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10/29/10 10:06 A

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Louise,
I have always drank regular coffee. Never seemed to bother me before. I do not drink soda pop. Not anymore, ever. I drank diet coke all the time, and once I stopped, my fibromyalgia didn't hurt as much.

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10/29/10 2:44 A

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Good Evening! I wanted to say Hi and I will come and post tomorrow. Patty, I did have a question for you? Do you drink DeCaf coffee or regular coffee? When I drink coffee (which is not a lot) I have to drink DeCaf because with Caffeine I get dizzy and sometimes I faint. I cannot drink soda (which I don't anymore or hardly ever unless it is also decaf--same with tea. Just a thought. Well, I will post tomorrow.
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We are near Mc Connel (sp) AF.

It's quite the savings. And yeah we didn't have Aldi's in NYC either. Had to go upstate, when we lived there.

I had to come back and add, there was half a piece of pie left, it was much better today then yesterday! I find that true of most the pies though. But, in this case, it was exceptionally better in my opinion.



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Heather, What military base are you near? I've always been a commissary shopper. Don't shop at the
exchange so much but there are some things I buy there. I have this thing -- when I shop at the commissary I can put in my basket what I want. When I shop in a regular grocery store I only buy exactly what is on my list. I've never filled a basket at a civilian grocery store. Even when we travel. I know when my son and DIL go to Fl. to visit their daughter they always take a cooler and the make a trip to the commissary in Tampa and load up before they head home. He's retired A.F. Good you also have an Aldi's. We don't have them here but DS does in N. C. where they live.

I think now that the reason my meat loaf last week was so doughy or gummy was because I used instant oatmeal instead of Old Fashion. Good that you have someone else to help you eat the pies. That is why I don't make them very often as DD rarely eats dessert. DH loves them but a whole pie for the 2 of us isn't very smart.

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The pie came out really thick. I was worried about it being watery, but not yet. It was almost too hard to even whisk it was so thick. But, I thought it if gives me any trouble in the future I will just cut back the water a bit. (maybe by 1/8 to 1/4 of a cup). I know it came out better then fat free milk I tried using the other day for pudding. I had cut back the milk, and didn't put in the same amount of milk as Jo called for in water......I thought by cutting it back, it may make up for the powder, but really didn't help at all! funny how used to powdered milk i am after JoAnna taught me how to use it!

I had tried making pudding mix and pies with powdered milk before Jo, but after reading Jo's tips, I figured out I was using rancid powdered milk and that's why they always tasted funny and I didn't like it. And would go back to skim milk instead. But, after using Jo's suggestion of keeping it in the freezer and only buying name brand I never had a problem again with funny taste! And really fell in love with the thick rich creaminess the name brand fresh powdered milk gives!

Yes I have to double some recipes. I doubled the meatloaf recipe from a newsletter (I think March or something, one I've made a million times, but never tried to double, would always just make 2 or 3 separate). Well, I can tell you that one is in my opinion NOT good doubled! It was a bit dry and just hmmm not what I liked. The kids liked it though, they all said they wanted it again. Any way it was the one just called Meatloaf. (that's it's name, nothing fancy! lol) I will not double it ever again. I'll just make them separate and make it take the extra time. But, I think it's just that recipe isn't made for doubling-has a lot of liquid and no binder.

I doubled the Salisbury steak last night. I thought I was going to triple it. But, I'm using my dad's meat for this kind of stuff. He buys it from a local Amish minister he works with. And the packages are not labeled with the amounts of meat that are in them. Frozen it weighed on the scale over 2 lbs, when defrosted it only weighed 1.15 lbs! I didn't have time to defrost a second one. *sigh* But in the end it came out to be enough any way. It's kind of hard to figure out how many kids will be eating or not, they have so many functions and games, etc they are involved in. I am only really for sure knowing my kids, my husband, and 4 kids-the youngest girls and my step mother will be needing fed. The other kids, are in and out and have different activities so I never know which will be joining us and when.

