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Salad of the Moment: Scallops and Spinach Salad

This weekend I had a salad so delicious that it inspired me to start a new blog category – salad of the moment.

I don’t know if this is a type-A trait or just something that I do, but when I see/do/eat something I like, I watch/do/eat it over and over again until I get my fill.

The scallops and spinach salad at Romano’s Macaroni Grill is my new addiction and I plan to eat it as much as possible.

The salad is seared sea scallops with fresh spinach wilted and tossed with aged prosciutto, roasted garlic, fresh lemon and extra virgin olive oil.  It weighs in at a modest 330 calories, 4 grams of fat and 16 grams of carbs.

It is pure deliciousness.  One fair warning … this salad is garlic-laden so if you plan on going on a date or job interview, do not eat this salad until after.  You WILL smell like garlic. 

Buon Appetito.

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Fifteen Reasons to Donate Blood

I went in for my bi-monthly blood donation appointment today.  No matter how many times I donate, I still get a little nervous and queasy if I think about it too much.

All that said, there is never a doubt in my mind before, during or after the donation that it is the right thing to do.  I saw firsthand the importance of blood donation when my stepfather went through a grueling treatment for leukemia a year ago.  His blood transfusions were vital to his recovery.

If you’re on the fence about donating, here are some reasons (some selfish and some selfless) to do it:

  1. Whether you know it or not, you likely know someone who is alive today because of a blood transfusion they received.
  2. It is free to donate.
  3. There are a number of reasons that someone may need a blood transfusion, such as surgery (hip replacement), cancer treatment (chemo), burn victim, or a bad car accident.
  4. People of all ages can accept blood transfusions, including babies and children.
  5. You get to eat as many treats as you want after you are done donating.
  6. If you are a blood-type match with a loved one, your donation can be designated for a specific person in need.
  7. Most of the time there are major deficits in blood banks.
  8. You’ve got plenty of blood to spare.  The average adult has 10-12 pints of blood in his or her body.  Your body replenishes the blood deficit within 24 hours.
  9. It doesn’t hurt.
  10. Geography doesn’t matter.  There are blood banks and mobile donation centers every where.  If you can’t find one, most hospitals take donations directly on site.
  11. At any time you may need blood to help you survive.  You better bet at the time you need blood you’ll be grateful to those people who donated to you.
  12. While donating, you’re surrounded by nurses and health care professionals. If you faint or something goes wrong, you’re in good hands.
  13. You get a free health screening.  After donating you get information on your cholesterol, blood pressure, pulse and more.
  14. Some organizations, like the San Diego Blood Bank, offer incentive points for each donation made that can be redeemed for cool prizes like jackets, beach chairs and gift certificates.
  15. The people at the blood banks are so kind, cheerful and very grateful that you came.  From the time I arrive until the time I leave, I am told “thank you for donating” at least 10 times.

If you are in San Diego County, here are a few places you can go to donate:

If you’re on the fence, I’d be happy to answer questions for you or even schedule my next appointment with you so we can donate together.

Give blood.  Give life.

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Public Restroom Etiquette – Chick Style

If you are a man or if you have a man in your life you know there is an unspoken code of public restroom conduct for men. For example, guys don’t talk to the other guys while in the bathroom; guys don’t look down while using the facilities; and if there are multiple urinals open, guys need to leave one open in between himself and the other guy.

Why don’t women have a similar code?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a public restroom where women are trying to have a conversation with me over the bathroom stall wall while we are both using the facilities.  Or, how about the woman who uses the public restroom as her own personal powder room and hogs the entire sink area so she can brush her teeth, curl her hair and get her make-up perfect for some imaginary photo shoot?

Ladies, it must stop! Public bathrooms are not a place any of us should want to spend lengthy periods of time.  They are stinky, germ-laden places designed as a public convenience to privately dispose of waste.

While I know it has been done before (see the International Center for Bathroom Etiquette site), I am taking the liberty to create a working code of female conduct for public restrooms.   Please feel free to add to it in the comments section as you see fit.

1. If you are in a conversation with another women while entering the bathroom, it must end within 15 seconds of either woman entering a stall.

2. When you exit the stall, wash your hands, dry them and get out.

3. If your cell phone rings while you are in the bathroom, do not answer it. The person on the other end of the phone does not want to talk to you while you are in the restroom and the other women in the restroom don’t want to hear your conversation.

4. Do not gossip in the bathroom. You never know whose feet are under the other stalls, plus conversations carry outside the main bathroom door.

5. If you must reapply your lipstick or brush your hair, step aside and do so after the other ladies have had the chance to wash their hands. Don’t monopolize the communal sink area.

6. If you enter the restroom with your friend, don’t feel that you have to clog up the limited space in the bathroom waiting for her.  She may want privacy and even if she doesn’t, she is a big enough girl to come find you outside when she is finished.

7. If you see, hear or smell something askew in one of the stalls.  Don’t feel the need to comment.  Have some class and only discuss it with the other ladies in the bathroom if it will pose a hazard to them (i.e. an over-flowing toilet).

8. If you must change your clothes in a public restroom, have the courtesy to let other women waiting go ahead of you.  If there is no one waiting before you go in to change, be sure to change your clothes swiftly in case some one gets in line after you’ve entered the stall.

