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'Taters are in! Onions, spinach, and kale, too!

Garden update!

That’s right…potatoes, onion, spinach, and kale are all in the ground and watered. I’m going to start everything else indoors tomorrow! I’m really excited! I believe I’m going to paint the garden….RED!!! I hope it doesn’t end up looking like a Christmas themed garden, though!!

And I’m munching on some more dates + walnuts! The Barhi dates are seriously TO DIE FOR! I am in LOVE! Thank you to those who suggested Brazil nuts, goat cheese, and bleu cheese as date stuffing! YUMMM!

And you may have noticed that I’ve seemed to catch up on EVERYONE’S blogs today! That’s a first in a long time! Amen for Friday’s off (at least most of Fridays!) 😀


Today’s NNM Topic: Gout

Gout is defined by the body’s inability to break down purine in the body. This results in a build up of urate crystals in the joints which results in painful inflammation. Purine is primarily found in foods of animal origin, with the exception of eggs and dairy products. Gout is treated with combination drug and diet therapy and typically affects more men than women.

Nutrition therapy for gout treatment includes:

Limiting protein intake to 10-15% of calories or 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight
50-55% calories from carbohydrate and 30% of calories from fat
Cholesterol intake should be limited to 300 mg or less each day
Obtaining or maintaining a healthy body weight
Alcohol, especially beer, should be avoided
Adequate fluid intake (2-3 L/day)


Thank you so to Melinda who passed this award on to me 😀

So, here is the deal.  Now I am supposed to leave 7 creative tidbits about myself, but only 1 is true.  This means 6 are lies…um…I mean false.  I will let you try to figure out which is true and which are false and let me know what you think.  Oh, and then I will graciously pass this award on to 6 other fantastic bloggers.

Here goes:

1.  I’ve competed in an Olympic triathalon.
2.  My friends think I should write a dating book because I give really good dating advice.
3.  Mr. Prevention and I met on the Chicago subway.
4.  I require 9 hours of sleep every night to function.
5.  I prefer to run outside than on the treadmill.
6. I play defense on my ice-hockey teams.
7.  My husband brings me donuts and coffee to bed on Sundays mornings.

Now, I get to pass this along.  I love all of the great blogs that I read and I only get to pick 6, so I’ll spread the love to some of my newer blog reads

1.  Joanne of Eats Well with Others
2. Tracey of I’m Not Superhuman
3. Andrea of Can You Stay For Dinner?
4. Kerstin of Cake, Batter, and Bowl
5. Cara of Cara’s Cravings
6. Evan of Food Makes Fun Fuel

Question: Which of the above statements is my TRUTH???

Giveaway Alerts!

Lauren of Eater Not A Runner is having a giveaway for her 300th post! Check it out!

Kristen of Eating RD is giving away what readers vote to recieve! And if you’re as excited as me about the Back to Basics Blender Express Plus, you’ll vote for that! Go here to enter!

Rachel of Coconut Crumbs is giving away a kitchen gadget of your choice! Go here to enter!

Happy Saturday, bloggies!! 😀 Hope it’s as beautiful near you as it is in Tulsa today!!!! 😉

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  1. March 6, 2010 / 6:23 am


    You are going to want extra soil for your potatoes as they grow I believe as 8 inches isn’t much room for them. But maybe you knew that already.

  2. intheskinny
    March 6, 2010 / 7:18 am

    Your garden looks AWESOME!

    I think you need to expand on #3 sometime. Maybe you already have, but I missed it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. March 6, 2010 / 7:20 am

    I think you play ice hockey.

  4. March 6, 2010 / 7:31 am

    Growing my own potatoes would be like a dream! That’s so cool!
    I want to say number 4; sometimes; I would definitely argue I need that much sleep.
    And thanks for the tag! Now what can I lie about…

  5. March 6, 2010 / 8:39 am

    Oohhhh, that reminds me!! On thanksgiving there was an appetizer out that someone brought: cream cheese stuffed dates with walnuts on top! So amazing!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your garden looks great!! It’ll look even better RED!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. March 6, 2010 / 9:00 am

    I am going to guess #3, but that was tough, I think maybe #5 could be true too. Oh well, we’ll see. Great lies in there too since I just can’t figure it out.

