I asked Dr. Roberts the following three questions and received three very informative. powerful answers.
Monday, June 30, 2008
I asked Dr. Roberts the following three questions and received three very informative. powerful answers.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I . . . I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."
— Robert Frost"
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. ~Kahlil Gibran
Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. And lo, no one was there. ~Author Unknown
These quotes give me great comfort today. We've talked to a few of the world's finest neurosurgeons and it looks as if my beloved father will be having surgery to remove part of his brain tumor sometime in the near future. A part of me is scared and doubtful, but a larger part of me has complete faith and trusts that everything is unfolding in perfect order. During times of darkness and uncertainty, I remind myself and others about all of the wonderful things that exist that we cannot see with our eyes. For example, I cannot see the electricity flowing through my home, but I faithfully pay my utility bills each month. Even though I can't see the radio waves, I trust that when I push a certain button in in my car, the music will start. What helps you to have faith and trust in the universe?
Speaking of comfort, here is one of Chef Hugo's healthier comfort food alternatives for you.
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup skim milk
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/4 cup organic honey
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup evaporated skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups sweet potato, cooked, skin removed and mashed
1. In medium bowl, combine flour and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Gradually add skim milk and oil to mixture.
2. Stir until well blended. Form pastry into smooth ball.
3. Roll pastry roll between 2 12 inch squares of waxed paper using short quick strokes until pastry is completely flattened over wax paper.
4. Peel off top layer of wax paper and invert crust into pie plate. Preheat oven to 350F.
5. To make filling:
6. Combine honey and dark brown sugar in large bowl.
7. Gradually add evaporated skim milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and vanilla. Stir well.
8. Add sweet potatoes. Thoroughly combine.
9. Pour mixture into pie shell.
10. Bake pie for 55 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Serve.
Yield: 16 servings
Per Serving : 118 Calories; 3g Fat (21.7%calories from fat); 3g Protein; 20g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 40mg Cholesterol; 92mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1/2 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I am thrilled to have Jennifer Melnick Carota, MS, LPC as a guest this evening on our blog. Jennifer is a licensed professional counselor and sought after motivational speaker. She is known as the Rachel Ray of shopping in many circles. She has great energy and is clearly going places!
This week, I interviewed Jennifer and she gave me the following responses. This is wonderful expert advice. Thanks for the gift of your wisdom, Jennifer!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
"The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions." Ellen Glasgow
I love these two quotes about the concept of change. The following statement has been said a million times before in various ways but I will say it again. Change is inevitable. It is a healthy part of life that helps us grow and expand.
We are enduring some tiny yet dramatic changes in our house today. Our two year old daughter has simultaneously given up her nap and her voracious appetite for vegetables. Friends and family have told us these things would happen eventually. On a scale of life's major events, these milestones are small and innocuous . However, they remind us of how important it is to be flexible and open minded to the changing tides, no matter how big the waves. Here is a delicious recipe for Pink Princess Slaw. It is a delicious side dish sure to be devoured by princesses (and princes ) everywhere, even though it is comprised mainly of cabbage!
Pink Princess Slaw (Magic Wand Optional)
Serves about 5
2 tablespoons fat free sour cream
2 tablespoons lowfat buttermilk
2 tablespoons fat free mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon organic honey
dash sea salt
2 tablespoons scallion -- minced
5 cups red cabbage, shredded
In a large bowl. combine sour cream, buttermilk, mayo,Dijon,vinegar,honey, sea salt and scallions. Mix well.
Add red cabbage to bowl. Toss well. Cover and refrigerate for three hours or overnight. Serve to your royal subjects with pride.
Per Serving : 70 Calories; 3g Fat (36.2% caloriesfrom fat); 2g Protein; 11g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 1mgCholesterol; 50mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 0 Non-FatMilk; 1/2 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.
