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  • Tomato, Basil, And Mozzarella Sandwiches

    7/21/2017 12:55:50 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Are you a soup and sandwich person? Well then I have the ticket - the soup! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 small loaf French bread (or foccacia or other bread) 6 Tbsps basil pesto (or substitute olive oil) 6 large ripe tomatoes, sliced salt and pepper, to tas... Read more

  • Baked Fish

    7/20/2017 2:29:07 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I don't really want to ask this of you but...Will you start the oven? I know it is hot but...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4-6 (6-ounce) fillets, skins removed 4-6 ounces lemon juice 2 eggs, beaten 1 c milk 1 package ritz Crackers (Roasted Vegetable) crushed... Read more

  • Spiced Nuts

    7/19/2017 2:03:16 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Have you had your nuts today? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 egg white 1 Tbsp cold water 1 c granulated sugar 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp each cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and mace 2 cups walnut halves (or other nut of preference) 2 cups pecan halves (or ... Read more

  • Crunchy Asian Salad With Chicken

    7/18/2017 12:27:04 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I will have a salad please! Take a peek! Ingredients~ Asian Ginger-Garlic Dressing (see below), at room temperature, divided 2 to 3 cups bite-size cooked chicken pieces 2 cups frozen shelled edamame 2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage 2 cups grated carrot... Read more

  • Quick Lemon Parfait

    7/17/2017 1:02:23 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Time to take a break out of your busy day for this! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 cups heavy cream 1 c sugar grated rind and juice of 3 lemons fresh mint or berries, for garnish (optional) Directions~ Whip cream and sugar. Fold in lemon... Read more

  • Melon Sorbet

    7/15/2017 8:31:46 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Is it hot in your neck of the woods? I can cook an egg on my driveway here but that's not what I have to present to you today! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1-1/2 cups water 1 c sugar 5 cups chopped, very ripe honeydew melon or cantaloupe Zest and juice of 1 o... Read more

  • Honey-Roasted Salmon

    7/14/2017 1:17:28 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Have you ever had salmon like this? You will love it! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1/4 c honey 2 tsps soy sauce 1 Tbsp rice wine or white vinegar 3 tsps chili powder (for a real kick -- substitute cayenne pepper) Juice and zest of 1 lime Salmon steaks or ... Read more

  • Grilled Pork Kabobs

    7/13/2017 2:51:18 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Where are you going with that grill! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1/4 c wine vinegar 3/4 c olive oil 4 Tbsps lemon juice 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 Tbsp dried oregano 1 tsp dried thyme 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp to 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes... Read more

  • Chicken Teriyaki Sticks

    7/12/2017 2:14:02 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Just a quick bite! Take a peek! Marinade Ingredients~ 2/3 c soy sauce 1/4 c sweet sherry 1 Tbsp brown sugar 1/2 tsp grated ginger root 2 cloves minced garlic juice of 1 lemon 1 pound boneless chicken chunks pineapple chunks in juice ... Read more

  • Grilled-Veggie Platter

    7/11/2017 5:53:00 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Are you putting that grill away so soon? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4 pounds fresh, seasonal vegetables suitable for grilling (zucchini, summer squash, onions, fennel, eggplant, carrots, beets, peppers, portobello mushrooms) 2 cups vegetable oil 1 c cider vin... Read more

  • Watermelon Cucumber Salad

    7/10/2017 2:34:21 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Head out to the garden! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1/4 c rice vinegar 2 Tbsps sugar 2 Tbsps chopped fresh cilantro or mint 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon 2 cups seeded and sliced cucumbers 1/4 c thinly sliced red on... Read more

  • Grilled Chicken With Summer Herbs

    7/9/2017 2:42:33 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Chicken is a huge hit in my home! Is it in yours? Well if so, dust off the grill and... Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 c loosely packed mixed fresh herb leaves, such as basil, Thai basil, cilantro, mint, and parsley 1/4 c olive oil 1/4 c fresh lemon juice 2 l... Read more

  • Health Problems and quick fixes

    7/9/2017 9:07:28 AM, by ELIZABETHBECK1

    So, I went a night clinic Friday. I have low blood pressure and was dehydrated. Now I think I have a kidney stone on top of sciatic nerve problems and my fibro is flaring. Not to mention I am on 3 medications right now and all of this days before my trip to Kenya. So, I need to bring my bp up,... Read more

  • Zucchini Pizza

    7/8/2017 3:02:09 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, What'cha having for dinner? May I suggest this? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 3 to 4 cups coarsely grated zucchini 1 tsp salt 2 eggs, beaten 1/3 c flour 1/2 c grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese 1/2 c grated Parmesan or Romano cheese 2 Tbsps chopped fres... Read more

