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Spring Fever

Monday, April 14, 2014



We just returned from five days of very nice springtime activities. Last Wednesday we left home and traveled to Madison, Georgia. Springtime is one of the best times to enjoy the small town that boasts one of the largest historic districts in Georgia. We walked a lot earning those fitness minutes! I have added a few links below so that you can peruse some antebellum homes from the area.

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mmcc-arts.org/TourOfHomes.shtml



Our family is very blessed to have tickets to the Masters Golf Tournament thanks to my 89 year old father who has been a season ticket holder for many years. I don't play golf, but I surely do realize what a special treat it is to walk those beautiful grounds. This year DH and I used the tickets on Thursday and Friday, and we enjoyed ourselves tremendously. We walked up hill and down hill, climbed into reviewing stands and down. Again, we earned many fitness minutes. On Saturday we babysat our two granddaughters so that our daughter and son-in-law could take the tickets and go to the Masters.





Sunday we enjoyed an Atlanta Braves home game as they swept the Washington Nationals. Again, the weather was absolutely perfect for an afternoon ball game. What a wonderful way to enjoy being outdoors! Since our seats were up in the upper deck, we earned lots of fitness minutes again. Woohoo!

I hope your weekend was full of fun, family and fitness too!

  
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CAPECODLIGHT 4/19/2014 9:29AM

    Thank you for this breath of Spring from an appreciative Northerner!

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MARITIMER3 4/16/2014 11:05AM

    What a great Spring Break. I'd never heard of Madison, but if we ever get to Georgia, I will add it to my list of "must-sees".
Gail

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ILOVEREDPOPPIES 4/16/2014 10:46AM

  Great pics! It definitely looks like Spring! Thanks for sharing!

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HOLLYM48 4/15/2014 6:14PM

    Glad I stopped back! Lovely indeed! Thanks for letting me know!

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NEWCHINELO 4/15/2014 12:46PM

    lovely!

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SHARJOPAUL 4/15/2014 9:35AM

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LYNNIERN 4/15/2014 8:11AM

    Wow, such a great weekend...beautiful surroundings, lots of walking, the Masters and it's always SO good when you sweep the Nationals!

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2HAMSDIET 4/14/2014 9:29PM

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1BEACHWALKER 4/14/2014 8:32PM

    Such beautiful azaleas! I keep telling my hubby I want some of these in our yard! Thanks for stopping by to tell me! Awesome place...looked it up online too!!!

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 4/14/2014 8:20PM

    Can I tell you how jealous I am that you could see the Masters in person. emoticon That must be such a treat. We did follow it on TV. What an exciting final day.
You are lucky to get all those fitness minutes in during warmer temperatures. We, too, have been blessed with great weather since our return from the CA desert. Everything is blooming around here.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/14/2014 8:05PM

  Glad you had a nice time! HUGS

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HOLLYM48 4/14/2014 7:36PM

    Sounds like a great weekend and congrats on being able to do all the fun things you did! I know that was one of the biggest motivators for me to lose weight so I could climb stairs and walk as far as we wanted and not feel bad while doing it! Congrats to you for getting in fitness and fun all at the same time! Way to go. So glad you had a great weekend!

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1BEACHWALKER 4/14/2014 7:19PM

    Sounds great! I love getting my fitness minutes being outside! We've never been to Madison, but have been to Helen, GA. Would like to see Madison, sounds like my kind of place! Enjoy the rest of your week! Keep moving!

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UMBILICAL 4/14/2014 7:07PM

  Oh yeah!

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We are expecting...

Thursday, February 27, 2014

daffodil blossoms! Last fall we planted 100 bulbs, and I can count 20 some green spouts that have poked their little heads out of the earth so far! I check the yard each day with anticipation...how I love Spring! Many of our neighbors have daffodils that are in full bloom already, but I am thrilled that we have little green shoots making themselves known in the yard.


