Friday, September 30, 2011

Fantastic Foodie Fridays~ Sautéed Fish Sticks with Chips and Slaw...

The success of the homemade potato chips in this $2 dish really depends on your knife – sharper knives cut thinner slices for crispier chips! Toss your chips with dill only after they’ve come out of the oven so the dried herb doesn’t burn.  ( Personal Note )  I used Penzey's Sandwich Sprinkle and Mural of Flavor to Season the chips and found that I liked it better than just using dill alone.  I also used a touch of the Sandwich Sprinkle on the fish sticks giving it that "something extra" that I felt it needed.  You may find that you like it just the way it comes out by using the recipe.  I always suggest trying a recipe, but if it needs "tweaking" to do it after trying it the original way first.   
  • 1 slice whole-grain bread
  • 1/2 lb yellow potatoes, scrubbed
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 head of cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
  • 4 small radishes, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 large Braeburn apple (or other firm apple), cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 lb boneless, skinless tilapia fillet, rinsed with cold water and patted dry


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a food processor, process bread into crumbs. Set aside.
  2. Slice potatoes as thinly as possible. Spread slices out evenly on baking sheet and drizzle with 1 1/2 tsp oil. Sprinkle salt over top and use fingertips to rub oil and salt onto each slice. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. As soon as potatoes come out of oven, sprinkle with dill and lightly toss to combine.
  3. Prepare slaw: In a large bowl, mix cabbage, carrot, radishes and apple. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard and 1 tbsp oil. Toss with cabbage mixture.
  4. Prepare fish sticks: Crack egg into a medium bowl. Chop tilapia as finely as possible and add to egg. Add 1/4 cup bread crumbs to tilapia mixture, then use hands to thoroughly combine.
  5. Divide fish mixture into 8 equal portions, shaping each into a rectangular stick about 2 1/2 inches long. Pour another 1/4 cup bread crumbs into a large or flat-bottomed soup bowl. Dredge each stick in bread crumbs, pressing lightly to coat both sides.
  6. Heat remaining 1 1/2 tsp oil in a large nonstick skillet for 1 minute on medium. Add fish sticks to pan and cook, covered, for 4 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown. Use heatproof tongs to gently flip sticks over and cook for another 3 minutes or until both sides are golden brown. Serve with potato chips and slaw.
Nutrients per serving (2 fish sticks, 2 oz potato chips, 3/4 cup slaw): Calories: 269, Total Fat: 10 g, Sat. Fat: 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5 g, Omega-3s: 210 mg, Omega-6s: 910 mg, Carbs: 27 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugars: 10 g, Protein: 21 g, Sodium: 373 mg, Cholesterol: 43 mg

By Lisa Howard | Photo: Edward Pond Posted in Clean Eating Posted on August 4, 2011

Nutritional Bonus:
While you're undoubtedly already aware of the multiple health benefits of vitamin C, you may be surprised to learn that 82% of the immunity-booster in this recipe is thanks to cabbage. The cruciferous vegetable is often overlooked because of its unpleasant cooking odor, but our no-cook slaw makes for a tangy (and mild-smelling) alternative.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

What a Difference a Week can Make...

Yes, I was hiding IN the Box!
This time last week, I was in full sneaking mode in DC.  Very few people knew I was in town & I was so close to the Opening Ceremonies, getting the chance to surprise Melanie.  I didn't know if she figured out that I was going to be there or not.  All I knew is that my months of planning were about to pay off.  I was between super excited & nervous.  I picked up Staci from the Regan Airport and then took her to meet friends of mine in Vienna.  While there, I had to introduce her to the Vienna Inn.  Where I treated her to the eating delights of a Chili Cheese Dog & a Birch Beer.  Once we finished, I took Staci to Lisa's house, where we put together the 3-Day present & stayed up most of the night. (Talking)  Finally, we went to bed at some ridiculous hour ( 2:15am ) knowing that we were getting up & heading out by 4:00am. ( at the very latest ).  A week later, I am at home working on a new fund raiser, while trying to map out my 3-Day Schedule for next year.  I still have Arizona to walk this year, but I am already looking towards 2012.  I have so many ideas, I know that this coming year I will be branching out, and working with new sponsors.  I look forward to all the new relationships and the places that I will go.   
Surprised Melanie!  

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Open & Honest...

