September is Friendship Month!

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When you’re young, it’s hard to imagine that anything can break the bond of friendship. Sure, life has its dramas, but once you become an “adult”, for the most part your life is set. You’ll have your career, you’ll have your family, and as sure as death and taxes, your best friends will always be there for you.

Then reality hits. While you weather the storm of life, some friends may cling to the same lifeboat as you, while others drift off on their own. Some of it may be due to distance, some may have parted ways due to a specific argument or “incident”, and others may just be different people than you were at the start of your friendship (yourself included).

How does one navigate friendship in adulthood while juggling a fast-paced, ever-changing world of work, family obligations, social networking, and everything else? How do you make all your friends happy, while managing to keep your own sanity? Which friends are your life-vests, who keep you afloat, and which are your anchors, who only bring you down?

Over the course of this month, we’ll explore various articles, ideas, stories, and words of inspiration about FRIENDSHIP today. I hope you will feel free to open up and share as well.

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Stay ‘tooned later today for our first Weekly Challenge for the month of September!

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Recipes from around the web: Super Simple Salmon

Last night we were in the mood for salmon other than our usual go-to Succulent Salmon (Moroccan Salmon) recipe. So we were browsing our go-to site, AllRecipes.com, and found this terrific gem:  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Super-Simple-Salmon/

It took about five minutes (if that long) to throw the three spice ingredients together (hey, I’m slow!), but I was amazed how accurate the directions were. Five minutes of frying on each side, and BAM! Instant dinner. We added some rice and grilled zucchini to balance out the meal, and it was fantastic. An instant classic, one that I will be sure to make many times over! We skipped the lemon this time, but I’m sure we’ll try it another time.

You don’t want to miss out on this all-star recipe!

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Here ya go:

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Super Simple Salmon

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Prep time: 5 minutes  •  Cook time: 10 minutes • Yields 4 servings

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Stir together the garlic powder, basil, and salt in a small bowl; rub in equal amounts onto the salmon fillets.
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat; cook the salmon in the butter until browned and flaky, about 5 minutes per side. Serve each piece of salmon with a lemon wedge.

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Tuesday and Thursday are Tip Days! Come back tomorrow for new tips about Exercise!

Wednesday and Fridays are Recipe Days! Stay ‘tooned for a new recipe this Wednesday!

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TIPS: Fool Yourself Into Exercising More!

Tip Days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. This month of tips will be devoted to Exercise.

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Here are some tips on how to easily add more exercise into your life! Some were previously mentioned during the Weekly Challenge of Stair Up (and Down!) but all are great tips worth emphasizing:

TIP #19 – JUST PARK IT ALREADY!: We waste so much time looking for a parking space closest to our destination, whether it be in a parking lot or in the street.  Just grab a spot a bit farther away from your destination than you normally do.  You’ll save time, and just as importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to walk a little further and get into better shape.  Notice  how I said you’ll have the opportunity to walk farther, not that you will have to walk farther.  As you get into better shape, you will relish the opportunity to squeeze in a little extra walking, rather than dreading it.  You’ll see!

TIP #20 – THE MILE OR LESS RULE: Getting into the habit of walking and biking will help save on expenses, such as carfare and gas, and will help the environment as well. Add physical activity into your daily routine. Whether you are doing errands or visiting a friend, make it a priority to walk and bike, especially if the destination is less than a mile away.

TIP #21 – WALK AND TALK: Never sit while on the phone.  If possible, walk back and forth while talking on the phone at home.  Pace like a madman!  You wouldn’t believe how many extra calories you can burn while talking on the phone!

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If you missed last week’s tips, click here.

Wednesdays and Fridays are recipe days! I’ll be posting recipes given to me by my next door neighbor, Chef Chumley. You can read more about him by clicking here. Come back tomorrow for another recipe!

~ Sherri <3

 

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RECIPE: Pink ‘n White (Watermelon & Feta) Salad

These recipes are the concoctions of (fictitious) cartoon comic chef extraordinaire, Sherri’s neighbor and cooking mentor, Chef Chumley.  Chef and Sherri are happy to bring them to you on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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If you like sweet and salty, this is a new salad for you! Some experiments don’t work. Pickles and ice cream, for example, is a terrible idea (unless you’re pregnant, of course, in which case everything is fair game). This salad’s got it all: the sweet, the salty, the crunchy, and (if you so choose), the minty! A perfect salad to serve during the last few weeks of summer. Try it out and enjoy! =0)

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Pink ‘n White (Watermelon & Feta) Salad

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Prep time: 10 minutes  •  Cook time: 0 minutes • Yields 8 servings

Ingredients:

4 cups seedless watermelon, cut into 1/2″ cubes
1/4 fresh lime (or 2 tsp lime juice)
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/4 cup sunflowers seeds or 1/2 cup pepita seeds (preferably roasted)
1 Tbsp mint, roughly chopped (optional)

Directions:

Place watermelon into bowl. Crumble feta cheese into bowl. Squeeze lime juice from fresh lime (or teaspoons of lime juice).