There's a cow upstairs in the freezer-yes a whole cow! Maybe I will get better at judging the amounts in each package after a while! lol

Oh the Salisbury Steak (the one from the original Healthy Exchanges book-simply called Healthy Exchanges) is so far our favorite steak, well it came out just fine doubled! I had a little more then double the meat. But, I only doubled the bread crumbs and other ingredients, even though the meat was slightly more then double. It came out awesome doubled. So that's a hit!!!!!! That's going into the rotation of meals. It was so good. I think it was because it had bread crumbs, and I used the italian seasoned ones. Any way I think the binder makes it a bit better when doubling. I also just used the new "family" sized cream of mushroom soup on top. It's a bit cheaper to use one family sized can then 2 smaller cans.

Any one who has Aldi's I found they have 97/3 (97 percent lean, 3 percent fat) beef! For only like 1.99 a lb! For my family, I've been buying it. We like it so far! I was shocked I found it. I like it a bit better then 90/10 that JoAnna calls for. (the 90/10 in my opinion still has a bit too much fat, but I don't like the 99/1, as in my opinion it's icky with no fat! and sticky and we just don't like it's texture or flavor. For us we think the 97/3 is just perfect! But, I've never seen it in beef, only turkey!).

For desserts, I do not have to double the recipes. Not every one is sweet eaters in this house (including my husband) so just making them as is works out fine. Which I am grateful for in a two fold way. I'm not the sole one along with Lela (a tiny eater, she loves desserts, but only eats a little at a time!) having to finish a whole pie! Or what ever. I love having some siblings to help eat it up! Plus my dad usually has a bit of what ever it is when he gets home. He eats his main meal at the hospital but likes a snack when he gets home from work, so that helps. (he's a chaplain, but also a MICU RN/LSCW, and a bunch of other initials! lol).

Any way, I found at the comissary that they have the pudding mixes 4 servings for only 60 cents and 8 servings (the big boxes) for only 99 cents. They are limited in their flavors they keep for sugar free. But, even if I can only get the vanilla and chocolate that's going to save me a ton of money! The pie crust was also really really cheap! That's going to help me a lot. Thankfully almost my whole family is in the military. I'm going back tomorrow. I was only there a few minutes yesterday cause we had a late start! lol

First my dad had lost his military ID cause his wallet was stolen from the gym, when he was working out. So he had to get it replaced, wouldn't you know the day we go they had a electrical fire in the building where they would re-issue such! lol Funny that the military fire department was literally only about 20 feet from the building that caught fire, yet they had to bring the truck out-literally roll it out of the garage like 20 feet! lol To put out this fire. (we seen it)

Then we had to go around to like 5 other buildings before he finally was able to find one that could re-issue his id. Finally got to the commissary and it was time to go home and get the kids off the bus! As now with all these crazy people out there, they won't let the kids get off the bus unless some one is there waiting for them! UHG! No more Latch Key! So we had to run home..after spending two hours getting a new ID! lol

So any way, going back tomorrow where hopefully I will be able to go through more then 4 isles of the store.

My parents said they didn't know it was that worth going, as every one at the VA was telling them it wasn't worth it. Well it was! I don't know why my parents ever stopped going any way. That's where they used to shop almost all the time when I was growing up. I don't know why they got out of the habit of going. Any way, in my opinion the prices were way worth it. So if any of you are retired and can go there, I found a lot of the ingredients I need for Jo's recipes at a very deep discount, especially when you add in no tax!

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Shar, the pain is manageable so I might as well move. When it was at its worst, all I wanted to do was go into the fetal position but having to work, I couldn't. The pain is there no matter what. The meds just take the edge off.

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10/28/10 3:46 P

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Hi Ladies,

I am feeling much better today. Actually the most pain I had was my back. I think it was from being in that position for so long. The porcedure took about 20 or 30 min. Then I had to lie still for another 20 minutes to make sure there was no bleeding. And I am not one to sleep or lay on my back anyway.

I did go for a short, slow walk this morning. It was so nice to get outdoors. It is so pretty out.

Patty, I hope you get your sugar lined out. That has to be miserable. We have a lot of power outages in our area, too. Sometimes ours is out for 3 or 4 days. A few times even 7 or 8 days.

