Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ornament Exchange 2014: Happiness is homemade

This is our Ornament Exchange 2014. Watch for 12 posts, that will display spectacular ornaments for the holidays! I can't wait to open each package during the first 12 days of December. Check out my posts daily. 

Happy Holidays!

12 days - 12 Festive Ornaments!

Getting ready to open the ornaments for this year's ornament exchange.   Starting December 1st you will see a unique ornament posted.  Enjoy! #‎ornamentexchange2014 #‎christmas2014 #‎holidays #friends #family #craft #fun #love  

Day #1 Ornament: Frosty in AZ
Day #2 Ornament: Ornate Detail
Day #3 Ornament: Puffy Pillow
Day #4 Ornament: Super Cute Crafty Santa
Day #5 Ornament: Snowman Delight
Day #6 Ornament: Tin-Can Angel
Day #7 Ornament:
Day #8 Ornament:
Day #9 Ornament:
Day #10 Ornament:
Day #11 Ornament:
Day #12 Ornament:

Friday, November 28, 2014

Daily Post: Reward Yourself...

I think people have trouble rewarding themselves because they associate rewards with ease, with absolute lack of difficulty.  They think the reward has to fall out of the sky, that actually, aggressively pursuing satisfaction is “too hard” to be rewarding.  But brain research indicates that we reach a state of “flow,” or maximum positive brain stimulation (read Mihaly Csikszentmihaly or Gregory Berns) when we’re doing something difficult.  Mountain climbers get a happy rush of dopamine while ascending a steep face.  Crossworders get it from the Sunday Times-the hardest puzzle of the week.  Mihaly Csikszentmihaly experienced it while trying to spell his own name.  Counterintuitively, the  most enjoyable things are difficult.
~Martha Beck

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Daily Post: Judgments constrain you....

Judgments that constrain your giving are the very demons that are keeping you from receiving.

~Martha Beck

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Daily Post: Family Tradition...

The tradition of the Christmas Pickle has got to be one of the strangest modern Christmas customs in that no one is quite sure why it exists at all!

In the 1880s Woolworth stores started selling glass ornaments imported from Germanyand some were in the shape of various fruit and vegetables. It seems that pickles must have been among the selection!

Around the same time it was claimed that the Christmas Pickle was a very old German tradition and that the pickle was the last ornament hung on the Christmas tree and then the first child to find the pickle got an extra present. However, this seems to be a total myth! Not many people in Germany have even heard of the Christmas Pickle! (Similarly in Russia virtually no one knows the supposedly Russian story of Babushka!)

There are two other rather far-fetched stories linking the pickle to Christmas.
One features a fighter in the American Civil War who was born in Bavaria (an area of what is now Germany). He was a prisoner, and starving, he begged a guard for one last pickle before he died. The guard took pity on him and gave a pickle to him. The pickle gave him the mental and physical strength to live on!

The other story is linked to St. Nicholas. It's a medieval tale of two Spanish boys traveling home from a boarding school for the holidays. When they stopped at an inn for the night, the evil innkeeper, killed the boys and put them in a pickle barrel. That evening, St. Nicholas stopped at the same inn, and found the boys in the barrel and miraculously bought them back to life!

There is an old legend about St. Nicholas rescuing boys from a barrel but the barrel was originally holding meat for pies - not pickles!

So it's most likely that an ornament salesmen, with a lot of spare pickles to sell, invented the legend of the Christmas Pickle!

The American city of Berrien Springs, MI (also known as the Christmas Pickle Capital of the World) has an annual pickle festival held during the early part of December.

~Reference-Why Christmas?

Daily Post: The One Sign You Will Be Rich...

Madrid, Spain
A friend told me once, that she could tell who was going to be rich and who was not. Fascinating, I thought. But when I asked how, she refused to answer and only said that I would figure it out. So after 20 years of thinking about it, I finally discovered the secret.

Have you thought about what foreshadows who will become truly rich? It’s remarkable how clear the one sign really is when you think about it.

“There are many types of rich — and I am talking about both external and internal rewards. Being rich is about having an abundance of what matters to you most.”

Money and happiness, although complex, are linked says economist Justin Wolfers. Obviously, there are many ways to measure wealth — whether it’s having a $250,000+ salary, volunteering the most time at the local animal shelter, or having the most playtime with your children. Whatever you value, you are rich if you have an abundance of it.

