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Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life

Friday, September 26, 2014


Today I'm starting a Friday Happy Hour Blog. Time to kick back, and get into the proper mindset for the weekend! Care to join me?


Welcome to Friday! In preparation for takeoff, please ensure all negative attitudes are properly stowed. On behalf of your pilot, Captain Morgan, and myself, Brandy Alexander, welcome aboard. We expect sunshine and good attitudes tomorrow for the duration of our trip. Enjoy the ride.































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SUEARNOLD1 9/28/2014 10:36PM

    Hi Sharon - I loved it!

I saw your comment on Fran's page and Friday and Happy Hour - I was hooked.

Have a great week and thanks for the smiles!

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123ELAINE456 9/28/2014 1:57AM

  Awesome Blog!!! Love the Quotes and Photos. LOL!!! Loving It. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!T
ake Care.

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RITZIBROWN 9/27/2014 6:13PM

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Thanks Sharon!


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MAINEALI 9/27/2014 12:09PM

    I love it! Great idea for a blog!

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TENNESSEEWALKER 9/26/2014 10:38PM

    LOL! The Lord's prayer will have a hard time recovering from the 'lead me not' pictures. emoticon


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MNABOY 9/26/2014 10:38PM

    Thanks for the boost

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1CRAZYDOG 9/26/2014 9:09PM

    BWAHAHAHA! Proper attitude being worked on . . . pumpkin martini!

HUGS

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EMMACORY 9/26/2014 8:58PM

    I'm smiling! Thanks! emoticon

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ALOHAEV1 9/26/2014 8:06PM

    May you have sunshine and a good attitude this week-end yourself!

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LUCYCAN7 9/26/2014 6:47PM

  I'll gladly join you,happy and healthy.Love the images.So glad I
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KITT52 9/26/2014 6:26PM

    I plan to have a healthy week end as well



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SPAMUNDY 9/26/2014 6:17PM

    Thanks for the laughs and the advice!

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QUINNDOWLYN 9/26/2014 5:03PM

    I'll be having a drink with my dinner this evening, and I will toast you! Thanks for sharing your blog, it made me smile!
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SUNNY332 9/26/2014 4:57PM

    Wonderful way to start the weekend.

Hope it is a good one for you, my friend.

Sunny

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Are There Any Healthy Packaged Foods at the Supermarket?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Have you noticed that you seem to spend more time shopping for food in the grocery store than you did a year or so ago trying to be healthy? I know that I do. It seems to take me almost double the amount of time to buy my food for the week. I attribute it to having to read and compare labels more than I did in the past.

It’s amazing how the same foods can differ in their nutritional information! While I am buying lots more freggies and organic foods, I still buy some packaged foods, and this is where the label reading comes in handy!

I just happened to come across this list of the 40 healthiest foods you can buy at your local supermarket. The great thing is that they are grouped together, and the nutritional information is given for the healthiest 3 in each category. All of this information was compiled by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, an independent research group, so the information is unbiased.

There are listings for breads, cheeses, yogurts, hot cereals, cold cereals, frozen treats, soups, ice creams, nut butters, salad dressings, and coffee creamers. You can find the complete listing and all of the information here:
www.buzzfeed.com/deenashanker/health
iest-groceries#32ldmti


I found it very helpful and informative, and made a note on some of the things I sometimes buy at the grocery store, and hopefully, this will shave some time off my next supermarket run, and also my waistline! Do yourself a favor and check it out!
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MAKING-PROGRESS 9/19/2014 2:16AM

    Wonderful information, thank you!

I just bought some Frozen Entrées on sale. The Lean Cuisine I know is OK without looking at the nutrition info. But I thought I would try something new. A little start-up line by "Marcella". Her food tastes pretty good, but I didn't look at her Sodium Content....OMG....1000-1200 per entrée!!!! I can't eat that on a heart healthy plan! So I gave them to my daughter and made myself a salad instead. A strong reminder to ALWAYS look at the label before buying!

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KIWIANN 9/18/2014 10:24AM

    Thank for sharing!

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WOUBBIE 9/17/2014 6:34PM

    Simple answer? No, not many. Mother Nature never put food in boxes, bags, or cans, just peels, rind, and skin. Whole, real food doesn't have much on its ingredient list.

I would take the article and its recommendations with a nice heart-healthy grain of sodium. First, almost none of those 40 are as healthy as anything you would find in the produce bins or the meat case.