Ann, I have picked up an item and when I got home, it wasn't what I was expecting. I think that happens to all of us.

Shar, The bon fire sounds so pleasant. I always enjoyed sitting around a fire and watching it burn.

Cindy, You are so fortunate to have your shopping about completed. I haven't even started!! DH has been milking the cows. I haven't milked since Tuesday morning. I think the term "might start bleeding" scared him out!! So he keeps telling me to take it easy. You know how guys are with blood anyway!! Or at least mine. I know the first time I went to this dr for the ultrasound, he asked if I wanted my hubby to come in. I said not really, he will either get sick or pass out!!

Jan, I loved your post about TOPS and your costume. That sounded adorable. I love to hear about your meetings.

Thank you all for your prayers and concern. I appreciate it very much. emoticon

Hope everyone had a pleasant day!

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Good Morning. I have a few minutes before I head out to have my hair done and a trip to Costco. I even cut up some onions and celery for a Veg. Corn chowder I will put in the crock pot when I get home.

Heather, Sanalac was the brand I didn't like because of the 1/4 cup measure. Seemed like some of Jo's recipes with pudding mixes came out too watery. The SACO brand Mix and Drink, I think it is called measures like Carnation 1/3 cup. I think our commissary stopped carrying the Sanalac brand. Do you have to make double recipes for your eaters?

Patty, I hope you are keeping a journal of your ups and downs with the spikes in your blood pressure and you diabetic tests. You should have a notebook that came with the diabetic supplies. I agree with Shar the diabetic classes that generally are at a hospital are excellent. Your doctor should beable to get you in one. I hope you stay warm. Such terrible weather so early in the east and mid west.

The house was darn chilly here this morning before the sun came out. It is suppose to get in the 70's for the next few days but the nights get cold.

Do any of you think you are buying non fat or fat free products and get home and a few days later discover it isn't low fat or fat free at all. I bought a quart of Dannon yogurt in their white and blue tub. I've gotten it dozen of times and always fat free. Well when I went to use this tub yesterday it was not fat free. Then I needed some cream cheese for my soup and at the produce store they had a sign that said low fat in a tub like they package there at the store. When I looked at it today it is not f/f or low fat but full fat. That makes me so mad at myself for not looking more carefully.

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10/28/10 1:27 P

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Good morning ladies,

Another rainy day here. I woke up at 5:30 thinking I heard the doorbell ring but there was no one there. It is chilly here this morning.

Patty, I hope you feel better today. Do you take your blood sugar before and after meals? That can give you a clue as to which foods cause spikes. Also if you aren't feeling well it's good to take it. I didn't know about the creosote being caused by burning in warmer weather.

Cindy, That is so great you are almost done with Christmas shopping. I have a couple of things stashed away. I showed our youngest son something I bought for my husband and he liked it so that's a good sign.

Shar, I'm glad your son got a job. It's tough times and jobs are to be thankful for. Hey! Let's all go over to Shar's for the bonfire and S'mores roast:-)

Glenna, How are you doing today?

Sarah, Where are you? I miss you!

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hello girls,

it was real windy and rainy here the last few days. it has been so warm- in the 70s- all week. very unusual. today is still warm but the sun is shinning and there is no wind or rain. we still need rain.

yesterday our middle daughter and i did more christmas shopping. i am almost done. i have not had a handle on christmas in many years. i am looking so forward to the holidays this year.

jan.....i am so glad that your son got the job. jobs are so hard to find. praying that your other son is ok and does not need to go to the hospital.

glenna..... rest, be well, dont overdo, and take your time before doing anything heavy. i know it is hard not to overdo with animals to care for. i am praying for you.

patty.....please take care and test your sugar when you have these flair-ups. it could be your meds. please take care and dont overdo. i am praying for you.

shar......glad your son has a new job also. still praying for you all.

have a very blessed day. cindy

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10/28/10 12:39 P

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Shar,
I am not on anything yet, for the diabetes. Dr. is trying to control it with diet, but since I am just starting, it is slow going.
7 tornados. wow

