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JUNK FOOD

Tuesday, November 27, 2012



I think this week has been a really trying week for our 5% challenge but then again it has stretched me..I have done really well not eating junk food all this week until today...Started out great..went to the big town to pick up the rods, finials and tassels for the hooked tapestries I've been making for the son's..also bought me a much needed purse...haven't had a new purse since I retired in 2005..skipped the new boots as think I make the old ones work for another year..then we were going to stop and eat at a little Mexican cafe..lovely food and lovely people own it..well decided not to spend the money so came home and grilled a steak instead...and then............

that pumpkin roll called my name....had to eat a slice...but hey 1 day out of 4 isn't bad on eating junk food...so back to the grind tomorrow..but think this challenge this week will help me keep my eyes open until the winter challenge starts.

  
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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 12/1/2012 7:13AM

    You did great. I was 0/7 with this challenge.

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KIMPY225 11/28/2012 9:07AM

    Nice job!

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DOROTHYBERO 11/28/2012 8:25AM

    You have done awesome - I have only managed one day so far of no junk food.

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FLEURGARDEN 11/28/2012 7:33AM

    I've done fine with junk food this week, but I think it's only because I overdid it last week and gave in to the munchies a few times too often.

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MISSY455 11/28/2012 1:30AM

    This week has been very challenging for sure. Today is the first day I have managed to stay away from the junk. I have really tried today to be so mindful of everything that goes into my mouth.....tiring :-) I applaud your efforts!

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CINDYSDAY 11/27/2012 8:21PM

    One day isn't bad. You are doing a great job!

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Pumpkin Roll and Cheesecake

Friday, November 23, 2012

Maybe I need to make up a poem about these 2 villans..Well do want to tell you a funny story..I am really bad about making new recipes and then sharing them before I've tested it out..I should know better at my age to make a test one first before trying to make one to take for a crowd..either that or stick with the tried and true recipes I already make great....so here is the story of the Pumpkin Roll and Pecan Pie Cheesecake...sound yummy don't they....well....................

Ok started when the SIL asked me to make a dessert (thank goodness she made a couple of cakes)...So decided to make the pecan pie cheesecake I had seen on pinterest...and since my DIL makes yummy pumpkin rolls I decided to make it as well..never made either before..but how hard can it be..well first spent an entire day making the pecan pie cheesecake..used a springform pan, put the pan of water in the bottom of the oven, cooked the pecan syrup 7 minutes instead of the called for 8-10 minutes and made the high calorie cheese cake..the kind with 3 packages of regular cream cheese, 3 eggs and whipping cream..well it came out of the oven looking and smelling heavenly...after it cooled it even came out of the springform pan looking wonderful..even made the 4 hour trip on a really curvy back road to the SIL's and was still looking great..(ending will come in a minute)...

Next day I made the pumpkin roll...I should have called the DIL to find out exactly what she does..but I did use parchment paper..problem came when I flipped that cake over onto the powdered sugar dusted towel...needed to leave the parchment paper on the bottom next to the towel and then rolled it..well later after it cooled I unrolled it and had to pry it off the towel..went ahead and iced with the cream cheese icing..(maybe it is the cream cheese recipes I need to avoid) and kind of mooshed it together..it was pitiful....so stuck it in the refrigerator to firm up..still looked awful the next day..so decided one dessert to take was plenty...so left it in the refrigerator for hubby to eat..thinking I have the will power not to eat it later..think I have the will power of a gnat....

Ok back to the cheese cake saga..Took the cheese cake out of the box at the SIL's and everyone ooohed and ahhhed over it..then went to cut it and the bottom pecan pie layer was so hard you couldn't cut it..I swear we tried every knife in the house including an electric one and couldn't cut that sucker...it was now rock candy with baked cheesecake on top..so we resorted to scraping the cheesecake off and eating it and then joked how she could take a sledge or jack hammer to the bottom part later. but happy to say the entire cheesecake part was eaten..

