Archive for February, 2015

 

Instead of Valentine’s Day, embrace Single Awareness Day

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Valentine’s Day is many time called a “Hallmark” holiday giving people another reason to spend money on flowers, chocolates, jewelry and other items for your significant other. But Valentine’s Day is not all about lovers, although it might seem that way for those that are single. It’s about family, friends and co-workers, all whom you can share a special moment with.

It has taken time, but the stigma of being single (especially women) is slowly lifting, so it is about time to celebrate this moment in life. Once it is gone, people have to give up many things that they had the ability to do while single. So embrace being single and spend the day as you choose. With family, a friend, or my favorite-all alone doing something I love. Go to your favorite restaurant, see that movie, or cozy up on the couch with your favorite book or movie. Whatever you decide to do to celebrate your independence, make it something you will appreciate and let the lovers do what they do.

Throughout history, many people choose to be single and that is just as well as those that do not. Here is a collection of quotes from celebrities, authors and other people that have learned to embrace their independence as a person content with themselves. And if you are not, be patient. Finding love is difficult because most of the time, when you least expect it, it finds you.

“A busy, vibrant, goal-oriented woman is so much more attractive than a woman who waits around for a man to validate her existence.” 
― Mandy HaleThe Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“Hope for love, pray for love, wish for love, dream for love…but don’t put your life on hold waiting for love.” 
― Mandy HaleThe Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.” 
― Michael Bassey Johnson

“The formula I’ve figured out: Stop being so damn picky and let go of the mental image of an ideal; talk to more strangers, because it builds confidence and helps you feel more connected; be open to every opportunity, and when you do meet someone you like, keep dating around. And there’s the mother of all lessons-the one I’m still working on: follow your instincts and even if you’re wrong about him (or her), you’ll know better for the next time.” 
― Rachel MachacekThe Science of Single: One Woman’s Grand Experiment in Modern Dating, Creating Chemistry, and Finding L ove

“Single |sin•gle| (adjective) – Too fabulous to settle.” 
― Mandy HaleThe Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“Why haven’t I got a husband and children?” mused Greta Garbo to the Dutchess of Windsor, “I never met a man I could marry.” 
― Greta Garbo

“[Marriage] happens as with cages: the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair of getting out.” 
― Michel de MontaigneThe Complete Essay

“Single is not a status, it is a word that describes a person who is strong enough to live and enjoy life without depending on others.” 
― prixie

“You don’t have to be part of a couple to be happy, you know.” 
― Phyllis Reynolds NaylorAlice Alone

“I don’t talk with everybody because i am not everybody, i am single.” 
― Michael Bassey Johnson

“I put the “sing” in single. But only when I’m in the shower.” 
― Jarod KintzA Zebra is the Piano of the Animal Kingdom

For more amazing quotes about being single visit http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/single.

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Today is National Homemade Soup Day-what is your favorite recipe?

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Today is National Homemade Soup Day. Here is one of my easy favorites and a family hit every time I make it. You can easily increase or decrease ingredients for the size of your family. Making it from scratch is great, but this mostly canned version is just as delicious. Feel free to post your favorite homemade soup recipe.

 

Mexican Corn Chowder

(Easy but delicious and easily feeds up to six people)

 

2 Chicken Breasts

2 cans corn

2 cans creamed corn

1 can carrot

1 large can stewed chopped tomatoes

1 small can chopped Anaheim Chilies

Garlic

1-pint salsa (Choose your own spiciness)

1 pound of shredded cheddar cheese

Sour Cream

 

Boil chicken, place broth aside and shred when cool.

Place chicken, Chilies, garlic in bottom of large soup pan and simmer.

Add whole corn, creamed corn and chopped tomatoes

Remove fat from broth and add to fill the pot

Cook and simmer for one hour then add salsa into soup

 

Serve with shredded cheese and sour cream. Chopped cilantro and green onions are a plus on the side.

 

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