Friday, March 29, 2013

Life and breath

To paraphrase the substitute yoga teacher, "Fit the pose into your breath and not your breath into the pose" and this got me thinking that I should fit life more into me than me into life, so I raise my half-caf coffee cup to the improved, but not new me.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

In the Kitchen on Thursday: Sweet Potato Vine

My daughter and I did this yesterday as a great school vacation project and now she can't wait for the vine to grow.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday's tip: How to eat a multi course meal

Take my daughter's advice, "I'm going to eat a little of each course so I can taste everything and not get full."

Monday, March 25, 2013

Turn your screens off....

Yesterday my daughter and I met a friend of hers and the friend's mother for brunch and the mother talked about how they have "screenless" time and I can't wait to introduce it in my house which I am sure will cause some freak-outs my daughter (Disney channel, Nickelodeon, and Ipad games) and my husband (who often works on Sunday).

Turn your TV off

Thursday, March 21, 2013


On a subway....

In the Kitchen on Thursday: Lean meatballs

1 lb. Ground Turkey
1 C. oats
1 egg
1 tbsp. dried sage
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. Sunflower oil
1 jar tomato sauce (I like Barilla Marinara)

Mix all ingredients together except oil. When thoroughly mixed, shape into 12 balls. Place oil in 10" skillet and heat. Brown meatballs on each side. Add the jar of sauce and reduce heat to simmer the pot. The meatballs will finish cooking in the sauce. Serve over your favorite pasta and garnish with grated cheese. Serves 6.

Jarred Tomato Sauce Reviews

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday's words: All about eating

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined we'll" -- Virginia Woolf

Monday, March 18, 2013

A great idea from an 8 year old

Last night I called a family meeting to discuss the morning rush and the fact that my daughter whines the whole way to school when we are late and she came up with the rule, "No Ipad on school mornings" which impressed her father and I and made for a great walk to school this morning.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday: Calm after the storm

I spent yesterday running to and from home because I forgot things (at one point my wallet), so today it feels good to get out of town for the weekend for some overdue couples time, which a childless friend said was the key to a good marriage after the arrival of kid and it only took me several years to believe her (Thanks, Sabina) and to my hubby, I can't wait.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

In the kitchen on Thursday: Easy Oven Fries

2 sweet potatoes, cut in strips (a.k.a steak fries cut)
2 Tbsp Cocoanut oil
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
salt to taste

Toss all ingredients together. Place potatoes on a cookie sheet and bake in in a 350 oven for 60 minutes. Serves 4 people. Adapted from a New York Times recipe.

New York Times recipe

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A salesman's words

From Bottom Line Personal.....

Wednesday's Words from Richard Branson

"All startups should be thinking What frustrates me and how can I make it better? It might be a small thing or it might be a big thing, but that's the best way for them to think. If they think like that, they are likely to build a very successful business." -- Richard Branson (in Entrpreneur magazine)

Richard Branson Bio

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tuesday's Tip: Fluffy rice

When cooking any rice, place a folded dish towel under the lid to absorb the steam (this way it does not drip back into the pot).

How to cook white rice

Monday, March 11, 2013

A happier marriage

While thinking about what to write today, I read an article that said sharing in chores was number 3 on a list of what made a marriage happy and then I wondered how I get my husband to do more chores, any ideas?!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Try something new and you may be surprised

Today I set up and tried my new document scanner and now I am in love and dreaming of papers I can scan not to mention that my mom now has the chicken recipes I promised her middle of the week with no need for a photocopier, a stamp or a visit to her apartment.

Portable Document Scanner Article and Reviews

Thursday, March 7, 2013

In the Kitchen on Thursday: A deep clean body

Body Scrub

1 Packet Dried Milk
1 1/2 C. Oats (any kind)
1/4 C. Sea Salt, coarse
2 Lemon rinds, grated and dried.
Olive Oil (optional)

Crush the dried rinds between your fingers. Mix all ingredients in a large jar.

To make the scrub: mix about 1/4 C. of the mix with a few drops olive oil and approximately 2 Tbsp. water. Rinse body with warm water and rub scrub all over. The scrub can be used on the face too. Then rinse off the scrub.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tuesday's Tip: Long Lasting Eyeliner

From Melissa Murphy, owner Sweet Melissa (NYC)—warm your eyeliner with a hair dryer and then apply, so as it dries it sets (to last a long time)

Sweet Melissa

Monday, March 4, 2013

Where did the time go?...TV

While watching TV can be very relaxing as in yesterday afternoon when my husband and daughter were out, I am beginning to see it as a time drain, especially when reruns of my favorite shows are on during the day and I work from home—TV lunch anyone?!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Exercise pays off

Today, I had a professional photographer (who is a friend) take my portrait and sitting on the stool worked my leg muscles, so I am glad I take a TRX class once a week.