Holiday Fun Food

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 18, 2017 10:22:24 AM

Holiday food is always fun, unless of course it's your last meal and you're on death row eating it right before Christmas. That can't be fun. Now with that said, to change the subject, what does a log cabin, a snowman, a sleigh, penguins and an igloo have in common? You probably said, "Snow or cold weather." Okay, you're right, but when you're through reading this blog you'll be able to say, "Holiday food."



Let's start with the log cabin. It's a pepperoni log cabin. It was inspired by the witche's words in Hansel and Gretel, "Nibble, nibble on my house, who is nibbling like a mouse?"

To make the cabin, you'll need a loaf of white bread, eight sticks of pepperoni about 12" long, a package of sliced pepperoni, a package of cream cheese and a cup of Fage (Greek yogurt). To make the mortar, mix a cup of cream cheese with a cup of yogurt and season to your taste by adding garlic powder, onion powder and salt (stay away from any colored spices as you'll want the mortar to be white).

Cut the pepperoni sticks in half for the six" logs, cut off the rounded part of two slices of bread for the roof and put them in the oven at 200 degrees to dry them out. Cut the crusts off four slices of the bread and cut them into squares that will fit into the middle of the cabin for support. (You'll need more support for the roof and you can use more slices of bread cut smaller and smaller, or a roll works nicely.) Build your log cabin using the mortar mixture (don't even try to put slots into the logs so they fit together, you're going to eat the thing, not live in it). 

To make the roof, put the dried bread slices in place using the mortar mixture for "glue" and dab a little mortar on the pepperoni slices (shingles) and starting at the bottom of each slice, lay the shingles on in rows right up to the peak. (Be liberal with the mortar.) Use cherry tomatoes to adorn the peak of the roof. Use cauliflower around the cabin (it sorta looks like bushes covered in snow.)

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It's Cozy Time!

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 17, 2017 4:17:00 AM

If you’re a cozy person, you probably love being inside in stormy weather.


Now that winter will be coming soon, do you get the urge to cozy-up the place? Webster defines cozy as: enjoying warmth and ease, marked by the intimacy of family or a close group. It takes a warm and easy person to make a home comfortable. In every warm and comfortable home, you'll find a happy family.



When I was growing up, our house was always cozy, but as the holidays came closer, the coziness factor seemed to rise. Do you think it could be genetic? If it is, I got my cozy gene from Mom who got hers from Granny.

Every home that Granny made was warm and comfortable. Three of her homes that I can recall, were only two rooms. I remember one winter, Mom, Dad, my baby sister Peggy and I, had to live with Granny and Grampa for more than a week. The Northwest experienced what they call a Silver Thaw. I think I understand what happens when one hits. First of all, the air nearer to the ground is below freezing and the air a little higher up is above freezineverything, turning the landscape into a sugary, slippery wonderland. 


Before the Silver Thaw, it had snowed about six inches. When the ice storm hit, it covered the snow with such a thick layer of ice that we could walk across the snow and not crunch through. The ice collected enough to pull huge trees over. Power lines were powerless to escape the accumulation of the frozen water and electricity was cut off for more than a  week. That’s why we went to Granny’s. Our home was all electric. Granny had a wood stove. 


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Are You at a Crossroads in Your Life?

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 16, 2017 6:53:46 PM


Do you feel as if you’re at a crossroads in your life? This year has taken an unnecessary toll on our emotions as women. All we want is for our families to be safe, healthy and happy. We want to be more organized because we know we'd feel better and live with more ease. We'd love not to have to hurry and have food to cook when it's mealtime. We'd love knowing where everything is because everything would have a place and everything would be in it. We intuitively know that disorganization affects all areas of our lives; our bodies, our work, our relationships and our homes and we know it’s possible to feel good in our bodies, be happy in our relationships, thrive in our work and have a home that is clutter-free, peaceful and welcoming if only we were better organized.

Do you have a sense that everything will work out, because it always does? Even the things you’ve called bad, in time, turn out to be blessings in the whole scheme of things. Everything does turn out, but when we have a calender and a plan, life is so much easier. We all work too hard at this thing called life.

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Posted by Pam Young

Nov 13, 2017 5:29:00 AM



Easier said than done?


It doesn’t have to be. Here’s an acronym for FORGIVE that came to me while writing “How to Live Happily Ever After: Cinderella did it and you can too.” FORGIVE: Focus On Recognizing Goodness In Virtually Everyone.

