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Walkers Needed for Team Forever and One More Day Charleston ALS Walk

ShareTweet Please mark your calendar’s now to plan to attend this very short walk in Riverfront Park.  The walk is Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Riverfront Park. ALS (Lou Gherig’s disease) took my father’s life, prematurely, and I’d like to walk as a team, in memory. I have a team established in Jacksonville, for their walk in April.  If you’s like to walk that walk, with me, please contact me.. @CarolinaDreamz on twitter. If you’d like to walk, but do not live near these walks, look up where the walk is in your area, here.   … Read entire article »

Filed under: ALS, Forever and One More Day, LowCountry

Just three little numbers I promised to share

ShareTweet 224. I really have nothing more to say right now. :) … Read entire article »

Filed under: diet, Stand For Something, Unexpectations, WLS

My spoonfuls of Peanut Butter are sticking to my thighs!

ShareTweet Or maybe its the the Lindt Chocolate with Sea Salt.  Or maybe its the Dr. Pepper. This is becoming a very serious weight problem that my doctor is getting involved with.  That’s how you know your weight is getting out of control. Your doctor mentions it to you and tells you to lose four pounds before you see him the next month. (Forget the 3 I lost from seeing him the week before.) So, after my appointment, next week, I’ll publicly announce my weight and go from there, reducing it. (I don’t think I’m over 212.) My weight loss surgery honeymoon was over 7 years ago.  I’ve done real well, for a long while.  I seem to gain with certain medications that I take. (But, I fear its really the Dr. Pepper. :) … Read entire article »

Filed under: diet, Health/Nutrition, WLS

Rx Insurance Nightmares

ShareTweet <rant> Every new prescriptions and now refills are being rejected by my new insurance company, Express Scripts. I didn’t have a choice to change to this new company.  But, they seem to think they are better at medication dispensing than my doctor. What do I need the doctor for?  They should have a hotline that tells me what they’ll cover by my complaints, symptoms, or injury.  The jerks. They decided, in January, the one co-pay only covered 17 days of my Ambien.  Now I have a partial refill left of 14 pills.  I got an email today, from last night’s refill request that they are not paying for that, either. I don’t know what I’m going to do but one of my medications helps me be mobile and I hate that I’m suffering in more … Read entire article »

Filed under: Health/Nutrition, Rant, Unexpectations

Update on my Egyptian Friends – Egypt in my Heart

ShareTweet I have, now, been in communication with my friends in Egypt. I must admit that with the traveling, I’ve been disconnected from the news and I had no idea things were going on in Egypt, until someone asked me how my friends were.. I, quickly, reached one friend who was fragile with his words.  He told me he cared about Americans but he didn’t trust the American Government.  This was after he said, to me, “Why does America care?”  I did explain that I cared and I was asking and that I hadn’t heard from anyone in Egypt. (This particular Egyptian friend is not in Egypt.) Within a day or two, internet was returned and I was able to get a few messages back and forth on Facebook. Most were simply, “Pray.”  I … Read entire article »

Filed under: family and friends, Gardening, Unexpectations

Florida Travel Check in.. ALS Walk Jax is April 2nd

ShareTweet Hello from Jacksonville. I made it to Florida Drupal Camp, Saturday, in Winter Park.  Other than that, we’ve had some very uneventful weeks out of town. I’ve been healing well from the fall. Just have a few problems with my left arm. The bruises on my knee have almost all gone away. My hand and wrist seem to cramp when I drive. It reminds me I’m doing too much with it and I slow down use of it. I didn’t get a chance, this trip to see my friends in Jacksonville. I’ll be back for the ALS Walk, in April.  I’ll send them invites to join the walk with me.  Maybe that will get me to see them.  The walk, here, is only two miles and starts at Tinsel Town. I had hoped to … Read entire article »

Filed under: ALS, family and friends, politics and religion

We were Featured in the #HomeChat Daily

ShareTweet // Two WoodenSpoonz recipes, associated with With a Z Media, were featured in the #HomeChat Daily. This week’s #HomeChat featured Seasonal Eating – Winter Vegetables. We shared Butter Basil Green Beans and Delicata Squash with a twist of Lime. Join in the fun, with #HomeChat, on Twitter, every Tuesday night at 9pm Eastern Standard Time. (Amy Gahran has some tips for following hashtags on twitter, here.) … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Domestication

What if the World Currency Changed or Collapsed? Tomorrow.

