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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Home From The Hill!

Gosh I have missed you! It's hard to believe I have not posted since last Friday. Seems like these days of mine are just flying by and not enough time to come around and talk to you.

My weekend was super delightful because Gretchen phoned Friday night asking if she could come down because she claimed she needed a Maggie fix. So of course I was more than happy to spend my weekend with her.

We were suppose to write for three hours and then play the rest of the weekend but we never stopped talking long enough to write. I felt bad about that because she is on a tight schedule to get her screen plays completed.

She is such a beautiful young lady and I hate I never got a picture of her while she was here. It was a weekend of just laughing and catching up. I adore Gretchen and appreciate her giving up a weekend to spend with this ole lady.

Yesterday and today I have just been busy running after tractor parts and taking another computer class. I had hoped to mow this evening but would you believe I turned on the movie channel while eating my dinner and the old movie Home From the Hill with Robert Mitchum was on and I totally forgot about mowing. lol

Have you seen this movie. It was made in 1960 with George Hamilton as Mitchum's son and George Peppard as the illegitimate son. Wow what writing. I have seen it but must of been 10 years ago so I enjoyed watching it again.

As I mentioned in earlier post Christi and I are trying to do the Eat to Live Diet. It is just a healthy way to eat. She has done a lot better than myself since I cheated with Gretchen and went out for Mexican food and a Pina Colada. Hope Christi is not reading this post.

So far I have not shopped for all the veggies and fruits I need to be super good at this diet but I have managed to stay away from sweets, fried foods and bread.

I am making myself smoothies for breakfast. This morning I blended a banana, black berries, black berry yogurt and ice until smooth. Oh boy was that a good breakfast and I was not hungry all morning.

Then for lunch I had left over baked salmon with fruit and for dinner I had a salad.

I am cheating by adding yogurt to the smoothies and by eating fish. Instead of completely leaping into the six week plan of nothing but fruit, veggies and salad I decided the first week I would gradually work out all milk products and fish. Hopefully after a week of this I can get even stricter with my eating healthier. Instead of meat they want you to eat beans and nuts for your protein

Also I have read a lot about Almond Milk.  

Almond milk contains less sugar and fewer calories than cow’s milk. It is a fantastic source of healthy fats and vitamin E, your skin’s best friend. You can even make your on with this cheap and easy recipe.

1 cup of raw, organic nuts.  You can use a cup of almonds or get creative use cashews, walnuts or hazelnuts.

4 cups of filtered water

A mesh strainer or a couple layers of cheesecloth

Optional 2 Medjool dates or 2 T agave nectar or maple syrup.

Soak nuts in water for 6 hours or overnight at room temp. Drain and discard soaking water. Place almonds and half the water in a blender and blend on high for 2 minutes.

Add the remaining water and continue to blend on high for 2 or 3 minutes. Add the dates or syrup now if you want your milk sweeter.
Strain mixture using cheese cloth or mesh strainer into a bowl

Store in airtight container in fridge for 2 to 4 days. Shake well and enjoy on cereal, in coffee, in smoothies or straight from the glass.

Sorry for such a long post but I just wanted to check in with you. I hope you are having a blessed week. Be sure and check out my GIVEAWAY that I am having this week. Novica was nice enough to sponsor this for us so I really appreciate it if you can put your name in the hat on the post before this one.

Take care and know that I am thinking of you.
Sweet Dreams and Love to all


Gorges Smythe said...

That breakfast would last me about an hour! ;-)

Forty Pound Sack said...

We've been using almond milk a lot lately. It's got a bit of a different taste but we like it. Sounds like you had a nice visit ~

PoetessWug said...

Your post reminded me about how long its been since I had a "girlfriend's movie day". :-] I'm gonna remedy that soon...And I'm not sure about the almond milk. I've never had it. But thanks for the recipe anyway!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Sounds like you had a great visit. So happy for you.
Good luck with the diet!
*hugs*deb oxox

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I know you love your visits with gretchen , so I am thrilled you got to have one.

I wish you the best with this diet plan or should I say, Live it Plan:-)

I've never seen that movie so I'll see if netflix has it. I always like Robert Mitchum.


Arkansas Patti said...

Know you two will have a grand time with lots of giggles. How nice to be considered some ones "fix".
I have a fruit and yogurt smoothie every evening for supper and that is it. That is all I need and I am satisfied. Where have smoothies been all my life?
I remember that movie quite well and fell in love with George Peppard's character.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I'm so glad you got to see and spend some time with Gretchen, Maggie! I know how fond of her you become. Do what you can with the new diet {or way of eating}. With all you have to do, you need some sustenance and I can't think the fish will do any harm.

Sue said...

Sounds to me like you are eating very well, Maggie. And I LOVE almond milk!!


Cathy said...

