Cheers to Spring!

 

banner for Kara Power HouWe’ve come through a cozy season of hibernation and hopefully, we are feeling restored and rejuvenated to welcome spring and a brand new quarter!

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Here are a few tips to help you spring forward:

 

  • Refresh your mind!  Mediation is a daily reset to your mind, body and spirit. Simple Five minute meditations are perfect ways to reset your mind and get aligned with your spirit. Oprah and Deepak Chopra just launched another free 21-day mediation series that focuses on Shedding the Weight of the Mind Body and Spirt. Sign up today – they are only on Day 2 so still time to catch up!https://chopracentermeditation.com

 

  • Refresh your sleep!  What’s the single most important thing you can do to start each day with more energy, optimism, and freedom?  Getting better sleep!  I am so excited that one of my favorite wellness experts, Latham Thomas, is launching a new series of mediations focused on reclaiming deep and truly restorative rest.  Her complete audio program called Beditations is designed to show us how to reboot ourselves and help us get grounded, present and centered, sleep better, and recharge our physical, cognitive, and spiritual reserves.  I can use more siestas in my life! You can pre-order your copy today by visiting this link:https://www.soundstrue.com/store/latham-thomas.html

 

  • Refresh routines – Break up the boring routines of life and get some spontaneity going! Try a different class at your gym that is way out of your comfort zone or take out a map of your state and pick a random place to visit for a quick day trip.  Self-Care is also a great area to shake things up and put yourself at the top of your list of priorities.  What would you love to do but too scared to try? Grab a friend and give it a shot!

 

  • Refresh your health – Pay closer attention to how your body feels and listen to your intuition. This is a perfect time to schedule that yearly physical and put your health first! Now that the days are longer and things are warming up let’s get moving and on the path to wellness!

 

Happy first week of Spring! Cheers to clearing your mind, cleansing your soul and rebooting for the new season!

By Kara Norman- Empower Her, Inc.

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Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty- Lamb Chops with sauteed Swiss Chard

We are back for another delicious delight from our weekly food contributor Smarty Marty! Can you feel the “Beet”… Ha! This week we are pairing up some Lamb Chops with sauteed Swiss Chard & pureed beets. As always first things first we need the following ingredients for this recipe

  • 2 large red beets (1 pound), halved
  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (1/2 pound)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • Four 12-ounce bone-in lamb chops, cut 1 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 sage sprig
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 pounds Swiss chard, stems discarded and leaves choppedLamb Chops with sauteed Swiss Chard & pureed beets2
  • How to prepare:

    First things first

    In a large saucepan, combine the beets and potatoes. Add enough water to cover by 2 inches and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until the beets and potatoes are tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Drain well. When cool enough to handle, peel the beets and potatoes, and then coarsely chop; transfer to a food processor. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.

    Step 2

    Heat a large cast-iron skillet. Rub the lamb chops all over with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat until golden brown on the bottom, 7 to 8 minutes.Turn the chops and add the garlic, sage and 2 tablespoons of the butter. Cook until the chops are golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 135°, about 7 minutes longer. Transfer the pork chops to plates and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of the butter into the skillet; season with salt. Strain the sage butter through a fine sieve over the lamb chops. Reserve the crispy sage leaves and discard the garlic.

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    How to Make It

    Step 1

    In a large saucepan, combine the beets and potatoes. Add enough water to cover by 2 inches and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until the beets and potatoes are tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Drain well. When cool enough to handle, peel the beets and potatoes, and then coarsely chop; transfer to a food processor. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.

    Step 2

    Heat a large cast-iron skillet. Rub thelamb chops all over with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat until golden brown on the bottom, 7 to 8 minutes.Turn the chops and add the garlic, sage and 2 tablespoons of the butter. Cook until the chops are golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 135°, about 7 minutes longer. Transfer the pork chops to plates and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of the butter into the skillet; season with salt. Strain the sage butter through a fine sieve over the lamb chops. Reserve the crispy sage leaves and discard the garlic.

    Step 3

    Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the chard in large handfuls; let each batch wilt slightly before adding more. Cook, stirring occasionally, until all of the chard is wilted, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

    Step 4

    Serve the lamb chops with the beet puree and Swiss chard and garnish with the crispy sage leaves.

  • Lamb Chops with sauteed Swiss Chard & pureed beets (2)Lamb Chops with sauteed Swiss Chard & pureed beetsFood Prepared and Styled By – Smarty Marty

    Food Recipe and Directions by – http://www.foodandwine.com

Introduce Yourself…. Outtakes from a recent Video Shoot !

Introduce yourself right on right on… These are a few of my outtakes from a recent video shoot… I’m actually super shy in front of the camera… but in person, I’m super silly love to laugh and have a good time… in my earlier days… I use to rap so I love rhymes and poetry… not the strongest lyricists but my words would rhyme and I thought they were Dope!!! Nowadays you can catch me capturing special moments for special people! I enjoy connecting with people. My real joy is using my camera to create clean crisp images to assist business owners in leveling up their brand.

On April 21, 2018, we are hosting our portfolios and perspective style shoot workshop you can learn more about it here!