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My Norton caught it, but it updates the dat files every morning when I boot up. If there is a threat I update it in the afternoon too.

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Our Norton didn't pick it up so we have got new software and that seems to be working.

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My Norton caught the problem... I reported it to SP. I sent out a SparkMail explaining what had happened. It was from a banner ad on SP. I know they are really careful... and trying to NOT let this happen again. BUT it is VERY important that you have an Anti-Virus application on your computers that is updating DAILY!

(Spoken as a retired IT Systems Administrator)

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So glad Maggie is OK! We have had a virus on our computer last week. DH sorted mine out quickly, but he lost everything on his. Good job it was all backed up on disc. He had to use mine to get his up and running so I didn't do much spark for over a week. I think I got my virus on spark! We have new software now to keep it in check. Has anyone else had a problem?

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Hi team! Maggie has been having computer problems since that last virus that attacked many of us... she seemed to have been struck hard! Not to mention all the snow she has been receiving. So if you haven't seen her around lately and wondered where she has gone ... this is the reason! Stay strong! You are doing a great job on her challenge!

I'm not able to take the challenge over for her. We might have to give this challenge a mini-hiatus.

New challenges are in the works for Spring!
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Hi All. You probably already know this but I just saw a post that Maggie is fine! She lost her computer to a virus and is temporarily out of commission.

I'm flat out busy this week --- and also will have little or no access to the internet this week - so I'm not going to be here for the week.
Just stopping by quickly to pass on the news about Maggie in case you hadn't heard.

Have a good safe week all. Happy Fat Tuesday, the finale party of Mardi Gras!

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Friday's questions:

50 points if you said Peru (or the Andes area) was the first place potatoes were grown.

50 points if you found out Potatoes were classified as the first vegetable grown in space.

And 100 points to yourself if you looked up some Mediterranean recipes including potatoes.

Research is good.....Great job!

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good job everybody! Yesterday's 3/5 answer was fava beans or beans in general are acceptable

Today is the start of a new week, so we will have a new group. I thought it would be fun to learn about some aged history.

Geography:
Trivia question for 3/6 50D
name the city:

______ is the symbol of freedom, art, and democracy in the conscience of the civilized world. The capital of Greece took its name from the goddess Athena, the goddess of wisdom and knowledge.

Daily read: 50D
www.ancientgreece.com/s/Geography/
Daily food: today is Sunday, and also a food named from this day is sundae, due to calorie counts we should treat our dairy as a sundae. Give yourself 50D for each dairy serving. another 100D if you get 100% of what your body needs of calcium.

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What are the answers to Fridays questions? and how many points?

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3/5/11 8:53 A

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Good morning everybody, I have a question for you as a simple fill in the blank answer. I had alot of fun reading all kinds of things about Mediterranean vegetables this morning, and learned alot in the process this morning.

Today's trivia question:Pythagoras described ______ as unwholesome and forbade people to eat them, while Herodotus noted that Egyptian priests "never sow or eat _____ and, even if any grow wild, they will not even endure to look at them, since they consider it an unclean type of legume."

Todays daily link is to read about different sorts of beans for 50D www.recipes4us.co.uk/Dried_Beans_and
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Food Count for day; give yourself 100D for each serving of bean, or legume today. Extra 50D for each serving that you serve onto others (like getting family or friends to eat as well!)

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3/4/11 9:26 P

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Sorry I didn't get to participate yesterday, but it was a lovely celebration for me and my husband's 10th anniversary. Hope you all had a great week. But this weekend is going to be even better. I have been drumming ideas for pyramid and I gotta get searching for tomorrow's question. Good night to you all!

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emoticon to ELLEN for getting yesterday's trivia.
I loved all these mythology stories when I was young but over the years keep finding more and more that I've missed, a seemingly unending supply of stories.

Anyway, yesterday's trivia....
Jupiter turned a goddess into a vegetable for eternity.
Which goddess and what vegetable?

Jupiter fell for a woman he turned into Goddess Cynara. When she wanted to return to earth he sent her back as an artichoke for eternity.

cosmicgardening.blogspot.com/2006/0
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Thanks Emily!
"Potatoes in Space" sounds like a cartoon just waiting to be created.

Recipes:
I love potatoes and like sweet potatoes even more! Recipes I wouldn't know where to start.... so here is a simple new one I was planning on try out this coming week:



Golden Chicken & Vegetables

Spray skillet with a little olive oil and brown 4 chicken breasts (four halves skinleess boneless). Remove chicken and set aside.

To skillet add 1 cup chicken broth, garlic, rosemary, thyme, and 2 cups green beans (and maybe a little white wine and 1/2 tsp lemon juice). Also add 2 large potatoes (sweet potatoes and/or white potatoes) cut into 1/2" pieces. Bring to boil and cook 5 minutes.

Return chicken to skillet. Reduce heat and cover. Cook 12 minutes or until chicken is cooked and potatoes are tender.


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I'm willing to try at trivia today....I chose potatoes, which might not be a true veggie, but I often use as the base for a meal.

What is your favorite Mediterranean recipe using a potato (which probably isn't a Mediterranean food, is it).

2008 was declared The Year of the Potato.

What country first produced potatoes?
Can potatoes grow in Space?

I thought this was interesting.


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Strangest thing I"ve ever eaten....it was raccoon, I think....one of the guys brought it into work for a Friday dinner mixed with rice...must be a Southern States thing.

Didn't taste bad (of course I love rice)....but it was "greasy" and "fatty".

Growing up in New Orleans, I ate lots of crawfish, so I don't think that's unique, but others would.

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I thought the info on Fennel was Great! It's a new flavoring to me, in my spice chest....I had a recipe that called for it.

And when I saw it, I realized it was used on the pizza that I loved as a child. gave it such a unique flavor and I've never seen pizza like it again.

So I"m going to try for a Med Pizza recipe (feta, spinach, etc) with fennel to see what I can do.

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answer to yesterday's trivia = broccoli or cauliflower
www.vegparadise.com/highestperch44.h
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some people's bizarre food memories (or, several moments I'm glad I've missed)
mideastfood.about.com/u/ua/middleeas
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rnfood101/bizarre_foods.htm


read: the two links above for 50D each.

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3/3 Trivia (100d): Jupiter turned a goddess into a vegetable for eternity.
Which goddess and what vegetable?


3/3 fun(50d): continuing Maggie's tour of the Mediterranean, read

www.theworldwidegourmet.com/countrie
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3/2/11 6:47 P

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Still nothing from Maggie????

I live in the eastern time zone.
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the two fun/supply-a-link items put up on 2/28:
1) example of a vegetable that is wierd, unusual, or foreign to you
2) example of a recipe/vegetable use that just doesn't sound like a good idea to you

If you haven't already answered these, feel free to do so any time this week and get your points.
These take a bit more time to do and I was posting so late in the day. (Sorry)
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answer to yesterday's trivia = Fennel

read and get 50D:
If I'd found this link and read it yesterday maybe the trivia question would have been a bit more entertaining?
www.herbsociety.org/factsheets/fenne
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3/2 trivia: What cruciferous vegetables was developed on the island of Cyprus 2,500 years ago (but is normally attributed to cultivation in Italy under the Romans)?



3/2 fun (50D):
Some popular television shows feature strange and exotic foods. While they may not be for everyone, they are a delicacy for some. What is the most bizarre food you have ever eaten?

For me it was probably cattail tubers dug up and eaten during a "survival trip" in northern Minnesota in August. Definitely not a bland bad textured taste I ever wanted to retry under better conditions.
My main memory of those days though was the height of the summer freaky weather. The first night was clear and we saw the northern lights, incredible! The second afternoon it started raining and kept raining until finally during the night it turned into a small snowstorm. We, the girls, survived. Our competitors on the other side of the lake, the boys, quit and went home early. Girls Rule!




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Good WINKY,
You can have the weekend. Saturday is Vegetables; Sunday is new category,
meaning you get to choose next week's topic.

I've got something for 3/2 that I'll post when I get up.
I've started 3/3 but it needs a little more work.


??? Anyone want to try doing a trivia item for Friday (3/4)?



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I can help with pyramid I think LOL I can play but I am not sure how I find a trivia question but I will try. The only problem is I am not sure if I can get on here before I leave for work at 5:30 am but I am off weekends, so I can do this weekend. I miss Maggie!!! Hope she is ok

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Yes I am quite concerned about Maggie......

Thank you Ellen, prunes are a fruit I really haven't been 100% and didn't really "think" about it...I fixed it.

I live in the eastern time zone.
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emoticon Who wants tomorrow (3/2)? What about 3/3...or 3/4...or 3/5?

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Vegetable week - or - "Vegemite or vege-won't. Get your fiber here!"
Food -- 50D for each vegetable serving.
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Answers to yesterday (Monday 2/28) trivia:

Trivia: What vegetable was hollowed out and used as lanterns before pumpkins became common?

I was looking for rutabaga but other acceptable answers.... turnip & mangel-wurzels.
The root vegetables as lanterns predated the rise of that upstart the infamous pumpkin.

I'd surprisingly to me never heard of mangel-wurzels.
There were more educational agricultural blogs with winter root cellar and straw pile storage information
but the link below appealed to my imagination more with its references to currency for trolls and other bits.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mangelwurzel

Exercise of the day: mangelwurzel hurling anyone? LOL


FUN for 3/1: give yourself 100D for reading about the manzelwurzel.

READ for 3/1: give yourself 50D for reading one of the links supplied in our answers for 2/28.


Extra 100D credit: Stop by and give a shout out to our tireless leader for these many weeks of Pyramiding.
Send good vibes to Maggie as it is very unusual for her to fall off the grid so suddenly so maybe she could use them more than usual.



TRIVIA for 3/1: Native to Italy, this celery-like vegetable is distinguished by a green feathery top. The taste is licorice-like, and the texture is crunchy. What is it?


