APPLEPIEAPPLE's SparkPeople Blog APPLEPIEAPPLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 2 feet going once, twice, the woman in Maryland sold for 2 feet! <img src=""> <BR> My back deck. Picnic table to the left--two feet of snow on it. <BR> <BR> I felt like I was on the precarious winning side of an auction yesterday. I spent most of the day shoveling and snow blowing my driveway. Fortunately my neighbor also has a snow blower so both of us were out working. Yes, we got 24 inches (2 feet) of that glorious beautiful white stuff. I heard on the news that three people died digging out. So ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:22:37 EST I live in ICE BERG <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My yard is SOLID ICE! I could almost ice skate on it. As it "melts" it just gets more solid. The sun tries to melt it but the temperate is 28 degrees and freezes it as it melts. Weird. <BR> <BR> Remember when Desi Arnez says, "You have a lot of explaining to do!" Well that is about how I feel about the 4 trees I need to trim once the glacier melts. I am trying to figure out how I am going to trim them. I may b... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 14:57:50 EST Ice is nice--juicing can get creative <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The trees and shrubbery are laden with ice. One of my trees lost a branch due to the weight of the ice. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Look above the umbrella at the broken branch. That will be a challenge once the weather gets better to trim. <BR> <BR> The trees are very beautiful despite the weight of the ice. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 5 Feb 2014 13:24:13 EST Fast Food Adds to Our Waists <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-food-each-fast-food-meal-bumps-bmi-2D<BR>12035018?cid=eml_nhh_20140203 </link> <BR> <BR> I ran across this today and had to share. I, myself, have been limiting fast foods for over a year. I only eat there if I have to do a mystery shop. Even then I just eat what I need to review the item. Yes, they taste good. But they are so unhealthy. The food industry p... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 09:38:35 EST The Tale of Dirt Pile <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My husband was a very educated man. He held several degrees and many skills. He had an IQ over 150. But intelligence is not just knowing facts and thus many times common sense seems to elude him. <BR> <BR> I was working at the phone company and Bill was home with the kids. For Thanksgiving I bought him a used truck so he could look for work more easily and have some freedom. Our home was on a hill. When I say on ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:28:33 EST Cleaning and de-cluttering the Refrigerator <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, I am a copycat... After reading how active INFLATED, SCOOTER4263, and others have been, ill or not it was time to get active. Soooo today was REFRIGERATOR DAY. This is one chore I really hate, especially if I have things I forgot about hiding in the depths of the abyss. LOL! Not too bad though. I made chili in my slow cooker once I remembered I had a little bit of tomato sauce left over from Friday. I als... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:17:35 EST When to take Social Security? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ways-to-maximize-your-social-security-<BR>benefits/ </link> <BR> <BR> Please read the article above from the Intentional Retirement website. <BR> <BR> More and more of my friends and relatives are asking that question. I was asking it at age 55. I PLAN early! Yes, and I also plan with contingency plans B, C, D, ...... Laugh all you want. But runnin... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 17:13:42 EST Strep Throat. Starting the new year. Neanderthal habits. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well my year is off to a good start. The day after New Years Day I awoke will a terrible sore throat. I did the normal things like gargling with salt water, take aspirin, and rested. But by Saturday it was not going away and now I had a deep, throat cough to with it. So Monday I went to the doctor who has me on antibiotics and codeine cough syrup to try and heal this. Strep throat is something I used to ge... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 16:08:25 EST Spark Savings, who knew? This is another site which helps with budgets and more. I also joined the frugalists and simple living community. I hope to live leaner both financially and physically this year. <BR> <BR> I came across this by accident since it has no linkage or "rare" linkage from sparkpeople. <BR> This was one of those rare ones. But I thought some of you may e interested in this for the 2014 new year. So visit You can sign in using the same login a... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 09:11:28 EST Received a Wreath--Thoughts fo Christmas. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What a surprise! My brother and his wife sent me a wreath for Christmas. Love it over my fireplace. <BR> <BR> I fired up the wood stove this week and all worked well. I 've been holding off because January and February are my coldest months and I ran out of wood mid-February last year. But I plan to fire the fireplace Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. <BR> <BR> My driveway is still icy near my garage door but i... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:06:11 EST Winter Wonderland! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My backyard is a real wonderland. I had to take pictures before it melted. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The snow is dripping from the branches. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My dogwood tree is laden with snow. <BR> <BR> My son and I finished plowing and digging the driveway and then we had hot... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:32:01 EST Let it snow, let it snow , let it snow... <img src=""> <BR> My yard about 11 am as just got snowing. Now I have about 6 -8 inches. <BR> <BR> I have my new spark people tracking device which is counting my steps but it does not count calories burned. I spent 15 min shoveling snow and another 15 with the snow blower. My neighbor did the rest of the driveway (bless them). So I still needed to add that and any other exercise I do. Not a real issue. Actually adding mine stuff to it... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 17:44:17 EST Homemade Mint Extract <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello! It has been awhile since I made an update mainly because I have been busy getting ready for the Holidays. I decorated the outside of the house, put up my tree, and decorated my mantel and living room. I also decorated my homemade mint extract to give as gifts to my readers circle for Christmas. I also made some pumpkin bread to share. <BR> <BR> Most of my holiday shopping is completed. My youngest son n... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 11:33:53 EST Happy Thanksgiving! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Beautiful! Got the pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread and cinnamon pastry cookies made. Finished cleaning the house and defrosted the turkey. All the drama of last week has subsided and I am feeling rather good. <BR> <BR> I did some Christmas shopping on line this week and made the mint extract to give to my Writer's Circle and Reading Circle this December. The mint turned out well. I found 3.5 oz bottles at Joann Fabric... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:22:17 EST Whats Up and What is down....update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sorry I have not written in awhile. I have been busy helping friends and relatives with "issues". In my family circle, I am the go to person for advice. I am not sure how good or bad it is but I am the one they call. It can be a bit stressful after a bit which is why my weight went UP for the past month. But then I grabbed control and recently lost ALL the weight I gained during the crisis. Thank goodness! (Little ... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:03:31 EST Want to burn 360 caloires in 20 minutes??? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Visit this link below and see work out. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ips/tabata-workouts-burn-major-calorie<BR>s?cm_mmc=Walk-Off-Weight-_-1490804-_-1<BR>1062013-_-burn-1080-cals-in-hour-read-more </link> <BR> <BR> I plan to try this today. <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Nov 2013 11:09:53 EST Happy Halloween! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well I just finished carving my Halloween Pumpkin. This year I saved the seeds and am in the process of making pumpkin seeds for snacking. I am also trying something different this year. I carved out as much of the inside pulp of the pumpkin as a could ( which turned out to be quite a bit) and am cooking it in the crock pot. I have enough pumpkin to do this at least twice. Anyway, I then plan to puree the cooked p... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 07:36:19 EST Peanut oil is healthy--if you are not allergic <img src=""> <BR> Free clip art from <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-vegetable-oil.html </link> <BR> <BR> Peanut oil does not change to trans fats at high temperatures. So it is good for the occasional deep fried foods like fries. HOWEVER if you ARE ALLERGIC to peanuts Please do not use!!!!! <BR> <BR> I have gone to senior gym only once last week because I was busy doing other things. I w... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:05:39 EST Exercise --Hubba Hubba! <img src=""> <BR> Hubba Hubba! <BR> <BR> Well today I had my first taste of exercise at the Senior Center. Do not LAUGH! LOL! Yes, I reluctantly joined the Senior Center in town. I am over 60 but I really do not feel like it. I am taking no meds, very agile, and strong but why? Because I get to use their gym FREE!! And MEMBERSHIP IS FREE! Did not see any men like above however. <em>39</em> I am going in the afternoon since it... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 14:45:52 EST Broke the 190 barrier! <img src=""> <BR> Things are not always what they seem. <BR> <BR> This past week I did break the 190 pound barrier. That means I have lost over 25 pounds since my husband died. Yes . I did gain and loose as I went. And it did take me since 2001 to do it. But I am happy have lost it regardless of the time and effort. Now for the next 25. I only hope it does not take another 12 years to do it. I have heard of slow weight loss but reall... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 10:06:57 EST Week in View <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had a busy week. Yesterday my son and I lugged and stacked wood in the basement and garage. I will use the garage wood for the fireplace and the basement is where my wood stove is. I am getting older and lugging wood from the garage to the basement was beginning to take its toll. Also I was afraid I might fall. So we are trying this out while I am still able to lug. <BR> <BR> Of course I had to clean the garage... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:19:54 EST Taneytown Fun Days! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just back from working the Taneytown Museum Booth at the Taneytown Fun Days Event. I was selling tickets for a raffle. The event has been going on since Thursday. I think the last night is Sunday. They had fireworks Thursday and Friday nights. They also have had rides, food, and booths full of homemade and other wares and carnival games. I did get my exercise by working there since I was on my feet for 2 hours-... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 13:54:10 EST Free Cat food? Friday the 13 th....guess what? <img src=""> <BR> via facebook share <BR> <BR> Today I was sorting through my e-mail and received a request for a survey and a promise of $20 coupon for cat food via Petango. Ok, I'll do the survey... <BR> <BR> After the survey I got a code to enter when I placed my order. Once on Petango's site I searched for the food I wanted. I tried entering the code. But it failed. I tried 3 times. Then I summoned the chat. I was told that the ... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:33:17 EST A Chipmunk Tale <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Once upon a time a little chipmunk was scurrying along a roof top. Suddenly he sees a hole and being curious he peeked in. In doing so he slipped and fell down the hole. He slammed his paws and body against the walls the hole until he stopped. Then fearing an endless fall and death, he began to climb out. The problem is he has found that no matter how hard he tried he was not making any headway. Now he is in a pan... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:05:39 EST New space for Samantha <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Samantha kept jumping onto my atrium window eating the bamboo leaves. I was not sure if they are good for her or not; so I cleaned it up and added some grass for her to eat. It was the same grass that Sherlock used to eat outside so I figured it would work. She has been very happy with her new space. She sits there watching the birds and enjoys watching the dawn. She is now leaving the bamboo alone. <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:13:14 EST New Cat today- <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was dreaming last night and Sherlock was urging me to adopt another cat. So I went to the Humane Society in Carroll County and I found Samantha. She is a 7 year old cat which has never been an outdoor cat. Her owner moved and could not take her with her. <BR> <BR> I was so happy with Sherlock that I just could not bear not having another cat. I am hopeful that this one and I become good friends. So far she is ... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 12:32:00 EST Sad News-Sherlock is dead. This has been a horrible week. My cousin died and was buried Wednesday and I just found Sherlock. A neighbor called to advise me Sherlock was hit by a car in front of his house. I ran over to get him. He looks like his neck was broken so he did not suffer. My only comfort is he was happy doing the things he enjoys and he died happy. My son will help to bury him in my yard. <BR> <BR> My next cat (if there is one) will be an inside cat only. I can not do this again. Fri, 6 Sep 2013 09:28:35 EST Great end to a week! <img src=""> <BR> via facebook share <BR> <BR> I do stumble along with my diet but this week I was right on course and lost about 2 pounds! I was so grateful to finally over come my plateau. <BR> <BR> Today I was up with the birds and let Sherlock out to play. He hovered over me while I raked the old rotten apples that had fallen and put them into the compost pile. He loved it when I got my fruit basket harvester and began to harvest ... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 12:09:04 EST Week in review <img src=""> <BR> from facebook share <BR> <BR> I have been "sleepin on the job" this week. I did get exercise in but did quite a bit of resting as well. I need to get back on track--a-g-a-i-n! <BR> <BR> I did get some yard work done. Trimmed some trees, weeded garden, and harvested mint and vegs. I did burn the infected wood in my outdoor fireplace and the non-infected kindling I have stored for winter fireplace. I also used my mulch... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 08:53:49 EST Made my own tea and bags <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since I make my own tea, I was frustrated when many bought defusers would not work well, So I found cloth tea bag instructions which work very well with the tea. <BR> <BR> Below from from<BR>tea-bags/ <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:38:47 EST Do Not Let Others Define You <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found this picture of my husband and I the year we got engaged. I was 19. When I saw this I was shocked. All my life I let others tell me I was ugly, fat, and dumb. I, fortunately, ignored most of what they were saying and kept striving to be the opposite of the things I was being labeled. When I saw this I realized I was not ugly, fat and I was a Junior in college when this was taken. But at the time I did l... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 09:30:07 EST UP <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just finished reading "UP". This book is about how optimism creates an environment which increases your lifespan, health, and outlook on life. Being an optimist I was curious. <BR> <BR> My husband was a pessimist. Notice--was. He passed about 13 years ago after turning 50. He was always looking for the downside of things while I always looked at the UP side. According to this book those who have a positive... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 08:58:16 EST She Noticed! <img src=""> <BR> via facebook <BR> <BR> I was doing my normal grocery shopping and I ran into someone I had not seen in awhile. She said,"Looks like you have lost some weight!" Hallelujah! Some one noticed! Made my day! <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 07:42:27 EST Feeling a bit crabby.. But I will get over it. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Upgrading my computer has been stressful. I could not use any of my Office pro 7 stuff because they were upgrades and can I guess they can not be loaded from scratch. I tried my first 95 version but it was too old to use. So I had to buy the new Office Pro 2013. Fortunately so far I can access my old files but creating new files will be a learning experience. <BR> <BR> I was shocked that I could not get a disc. I... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:26:29 EST Weekly Update and Fruit Washing Tip <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well my week was interesting. Sherlock did not come as quickly as usual when I called him on Wednesday. But he did return-not knowing he did anything wrong of course. The weather has had him inside since as well as my not being home Thursday most of the day. <BR> <BR> Thursday I went on a shopping trip with a friend to Gettysburg outlet. I did get some slippers, sandals, and 360 shoes for me. I also found some Ch... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 06:32:47 EST Lean on Me This video helps decribe Sparkpeople and those I have met here. Thank you! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 10:35:02 EST Fresh Spearmint harvested <img src=""> <BR> Fresh mint from my garden <BR> <BR> Last Christmas I gave all my close friends my harvested mint for tea and other uses. To make the tea my process in more than drying the leaves. Here these will be used for sachets, etc. For tea, I pick the best leaves, wash them then pat them dry before I add them to the dehydrator. There they process drying for about 5 hours or so. After that I carefully remove the leaves from the ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 10:32:32 EST Microsoft Called - My Computer's Broke???!!! I experienced this call about 2 weeks ago as did my sister-in-law before I got this in an e-mail from a local computer company with our Chamber of Commerce. I usually do not share this on Sparkpeople-but since another friend on Sparkpeople may have been a victim as well I though I'd share. I was able to recognize the fraud thankfully. See below. <BR> <BR> As far as my diet is concerned I am just holding still--sigh. <BR> <BR> Microsoft Called - My Computer's Broke???!!! <BR> It's not tru... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 16:45:08 EST Hello! Weekly catch-up. Sherlock update <img src=""> <BR> Sherlock hiding in the yard. <BR> <BR> Well it was inevitable. Sherlock sneaked out of the deck door yesterday. Now he is an inside & outside cat. He seems to stay in the fenced yard and is really enjoying his life. He comes when I call him and is now using the doggy door to get in and out. He caught on to that REALLY QUICK! I worry about him but he has is Revolution and ( I hate to admit it) seems happier with his ad... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:14:39 EST Cabin in the Woods <img src=""> <BR> Cabin at Oglebay Park, WV <BR> <BR> Last weekend I spent two days with my brother and his family at Oglebay Park in Wheeling, WV. They rented a cabin and a shelter for the high school graduation of their son. It was very enjoyable. The six hour one way drive is a bit of a killer. I am now just getting back to normal. <BR> <BR> While there, I swam for 90 minutes doing laps in the indoor pool at Wilson Lodge. It was ve... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:11:00 EST Violence. That one word added a new perspective. Just finished " The One Plan: a week-by week guide to restoring your natural health and happiness.". In it the author talked about how the teachings in Yoga began to transform his life. I will not follow all his teachings because some of them are a bit over the top. However, one thing that fazed me was when he spoke about AVOIDING VIOLENCE. <BR> <BR> When you think of violence I am sure you envision terrible physical harm. A lot of harm. But like me, I bet you never thought of that cupcak... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 10:36:48 EST Is Facebook increasing our Cholesterol?? I came across this article which I thought was a bit amusing. It does however prove a point. That science makes assumptions which are not always true. That there are too many variables which are let out of the "studies" and that those "studies" no matter how much you try to make them true--just aren't. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I have read several of Jonny Bowden's books and he seems to have his head on straight as do many of the newer outspok... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 10:11:16 EST