Tasty Thursday: Egg Rolls for Breakfast! 

I know it is Thursday but since it was a holiday, I decided to change things up a bit.  This is another YUMMY Hungry Girl recipe.  Do you want to be the talk of your potluck brunch? Show up with a platter of these egg-scramble egg rolls, and you’ll achieve legendary status. Of course, they’re also excellent for weekday mornings at home…

Prep: 15 minutes   Cook: 40 minutes     MAKES 3 SERVINGS

1/3rd of recipe (2 egg rolls): 290 calories, 8g total fat (4g sat fat), 833mg sodium, 34g carbs, 2g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 19.5g protein.  SmartPoints® value 8*

Ingredients:

2 frozen meatless or turkey sausage patties with 80 calories or less (like the kind by MorningStar Farms or Jimmy Dean)
1/3 cup chopped bell pepper
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 cup (about 8 large) egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1/3 cup light/reduced-fat cream cheese
6 large square egg roll wrappers (stocked with the refrigerated Asian items in the supermarket)
Optional dips: salsa, ketchup

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  • Cook sausage in a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray. (Refer to package for temp and cook time.) Transfer to a cutting board.
  • Clean skillet, if needed. Re-spray, and bring to medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and onion. Cook and stir until slightly softened, about 4 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add egg whites/substitute and seasonings. Cook and scramble until veggies are soft and eggs are fully cooked, about 3 minutes.
  • Transfer egg scramble to a medium-large bowl.
  • Chop or crumble sausage. Fold sausage and cream cheese into egg scramble.
  • Lay an egg roll wrapper flat on a dry surface. Evenly distribute about 1/6th of the egg scramble (about 1/3 cup) in a row a little below the center.
  • Moisten all four edges by dabbing your fingers in water and going over the edges smoothly. Fold the sides about 3/4 inch toward the middle, to keep filling from falling out. Roll up the wrapper around the mixture and continue to the top. Seal with a dab of water.
  • Place on the baking sheet, and repeat to make 5 more egg rolls.
  • Spray with nonstick spray. Bake until golden brown, 23 – 25 minutes.

HG Tips: Make these in advance, and reheat in the toaster oven for 3 – 5 minutes. They’re also oddly delicious straight out of the fridge!

Now, remember we suggested taking them to the potluck brunch?  What better way to do it then in a Thirty One Perfect Party set.  It will keep things hot or cold!  

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Throwback Thursday: More About Me

I decided to step back in time.  I realized there may be some who have not been on this roller coaster journey with me since the beginning.  Blogging started as a challenge for me in March of 2013, and 1,547 posts later I am still blogging.  Things have changes some but I am still sharing my strengths, hopes and experiences with you.

So let’s go back to June 22, 2013 and see what was happening:

It has been 84 days of blogging – sharing all of the random tidbits of information that have been stored away in my brain for all of these years.  Sometimes I don’t even know what I know.  Crazy, right?  Today’s post is going to let you get to know me a little bit better.  I know I may loose some readers here but it is a chance I am willing to take since I don’t do it often.  I figure every few weeks, I would share some personal stuff to let you in on life as Hope.

After graduating from Ocean Township High School, I headed off to Roger Williams College (which is now a University) in Bristol, Rhode Island.  A small school on the coast of Rhode Island about 20 minutes from Newport.  I started out in Education but quickly changed my major to Administration of Justice.  I actually excelled in these classes, unlike my first semester of freshman year when I almost flunked out.  This Jersey Girl never let the sand leave my shoes even when I wasn’t in NJ, I was always close to a beach.  After graduation, I stayed in Rhode Island to work for the Governor’s Justice Commission.  A fancy title for a Program person that wrote evaluations and recommendations on services that were available in the Juvenile Justice system for at risk youth in Rhode Island.  My first “funded” position through a grant and I had no clue what it all meant.  I truly thought that I could make a difference.  About 6-months into the job, my Aunt Elsie sent me a job posting for Neptune Township for the Police Department.  I applied and actually got the job!  WOW!  I was headed back home.

