Monthly Archives: May 2014

HOW TO ROAST A BEET

I discovered last year that not only do I love beets in my juices I also like them cooked.  I was on work trip in Portland last summer and beets must have been in season cause they were served at every meal, excluding breakfast… I’m not sure what my original aversion to them was but I decided to try a beet and goat cheese salad and whoa! Scrumptious!  But since then, I’ve never quite been able to cook them at home.  I either wouldn’t cook them long enough and they were not soft or too long and they would be too soft.  You want to just find that perfect medium.  And oh what to do with that skin!  Well, I’ve recently work that all out!

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ROASTED BEETS
Perfectly roasted beets for toppings on your salad, pizza, and more!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut off any beet stems and any tail to the beet, but leave the skin on and place beet on a sheet of foil
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper
  4. Wrap the seasoned beet in the foil
  5. Cook for aprox 40 minutes
  6. Remove beet from oven and let cool a few minutes till you can remove the foil and then let cool at least 15 minutes
  7. Take beet and run under cool water and the skin should easily peel off using your fingers. I don't know why but I find this so cool!
  8. Cut up beet into slices and place in refrigerator to cool another 15 minutes
  9. Add to you your favorite salad! I love mine with Kale, Goat Cheese and olive oil/balsamic dressing.
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THE FIERCE FIVE AMY PURDY QUOTES

I’ve fallen in awe with Amy Purdy this season on Dancing with the Stars.  And you should too.  She lost her legs below the knee at the age of 19 after contracting bacterial meningitis.  But she didn’t let that stop her.  She has gone on to be an Olympic Adaptive Snowboarder, motivational speaker, and so much more.  You can see my full story in FIERCE FEMALE AMY PURDY.  I was so inspired by her each week on DWS that I went online and watched some of her motivational speeches which is how I compiled a few of my favorite and inspiring quotes below.  See “LIVING BEYOND LIMITS” AMY PURDY AT TEDxORANGECOAST and AMY PURDY “GREETING ADVERSITY” POPTECH 2012

THE FIERCE FIVE AMY PURDY QUOTES

#1  “Embrace what makes you unique and an entire universe of possibility will open up to you.”

#2  “When adversity comes knocking on the door, smile and welcome this unwanted guest like the gift that it truly is……When you greet adversity with acceptance you will only grow stronger, and that is when we get to meet the real superhero, the one that grows inside our soul.”

#3  “Our borders and our obstacles can either stop us in our tracks or force us to get creative.”

#4  “If my life were a book and I am the author, how would I want to go?”

#5  “And then I began to daydream….I imagined myself walking gracefully, helping other people through my journey, and snowboarding again.  I didn’t just see it…I felt it!  The wind against my face, the beat of my racing heart as if it were happening in that very moment.”

Fiercely Inspired Wendy

Also see FIERCE FEMALE AMY PURDY

FIERCE FEMALE – AMY PURDY

If you are a Dancing with the stars fan then you’ve probably fallen in love with Amy Purdy during this season 18.  But even if you are not a fan of the show you should fall in love with her truly inspirational story.

At the age of 19 she thought she had her life of travel and adventure all figured out.  She was saving money as a massage therapist to travel the world and hitting the slopes on her snowboard whenever possible.  This all changed in a moment when flu like symptoms began and within 24 hours she was in the hospital fighting for her life.  Diagnosed with Bacterial Meningitis she was given a 2% chance to live.  Well, Amy beat those odds but did loose both her legs below the knee along with her kidney function.  Thankfully her father was a match and she was able to receive one of his kidneys.  Amy is every so grateful for this gift from her father and shares this story in week 3 of DWS.  (see link below)

Amy’s story is one of how “our borders or obstacles can either stop us in our tracks or force us to get creative.”  She made a choice….. “instead of being limited by these legs I began to think of the unlimited possibilities because of these legs.”  And that she did.  Her list of accomplishments range from Bronze Medal winner for adaptive snowboarding in this years 2014 Sochi Olympics to founder of a non-profit organization Adaptive Action Sports , which helps adaptive athletes get involved in action sports, art, and music.

When she began this season 18 of Dancing with the Stars I’m sure most viewers thought what a great story, but never imagined her making to the finals and finishing 2nd place.   But week after week Amy kept having breakthrough moment after breakthrough moment.  The rehearsal clip would show her different challenges of figuring out what type of feet would work best, how to balance on them, and how to move her body so her feet would move gracefully.  Then you’d see the performance and it would all just come together.  She was not only able to move beautifully and gracefully but it was the emotion and the story conveyed through her movement that left you in awe.

Every week was amazing but see the below links for some of my favorite moments….

WEEK 3 CONTEMPORARY DANCE- MOST MEMORABLE YEAR –This was Amy’s story and tribute to her dad for giving her a kidney.  This was also the week that she discovered using swimming feet would best help her movement and give her pointed toes!

WEEK 5 THE WALTZ – DISNEY WEEK – You see Amy as a true Cinderella story.  It was also a tough week for her saying “I could do this if I had legs.”  And ending with judge Carrie Anne Inaba saying “I hope Disney will make their next princess like you.”

WEEK 6 THE JIVE – This week left me the most jaw dropped stunned.  How Amy danced and moved in this performance makes you realize anyone can do anything.

WEEK 10 FREESTYLE –  The story all comes together with Amy’s freestyle ending with her soaring in the air.  I dare you to do anything you put your mind to.

Videos and References

“LIVING BEYOND LIMITS” AMY PURDY AT TEDxORANGECOAST

AMY PURDY “GREETING ADVERSITY” POPTECH 2012

AMY PURDY AND DEREK HOUGH ON NIGHTLINE

AMY PURDY WIKIPEDIA

AMYPURDY.COM

ACCESS HOLLYWOOD

Hope you all are fiercely inspired by this story like I am,

Fiercely Wendy

Also see FIERCE FIVE AMY PURDY QUOTES