Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Today's Favorite iPod Workout Song

Jackson Browne, "Lawyers in Love" 4:19
Today's stats: 50 minutes, 2.89 miles, 315 calories

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Houston International Quilt Festival begins tomorrow!

I really like this year's logo design!
Preview night is tomorrow, October 31, from 7-10 PM. Attending Preview Night allows an additional free day's entrance, too. A 2-fer! (You'll need the extra day or more - there's 1,000+ booths!) Plus first crack at all the goodies. Also to note, this is a good night if you want to see the quilts and displays. Everyone else is practically body-slamming each other at the booths (it's definitely an advantage to be tall and long limbed at QF!).

The Bernina Fashion Show, "Diamond Odyssey" is Thursday night, 6:30-8:30 Tickets are $13 at the door. Hint: Line forms early. Go with your buddies not only to have fun, but to deputize each other as line holders for potty and food breaks.

Tickets are still affordable at $10 adults, $8 seniors/children 11+. Go to for more information about all the fun.

Victoria's Back!

Victoria magazine is Costco 30% off! And in time for Christmas, too! Be sure to check out page 74 - there's a touch of Texas via an article about Rebecca Rather, her Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe in Fredericksburg and new cookbook, The Pastry Queen Christmas: Big-Hearted Holiday Entertaining Texas Style.

Also, there's the Southern Living Christmas At Home special issue. Thirty percent off of $9.99 does the trick for me instead of spending almost three times as much on their annual books. And what else sealed the deal? Amongst other ideas and goodies, a section of slow cooker/crockpot recipes -- Baked potato soup, turkey fajitas, Spanish pork dip sandwiches, chicken and wild rice soup, and more.

Penzey's Freebies!

First, if you subscribe or are thinking of subscribing to their magazine, "Penzeys One" - there are coupons for free 1/4 cup jars of spices in each issue! The previous (Volume 2, Issue 4) had Northwoods Seasoning - which expires tomorrow, so if you haven't redeemed already, there's still time. And the new issue has free oregano! (Turkish or Mexican, your choice). You can also use the coupons for online orders, if you don't have a Penzeys nearby yet.
And while you are in there, pick up your copy of their Holiday Gift & Cookie Handbook, filled with their best cookie recipes - free!
(Gingerbread people, Cheesecake brownie bars, Snickerdoodles, Frosted vanilla cookie cutouts, Pecan sandies, Chocolate sandies, Cocoa snowflakes)

Aladdin and the Garden - Part 2

The two Aladdin petunias I planted last week are doing great in the side garden, so I went back to Another Place in Time to get more -- Aladdin "Nautical Mix" (shades of white, light and dark purple/pink) and Aladdin Red.
They also got in some new petunias -- Hurrah "Berry Tart Mix" - same plant, all these colors!
By the front entrance there was a display of snapdragons, "Rocket" - which will grow to 36" tall! I guess that is why they are called rocket! The sign said they are very popular and sell out quickly, so if you love the snaps, stop by and get yours sooner than later.

And my favorite square candles have new seasonal scents including "Pumpkin Giving" It smells just like pumpkin pie with a slight maple undertone. You'll want to eat the candle.

Yesterday's Favorite iPod Workout Song

Bruce Springsteen, "No Surrender" 3:59
Born in the U.S.A.
Yesterday's stats: 49 minutes, 26 miles, 10,000 calories (darn reset button again!)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Kalahari Koncerns

NOW MOZART?! Squiggy, Flower, Whoopi, Kinkajou... Another dark night and day at the Manor. This has been a very sad season indeed. Just when you think resilient Mozart's life will finally turn around with a romantic evening with Wilson (followed by a fire in the desert yet!) -- Wilson gets all testosterone-y and joins the battle between the Commandos and Whiskers, leaving Mozart alone - possibly prey for a roving jackal, omniously shown earlier in the program.

This show has such fervent fans, such as myself, Mozart's death even made the New York Times yesterday - "Death Stalks the Meerkats Yet Again" in the Arts section.

Friday, October 26, 2007

A Treat for Boo!

