Simple, Rustic Apple Galette – i.e. Lazy Cook’s Pie!

We went to the apple orchard Saturday – which was a fantastic day, but now I have a LOT of apples to use.  We can eat them plain of course (and will), but still . . . lots.of.apples.apple galette

So, while making dinner last night, I threw together a simple, rustic apple galette – kids loved it!

Never heard of a galette?  It’s basically a lazy cook’s pie.  Perfect, right?

Rustic Apple Galette

Crust:

1 cup white whole wheat flour

3 T organic butter, diced

1 t. sugar

sprinkle of sea salt

ice water

Filling:

3 – 4 peeled and sliced apples

1 T. sugar or honey (or a bit more depending upon the sweetness of your apples)

sprinkle cinnamon

sprinkle nutmeg

lemon half

Step one:  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Make up the pie crust.  I use my food processor – works every time with no effort.  I simply put the flour and butter in the bowl, sprinkle a bit of salt and sugar on top, pulse until it resembles small peas and then drizzle a bit of ice water until it comes together.  SIMPLE!!!

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Step two:  Roll out your crust – don’t worry about making a perfect circle – this is RUSTIC, remember?  I like to roll it out to about 1/4 inch.

Step three:  Place your apples on top and then sprinkle with sugar or honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and a squeeze of lemon juice.  Use your hands to kinda mix it all up.

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Step four:  Pinch the sides of the crust up around the filling – most of it will show – don’t worry about how it looks, we are going for easy here.

Step five:  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until crust is done and apples tender.

This is delicious alone or with vanilla (or better yet CINNAMON) ice cream!  I’ve also been known to enjoy it for breakfast :)

For my busy moms, I’m in the midst of creating a new group program designed to help you create a happy, healthy and HOT life!  What is your biggest area of concern?  Share in the comments or on my Facebook page and I’ll be sure to address it in the program!

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Weekly Goals September 15 – 21

Last Week’s GoalsWeekly Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every daydone!
  • Work on next project for at least an hour - done, and feeling really good about it – this will be very cool when it’s complete!
  • Keep up with coaching courseworkdone

Personal

Family

  • Find a new book to read with the kids and get startedwe decided to start on The Borrowers
  • One on one outing with each kidhad a Starbucks date with each of them this week!

Vincent!

 

  • Book a ski trip for the winter – forgot all about this

Household

  • Take care of a pile of returns/ exchanges – get them out of the house!done!!!
  • Two items on my master “to-do” list – didn’t do this one
  • Clean up my office – nope . .. 

This Week’s Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every day
  • October blog plan
  • Keep up with coaching coursework
  • Clean up September e-mails

Personal

  • Up by 6:30 Monday – Friday
  • Read 2 books
  • Drink 6 glasses of water a day!

Family

  • Date night
  • One on one outing with each kid
  • Book a ski trip for the winter

Household

  • Update/ change? insurance
  • Go through shoes and discard old ones
  • Clean up my office

What a terrific weekend we had – apple orchard, soccer games and just plain old FUN! Here’s to another fantastic week . . .

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Time to Go Back to School?

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.

The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

 ~Henry Ford

To all my busy moms, are your kids back in school?  Why not join them this year and learn something new?  Sometimes stimulating your mind is just what you need to break out of rut. Back to School

There are so many opportunities to learn something new.   Is there something you’ve always wanted to try?  A dance class?  New sport?  Craft?  Instrument or voice lessons?  A new language?  Don’t keep telling yourself you’ll do it later – let’s face it, later often never comes.  Make this year different and MAKE IT HAPPEN!

How to get started?

  1. Make a list of all your favorite activities as a child.
  2. Make a list of anything you’ve ever thought you’d like to learn.
  3. Create a list of what you would do if you had free time.
  4. NOW, go to your good friend Google and type in (your topic) classes or lessons (your location)  - for example, I could try: guitar lessons Noblesville, IN  - PAGES of potential classes/ schools came up for that search
  5. Write down a few that interest you and start investigating

Even if you live in a rural area, I bet you can find something online for most areas – just type in virtual or online instead of your location.

Please, take fifteen minutes right now and DO IT!  Share in the comments what you find and then share with a friend – maybe they’d like to join you and if nothing else it’ll give you something new and exciting to talk about – who knows, they may even have some experience or know of a great class.

