#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Long time no blog OR: And you thought I was dead

I’m alive and well, and down 3.6 pounds as of last Wednesday’s Weight Watchers meeting.

I’m not sure why I haven’t blogged this week–it just seemed that something popped up every time I wanted to start.  :)

I’m writing, of course, and deep into the study of THE COURSE IN MIRACLES–and I’ve been making the occasional artist trading card, too.  I’ve fallen head over heels for the art of Amedeo Modigliani–WOW.  (Check him out online if you’re not familiar with his work.)

I didn’t do much gardening this year, but Jeremy put in some tomato plants last spring, and they’re ripening now. Yum.  There are few better foods, in my opinion, than a fresh tomato still warm from the summer sun.  Hard to believe these luscious morsels were thought to be poisonous, way back when.  I wonder–who was the first intrepid soul to throw caution to the wind and take a bite?  :)  (Or, alas, made the decision to end it all in the same way.)  In either event, the tasty fruit must have come as a surprise–Holy Delicious, Batman, this thing is GOOD–especially when it failed to bring on instant death.  (If only they’d known about sliced bread and Miracle-Whip Lite, a combination which, in my humble opinion, is flat-out THE most scrumptuous way to consume a tomato, although I also love them with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mozzerella cheese, or in salads, or stewed and mixed with whole-grain pasta….)

Speaking of food, here’s a tip I got from Goldie Taylor, when she and Buck visited last weekend.  Chop watermelon into cubes, stir in some fresh mint and a slosh of balsamic vinegar, chill awhile or serve immediately, topped with Feta cheese.  Goldie adds pecans, but, like many cowgirls, she’s a size nothing and can get away with it.  I left out the nuts and used reduced-fat cheese–hey, I have to weigh in on Wednesday morning)–and my version was scrumptuous.  I also tasted a lovely cold salad recently, made with finely-chopped kale and fresh cranberries, though the other ingredients remain a mystery.  Does anybody out there in Parable have a recipe for something similar?  Kale is seriously good for you, but it’s pretty bitter by itself, so I’m looking for ways to jazz it up a little, without breaking the points bank in the process.

Sheesh, now I’ve gone and made myself hungry.

That’s about all the news that’s fit to blog, my friends–things have been blessedly peaceful here on the ranch.  Tune in tomorrow, when I’ll announce last week’s contest winners.  No worries if you’re not one of them–the new round starts immediately.  All you have to do is comment, and you’re entered.

In the meantime, take care and be extra-kind to critters and folks who seem a little down-in-the-mouth.  A smile or a gentle word can work miracles.

49 comments to “Long time no blog OR: And you thought I was dead”

  1. Patty
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 6:00 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss…May you have a blessed week…



  2. Patricia Taylor
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 6:02 pm · Link

    I marvel at your ability to keep losing weight. I just look at food and gain a pound or two.



  3. Sue McCormick
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 6:13 pm · Link

    About Modigliani; we had a Modigliani print hanging in our house when my son was about 13. He was interested enough to seek out other works. His final analysis was that Modigliani printed “pretty pictures of ugly ladies.” I hope this gives all you fans a good laugh.



    • linda
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        · August 4th, 2014 at 11:37 am · Link

      That’s a pretty good way of sizing it up!



  4. Gwenda Underwood
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 6:37 pm · Link

    Congrats on the over 3 lb loss!! I can lose fairly easy, but can’t seem to keep off, requires a life change I don’t seem able to embrace yet!!



  5. Marilyn Fish
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 6:54 pm · Link

    To me your weight loss journey has been incredible. I have been a Weight Watcher as well and believe in the program. Your progress has been inspiring. I love hearing about it. Have a great week.



  6. Ruby Norwood
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 6:56 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss!! and you are so right about being extra kind to critters, and a smile and a gentle word can work miracles!! You just made me feel better today by reading your blog, you seam so jolly and have a way with words guess that is why you are such a good author. Good info also today!!



  7. nicole franco
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 6:59 pm · Link

    You are an insperation Linda! Glad you had a nice time with Newly and his cowgirl!



  8. Betty Hamilton
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 7:04 pm · Link

    Congratulations on your weight loss! You seem to be doing fantastic. I’ve lost 10 lbs, but it took me 3 mos. to do it. :-o



  9. judy
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 7:14 pm · Link

    I thought that I had miss your blog last week. Congrats on your weight lost. Glad you had a good week.