Each year I make treat bags for the special kids on our street. Not only do I get to use up stash fabric and lace (I bought oodles when Cloth World was still around and they had 10 cents/yard lace sales!), but I get to buy Costco's ALL CHOCOLATE 150 piece, almost 5 1/2 pound bag of Hershey, Nestle and M&M brand candy. You know, the "good stuff" you wished and hoped you would get. I must confess, no Almond Joys made it into the bag which is why one of the bags is strategically covering that logo.

A length of 20" will make 5 bags, approximately 7 1/2" wide. Easy to do on the serger - fold in half lengthwise, serge one side seam, finish the top edge, serge second side seam. 21" of lace will make a pretty bow tie. Put leftover candy in container and hide for future use.

Betty's Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is still one of the best!

From the Betty Crocker Cookbook, 1969/1978 edition, page 266. I like these because the recipe calls for half shortening/half butter-and you can use Smart Balance for the shortening, there's not as much sugar as other choc chip recipes, and they remove easily and intact from the cookie sheet. You can also use whole wheat flower (Betty, so trendy even back then!) The cookie is not too hard, not too chewy and holds its shape well for eating and dunking in milk. And just in time, there's even a seasonal variation - you can add 1/3 cup of crushed peppermint candies to the ingredients.


1/2 cup sugar...1/2 cup packed brown sugar...1/3 cup shortening...1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened...1 egg...1 teaspoon vanilla...1 1/2 cups all purpose flour or whole wheat flour...1/2 teaspoon baking soda...1/2 teaspoon salt...1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)...1 6 oz package semisweet chocolate chips (or for those of us who buy by the gross, add enough "until it looks good"!)

Heat oven to 350. Mix sugars, butter, shortening, egg and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfls about 2" apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake untl light brown, 8-10 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen. (Original instructions called for the oven to be 375, but I found they browned and burned a little too easily and quickly at that temperature, so I've been baking them at 350 ever since.)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Mistetoe Madness

This is the result of braving the chaos at Jo-Ann's yesterday. The beige duck fabric was worth the trip - it was the perfect weight.

I got the idea from two old Burda World of Fashions - October 1994 and December 1997. (I've been subscribing to Burda WOF for almost 20 years! I've had to find new homes for the older issues through the years (no room!), but I try to keep the October/November/December ones because they have such neat crafts and gift projects for the holidays.) Both had mistletoe theme projects for stenciling, embroidery and applique. I combined the leaves and mistletoe designs from each one. (I like the unique white/red/tan color combination from the 1997 issue!)

Instead of driving myself crazy zig-zagging around tiny white circles, I used white carved buttons for the berries. I thought it added a dimensional and delicate look. The buttons were from a favorite now-closed fabric store, the leaves were free fabric samples from past Houston International Quilt Markets and Festivals-just the right size!

My original intent was to make the pillow, but it turned into a wall hanging instead. I plan to hang it from the open part of the curtain rod, right above the couch. Watch out whoever sits underneath!


New Limited Edition - Cherry Chocolate Diet Dr Pepper. Found on sale at HEB today -$2.50/12 pack. There's a $1 off next purchase coupon inside, and I'll be using it! It tastes just like chocolate covered cherries with a nice chocolate flavor, not chemical-y nor diet-y at all.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Full Moon Madness

Should be the actual theme for Jo-Ann's Moonlight Madness sale, going on right now! Sheesh! I stopped by today at 11:15 and was only able to find 1 parking space. I'm thinking, everyone took early lunch today at Luby's a few stores down? No, they were all in Jo-Ann's. It was nuts! With only one cutter. All I needed was 1/2 yard and was behind a lady with no less than 10 bolts in her cart, which I could see. I asked if I could go ahead of her and she said, I'm buying these for church. Huh? I said thanks and bless you.

Today's Favorite iPod Workout Song

Herbie Hancock, "Rockit" 5:26
Today's stats: 45 minutes, 2.64 miles, 300 calories

Monday, October 22, 2007

Cold Front Arrives!

