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  • Today's Lake Walk was Nice, but a Little Sad

    12/4/2016 8:14:24 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    The effects of our 7+ year drought are visible on the lovely lake where I walk. Each time I go there, more of it is dried up with the bottom now visible as ground instead of under water like it used to be. While walking today, I stopped a few times in amazement on how much of it is gone. We need ... Read more

  • New workout schedule

    12/4/2016 3:39:59 PM, by MRSGIXXER

    One of the biggest things that helped me reach my weight loss goal was logging and blogging on Spark People. I have some new goals now and think that using the same methods I can achieve these the same as I did losing weight. Eric and I now work out 6 days a week. Up at 4am every day. We ha... Read more

  • 2016 About Me Archive

    12/4/2016 2:56:26 PM, by MRSGIXXER

    2016 - Thrive I had some pretty big goals for myself in 2015. Well, it ended up that I only had the time and energy to work on my marriage and sanity. But it was well worth it. My wonderful husband and I are recovering together from the very difficult 2014/2015 and are looking forward to a muc... Read more

  • My Jingle Bells, Crayon Bank Total, Adopted Bird Family

    12/3/2016 2:11:07 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I bought a bag of bells and have attached them to several pairs of shoes. The friends where I shop laughed heartily this morning. Truth is, I only do Xmas these days as a tribute in memory of my dearly-departed loved ones who gave me unforgettable holidays while growing up. The more I miss them, ... Read more

  • Pork Crown Roast With Cherry Cornbread Stuffing

    12/2/2016 12:06:08 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Christmas is in 23 days! What will you be making for your guests? I have an idea! Take a peek! Pork Roast Ingredients~ 1 (14-rib) (about 8 pounds) pork loin crown roast 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper Directions~ Heat oven to 350. Plac... Read more

  • 10 Tips to Not Get Sick (on MSN website). Drink more wine?!!

    12/2/2016 8:44:14 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    It's not the first time I've read that wine helps the immune system. "In moderation, of course—so pour up a glass of Merlot with dinner and enjoy every last sip. A study conducted by the University of Auckland shows that doing so can decrease oxidative stress and bolster your immune system. Che... Read more

  • Christmas Fruit Cookies

    12/1/2016 10:10:58 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, 24 days till Christmas! Have you started baking? Here's a start! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 c butter, creamed 1 c brown sugar 3 eggs, beaten 3 cups flour 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp baking soda 1 c chopped raisins 1/2 c currants 1 c ch... Read more

  • News About High Blood Pressure, Sleeping Position

    12/1/2016 9:22:57 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I read in yesterday's local fish wrap (newspaper) that the rate of those with high blood pressure has doubled in the past 40 years. Amazing. I also read that the position that is best for your body while sleeping is on your back. I seldom do that. How about you? Have a great day. ... Read more

  • Guess what???

    12/1/2016 8:19:14 AM, by TAYGRL

    I've gained 3 lbs in the last two months with a major holiday that just passed. Since my jeans are loose, my legs and arms are more toned and my stomach is noticeably flatter, gonna go out on a limb and assume my increase is due to the strength training I have been doing. I'll take it, Universe. Th... Read more

  • Taro Chips, Food Tracking, Friends' SP Successes

    11/30/2016 10:40:44 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I have no idea what a taro is, but I bought a bag of taro chips yesterday to give them a try. I'm guessing, something like a potato? No matter how I try, I can't seem to stick with food tracking. I make it to afternoon and then get busy and distracted. Wonder if I should try to keep on keepi... Read more

  • Pita Pockets Stuffed With Curried Tuna Salad

    11/30/2016 10:07:21 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Lunch is at 12 noon, see you then! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 can (3 ounces) tuna, well drained 1 small firm apple, peeled, cored, and diced 2 Tbspschopped sweet onion 1 small stalk celery, diced 1 tsp curry powder (your preference) 1/2 tsp ground cum... Read more

  • Pioneer Beef Stew

    11/29/2016 10:13:02 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Pioneer stew...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1/2 c dry lima beans 1/2 c flour 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1-1/2 pounds stew beef cubed 2 Tbsps oil 1 onion, peeled and chopped 1 green pepper, cored and chopped 1/2 c beef stock 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) to... Read more

  • Homemade Apple Dumplings

    11/28/2016 4:10:12 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Let's bring back some memories shall we? Take a peek! For the dough Ingredients~ 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsps baking powder 1/2 tsp table salt 1 Tbsp granulated sugar 1 Tbsp granulated sugar 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into s... Read more


    11/27/2016 6:29:43 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    And thought I'd jot a note to check in. Not at all disgusted with my huge holiday intake. I enjoyed every morsel, to tell the truth. I was pondering how, come January, it'll be eight years for me here on SP. When I joined, I thought I'd last - maybe - a year. Well, still here. Okay, ... Read more

  • Thai Chicken With Linguini

    11/27/2016 9:46:25 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I know, We have plenty of leftover turkey but the kids want chicken tonight! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 pound chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 c chicken broth 2 Tbsps honey 1 Tbsp soy sauce 1/4 c crunchy peanut butter 1 tsp... Read more

  • Spicy Veggie And Lentil Chili

    11/26/2016 5:17:16 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Are you looking for something warm? I got just what you need! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1/2 pound dried red or green lentils 4 to 5 carrots, diced 4 to 6 cloves garlic, minced 1 to 2 bell peppers, diced 1 red onion, chopped 1 c diced tomatoes 1 c fre... Read more

  • Done Done Done!

