I’m Putting Negativity On A Timeout

I’m Putting Negativity On A Timeout

Do you want to know the date that most people quit their New Year’s resolutions by? —> FEB 7th. That day has come and gone and I’m curious- How are you doing? My concern isn’t so much about whether or not you’ve lost the 10+lbs you wanted to, if you’ve been uber productive with your days or if you’ve pounded kale and spinach green juice every morning. My concern runs much deeper than that. I want to know how you are really doing. And I believe the answer to that question is found in how you talk. What kind of language are you choosing to say about yourself, your progress, your New Year so far? How are you talking to others about yourself? What’s your thought-life like? How’s your heart? That is where everything begins and all change happens— your heart. It’s from your heart that your mouth speaks, so pay attention to your words and you’ll quickly recognize what your heart of hearts believes. What do YOU believe about yourself? I’ve been hearing and reading a whole lot of ugly self-talk and I think it’s time to say, “Hold up. TIMEOUT, people”. I’m calling a timeout on negative & destructive thoughts, beliefs, and comments. Instead of saying: “I can’t believe I could NOT resist that donut this morning. I’m a complete failure.” Choose to say: “I am going to move forward and eat something healthy (that I enjoy) for lunch today. I CAN do this!” Make the decision to be motivated by GRACE.  Let LOVE ignite your pursuit. Shame, guilt, self-hate and negative thinking will only lead you to...
Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

My husband is pretty in tune with his taste preferences. He knows, and makes known, 2 bites in when he likes a meal. I can tell a meal isn’t a favorite when he eats more than two bites and doesn’t say anything. This recipe creation, inspired from a friend’s facebook post about hot dogs (I’ll get to that later), was deemed “freakishly good” after his first bite. 🙂 His enthusiasm has me sharing this meal with you. Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese Most of my meal creations are born out of a whim and what I have on hand in the kitchen. I used to spend hours pouring over recipes and then make them in meticulous fashion so they would hopefully turn out ok. You see, I started out not knowing how to cook and being pretty timid in the kitchen. Nowadays I just go with the flow. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. And I can live with the ups and downs of experimenting in the kitchen. It’s part of the whole experience and journey. I have learned that relying on some basic kitchen skills as a guide can help you have more ups than downs. To create this meal, I relied on knowing how to make a mornay sauce. (Thank you Wikipedia for putting a name to this sauce for me. Mornay is the beginning of the fancy cooking terms coming your way via this post, so brace yourself. But translation- it’s simply a cheese sauce). A mornay (aka. cheese sauce) starts with a roux. A roux is simply butter and flour. I melted a chunk of grass...
A Restaurant Review For The Foodie In You

A Restaurant Review For The Foodie In You

A Restaurant Review For The Foodie In You Cooking every meal you eat 7 days a week can get a little mundane. Having a kitchen routine can be both wonderful and boring.  Every now and then I get into a cooking rut where nothing really sounds appealing to cook. One way to help bust these “I-don’t-want-to-cook” blues is to peruse Pinterest recipes. But, let’s be honest- how many of those pins do we actually cook? Usually the pinning mayhem is futile. Another way that has actually worked on multiple occasions is to just throw some butter in a pan and commit. Because seriously, is there a better way to start a meal than with the sound and smell of sizzling butter? YUM! But every now and then, the old butter-in-a-pan trick just doesn’t cut it. On those such times, I know it’s best for me to simply get out of my kitchen and let someone else be chef for our family. And I want to share that tip with you- When you’re feeling less than inspired to cook:            Dining out is a sure-fire way to ignite creativity in your inner foodie. Are you in a cooking slump? Do you need a little spark in motivation to cook a delicious meal? Sometimes the best way to get inspired is to enjoy someone else’s creativity. Restaurant Month January is California’s Restaurant Month and it’s the perfect time to go out and get refreshed! Most participating restaurants build a special menu highlighting their best dishes and you really don’t want to miss it! After my hubby got home from...
7 Remedies To Beat Being Sick

7 Remedies To Beat Being Sick

There’s a real stubborn bug going around right now and it has more than overstayed its welcome. For those that have a lingering cough, cold or flu, here’s a round up of 7 great remedies to kick that sick bug to the curb!   1.)  Drink some homemade healing bone broth. Bone broth is an incredible support to your immune system and drinking this warm will soothe you to the core! 2.)  Get plenty of water. I’ve been drinking several warm mugs of water with raw honey and freshly squeezed lemon throughout the day.  The honey coats your tender throat and works with the lemon to promote healing. Plus hot liquids stimulate your immune system, so drink up! 3.)  Take an extra dose of elderberry syrup until you feel well again. 4.) Get extra rest. Don’t try to overdo it. Stay home and get some extra Zzzz. If you need a change of scenery, and it’s sunny like it is here on the Central Coast, step out into your backyard and rest in the sunshine. The extra natural Vit D from the sun will boost your immune system too!! 5.) Take a detox bath Add some lavendar essential oil to your bath if you have some on hand. It will help soothe body aches and induce sleep. 6.) Drink some of my headache soothing turmeric milk or tea.  (No headache required.) With turmeric and ginger, it’s sure to boost your immunity and get you feeling better fast! 7.)  Drink a shot of apple cider vinegar or make this apple cider vinegar cough remedy.   May these 7 remedies combat your flu, cold, or lingering cough!! Have any go-to remedies...
Thinking Better in 2015

Thinking Better in 2015

My hubby and I pray for vision for each new year. Last year the theme He gave us was “Pursuit”.  To pursue Him and pursue dreams He’s given us. This year I felt Him give me not one word, but a string of words that make this verse, “Do not despise small beginnings…” (Zechariah 4:10).  As well as this additional promise– “Though your beginning was small, your future will be great!” (Job 8:7) This 2015 I’m keeping in mind humility. I’m not going to despise small beginnings. I’m going to be settled with where I am each day. I’m going to choose contentment. Choose peace. Choose Joy in this moment. Even if life doesn’t look like I want it to. I am choosing to not despise small beginnings. How about you? Health goals unmet? House unkept? Face undone? Feeling ashamed and guilty for not being where we want to be, or who we want to be, is not working for us. Don’t misunderstand… I am all for pressing forward and striving to be our best and continually growing. I love setting goals for the new year and pushing myself to reach them. But, I believe carrying around shame and guilt for not being where we want to be yet, should no longer be our motivators. In fact, I believe guilt and shame are anti-motivators. Let’s allow acceptance to motivate.  Let kindness lead us to action; let’s start being kind to ourselves and where we are at on the journey. Let’s enjoy the adventure.  And let’s be done with self-hate. I love this encouragement from Graham Cooke. He says, “If all...