The temperature dropped 20 degrees between 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM - I watched my car's temperature gauge fall from 79 to 72 in less than two minutes at the leading edge of the storm around 9:30. It's now 58. The wind is about 18 mph, with gusts in the mid 30's! (Shot in color, not B&W - that's how dark it was, with my back to the storm, looking south as it moves towards Galveston. Cue Jaws theme: da-dum, da-dum)

Today's Favorite iPod Workout Song

Michelle Branch, "Breathe" 3:31
Today's stats: 47 minutes, 2.67 miles, 300 calories

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Sounds odd, tastes great, very filling!

Lucerne Green Tea Peach Light Yogurt! Odd color, odd name - but actually very good! It is the store brand of Randall's here in Houston, but Randall's is owned by Safeway. So if you have a Safeway or your grocery's dairy department store brand is Lucerne, check this out. (Their toll-free number is 1-877-232-4271) Fat free, prestirred, live and active yogurt cultures, sweetened with Splenda. 8g protein, 15g sugar. Only 120 calories for a very generous 8 ounces. Good sized peach pieces, too.

Ann Taylor Loft's new denim skirt

I love ATL's denim skirts! I have two from last fall (the 23" and 25"). I was disappointed in this fall season's earlier button-front version and passed on it. I thought it was shaped/pegged oddly at the hem. But I was happy to discover their newest one is black denim!

Look how cute the back is -- the belt loop, pockets and three pleats, 21-1/2" long. The same denim is also used in pants and jacket, but they weren't long enough for me. As soon as the temperatures drop below 88 degrees, they'll look great with tights, too.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

It's here!

Sew Stylish Gifts to Make. I snapped it at Jo-Ann's with my 40% off coupon without even glancing through the pages because I knew it would be good. And it is!

2007's Christmas fabric additions! The plaid was 60% off and not technically holiday, and the bottom mutli-colored hologram circles actually 50% marked down Halloween fabric.
(Nan, do not look upon the snowpeople skiers!)

Picture Pretty (er, Picture YUMMY!)

Here's the photo of the Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies I posted on March 9. (Obviously a repeat favorite around here!)

Yesterday's Favorite iPod Workout Song

Kenny Loggins, "I'm Alright" 5:08
Kenny Loggins Alive
Yesterday's stats: 47 minutes, 2.68, 297 calories

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Today's Costco Finds

The fall bulbs have been marked down to $4.88! I grabbed this assortment bag of early bloomers - the small ones are usually the first and the most fragrant! (T is thinking, "100 bulbs to plant?! ")

Second up - Costco's new shipment of wire-edged ribbon - 50 yards for $6.99. I'm still plowing through 2005's gold Christmas trees, but I couldn't resist these two. Note the tiny 3/8" white pom-poms on the red satin roll! And the almost retro-ish colors on the snowflake roll. It will coordinate with lots of my stash scraps for holiday gift bags.

Then, this 10 piece (2 of each color) box of 24 oz. tumbers, marked down to $7.97. See how they perfectly they match the snowflake ribbon? I plan to use these as gift holders for cookies, fudge, candy, etc, topped with tissue paper and ribbon tied around the top edge. A double-duty gift!

And the Gingher scissors set? Gone! As if they never existed. . .

Today's Favorite iPod Workout Song

George Harrison, "Run So Far" 4:05
George Harrison is on iTunes now!
Today's stats: 47 minutes, 2.55 miles, 290 calories

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Today's Favorite iPod Workout Song

Don Williams, "Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good" 4:09
Today's stats: 47 minutes, 2.62 miles, 302 calories

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Ghiradelli Limited Edition Holiday Assortment

Peppermint Bark...Eggnog...Cinnamon Spiced Almond. My enablers bought this at Walgreen's.

Ain't that a shot in the arm?

Well, yes! A tetanus shot! Yours truly raked open right hand pinky finger planting these Aladdin Petunias (Sky Blue and Orange) in the side garden. Either on a rusty U-nail or a broken shell. Called the doc to see when last booster was, and now I don't have to worry about lockjaw for the next 10 years.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Today's Costco Find

$94.99! I just stood there in the aisle with my mouth open!