Second: “Cheese is two-thirds saturated fat,” says Hurley. “And saturated fat is the kind of fat that clogs arteries, so it’s the harmful kind of fat.”

Uh, nope, not true. Just Google "does saturated fat clog arteries" and you'll see that the myth has been debunked. Most of the bad stuff in your veins, like high levels of triglycerides, are directly related to carb intake.

Oh, and in case you didn't know this, CSPI is a vegetarian organization, so you'll see no meat anywhere on their list. There are plenty of heart healthy choices that they deliberately leave off their lists because eww animals.

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123ELAINE456 9/17/2014 12:24PM

  Awesome Blog. Thank You for all of the information. Love It. Take Care. Have a Great Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God Blessings Always.

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MAWMAW101 9/17/2014 9:53AM

    Thank you so much Sharon! I found the list great since I don't make these products but certainly buy lots of them. It was very helpful for me.
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ALOHAEV1 9/17/2014 9:51AM

    You sure started a lot of chatter. I found that many times the so called healthier versions (boxes labeled whole whatever) had not only more sodium, fat but added stuff so we went back to the original. Everything in moderation, keep your hands off my butter (haha). I'm at the point that I don't look or buy what is new on the shelf, actually got back into the habit of doing the perimeter first, keeping my hands on the buggy and tear through the other aisles just to get extra steps in. I love that some stores are going with small buggies, not even tempted to buy more than I need.

I think too, since I only have to answer to myself it is easier to shop and meal plan. But you have given us still another great link, thank you.

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ALOHAEV1 9/17/2014 9:51AM

    You sure started a lot of chatter. I found that many times the so called healthier versions (boxes labeled whole whatever) had not only more sodium, fat but added stuff so we went back to the original. Everything in moderation, keep your hands off my butter (haha). I'm at the point that I don't look or buy what is new on the shelf, actually got back into the habit of doing the perimeter first, keeping my hands on the buggy and tear through the other aisles just to get extra steps in. I love that some stores are going with small buggies, not even tempted to buy more than I need.

I think too, since I only have to answer to myself it is easier to shop and meal plan. But you have given us still another great link, thank you.

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ALOHAEV1 9/17/2014 9:51AM

    You sure started a lot of chatter. I found that many times the so called healthier versions (boxes labeled whole whatever) had not only more sodium, fat but added stuff so we went back to the original. Everything in moderation, keep your hands off my butter (haha). I'm at the point that I don't look or buy what is new on the shelf, actually got back into the habit of doing the perimeter first, keeping my hands on the buggy and tear through the other aisles just to get extra steps in. I love that some stores are going with small buggies, not even tempted to buy more than I need.

I think too, since I only have to answer to myself it is easier to shop and meal plan. But you have given us still another great link, thank you.

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KITT52 9/16/2014 11:58PM

    emoticon ..good info to know

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SHARON10002 9/16/2014 10:40PM

    Thank you all for stopping by and reading my blog and leaving your comments. emoticon

I totally agree with all of you on shopping the outer perimeter of the store, but since I don't make my own bread, and eat yogurt, ice cream (on occasion), and will buy salad dressing - if in a pinch - but usually make my own I when I need it, I did find it informative for those reasons.

I think real butter is preferable over any of those "spreads" they listed. If you think about it, they are all full of chemicals - not for me. Besides real butter adds a flavor you cannot duplicate with any of the listed spreads, and if used in moderation like anything else, you should be OK.


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EMMACORY 9/16/2014 9:46PM

    Very interesting! Thank you! emoticon

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GABIBEAR 9/16/2014 9:44PM

    Thank you Sharon for sharing the link that link you found! I too take a long time looking at packages whenever I have to buy something other than freggies or organic! Have a wonderful week my friend!

Gabi
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L*I*T*A* 9/16/2014 9:43PM

    great list...........

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SPARKFRAN514 9/16/2014 9:39PM

    Thank you so much this is a huge help for me as make this journey call learning how to eat healthy . going to help me as I go back to using the food tacker
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2BDYNAMIC 9/16/2014 9:37PM

    LOVE this blog!! I have to go to bed soon .......... plumb warped but I DO PLAN to return on my day off (Thurs) to pop on the links) ............ I think I am with SUNNY332 who generally shops the perimeter of the store ........... Hauling much produce home ......... emoticon for writing this to enlighten all of us! ...... Good for all to know!

