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Posted on Mar 24, 2015 in How to simplify, My Journey



Maybe it was a different era, or maybe my family was really different.

Wait, both of those are definitely true.

Growing up, it seemed that everything had a value attached to it.

Nothing happened that did not get a “good” or “bad” label. Every event, every report card, every choice had to be categorized.

This week, I have a cold.  And a we are having yet another winter storm.

This gave me an opportunity to read a book (more on that topic later) over an enforced three-day weekend. This wasn’t even the topic of the book, but it crystallized one very important thing that I am working on simplifying in my life.

Most things don’t need to be labelled.

That is one huge thing off my to do list every day.

Good thing for the cold and the storm.


Wait, what?







photo credits: Richard WestAriel Grimm


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Easy pie for pi day

Posted on Mar 14, 2015 in Menus and Recipes


Here is an easy pie to make in honor of super-pi day (3.14.15).  It’s based on a minute cheesecake recipe for the microwave. It’s surprisingly good, but after you cook it for a minute or two, it needs to chill for about an hour.  The recipe was originally Atkins/paleo friendly.  Mine is not, but could be adapted easily.

Of course, I made some changes to the flavors, too:

2 minute blueberry key lime pie

This has a great flavor, and almost the same texture as authentic key lime pie.  It could easily serve 2.  I added some whipped cream.

  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 oz. vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/2 T lime juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c blueberries

Whisk together first four ingredients in a mug or microwave safe bowl.

Cook 4 times for 30 seconds each time, and mix between each.

Before the last cooking time, mix in blueberries.

Chill about 1 hour and enjoy.


5 minute strawberry cheesecake pie

The taste is similar to New York style cheesecake, but the texture is a bit creamier.  You might like it a bit sweeter, so add more sugar or the sweetener of your choice.

  • 6 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 6 oz greek yogurt
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 eggs

Whisk together all ingredients.

Microwave on high 4 times, 1 minute each time, mixing between each time.

Mix again after cooking, and pour into graham cracker crust, or leave in cooking bowl.

Chill for at least one hour.  Top with sliced strawberries before serving.




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Minimalism…and its opponents?

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 in Inspiration


In those earliest moments of the morning, when you are just barely awake, do you think deep philosophical thoughts? One of the benefits of waking up before the alarm goes off is that you ease into the day from sleep. Sometimes, I realize that I am thinking about things that seem a bit silly after coffee and a walk.

This morning, I was wondering whether being a proponent of something (say minimalism) automatically defines an opposition. If you are in favor of something, is there always someone against it?

What got me thinking about this was a video series recommended by a friend that defined minimalists as people who do as little as possible. He went on to say that based on this, minimalism leads to laziness and mediocrity.

At first I wondered if he was unaware of the motivation to be a minimalist, to focus on what is really important rather than acquiring objects, so that you can use all of your resources to create a meaningful life. But if he is really aware of this, could he really be interpreting minimalism as just laziness?

I have heard the argument that minimalism is bad for the economy, since we need to buy things to create more jobs, but this really was a surprise.

What do you think? Valid alternative interpretation or out of left field?

 Photo credit: Micky Zlimen


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