Ring in the New Year with Lobster Claws

Here’s a re-post from last winter.  If you are looking to ring in the New Year with some tasty lobster claws, but don’t quite know what to do with them this is for you . . .

What to Do With Frozen Lobster Claws

If you were too spontaneous to have time to defrost them

-increase cook time to 30 minutes
-open the top of the foil and cook an additional 10 – 15 minutes to cook off excess water.

The 4 Hour Body

My friend’s enthusiasm over this book, The 4 Hour Body, interested me enough to download it the same day.  He was geeked, and rightfully so.  He attributed techniques in the book to losing double digit pounds in 14 days.  For a tall and naturally thin person this is quite a feat.  As a health conscious person, always looking for ways to improve, I was intrigued.

I downloaded the book on Audible and listened to it in it’s entirety in less than a day.  I was not hooked by all of the great tips that I couldn’t wait to put into practice.  I was hooked by the bizarreness of it.  Much like you can’t take your eyes off of a creepy movie, I listened to nearly 4 hours of weirdness.

Practices I will put into place from 4HB:

1) Start each day drinking a glass of cold water.  This one makes sense and is practical and I heard Cameron Diaz tout it is one of her beauty secrets.

Practices I will continue that were reinforced in 4HB:

1)  Don’t drink your calories.  I am much happier enjoying cheesecake at the end of a meal than hating my pillow for hurting my head after too much wine.
2)  Cheating regularly.  Not only does Berta (the 300 pound Italian girl within me) win sometimes she should. 

Practices I will ignore from this book (and recommend that you do too).

1)  Avoiding all things white.  This is too stressful (and expensive) and you should be able to enjoy the food you eat in moderation.
2)  Avoiding all fruit.  No comment necessary.
3)  Avoiding dairy.  I don’t think any of us would be too fond of osteoporosis.
4)  Eating canned beans and vegetables.  Have you checked out the sodium in these?
5)  Drink 2 glasses of red wine every night.  What happenend to not drinking your calories?

Downright ridiculous comments in the book

1)  Europeans didn’t have fruit year round and yet we exist today.  Yes, but they only lived into their 40’s and how about that scurvy?
2)  The 15 minute orgasm.  He is pretty liberal in what he considers an orgasm.  Me, I am much more specific and I bet that you are too.
3)  CEO’s don’t act like sex machines.  He obviously doesn’t watch much news.  Business leaders, politicians, clergy, there is no industry free from sex addicts.
4)  On cheat day eat until you’re sick.  Boy, that sounds like fun.  Just like the diarrhea he says you may get from this lifestyle.  I think I will pass . . . and I don’t mean pass gas. 

As for the 4 Hour Anything, hard work is and always has been the only way to get ahead. 

What is the craziest diet or exercise that you have tried?

Never Flip an Omelet Again; The Best Omelet Recipe

I brown bag it when it comes to lunch on work days.  I find that I have NO discipline when eating out.  Restaurants may have healthy offerings, but Berta, the 300 pound Italian girl inside me, always wins out when making a selection.

My eat healthy AND stay happy philosophy is not to be good 100% of the time so when asked out to lunch I will occasionally say “yes.”  Coworkers and I went to a diner and when the plates arrived at our table there were “oohs” and “ahhs” and “how do they make the omelets look like that”? 
We all agreed that these were the best omelets we had ever had.  A few days later one coworker attempted it on his own and bragged about the results.  This, of course, was a challenge I couldn’t resist.  But, not for me.  This was a challenge for my hubby; the creative cook in the family.

He rose to the challenge and defeated the reigning champion.  Here’s how he did it:
Printable version

6 eggs
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt
pepper
1/2 milk
1/4 water
cheese and toppings (CT used mozzerella and baby spinach)
cooking spray

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Scramble the eggs and mix in flour, grated parmesan, salt, pepper, milk and water.  Coat cast iron skillet with cooking spray and pour 1/2 of the mixture into the skillet. Layer your cheese and toppings on top of the egg mixture and then pour the remaining egg on top (it won’t be pretty).  Bake for 10-15 minutes until the egg is set and the top is golden brown.