  10. Paula L Rollins
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 7:25 pm · Link

    Our county fair is now over and it is time to get the grandkids ready for school…my oldest grand child is headed to her first year of college…I will miss her so much but want the world for her….hoping to find time to read a little. THANK YOU so much for THE MARRIAGE PACT book I received in the mail last week it means the world to me….May you, your family and friends and associates have a great week. :lol:



  11. Norma Stanforth
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 7:32 pm · Link

    Linda congratulation on your 3.6pounds of weight loss that is wonderful keep up the great work.
    Having fresh food out of the garden is always so nice. You can’t bet fresh food. Hope everyone has a wonderful week and God’s blessings to all,and i love you all.
    As always your friend,
    Norma



  12. Patricia McLeman
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 7:35 pm · Link

    Why not buy a nutribullet, if you don’t already have one and put in a handful of kale and add fruit and berries and water and blitz it to
    drink without the bitter taste coming through at all. No extra calories or points either.
    P.S. Handful of almonds a day sweep through the body and clear out the debris including fat. Hope this helps. X :



    • linda
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        · August 4th, 2014 at 11:39 am · Link

      Good idea!



    • Rita Crofoot
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        · August 4th, 2014 at 1:36 pm · Link

      I use kale in my smoothies too, it disappears, and makes me feel really righteous.



  13. Alice Crocker Johnson
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 7:39 pm · Link

    Congrats on the WW weight loss, you have done a wonderful job!! My Weight Watchers has been interrupted this summer. Moved with my daughter from South FL (just north of Palm Beach, FL ) to Little Rock AR to join my granddaughter & her husband. We are still unpacking, 3100 sq ft takes a lot of stuff ;) We are leasing a smaller home (with full finished basement) until can decide whether or not to buy or build! Not sure we will stay in this part of LR, we may go to a small town north… for this nearly 80 year old, the traffic in our area is a bit of a problem… worse on the side streets than I -30. Worse than I- 95 & the turnpike in FL :(



  14. Hilda
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 7:56 pm · Link

    HI, Linda. Glad all is well with you. Gloria and I were asking each other if we had missed your blog and wondering if you were okay. I love kale cooked and mixed with potatoes and Kielbasa or other similar sausage – it’s a standard Dutch winter meal. I recall having to wash the fresh kale three or four times to make sure all the sand was out of it. Then chopping, then cooking, adding milk, butter, salt and pepper, then mixing it with mashed potatoes and cut-up Kielbasa. Not a “pretty” dish, but total COMFORT FOOD. Sure wouldn’t make it in the summer though. I tried blending it with fruit, but I just couldn’t get past the color (very green), shame on me. I also was told mixing veggies and fruit in a blender takes away some nutrients, but I don’t remember which one(s) or even if the source was reliable. (Could fruits and vegetables possibly work against each other? Does anyone know?)



  15. Lois Rotella
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 7:58 pm · Link

    Glad all is well. I love fresh picked tomatoes from the garden. They are yummy. Have a great week !!!



  16. Carol Miller White
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 8:25 pm · Link

    Linda, good to read your blog :) I have not been here for a while myself as I recently had a double mastectomy and am in recovery mode. I am reading and enjoying your latest book :) I love tomatoes, too!



    • Gloria
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        · August 3rd, 2014 at 8:32 pm · Link

      Carol, I pray you have a full recovery and get well soon, or sooner. God be with you.



    • linda
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        · August 4th, 2014 at 11:40 am · Link

      God bless you! Praying for your speedy recovery.



    • Patricia McLeman
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        · August 4th, 2014 at 8:08 pm · Link

      Carol, sorry to hear about your double mastectomy. Enjoy all the tomatoes you love, remember full of Licopene which can help you now. Prayers for speedy full recovery
      Patricia Mc x



  17. Gloria
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 8:30 pm · Link

    Hi Linda! Glad to see you back, and glad your weren’t sick, or down in the dumps. I was going to the dump yesterday, and asked my brother if he needed a new hat. He said No. Undoubtedly, he hadn’t heard that old joke.

    Have a good and Godly week, Linda and everyone.



  18. Diana E.
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 8:39 pm · Link

    So glad to hear from you today. I love fresh tomatos too. I don’t garden but can get them at the local Farmers Market, yumm! Congratulations on your weight loss, that’s wonderful. Blessings.



