My fascination with Mod Podge started years ago when I found out there was this magic glue that allowed you to paste pictures or paper to relatively any flat, hard surface. I was always a bit intimidated with refurbishing furniture, but when a friend of mine was leaving town and wanted to throw out this weather-damaged café set, I took my chance. I would save this poor trio if my life depended on it.
• DIY — Mod Podge • Food/Travel — Icelandic Food • Humor — My Chancy Behavior • Author Spotlight — Emerian Rich • Music — Opening a Music Studio • City Spotlight — Santa Cruz • #Enhancingyourhorizon — Using Tarot in Your Creative Life • Food — Spicy Asian Chicken with Green Beans and Mushroom • Fitness — Using a Treadmill Desk • Autism — Chasing the Horizon • Gardening — Death and Rebirth • Health — Imposter Syndrome • Poetry Corner — Reflection
This season’s magazine is all about taking chances and expanding our horizons. Sometimes we choose to change, and other times we’re forced to by the world around us. It might feel as if we spend most of our time on what we have to do and very little on what we want to do, particularly during the current coronavirus pandemic. However, changing our ways can lead to opportunities.
If you’re cooking for yourself, consider the delight of trying something new. One of our authors, Kay Tracy, explains food from Iceland. Too outside your comfort zone? Brian and Patricia Dake give a recipe for Spicy Asian Chicken with Green Beans & Mushrooms that you can make at home. It’s all about finding the kind of newness that makes you happy to grow.
If you don’t quite understand, try following along with humorist Tim Reynolds as he explains the difference between chance and risk, with examples from his own life. Another author, Michele Roger, discusses the peril of starting her music business. Really, we’re always looking for ways to make the most of our world. So, pull out a tarot deck to expand your creativity, or pull out the treadmill desk to buckle down to work. No matter how you branch out, know that we’re all searching for the right way to travel the roads of life and find our rewards along the way.
And, if you think everyone else has it all figured out, Kristin Battestella talks us through the reality of imposter syndrome. Even when you have it together, the hardest person to convince is often yourself.
You are both listed on the articles. Are you a team? How does that work? Patricia and I write these recipe articles as a team. I usually have 5 to 10 recipes in development and pitch to Search Magazine based on their require-ments. Issue theme and the time of year influence our recipe choice.
I do the kitchen testing and rough draft of the reci-pe. Patricia does taste testing and offers feedback.
I often collect fun facts about the recipes, equip-ment and/or ingredients. Patricia writes the intro-duction and copyedits the recipe. Four times a year, we transform our home kitchen into a photo studio… To read more, click on the Winter Issue here.
A vibrant city of 2.7 million people, Toronto, Ontario sits on the north shore of Lake Ontario, approximately eighty miles from Niagara Falls and the US border.
One of the most cosmopolitan and multicultural cities in the world, Toronto has over two hundred distinct ethnic origins. While English is the primary language of most Torontonians, over 160 languages are spoken there.
From the Royal Ontario Museum to the Ontario Science Centre (both places I hung out at in my misspent youth) Toronto is full of museums and galleries large and small. Culturally, it’s home to dozens of ballet and dance companies, a half-dozen opera companies, symphonies, and world class theaters… To read more, click on the Winter Issue here.
Big Appliances Fight for Your Counter Space by Heather Roulo.
Every industry has its advancements. Pets, babies, and cooking are among those for which people will endlessly come up with new ideas.
Cooking combines both necessity and hobby. When you’re looking to make something delicious, convenience and speed become a priority. Check out various cooking options to make your life easier but remember you only have so much counter and storage space in your kitchen.
A rice cooker doesn’t sound like a necessity at first, but the ease of adding rice, salt, and water, closing the lid, and letting it cook to fluffy or sticky perfection can’t be overstated. Rice is such a common staple, figure out how frequently you have it and accept that the rice cooker is meant to be in most people’s lives. Branch out into new types of rice. Most rice cookers can also steam vegetables. Some can do even more… To read more, click on the Winter Issue here.
It’s almost time to dig seldom used pots and pans, specialty baking dishes, and decorating kits out of the back cor-ners of your cabinets.
If you’ve got arthritis, COPD, bad knees, or you’re just getting old, you know how hard it is to reach into the bottom cabinets, especially the dead corners where turkey roasting pans live. If you’re on a budget, you’ve likely never indulged in a remodel to install fancy, pull-out drawers or slide-out shelves.
Here’s an inexpensive and quick way to keep you off your knees and your head out of the cabinets. Find a measuring tape. Measure the width of the cabinet opening, inside edge to inside edge, and sub-tract an inch for clearance. Measure the height and depth. Write those measurements down, maybe draw a diagram…
Why people give advice:
They need emotional validation, which means helping someone feel heard and understood. On the positive end of this spectrum we find the people who really do just want to help. They feel anxious when they see our kids struggling. On the negative end dwell people determined to control everyone and everything around them. Susan Saint-Welch, LMFT, explains why these people need so much control. “Sometimes they just wear ‘good people’ down. They are not bad people usually. They have learned or believe that the only way to get what they want is to ‘corner’ someone and pressure them to do what they want. Sometimes they will adopt another tactic and become emotionally upset, there-by making you feel guilty and responsible for their upset feelings. However, no one is ever ‘responsible’ for how someone else feels. How we feel is our own response.” To read more, click on the Winter Issue here.
As the growing season comes to a close, it’s time to think of garden cleanup and prepping for next year. In my case, it means reevaluating my garden layout and planting scheme.
Since I wasn’t quite sure where the plants from the old garden ended up after the garden overhaul, I was hesitant to pull anything that might be a resurrection of something I had already established in the old plot. Add in delayed shipping times from plant sellers and it took a bit longer to get everything up and running. Once everything was planted and took hold, however, it all took off. The taller-than-me jimson weed is a perfect example of both why it’s good to pull weeds and why next year I won’t have a ‘let’s see what this is’ attitude. The volunteer plants, such as the flower-of-an-hour, garlic, mustard, and single corn stalk have overtaken some are-as while other areas are now bare at the end of the season…
Fitness doesn’t begin and end at the gym. Most of what composes our body really happens when we eat.
The Covid-quarantine forced people out of gyms and into their kitchens. Sit down restaurants be-came take-out, whether we wanted it to or not. Studies showed that without buses to catch and office buildings to walk between in the course of daily life, people were walking roughly 1,000 steps less per day in March.
With our normal routines broken, we should consider this an opportunity to examine the nutrition and calories of the food making its way into our bodies. Without group parties, travel, and off-site events, we’re more in control than ever before…