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Old 12-29-2013, 02:15 PM   #1081
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Alisa, so good to hear from you, doll! Glad you had good holiday weather and even happier that you had a great time with your family. You just keep getting thinner and more beautiful than ever -- we are all very proud of you!

Tony's family went home today and as much as I love them, now our vacation begins! I fixed us a nice low carb meal -- grilled chicken on low carb rolls, salad and low carb cheesecake for dessert while we watch the Patriots play the Buffalo Bills in the pouring rain -- LOL! I am so happy and grateful to be back to our regular routine even though we love his family a whole bunch. Hope you guys are well. Lots of love to all -- xo xo xo
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:58 PM   #1082
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:57 AM   #1083
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:00 AM   #1084
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Happy new year, Gail!

I forgot to post how I made the ham soup. I soaked white great northern beans in the fridge for two days while I made the ham stock for two days--roasted ham bone and scraps, carrots, celery, onion, parsley, and bay leaf. After straining, I refrigerated and pulled the fat off. Sautéed garlic, onion, celery, and carrots, added stock, an hour later added strained beans, an hour or so later added more ham, then added a good bit of Cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper and cooked until the beans and veggies were soft. I added thawed chicken stock as the beans sucked up all the ham stock. Then I cooked two pcs of thick bacon super crispy, crumbled them up in the soup, and when it was done, I made a roux with reserved ham stock, scraped up bacon grease, a little ham lard I removed from the stock, and Konjac flour, and added that to the simmering soup before serving. It made it nice and creamy. To make it low carb, I usually use black soybeans in everything but I wanted to make my MIL the old school look and taste since she said she hadn't had it since she was a kid. I made rice and cornbread for the carb-lovers. I made the soup in my Ninja (the crockpot thing, not the blender =)) so all one pot. It had good layers of flavor making it long and slow.
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:21 AM   #1085
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:35 AM   #1086
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You have done so well through this holiday season! Good for you Gail!!!

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Old 01-01-2014, 01:15 PM   #1087
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Happy New Year Dolls! I hope 2014 is good for all of us!
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:01 PM   #1088
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Happy New Year Gail! I know this will be a GREAT year for you!
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Old 01-02-2014, 03:00 AM   #1089
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Hi Gail! Are you in a Winter Wonderland again!?!
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:55 AM   #1090
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Susan, yes, I woke up to a bunch of snow and freezing cold. Fortunately, I am taking today and tomorrow off from work. I was supposed to go to NYC tomorrow to see my dermatologist in Manhattan and see friends but I canceled. I have been a bad dog eating wise -- Tony and I agreed to have a few cheat days after his family left. Now I have a nice low carb meal planned for today - grilled chicken, fresh green beans, salad.

We are supposed to get 12 inches of snow in Boston between today and tomorrow morning. Ugh! Hope everyone has a great day today! xo xo xo
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:38 AM   #1091
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Happy New Year Gail! I'm getting back on plan today as well. I don't know if you are getting the winter storm we just had, or if it's a new one. Lucky us, huh? The high here next Monday is forecasted at -10 without the windchill.. Kill me now! I am very thankful for a nice warm house and the beautiful winter wonderland view out my windows. When I do venture out I am thankful for a garage, heated seats and All Wheel Drive! I'll be staying pretty close to home with my computer and my kindle..
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:39 AM   #1092
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Hi Judy -- good to see you and Happy New Year! Our wicked storm is happening now -- I am seeing huge ocean waves, wild wind and lots of falling snow. Roads are really slippery too. We are inside with our tree still lit and lots of candles burning, watching a Sopranos marathon. I need to start cooking our main meal (grilled BBQ chicken, fresh green beans with garlic and ginger, salad) pretty soon.
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:39 PM   #1093
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Oh, you live on the water?! How lovely!!
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:47 PM   #1094
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Gail I think the snow is coming to you!! We are getting it bad now! I am taking off tomorrow already planned I was a sweaty mess of stress driving home, I hate snow!

Happy New Year to you and your Tony!!!!!

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Old 01-03-2014, 03:25 AM   #1095
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Boston looks like BRRRRRRRRRR..ston!
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:23 AM   #1096
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Stay warm, Gail! I can't believe the crazy weather everyone is having!
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:36 AM   #1097
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It is nuts here you guys -- we have like a foot of snow outside. We can't leave for another few hours. Tony and I have been having fun watching the crazy ocean -- the huge waves and high tide -- we are hoping we don't get any coastal flooding.

Amber, I agree with you about snow -- a little goes a long way with me. I am sick if it already and want spring to come. But enough whining from me -- at least I don't have to go anywhere today. Hope you guys are all well. Sending you lots of love!
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:45 AM   #1098
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It is ridiculous crazy snow here too...keep waiting for it to start slowing down. It started New years eve night, and really hasn't stopped yet. We were housebound for the past two days.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:46 AM   #1099
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Stay warm and cozy! We only have a few inches here. It's freezing and very windy, though.

I'd love to be watching the ocean right now!
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Gail I know you got hit there, it is so cold below zero here, I am hating life 13 days til Vegas, I cannot wait!!!!!! I love that bowl I have a zen friend who would love that!!!!!
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:57 AM   #1101
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ok , i love snow, but not sure I would like THAT much and being confined due to road conditions ! Hope it warms up soon. Stay safe and warm !
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:02 PM   #1102
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:19 AM   #1103
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Hey Gail I hope you are OK in all that snow up there, it is so cold here just nasty! I am going to use today to work on some projects that need to be addressed like my closet, might as well move all the stuff I cant pork into at the moment, and when I moved in it was summer so all the summer stuff is easier to see than the winter things, also our medicine chest, I try to go through that at New Years and get rid of expired stuff and stock up on things we need so we have it, so that is my plan today and cook and get ready for another week of snow and cold!
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:33 AM   #1106
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Sending good vibes to Gail.. She must have lost power and/or internet in the storm.. xoxoxo
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I hope all is well. We are getting hammered here. The coldest we have had in over 5 years. Tomorrow was supposed to be the first day back to school, and the schools have already canceled. Stay warm and safe.
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Wishing you well Gail. I hope you are safe and warm. We will actually see the teens starting tomorrow. 12 on Tuesday morning. Wow! For us that is COLD!
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Gail this is how crazy Sat -3, Sun 1, today 54 and pouring, and I am sick, Whaaaa!!!!!! Hope you are OK up north we had a major freezing rain storm yesterday!
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