How Can I Feel Better About ME Today?

   This morning I woke up feeling less than centered; restless, an underlying feeling that something is going on that I need to take a look at. What to do? First of all meditate and BE still. Next, I’ve learned that when I ask myself “What would make me feel better about ME today?” I immediately know the answers. Take time to be quiet. Eat good food. Get outdoors. Also, I am aware of some small tasks I have put off that need attention.  I do these things and I feel better about ME, more at peace with myself and the world. Some days however I make the decision to get overly busy instead of being still; an old and familiar pattern.  I spend the day accomplishing numerous tasks but running away from myself. So now it’s time to meditate.  It’s time to BE with ME!

It Shouldn’t Snow in May!

  Yesterday I was listening to a CD by Martha Beck, Life Coach, reminding us to Question our Thoughts. Are they honestly true?  Byron Katie, Loving What Is,  also comes to mind. I can hear her ask the question “Is it true?”

Snow is falling. It’s May in Wisconsin. I do not recall ever seeing it snow here in May. “It shouldn’t be snowing! It’s May! My daffodils and tulips will freeze!”  Is it true? No. The truth is that it is snowing and therefore it should be. Two days ago it was 81 degrees. As I worked in my yard for a couple of hours on that warm day, I was feeling a little tension while noticing how much (I thought) needed to be done in my gardens, in addition to raking the lawn, cleaning up puppy poop and reseeding bare areas. Today my entire yard and gardens are covered with snow. All looks clean and still. There is nothing to be done but watch the gorgeous snow fall.

Vegetarian Lasagna

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               12 lasagna noodles
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup cottage cheese, drained
2 eggs
½ cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 green or red pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
Couple dashes hot sauce or cayenne
1 zucchini, grated
16 oz can tomatoes, chopped
6 oz. tomato paste
1/3 cup red wine
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp. parsley flakes
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
2 bay leaves
3 cups grated mozzarella cheese

Optional:

Broccoli – chopped
Carrots – 2 grated
Spinach – 10oz frozen, chopped

Directions:

Cook lasagna noodles until almost done. Drain and rinse in cold water.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Adjust oven rack to upper part of oven.
Sauté onions and garlic until onions are tender. Stir zucchini, peppers and any other vegetables into the onion mixture.
In a bowl, combine ricotta, cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, 2 beaten eggs.
In a heavy saucepan, combine tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, parsley, sugar, basil, oregano, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Simmer 30 minutes. Discard bay leaves.
Oil 9×13 pan. Spread 1 cup of tomato mixture on bottom of pan.

Assembly:

Layer of noodles, overlapping 1 inch.
Layer of ricotta/cottage cheese mixture.
Layer of vegetables.
Sprinkle layer of cheese.
Layer of tomato sauce.
Repeat layers one more time.
Sprinkle remaining mozzarella over top.
Cover lasagna with foil and bake approximately 40-45 minutes. Remove foil, brown under broiler.
Let rest 10 minutes before serving. (It slices better.)