 
CT’s yummy spinach and mozzarella baked omelet

To Do or Not To Do That is the Question

How is it that some people get so much farther ahead than others?  Some executives complete endless projects while some make projects endless. Some moms and dads get breakfast made, kids clothed, school bags packed, 2 loads of laundry done, kitchen cleaned up, grocery shopping complete and all of the errands run, all before 1:00 when others are just getting started at 1:00.

It would be easy to say, they have more help, they have better genes, magic worker fairies secretly appear
and get stuff done for them.  Here’s their real secret.  Are you ready?  They make To-Do lists.  Successful people set goals and put them in writing and the majority of them make daily To-Do lists.

Why create daily To-Do lists?

  1. To prioritize what you focus your time on.
  2. To eliminate procrastination.
  3. To be the driver of your own bus
  4. To achieve more of your goals.

Knowing this, but not diligent about doing it EVERY day myself I went searching for a To-Do app for my iPad.  I read a review from Lifehack and went with their top pick.  Instantly I was in love with their pick Any.do.  It has everything you could want

  1. It’s free
  2. It’s simple
  3. It’s visual
  4. It sends you rewards for using the app
  5. And ….it does this (I don’t even know what to call it, but I love it)
Happiness is an app calling you gorgeous every day.  The message changes throughout the day:  “Good morning Gorgeous”, “Good day Princess”.  A girl could get used to getting spoiled by her app.  It just makes me smile and  makes me want to use the To-Do list.
Is one of your resolutions to get more stuff done? 

Stumped on a Gift? Give the Gift of Your Time.

The hubby and I enjoyed a feel good movie on date night this week, Delivery Man with Vince Vaughn.  Man, he is tall!  If you were wondering, just like me, is he really that big or is everyone else puny?  Vince Vaughn is 6’5″.  As you can tell, it was lady’s choice.  Even though it averaged about 2 stars in the ratings, to all the men out there who might not want to go to this movie, you will leave the theater feeling good.  Take your wife, girlfriend, significant other…the night will end good for you ;).

There is a part of the movie that really got me thinking this holiday season. 
Vince Vaughn’s character visits one of his biological children in a nursing home.  The nurse coaxes him with this advice, “just tell him whatever you are thinking.”  After spending the entire day with the boy he is leaving the facility and passes by the nurse again.  He says to her “I didn’t say one word.”  She replies, “you did good.”

There are a lot of people out there who need our help and not just financially.  They just need someone by their side.  You may know a few.  A neighbor, a distant relative, maybe the parent, aunt, uncle, or grandparent of a friend who doesn’t make it home for the holidays anymore.  What would it take to ask them to join you for a cup of coffee.

Maybe it’s not someone you know, maybe it’s a stranger.  My husband and I were in a Starbucks in the heart of the D.  At the table beside us was two men.  One, was clearly living on the streets.  He wore a shoe on one foot and one half of a boot on the other. His companion had clean clothes and cash.  They talked like they were old friends.  I marveled at the mutual respect the two men shared.  Both left the coffeehouse feeling great about themselves. 

I am not recommending that you go to Detroit and befriend the first person you come across on a corner, but for those who want to make a difference, there are plenty of opportunities to do so.

Detroit area volunteer opportunities:


 

Children’s Hospital Volunteers provide a wonderful gift to patients and their families by offering their time, their presence, their smile, and kind gestures that can draw a smile or even a giggle from the child, making their day as normal and happy as possible. 


A Time to Help  A Time To Help has staged more than 100 monthly projects ranging from building houses, delivering meals, beautifying city streets, running adoption fairs, repairing homeless shelters, packing food, and hosting an annual Christmas party to a shelter for battered women. 

Assistance finding a place to volunteer:

Volunteer Match  Find a cause that lights you up. Get in touch with a nonprofit that needs you.

Network for Good  Some of the best reasons to give are the ones you may not have considered — the ones that make it worth your while to go that extra step. People who have spent time volunteering for a cause report that they get back in satisfaction and joy more than they ever expend in inconvenience or effort — what you get back is immeasurable.

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