Author Archives: Sherry Kronenfeld

Invigorating Winter Fun! Go For It!!!

Look at that sky. Look at that snow. Look at the stream of moving water running through the ice.

Breathtaking!

This photo was taken during my first snowshoe expedition along the golf course at Mount Kisco Country Club. Wow, what great winter fun. Through the laughter of my friends and the sounds of crackling snow it was an afternoon of great memories as we lifted our feet through snow and ice.

Let me tell you, it was harder than I thought it would be, especially uphill!

For those of you with snowshoes, look for large open spaces where you can walk for hours and savor Mother Nature’s winter with friends outdoors.

Here’s to many more moments of Centerpeace! Thank you Paula, Karen, Sande, Amy and Jane for my new shoes!! I can’t wait to wear them again and again.

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It’s a Delicious Time of Year!

Okay, so typically I stick to healthy whole foods especially for my blog.
However, with this recipe I make an exception.  Last night I had the pleasure of attending a friend’s annual “Cookie Party.”  I arrived and walked into a house decorated from top to bottom with Christmas and holiday decor.  Lights sparkled, friends mingled and in the dining room were forty (40!) different holiday cookies beautifully displayed. Each year someone wins the award for best cookie.  Hands down, this chocolate
toffee bark won thanks to Lydia Altman’s gift of making bark.  I had to share it with all of you after I indulged in its decadent flavors. Trust me, it was worth every bite.  Thank you Michele for a warm, wonderful evening filled with good friends, yummy treats and your loving kindness.

Chocolate Toffee Bark

Makes about 40 pieces

10 0unces bittersweet (not unsweetened), dark or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (optional: + extra for drizzling on top)

7 ounces good quality white chocolate (Ghirardelli, Lindt or Baker’s), coarsely chopped (optional: + extra for drizzling on top)

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use old-fashioned style or freshly ground)

Toffee chips or chopped Skor or Heath bars to taste

8 ounces good quality milk chocolate (Ghirardelli or Lindt), chopped

Turn large baking sheet upside down. Cover tightly with foil. Mark a 12×9 inch rectangle on foil.

Stir bittersweet chocolate in medium bowl set over saucepan of barely simmering water until melted (do not allow bottom of bowl to touch the water). Pour melted chocolate onto marked rectangle on foil.  Using icing spatula, spread chocolate to fill rectangle. Refrigerate while making peanut butter filling.

Stir chopped white chocolate and peanut butter continuously in heavy medium saucepan over med-low heat until mixture is melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Cool to barely lukewarm, about 10 minutes.  Pour over bittersweet  chocolate. Working quickly, spread to coat bittersweet chocolate completely. Sprinkle generously with toffee chips. Chill until very firm, about 20 minutes.

Stir milk chocolate in medium metal bowl set over saucepan of barely simmering water (do not allow bottom of bowl to touch water) until chocolate is melted. Remove and pour chocolate over toffee chips, spreading quickly to cover. Sprinkle with more toffee chips.

Optional: warm additional bittersweet and white chocolate (separately). Dip spoon in bittersweet chocolate and drizzle lines over toffee chips.  Repeat with white chocolate. (This can be done using a pastry bag or plastic zip-loc bag).

Chill bark until firm enough to cut, about 20 minutes.

Lift foil with bark onto work surface.  Cut crosswise into 5 2-inch-wide strips. Cut each strip crosswise into 4 sections, and diagonally into 2 triangles.

Can be made 2 weeks ahead. Keep chilled in airtight container.

ENJOY!!

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Be Thankful

Thanksgiving could be my most favorite holiday;  cool temperatures outdoors, crackling fireplaces, the sweet smells of delicious foods and the love of family togetherness.  I am always reminded of just how lucky I am each Thanksgiving, and the poem shared below is a constant reminder of attitude and the role that it plays in conscious daily living.  I’m hoping that you too will find great meaning in its message and share it with those that you hold close during this most special time of year.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with love, happiness, gratitude and Centerpeace!  Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired  and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your life’s blessings.

I’m thankful for all of you.
May your Thanksgiving be filled with love, laughter and Centerpeace.

