Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Health Tip: Health...

An example of an affirmation for health by Louise Hay is: "My health is radiant, vibrant and dynamic now."

Monday, December 30, 2013

Health Tip: Consciously choose your words!!!

According to Louise Hay, affirmations are consciously choosing words that will help either eliminate something from your life or help you create something new in your life.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Health Tip: Connect both hemispheres of the brain....

Feeling stressed? Try this little exercise to connect both hemispheres of the brain and restore focus and energy. Stand up and lift your right arm and left leg touching your left knee with your right hand. Repeat on the other side, repeat until flowing smoothly and stress has decreased.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Recipe for today: Christmas Eve Chili...

This all-American (Christmas Eve) chili recipe is perfect for cold snowy winter day and can be made on the stove for a comfort classic on a cold day.
  • Tofu
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeΓ±o pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups Melbac red wine
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added kidney beans, drained
  • Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage, onion, and the next 4 ingredients (onion through jalapeΓ±o) to pan; cook 8 minutes or until sausage and beef are browned, stirring to crumble.
  • Add chili powder and the next 7 ingredients (chili powder through bay leaves), and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine, tomatoes, and kidney beans; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Uncover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard the bay leaves. Sprinkle each serving with cheddar cheese.
  • Note: Like most chilis, this version tastes even better the next day.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Recipe for today: Butternut, Barley & Lentil Pilaf...

1/2C Pearl Barley (For GF use Brown/Wild Rice or another hearty GF grain)
1/2C Puy Lentils
Small Butternut Squash (approx 680g/1 1/2lb), peeled and cubed
1T Olive Oil
1/2t Ground Cumin
1/2t Ground Coriander
1/4t Cinnamon
1/4t Garlic Powder
Large pinch of salt
1/3C Raisins
1/3C Pumpkin Seeds, toasted (Reserve 1-2T for topping)
1/3C Finely Chopped Red Onion
1/2C Roughly chopped Parsley
3T Orange Juice (fresh)
1T Red Wine Vinegar
1T Extra-virgin Olive Oil
Salt + Pepper (to taste)
Preheat oven to 200C/400F
Cook lentils & barley in two separate pots according to package instructions. Barley typically takes 40-45 minutes and puy lentils approx 25 minutes. When al dente, drain and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine cubed squash with olive oil, spices and a large pinch of salt. Spread in a layer on a baking sheet and roast for approx 25 minutes, or until soft when pierced with a fork.
Meanwhile, whisk together the dressing ingredients and add to barley and lentils along with the raisins, pumpkin seeds and red onion. Toss well.
Finally, fold through the roasted butternut and the parsley, transfer to a serving dish and scatter the remaining pumpkin seeds on top.
Serves 4 as a main, 6-8 as a side
Reference: http://coconutandberries.com/

Health Tip: Exercises don't require equipment...

Body weight exercises don't require any equipment, can be done anywhere and are excellent for building strength.

Recipe for today: Sugar Cookie Cut outs


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer (using a paddle attachment if you have one), cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually add the dry ingredients. Mix until fully combined.
  4. Divide the dough into two balls and flatten each into a disk shape. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough until 1/4'' thick. Cut the cookies with your favorite shape cutters and place them 1'' apart on a nonstick or parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, or until light golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool on the sheet for a few minutes before removing them. Allow to cool completely and store

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Health Tip: Muscle burns calories...

Did you know that muscle burns 35 to 50 calories per pound where fat burns 2 calories per pound?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Health Tip: You CAN replace lost muscle...

According to Dr. Gary Hunter at the University of Alabama Birmingham, if you work every major muscle group twice weekly, you can replace 5 to 10 years of lost muscle in just a few months.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Health Tip: About ½ pound of muscle per year

Around the age of 35, most people start to lose about ½ pound of muscle per year unless they actively strength train to maintain their muscle mass.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Health Tip: Good things will happen...

Research shows that people who think good things will happen to them are usually right. The next time your thoughts are negative, ask yourself what is a more positive way to think.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Health Tip: Indoor plants...

Research has found that indoor plants can absorb some common household pollutants. Some great air purifying plants are spider plants, bamboo palm, gerbera daisy, English ivy, Boston fern, or chrysanthemums.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Health Tip: Scalp massage...

Scalp massage can reduce tension and improve the health and appearance of your hair by improving your circulation and bringing nutrients to your hair follicles.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Ornament Exchange 2013: Day #12

Our 12th and final ornament in our ornament exchange is a blue butterfly created by Danielle Faust.

Here is Day #12 Ornament...

Health Tip: Get out in nature...

