Weekend Round-Up, Procrastination Week #4

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I feel like, after 4 full weeks of thinking about, acting, and doing things to help combat Procrastination, I finally had a breakthrough. I notice that I am a bit more efficient with my time. I have been less focused on social media, and am starting to take control of my bad procrastination habits.  It’s funny, because at the time that I do each challenge or tip, I feel like it’s quite overwhelming and difficult. However, something must have stuck, because this was my most productive week in a long time. I caught up with my deadlines, and even managed to get ahead of them a bit. I especially enjoyed this week’s tips to Use Your Time Wisely, because it’s certainly something that I needed to improve on.

As for this week’s Challenge, Change It Up, I decided to focus on my correspondence. I am a phone person by nature. I love speaking to people, and I love the immediacy of phone interactions. If I want to make plans with a friend, I like to call my friend up on the phone to get an answer. However, some phone calls take much longer than they should. For example, waiting on the phone to deal with an insurance issue. Or sometimes phone conversations catching up with friends cut too much into work time, and I end up wasting valuable moments that could be spent getting work accomplished.

So, this week I decided to send out more e-mails or texts instead of phone calls. It especially helped when it came to dealing with corporate organizations. For example, I received a notification in the mail that a $15 rebate for paint purchase was denied because “Postmark date does not fall within program dates”.  Instead of calling customer service, spending time on hold, and dealing with all those problems, I looked up their customer service information online and sent them an e-mail at night, when it was quiet and easier, so I would not waste precious work hours during the day on this phone call. I let them know that I certainly sent it out on time, because I mailed it out on my Mother-In-Law’s birthday, two days before the postmark deadline, at the same post office trip I sent out her birthday card (which certainly they cannot deny a daughter-in-law – there’s no way I could be wrong with that date!). I also informed them that if they denied me the rebate, I would be more than happy to switch to a competitor! Sure enough, the next day I got an e-mail informing me that my rebate has gone through. I am glad to think that I was able to save a lot of time just sending an e-mail at night, when I first got my mail, instead of during the day, when I probably would have procrastinated making such a phone call. I will definitely try to keep this up!

In case you missed it, here were some of our top posts of the past week. (You can either click on them, or scroll down and review all of our past posts.)

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Procrastination Weekly Challenge #4: Change It Up

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Tips: Plan To Focus

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Recipe: Tuscan Tilapia

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Recipe: Fabulous Frittata Fries

See you tomorrow with a brand-new Weekly Challenge for the month of Procrastination!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

~Sherri <3

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RECIPE: Fabulous Frittata Fries (aka Home Fries Frittata)

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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There is some controversy over the derivation of the term “Home Fries”.  Are they a Southern dish?  A Northern dish?  Where did they come from?  Who really cares?  All I know is that they are delicious and they are spectacular – or, dare we say, EGG-cellent! =0)

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Fabulous Frittata Fries (aka Home Fries Frittata)

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Prep time: 15-20 minutes • Cook time: 45 minutes • Yields: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:
1 medium onion, diced
3 Tbsp butter
2 medium potatoes peeled, cut in to 3⁄4″ cubes
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1⁄4 tsp
black pepper

8 eggs
1⁄4 cup milk
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
3 oz. semi soft cheese (gouda, jack, havarti, fontina, brie etc.), cut into 1⁄2 “ cubes

Directions:
Place peeled potatoes in a pot, cover with water, bring to boil, lower heat and cook for about 20 minutes (or until soft). Check to see if the potatoes are cooked through by sticking a knife or fork in them. Remove them from the water and let them cool.

Preheat oven to 400°.

In a non-stick large pan, add butter. When the butter is melted, add onions. Sauté onions over medium heat with spatula for 10 minutes, until onions are transparent. Then add potatoes, paprika, salt and pepper. Continue to stir for another 7-8 minutes.

In a bowl, beat the egg along with milk and parsley. Pour egg mixture into the pan with the potato and onion. Reduce heat to low, add cheese cubes and mix for 30 seconds. Cover the pan and let simmer without mixing for another 5 minutes, until the sides of the eggs set along the sides of the pan and turn a golden brown. Then, remove cover and place the pan in preheated oven until the top of frittata is set (approximately 5 minutes or less).

