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2/12/15 3:08 P

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My back is WAY better, so I know I'll be up & going, soon! emoticon Please read & comment on blog: 2-12-15 emoticon

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2/9/15 12:46 P

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Today starts a week of rehearsals for Debbie Allen's "Break the Chains" (on you tube) I am Dancing for 1 Billion & Rising, event 2-14-15. This is a world wide event bringing awareness to abuse for women. This dance is at different times, different months, etc. Find 1 near you & exercise with many people! It is like a Flash Mob, GREAT dance! emoticon

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12/28/14 11:51 A

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Marionette performance emoticon was VERY emoticon well received! emoticon Happy Sunday! emoticon

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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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12/20/14 1:16 P

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I am grateful for all the love we share! emoticon

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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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12/11/14 4:07 P

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I'm working ALLOT; LUCY walk; Zumba; Xmas presents to send; more work; Laundry; getting ready for Angel Workshop marionette performances this weekend, both days! Be the HEALTH you want to be! I will too! emoticon

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"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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12/2/14 12:11 P

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Busy, life full of joy's! Working & playing! Happy healthy Day to YOU! emoticon

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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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11/10/14 11:37 A

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DO THE CHALLENGES & SPARK STREAKS HELP ME? (Little Black Dress emoticon , team, daily question)

The hard thing for me emoticon , I am finding, is when I break a streak or challenge, for what ever reason, I want to give up on all of them! been streaking since I started EVERYDAY emoticon since March 16, 2012! emoticon I made a commitment to Spark DAILY, until I give up on keeping my goal of healthy living! No matter what the scale says, what the tape measure says, just keeping my trackers going, ALWAYS! emoticon ! I found Spark People as an answer to a prayer, 10 minutes after I asked for a solution to my being at an unhealthy weight!

THX to all the SP team mates March 11-17-2012 Who replied to my email! Out of 11,000 members there are only about 100 still Sparking! I'm shocked! Were RU, all? emoticon
I KNOW teams take time, Sparking takes time, BUT I still feel I am SO worth it! emoticon ! Yesterday I spent about 2 hours going through ALL my team mates to see IF they were still active on the team. The BIG awareness was, they are not even on Spark People, any more. Their names are UN-highlighted. emoticon I wish there was a way to help some of these people, truly achieve their goals through Spark People, as they have asked for the help. That's about 1%, right?

Thank YOU for still Sparking, still reaching your goals AND for YOUR amazing support! I can NOT do this without you! YOU are the MOST supportive people on earth! emoticon & I am so blessed to be in YOUR/our community! If you are reading this & want to 'friend' me, PLEASE do & I will add you, too! We are here to help each other! What can I do for YOU? emoticon

PS... Please read & Comment on my blog today, for the entire reading, thx!

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"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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9/27/14 10:49 A

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I'm on my way to health! emoticon

"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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9/18/14 2:03 P

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To my team AT GOAL & MAINTAINING & TRANSITION TO MAINTENANCE:
Thank you so much for featuring my blog... "How I eat in restaurants & maintain (August 26, 2014) it is very humbling & supportive! I've had about 60 responses & everyone seems to be helped by my tips! They sure help me! I'm so glad they can help others, too! I love Spark People!
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"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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9/12/14 2:40 P

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I'm going to TJ, today! I use their protein powder & super green drink for my smoothies, also pumpkin when they have it in, it helps with the fiber content & VERY filling!

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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
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9/4/14 12:53 P

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I am happy to report: down almost 2#... really watching my salt intake! emoticon Still 7# above goal...(VERY hard for me to admit!!!!) at least I'm going in the correct direction! emoticon I also watched BIGGEST LOOSER rerun last night, wondering when I forgot I am training to be an athlete? I do NOT agree with HOW they do it, but the motivation helps me see I, too can do anything I set my mind, to! emoticon

"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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12/27/11 3:46 P

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Did it for Christmas, too! emoticon

Half Turkey
Frozen mashed potatoes
Organic green beans w/organic mushrooms
Turkey gravy

[My daughter (12) did make a strawberry-rhubarb pie with frozen grocery store fruit--YUM]

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I did it! IT WAS AWESOME! Everything from TJ's--even the cornstarch!

I ended up serving the packaged frozen turkey breast with cornbread dressing instead of the whole turkey, as my extra refrigerator UNPLUGGED ITSELF and my $35 Kosher turkey was 50º. Luckily, I saw that before today so that I could replace it (and it was the only thing in there).

