Happy National Strawberry Day!!! (Feb. 27th) – Croissant French Toast With Fresh Strawberry Syrup

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Croissant French Toast With Fresh Strawberry Syrup

Ingredients

4 large day-old croissants

3/4 cup milk

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Sweetened Whipped Cream (optional)

Fresh Strawberry Syrup

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Directions

Slice croissants in half lengthwise.

Whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla. Pour into a shallow dish. Dip croissant halves into egg mixture, coating well.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add four croissant halves, and cook about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat procedure with remaining butter and croissant halves. Sprinkle with powdered sugar; top with Sweetened Whipped Cream, if desired, and Fresh Strawberry Syrup.

Credit: My Recipes

Leader of the Pack (Business Philosophy) – Only Way but UP

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Thankful Thursdays – Lauryn Hill gives back by sharing her Philosophies on Life to Students

In a rare interview from 2000, Lauryn Hill shares her thoughts on the music industry, love, and creativity. At just 25, Lauryn gave great life advice with high students.

HAPPY NATIONAL PISTACHIO DAY!!! (FEB. 26TH) – HEALTH BENEFITS OF PISTACHIOS

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Heart Health
 – Pistachios have been shown to reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and increase the good HDL cholesterol after only a short period of regular consumption. High in antioxidants such as vitamins A and E, they fight inflammation, protecting blood vessels and reducing risk of heart disease. Even a moderate intake of pistachios has been shown to increase levels of lutein, an antioxidant well known for protecting against oxidized LDL, reducing heart disease.

Diabetes Help
 – Eating pistachios may help to prevent Type 2 diabetes. 60 percent of the recommended daily value of the mineral phosphorous is contained in just one cup of pistachios. As well as breaking down proteins into amino acids, phosphorous aids glucose tolerance.

Healthy Blood
 – Pistachios are an incredibly rich source of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is essential to make hemoglobin, the protein responsible for carrying oxygen through the blood stream to cells, and is also shown to increase the amount of oxygen carried.

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Nervous System
 – The vitamin B6 so abundant in pistachios has wide-ranging effects on the nervous system. Messaging molecules called amines require amino acids to develop, which in turn rely on vitamin B6 for their creation. Furthermore, B6 plays a crucial role in the formation of myelin, the insulating sheath around nerve fibers that allows optimal messaging between nerves. Furthermore, vitamin B6 contributes to the synthesis of serotonin, melatonin, epinephrine and gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, an amino acid that calms the transmission of nerve impulses throughout the nervous system.

Eye Health – 
Pistachios contain two carotenoids not found in most nuts. These carotenoids, called lutein and zeaxanthin, function as protective antioxidants, defending tissues from damage from free radicals. They have been linked with a decrease in the risk for developing age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of visual impairments and acquired blindness in the United States.

Immune System – 
A healthy immune system requires adequate intake of vitamin B6, which pistachios abound in. A surfeit of vitamin B6 can retard brain activity as well as decrease the effectiveness of the immune system for fighting infections. Vitamin B6 found in pistachios also helps the body make healthy red blood cells, and helps maintain the health of lymphoid glands, such as the thymus, spleen and lymph nodes, ensuring the production of white blood cells that defend the body from infections.

Skin Health
 – Pistachios are a great source of vitamin E, a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant, essential for maintaining the integrity of cell membranes and often recommended for healthy and beautiful skin. Vitamin E does an excellent job protecting the skin from UV damage, providing daily defense against premature aging and skin cancer.

Woman Crush Wednesday – Academy Award Winner, Patricia Arquette

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Exclusive BLW Interview w/ VH1 Couples Therapy star, Jenn Berman talking about Love & Success

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Dr. Jenn Berman is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles. She is the host and lead therapist on VH1’s Couple’s Therapy where she does intensive therapy with celebrity couples. She has appeared as a psychological expert on hundreds of television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show and is a regular on The Today Show, The Early Show, and HLN. She hosts a daily call-in advice show called “The Dr. Jenn Show” on Oprah Radio. She is the author of the LA Times best selling books SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years and The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy Confident Kids. She is the co-author of the baby board book Rockin’ Babies which she wrote with Grammy award winning songwriter Cynthia Weil. Dr. Jenn is also on the Board of Advisors for Parents Magazine. She is the creator of the No More Diets iPad app which is based on her doctoral dissertation using the non-diet method for weight loss and eating disorder treatment. In addition, Dr. Jenn has an eco-friendly clothing line for adults, children and infants called Retail Therapy. All the tees and onesies have positive “feel good” messages and are made of organic and recycled materials. Dr. Jenn lives in Los Angeles with her family. For the latest information about Dr. Jenn follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/DrJennBerman and www.Facebook.com/DrJennBerman.

