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Apart from the neighbors dogs barking, non-stop, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, it was a peaceful evening.  I remember the dog trainer saying the dog will get tired of barking and eventually stop.  Did she really mean 4 or 5 hours later?!

One of us was up early this morning to complete a pretty good leg workout after a 30 minute treadmill run.  Shane and I went for a 3.8 mile walk.  We did do one sprint when we encountered a skunk slowly crossing the road. 


Cars were approaching from both directions and I did NOT want to be present should the worst scenario take place.  It so happened that the fear of such an encounter over took the driver of the van.  That person stopped in the middle of  Culver Ave. waiting until the other car passed so his/her vehicle could VERY CAREFULLY AND SLOWLY (so as not to startle the little stinker) drive around the black and white beast. 

When Shane and I were at a safe distance past, I turned to see the odiferous little varmint safely approaching the curb. 

Now for something more pleasant smelling…

I’ve been scanning the pages of that fancy, smancy book again.  This time, my eyes landed on page 106 of  “Cooking with America’s Championship Team: ACF”.  The recipe on that page is “Torte of Lump Crab Salad with Lime Snaps and Gazpacho Dressing”.  The Chef is Edward G. Leonard, CMC. 

My recipe is quite different from the one in the book, but credit where credit is due for the inspirational idea for our dinner tonight.


Crab with Lime Buttons

Lime Buttons:

  • 1 TBS Greek Style Yogurt
  • Lime zest from 1/2 of a fresh lime
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 4 TBS flour
  • drop of vanilla extract
  • 1 TBS cold water

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Combine all the ingredient s in a bowl and blend until smooth.  Using a Silpat sheet to line a cookie sheet, drop by teaspoons about 2″ apart. *I would flatten these down next time to make more wafer like.


Bake about 10 – 15 minutes.  Remove and cool on the pan.


Crab:  Based upon my recipe for Chesapeake Crab Cakes

  • 1 lb crab meat
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs (I used panko)
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 TBS parmesan cheese
  • 1 TBS dijon mustard
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1 TBS dried tarragon
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 TBS olive oil

Drain crab meat if it isn’t fresh.  Combine crab, onion, pepper and 1/4 cup of bread crumbs in bowl. 

Beat yogurt, parmesan cheese, mustard, egg, tarragon, pepper, salt together.  Combine this mixture with the crab meat. 


 Chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400, coat a baking pan with oil and spoon about 3 TBS per crab cake onto pan. Do not press. 


Bake 20 minutes. Cook to golden. 



Enjoy. Serves 4 – 6

CEimB Thursday tomorrow!  Tune in!

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This is a half and half cake.  One side is yellow cake with strawberries and vanilla pudding filling and the other side is chocolate cake with raspberries and vanilla pudding filling.  The frosting is a sturdy buttercream because graduation parties are typically held outside and the cake may be exposed to a little summer heat.


Congratulations Michael. You made the grade!



This morning’s activities included a 4 mile walk/jog with Shane.  We saw a few people truckin’ along, but not as many people out there as usual. Surprising because it’s a nice mild morning.

The excitement happened at home as I sat here uploading the photos, I heard banging outside. It was the guys doing the stampcrete job.  Not a problem right? Wrong!  After Shane and I returned from our walk, I tossed my clothes into the wash.  I had to get on my hands and knees and make a bee line from the kitchen through the dining area (with a HUGE window I might add) and to the stairs.  Embarrassing but I don’t think anyone looked up.  Ted said that wasn’t as bad as when I got on the roof, outside our bedroom to clear the sticks off and I was only in my undies.  Hey! It was the back of the house and the only neighbor who would possibly see me was a doctor.  Nothing the Doc hadn’t seen before I’m sure.  Well … the woman on the roof in her underwear might be new but….you know what I mean.

This mornings healthy eats:  1/3 cup Cream of Rye + 1 TBS Coconut + 1 TBS Buckwheat Groats + 1 TBS Maple Sugar Quick oats, some raisins and pineapple banana Gallop-a-loozas.  1/2 an Orange.  Protein shake with vanilla VPX + 1/4 cup raspberries and 3 strawberries.


It’s Friday and you deserve to have a good one. Enjoy!

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It seemed like the rain was falling all night. It wasn’t predicted to be a very pleasant day today, turning cold, possible snow.  Well, it wasn’t snowing. The rain was falling very lightly at 5:30 am and the wind was blowing.  Will it ever end?  The only thing to do is turn on all the lights in the house, crank the heat up as high as it will go, and make a Pina Colada, while laying on a towel in the middle of floor wearing only your bathing suit.  No, can’t do that. We have to think GREEN and that would be abusive use of resources.  Ok.  So put on a really thick sweater, light a fire, grab a glass of wine, turn on some soft jazz, lay back and relax.  Too early for  that.   Get dressed and go to work.  Thats it!

Instead of playing make-believe, a good workout was completed.  4 miles on the treadmill. 30 minutes of leg training, finishing with 50 crunches.  Shane and I went for a walk, just under 3 miles. 

