XANADUREALM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=XANADUREALM XANADUREALM'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/ Bacon Fat Mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226584 I believe this is the origin of the Magic Mayo. The recipe was converted to make it simpler. <BR> <BR> "By whipping up some rendered bacon fat with egg yolks, lemon, some mustard, salt, and pepper, you have made what is essentially a spreadable BLT. Once you have a jar of this stuff in your fridge, the possibilities are endless. Can you imagine the deviled eggs that this stuff would make? Or what about a bacon-tinged chicken salad or even a humble fried egg on a roll? I told you: genius." <... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:43:32 EST Magic Mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225300 Magic because of how fast and easy this is; takes about 1 1/2 minutes to make in a wide mouth pint size mason jar. [or jar of your choice] <BR> <BR> Because this mayo contains raw egg, I wouldn't feed it to someone in the immune compromised category, and I wouldn't make it with month-old eggs of questionable pedigree. Our eggs are raised in our backyard. Use your best judgement as to whether raw-egg mayonnaise is appropriate for you. <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 whole egg <BR> 1/2 tsp dijon... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:57:56 EST Fermented Vegetable FAQ Answers [for Probiotics] with Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224693 Lacto-Fermentation is a method of preserving food that transforms fresh food into favorites such as pickles, chutney, and sauerkraut. <BR> <BR> Nearly any vegetable can be fermented. <BR> <BR> Washing vegetables is a personal choice and is not necessary. Fresh vegetables should have friendly bacteria all over them from the soil. The fermentation process will allow these friendly bacteria to multiply. <BR> <BR> Do I need a vegetable culture or whey to make fermented vegetables? No. We rec... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:58:08 EST Lacto-Fermented Spiced Tomato Ketchup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218198 I have too many fresh tomatoes and the picture for this recipe is so pretty, but I want to use fresh tomatoes and don't want to use whey. So I am still looking for a recipe. <BR> <BR> "This ketchup is a great way to introduce your family to fermented foods. It has just the right blend of spices to make it taste similar to the store-bought kind, but with all the benefits of probiotic-rich fermentation. You can make it more or less sweet by adjusting the amount of maple syrup, or you can subs... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:21:10 EST Clafoutis are France's best kept secret. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217838 Clafoutis are France's best kept secret. Clafoutis recipes call for nothing more than what most of us have on hand in the kitchen, plus some fruit or vegetables. Once you have the batter made, which is only measuring and stirring, you pop it in the oven right before you sit down for dinner and have a seriously freshly-made dessert waiting for you 30 minutes later. <BR> <BR> Using frozen fruit is not recommended due to water content and texture. Can use any fruit or vegetables, but leave out... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:53:20 EST How to make Curtido/Cortido (Salvadorian sauerkraut)- 2 ways http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215658 Once fermented, cabbage is rich in probiotics and enzymes and holds powerful health benefits. A recent study showed that 2 oz of homemade sauerkraut contains as many probiotics as 100 probiotic capsules. <BR> <BR> Two Recipes: <BR> <BR> <link>//megatarian.wordpress.com/2014/06/2<BR>8/how-to-make-curtido-el-salvadorian-s<BR>auerkraut-2-ways/ </link> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 15:47:22 EST A Tip for Flaky Pie Crust http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210974 I just learned the coolest trick for making a flaky pie crust. You mix all of the fat with 2/3 of the flour, and then cut in the final third of the flour with a goal of pea sized balls of "paste" coated in flour. Then you mix in the water using a spatula to repeatedly flatten in a big broad bowl. I found this new technique and got a pie crust that resembled puff pastry! <BR> <BR> There is a recipe at the end of the article <BR> <BR> <link>sweets.seriouseats.com/2011/07/the-f<BR>ood-lab-... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 12:15:49 EST Haybox Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209271 BTW, the sliders were good. I didn't have dinner rolls so I used hamburger buns. I liked the way the cheese help the ground beef on the bun. I didn't like the glaze, but maybe I would have with dinner rolls. <BR> <BR> The Haybox Cooker is a thermal cooker, basically it cooks using the inner pan which is boiled for 10 minutes then stick it in the insulative container for another 1-6 hours. It can save up to 80% of the fuel normally used. <BR> <BR> The link is a collection of information o... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:44:12 EST Awesome cheesy pull-apart sliders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208621 I found this recipe for Awesome cheesy pull-apart sliders on a friends Facebook page. This will be dinner tonight! <BR> <BR> http://wtvr.com/2016/02/05/cheesy-pull-a<BR>part-sliders-super-bowl-recipe/ Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:07:41 EST Five Minute Ice Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204433 I had the last of our watermelons for breakfast. No more melons as we pulled up the vines. <BR> <BR> So for Five Minute Ice Cream you use 10 oz of frozen fruit, 1/8-1/4 Splenda + 1/3 cup half and half cream. <BR> <BR> Combine the frozen fruit and Splenda in a food processor. Process until the fruit is roughly chopped. With the processor running, slowly pour in the half + half until fully incorporated. Serve immediately, or freeze a few minutes for a firmer texture. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:40:54 EST Frozen Banana "Ice cream" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203883 For those of you who haven't heard of this and want to try ... just put "Frozen Banana" into the search on Spark Recipes and you will get lots of suggestions. I bought bananas at Sam's today so frozen banana is on for tomorrow. Some suggest cutting the banana into pieces, so I am going to try it this way. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:17:41 EST I scream, you scream ... we all scream for Ice Cream! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203280 I have been doing some research on ice cream. I saw in a magazine an electric counter top size machine but then thought that I could make it without a machine. Sparkrecipes has a couple I might try. Of course one is banana, another is with frozen fruit and another uses a plastic bag that you shake. If you want a really old recipe try searching for Thomas Jefferson's Ice Cream recipe. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:56:21 EST Southern Fried Cabbage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185702 1 medium head green cabbage, chopped loosely <BR> 4 slices bacon, chopped <BR> 1/4 large onion or 1/2 small to medium onion, chopped <BR> 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce (optional) <BR> salt & pepper to taste <BR> <BR> In a large pan, cook the chopped bacon over medium heat. When the bacon has just started to crisp, add the chopped onion. Add cabbage, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce (optional) when onion is done. Stir occasionally until cabbage is softened about 10 minute... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 12:13:00 EST Insulin and carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180423 The key to it all is insulin. It is the only -- the only -- chemical in your body that can put on weight or take it off. Think of gaining or losing weight as insulin control rather than dieting. In the presence of excess carbs insulin saves excess caloires, in the absence of carbs it removes calories for fuel. If you want to gain weight, eat excess carbs. If you want to lose weight eat the right amount of calories and no carbs. It does not work as efficiently with fats and proteins which is w... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:04:08 EST What is Coffee Flour? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179754 I just heard about Coffee Flour so I had to find out what it is. The idea of turning coffee bean waste into flour was one that intrigued me and also raised a number of questions. <BR> <BR> Coffee fruit is packed with nutrition. They take that fruit and mill it into a unique and flavor-rich gluten free flour. Ingredients: just the fruit... a coffee cherry. <BR> <BR> And what about the caffeine content of the flour? The amount in a recipe would be about the same as a cup of coffee. <BR> <B... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 15:42:01 EST Things to know about Dehydrating: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178297 There are a few things you should know before dehydrrating. Here are 13 things: <BR> <BR> 1. Start by learning your dehydrator and reading the instructions. Dehydrators can be split into three categories: bottom fan, top fan, and back fan. Most people would recommend a back fan dehydrator since it encourages even drying. However, even with a back fan you will need to move trays around to ensure even and consistent drying. <BR> <BR> 2. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can use your oven o... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:46:41 EST Low-Carb Food to Have on Hand in an Emergency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176876 Canned Vegetables such as: <BR> Tomatoes <BR> Green chilies <BR> Artichoke hearts <BR> Pumpkin <BR> Tomato paste <BR> Other canned low-carb vegetables, such as green beans and spinach <BR> <BR> Pickled Vegetables such as: <BR> Dill pickles <BR> Italian pickled vegetables or hot peppers <BR> Sweet pickles (no sugar added) <BR> <BR> Jars of: <BR> Salsas <BR> Pasta sauce or tomato sauce with no added sugars <BR> Roasted red peppers <BR> Dr... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 10:56:23 EST Dehydrating Eggs for Longer Storage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176182 Crack them open into a bowl, about 18 at at time. More than that and they will take a long time to do the next step. Whisk them to get them all mixed together. <BR> <BR> Scramble them over medium to medium low heat. I used cast iron so I wouldn’t have to add any additional oil. * IMPORTANT: Do not add oil! <BR> <BR> This took about 25 minutes to cook on low heat. <BR> <BR> Lay them out on a dehydrator sheet. 3 dozen eggs took up 7 sheets, spread out as thin as possible. <BR> <BR> Dehyd... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 07:00:25 EST Focus on your goals ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416317 Focus on your goals <BR> <BR> Calm your mind. Quiet all of the distractions surrounding you. Concentrate on the one task at hand. In the moment of need, silence your brain and allow yourself to stay focused. Save your worries about tomorrow and guilt over yesterday's failures for another time. Maybe you need to meditate, pray, or simply spend a few moments quietly gathering yourself before tackling a project. <BR> <BR> Concentration is the ability to think of absolutely nothing when it is a... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 06:16:51 EST Explore. Dream. Discover... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411253 Explore. Dream. Discover. <BR> <BR> The green of all the fields is mine; <BR> The stars, the night, the wind at play, <BR> A peaceful heart, while quietly <BR> I go my way. <BR> <BR> Max Ehrmann <BR> 1872-1945 <BR> <BR> Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. <BR> <BR> - Mark Twain, American writ... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 07:55:22 EST Another Chance ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404838 Another Chance <BR> <BR> How often we wish for another <BR> chance to make a fresh beginning. <BR> <BR> A chance to blot out our mistakes <BR> And change failure into winning. <BR> <BR> It does not take a new day <BR> To make a brand new start, <BR> It only takes a deep desire <BR> To try with all our heart. <BR> <BR> To live a little better <BR> And to always be forgiving <BR> And to add a little sunshine <BR> To the world in which we're living. <BR> <BR> So never give up in despair <BR... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 18:03:45 EST Remember the 'Healthy' with the 'To-Go' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388664 Portable Snacking Tips and Ideas ...Remember the 'Healthy' with the 'To-Go' <BR> -- By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> * Celery sticks with peanut butter and several raisins on top <BR> * Rice cakes with peanut butter (good for getting a protein punch) <BR> * Low-fat cheese cubes <BR> * Hardboiled eggs <BR> * Deviled egg (wrapped in plastic wrap) <BR> * Fruit yogurt cup (add in some fresh fruits or nuts for a boost <BR> * Trail mix <BR> * Nuts or nut mix (stick to just a handful) <BR>... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 05:18:57 EST Making the most of every day and every hour ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375303 Making the most of every day and every hour <BR> <BR> I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. - John Burroughs, essayist and naturalist <BR> <BR> Before you plan another day/week/month/year, write this thought at the top of the paper: " I Cannot Do Everything. " <BR> <BR> Life becomes easier when you accept the fact that you will never be able to do everything you wa... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 06:56:46 EST So hold your head up girl and you'll go far, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366386 So hold your head up girl and you'll go far, <BR> <BR> To quote Lady Gaga: <BR> <BR> “There's nothin wrong with lovin who you are" <BR> She said, "'cause He made you perfect, babe" <BR> "So hold your head up girl and you'll go far, <BR> Listen to me when I say" <BR> I'm beautiful in my way <BR> 'Cause God makes no mistakes <BR> I'm on the right track baby <BR> I was born this way <BR> Don't hide yourself in regret <BR> Just love yourself and you're set <BR> I'm on the right track baby <BR> ... Fri, 24 May 2013 06:44:02 EST Get an Exercise Buddy - Exercising With Your Pet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351703 Get an Exercise Buddy - Exercising With Your Pet! <BR> <BR> A Pet's Love <BR> <BR> A companion, a pal, A very best friend. <BR> Someone to trust, To love 'til the end. <BR> <BR> Someone to trust, When feeling blue. <BR> Always a smile, T'always greet you. <BR> <BR> Always a smile, To dry up your tears. <BR> A person to be there, To quiet your fears. <BR> <BR> A person to be there, When lonely or sad. <BR> Loving regardless, If hating or mad. <BR> <BR> Loving regardless, If caring or cru... Fri, 10 May 2013 06:15:38 EST Goals and dreams are not achieved overnight ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344001 Often we forget that goals and dreams are not achieved overnight, but rather in a series of small steps. Progress towards your goals should also be counted as victorious! Stop looking at the end result to bring you the greatest joy. Instead, celebrate the ways in which your life is gravitating towards that desired result. Nothing is guaranteed in life, so make the most of each day and persevere. Remember that the small things in life build up to the bigger ones. <BR> Fri, 3 May 2013 06:58:23 EST Great veggies and fruits to try... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333705 Here's a list of some great veggies and fruits to try under each color category (from Cooking Light's July '07 issue):: <BR> <BR> Red (contains lycopene): <BR> Veggies: Tomatoes, beets, radishes, rhubarb, radicchio, red bell peppers <BR> Fruits: cherries, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, pink grapefruit, red pears, apples grapes <BR> <BR> Orange/Yellow (contains beta-carotine, vitamin C) <BR> Veggies: yello beets, butternut squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, yellow bell peppers, yellow... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 05:44:45 EST Easy ways to add Exercise to your daily routine: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322544 Easy ways to add Exercise to your daily routine: <BR> <BR> * Going shopping? Park the car under a light at the outer edges of the Mall parking! <BR> * Ride the bus! Then get on or off the bus several blocks away from your destination. <BR> * If you work in an office building then take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. <BR> * During Coffee Breaks take fitness breaks! Walk, stretch or do some office exercises. <BR> * On nice days get outside! Do some leaf raking, prune the shrub... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 08:27:19 EST Five ingredients that not only add flavor to your favorite dishes but can help in your battle agains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296912 Five ingredients that not only add flavor to your favorite dishes but can help in your battle against the bulge. <BR> <BR> Cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, mustard seed and ginger. <BR> <BR> The biggest seller is cookbooks and the second is diet books - how not to eat what you've just learned how to cook. ~Andy Rooney <BR> <BR> Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not! ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> Albert Einstein, who discovered that a tiny amount of mass is equal to ... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 06:58:03 EST A beginning must be made, And the place to begin is with and in yourself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288488 A beginning must be made, And the place to begin is with and in yourself. <BR> <BR> <BR> This is an older version of Maxx Erhman's famous poem, "Desiderada". <BR> Desiderada II <BR> <BR> In whatever religion you have been taught, <BR> however you have been brought up, <BR> and however you have understood your teachers... <BR> On these levels you will understand and grasp this message. <BR> <BR> It is not enough that this message be believed. <BR> It is a message to be lived. <BR> <BR> Th... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 07:13:59 EST Love is ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272136 Love is .... <BR> <BR> Love is... a comic strip created by New Zealand artist Kim Grove in the late 1960s, later to be produced by Stefano Casali. The strip is syndicated worldwide by Tribune Media Services. <BR> <BR> Love Is... (the title includes the ellipsis mark), began as a series of little love notes that Kim Grove drew for her future husband, Roberto Casali. The strip was first syndicated in 1970 and one of her most famous drawings, "Love Is...being able to say you are sorry", publis... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 06:03:43 EST Here are some ways to start small.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251224 Here are some ways to start small. Choose one of these goals and see how long you can do it every day *: <BR> <BR> * Get up early and forget using the snooze alarm <BR> * Drink 8 glasses of water everyday <BR> * Eat two green veggies <BR> * Write in a journal especially about what you are learning <BR> * Take a walk; walk to a friends house <BR> * Put up motivating pictures; <BR> * Gather motivating music, then dance to it while you work around the house <BR> * Tell a friend about weight los... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 07:00:47 EST The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239694 The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.... <BR> <BR> People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. <BR> If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. <BR> If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. <BR> If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. <BR> The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. <BR> Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give your best... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 05:26:39 EST Get an Exercise Buddy - Exercise With Your Pet ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220115 Get an Exercise Buddy - Exercise With Your Pet <BR> <BR> Stand for something or fall for anything.- Anonymous <BR> Do not be afraid to ask dumb questions. They are easier to handle than dumb mistakes.- Unknown <BR> <BR> Have you heard about the new dog cross-breeds? <BR> They crossed a Bloodhound and a Labrador. The new breed is a Blabador, a dog that barks incessantly. <BR> <BR> They crossed a Collie and a Lhasa Apso. The new breed is a Collapso, a dog that folds up for easy transport. <B... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:34:48 EST Do not be afraid to ask dumb questions. ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211254 Do not be afraid to ask dumb questions. ... <BR> <BR> Stand for something or fall for anything.- Anonymous <BR> Do not be afraid to ask dumb questions. They are easier to handle than dumb mistakes.- Unknown <BR> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 09:35:58 EST The 10 Most Powerful 2-Letter Words .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198262 The 10 Most Powerful 2-Letter Words .... <BR> <BR> If it is to be, <BR> It is up to me! Wed, 9 Jan 2013 07:48:21 EST The Road to Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178490 The Road to Success <BR> <BR> The road to success is not straight <BR> There is a curve called failure <BR> A loop called confusion <BR> Speed bumps called friends <BR> Red lights called enemies <BR> Caution lights called family <BR> you'll have flats called jobs <BR> But if you have determination <BR> An engine called perseverance <BR> Insurance called faith <BR> A driver called GOD <BR> You'll make it to a place called SUCCESS! <BR> <BR> Author unknown Fri, 28 Dec 2012 08:01:54 EST It is for joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174941 It is for joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter.... <BR> <BR> Christmas is for love. It is for joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter, for reuniting with family and friends, for tinsel and brightly decorated packages. But mostly, Christmas is for love. I had not believed this until a small elf-like student with wide-eyed innocent eyes and soft rosy cheeks gave me a wondrous gift one Christmas. <BR> <BR> Mark was an 11 year old orphan who lived with his aunt, a bitter middle aged woma... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 06:49:50 EST Enjoy the Journey to your goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169780 Enjoy the Journey to your goal! <BR> <BR> Here are some ways to start small. Choose one of these goals and see how long you can do it every day *: <BR> <BR> * Get up early and forget using the snooze alarm <BR> * Drink 8 glasses of water everyday <BR> * Eat two green veggies <BR> * Write in a journal especially about what you are learning <BR> * Take a walk; walk to a friends house <BR> * Put up motivating pictures; skinny people or something you would like to buy when you lose the weight <... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 05:56:53 EST How do you know when it becomes a Lifestyle Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158939 How do you know when it becomes a Lifestyle Change <BR> <BR> Mandy626 posted this comment: When you stop thinking about how long you are dieting for, or how much more time until you start eating normally again. When you accept that this is a new normal and you stop feeling deprived. <BR> Fri, 7 Dec 2012 06:59:00 EST Heal the past. Live the present. Dream the future. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148586 Heal the past. Live the present. Dream the future. <BR> <BR> <BR> A light supper, a good night's sleep and a fine morning have often made a hero of the same man, who, by indigestion, a restless night and a rainy morning would have proved a coward. <BR> - Lord Chesterfield, diplomat <BR> <BR> There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is. - Albert Einstein, physicist <BR> <BR> Think about the miracles of nature right outs... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:41:14 EST There are only two ways to live your life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138550 There are only two ways to live your life. <BR> <BR> There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is. - Albert Einstein, physicist <BR> <BR> Think about the miracles of nature right outside your window. Think about how amazing it is that you're even here to see it. <BR> <BR> A smile is a curve that can set a lot of things straight. - V. Borge <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 16:52:04 EST Some simple substitutions for cooking ingredients ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131192 Some simple substitutions for cooking ingredients <BR> <BR> It is easy to modify some of your favorite recipes by using the substitutions listed below--no one will even notice the difference! <BR> <BR> Instead of... Try... <BR> 1/2 cup oil - 1/4 cup applesauce + 1/4 cup canola oil or butter <BR> 1 egg - 1/4 flax, vinegar or lemon juice <BR> 1 cup chocolate chips - 1/2 cup chocolate chips, chopped dried fruit, or nuts <BR> Frosting - Sliced fresh fruit with dusting of powdered sugar <BR> Sou... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 06:09:23 EST The true measure of an individual is ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123741 The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him no good. Ann Landers <BR> <BR> I have always tried to help someone who needed help. I never expect them to repay me for the good things that I have done for them. I feel what I have done is repayment for a kindness others have done for me. <BR> Sun, 4 Nov 2012 15:29:39 EST Enjoy the Journey to your goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114792 Enjoy the Journey to your goal! <BR> <BR> Stop living life for what's around the corner and start enjoying the walk down the street. - Grant L. Miller, motivational guru <BR> No matter what your goal is, instead of waiting to celebrate enjoy today's small victories and take advantage of your improved health now... <BR> <BR> The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them. - George Bernard Shaw, p... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 15:43:13 EST Magic happens when you combine things in unexpected ways. ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106182 Magic happens when you combine things in unexpected ways. ... <BR> <BR> <BR> Eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog, adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, lizard's leg, and owlet's wing. For a charm of powerful trouble, like a hell-broth boil and bubble. - Witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth <BR> <BR> Magic happens when you combine things in unexpected ways. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 16:02:11 EST Just a little fun .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095444 Just a little fun .... <BR> <BR> What fearful shapes and shadows beset his path, amidst the dim and ghastly glare of a snowy night! With what wistful look did he eye every trembling ray of light streaming across the waste fields from some distant window! How often was he appalled by some shrub covered with snow, which, like a sheeted specter, beset his very path! How often did he shrink with curdling awe at the sound of his own steps on the frosty crust beneath his feet; and dread to look ov... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:28:15 EST Believe in yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088623 Believe in yourself! <BR> <BR> Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it. Wayne Dyer <BR> <BR> The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up. - John Maxwell, author and public speaker <BR> Sat, 6 Oct 2012 05:39:52 EST Go Green with Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078654 Go Green with Veggies <BR> <BR> Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson <BR> <BR> Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat. ~Fran Lebowitz <BR> <BR> I don't think America will have really made it until we have our own salad dressing. Until then we're stuck behind the French, Italians, Russians and Caesarians. ~Pat McNelis <BR> <BR> Chili represents your three stages of ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:35:20 EST Imagination is the true magic carpet.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068721 Imagination is the true magic carpet. <BR> <BR> It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship. <BR> <BR> It's always too early to quit. <BR> Norman Vincent Peale <BR> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 06:40:44 EST