Group photo
Author:
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
7/7/21 11:15 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Becoming a google groups user for my maintenance spark group. I did join SparkAmerica. Are any of your teams staying on there? Linda, I have loved our friendship built around these silly word games and do not want to see it die away.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
7/4/21 9:53 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Announcing that SparkPeople is closing down frustrated me. I like the community here and the fitness and nutrition trackers are the best. Iíve basically stopped Sparking. Now Iím tracking nutrition on MyFitnessPal. I donít like their fitness tracker. Perhaps Iíd feel different if I had a Fitbit (which isnít going to happen). Of course, right now Iím not getting much exercise because my IT band is acting up and I can barely walk. This is making me crazy.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
6/12/21 9:03 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yearning for days gone past doesn't help us move forward. The only use I make of Spark, besides keeping in touch with you, is the challenges. Recording and tracking my weight in a group encourages me to stay on track and make corrections to remedy gains.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
6/9/21 7:47 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Wishing things could remain the same, but they never do. I did check out the link to your friendís blog the other day. I donít do the challenges. I use the nutrition and fitness trackers. A couple of my friends have started using MyFitnessPal.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
6/9/21 10:23 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Vanquishing such a popular platform doesn't make sense to me. I did create a SparkAmerica ID; however, I am disappointed it is a site limited to Americans.

My favorite group, the maintenance group, has a lot of international members. It is the main reason I have stayed on SP. They run regular 8 week challenges to stay within your own designated range. These challenges have really helped keep me focused on doing what is right to maintain a reasonable weight. This group has already started using the google group referenced in my prior message to you. This satisfies the "stay off facebook" component of our membership.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
6/7/21 11:21 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Upsetting, isnít it? I havenít decided what Iím going to do. Iím not on Facebook and I donít Zoom. Iíve never heard of Google groups. Iím not much of a joiner, although Iíve enjoyed the friends Iíve found on Spark.

I wish the timing was better, but then, I suppose thereís never a good time.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
6/6/21 7:50 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Disappointing news posted today by SparkPeople. Did you see this: www.sparkpeople.com/resource
/wellness_
articles.asp?id=2659


If you want to stay with a good group of Sparkers, read this blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
ublic_jour
nal_individual.asp?blog_id=6
762739


Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
5/15/21 7:43 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Trying to visualize the whole flood scene. Chaos! I think I would be upset by the fans and dehumidifiers, too.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
5/13/21 11:14 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Staying in my old neighborhood for now. By old, I mean the neighborhood the dogs and I lived in before purchasing my current home. Although I love being in my old neighborhood, I miss being home and seeing my neighbors.

You asked if the hounds were upset by the flood. When I came home, two of them were lying in their sopping wet dog beds on the sopping wet floor, as if it were completely normal to be wet. They were more upset by the fans and dehumidifiers the emergency water mitigation folks brought. Fifteen fans and three dehumidifiers running made for a noisy house!

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
5/6/21 9:00 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Realizing we made the right choice when I watched the state put a highway right next to a neighborhood we looked at. I loved the homes but the roads were too narrow. I knew cars would be parked on both sides of the street there. Funny, people donít park on the streets as much here and parking overnight is not allowed. Iím surprised how many people donít keep their cars in their garages. And they leave the garage doors open no matter what the weather.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
5/5/21 11:31 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Paying attention to neighborhoods is the best way to choose a home. This neighborhood was my third choice, and fortunately I could afford it here. The neighborhoods I wanted had other benefits, but after being here several years I'm now glad I couldn't afford the other two on the list!

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
4/25/21 10:43 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Owning a house is about location, definitely. I agree. We live in a lovely neighborhood with wide streets and sidewalks. Itís close to shopping and doctorís offices. Close to the city, but not too close. An hour from Kings Mountain and two hours from the Blue Mountain Skyway. Itís also a mile from our sonís house. I sometimes wish we were closer to the ocean, except in hurricane season.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
4/25/21 9:17 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Neighboring areas and scenery are as important as the home, for me. I'm walking distance (or a short drive) from desert mountain preserves, there's a lovely wide walking path that runs nearly a mile down the center of a residential street, which makes great walking with the hounds. Only two of crosswise streets go through the path, so you can walk quite a ways without worrying about any traffic. There are plenty of stores nearby, without being so close it is noisy and it is only five miles from where I work. All were important points to me, without even considering the home itself. In some ways, I settled for less of a house than I wanted (not size, but style); however, all the things I don't care for are changeable over time: carpet, paint, landscaping.

