Sunday, May 4, 2008


Hello My Dear Joy Filled Fans: will have a new home this coming month- Please come visit me

Much Joy,


Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday Night Pizza At My House

Parmesan & Spinach Pizza

I made this last Friday and it was a huge hit. All week our family has been wating for Tonight- The dough is so easy to make, and rolling it out is a breeze. Since We are on a healthy-kick these days, we dont use the sauages or peporoni- only Fresh Veggies, and Spinach is our favorite!
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, undrained and uncooked1 T olive oil1 T honey1/2 t salt3 c. whole wheat flour 1 pkg active dry yeast1/4 c. warm water
Dissolve yeast in water, let stand 5 minutes. Combine rest of the ingredients and stir well. Cover and let stand 15 minutes. Knead 5 to 8 times. Roll into desired size crusts. Place on pizza pan sprayed with cooking spray or spread liquid lecithin / oil mixture.
Bake 425 for 5 minutes.
Freezes really well.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

What Is Your 'Secret Ingredient' In Sales?

What is the single most difficult part of selling? Finding prospects? Closing the sale? Overcoming objections? Is it marketing, time management, or learning how to handle rejection?

No, it isn’t any of those. And, at the same time, it is all of those.
The single most difficult part of selling is figuring out how you can align your sales business with your personal strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Sounds simple, right?


85% of all salespeople either fail and are flushed out of sales or never progress beyond simply being average or a little above average because they’ve never learned how to make their sales process with whom they are. Instead, they try to be who the sales trainers and their managers tell them to be—“use this marketing method and you’ll be successful”; “use this sales process and you’ll be successful”; “prospect this way and you’ll be successful.”

Guess what? That doesn’t work.

Every salesperson, professional and business owner is unique, with a unique set of personal behavioral traits, a unique personality, and with their own set of learned skills.

Although you can lean new skills, your behavior and personality are difficult if not impossible to change. In order to become a top producer, you MUST align your sales business with your personal strengths and you MUST minimize your personal weaknesses.

Trying to be someone else, working the way they work, doing what they do, using the same techniques and strategies they use won’t get you where you want to be.

That’s the “secret” the top producers have discovered. They’ve learned what works for them.

Buh-Bye Carly

So every single one of us bloggers got it wrong, you know. Don't be tryin' to tell me you knew Carly was goin'. We all said Brooke or Jason. I cracked up at Jason's expression when he was reacting to the news that he was safe; he sort of twisted up his lips and shrugged--totally Jason. And to quote him from his memorable, yea, infamous, CATS performance, "a new day has begun" for Jason Castro. I loved Randy's phrase that went something like "red-hot molten lava," but I would apply that to the "Tainted Love" Ford commercial. That rocked. I even loved David C. in that. I could watch that over again several times. So we can look forward to another week of "Oopsie" from Brooke White and poses by Syesha Mercado, the invincible piano model.

Love Hate Relationships

Here is my quandry.......I love my brothers and sisters in the MAK business, and yet through my advocacy of getting OUT!
Or as I like to quote from Monty Python "Run away, Run away!, it puts people( in between a rock and a hard place.
The hard place being bankrupcty, losing everything and starting over.
I know every issue has it's positive and it's negatives. I guess this is mine and one I have struggled with recenty and talked about it with Mindy.
The new tag line we use on this blog is very meaningful to me.
It is the original tagline from my very first business and it set the tone for me and for that endeavor. I believed my clients were the "secret ingredient!" They were the very reason for my businesses coming into being. The secret ingredient (my clients) were the reason I got into the Personal Chef business in the first place and then into the MAK business. It was to help time harried, hassled and hurried Mom's get a decent dinner on the table with no fuss and no muss!
You all in, out and "tween" in the MAK business are still for me the "secret ingredient" of my advocacy. I started out speaking out against it so that no one else would have to suffer the devastation my family did. That's the twist of the sword for my spirit, the fact is, that I realized most of you WILL have to go through what I have been through.
I am not prideful enough to think that I have been the voice of reason for all of you. I'm but one small voice. But, I hope in some way my small contributon to the "cause" has made a difference for you.
There are times that I feel bratty little sister who persists in telling you your dress is ugly (because it really is). I sometimes feel like the nosey, loud and obnoxious neighbor, you know the one ! The one who you wish would sell their house and move out so you don't have to listen to them anymore!
I watched the Dove awards last night (not the chocolate dove, the Christian Music awards), my favorite vocalist in the entire world was there, Steven Curtis Chapman (my favoritest singer in the world besides Michael Buble' who comes a REAL close second!).
His music has been an inspiration for me for literally the last 24 years.
He has a new song out called "Be Still"
Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is holy
Be still, O restless soul of mine
Bow before the Prince of peace
Let the noise and clamor cease
Be still Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is faithful
Consider all that he has done
Stand in awe and be amazed
And know that He will never change
Be still Be still and know that he is God
Be still and know he is our Father
Come rest your head upon his breast
Listen to the rhythm of his unfailing heart of love
Beating for His little ones
Calling each of us to come
Be still.........
It was breath as taking as his songs always are to me.
I hope for those of you who are "tween" or out or even struggling to decide that you will let this lyric wash over your heart and soul !

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