11/26/13

Inspired Action: Thanksgiving 2013 and Sweet Smile Soup

Prayers of Gratitude an Ocean Wide  |  Mary Marcdante

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Melody Beattie

Thanksgiving 2013 is in two days and the Christmas music is already playing in the stores. Facebook is filled with Black Friday updates, holiday recipes, and my favorite – the gratitude posts. I can feel a deeper sense of gratitude and appreciation filling my heart and I love that! It makes any challenge I come across all the more meaningful, as a reminder that I am lucky, blessed, fortunate — pick your favorite word, they all fit for me — to be able to have these challenges because it means I’m still alive when so many others are not. It means I am dealing with “situations” that others would rather have than their own. It means that I’m able to write this message and share it with you. Thank you!

Another Thanksgiving favorite is making “Sweet Smile Soup.” The recipe below is the vegetarian version of the original 20 year old recipe that came from Audrey, the mother of my good friend Barbara who used pot roast, green beans, and brussel sprouts as the key ingredients.

I added green olives as an experiment because I love them and they tasted so good in an ancient spaghetti sauce recipe (you know how old that recipe is if someone uses the word spaghetti instead of pasta) courtesy of my friend since kindergarten Debbie. They worked!

The almond butter addition is an adaptation from a former housemate Scott, who said the secret to great tasting soup is a tablespoon of peanut butter. He was right. I also use almond butter. Either are great.

You’ll definitely want a big soup pot. Mine is 7 qts.

Here’s a link to a pdf of “Sweet Smile Soup.”

Sweet Smile Soup Ingredients

- One 14.5 oz can Muir Glen diced tomatoes with basil & garlic (you can also use Muir Glen Fire-roasted organic tomatoes w/ green chiles for a unique taste but then skip the green chiles listed separately)

- 3 1/2 tomato cans of water

- 1 1/2 tablespoons of “Better Than Bouillion” chicken base or vegetable base (THE BEST!)

- 8-12 brussel sprouts quartered (This is a key ingredient – adds a buttery flavor and texture)

- 4 carrots sliced into 1/2 inch rounds

- 1 small sweet potato or yam cubed

- 2 tbsps. of diced garlic

- 1 small can of green chiles (for kick!) or 1 inch fresh jalapeno (I like it really hot)

*1 can beans – kidney, great northern or black beans (rinsed and strained)

- 3 tbsps. of green olive juice (salty)

- 12 green olives (smaller ones or for fun use 6 jumbo green olives and give a prize for anyone who gets one in their soup – or add them one per bowl at serving if you’re not a fan)

- 1 tbsp. smooth almond butter (or peanut butter) – this is the surprise addition!

- 1/2 cup of frozen spinach or 1 c. fresh spinach, kale, or chard cut ribbon style

1 big handful of free green beans cut in 1-inch pieces

Instructions

  1. Turn on music – Suggest Suitcase CD by KebMo.
  2.  Add tomatoes and condiments to big stock pot and turn on heat to high.
  3. Cut veggies and add as you complete.
  4. Bring ingredients to a boil and immediately reduce to low simmer.
  5. Simmer for 45 -60 minutes after last ingredient is added. Taste-test carrot for desired texture – slight crunch to soft (not mushy).
  6. While simmering, call Mary Marcdante and say hi (858) 792-6786.
  7. Vouella! It’s Soup! Makes 6-10 servings. Tastes even better 2nd day.
  8. Freezing works but it will be a little mushier.

Optional ingredients for a heartier soup and different tastes/more protein/carbs

* ½ cup dry lentils (add 1 cup extra water if you add lentils)

* 1/3 c. of dry quinoa grains or brown rice added along with veggies (add 2/3 c. extra water

* 1-2 skinless chicken or turkey breasts (use cheesecloth or strain before it falls apart, debone, chop in 1” chunks and re-add to soup)

* 1 pound pot roast, seared. Add all ingredients as suggested to seared pot roast

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What’s your favorite Thanksgiving recipe? I’d love to know; please share in the comment box.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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08/12/10

Inspired Action: Do You Have Inspiration Deficit Disorder?

“Success is not to be pursued;
it is to be attracted by the person you become.”

~ Jim Rohn ~

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This headline really got my attention this morning: Do You Have Inspiration Deficit Disorder?

While I’m not a fan of negative labeling, I’ve learned that most people are more apt to first pay attention to the problems in their lives and then how to solve them and wait for inspiration to arrive. If that’s you, stop waiting. What often happens is that we get stuck in retelling the problem instead of taking inspired action and creating an inspiring result.

For as long as I’ve been researching, speaking, consulting and coaching on how to stay inspired and enthusiastic through challenge and change, one of the most common “Yeah, but” responses I hear from people is that the idea of living an inspired life is a luxury to experience after you’ve slogged through the hard stuff rather than a necessity that will ease you through the hard times – and in some situations even prevent unnecessary hard times that we’ve self-created. What side of the fence is your mind leaning on? Continue reading

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07/13/10

How to Use Enthusiasm to Create Your Future Now

Expectations are powerful indicators of your future. Positive expectations strengthened with enthusiasm help you to access your deeper desires and create a path for more abundance to come your way.

Let me share a great example:

When I was writing Day 6 of The Smile Diet in my book, Living with Enthusiasm: How the 21 Day Smile Diet Can Change Your Life, I was looking for a way to explain how you can increase your enthusiasm for an activity you’ve scheduled in the future to help maximize and increase the enjoyment of the experience.

I created the example of anticipating a massage that you would schedule a week after doing your daily reading for Day 6. I suggested doing a conscious 16-second savoring smile every time you think about the upcoming activity to increase the pleasure of the experience, but then deleted the story because of space.

Because of the synchronicity that happened two days later, I added it to a later chapter and still marvel at how Life is always giving us clues and gifts to help us live richer (in all meanings of the word), healthier, and more inspiring lives. Continue reading

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