Friday, August 29, 2008


"For everything there is a season,And a time for every matter under heaven:A time to be born, and a time to die;A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;A time to kill, and a time to heal;A time to break down, and a time to build up;A time to weep, and a time to laugh;A time to mourn, and a time to dance;A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;A time to seek, and a time to lose;A time to keep, and a time to throw away;A time to tear, and a time to sew;A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;A time to love, and a time to hate,A time for war, and a time for peace."

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

What kind of time are you are experiencing now? If you're not sure, try spending some time in silance and tuning into your own inner wisdom. Have a great holiday weekend!


Monday, August 25, 2008


Hugo and I are so proud of Fellow Delawarean Senator Joe Biden who was recently named vice -presidential candidate! You go, Joe! Senator Biden has selflessly served our home state of Delaware for over 35 years and is a dedicated and hardworking man. Senator Biden dined at our family restaurant Hugo's Inn on numerous occasions and will always be remembered as a very down to earth, authentic, and approachable guy. In my work as a Delaware licensed clinical social worker and community health nurse, I have personally seen how Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden have positively impacted our community and improved many lives. Senator Biden and his family live less than 2 miles from us and we are so grateful for what they have contributed to our town! Whatever your political affiliation, (or lack thereof ) we wish you and your family inner peace and good health!

Saturday, August 16, 2008


Peach season has arrived here in Delaware and this sweet delicious fruit is abundant. Here is a delicious and healthy recipe created by Chef Hugo for you. Enjoy!

Hugo's Peach Bread

1 cup fresh ripe peaches, cored and diced
1/2 cup organic honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1/2 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tablespoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup flax seed oil

. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, stir together peaches, honey, brown sugar, flax seed oil, eggs, orange juice and vanilla extract. Slowly add dry ingredients to mixture. Stir until well blended. Fold in walnuts.

2. Grease 9 by 5 bread pan with cooking spray. Pour batter evenly into pan.

3. Bake 45 minutes. Remove from oven when toothpick inserted into center of bread comes out clean. Cool in pan for ten minutes and transfer to wire rack.

Monday, August 11, 2008


"I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

Henry David Thoreau

Dreaming is an essential part of life. Having a dream that excites and inspires you is as necessary as breathing. Without dreams, most people become apathetic and at best, function on autopilot. What is your greatest hope or dream? What small step (or giant leap) can you take today to bring your personal dream to fruition?


Saturday, August 9, 2008


Chef Hugo is developing a new spicy walnut snack recipe. This delicious, newly minted recipe is sweet, spicy and high in fiber. Give it a try and let us know what you think! Happy weekend!

Hugo's Spicy Walnut and Almond Snack

12 cups bran flakes cereal (or use whole grain Chex type cereal)
2 cups walnuts
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup organic honey
4 TB water
2 egg whites
1/4 cup chili powder
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
salt and white pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 325 F.

2. In a large bowl, combine brain flakes, walnuts and almonds. In medium bowl, place egg whites, honey, water, chili powder, cilantro, salt, and white pepper. Whisk egg mixture until thoroughly combined.

3. Pour contents of medium bowl over walnut almond and brans flakes. Gently toss mixture until generously coated.

4. Transfer mixture to large baking pan and bake for 20 to 22 minutes, stirring twice during bake time.

5. Allow mixture to cool. Store at room temperature in airtight container.

Friday, August 8, 2008


"For after all, the best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain."- Henry Wadworth Longfellow

I love this Longfellow quote and feel its is all about accepting yourself exactly as you are in this present moment. I think one of the most liberating things that one can to is radically accept oneself exactly where they are at this moment in time. So maybe you are 20 pounds overweight or in a relationship that is less than perfect . How does it feel to love yourself exactly as you are without trying to change anything or acheive something ? Accepting yourself does not mean that you are settling for less. It simply means opening up to what the present moment has to teach you.

As I write this post, I still feel feel overwhelmed by an overflowing inbox, a two year old covered in inexplicable hives AGAIN, and a father afflicted with brain cancer who is grossly impaired. A huge part of me is waiting for something to shift, something to be dramatically different. But another part of me is simply, witnessing all that I experience , kicking back and enjoying the ride. However, instead of pushing uncomfortable feelings away, today I will let the rain fall and trust that sometime soon the sun will shine again.