well. Then as shown the leaves are washed and put into a dehydrator for 2-3 days. ... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 09:13:33 EST ALL Better now! Update on my week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so sorry I have not updated you recently since my face (blow-up)! I finally am rid of the swelling around my eyes, face and neck. It was the makeup I bought on line. I use Clinic but I bought a (new!) better one, yes that did not go well.... Fortunately, I got my money back. Then the eye liner came....FROM KOREA!!! YIKES!!! I had no idea it was from Korea! I immediately asked to return ... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:37:54 EST Little Bird Lost--FOR REAL-looking for owner <img src=""> <BR> <BR> From a friend on Facebook: Found in Taneytown, Maryland. <BR> <BR> LITTLE BIRD LOST- PLEASE SHARE TO FIND OWNERS: Look what I found in my backyard! Taking him/her to Carroll County Humane Society (they're closest and open till 6pm). <BR> <BR> Found him perched on my fence when I tried to mow the yard. S/he kind of scared me then I realized how friendly it was- it didn't move nor try to fl... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:03:51 EST Been ill, so I have not written. After my trip to Hagerstown, I awoke with a swollen face and rash on my face and neck. I used ice packs to reduce the swelling but had problems getting an appointment with Dr. Finally on Friday I saw my doctor. After he gave a shot to reduce swelling we finally figured out it was a change in my makeup brand that caused it. I sent the makeup back and they immediately returned my money. I still was able to volunteer at the history museum for a few hours Friday before seeing my doctor. Today ... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:25:05 EST Federal Park Senior Passes to increase to $80 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope Your week is going well! Well I have had a busy week. I waited a second day, ALL DAY for Sears to show up on Tuesday and AGAIN they did not come. This time they did not schedule a new appointment but would have an management call me to arrange a new appointment. THAT was a week ago and STILL no response! I will wait until later in the week when I am calmer to talk to them. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:20:38 EST Make your own healthy protein snack bars! Recipe included <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was frustrated by the prices of healthy snack bars and decided to create my own. <BR> <BR> Donna's Healthy Snack Bars. <BR> <BR> 1 C oatmeal, 1/3 C coconut, 1/2 C Raisins, 3/4 C sliced almonds mix well in a bowl. <BR> <BR> 1/3 C honey +2 T honey + 1 TSP of vanilla in a small pan on stove. Boil until 260 degrees or hardball stage. <BR> <BR> Prepare a 8x8 cake glass baking pan. Line it w... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 09:19:13 EST Immune Webinar this week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This week I am listening to another educational webinar. "Immune System". So far I have learned that disease occurs when our immune system is over whelmed. When we add more stuff to the current stuff they normally need to fight. Here is all the stuff they normally fight: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:44:35 EST Lost 2 pounds so far on Challenge--attended Cancer webinar <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am with the Teddy Bears in the Summer Challenge and I have finally lost 2 pounds! I began to lose more weight after I learned some things from the Cancer Webinar. One of the main things was that sugar feeds cancer. It not only feeds it but our normal sugar we buy is processed whether we like it or not. Honey is a natural sugar as is fruit. Our body recognizes it and thus can digest it bett... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:44:58 EST Budget a bit busted-but not lost <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This week I had to have 3 trees cut down which were dying or dead and several more trimmed. The bill was $600 so it took a bite out of my savings. The good news is I had the money to pay for it and since I had been aware of this issue brewing for the past three years I was prepared for it. <BR> <BR> My yard is full of trees-still. I have about 2 dozen left. I created my own little woods. G... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:15:51 EST Nothing is worth more than this day. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 365 days of gratitude day 62. <BR> <BR> I seemed to get off my track for a while on my gratitude days -- but not really. Every day I do find something that I feel grateful--I just don't write them all down. <BR> <BR> I read an interesting article yesterday and here is the sum up. <BR> <BR> Sum Up <BR> Here’s some of what was learned from talking to a bunch of the most successful people:... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 10:30:48 EST Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. - Author Unknown <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello everyone! No I have not been hiding in a hole! LOL! I have been rather busy working around the house and other things. <BR> <BR> I had an appointment with foot doctor on 6/12 but cancelled it. I found some adjustable cold& hot therapy wraps on Amazon and after I tried them found my feet were feeling better. I will see where this leads. In the past I have used homo-therapy to h... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:52:27 EST Sunshine!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Finally!! SUNSHINE! I really needed it today. I was able to do my walking around the pond in the local park. I also just completed my mystery shop. I earned $11.75 and get to keep what I bought. Needless to say, I always buy things I will need so I get the most out it. I always pick a shop where I use the less gas as well. I do keep track of my mileage to deduct as business expenses at tax ... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 14:40:55 EST DIET stands for Did I Eat That??? <link><BR>56885701215704/ </link> <BR> <BR> Love the Facebook link which had the title! LOL! <BR> <BR> Good News! I have been staying on my diet. I had salad and soup for my lunch & dinner. I plan to eat fruit for snack. I lost 1 pound but am waiting to see it returns tomorrow. Too many times I lose it and it comes back. Frustrating. <BR> <BR> Grocery shopping I saved $20.75 in coupons & sales. Kept to $40 spent. <BR> <BR> Raining (again). So I ha... