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08-02-2012, 01:41 PM

I got up earlier than usual and don’t feel any ill effects from it at all. Guess I got a real good nights sleep. It is 79ºs as I type and said not to get higher than the mid 90ºs this day. AH, cooling down some what. We now have 8 apples all dried with cinnamon and Splenda® sprinkled on them and they are delicious. Two apples per tray is what we can dry at a time. We could add more trays then it would take longer to dry them though and 4 trays are enough to do at one sitting. I have enough cinnamon mixture to do another batch today. Tomorrow I will flavor a batch with Jello ~ haven’t decided what flavor to use yet. :lol: That gizmo that we have that peals, spiral slices and cores an apple worked great. After the apple is taken off the machine then we slice it all the way down and it makes apple rings that just have a cut on one side. Real trick and so easy to do. We are so thankful we have apples to preserve since the garden was a no go this year. I freeze them with two apples worth of slices per bag after they are dried. By the time we are through we will have several different flavored apples plus lots of plain ones to use in different dishes. If I wanted to store them on a shelf I would have to get some chemical to preserve them and I prefer to just use lemon juice and then store them in the freezer.

We got a wonderful surprise last evening ~ a family that moved back east came to visit some relatives and came to class. They are the family that has the two little girls that were my very close buddies. The oldest will now be going into 2nd grade and the little baby boy that was just born before they left is a corker. He is non-stop all over the place and very social and loves people and talks a blue steak. The lights are on in that kid & definitely all boy. The other girl is simply still a sweetheart and will start K. We will get to see them again on Sunday which will be pot-luck day and chat away with them. Her folks live out here, about an hour’s drive away, so they are out here to visit them. His folks are out east close to where they live now. So good to see them again.

DONNA FAYE Like I said ~ you can use all vinegar in that recipe I posted and it turns out good that way. Use as many of the ingredients in it or change it to your taste. Just thought you would like to try that one for kicks and giggles. We just happen to like a salad with a variety of ingredients in it. :smug: Not everyone likes the same things for sure. Poor little pooch. I feel so sorry for your dog in his misery. They hide like that when they know they are sorry in their own way for making a mess. I know you do your very best to care for him and make him comfortable.

I hope all is well with you Magnolias ~ type at y’all later ~ :wave:

08-03-2012, 01:31 AM
Good Evening, Flowers! I've been watching the Olympics and time slipped away this evening. The highlight of the day was getting to meet an online friend visiting her son who lives fairly close to the cabin! We had coffee at Perkins Restaurant which is another story in itself. Then we went to a gift house that has a resident mother cat and kittens; I had been there several years ago and they were trying to find homes for the kittens. The cat family lives in what I would call a closet and they put a screen door on it. The sign says to go in and love the kittens but not to let them out. It's an old house with every nook and cranny crammed with "stuff." I took her to the cabin; Bob offered a boat ride but it was getting close to when she felt she should return to her son's house so she passed. We took the long route back going by some of the fancy homes around the lake. It was so fun to meet her!

"Gma" -- I feel so bad for Fortune, and for you too. I hope his tummy settles down asap. Will having company upset him? I know you will have such fun with your guys! :cp:

Maggie -- Thanks for sharing your recipe. Bob is more of a cream dressing than vinegar person, but I think it sounds good. Beth and Amanda would be likely to try it so think I will take it to the lake when we will all be there. How nice to reconnect with your friends; children sure change in a short time that's for sure. What did your animals think about the little boy? ;)

I'm working in the church office tomorrow morning, so it will be another "get up and go" morning. Hope you all have a Fantastic Friday and enjoy! :wave:

08-03-2012, 04:08 PM
Good afternoon gals. Just a quick post as the boys should be here anytime. He called awhile ago and was less than an hour away. It has been raining on and off here all day and we had a pretty intense lightening strike somewhere around the hospital. Jack said it messed up the stuff in the cath lab and they had to wait 5 minutes for it all to reset itself.

Good news on that front. Jack had no blockage in the artery. The doctor said he doesn't know what the shadow was, but his artery was completely clear and had no blockage at all, so we are thankful for that. Unfortunately, these caths are the only way of being able to tell if it is a blockage or not. Jack is now off work until Thurs so he will get to enjoy his son and grandson the first of the week before they go back home on Tuesday.

I am hoping by tomorrow Fortune is back to feeling well enough to eat. He has eaten a couple treats and the cheese ball I put his meds in but won't eat any of his food. I imagine when you get sick it smells bad to him at the moment so we will just hold off another day.

Maggie:Glad you got to visit with some old aquaintances. Sounds like the girls are growing up.

Jean: Sounds like fun to meet someone you made friends with online. One of these days we will get to visit in person! :lol:

Well, I better get out of here. Have a wonderful Friday and great weekend in case I don't get back in here. Faye

08-04-2012, 12:10 AM
Good Evening. Flowers! It is cooling down this evening and we are in a "severe" thunderstorm warning until 2 AM. It was another hot day and our thermometer said 103 this afternoon. The "needs battery" is showing so I'm not sure how accurate it is right now. I worked in the church office this morning. There were Sunday bulletins to stuff with the communion ritual responses and weekly announcement page, plus several check vouchers to type so I kept busy. I was there alone since the pastor is on vacation and the education director has Fridays off.

"Gma" -- I'm so glad that Jack got a great report from the catherization exam! :cheer: Now if Fortune feels better all would be on track again; will you or have you been making his dog food again? Have a fun time with Jay and Jackson! :dance:

I'm going to watch some more of the Olympics and then head to bed. Hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy! :wave:

08-04-2012, 01:31 PM

Guess I didn't get here yesterday. We have been busy with drying the batches of apples all week. I used sugarfree strawberry Jell-O to sprinkle on the slices after their 2 minute bath in lemon juice yesterday. I have never done this before but it sounded worth a try and I will certainly do this again next year for they turned out yummy. The cinnamon/Splenda® ones turned out great also. All the rest we dried plain with just the lemon juice bath. After these get dried we will have several batches in bags in the freezer for use in various dishes in the future. I packaged them up with 2 apples worth of slices in each bag. If I make a recipe that calls for more apples I can always use more bags. For snacking Will and I can split a bag for 1 dried apple each. My fingers are now all stained with the strawberry Jell-O. :lol: Such a nice pink color it turned my fingers and nails. With enough hand washing today it will surely be gone. Now all the apples have been processed I can get some other things taken care of.

