Thursday, November 29, 2012

Recipe for Today: Easy Holiday Chocolate Bark

Holiday Bark (ref PBS)

Made with only 2 ingredients, this easy chocolate bark recipe is a great no-bake holiday treats

Ingredients
1 cup chocolate chips (dark, semi, milk, bittersweet, or white)
1 cup trail mix, preferably one with nuts and dried fruit
Instructions
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Melt the chocolate according to the (brand) packaging using the stovetop or microwave method.
Spoon the melted chocolate over the parchment paper.
Spread the chocolate in a 1/4-inch square layer, approximately 7-inches by 7-inches.
Evenly sprinkle the trail mix over the chocolate edge to edge.
Using the back of a spoon, gently push the trail mix down to make sure each piece has adhered to the chocolate.
Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 20 minutes until firm.
Cut the bark into 16 even pieces.
Allow the bark to come to room temperature before serving.

Health Tip: Set fitness goals...


Research shows that people who set fitness goals are more likely to stick with their exercise routines and perform at higher levels than those who don't set goals.

Monday, November 26, 2012

More about me

Career track... I skillfully lead organizations through the myriad processes that accompany change.  Driving productivity and profitability gains through strategic interventions, I am an expert at optimizing human capital.  Heading divisional restructures, I combines skills assessments, training, and mentoring to align capabilities with corporate needs while empowering people and boosting morale.    With success in overcoming reorganization, supply chain, and IT challenges, have built a reputation spanning major government agencies, universities, and Fortune 100 corporations.


The Artist...

Kim Groshek is a gifted artist, teacher and human being whose mission in life is to share her authority on leadership and love of art and science.  Her attention to detail and willingness to help is as instinctive as breathing. She is one of the most sought after coaches in the business today.


She is an award winning author of the children's book series Bug's Adventure Series, Floyd the Fire Truck, Nate the Dragon Stops Bullying. And the adult books, "Leadership... What? Finally, Proven Tools You Can Use Instantly to Boost the Results of Those You Lead", "Advice from Extraordinary Women", "Transformative Learning Applying the Unschooling Approach" and "Women and the Glass Ceiling".


Her roles are Executive Producer, Director, Published Author, Coach and Consultant.


As a coach, she skilfully leads people, in organizations and personal endeavors, through a myriad of processes that accompany change. Driving productivity and profitability gains through strategic interventions.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Recipe for Today: Mom's Breakfast Strata...

Mom's Breakfast Strata

"This strata makes breakfast less hectic because all the prep work is done the night before. The quantities of mushrooms, onions, and green peppers can be varied to suit the tastes of those who will be eating this dish." - Amy Schmelzer

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Health Tip: Reduce Stress...


An easy way to reduce stress is to spend a few minutes writing about your feelings. This has been shown to improve mood and lower stress.

Recipe for today: Love the Leftovers...

Love the Leftovers

Spicy Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

Directions

  1. Drain black beans, and rinse.
  2. Combine beans, jalapenos, and chicken broth in a slow cooker. Season with garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, pepper, and hot pepper sauce.
  3. Cook on High for 4 hours. Reduce heat to Low, and continue cooking for 2 hours, or until you are ready to eat.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Health Tip: Helps unwind...

Studies have shown that petting and touching a pet reduces blood pressure and helps people unwind.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Health Tip: Tense muscles...

Do you have tense muscles? Soak in a warm bath with a couple of chamomile tea bags for 20 minutes and notice how your muscle tension is relieved.

Quote for today: Passion...

Passion can take you to some frightening places. It can leave you facing seemingly insoluble problems. But it also brings friends, magical experiences and a range of understanding that just continues to increase.~Martha Beck

I am thankful, Today it is Thanksgiving!!!


Today it is Thanksgiving!!!   

I look forward to taking a moment to give thanks for all that I am grateful for. 

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the past year, share memories with our loved ones and celebrate timeless holiday traditions. I am thankful for my families, my friends and of course you!!

Over the past few months, I have shared my stories with you through my blog and social media posts. Now is the time to look beyond and give back to our communities.