Get a flat dish that is wider than the pan. Place the dish over the pan and carefully turn it over so that the bottom of the frittata is now the top. Cut into wedges and serve.

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

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

 

 

 

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TIPS: Use Your Time Wisely

Tip Days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. This month of tips is devoted to Procrastination.

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Here are tips on USING YOUR TIME WISELY to help combat Procrastination:

TIP #24-  TIME IS VALUABLE, DON’T WASTE IT: If something is wasting your time, just stop it. Even if you have spent money to go to an event, a movie or anything of that sort, if you find it is a waste of time, cut it short. Money you have a chance of recouping, time you cannot

TIP #25 – THINK OF THE LONG-TERM: Favor what will be helpful in the long run. Avoid the urge to settle for what is short term satisfaction

TIP #26- CHANGE IT UPIf you try one way to accomplish your goal and it’s just not working, try a different approach. Whether it is a small change or a completely different way, a new approach could be just what you need to get the job done.

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To see tips, that you missed 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: Tuscan Tilapia

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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Facts about tilapia:  Did you know that tilapia (according to Wikipedia, so it must be true) is the third most important fish in aquaculture behind carp and salmon, partly because of its high protein content and rapid growth?  Millions and millions of tons are produced every year.  Interesting facts?  Maybe, but who really cares?  All we care is that you try this recipe and experience how delizioso it truly is (How’s that for bad Italian?).

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Tuscan Tilapia

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Prep time: 5 minutes  •  Cook time: 30-35 minutes • Yields 4 Servings

Ingredients:

Fish:
4 tilapia fillets
1⁄2 cup flour
1⁄2 tsp salt
1⁄4 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp olive oil

Sauce:
28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes (drained & roughly chopped)
1⁄4 cup calamata olives – pitted and chopped
1 Tbsp capers
2 cloves garlic sliced thin
1⁄2 tsp salt
1⁄4 tsp black pepper
1⁄4 cup white wine
Zest of 1⁄2 lemon

Directions:

Mix flour with salt and pepper. Dip fillets in flour mixture and coat thoroughly. Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, lay fillets in skillet until lightly golden (about 3 minutes on each side). Remove fillets from skillet and set them aside until the sauce is ready.

Raise heat to high and add to skillet: tomatoes, olives, capers, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir for 30 seconds, and then add wine and zest Stir constantly for about 2 – 3 minutes.

Lower heat to medium low Place fillets over sauce, cover for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

To serve, lay the fillets on a plate and spoon sauce over the top.

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

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

 

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Tips: Plan to Focus

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

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Here are tips on PLANNING & FOCUSING to combat Procrastination:

TIP #21 – PLAN YOUR DAY IN ADVANCE: Create a to do list.; send reminders to your cell phone so you won’t forget. A simple, helpful phone app is Wunderlist.

TIP #22 – DO NOT MULTITASK: Focus on one thing at a time. By concentrating on the one task you will get the best results and accomplish more in the time you spend.

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Tip #23 – MOVE TO THE MUSIC: Put on motivating music that will help keep you focused and keep you going.

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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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Procrastination Weekly Challenge #4: Change It Up

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If what you are trying to accomplish is not getting done: stop drop and roll. Well don’t actually drop and roll, it might leave you with an awful splitting headache, but just change it up.  There are times when your way of doing something just doesn’t work. It doesn’t mean it was a bad approach, on the contrary;  the approach may have been excellent. Maybe it was the timing or maybe it was not the best fit for your personality. Whatever the reason is, don’t be afraid of pushing beyond what you are used to doing in your routine. Try a different way of accomplishing your goal. This week, whether it’s the goal you stated, or anything in your life that doesn’t seem to get done fast enough, change it up!! Trying a different approach or method may help you learn more about yourself and understand your personality in terms of how to be more productive.

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Week #4: CHANGE IT UP!

