Archives for : January2014

A Good Egg


I have eaten eggs that are rubbery and ruined from too much heat.

A good egg needs to be handled delicately. You will savor the texture, flavor, and

fluffiness of these special eggs!


  • 8 to 10 fresh eggs
  • ¼ stick of butter
  • 2 oz. cream cheese
  • ½ pint whipping cream
  • Chives
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  1. Melt the butter in an 11 x 7-inch Pyrex baking pan in a 350 degree oven.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, beat the eggs lightly, and add salt and pepper.
  3. Add chunks of cream cheese.
  4. Add the cream and chop in some fresh chives.
  5. Pour into the baking Pyrex dish and bake about 10 minutes, then use a rubber 
    spatula to gently turn over the mixture. Repeat this procedure about every 5 to 10 minutes until done.


Mary Z.

It’s All in the Details


It’s often the finishing touches that make a house feel more like a home.

These small details can personalize, add texture, or give dimension to a


For example, the marbles in this bowl are all different. Yet commingled,

they add color and interest, in much the same way all the people, places,

and things I cherish have added meaning to my life.

Savor your own personal details. They add charm and allow others to get

a glimpse of who you really are.

Mary Z


Recovery wheel

Paradoxes . . .

In recovery there are some surprising paradoxes. When we admit that we are

powerless, we can receive Power.

The key to these paradoxes is our willingness to believe in God. By ourselves, we

are weak and ineffectual. However, when we cooperate with the will of God, our

potential is limitless.

May we accept the paradoxes, even though we do not understand.

Mary Z.

De-cluttering Can Be So Overwhelming…

De-cluttering can seem SO overwhelming . . .

Because “stuff” accumulates so fast, the task of de-cluttering can be

overwhelming. To help you start the New Year right, here are a few tips to

help simplify your life without leaving you feeling stuck emotionally.

*Before you start throwing away, sort everything into three categories:

Charity Donation, Keepsake to Pack Away, or Item to be Used Now.

*Ask yourself: Is this item useful, beautiful, or meaningful?

*Ask yourself: Do I really need this item? If you hesitate, you probably don’t.

*Tackle only one room at a time.

*When you buy something new, practice the in/out rule: Something New?  Something Old has to go to make room for it.

The main point with de-cluttering is to BEGIN! There is a sense of freedom

that happens when you decide to travel light. It’s good for the soul . . . and

it is so worth the effort!


Mary Z.

The Gift of Today

I recently read a story about a woman who visited Africa. One day she and her

hosts were going to two events in two different areas. When they got to the first

event she asked her host, “When will we need to leave here in order to get to our

next appointment on time?”


The host replied, “We will leave here when we are ready. We need to give our

full attention to these people here now, and we cannot do that if we are already

thinking about where we are going next.”

After pondering the host’s answer, she realized just how difficult it is to live in the

day. She said, “I love to reflect on the past and dream about the future, but the

present can pass me by all too easily.”


We Americans seem always to be in a rush. This story was a great reminder to

me that TODAY is a gift! Maybe that’s why it’s called the present.

Mary Z.