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Vegetable week - or - "Vegemite or vege-won't. Get your fiber here!"
Food -- 50D for each vegetable serving.
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2/27/11.....50+food
daily fun: 50d
daily food count: 5= 250d

2/28/11....250+food
daily trivia: I was going for rutabaga but turnip is his twin by another mother.
Loved learning about mangel-wurzels!

daily fun/read#1: Okay, okay, it's probably technically a legume but to me legumes - excluding peanuts - are all vegetables. My example is:
Petai Beans
Proving that people will eat almost anything? Besides their longlasting odious smell
there is the culinary warning I found - "before you cook the petai, make sure that you split the bean into two with a paring knife as there are prone to worms burrowing their way into the heart of the petai. In a cupful, reportadly you can expect to get about 6 petais with worms inside. It’s a pain but it sure beats biting into a worm. icky!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkia_specios
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daily fun/read#2: After passing over some deep-fried nightmares like "fried dill pickles" (seems like in parts of the southern USA they'll batter and fry just about anything) .... I picked a bad recipe for me because I hate beets. (Just the smell of beets cooking makes me ill and I have to leave the building. ) So I give you the "Aussie burger" example
www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/view
s/
Aussie-Burger-242924

So if you like beets, enjoy just don't invite me to that meal. emoticon


daily food count: 3 vegetables= 150

3/1/11
daily trivia, fun. read (200): done
daily food count: 8 vegetables= 400

3/2/11
daily trivia, read, fun (150): done
daily food count: 4 vegetables= 200

3/3/11
daily trivia, read, fun (250): done
daily food count: 5 vegetables= 250

3/4/11.... (150 +food)
daily trivia: potatoes in space? Yes
In 1995, potato plants were taken into space on the space shuttle, marking the first time any food was ever grown in space.
daily history: the Indians in Peru were the first people to cultivate the potato over 4000 years ago
www.thehotpotato.com/english/potato_
fa
cts.htm

daily fun: recipe ...posted separately 3/4
daily food count: 8 vegetables= 400

3/5/11
daily trivia: beans
daily read: done (50d)
daily food count: 4@100 for me plus 4@50 = 500

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this week total= 2650 +700
balance carryforward from prior weeks= 8,500
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Running Drachma total(round 3): 2,200

3/6/11...... 100 + food
daily trivia(50d): Athens. Greece
daily read: done (50d)
daily food count: 1@50+1@100 (Ca more than 100%)
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this week total= 250 thru 3/6 + ??? food M/Tu/W/Th/F/Sat
balance carryforward from prior weeks= 2,200
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Running Drachma total(round 3): 2,450



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emoticon I'll be putting up something for today shortly.
BUT, I was serious about getting some of the rest of you to volunteer for some days.

Birthdays come in clumps and so this week and next I have half dozen birthdays, a couple tres importante SO my Sparktime is limited this week.

Any volunteers?


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Thanks for stepping in all.....sending good wishes to Maggie.

I would like to work on getting 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit in every day.

Vegetables

2/28/11
daily trivia:
daily fun:
daily read:
daily food count: tomatoes, cooked spinach

3/1/11
daily trivia:
daily fun:
daily read:
daily food count:

3/2/11
daily trivia:
daily fun:
daily read:
daily food count:

3/3/11
daily trivia:
daily fun:
daily read:
daily food count:

3/4/11
daily trivia:
daily fun:
daily read:
daily food count:

3/5/11
daily trivia:
daily fun:
daily read:
daily food count:

Running drachma total:300

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I thought prunes were fruit Sheryl! I thought we were only doing veg, I hope Maggie is alright!

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Vegetables



2/27/11 300 pts
50 pts just becasue
Daily Servings baby spinach, tomato, cucumber, onion 300 pts

2/28/11 50 pts
daily trivia:mangel-wurzels
daily fun:
daily read:
daily food count:

3/1/11 50 pts
daily trivia:
daily fun:
daily read:
daily food count: mixed asian veggies 50 pts

3/2/11
daily trivia: Broccoli?
daily fun: Not really bizarre per se' but shark....and I didn't care for it at all
daily read: fennel link 50 pts
daily food count Spring Medley Steamables 50 pts:

3/3/11
daily trivia:
daily fun:
daily read:
daily food count:

3/4/11
daily trivia:
daily fun:
daily read:
daily food count:

3/5/11
daily trivia:
daily fun:
daily read:
daily food count:

Running drachma total: 5885 as of 3/1
2nd round

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emoticon emoticon Maggie, hope you are okay but just needed a mental health break from trivia.

emoticon How about we give her a few days off and take turns supplying the daily tasks?


I'll start it off by covering yesterday and today. Who wants tomorrow (3/1)? Who wants the next day (3/2)?

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Vegetable week - or - "Vegemite or vege-won't. Get your fiber here!"
According to the pyramid, several servings of Vegetables are to be eaten daily.

Food -- for this week obviously, we are giving ourselves 50D for each vegetable serving.
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Sunday 2/27...
give yourself 50D for no reason. Oh yes, and add in your food servings.

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Monday 2/28

Trivia: What vegetable was hollowed out and used as lanterns before pumpkins became common?


Fun & reading: Give an example of a vegetable that is wierd, unusual, or foreign to you ... and supply an interesting link for that vegetable.

Fun & reading (Sunday's "snow day" makeup): Give and example of a recipe/vegetable use that just doesn't sound like a good idea to you.... and supply link if available

Fun and reading ....
for each, give yourself 50D for answering and another 50D if link supplied.
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2/28/11
daily trivia:
daily fun:
daily read:
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3/1/11
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daily fun:
daily read:
daily food count:

3/2/11
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daily read:
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3/3/11
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3/4/11
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2/27/11
daily trivia:
daily fun: 50d
daily read:
daily food count: 7= 350d

2/28/11
daily trivia: turnip = 50d
daily fun: Oca, an unusual vegetable grown in the UK! =50d + link 50d= 100

downtheplot.com/oca.php

daily read: A bad recipe for onion rings with poultry seasoning.50+ link50=100

www.city-data.com/forum/recipes/3918
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daily food count: 11 vegetables= 550

3/1/11
daily trivia: Fennel = 50d
daily fun:100d
daily read: link = 50d
Left a goodie for maggie with message=100d
daily food count: 10 vegetables= 500

3/2/11
daily trivia: Cauliflower =50d
daily fun:Frogs legs = 50d
daily read: about fennel = 50d
daily food count:13 = 650d

3/3/11
daily trivia:Goddess, Cynara, Artichoke =50d
daily fun: provence= 50d
daily read: 2 links read =100d
daily food count: 8= 400

3/4/11
daily trivia:Southern Peru= 50d
daily fun:yes first grown n October 1995 aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia=50d
daily read:favourite Mediterranean potato recipe is: Potato Ragout=100d
daily food count:11= 550d

3/5/11
daily trivia:Pythagoras described Fava beans as unwholesome and forbade people to eat them, while Herodotus noted that Egyptian priests "never sow or eat Beans and, even if any grow wild, they will not even endure to look at them, since they consider it an unclean type of legume." =50d
Daily read: link read= 50d
Daily food count: 1 seving = 100d

3/6/11
Trivia: Athens
Daily read: = 50d
Daily food count: 2 =100

3/7/11
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Daily read:
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Running drachma total:
Stage 3
New running total:5900

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2/27/11
50D just because
I hate brussel sprouts!!! 50D
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food count: 100D

2/28/11
daily trivia:mangel-wurzels
daily read: jicama 50D
www.sallybernstein.com/food/columns/
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daily food count: 250D

3/1/11
daily trivia:fennel
www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/month
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daily fun:100D
extra:100D
daily read:50D
daily food count: 8 servings! 400D

3/2/11
daily trivia: cauliflower
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daily fun: calamari 50D
daily read:50D
daily food count:0

3/3/11
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3/4/11
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Well, okay...if I have to...but I don't like fish. I like canned Tuna and Tilapia do they count as "real" fish...not like salmon ya know.

Tornados....I remember a story several years ago...I think from Guideposts magazine. A tornado hit in Alabama and the family lived in a mobile(sp?) home. They realized the danger too late and had to ride out the tornado as it destroyed the home.

The mom was injured. Dad and sister (about 7 years old) had minor injuries. And they could not find the baby.

They found the baby doing just fine several yards from the mobil home inside a dresser drawer...the wind had picked her up, deposited her in the drawer, closed the drawer and set the dresser safely down.

Wow!
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Good Morning! This is the last day of Potpourri week. Looking forward to next week, I have pulled a new category out of my virtual hat, and it is 'Vegetables' Sounds pretty tasty to me.

2/25/11 trivia: A gurgitator is a competitive eater! Something we don't want to participate in if we want to practice mindful eating!

2/26/11 Trivia for 50D: What species of fish, dubbed "Frankenfish" by the media, caused a panic among fish farmers when it began invading aquaculture farms in florida and feeding on fish stock? Was it A) White Croaker B) Walking Catfish C) Walleye D) Weasel Shark.

2/26/11 Link for 50D: www.windowoncyprus.com/mediterranean
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2/26/11 Food Challenge: Well by now you know we are focusing on fish today: As you know fish is consumed a couple of times a week in the Mediterranean diet. So think back over your week. Give yourself 50D for each serving of fish you had between Sunday 2/20 and today!

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Potpourri Week!

2/24/11 trivia: for cows about 10# however I didn't specify cows so the answer ranges from 6-10 depending on animal source, time of year, etc. I learn so much from reading your answers! You guys to such a great job of researching.

Today is Savoring Your Food Day! Time to experience the Mediterranean region's attitude of sitting down to a meal and enjoying it!

2/25/11 trivia for 50D: What is a gurgitator?

2/25/11 link for 50D: www.worldhealth.net/news/eating-quic
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y-increases-risk-weight-gain/


2/25/11 task: Now that we know there is scientific proof that eating slowly is better for our health lets practice! Focus on eating slowly today. Give yourself 50D for each meal you eat mindfully.


emoticon I'll try and remember to put an emoticon on my post for the day as an easier way to find them

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TORNADOS
They are strange unpredictable things.
Thus I say the story is possible. Cows picked up and sent flying is definite as I've witnessed that. Cows put down unharmed that's the hard part; it's possible but the probability is low.
The headline: "Psychiatrist Treating Traumatized Cows"

story #1.... happened in Cleveland I think probably in the 80's (?) and there was some news footage on it at one time: Tornado touched down and destroyed one building and nothing else. The building had been slated for demolition, scheduled for the day after the storm.

story #2.... when I was a toddler, my mother was driving through Iowa with me. I was busy reporting to her what I saw out the window -- "a barn blowing apart and the cows flying, cows flying who knew cows could fly" -- obviously innocently amazed by what I was seeing and unaware of the danger. My poor mother! The horror she must have experienced at the moment... but now she can tell the story and chuckle (and give me grief of course).