Wanda Sykes, you may know her as a comedian, or possibly, you have seen her in many different movie parts, or as a voice for a cartoon character.  She has a sharp, witty way about her style.  This past February she decided it was time to have breast reduction surgery.  She was tired of carrying around all the extra weight and she was starting to have back problems.  In an interview on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" this past Monday, she opened up about her battle with breast cancer.  She told Ellen that her cancer was called, ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, as the basis of her diagnosis, a type of breast cancer she described as "basically stage-zero cancer," DCIS is known as stage zero or non-invasive breast cancer, meaning the cancer has not broken through the lining of the milk ducts, which was explained by Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, Director Breast Services at the Health and Hospitals Corporation, NYU Medical Center in New York. It makes up about 25 percent of all breast cancers. "If you are going to get breast cancer, this is the one to get," Joseph says, citing its 99 percent survival rate and the unlikelihood that chemotherapy will be required.  So you may ask, why did Sykes' early detection result in a double mastectomy? "Many women are choosing to have double mastectomies because they do not want to deal with breast cancer again in the future, or they may have what is called the BRCA mutation, a genetic mutation that is hereditary that predisposes you to developing breast and ovarian cancer," Joseph says. "These women often have a very strong family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer in the family and often develop breast cancer at an early age (but not always) and can often get breast cancer more than once."  Sykes' in her usual funny sense of humor stated that, " she was real hesitant about doing this, because she hates walking.  She went on to say that she will now, have many ( Cancer ) walks coming up.  So who knows, maybe one of these days we will see Wanda Sykes walking among us doing a Susan G. Komen 3-Day?     

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

11/26~Sleeping in &...

I meant to write in the blog yesterday, but my body was just craving sleep.  Apparently, I am not as young as I once was.  My body needs a little extra care, especially when I push it to it's limits and beyond.  So, we are going to start a new chapter & in the spirit of things, I gave the blog a new look at the same time.  So, I hope you like the new layout and look of the blog.  The Washington DC 3-Day was Amazing!  Getting to see the 3-Day from a different perspective is not only refreshing, but gives you a new appreciation for the event.  I enjoyed cheering on every single walker and crew member.  Trying to find new ways to inspire and motivate them as they were going through their journey.  I was always pleasantly surprised and honored when someone wanted to take my picture.  I had plenty of "costume" changes to keep things fun. I got the opportunity to share time with some wonderful people that were there for the same reason.  To cheer on & motivate everyone.  It was very empowering.  I think that I am going to try something new and crew in a city instead of walking.  Not sure when or where at this point, but I am looking at all of my options.  Starting tomorrow, I will do a re-cap of the time I spent going to & at the 3-Day in Washington DC.  45 days till my journey begins with my sister in Arizona.  I spoke with her earlier tonight and she is nervous about the journey, but not willing to give up on it.  I told her that we are not doing this to prove that we can walk the 60 miles, but to take a journey as sisters together.  If we can only complete a few miles each day together, then so be it.  To know what she has gone through and is still going through, I am touched that she still has the drive & determination to go on this journey with me and I can't wait to share the time together...   

Monday, September 26, 2011

Home Again...

This would be my Sunday, September 25th post.  As the alarm went off at 4am so started my day.  How easy it would have been to pull the covers back up over my head and continue to be comfortable & sleep.  Instead I was up & moving.  I cleaned up, ate a touch, then had to pack the vehicle and it was off to Dullas Airport for an 8:25 flight to Cleveland.  Once I got to Cleveland, it was time to change and head to work.  The Brown's played the Dolphin's, and we won the game today.  A whirl wind, in a blink of an eye everything was changing.  Coming off of a huge high from the weekend.  Spending time in Washington DC with my Pink Family.  We lived for today, not worrying about tomorrow because we don't know what tomorrow will bring.  No rest for the weary... It was an exhausting weekend, but I LIVED!  I took every opportunity to Live, Love and Share.  There are tons of pictures of me in a Tu-Tu, with a feather boa wearing my LifeLine's shirt,  in SparkleSkirts with boppers on my head, in a Box with a Bow on my head and even some of me wearing a Pink "S" cape, but you know what?  I gave a little of myself to every person that I met.  I gave them my Energy, Smile and most of all, my Love.  My voice gone, my body exhausted, but I would not change one minute.  I can't even imagine what it would be like to find something, or to just go into the Doctors office only to receive the news that I have breast cancer, to become the one in eight women that will be diagnosed in their lifetime.  How all of a sudden everything would change in a moment.  Being put on the fast track.  Maybe surgery, chemo, radiation, the once "normal" life being left behind for the unknown.  This weekend, things I have been learning through my journey with my Pink family came to light this past weekend.  Usually I would be stressing about how I looked in the pictures that were taken of me.  Not this weekend.  Every-time someone asked to take my picture, no matter how CRAZY I must have looked, I felt pride.  Knowing that I touched someone enough that they wanted to remember me, what I did, or how I made them feel in that moment. I may not see tomorrow, but I lived today!  As my Pink Family grows and changes, I learn new lessons, I smile more and worry less.  I try to find the positive in every situation.  To learn lessons everyday, and to never take moments for granted.  Today I Lived...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

3-Day Present...

