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Soul Comfort Food - Gypsy Stew and Homemade Bread

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Sometime there is too much with the world and one needs some comfort. After a trying week with a stolen debit card, unexpected car repairs and frustrations, this soul needed some comfort. 
Turning on some iTunes and listening to my collection of 106.1 Music CD's, mixing flour, yeast, water, & oil to make some bread along with a big pot of Gypsy Stew, I found some serious soul comfort. 
I hope you enjoy this variation of Molly Katzen's Gypsy Stew from the Moosewood Cookbook. It's a long time favorite of mine and gets better with every bowl.  

Gypsy Stew
2 Tbsp olive oil 2 C chopped onions (approx 2 lg onions) 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 C chopped celery (1 large stalk) 2 C sweet potatoes, peeled & chopped  3 C vegetable broth 1 bay leaf 2 tsp paprika 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp dried basil 1 dash cinnamon 1 dash of montreal steak seasoning (this is vegetarian) cayenne pepper, to taste 1 C chopped tomato (fresh or canned) 3/4 C chopped red pepper (1 large)  1 1/2 C chickpea…

Doodles. Daydreams. Distractions. Oh My!

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Lately I've been obsessed with doodling and now I know why. According to a CNN article on the subject, "doodling aids concentration by reducing an individual's capacity to daydream whether in the workplace or the classroom. The doodlers in the study retained about 29% more information than non-doodlers." 

The busy holiday season is upon us, and the To Do lists seem to grow daily. With so many tasks to organize and plans for the season, I find it necessary to doodle as a way to relieve stress and focus more easily. 

Focus? Concentrate? While doodling? Why, yes. 

By making marks and using a right brain approach to problem solving, I've found a way to reduce the distraction of so many tasks and see them from a different perspective. In the article, Sunni Brown says, "By physically drawing shapes, images and letters, we are inviting our minds to slow down and to focus on that experience."

So I've found a creative way to increase my concentration and retenti…