The Discussion Has Begun

Beyond Money and Power (and Stress and Burnout): In Search of a New Definition of Success —

 Quoting Ariana Huffington’s blog:

“I’m happy to announce that next week, on June 6th, Mika Brzezinski and I will be co-hosting the Huffington Post’s first-ever women’s conference, “The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money & Power.” As the title makes clear, the purpose is to discuss ways to come up with a new definition of what it means to be successful. Right now, the two metrics of success that drive the American workplace are money and power, but by themselves, they make a two-legged stool — fine for balancing on for a short time, but after a while, you’re headed for a fall. And guided by this limited definition of success, more and more “successful” people are falling. So what we need is a more humane and sustainable definition of success that includes well-being, wisdom, wonder, empathy, and the ability to give back. But how do we recalibrate our current benchmarks of success? That’s what we’ll be discussing.”

For more:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/third-metric-redefining-success_b_3354525.html

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A Really Good Bed-Camp Breakfast

For the last few weeks I’ve been eating Chobani lowfat lemon yogurt with fruit for breakfast or lunch. Whole Foods sells a pretty fruit salad, with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries and it’s perfect served atop the yogurt. Nice, healthy and colorful…and very delicious, not to mention fun to arrange on a plate.

Earlier this week, I found a ‘Mediterranee’ coconut yogurt from Liberte’. O.M.G. This yogurt with my fruit combo elevated my simple but very good breakfast to dessert status. If you’re a coconut lover like me, you will go to heaven for a little visit while you enjoy this. I think I had it four or five times this week. And no ‘pleasures of diminishing returns’. It was as good today as it was at the beginning of the week. Yum.

Too Good to be True

Too Good to be True

Too good to be true — healthy yogurt, so so tasty and so easy to put together?

Yeah, turns out it was.

Rinsing out the yogurt container today, I saw on the back of the 6 ounce container that it once held 260 calories, 120 from fat and 90 mg. of sodium. Off the charts compared to most other brands and not something I will allow myself to partake with such frequency.

I could play around with substituting plain lower-calorie yogurt and adding shredded coconut, but instead, I will reserve that wonderful Liberte’ coconut yogurt and fruit salad treat for Bed-Camp days and tune-up breakfasts in bed. And I’ll only serve it on my special breakfast china and favorite bed tray.

Bon Appétit!

Weeding the Stash for a Cause

If you’re a crafter of any sort, you have a stash – or stashes – hiding in various corners of your house. Be it yarn, fabric, paper, boxes of photos, canvas, paint ….. it sits there waiting. This isn’t something you can get rid of easily…cause you never know when inspiration will hit and that half skein of yarn will add the perfect burst of color to a neckline. You’ll get to it someday…yeah.

I have an attachment to my yarns. I remember the item knit, the smooth feel of the yarn over my fingers, the pleasure in the finished garment, the sweaters I imagined in my head. But the stash takes too much room, inflicts too much guilt and I need to make space in my closets.

I find it easier to give things up to a cause. When it’s time to weed out some skeins, I take a half dozen or so and put them in a basket with some needles and put it where I can see it. When I’m watching TV or on the phone, I’ll pick up the basket and start a baby hat. They’re small, work up easily and keep your hands busy. And, they’re easy to give away or donate. Think new babies, school fairs, fund raisers.

There are plenty of places that will accept donations of yarn or finished items. The Lion Brand web site lists over 200 places you can send your donations to. They have a store on 15th Street in New York. I like the fact that they give back to their community and help their customers give back to theirs. And, they have some new lines that work up beautifully.

To learn more about how to donate your items, and find easy, free patterns, click http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/pg.fcgi?page=charityConnectionTemplate.html

Giving back and making room….two good feelings.

Bistro Steak Dinner at Home

If you don’t already own a Lodge skillet, consider getting one soon. I couldn’t imagine cooking a steak indoors without one. And nothing says ‘quick and simple dinner’ like hanger steak. Add a vegetable and/or salad, and dinner almost gets on the table by itself in no time at all.

Hanger Steak
Salt and Pepper
Asparagus
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 1/2 teaspoon Vinegar
1 teaspoon Garlic Paste
1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
A Tossed Salad with your choice of ingredients

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Take the meat out of the refrigerator about half an hour before cooking.
Trim and wash the asparagus. Pat them dry and place in a zip lock bag.
In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, vinegar, garlic paste and red pepper flakes and add to the bag. Seal and shake to coat the stalks. Set aside.
Heat a Lodge skillet over medium heat for about ten minutes.
Season the steaks with salt and pepper and add to the hot skillet, being careful not to crowd the pan or the meat will steam and you won’t get a good sear.
Cook for five minutes, turn over and cook for another five minutes.
Place skillet in the oven and cook meat for five more minutes. (There’s a reason I call this my 5-5-5 dinner.)

Remove the skillet from the oven and set aside the steaks to rest for 5-10 minutes while you cook the asparagus and bring together the salad.

Place the asparagus on a jelly roll pan in a single layer and place under the broiler for 5-6 minutes, turning them once during the cooking time. If they are very thick they might need another minute or two.

Dress the salad with a light vinegarette.

This is a perfect meal to present on a single platter.

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Back to Lodge. This skillet will cook much more than my 5-5-5 steak. It is easier to care for than you think and costs a fraction of the fancy alternatives. Check out their web site for cookware and lots of good recipes.

http://www.lodgemfg.com

Need a Bed-Camp Day

Not that I need a reason to plan a Bed-Camp Day, but

  • Working through the pain at the gym wasn’t a good idea and three weeks with a sore shoulder is starting to piss me off.
  • Helping friends ‘Bed-Camp Shop’ for Mother’s Day presents was fun but made me a bit jealous.
  • It’s mid-May and there’s a frost advisory tonight.

As soon as my shoulder heals and the summer linens are in place, I’m taking a day! Dreaming about it starts now. Thinking new summer loungewear….