Thursday, March 31, 2016

Smoked Salmon & Cucumber Canapes

If your looking for a light, healthy and great looking party snack. This is for you. It packed full of protein and vitamin D. And the bonus is it's super easy to make.

Here's What You Need

1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
2 Tbs. chopped fresh dill
1 Tbs.lemon zest
8 oz smoked salmon thinly sliced
Tiny sprigs of dill
1 large cucumber

Here's What You Do

Stir together the yogurt, dill, and lemon zest. Chill for an hour so that the flavors have time to blend and it firms a little. Slice the cucumbers into quarter inch rounds. Cut salmon into 2 inch pieces. Place a spoonful of yogurt mixture onto each slice cucumber. Top each piece with a piece of salmon and then a dill sprig.

More Cucumber Recipes
Cucumber Hummus Pita Sandwich
Cucumber and Salmon Finger Sandwiches

The Ethical Coach Leader

Doping scandals are constantly rocking the sports world. Recently, Maria Sharapova was found with melodonium in her bloodstream. A drug that was recently banned that increases performance. How should the sports world deal with the problem of drugging? Nobody seems to know the answer. But I recently read the book The Ethical Coach Leader by Dwight Johnson that addresses the issue of ethics in the sports world.

The Story

In this book the author has used his creativity to lay out a plan to address the issue of ethics in the sports world. He has used a parable to tell the story of a young man who has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in his system. This is the coach's worst nightmare. The star of his team is guilty. How does he deal with it? 

Like the character in A Christmas Carol, the coach is visited by ghosts who guide him through this experience. Each ghost points out a part of the possible solution. And the coach finds himself implementing a plan that will change his team and the way that he coaches. It also finds the coach taking a hard look at the way he lives.

What I Think Of The Book

When I received this book I was unsure if I wanted to read it. I thought to myself, this is going to be another book that somehow manages to justify the bad behavior of athletes. As I read the book, I was pleased to find that this book isn't about that. This book is about using the creativity of the coaches and athletes to solve serious ethical issues in the sports world. And the author points out that if these issues aren't addressed they do have implications for the rest of society. 

And he points out that his plan does not just address the sports world. This is a plan that addresses issues in throughout our culture. I like that he points out that leaders must lead by example. They have to be willing to examine their own lives on a regular basis. Leaders have to be willing to make good choices in their life.

He also points out that when individuals make an error in their lives the punishment needs to fit the individual and the error. That's a lesson that our criminal justice system really needs to take a look at I think. 

The one thing I didn't like about this book was minor or maybe not minor. I can't decide. When the young man who is caught drugging himself in the book, he is asked who provided him with the drugs. He refuses to provide the name of the person who provided it to him. But nothing happens when he refuses to give up that name. At least I couldn't see any part of the consequences that revolved around it. I wondered if we are encouraging a culture of silence. I don't know how that problem would be addressed. But I do believe it is a problem.

 Who Should Read This Book

Well the first group of individuals who could benefit from this book is coaches. This book does show a way to solve some of the issues that are big issues in the sports world right now. 

The next group of individuals who should read this book is leaders. It doesn't matter if you are leading a company or just a Sunday School class this is a book that could be beneficial. It lays out a plan that encourages leaders to develop individuals who believe that doing the right things is how things should be in life. It lays out a plan that show individuals how to teach others to lead an ethical life. 

And then individuals who are interested in becoming better individuals in life will probably enjoy this book.While it is primarily a book for leaders, the author points out that it is individuals who create an ethical world. And for me that is what is really important.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this book, and I recommend it to individuals who are looking to solve problems in an organization.

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Disclaimer: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. But honestly, these are my opinions.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

How I Became an Eisenfunk Fan

It all started one Sunday night when I just didn't want to go to bed. I didn't want my day off to end. I can think of anything to do when I need to either be cleaning or my day off is coming to an end. So that night I began watching videos.