Mix together. Garnish with seeds and mint. Serve and enjoy!

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Tuesday and Thursday are Tip Days! Come back tomorrow for new tips about Exercise!

Wednesday and Fridays are Recipe Days! Stay ‘tooned for a new recipe this Friday!

 

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TIPS: Getting FOCUSED!

Tip Days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. This month of tips will be devoted to Exercise.

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Here are some tips on getting FOCUSED:

TIP #17 – WELL GYM-INY CRICKET:   If it’s within your budget, join a gym.  There are some good gyms that you can join for as little as $10 per month.  That comes out to 33  cents a day.  You’ll get most of the exercise equipment that you’ll ever need.  Plus, making a trip to the gym is almost like going to a meeting place.  You feel like you’re really going out and doing something.  You’ll see the same friendly, supportive faces every day.  That will certainly help motivate you.  Seeing all of those people, many of whom have similar goals as you, will push you to higher achievements.

TIP #18 – WHAT A TURN-OFF!:  But a good one!  Turn off those electrical devices.  TV off!  Phone off!  Computer off!  Walk, jog, go to the gym.  So much wasted time is spent on these confounded contraptions that we neglect the best, most sophisticated contraption that we were ever blessed with, our bodies!

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If you missed last week’s tips, click here.

Wednesdays and Fridays are recipe days! I’ll be posting recipes given to me by my next door neighbor, Chef Chumley. You can read more about him by clicking here. Come back tomorrow for another recipe!

~ Sherri <3

 

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Exercise Weekly Challenge #4: WALK, Don’t Drive!

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I was born into a family that enjoys walking. I mean, REALLY enjoys walking. In fact, although we live far enough from grocery stores to justify taking a car, they mostly walk anyway to do a lot of errands.

In contrast, most people in L.A. completely forget that walking is an option, even if the errand is a mere few blocks away. The automatic knee-jerk reaction is to hop into a car to take care of whatever needs to be accomplished.

Imagine what kind of shape we would be in if we consciously try walking or biking, at least to the closer destinations. A little bit goes a long way. This week when I am doing errands or visiting friends or whatever the outing may be, if the destination is within a mile or less, instead of putting the keys into the ignition, I will be moving one foot in front of the other to get there. This week it’s the mile or less rule, if I am going to a place a mile or less away, walking it will be.

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Week #4: WALK, DON’T DRIVE!

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Recipes from around the web: Spicy Chicken Breasts

Sometimes the same ol’ chicken just doesn’t cut it, and you’ll need to spice it up! Jesse and I discovered this spicy chicken recipe on AllRecipes.comhttp://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Spicy-Chicken-Breasts/Detail.aspx

The spice mixture makes plenty for a few batches, so we usually put the remaining spices in a container to use for future cooking endeavors. Instead of grilling it, we put it in the oven at 350° for 45-60 minutes. We love to serve this chicken with rice! And if you have leftovers, another great way to eat this is to slice up the chicken, spread some hummus on a wrap, place the chicken on it, and wrap it up! The hummus helps balance out the spiciness for those who don’t love the kick quite as much. But feel free to experiment!

Sometimes it’s fun to recycle meals…unless you cook like I did one of the first times I tried to serve leftovers:

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Here’s the recipe:

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Spicy Chicken Breasts

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Prep time: 15 minutes  •  Cook time: 15 minuts • Yields 4 servings

Ingredients:2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon salt1 tablespoon onion powder1 tablespoon dried thyme1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper1 tablespoon ground black pepper4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the paprika, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, thyme, cayenne pepper, and ground black pepper. Set aside about 3 tablespoons of this seasoning mixture for the chicken; store the remainder in an airtight container for later use (for seasoning fish, meats, or vegetables).
  2. Preheat grill for medium-high heat. Rub some of the reserved 3 tablespoons of seasoning onto both sides of the chicken breasts.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Place chicken on the grill, and cook for 6 to 8 minutes on each side, until juices run clear.