Getting out in nature, even for a few minutes is a great stress reducer. Spend a few minutes lying back and watching the clouds or sitting by a river or stream and watch the water, notice your stress melt away.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ornament Exchange 2013: Day #11

This beaded ornament has a charm in the middle to remind us of what Christmas represents.
Here is Day #11 Ornament...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Joy Heart Tip: Life Lessons to Teach Yourself!

I ran across this article the other day, stating "Life Lessons to Teach Kids Before They Leave Home."  I think this list is pertinent to many adults too, so here is something to bring along with you to review during the day.  Take heart, read and contemplate:

  1. Don’t be afraid to fail: If you never fail at anything, you may be aiming too low, playing it safe, and doing what Stephen Covey used to call “playing par 9 golf.” So, keep challenging yourself, even – and especially – after defeats. Emerson wrote, “When it’s darkest, men see the stars.” Failure and adversity are among the best ways to grow and to learn. (See these 10 quotes about perseverance in the face of adversity.)
  2. Find the good in yourself. We all deserve to feel good about ourselves, without the need to derive our sense of self-worth from the people around us. Taken together, the judgments of teachers, parents, bosses and friends amount to a hall of funhouse mirrors – one in which you’ll never get an accurate reflection of yourself. If you grow up longing for approval, you’ll risk becoming a pleaser, dependent on others for your sense of security and well-being. The opinions of those around you – though worth considering – are slender reeds on which to base your self-image. Instead, pick what matters most to you and stick with it.
  3. And see the good in others, too. The harvest from showing genuine interest and respect to others is almost invariably an increase in your own self-esteem. The world is full of other people, so don’t go through life dismissing them, seeking distance from them, or being shy or afraid. Showing respect – and even reverence – for other humans is virtually always a “win-win” proposition.
  4. There's no substitute for hard work. Honest work may be the surest path to self-respect. As alluded to in a post about my earliest jobs, hard work is a privilege – it allows you to discover the depth of your own abilities, and to see the potential in others. Go the extra mile, and see how good you can be at something. The harder you work, the less crowded a road you’ll find – fewer people than you think embrace work as a central path to self-worth.
  5. Building great habits is critical. The more of them you have, the more capacity you’ll have to handle the many competing claims life throws at you.Good habits can take you to unanticipated heights – and in ways that’ll almost feel effortless. The “muscle memory” from having developed good habits in your youth (yes, including basics like eating right, good sleep, hygiene, regular study and exercise) will sustain you when others flag. Abraham Lincoln said, “by the age of 40, every man has the face he deserves." So it is that your habits will lead you to a destiny you earn.
  6. Don't expect fairness – at least in the short run. To deal with life’s unfairness, focus on the future, not on the past. Whatever happens, don’t wallow. Concentrate on others, not on yourself. Legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi reminded players that, “it’s not how many times you're knocked down, but how many times you get up again, that'll determine your destiny.” The message: just keep getting up.
  7. Be kind – it has more power than you think. In Aesop’s fable about strength,the Sun’s warm rays win out over the gale force of the North Wind. This gentle approach to influencing others may not be obvious in your early years. A bit of subtle kindness costs nothing, but can have huge benefits. Remember that it doesn’t take much to help lift someone’s burden, to say a kind word, to notice a success.
  8. Take yourself out of the center. The most miserable people I know live in a self-designed universe that revolves eternally around them. To keep their planets aligned, they desperately amass power, money, or fame – but their supernova usually ends up a black hole. One way to avoid this is by helping those less fortunate than you. As Helen Keller said, “There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark.”
  9. Embrace reality. President John Adams said, “Facts are stubborn things.” You can't change reality, so you need to face it head on. It might sound crazy, but you should seek out bad news – the earlier you find it, the earlier you can do something about it before it gets worse. Look for problems and become the solution. Nothing good ever comes of avoiding the hard truths.
  10. “Solve” for the long term. It’s crucial to be deliberate about your life. One way to approach this is to ask yourself: What am I solving for? Pleasure is short-lived. Even happiness is dependent on circumstances, and temporary. But joy – or deeper satisfaction – is rooted in meaning. Joy lives beyond the moment and despite present circumstances; and it can be conjured when needed. Peace is the ultimate resolution of a life well lived. It derives from finding a oneness with a purpose outside of yourself. In your own life make peace the quest that trumps the constant allure of pleasure.
Consider keeping your own list of what you want to impart 'In your life' and to your kids before they leave home. Even if you never show it to them directly, it'll serve as a map in case you need to make a few of your own course corrections.

Health Tip: Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink water...

If you wait until you are thirsty to drink water, you are already dehydrated. It is best to consume water throughout the day to avoid dehydration.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ornament Exchange 2013: Day #10

This pretty ornament has garland and colorful winterberry inside the bulb, this beautiful Christmas design is a nice added feature to the tree.  