  19. Pat Yates
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 9:01 pm · Link

    We lost my Momma’s youngest brother on Wednesday of last week so I haven’t missed your blogs. Sorry! I did turn on my computer as soon as I put things away and read it. Congratulations on your weight loss. Love how you talked about tomatoes! I grow tomatoes and can them in quarts along with my own recipe for tomato sauce. The Sandwich sounds great but it needs slices of onion too. God Bless and have a productive week.



    • linda
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        · August 4th, 2014 at 11:41 am · Link

      My condolences on the loss of a loved one.



  20. Leanna
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 9:14 pm · Link

    Glad everything is ok. I love fresh tomatoes from the garden.



  21. April Mc Vey
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 9:24 pm · Link

    I think weight watchers will tell you the nuts are good fats for your diet. They are one of the muffs fats that keep you from getting hungry quick and the fiber is good for digestion.



  22. Terri Shortell
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 9:27 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the weight loss. I will be getting weighed on Wednesday so I hope I get good news. Been afraid to weigh myself at home but have my fingers crossed. :-P I agree about fresh tomatoes. Love them on bread with mayo. Yummy!! Hope everyone had a great weekend. It’s been sunny here but looks like a storm is rolling in. Good luck to everyone regarding the giveaway. ;)



  23. Pamela Devereux
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 9:28 pm · Link

    Glad to hear about the weight loss. You are doing really well. We understand if we don’t hear from you. We know you are working on your next book. We love you!!



  24. Billie Sanders
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 9:49 pm · Link

    Missed you this week, Linda.
    Congrats on the weight loss.

    Billiesue



  25. Roberta Giordano
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 10:19 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the weight loss. I had loss 10 lbs during month of July. Then I went and severed a tendon in foot. I am stuck in this huge heavy black boot. Have to wear 24 hours a day for three months. So now I am afraid I am going to gain that 10 lbs or more back! I hope not. It’s been two weeks and I don’t think I have gain anything yet, but then again I haven’t really been eating,I just have no appetite. Well have a great week Linda!



  26. sue gulley
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 10:25 pm · Link

    watermelon/b vinegar sounds good need to try!



  27. Jerri Brown
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      · August 3rd, 2014 at 10:55 pm · Link

    Albertsons makes an incredible kale salad.
    The ingredients include kale, sliced red onions, a few carrot slivers,
    Sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, edemome dressed with a light pomegranate dressing. Very healthy and easy to replicate.
    Enjoy!



  28. Juanita Rice
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      · August 4th, 2014 at 12:57 am · Link

    Kale enough to make two or three servings of salad, dried cranberries, crumbled feta, frozen blueberries (they thaw in minutes), glazed walnuts (optional).

    Dressing: 2 tablespoons fruit flavored balsamic (I like blueberry or raspberry), 1 teaspoon honey. Whisk together with approx. 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil. Drizzle over salad. :)



  29. Donna
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      · August 4th, 2014 at 8:54 am · Link

    Glad to hear WW is working for you. I know it heard to stick to a diet when we love to eat. I know I do!!



  30. Anne Sines
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      · August 4th, 2014 at 9:31 am · Link

    hi ms.miller, I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT HOW MUCH I ENJOY YOUR BOOKS. I HOPE YOU KEEP THEM COMING FOR YEARS YET.
    THANK YOU FOR THE PLEASANT HOURS I HAVE SPENT READING THEM. ANNE



  31. PHYLLIS
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      · August 4th, 2014 at 9:35 am · Link

    I THINK YOU WOULD GREATLY ENJOY THE BOOK ‘TOMATOLAND’ LINDA. I WAS UTTERLY FASCINATED BY IT AND, AS I RECALL, PRETTY MUCH READ IT IN ONE SETTING. I LEARNED A HUGE AMOUNT. I THEN HAD TO GO BACK AND REREAD AND HIGH LIGHT PERTINENT INTO TO PASS ON TO MY KIDLETTES. AND FRIENDS. :wink:



  32. Joyce M.
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      · August 4th, 2014 at 10:13 am · Link

    My dh never heard of a tomato sandwich until we got married.



  33. carole
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      · August 4th, 2014 at 12:21 pm · Link

    I love tomato’s had a great crop so I canned some and made salsa and of course ate them on a sandwich of popped a few cherry tomato’s in my mouth! Hope you have a great week and congrats on your weight loss, I’m at my goal so I’m quite happy! Have a good week!