I have never heard of "Home From the Hill" but I love old movies so I'll have to check that out.

So how do you feel after being on this diet? Have you lost any weight? Have more energy? This sounds really healthy.

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Almond milk--never tried it but you present a pretty strong case for its virtues! Good luck with your new regime!

Anonymous said...

Almond milk contains less sugar and fewer calories than cow’s milk.


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Debby said...

So fun....a weekend with Gretchen. If I ask you to come spend a week-end with me, will you come. Serious, you know.
Diets of any kind are hard. I am going to try next week along with my husband to do the ViSalius shakes. I have already been on one a day and hope I can go to two a day. Hopeing my stomach and my will power will let me.
Good luck. I think to slowly ease into would work better.

yaya said...

Sounds like you're doing good on this diet...and the almond milk is good. I do drink it...usually I blend some kind of fruit with it. I always laugh when someone says the make their own almond milk. I guess it's the visual of squeezing the pointy end of the almond until the milk comes thanks for clearing that up with the real recipe!

Garden of Egan said...

It does sound like you are a busy girl!
Good luck with the eating thing. You'll be feeling so better and looking fabulous. I need to do the same!

Darlene said...

Thanks for the recipe for almond milk. I think I will try it since it doesn't sound too hard. I think it is great that you are trying to do so well on your diet. I don't eat a lot, in fact I fill up pretty rapidly, but it is really hard for me to give up sweet things. I think the reason for this is because I have lost my sense of smell and taste, but I can still taste sugarly things. I have to have at least one sweet thing a day, but I don't eat chocoate until "Chocolate Sundays" the I east pretty much all the chocolate I want. My favorite is chocolate double coated peanuts.

I'm so glad Gretchen got to visit you again.. I know you two always enjoy being together.

Feel good Maggie......the movie sounded wonderful. No wonder you forgot to mow.

chancythegardner said...

Sweet Maggie it is good to read about what is going on with you right now. I had so much trouble with Blogger all the time I finally just gave up on it and I don't come here much any more. I think about you often. Glad you got to spend some time with Gretchen...sounds like you two had a great time. Love and hugs!

Jennifer Richardson said...

delicious post
...I admit I got lost
in the pina colada for a moment.
Still there.
Yep, can't get past that
sweet, sweet idea:)
thanks for the inspire,

Kat said...

How nice you got to visit Gretchen and have a nice time with her even if you talked a lot. that part sounds fun btw. Watching movies is better then mowing I do not mow. Good luck on your healthy eating. We all aspire to that but it certainly hard to be good. Hugs

Debby@Just Breathe said...

You commented on my blog yet you are a no-reply and went into my spam mail. I would love to be able to comment back to you :)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

George Peppard AND George Hamilton ~ 2 oldies but goodies! I need to find that movie ~ I've never seen it!

Nope, you aren't late for the Wedding Party ~ I just got my post up a little bit ago. Didn't want to have to get up early tomorrow morning to get it started. Am I lazy or what?!? Can't wait to see what you post!

Now I need to go find your giveaway.....


Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

I'm so glad you had such a lovely time visit your friend, Maggie! And your first week diet sounds very healthy and delicious!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hey Maggie! Guess what I made for breakfast this morning. Vegan pancakes! Using almond milk.

2 cups of wholewheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups of almond milk
2 TBS canola oil

Stir together until just mixed, then add extras ... I stirred in one mashed banana for sweetness. Then served them with all natural peanut butter, chopped pecans and a drizzle of honey.

Pretty darn good! I'm vegetarian and don't miss meat at all. But so far have not been able to cut cheese out of my diet. I love risotto and make one with mushrooms, asparagus and parmesan cheese! Yum!

Good luck with your lifestyle change (don't think of it as a diet). Best wishes, Tammy

Rebecca said...

Haven't seen this movie but now I want to!

I eat cottage cheese for bfast. With Strawberries. All I ever want. Good luck on the diet. I lost 40lbs last year and have kept off 36. I feel GREAT!


Pearl said...

What a beautiful wedding!Such happiness can be seen. I love weddings, new love, new beginnings, new life. That's what it is all about. Hugs, Pearl

Thistle Cove Farm said...

My diet for life is moderation in all things -smile-.
I read your comment on Friday's post but your settings are "no reply" so can't send a private response.
I am sorry; I'm sorry your former husband has no clue what fidelity, love and loyalty mean. I am sorry he's such a shallow person.
I am sorry he hurt you so badly.
Dave and I were both married before we married each other. He to the love of his youth and me extremely unhappily. Dave taught me how to trust, I taught him how to love again.
I've found there is happiness in life WHEN I trust God and wait on His timing.
Exodus 14:14

Cherrie said...

I love the older movies but I don't believe I have seen this one. I love George Hamilton what a cutie! I am going to have to see if I can get it from the library.