This cat cracks me up. When it is time to go to bed at night I pull back the covers on my side and then go to the door to turn out the light. When I get back to the bed the cat is laying right smack dab in the middle of where I sleep. It is a game for I pick him up and deposit him on a different place on the bed. He does that with my kitchen chair and my chair in the front room. He is such a negative attention seeker. :o

Today we are planning on BBQ-ing some stakes and I will prepare fresh asparagus a la Donnas method. Sounds like a plan. Tomorrow noon it will be pot-luck at the church. Will has ordered two large pizzas from Pizza Hut that he will go pick up for they will be ready in time. The teens especially like the pizza. We have a birthday cake in the fridge over there for a young ladies celebration tomorrow. I will pick and choose OP type foods for someone always brings a big container of veggies with dip (which I won’t use) and then another brings fruit all cut up without any dressing on it either. So my plan is to have veggies, fruit and a piece of chicken that I have removed the skin from and stay away from the desserts. That’s my plan and I always do so much better if I do have a plan before going into these type of meals. People tend to bring the same fruit and veggie platters to the pot-lucks. If they don’t appear then my plan will have to be changed somewhat but I can deal.

DONNA FAYE What wonderful news about Jack. What a load off your minds I would imagine. Have a wonderful visit with your family.

JEAN After all your work yesterday what are you up to today? You are one active gal. Now you have the high temps we have had and today we are a bit cooled down in the high 80's which is a relief.

I hope all is well with you Magnolias ~ type at y’all later ~ :wave:

08-04-2012, 03:56 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! We got up to rain this morning! :cp: I'm not sure how much, under and inch, but every little bit helps. The sun has come out and it's a nice cool 73 degrees! I spent the morning doing laundry, fixing a meatloaf for lunch, and watching the Olympics. I think the next round of events isn't going to be as much fun, for me, to watch. Of course, watching Gabby was the best and I do enjoy the swimmers and divers. I'm surprised at how many volleyball teams there are.

Maggie -- Your apples will be a delicious treat for you and Will! :yes: I have taken pizza for pot luck dinners if I know there will be kids there. It's always a hit, even with adults. When our kids were little I fixed hotdogs at home and kept them warm in a cooler. I knew our kids would have something there they would eat since they weren't too fond of casseroles at the time. I hope this nice cool weather hangs around until fall gets here!

I'm off to change laundry loads and maybe head to the library. I'm almost done with one book and don't want to be bookless tonight and tomorrow night. Enjoy the rest of your day! :wave:

08-05-2012, 12:06 PM
Good morning. Just a quick peek in before we head out today. We are taking the boys to Incredible Pizza for a morning of fun and food. I will sit and read or knit while Jay and Jack go do stuff with the boys more than likely. My knee has been giving me fits for about a week and standing for a long time makes it really hurt.

Jean: Fortune loves company and it doesn't upset him at all, but he is so sick he hasn't even been all over Jackson like he usually would. He is on antibiotics, but so far has not turned a corner to feeling better. Let's just say we have to shampoo the carpet again! No, I am not making his dog food again. I am going to put him on scrambled eggs, rice and pumpkin for a couple days though and see if we can get his stool to firm up.

Maggie: Sounds like you had good plans for dinner. Hope you enjoy the asparagus that way. We love it and it gets us some green veggies in.

We went to Kelly's to go swimming and Jackson was such a hoot. He was convinced he could do all kinds of things off the diving board. He would run and jump, try to do cannonballs and such and even jumped off backwards and through a couple inner tubes. He loves the water as much as Thomas does for sure and I loved having them all to myself for about an hour while the other adults were still in the house.

Have a lovely day today. Faye

08-05-2012, 03:34 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's a beautiful day in my neighborhood, sunny and 70 degrees. We went to church, have had lunch, read the paper, and now watching the Olympics. I didn't realize there would be horses; not being a horse person they have been fun to watch. They are beautiful animals.

"Gma" -- I sure hope Fortune gets to feeling better soon. Do you have any idea what upsets his stomach? I knew you would be having fun with your family! ;)

Guess I will wrap Maddie's birthday gifts and write my church birthday cards for next week. Hope everyone is enjoying a nice day! :wave:

08-05-2012, 07:04 PM
Good evening, ladies! Another day in the high 90s and humid.

A busy week with an extra 27 hours worked from home. Still have more to do on that. Yesterday was Bella's Belles so I played hookey and have to work more today to make up. Had a really good time.

Faye, I hope Fortune is feeling better soon. It's wonderful everything is okay with Jack.

Jean, I love my Kindle because I can download books at any time 24/7 and I get most of them for free.

Maggie, just the thought of those dried apples makes me drool. Subway has dried apple chips now. One bag = 1 apple and has 70 calories. And its just apple and lemon juice. How did they dry things in the past. They didn't have freezers but they kept.

Timer just went off so dinnter is ready. Enjoy your evening.

08-06-2012, 02:05 AM

SUSAN In the past they must have kept the dried foods in very low temperature places is all that I can figure or used what chemicals were available. Dried fruits you buy in stores these days usually don’t need refrigeration because they use chemicals on them but I choose not to use chemicals they use like: sulphur dioxide, erythorbic acid, ascorbic acid, citric acid, sodium bisulfate, sugar, and sunflower oil to name a few. The writing on the bags of commercial fruit can say “all natural” so I guess the chemicals are called “natural.” Since I have the freezer space I use the lemon juice bath to keep the slices from turning brown and the Splenda® instead of sugar in recipes to make toppings. So when I eat an apples worth of dried slices I am just getting an apple with no added chemicals. I do have a recipe for a bath that uses chemicals but have yet to use it. If for some reason I ever run out of freezer space and have a lot of things to dry then I may consider using chemicals instead of losing the fruit. I also didn't dry any of the apples to make chips for I didn't dry them that dry.:p

DONNA FAYE The asparagus was real good and I will surely make it again that way one day.

JEAN Yep they sure have good looking horses don't they. At times I sure miss our horses.

I am now going to bed. Weigh day tomorrow ~ who knows what it will be ~ only the Shadow knows. My goodness that was an old TV show.

Good Night Magnolias ~ type at y’all later ~ :wave:

08-06-2012, 04:35 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's a beautiful cool sunny day in my corner of the world. It's supposed to head back up to the low 90s later today. Church balanced quickly as well as the gift shop money this morning. I stopped at the library and then WG to look for Justin Bieber folders, notebook, or whatever. WG had them plus pencils and toothbrushes. Maddie will be so excited. :twirly:

Susan -- You have been a busy gal working from home. It's nice that you can do that.

