Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Different Sort of Wrap

This is such a great little wrap to serve at your next get together with the girls. It will make any gathering feel like summer.

Roast Beef, Cucumber, and Avocado Wrap


  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 4 burrito-size (10-inch) tortillas, warmed according to package directions, if desired
  • 3/4 pound sliced deli roast beef (I bet turkey or chicken would be just as yummy)
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce, divided
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, cut into 6-inch strips
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup green pepper sauce


1. Toss avocado with lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt in small bowl.
2. Cover tortillas with roast beef; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Top with lettuce, then top with cucumber, and avocado down the center of each tortilla. Add cilantro leaves, then drizzle 1 tablespoon green pepper sauce over each. Fold in sides and roll up. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 4 servings
  • Calories 375,
  • Total Fat (g) 15,
  • Saturated Fat (g) 3,
  • Cholesterol (mg) 37,
  • Sodium (mg) 1782,
  • Carbohydrate (g) 39,
  • Fiber (g) 4,
  • Protein (g) 23,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Views on Aging.

George Carlin's Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

"How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

"How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life .. . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; "I Was JUST 92."

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!"
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Legacy of Love and Lifting Up: Laura's Home

Over the past year, the Mom Squad has been blessed to partner with, and learn more about, Laura's Home in Cleveland, OH. We feel passionately about their ministry and the amazing ways in which they are impacting lives and giving HOPE to so many. Laura's Home is part of City Mission, which has been serving the community for 100 years. When you think about the number of lives that have been rescued in that time, and the souls that have been saved and transformed, it is astounding. Yet, everyone involved with the City Mission and Laura's Home (and Crossroads for men) are so busy serving, that it's up to us to put a spotlight on the work they are doing!
We had a tour of Laura's Home recently and it's something we feel everyone should do! Laura's Home offers shelter for women and children who are in crisis. Not only short term, but also with a long term option with the tools to go forth and live with dignity, faith and confidence. We are grateful for the work of Laura's Home and the people who make it possible to provide such a vital need.
Click on the video below to see how Laura's Home is inspiring lives!

Click here for ways you can help! Including volunteer opportunities.

"I`ll follow you into the homes that are broken.
Follow you into the world.
Meet the needs for the poor and the needy God.
Follow you into the world.

Use my hands use my feet
To make your kingdom come
Through the corners of the earth
Until your work is done
`cause faith without works is dead
And on the cross your blood was shed
So how could I not give it away so freely?"

-Lyrics from the song "Follow You" by Leeland.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Eight Gifts You Can Give Today

Eight Gifts


But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response.
Just listening.


Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds.
Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.


Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."


It can be a simple "Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.


A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job" or "That was a wonderful meal" can make someone's day.


Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.


There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.


The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone. Really it's not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You.’s up to you to "Make the Peace"..."take your candle and light your world".

"A little light can push back a lot of darkness".

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Helpful Hints!

This week is:
"Organize Your Files Week" -- The third week in April. Eileen Roth, author of "Organizing for Dummies," recommends these quick checklists to get organized.

Use W-A-S-T-E to decide whether something's worth keeping:

W -- Worthwhile. If the item isn't worth saving, toss it. If it is, move on to the next four questions.
A -- Again. Will you use this item more than once?
S -- Somewhere else. Can you find it somewhere else or borrow it if you need it?
T -- Toss. Will anything happen if you throw it out? If you need it for tax or legal reasons, for example, keep it.
E -- Entire. Do you need the whole thing, the complete catalog, for example, when you only want to order from one page? If not, keep what you need and toss the rest.

Use R-E-M-O-V-E to clear off your desk:

R -- Reduce all the distractions on your desktop, such as knickknacks or this morning's mail. Put them on top of a file cabinet or bookcase instead.
E -- Everyday use. Only keep things you use often on top of your desk.
M -- Move items to the preferred side, whether you're a "righty" or "lefty." Put the phones, pens, pencils and pads within easy reach. Put the telephone on the opposite side so you can write with your preferred hand.
O -- Organize like items together so you can find them easily.
V -- View your time. Keep an organizer and clock on your desk.
E -- Empty the center. Clear off space in the middle of your desk so you can work on the project at hand.

Use R-A-P-I-D Response to sort mail and create stacks for each category:

R -- Read. Magazines, newsletters, etc.
A -- Attend. Notices and invitations for seminars, workshops, meetings.
P -- Pay. Bills.
I -- Important. All unknown incoming mail that needs sorting.
D -- Dump. Mail you know you won't read or need.