Chef Jamie Oliver. He is never afraid to take ingredients and use them in new ways you'd never think to.
I was given his cookbook, "Happy Days with the Naked Chef" this past Christmas and absolutely LOVE it. It's packed full of great recipes that would be useful for us vegetarians as well as some awesome sounding meat and fish recipes. One that I tried last weekend was using butternut squash called Hamilton Squash and I'm going to share it with you today.
I used quinoa instead of basmati rice for the extra protein and I used fresh instead of dried porcinis but you can switch it up any way you'd like. In fact, Jamie encourages you to always try making his recipes your own. He considers them to be suggestions, not written in stone. Another thing we love about him around here.
Okay, ready? Grab your apron and let's go!
Friday, April 26, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Have you ever struggled with something then just when you are at the point you feel you have nowhere left to turn, someone or something comes into your life to give you the direction you need? That is pretty much the meaning behind Einstein's insightful quote. And it is also both the theme of life, and title, of today's guest's new book.
We welcome the beautiful and uber-talented Gloria Loring to 'The Gift' today. If her name sounds familiar, you probably remember her from her fan favorite role as Liz Chandler on Days Of Our Lives. She is also a recording artist of the #1 hit 'Friends and Lovers' as well as the co-composer and singer of the television theme song, 'The Facts of Life'. But one of her most important roles to me has been that as an advocate for her son, who lives with diabetes. Not only has she been on the front lines using her celebrity to raise money and awareness for research, she works hard to do so because of a promise she made to her son years ago to "work to end his diabetes" (Check out the book, 'Days of Our Lives Celebrity Cookbook'. This book raised one million dollars for diabetes research!)
Knowing all of these amazing things she had going on in her life, it was shocking to know that privately she had been struggling with several personal demons: her father's alcoholism, struggling to deal with her parents' divorce, living in a motel and even having to work as a go-go dancer to earn enough to eat. Most people who go through such things often become angry or bitter. But Gloria reflected on these times in her new book, Coincidence is God's Way of Remaining Anonymous: Reflections on Daytime Dramas and Divine Intervention (HCI Publishing). She notes the coincidences during these times--the person or event that came into her life when she needed them the most--and helped her get back on the path she needed to be on that led her to her life's next step.
Gloria shares her many pearls of wisdom on how although we think coincidences come out of the blue, it's possible to experience divine intervention each day. In other words: these things/people/events were supposed to happen as were those events/things/people brought to us to help get us through it all. The most unique feature about the book, that I loved, was how she opened each chapter with lyrics from her new CD "Turn the Page" which is basically the soundtrack for the book. The lyrics reflect the experiences and principles she writes about.
I am honored and pleased to have Gloria join us here today as part of her blog tour through WOW-Women On Writing. Thank you for sharing with us today, Gloria. And please come back any time. You are always welcome. Readers, please welcome Gloria Loring: author, recording artist, actress, mom and advocate.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Each child is different and affected by their form of Autism in a unique way. That is why it is a 'spectrum' disorder. A child could be high-functioning, mostly affected by social situations and sensory issues (like Jaimie) or well-functioning but have speech/eating issues, social issues and sensory struggles (like Xander) or a mix of other things. Some children need alot of assistance to cope in their worlds, others just need to know people understand and support them. And during April, we help them with this.
Jaimie has some thoughts on this and wants to share. She has come SO FAR with her own struggles and is finally able to verbalize them. Learn from her, and kids like her, around the world. Take the time to understand. It matters.