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Sometimes you just need to pull inward.

Yesterday we put down our eldest horse Big Doc.  I keep trying to write the blogs for this week and end up staring out into nothing.  So I am pulling in for the rest of the week and taking a little bit of a break.  I do not have this weeks recipe typed up and even things that are second nature are not coming easily this week.

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Homemade Granola

This is my favorite granola and hails from the Food Network’s Alton Brown. It has a five star rating for a good reason. usually I am the only one who eats granola, no one else in the house usually eats it. That is until I made this recipe. The coconut and granola haters ate it and they ate it quickly.
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This lead to the doubling of the recipe when I make it. Its gone in a few weeks. This granola makes a really nice yogurt, fruit, and granola breakfast. I like it as a cold cereal or just to eat out of hand. Its sweet but not too sweet and has a pleasant crunch and toastyness to it that I enjoy.

A few things I switched around are I don’t add raisins or fruit to it. I find that when I do that no one eats it, not even me. If I want some dried fruit I put into the portion I am currently eating. the dried fruit starts to flavor the granola. Secondly I ditched the cashews for walnuts. Love walnuts so much and they are easier for me to get hold of.

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup flaked or silvered almonds
1 cup flaked coconut
1 1/2 cups walnuts
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix everything up in a big bowl and make sure oats and nuts are will coated. Spread out on a baking sheet, making it even. Place in oven and cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Stirring every 15 minutes, this ensures granola will brown evenly.

What’s going on in my world.

I sit here trying to write the blog for Monday and keep just staring out the window at the snow falling, yes it’s still snowing. March came in like a lion and appears to be leaving like one too. The last few days have just been downers, the weather is so awful. Everyone in the neighborhood is getting cranky. On the days we do get some sun all it does is create is mud and by mud I mean the kind that pulls boots off and you sink. Makes feeding animals a lot of fun.
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Anyways enough with the blahs and weather as there is also some really awesome stuff happening. I’m currently in B-School and loving it. So much info has been dumped into my brain I can’t process it all yet. Going through B-school has made me realize a couple of things.

One I am going to focus in more on food and cooking for the rest of the year. I tend to think of the blog year starting in April as that is when I started this blog. There will still be some fitness and wellness but my focus is cooking and food.

The second big change is I am in the process of moving to a self hosted site, so if you notice the URL change,that’s why. There will be some formatting and frequency changes. Nothing huge just a shift to looking more like a business and less like just a blog. The other big change is I’ll be posting two blog posts a week. Friday is staying the Weekly Menu and a recipe as meal planning is something I feel strongly about. So blog days will be Wednesday and Friday. The newsletter will still go out on Tuesdays.

I hope you all are having better weather than me and are frolicking through the tulips surrounded by butterflies. April is going to be a month of recipes to celebrate my birthday month, so I hope you are ready. I’ll be posting some family favorites.


Hey kids.  I am taking a blogcation this week.  I need a wee bit of break this week as I am starting B-School and feeling the overwhelm of this endeavor. I’ll be back next week. I’ll leave you with a picture of Wilhelmina in a box. See you all next week.

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Doubt and moving Forward

Being a small business owner is probably one of the more terrifying things I have decided to do with my life. At this points it is me and me. No one tells me what to do or create, which I love. Creating programs is something I groove on but when its just you and you it is easy to doubt what is being created.
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January saw the launch of my first program 14 Day Jump Into Healthy. It is my baby. I conceptualized it, wrote it, and marketed it. Its something that I am excited about and believe in. But…

Here’s where doubt comes in. It creeps up on you, tries not to announce itself. Doubt doesn’t want you to know it is there. Lurking in the back of your mind telling you that what you created is no good, not worth it, why would anyone want that. Doubt wants you not believe, it wants fear to set in and for excitement to be extinguished.

Doubt turns to fear, fear to stagnation it douses that inner flame. I know doubt its been in my life before, not skinny enough (I was), not good enough (I am plenty good), not, no, can’t. I’ve lived with this before. It can cripple. The trick is not to let it take over.

Know this, you will always doubt, but its how you respond to doubt that makes the difference. Acknowledge that you doubt and let it go. So simple and sometimes so hard to do. Engage doubt, why do you feel that way? Feelings do not need to be rational. You can feel it and know that it is not true. As Ravi Singh says “if you can feel it, you can heal it.”

In my case I know it is unfounded and remind myself I know enough. I am that person who needed Jump Into Healthy. So I know inside that my doubt is wrong. It can help to go out and find some outside validation. Talking about your doubt and exposing it to the light of day will often dispel it. We all need outside validation form friends, family, or colleagues.

The word I chose for this year is Forward and when my doubt rears its head, I repeat Forward, like I would a mantra. Forward. I shall go forward. I am fearless. I will doubt and not let it destroy what I desire for me. How do you deal with doubt?

Happy Holidays

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Loving Kindness

We don’t think about the impact we make on people very often. Most of the time we never know what that impact is, good or bad. Recently I have had the opportunity to find out what impact I did make on someone’s life. I had no idea of the impact I had on her life. I knew the effect she had on mine, it was good and is still good. It kind of blew me away.
 photo Threads-that-are-golden.jpgSee I had no idea, let’s call her Charlotte, no idea how she how viewed our friendship in the past. Its been years since we last talked before Charlotte and I reconnected on Facebook. We’ve been messaging for a couple of months, getting caught up on each others lives and getting to know each other again. Even with the gap, it feels normal to have Charlotte back in my life even if it is now long distance.

Charlotte and I met as teens. We were both on the outside looking in. Neither of us fit in for a variety of reasons. We connected on that aspect and became best friends. That friendship helped get me through some rough patches in high school. We lived across town from each other, there was a lot of telephoning.

This reconnection got me thinking of how we impact the lives of people we meet whether you know them or not. Think of how a stranger smiling at you can brighten your day. A minutes worth of conversation nudges your day into the good. It makes me want to strive to be a good friend in those short encounters. Imagine that impact of continuing in a friendship that can span decades. I chose to give hope and kindness to to my friends, family, and strangers.

I make that choice everyday, don’t get me wrong. I am not perfect, there are still arguments, but I choose how I react and handle it after the fact is what is important. Let those you love know and keep smiling at strangers. Let’s imbue the world with loving kindness.

Weekly Groove: Plank

Plank is one of my favorite ways to work my abdominal muscles. Plank primarily works the transverse and rectus muscle in the abdomen along with the erector spinae. Plus it also hits the deltoids, rotor cuffs, glutes, quads and a few other muscles that I can’t remember off the top of my head. It involves using your whole body.
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Plank is my go to ab exercise. I didn’t feel a big difference in my torso strength before I started planking. It was a tough stretch making it to fifteen seconds when I first started them but I kept at it and have made it to a two minute plank. My next plank goal is to hold it three minutes.

Where I have I noticed the difference? Plank has helped in general chores such as moving feed bags and feeding horse. I have more stamina when it comes to lugging heavy things around. Plank has also made a huge difference in my running and weight lifting. I can sure tell the difference, pre-plank all of these activities were harder.

There are a ton of variations you can work through besides aiming for time, to challenge yourself with. It makes it hard to get bored with this exercise which is why it is this weeks workout groove.