Creating Balance In Relationships

When Problems Arise

I would like to share some of my ideas with you in order to help you find balance in your life. I really feel that life has many twists and turns and many characteristics that can either work for us or against us. As we all know, the problems we face arise at the most inopportune moment. We have to decide not just how to solve the problem, but how we feel about the problem. This aspect is two-fold. On the one hand we have our feelings, on the other we have how to solve the problem, and in the middle is the onry monster of “The Problem”. When I have spoken to those in conflict, they want someone to hear their problem. Really understand the problem. Not solve the problem for them. I have always wondered, “Is the problem”, the true problem? I have thought many times, wouldn’t it be simpler if the negativity factor were not involved? So many problems would evaporate if people could see the valid points in the other person’s argument. Conflicts are inevitable. Our response to a problem will make a difference.

What Kind Of Answer?

A very big part of this question is alluding to the fact that there is an answer. What kind of answer do you need? Is there a simple answer or a complex one? There are many different problems, so it stands to reason that there are many different answers. Many questions, many answers to the questions. Each person has learned to solve conflict from their interactions with others throughout their lifetimes. So therefore a multitude of different approaches to our problems can be implemented. Our problems tend to grow with our age. Those who grew up in a home where chores were done, have experienced the problems involved with “getting the dishes done”, or taking the trash out, or vacuuming, or washing windows. This is what I call the an active “hands on approach”. Those who grew up not doing chores learned to deal with life’s problems in a different way. This is what I call a “theoretical, or philosophical approach”. These two approaches are examples of the way we solve our problems. Each of the many ways, have their own merits.


What Kind Of Process?

In addition to the approaches we all have to solving problems, there is the “who, what, when, where, approach. A person using this approach might be thinking, what kind of dishes, when were they bought, who bought them or what were they thinking when they bought these dishes. I use this approach quite often myself, and find that it has a more open format. There is room to find out more information about the problem. For every problem, you ask a question. Then answer with a who, what, where, question. Then make a list of all your answers. This approach tends to encompass most of the problems I run into. This is an effective approach for me, because I like the creative solutions that can be created. What is an approach you use more often than others? One other approach is the “puzzle idea”. This approach assumes that all things fit and work together no matter what. Every problem will work out somehow, someway. I have friends who use this approach. They take a problem and define it into different categories. They find out what will work for them, and what will not. This is an approach that should be highly respected in our world, due to the skill needed in implementing it. Whatever your style is, is OK. You, may be a person that incorporates a combination of all these approaches at one time or another. A book to enjoy:  Feng Shui Your Life by Jayme Barrett

To Foster Good Will In The World:

Let’s take on the viewpoint of,”If you have a problem, I have the same problem”, then we can work together to solve the problem. Let me know your comments on this idea, see below.



The Light Of Chi

Zen Garden Wall ArtZen Garden Wall Art 

Be sure to choose from a large selection of Wall Art and the many picture combinations that you may want to consider the light in each picture as this will influence the chi energy, in your room.

I am so excited I found a site that discusses feng shui in a whole new light. The Light Clinic  is located in Frankfort, KY and offers classes, appointments for multi-practitioner treatments and shares a wealth of information for those who would love to improve their life by considering the positive and negative energies that surround us everyday.  I am encouraged by color and the light through a prism.  The Designs on this website are the directions and cures to concentrate on in 2019.  It is never too late to incorporate these concepts into your home  for the 4-5 auspicious directions and the 4-5 inauspicious directions.  The light clinic gives the best directions for 2019.  The year of the pig.  They list the cures for the inauspicious directions, using lights, colors, see  Organize your home – A Lifestyle Approach.  The directions and colors are pictured here. The light clinic also mentions shapes and stones, for correcting or improving upon an area.  All of these elements work together without us even realizing it.  We can gain awareness of our surroundings by looking at each of these areas.

The Flower Of Life Drawing 

The Flower of Life designs are very versatile, and many choices abound.  This design is used in Feng Shui, by placing it under the bed in order to gain a more restful sleep.  To encourage rest and relaxation is a book for your Home Sanctuary.    The Book  Feng Shui For Healing-a step by step guide to improving wellness in your Home Sanctuary, by Feng Shui expert, Rodika Tchi, reveals how to sanctify your time and space,  she offers special breathing exercises that really help, and also help with the 9 life areas.

The Feng Shui Home Sanctuary

Stone and Beam offer home furnishing that are sure to please you.  You will feel refreshed and renewed when you are at home with their products. Please follow the link to a renewed style in your home.  Stone and Beam have a specialty section offering vintage beds and bedding.  Look up the most current ideas at  Stone and Beam.

