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Your willpower will crumble with this berry good treat!

Posted by Pam Young

Aug 29, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Hmmm, summertime and the livin’ is easy......and so is this sumptuous berry dessert. Yep, I said dessert, even though we're committed to low carb cooking. Did you ever go berry picking as a kid? Well, as a grownup it's even more fun because you get to use your gathered gems to whip up my newest recipe for what I call Crumble. It's not a cobbler and it's not a pie, but it’s something your family will absolutely drool over--and so much healthier too! The sweetness of sun ripened blackberries will bring back memories of lazy days, gentle breezes and blue skies that melt into blazing sunsets. Better make a double batch, this one goes fast!

Sit back, watch the video, then go pick some wild blackberries (if they live by you) and whip up this special treat!

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Topics: Cooking Videos, Recipes, Health

Down in the Dumps? 10 Ways to Feel Better Instantly!

Posted by Pam Young

Aug 28, 2014 6:00:00 AM

When you feel blue, the sooner you can get out of it the better. If you are you going through a rough time right now and your happiness quotient has hit an all-time low the subject line of my blog probably grabbed your attention. If you’re looking for relief in anything material, you know that kind of comfort only works temporarily, but if you’ll take a deep, cleansing breathe and allow one of these ideas to sink in, you’ll have an instant faith lift that’ll last longer than a cup of coffee or a martini.

 

We are so much alike and we have so much in common. We want to love and be loved, we have great concern for the well being of our families and finding peace of mind is important to us. We want peace and joy to follow us all the days of our lives and getting down in the dumps when we have so much to be thankful for can make us feel even worse.

 

Peace of mind and joy are spiritual qualities and it takes practice to have them follow us through the twists and turns and ups and downs of life. It’s good to know the doorway to peace and joy is gratitude. God wired us with the ability to be grateful and when we’re feeling gratitude, we are joyful and we instantly feel better.

 

 

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Topics: Happiness, Health

Guess who is at the door? Old Mr. Change

Posted by Pam Young

Aug 27, 2014 6:00:00 AM

For a long time I thought I didn’t like change. But since I try to be very careful about the words I use, saying “I don’t like change,” bothered me enough to take a closer look at those words. (Saying you don’t like something makes it so; and since change is inevitable, we may as well decide to enjoy it.)

What I realized is thinking I don’t like change is a lot of hooey! I do too like change! I love clean sheets, fresh towels, and the change in seasons. I like the time when day turns to night, night turns to day, each different day of the week, the growth in goodness of my children and grandchildren, new stuff like cars, shoes, books and such. I love a change of scenery, a vacation, and even “the change of life” had its very good qualities.

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Topics: Habits, Happiness, Relationships

My ribs will knock you out, but I promise they will not kill you!

Posted by Pam Young

Aug 22, 2014 6:00:00 AM

What is summertime on the deck without a mouthwatering recipe for ribs? In The Joy of Being Disorganized I talk about the magic of gratitude. Well, after making these ribs you'll have one more thing to add to your blessings list. My homemade marinade is full of good stuff like "made from scratch" tomato sauce, yummy spices and of course I included my secret rule for mustard---make sure it's ugly!

Best of all, these succulent crowd pleasers are made without that dreaded ingredient your grocery store tries to force down your throat...sugar. It doesn't help the medicine go down and it sure doesn't belong on your dinner plate so out it goes!

You won't believe how delicious these ribs are and your taste buds will beg for seconds and thirds, so buy plenty. Get the recipe (below) and watch the video, then fire up that Weber and get ready for rave reviews with this wonderful new take on an American classic dish.

( Author not responsible for hungry neighbors who may show up with their plates....)

 

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Topics: Cooking Videos, Recipes

You Get a Second Chance

Posted by Pam Young

Aug 20, 2014 6:00:00 AM

as_seen_on.jpgDid you know we can actually be a mom to ourselves? I know it sounds sort of crazy, but it’s true.

I received an email from one of my subscribers and it illustrates my concept very well.

Dear Pam,
Here is the story that compelled me to write to you:

I had noticed a family at my daughter's school all year; the children look like they came straight out of a fairytale. One day, they were playing with their dad at the park when we were there. He was so gentle and caring with his children. He laughed and played with them. They even included my children in their games. As we were leaving the park, I heard the thought in my head, "I wish I could be in that family."

I immediately envisioned myself as his wife and thought, 'No way! I am happily married to a wonderful man who is a wonderful husband and father. I have never even been tempted to stray! Where in the world would such a sick thought come from?!' I was angry with myself. Then I realized that it was not my desire to be his wife, but the desire of someone within me to have a gentle, loving father. Wow!

I discovered a scared, shy little girl. She just wanted to have a safe, loving family to be in instead of the angry, hurtful home I grew up in. I am enjoying getting to know her. She is so sweet. Many tears later I am finding the peace that has eluded me for so long.