Don’t get nervous folks, I wasn’t a police officer – I was a Crime Prevention Specialist.   Fancy title, huh?  Basically, I along with Howard O’Neill who was a cop, were to do crime prevention seminars, rape prevention classes, home safety checks, etc in the community.  You remember McGruff the Crime Dog?  We were partners with him.  It was a job back home and I enjoyed being home, close to family and back at my roots on the Jersey Shore.  For those that have heard me tell the story of why I answer to the name “Heather” this is why.  It was at this job that the Police Commissioner for the ENTIRE time I worked there called me Heather.  I guess that she either didn’t like my name or really wanted Heather for the job.

The casinos opened in Atlantic City and I went to AC for the first time to see the casinos.  There was lots of excitement and the listings for available jobs was long.  At this point, the only casino was Resorts but there were many building and looking for employees. I came back to Neptune and put my resume together.  Never thinking that I had shot.  You guessed it, I got called for an interview by the Director of Security, Gordon Jenkins, for the Claridge Casino Hotel.  The interview was at a little coffee shop in AC at one of the converted motels that was being used for offices.  Gordon was from Las Vegas and was brought in to set things up.  A sweet man who was looking for a secretary that could transition into an Administrator as they go closer to opening.  He always had a smile on his face and loved to have breakfast meetings.  In fact, this is where I developed the habit of putting strawberry jam on cheese omelets.  Don’t knock it till you tried it!  He offered me the job and I jumped on it.  More money.  The excitement of AC.  This was when commuting became a part of my life.  I traveled 5 days a week from Ocean Grove to AC for many months….This was the first part of what I often call “my previous” life.

Treasure your memories, learn from your past and your mistakes, then use the things your have learned to grow in your personal development which will help you in your business.

As I look back on old posts, it helps me to remember.  Memories have been slowly disappearing as a result of the lesions on my brain.  Little did I know how much blogging would help me to catch glimpses of the past.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Veggie-Loaded Quinoa Stir Fry  

Thank you Hungry Girl for another YUMMY recipe.  I LOVE this one.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS: 1/4th of recipe (about 2 cups): 323 calories, 4g total fat (<0.5g sat fat), 788mg sodium, 59g carbs, 8.5g fiber, 18.5g sugars, 12.5g protein.  SmartPoints® value 8*

Prep: 5 minutes     Cook: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed thoroughly
  • 1 tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 6 cups frozen stir-fry veggies
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup all-natural thick teriyaki marinade or sauce (like the kind by Annie Chun’s)

Directions

  • In a medium pot, combine quinoa, 1/2 tbsp. garlic, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes, or until water has been absorbed and quinoa is fully cooked. Transfer to a large bowl, and cover to keep warm.
  • Bring a very large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add remaining 1/2 tbsp. garlic, stir-fry veggies, broccoli, and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook until veggies have mostly softened, 6 – 8 minutes.
  • Uncover, and cook and stir until excess liquid has evaporated and veggies are fully softened, about 2 minutes.
  • Add teriyaki sauce and cooked quinoa and mix well. Cook and stir until hot, about 1 minute. Serve up and enjoy!

Have leftovers?  What better what to take them to work the next day then in a Thirty One Thermal?  Did you know they are on special in June?  50% off any thermal with a $35 purchase.  The Go-To Thermal is great for kids (and messy adults)….

It can be yours for $9 with a $35 purchase.  Get a jump on the back to school sales.  Grab a gift for an upcoming wedding, anniversary or birthday.

Remember to share your favorite recipe with us…

Have  a ThirtyOne-derful day!

A Product Favorite: Scentsy

I was introduced to Scentsy many years ago at a vendor event.  I swapped some of my angels with a consultant for my angel warmer (now discontinued) and some melts.  I did not know I would fall in love with them.

I want to introduce you to a friend and fellow direct seller, Tammy Brown who is a consultant with Scentsy.  I met Tammy when her mom became “addicted” to organizing with Thirty One.  Here is her story:

Hello! My name is Tammy Brown and I have been a Scentsy consultant for over 2 years now. I was first introduced to Scentsy during a friend’s Facebook party. I ordered a warmer and a few different bars so I could try it out and once I got everything I instantly fell in love. I started making a wish list and decided my wishlist was rather large. I was originally going to just host a party, but then the thought of being my own boss crossed my mind and I decided to take the plunge. I am so happy that I did. I love the company and the opportunities they give for incentives. I love sharing the Scentsy product with whomever i can during parties and events. I know everyone’s schedules these days are crazy, so I love being able to have a Facebook party for someone and seeing their friends and family members interact in games and activities from near and far.

