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    Yeah, a good blender helps! I was using a crappy one for a while and I basically had to chew my smoothies. bleah.
    I did find that using the stiffer lacinato kale helped it get chopped up a lot better than when I used the softer, more lettucey kales like red russian.
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    Just plain kale and pineapple in a blender makes an awesome smoothie. One of B's favorites! I throw in chia seeds too. Decent source of Omega-3s (ahem, Jennifer ;) ).

    Gretchen, it must be so hard to find foods that have the appropriate iron levels for you. I hope there are lots of websites and lists from doctors that help navigate you through your food choices.

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    I personally do fine with a diet high in animal fat. I know that's not for everyone, particularly if you have intolerances for various health reasons. My plate has been looking more and more Paleo as time goes by (protein and plants that aren't grains or legumes). I'm lactose intolerant, so I get my calcium from dark greens. My lipid panel looked good back in March, and my bone density scan (by DEXA) showed I head the bones of a 30 year old (apparently the age that you stop building bone density and just try to keep whatever you have). Kale is my staple. Like EVERY DAY there is kale. Since my garden doesn't reward me with a bumper crop of it, I buy organic baby kale from Costco in giant bags, and other greens from local and farmer's markets. DH calls me "Overkale". But what I love is that Bodhi will eat a kale salad with his meal straight up. He's had it since he was a little baby. I used to cook it in a marinara with (this sounds gross but it's yummy) lemon and mayonaisse. And one day, little 1 year old Bodhi toddled up to me and started eating it by the fistful from my plate. He likes cooked beet greens too. I'm not 100% thrilled with Bodhi's diet (which looks much more like DH's than mine, still very grain-dominant), but if I did one thing right, it's teach him to eat his greens. Now if I could just address my sweet tooth. I like more savory than sweet, but it does seem like I haven't broken the habit of having one sweet thing after dinner, and it's usually an ice cream or one dark chocolate-covered cherry/almond cluster. I love homemade ice cream (not that I eat it more than store-bought). I made coconut haystacks not too long ago after I bought one up in Tahoe. They're the easiest thing in the world and so tasty. You just brown shredded coconut in a pan - maybe with butter, I can't remember. And then melt semi-sweet or dark chocolate in either a double boiler (or the Myles way - in the microwave). Then toss it all together, spoon them out into little clusters, let solidify and voila!

    My favorite thing about cooking IS the leftovers. Is that weird? I love figuring out how to repurpose them. This morning, I used the leftover Dover sole from last night to make an omelette (too much dill, I have to say). Plus, leftovers make for easy school lunches or come to work with me the next day. I've started to look forward to Saturdays, when I make it sort of a goal of mine to polish off whatever there is from the week in the refrigerator. So it's like going to a Vegas buffet, where you'll have cuisine from, like, every country on your plate. ;)

    I joined this group of bodybuilders on FB - mostly guys - because I wanted to learn more about this intermittent fasting thing that they do (it's basically to eat all your day's calories within a compressed time window of 6-8 hours). Well, that type of fasting didn't work out for me when I tried it (I lost my period for a month back in November), but the food porn they post is A-MAZING. It's hilarious. All these big, well-muscled bros share photos of their meals and post recipes for things like sweet potato shepherd's pie, cheesecake and "beer"amisu. I go there now for the recipes more than the workout tips.
    Are you my long lost sister? This is my diet almost exactly, including the after dinner NEED for sweets. And I LOVE leftovers. Oh and I love kale too, especially in currys or as kale chips.
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    Is it weird that I don't care much for smoothies? I mean once in a while it's alright I guess. But I think that I just really prefer to chew my food.

    and I don't know what chia seeds are.

    Had Cosmo at the vet this am. Got shots and blood work and an exam. We have decided to have the lipoma removed next week from her armpit while she is under for the dental cleaning. My girl isn't cheap but at least this vet is nice and throws in the exam when you are there getting all those shots. Last vet charged for that and would have charged even more since we also had her eyes looked at more.

    And I'm irriated with Molly. She did a bit better last night. Only whined about 93% of class and on the way there...did a lot better on the way home.
    BUT sometime last night Cosmo must have went to the bathroom and naughty Molly must have gotten up and freaking ate it. Been a while since she did that so I thought she outgrew it. And this morning she did it again. She knows it's naughty but does it anyway. I'm wondering if it might be a stress thing because she was stressed last night and again this morning she was freaking in her kennel when we took Cosmo with us but left her in her kennel at home.
    It's ONLY Cosmo's she eats and Cosmo will not eat canned pumpkin or pineapple which is supposed to make it tasty icky. so now I'm thinking we need to set up a sting operation. Bitter apple worked well when she was a puppy chewing on my couch. But not sure if it's strong enough. I know she doesn't like lemon. Or maybe hot sauce? She hasn't tried eating my houseplants again after her painful experience as a baby with my pothos plant.