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LUCYCAN7 9/16/2014 8:43PM

  Thanks Sharon great link! emoticon emoticon

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CARRAND 9/16/2014 7:39PM

    Good information. I've been reading labels carefully ever since I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. It is critical for me to avoid gluten and I also look for fiber vs sugar, and type of fat.

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SPARKLED146 9/16/2014 7:35PM

    Thanks for sharing the list. Some of my favorite brands were on it.

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RITZIBROWN 9/16/2014 7:15PM

    Thanks for posting the link Sharon. Unfortunately, we don't eat a good number of the products listed so I'll just keep reading the labels.

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SUNNY332 9/16/2014 7:12PM

    I find that shopping the perimeter of the store is where of the fresh foods are and also the healthiest choices. Thanks for the list - I will take a look at it.

I don't think I have seen Siggy's yogurt. I will look for it!

Sunny

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TENNESSEEWALKER 9/16/2014 7:07PM

    Thanks for the link! I have my go-to groceries, and then I spend a lot of time shopping for the occasional purchases. The proliferation of products - remember when the only shampoo was Prell? - and use of additives makes it hard to find the good stuff.

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MAINEALI 9/16/2014 4:37PM

    Thanks for the link!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/16/2014 4:15PM

    Wow, Sharon, thank you! I adore Siggy's yogurt!

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SPARKFRAN514 9/16/2014 4:11PM

    Thanks you just helped me with a huge problem i have struggling with labels and shopping and dealing with my friend the food tracker.

then i had to go and re read your Aug blog a pick me up thanks emoticon emoticon

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Tranquility Tuesday

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story. ~ Linda Hogan



This blog is a result of my Spark Friend, Barb's (BOOCH6) reply to a post on sitting outside on a beautiful, late summer evening, taking in all of the sounds and sights of nature, and stargazing with my husband.
"That stargazing sounds wonderful ! We never seem to slow down and take in the wonders of nature. Although I couldn't take my eyes off the "super moon" last weekend. As a matter of fact, I think I'll go down by the river today and enjoy a walk and picnic. Sharon, thanks for the inspiration :) !"


“Not just beautiful, though--the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they're watching me.” ~ Haruki Murakami


We too often find ourselves caught up in the tangle of the every day hustle and bustle. We need to remember to slow down, and take some time to nourish our spirit and our soul.


"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls." ~ Mother Teresa





You don’t have to venture far. We can find ourselves in nature in our own backyard, just as I did. If you have a garden, take the time not only to work the soil, nurture the life that grows therein, and most of all . . .


Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers.


“Stay close to nature, cherish it’s simplicity, revel in its complexity, and take delight in the many small things all around you. It will be the little things that are extraordinary when you see not only with your eyes, but with your heart.” ~ Betsy Seeton


Take in and find the awe in the smallest of details. Breathe in their fragrance, admire their beauty, and take some inside to remind you of all that is and all that surrounds you.


To check out more of Betsy Seeton’s beautiful nature photography to soothe your soul check out her website and blog at:
www.livehonestly.com/my-blog/nature-
quotes-with-photography-by-betsy-seeton


Nature whispers silently and naturally to our hearts.





“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we only will tune in.” ~ George Washington Carver

No matter what the season we can indeed find the beauty and rejuvenate our bodies and our spirit.


“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. “ ~ John Muir

Nature renews the wonder and the child in all of us. Take off your shoes and let the green grass, or the warm sand, or the cool water caress your feet and toes. Go out and take a walk in the rain. We must make sure that we pass this wisdom to our future generations.

“All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.” ~ Marie Curie


*Little Leah*

“Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hay fields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, huckleberries, and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of…education.” ~ Luther Burbank

*Little Leah*


*Little Leah*


*Little Leah*
“Look! A trickle of water running through some dirt! I'd say our afternoon just got booked solid!” ~ Bill Watterson

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ~ Rachel Carson




“We know that God is everywhere; but certainly we feel His presence most when His works are on the grandest scale spread before us; and it is in the unclouded night-sky, where His worlds wheel their silent course, that we read clearest His infinitude, His omnipotence, His omnipresence.” ~ Charlotte Brontë


And finally . . .

