The Situation

Amazing Outdoor AdventureI’m just a single woman with 3 dogs, who loves the outdoors, spent most of my adult life working in it, and also crossed into other areas of business that deeply broadened my knowledge and expertise beyond the hunt-fish-camp business arena.

Needless to say I’ve been into a routine for a number of years that has provided me a decent living, an opportunity to travel beautiful south west Minnesota, and work with an amazing collection of people whom I cherish beyond being customers and colleagues. I wouldn’t trade my life for anything.  I face the challenges put forth to me each day with a can-do attitude, and give my best to everyone and in everything I do.  The downside is a little disparity between what I want to accomplish, and what I actually can. Work comes first and everything else has to fall in place after.  It’s the routine I’ve come to accept.  Until now.  Did I hear someone say it’s time for an adventure?

What If?

Bucket of Limitless PossibilitiesFirst quarter 2012 proved to be especially challenging for me. An injury I endured all fall wasn’t getting any better, resulting in Doctor visits and treatments that ended up going on for months. So did the bills.

Then my prized hunting partner–the four-legged man of the house–became very ill, almost died, and required hundreds of dollars of treatment and surgery to bring him back to prime condition.

Then one of my sweet little Lhasa girls went lame with a ruptured ACL and required surgery followed by months of recovery–and bills.  Throughout this chaos the demands of work remained constant.  The demands of my personal life remained unaddressed.  If this was any indication of what was in store for me the rest of the year…..

Then in second quarter, the epiphany came.  WHAT IF?  What if I only had 5 years left?  What if I only had a year left?  What if this is my boys last good year in the field?  It jolted me into a new perspective.  Would I have any regrets?  I realized I was at a crossroads and didn’t like what I saw.

Time for a bucket list, and a plan.  We get one pass through life and everything wonderful about it is there for us if we choose to go get it.  The possibilities are endless!

Tips and Tricks, Gear and Gadgets and Getaways Ohhh My!

Whats NewsWhen it comes to the outdoors, there are times when I have to have the latest whatsit whizmo deelie, and other times when I am not giving up until I create some nutty homemade contraption on my own.  Admittedly, sometimes, my ideas need a little massage….but there are plenty of times when I’m pure genius.  (ok maybe not exactly genius).  If it’s new to me, and I’ve tried it with great success, this is where you’ll hear about it.

In addition, this is where upcoming opportunities and adventures will be listed, news and events.  Someone once said “if you build it, they will come”.    Calling all adventurers!

Diary of a Food Baby

Killer Cookin PR Brady AdventuresThere’s food and then there’s food.

Fast food.  Not my idea of a good time.  Been there and done that. And with that routine came less energy, more pounds, and decreased health.

I’m a food baby.  I love food.  My idea of food is real home cooked food, and I love to make it.  Dad was a baker, and also big into ethnic cooking from his roots in the Ukraine.  He taught me well.  Being the creative person that I am, now I dabble with an array cooking techniques of my own, often with his wonderful influence.

People tell me I’m a good cook.  I’ve made meals for groups of 150 people.  Some of my favorite dishes are of course …come to think of it, what food isn’t a favorite? And the best twist is to be able to serve something up from the wild that I dispatched myself.

This space is reserved for fellow foodies, to enjoy a new spin on an old favorite or a new spin on what could be a new favorite!

The Outdoors Way

Words from Wild PR Brady AdventuresIf you need time in the outdoors like you need air to breathe, you know where I’m coming from.  If you don’t,  perhaps this section will help you better understand those of us who do.  Or maybe inspire you to become one of us. This space is saved to describe and express those “never enough” moments that bring me back to what matters most.

I’m Just Sayin’…

Girl Outdoors PR Brady AdventuresWhile this page is referred to as Girl Outdoors it isn’t necessarily restricted to girls only.  I don’t tend to have many traditional girl-like interests, but we ladies stick together regardless of our personal interests, because, well that’s what we do. Some of my female friends struggle to understand my passion for the outdoors, and sometimes they don’t understand my career oriented passion either.  In actuality, the same could be said of men.

I’m often asked.  “Where do you get your strength?”  At the end of the day, it all comes down to being ok with who you are, where you are, and why you are.  Having faith.  Trusting the system.  Believing.  Getting back up again, and again.  All that and a pot of coffee is usually a good start for me.

Whether it’s a home life, health, social or business setting, we can face some hard core challenges.  And how many of us were sent out into the world with an Easy button to help with those trying times?

I’m a firm believer that with knowledge comes power.  This space is reserved for the female persuasion in particular, and speaks primarily to those things we can identify with, along with gentle reminders that “you’ve got the power.”    I’m just sayin’…

Business Tidbits, Acumen and Observations

Its Just BusinessSome people are blessed with a simplified life.  I’m not really one of those people.  My background and interests are very diverse.  I’ve been engaged in many aspects of business over the years, have learned many things, shared a few ideas, made some mistakes, made some progress, made some money, and helped some folks along the way.

I bring to the table a level of business acumen that is not often seen today.  I commit, I own, I get results.  I subscribe to being a lifelong learner.  One of the things I enjoy most is helping others reach their potential—it often helps me to get closer to mine as well!  Topics that you may see on this page include things like Best Practices, The Black Box, Conflict and Resolution, Marketing Magic, Customer Service Solutions, Behavior in Business, Forward Thinking for Success Today.