I do have a few suggestions if you are interested in nutrition or essential oils:

IIN is the nutrition school I attended and it was so much fun – I learned a LOT and enjoyed every week of class (all virtual).  If you have any interest in this, I’d recommend checking out their next info session – September 18th at 11:00 AM EST – reading this past the 18th?  Check out details on the school HERE – and let me know as I can typically get a discount of some sort for my referrals.

If you are interested in learning more about Essential Oils – check out the Oil of the Month Club - it’s a super easy way to learn about Young Living Essential Oils one at a time.  It’s not overwhelming and you’ll get to interact with experienced users with all kinds of great tips!

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An apple a day . . .

Warm sweaters, long walks on crunchy leaf colored paths, bonfires and picking apples right from the tree.Apple Picking at Autumn Hills Orchard, Groton September 2011

Aren’t these all the definitive signs of Fall?  I know they are for me.

Aside from being a fun fall tradition, there are other excellent reasons to enjoy fresh apples for the next few months.

Fall is traditionally the time of year apples are ready.  They are at their peak right now, juicy and firm, the perfect snack.

Turns out that the old proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” has some solid evidence backing it up:

Apples are full of fiber & contain pectin (both of which help you feel full longer).  Most varieties also are high in antioxidants and contain 14% of your daily Vitamin C requirements.  Ready for some answers to some common apple questions?

Q:  What about the skin?  Is my mother right that all the nutrients are in it and I should not peel it?

A:  As usual, mom is right.  An apple without the peel only has 2 grams of fiber, while an apple with the skin has 4 – so double!  In addition, the peel contains the majority of the antioxidants.  However, there is one caveat to eating the skin:  apples are highly sprayed with pesticides so if you can’t wash them well and can’t afford organic, it may be worth it to peel them and avoid some of the health benefits to save yourself from ingesting extra poisons.

Q: Are there differences in apple varieties?

A:  Of course.  Not only do the different varieties taste different and have different textures, some of them actually contain more nutrients than others – crazy right?  Turns out that the good old red delicious has the highest amount of antioxidants, followed by Northern Spy and then Ida Red.  Empires have the lowest.  Interesting, right?

So after all this talk about apples, are you craving one?  I know I am, so I’m off to make one of my favorite little apple snacks – HERE is the recipe if you want to give it a try.

What do you like to do in the Fall?  Share in the comments or on the Facebook page!

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Weekly Goals September 8 – 14

I was traveling last week and so didn’t post new goals for the week.  So, this update is from two weeks ago:

Last Week’s GoalsWeekly Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every day – four out of five
  • Work on next project for at least an hour – done
  • Finish a few work files I’ve been putting off! – made some progress, but not finished

Personal

  • Up by 6:30 Monday – Friday – done
  • Read 2 booksthis week I read The Truth About Style and Otherwise Engaged – my favorite books from August are mentioned in this post
  • Go to bed by 10:30  Sunday – Thursday – only had success three nights

Family

  • Finish reading The Four-Story Mistake (Melendy Quartet) with the kidsdone, we love this series but the library doesn’t carry the final two!
  • Plan a fun family activity for the holiday weekendhad a wonderful weekend, lots of time with friends, family, a trip to the zoo and a trip to a local living history center
  • Date nightwent to another concert (and dinner before) – lots of fun!

Household

  • Get back on regular cleaning schedule – a little better, the house is clean, but no regular schedule in place yet!
  • Two items on my master “to-do” listdone, chipping away at it – I actually only have a few open items left
  • Clean out my closetdone, and felt GREAT – sent a huge bag of clothing to Twice (this is my referral link, you’ll get free credit for signing up through it), another bag to Goodwill, and put another box in storage

This Week’s Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every day
  • Work on next project for at least an hour
  • Keep up with coaching coursework

Personal

  • Up by 6:30 Monday – Friday
  • Read 2 books
  • Go to bed by 10:30  Sunday – Thursday
  • Drink 6 glasses of water a day!

Family

  • Find a new book to read with the kids and get started
  • One on one outing with each kid
  • Book a ski trip for the winter

Household

  • Take care of a pile of returns/ exchanges – get them out of the house!
  • Two items on my master “to-do” list
  • Clean up my office

Anything new and exciting in your life this month?  Suggestions for a new book to read with my kids? I’ve started an amazing new program specifically for life coaches – since fall is the perfect time to go back to school!  Learning all kinds of new techniques to help busy moms create a healthy and happy life! Check out the details here – and I’ll share more as the months go on . . .

What I read – favorites from August 2014

on a plane

Benefit of frequent travel – lots of reading time!

