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Being happy with yourself

Posted by Kate on October 6, 2013 in Post archive |

Remember when your teacher or parent would ask you if you did your best?  If you said yes, then they would encourage you to be proud of yourself just as they were proud of you.  If you answered no, then they encouraged you to not give up and try again.  “Everything I Ever Needed to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum is full of examples just like this.  As adults we often get bogged down in feeling like we are falling short from where we want to be…this is not the path to happiness.

If you want to be happy, stay positive, and get where you need to go in your journey through life then you have to learn the concept that Kim Kiyosaki discusses in this short video.

You are in the driver’s seat of your life.  You are determining which rules of the road you will and will not follow, but you are not in control of all the other folks around you.  You will be able to attract the right kind of people to travel with if you have the light of happiness within you.  You will be able to keep going when some days are full of challenges and “opportunities” if your happiness is not dependent upon what happened to you.    Use the advice she is sharing…it doesn’t just work in kindergarten…set goals, reflect on your progress correctly, and set new goals as you continue your journey ~

I’ve chosen The Summit Group as a part of my household plan to make sure that I am building a nest egg for the future and my retirement.  I’ve been able to build it in such a way that it has not taken much money to get started.  I’ve had both the freedom and the support I needed to build in a way that fits my family’s needs.

For us, one of our goals has always been to have a Plan B…if I have learned no other lesson in life – this I have learned well.  Life rarely goes as planned.   Home business is one of the few ways left for the average person to create financial security for themselves.   I was listening to Fox5 Atlanta news the other day and heard a statistic that really struck a chord with me…”The average family in the United States is two paychecks away from being homeless.”  At first I thought – that can’t be true, but then as I really thought about it – I realized it probably was.  Missing two paychecks may not put them on the street immediately, but if they are living on the edge as many do…they would not be able to catch back up making this a sad fact, but probably true.  Right now everything may be going well for you…do you have an extra set of oars packed away just in case?

If you do ~ congratulations!   If not ~ then it’s time to create a pair and The Summit Group is a great option for both stability and growth.

Not only will you be able to shop from yourself for all these Christmas presents coming up, but as you develop customers and clients in the course of building your home business you will always have a consistent supply of high quality consumable products that all come with a money-back guarantee to offer.  Direct sales is not always an easy business, but it is one which offers each person the ability to be successful in direct proportion to their consistent daily activities designed to build a profitable business.

May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

~ an Irish blessing

Kate

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Tips to support healthy eyes

Posted by Kate on October 6, 2013 in Post archive |

I love opening my rss feed every morning – it’s so much better than newspapers used to be – I do miss the feel of the paper in my hands, but I love that the news is customized to what I want to read!

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Today the article that caught my attention first was http://www.thealternativedaily.com/how-to-improve-eye-health-naturally/ .  I don’t know about you, but I dislike it when I have to click to click to click read an article that someone recommended to me.  I wish they would give me a summary and then let me go find more details if I want them.  With this in mind, let me share some of their basic tips for keeping your eyes healthy.

  • Enjoy your sweet potatoes, egg yolks, and pumpkin knowing these have eye healthy nutrients.
  • Garlic and shallots are also great for the eyes.
  • Grapes and blueberries
  • Wild caught salmon and cod
  • If you have lighter skin…your eyes are more sensitive so grab UV protective sunglasses!
  • Be sure to get up and look around 5-10 minutes of every hour for those of you who stare at close work.
  • Make sure you are blinking and YES!!!…it is healthy to roll your eyes…unless it is at your parent or teachers. J
  • Stay away from smoke, toxic fumes, and trans fats…they are harmful to eye health.

It is my intention every day to live simply, laugh daily, and grow up gracefully ~ paying attention to my health is important to these goals.  If you found this summary useful; I encourage you to pay it forward and pass it on by sharing.  You will also find additional tips and more details where I’ve tagged the original article above.

I’d love to hear from you how you keep your eyes healthy.  Please leave a comment below & share so we can pass these great tips along.

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Easy Homemade Soft Drinks

Posted by Kate on July 22, 2011 in Post archive |

I really enjoy bubbly cold drinks; my favorite is Dr. Pepper, but I had this new goal of less than 15 grams of sugar and no high fructose corn syrups. I also don’t like the write-ups on the diet sweeteners that I’ve seen so… how to solve this dilemma in a way that I won’t cheat often!

