Archive for February, 2013


It Hit Me Like A Ton Of Bricks

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So, I am doing this blog and hoping to reach out to people. I am telling everyone I know, I posted on Facebook, Twitter and I had vinyl writing done for my windows in my car.

I will have you know that I am a good driver, well-mannered and I don’t lose my temper over traffic…moves ūüôā

However, I realized that as I am driving around in my car, people are relating how I drive, if I react and if I am kind to what I am writing on my blog.

As I have posted, I think the book “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” is fabulous! Well, a good friend of mine, knowing about the blog, asked as he is reading the book himself, “Sarah, what kind of positive pressure are you putting on yourself?”

In the book it suggests that when you commit yourself to a goal, tell a few people about it, people who will support you in your new adventure.

I told my friend that I had gotten vinyl advertisement on my car and that it was more than enough ‘positive pressure’ for now.

My question to you is this, are you working on a goal right now and are you putting positive pressure on yourself?

Sure changes you from inside out to be accountable to it. The beauty of realizing a goal is the journey of getting there. Here is a step that is working in ways I didn’t expect.

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Yesterday Kurt and Gabriel (my son) had a scouting thing to go to, ¬†that left Adrianne (my daughter) and I alone at home. I didn’t want to cook dinner, so, I got smoked gouda, sour dough and butter together.

Can I say yummmy?

I put a little butter on the bread, got a frying pan out,¬†warmed the inside of the slice and then put the smoked gouda in. Flipped on both sides so it got a little color, the cheese wasn’t melted as I wanted, so I nooked it for 20 seconds.

Added a few sliced apples and voila! Dinner was served. It was delicious!

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I find it interesting that the first thing God did as He created the earth was to create light and then he divided the light from the darkness, and called the light day and the darkness light.

Light is of God, good things are of God and they are never in secret…darkness is of the adversary, dark things are of the adversary and he works in secret.

I love reading my scriptures, things just jump at me all the time. They are marked, connected by lines across the page, underlined and writen on.

I just got a new set of scriptures and I am in no man’s land. I am reading through it again and marking them up…this has been sooo much fun!

I am glad to say I don’t have a favorite verse of a favorite book. There are sooo many that were very important at the time I read them! My kids say my scriptures are like a rainbow.

Each of my scriptures I keep for 10 years, mark them up and then give it to a child of mine. On the sides of the pages, I have writen what that specific verse meant, what I was going through and the answer that it was to my prayers. So far, 2 down, 2 to go.

How fun is that?

What do you do in special to your scriptures?

So I was looking for pics of the North of Brazil and I came across this blog…oh my…it made me dream with my eyes wide open!

http://brazildiversity.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/paradise-beaches-in-barra-grande-and-taipu-de-fora-peninsula-marau-bahia/

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Kurt says that a symbol of vacation and relaxation is to see palm trees…well honey, here we go!

I have¬†read from friends, seen pictures of their vacation and have wanted to go there. The fruits, the food, the place, the weather, the people, the sand….the ocean….aaaaaahhhhhh

So, North of Brazil, you are officially on my bucket list!

One of these days I am coming to enjoy a vacation at the beach!

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One of the many beautiful sunsets I get to enjoy in Utah.

I just read in someone’s blog lesleycarter.wordpress.com, “If you could make someone‚Äôs bucket list dreams a reality, would you?” and the answer is yes!

Then it got me thinking, do I have a bucket list?????? Well, I¬†haven’t sat down and put serious thought into it. Ideas on my journal, thoughts of places to go, I just haven’t committed myself to it.

I guess here is as good of a place as any to start. What are some of the things I really want to do with my life, places I really want to see and things I want to learn?

Lets see…

I grew up in Sao Paulo), Brazil until I was 17 ( we had a beach apartment and that is where we vacationed to, I didn’t get to travel much down there, I got to Rio and that is as far as I went, moved to Utah (the mountains here are absolutely beautiful).