Ryan Fu:  What do you do/what are you famous for?

Dr. Jenn:   I am a licensed therapist in private practice but I am probably most known for being the therapist and host of VH1 Couples Therapy where I provide intensive psychotherapy for five celebrity couples every season. We are currently airing our forth season. I have a call-in advice radio show called “The Dr. Jenn Show” on Oprah Radio which is on Sirius XM. I am an author and have written three books: SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years, The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy Confident Kids and, the children’s book, Rockin’ Babies. I have a weight loss app called No More Diets that is based on my doctoral dissertation about eating disorders, yo-yo dieting and weight loss. I also have a clothing company called Retail Therapy that has eco-friendly tee shirts and onesies with positive “feel good” messages.

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Ryan Fu:  When did you decide you were going to be a therapist?

Dr. Jenn:  I was a journalism major in college and for my final project in class we had to write about a significant issue. I chose rape on college campuses. A student on my campus had raped four women and went to prison. He was going to be getting out and I was concerned that he would have access to the campus again and students didn’t know what happened. Two of the women granted me interviews. After speaking to them and doing the research on the topic, I began to realize what a huge problem acquaintance rape is and became obsessed with the story. As word got around campus that I was writing the piece, women started coming out of the woodwork and telling me their stories. It wasn’t just students, it was teachers, administrators, people I worked with. I have a real activist background and I felt I had to do something. My story became so big that I got calls from other mainstream papers wanting to cover it and, ultimately, it changed campus policy about rape. My last semester in college I volunteered for The Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (now called Peace Over Violence) as a rape and battering hotline counselor. As I was going through the intensive training, I realized that I had found my calling. I applied to graduate school shortly after.

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”  – Maya Angelou

Ryan Fu:  What do you love about your job?

Dr. Jenn:  I have a few different jobs and I love them all. My primary work is in private practice. I love that I get to help people and see them evolve over time. The cool thing about private practice is that I have the luxury of being very patient and watching people change and develop over time. I have been working in the field for over twenty years and I have had the privilege of seeing clients through many of their biggest life events- births, deaths, marriages, divorces, career changes and so much more. Watching people evolve over the years is truly amazing.

On Couples Therapy, I get to take therapy to a whole new level. It is very deep. Because I have the couples in the house with me for weeks with cameras on them all the time, I get to observe everything. I my private practice, people report to me what happened when they have a fight. On Couples Therapy, I can watch it myself or even play it back to the couple which is such a great therapy tool. Because the couples live in the house for an extended period of time, is gets really intense. I also have resources that I don’t have in my private practice. In my office there are times where I want to bring in an ex-boyfriend, a family member or a significant person from my clients past but I can’t. On Couples, I have the resources of my producers and can usually get that person in so I can provide my clients with the healing they need. It is an amazing experience. I love that not only do I get to help my celebrity clients, but the viewer as well.

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On the radio I have a short time to get to the core issue. I usually only have a few minutes to assess what is going on, provide tips and tools and motivate my caller to make significant changes in his or her life. I have to think quickly, trust my instincts and inspire in a brief period of time. I love that I get to reach people that might not have access to me otherwise because of distance, time or finances.

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I really enjoy writing. I am an obsessive reader and can get lost in research for days. I love collecting information and then breaking it down into more manageable and interesting pieces that people can use. When I write a book, it is like giving the reader a piece of myself. I only write about things that I am really passionate about. I try to share my excitement and passion with my reader. I always strive to educate but entertain at the same time. My goal is always for the reader to be better off after having read one of my books.

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At the core, what I love about all my jobs is that I get to help people. I feel really fortunate to have such an amazing platform that has allowed me to bring therapy into the mainstream and get people talking and thinking about things that they might not have thought about before. I love when fans reach out to me to tell me that my work has changed their lives for the better. That is really why I do what I do. It is my reason for existing here on this planet.

Ryan Fu:  What is your proudest moment?

Dr. Jenn:  My proudest moment on Couples Therapy was at the end of season 1 when DMX thanked me and told me that no one else had ever fought him to help him the way I had. It meant so much to me because I could see that he understand how much I cared and that I was able to provide him with a reparative experience with a female caregiver. I was so impressed with his courage and his willingness to embrace the therapeutic process. It was an honor to go through that with him. We spoke recently and he told me how much our work together has helped him.

