Fresh Food for Summer

With summer just a few weeks away today we’re taking time to look at some delicious recipes that you can use to incoporate more fresh fruits and vegeables into your diet!  Yummy choices like tomatoes, corn, strawberries, peaches, blueberries, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, cherries, melons, peppers, avocados, and more are great choices to add to your diet, as well as taste yummy when combined with other ingredients.

Vegetables

Whole wheat zucchini chocolate chip bread

Baked zucchini sticks and sweet onion dip

Zucchini fritters

Grilled zucchini rolls with herbs and cheese

Avocado, bacon and tomato sandwich

Avocado and corn tostaditas

Confetti corn

Corn chowder

Sweet corn with baby beets and basil

Stuffed cherry tomatoes

Tomato and beet salad

Grilled portabello mushrooms

Grilled eggplant flatbread

Eggplant Parmesan

Roasted tomato and eggplant soup

Roasted red pepper and walnut dip

Shaved summer salad

Grilled summer vegetable paninis

Balsamic grilled vegetables

Summer rolls

Summer soup

Veggie melt

Veggie dip

Veggie chips

Fruits

Mango salsa

Strawberry shortcake

Strawberry rhubarb pie

Rustic peach tart

Peach cobbler

Peach jam

Stone fruit compote

Watermelon slushies

Blueberry hand pies

Blueberry muffins

Blackberry oat bran muffins

Blackberry skillet cake

Sour cherry pistachio crisp

Raspberry scones

Raspberry swirl cheesecake

Cherry chocolate chunk ice cream

Cantaloupe, tarragon and vodka sherbet

Tropical fruit with lime dressing

Summer fruit pizza

 What are you growing and cooking this summer?

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The Patience of Success

Our theme this month is patience. It seems like every month I admit that I feel challenged by our topic, but for this one it seems like a real challenge in a world that has demanded quick responses as the norm.  In business we’re constantly faced with the fact that customers seem to want quick responses to their situations and challenges, but we know that if we’re answering the phone every time it rings or have our email up all day long we get nothing done.  And some of the answer is that it’s good to delegate that out if a truly rapid response is necessary.  But things are changing and more people are expecting actually helpful responses rather than immediate ones, although they would prefer an immediately helpful response, of course.

However, what hasn’t been taught over the years is that sometimes people’s initial responses hide the truth of the situation.  They may not have the issue they’re calling about, they may have an issue that is much deeper and more pervasive than what they’re telling us.  For example if you’re a health coach and someone calls to work with you on their weight struggles, they may have confidence issues or deeper health issues that have prohibited them from losing the weight in the past and unless you can resolve these problems the initial presenting problem will most likely remain.  The only way you can figure out what the deeper issues are is by being patient enough to listen to them and the many stories they will tell you about their life situation.

I once had an acquaintance ask me what percentage of the work I did was coaching.  My answer to her was that it is all coaching because I know that even if I’m building a website or working with a parent who struggles with organization and health, that person is much more than the thing I was hired to do.  Because we’re human we all have deeper emotions, memories and triggers that have made us who we are and continue to shape our future.  When we don’t see that we are more than our surface and initial presentation is when we do ourselves and our clients a disservice.

I encourage you to take the time as a responsible business owner to always try to give your clients the best.  No, not all will accept that they need more help or ask for it, but for those who do the rewards for all will be so much greater.

“Patience is a most necessary qualification for business; many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request.”  Lord Chesterfield

The Possibility of Something More

I’ve talked before about the importance of the choices we make in our lives.  One I find people the most resistant to is a change of perspective.  People, myself included, can get so wrapped into a corner that we forget that there is so much more to the world than we remember.  The most vicious of rejections happen when we refuse to open our minds or eyes to the fact that there is something else in the world, something we are neglecting or don’t want to see.  It is in these moments that we limit our potential success and doom ourselves and those in our lives to a much less meaningful and potentially more dangerous life.  It’s these blind spots that have allowed cultures around the world to be destroyed and decimated before anyone spoke out or did anything to help.

On a much smaller scale this is what we do when we meet someone and let out initial impressions create our only accepted opinions of that person.  In doing this we destroy the amazing possible teamwork that could have happened if we hadn’t made a snap judgment.  It’s only when we take time to consider and learn about the situation that we can truly make informed decisions about what our choice should be.

One of the best things that ever happened in my life was having my mind opened to the reality that there is more than what we see going on around us.  I’m not an expert, but I know that somewhere beneath the chair I sit in as I write this there are bugs going about their business, and below them are rocks, and below that in the very core of the earth it’s really hot.  If I were able to keep going I’d come out on the opposite side of the world and maybe find someone else sitting in a chair right there like I am.  The fact is without acknowledging that there is more to the world than I can see my world is a lot smaller and less interesting than it is because I’ve opened myself to the knowledge that there is more.

Choosing to limit your knowledge and perspective doesn’t just hurt you, it can hurt many others around you.  The longer we ignore the things going on in the world the worse they will get.  Ignoring things has never been a positive or helpful solution.  Are you inexorably set in your knowledge and ways or can you find the freedom to open yourself to the possibility of something more?

“From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.” Jacques Yves Cousteau