I was blessed to be able to travel to:

Acapulco, Mexico;

Puerto Rico;

Kawaii (I think that is one of God’s favorite backyards) and Oahu, Hawaii;

Lake Powell (another backyard that He visits often) Utah;P1050267

Western Caribbean Cruise, we went to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Key West and Cozumel (being a beach bum at heart, the beach I went to in Cozumel was fantastic! I could see my toes and I was in the water up to my neck);cruise

Alaskan Cruise and I can’t name all the cities we saw, however I can tell you, on that cruise you can see how majestic God’s creations are;

European Cruise, got to see Barcelona, Spain; skipped¬†France,¬†due to weather; ¬†in Italy we got to see Pizza, Rome (you need days in Rome, 10 hours is¬†way too short), Pompeii and another place where they make the cameos, I think it was Torre Del Greco then we got to go to Malta, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been;

Texas, which has the most beautiful and breath-taking sunsets in the planet;

Washington state is so green, it is absolutely gorgeous!

Yup, that is it. I love love love to travel!

Soooooo….here we go!

Blogging is so much fun! I can type it up and post what is in my mind and heart!

Lets see how much dreaming I can do!

Join me?

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This dictionary is absolutely wonderful!
The examples they use to describe words are from scriptures, Shakespeare and classic writers.
We have forgotten the meaning of many words, we choose to dilute our vocabulary.
English is a challenging language to learn, however, the words are beautiful and powerful when we use them how they were meant to be used.
I haven’t read it from cover to cover, however, I have used it side by side when reading things of importance that are in old English…such as The Constitution and The Declaration of Independence.

by Marianne Williamson

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‚ÄúOur 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, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make 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.‚ÄĚ

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Ok, so in Brasil there is this dish called feijoada. It is simply delicious!

I must admit, the meats they use there, are not all readily available here i Utah, so I do the best I can with what I can find.

P1020894This is what they look like at the market in Brasil, they come dry and salty.

In the plate above starting from 12 o’clock there is rice underneath those beans, farofa (this one I¬†bought at the Mexican market), cheese bread (thank heavens for mixes, I find them at the Mexican market that sells Brazilian stuff), fried bananas (plantain bananas,¬†cut them in half and then slice them about half-inch thick.¬†Melt butter in a non stick frying pan, enough to cover the bottom of the pan, put the bananas in it, they actually change color as they cook, I sprinkle a little sugar on each side, it kind of carmelizes, flip them and serve it warm. As I cook, to keep¬†it warm, I keep¬†it in the oven at 250)¬†and salad (this one had lettuce (a couple of different kinds, cucumber, pomegranate and carrots…I think some celery. And salad dressing to taste. I grew up with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper).

You got to understand, when I make feijoada, because it is yummy and I don’t make it often…I make it a lot. My kids that come home for such dinners take some with them, if there are guests, they also take some home with them and, I like to freeze some if possible. So, I use a big electric roaster to make my pot of feijoada. This recipe is for a large crock pot.

Here is the feijoada

2¬†hamhocks (it has a bone inside of it, you will find it at your meat department usually not frozen, ask for it if you don’t see it, after it cooks the meat comes off the bone, take the bones out before serving)

1/2 small package of Italian sausage (I use it mild because of my family, however, I love it hot) cut into bite size before cooking

1/2 small steak cut into strips then into bite size (any kind will do, I choose whatever is cheaper, it cooks a lot, it will be tender)

a small portion of any other meat that sounds good (chicken and fish are out)

2 small packages of black beans (I learned a trick from my mom’s cousin, keep your uncooked beans in the freezer and then you don’t need to soak them before you cook it…or…after you have picked through it, there might be pebbles in the beans, put it in a metal bowl and pour boiling water over it and let it sit for a couple of hours, twice as much beans)

1 head of garlic minced (not a clove, the whole head, with lots of cloves in it. If you use the jar garlic, use 2 super full TBSP of that)

1 small onion chopped fine

Olive oil

Salt

After soaking or the freezer thing with your beans, wash them well, put them in the pot, cover them with twice the water, so, if 4 cups of beans = 8 cups of water.

Place the hamhock in the crockpot with the beans. The other meats, do cut them into pieces and cook them in a frying pan, so it sears the meat and the flavors, add a little olive oil if needed. then add the meat to the pot. Let it cook in the crockpot on high for 4-6 hours or until the beans are tender.

