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Easy Cresent Roll Recipe

Sweet Crescent Roll Recipe

If you would like to have crescent rolls for a breakfast sweet, take rolls out of the can unfold, sprinkle lightly with sugar and cinnamon.  Roll up and bake according to directions. Use parchment paper as a liner, it is easier to get the crescent rolls off the baking sheet.   Good with a cup of coffee, tea or glass of milk.  

Are you daring?  This is a way to dress up crescent rolls when you have a brunch or special breakfast.   Take a small amount of a good baking chocolate, break into pieces, put a couple of pieces at the wide end of the dough roll up and bake. Viola, chocolate crescent (croissant).  Please use parchment paper liner on your baking sheet, chocolate is sticky.

The baking chocolate I use is Scharffen Berger, 99% cacao dark unsweetened, there is a sweet version.

Enjoy Your Holiday Creations,

Jay

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Are You Kitchen Brave? Part 2 of 2

  

Walking into the kitchen of our mind can be quite a daring experience.  We may stand at the pantry staring blankly at the ingredients before us and wonder, what am I going to use to create a special treat filled with the sweet taste of success.  How many times have we done this at our desk? Sat there and wondered what our next move will be.  It was when we were daring and followed a different path, spiced it up with something new, that we succeeded in our endeavor.

When baking we have a basic recipe.  The basic recipe for us is that we can think.  Thinking of new ways, recipes, for our success and prosperity to be brought into fruition we dared to test the waters and moved forward with our ideas.  

Creating the cake, the icing and the filling, you break a few eggs, add milk, flour and sugar and the rest of your special ingredients which in the end makes an absolutely delicious creation!  The cake is the outward appearance, the icing is your success and the filling your feeling of joy and well-being over what you have accomplished.   Get that glass of ice-cold milk, sit down and enjoy your sweet end product.

When creating a cake, cupcake, or cookie we can deviate from the basic recipe, add our special and unique touch.  For instance, when I make a white cake I add more vanilla extract; if I want to make a lemon cake I add lemon extract, lemon zest and vanilla extract; creativity in the kitchen is a must.  Creativity and imagination in living a life of success and prosperity is part of the basic recipe, add those different ingredients, our special talents and abilities, we make it our own.  Each of us are only limited by our imagination and daring to be different.  We can create a unique sweet sensation that not only has never been done before but also be a success. What is this sweet product?   It is our success and prosperity created in our own mental kitchen and baked in the oven of belief, knowing and acceptance that it is already successfully completed and in our life now. 

As stated before, life like baking can be tweaked.  If a recipe doesn’t come out the way we imagined, we learn from what we did and go back to tweak the recipe by adding or deleting an ingredient.  If our endeavor is not going as planned we need to be flexible enough to tweak it and if necessary toss it out, should have seen what I tossed while creating my recipes, and start all over again with the knowledge we have gained and our willingness to move forward and not be hindered by our mistakes, others remarks or negativity toward our goal(s).

We are the deciding factor in our life. Who and what we allow to influence us, be it in a positive or negative way, as we go forward will either sweeten or sour the end product.

Your success is just that, YOUR SUCCESS attained by YOUR DETERMINATION, YOUR ENTHUSIASM, and YOUR DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE AND PLAN OF ACTION. 

CREATE AND BAKE A NEW NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE SUCCESS FILLED LIFE.  THE INGREDIENTS ARE THERE FOR YOU!  PUT ON THAT APRON AND BEGIN SIFTING THE FLOUR WITH A SONG IN YOUR HEART AND ON YOUR LIPS.  LET YOUR IMAGINATION, YOUR DREAM, YOUR DESIRE BE YOUR CREATIVE MUSES.

Jay     

Are You Kitchen Brave? Part 1 of 2

Are You Kitchen Brave? Part 1 of 2

  

Are you kitchen brave?  Are you brave enough to be you in the kitchen of life?  Are you willing to walk into the kitchen of your mind to experiment and create your own unique recipe for success, prosperity and overall well-being?  Are you ready to break some eggs and mix things up? If so, continue reading and get ready to bake up some new exciting recipes for life.

We are always creating through our cooking, our baking, our thoughts and beliefs. Life has given each of us a mind and every moment of every day we have a variety of thoughts that shape our character.  Our thoughts, beliefs and concepts are the batter and dough of our life, we are forever taking the formless and giving it form.  From the mixing bowl of thought to the oven of life to solidify our creation.  We live in the kitchen of life, the kitchen of personal creation.

Creating recipes in the kitchen are about learning from what works in a recipe and what does not.  Some of our creations don’t turn out the way we planned and we have to go back to the recipe and make changes learning what will work to bring forth our desired creation.  Life is about learning what works for us and what does not.  From this learning experience we can enhance our life in prosperous and successful ways.

If we are truly interested in making our lives more fulfilling and more reflective of a robust and prosperous life then we must step into the kitchen of our mind and begin to create and bake a new way of manifesting the life we want, no more sitting at the kitchen table with a glass of ice cold milk waiting for the cookies to be set in front of us. It is time to be proactive and get our hands covered in flour and roll out the dough, ready the oven and get ourselves in gear.  Get your apron ‘cause this is gonna be one heck of a baking session. 

