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Spaghetti Squash: It's What's for Dinner

Have you walked past the spaghetti squash in your supermarket, wishing you knew what to do with it? Confession: Less than two years ago we had a neighbor who would gift us with veggies from his garden. I'd wake up to a random squash on the front porch. Sometimes spaghetti squash and I didn't know what to do with them so I'd throw them in the trash. 

After we moved across town I decided to look into it more. I've decided to not be intimidated by any food or recipe.

He seems innocent enough:
The first thing you want to do is to pierce him with a knife a couple of times.
Then you simply place him on a pan (glass casserole dish, or cookie sheet). Bake him for one hour at 375.

After he's done, cut him in half lengthwise. Be careful, he's hot.

 Let cool and then gently scrape out the seeds and goo (similar to the insides of a pumpkin).
 Next, flake the insides out with a fork. It will separate into long spaghetti-like strands.

This is your finished product. You can top it wi…

Small Changes: What You're Drinking-The Lemonade Chapter

Is there anything more refreshing on a hot summer day than a glass of lemonade? One of my favorite summertime memories is of going to the Washington County Fair and indulging in a big tall glass of ice-cold lemonade made with fresh lemons, right there in front of me. I loved watching them shake it up and make sure it was mixed just right. Then, that first sip, there was nothing better. 

While at the store last night I snapped some pictures of some lemonade in the refrigerated section. I didn't take any of the powdered kind, because, well if I need to explain that to you then we better start all over. Ha ha ha. There is nothing in powdered form that you should drink. It is all artificial. And it doesn't taste good.

Here are four examples: 

Ideally, you should make your own lemonade. Here's one recipe I found by doing a quick Google search. Here's one from Paula Deen.

More on Water

Here are some ideas of things to add to your water that will enhance the flavor without adding chemicals or calories:
Lemon juice
Lime juice
Cucumber slices
Orange slices
Mint leaves

The cucumber slices make the drink refreshingly different. I couldn't drink it daily, but once in a while it's very good.

Can you think of anything else to add?

Small Changes: What You're Drinking #1

This is a hard one to write because it's really hitting everyone. The first thing I want to share with you is that your body is 50-65% water, depending on your size. It makes sense after knowing that, that you need water. 

Let me say that again.

You. Need. Water.

It cleans you, helps you move (in more ways than one....), hydrates you, keeps you alive. You can live for a long time without food, but not without water.

What is the first thing that happens when someone is taken to the hospital? They're usually hooked up to an I.V. with a saline/water solution. It's been reported that disoriented people will perk up soon after this. This is because they were dehydrated. If your brain needs a boost, drink water. 

Water is also one of the quickest ways to get oxygen into your system. Several years ago we took a trip to Pike's Peak, we slowly drove up and once at the top went into the gift shop/rest center so the men in the family could use the bathroom. I was there with my daughte…

What shirt should I wear?

"What shirt should I wear?" was the question asked of my husband to me the morning that CBN was sending a reporter and cameraman to our church to film the happenings of our youth group. 

I told him to wear this one:
He didn't like my idea. He chose this one instead:
I'm not sure when it'll air, but as soon as I find out I'll let you know!

Not sure how I feel about this

I love all-natural foods, even breath mints. These taste wonderful and are made with quality ingredients (no high fructose corn syrup). I'm just not sure I like the name. I think they're trying to be proud that they're made in Vermont, but VerMints? Really? A mint with vermin in the title? Weirds me out a little every time I eat one.

Small Changes: Corn chips

I love chips and salsa. Or chips and (homemade) dip. A small change that you can make when choosing corn chips is to simply choose the unflavored variety. Instead of reaching for the bag of Dorito's (pictured above) with that horrible long list of ingredients (including MSG which is one that should always be avoided--Google it, scary stuff!) reach for a bag of plain corn chips.
This is a bag of plain old Tostito's. Corn, vegetable oil, salt. You know what those are. 

Now, if you want to choose even better then you can reach for a bag of organic corn chips, which are guaranteed to have no GMOs (Google it) and have corn that was grown organically without pesticides, herbicides or anything else that could harm your body. I prefer the organic ones, but that doesn't stop me from indulging in my favorite snack when we go out to a Mexican restaurant for lunch.

Remember, just because they sell it in the store does not mean that you should eat it.

Lightbulb moment at the craft store

Yes, you read that right, craft store. And I was in one. Course, this is a weekly occurance for me since one of my many jobs takes me to said store.

I was wandering around the store, and came upon the scrapbook paper section. I will admit, this section does cause my heart to race a bit. 

Look at the myriad of colors! Every color imaginable, and then patterns, and then glitter. I could spend hours here just drooling.

The thought came to me that some of these papers would be perfect wallpaper pictures for my phone. The prints are small enough to make a good background. I've tried taking pictures of other things (like my favorite tea mug) but the patterns are to large. These scrapbooking papers are the right size.

Here are two I snapped today:

You may not like these prints, but I know you'll find one there that is perfect for you. I chose a Hello Kitty one that is just darling. Too much fun in that aisle!

Jake from State Farm

Have you seen the commercials for State Farm with Jake?
If you haven't, take a minute: 

It's always cracked me up, and my sense of humor wants to run with it. Especially when I get a text like this one:
I don't get them often. Usually it's when someone sends out a group text and I just type in a reply, that is then sent to the entire group. Hey, I forget....

Anyway, the other group members don't know who the follow-up texts are from. They usually send a message asking who I am. I so badly want to use that line the next time I get one. Ha ha ha.

Do you reply to text messages that you don't know who they're from? I'm guessing that you are smart enough to realize that they are usually a reply to a group message.

Not long ago a friend sent a group message of a picture of her new haircut. I replied with something like, "Wow, hot mamma!" without thinking that it went back to the whole group.

One recipient was not happy. She replied to me something along th…

Small Changes: Cooking Spray

No one wants food sticking to their pans. We've been sold on non-stick cooking spray for so long that many people don't know any different.
Um, like using plain old oil to grease your pans.
Aside from the obvious, there are other choices. You can choose the non-stick cooking spray with those strange ingredients listed below.
Silicone? Really? Is that necessary? I say no, it isn't.

There are products on the market that you can add your own oil to and them pump it with your hand to make it pressurized and then spray it. Thus also eliminating the aerosol. Why spray chemicals onto your cookware, and into the air when it can be so easily avoided.

The Misto (pictured below) is on sale at my little local grocery store, so if they have it I'm pretty sure you can find it anywhere. 
If you can't find it in your area, then hook up with a Pampered Chef consultant. They carry one similar. I've used mine for years. 

Remember, check the ingredients! Just because they sell it in the …