PURPLE0906's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PURPLE0906 PURPLE0906'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/ Benefits of Bok Choy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901524 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1113623600.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bok choy is a type of Chinese cabbage that doesn’t look like the typical cabbage. Instead, it has dark green leaves connected to white stalks. One cup has just 9 calories and barely a trace of fat, yet delivers protein, dietary fiber and almost all the essential vitamins and minerals. This makes bok choy a nutrient-dense food that offers several health benefits. <BR> Antioxidants <BR> One cup of shredded bok cho... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:13:11 EST Health Benefits of Black Pepper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901007 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1297335207.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l856889148.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The health benefits of black pepper include relief from respiratory disorders, coughs, the common cold, constipation, indigestion, anemia, impotency, muscular strains, dental disease, pyorrhea, diarrhea, and heart disease. <BR> Black pepper is the fruit of the black pepper plant from the Piperaceae family and is used as both a spice and... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:48:12 EST Inner Peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899861 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l199366491.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The weather is just crazy. Yesterday morning we had a hard frost here and rained off and on. Today they are calling for rain and going to 68 degrees, then more rain and temps dropping down , and yep snow showers on Saturday. Does not look like old man winter wants to go away. <BR> Oh well, guess I will be doing indoor things this weekend. <BR> Last night John sliced London Broil to make beef jerky, I made the ma... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:53:18 EST Tuesday 3/24/15 Too funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898606 Melissa went to the Doctor's yesterday. Before her appointment Lilly calls Pop Pop and says "Pop Pop can you take me to McDonald's, Mommy won't". John was like how can I say no, lol <BR> So they came to the house, then went to McDonald's, then Melissa and Lilly went to the Doctor's for Grayson's check up. He was moving and turning a lot, but they managed to get some pic's of him :-) They came back to the house for a little while afterwards. I had found a couple of baskets with the plastic Eas... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:01:20 EST Monday 3/23/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897927 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l657856325.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great day!!! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 06:44:52 EST Sunday 3/22/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897427 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1956027528.jpg"> <BR> Amen <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2126220288.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The sun is out today and its a little warmer. Still feeling under the weather (sinus infection), but hoping to get out a little today. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a nice day!! Sun, 22 Mar 2015 09:53:57 EST Rawr http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896907 Thought this was cute, Melissa is always texting me with Rawr, Love all my Spark Friends!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l553172426.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, John is working this morning so the house is pretty quiet. Got the cats and Ivory taken care of, working on laundry and blended Mango and Ginger root for fruit roll ups (leather). Hope it comes out good. <BR> Been extremely busy at work last week and then it snowed all day yesterday, just hoping it will mel... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 09:45:25 EST It's Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896288 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l742998977.jpg"> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 06:37:36 EST Thursday 3/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895701 Still extremely busy at work, even with 3 people covering the Campus. I like to keep busy but there is no way I can get to 20 some people in one day, lol I am getting too old for this. <BR> <BR> Anyway, like I said we received the Excalibur Dehydrator and John could not wait to try it. So he cut up some sirloin steak and I made the Spicy, hot marinade. Below is a pic of some of it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l451129295.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I took some to work a... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 06:56:35 EST Doctor's Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892096 Have been fighting a cold, cough for a while now. But in the beginning of the week was having pain in my forehead and face. The past couple of days I have been calling and leaving a message to the Doctor. No call backs so I finally just went to the office. Was there for 3 hours but was finally seen and have a sinus infection (which I figured I had). I was given a prescription for an antibiotic and cough medicine. Hoping the warmer weather and medicine will clear it up. It's really been around... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 07:04:49 EST Blah Monday Already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889637 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1599248153.jpg"> <BR> Yep, that's how I feel this morning. Hoping this week is not as bad as the past 2 weeks have been. One of the techs should be back from vacation so that will make 3 of us supporting the Campus, so hope it is not crazy busy. I like being busy but not like it has been, getting 20-30 calls and everyone wants you there that second is so stressful. <BR> Still coughing, sinuses draining, low on energy. Yesterday I did manage... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 06:44:07 EST Pics from yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889131 Below are some pic's of the Philadelphia Flower Show and Butterfly attraction. It took a little while but we finally found a parking garage that was not full. It was a cold and windy day but at least the sun was out. When we got there the place was extremely crowded (lol and I do not like crowds). We also mostly stood up eating our lunch since it was packed. All the walking and standing took a toll on my back though (was really in pain), so I took a muscle relaxer when we got in the car and a... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 10:06:43 EST Saturday 3/7/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888542 Well the <em>67</em> is out, still cold but hoping for a good day. Going to the Philadelphia Flower Show and also have tickets for the Butterfly Attraction. We are going with another couple so hope it will be a fun day. I have 2 camera's we are going to take and I plan on taking a lot of pictures. <BR> Sinuses are draining really bad this morning but not going to let that get to me. I know we will be doing a lot of walking so I am hoping the new walking shoes will help me and that my back ... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:27:03 EST My beautiful daughter and granddaughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887732 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1346715045.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2077464322.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1124961327.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l109546079.jpg"> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:38:37 EST Wednesday 3/4/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886700 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1173195309.jpg"> Wed, 4 Mar 2015 07:14:45 EST Sunday 3/1/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884977 Such a blah day, snowed this morning, then freezing rain which it is doing it now. <BR> Did get to BJ's and am so happy stocked up on fresh fruit, vegetables and frozen fruit. Picked up fresh raspberries, blueberries, bananas, asparagus, green and red grapes. Went to the frozen section and picked up bags of frozen mango, strawberry, blackberry, cherry and kale. <BR> Watching the race and thinking asparagus soup sounds really good. So I think we will have ground turkey Toco's and soup for di... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:32:39 EST Spinach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884250 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l431078864.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dark leafy greens like spinach are important for skin and hair, bone health, and provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals. <BR> <BR> The possible health benefits of consuming spinach include improving blood glucose control in diabetics, lowering the risk of cancer, lowering blood pressure, improving bone health, lowering the risk of developing asthma and more. <BR> <BR> This MNT Knowledge Center article is pa... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:51:27 EST Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884090 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l909682745.jpg"> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:35:04 EST My beautiful granddaughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883375 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2118323200.jpg"> <BR> <BR> found out today, Lawyer said we can post pictures. Lilly is so beautiful even after the dog attack!! She is still dealing with things, but so full of life, so glad God let us have her here!!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:33:07 EST Incentive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882888 Below is a picture of where we will be staying in June for 7 days, 6 nights. It's located in Ocean City, Maryland. I booked the room last night. It is on the Boardwalk. Can't wait as we are taking Melissa and Lilly with us. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1053136690.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That being said, I really need to get my butt in gear to lose this weight!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:47:25 EST 25 more days till Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880942 25 more days till Spring, can't wait, lol <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2088708354.jpg"> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:01:14 EST Amber Alert - Heat Miser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880348 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1563607962.jpg"> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:25:30 EST Winter Storm Warning 2-21-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879872 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1742019730.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Winter Storm Warning, 3-5 inches, at least its the weekend, ugh so done with Winter!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Stay safe and warm everyone!!!!!! Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:11:07 EST Happy Friday 2-20-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879205 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l842147132.jpg"> <BR> Right now showing 1 degree, feels like -17. Delaware schools are closed today. I am sure the kids are happy about that, lol. <BR> Smoothie made for breakfast, salad made for lunch. Guess I better get my butt in gear. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone stays safe and warm <BR> <BR> Cindy Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:04:20 EST 13 feels like -2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878550 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1882463371.jpg"> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 06:52:13 EST 2-18-15 Exactly how I feel, lol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877886 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1736514706.jpg"> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 07:21:03 EST Monday 2-16-15 Another storm warning......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876630 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l892570682.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yep, that's just how I feel. Anyway, have the day off, going to brave the cold and go to BJ's. Was lazy yesterday and did not go out at all and just relaxed. <BR> Don't have hot water in the kitchen so we have a heater blowing into the cabinet under the sink. So not liking this weather. They are calling for another storm to hit, storm warning from 6pm tonight. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:16:25 EST 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876164 <link>theflowershow.com/show-info </link> <BR> <BR> I so want to go there this year!! Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:22:41 EST 2-12-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874280 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l665422405.jpg"> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:24:12 EST Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873703 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1966246408.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 08:21:54 EST Update 2-8-15, Breakfast Casserole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871785 ok, have had many compliments from the guys so here's a pic of my breakfast casserole <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l903917497.jpg"> <BR> Breakfast Casserole <BR> <BR> I make this in a large Pyrex dish <BR> <BR> 3 Sweet Italian Linkies <BR> 3 Chorizo Links <BR> 2 cans sliced potato's <BR> 12 eggs <BR> Mexican cheese <BR> Parmesan cheese <BR> Onions and peppers diced <BR> <BR> Cook up the linkies, drain, put aside <BR> Rinse sliced potato's and fry up with onions,... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 11:28:31 EST Friday 2-6-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870483 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1723075091.