April 13, 2018 Newsletter



Heartiness Approach

April 12, 2018

Practice until the Lid Closes

I love motivational speakers because they…well…motivate. They reach inside us and touch our inner self, moving us to some type of positive action. Our tenancy is to berate ourselves saying:
We are not good enough.
We will never overcome our past.
We can never make up for the wrongs done.
We cannot be better than we are.
Those negative thoughts are what motivational speakers are striving to push out of us or at least have us deal with, face and move one.

If we are a piano player, we practice the piano. If we can’t get a piece learned we could close the piano lid and walk away saying, “It is too hard to learn. We can’t get it. We will not get better. There is no use.” Of course, that is not what a piano player does. They practice. Piano practice is practice. That is the way we improve and learn.

Life is practice. Every day we learn, experience, falter, improve, continue, practice and move forward. Only when we close the piano lid for good does the practice stop.

My grandma practiced until age 92. My grandpa practiced until age 90. My aunt is 99. I am still practicing in my sixties. I intend to practice a lot longer. Young children and adult children practice daily.

In an emotional inauguration address, Abraham Lincoln talked about “the better angels of our nature” winning out. Never stop practicing. See yourself as an amazing lifetime student. Your teachers are all around you. You, in fact, are someone else’s teacher. We lift and help each other.

Thankfully we did not give up when we were learning to walk. We were surrounded by adults who encouraged us to take a step and then another and then another. They picked us up when we fell. They reassured us that we could do it. We don’t remember that because we were too young but it did happen in some similar form as described.

Surround yourself now with a group of supporters who encourage you to take one step after another. They will pick you up when you fall and reassure you when things don’t go right. They are your practice team and you are not done practicing until the piano lid closes.

Read our blogs from last week and this week.

Real Food Matters
Finally Achieving our Homestead Dream

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Cooking with Real Food

We are using up the food we have in the kitchen this week instead of buying more. Yesterday I found some homemade cream of chicken soup and a baggie of cooked chicken in the freezer. I thawed them and heated them together.

I had 5 corn tortillas left, and a small square of  colby-jack cheese. I also found frozen green chilies from our Oregon garden so I chopped a green chili, sauteing it in butter. I then added it to the chicken.

I also had homemade yogurt.

I heated each corn tortilla over the open flame on the stove.

Plating the meal. –
Impromptu Chicken Enchiladas

  1. Place one tortilla in glass dish.
  2. Spoon in chicken mixture.
  3. Place 2-3 tablespoons of homemade plain yogurt on top of chicken.
  4. Add shredded cheddar and roll with seam side down into the pan.
  5. Repeat with the other tortillas.
  6. Spoon remaining drippings from the chicken mixture over the folded tortilla and top with more cheese.

Place in oven at 350 degrees and bake for 20-30 minutes.

Real Food causes my brain to become very creative. I do not know what I will end up with when I first start and it always evolves into a meal. The more I do it, the better I get. You can too. Share your successes.   rhenda@heartinessapproach.com

Why Friends Matter!

We would like to take this time and space on the page and thank our internet friends. We cherish you and enjoy the friendships. We enjoy your comments and the support you give us.

We truly feel like we have friends all over the world.

If our car breaks down crossing the United states and we had the ability to go live on our YouTube channel, we feel like someone would reach out.

When we grow older, friendships are considered as important as family relationships.  Friends keep us emotionally well.

We never would have imagined that real people with true friendships would be the outcome of making a YouTube Channel.

But you are real and so are the friendships we have.

Please feel free to email us about any questions you have and we will do the best to answer them.

We look forward to helping as many people as we can know how to eat, exercise, grow food, raise animals, and build a sustainable homestead at any age.

We also look forward to learning from all of you. We have learned so much already. We are an open sponge ready to learn.

Thank you.

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