Double Your Income In 6 Months

Double your income in 6 months–well, doesn’t that sound like something you would see on a late night infomercial. You feel burned out and the temptation gets you so you look up the address, and for only $199.95 you can have a package that shows you how to double your income. You feel cheated, close the screen and live to dream another day.

Having listened to podcasts and keeping my nose in self-improvement books for a few years now, it becomes obvious who is genuine and who is not. The ones who peddle themselves all over social media trying to make you feel bad for your life, are the ones who die out.

So it caused me to stop and think when on the podcast that it my personal favorite, 48 Days to the work you love, Host Dan Miller said that you can double your income in 6 months. I have met this guy, followed him, believe in his material so this time I thought that it would be worth listening to.

I honestly expected a long, complicated process with multiple meetings and interventions. What I heard was anything but. Dan very simply shared that the quickest way to double your income was to fill your mind with uplifting and inspirational material. He long has been a fan of the timeless classic, “Think and Grow Rich” by Earl Nightingale. In this book, Mr Nightingale talks about how we become What we think about, and we think about what we put into our minds.

If we fill our minds with news, gossip and rumors, that is what we believe is going on in the world and that is what we expect. Years ago, I would listen to talk radio for a few hours each day. I would watch both the national and local evening news. You don’t realize how hooked you are on something until you get away from it. I started eliminating those things one by one. Initially I felt withdrawal as there was a void. How was I going to fill that time? What will I do if I don’t know what is going on all the time?

Slowly a void began to be filled. I started reading more biographies and self-improvement material. I turned off the radio and checked out books on CD from the library. I joined automobile university as Dan Miller would say. After a while, I noticed the cravings for news & gossip diminish. I deleted the news apps from my phone.

So I was improving but how was this going to increase my income? The authors of the books I was reading were not going to send me a check; they didn’t even know I had their book. I expected the increase in revenue to come from my writing. I had been food writing for 4 years and just assumed that it would happen here; maybe I just wanted it to happen there without knowing how. I know how un-lucrative that can be as blogging is not necessarily a business.

Well it did happen, in real estate. How did it happen–from all the self-improvement and success tips from the books, podcasts, magazines and CD’s. I couldn’t believe how much more efficient I was. There was less time being spent on things that were not productive. I began to understand being busyness vs productivity. I began to understand myself better and where my gifts lie.

It was amazing and still is. Yes it can be done. Decide what you are going to invest your time in and get a foot in the door. Regardless of your industry and if you want to make a transition or not, fill your mind with positive uplifting things and you may just look back after a while and say, “WOW.”

Mama’s Sweet Stuffed Peppers with Ground Meat

The infatuation of my soul with Cajun food continues. I love getting books that include not only recipes, but stories of people’s lives and their connection to food. “In a Cajun Kitchen” does just that: a multi-generational history of a family living off the land in Louisiana. The crawfish in the bayou, the corn in the field, the chickens plucking at the ground–it’s like a very elongated version of my own short visit to Cajun Country; a place in which I have longed to return.

Stuffed Peppers 1

In reading through the book, there were certain recipes that just had to be made. Whether it was something that I had tried a different version of before, or a page that made your mouth water just by reading it, it had to be done. That was the case with Mama’s Sweet Stuffed Peppers on Page 101.

As I mentioned, much of what the family in the book ate, came from what they grew and raised. I love a roasted bell pepper and the chance to have that be a big part of a Cajun meal was tantalizing. You slice the peppers in two, cut out the seeds and ribs, and boil for a few minutes to soften them up. While the peppers are cooking, you make the rice, ground beef, tomato and onion mixture.

The book is mouth-watering just to read, but after a couple of recipes, you realize that some of the food is dry. That is what they did back then. There were no sauces that they added to the dishes. It was whatever fresh ingredients were included that provided the flavor.

As I made the rice, onion and ground beef mixture, I could tell that it was a little dry. Rachel is rolling her eyes here as I often try to add something to the food; I can’t just leave it alone. For better or for worse, this is a lot of fun. In this case, I felt that some seasoned tomato sauce to the rice mixture. This worked out beautifully. We also melted some cheese on top when we stuffed the peppers with the mixture.

The word “stuffed” in the recipes, just doesn’t refer to the peppers, it refers to how you will feel when you have finished one. It is a blissful full however as you have found a new kind of peace in your life.