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1302076583.jpg"> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 06:29:08 EST Thursday 1-29-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864989 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l743151425.jpg"> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:51:04 EST Sunday 1/25/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862068 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1420477345.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sun is shining right now, but calling for snow tonight and tomorrow, we shall see. <BR> John and Marty are cleaning up the garage, finally have a path to get to the freezer, lol. So, I found 7 quarts of cut up tomato's from the garden and started my special spaghetti sauce. <BR> Got the bathroom scrubbed down yesterday and finishing the laundry. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a safe and warm day!! <BR> <BR> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:10:58 EST 1-24-15 Seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861424 Wow, the seeds I ordered from Seeds of Italy came yesterday, (only took 2 days). I also got my seeds from Burpee's. Guess I will have to wait for the onion sets and Rosemary plants. I am going to try some spring vegetables this year. My list for spring and summer is brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, romaine lettuce, beets, chick pea, pickle and burpless cucumber, celery, tomato's, onions, asparagus beans, leeks, and zucchini. Weather is crappy today so I will be cleaning inside, doing laundry ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:09:21 EST Going to be a Grandmother again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860037 Yep, Melissa is expecting. Pic of baby is 12 weeks, 6 days. Her due date is July 24th. They will find out the baby's sex Feb. 23rd. Lilly is so excited!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l430808272.jpg"> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:46:51 EST 1-21-15 Some pics of home improvement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859284 Well, got new roof on house and garage, new windows, ripped out the ceiling in the living and dining room (was popcorn ceiling), insulated the attic, put pull down steps to attic in, replaced all windows and got two garden windows for in the front of the house, got new blinds, put insulation in the crawl space for the floors, replaced duck work under crawl space. John and his friend Marty also cut out for a pantry in the kitchen. <BR> Now we are working on the inside, getting it cleaned, pai... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:17:58 EST 1/15/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854813 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l71379297.jpg"> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 06:50:13 EST 1/14/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854063 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1857854605.jpg"> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 07:04:15 EST 1/13/2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853267 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1833955982.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2073412482.jpg"> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:29:56 EST 1/7/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848310 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1778259728.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is staying warm. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>67</em> Wed, 7 Jan 2015 06:55:27 EST Late, Happy New Year!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843597 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1422595873.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sorry, have not been on much, past couple of days have been crazy. Been working and John and his nephew (miles) tore out the ceiling in the living and dining room, replacing the sheet rock, blew in insulation in the attic. They are also fixing the walls in the living and dining room, put in attic stairs, so this place is a complete mess. We also have 10 new windows that will be installed today and I have to work.... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 07:02:32 EST Tuesday 12-30-2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841042 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l270146775.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l39219938.jpg"> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 07:12:38 EST Monday 12-29-2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840339 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l796967871.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l493886669.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2020121733.jpg"> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 06:40:43 EST Saturday 12-27-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839223 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1604076441.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1934040201.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l886371002.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l239682521.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l819731645.jpg"> Sat, 27 Dec 2014 09:26:47 EST Friday 12-26-2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838649 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1048352563.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1257979305.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2085897090.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And this is how I feel today, lol <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1352725156.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a wonderful day!! Fri, 26 Dec 2014 07:05:48 EST TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838643 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l664911301.jpg"> Fri, 26 Dec 2014 06:39:26 EST Cute http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838319 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l988552374.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1620286616.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l973402806.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l329291605.jpg"> Thu, 25 Dec 2014 10:30:08 EST True Meaning of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838282 <link>llerrah.com/truemeaningofchristmas.h<BR>tm </link> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l49749218.jpg"> Thu, 25 Dec 2014 09:00:09 EST Woo Hoo, home made Kielbasa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838071 John and I made 11 pounds of home made Kielbasa, a must have with sauerkraut for the New Year. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2146473727.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l783260863.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1204742571.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1557367323.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l396659281.jpg"> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 17:58:17 EST