ShareTweet Image via Wikipedia The American Dollar is in more than poor shape. IT IS currently considered the world currency.  There are populations of people who do not believe that the American Dollar can ever collapse.  At the same time, the United State’s current answer to debt is to print more money.  Worthless money. I don’t endorse the products that spawn this video, but I encourage you to take the time to watch and learn some things you may not have known.  Don’t keep your head in the sand.  This is a serious problem. You may have your food storage.  You may have emergency supplies. I need more trash bags, medical supplies, candles, and lamp oil.  What do you need?  What if you woke up, tomorrow, and your dollar was as good as Iraqi … Read entire article »

Filed under: Inspiration, Personal Protection, politics and religion, Stand For Something

My opinion about recent school gun shootings.

ShareTweet First, let’s establish that people kill people. For whatever their reason. We’ve been seeing a huge increase in school shootings and bank robberies lately. I think the laws needs to be changed so people can protect themselves better. I think if more trained concealed weapons were in our schools, more people’s lives would be spared. Not just more security or school police, but school officials with the ability to stop a massacre before it begins. When the gun law was changed about the National Forests, I read all these lines about people worried that people would start being killed. My opinion, then, was bad people get guns and take them there anyway. But, lately, I’ve read how having a gun saved a couple from a bear while on … Read entire article »

Filed under: politics and religion, Stand For Something

My return visit to San Diego – all work and little play

ShareTweet Last year, I wrote a blog post about things I desperately missed about San Diego. Sadly, I only ate the food.  El Pollo Loco didn’t impress me much, either.  I didn’t get shaved ice, but around the corner, the day Gabe and I were able to get out.  I didn’t remember the seaweed smell of Mission Beach (the only place we found  a parking place.) Ick. haha I was so happy to see my Aunt Joy and Selena.  Selena Rausch (in case she googles herself : )  ), is my youngest cousin that lives in Utah. She’s brought much joy and silliness to my Facebook. Thanks for making me enjoy Facebook, again, my cousins! , also,I did get to meet Dennis, Syndee, and Jesse.  That … Read entire article »

Filed under: family and friends, Feeding the Needz, travel

Blog Education Learning Overload – Ebooks I need to read (and so do you)

ShareTweet There are some fantastic bloggers out there that can teach you so much about “blogging better” for SEO traffic. Many are really good at interlinking their own materials and setting a standard that all bloggers should follow. Even the big foot steps can be walked in to learn styles and improve your own posts and writing.  I’m interstested in reading the all, as you should, too. I wanted to bring three ebooks to your attention: The first one is Kelby Carr’s Mom Blog SEO: Mom Blog SEO includes: How to find the best keyword phrases to drive the right readers for your blog Tactics that take a couple minutes before each post and can dramatically increase your traffic How to target the right readers and stop attracting the wrong ones How to boost your … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, family and friends, Feeding the Needz, Inspiration, Linky Love

CDC Health Questionnaire or Identity Theft?

ShareTweet Over a month ago, I received a screening call, on my cell phone from the “center for disease control.” They were surveying 8,000 random people, to ask them personal questions, to improve the future of health care. After answering questions like “Is this your cell phone?” “Are you driving right now?” “Is this cell phone the only one you own?” and “Do you own any other telephone numbers?” (Notice they didn’t ask about a land line or other phones.. creative, I thought. After telling me that everything was confidential, I was told I could have a $10 check for my compliance, in the survey. They would put my personal information into a different computer. At first, I wasn’t feel too comfortable that the call was legitimate. Then I wasn’t feeling … Read entire article »

Filed under: family and friends, Stand For Something

Have you met Heather Solos and Angela England?

ShareTweet Many of my friends are up and coming in the blogging world. Two got recent recognition and I wanted to bring it to your attention. First, my good friend, Heather Solos was mentioned, on Problogger with 39 other bloggers to watch in 2011: Her profile has grown organically over the course of five years. She co-founded, “a site designed to teach real people, real skills, as they apply to real lives.” In addition to this, she has gotten a book deal, leveraged in-person meetings to get great results, and has achieved multiple writing spots in newspapers. You can learn more about how she did this in her interview on BlogcastFM. Angela England, founder of Untrained Housewife, whom I was fortunate to meet, in person, at Type-a-mom, was recognized in an … Read entire article »

Filed under: family and friends, Stand For Something, Uncategorized

5,600 miles later.. I’m home

ShareTweet I bet you just thought I disappeared after all that pumpkin posting.  Actually, I did. My mother, who lives in San Diego, California, (my home town) had surgery, several weeks ago.  She was given a 1 in 5 chance of recovery. I, quickly, went into action, and drove to Florida to pick up my brother-I-was-raised-with and we drove to California in four days. We just walked right into her hospital room and surprised her. She was supposed to be there 6-8 weeks and we took her home on the day of week two. Many other things have happened between there and here and I will get to those, for you, shortly..  but right now, I have to say goodbye to my 13 year old friend and feline companion. While I was gone, he had to have … Read entire article »

