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    Your positive reinforcement and kind words really cheer me up! Today has been a BAD day. Not diet wise, that I am crushing. It's this darn root canal....performed at 10:30 this a.m.
    Figured it'd be better, seems I forgot about the shooting pain post-op. Once that freezing wore off I entered hell.
    Long story short, dentist faxed a script. over to the Pharm here. ( after I pleaded my case over the phone around 3 p.m. )
    By then the guys had left for work, so insulted I had to "WALK! in the rain to get it....wah!!!
    Wise to grab the bull by the horns to drop that 50 pounds. Once you've decided and stay focused on the health benefits, things fall into place.
    You've got the benefit of being able and willing to exercise, that can aid the loss. I will be a cheerleader for you too!
    Shhhh, don't tell my body, but it's been 23 pounds now! The less it knows about what I'm doing the better!! ha ha
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    yeah, I have temporarily ditched both the Mozzarella and the pepperoni on my pizzas. Instead I use both Mini Bocconcini balls ( I sliced them up ) and crumble a few grams of Feta...the feta adds the saltiness...yummo!
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    true...many appy's are improved once they take a swim in a dip!
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    you will not regret making that pizza dough, and don't be fooled by them saying you need full fat Greek yogurt, I used a cheaper brand called Sufra ( Halal ) and it was a Greek style 0% fat, probiotic and plain and it worked just fine. It was also nice and thick, not a runny yogurt.
    I was always paying more for the brand names ( Liberte and Oikos ) the large tubs as high as $6.50 , while this Sufra brand was under $3.00 ?? Go figure eh.
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    The weight loss, I could not ask for better results! 17.5 pounds gone since Jan 19th...woo hoo! The blood testing is perfect now. For the before a.m. meal today I had a 5.4 reading!! I keep finding new ways to make food, eliminating most of the really bad stuff and swapping for ingredients that add flavour instead.
    Spinach huh? Yup, I bought just a small clam-shell of baby spinach and like you I am trying to add it to things before it wilts and goes off.
    I seem to be pizza obsessed atm.... I've gone from cauliflower crust to using Lavash sheets and now I make 4 individual sized pizza servings from the dough recipe that requires just 2 ingredients! ( flour and Greek yogurt ) As baby bear would say " THIS IS JUST RIGHT! "
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    Just an FYI...your lasagna with spinach looked so darn yummy! I usually put spinach in mine, not just for nutrition but also for the bright colour!
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    I am happy, Leaf's just beat NYI!!
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    lol!!! sharing is what I always did before covid came, so the temptation of us eating too much of anything was reduced. However, since all this started I've had to wait until a holiday came around where the kids could come up, and then fill their backpacks on the way out with stuff! Aren't those large bags of flour a great buy? ( when the sale is on I mean ). Such a sleepy day for me here, yawn.....
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    It is a form of therapy for me during all my fearfulness during covid.
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    omg, I am really laughing! You make the chili when he's out of town....perfect breakfast, lunch and dinner for one!
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    ha ha safety first! Stick to that no cut rule after wine.
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    I am sure the price today for that " too much for me " on the alcohol. Doesn't take much. This a.m. was pasty mouth and feeling oh so sluggish. Sipping from large tumblers of water since I got up. My 2 guys can be bugs sometimes. Happy far?
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    omg! that did turn out to be fun! I refer to that as food crafts. Isn't it weird that most guys ( well, that I know ) always cut the stuff too big? I swear my own DH does not know the definition of small diced. We're just laying out our NYE nosh, buffet style. Then we'll take our plates downstairs to watch Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen.
    Let me rephrase that....I will watch, the guys will make snide comments all night long....oh brother!
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    I also forgot to mention about the sausage rolls that you need to remove the casings from the sausages before you wrap them in pastry. o.k. I won't bug you
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    we both have been so emotionally depleted all day once we heard the news of the cancellation. This Omercron is a nasty, nasty variant, we are ALL going to catch it, that is what the news ( 680 ) is reporting now.
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    love it!
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    I use frozen pie crusts all the time now, but used to feel guilty about it....why? You turkey pot pie sounded delicious!