9. Get ready at home.  Do not use public restrooms as your private bathroom. 

10. Keep idle chatter to a minimum.  It is fine to compliment the woman at the sink next to you on her dress, but leave it at that.  Strike up the lengthier conversation after you have both left the bathroom.

I’ll never claim to be Miss Manners, but, like men, women need to have some public restroom guidelines.

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Model Call!

Luck has been on my side lately.  At a networking event raffle I won a gift certificate for a mini-facial from Mari Symington of Model Call Salon and Spa in Hillcrest.

Friday was my day to beautify so off to see Mari I went.  Model Call Salon and Spa is a very hip, upscale place on Park Blvd. that offers treatments on everything from hair, to nails to massage.  And of course, facials.

Mari is the sweetest thing you’ve ever met.  She made me feel very comfortable and we chatted like we were old friends.  The facial was one of the best I’ve had.  She used products that were not harsh on the skin and had hands that worked magic.  It was a very relaxing experience.

If you are looking for a good aesthetician, it seems like you’d be hard pressed to go wrong with Mari.  Give her a call at 619-296-8021 or e-mail her at mari.symington@yahoo.com to set up an appointment.  She specializes in waxing, peels, facials, brow and lash tinting and body treatments.

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A Trip to the Doggie ER

No one ever wants to have to go to the emergency room, whether for a human or an animal.  Last night we had to go.

When I got home my elderly wiener dog Gary had a terrible limp and was whimpering in severe pain.  We checked his paw for glass or a splinter and his leg for a tender area, but couldn’t find a thing. 

 Being new to the 15 corridor area, our primary vet is still in Bay Park and we have never gone to an ER by our new house.  On the Internet we relied. 

Gary resting at home on his new orthopedic aero bed for dogs.

The first place that popped up when we did a search was the Poway Animal Emergency Clinic.  So off we went.

It turns out that Gary has a bulging or ruptured disk in his neck; I’ll get the full details after we visit our primary vet for radiology this afternoon. 

But I am writing this post to tell you about the Poway Animal Emergency Clinic as it was a wonderful place and one I would recommend if you ever have a situation arise like we did. 

They are located on Poway Road near Carriage Drive.  The office is clean and the staff is friendly and attentive.  They are opened from 5 p.m. through the night.  Our vet communicated with Gary better than any other vet I’ve seen.  She sat down on the floor with him and let him get comfortable with her before she began treating him.  She spent the entire appointment sitting on the floor.  Gary was very receptive to her because of it.

She took plenty of time with us explaining what was going on, our options, the costs associated with treatment and the next steps.  The staff gave us an estimate of fees so we knew what to expect.  The prices were very reasonable. When I called our primary vet this morning they had already received a full report from the ER clinic before 8 a.m.

I hope we don’t ever have to visit the animal ER again, but if we do I will trust the Poway Animal Emergency Clinic with my dogs’ care in a heartbeat … and you should too.

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Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

You know you’re doing something right when your husband says “you’ve been making some of the best dinners ever lately.”  Believe it or not, all of my good cooking has come from Weight Watchers.  So not only are they tasting good, they are fairly healthy for us as well.

Last night I cooked my favorite recipe to date, so I had to share it with you.  Cheesy chicken enchiladas.  Even the name sounds good, right?

Here is the recipe.  Enjoy!

POINTS® Value:    6
Servings:  6
Preparation Time:  15 min
Cooking Time:  27 min
Level of Difficulty:  Easy

Ingredients

  1 spray(s) cooking spray   
  8 oz Kraft Velveeta Light Reduced-Fat Pasteurized Processed Cheese Product   
  1/2 cup(s) fat-free sour cream   
  1/4 cup(s) fat-free evaporated milk   
  1/4 cup(s) scallion(s), green part only, minced   
  1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes   
  3 cup(s) cooked chicken breast, chopped*   
  6 medium whole wheat tortilla(s), 7-inches each   
  1/4 cup(s) low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, sharp variety   
  6 medium olive(s), green, pitted, sliced   
  1/4 cup(s) salsa   

Instructions

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a 9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine cheese product and sour cream; cover and microwave on high power until cheese melts, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Remove half of melted cheese to a small bowl and stir in evaporated milk; set aside. Add scallions, red pepper flakes and chicken to remaining cheese mixture; stir to coat.
  • Spoon about 2/3 cup of chicken mixture down center of each tortilla; fold in sides of tortilla to cover filling and place tortillas in a single layer in prepared dish; spoon remaining cheese sauce over top and then sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and olives.
  • Bake until cheese topping is bubbly, about 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with salsa. Yields 1 enchilada per serving.

Source: WeightWatchers.com

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Seven Myths about Veggies

This article was sent to me by my best friend Laura, who is generally against eating her veggies.  Regardless, I found it interesting and wanted to share. 

Read on …

Veggies

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Is it healthier to eat raw veggies or to cook them? Is fresh broccoli more nutritious than frozen? Is eating iceberg lettuce a waste of time?

You may be surprised by the answers to these seemingly simple questions. In fact, there are several misconceptions when it comes to vegetables. The one universal truth is that most of us could be eating more of them.

As summer approaches, we have more vegetable choices than at any other time of year. Here’s a guide to what’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to eating your veggies.

For the full story, click here.

Source: Shine from Yahoo!

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