WINE4GIRL's SparkPeople Blog WINE4GIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It's a Souper day! Okay, so insanity strikes when I'm stuck in the house. I picked up, moved or tied down everything possible to past two days getting ready for our rain event. So what now? Am I motivated to do anything indoors? Maybe in a while. For now, think I'll peruse soup recipes for inspiration. <BR> <BR><BR>winter-soups/ <BR> <BR> Hope you can access the link, if not go to big oven's website. They have a lot of great recipes. Any favorites out there? Fri, 2 Oct 2015 08:17:28 EST FIFO Have you ever heard the term FIFO before? In the food service industry, we use FIFO as a standard. It means First In, First Out. Basically, when food comes in, it's rotated to the front of the shelves so it is used first. We should be using the same concept in our pantries and refrigerators. <BR> <BR> Trying to be healthier, I have been eating a cup greek yogurt each morning. The store had them on sale last week so I stocked up on my favorites and tossed them on the top shelf of the frig. S... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 18:03:24 EST Procrastinating... has to stop! Saw this article and it speaks well to some of the issues I have, starting with social media. <BR> <link><BR>1-practical-ways-to-stop-procrastinati<BR>on.html?dgs=1 </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have so many things going on, if I don't stay organized and on top of each one, I fall behind very quickly. I'm behind, but fighting my way out of the chaos. <BR> <img src=... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 12:43:06 EST September Plank Challenge Friends of mine have been doing this and keep raving about it. Not sure I can do it, but what the heck! WHY NOT TRY??? <BR> <BR> The 30 Day Plank Challenge will send your core strength through the roof! Yes, all you have to do is HOLD this position, nothing else! It looks pretty easy, but it isn't! <BR> <BR> Day 1 - 20 seconds <BR> Day 2 - 20 seconds <BR> Day 3 - 30 seconds <BR> Day 4 - 30 seconds <BR> Day 5 - 40 seconds <BR> Day 6 - REST <BR> Day 7 - 45 seconds <BR> Day 8 - 45 seconds <BR>... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:34:26 EST Interesting articles I come across random articles at what seems to be just the right time. Here are two that I "found" this weekend. <BR> <BR> Calming your anxious mind... <BR> <link><BR>/the-mindful-self-express/201506/9-way<BR>s-calm-your-anxious-mind? </link> <BR> <BR> How to Project power... <BR> <link><BR>how-to-project-power.html? </link> <BR> <BR> I also watched Sparkpeople's video on power yoga poses. I did it a couple o... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:32:21 EST Greenhouse project We did it! I say three hours, but that doesn't count the three hours from three other volunteers, plus four hours from the volunteer electrician, plus all my time, but the most important thing is it's done! <BR> <BR> Wait, I need to buy a door sweep and a safety stopper for the back window and... well, 99% finished. Feel free to take a look. I'll try to post pics on here tomorrow, but for now, I'm going to have a glass of wine and check out the recliner! <BR> <link> Sat, 8 Aug 2015 19:10:41 EST Not a fish tale! The Man and I had a rare 2 days back to back of fishing. He has been working so much that it's rare for him to have 2 days off in a week, so when he wanted to go fishing on day two - at 7:30am, I'm not going to say no. We are very blessed to live where we can put the boat in very quickly. One day we'll have our own dock, but not today. <BR> <BR> We decided to go to Ft. Monroe to explore an area we hadn't been in before. What should have been 1 foot seas turned out to be a bit more choppy. (... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:38:25 EST Step outside the box My sweetheart steps so far outside the box, he forgets what the box looks like! I am still recovering from carpal tunnel surgery and having trouble sleeping because I move a lot in my sleep. Adjust my pillow - OW! Grab the blanket - OW! You get the pic. <BR> <BR> Night before last was particularly rough and I woke him up a couple of times unintentionally. When I finally dragged myself out of bed, this is what greeted me: <BR> <img src=" Wed, 15 Jul 2015 08:53:41 EST Good advice! Great article... <BR> <link><BR>/changepower/201505/5-thoughts-can-get<BR>-you-through-almost-anything </link> Thu, 9 Jul 2015 09:19:26 EST Million Pollinator Gardens This is a cool new site I saw this morning. Upload your pollinator garden pics and join millions of other folks helping to increase our bee population. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the latest pic of my Bee garden. I plant a ton of African Blue Basil every year for my neighbor's honeybees, but even the bumblebees like to hang out there! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 8 Jun 2015 10:33:02 EST Pirate ball Just a quick photo! I wish the ones with SMITU had turned out, but I will always take more. Wearing a dress this heavy gives me new found respect for the ladies that wore them all day... And mine is modified to not be quite so heavy! It does, however, have a built in whale bone corset. I don't remember discussing a corset with the dressmaker! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 30 May 2015 06:59:22 EST ReWild your life 30 day challenge Get outside! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 2 Mar 2015 08:00:33 EST Measuring Sexy Just saying... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:03:26 EST Do what you love I always find the most interesting and clever info on the Good Food Jobs website. They have grown so much and continue to share people whose passion has let them to do what they love and succeed at it. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Need a little inspiration today? <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:33:46 EST World's Largest Indoor Farm Awesome article and interview. <BR> <link><BR>rgest-indoor-farm-is-100-times-more-pr<BR>oductive/ </link> <BR> <BR> Do you garden? <BR> In a box? <BR> On rooftops? <BR> Outdoors or In? <BR> Is your garden Zen? <BR> <BR> Couldn't resist! Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:39:43 EST 27 important lessons from older farmers AN OLD FARMER'S ADVICE: <BR> 1. Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. <BR> <BR> <BR> 4. A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. <BR> <BR> <BR> 5. Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled. <BR> <BR> <BR> 6. Meanness don't jes' happen overnight. <BR> <BR> <BR> 7. Forgive your enemie... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 15:04:05 EST Things to start doing for yourself Ahhhh, who doesn't put others before themselves, sometimes to their own detriment? I find that many of my loving and kind friends will give selflessly and often are tired and worn down themselves at the end of the day/week/month... <BR> <BR> Instead of being negative with "Don'ts", let's work on the "Dos" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hings-to-start-doing-for-yourself/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 08:42:44 EST Not taking myself seriously A friend had this in her FB feed this morning. <BR> <link><BR>r-dress-me-for-a-week-heres-what-happe<BR>ned/ </link> <BR> <BR> I don't have toddlers, haven't for a long time, but I did ask my kids on occasion for their thoughts on my attire. My youngest even went to help me pick out clothes for his high school graduation. <BR> <BR> Biggest takeaways from this? <BR> Don't take things so seriously! <BR> Have fun! <BR> Laugh out loud! (Burns more ca... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 09:01:59 EST "Old girl" exercises When I say that I feel old, the Man says "Well, you ARE old!". Nothing like a little laughter, eh? He's slightly older than me, so I enjoy sharing that fact with him. <BR> <BR> These look like some exercises I can get into. <BR> <link><BR>-can-do-at-home/?cid=GEN_12615_fb1&lin<BR>kId=11953141 </link> <BR> <BR> Not giving up on the yoga, just trying to see what will work that i will stick to. We have a black tie event in three weeks and I really want... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:36:25 EST Yoga for Depression I have been thinking of trying yoga again, even chatted with a few folks from a new studio in town. They are locally owned and the owners are very accessible. I like that. <BR> <BR> I came across this today. Depressed or not, it doesn't hurt to begin with simple poses. <BR> <link><BR>-poses-depression?s=1&?adbid=101529937<BR>54581469&adbpl=fb&adbpr=87494991468&ci<BR>d=socFit_20150124_39339327 </link> <BR> <BR> Do you practice yoga? Do you have to mo... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:55:26 EST Catalogs and seeds and websites - so much to take in! Hi. My name is Wendy and I'm a seedaholic. <BR> <BR> You know, it wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have access to more and more varieties and cool new plants that I've never heard of! Thank goodness the Man is not afraid of a "few" plants! I started over 1600 plants last year for our annual plant sale and (you already know what I'm going to type) this year will be even BIGGER! <BR> <BR> Just received a packet yesterday from I love to order from them because they try to fi... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 08:52:41 EST The Ron Finley Project I'm a fan of Will Allen, Jamie Oliver and Ron Finley among others that aren't afraid to not just think outside of the box, but to toss the box aside and create something magnificent! <BR> <BR> Ron has started a new project in LA and I'm really looking forward to watching it grow. <BR> <link><BR>planting-few-seeds-his-neighborhood-ma<BR>n-launched-nationwide-conversation-abo<BR>ut?cmpid=foodinc-fb </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:12:00 EST I'm Awake! I'm Awake! Sometimes when I wake up early and can't get back to sleep, I think I'm like Peppermint Patty. She was always my favorite Peanuts character. Have a Wonderful day! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 06:25:28 EST 30 ways to make yourself feel and be better! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:42:29 EST Get in shape - TED talks In my continued research... lol! I need to quit researching and get moving! Yesterday, besides doing two loads of laundry and polishing wood floors and baseboards, I did stop occasionally to dance. How can you not when it's Chumbawamba? I gt knocked down, but I DO get back up again! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's a collection of 6 TED talks to motivate us. <BR> <link><BR>pe_for_real_this... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:16:33 EST Things you should have done by the time you are 50 Another great article. #5 was the hardest for me. What about you? