January 3, 2016

The Best Things I Did For Myself in 2015

Before looking forward and making my New Years Resolutions for 2016, I wanted to take a peak back into 2015 and share some of the better changes that I made in the last year. I don’t think these were technically “New Years 2015 Resolutions” – but they were promises that I made to myself as 2015 went along.

1. Getting more sleep – This was a hard one because I am more of a night person, and not a morning person at all.
So to remind myself to go to sleep earlier, I did what I do in the morning – I set an alarm to go to bed. Just like I set an alarm to wake up.

So at 9:30 pm, by cell phone starts ringing. I am usually in the middle of something – doing dishes, watching a tv show, creating my artwork projects, there lots of stuff to do. But that 9:30 pm alarm tells me to “slow down”. Its time to make sure I am in my pajamas with my teeth brushed. Its time for the electronic devices to get turned off. Its time to mellow out and relax. I can sit and watch a little more tv, but the lights need to be dimmed.

Sometimes I do stay up a while longer, but its at a very slow relaxed pace. Usually sipping decaf tea or wine curled up on the sofa with a tv show on low. If I am not sleeping, I am resting.

I don’t set an alarm on Friday or Saturday night because I don’t have to get up early the next day. But I am noticing that my bedtime on Friday or Saturday is a bit earlier than normal just naturally, due to my schedule on other days of the week.

2. Waking Up Earlier – See above. Setting an alarm at 9:30 pm to tell myself to go to bed, has given me a ton more energy. I am not up earlier all the time. But there have been many days that I just naturally wake up a half hour before the morning alarm clock goes off. And I feel well rested.

3. Getting Ready for the Week – this is an organization skill that I picked up from a friend. The friend told me that they couldn’t go out on a Sunday night because they spend that time “Getting ready for the week”. With a hectic job schedule, social life, church, hobbies and other things going on, it made sense.

On Sunday after church, I usually stop off at the grocery store so I have everything that I need for the week. On Sunday evenings I make a point to cook both my breakfast and my lunch for the next few days. They go into the fridge in glass containers ready to microwave at the office. Organic Oatmeal with different fruits, and hard boiled eggs for breakfast. Usually some type of low sodium chicken dish with roasted vegetables and rice or potatoes for lunch. I make sure I have my fruit, nuts, snacks, yogurt, whatever, in a bag and ready to go to the office in the morning.

I also pull out a couple of outfits from the closet, so they are hanging right where I can see them. The office is casual so I can easily mix tops with jeans or black slacks. But I also take into consideration any after work plans for the week so I have those clothes out where I can see them. This eliminates a morning of not knowing what to wear.

So these are the changes in that I made during the year 2015. They made me more rested. I am eating healthier. I have more energy. And have helped me eliminate some stress.

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January 1, 2016

New Years Black Eyed Peas and Rotisserie Chicken Soup Recipe

BlackEyedPeaSoupEating Black Eyes Peas on New Years Day is supposed to bring you good luck and prosperity in the coming year. I am not one to believe much in superstitions, but when I saw Freida’s Speedy Pre-soaked Black Eyed Peas being sold in the produce section of the grocery store, I decided that I had to cook something with it. I don’t often eat Black Eyed peas, so I figured today was probably the best day to do it.
And with the weather in California getting cold, I have really been into making soups and stews. So I just kind of “winged it” with this one and threw it together. You can adjust the ingredients to fit your tastes.

Then, as I was driving home, I realized that I had forgotten to buy Chicken Stock. So you might want to exchange the water in my receipe for chicken stock. And if you do that, you can probably leave out the chicken skin. Chicken skin is total fat, and I only used it this time to give the soup more flavor. And I will probably pick it out as I eat it.
And you might want to add some chopped spinach or kale to the recipe too. I think I will do that if I make this again.I don’t have exact ingredient amounts on this, like I said I winged it.

Black Eyed Peas and Rotisserie Chicken Soup Recipe

Chopped No-Salt rotisserie cooked chicken from the grocery store – 2 legs, 2 wings, and 1 thigh, skin included.
Olive Oil
Half an Onion chopped
Half tablesoon of chopped garlic
Several stalks of celery chopped
1 box of chopped mushrooms
1 Italian squash (or yellow or pattypan) chopped
Water
1 Container of Freida’s Speedy Pre-soaked Black Eyed Peas
Oregano and Basil and Black Pepper

1. In a pot, sautee the half onion and garlic in some chicken skin and olive oil
2. Slowly add to the pot, and sautee, one by one: the Chopped Celery, mushrooms and Italian squash
3. Add water
4. Add Black Eyed Peas
5. Add the chopped chicken and rest of skin
6. Add more water if necessary to cover ingredients
7. Add oregano and basil and Black pepper to taste
8. Stir together. Cook over a low heat, for about 20 minutes, or until boiling. Stir often.

Enjoy ! Happy New Year !

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December 21, 2010

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December 20, 2010

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December 19, 2010

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December 18, 2010

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December 17, 2010

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December 16, 2010

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