Namaste. Peace be with you.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sources:
www.livehonestly.com/my-blog/nature-
quotes-with-photography-by-betsy-seeton

www.gardeninggonewild.com/?p=22736
www.lovethesepics.com/2013/02
www.lovethesepics.com/2013/02/heart-sh
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DUXGRL1 9/2/2014 6:00PM

    I am a huge believer in this...it really helps to keep me sane and on track!

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SUBMOM2 8/23/2014 12:17AM

    Thanks for the beautiful reminder to take a breath and admire the wonder around us. Little Leah is adorable, too!



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    the only words that come to mind is emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon thanks for sharing enjoy your time with that cute little one

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PICKIE98 8/22/2014 6:33PM

    We sat by the campfire last night in Northern Michigan, looking at the stars in total blackness.. making new friends from other states,, low voices, wood-burning smells.. relaxing......

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/22/2014 6:53AM

    Leah is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this!!

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STEELKICKIN 8/20/2014 8:13PM

    Beautiful!!! Just BEAUTIFUL!! A VERY appropriate message to just slow down and breathe. Leah is a gorgeous little angel...you are so blessed. Thank you so much for sharing your words and your photos...well needed! Big big hugs...
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BOOCH6 8/20/2014 6:28PM

    Oh my gosh !! This is awesome ! My favorite is Little Leah (of course). I could feel her awe at the water's edge. But I also loved "a little trickle of water, running through some dirt. I'd say our efternoon just got booked solid." really wonderful blog. I'm going back to read it again !! Thanks, too for the 'shout out'. I feel so important :)

- Barb

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GENRE009 8/20/2014 5:24PM

    Wonderful! eva

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IMLOCOLINDA 8/20/2014 2:55PM

    emoticon Nature is my church!

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SUNNY332 8/20/2014 8:56AM

    Loved the photos of Leah and all of the nature pics. We have 48 acres here so know well the healing power of nature. Last night, the sunset over the back field was amazing and gave me such hope knowing that He who puts the Sun and the Moon in the sky sees my pain and has a plan for our Joshua. I hold on to this hope.

Thanks and hugs, Sunny

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CERIUSLY 8/20/2014 6:25AM

    What a beautiful and inspirational blog! Thank you for sharing your time.
Sometimes I take the beauty of nature for granted. We go about our daily routines and honestly do forget to take time to smell the roses. This morning on my drive to work, instead of complaining about the inconvenience of road work, I'm going to thank God for the beauty of the mountains. emoticon

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123ELAINE456 8/20/2014 4:04AM

  A very Beautiful God Given Blog. Love all of the Beautiful Photos and quotes. Also Love the Beautiful Heart Shaped Photos. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Good Thoughts, Prayers and Lots Of Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To Everyone. Take Care. We Have An Awesome God.

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TENNESSEEWALKER 8/20/2014 2:27AM

    Namaste. I salute the God within you. emoticon

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QTEALADY20031 8/19/2014 11:38PM

    Sharon, this is so beautiful that you have reminded me of all the beauty that God has created for us! Little Leah is adorable. Thank you so much for sharing the beauty and the wonder! emoticon June

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RITZIBROWN 8/19/2014 10:37PM

    Thank you Sharon from my heart to yours.

Namaste

Carol

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KATHYJO56 8/19/2014 9:45PM

    Hi Sharon, I feel all calm and relaxed just from reading your blog and looking at the wonderful nature pictures. Of course, the pictures of Leah are adorable and calming all by themselves. Hugs, kathy

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2HAMSDIET 8/19/2014 8:39PM

    I feel less stress just by reading your post. Little Leah is a living doll. emoticon emoticon

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CARRAND 8/19/2014 8:39PM

    Love the squirrel picture!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/19/2014 8:39PM

    Sharon, you've nailed it!!! You know, I walk every morning and it is so serene, peaceful, quiet and beautiful!!! THAT'S what it's all about.

Of course, my favorite pictures in your blog have to be LEAH!!! What a beauty. It is so nice to see that sense of wonder and amazement at each new thing discovered!

HUGS and thank you for sharing this.