Perhaps our yard will look like this in a few years! :)


  
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HICKOK-HALEY 3/7/2014 3:24AM

    What a beautiful walkway!

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1BEACHWALKER 3/4/2014 2:06AM

    I love daffodils too! For one reason squirrels don't like to dig them up and eat them! emoticon
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CLAIREINPARIS 3/2/2014 1:38PM

    I saw some daffodils here today! I love them! You'll enjoy your garden so much in a couple of weeks!!! Thank you for a beautiful picture!

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JYGETSFIT 2/28/2014 9:59PM

    I adore daffodils, enjoy!

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2WHEELER 2/28/2014 9:08PM

    Lucky you!! I love daffodils. We have quite a few different varieties planted around our house. I think it's going to be awhile before I see the tips of their green leaves. Still have piles of snow around the yard.

I'm expecting, too!! Another 8-12 inches of snow. I'll be thrilled if it falls early enough that I can go cross country skiing. But it might not get here until early Monday and it will only make traveling difficult.

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SHARJOPAUL 2/28/2014 12:36PM

    The first growth of spring is always so wonderful.

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MNABOY 2/27/2014 9:46PM

    Some daffodils are blooming here and I think crocus are popping up. We will have a warm spell and then a drop before spring is here for good. Some folks have planted the spring veggies but my garden is too wet yet to till and work up.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/27/2014 9:14PM

  Awwww, enjoy. I can't wait for the snow to melt and see living, green flowering things!!!!!!

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CROWDGOESWILD 2/27/2014 8:49PM

    How exciting! I hope you'll consider posting some pics when the daffodils make their appearance!

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SABLENESS 2/27/2014 7:55PM

    Send some to Fla!

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HOLLYM48 2/27/2014 7:03PM

    I was very interested to see what you were expecting! How wonderful that your bulbs will be up soon! I hope the snow will start to melt here very soon and the tufts of grass and the early tulips we see in Spring will be here and budding!

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CAPECODLIGHT 2/27/2014 3:40PM

    I'm seeing them here in Charleston while visiting. Spring is COMING!

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NEWCHINELO 2/27/2014 3:30PM

    looking forward too!

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NEWCHINELO 2/27/2014 3:29PM

    looking forward too!

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2HAMSDIET 2/27/2014 3:02PM

    I so love spring. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MNGREENEYES 2/27/2014 2:20PM

    So jealous! We are hoping to make it to a high of 0 degrees today and have about 3 feet of snow on the ground! But if you are getting spring, then we will eventually too!

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GRACEOMALLEY 2/27/2014 2:13PM

    I love spring, too. I can't wait to see how your new plantings present themselves!

I have lots of bulbs planted around in various garden beds and every year in the spring I re-discover what is there as things poke up and leaf out. I usually thin some and also add some each fall, so there's another element of surprise.
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SUZIPAM1 2/27/2014 12:24PM

    love love love spring

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MARITIMER3 2/27/2014 12:12PM

    I'm afraid that here they would need 3' stems. More snow today, more predicted for the week-end. emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 2/27/2014 12:11PM

    I love spring also, and I'm really looking forward to it
Especially this year.

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CAROL494 2/27/2014 12:10PM

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Vacationing...Spark style

Monday, February 17, 2014

My dear husband and I just returned from a dreamy twelve day trip to Colorado. We ate very well at some very nice restaurants. This was the honeymoon that we never had, the trip to Europe that didn't happen, and the trip to California that was dashed by my accident. In other words, we really indulged ourselves. We couldn't prepare any Spark recipes...we ate several special appetizers, and we ate several wonderful desserts. We sampled warm bread and real butter with some of our dinners. We went to lavish
breakfast buffets.

