New On The Blog

4. No one wants to hear your conversation. When you must speak on the phone in public, remove yourself and take your call in private. If you cannot find privacy, step at least ten feet away so you minimize the chance of disturbing others. No matter how private we try to make our call, our body language speaks volumes. Patrons enjoying a dinner out do not want to be disturbed watching someone throw their arms around while arguing on their phone.

​I am convinced we need to start thinking of our phones as a human persona. I do not care if you make it look like your spouse, mother, or college roommate. If we were to add eyes, a nose, hair, and a big smile to the front of our phones, we might begin making the connection that every time we converse with someone via text or email, we are allowing them to become a part of whatever we are doing.

  • Prostrate on the ground praying earnestly for those in his life.

  • Living on 3 hours sleep for months to build something special to improve the lives of thousands.

  • In all his busyness, never making me feel I come in second. Even when it means sacrificing himself.

“The hardest job kids have today is learning good manners…without seeing any.” Fred Astaire. 

 

Women have great influence in their family, and much of the work falls to us to provide each person with the tools they need to succeed. But how can we pass along knowledge that we do not possess? 

It is summer in Houston, and last night our bedroom A/C went kaput! My first reaction was to grumble, but then I reminded myself to “choose happiness!” I was thankful we had a guestroom to sleep in that had cool air and a fan. As we crawled into an unfamiliar bed, I was quickly reminded of the times I preached to others: “Every good hostess should sleep in her own guestroom for one full night. You will immediately see what is missing!”

It is summer in Houston, and last night our bedroom A/C went kaput! My first reaction was to grumble, but then I reminded myself to “choose happiness!” I was thankful we had a guestroom to sleep in that had cool air and a fan. As we crawled into an unfamiliar bed, I was quickly reminded of the times I preached to others: “Every good hostess should sleep in her own guestroom for one full night. You will immediately see what is missing!”

Today, where we see every form of fashion on our streets, the question of men and shorts still produces uncertainty among many. There is a reason for this that is embedded in our DNA, and to fully understand we need to explore a little history.

“What are the main table manners children should know?” A common question I am frequently asked. Yet I have a tough time narrowing my answer. I pick my top three, then a fourth pops into my mind. Then a fifth. We may not all attend black-tie events, but we do all eat. Your children will one day be placed in a situation where they need to skillfully know their way around a dining table.

As we approach Mother’s Day, I would like to take a special look at the precious women in our lives that hold the title of Mother-in-law. Do you remember the movie Monster-in-Law? It starred Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda in a romantic comedy centered around the tumultuous relationship between a bride and her future mother-in-law. If you have not seen it, you should. It will keep you laughing but, sadly, may hit closer to home than you would like to admit.

  • Alina Gersib

Blueberry & Pecan Baked Oatmeal



A great way to feed a crowd, baked oatmeal provides an easy to prepare brunch item the whole family will love. The oatmeal dish is versatile to suit your preference; substitute the blueberries for apples or strawberries, use either fresh or frozen fruit. This dish preps in under 10 minutes and then is hands off baking for about 45. Enjoy!

Blueberry & Pecan Baked Oatmeal
.pdf
Download PDF • 514KB

Makes 8 servings

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes



Ingredients:

*2 cups old fashioned rolled oats

*1/2 cup + 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

*1/2 cup brown sugar

*2 teaspoons cinnamon

*1/2 teaspoons salt

*1 teaspoon baking powder

*2 cups + 1/2 cup of blueberries

*2 eggs

*1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*1 3/4 cups milk

*4 tablespoons butter, melted


Preparation:

*Preheat oven to 350F.

*Grease a 6 quart pan with butter and set aside.

*In a large bowl combine oats, 1/2 cup pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Stir well.

*In another bowl whisk the eggs, then add vanilla extract, and milk. Whisk to combine.

*Pour egg mixture and melted butter into the bowl with the oats. Stir well.

*Place 2 cups of the blueberries in an even layer at the bottom of the greased pan.

*Pour the oatmeal mixture over the top and spread.

*Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of blueberries and 1/2 cup of pecans over the top.

*Bake for 45 minutes until pecans are toasted and the mixture has set.


Recipe Creator - Alina Gersib