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Potpourri week - dairy day!

2/23/11 trivia answer - the Olympics!

2/24/11 trivia for 50D: how many pounds of milk does it take to make 1 pound of cheese?

2/24/11 fun for 50 D: Lets read an Israeli publication's article about Greek Mediterranean food! www.jpost.com/ArtsAndCulture/FoodAnd
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One Mediterranean country writing about another Mediterranean country's healthy way of eating!

2/24/11 food challenge is all about getting your dairy in. Earn 50D for each dairy serving. Recomended 2+ servings daily. i.e. 8oz non-fat milk, 6 oz low-fat yogurt, 1 oz low fat cheese....

No points for this but I thought it was interesting. On August 18, 1953 four cows in Stearns county, MN were picked up by a tornado and set down again unharmed. I was born and raised in Stearns county! It happened a little before my time but I never heard this story growing up! So, I'm wondering if it is one of those urban legend types of stories. However, if true do you think the cows' milk production was affected because of their experience?

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Emily - It's a win, win, win, game for everyone! So jump on it!

Yesterday trivia answer: Adelphagia

Check out the blog link that Winky found for 50D: I love good blogs. I had a busy night last night so I could only spend a little time on this one but the recipes look very good!

11/23/11 trivia for 50D: The ancient Greeks invented this athletic context still held today.

11/23/11 read for 50D: www.theworldwidegourmet.com/recipes/
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cipes-by-country/flavors-of-greece/
Yes, I know this is a page on yesterdays link - but I did say to read the first page only emoticon I suppose saying read the first page only is like telling someone not to think about pink elephants. We all know we are going to do it! So consider this a bonus!

11/23/11 food challenge: Get those beans in today. For each 1/2 cup serving of beans or legumes give yourself 50 D

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I absolutely love this part of the instructions.

When you reach $10,000 you win, we all get excited, then you start over a 0 again.

Sounds like a hoot!

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Welcome to the game Emily. We are glad to have you join us. It is really pretty easy to play but if you have any questions on how just ask. For starters copy and paste the following gameboard to a post to play the game the rest of this week.

***start copy****

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2/23/11
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2/24/11
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2/25/11
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****end copy****

each week there is a topic relating to the mediterranean pyramid. This week it is Potpourri, so it is an anything goes type of week. Each day I will post first thing in my morning. You will have different tasked to do to earn Drachma (the old Greek money) When you reach $10,000 you win, we all get excited, then you start over a 0 again.

Scan down a couple of post and look for my post for today. I will put a smiley face on it as soon as I post this to make it easier to find. There is always a trivia question and the first thing I give you is the answer to the previous days trivia. Often you will have an opportunity to earn drachma by reading a link about the previous days trivia. Usually it is a link I provide but today I referenced links that Winky and Skipside posted. After the information about the previous days trivia I usually give the current days trivia question and how many Drachma you earn for a correct answer. Then I give a link that if you read you can earn more Drachma. I will post how much you can earn next to the link. It is usually 50D but sometimes more if it is a really long link. Some days there is a fun task to do and there is always a food task. Since we are doing Potpourri this week the food task is different each day. Today's task is to only eat healthy fat sources. I.e. olive oil, nuts, avocado, fish, etc. If I am not mistaken you can earn 100D for only eating healthy fat today. But check my post to make sure - I posted at @ 5AM so it was a long time ago.....

Look for my posts tomorrow morning. and I will tell you what to do for the day. I will be working all day tomorrow so if you do have a question I will not be able to get to it until 6PM. No doubt one of the other Pyramiders will help you out. We have an awesome group of gals here.





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I really enjoyed that link as well, it inspired me to read more and I found a really great link in my studying greekgourmand.blogspot.com/2008/02/p
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Wow the link on Greek food was worth it just for the photo of the port.

Awesome.

150 D's. so far today. Not too sure about quinoa...don't know yet what I would pair it with for a meal.

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I've been encouraged to come and play Pyramid....looks like fun.

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2/21/11 trivia answer was quinoa

2/22/11 check out one of the links for quinoa that Winky and Skipside posted for 50D.

2/22/11 lets go to Greece! Read the first page only of this link for 50D: www.theworldwidegourmet.com/countrie
s/
flavors-of-greece/


2/22/11 trivia for 50D: In greek mythology, which goddess over saw the development of gastronomy? (hint: read today's link first!)

2/22/11 food challenge: Use only healthy sources of fat today. This would include nuts and seeds, fish, olive oil, avocados. A successful day is worth 100D

emoticon this is the post you are looking for Emily!

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Way to go! - now on to round 3!

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Got 10,000 Drachmas again! Woo Hoo!

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Good Morning! I woke up to a wonder land of snow.... OH wait, it's February in MN, that's not special - but there is a new coat out there and it is still a bit blizzardy so the drive into work this AM ought to be dandy!

Yesterday's trivia answer is Spain! Great job everyone. And great links Winky and Skipside! Either check the links out on Winky or Skipsides post or check this link out for 50D www.theworldwidegourmet.com/products
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2/21/11 trivia for 50D: This grain was called the 'Mother grain" by the Inca's and was part of three Inca staple foods including corn, potatoes, and ______. (fill in the blank for 50D)

2/21/11 fun for 50D: Community, family, and friends are important factors in the Mediterranean world. So today we have something to celebrate! Stop by another player of the Pyramid game's Spark Page and leave them a message or a Goodie. Here are some ideas - welcome a new player, OR congratulate someone who will hit her second round of $10,000D today! WOO HOO - it's a great day for Pyramiders!

2/21/11 food challenge today is to eat your grains! 50D for each serving - but keep in mind grains are calorie dense so don't go over the recommended amount of grains just to earn your Drachma!

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2/20/11:
Daily Trivia: Brought to Spain from Mexico to Spain (The New World) was Hernán Cortés Pizarro
www.chocolate-world.net/chocolate-in
-d
ifferent-country

Daily read:50D
Daily Fun: 50D
Daily food:6 servings 300D

2/21/11:
Daily Trivia: quinoa 50D
www.gogeometry.com/incas/quinoa_inca
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utrition.html

Daily read:50D
Daily Fun:50D
Daily food: 4 servings 200D

2/23/11:
Daily Trivia: Adephagia also the Greek word for gluttony
Did alot of research to find this incredible link to educate why Adephagia was worshiped as a Greek Goddess and few other Greek Gods as well in Ancient Mediterranean traditions
greekgourmand.blogspot.com/2008/02/p
at
h-of-least-resistance.html

Daily read:100D
Daily Fun: 50D
Daily food: 3 servings 300D

2/24/11:
Daily Trivia: olympics
www.ancientgreece.com/s/Olympics/
daily read:50D
Daily Fun: 50D
Daily food: 1 serving 50D

2/25/11:
Daily Trivia: Competitive eating, or speed eating, is an activity in which participants compete against each other to consume large quantities of food
Daily Read:50D
Daily Fun: 50D
Daily food: 50D only got to slow down at dinner, breakfast & lunch was rushed due to time consraints at work

2/26/11:
Daily Trivia: walking catfish
www.usefultrivia.com/science_trivia/
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sh_trivia_005b.html

Daily read: 50D
Daily food: 100D had fish 2x this week

2/27/11:
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Running total: 1700

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2/20/11:
Daily Trivia: since it originates with Mayans/Aztecs, I've got to go with Spain via conquistadors.
for more see www.fieldmuseum.org/chocolate/histor
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html

Daily Fun: read
Daily food: fruits and vegetables ... 7@50

2/21/11:
Daily Trivia: quinoa
www.planeta.com/planeta/99/1199quino
a.
html

with some basic preparation info in www.ag.ohio-state.edu/~news/files/ch
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Daily Fun: read & bug Ellen :)
Daily food: eat your grains! 50D for each serving - 6@50....includes 2 cups of quinoa :)

2/22/11:
Daily Trivia: goddess Adephagia oversaw the development of gastronomy
Daily Fun: read *2
Daily food: Use only healthy sources of fat -- worth 100D (EVOO, peanut butter, walnuts)

2/23/11:
Daily Trivia: olympics
Daily Fun: read *2
Daily food: servings of beans or legumes - oh goodness, my mind has a block against that "legume" category; no matter how had I try it just won't remember what all that covers because it includes stuff out of other categories - then comes the fact that I'm eating leftovers and huge new soup batch so I need to go comb through the ingredients list then guess what percentage was it of total so can I come up with 1/2 cups.....bother! (yes, Im a friend of Pooh and pals)... I'll say two servings (soup had tons of vegetables but of the legume contingent it's mainly ...kidney beans, chickpeas, cannellini beans... maybe some lentils to clean out refrig -soups are ever so good for that...... and from the other stuff there were nuts mainly pistachios but don't think there were any peanuts - peanut butter was yesterday... OK, I'm thinking outloud; time to go decode my pencil scribbles and get that new everything-but-the-kitchen-sink recipe typed in so I can fix my food tracker)

2/24/11:
Daily Trivia: Somewhat varies depending on what type of cheese you are making ....and what type of milk but the general rule of thumb is ---
1 pound of cheese requires 10 pounds (or about 5 quarts) of cow or goat milk and about 6 pounds of sheep milk.
But why does the quantity of milk for one pound of cheese vary among cows, goats, and sheep? Cheese is made up of curds, that is, the solids in milk. Milk solids are made up of fat. Simply speaking, sheep milk is fattier, so there's a higher proportion of fatty, curd-producing solids in the milk, so not as much milk is required to make the same amount of cheese. Goat milk tends to be the lowest in fat of the three milk types, while cow milk varies greatly depending on the breed, but generally falls somewhere between the fat content of goat and sheep milk.
Daily Fun: read
Daily food: 3@50 (milk, cream cheese, cheddar)

2/25/11:
Daily Trivia: gurgitator=epicuriator=gustatory athletes (now that description is just wrong in so many ways) = Competitive eater
Daily Fun: read
Daily food: Focus on eating slowly today...50D for each meal you eat mindfully. (2/3)

2/26/11:
Daily Trivia: Walking Catfish
Daily Fun: read... uh-oh! LOL
Daily food: 50D for each serving of fish this week.... okay, I had huge coupon for new Japanese restaurant to use by end of month so this motivated me to use it today instead of waitng longer and to experiment with sampling of several seafood offerings. Incredibly fresh seafood ....and one of my favorite desserts was a special... Thanks.