Edited by: DESERTJULZ at: 4/25/2021 (21:17)
Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
4/21/21 4:01 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Making the decision to buy a house is huge. There are so many things to consider. The last house we bought had wallpaper everywhere. It took forever to get rid of it. That wasnít the worst thing though. No, the gold carpeting throughout the entire house was the worst. It took forever before we got all of the wallpaper and carpeting removed and then we remodeled the kitchen and the two and half baths, as well.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
4/20/21 6:33 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Learning what I like and don't like is an interesting exercise. Although I never liked the weird yellow color, it was not enough off-putting to stop me buying the house. Also, I was between a rock and a hard place, as my landlord had sold my rental house out from under me and I had 90 days to move. I had already made offers on three other homes. First one was gorgeous, but failed too many points on the inspection and the seller refused to make enough corrections. Second house turned down my offer, which was right on for the market, but not what they wanted. Third, I actually offered what they asked, but the minute they received my offer, they decided not to sell. So I didn't end up with enough time to do things like paint after closing too close to the move-out date on the other house.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
4/5/21 6:59 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Knowing how I feel about the color yellow, I probably wouldnít have moved in until the entire house was repainted! I donít hate yellow, I just donít want to wear it or paint it on my house.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
3/24/21 7:50 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Justifying chocolate brown tile with baby poo yellow painted walls is difficult, even for an untrained decorator! I'm also in the process of repainting all my indoor rooms, which I am doing myself. And yes, they were all a shade of yellow reminiscent of a newborn's dirty diaper. Or perhaps I have a vivid imagination and it was actually Dijon mustard yellow. Either way, every room was exceptionally ugly. Now the living room, dining room, kitchen, and hall are all much nicer to inhabit. And one wall in my bedroom is done.

Sadly, because the yellow color is rather dark, I have to first put a coat of white primer so the yellow doesn't bleed through when I paint over it with a PALE color.

Edited by: DESERTJULZ at: 3/24/2021 (19:50)
Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
3/4/21 7:08 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Interesting choice of dark brown in the bath. Perhaps they were troglodytes. White sounds so much more appealing to me.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
2/27/21 1:49 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Having no choice, I went ahead with the master bathroom remodel. The sink would no longer drain because the ancient iron pipes in the wall had rusted closed. Since I had to rip out the sink & cabinet, then the toilet, to get to the wall with the bad pipes, a lot of tear out was already done. The logical choice was to rip out the gross old dark brown tiled shower and redo the whole bathroom. So it went from chocolate brown with tan fixtures to everything white. Shower walls now white tile and glass to let in the light. It's now the prettiest room in the house!

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
2/25/21 4:00 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Getting over my Covid-19 vaccine shot from yesterday. My arm is a little bit sore, nothing more.

I enjoyed the Maas series. I hope she continues the series with a fifth book.

Sounds like you have a busy schedule for your house remodel. I would love to remodel the master bathroom. Itís poorly designed and a horrible waste of space. Then the kitchen would be next. Iím just not sure itís really worth it though.

Edited by: LINDAK25 at: 2/25/2021 (16:54)
"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
2/18/21 9:36 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Finalizing some repairs/remodels on my home. New roof in August, solar installed in December, and house repainted at the beginning of February. Whew! All excellent choices, though I'd quite like to spend money landscaping the back yard.

How do you like the Maas series?

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
2/16/21 5:16 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Entertaining myself reading Sarah J. Maasí A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
12/25/20 12:04 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Delaying my shopping would certainly have caused me problems if it weren't for gift cards.

The Black Jewels is quite interesting. Make sure you read Bishop's intro in the first volume as it gives a great understanding of the premise of the novels. A real switcheroo of male/female power and also evil vs. good.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
12/19/20 8:10 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Coming up on Christmas really fast! I still have a few gifts to order. Good thing egift cards get sent out immediately!

I havenít read The Black Jewels yet. Maybe in a week or two. Iím kind of busy right now.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
12/19/20 2:46 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Believing Bishop will add another book or two to The Others. Gosh, I hope so. I own all of them in hard cover. She just added a new book to the Black Jewels series, so there is always hope. Of course, I bought that one and I see there's another coming in 2021.

Oh, and between you and another friend mentioning The Queen's Gambit, I watched it on Netflix over the last two weeks. Just finished the series last night. Very interesting series.

Edited by: DESERTJULZ at: 12/19/2020 (14:47)
Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
12/6/20 8:32 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Acknowledging that I reread Anne Bishopís The Others series every two months or so. Iím hoping sheíll write more, but I doubt it.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
12/5/20 9:37 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yawning as it is late. I have not seen either Offspring or The Queen's Gambit. I've been on a reading binge over the last month. Four books re-read; one of them read twice as it was that good. Anne Bishop's series on The Others.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
11/25/20 11:56 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Watching The Queenís Gambit was enjoyable. Have you watched Offspring?

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
11/15/20 4:09 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Upending traditional TV is what internet has brought to us. Remember when you were a kid and if you didn't see a show right when it aired, tough luck? Now, I watch so many shows on streaming, it is nice not to miss a favorite show because I have a schedule conflict.


Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
11/10/20 5:48 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thinking is similar here. Keep paid subscriptions to the minimum. Although we do have Roku and Netflix. Oh, and internet. We had cable tv, but changed to YouTube TV. The price has just about doubled and I can pay the same for cable now. Timís debating whether to just drop it since we watch so little regular television. YouTube videos have plenty of news channels to watch.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
11/8/20 4:49 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sustaining paid subscriptions and/or memberships to anything is something I try to keep to a minimum. Still, I do pay for Toastmaster, Netflix, and Sierra Club. Anything else I do is considered a donation (public radio for exjavascript:void(0);ample).

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
11/2/20 4:40 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Regarding the NY Timesówe used to have a free subscription, but now we have to pay and Iím cheap! The Apple News + is quite appealing. For $9.99 a month you get subscriptions to magazines and news. I would love it, but Tim isnít thrilled with the idea. I could read the NY Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic. I wonder if that includes all the sections of the Times.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
10/24/20 2:56 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Questioning whether or not to pay for an online subscription to the NY Times. I somehow ended up getting a free month of their cooking website, which is where I've been getting these fun recipes.

Don't know if you can link to it or not, but worth a try. This is a link for the lemony orzo with asparagus, which was outrageously delicious and pretty easy.

cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/
1021068-le
mony-orzo-with-asparagus-and
-garli
c-bread-crumbs


Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
10/11/20 9:28 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Pretending I did that on purpose! Oh.

Yum, I love cheesy grits. We always add a splash or two of milk and make sure that theyíre not too gritty. Tim made black bean soup last night. Lemony orzo and asparagus sound good.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
10/11/20 8:20 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Opening my eyes here and see "munching," which keeps the focus on food. I'm doing some recipe testing and so far so good. Made a lemony orzo with asparagus last night. Tonight I'm trying a cheesy grits with saucy black beans.

(I went with "O" because you went backwards to "M.")

Edited by: DESERTJULZ at: 10/11/2020 (20:21)
Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
10/5/20 6:57 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Munching verbally? It seems to be a safer topic than weather, religion, or politics. Weather used to be a safe subject, but now itís food? Or it might be that the only time I get out and about is to go shopping for food. Checking the store flyers and making menus has become entertainment. Ha! No, itís not that bad. Hmm. And to think I used to hate grocery shopping.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
10/4/20 12:41 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Noticing our focus in this thread has recently been mostly on food. :-)

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
9/13/20 12:02 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Making black beans in the Instant Pot is wonderful. Tim made chili last week. It was okay, except he put black and green olives in it. I like olive in tomato sauce, but it wasnít my favorite flavor in chili.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
9/12/20 11:19 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Lunching on a kimchi-laced black-bean quesadilla a few weeks ago was interesting. In the past, when I made my own ,kimchi, it was in a mason jar so it would not have to be a large amount. Recently, I've just been buying small quantities of kimchi at Whole Foods.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
8/30/20 9:04 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Knowing how to make something is interesting. I like watching cooking shows, but that doesnít mean Iím going to make all those things. Is it possible to make the kimchi recipe you like without having to make a huge amount? Boy, that would be terrible if you made all this stuff and then hated it.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
8/30/20 12:34 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Jiggering fermenting recipes to reduce sodium content might be possible. I haven't yet looked into it. I also haven't restarted making those recipes, so that tells you how motivated I am. LOL!

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
8/18/20 5:03 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Indulging in fermented vegetables isnít something that I would do. The recipes Iíve found have tons of salt and I have to watch my salt intake.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
7/27/20 9:45 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Having fun with home fermenting is an eventual goal. I do enjoy making my kefir, and would like to branch out to ferment other foods. I remember making kimchi in the past; perhaps I'll find the recipe and try it again.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
7/23/20 10:21 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Going to have to admit Iíve never tried kombucha. I remember my great grandfather making root beer when I was little. I must have been about 3 or 4 years old. We rolled the bottles on the grass in the sun. That was the last time he made it.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
6/27/20 10:17 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Finding the right technique for home fermentation can be challenging. I was obsessed with making my own kombucha for a while, but finally gave up because I couldn't get it fizzy enough. My colleague makes homemade ginger-ale and suggested using a siphon to move the finished product out of the jar and into bottles. He said that is the only way he's been able to maintain any natural fizz.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
6/12/20 12:20 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Experimenting with fermented yogurt isnít something I can manage. And, yes, kefir, by definition is a dairy product. Perhaps they co-opted the name because the process is similar? I know not to use tap water, plus we donít drink our tap water. It tastes horribleótoo much chlorine and who knows what all else. The issue I had was caused by the cherries I added. I wonder if I could use organic unsweetened cherry juice. The ďkefirĒ we made tasted wonderful, it just didnít get fizzy