Maggie -- Good luck at WW tonight! I had forgotten about the Shadow show.

We have a dinner meeting tonight but Bob gets to leave early. He is meeting with the electrician to install the eternal lamp in the church sanctuary. Enjoy the rest of your day! :wave:

08-06-2012, 11:01 PM

YIPEKIO I am down 4.6 pounds at weigh in this evening. I lay off eating watermelon this week and it was the only change I made. Guess I am one of those that it makes retain water weight. Anyway I am a happy camper for that loss and will stick close to program this coming week for sure for that brings me to a good 82.4 pounds gone forever from this body of mine.

HELP ~ Did one of you post a recipe for a Dump Cake recipe using cherry pie filling, chocolate cake mix, angel food cake mix and crushed pineapple? I just have a list of the ingredients and not the directions on a scrap of paper and can’t locate it in my recipe collection books. There are many recipes out there but none have I found that use both the chocolate cake and the angel food cake.

JEAN Doesn't it feel good to balance the books so quickly. :cp: I am happy for your endeaver to persevere.

I hope all is well with you Magnolias ~ type at y’all later ~ :wave:

08-07-2012, 12:12 PM
Good morning gals. Jay and Jackson headed home at 4 AM this morning and I started the mounds of towels and sheets. I just put the last load in the washer and found a little sock wrapped up in the sheets. I will stick it in an envelope and send it back after I wash it.

We all went out to dinner at Abuelos last night and had a blast. Jackson was the entertainment for the night. We were on the end so couldn't play, but everyone else played, "guess the super hero." Jackson would give a couple clues like boy or girl, good or bad, and something about them like they wear green or they have laser eyes, etc and you had to guess who the super hero was, then whomever would give Jackson clues to guess. This kids is a super hero expert. He knows every super hero and villain there is I think. We then started getting silly and doing muppets. It was laughs all around. We came home and Jay and Jackson went right to bed. Jack and I stayed up for awhile then crashed.

Poor Jack is done for. We went to Incredible Pizza on Sunday and if you don't know what this place is like, they have a pizza buffet but also what they call the fairgrounds which has mini bowling, mini golf, laser tag, go carts and lots of video games. They ran Jack ragged in the laser tag and he messed up his back again so has been gimping around all weekend. He loved every minute of it though. I just sat and knitted on Jack's sock and read my Kindle and let the guys all have fun together.

Yesterday, Jackson and Jay went to the movies and out to lunch and Jack and I just vegged out at home until dinner time.

Jack is over getting a haircut today and tomorrow will take the car to get an oil change and tire rotation for the trip. I am just buried in laundry, but not so much stress now that Fortune is finally feeling better. I took him off the antibiotics after his first half pill yesterday even though it wasn't the full 10 days. I got to thinking how upset my stomach was taking this med and thought maybe he wasn't eating and was lethargic because he was nauseous. We came home from the restaurant last night and he jumped off the recliner and went outside like he was back to normal. I got the egg and rice mixture I had made earlier in the day out of the fridge and he gulped it right down. I made the same thing this morning and he ate part of it. I put it back in the fridge and will give the rest to him this evening then start dog food again tomorrow if he is still ok.

Maggie: I don't have that recipe, sorry. I have never heard of it. :carrot: Congrats on the great loss.

Jean: Maddie will have Bieber overload. Jackson is all about the superheros, so I imagine that is what all his school stuff will be like. I would love to be able to say the morning was nice and cool, but no chance of that. Jay is training for a marathon in December and ran the first day he was here and didn't run again the whole time. He said by the time he got back to our house he was dizzy and almost disoriented from the heat.

Susan: thank you again for the link for the free books. I have downloaded probably 10 books for my Kindle that were free from it. I certainly have plenty to take with me and read here at home.

Well girls, laundry is calling and Jack just got back home. Have a wonderful Tuesday. Faye

08-07-2012, 04:05 PM

It is a lovely afternoon here in the ♥-land. The animals are all snoozing and Will is at the “old folk’s home” doing a museum presentation for them. I just had a yummy lunch. Last evening I purchased a pack of 4 containers of WW Harvest Berries & Cream instant oatmeal. I just had a serving of it and it was delicious for 4P+ since I used milk in it. They are made to zap in the microwave for a minute and I will make sure I have some on hand for my future use for sure. I’ll buy some more of the different flavors at the next meeting. I did end up staying for the meeting but left before the feeding frenzy started. :shrug: I’m telling you those folks must have magnets in their pockets the way they rushed to that table and surrounded it devouring the snacks some members brought. I realize that years back you would have found me right there with them though. :smug: There were several of us that didn’t want to partake of the snacks and left since the meeting was over. The leader said she will be sending out all the recipes of the foods that were there. One of the bean salads looked good and I will probably make it and the pop cycles for they sounded good and very low point. I still have some pop cycles in the freezer that I made last year that are very low point. :cp: I made several kinds and we didn’t eat them all. BTW I have just 5 pounds more to lose before I reach my half way mark that will put me on the down hill part of this losing journey.

I just might make Will some 1 P+ Snickerdoodles after while ~ it is a lightened version that I have had for years that was published in the Cooking Light magazine. Actually it was lightened by a 17 year old that had discovered a passion for cooking and lightening recipes that her family is fond of. Any one wants the recipe let me know and I will post it. :yes: They freeze well, by the way.

DONNA FAYE Sounds like you had a lovely time with your family get-together. Quality time was spent and all were happy. Too bad Jack over did it and now his back is giving him fits again.


Type at y'all later. Have a wonderful day.:D

08-07-2012, 10:47 PM
Good Evening, Flowers! It's been a long day! Although the thermometer said 91, the humidity is lower so it didn't seem quite so hot. We are supposed to be heading down into the lower 80s the rest of the week. I started my day having lab work, then worked in the gift shop where I sold 2 greeting cards (one to myself), had a perm this afternoon, and came home to fix supper. We were supposed to attend a Neighborhood Night Out a couple blocks from us, but decided neither one of us wanted to stand around and listen to the same thing we heard last year: police, fire, and ambulance personnel all come and give a talk.

