APPLEPIEAPPLE's SparkPeople Blog APPLEPIEAPPLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Thanksgiving Memories <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I find this time of year awakens so many memories. As a child, Thanksgiving meant the Christmas parade in downtown Wheeling, WV was the next day on what is now called Black Friday. It is rumored that Black Friday got its name because the stores books finally got out of the red during the final and productive month of December due to Christmas. Now it seems to mean tearing us away from family... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:49:16 EST New roof on Shed and weekly update. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Finally broke down and got my shed roof replaced. I used a local roofer who gave me a 10 year warrantee and use 50 year shingles that matched my roof's 50 year shingles. So the house roof should last until I am 108 years old and shed should last until I reach 115! <BR> <BR> I ordered my new Queen Anne chair to replace my old one. It is to be delivered Tuesday. Today I had Sears come and do... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 13:52:58 EST Homemade Pizza <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Being the frugal me, I decided to use the leftover spaghetti sauce, the remaining feta cheese, some leftover mozzarella cheese, some mushrooms left over from another meal, and opened a can of spinach as well as minced some onions and created some healthy pizzas to freeze for future meals. Each small pizza is made with homemade whole wheat flour dough. I made these last winter and they were ... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 13:34:31 EST Busy, Busy , Busy....... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My life has been quite busy lately. Getting ready for (Brrrr..) Winter. The wood came and stacked. Now I am doing my Fall cleaning. After much research, I read where vinegar would clean the grout in my tiled floors. ( This is the kitchen, hallway, entry way and my office.) So after 3 days of on my knees with a toothbrush in hand, bucket, and cloth to wipe the debris, <em>40</em> I am ... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:02:06 EST Preparing for (yikes) Winter! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thursday my son and I lugged a cord of wood to the basement and garage to prepare for winter. Wednesday I was busy cleaning and preparing the garage and basement to accept the wood after I did grocery shopping! I still make time to get my walking club done. Then Friday I did my walking club again as well as some cleaning. Today I am rather sore and my son is out with friends. I just finis... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 14:05:25 EST Homemade apple cider <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found this recipe I thought I'd share. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-apple-cider/print/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I plan to try it today. I'll let you know how it goes. <BR> <BR> After my OOPS this past week I have decided to start wearing blue jeans because I have them in smaller sizes available. Also I got poison ivy in my one leg after trimming the bushe... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 09:38:50 EST OOPS! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am sure many of you have had one of THOSE moments. Well mine was this week. <BR> <BR> It began as a normal week but I decided to finish trimming the large 10 foot bushes around my house. The city allows me to bag the cuttings in paper bags and they pick them up to compost. <BR> <BR> I got out my cordless hedge trimmer and added the battery. Everything was working fine so I began the tr... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 09:22:21 EST Life happens.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My eldest son who travels for his job got hit while traveling through a green light and his car was overturned onto his roof. It was a rental car and he had a co-worker with him. Miracle is he and his co-worker were unhurt. The one who hit him by driving through a red light, also totaled her car and they went to the emergency room. So far the witnesses and police are holding her responsi... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:04:53 EST Update on life... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well this week was blue moon week! I keep getting e-mails about how positive this this. Yet, I did not lose any weight this week. <em>40</em> Well let us hope this coming week will improve. I am struggling with understanding how all the walking and exercise I am doing seems to get me no where with my weight! <em>15</em> I keep telling myself it is muscle growing replacing the "ahem"... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 09:36:40 EST Finished the Hormone Reset Diet <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Finished the diet reset. Results so far 3.5 pounds lost. But I did find out some things. <BR> <BR> 1. I need the dairy products I enjoy eating. When I stopped eating them, I became tired and my stomach was in knots. When I added them back--I am happy camper! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Chocolate and sugar are my kryptonite. When I added them I had digestion issues and was upset. <em>29<... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:02:25 EST Aging or exhausted??? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Early today I went out to the local pond where my walking club meets. We normally meet on Fridays but began adding Wednesdays as of today. I got there early and did 4 laps or 1 mile before the rest began to show up. <BR> <BR> Once others arrived I did another 4 laps for over 7,000 steps. I was feeling very tired after the walk but I needed to so some grocery shopping. So off to the store ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 12:27:14 EST Happy 4th of July! And first week challenge results.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone has a great day! <BR> <BR> I have a friend coming to spend the day. I have been reading and using a new diet this past week. The book is "The Hormone Reset Diet" by Sara Gottfried, M.D. So when my friend asked to do iced tea and dessert I was ok but had to tell her that today fell on my third day of my NO SUGAR day. Now no sugar on this diet is a bit di... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 12:30:05 EST Weight loss Redux! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Preparing for the eight week summer challenge. I have updated my weight and found I lost the 2 pounds I gained form my trip! Yahoo!!! <BR> <BR> My days since back from the trip have been busy walking with my walking club and writing for my writers circle and reading for the readers circle. I am also beginning a new book which has nothing to do with finances. I have several short stories I... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:08:00 EST Back from trip! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My niece and my brother both graduated in May. I went back this weekend for their party. I was a bit upset that doing so meant a 5 hour drive both ways and would lower my exercise and walking. However, I did find this link below which you add your weight and your minutes of driving and will give you how many calories you burn while driving! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> Mon, 8 Jun 2015 15:45:25 EST Spring has FINALLY Sprung!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Spring is HERE! And so is the work. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I had a tree trimmer come in and trim my large honey locust, remove the tree that hung over my small shed (barn), and remove 2 more trees and do some minor trim on 2 more. But we are not done. <BR> <BR> Then I got out and did some trimming away of 2-3 more tree sprouts and 3 small trees which I still need to get out the chain saw and finish the large... Sun, 3 May 2015 09:52:26 EST Getting HOT for a longer Life? ! <img src=""> <BR> My sauna <BR> <BR> Prevention Magazine has an article this month about how steam room or sauna users seem to have a lower risk for premature death. GOT MY ATTENTION! <BR> <BR> It seems that, according to the article, researchers found those who logged 4-7 weekly sessions were 50% less likely to develop fatal cardiovascular diseases and 40% less likely to die young! The longer the session (up to 35 min) the greater... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:59:11 EST Spring is blooming! Weekly update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Bradford pear trees are blooming and so are my pear, almond, cherry and apples trees. <BR> <BR> I joined a walking club at the library and have been walking more often now I have someone to share the experience. I also went shopping with a friend to Hagerstown Outlets. We accumulated over 7,000 steps at the mall. I did not spend much $58 total but got some things I've been wanting or needing. We also ate a... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:05:17 EST Excitement this morning! Lots of excitement this morning! As I was walking down to gather the mail, I notice a very large black lab across the road. He was not on a leash but roaming free. I thought he probably belonged to a neighbor. As I was walking with the mail back to my house, I turned and the dog was coming towards me. He was half my height, black but friendly. He did have tags. I expected him to roam back to his home but he did not. Fearing he would get hit by a car, I locked onto his collar and put him into... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:53:27 EST Visit to the dentist today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am always nervous when visiting ANY doctor. So as usual I am nervous. I was not having any problems so I was not expecting any. <BR> <BR> My hygienist was cleaning my teeth and noticed a spot where a filling looked either worn or gone. Meanwhile I re-iterated my request for NO X-Rays. I read in Consumers Reports that we are given X-rays many times when they were not needed. X-rays to the head can cause cancer... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 15:53:50 EST 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