College Dorm Checklist for Girls

These are anxious times already, and to be sending our kids off to college during a pandemic, certainly doesn’t help us feel any calmer. I’m taking my youngest daughter back to college next week and we’ve committed ourselves to just focusing on all of the positives. I’m a true believer in expect and hope for the best, but also be prepared for everything. When we’re prepared, it helps even tough situations go a little more smoothly.

I’ve sent 3 daughters off to college and I still don’t have it perfected, but I’ve developed a helpful checklist along the way, that I’d love to share. (My boy parent friends will have a much shorter list and a good giggle.)

Girls can certainly get away with much less than this and some may even think of more…but it will help you not have to start from scratch. I hope it’s helpful!

Big prayers for a healthy, safe, educational, fun and resilient college year to all of the kids, faculty and parents traveling near and far. What important lessons and life skills this year will be!

Dorm Checklist for Girls:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t1GAnewMc59rF6_xoY5REnI5nXqsjavQxPP3k3Tij-E/edit?usp=sharing

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Flossers

Hairspray

Dry shampoo 

Shower puff

Brush

Body wash or soap

Razor, fresh blades

Deodorant 

Face wash

Body and face moisturizers

Makeup

Makeup remover/wipes

Hair ties 

Blow dryer

Curling wand/straightener 

Nail polish and remover

Nail clippers and file

Reading glasses 

Sunglasses

Cotton balls or cotton pads

Tweezers

Tissues 

Paper towels 

Qtips

Antibacterial Hand wash 

Clorox wipes

Lysol Spray

Disinfecting Cleaner

Laundry detergent

Laundry bag

Shower caddy

Flipflops

Hand held Steamer

EmergenC

Vitamins

Advil and Tylenol

Aleve or Midol

Tampons/Femine products

Thermometer 

Disposable Face Masks

Hand Sanitizer

Cold and Flu medication 

Gatorade

Saltine Crackers

Ramen or soup

Bandaids

Antibiotic

Sunscreen

Snacks

Mini fridge 

Refillable water bottle

Planner

Computer

Desk organizer

Desk hutch

Notebook, pens, pencils 

Highlighters 

Folders 

Calculator 

Scissors

Stapler

Printer, paper, ink

Clock

Full length mirror

Desk lamp

Bed charging station

Music/Sonos speaker

Earbuds

Backpack 

Hand vac

Dorm key/car keys/ Lanyard

Pepper spray

Mattress bug cover 

Comfy mattress pad

Sheets (XL?)

Blanket

Comforter 

Pillows

Decorative pillows

Shower Towels

Wash cloth

Hand towel 

Clothes Hangers

Over door shoe organizer 

Wall decor

Bulletin board & white board

Push pins

Photos from home (and a way to display them)

Multiple outlet Power cord/surge protector 

Storage with drawers 

Rug

Makeup mirror for desk

Clothes: campus wear, inside dorm wear, sorority wear, spirit/game day wear, night wear, event wear, weather gear  

Shoes and socks for all the above occasions

Jewelry & organizer

Bulbs & Batteries for anything needed, ie, desk lamp, makeup mirror

Wastebasket/bags

Vaccinations needed prior and submit proof

Prescriptions

Insurance cards

Phone and tech chargers 

Weekend bag

Suitcase

Print any parking permits needed for move-in day

(Tool kit for moving in: command strip double sided tape, measuring tape, thumbnails hooks, hammer or screwdrivers)

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Sharon Caldwell Peddie is the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

Anything contained in my blog that is written or shared by me is just my personal view. If you find inspiration in any of my content, please be responsible, safe and legal.

August Article for BocaStyle Magazine-“Kids & Pets” Edition

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Sharon Caldwell Peddie is the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

Anything contained in my blog that is written or shared by me is just my personal view. If you find inspiration in any of my content, please be responsible, safe and legal.

International Self-Care Day!

Today is an important day! It’s International Self-Care Day! Hey, that’s YOUR day! 