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KITT52 8/19/2014 7:54PM

    very nice

enjoy your day

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LUCYCAN7 8/19/2014 7:21PM

  emoticon These are just so Beautiful and Loving.
When we are young we just take these things for granted.
As we age we are in awe of everything God gaves us.Thanks
so much for sharing.Hugs and Blessings to you and yours.
Hope your night is very enjoyable!So glad I stopped by!Peace
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2BDYNAMIC 8/19/2014 7:15PM

    Wow!!! This is beautiful and I enjoyed all the 'tranquil' pics. Nature does have a way of soothing us, doesn't it .? ............. God saw to everything! thanks for sharing!

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Sweet Summertime: Team Up With Watermelon For A Healthy Refreshing Treat

Saturday, July 12, 2014



Did you know that July is National Watermelon month? What fruit could be more synonymous with summertime fun than watermelon?



You know summer has officially begun when you spot watermelons in the grocery store, or at your local farmer’s market.



I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like watermelon. It spans the spectrum from young and old alike.



Its luscious, rosy red, sweet juiciness is nearly impossible to resist, and just biting into a slice says, “Chill - have fun. Don’t take things so seriously.”



It never fails to quench our thirst for something sweet. As if that weren't enough to win us over on its own, watermelon is packed full of nutrition, hydrates our bodies, quenches our thirst, and is low-fat.



Did you know that watermelons are an excellent source of several vitamins: vitamin A, which helps maintain eye health and is an antioxidant; vitamin C, which helps strengthen immunity, heal wounds, prevent cell damage, promote healthy teeth and gums; and vitamin B6, which helps brain function and helps convert protein to energy. Watermelon actually contains more lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable, including tomatoes; about 15 to 20 milligrams in two cups of melon! It’s all that Lycopene that gives the melon its rosy red color, and it has been demonstrated to lower cancer risk, especially prostate cancer.

If your kids don’t like spinach, swiss chard, lima beans, or tomatoes, offer them a slice of icy, cold watermelon instead.



It is a great source of potassium, which helps muscle and nerve function, helps maintain the body's proper electrolyte and natural PH.

It also helps lower the risk of high blood pressure in adults. In conjunction with this it also contains the amino acids citrulline and arginine, which can help maintain arteries, blood flow, and aid in overall cardiovascular function.



Here are some more “juicy” watermelon facts:

• The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
• Watermelon is 92% water.
• Watermelon's official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae. It’s cousins are cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
• By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S., followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
• Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.
• The first cookbook published in the U.S. in 1776 contained a recipe for watermelon rind pickles.
• According to Guinness World Records, the world's heaviest watermelon was grown by Lloyd Bright of Arkadelphia, Arkansas in 2005, weighing in at 268.8 lbs (121.93 kg).
• Watermelon is grown in over 96 countries worldwide.
• In China and Japan watermelon is a popular gift to bring a host.
• Over 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown worldwide
• The United States currently ranks 5th in worldwide production of watermelon.
www.watermelon.org
health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/fo
od-nutrition/facts/surprising-health-b
enefits-of-watermelon.htm


Here are a few ways to have fun with your watermelon:








And finally for your enjoyment, here are a several fun, refreshing recipes to help you enjoy some watermelon before it’s gone for the summer:

Frozen Watermelon Lemonade

3 cups watermelon cubes, seeds removed
1/2 cup raspberries
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Juice of 2 lemons (about 1/2 cup)
1 1/2 cups strawberry-flavored, calorie-free carbonated water, chilled

Place watermelon cubes and raspberries in a blender; process until smooth. Pour through a sieve; discard pulp.

Combine the sugar and water in the small saucepan. Heat, stirring constantly, just until the sugar dissolves. Set aside allow to cool slightly.

Stir the sugar-water and lemon juice onto the watermelon raspberry juice mixture. Pour the juice mixture onto a covered freezer container. Freeze until firm.

Using an ice cream scoop, spoon the mixture into tall glasses. Pour 3 to 4 tablespoons of the strawberry flavored water over the frozen juice in each glass. Serve immediately.
Makes 6-8 servings

Nutrition Information (per serving) CALORIES 99; PROTEIN 0.5g; CARB 25g; SUGAR 23g; FAT 0.3g; CHOL 0g;
thetowndish.com/2007/06/07/ten-facts
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Mediterranean Watermelon Salad

6 cups torn mixed salad greens or spinach leaves
3 cups cubed seeded watermelon
1/2 cup sliced onion
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 dash cracked black pepper

In large bowl, mix all ingredients except oil and pepper. Just before serving, toss salad mixture with oil. Drizzle with Balsamic vinegar. Garnish with pepper, if desired.
www.watermelon.org/Recipes/Mediterra
nean-Watermelon-Salad-186.aspx


Watermelon-Strawberry Pops

Everyday Food, July/August 2009

2 pounds seedless watermelon
1/2 pound halved hulled strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Working in batches, puree watermelon in a blender. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl (discard solids). Puree strawberries; add to bowl. Add sugar and lime juice and stir until sugar has completely dissolved.

