Sunday, November 20, 2016


This Copycat Panera Squash Soup tastes just like the original, but I made it a bit healthier!


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 pounds chopped butternut squash (about 6 heaping cups)
  • 3 small carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3-4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups apple cider (NOT vinegar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 ounces low-fat (neufchatel) cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, more to taste
  • salt to taste
  • heavy cream, optional


  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until translucent, stirring frequently.
  2. Add squash, carrots, vegetable broth, apple cider and spices.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until squash and carrots are soft. Remove from heat and add pumpkin puree, butter, cream cheese and brown sugar. Puree with a hand (stick) blender or in batches in a normal blender. Blend until very smooth.
  4. Taste soup and add salt as desired. You may also add extra brown sugar or honey to achieve a taste closer that of Panera’s. You can also add a little heavy cream if you want a more decadent soup. If desired, add more vegetable broth to thin soup.
  5. Return to burner over  medium-low heat if needed to heat the soup back up and then serve immediately.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

10 Ways to Cope (Coffee Talk with Kim)

  1. Ground yourself: Breathe deeply. Go to a favorite spot in nature and really be there. Meditate. Find a favorite poem, reading, religious passage that has helped you before and read it quietly.
  2. Allow the grief: Don’t suppress your feelings of fear, dread, anger, grief. Just allow them. But don’t wallow there; move on when you’re ready. And allow other feelings to arise, too—they may surprise you.
  3. Be with friends; This is a time for community. Share your feelings, your insights, your fears—and, especially, your hopes. Hug a lot.
  4. Take a media break Keep up with the news, but turn off the endless rehashing of painful stuff that you already know.
  5. Take care of the children: Yours, neighbors’, grandchildren. They will sense your fear, and the very young won’t understand it. Reassure them that they are safe.
  6. Reach out to anyone threatened: There are people who are especially afraid: immigrants, Muslims, Blacks, Latinos. Speak up and show solidarity.
  7. Don’t dismiss the Trump voters: Remember that many of his supporters voted from a place of anger and despair about many of the same things for which you feel anger and despair: all the wealth going to the already wealthy, corporations getting all the breaks while everyone else feels stiffed, political power wielded by the very rich.
  8. Think local: I’ll bet on Tuesday night there was something (maybe many things) on your local ballot to celebrate. Embrace them. And find the many ways in addition to electoral politics to make change in your community, your town, your state.
  9. Take care of yourself: Yes, eat some comfort food—but then take those walks, do those yoga stretches. The whole world needs your energy, your health, your vision. There is much to be done.
  10. Take the long view: Martin Luther King’s words can hold us: “The long arc of history bends toward justice.”

Judged through the lens of the past (Coffee Talk with Kim)

Leadership can sometimes only be judged through the lens of the past. Though it seems like they were focused on their mission and believed in what they were doing, some times too much something good can be bad. 

Interesting facts: 

  • 1998: YAHOO refused to acquire Google for 1M.
  • 2002: YAHOO realized its mistake and offered 3B Google requested 5B YAHOO refused.  
  • 2008: Microsoft offered 50B to acquire YAHOO YAHOO rejected the offer.
  • 2016: YAHOO has been acquired for 5B and the current value of Google is around 545B.

Positively the best! Magnifique! ⭐ (Coffee Talk with Kim)

A group of researchers once videotaped two teams of bowlers during a match. They edited out the mistakes made by members of the first team and showed the tape to them. During the review, the researchers focused only on the strengths of the players and everything they had done right.
The second team was also shown a tape. But their video contained only the mistakes that had been made by their members. They were offered suggestions on how to improve their techniques.
After receiving the feedback, both teams showed signs of improvement. Surprisingly, the group that received the positive criticism improved 100 percent more.
So the next time you’re giving feedback to someone – whether as a parent, manager, or friend – remember that building on the positive aspects of the people’s actions or behavior reaps the best results.

Monday, November 7, 2016

New York Marathon #crazyrunninggal

It was exciting to be in New York City. 
I was mentally prepared for the second marathon of the year.
During this run, my goal was to focus on my mental capacity. It worked well, more focus.  Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.
The first evening and day in New York, we walked the city streets, broadway, and 
had a glass of wine and contemplated our upcoming weekend events.

The next morning we walked through Central Park, which was also the last few miles of the marathon course.  This was very helpful indeed, for the NY marathon. Then off to Times Square where Dana was interviewed by a Japanese news station about Hilary Clinton. She said, "Why not talk about running?" Ha ha ha!
My participating in the New York marathon fulfilled one of my lifetime dreams. (Check ✔️)
The New York marathon what a special treat. There were over 50,000 runners, then they reported 51,000 finished (how did that work?) They reported 152 runners from Wisconsin.

It was a hilly course. I came in within my planned time. Give or take. I ran over 5 bridges and ran in the five boroughs—Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island! We had to walk almost 3 miles after to get out of central park. I received a post race poncho, it seemed to be a popular option because almost every runner was wearing one. 

This was a great experience. Not only did I run the New York marathon for the first time, I was able to share it with my running friends.
This weekend experience was sweet! 
My stats:
Overall place: 43855 out of 50,000
50-55 age place: 1496
Gender place: 17086
Time: 05:34:2
Minute per mile: 12:46