 I feel so strongly about self-care, I devoted a whole chapter to it in my book, “Grow Yourself Beautiful”. I believe it’s the key to our true beauty, strength and joy! I think a lot of people don’t truly understand the importance and benefits of “Self-Care”. Some even knock it, thinking it’s selfish or self indulgent. We live in a society where “busy” has become a badge of honor. Being busy, is just that, busy. Busy doesn’t always equal productivity or joy. Lack of self care leads to stress, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed and being unproductive. You’re not a machine, you’re a beautiful, living, breathing human being with feelings and needs. To be centered, healthy, beautiful and productive, you have to take care of yourself. Self-care is the road to making your all of dreams come true. It gives you strength for that journey!

Here’s some inspiration for developing your Self-Care as a way of life:

Feed and Nourish your mind, body and soul. There is nothing better for beauty, strength and productivity than healthy, nutritious eating. A beautiful body is a healthy body that is fed a proper balance and variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, effs, healthy fats, whole grains, nuts and legumes. Caring for yourself with beautiful foods and lots of water is one of the most important steps in self-care.

 Make sleep a priority.

Keep negative thoughts out of your head and life. What we say to us directly affects the way we feel. Keep those inner conversations loving and positive.

Keep negative or unsupportive people out of your closest circle.

Limit Social Media and hide or unfollow people who don’t make you feel good.

No drama life rule.

Seek laughter.

Forgive.

Practice gratitude and kindness.

Make time for important relationships and things you love to do!

Quiet time–Relax, Meditate and Pray.

Spend time with nature and animals.

Exercise every day in some way. Make sure it feels like a gift and not punishment.

Just say NO to things you know are not good for you. You deserve those NO’s.

Practice good hygiene. It always makes you feel better.

Create a beautiful home you love to be in.

Work toward something every day.

Stay on top of medical care-doctor and dental appointments, etc.

Self-care is always needed. It is as much what we don’t do, as it is what we do! Self-care needs to be a lifestyle. It’s important to keeping us centered, especially now when the crazy world seems especially crazy. Self-care plays an important part of growing our self-respect, self love and inner joy. Nurturing ourselves, teaches us we are worthy of time, love and care. It helps us grow ourselves and our lives more BEAUTIFUL.

Sharon Caldwell Peddie is the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

Anything contained in my blog that is written or shared by me is just my personal view. If you find inspiration in any of my content, please be responsible, safe and legal.

Heirloom Tomatoes, Grilled Peaches & Burrata– Easy, Delicious, Elegant Summer Salad

Looking for inspiration for an easy, but elegant Summer Salad?

Summer is filled with so many beautiful fruits and vegetables, it’s easy to get something beautiful, creative and delicious on the table in a short amount of time.

This salad recipe is exactly as simple as it seems with flavors that meld together like a beautiful tapestry! Here’s the simple recipe:

Sliced, Heirloom Tomatoes of all colors and sizes

Sliced Peaches with drizzled balsamic glaze and grilled

Ball of Burrata Cheese

Fresh Basil

Drop the grilled peaches on top of the tomatoes and burrata, finish off with a nice drizzle of olive oil and top with fresh basil. It’s that easy!

Date night at home- Grilled Filet, roasted rosemary potatoes and Tomato, Peach, Burrata Salad.

Sharon Caldwell Peddie is also the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

Anything contained in my blog that is written or shared by me is just my personal view. If you find inspiration in any of my content, please be responsible, safe and legal.

Travel by Book this Summer! Boca Style Magazine Article-CityLifestyle.com

Boca Style is a beautiful magazine and I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute to their July Issue! Don Schnurr-Publisher and Marti Schnurr-Editor, are right on point with their idea for this article to help inspire us to stay hopeful and positive until the world opens up to us again. Books are the perfect way to help us have adventures and travels without ever leaving our home. In my article, I recommend 3 books that I hope will inspire you in many unexpected ways to grow you and your life more beautiful! Thank you Don, Marti and Boca Style for this fun opportunity.

Grab a sneak peek of the magazine piece below. Articles can be found later this month at Citylifestyle.com and a complete copy of the monthly magazine at Lifestylepubs.com.

Sharon Caldwell Peddie is also the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

Anything contained in my blog that is written or shared by me is just my personal view. If you find inspiration in any of my content, please be responsible, safe and legal.