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    it is ALL done! ( the bathroom reno ) and i have showered 3 times in it already and I STILL feel like i am showering in a fancy hotel or something....ha ha. Your DH stepped up because you asked. It is my worst trait....I often just don't ask. Life is certainly easier with helping hands!!
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    yes and Canada did their thing!! Winning the first game is great!! Power with his hat trick! and Bedard? wow, what talent at such a young age.
    We ate of course while watching the game even after we swore we would not eat again till the New year! ha ha ha So much Xmas food.
  20. yum love the honey idea.

    Now you get to sit back and enjoy all of the goodies you've been working on
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    the cookie sheet I used measures 12" x17" from outside edges BUT the inside is less....11.5" x 15.5" . the recipe said to use a 9" x 13" pan, but I just grabbed one that I thought would fit. Also they are not joking about the phyllo pastry shrinking back some, as they suggested allowing the phyllo pastry edges to fall just outside the actual pan on all sides. Oh and also, the recipe did not do this but once all my pieces were lifted out into various containers for serving and storing, I drizzled honey over all of them. Thin threads of honey for an extra sweet kick. Good luck
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    drooling over baklava, we could be This looks like a lot of baklava right? With the 5 of us and my sis here at Christmas that pan will disappear!
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    ha ha !! those are some great baking memories. We try don't we? As far as going to actual live games...pftt! who can afford that? We never took our kids to any. One time our eldest gifted us a pair of Leafs tickets, ( so-so seats ) but tbh, I prefer to be at home where I can rewind and watch what I missed.
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    ha ha ...I am the nutbar on the SNL skit called" nailed it . Many of my baking projects turn out funny and then we all have a laugh. Right now I am " in the zone "....made many mini muffins today, just baking the last 48 of them.
    Yup, forty-eight! All in one pan too.
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    stew is a fav. of ours as well, then I instantly want to dump some into Tenderflake ready made pie crusts, easy meat pies! how spoiled!
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    Thank you for your kind comments.
    Also I’m glad to know I’m not the only technically challenged person.
    Have a great weekend!
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    well the bathroom reno is coming slowly along. DS passed his last and final road test ( graduated licensing ) on Monday and his rotten luck that we got our first really good dump of snow on the Sunday prior to his test. Poor guy, I was nervous for him. I made a killer ( lots of layers ) lasagna in a long slender bread loaf pan and it has been portioned up into 3 take out containers ( all wrapped and in the freezer ) for parting gifts on Xmas Day.
    2 of them go to our kids and the 3rd to my sister.
    The 12 Maple Pecan Bacon Bourbon Butter Tarts are baked and also vacuum sealed in the freezer. This bacon kick I am on is nuts! lol
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    Very helpful to learn something new about anti-biotics and sepsis. Hope you are well, too.
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    You're most welcome! The cat and I were outside for awhile earlier in the afternoon.Enjoy the rest of your week.
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    your stir fry sounded great! Whenever I've used any frozen veg in one I have to thaw them first and squeeze out the excess moisture from them ( paper towel style ). We're shamelessly eating one of the Metro family deals tonight ( whole roasted mammoth chicken, slab of ribs, 2 side salads and a large box of wedges for $20.00 !)
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I'm somewhat frugal and enjoy helping others save as well. I used a lot of coupons when our kids were at home. We've reached a new stage of our life and I'm hoping to learn to live a better and more frugal life going forward. I've returned to smart canucks after a long break (I used to be Kashren). I find it a great way to save up for things.. alas my tv/stereo and kayak accounts in my signature
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Amstrong cheese bars or shredded
Alfredo Sauce -Classico or Bertoli
Butter - regular (lactancia or Gaylea)
**Cloverleaf tuna not flavoured**
Clubhouse spices or mixes
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Helleva good dip
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Dawn dishliquid
Finish dishwasher tabs
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Arm&Hammer toothpaste
Colgate toothbrushes
Oral B dental floss
Pantene shampoo or conditioner
Dove Shampoo or conditioner
Listerine antiseptic rinse
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Science diet dog food
Milkbone brushing chews
Pedigree marrobone treats


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