Filed under: family and friends, Feeding the Needz

12 Days of Pumpkin ~ Pumpkin Pancakes

ShareTweet Pumpkin Pancakes. Please visit Ashlee, from I’m Topsy Turvy for the recipe. I’m Topsy Turvy » Pumpkin Pancakes- This week for dinner via kwout … Read entire article »

Filed under: Foodie Frenzy, Linky Love

12 Days of Pumpkin ~ Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies

ShareTweet Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies. Please visit very best baking, for the recipe. Old-Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies via kwout … Read entire article »

Filed under: Foodie Frenzy, Linky Love

12 Days of Pumpkin ~ Pumpkin Pie French Toast

ShareTweet Pumpkin Pie French Toast. Please visit Cooking with my kid for the recipe. Pumpkin Pie French Toast | Cooking with My Kid via kwout … Read entire article »

Filed under: Foodie Frenzy, Linky Love

12 Days of Pumpkin ~ Pumpkin Pie Milk Shakes

ShareTweet Pumpkin Pie Milk Shakes, from my Delicious archives. Please visit Sara, at Our Best Bites, for the recipe. Our Best Bites: Pumpkin Pie Milkshake via kwout … Read entire article »

Filed under: Foodie Frenzy, Linky Love

12 Days of Pumpkin ~ Pumpkin Butter Gooey Cakes

ShareTweet Pumpkin Butter Gooey Cakes. Please visit Paula Deen for the recipe. Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cakes Recipe : Paula Deen : Food Network via kwout … Read entire article »

Filed under: Foodie Frenzy, Linky Love

12 Days of Pumpkin ~ Perfect Pumpkin Roll

ShareTweet Perfect Pumpkin Roll.  Please visit Mel, of My Kitchen Cafe, for the recipe. Perfect Pumpkin Roll via kwout … Read entire article »

Filed under: Foodie Frenzy, Linky Love

12 Days of Pumpkin ~ Frosted Pumpkin Bars

ShareTweet Cream Cheese Frosted Pumpkin Bars. Visit Jen’s How to: Simplify for the recipe. How To: Simplify: Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting via kwout … Read entire article »

Filed under: Foodie Frenzy, Linky Love

12 Days of Pumpkin – Pumpkin Spice Truffles

ShareTweet Pumpkin Spice Truffles. Visit Annie Eats for the Recipe. Pumpkin Spice Truffles « Annie’s Eats via kwout … Read entire article »

Filed under: Foodie Frenzy, Linky Love

12 Days of Pumpkin ~ Better than Pumpkin Pie Cake

ShareTweet Crust: 1 box Duncan Hines (don’t read the label ;) ) Yellow Cake Mix (set one cup aside) 1/2 cup (one stick) butter, softened 1 egg Mix and press into greased 9 x 13 pan. Custard: 1 – 29 ounce or 2 – 15 oz cans pumpkin puree 3 eggs 5 ounces evaporated milk 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed) 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Mix together and pour over crust. Topping: Extra one cup Cake Mix 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup (one stick) butter, softened 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional) Mix and drop, by teaspoonful, over the top. Bake 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes, until set and lightly browned Serve with fresh whipping cream. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Foodie Frenzy

10 Things we learned driving through Texas

ShareTweet The daytime speed limit< for non commercial vehicles,  is 80 mph. Plan your trip accordingly and only drive in the daytime. Free wifi at every rest stop, but there are more parking spots and picnic spots than rest stops on I-10.  So don’t need to pee. It takes allll day to drive through Texas. Never go on a road trip with someone with gas. (name held to protect the guilty.) :) There are no radio stations worth listening to, if you don’t speak Spanish or live back in the 60’s. Three Four words: Jack in the Box. Tacos baby. We saw a gasoline price sign that said 7.77 cents. We don’t think they get much business. There are very few gas stations in the 80 mph zone. Make your reservations, on price line, for closer destination, so you … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, Everyday Nothing

12 Days of Pumpkin ~ Cake Like Pumpkin Bread

ShareTweet When Girlie made Pumpkin Bread, the other day, we only had a large can of canned pumpkin. When I saw the left-over pumpkin, in the fridge, this morning, I knew I needed to use it up. I wanted to adapt the pumpkin bread recipe to accommodate yogurt. I had been making my educated guesses, on the bottom of the recipe. I knew I wanted to substitute some of the fat with Fage Greek Yogurt. I didn’t quite have 16 ounces of pumpkin, though. I managed to add apple sauce, for the missing pumpkin, and the yogurt for some of the fat. I’m not really replacing fat because the yogurt is full fat. The result is a cakey like pumpkin bread, that is really moist. It has a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Foodie Frenzy

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