I love hosting parties and invite you to try out Scentsy if you haven’t already and even if you have tried it, please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to host your own party.  The most popular is a Facebook party, but I can also do home or basket parties.

If you have questions about the products or would like to host a party, I would love to hear from you.  My email is ScentswithTammy1427@gmail.com.  I also have a website where you can look around and see everything Scentsy has to offer. And a Facebook group you are welcome to join. I post updates about news and specials that Scentsy is offering.  CLICK HERE to join!

My favorite scents are the “clean ones” but with summer here, I like to have the island smells in the house. They remind me of the cruise I will be taking in September.

If you have never tried Scentsy, reach out to Tammy for some information or browse her website.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Your Dream Customer

This post was inspired by Jen Carrington.

Over the last year, I have looked at ways to change my business… no I don’t mean jumping ship and finding a new direct sales company.  I mean seriously looking at ways to connect with my “dream customer” to grow my business.  Yes, they are out there.  I want to serve people in my business not be the “pushy sales person”.

Have you ever thought about the people you are here to serve in your business?

When you look for the people you want to serve, you are in essence looking for your “dream customer”.  The profile of the perfect person who will buy your products, make referrals and maybe even host a party or two during the year.  It is not a fantasy, it is actually possible to find them.  They are out there when we are targeting them.

Your dream customer bucket list can help you get super laser-focused on who you want to serve and connect with along your business journey.  The end result will be a rocking business…..

If I were to ask you who your “dream customer” is, what would you say?  Seriously, think beyond the high party sales, or the customer who places crazy large orders.  Can you describe them, maybe even name them?  Think about the people who would be fun to host a party with. Maybe the people whose mission touch your heart so you want to run a fundraiser together.  Make a list.  I know it may sound crazy but believe me it works.For me, a client profile focusing on knowing their favorite ice-cream flavor or candy don’t really help me, but it could if you are in the business of selling ice cream or candy.  It is nice to know when you want to celebrate them or show your appreciation but is this information going to draw them to your business.  I want to know things about my customers which will help me figure out how my products can connect with them in a meaningful way.  It is reaching the next level – connecting with them because we share similar values or interests.  Knowing a little bit about their family, their work, or their dreams.  This allows me to suggest products to help them without being pushy or salesy, just truly wanting to service them.

If you are new in direct sales, create a profile of your dream customer.  Include all the things which would attract you to them and they to you.  By doing this, you can connect to what matters most whenever you are creating and sharing content or marketing your services or products online.

And do you want to know something really cool? In the past year or so, 5 people from my dream client bucket list have hired me as their coach – completely out of the blue! I never did anything specific to target them – I just kept them in mind whenever I was showing up and sharing online.

Is it easy?  NO!  Okay for some it might be but for me I tend to struggle.  I fall into the pit of “target everyone” and those who want or need what you are offering will float to the top.  I have to admit, this hasn’t worked.  Sometimes, when I think of my dream customer – I focus more on where and how we are going to connect then I do on the reasons I want to service them.  When you lose focus, you are all over the place with little results.

Here is a quick tip if you have been in business for a while, create a second list – a “dreamy clients I’ve worked with” list. Why?  Chances are you have already connected on a more personal level with them, which gives you deeper insight into how to create and share content with them (or people like them).  You message will resonate and connect with like-minded future clients along the way.

So, have you written your dream client bucket list yet?

I challenge you to do it.  We are headed into the weekend, a chance to think about the people you would really, really, love to be your clients/customers.  Get super specific!! Scroll through your social media feeds (you know you will be on them anyway).  Think about people you know offline (yes, there are people who are not on social media).  Make a list and keep it somewhere so you can refer to when you are creating content or sending out messages for you business.  Speak directly to the people who you truly want to serve along the way.

And one day soon someone from your dream client bucket list will move to your “dreamy clients I’ve worked with” list…

Share your dream customer with us… who knows you may find them right here!

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!