Are you interested in Meme’s ??

What is a Meme you ask?

I like them. At least the ones I participate in.

In my other blog .. 1-800-HART .. I currently participate in two MEME’s … a photo meme (because I have a lot of photos in my website and in my website) and a music meme (because I have over 3000 mp3’s in my collection!)


Some of the pictures that end up in this gallery are breathtaking .. from REAL photoblogs and photographers around the world. If you make an entry, they have been archiving all of the links to previous weeks throughout the years. What a great archive to browse through – if you are bored and have lots of time on your hand!


I love to share and a few others are doing this too – Beside picking the music selections for this week’s meme .. participants are putting up these song selections to be available for download to listen to .. but, only for a short term period or by a number of download count. So, you can scoop some great music that you might not normally listen to! I work at home during the day and often listen to my 3000+ mp3’s all day on a random basis, so it’s nice to add a few new songs every once in a while.

I’m doing this as well – putting up the mp3’s for each of my selections … from Friday to Friday .. So, if you sign up for BLOGLINES or already collecting RSS Feeds .. go to my 1-800-HART site and subscribe to my RSS Feed .. you will know when I post entries .. and then you will have 7 days to download my selections .. until they get deleted from my server. Or, you can just bookmark this link too 🙂 1-800-HART’s Meme’s, and check back every weekend.

There are tons of meme’s out there … if photos and music are not your ‘Marmalade’ … start at the The Daily Meme and start clicking until you find something you like.

Take care.

And CRAZY (baby) makes seven ..

I have added (yet) another blog to my growing list of blog projects!

Oh cool .. “blog projects” .. that sounds important!


call HART crazy

So .. here is a recap of them all and the links … Please feel free to check them out .. and at the least, please feel free to add my RSS Feeds to your Bloglines. You can keep up to date with all of my ramblings .. and, my “feed counter” will become bigger! HART likes bigger things. They’re better.

Take care.

HART’s Blogs

call HART crazy
It’s really that simple. You either like it .. or you don’t.

1 – 8 0 0 – H A R T
HART’s mind works in mysterious ways … someone should take advantage of that.

1 – 800 – HART’s Picks
HART wants to show you things. All kinds of things. Good things. Things you could call your own. – [The Blog]
A Website For All Earthlings, Who Love Animals. – Blog
About Papillons .. The Dog Breed … Not The ‘Steve McQueen Movie’ …
The Personal Website of Hartley B. Singer and Yvonne Konig.

Corydon Clock
Antique Clocks, Watches, Novelties and Repair.

The History of Weight Watchers

The History of Weight Watchers

From a woman’s obsession with cookies to a worldwide weight-loss service

In September 1961, an overweight woman from Queens, New York, called a group of friends over to her house and confessed that eating cookies was her obsession. Her name was Jean Nidetch, and with that first admission she discovered that one of the most effective keys to weight control are “empathy, rapport and mutual understanding.” Her discovery resulted in a seventy pound weight loss and one of the most successful weight-control organizations in the world – Weight Watchers.

It all began when Jean, a 214-pound housewife who wore a size 44 dress, became discouraged by years of fad dieting. Desperate to lose weight, Jean attended a free diet clinic sponsored by the New York City Board of Health. Sticking grimly to their diet, Jean managed to lose 20 pounds, but then found her motivation waning. That’s when she picked up the phone, called a few overweight friends, and made her “cookie confession.” Her friends not only understood, they shared their “Frankensteins” too, as Jean called their food obsessions.

After that, the women came to Jean’s house each week for mutual support and sharing. They all lost weight, and the word spread. Soon, Jean was squeezing 40 people into her apartment. Together, they came to realize that losing weight was more than just a diet. It was all about changing habits and getting support and encouragement from people who cared.

Today, more than 41 years later, Weight Watchers still cares. It was this caring that enabled Jean’s “little group” to expand into an industry. The first steps came when Jean began holding meetings at other people’s houses. Two of these people, Albert and Felice Lippert, suggested that Jean set up weekly classes at a business location.