Pour mixture into ten 3-ounce ice-pop molds and insert sticks. Freeze pops until solid, 2 1/2 to 3 hours (or up to 1 week).
Makes 10 Servings

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Here’s a Skinny Refreshing Cocktail for when “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”. Since the watermelon is naturally sweet, this doesn’t require much sugar, and refreshes for only 105 calories a glass!


Watermelon Margarita

2 teaspoons sugar
1 lime wedge
3 1/2 cups cubed seeded watermelon
1/2 cup tequila
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
Lime wedges or watermelon balls (optional)

1. Place 2 teaspoons sugar in a saucer. Rub the rims of 6 glasses with 1 lime wedge; spin rim of each glass in sugar to coat. Set prepared glasses aside.

2. Combine watermelon and next 4 ingredients (through Triple Sec) in a blender; process until smooth. Fill each prepared glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice. Add 1/2 cup margarita to each glass. Garnish with lime wedges or melon balls, if desired.

Sue Spitler, Cooking Light JULY 2010

Nutritional Information: Calories: 105 Fat: 0.2g Saturated fat: 0.0g Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g Protein: 0.6g Carbohydrate: 14.1g Fiber: 0.4g Cholesterol: 0.0mg Iron: 0.2mg Sodium: 1mg Calcium: 7mg
www.myrecipes.com/recipe/watermelon-
margaritas-10000001995736/


Here’s a simple way to cut a juicy watermelon into small manageable sticks for little hands:



So get out there and enjoy more of this number one summertime favorite before it’s too late!



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ALOHAEV1 7/24/2014 7:13PM

    Watermelon for dessert!



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SPARKFRAN514 7/17/2014 10:14AM

    what fun tip and recipes for water melon water melon is on my shopping list cute water melon people not that creative or that much patience
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IMLOCOLINDA 7/15/2014 11:11PM

    Great plug for watermelon! I wait until the seeded kind are available at the FM...and it should be soon. The 'seedless' kind just don't have the same flavor and seems to be the only kind the grocery stores stock. I feel sorry for today's kids who will never know the joy of spitting seed contests at 4th of July (and other summer) picnics!

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RITZIBROWN 7/14/2014 10:23PM

    emoticon Yummy emoticon . Can you believe DH doesn't like watermelon. Never fails to amaze me!

Great Blog Sharon!

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DUXGRL1 7/14/2014 7:12PM

    Thanks for all the info on watermelon! A friend recently recommended salad very similar to Mediterranean Watermelon Salad with arugula, and I really liked it, very refreshing!

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SUBMOM2 7/13/2014 11:46PM

    I'm adding watermelon to my shopping list. Lately I've been too lazy to cut one up, but now there is no excuse!

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TENNESSEEWALKER 7/13/2014 10:17PM

    The watermelon sticks are BRILLIANT! Finally, a way to enjoy without getting sticky from ear to ear. Thanks for this post!

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SHERYLP461 7/13/2014 4:53PM

    I love me some watermelon!! Did not know you could do all that with it though!

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123ELAINE456 7/13/2014 9:04AM

  Awesome Blog. I do Love Watermelon. Haven't had any this year. Will get some next week. It is very Healthy for You too. Thank You for the Information and Recipes. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Coming Your Way. Take Care. Love the Quotes and Photos.

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KITT52 7/13/2014 12:26AM

    I love it too
thanks for the great recipes as well..

more watermelon please...lol

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2HAMSDIET 7/13/2014 12:25AM

    I do love watermelon....Thank you for the info and recipes. emoticon emoticon

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TATTER3 7/12/2014 11:33PM

    LOVE it!!!

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KATHYJO56 7/12/2014 10:43PM

    This is wonderful Sharon. We have watermelon in our fridge all summer long and buy a fresh one every week. It is a constant staple for our summer eating. I hope you are enjoying a lot of it, as well. emoticon

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REGILIEH 7/12/2014 10:25PM

    FABULOUS!!!

