Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ABC - who me?

As many of you know, I started my journey to weight loss and fitness last year around this time. I had just moved to GA and was trying to come to gripes with so many changes. Then I returned to NC for the holidays and so it began.

In January I went at it full force, I joined an online support group and met a great group of ladies. This was all spear headed by Kimberly Job over at Sublime Reflection. If you aren't familiar with her, you should stop by and check her out. She has a lot of great information and is very encouraging AND she is the mother of 10, yes TEN, kids.

So I was over visiting her blog and read "The ABC's of Me!!! and she said "if you're a blogger consider yourself tagged" so, here is my post. Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed hers. 

A - Attached or single
I guess that depends on how you look at it. I am married and have been for over half of my life but recently that changed. He wanted out, so I guess I'm sort of single. I'm still wrapping my head around it.

B - Best Friend
Oh gosh, I don't want to hurt any ones feelings. I have several VERY close friends, each are different and our relationships are different. I have one friend I've known my entire life and we can go years without seeing each other, but then pick up where we left off. I love her like family.

C - Cake or Pie
Cake. I'm a cake person but at times I love a good pie. My favorite cake? oh gosh, cake! And any cake that is chocolate. Like this one, it is super easy, moist and always a winner!
Wacky No Egg Cake


D - Day of Choice
Sunday maybe because I get to attend church. Friday because it starts the weekend and Monday because the week begins and it is full of possibilities.

Can you tell I have issues with making choices?

E - Essential Item
What item could I not do without? Cellphone
Bert's Bees Lip Shimmers

F - Favorite Color
Now that's easy PURPLE  and it has been for as long as I can remember. I really love all colors but do not wear yellow, grass green or pink.

G- Gummy Bears or Worms
Gummy bears and only the kind that come from Europe. I'm a gummy snob. These are the only ones I'll eat and I LOVE them. When I first returned from Germany you could not find these except in specialty stores, now Thank God you can find them most anywhere.

H - Hometown
New Bern, NC and it is gorgeous!

I - Indulgences?
Lindt Lindor Dark Chocolate Truffles, oh gosh how I LOVE these and when I get a bag I savor them.

J - January or July
I don't like the cold but I like the new year when we have the opportunity to start fresh. July is hot but I love going out on the water.

K - Kids
I have 3 biological sons and a ton of adopted kids. Working with the youth in church and then running a home school support group for years, I gained a lot of "kids" and they are now adults, which makes me feel old. There are several whom I consider "mine". My boys are all J's and go from 21 - 27. My adopted kids are Jim, Stephanie and Heather, along with a host of others. I am blessed.

L - Life isn't complete without?
God. Plain and simple. Without God my life is nothing, after that is my kids, my fur-babies and family.

M - Marriage Date?
Kinda doesn't matter now does it... but it was May 2

N - Number of Siblings?
None. I am an only child by birth right but found my heart sister about ten years ago. My Sissy Sheryl.

O - Oranges or Apples
Apples. I love apples. Crunchy, sweet, tart, crisp, baked, raw... I love apples.

P - Phobias?
By definition, I don't think I have any. Except maybe the fear of growing old and alone.

Q - Quotes
Oh gosh, there are so many wonderful ones that I love but here are two favorites:

Beverly Johnson ~ I am a perfect size 10, I just keep it covered with a layer of fat for protection.

R - Reasons to Smile
I woke up on the top side of the dirt this morning.

S - Season of Choice
Fall, I love the cooler temps when I can put on a sweater or long sleeves, curl up on the couch with a blanket, good book, my kids and kitties and enjoy a lazy day. Hot chocolate, baking goodies for the holidays, bon-fires, s'mores, a roaring fire in the fire place, these are the comforts of Fall I enjoy.

T - Tag 5 People
If you want to respond, do so in the comments. I could tag about 50 folks but I'll refrain. It's a busy time of year and as bloggers we do have lives outside of the Internet.

U - Unknown facts about me
When I was growing up I wanted to change my name to Starr and be a designer. I also dreamed of being a singer one day.

V - Vegetables
I love my veggies. Almost all veggies as a matter of fact. I am allergic to mushrooms, I don't like endive or rhubarb. I adore collards, squash, snow peas, and carrots.

W - Worst habit
Talking bad about myself, being negative and seeing the worst scenario instead of the best.

X - X-ray or sonogram
I've had quiet a few of both. I guess I'd say sonogram because those are mostly done during pregnancy and it is always breath taking to see that little bundle living and growing inside.

Y - Your favorite food?
I'm torn, really I am. There are 4 things you will probably never ever see me turn down, Mexican food, Chinese food, chicken and chocolate. Seriously, I could eat these 4 items every single day.