Stephanie

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My New Favorite Cookie

This is my new favorite cookie…filled with delicious oats and sesame seeds providing that perfect carbohydrate/protein balance.

Pour yourself a hot cup of tea and treat yourself to these. Worth every bite and good for you!

Oatmeal Sesame Raisin Cookies

3 cups oats

2 eggs

1/2 cup honey

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds

3/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

2/3 cup rice syrup

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup raw almonds (optional)

Mix all ingredients together and drop by heaping tablespoon on parchment.

Bake 8 – 10 minutes, watching carefully. They burn quickly!

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May We All Be Coffee

A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee…

You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as when one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.”
“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.
Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft.
The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.
Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently.
The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.
The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.
However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
“Which are you?” she asked her daughter. When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg,or a coffee bean?”
Think of this: Which am I?
Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level?
How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

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Make the most of each and every day

While walking through Bridgehampton this past weekend, after taking an amazing class at Exhale….I came across this beautiful tag.  That’s right, a tag.  I was looking for something to buy in the store just to own the tag, when it dawned on me to photograph the tag so I could share it with all of you.  Something as simple as a tag summarized so beautifully the essence of living life to the fullest.  I truly believe in these words and do my best to live each day mindfully knowing that our time on this earth is limited.

And yes, that night, I did order dessert…..Soak up the heat of summer, drink lots of water and breathe in the season of slowing down!
Here’s to more Centerpeace!

Stephanie

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Snack Time – Homemade Granola Bars!

Snack time can be healthy and wholesome when your kids get home from school. One of my favorite snacks to make are delicious homemade granola bars. They are all natural and filled with just the right amount of nutrients to get your kids to dinner.

Feel free to add dried cranberries, raisins, peanut butter chips
or chocolate chips or nuts of various kinds depending on your family’s favorites.

Maple Cinnamon Granola Bars

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup crisped brown rice cereal
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy protein powder or regular vanilla based protein powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbl. canola oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray baking pan with Pam.  In bowl mix the oats, rice cereal, flour, brown sugar, soy powder, cinnamon and salt.
In a small bowl mix the peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla and canola oil until smooth.  Stir one mixture into the other and combine them.  Spread mixture into the square baking pan and bake for 20 minutes.

Take out of oven and cut them into bar shaped size and then put the pan back into the oven for another 5 minutes.  The bars should be golden brown.

Store in an airtight container.

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Quinoa: “The Gold of the Incas”

A staple in my kitchen, quinoa is an amino acid-rich (protein) seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and nutty flavor when cooked.  It is commonly considered a grain but is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. Recently rediscovered, quinoa had been called “the gold of the Incas.” Now it is gold in my house at dinner time – my kids love it with stir fry instead of brown rice. I happen to love it mixed with veggies for lunch or dinner. As a vegetarian, I am always looking for more protein, and quinoa provides me with not only a delicious taste but nearly 15 grams of protein per serving.

Enjoy one of my favorite recipes:

Carrot, Zucchini and Asparagus Quinoa

2 Tbls dried currants

2 med carrots, cubed

2 sm zucchini, cubed

3-4 asparagus spears

1 shallot, chopped

2 Tbls olive oil

Saute chopped vegetables in oil until tender. Prepare quinoa according to directions on box. Mix together. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

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365 Gathered Truths

A while back a beautiful wood box arrived at my door from a dear friend. On the outside of the box it was labeled, “365 Gathered Truths.”
Inside were 365 individual cards, one for each day of the year,
with a message or quote inscribed.  This simple box filled with magical messages makes me
smile every morning.  These mindful, brillantly written thoughts send me into the world with in a positive mindset each day.

Recently, I read a message that stuck with me and continues to therefore I’m sharing it with you.
It’s thought provoking and each time I go back to re-read it, it’s even more profound.

Written by Jo Coudert
“Of all the people you will know in a lifetime,
you are the only one you will never leave or lose.
To the question of your life,
You are the only answer.
To the problems of your life,
You are the only solution.”

Make each day count my friends and let’s be the change we wish to see in the world.
Have a peaceful day!

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“Gift of an Ordinary Day”

This is one of my favorite videos. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

watch?v=olSyCLJU3O0

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