8 Gingher scissors with a limited edition storage case. 6" applique scissors, 7 1/2" pinking scissors, 8" dressmaker's shears, 3 1/2" stork embroidery scissors, 4" classic embroidery scissors, 4" curved embroidery scissors, 4 1/2" buttonhole scissors, 4 1/2" thread snips.

I already have the Gingher dressmaker's shears, the duckbilled applique scissors and another brand of pinkers my grandfather gave me years ago. I called my friend and asked if I should get this anyways - all the embroidery scissors! And isn't it $$ to sharpen pinking shears? "Definitely buy it,' she said, 'FOR ME!" ---- And for anyone else looking for looking for a deal. There were only 12 left. . .

Also note for all you Kashi Mountain Medley cereal fans, they are being * clearanced out - stock up now (I bought 3 boxes!) -- Hopefully making room for new Kashi goodies deals

House Updating - Dining Room Curtains

L found these at Target yesterday, they are from the Global Home section. Very light, with a touch of gold metallic, very cool!

Douser Computer

I'm finding Wi-Fi everywhere! Today at the Toyota dealership getting oil changed and tires rotated, I was all set to update my freezer pantry list and other correspondence, and blink comes on the Wi-Fi signal! I realize most people reading this are thinking, why is this such a big deal? Well, we are probably one of the few with dial-up at home. Sure gets rid of the telemarketers! So when I can zip along FAST and easily access all the cool blogs and websites, I'm one happy Wi-Fi girl!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Carbo up!

While L is attending a meeting, I'm in the north woods of Texas trying to find a Wi-Fi connection to spend the next couple of hours. Panera Bread is supposed to be Wi-Fi'd, but I kept getting a login error, while eating a cinnamon crunch bagel (toasted, no butter). Then I see a Starbucks catty-corner across the street and think, maybe they have Wi-Fi? I sit outside the *bucks, risking major pollen allergies, and voila! I connect under kolache! Kolache? Wait a minute, there's a Kolache Factory next door...with seats inside. Yay! I don't see wi-fi signs either, so maybe this is a secret discovery, which I'm now blabbing to the Internet. To further the carb/cause and be legit, I buy a cream cheese kolache. But just take one bite, as I am buzzing. Such willpower (such nausea). So, save yourself some carbs and calories if you need to Wi-Fi, and just head to the Kolache Factory.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Today's Favorite iPod Workout Song

Tom Tom Club, "Genius of Love," 5:33
Today's stats - 40 minutes, 2.27 miles, 255 calories

I sought professional help

Mere mortals such as my husband and I could not have done all the updating ourselves...and survived (the house and us). HGTV be damned

Not only did I have C paint, but also -- replace the front window sill, repair the drywall (don't ask, don't tell), install the new dining room light, take down mini's/put up curtain rods and bamboo shade, reinforce closet and kitchen shelves (that support screw was only in 1/4" - yikes!), blow out the dryer vent (yikes again!) very well spent! My admiration to those who do, but we don't have the tools nor the expertise, and facing reality with pictures of the presidents is the first step towards our happy home.

House Updating - Colors

Left: Dining room accent wall -- Mysterious Mauve (SW 6262) -- depending upon the light, it looks gray, steel blue or purple-y
Center: Hallway, living room, dining room -- Lemongrass (SW 7732)
Right: L's room - Ash Violet (SW 6549)
All paints are Sherwin-Williams

House updating - It's curtains for us!

Adios mini blinds!

Gracias to Target for the curtain rods and the WAVERLY curtains! On clearance, cheaper to buy ready made than to make. For the side window, I'll combine one or both or all of the other packages to make a pretty cafe-type curtain.
I'm really not into home dec sewing, and if I can take the easy (and cheap!) way out, I will and do. (The front sheers are not pink, as the photo makes them look. They are actually a weave of the green and gray/purple.)

House updating - Dining room light edition

buh-bye circa 1986 dining room light ---------->
Hello 2007!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Bake Sale!