Today, on Thanksgiving, I remain mindful of the millions of Americans who struggle with hunger every day. In the spirit of giving thanks, I am making a donation on behalf of all of my family and friends, to Feeding America and other organizations, charities that give to those in need this holiday season.

Thank you for inspiring me and being a part of my daily posts. I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Recipe for Today: Salsafying Cranberry Sauce

 When I saw this I thought, what a fun little recipe especially at this time of year.  Thanksgiving!

Click Here to see the full recipe: Salsafying Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry salsa—that's salsa, not sauce—has been my Thanksgiving dinner contribution of the last few years. I gave up on the traditional stuff long ago, after too many Thanksgivings where the cranberry offering slides out of a can and plops into a bowl, maintaining its floppy cylindrical shape until someone mashes it into a gelatinous goo and sticks a spoon into it. I'd wager that secretly, only about a fourth of Thanksgiving eaters even like the stuff. "Not so!" shouts Ian, my MoJo colleague from the next cube over. Ian hails from the fair hills of Connecticut. "In New England, cranberry sauce is an important marker of a good Thanksgiving," he tells me, glaring at me for questioning what he sees as an essential holiday coulis. But I say, why suck the life out of this tart, crimson New England bead, reducing it to an insipid mess of sugar and limp berries? According to the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association, the cranberry is one of only three fruits native to North American soil, along with the Concord grape and the blueberry. It's time to get to know the fruit in raw form, and salsa allows you to taste the tangy snap of fresh cranberries. In the recipe below, the cranberries' tartness pairs well with the heat of ginger and chilis. Orange zest pulls it all together. So what if we've wandered off the traditionalist's map? On a plate heavy with roasted, boiled, sautéed, and simmered vegetables, a bit of raw crunch is a welcome respite.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Social Media: How much is too much...

Why people share information or not.  As I ride in the social media world, I went through ebbs and flows on providing information.  I would ask myself, "Should I share this?  Maybe not."  Going back and forth.  There are some days when I shut down from Social Media all together.  I even blogged about it.  For over 3 months I shut down completely from Social Media.

Sharing information is a risky bet.  How much do I share?

It's different than sharing or with holding from your neighbors.  You know, once it comes out of your mouth, the good ole telephone line 'of interpretation' begins.  Same goes for Social Media, it's out there.  Someone reads it.  You may decide a half hour that you didn't mean to post it.  So, you remove the data you posted.  Whoever had their eyes on your Social Media at the time, got the information and is already digesting it.  For those who aren't on as frequently may not have seen it at all.

This gets me thinking how fast information is spread.

I was watching a preview Oprah who would be interviewing Justin Beaver.  She states, "That he is a pop star unlike any other popstar."  And why is that, because of Twitter.  He has so many million followers.  This got people's attention, in a very pivotal and earth-shattering way.  It got the attention of may young people, quicker, she says, than even Michael Jackson.  His fame was television, MTV and word of mouth.

Now there are groups, think-tank groups and researchers who have to quickly monitor and warn people about what types of content you should or should not post on social media.  Because, "Your reputation is on the line."  It's crazy, but very true.

I know of someone who lost their spouse, a 15 year marriage, by their spouse sharing and reconnecting with some old high school fling on Social Media.

You have choices.  Some of my close friends don't even join the Social Media epidemic.  There are some people who get irritated about and try to regulate my posts, keeping it inside or making sly remarks a couple months after they read what's on my social media sites Or, some of my friends like to control what I'm posting, we make choices about this as we communicate.  It's a problem when you read the written words, short posts with not much explanation behind it.  The data that we post on Social Media is information that needs strict and cautious intent.  You shouldn't take it lightly or be oblivious to what might be the results of posting a simple comment.

Beware of how much to share on your social media sites.

Here is another article about The Simple Secret of Why People Share Your Content (or don't share it), which got me thinking about the topic.
More about Why People Share Content


Monday, November 19, 2012

Health Tip: Keep organized...


Keep organized by investing in storage containers and installing hooks and shelves so your house looks neat and tidy and you are no longer wasting time trying to find items.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tip: A life overflowing with passion ...