I have been thinking about this a lot as the CEO of a rapidly growing company. We are adding tons of great people to Aha! (product roadmap software for product managers) and I want the team to enjoy what they do and be rewarded.

So, here is what I believe predicts who will be rich.

The one sign you will be rich is that you work harder than everyone else.

Whether your riches are measured in friendships, fitness, talent, or money, those who have an abundance, get it by working harder to secure it.

There is often a backlash against working hard to secure wealth — some may call you a workaholic or a perfectionist. Some may despise your inability to set "work/life" boundaries. And others may still wonder when you will take a "real" vacation. But there is no other way to be great and fully rewarded.

“Don’t let the skeptics fool you, winners just work harder than others think is possible (or want to themselves).”

But it’s not a winner-take-all equation — we all want different kinds of wealth. But those who do work harder are rewarded proportionally and realize these additional benefits:
Working harder than your peers brings the natural benefit of making you an expert in that field. Outliers author Malcolm Gladwell asserts that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. That’s almost 5 years of 40-hour weeks. I actually think it takes longer, much longer. Regardless, those who work harder, do get to mastery faster.

In the midst of big efforts you will start to recognize patterns that others don’t. Understanding a specific cause and effect is vital in business and personal relationships. Do you ever wonder why some people seem to always have deeper insights -- it's because they work harder to see the facts and what's possible.

To be great means that you must continually improve. Hard work unlocks new efficiencies and strategies in your routines. Those extra hours of focus bring freshness to life as you work to be better at what you do.

Being rich is not for everyone — it requires a special motivation because true excellence is hard to obtain. It also requires a certain freedom — which, if you are reading this you likely have.
If you outwork the others around you, you will realize a depth and richness that most will never know. Regardless of whether you want to be the next under 40 year-old billionaire, or whether you want to create a lasting marriage that others dream of — it all starts with enduring effort.
So, my friend was right. It’s easy to tell who will be rich. It’s not those who sit back and wait for a big break. It’s those who are constantly moving towards what is most valuable to them and work harder than anyone else to get there.
Are you giving your max effort?

~Reference: Brian de Haaff

Daily Post: Privilege...

I once saw a high school teacher lead a simple, powerful exercise to teach his class about privilege and social mobility. 

He started by giving each student a scrap piece of paper and asked them to crumple it up.

Then he moved the recycling bin to the front of the room.

He said, “The game is simple — you all represent the country’s population. And everyone in the country has a chance to become wealthy and move into the upper class.”

“To move into the upper class, all you must do is throw your wadded-up paper into the bin while sitting in your seat.”

The students in the back of the room immediately piped up, “This is unfair!” They could see the rows of students in front of them had a much better chance.

Everyone took their shots, and — as expected — most of the students in the front made it (but not all) and only a few students in the back of the room made it.

He concluded by saying, “The closer you were to the recycling bin, the better your odds. This is what privilege looks like. Did you notice how the only ones who complained about fairness were in the back of the room?”

“By contrast, people in the front of the room were less likely to be aware of the privilege they were born into. All they can see is 10 feet between them and their goal.”

“Your job — as students who are receiving an education — is to be aware of your privilege. And use this particular privilege called “education” to do your best to achieve great things, all the while advocating for those in the rows behind you.”

Reference: BuzzFeed 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Daily Post: You’re wrong. I do deserve this....

Stop and examine any frightening, ugly, or painful thought that customarily drives you. 

Ask yourself: Really? Is this really the kind of energy you want blaring through your inner space? 

If not, calmly state a truer thought: “You’re wrong. I do deserve this, and even if I do fail, the world won’t end.”

~Thank you Martha Beck for this enlightening suggestion.  Relevant today.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Daily Post: Quietly reflect...

By the time we’ve passed Thanksgiving, you’re almost certain to feel deeply stressed about fitting into your little black dress or cummerbund. This is the time to lie down quietly and reflect on ways to eliminate excess calories so that January does not find you deeply mired in self-loathing.
~Martha Beck

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Information: Free of Dairy, egg, corn, soy, gluten, grain.

