The Olympics will bring us more winners than losers, not everyone brings home the gold but every Olympian will bring home a golden experience. Whether it is the agony of defeat or the joy of winning; it’s what you do with your experiences; what you do with your lemons that make life a treat or a sour experience.
In my backyard, I have a lemon tree that almost continually drops lemons. Next to the lemon tree is a grape-vine. I prefer the sweetness of grapes to the taste of lemons so I have been nurturing the grape-vine and ignoring the lemon tree. However, it doesn’t look like I’ll be getting many grapes this year. Meanwhile, the lemons keep falling so I pick them up in gratitude and use them in a variety of ways. I share them with others, apply the juice to my skin (lightens, brightens and exfoliates), add lemon slices to a pitcher of water, make marmalade etc…
“Experiencing and expressing gratitude is an important part of any spiritual practice. It opens the heart and activates positive emotion centers in the brain.” ~ Melanie A. Greenberg, Ph.
LEMON MARMALADE RECIPE – It’s raw!
½ cup of plump ‘organic’ lemon skins
2 teaspoons of honey and/or agave to taste (1/2 teaspoon of Stevia or a sugar substitute may be used with 1 teaspoon of agave or honey)
Chop the lemon skins including the white part (loaded with vitamins) into the approximate size of a half-dime. Marinade lemon skins in honey for 24 hours in your refrigerator or until needed. The honey glazed lemon skins make an excellent after-dinner breath freshener too, just like candy. Put the pieces into a mini-prep Cuisinart processor and pulse.
Serve on toast (approximately 6 to 7 ) Tastes great in yogurt too!
- For a gourmet touch, add two teaspoons of extra virgin coconut oil or butter to the lemon peels and pulse in mini-cuisinart.
- To keep a regular bowel movement, add a ½ cup of soft prunes to the lemon peels and pulse in mini-cuisinart. You may not want to add any sweetener because prunes are already sweet. Pre-soak dry prunes (no preservatives) in water and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before using.
My favorite cake is my mom’s non-gluten Walnut Cake. Lemon Marmalade could be used as part of the icing in-between the cake layers.
Did you know? Lemons contain many nutrients, including vitamin B1, B2, B6, riboflavin plus the minerals calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.
Every morning before breakfast, I try to drink hot/warm water and lemon juice. It is a digestive aid, an alkaline that helps relieve constipation and I heard it helps you lose weight. Also, hot/warm water, lemon and honey helps to relieve a tired, sore throat; a singer’s best friend! Chilled it makes a thirst quenching lemonade. Add some ginger or strawberries or rosemary to the brew… yummy!
Yes, delicious experiences can be disguised as lemons so I’ve learned to be grateful when life drops lemon-coated opportunities in my lap even when I’m making other plans.
“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” ~ Woody Allen
News of the Month
An excellent spirit brings excellence. Faith and gratitude are Olympian virtues. The Olympic spirit, brings people together and many moments will be remembered starting with the opening ceremony:
Vivid in my mind are the antics of Queen Elizabeth and the reigning James Bond, Daniel Craig. The comedy of Rowan Atkinson was so funny combined with the music and scenes from ‘Chariots of Fire.’ As night approached, the symbol of doves flying while volunteers wore wings and rode bicycles was a beautiful spectacle with a glimpse of “ET” riding a bike in the sky. But the best memory for me was the passing of the torch that lit-up a circle of nations and rose up towards the heavens into a tighter circle of light… beautiful symbolism… fireworks… and Paul McCartney’s song lyrics, “And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.” Congratulations to David Boyle for his skill in combining history, sentimental moments and humor to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.
“The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.” ~ Harold Taylor
Pictured above is my daughter, Marianna Riccio. In the midst of lemons, she is all smiles and looking ahead to the future. Motherhood can be the hardest job in the world but also the best job in the world if you have an Olympian heart.
Marianna and I were interviewed on CNN-TV, Larry King Live. Here’s a peek into our experience and What’s next for Larry King?
In memory of the Aurora tragedy, sadness, forgiveness, compassion… I witnessed a News Broadcast that told the story of a victim saved by her best friend. Gratitude for the gift of friendship overshadowed the suffering she had from her gun shot wounds. When I saw the forgiveness that flowed from her heart for the gun man, it touched my heart and my tears began to flow.
Compassion connects us and even in the midst of tragedy faith gives us strength to heal.
Thanks for visiting and many blessings,
Maria Lauren – Your Powerful LIFE
(AKA) Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio
Maria Lauren & her sister Linda Eichberg are the Alberici Sisters and co-authors of the book, Beyond Our Wildest Dreams. Read exciting back-stage stories about their performances with the entertainment Icons of the 20th Century including the Rat Pack! Also, a story about the financing of the movie, ‘Chariots of Fire.’ Their book contains over 300 pictures and is available on-line at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
The Alberici Sisters Contact: YGTPower@aol.com
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