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The day started off well enough. I took a 7am Pilates Class and came home with quite a sweet build up… it was an intense hour long session.

When I came home I looked at the Book for the ingredients I needed for the menu:

Breakfast: 1tsp Barley Max Powder mix with 4-8oz Distilled Water

Mid Morning 8oz Juice Carrot, Apple, Broccoli Juice.

HINT: Broccoli contains a great amount of beta carotene as well as many other valuable nutrients that make it a powerful cancer-fighting food. Apples are the only fruit that can be used with either fruits or vegetables.

I went ahead and packed a bag with the Mid Afternoon 8oz Juice of Carrot, Cabbage, Celery Juice and a bottle of premixed Barley Max Powder for lunch.

Lunch: Nectarines until satisfied… but I didn’t have any at home so I made Mike stop at a Whole Foods while we were out. Mike wanted to drive over to Annapolis for the day and have lunch out there at the Marriott Hotels Restaurant on the Harbor. 

Annapolis Harbor & Chesapeake Bay

Annapolis Harbor & Chesapeake Bay

Before we even got to Annapolis, I had the Barley Max and the Nectarines… and I still felt hungry. So at the restaurant, I ordered this green salad and put Olive Oil and Vinegar on as dressing. I was quite big, so I unfortunately ate about half of the salad… munching on the Cucumbers, Carrots, Onions and Tomatoes mixed in there.

Thursday Menu Green Salad

Thursday Menu Green Salad

 Mid Afternoon 8oz Juice Carrot, Cabbage, Celery was on the road…. and it tasted really strong!

HINT: If your system is acidic this juice may cause you to feel gassy.

At home… I had my 1tsp Barley Max Powder 30 minutes before dinner.

Then I started preparing the menu for dinner… It had been a while since I made the Lentil, Barley Stew (both Mike and I love) so it was exciting. Along with the Lentil Stew I made a Broccoli Mix.

Thursday Menu Broccoli Mix

Thursday Menu Broccoli Mix

Broccoli Mix:

Ingredients:

2Cups Broccoli Florets

1Medium Tomato, cubed

1Red bell Pepper, sliced

1Cup Cucumber

1Sweet Onion

1Stalk of Celery

Directions: Wash vegetables, cut broccoli florets, cube tomato and slice red pepper. Peel and chop cucumber, chop onion fine, dice celery then combine.

Prepare a dressing: 1 peeled medium tomato in the blender, adding 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds and blending until creamy. To serve, make  a bed of fresh leaf lettuce greens, add a layer of vegetables, top with fresh dressing and add a sprinkle of sunflower seeds.

Thursday Menu Lentil, Barley Stew

Thursday Menu Lentil, Barley Stew

Lentil, Barley Stew:

Ingredients:

14oz Dried Lentils

1Medium Onion

2Stalks of Celery

3Cups fresh Tomatoes

1/2Cup Barley

1/2Tsp Cumin

4Cups Vegetable Soup Stock

2Cloves Garlic

4Medium Carrots

1Tsp Dried Rosemary

1/2Tsp Oregano

Celtic Salt

Directions: Peel and dice tomatoes, chop carrots and minced garlic. Dice celery and onion. In a soup stock pan, bring lentils, barley, onion, garlic, celery, carrots and vegetable stock to a boil, reduce heat to lowest temperature, cover, and simmer for 35 minutes. Add the tomatoes and seasonings, cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes longer or until the lentils are tender.

It was soooo good… and I’m wondering now, why I hadn’t made the stew before NOW!!!!

Grape Snack

Grape Snack

For a dessert, I had some Dark Grapes and that hit the spot.

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First thing Saturday morning, I got up to hit the Pilates Studio for an hour of core strength training. Plus I needed to work off the Blizzard I had the day before while we were on the road. But that Blizzard is nothing compared to what I managed to whip up later today.

We managed to bring all the vegetables, lettuce, and fruits from Florida to Maryland so nothing spoiled.  And from there, for lunch I made a great Vegetable Salad with an Oil and Vinegar Dressing.

