Monthly Archives: February 2012

Kreativ Blogger Award/JustSaying

Here’s another acceptance post from yet another recipient of the Kreativ Blogger Award. Thanks to Claudia for accepting my nomination for the award!


I am  green to writing and a new blogger, and when notified I was a recipient of the Kreativ Blogger Award thought it was a poke, like on Facebook.

Pleased by the  recognition, I graciously accepted and immediately sent a thank you to Christine Speno of Words,etc. For some unknown reason, Christine has taken me under her wing and gladly meets with me to discuss various how to subjects. Why? Christine does not need a why, she is a giver and we have become friends and writing partners.  I’m loving it. Thank you Christine.

What is the Kreativ Blogger Award? I searched Word Press to find out.

The Kreativ Blogger Award is a peer award, as is the Golden Globe Award. The fact that another blogger thought my writing worthy is encouraging.

Husfrauas Memoarer, a Norwegian, came up with the idea on May 8th 2008, pieced together fabric for the original design, (shown below)


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Out on a limb with food – brown rice and mango meet their match

For those of you that have been following me for a while, you know that I sometimes go off in different directions with content for this blog. I usually stay focused on words and writing or freelance strategies, but once in a while I like to explore the not so obvious paths of communication.

So today I’m going back to an area I’ve visited before – food. 

Cooking, eating, or sharing a meal are all great ways to communicate with nature, our inner creativity and our friends or family.  So I can’t resist the urge to share with you something I put together a few days ago for dinner.  It’s based on a dish I enjoyed at a St. Augustine Beach spot – Mango Mango’s.  This great spot offer a touch of the islands to every dish they serve.

Here’s my version of brown rice, peppers and mango.  In addition to the whole grain benefits of the rice, it also peps up your metabolism with hot peppers.

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Christine’s Spicy Brown Rice Pilaf with Mango and Peppers

February 16, 2012

  • One cup organic brown rice (I like Gourmet House brand that I get in the Publix organic food section)
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1 tsp. salt (optional)
  • ¼ tsp. Mrs. Dash Chipotle Seasoning (or to your taste)
  • ¼ cup each green and sweet red or orange pepper
  • ½ jalapeno pepper chopped fine
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ medium-sized mango, chopped
  • Grape seed oil

Cook rice in rice cooker or on stove top with water, salt, Mrs. Dash, and a dash or two of olive oil. Cook ahead of time if desired so rice dries out a bit.

When ready to prepare, coat medium sized skillet with grape seed oil. I use grape seed oil because it has a higher cooking temp tolerance than olive oil. Add peppers and sauté until peppers are soft. Add garlic and cook for a minute or two more.

Add cooked rice, adding a little more oil if necessary. Stir gently. Add mango and stir again. Serve with a wedge of lime. Delicious!!

We also serve with my homemade sweet plum sauce. (I’m not sharing that just yet, but stay tuned!) You can make this dish as mild or hot as you like. Just adjust the Mrs. Dash or jalapeno use. Just remember the heat of the peppers is good for your metabolism and helps you burn more calories!

A side of fresh strawberries and mango is a perfect accompaniment.  Now my vegetarian friends (it qualifies as vegan) will enjoy this as a main dish, but it’s also a great side.

Enjoy!  And here’s a little Calypso music to entertain you while you fix this dish……


We had it with Chicken medallions that were sprinkled with Chipotle Mrs. Dash.  I have an Armatale pan that works great on the grill and is perfect for sauteing just about anything on the grill.  Any grill-safe pan will work, but be sure to check out the link if you’ve never heard of these pans.  They are extremely versatile and well worth the investment.

Start by warming some grape seed oil in a pan on the grill, then add the medallions and saute, turning once to keep a nice brown.  At the very end I add just a touch of dry white wine (optional) and continue sauteing for just a few minutes.

As always, thanks for reading, and I welcome your comments!


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Kreativ Blogger Award

Congratulations April and thanks for accepting the award.  Please click on the “reblogged” link to read her entire post.