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10/28/10 11:10 A

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Hi Patty and all,

Patty, it sounds like your meds are giving you fits! I know when I first took my b/p meds I would get dizzy at times. The doc told me that what it was, the meds. Now I don't have it so much just once in a great while. When Ken's sugar gets too low he gets the shakes really bad and has to get something sweet really quick. He can feel it coming on now on the high part I have no idea. What are you on for diabetes? He takes metformin and another one that I can't think of. He has cut his eating way back and now has been running on the low side, so I told him he better be eating a few more carbs. I went to the class with him and so glad I did. Really a diabetic diet is a good one to follow.
We had 7 tornado's around this area. Thank goodness only a few limbs down but it sure did blow and even today it's still windy and very chilly. Got the wood burner going and now it's too hot so I had to open a few windows. We hardly ever use our furnace anymore. Propane just costs too much and it's an old furnace.
Paulissa, sounds like your pain has subsided with all the walking and weight lifting you are doing. You take it easy. Smoking and alcohol was never allowed in the Masonic lodges around here. I miss going to their functions even though there never was much going on for the wives.
Glenna, hopefully you are taking it easy also! Glad it's over for you, now to get on the mend.
Jan, so glad your son got a new job. Mine has too but they want him to start in a couple of weeks and it's a welding job so he is a happy camper for sure. Hope your other son gets better quickly. In my prayers for sure.
We are not doing anything for Halloween. We hardly ever get any kids since we live in the country. Hubby said something about wanting to have a bonfire Sat. night since we did get some rain as it's been so darn dry. I love bonfires and the smores that go with it but I will stay away from them. I did lose 3 pounds as of Tues. I hardly ever weigh myself as I am always let down. But I was very happy for that!!
Well girls got to get. You all have a wonderful Thurs.

Shar

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Good morning Girls,
Well, we had our power on for an hour yesterday afternoon, then poof, it was gone again. It did heat up the house, and I made a pot of coffee, just in case, and got on here for about 20 minutes, then it was gone.
Thankfully we have a gas stove, so I can cook on the top, just have to light by hand.
No, we do not heat with wood at this time of year. The way ours is set up, it needs to be really cold out, otherwise the chimney gets too much creasote built up in it. I think the stove is too big, and puts out too much heat, so we wait until cold Dec. or Jan. Still saves on propane a lot.

We took a nap yesterday afternoon. Got up, I heated up supper, then around 8, I went back to bed.
When the power came on, I looked at the clock wrong, thought it said 4AM. So I got up, as I was wide awake, made another pot of coffee, heated up some in the microwave, and cleaned up the kitchen, ran the dishwasher. Looked at the clock again, and found out that it was actually 11:20, when I had looked at the clock. I had only slept about an hour...lol

Then I was walking to the stairs, and got really sweaty, dizzy and lightheaded. Called hubby, he came downstairs, said to just sit there for a while, then helped me back to bed. Said maybe I did too much too fast. not.
I think it is either the new bp meds, or my blood sugar going to high or too low. I did not take it, and I should have. We shall see if it continues or goes away.

So we have power, lots of coffee, and heat.
Going to get ready to go to senior center for lunch.

Have a great day girls.
Jan, glad your son got a job.
Someone has diverticulitis, hoping that goes away, and he does not have to go to hospital.
Someone had a procedure done yesterday, praying that you feel better today.

We had 2 days of very very very strong winds. Trees are down in the woods. There were over 8000 homes without power from our electric company, that is a lot, when you consider that we live in a rural area.
The neigh boring electric company, had numbers in that area too.

I think the linemen, that work round the clock for us up here, are heros. Risking their lives, in the rain, and wind, to help us have power back. I appreciate them so much. So many trees down on lines the last 2 days. Now I am crying. I think I should take my sugar.

Oh. The other night, 2 nights ago, I only had crackers before bed, no protein. no night sweats. Last night I had a piece of ww bread and butter. Then I had that dizzy spell. So I am still struggling, and have neglected to take my sugar when those happen. I don't think about it. Need to be more aware.
Though, I think once my sugar is under control, I won't be losing weight so fast. ..lol

Ok, have a blessed day girls.
Shar and Deb, did you have the high winds?

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