This ornament was created by Dawn Cronce.

Here is Day #10 Ornament...

Health Tip: Easy way to tell enough H2O...

An easy way to know if you are drinking enough water is to check the color of your urine. If it is darker than pale yellow, you need to increase your water intake.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Health Tip: Pure water for vibrant health...

Pure water is essential for vibrant health. Water flushes out toxins, hydrates your skin and carries essential nutrients to your cells.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Ornament Exchange 2013: Day #9

 Here we have a Christmas Crystal Hanger made by Deborah Shaffer.

This is what each crystal represents:
  • Citrine - is good for relationships, joy for living and abundance.
  • Jade - supports emotional balance.
  • Ruby Quartz - assists in acquiring spiritual wisdom, enlightenment and love.
  • Faceted Crystal - enhances the flow of energy; amplifies and activates energy as needed.

I will hang this on my tree and keep it in areas where I spend most of my time!

Recipe for today: Gypsy Soup

Ingredients: Servings:4-6
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large chopped onions (2 cups)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chopped celery (1 large stalk)
2 cups peeled chopped sweet potatoes
3 cups vegetable broth (or other flavor)
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 dash cinnamon
cayenne pepper, to taste
1 cup chopped tomato (fresh or canned)
3/4 cup chopped green pepper (1 large)
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
1 tablespoon soy sauce or 1 tablespoon tamari

1 Heat oil in large pot, and saute onion, garlic, celery and potato for about 5 minutes.
2 Add broth, bay leaf, and spices, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer (covered) 15 minutes.
3 Add tomatoes, peppers and chick peas, simmer at least 10 minutes more.
4 Stir in soy sauce and serve.

Ornament Exchange 2013: Day #8

Who hasn't seen or heard of the minion's, they are hip and so are we….  this Little Minion ornament is created by Jacqui Hayes.

Here is Day #8 Ornament...

Health Tip: Healthy way to deal with problems...

"A healthy way to deal with problems is to look at them as opportunities for growth."
C Norman Sheely, MD, PhD

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Ornament Exchange 2013: Day #7

Today is day 7 of our 12 day of Christmas Ornament Exchange.

This is our midway point, and I opened the package to find a little snowflake provided by Katie Zelenak.

Here is Day #7 Ornament...

Friday, December 6, 2013

Ornament Exchange 2013: Day #6

Today is day 6 of our 12 day of Christmas Ornament Exchange.

Here is a cute little button ornament!  This ornament was created by Susan Groshek, hand threaded on a wire button a-top button, eventually building a standing snowman ornament.

Reminded me of 'Frosty the Snowman."  Thank you Susan for this cute as a button ornament.

Day #6 Ornament...

Health Tip: Sources of vitamins A and C...

Sweet potatoes are good sources of vitamins A and C, iron, protein and fiber. When selecting sweet potatoes, choose ones that are firm without cracks, bruises or soft spots.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ornament Exchange 2013: Day #5

Today is day 5 of our 12 day of Christmas Ornament Exchange.

Here is our next creative little ornament!  This handmade santa ornament is designed out of scrapbooking materials and little rivets.   This one was created by Daun Musch.  

A very creative ornament to add to our tree.

Day #5 Ornament...

Health Tip: Health Coach....

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people who had a brief monthly chat with a coach maintained more weight loss than people who didn't have a coach.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ornament Exchange 2013: Day #4

Today is day 4 of our 12 day of Christmas Ornament Exchange.

Here is our next little ornament!  This reindeer ornament is made out of popsicle sticks. 

A cute little ornament to add to our tree.
Day #4 Ornament...

Health Tip: Can you believe what can lead to sleep disturbance?

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) produced by electrical wiring can lead to sleep disturbance, nervousness, allergies, inability to concentrate or focus, headaches and fatigue. To reduce your exposure to EMFs remove electronics from your bedroom.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ornament Exchange 2013: Day #2

Today is day 2 of our 12 day of Christmas Ornament Exchange.

Here is the second little ornament putting a little snow into the holiday season!  This beautiful snowman ornament is made out of bottle cap shapes.  It was created by Traci Keller.

I am so happy to have opened the 2nd wonderful handmade ornament.

Day #2 Ornament...

Monday, December 2, 2013

Ornament Exchange 2013: Day #1

Today is day 1 of our 12 day of Christmas Ornament Exchange.

Here is the first little ornament offering hope for the New Year!
It was created by yours truly, me!  I am so happy to start opening these wonderful handmade ornaments, my new stick tree is going to look full and happy! :)

Day #1 Ornament...

