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    Feeling Fit Friends, Vol. 2

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    Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:08 am Groupie
    Bonnie, happy to hear you had an un-eventful trip this time around. Have you narrowed down your baking list yet?

    Laury, sorry to hear you are in so much pain. Good you are taking a day off. Get lots of rest.

    Jac, I am 37, right, yeah I am. Forget ages already. Coffee is where I get all my energy. icon_lol.gif , Been drinking too much lately. Teetering around 163 lbs, I feel the strain on my joints doing all that I do. There are days I really want to give in and buy myself a chair for work, but not will to dish out $150 for a counter height rolling chair. Plus it would just make me more lazy anyways. Hoping your surgery helps ease your pain, once you recover from the surgery that is.

    Me, the concert went well, kinda peeved that I missed almost half of it because I was running back and forth making more coffee. We went through around 7 pots of coffee, the big coffee maker we have only makes about 3 pots. I did get to watch my girls though, unless they were in the final play, I hope they weren't. I got all my baking done. To save room and loading time I will only put up the pic of all of my baked goodies on the back counter, I put the close-ups in the Baking Forum already.

    20 dozen Gingersnap Cookies
    18 dozen Shortbread Cookies
    4 batches Date Squares
    Equal to 8 loaves Pumpkin Bread
    135 Mini Buttertart
    105 Lemon Tarts

    Also purchased 2 flats Nanaimo Bars, 6-5 lbs cases Mandarin Oranges, used 40 Apple Juice Boxes, 40 Orange Juice Boxes, 12 bottles Water. not included in the picture.

    Last week I made 2 batches Snickerdoodles, and yesterday I made 24 Personal Beef Pot Pies, took me 2 days to do the pies as I got a late start on making the stew.
    Bonnie G #2
    Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:25 am Groupie
    Jac if it's your rotator cuff your arm will be immobile for awhile after surgery so making and freezing some meals will be helpful (you need tasb to visit) but the best advise I'd pass on to you is inlist, and accept help from those sisters you have living so close. If you follow your doctors orders and do as he says you I'm sure you'll have wonderful results and be feeling so much better. But you MUST do as he says so it can heal.

    tasb - my friend you are one cooking and organizing machine. I haven't even decided what to make yet and here you are turning out bakery quality and amounts I envy you and need to get busy.

    Laury - sure hope you are feeling better my friend.
    Jacqueline in KY
    Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:28 am Groupie
    Tasb, when I was much younger I baked like that. LOL, I remember when I lived alone in Knoxville, TN, I was doing all this holiday baking, candy making, etc. I put the candy on top of my dryer to get it out of my way. Did a load of laundry and melted all my candy. I cried and cried. Since then I haven't done as much baking but have done a little.

    Bonnie one of my sisters will help me, the other won't help at all. I have decided that I am not going to do a Christmas dinner this year for everyone because it is getting almost impossible for me to even do dishes. I do think that part of what brought this big flare that I have had for the last month, about was crumbling the cornbread for my dressing at Thanksgiving. When I informed my sister that never helps that I was not going to do dinner this year, she informed me if I baked the cornbread she'd be happy to crumble it for me, if I let her know in time. Geez, she didn't was a dish at Thanksgiving, just sat here the entire time, never even asked if she could help with anything. Apparently she thinks she is the queen of our family since she is the oldest.
    I do have to give her credit that she made deviled eggs, for her son, his wife and her x-husband that day though, I guess she knew I wouldn't do them. Thing that hurts so bad is it is really her family we do the cooking for, my middle sister and I have no children, just her son, which we all use to feel he belonged to all of us. He use to say he had 3 mothers and a Nannie.

    Off my soap box.

    Tasb, I'd love to know how you make your beef pot pies, that is something I could do a few of an freeze. I'd like to have a variety of healthy options but not something always cold. I could live on my protein drinks for a long time, that would probably be best, I might lose some weight.

    Laury hope you are much better today.
    Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:47 am Groupie
    tasb, I'm glad that you got all the baking done for the concert!

    Jac, the one sister who does help cook, welcome the help. We buy ready made food and frozen food when Tom can;t cook for a few days. Frozen food and ready made food isn't as good as what Tom makes. We don't starve, however.

    I am feeling a little bit better except I woke up with a very severe headache. I am on pain pills and I don't get headaches. The rest of my body is so painful that my head never hurts.
    Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:22 am Groupie
    Bonnie, don't go too overboard on baking, you will be stuck eating them. icon_lol.gif I did that once. I baked 5 kinds of cookies, 8 dozen of each, I had plans on keeping only 2 dozen of each, well hubby's family didn't want their dozen of each kind, and I couldn't catch my family to pick up their 5 dozen of each, we were eating cookies until I think it was March. Yes they were in the freezer.

