Monday, November 24, 2014

Week 46 Monday (11/24/14)

Recipe Review      Picture

Today’s Recipe and Location:           Pecan Pie        
Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays
                  Pages: 282 - 283      Copyright:  2013  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 477 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.)

The crust is so rich and buttery and pie itself is amazing.
         I took this fabulous pie to my sister, Susan’s home, for an early Thanksgiving dinner. This pie received rave reviews from everyone. I must say that it was amazing and so darn good. This is a definite yes for future Thanksgiving meals.

Random Reflections - Bucket List

         I would like to pay every debt off in full. The only debt I currently have is my home, but I will need a new vehicle soon and surgery so debt is once again in my future. I will rejoice the day that I am free and clear of all debt.

Have absolutely no debt
Set up a schedule for next summer to visit area cities
Organize and purge the basement
I am going to learn as much as I can about large animals
Make repairs in each and every room of my home to prepare to sell
Research Hadrian’s Wall for visit to Scotland
Enter a quilt in a local fair
Write a book about school for parents
Host a game party
Purchase a truck
I would like to learn more about fostering animals
Visit the narrowed list of Kentucky towns each for a weekend
Have a B.M.I. of 24.9 or lower
Return to Florida/Alabama and see old friends
Play tennis again
Learn to play bridge
Have an in-ground pool
Finish writing a book on the Scent Family
Save up enough money for a down payment on my Kentucky house
Research every town in Kentucky in hopes of relocating
Work on learning calligraphy and bettering daily penmanship
Begin making my own clothing using a mannequin
Volunteer at an animal rescue
Visit all 50 states
Photography courses
Complete all of Mom’s and my scrapbooks
Go skiing again in Colorado
Meet the Duggar family
Watch every nominee and winner for the Academy Awards to date
Remodel my kitchen
Take piano lessons
Write 2 books for my great-nephews
Travel to Wales
Travel to Scotland
Alaskan cruise

Why Weight?

         Today, I would like to share some recent feelings that have emerged from the past. Last week, when I went out to dinner with friends, I remembered all of the times I had to ask for a chair without arms. It was always so embarrassing, yet I knew that I needed to go with my friends. I also remember the pain of having to sit uncomfortably in theatre seating, as I was too big for the seat. Of course, I had no one to blame but myself, but the pain and embarrassment were overwhelming at time.
         The most painful memory is one pertaining to my nieces and nephews. I must have been an embarrassment to them at functions, yet they always hugged me and introduced me to their friends. I am so fortunate to have been loved for who I was and not my body shape. I am so sorry that I put them through that as kids. This memory makes me so thankful for their strong character. They are the most wonderful people in the world.
         As I sit here with tears streaming down my cheeks, I thank God that I am on a positive journey now, and hope he gives me the strength and character to make it all of the way down to my chosen weight. These painful memories help me continue to make good choices.

Wants and Wishes

         I have never dealt with my own stress well, and I am finding out that when I worry about others, it affects me internally. Some stresses are easily handled and others are dependent on the actions and reactions of others. I wish I knew all of the answers.  What a drag????

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