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‘Tis The Season For Giving…. The holidays are approaching and what a great time to talk about gift giving.  What is considered appropriate gift etiquette in our country may not be entirely appropriate...

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Macaroni and Cheese...Terrance You Are The Man!! A great new side dish... Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  I thought I would hit one out of the park and give you all an amazing Macaroni and Cheese recipe.  The...

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Macaroni and Cheese…Terrance You Are The Man!!

Category : CULTURE, FABFOOD

A great new side dish…

Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  I thought I would hit one out of the park and give you all an amazing Macaroni and Cheese recipe.  The recipe is such a hit I just had to share.  Ever have those friends that find something great and like to keep it a secret…not me. Pasta and cheese casseroles have been included in cookbooks since the early 14th century.  It was first found in an old medieval cookbook named Liber de Coquina and described as fresh hand-cut pasta sandwiched between a mixture of melted butter and cheese.   Thomas Jefferson had his first encounter with macaroni while in both Paris and northern Italy.  He even commissioned the American ambassador to Paris William Short to purchase a machine to make it.  Long story short, Thomas didn’t think the machine was suitable enough so he imported a macaroni and cheese machine and served “macaroni pie” at a state dinner.  As a result, in the United States July 14th was branded “National Macaroni and Cheese Day”.  Getting back to my recipe, I actually didn’t make it up but found it searching on the web.  http://www.terrancebrennan.com/pdfs/pastas/Macaroni%20and%20Cheese.pdf.  I hope you all enjoy it and you don’t find it is too much work to make. Let me know how it was!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!! Enjoy!!!!!!

Mindy

BLUNDERS At The Workplace?

Category : CAREER, LIFESTYLE

 It’s really NOT that bad!!!

We have all made blunders at work.  Today I want to write about Smartphone blunders.  We all have one in this day and age.  Smartphone blunders can be easily avoided by remembering even though they can perform all functions of a laptop, it is not a laptop.  Although very convenient and portable, makes one tempted to use for work anytime, anywhere.  They provide the link to the office while you are out and gives access to information as and when needed. Smartphones are perceived as the ideal business device that eases communication. They should not substitute as a laptop when typing official letters, presentations, or documents, and really should just be left for short and quick communicative messages.  Trying to use a smartphone for this very purpose can lead to more than one “blunder”—even a major one or mistake.  It shows lack of professionalism required on all documents.  If you do make “blunders” in the workplace, of any kind, you should immediately tell your boss.  Don’t try and hide it.  They eventually find out.  Besides, if someone else were to discover your secret, you will look terrible.  Take the initiative and present your boss your thoughts for correcting this error, and insuring it never happens again.  Don’t point fingers or blame anyone else (this will not win you any friends).  Instead, speak to possibly anyone else involved and let them follow your lead and confess.  Once you have apologized move on.  There is no upside to harping on the past and nobody wants to hear your story time and again. I read an article in Forbes Magazine that I really liked     http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/slideshows/25-career-mistakes-to-banish-for-2013.  Enjoy the article and tell us your blunders!!!! I want to hear- just don’t go on and on…..now spill it!!!

Mindy

Working Moms Shouldn’t Feel Guilty for Following Their Career Dreams

Category : CAREER, LIFESTYLE, MOMSTAR

By, Leah Arnold-Smeets, PayScale
The decision to give up your career to raise kids or return to work is a daunting one that seems to be a lose-lose situation for women nowadays. We’ll take a look at why women shouldn’t feel guilty for wanting to return to work.

 

 

 

The idea of staying home with the kids instead of working full-time is very appealing — pajamas all day, no makeup, and no morning commute — who wouldn’t want that life, right? Well, if the reality of that scenario was as dreamy as it sounded, then maybe more women would willingly quit their 9-to-5s and happily live in their yoga pants until their dying days.

The reality is, most career-driven women find more balance in their lives when they are pursuing their careers rather than staying at home with the kids, making them better mothers and partners in the end. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows that the “labor force participation rate — the percent of the population working or looking for work — for all mothers with children under age 18 was 70.5 percent in 2012,” which means there are far more women nowadays seeking out employment than choosing to stay at home. So why is there such a stigma behind mothers wanting to pursue their careers rather than stay at home with the kids?

It’s easy to hear only the critical voices, and disregard praise. Stay-at-home-moms (SAHM) get labeled as lazy or selfish for not wanting to work, while working mothers get chastised for leaving their children in the hands of others to selfishly pursue a career. It is stereotypes like these that cause women to find themselves guilt-ridden no matter what path they choose.

For Instance, Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer had the media in a frenzy when she announced her pregnancy announcement shortly after signing on with the tech conglomerate. Everyone wondered how she was going to run the company after giving birth. The business world was chomping at the bit to see whether Yahoo! could survive postpartum. Not only did Mayer return back to work shortly after having her child, it’s reported that she has almost doubled Yahoo’s stock since taking a seat on her throne. If more women followed Mayer’s suit and ignored the critics, then there would be a whole heck of a lot more empowered working mothers sitting in corner offices.

It’s also true that not enough credit is given to stay-at-home moms for dealing with the realities of a screaming, needy child on a daily basis. Christine Ryan Jyoti, a SAHM who quit her job to raise her two kids, hits the nail on the head in her post for Forbes as she explains how “mom guilt” affects her on a daily basis:

“Despite my ranting, I understand that I’m lucky — many women would love to be in my shoes. But it’s hard to be grateful when you’re cleaning up yet another stinky diaper, dragging two screaming kids around or slugging through daily domestic drudgery. It can be challenging to think up interesting things to discuss with my husband after a day of mind-numbing activity. I frequently struggle to stomp down the negativity that bubbles to the surface when I finally have an adult to talk to. I just don’t get paid enough for this.”

The likes of Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer are gleaming examples of women who are proving that motherhood does not have to dictate your professional life — women can excel at both, if they choose. Ultimately, mothers should be encouraged to make the decision that is best for their families, while also not compromising their own life-long dreams, because regret is a terrible thing to face.

Tell Us What You Think

Are you a SAHM who gave up her career to stay at home with the kids? If so, share your perspective and any lessons learned.

Halloween Rules! Don’t Be Part Of Office Gossip!

Category : CULTURE, LIFESTYLE

 In some #workplaces dressing up for Halloween can be expected and considered part of the company’s culture.  If you are a teacher, you wouldn’t want to be the teacher that does not participate or be a team sport.  If you choose an inappropriate costume, you may put yourself in even more hot water.  Waitstaffing at a restaurant may also be a job  atmosphere that allows workers to dress up for Halloween.  Keep in mind the image you portray in your costume may become part of your workplace persona long after Halloween passes.  If you dress up as something with a political flair, be prepared to have some possible choice comments thrown your way.  My advice is to keep politics out of the office. If the subject doesn’t feel right to discuss,  it is probably not a great idea to dress up in that nature either.

The role you play will sometimes dictate whether or not you should dress up.  If you are new to your #job, ask a co-worker or your #boss if people dress up or not.  Bring in a baked good or other sweet to offer co-workers will sure win them over and make you feel part of the team.  Below is a great article I read about #Halloween at the workplace.  http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Halloween-at-work-Don-t-let-costume-come-back-to-4927133.php

Enjoy!!! And don’t forget to make that yearly dental check-up on Friday!

Mindy