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  • Kung Pao Chicken

    2/26/2020 2:28:52 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Chicken tonight! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4 dried red chili peppers, or to taste 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon water 2 teaspoons soy sauce 1 teaspoon rice wine 2 skinned and boned chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch cu... Read more

  • Today’s Top Five…

    2/25/2020 10:42:39 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Contemplating my top five activities today in terms of time they took. #5 Working a jigsaw puzzle #4 Cleaning #3 Walking #2 Driving #1 Teaching/Helping A nearly perfect typical day for me. Keep moving forward! — Kohl ... Read more

  • Crockpot Jambalaya

    2/25/2020 2:59:00 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Get your crockpots out and prepare for this! Take a peek! Ingredients~ Vegetable oil cooking spray 2 cups onion, chopped 2 tablespoons minced garlic 1 cup celery, chopped 1 cup green pepper, chopped 1 bay leaf 15 ounce canned tomatoes 1/2 cup mince... Read more

  • How Shall I Spend The Evening?

    2/24/2020 6:26:51 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    My mind feels the weight of lots of paperwork pressing down. I definitely need to grade a chemistry lab report before co-op tomorrow. Medical bills from October are now due and I plan to make some sense of them. I actually organized them by provider about a week ago and left the job hanging. And the... Read more

  • Shrimp Fajitas

    2/24/2020 3:01:16 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Dinner tonight is...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 medium onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons butter 1 red bell pepper 1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined juice of 1 lemon salt and pepper, to taste 8 to 12 flour tortillas,warmed option... Read more

  • Can We Know God's Will?...

    2/23/2020 11:56:01 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Tonight I returned to church in the evening to attend the first of several classes on beliefs. The topic of tonight’s discussion was a question: Can we know God’s will? We read scripture on God’s will of decree (sovereign will) and God’s will of command (revealed will) and had a good discussion guid... Read more

  • Lemon Blueberry Zucchini Bread

    2/23/2020 2:55:01 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Can you smell it? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4 eggs 2 cups (or less) sugar 1 cup canola oil 2 cups unpeeled, coarsely grated zucchini, drained slightly zest of 1 lemon, grated juice of 1 lemon 3-1/2 cups unbleached flour 1 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 teas... Read more

  • Spring Sorting, Walking, and a Movie...

    2/22/2020 9:06:31 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Spring sorting has begun! D21 asked daddy to help her with moving furniture around in the attic where she rooms alone. He was willing to help as long as she moved all she owned into the first floor hallway so her room could be cleared of dust and such. My aim for the day was to work with D15 to get ... Read more

  • Chicken Livers with Mushrooms

    2/22/2020 3:50:06 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Now like Mama says...Don't say you don't like it until you try! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 pound chicken livers 3 tablespoons flour salt and pepper cooking oil 4 tablespoons butter 1 large onion, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms sherry ... Read more

  • Yes...

    2/21/2020 11:59:12 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    I am ready for the weekend! Keep moving forward! — Kohl... Read more

  • Chicken With Roasted Bell Peppers and Rosemary

    2/21/2020 3:16:30 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Dinner tonight is so HEALTHY and YUMMY so...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 large bell peppers, quartered and seeded 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, or 1/4 teaspoon dried 1/2 teaspoon salt freshly ground black pepper, to taste 2 chicken breasts, halved ... Read more

  • So Tired…

    2/20/2020 9:32:39 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Ever been very tired after a long day of busyness and realize that you want to exercise but you want to go to sleep twice as much. That’s where I’m at right now. I will choose exercise because I know it will help me do sleep so much better. Here is goes… Keep moving forward! — Kohl... Read more

  • Home Life…

    2/19/2020 10:56:42 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Today was chemistry lab day at our house. While D15 and her friend worked on the experiment at hand I worked on math corrections with D13. I also talked to my friend who is the mother of D15’s chem partner. She has two children but one is already in his twenties. She finds it amazing that I can swit... Read more

  • Crab Quesadillas

    2/19/2020 2:57:26 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, You are going to LOVE these! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 pound lump crabmeat 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into strips 1/2 medium red bell pepper, cut into strips 1/2 medium yellow bell pepper, cut into strips (o... Read more