Stuffed Peppers 2

Wow, the freshness and the simplicity here are wonderful. Much of Cajun cooking is a one-pot stew–a loose term. They added the ingredients and let them flavor each other. Nothing really fancy here–no hard to pronounce sauces or special cooking methods; just tried and true country food.

In our current busy lives, many dishes are meant to be eaten quick and soon forgotten about; it’s a utility to get you on with your day. Some however, like this dish, are a near romantic transformation to another time and another place–one which I could happily return to, early and often–sitting on the back porch of Bayou Cabins in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. It’s on the banks of Bayou Teche. Somehow sitting there, time stands still and all your worries melt away. Cajun food isn’t just a utility, it’s a social way of life.

Happy Eating

A Side Dish for The Healthy Folk!

Goat Cheese & Avocado LogOften, when I’m smoking ribs & pork shoulder, I do some not-so-healthy side dishes. Baked beans cooked in bacon fat anyone? Smoked mac & cheese with three types of cheese and a couple cups of heavy cream? It’s so heart-hardening delicious that you can’t pull yourself away.

It’s easy to lie to yourself; we do it all the time: “I’ll lose that extra ten pounds starting tomorrow, or after the new year”; “I’ll save for retirement when the kids are gone and I have extra money.” Well, just like eating unhealthy food, the effect doesn’t catch us for years, so why worry about it now?

I would love to say that the guilt got to me and I made a healthy side-dish for that reason, but really, I just wanted to make my wife happy. She loves goat cheese. Buy a double pack of  goat cheese logs at Costco, put on a fancy place, place some sliced avocado on top along with macadamia nuts and bacon bits. Then add balsamic drizzle and a few splashes of olive oil. Serve with some crackers and place in center of heart attack alley (ribs, pork, beans, mac & cheese, soda).

It’s actually fabulous. My wife had it for a meal.

Happy Eating.

Cajun Smothered Pork Roast with Onions

They say that if you try to do 6 things at once, you will do them all poorly. It’s interesting when we set New Year’s goals, that we do it in so many areas that by January 17th, we are overwhelmed, exhausted and go back to where we were the year before.

I sure have loved learning  to cook these past 6 years; especially the fundamentals. What I realized lately is that in the past couple of years, I did exactly what I mentioned above–trying to do everything. You can’t get good at one thing if you focus on them all. I have to look for the recurring themes in my cooking–what I loved the most. That came down to BBQ and Cajun. I write about my reason for BBQ here. Why Cajun in addition to BBQ? Because I’m weird I guess. And because I love the history and culture of Louisiana.

So delicious

So delicious

I picked up two books on Cajun Cooking: Donald’s Link’s “Real Cajun,” and Terri Pischoff’s “In a Cajun Kitchen.” Each night after our two kids have gone to bed, I eagerly cook books with the excitement of a grade schooler and his comic books.

My New Year’s resolution is to cook a new recipe each week; rotating between BBQ and Cajun food. This week it was one of Donald’s Link’s dishes, Smothered Pork Roast over Rice (Page 35).

It was weird to purchase a pork shoulder and not put it on the smoker. With the winter weather staying cold, I enjoyed not having to go outside. The pork roast was underway. Basically you sear the roast on all sides, make a roux with butter and flour, mix in onions, garlic, thyme and rosemary, put the roast back in with some stock and cook in the oven for 3-4 hours.

Many confuse Cajun with spiciness. That is not the case and came about in the 1970’s with “blackening.” Cajun cuisine actually gets it’s flavor from what each ingredient brings, not a lot of extra spices.

The smell of onions, garlic, rosemary and thyme is the aroma of Love!

The smell of onions, garlic, rosemary and thyme is the aroma of Love!

The aroma of this dish permeated the house. It was beautiful. When I first pulled the pork out at around 3 hours, it was tender but not fall off the bone tender. Another hour and it fell apart when pressed.

Shred the pork, spoon the onion mixture on top, drizzle sauce, serve with some of Chef Link’s “Perfect Steamed Rice” and it was delicious. Sous Chefs Sam & Jesse ate more than their fair share; they always do and I conditionally love them anyways.

I love Cajun because it is a little different than BBQ–you pretty much throw it all in and let it cook together. You don’t need to tend it as much. It’s hearty, it’s comforting and it’s delicious (not sure if I can say it’s healthy).

She is just so beautiful

She is just so beautiful

Here’s to many more dishes.

Happy Eating.

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