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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Romanian Sausages (Mititei)

5 Cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 c Water
1 lb Ground chuck
2/3 lb Coarsely ground pork
1 ts Baking soda
1 1/2 ts Salt
1 ts Black pepper
1/2 ts Dried thyme, whole
1/2 ts Dried basil
1/2 c Beef stock

Crush the garlic well in the water, using a fork. Stir the meat, baking soda, seasonings, and garlic puree together. Add Beef Stock and mix well. For each sausage, take 1/3 cup of the meat mixture, and roll between the palms of your hands into a sausage shape about 4 inches long. Place sausages side by side in a container and cover. Refrigerate overnight so that the flavors can blend. These are excellent on the grill. They may also be broiled or baked in the oven. Broil the sausages about 3 minutes per side until cooked through and browned.. HINT: When hand rolling sausages or meatballs of any kind, keep a small bowl of water near you so that you can keep your hands a bit wet. This way the meat will not stick to your hands.

07/2008 www.freecookingrecipes.net

7 Tips Every Woman Needs to Know - Unleash Your Inner Sassiness!

Ladies, you’ve done everything “they” expected of you. You know who I’m talking about; your parents, professors, mentors, supervisors – the list goes on. You have made it through college and your career is on track. You even managed to save some money, pay down those student loans and make a few investments.

But, you still feel like something’s missing. Is it you? Do you feel like you have some how gotten lost in the fray? Well, now’s the time to get “IT” back! You know, that “little” you that’s been lying dormant for so long, that “sassy” you that’s been squelched by overwhelming work schedules, meetings and unending obligations. Get back that special “sassiness” you remember so well before “life” set in. 

We all have a “sassy” little sista inside us and she is dying to get out. Wake her up and let her run rampant in your world for a while and you both will have some fun! But, don’t forget to give her the ground rules, lest she go buck wild!

1. Self-esteem is critical. Hold yourself in high regard. Know that you are worthy. Love yourself, flaws and all because many times that which we see as flaws others see as our “uniqueness”. All that encompasses you makes you beautiful. You are a queen!

2. Educate yourself. I know, I know, been there done that. But, we have a tendency to get so caught up in work that we don’t always keep up with what’s going on in the world around us. Take the time to see a play, read a classic or take a class. Then, when you meet someone new, you will actually have something interesting to contribute to the conversation (besides work!).

3. Communicate effectively. What you say and the manner in which you say it speaks volumes. Refrain from using profanity, because there is nothing “sassy” about that!

4. Indulge and beautify. Treat yourself to a day at the spa. Go for a classic hairstyle that is easy to maintain. Get a manicure and a pedicure. And, if you are really feeling “wicked”, try a European body wrap and detoxify your body. You will love it! One of my personal favorites, make an appointment for a MAC make-over. While you’re there, ask the artist to teach you a few techniques that you can use to achieve the same results.

5. Foundations. Enough can not be said about the importance of quality foundation garments. No woman’s arsenal would be complete without an authentic corset. I am not talking about those flimsy bustiers (they call them corsets but they’re not) that your lingerie department offers. I am referring to quality authentic corsets, hands down one of the best investments a woman can make in herself.

If you need your spirits (and your self image) lifted, just put one on and you will wonder how you ever lived without one. An authentic corset will instantly make you appear thinner by nipping in your waist, flattening your stomach and accentuating all your curves from bust to buttocks. Authentic corsets are the most sensual items of clothing a woman can wear, not only are they functional but they are also beautiful whether worn underneath as a foundation or as part of your clothing ensemble. In the words of a fashion maven, “the perfect hourglass figure is made not born.”

6. Classic attire. Building a classic wardrobe is essential for the sassy sista. Classic pieces don’t have to cost a small fortune but they do need to be of high quality. By selectively purchasing clothing made with clean lines, high quality fabric, durable stitching and hand sewn lining, not only will you find that your clothing fits better but they will also last longer saving your money.

The seventh and final tip is time and attitude. Stop for a moment to enjoy your “little” sista, Sassy! Keep a positive attitude, because a zeal for life can be contagious and I can’t think of better thing to catch!
07/2008 By: Toya Mares Article Source: http://www.amazines.com/article_detail.cfm/523367?articleid=523367

Strategies for Change: Setting Realistic Goals

Here's a framework for setting goals and objective - crucial preliminary step for making changes:

Determine your goal or objective. Define it in words and on paper. Then test your definition against your own value system. Can you attain your goal and still be the person you want to be? 

Think in terms of evolution, not revolution. Revolutionary changes only inspire counterrevolutions.

If you want to change the way you eat, start by changing just one meal a week.

Identify your resources. Do you have the knowledge, skills, finances, time - whatever it takes? Find out from others who know. Be sure you're ready for the next step.

Systematically analyze barriers. How can missing resources be acquired? Identify and select alternative plans. List solutions for any obstacles you foresee.

Choose a plan. Think it through, step by step, trying to anticipate what might go wrong and why.

07/2008 - Source: Based on Roizen, Michael. RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? New York: HarperCollins, 2000 - Invitation to Fitness and Wellness - Dianne Hales & Charleen Zartman

Proverbs 10:19