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What to do with left over fruit

Thursday, December 04, 2008

I had made a fruit tray for Thanksgiving and I have this thing about wasting good food. We had alot of apple and pear pieces left so instead of throwing them out, I made fruit bread. And when I cook or bake I usually just throw a little of this and a little of that in a bowl and it comes together magically into something edible. Sometimes it surprises me and turns out quite nice and even tasty too. I wound up with 2 loaves. My husband has a sweet tooth so he was gifted with one. (Of course I had to taste it) but the other is nicely wrapped in foil and tucked into a ziplock bag and down in the freezer for a last minute gift or goodie to share during the holidays.

With all the holiday goodies I like to make, I made myself a promise that I could taste anything and that is exactly what I meant...just a taste...one bite only. This way I can get the feel and smells and tastes of the holidays. But the rest goes to guests and to family and friends for gifts. So far it is working for me. I've not gained anything and I'm even losing though it seems much slower.

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ANGORA4 12/6/2008 11:54PM

    I cook that way too. So hard to give recipes! Congratulations on losing despite all the baking, good for you!

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CHAS1949 12/6/2008 11:26PM

    What a cool idea! You are strong if you can stick to just a bite. I have to make our family's cookie (Springerli) this year, as always. but I will have to really hold myself back. I usually eat the things for days before, during, and after Christmas!

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Aging Gracefully

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


by Sharon R. Poet

"I stood in the line where every body goes,
To fix the aging form of skin, hair or nose.
But strong as stone, I stood as I studied my reflection,
And found these words, I felt, in my bodyís deep rejection,
ďEach crevice built for tears - these wrinkles on my face,
Are proof of precious years that NOTHING can erase.
In the grey of my fine hair, I sometimes see a glow.
Please handle it with care and let the magic show.
The sparkle in my eyes grows brighter every day.
Please donít cover it up. Donít take that away.
Every blemish, bump or sag, in the eyes of the weak,
May make me a hag. But HEAR these words I speak.
I want to remain human - the Truest kind of all.
Donít stretch, tweak or fix me. I donít want to be a doll.
I may not fit in, because of how I feel.
But I donít want to change. So, let me just be REAL.Ē

My sister and I have had talks before about aging gracefully. She continues to dye her hair, where I quit about 4 years ago. She also keeps her hair cut short, thinking that long hair makes you look older. I decided to rebel when I quit dyeing my hair and let it go long. I have naturally curly (more like frizzy) hair and with most of them gray now, they tend to be coarse. Having long hair seems to pull some of the frizz out and staighten it somewhat. Another thing we have talked about is that she wants to have a face lift and other facial treatments to make her keep her youth as long as possible. Me....on the other hand, think I've earned every wrinkle, nook, and cranny in my body and I want to wear them with pride. It seems the older I get the more comfortable I get in this body.

Exercise is not something I can do without in my aging process. I have found if I don't get some type exercise, I lose more muscle tone. I can sometimes get a little back but not what I had before. Another thing with aging is that I've learned to slow down and see and smell the flowers along the way. I look for more beauty in the world now instead of making a mad dash through life getting places that don't matter if I'm there or not. I've decided to enjoy the ride or walk whereever it takes me. I want to enjoy life to the fullest and going at a mad dash is bypassing the best things in life. I have learned to laugh more and enjoy good company and do away with those people in my life who try to pull me down or who tend to carp and gripe about every little thing. I try to spend time with those I love and who can enjoy the trip.

And now when the sons' tease me about my white hair, I just say I earned them and partly because of them. God didn't make us to be perfect specimens but to learn to become a better human being on the inside. I plan to cultivate that "soul person" on the inside of me as I get healthier and more fit. I want to be a real human being both to myself and to those around me.

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GRALLEN 12/1/2008 1:24PM

    Very well said. I too try not to rush thru the day but to stop and enjoy the beauty of nature and the lovely people around me. Although I still color my hair. hahahaha.

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ANGORA4 11/29/2008 2:22PM

    Beautifuly said. Mine, too, is long and gray. Went to Thanksgiving dinner, and SIL had dyed hers jet black (which was really weird, because she is a natural redhead!). It looked so silly, so unnatural. Jet black did not match the lines on her face or the pale redhead complexion. So artificial. I've seen dyed hair that was lovely, looked natural. This did not.

Aging is natural. We've earned every wrinkle and line. I wear clothes that I like, not what is fashionable. My hair is long and straight, when most are cut. And the color, well, what you see is what it is. I like life that way. Simple. Natural. Unpretentious. No sense pretending to be something I am not. Never was a fashion person, never followed the crowd. No sense starting now!

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BGGARDEN 11/26/2008 8:45PM

    You are beautiful!
Happy Thanksgiving my Creative and Dear Sparky Friend.

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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.


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