Holly and Heather's Helping Hands

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Month: April, 2014

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Staying Present

There is so much talk about “living in the moment” and “enjoying the here and now”. This is easier said than done sometimes. It seems that we constantly need to remind ourselves to slow down, stop worrying, enjoy what you are doing right now. Why is staying present so hard to do?

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, it is tough to remain joyful. Life throws many stressors at us everyday. Sometimes there is grief and pain. But the key to staying happy, even through tough situations, may lie in our ability to stay grounded in the present moment.

So here’s something to try that might be helpful. When you feel anxious, depressed, scared, any emotion that might rob you of your joy, take a deep breath and think, “I am ok right now, right at this very moment.” When you get caught up in thinking about the past, or anxious about what may be in the future, come back to the present and tell yourself that all is well right now, in this moment. It is no good to dwell on what was or what may be.  That time is over or may never come.  Keep good memories in your heart and live in the present.  Sometimes all we can do is put one foot in front of the other and keep walking.  And that is ok.

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Enjoy The Holidays!

We just wanted to take this week’s blog to wish all our followers happy holidays!

We hope you have a blessed Passover, a joyous Easter and a happy Spring!

Celebrate Life!

Twin Blessings, H & H

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: If I Could Just Close My Eyes…

A family debate recently ensued regarding going to the doctor. One family member commented that the dentist was the most feared doctor to visit. Another decided that, hands down, the eye doctor was the most dreaded. This spurred on a discussion about both doctors.

On the one hand, many people are phobic about going to the dentist: needles, pain, numbness, and a myriad of other reasons attribute to this fear (you can add your own in the comment section if you’d like 🙂 ). There are even ads on tv about sedation dentistry.  The eye doctor had almost none of these associated hardships, so why the dread? You can’t close your eyes. At a routine eye doctor visit, you are forced to see it all. At any other doctor, you can meditate, shut your eyes, imagine you are somewhere else, breathe through any pain or discomfort you may experience. But not the eye doctor. Those pressure tests (not the puffs of air but the machine that actually touches your eye) cause white knuckle gripping of the chair and a few, “Wait, just give me one more second” of nerve-steadying deep breaths.

So this got us to thinking about how difficult it is to face our fears. Stare them down, look them in the eye, confront them head on what ever they may be. What if we could just close our eyes through all the bad times?  Would that make them more tolerable? Is it just about getting through the difficult situation or learning, growing, becoming stronger or somehow better for it?

As to the doctor debate, most people would argue that going to the dentist is a more painful experience than the eye doctor.  What do you think?

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Spring into Happiness!

This is a great time of year. A time of renewal in our hearts spiritually, a time of rebirth of everything in the garden, a time of lighter days and warmer weather. What is bringing you joy now? Do something that makes you smile, even if it is only one thing. Let the season of spring wash over you and give you a little bit of happiness. Take a walk outside, read a good book, do something fun with your family. We like to cook and every now and then we indulge in the kitchen with a sweet new recipe. Dessert is the best when it’s homemade!  Here are a couple of great one’s we make:

Heather’s No-Bake Cheesecake:

2 bricks of cream cheese, softened

1 can sweet & condensed milk

1 graham cracker pie crust

Beat the cream cheese and sweet & condensed milk together in a bowl until it is creamy with no lumps.  Pour into graham cracker crust, cover & refrigerate for a few hours or until set.  So easy, so delicious & only 3 ingredients!  You can top it with fresh strawberries if you like.  I folded frozen blueberries into mine right before I poured it into the pie crust.  It made the whole batter turn purple, we loved it!

Holly’s Tiramisu Trifle:

1 pound cake

1/2 cup brewed coffee, room temperature

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 small tub of mascarpone cheese

1 tub of sweetened whipped cream

strawberries or any soft fruit you like

Cut the pound cake into cubes and place one layer of cake in the bottom of a trifle bowl.  Mix the coffee with the vanilla and drizzle one-quarter of it onto the cake.  Mix the whipped cream with the cheese and spread one-quarter  over the cake.  Layer the strawberries on top of the cream.  Repeat with three more layers.  Refrigerate when done…the longer it is refrigerated, the more delicious it gets!

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