On the other hand, we exercised a lot! We have been part of Spark People for three years now, and that has helped us make some healthier decisions. We also tend to hold each other accountable. That meant we looked for ways to exercise every day. Sometimes it was in the hotel pool or hotel fitness room. Other days we walked, walked and walked. When we didn 't meet our fitness minutes for the day, we walked up and down the corridors of our hotel before bed. There were two nights we had to walk a lot on that carpeted hallway! Another thing we did was to walk a lot at the airports while waiting for flights.

We also made wise eating decisions most of the time. For example, at the breakfast buffet, I usually stuck with steel cut oats, fresh berries and skim milk. I passed by the waffles, pancakes, croissants, muffins, bagels, potatoes, etc. One morning I did splurge on eggs benedict (requesting spinach added in and light on the hollandaise). Another morning I had an egg white omelet with veggies. Those decisions at breakfast allowed me to choose some regional specialties for dinner that I would never find in my small town back home. There were many times we passed up foods that we would have eaten in our former life, and there were many times we left food on our plate. No longer do we belong to the "Clean Plate Club" that we belonged to as children who grew up in the 1950s. We tried our best to track every bite we ate although it was often impossible to find our restaurant foods on Spark People...we had to guess a lot.

Still, we were nervous. Our daily routine was so different from our home routine that we couldn't wait to get home yesterday and "get back to normal." One of the first things each of us did this morning was to step on the scale. We breathed a huge sigh of relief to discover that we each had maintained our weight just fine.

Bottom line: Spark People has empowered us in many ways. We have learned a lot about nutrition and about fitness. We no longer scoff at "health nuts" who exercise while on vacation. We no longer have the "all or nothing" behavior where we just went crazy while on vacation. We enjoyed our vacation, indulged ourselves with some wonderful rich foods at times, and yet we stayed the course. Thank you Spark People...we have learned very much, and we are believers! What a fabulous free resource we all have here with Spark People.

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ALIHIKES 2/22/2014 9:05PM

    I am so glad you had a wonderful time, and that you were able to sample the regional specialties. Keeping up your exercise really helped too! It is great that you have adopted a healthy lifestyle so you are able to relax on vacation and enjoy an occasional treat
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CAPECODLIGHT 2/21/2014 9:39AM

    Spark has helped us all figure out how to really live in a healthy way but not deprive ourselves of the pleasures life can offer. We have learned to add the pleasures of exercise - it has become that for me. I am trying to do as you did in Colorado, here in Charleston. For instance, I tried my first ever hushpuppy last night. No guilt!

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JYGETSFIT 2/19/2014 1:38AM

    I think its incredible that you were able to enjoy your vacation to the fullest and still maintain your weight! It would have been very difficult for me to pass up on all of those delicious things you mentioned were at the breakfast buffet. I imagine you are very proud of yourself. That is one of my goals, to be proud of myself. emoticon

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KAYTIE22 2/18/2014 6:53PM

    emoticon Applause! Applause! This is a perfect example that it can be done. You certainly enjoyed yourself and didn't feel deprived. You made it a point to get as much exercise in using all sorts of ways. When you returned home you had a nice present waiting for you on the scale. Good for you guys!

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HOLLYM48 2/18/2014 6:17PM

    I am so with you on this! Congrats on logging and tracking and getting in exercise while having lot's of fun! SO glad to hear that you had a wonderful vacation. I have found that after being on SP, it is very possible to enjoy food and desserts once in a while and a few other treats as long as it isn't every day and you get lots of walking in or swimming or whatever. It is a new mindset for sure and it sounds like you and your hubby have adapted well!!!
Good for you and I am so glad that this trip was so wonderful, it sounds like it was long overdue and well deserved!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/18/2014 3:07PM

  Glad you got to enjoy yourselves! HUGS

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MNGREENEYES 2/18/2014 11:05AM

    What a great illustration of how your lifestyle has changed with Sparkpeople! This is has to be a lifestyle change or it won't stick and you made great choices.


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RAINBOWCHOC 2/18/2014 5:15AM

    Congratulations to you both. That was some achievement!

