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  • Stuffed Mushrooms

    1/27/2015 9:42:43 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Here is a superbowl favorite! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 20 fresh mushrooms 3 Tbsp. butter 2 Tbsp. very finely chopped onion 2 Tbsp. very finely chopped red pepper 14 Ritz crackers, finely crushed (about 1/2 cup) 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 tsp. I... Read more

  • Chicken Tacos

    1/26/2015 12:22:59 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Taco's tonight! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 1/2 tsp salt-free Mexican or taco seasoning 1 lime; juiced 8 taco shells 1 c iceberg lettuce; shredded or chopped 4 Tbsp sour cream 2 green onions (scallions); slic... Read more

  • Mama's Rigatoni

    1/25/2015 10:17:16 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Take a peek and a taste of this! Ingredients~ 1 1 lb. package of Rigatoni 1 lb. Lite Jimmy Dean Sausage (33% less fat) 1Tbsp olive oil (see in my directions below) 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 large onion chopped 1 lb. sliced mushrooms 2-3 garlic cloves pressed ... Read more

  • Chopstick Tuna Casserole

    1/24/2015 9:46:38 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I am whooping up a favorite this evening! So get out the tuna and meet me in the kitchen! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup 2 cups chow mein noodles 1 can tuna, drained and flaked 1 c sliced celery 1/2 c toasted cashews 1/4 c chopped... Read more

  • Sausage And Asiago Stuffed Mushrooms

    1/23/2015 10:04:41 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, How many way's can we fix mushrooms? Well here is one way that I do them. Take a peek! Ingredients~ 20 large cemini (baby bella) mushrooms. You can use button mushrooms if you want. 8 oz. (1/2 package) sausage. 4 oz. cream cheese- softened 1/3 c. grated Asia... Read more

  • Crock Pot Kung Pao Pineapple Cashew Chicken

    1/22/2015 9:48:31 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Yummy chicken tonight but not just any chicken! I forgot to ask, do you like chicken? I thought so! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 3 breasts) 1/4 c. pineapple preserves 2 (8 oz.) packets of Panda Brand Kung Pao Chicken... Read more

  • Buttercup Yeast Bread

    1/21/2015 12:31:47 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, The day has come to bake bread so I am going to head to the kitchen and do just that! Bake bread that is! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 3 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast (about 2 3/4 tsp) 1/2 c warm water (110 to 115) 2 Tbsps sugar 2-1/2 cups mashed ... Read more

  • *Sniffle*

    1/20/2015 12:47:28 PM, by SASSISPRING

    I figured out at 4 AM that I wasn't going to far today. Last night when I looked in the mirror my eyes were rimmed black, like I put on mascara. I took Tylenol and allergy pill this morning, see if I can break up the sinuses. I cannot get into the clinic as the couple walk-in spots are already ta... Read more

  • Southwestern Frittata

    1/20/2015 9:56:51 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Look at what I am whooping up for tonight! Are you looking? Alright, I see ya! Take a peek! Ingredients~ oil or bacon grease for the pan 1 c Thrive freeze dried ground beef (or 1/2 pound raw ground beef) 1/4 c Thrive freeze dried onion (or 2 Tbsp. chopped onion... Read more

  • Winter Cold

    1/20/2015 12:56:12 AM, by SASSISPRING

    Crazy winter colds, I had a 2 week cold over Christmas and it went away - kinda. Woke up today with a crazy throat, dizzy spells and feeling like someone was sitting on me. The coughing is starting back up tonight. My ears hurt. Come on, I'm so over this, time to move on! As a result, I did ... Read more

  • Itty Bitty Pancake Muffins

    1/19/2015 12:40:41 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I will be up before the chickens as usual and can you guess what's for breakfast? Come on, take a guess or better yet, take a peek! By the way, breakfast is at 6am! See ya then! Ingredients~ 3 cups flour 1 Tbsp. baking powder 1/4 c sugar 3/4 tsp. salt 2 1/2... Read more

  • So You Love Snow?

