STRNGNGRNDED's SparkPeople Blog STRNGNGRNDED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Have you noticed increase of food recalls? <link><BR>llogg-eggo-wheat-waffles-2/ </link> <BR> September 2016 <BR> Recall of Kellogg Eggo Wheat Waffles - listeria <BR> Recall of Blue Bell Ice Cream - listeria <BR> <BR> May 2016 General Mills recalls flour because of E. coli <BR> <BR> There are plenty more: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Which ones have you heard about? Do you do anything about it? <BR> <BR> When I first heard about a problem/recall about ... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:48:51 EST Making a difference in your life - is your choice <link> </link> <BR> <BR> yesterday I was reading a blog on a book about no sugar for a year. hmmm, interesting. Reminded me of no china for a year. (I did that for a year. It was interesting and challenging) <BR> <BR> Then I came across this video of Suzanne Somers. I know she's been a champion for healthy eating for many years now. This video is very interesting. One thing that repeats is staying away from sugar. <BR> <BR> I'm going to borrow two of her b... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:13:09 EST Fall Superfoods? I don't think I'm a big fan of Fall superfoods. <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:31:07 EST Questions 1-10 and my responses I find it interesting that no one responded to question #8 or #10. Not sure why that is though. <BR> <BR> My responses: <BR> #1 cooking with soda. I never have, I never will. I stopped drinking soda in 2007; cold turkey. I knew it wasn't healthy and by 2007 I had to have it slightly frozen, in a slushy state in order to drink it. I was drinking it one day and bam! I was just hit with the thought, stop drinking this garbage! What are you doing to your body? I poured it down the sink and stop... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:44:07 EST Question #10 - toes Can you bend over and touch your toes? the ground? without bending your knees? <BR> If not, how far can you reach and is this a goal of yours? Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:04:32 EST Question #9 - O.J. Do you drink orange juice? <BR> Did you ever drink orange juice? <BR> <BR> I just found out this morning that the orange juice drinking is in decline and the industry is really suffering for it. <BR> <BR> I'm just guessing here that more people are drinking coffee instead. <BR> <BR> What are your answers and input? Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:48:20 EST What's in Your Pantry? In the summer of 2014 I sold my beautiful home; loved the home, not the area. It sold much quicker than we thought it would. I miss a lot of things about that home. <BR> Then I rented two different houses in two years and there were many things about both I will never miss. <BR> Now that I have a new home again, I am happy with the size of the food pantry, but it does need some improvement, eventually. <BR> <img src=" Fri, 9 Sep 2016 13:44:01 EST Question #8 - testing Do you ever get the feeling we're being used as testing guinea pigs with our food? Fri, 9 Sep 2016 13:06:06 EST Question #7 - flu shot? Do you get flu shots? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:20:30 EST Question #6 - GMO's Two part; do you know what a GMO is? and are you concerned about them? Wed, 7 Sep 2016 20:24:28 EST I want to say I adore the friends I have on SP. Thank you all for your support and I hope that I am just as supportive to all of you. Tue, 6 Sep 2016 20:05:30 EST Question #5 - food education Do you educate yourself on the food you eat? Mon, 5 Sep 2016 11:43:06 EST Question #4 - a salad a day How often do you eat salads? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4-healthy-reasons-eat-salad-today#1 </link> Sun, 4 Sep 2016 20:19:53 EST Question #3 - Sweeteners Do you use substitute sweeteners and are you concerned about the health ramifications of them? <BR> <BR> Sat, 3 Sep 2016 11:40:11 EST Question #2 If you cook with canned beans, do you rinse them before cooking them? Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:48:14 EST Question #1 I was cooking the other night and for some reason recipes I've seen here on SP came to mind. I thought hmm, why not blog questions and see what other people think. So that's what I'm going to do. <BR> <BR> Question #1 <BR> Have you or would you ever cook with soda/pop/cola? Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:27:15 EST deleting posts because they're showing up on browser searches I should have known better than to trust a website to not plaster everything for the world to see. <BR> I've tried to change profile pic, put profile back to private, and in the process of deleting posts that are showing up on browser search. <BR> It's so unfortunate, but I've had issues with a stalker in the past and a scammer and have recently had issues with strange text msgs, computer issues, and now a spark "member" whom is using someone else's profile picture, but there's no way to... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 18:10:41 EST A healthy meal to one may not be to another <link><BR>st=10_frozen_food_aisle_finds_you_wont<BR>_believe_are_healthy </link> <BR> <BR> The first option of Evol, which I've never heard of, shows the ingredients as well as the nutrition facts. I do like that the site does this. Usually finding all of the information is a chore. First off; the sodium is more than the calories. I would pass on it for that reason alone. Second think I look for, the grams of sugar is very low! I'm impressed. And the fib... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 21:51:32 EST Last day of June For the month of June I tried to keep a running list of items I wanted to accomplish that particular day. It helped me to stay focused and also see the small accomplishments on days I felt I didn't do much or felt lazy. <BR> I will probably continue in my personal calendar for the month of July, but will not blog them. <BR> Thank you to the people that supported me and gave encouragement. I sure do appreciate you! <BR> Goals: Thursday 6.30.2016 <BR> 1. Prayer/worship <BR> 2. Bible trivia/q... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 10:01:27 EST Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and tomorrow June is over... What happened to this month? It has gone by too quickly. <BR> <BR> Monday: I went to a DIY fix it store for a toilet flusher kit and spray paint. I fixed the toilet. Yay! Now we have another hall bathroom toilet that works. And ds spray painted (under supervision) the flower garden ornaments that were rusted. They are now a vibrant yellow. I still have a hummingbird shaped garden ornament, but I don't know what color to paint it just yet. I'd like a shimmering blue or green. Is there such... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:23:48 EST Saturday and the chores that weren't meant to get done I FINALLY got some mowing done. I didn't finish, but what is mowed looks good. My ds hacked at a tree and I did the burning. It always feels as though we bite off more than we can chew when it comes to trimming the trees and then the burning doesn't go as quickly. It will be an ongoing chore for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> My plans had been to unclutter certain rooms. This morning I worked on the breakfast room, mudroom and the butler's pantry. The other rooms didn't get done. That will have to tak... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 21:18:16 EST Taking it easy on Friday~ Today's Goals: Friday 6.24.2016 <BR> 1. Grateful for another day, good health, family <BR> 2. Prayer <BR> 3. Study Luke, audio, write scripture <BR> 4. Clear out moving boxes <BR> 5. Finish lace crochet block <BR> 6. Read library book <BR> <BR> When my water arrived I had meant to post a pic of my food pantry and forgot, soooo <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:55:40 EST oh my goodness, WHAT A DAY! First, I think my dog has lost her mind. She has been so naughty today. She got a bath, but perhaps there's something in the air? We caught her digging twice today! Once in the front yard and this evening in the back yard. I'm threatening to give her another bath! <BR> <BR> Today's Goals: Wednesday 6.22.2016 <BR> 1. Grateful for another day in my life <BR> 2. Prayer <BR> 3. Study Luke, audio, write scripture <BR> 4. Plant flower seeds <BR> 5. Plant more tomatoes, cucumbers, and…?? <BR> 6. Dr... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:23:07 EST What a fun day Today's Goals: Tuesday 6.21.2016 <BR> visited family and had lunch with them. <BR> 1. Grateful for another day in my life <BR> 2. Prayer <BR> 3. Study Luke, audio <BR> 4. Clean master ceiling light <BR> 5. Replace light bulb in hall bathroom <BR> 6. Clean light fixtures in hall bathroom <BR> 7. Sweep back patio <BR> 8. Family walk 10-15 minutes <BR> 9. drink 4+ bottles of water <BR> Did two family walks with the dog today; one in the morning, and the other in the evening. The evening wal... