DESERTJULZ
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Mall Walk Disaster
Sunday, June 09, 2013      11 comments

Note to self: It is rather important to find out information before making plans. Second note to self: When you plan an event, make sure the venue is open. It is becoming very hot here in Phoenix, Arizona. Daytime highs are over 100... Read more
Shenandoah: Foggy Day (Part 3)
Sunday, June 02, 2013      8 comments

Day 3, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. Woke and looked out the window. It appeared to be raining gently. I walked outside to the facilities to obtain ice for our ice chest. It was not raining. The clouds had landed right on top of us... Read more
Motivated by Spark Trophies?
Friday, May 31, 2013      11 comments

Why does a SparkPeople Trophy motivate me? Somehow, it is fun and rewarding to earn a trophy by working hard -- that's it! The trophy doesn't sit on a shelf, doesn't collect dust, and wasn't presented at an important meeting or ceremony. I si... Read more
Shenandoah: Dark Hollow Falls (Part 2)
Sunday, May 26, 2013      8 comments

On our second day in Shenandoah, my daughter and I hiked about 10 miles on & around the Appalachian Trail. After a short sojourn back at our lodge room, we drove to the Dark Hollows Falls trailhead. We had to hike to a waterfall, by gosh! ... Read more
Shenandoah (part 1)
Saturday, May 25, 2013      11 comments

Spending time in nature is so good for the soul. Last week, I flew from Phoenix to Washington, DC, to visit my daughter. We left town and spent the first three days in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. Oh my gosh, what a gorgeous plac... Read more
Hiking in the city - Papago Park
Sunday, April 28, 2013      7 comments

This morning I was up early and out the door by 7:00 a.m. for a solitary hike. Having read about a 4-mile trail at Papago Park, which is very near the Desert Botanical Garden, I headed for the Park. Somehow, I missed the turn into the park and... Read more
The Pancake Queen Strikes Again! (What's Cookin' #8)
Saturday, April 27, 2013      10 comments

Oh my oh my oh my! What delicious, nutritious, pancakes! Starting idea: desire to make a new pancake recipe using garbanzo bean (chick pea) flour purchased earlier in the week on a whim. Now, for some history. My family used to call ... Read more
Peaceful morning full of desert blooms...
Monday, April 22, 2013      5 comments

This morning was my special time at the Desert Botanical Garden. Why "special time," you might ask? Because it was alone time, just me and my camera. I could walk at my own pace and stop as often as desired to snap photos. Which I did, and did... Read more
Is it a weed? Or is it a nutritious, free, dark leafy green?
Saturday, April 20, 2013      7 comments

Before mowing my yard (rife with weeds), I decided to harvest the leaves from all the dandelions. I've been eating them now for a week and love them! Are dandelions weeds? Yep. Are they nutritious, free, dark leafy greens? Yep. You can also ... Read more
Do you ever
Sunday, April 14, 2013      8 comments

You've been tracking nutrition religiously on the SparkPeople nutrition tracker. However, you often track a meal *after* you've eaten and sadly discover you went over your calorie allotment for that meal. Do you ever go back to look at the... Read more
What's Cookin Good Lookin? (Round 7) DIVINE Mushroom Burgers
Saturday, April 13, 2013      7 comments

When I found this recipe, it sounded good... vegetarian.about.com/od/
veggieburgerrecipes/r/mush
roomburger.htm When I made it, with a few modifications, it was ABSOLUTELY DIVINE! The modifications: doubled the... Read more
Recipe Challenge: Curried Red Lentil Dahl (Round 6 What's Cookin')
Tuesday, April 09, 2013      8 comments

YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY! This recipe is definitely going in my favorites list! The flavor of curry is always a hit for me, add to it the red lentils, onion, and garlic and it's a winner. www.food.com/recipe/curr
ied-red-lentil-dahl-3... Read more
Hike to Cloud Nine
Sunday, March 24, 2013      5 comments

No sleeping in on my only day off this week. Nossirreee! I was up early so that I could drive up to North Mountain Vistor Center and meet up with HIKERBECKY and two of her non-Sparker friends, Carrie & Stephanie for a hike up Shaw Butte. ... Read more
Vegetarian Green Enchiladas (easily adapt to Vegan)
Friday, March 08, 2013      7 comments

My friend, Susan, hates onions with a passion. As she was coming to my house for dinner, I promised to make a meal with no onions. Also, because she so dislikes onions, she never goes out for Mexican food. It is so hard to find onion-free Mexi... Read more
Burn 300 calories with exercise
Friday, February 15, 2013      5 comments

Off SparkPeople, a group I'm in has been doing a 28-day "Jump Start Bingo" challenge in February. Each day, we can make our own decision to tackle one of 28 "Bingo squares." So far, I've selected the following Bingo squares: 2-1-13 - Jour... Read more

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