If you make your own, you get to “speak gnocchi” however you want ;)

I feel there are many gifts wrapped up for us during Quarantine, if we can just take a deep breath and choose to open them. One of them is un-rushed time in the kitchen with family. I’ve got all 3 of my daughters back at home during quarantine, so we thought it would be fun to broaden our cooking skills and master some new techniques. We’ve been looking for recipes that challenge our usual run-of-the-mill meals and also make for a fun and festive evening. It’s been giving us a little something fun to look forward to on these quarantined weekend nights. It’s also proving to give us some special, positive memories during such a crazy and negative time.

 Last week was homemade traditional pasta, this week we took on “gnocchi”. (nyow·kee, ˈnȯ-kē, ˈnyȯ-, ˈnä) Gnocchi is also known as potato dumplings or “pillows of love”. Just like pasta, gnocchi’s texture is so much better if it’s homemade. I’m allergic to wheat, so I challenge myself to make gluten free recipes where my family can’t taste the difference. I think we have all decided over the years that many of the gluten free flours even have more flavor and a better texture for certain recipes. The recipe I’m leaving for you can be made with all purpose white flour or gluten free flour. (See link in recipe)

We had a lot of fun making the recipe and also trying to figure out the correct pronunciation. Ask five different people how to say it and you’ll get five different pronunciations. Regardless, it’s hard to say without getting the giggles. However, if you make your own, you don’t have worry that you’re not pronouncing it correctly to the waiter, and you can “speak gnocchi” however you want 😉  Enjoy!

#growyyourselfbeautiful #growyourlifebeautiful

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Homemade Gnocchi with Marinara Sauce, Fresh Basil and Mozzarella

Delicious Homemade Gnocchi with Marinara Sauce, Fresh Basil and Mozzarella.

  • Author: sharonpeddie
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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds of potatoes

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour or Gluten free flour. (See link for a favorite gluten free flour and it’s the one we used)1/2 cup or more for laying out and working the dough. https://www.bobsredmill.com/gluten-free-1-to-1-baking-flour.html

  • 1 1/2 eggs (you can do it)

  • 2/3 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 24 ounces of Marinara Sauce

  • Fresh ball of mozzarella

  • 1 cup of fresh grated parmesan cheese (more for topping when serving)

  • Fresh basil

Instructions

 

 

  1. In a large stock pot boil potatoes with their skins on. The skins will protect the potatoes from getting water logged and mushy. Don’t over fill the pot with water just enough to cover the potatoes.  Depending on the size of the potatoes, it should be “about” 15-20 minutes of boiling. You want them to just be fork tender, no more, no less. Cooking them too long will make the potatoes too mushy to grate/rice.

  2. Drain all of the water well. Remove potatoes. Allow them to cool for just a bit in a colander.

  3. Peel the boiled potatoes. At this point it’s easily done by hand.

  4. Now rice the potatoes. If you have a potato ricer use that. If not you can just use a grater. That’s what we did and it worked well.

  5. Mound the grated potatoes on the middle of a large cutting board or on a very clean, dry countertop. Top with flour. Sprinkle with salt.

  6. Using your hands, make a well by scooping out the center of your mound.

  7. Drop the eggs into the center of the well. Whisk the egg with a fork.

  8. Very gradually start pulling in the flour to the potato and egg mixture with the fork. Then begin to use your hands to really combine ingredients to form the dough. Make it a slow purposeful roll so you combine it but not over work the dough as you knead.  Don’t be tempted to keep adding flour at this point or it will give you dough that’s hard to work with and in turn, hard gnocchi. Eventually shape the dough into into large rectangular shape.

  9. Then cut the rectangle into into 8-10 pieces of dough, about 4 inches long.

  10. Roll each piece into a long rope by gently pushing softly with your fingers spread. Try to make an evenly sized ropes.

  11. Using a sharp, non- serrated knife (a pastry cutter is quicker if you have one!) cut dough ropes into pieces. We cut into 1-inch pieces. You can play with various shapes and sizes but make the whole batch as uniform as possible so it cooks evenly.

  12. To prevent sticking try to cook the gnocchi as soon as its made or at least keep it in a cool area. Be sure to toss them with a little extra flour while they’re waiting to be cooked. 

  13. To cook, drop them gently into a large boiling pot of salted boiling water. If you have a hand strainer, that works great to drop them in without getting burned or smashing their shape. Cook gnocchi until they start floating. They shouldn’t take more than about 2-5 minutes so taste test after 2-3 minutes. Remove them from the water with a hand strainer or slotted spoon.

