• October 2014

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    Halloween Pumpkin Tip

    Each year, my husband freezes the pumpkin from our Halloween jack-o-lanterns to use in his Thanksgiving pumpkin pies. We like that the pumpkin doesn’t go to waste, and using the saved pumpkin provides a nice reminder of Halloween fun during Thanksgiving dinner. One more thing for which to be thankful!

    To save the pumpkin, first cut an opening in the top of the pumpkin as usual. Scrape out the stringy pulp and discard, and save the seeds for toasting. Then cut and scoop the inner wall of the pumpkin as far as you want (leave walls thick enough to maintain the structural integrity of the jack-o-lantern, of course!). This step can require a bit of arm strength. After the pumpkin has been harvested, soften it by covering and baking (375 F for about an hour) or microwave for several minutes until soft. Puree the softened pumpkin in a food procedure, divide the pureed pumpkin into pie-sized amounts (we make 3 cup portions) and freeze until needed.

    The pumpkin pies from our Halloween pumpkins taste less sweet than a typical pumpkin pie but have a more pure pumpkin flavor that we love. Halloween pumpkin pies always spark a fun conversation around
    the Thanksgiving table!

    Peace,

    Kat

    Laughter is Best Medicine

    Are you laughing today?

    “It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either.” – Wayne Dyer

    Peace, Love & Happiness,

    Sandy

    Crave These

    crave brussels sprouts! They are the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Plus they make for a perfect snack straight from the fridge the next day!

    Ingredients:

    1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and yellow leaves removed
    3 tablespoons grape seed oil
    1 teaspoon sea salt
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place trimmed Brussels sprouts, grapes
    oil, salt, and pepper in a large reusable plastic bag. Seal tightly,
    and shake to coat. Pour onto a baking sheet, and place on center
    oven rack.

    Roast in the preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes, shaking pan every
    5 to 7 minutes for even browning. Reduce heat when necessary to
    prevent burning. Brussels sprouts should be darkest brown when done.
    Adjust seasoning with salt, if necessary. Serve immediately.

    Peace, Love & Happiness,

    Sandy

    Say Something Nice Challenge

    “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!”- famous saying

    My mother use to say this to me all the time. Sometimes it seems so old fashion, but now I think about how true it really should be. I challenge all of you to try this today… If you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all. This includes dealing with every single person you come in contact with today!

    Peace, Love & Happiness,

    Sandy

    Tap Tap Tap

    Tapping is a powerful, powerful tool! I have written about it in the past. I will share again briefly here. Tapping is tapping on your meridian points while focusing on issues in your life or affirmations!

    Yesterday I stumbled upon this video with Nic Ortner and Louise Hay. They go through a tapping session together. I did it along with them and I began crying immediately. This is a very powerful tool for self improvement.

    The Tapping Solution site has a lot of information. There is even a free online summit coming up.

    Peace, Love & Happiness,

    Sandy

    Love Bombing

    Can’t wait to see the amount of emails I am going to get today about this tip…

    I am always reading the Peaceful Parenting stuff because I really believe LOVE is the answer to most of our problems. I have a 6 and an 8 year old. I recently came across this article on Love Bombing. I think it can and probably should apply to adults as well as children.

    It works like this…if you have a kid who is acting out or even being aggressive, instead of punishing him or giving him a time out engulf him with love and give him all the control. Plan a Love Bomb day. Love Bomb time entails doing anything the kid wants to do (as long as it is safe of course) but yes that even includes watching back to back episodes of Sponge Bob. Basically they get to choose whatever they want to do. They are in control But with that control they are also smothered in LOVE>

    How does could this apply to adults? In my opinion we are all just kids in big bodies. But let’s say you husband is being grumpy and angry why not give HIM a Love Bomb day?

    Peace, Love & Happiness,

    Sandy

    Family by Choice

    This time of year is full of festive gatherings, holiday cards exchanges and gift giving. I create lists to make sure I don’t forget anyone: relatives I’ve known forever and friends I’ve met on my journey. From these two groups I create a third category: family.

    Family to me means people who do not hesitate to offer companionship or help when I need a special boost, even in times of limited resources and time. Family includes people who open their homes, their hearts and their lives to our family without reservation, just as we do for them. People of like-mindedness and loving intention. We lift each other up in support and kind perspective. Family is based on choice, and is based more on relationship than relatedness.

    As someone with few relatives nearby, my friends are in many ways my family. I try to treat them as family whenever I can. In these days of celebration, it’s a good opportunity to try to show my family-by-choice how much they mean to me. Who do you include as family?

    Clean Consolidation

    In my quest to consolidate the products I use, I have to say…

    Diluted peppermint castile soap can pretty much clean anything in the house, including: floors, counter tops, showers, clothes, your body, your dirty shoes, your kids feet, your dishes, your produce and even your pets.

    My favorite is Dr Bronner’s!

    Peace, Love & Happiness,

    Sandy