  • Taken By Surprise…

    2/18/2020 10:46:26 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Dealing with some hard things today. Cried quite a bit. Sleep is my usual go to when I have to come to terms with life issues but today I determined to walk rather than sleep….took 13000+ steps. I think I’m going to cry a bit more and then sleep ever so soundly. Keep moving forward! — Kohl ... Read more

  • Spinach Lasagna

    2/18/2020 3:21:12 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Well I asked what shall I make for dinner tonight. The response was overwhelming! Take a peek! Sauce: Ingredients~ 3/4 cup chopped onion 1 garlic clove, minced 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary 1 teaspoon... Read more

  • Two Naps...

    2/17/2020 9:57:20 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Been dealing with symptoms of a slight cold for a few days now but this morning it came on like a vengeance. Felt extremely fatigued throughout my morning commute to drop my older two daughters off at work and college so upon returning home I touched base with my two younger daughters about homescho... Read more

  • Thai Beef and Noodles

    2/17/2020 4:28:18 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Thank you for all your prayers for my neck and back. I am feeling much better today. doing some stretching exercises and laid on the heating pad for a bit last night. Well dinner tonight will be as follows so...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 6 to 10 ounces grilled st... Read more

  • Pizza With Friends...

    2/16/2020 11:57:49 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    My friend owns a pizza shop. Her family invited our family to have pizza with them above the pizza shop tonight in their abode and to play some games. The pizza was so good! Lots of fun for a few hours. Keep moving forward! — Kohl ... Read more

  • Crunchy Hamburger Casserole

    2/16/2020 3:16:59 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I am sorry that I have been absent for a couple of days. I pulled a muscle I my neck and back all from bending over to tie my shoes! I think I will go barefoot from now on! NOT! Well dinner tonight will be...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 cups uncooked egg noodles... Read more

  • Simple Yet Tasty…

    2/15/2020 7:53:14 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    I often find success when using the Pioneer Woman’s recipes. I really like the simpleness yet pizazz of so many of them.Tonight I made two of my favorites from her website: pan-fried pork chops (
    rk-chops/) and oven-roasted asparagus (htt... Read more

  • Take It As It Comes...

    2/14/2020 11:57:09 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    This morning I hopped in the car with all four daughters with these goals in mind: drop D23 off at work, take D21 to counseling and then to class, head to my parents' house with the youngest two to have D15 complete a "back then" assignment for her finance co-op class, and pick D23 up from her morni... Read more

  • It's Bedtime Already?

    2/13/2020 10:52:26 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Working on getting to bed at a decent hour. Thought I’d start with 11:00pm tonight and work toward an earlier time at a later date if needed. I have everything done except the shower and it’s ten til. I’ve cut it close tonight but at least it’s a start. Progress not perfection. Keep moving forw... Read more

  • Let It Snow...

    2/12/2020 11:10:43 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    It had been snowing since 4:00pm but it turned to rain at 10:00pm. It's now 11:00pm and the flakes are falling again. They are predicting it will stay snow but I will believe that when I wake up to snow and not puddles like on Monday. February is proving to be a great mix of weather. Keep movin... Read more

  • Once Upon a Time...Just an Ordinary Day in February

    2/11/2020 9:49:57 PM, by SUSANSKI

    haha, I had to pause after writing my title, because to my right, there is an ad for fixing thinning hair. The photo is of a head of hair with a giant lettuce or cabbage leaf draped over it. I'm not sure I'll recover from seeing that.... But anyway, Hello! 213 Last night I laid out some... Read more

  • Bittersweet...

    2/11/2020 3:55:46 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    My youngest is thirteen today. She's been acting like a teen since her 11th birthday but the day has actually arrived. I did convince her to go to the carousel with D23 and me in a bit for a few rides. That is as close to playing I think she will come. All of her sisters were going to go but it seem... Read more

  • I Heart FaceTime...

    2/10/2020 11:14:20 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Just got done chatting with my son. He called and I accepted the call even though I needed to go out and buy one last birthday present for my darling daughter who will no longer be a child tomorrow...she will be a teenager! I also needed to grade a chemistry lab report before bed. I wanted to take 2... Read more

  • Good Day...

