Parmesan Rounds

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Bread is such a great side to the family dinner, but the same thing every night can get a little boring. This variation to a simple biscuit adds a lot of flavor and is so easy the kids can do it by themselves. Boo made these for her food demonstration at fair last year at the age of 9 and received a blue ribbon. The judge enjoyed them so much she copied down the recipe.

INGREDIENTS:
2/3 c finely grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 c Mayonnaise
1/4 tsp dried Basil
1/ tsp garlic Powder
1/8 tsp Oregano
1 tube refrigerator Biscuits 12 to 16 ounces

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a small bowl combine everything except the biscuits.

Open your canned biscuits and lay on a baking sheet. I have a friend who refers to them as Whump Biscuits, because you have to “whump” them on the counter to…

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Words Determine our Viewpoint

When one of my children was little, I heard many words to describe her and most had a negative connotation due to issues she was dealing with. Over time, I began to describe her the same way and realized it was making me view her negatively. I struggled with how to help her with her issues and not allow others to put her down. Now I don’t believe anyone ever did so intentionally, they simply saw her behavior and used words to describe it that came to mind. Finally, I read a book that gave a simple solution which took effort to implement (and I admit I still struggle with) but it made a huge difference in how I personally perceived her.

For example, if I were to say she was a strong willed child, is that a positive or a negative word? Generally I picture a child who refuses to obey and wants everything their way. Yet if I say a determined child, I picture a child who knows what they want and will work to get it. Now isn’t that really the same thing? All I had to do when someone used strong willed to describe her was to come back and say “yes she is a determined child isn’t she?” and I would see a look come across their face. Often their face would soften, a smile would form and they began to find the positives in her behavior. To see this visually, I typed strong willed child and determined child into google and checked out the images that popped up. Overwhelmingly the stong willed child was depicted as pouting with their arms crossed. Yet the determined child was happy and laughing.

Strong willed child
Strong willed child
Determined Child
Determined Child

Examine the word audacity, it is defined as “boldness or daring, especially with confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions.” The part I want to focus on is arrogant disregard. When someone has audacity it is never seen as a positive, quite the opposite in fact. Yet if we scroll past the definition and read the synonyms, we get a totally different take as the words “nerve, spunk, grit” are seen positive traits. How can a word imply a disregard for others yet easily be replaced by traits we admire such as spunk and grit? It all comes down to point of view.

So what does this mean for me, my family, my job or my business? I would like to challenge you to sit down and write down all the negative words you use to describe yourself in a column. Once you are done, write down the positive version of that word. For example, persnickety might become detailed or obsessive might become focused. Once you have all those words written down read them out loud and say “I am….” We can be so critical of ourselves and others that we need to retrain our minds to focus on our good attributes. You will be amazed at how different you feel just by reading the list out loud.

Now do the same thing for someone else that you struggle with. Maybe it is a coworker who annoys the tar out of you, or the child whose personality is so different from your own you wonder how they can be yours. Once we change how we perceive ourselves and others, we naturally change how we interact. If you have a strong willed child you are constantly in a battle of wills. Yet a determined child is one you can direct to use that determination in a positive way.

So you made up yet another list, what are you going to do with it? How will changing the words you use effect how you parent or run your business? It won’t if the list gets lost somewhere in the pile of papers you are trying to hide on your desk. Keep them where you can see them every day and it will remind you to mentally change those words when you hear them or are tempted to say them. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but it will happen. And I would love to hear how this worked for you.

Business Tips

At least half of all businesses in the USA are based at home. It isn’t just the stay at home mom selling Avon or Tupperware anymore. Men and women around the world are finding that they prefer to avoid the commute, or want to avoid daycare, and have chosen a better way to earn a living and provide for their families. From accountants, to computer programmers, to multi-level marketers, working from home is a viable option that can support your family and help you achieve your dreams.

Gone is the supervisor telling you to finish XYZ before you go home. Those regular pay checks every two weeks are a thing of the past. Company benefits depend completely on your performance. But the benefits are extraordinary. No longer do you have to tell your daughter you cannot attend the school concert because it is at 10 in the morning, because you set your own schedule. Dinner can be on the table by 5:30 (and it isn’t take out), because you had an extra 15 minutes to throw it in the crock pot this morning. Praise God and hallelujah there is no more commute in rush hour traffic! Kick guilt to the curb because you have to call in sick to work when your daughter has her third sinus infection this winter.

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It isn’t just peaches and cream however, it takes hard work to run your own business from home. While there is no one thing that will make you succeed, there are traits that successful people have that we can all use to make our businesses succeed. I am a mentor and trainer with Younique Cosmetics and these are tips that I have learned that will help any entrepreneur.

What makes you want to read a book more than once? Why do you have favorite television shows or movies? There is something about them that is different from all the other choices available that draws you to them.

Running your business is the same way. You are not the only person people can buy from, so what makes you stand out? Just remember to be FINE

1. Fun – Nobody wants to be around someone who is boring and a stick in the mud. Be willing to do things that are uncomfortable and have fun. If you are having fun, so will those around you.

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2. Funny – Many are naturally funny, some of us have to work hard at it. I am not a natural joke teller but I can do great one liners. The point is, to keep trying to make those around you to laugh. The worst that could happen is nobody laughs and you hear crickets in the background, That is okay, even the best comedians have jokes that fall flatter than a pancake, what matters is they just move on to something else.

