TIPS: Getting Started On Your Goal

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

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Here are a few ways to save while planning fun activities:

TIP #5- START SMALL: Don’t bite off more than you can chew!

TIP #6- JUST DO IT: Once you sit down and decide to attack a goal, and then actually start on your mission, the activity sort of feeds on itself.  It may be an old axiom, but a long journey does indeed begin with the first step.  Once that first step is taken it is that much easier to continue.  It’s like the law of inertia.  A body at rest tends to remain at rest.  However, a body in motion will have a tendency to continue in that motion.   So it is with people.  Once you take that first step in the right direction, it’s easy to continue.  Starting is the key.

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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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Chumley’s Chinese Chicken & Green Onions

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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You know, cooking with onions can be a real “tear jerking” experience. However, when you eat the mouthwatering results of this easiest of culinary efforts, the only tears you’ll have will be tears of joy.

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Chumley’s Chinese Chicken & Green Onions

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Prep time: 15 minutes • Cook time: 30 minutes • Yields 4 Servings

Ingredients:
1 ½ lbs. Chicken breast
1/3 cup flour
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
6 green onions
1 small carrot
1 Tbsp chopped fresh garlic
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
1 ½ cups chicken stock

Directions:
Cut the chicken into thin slices (approximately ½ inch thick). Pour the flour into a large bowl. Toss the sliced chicken with the flour. Make sure the chicken is well-coated.

Cut the green onions into 1-inch pieces. Place them in a separate medium-sized bowl. Then, cut the carrots into very thin strips (approx. ¼ inch thick). Place in bowl with green onions. Once the vegetables are cut up, add the garlic, ginger and pepper flakes to the onion-carrot mix, and set aside.

Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes. Add the flour-coated chicken. Stir gently until about half way cooked, approximately 5 minutes, or until you can cut into one piece of chicken and it’s white on the outside and pink on the inside.

Add the green onion-carrot mixture and keep stirring gently for about 1 ½ – 2 minutes. Then add the soy sauce and the sesame oil. Stir for 1 minute.

Turn the heat to high, then add the chicken stock and stir until the sauce starts to thicken.

Once the sauce starts to thicken, remove the skillet from the flame. Then, serve and enjoy.

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

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

 

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Tips on Goal Setting

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

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Here are tips on how to figure out WHAT it is that you want to accomplish?

TIP #1 – WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS: Keep the written message nearby and consult with it occasionally. Committing your goals to paper will in a sense, I suppose, make you more committed.

TIP #2 - DEFINE YOUR GOALS: Define short and long term goals.

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Tip #3 - TELL A FRIEND ABOUT YOUR GOAL: When someone else knows what you are attempting to accomplish it make
you accountable not only to yourself but to someone else as well. You have fostered a greater sense of responsibility.

Tip #4 – LIMIT DISTRACTIONS: Create a plan, follow the plan and reduce outside commitments to keep focused. Do what you need to do (more on this to follow).

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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 #1: Write Your Goal

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I always believe goals are important. For me, goals are what keep me focused and driven.  Many times, however, even with my goals, I easily find myself floating along and acting more like a fish merely going with the tide. Veering off course is easy, or as in the example of the fish, sometimes it’s just as easy getting caught in the direction that life takes you.

Every day, you wake up and expect to accomplish a few simple things. Its so easy for many factors to get in the way. With so many distractions in the short-term, it’s easy to lose sight of one’s goals in the long run.  That’s why this week’s challenge is to WRITE DOWN your goal! Hang it in a place that you are likely to see it often as a constant reminder not to lose sight of your ultimate dream. Whether it is a simple goal that you’ve been pushing off, such as painting your room, or a larger goal, like being a world class pianist (or a famous cartoonist ;0) ), write down what you want to accomplish. Life is short, so it’s time to start getting to where you need to be.

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A few amazing quotes that I think are very pertinent to reaching goals:

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the brightest of stars” ~Les Brown

“The journey is the reward” ~Chinese Proverb

It is important to remember that there is more to a goal than just reaching it. Sometimes you never know where you will end up, and where you end up may exceed anything you originally expected. It may not be your original goal, but your final destination will have many good qualities in its own right. Plus, the journey to get anywhere will be something that stays with you for the rest of your life.

The day to day learning experiences, the discipline you demonstrate, they are forever within the person you are. So remember  THIS IS YOUR GOAL, write it down, hang it up, and begin. This is your Day One. Stay focused and get going, because wherever you end up will be great!

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July is Procrastination Month!

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The first month of the blog was supposed to be about how to stop procrastinating…but then things just kept on getting in the way. =0) As with many things in my life I often find that what I want to accomplish gets pushed aside. Sometimes there are important things that can come up, while other times it can be minor distractions that get in the way. I hate seeing my goals drift away out sea while I stand firmly on the shores of mediocrity. That is why I clearly need to find ways to be focused and to be confident in my journey to reach my dreams. So this month I will try to find the best ways to stop procrastinating and to start doing.

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Stay ‘tooned later today for our first “Weekly Challenge” about Procrastination!