"The symbols of abundance—a bigger house, a new car, an ornate piece of jewelry—can bring waves of delight, but do not sacrifice the ocean for a few transient waves. Commit to a life overflowing with abundance of love, passion, creativity and meaning, and the symbols will chase after you." ~Dr. David Simon

Find your passion, your meaning, and use your creativity in it!

Stick to it....You'll be surprised of the outcome.

Health Tip: Feel more in control...


Getting organized will help you feel more in control.  You will also be able to take on daily challenges more
effectively and efficiently.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Health Tip: Fresh Rose Petals...



For a soothing, fragrant bath, toss in some fresh rose petals in the water.  

The oils from the fragrant petals will leave your skin feeling smooth.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Health Tip: Liver Cleansing Foods...

Liver Cleaning Foods.

Did you know that cleansing your body will help work wonders, help you lose weight and keep you healthy?

These are some detox foods, try them on for size:
- Garlic
- Grapefruit
- Green tea
- Spinach
- Mustard Greens
- Chicory
- Bitter Gourd
- Arugula
- Dandelion Greens
- Avocado
- Walnuts
- Turmeric

If you do not do regular detox diet, the toxins will stockpile and slow down your metabolism, making you feel tired, sluggish and disease.

Try adding a little detox option each day.

Reflection ... When I look in the mirror...

When I look back on my life,
I see pain, mistakes and heart ache.
When I look in the mirror,
I see strength, learned lessons, and pride In Myself!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Instead of 'words can never hurt them', tell the truth...

Instead of telling kids that only sticks and stones can break their bones, but words can never hurt them, we should tell them the truth.  Words 'can' hurt them.  Words are very powerful, and can lift or crush others, especially young people who don't have a solid sense of self yet.

Teach them empathy, and to use the words only in a loving way.  Words can help people achieve things they weren't sure they could, and words can bring people down to depression or suicide if their self-worth was already low.

Teach them that true power is in helping to build good, strong spirits, not to tear them down.

Make those special stories memorable!

Another great day!  

I like having fun where ever I go.  Why not?  Life goes so fast.  I never realized how quickly until I stopped one day and noticed I'm halfway in, and almost on the top of the mid-way point.  I remember studying the human condition in college, when I was taking a fashion design class.  We drew out our bodies and then we were taught how the skeleton develops and eventually, once it reach the tipping point, deteriorates.  I keep these images in my mind now, knowing that I'm at the tipping point in my life.

I look back and see so many wonderful stories and memories.

It comes up fast, so take it easy.  Enjoy the moment when you are talking with a friend over coffee.  Don't allow your mind to be somewhere else.  Be there with your friend.

Make those special stories memorable!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Garfunkel and Oates

These gals are interesting.  A different slant on things...

This is an interview: Garfunkel and Oates

This is one of the many shows found on YouTube:
Garfunkel & Oates - Booty Call Voicemail & "Self Esteem"
Official Video

Health Tip: To keep from Bacteria...


To keep bacteria from growing when you thaw meat, always thaw it in the refrigerator.  Do not thaw meat on the kitchen counter; this may cause harmful bacteria to proliferate on the counter or in the meat.

Friday, November 9, 2012

I am so excited, one of my goals is to connect with people at the international level and today, I did just that.  In fact, I was able to provide support as a program manager!  Finding out there was a problem, I stood up, I took charge and said I can help solve the problem which is to bridge the communications gap between international groups.

I am ready to head up this International Committee, to help develop the Onboarding Program for the International group and be a part of connecting people together.

These are my new friends, they are Kelly Schable, from Germany,Omobolanle, from India and Jonna, from Nigeria.

What an awesome group of people and a wonderful day of connecting with new colleagues and friends!

Second day of travels in Houston Texas.

Second day of travels in Houston Texas.

It is a better day today in Houston.

I put my travel experiences aside and created a new day.  I made it fun.  I walked downtown Houston and took in every moment, every image, and smell.

It's different here in Houston, very busy!