Well, as you all know by now, I snuck off to Washington DC to Surprise my tent mate from last year, Melanie.  I also dropped in on Dr.Sheri Phillips.  I can happily report that I surprised both of them!  It was Great!  Once I get home tomorrow, I have to go to work the Cleveland Browns Game.   I will take a nice long sleep.  Upon waking up, I will get on recapping my day, so that I can share it with you.  It was a wonderful 3-Day!  My ONLY regret is that I could not stay longer or go to closing ceremonies...   Love my 3-Dayers...XoXo

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fantastic Foodie Fridays... Seared Chicken w/ Maple glaze...

If you have an extra 20 minutes and a skillet, you can treat your family to a complete and tasty meal!


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion ( I like Vidalia Onions better )
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 baby gold or fingerling potatoes, quartered (about 2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 medium zucchini, chopped


In a large skillet on medium-high, heat oil. Add onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes, until soft. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes. Add thyme, salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute, still stirring occasionally, until thyme is fragrant. Add potatoes, broth and maple syrup and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium, partially cover and simmer for 10 minutes, until potatoes are fork-tender. Add zucchini and cook for 1 minute, until crisp-tender.

By Robin Miller | Photo: Gregory James, Food Styling: Jessica Colley
Posted on September 16, 2011 Clean Eating

Nutrients per 2-cup serving: Calories: 300, Total Fat: 6 g, Sat. Fat: 1.5 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 33 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugars: 12 g, Protein: 28 g, Sodium: 340 mg, Cholesterol: 65 mg

Nutritional Bonus:

Rich in protein thanks to the chicken, this dish also boasts vitamin C and manganese from the zucchini and potassium and fiber from the potatoes.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

As they Sleep...

As Washington DC sleeps, 3-Dayers are preparing for their journey.  Resting ( if they can ) some so wound up with anticipation they find it hard to sleep.  As the moon dances across the sky, well wishes are being sent to our PINK Family.  Enjoy every moment, make new friends & enjoy the journey... XoXo

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


At a friends house and we got talking about things "back in the day".  I was trying to tell her son that when I was growing up our computer speed was nothing like it is today.   So I tried explaining the difference from then till now.  It would be like having dial up to where we are to day with almost instant access where ever we go.  Wasn't getting any where with that so I went with the correlation of having a Wii versus the original Atari.  Apples vs Oranges, if you can look back at things you can see all the progress we made, but at the time we were on the cutting edge.  The same can be said for all the progress we have made over the years with our research for the Susan G. Komen foundation.  We have come farther that some could ever imagine and every day we get a little bit further.  This is made possible with all of the work from the participants the funds they raise and all the awareness they get out into the public.  We will continue to make strides because of your generous donations.  We can not walk with out your support.  This weekend the 3-Day will be taking over Washington DC.  I had the honor of walking there, and got the chance to carry the Grandmother flag in opening & closing ceremonies, last year and had a wonderful time.   As we look back at our progress we look towards the future for the next wave of innovation.  Thank you for your continued support.  Together, we will find a cure! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Day two of resting & not really accomplishing much in any aspect of my life at the moment.  The medications are starting to take effect, slowly...  My fingers are crossed that I will be back up and running by Sunday for the game.  Praying for warm weather and the sun to shine on me.  I am not ready for the cold weather to come.  Hope to be back up & running soon.  Hang in there!  

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sick Day...

Didn't want you to think that I forgot you... I didn't, my body decided it was time to take a rest.  For the last three days I have been fighting off something.  Today, it was a trip to the Dr.'s.  Given some meds and told to go get a bunch of rest.  I didn't argue.  I have slept away most of the day.  So, I am back off to bed hoping that in the morning I will start to feel like myself again.  

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Say a Prayer...