    2/9/2020 11:57:37 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Acts 9 gave us Paul’s example of what our simple but profound message to the world should be as we changed from sinner to saved sinner: Jesus is the son of God. That was church in a nutshell. Extremely tired so I took a nap for a few hours. After a spaghetti dinner all of us (except D21 wh... Read more

  • Roasted Pork Tenderloin With Garlic and Rosemary

    2/9/2020 2:35:15 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Dinner tonight...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 lean boneless pork tenderloins (about 8 ounces each) 2 large garlic bulbs (or use 3 bulbs regular garlic) 1 1/2 tablespoons plus 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon plus 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 1/2 tablespoons... Read more

  • Symphony Orchestra Tonight…

    2/8/2020 7:01:52 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    My husband and I are going to the Revolutions concert of the symphony this evening. D23 gets two free tickets per show as a perk for working at the theatre. She cannot go tonight as she is running the box office solo since the girl she usually works with is out sick. D21 is coming with us…this will ... Read more

  • Chocolate Chunk–Peanut Butter Cookies

    2/8/2020 3:21:25 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I thought that y'all needed a treat for doing so amazingly well on your goals! P.s. Don't go overboard now! Remember, moderation is the key! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, divided 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 2/3 c... Read more

  • Taming Of The Shrew...

    2/7/2020 11:41:49 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Watching Kiss Me, Kate with D23, D15, and D12. We are enjoying it more than we expected. Couldn’t wake up my husband who has been sleeping since his dinner at 6:30. D21 is coding and couldn’t be pulled away for anything. Hoping it’s a healthy creative streak for her. Keep moving forward! - Kohl... Read more

  • Goals

    2/7/2020 5:03:42 PM, by LOVEMOTIVATES

    It's important you know what you want and why. I needed to figure out what my next goal is weight loss wise. When you have a lot to lose you need to get laser focused. My next goal was 38 pounds away yesterday. Today it is 37 pounds a way. I put a 37 on my phone screen to remind me of what I am figh... Read more

  • Grilled Chicken and Herb-Cheese Wraps

    2/7/2020 1:08:14 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, What's for lunch you say? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 carton (8 ounces) nonfat plain yogurt 1 tablespoon wasabi powder 4 flour tortillas (9-inch) 1/2 cup garlic-and-herb-flavored cheese spread, softened Grilled Chicken Breasts (below), cut into thin stri... Read more

  • Napping...

    2/6/2020 11:54:29 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Homeschooled a bit in the morning, Got to a place where the girls could both work independently in the afternoon and then I took a much needed nap. I’m getting to bed by midnight every night and staying there until 8am but am I light sleeper…wake up if any one in the house makes a noise…coughing, go... Read more

  • Nodding…

    2/5/2020 10:24:30 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    My head keeps nodding. I’ve no concentration left to grade papers for tomorrow. Heading to bed and hoping that the freezing rain will subside before tomorrow noon. I need to head out before 9am so I hope the hourly weather forecast is wrongo. Will listen to the girls sing their audition pieces one m... Read more

  • A Regular Sort Of Day…

    2/4/2020 11:53:53 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Took a walk first thing this morning before the rain started. Drove my daughters to and from their respective places: work, college, co-op, and library. Also made guacamole and burritos, did a few 100-200 piece online jigsaw puzzles, bought sheet music for auditions, and tidied up the checkbook by e... Read more

  • Choosing Audition Music...

    2/3/2020 11:27:37 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Spent the afternoon with D23, D15, and D12 trying to zone in on the best audition pieces. D12 chose City of Stars from La La Land and it seems a near perfect fit for her. D15 hasn’t decided yet but has at least four up her sleeve that she could do well. Hopefully she’ll make a decision tomorrow so w... Read more

  • Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

    2/3/2020 2:48:56 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Look'in to save time in the morning? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 pound breakfast sausage links, casings removed, or bacon 6 slices day-old white bread, cubed 6 eggs, beaten 2 cups milk 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 teaspoon ground mustard 1 t... Read more

  • Theatre Stuff...