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this week total= 1850
balance carryforward from prior weeks= 6,650
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Running Drachma total: 8,500

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Thank you for the info on the Peeps Maggie! Wish we had them here! I love marshmallow!


Potpourri Week: 2/20/11-2/27/11

2/20/11:
Daily Trivia: Spain =50d
Daily Fun: Check link=50d
Daily food: 10 servings=500d

2/21/11:
Daily Trivia: Quinoa =50d
Daily Fun: gave a goodie to Sheryl = 50d
Daily read: 50d
Daily food: 2 portions = 100d

2/22/11:
Daily Trivia: the goddess Adephagia = 50d
Daily Fun: Checked the Quinoa links provided=50d
Lets go to Greece: read= 50d
Daily food: Had full fat milk! Whoops!

2/23/11
Daily trivia: Olympic games =50d
Daily fun done: check out blog = 50d
daily read: =50d
Daily food: Beans & peas = 100d

2/24/11:
Daily Trivia: It takes about 10 pounds (5 quarts) of milk to make 1 pound of whole milk cheese. actually it depends on the season but usually its from 6-8lb in winter and 8-10 in summer time =50d
Daily Fun: Read article= 50d
Daily food: 2oz Mozarella =100d 8oz skimmed milk = 50d
Yes I think the cow's milk production was affected.

2/25/11:
Daily Trivia: Someone who does Competitive eating = 50d
Daily Fun: Read link: = 50d
Daily food: Ate 3 meals mindfully today!= 150d

2/26/11:
Daily Trivia: B)walking catfish (Clarias batrachus)=50d
Daily Fun: Read link= 50d
Daily food: Calamari+ mackerel=100d

2/27/11:
Daily Trivia:
Daily Fun:
Daily food:

Stage 3
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Potpourri Week: 2/20/11-2/27/11

2/20/11: 450 pts
Daily Trivia: Spain....when it was broght over from Mexico
Daily Fun: Chicken link 50 pts
Daily food: 7 x 50 = 350

2/21/11: 250 pts
Daily Trivia: quinoa
Daily Fun: read link and gave goodies 100
Daily food: 2x 50= 100

2/22/11: 250 pts
Daily Trivia: Adephagia
Daily Fun: links 100 pts
Daily food: YEAH nuts 100

2/23/11: 100 pts
Daily Trivia: the olympics
Daily Fun:
Daily food: Kidney beans 50 pts

2/24/11: 200 pts
Daily Trivia: about 10 50 pts
Daily Fun: recipes 50 pts
Daily food: 2 yogurts 100 pts

2/25/11: 150 pts
Daily Trivia: a person who participates in eating competitions
Daily Fun: eating ling 50 pts
Daily food:
Task: easy 50 for me.....

2/26/11:
Daily Trivia: The walking catfish, also known as the magur or pla duk dam
Daily Fun: fish link 50 pts
Daily food: 2/20-2/26 tuna 6 times LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! 300pts



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Potpourri Week: 2/20/11-2/27/11

2/20/11:
Daily Trivia:
Daily Fun: 50
Daily food: 300 and counting

2/21/11:
Daily Read: 50
Daily Fun: 50 Ellen and Winky
Daily food: 4 1/2 cup servings for 200

2/22/11:
Daily Trivia:
Daily Fun: 100 for both articles
Daily food: 0 - I did really good until I ate those 2 pieces of mini Hershys chocolate! Oy Vey....

2/23/11:
Daily read: 50
Daily Fun: 50 recipe
Daily food: 50

2/24/11:
Daily Trivia:
Daily Fun: 50
Daily food: 150 - meatless day!

2/25/11:
Daily Trivia:
Daily Fun: 50
Daily food: 100 - 2 out of 3

2/26/11:
Daily Trivia:
Daily Fun:
Daily food:

Running total: 3200



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Welcome to 'Potpourri" week!. One dictionary definition of potpourri is "a combination of incongruous things'. Well that pretty much sums up the next week. We will be jumping around the pyramid so each days eating focus will be different. If you are a person who likes to plan their menus ahead - no worries, if you are eating the Mediterranean way you will be good.

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2/20/11:
Daily Trivia:
Daily Fun:
Daily food:

2/21/11:
Daily Trivia:
Daily Fun:
Daily food:

2/22/11:
Daily Trivia:
Daily Fun:
Daily food:

Etc......

Running total: don't forget to add in last weeks total

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2/19/11 Trivia answer: the answer varies with the source. Much depends on the hens breed and age. But the range was 240 to 300 eggs a year.

check out this informative link for 50D:
www.wisegeek.com/how-many-eggs-can-a
-c
hicken-lay-in-one-day.htm


2/20/11 trivia for 50D: What was the first European country to experience chocolate?

2/20/11: food count: give yourself 50 drachma for each serving of fruits and vegetables eaten today. (let the nutrition tracker guide you on the serving size)

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Ellen, depending on how a person feels about peeps you are either lucky or unlucky not to have them. They are basically a marshmallow shaped into cute designs and coated with colored sugar.

The original ones were the peeps - or baby chickens, and bunnies, and they came in the colors yellow or pink. Now they come in many colors and there is a whole culture built around them. They even have contests to see who can come up with the best peep diorama! But you saw that part in the link!

So while they have nothing to do with the Mediterranean way there is a somewhat sketchy connection to this weeks chicken theme!

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No Maggie, we don't have Peeps here! I had never heard of them before yesterday.

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2/19/11:
Daily Trivia: 260
Daily link: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_eggs_do
es_the_average_hen_lay
Daily fun: Here is a link to make Aioli (Mediterranean Garlic Sauce) http://fxcuisine.com/default.asp?language=
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Daily Servings: 300
Running Total:400

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We would love to have you jump in and join us! emoticon

Today is the end of the game week so just post:

2/19/11:
Daily Trivia: Then fill in your answer
Daily link:
Daily fun:
Daily servings count: We're working on eggs and Poultry this week so if you eat a serving of eggs or Poultry give yourself 50Drachmas for each.

Running total: add your total amount here for the day

So to get today's trivia answer do a google search!

Then stop back tomorrow and check out what is in store for the week of 2/20-2/27.

I have also sent you a private Spark mail but if you have any questions please continue to ask!


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ok I want to play but what do I do with my answer?

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Saludo! We are at the end of The Chicken or the Egg week! It's been a fun one for me as there is so much material on the subject web wise. I hope you have enjoyed it.

Sheryl - I feel for you having to reign in your culinary creativity. My sister is married to a man who is similarly taste bud challenged. His favorite line is 'where is the real food?' HA! Of course real food to him is red meat, mashed potatoes, white bread (think wonder), butter..... Well you get the idea. The basic gold standard fare of the 1950's! Of course, her idea of salad greens is iceberg! About 10 years ago they came to visit from ND and I started off supper with a wonderful salad full of romaine and Muclun greens. I had a ton of fresh veggies mixed in and it was topped with seed sprouts. The dressing was a wonderful home made concoction... None of them even touched the salad. But the looks on their faces when it was passed around was priceless! At my other sister's house that same salad was scarfed up!

Looking forward - I pulled next weeks category out of my virtual hat and it is "potpourri" !

2/18/11 trivia: Peeps! - I love peeps esp when they get a little hard - but they never get to that point in my house. Ellen - do they have peeps in your part of the world?

2/19/11 Trivia for 50D: On average how many eggs does a hen lay in a year?

2/19/11 fun read for 50D. A 2for1 - Spanish Chicken!: www.mediterranean-food-recipes.com/c
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cken-recipes.html


2/19/11 for 50D: Make this a fun day. Do something, anything, special just for yourself!

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I have to say honestly I can't stand olive oile so I also use butter or country crock light......
I could never get away with using the blends of seasonings though... Terry being from KY only likes salt and pepper, he's gotten use to the garlic, onion, paprika and a few others over the years but prefers not having them at all.....

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Good Friday Morning! The chicken and egg week is really moving fast. I am really amazed at how much there is to learn about these two most common of foods. Of course I think that towards the end of each week about the food we have been focusing on! I wonder what next week will bring?

2/17/11 trivia: The Ostrich

2/18/11 trivia (or riddle) for 50D: When is a chick just a big marshmallow at heart?

2/18/11 fun read for 50D: www.marshmallowpeeps.com/peepsworld/
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2/18/11 food travel log: Yes and no Sheryl we did go to the Morocco page but I didn't link the recipes. So if you read more than just the page of the link you most likely would have landed on the recipes page. I should have known better.... you guys always go the extra mile! But just consider it an easy 50D. So did any of you scan through the Moroccan recipes and notice how much butter they use instead of Olive Oil? Not in keeping with our Mediterranean Pyramid. But the Pyramid is based on the Greek standard. Still the spices use in the food is worth exploring for the culinary adventurous!

Today we move north for 50D: world-food-and-wine.com/food-in-spai
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Oops! I didn't realize a little bird porn was in with the photos yesterday. I don’t know how that naked one found her way into the photo album….(wink) Well it would save time as no feather plucking would be needed!

Did you guys know that my Grandfather was the foreman of the Chicken plucking division of Swift and Co back the their heyday! Yep, my family has has a long connection with the chicken!

Once again you guys taught me a few things about chickens. As far as the trivia question about the blue eggs the answer I thought I was looking for was Araucana, as the Americauna was developed from it. Also the Araucana eggs were true blue not a variation. I have never heard of the Old Cotswald Legbar. They are not found in the states so I had to do some googling, and even then didn’t get many hits.

50 D to review the answer: www.creamlegbar.co.uk/ This is the closest I could find and according to this source the bird was originally crossed with the Araucana to get the blue eggs. Of course the question did not read which is the 'original' chicken to lay blue eggs so....

2/17/11 trivia for 50 D: What living bird produces the largest egg in the world?