The public debut of Martha Stewart's/Everyday Food (#41, April 2007 issue) sugar cookie! My daughter's class was having a bake sale today, and the instructions were - 24 cookies, 1 cookie per bag, to be sold for 50 cents. Why not give them more bang and taste for their half buck with Martha and a Martha-like pretty bag?
In a clearance section of Target (near the stationery, there may be a few rolls left in your store), I found an 82 foot (!) roll of 1-7/8" wide package tape marked down to $1.38. I thought it would be fun to use for the cookie bags, and my eBay and gift packages. I used the plastic sandwich bags, the fold-to-close type, and folded over the top to the front and taped the bag shut. 7 1/2 rows of circles was long enough for the front and a little to wrap over the side edges. It's a good quality sealing tape - not too thin, not too thick. I went back to Target to get another roll today! The colors of the circles can easily be used for any holiday and opportunity. I think I'm all set.

Eat Pink! And who's your genus?

Actually, apricot! Today's first Costco find benefits the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Super fresh and soft -- Treat yourself and help others at the same time.
The second Costco find illustrates how insistently dumb some people can be. Costco has marked down their fall bulbs, these are now $9.97. They usually will go lower, but the selection is limited and I wanted to grab this particular running-low assortment now. I've had great luck with these bulbs for the past four years. In Texas we plant them in January/February. And about 50% of the daffodils will naturalize and return. Another lady was looking at them and I told her how well they did, even in the soggy part of my yard. She said, "I was looking for daffodils." I said, daffodils are narcissus. Oh no, she insisted, pointing to the word narcissus, see? (Actually, they are part of the amaryllis genus/family, but I didn't mention it.) So all you fellow March flower babes and those who like daffodils, jonquils, narcissus...go grab a bag!

Today's Favorite iPod Workout Song

Katharine McPhee, "Open Toes" 3:22
(Cute song, it's about SHOES!)
Today's stats: 32 minutes, 1.80 miles, 202 calories

Monday, October 08, 2007

Project Dollway

With Robert Best, the Barbie doll designer from PR3 and a doll as the host - this sounds like fun and worth checking out! Here's the official website and blog.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Pepperberry Wreath in Target Dollar Spot

The $2.50 section, actually. Still, quite a bargain compared to Hobby Lobby and a larger size elsewhere in Target. This 10" diameter version is just perfect for my kitchen pantry door. (Click on photo to see it larger and better - I'm getting used to a new computer, new camera software)

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Creamy Chocolate Frosting

From Cooking Light Desserts Cookbook, 2002, page 25 -- For the Tiny Cake, I cut the sugar down to about 2 cups, keep the cocoa the same, use a splash of vanilla, a dash of salt and just enough milk to get the right spreading consistency

3 cups confectioner's sugar...1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa...1/4 teaspoon salt...1/4 cup skim milk, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla.
Combine all ingredients, stir until frosting is of spreading consistency. Spread over cake layers, cupcakes or brownies. Yield: 1 1/4 cups
Per tablespoon: 77 calories, 0.2g fat, protein 0.4g, carbohydrate 18.7g, sodium 32mg (Like that's going to scare me from licking the bowl!)

Cocoa vs. Cocoa

You can't see the difference, you can't taste the difference, so why pay the difference?! Are your grocery prices inching up (or leaping!) bit by bit each week, too? I was shocked to see Hershey's Cocoa was now $3.29. The Kroger brand was only $1.89 That $1.40 is a quite a difference, and worth checking to see how they compared. Well, my vote is until Costco brings back the big bubba size, I'm buying and using the Kroger store brand.

Tiny Cake

I've had requests for my Tiny Cake recipe. It's actually the "Silver White Cake" recipe from Betty Crocker (1969/1978 cookbook, page 240), cutting the ingredients in half to make an 8x8 size instead of 9x13. The perfect size not to overeat and easy to make to celebrate everyday and special occasions. For instance, "Today is Tuesday!" Observant blog readers will note that it is in another Chantal baker; this prize was obtained for only $2.50 at the outlet sale a few years ago! See, ya gotta go to this event! (Camber!)


1 cup flour...3/4 cup sugar...1 3/4 teaspoon baking powder...1/2 teaspoon salt...1/4 cup shortening (I use Smart Balance)...1/2 cup 1% or skim milk...1/2 teaspoon vanilla...2 egg whites

Heat oven to 350. Grease and flour 8x8 pan. Beat flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, shortening, milk and vanilla in medium mixer bowl on low speed, scraping bowl constantly, 30 seconds. Beat on high speed 2 minutes. Add egg whites, beat on high speed another 2 minutes. Scrape bowl sides as needed. Pour into pan. Bake 15-18 minutes until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool and frost.