Maggie -- :congrat: on losing 4.6#s this past week! You did good! It's hard to believe watermelon could make such a big difference. The dump cake recipe wasn't mine either, sorry. Was the meeting a special one that people brought food? I commend you for leaving without eating! :cp:

"Gma" -- I'll bet your house is pretty quiet with Jay and Jackson back home again. :dunno: I hope Jack's back will feel better soon if he just babies it and rests. I'm so glad Fortune seems to be feeling better. :yes:

I came upstairs with a load of laundry to put away. I can zip in and out of here so much faster on the PC! I guess I'll go watch some more of the Olympics. Enjoy the rest of your evening! :wave:

08-08-2012, 10:12 AM
Good morning, Flowers! It's a cloudy morning but no rain in the forecast. I have a few minutes before I meet with my doctor; will be glad when I move on to the mammogram and bone density test right afterwards. I have lunch bunch this noon and no plans after that. I might wrap up Justin Bieber and chase dust bunnies. ;)

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday! :wave:

08-08-2012, 10:44 AM
Good morning gals. Jack is at Firestone getting an oil change and having the tires rotated for the trip. When he gets back home we will go out and get a few groceries to tide us over until next week when we commissary shop and on to the post office to send back a watch I bought that doesn't fit and the dial is huge.

I am finally on the foot of Jack's sock, but haven't had any time to work on it with the boys being here. I loved having them, but it is nice and quiet now and with Fortune on the mend, the house seems back to normal again! :lol:

We need to start gearing up for vacation now as it is only 6 weeks away. My lists are pretty extensive, but have a couple more things to add to them, like bringing down the folder with our wills and stuff in them for the kids if something would happen and writing up a list for the dog and instructions for Kelly where things are if something would happen. I know they think I am silly for doing this, but they wouldn't be so happy if they had to dig through all of our stuff to try and find our wills, requests for burial, insurance and stuff. This way it is where they can find it and deal with it much easier.

Jean: Our temp is 77 right now, but it isn't so stiflingly humid. That's not to say it isn't sticky out, but it isn't so bad you feel like you can't breathe when you walk out your door. It is supposed to be 97 here today by afternoon so we don't have any break in our heat, that's for sure. I will schedule my mammogram when I get back from the trip. I always have it in Sept, but it is going to have to be October this year. I will have to ask my dr about a bone density test. I have never had one.

Maggie: Sounds like you have been busy as always doing something. I have to tell you having company wears you out when you are older and I forced myself not to go around picking stuff up all the time and cleaning everyday they were here. I never liked Snickerdoodles because I am not a fan of cream of tartar. Tastes tinny to me.

Well girls, I need to go. Hopefully Jack will be home soon as his appt was for 8 AM. Have a good middle of the week. Faye

08-08-2012, 03:33 PM

It is a lovely day in the neighborhood and I am so happy to be alive this day. Feels like Saturday. Our neighbors have two big shepherd type dogs but love our dogs and cat. They are always buying treats for them and spoiling them and we don’t mind. They at first wondered why the cat wouldn’t come when they called him until Will told them he doesn’t know “kitty kitty” but call “Cecil” and he will come. Well, he will come if he wants to. Sometimes when I call him he just turns his head the other direction. Anyway they love our animals and buy treats for them.

It is almost just past noon o’clock and I need to start thinking about food. Yep food for lunch and dinner. For lunch first ~ I am going to make Panini’s out of sliced thin deli ham and lite cheese with chopped basil pesto sauce to spread on the rolls. I will go shopping in the freezer for what to cook for dinner after while.

I was looking at the recipes I received from the WW leader this morning that were presented at the last meeting by members and checking out the fudge recipe that is 108 P+ for the whole pan. It all depends on how many pieces you cut then figure the points for each that way. I remembered I have an old recipe I cut from a WW magazine years ago for fudge that is only 2 points+ for 2 pieces which is really good. The WW site now has a fudge recipe that is different and higher in points+ but worth a try. I also have other fudge recipes that are good ~ even one from Sees Candy which is out on the west coast and on the internet.

If any of you want the recipes I got today I can send them your way. They are: 3-2-1 Cake (a mix you can make just one piece of for 1P+); Pina Colada Iced Pops 1P+ each; Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge; Baked Oatmeal 4P+; Cucumber Salsa 1P+ for 1 cup; Raspberry White Chocolate Yogurt Muffins 2P+ each; Caramel Bread Pudding for Two 5P+; Chicken Cacciatore serves 4; 10P+; Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo serves 4; 12P+. I have not tried any of them but plan to. I have other fudge recipes that I could send you also if you choose to have them.

DONNA FAYE Well you don't have to make Snickerdoodles for there are many other point+ friendly cookie recipes that you would surely like. Different strokes for different folks. I am sure you will have all your ducks in a row when your vacation time rolls around. I'ts something nice to look forward to.

JEAN Sounds like you are having your yearly exams done with the doc. I was going to mention my sore shoulder when my next visit comes around and now it is getting better. I must have strained it somehow ~ or slept on it wierdly. Just don't know. The meeting at WW was a food sample meeting and if you want any of the recipes I will be glad to send them your way. The Sees Fudge is the best fudge recipe that I have ~ 3 points+ for an ounce serving and so well worth it and it freezes so well.

I am off to go shopping in my freezer to plan for dinner. :wave: Type at y'all later. :yes:

08-08-2012, 07:51 PM
Good evening, ladies! Only in the 80s the last few days but high humidity and thunderstorms every day. We didn't even see a glimpse of the sun today.

I had my doc appointment this morning. All my lab work was great, total chloesterol of 111. Mammogram was clear. Bone density was worse. I've now moved into the "high risk for spontaneous fracture". She said I need to up calcium and vitamin d and get in 4 dairy servings a day and increase weight bearing exercise to an hour a day every day. Water aerobics and water zumba are not considered weight bearing but yoga, resistance machines, walking are and I'm going to add 2 pilates classes a week. The docs office is now computerized and I can go on line to see lab results or any thing in my records. I was a little hesitant to tell her I was going to a chiropractor since many dos don't believe in them, but my prescriptions for the muscle relaxor and pain meds showed up (see can see when you fill prescriptions anywhere - a nice feature if you ask me when some people go to different docs to get the same prescription because they are addicted). Any way I told her how much he was helping my back and how his practice was run and she took down his info because she wants to go and then have someone she can recommend to her patients.

I finally finished the project for work Monday and then yesterday my boss asked me if I could work all day Friday to acclimate a new property manager for his office rental business and have a luncheon for ower tenants to introduce her.

Faye, I'm with you - visitors are always welcome but its also so nice when I'm back to just me and quiet. A bone density test is a good idea to at least establish a baseline for future testing.

Jean, I admire you for all your volunteering. I hope your tests come out good.

