Bring it!

5 01 2011

I’ve decided this new year is going to be my year.

I’m loving my recent position – I’ve had two great meetings today with my various clients. Everyone is happy and we have plans to do a lot of good on both accounts going forward.

I’m hosting a few small events in the upcoming few weeks (and I LOVE to be the host of events), so that will be super fun. The events include a Baby shower, a friend coming back to town and a friend from San Diego coming to SF.

I’m already starting to line up my travel plans for this upcoming year, which I’m also happy about. I know McLean, VA (right outside of DC) is on my immediate list, closely followed by Napa, Hawaii and, possibly, Mexico. Bali and Greece are also on the radar this year.

Yes, 2011. This will be a fun year. And I’m very much looking forward to it!


“And away we go…!”

4 01 2011

Know what line that is from? Here is the full reference:

Thank you, fans and friends and odds and ends. And now, for you gals and guys, a few words to the wise. You Jims and Sals are my best pals. And to look your best for the big contest, just be yourselves and have a ball. That’s what it’s all about, after all. So, forget about the camera and think about the beat. We’ll give the folks at home a real big treat. Don’t worry about where the camera is, just keep on dancin’, that’s your biz. Hey, if I tap your shoulder, move to the side. Let the others finish the ride! This is the event you’ve all been waiting for, the National Dance-Off. And away we go with Johnny Casino and the Gamblers!” ~ Vincent

Grease! One of my all time favorite movies. In fact it is the first movie I ever saw on VHS – that and Lady and the Tramp, another favorite. If you haven’t seen either in a while, I highly recommend them.

In this case I’m speaking more to the first day back at the office in the new year after a long holiday break. It was a good day complete with multiple clients, cupcakes and a 3 hour client dinner where the conversation was heavily dominated by BBQ competitions and smokers – perfect for the resident vegetarian.

As much as I was excited for 2010, I think this might be my year. Possibly the year where I find (and accept) love, grasp success in my career and become a better me – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. That is a lot to look forward to… but gals and guys and fans and friends it’s what my hopes, dreams and goals are, after all. Wish me luck with my year test and I’ll wish you all the best.

And away we go…!

I’m Posting every day in 2011!

3 01 2011

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a day / once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.




Smoked Broccoli Bake

2 01 2011

While trying to plan a healthy meal and use up the broccoli and tomatoes I had recently bought I remembered an old family recipe – some sort of nutty broccoli bake that I loved to make before moving to San Francisco. Somehow I forgot the recipe over the years and could not find it written down anywhere.

When I called my mom she remembered not only exactly what recipe I was talking about but also exactly what cookbook it came from – Victory through Vegetables – a cookbook she has had since before I was born which she purchased for $1.25. Today you can find used versions on Amazon for  up to $15.00. The book covers even have the price of $1.25 printed on the front cover. Amazing. I’m purchasing one of the used copies today for $2.50 plus $3.99 shipping.

Smoked Broccoli Bake

4 cups Broccoli
2 medium tomatos
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup smoked cheese – gouda or provolone are my favorite
1 cup blanched almonds

Place all ingredients in a baking dish and back for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees, stirring once about halfway through.

It’s so good! Crunchy, nutty, smoky… fantastic!

Banana’s Foster Bread – Yum!

1 01 2011
Banana's Foster Bread

What is left of the bread after two days...

I’m beginning the year by baking fresh bread – Banana bread! I had been eyeing a classic banana bread recipe from Cooking Light, but while I was at the store shopping for the eggs and butter I noticed a variation – Banana’s Foster Bread. OMG. I was sold. And I was not disappointed. It was fairly easy to make and tastes amazing… The only thing I changed is that I used Brandy instead of Cognac or Rum. I think brandy is a lighter flavor than Rum or Cognac would have been. I actually could not keep away from it in time to take a good picture before it was cut into. This just shows how good it is and how quickly it goes!

Banana’s Foster Bread


Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)


  • 1 1/2  cups  mashed ripe banana
  • 1  cup  packed brown sugar, divided
  • 6  tablespoons  butter, melted and divided
  • 1/4  cup  cognac or dark rum, divided
  • 1/3  cup  plain fat-free yogurt
  • 2  large eggs
  • 6.75  ounces  all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4  cup  ground flaxseed
  • 3/4  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground allspice
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3  cup  powdered sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Combine banana, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 5 tablespoons butter, and 3 tablespoons cognac in a nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat until mixture begins to bubble. Remove from heat; cool. Place banana mixture in a large bowl. Add yogurt, remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, and eggs. Beat with a mixer at medium speed.

3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through allspice) in a small bowl. Add flour mixture to banana mixture; beat just until blended. Pour batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove bread from pan; place on wire rack.

4. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter, remaining 1 tablespoon cognac, and powdered sugar; stir until well blended. Drizzle over the warm bread.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 194
Fat: 5.8g (sat 3g,mono 1.5g,poly 0.9g)
Protein: 2.9g
Carbohydrate: 31.1g
Fiber: 1.5g
Cholesterol: 34mg
Iron: 1.1mg
Sodium: 181mg
Calcium: 32mg


2010 Blessing – recap of my year

31 12 2010

So, here we are, at the end of 2010 – how did I do on my challenge? Well, let’s look…

  • To attend a seminar or workshop each month. I started off the year wonderfully. Drawing and Painting class in January and February, Life coach workshop in March. April, May and June were not too good for me… But in July I picked back up with a full week workshop in Crete, Greece (Wonderful!). The rest of the year flew by and included a society event in August, a networking event in September, my brother’s wedding in October, Thanksgiving in Belgium and Paris in November as well as a Photography workshop, and Christmas in South Carolina. Now, normally, I would not include trips to places as “seminars or workshops” but these definitely took me outside my comfort zone and I learned plenty about different cultures… and multiple forms of transportation navigation nightmares.
  • Exercise at least 3 times a week – For this goal I was again up and down throughout the year. I started the year with a bang and then fizzled through the spring and got my energy back in the fall. I rotated between a lot of yoga and jogging. I can happily say that I can run for 20 minutes straight – before this year I was lucky to run a continuous 2 minutes without breaking for a short walk. That, for me, is a huge accomplishment.
  • Read a new book each month – I did great here. I now look forward to reading on the bus to and from work as well as on any plane trip I take. I’ve read inspirational books, historical books as well as books “everyone” is talking about.
  • Say “yes” to one thing each week I normally wouldn’t – this goal I have to admit fell off my radar. I did, however, broaden my horizon and do things I’m not comfortable with, but I could definitely be better about it.

Overall, I give myself a C- on my 2010 challenge. It’s a grade that I never have seen on any report card I have ever received. Ever. In fact I think I go out of my way at times not to fail… sometimes that even means not trying something new. Failing is something I have a lot of problems with. So, it’s time that I admit to my failure, own my faults, and be open to doing better, being better, next year.

Thank you 2010 for so much – for; amazing new friends, a new sister-in-law, reconnecting with my extended family (cousins I haven’t seen in 12 years!), trips to Greece, Belgium and Paris as well as Chicago, NY, Dallas and DC, wonderful new and existing colleagues, exciting new challenges at work, times where I laughed so hard I cried, times where I cried so much it hurt, a body that can go farther and do more than I ever thought, reconnecting with old friends, new babies for beautiful women in my life (Julie’s baby Allison born in May, Jen’s baby due any day, Emma’s baby due in February and Kristina’s baby Penelope due in early 2011), an increased appreciation for photography, an immersion into the breathe of yoga, .

So, while I may have ‘failed’ my challenge for 2010, at the end of the day, I end the year feeling happy, inspired, and so, so, so… blessed.

May Days…

6 05 2010
Cookie Monster after a bad day

I can sympathize with days like this... Poor Cookie Monster...

Accelerating…  That is the last thing I’ve been doing with myself over the past 2 months. 2 months. What have I done in those weeks instead of blogging, doing yoga, or actively growing myself? I worked. I did launch a few great websites during this time, however it took a toll on me mentally and physically. I am stressed, and tense, and raggedly, weary-boned tired.

It hasn’t been a quiet two months though… My parents made the decision to move to South Carolina permanently and put my childhood house on the market, I spent a few days in Chicago for work and met up with some wonderful friends from college, I went to my second seminar with Clara Chorley which focused on moving your life forward, I went to see Gary Spivey – psychic to the stars, I turned a quiet 33 on St. Patrick’s day, I read Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol,” I got sick and lost my voice for 5 days – all of which I continued to put in 10+ hour work days, I attended the birthday parties of 3 friends (in 3 days), I hired a housekeeper, I bought myself a nice new blue Coach bag, I found out my best friend Julie is going to have a baby Girl,I bought a 46″ TV which know makes me feel like I’m in the same room as the actors, I started eating sugar again, I bought a new lens for my camera and used it taking pictures of Sabrina’s niece and nephew.

Even just reflecting on the past two months, the only things that make me feel good or make an impact – the things that I want to remember in my future – are the times spent with my friends in Chicago, finding out my Julie is having a baby girl and the sadness of knowing the house I grew up in will never be someplace I can go back to again.

A week or two ago I learned that Rusty Wells is holding a 6 day yoga retreat in Crete, Greece this July and I think I’m going to go. While looking into potential itineraries and pictures of Greece with the jeweled blue waters and bright white buildings, I can help but feel at peace and the hint of excitement growing inside me. It might be the perfect time for me to get away for another vacation. I can’t ignore the feeling that I don’t want to go on yet another trip by myself, that I want more than anything to take this trip with a man I love. But if I continue to wait, if I don’t do anything until I meet that man, I will be a lonely, unfulfilled, sad woman… and that doesn’t fit with who I am, who I want to be… Let alone attract a good man to me!

So, I’m taking the advice of my Life Coach Clara, who I saw on View of the Bay today – I’m putting my foot on the accelerator of my life and I’m going to move forward. My immediate destinations include designing a backsplash for my kitchen, taking a day off work in the next two weeks, planning the trip to Greece and researching at least 5 companies that could become a partner for this product we have a patent on…

I know I have so much more to give than what I am giving now, so much more to contribute, so much more to grow, and I will be so much more than I am today. Time to Accelerate…