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1BEACHWALKER 2/17/2014 11:22PM

    What a great blog! Showing how Sparkpeople has changed your life for the better! That is exactly how you do it on vacation...be active, stay the course on eating the right foods most the time, but indulge once in awhile! And to have maintained your weight is a big plus!!!! Well done! Sounds like a nice vacation! Hugs.

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MARITIMER3 2/17/2014 11:22PM

    You two are an inspiration! I'm glad you had such a wonderful trip... hopefully the first of many.
Hugs, Gail

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 2/17/2014 11:00PM

    I am glad you two had a great time. And...YES, we have learned a lot about what to eat and what not, splurge once in a while, while working it off with some extra exercise. You both should be very proud of yourselves to have returned and remained at about the same weight. I experienced the same when vacationing in Hawaii with the entire family, last October. I had put on 4#, which I knew included some travel weight, but it was gone in three days upon returning home.
You made your long awaited anniversary a memorable one. emoticon

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FRABBIT 2/17/2014 10:51PM

  How wonderful. It seems like you found the right balance for your trip.

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SUNSHINE99999 2/17/2014 10:26PM

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Pampered Me…Our Anniversary Trip to Colorado

Thursday, February 06, 2014

My husband and I are enjoying a memorable trip to Colorado for our anniversary. We are pampering ourselves for a few days in Colorado Springs before heading to his conference in Denver. We arrived Tuesday, and it was snowing heavily. I drove with great trepidation the 88 miles on icy roads in order to reach our hotel. Thankfully, we arrived safely , and the heavy snow was just beautiful! We enjoyed a relaxing meal…trout for me and short ribs for DH.





My sweet hubby had arranged to have a bottle of champagne waiting in our room. The view of the mountains from our hotel room is spectacular.





After enjoying sumptuous gourmet meals, I work out in the warm water pool while DH walks on the tread mill. The surroundings are exquisite.





It has been very cold here, but when we leave for Castle Rock tomorrow it will be a balmy 39 degrees!



To be continued...

  
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1BEACHWALKER 2/16/2014 10:49PM

    That looks really nice! Glad you have been enjoying your trip and anniversary! emoticon emoticon


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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 2/10/2014 7:26PM

    Happy Anniversary. This looks like a gorgeous place to celebrate. Snow and mountains and a beautiful swimming pool. I could enjoy this too.
Safe travels.

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CAPECODLIGHT 2/10/2014 4:49PM

    Beautiful scenery - sounds like a wonderful trip.

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CLAIREINPARIS 2/10/2014 4:06PM

    Happy Anniversary!!!
What a gorgeous place and a gorgeous hotel! That swimming pool makes me dream... It is wonderful to read you enjoyed some good swims there!

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ILOVEREDPOPPIES 2/10/2014 1:52PM

  That looks like a wonderful trip! emoticon

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JYGETSFIT 2/10/2014 12:33AM

    Happy Anniversary! Enjoy your trip!

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HICKOK-HALEY 2/9/2014 11:28PM

    How fun. You did have a beautiful view. The pool looks inviting. Good thing it is heated, or you would have been ice skating. Is that a statue in one of the pictures? emoticon

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SHARON10002 2/9/2014 10:58PM

    emoticon ! How nice of you DH to do that for you! What beautiful pictures! Love the pool! Been to CSprings once, and loved it! Have a cousin who lives there in Woodland Park. Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay.

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ALIHIKES 2/9/2014 5:49PM

    Wow very beautiful photos! I am so glad you are having a nice getaway vacation with DH. Happy Anniversary!
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SWEETNEEY 2/9/2014 11:22AM

    Looks like a scene out of a movie and a tale from fairyland. Enjoy

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MNABOY 2/7/2014 9:34PM

    Wish I was there!

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NEWCHINELO 2/7/2014 1:22PM

    Do enjoy your stay,you deserve it

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MINIMOE1 2/7/2014 11:35AM

    What a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing your special time emoticon

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NHES220 2/7/2014 10:25AM

    Happy Anniversary! So nice to get away!


