Archive for June, 2010

BAD DAYS

Posted in Daily Life, Dreams, Emotions, Friends, Life, Musings, People, Personal, Ramblings, Random, Reflections with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2010 by Mandy

 

Well, it’s already Saturday morning here in Australia, I decided to have a sleep in (which is a rarity for me) to recoup my mind and thoughts about the past week.  A week of extreme highs and lows….a week that I am very happy is behind me.  I would like to think that I am a very positive person who always try to see the good side of people at any given situation.  My life is full, sometimes too full….phones start ringing at 7am in the morning which might carry on till after working hours (that happens when you run your business from home)  But in saying that, sometimes things gets too much.  I suppose bad days happen to the best of us, days where you wake up in a really bad mood.  Where something (or nothing) has made you angry, sad, frustrated, disappointed, whatever.  Days where you know up front this is going to “suck”.

You still have to get up and do your work, but before you even start, you’re already agitated inside. Being in a bad mood is not that hard.  Being in a bad mood while trying to force yourself to cheer up really sucks.  Fighting a bad mood only prolongs it, so if you’re mad, be mad,  If you’re sad, be sad.  This however does not give you the license to be miserable and unpleasant or question those innocent bystanders, those people close to you. It just means that you need to recognize and accept your bad mood to be able to do something about it.  We tend to think that a bad mood is always caused by something or someone else. 

Today is another day, I wish I could cut myself into a million pieces to keep everyone happy every single day but there’s only so many hours in a day.  I try to do the best I can and sometimes fail.  For those of you who occasionally have a really bad day when you just need to take it out on someone, don’t take that bad day out on someone you know.  Instead, take it out (if you have to) on someone unfriendly who you don’t know. And if I have failed you in any way this past week, I’m sorry. 

There now….I’m feeling so much better and wish you all a wonderful week-end!!

“EVERYONE HAS HIS DAY AND SOME DAYS LAST LONGER THAN OTHERS” ~ Winston Churchill.

MOMENTS

Posted in Daily Life, Dreams, Emotions, Friends, Life, Musings, People, Personal, POETRY, Random, Reflections on June 25, 2010 by Mandy

 

what kind of person
knows just what to say, just when you need to hear it

what kind of person
makes you laugh your heart out, and never wish for anything more

what kind of person
has all the right moves, and defines the moments in your memory

this kind of person
that knows just where to stop
                                            
before you step over the edge,
before you plummet into the deep
before you sink into the blue

before you fall in love…

the kind of person who you always want, but never seem to have
the kind of person who is always there, and you never seem to notice until they’re gone
the kind of person who was right in the palm of your hand, like a butterfly…
that you took for granted
and took your sweet time with

until it was their choice, to fly away.

and that’s when you want it most.

My Aussie blog buddy that now lives in Italy mentioned this song in her blog yesterday….I fell in love with it immediately and just had to share….thanks darlin’….http://yvettesblogs.com/

COUSCOUS WITH CHICKEN

Posted in Cooking, Family, Friends, People, Personal, Recipe with tags , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by Mandy

This is an easy recipe and the perfect dish when you’re on the run (like I am today) and don’t have much time.  Hope you enjoy oxo

 

INGREDIENTS

Chicken breast fillets, skinned and boned
1 t (5 ml) Lemon & Black Pepper Seasoning
3 T (45 ml) olive or canola oil
1 onion, chopped
½ t (2,5 ml) ground cinnamon
1½ t (7,5 ml) ground cumin
¼ t (1.25ml) turmeric
1 x 200 ml Tomato & Chilli Sauce
4t (20ml) Chicken Stock Powder
2 cups (500ml) boiling water
1 cup (250ml) quick cooking couscous
Green Onion Seasoning to taste
½ cup (50 g) flaked almonds (lightly toasted)
2-3 T (30-45 ml) honey

Slit the breasts, on the side, lengthways and butterfly them open. Season with Lemon & Black Pepper Seasoning and coat with olive oil. Briefly cook in a non stick frying pan. Remove from the pan. Cover and leave at room temperature. Sauté the onion in the remaining oil until soft and golden. Add the cinnamon, cumin and turmeric. Cook over low heat, stirring to prevent the spices from scorching, for about 30 seconds.

Add the Tomato & Chilli Sauce, Chicken Stock Concentrate, water and couscous. Bring to the boil for 2 minutes and leave to stand for 5 minutes.

Slice the chicken into fine slices against the grain. Fork the chicken through the couscous. Season to taste with Green Onion Seasoning. Reheat briefly. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and drizzle with honey.

