Author: Ed Slingerland

Salad with avocado and egg

Salad with avocado and egg

Today is easy!Do not really cook, but more of a prepare meal. What do you need for 3 people: 2 avocados cut into cubes 1 head of iceberg lettuce 6 boiled eggs 3 Roma or meat tomatoes spring onions (to taste) – I use 1 

Fish with cream cheese and courgette spaghetti

Fish with cream cheese and courgette spaghetti

Fish… The boys don’t like it very much, although one more than the other. One is more adventurous with salmon or shrimp, the other keeps it at cod pieces… And let’s eat cod today, the same as in fish and chips! Prepared differently, but still.The 

Cauliflower rice with minced beef oven dish

Cauliflower rice with minced beef oven dish

Let me start by saying that I do not like cauliflower as a vegetable. Just like broccoli… Cauliflower rice, on the other hand, is good to eat.
Cheese? Not a big fan, but melted, on a pizza, grilled sandwich or on an oven dish is great!

So when we were looking for recipes to eat healthier and tastier, this was the first one we came across.

The whole approach is and was:

  • We try it, is it tasty, we eat it more often.
  • is it “not so tasty”, I tweak it and if it is still not what we expected, it is skipped.

This dish is pretty simple, you need the following ingredients (my recipes are for 4-5 people):

  • Olive oil
  • 800 grams to 1 kilo minced meat (I used organic beef mince)
  • 800 grams cauliflower rice
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 bouillon cubes
  • 1 bulb mozzarella
  • 400 ml cooking cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 200 grams of grated cheese (30+)

Preparing takes about 15 minutes:
Fry the onions, add minced meat (flavour with a little bit of salt and pepper). When the minced meat is done, add cauliflower rice and cream, crumble the bouillon cubes and stir well. Bake for 2 minutes on medium heat.
Throw the entire content of the pan in an oven dish (30x24x8 cm), flatten slightly, place the mozzarella (sliced) over the dish and sprinkle the grated cheese on top.

Put in a preheated oven (200 degrees) for 20-30 minutes. Leave to cool of for 15 minutes before eating.

Ratings:

Child 1
Child 2
Wife
Myself
Puffed sweet potato with Serrano ham salad

Puffed sweet potato with Serrano ham salad

Because we had eaten way too much fat and too easy during the last holidays and actually the days around as well, I thought I’d start with a healthy, green salad. You have to hear the comments from the guys: “SAL-AD????????? That’s not dinner, is 

What’s Cooking?

What’s Cooking?

Happy New Year!!!! A new category on my site that I will be blogging about on a regular base: What’s Cooking? I usually do the cooking around here and I tend to end up with the same five dishes… Recognizable? So the entire family was 

MAN UP!

MAN UP!

My brother Scott Schuler, one of the people I hold in high regard as a person, but also as the man behind the Ride for a Reason fundraiser among others, has put up a couple of videos on his YouTube channel about his “MAN UP” project. A project to help men stand in their power and live a life filled with values, norms, respect and trust.

For me “Manning Up” is taking responsibility for my actions or actions taken on my behalf.I have to apologize and repair whatever damage is done, no-one else. From the heart, genuine! Not matter how uncomfortable that makes me feel. Manning Up.
Making excuses is often used as a hollow phrase, to hide the real facts someone should apologizing for. People that are angry they got busted is what their apology is for, not regretting for what they did or caused.

As a father of 2 teenagers, I recognize whatever they are doing and saying: They copy my behavior, my way of thinking, my humor… I am their main role-model.I do regret the way they sometimes react towards Daniëlle (my wife) or me, then I MAN UP and correct them for their behavior, taking responsibility for how I raised them.But then again I hear from their friends’ parents how friendly, nice, thoughtful, well-behaved and helpful they are. That gives me pride, I know I did something right.I know I sometimes drop the ball, but overall I did a hell of a job, even though nobody ever told me how to do it.

Same goes for our marriage:
It may not be perfect, but it is perfect for me. I truly adore my wife, we have been together for almost 30 years, we have our up and downs, but we can talk to each other about anything. We need to talk about anything, as we have a family together, a business together, a life longer together than being apart. We might not agree all the time, but we respect each other for what we are; flaws and all!

