Thursday, December 25, 2014

Season's Greetings.....

From Life Management Pros and it's founder, Mali List Mayer....


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tuesday's tip: Mailing packages

The plastic "bag" mailers that some retailers use can be turned inside out to hide the writing and/or logo from the USPS and used again. (I just did it, so I know.)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

In the kitchen on Thursday: Healthy Latkes

Baked Sweet Potato and Apple Latkes*

Preheat oven to 400. Grate 2 medium sweet potatoes (aka Yams). Peel half a granny smith apple and grate into the potatoes. Add 1/3 C. oat flour and 2 beaten eggs. Mix all the ingredients together. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and grease with olive oil. Shape mixture into large "meatballs" and flatten on cookie sheet. Brush tops with olive oil. Bake for 15-25 minutes. Serve warm. Makes 12. Latkes can be refrigerated overnight.

(There is no picture because I forgot to take one before I served them and they were devoured.)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

In the kitchen on Thursday: Overnight oatmeal

1 C. Water
3/4 C. Oats

Place ingredients in lidded jar or bowl and shake. Place in the fridge overnight. In the morning warm up the oatmeal with whatever add-ins you like.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tuesday's tip: Water. Water, everywhere

I just read that to be fully hydrated, you should divide you weight in half and drink that many ounces of water per day.

For example: 150/2=75, so 75 oz.

Monday, December 8, 2014

What is family?

Yesterday, I attended the birthday party of my mother's boyfriend and every family member of his had the same last name except for a cousin (and his wife) on the boyfriends mother's side and it made me wonder what is family, so I answered my own question when I though about my close friend and her husband that my daughter calls grandma and grandpa and came to conclusion that family is what you make it.

(P.S. So Marco [our Havanese puppy] welcome to the family)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

In the kitchen on Thursday: A Southern style cake

This recipe originally came from the Betty Crocker website.

Caramel Cake

1 moist yellow cake mix
1 C. Milk
1/3 Butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
3 eggs

Caramel Frosting
1/2 C. Butter
1 C. Powdered Sugar
1/2 C. Cake batter (reserved)
1/2 C. Evaporated milk
1 tsp. Vanilla.

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together for the cake. You can use an electric mixer on a low speed or a wooden spoon. When it is all combined, remove 1/2 C. of batter for the icing. Pour the batter into two greased 8" round pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes and allow to cool.

For icing, melt the butter in a 2 qt. saue pot. Add in the rest of the ingredients and cook for several  minutes until the mixture thickens and turns "caramel" colored. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

Remove a cake layer from its pan and place on a plate. Ice the top with caramel frosting. Place on top the next layer and ice the top and sides.

I made this from my mother's birthday (she is Southern) and it was gobbled up before I could take a picture. I can say it is really delicious.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wednesday's Words on Reputation

" Your reputation and integrity are everything. Follow through on what you say you are going to do. Your credibility can only be built over time. and it is built from the history of your words and actions." —Maria Razumich-Zec

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tuesday's Tip: Softer hands while you do dishes...

No, not Palmolive. Rub your hands with lotion or olive oil before putting on rubber gloves, then get to work and the heat from the water helps your hands absorb the moisture.