Stress Management


I get hundreds of forwarded messages in my Email In-box every week. These Emails run the gamut of funny, seen it before, to inspirational.

I often wonder if the emails I receive are truth or fiction. I check the websites Truth or Fiction and Snopes to try and ferret out the Emails that are not true. I do not forward the untrue ones.

We are in rough times these days. The weather has been bad leaving many people without homes. Food and gas prices are rising. Unemployment is still high. Many of us have worries about the future. 

We all have a lot of stress these days trying to make ends meet and feed our families.

So the Stress Management Email I got this week really hit a chord with me. Don’t know where it originally came from. Don’t know who wrote it. The Email did not say.

But the message is too good not to share.

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience.     
She raised a glass of water, and everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘Half empty or half full?’
She fooled them all.
“How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile.
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz.
“The absolute weight doesn’t matter,” she said.  It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance.  
In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
And that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”
“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.  When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced. 
So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down.  Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Pick them up tomorrow.
Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment; relax, pick them up later after you’ve rested.
Life is short. Enjoy it.

I would add to this……..and don’t forget to have dessert.

Featured Recipe     Cake with Raspberries & Chocolate

When grocery stores make me wait in check-out lanes lines four and five people deep I get my revenge for them wasting my time by reading the magazines. I don’t buy them. Instead I put them back on the magazine rack after looking through them.

I found the inspiration for this recipe years and years ago in some magazine waiting to have my groceries checked out.

The actual recipe would have you make and bake your own pound cake and make your own chocolate sauce. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to do all that. This was especially true when I worked 8-10 or more hours a day.

So I always look for some way to take recipes like that and streamline them for my life style. It wasn’t hard for this one.

I have never found a pound cake in the store. But I have found angel food cake. The chocolate I use is just canned. But the Pièce de résistance of the recipe  I keep……..the fresh raspberries.

This is what you will need for 3 people:

Angel food cake

6 ounces raspberries

Chocolate sauce

Here is what you do:

Place a mini cake, or a slice of cake if your store does not carry mini-cakes, on a plate.

Decoratively arrange some of the raspberries on the cake.

Drizzle some chocolate over the raspberries and cake. That’s it! That’s all folks. Dessert is served!

Voila….instant dessert even I can make on a work night.

You can add more goodies. Try adding some blueberries. Or a dollop of whipped cream. Real whipped cream by the way is more decadent. Add a drizzle of some caramel.

Be creative. Add what ever rocks your world and lessens your stress level.

And YES, the raspberries count as one of your servings of fruits and veggies for the day!!!

Bon Appetit!! !


Angel food cake              $1.75

6 ounces raspberries       $2.50

Chocolate sauce              $0.18

Total Cost = $4.43
Cost per person = $1.48

 So for the cost of just one dessert at a restaurant you can feed three peopel dessert with this simple and easy treat. Did I tell you it is delicious too?


Comments this week were delicious, especially on the post about the Pleasures of Eating. It was hard to pick just one again this week.

Butter said this about Pleasure of Eating:

“You are speaking my language Roberta – what a fantastic post. I felt it – and tasted it too.

“Reading through this (more than once) I just have to highlight one of the lines that I want to print out and frame on my kitchen wall: “…I am talking pure simple almost child like joy, sensuous and even hedonistic PLEASURE in the food I eat. I am talking about eating with love and gratitude and sensuality. I am talking nourishing my mind, my soul, and my spirit; not just my body.” Beautiful.”

RAH response: Thank you, Butter.You made my day. This was the hoped for response to what I wrote.

Also on the Pleasures Post, but regarding the pea recipe Barb: said:

“I will have to try the peas w/bacon recipe. I do not eat peas (it’s a texture thing with me as I do not like their squish) but they are a favorite veggie for my son & Hubs. Peas + Bacon = Happy Menfolk! Great post!”

RAH response…we aim to keep the menfolk in your home happy.

Quote of the Day

Life is uncertain.  Eat dessert first. 

Ernestine Ulmer


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