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  • 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

  • Beef Teriyaki

    2/28/2015 10:25:14 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Dinner tonight is...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 1/2 lb. sirloin or chuck beef sliced into 1/4 inch thick stir fry strips vegetable oil for frying. Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients~ 1 1/4 c water 3 Tbsp dark brown sugar 1/3 c soy sauce ... Read more

  • No Bake Cookies

    2/27/2015 3:39:36 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, it's cookie time! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs 18 oz. jar crunchy peanut butter 2 sticks butter, softened 1 lb. box powdered sugar 7 oz. can fine coconut 1/2 c finely chopped pecans Directions~ Mix all ingred... Read more

  • Smothered Chicken

    2/26/2015 11:40:45 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, How much do you like chicken? If you love chicken like I do, come check this out! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 1/2-3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast, legs or thighs (or combination of two or more) 1 c all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/8 tsp rubbed s... Read more

  • Squash Casserole

    2/25/2015 7:26:42 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, it has been a busy day but I am here! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4 large yellow squash*, sliced 1/4 inch thick (about 8 cups) 1/2 c water 1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Cream of Chicken Soup or Cream of Mushroom Soup 1 c sour cream 1/4 c red onion, finely chopped 1... Read more

  • Today's Workout

    2/25/2015 6:09:54 PM, by MAANDERSON2006

    38:04 minutes on the treadmill, 2.13 miles at pace of 17:52/mile! Getting ready for first 5K of the year on March 8!... Read more

  • Pear Preserves

    2/24/2015 2:56:40 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I am canning till my hearts content today! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 16 cups pear slices 5 cups water 6 cups sugar 1 Tbsp citric acid Directions~ Wash pears, peel and core. Slice into 1/2 inch slices dropping them into a pan of cold wat... Read more

  • Italian Lasagna, Pea Salad, And Garlic Bread

    2/23/2015 7:34:44 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Lasagna tonight! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 (8 oz.) box lasagna noodles 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 lb. lean chuck ground beef 1 large bell pepper, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 2 (28 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 tsp ... Read more

  • Breakfast Musings

    2/23/2015 7:45:59 AM, by ELIZABETHBECK1

    Perhaps I should start by saying that I've never been much of a breakfast eater. In the past I would not eat til around 11am or so. And every time I DID eat breakfast, it seemed that I stayed hungry ALL day. In my feeble mind, this wasn't a desired effect. But something happens when you switch ... Read more

  • Pot Roast With Vegetables, Buttermilk Biscuits, And You Got It, Desert!

    2/22/2015 4:07:00 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Can you taste it? Can you smell it? The roast is cooked to perfection(and juicy) The veggies...oh my, you just got to take a peek! Ingredients~ 3-4 lb. chuck or sirloin post roast 1/2 stick butter1 teaspoon salt cool water 4-6 medium or small Irish Potatoes, ... Read more

  • Salmon Patties With A Side Of Coleslaw

    2/21/2015 4:59:10 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Salmon is on the menu for dinner! Of course you are invited! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 (14.5 oz.) canned pink salmon 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 c plain flour 1/3 c peanut oil Directions~ Drain salmon reserving liquid. Pla... Read more

  • Power walking

    2/21/2015 10:49:08 AM, by ELIZABETHBECK1

    Who knew it could be so fun?! I love to break a sweat when I am working out. The sweatier I am, the better I feel. Today, with half of the USA frozen like a Narnia picture or a scene from Disney's Frozen, it is too cold to take my exercise outdoors. Here is where I give my kudos to the Walkabo... Read more

  • Chicken Tenders

    2/20/2015 4:31:53 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Yum, yum, yum! Take a peek! 2 1/2-3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1/2 c buttermilk 1 c all-purpose flour 1/2 c corn (masa) flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp ground thyme 1/8 tsp rubbed sage 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 c peanut vegetabl... Read more

  • Italian Pasta Salad, Chicken And Stuffing Casserole, And Swedish Meatballs

    2/19/2015 10:35:07 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, you are in for a treat! Take a peek! Recipe and thought of the day for~ 2/17/2015 Italian Pasta Salad Ingredients~ 1 (12 oz.) package Tri-colored Rotini Pasta 3-4 quarts water 1 tsp salt 1 c whole black olives 1 c cherry or grapes tomatoes 1... Read more

  • Fruit: Try them frozen!

    2/18/2015 8:48:03 AM, by ELIZABETHBECK1

    I read an article a few weeks ago about trying fruit frozen. As in, don't thaw it, pop it in your mouth frozen. I love to try new things so I said, "Why not?" and shrugged my shoulders. The next day I went to work at freezing some of my fruit. After all, I didn't want to waste a whole weeks produce... Read more

  • Red Curry And Ginger Pork Loin

    2/16/2015 4:49:09 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, My kitchen is smelling so good! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1/4 C. oil juice of 1 lime 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar 2 Tbsp. brown sugar 2 Tbsp. red curry paste 1 tsp. fresh ground ginger 2 lbs. meat. Note~ I used pork, but it would be great with chicken... Read more

  • Go Ahead, Review Your Goals!