In May 1963, Weight Watchers was incorporated and the first public meeting was held in a loft in Queens. The meeting was not advertised, but to Jean’s astonishment some 400 people were waiting outside the loft when she arrived at 9:30 a.m. Since she had only rented 50 chairs, Jean and a friend, whom she recruited from the line as her assistant, spent that day meeting groups of 50 of the people who were waiting.

The company rapidly began to expand, as former members who had successfully completed the program and extensive training opened franchises throughout the U.S. and abroad. What had worked in Jean’s living room now works in meeting rooms from New York to California and from Australia to Brazil.

As the company grew in size, it also developed in the management and scientific areas, making it the state-of-the-art in weight loss and control. Changes were made to the basic Food Plan to reflect the most current nutritional findings. And, the Food Plan continues to evolve today, adjusting to fit the lifestyle needs of consumers, while still maintaining the highest standards for a nutritionally-balanced, healthful weight-loss and control program.

A behavior management program was designed by a leading psychologist, based on the belief that the best way to control weight is to change bad eating habits. And, in 1978, an Exercise Plan was added, making Weight Watchers one of the first organizations to stress the importance of walking as an aid to overall fitness.


This comprehensive approach to weight loss proved so successful that, in 1978, Weight Watchers International was sold to the H.J. Heinz Company.

Since its acquisition by Heinz, Weight Watchers has continued to grow and prosper. Weight Watchers now boasts more than one million members, who attend 29,000 meetings, in 27 countries.

Weight Watchers also offers a complete line of good-tasting, reduced-calorie, portion-controlled entrees, breakfasts, snacks and desserts in the supermarket. Manufactured by the Weight Watchers Gourmet Food Company, also an affiliate of H.J. Heinz, and by licensees, these items are designed to fit into the Weight Watchers food plan and can be used by members. Non-members interested in good-tasting, portion-controlled foods can use them too. A number of other products and services are also offered under the Weight Watchers trademark, like best-selling cookbooks, appointment calendars, exercise tapes, and a national magazine.


Through the years, Weight Watchers has taken its position as a leader in the weight-control industry very seriously.

In 1990, when the Secretary of Health and Human Services announced health goals for Americans, called Healthy People 2000, Weight Watchers was a major corporate sponsor. Weight Watchers Health Watch 2000 was later launched by Weight Watchers to help educate Americans that research shows that obesity is an independent risk factor for many major chronic diseases, including cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. Today, Weight Watchers continues to support initiatives to give Americans practical advice on how to lead healthier lives, focusing on such areas as weight control, nutrition, and physical fitness.

With this commitment to public health and education, Weight Watchers has shown, once again, that the caring which Jean Nidetch expressed in her Queens home, the caring that has guided the development and growth of Weight Watchers, will continue to help people change their lives for the better into the 21st century and well into the future.

© Weight Watchers International, Inc., owner of the registered trademark.
All Rights reserved.




I have created another blog today, at the following URL address:

About Papillons .. The Dog Breed … Not The ‘Steve McQueen Movie’ …

Because I already have another ‘Pet-Related’ blog … – [The Blog] .. which is filled with tons of tips and other good stuff .. I want this new blog to be strictly a photoblog about Papillon dogs.

So, if you have any PAPILLON picture floating around on your computer, please EMAIL it to me with a CAPTION. You can send it to with a subject line “Please add my Papillon to your Blog”. (You can send more than one).


Calling all Papillon Dog Owners around the world!

Week 18 – Weigh In

Week 18

Sep 17, 2005 – Sep 23, 2005

– This week – (1.8) pounds lost
– Cumulative – (29.8) pounds lost

– This week + 0.2 pounds gained
– Cumulative – (26.6) pounds lost

*sigh* Oh well .. you go up .. you go down .. Hopefully .. the trend will continue downwards .. Honestly, I thought I would be up about 3-5 pounds, because Last Saturday my flex-point count ended up something like 48 points (my daily allotment is 31) .. So, out of the 35 extra weekly flex points that were available, I was already half way spent. I think that had a psychological effect on me, because I noticed going through my log book, that times I might have a snack after midnight, and I was already in negative points for the day (twice) I just added the snack to the next day’s points .. instead of reducing my weekly flex bonus points. I got back on track by Wednesday though, and just barely made it with 2 points left.

Way-to-go Yvonne (again!)

