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Garden Tuesday

My friend Pam from Sidewalk Shoes is having a garden event on her blog. Check out what is going on all over the US this spring!

Our garden got snow again on Saturday, so I am showing you a fun pattern that the snow made on our patio. The stones were warm but the snow stuck to the plants. I thought it was interesting!


Here are our spring plants in the snow. I hear that early spring snows bring lots of nutrients to the ground, and I am hoping that it is true!


Truman and Wilson are eager for Spring, too!








Related articlesHow to Grow an Herb Garden for Spring, No Yard Required (blisstree.com)March Garden Update (urbangardengoddess.wordpress.com)
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Portabella Burgers and Fat Free Onion Rings

Had a low point Weight Watchers dinner last night that I wanted to share with you. The Portabella Burger recipe is my own, the onion rings adapted from The Hungry Girl.



Portabella Burger

2 large portabella mushrooms, stemmed with gills removed
Butter flavored Pam
2 triangles of Laughing Cow cheese, garlic and herb flavor
steak seasoning
1 large onion, sliced
4 sandwich rounds

Spray skillet with Pam and saute onions until golden brown and soft.  Heat grill to medium hot heat.  Clean mushrooms, spray with Pam and sprinkle with steak seasoning.   Grill until hot.  Spread 1 triangle of cheese onto each mushroom.  Spray rounds with Pam, toast on grill.  Lay mushroom on bottom round and cover mushroom with grilled onions.  Top with the remaining round.  Makes two sandwiches at 4 Points Plus e…
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A St. Patrick's Day to Remember!

When we made plans last week to see the Diana exhibit in Kansas City, we never thought of the date which happened to be St. Patrick's Day. When my friend Dana heard what we were doing, she immediately told me how busy downtown was going to be, after all, Kansas City does have the second largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the United States.

What??

I was thrilled to hear we would be in the midst of a huge parade.  I begged Bob to go and he agreed to do it.  Unheard of.  A last minute change of plans.

We left Jeff City a little earlier than planned, in order to get a decent parking space.  I had downloaded the parking areas and printed them off... and left them in the printer.  I discovered that fact when it was time to decide where to park.  Of course, I get out my iPhone and sta…
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Shamrock Fun

I saw these darling shamrock "cookies" over at Close to Home. 

I decided I had to try them but of course, didn't have everything I needed but wanted to do it now.  Those of you who know my "north" tendencies are probably nodding right now, understanding that I don't plan ahead well but still want to go forward with my ideas.  No surprise here that I decided to make due with what I had.

I melted green (white chocolate) disks.  I dipped small round pretzels into the green chocolate and arranged them into a clover shape.  I broke a small piece off a pretzel, dipped it into the chocolate and arranged it on the clover as a stem.



According to Weight Watchers three chocolate covered pretzels have two points.


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French Toast Redefined

My friend Dora tweeted about a French Toast Recipe that sounded awesome but I knew would not do for my new lifestyle. I decided to revamp it using ingredients that were more appropriate to my needs. Here's what came of it.



Deluxe French Toast

1/2 c skim milk
1/2 c eggbeaters
1/2 c no fat yogurt (I used Fiber One's Peach)
1/2 t cinnamon
2 ripe bananas
6 slices of low cal bread (I used Sara Lee's)
Butter flavored Pam
Confectioner's sugar

Preheat a skillet. Combine the milk, eggbeaters, yogurt and cinnamon. Dip the bread slices quickly into the milk mixture. Spray the pan with the Pam, and lay the coated bread in the skillet. Cook, watching carefully. Turn when brown and cook the other side.  Place one piece of toast on a plate, slice up a half a banana on top, then pla…
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What a difference a day makes!

On Sunday I was walking around my house and noticed the buds coming out on the redbud tree and I captured it with my camera

 and then this morning I woke up to this!




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So excited....

Signs of spring at our house!



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True/False Film Festival

Image via WikipediaBob and I participated in the 2011 True/False Film Festival in Columbia.  Bob has done this on his own for years, two years ago I participated a bit, last year I was still recovering from cancer and this year, went full out and saw 11 movies!  The True/False Film Festival is all documentary films.  2009 True/False is documented here.



On Friday we saw two movies, Resurrect Dead, and La Bocca del Lupo .  Resurrect Dead was a film about the Toynbee Tiles.  These mysterious tiles have appeared in roadways in the east and midwest US and in various parts of the world.  La Bocca was a love story.



Saturday was the marathon day!  We saw five films! Life in a Day, a film about July 24, 2010, The Interrupters, about a group of former drug lords and gang leaders who have ded…
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Cauliflower Soup

Here are some more wonderful recipes to check out on your journey to a thinner YOU at Gracious Living!

I made this simple soup last Sunday when I saw that cauliflower was on sale for $2.39 a head. It is a 0 points Weight Watcher food, which is always fun!

I found the recipe at Gina's Skinny Recipes and made it just the way she did.

Dad's Cauliflower Soup
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4-6 servings •Time: 20 minutes •Points: 0 pts


1 large head cauliflower - chopped 1/2 cup chopped onions4-6 cups water2 chicken bouillon cubessalt and pepper to taste
In a 5 quart saucepan, add all ingredients. Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender (about 20 minutes.) Puree with an immersion blender until smooth.


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The Purple Dress Project

Our daughter, Ashley, was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease last January, was in the hospital constantly during the first six months of 2010, and in June had surgery for a resection of her colon. She has been in remission ever since!

Ashley has been wanting to do something for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. She came up with the Purple Dress Project, based off a project that one of her blogger friends did (The Gray Dress Project).  She contacted some sponsors, the Foundation, and the University of Missouri Hospital and with their backing, formed the Purple Dress Project.



You can learn more by going to The Purple Dress Project or to Ashley's blog A Hasty Life.  She also has a Facebook page where you can learn more.  Be sure to "like" it... the more followers the be…
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