    Jac, I would cry too if my candy all melted. I really haven't gotten into making candy, tried a few things over the years, but I like baking more. My sister is the candy maker. Make sure you let your sister help when you need it, take Bonnie's advice and make sure you follow Dr's orders after surgery. Don't be like me, after my ball bladder surgery I was up making dinner that night, yeah the drugs were that good. icon_eek.gif The down side is all my incisions started bleeding. Not good when you have 4 of them. The pot pies the filling really isn't the same way twice, I just make a Beef Stew with what ever I have on hand, even a Chicken Stew using cooked diced chicken, and put it into personal sized pie shells, using my favorite pie recipe, will post link at the end, use your favorite if you have one. I find a double crust recipe will make 4 pies. I also pre-bake them, 375F for 25-35 minutes or until filling is bubbly and the crust is browned. Then cool, freeze and wrap them in plastic wrap, but you can also use freezer bags for ease, for me it is cheaper to wrap them. Then when we want them we microwave them. Make sure you take them out of the plastic and foil pans, like I needed to say that but I wanted too. icon_twisted.gif Start off with about 2 minutes then break it open and I think it is another 2 minutes until they are heated. We do 2-3 at a time so I am not too sure about timing.

    Laury, sorry to hear about your bad headache. Hope it didn't stick around too long.

    Me, well I had a fairly restful day. The eye of the baking storm. With the concert behind me I am taking on baking with the kids. Friday I have the K-1 class (5 kids) coming in to do Gingerbread Cookies, we are baking in the morning and they are decorating in the afternoon, then kept in the school freezer until the last day. Monday afternoon I am baking Gingerbread with the Gr 2-4 (12 kids) class. I am not too sure when they are decorating, but the teacher has done it for many years so all I really need to do is make the dough and watch the cookies as they bake, and store them in the freezer until they take them home. Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon I am baking with the whole school (in groups of around 8-10 all ages) we will be making 6 Candy Cane Cookies each and maybe some Cinnamon Sugar for toast as our Craft Afternoons. Then Thursday I have the Gr 5-7 (14 kids) making Sugar Cookies in the morning and they will decorate them in the afternoon. Again should be just me making dough and babysitting the baking. Friday is our last day before the Holidays, only 1/2 day of school but I still have to feed them lunch. The staff will have a pot luck after the kids are gone. I am guilted into doing baking with the kids, I did it the first year I was there, but didn't the second year, as I was so worn out, and grumpy, it was a co-worker that told me that for some of the kids the cookies they make at school are the cookies they use for "Santa", man I was riddled with guilt. So now I do it, and I do have fun, the kids are very well behaved, as they know I am very serious about safety. Then I also have to fit in baking for my family this weekend.

    I come from a family with up to 7 kids and 2 adult so when I baked it had to be big, if we wanted more than 1 serving, and we all have sweet teeth, forget tooth. So big batch baking really doesn't phase me as much as it would others. When I was in cooking school the baking chef was amazed I had gotten my cookies done as fast as I did. As much as I love to bake I could never turn it into a career, as I am not too much about perfect and pretty. I am about looking decent and tasting good. I don't fiddle with pie crust, I really don't like chocolate work, or making things that stand up on their own.

    Totally Awesome Pie Pastry
    Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:29 am Groupie
    A post and an edit and forgot to add. I got to see my Sister on Saturday for a few minutes, we were just on our way to the car after shopping, when I seen her hubby at customer service, so everyone went to the car while I went to hunt her down in the toy section. She has shaved her head because her hair falling out. I tried not to cry. Instead of Chemo on Friday she ended up in surgery for the 5th time. Another infection. They have removed both extenders because of infection. The Drs' are hoping that she can resume chemo this Friday. Fingers crossed.
    Bonnie G #2
    Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:27 am Groupie
    tasb - you are so right about the baking. Yesterday I made Buttermilk Cupcakes (Chocolate) and they were soooo good. A rich chocolate dream with a truly creamy chocolate frosting. My decorating wasn't so pretty, but the taste - OMG, perfect. At any rate, not being much in the way of baking I had NO idea it would make so many. So in the interest of "Feeling Fit" as soon as they cooled I prompltly (sp) packed up the majority of them and this morning sent them off to work with DH so that they wouldn't be sitting in the house tempting me, keeping only 6 of them in the house of which DH has already eaten THREE for breakfast; that's saying something too as he doesn't usually like cakes preferring breads and savory.

    You are so good with those kids, they are so lucky to have you.

    Here's a photo of my poor efforts at decorating - but they sure taste good.
    Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:21 am Groupie
    tasb, it's wonderful of you to let the children bake. I know you only handle small groups at a time. You still do a great job teaching the young ones how much fun baking can be.
    I'm glad that you got to see your sister even if only for a few minutes.

