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Nashville, Ark. – Are the holidays getting to you? Overscheduling, overeating, hurrying
here and there, jangled nerves, family tensions, shoulder-to-shoulder crowds, major
credit card debts for gifts we often do not even need or appreciate…it’s enough to
cause the “Scrooge” in all of us to come out! What ever happened to the spirit of
peace that traditionally was the hallmark of the holiday season?
Take heart. Peace can still be found within us and around us. For many of us, though,
it may be buried beneath our restless minds, hurried lifestyles, and exaggerated desires.
The good news is that we can replace holiday stress with holiday peace.
To find that peace again, begin by drawing upon your own personal experience and jotting
down brief answers to these three items.
Once you have your answers, discuss them with family members or friends, and invite
them to respond to the questions also. Encourage one another in finding simple, positive
ways to put your answers into action.
Once of the best ways to combat holiday stress is to take your attention away from
it and focus on its opposite – peace. Peace is an inner state of alert calmness and
vibrant tranquility. It is harmony with people and one’s environment. True peace is
not dependent on outward circumstances, the behavior of others, or the absence of
illness. It is the ability to accept with composure whatever challenges come our way.
Inner peace carries with it a quiet feeling of power and energy. It is not passive
To feel even a touch of this kind of peace is a healing and renewing experience. And
sharing its fruit with others is a two-way blessing. Here are some suggestions for
cultivating a spirit of peace during the holidays:
Keep in mind that sometimes a lack of peace is an inner call for forgiveness, a change
in lifestyle, or the healing of a relationship. If this is the case you’ll know it,
as long as you sensitively listen to the signals of your body, mind, and spirit.
Most important of all, use your creativity to schedule in some relaxed periods for
being quiet and having some solitude. In that stillness feel the spirit of peace within
you and around you; and listen carefully and respectfully to the whisperings of your
For more information on managing stress or finding peace in demanding situations,
contact the Howard County Extension Office and ask for the booklets, “Managing Stress,”
“Getting Your Heart Right” and/or “Blueprint to Happiness.” They are available free
of charge from the Howard County Extension Office. Call 870-845-7517 or visit our
office located on the second floor of the courthouse.
Recipe of the Week
Sarah Lamb, a member of the Teen Leaders 4-H Club, prepared this recipe at the recent
National Egg Preparation Contest in Louisville, Kentucky where she placed 6th. Sarah is the daughter of Jim Bob and Beth Lamb. This recipe would be great for breakfast
on Christmas morning.
In a 10-inch omelet pan or skillet with ovenproof handle, toast fennel seeds for 1-2
minutes over medium heat.
Lightly grind with mortar and pestle. Skip this step if using ground fennel seeds.
In the omelet pan or skillet, cook sausage, green pepper, and ground fennel seed over
medium heat, stirring to break sausage apart, until sausage is browned, about 3 to
Drain well. Return to pan.
In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, ricotta cheese and garlic powder until blended.
Pour intopan over sausage mixture. Cover.
Cook over medium heat until eggs are almost set, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Top with tomato slices. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Broil about 6 inches from
heat until cheese is melted, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Cut into wedges and serve from pan or slide from pan onto serving platter.
Nutrition Facts: Serving size = 1/8 recipe, 141 calories, 8 grams fat, 146 mg cholesterol,
252 mg sodium, 4 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, and 13 grams protein.
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 firstname.lastname@example.org
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