Monday, June 23, 2008
¼ cup Nuefatchel or nonfat cream cheese, softened or whipped
1 tablespoon organic honey
2 whole wheat tortillas
¼ cup blueberries
In small bowl, beat together cream cheese and honey. Carefully spread ½ cream cheese mixture on each tortilla. Place blueberries on top of cream cheese. Fold tortilla in half. If desired, lightly toast for five minutes or place in microwave for 30 seconds. It is also delicious if served cold. Cut in half or fourths and serve.
If you don’t have blueberries lying around try adding strawberries or bananas to your quesadilla instead. Yum!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
When I think of maintaining both a sense of inner peace and personal ambition the following quote by Lao Tzu comes to mind "By doing nothing one could accomplish everything.'"
As a busy mom, writer and psychotherapist, I rarely have time to "do nothing." As I type this entry after midnight, I have two loads of laundry in progress, a feverish child in my bed, and a desk piled high with work. A part of me thrives on burning the candle at both ends and having multiple projects in the works. However, a larger part of me, simply just wants to be relaxed and enjoy exactly where I am in this moment. For me, inner peace is simply about being in the present and knowing that everything will be okay, regardless of how crazy it seems now. Meditation is a great way to infuse your day with inner peace. I try to set aside ten minutes each morning to simply sit and breathe. During meditation, I slowly breathe in and out through my nostrils and gently let go of any thoughts or worries. I allow everything to be as it is. Having thoughts occur during meditation is as natural as breathing. I welcome the thoughts and then quietly let them go as I surrender to silence. At first, I found meditation challenging. I ,too, am ambitious. It was hard for me to sit still and I was eager to get started with the next item on my list. However, after a lot of practice meditation is now my favorite part of the day.
Paradoxically, I find that after this ten minutes of "doing nothing" but meditating, I am most productive. Some of my best ideas and freshest writing come to me after meditation. In a sense, meditation fuels my ambition yet also sustains my sense of inner peace.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.” Peace Pilgrim
For more information about Peace Pilgrim and The Intergenerational Walk for Peace please visit http://mysite.verizon.net/vze76gvv/peacepilgrim100/id1.html
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
8 ounces whole kernel corn
1/4 cup cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup tomato, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon green onions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon jalapeno chili pepper, seeded and minced
2 teaspoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced
1. In large bowl, combine corn, cucumber, tomatoes, green onions and jalapeno.
2. In small bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil, cumin and cilantro/
3. Pour lime juice mixture over corn mixture. Toss well. Cover and chill for at least three hours. Serve.
Yield: 2 servings
Per Serving : 124 Calories; 2g Fat (13.8%calories from fat); 4g Protein; 27g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 0mgCholesterol; 9mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1/2Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 0 Fat.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
2 large red bell peppers, seeeded and sliced
2 large Vidalia onion, sliced
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
dash sea salt
2 cod fillets or salmon fillets
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh tarragon
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Spray baking dish with vegetable oil cooking spray
3. Arrange the sliced lemons and sliced onions on bottom on baking dish.
4. Layer sliced red bell peppers on top of onions. Sprinkle tarragon over the tomatoes.
5. In small bowl, mix the turmeric, paprika, curry, cinnamon, and sea salt. Rub spice mixture on both sides of cod fillets.