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
6/4/20 9:59 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Defining info re kefir: don't use tap water. Use filtered water that has no chlorine. The chlorine will kill the bacteria. Interesting that you found a water based kefir. Traditional kefir (as I understood it) is made from milk.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
5/19/20 10:54 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Continuing the discussion regarding Buchi Echinacea Kefiróitís non-dairy. Check it out:





"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
5/2/20 11:55 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Beginning to get a bit stir crazy, but other than that we're all fine.

You can't use water in your kefir. Should be whole, organic milk only. The water will kill the bacteria in the kefir grains. Also, wait until after it ferments to add the fruit. Then you can put it in the blender with the fruit.

Here are some decent instructions:
www.culturesforhealth.com/le
arn/milk-k
efir/how-to-make-milk-kefir/


Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
3/27/20 8:25 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Attempting to make kefir here, as well. Tim bought kefir. Itís vegan. We tried to use it for a starteróthere are directions right on the bottle. I wanted to see if we could change the flavor by adding cherries. It was delicious, but it didnít fizz. Even if we use organic fruit, our water has chlorine in it. Plus the cherries were frozen. Iím going to try again without changing the lemon flavor.

Strange times we live in right now. We all doing well here. Hope you and your family are doing okay.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
3/11/20 10:24 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Wondering how to vary my diet appropriately is a frequent occurrence! I do tend to have smoothies every morning, so now I'm rotating between kefir and almond milk. I've also been giving some kefir away.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
2/19/20 12:16 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Varying your diet is difficult when cooking for one or two people.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
2/18/20 8:26 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Using dairy does cause congestion; however the fermented dairy seems to act differently for me. Kefir is super easy to make. You just put the grains (starter) in the milk and leave it out for 12-24 hours. The next day, you strain it through a fine sieve and the grains are too thick to pass through the sieve, so you have your next starter.

The only problem I'm having with it is I don't actually want to have kefir every day and you pretty much need to keep feeding the starter every day. I need to research if you can slow it down in the refrigerator, like you can with kombucha or sourdough.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
2/15/20 7:23 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thinking itís best to continue with a t-word, okay? Trying kefir is on my to do list. Iím not sure whether I can manage kefir. Yogurt is really hard for me to digest. I think itís the whey protein that does me in. Tim and Alex both like kefir. I have no idea whatís involved in making it. I thought you were having problems with dairy or are you making a nondairy kefir?

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
2/8/20 9:41 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Strategizing to buy some of those plastic lids for my ball jars. Not just for the items Amanda sent to me, but also I have started making homemade kefir and use the jars for it.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
1/31/20 9:12 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Quivering with excitement only to realize you canít open the jar? How frustrating! It doesnít matter if you ruin the canning lid. You can easily replace it. I bought some plastic lids, too.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
1/31/20 9:32 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Prying open home-canned jars is sometimes a bit trying. My DC daughter gave me homemade products for Christmas, and I had to use a beer can opener to pry off the lids.

I'm glad your allergies have subsided somewhat. It makes life a lot easier!

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
1/13/20 7:38 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Opening Christmas presents was fun. Alex is easy to please. Now itís the middle of January and almost all of Christmas is put away. There are still a few sprigs of silk holly here and there. My sister sent a eucalyptus wreath thatís sitting on the dining room table. It fell off the wall where I had it hanging. We used a new command strip and the adhesive failed. I havenít decided whether I want to keep the wreath or not. I used to be allergic to eucalyptus but after taking an immunosuppressive to calm severe allergies to pork and dairy, I found that Iím no longer allergic to eucalyptus and roses. Yeah. Anyway, that means I can keep the wreath and allergies wouldnít be a concern. Still, it would be a dust collector. Hmm.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
12/28/19 9:35 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Nestling comfortably into my jammies and a blanket, I went to bed early on Christmas Eve and was up in time to head out to Heather's house by 7:00 a.m.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
12/22/19 6:36 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Making sure everything is ready for Christmas Eve and Christmas. I think Iíve remembered everything. Thatís a cute gift idea for your grandchildren. Tim tested out his bread recipe yesterday. It gained the Alex seal of approval for our Christmas Eve luncheon. I think itís the best bread Timís ever made. Itís similar to a ciabatta without being complicated to make. I still need to go to the store for my salad ingredients, but that easy enough.