You might notice a couple more pictures since I made these I took several pictures of the 12 that I made for these creative group of ladies who participated in our ornament exchange this year.

I made reindeer out of wine corks.  
Here are several pictures.  Enjoy!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Recipe for today: Crock Pot Creamy Tomato Soup..

Servings: 6  • Size: 1-1/2 cups • Old Points: 4 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 5 pt 
Calories: 177 • Fat: 10 g • Carb: 17 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 8 g • Sugar: 8 g
Sodium: 600 mg  • Cholest: 21 mg 

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup finely diced celery*
  • 1 cup finely diced carrots*
  • 1 cup finely diced onions
  • 28 oz can whole plum tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 3 1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth (or vegetable for vegetarians)
  • Parmesan or Romano cheese rind (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (Vegan - Olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese (Vegan - vegan cheese)
  • 1 3/4 cups reduced fat (2%) milk, warmed (Vegan - coconut milk)
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste


Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add the oil, celery, carrots and onions; cook 5 to 6 minutes, or until golden. Add to slow cooker.

Pour the juice of the tomatoes into the slow cooker, then roughly crush the tomatoes with your hands; add to slow cooker. Then add chicken (or vegetable broth), the cheese rind (if using) thyme, basil, and bay leaf. 

Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours, until the vegetables get soft and the flavors blend. Remove the cheese rid and, using an immersion blender, blend the soup until smooth (or you can carefully do this in small batches in the blender).

Melt the butter over low heat in a large skillet and add the flour. Stir constantly with a whisk for 4 to 5 minutes. Slowly whisk in about 1 cup of the hot soup, then add the 1 3/4 cups of warmed milk and stir until smooth. Pour back into the slow cooker and stir, add the grated Pecorino cheese and adjust salt and pepper, to taste.

Cover and cook on low 30 more minutes.

Makes about 9 1/4 cups.

Health Tip: Simple way to prepare cauliflower...

A simple delicious way to prepare cauliflower is place florets on a baking pan, drizzle a small amount of olive oil, salt and pepper and bake at 450 degrees for 45 minutes. Turn once or twice, so the cauliflower browns evenly.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

You might see things differently after reading ...

I thought this story was very sweet and you might see things differently after reading it.

This story is of a boy who was going in a train with his father.
A 24 year old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted…
“Dad, look the trees are going behind!” dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24 year old’s childish behavior with pity, suddenly he again exclaimed … “dad, look the clouds are running with us !” the couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man… “why don’t You take your son to a good doctor?”
The old man Smiled and said… “i did and we are just coming from the hospital, my son was blind from birth, he Just got his eyes today…”
Every single person on the planet has story.
Don’t judge people before you truly know them? The truth might surprise you…
Think before you say something…!!!

Health Tip: Cruciferous vegetable...

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable. It is a great natural source of vitamin C and is high in fiber, folic acid and potassium. It also contains phytochemicals, which have been linked to fighting some forms of cancer.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Recipe for today: Raw Mango Coconut Tartlets (Vegan)

Being vegan does mean it’s pretty much impossible to buy dessert out. I’m someone who needs a sweet fix every day and I’ve been making do with fruit, dark chocolate and snack bars. But…the snack bars and the chocolate have run out and fruit alone isn’t cutting the mustard. So, now I’m free as a bird, I decided it was time to remedy the lack of dessert asap.

  • 1/2C Almond Meal (a scant 1/2 cup whole almonds ground in a food processor)
  • 1/2C Shredded coconut
  • 3/4C Dates (Prunes also work!)
  • 1/8t Salt
  • Mango Layer:
  • 1T Agar flakes
  • 6T Hot water
  • 1 1/2C Diced mango
  • 3T Lemon juice
  • 2T Agave nectar
  • 1T Coconut oil, melted
  • 3T Coconut butter, melted (Or you can use Artisana brand)
  • Coconut Flakes to top

Combine ingredients for the crust in a food processor, adding the dates in gradually as you may need more or less depending on how soft they are. The mixture should start to stick together. 

Divide the crust mixture between 6 silicone muffin cases  (you could use any tart tins you have or even ramekins lined with cling film). Press firmly to form a base. Put the tartlets in the fridge or freezer to firm up while you make the mango layer.

For the mango cream, dissolve the agar flakes in hot water and leave to cool while you get the other ingredients ready. In a blender, blend together all the remaining ingredients along with the agar mixture until you get a nice smooth creamy consistency. Taste for sweetness, you may want a touch more agave or lemon juice depending on your preference and the ripeness of your mango.

Divide the mango cream between the cases and tap down hard on a counter to remove air bubbles. Place in freezer for a few hours to firm up completely before removing from the cases. Pop tartlets out of cases and allow to sit in the fridge or at room temperature until the mango layer has softened up. Not too long or it will melt everywhere!