    1/18/2015 9:27:50 PM, by SASSISPRING

    Yeah it's snowing .... and snowing ..... and snowing which is fine, it's winter but the sun isn't out. Okay the sun hasn't been out for some time because it goes down at 4PM, but it's not out in the day either. Yesterday the sun was out, for a few hours, it was lovely. I was like a very thirsty p... Read more

  • Golden Potato Soup

    1/18/2015 12:10:04 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Soups on so come on in and make yourself at home! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 3 c. chopped potatoes 3 c. chicken broth c. celery slices c. carrot slices c. chopped onion 1 tsp. parsley flakes tsp. salt dash of pepper 1 c. milk 2 Tbsp. Corn... Read more

  • Slow Cooker Chicken And Cheese Biscuits

    1/17/2015 12:07:21 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Alright, get your slow cooker's out and meet me in the kitchen! Take a peek at this! Chicken Stew~ 2 cups chopped red potatoes 1 c chopped carrots 1/2 c chopped onion 1 c chopped celery 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 tsp dried sage 1/2 tsp dried thyme 1 ... Read more

  • Sloppy Joes

    1/16/2015 12:01:57 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Here is an all~time favorite for you today! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 lb. hamburger 1 1/2 cups chopped celery 1 1/2 cups chopped onion 1 tsp. salt dash of pepper 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes 1 cup Catsup (or ketchup, whichever you prefer!) 1 Tbsp. Wor... Read more

  • Mama's Pumpkin Bread

    1/15/2015 12:13:32 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Here is a family favorite that I know you will enjoy! I see your eyes on my oven so come on in and take a peek! Ingredients~ 3 cups sugar 1 cup oil 4 eggs 2/3 cup water 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. baking powder 15-oz can o... Read more

  • Gym Bits

    1/14/2015 2:33:29 AM, by SASSISPRING

    I started back at the gym today. It wasn't as terrible environment as I had remembered and I went down into the basement to the women's gym. I steered clear of the jocks upstairs, it's better all round that way. My iShuffle was dead so I read the news on the TV, no music playing downstairs, only ... Read more

  • Nutty Apple Salad

    1/14/2015 12:49:21 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, How'bout a healthy salad? YES you can have seconds! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 Granny Smith Apples 3 stalks of Celery, diced 2 C seedless grapes, halved 1 C mini marshmallows (I omitted these in a valiant effort to use less sugar, but by all means...toss '... Read more

  • Pizza Casserole

    1/13/2015 10:54:50 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, We are having a pizza night tonight but take note, this is not your ordinary pizza but oh so good! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 pkg. Jumbo shell pasta 1- 1 1/2 jars pasta sauce 1 Kielbasa sausage 1 pkg. pepperoni 1 C. Mozzarella cheese, shredded ... Read more

  • No No No More Cookies!

    1/12/2015 6:54:11 PM, by SASSISPRING

    Why do people take it personal when I refuse a treat? When I say no thank-you, looks delicious but Im full do they take it personally, as if I kicked them in the shins and laughed. I know my body, I know when Im full and I know if I want to eat one more thing. I know if I do or dont like som... Read more

  • Cajun Shrimp Skewers

    1/12/2015 12:49:59 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, The super bowl is upon us soon and I have a yummy super bowl appetizer that your guests are going to love! Take a peek! Ingredients~ Cajun Seasoning~ 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp cayenne pepp... Read more

  • Sunday without the sun

    1/11/2015 11:43:40 PM, by SASSISPRING

    It was a dreary day and I stayed indoors. I will be venturing out shortly to plug in the car, so I'll find out how cold it is. Ah heck, I just checked, it's only -5C, it's tropical out there. No wonder I've had my heat down all day. When it's dreary out, it always looks so much colder. As a res... Read more