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Weekend Round-Up for 6/24-6/30

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I can’t believe it, four weeks in the bag!  I was a bit overly ambitious with last week’s Weekly Challenge.  I had been planning to go through all the clutter in the rooms in my apartment to decide what to keep and what to either throw out or donate.  All I made it through was one lousy half of one room.  Life just got in the way.  But all is not lost, because I set the gears into motion and am itching to go through the rest! I’m going to stretch this Weekly Challenge into a Monthly Challenge and plan to finish the apartment by the end of the month. I figured out my schedule for the next few weeks and set blocks of time to get work done, such as this upcoming July 4th. I know that Jesse and I will both be home, so we’ll take a few hours to make it through and work on de-cluttering the junk in another room. After all, these challenges aren’t supposed to last for an isolated week at a time.  They’re really supposed to become lifetime habits.

We had some really great postings this past week, including two of my favorite cheesy recipes from Chef Chumley.  That makes eight recipes that we’ve posted in the past four weeks, and not a bad one in the bunch.  They’re all yummy and easy!  And of course, I hope you enjoy the serving of comics too!

We’ve finished our month of Savings.  I feel richer already! (Yeah, right! =0P)  But at least I’m paying attention to some savings tips and habits that I logically knew I should do, but never really paid heed to.  Now I do.

Tomorrow we’ll reveal this month’s category for our tips feature.  Here’s a hint:  We were going to do this topic the first month but decided to push it off to month number two.

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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Recipe: Presto Pesto Pasta (aka Creamy Pesto Rotini)

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Recipe:The Beta Fetta  Pizza (aka Rustic Pizza)

And that’s a wrap on the month of Savings! See you tomorrow with a brand-new month and a brand-new theme!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

~Sherri <3

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The Betta Feta Pizza (aka Rustic Pizza)

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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Ah! Rustic. Rural. Bucolic. Images of the country. So relaxing. Right? Wrong! Just the thought of wolfing down this divine delight gets my heart racing, my blood boiling, and my mouth watering like a Pavlovian dog. Slice and serve! If you can’t find me, I’ll be in Pizza Paradise! All from the mind of Chef Chumley, culinary genius (but perhaps not quite a genius in other fields…)

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The Betta Feta Pizza (aka Rustic Pizza)

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Prep time: 30 minutes  •  Cook time: 2 hours • Yields 6-8 Servings

Ingredients:
Dough:
1 (1/4 ounce) envelope dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110º F)
1 Tbsp honey
2 ½ cups All Purpose Flour
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt

Topping:
2 Tbsp olive oil + some for brushing dough
2 cups thinly sliced Shallots
4 cups fresh spinach
½ cup Feta cheese
Salt
Black pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450º .

Dough:
In a bowl, combine warm water, yeast and honey. Mix well and let stand for 5 minutes.
Add half of the flour, oil and salt. Mix well until it is a smooth paste. Add the rest of the flour a little at a time while kneading. When all the flour is incorporated, remove dough onto a flat surface and knead until smooth. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave the dough in a warm place for about 1 ½ hours.

Topping:
Over medium heat, stir shallot in olive oil with spatula for 5 minutes. Raise heat to medium high, add spinach for about 1 minute until spinach has wilted, and turned a dark green. Remove from heat.

Remove dough from bowl and place back onto flat surface. Knead gently for about 30 seconds, dusting with flour as needed. Divide dough in three even portions and let rest for about 15 minutes covered with plastic wrap or towel.

Dust the surface and dough with flour. Press into each dough from center moving outwards, forming round discs, about 12 inches wide. ( It doesn’t have to be perfect). You can also use a rolling pin.

Cover sheet pan with parchment paper and place one of the doughs on it. Brush with olive oil. Spread shallot and spinach. Crumble feta cheese over top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Repeat with remaining doughs.

Place each pizza in oven for about 7-8 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.

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

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

 

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Interview with STAN GOLDBERG

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Stan Goldberg is one of the foremost comic cartoonists of all-time.  In 2012, he was unanimously elected and inducted into the National Cartoonists Society Hall of Fame.  His professional career began in 1949 with Timely Comics, the forerunner of Marvel Comics.  At Marvel, Stan was the artist responsible for the color schemes of some of the greatest and most popular characters of all-time, such as Spider Man, The Fantastic Four, and the X-Men.

Stan established himself as the #1 artist at Archie Comics during his four-decade association with Archie.  In 2009, Stan was the artist for the wildly popular (and controversial) six-part story, Archie Marries Veronica/Archie Marries Betty mini-series.

We are proud and honored to have Stan Goldberg, the consummate pro, great friend, and outstanding person, as our first monthly interview.

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Sherri: At what age did you realize that you had a talent for drawing?  Did your parents support your decision to make your living in the world of comics?

Stan: As far back as I can remember, there was always a pencil and paper available for me to draw with.  When I was very young, I always had my box of crayons.  I would even sit and draw while I was having my breakfast at the kitchen table.

My parents didn’t support my decision to become an artist at the very beginning.  They felt this was not a field in which you could earn a living. Eventually, they did come around and they lived to see my success.

