I have found my people. It has taken me a long time. I finally feel like I have connected with an amazing group of creative, spiritual, healthy and fit women. Or maybe I am becoming an amazing creative spiritual women (I know that I am healthy and fit) and I am attracting the right people to myself. What a concept!
This past weekend, I went to a wreath making workshop at The Dutch Hill Homestead. I went with 4 other women. My friend Diane drove us in her Tesla. We were talking about the environmental impact of dying and that there is a green cemetery in South Jersey. You are buried in a burlap bag and they plant a tree for you. It was an interesting conversation and I thought it was important to mention the Tesla. I like hanging out with people who are concerned about the environment. We also talked about how we were hungry and hoped the Ally Dwyer, the owner The Dutch Hill Homestead, along with her partner Rob Stenger, would have something to eat at The Homestead.
Of course Ally had food. She always has food, and puts on interesting events. She had quite the spread. I especially loved her Roasted Pepper & Tomato Soup. Ally’s recipe used her own organic canned tomatoes and homemade chicken stock. It is really special when someone grows their own food and then cooks for you. She was nice enough to share the recipe with me.
DHH Roasted Pepper & Tomato Soup
● 6 tablespoons olive oil
● 2 medium yellow onions, chopped into a medium dice
● 3 cloves garlic, chopped
● 24 ounces canned crushed or pureed tomatoes (if you have any
canned from the summer of course use those garden goodies!)
● 1 roasted bell pepper or 6 oz. of canned roasted red peppers
● 3 cups homemade or store-bought chicken or veggie stock
● 2 teaspoons sea salt
● 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
● Pinch of chili flakes
● Chopped herbs for garnishing if you’d like (basil is a crowd pleaser!)
Method of Preparation
1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion and
garlic; cook, stirring, until onions have softened, about 15 minutes.
2. Add tomatoes, peppers, stock, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low and cook until tomatoes, onions, and garlic are
soft, 10 to 20 minutes.
3. Puree in your blender// Vitamix or use a stick blender to puree the
soup. I serve mine a little chunky. Feel free to refrigerate, freeze or
4. Garnish with basil, Parmesan flakes or a grilled cheese sandwich!
It wasn’t all about the food. Amber of Amber and Earth did a great job of teaching us how to make wreaths. It was a wonderful December afternoon. I came home with a beautiful wreath to hang on my door. I also bought myself a heavy duty canvas Dutch Hill Homestead Apron with great pockets and leather trim. I know I will be doing fun things in my new apron.
“I love any activity that requires an apron.” Kate Horner
Many of the creative women that I hang out with are part of my OutdoorFit community. If you would like to become Fit and Fabulous with us in January. Please click here to learn more. We can eat Roasted Pepper and Tomato Soup together!
Step one to Feeling Better in last week’s blog was to get clear on what you really want.
1. Get Clear About What You Really Want And Journal. It is very powerful to start writing your thoughts down. I have been listening to Marie Forleo’s Everything is Figure Outable. She has an exercise in her book where she has you answer the question; What do you really want? Every day for 7 days, finish this sentence in writing. I really want… After the 7 days, go back and circle the ideas that repeated for you. I have gotten a clearer picture on what I want. Being focused is an energy saver
I thought it would be powerful to share what I really want.
This is what came up for me. I really want. I want to be calmer, feel more fulfilled, and happier. My plan is do the following to help me reach my goals.
- A clean simple natural home. I love to come home to a clean orderly house. The beds are made. The kitchen sink is clean. The bathrooms are orderly with towels neatly hanging. I use natural cleaning products.
- OutdoorFit to continue to be more than a typical boot camp. Being Fit and Healthy is an act of personal power. It creates independence and self reliance. I want my OutdoorFit ladies to continue to be strong, healthy, fit, and empowered regardless of their age.
- A better relationship with my husband. Dan and I have been married for 42 years and have a good relationship. It is always a work in progress.
- More Creativity. I want to keep writing a weekly blog post. It feels like an important exercise for me. I have been enjoying adding my colored sharpie art work. I love being around creative people. I need to be creative too!
- More time spent in nature. We had a family house on a lake in Vermont which we sold. I really miss being in the country. For now, I intend to hike in the woods and take walks on the beach.
- Better self care. I take pretty good care of myself. I get massages and chiropractic adjustments. I would like more of it and to commit to daily meditation.
- More coffee dates with friends. I love Jerry Seinfield’s Comedians in Cars getting Coffee. It feels like the perfect thing to do. Pick up your friend in an old car, have coffee, laugh and take a walk. This morning, I picked up my friend Ivone in my Honda CR-V drove to the beach, and walked the boardwalk. Afterwards we had a delicious breakfast. You always laugh with Ivone. I am working on the idea of having an old car.