Top with coconut flakes to serve

Makes 6

(Stored in the freezer these will keep for several weeks)
Reference: Coco Berries

Health Tip: Rest....

"Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths." Etty Hillesum

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Childish is only the child can be…

Childish is only the child can be…

I was in a meeting, the other day, with a "professional" man.  We were discussing some conflict on an issue between teams.  Instead of "manning up" and talking through the conflict, he storms out the the room, "like a child" and doesn't come back.  

He's right and there's no convincing otherwise.

Very interesting.  Man up boy!

Health Tip: Good sources of Omega 3 fatty acids...

Some good sources of Omega 3 fatty acids are wild pacific salmon, anchovies, fish oil, canola oil, flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, mackerel and walnuts.

Before we Open Our packages: 12 Days of Christmas Ornament Exchange 2013

So here we are, only a few days before we can unwrap our ornaments for this years 12 Days of Christmas Ornament Exchange 2013 premere.  As a reminder, go here for more details.

We have all but 1 of the of boxes in.  Opening each package started on December 1st.  I am posting the ornaments on the day they are opened.

Enjoy these creative ornaments!

Let the fun Begin!!!

Some of the ornaments on my tree.

SMART Goals (2014)

Goal #1: SMART Kids TV script complete by May, 2014.  A 20-30 min pilot available for screening at Conferences and Film Festivals in 2015.  

Goal #2: Expand Business by end of 2014, have a business plan in place by December 2014.
Objective #4: Speak at conferences: WE14, Region H, Region E and Minnesota -Panel and Individual. (already submitted and accepted to 3) - Complete
Objective #5: Write 3 Case Studies and publish them on DAMA, SWE and PMI websites and conferences. (Have ideas and research platform) - Open
Objective #6: Prepare to run for Outreach Director in 2014 for 2015-2017 years. Open
Objective #7: Create a Screenplay for a Movie based on Fiction manuscript Book.Open
Objective #8: Speak on a talk show that will allow me to share my vision and passion related to these projects. - Complete (fort radio show)
Objective #9: Look at my role as Women Ambassador Forum in South Africa and see how this role can be used to inspire others.  (Develop an idea and plan by summer 2014)Open

Personal Goal #2: Healthy, Well-being, Lovely & Positive Relationships, Take time for me.
Objective #1: Run, walk or bike at least 3 times a week. Complete
Objective #2: Yoga and meditate (daily) at least 5 times a week. Complete
Objective #3: Run Disney Marathon (Goofy - half then full) Complete
Objective #4: Eat well.  Complete
Objective #5: Make an effort to meet with friends more often.  Complete
Objective #6: Take a trip to Door County in the fall for our anniversary. Complete
Objective #7: Select a place for retirement. Open
Objective #8: Select a floor plan for our land on Echo Lake. Open
Objective #9: Plan for my daughter and my trip to Europe (2015). Open
Objective #10: Carve out time each day for me, no electronics, just meditating, walking or sitting, enjoying the moment. Complete
Objective #11: 
Objective #12: Prepare to sell home, "fen shui" each room, (to be completed by Dec 2014). Open

Writing Goal: Complete a new Children's Book by December 2015.  Complete

Education Goal: Learn outside of the box (something new), Expand skills and Awareness.
Objective #1: Take a look at Doctorate and PhD programs to see if this is something I want to pursue.  Complete (Doctorate in Business focus-EI)
Objective #2: 
Objective #3: Present at conferences and receive feedback through survey or asking audience, and adjust content and approach based on feedback.Complete 
Objective #4: Go to language camp (pick the language of choice and try it out in the summer for a week).Open
Objective #5: To help me develop my ideas for my book, attend the Transforming Yesterday's Strategies, Kona Hawaii. (Thursday, August 7 - Wednesday, August 13, 2014). Open
Objective #6: Attend NSA, July, 2014 San Diego. Complete

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Recipe for Today: Tofu-turkey (Happy Thanksgiving)

Tofu Turkey
Basic Information
Prep Time
: 8 hours to 1 day
Cook Time
: 1 to 2 hours
: 6 people