Grilled Turkey Cheeseburgers

Was POINTS® value of | 11
Now POINTS® value of | 7
Servings | 4
Preparation Time | 10 min
Cooking Time | 11 min
Level of Difficulty | Easy

main meals | Beef burgers can send POINTS values soaring through the roof, but savvy barbecue chefs know a trick: Substitute lean ground turkey for the beef, and you can enjoy juicy, flavourful burgers for fewer POINTS all summer long


1 pound lean ground turkey
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
4 slice fat-free hard or semi-soft cheese, such as 3/4 oz American slices
4 medium mixed-grain hamburger roll(s)
8 piece lettuce
1/4 cup ketchup
1 small tomato(es), sliced


Preheat grill or stove-top grill pan.

In a large bowl, combine turkey, ketchup and mustard. Mix well and form 4 equal patties, about 1-inch thick each.

Grill burgers until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Top each burger with 1 slice cheese; close grill or cover grill pan, and cook until cheese melts, about 1 minute.

Serve cheeseburgers on rolls with lettuce and tomato.

Chef Tips

We renovated Grilled Turkey Cheeseburgers by:

Swapping in lean turkey for high-fat beef and adding zero-POINT condiments to add moisture and flavour.

Using fat-free American cheese instead of regular.

Substituting mixed-grain rolls for plain white ones to increase fibre and B vitamins.


Grilled Tandoori Chicken and Red Onion Skewers with Couscous

Grilled Tandoori Chicken and Red Onion Skewers with Couscous

POINTS® Value | 6
Servings | 4
Preparation Time | 20 min
Cooking Time | 10 min
Level of Difficulty | Easy

main meals | Mix it up a little at your next backyard party and surprise your guests with these well-seasoned skewers instead of plain-old burgers. Bottled tandoori spice mix makes prep work a snap (just ease up on the amount if you can’t stand too much heat).


1 1/4 pound skinless chicken thigh(s), cut into 32 chunks (about 4 pieces per thigh)
1 1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt, divided
2 Tbsp Tandoori spice mix
1/2 cup cucumber(s), English variety, diced
3 Tbsp mint leaves, fresh, chopped
1/4 tsp table salt
1 medium red onion(s), cut into 16 wedges
2 serving olive oil cooking spray, (5 one-second sprays per serving)
2 cup cooked couscous, whole-wheat variety


Put chicken, 1/2 cup of yogurt and tandoori spice mix in a resealable plastic food storage bag. Seal bag and turn to mix and coat. Place bag on a plate and refrigerate on lowest shelf for at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours.

Meanwhile, to make sauce, stir remaining 3/4 cup of yogurt, cucumber, mint and salt together in a small bowl until blended; refrigerate until ready to serve.

Preheat grill. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Thread chicken and onion wedges onto 8 metal skewers, using 4 pieces of chicken and 2 pieces of onion per skewer. (If using wooden skewers soak them in water 30 minutes before use to prevent burning.) Coat chicken and onions with cooking spray.

Grill skewers, turning often, until chicken is no longer pink in centre, about 7 to 9 minutes. Yields 2 skewers, about 1/4 cup of sauce and 1/2 cup of couscous per serving


“Survivors Strike Back” Blog

Found, from a “heads up post” from the Not Exactly Rocket Science Blog …

Naturally, Yvonne is a fan of all the Reality T.V. shows, so I created a new category in this blog … I watch them to be with Yvonne (aaahhh) and I’m not addicted *cough,cough*


Stephenie’s Back in Survivor Guatamala

Other Reality Shows we watch(ed)

* too embarrassing to remember *
(you’ll just have to come back and see my posts on them – so.. add us to your Bloglines or your RSS feeder)

Steak with Tomato Salsa

Steak with Tomato Salsa

POINTS® Value | 6
Servings | 4
Preparation Time | 20 min
Cooking Time | 15 min
Level of Difficulty | Easy

main meals | This festive salsa can be made even more colourful by using a variety of tomatoes — heirloom, yellow, orange, plum and many more.


