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Great expectations of 2014…

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Throw out your list of expectations for the upcoming year and live one day at a time!  I know…easier said than done.  It’s hard enough to live a balanced life, day by day, let alone live up to lists of expectations for the coming days, months and years.  Give it your all, for just one day, and let the mystery of the day ahead reveal itself when it’s ready.  We will never be able to predict what will happen next, so the intense anticipation and anxiety that we create in our minds can then show up in adverse ways in our bodies. 
Create your own reality, don’t wait for others to know what you want and need.If you need something in your life that you feel that you’re lacking, find a way to get it, ask for help, and talk to others about it. Don’t put things off for another day; today is just as good as any other day.
Walk through the fear instead of taking detours to avoid what’s almost unavoidable.Tell a trustworthy loved one what’s holding you back and ask for help if you need it.
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Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's top 3

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Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Quote of the Day

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Quote of the Day

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Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls

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Ingredients 1 store-bought rotisserie chicken 1/4 cup hot sauce (recommended: Frank's Red Hot) 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 3/4 cups sharp Cheddar 1/4 cup freshly sliced scallions 1 cups all-purpose flour 3 eggs, lightly beaten 2 cups panko bread crumbs Vegetable oil, for frying
Blue Cheese Dip: 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise 1/2 cup packed blue cheese, broken up 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 lemon, juiced 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
Directions Have oil heated to 350 degrees F.
Pick the meat from the chicken and discard the skin. Place the chicken in a large bowl and add the hot sauce, pepper, cheese, and scallions, and toss to combine. Roll the chicken into 2-ounce balls, about the size of a golf ball.
Place the flour, eggs, and bread crumbs in 3 separate bowls. Roll each ball in the flour, then the egg and then the bread crumbs. Set aside.
When the oil is hot fry the chicken balls in batches. Cook for about 2 minutes per batch. Remove the chicken to paper towel …

Take a break...

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I have been exhausted (more than usual) for about a month, and once my kids started their holiday vacation, I started my vacation too!I haven’t cleaned my house as much as I do, the laundry has piled up, and I have cooked few meals in the past few days.I wondered why I was low on energy, but then the wonder turned into crankiness because my energy level is not what I’m used to having.I have been so good about eating better than past holidays, and I’m working out at least twice a week! Granted, my workouts are 10 minutes each, but I’m doing more than I have done in a long time.So thankfully, I haven’t gotten sick, but my body is telling me that it can’t take the rat race anymore!
Another reason for my low energy could be the holiday blues, around this time, I start to make a list of all of the things that I didn’t accomplish this year, or wished I could have done more of.Yet, I don't make a list of accomplishments (it’s of no surprise that I always neglect to give myself credit).S…

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

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Ingredients 1 large egg white 2 cups unsalted pecan halves 2 cups unsalted roasted cashews 1/2 cup sugar 1 tablespoon ground cumin 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Kosher salt
Directions Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Beat the egg white with 1 tablespoon water in a large bowl until foamy. Add the nuts, sugar, cumin, cayenne, cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon salt and mix well. Spread the mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until the nuts are mostly dry but still slightly sticky, about 40 minutes.
Remove the nuts from the oven and stir. Reduce the temperature to 200 degrees F. Return the nuts to the oven and bake until crisp, about 30 more minutes. Stir to loosen the nuts from the baking sheet; cool completely on the sheet.
Photograph by Steve Giralt

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Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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BestieGram: Happy Holidays

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Happy Holidays!

Holiday Sticky Buns

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Holiday Sticky Buns 2010, Ina Garten, All Rights Reserved
Prep Time: 20 min Inactive Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 30 min Level: Easy Serves: 12 sticky buns
Ingredients 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature 1/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed 1/2 cup pecans, chopped in very large pieces 1 package (17.3 ounces/ 2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrosted
For the filling: 2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled 2/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 cup cranberries 1/2 cup white raisins
Directions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees f. Place a 12-cup standard muffin tin on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 12 tablespoons of butter and 1/3 cup brown sugar. Place 1 rounded tablespoon of the mixture in each of the 12 muffin cups. Distribute the pecans evenly among the 12 muffin cups on top of the butter and sugar mixture.
Lightly flour a wooden board or stone surf…

Quote of the Day

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Quote of the Day

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Extending an Olive branch Part II

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My dad, kids and I went to see my grandmother last Friday!  We haven’t seen her in more than a decade (my son hadn’t met her – see my 12/13/13 post to get filled in on the back story).  My grandmother, who had been indifferent and very set in her ways, is now a fragile woman on dialysis.  My dad and I were saddened to find out of her ailing health but also disappointed that no one had reached out to let us know.  Admittedly, our entire family has never been close or united, so it’s not a surprise that they didn’t reach out.
When we walked into the dinning room where my grandmother was sitting, she looked frail, her grey hair in a messy ponytail, with a t-shirt that was ripped at the neck and a very old vest.My heart ached and I wanted to cry.I said, hi grandma, it’s me!She looked up and started to cry.A stab to the heart is not a just description of what it felt like to see her cry for the first time ever!I hugged her, so did my kids and my dad.We sat down to chat with her, my dad st…

5 Powerful Exercises To Increase Your Mental Strength

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BestieNote: This amazing article is from www.amymorinlcsw.com 5 powerful exercises - Mental strength is a rare topic amongst women in my circle. I think it's time to start the conversation.  Please visit Amy's website for more great articles.  