It all turned out so good. My daughter (12) made a cherry pie by reducing the Morello cherry juice and adding corn starch, then she used the frozen pie crust to make a lattice-top double crust with the cutest oak tree leaves on top!

emoticon The pumpkin pie was reportedly amazing, the pumpkin cheesecake was a big disappointment, though. It was fluffy-style, whereas we prefer New York style. I made green bean casserole with the Portobello mushroom soup, fried onions in a can, shallots, garlic and frozen French green beans. The turkey gravy was very good--no lumps to worry about.

I would do it again in a second--especially since I know exactly how much to budget now!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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11/20/11 2:38 P

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So about $26 per person if you include the cost of the decor. ($20 pp without).

Edited by: BARBARASDIET at: 11/20/2011 (14:39)
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11/19/11 4:56 P

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The prices are per unit, except where indicated by parentheses. It will be more than enough for 5 people + lots of turkey leftovers. As you can see, we're looking forward to desserts!

They have a great deal on a precooked, seasoned half turkey: $15-18 if you don't want turkey leftovers. I had a sample*--it's delicious.


*I'm not vegetarian on emoticon or emoticon

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11/19/11 2:02 P

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And that's for how many people?

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11/19/11 12:32 A

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By the way, the "cherry stuffing" must have been the prepared cornbread stuffing with apples and sausage...

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So, if anyone's interested I've priced out the whole dinner:

EXTRAS
Wine: $9.99 (splurge from good ol' 2 Buck Chuck)
Flowers: $7 (decor)
Cranberry Chèvre (to spread on ginger cookies): $4
Ginger Cookies: $4
Pomegranates (3): $4.50 (decor)
Sugar Pumpkin: $1.99 (decor)
Butternut Squash: $1.99 (decor)

Total Extras: $33.50


DINNER

Kosher Turkey: $35
Fresh Pearl Onions: $2
Jarred Cranberry Sauce: $2
Prepared Cornbread Stuffing: $4 (we don't really like stuffing)
Canned Fried Onions: $3
Portobella Mushroom Soup: $2
Frozen Green Beans: $2
Pull Apart Rolls: $2.30
Kerrygold Butter: $3
Canned Whipped Cream: $3
Turkey Gravy: $1.50
Frozen Mashed Potatoes: $2.30
Frozen Corn: $2
Turkey Broth: $2
Organic Sweet Potatoes: $3.70
Organic Maple Syrup: $8
Canned Pineapple: $1.30

Total Dinner $79.10


DESSERT
Frozen Pumpkin Pie: $5
Frozen Pumpkin Cheesecake: $7
Frozen Pie Crust: $4
Jarred Cherries: $2.30

Total Desserts $18.30


GRAND TOTAL $130.90 emoticon

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11/14/11 1:17 P

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Not for me--I look forward all year to making Thanksgiving dinner myself.

~Barbara~

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I'll let you know--it was a turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing plate, so you can imagine how crowded the sample area was with people! emoticon

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11/14/11 7:40 A

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Where do you find the cherry stuffing? Is it frozen, refrigerated or in a box?

Edited by: MDTWEETY at: 11/14/2011 (07:40)
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Thanks for the ideas!

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11/13/11 11:59 P

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Great--thanks for the tips/reviews! I sampled the cornbread mix (different than the stuffing)--they had made it with yoghurt instead of oil & it was terrific (and I don't even like cornbread).

It's good to know about the frozen mashed potatoes; we don't have a dishwasher, so the fewer pots & pans the better! emoticon

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11/13/11 11:32 P

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I just made a Trader Joe's early Thanksgiving meal for our German friend. I made the Turkey/Dressing (2 lbs) - but defrost in the fridge as I defrosted in microwave and I think overnight would be better. Their boxed cornbread stuffing is very good. Also, bought the cranberry-orange relish - very good; but would buy the reg. cranberry relish next time. Their frozen mashed potatoes are INCREDIBLE as is their turkey gravy in the cartons. HAVE FUN!!! emoticon

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to have an ALL TJs Thanksgiving! emoticon

Just sampled their "Fully Cooked Half of a Roasted Turkey," and the cherry stuffing--so moist and good!

We're operating on our normal weekly budget for Thanksgiving week, so I think this will be a fun mini-challenge! emoticon

Have you done an all TJs holiday before?

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