There is a lot going on in my life right now, a lot of personal stuff, to top off trying to build a business as a coach.  I basically coach people to help them get to the next level in their lives.  The people I coach include high school students, who are trying to select the right college for them, college students who are transitioning into the workforce, professionals who what to take a look at their lives and transition into something different, up, out and beyond what they are currently doing.  I create 30 second video commercials for people to post on their social media sites (like linked in) to give them even more visability.

So, this is what I am sharing a lot, sometimes even giving a little of my coaching time to show what I offer.

It's been busy, but fun meeting and connecting with wonderful people from across the country.

Well, another day to get things moving!  Have a great one everyone!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

My journey to Texas... Another first impression...

My journey to Texas, then the first impression to my hotel.

So, yeah... I planned to take pictures of my travel journey to Houston Texas, for the WE12 Conference; but, the first stop was the bus stop and I met these wonderful ladies who are heading to Japan to develop student collaboration programs in their schools and overseas.  After our interesting conversation, I get on the bus and proceed to get a good dent into my next book, Advice from Extraordinary Women;  25 pages complete so far, a nice clean outline which helps guide me and it feels good!

I arrive at the airport, go through the check-in line.  And walk to my gate.  I find I have plenty of time until my flight, so I head to a coffee shop to work some more.  After I get setup, a lady stops from across the table I'm sitting at and asks, "Is there internet here?"  I say, "Just paid internet."  She said, "Oh! and stated, I'll just use my phone."  She proceeded to sit down and we introduce each other.  We exchanged names, her name is Evelina.  I thought, 'What a beautiful name."  We start talking about our lives, and so on.  We trade cards and say, "Let's meet for coffee sometime when we get back."  

It was time to get ready for my flight, so we said our goodbyes and boarded the plane.  I arrive in Houston and look for transportation.  I walk up to the shuttle counter and learn there's a 45 minute wait line for the shuttle to the city.  I decide to choose another quicker transportation.  A few minutes later, a lady stops me and asks, "Are you here for the SWE conference?"  I said, "Yes."  She said, "I'm heading to the city, do you want to share a cab?"  I quickly responded, "Sure."  

We talk some more  It turned out she is defending her thesis this coming week and is looking for a job.  We ride in the cab talking more and exchange our cards.  She is dropped off first.

I'm ride in the cab for what seems to be another 30 minutes, which, I think, 'This is odd, I thought I was only 10 minutes from the city."  But, sit patiently watching the Taxi charges rack up.


I'm thinking, my trip is a little too eventful, here and I'm tired.  Texas has always been one of those states that do things just “a little bit” different than the Midwest.  I remember the first time out here, I was running a race and I was waiting at the start hearing an announcement, “We’ll start soon, don’t worry, we’ll get there when we get there.”  Suffice it to say, the race start over 30 minutes late.  That is my impression of Texas.

I plan to meet executives at a breakfast round-table, it is about 10 minutes away from the city.  

I booked a cheap hotel for tonight because there were no rooms available in the hotels in the city.  I thought I would save some money.  *'I should know better by now.'  As I ride in the taxi from the airport; it seems the driver is taking me the long way.  The charges are racking up.  

I finally arrive at the hotel, doesn't look good.  I walk in and the taxi leaves, after I pay the crazy amount.

The hotel I paid for online ends up being a overbooked.  

I ask the hotel to provide me other lodging and she said, I need to talk to the manager.  It was my fault.

I learn later, from the taxi driver who picks me up, that it's better I didn't stay here, because is a prostitute hotel.  After I hear this, I realize, I should have gone with my gutt and not plan the extra executive meeting in this week.  

The taxi driver said, “It’s a good thing you didn’t stay there, because the hotel is no good.  That taxi driver raked you, I don’t like dishonest.  I don't know how they can do that.  The ride should have only cost you half the amount.”  He proceeds to drive me to a nicer hotel and gives me a name of a taxi driver for tomorrows ride back to the city.  I walk into the lobby and he has a room, he charges me the room charge.  Being worn out by now and after midnight,  I break down in tears as he gives me my key and roomnumber.  The hotel manager gives me my key, and said, “You know, not all Texans are bad.”