Z - Zodiac

I'm not much into the "signs" but know that I am a Gemini and from what I do know. I AM a Gemini. This is what I found online: http://horoscopes.lovetoknow.com/Gemini_Traits

The constellation of Gemini depicts a set of twins, Castor and Polydeuces. It is from this picture that the zodiac draws the archetypal Gemini sign. Gemini is the legendary dualistic sign of the zodiac and is rumored to have almost a split persona, thus channeling the twin depiction. However, this dualism isn't as simple as a personality split. Oftentimes, what is believed by others to be a dual personality is really a discrepancy between how the Gemini would like to be seen, and how he really is. (for me I have to say this is true. I do not have 2 personalities but struggle with being a people pleaser)
A few other things the article said:
  • A passion for novelty (bored easily, yes)
  • A curious disposition (question everything, yes)
  • Socially outgoing (sometimes)
  • Witty in speech and prone to banter (smart mouthed, yes)
  • Creative and quick to task (perceived as bossy and artistic, yes)
  • Emotionally unreachable and difficult to pin down (nope)
  • hard workers (yes)

There ya go! Could be we have a lot in common or you just learned WAY more about me than you wanted to. Either way, I hope you had fun reading. If you are a blogger, consider yourself tagged and when you write your post, come back and leave the link in the comments section. I'd love to read it. If you're not a blogger but would like to answer a question, feel free to shoot me an email or leave it below. spatulasonparade@gmail.com
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Southern Special week 34

Welcome to week 34 and HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I know if you're like me, your kitchen counters are crowded with ingredients for tons of recipes especially for Thanksgiving/Thursday's meal and what a meal it will be.

Turkey, stuffing, rice, rolls, collards, green beans, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, deviled eggs, mawmaw pie, cheese cake and cup cakes. Most of the family will "gobble 'til ya wobble" but I will eat in moderation. I do NOT want to gain any of the 54 lbs I've lost back.The bold print menu items are links to recipes if you're interested. Shameless plug. LOL

Now look who we chose from last week's party to feature this week:
Debbie Dabble's Mercury Trees
Our Crafty Mom's recovered chairs
Best of Long Island's Cajun honey pork tenderloin 2 host favorite
Plum Perfect and Me German paper ornaments
DPetrillo Vintage finds
Across the Blvd Santa's Keys
Be sure to follow your host!! Thanks so much AND link back to whichever blog you posted your link through.
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 Sharon from Blue Willow House

The Rules are simple:
 Share #recipes #crafts #DIY projects #beauty #fitness #homedecor #landscapes, #architecture #homemade items and more! 
FAMILY FRIENDLY post!! 
Link 2 -3 links from YOUR blog. Link back to one of your host on the post you shared OR on a party page. Visit others, share the party and ENJOY!!


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Honey Nut Snack Bites

 With the holidays fast approaching and lots of time on my hands, I needed a snack that was satisfying and somewhat healthy. I'll admit, the cereal may not be the best choice, but you could use an organic brand that is better.

I have been enjoying these and my son, who is a sugar-aholic like his mom, has been eating the heck out of these things.

Quick to make, no baking required, chances are you have the ingredients and nut free.

A few years ago I developed an allergy to peanuts. Being someone who literally ate peanut butter everyday of their life, this was a big deal. Other nuts do not bother me but the price of other nut butters did. It is outrageous what they charge.

I tried the sunbutter and even made my own but it just was missing something. Then one day at the store I saw this... WOWbutter, it said it was nut free. I thought why not, it won't be the first $3 I ever wasted and come on, it was $3. So I bought it, took it home, opened it up and read the label again. Yep, nut free. MAN it smelled JUST like peanut butter. I took a taste, whaaat?? I read the label again, yep nut free. I was thrilled! I could again enjoy "peanut butter" but without getting sick! I have used it in cookies, brownies, pies, fruit dip, etc... and no one knows it is not real peanut butter. So if you miss out eating peanut butter due to someone in your family having an allergy, give the WOWbutter a try and no I'm not paid for this endorsement. I'm just sharing what I like and why.

Honey Nut Snack Bites
2 TBSP Greek Yogurt, I used salted caramel
1/4 cup honey
1 cup coconut
1 cup mini chocolate chips or cocoa nibs
2/3 cup WOWbutter (this is a plant based butter that taste and smells like peanut butter)
3 cups crushed Honey Nut cheerios (or whatever cereal you like)

Crush the cereal in a large bag or your food processor. I did not crush mine as much the first time as I will the second time. The smaller the pieces, the easier it bonds together.
Stir together your honey, nut/soy butter and yogurt. In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients and mix well with the wet.
Form ball or bite size pieces (however small you prefer - mine were golf ball size) and place them on a cookie sheet, then place in the fridge until they are firm. Store in an air tight container for a week if they last that long.
Because of the size, I was able to get 24 bites. This may vary depending on your cereal and bite size.

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