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Month: October, 2016

Holly and Heather’s Helpful Hint: Persevere

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Persevere – what a great word in most contexts. When you persevere in something or believe in something, the implication is that you are not giving up. That can be difficult when you seemingly have many obstacles…you want to lose weight but there’s a plateful of cookies on the counter; your job is giving you the financial benefits you need but is so demanding; your faith is tested under any number of circumstances. But you persevere.

Not giving up on a goal or an outlook could be over something frivolous, only important to you.  Or it could be about something life changing. Perseverance is necessary when you break it down – does it benefit my life or help others? If the answer to either of those questions is yes, your determination will pay off.

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Fall Recipes!

Heather’s Pumpkin Soup


1- 15 oz can pure pumpkin

1 1/2 cups shredded gouda cheese, hard & aged

1/2 cup almond milk (or whole milk)

Salt & Pepper to taste

Put can of pumpkin in saucepan on stove and heat to warm on medium high.  Add milk, salt and pepper.  Stir to heat and combine.  Add 1 cup of the shredded gouda cheese, stir and remove pan from the heat.  Top with remaining 1/2 cup gouda and serve.  Since cheese is hard and aged it will be chunky and not fully melted.  If you would like a smooth, creamy consistency, use grated soft gouda instead.

Holly’s Caramel Apple Sangria

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1/2 gallon apple cider

1 bottle of white wine

melted caramel or caramel sauce

cubed apple

cinnamon sticks

In a large pitcher with ice pour cider and wine and stir in the apples.  To serve, dip the rim of the wine glass in the melted caramel, pour in the sangria and add one cinnamon stick.  For adults only!!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Be Prepared

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With hurricane season in full swing on the east coast, we are in the thick of worrying about family in Florida and making sure we are prepared here. Having gone thru hurricane Gloria in the 80’s and Sandy a few years ago (see our blog from 11/8/12 ) we are no strangers to bad storms. Whether or not you are in a hurricane path, flood zone, earthquake or tornado based environment, natural disasters can occur anywhere so you should always be prepared.

The basics of food, water and medications are necessities most people are aware of, but here are a few more helpful reminders:

*Have enough supplies to last 2 weeks, not just 3 days, for every person in your household.

*Batteries, flashlights and gas are the first items that seem to get sold out.  Stock up ahead of time if you can.

*Make sure you have a manual can opener and a skillet that can withstand an open flame (like for camping).

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are living thru this latest hurricane.

Holly and Heather’s Helpful Hint: Stand Up for Yourself

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As we go about living our lives, there are moments when something bigger comes along. It could be a wrong to right, an unspoken hurt or an uncomfortable situation. When you are in the thick of working out a problem, either internally or with another, it is important to stand up for yourself.

If the conflict is internal, for example, if you’re beating yourself up over a situation you may have handled poorly, forgive yourself.  Acknowledge that you’re not perfect.  Own your mistake and resolve to do better next time.

If your difficulty lies with another, don’t be afraid to speak your truth.  That doesn’t mean you have the right to dump all over another person.  But you do have the right to stand up for yourself if you feel wronged.  If the relationship is worth salvaging and especially if it is a working relationship, you owe it to yourself to work it out.  Swallowing hurts and wrongs can lead to resentment.  Standing up for yourself in a kind way will hopefully allow the other person to acknowledge that there were hurt feelings and appreciate your efforts at making the situation better.

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