“So, waddya do?” Isn’t that always the first thing we ask a stranger? It’s typical human behavior. You know what I’m talking about because our research shows that the majority of our readers are human. Somehow what you do is more important than why you do it when it comes to a career. We think about this a lot lately, with the kids turning into adults that have to figure things out for themselves as they speed their exits from our comfy little nest. Angie and I do our best to stress to them that what they do to support their lives is secondary to the lives themselves. When Angie and I were first married, I was basically doing anything to keep food in the cupboards and heat coming through the steam radiators only to waft directly out of our thin, useless windows. We were, and have been happy, regardless of what we’re doing to bring the necessaries home. When my head starts to swell and spin-worrying about what the kids will do, how they’ll get by, if the job market will ever rebound, if we prepared them for the trials and tribulations of the world-I think back to all the absolutely crappy things we were doing for a living when we first started out. I was a house painter, Angie was a clerk at the local cable affiliate, I sold guitars, electrical wire, I even applied to be an automotive crash test cadavre, but as much as I thought I’d held perfectly still during the interview, I was rejected and told to come back after I had expired and they’d see if they had any openings. I lost the guys number since but I’m hoping not to need it for another 40-45 years.
My point is, everyone makes their way with the right guidance and some do it without any guidance at all. Humans are like water; you pour them over something and they eventually find level. Not that my own advice calms the nerves constantly, but I know that we did it and they’ll do it. Jake’s in his first year as a tattoo artist, and honestly, if there were one we just couldn’t have figured would pull a career together by the time he was 22, it was Jake. He’s brilliant at it and we’ve got the brightly colored skin art to prove it. Sam and Josh are finding their way too; college, work, etc. So, when you find yourself worrying about that cold, cruel world out there waiting for your kids, try to relax and realize, it’s not that cold or cruel and if you can find your way, they can too.
Adapted from The Abs Diet Cookbook by David Zinczenko Serves: 4
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees (f)/220 degrees (c), position a rack in the center. You’ll need a large baking dish (not greased)
4 large organic, golden delicious apples
2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice (strained to remove pulp and seeds)
4 Tbsp. organic granulated sugar
4 Scoops vanilla frozen yogurt
3/4 Cups chopped pecans
1/2 Cup dried cranberries
Core the apples and cut into 1/2 ich slices. Place in a large bowl, sprinkle with lemon juice and toss to coat. Add the sugar and toss again until coated evenly. Add the coated apples to the baking dish and bake for 25 minutes or until tender and starting to brown. About 1/2 way through the baking process, turn the apples to keep them from burning. Transfer the apples slices to 4 small plates (arranging them in a lovely circle as shown or just plop them on the plate-your call). Top with a generous scoop of yogurt and sprinkle with the pecans and cranberries.
As simple as a dessert as this is, you’ll be surprised at how gratifying it is. It makes a great mid-week after dinner treat that’s light on calories, packed with protein and antioxidants and provides something sweet but light that you can feel good about and enjoy as a break from the typical. Even if you’re not on a path of eating better, you can’t deny that this is a bonafide dessert that your guests or family will love to see on the table.