I shared that thought with my meditation group last night (we meet once a month). Forgiveness was the topic our leader, Klazina Dobbe, started the meeting with and even though I don’t usually share something that will be in an upcoming book (Cinderella will be out in January) I felt moved to share the enlightened thought with them and with you. It caused quite a stir as each person considered the meaning.

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Let Kids Make Your Holiday Tablecloth

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 10, 2017 5:45:00 PM

Sometimes things can get a little hectic during the holidays, especially if the gathering is at your house.



Here's a great idea using children's imaginations to keep them busy for an hour or so before the feast is served. AND you'll end up with a festive holiday tablecloth that'll end up a valued keepsake.

All you need is a twin-size, flat, white sheet, some butcher paper (or newspapers) and marker pens. Then sit back and  watch what happens when you let your little artists take over.

Video is 1:32 in length.


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Topics: Family Games, Being a Mom, Happiness

5 Words That Will Help You Have Happy Holidays

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 8, 2017 5:53:00 AM

It's hard to ignore the fact that the holidays are here! We’re flashed with tons of emails squawking about Holiday Sales on everything from food and kitchen appliances to fake Christmas trees and yard decorations. We get inundated with sparkly catalogs hyping the urge to get new furniture (for holiday entertaining) and glossy pages advising us to consider getting new china for that holiday table and maybe even a new car (red or green of course).

We complain about the commercialism and materialism of the holidays, but put us in our local Starbucks slurping a yummy Caramel Brulee Latte from that festive red and green cup and we brim with excitement and anticipation about spending time with family and friends. Love is really what the holidays are all about.   

Starting with Thanksgiving, a holiday that marks our gratitude, to Christmas with its message of peace, love and joy, it’s a magical time and love is behind it all. The 5 words to remember are:

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Topics: Happiness, family

Join Pam in New York 11/28/17

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 7, 2017 5:22:00 AM



I'm coming to New York this November! There has been a little confusion about whether the seminar is this November or November 2018, because, well, it said that on the invitation I sent out yesterday. Well it's THIS November. November 28, 2017 Kathy Roberts and I will be doing a Get Organized in 2018 just enough to please you workshop. Actually we'll be in Arlington, New Jersey for the workshop and luncheon as you'll see in the body of this blog. I hope we can get together!

My son Michael and his family moved to Brooklyn last July and I'm going to visit them in November for Thanksgiving. Terry is going to stay home because of finances. (We shot our travel budget this summer going to Italy.) I'm flying on frequent flier points!

About a month ago, I was telling my friend Kathy Roberts (we've done two webinars together), that I'm going "back east" and she said, "Let's do a workshop together while you're here!" I said, "I leave to come home the day after Thanksgiving and doing a get organized workshop the week before Thanksgiving would be nuts!" She agreed, but then she said, "Stay longer and we'll do it after Thanksgiving."

Here's the back-and-forth dialogue after her comment:

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Pass this Test to Join Club Organized!

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 6, 2017 5:04:00 AM



Would you like to be in Club Organized and get organized just enough to please YOU?


Good, because this exclusive club for you, and not just anyone can join. You'll have to pass an admissions exam. As long as you can answer yes to at least five of the scenarios in the exam below you can be in the club. No BOs (born organized) allowed.



Of course we won’t ever have meetings (we’re all too busy and we'd only forget when they were!) and there won’t be dues or uniforms or secret handshakes, but we’ll all know we belong.

And we just might start having an annual convention here in Woodland, Washington. We’ll be a sisterhood of SLOBS (remember SLOB stands for Spontaneous, Lighthearted, Optimistic and Beloved) and we’ll be bound together by our love for our families and our desire to have clean, cozy, peaceful homes.

Here’s the test I promised you. Don't forget, if you can honestly answer yes to five of these SHE scenarios, you’re in the club! If you can answer yes to 10 of them you're eligible for admission into the highly coveted DE status (Deficiency Expert) of the club.


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Topics: Tools for Moms, Organization, Happiness

Whimsical Hors D'oeuvres from The Phony Gourmet

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 5, 2017 1:38:20 PM

 Edible "Indoor" Snowman

This is the perfect time of year to serve this hors d'oeuvres at your next party. Imagine a snowman standing more than a foot tall, on a platter surrounded by fresh veggies, crisp crackers and salami. Guests will wonder what they’re supposed to do with him, until they dip into his luscious "snow" or cut into him for a chunk of his insides. Then they’ll keep returning for more, until the poor snowman is left looking like his brothers Frosty or Olaf on a warm day.



