Thursday, July 07, 2011
How about a favorite recipe of mine today...MM MM GOOD
4 cups Banana Nut Cheerios® cereal
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted*
1/3 cup roasted unsalted sunflower nuts
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Spray 9-inch square pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix cereal, cranberries, almonds and sunflower nuts. 2 In 2-quart saucepan, heat corn syrup, brown sugar and peanut butter to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. 3 Pour syrup mixture over cereal mixture; toss to coat. Press firmly in pan. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.
*To toast almonds, sprinkle in ungreased heavy skillet. Cook over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until almonds begin to brown, then stirring constantly until almonds are light brown.
1 Serving (1 Bar)
(Calories from Fat 30),
Total Fat 3 1/2g
(Saturated Fat 0g,
Trans Fat 0g),
Total Carbohydrate 18g
(Dietary Fiber 1g,
Percent Daily Value*:
Vitamin A 2.00%;
Vitamin C 2.00%;
1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
0 Skim Milk;
0 Low-Fat Milk;
0 Very Lean Meat;
0 Lean Meat;
0 High-Fat Meat;
1; *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend..
I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.
Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love .. I will.
I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.
They, too, will get old.
I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.
Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.
I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.
So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.
As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore..I've even earned the right to be wrong.
So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever,
But while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day(if I feel like it).
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
As children we set out confidently to explore the world we find around us. We are inquisitive, curious and have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and experience.
However, as we grow a little older we begin to discover our personal limitations…
We run as fast as we can at the school sports and still come last in the race. From this experience we determine that we are ‘bad at sports’.
We attempt to draw our favorite cartoon character and our friends laugh at the result. From this experience we decide that we ‘can’t draw’.
We try playing the piano and get yelled at by our piano teacher. This experience leads us to believe that we ‘are not musical’.
With each negative experience, we create a personal limitation that we file away in our minds and carry with us into adulthood.
As adults we often have a wide range of preconceptions and limiting beliefs that prevent us from fully experiencing the world around us. The problem with these beliefs is that we have carried them for so long that we don’t even think of challenging them.
It’s a lot like the story of the baby elephant that has a rope tied around his leg. Initially the little elephant tugs at the rope to try and break free, but eventually he gives up and accepts that he cannot move beyond the range of the rope.
Years later, when the elephant has grown into a two tonne adult that could easily break the rope, he doesn’t even try because he still holds the belief that he cannot break free.
Like the elephant, we often accept the limiting beliefs that we developed as children without question. We carry these beliefs with us for so long that we forget to challenge them in light of the new capabilities we have as adults.
For example, when Adam was young he didn’t learn how to swim. For many years he simply accepted this limitation as part of who he was. The ‘I can’t swim’ belief became ingrained in Adam’s mind to the point where he no longer questioned it.
It wasn’t until he was 25 that Adam recognized his internal belief for what it really was – a childhood limitation that was needlessly preventing him from enjoying life as an adult.
Adam began swimming lessons at his local pool and within three months he could swim competently. By the end of the year with some additional coaching, he was swimming over a kilometre a day.
Learning to swim also opened up a whole new world to Adam. For the first time in his life, he went to the beach with friends and enjoyed body surfing and having fun in the water. A few months later he began dating a girl who enjoyed sailing, and they had a fantastic time skimming across the surface of the ocean on a catamaran with the wind in their hair.
While Adam enjoyed these new activities, what brought him the most satisfaction was knowing that he had overcome his childhood limitation. Unlike the little elephant, Adam had broken the mental rope that had restricted him in the past and he was now enjoying his newfound freedom.
Today I’d like to encourage you to identify and challenge the limiting beliefs that you may have developed in the past.
If there is something that you have always wanted to do, then make the decision to break free of your limiting beliefs and get started.
There are whole new worlds of knowledge and experiences just waiting for you to discover. All you need to do is break free of the rope of your limiting belief and begin to take action.
Until next time
Dare To Dream!
Article by Anthony
Sunday, July 03, 2011
I could see it in the family album.
Smiling faces – nature’s backdrop.
There was an old covered bridge.
All the kids were leaning on the railing.
There in the evening light
I sucked in my breath.
This is God’s earth, His creation.
How can the two not be intertwined?
Magic mountains and blessings
Fit so well together.
Donna G Fowler
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