As promised, yesterday I eluded that there was something on my mind.  Today, I will share with you... Many months ago I shared with you a blog that is written about an Amazing woman.  This woman's name is Taylor.  She is 23 years old and has spent the last 7 & 1/2 months in a hospital fighting the cancer that is ravaging her body.  She has undergone countless surgeries, had many set backs, but yet she forges forward with love, hope and faith.  The other day she made a bold move to check herself out of the hospital that she has been in for 7 & 1/2 months to go somewhere where she hopes they will have someone with fresh eyes and an approach that will help her.  I have never met Taylor, but I feel like I know her so well.  Joyce, is the woman who started the blog and who keeps us updated as to what's going on with Taylor.  I had the pleasure of meeting Joyce last year in DC at the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.  I look back now and feel blessed that a year ago I decided to get so involved in the 3-Day community.  I have met some of the most Amazing people.  I can never say enough about the 3-Day community.  I love them so.  But I want to get back to Taylor.  I don't know where she is at this point and it doesn't matter.  What matters is that she is being taken care of.  I am asking that as you read this entry tonight that you keep Taylor in your prayers & keep passing along the story.  Pass along the blog address so that others can stop by, read about Taylor & lift her name up in prayers, sign her guest book and leave her a smile & support.  As I said before, I have never met Taylor, but I know as sure as I am writing this blog that she deserves a Miracle... In her 23 years she has lived more than some do in 80 years, but she still Deserves a Lifetime.  Please take a moment to read about Taylor, pass the blog address along and take a moment to Pray for Taylor.   Here is the blog address... Team 15%  to really appreciate all of this, you will have to go back to the beginning.  Yes, it will take you all the way back to January... But I PROMISE you, that after you read all of it & what Joyce continues to post you will realize that Everyone Deserves a Lifetime, that Taylor is one in a Trillion.  She has a Faith like no one you have ever met, and most of all that when the average person is having a bad day it is NOTHING compared to what some people are dealing with on a daily basis.  Her words will touch you & change you.  I hope that it will give you a new appreciation for the life that you are living.  In closing tonight I just want to remind you to...  Get checked often, even if it turns out to be nothing, so many people that I have talked to that have cancer say the same thing time & time again.  Go early!  Don't wait & if you feel that your Dr. is wrong, go & seek out someone else's advice!  You are the only one that truly knows your body.  Don't wait, it is so important & could just save your life.  Be Kind to Yourself & to Others, Treat Every Day like it was a Gift.  I'm not saying that every day will be filled with Hearts & Rainbows, but it is one more day that you have here, with those that you Love & that Love You.  Never forget to tell people how much you Love them & what they mean to you.  Dance Often, Love with Reckless Abandonment & Enjoy Moments with those you Cherish. XoXo
As you prepare for bed tonight, please keep Taylor in your Prayers...
We will keep the candles burning bright here for her healing & her return to Nashville...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Leading into...

Being… It is the letting go of all the should’s, 
the must’s, the have-to’s, the have-nots, 
the cannots, the doubts and the guilt. 
It is allowing your thoughts to come forth - without judgement. 
It is allowing yourself to feel - without judgement.
It is allowing yourself to do what you want - without judgement.
It is allowing yourself to be who you are - without judgement.
When you allow yourself to be,
You find Peace, Freedom, Love and Joy Within you.


This is leading into something, but I will have to wait until I have a clear head to finish it.  I have spent most of the day trying to find the words, but I am at a loss right now.  I hope that where ever you are this finds you well.  Be kind to yourself & take each day and live it to it's fullest. Sweet Dreams...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fantastic Foodie Fridays..Teriyaki-Mango Pork with Bok Choy & Water Chestnuts...

In this recipe the Pork’s mild flavor pairs nicely with a balance of naturally sweet fruit and salty teriyaki sauce. You’ll also adore the wonderful crunch of water chestnuts and bok choy in every bite.  


  • 8 oz soba noodles (aka buckwheat noodles)
  • 2 tsp safflower oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb lean pork (pork tenderloin or loin chop), trimmed of visible fat and cubed
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium teriyaki sauce
  • 4 cups chopped bok choy (leaves and stalks)
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cubed mango (thawed if frozen)
  • 1 cup sliced water chestnuts
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a wok or large skillet on medium-high. Add onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes, until soft, stirring frequently. Add pork and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until browned on all sides. In a small bowl, whisk together broth and teriyaki sauce. Add broth mixture to wok and bring to a simmer over same heat. Add bok choy, mango and water chestnuts and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until pork is cooked through and bok choy leaves just begin to wilt (but remain bright green). Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. Serve pork mixture over noodles.
Nutrients per serving (1 1/2 cups pork mixture and 1 cup noodles): Calories: 493, Total Fat: 7 g, Sat. Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 79 g, Fiber: 9 g, Sugars: 26 g, Protein: 34 g, Sodium: 231 mg, Cholesterol: 74 mg

By Robin Miller | Photo: Edward Pond, Originally Posted on July 25, 2011 

Nutritional Bonus:

Mangos aren’t just for desserts or your morning shake, and bok choy shouldn’t be shunned in the veggie aisles. Both pieces of produce brim with the antioxidants vitamin C and beta-carotene. While the former (most commonly associated with citrus fruit) may help regenerate other antioxidants in your body, such as vitamin E, that have become oxidized, the latter (often associated with carrots) can be converted into retinol, a form of vitamin A, and may boost immune system function.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Letting Go...