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 22:06:52 EST sparks new weird blog format Today's Goals: 6.20.2016 <BR> <BR> Where is this month going? <BR> 1. Grateful for family and health <BR> 2. Prayer <BR> 3. Study Luke, write scripture, audio, <BR> 4. Clean kitty litter box <BR> 5. Vacuum sunroom <BR> 6. Clean powder room <BR> 7. Post office <BR> 8. Spray weeds in flower beds with homemade concoction <BR> 9. Wash dog food bowl <BR> 10. family walk 10-15 minutes <BR> 11. clean master room ceiling light <BR> somewhat productive day, but I didn't do the mowing. I just blew ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:05:00 EST Relaxing Sunday Today's Goals: Sunday 6.19.2016 <BR> 1. Prayer <BR> 2. write scripture on God’s love <BR> 3. Call pops and wish him a Happy Father's Day <BR> 4. Mow <BR> 5. Drink 4+ bottle of water <BR> 6. Walk over 7000 steps <BR> 7. Grocery shop <BR> 8. Read four chapters in library book <BR> 9. Crochet <BR> 10. Launder and iron bed linen <BR> I had a fun conversation with the cashier at the grocery store. Ds was my personal workout trainer today. My workout consisted of a rock, bending, throwing, and ret... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 22:51:07 EST Whoo~ Happy Saturday everyone! Today’s Goals: Saturday 6.18.2016 <BR> 1. Being grateful for family and our good health <BR> 2. Prayer <BR> 3. Study Luke <BR> 4. Drink 4+ bottles of water <BR> 5. Burn branches <BR> 6. Mow dog yard <BR> 7. Clear moving boxes <BR> 8. Write letter to friend <BR> 9. Laundry <BR> 10. Walk over 7000 steps <BR> Didn’t do #3. :( Walked over 11790 steps. By bed time it may be closer to 12k. I’m SO TIRED. <BR> Sat, 18 Jun 2016 20:35:21 EST I just want to sleep in... Today’s Goals: Friday 6.17.2016 <BR> 1. Grateful for family and good health <BR> 2. Prayer <BR> 3. Study Luke <BR> 4. Drink 4+ bottles of water <BR> 5. Mow <BR> 6. Trim trees <BR> 7. Clear moving boxes <BR> 8. Wash dog beds <BR> 9. Write letter to friend <BR> 10. Family walk 15-20 minutes <BR> Didn’t do 5 and 6 due to weather, or 9, played Monopoly instead. <BR> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 21:30:09 EST Thursday? ALREADY?! Today’s Goals: Thursday 6.16.2016 <BR> 1. Grateful for family and good health <BR> 2. Prayer <BR> 3. Study Luke, writing scripture on loving one another, audio <BR> 4. Clean butler pantry <BR> 5. Drink 4+ bottles of water <BR> 6. Family walk 10-15 minutes <BR> 7. Mow <BR> 8. Clean out a moving box <BR> 9. Snail mail a letter to a friend <BR> 10. Sweep front porch <BR> <BR> didn't do #6 or #9, but I did text my aunt. :D Thu, 16 Jun 2016 21:32:59 EST Tuesday family visit and fun Today’s Goals: Tuesday 6.14.2016 <BR> 1. Grateful for my family and our good health <BR> 2. Prayer <BR> 3. Study Luke <BR> 4. Vacuum main floor <BR> 5. Clean car windows <BR> 6. Visit family <BR> 7. Drink 4+ bottles of water (it’s been so hot this has been very easy) <BR> 8. Family walk 10-15 minutes <BR> I didn’t do #4 or #8. Family visit was good. And it’s so nice to have a clean car with clean windows. (weeeeellll, I do still need to vacuum the interior). I missed not walking tonight, b... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:28:28 EST An observation The couple I bought my new home from were quite elderly. The man was in his 80's. They were in Cali during the riots. I asked, "oh I remember the riots. It was in the '90's." The wife said she was referring to the ones in '63. LOL Okay, I wasn't even born yet. I shut my mouth. <BR> <BR> About town there are quite a few elderly doing their shopping. At the county clerks office yesterday I was surrounded by elderly men. Of course I didn't ask their age, but enjoyed good conversation with the ... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:19:45 EST Start of a new week The weekend was a rough one as far as just not feeling 100%. Midol isn't working like it used to nor were the Icy Hot pads. =/ I felt sluggish and blech. <BR> <BR> Today’s Goals: Monday 6.13.2016 <BR> 1. Grateful for my family and our good health <BR> 2. Prayer <BR> 3. Study Luke; I like the name Mattathias <BR> 4. Car registration <BR> 5. Library (book drop off) <BR> 6. Wash car <BR> 7. Text girlfriend going into surgery tomorrow <BR> 8. Vacuum main floor <BR> 9. Walked for 15 minutes w... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:02:41 EST Took some time to rest over the weekend Today’s Goals: Sunday 6.12.2016 <BR> 1. Being grateful for my family and good health <BR> 2. Pray <BR> 3. Study/copy scripture/read <BR> 4. Clean kitchen peninsula <BR> 5. grocery shopping <BR> 6. Laundry <BR> <BR> relaxing day and accomplished all above. Also started a long desired project of "granny" square coverlet crochet lace/thread. I started the first square/block while watching Good Eats with my ds. He wanted a Vidalia onion at the grocery store and Alton Brown discusses this onion. ... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 19:09:04 EST anyone know what this is? <img src=""> <BR> while I was mowing I ran into a low lying branch. My stupid hat was in the way and I didn't even see it. Good thing is it hit up high and only scraped the skin off my forehead. I had my son go get the saw and we took that branch down immediately. I WON'T be hitting my head on that branch again. And quite possibly it will all be burned to ash for the garden tomorrow. <BR> I didn't notice the fruit... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 20:33:01 EST What happened to Tuesday? Tuesdays are always busy days for us, but I didn't realize I didn't post a blog. <BR> <BR> Today’s Goals: Wednesday 6.08.2016 <BR> 10. Prayer <BR> 11. Study <BR> 12. Read 50+ pages in book <BR> 13. Cut ds’s hair <BR> 14. Drink 4 water bottles <BR> 15. Walk 8000+ steps <BR> 16. Finish mowing <BR> 17. Drive to city to close on land <BR> 18. bank <BR> Did all but #4 and will do #3 tonight. Ds didn’t want his hair cut today. Finished one of my devotions and it was amazing. <BR> <BR> Lately ... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 20:19:41 EST Today’s Goals: Monday 6.06.2016 1. Register car <BR> 2. Buy ironing board <BR> 3. Burn branches <BR> 4. Deadhead roses <BR> 5. Walk 8000+ steps <BR> 6. Drink 4 small water bottles <BR> 7. Iron <BR> I was able to accomplish all but #1. Walked over 13,600 steps and my feet really hurt. <BR> Mon, 6 Jun 2016 21:40:09 EST This weekend was stressful Goals for Sat 6.04.2016 got a good wrench thrown in. <BR> <BR> 1. Grateful for another day of good health <BR> 2. Prayer <BR> 3. Study <BR> 4. Drink 2 bottles of water or four of the smaller bottles that were just delivered <BR> 5. Walk 8000+ steps <BR> 6. Wash car (it rained, didn’t get done) <BR> 7. Vacuum car <BR> 8. Clean rain gutters (son fell from not listening so we didn’t get this done) <BR> 9. Declutter Dining Room <BR> 10. Clean exterior windows to garage <BR> 11. Clean sunroom... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 19:06:34 EST I never knew anyone else to know.... about Porcupine Meatballs. <BR> <BR> My mom used to make these when I was a kid and then of course I made them for my kids. However, our recipe excludes the brown sugar and mustard. <BR> <BR> We season the sauce to your liking just as you would for spaghetti and the meatballs are called porcupine because of the rice. Oh yes, and we add chopped green onions instead of brown onions. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pe-detail.asp?recipe=14408 </link> <BR> <BR> f... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 21:05:30 EST Today’s Goals: Friday 6.03.2016 1. Grateful for another day of good health <BR> 2. Prayer <BR> 3. Study God’s word; listening, reading, writing, devotions, etc. <BR> 4. Clean exterior windows to garage <BR> 5. Clean mudroom windows <BR> 6. Declutter Dining Room <BR> 7. Vacuum foyer/declutter <BR> 8. Drink 2 bottles of water <BR> 9. Walk 8000+ steps <BR> 10. Clean sun room windows (this may be aggressive; there are over 20 windows) <BR> 11. Email friend <BR> 12. Wash dog beds <BR> 13. Unplanned chore; swept back patio <BR... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 23:57:48 EST Goals for 6.02 Today’s Goals: Thurs 6.02.2016 <BR> 1. Grateful for another day of good health <BR> 2. Prayer <BR> 3. Study <BR> 4. Vacuum sunroom <BR> 5. Buy fan(s) <BR> 6. Iron <BR> 7. Walk 7000+ steps <BR> 8. Drink 2 bottles of water <BR> 9. Clean porch light fixture <BR> 10. Clean light fixture by garage <BR> 11. Email friend <BR> 12. Replace switch and outlet plates in powder room <BR> Thus far all but #11. I'll add it to tomorrow. Thu, 2 Jun 2016 20:44:25 EST Today's Goals Today’s Goals: Wed 6.01.2016 <BR> 1. Be grateful for another day of good health <BR> 2. Prayer <BR> 3. And study <BR> 4. Walk 7000+ steps <BR> 5. Sweep front porch <BR> 6. Sweep garage <BR> 7. Clean inside windows in garage <BR> 8. Burn more branches <BR> 9. Vacuum sunroom <BR> 10. Clean mudroom <BR> 11. Drink 2 bottles of water <BR> 12. Dump kitchen compost to outdoor compost <BR> 13. Water garden <BR> 14. Arm/weight exercises <BR> 15. Write friend <BR> <BR> I didn't accomplish #9 today. It... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 21:52:58 EST Throw away, give away or keep? <link><BR>RNbq8tk&feature=em-uploademail </link> <BR> <BR> There have been numerous articles I've read in magazines and even here on SP about not keeping clothes that no longer fit or that you haven't worn in a year. <BR> <BR> In the link above, Rachel talks about how she pulled out a sweater she hasn't worn in three years. My first thought was good for you for not getting rid of it. Second thought was, wow, you have a sweater of such good quality tha... Mon, 30 May 2016 17:56:33 EST stress not the enemy? <link><BR>s_articles.asp?ID=2101 </link> <BR> <BR> (Irish accent) <BR> Sounds like a bunch of malarkey if you ask me. For the past two years if anyone had asked me if I were stressed I would have told them "no." <BR> Then last month after signing for a house closing, something that would be considered slightly stressful, yeah? moving? I started to lose weight without even trying. Go figure. I guess you could say that renting was not my cup o' tea and s... Sun, 29 May 2016 21:37:13 EST How many miles have you "stepped"? <link><BR>s/benefits/documents/Conversion_Chart.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> When my ds first gave me my pedometer my walk-outs started at 10 minutes, then 15, then 20, then 30. I have walked one hour on my treadmill during a movie. (My goal was to walk the entire movie, but I didn't). <BR> <BR> My pedometer averaged 3000-4000 steps daily when I first received it. Then I changed it to get 6000 steps. When I moved I was averaging at least double that. <BR> ... Mon, 23 May 2016 19:05:50 EST What is happening in May? I can tell you one thing, it has been raining abundantly, and windy, and chilly, and not at all allowing me enough time in the garden. With such cold weather it isn't going to be warm enough for me to plant this week as I had planned. <BR> <BR> My tomatoes are screaming to get out of their tiny pots too. <BR> <BR> Good news is some of the seeds I was testing for germination are fine. I wanted to test them because I've had them for so many years. Now I know it's just because it hasn't been... Sun, 15 May 2016 17:47:50 EST see that compost? This is my veggie garden area. I'll be able to plant next week. Well, technically I could plant some items now, but I haven't prepped the compost into rows. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm contemplating what else to plant. I think I have enough space for a small orchard; apples, pears, maybe plums and peaches? D... Mon, 9 May 2016 18:33:26 EST Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? <img src=""> <BR> Here's a small section of the fenced flower garden. There are a few statues, bunny pedestals supporting benches, and rock/pebbled walkways. This picture was taken before the flowers started blooming. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> The hostas are getting really big! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 8 May 2016 19:52:03 EST Getting settled Last month I closed on a house and have since moved. It was a whirlwind of getting everything lined up and without going into boring details just say, I'm so glad to be in a house I can settle into. <BR> I'm going to include pictures of my east side yard and ask for suggestions on how to best utilize it. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 7 May 2016 17:39:45 EST An apple a day... <link><BR>th/human-nature/health-myths/an-apple-<BR>a-day.htm </link> <BR> <BR> I heard on the radio that the quality of our apples is not what it was 25 years ago. It would take approximately 25 apples to equal one apple from that many years ago. I didn't hear this yesterday or today or even last month. It was actually about 18-20 years ago. I had just moved to Orange County, California and was driving home from work. <BR> <BR> At that point in my lif... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:22:19 EST Beautiful and delicious <link><BR>lad-1171463?prm-v1&utm_medium=email&ut<BR>m_campaign=browse-email </link> <BR> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:42:10 EST