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Author:Betty Streff

lemon cake

Best Ever Lemon Cake

"When life gives you lemons, make lemon cake!" ~Nancy Rogers Williams   Today I baked a sunny, yummy lemon cake. A classic! I used a recipe from the 1960's. It's from a cookbook so tattered the cover is gone and the pages are held together with two blue rubber bands from a stalk of celery. Of course, the page is spattered with batter. Those are the ones that...

waiting to become

Impatient for Spring? Try Wait Lifting!

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly.” ~Barbara Haines Howett   Late February drags under the best circumstances, even though it's the shortest month. This time of year is hard. And, I stink at waiting. Waiting in line, waiting at stop lights, waiting for spring. Not my bailiwick. I'm especially bad at waiting for answers, waiting for progress. I admit it, I'm...

wonder

How to Never Lose Your Sense of Wonder

“We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.”~ GK Chesterton   Sure. Join the crowd. Give me a bad time about the huge number of unread emails on my iPhone. My family does. But I get so much good stuff! What if the next life-changing idea came from one of them? What would happen if I delete one that turns out to be...

Cookbook and My Special “Yankee Doodle Chicken Noodle Soup” Recipe

A RECIPE COLLECTION YOU’LL LOVE   For a limited time, you can purchase your very own copy of my cherished cookbook. It’s a reprint of the one we created as part of the 10 year celebration of our gift store Betty Jane’s. The book contains over 300 recipes we collected from family, friends, our customers and our employees. I love to feed people and food is definitely one...

Spring and a Better You Are On the Way!

“No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turns.”~Hal Bourland   But it can seem that way! Yes, I admit I'm impatient. It was sixty degrees and the wind blew like crazy again today. (If the wind ever quits blowing in Nebraska, everyone will fall down). But you know what? There are still huge piles of yucky, dirty old snow all over the place and everywhere you...

love

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.” ~ Paulo Coelho   There's no such thing as an ordinary day but I love Wednesdays! Every Wednesday afternoon I have the incredible privilege of picking my youngest grandson up from school. I look forward to it all week. He's usually ravenous...

it was a nice ride

Knowing When to Say When

"We humans have two great problems: the first is knowing when to begin; the second is knowing when to stop."~Paulo Coelho   If I was a car part, without a doubt I'd be a battery. What would you be? Steering wheel? Brakes? Good! We need 'em! I've often use a car as an analogy for a team when I'm speaking. A car needs several key parts and...

New Eyes Lesson #8. Finding Your Mentor

"You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself" ~Galileo Galilei   My mentor will be canonized someday. For real. She has the patience of Job, the servant's heart of Mother Teresa and the wisdom of Solomon. Especially that part about the patience of Job. Especially concerning me. After all these years she hasn't given up on me. If she doesn't become...

need mentor

New Eyes Lesson #7. Four Reasons You Need A Mentor

“Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson   Did you know if it had been a normal road trip, the Israelites could have made it from the foot of Mt. Sinai to the edge of Canaan, the promised land, in two weeks or less? Isn't that amazing? If they had been less stubborn or better listeners, it...

pearl factory

No Grit, No Pearl

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~Viktor Frankl   It probably comes as no surprise but often, I write to comfort myself or to explore my own feelings and this becomes my journal. When I’m wrestling with something especially challenging, writing is my way of thinking things through. I dump out all my thoughts and go searching like a...