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

1Red Bell Pepper

1Orange Bell Pepper

1/2Can of Chick Peas

5Small Cucumbers

2Tomatoes

1/4Red Onion

2Tbls Olive Oil

2Tbls White Wine Vinegar

1/4Tsp Coriander, Paprika, Crushed Pepper, Sea Salt

Directions: 

Wash, Peel and Chop up Peppers, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Red Onions in a bowl. Open can of Chick Peas, drain and add half of can to the bowl. Add Oil, Vinegar and Seasonings and mix.

I noticed some of the food I packed to bring to Maryland, there was a bag of Pearled Barley. So I cracked open my cookbook and looked up a recipe to make with Barley. I found the Barley Vegetable Soup and decided to make it, because again we hit Maryland just in time for it to snow on our parade. But I didn’t have all the ingredients it called for, so I improvised and mixed up something better!!!

Barley Vegetable Soup

Barley Vegetable Soup-Improvised

Barley Vegetable Soup:

Ingredients:

8Cups Vegetable Soup Stock or Water

2Stalks Celery

1Cup Green Beans or Mushrooms

1CupBarley, Uncooked

2Tbps. Parsley

1/2 Tsp. Marjoram or Coriander

1Cup Onions

2Parsnips or Turnips

1Cup Whole Peas

1Cup Carrots or Extra Celery

1Tsp. Sea Salt

1/2Tsp. Thyme

1/2Tsp. Cumin

1/2Tsp.  Garlic

Directions:

Chop Onions, dice carrots, celery, parsnips or turnips, slice mushrooms. Place in pot with small amount of water or soup stock and steam for about 10 minutes. Add the remainder of the water or soup stock and bring to a boil, add barley and allow coming back to a boil. Cover and turn down to low for about 45 minutes.  Add peas and mushrooms and all seasonings except parsley and continue cooking another 40 minutes. Mix in parsley just prior to serving.

Chocolate Cake w/Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cake w/Peanut Butter Frosting

While I was making that, Mike’s son wanted to make a cake. So I found a Betty Crocker Chocolate Cake Mix box and started adding the ingredients together: 3 Eggs, 1Cup Oil, and 1/2Cup Water. I had Mike’s son mix it together while I prepared the pan and 12 Ice Cream Cones to put the Cake batter into. We had some fun putting the batter into the Cones (we made a bit of a mess) but then got everything into the 350 degree preheated oven to bake for 25 minutes.   

Chocolate Cones w/Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cones w/Peanut Butter Frosting

We didn’t have any frosting, so Mike’s son looked up on U-Tube how to make a frosting. He settled on a Peanut Butter Glaze Frosting. He added 1Cup Peanut Butter, 1Stick Butter, 1/4Cup Milk and mixed it together for the Glaze. We poured it on the Chocolate Cake, the Chocolate Cake Cones, and I did a little decorating on them, because he just had a birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

So for dinner, we had the left over Vegetable SaladBarley Vegetable Soup and I managed to polish off 2 of the Chocolate Cake Cones.

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Sunday Soup

Vegetable Soup

Sunday Soup

Vegetable Soup

I’ve been feeling so much better these last couple of days… I must have over done it with the day at the Space Museum Saturday… and the stretching and weights these last couple of nights. My back is killing me again.!!!!

While we were at the Space Museum Saturday, we stopped for lunch at the indoor McDonald’s and I had a Southwestern Salad w/out the Chicken. Then we went to see the IMAX Theatre presentation of Space Exploration, which was great. Afterwards, we went home and hung out.

Mike made a Persian meal with Plums and Turkey Meat. It’s more of a stew and I ate that with some White Rice. For desert… I ate some Raspberries, Blackberries, Flaxseed, Whipped Topping and Leftover Ice-Cream.

I’ve been keeping up on my Carrot Juice and found a new drink Smoothie from Bolt house Farms Strawberries and Bananas. Tried some last night!

This morning… Sunday I woke up with throbbing back pain. After I took my morning vitamins and drank the Barley Juice. Mike made me another Veggie Soup: so I had some with Whole Wheat Bread crumbs.
Carrots
Celery
Cream Corn
White Beans
Barley

This soup stock however, was made with left over Turkey from last night’s meal.