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3. Informative – Be able to explain your products and various ways to use them. Provide tips that anyone can use even if they never buy from you. If people know they can learn from you, they will always come back for more.

4. Nowledgeable – I know it isn’t spelled correctly but let’s face you, you always hate putting that K in there anyways. Know about your product, the guarantee, your company, commissions, hostess rewards, and even the competition. This does not mean you slam other companies! But if you are going to say you have the best gizmo in the world, and someone asks you about the one sold by Acme at Wal Mart, you should be able to explain the differences and why your gizmo is better than theirs.

5. Exciting – If you aren’t excited about the product, party or company, why would anyone else be?

Remember the excitement leading up to Christmas or the last day of school? That is how we should be with our business.
Remember the excitement leading up to Christmas or the last day of school? That is how we should be with our business.

5. Entertaining – Why did Hollywood grow into a billion dollar town? Because people want to be entertained.

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If you implement these ideas into your business and life, you will be everyone’s Go-To-Gal with your company. So get out there and be FINE! Have a great day my beauties.

Word of the Day: Creative

Have you ever been told you are not creative? Or maybe you tell yourself that you have no creativity? Spark your creativity by borrowing from others, and building on it.

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In other words, read and listen to other people who inspire you, and use it for your own. Find a quote that strikes a cord and tape it to your mirror so you can see it every day.

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Use a piece of art as your background on your phone so it is there every time you text.

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Listened to great composers in your home instead of having the tv on. Read food blogs to find a recipe you want to try. Borrow it, then build on it, and your creativity will grow.

Coca Cola. Pork Chops

I am a couponer, gleaner and all around thrifty shopper. I am willing to spend a little extra to get a great quality item but still try to get the biggest bang for my buck. The question isn’t how little I can spend, but how does that translate into putting good meals together. These Coca Cola Pork Chops are a great example of how to do it.

I was able to purchase several large pork loins for only $4 each. Once I took them home I cut them up to make 4 meals from each one. I have 2 small loins that will feed my family of 3, thick cut pork chops, and cubed pieces for casseroles all in the freezer for future nights. I was able to get 4 meals from each loin, thus already dropping the prie to only $1 each dinner. As there are only a few ingredients, the cost of this main dish stays low.

INGREDIENTS
Pork Chops
1c Ketchup
1c Coke (any brand just not diet)
2Tb Brown Sugar
Salt & Pepper

Use your favorite brand.
Use your favorite brand.

Set the oven to 350 degrees. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Because there is a sauce I prefer to go boneless, but it isn’t a big deal to use ones with bones. They just takes a little longer to cook. Combine the ketchup, cola and brown sugar together and pour over the chops. That is it, simple and fast and you won’t even work up a sweat!

All ready to bake.
All ready to bake.

Place the baking dish into the oven for about 30 minutes. If you are using thin pork chops cook a little less and they have bones, it will be a little longer.

The thickened sauce is great to serve over rice or noodles.
The thickened sauce is great to serve over rice or noodles.

To round out the meal I served with rice and a dark green salad. My total cost for 3 people for everything on the plate was about $1.65, or .55 cents per person. The sauce reminds me of sweet and sour but not nearly as sweet. Now excuse me while I go eat this beautiful meal.

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Starbucks

I enjoy my coffee, some days I just really need the caffeine. One thing I cannot do is drink it black, I just don’t understand how people can do that. It is far too bitter for me. So at home I buy a good creamer to counteract that bitterness and drink it up.

Now I am not addicted to Starbucks, I can go without it. But what I do enjoy is having a place I can sit with a friend to talk. And the last 2 years I have really, REALLY needed that. Walking in the door and smelling that coffee relaxes me. Sitting in the comfy chairs and shooting the breeze helps me feel normal again, even if only for an hour. Lately I have begun using it as an office to meet with clients as well because I think it does the same for them, it is easier to meet at Starbucks than at my home.

While I am a Gold Card member (yes I was horribly excited the day I received that in the mail) I don’t spend a lot of money there. When I have $20 I put it on my card and it lasts me as long as it needs to, sometimes several months. Like anything else, there are ways to spend less when going out for coffee. And for me, what really matters in the company.

Holiday Eggnog Latte.....yummy warm goodness
Holiday Eggnog Latte…..yummy warm goodness

Two Minute Tip for lips

So I mentioned in a previous post that I was taking advantage of the down time while canning applesauce. Anytime I can multitask I consider it a win win! So I figure I may as well share my tip for brightening your lips and making them appear bigger here as well. I used all Younique products, but you can use what you have on hand for the same look

First choose your favorite lip gloss. I love this one because the pink isn’t too bright and the glitter adds a bit of fun.

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You will need two pencils. The first one needs to match the gloss you have chosen.

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The second one is a simple white. I used an eye liner and you can too as long as it goes on smoothly.

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Finally, have a good pencil sharpener on hand. Not only does it help make sure you draw a good line around your lips, but it makes sure the pencils are clean and won’t harbor bacteria. I like to sharpen my pencils after I use them, and before I put them away.

Now line your lips with your colored lip liner and use the colored liner to slightly shade the end of your bottom lip.

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Put just a dab of white in the middle of your bottom lip.

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Finish with the lip gloss.

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To watch how I out together, check out my video for all you beauties out there.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=T2yxeYWk-Bs