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Blooming Cactus

Friday, November 21, 2008

I have 2 Christmas cactus. One was my mother's and other was my dear mother-in-laws. My mother's always bloomed at Thanksgiving and my MIL's at Christmas. It seems they have reversed their roles this year. It also got me to thinking about how this year I have reversed my role and instead of letting anything go in my life, I've put to good use the things I've learned here at Sparkpeople.

Also the poor little Christmas Cactuses seem to have been misnamed...as they really aren't a cactus but a succulant. The do need water throughout the growing season but it seems at bloom time they don't require much water at all. Not at all like us. We need to be sure we get plenty of water especailly in the winter. We don't tend to drink enough in colder weather for some reason. But we tend to dehydrate more in the winter. It is also the cause of dryer skin in the winter. So I'm making a conscious effort to drink more water. I do drink more hot teas as well as they tend to warm me alot.

I also have a Norfork pine in my spa house. It started from a tiny tree about 12 years ago and now has grown until it almost reaches the ceiling. It has been nourished and watered and is really a healthy specimen. Now I can relate that to me as well. I need watered and fed properly but unlike a plant whose feet are stuck in the dirt, I need to use my feet more to move more. I want to be a healthy specimen and able to do so much more with my life soon.

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BGGARDEN 1/18/2009 1:17PM

    I don't know how I missed this entry! I grabbed the images to use in your Team MOVIE! OK?

Great photos!

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Cookies VS Fruit

Monday, November 17, 2008

Well once there were some Gingerbread men who had a battle with fruit. Who won out???

Well I'm doing some thinking about what I need to do and serve during the holidays. I found out the hard way on Sunday at my first get-together party. Most of the food items that were brought were greasy or sugary. Most were made with mayonaise and lots of cheese or with lots of sugar. I did eat a little bit and could almost feel a "sugar high" come on. And the few greasy things I ate gave me an awful belly ache that night. Nothing like learning a good lesson. I didn't go over my calorie limit but just wasn't a healthy choice I should have made, but then there wasn't much really healthy to choose from.

Another thing I noticed was that most of the ladies who showed up were very over-weight. I'm still not where I should be weight wise so I have to include myself in this view. So after a fitful night, I did some major thinking and decided that I CAN'T do this kind of eating anymore even if I watch how many calories come into my body. I've come too far to blow it now. So seeing that Thanksgiving is coming up soon and then another party on December 7th, I just don't want to make this mistake again. So I'm making fruit and veggie trays with fatfree/sugarfree dips. If I have to, I will fill up on these alternatives so I won't be tempted by hunger. It just isn't worth it.

As for who won the battle of the gingerbread men and the fruit...you have to make that choice yourself. Remember you are doing this for YOU and YOU want to be more healthy!!!

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ANGORA4 11/29/2008 2:13PM

    Great idea! We always made cookie trays to give at Christmas. But who needs cookies? I like the idea of fruit trays to take instead. Will have to think about this. I'll bet there are are fruit treats that could be made ahead.

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JULES1215 11/20/2008 11:44PM

    You HAVE come too far to blow it now! good job, and that is something we all need to remember!


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MERILEES 11/19/2008 8:05PM

    Thanks for stopping by my page today.

Boy, was this blog timely! I made cookies yesterday and have consumed 6 in the last two days. emoticon I know... WHAT WAS I THINKING??

I wasn't. Not going to make those cookies again unless I'm packing them up to send home with a friend or in lunches or something.

Believe it or not, I stayed within my calorie range... fats.... not so much.

Next time I'll eat the grapes.

