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  • Bell Pepper Chicken Nachos

    3/30/2015 9:43:17 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Gather friends and family for a movie and... Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4 bell peppers, any color you like 2 cups shredded Cooked Chicken 4 green onions, both green and white parts, sliced 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 tsp chili powder 3/4 c sliced bla... Read more

  • Chicken Cheese Sandwich

    3/29/2015 10:16:46 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Are you looking for something quick and oh so yummy for lunch? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 1/4 cups warm shredded Cooked Chicken 8 slices of French or Italian loaf bread (or any kind you like) 1/3 c carrot, grated 1/3 c green onion, sliced 2 Tbsps mayonnais... Read more

  • Basil And Parsley Omelette

    3/28/2015 12:23:38 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Do you know that breakfast is like gas in a car and without it you will not get anywhere? Your bodies are the same way and will be sluggish and not run properly! Well let's fill up in the morning's with a healthy breakfast from this day out alright? Take a peek! Ingredi... Read more

  • Baked Garlic Shrimp

    3/27/2015 1:21:48 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Dinner is...Oh just take a peek! Ingredients~ 400-450 raw large shrimp, deveined and peeled 2 Tbsps lemon juice 1/4 c fresh parsley, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 tsp dried oregano leaves 1/2 c dry bread crumbs 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 1/4 c... Read more

  • Almond Butter-Quinoa Brownies

    3/26/2015 10:08:06 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Are you look'in for these? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1/4 c unsalted butter, softened 3/4 c smooth or crunchy natural almond butter 2 large eggs 3/4 c packed light brown sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 3/4 c quinoa flour (I used my hand-crank grinder to make... Read more

  • Chicken Satay And Thai Peanut Sauce

    3/25/2015 10:12:47 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Fix'in chicken? Let me count the way's! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 normal to large sized chicken breasts 1/2 c coconut milk 1 Tbsp curry powder 1 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp sugar 1/2 tsp salt 12 wooden skewers Directions~ Soak the ske... Read more

  • Avocado Quinoa Salad

    3/24/2015 10:38:17 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Grab a plate and a fork and dig in to this healthy salad for lunch or dinner or breakfast if you dare! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 c quinoa 5 Tbsps chopped fresh mint 1 ripe avocado, diced 2 tomatoes, diced 3 Tbsps lemon juice or more depends on your taste ... Read more

  • Hamburger/Potatoes In A Crock Pot

    3/23/2015 9:51:16 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, This recipe comes from a very special spark friend! Gloria (SUNSHINEGB)! I would love to feature your recipes on my daily recipe blog so if you have a family favorite, something you have tried or just something that you have just thrown together, please don't be shy, just email th... Read more

  • Barbecued Pulled Pork With Potatoes

    3/22/2015 10:07:58 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Do you like pulled pork? Well then, take a peek! For the Sauce Ingredients~ 1-1/2 Tbsp canola or other vegetable oil 3 medium onions, finely chopped 8 garlic cloves, minced 2 Tbsp chili powder 1 c ketchup 1/2 c bottled chili sauce, such as Heinz ... Read more

  • Blueberry Cobbler

    3/21/2015 11:19:32 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Here is a family favorite that requires "MODERATION"! Can we do this? Yes we can! Take a peek! While the blueberries are baking, prepare the ingredients for the topping, but do not stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just before the berries come out ... Read more

  • Pot Roast With Vegetables

    3/20/2015 10:53:49 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, And Dinner tonight is...Take a peek! Oh, before I forget, you are all welcome to join us! You can take a peek now! Ingredients~ 3-4 lb. chuck or sirloin post roast 1/2 stick butter 1 tsp salt cool water 4-6 medium or small Irish Potatoes, peeled or unpeeled... Read more

  • Peppermint Patty Cake With Vanilla Mint Frosting

    3/19/2015 12:22:04 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I am planning my youngest daughter's birthday party and this is the cake that she wants me to bake. Take a peek! Cake~ Ingredients~ 2 sticks butter 4 T. cocoa powder 1 c. boiling water 10 whole mini Peppermint Patty candies 1/2 c. buttermilk 1 tsp... Read more

  • feeding my body right feeds my soul

    3/18/2015 5:17:47 PM, by CJODEN

    I swear it must be true, feeling so alive today and it's my Monday at work.... Read more

  • Italian Meatball Casserole

    3/18/2015 11:02:46 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Remember the meatballs? Well then, take a peek at this! Yep, that's right two eyes focused right here! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 12 large meatballs (Italian sausage or ground beef, can use more to suit family needs and size of meatballs) 16 ounces tomato sauce ... Read more

  • Incredible Edible Meatballs

    3/17/2015 10:34:21 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Make these ahead of time and freeze for a special recipe! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 pound ground beef 1/2 pound ground veal 1/2 pound ground pork 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 eggs 1 c freshly grated Romano cheese 1 1/2 Tbsps chopped Italian flat l... Read more

  • I have a waist!