  • 1.5 tbsp flaxmeal or chia seed meal  (use golden flax or white chia seeds to avoid flecks in the crust)
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp maple
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 3/4 cup almond flour I use Bob’s Red Mill
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • variations: add spices or zest

  • In small bowl, combine flaxmeal, water, maple and oil. Let it sit for 2 minutes. Mix in the vinegar, and spice. In a large bowl mix almond flour and salt. Add flax mixture. Mix well to make a smooth dough. You will have to press and drag so the flax mixture gets incorporated. 1 to 2 minutes. Add a tsp or more water if needed.
  • Pat the dough down into a flat round disc on parchment. Flatten evenly as much as you can by hand. Place another parchment on top and Roll it out to 10 or so inch circle, By lightly moving the rolling pin from one end to the other. The dough will crack at the edges, which is fine. Place the pie or tart dish on the rolled out dough. Carefully flip, Press down on parchment to transfer dough to the dish, then remove the parchment. Shape the edges.
  • Bake at pre-heated 350 degrees for 20 to 22 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden. Cool and use. 
  • Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Pie / Tart
  • Allergen Information: Free of dairy, egg, gluten, grain, soy. 
  • Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk or other non dairy milk
  • 1.5 Tbsp starch, like cornstarch or arrowroot starch
  • 1.5 cups pumpkin puree like this or sweet potato puree, 1 15 oz can
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or ground raw sugar (use less if using semi sweet chocolate instead of dark chocolate)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice or (3/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, generous pinch of cloves and nutmeg)
  • 3 oz Theo 70% dark chocolate (2/3 cup dark chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup vegan semi sweet chocolate likeEnjoy Life Semi Sweet Mega Chunks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Method:
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add milk and starch and mix well. Add pumpkin, sugar and spices and mix well. Cook to bring to a boil. 5 minutes.
  • Take off heat. Add dark and semi sweet chocolate and let sit for 2 minutes. Then mix well until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and mix in. Taste and adjust sweet if needed.
  • Pour in baked crust like the Almond crust above or any other pie/tart crust. Even it out using a spatula.
  • Chill 2 to 3 hours and serve. For clean slices, Put it in the freezer for half an hour to an hour. then slice. Serve as is or with whipped coconut cream or a drizzle of salted caramel. 

Variations: add in liquor of choice when you add vanilla extract.

*This is a bittersweet Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Pie. Use all Semi Sweet chocolate make regular Chocolate Pumpkin Pie. 

Recipe for Today: Beer Can Turkey

If you're in search for the next great recipe for Thanksgiving, we've got three words for you: Beer Can Turkey.

The Groshek's household is going to try this for Thanksgiving this year!!!!

  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, stripped and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, stripped and chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 12- to 15-pound turkey
  • 2/3 of a “tall boy” beer, the top third poured out (or drank)

Turn on a burner on one side of the grill. Keep the lid down and allow the grill to preheat while you prepare the turkey.
In a small bowl, mix together the butter, fresh herbs and lemon zest, and season with salt and pepper. Loosen the skin of the turkey and rub the butter mixture under the skin.
On the opposite side of the grill from the burner that is on, place the beer can. Carefully place the turkey cavity (legs side down) on top of the beer can. Make sure the turkey is upright and standing on its own.
Close the lid of the grill and do not open. Cook for 45 minutes, open the grill, rotate the turkey and close the grill again. Allow to cook for another 35-45 minutes, or until desired doneness (I pulled mine at 160°F).
Let the turkey rest for at least 30 minutes, carve and serve.

~reference - Rachael Ray

Daily Post: Say it to the 1st to pass judgment...

My new motto is "I respectfully do not care." 
Say it to anyone who passes judgment on something you believe in.
~Martha Beck

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Daily Post: The only sure compass...

The only map of your right life is written on your soul at its most peaceful, and the only sure compass is your heart at its most open.

~ Martha Beck

Monday, November 17, 2014

Daily Post: Let it go...

Treat your heart like a tired, hurt child: Accept its tantrums, revenge fantasies, and pity parties, but don’t get stuck in them. Say kind things to yourself: “It’s okay that you love your goldfish more than your in-laws” or “Of course you want to stab Billy’s third-grade teacher with a meat fork—all the moms do.” When you acknowledge your forbidden feelings calmly, you’ll find that you actually have more control over your actions. It’s when feelings are repressed that they burst out in dangerous, unhealthy ways.
~Martha Beck

Friday, November 14, 2014

Daily Post: Your inner compass...