‎"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar & seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous & exciting, for in movement there is life, & in change there is power." ~Alan Cohen

I found this quote today and it was powerful, it spoke to me.  I am in a state of release.  I am letting go of some of the comfort in the familiarity in my life and getting ready to embrace something new.  Over the last week I have been trying to deal with the death of two young children.  They were totally different circumstances but both extremely tragic.  My mind keeps racing over different events in my life, and the one thing that I keep coming back to is that once I joined the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, I learned to appreciate the time that I have been given.  I try to savor the moments with those that I love and live in the moment.  Don't worry about tomorrow, it will come wether you are ready or not.  I think my biggest fear at this point, is getting to the end and looking back wondering if I have really lived.   I hope as the weekend fast approaches that you take every opportunity to get out there and live!  Don't be afraid to get out there and do something new, shake off the familiar and gain the courage to try something new. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Women Who WIne...

Linda, Patty, Me & Faye
I spent most of the day cleaning out what I lovingly refer to as the "Pit".  It is the stairwell that leads down to the lower basement area out side our house.  There is a sliding glass door that leads into the house located on the side of the stairwell.  It was full of leaves and we had placed paint cans there for some reason, the reasoning now escapes me as to why.  Anyways, the retaining wall is coming apart.  The brilliant person that put it in used railroad ties.  I'm sure that in the beginning it was not only aesthetically pleasing to the builder, but was functional.  How ever many years later it's integrity has been compromised and is just plain dangerous.  So before it collapses we are having the rails removed & the wall replaced.  I got on such a streak, that when I was done with that I tore out all of my Hosta plants and started to prepare the back yard for the fall/ winter season.  When I was done, I took a shower and got ready to attend "Women Who Wine".  It takes place once a month at a winery here in Ohio.  We get together, and have different speakers that come in to talk.  Each month the "theme" changes, and we raise money for different charities.  It is a great time & a wonderful way to meet new people.  Tonight we heard from ladies that are raising money for the Geneva, Race for the Cure that will be celebrating their 10 year Anniversary.  The "theme" for tonight was PINK.  As you can see I had no problems finding pink to wear.  After the ladies were done speaking, I was asked to get up and talk about the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Event.  I was touched that they asked me to get up and speak.  I told them about the event and all of the events that I have participated in to date, as well as the ones that I have scheduled.  It was amazing to see all of the support I got & how later I had many women come up to me and ask questions.  Tonight was a great night out with friends, while having the opportunity to share my passion and raise awareness.           

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

With New Eyes...

I woke up this morning with new eyes. Everything seemed to be so much clearer and things in perspective.  I got so much accomplished today.  Through the whole day, I kept thinking of two little angels that recently received their wings.  I tried to take every opportunity today to spend with the kids.  Not just doing the usual routine, but trying to take a time out from the every day, just to play. We smiled more, laughed more and I took every opportunity to tell them how much I Love them... My heart breaks for those that have lost a child, I don't care if it is while the child still nestles in their mother's womb or if the child is 7, 12 or older.  I look at Tristin & Tyler and don't know what I would do.  So, tonight I say a prayer for all those that know.  XoXo  Holding you in thoughts & prayers...

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Messenger...

It is with great sadness that I have to deliver the following news.  Our sweet Warrior Princess, Faith took her flight into the heavens at 5:40 this evening.  To say that the loss is devastating is a great under statement.  So many people were doing all they could to raise the awareness as to the fight that Faith was going through, and to help in any way that they could.  I wrote about Faith on September 1st in my blog, and gave people one way that they could show their support, and help raise awareness while getting money to the family to help them.  Cathy from Cathy's Creations designed a stunning bracelet in honor of Faith.  Cathy worked feverishly to make as many bracelets as she could, and promoted them to raise as much as she could for the family.  I know that when this news was delivered it was a crushing blow.  I never had the honor to meet Faith, but I can tell you that she had a million watt smile and she fought every step of the way.  You always pray to have more time, more time to make wonderful memories, more time to tell them how much you love them, more time to learn and grow with them.  Tonight I would ask that you keep Faith, her Family and Friends in your thoughts and prayers.  Although Faith was with us for a very short time she left us with lasting memories and lessons that will stay with us till we take our flight home.  I have included a link in case you wanted to read more about Faith.  Story of Faith, the Warrior Princess ♥  XoXo

