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Betty Streff

time for a change in habits

Habits. Why We Need Less Stick and More Carrot

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."~Aristotle   I'm the queen of beating myself up, I've got the award certificate on my wall. For most of my life, in my own eyes, I always fell short and never accomplished enough. But you know what? It's taken a long time to get there but I've been wrong. It's always been...

legacy of planting

Plant a Life, Grow a Legacy

"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later." ~Og Mandino   Spring is almost here. It becomes official next week at 11:15 AM CDT on March 20 when the vernal equinox arrives. Soon, we'll see green shoots piercing through the soil and explode into bright colors. Last fall I buried papery brown lifeless-looking bulbs in the dirt knowing that a small miracle would take...

inchworm

Inchworms, Inchstones and 1 Percent Better Every Day

"The truth is, what you do matters. What you do today matters. What you do everyday matters." ~Jeff Olsen   We humans don't always catch on real quick and it's understandable. It's hard to place value on slow and steady in a world of hot and ready. In a world of 24/7/365, always on and instant access, it's boring. Baby steps, incremental improvements and inch worm speed...

overwhelm crazy

Five Peas to Pick When Overwhelm Overtakes You

I had the great fortune of spending bonus time with our grandkids this weekend and feeding them! It's something I love to do. Food has always one of my best love languages. Wouldn't have traded it for anything but I ran out of time to write.   Spring is coming fast and and the pace of life always ramps up about this time of year. So, I...

Five Ways to Rise Above the Yips

"There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.” ~ Shannon L. Alder   A few days ago I read about someone who was nervous about speaking in public. Someone in her group reached out and told her she'd be fine once she got over the "yips." I was surprised to see it used in...

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...