MEMORIES7's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MEMORIES7 MEMORIES7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Cactus Pear Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208091 Hello Sparkfamily, A simple lunch idea for a hot and humid day as today! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/36e56e71-5234-4b83-b4ff-1aad842585e3.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 cactus pear <BR> 1 avocado <BR> 1 bell pepper <BR> 1 tomato <BR> 1/4 c olive oil <BR> Juice from half a lemon <BR> Salt and pepper to taste <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Peel the cactus pear and slice it into 1/4" cubes. Halve the... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:48:34 EST Grilled Shrimp With Roasted Pineapple And Habanero Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207524 Hello Sparkfamily, Are you hungry yet? Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f6b88fc-ebdf-4be9-812b-1db9d2a41b2f.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Large or extra-large shrimp, cleaned & deveined. Allow for approximately 3-4 shrimp per person <BR> 1/4 c olive oil or a bit more if there is a large quantity of shrimp <BR> 1 clove garlic, minced <BR> Roasted Pineapple & Habanero Sauce or a sweet/spicy sauce to your liking <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:46:58 EST Corn Relish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206895 Hello Sparkfamily, Take your cook'in to the great outdoors and do not forget this! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4d60cff-810d-4145-a7ef-5d418cc9bebf.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups fresh or frozen corn <BR> 2 cups chopped onions <BR> 2 cups chopped tomatoes <BR> 2 cups chopped seeded cucumber <BR> 1 large green pepper, chopped <BR> 1 c sugar <BR> 1 c cider vinegar <BR> 1 1/2 tsps celery seed <BR> 1 1/2 tsps mustard seed <BR> 1... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:01:45 EST Sugar-Free Ketchup With Lemon Zest And Chili Paste http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206568 Hello Sparkfamily, Are you grill'in and out of ketchup? Well then, make your own! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a4f95fd3-8999-46fc-bc8f-7c9049f4eebb.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 6-oz. can of tomato paste <BR> 1/3 c water <BR> 2 tbsp. of your preferred sugar substitute (optional) <BR> 2 tbsp. onions <BR> 2 cloves garlic <BR> 1 tsp. salt <BR> 1/8 tsp. ground allspice <BR> 1/8 tsp. ground cloves <BR> 1/8 tsp. pepper <BR> 1 tsp. lemo... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:07:20 EST Chard Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205730 Hello Sparkfamily, I will meet you in the garden! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d82399f-a509-446f-b613-0ab093905ade.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 lb. chard stems <BR> 1 qt. water <BR> 1 clove garlic <BR> 1 tsp. salt <BR> 1/3 c. oil <BR> 1/2 c. lemon juice <BR> 1 tsp. dried crushed mint <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Cut chard stems into 1-inch pieces and boil them in water with salt for 15 minutes. Squeeze out excess water. Ma... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:57:35 EST Oatmeal Muffins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205245 Hello Sparkfamily, Have you had your oat;s today? Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16119a18-7113-465a-b63a-33078620c7c6.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 c of quick cooking oatmeal <BR> 3/4 c of milk (whole, 1 or 2% or skim) <BR> 1/2 c of vegetable oil <BR> 1/3 c packed brown sugar <BR> 1 egg <BR> 1 c of flour <BR> 3 tsps baking powder <BR> Dash of salt <BR> 1/2 tsp cinnamon <BR> 1/4 tsp nutmeg <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Di... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 08:39:18 EST Tangy Thai-style Melon And Chicken Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204760 Hello Sparkfamily, Have a healthy lunch on me! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9e9dd058-ad83-486a-ab9c-f1d69f318aeb.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 12 ounces cooked, shredded chicken <BR> 1/4 tsp kosher salt <BR> 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper <BR> 1/4 c lime juice <BR> 3 Tbsps fish sauce <BR> 2 tsp sugar <BR> 1 clove garlic, grated or minced <BR> 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (more to taste) <BR> 1 medium-to-large firm ripe melon, sliced i... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:40:37 EST Oven Baked Chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204261 Hello Sparkfamily, Do you have the munchies but do not want all the fat? Well grab a good movie and...Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6230f4d9-9350-40ea-acfe-4be07351de4a.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 Russet (baking) potatoes, peeled and sliced about 1/8-inch think <BR> 1/2 stick butter, melted <BR> Coarse salt to taste <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 500 F. Gently dry potatoes with paper to... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:08:29 EST Shrimp Avocado Tacos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203645 Hello Sparkfamily, HEALTHY taco's for dinner! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/345fc42c-9749-41b7-8bdc-48ef300c3a51.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3/4 pound medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cooked <BR> 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained <BR> 1/4 c sliced scallions <BR> 1 avocado, diced and peeled <BR> 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper <BR> 1/2 c bottled salsa verde <BR> 1/4 c chopped fresh cilantro <BR> 2 Tbsps fresh... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:03:44 EST Spicy Vegan Sloppy Joes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203064 Hello Sparkfamily, Our internet has been on the blink AGAIN but not to fret, it is back up and so I present to you...Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c88011f9-1263-4e7b-8514-c4453440c4af.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 pound cremini mushrooms, halved <BR> 1 Tbsps extra-virgin olive oil <BR> 1 large sweet onion, diced <BR> 1 3/4 cups light beer <BR> Kosher salt <BR> 1/3 c finely chopped walnuts <BR> 1 small green bell pepper, seeded and... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:04:05 EST Tilapia Fillets With Olive-Caper Butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196178 Hello Sparkfamily, I hope that y'all have had a safe and healthy 4th! I have been swamped but now I am here to present to you this...Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3b38ec03-2f1d-4c76-8aad-8e0c6e84cc64.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/4 c unsalted better, at room temperature. <BR> 2 tbsp green olives, finely chopped (do not <BR> use pimiento-stuffed variety) <BR> 1 tbsp. capers, finely chopped <BR> garlic powder <BR> salt and fre... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 23:35:59 EST Marinated Vegetable Salad And Salmon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193357 Hello Sparkfamily, Did you forget to add salmon to your grocery list this week? Well let me jog your memory! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f355ea2-da42-4ff7-85df-f28c27066896.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 stalks celery <BR> 3 large carrots <BR> 2 large zucchini <BR> 2 cups broccoli florets <BR> 1 clove garlic, pressed <BR> 1/2 c vegetable oil <BR> 1/4 c minced onion <BR> 2 Tbsps red wine vinegar <BR> 2 Tbsps lemon juice <BR> 1 Tb... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 00:45:14 EST Sweet Potato Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192722 Hello Sparkfamily, What was I think'in! It is way to hot to bake bread but a woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05118d08-bf4e-4132-843a-3f0eed3d4756.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 7 to 7-1/2 cups white flour <BR> 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour <BR> 1 Tbsp sugar <BR> 1-1/2 tsps salt <BR> 2 packages dry yeast <BR> 4 Tbsps melted butter (1/2 stick) <BR> 2 cups very warm water <BR> 1-1/2 cups cooked, ma... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 00:14:46 EST Strawberry Lemonade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192340 Hello Sparkfamily, Let calgon take ya away or better yet...Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d140386-6110-4565-a429-f7a8dcb74be8.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 c strawberries, hulled and sliced <BR> 1/2 c sugar <BR> 1 c fresh lemon juice <BR> 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cups cold sparkling water <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Put the strawberries into a blender or food processor and puree. Add the sugar to the lemon juic... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:25:01 EST Fresh Tomato And Basil Quiche http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191495 Hello Sparkfamily, You might as well just stay in the garden! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b5b98aae-5b2d-4bff-89df-9e3a4e52408b.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Crust for 10-inch quiche pan <BR> 1 tsp olive oil <BR> 1 c slivered onion <BR> 1 clove garlic, chopped <BR> 3/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese <BR> 1/4 c shredded fresh basil <BR> 1 c evaporated skim milk <BR> 1-1/2 tsps cornstarch <BR> 1/4 tsp black pepper <BR> 2 eggs <BR> 1 eg... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:05:54 EST Kale With Lemon And Garlic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191093 Hello Sparkfamily, It's back out to the garden for this healthy and not to forget, yummy dish! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f7e9a75a-d31f-4a02-998b-d38d5028ad46.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 to 4 pounds fresh kale <BR> Olive oil <BR> 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced or crushed <BR> Salt to taste <BR> Lemon wedges <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Clean kale thoroughly, rinsing the leaves in several changes of ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:01:43 EST Basil Carbonara http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189157 Hello Sparkfamily, Head on out to the garden and snatch up some fresh basil and...Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef9c7010-e220-4952-8dd2-685b96e288f0.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 10 slices bacon <BR> 1/4 c fresh basil leaves <BR> 4 to 6 cloves garlic <BR> 2 eggs, beaten <BR> 1/2 c half-and-half <BR> 1 c fresh grated Parmesan <BR> 1 pound pasta <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Boil water to cook pasta. Fry ba... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:41:06 EST Cranberry Punch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188546 Hello Sparkfamily, Oh so good on a hot blistery day as today! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f089cc65-f5fa-499e-b68a-8405ec4b769a.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 bottles (32 ounces each) cranberry juice cocktail <BR> 1 quart orange juice <BR> 1 lemon, sliced and seeded <BR> 1 quart ginger ale <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Just before serving, combine the chilled ingredients in a punch bowl. Add ice if you ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:07:09 EST Slow Cooker Roast Beef http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187957 Hello Sparkfamily, The slow cooker has been on all day! Oh and the smell...Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dfb49879-55ac-4f5c-81db-2cdc3d50c591.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 pounds roast beef <BR> 2 cans golden mushroom soup <BR> 3 cloves of garlic <BR> 1 large onion, sliced <BR> 1 brown gravy mix <BR> salt and pepper <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Wash roast beef and pat dry, salt and pepper to taste. Pla... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:51 EST Blackberry Cobbler http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187268 Hello Sparkfamily, I trust that you will enjoy this in MODERATION! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/822b894b-21e6-4b1d-bb0e-83af674d18c1.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Beat together until well mixed: <BR> 1/4 c butter, softened <BR> 1/2 c sugar <BR> Sift together: <BR> 1 c flour <BR> 2 teaspoons baking powder <BR> 1/4 tsp salt <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Stir into shortening and sugar with 1/2 cup milk. Beat unti... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:02:20 EST Parmesan Mushroom Baked Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186652 Hello Sparkfamily, Dinner is at 6pm sharp and the door is open! Come on in and...Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/823556ea-1431-48d3-96c6-ce4be194e128.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces <BR> 1 can cream of mushroom soup <BR> 1 tall slender can of Kraft Parmesan cheese <BR> (double soup and Parmesan cheese if you want more broth) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 350. L... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 01:15:01 EST Tomato Herb Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186207 Hello Sparkfamily, Do smell what I smell? Yep, it is bread and it is in the oven as we speak so head on out to the garden for some much needed ingredients and...Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f7951e03-a14b-4cb2-9cf6-0858b15f2f0f.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour <BR> 1 c quick-cooking oats <BR> 1/4 c sugar <BR> 6 Tbsps freshly grated Parmesan cheese <BR> 3 tsps baking powder <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 2 large egg... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:29:18 EST Tarragon Chicken Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185835 Hello Sparkfamily, It is hot as a blister and this is calling my name! Is it yours? Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/51e892ae-4efe-44a8-9995-01fc7e70cdba.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3/4 c miracle whip free non-fat dressing <BR> 1 tsp dried tarragon <BR> 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 1/4 pound) cooked and cubed <BR> 2 cups seedless red grapes <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Mix miracle wh... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 17:46:49 EST Ambrosia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184360 Hello Sparkfamily, Are you calling for a cool treat? Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e0046cf6-8535-4b62-b7da-df9c87ffb33e.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups drained and chopped oranges <BR> 2-1/2 cups (half of a 10-ounce bag) miniature marshmallows <BR> 1 c chopped pecans <BR> 2 cups drained crushed pineapple <BR> 1 c coconut <BR> 1 carton (16 ounces) sour cream <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Mix together ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:35:15 EST Shrimp Fajitas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184039 Hello Sparkfamily, Look at what's for dinner! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ce3a4ed-5b83-4ee1-a266-5de9153c81a9.