  • Strawberry Lime Jam

    1/11/2015 1:09:01 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Do I have any canners out there in sparkland? Me, me, me! I am making jam tomorrow! Take a peek! Ingredients~ Low-Sugar Pectin (Sure Jell) 6 cups crushed strawberries (about 6 pints) 4 cups Sugar 1 tsp butter Juice and zest from 1 large lime Dire... Read more

  • Roasted Tomato Soup With Grilled Cheese Croutons

    1/10/2015 9:43:17 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Tomato soup and grill cheese was my childhood favorite (boy that was a long time ago)!! But take a peek at this! Ingredients~ 6 cups (3 pints) cherry tomatoes 3 Tbsp. olive oil 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 2 Tbsp. butter 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup cho... Read more

  • Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

    1/9/2015 10:06:34 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Love water chestnuts? Take a peek at this! Go on, take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 pkg. bacon 2 small cans water chestnuts 1/4 C. Mayonnaise 1/4 C. Chili sauce 1/4 C. Brown sugar Directions~ Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Cut the package of ... Read more

  • Wanna Pretend to Be Married?

    1/8/2015 8:42:52 PM, by SASSISPRING

    Weight is a crazy thing. On Monday I was 307 lbs. Tuesday I didn't weigh myself. Wednesday I was 310 lbs. This morning I was 305 lbs. That's why I don't weigh daily, it fluctuates. I did it because in the group - despite being told not to weigh daily - the competition have people scrambling to... Read more

  • Fettuccine With Tomato Cream Sauce

    1/8/2015 11:20:08 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Anyone up for some fettuccine? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 8 oz. uncooked whole wheat fettuccine 4 quarts boiling water 1/2 tsp. salt (divided) 1 Tbsp. olive oil 3 Tbsp. minced garlic 1 (28 oz.) can organic whole peeled tomatoes (drained and crushed) 3 oz... Read more

  • Flatulence

    1/8/2015 2:13:05 AM, by SASSISPRING

    Did I get your attention? Hah! Yup I bet I did, well this blog is all about that wonderful word - flatulence, farting, bloating, gas. I have bowel disease, ulcerative colitis. It is and has been in full remission for years. Still there are times when my gut rises up and states 'hey I'm still he... Read more

  • Broiled Salmon With Potato Crust

    1/7/2015 1:07:15 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Salmon is on the menu for this evening! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4 skin-on salmon fillets (each 6 to 8 ounces and 1 1/4 inches thick) 1 Tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper 2 1/2 cups kettle-cooked potato chips 1 slice hearty white sandwich bread, torn i... Read more

  • Day 2, Snow Day

    1/6/2015 8:31:35 PM, by SASSISPRING

    Woke up this morning to snow that went half-way up the calves of my legs (and I'm 5'8"), so it was a good drop of snow overnight. I love fluffy white snow. You can drive in it, play in it and it's just plain pretty when the sun is out. Sad news though, it's warming up - went from -18C to -10C over... Read more

  • Slow Cooker Chicken Chili With Cream Cheese

    1/6/2015 9:29:51 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, The chili is on and dinner is at 6pm sharp! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts (do not thaw) 1 can Mexican-style chopped tomatoes 1 can sweet corn, undrained 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed 1 pkg. Ranch Dressing mix ... Read more

  • Day One in the Zoo

    1/5/2015 8:09:45 PM, by SASSISPRING

    Good evening. I have decided not to track my food intake on the calorie counter as it's difficult, when you mix foods together, as to what it all comes out as at the end. Sunday: Breakfast - nothing, slept until 11AM Lunch - Panini sandwich - scrambled eggs, cheese and a touch of k... Read more

  • Alaskan Cruise

    1/5/2015 10:52:44 AM, by LADYJANE30

    Well 2015 has arrived and I have made myself some goals......again but, this time I have to reach them because you see my husband and I are going on a cruise come this June and I HAVE to be down at least 20 pounds by then. My goal weight for real is 125 but for the cruise I want to see the 140's a... Read more