Or what about OUR business:
I know my wife has been busting her ass off, working over 4 years to get where we are today, but where would we be if I had not “Manned Up” and do the work around the house, the dinners, the laundry? Being in a business together means that we do things that the other one doesn’t or is too busy to do so. I am forever grateful for all the effort she puts into our business. If she had not put in that much effort, we would not had the opportunity to fire my boss and me join this Young Living adventure full-time. If I had not taken on the chores, she would not have time to do the business full time, we would never have the freedom we have nowadays. We both have to put in effort to make things work.

So, to all my brothers out there, I just want to say this:
Get your head out of your ass, be there and do what is needed: MAN UP!

Baseball & Oils

Baseball & Oils

Whoever says Baseball and Young Living don’t mix? Here are some shots of the National League Division Series wild card game of the Chicago Cubs playing @ the Colorado Rockies of October 3rd. Contreras comes of the field, feeling a little cramped after 13 innings, 

Young Living’s 2018 European convention

Young Living’s 2018 European convention

2 weeks ago the Young Living 2018 European convention was about to start. A very social, yet business event we encourage all our members to attend. Why? Where would one meet so many like-minded people AND get to hear from the leaders of industry how 

My Name Is Prince

My Name Is Prince

MNIP posterBeing a huge Prince-music lover, (not just his own songs, but a lot of the related artists like The Time, Vanity, Wendy & Lisa as well, and also projects like Madhouse, New Power Generation or Mazarati) I could not skip the exhibition in Amsterdam about him and his music. It was already prolonged to the first week of August, there wouldn’t be another change…
I saw some reviews from people who have been there and found it not to be too exciting. I saw another bunch of people writing about the VIP tour and they were loving it… That we needed to do! And yesterday we did.

We took the train to Amsterdam, walked across Rokin to de Beurs van Berlage to take the VIP tour. Turned out that it started just a couple of minutes after we got there.

We were invited in the VIP lounge to wait for the tour to start.

MNIP poster 2The difference between the regular exhibition and the tour are that you CAN AND MAY take photos during the VIP tour, while during the exhibition you have to hand in your phone. VIP guests get a photo book at the end of the tour, regular visitors have to buy one. During the tour you get to hear great stuff about his guitars, costumes and other stuff. And to top things off, we got to hold one of his acoustic guitars!!!

We strolled through the “Backstage-Area” for an hour and a half while listening to Bob telling us about what guitar Prince used during what show or video clip. Bob had his own encounters with the man and told us all about it! Including his “evidence”; he had pics of him on stage during Prince’s after show in Paradiso, where he picked up a plectrum Prince played his guitar with. Also a pic of that one and the concert ticket…

Handschoenen aan.jpgAt the end of the backstage tour, we sat down at a big screen where we had to put on white gloves to hold Prince’s guitar!
It was an acoustic, purple one, Duh! What I found strangest about it was that the neck was way heavier than the body; I have my own guitar and never noticed the weight difference. And when someone would talk, you could feel the voice resonance going all through the body!!

guitar 5.jpgWhen all 7 people on this tour held the guitar, it was time for 1 more exclusive item: the showing of 2 clips of Prince’s “21 Nights” closing night!

The final piece he played was Purple Rain, and yes, it is a great song, but that is not the one doing “it” for me…

I guess that everyone has their own special song that reminds them of Prince the singer, Prince the guitar player, Prince the movie star, Prince the Songwriter, Prince the drummer or perhaps Prince the Entertainer…

We thanked Bob for sharing and telling and went into the general exhibition, WITHOUT CAMERA… Luckily we already took a bunch of pics backstage!!!

The general exhibition took us through Prince’s career with some nice pics, guitars, costumes and related stuff.

Some stuff from Prince’s make-up and jewelry, handwritten lyrics to Another Lonely Xmas and a copy of the original mix table that is still at Paisley Park…

 

Sometimes You Must Dare To Jump!

Sometimes You Must Dare To Jump!

Before I got laid off in 2014 I already made my decision to look for something else; although I got fired before I could find another job. I never could have imagined being unemployed for over 2 and a half years, with 25 years experience