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TERI-RIFIC 2/7/2014 7:55AM

    Beautiful

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LYNNIERN 2/7/2014 7:53AM

    Such awesome pictures. Happy Anniversary!! emoticon Sounds like a wonderful time!!

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KAYTIE22 2/6/2014 9:06PM

    Sounds wonderful; looks beautiful! Enjoy your anniversary and your trip. Have a great time!

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2HAMSDIET 2/6/2014 8:41PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time. emoticon Safe travels to you.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/6/2014 7:58PM

  Is that the Broadmoor by chance??? DH and I lived in CO Springs for awhile (years back) and it was absolutely beautiful!!!

Have a wonderful time. Sounds like you're off to a good stat!

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HOLLYM48 2/6/2014 7:42PM

    Oh how wonderful and romantic! Enjoy every minute of your wonderful trip!
I am so happy for both of you to still be happy together after all these years!
Way to go on working out in addition to having fun!

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SABLENESS 2/6/2014 7:00PM

    The snow is lovely, and I'm glad you're having such a good time!

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MARITIMER3 2/6/2014 6:50PM

    Sounds absolutely perfect. I'm really happy for you both. emoticon
Hugs, Gail

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A chicken in every pot...

Friday, January 10, 2014

Today I stewed a whole chicken, strained 5 containers of healthy chicken stock for the freezer and picked the bones clean. I have enough pulled chicken for a couple of recipes.

While a full time teacher i had resorted to buying chicken parts and commercially prepared chicken broth. One of my goals for 2014 is to prepare more chicken and stock from scratch. DH just sort of rolled his eyes, not wanting to believe how much time I was willing to spend to do this. Let's see how well I stick to my plan!

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HOLLYM48 1/26/2014 10:25AM

    I see you posted this a couple of weeks ago! Great job, how did it go? Did you make several different recipes with all that delicious chicken? It always sounds like such a great idea but I have a hard time following thru myself. Somehow I get sick of the same ingredient before it is gone and I don't always freeze it in time!
I hope your plans were successful!

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1BEACHWALKER 1/18/2014 9:35PM

    We are committed to cooking more at home! So, that is a good idea! Healthier way of doing it! I have always hated cooking, but my husband loves it. So, I am going to do this, learn recipes and take the time like you are to make it work!! emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 1/13/2014 11:04PM

    Oh but the taste difference is so huge, such a reward! I miss the days when I had time to do this! I know I could if I made it a priority, but it isn't realistic at the moment. Enjoy your delicious chicken!

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JANETRIS 1/11/2014 2:39PM

    Way to go! You are very ambitious, and I bet it tastes wonderful too!

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MARITIMER3 1/11/2014 11:37AM

    I do exactly the same thing. Home-made stock is so much better because you can control the sodium. One of the beauties of being retired is having time to cook from scratch.

Enjoy your week-end

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 1/10/2014 10:45PM

    My youngest son roasts two turkeys on Thanksgiving and Christmas time, so he can make a huge pot of turkey (chicken) stock, that he uses for all sorts of other meals. He freezes the stock in small and large containers, so he will never have to buy commercial stock or broth for his cooking.There is nothing like it.

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KAYTIE22 1/10/2014 10:18PM

    Yum! So good. Enjoy!

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2HAMSDIET 1/10/2014 10:05PM

    I love to make my own broth. It make me feel more contacted to my food choices and it does taste so good. I use to plan ahead so I only did it a couple of times a month. My cooking days I called it. Next time your DH rolls his eyes remind him you did have to raise or clean the chicken not that takes time. Enjoy emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/10/2014 9:13PM

  It takes time for sure, but it's worth it if you can do it! God job.

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SABLENESS 1/10/2014 8:15PM

    Yes, it takes time, but the results are so good!

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