For some reason Schoolhouse Rock was my choice that night. I needed a reminder about The Preamble. Why I needed to know this I don't know, but I did need it that night.

The sidebar began to suggest Animaniacs videos. So I thought a little geography lesson might be a good to brush up on. That tune is so catchy, and it always makes me want to travel.

And that made me think of Bento Boxes. Minions Bento Boxes if you want to be specific. So I watched how to make one. Don't be surprised if you see a post on something like this.

Since I kind of had this cartoon theme going, I went with it. Goth cartoons were what I needed. That would be fun. But I wanted something different than I usually watch. Do a search and you will find When Genevieve Ruled The World. It's an interesting and a little dark tale about what happens when a three year old ruled the world. The thought is a little scary isn't it!

And the viewing recommendations led me on a wild journey where I found a band called Eisenfunk. I found the song Pong by Eisenfunk. Does this sound have great lyrics. Um, well if you consider Let us play pong repeated over and over great, then yes it does. But I love how it brings that ancient video game Pong back and it reminded me of the hours I spent playing the game. Oh, yeah, and I love that industrial feel it has too!

So now you know what an evening just cruising around youtube can bring into your life. It's always an adventure.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party 114

Easter week has come and gone. And I hope every one who celebrates Easter had a great holiday! For me it was a day to relax, and I was able to catch up on a few things around home. I always feel like I never have enough time to do the things I really want to do. An I'm sa at the end of my day off because I have so much more that I want to accomplish. And then the day I have to return to work I have that battle to fight. The one where I have to tell myself over an over I have to go to work today. No, I cannot use my sick time. The only part of being sick that is going on is that I am sick of going into work. But each Monday I conquer that battle. But enough about life's battles. Let's get the party started!

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Confession….I’ve never had a butter dish. We have always used a small plate and called it good. Sometimes I would hide it in a cabinet but then inevitably butter would get on whatever was already in the cabinet. In the summer I would worry about flies getting on it and year round there was the issue of dust. Honestly it is silly that I never bought a covered butter dish before this point. I can’t even tell you what was stopping me, but when I added the opening shelving I decided it was high time to get one.

Everyone experiences stress at some time in their life. Be it from pressures at work, marriage difficulties, money problems or from balancing housework and looking after young children. Everyday life can be stressful.

For this blueberry cranberry smoothie, I used fresh blueberries since they are available on the market.  But you can replace with frozen ones too. I used an unsweetened version of cranberry juice.  Let’s see how to make this blueberry smoothie with cranberry juice!

Greece was among the last countries that learned about and started to consume chocolate. In 1841 and while Greece was having half the size of what it is today Pavlidis family opened a pastry shop in down town Athens. In there they were selling baklava, lokums and other traditional Greek sweets. The after the Turkish occupation newly born country and its high society are hungry for new desserts and flavors.

Start your day with an easy breakfast parfait! The rhyme and the ease are both intentional here. This recipe is fast, delicious and nutrient packed. Gluten-free, Paleo, low in sugar and full of a protein punch. The only thing that’s not left behind is taste.

Easy Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

It has been chilly in Florida lately giving me a craving for a nice soup to share with my family. I have been brainstorming sweet potato recipes for a few weeks and I kept coming back to Sweet Potato Soup! It is extremely easy to make in the slow cooker. You can even prep the veggies at night and put them in the slow cooker in the morning. Love how simple it is to make!

A Teaspoon of Goodness

It has been a very unique winter here in the valley for us as the temperatures have not spent 20 days in a row below zero.  However, that hasn’t kept me from making one of my favorite winter foods!  This Wendy’s Copy Cat Chili Recipe turns out delicious every time and as I’m the main one to eat it in my house it makes for a splendid freezer meal

A Mom’sTake

Looking for a delicious treat for Easter? Try these Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake bars! They are perfect for sharing at your gatherings for the upcoming holiday or serving at your brunch or Easter dinner!

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