    Bonnie G, your cupcakes will fantastic.

    Jacqueline, do what your doctor recommends after surgery and your body will feal quicker.
    Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:40 am Groupie
    Bonnie: you do a better job decorating than I would do.I really need to learn how to decorate cakes and cookies one of these days.

    Thanks for the words of encouragement on my baking undertakings. I get so worried doing the Candy Cane Cookies as I am alone with a group of kids. But I don't know why I am, these kids are well behaved. I have only ever kicked 2 kids out of the kitchen, and it wasn't me doing to cooking lesson with them. One was horsing around, the other, he was being crude when poking a hole into dough, trying to impress a girl, something I DON'T tolerate. The language class was in teaching them, not me. I am evil too when I do baking lessons with the classes, I make kids touching hair, faces and whatnot keep washing their hands. One girl had to wash 4 times before she got around to baking. icon_twisted.gif

    Laury and Jac, how is your pain management going?
    Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:01 pm Groupie
    I am having another very bad day. It is 54 degrees and freezing. We can't turn on the heaters without having an asthma attack. I hope that I feel warmer soon. Tomorrow our apartment will be heated because it's between 2 apartments which usually always have the heat on.
    Bonnie G #2
    Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:42 pm Groupie
    Gosh Laury, that must be awful to not be able to use your heating, isn't there something the docs or you can do to fix that??? It sounds pretty cold to me, are you able to use air conditioning in the Summer???
    Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:20 pm Groupie
    We almost always have air conditioning going. It is survivable. Tom recently bought us new bedding. I found out that the blanket is an electric blanket. I can stay there even though it means staying off the computer.
    Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:18 pm Groupie
    Yikes Laury, I could never imagine not being able to use my heat. But then I do live in Canada where we need it 8 months of the year. icon_lol.gif Hope you get warm soon. Keep snuggled and warm.

    My first baking adventure is over an done with. I had the youngest kids in today. This morning to bake and this afternoon to decorate. Was an adventure. Of course as soon as I hand the dough out there is a sneeze, and a face just under table height. Tried not to have the most horrified look on my face. icon_eek.gif Oh well their parents will have to suffer with that one. We are freezing all the cookies until the whole school is done baking next Thursday/Friday, that way these kids will be able to get their cookies home to their families. The first year I did it, it was over the course of 2 afternoons and I handed out the cookies to the first day kids right away, well they got cookies bummed off them, with the promise to share, which never happened.
    Jacqueline in KY
    Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:15 pm Groupie
    tasb, I would have passed out with the sneeze. Our internet, cell phones, which I don't have one of, and Caller ID have been out since sometime through the night and just now came back on. Lucky for me I had a Christmas dinner to attend at the VFW, I was so dreading going because I don't care for it, although I am president of the Ladies Auxiliary, but glad I went when the internet was still out when I got home. Happy to say my dish was competely eaten. You know it seems when you dread something and you still do it, that is when you really have a good time. I don't drink, I mean I don't even smell the stuff and that's the main reason I don't like going to the VFW.

    tasb, I love cookies and those ginger snaps are something I'd try if I had someone besides myself to eat them. I love ginger cookies.

    Bonnie, I thought your cupcake was quite pretty. I have never had a buttermilk cupcake. I had a piece of Cushaw cake today, pretty good, didn't even know you could cook with it. I thought a Cushaw was just for show. Never too old to learn I guess.

    Laury, I cannot imagine no heat and depending on the neighbors to warm my apartment. I know I am cheap when it comes to turning on and up the thermostat. I keep my thermostat on 66 in winter and 70 in summer. I may stay covered up in the winter but it is worth it. I have an electric throw my sister bought and it doesn't use near as much electricity as my heat pump would if I turned it up a couple of degrees. Hope you are feeling better.

    I am trying to use my left hand to do some things with. I am practicing, but still praying that the roator cuff is not torn.
    Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:26 am Groupie
    I have a kinda funny but heart warming story to share.

    Today we were town shopping, I had 2 of the kids with me and hubby had the middle child. Well I was walking down this one isle and this older gentleman was walking towards me smiling, we were about 1/2 an isle apart, didn't know who this guy was, but looked familiar. Then the jean jacket and black cowboy hat gave him away. It was my dad, he had shaved off his beard and mustache, something he hasn't done since 1988-89. (He will kill me for calling him a gentleman).

    I came home and posted about it on FB, his wife came back and said she wasn't allowed to say anything about it until he talked to my older sister. He has shaved to support my older sister while she goes through Chemo, and will continue to until her hair grows back. Now that is why I called him a gentleman. As rough and tumble, man of little words he is, doing this, well it makes me cry just thinking about it. He has always been a great dad, always been there for us, even raised me and my sister as a single father for a couple years.
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