    And on top of it, my air conditioning isn't working. It's only three years old. I have the guy coming out Friday morning. It's been running 72/74 inside and that is making me crabby. I like more like 70/71 tops. when I talked to him on the phone, guy thought maybe a mouse chewed through a wire or something. I said that wouldn't surprise me as both my dogs have suddenly been VERY interested in sniffing something over there....they never were interested in my air unit before.

    Cool part of my day was seeing a big huge snapping turtle in the parking lot at work. I have never seen a turtle that big before that wasn't in a zoo.

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    I made curry kale chips and thai sweet chili kale chips recently and they were awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pepperlru View Post
    Yeah, a good blender helps! I was using a crappy one for a while and I basically had to chew my smoothies. bleah.
    I did find that using the stiffer lacinato kale helped it get chopped up a lot better than when I used the softer, more lettucey kales like red russian.
    That's basically where my blender is at right now and I just can't do it. I'll have to buy another one at some point for when I start making baby food, but remodeling the room is taking all of our funds right now. So broke i can't even buy a blender, how sad is that?

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    i don't blend often but if needing something for occasional use or making some baby food, what about a bullet? I have this one minus the bigger picture and ice shaver and really like it. Easy to use and wash and I'm not dragging out a big appliance to do something small. I have only used the big blender we got at the wedding like 2-3 times because it was such a PITA to wash and i was whipping up big batches of drinks at parties.

    http://www.amazon.com/Bullet-Express...s=magic+bullet

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    Lisa, I'll bet we would have a delicious dinner together, then. Yum! But have you ever had beef veggie stew for breakfast? That was me yesterday.

    Bridget, I meant to say your pancakes sound heavenly! I LOOOOOOOVE the crispy edges of a pancake. I would eat your pancakes without batting an eyelash; it's not like I'm strictly grain-free. I've been meaning to try this recipe too.

    I don't mind cleaning my blender, but cleaning my food processor... oy! I don't know what it is, but it's just so painful to me.

    Oh, and Mandy, my SLP friend, Anne, seems to remember you or thinks she does, but Diana was a couple years ahead of you, so didn't recall your name.

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    My favorite breakfast is leftover cold spaghetti followed by my second favorite of cold pizza. Pancakes are very eh to me. I like french toast and like making belgian waffles but both don't sit the greatest for me and that is with lite syrup.
    I would much rather have leftover dinner for breakfast vs breakfast foods. If I don't have anything leftover, I will just have some string cheese.

    I don't have a food processor. I wanted one for a long time but never bought it. Now I don't know what I would use it for.
    I do have 7 cutting boards of different sizes...one is just for raw meats. And I often have 4-5 going through the dishwasher at once. LOL

    I'm kind of crabby today so comfort food....homemade mac and cheese....and broccoli. We love broccoli and heap that on the plates and top off with the mac and cheese. Yummmm.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlwonder View Post
    Kate - skimming and I really thought you said there was a store that had its own grilled cheese room! Yummy!
    That is funny because I was scrolling just now to find where I left off reading last time. As I scrolled past my post I thought it said grilled cheese too!

    I don't like smoothies. The texture is just too thick.

    I like my food processor-what I don't have is a stand mixer. I use my processor for only a couple things-- quick chopping of onions, and I make burgers from steaks (it's just equal parts of chuck and sirloin steak, chopped really fine in the food processor), or processing other meats and fish for meatballs, fish cakes or whatever, but it is worth it just for those things.
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    Gasp, no stand mixer? I LOVE my kitchenaid! It's pretty and it lasts and lasts. I have had mine more than 10 years. I use it for cookies...which are a winter thing except for one kind that I have to use a dough cutter. And even in the summer we use it for making pizza dough. Pizzas kind of suck where I live so most often we make it ourselves.....it's so quick and easy with the dough hook.
    I just do onions by hand but I'm generally having to chop something else when I do them anyway. I cannot touch raw hamburger so I don't think I could handle mixing my own. When we make burgers, I make DH make the patties. Or I would have to wear some vinyl gloves. Pork and chicken, I can touch those raw.

    As for cheese, I love it but I like the more common ones. And NOTHING smoked. I don't like smoked flavor in cheese or deli meats like turkey. I could go to the cheese store but really we have a good selection in the store. Being the dairy state and all. I don't really care for feta. Only can handle that in tiny amounts.

    What I am LOVING right now is Chobani greek yogurt. Specifically the apple cinnamon. OMG, I would rather have that than ice cream. I have one almost every night as my cool sweet treat before bed.