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ings-you-should-have-done-by-50_n_6390<BR>600.html?ir=Women&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000046 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:31:12 EST Good advice I love reading motivational articles. I am always curious at how many folks read and then follow the advice in the articles. <BR> <BR> Found this one and thought I'd share: <BR> <link><BR>aks-to-help-you-lose-weight-feel-great<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> One of the highlights is that it isn't all about denying yourself and eating tofu-bean sprouts-whatever... (though I actually like tofu!) <BR> <img src=" Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:11:29 EST 52 Week Savings Challenge A couple of friends and I are doing this money challenge, so thought I'd invite anyone else who wants to join us. We are starting with the New Year, which is Thursday (in case you didn't know... <em>246</em> ). A couple have also decided to only do this until Thanksgiving and make this a Christmas fund. <BR> <BR> To help myself remember, I'm going to set a reminder on my calendar for each week with the amount "due". If you have any other suggestions, please share them. Some are starting... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 08:40:48 EST Grant finalist Many folks know that after I had an accident, I had lots of time to sit and reflect on what I wanted to do with my life. With my wonderful husband's support, I founded the nonprofit Hampton Grows. We teach gardening programs and help schools and many other organizations to grow their own food. <BR> <BR> We have several programs in the works and while we just received a grant for one program (which we are extremely grateful for!), it was $500 less than what we had applied for. Today I recei... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:16:04 EST Gardening workout It's cold and dreary most places, but it seems like there is always something to do in the garden. Found this great article and really speaks to why I don't go to the gym. I'd much rather be in the garden! <BR> <link><BR>2/Keep-fit-in-the-garden.html </link> <BR> <BR> Transplanting tomatoes from the aquaponics to sterile soil to keep in the greenhouse this week. We decided that even though it will take a good bit of space, we really love zucchini, so ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:19:39 EST Abdominal Snowman <img src=""> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:05:36 EST Greenhouse Aquaponics Adventure We started our aquaponics last winter and managed to keep some of the "animals" alive all winter. The summer has been extreme in keeping the GH cool enough. It has definitely been a learning experience. We are raising tilapia, one of the best fish for aquaponics, and Australian red claw crawfish. Red claws are increasing in popularity both in aquaponics and on dinner plates. We will harvest two for Christmas dinner! <BR> <BR> We've had one brood of tilapia unexpectedly and managed to save 1... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:02:09 EST Cooperative Extension I stumbled across a website yesterday while doing some research for a meeting. I am a Master Gardener... why have I never seen this site before?!? Lots of great info and resources. If you aren't familiar with Cooperative Extension, there is a wealth of knowledge available to you for Free! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> ps. It's not just for gardeners! Thu, 4 Sep 2014 07:25:21 EST Best diet ever! Probably the best diet you can ever go on! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>art-guide/ </link> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:16:31 EST Rules <img src=""> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:00:42 EST Herb infographic This is a pretty cool herb chart that can offer some ideas when looking at what do do with those glorious herbs you are growing! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-to-using-herbs-when-you-cook-infogra<BR>phic.html?utm_campaign=recommendation&<BR>utm_medium=scroll&utm_source=feature </link> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 21:11:58 EST Inspiring! I am no runner and pretty much hate standard exercise. BUT, I can't help but be inspired by these athletes! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> WOW! Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:24:51 EST Zucchini Salsa and a bonus recipe! Zukes are coming in like crazy! Did you know you can sub most other summer squash for zucchini? I made a mixed squash bread, using zucchini, "yellow" squash and patty pan. Just remember to cut out any large seeds. <BR> <BR> We eat a lot of fish, usually in tacos with a roasted pineapple salsa, but since there's zucchini, why not modify? Here's the recipe... add more heat and salt to taste. <BR> <BR> Zucchini salsa <BR> <BR> 2 cups diced zucchini <BR> 1/2 cup diced Vidalia onion <BR> Lime... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:52:26 EST 41 Truly Powerhouse Fruits and Veggies I just read this awesome article from the Washington Post on 41 super foods based on "nutrient density". While I disagree with iceberg lettuce, the biggest surprise was the lower rankings for most fruits. What do you think??? <BR> <BR><BR>ur-health/wp/2014/06/05/finally-a-list<BR>-of-powerhouse-fruits-and-vegetables-r<BR>anked-by-how-much-nutrition-they-contain/ <BR> <BR> I decided to take the list out to the gardens and see how many I'm growing. Wha... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 08:44:04 EST Are you on FB? Help me win! My nonprofit is one of the finalist to win $1500 in plants. We implement garden programs in low income areas... schools, public spaces, food deserts. If you want to know more about us, check out our website. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Ok, back to the contest! We are a finalist in the Green America Award, sponsored by Nature Hills Nursery. As with all current contest (or so it seems), this one is focused around Likes on social media. If you are on FB, please like Hampton... Thu, 1 May 2014 21:16:19 EST Rain Barrel Auction Tonight is the Rain Barrel Art Auction at our History Museum. Just a few more hours and it will be done and I can sleep... I hope! If you want to see the entries, please go to: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day, weekend and Easter holiday! Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:12:54 EST Oh so many plants It's no secret that I drive myself nuts trying to get ready for the spring plant sale. This year, I'm doubly crazy since we have a Rain Barrel Art Auction the week before the sale. Yup, color me nuts. <BR> <BR> Today I did a quick inventory and came up with 1092 seedlings in the greenhouses. Two friends are also growing for me and/or supplying bulbs for the sale. When K said she had lots of colorful Swiss Chard, it made me realize I had totally missed counting what was on the side porch. Bu... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 20:07:19 EST Birds, bees, Milkweed and more Questions yesterday got me thinking of stuff I had no clue about before we started this adventure. <BR> <BR> Milkweed is from the asclepias family, over 140 strong. They are the host plant for the Monarch butterflies. Our favorites are Butterfly, which has orange flowers and Scarlett, which actually have orange, red and yellow flowers. We also grow pink milkweed, know as common milkweed. From my butterfly garden: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:28:08 EST A potting we will go.... After counting this morning, I have 195 seedlings in 4 inch pots, 36 smaller pots of lemon basil and three flats of seedlings waiting for their new home in the little greenhouse. About 150 of those are different varieties of tomatoes. In the big greenhouse, potted up three colors of Milkweed, three kinds of eggplants, purple cayenne, purple and green cauliflower and tons of flowers. I am almost out of room, since I "graciously" gave up some space for the aquaponics. Here's a shot from half ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:10:18 EST Playing mind games to help you succeed I read this article this morning about the Olympic athletes and how they push themselves to continue to work out and work at their goals. The part about focusing on your goals and reminding yourself every day of your goals is one we can all utilize. <BR> <BR> Interesting read. <BR> <link><BR>games-everyday-exerciser-play-09103367<BR>6--spt.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:19:18 EST Ousted from my exercise area With the cold temps, we have put heaters in the greenhouses. Unfortunately, the one with my veggies wasn't going to be able to combat the 14 degrees last night, so we moved most of the plants and seedlings inside. Tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are now taking space on what was my workout area. We brought in some of the seedling flats but missed the Basil. I unfortunately unplugged the heater to get the tomatoes out and didn't get it plugged back in, so the basil and a few others bit the dust.... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 19:44:05 EST Super Slacktastic! I did the stretching, a few ball exercises and lots of other stuff today, but I've run out of time! Yikes! Worked in the greenhouse and fished! YEA.... no. No fish, not a nibble. But I worked on my casting and had some great quiet time with nature and God. My son came down for the last few minutes and took this pic. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Holy... okay, I did have a fish towel and gloves in my pockets, but seriously? This mess is going... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 21:13:48 EST Body Ball or Rock & Roll exercises I did the usual stretching today, sneaking in an extra set where I could. I was excited that after only three days, I can stretch a bit further. Just a bit, but noticeable to me. <BR> <BR> I have a stability ball that I've used in the past, usually to sit at my desk. That desk is long gone, but the ball remains... staring at me... wondering why it's being ignored. Sooooooo, <BR> I downloaded this graphic: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> See the... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:48:01 EST Today's exercises I love SP, but I'm lazy, which is one of the reasons I'm in the shape I'm in. I'm also extremely visual, so I'll print something out if I want to follow it. Pinterest has become one of my go to sites. Today I happened upon this. Think I'll give it a try. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My TED talk today was amazing! You can sign up for the daily TED emails and receive their recommendations or browse the site. Either way, it's a win! ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:57:09 EST Challenges, not resolutions I've decided to change my way of thinking. Instead of resolutions, I'm focused on challenging myself to: <BR> lose weight <BR> become healthier <BR> save money <BR> further my education <BR> <BR> My husband and I started the 35 pound challenge on Jan.1. It was embarrassing for him to see just how much I weigh, considering it was only 9 pounds less than him! We are going on vacation in late May, so the weight must come off. We are encouraging each other, which is huge! I set up my Workout bo... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:06:03 EST