Day 1, Living my Resolutions

2 Jan 2018 Gini Self Care
Roots—highly underrated. I was struck by the profound strength and stability underlying a grove of trees when a national forest ranger described the floods in the late 1800’s, caused by cutting down too many trees along the Hudson and Shenandoah Rivers at Harper’s Ferry.  It's all about the roots inter-woven and dense, holding the soil together.  I'd never considered that before.  It was an "aha moment", as I connected the physical reality to the psychological one.  No wonder we are stronger in numbers.

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ReSOULutions–yay or nay?

1 Jan 2018 Gini Self Care
New Year’s Resolution solution Why make resolutions?  Are we just setting ourselves up for more stress with our expectations? Resolution comes from the word, resolve. Maybe we should just “solve” our issues instead of re-solving them. The solution may be in how we frame our goals and aspirations. This year, let’s make it more fun! Try this: Let your (re) solution be a template for your new year. Progress comes from baby steps. Intend that each day is a little better than the day before. Frame your resolution in a positive way:
  • If it’s about eating, don’t think about denying yourself pleasure.                                     Avoiding temptation takes too much energy. Instead, place your intention on loving what’s good for you. Convincing your self to prefer salads is more constructive than saying that you can’t have that luscious chunk of chocolate.  
  • If it’s about procrastinating, imagine yourself to be a master of time management.  No one wants to be told to change, particularly those of us with authority issues!      
      Creating a new desire works better than denying an old one. Old dogs can learn new tricks! Just remember that the brain loves habit and it only takes repetition to create one. May you find the Solution that makes your life more fun this year.

Mashed Potatoes, Sauerkraut and Cheese Bake-ettes

1 Jan 2018 Gini Recipes
'Got Mashed Potatoes? Great way to use up your left-overs and respect the sauerkraut tradition on New Year's Eve. Music: Stevie Wonder, Reggae Woman
  • 4 c mashed potatoes, organic with skins
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c shredded sharp cheese
  • 32 oz sauerkraut
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t tyme
  Mix together above ingredients   Spray muffin cups with coconut oil       Fill cups with mixture   * for a cheesey crust, save enough cheese to spread on top       Bake 350' for 25 minutes (longer if you like it dryer)     

Heartitude in the New Year

1 Jan 2018 Gini Self Care
The Art of Heartitude. Did I make that word up? It was on my mind as I surfaced from delicious deep sleep on the snow-crisp, cold morning of the newest year to date, 2018. Heartitude: n., the state of having a heart-felt attitude; a feeling of love; an opening the heart chakra; use of love and compassion in decisions and relationships. January 1, 2018. Wow. I slept in this morning—because I could. Designating January 1st as ‘my day”, I have been taking liberties with my personal choices —what to do, when and how. Freedom is an elixir. A good way to start a year, methinks.

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Not feeling so “seasonally bright”?

15 Dec 2017 Gini Self Care
Not in the brightest of moods? Recently, a discussion group that I belong to posed the question: What have you done to bring  joy into your life during times you don't FEEL joyful? I’d been wrestling with this lately because cold weather had me feeling over-dressed and frumpy—which in my experience, often leads to weight gain and poor body image. Maybe you can relate. There must be as many strategies as there are people, but one that works for me is to—Dress the way I want to FEEL —and build on it from there.

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Lentil Soup, Turkish Style

28 Nov 2017 Gini Recipes
(4  Servings)
  •  1 1/3 cup (about 8 ounces) red lentils, picked through and rinsed
  •  7 cups water
  •  1 large onion, diced
  •  1 large carrot, diced
  •  4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  •  1/4 c. canned and chopped tomatoes
  •  1 teaspoon ground cumin
  •  1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  •  3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
  •  1/4 cup Braggs Amino Mins (unfermented soy product) or 1/8 Soy Sauce
  •  1/4 teaspoon coarse-ground black pepper
Wash red lentils and add to pot of water.
Bring to boil as you chop the veggies 
Add to simmering water to make broth
Add garlic, cumin, cayenne and simmer for 1 hour
Add Braggs (or soy sauce), salt and pepper
Let simmer on low heat until the lentils begin to soften and thicken
You can blend for smooth texture or eat it lumpy--if you like veggie texture!

Arepas (Colombian style)

28 Nov 2017 Gini Recipes
(Recipe: Accompanying Music: 6 servings INGREDIENTS 1 cup arepa flour (precooked cornmeal) 1 cup crumbled ricotta salata or grated mozzarella (1/4 pound) 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water 1/4 cup vegetable oil Toss together arepa flour, cheese, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a bowl, then stir in water until incorporated. Let stand until enough water is absorbed for a soft dough to form, 1 to 2 minutes (dough will continue to stiffen). Form 3 level tablespoons dough into 1 ball and flatten between your palms, gently pressing to form a 1/4-inch-thick patty (2 1/2 to 2 3/4 inches wide), Then gently press around side to eliminate cracks. Transfer to a wax-paper-lined surface. Form more disks with remaining dough in same manner, transferring to wax-paper-lined surface. Heat oil in a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat until it shimmers, then fry arepas in 2 batches, turning over once, until deep golden in patches, 8 to 10 minutes total per batch. Drain on paper towels.