    11/26/2016 10:34:18 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Decorations look beautiful. Gifts are wrapped. Cards are sent. All is calm, all is bright. Which is highly unusual in my life. (smiling) I'll enjoy it while I have it. Wishing all a happy, healthy day.... Read more

  • Turkey Tacos

    11/25/2016 10:43:30 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, What will you be doing with your leftovers? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1-1/2 cups turkey or chicken stock 1 Tbsp chili powder 2 tsps cumin 3 cups leftover turkey meat, roughly chopped 1 15.5-ounce can black beans, rinsed and well-drained 1 c finely chop... Read more

  • Lemon & Garlic Quinoa Salad

    11/24/2016 7:16:22 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I thought that I had better come on in and direct you back to healthy eating after the Thanksgiving feast! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 cups dry quinoa 1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt 3 large carrots, chopped medium 1/4 c olive oil 1/4 c soy sauce (preferably ... Read more

  • Happy Thankgiving

    11/24/2016 11:56:53 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Just a quick note to wish all a wonderful day. Big hug.... Read more

  • Warm Brownie Pie

    11/23/2016 10:13:11 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, In "MODERATION" you may enjoy this treat! Take a peek! Directions~ All-Purpose Pie Dough, refrigerated, or your favorite piecrust. Roll the pastry into a 12-inch circle and line a 9-inch (not deep-dish) pie plate with it. Pinch the overhanging pastry into a... Read more

  • Thanking All of My Spark Friends

    11/23/2016 9:21:34 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I want to take this opportunity to give all of you a cyber-hug and thank you for your kind support all year. You are what keeps me on this site. Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving.... Read more

  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    11/22/2016 9:49:46 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Don't tell me you forgot the taters! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 large head of garlic 1 Tbsp olive oil salt & pepper Step Two Mashed potatoes 1 pound yukon gold potatoes, quartered 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 3/4 st... Read more

  • New Fitbit Badge, Sweet Limes, Misc.

    11/22/2016 9:31:10 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    This morning I received an email from Fitbit awarding me the Russian Railway badge which means I've walked 5,772 miles. And that doesn't include the times I've forgotten to wear my FB. (smiling) I wonder if I'll ever be able to walk without FB as I rely on it so much as a motivator. I didn't ... Read more

  • checking in

    11/21/2016 6:05:22 PM, by SOFT_VAL67

    So it has been two months since I last visited SP and blogged. No reason really, just had other things going on. Alot of ups and downs have occurred in my life over the last two months and I am kinda still stuck in the middle of the downs. But that being said, I have enjoyed the last month of my... Read more

  • Super-Creamy Mac And Cheese

    11/21/2016 11:11:00 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Hmmm, let me think, what food would please the kids(for that matter, the kid in all of us)! at holiday time or anytime? Ingredients~ 1/2 pound elbow noodles 1 tsp olive oil 6 (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, divided 1 medium onion, finely chopped 3 Tbsps al... Read more

  • Two Days of Decorating & I'm Exhausted

    11/20/2016 8:17:33 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I don't even like this holiday, but do it in memory of my departed family members. Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving.... Read more

  • Green Bean Casserole

    11/20/2016 10:30:18 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I bet you will not forget the #1 favorite casserole (Drum roll please) for the holidays! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 can cream of mushroom soup 2 cans green beans (I use french cut) drained 2/3 c original french fried onions Direction... Read more

  • World Toilet Day Today

    11/19/2016 9:57:18 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I used to take it for granted - until I traveled to places with no indoor toilet conveniences. I found a few interesting facts on this celebratory day. (smiling) Americans use 50% more toilet paper than other Western societies. On average, Americans use about 50 pounds of toilet paper per-pers... Read more

  • Cranberry Relish

    11/19/2016 12:01:27 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, What is Thanksgiving without this...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 small onion, chopped 2/3 c red-wine vinegar 1 c brown sugar 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger 1 tsp ground pepper 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp each ground allspice, coriander, ... Read more

  • Bagged Roast Turkey With Cornbread, Chestnut, And Sage Stuffing

    11/18/2016 11:25:42 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, DON'T forget the turkey! Roast Turkey Ingredients~ large turkey (15 to 22 pounds) 1 large, plain oven-roasting bag 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 c butter or margarine, melted Directions~ Remove giblets from turkey. So... Read more

  • Thanksgiving, Year's End, Red Lobster

    11/17/2016 2:03:25 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Heading out to Red Lobster to meet my friend for lunch. Had my days mixed up and thought this lunch was for yesterday. (smiling) Although I tend to feel thankful daily, I've been contemplating gratitude even more with Thanksgiving on the horizon. I'm thankful for my friends and few family mem... Read more