Basic ideas/inspiration can be gained from; books, quotes, perhaps a platitude or two, or positive affirmations and informative articles which can begin to stir the creative juices. But until we decide to do something with these inspiring pieces we will only have the warm fuzzies and nothing more. Time to utilize our inborn talents and abilities and make the life we dream of and desire. The time has arrived to take action for our own self-improvement, which in turn will affect the world around us in positive ways. Time to get into the kitchen and create the cookie of your dreams!

Get out the electric mixer, flour, eggs, milk, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder and baking soda, the basics of the recipe.  We all have the basics at our finger tips; the challenge is what we are going to use to make it our own unique recipe. Are we going to use ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon extract, almond extract, add nuts or poppy seeds?  The combinations are endless and we can create the recipes we desire and if it is not to our liking we can change it up and make it better.  It is merely a batter of mind, no pun intended.  When we have mixed the ingredients together it becomes a batter or dough, to create a cake, a cupcake, a cookie or a jelly roll, perhaps cinnamon buns, the choice is always ours. What do you feel like today?

Part 2 tomorrow.

Are You Kitchen Brave? Part 2 of 2

“What if”?

   I sit here this morning at the dining room table wondering “what if” about a variety of subjects and how it would be “if”; but I dwell in the abstractions of life and see things perhaps in a different light than most, as has been apparent all my life in the fields I am part of: writing, acting, public speaking, the ministry (retired for the most part), baking, cooking, the arts in general. 

The creativity we seek for moving forward to better living is an abstract, it is a cause that evolves in our mind as an idea to take action on and if we choose to follow that inspiration so be it. 

Much of the way we seem to be living is by allowing the outside events to control and influence us to the point of upset, dismay, discontent and the like.   

Life is always lived from within out.  The outer life is a reflection of our inner convictions, beliefs, and concepts.  Do unexpected things happen in our life, of course they do, we are part of this world and the unexpected does pop up, but is it really unexpected or is it a fear or thought that has been planted from years ago that is now coming into our life? Is it because we are part of other peoples lives who are experiencing life at their level of belief and causes us heartache or upset due to the love or caring we have for them?  Is it because we need to learn something from this experience which will not only help us but others?  Is it something about fear, say of moving forward or of grasping a new idea to lead us onward and upward, or, could it be the manifestation of our dissatisfaction with our job or our life in general that is causing us angst as a physical condition?  “What if” it is?

“What if” you and I decided to take action, beginning in our mind-abstract thought-causation (all thought is abstract), to change/alter our response to a situation? What if” we did?  Would we benefit from it?  Yes.  What would we learn from this new perspective?  Perhaps it would be learning how to handle this type of situation without giving it power to upset us, maybe it would be a gaining a greater understanding of not only the situation and those involved but of ourselves as well.  “What if” our thoughts are truly “things” in the invisible world of causation that when impressed on the receptive substance of the Universe takes form in our life according to that specific thought?  Just, “what if?”

“What if” I or someone else told you, you have more power over your life than you currently think or believe and you actually believed it?  What would you do to change the course of your life to make it better?  What thoughts would you change permanently, or would you even be willing to give them up because you are more comfortable in the predictable outcomes.  We have all been there.  We are at times more comfortable with the uncomfortable and the predictable because it is known and the unknown can scare the Hades out of us.  Been there and it is not fun, as you no doubt well know.  “What if” we changed?

“What if” I told you that positive thinking is merely a beginning step to self-realization where in the understanding of the abstract brings forth the concrete, material, form of that knowing?  “What if” you and I started today to take charge of our thinking, our beliefs and concepts concerning ourselves and our world of experience?  “What if” it brought us the success we wanted in all areas of our life?

“What if”?

    Jay

A Zen Thought

   A Zen Thought by Johann von Goethe.

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.”

Today’s Positive Thought

      Today’s Positive Though is by Richard Bach from his book, Illusions.

“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true.  You may have to work for it, however.”

My Toast To You

   My toast to you is to celebrate how great and wonderful you are. 

That no matter what the storm you weather it admirably and when you do something silly you can laugh at yourself.

I celebrate your special talents and abilities….for there is no one else who is as gifted as you are in what you do.

I am thankful that you are successful, prosperous and filled with joy, love, happiness and harmony. 

I rejoice in knowing that within you is a power that you can use and do use to move forward in life. 

I am grateful for your uniqueness and creativity, your individuality.

Life is wondrous in so many different ways and your ability tap into this phenomenal wonder to bring forth a life that expresses all that you are is fantastic.

I celebrate your ability to walk down a different path and follow your intuition to new ideas and bring them into fruition for the good of the world.

I celebrate you because you are you.

My toast to you; continued success in all you are, in all you do, in all you create for the betterment of the world around you and to reap the benefits.

I am thankful for you,

Jay      

Celebrate You and Toast Yourself!

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