  34. marilyn
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      · August 4th, 2014 at 12:46 pm · Link

    It sounds like you had a great weekend. Take care of yourself this week try to stay cool.



  35. Rita Crofoot
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      · August 4th, 2014 at 1:33 pm · Link

    Okay, Kale is right down my alley, first to get rid of the bitter, when you sautee it with onions, and or bacon and garlic, at the end add a splash of chicken broth, it gives the bitterness a place to go. You will love it.
    Second my favorite salad is a massaged kale salad, you actually lightly massage the cut kale with a little kosher salt and a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and some lemon juice. then add onion ,mango, or peach, or any other fruit or berries, a couple tsp honey and salt and pepper, Recipe calls for a little toasted seeds or nuts, optional but really good.



  36. Fran F
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      · August 4th, 2014 at 2:11 pm · Link

    Congratulations on your most recent weight loss. Keep up the good work.



  37. Teresa W
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      · August 4th, 2014 at 4:15 pm · Link

    Tomatoes right outta d garden, blt’s (can use turkey bacon), don’t forget fried grn tomatoes. Its all yum. Congradulation on 3 more lbs. Reading alot on my nook, paper & hrd cvrs will wait after surgery. Its waiting, waiting, waiting… Will have to have something to occupy time. Reading blogs & checking out FB will only take up so much time. Have a great week.



  38. Brenda Miller
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      · August 4th, 2014 at 5:12 pm · Link

    I agree that there is nothing better than a homegrown tomato. Growing up on a farm, we used to take the salt shaker to the garden and eat them fresh off the vine. Most other veggies you can tolerate from the store, but homegrown tomatoes are hard to replace.

    As to ideas about kale, check out the following:
    thepioneerwoman.com and her tastykitchen.com (can find all kinds of special diet recipes)
    elanaspantry.com (paleo and gluten-free)
    marksdailyapple.com (paleo)
    These are just a drop in the bucket, but they will give you lots of healthy food ideas.

    Always enjoy your books and have for a long time. Keep up the good work!! Your books never come out fast enough!



  39. Michele B
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      · August 4th, 2014 at 6:54 pm · Link

    I love fresh tomato sandwiches. Gotta be Hellman’s/Best Foods for me though. It’s the only time I still eat white bread and I lay the mayo on so thick, I have to eat it over the kitchen sink. Ahh, guilty pleasures!

    I think tomatoes (and eggplant) were avoided because they are in the deadly Night Shade family. They are listed as a no-no for Type A in the Blood Type Diet too. I mostly ignore that part though because giving up the Eggplant Parmesan in my life, is not an option.



    • Lorelei Sawtelle
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        · August 11th, 2014 at 11:28 am · Link

      There is a plant that grows in the south that looks like tomatoes. Someone may have died from eating that!



  40. Lorelei Sawtelle
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      · August 11th, 2014 at 11:27 am · Link

    Love fresh tomatoes, too. Not warm though. Picked dozens and dozens of tomatoes last week. Picked one very ugly tomato horn worm this morning. He saw the error of his ways and is now directing traffic in the street by my house. (He isn’t good at it.)

    I love that you make up silly songs. I wrote a silly song on my way home from Tulsa on Tuesday. (I was in a borrowed convertible–fresh air therapy–and passed an old two tone truck. You know the kind. The cab is one color and the bed is another. . .) I was jealous because he had a truck and I did not. So I wrote a song about being jealous. I put it on paper when I got home. My hubby and kids thought it was awesome. I think Toby Keith could take it to #1.

    Blessings to you and yours.



  41. Tiffany M.
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      · September 2nd, 2014 at 10:58 pm · Link

    Hi, Congrats on the we weight loss. I just wanted to let you know, the story of the first public consumption of the tomato was in Salem, N.J on September 26,1820. A man named Robert Gibbon Johnson posted a notice that he would publicly eat a tomato on the court house steps at noon. Everyone of course gathered thinking they were going to witness a public suicide. The local police tried to stop it, and failed. Noon came, and he ate the tomato. Surprise!!! He lived. Of course its just a story, there’s been no real proof to back it up, but that hasn’t stopped it from getting into our history. The story says he proceeded to eat a whole bushel, which probably would’ve killed him anyways. I know this is late but I’ve been behind on my reading. Thank you for ALL your wonderful
    books, I can’t get enough of them, and tend to read them several times each. :lol: god bless



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