Today's Favorite iPod Workout Song

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, "You're The One That I Want", 2:49
Today's stats: 54 minutes, 3.03 miles, 328 calories

Monday, October 01, 2007

Toilet Paper Wedding Dresses!

Thanks, Juanita for this link! These were the 2007 contest winners -- hard to believe the dresses are made of good ol' TP!

Pecan Shortbread Bars

(My career as a food stylist photographer won't go anywhere when I leave to get my camera and three bars are already snitched!)

Yummy, yum, yum! And easy to prepare and clean up, too! You make the dough in a food processor and bake in a foil-lined pan.


1 cup pecan halves...1 cup flour...3/4 cup confectioner's sugar...1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces...1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8" square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides.

In a food processor, pulse pecans until finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl, set aside. In processor, blend flour, sugar, butter and salt until moist clumps form. Add reserved pecans, pulse 2-3 times just to incorporate.

Press dough evenly into the bottom of perpared pan. With a floured fork, prick dough every 1/2". Bake until lightly golden, 30-35 minutes.

Cool 5 minutes in pan. Use foil overhang to lift shortbread from pan onto cutting board. With a serrated knife, carefully cut warm shortbread into 18 bars (6 rows x 3 rows). Remove from foil; cool bars competely on a rack (hah!) before serving.

From Everyday Food, #32, May 2006, page 114

Chantal Outlet Sale

The green baking dish in the BBQ chicken post is a Chantal $10 bargain from their semi-annual outlet sale a couple years ago. Their things are GREAT--that baking dish cleaned up with an easy swipe. This year they will be open the first three weekends (Friday-Sunday) in November. Tons of deals and must-buys for the holidays and year-round. Look for the Chantal advertisements in The Houston Chronicle for their weekly specials. Click here to get to their website for more information. You may even get a coupon if you sign up for their mailing list. Definitely worth a trip, if you live in or outside of Houston!

Barbequed Chicken Drumsticks

How can you eat just two?! And the sauce? Soooo good!


8 chicken drumsticks (about 3 pounds)
[Mine came 5/package, there's plenty of sauce for 10]
1 tablespoon chili powder*
salt and pepper
1 bottle (12 oz) tomato-based chili sauce
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
Preheat oven to 450. Arrange drumsticks in a 9 x 13" baking dish. Rub all over with chili powder, season generously with salt and pepper. Bake until tender, about 35-40 minutes.

Meanwhile, make barbeque sauce in a small saucepan, whisk together chili sauce, vinegar, sugar and mustard. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer 2 minutes. Divide sauce between two bowls, one for basting, one for dipping.

Remove drumsticks from oven and brush with sauce. Return to oven, bake, turning and basting other side halfway through, until well browned, 8-10 minutes. Serve with reserved dipping sauce. (save some sauce for tomorrow-overs or to freeze and use next time you have rotisserie chicken leftovers you want to jazz up.)

Any leftovers taste great the next day, straight from the refrigerator.
*I use 1/2 T chili powder and 1/2 T Penzeys Chili Con Carne Seasoning (not as hot)
From Everyday Food, #32, May 2006, page 94

Everyday Food - Issue #32 May 2006

What an issue! Most of the pages are dog-eared down for ones I've tried* or will try --
Coffee Cake Muffins...Baby Spinach Salad With Tuna...Cheddar Carrot Balls...Mustard Crusted Turkey Breast...Mozzarella and Ham Panini*...Cherry Tomato Salad*...Barbecued Chicken Drumsticks*...Pecan Shortbread Bars*...Oven Roasted Home Fries*...Spiced Zucchini...Gingered Sugar Snaps...

Today's Favorite iPod Workout Song

Fastball, "The Way" 4:17 - All the Pain Money Can Buy
Today's stats: 50 minutes, 2.81 miles, 319 calories