As I was looking back on what I read in August I realized it was a pretty eclectic mix – you can see all of the books highlighted HERE (pages 8 and 9).

My favorites for the month were just as eclectic!

Non-Fiction:

Years after everyone else, I finally got around to reading this book.  Of course, like almost everyone else I loved it.  So many great lessons to be found and an overall terrific reminder to be present in your life and keep reminding yourself to cherish and enjoy what is important and what you love every day!  My rating:  4 out of 5.

What a lovely book – both the content AND the pictures.  Myquillyn Smith, of The Nester fame, recently came out with this encouraging book – perfect for the woman who wants a beautiful but REAL home.  Terrific tips and suggestions along with reminders to ignore perfection and embrace life.   If you don’t follow her blog, you should – she has fabulous style and a wonderful outlook.  My rating 4 out of 5.

Fiction

It feels like I read a lot of fiction this month, but looking back I guess most of it just wasn’t that memorable.  I did really enjoy the following two books:

A companion novel to The Giver (Giver Quartet) (which will be coming out as a movie soon), Gathering Blue introduces us to a new character, Kira, a young girl with a special gift considered very useful by the leaders of the society in which she lives, even though she herself is considered useless to the members of the society.  Although the book is considered Young Adult Fiction, it’s an engrossing read with much to think about – how we judge others and how we perceive our worth.  My rating 4 out of 5.

In this novel Harlen Coben brings his typical fun read – fast paced, a bit of mystery, some relationship issues and quite a bit of danger.  It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed his writing, but this was a good choice for a long flight – kept me entertained and able to ignore the bumpy ride!  Fairly predictable, but still fun.  My rating:  4 out of 5.

What were your favorite books from August?  Anything stand out as spectacular?  Although my “to-read” list seems never-ending, I feel like I could use another REALLY GREAT book to enjoy (like some of the ones I read in July) – so please, bring them on in the comments!

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Perfect Summer Holiday Drink – “Real Food” Blueberry Cosmo

Happy Labor Day!

Hope you have a terrific holiday – enjoy your time off if you are lucky enough to have the day off work!  holiday drink

If you are looking for something fun, festive and color appropriate to serve, give this tasty blueberry Cosmo a try:

“Real Food” Blueberry Cosmo

6-8 fresh blueberries

1 oz. orange liqueur

1 oz. fresh lime juice

1 1/2 oz. citrus vodka

Step one:  Muddle berries with orange liqueur and lime juice.

blueberries

Step two:  Add vodka and about a cup of ice and shake well.  Strain into a glass and serve.

For the holidays, I like to garnish with a strawberry – then I have a pretty red, white and blue drink to serve!

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How do you spend your Labor Day?  Sometimes we stay home and hang out with the neighbors, other years we try to get away for a short vacation.  Either way, we enjoy great company and a fun way to spend the long weekend!

School is starting for the kids – that’s ALWAYS a great time to upgrade your own life – how about trying something new this fall and working with your own personal health coach?  Set up your free thirty minute consultation and we’ll work together to figure out the top three things you want to improve in your life – you can still make significant improvement by the end of 2014 by starting NOW!

Have tomatoes? You have lunch!

Today I thought I’d share my favorite quick and easy lunch ideas that use fresh tomatoes!  So, if your tomato plants are bursting with tomatoes, here are some delicious and simple ways to enjoy them:

Lunch #1:

Caprese Salad – don’t order these at fancy restaurants – the tomatoes won’t be fresh and you’ll pay twice what it will cost you to make a tastier version at home!caprese

1 tomato

a few slices fresh mozzarella

a few basil leaves

extra virgin olive oil

balsamic vinegar

sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper

Assemble:  slice tomato and layer on a plate with mozzarella.  Tear basil leaves and sprinkle on top then drizzle with olive oil, vinegar and salt and pepper.

Lunch #2:

Veggie & Cheese Plate – these tomato bites would also be an excellent appetizer!

cucumberEasy Lunch #2

2 cups spinach

1 clove garlic

tomato

extra sharp cheddar cheese

extra virgin olive oil

sea salt

freshly cracked black pepper

balsamic vinegar (optional)

Assemble:  Saute the garlic and spinach in olive oil; season with salt & pepper.  Slice cucumber and sprinkle salt on top.  Slice tomato and top each slice with a piece of cheese.  Sprinkle with salt & pepper and balsamic vinegar if desired.

