Spice Up Your Cooking

Does your cooking seem a little on the bland side? Many of us have a least one spice rack from last Christmas, but how often do you really use it? Creating a well-seasoned dish does take a bit of practice, but you have to be willing to work on the basis of trial and error. Read on for a few tips that you can use when venturing into the world of herbs and spices.

First, we will start out with using herbs. Below you'll find a list of herbs that are commonly found in store-bought spice racks, as well as examples of dishes that they compliment well. This is just a guide, so don't be afraid to experiment with the different herbs in your cupboard. With herbs, you can easily go by scent. Open up a jar—does it smell like it would go well with the dish you have in mind?


Where Are You Going?

So how do you keep track of where you are? The best way I've found is to create a mental image of exactly the way I want to be and to work toward that. I keep that picture before my mind all the time and use it as a yardstick. There are several advantages to making such a mental picture.

First, it gives you a specific goal to work toward. There's a wonderful poster that reads, "If you don't know where you're going, you're likely to wind up somewhere else." Creating a mental image of what you want to be tells you exactly where you're going.


The Hazard of Sleeping while on Duty


Entrecard Hit Me with the Banhammer!

Yup, you read that right. Couple of my blogs were banned, deleted, vanished from Entrecard this morning. I was frantic, livid, and #$##^&&*$%&*.

That outburst lasted only several seconds and the greedy sense of me prevailed. You ask greedy? Yup you're reading this right again. I have approximately 250,000 Entrecard credits on both accounts and common sense tells me to check the TOS, in order for me not to lose all those credits. Lo and behold, I violated the terms of service by not posting at least 5 "quality" posts for the past 90 days on each of the blogs concerned.


Your Personal Laws

You may be wondering where those personal laws come from. They come from our personal experience, some event or events in our life that have caused us to make a decision about ourselves, about how to operate in life, about how to succeed or how to survive.

Personal laws have their purpose, but when they become unconscious and start operating automatically, we're stuck with them long after they've stopped playing useful function. Even worse, many of the most powerful personal laws were made when we were too young to have an accurate picture of who we are or of what the world is actually like, and so are often terribly misguided.


You Gotta Love The PS.

I'd like to share this with you sent to me via email from a friend.

To my darling husband,

Before you return from your business trip, I just want to let you know about the small accident I had with the pick up truck when I turned into the driveway.

Fortunately, not too bad and I really didn't get hurt, so please don't worry too much about me.

I was coming home from Wal-Mart, and when I turned into the driveway, I accidentally pushed down on the accelerator instead of the brake.

The garage door is slightly bent but the pick up fortunately came to a halt when it bumped into your car.

I am really sorry, but I know with your kind-hearted personality you will forgive me. You know how much I love you and care for you my sweetheart.

I am enclosing a picture for you.

I cannot wait to hold you in my arms again.

Your loving wife.


P.S. Your girlfriend called.


Don't Try -- Do!

If you want something, you have to make it happen. It bothers me when I ask someone to do something and they answer, "I'll try." I never know whether it's going to happen or not.

Saying you'll try to do something, rather than saying you will do it, indicates that you're not confident you can make it happen. You're starting out with a disadvantage.

There is no such thing as trying to live like a better person. You either do it or you don't. If you're trying, you've put something or someone else in charge of whether or not to succeed.

When you're trying, you can't be doing. To say you'll try to do something is to say that you'll engage it in a struggle, that you're willing to wrestle with it. It has nothing to do with whether it will happen or not. All trying does is give you an excuse in case you want to abandon the project for some reason.

In some circles "try" is a dirty word. When people hear it, they roll their eyes and assume the thing isn't going to happen. They don't trust people who use the word "try" to get anything done, because such people obviously don't trust themselves or really don't want to do it in the first place. People who try keep themselves stuck in the process of moving toward something, and if they're stuck there, they can never reach their goal. The process of trying and the process of completing are two different things.

The first question people ask when I say this is, "But how do I stop trying?" They are starting to hear all the negative person's old tapes:
"You can't do that."
"Hah! I've heard that before."
"You know you can't be trusted."

It's like a computer program that comes rolling out of your mind. The only way you can stop it is to reprogram the computer. Put in disks that say, "I'm going to do it. I'm going to make it happen."

Say to yourself, "From this moment on I'm a better person. I think like a better person, feel like a better person, and behave like a better person." Note the "better person" because this can apply to anything you want to accomplish.

Just let that change happen inside you, without going back and thinking or worrying about it. Allow yourself to be better right now. If you look at it for a moment, you'll see that there's really very little you can do. Being better is more a statement of what you're being than a question of what you're doing.

You're the one who has to make it happen. You're the only one who can. When you say, "I'll do it," rather than, "I'll try to do it," you burn your bridges behind you. There's nowhere to go except in the direction you've chosen. Just doing it can make you your strongest ally.


Why Waste A Tantrum When No One Can See You


Think Positive

I have to admit - I was starting to get affected by all the negative news going around.

I'm done with it now though. The switch has been flipped.

Here's some of my recent reads to give you an idea of what I mean:

Hey - ya know all those people SELLING off their stocks at rock bottom prices? Guess what? Some rich guy is BUYING IT.

THIS JUST IN: 6,706,833,152 people will *NOT* die today. I repeat - 6.7 Billion People will *NOT* die today.

THIS JUST IN: You can now buy stocks in most companies at 1995 prices!

Wow 89% of ALL HOMEOWNERS are paying their mortgages on time.

THIS JUST IN: Tens of Millions of Homes *NOT* in Jeopardy of Foreclosure

THIS JUST IN: Employment Rate is still at 92%

THIS JUST IN: 3105 Counties in the USA have a *LOW* Foreclosure Rate.
(35 remaining counties account for over 50% of all foreclosures)

Let's hear your 'positive spin' in the comments.


Sorry, Bill, I'd rather kiss my new boss!

The more you look at it, the funnier it gets...


Small Talk

A stranger was seated next to a little black girl on the airplane when the stranger turned to her and said, "Let's talk. I've heard that flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger."

The little girl, who had just opened her coloring book, closed it slowly and said to the stranger, "What would you like to talk about?"

"Oh, I don't know," said the stranger. "Since you are a Negro, do you think that So-called President Elect Barak Obama is qualified for the job?" and he smiles.

"OK", she said. "That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff 'grass '.

Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. "Why do you suppose that is?"

The stranger, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says, "Hmmm, I have no idea."

To which the little girl replies, "Do you really feel qualified to discuss President Barak Obama... when you don't know shit?"



What Is Your Breakthrough?

When a breakthrough happens, you begin to look at life in a new way. It's a jump into a new way of perceiving what's around you, as if you'd taken off blinders and saw a different world from the one you saw before.

A breakthrough puts you into a different state of being and alters your approach to life. You may see the same people and things around you, but you see them in a completely new way.

You've probably had several breakthroughs in your life -- when you had a child, for example, or when you fell in love, or when someone close to you died. You may have had a breakthrough when you first moved away from home, or when you stopped smoking, or when you got a new job.

Breakthroughs don't always happen by chance. You can actually set out to have one. It's a shift that will take place inside you. Your breakthrough is going to look different from anyone else. It has to, because it's uniquely yours. For some people it's like fireworks going off. For others it's like a quiet remembering. Some people can recall the exact moment it happened, and others only know something changed. Let yours be the way it is, without any judgment or criticism. That's exactly what it's supposed to be. The important thing is that you're doing it for yourself, and not for anyone else. That way it will last, and you can enjoy the richness of it.

What is your breakthrough?