YOUR SONG

Posted in Daily Life, Dreams, Emotions, Family, Friends, Life, Musings, People, Personal, Ramblings, Random, Reflections, Spirituality on June 24, 2010 by Mandy

 

Every night when I go to bed, I think about a topic I could talk about for this blog….I’d toss and turn every kind of thought around until I fall asleep.  Sometimes I’d wake up during the night, I’d think of something and make sure I write it down (since I’ve had wonderful ideas before and forgotten all about it when I wake up in the morning!)  Over the last few weeks I’ve had this idea in my head and though it’s all very depressing, however, I’ve learned something very important about this question.  IF I KNEW THE EXACT TIME OF MY DEPARTURE FROM EARTH, HOW WOULD I WANT TO SPEND IT?

I’ll make sure that there is no distance between me and my children. 

I’ll make sure I record all of the special moments I want to tell those whom I love.  Normally I am the last one who wants to be in a video or being recorded. I’ll start making video’s of myself.  The camera will be working overtime taking pictures of me.

I’ll eat anything I ever wanted, not worry about the consequences.

Write and find all of those sentimental trinkets and mementos to give to everyone.

Plan and take care of all my funeral arrangements so it will be easy one everyone else.

 Write a long letter to my children and loved ones to tell them how much they mean to me. (And just how much I love them)

Call my family and friends and say goodbye.

Write letters to old friends.

Throw out old stuff I wouldn’t need and make a long list of things to give away.

Sort out all the financial’s so it would be easy on everyone.

Walk barefoot on the beach one more time.

Do a lot of crying because I would not want to leave the one’s I love.

Find a beautiful red dress for my funeral (Red is my favourite colour)

When I thought about this, I realized that there are may things in my life I need to change, so if I don’t start doing so today….they may never be completed.  I am happy that I have the opportunity to write my thoughts down….it has given me so much pleasure.  We all need to try harder and live a full life….I know I want to be remembered…..’Time is the coin of  life. It is the only coin we have, and only we can determine how it will be spent.  What is the song of your life?

I BELIEVE

Posted in Daily Life, Dreams, Emotions, Friends, Life, Musings, Personal, Random, Reflections on June 23, 2010 by Mandy

 

For the last couple of years I have had these deep inner feelings that there is something more I need to do with my life. Something  significant, something important. These feelings will come and go, and toil with my soul, but I could not work out, what it is I’m meant to do.  I am living a normal life, sometimes I get angry, sometimes I talk before I think and get stressed out about silly things.  I have been collecting positive and uplifting thoughts for some time now, my desire is to do something good every day..something that will have a positive imprint on my life, and those around me. I am a working progress….all our journey’s begin with one small step……herewith some of the collections:-

I believe- that we don’t have to change friends, if we understand that friends change.

I believe- that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while, and you must forgive them for that.

I believe- that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

 I believe- that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

I believe- that it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I believe- that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I believe- that you can keep going, long after you can’t.

I believe- that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

 I believe- that either you control your attitude, or it controls you.

I believe- that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.

I believe- that heroes are the people who do what has to be done, when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I believe- that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I believe- that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing, and have the best time.

I believe- that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down, will be the ones to help you get back up.

I believe- that sometimes when I’m angry, I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

I believe- that just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.

I believe- that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them, and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.

I believe- that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I believe- that no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

I believe- that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

I believe- that just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.

I believe- that you shouldn’t be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

I believe- that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

I believe- that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you.

I believe- that when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

I believe- that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I believe- that the people you care about most in life, are taken from you too soon.

As an ex South African, I have the deepest respect and admiration for NELSON MANDELA…and one of his famous quotes soothes my soul.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves: who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure about you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” (Nelson Mandela)

BEEF WELLINGTON

Posted in Cooking, Family, Friends, Life, Random, Recipe with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2010 by Mandy

Sometimes, when dinner rolls around, we all experiment and try to put together something new. Other times, we resort to the classics, maybe not comfort food, but definitely something “established,” and this is one such dish: Beef Wellington. This is timeless: a juicy, tender cut of fillet mignon cooked inside a tight, buttery, flaky package of puff pastry.

 

INGREDIENTS

– 450 grams of beef fillet
– 450 grams of flat mushrooms
– 5 slices Parma ham
– English mustard (for brushing the meat)
– 225 grams of puff pastry
– 2 egg yolks
– Approximately 10 new potatoes
– 1 clove of garlic (crushed)
– 1 Sprig of thyme
– 1 baby gem lettuce
– Salt and pepper
– Olive oil
– Mustard vinaigrette

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Pre-heat your oven to 200c.