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MYMISSY 11/17/2008 7:45PM

    Well the fruit won out for me...I like my fruit with a fruit dip as well...home made and fat free. Lynne

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Fruit Cakes

Friday, November 14, 2008

I'm wanting to make some fruitcakes to give as gifts this year. I have looked every where for my mother's recipe. I called my sister to see if she had it and she said she thought mom just made it up from scratch. She cooked alot like that. So I went searching online and still didn't seem to find her recipe so may just do what she did and make it on the fly. I will be borrowing the mini loaf pans from my daughter-in-law who is a terrific cook. I bought my fruits today (citron, dates, dried cranberries and raisins) and have them soaking in some light rum and some triple sec. It is the only thing I had in my wine cabinet besides wine and a bottle of vodka that has vanilla beans soaking in it (for 2 years). Vanilla is so expensive that this was a cheaper alternative though mine doesn't seem to be getting vanillie like I'd like. But regular real vanilla must be made of gold at the price it is.

I will put the batter together tomorrow and tell you how it goes.


Two Weeks until Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I hadn't even thought about Thanksgiving lately. I didn't realize it was only 2 weeks away. I have promised myself that this year I won't stuff myself and eat smaller portions and pick the ones lowest in calories if possible.

My Daughter-in-law and best friend and I have been preparing Thanksgiving dinner together now for several years. She usually cooks the ham and turkey and is heavy on the starchy veggies like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravey, etc. I usually make the turkey dressing which I will make this year as usual. I don't particularily like dressing so I don't worry about eating it. I also make fresh cranberry sauce from the whole berries. I am designated to make another veggie and she asked if I would cook some of my frozen corn from the garden. I'm thinking another starch which none of us need. We don't make the green bean casserole as none of us like it. I'm thinking of doing raw veggie and fruit trays this year. And just serve the veggies with fatfree salad dressing as a dip. I plan to make a sweet dip for the fruit using fatfree sour cream and fatfree coolwhip. Jackie is making a sweet potato pie and maybe a pumpkin pie and wants me to make a pecan pie. But when you look at all this food and think of the calories...well if I eat only 1 bite of everything, I still will get my calorie count for 3 days worth. I plan to try drinking lots of water before going and then just fill up my plate with the raw veggies and fruit and the turkey breast only, even though I don't care for turkey. I would much rather have the ham. I'm not planning on eating the potatoes or sweet potatoes but may eat a tiny bit of corn as I plan to prepare it without butter. (they can butter it themselves if they want) and skip the pies and eat the fruit instead.

This is the main dinner I have to really worry about as we usually prepare finger foods and healthier fare for christmas. I will post again after Thanksgiving on how I fared on eating and watching those calories.



Wednesday, November 12, 2008

"I think people that have a brother or sister don't realize how lucky they are. Sure, they fight a lot, but to know that there's always somebody there, somebody that's family. "
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, Cat Orgy, 1999

I only have one sister and she is almost 3 years older than me. She has always been the "small" one in the family. She is only 5'2" and been a petite size most of her life. She turned 60 this year but you would never know it. She retired from teaching after 30+ years in the Texas system and has now been teaching in Arkansas for about 5 years. She says that the present year will be her last each year but yet she somehow continues to stay with it. She and I both share so much. We both have rhumitoid arthiritis and we both have sons. And since mom died in 2002, we sometimes feel we only have each other. We also both love the outdoors and the changing of the seasons. We also both are teachers.

We are also so different in so many ways. I think she looks more like my mom and I look more like my dad and paternal grandmother. She is small and I am large. She is not a crafter but I love to craft. She doesn't garden, but I do. But she is the only sibling I have and we share so many secrets and wishes and dreams.

She lives about an hours drive away and we met this past Saturday for a nice autumn hike. We had so much fun that we want to try to do this more often. We have been through so much together. When mom got alzheimer's we both asked ourselves...."will this be us when we are old?" Funny thing is when growing up, we would fight like cats and dogs but as we both age, we have grown closer than ever. It is always good to have a sister for a friend.

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MAZACK 11/15/2008 8:41PM

    I have one sister that is 2 years younger that me but she is the one with the gray hair. During the past year and a half we have become closer. There were issues beginning from our childhood that we have finally talked about. We have always loved each other and knew we could count on each other but our lives drifted apart. Our Mother sort of came between us unknowingly.

Mary Ann

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ANGORA4 11/13/2008 8:21PM

    Beautifully said!

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