Saturday, October 27, 2012

Love is the answer...

 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Easy Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan

Thanksgiving in Canada is this weekend and I simply love this holiday. There's this smell in the air that I wish I could capture in a bottle. Turkey and stuffing and pie oh my... This year I am hosting my first ever Thanksgiving dinner at our new house. We finally have room to invite everyone over! In planning the menu I am going to add a few traditional dishes that I remember eating as a kid. For instance, there's the always popular, ever elusive, always comforting, pea casserole made with mushroom soup that I loved as a kid, it wouldn't be thanksgiving without that darn casserole. I also would like to introduce new traditions to my stlll young family, so this year I will welcome a new dish to the table. The best thing is this side dish is simple to prepare and delicious. I believe even a brussel sprout naysayer will enjoy this.

Start with a bunch of fresh Brussel sprouts and trim off the brown ends and pull off any yellow or discoloured outer leaves. Cut in half length wise.

Next lay them cut side down with a little breathing room around the sprouts. If you don't give them space, crowded sprouts will get too steamy and turn to mush. Drizzle with a little olive oil.

Roast in a 400 degrees F oven until tender, about 25 mins. Then liberally sprinkle on VE Smoky Bacon topper, 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, VE Herb and Garlic Sea Salt and fresh VE Ground Pepper to your own taste. Then put back in the oven for another 10 mins.

 

Sprouts should be tender and golden brown. Finish off with some more fresh parmesan if you please. Serve immediately.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Friday, September 21, 2012

The secret to happiness

Ive been hard at work for many years trying to solve a mystery. What is the secret to happiness? Books after books, Internet browsing, Watching documentaries and taking careful note during conversations have all helped me to answer this question. I've realized it all boils down so simply.

  • Open your heart to give love and receive love
  • Find out what you truly love and direct all of your energy towards being surrounded by it
  • Immerse yourself in people and projects that inspire you
  • Use your talents that bring you and others joy to serve your purpose.
Once you begin living this way, abundance and joy are inevitable. Happiness flows into your life and all your desires are fulfilled with ease and grace. So that's it! Mystery solved. Now get down to the business of being happy.











Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Follow your passion in everyday life


I, like many others, has found myself asking "how is it possible to raise a family, and live your dreams?". Reality says that it's too tough to take any risks, because you have mouths to feed. Real life tells you it's selfish to pursue your passions in the face of parenthood. How do you turn your passions into purpose when there's bills to pay? Looking for some easy ways to bring passion to your everyday?

There's a wonderful website I recently discovered www.zenhabits.net. There you will find great articles on everything from living more simply, to the power of breathing. I love this site! Check it out. In particular I came across an article titled "Simple Daily Habits To Ignite Your Passion." There are some awesome ideas that all of us can do. Even everyday child rearing, mouth feeding, bill paying folks like you and I.



Have a Passionate day!








Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What if....

As the path of my spiritual journey continues forward I am becoming more and more aware of my inner self, soul, spirit or consciousness. I am learning so much I want to share but find myself closed up because by many people I don't feel understood. Friends smile and nod politely, say "hmmm...that's interesting" (a.k.a. really flipping weird). My husband lovingly laughs it off playfully, some friends outright roll their eyes. So I've stopped talking and I'm afraid that I'm losing my voice. What causes us to run away from spirituality? What causes someone like me, despite this sense of inner knowing to clam up when I'm around certain people? I am afraid of being judged for what I know to be true. What if I'm not as sure and certain as I think I am...or What if we all have the same questions but I'm just bold enough to say them out loud? What if spirituality wasn't all airy fairy like some people think?

What do I want my friends and family to know about me? About what I believe?

I believe spirituality and religion are different things?....what do you think?

I believe we are all one consciousness that are only separate because of our ego selves....do you believe we are one in the same deep down in our core? Do you know your true self has nothing to do with this person that you think you are?

I believe most of how we think, act and react is based on baggage that we've gathered along the way. If we clear this baggage there we will find freedom and joy. Do you know you are being weighted down by stuff you gathered from childhood or those confusing teenage years? What if that's true for you? How has that made its impact?

I believe the things that we feel most passionate about, things that we lose all sense of time doing, are the gifts we have come to earth to share during this human experience? Do you have an inner knowing that there's more to life than just grinding it out day after day? Did you know no one else knows what you know? What would it take for you to share what you know to be true with everyone?

I believe we all have the answers already inside us but our chatter in our minds blocks us from hearing what our true selves have to say. Does your mind get carried away? Do you know that you are not those thoughts. Interestingly my point of view is that thoughts are just thoughts and most of them are lies, judgements, worries about past or future. How often are you just in this divinely perfect moment?

I tell my kids that God is within all of us. God is that feeling of hope, God is that tingling sense of happiness, God is a stirring of joy, God is feeling so much gratitude your heart can't take it! God is a deep calming sense of peace. What do you know about God?

I believe anything is possible? What if that's true? What would you do then?

What if...



Monday, July 9, 2012

Sarah Ban Breathnach Interview


 

Sarah Ban Breathnach's little pink book changed my life at a very early age and still sits at my bedside today as I type. I saw her on Oprah talking about this book called Simple Abundance and from that point on my journey towards self discovery began. At the age whe most of my friends were spending their weekends with fake ID in hand, living with reckless teenaged abandon, I was cIurled up with this book. From very young I somehow was able to know that there was "something more" to this crazy little thing called life. Reading Simple Abundance resonated with that inner knowing. I always thought of Sarah as a guiding force in who I have become. I was shocked and saddened to hear that my authentic living teacher had lost it all. How did this woman go from inspiring millions and being at the top of the New York Times best sellers list to losing everything. If you missed the episode on Supersoul Sunday on OWN, watch Sarah's interview with Oprah here. She continues to inspire me!