  14. At this point there are lots of sauces and ways to prepare it. We immediately dropped them into a greased baking dish that had a layer of marinara sauce already down. (We preheated the sauce) After all the gnocchi was in the baking dish, we lightly tossed them with the sauce and with a cup of grated fresh parmesan cheese. We saved a little sauce for the top & topped that with fresh sliced mozzarella and fresh basil leaves-Then baked it off quickly until the cheese was melted and sauce was bubbling. About 10 minutes at 350.

Notes

We watched a few tutorial videos online and found that very helpful. It’s pretty straightforward and easier than we thought it would be!

Since this was our first attempt at making gnocchi, we decided to keep our focus on that, and just used a jar of a favorite marinara from our local market. https://www.zupans.com/private-label/marinara/

There are so many fun sauces you can make or buy to create something different each time. Hope you’ll give gnocchi making a try, it’s really fun!

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Sharon Caldwell Peddie is also the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

Anything contained in my blog that is written or shared by me is just my personal view. If you find inspiration in any of my content, please be responsible, safe and legal.

Healthy “Quarantine Hug” Soup for the Soul

As if going to the grocery store right now isn’t stressful enough–We work up the courage to go, then as we play human checkers, we seem to be on a scavenger hunt to find what we went there for. I’m sure everyone who is overly “stocking up” has their own reasons, but it certainly is making grocery shopping even more challenging during such an already challenging time.

I love to get in my greens and fresh veggies of all types but I’ve been feeling a little nervous about eating uncooked fresh produce right now. With 5 of us trying to work out of the house, lunch time can sometimes last for hours by the time each person frees up time in their schedule, comes to the kitchen and pulls out their choices, etc. It’s a lot of different ingredients to keep an inventory of when you’re trying to eliminate some trips to the grocery store. It also creates a lot of different messes, so I decided making a giant pot of healthy soup here and there might help with some of that.

I have a couple of go-to healthy vegetable soup recipes I like to make, but this last shop at my local market had me scratching my head for usual ingredients. Many things were cleaned out so I found myself substituting quite a bit for recipes. With some of our favorites gone, I bought the produce that was left unloved. I’ll admit it: fennel and rainbow chard aren’t regulars on my list, but they sure will be now.

I couldn’t find cannellini beans or canned tomato paste either, so I subbed in garbanzo beans and tubed tomato paste for the soup I was trying to make. The unexpected substitutes made a soup so delicious, it deserves to be in my regular repertoire. Since many of us are finding ourselves in similar positions, I thought I’d share my make shift recipe with you. It’s very forgiving so you can also substitute where needed.

As terrible as Coronavirus and quarantine time is, I really feel it’s telling us so much if our hearts are open. I don’t mind life teaching me to be more flexible, creative, patient, healthy, generous…and loving among many other things. It’s funny, shortly after I worked so hard to “score” my items, I was asked to donate to a local group collecting food for people in need. Of course I did because we need to help take care of each other. Everywhere I’m turning, I’m seeing opportunities for spiritual renewal and growth. That’s what’s bringing me comfort through this whole experience.

I hope you enjoy this soup, my family loved it. It felt especially meaningful to eat a warm and healthy bowl of soup all together, at the same time today in our kitchen. With busy schedules and locations we haven’t been able to do that too often in recent years. I think I’ll call this recipe: Healthy “Quarantine Hug”-Soup for the Soul.

#growyourselfbeautiful

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Healthy “Quarantine Hug” Soup for the Soul

A healthy pot of veggie soup!

  • Author: sharonpeddie
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
  • Total Time: Approx. 40-45 minute
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Ingredients

2/3 cup of olive oil

1 medium sweet yellow onion, chopped

1 chopped leek 

2 cloves of finely chopped garlic

4 peeled carrots or 2 ish cups of baby carrots

3 celery stalks chopped

a generous handful of fresh roughly chopped parsley

1 fennel bulb, cut out the core at the bottom and use all white parts, chopped

A stalk (bunch) of washed and chopped rainbow chard

A stalk (bunch) of washed and chopped Tuscan kale (you can use any kind, I like the deep green if available)

2 handfuls of spinach

Half of a tube of tomato paste or small can

810 Cups of chicken broth

2 cans of garbanzo beans

oregano, thyme, rosemary, pinches of each  (dried or fresh)

pinches of kosher salt and pepper to taste

Italian blend cheese for garnish

half of a squeezed fresh lemon

Instructions

Heat oil and saute onions, leek, carrots, garlic, celery, fennel and parsley about 5 minutes.