 

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Tuesday and Thursday are Tip Days! Come back tomorrow for new tips about Exercise!

Wednesday and Fridays are Recipe Days! Stay ‘tooned for a new recipe this Wednesday!

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TIPS: Spice Up Your Routine

Tip Days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. This month of tips will be devoted to Exercise.

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Here are tips on getting extra exercise while slowly building up stamina:

TIP #14 – CHANGE IS GOOD:   Change the workouts (try something new). Variety is the spice of life. And for exercises. Sometimes walk, sometimes bike, sometimes swim.. Walk up stairs. Don’t fall into a rut. Don’t let yourself get bored. It’s the surest way to give up on your regimen. Don’t let your routine become routine.

TIP #15 – REACH FOR THE SKY:  Repetitive exercises tend to make our muscles shorter and stiffer. Exercises that repeat the same motion over and over, such as biking, running, or weightlifting, fit into this category. Longer, more supple muscles tend to be more efficient. Buy or take out a book from the library on stretching (or yoga). You can even go online and look up various stretching exercises. Make stretching a part of your daily routine.

TIP #16 – MAKE IT FUN!:  Exercise should not be some dreary and dreadful task. There are plenty of exercises that are just plain fun. Tennis, Dancing, zumba, yoga, basketball, or simply walking are all great ways to stay in shape. So instead of equating working out with a treadmill and a bunch of dumbbells, try something that keeps you motivated and have a good time. But dont forget what makes you glum, I might find fun.  While many of you find running, jogging and lifting weights to be boring and tedious, if you find it to be fun, go out and do it!

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If you missed last week’s few tips, click here.

Wednesdays and Fridays are recipe days! I’ll be posting recipes given to me by my next door neighbor, Chef Chumley. You can read more about him by clicking here. Come back tomorrow for another recipe!

~ Sherri <3

 

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RECIPE: Strapple Crumble

These recipes are the concoctions of (fictitious) cartoon comic chef extraordinaire, Sherri’s neighbor and cooking mentor, Chef Chumley.  Chef and Sherri are happy to bring them to you on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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This dish is a healthier variation of a popular one that includes cranberries and margarine (instead of the strawberries, applesauce and oil).  If you ask me, this one tastes even better!  It’s a multi-purpose dish that can be used for dessert, or as a sweet side dish. No matter which way you serve it, it will be a guaranteed crowd-pleasing hit!

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Strapple Crumble

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Prep time: 10 minutes  •  Cook time: 1 hour • Yields 12-16 servings

Ingredients:

5-6 medium apples (sweet ones, such as Macintosh, Gala, or Fuji)
1-2 lbs. strawberries
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup oats
½ cup applesauce
½ cup vegetable oil

Directions:
Peel and slice up apples. Layer apple slices in pan until bottom of pan is fully covered.

Slice up strawberries. Layer strawberry slices over apple slices.

Mix flour, sugar, oats, applesauce and oil in bowl. Mix well. Place mixture on top of apples and strawberry layers.

Place in oven for 350 degrees for one hour, or until the top is brown.

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Tuesday and Thursday are Tip Days! Come back tomorrow for new tips about Exercise!

Wednesday and Fridays are Recipe Days! Stay ‘tooned for a new recipe this Friday!

 

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TIPS: Proper Care of Your Body

Tip Days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. This month of tips will be devoted to Exercise.

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Here are some tips on helping keeping track of your EXERCISE:

TIP #12 – THE BUILD-UP:  You need a place to start. Its like starting a car. When you’re about to drive it’s not a very good idea to slam your foot on the accelerator and go full speed. It can tear up the engine and cause many problems. That is why you should ease into your workout and slowly build on it. First, go for a walk.  When, or if, you’re up to it, you can try to incorporate running into your routine (but you don’t have to). The worst thing would be to do too much and then to get hurt. Start slowly and then increase!

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TIP #13 – EAT AND SLEEP PROPERLY:  Without exercise you may eventually get sick . WITHOUT PROPER FOOD AND SLEEP, YOU WILL GET SICK!

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If you missed last week’s tips, click here.

Wednesdays and Fridays are recipe days! I’ll be posting recipes given to me by my next door neighbor, Chef Chumley. You can read more about him by clicking here. Come back tomorrow for another recipe!

~ Sherri <3

 

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