  • My accomplishment

    11/17/2016 10:01:00 AM, by U1NANA

    I have lost 54lbs. Since 5/11/16 . I am feeling good. Still got quit a bit to go.... Read more

  • Sweet Potato Pie

    11/17/2016 9:59:14 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, When serving our guests this holiday season one must not forget this! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 c mashed, cooked sweet potato 1-1/2 cups sugar 1-2/3 cups milk 3 eggs 1/2 tsp salt 1/8 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp grated fresh orange zest 1 unbaked 9-in... Read more

  • Pecan And Corn Bread Stuffing

    11/16/2016 9:06:15 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Thanksgiving is next week and you do not want to forget this! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1/4 c (1/2 stick) butter 1 medium onion, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 3 cups crumbled corn bread 1 c chopped pecans 1/2 tsp dried thyme Direc... Read more

  • Chicken Stew

    11/15/2016 9:50:10 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Chicken is always a hit in my home! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4-pound stewing chicken, cut into pieces 2 onions, peeled and sliced 1 stalk celery, sliced 1 bay leaf 6 peppercorns Cold water 3 Tbsps butter 2 Tbsps flour 3 potatoes, peeled and dice... Read more

  • Why My Fridge, Freezer, and Cupboards are Bare

    11/15/2016 8:32:16 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I'm almost done depleting the food supply I have on-hand, and now planning to grocery shop a couple times a week in a state of acute awareness of what I'm buying and eating. Although I've done well during my time here on SP (8 years in January), there is room for improvement. I'm seeing that this ... Read more

  • Meat Loaf With Onion Stuffing

    11/14/2016 8:31:41 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I am hungry for cold meatloaf sandwiches so I guess I had better get to baking the meatloaf! Take a peek! Ingredients~ Meat Loaf 1-1/2 pounds ground beef or turkey 1/2 pound ground pork 4 slices of bread, soaked in warm water, then squeezed 1 onion, m... Read more

  • Super Moon

    11/14/2016 1:55:23 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Wow, it's beautiful. And won't be this close again until 15 years from now. Have a good day, friends.... Read more

  • Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

    11/13/2016 10:25:33 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, What do you mean you do not like quiche! Well after you try this, you will change your tune for sure! Ingredients~ 1 bunch broccoli 4 eggs 1-1/4 cups milk 2 cups grated cheddar cheese 1/2 c grated Romano cheese 3 Tbsps all-purpose flour 2 Tbsps chopp... Read more

  • Grief (perspective from a recent movie)

    11/13/2016 10:00:59 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Yesterday I was watching a subtitled foreign film in which one of the lead characters says that grief is an open wound on the heart. And the best we can do is to try to live a noble life despite the pain. November is a bit difficult because, even after many years, I had two deaths that gave me... Read more


    11/11/2016 2:10:10 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I am helping a friend and just came across this line. Curious to know if anyone has heard of it and/or used it. Still doing great with sugar. God bless our veterans. Have a wonderful day.... Read more

  • First Arm Weight Workout Since February! Hooray Hooray for Me!

    11/9/2016 1:48:13 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    February ushered in an entire year of shingles and its accompanying nerve pain. Now the flare-ups seem to be getting less frequent and this morning was the first time I was able to do a modest strength workout for my arms. I've lost a lot of muscle and now am going to rebuild as I also am working ... Read more

  • 1 a.m. Snack, Scene Out of a Zombie Movie, Sugar Update

    11/8/2016 2:28:00 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I've been a lifelong night eater. But with SP's help, I've learned how to make those fit within my daily range and be healthier choices. However, last night I had nothing before bedtime. I awoke at 1 a.m. tremendously hungry and tried every trick in the book to make myself stay put. It made me s... Read more

  • Finally Will Be Back Online Tomorrow

    11/8/2016 12:31:24 AM, by TAMMYD45

    Oh my everyone. I am so sorry for the long delay in posting. Anywho, I am on tonight to let you know that I will have full internet tomorrow :) I would have had it today but they had to locate the signal and by the time they got to the pole it was real dark and not very safe to be i... Read more

  • 8 of November (Big and Rich song). Grab a tissue first.

    11/7/2016 1:01:14 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    This is an amazing song on youtube and try to watch the one that provides the photo of those killed in the Vietnam battle they are singing about. I don't need November 11 to remember; I've never forgotten and have a deep love for our vets and military. Will update on several things tomorrow. ... Read more

  • Nutty Sweet Carrot Biscuits

    11/7/2016 11:48:22 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Making soup? Don't forget these! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2-3/4 cups flour 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 4 tsps baking powder 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 1-1/4 tsps salt 3/4 cu chopped pecans or walnuts 2 cups mashed cooked carrots 1 tsp vanilla 3/4 c sugar... Read more

  • Turnip And Cabbage Soup

    11/6/2016 9:38:38 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Thank you for the warm welcome return! Is it soup time in your neck of the woods? Well then, I got just the ticket! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1/4 pound salt pork, chopped 3 turnips, peeled and chopped 6 leeks, white parts only, sliced 1 head cabbage, cored... Read more