The wind is very creepy at times when it blows hard and makes the trees creek.  Bags and leaves come chasing from behind.  One can really get freaked out and then reassured and grateful to have a big German Shepherd walking along side.

Food for Thought….

A strawberry Jay Robb Protein Shake:


A hot bowl of Steel Cut Oats cooked with 2 Vanilla Hazelnut tea bags.  Raisins and chopped “Fancy” apple added to the bowl.  It was the fancy apple from Harry and David.  But it was quite unimpressive, a little soft, and not overly sweet.


The texture of steel cut oats is good if you are in the mood for plump, beads of flavor.  The added apple adds sweetness as do the raisins, but the raisins provide a sweet burst of chewy fruit. 

The oats are not creamy in the Apple Crumbles version, just straight up oats with the background music of flavors.



Best hit the road and begin the day. Ignoring the weather and being grateful for our many blessings.

Have a great day and keep the people in Italy who have suffered misfortune and loss due to the quake in your thoughts and prayers.

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This morning when I came downstairs at 4AM, my nose was smacked by the smell of salmon and shallots. Not a good thing so early in the day. So I lit a couple of candles, changed and sprayed the trash container in hopes that the kitchen would smell yummy and sweet like a bakery kitchen as opposed to the onion guys trailer at Lowes.  It worked because when Ted came down to work out he commented on how nice the kitchen smelled.  One point scored for Thursday!

As for the workout, it was shoulders today. I went 40 minutes on the treadmill, just over 30 minutes working shoulders and abs then Shane and I went for a 35 min. jog.  He and I both were feeling pretty good, so we went over to MVCC and sprinted across the soccer field which was covered in snow.  We had fun. Shane was leaping up and down and grabbing the leash.  Good times!

Breakfast was 1/2 a grapefruit. 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Gluten Free Oatmeal with 1/4 of a banana and 1 tsp of natural peanut butter, 1 tsp cinnamon.  Protein shake was VPX vanilla whey with 1/4 of a banana.

I plan on doing a Vegetarian Sloppy Joe mix tonight with sweet peas and served on top of mashed butternut squash.  Ted’s comment:  “So we’re having peas and squash”… my response “and Vegetarian Sloppy Joes”…Ted’s comment: “I’ll get something out. I don’t do well with Vegetarian”.   He’s such a party poop!

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Although it’s tough to get up after a few days vacation, I managed to open my eyes before the 4AM alarm and lay in wait of the ominous chime telling me to get out of bed. If I don’t get up when the alarm goes off, Ted pushes me out so I may as well rise.9567

Once up and in the gym, the work out proved pretty good:10532

45 min. run + 35 min. weight w/out + 28 min. walk.  The run was broken into 2 parts as one mile was spent running w/ Shane. The weight w/o included back, triceps, abs, yoga stretching to finish.

It was so good to be back eating what I’m used to: cream of rice w/ raisins, apple pie spice and a tsp of natural peanut butter. A protein shake with 2 oz of fresh blueberries and 1/2 a grapefruit. My tummy is smiling.

Just worked through the morning at a steady pace with typical “to-do” work. Didn’t get home for lunch because Sue had to meet up with Sam so I made the best of my trip to the store and bought:

Baby spinach, tomato, red bell pepper, tuna in a pouch, bean salad, f/f poppy seed dressing.   It was a pretty big salad and worked out to be approximately 360 cal.; 30 protein; 50 carbs; 4g fat.  Since I keep the fat low in my diet, I supplement with EFA’s (essential fatty acids) in the morning. 

A healthy lunch

A healthy lunch









I also bought a green cabbage as I am going to turn a “Chicken Enchilada” recipe into “Tuna Enchiladas” however instead of using tortillas, I am going to wrap the stuffing in big cabbage leaves…. and Ted thought he was going to have pork chops tonight!

Dinner came out really good and I call it: Gluten Free Tuna Enchiladas:

Gluten Free Tuna Enchilada Casserole

Gluten Free Tuna Enchilada Casserole

Gluten Free Tuna Enchiladas served with Fat Free Refried Beans

Gluten Free Tuna Enchiladas served with Fat Free Refried Beans








Recipe on “Recipe” page. 

In the meantime, our neighbors are heading back to Florida on Wed. (Snow Birds) and brought over some very nice flowers:

gift from the neighbors

gift from the neighbors


Thank you Betty Ann & Gene!  Beautiful!






I also checked the progress on the wall.  Ted had to make a phone call because they were building the wall so high.  It would have hidden the new door and the new stampcrete!  They were able to take out a layer or two.  Almost complete, they just have to glue on the tops and clean up. 

The wall still in progress

The wall still in progress

Now for the enchilada details:  approximate:  210 cals. 7 g fat; 4 sat. fat; 32 cholesterol; 17 carbs, 4 fiber and 21 g protein per enchilada.  This does not include the F/F Refried Beans.
Check out the recipe page for the full instructions.
Now I am going for a walk with Shane who is sleeping… sulking right now. He got in trouble for not doing as he was told.

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