Recipe Reviews From Krista

When I first began to think about recipe reviews, I was a little overwhelmed by all the wonderful reviews I had read on the internet. How could I possibly compete with them? Then I decided that since my firm belief is that we are all individuals, my recipe reviews will hold up to scrutiny. So, please leave a reply or comment and let me know what you think. The best recipes were made by tweaking the recipe. When recipes are made with love, (the secret ingredient) the food tastes the best. I want to encourage you to explore the new and vast resources out there. I would love to hear from you as to how these recipes turned out for you. Some of my more favorite recipes are seasonal. As fall comes around, it is all about apples. The apples create such a pleasant aroma in the kitchen and throughout the home. Now in my family we use lots of cinnamon spice making it very nice. The following recipe is one of my favorites. Apple Crisp.  This is a cookbook filled with wonderful apple recipes, and is an excellent resource in your kitchen,  Apple, Recipes From The Orchard, by James Rich. This cookbook is filled with many new recipes that you will enjoy. It is rated as a number one choice on amazon.  It includes all types of menu selections.You will be able to select that perfect recipe to add to your Fall Table. The hardcover Cookbook sells on amazon for $21.26 on Amazon.


In organizing your recipes there are a few basics to be aware of. There are several types of organizational products out on the market, that can become overwhelming for you.  I would like to introduce you to some special containers, cookbooks  that you can surely appreciate.   I have chosen a few favorites that you may love. You can have so much fun just seeing all the new products that are coming out every year. One that is very enjoyable is named, The Creative Year Recipe Large Planner, by Recollections. It sells for $39.99 and makes organizing your recipes easy. There is one thing I know you will love and that is all the different seasonal recipes that are easily accessed. It is approved 5 stars out of 5.  This cookbook will give you some awesome ideas and your recipe problems are easily solved. Buy from Amazon, and order yours here. Creative Year Recipe Large Planner.


As I was preparing this article I came across a wonderful helpful website with many excellent ideas, recipes and presented in an easy to read format. It is called, ““, by Lauren Allen. She really is helpful with her free meal plans, giving you easily accessed recipes.  She has recipes for busy people, including recipes for chicken and many other foods. You can go through her sight and find something to help with many areas of the food preparation process. She is very helpful and cares about people. This website is very uplifting in this sometimes negative world. Lauren is a mother and I can relate. The best recipes and experience are offered. I really hope you will try out some of her recipes. Her meal plans are convenient and the food does looks so good it is mouthwatering. Also, I can tell by the ingredients that she has a solid knowledge of spices and which ones to use for that special flavorful dish.  I am sure your guests will love to try a new recipe that you have prepared especially with them in mind.  If you have a few minutes, check out this websight and  you may find something delicious for dinner.


  • A cookbook by Laura Lea Goldberg and Springhouse Press is excellent. In writing these reviews I hope to offer you many good ideas that you can use. This book is a blessing. Laura Lea cares about a balanced meal, see my ideas on having a Healthy Balance  in your home.  It is my hope that this will inspire you to capture all the enjoyment that goes along with cooking. Laura Lea’s cookbook is named,  Balanced Cookbook – 120 Everyday Recipes for the Healthy Home Cook  and gives you many ideas for healthy, balanced, meals. The hardcover sells on Amazon for $29.99. The rating on this book is 5 stars. Laura Lee gives you 3 approaches to creating balanced food.
  • Use nutritious food. The fresher the better.
  • Have a kitchen that is equipped with healthy ingredients and tools
  • Encouragement to create a relaxed environment.
  • Laura Lee offers a list of frequently used spices. She mentions using “Tempeh” which is an Indonesian soy product. It is made from fermented soybeans. You can get a  Tempeh Starter Cultures Kit from Amazon. The Starter is $10.99. There are many kinds of Starter kits. There are also kits that do not contain any soy products.
  • There is a Cookbook by Lindsay Maitland Hunt entitled, Healthyish. This book is published by The Art of Books – N.Y. This cookbook is selling for $25.49 on Amazon. This is an excellent cookbook to have in your kitchen. She is so entertaining in her approach to healthy eating. She has an A to Z index, with really good ideas for cooking up some fun and nutritious food. She also offers some great ideas to making a smoothie. The book rates at 4.7 stars out of 5.0.  She makes it easy to  apply many of her ideas into your balanced life and home.

How To Make Soup From Scratch

All this talk about delicious food is making me feel hungry. When the fall, chilly weather comes around I like to make a starter for great tasting soups. The soups that have a white creamy sauce in them are made by making a white sauce. (Like potato soup). This sauce has – 2 tbls of flour, 2 tbls of butter and milk or cream (about 2 cups). Heat this on the stove but do not boil. (Doing so will make it scortch). Stir constantly so it is blended well, and looks a little glossy on top. Then the sauce is ready to add potatoes and vegetables and/or meat. Season to taste, this is sure to warm you up.

Another type of sauce is for the soups with a red base. Ministrone soup is a favorite in Minnesota, USA. This base is created by a making a tomato base. Use a can of crushed tomatos, a can of diced tomatoes and heat. Add vegetables of choice, and the meat(or sausages) and spices. I use oregano and basil. This is sure to become a family favorite. Also, the nutritional value is high. By adding different ingredients this soup base becomes a flexible way to make different soups. You can adapt this sauce to your liking, making this sauce flexible for your lifestyle.  Also you can increase the amount of soup by adding some tomato soup. Let me know how these sauces work out for you. Feel free to leave a comment below.  I enjoy reading them and learning about what works for you.