Add tomato paste and herbs and stir well

Add chicken broth, beans, chard, kale and spinach

Cook for about 5-10 minutes on low…don’t cook too long so that your veggies still have texture and don’t turn to mush. 

Garnish with Cheese

Notes

Share a warm bowl with your quarantine crew. Stay safe and healthy. XO

Keywords: soup, quarantine soup, greens, kale, rainbow chard, spinach, healthy soups, warm soups,

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Sharon Caldwell Peddie is also the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

Anything contained in my blog that is written or shared by me is just my personal view. If you find inspiration in any of my content, please be responsible, safe and legal.

There’s a Storm but the Sky isn’t Falling

There is a tumultuous storm named Coronavirus (Covid-19) pounding and drenching the world right now. It’s frightening for many reasons but for most of us, the sky is NOT falling. Many weren’t fortunate to have warning. Their tragedy began striking before they knew what was even happening.

We’re hearing a lot of screaming around us. The Chicken Little crowd is loud and wants to always force us to see only doom and gloom. However, if we’re wisely adhering to precautions, it can be just a very dark storm and the sun will shine again soon.

I don’t want to discount the big disappointments for all of us. There will be financial repercussions for most. There are many beautiful plans being cancelled left and right. It seems every day we’re forced to give up something a bit more from our “normal” life as we know it.

Things are very weird and chaotic and yes, it feels scary and unsure. Let’s feel our feelings and validate them. Let’s validate other people’s feelings about it too.

These feelings associated with this pandemic have been piled on top of what we were already facing.

This will challenge our character.

Our flexibility, creativity, and resilience are being dared by the minute.

Whenever life knocks me down, I try to get back up as soon as possible. Standing up quickly makes me feel powerful and in control, regardless of the situation. Part of getting up is quickly looking for positive perspective.

We’re all feeling the same way. How often is the whole world on the same team? How often do we all wake up with same problem to solve? We’ve all been sucker punched by Coronavirus. But if we don’t have it, let’s stand back up as quickly as we can. Let’s not let Coronavirus make us feel like we’re sick patients if we’re not. Let’s punch back at it and see how many beautiful and healthy things it actually may bring.

There isn’t a lot we can control in life. We can only control our perspective and they way we receive the things that happen to us.  We gain a sense of control when we build ourselves to have a beautiful perspective. We do have control of the beauty happening inside our minds and hearts.

If we’re following safety protocol, we will have more time on our hands than we’ve had in a long time. I don’t want this virus to make us act sick if we’re not. Let’s find the beauty and all of the silver linings right in front of us. Let’s create them. Let’s be brave and brilliant, not bored. Let’s use this unusual time to pray, meditate, value and thank.  Let’s exercise, rest, sleep and rejuvenate. Let’s dream, imagine, think, solve and create. Let’s read, learn, strategize and plan. Let’s love, be present, listen, connect and help. Let’s cook and sing! Let’s build. Let’s evolve and excel. Let’s make beautiful contributions to ourselves and others.

The sky isn’t falling unless we let it.

#growyourselfbeautiful

 

Sharon Caldwell Peddie is also the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

Anything contained in my blog that is written or shared by me is just my personal view. If you find inspiration in any of my content, please be responsible, safe and legal.

 

 

 

Beets for your Sweet? Valentine Risotto❤️❤️

I’ve said on many occasions, cooking for my family and friends is one of my favorite ways to show them how much I love them. I can’t think of a better “holiday” than Valentine’s Day to prepare a special food dish that is sure to warm their heart. I really enjoy making risotto, especially in the Winter. It’s pretty cold and rainy in the Pacific Northwest so a bowl of comfort food always feels warm and cozy to the soul. This week I felt inspired to take my Risotto recipe (I’ve been tweaking it for a few years) and add fresh, healthy beets to get a Valentine’s feel as well as a healthy boost! I wasn’t sure how the color red would translate into the dish but the final look was beautifully appealing and appetizing. The deep red crimson color of the beets was absolutely gorgeous!


