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.



Crust:
  • 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
Serves
: 6 people

Ingredients

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.  (*Don't tell my daughter this though, *wink)

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.

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.