Working on Creative Chaos

I have been nominated for the Kreativ Blogger Award by Christine Speno. It is an honor to be nominated and I apologize profusely for my negligence in posting on the topic.

To accept the award, one must post ten things that their readers may not know about them as well as listing six blogs that they think are outstanding and deserve nomination as well. In the spirit of the award, I had a wonderful time perusing the blogs and selecting six that I thought were also worthy.

In no particular order, here are my selections for nomination. I have chosen six categories that I am fond of and found blogs therein.

Blogging~The Paltry Meanderingsof a Taller than Average Woman

Books~ Writer’s Rambles

Poetry~ Apologize with Lies

Recipes~ Disseminated Thoughts

Drama~ A Day in the Life of Me

Humor~ Jessseeker

These blogs are great, and because I found them and…

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Nothing Like We Imagined – A Kreativ Blogger Award Winner!!!

Thanks to Jeff Swesky and April Hawks for accepting their Kreativ Blogger awards.  I am sharing their posts here.  Please click on the “reblogged” link to read their entire posts on their blogs.  Thanks for participating!


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Making LinkedIn work for you | Search Engine People | Toronto

I hope you’ll check out the post I did for Search Engine People offering some tips on making LinkedIn work for you!

Click on the link below to read the post.

Making LinkedIn work for you | Search Engine People | Toronto.

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Key Accomplishments section for your resume

The Key Accomplishments section is an important component of your resume

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Keep this section close to the top of your resume so it is one of the first things the reviewer sees. Be sure to make this section eye-grabbing by adding some color and putting in a text box of one type or another. This key accomplishments area is also easy to edit without interfering with the main body of the resume so you can adjust for different uses or jobs.

 So just what are key accomplishments?

  • These may consist of some exceptional or unique roles you filled or goals that you met
  • Think about things for which your boss or manager complimented you.
  • Did you receive awards or commendations?

These are great places to start. I suggest you identify one major key accomplishment for each job as this shows a consistent level of growth and expertise in your given area or areas. And be sure to add metrics that apply. For instance, instead of:

increased sales consistently

 give a percentage like this:

increased sales in 2011 by 30% from the previous year

You may also consider adding a graphic to increase the strength of this statement, like a bar graph or a chart.  This is especially useful when demonstrating your success in sales or revenue accomplishments.

Also remember to tailor your key accomplishments to fit the particular job posting. For instance, if your background has been in sales and you want to transition more into management, demonstrate some accomplishments that make you a good candidate for management. Have you managed budgets, motivated others, developed new strategies? All of these fit well into a management role. This is extremely important if you are transitioning career fields, but if you look carefully at each part of your past jobs, you’ll be able to identify points that demonstrate your strengths. And that’s what it is really about – your strengths and why you are the best candidate for the position.

Remember it’s about what you can offer the company.  So get busy and compile those key accomplishments and make sure they are part of your resume today.

Watch for more tips soon. And if I can help you with building or revising your resume, visit or leave me a comment here!

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How to Stay on Target

Are you staying on target when you work from home?

Here is a post I did as a guest for Sherry Zander of Writing4Effect back in July of last year.  I hope you’ll enjoy it!  Click on the link above to Sherry’s blog to read the full post.   Thanks for reading….

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Guest Post by Christine Speno @

Those of us who are self-employed or working virtually may have a particular hard job of staying on task.  This is especially true if you work from a home office.  I know for me, I have to set boundaries so that I don’t let distractions interfere with my work schedule.  So here are some ideas to keep you from going crazy while working from home.

  • Get some exercise to start your day – a short walk or bike ride will do it
  • Eat something for breakfast – even a piece of fruit, some yogurt or toast to get your brain charged.
  • Get dressed – and I don’t mean in sweats or a bathing suit (a particular challenge if you live in Florida like I do and have a pool outside your door!)  You don’t have to wear a business suit, but do…

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