Mind, born in culture, will never understand your inner compass. Soul, so much bigger than culture, may tell you where to go without explaining why. Follow it anyway. If it creates suffering, stop. 

But if it opens up a road you’ve never imagined, take it. 

I hope I’ll see you there...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Daily Post: Inner Voice...

The inner voice of social conditioning doesn’t just speak in words; it shouts them. “Do it my way! Do not screw this up!” By contrast, inner wisdom is stillness itself. If you’re waiting for wisdom to outscream paranoia, get comfortable. It’s gonna be a long wait.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Daily Post: Open your mind to all possibilities...

Your real source of love-your true self-will breathe much easier when you open your mind to all possibilities.  

You will find that contrary to your painful beliefs you have been in Love all along.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Daily Post: Truth can scare you....

The urge to find the real facts is destructive only to people or systems (friendships, family dynamics, political dynasties) that are based on lies. The truth can scare you half to death, but it’s never as destructive as deception.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Daily Post: Return to peace...

You are never required to do more than you can do in peace. Right now, take a breath, return to peace, and refuse to leave.

~Martha Beck

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Recipe for today: Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese

Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese
Servings: 7  • Serving Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 165 • Fat: 8 g • Protein: 10 g • Carb: 16 g • Fiber: 2 g • Sugar: 6.5 g
 278.5 mg (without salt)

  • 5 1/2 cups cooked spaghetti squash (from about 2 small)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup flour (use 2 tbsp corn starch for gf)
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth (vegetable broth for vegetarian)
  • 8 oz Sargento 2% reduced fat mild cheddar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups (about 4 oz) baby spinach
  • 1/8 cup grated parmesan

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Cut the squash in half lengthwise; remove and discard seeds. Place squash on a baking sheet. Bake until tender, about 1 hour. Separate the strands of squash with a fork and place in a medium bowl; discard shells. Maintain the oven temperature.

Heat butter and oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook about 2 minutes. Stir in flour. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring continually 3 - 4 minutes.

Add milk and chicken broth and continue whisking, raising heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil and becomes smooth and thick, about 2 minutes stirring; season with salt and pepper. 

Once it becomes thick, remove from heat, add cheddar cheese and mix well until cheese is melted. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, add cooked spaghetti squash and baby spinach, pour into a baking dish and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Bakeuntil bubbly and golden 25 to 30 minutes.

Makes 7 cups.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Recipe for Today: Chocolate Dipped Clementines with Sea Salt


7-8 medium clementines
4 oz. dark chocolate, finely chopped
A few pinches sea salt (such as fleur de sel)
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Peel and segment clementines; set aside.
In a small bowl in the microwave or over a double boiler, melt dark chocolate. Dip clementine segments in chocolate and transfer to prepared sheet. Immediately sprinkle with tiny pinches of salt before the chocolate sets.
Once all pieces are dipped, set sheet aside until chocolate hardens. To quickly harden chocolate, refrigerate sheet for 10 minutes. Store in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Daily Post: Go with your gutt..

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Daily Post: I think it's best to start right now...

Many of us have spent a lifetime trying to be what we’re not, feeling lousy about ourselves when we fail, and sometimes when we succeed. We hide our differences when, by accepting and celebrating them, we could collaborate to make every effort more exciting, productive enjoyable, and powerful. 

Personally, I think we should start right now.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Daily Post: Chocolate or Vanilla? You Choose...

Sometimes a psychic tells you something and it feels wrong and others may be right on the money. 

It’s your choice about whom to trust, and giving that trust is something we do ourselves.  

Dependence on a psychic or any other kind of divination message can become a form of social oppression if it overrides our own personal sense of what’s right and true. 

You choose whether to believe it or not.

~Martha Beck

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Crazy Running Gal: Dublin Ohio 1/2 Marathon Goal

I seem to be back on track with my running. I am listening to my body much closer and making sure I take it slow and do enough weight lifting to make sure I'm strong enough and less injuries occur. 

