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We have all know that this man is a world-renowned producer, director, actor, screenwriter, playwright, author, songwriter, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. What I wasn’t aware of is the fact that his life led him to a higher calling of faith and that his faith was what drove Tyler Perry to strive for excellence in his life.
In his new book, Higher is Waiting, he shares stories of his tragic childhood in New Orleans and heartfelt stories of the people along his path in life that created his faith, built his hope ans developed his faith in a higher power. He turned those unfortunate circumstances into a life that was also blessed enough to give back to others.
Since 2006, The Perry Foundation’s aim has been to transform tragedy into triumph by empowering the economically disadvantaged to achieve a better quality of life. They focus on health and clean water, education and technology, arts and culture, and globally-sustainable economic development.
Personally, I find that all amazing! In a time when so any people use their poor circumstances to give them an excuse to fail in life, a few use their inner strength to pull themselves up and reach for better. Then, a few of those turn around and give a hand to help someone else take a step up and out from where they don’t want to be.
I will never look at Madea the same way again.
Seriously, I have met some amazing people in my writing career — Montel Williams my favorite interview so far. The energy coming off of him as we talked, the motivation that poured off of him? Wow!
Tyler Perry is a man that I would love to have a visit with – maybe just a chat over a cup of coffee. I think he would be in the same league as Montel and an incredible conversational experience.
I enjoyed his book and am delighted to share the fact that I can give one away – it’s an incredibly uplifting and motivational treasure.
Flavors of fall to me are apples, pumpkin and turkey. This pulls one of my favorite flavors into a drink that is meant for only the adults – the Naughty Apple Cider Cocktail.
OK, I admit it, I usually hate “smelly stuff”. The main reason stems from my thirty-year-old migraine problem where strong scents can instant trigger me into misery. Two to three days of recovery isn’t usually worth a scented candle or potpourri. I will confess that I tried a few different brands of essential oils, but never had any luck.
That is why I was unnecessarily leary about trying this Swiss Style aroma diffuser from Stadler Form. I am totally blown away! The Jasmine is an ultrasonic aroma diffuser, which means it uses just a little water and a few drops of essential oil. They were kind enough to send me RELAX which is a combination of Orange, Lavender, Cedarwood, Pine Needle, Majoram, and Patchouli oils.
I used the interval setting and the next thing I knew, my shoulders were less tight and I was a little calmer.
I love the sleek look of the Jasmine and am blown away at how long it runs before I have to add more water and oil and if I don’t catch it in time – it automatically shuts off! That makes it hard to run dry or even burn out. Simply one less thing for me to add to my Google calendar as I am running around shuttling Miss Sarah everywhere. (If only they had one that would work in my car!)
I run it on the interval mode which means it is on for 10 minutes and then off for 20 minutes. That keeps it from overwhelming me with a powerful scent while yet still offering the value of the oils.
Know a busy person who could use a very low maintenance way to use essential oils (please don’t use synthetic oils) to relax, energize, or motivate them? Check out the five different fun colors that they offer on their website HERE.
disclaimer: I was compensated for this post but will not share my Jasmine! Get your own.
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I love skillet meals as they speed up clean up – with less dishes to wash! This simple, yet flavorful, French Onion Chicken is a winner for the fall! It’s flavor is beyond delicious and it yummy over either rice or noodles.
- 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp. butter
- 1½ cups beef broth, divided
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 3 tbsp flour
- 4 slices provolone cheese
- 4 slices Swiss cheese
- ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- In a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, melt 3 tbsp butter
- Add your sliced onions and 3 tablespoons beef broth and saute onions for 15 minutes until browned and very tender.
- Once cooked. place the onions to a bowl and cover to keep warm.
- Place the chicken on a plate and drizzle with oil, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper.
- Cook chicken for 4-5 minutes on each side until browned on both sides.
- Place the chicken on a plate and cover to keep warm and return the onions to the pan.
- Sprinkle flour over the onions and stir to evenly coat
- Add beef broth and continue to cook, stirring throughout, until mixture comes to a boil.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Return chicken to pan.
- Top chicken with one slice of provolone each, then one slice of Swiss, then ¼ of the Parmesan cheese.
- Place your cast iron in your preheated oven and cook for about 10 minutes.
- Male sure the cheeses are melted!
- Place the onions and gravy over the top of the chicken.
If you read all the ingredients on your favorite store-bought pasta sauce, you might be in for a surprise. Most of the items on our label, I couldn’t pronounce. So, it was time to make our own canned tomato sauce to use for pasta dishes and pizza toppings!
It really isn’t rocket science here – I took two cookie sheets (with edges) of garden tomatoes and cut out the stems. I drizzled them with olive oil, Italian Seasoning and fresh diced garlic. Then I popped them in a 350* oven for about 30 minutes.
BOY, did the place smell amazing!
I removed them from the oven, added a few fresh basil leaves and popped them into my handy dandy Blendtech blender and gave it a spin. I personally like my sauce a little thin so I REALLY blended it. I add Italian Sausage when cooking for pasta and a can of petite diced tomatoes — but that is a story for another day.
Into my quart jars it went and a quick water bath to keep my family safe. 40 minutes on a rolling boil and my two pans of tomatoes turned into 10 quarts of yummy canned tomato sauce for the winter.
Was it rocket science? No. Does it take exact measurements? No. Is it better than what is in the store?
Yes – I know it has tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil and Italian Seasoning. Five things that I can pronounce –
Do you have trouble controlling the amount of money spent on variable expenses, such as groceries and entertainment? For many people, the reason it’s easy to overspend on these expenses is the use of debit and credit cards. For some reason, when we use debit cards we don’t really consider the amount of money being spent. When we use cash, however, we are much more conscious of what we’re forking over. This is why many people turn to the envelope system. But, what is it and how can it save you money?
What Is the Envelope System?
The envelope system is designed to help people spend a fixed amount of money each week or month on variable expenses. The way it works is you set aside money in an envelope at the beginning of each pay period. You want to set up an envelope for each expense. For example, you might have an envelope for groceries, gas money, eating out, and entertainment. As you go through the week, or month, you spend money from the envelopes. When the money runs out, you stop spending until the next pay period.
How Can It Be Used to Save Money?
The reason the envelope system works and saves you money is that you’re only allowed to spend a certain amount. For this to really work, you want to leave your debit and credit cards at home and rely on what’s in the envelope. In other words, you won’t have a choice but to stick to the amount of money you have. This causes you to be much more conscious about what you’re spending and to look for ways to make the money go further.
What Happens to the Leftovers?
Once you get the hang of the system, there’s a good chance you’ll have picked up so many tricks to make the money go further that you’ll have money left over. This money can be set aside for months where you have additional expenses, such as the holidays. You can also put the money towards paying off your debt. You could even use the money to save towards a large purchase or a vacation. Just put the money to good use so that you’re motivated to stick with the system.
The envelope system is one of the easiest things you can do to help curb spending. Whether you overspend on groceries or eating out, this system makes is much harder to overspend, especially if you leave those debit and credit cards at home. Try it out with just one expense and see how much it can change your spending habits.