We Remember 9/11

9/11/11 at the Cleveland Browns Stadium
Most everyone that you talk to can tell you where they were, and what was going on the day that the twin towers fell.  I am no different.  I was still serving in the Marines and I just came back from physical therapy.  I watched in horror as the first tower fell and then the breathless moments in between to when the last tower fell.  It may be 10 years that have passed since that day, but I can tell you that for me that day is as fresh in my mind as the day that it happened.  Today, as I drove into work I witnessed the most amazing rainbows coming down from the heavens onto what looked like a cloud city.  It really set for the tone of the day for me.  I worked at the Cleveland Brown Stadium.  Hopeful that the day would be met with reverence and standing tall with pride.  I can tell you as a Marine, watching what unfolded during the day was nothing less than heart warming.  Watching as the fans as they poured in to the stadium each one receiving an American Flag.  Watching as they tried to find a way to wear the flag.  Before the game started, they brought a huge American Flag out on to the field.  All Branches of the Service held the Flag and extended it to cover the field.  For the first time in all the years I have worked at the Stadium everyone removed their hats and took part in the National Anthem.  Vets stood and saluted it was an Amazing moment in time.  By the end of the game I was not only physically tired, but emotionally drained as well.  I came home to watch the 9/11 special.  After watching it I could not put into words what I wanted to express.  I had to take a day to gain my thoughts and emotions before I could post this.  I hope that your 10 year Anniversary of 9/11 left you with a sense of hope for the future and left you saying prayers for the past, and everyone's life that was forever altered that day.  God Bless the United States of America, I am a Proud American and Marine.  

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Race for the Cure~ Cleveland

Me with the Girls
Well, today was quite the soggy event!  We were out in the rain from around 8:00 to 12:30.  Dripping wet & water logged but had a wonderful time!  Got to see lots of our 3-Day family.  They were running, walking and volunteering.  We were walking around handing out key chains and raising awareness.  Once we finished that, we headed over to the finish line where we cheered on the participants.  The first runner came in shortly after the fifteen minute mark.  He was booking it!  The first woman came in around the seventeen minute mark.  There were lots of kids running, which was really cool to see.  I would have taken more pictures, but I didn't want to wreck the camera.  After the race, I went with Julie & Jen back to Julie's house.  We took a few pictures then I was off to meet Staci for the first time.  She was already with Ed & Tara.  We were going to try to eat at the Melt, but gave up when we heard that they had a two hour wait.  We ended up going down the street to eat.  I finally got the chance to meet Staci!  It was great to finally meet my friend who I have been talking to, texting & sending e-mails to for the last few weeks.    Getting to relax, and just enjoy the company of my friends.  Priceless!  After lunch we took some more pictures then we went our separate ways.  I dashed by Julie's house one more time before heading home so I could get a picture with Donna and all of the girls.  It was wonderful to see them all again.  
Me with Staci

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fantastic Foodie Fridays.. Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Stew

As the fall quickly approaches here is a stew that satisfies not only the palate but the continuing desire to trim the waist line.  Hearty and flavorful while remaining easy to prepare.  

Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Stew


  • 32 oz low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic sea salt
  • 1/2 tbsp thyme
  • 1/2 tbsp basil
  • 1/2 tbsp cilantro
  • 1/4 tbsp dill
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed (uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked black-eyed peas, rinsed and picked through
  • 1/2 cup barley
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cubed
  • 20 oz potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 10 oz carrots (3 large), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 8 tbsp low-fat sour cream (optional)


  1. Fill a slow cooker with broth, 8 oz water, garlic, herbs and pepper. Add chicken, peas and barley, then layer onion, potatoes and carrots overtop. Liquid should just cover vegetables. Do not stir.
  2. Allow to simmer overnight, at least 4 to 6 hours. Remove bay leaves and stir before serving. Spoon 1 cup into each bowl and top with 1 tbsp sour cream, if desired.
Nutrients per 1-cup serving without sour cream: Calories: 230, Total Fat: 2.5 g, Sat. Fat: 0.5 g, Carbs: 3 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugars: 4 g, Protein: 21 g, Sodium: 240 mg, Cholesterol: 40 mg
Posted on November 15, 2010 on the Eating Clean Web Site
By Zan Ryan | Photo: Joanne Tsakos

Thursday, September 8, 2011

One in Eight...