I am sure this list will change. For now, it feels right. My hope is that I will feel calmer, more fulfilled and happier. I will be able to perform at a higher level and to create a better life for myself and the people around me.
What do you really want? I encourage you to spend time to figure it out. I would love to hear what your list is.
Last night my Dad sent a photo of my Mom running the NYC marathon at 56. I love this picture of her. The Grand-kids call her Nana. I guess the printer decided to shorten it to NAN. She started running in her early 50’s. Many years ago, my husband Dan and I were running races. My Mom and Dad thought they would start running as well. It was a lot of fun.
Mom is now 88. She no longer runs, but continues to work out at the Y. She is an amazing person. She is a mother of 8 children, 23 grandchildren and 10 great grand-kids! She loves us all and remembers all of our birthdays!
My Mom is Fit and Fabulous…Aging Optional!
Have you thought of trying something new and you think that you are too old? You will never know unless you try. I hope this short post about my Mom inspires you. Give it a try.
I have been focusing on ways to reduce my plastic consumption and food waste. I have been so inspired by the Dutch Hill Homestead. They are all about zero waste. They make as many products from scratch as possible, and feed any leftovers to the chickens and goats. I don’t have chickens or goats, so I put my food scraps into the compost bin.
I am all about keeping things easy. I don’t like to fuss or spend hours in the kitchen. I looked at what I buy on a regular basis and investigated how to make them from scratch. Once you have the process down it is easy. My son Tom loves mayonnaise. He will eat it straight from the jar. This morning I made homemade mayo. It was so easy and I used a cute little ball jar.
1/2 cup Organic Avocado oil
1 egg from farmer’s market.
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard.
1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice.
Put all of the ingredients right in the ball jar. Get out the blender stick and blend for about 20 seconds. To tell you the truth, I didn’t measure and it came out just fine. I only make a small amount that I can use within a few days.
I also started making cashew milk, cashew yogurt, and almond milk. I hesitated with the almond milk because you need to strain it. I bought a nut bag and it is super easy. It strains the milk to remove the pulp. I can use the leftover pulp to make fat balls. I am feeling very efficient!
The last thing I have been doing is making bone broth. I buy an organic chicken I put the chicken in a covered pot full of water, bring the water to a boil and then simmer for about 90 minutes. I make pulled chicken from the meat, dividing it up into 4 oz portions in cute ball jars. It makes an easy grab and go lunch. I then put the stock, the bones and vegetables into the crock pot on low for 24 hours to make delicious bone broth.
Everything tastes so much better when made from scratch with the best possible ingredients. Reducing plastic consumption and food waste is good for your health, our planet and your pocketbook.
I hope this inspires you to get out the blender stick and whip up some homemade mayo! Let me know. I would love to hear from you.
My book club is reading Mirabai Starr’s WILD MERCY. Each chapter ends with a prompt. Our latest prompt is: “My deepest desire is …” .
My first reaction is, I don’t know. I think how sad is that? So, I gave it a few days and this is what came up for me.
Finding Joy in the Everyday.
Laura from Garden Answer talks about “Romancing the Ordinary”. Romancing the Ordinary is using something beautiful instead of just focusing on function. She uses a beautiful tomato cage to hold her tomatoes in place instead of a bamboo stick.
I love my morning coffee ritual. I use a 12 oz glass Bodum French Press. I make my coffee bulletproof, of course, and I pour it into an insulated glass mug. I buy my coffee from a local roaster, Fair Mountain Coffee, in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. It is organic, fair trade and delicious!
It is so nice to eat a salad for lunch with my husband. Especially when the lettuce is in season and handpicked from my backyard garden.
I love looking out my kitchen window while doing the dishes. Right now, the zinnias are in full bloom.
It is not always easy to find the joy. I work on finding joy in driving Tom, my special needs son, to camp. He tells me the same stories over and over while listening to his favorite radio station, 1410 am. It is all about bringing the sacred into the ordinary. He is a blessing.
On a lighter note, I would also like a Big Chill refrigerator, a brick walkway, a trip to Mount Rushmore in a hybrid Volvo station wagon and a golden retriever puppy named Sophie. Oh, and learn to tap dance like Gene Kelly!
What are your deepest desires? Think about it and let me know. I would love to hear from you.
This morning Wendy came over for bulletproof coffee. She had just finished the 90 day Fit and Fabulous Gold Program, and was ready for her final weigh in and measurements. Wendy wasn’t overly concerned about her weight. Her main goal was to lose her menopausal pooch. She was feeling a bit matronly and pudgy around the middle. Her beautiful clothes were getting tight.
