Monthly Archives: December 2012
2012 was a great year. There were some rough spots, but no one ever said it would always be easy. In exchange for faith, I was promised strength and strength I was given. God’s Grace. So as 2013 comes a calling, I thought I would boldly put out my 2013 I AM’s.
GirliePower! is a huge success, and I am the ultimate girlie entrepreneur. It is a business that empowers, inspires and enlightens. I am following the path that God has chosen, and everyday work isn’t really work, it’s a daily fulfillment of my vision. GirliePower! will be just that, the ultimate girl power.
In 2013, Lipstick-Chat will be the talk of the blog world, and on the lips and minds of most, if not all, women. Becky and I will continue our search for greater knowledge, power and connection, and after much hard work and research, we will have unlocked the door of ultimate blog success. This positive message will continue to evolve, inspire and unite.
In 2013 I am going to find love, for the first time in my life. For this is the first time in my life that I am actually healthy enough to participate in a relationship, and open to receive. He will be made just for me, hand-picked by God. He will be funny, smart and spiritual. He will be cute too, maybe not to you. But to me, he will be the most handsome man in the world.
In 2013 I will write a book about my life experience. It may be just short motivations, it may be a funny book, or a serious inspirational novel. While its form is not clear, I know that will come. Besides…… I might have to save something for 2014.
I bet some of you are uncomfortable right now because you are afraid I over exposed my heart and my dreams. You might be thinking, “Wow, she’s got some pretty big ones putting all this out here. What if it doesn’t come true? Won’t she look foolish?” But here is how my brain works. By me putting my wishes out to the Universe I am giving them power. I have come to believe in the power of manifestation and the fulfillment of destiny. So what if all that I wrote above does not come to pass? Then it wasn’t my fate to begin with and God has something so much better in store for me. And finally, I believe I will only look foolish to those who dare NOT to dream. There are those who are more afraid that someone will think them silly or stupid, and do not act because of it. They turn their precious dream over to those with limited vision and faith. If 2013 can bring you anything, let it bring you courage. Courage to listen to your heart, follow your dream and fulfill your destiny. Believe. Don’t let the fear win, because that it truly no win at all.
I wish you all a 2013 that fulfills each and every wish, desire and dream. I wish you health and happiness. Most importantly I wish you courage to manifest those dreams.
And for those who are willing to take a leap of faith…. Tell us below what YOUR 2013 will look like .
Happy New Year!
I’m one of those people who could eat soup every meal, lentil being one of my all-time favorites. This recipe has all of the incredible flavors of lentil soup but in pretty side-dish form.
To seal the deal, it’s also incredibly easy to prepare, you can make it ahead, and it’s super tasty! Rice and lentils go well with meat and are a welcome change from traditional rice or potatoes.
Make sure you taste the dish before you serve and adjust seasonings to your personal taste. Sometimes, particularly in the warmer summer months, I like to add more lemon zest as it brightens up the dish considerably. Enjoy and please let me know what you think.
Lentils & Rice- adapted from Food Network (Giada De Laurentiis)
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons to finish the dish
- 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/4 cups dried green lentils
- 2 1/2 cups chicken stock, plus 2 cups
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup long-grain white rice- I prefer Jasmine or Basmati.
- 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, roughly chopped- Do yourself a favor and buy the pitted olives!
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- The zest of 1 lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Add the carrot, onion, and garlic and saute until the onion is soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
- Add the lentils and 2 1/2 cups of stock.
- Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
- Decrease the heat to medium-low and cover, simmering gently until the lentils are just tender (15-20 minutes).
- Drain any leftover liquid.
- Transfer the lentils to a large bowl and let cool slightly.
- Bring 2 cups stock and bay leaf to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat.
- Add the rice and return the broth to a simmer.
- Cover, simmering gently over low heat until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and fluff the rice with a large fork.
- Let cool slightly and transfer to the bowl with the lentils.
- Add the olives, parsley, thyme, and lemon zest.
- Toss the rice mixture with the remaining 3 tablespoons oil to coat.
- Season, to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.