Andrea Mitchell Reveals That She Has Breast Cancer...
Andrea Mitchell came forward two days ago to reveal that she now has become the 1 in 8 women that will get breast cancer in their lifetime.  I was touched by this video clip and decided to share it with you, ( the link is highlighted in pink above ) just incase you missed it.  At the end of her MSNBC program on September 7th, Andrea revealed that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  She went on to explain that despite the diagnosis, it was caught in it's earliest stage, and that her prognosis for recovery is excellent.  If you don't know who Andrea is, she is the Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent for NBC.  Cancer does not have any boundaries and is color blind. It has no geographic or social exclusions.  We battle it every step of the way and we ask you to join with us and help find a cure.  If you can't walk, donate or come out and cheer us on.  Whatever you do, please check yourself often and get your yearly mammogram.  Do not think that it can not happen to you because...  It can, and does happen to women & men every day that never thought it could happen to them.  Please don't wait till you are part of the 1 in 8 to be touched by our fight.  Help support us as we continue to make strides to find a cure. 

Looking back...

Moments come and go with a blink of an eye.  How many do most of us really treasure?  I am learning a lesson.  To take every moment for what it is, and to cherish the moments that I am given.  With 9/11 fast approaching the 10 year anniversary I find that I am trudging down memory lane.  Some are sweet and some are bittersweet, but they are all mine.  In our lives we go through "Chapters".  Our early years, then High School, College and so on, I have been going through pictures and sifting through my memories.  I am working on collecting them, organizing them and preserving them.  Most of all Treasuring every one that I have been given...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Sometimes we have to go over them to gain a new appreciation for life as we know it.   We can't always have beautiful weather and the sun constantly shining.  Sometimes we need to weather a storm to be able to restore balance.  Today was a challenge for me.  Trying to do the right thing all the way around in a bad situation.  I reached out to a few of my 3-Day family for support & advice and they were there for me 100%.  Not just in words, but in action.  It was not only humbling, but a truly amazing feeling.  To know that they not only understand, but have had their own challenges.  To know and feel in your heart, that your bond goes way beyond just the 3 days of walking the 60 Miles together and having fun doing it.  We all have our own trials & tribulations.  No life is "Perfect", some just seem to know how to handle situations that arise with grace, dignity and integrity.  I am learning new ways from them.  Today was a difficult day, but not an impossible day.  I just want to say Thank you to Chad, Lisa, Julie and Staci for their words of wisdom, enthusiasm and heartfelt empathy.  Everyone should be as lucky as me, to have friends like you.  Thank you for putting things back into perspective & reminding me that sometimes hurdles just test our resolve.  They can give us the fire to refocus and rededicate ourselves to the larger picture and task at hand.  XoXo 

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Drive Home...

My Mother, Marilyn
As I drove back from Pennsylvania today, I thought about how blessed I am to have my Grandmother and Mother still with me.  Both are breast cancer survivors.  Today we had a wonderful day visiting with family and spending precious moments together celebrating my Mother's birthday.  I have a few friends that have lost their Mother or Grandmother to breast cancer and it makes me even more determined to help find a cure.  Each moment that I am given to spend with them is a gift.  I cherish the memories that we have made, and the ones that we are still making.  In the last two years I have learned to appreciate the moments that are given to me.  I try never to let a moment go by that I don't take the opportunity to tell people how much they mean to me.  I have become much more focused with my time and how I chose to spend it.  I take more pictures in a day then some take in a year, but that's ok.  Each one is a lasting memory of a moment in time.  What brought about this change you might ask?  I will tell you, participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure events.  You learn so much and there are many lessons that you can take away from the experience.  From the training, to the fundraising, to participating in the actual event, there are lessons to be learned every step of the journey.  Everyone will have a different experience but if we listen, we can learn at least one new lesson.  Once you participate, no matter what your part may be you will be forever changed, even if you only do it once.  I have had the extraordinary privilege and honor of participating in three, 3-Day for the Cure events to date and a Race for the Cure.  The new friends that I have met and ones that I "meet" daily on line.  Each one brings something into my life and leaves a little foot print in my heart.  I want to say THANK YOU!  Thank you for teaching me to appreciate the moments that I am given.  XoXo
My Family

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Just Because...