For the Tofu Turkey
  • 5 14-oz. tubs extra-firm tofu
  • 2 tsp. ground dried thyme
  • 2 tsp. rubbed sage
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • About 1 tsp orange zest (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste ( if you want to use vegan bouillon powder, skip the salt)
For the Marinade
  • 1/4 -1/2 cups low sodium tamari or gluten free soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oils
For the stuffing - approximate measurements, use as per taste ( original recipe in VT 35th anniversary issue, Or use your own stuffing of choice)
  • About 4 cups of gluten free bread cubes ( or use oatmeal or whole wheat bread cubes)
  • 1/2 cup almonds, coarsely chopped and toasted
  • 1 small-medium red onion
  • 1 celery stick
  • 1 apple, peeled and diced ( i kept the peel)
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh sage, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped cilantro or parsley
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground peppercorns
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cups dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup no-salt vegetable broth or water
How to Make?
  1. ( Tofu Turkey - Previous night Bring the tofu to room temperature. Squeeze tofu of excess water and take small bits and place them in a processor.
  2. Process them little by little until smooth.
  3. Place them in a large bowl and mix all the seasoning. You can at this point even taste the tofu and add more seasoning or flavor to make sure it does not taste real bland.
  4. Wet cheesecloth, wring it out and smoothly line a colander with it—no wrinkles.
  5. Drop the tofu inside the colander and press it into the sides and bottom of the colander.
  6. Place this colander on a plate. Bring the hanging cheesecloth on the sides into the center to cover the tofu.
  7. Now place a plate right on top of the tofu and give it a slight press. Use a heavy object to place on top of the plate. This is to help the tofu drain excess water through the colander. Place this inside the refrigerator overnight (ideal time). This helps the tofu to absorb the seasoning well too.
  8. Method (On day of making the tofu turkey) - For the Stuffing I eyeballed most of the ingredients, so use your discretion when preparing them. Place the cubed bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake them in a preheated 225F oven for 20-30 minutes or until dry and crisp.
  9. Meanwhile, heat a skillet. Add about 1 tsp oil and saute the onions and cook for 3-4 minutes or until soft. Add celery and saute for 2 minutes more.
  10. Stir in the apples along with other seasonings. Cook for 5 minutes. Add maple syrup and the vinegar and remove from heat.
  11. Combine the bread cubes along with apple mixture. Stir in almonds and dried cherries. Transfer to a greased baking sheet and pour broth over the top. Cover with foil and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the stuffing begins to brown on top. You can make a crisp filling by removing the foil and baking for 10 minutes more.
  12. Method - For the Marinade Mix all the ingredients for the under the marinade until combined.
  13. Method - For the Assembly Preheat oven to 375F. Drain the Tofu water from the plate on which you placed the colander.
  14. Remove weight and plate from colander.
  15. Now scoop some tofu from the center. Make sure to leave at least 1-2 inches on the sides and bottom.
  16. Now fill this hollow with the stuffing.
  17. Now top the stuffing with the scooped out tofu.
  18. Make sure to smooth the surface and level it out.
  19. Place a large oven to table baking sheet (I used a pie plate large enough to cover the colander opening) on top of the colander.
  20. Hold tightly, and slowly invert colander onto the plate so that tofu-turkey drops gently onto dish.
  21. Now slowly remove the cheesecloth from the tofu.
  22. Can you see the white dome now?
  23. Baste the tofu turkey with the prepared marinade.
  24. Bake for 15 minutes.
  25. Baste again. reduce the heat to 350F and bake for another 1 hour, basting as many times it strikes your fancy.
  26. Once baked, you see a beautifully crisped tofu surface.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Health Tip: Trans fats found in ...

Trans fat is commonly found in processed foods like chips, crackers, baked goods, margarine, shortening, candy and fried foods.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

11 Lessons I learned from Kindergarten

There are some things I realize as I get wiser.  I realize now that I had learned more at Kindergarten than I had in all of the courses I've taken.  I found more wisdom in the sandpit and paint pots than I ever did in a lecture.

Here are 11 Lessons I learned from Kindergarten:
1. Learn, create and play every day.
2. Share everything.
3. Play fair.
4. Clean up your own mess.
5. Say sorry when you've hurt somebody.
6. Holding a grudge is pointless - it's like taking poison and hoping that the other person dies.
7. However bad a situation, in a few years time it won't matter.
8. You feel better after a good sleep.
9. Look at the world and wonder.....
10. Whether you're 3 or 53, life is so much better when you hold hands and stick together.
11. Go where there is excitement and stay where there is love.

"That's what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination." - Walt Disney
See you at the finish line
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Health Tip: Trans fat is dangerous...

A New England Journal of Medicine review of more than 80 studies revealed that trans fat is more dangerous to health than any other food contaminant, even when it is only 1 to 3 percent of your total daily calories.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Health Tip: Time for a new mattress...

Are you having trouble sleeping? It could be your mattress. If it sags or is more than 8 years old, it may be time for a new mattress.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Health Tip: Switch it up a little...

To break yourself free from unhealthy habits or behaviors, switch up your routines.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Health Tip: Natural Body Scrub...

