Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Week 42 Tuesday (10/28/14)

Recipe Review      
Today’s Recipe and Location:           Popcorn Balls
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays
                           Pages: 232 - 234       Copyright:  2013  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 237 calories per serving, if 12 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

Here, the popcorn is cooling in the pan

I put them back on the cookie sheet to cool

A close-up! These were easy to make and really tasted great

         Having never made these before, I anticipated that they would be difficult. Well, once again I was dead wrong. I told my lunch buddies that I would be bringing a lot of food on Monday, and Jenny shared that these were her favorite.  I think she will be thrilled with these goodies. I think the best part for me is the mix of candy corn and salted peanuts. Salty and Sweet….Sweet and Salty…what more can a person want in life??? These will become a yearly event for me. The calorie count is so low that this would be a filling snack for this girl!

Special Event:  The Monthly Massage!  

         One of the pleasures I give myself each and every month is to have a massage at Tranquility in St. Charles. Ever since I began having these, I have seen a significant difference in my body stress. Like my Mom, I am a worrier. I can make myself so tense over something so small that it affects my body. I strongly recommend calling Tranquility and scheduling a massage with Marissa.

Tranquility  Spa
113 N. 2nd Ave., St. Charles, IL

This is the fabulous Marissa, masseuse extraordinaire

         Marissa knew that I have always had trouble with my feet. I have heel spurs in both feet, and have had to wear orthodics in my shoes. She recommended that we add 15 minutes to my appointment and she would focus on my feet. The procedure is called Pep in the Step. My ankles were discoloring because the circulation down was great, but not so much on the way up. Since I have lost this weight and had the Pep treatment, my ankles are almost back to normal. Most of the discoloration is gone. Even the circulation specialist didn’t know this could happen. Yeah Marissa!

This is the room for manicures and pedicures

All staff members always offer flavored water.
This week is was grapefruit. I am not a big
grapefruit fan, but the water tasted really refreshing.
This is the small massage room. 

My Gorgeous Girls       

       This week the weather has started to turn much colder, and we have already had a hard frost. This is Sage and Willow weather!  I took some pictures of them as they ran, tackled, and played together. Of course, you can see that Sage is being dominant as usual. They have so much more energy as the weather prepares us for winter. I love to watch them enjoy each moment outside.

and the chase is on......

Willow loves to take shelter in the flower beds

Being outside is so much fun for them.

Where one goes......so does the other

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