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FITGRANDMA120 7/12/2014 10:01PM

    I am a watermelon addict, love the blog

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LUCYCAN7 7/12/2014 8:36PM

  Very low calorie VEGETABLE!!!
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1CRAZYDOG 7/12/2014 8:33PM

    Delicious AND healthy. That's a great combination. Thanks for the information and tips. Love watermelon!



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LOPEYP 7/12/2014 7:51PM

    Just bought some today. Thanks for the recipes. I'm going to try a few!
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FORZACHANDMATT 7/12/2014 7:35PM

    Great ideas - thanks!

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You're A Grand Ole Flag: Made In the USA

Thursday, July 03, 2014


Everyone loves celebrating the 4th of July! A recent poll found that 94% of Americans view flying the American flag a sign of patriotism and pride in their country. But one thing that you might not be thinking about is whether your flag is Made In the USA. If you are shopping for a flag - be it one to fly on a large 20 foot flagpole or a small flag to adorn your flowerpots on your porch - take the time to buy a flag that is Made In America.



My first recollection of showing respect for the flag was in my little home town watching the July 4th parade. First entry was a line of servicemen, one from each branch of the service, carrying the American flag, our state flag, along with the American legion flag, and one more which escapes me. They proudly carried the flag down the street as everyone stood and put their hand over their heart. My dad did and told me to do the same to show respect for the flag. I saw a tear go down my dad’s face and many other faces around us too. To this day, I still get a lump in my throat when a parade begins and Old Glory leads the procession, or the Star Spangled Banner is sung before an event.




As the nation prepares to celebrate its 238th birthday, "Buy America" efforts are still going strong, though emotions on the subject tend to fluctuate depending on the state of the economy.

"It doesn't really matter to me," said Luis Rodriguez, a retired postal worker who last week sat on a picnic table in a Satellite Beach park wearing a postal carrier union T-shirt with the famed red-white-and-blue eagle — the Postal Service's mascot.

"What I do is make sure the correct number of stars and stripes are being used," Rodriguez said. "If not, then I have more of a problem with it. But I'm not really too concerned about where it's made."

Vietnam War veteran and former Marine Corps infantryman Chip Hanson disagrees. He believes in a "buy American" philosophy. Patriotic items — including items that will be used in July Fourth parties this week — should be manufactured in the United States, he said. That includes plastic forks, paper plates and napkins.

"Most definitely it should come from our country," he said. "If you look at what's happening in our country, we've slipped into a situation where we are depending on other nations for our primary items."

I couldn’t agree more. Buying a flag and everything else you can, keeps workers employed and can create more jobs if the demand is there. Retailers aren't tone deaf to patriotic emotions when it comes to buying American. Wal-Mart, for example, pledged last year to buy $50 billion over a decade in American-made products. Still last week, many of the products sold with patriotic themes were made in places such as the Dominican Republic and China. And how's this for irony? Wal-Mart sells U.S. flags for $34.72 with the label on the package proclaiming "Made in the USA." However, a pole and bracket set sold along aside it are imported from China.

That's changing, somewhat, as labor costs in places like China rise, Kirn said. A number of U.S.-based textile and clothing manufacturers, for example, are seeing new life because it's become more cost-effective to manufacture domestically.

"Some of the textile mills in the Carolinas are reopening, and I think there is an appeal to that for a variety of reasons," he said. "You control the supply chain, you know what the raw materials are and you know what you're getting. And you're closer to the place where you're ultimately going to vend it." Plus, it costs a whole lot less to ship something from South Carolina to California than it does from China to California.

Wherever you stand on the issue of prices versus patriotism, July Fourth is a good time for each of us to take stock about how we are spending their money whether we're going to support jobs in the United States or outside the country.

"We have a Declaration of Independence, not a declaration of interdependence," said Simmermaker, an author of two books on buying U.S. made products.