Maggie, a while ago I mentioned you can make a cake using a box of chocolate cake mix and a can of light cherry pie filling. I use the reduced sugar cake mix when I can find it and a sugar free cherry pie filling. Very point friendly. The other was an angelfood cake mix and a can of crushed pineapple (including juice). DO NOT bake in an angelfood pan - use a 9x13. Bake both following directions on the box. Casper has decided that a drinking straw makes a fine toy - easy to carry and it rolls well. He's always waiting at the window watching me come home and when I pull the car in he's up on his hind legs pressed against the window. As soon as I get out he runs to the door to great me. I don't have to worry about getting him to come because he is always near me.

Have a wonderful evening!

08-09-2012, 10:34 AM
Good morning to you girls!! We ran all our errands yesterday and I got an extra prize. When we went to Office Depot to see about getting laminate sheets (I'll explain later,) they had this beautiful leather super comfy office chair on sale, $50 off!. My computer chair is cloth, stains really easily, has now ripped two places in the seat. So we talked about it and he bought the burgundy one for me. It is really comfortable to sit in, though I have to keep it at the lowest level as my legs are short. Susan, you might be out of luck with this chair and feel like the old comedy routine from Laugh In where Lily Tomlin played Edith Ann in that high chair. :lol:

As for the laminate sheets. We found out that Royal Caribbean is no longer going to mail out luggage tags. This is an "experiment" on their part and it is going to jump up and slap them in the face. They want people to show up to the terminal and have the ship porters print out paper tags for the bags. Now these things have to be folded like an origami bird, really ridiculous. On top of that they then have to be stapled on each bag. Do you know what 3000 people standing in line for these things will be like??? They told us we could print them out and we did, but we were concerned that they could be ripped off in rough baggage handling or if it rained the ink could run and then our cabin number, etc couldn't be seen. So I got this great idea to find clear luggage tags. Only problem all the ones I found online and at office stores were at at least an inch too short. These things are 5 1/4 " long. I asked Jack what he thought of just buying 4" x 6" laminate sheets meant for photos and laminating then cutting them to shape, punch a hole then find something to attach them to the luggage. Well, that is what we did and Jack said he could get some of those zip ties from work and we could use those to attach them to the bags. Now our tags won't get ruined and will stay attached to the bags. Someone on cruise critic paid for some kind of tag that cost him $1.50 apiece. My idea cost us 30 cents each and I have plenty left if we decide to cruise again or if I want to laminate something else. This product doesn't need a machine. You can laminate with your iron, which is what we did.

Susan: I got you beat. My cholesterol is 105, :lol:. I hope everything the doctor wants you to do will help with the bone issues and such that you are having and with the back pain too. Oooh, I would love some 80 degree temps. It was 98 here yesterday! UGH!

Maggie: I really like snickerdoodles, just don't like the cream of tartar taste and everyone I talked to said the stuff was necessary for these cookies so guess I just don't make them. I have lots of cookie recipes to choose from. Our favorite is delicious, but definitely not diet friendly.

Well girls, I guess I should get out of here and get some breakfast and fold clothes. I am again doing the darn laundry. How two people rack up so much laundry is a puzzle to me! :lol: Have a wonderful Thursday. Faye

08-09-2012, 01:54 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's a beautiful cool sunny day in my neighborhood. I love 73 degrees! :cheer: I've been to get a new set of nails; I soak my old ones off and there wasn't much left so it didn't take long. Our church memorial committee is funding a new bell for our bell choir. It is a BIG bell so with the case, shipping, tax, and bell itself it will be around $3800. I need to go to the office this afternoon and give the secretary a list of the different donors so they can be acknowledged when we do our service in November. They have to make the bell so we probably won't get it until November or December.

"Gma" -- I know what you mean about peace and quiet after company leaves. Even though there is extra food, laundry, and whatever it's always fun to see them. I got to see last years mammogram pictures to compare with this years, and I couldn't tell any difference. Neither could the tech but the radiologist has the final look. Enjoy your new computer chair! :D

Maggie -- I guess Cecil doesn't know he's a cat! :lol: I'm not sure if Ernie would come to "kitty, kitty" either -- he's such a people cat that he doesn't wait to be called. I would like your Cucumber salsa recipe please. I have several of yours already but not that one. I'm glad your shoulder is feeling better. Sometimes my arm or hand will go to sleep because I lay on it or fold it catty-wumpus.

Susan -- I'm really anxious to see what my bone density result is because I quit taking the med a year ago. I hope it hasn't changed. I'm glad your numbers were good :yes: and that your doctor was able to give you some exercises to help with the bones. Falling and breaking something is my big fear as I get older.

I'm working to clear off the kitchen island and trying to decide what I could park there so my "paper pile" doesn't multiply quite so big so fast. Hope you all have a terrific Thursday and enjoy! :wave:

08-09-2012, 02:55 PM

I am not feeling up to par this day ~ just no ambition. Hopefully as the day progresses I will snap out of it. Just the funky feelings have hit. They will probably leave after I have gotten my exercise (which I don’t want to do) done. Sometimes, not often, I just don’t have any ambition. Will just left for his volunteer job at the museum and the animals are all outside on this 80º day. Actually “they” say it will stay in the 80ºs all day all be it in the high 80ºs this evening. Last night when it became bed time and Cecil was not in yet and didn’t come when I called him I sent Beanie out back to find him. Cecil was probably asleep in the grass over by the fence where the neighborhood stray cats from across the street come to sleep under the shed that is there on the outside of the fence. Pretty soon cat and dog both came in. I don’t want to leave Cecil outside all night ~ he would get real hungry for when he does come in he heads for his food dish and eats a goodly amount. It is hard to believe he is still under a year old and so big already.

For dinner this day I am planning on making burger pillows and some of my rice mix and a vegetable. I use extra lean ground beef and make kinda a meatloaf mix for it and bake individual puffy patties. I make a mixture of catsup and splenda brown sugar to paint the tops of the pillows so they get nice and brown during the last half hour of cooking. I will have it all ready by 5:30 when Will expects to be home. For my lunch will be a salad.

DONNA FAYE Some good friends of ours just left today for a week long cruise down Mexico way. What fun they are planning on having and we will hear all about it when they get home. Their dogs are being boarded at our very vets office so they have our number to call if need be. Your new office chair sounds like it will give you good service. Mine is cloth covered and I put a towel on the seat as a cover for our animals do like to get up on it when I am not sitting on it. We bought it on sale also ~ Will has a nice leather coverd one with arms in his office. It is important to have a comfortable chair to work from. Good idea to get your luggage tags affixed ahead of time. Surely they won't have just one long line of thousands of people but several lines going for those who aren't as clever as you and have made their tags ahead of time.