When the beans are tender, take some out (without juice), put it on a plate and smash it with a fork. In a non stick frying pan, put about 2 TBSP of olive oil, brown the onions, when they are kind of golden, add garlic. Add the beans and¬†2 TBSP of salt. I know, it sounds like a lot, it isn’t, it is salting the whole pot. Fry it a little bit until everything is mixed and then add it back into the crock pot. Mix it in and let it cook for another 30 minutes on low, just so the flavors are good to go.

This is an extraordinarily rich dish. I love it!

The history behind it is that the slaves would cook the black beans with the leftovers of the pig. So the original dish is made with pig nose, feet, years and other parts that I am not that found of. In Brasil you can find restaurants that have everything in little clay pots and you can put your own feijoada together. And there are restaurants that serve delicious feijoada all together for you.

If you like beans and have the chance of trying feijoada, go for it. It is very tasty!

 

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As you can see from this blog, I kind of like to write…a lot!

Journaling has been a life saving device for many years. I might not write daily, however, I do write often enough that my life and that of my family is being recorded.

I carry my journal with me a lot. If I have a thought, an idea, someone says something priceless, I read something good, I find a scripture that hits me on the forehead like a 2×4…you know…important stuff; I write it down. If my journal is not available, I write it on a piece of paper and then transfer to it as soon as I can.

Also I write things my family is going through. Some great, some good, some not so good, some sad…that way, looking back,¬†I can learn from the experience and if needed do it different if it happens again.

Two days ago I finished my journal that I got for Mother’s Day last year and started a new one. I have used all kinds of books to journal on. Last year because of the MEGA changes I did in my life,¬†my behavior¬†and my world, I decided to honor it with a change of journals. From then on, my journals were going to be leather, beautiful and I would write in a different way. More positive, more empowering and more connected to God.

The old one now is going on the shelf to be picked up when questions come up, the new one is going to be my companion for the next while.

I love people’s stories. I love to see what life brings and what they do with it. I decided¬†to record my choices. Maybe in generations to come I can help someone when I am gone. Maybe they won’t have to learn the hard way because they read from someone else that experienced what they¬†are going through and can use their insights (in this case, me, their ancestor).

One of my treasures is a book of friendship I have from Brasil. All my friends from there and most from here have written on it. I flip through those pages and I travel time, it brings memories of relationships that no longer exist because of location and loss of contact. It is awesome to have something to remember people by.

So, how are you at journaling? You haven’t started? Well, here is an invitation: Start today! It is fun to re-read what has gone by, what was done about it and how it was done. We learn from our own experiences. Our faith grow from our trials and our blessings. Journaling is my family history in action.

Will you join me in writing your own life experiences for yourself and for your posterity?

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Time sure flies when we are having fun…and when we are busy doing things that are not so important instead of doing the things that are.

We’ve heard a thousand times that older people when asked what they would change if they could do it over they would spend more time with¬†family and less time at work.

Or, they would take the chances on the things that scared them the most so they wouldn’t wonder “what if…”

I’ve learned the hard way that I take care of myself and then I can take care of my family. It is important that I be positive and open to things that happen, they might not be on the¬†calendar and¬†they might mess up the schedule, however,¬†my family is¬†my business. If you haven’t made that a commitment, than take a¬†look at what you are doing with your life.¬†How is¬†it working for you?

I love the object lesson of the jar with rocks, sand and water. You can put all three things in the jar if you do it in the right order. If you put the important and big things in first (the rocks), then the sand and the water¬† will fit in. If you don’t, the rocks will¬†remain outside of the jar.

Kids grow up way too fast! I will testify to that. My oldest baby is 21 this year and having a baby of her own! I remember bringing her home from the hospital…Last year she got married and now she is getting ready to be a mom herself. Where did the time go?

I wish I had done things differently, I can’t make time go back. I wish I had¬†let go of the day planner years before I did. I am still organized, get to my appointments and¬†get things done in a timely matter. However, I was one of ‘those’ people that if wasn’t written down, it didn’t happen. Happy to say that today I still have my day planned on the calendar, however if something happen that is unexpected and I feel in my heart I am supposed to do it, I make it work.

My family matters more than anybody or anything else. My rocks are in the jar first.

How about yours?

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