    3/17/2015 3:29:28 AM, by CJODEN

    Today as I was getting ready to go over to my bff's house to do a mutual body measurement, I put on my thinnest leggings and a skin tight stretchy camisol. Wandering into the bathroom to brush my teeth, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and stopped in my tracks from shock! I actually have... Read more

  • Potato Nachos

    3/16/2015 10:21:40 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I have a new twist to nachos! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 367 2 large russet potatoes 2 -3 tsps vegetable oil 1⁄4 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp taco seasoning 1⁄4 c black beans, rinsed and drained 2 tsps lime juice 1⁄4 tsp cumin 1⁄4 t... Read more

  • Orange Honey Peanut Butter Oatmeal

    3/15/2015 3:38:08 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Do you like breakfast for dinner? I do! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 1/4 Cups old fashioned oats 4 1/2 Cups water 1 1/2 tsps salt 6 Tbsps peanut butter 3 Tbsps honey 3 tsps orange zest Directions~ In a large pot over high heat, bring ... Read more

  • my pancreas hates English muffins!

    3/15/2015 5:56:22 AM, by CJODEN

    So here i am today trying to make a main meal add up to 45 carbs, so I chance a whole english muffin with dinner. Two hours later, my BS is at 168! Last time I ate a whole one, it was at 159. I just don't go above 130 most of the time. I think I'm ready to nip this 'experiment' in the bud! To ... Read more

  • Watermelon Salad

    3/14/2015 10:50:54 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, We are going on a family picnic on this beautiful Saturday! Take a peek and see you at the beach! Ingredients~ 1 large watermelon 1 cantaloupe, cubed 1 pineapple, cubed 1 bunch light seedless grapes 1 bunch dark seedless grapes 4 oz. cubed mild cheddar ch... Read more

  • Tomato And Rice Soup With Grilled Cheese Dippers

    3/13/2015 10:07:31 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, How 'bout a hearty soup for dinner tonight? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 large onion - finely diced 2 garlic cubes - minced 1 tbs olive oil 1 tbs tomato paste tsp of dried thyme 8 twists of black pepper 1 - 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes - I used the... Read more

  • Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

    3/12/2015 12:35:03 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Well, I can see that you are "NOT" a huge fan of liver! So I have gone on a hunt for something that I know you WILL enjoy! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 370 36 large cherry tomatoes 4 hard-boiled eggs 1/3 c mayonnaise 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard (I used regular becau... Read more

  • Fried Chicken Livers

    3/12/2015 10:19:13 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Don't turn your nose's up until you try these! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 1/2 cups uncooked rice 3 1/2 cups water 1/2 tsp salt 3 cups peanut oil* 2 lbs. chicken livers 2 cups self-rising flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper (optional 2 large oni... Read more

  • Dear Blog

    3/11/2015 6:08:11 PM, by CJODEN

    So it was off to the dietician today and a couple other tets (retinas and kidney albium) Not a lot of news, She talked about three meals and three snacks, but I don't really have time for a third snack - that is if I want to stop eating three hours before bed. Since I've been feeling a bit depri... Read more

  • Macaroni Tuna Salad And Tuna Salad Sandwich~Take your pick!

    3/11/2015 9:26:07 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Here is a great lunch or dinner! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 3 quarts water 1/2 tsp salt 1 c uncooked elbow or shell macaroni 12 oz. can tuna, packed in oil 1/2 c green sweet peas, drained 1/2 c cherry or grape tomatoes 1/4 c chopped green bell pepper 1... Read more

  • dance!

    3/11/2015 1:19:19 AM, by CJODEN

    today I went to belly dancing class again. my body seems to be getting the hang of these new movements I'm asking of it, I only looked like half a clutz today! LOL I'm certain it is toning my core muscles, because they ache! Also got my Belly dancing video today. to help me learn even faster a... Read more

  • Day 15: Getting (and Staying!) in the Groove

    3/10/2015 4:35:34 PM, by DESIZGIRL

    It is so easy when we first start this journey to have so much enthusiasm. THIS time is going to be different! THIS time I will reach my goal weight! THIS time I will....fill in the blank. But I'm realizing today that the journey is a lifetime. This is a change in the way I approach my li... Read more

  • Slow Cooker Corned Beef And Cabbage Stew

    3/10/2015 1:23:43 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Do I have any Irish out there besides me? Well the stew's on but not just any stew! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 pounds corned beef, cut into bite sized pieces 4 large potatoes, cut into large pieces 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 white onion, chopped 1 (16 oz) ... Read more

  • Day 14: Within Parameters

    3/9/2015 8:15:56 PM, by DESIZGIRL

    Two weeks in and I'm hitting my parameters really well. Feeling stronger from my work outs. All good. Heading into the Columbia office tomorrow. Absolutely pointless to insist we come into the office twice a week. But I'm so grateful to be home the rest of the time that I just can't (should... Read more

  • Sauteed Vegetable Medley

    3/9/2015 10:44:05 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Thank you for all your responses to to my recipes and thought of the day! I sure enjoy reading them! I hope that you have found some recipes that have brought your family happiness and a little thought of the day to make it all complete! Now without further ado, take a peek at thi... Read more

  • So this is blogging...

