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Wednesday COLD Hump Day

Posted by Tammy Chapman on

It is -29 this morning, actual temperature.  Winter is finally here in northern MN!  Heat wave yesterday of +9 so I decided to run some errands.  Let's just say that I banged my knee in the grocery parking lot (the 2nd fall in a month).  A little sore today, but actually nothing like I thought I would be.  I wish I felt like the little girl with a skinned knee...too many years on this old model!  Worst skinned knees?  Jumping rope off our concrete steps in IN and the rope catching my feet and I landed 4 steps down on...

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Mediterranean Way

Posted by Tammy Chapman on

Big Doc Appt last Friday.  Let's just say it wasn't pretty.  I pouted all weekend, and now I am ready to get onboard to the new way.  Ever heard of the Mediterranean Diet?  I hadn't...and I thought I knew them all!  So, I gave up my favorite food this weekend.  BUTTER!  Do you remember that commercial where that girl takes a bite of a stick of butter?  Nick always says, "That's you Mom"!  Well, I haven't had any butter all weekend.  I have been doing LOTS of research, and I have had good meals/snacks.  I think this is going to...

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Finally Fridge Oatmeal

Posted by Tammy Chapman on

I finally tried the refrigerator oatmeal.  I did mine plain, and Tim's had blueberries.  I did mine cold, and although Tim liked his cold, he only took 1 bite and asked me to heat it up for him.  He did admit that this summer it will be great!  I did mine cold to really get a good taste for it.  I am not an oatmeal fan, but this was pretty good.  I can see how versatile this recipe can be.  Any fruit, any combo works with this basic recipe.  Some recipes call for chai seeds, which I have and like,...

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Bert, Bloopers & Blog

Posted by Tammy Chapman on

It has been a week already.  Monday was one of those days I had all of the things I was going to get done...in my head!  Nothing really got accomplished.  The refrigerator Oatmeal breakfasts?  STILL need to make.  I did make it to Bible Study on Tuesday and picked up a few groceries.  I was craving turkey yesterday.  We had ham for Thanksgiving because we just butchered piggy in November so it was time to try one of our smoked hams.  Delicious!  But I love turkey and I missed it!  They had turkeys on sale at the store yesterday.  I...

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Old Foods a New Way

Posted by Tammy Chapman on

Tim LOVES oatmeal.  Especially steel cut.  I like oatmeal, but it is not my favorite.  I know these "overnight refrigerator" oatmeal cups have been around awhile.  Just not something I ever thought I would try.  Tim's favorite oatmeal is blueberry with honey (of course), but he does like lemon too.  I decided since I am tired of cooking, maybe I could mix these up, put them in the fridge, and eat as is, or heat up in the morning.  I was shocked at how many different ways you can make oatmeal this way!  Some of them almost sound like a...

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