Source: http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/2014062
9/BUSINESS/140629015/-Made-America-not
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American made Flags and Accessories


Annin Flagmakers have been making flags since 1847 and are now the oldest flag manufacturer in the U.S. Annin has plants in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia. Not only a great choice for U.S flags, Annin also manufactures Patriotic fabric decorations. I LOVE fabric bunting as a decorating choice as it is reusable, long lasting and a great Eco friendly choice over plastic banners!
www.annin.com/


Valley Forge Flag Co. has been manufacturing US flags since 1882. Valley Forge Flag Co is headquartered in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, and manufactures products in South Carolina. Valley Forge carries a great selection of U.S flags as well as patriotic decorations (yay for fabric!), all made in the USA.
www.valleyforgeflag.com/16/Home.htm



Chicago Flag and Decorating Co (CF Flag) has been in business since 1898. . What I LOVE about CF Flag is the line of eco friendly U.S. flags they produce. That’s right, U.S. flags made from recycled items! Their Eco-Glory Flag is made from yarn created by recycled soda and water bottles- and even comes in a recycled box!


Flagsource/J C Schultz Enterprises Inc, manufacturing U.S flags since the 1920s, is the baby of all the companies. Their manufacturing facilities are located in Batavia, Illinois. They carry an impressive selection of U.S Flags.
All of the companies listed above are members of the Flag Manufacturers Association of America which established the “Certified Made in the U.S.A” certification program of American Flags. According to the FMAA website, ” ‘Certified Made in the U.S.A. ‘ certifies that your American flag has been made in the U.S. of materials that are domestic in origin and that all processes in every step of its manufacture were completed in U.S. facilities with U.S. labor”.
www.fmaa-usa.com/


You can purchase the Liberty Telescoping Flagpole Kit, a 100% manufactured in America flagpole kit- even the flag is made in the USA! The telescoping flagpole style, is in my opinion, is the most Eco-Friendly as it contains no additional hardware like ropes and anchors. If you have noticed any “Made in the USA” flagpoles in stores, please share in the comments!
www.americanflags.com/litefl.html


Eagle Mountain Flag and Flag Pole sells several different varieties of flag lights, including some Eco friendly energy saving ones.
www.eaglemountainflag.com/


If you need a flag, or might now be thinking of replacing your current flag, now would be a good time to buy one for Labor Day and Veteran's Day. Our troops and those looking for jobs will thank you.
thanks for stopping by

Source: http://www.usalovelist.com/flag-day-americ
an-flags-made-in-usa/

  
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IMLOCOLINDA 7/6/2014 11:36PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I copied most of this and sent it on to my e-mail friends. Thanks for doing all the research on this.

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    emoticon emoticon blog Sharon! I'm going to take this opportunity to add to the "support America" context: Next time you call customer service ask if you're speaking with someone in the States. If not, ask to be re-directed to a US representative. You will be amazed at how many customer service jobs are in other countries. I've only had one company, so far, that hasn't had USA reps and that is Kodak. emoticon for my time on the box emoticon .

Please tell your son thanks for his service to our country. It's those serving that are ensuring our freedom.

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    Tell your son thanks for his service to our country and thanks for sharing him with us emoticon

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  FLYING MY FLAG! emoticon THANKS FOR SHARING

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123ELAINE456 7/3/2014 6:39PM

  A Wonderful Blog. Love the Photos. Buy USA Products whenever you can. United States Of America is the Best Country on Earth. God Bless America. Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Happy 4th of July Weekend. It is Our Nations Birthday. Take Care.

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SPARKFRAN514 7/3/2014 6:35PM

    I have my flags out flying and they came from with a note saying made in the USA emoticon
i can remember going to the 4th of July parade as a kid and it went in front of my cousins house so we could sit in the yard and watch the parade go by and of course stand and wave our little flags as they color guard passed. years latter on of my cousins marched in the parade playing the drums thanks for the memory as the house is now a bank and we are grown and and they don't live in the small town any more.
tomorrow i will be watching my 4th of July movie Yankee Doodle and even though I have seen it hundreds of times I still cry at the end when they sing Over there at the end of the movie .
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A memory is a treasure that survives.


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KATHYJO56 7/3/2014 5:02PM

    I buy everything that I can made in the USA and especially my flag! I would not think of buying a flag that isn't made in our wonderful country and I am glad that you are drawing people's attention to this. We have a woman, here in Columbus, that owns a flag store and she sews all American flags by hand. You should visit her store sometime when you are here. Have a Happy 4th! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/3/2014 5:02PM

    Flying my flag proudly . . . every day!

Thanks so for this information. It really is important to buy American!



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TENNESSEEWALKER 7/3/2014 4:22PM

    You know it! I will be flying my Made in the USA flag tomorrow. emoticon

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