    The garden looks like it is coming along great. I bet you can’t wait until things start spouting up.

  7. March 6, 2010 / 9:14 am

    Wow girl–your on a roll with the garden! I wish I had ambition like that, but my grandpa has a 3 acre farm with every veggie imaginable, so I won’t do without lots of fresh produce and herbs–can’t wait! Good luck with yours! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. March 6, 2010 / 9:56 am

    Thanks for the giveaway link! Also, my dad has gout so I’m going to email him this blog post. Thanks and happy Saturday!

  9. March 6, 2010 / 10:07 am

    Kale is one of my favorite things in the garden. It grows abundantly and is easy to maintain, even organically. Plus, it’s perfect for fresh summer green smoothies!

  10. March 6, 2010 / 10:32 am

    FUN! I think that number 3 is the truth! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great Saturday, Nicole!

  11. March 6, 2010 / 11:08 am

    waiting to c your new painted garden…sounds exciting..and congraz on your award,u truely deserve it

  12. March 6, 2010 / 3:24 pm

    I am so jealous of your garden. I would love to be planting.

    I think #3 is true.

  13. March 6, 2010 / 3:44 pm

    I think #3 is true… maybe…

    My dad has gout! I’ll share these tips with him! Thanks!

  14. March 6, 2010 / 4:24 pm

    i hope #3 is true! interesting stuff about gout, my grandparents on my mom’s side both have it! yay you planted all of my faves!

  15. March 6, 2010 / 5:02 pm

    Hooray for getting your garden in!! Can’t wait til I see some green ๐Ÿ˜€

    And thanks for the gout info – my husband has flair ups at least a couple times a year!

  16. March 6, 2010 / 5:41 pm

    I love watching your garden progress – it makes me realize I need to get working on planting my raised bed. Oh gosh – once the little sprouts start popping up – then it’s like this daily watching game (for those of us who are like that)… It’s awesome growing food that you’re going to eat. It just tastes better – and not from a pure flavor standpoint, but from the “dude I made (well cultivated) this” standpoint. You get to go out to your garden and pick things from dinner and go YAY! I forget your plan at the moment – but if you don’t have basil in there, I would definitely recommend adding that in later in the spring – pesto pesto pesto!

    • Nicole
      March 6, 2010 / 8:33 pm

      I know! I’m so excited!

      Oh basil is a for sure! I spend a small fortune in basil in the winter months! I’m actually going to do my basil in a planter than I can get out of the Oklahoma sun some. I’m afraid it’ll just wilt under the constant 100+ degree days! : )

  17. March 6, 2010 / 7:00 pm

    I think number 2 is right but sorta want it to be number 7 because that would be GREAT!

  18. eaternotarunner
    March 6, 2010 / 8:30 pm

    Thanks for blogging about my giveaway! I hope you guys met on a Subway, that would be cute ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. March 7, 2010 / 7:42 am

    Met on a subway!

    I’m glad your garden is growing well.

  20. March 7, 2010 / 12:37 pm

    LOVE the raised garden! My SO and I are planning one, though it will be odd shaped, I’m super excited!

  21. Elaine
    March 7, 2010 / 10:12 pm

    I’m reading your posts out of order today, so I already know the answers… But, a bit of advice re: painting your raised bed-don’t bother. If the wood you used to build the bed is untreated, it will age very nicely and look natural. However, if you paint, you’re setting yourself for a chore when it starts to peel and look unsightly. Just something to consider. Looking forward to watching your garden grow.

  22. March 8, 2010 / 7:08 pm

    I am late to the game, but thank you so much! Now I’ve gotta come up with some really creative stuff. I have not read ahead fortunately, so for your truth, I’ll go with… your friends think you should write a dating book! You give great nutrition advice, why not dating too?

  23. March 11, 2010 / 10:04 pm

    Awww, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I pick number 3! I wish number 7 was true for me every once in awhile though ๐Ÿ™‚

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