The following guest post (originally posted on Forbes) is by Amy Morin, a licensed clinical social worker in Lincoln, Maine. In addition to working as a psychotherapist, she is also an adjunct college psychology instructor and she serves as About.com’s Parenting Teens expert.
Psychology often discusses mental health — but what’s not often discussed is a clear definition of mental strength. To me, mental strength means that you regulate your emotions, manage your thoughts, and behave in a positive manner, despite your circumstances. Developing mental strength is about finding the courage to live according to your values and being bold enough to create your own definition of success. Mental strength involves more than just willpower; it req…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Distracted driving

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My neighbor and her husband had such a hard time conceiving their second child, that when they found out that she had Down Syndrome, they were happy to have their beautiful baby, and the diagnosis didn’t matter to them. When the baby was born, she spent a few months in the hospital, soon after she come home from the hospital, she had a major seizure and my neighbor had to perform CPR to keep her alive while the paramedics arrived.  Thankfully, she was ok and is now about 4 years old.

So, last weekend, I was driving home from my son’s basketball game, when I noticed my neighbor driving right behind me, she had her little girl in the back middle seat.  I hadn’t seen them in a long time, so I looked at my rear view mirror longer than I normally would.  We used get together with this family, a couple times a year when our kids were younger, but life has gotten so busy that we’re now just on hello, and goodbye waves from afar. I digress, while we were sitting at a stoplight, her car behin…

Spinach Muenster Quiche

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Ready in: 45 mins

Recipe byDOREENB

Picture by: JenniferJP

Ingredients:
8 ounces Muenster cheese, sliced
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped
spinach, thawed and drained
2 eggs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
salt and pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
4 ounces Muenster cheese, sliced


Directions:
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2.Line a quiche dish or 9 inch pie pan with the 8 ounces of Muenster cheese slices.Carefully press all    of the water out of the spinach and place it in a large mixing bowl.Add eggs, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, salt, pepper and garlic powder; stir well.Spoon mixture into pan and top with remaining cheese slices.
3.Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes and allow to set up for 10 minutes before serving.Decreased oven temperature by 25 degrees F if using glass pie dish.


LuckyBestie Note: I had this appetizer at a holiday cookie exchange party, it was so amazing that I had to make it myself.…

Quote of the Day

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Quote of the Day

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Extending an olive branch during the holidays

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Every year around November or beginning of December, I start to analyze my broken relationships with family members, I wonder if I should extend an olive branch to them.At times, the idea of having a united family, blindfolds me and I go ahead and try to connect with someone I haven’t talked to in a long time, because of an argument, grudges, difficult personalities, or indifference.  Sadly, it’s never without disappointment.However, this year, I’ve reached out to my grandmother (my father’s mom). My grandma lives twenty minutes away from us and I haven’t seen her in almost 10 years!  My dad, who lives in our guesthouse most of the year, hasn’t seen her in 12 years!  After all of this time, my dad, kids, and I are visiting her today (my son has never met her).
I believe with all my heart that my grandmother has never learned to have healthy relationships and has never learned self-love, let alone know how to show love toward others.My grandma has been very financially poor all of her…

Dr. Oz's Holiday Detox

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Deli counter turns into nasty encounter...

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My kids and I walked into our neighborhood deli yesterday, and as usual, my son ran ahead of us because he thinks we’re slow walkers, as we turned the corner I saw a big crowd waiting to be served, so I asked him to grab a number from the dispenser.I watched as my son walked up to the dispenser and tried to take a number, when two women walked up, and one of the women swiveled the machine away from my son!!I quickly walked up and said wait a minute…my son is trying to take a number, why would you push him away?The two women, who were not together, just gave me a dirty look and walked away.I told my 9-year old that it was not ok for these women to disrespect him in that way.The older woman was the nastiest one of the two them, and as soon as the guy at the counter was going to call the next number, she just walked up and started ordering her food!I was in complete disbelief that this woman who had number 15 (we had 14) wanted to have things her way no matter what (the picture above de…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Allie's Surgery day

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My friend Allie had her double mastectomy last Thursday.  The surgery went well but it took seven hours from start to finish.  I arrived to the hospital at 5:40 am to meet Allie, her mom Crystal, and her daughter.  Allie had been admitted and was in the waiting room, she was very nervous and was trying to comfort her daughter, who was very upset about the surgery.  Her mom, Crystal was looking away, hoping to hide her nervousness.  I sat next to Allie and was desperately trying to hold in my tears, because I felt the loss of her boobs right when I saw her, it was such a somber feeling that I can’t describe. 
Another close call with my emotions spewing out was when the nurse came to get Allie to prep her and asked for all of us to wait in the room.Her daughter started to cry and hung on to Allie, Crystal had to restrain her so Allie could go with the nurse.It was such a powerful moment that left the entire room in sadness; all the other people in the room looked away and tried to keep…

Quote of the Day

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Quote of the Day

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Crazy Coconut Lemonade

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Crazy Coconut Lemonade Recipe courtesy Ingrid Hoffmann
Prep Time:10 min Level: Easy Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients 6 to 8 mint leaves, plus more for garnish 2 tablespoons sugar, or more to taste 2 lemon slices 2 lime slices Ice 1 cup coconut water, or regular water 3 tablespoons coconut milk 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons lime juice Rum, to taste, optional
Directions Muddle the mint leaves, sugar, lemon slices and lime slices with a muddler or pestle in the bottom of a large glass. In a blender, mix a little ice, water, coconut milk, lemon juice, lime juice and rum (if using). Give drink a quick blend. Pour into glass with muddled mint mixture. Garnish with mint sprigs and lime slices.
BestieNote:  Use this recipe during holiday parties (without the rum) to help your guests get re-hydrated (if they're drinking alcohol) but to also make them feel refreshed! I made a pitcher of this lemonade and had an ice bucket next to the pitcher so my guest could drink it on the rocks.  Another great idea…