Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Last night, when I went to bed the weather forecast was saying that we could expect extremely cold temperatures for this time of year, high winds, rain, ice pellets and a possibility of snow. So, when I went to bed I had an uneasy feeling about how the start of my Wednesday work day would be.
I woke up this morning before the alarm clock to the sound of wind howling and rain pelting on the bedroom window. I got up, grabbed my clothes and headed for the shower, trying not to look out at the weather. During breakfast the weather man informed us that we hadn’t really experienced any freezing rain or ice pellets, but there was still a possibility that we would. I looked outdoors and confirmed that all that was happening were the high winds and rain. I could handle that.
The day may be blustery and cold. I may not be able to go for my 15 minute walk break at lunchtime, but I can tolerate all of this because my Green Food Box will arrive today! The Health Unit in the town where I live sponsors a Green Food Box program. What this is, is for $10 or $15 you receive a box of fruits and vegetables. They try to add locally grown items to the boxes as often as possible and always include something that is unusual, along with recipes and ideas on how to use the products. The people who participate in this program where I work have compared Green Food Box day to Christmas morning – you never know what you’ll get and just the mystery of this leaves you with a sense of excitement. This month my son and daughter have decided to try a box for themselves, even though they live 77 km away. My daughter, after she decided to purchase a box said “Wonder what I’ll get” – guess the sense of excitement has gotten to her too!
If the community where you live participates in a program similar to this, I would suggest you try it out. You will be amazed at the quality and value you will receive. And you’ll find that the assortment of fruits and vegetables will allow you to ‘mix up’ your menus.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I committed myself some time ago to take a walk outside the office at lunchtime whenever the weather permits. I only have 30 minutes for lunch, so I monitor how long I’m out by checking my watch and turning around when I’ve been walking about 7 to 8 minutes bringing my mid-day Spark Streak to 15 minutes.
Today, our area is enjoying cool but sunny weather. As I walked through the neighbourhood I met people who were out and about doing yard work, bringing parcels in from their cars and some who were just enjoying the sunshine. Everyone I passed had a smile on their face. And even though I felt like just walking my afternoon away, I dutifully headed back at 12:08.
The fifteen minute walk break rejuvenates me and allows me to shed whatever stress my shoulders accumulated during the morning and the fresh air makes me more alert. The afternoon will fly by relatively stress-free.
Its amazing that 15 minutes of something as simple as walking can do so much with so little effort.
Monday, April 18, 2011
I’m quite excited to be making a new recipe today. It’s a Monday. How many people can sympathize with the working person’s ‘What’s for dinner?” cry that is heard on Mondays as they come in the door?
My new recipe challenge to myself for this week is “Crockpot BBQ Chicken”. This recipe was featured in a local weekly newspaper and was added to the SparkPeople Recipe database by Kogo_Shuko. Thank you to Kogo for sharing!
This morning at 7:15 a.m. I placed a whole chicken in my crock pot and mixed the sauce ingredients to make this dish and poured it over the chicken. Put the lid on the slow cooker, plugged it in the wall, and set it on low as I walked out the door. We will be having this BBQ chicken later today served with a wild rice medley and candied carrots.
Not only does this recipe solve my Monday evening “what’s for supper” dilemma it also is giving me my new recipe of the week, is enabling me to use my crock pot, will give me lots of leftovers for lunches( so I guess its batch cooking), and I hope to be able to make some soup stock with the carcass(more batch cooking). How great is that?! All this with the minimum of effort and ingredients.
If you’re interested in trying this one, check out Spark People’s Recipes – you’re looking for Crockpot BBQ Chicken submitted, as mentioned earlier, Kogo_Shuko. If you’re having trouble locating the recipe, but want to give it a whirl here are the ingredients you’ll need:
No more than 3 to 5 pounds of chicken. I used a whole chicken, but I think Kogo may have used skinless boneless chicken breasts. Whatever is your fancy!
12 oz of chilli sauce
1/3 cup lemon juice – I didn’t use this much
1 tbsp worceshire sauce
2 tbsp fancy molasses
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp chilli powder
½ tsp garlic powder
I also added some diced onion.
Dump it all in the crock pot and cook on low. Voila!
Friday, April 15, 2011
Friday is here yay! I'm sitting here eating an extra-large apple called 'honeycrisp'. You'd think that something with such a tasty name would be full of flavour and worthy every bite I take. I have never tasted anything so bland in my life. Guess the old 'don't judge a book by its cover' is working in reverse here!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Isn’t it amazing how our mind’s work. Every day, we all move through the moments of our lives. And you can bet, that at the end of the day, when you find the time to sit quietly and sort through all your experiences of the day, your perception of all the moments of that day will be different from the people who shared them with you. Whether the people who shared your day are co-workers, family or friends, we all view and remember these moments differently.
And you can also be certain, that the person you see reflected in the mirror probably doesn’t look anything like the person your friends, co-workers and family members see. We need to keep this in mind every day – whether we’re rehashing what we should have done, said or did or how we look in the mirror. Personal perception can distort things…. And its usually safe to say that we exaggerate things, and not in our favour, a lot of the time. So next time you consider how your day went, or what you see in the mirror, try to keep this in mind.
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