  • Chicken With Roasted Red Bell Peppers And Rosemary

    7/7/2017 4:25:53 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I am sorry that I missed you yesterday but a tree fell on my property and needless to say, I have been busy(NOT done by a long shot)! But just take a look at this! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 large red (or 1 red and 1 yellow) bell peppers, quartered and seeded ... Read more

  • Colorful Vegetable Salad

    7/5/2017 4:19:07 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Add some color to your life today! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 head cauliflower 1 head broccoli 1 pound carrots 16 ounces fresh peas 1 bunch celery yellow, red, or orange bell pepper(s), to taste vinaigrette of your choice Directions... Read more

  • Cold Cucumber Soup

    7/4/2017 12:23:13 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Are you getting a little hot under the collar? Well let me cool you off! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 3 cups plain yogurt 1/2 c heavy cream 1 hard-cooked egg, minced 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and minced 1/4 c minced scallions 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground... Read more

  • Grilled Peach Glazed Chicken

    7/3/2017 5:06:02 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, The 4th is upon us and you just got to...Take a peek! Spicy Peach Glaze Ingredients~ 2 cups peach preserves or jam 1 Tbsp finely chopped garlic 3 Tbsps olive oil 2 Tbsps soy sauce 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1 small jalapeno, finely chopped Salt and fr... Read more

  • New shoes... ouch!

    7/1/2017 6:21:53 PM, by ELIZABETHBECK1

    Bought new shoes finally and now I have 2 blisters on my right heel. OUCH! I MUST get these broken in before heading over to Kenya or I will be miserable walking over there. Any fast ways to break these bad boys in?... Read more

  • Sweet ā€™nā€™ Sunny Cauliflower Salad

    7/1/2017 4:07:01 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Take the time for a healthy lunch! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 c sunflower mayo (below) or store-bought mayonnaise 1/2 c parmesan cheese 1/4 c sugar 1-1/2 tsps freshly ground black pepper 1 large cauliflower, trimmed and cut into small florets (about 8 c... Read more

  • Greek Spinach Melt

    6/30/2017 4:44:02 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Just say YUM! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 c crumbled feta cheese 2 packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry 1/2 onion, chopped fine 1 clove garlic (use 2 pieces chopped fine) 4 Roma tomatoes 1/2 c mayonnaise 1/2 c sour cream ... Read more

  • White Bean And Tuna Salad

    6/29/2017 6:59:47 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, If you are hungry and you want it to be healthy, Take a peek! Salad Ingredients~ 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips 2 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) solid white tuna, drained 4 cups cooked cannellini beans 5 scallions, thinly sliced 2 Tbsps chopped f... Read more

  • Dilly Beans

    6/28/2017 5:11:06 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I have got my pint jars ready! Can you guess what I am doing today? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4 pounds fresh green beans 8 tsps dill seed 4 tsps mustard seed 16 cloves garlic 5 cups white vinegar 5 cups water 1/2 c salt Directions~ ... Read more

  • Star-Spangled Chicken With Fireworks Salsa

    6/27/2017 8:52:58 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Friends, Did you miss me?! I have been a very busy bee but I have not forgot you! So I guess you are aware that the 4th Of July is just around the corner and with that said, what will you be putting on the table? I have an idea! Take a peek! Salsa Ingredients~ 1 each re... Read more

  • Day 3 and Day 4

    6/26/2017 11:10:06 AM, by ELIZABETHBECK1

    Day 3 I did indeed rest. I did drink a smoothie for breakfast and I had soup/salad for lunch and rest of my salad for dinner. I also had a LOT of cake. Like... a lot. like..... half a cake... yeah... so that happened. So, last night I signed up for a clean eating challenge It's just for a week... Read more

  • Day 2 of Running and Eating Healthy

    6/24/2017 10:51:15 PM, by ELIZABETHBECK1

    I put in my 3.2 miles. I did ok but for some reason I got a gas cramp in my left shoulder. So, I walked the last .75 mile. The temps were GREAT today. I'm not used to June temps being in the low 70's so that was a nice treat. Tomorrow is my rest day. I will try to do a slow walk after church if I ca... Read more

  • Back in the saddle again....

    6/23/2017 6:59:43 PM, by ELIZABETHBECK1

    Running that is. I had a good interval 3.2 miles run today. I came back spent but after a good shower I felt better. Tomorrow's run will be hard too but I'm confident that in a month from now, I'll be doing it a little faster and with less sweat! Ha!... Read more