On a spurt, I decided to fly down to New Orleans and run/walk the New Orleans half marathon at the end of January. And boy, I am glad that I did. I had a wonderful experience meeting up with Scott (who runs with Tim and on the the Johnson Creek bike trail sometimes), he showed me around the town, gave me a quick summary of the areas and talked about what job he and his engineering group is doing for the flood control. I ended up meeting someone after dinner, the night before the race, and we planned to meet up and walk to the race. We ran and walked the entire half together. It ended up being her first 1/2, and we had a really fun time finishing it. Now I'm on a roll, I drove down to Dublin Ohio, to run the Last Chance for Boston race. I was very happy that I actually ran the whole race and made it in 2:00.55 minutes. I was very surprised. I was trying to make it in 9 minute miles but the last 5 I started feeling a strain in my legs and didn't want to pull a muscle or over strain something else, so I slowed down. The run was unusual, because it was a 1 mile loop, running around in circles. The advantage to this was that I could monitor my time. Now I realize, after this race, that it would be nice to have a small watch that keeps mileage splits and tracks mileage. This would help me keep mileage goal paces. So, I'm going to start searching for a time watch, that's small, and can do that. I am heading to Fort Worth Texas this weekend to run in the 1/2 marathon there this weekend. Well, my wash is dry so I'm off to the gym.

Daily Post: Trying seeing your world this way...

Try seeing your world and yourself this way: eyes open to whatever is before you, mind free of dichotomies. 

Are you good or bad, fragile or tough, wise or foolish? 

Yes. And so am I.

Monday, November 3, 2014

2015 SMART Goals #‎Kimssüperawesome2015‬ #crazyrunninggal

Professional Goals:
#1: Have Angel Investor for SMART Kids TV Pilot Production & Nate the Dragon Program. - open
#2: Speaking sessions, Keynote & Workshops (paid engagements) - open
#3: Both Candice and Jimmy Find Their Rainbow is published, with fundraiser promotional event and tour. - done
#4: Get a job and/or contract where I can work from home and some travel and Expand my Business. - done
#5: Write my autobiography as a fiction story! Show Designs at Art Opening Gala at the Hairpin Arts Center in Chicago - scheduled May 2016

Personal Goals:
#1: Run 11 half marathons in 50 states (44 done). - open
#2: Plan for Retirement Transition. - done
#3: Art Exhibit.  Host an Art Opening Gala at the Hairpin Arts Center in Chicago, proceeds will go to scholarship I setup.- scheduled, May 2016
 #4: Eat Better, Run and Practice Yoga Daily. Smart Goals - ongoing 
 #5: Get finances in order. - done & ongoing

Education Goals: 
#1: Attend year-long course, to help me develop my adult novel. - done & ongoing
#2: Start Doctorate. PhD specialize research (started prereq courses). Organizational Leadership - starting prereqs & ongoing
 #3: Schedule Key Note Speaking Coach. - scheduled