2/17/11 culinary travel for 50D: www.theworldwidegourmet.com/recipes/
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cipes-by-country/flavors-of-morocco/


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Whoa - I think I just sat through science class. Very impressive research on the answer my friends! But just in case anyone wants to know the answer to yesterdays trivia 2/15/11 it is Yes! emoticon

2/16/11 trivia for 50D: What is the name of the chicken that lays blue eggs?

2/16/11 sophistication corner for 50D: www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/1
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2/16/11 fun for 50D: weird-newsblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/
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ird-and-strange-chicken.html


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Good Morning! It's Tuesday 2/15/11. The day after Valentine's day. I hope we are all recovering nicely from this most wild of holidays emoticon OK, I have a confession, I indulged in my once a month treat yesterday. It was a wonderful tart with a pecan base, chocolate gnash middle, and raspberries on top. Very good - so I am satisfied until my big indulgence next month.

2/14/11 trivia answer for 50D: www.helium.com/items/1445415-birds-t
ha
t-are-considered-poultry
so based on this article my answer for yesterdays trivia is Peacock, Ostrich, and Swans!

2/15/11 trivia for 50D: Does a baby chicken breath inside the egg?

2/15/11 Today we move on to the exotic North African country of Morocco! Read for 50D: www.theworldwidegourmet.com/countrie
s/
flavors-of-morocco/


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Happy Valentine's Days! emoticon

2/13/11 trivia: Tagine is a North African dish and the special cooking pot it is made in.

2/14/11 trivia for 50D: What is Harissa?
2/14/11 trivia bonus for 50D: Name 3 birds that are considered poultry for 50D (hint, don't list different breeds of chicken, we're looking for different types of birds)

2/14/11 for fun for 50D: This is simply Egg-stacular www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-20031
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Chicken or egg??? Up to 4 eggs and 2 3oz servings of poultry for 50 D's each


2/13/11 150 pts
Trivia Answer is: Tagine, a North African stew made of lamb or squab and spices is a Moroccan dish, which is named after the special pot in which it is cooked
Just for fun: Both links 100 pts......
Daily Servings count: 0

2/14/11
Trivia answer is: 0
Daily fun done? 0
Daily Servings Count: 0

2/15/11 100 pts
Trivia answer is: baby chicks can actually begin to breathe before they begin to pip (make first hole before zipping). This is because there is acutally an air sack in the top of the egg. Right before the chick hatches, the chick moves so that its head is in the air sack and it can breathe.
Daily fun done? Morocco article 50 pts
Daily Servings Count: 0

2/16/11 50 pts
Trivia answer: 0
Daily Fun: 0
Daily Serving: chicken 50 pts

2/17/11 150 pts
Trivia Answer: Ostrich The egg is about 8 in tall and weighs 3 lb
Daily Fun: Morroco didn't we have this earlier in the week?
Daily Serving: chicken 50 pts

2/18/11 150 pts
Trivia Answer: I'll go with the obvious guess...... when they are peeps
Daily Fun: Peeps are NASTY....sorry
Daily Serving: chicken 50 pts

2/19/11 150 pts
Trivia Answer: this answer varied greatly depending on the breed as well as other individual
factors BUT The average laying hen lays 257 eggs a year
Daily Fun: recipe link 50 pts
Something for me... went to Goodwill and bought myself a full length bright yellow sweater
with huge buttons.... it's awesome 50 pts
Daily Serving:0



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The chicken or the egg?
4 eggs a week – including those eggs used in baked goods, and up to two servings (approx 3 oz) of chicken/poultry a week. 50D for each serving of eggs or poultry

2/13/11
Trivia Answer is: Tagine is a North African dish which is prepared in a special cooking pot, also known as a tagine. On one site is says it is a kind of souffle. Another site says its a stew! =50d
Just for fun: Checked out map 50d
Daily read:looked at culinary site=50d clicked on recipes =50d
Daily Servings count: 1 egg = 50d

2/14/11
Trivia answer is: Harissa is a spicy chili paste from North Africa and the Middle East that can be found in Algeria, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco, and is popular in France.=50d
Trivia bonus: Turkey Duck Chicken
Daily fun done? Looked at link=50d
Daily Servings Count: nil

2/15/11
Trivia answer is: An eggshell may look solid and impermeable, but it has about 8,000 pores that are large enough for oxygen to flow in and carbon dioxide to flow out.
So yes, an unborn baby chick can breathe just fine inside the egg.=50d
Daily fun done? Read yesterdays trivia answer =50d
Daily read:= 50d
Daily Servings Count: chicken=50d

2/16/11
Trivia answer is: The Old Cotswald legbar, Araucana and Americauna chickens all lay blue eggs = 50d
Sophistication corner: Poem read =50d
Daily fun done: Chickens viewed! Wow, some ugly critters there! =50d
Daily servings count: 1 egg = 50d

2/17/11
Trivia answer is: The largest egg of any living bird today is that of the ostrich=50d
Review the answer =50d
culinary travel:= 50d
Daily servings count : chicken =50d

2/18/11
trivia answer is: When she is in love! wrong!
Daily fun done: Read fun article =50d
Culinary travel:= 50d
Daily servings count: egg = 50d

2/19/11
Trivia answer is: The average chicken lays around 300 eggs per year.=50d
Daily read: =50d
Daily fun done: massaged my feet after soaking them in a special lotion.=50d
Daily servings count; Nil

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The chicken or the egg?
4 eggs a week – including those eggs used in baked goods, and up to two servings (approx 3 oz) of chicken/poultry a week. [50D for each serving of eggs and/poultry]
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2/13/11
Trivia Answer is: Tagine -- the word refers both to the cooking pot as well as a stew cooked in it -- A tagine is a cooking instrument used in Moroccan and other North African recipes. It consists of two pieces - a plate like bottom and a conical shaped lid.
Just for fun: both done (50+50)
Daily Servings count: ******************************* later......

2/14/11
Trivia answer is: HMMM! I was just looking at this recipe yesterday...
Harissa is a sauce made from crushed chilis, seasonings and olive oil. This fiery red sauce is served as a condiment with many Tunisian dishes, particularly tagines. It's also found in other North African countries, though it orginated in Tunisia.
POULTRY besides chicken and cornish game hen (which I think may be a type of chicken) .... turkey, duck, pheasant, goose
Daily fun done? read
Daily Servings Count: ******************************* later......



2/15/11
Trivia answer is: The exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide gas occurs through the eggshell into the "air cell layer"; the chorion lines the inside surface of the egg and is connected to the blood vessels of the embryo.
After 21 days of incubation, the chick finally begins its escape from the shell. The chick begins by pushing its beak through the air cell. The allantois, which has served as its lungs, begins to dry up as the chick uses its own lungs. This is the final gestation day when the chick then proceeds to break out of the egg.
----- the more "scholarly" answer detail:
From day 0 to day 19 of incubation the embryo relies on the chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) for exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide with the environment. The CAM is a highly vascular tissue that develops just under the shell and the two shell membranes.
Oxygen diffuses from the environment, across the shell, across the outer and inner shell membranes, and into the blood in the capillaries of the CAM. The blood then returns to the embryo and supplies the tissues with the oxygen necessary for development. The removal of carbon dioxide occurs by the same process, but in the opposite direction.
On day 19 of incubation, the embryo has developed to the point where it begins the multi-step process of hatching. During the first step of hatching, the embryo breaks through the CAM and inner shell membrane into the air cell with its beak. This process is known as internal pipping. This marks the initiation of lung ventilation by the embryo. During the internal pipping stage of hatching, the embryo relies on both the CAM and the lungs to obtain oxygen from the environment. Approximately 12 to 24 hours after internal pipping the embryo breaks the egg shell with its beak in a process known as external pipping. At this point the amount of oxygen acquired by the lungs rapidly increases and the oxygen acquired by the CAM rapidly diminishes. External pipping is accompanied by a rapid decrease in blood flow to the CAM and increased blood flow to the lungs. The embryo then hatches within the next 8 to 12 hours and relies solely on its lungs for gas exchange.
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Daily fun done? read
Daily Servings Count: ******************************* later......



2/16/11
Trivia answer is: blue eggs - from Araucanas (and Ameraucanas, a crossbreed that is part Araucanas).
Daily fun done? 2@50
1) Loved the family album but what's up with the streaking rooster in the middle? Guess he must be the black sheep of the family -lol
2) sophistication...surrounded and peeking at the pillow - Next step, see "The Birds" and definitely get no sleep
Daily Servings Count: chicken today (Chicken asparagus risotto - yum!)

