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Make Waves - Session 2 - Change of Plans

My brother and his family came up from California for the weekend. I had planned an activity for our "Make Waves" (that's what I've decided to call it) night, but received notice from Amazon letting me know the items I needed wouldn't be arriving on time. So my brother and I set off in search of an idea...a new plan for our evening. We headed to our local craft store and found it was closing. My heart broke as it is not a huge retail store, but a local store that's been around serving our community for years. This is another reason why I do my best to shop local. This store has been my go-to for all things creative since we moved here over 15 years ago. The only upside to this discovery was that all their canvas was marked down 75%. We bought a canvas for everyone and a few extra paints (as I already have many), and our "paint night" was born.

I asked everyone to come up with a word that they wanted to represent their year 2022 and paint a picture that represented their word. Words like, FEEDOM, SUCCESS, RELAX, BADASS, and WEALTH became painted pieces of art meant to inspire and remind us of our dreams and goals. It was a great night - everyone in one room - laughing, collaborating and creating.

After painting, we did a Wim Hoff breathing exercise from YouTube. If you don't know who Wim Hoff is, he is known as The Iceman, a Dutch motivational speaker ad extreme athlete noted for his ability to withstand freezing temperatures and for his breathwork. I just want to give my loved ones the tools to maintain hope and calm in the midst of all we face today. After we practiced oxygenating our bodies and holding our breath, we made cheeseburgers, fries and brownies with my famous (to us) ganache frosting (I'll include the recipe below). After that, half of us went for a walk with the 3 family dogs that were there (Rocco, my dog - Snoop, my son and daugher-in-law's dog - and Sophie, my borhter's dog) and half of us napped and started a movie. It was a fun, healing night. We did something different. We created, we spent time together, we thought, we breathed, we ate, we splurged, we walked, and we rested.

No more creating ripples...we Make Waves.

This is the reason why I decided to call our evenings "Make Waves" nights. I used to own a sales/marketing company that was called Make Waves Marketing. I always loved the idea of rocking the boat ;)

(an old business card I found with my old logo)

Here's the recipe for my ganache:

24 oz semi-sweet chocolate morsels

4 cups whipping cream

1 1/2 tsp light corn syrup

Put chocolate and cream in saucepan over low heat and stir it constantly until it is thickened (25 min). Remove from heat, stir in the corn syrup and refrigerate. Check on it every 20 minutes and stir until it is cool enought to spread.

It is like the inside of a truffle. This ganache is the secret to love.

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