Just because it's raining outside, doesn't mean that we can't have fun inside!  After surprising Great Grandma today and having our visit with Nana & Grandpa it was time to have a little bit of FUN!  Time to run out the wiggles and generally just run off some energy.  I took the kids to All Fore Fun in Cranberry, Pennsylvania.  They love this place!  There are things to do out side as well as inside.  Because it was pouring outside, the kids decided to spend their time in Ballocity.  They love this structure!  It's like a habitrail ( What I used to have for my Gerbils to run around in and get exercise, back in the day ) but this one is made for kids...  It has many slides and various activities all contained in one unit.
The picture doesn't really do it justice, but at least you can get the idea.  I wish we lived closer, as this would be a wonderful place to come anytime.  Four hours and they still showed no signs of wanting to leave... I finally had to make the parental decision to cut the fun short and head to the hotel for the night. ( Bad Mommy, Bad Mommy )  Joke was on me... In all the rushing around and confusion my IPhone went missing.  So, an hour and a half later, panic stricken I finally decided that it was gone.  As I drove back to the hotel I was sick to my stomach.  I kept going over everything again & again in my mind.  I came up with nothing.  I got the kids into the bath, my Mom was going to watch them as I went out to get dinner.  I decided to go back one last time to see if I could find it.  I looked all over the parking lot as the rain kept coming down.  Then I remembered the kids running around in the rock bed before we went into play.  Sure enough... There was my IPhone sitting in it's Otterbox in the pouring rain.  I am Happy to report that it works & I am Thrilled to have it back!  Amazing how you can get so attached to an object...

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Wishing you a...

Today was spent running around trying to get everything done... Chad's father always has his end of the Summer party, and today also was my Mother's and a dear friend Melanie's Birthday...  So it was UP early... Running to Home Depot for the monthly building project, back home to make a TON of deviled eggs for the party.  Then to the party for a bit, & then I took off with the kids to head back to Pennsylvania to surprise my Mother.  It was a LOT of running around today, but Totally worth it to see Mom's face when we pulled up and the kids got out of the car and yelled, " Happy Birthday Nana"!  So, tonight I raise my glass to two of the most Amazing women in my life... I hope that your day was just like you... Amazing, Wonderful and full of Surprises.  Big Hugs & Lots of love being sent your way today!  XoXo  

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fantastic Foodie Fridays...Toasted Sweet & Hot Walnut Fruit Salad

As I enjoy the last moments of summer, while I can.  I happened to find this recipe and love the fresh ingredients as well as the taste.  Sometimes when you just don't feel like a big meal or you just want a quick healthy snack you can make something like this...Quick, easy and healthy.  Walnuts are a nutritional powerhouse, aiding in various areas of cardiovascular functioning, so adding them to your fruit salad is a great way to give it a healthy boost. It definitely doesn't hurt that they're coated in a sweet and spicy glaze.


  • 1 pint strawberries, halved
  • 1 6-oz pkg raspberries
  • 1 mango, chopped
  • 2 kiwis, sliced
  • 2 nectarines, chopped
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


Combine fruit in a large bowl. Preheat broiler to high. In a small bowl, stir together honey, 1 tbsp hot water and cayenne. Add walnuts and mix until well coated. Spread walnuts onto a cookie sheet. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes, watching to avoid burning. Add walnuts to bowl of fruit. Stir and enjoy.

By Heather Bainbridge, RD | Photo: Gregory James, Food Styling: Jessica Colley
Nutrients per 1-cup serving: Calories: 120, Total Fat: 5 g, Sat. Fat: 0 g, Omega-3s: 730 mg, Omega-6s: 2930 mg, Carbs: 19 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugars: 13 g, Protein: 2 g, Sodium: 0 mg, Cholesterol: 0 mg

Thursday, September 1, 2011

It's about Awareness...

I know that I usually am writing about my PINK family and my Love for them.  In case you didn't know the month of September the cancer community sheds a light on the Golden Ribbon~ signifying childhood cancer.  I found this video and felt that it was important to share.  I hope you will take a few minutes to watch it.  I can't even imagine someone telling me that one of my children has cancer.  

I found the image of a Golden Ribbon wrapped around a heart.  I changed my Facebook Status to this to show my support.  My kids are the center of my universe and my greatest gift...  If you are interested in getting involved there are many ways.  One of my Dear Friends Cathy, from Cathy's Creations has a few "Cause" Bracelets and some are dedicated to a few different Child Warriors...  With the purchase of one of these bracelets she gives money to the families to help with medical expenses.  This is Faith's Story, I hope you will take the time to go and read about her... Story of Faith, the Warrior Princess .