Now back to the pumpkin roll..After our 4 hour drive home I heard that pumpkin roll calling my name..I had done so good on eating all day and didn't stuff or overeat and kept within my calorie range but that pumpkin roll just kept calling me so decided "why not...it's Thanksgiving and I can indulge one day"...good attitude I'm thinking..well bad idea again. I wound up with the worst case of acid reflux I have had since before coming back to SP last January..wound up sleeping in my recliner half the night and now coughing today from it..think I may just have learned my lesson this time..My body sure has a way of telling on me when I feed it something it shouldn't have or over indulging..

So today I'm back to my regular routine..This next week on my 5% challenge we have to forgo junk food...think I will ace this week..none for me for some time now..I did weigh this morning and didn't gain thankfully but still no loss this week..tomorrow I will weigh again and post to my Awesome A team..don't think I'm making "last man standing" this round though..

Anyway hope you enjoyed the laugh!!!! Laughing is good for the soul!!

  
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ILOVETOCRUISE 12/1/2012 9:12AM

    My mother always cooked the pecan syrup but never told me how long and I never thought to ask. Now I know.
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CAROLJ35 11/26/2012 9:34PM

    Know the feeling!!! I have been known as a good baker for many years but every now and then something really goes awry. Before Thanksgiving I was putting pumpkin pie into oven when noise startled me and the pumpkin filling ran over the crust, down the door and into drawer under oven. What a mess! Worst of it was the pie had been ordered by a church member as part of a fund raiser. Luckily, I had a second one made.

Question is: Will you ever try this recipe again???

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COMPUCATHY 11/26/2012 9:05PM

    Laughing IS good for the soul and I don't do near enough of it! Thank you! Hope you had a marvelous Monday! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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CAKAROO 11/24/2012 12:21PM

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 11/24/2012 10:58AM

    Sorry to hear about your desserts. Good luck on your challenge this week!

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DOROTHYBERO 11/24/2012 7:59AM

    Wow - I thought the pecan cheese cake sounded so yummy - sorry it did not turn out - I have never attempted a pumpkin roll - everyone tells me how easy they are but I am not good at pie crust or sugar cookies so do not know if I would be any good with pumpkin roll. This weeks challenge is going to be a real struggle for me!

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MISSY455 11/24/2012 2:49AM

    I can't bake to save my life, so you are WAY ahead of me. So sorry you went to all that work though, and it didn't turn out for you.

I don't know how I will do this week with the challenge...junk food is my nemesis. I will just attack it one day at a time, or one trip into the kitchen at a time I guess.

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Things

Tuesday, November 20, 2012



This sometimes is so hard to accept..things happen out of our control and we moan and groan about it but yet it doesn't help but make us more miserable..All through life we have to learn things whether in school or out in the working world and some we use and some we don't and we wonder why we had to learn those things in the first place..well that is just life...and then we lose loved ones that are near and dear to us and yet we don't want to let go..They say if someone is on their death bed and a person dear to them won't let them go, then they just remain in a state that is worse than death at times..One thing I learned over my life time is that death is inevitable..it happens...we are born in this world and though we begin by growing we are also growing closer to death..we need to celebrate our loved ones when they die..If they are "believers" then they are in a much much better place and no longer in pain and hardship in this world..but we moan and then become sad and depressed..why????? They are no longer with us in life but they are still with us in our hearts..

The reason for this post is that I've noticed many people here on spark and also other places that are sad and down this time of year due to a death in their family that occurred recently or at this time of year in the past..I have my own memories..my dad died the day after Thanksgiving and my sweet MIL died around this time as well..I'm so thankful that I had them in my lives as long as I did and they blessed me so much but I know they are celebrating with us when we celebrate and one day I hope to be reunited with them..

Thursday we are blest to drive down to the southern part of our state to celebrate Thanksgiving with my husband's siblings..This rarely happens but this year is special that we could all be together..all of us are getting up in years..oldest at 77 and youngest at 58 but still we won't all be together for many more years..My kids are celebrating with their families with the other sides of their families and my sister is celebrating with her husband's family so really we are all so blest..

We try to look for the opportunities to have these blessings instead of complaining about the weather or how we feel in our bodies or what we are going to wear or how far it is to drive..therefore I will not complain but I will celebrate!!!

  
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DOROTHYBERO 11/22/2012 7:34AM

    I will celebrate as well!