2/17/11
Trivia answer is: What Bird Lays The Largest Egg? The Ostrich, the eggs are about 8 inches tall and weigh about 3 lbs. On the average.
~~~ and it's been a few years now (maybe a decade) when the "in" thing was to buy purses made from ostrich eggs [no comment....for outrageous prices....oops, that may be a cooment...]
Daily fun done? read 2
Daily Servings Count: ******************************* later......


2/18/11
Trivia answer is: guess I'll take the easy way out and say "When it's a peep."
Daily fun done? 2 read..... loving these little travel and food vignettes;
peeps very creative.... but don't worry about your peep supply with me around, I've never liked peeps as an edible item. I'm saving my candy calories for something good like dark chocolate mint M&Ms.
Daily Servings Count: Friday=chicken slices off the roasted store chickens that are on mega sale one day a week.

2/19/11
Trivia answer is: OK, what is and "average chicken".... number of eggs getting layed depends on several factors like the breed and age and hours of light..... Breed is key as I've seen numbers per year from 12 to 300. So, I'm narrowing it down with the scientific generic commercial varieties data of (one ever 36 hours=) 244 to (one ever 26 hours, with equivalent of a day off weekly=) 288......which got me to 259 per the US Poultry & Egg Association.
Daily fun done? read & played :)
Daily Servings Count: calling **later** as 2-3 eggs for the week plus had some leftover chicken


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this week total= 1250 + SUN/Mon/Tues.&Thur food?
balance carryforward from prior weeks=5,400
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OK, I'm a little slow with the food points this week
as.....
I've not had any straightforward ordinary eggs like omelets and the like this week yet
but
have had some buried in bits and pieces of homemade baked goods (mainly breads ...like tomorrow I'm making cornbread to go with the soup and to use up the rest of the open carton of buttermilk)
so I guess I'm just keeping track of those food amounts and I'll estimate and add something for these eggs at the end of the week.




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Trivia Answer is:
Just for fun: 150
Daily Servings count: 0

2/14/11
Trivia answer is: Harisa is tasty!
Daily fun done? 50
Daily Servings Count: 50

2/15/11
Trivia answer is:
Daily fun done? 100 (for both articles)
Daily Servings Count: 0

2/16/11
Daily fun done? 100 (for both)
Daily Servings Count: 0 - Bean week really had an effect on me - It's been a long time since I've eaten meat! Not intentional - I just kind of happening!

2/17/11
Daily fun done? 100
Daily Servings Count: 0

2/18/11
Daily fun done? 100
Daily Servings Count: 0

2/19/11
Daily fun done? 100
Daily Servings Count: 50 chicken!




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The chicken or the egg?

So which came first? That’s a good question, I don’t know the answer, do you? What I do know is that both are found in the 'eaten weekly' section of the Mediterranean Pyramid. Most sources say to eat up to 4 eggs a week – including those eggs used in baked goods, and up to two servings of chicken a week. The serving size for chicken is small, maybe up to 3 oz. Of course chicken isn’t the only poultry allowed and eggs can come from a variety of sources. So this week we will earn points from eating poultry and eggs, but just like with nuts we don’t want to load up on these two foods. So to help us earn our Drachma we will be doing something a little different this week. We will begin a tour of the Mediterranean region. We will visit different countries and learn a little about the county and their food culture!

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2/13/11
Trivia Answer is:
Just for fun:
Daily Servings count:

2/14/11
Trivia answer is:
Daily fun done?
Daily Servings Count:

2/15/11
Trivia answer is:
Daily fun done?
Daily Servings Count:

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For Sunday 2/13/11

Give yourself 50D for each serving of eggs and/poultry. Remember these are weekly foods so don't go over the pyramid guidelines for the week.

2/13/11 Trivia for 50D: What is Tagine?

The country of Tunisia has made news the last few weeks because of the political unrest in that nation. I don’t know much about Tunisia other than the foods I have eaten with Tunisian origin have been incredibly tasty. So we will start our tour of the Mediterranean countries in Tunisia.

Check out the map in information page about Tunisia for 50D: www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys
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frica/tn.htm


Check out this culinary site for 50D: www.theworldwidegourmet.com/countrie
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Check out the recipes by clicking on the 'see the list of recipes' line for a bonus 50D.

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Just pulled out next weeks subject out of my virtual hat and it is "the chicken or the egg"

2/11 trivia: the Sunflower! Sheryl you so get to count this!

And Skipside - Doggies don't count. sorry:(

2/12/11 trivial for 50D: What is sesame seed butter called?

2/12/11 read for 50d: heathereatsalmondbutter.com/recipes/
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memade-nut-butter/


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Thrifty Thursday is over - I've actually not spent any money for 3 days! That is a record of some sort in my house emoticon Usually when I try to not spend money for the day I make a discovery that I am out of a necessity - like toilet paper or dog food!

2/10/11 trivia: Flaxseed! - - I'm with you Skipside. I buy the seeds, store them in my refridge, grind them in a coffee grinder, and eat them almost daily. Usually in with my cereal or smoothie.

2/11/11 trivia for 50 D: Which large yellow flower has edible seeds?

2/11/11 fun for 100D: Today's fun is about community. Eat a meal with friends and or family. Take the emphasis off the food and put the emphasis on celebrating the community of friends/family you are with!

That's it for today. Go enjoy your day! Now off to check out the banana bread recipe!

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So far this week we have focused more on nuts. But today I'm feeling pretty seedy.....

2/9/11 trivia answer: to quote Skipside "Drupes are fruits with four major parts: a thin skin, a fleshy body, a hard stone, and an inner seed. Many drupes are also edible, with people eating various parts of the drupe, depending on which kind of drupe it is. A surprising number of foods are considered drupes, ranging from almonds to peaches"

2/9/11 trivia for 50D. This tiny little seed must be ground up to absorb it's nutrients otherwise all you get is the fiber.

2/9/11 check out this great site for 50 D (don't forget to look at the recipes):
www.flax.com/index.html

2/9/11 fun: traditionally the people of the Mediterranean who ate this healthy diet were poor and ate what they could grow on poor soil, gather from what grew wild, or eat what they caught from the sea. So in that spirit, make this a thrifty thursday. Try not to spend any money at all today! If you make it all day without spending a cent give yourself 50D.

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I did not realize going into this week how much there was to learn about nuts. I was never really much of a fan - but they really are quite interesting. There is so much information out there about this fine food that I we will just scratch the surface this week - but no worries if you are not a nutty person, there will be a new category next week!

2/8/11 trivia answer: Read answer for 50d www.nuthealth.org/macadamias/

2/9/11 trivia for 50 D: What are drupes?

2/9/11 read for the day for 50d: www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/gui
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2/9/11 fun for 50 d: today is about community, so stop on over to the 'meeting place' thread and say Hi to your team mates.

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Tuesday morning and back to work for a short week. I'm very emoticon this AM so lets get on with emoticon week!

2/7/ trivia - read the answer for 50D: www.nuthealth.org/pine-nuts/

2/8 trivia or 50D: This nut grows on a tree native to Australia and is named after the Scottish born chemist who first cultivated it, John McAdam. Commercial cultivation of this nut dates from 1858 which makes it a new comer in the nut world. What is this nut?

2/8 check out this fact sheet for 50D: www.nuthealth.org/themes/nuthealth/d
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Monday Morning! It's going to be a nutty week! So lets crack this nut wide open and get a move on the day emoticon

2/6/11 trivia: read the answer for 50D . www.slashfood.com/2006/11/20/what-ar
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2/7/11 trivia: This nut was carried by roman legions as provisions and is found in a cone. What nut is it? - and is it really a nut? (50D for each)

2/7/11 scroll through these recipes for 50D:
www.nuthealth.org/recipes-resources/

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'Going Nutz" this week!
one serving of nuts/seeds a day for 50D a day
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2/06/11
Trivia Answer is: .looks like the answer is -almost everything I think of as a nut is really a seed- almonds, cashews, pistachios, and so on.
So what culinary nut is really a nut? All I've seen so far = hazelnuts & chestnuts
Just for fun: daily read 50 pts
Food: Pear slices with peanut butter and/or almond butter as snack/dessert........
Oh yes and then there were sesame seeds & poppy seeds on my bagel portions this morning
so all these partial servings should equal 1 serving or slightly more.
(yeh yeh yeh, per 1/16 trivia peanut is a legume BUT for me for culinary purposes it is a nut)

2/07/11
Trivia answer is: I'm going with pinenuts..... and the tradition apparently continues as there is always a run on pinenuts at the local grocery stores every time there is a big storm in the forecast (milk, water, bread,....and pinenuts!) Now how is that for wierd but true trivia!
Pinenuts are on the list of things that are actually seeds (from pine"cones" LOL).
Daily fun done? fun resource ...so I picked one to make; have all the ingredients but 1/4 cup spinach and spinach was already on my shopping list. Thanks!
Food: Flaxseed & chopped walnuts with dried fruit in my Cream of Wheat


2/08/11
Trivia answer is: Macadamias
Daily fun done? nice chart
Food: sunflower seeds

2/09/11
Trivia answer is: Drupes are fruits with four major parts: a thin skin, a fleshy body, a hard stone, and an inner seed. Many drupes are also edible, with people eating various parts of the drupe, depending on which kind of drupe it is. A surprising number of foods are considered drupes, ranging from almonds to peaches
Daily fun done? yes
Food: walnuts & pepitas

2/10/11
Trivia answer is: flaxseeds....which is why my coffeegrinder never gets put away in the back of the cupboard anymore. Cheapest to buy them whole (and they store much much longer that way); then grind a batch or two in the coffeegrinder every week (as better digested ground but they have very limited shelf life once they are ground),
Daily fun done? .....TBD..... Great idea (and I did it yesterday) but today I really should spend the money that I should have spent yesterday ---- BUT if I run my other two errands which are returns for refunds that will exceed the amount that I spend would that count? LOL
--- I could wait IF the store sale goes doesn't end today (the local grocery has the good sockeye salmon on sale at great price and I'm not passing that by for a few drachma! Also, I really need to get package in the mail to mom especially since her valentines card is inside. Yeah, I'm running a little late; what else isn't new...)
OK, so I put off to Friday a.m....should have done Thursday but couldn.t find the car keys and didn't want to wake DH to find out where they were ...not in jeans, not in the 3 coats I checked, not on dresser, and obviously not where they belonged...