Here’s the recipe which is just one of 75 recipes in The Phony Gourmet, which is now 75% off at a clearance price of $5 plus postage and handling. This hardback cookbook originally sold for $15. Just click on the cover of the cookbook and it'll take you to it. 




 Cream Cheese and Garlic Snowman

Serves 15 party animals

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Topics: Entertainment for Mom, Recipes

Come Join Pam in New York

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 5, 2017 6:10:00 AM



I'm coming to New York! Let's get together!

My son Michael and his family moved to Brooklyn last July and I'm going to visit them in November for Thanksgiving. Terry is going to stay home because of finances. (We shot our travel budget this summer going to Italy.) I'm flying on frequent flier points!

I was telling my friend Kathy Roberts (we've done two webinars together), that I'm going "back east" and she said, "Let's do a workshop together while you're here!" I said, "I leave to come home the day after Thanksgiving and doing a get organized workshop the week before Thanksgiving would be nuts!" She agreed, but then she said, "Stay longer and we'll do it after Thanksgiving."

Here's the back-and-forth dialogue after her comment:

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6 Important Steps to Change

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 3, 2017 4:33:00 AM


1. Face the problem in full light

2. Assess what you can do to solve it

3. Create a plan of action

4. Do at least one action every day according to the plan

5. Be patient and persistent

6. Know you’re not alone


1. FACE IT  

It’s never too late to change your life. When you don’t like something in your life you have to be able to illuminate the cause of a problem and what part you’ve taken to create it in the first place. If you can't see your part in the problem, and blame someone else for it, you have no control over the change. You can’t get anyone to do anything they don’t want to do.

One divorced woman wrote that she’d been married for 25 years and her husband had cheated on her more than once during the marriage and had ultimately left her for another woman. She said she hardly recognized her home or herself and she blamed him. Then she realized in spite of a cheating husband she’d successfully raised two happy children and she needed to stop worrying about what her husband did and focus on what she was going to do.

She figured he probably felt he’d had a good excuse for the affairs because she’d gained a bunch of weight and was not attractive, she hadn’t had the energy or desire to be intimate with him because of her unhealthy body, the house had gotten out of control and she was a full time homemaker and felt guilty for her shortcomings.

It occurred to her if she were to get her act together, she’d get her life back, her body back and her home back. She didn’t mention anything about wanting to get her ex back. It took her a little over a year to reach her goal and she was looking forward to flaunting her new self (in a size eight, mother-of-the-bride suit) at their daughter’s wedding.

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Topics: succeed

Perfect Time to Start Being Happy

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 2, 2017 5:06:00 AM


William James said "Things are not as they are, but as we are." We really do see differently from anyone else. Every moment is seen from our perspective and that's a great thing. From our perspective, we are the center of our world and from that center, we have the power to choose how we see anything. The gift of freedom to perceive is priceless! It's the key to being happy.

While on a radio show an older woman called in and told that when she was very young a doctor told her parents that she was autistic. The parents had not heard of autism and they thought the expert said their daughter was “artistic.” Their child was obviously not displaying “normal” child behavior, so with all the care and concern of devoted parents to help their child thrive, they proceeded to fill their “artistic” daughter’s life with crayons, paints, art supplies and crafts. The woman is a college graduate, articulate, joyful and successful.

I know there are degrees of autism, but my point is; there is power in labels.

Using the internal timer

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Topics: Happiness

How Many Novembers Have You Lived?

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 1, 2017 4:57:00 AM




How many Novembers have you lived? Does the thought of November bring memories of family get-togethers centered on turkey feasts, or are they filled with chaotic recollections as the holidays loomed? Have you been organized in any of your Novembers? Are most of your November memories good ones?

If you live where there are seasons, you're lucky, because you get to enjoy the winter weather of November. November is a cozy time of year. Time for crackling fires, savory stews, homemade applesauce and roasted walnuts. It’s bundling up time, rosy cheek time and a great time to pretend you smoke because you can see your breath in the frigid air.

Mother Nature has many lessons to teach us in November. She uses this month as her reminder to us to streamline our homes. It’s her month for letting go of last year’s stuff by stripping a lot of her trees bare and putting her plants into a deep, winter coma. November reminds us to slow down, rest, and hibernate a little. She gives us longer nights and shorter days….hint, hint. She also uses November to remind us that life can be harsh sometimes, but it doesn’t last forever.



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Topics: family

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