Friday Fun: Popsicles and Ice Cream

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Part of the reason I work out so much, and why many other do, is because dessert is awesome. I always have some form of dessert in my house. However not all of them are created equal so I decided to seek out some that I can make at home and still be a lot healthier. Click on the recipe title to get to the link for the recipes.

1. Egg Nog Almond Joy Blizzard

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Recently I have been a fan of egg nog during the holidays and I had no idea they made a soy version of it. Now I definitely want to try this.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Frozen Fruit Pops

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The good old staple. Although sometimes I find it hard to eat it with the big fruit chunks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Watermelon & Parsley Ice Pops

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This one offers two versions incase you don’t want the parsley. It also calls for simple syrup but I would probably substitute it with something a little healthier.

 

 

 

 

4.Blueberry kale pops

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This caught my eye really fast, especially with that whole kale craze.

 

 

 

 

5. Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Popsicles – Low Carb and Gluten-Free

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Not so sure about the cream cheese and heavy cream with in the recipe. May keep it more simple and less fattening. I might substitute greek yogurt for the heavy cream.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Ice Cream (Low Carb and Gluten Free)
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This one, from the same author actually uses greek yogurt. It also sounds pretty amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

7. Balsamic roasted strawberry and rhubarb sorbet

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Now this one is a little intensive for the recipe and of course they want you to use their brand’s sugar for it but you can use whatever you like.

 

 

 

 

8. Mango Vanilla Honey Push Pops

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Looks like there are some variations of them here.

 

 

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Friday Fun: A Bike Ride

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Today for my moment of zen and my weekly fun I went on a long seven mile bike ride. No headphones, just me and the sound of nature. It is one of my favorite things to do. It was a beautiful day outside and even though my tire was a little wonky (discovered it had a flat) I still pressed on and enjoyed every minute of it.

Hopefully you are getting a chance to get outside and enjoy the great weather. Take a break. Take in some fresh air and let it clear you senses.

 

Signs of an Entrepreneur

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Entrepreneur recently posted an article “50 Signs You Might Be an Entrepreneur” which of course, always looking for conformation I am on the right path, I had to read. Here are some of my favorites that stood out to me ( I left the corresponding numbers on so you know where they fall on the list). Be sure to take a look at the article yourself by clinking on the link above.

2. You hate the status quo. You’re a person who is always questioning why people do the things they do. You strive to make things better and are willing to take action on it. (Always.)

10. You were always a lousy employee and probably have been fired a lot. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. I personally have been fired several times in my life. Don’t take it as a sign that you’re a bad person. Sometimes it’s in your DNA. (Seriously though it’s so true).

21. You see opportunities everywhere. For example, you walk into a building and are curious about its worth or the companies inside.

24. You recognize that the best seats at your favorite coffee shops are those closest to power outlets. (Yes and yes even to the point that if there isn’t an open power outlet I might leave).

*side note: not all of those in the article are what I would say are signs of being an Entrepreneur. Gotta take some of it with a grain of salt.

Friday Fun: Freelance Comics

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Every week the studio blog by Envato publishes a comic strip called Freelance Freedom by N. C. Winters. It is a fantastic depiction of what it means to be a freelancer and what we go through. Here is one of my recent favorites. This is something I have experienced a lot as a filmmaker. Take a look and check out his other work as well.

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Video: How to be an Entrepreneur

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Saw this video a while ago and had to share it. To be your best you have to know your limitations and be willing to rely on other people to get you where you want to be. I definitely couldn’t have gotten to this point in my life without help.

To be an Entrepreneur it takes a lot more than just deciding you can do better than your current boss. it takes a lot of work and even if you are great at doing a certain task it doesn’t mean that you can run a business.

Take a look at this video and you will see what I am talking about.

Lessons Learned: Sometimes Failure is Good

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Two years ago I threw caution into the wind and decided to write/produce my own short film. Although I had worked on many projects, I hadn’t worked on my own project since college. This was my first time putting together a production in the real world, with out the backing of a film department in a University.

I had get the actors, crew, equipment, waivers, food, locations, and money all on my own. It was a daunting task. I prepared for over two months for a shoot that was to take place over two days, determined that things wouldn’t go wrong. But of course they did.

Things that went wrong:

  • The guy I got to direct it bailed one week before the shoot. I now had to direct my own film. I am not a fan of directing. That is why I had a director. But I had to suck it up and deal with it.
  • I was broke. Like seriously broke but some how I managed to pull it off and still feed everyone.
  • ALL of my production assistants flaked like baklava in the hands of a child. Now I had to do twice the work on set.
  • When trying to secure the first option for the location the contact decided not to communicate anymore. Plan B.
  • During the shoot the very expensive supposedly great camera we were using overheated broke down and thus needed to be rebooted via wifi at Mcdonalds.
  • The main actresses’ car broke down a few blocks from shoot pushing us back. Her boyfriend had to ride with the car back to their place. He happened to be my Assistant Director…
  • And then when it was all said and done the footage, we had bled and sweat over to get, turned out to be formatted incorrectly and so bad that it was unusable. So no film.

Needless to say, there was never a dull moment. Things weren’t all bad we did finish the days earlier than expected, everyone was happily fed each day, and we had a good time.

If I had to do it all again I definitely would have done some things differently. However it is only the fact that I had experienced it in the first place that would make me want to go back and change things. I had a lot of take aways from that that I can now apply to future projects.

I may not have ended up with a finished film but what I got instead was worth just as much. I realize now that no matter the outcome of the task, even if it is failure, I can still take something away from it that will help me in the future.