Throwing Caution to the Wind in 2005!
- The Simple Life
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A cold wind is blowing, and not from the recent ice storm we
just had. It is an ice storm of the mind. We have passed the
holidays and have come into the winter slump. The doldrums have
slipped in through the cracks and crevices like mice eager to find a
warm home and a small piece of cheese to nibble. But, never fear!
There is no life problem we cannot conquer. Take out a piece of
paper -or, maybe a tablet. Get out those colored markers if you
feel creative. Write your biggest problem at the top. Maybe your
problem is money is too tight. Maybe your problem is childcare,
finding a job, needing a menu for dinners, or getting your child to
clean her room. Now, begin brainstorming. When you get done with
one problem, start with the next. If you think you don't have time
to do any brainstorming fine, but your problem will likely be
hanging around for a long time.
Our minds are our natural "Supermen" just waiting to be called
upon! Write down at least 20 solutions don't give up. If you get
stuck, doodle. You will likely find your answer in no time.
Sometimes it involves waiting or taking steps. Patience works. If
your ideas can't be quickly worked through, make a list of steps.
For instance, if you are looking for a job, start with all the ideas
you can think of about where to look for a job. Next, what are the
steps it will take to get that job.
A friend wanted to learn to be a good cook, and she managed to
get hired at a restaurant being a prep-cook. She did what she was
told, and eventually worked her way up to cook, and then head cook.
Now she's a great cook, and didn't have to pay for cooking school
The key to this is using your imagination. Don't tell yourself
it is a crazy idea it isn't! Any idea is possible but your have
to open the window to feel a breeze.
What changes do you need to make this year? No matter how old
you are, (or how young) you can explore your options.
Somebody thought that a restaurant that sold cereal was a good
idea. Many laughed. It's being franchised! A lady was a great
cookie baker. Ever heard of Mrs. Fields? Ever heard of mountain
art? That's how Mt. Rushmore came to be. Who would have thought
that lightning could be harnessed? Ben Franklin thought it was
possible. What's YOUR idea???
Simple, Super Quotes for the New Year
"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being
wrong."~~Joseph Chilton Pierce
"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks,
breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun."~~Mary Lou Cook
"There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or
one can create an environment in which singers and dancers
flourish."~~Warren G. Bennis
"I'm always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up
every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my
"I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may
learn how to do it." ~~Pablo Picasso
"To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go
on creating oneself endlessly."~~Henri Bergson
"Some men throw their gifts away on a life of mediocrity, great men
throw everything they have into their gifts and achieve a life of
"When a child is ill or a close friend dies or an all-important
relationship is in trouble, there are no gray areas anymore. It
suddenly becomes easy to see what is primary and what is merely
peripheral. But what a shame that we must wait for a crisis to get
our priorities in order. Our lives would be so much easier if we
would take the time to look closely at our lives and begin focusing
on the important things before a crisis comes." ~~Claire Cloninger
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Simple Mocha Bread Pudding
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 T baking cocoa
2 t instant coffee granules
3 1/2 c French bread cubes
1 can (12 fl. oz.) evaporated fat free milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
powdered sugar (optional)
frozen lite whipped topping, thawed
preheat oven to 350° F. Coat 8-inch-square baking dish with nonstick
Combine sugar, cocoa and coffee granules in small bowl. Place bread
cubes in prepared baking dish. Beat evaporated milk, eggs and
vanilla extract in medium bowl until well blended; stir in Sugar
mixture. Pour over bread, pressing bread into milk mixture. Place
dish in 13 x 9-inch baking dish; fill 13 x 9-inch dish with warm
water to 1-inch depth.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until set.(Knife inserted in center
should come out nearly clean.) Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar.
serving with whipped topping.
Keeping it Simple,