Sherri: How did you get involved with Archie Comics? What do you think about the recently announced upcoming live-action movie?

Stan:  I was working for Marvel comics for almost 20 years.  They were then moving on to superheroes.  I then went to DC COMICS and drew their teen titles.  When I saw the handwriting on the wall, I called Archie Comics.  They knew of my work and asked me to come on over.  The rest is history.  That was around 1970.  I worked for them for over 40 years.

As for the upcoming movie, I can’t comment, as I know nothing about it.

Sherri: What are some of your biggest career highlights?

Stan: The biggest highlight of my career was being recognized by my peers and winning the GOLD KEY/HALL OF FAME AWARD in 2012.   Then I was lucky enough to always have work and I continue to have work even now with some new and challenging assignments.

Sherri: Who had the greatest influence on your professional career?

Stan: Who was my biggest influence?  No question about that.  My editor/art director and friend, Stan Lee.  I worked with him for the first 20 years of my career and he set the stage for me to never settle for mediocrity.  This has carried me through for the next 40 years.  Although he lives 3000 miles away, I still sometimes send him some of my new work as I value his opinion.

**Editor’s notes**

Stan Lee  (the creator of Spider Man, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and the Hulk, among others) and Stan Goldberg have been colleagues and friends for more than sixty years.

Stan Lee and his creation, Spider Man (Stan Lee’s on the right): http://www.geeksofdoom.com/GoD/img/2012/12/2012-12-27-stan_lee.jpg

Click on the link below to see the great Stan Lee’s tribute to the great Stan Goldberg:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CteOhLO7lPs&feature=BFa&list=HL1348541343

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Sherri:  What advice would you give to someone with some sort of talent, whose dream is to be something a bit out of the ordinary, such as an actor, an athlete, a writer, or an artist?

Stan: My advice to an aspiring artist is to keep drawing all the time.  Persevere and never settle for your first drawing.  Do the same one in five different ways.  You’ll know when you get to the one that pleases you the most.

Sherri: Each month we present tips for people who are either young, inexperienced, naive, or just clueless.  This month’s topic is Savings.  Could you suggest a couple of savings ideas that you and your wife, Pauline, have used over the years, but especially when you were first starting out?

Stan:  If you get $1000.00 for a job, and your budget is $900.00, take the $100.00 and bet it on your favorite.  (Just kidding.)  Do put the $100.00 into a saving account, more as your rate increases. The years go by very quickly, so keep improving and making more money so that you can keep building your nest egg.

Sherri: Our readers are very much interested in food and recipes.  What are your favorite foods? 

Stan: My favorite food has always been, and will continue to be, pasta.  I never eat while I’m working.  I’m very disciplined.

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Samples of Stan’s Genius:

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Thank you to our great friend Stan Goldberg for a wonderful interview! To find out who next month’s interview is, stay ‘tooned to Playing Grown-ups for all the latest info!

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Final Savings Tips!

Tip Days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our first month of tips will be devoted to Savings.

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Here are the last few Savings Tips for the month of June:

TIP #21 - STAY CLEAN: Unusual saving tip: Keep your hands clean. Most germs and illnesses are transmitted by hands. Avoid missing work, paying for medical expenses and be more productive by washing your hands.

TIP #21.2 – HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS: To properly wash your hands, apply soap and keep suds on for twenty seconds for complete cleanliness (to estimate twenty seconds sing “happy birthday” before removing the soap)

TIP #22 – VISIT YOUR LIBRARY: Please take advantage of your local library. It’s unbelievable the resources you‘ll find there. You can find much more than just books. Libraries today have all kinds of DVD’s and CD’s that can be borrowed. If you can’t afford a computer or internet at home or just need a quiet place to work, libraries have computers that can be used for this purpose as well as free wi-fi.

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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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Presto Pesto Pasta (aka Creamy Pesto Rotini)

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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Rotini is corkscrew shaped pasta. Often nicknamed scroodle or scroodle noodles, its unique shape makes it ideal to hold the pesto sauce. And believe you me (and isn’t that a strange expression), you’ll want to savor every decadently delightful drop of this creamy, smooth sauce.

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Presto Pesto Pasta (aka Creamy Pesto Rotini) with Sundried Tomatoes

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Prep & Cook time: 45 minutes • Yields 3-4 Servings

Ingredients:
1 cup fresh basil leaves (softly packed)
1 cup fresh parsley
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

1 cup cream cheese (room temp)
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1 box of Rotini pasta
1/3 cup sundried tomatoes sliced thin
1/4 cup milk

Directions:

Place basil, parsley, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper in a food processor. Process until it becomes a paste with small pieces. Remove from processor and pour into bowl. Add the cream cheese and parmesan cheese. Mix well and set aside.

Bring 5 – 6 quarts of water to a boil and salt to taste. Add Rotini and cook for about 10 min. Drain Rotini. Do NOT rinse.

Place pesto mixture, milk and sun dried tomatoes in a large pan or skillet over med heat. When mixture gets warm add pasta and mix well. Remove from heat and serve.

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

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

 

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