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 medium onion <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 2 Tbsps butter <BR> 1 red bell pepper <BR> 1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined <BR> juice of 1 lemon <BR> salt and pepper, to taste <BR> 8 to 12 flour tortillas,warmed <BR> optional toppings: salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, and/or gua... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:20:40 EST Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183141 Hello Sparkfamily, Don't be late for breakfast! 6am sharp! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73874f17-6ba2-469c-9844-ad1bd67820ce.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1-1/3 cups flour <BR> 1-1/2 tsps baking soda <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1 Tbsp brown sugar <BR> 1-1/2 tsps ground nutmeg <BR> 1 Tbsp cinnamon <BR> 1 egg, beaten <BR> 1 c sour cream <BR> 1 c whole milk, or buttermilk <BR> 1 c blueberries, rinsed <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Direct... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 01:12:23 EST Yogurt Coconut Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182634 Hello Sparkfamily, Come join me for one of these! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/141f38c2-ee66-47c7-b2e9-c4ab79366444.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 c fresh or frozen berries <BR> 1 c plain whole yogurt (or kefir) <BR> 2 Tbsps maple syrup (optional) <BR> 2 egg yolks <BR> 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Place berries in a food processor and process to a puree. Add yogurt or kefir,... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 10:06:31 EST Cucumber, Tomato And Avocado Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182120 Hello Sparkfamily, Step right on out your back door for your ingredients for this! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cfda710a-9c42-46f1-a976-1c4562652aa3.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 lb tomatoes, chopped <BR> 1 cucumber, sliced <BR> 1/2 medium red onion, sliced <BR> 2 avocados, diced <BR> 2 Tbsps extra virgin olive oil <BR> 1 medium lemon juiced (about 2 Tbsps) <BR> 1/4 c (1/2 bunch) cilantro, chopped <BR> 1 tsp sea salt (or 3/4 tsps... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:53:40 EST Pulled Pork Sandwiches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181198 Hello Sparkfamily, If you love pulled pork...Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b1017ba-471d-45de-8960-187ae0bb7d30.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups BBQ sauce <BR> 1 c chicken stock <BR> 2 pounds leftover pork in 2-inch thick slices <BR> Cole Slaw <BR> 1 can baked beans <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a large saucepan over high heat, stir together BBQ sauce and chicken stock. Add leftover pork. Bri... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 01:35:58 EST Chicken Cacciatore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180615 Hello Sparkfamily, First off, I want to thank everyone that celebrated my Birthday with me today by sending me goodies and fond wishes! You all have made my day very special and a day that I will never forget! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! So until next year, same place, same time...Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/12082781-6b4a-49ba-bc94-eb7402d9473f.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 chicken, cut in small pieces <BR> Oil to cov... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 00:00:57 EST Apricot Muffins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179989 Hello Sparkfamily, It is way to hot to run the oven but...Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf74c05b-7580-4396-bdae-6fcb361f4f99.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 c any granola-type cereal <BR> 1/2 c snipped dried apricots <BR> 1/2 c boiling water <BR> 1-3/4 cups all-purpose white flour <BR> 1 Tbsp baking powder <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1/2 c brown sugar <BR> 1/2 c chopped nuts <BR> 2/3 c milk <BR> 1/2 c oil <BR> 1 egg, beaten <BR> ... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:48 EST Roasted Lemon-Balm Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179390 Hello Sparkfamily, Wondering what to do for dinner? Well first off, head on out to your herb garden and grab some of this! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4f4ec0e-4948-4d26-86ea-6c92a7792830.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 Tbsps olive oil <BR> 15 to 20 lemon balm leaves on sprigs <BR> 1/4 c (1/2 stick) butter, softened <BR> salt and pepper, to taste <BR> 1 large roasting chicken <BR> 1 tsp paprika <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 00:08:22 EST Italian Vegetable Popover Pizza http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178907 Hello Sparkfamily, Pizza is not a bad thing if consumed in moderation! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d910b9ec-b62c-44c7-905d-8d47ada9b186.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 Tbsps vegetable oil, divided <BR> 2 cups sliced zucchini <BR> 1/3 c chopped green bell pepper <BR> 1 c sliced carrots <BR> 1 pound mushrooms, sliced <BR> 1/3 c diagonally sliced celery <BR> 1/2 c chopped broccoli <BR> 2 cups homemade tomato sauce or 2 cans (8 ... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 09:37:56 EST Roasted Potato Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178004 Hello Sparkfamily, Hop on out to your garden, dig up some yummy potatoes and take this to your next picnic or family gathering! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f4b46a85-30aa-45fe-bc66-a7e144581290.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 pounds small red potatoes, halved or quartered <BR> 2 Tbsps olive oil <BR> Several pinches dried thyme <BR> 1 green bell pepper, cut in thin strips <BR> 1 medium-size sweet white onion, cut in 1/2-inch s... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 00:33:58 EST Root Vegetable Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177651 Hello Sparkfamily, Out to the garden I go! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b4d4fef-922a-43ab-bfb4-b94729b967fa.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 medium potatoes, peeled <BR> 2 medium carrots <BR> 2 medium beets, cooked, peeled, and diced <BR> 3 small dill pickles, diced <BR> 1/2 c chopped scallions, white part only <BR> 1/4 c finely chopped fresh dill <BR> 1/4 tsp salt <BR> 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste ... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 13:56:39 EST Arugula Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176815 Hello Sparkfamily, There are some yummy pick'ins in my garden for this one! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4a662759-39a0-412d-a3df-f02bd5e235a0.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 large bunch arugula <BR> 8 red radishes, thinly sliced <BR> 8 mushrooms, thinly sliced <BR> 2 Tbsps lemon juice <BR> 1/4 tsp dry mustard <BR> 6 Tbsps olive oil <BR> 1/4 teaspoon salt <BR> Pinch of cayenne <BR> 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 09:26:25 EST Tangy Turkey Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176012 Hello Sparkfamily, Well it has been a long time without the internet AGAIN! May 14th was my las recipe and thought of the day. I have missed you all! Well I was thing along the lines of this for dinner! Soooo... Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7247d488-5911-406c-a2e7-75a081fd43f3.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 c dried cranberries <BR> 2 cups chopped leftover turkey <BR> 1 c chopped celery <BR> 1 large apple, chopped <BR> 1/2 ... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 20:33:40 EST Shrimp And Avocado Quesadillas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162653 Hello Sparkfamily, Lunch is at 12pm sharp! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4bf8936-9c64-48cf-b0c4-bd5dbc7c4340.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 12-ounce bag small cocktail shrimp <BR> 1 tsp chopped garlic <BR> 1 Tbsp finely chopped red onion <BR> 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped <BR> 1 tsp grape seed oil or olive oil <BR> 2 avocados, halved and thinly sliced <BR> shredded Italian cheese <BR> 6 small flour tortilla shells <BR> s... Sat, 14 May 2016 08:40:55 EST Thai Chicken With Linguine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161848 Hello Sparkfamily, If you love Thai food much as we do then...Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0fe3d40c-c830-46be-897e-f0b6390f6001.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 pound chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces <BR> 1 Tbsps olive oil <BR> 1 c chicken broth <BR> 2 Tbsps honey <BR> 1 Tbsp soy sauce <BR> 1/4 c crunchy peanut butter <BR> 1 tsp cornstarch <BR> 1 tsp ground ginger <BR> 4 green onions, sliced <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced... Fri, 13 May 2016 00:02:12 EST Chicken Breast With Lemon And Thyme http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161199 Hello Sparkfamily, Remember dinner is at 6pm sharp! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e7fba6eb-0c20-4505-bd8a-b6bf683819ff.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 boneless, skinless, chicken breast halves <BR> 3 Tbsps all-purpose flour <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1/4 tsp white pepper <BR> 2 Tbsps olive oil, divided <BR> 1 Tbsp butter <BR> 1 medium onion, chopped <BR> 1 c chicken broth <BR> 3 Tbsps fresh lemon juice, divided <BR> 1/2 tsp dried ... Thu, 12 May 2016 00:34:18 EST Tuna Garden Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160985 Hello Sparkfamily, Do you realize how healthy tuna is for you? Well then,...Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/75246185-5e9f-445d-89bb-f0455592a11c.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin <BR> 3/4 c cold water <BR> 1 c condensed cream of chicken soup <BR> 1 c mayonnaise <BR> 2 tablespoons lemon juice <BR> 1 Tbsp prepared mustard <BR> 1-1/2 cups tuna, drained and flaked <BR> 1/2 c chopped celery <BR> 1/2 c chopp... Wed, 11 May 2016 18:08:57 EST Acorn-Squash Rings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159102 Hello Sparkfamily, I have been swamped!!!! There are not enough hours in a day! My last recipe and thought of the day was on the 5th and it is now the 8th (which is Mothers Day) Happy Mothers Day to all moms out there by the way! So without further ado...Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67592fe7-13e6-400e-a13c-326771fb2d62.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 acorn squashes, peeled and seeded <BR> 1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced <BR... Mon, 9 May 2016 01:01:23 EST Grilled Chicken And Herb-Cheese Wraps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156625 Hello Sparkfamily, I am "wrapping" up my plans for dinner! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0b995f9-3b07-45da-a1d7-350a7aecf390.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 carton (8 ounces) nonfat plain yogurt <BR> 1 Tbsp wasabi powder <BR> 4 flour tortillas (9-inch) <BR> 1/2 c garlic-and-herb-flavored cheese spread, softened <BR> Grilled Chicken Breasts (below), cut into thin strips <BR> 1 avocado, peeled, seeded, and sliced <BR> 1 carton ... Thu, 5 May 2016 00:05:46 EST Lemon Ice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156130 Hello Sparkfamily, I just went to the garden and picked some mint and lemons so...Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/42c4deb9-1c9a-4a9c-a3d4-d4b6d6f6dcca.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups sugar <BR> 5 cups water <BR> 1-1/3 cups fresh lemon juice <BR> 2 Tbsps grated lemon zest <BR> mint leaves, for garnish <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a medium saucepan, dissolve the sugar in the water and bring to ... Wed, 4 May 2016 09:26:17 EST Cauliflower Vinaigrette http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155234 Hello Sparkfamily, Nothing like homemade! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2cc4f6a5-fb90-473e-82b6-057950f0a255.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 medium head cauliflower <BR> 2 cups white wine vinegar <BR> 1 clove garlic, minced <BR> 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil <BR> 4 Tbsps olive oil <BR> 1 tsp chopped chives <BR> 1 tsp chopped parsley <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1/4 tsp crushed black pepper <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~... Tue, 3 May 2016 00:24:59 EST Breakfast Calzone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154626 Hello Sparkfamily, Have you had breakfast yet? Well then...Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f1168311-8d3a-4df5-bd97-abb5eddd9ade.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 pound bulk sweet sausage <BR> 1 pound bulk hot sausage <BR> 1 large green bell pepper, chopped <BR> 1 large red bell pepper, chopped <BR> 1 large yellow onion, chopped <BR> 10 eggs, scrambled <BR> 2 loaves frozen bread dough, thawed <BR> 1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese... Mon, 2 May 2016 09:37:05 EST Red Cabbage Slaw With Raisins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153930 Hello Sparkfamily, Cabbage and raisins and almonds oh my! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9cb36ca9-ba6e-4146-ae7a-3f7276ece0da.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 large red cabbage, shredded <BR> 1 c raisins <BR> Salt and freshly ground black pepper <BR> 1 c sour cream <BR> 2 Tbsps white wine vinegar <BR> 1/2 c slivered almonds, toasted <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a large mixing bowl, combine the shr... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:19:26 EST Beet Relish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153160 Hello Sparkfamily, Time to go out to garden! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8225c1f9-0de5-47a1-ae40-28acc7888947.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups peeled, finely chopped (or grated), cooked fresh beets (about 3 medium beets) <BR> 2 Tbsps grated fresh horseradish (not prepared sauce) <BR> 4 tsps sugar (or more, to taste) <BR> 4 tsps vinegar <BR> 1 tsp cayenne pepper <BR> Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper <BR>... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:01:22 EST Baked Jumbo Shrimp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152770 Hello Sparkfamily, Seafood tonight! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1ebfda01-2fad-48ea-a5c2-cf34d01ec09f.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2-1/4 pounds large raw shrimp <BR> 1/2 c butter or margarine <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 6 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1/3 c chopped parsley <BR> 3 tsps grated lemon peel <BR> 3 Tbsps lemon juice <BR> lemon wedges <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Shell the shrimp, devein, wash, l... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:27:30 EST Red Beans And Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151830 Hello Sparkfamily, A meal in itself! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a03f789e-e61a-4f85-8b0b-9e40f1c35d45.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 package dry kidney beans <BR> 1-pound package smoked sausage <BR> 2 smoked ham hocks or 4 smoked turkey necks <BR> 1 small onion <BR> 1/2 small green pepper <BR> onion salt (to taste) <BR> garlic salt (to taste) <BR> black pepper (to taste) <BR> 1 celery stalk <BR> 1 Tbsp parsley <BR> 1/2 c ke... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:07:07 EST