10 oz glass of Arrowhead Springs Sparkling Water with lime
1 TB of Black Cherry Concentrate

Pour in just a bit of the Sparkling Water, add the Black Cherry Concentrate, and then add the remainder of the Sparkling Water. It will bubble and foam so make sure there is room in your glass.

The sparkling water ingredients should read water and CO2 in case you need to choose a different brand. Torino’s flavored syrups are made with cane sugar, not HFCS, so you could also play around with these flavors a bit to add to the fruit concentrate until you find a few you like. An 1/8th teaspoon of your favorite unsweetened drink mix, and 1/4 tsp powdered stevia works also if you need to nix the sugar entirely. Different brands of stevia have different levels of sweetness…if there is a bitter aftertaste you probably have too much – a little goes a long way!

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It’s about learning how to dance in the rain…

Posted by Kate on July 22, 2011 in Quick & Easy cooking |

One of my favorite quotes is,

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Recently things around here changed…all of a sudden I needed to figure out how to cook meals that still tasted good, were filling, and provided that mental comfort we all get from a meal truly enjoyed without several pantry items that were previously frequent, easy favorites. I’ve played a bit with this and that over the past couple of months and have, “Come a long ways, baby.” LOL, so several recipes following this post will show the progression we have made to a new way of eating. The following ingredients are no longer in our pantry: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Soybeans/soy in any form, White Rice in any form, and MSG/autolyzed yeast or anything hydrolyzed. Sugar, including sugar from fruit, has a new limit of 15 grams a day per person. Wheat/Whey was limited to rare and if any, not much per serving. Meat needed to be antibiotic-free and preferably grain-fed as well as limited to a few oz. at a time. By the way, my grocery budget is not unlimited so we needed to do this without breaking the bank! We made the transition with quite a few success stories and just a few…”never try that agains!” I gained so much help from other bloggers who posted their journeys online that I thought it would be helpful to share some of ours here in case it might help someone else who found themselves wanting or needing to make a change. What caused this sudden change? We had someone who was trying to gain ground against advanced bone cancer and diabetes. With limited budget and limited time for cooking as I worked crazy hours each week; I just could not manage two different menus all the time so we just all made the transition. I’m grateful to Watkins for having so many products that were “no worry” products…have you read labels lately?  Those of us who don’t have significant health challenges “cheat” sometimes, but after discussing it as a family we decided that it would be better for all of us if we just changed to a more healthy way of living. Our guest was making progress using this food protocol as well as a few supplements – they had well-researched reasons behind each choice and their progress was being documented by blood tests that showed falling PSA levels and stabilizing blood sugar. As part of their research, they had also identified a few foods they wanted to include frequent servings of: asparagus, beets, avocados, tomatoes, garlic, oats, apricots, and pecans/walnuts/almonds. We find ourselves off on a grand adventure; so far our guest is doing as well as possible, I have lost weight, and we have actually found/modified many recipes that are quite flavorful and easy to fix.

I encourage you to experiment with your recipes even if you don’t “have” to. They can be made more healthy, still easy, and be full-flavored.

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Easiest Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Posted by Kate on December 23, 2010 in Post archive, Quick & Easy cooking |

We love macaroni & cheese, but I really don’t like all the trouble of boiling and draining the noodles…yet most recipes that use the uncooked noodles have bits and pieces of noodle that are still a quite dry. I found a few tricks around the web, tried a little of this and a dash of that, and ended up with a great dish that will be made often at our table!

Easiest Baked Macaroni & Cheese

1 1/2 cup uncooked macaroni elbows
3 TBS melted butter
1/4 cup cheese powder
3 cups of grated cheddar cheese
1/8 tsp of Watkins ground sea salt
1/8 tsp of Watkins Black Pepper
3 1/4 cup of milk
1 egg

Melt the butter in the bottom of an 8 x 8 glass pan. Add the macaroni to the pan and coat the noodles well with the melted butter. Add the grated cheese, cheese powder, salt, and pepper to the pan and stir into the noodles. In a separate bowl whisk the egg and milk together then pour over the cheese and noodle mixture. Carefully press down any noodles that are sticking above the liquid, cover with foil, and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees while you read a book or work on some other portion of dinner.