JEAN I imagine that bell with be a deep mellow base tone. Amazing how much they cost isn’t it. Donations are always good to purchase such things. I love to watch the bell ringers when they do a program on TV. Maybe it will arrive in time to work into a Christmas program ~ wouldn’t that be nice. Here is that recipe you wanted. I like it spicy so used both cans of Rotel but if you want you can leave one can out and try it before you add the second can.

4 medium cucumbers, chopped small
2 cans Rotel, 1 can drained
(If it is too spicy, use only 1 can)
¼cup vinegar
1 packet Fat-free Ranch dressing mix
Mix Rotel, vinegar and dressing mix together
Pour over cucumbers and stir.
Serving size is 1 cup for 1P+

SUSAN Thanks for the clarification because I was wondering if it all went into one cake pan to bake. Good that it makes two different cakes. :cp: I thought you might get a kick out of this recipe that turned up at the last WW meeting last Monday. I think it would be good with one of those little tubs of WW cream cheese spread on the top of it as a frosting. Isn't it wonderful to have Casper there waiting for you and greets you when you get home. Pets can really give you a lift at times. Casper sounds like he has found a real good home and is appreciative. I take once a week bone meds along with my other pill & vitamin coctail. Hopefully you don't ever fall. Sounds like your doc has you on a real exercise regiman. I go back to see mine in Oct and no telling what she will have in store for me.:p

3-2-1 CAKE
In a quart size Ziploc bag:
Combine the two cake mixes together &
Mix well
1 box Angel Food Cake Mix
1 box Cake Mix (your choice of flavor)
For one individual cake serving:
In a microwave-safe container mix:
3 Tbsp of cake mix
2 Tbsp water
Microwave on High for 1 minute
1P+ per serving
Store remaining cake mixture in the bag or a container of your choice .
You can top each cake with dollop of fat-free whipped topping and/or some fresh fruit.
Try various flavors of cake mixes.

BTW the blaws have gone away by now & I feel great. :D Life is good. Have a great afternoon/evening Magnolias. I am off now to get my lunch. :wave: BTw have any of you tried any of the Ready Pack salads you can get at Wal*Mart? Today I am having the Chcken Caesar Salad for a whopping 6 points+ and it is a totally filling and delicious meal. They have everyting all sealed in a container including the fork. Just thought I would give you Heads Up on a wonderful find. When I am alone here for lunch I love having these on hand. They have several different salads also.

08-09-2012, 05:23 PM

I thought I would post the meatloaf recipe I have decided on that I will be making for dinner. It is a good one and the “left-overs” freeze well or make great sandwiches.:p I don't like to make the same ole meatloaf every time I make it and have several good recipes.

½ cup fresh breadcrumbs (about 1oz)
Cooking spray
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, chopped
½ cup ketchup, divided
3 oz white cheddar cheese, diced
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp prepared horseradish
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
¾ tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 ½ pounds ground sirloin
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 425º
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat
Add breadcrumbs; cook 3 minutes to toast
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat
Coat pan with cooking spray
Add onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes
Combine onion mixture, breadcrumbs,
¼ cup ketchup, & remaining ingredients
Shape into 6 (4 x 2-inch) loaves
Place on a broiler pan coated with spray
Spread 2 teaspoons ketchup over each
Bake at 425º for 25 minutes or until done
Yield 6 servings (one meat loaf)
Cal 256; Fat 11.6g; Carb.11.2; Fib 0.9g Pro 8.5;
7 Points Plus per serving

08-10-2012, 12:43 PM
Good morning ladies. It is sunny and hot, but not horrible so far this morning.

Jack told me last night he is going to have to go to Pittsburgh for 3 weeks sometime after we come back from the cruise. He has to attend classes on a new system they are putting out at the plant. The control techs all have to go, but not all at the same time, probably 2 at a time. They have told the plant director they are not paying for the trip then waiting to be reimbursed so he has to find a way to pay up front. If they will give them just a check or whatever for what they feel the trip would cost, I am going to go with him and take Fortune. They have a couple nice extended stay hotels that allow pets for a fee. It would actually be cheaper for them to let Jack drive to Pittsburgh and stay at one of the hotels I found. They will pay a per diem for his food then we would just pay for mine. If they do it this way, I will book a hotel that has a kitchen so we could buy food and cook if we want or at least be able to make sandwiches and stuff instead of eating out every meal for 3 weeks. We shall see how they decide to pay for it. If they book everything, Jack will just fly and go by himself. Miss him if he is gone for 3 weeks.

I am having a bit of small issues now from the hormones, but nothing serious just a little discomfort. Today is one of those days so I am extremely fatigued and having a bit of pain. I just work through it. It is not horrible, but I will now have to plan to take stuff with me to make sure there are no problems on the trip.

Maggie: Glad you are feeling back to normal. Thanks for the recipes. I am not a cucumber lover, but Jack loves them, especially with raw sliced onions in vinegar and water and sugar. I love pickles, don't care for cucs. I think the salsa would work by leaving out the chopped cucumbers for other veggies though and want to try it. I love Rotel.

Jean: How big is this bell? I mean, is it really heavy to be the one to ring it??? Besides the calcium that is in my multi vitamin that is for women, I also take 1200 mg a day of just regular calcium, so I am hoping that will keep my bones strong. I think I read somewhere that drinking soda can be detrimental to bones, but then I read another article that said it makes no difference so who knows??

Well, I guess I should get something done today. I am glad it is Friday though. I bought a couple plain tank tops to wear under the sweater I knit. I found that the drop neckline on this sweater makes my bra straps show all the time and it drops lower in front that many sweaters so I thought a white tank top underneath might do the trick. I got a black and a white one for like $10. I got my hush puppy thong sandals yesterday and they are divine. They are so comfortable and will be great for the excursions to walk around. Because I am flat footed, when I walk, my feet slide forward so closed toed shoes I tend to have my toes end up bruised sometimes.

Everyone have a wonderful weekend. Faye

08-10-2012, 01:47 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! It was 59 degrees when I came downstairs this morning! The sun has been playing hide 'n seek all morning. I need to make a grocery run after lunch. Maddie requested baked beans and Snicker salad for her birthday dinner on Sunday. We will also make ice cream and will have the leftovers, if there are any, on Jason's birthday the 3rd.

Gas jumped 15 cents yesterday . . . $3.49 now. We are lower than towns around us so imagine it will go up again.