Mom and her three sweet children.
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Topics: Being a Mom, Happiness

It's enough to shut you up!!

Posted by Pam Young

Aug 15, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Let Them Eat Fat!!!

 

"Fill 'em with fat, right off the bat!" That's my motto for kids healthy eating. Yep, you read that right! Now before you all go running to report me to the first lady, let me explain a little. If your kids are like mine were. they're hungry all the time, and nothing seems to stop the little munchkins from rummaging around the kitchen like homeless guys in the park. Round and round they go pulling open drawers, cabinets, oven doors; you name it, searching for something to eat. Not even the dog dish is safe.

Well, as you might guess, it's low carb cooking to the rescue. You see, it's fat that stays with your body and gives you the kind of energy that lasts.....through the tree climbing, sprinkler jumping, roller skating days of summer fun. You'll love this easy, healthy snack that's better than ice cream and fun to make too. Guaranteed to shut up your craving for junk food!

In this video, I show you how to makes a snack for your snuggle bunnies that will stop the scrounging for something to eat.

 

 

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Topics: Raising Children, Being a Mom, Cooking Videos, Recipes, Health

Favorite Things

Posted by Pam Young

Aug 14, 2014 6:00:00 AM

One of the best ways to get through hard times is to change your mind. Yeah, I know sometimes that can seem to be very hard to do, but really we make it as easy  or as hard as we choose. My experience has taught me that you can’t think two thoughts at the same time and I have experimented with that truth for over 50 years and I know for sure it’s impossible to do. So what? Well, the bad news is, when you think a “worry” thought and stick to it for a bit of time, your beautiful mind searches your hard drive for more thoughts to add to the initial worry thought. In a few minutes you can be sucked into a pity bash of your own making. The good news is the same thing can happen with a “happy” thought.

Remember in The Sound of Music when the Von Trapp children were terrified by the thunder storm? Maria sang My Favorite Things to them and it took their fear  away. Below I have printed out the absolutely brilliant lyrics for My Favorite Things (written by Oscar Hammerstein II) (pronounced HAM-err-styne), followed by my own lyrics to the same tune (written by Richard Rogers). I guarantee that if you were feeling bad when you started reading my essay, you will feel better when you finish reading Oscar’s words. As you read each line think for a few seconds about what it means to you. My lyrics don’t come near to the poetic brilliance of Mr. Hammerstein’s, but they do make ME feel good! Maybe you can write your own words or at least make a list of your favorite things and carry it with you to read every time you start to feel sad or bad or worried or mad or. . .oh well, you know what I mean.

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Topics: Happiness

4 Tips for Getting Guilt-Free Couch Time

Posted by Pam Young

Aug 13, 2014 6:00:00 AM

 
 
Have you ever traveled a long way and upon arrival to someone’s home the host asks, “Would you like to freshen up?” Indeed, freshen up after a long journey sounds fabulous! Often, right before my dad came home from work, my mom would say to my sister Peggy and me, “Girls, your dad’ll be home in 15 minutes, I’m going to go freshen up.” She’d be in the bathroom for about ten minutes and when she’d come out, she looked fresh. What I didn’t realize back then was my BOP (Born Organized Person) mother was setting the stage for her leisurely evening with my dad. 
 

During your day, find as many ways as you can to get things done so that you can stop work at 6:00 pm. Consider it quitting time. Of course your little Snuggle Bunnies will need your love and attention after six, but I’m talking about the household workload.

If you tend to be frazzled in the evening, you’ll love my 4 tips for making guilt-free couch time a reality. 

 

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Topics: Organization, Happiness, Relationships

How to Win Couple's Common, Clutter Conflicts

Posted by Pam Young

Aug 7, 2014 6:00:00 AM

 

4 Steps to Win

 

Are you always arguing with your mate over a messy house?
Do you think clutter control would help? Would you stop arguing if this problem were solved?

If you answered yes to these questions, I might be able to help! I must warn you I’m not a marriage counselor and I am on my second marriage, but I have learned some successful spatting skills in the 41 years I’ve been married and you just might find them helpful.

My ideas will work for many fights, but to illustrate my strategies, I decided to pick a fight that’s common among couples; clutter control conflicts. (Wow that’s a tongue twister: couple’s common clutter control conflicts. I dare you to try and say it five times without screwing up.) The underlying cause of this conflict is stuff. It’s the, my-stuff vs your-stuff which is the most common cause of a bout about clutter. One sees his stuff as his stuff and the other guy’s stuff as clutter and it works the other way around. It’s a blame game and couples have been playing it since Adam and Eve argued about whose leaf was whose that got tossed on the ground.

 

The other common clutter clashes ignite when stuff gets lost, stuff gets left out, stuff gets thrown out, stuff gets wrecked, stuff gets dirty and stuff gets stuffed just to get it out of the way.

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Topics: De-Cluttering, Happiness, Relationships

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