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My proudest moment on the radio was a call I got from a man who was deployed and got called home because his wife and two daughters had been killed in a car accident. As you can imagine, he was beside himself in his grief. I had a very emotional conversation with him. I was haunted by the call. The next day he called me back on the air and told me he had a gun on his lap when he originally called me and had been planning to kill himself when we got off the phone. He said that our call made him decide not to do it and that a friend, who he didn’t know listened to my show, heard him and came running over. She stayed with him and the next day he vowed to follow my advice and be open to therapy.

Ryan Fu:  What advice can you give to couples who are in a rocky point in their relationship?

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Dr. Jenn:  Do something different. Break your patterns. Be willing to take responsibility for your part in things. Have compassion for your partner. Fight for your relationship, especially if kids are involved. Get couples therapy.

But if you have given it your all and it is no longer working, know when it is time to move on and do that in a way that honors your history together. I don’t believe that any relationship is a failure. I think every relationship provides us with gifts and new insights that we get to keep forever. We have a responsibility to ourselves (and our future partners) to use that new found wisdom.

Ryan Fu:  What are you passionate about?

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Dr. Jenn:  I am a pretty intense and passionate person. I am a vegan and a big animal rights activist. I am constantly amazing by the cruelty and suffering in this world. Knowing that the choices that I make- not eating meat or dairy, not buying leather/fur/snakeskin, not paying for entertainment where animals are used (like circuses, Seaworld, etc.)- feels great. I love knowing that I am not contributing to the suffering of animals on a day to day basis.

Check out our article on stopping the Dolphin Killings in Denmark

Ryan Fu:  What makes you so successful?

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Dr. Jenn:  I am extremely passionate about the work I do. I believe that when I am doing therapy, writing books, and helping people I am doing what I am meant to do… fulfilling my mission in life. I am very non-traditional in my methodology at times and am always willing to do what I believe will provide my clients with the most healing, within ethical limits. I bring who I am to the therapy- for better or for worse- and I think my clients and now my viewers and listeners, sense my authenticity. I am always in the moment with the client. I guide my clients and sometimes I yell, scream or even cry, but I am always there with them in their pain.

Want to call in Dr. Jenn’s radio show or just find out when the next VH1’s Couples Therapy starring Dr. Jenn Berman or buy her books?

Check out her website @ http://www.doctorjenn.com

The Dragon’s Philosophy – The “Lost” Interview with Bruce Lee

Wisdom Wednesdays – Be Present

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Happy Clam Chowder Day!!! (Feb. 25th) Recipe Courtesy of Dave Lieberman

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 medium onion, finely diced

2 celery stalks (reserve tender leaves) trimmed, quartered lengthwise, then sliced into 1/4-inch pieces

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups chicken or vegetable stock

2 (10-ounce) cans chopped clams in juice

1 cup heavy cream

2 bay leaves

1 pound Idaho potatoes, cut into 1/2- inch cubes

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pan Toasted Croutons:

2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 baguette, cut into 1-inch cubes

3 tablespoons freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Pan Toasted Croutons:

Heat the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and celery and saute until softened, mixing often. Stir in the flour to distribute evenly. Add the stock, juice from 2 cans of chopped clams (reserve clams), cream, bay leaves, and potatoes and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, stirring consistently (the mixture will thicken), then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook 20 minutes, stirring often, until the potatoes are nice and tender. Then add clams and season to taste with salt and pepper, cook until clams are just firm, another 2 minutes.

For the Pan Toasted Croutons:

Melt the butter in a large skillet and toss the bread cubes in the butter until browned and toasted, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add parsley and season with salt and pepper.

Forget Me Not – (Harold Ramis) – How do you feel about the New All-Female Ghostbuster Cast?

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Harold Allen Ramis (November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014) was an American actor, director, and writer specializing in comedy. His best-known film acting roles are as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981); he also co-wrote both films. As a writer-director, his films include the comedies Caddyshack (1980), National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), Groundhog Day (1993) and Analyze This (1999). Ramis was the original head writer of the television series SCTV, on which he also performed, and one of three screenwriters of the film National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978).

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Ramis’ films have influenced subsequent generations of comedians and comedy writers.[1] Filmmakers including Jay RoachJake KasdanAdam Sandler, and Peter and Bobby Farrelly have cited his films as among their favorites. He won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for Groundhog Day

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An all-female Ghostbusters Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones

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