July 21, 2017

Embrace Age

Here at Cut and Dry we believe life only gets sweeter with age. Well, as I get older, I tend to recall blissful times of the past in "vivid colors". In fact, my brain seems to be wired to remember the good times.
Growing old doesn't have to bring discomfort and disability, studies show. It is true as we enter middle age and beyond, there's certainly going to be some changes that occur with getting older; we certainly experience a number of major life changes, including retirement, kids leaving home, and physical changes, but it doesn't have to mean you're not going to feel good anymore. How we handle and grow from these changes is the key to staying healthy.

As I get older I seem to be better at controlling my emotions, better at accepting misfortune and less prone to anger. In other words, I seem to get happier as I grow older.

Don't dread aging. Getting older has its benefits:

-You no longer worry what others think. "You can't please all the people all the time.

-"Growing old is great - when you consider the alternative", as the saying goes.

-The many discounts that are available to seniors.

-Older people grow better at living for the present, studies have shown.

Of course everyone has different ways of experiencing happiness and joy, but if you're not sure where to get started, here are some ways you can make yourself even happier as you age:

1. Embrace age. Recognize and accept the aging process and all that goes with it as a necessary part of the human condition; it happens to us all. One of the best ways to embrace aging is to do what you love.

2. Learn something new every single day (i.e. a foreign language, a new game, try out a new cooking recipe). 

3. Find new things you enjoy. Try some new activities to keep your interest alive. If age prevents you from engaging in the activities you've enjoyed in the past, find a new one.

4. Spend time with friends and family. Feeling connected no doubt can increase our contentment with our lives. Even if you are not close by, call or email frequently to keep relationships fresh.

5. Stay fit - Stay physically active. It doesn't mean you have to "live" at the gym. Even taking walks or doing balancing exercises can help. In fact, walking is one of the best ways to stay fit. It's never too late to start! No matter how old you are, keeping your body in motion has enormous benefits that will help you boost your mood, stay active, sharpen your memory, and give you energy.
Mild activities such as walking, stretching activities such as Yoga or anything to keep moving can improve your flexibility (as our muscles tend to stiffen when we are not active), strength and balance.
(A new Harvard study found that adding light exercises to your routine can make you over 25 percent less likely to become disabled.)

5. Laugh. Laugh. Laugh. Laughter is the best medicine for both the body and the mind. It helps you stay balanced, energetic, and healthy (at any age).

6. Wear brightly-colored clothes you associate with happiness. 

Bottom line: "One doesn't stop smiling as one grows old; one grows old by losing the talent to appreciate humor."

Hope you have a great weekend! xx

P.S. I'm not afraid to admit that I used to be afraid of growing old. Not anymore. Over the years, I have come to realize that age is really just a number, and that it's how you look at things that really matter the most.


The Aging Paradox: The older we get, the happier we are.

June 23, 2017

Super Easy Three - Ingredient Dessert

cutand-dry.blogspot-cheese and strawberry jam dessert
Need dessert and need it now? This simple, single-serving recipe is perfect for those moments when you are desperately craving something sweet. Healthy, simple, and delicious.  You can make a fantastic dessert with just three simple ingredients in less than five minutes. I made this for breakfast this morning, takes two minutes to prepare and tastes great!
It is essentially just cottage cheese with strawberry jam folded in. Jam and cheese go fabulously together.
cutand-dry.blogspt cottage cheese and jam dessert

Ingredients

3 tablespoons 25% low-fat cottage cheese
1 tablespoon strawberry jam (marmalade)
Chocolate syrup

Directions

In a bowl, mix together the cottage cheese and strawberry jam. Drizzle some chocolate syrup over your cheese mixture. Serve immediately.

Hope you have a sweet weekend! xx

June 16, 2017

Hello, I'm Back!


Hello! I'm back from a two-month blogging break, which was by far the longest break that I've taken since starting Cut and Dry eight years ago, holy smokes. It has been forever since I've written a post and I apologize but it's not because I didn't want to post.

For the last two months I was having some difficult personal circumstances. I can't go into any detail on this because it's important that I respect the privacy of other people in my personal life.

Anyway, I've missed you! And I have so much to share with you. And I'm happy to be back!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads, dads-to-be, and dads at heart out there.

Hope you're having a wonderful month. xx

March 31, 2017

Recalling My Trip to Amsterdam

Westerdok District, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

When I first visited Amsterdam over 10 years ago, I was really impressed by the Golden Age bridges and canals, houseboats, whirring bikes (cycling is key to the city's character), magnificent museums (Amsterdam has over 60 museums), floating flower markets, and of course the abundance of coffee shops.
My memories of my first visit to Amsterdam are the Rijksmuseum, Ann Frank's house, canals, houseboats, and a day trip to see Tulip fields.
Apart from these sights - that attract millions of people annually - I was also interested in exploring what street food to eat in Amsterdam.
I never imagined that French fries (patat in Dutch) are one of the most popular street foods in Netherlands. You'll find French fries stalls at almost every corner in Amsterdam. They serve it with a variety of mayo; mustard mayo, peanut mayo, spicy mayo...

My travel companion and I had decided to stay on a houseboat. This was a great decision. I think staying on a houseboat is the best way to enjoy the "Spirit of the city". The houseboat was terrific, it was clean and comfortable and had everything you need. They call Amsterdam the Venice of the North. The city has 165 canals, 1,281 bridges, and around 2,500 houseboats, due to the housing shortage in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam, the free-spirited Dutch capital is one of Europe's great cities. I do hope to visit here again one day.

Hope you have an adventurous weekend! xx

P.S. Sadly, I accidentally deleted every photograph I had taken from my Amsterdam trip. :(

(Photo via AirPano.)

March 17, 2017

Spring and Strawberries

strawberry pavlova
Strawberry Pavlova.

Hello everybody! Despite the (almost) frigid temperatures, it feels like Spring!
It's the perfect time to bake fresh, light, fruity cakes and treats.

Celebrate the season with this delightful sweet. I love this dessert not only because it's super easy to make, but also because it's just so darn good. It's light, soft, fruity, and decadent.

Get the recipe.

Here's to a quickly warming Spring! Hope you have a great weekend! xx
beautiful purple flowers



strawberries

March 03, 2017

Thoughts on Blogging

I'm amazed and humbled every day again about this blogging adventure. Blogging has become an important part of my life. I never dreamed that blogging would enhance my world in so many ways. I enjoy writing blog posts and interacting with other fellow bloggers. It is amazing how many interesting people we "meet" through blogging. It's certainly one of the best things about being a blogger.

And now I have a confession to make. I always feel bad that I only have time to read and comment on a tiny proportion of the blogs that I follow.

Thank you so much for reading! I look forward to continuing this blogging journey together, dear readers.

Hope you have a beautiful weekend! xx

February 24, 2017

Mood Lifters

Sometimes we can get so caught up in life we neglect our emotional needs and begin to feel unmotivated and disconnected from the people around us. Sometimes we can feel sad for no reason, and that is completely okay. Here are five simple ways that actually improve my mood when I'm feeling down.

1. Just think of whatever makes you smile.

2. Take the time to smell the roses.

3. Sleep well.

4. Watch a funny movie.

5. Take a walk in nature. Take in the moment, live in the now.

These are my 5 favorite tips that really work for me. I hope they work for you, too.

Have a great weekend! xx