So, I’m here, it’s 2:45 a.m. and I’m finally in my room.  I’m exhausted, spent and feel like I was put through the ringer.

*So, that is my story and I’m sticking to it… :*S

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

An update: Advice from Extraordinary Women film and Book!


An update about the Advice from Extraordinary Women film and Book!

Advice from Extraordinary Women Film Status:
This is it!!! Our Advice from Extraordinary Women Documentary is submitted to the Wisconsin Film Festival for review!  I can’t believe it’s complete and a film.    The review committee will let me know their final decision whether they will show this in the festival in the spring.  They will provide their final film itinerary by the end of December, 2012.

The film features 85% of the participants, crew and artists are from Wisconsin!!  With photography by Eric Brooks, music compositions by the Bell Monks, Jeff and Eric, the final credits song was created by Jackie Scully and logo was designed by Katharine Dodge.  In addition, 5 of the 6 participants interviewed are Wisconsin natives.

The Wisconsin Film Festival is on the schedule for April 11-18th, save the dates!  I am optimistic that our film will be accepted.  As we know more and the film is accepted, I'll keep you posted.  In the meantime, mark your calendars!! You and your family are invited to the grand showing of the film at the festival!

Over 20 people have given their time and heart in different ways during this endeavor.  Each of you have created a venue providing stories that will impact people as they watch the film!

Thank you for sharing your stories and talents! 

I’ll keep you posted on the final choice made by the Wisconsin Film Festival committee!

Thank you kindly,
Kim M. Groshek

Monday, November 5, 2012

Recipe for today: What's your favorite holiday pie?

Thanksgiving is less than three weeks away! Gearing up to make all sorts of pies for the holiday - what's your favorite?

Here is our first Pecan Pie Recipe for today!  Thanks Simply Recipes!

INGREDIENTS
1 9-inch pie shell, frozen or chilled for an hour if freshly made. (See pie crust recipes.)
1 3/4 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp molasses
2 Tbsp melted butter
2 Tbsp flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

METHOD

1 Preheat oven to 375°F. Spread pecans along the bottom of the pie shell. Mix the remaining ingredients and pour over pecans. (No need for an electric mixer, you can mix by hand.) The pecans will rise to the surface of the pie.
2 Bake at 375°F for 40-45 minutes until the filling has set. About 20 minutes into the cooking you may want to use a pie crust protector, or tent the edges of the pie crust with aluminum foil to prevent the pie crust edges from burning.
3 Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Serves 8.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Recipe for today: Healthy Oatmeal

I suppose you can't tell how much I love my oatmeal.  My favorite it Oatmeal, with brown sugar, bananas, dried cranberries, and walnuts.  And I just found another oatmeal recipe to share.

It was posted by Ellen.  She calls it ... Meatless Monday, Heart-Healthy Oatmeal

http://www.ellentv.com/2012/09/24/meatless-monday-heart-healthy-oatmeal/ via @TheEllenShow

Enjoy!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Recipe for today Yummy Cheesecake

Premier Cheesecake Cranberry Bars 

Okay, maybe not exactly cheesecake, but rich yummy cheesecake cranberry bars.  Perfect with a warm cup of tea or coffee!

Go here to check out the recipe 

Health Tip: Squash Preparation...

An easy way to prepare acorn squash is to slice it in half and scoop out the seeds. Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of orange juice into the well of each half. Sprinkle with cracked pepper, cover and bake 350 degrees for about one hour until soft.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Recipe for today: Stuffing...

Easy Thanksgiving Stuffing: Stuffing is not only for special holidays. It also makes a great side dish during the autumn and winter months. But, if you are starting to plan now for Thanksgiving, here is a great recipe to add to your menu.

Enjoy!

Stuffing Recipe

Quote for today: An opportunity ...

An opportunity always looks like a lucky break. It happens when you encounter the possibility of making a huge jump toward the life your essential self wants to live.~Martha Beck

Health Tip: Make Natural Scrub...

To make a natural salt and oil scrub, mix one cup of dry Epsom salt with one-Tablespoon organic vegetable oil. Rub the salt and oil mixture all over your skin while standing in the bathtub or shower. Rinse well.