To make your own natural body scrub, mix ¼-cup Dead Sea salt, ¼-cup ground oats, 1/3 cup warm virgin olive oil and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Health Tip: Try a warm footbath...

re your feet aching? Try a warm footbath with 10 equal sized marbles in the foot tub. Roll your feet over the marbles while they are soaking for a mini foot massage.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Health Tip: Remove toxins after exercise...

After exercise, it is important to shower to remove any toxins that were drawn out of your body through sweating otherwise the toxins will be reabsorbed back in through the skin.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Health Tip: Release Toxins...

Sweating is a great way to release toxins. As you heat your body and sweat, you will release toxins through the skin.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Health Tip: Lymphatic System...

"Letting the lymphatic system become stagnant leads to impaired immunity and a degenerative process because the body is not able to properly cleanse and replenish." ~ Martin Dayton, M.D., D.O.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Health Tip: Activate your lymphatic system...

Rebounding or jumping on a mini-trampoline for a few minutes is one of the best ways to activate your lymphatic system.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Health Tip: A healthy lymphatic system...

A healthy lymphatic system is essential to keep your immune system working properly

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Health Tip: The power of fresh food!

"Few of us understand how powerful the differences are between fresh food and processed packaged food. One gives you health and life, the other kills."~ Frederic T. Vagnini M.D.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Health Tip: Exercise with your spouse...

A Stanford University study found that people who exercised with their spouses were more likely to be regularly active and less likely to quit then those who tried to exercise without partners.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Health Tip: Create a peaceful environment while eating...

To promote digestion and assimilation of nutrients from your foods, create a peaceful environment and state of mind when eating.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Health Tip: Eat healthy...

Eating healthy nutritious foods can be fun. Experiment with new recipes, try fruits, veggies and whole grains you have never had before and spice up your food with fresh herbs.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Health Tip: How to properly brush your skin...

To properly brush your skin, select a soft natural bristle brush, rub in a circular motion every inch of your skin, except your face, moving from your extremities towards the center of your body.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Health Tip: Brush your skin

To keep your skin looking great and improve circulation brush your skin for 2 to 3 minutes before you shower with a long handled natural bristle brush.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Health Tip: Kale is packed with nutrients...

Kale is packed with nutrients. It is a great source of fiber, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, potassium, copper and manganese.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Recipe for today: EASY HUMMUS


  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained, liquid reserved 
  • 2 ounces fresh jalapeno pepper, sliced 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced In a blender or food processor, combine garbanzo be ans, jalapeno, cumin, lemon juice, garlic and 
  • 1 tablespoon of the reserved bean liquid. 
Blend until smooth.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Health Tip: Chewing triggers...

"Chewing triggers the production and release of saliva, which then mixes with the food, initiating its digestion, preparing the alkalinity of the stomach, killing germs and lubricating the swallowed food for a smoother transit through the esophagus." Alejandro Junger, MD

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Health Tip: Best source of fiber are...

The best sources of fiber are beans, vegetables, fruits and whole grains in that order.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Health Tip: High fiber snack...

Researchers in England found that volunteers who ate a high fiber breakfast snacked 75% less than after a bacon and egg breakfast.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Health Tip: Links to poor health...

A number of research studies link hostility, impatience, and holding grudges with poor heart health. In comparison, forgiveness, friends and optimism are associated with healthier hearts. How happy are you?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Health Tip: Fewer hours not good...

A Canadian study found that people who slept fewer than 7 hours or more than 9 hours weigh an average of 4 pounds more and had wider waists than people who sleep 8 hours every night.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Health Tip: Risk of developing obesity...

Did you know for every hour of television teens watch, their risk of developing obesity increases by 2%? Decreasing television viewing by 1 hour per week could cut the number of obese teens by almost one-third.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Health Tip: Four Key Core Exercises For Runners...

Four Key Core Exercises For Runners


This exercise can be killer for every angle of your core. Lie on your stomach and raise up onto your toes and forearms. Your toes should be about hip distance apart with your elbows resting on the floor directly under your shoulders. Straighten out your body so you have a straight line from the top of your head to your heels and be sure that your abdominal muscles are engaged. Hold the position for 30 seconds. Work your way up to the point where you can hold the pose for a minute or more.
To work the obliques (side abdominal muscles), perform the same move on your side. Balance on your right elbow and outer edge of your right foot, creating a straight line from your feet up to your head. Hold for 30 seconds, working up to a minute or more, before switching sides.

The Hollow Rock

Well known in the CrossFit world, this exercise is easier said than done. Lying on your back with your arms raised up behind your head, begin rocking by lifting your feet and legs up and then simultaneously lifting your upper body and arms. Your body should move like a rocking chair, while engaging the abs throughout the movement.