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    Yeah, I rarely bake...if I have to cream sugar and butter together I just use my hand mixer. I have no need for a stand mixer. I think my hand mixer even has a dough hook but I never make pizza.

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    I love my mixer too. And I use my blender for food processing and cut all my veggies by hand. I really like chopping ,though prefer there not to be a toddler wailing at my feet.

    We had a rough day today as we were all tired. Yesterday was 3 years since my mom died. I cannot believe it has been that long! Both my dad and bro were having rough days so I could not sleep for worrying about them. Oh, and Sawyer pooped on the floor in front of Savana which made her puke. Booyah! If only Kai had been there, we could have gone for the hat trick.

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    B I cannot imagine how hard that must be.

    Though Sawyer making Savana puke is kinda funny except the part where I'm sure that you had to clean it all up. I remember taking a bath with my sister when we were little and suddenly there was something floating in the tub. My reaction was to stand up and scream bloody murder. My mom comes running in freaking out and started laughing. Her question to me was, why did you just stand there, why not step out of the tub? Good question ma!

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    Exhausted. I think I did all the work I needed to catch up on. Unfortunately, there will be more tomorrow. And the guests have left, which means I just need to operate at 100% instead of 155%.

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    I've had to skip the last few posts. I'm suffering with flu and the thought of food makes me feel icky right now. I'm forcing some dry cheerios down to try to build some strength. Ugh. Lethargy is awful.

    Bridget, your post made me laugh with the visual, which made my tummy hurt! I'm sorry you had to clean all that up.

    I'm going to have to attempt to wash my hair. I'm looking right rank right now!

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    I'm sorry you don't feel well, Ash Hope you feel better soon.

    Big hugs Bridget.

    Josh had a bad dream last night but he didn't want to tell me about it. I said he could stay with me in our bed for a little bit. We ended up falling back asleep and he stayed there until morning That was the first time he'd slept with us in our bed since he was a baby. It was nice!

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    Bridget big mama

    Ash I am sorry you aren't feeling well, I hope it passes soon, being sick is the worst

    The bigger blender is actually easiest when making baby food. I can do up a whole bunch at once and than freeze. I do like that set Jennifer, its a really good deal and it looks like it does have the slightly bigger attachment with it as well. I'll have to check it out more when I'm feeling less lazy

    I had never even heard of a stand mixer until someone mentioned it here on APA. I had to look it up. I only use my hand mixer at holidays or when I am contributing to a get together of some sort. A standmixer would just collect dust here and the last thing I need is more appliances.

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    I very, very badly want a stand mixer. I won't get one, because then I'd be forced to make (and eat) all sorts of yummy goodies. It's hard enough to maintain a decent weight without extra temptations.

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    Suja, I make stuff in the winter. Most often the snickerdoodles because my recipe makes a pretty small batch. Any others and I bring some to work and share. I have this one http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-259...tand-mixer.jsp in red.
    You could get one and get a bunch of the fun attachments. I haven't gotten any but I would love to get some. my MIL wanted to get me the pasta attachments until we saw the price.

    Yeah I like my magic bullet but the only thing I really do is puree strawberries for part of the sauce of strawberry shortcake and a few times I think I tried a mixed drink. What I like is it's just two pieces to wash and the cup goes in the dishwasher. What it's not good for is if you need a lot of different speeds. This one you basically blend or can pulse. I had thought about making baby food at one point but not sure if I will bother or not. Though probably a lot cheaper than buying jars of gerber.

    I'm happy that it cooled off last night. I'm not a happy camper when my house is freaking 74 inside. I really like more like 68-69 but in the summer can tolerate 71. at 74 I don't want to cook, wash dishes, nothing but sit there because if I move it's too warm.
    I'm so not a summer person.

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    I did a mixture of both, making my own and jarred baby food. It just depended on the amount of time I had. I enjoyed the process of making it though, just didn't always have the time to devote to it with school and work.

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    Oh Bridget, you poor thing. I did giggle at the visual of Savana and Sawyer, but YUCK!
    I'm so sorry about your mom (and your dad and brother's hard day). Big hugs.

    Jennifer, you live in the right place. Don't come visit me in the summertime. We don't have A/C or any insulation so our house is basically like a big wooden shed. The inside temp on hot days is often higher than outside, and gets into the 90s fairly frequently. We had a heat wave a few weeks back where one night it was still 87 in the house at 10 p.m. I'm very unhappy with too much heat and when we first moved here I had a really hard time in summer. I was cranky all the time, and by fall I felt drained and depressed (like the opposite of seasonal affective disorder, I guess!). I'm better at coping now, but there are some times it's just miserable, and most warm days it's just not very comfy in the house, even with fans.