Food: so far, just my favorite little snack to fake my mind into thinking I gave it sweets... Dark chocolate chips & slivered almonds (it's like the good parts of candy without all the mystery icky ingredients)
Added toasted sesame seeds onto the evening's stirfry.

2/11/11
Trivia answer is: sunflower
Daily fun done? today I'm all on my own....does the dog count as community (she thinks so!)
Food: flax&walnuts; almonds; sesame seeds (partial servings of each)

2/12/11
Trivia answer is: tahini=sesame seed paste &olive oil
mideastfood.about.com/od/dipsandsauc
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/r/tahinirecipe.htm

essentially like your nut butter link except for the addition of EVOO for this one.
Daily fun done? ok
Food: almonds.....a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds....a few sunflower seeds

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this week total= 1200
balance carryforward from prior weeks=4150
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Running Drachma total: 5,350

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2/6/11 going nutz: sorry I read this too late.... after spending hours outside getting rid of as much ice as possible while the sun was out was too exhausted for much...And, everyone else was working 2nd or 3rd shift so they slept/worked through the superbowl. So, I had my own mini-party and made a "mediterranean" pizza (but left off the black olives as a small anti-Pittsburg stmt) - thin crust with lots of spinach plus some roasted tomato, basil, garlic, and of course cheeses (Go cheeseheads!). About as crazy as I got was adding a little kahlua to my glass of milk so I could officially call it a party. not very crazy....

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2/06/11 250 pts
Trivia Answer is: Almonds, Pecans and Walnuts are the edible seeds of drupe fruits
Just for fun: daily read 50 pts
Daily Servings count: .66 cup sunflower seeds 50 pts

2/07/11 150 pts
Trivia answer is: pine nuts and they are not nuts 50 pts
Daily fun done? recipies 50 pts
Daily Servings Count: .peanut butter 50 pts

2/08/11
Trivia answer is: Macadamia Nut 50 pts
Daily fun done? fact sheet 50 pts
Daily Servings Count: .66 cup sunflower seeds 50 pts

2/09/11 50 pts
Trivia answer is:
Daily fun done?
Daily Servings Count: .66 cup sunflower seeds 50 pts

2/10/11 150 pts
Trivia answer is: flax seed
Daily fun done? article.... anyone see the banana nut bread recipe??
Daily Servings Count: .66 cup sunflower seeds 50 pts

2/11/11 150 pts
Trivia answer is: Sunflower, but really I should be disallowed to earn points on this one....
Daily fun done? eating lunch out with Terry and MIL....
Daily Servings Count: .66 cup sunflower seeds 50 pts

2/12/11
Trivia answer is: tahini
Daily fun done? How to make nut butter... Hmmm 50 pts
Daily Servings Count: .66 cup sunflower seeds 50 pts

Drachma Total: 2nd round 2985 as of 2/11

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Trivia Answer is: peanuts, pine nuts pistachios= 150d
Just for fun:
Daily Servings count: 1 serving flax & sesame =50d

2/07/11
Trivia answer is:1/ Pine nuts 2/ not a nut
read article= 50d
Daily fun done? scrolled through recipes =50d
Daily Servings Count: 1 serving flax= 50d

2/08/11
Trivia answer is: Macadamia=50d
Daily fun done? read article for trivia answer = 50d
read fact sheet = 50d
Daily Servings Count: flax = 50d

2/09/11
Trivia answer is:Drupes are fruits with four major parts: a thin skin, a fleshy body, a hard stone, and an inner seed.=50d
Read fact sheet := 50d
Daily read=50d
Daily fun done; posted on meeting place=50d
Daily servings count= 2x flax= 100d

2/10/11
Trivia answer: flax seed=50d
Daily fun done: Sorry its a shopping day Thursday!
Daily Read; =50d
Daily servings count; flax = 50d almonds =50d

2/11/11
Trivia answer: Sunflower=50d
Daily fun done: Ate roast with daughter, granddaughter and DH -=100d
Daily servings count: Flax =50d

2/12/11
Trivia answer: Tahini
Daily fun done: read nut butter recipes=50d
Daily servings count: flax sunflower sesame pumpkin almond = 2 =100d


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Trivia Answer is:
read: 50
Just for fun:
Daily Servings count: 50 almonds

2/07/11
Trivia answer is:
Daily fun done? 50
Daily Servings Count: 50

2/08/11
Trivia answer is:
Daily fun done? 50
Daily Servings Count: 50

2/9/11
Yesterdays Trivia link: 50
daily reading: 50
Daily Nut: 50
Fun done: 50

2/10/11
daily reading: 50
daily nut: 0
fund done: 50

2/11/11
daily nut: 50 pecans
daily fun: 50 had supper with a friend

2/12/11
Daily nut: 50 pecans
daily read: 50

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Were 'Going Nutz" this week!

But first lets clear up last weeks business. In the can 'Black Mission' olives are green olives that have been cured with lye to change there color. YIKES. It doesn't sound like something that would be good to eat! So glad we have more options today. My fav are the Kalamata Olive.

OK its time to go Nutz! emoticon

This week we will be focusing on the place nuts and seeds have in the Mediterranean diet. According to the Mayo Clinic website:

“Nuts are another part of a healthy Mediterranean diet. Nuts are high in fat (approximately 80 percent of their calories come from fat), but most of the fat is not saturated. Because nuts are high in calories, they should not be eaten in large amounts — generally no more than a handful a day. For the best nutrition, avoid candied or honey-roasted and heavily salted nuts.”

So according to Mayo we should eat one serving of nuts (and seeds) everyday. One serving being approximately a handful. Other sources say one ounce or 1/3 of a cup. But keep in mind this is a rule of thumb. All nuts and seeds are nutrient-dense plant foods. some are lower in fat than others, and therefore lower in calories. So always check with the nutrition tracker first as serving size may vary from nut to nut to seed.

So this week we will try to eat one serving of nuts/seeds a day for 50D a day. So obviously we don’t want to rack up Drachmas on eating nuts so we will have other fun activities each day based on the Mediterranean concept of community.


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2/06/11
Trivia Answer is:
Just for fun:
Daily Servings count:

2/07/11
Trivia answer is:
Daily fun done?
Daily Servings Count:

2/08/11
Trivia answer is:
Daily fun done?
Daily Servings Count:

etc......

Running Drachma total: Remember to start with last weeks total!

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2/6/11 trivia: All nuts are seeds but not all seeds are nuts. For culinary purposes many seeds are labels as nuts when they are not. Name three of these 'nuts' that are not technically nuts. 50d for one, 100d for two 150 d for all three. max of 150D

2/6/11 read for 50D: My son works right next door to the hospital this article came from. Makes me a little sentimental healthlibrary.brighamandwomens.org/R
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2/6/11 going nutz: Break out of your shell today. Do something wild and crazy! i.e. wear a bizarre cheese shaped hat while watching the super bowl, make an army of snowmen in your front yard, do a dance during half time - if you have friends/family over get them all to join in. I'm looking forward to what you come up with! Worth 100D if it is really eccentric, 50D if you made a self conscious effort. You be the judge as you know what pushes your own comfort level.

emoticon Let Go Nutz!

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Woo Hoo it's Saturday! This is the last day for Olive week! The Olive has had a long and glorious history - even longer than the length the Olive tree lives. But even such a sainted, golden food has had its tainted periods. Oh Italian Mafia, how you disappoint me. Is nothing sacred in your schemes? Today we will take it easy. No novels to read, just an easy trivia question and fun to do. But get ready for next week. I have pulled out a new topic out of my virtual hat and it is 'Going Nutz!'.

2/4/11 trivia answer: Every one who answered this one was spot on!

2/5/11 trivia: Most conventional black olives in cans (in the US at least) are often called 'black Mission' and are actually green olives that have been cured with _______ which changes the color to black. Fill in the blank for 50D

2/5/11 fun for 50D each: We have a couple of new team members who have joined the team in the last 24 hours and posted in the introduce yourself thread. Give them a friendly Mediterranean welcome. Of course if more people join today there will be more D in it if you welcome them as well. See I told you this was an easy day, as I know you all welcome new people regularly, you will be earning D for just being your wonderful selves!

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T.G.I.F. I hope you all have wonderful plans for today!

Sorry for the late post today. I slept in and it was wonderful. If you haven't noticed a pattern I tend to do this on Friday mornings.

2/3/11 trivia: Approximately 700 varieties or cultivars found throughout the world.

2/4/11 trivia for 50d: What is strippaggio?

2/4/11 read for 200d (if you read the entire 6 pg article) 50d if you just skim it: www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/08/
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2/4/11 for fun 50 D: Do a random act of kindness today - doesn't have to be big and earth shattering, just something to brighten someone's day. If it's for a complete stranger give yourself an extra 50D.

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Good Morning, I hope you are safe and warm today. If you were in the storm path, you have my sympathies.

2/2/11 trivia answer: the answer depends on the source you went with. Let's just say the Olive trees gets old. Really, really old! 500yrs for sure, 4000yr? is pushing it. Here is one of the web sites I found on the subject that gave a middle ground answer. Read it for 50D

www.madsci.org/posts/archives/1998-1
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2/3/11 trivia for 50D: Approximately how many varieties of Olives are there?

2/3/11 fun: There is a new thread on the Mediterranean way team board. Time to visit it for 50D: it is titled "How many points on the wheel". But remember to spin before you go visit the thread

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Good Wednesday Morning! Wow, Yesterday was a really big Drachma day - I hope today isn't a let down emoticon

Yesterday's trivia: False

2/2/11 trivia for 50D: Approximately how long can an Olive tree live?

2/2/11 fun: It's give a Goodie to a fellow Med Team mate today. Welcome a new person, give a hug to someone you haven't talked to for a while, encourage someone who is going through a hard time, say hi to someone you don't know who looks interesting.....seriously do we really need a reason to give out a Goodie?

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Good Morning and Happy February.

Bonus of the day: At the beginning of January you received 500D if you joined the Fitness challenge for the Month. Review your totals for that challenge. If you met your goals give yourself 500D. Fantastic Job everyone!

Bonus for February: Go to the February fitness challenge and set your new goals for the month. If you join the challenge you can earn another 500D!

Trivia for 50d: T or F - just off the tree an olive tastes sweet and fruity.

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Woo Hoo its Monday! I really don't feel that way but you've heard the saying about putting a smile on your face to help you feel better, well I figure if I pretend I am happy because it's Monday.....

Answer to yesterdays trivia: hubpages.com/hub/30UsesforOliveOil
Thanks for the link Sheryl, and if you read it to get the answer to the trivia for yesterday you can earn a 50D bonus today!

Trivia for 1/31/11 for 50D: What is the difference between rape seed oil and Canola oil

And because I really want you to get this one right emoticon www.buzzle.com/articles/canola-oil-v