Have a Merry Christmas!

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
12/21/19 5:44 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Loving that at least my gift shopping is all done. I still have to finish one more felt ornament for the grandkids and wrap most of the gifts, but I'm getting there. I make each grandkid a felt ornament of their hand each year, and embroider their name and year on the hand. They have fun seeing how their hands have grown over the years.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
12/16/19 4:42 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Knowing itís Christmas a week from now, but time went so fast this year. Iím not ready. Iím not ready at all. I didnít write out Christmas cards. Iím not going to bake any goodies. Iím still stuck in November and December is half over!

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
12/6/19 7:55 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Jubilating flavor combo: the sweetness of the butternut squash with the spiciness of the chili. It was a delicious combination. The butternut was grated in the food processor, so it permeated the chili beautifully.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
12/2/19 4:56 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Interesting, butternut squash instead of sweet potato. Iíve made chili with sweet potatoes before but not the squash. I bought a butternut squash that sat on my counter for over a month because I hadnít decided what to do with it. When I finally got around to cooking it, it was so sweet. It was delicious. I just might buy one for Christmas dinner. Maybe I should buy it now!

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
11/28/19 10:23 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Having decided on the chili, I pulled my old recipe out and it is butternut squash & black beans, not sweet potatoes. So I picked up a butternut squash and a few cans of black beans. Everything else for it was already in the pantry.

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoy your family time.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
11/25/19 8:09 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Going with the chili would be my choice. Itís easy and you can use whatever vegetables you have on hand. I made tomato sauce the other day and added poblano peppers. They were hot! The only time Iíve had poblanos that were that hot was when they were homegrown. I used half of one of those peppers in mashed black beans the other day and I was wondering what had made it spicy.

Youíll have a good time no matter what you make. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
11/22/19 7:55 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Finagling a vegetarian main dish for our Thanksgiving potluck is on my mind. Cannot decide between garbanzo cheese loaf, black bean/sweet potato chili, or black-eyed peas & greens. The plus on the last two is they can be served in a slow cooker, so they are easy to keep warm. The loaf will likely cool down once it is out of the oven. Still thinking about it.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
11/7/19 5:55 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Experimenting with different recipes is fun but much more difficult when there are only five people to cook for and two of them are very picky eaters. And then thereís me. Some foods just donít agree with me, but I donít get hives and my throat doesnít swell anymore which means my food allergies have subsided.

The other thought that occurs to me is that certain foods are traditional. Maybe I should stick with tradition and experiment another time. Of course that means only three of us would be happy with the menu! I think our grandson would be happy eating rolls and dessert. When my sister and I shared Thanksgiving there were over 20 people and everyone would bring a dish while my sister and I would make the basics. I liked doing that but now we live too far away for that

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
DESERTJULZ's Photo DESERTJULZ SparkPoints: (164,310)
Fitness Minutes: (84,929)
Posts: 9,878
10/29/19 10:14 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Determining a menu to satisfy varying tastes can be challenging! Good luck finding solutions to keep everyone happy and eating well.

For us, Thanksgiving is typically pot-luck, so everyone finds something to like even if it is only the item they bring. :D

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by three retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


456 Maintenance Weeks
0
115
230
345
460
LINDAK25's Photo LINDAK25 Posts: 9,150
10/26/19 7:23 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Considering making molasses ginger cookies to serve with the pumpkin custard instead. My daughter-in-law, Susan, doesnít eat the crust and the rest of us donít care whether it has crust or not. I figured it would be nice to do. I didnít realize it would change the cooking time so much. They beg me to make these cookies and the cookies donít have eggs or butter in them. Last year Tim made them, but he didnít roll them out thin enough. Rolling them out thin makes them crispy. (I make mini gingerbread people.) While I could make a nut crust, Susan still wouldnít eat it because of the calories. I know I canít please everyone, but I enjoy making something for everyone.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
Page: 1 of (34)   1 2 Next Page › Last Page »

Report Innappropriate Post

Other SP Class of May 6-12, 2012 Fun & Games Posts

Topics:
Last Post:
7/7/2021 11:11:11 AM
7/7/2021 11:13:31 AM



Thread URL: https://sparkpittsburgh.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23302x56134x48011852

Review our Community Guidelines