I’ll be honest, it makes for messy red hands and fingers during the prep but it easily washes off with dish soap and the recipe is so easy it’s worth it!

If you’re looking for some Valentine gift inspiration, this will make a beautiful and delicious personal present from your own hands and heart. I’m a latecomer to beets myself but this dish will win over any daring beet skeptic…especially when you add the 2 cheeses! So yummy!


This Beet Risotto is filled with amazing flavor, health and beauty! Beets are low in calories and a great source of vitamins, nutrients and fiber-with health benefits ranging from assisting in lowering blood pressure to helping fight inflammation. They’re a great Valentine’s gift for a heart you want to help keep healthy!

  • Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, smashed and chopped
  • 3-4 medium beets, peeled and shredded (easily done against a hand shredder)
  • 3 cups arborio rice
  • 2/3 cup of red wine
  • Approximately 5-6 cups of Chicken Broth
  • 1/3 cup of goat cheese
  • 2/3 cup of fresh grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese for garnish

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Melt butter and add oil in heavy large skillet/wok or Dutch oven saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add onions to coat, then beets and garlic. Sauté until onion and beets are soft, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Mix in rice and let rice get a bit toasty.
  4. Then add wine and mix well until dissolved into the rice-onion-garlic-beet mixture.
  5. Add about half of the broth first. Increase heat; bring to a small boil. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  6. Then slowly keep adding broth by 1/2 cup until it’s absorbed. Simmer uncovered until rice and beets are a desired texture. About 20-25 minutes.
  7. Add goat cheese and stir until completely dissolved.
  8. Shut off heat and add parmesan cheese.
  9. Spoon into white bowls to appreciate its beautiful color. Sprinkle with fresh basil and or Italian parsley and shaved Parmesan cheese. Enjoy❤️

For an even more colorful and healthy bowl, you can add roasted beets and brussel sprouts.

For an even more colorful and healthy bowl, add roasted beets and brussel sprouts.

Sharon Caldwell Peddie is also the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

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Finding the Divine for the “9”

There are tragic events that happen in our country and in our world every single day. Do you ever ask yourself why we can feel the real for some of them and others we seem capable of distancing ourselves for self preservation? Since learning of the tragic helicopter crash on Sunday morning, I have found myself weeping on and off for people I don’t personally know. My heart has been aching for these special lives lost and all of their beloved families.

Losing Kobe, Gianna, John, Keri, Alyssa, Sarah, Payton, Christina and Ara feels so personal. Thinking of the magnitude of loss for their families also feels so personal. As I’ve talked to family and friends about it, watched and listened to interviews and witnessed the outpouring of emotion on social media, I’m so struck how personal this feels to all of us.

But something beautiful is also happening. Have you noticed? All of America feels like one big family caring about one big family loss. We are all heartbroken together for the families of these 9 people that suddenly feel like our family too.

At first, I think many people felt such an impact because it was Kobe Bryant and his beautiful daughter. But then, something even deeper happened. We began to see and feel all of them. We see ourselves and our families in every one of the 9. The beautiful and heart-breaking images of them connected us. We can relate to their bonds, love and dreams.

As I’ve prayed for the 9 beautiful souls and their devastated families, I’ve asked God to help all of us grasp some purpose and light. The number of them keeps coming into my heart. Nine. I’m not well versed in spiritual numerology and I’m certainly not an expert in biblical interpretation but it’s safe to say there is significant, divine, prophetic, spiritual meaning in 9.

Number 9 symbolizes the completeness of God. Number 9 represents the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit. It represents faith, spiritual enlightenment and energy without motive. It represents universal love. The fact that so many of our hearts are in unison at this moment over these “9” feels like something important we should stop and take note of. It feels like a spiritual gift if we want to open it and receive it.

At least for today, we are blessed that we are able to get back to the normality of our lives. That isn’t the case for the families of these 9. May we honor them all by not quickly forgetting this universal love they made us all feel. I feel the divine from this 9.83208128_10163547016480455_4912859793921671168_o

Sharon Caldwell Peddie is also the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

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