Holly and Heather's Helping Hands

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Month: July, 2016

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Summer Salads!

What goes better with a meal fresh from the grill but a delicious, cool salad? Here are some recipes that we’ve made and love:

Holly’s Greek Orzo Salad:


1 cup of orzo cooked according to package directions, drained and rinsed with cold water
3/4 cup chopped cucumber, 1/4 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes, 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, 3/4 cup chick peas, drained, 1/4 cup Greek vinaigrette dressing

Mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and enjoy!

Heather’s Roasted Peppers and Olives:

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1 Red Pepper, 1 Yellow Pepper, 1 Orange Pepper, 1/3 cup chopped green olives (no pits), 1/2 cup bread crumbs, approx. 1/8 cup of olive oil to moisten

Bake 3 peppers in oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until starting to char. Remove and cool. Peel off skin, slice in chunks and remove seeds. Put in bowl, add olives and bread crumbs and mix.  Drizzle olive oil on all, mix and put back on baking sheet.  Return to oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  This can be served warm or at room temperature.  Feel free to substitute panko for bread crumbs or do a mix of both.  You can also roast garlic with the peppers and add that too!

Holly and Heather’s Helpful Hint: It’s ok to Ask for Help

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Every now and again we all need a little help. Whether it’s for help watching our young children, feeding an animal while out-of-town or recovery time due to a physical problem, life happens and we need to be ok asking for help and taking it. So often, we feel guilty and don’t want to burden anybody. But well-meaning friends and family truly want to be there for you. Get over the fact that sometimes you need to lean on someone, even if it’s just a phone call to vent. We all need to realize we need each other. So accept that offer to vacuum your floor, give you a ride or bring you a meal; it’s ok in your time of need.  And when it’s your time to help another, you’ll remember those feelings of gratitude.

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Enjoy Summer!

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This time of year lends itself to leisure activities, outdoor exploration and changes from the regular year-round routine. Whether you have a lot of time on your hands this summer or are busily trying to squeeze in those sought-after activities, here are some of the special things we like to enjoy this season:

1. Barbecues! Just about anything can be grilled from salads to desserts. We love grilling chicken – make extra to cut up during the week to use in sandwiches, salads or snacks.
2. The Beach! We live close enough to enjoy a trip to the beach just about any day of the week. Pack a lunch or dinner and a good book.
3. Biking, hiking or a simple walk! Get outside every day! Enjoy the fresh air and warm sunshine. The benefits are endless.
4. Vacations or staycations! Fun to plan, do and remember when you are done!

5. Visiting!  We love to spend time with friends and family members that we don’t get to see often throughout the year.

What’s on your summer wish list?

Holly and Heather’s Helpful Hint: Facing Your Fears

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Is fear holding you back from making a positive change in your life? New and different things can be scary but as the old saying goes, you never know unless you try. Whether you’re thinking about a career shift or getting past a personal fear (spiders anyone?) the end goal is something you should keep in mind. Your personal happiness and physical well-being could be at stake and those should be great motivators. Plus, remember that when you feel happy, you are spreading that joy out into the world with your good attitude. Surround yourself with positive, uplifting people who will support you and help you live the full life you are meant to live.

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