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Weekend Round-Up: Procrastination, Week #3

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It’s amazing how much you can accomplish with just a few small changes. This week was all about Eliminating Distractions. Not only was it the Weekly Challenge, but it was also the theme of one of the Tip Days as well. Since I spend a lot of time working on my computer, I never realized how frequently I stray from my work to check my e-mail or Facebook account. What I ended up doing is signing out of all social media accounts during the work period, so any time I would visit Gmail, Facebook, Twitter or any other of those sites, I would remember that I signed out for a reason.  It’s amazing how much that little step helped tremendously. This is definitely a challenge I will continue for a long time.

In case you missed it, here were some of our top posts of the past week. (You can either click on them, or scroll down and review all of our past posts.)

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Procrastination Weekly Challenge #3: Eliminate Distractions

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Tips: Challenge – Accepted

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Recipe: Simply Scrumptious Salmon Tartare

See you tomorrow with a brand-new Weekly Challenge for the month of Procrastination!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

~Sherri <3

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RECIPE: Simply Scrumptious Salmon Tartare

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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Everybody knows that salmon swim upstream to spawn. Well, even if you didn’t know it, it’s important that the salmon knows it. Did you know that they usually die after their upstream “swim and spawn”? When I was a kid I used to go every Sunday to my school’s Swim and Gym”, but I’m still here. I guess that wasn’t as hard.

The salmon had to undergo a gargantuan task so that we can enjoy the benefits of their labor (seems rather selfish of us, doesn’t it?). Luckily, we do not have to undergo any Herculean effort to enjoy the results of this simple, simple recipe, one of the easiest you will ever find.

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Simply Scrumptious Salmon Tartare

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Prep time: 15 minutes • Cook time: 0 minutes • Yields: 15-20 “discs”

Ingredients:
8 oz diced smoked salmon
2 tsp finely chopped red onion
1 tsp finely chopped capers
1 tbsp finely chopped red bell pepper
1 tsp finely chopped fresh dill
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tsp sour cream
10-12 baguette slices 1/2” thick

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together. Toast baguette slices lightly. Spread tartare on baguette slices and serve.

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

 

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TIPS: Elimating Distractions

Tip Days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. This month of tips is devoted to Procrastination.

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Have you been working on the Weekly Challenge to ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS? Here are a few helpful tips:

TIP #16- PUT YOURSELF IN A POSITION TO SUCCEED: Prepare everything that you will need to work on your project.  Go to where the project will be done. Once you are prepared to meet your challenge there is nothing left but for you to start and to not put it off any longer.  (You can do it!!)

TIP #17 – TURN OFF THE TELEVISION:  On the day that you will work on your project, don’t turn the TV on (unless it is during one of your allowable break segments. If you do turn on the TV at those pre-appointed allowable times, make sure you do not go past the allowed time limit.  Remember, shows, and the completion of shows can be recorded.).

TIP #18- GOOD-BYE COMPUTER, GOOD-BYE FACEBOOK: Stay away from the Internet on days that you will dedicate toward your goal, except during allowed break periods. The Internet can suck you in like a black hole.

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TIP #19- PHONES OFF: Don’t answer the telephone during your work periods, unless an emergency of sorts arises.  Phone calls can be returned at your convenience, during your breaks.

TIP #20- CLEAR CLUTTER: Clean your desk and organize your drawers. Spending time on cleaning will help in the long run and save time when you need to find things in a pinch.

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To see tips, that you missed 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: Classic Homemade Humm(mmm!)us

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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From the beginning, conflict seems to surround hummus.  Did it originate in the Middle East or in Greece?  It most likely originated in the Middle East, an obvious geographic area of consistent conflict.  However, the world is in unanimous agreement; this delectable dip is a veritable delight! Be sure to serve this easy dish with great food for dipping, such as breadsticks…

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Classic Homemade Humm(mmm!)us

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Prep time: 15 minutes  •  Cook time: 4 hours refrigeration • Yields 8 Servings

Ingredients:
1 16 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 Tbsp tahini paste
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup water
1 small clove garlic
3⁄4 tsp salt
1⁄4 tsp cumin
1⁄4 tsp ground coriander

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Spread on a plate and garnish.

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