6. Place seasoned cod fillets in baking dish on top of onions, tomatoes and tarragon.
7. Drizzle lemon juice on top of fish.
8. Bake the dish for 35 minutes or until fish is opaque in the center and thoroughly cooked.
Per Serving : 224 Calories; 11g Fat (45.0%calories from fat); 22g Protein; 9g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 50mg Cholesterol; 305mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 3 Lean Meat; 1 ½ Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 2 Fat.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup skim milk or soymilk (try carob or choclate flavored soymilk if you are feeling adventerous)
1/2 cup strawberries, hulled and diced
Saturday, June 14, 2008
"You have the power to create the naturally stress-free and tranquil life you desire: You can either activate thoughts that produce stress within you, or activate thoughts that make stress impossible. It’s your choice." Wayne Dyer
Friday, June 13, 2008
4 cups fresh strawberries
2 cups fresh raspberries
2 cups fresh blueberries
2 cups cranberry juice or cranberry-raspberry juice blend
1/3 cup sugar (optional)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups plain or vanilla organic low fat yogurt
Place the strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and juice in a large blender and process until smooth. For best results, do this step in batches. When finished, strain the berry mixture through a sieve into a medium non reactive, stainless saucepan. Gently mix in the sugar and cinnamon. Bring mixture. to a boil over medium heat. Remove immediately and place in a large bowl; cover and chill overnight (or at least 3 hours) Stir in the yogurt. Serve.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
After our Mommy and Me art class, my daughter and I went to a local southwestern restaurant for lunch with some friends. Due to the current salmonella outbreak, the restaurant removed all tomatoes from their menu. Better safe than sorry. But who eats chips without salsa? My 2 year old daughter was very disappointed. Thankfully I was able to distract her by offering some yummy guacamole.
Chef Hugo dreamed up a DELICIOUS recipe for Strawberry Salsa. It's strawberry season here in Delaware and our refrigerator is packed with the sweet red fruit. Although this recipe may sound unusual, give it a try. I promise that you will not be disappointed. It is so wonderful that you won't even miss the tomatoes!
3 sweet red peppers -- medium-sized, seeded, diced
2 green bell peppers -- medium-sized, seeded, diced
1 jalapeno pepper -- large-sized, seeded, chopped
1 cucumber -- diced
1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon crushed dried red chili pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Combine all ingredients; stir well. Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
I saw this adorable bag today. It is available at Target. I am going to buy a few this weekend and stash them in the trunk of my car. Bringing your own reusable tote bags to the grocery store is a great way to avoid using that wasteful paper and plastic. Knowing that I am doing my part to protect the environment for the next generation brings me inner peace today.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to inner peace and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions.This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.
Some signs and symptoms of inner peace:
* A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears basedon past experiences.
* An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
* A loss of interest in judging other people.
* A loss of interest in judging self.
* A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
* A loss of interest in conflict.
* A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)
* Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
* Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
* Frequent attacks of smiling.
* An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make themhappen.
* An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as wellas the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
WARNING: If you have some or all of the above symptoms, please be advised that your condition of inner peace may be so far advanced asto not be curable. If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting any of these symptoms, remain exposed only at your own risk.
© 1984 Saskia Davis———— –A note from the author:
SYMPTOMS OF INNER PEACE was written from the state of being that itdescribes. In fact, when I wrote it, I was high on Love. Not romanticlove, but the kind that confirms to us that we are connected to andsupported by the Universe. It had been eight years since I had takenstock of my unsatisfying life and had committed myself to changing itfrom the inside - out. This had meant giving up “image-management- for-the-sake-of- social-acceptance” in favor of choices and relationshipsthat were based on my real thoughts, feelings and desires as well asgiving up fear-based choices in favor of faith and love-based choices.
Since “SYMPTOMS” first was published, it has taken on a life of itsown, making its way around the world via friends, newsletters,bulletin boards, books, radio, church groups, and, now, the internetwhere it can be found on hundreds, possibly thousands of sites whichseem to be multiplying exponentially: a totally grassroots peacemovement! Wow! What a rush!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
10 ounces vegetable stock
1 cup water
1 cup brown rice, long-grain, uncooked
1 cup fresh tomato, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup carrot, chopped fine
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/3 cup green onions, chopped
1/3 cup fresh parsley
3/4 cup turkey, cooked
1. In large saucepan over medium high heat, combine vegetable stock and water. Bring to a boil. Add brown rice and carrot. Stir well.
2. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until rice is tender and most of water is absorbed.
3. Gradually add lemon juice and olive oil to mixture. Mix well. Add cheese, tomato, green onion, parsley and turkey. Toss well.
4. Transfer mixture to bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours. Serve.
Yield: 6 servings
Per Serving : 249 Calories; 8g Fat (28.4%calories from fat); 12g Protein; 33g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 22mg Cholesterol; 464mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 1/2Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1 Fat.