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 20:07:59 EST Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. - Chinese Proverb <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My title of today's blog, "Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are." <BR> - Chinese Proverb, really hit me this morning when I saw it. It kind of expressed how my life has been these past few days. I have been feeling tense because I have not been able to meet my goals lately. Then it hit me, maybe my goals were not who I was. Suddenly, I became calmer and more rela... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 09:35:39 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 61 Health =Wealth <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so grateful to be healthy. I was discussing with a friend on my walk around the pond this morning how as a child I remember quite acutely that my one aunt who owned her own beautician business and between her and her husband were able to sock away a fortune close to 1 million dollars. Then her husband died at age 68. She then got sick with white lung from working in a tile factory at a... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:55:38 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 60 Sunshine!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After so many days of rain and cold I am grateful for the SUNSHINE I see today! <BR> <BR> I am sorry I have not posted in quite a while. I have had so many things to deal with lately. I spent the day with a friend on May 3rd. That was enjoyable. I also attended our Ambassador Dinner which was great. One our our ambassadors is a small dog who greets everyone with joy. I also attended a web... Mon, 15 May 2017 10:59:39 EST 360 Days of Gratitude Day 60 NO DEBT <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When you run into debt, you give another power over your liberty. <BR> - Ben Franklin .. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am very grateful and blessed to not have any debt. It was five years ago I paid off my house. It is wonderful to have freedom. <BR> <BR> Today was grocery day since tomorrow I plan to spend time with a friend. The good news my bill was $21.92. Having the stockpile really help... Tue, 2 May 2017 12:08:16 EST 360 Days of Gratitude Day 59 Calorie site <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am grateful to have found this site which allows me to calculate my homemade stuff in calories. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/generic/ground-beef-regular-cooked?po<BR>rtionid=3367&portionamount=1.000 </link> <BR> <BR> I made homemade meatballs about 1 inch after cooked. Trying to log in the calories via fitbit website made it hard to do with unknowns when ... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:52:20 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 58 Helping <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am grateful that I am able to help others. No, I am not bragging. It is just I find myself happier when I can help others. I guess that might go along with being an optimist. <BR> <BR> Recently people I meet have had a need to talk. They seem to gravitate toward me. I do not mind listening and sometimes I can help them see the answers they are looking for. I do not tell them what to do.... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:54:40 EST 360 Days of Gratitude Day 57 Insurance <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I came across this article and became grateful that I already knew of many of these. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ance-buys-that-waste-your-money/ </link> <BR> <BR> Sunday I gave my sons their AAA membership cards( I pay it for them.) I have been a member since 1972. It has helped me numerous times over the years. It is one insurance I do like. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:01:41 EST 360 Days of Gratitude Day 56 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link>/<BR>ght-protect-consumers-internet-privacy<BR>/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=e<BR>mail-2017-04-19-am&utm_medium=email&su<BR>bscriber=yes </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am grateful that my state of Maryland is one of them fighting to protect my internet privacy. <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:29:10 EST 360 Days of gratitude: Days 53, 54, 55 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay. Why three at one time? Because it was a triple day. <BR> <BR> I got 10,000 steps yesterday! And I lost 1/2 pound! <BR> <BR> Yesterday while mowing the lawn my lawn mower began to smoke--my engine was dead. But I am grateful no one or nothing else was harmed. <BR> <BR> Then I was able to buy a new lawn mower. This one has a 2 year warranty, never needs oil change (but I will proba... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:04:58 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 52 Reuse/Repurpose <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 52 <BR> I am grateful that I already reuse my dryer sheets for some of these! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>round-the-house-4060532?utm_source=fac<BR>ebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=s<BR>hareurlbuttons </link> <BR> <BR> Yes, I am frugal. Which is why I began to REUSE the dryer sheets. <BR> <BR> 1. I found they worked really we... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 10:49:51 EST LOL! 360 Days of Gratitude : Day 51 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> LOL! 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 51 <BR> <BR> I am grateful I can march with the Penquins! <BR> <BR> I traveled 70 miles with my Fitbit, and just earned the Penguin March badge for it! <BR> <BR> Also today I walked with friends at the local pond. It was so good to get outside and enjoying nature! The ducks, birds, and squirrels were having a great time as well! <BR> <BR> Before the pond ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:49:46 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 50 HUGS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am grateful a friend shared this with me today. I needed a hug. <BR> <BR> A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT HUGGING <BR> Hugging is healthy. <BR> It helps the body's immune system. <BR> It cures depression. <BR> It reduces stress. <BR> It's rejuvenating. <BR> It has no unpleasant side effects. <BR> It is God's miracle drug! <BR> It is all natural, it contains no chemicals, artificial ingredients, no ... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:24:18 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 49 Uptown Policemen Fireman Funk <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>town-funk/ </link> <BR> <BR> I am grateful to find this video today! I really needed a pick me up! <BR> <BR> I've been rather sad these last few days. Memories of my late husband stream in around his birthday through April 9th the day he died. So I really needed the uplift. <BR> <BR> Kudos to the public servants who made the video! ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:01:28 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 48 Mushrooms <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 48 <BR> <BR> I am grateful to love mushrooms. <BR> <BR> Oddly enough we share 80-85% percent of our DNA with the mushroom kingdom and that is perhaps why it is such powerful medicine.--from article <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oom/?utm_campaign=Blogs-and-Podcasts&u<BR>tm_medium=email&utm_source=email-broad<BR>cast&utm_content=m... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:39:28 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 47 Living to 100-108!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 47 <BR> <BR> Visit and take the calculator test. I did and I found out I am well on my way to live 100-108!!!! Very grateful!! <BR> <BR> This site was amazing. The report given sounds like it was made by the doctor. It is free and very helpful. Please take advantage of it! You can ignore the pl... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:49:35 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 46 My guardian angel still looking after me! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 46 <BR> I am grateful I was advised of fraud on one of my cards by an online store.. even more so that the card they say was taken was an pre-paid gift card which expired several months ago! It no longer exists so I am safe! Thank you guardian angel! <BR> <BR> Went grocery shopping spent $23.66. I bought some corned beef for St Patrick's Day. I looked around and f... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:36:20 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 45 Optimism 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 45 <BR> I am grateful to be an optimist. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On being an Optimist <BR> by Peter EC Kirwan, <BR> <BR> So who is more realistic, the optimist or the pessimist? The answer is that both of them are creating their view of reality according to the way that they think. <BR> <BR> This view of reality is influencing their beliefs, their actions and the results in... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:33:26 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 44 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 44 <BR> <BR> Got a really good night's sleep last night. I slept for 10 hours! This was a card I got last year on my birthday! I am participating in a sleep study. Yes, I do a lot different things! LOL! <BR> <BR> This weekend CVS had Listerine on sale plus they would give me a $5.00 cash back coupon to use on future purchases. So I did a year stock up which cost ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:39:48 EST 360 Days fo Gratitude: Day 43 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am grateful to be alive! In my past I have come close to death many times. As a child I jumped into the river to save my brother without thinking. I held him on my shoulders so he could breathe and hopefully call for help. When I could not hold my breath any longer I would pull him down rise to the surface and yell for help--then dive back down and raise him again to the surface. Finally ... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:11:48 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 42 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am grateful I can walk! Seems like a small thing. But watching a neighbor ride in her electric wheelchair to get to the grocery store and library really made me appreciate I have two working legs. <BR> <BR> This Sunday I plan to celebrate my youngest son's birthday. I bought shrimp to steam for the meal. I plan to make Manhattan Clam Chowder, homemade french fries, and probably Brussels... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 14:10:38 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 41 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was 2 years ago today. I am grateful that this year it is sunshine! <BR> <BR> I am concerned about global warming. Although I like the sunshine, I worry our environment is in danger. I read recently that over 50% of the life on earth is in danger of extinction. Scary. <BR> <BR> I've been watching the squirrels in my backyard this morning. They are really fat compared to previous ye... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 09:57:46 EST 360 days of Gratitude: Day 40 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the unexpected wonders I have experienced throughout my life. <BR> <BR> Many times we are so busy complaining about what we don't have or what went wrong or other negative things. But if you look close enough, there are hidden wonders beneath the stress. When things go wrong I find myself looking for some good somewhere inside it. Perhaps it is just the optimist in me. Bu... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 08:40:07 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 39 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 days of Gratitude: Day 39 <BR> <BR> I felt very grateful to be able help an old friend with software issues today. We spent over 4 hours talking while we fixed her problem. My friend and I go way back. We worked together at Verizon so our friendship spans over 30 years. I was both a co-worker and supervisor to her and now we are both retired. We share as members of Alpha Lamda Sorority... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 16:46:06 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 38 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am grateful I am getting a tax refund. It will be going straight to emergency fund. <BR> <BR> My local market had their fish sale so I stocked up enough for 24 weeks. Doing it this way I save quite a bit over $25. My money saved from other sales is helping to pay for it. I also made my trip pay while recovering my tax information by stopping at Aldi's for more cheese and hamburger buns. ... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:19:35 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 37 Functional Medicine <img src=""> <BR> Facebook share cartoon <BR> <BR> Functional Medicine. <BR> <BR> I am grateful to find this video. Functional Medicine is the name of what I seek for my health. I just did not know what to call it until now. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1541033962594014/?pnref=story </link> <BR> <BR> I have several examples I have lived through. <BR> <BR> Story 1 <BR> <BR> Whi... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:19:11 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 36 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 36 <BR> I am very grateful that the hail storm with hail the size of marbles did little or no damage. <BR> <BR> Suddenly the house trembled. The walls were pounding. The wind was fierce. My poor cat scrambled for her hiding place on the second floor. At the windows were a loud tapping then a hard knock a the front door which repeated itself and shook the hinges. F... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:32:48 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 35 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 35 <BR> <BR> I felt very grateful today when while walking about my yard I found several patches of blooming flowers blossoming from the grass. The birds are chirping, the sun shining, and temperature 66 degrees. Hard to believe it is February! <BR> <BR> Earlier this week I gained weight but after going back to my intermittent fasting diet, I lost all I gained p... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:47:23 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 34 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fit bit shoe boat badge for 5,000 steps from their website. <BR> <BR> I am grateful that my Fitbit came yesterday. I was sad that my Spark People tracker was no longer being supported but very glad my new tracker links with Spark People. Also yesterday a friend called and wanted to walk. Very happy I could track my steps. <BR> <BR> I also joined the Fit Bit tracker group on Sparkpeople. ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:53:14 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 33 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l-superhero-photoshop-battle_us_58ad54<BR>bbe4b0d0a6ef464804? </link> <BR> <BR> I am grateful for this amusing collection of pictures. Made my day! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was grocery day. I spent a bit more than planned-but it was because of the pork ribs I bought for Sunday's dinner. $10.37. The store had other ribs on sale but-when you ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:39:16 EST 360 Days of Gratitude:Day 32 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You have to look very closely between the hedges & umbrella at the grass to see the flock of black birds which flew into my yard as I was peering through the window from my office. I was feeling a bit low today and seeing those birds made me very grateful. I enjoyed watching them search for an eat the food my yard provides. I am very happy that Certified Wildlife Habitat is being appreciated... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:50:08 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 31 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 31 <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the time I have been given on this earth. <BR> <BR> All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that. ---Baltasar Gracian <BR> <BR> Yesterday was TV Day. Since Directv was giving away free access to their premium channels, I was watching all day. But I did make my crazy cake for dessert today. It i... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:40:30 EST 360 Days of Gratitute: Day 30 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude:Day 30 <BR> <BR> I am grateful to be on the phone call to attend my Representative Andy Harris's Town Meeting last night. I was able to ask questions as well but others were asking the ones I had. ACA was the main topic. Many people were very concerned over repeal/replace vs just fix the current ACA issues. Unfortunately, the call was over in an hour. I am still not s... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:24:11 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 29 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the beautiful flowers I just received from my Brother John and his family! What a surprise! <BR> <BR> Also I just received $40 into my PayPal account for surveys & user testing I did last week. That will help to pay for misc items this month. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> And for those who don't know what Gnocchi is. Here is a picture with the gnocchi board when you make t... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:46:35 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 28 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 28 <BR> <BR> I am grateful for this sentence/quote. It expresses my reason for starting the 360 Days in the first place. <BR> <BR> If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough. <BR> - Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> Got a great night's sleep last night. My cream of broccoli soup was t... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:01:30 EST 360 Days of Gratitute: Day 27 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Heaven's Gate in China from Emotional <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the wonder and beauty of nature. <BR> <BR> Well I did grocery shopping to day. This was second trip this week because I ran out of stocked items. So I used the sales to stock up today. I was able to buy salmon for 2-3 meals for 9.99 and beer batter fish fillets for 2.99 for 2 meals. So I will be good on fish for s... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:05:00 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 26 & Happy Valentine's Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Valentine"s Day! I hope everyone enjoys their day today! <BR> <BR> I am grateful today for all my friends on Sparkpeople. I enjoy reading your blogs, getting feedback and encouragement and having people to share my journey as well I can share yours. Thank you! <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:18:49 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 25 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>c_ref=SEARCH# </link> <BR> <BR> I am grateful to a dear friend who shared with me the video about a crow who was happy but began to doubt his happiness when he thought other birds must be happier. After talking to several birds he met a peacock. The peacock said," I am not the happiest bird because of my beauty, It is my beauty which is cagi... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:12:58 EST