As the day progresses, with me on the bed sitting on the heating pad, I’ve got my Carrot Juice, Almonds, Apple and Banana to munch on.:)

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Christmas Eve Lunch

Mike's Barley & Carrot Soup/Stew

Christmas Eve Lunch

Grilled Sweet Potatoes & Onions

Christmas Eve Lunch

Green Garden Salad

It’s tradition in my family to open one present on Christmas Eve… then go to Midnight Mass. This year I went to the Tyson’s Mall in Virginia with Mike so that he could by my gift… and I just opened it.!!!! Donna Karen’s Cashmere Mist Perfume.

So now, we’re getting ready to head out for Midnight Mass (10pm) at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. tonight. You have to have a ticket to get into the mass and I didn’t schedule ahead of time, so hopefully we’ll be able to get tickets tonight.?!?!

Both a little stuffed from lunch… we ate around 3pm because we had muffins and croissants this morning.

Lunch was a great Green Garden SaladGrilled Sweet Potatoes with Onions and left over Soup Mike’s Barley & Carrot Soup.

Green Garden Salad:
Baby Green Lettuce
Spinach
Orange Bell Pepper
Green Onions
Celery
Carrots
Tomato
Asparagus

Grilled Sweet Potatoes & Onions:
Sweet Potatoes
Onions
Olive Oil

Mike’s Barley & Carrot Soup:
Barley
Potato
Garlic
White Beans
Carrots
Lentils
Cabbage
Onions

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Maybe my ticket was called, when I indulged in some Sherbet Friday night at the movies.?? Or did it start earlier than that, when I was dipping into the Whipped Topping with my Fresh Fruit Desserts???

Anyway you cut it, I’m laid up with back pain making getting around slower than usual.:( And it also means, I’m not hitting the Pilates Gym (since Thursday) getting my usual cardio workout and physical exercise. So eating has somewhat fallen by the wayside.:(

Mike and I have been making some hearty soups to eat, to help beat the colder temperatures and I’ve been tossing my Green Salads. We’re using all the Vegetables and goodies we’re buying at the Costco and Giants Grocery Store, but it’s the extras that are getting me down.

Monday night, I indulged in a bowl of Strawberry Ice Cream.
Sunday afternoon, I indulged in a block of Hershey’s Chocolate with Nuts and a spoonful of Peanut Butter. This was a repeated snack from Saturday Night. I just had the urge for chocolate (and there’s a reason why!)
In addition to all these indulgences I’ve also been over doing it on the Whole Wheat Bread and taking extra servings of all these great soups.

Mike’s Minestrone (Vegetable) Soup:
He called it Minestrone Soup with out the noodles. I didn’t make either, so I’m just going to list the ingredients.
Cabbage
Carrots
Parsnips
Yellow Onions
Spinach
Zucchini
Squash
Tomato Paste
Diced Tomatoes

Mike’s Barley & Carrot Soup:
He actually told me he got the idea to make this soup after he read my Raw Recipe Cook Book. After reading the Lentils & Barley Soup Recipe and the Carrot Soup Recipe he made this version.
Barley
Potato
Garlic
White Beans
Carrots
Lentils
Onions
Cabbage

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I hurried home this afternoon…. because I had my Raw Veggie Salad on the brain. I finally made it home around 1pm and drank my Barley Max mix. It just so happened, Mikes son was over for lunch, so I sat with them on the balcony after I served the Veggie Salad and ate my Salad. It was so worth it!!!

Raw Veggie Salad

Then after lunch I tapped into the Flaxseed Cereal Mix….. it’s really sweet tasting so I think there’s some sugar in there that I can’t find on the box.

Later, Mike and I went shopping up in Saint Augustine… and we stopped in for dinner at Carrabba’s Restaurant. I had the Mediterranean Salad with Oil and Vinegar Dressing and the Rigatoni Martino without the Alfredo Sauce and Cheese. Plus, a glass of wine. It was happy hour afterall. But this evening… I’m drinking water. I’m on my first glass and hope to drink at least 2-3 glasses of water before bed. I’ve realized I’m not drinking nearly as much water as I should.. I’m drinking liquids, but not water by itself.!!!

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