Monthly Archives: April 2012

Aside

The world is a very entertaining place.  I really do get to see the best things.  One sunny April morning, while drinking coffee and looking out the window, I witnessed two foxes trying to get into our hen-house.  It was at this very … Continue reading

National Garlic Day

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A popular addition to many dishes in our house is garlic. Not to stereotype but some of that maybe due to the heritage of the big guy. Okay, sometimes we do need to put a warning on the Caesar salad dressing.  But who can resist this flavorful and healthful vegetable. And yes, it is a vegetable. Garlic belongs to the allium class of bulb shaped plants. Our household is not the only one who place high value on garlic. In 2000 B.C. it was actually used as currency. Garlic also has medicinal properties and is an antibiotic and an antifungal. There are a number of recipes to utilize this bulb for both these purposes. It is believed to ward off heart disease, cancer, colds, flu and lower blood cholesterol levels. Not to mention fighting off evil spirits and vampires. Garlic is a good source of vitamin C. It is also believed to repel insects, mosquitoes and fleas. Cooking does take the strength out of the garlic. The smell of garlic can be removed by running your hands under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel object, In the grocery stores the garlic is usually from China or Argentina. But in the fall when it is in season you can find locally grown.  In honor of National Garlic Day the following is our favorite Caesar salad dressing from the Company’s Coming Salad cookbook.

Caesar Salad Dressing

5 TBSP Cooking oil

2 TBSP Red wine vinegar

1 TBSP lemon juice

1 Egg yolk

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 Garlic clove mashed

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp Pepper

1 3/4 oz Canned anchovies

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Combine ingredients and mix well. A blender works well.

– Kelly

“There is no such thing as a little garlic,” Arthur Baer.

Discovering

It has been said that one of the ways to staying young is to continue learning. Combining continued learning with something we are passionate about and we have an opportunity to be fully in the moment, or in the zone. Time passes but we are not aware of it. Outside concerns and responsibilities are completely set aside or even forgotten about it. Our entire focus is on making that next step, achieving that immediate objective, or taking it to the next level.  And it is hard to transition back to the “real world”. Completely refreshing.  I was able to have such an experience the past two days at a Discovery Horsemanship clinic with Yolanda Garnier.  Yolanda is an accomplished young horsewoman, who is also an excellent instructor.  Not everyone who is skilled in a particular discipline is also able to teach it, but Yolanda definitely can. Her approach is supportive, encouraging, challenging and definitely fun.  Day one was spent building a foundation with our horses on ground work. Day two encompassed a review and then moved on to riding.

On the first day I used my trusty steed, Checkers. But he was a bit sore and it was concluded that I better not ride him the second day. I am extremely fortunate to have more horses to choose from, but I had not actually ridden any of them.  Observed my kids but not ridden them myself.  And with age has come, I like to think wisdom, and some reservations, perhaps even fear. I am not as brave as I once was. Other riders have echoed this sentiment.  And we are now aware of how much more there is to worry about.  Particularly if we are somewhat prone to worrying.  But it had been decided, I needed to ride a different horse. Then upon perusing Pinterest I saw a quote pinned by my oldest daughter, “Do one thing a day that scares you.” Well I definitely do not do one thing a day that scares me. I also don’t think we have to do it daily, but once in awhile we should step outside of the box, push our limits. This is one of the themes of our Inspiring Women Conference.  So I did. I rode Joe, a great horse but one that was totally unfamiliar to me. In fact, under Yolanda’s guidance, I think all of us in the clinic pushed our limits. What an amazing outcome we had with feelings of incredible achievement and mastery.  Loved it.  Excellent learning.

– Kelly

“Do one thing a day that scares you.”

The Law of Contraction and Expansion

Linda Edgecombe has been someone who inspires me. It was quite obvious to Terra and I that Linda be our keynote speaker at the 1st Annual Inspiring Women Conference in February. She has got me thinking again with one of her recent blog posts at lindaedgecombe.com referring to the law of contraction and expansion. She references Cyril Northcote Parkinson who says work either expands or contracts in order to fill the time available. I have been noticing this in my own life lately. When there is more to do, I get more done.  And the reverse is true. When there is little on my to do list, I am not getting anything done.  A suggestion from a wise friend was to dig out some old projects or hobbies, as the sense of accomplishment on completing those leads us to getting more done.

Northcote Parkinson first came up with this observation in 1955. At that time he was referring to the rate at which bureaucracies expand over time.  Another offshoot of this idea is, “If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute to do.” And here I thought I was just procrastinating, when really I was taking a more efficient approach.  On the website lifehack.org there are a couple of suggestions for how we can use this to our advantage. Give yourself half of the time anticipated to complete a task and then play beat the clock. This strategy will likely work better for the more competitive folks. Another suggestion referred to seriously restricting the time allowed for time wasters. E-mails and internet surfing are two possibilities. Once tasks are completed on the to do list, then give yourself permission to go back.  Of course we do not want to get into a frantic mode of constantly being productive. I think it is important to give ourselves down time to relax, reflect and recharge.  We need this opportunity to continue learning and becoming our best. What are some ways the law of contraction and expansion works for you?

-Kelly

“Efficiency is doing things right, effectiveness is doing the right things,” Peter Drucker.