Of Basil & Wheat Bread Twists & Cat Condos

Basil and Wheat Bread Twists

Basil and Wheat Bread Twists

Gene often jokes with our son that he married me for my bread baking!  He absolutely adores homemade bread, and he’s sure to be whistling a happy tune when he sees me putting some sort of yeast bread together for dinner.  This whole bread baking thing has sort of a symbiotic feel with us, as I love making it just as much.  Truth be told, it puts me in a good mood.  Baking bread is rewarding, satisfying, & gives me a sense of accomplishment.  I just love the whole nurturing process, it brings out the creative “Mom” in me! Continue reading

Designing Weekends to Recharge

Recharging Mind & Body Thank goodness for weekends, because sometimes my mind & body just needs  some time to “be,” to rest, & de-stress.  This was one of those Saturdays that just required some good old fashioned R & R.  Everyone in the house needed it, my husband declared it, my son & I took a nap (which he never does).  Hey,  even Mini (our cat) took a break from her “Spicy Mini” persona to cozy herself into her favorite chair.  At some basic level, our body just knows what’s best for us. I think now more than ever, we live in a society which requires more from us.  We’re constantly plugged-in, tuned-in, multi-tasking or otherwise engaged in a way that takes so much from us.  A quote comes to mind;

“I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”

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Rock Your Own Playlist

I just got back from an exhilarating walk, listening to music, enjoying life! Music is so powerful, it can influence our emotions, boost our energy, take us back to moments in time. As I was walking, my thoughts turned to a little news blurb I heard during the work week (bless the 24 hour news stations and their quest to fill space). Anyway, this report Continue reading

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

As I’m referring to mindfulness, I don’t mean in a deep meditative state (although that would be amazing and powerful), but in just a very basic way.  Being mindful, being present, thinking, visualizing & feeling the bigger picture before taking action.  I believe this could be a tremendous tool, & I’d like to practice mindfulness as it relates to making healthier decisions.  After all, success to a very great degree, boils down to the choices we make.  Choices are at every turn…being active vs. sedentary, selecting fruit vs. candy, drinking water vs. soda, having one scoop instead of two, and so on.   So this is my desire, that I practice mindfulness, resulting in healthier decisions.