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Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year 2013 - Count Down Video For Your Party

 Happy New Year 2013 - Count  Down Video For Your Party


 Happy New Year From the WiseWolf




 Wendy Mason is a career coach.  She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between coaching and writing. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com
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Friday, 28 December 2012

Betty's New Year's Day Hoppin' John Recipe


Betty's New Year's Day Hoppin' John Recipe




Here is a recipe to bring you good luck for the New Year

In this video from BettysKitchen, Betty demonstrates how to make a traditional Southern dish, New Year's Day Hoppin' John. This is a dish that consists mainly of black-eye peas, rice, onions, and ham. It is to be eaten on New Year's Day, in order to bring a prosperous new year. This is her own version of Hoppin' John, and she has designed it to meet the requirements of the traditional dish, yet taste wonderful!





Ingredients:


½ stick butter or margarine, melted
¾ cup chopped onion
(2) 10 ½ oz. soup cans beef broth
(1) 10 ½ oz. soup can long grain white rice, uncooked
(2) 15 oz. cans black-eye peas
(2) 5 oz. cans of Hormel smoked chunked ham, cut into cubes (or equivalent)
salt and pepper to taste, optional (Salt will probably not be needed, as almost all ingredients are salted.)

Place ¾ cup chopped onion in a small saucepan containing ½ stick melted butter. Saute the onions over low heat until clear and caramelized. Meanwhile, empty the 2 cans of beef broth and 1 soup can of white rice into a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover, reduce heat, and cook for 14 to 15 minutes, until almost all beef broth is absorbed by the rice. When the onions are sautéed, and the rice is cooked, you may start assembling your Hoppin John. In a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven, combine sautéed onions, cooked rice, 2 cans black-eye peas, and 2 cans smoked ham. Salt and pepper, if desired. Mix thoroughly, and place over medium heat until the mixture boils. Reduce heat, and simmer about 5 minutes. Pour the Hoppin John mixture into a large serving bowl. Place a coin under the serving bowl for good luck. Serve on individual plates, along with cooked greens, and Onion and Cheddar Cheese Cornsticks, and a cold glass of iced tea! 

The greens are served as part of the tradition of increasing your prosperity during the up-coming year. Betty hopes you enjoy this recipe! Happy New Year to all! 

On the day after New Year's Day, leftover "Hoppin' John" is called "Skippin' Jenny," and further demonstrates one's frugality, bringing a hope for an even better chance of prosperity in the New Year.

One tradition common in the USA is that each person at the meal should leave three peas on their plate to ensure that the New Year will be filled with luck, fortune and romance. Another tradition holds that counting the number of peas in a serving predicts the amount of luck (or wealth) that the diner will have in the coming year.

The chef Sean Brock claims that traditional Hoppin' John was made with the now-extinct Carolina gold rice, and Sea Island Red Beans.


Wendy Mason is a career coach.  She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between coaching and writing. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com
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Friday, 21 December 2012

Friday Recipe: Sea Bream Mediterranean Style with Garlic

Friday Recipe: Sea Bream Mediterranean Style with Garlic


A very simple recipe for today



Wendy Mason is a career coach.  She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between coaching and writing. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com
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Thursday, 20 December 2012

How To Welcome Back the Sun for Yule

Winter solstice
Winter solstice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How To Welcome Back the Sun for Yule


There are a lot of different celebrations going on at this time of the year for many different reasons. Hanukkah, Ramadan, Christmas, Kwanzaa etc and, of course, the Winter Solstice, or Yule. At the heart of this is a celebration of the change of the season.  Due to the rotation and tilt of the earth the days shorten and our part of the world goes dark. So on the 21st of December, the shortest day we celebrate in good faith that the sun will return.  

The ancients knew that the Winter Solstice was the longest night of the year -- and that meant that the sun was beginning its long journey back towards earth. It was a time of celebration, and for rejoicing in the knowledge that soon, the warm days of spring would return, and the dormant earth would come back to life.

Because this is a celebration of thanks for light, it is a time for fires and candles as symbols of the sun. It is a time for bright colors. Even if you are not a Pagan, you can welcome the light back into your home and your life.

But if you do want to celebrate in the old Pagan or Wiccan way, you will find a ceremony at this link. 
http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/yulethelongestnight/ht/WelcomeSun_Yule.htm

And here is a song for Yule 



Wendy Mason is a career coach.  She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between coaching and writing. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com
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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Let's have some fun in "Santa's Workshop 1932/2006"

Let's have some fun in "Santa's Workshop 1932/2006"


 Something old  for you and your children to enjoy





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Wendy Mason is a career coach.  She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between coaching and writing. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dating Coach Evan Marc Katz on The Secret To Successful Relationships (According to Grandma)



Dating Coach Evan Marc Katz on The Secret To Successful Relationships (According to Grandma)



Dating coach Evan Marc Katz works with smart, strong, successful women who want to understand and connect with men. Here, he shares that the secret to successful long-term relationships can be discovered by talking to the people who have had them: your grandparents.

You can find out more about Evan at http://www.evanmarckatz.com



Wendy Mason is a career coach.  She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between coaching and writing. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com
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Monday, 17 December 2012


Monday Quotes - Time Management - Focus on the present

  • Never let yesterday use up today. Richard H. Nelson
  • I don’t think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present. W. Somerset Maugham
  • It’s how we spend our time here and now, that really matters. If you are fed up with the way you have come to interact with time, change it. Marcia Wieder
  • Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment. That is what’s real. Sara Paddison
  • The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something. Carl Sandburg
  • You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got. Art Buchwald
  • Make use of time, let not advantage slip. William Shakespeare
  • This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life. Charles Darwin
  • Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. Benjamin Franklin
  • If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got. Lee Iacocca

Wendy Mason is a career coach.  She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between coaching and writing. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com
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Friday, 14 December 2012

Friday Recipe - Veracruz-Style Red Snapper

Friday Recipe - Veracruz-Style Red Snapper



Fish “Veracruz” is an  “authentic” Mexican recipe


If you don’t want to do this in individual portions, you can certainly do it in a regular casserole dish, but you’ll probably need to give it a few extra minutes. Simply use the same fork-flaking doneness test as shown in the clip. Flakiness never lies.  Other than a few minutes of slicing, this couldn’t be easier. Serve simply with some chips, or over rice for a more substantial meal. Any white, flaky fish will work. Thanks to http://foodwishes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/veracruz-style-red-snapper-new-take-on.html

Ingredients for 2 servings: 

2 boneless red snapper filets, about 7 oz each
cayenne, 
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 white onion diced
3 cloves garlic minced
1 tablespoon capers
1 tablespoon caper brine
1 large jalapeno, sliced, seeded
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup sliced Castelvetrano green olives, or any green olive
2 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano
2 limes

Bake at 425 degrees F. for 15-20 minutes

 Wendy Mason is a career coach.  She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between coaching and writing. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com


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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Meditation for Beauty - How To Meditate for Beginners - You Have 4 Minutes


Meditation for Beauty - How To Meditate for Beginners - You Have 4 Minutes 


A simple straightforward approach for beginners from Rebekah Borucki (BexLife) mother of 4, TV host, YouTuber, yoga & fitness instructor, health warrior and backyard chicken farmer.  You can find out more at  http://BexLife.com. This is meditation for the busy.



Wendy Mason is a career coach.  She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between coaching and writing. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Friendship: Seven Tips for Making New Friends.


Friendship: Seven Tips for Making New Friends.

This post is from Gretchen Rubin who is a thought-provoking and influential writer on happiness. 

Ancient philosophers and scientists agree: strong social ties are the KEY to happiness. You need close, long-term relationships; you need to be able to confide in others; you need to belong; you need to get and give support. Studies show that if you have five or more friends with whom to discuss an important matter you’re far more likely to describe yourself as “very happy.”


Not only does having strong relationships make it far more likely that you take joy in life, but studies show that it also lengthens life (incredibly, even more than stopping smoking), boosts immunity, and cuts the risk of depression.
“Okay, okay,” you’re thinking, “I get it — but it’s not that easy to make new friends.” Here are some strategies to try, if you’re eager to make friends but are finding it tough:
1. Show up. Just as Woody Allen said that “Eighty percent of success is showing up,” a big part of friendship is showing up. Whenever you have the chance to see other people, take it. Go to the party. Stop by someone’s desk. Make the effort.
You can read the rest at this link
Wendy Mason is a career coach.  She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between coaching and writing. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com
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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The Argument Clinic from Monty Python

The Argument Clinic from Monty Python

John Cleese as a civil servant in the halls of...
John Cleese as a civil servant in the halls of the Ministry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
While more cautious fans may want to pick and choose among the previously released individual volumes of Monty Python for their collection, true Pythonites will want to own this definitive, 14-volume DVD-only boxed set that contains all 45 episodes (in chronological order) of Monty Python's Flying Circus  This "persistently silly" collection encompasses three-and-a-half seasons of dead parrots, cross-dressing lumberjacks, loonies, upper class twits, and spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, and spam. Click past the occasional clunker and go directly to such signature sketches as the Ministry of Silly Walks, the Spanish Inquisition, the Fish-Slapping Dance, the Dead Parrot Sketch, the Lumberjack Song, the Cheese Shop, the Argument Clinic, and Nudge, Nudge. Taken as a whole, one marvels at how Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam thoroughly subverted television convention with "something completely different," like sketches with no punch lines ("Your average TV viewer isn't going to understand this").  A warning to the uninitiated: there is much "material that some may find offensive, but which is really smashing." Violations of something called the "Strange Sketch Act" are the least of the troupe's offenses, as witness the Oscar Wilde Sketch, the Dirty Vicar Sketch, and the Most Awful Family in Britain Sketch, all of which achieve "the really gross awfulness" all Python fans are looking for. Say no more. --Donald Liebenson   Wendy Mason is a career coach.  She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between coaching and writing. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com
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