    3/8/2015 11:28:25 PM, by CJODEN

    So many possibilities in life! I was thinking, I love to make my meals pretty and I often end up taking a picture of a meal...... Read more

  • Day 13:

    3/8/2015 2:42:47 PM, by DESIZGIRL

    Really looked forward to working out with Anna today. We had a vigorous walk with hills on the treadmill and some good weights/crunches/stretching on the mats. We are glad Spring is nearly here, as we prefer to walk outdoors when the weather permits. Went to breakfast with my Darlin'Dearest a... Read more

  • Brussel Sprouts, Homemade Sweet And Sour Sauce, Sauteed Mushrooms And Smothered Chicken. Yum, Yum!

    3/8/2015 10:56:35 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Come on, eat your brussel sprouts! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 lb. fresh whole Brussel Sprouts (can use frozen) water 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 stick butter (4 oz.) 1/2 c Cream Sherry 1/2 c Homemade Sweet And Sour Sauce 1 c dry Orzo pasta (or rice), cooked acco... Read more

  • Day 12: Keepin' On

    3/7/2015 8:29:33 PM, by DESIZGIRL

    Crunches while waiting for tea kettle this morning, and some dumb bells. Worked 8 hrs today and then ran errands. Made a minestrone soup which was quite good. Am settling into tracking my calories each day...and liking it. Hitting the gym in the morning with Anna! ... Read more

  • Fish Casserole

    3/7/2015 11:16:36 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Fish is on for tonight but not in the way you may be thinking! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 lbs. frozen cod fish, thawed* 4 Tbsps melted butter, divided 1 Tbsp lemon juice, divided paprika 1/2 c frozen green peas 1 c shredded white potatoes 1 Tbsp ket... Read more

  • Day 11: Ehh

    3/6/2015 1:54:15 PM, by DESIZGIRL

    Working from home today was such a chore due to technical difficulties at the other end of the line. Have decided NOT to work OT today,as I'm just NOT in the mood. I am doing a good job tracking all my food, and so far, have done a good job of getting exercise in, despite the recent weather.... Read more

  • Italian Stuffed Steak+Bonus

    3/6/2015 10:25:36 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Steak for dinner but not just any 'ol steak! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 8 Sandwich Steaks* 1 (28 oz. can) Tomato Sauce** 1 carton (16 oz.) Ricotta Cheese 1 egg 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan Cheese 1 tsp dry parsley flakes 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp salt ... Read more

  • Day 10: Sweet Start

    3/5/2015 7:14:25 PM, by DESIZGIRL

    Hopped on the scale this morning for the first time since starting my lifestyle changes with Spark People. I am down 8 lbs! 521 Makes me happy to be heading in that direction.... Read more

  • Creamy Kale And Turkey Sausage Pasta With Sun Dried Tomatoes

    3/5/2015 9:58:54 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily. Pasta, sausage, sun dried tomatoes, can't get any better then that! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 12 oz (about 3 3/4 cups) dry penne pasta 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 lb Italian turkey sausage links (about 4 sausage links), casings removed, sausage crumbled (hot or mild, no... Read more

  • Day 9: In Spite of....YAY!

    3/4/2015 5:38:17 PM, by DESIZGIRL

    Dismal day outside, though temps are rising a bit. Off and on rain, left over snow and slush everywhere. Treacherous footing in places. And tonight all that rain will change to snow again, and we are due for 5-8" tomorrow sometime. In spite of the outside weatha, I went down to the gym and... Read more

  • Cookies And Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes

    3/4/2015 9:29:47 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I have a birthday party to attend and this was requested! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 28 Oreo cookies 2 (8 oz. each) packages cream cheese, softened 1/2 c. sugar 2 large eggs 1 1/3 c. white chocolate chips 1/3 c. heavy cream 1 tsp. vanilla extract ... Read more

  • First week of March and I am behind schedule

    3/4/2015 6:09:43 AM, by MECHALA1971

    I was so hoping to be down a lot more by now but I fell off the wagon and stopped keeping track of what I ate, luckily I didn't gain too much back. I am at 331 now and my goal this week is to try to cut down on carbs because its causing water retention. I notice whenever I eat mostly protein and veg... Read more

  • Gluten-free And Dairy-Free Blueberry Muffins

    3/3/2015 9:28:33 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I smell muffins! Blueberry muffins that is! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 large eggs, at room temp 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 1/3 c palm shortening, softened 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/3 c honey 1/2 c warm water 1 3/4 c Pancake Mix (see recipe below) 1/2 tsp.... Read more

  • Chocolate Brownies

    3/2/2015 2:40:17 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I have brownies in the oven! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1/2 c plus 1 Tbsp butter 3/4 c sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder* 1 1/4 cup sifted self-rising flour 1/2 c milk 1/2 c coarsely chopped pecans Dire... Read more

  • Sweet Potato Biscuits

    3/1/2015 1:58:48 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Do you smell what I do? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 1/2 cups sifted, self-rising flour, divided 1 Tbsp light brown sugar 1/4 c butter (4 tablespoons) 3 Tbsps smoked bacon drippings (grease) 1 c mashed sweet potatoes 1/3 c whole buttermilk 1/4 tsp ba... Read more