1 1/4 cup cherry tomato(es), or 10 average
1/2 medium onion(s), red, chopped
1 medium jalapeno pepper(s), minced
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup cooked corn kernels
1/4 tsp table salt
2 medium garlic clove(s)
1/2 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 pound lean sirloin beef, cut 1-inch thick


– Preheat broiler.

– Combine tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, lime juice, cilantro, corn and 1/4 teaspoon salt and set aside.

– Smash garlic and salt with side of knife to make a paste; add cumin and pepper. Spread over steak.

– Broil until medium-rare, 7 minutes per side. Serve topped with salsa.


HART’s Famous Chili Recipe

Revised: September 18, 2005 – Pictures added!

We always have chili in our fridge. If there isn’t any chili in the fridge, there are probably a few small Ziploc containers with chili frozen in our freezer. If there is no chili in our fridge or freezer, I go out and get the ingredients and make chili. After you read the cooking method, you can tell that I like to make an evening out of cooking HART’s Favorite Chili Recipe. I also take the time to cut up all my red peppers, green peppers, yellow peppers and orange peppers for the week.

Take care.

HARTandYVONNE need their chili!


Lean Ground Beef
LEAN GROUND BEEF – between 2.85 kg to 3.25 kg (110-115 oz range)

Stuff you need
HEINZ RED KIDNEY BEANS – DARK RED – 1 can, 398 ml size
CLUB HOUSE SEASONING MIX – Hot ‘N Spicy Chili Seasoning – 2 Packets
HUNTS’ ITALIAN TOMATO SAUCE – 1078 ml – this is one of those Large cans plus 1 normal sized can

CELERY STICKS – 2 cups – Usually between 4 and 7 sticks, depending on size

ONION SLICES – 4 cups – usually takes 1 extra large WHITE onion and 1 regular sized WHITE onion


cut the celery into thin slices
– Cut the celery sticks in thin slices, put aside

cut the onions into small pieces or chop them up
– Cut the onions in thin slices

You need a good sized pot, and some sturdy mixing utensils
– Put stove top on MEDIUM heat .. you need a good sized pot and some sturdy mixing utensils

Um .. if you have a helper, it’s better to clean up after you :-)
– Don’t forget .. if you have a helper .. try and toss some celery pieces on the floor to be ‘vacuumed’ up! 😀

Break up the beef and put it in the pot
– Add Lean Ground Beef, breaking up as you place in large pot (with cover)

Add the onions into the pot (right from the start!)Mix up the onions into the uncooked beef
– Add all onions with the Lean Ground Beef, mix

When it’s all good and browned, drain the fatty oils and give it a good rinse
– Cook and stir periodically, until all the beef is browned, and basically cooked
– Drain the cooked beef and onions, and rinse thoroughly with cold water (all the grease)
– Rinse clean the Large Pot (to remove all the grease)

Put beef back in the pot and add everything else
– Put all the beef and onions back into the pot back onto the stove top at medium
– Add the Hunts Italian Tomato Sauce into the pot
– Add the two packs of Club House Seasoning Mix
– Stir and mix the content thoroughly
– Add the Heinz Red Kidney Dark Red Beans into the pot
– Add the Celery

Mix everything up together
– Stir and mix the content thoroughly, and repeat every 5 minutes for a half hour … be sure to put the lid on when not stirring

– Give it one big stir, then crank the heat up from Medium to Medium-High .. and leave it for 10 minutes with the lid on .. (this will build up a good little chili sauce)

– Stir thoroughly and turn the heat down to MINIMUM … and leave the lid on the pot

– For 2 hours – on the half hour, I give a really good stir and am not tempted to lift the lid off of the pot.

– After the 2 hours, I leave the pot on the stove, but TURN OFF the stove.

Voila! Large chili in the fridge, and two containers in the freezer
– The chili stays there for another 2 hours or so, when I transfer the chili from the metal pot to freezer’able Ziploc or Rubbermaid containers

– There you have it!


– Makes about 25-27 cups of Chili, depending on amounts of chili or amounts of celery or onions used

– Points Count – 4 points per cup


– Visit The Peppermaster and try some of their samplers and gift packs of their sauces in your chili .. it gives it a great zing, or can add a terrificly hot taste to your mouth!

– Although, the chili is delicious “AS IS” …. Enjoy!