    I love my kitchenaid! It's aqua. It's so beautiful. I hate the counter space it takes up in my small kitchen, but I use it all the time.

    Suja, I'm glad your company is gone and you can have a little rest. Is your dh home yet? How is he doing?
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    I could not survive without A/C. It would be impossible. It starts getting into the 90's in my house (being that we don't run the air during the day) in April and stays that way until September, even into October sometimes. Have I mentioned I loathe Florida? I have dreams of moving, but it'll never happen, but I'll keep my dream

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    Jennifer, you probably can't visit Southern India either. It easily gets into the 3 figures inside the house during the summer (Feb - May). It's fairly recent that people have A/C in the house at all, and that too, only in the bedrooms.

    Gretchen, I am SO glad to just be on my own. It's actually quiet in here, and I can think. I don't have to referee squabbles, or cook/feed a bunch of people with differing ideas on what they want to eat. I have time to take care of the dying dog. And maybe even make my child what she has been asking for, for 2 days (she woke up this morning and asked if she could have it for breakfast). Heck, I might even go to bed before 3:00 AM.

    DH won't be home for a while. He seems to be doing as well as can be expected. The last of the rituals is to be done tomorrow morning. His mom... I feel terrible for her.

    I finally broke down and asked my aunt to come and stay with me for a few days. There is a fairly high likelihood that I will have to let Pan go before DH returns, and I will need some moral support.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smplyme89 View Post
    I could not survive without A/C. It would be impossible. It starts getting into the 90's in my house (being that we don't run the air during the day) in April and stays that way until September, even into October sometimes. Have I mentioned I loathe Florida? I have dreams of moving, but it'll never happen, but I'll keep my dream
    I'm not sure why your post reminded me of this: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2013/06/12/n...qOcjA.facebook

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    Aw, Suja... hugs. I'm so sorry about Pan. I wish any of us lived close enough to be able to hang with you and offer a little support. Do you have a plan for her? Seems like I remember you saying you had a vet who could come to the house -- is that right?
    -- mom to DD1 1/98 and DD2 10/09


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    Yes, our regular vet will do a home euth. That's what we did with Khan. The other concern I have is that if we wait until DH returns, then he would have to face this as well, and I'm not sure how he'll do with that. At the same time, I can't have her PTS just because we can't deal. But, she's not eating, and I'm somehow managing to get enough calories into her that she isn't starving to death, but just barely. I started her on a couple of herbal supplements that are supposed to have anti-cancer properties, in the hope that it will give her better quality of life, and have ordered a high calorie nutritional supplement, so there is a little more wiggle room. I want to go back to giving her fish oil, but dear lord, that stench is hard to get rid of when it gets anywhere, and it always gets everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suja View Post
    I'm not sure why your post reminded me of this: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2013/06/12/n...qOcjA.facebook
    Ugh, I hadn't heard of them. Great, another bug to deal with I'll have to show this to DH. I need to order more bug spray.

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    G...can you not have air conditioning in the house or add some insulation? The idea of no insulation is so strange to me if nothing else for the winter but you likely don't have that much either.
    I have had air conditioning my entire life and my dad liked the house cold so that is definitely what I am used to. And I hate sweating. DH said there is no way he could listen to me and deal with me without air. LOL
    I LOVE fall. Ideal is 40's at night, lower 60's in the day. I like wearing jeans and being comfortable. I don't even mind the cold of winter if I didn't have to drive in the snow. DH is like me and we would try to avoid living too much further south and WI if we can at all help it.

    So last year I did a diet class at work....it's a common sense one developed by our mother institution. I did lose some on it but when the 10 weeks were up, I kind of lost steam. Well now they are doing a part-2 and I just got back from that. Of course I'm the biggest one there. Most of them are average if not thin. So that is kind of irritating. And I kind of feel like people see me and think I eat like total sh*t. When really one of the things that seems hardest for many is to eat the fruits and veggies.....and that part I have down pretty well. I will keep going but am going to have to do my own thing some. I mean even the BMI chart they have green (normal), yellow, orange and red. Dietitian is like, the goal is to get everyone in the green. Um yeah, even at my lowest after surgery I'm not sure I was even in the yellow. At this point, I would be very happy to be orange and not red. The class is good reinforcement to behave and actually check weight and keep track of what I'm eating so that should be helpful. I just wish it was divided into the class for the skinny people who want to lose 5 lbs or maintain....and the class for people who have a lot to lose.

    Suja....I too wish that we weren't all so spread out. You have just had too much this year. I do think it might be easier for your DH to not be there. The family dogs I had growing up, I was not there. In some ways I think it was easiest for me to not have been there for the rapid decline at the end (I was away at college) or the goodbyes. But that I'm sure makes it much harder on you.

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    Suja, I am so sorry about Pan

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