  • Chicken And Corn Chowder

    1/5/2015 9:38:49 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I have been contemplating, and with all you snowbirds in mind, this is what I have come up with! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 onion (I used 3 shallots, because that is what I had on hand) 2 carrots 3 celery stalks (I used a cup of chopped, re-... Read more

  • Ignore Me if You Wish

    1/4/2015 7:31:48 PM, by SASSISPRING

    I am a cynic. I question everything, always have and would drive teachers mad with my questions. I am not alone, there are many of us out there, however, in cyperworld, it seems we are part of a disliked crowd. We are the voices that speak out against pseudo-science, we choose not to believe urba... Read more

  • Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

    1/4/2015 2:21:56 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Do you smell what what I smell? Take a guess, better yet, take a peek! Ingredients~ 3 Very ripe bananas, mashed 1 C Vanilla Almond Milk (I used original flavor almond milk and it was still yummy) or cow's milk 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil (optional: helps to moisten the... Read more

  • Sausage, Peppers, And Bean Stew

    1/3/2015 9:58:40 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, The stew is on and the house smells...Just take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 medium onions, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for browning sausage if needed 5 links hot Italian sausage 2 (15.5 oz.) cans ... Read more

  • Salmon With Mango Chimichurri

    1/2/2015 11:49:22 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Salmon is for dinner tonight, the table is set and dinner is at 6:pm sharp! Take a peek at this and I will see you soon! Ingredients~ 1 mango, peeled, pitted, and diced small 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes 1/4 c. oil, plus more fo... Read more

  • Reuben Pigs In A Blanket

    1/1/2015 10:08:53 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Remember when you were a kid and mama made pigs in a blanket and you asked, what's that mama? Well I remember them very well and my kids love them too! Let me take you back! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 8 all-beef hot dogs 2 cans refrigerated crescent roll dough ... Read more

  • A New Day

    12/31/2014 6:41:12 PM, by LADYJANE30

    Thank you everyone for all of your kind words. Yes, our Molly will be missed as will all the other ones we have lost over the years. I know I said no more but I know me and I'll probably get another pet next year. Since we lost our Samantha a year ago this July we have looked for another playmat... Read more

  • Sausage And Cheese Balls

    12/31/2014 10:10:56 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I love to play ball with my kids but these balls...well, you just got to take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 lbs. (32 oz.) Jimmy Dean sausage, uncooked 1 1/2 c. Bisquick mix 16 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 4 c.) 1/2 c. finely chopped onion 1/2 c. finely... Read more

  • Today was a sad day....

    12/30/2014 7:06:00 PM, by LADYJANE30

    Today we had to put down one of our cats, Molly who was 16 years old. She has been ill for the past few months and she hasn't eaten for the past two days but she would still meow when you petted her and purr up a storm. I knew it was for the best but it still hurts to do it. We decided to bring he... Read more

  • Crock Pot Pineapple Baked Beans

    12/30/2014 10:07:25 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Are you needing something to put with that leftover ham/turkey? Well here it is! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 lb. bacon, diced 1 onion, diced 1 green pepper, diced 2 (31 oz.) cans pork and beans 1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained 1 cup brown sugar ... Read more

  • 7 Habits........

    12/30/2014 2:24:02 AM, by SASSISPRING

    I have a couple friends who dramatize everything and they refuse to see the positive side of any situation. Even if something is going well, they will find a way to create darkness out of the situation. They are chronically unhappy and I find them very draining. This article is very interesting,... Read more

  • Blueberry Oatmeal Bake

    12/29/2014 9:24:42 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Blueberries and oatmeal just fit! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 egg 1/4 c. applesauce (unsweetened) 1/2 c. milk 1/4 c. + 1/8 c. sugar 1 1 /2 c. quick oats 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 Tbs baking powder 1 c. blueberries Cinnamon Brown Sugar Yogurt (we love va... Read more