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HOLLYM48 11/21/2012 6:02PM

    Let us all live everyday to it's fullest and appreciate each other while we can. Thanks for a great blog! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! emoticon

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MAZACK 11/21/2012 11:08AM

    My son't grandmother died on his birthday which was hard on him but he and his sblings had a very special visit with her shortly before she died. One daughter was in the Navy and made the trip for that visit but knew she couldn't come back and the other daughter couldn't either. They saw their grandmother when it mattered most to her (there were relatives (nieces) of Grace's who thought otherwise and didn't accept the idea they were doing what she wanted).

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 11/21/2012 8:17AM

    Great post!

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CINDYSDAY 11/21/2012 4:47AM

    Very nice blog. I miss my Dad. He has been gone for 12 years but this was his favorite time of the year. Actually any time he could have the family together was his favorite time of the year!

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/20/2012 8:28PM

    This is so true. My Mom died right after her birthday. In fact she was dying the day of her birthday. I was so relieved she was out of pain when she left our world. My Dad died 6 months later, and the day after my Daughters birthday. I knew how much he missed my Mom, and my Dad had been sickly for years, so once again, I felt it was better for him to go. We miss our loved ones while they are gone, but I know I will see them again someday, plus all of my pets I have lost through out the years. In order to have peace within ourself, we need to let go completely, or we can't carry on with happiness. Our loved ones wouldn't want that, would they. Thanks for this blog!

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XNANNY 11/20/2012 4:38PM

    emoticon emoticon You are right about life and death. My family lost our members in the spring, so this time of year is not as hard. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Amazing!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012



We are all pretty amazing!!! We need to make this our mantra and speak it over ourselves every day even if we don't feel like it...

  
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ALL-IS-AMAZING 11/20/2012 9:07AM

    Love this!

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CINDYSDAY 11/19/2012 1:33PM

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CAKAROO 11/19/2012 6:14AM

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/19/2012 12:10AM

    I agree. We are what we are. emoticon

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HOLLYM48 11/18/2012 7:27PM

    So true! What a great blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ARNETTELEE 11/18/2012 5:54PM

  Be happy with what you have!

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GRACEFULJOURNEY 11/18/2012 5:52PM

    I am happy because I love who I am!
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KATIEEMMA5 11/18/2012 5:50PM

    yes that it amazing!!! thanks for sharing!!!

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Rejoicing

Friday, November 16, 2012


Today I'm rejoicing....I felt so much better even though I had some sniffles but got to meet the son and DGD and their friend Auntie Cincin...we watched Miss Molly sing 2 songs with her class and then we ate a traditional thanksgiving meal..it really wasn't much food as we got to the back of the line so not much was left but that was fine by us as we were there to celebrate being thankful with Miss Molly and that is all that counts..and I rejoiced that the weather was nice..Today was a nice day to rejoice.

  
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IMREITE 11/22/2012 2:48AM

    i will admit that i prefer to celebrate with smaller portions of food. when i was younger i used to get excited about eating till i was more stuffed then the turkey. Now i try to enjoy the other parts of the holidays like spending time with family and friends.

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MAZACK 11/18/2012 11:03AM

    Time for the grandchildren is so nice just wish mine were closer. My youngest 2 really like doing things with grandma. They like for grandma to read to them.


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BARB4HEALTH 11/18/2012 8:42AM

    Rejoice! And again I say, REJOICE!
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CAKAROO 11/17/2012 6:47PM

    glad you had fun

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 11/17/2012 6:29PM

    I'm glad that you enjoyed yourself.

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/17/2012 2:51PM

    Great blog. Indeed, it sounded like a wonderful day! emoticon

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CSDAYS 11/17/2012 9:21AM

    Blessings!
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MOSTMOM1 11/17/2012 9:10AM

    Wonderful!

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BELIEVING-N-ME 11/17/2012 7:42AM

    Sounds like you had an Awesome time!

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DOROTHYBERO 11/17/2012 7:40AM

    Rejoice!

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CINDYSDAY 11/17/2012 7:19AM

    sounds like a great time!

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MISSY455 11/17/2012 2:14AM

    Sounds like an emoticon day!

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