Live Your Best Life!

Live Your Best Life!

To live your best life, live each and every day to the fullest. Thank God for each new morning you wake up, because you have a new opportunity to be happier than you were yesterday.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote:

He said, “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”

So remember that life is not for complaining, but rather for hundreds of reasons to be thankful. Be thankful for your home. Be thankful for the friends and family that love you. Be thankful for the food on your table and the money in your wallet. Be thankful for the rain and the wind, and the snow and the sunshine.

Sing out loud. Laugh with gusto. Dance in the rain. Enjoy every moment you are lucky enough to have. Hug your children and grandchildren. Eat some pie! Stay positive! Be kind! Take care of yourself. And give all thanks to our Lord and Savior, because He is walking with you each and every day.

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Salted Caramel Apple Cake

Fall is on the way and what better way to usher its arrival in than with a classic Salted Caramel Apple Cake! And just in time to use some of those lovely fall apples.

3 apples, peeled, cored and cut into 8 wedges each
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 Cup brown sugar
1 Tsp. salt

Cake:
8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 Cup sugar   
½ Tsp. salt
2 Eggs  
½ Tsp. vanilla   
2 Tsp. baking powder
2 Cup half-and-half

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 10” cake pan with parchment paper and coat with non-stick spray. Cook apples, butter, salt and brown sugar over med. heat until apples begin to soften. Pour into cake pan and arrange apples in desired pattern. Mix butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla & mix until smooth. Add dry ingredients and half-and-half. Mix until combined and smooth. Spread batter evenly over apples. Bake 40-45 mins. Cool slightly before inverting onto serving dish. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. ENJOY!

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Crockpot Ravioli

Something yummy and easy for a busy week night:

Crockpot Ravioli

1 Tbs. Olive oil
1 med. Chopped onion
2 large Minced garlic cloves
1-2 lbs. Lean ground beef
1 26 oz. Jar marinara sauce
1 15 oz. Can tomato sauce
1 Tsp. Italian seasoning
1 25 oz. Pkg. of cheese ravioli
3 cups Shredded mozzarella
¼ cup Parsley 
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil and cook garlic and onions. Add ground beef & brown. Drain. Add Marinara and Tomato sauce. Pour 1/2 cup of sauce into Slow Cooker and dump ½ bag of ravioli on top and add half of the mozzarella. Then add rest of the ravioli and top with the rest of the meat sauce. Top with remaining cheese. Cook on low for 5-8 hrs. You can add some crumbled sausage to the meat and some parmesan for extra flavor. (I do.)

ENJOY!

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Why You Should Attend the Unmasked Conference

Here’s a couple reasons why you should attend the DIVAS Impact Unmasked Conference in October!

1. Expand Your Comfort Zone!
We grow in courage and bravery when we step out of the ordinary! Getting uncomfortable stretches us, brings us closer to God and makes us better people. A conference is an adventure that stretches you in many ways such as talking with multiple strangers and facing parts of ourselves we don’t want to face.

2. See the World Through a New Vantage Point!
When life become routine, days can become monotonous and our personal growth stagnant. Conference speakers can offer a new spin on truth offer you a meaningful viewpoint from which to grow!

3. Expand your Circle of Friends! 
Everyone has a story to inspire others with and hearing the testimonies of others can challenge and push us in amazing ways. Also…who couldn’t benefit from a new friend?

4. Deepen Your Relationship With God!
Conferences are the perfect setting for seeking, learning and blossoming into the daughter God has called you to be. Conferences brings out the best in us as we focus more on following God’s will, and less on ourselves.

If you haven’t already registered for the upcoming Divas Conference, Unmasked, do it today. It’s going to be fantastic! Mark your calendars for October 11th and 12th and join us in Euless, Texas for a truly unique weekend filled with positive thoughts and ideas. You’ll learn how to dream bigger, to value yourself more, and most important – how to take off all those masks we hide behind. To learn more about Unmasked please visit DivasImpact.com/Unmasked. We are excited to meet you!

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Pumpkin Torte Cake

We all love fall and we love all things PUMPKIN! So this is a recipe a friend gave to me many years ago, and it’s easy and delicious.

PUMPKIN TORTE CAKE
1 can pumpkin                                                                
1 can evaporated milk
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
¾ tsp Pumpkin Spice  
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon                                                       
1 cup walnuts                                                 
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter

Mix pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar and spices together. Pour into 9×13 pan sprayed with non-stick veg. oil. Sprinkle cake mix over top and crumble walnuts over top. Melt butter and pour over top. Bake at 325 for about one hour. Check with toothpick or knife. If it comes out clean, it is done. If not, cook about 15 more minutes or so. Serve with whipped cream. Delicious!

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School Lunch Box Tips for Your Picky Eater

If you have a picky eater, then you know how difficult it is to send them off to school with the hope that they will actually eat what you pack in their lunch boxes. As a mom or dad, you don’t want your child coming home hungry everyday toting back the foods you sent to school. And in truth, this happens more often than not with picky eaters, and as a parent you feel guilty.

First, allow your child to choose the lunch box they really want so that they feel they are a part of the lunch process. Next, if they are old enough, involve them in the planning and the grocery shopping. Try to pack a balanced meal which is not always easy to do with these little ones. You can try to pair something they already eat with something new, but giving them new items in their lunch boxes may not always be a smart choice.

You can also involve your child by going over the school lunch menu together. Maybe he or she will choose some days to buy their lunch to break up the lunch box monotony. On lunch box days, make sure they can clearly see what’s in the box and that you have given them a variety of foods they like. Small quantities of things they like gives them choices and lets you incorporate more of the foods they might actually eat.

Bento Boxes are perfect for these picky eaters. The small spaces give you the opportunity to give them small bites of the foods they love. Get creative! Mix it up! Add an encouraging note to the box, and then just try to relax. Give them choices, involve them in the packing process and know that they will not starve! And by involving them more, you lessen the struggle and may help them develop a bigger interest in food.