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Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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We're Thankful For YOU!

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Holidays Come With Emotional Baggage...

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The holidays are here! It’s just another reminder of a family fight that hasn’t been resolved, and with no resolution in sight, I’m forced to take a look at my role in it. For years, I considered myself a failure for not being able to “fix” family issues and long-running feuds. I try to do my part by working on myself to evolve and become a better person, but I still have a lot of work to do. A better way to help the situation is to accept that I can’t change others and I can’t have expectations of what our relationship should look like, but it’s hard to do that, so every holiday I’m reminded to work on accepting what I can’t change. So, while reading Elizabeth Gilbert's blog today, I realized that it’s ok to choose to be happy and sane by accepting that we all can’t get along. So it’s best for all of us to not hurt one another and live separate lives. And this year, I can finally see that it’s not sad - it’s healthy! I hold no resentment toward them because we can’t make it work.…

Cornbread Dressing with Pancetta, Apples, and Mushrooms

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Recipe courtesy of  Total Time: 25 hr 55 min Prep: 30 min Inactive: 24 hr Cook: 1 hr 25 min Yield: 18 servings Level: Easy
Ingredients 4 cups Cornbread, cut into 1-inch cubes, recipe follows 4 cups French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes 4 cups crusty artisan bread, cut into 1-inch cubes 32 ounces white button or crimini mushrooms 4 tablespoons canola oil 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided 1/2 pound pancetta, diced 2 cups diced onion 5 Granny Smith apples, cut into large dice 5 tablespoons brown sugar 1 cup white wine 32 fluid ounces very low-sodium chicken broth 1 teaspoon ground thyme 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary leaves Freshly ground black pepper Minced fresh parsley leaves
Cornbread: 1/4 cups shortening, melted, plus 2 tablespoons 1 cup yellow cornmeal 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup milk 1 whole egg 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Directions Allow the diced bread to sit out on sheet pans for several hours or overnight, until dr…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Quote of the Day

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Can Empathy Make Difficult Friendships, Less Difficult?

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I had a really cool aha! moment this morning while mediating to Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience. Deepak said, when you take the entire situation inside, surrendering it to the true self, the gap between you and someone else isn’t there anymore. The energy of attraction meets no resistance. All the complaints, demands, and criticisms that create problems at the ego level are erased. In a word, you have left the level of the problem and found the level of the solution. This is accomplished effortlessly through the expansion of your awareness. I recently had a clash with a friend who is always very sensitive about her feelings. She loves to dish out mean jokes, criticism, and take shots at you when things don’t go her way. However, when I turn it around on her, she cries out foul! She feels victimized and takes comments or disagreements to another level.
So, the other day, I consciously made the decision to stay out of a situation happening between her and another frie…

Honoring Three Great Souls

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This month has been a tough one for my family. Three amazing people died within weeks of each other. One can say that they had lived a long life and were very sick but it doesn't lessen the pain of their loss.
My Uncle Isidro was a kind man, who always helped our family out when we lived in Mexico City. When my Dad was unemployed, my Uncle would recommend him for a job where he worked. He and my aunt would invite us over to their house when they knew we hadn't eaten the entire day. The most memorable and bonding job they shared was forty-five years ago, my Dad and my Uncle sold bottled water, door to door in Mexico City. When I told my Dad that my Uncle was in grave condition, he asked for a message to be passed onto him. In his message he wrote, "Brother-in-law, I appreciate our great friendship and I hope to see you again one day," he ended the message with..."Ya llego el agua (the water is here)" which is what they would both yell out in the streets of Me…

Ditch Dryness: Tips to Keep Your Skin Smooth

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BestieNote: Winter makes my skin feel like I'm wearing a clay mask. My skin feels dry and seconds away from cracking into a million pieces. Lucky for us - we have a winter skin manual. Follow it and your skin will look and feel great:
Article courtesy of doctoroz.com
While cozying up this winter can warm your heart and keep your spirits bright, the effects on your skin aren’t so cheery. The combination of searing cold air and moisture-zapping heating systems creates the perfect storm for dry, itchy, painful skin. Learn how to protect yourself against the elements to keep your skin glowing, healthy and pain-free this winter.
Shower Strategically Instead of taking a hot shower for a half hour, try using warm water for a maximum of 10 minutes. You’ll minimize the dryness that happens when scalding water sucks the moisture out of your skin. Bonus tip: Blot your skin dry – rather than rubbing – with a towel and apply moisturizer immediately. Use a Humidifier
Certain heat systems includ…

Homemade Gravy

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Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten Total Time: 30 min Prep: 5 min Cook: 25 min Yield: 3 cups Level: Easy
Ingredients 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (2 onions) 1/4 cup flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Defatted turkey drippings plus chicken stock to make 2 cups, heated 1 tablespoon Cognac or brandy 1 tablespoon white wine, optional 1 tablespoon heavy cream, optional
Directions In a large (10 to 12-inch) saute pan, cook the butter and onions over medium-low heat for 12 to 15 minutes, until the onions are lightly browned. Don't rush this step; it makes all the difference when the onions are well-cooked.
Sprinkle the flour into the pan, whisk in, then add the salt and pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the hot chicken stock mixture and Cognac, and cook uncovered for 4 to 5 minutes until thickened. Add the wine and cream, if desired. Season, to taste, and serve. 
For more recipes visit foodnetwork.com

Life Is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Put Away The Measuring Stick...No Need To Measure Up Anymore!

