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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hemingway Quote

The world breaks everyone, and afterwards, some are strong at the broken places                    – Ernest Hemingway 


Friday, March 24, 2017

Spinach

Currently harvesting enough spinach to make a few salads a week....


Sorry about the length of the last post. But check out that site for some great advice for improving your planning (and therefore outcomes)....

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Great Site...

...if you're serious about living life fully...

https://daringtolivefully.com/goal-achievement

Here's how I've borrowed from this article:

1. Choose a Goal That Motivates You.

I set some big goals for the year that have far-reaching benefits. Doing less wouldn’t have created the excitement each small win brings me.

2. Make It Specific.

Thanks to my accountability group (Kadar/Tyrone/Corey), I have specific goals that I report on each month.

3. Set a Deadline.

Each of my financial goals has a set date for achieving (so far, so good)

4. Set Up Milestones.

Transitions are important to allow you to achieve small wins along the way….

5. Reward Yourself.

All work and no play leads to a dull life. Paid the house off last month and took the family to Chops for a great evening out….

6. Break the Goal Down Into Small, Achievable Steps.

Having monthly goals and Smart goals along the way allows you to build up momentum…

7. Schedule It.

Like my old platoon sergeant used to say: If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.

8. Measure Your Progress.

By sending monthly reports to my accountability group, I am keeping up with my successes and failures and constantly readjusting to ensure success.

9. If You Fall Off the Wagon, Get Back On.

To quote Chris Hogan: “Life happens.” And when it does, adjust and move forward.

10. Find a Way to Hold Yourself Accountable.

Nothing makes a man more successful than knowing he has to account for his actions. I know that each and every month, my friends will question me if I fed them a line of bull, and congratulate me on true successes.

 

 



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Would You" Question of the Week



If you could write your own eulogy, what would you want it to say? Knowing that our lives are our eulogies, what would you change now to ensure the final speech someone makes about your life represents your core values?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Old-School Pic of the Week

I found this picture when going through my grandfather's old photo album. Looks like both a really cool dude, and one not to be trifled with....also a great name for a business, Rock Band, Cigar Shop, etc. the more I think about it....


New Recipe to Try (from Kadar)



Ingredients
·        1 pound penne or rigatoni
·        2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
·        2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
·        Salt and freshly ground black pepper
·        2 cloves garlic, minced
·        1 large onion, finely diced
·        One 25-ounce jar good-quality marinara sauce
·        1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste
·        2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
·        8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into medium cubes
·        1/4 cup Parmesan shavings, plus grated Parmesan, for serving
·        12 basil leaves, cut into chiffonade
Directions
1.      Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken pieces in a single layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Allow to cook, without stirring, until golden, about 2 minutes. Stir the chicken around to brown it on all sides. Remove to a plate.
2.      In the same skillet over medium-high heat, add the garlic and onions and stir immediately to start cooking. Cook until the onions are deep golden, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes.
3.      Reduce the heat to low and pour in the marinara sauce, red pepper flakes and 1/2 cup water. Stir until the onions and garlic are mixed in, then add the chicken back to the skillet. Add the parsley and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 to 8 minutes.
4.      Make sure the sauce is bubbly and very hot, then gently stir in the mozzarella. Let sit, undisturbed, until you can see that the mozzarella is very soft, 2 to 3 minutes.
5.      Drain the pasta and pour it onto a platter. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Immediately sprinkle on the Parmesan shavings. Pour on the sauce, sprinkle with grated Parmesan and the chiffonade of basil and serve immediately!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Saturday Projects

Got to ride around and hang out with my buddy, Corey, during the morning and early afternoon, looking for new tools and visiting his workshop. After not being able to find a decent chain saw (my chain needs replacing), we decided to take down a tree the old-school way. Great workout, as it took us 9 sets of 20 swings each to get it to fall....



 I then went home and started a brick walkway around the outside of my fence and used some lumber Corey gave me (thanks, bro!) to finish the rough framing of my outdoor garden sink (going to stain it and add wheels later).....