    2/2/2020 11:49:32 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Went to the last performance of Annie Get Your Gun this afternoon with a friend. After strike I helped serve fruit to the cast of 60 at the on site cast party. Then I chatted with other theatre moms while the cast ate pizza+. When we returned home we went through the makeup kit and threw out it... Read more

  • Chicken and Cajun Pork Sausage Stroganoff

    2/2/2020 2:18:23 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I love stroganoff . What -a- 'bout you? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 3 tablespoons butter 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces 2 links cajun pork sausage, cut into bite-size pieces cajun seasoning... Read more

  • Once Upon a Time....Bread Dough and Genealogy

    2/1/2020 11:49:28 PM, by SUSANSKI

    This very, very, very, true account was originally written to my genealogy team: The Bread Dough and Genealogy Story Okay, so.... Because my sister and I are trying to sort through photos and identify them before scanning, my uncle texted me and said I could send him some photos and he wo... Read more

  • Annie Get Your Gun...

    2/1/2020 11:01:49 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Tonight was opening night for the girls. D12 played the porter and D15 was one of Frank Butler’s former high society flings. A best friend of theirs was a singer at the ball. A friend of this best friend played Annie and boy did she sing purty. A great performance of a great show! One night to go! ... Read more

  • Wild Sweet and Sour Chicken

    2/1/2020 1:55:18 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Chicken tonight! Ingredients~ 2 boxes of Uncle Ben's Long Grain and Wild Rice 6, 8. or 10 pieces of meaty chicken depending on size (skin ON) 1 large can diced pineapple in syrup 1 large can Lesure peas with liquid 1 can mushrooms, stems and pieces with ... Read more

  • How’s The Weight Coming?…

    1/31/2020 11:07:21 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    January Open: 217.0 (Jan 1st) Close: 213.4 (Jan 31st) High: 217.8 (Jan 5th) Low: 213.4 (Jan 31st) Average 215.78 It's a start. My goal for February is to stay below 115.78 for daily weigh-ins. I would also hope to lose an average of 0.5 each week. Keep moving forwa... Read more

  • Honesty

    1/31/2020 7:49:15 PM, by LOVEMOTIVATES

    I guess I needed to write down why I temporarily stopped losing weight. It helped me process! In actuality I feel proud of my self and how I handled everything. And a setback isn't permanent.... Read more

  • Rolled Stuffed Fish Fillets

    1/31/2020 1:48:44 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Fish is on the menu for tonight! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4 skinless, boneless fillets of sole or flounder (approximately 8 inches by 4 or 5 inches and all the same size) 1 cup soft bread crumbs 1/2 cup wheat cracker crumbs 2 tablespoons chopped parsley ... Read more

  • Whole Wheat–Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

    1/30/2020 4:07:55 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I got the cookies, grab the milk! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1-1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar 2 large eggs, at room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1-1/2 cups whole wheat pas... Read more

  • Working Puzzles, Making Friends...

    1/30/2020 3:51:33 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    This was a fun one and it's finally done! I enjoy working on puzzles at the library and meeting others who enjoy the same (although I've found that some people sit at the puzzle table simply because they want to meet people and that's fine by me). Doing a puzzle at our public library does ha... Read more

  • My Day...

    1/29/2020 11:59:27 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Struggled through adding positive and negative numbers with my youngest daughter while her sister reviewed for tomorrow’s chemistry test. Then we did bit of history before I left to take another daughter to college. It’s an hour roundtrip. While I was gone they both showered and fixed some lunch. ... Read more

  • Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper & Garlic Aioli

    1/29/2020 3:12:23 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Get your crab traps out for this! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 tablespoons diced onion 2 tablespoons diced celery 1 small clove garlic, finely minced 2cups fine dry plain breadcrumbs, divided 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley ... Read more

  • Living With Just One Piece Of Cake…

    1/28/2020 11:26:52 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Just now my husband cut himself a piece of birthday cake and asked if I would like one. No, thank you. I had one yesterday to celebrate his birthday. I planned ahead so I could fit it into my daily calorie range without having my macros suffer significantly. I find this is getting easier with practi... Read more