    2/16/2015 6:47:34 AM, by ELIZABETHBECK1

    I've been reviewing my goals several times a week now. Wow. What a difference it makes! One of my mantras for 2015 is to live intentionally. By reviewing my Goal Board each morning, I found several things out. 1) I love to read what I've accomplished in January. It gives me a boost! 104 ... Read more

  • Honey Sweet Cornbread

    2/15/2015 8:35:24 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I made a pot of black eyed peas for dinner and you cannot go wrong at what I made to go with them! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1/2 c butter, softened 2/3 c white sugar 1/4 c honey 2 eggs 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 c cornmeal 1/2 ts... Read more

  • Chocolate Covered Cherries

    2/14/2015 10:54:55 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily , Happy Valentines Day! I trust that when I present to you this valentine treat that you will keep "MODERATION" close at hand! Now without further ado, Take a peek! Ingredients~ 60 maraschino cherries with stems 3 Tbsp.butter, softened 3 Tbsp. light corn syru... Read more

  • Bacon And Cheddar Bites

    2/13/2015 4:22:41 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Bacon and cheddar are a sure match! Take a peek and you will see! Did I forget to say, take a peek? Oooops then, take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 c Milk 1/4 c Butter 1 c Flour 4 Eggs 6 slices {about 1/3 cup} Bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled 1/3 c Spring On... Read more

  • Canal House Lentils

    2/12/2015 8:06:33 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I love lentils do you? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 medium leek, white and pale-green parts only, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced 1 Tbsp tomato paste 1 c green lentils, preferably French 2 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce Koshe... Read more

  • One-Ingredient Cinnamon Roll Waffles

    2/11/2015 6:41:36 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Have you had breakfast yet? If not, take a peek! If so, take a peek anyway! Ingredients~ Refrigerated, uncooked cinnamon rolls Directions~ Place one roll on each square or section of your waffle iron. Close the lid and cook until the done (wh... Read more

  • Mushroom Marsala Risotto

    2/10/2015 8:45:02 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, it has been a very long and busy day but I am here now! Take a peek at what I have for you! Take a peek! Oh I said that already!! Ingredients~ 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 1 medium shallot, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp tomato paste 3/4 c arborio r... Read more

  • Breakfast Bars

    2/9/2015 10:13:40 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Here is a healthy start to your morning! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 c peanut butter 1/2 c butter, melted (or 1/4 cup mashed banana or applesauce) 1/2 c packed brown sugar (can reduce or use natural sweetener) 1/2 c honey or maple syrup (can reduce ... Read more

  • Strawberries And Cream Dessert Bars

    2/8/2015 2:42:39 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Tonight's dessert! (Moderation) play's a major role! Take a peek! Ingredients~ Crust~ 1 pouch ( 1 lb 5 oz) sugar cookie mix 1/2 c butter, softened 1 large egg Filling~ 1 c white chocolate chips 1 package ( 8 ounce) cream cheese, soften... Read more

  • Corn And Black Bean Veggie Salad

    2/7/2015 4:07:15 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, See, I am looking out for you! So dive in! Take a peek! Salad~ 2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed 2 cans of corn, drained and rinsed 1 large tomato, chopped 1 small onion, yellow or red, diced fine 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and chopped ... Read more

  • Goodbye 180s and "Obese" BMI!!!

    2/7/2015 8:26:06 AM, by DRTOVAH

    I'm very excited that I'm now just barely under 180! The 180s were a tough battle, I was stuck here for a long time. It's where I was when I took a bad weather break from walking outside up North last year. I've flirted with going below that number on my old dial scales. And 6 weeks just before I sw... Read more

  • Breakfast Stuffed Peppers

    2/6/2015 10:47:47 AM, by ELIZABETHBECK1

    Preheat Oven to 350 Cut off the top of a Bell Pepper and gut it. Add any combination of the following: Frozen hash browns Frozen spinach Favorite cheese diced tomatoes bacon sausage egg kale onion Bake until the egg is cooked thoroughly. For my oven, it takes abo... Read more

  • Rosemary Garlic Chicken

    2/6/2015 10:26:46 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I hope that you enjoyed my kids chicken stroganoff recipe! Take a look at what I have planned for you today. Take a peek! ingredients~ 4 chicken breasts, skin removed 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ... Read more

  • Swag Spark!

    2/5/2015 7:24:39 PM, by ELIZABETHBECK1

    I just recently signed up for swagbucks. I mean, why not? I google at least 2-3 times a day, why not make money on searching the internet. So, like I said, I just signed up and I typed in and I earned 20 swagbucks! Just like that. How cool is that?! 244... Read more

  • Chicken Stroganoff

    2/5/2015 5:05:23 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I have been giving my kids a cooking lesson today and my kids are the cooks tonight and they would like for you to try this! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 3/4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3 x 1/2" strips 8 oz. package orga... Read more

  • Slow Cooker Party Meatballs In Raspberry Balsamic Glaze

    2/4/2015 5:04:26 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, My kids are on the computer and I am on the iPad today but come on in and take a peek at dinner! Ingredients~ 1 pound ground beef pound ground pork 2 large eggs 1 c milk c panko breadcrumbs 2 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper tsp onion powder tsp garli... Read more

  • Daily Spark Emails. No more guilt!

    2/3/2015 5:26:38 PM, by ELIZABETHBECK1

    These emails that come on a daily basis? Yeah, you know the ones I'm talking about, right? Well, I just figured out how to utilize them. Yes, I can be a little on the slow side. For over a year I would save these emails in a folder for a day where I would be able to get down to the nitty gritty and ... Read more