BIG NEWS! She lost 2 inches off of her waist, and 1 inch off her hips! Wendy also lost 4 pounds. She has easily changed her habits and is confident that this will be a life long program. Wendy has committed to almost daily meditation, and is feeling centered and grounded throughout her day.
It has been so great to work with Wendy. She started the program in good health. She was able to change a few habits and now her daily life is even better! Wendy is the youngster in my OutdoorFit program. She is certainly Fit and Fabulous…Aging Optional!
February is the perfect month to start the 90 Day Fit and Fabulous Gold Program. How would you like to feel 3 months from now? Energetic? Lighter? Vibrant? Reach out let’s have a conversation to see if the program is right for you.
Wendy made me a Beautiful Wendy Cettina Design thank you scarf. The yarn is by Madeline Tosh. The color is Graphite and the pattern is Fractal Danger. How cool is that?
What small thing can I do to change my myself for the better today?
2 glasses of water before meals
Vegetables, Vegetables, Vegetables
1/3 Body weight in protein. 46 grams
Grass-Fed Butter, Brain Octane, Avocado
Movement, Go Outside
Read a Good Book
Mindset: Positivity, Creativity, Simplicity, Gratitude
Always Be Nice
What small thing can you do today to have a better day?
I love fashion on some level. Feeling good and therefore looking good is important. I really love clothes that are comfortable, #1 and stylish #2! I always enjoy seeing what Ellen Degeneres is wearing. She certainly looks put together and comfortable.
I feel good in my clothes because I am in shape. I have a strong core and my clothes fit. Fitness is my fashion statement.
Thank goodness because here is my closet. Not much in there. It is amazing that I look as put together as I do:)
Socks can make the outfit. I love cool socks. You can have a pair of jeans or cozy black wool pants on with fun socks and you have an outfit!
Now, this is FASHION!
One last tip. I use my BOOM products by Cindy Joseph everyday. They make me feel good and put together. Here is my make up demo. One of my most popular videos. Does my audience care more about makeup than burpees? Maybe, it is easier.
I would love to hear from you. What is your go to outfit… the one that makes you feel fit and fabulous?
Have you read Laurel’s Kitchen By Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders and Brownwen Godfrey? It was first printed in 1976. My copy is yellow with age. When I was first married, I used this cookbook a lot. They talk about being the Keeper of the Keys. “Traditionally the world over, the women in the house has been known as the keeper of the keys. To hold the keys to the household, to the storerooms, attics, chests and cupboards, was a position of great responsibility and therefore great honor.” I loved the book at the time. I would bake round loaves of bread in coffee cans, sprout my own beans, and make yogurt from scratch. I was in charge of cooking and feeding the family. I still am. I no longer bake bread or sprout beans or make yogurt from scratch.
Now, I make grain free muffins in a minute. This is great for breakfast. Today, I had it after my workout with a delicious cup of organic french pressed coffee.
Delicious Post workout snack.
Muffin in a Cup!
– ¼ cup of ground flax
– 1 tsp of baking powder
– 2 tsp of cinnamon
– 1 tsp of coconut oil
– 1 egg
– 1 packet of Stevia or 1 squirt of liquid stevia
Place the ingredients into a mug (I use a Pyrex measuring cup) and put it in the microwave for 60 seconds. Allow to cool and then enjoy!
Muffin in a cup:)
Easy peasy.The basic recipe is from Jorge Cruise. Of course, I add my own pet touches, chopped walnuts, raisins, shredded coconut. Get creative! Today I added fresh blueberries from my food co op.
Organic Blueberry Muffin
This is a wonderful treat for your kids. Thomas and I made them when he got home from camp the other day. Easy for him to make as well.
Thomas loves them too. He added grass fed butter to his muffin!
Try it out and let me know what your pet touches are! I love to hear from you.
Do you reflect at the end of the year? Do you take time to think about what you accomplished in the past year? Do you set intentions for the New Year? I do kinda sort of…I hang out with people who take all of this very seriously. My intention is to take time to meditate and journal. I have bought so many journals and start but I don’t follow through.
I am part of a very special group and we talked quickly about what our “word” might be for 2015. I am thinking abundance, prosperity.Who doesn’t want that? What I really want is to be inspired and creative and inspire others to do the same. How do I make that happen? Meditating and journaling, being grateful for all the good that comes my way and taking some downtime to see what comes up. The other key component for me to remember and embrace is that everything is in divine order. I am working on giving up the chaos, control and letting God take the lead. It feels so much better when I remember that!
Christmas morning, I opened a very special present from a good friend. “A GOD BOX” On the box, it says Open for new ideas, Trust God, Life is unfolding in perfect order. WOW, it made me cry and gave me goose bumps all at the same time.
I know great things will be coming in the New Year for me and for you.
Do you set intentions for the New Year? Anything you would like to share? I would love to hear from you.