Maggie -- Thanks for sharing your recipes! :T. I'm glad the blahs are gone so quickly.

"Gma" -- I'm surprised the city can require the guys attend a school and not pay their hotel expenses, etc., in advance. It would be nice if you can go too. :yes: I haven't seen the new bell but it is big enough to require both hands to ring it. (I assume anyway.) The gal who plays the bigger bells usually mallets them because she's had back surgery so doesn't move too fast. Sometimes she can have as many as 8 - 10+ bells lined up, but they don't play as often as the rest of us. The much younger gal who can sub for her rings them, which we prefer because the ring lasts longer than the "hit" of the mallet. Hope you are feeling better too.

Bob will be home for lunch shortly so guess I had better check the fridge for leftovers. Hope you all have a great day! :wave:

08-10-2012, 03:00 PM

It is 79º as I type and not supposed to get higher than the mid 90ºs today according to the weather man. Nice that we will be out of the triple digests for awhile. I can dig it.

In the mail I received 6 little books that are so cute. I am thinking of looking through them then sending them to my daughter. They are shaped like the product that the recipes are written for and spiral bound and a picture on every page of the recipe. They go like this: Lipton Soup Mix Magic is shaped like a box of dried soup, Crock Pot is shaped like a crock pot with the lid on; Land O Lakes has a domed top; Hershey’s Cocoa looks like the cocoa box; Campbell’s Casseroles like a soup can; and Quaker Oats is the classic round oatmeal box and the only one that has the nutritional information listed with the recipes. I believe it is because it is the latest to be published. Anyway if I need to know the 411 on the points+ value of a recipe I can run the recipe through my Recipe Calculator program which will give me the 411 needed to figure out the points+. OH ~ and Will brought me a book he picked up at the Library that someone donated to sell, Spirit of The West cooking from ranch house and range which is in absolute new condition without a wrinkle in the paper cover ~ cost was $3.00 and it originally sold for $35.00. It has some yummy sounding recipes from the big named ranches in Texas and Kansas. The recipes date back to the first western ranchers who came north in the 16th century from Mexico and continuing through those served at today’s dude ranches. It has pages of history intertwined with the recipes and I am going to have a great time reading it cover to cover.

I made that meat loaf recipe I posted and Will gave it 5 Star rating. :cp: That is the highest rating we use for a dish. Each of the 6 portions were a goodly sized piece of meatloaf. I have several other meat loaf recipes that I will make one day and give them a rating. Today for dinner I will be making baked Panko covered chicken breasts. I have a rack of ribs in the freezer that are calling my name to make them in to BBQ ribs done in the indoor Smoker one day next week. I’ll need to let them thaw first so some planning ahead will have to be done. :yes: I may even make a pot of baked beans to go with the ribs and a low point cabbage slaw. Will was out to Wal*Mart already and got me two boxes of Panko ~ one plain and the other lemon pepper. I love using that stuff to dredge meat in before baking it. I like a dusting of the lemon pepper Panko on pork chops. I know it is a great coating for frying also but I don’t do much frying these days. My way of cooking has definitely made a change through the years of being weight conscious. He also got a round loaf of Tuscan bread that will be great for Panini’s. Suppose that was a hint?

DONNA FAYE I do hope it all does work out where you are able to accompany Jack when he goes for that training. That’s a long time to be without your main squeeze. Your new shoes sound like they are an excellent purchase and your idea to get a tank top to wear under that sweater will be right in fashion. My mother doesn't eat cucumbers either for they upset her but she fixed them for the rest of the family. I am the only one in the family that can't handle cantalope also ~ makes me sick to even smell it. When it was served when I lived at home I was always excused to leave the dining room. Will loves it and eats it outside. :p Chopped celery could work in that recipe instead of the cucumber I would imagine and not add any points. :p

JEAN It will be interesting just how they do incorporate that huge bell. It may take two hands like you said to ring it ~ maybe take two people to ring it. The gas prices here are higher than yours for we are at $3.59 and may even be higher this afternoon. I saw a crock-pot recipe for pork chops in the new little book that takes apple rings that will work well with using my dried apples, which put a smile on my face. I think what the folks who compiled these books did was publish their favorites in each category to promote their product.

Have a wonderful Friday Magnolias :wave: I will type at y'all later.

08-10-2012, 08:28 PM
Good evening ladies. It's been thunderstorms for 2 days again so temps have stayed in the 80s.

I had to work today so that took up the morning and afternoon. Tomorrow I'm going to tea with Glory and 2 of our friends. More fun!

Faye, cola and some other soda drinks have phosphorous and that leeches calcium from your bones. I'm not allowed to have any. Calcium supplements may or may not work. They have been found to not be as effective as calcium we get from food. The body can only absorb 500 mg of calcium at a time so if a supplement has more than that, it's wasted. I take 3 a day with breakfast, lunch and dinner. And you have to have vitamin D at the same time as calcium or it isn't absorbed. I have a terrible time keeping mine above 30 which is the lowest. Right now it's at 22 and I take vitamins withs calcium, Calcium with D and 50,000 units of D once a week so the are doctor told me to add another vitamin D supplement daily. I'm in that old catch 22 - the steriods I take for asthma and COPD cause osteoporosis but I can't breath without them. I traveled 2 weeks a month for years when I worked for General Tire and the only thing they paid for in advance was plane fare and hotel. I had to pay for meals, parking, tolls and then turn it on an expense report once a month.

Jean, that bell will surely add a lot to your concerts. It must be a bit difficult to cast a bell with a true note.

Maggie, you must have a large collection of cookbooks by now! Thanks for sharing so many of your recipes. They are always winners.

Have a great evening!

08-11-2012, 03:07 PM
Good afternoon to you all. I am having intestinal troubles today so am kind of blah. I think I figured out why the hormones cause the problem. Seems the lining stuff will go through my intestines and irritate them. So, I will just make sure I have immodium if it gets bad, which is what my dr recommended.

