Wednesday, February 18, 2009

4 Ideas to Make Your Own Recipe Book

Why go to the time and effort to make your own recipe book? You probably have plenty of recipe books on your bookshelf already. Let me ask you, how many recipes do you use out of each of those cookbooks? Can you find the recipe you need when the time comes to use it? What if you had a book of recipes and you knew your family would eat every recipe in there? Would that make life easier?

Generational Cookbook

Many families have handed down recipes through the generations. Usually though prized possessions they are not all that well cared for. The ink may be fading, the recipe may have food on the card, especially if you use them a lot. You may find some family members have recipes others don't. What an amazing gift to your family, to gather up all the family recipes and put them together in a beautiful hard bound book.

My Picky Family Favorites

Every week I try to make a menu for our family, we're trying to eat at home more. The problem is my husband is a picky eater. I usually look online for new recipes and try a couple new things each week, with our family favorites mixed in. Sometimes my new recipes are a hit, sometimes he doesn't like them at all. It would be great to have a cookbook of his favorite recipes. It would be even better to add the new "hits" in as the year goes on. After a years time I could have a whole book of recipes I know he's going to eat. What a time saver that would be.

Chicken Favorites

We eat a lot of chicken in my house. My husband is not a huge fan of chicken so I have to keep coming up with new and interesting (and tasty) ways to keep him eating chicken. It would be great to have a solely chicken cookbook, of recipes that our family likes and will eat. You could do this with any type of food, it certainly wouldn't have to be chicken. We also eat a lot of venision, it would be nice to have a wider range of recipes for that, and not have to look through a bunch of different books to find the one recipe I really like but can't remember which book it's in.

Seasonal Favorites

I definitely cook differently depending on the seasons. In summer it's lighter fare, and non cooked things when I can get away with it. Winter brings out the crockpot and warm hearty meals. Problem is I can never find my favorite winter recipes after 3 seasons of non use. A cookbook combining all my seasonal favorites would be fantastic.

As you can see creating your own cookbook has a lot of advantages. Recipes are so plentiful, and for those of us who love to cook, like me can have tons and tons of them around. Cookbooks made specifically for my tastes and recipes I know my family is going to like would be fantastic.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

An Epiphany Leads to Subliminal Software

Cover of "The Answer: Grow Any Business, ...Cover via Amazon

A few weeks ago I had a parenting epiphany. If you want to read all about it you can check out my post on my other wahm blog. I don't want to rehash the whole thing here, but I do want to say this epiphany has really had me looking at my thoughts and beliefs and how they affect my day to day being and parenting.

It's getting pretty heavy here lol.

I have been a long time believer in the law of attraction, long before The Secret came out in fact. I have been able to manifest many things in my life, including cars (3 as a matter of fact), money and even my daughter was a manifestation.

I have had some things that have troubled me, and I have come to believe it is completely because of underlying beliefs I have. I have used affirmations most of my life, and have not always found that they work as well as I would like them to.

I think that is because when I just say affirmations I'm using the conscious half of my brain, and it's the part that keeps saying "uh uh, that's not gonna happen, no way you can have that", and that's keeping those messages from getting to the nonconscious part of my brain where all my beliefs and habits are held.

If you think I'm crazy I'm not. I just finished reading John Assaraf's new book called The Answer, and answer it did. It is such a cool book. It's about the law of attraction, yes, but it is soo much more. He goes into a lot of detail about the "Vision board story". Here's a quick video about it if you don't know what I'm talking about.

It is completely science based, it talks about the brain and the way the brain works, it brings in recent scientific studies on how the brain works, and how beliefs and habits work. It's wicked cool (yes, I'm a child of the 80's and someday I'm sure I'll embaress Hanna with wicked cool).

It is written in terms of creating your dream business but all the information it contains can easily be generalized to any area of your life. It also gives a step by step system to changing your thoughts and beliefs, which I thought was super cool.

One of the suggestions it made was using subliminal affirmations, which are given directly to the nonconscious part of the brain where your beliefs are held and where they need to be changed. I picked up MindZoom subliminal software after checking out a bunch of different options. It had everything I wanted in a subliminal software program and so far, I am seeing some differences.

These are not over the top drastic differences, and I haven't won the lottery but I can feel changes occuring. I am much more patient, and I seem to not get bothered so much by the little things. This started happening after my epiphany, but I'm seeing it much more since I started using my software and it seems to be coming from a much deeper place now. I don't know if that makes sense, but that's kinda how it's feeling.

I will keep you up to date on how this whole thing is going. If you want to see my tips for choosing the right subliminal software take a look, my MindZoom subliminal software review is there too.
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