Russian Twists
With a five to fifteen pound weight (or a medicine ball) on the floor next to you, sit down with your legs extended, roll your shoulders back and sit up as tall as you can. Keeping your back straight, lean back until you feel your abs engage. For a greater challenge, lift your feet ever-so-slightly off the floor. Twist to the right and pick up your weight or medicine ball. Holding the weight, twist from right to left, reaching as far behind you as possible while maintaining your form.


This move targets your entire back, an essential part of your core. Lie on your stomach with your arms and legs extended so you look like Superman flying through the air. Lift your right arm with the left leg, then alternate sides. Practice variations of this move by only lifting the arms or only lifting the leg, or both arms and both legs at the same time. Focus on extending your limbs long and out rather than simply lifting up.

Health Tip: 26% more Vitamin E...

Almond butter has 26% more Vitamin E, 3 % more iron and 7% more calcium than peanut butter. It is also higher in magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and antioxidants.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Health Tip: Almond butter...

For a quick healthy snack spread a little raw almond butter on celery sticks or apple slices.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Health Tip: Wash your hands frequently...

To prevent the spread of disease, it is important to wash your hands frequently. Wash your hands with soap and warm water. Rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds, rinse well and pat dry.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Health Tip: Germs become resistant...

"When we overuse antibacterial and antimicrobial soap, the germs get smart and become resistant to the chemicals we use against them." Sloan Barnett

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Health Tip: Great sources of fiber...

Great sources of fiber are whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, beans, peas and other legumes.

Recipe for today: Homemade fruit tart by I wanna be pastry chef someday. (me)

For the Pastry Cream:
2 cups half-and-half
½ cup granulated sugar, divided
Pinch of salt
5 egg yolks
3 tablespoons cornstarch
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Crust:
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon heavy cream
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes

For the Fruit:
2 kiwis, halved lengthwise, and cut into half-circles about 3/8 inch thick
2 cups (about 9 ounces) raspberries
1 cup (about 5 ounces) blueberries

1. Make the Pastry Cream: Heat the half-and-half, 2/3 of the sugar, and the salt in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until simmering, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.

2. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Whisk in the sugar and whisk until the sugar has begun to dissolve and the mixture is creamy, about 15 seconds. Whisk in the cornstarch until combined and the mixture is pale yellow and thick. 

3. When the half-and-half mixture reaches a full simmer, mix the simmering half-and-half into the yolk mixture to temper. Return the mixture to the saucepan, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula; return to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly, until a few bubbles burst on the surface and the mixture is thickened and glossy, about 30 seconds. Off the heat, whisk in the butter and vanilla. Strain the pastry cream through a fine-mesh sieve set over a medium bowl. Press plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming and refrigerate until cold and set, at least 3 hours or up to 2 days.

4. Make the Crust: Whisk together the yolk, cream and vanilla in a small bow; set aside. Place the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor and process briefly to combine. Scatter the butter pieces over the flour mixture; process to cut the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal, about fifteen 1-second pulses. With the machine running, add the egg mixture and process until the dough just comes together, about 12 seconds. Turn the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and press into a 6-inch disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 48 hours.

5. Remove the dough from the refrigerator (if refrigerated longer than 1 hour, let stand at room temperature until workable). Unwrap and roll out between 2 lightly floured large sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap to a 13-inch round. Transfer the dough to a 9- to 9½-inch tart pan. Ease the dough into the pan corners and press the dough against the fluted sides of the pan. If some sections of the edge are too thin, reinforce them by folding the excess dough back on itself. Run the rolling pin over the top of the tart pan to remove the excess dough. Prick the bottom and sides of the dough all over with a fork. Set the dough-lined tart pan on a large plate and freeze for 30 minutes. (The dough-lined tart pan can be sealed in a gallon-size zipper-lock plastic bag and frozen up to 1 month.)

6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Set the dough-lined tart pan on a baking sheet, press a square of foil into the frozen tart shell and over the edge, and fill with metal or ceramic pie weights. Bake for 30 minutes, rotating halfway through the baking time. Remove from the oven and carefully remove the foil and weights. Continue to bake until deep golden brown, 5 to 8 minutes longer. Set the baking sheet with the tart shell on a wire rack and cool to room temperature.

7. Assemble the Tart: Spread the cold pastry cream over the bottom of the tart shell, using an offset spatula or large spoon. Arrange the kiwi slices in an overlapping circle around the inside edge of the pastry. Arrange the raspberries in rings just inside the kiwi. Mound the blueberries in the center. (The tart can be refrigerated, uncovered, up to 30 minutes.) Remove the outer ring of the tart pan and place the tart onto a serving platter; serve.