Susan: I don't take my calcium all at once either and my calcium has vitamin d attached too. I am going to ask my dr about having a bone density test done since I have never had one. I don't know how old drs think you should be before having one. Since Jack wasn't hired with the underestanding of travel, he can't be forced to travel with reimbursement instead of pay ahead. Not one of the guys that will be going to these classes is willing to do a reimbursement. Everyone of them went to the director and said either you pay for this ahead or we don't go. So, they will have to figure out something. The problem is, I think the guys are afraid the city won't pay them back if they agree to travel with a reimbursement. :)

Maggie: I would love to go. I found a reasonable Residence Inn where we just pay a pet deposit and we can take Fortune. They are full kitchens so we could buy groceries and not have to eat out every night too. They have an indoor pool and a nice galleria mills mall close by. We don't know where these classes will be located or if they will definitely go to Pittsburgh. They might have to go to SCarolina, but Jack said it looks like it is more than likely Pittsburgh. I love canteloupe and eat it all the time when I can find good ones. It does have a strong smell though so I imagine for someone who doesn't like it, it could be upsetting. Hopefully, you never visit someone who has an air freshner or candles in their house that are canteloupe. ;)

Jean: Baked beans and Snickers salad, sounds like a winner to me. :lol: My son-in-law has a birthday on the day Elvis died next week. He was 10 years old at the time and I was 6 months pregnant with his wife! :lol: I am just going to get him a restaurant gift card. I don't know what else to do for him. He has everything and is kind of picky about things.

Well girls, I am going to get some work done around the house. Have a nice Saturday. Faye

08-11-2012, 03:41 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's a cool and cloudy day in my neighborhood. I've been doing laundry, watching the Olympics, and sneaking up on making food for tomorrow. I need to go back to the store for Miracle Whip since it's on sale this week and the store was "out." You'd think they would plan ahead and stock up on sale items! :hyper:

Maggie -- I have seen the cookbooks that are in the shape of the containers and they are cute. My main concern about the new bell is table space. :dunno: My four bells fit on one table and there are four more larger bells inbetween me and the end of the line where she usually has three tables. We may have to invest in another table if the whole bottom octave is needed. I noticed meat prices have gone up in the store; I might invest in a small freezer yet.

Susan -- I'm sure you are enjoying your tea right about now. ;) I didn't know about the body only absorbing 500 mg of calcium at a time. My pills are 1200 and it says to take 2 - 3 a day, with food. I also take an additional 1000 D supplement.

"Gma" -- I hope your tummy has settled down by now. :yes: I think gift cards are a hit no matter what the age. I'm sure your son-in-law will appreciate your gift. I did read where there is a large amount of cards that never get used which is sad. We always use ours asap.

Bob says it is past lunch time so guess that is my cue. Hope you all enjoy your Saturday! :wave:

08-11-2012, 04:39 PM

It is a nice 75º day here in the ♥-Land and expected to stay in the low 90ºs which is certainly welcomed after those many days of triple digits. We went out to go check out the flea market today didn’t and see any fresh veggies we needed but we did see our soap making friend and had a nice long chat with her.

We looked for Wholly Guacamole in the freezer compartments in the local markets and didn’t find any and did realize that they have it in the fresh veggie compartment by the salads. We picked up a box today. I have some fresh avocados that I plan to make my own out of and freeze it into small 2 oz sized packets. 2 oz of avocado is 2 points+. The spices that are in the Wholly Guacamole are vinegar, jalapenos, salt and granulated garlic. I have some powdered jalapeno that would work in it and may use lemon juice in place of the vinegar when I make my own. I have them in a paper bag to ripen.

We put a rack of ribs in the fridge from the freezer to thaw, for I am going to BBQ them today in my indoor pressure smoker for dinner. I will have a lite lunch so as to have room for a good yummy dinner within my points range. I mixed a box of chocolate cake with a box of angel food cake mixes together and will make individual desserts topping them with fat free sauce of some sort, for 1P+ each or 2P+ depending on the topping I choose. Easy to make and yummy with low points to boot. Heres another thing on calcium ~ my doc said I am getting enough in the food I eat and my one a day vitimin that will stay in my system to do the work and anymore will just be wasted effort. Differnt strokes for different folks and only your doctor knows what "you" need.

DONNA FAYE I do hope you are feeling much better now as the day has progressed some. Most companies do re-imburse travel expenses after the fact and don't pay up front before the travel. Looks like your husband will have to file a complaint with his union to get things changed to get the money up front. Seems to me if a person needs the training the company will provide all it takes for the workers to get it and not burdon the worker.

JEAN AH but stores put the old stock on sale before they restock the newer items. So it looks like the old Miracle Whip got sold out and the next batch will be regular price for the new unless you can get a "rain" check. Usually a store will issue rain checks if they run out of an item they have put on sale. You just have to ask. I think my dauther will get a kick out of those cookbooks come Christmas time when I send them her way.

SUSAN Sounds like your doctor has a taylor made regimin for you to follow to keep you on an even keel. That's a lot of pill popping. :D I do have a lot of cookbooks and Will keeps adding to my collection. My bookshelf here in my office is full to overflowing. I have all the ones I have clipped from WW & Cooking Light magazines alphabatized in 15 ~ 9x12 ~ 3 ring binders which are all on one shelf. They are, 3 main, 2 sauce & mixes, 2 veggie, 3 sweets, & 1 each of soup, sandwich, bread, breakfast, & outdoor. The top and bottom shelves are various cookbooks. Books by WW, Cooking Light, Betty Crocker, BH&G and others of wood fire cooking and BBQ, wok and cast iron, crock pot and stir fry etc. If you ever need a recipe don't hesitate to ask. :p

Have a glorious weekend Magnolias.

08-12-2012, 09:33 PM
Good Evening, Flowers! It's been a crappy weather day in my corner of the world -- cloudy, windy, cool, and rain sprinkles. The best part was having everyone together for Maddie's birthday. The kids did play outside some; 2 out of 4 braved the water. :lol: The lake was really quiet, but with school starting next week and the weather I wasn't surprised.

Maggie -- The dingy checker said they had a truck delivery that afternoon so she just knew the Miracle Whip was in the back room"somewhere" and it would be on the shelf the next day. Bob did go back and it was there. There were boxes in all the aisles to be unpacked which imo is stupid on a Friday. The other grocery store stocks their shelves at 6 AM before the store opens. I like cookbooks and have quite a few, which is a hoot since I don't like to cook. ;)

Guess I will watch the Olympic closing. Enjoy the rest of your evening! :wave:

08-13-2012, 01:49 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's a beautiful cool, sunny morning in my corner of the world. There wasn't much money to count from having church in the park yesterday. The men cooked breakfast and rumor was they took all the cash, and gave us the regular envelopes designated for different accounts. I stopped to pick up gift shop money so that is next on my agenda.

I need to get started on my gift shop counting. Have a nice day and enjoy! :wave:

08-13-2012, 04:02 PM

Please go to thread #23 to post ~ see you there. :wave: