Nothing is Ever Lost

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 18, 2014 2:30:00 AM

I'm so glad that nothing is really ever lost--- especially when it's me!

The busyness of Christmas can sometimes bring oodles of stress and kids have a way of cashing in on adults shattered nerves and fatigue. Listen with me as we go back in time to a fun story my sister Peggy tells in a most creative way and enjoy the scene of a couple of worried, frazzled parents whose child was "all tied up."  

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Get the Christmas Spirit Now!

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 17, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Pam_YoungI was shopping at Michael’s (the craft store) in the late afternoon when I heard a conversation in the next aisle between a mother and her six-year-old daughter.joy_of_child_2

“Oh, Mama, look at this!”
“Uh huh.”
“I love this!!”
“Uh huh.”
“I have one don’t I?!!!”
“Uh huh.”
“You made it for me didn’t you Mama?!!!!”
 “Uh huh.”
 “Can you make one for Sissy?”
 “Uh huh.”

As I listened to the excitement and love for her mother in the child’s voice and the drone of her mother’s responses, tears welled up in my eyes. I thought about how many times I’d done the same thing with my children when they were young. After all, I had a centerpiece to make, a decoration for the coffee table to think about, colors to consider, people to impress and not enough time!

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Your Kids can Build a Great Gingerbread House

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 12, 2014 7:30:00 AM

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Want to simplify this Christmas? No problem! My granddaughter Kaytee proudly demonstrates that even those of us with butterfingers, can decorate beautifully with...well....butterfingers! Watch her create a magical gingerbread house using that stash of Halloween candy we told you to save.

You still have that candy right? Well, if not, don't worry, we'll wait for you to go get some more and then get ready to have fun putting together this festive holiday favorite.

Ready to watch this fun video....to see how 9-year old Kaytee orders her older brothers around?   

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Spiritually, You Came Here to be Happy

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 11, 2014 9:00:00 AM

The best gift you can give the world is to be healthy and happy.

Consider this: What if spiritually you chose to come to this planet at this specific time, in this specific body with this specific life? And what if you knew before you came that you'd never be alone, that you'd be protected and loved every moment of your experience during your stay?

 What if this life experience you're having as you read this blog is exactly what you signed up for? Shakespeare said, “Life is a stage and we are actors upon it.” So imagine before you came here that you went over a bunch of scripts and you picked a play that really intrigued you and after much consultation with your fellow actors, producers, directors and from your angels you decided to come here and be YOU in this play called This is Your Life.

I had a dream many years ago on this topic. I walked into a large conference room where there was much laughter. I focused in on a very large black man dressed in a glorious, white African tribal chief’s robe. When I approached the oval table he looked at me with great love and his eyes sparkled with joy. He asked me if I had any questions about my life, so I asked him, “What happens to evil people when they die?”

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Topics: Happiness, Health

The Spirit of Christmas

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 10, 2014 7:00:00 AM

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In this video which was produced for a local ABC affiliate, we took video cameras out to find the spirit of Christmas. This clip will get that Christmas glow flowing through you, so please take some time to enjoy.

 

 

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Mushroom Onion Delight

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 5, 2014 4:00:00 AM

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"Mmmm.... what's cooking?" That's the question you're bound to hear as this simple dish simmers on the stove sending a savory smell that truly excites the senses. One bite of these sautéed onions and mushrooms and you'll forget you ever craved those carb laden side dishes of the past.

Recipe:

Mushroom and Onion Sautee

4 large mushrooms sliced thinly

2 cups thinly sliced onion

2 tbsp coconut oil

One half tsp. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

Three quarters cup parmesan cheese grated

One quarter cup almond flour

Melt coconut oil in large frying pan on medium high. Sautee mushrooms and onions until they begin to brown. Add cheese and almond flour and seasoning. Keep cooking until the contents are a delicious brown. Serves four. Watch me cooking this delicious dish.

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Topics: Cooking Videos, Recipes

Only Two Shopping Days left Until Christmas!

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 4, 2014 7:30:00 AM

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Lack of motivation causes procrastination!

I’m always trying to figure out ways to use my creative mind to motivate me and then pass my discoveries on to you. I’m sort of like a walking SHE (Sidetracked Home Executive) research lab.

As you know, if you’re a SHE, you have a retarded concept of time and then it’s, “Holy Smoke! It’s December 23, Christmas is in two days!” So why not use your divine gift of imagination to quick-start your motivation? 

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Here’s my idea and it’s so simple, just pretend it’s December 23, and evoke a little panic and a good dose of adrenalin into your system. Because you’re a SHE, you know that familiar terror you’ve felt over years of last-minute shopping for holiday gifts. You’ve experienced that very un-Christmassy feeling you get from dashes to the mall with its irritating marketing to get you to buy “mine,” “mine,” “mine,” like those seagulls in Finding Nemo. seagull_Mine

And don’t beat yourself up for knowing exactly how horrible that feels; according to the National Retail Federation, nearly 32 million people will not have started their shopping by Dec 9! (I should get them on my mailing list.)

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Twas the Aftermath of Christmas

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 3, 2014 9:00:00 AM

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Just thinking about the chaos of post-Christmas morning, I wrote this poem in the hopes that while you shop this holiday season you’ll think of ways to cut down on the clutter of it all.