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I ran into an episode of Oprah Where Are They Nowairs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on OWN. I decided to keep watching when Kathy Kinney, who played Drew Carey's TV Nemesis, Mimi Bobeck on The Drew Carey Show said, "women have a tendency to compare their insides to someone else's outsides. And when you do that, you're always going to lose that game.” I’ve heard those exact sentiments in many different ways but the way she said it, drove it home and I was ready to receive the message. I’ve done it all my life! I see women who are my age, who “look” like they have life down and make life look seamlessly easy, and I “feel” like I’m just hanging on by a thread. I don’t see the struggles and trials that other people are going through, I just see the end result of something that they probably worked hard at keeping afloat themselves. There’s no way to be able see the tough road everyone travels before getting to a good place in life.
I’ve been writing for many years and I when I he…

5 Ways to Use Kool-Aid as a Beauty Product!

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Article courtesy of youbeauty.com

"Don't drink the Kool-Aid" has a whole new meaning: while you would normally sip it down, you can use unsweetened Kool-Aid as a beauty product, or for your hair,  your skin and even for some DIY dye projects.
Before you rip into that packet of Kiwi-Strawberry that's been hiding in the cupboard, set the stage: make sure you wear gloves, put down newspaper or plastic to protect the floor, and of course, break through a wall and exclaim,"Ohhhh YEAAAAAH!" if you're satisfied with the results. Kool Aid As A Lip Stain Kool-Aid makes a delicious lip stain (with the added bonus that it smells yummy). Simply add unsweetened Kool-Aid powder to some Vaseline (add to desired color intensity). You have to melt the Vaseline down, add the color you want and pour off into tiny lip pots. (Great instructions here. For those looking for a more natural alternative, you can replace Vaseline with coconut oil. It’s best used in small, single-use b…

Thanksgiving Turkeys

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Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis Total Time: 35 min Prep: 20 min
Inactive: 10 min
Cook: 5 min
Yield: 6 turkeys
Level: Easy

Ingredients
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
30 candy corn candies, plus 6 white tips of candy corn
6 chocolate sandwich cookies
6 mini peanut butter cups
6 malt balls
1 cup Red Frosting, recipe follows
6 chocolate sandwich cookies with top cookies removed

Red Frosting:
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons whole milk
Red food coloring, as needed

Directions
Place the chocolate chips in a medium stainless steel or glass bowl. Set the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate has melted, about 4 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.

For each turkey, push 5 candy corn candies, tip-side down, into the cream filling of a chocolate sandwich cookie to make the feathers for the turkey. Lay the cookie on a work surface.
Dip the flat, larger end of a…

The Art of Gift-Giving

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With the holidays fast approaching, I’m happy to see articles online like Christella Morris'about the “The Gift of Not Giving a Thing”. Christella’s article brings up many memories of my days growing up without gifts during the holidays, and many beautiful memories of family time and how loved I felt while growing up.

Gift giving is an art-form, if done properly, the person buying the gift does their research on what interests the recipient, and with care and much thought put into it, a gift is given that is meaningful and makes the recipient feel loved and cherished. I’m slowly learning the art of gift giving myself because while growing up, we didn’t give or receive gifts but we shared meals and time together. We were cash poor and didn’t celebrate holidays or birthdays with material gifts. All the families in our neighborhood spent time together during the holidays and all the members of the family were involved in preparing or cooking meals for the holidays. My small town had …

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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My 30's Exit Interview

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Jessica Alba's DIY Beauty Recipes

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Source: doctoroz.com Jessica Alba shares her DIY Beauty Recipes with doctoroz.com. The Hollywood star and president of the Honest Company shares her simple at-home beauty treatments that won't bust your wallet.

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
Ingredients 1 cup water 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or as much as needed)

Directions Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water – measurements may vary based on your hair type, so experiment to find what's best for you. Pour over hair thoroughly and rinse.

Greek Yogurt and Coffee Mask Ingredients 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt 1 tbsp coffee 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 lemon Face rag

Directions
Start with a clean dry face. Mix all ingredients together and massage mask onto your face and neck. Let sit for 10 minutes. Wipe clean with a damp rag.
For more beauty tips visit doctoroz.com

Turning 40! Whoohoo!

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I started celebrating birthdays when I was an adult. Before then, my family didn’t put much thought into birthdays because my parents didn’t grow up celebrating them, plus we were poor and couldn’t have birthday celebrations for any of us kids. But that didn't keep me from dreaming about my parents having a birthday party for me, with a big cake and all of my friends there to celebrate. It was a beautiful and constant dream throughout my childhood.

Once I got married, I hoped that my husband would plan a birthday party here and there, but he’s not much of a birthday celebration type of guy. Nevertheless, I’ve thrown myself plenty of birthday parties. My husband helps with anything I need and encourages me to celebrate but I have to plan the entire party. With all of this said…it happened this past weekend!! My best friend Debbie threw a 40th birthday party for me! With the help of our friend Jen, they planned a fabulous party that left me breathless and overjoyed when I walked into…

Beef Taco Salad with Chunky Tomato Dressing

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Recipe courtesy of Ellie Krieger

There's nothing dainty about this salad. With mounds of chili-spiced beef and sharp cheddar cheese over a bed of crisp greens, all doused with a chunky tomato lime dressing and topped with a shards of corn chips, it has high-impact flavor and heartiness to satisfy even the biggest appetites.
Ingredients For the Meat: 3/4 pound lean ground beef (90 percent lean or higher) 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more to taste 1/3 cup water
For the dressing: 4 medium tomatoes, diced 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the salad: 2 hearts romaine lettuce, chopped 1/2 cup grated Cheddar 2 ounces baked corn tortilla chips (about 32 chips)
Directions To prepare the meat, heat a large skillet over a medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook until no longer pink, stirring occasionally and …

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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