Enjoy the time you gained!!

In a pinch, you can start with a box of Kraft original macaroni and cheese…you will have the noodles and the cheese powder…then all you have to do is dress it up in style:)

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The latest adventure of Robert Langdon

Posted by Kate on December 5, 2010 in Post archive |

I’ll let you know how it goes! So far, so good:)

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Easy Peach Cobbler

Posted by Kate on November 28, 2010 in Quick & Easy cooking |

We make this in a round deep dish glass pie plate, but other similar sized pans will work fine. The deep dish is important as it fills the dish to the top!

It’s easy to whip this up for those snowy evenings as we sit and watch the snow fall and serve it hot with ice cream or chill it to serve it at a picnic during the warmer summer months…wait I should have said weeks – summer is gone in a flash here, but it’s gorgeous while it lasts!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Melt 1/2 cup of butter into the bottom of the pie dish and set aside for a moment.

In a small mixing bowl stir together:
1 1/3 cup of Bisquick
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of milk
1 tsp of Watkins Double-Strength Vanilla
1 tsp of Watkins Cinnamon

Pour the Bisquick mixture on top of the melted butter in the pie dish; expect the batter to be pretty thin and push the butter up around the edges a bit when you pour.

Place 4 cups of sliced frozen/fresh peaches in a single layer letting them settle right down into the batter.

Bake for 40 minutes, let sit for just a moment while you dish out the ice cream and enjoy!

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Hearty, Autumn Beef Stew

Posted by Kate on November 20, 2010 in Post archive |

This is a winter staple that we like to make at least once a month. These portions will fill the large 7-quart Crock-pot. It’s easy to make and then freeze the remainder for later meals in portion sized servings. Each person in our house has a favorite soup which I cook about once a month in the large crock. This allows us to later have an evening when we can enjoy an easy quick family meal while all of us have our very favorite soup in our own dish. Part of the fun in eating out is getting to choose what you want to eat, but I refuse to become a short order cook every evening at home! This has been an easy, inexpensive way to expand the menu options in our home every now and then.

2 lbs southern style hash brown potatoes (diced potatoes)
2 cups frozen crinkle cut carrots
2 cups frozen english peas
2 cups frozen cut corn
2 lbs browned cubed stew meat
4 cups diced tomatoes
1 cup diced onion (or 1/4 cup of Watkins Onion soup base)
4 stalks cubed celery
4 quarts of beef broth (Watkins beef soup base)
dash of hickory smoke seasoning
1 tbs Watkins Meat Magic
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp Watkins Black Pepper

In a skillet, brown the meat adding the meat magic, hickory smoke seasoning, black pepper, and onion to the skillet. Layer all ingredients including the browned meat mixture into the Crock Pot and add enough water if necessary to have the mixture just covered. Cook on high for two hours and then turn to low until ready to serve. This stew pairs well with crackers, crescent rolls, or garlic bread on those chilly autumn evenings.

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Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies

Posted by Kate on February 28, 2010 in Post archive |

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp Watkins Baking Powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp Watkins Clear Vanilla Extract

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the liquid ingredients first and then sift together the dry ingredients before slowly adding them to batter. Use a melon baller to drop cookie dough unto a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar before sliding into a preheated 350 degree oven for 11-13 minutes.

We had fun making these – and hope you will also:)

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Southern Biscuits and Gravy

Posted by Kate on February 15, 2010 in Quick & Easy cooking |

An inexpensive and quick meal that is easy on the budget, warm on a chilly night, and quick to fix. You can used canned chicken, leftover cubed chicken, or rotisserie chicken picked up on the way home. You’ll have a quick, easy, and healthy meal on the table in just a few minutes.

1 can (12 oz.) chunk chicken breast, drained
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon Watkins Chicken Soup base
1/8 tsp Watkins Organic Paprika

Bring the above ingredients to a slow simmer
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3/4 cup Watkins Country Gourmet Gravy Mix
3/4 cup cold water

Whisk together and add to the simmering ingredients
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Bring back to a slow simmer then continue to stir for about a minute until it thickens into a gravy.

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Serve over warm biscuits and enjoy!

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