2. Heat a couple of table spoons of olive oil in a large pan before searing the beef all over until brown. Once seared, allow the meat to cool to ensure you keep the flavours and juices in the meat. Brush generously with English mustard once the meat has cooled down.

3. Dice the flat mushrooms and add them to a food blender to form a puree. Add the puree mixture to a hot, dry pan and allow the water to evaporate from the mushrooms. As soon as the mushroom puree starts to stick together removing from the heat and leave to cool in a bowl.

4. Cut a long piece of cling film and stack the slices of Parma ham ensuring they are slightly overlapping one another. Spread the mushroom mixture evenly over the ham once the slices are laid out.

5. Place the beef fillet in the middle of the sliced ham and keeping a tight hold of the cling film from the outside edge, neatly roll the Parma ham and mushrooms over the beef into a tight barrel shape. Twist the ends to secure the Clingfilm. Keep this refrigerated for 10 -15 minutes to allow the beef Wellington to set, helping keep its shape.

6. Take the pastry and roll it out fairly thinly to a size which will cover the beef fillet. Unwrap the meat from the cling film. Egg wash the edge of the pastry and place the beef in the middle. Roll up the pastry, cut any excess off the ends and fold neatly to the ‘underside’. Turnover and egg wash over the top. Chill again to let the pastry cool for approximately 5 minutes. Egg wash again before baking at 200c for 35 – 40 minutes. Rest 8 -10 minutes before slicing.

7. Part boil the potatoes in salted water. Quarter them and leave the skin on. Sauté in olive oil and butter with the garlic and thyme, until browned and cooked through. Season with salt and pepper and remove the thyme and garlic before serving.

8. Separate the outside leaves of the baby gem (leaving the smaller inner ones for salads) and very quickly sauté them in a pan of olive oil with a little salt and pepper – just enough to wilt them.

9. Serve hearty slices of the Wellington alongside the sautéed potatoes and wilted baby gems. A classic mustard vinaigrette makes a great dressing for this dish too… Enjoy!

RED

Posted in Daily Life, Dreams, Emotions, Life, Musings, Personal, POETRY, Random, Reflections, Spirituality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by Mandy

 

Do your lips up sticky, sparkly & red. Then blow kisses. Say thank you. Allow other people to inspire you. Share your bliss. Smile — even if you’re shy. Hold someone’s hand. Be honest. Volunteer your time. Love yourself. Do your best. Learn how to have respect for other people’s decisions & being true to yourself. Tell people how much you like them. Send unexpected gifts. Talk to strangers. Do favours. Let go. Be generous. Eat whatever you want without guilt. Don’t think about other people’s success, beauty or happiness. Make your own rules. Write your own guidebook. Count your blessings. Never stop trying to improve. Be your own superhero. Aim higher. Contribute. Create spaces for other people to enjoy. Sleep in. Let other people sleep in, too. Be compassionate. Listen. Give yourself time off. Be enthusiastic. Choose happiness. Create. Follow your passion. Connect. Compliment people. Spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself. Surprise yourself. Appreciate the people who support you. Take photos, document everything. Have a plan. Know your patterns. Be in the present. Laugh. Get close. Move through your fear. Challenge yourself. Keep it simple. Turn up the music. Realise your own freedom. Relax. Flirt. Dress up in some small way every day. Even if it’s just a good pair of knickers or a coat of death-defying mascara. Be different. Be genuine. Allow yourself to change & evolve. Dream big. Believe that you can manifest anything. Take responsibility. Treat everyone the same way — from your lover to your mother to your postman. Appreciate your past for having made you the person you are. Talk about how you feel. Dance. Sing. Let go of guilt. Treat your lover with respect. Admit your flaws. …& come up with a plan to remedy them. Surprise people. Set yourself a really huge goal. Then achieve it & set another one. Kiss. A lot. Remember that trouble doesn’t last. Be still. Look at the stars. Be as ridiculous as you like. Trust that you are loved. Stay curious. Charm people. Give real hugs. Bat your eyelashes. Forget yourself. Reach out. Flatter people. Get drunk on life. Release your expectations of other people. Allow them to be who they are, & appreciate them regardless. Stretch. Listen to your instincts. Make eye contact. Keep your word. Talk about real things. Discover yourself. Speak up. Let life excite you & lead you astray. Delight in every day. Don’t be afraid.On special request…..Take time to be wonderful:) Just love.

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