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Fun to do: use olive oil today in a non-food use way for 50D


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1/30/11
Just for fun: 50 for maggot cheese (sorry I went there)
Daily oil: 100

1/31/11
Daily fun done?
Daily Oil: 100

2/01/11
Feb bonus: 500
Daily Oil: 50

2/02/11
Daily read: 50
Just for fun: 50
Daily oil: 50

2/03/11
Daily fun done? 50
Daily Oil: ate out so I don't know
Spin post: 50

2/04/11
Daily fun done? 200
Daily Oil: ? ate out again!
Kindness: 50

2/05/11
Daily fun done? 100
Daily Oil: 100

2nd round running Drachma total: 480

Edited by: MAGPIE74 at: 2/5/2011 (19:08)
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50d for using olive oil during the day, and 2) 50d if Olive oil is the only fat used (other than what naturally occurs in the food you eat).



1/30/11
Trivia Answer is: DIY lip balm, cure an earache, treat lice, soften skin, condition leather, & personal lubricant
Just for fun: Reading = 100
Daily oil:

1/31/11
Trivia answer is:
Daily fun done?
Daily Oil:

2/01/11
Trivia answer is:
Daily fun done?
Daily Oil:
Bonus - reached fitness mins goal 500

2/02/11
Trivia answer is: 500 years
Daily fun done? 50
Daily Read : 50
Daily Oil:

2/03/11
Trivia answer is:
Daily fun done?
Daily Oil:

2/04/11
Trivia answer is:
Daily fun done?
Daily Oil:

2/05/11
Trivia answer is:
Daily fun done?
Daily Oil:



Round 2 Running Drachma total: 1360

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OLIVE week.......
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Drachmas not by how many servings you have eaten in a day but by the following criteria:
. 1) 50d for using olive oil during the day, and
. 2) 50d if Olive oil is the only fat used (other than what naturally occurs in the food you eat).

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1/30/11
Trivia Answer is: Besides eating and the lamp oil useage, there are....
1- wood polish (floor&furniture); 2- metal polish (esp. brass); 3- condition leather and polish shoes; 4- condition skin....can use in place of both shave creme and moisturizers ; 5- hair treatment for dry, lackluster, and/or frizzy hair ; 6- remove paint from hair and skin (this has been very useful)!!!
and of course like any oil it can be used as a lubricant (great for unsticking stuck zippers for example OR to lubricant throat and suppress couch/tickle or snoring)
Read cheese article =50d
Reading olives=100d
Daily oil: 50 (had eaten olives but nothing with oils....so,none??? BUT to avoid confusion, tonight I snacked on last of the leftover homemade bean salad drenched in EVOO/vinegar dressing...but since I ate a meal out I'm assuming that they snuck some other mystery fat/oil into the cooking process)

1/31/11
Trivia answer is: Today the canola oil we have is extracted from canola seeds (seeds from the new plant) and not from the rapeseed plant. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the canola oil available today contains low levels of erucic acid (0.3 % to 1.2 %) and is safe for human consumption. Oil from rapeseed is high in erucic acid.
Daily fun done? done. done, done
Daily Oil: 100 -50 due to meal out (see yesterday)

2/01/11
Trivia answer is: F (bitter,need curing)
Daily fun done? Jan 500; Feb 500
Daily Oil: 100

2/02/11
Trivia answer is: 100 yrs for a tree is awesome but olives trees can be 500 - 2000 years more or less .....can be incredibly long like sequious (sorry spelling and typing off today and I don't care.... the snow shovelling has been too many hours and then there was all that freezing rain mess and the basement is wet and worse yet the roof is leaking and the window frames are leaking in one room and I'm just ---fill in the blank---)
Daily fun done? done/read ...and yes goodies are fantastic!
Daily Oil: 100

2/03/11
Trivia answer is: There are thousands of cultivars of the olive. In Italy alone at least three hundred cultivars have been enumerated, but only a few are grown to a large extent.
Daily fun done? read-50/spin-50
Daily Oil: 100

2/04/11
Trivia answer is: They sipped the oil, and began sucking in air violently, a technique known as strippaggio, which coats the taste buds with oil and helps its aromas ascend to the nasal passages. (pg3)
Daily fun done? nice little novella! a fun read
Daily Oil: 50

2/05/11
Trivia answer is: Canned black olives may contain chemicals (usually ferrous sulfate) that turn them black artificially.......California or Mission olives, which are traditionally cured in lye.
Daily fun done? -back later-
Daily Oil: 50

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this week total= 2700
balance carryforward from prior weeks=1450
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Running Drachma total: 4,150


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I found these 2 links interesting......

http://hubpages.com/hub/30UsesforOliveOi
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http://curbly.com/Chrisjob/posts/1799-25
-alternative-uses-for-olive-oil


1/30/11 200 pts
Trivia Answer is: cure diaper rash, hair tonic, condition leather, treat lice, squeeky door repair,
shoe polish...100 pts
Just for fun: wiki link 100 pts
Daily oil:

1/31/11 150 pts
Trivia answer is: rapeseed oil contains high levels of erucic acid, which is toxic in high levels to humans, in the 1970s, a natural cross breeding from rapeseed plant was developed to form the canola plant in Canada
Daily fun done? read link canola vs. olive oil 50 pts
Bonus. 50 pts
Daily Oil: 000000

2/01/11 1050 pts
Trivia answer is: false, they are bitter
Daily fun done? Bonus 500 for Jan fitness and 500 for joining Feb Fitness
Daily Oil: 00000

2/02/11 150 pts
Trivia answer is: according to wikipedia Olive trees can live exceptionally long, up to several centuries, and can remain productive
Daily fun done? Goodie sent to Ellen 50 pts
read Spark article 50 pts
Daily Oil: 000000

2/3/11 100 pts
Trivia answer is: It has been estimated that there are around 600 Varieties of olives in the world, although there is some doubt as to their classification and description.
source- http://www.chefs-help.co.uk/medarticle.php
?narticle=8§ion=Olives
Daily fun: Link read... 50 pts
New Thread post 50 pts
Daily use: 0000000


2/4/11

random act 50 pts

2/5/11 150 pts
trivia: The conventional canned “Black Mission” olives are actually green olives that have been cured with lye
daily fun: sent goodies to Chris and Martha 100 pts





second round drachmas 2085 as of 2/5

Edited by: TYBEWALLACE at: 2/6/2011 (18:33)
I live in the eastern time zone.
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1) 50d for using olive oil during the day, and 2) 50d if Olive oil is the only fat used (other than what naturally occurs in the food you eat).

1/30/11
Trivia Answer is:1. burning in lamps 2. moisturiser
3.massage oil 4. renewable energy 5. fertiliser
6.woodwork & carving 3 right = 50d
Read article =50d
Just for fun:Reading olives=100d
Daily oil: None

1/31/11
Trivia answer is: Canola oil comes from genetically modified rapeseed plants that contain lower levels of
Erucic acid which is a long chain fatty acid than ordinary rape seed oil =50d
Daily fun done? Read article on Canola oil=50d
Bonus: Read article on olive oil use=50d
Used it as a moisturiser: 50d
Daily Oil:yes=50d only fat used =50d

2/01/11
Trivia answer is: False = 50d
Daily fun done? joined february fitness challenge =500d
Bonus February Went over my gaols for fitness =500d
Daily Oil: yes 50d only fat used=50d

2/02/11
Trivia answer: 1600 to 4000 years =50
Daily fun done:Goodie sent to Sheryl TYBEWALLACE = 50d
Article read: = 50d
Daily oil: yes 50d

2/03/11
Trivia answer: 11 wrong 700
Daily fun done: read article =50d
posted ddaily points = 50
Daily oil: yes =50 only fat=50

2/04/11
Trivia answer:A common “technical” tasting approach is to take a small quantity into the front of the mouth and to draw it back over the tongue with a quick succession of short sucks of air. In Italy, they call this strippaggio.=50d
Daily fun done: Babysat = 50d
Read article: Had to come back to it this morning as it kept dropping out last night and I could not post on here either. Read it today =200d
daily oil: None today

2/05/11
Trivia answer:Mission olives, are traditionally cured in lye=50d
Daily fun done: greeted 2 members = 100d
Daily oil: None today

Running Drachmas total: 6700

Edited by: FUTUREHOPE49 at: 2/6/2011 (17:30)
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Let's get the nasty out of the way first. Yesterdays trivia was about a totally gross subject. So IMHO never, NEVER, eat that disgusting type of cheese. But if you are in to grossology or have children in your home of that certain age... and want to read more here is just one of the links I found about it. It's worth 50D to you www.ilovecheese.co.uk/casu-marzu-wor
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s-dangerous-cheese.html


Onward and forward! This week is all about the olive! According to Martha Rose Shulman ‘The olive is the defining food of the entire Mediterranean basin. If there is one ingredient that runs through all of the cuisines, the olive is it.”

So this week we will be learning more about the olive and the liquid gold that comes from it. We will work on making it our primary fat source. It is used everyday in the Mediterranean diet – but the amount depends on where you are at in your weight loss journey.

So this week we will do something a little different. You can earn your Drachmas not by how many servings you have eaten in a day but by the following criteria. 1) 50d for using olive oil during the day, and 2) 50d if Olive oil is the only fat used (other than what naturally occurs in the food you eat). Of course there will be daily trivia, articles to read, and fun to do.

***start copy here***

1/30/11
Trivia Answer is:
Just for fun:
Daily oil:

1/31/11
Trivia answer is:
Daily fun done?
Daily Oil:

2/01/11
Trivia answer is:
Daily fun done?
Daily Oil:

etc......

Running Drachma total: Remember to start with last weeks total!

***End copy here***

Trivia for 1/30/11: Besides it's use in cooking and our diet what other uses does olive oil have? Name three for 50D, name 6 for 100D.

Reading for the day 1/30/11 for 100D (that's right - its a really long link):
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive

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I just pulled the new category out of my virtual hat for next week. It is 'Olives'

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Another really early post for 1/29/11. (I want to sleep in tomorrow AM!)

1/28/11 trivia answer: The true cheddarhead is from Wisconsin!

1/29/11 trivia for 50D; Casu Marzu is a Sardinian delicacy. What makes this cheese special?

1/29/11; Check out this great Mediterranean Blog for 50D oldwaystable.org/

1/29/11 bonus for 50d: Check out the recipe link that Skipside posted yesterday (Skipside gets 50D for doing the link)

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Another great resource! Thanks!

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In honor of "cheese week", here is a little free gift I stumbled on today .... if you are interested
go to the link below and you can download an adobe file of about three dozen recipes using feta and/or ricotta cheese

greatcheese.com/skinny/



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emoticon can you even believe it! We have another $10,000D winner. Yes that's right, Sheryl has joined the ranks. emoticon Sheryl, you rock!

1/27/11 trivia is edam! cute huh?

1/28/11 trivia for 50D: In my research @ dairy I ran across an article that said people from the Netherlands are called cheeseheads! But everyone from Minnesota knows that the real cheeseheads are from this US state. The cheeseheads state is...

1/28/11 fun: Freebie Friday. Do something fun today that is totally free. It has to be fun(no cleaning, or work, or unpleasant family obligation allowed), and it has to be free. It's worth 50d

1/28/11 bonus for 50: Stop on over to our most recent pyramid winner's page and give her the congratulations she has earned!

Edited by: MAGPIE74 at: 1/28/2011 (01:31)
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