Goofing Off and Finding Inner Peace


They say confession is good for the soul. So I have a confession to make to you, my wonderful readers. I have been goofing off and so I don’t really have a blog post for you today.

In my defense it is summer. And there are a lot of birthday parties  I must attend.  And then this hot and humid weather makes me even lazier.

So today is another one of those days when, since I do not have original content, I share an email a friend sent to me on how to achieve inner peace.

With the recession getting worse, grocery prices up 5% over last year, heating and cooling our homes more expensive, gasoline going through the stratosphere, unemployment stagnant at best it is getting more and more difficult to achieve inner peace and cope.

So I thought you might enjoy the following.

Finding Inner Peace

If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when you’re loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct her/him,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs……………………….


…………………….Well, then you must be the family dog!

Thank heaven this was just a long joke. Whew. There for a few minutes I was afraid I would never achieve inner peace. It would be hard to do all those things every single day!!!

Laughter is always good for the soul and our health. So if this made you laugh then my mission is complete, even if I was goofing off and being lazy this week.

Featured Recipe   
Fresh Raspberries with Lime Flavored Cream Cheese Sauce

I was not goofing off so much that I could not come up with a cool, fresh and refreshing fruit dessert for you today.

I love fresh fruit. I like it for breakfast in the morning. And I like it for dessert. I especially love summer fruits. And this year for some reason the fruit has been especially sweet. There has not been anything I have bought so far this summer that has not been beyond sweet and delicious. 

Another reason I like fresh fruit for dessert is how quick and easy it is to make some thing delicious.

This is what you will need for 3 people:

About 6 ounces fresh raspberries

6 ounces Cream Cheese

½ cup sour cream

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

The zest & juice of 3 or 4 limes

*Optional: a secret ingredient and second dessert revealed at the end of this post. Don’t peak early now. …..

Here is what you do: 

Soften the cream cheese by letting it at room temperature for about 20 to 30 minutes before you make the sauce. [No picture.]

Wash the lime skins very well and dry.

Using a damp cloth gently wipe off the raspberries. [No picture.]

Using a channel zester make strips of the lime peel by starting at the top and running it down to the bottom of the lime. Set zest aside.

When buying limes chose the heaviest and the firmest. They tend to have the most juice.

I never know about limes though. Some times they give juice. And some times it is a drought; I get none. So what I tend to do is get more than I need. Just in case. Today I got more than I needed.

In any event,  to get more juice use the palm of your hand and roll each lime back and forth over a flat surface to get the juices rolling.

Also place the limes in the microwave on high for about 10-15 seconds.

Slice the limes in half and squeeze the juice from them I did it by hand but if you have any kind of appliance and prefer to use it, please do so. 

As I said, this time I got lots of juice; half a cup.  I will probably not need a half cup, so I will have extra. If I do, I will make a glass of limeade with the extra.

Put the softened crème cheese in a bowl and stir until whipped. I use a wooden spoon. If you wish use an eelctric mixer.

Add the sour cream, sugar, and vanilla and mix until smooth. Again you can use a mixer to do this. I just use arm power. Means one less tool to have to wash. And you think I joke when I say I am lazy.

When the mixture is smooth add a tablespoon or 2 of the lime juice to the crème cheese sauce and mix well.

NOTE: I will also have plenty of crème cheese sauce left over for other fruits. I have never perfected making a smaller amount of this sauce than you see here. It just doesn’t seem to work. But I can always find uses for this delicious sauce.

Now assemble your desserts. Put 1-2 tablespoons of lime juice in the bottom of each dessert bowl. I do not soak the raspberries before hand as it will make them too mushy. This way lets me get the cool refreshing taste of lime without making the raspberries all mushy.

Add the berries, a couple of spoonfuls of the sauce, and some of the lime zest.

A very refreshing dessert indeed.

Optional Chocolate Decadence

There is another way to serve this dish. Buy or make (In this hot weather you don’t think I would bake, do you? I bought.) some brownies.

Top the brownies with some of the raspberries, some of the sauce, and some of the zest.

Voilá, instant chocolate decadence!!!

Bon appétit


About 6 ounces raspberries                $2.50

6 ounces Cream Cheese                    $2.00

½ cup sour cream                            $0.64

½ cup sugar                                    $0.16

1 teaspoon vanilla                             $0.44

The zest & juice of 3 or 4 limes         $1.34

Total cost = $7.08
Cost per serving = $2.36

Per serving  cost with the Optional secret ingredient: brownie = $2.99

Quote of the Day

We are here to change the world with small acts of thoughtfulness done daily rather than with one great breakthrough.   

Rabbi Harold Kushner 


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2 comments to Goofing Off and Finding Inner Peace

  • I don’t know much about inner peace but I’m full of inner peas from dinner.

    Did I tell you that I love raspberries even more than blueberries? I used to have 2 100′ rows of raspberries at the old house. I miss them!

  • Raspberries, cream cheese and limes = simply divine!

    Cheers and Santé to Goofing Offf and finding Inner Peace !