New York City & Rock Hill, NY (Celebrate Life Half) #18

I am in New York this week, to attend several executive meetings and I decided to throw a side trip to run in another half marathon, chalking New York off my list. The only problem is it is very cold outside, even though I'm only 3 blocks from central park and there is no workout facility in the Wellington hotel. So, I may end up doing very little running this week before the big run. It is suppose to be around 60 degrees give or take, so I am hoping for a warmer, less windy run than in Texas. We will see. There was a big snow-dump in New York yesterday, they received around 13 inches, but today there is not much evidence of that snow. It must have been pretty light. My meetings ended up being very productive, market analysis and research conducted. And now I have tomorrow to team up with senior executives. I hope all goes well. I am going to take a walk to central park this evening. It's brisk outside, but will be refreshing. I got up early and took a walk around the area this morning, stopped at duane reade to pick up some necessities for the rest of the week, since the hotel has nothing. The Wellington sounds fancy, but I'm not too fond on the extras that I'm so spoiled and use to having, like a fitness center, shampoo, soap, toilet paper, geez. That's okay, I ran out and picked up what I needed. I also decided to stay in the city for the next couple of days, at the Comfort Inn, about a mile down on 71st street, still only a block away from Central Park, so I will try to continue to take walks there. The city is alive and hopping this morning, it still is a brisk 35 degrees, I could see my breadth this morning while walking. My meeting isn't until 1:00 this afternoon, so I plan to pack up around 11:30 and walk over to the other hotel and drop off my luggage, to ready myself for the meeting. I got back to my hotel, and put my running stuff on to head out to central park for a short run. I ran around the park once, there were some icy spots, but otherwise, it was a perfect morning for a run. There were site-seeing tourists, a few walkers and runners along the way. After a warm shower and packing up, i walked over to the upper west side, to my hotel, near the places were Sex and the City were filmed. I got settled and then readied myself to walk the 2 miles along broadway, down to Penn Station to my meeting. The meeting ended up being very valuable, Judy, the coach was very good and I met a lot of very talented executives. I plan to relax in the city for the remaining few days, and possibly take some more runs in the park, try some more routes. I'm guessing the park is only a couple miles wide. I got up and ran around the entire park today (central park), I think it's around a 5 mile stretch. It was nice and cool and there were several more runners out today. I then took a walk to the Lincoln Center where they play unusual films, films similar to those in the film festival. I went to class. It was in french, with english subtitles. It started at 2:30 and I just got home at around 4:10. It was a pretty good movie, unusual, but it had a very good point! I walked into Magnolias on the way home and got an oatmeal and chocolate chip cookie with coffee. But, my mouth was watering over all of the other things, lemon bars, fat-free (yea right) peanut butter bars, cupcakes. Yum, yum, yum! My last day in the city, I got up early, had a light breakfast and went out to run around central park. And was it a beautiful day to run. They were having a bike race around the park, it was neat to watch the slew of race bikes pass by me every so often. The weather was perfect. I'm back in my room, packing up and getting ready to head out to get my rental car to drive up to the Rock Hill Lodge in Rock Hill New York. Stay on the safe side, will write more later. The drive was beautiful, there were sprawling mountains along the way. I drove south through Jersey, then back around north to New York. I arrived at The Lodge, it smells of cedar and has very large rooms, much different than the 200 sq ft room in the city, with the bed butting right up to all 3 walls with a tv squished on the end. Anyway, I drove to pick up some G2 and am planning to pick up some pasta from AJ pizza rock which is a short walk away from the Lodge. I was able to get a late check out, so I have time to get a shower in before I head back to the airport tomorrow afternoon. Rest for tonight. Well, the run included "rolling hills" and it was mostly rolling up-hill! It was a tough run for me, I just wasn't really ready for this run, but I finished with a time of 2:11. That's okay, I finished under 2:30 which is better than I felt my body could take me, this time. Especially, with the little amount of training. I got a really cool windbreaker but didn't receive a medal, so I requested a finisher medal, special to add to my collection. We will see how it goes. That's it for my New York Trip.

Daily Post: Reality Creation...

A little girls wish....

My dream is that everyone gets along. I hope someday everyone stops bullying. The world would be a happier place without bullying. People need to treat others nicely all the time. If I would see someone being bullied, I would get an adult. I would tell that person to stop being mean. If there was no bullying, everyone would feel safe and happy.  

“My friend was being bullied by another student. I said, 

“Stop, that is not very nice to do to him.” 

The bully kept on being a bully. So I said again, 

“How would you like it if I kept on doing that to you?” 

Finally, he stopped hurting my friend. I learned that it is important to help someone that is being a victim to bullying. 

If you are brave, a bully doesn’t have a chance!

Always try to make a difference. This world needs peace and each of us need can change. 

Let’s step up and change this world!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Recipe for today: Chewy Pumpkin Cookies by Rose Marie Jarry

20 minutes + 20 minutes of cooking
9-15 Servings
228-448 calories per serving
Vegan, gluten-free


  • 1 ½ cups cooked pumpkin flesh
  • 2 cups quinoa or millet flour
  • 1 cup gluten-free oat flakes
  • ¼ cup natural sweetener such as black strap molasses
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 TBS cinnamon powder
  • 1 TSP ground nutmeg
  • 1 TBS baking powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Mix together all ingredients except for a part of the cooked pumpkin. Save ½ cup for later on.
  3. Form 9-15 cookies and place them on a greased cookie sheet.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of the remaining cooked pumpkin to the middle of each cookie, then sprinkle some cinnamon on top.
  5. Cook 20 minutes. Keep in the refrigerator for a longer shelf-life.
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