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The feast is over and I won’t be going on that scale for a few more days.

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 27, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Pam_YoungIt’s Sunday and the family that traveled over the river and through the woods to visit “Grandma’s house” is back home and there’s a Ziploc bag in my fridge screaming at me to be creative with its contents: one dried out turkey leg, part of a wing and bits and pieces of light and dark meat. I gave most of the turkey, all the gravy, dressing, cranberry sauce, rolls, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes away in take home goody boxes for all my guests, but kept sort of a martyr bag of leftovers for us.

Why’d I do that? Why didn’t I just get rid of all of it? I asked Nelly (my inner child). 

“So, are you the one who decided to keep some of the turkey when I was making up the “to go” boxes?”

“Yep!”

“Why’d you do that?”

“Because I like the drumstick and I didn’t get to have one on Thanksgiving because you said the real kids would want them and then they didn’t even take one but Pa Pa Gary ate one.”

“So, when you saw the one left you put it in the bag to keep.”

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A traditional Thanksgiving poem like you've never heard before

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 26, 2014 11:58:00 AM

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Happy Thanksgiving.

I wrote this poem when I was a young mother of three. I had volunteered to host our family’s traditional Thanksgiving Feast for the first time, and the poem tells the whole story. It has become somewhat of a tradition in itself, as I share it every year with you. 
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Will Your Thanksgiving Day Feast be Organized? Or Not?

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 20, 2014 8:30:00 AM

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The following is an account of a disorganized Thanksgiving Day (from experience) and an organized one. I hope it makes you smile and plan ahead.

Will you be organized for this Thanksgiving Feast or Not?
Organized vs Disorganized

ORGANIZED SCHEDULE

6:00 a.m.   Exercise, shower, fix hair, put on make-up and dress in festive clothing.

7:30 a.m.   Say prayers, read inspirational material.

8:00 a.m.   Make bed, dress, eat a hearty, bacon and egg breakfast (no toast or potatoes) take a walk, and check appearance of the front door and entryway.

9:00 a.m.  Stuff turkey with stuffing prepared yesterday, have children set holiday table. (Silver was previously polished.) Boil potatoes (they were peeled yesterday and have been soaking in cold water overnight). Make pies         (pumpkin filling, apple filling and dough were made yesterday and refrigerated).

10:00 a.m. Listen to holiday music; check table, centerpiece and candles. Bake pies. Whip potatoes and set aside to be micro-waved just before serving.

11:00 a.m. Put turkey in the oven.

Noon  Prepare a light meal, soup and salad for family.

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A No Stress Thanksgiving

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 14, 2014 8:00:00 AM

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Don't let Thanksgiving stress you out. Take couple minutes and watch this video clip where I give you ideas to reduce stress.

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Flylady Marla says Be Kind to Yourself

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 7, 2014 9:00:00 AM

So many of us rely and depend on the lessons Marla provides us with. Marla and I sat and talked at one point and this was one of the most important things to come out of that chat.

 

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Topics: Daily Thought,, Tools for Moms, Being a Mom

Mrs Claus Shares Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 6, 2014 9:00:00 AM

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Mrs. Claus Shares Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the 5 Senses

The House Fairy and I recently took a trip up to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus and see what’s new in the stocking stuffer department. Mrs. Claus is in charge of that and she was very happy to show us her latest ideas for stuffers.

She starts each season with an empty shoebox for each child and by Christmas Eve the shoeboxes are filled with all the goodies she has collected for each one and the contents fit perfectly into the stockings Santa puts them in on Christmas Eve. She explained this year all good boys and girls will receive gifts in their stockings which please each of the five senses. She told us her husband fills stockings for all ages, so her ideas range from those for small children to those for teenagers and even moms and dads who have been good. Santa_filling_stocking

The Stockings Were Hung by the Chimney with Care

Gifts for the ears: ear

CDs

Earrings

Muffs

Whistles

Mp3 players

Concert tickets

Radios

Ipods

Earplugs

Gifts for the nose: nose

Perfume

Room deodorizer

Candles

Incense

Nose plugs

Breath Spray

Certs

Tic Tacs

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The Best Custard Ever

Posted by Pam Young

Oct 31, 2014 9:30:00 AM

How did I end up with the yellowest custard you'll ever see? You’ll see when you watch this video from my kitchen where I have such fun playing with food! When this yummy, custard dessert comes out of the oven you’ll impress and delight your hungry family or guests. AND of course this dessert is almost carb-free.

In my book, The Mouth Trap: the butt stops here! I talk about the journey I took toward better health and vitality by dumping excess carbs from my pantry and life. Join me now as I whip up a new take on this classic custard adventure!

Extra Rich Custard

8 egg yolks

One fourth cup sugar

One fourth tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups scalded whole milk

Scaled milk on medium heat allow to cool until lukewarm.

Slightly beat egg yolks and slowly add sugar, vanilla, salt and cooled milk.

Cover bottom of a roasting pan with an inch of water. Pour custard mixture into buttered custard cups and place in roasting pan. Place pan in 325 degree oven for 40 – 45 minutes or until knife when placed in custard comes out clean.

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Topics: Cooking Videos