Lunch #3 –  Tomato & Avocado Salad – for a change of pace, serve this as a side dish with a grilled steak or hamburgers instead of guacamole.summer salad

1 tomato

1 avocado

few slices red onion

extra virgin olive oil

cumin

1/2 a lime

sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper

Assemble:  Slice tomato and avocado.  Toss with onion, olive oil, and juice from 1/2 lime.  Sprinkle with cumin, sea salt and pepper.  Very pretty and filling!

How do you enjoy tomatoes for a quick lunch or dinner?  Share your best ideas in the comments – I’d love some new ones for myself!

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Weekly Goals August 25 – 31

Last Week’s Goals

BusinessWeekly Goals

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every day – meh, 3 out of 5 – I did eventually do it everyday, just not first . . .
  • Work on next project for at least an hour – probably half an hour again this week
  • Finish course education classdone

Personal

Family

  • Swim Banquetvery fun time
  • Plan a fun family activity for the weekend – my little guy got sick, so nothing too exciting
  • Date nightconcert at Klipsch – FUN!

Household

  • Get back on regular cleaning schedule – not so great
  • Two items on my master “to-do” listdone, booked fall break trip and updated health care
  • List items on e-bay, Craigslist or take to Goodwill – went to Goodwill and took care of Craigslist 
  • Pick up officegeneral pickup

 

This Week’s Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every day
  • Work on next project for at least an hour
  • Finish a few work files I’ve been putting off!

Personal

Family

Household

  • Get back on regular cleaning schedule
  • Two items on my master “to-do” list
  • Clean out my closet

Any big plans for the Labor Day weekend?   Right now we don’t have anything at ALL planned, and I’m kinda excited about that!

What’s YOUR excuse?

Not exercising enough?  Not exercising at all?no excuses

What’s YOUR excuse?

Here are the top 3 excuses I hear for not exercising and WHY you should never utter them . . .

1.  I don’t have time.

I bet you’ve said that one before.  I know I have – and I know better.  I understand, sometimes life gets so busy that it seems like you don’t have time to breathe, let alone exercise.  Guess what?  Those are probably the times you need to exercise the most.  Exercise will increase the positive feelings in your body and mind, relieve stress and help you cope better with a busy schedule.  Here’s how I like to look at this excuse . . . if someone was paying you $100 to exercise for 20 to 30 minutes a day, I’d be willing to bet you would somehow find the time.  Right?  If you answered that question with a yes, then somewhere in your schedule you can find that time.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Go to bed 20 minutes earlier and get up 20 minutes earlier.  That’s enough time for a short walk or jog.
  • Double up.  Combine exercise with visiting a friend, have a walking meeting, play with your kids instead of watching TV with them, walk the soccer field while your kids are at practice.  If you think through your day I bet you can find a time you can get some activity in while accomplishing something else.
  • Let go of your idea of perfection.  If this is truly a busy time in your life, you may really not have time for a thirty minute dedicated session at the gym.  Okay, then how about a few five-minute dance breaks throughout the day?  Or even squats, push-ups and sit-ups as soon as you wake up.  Remember that something is better than nothing!

2.  I’m too tired.

Are you really?  Unless you have a serious medical condition that justifies this excuse, avoiding exercise isn’t going to help your lack of energy.  In fact, exercise will INCREASE your energy levels.   Now I’m not saying that sometimes you don’t need a break – if deep down you know you need to rest, then honor your body and give it the rest it needs, BUT if you are just feeling normal, busy-life tired, exercise could be the cure to push you through the rest of the day.

3.  I can’t afford it.

This one really drives me crazy.  Walking is FREE.  Dancing is FREE.  Using your body to do simple body weight exercises (crunches, planks, squats) is FREE.  You can even borrow free DVD’s from your local library to mix things up.  I share a few more low-cost exercise ideas in this post.

I admit I’m being a little “tongue-in-cheek” in this post – I readily acknowledge that there are times in our lives when most of us could honestly say one of these three excuses and they would be legitimate.  However, most of the time we use these excuses because it’s easier than taking action.  That’s what I want you to think about the next time you utter an excuse for not exercising – is it TRULY a valid excuse?  Or am I just taking the easy way out?

What excuse do you find yourself saying the most often when it comes to not exercising?  Please share in the comments – along with any suggestions you may have for moving past them – your idea just might help someone else get off the couch and stop making excuses!

Do you need help moving past excuses for living a healthier life?  I bet you know you need to make improvements – and you might even know what you need to do but just can’t take that first step.  Working with me one-on-one is the perfect way to take immediate action in creating the healthy, happy life you love – check out the details HERE.