Notable Quotable Week 12

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life — think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”

Swami Vivekananda—

Welcome to week 12 of 52 weeks of quotes meant to give you inspiration and something to think about……..please do share your thoughts in the comments on my website in this post!  The opportunities in 2019 can be endless!

 

Thank you for reading my post. What do you dream about seeing, doing, being?  Got a bucket list? A life plan?  Want to start one?  I’d love to help you get there, check out my services.  The first step to believing ‘opportunities are endless’ is sometimes not as hard if you grab some inspiration under my blog category, “Bucket of Limitless Possibilities”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

Notable Quotable Week 11

 

“You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing things with logic. True power is restraint. If words control you that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass”.

—Warren Buffett—

Welcome to week 11 of 52 weeks of quotes meant to give you inspiration and something to think about……..please do share your thoughts in the comments on my website in this post!  The opportunities in 2019 can be endless!

 

Thank you for reading my post. What do you dream about seeing, doing, being?  Got a bucket list? A life plan?  Want to start one?  I’d love to help you get there, check out my services.  The first step to believing ‘opportunities are endless’ is sometimes not as hard if you grab some inspiration under my blog category, “Bucket of Limitless Possibilities”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

 

Cinnabean Soup

Beans, beans, that magical fruit…..for more than one reason…..and I’m talking about their amazing source of protein!  Yes! If you can’t, or don’t, or won’t eat meat, you need a good solid source of protein, even more if you try to be an active person. Your body needs and burns protein quick under exertion–especially us northerners who are shoveling, and doing our best to keep warm all winter! A great way to support your body’s need for protein is with that magical fruit—BEANS!  Here’s a hearty recipe that is nutritious, delicious, and will fill you up and keep you from feeling hungry between meals, plus it will load you with protein support to last all day.  And by the way, Cinnamon is a known major cold fighting champion so this soup will fuel your immune system and soothe colds and coughs plus the aroma is practically intoxicating!  And then “eh-hem”, there’s that other fuel that “eh-hem”, could last into the night (tee-heeheehee!). Kidding.

You will need a BIG crockpot or slow cooker for this recipe—at least a 4 quart to be safe.

  • ½ of a large garlic bulb, split, shelled and chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped (I prefer Vidalia sweet onions)
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1T Butter or EVOO
  • 1 box organic vegetable broth (32 oz)
  • 1 16 oz can diced tomatoes and the juice
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2T cinnamon
  • 2t cumin
  • ½ t salt
  • ½ t pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh chopped cilantro
  • ½ of a 16oz package Black Beans
  • ½ of a 16oz package Pinto Beans
  • ½ of a 16oz package Northern White Beans
  • ½ of a 16oz package Red Beans
  • ½ of a 16oz package Navy Beans
  • ½ of a 16oz package Garbanzo Beans
  1. Dump all of the raw beans into a large, deep pot, fill the pot with water to about 2 inches above the bean line, cover, and let stand for about 24 hours. Check the pot a couple times and add water to cover if the beans become exposed.
  2. Once they’ve had a chance to soak and get a bit tender, drain any remaining water and set the pot of them aside.
  3. In a fry pan cook the onion, garlic and green pepper in butter or EVOO until just wilted.
  4. Transfer to your 4 quart or lager pot or crock pot.
  5. Add all remaining ingredients and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, checking and stirring about every 2 hours. If the soup becomes a tad too thick, add a little water to reach your preferred consistency.

Makes enough to share with a group. This recipe freezes well so you can have some for later, too!*

*I make this soup primarily for the immune boost it gives, and like to freeze it in individual servings for quick lunches and dinners throughout the winter especially when viral threats are high or I feel like my immune system has been compromised.

Thank you for reading my post. Does this recipe sound yummy?  If you try it out let me know what you think! All comments are greatly appreciated.  Check out more great recipes under my Killer Cookin’ blog category, and if you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’. There’s a place to do that right on my home page.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

 

Notable Quotable Week 10

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

Vidal Sassoon —

Welcome to week 10 of 52 weeks of quotes meant to give you inspiration and something to think about……..please do share your thoughts in the comments on my website in this post!  The opportunities in 2019 can be endless!

 

Thank you for reading my post. What do you dream about seeing, doing, being?  Got a bucket list? A life plan?  Want to start one?  I’d love to help you get there, check out my services.  The first step to believing ‘opportunities are endless’ is sometimes not as hard if you grab some inspiration under my blog category, “Bucket of Limitless Possibilities”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

 

Notable Quotable Week 9

 

“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”

Henry Ford —

Welcome to week 9 of 52 weeks of quotes meant to give you inspiration and something to think about……..please do share your thoughts in the comments on my website in this post!  The opportunities in 2019 can be endless!

 

Thank you for reading my post. What do you dream about seeing, doing, being?  Got a bucket list? A life plan?  Want to start one?  I’d love to help you get there, check out my services.  The first step to believing ‘opportunities are endless’ is sometimes not as hard if you grab some inspiration under my blog category, “Bucket of Limitless Possibilities”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

Notable Quotable Week 8

 

 

“Identity is a prison you can never escape, but the way to redeem your past is not to run from it, but to try to understand it, and use it as a foundation to grow.”

Jay-Z

Welcome to week 8 of 52 weeks of quotes meant to give you inspiration and something to think about……..please do share your thoughts in the comments on my website in this post!  The opportunities in 2019 can be endless!

 

Thank you for reading my post. What do you dream about seeing, doing, being?  Got a bucket list? A life plan?  Want to start one?  I’d love to help you get there, check out my services.  The first step to believing ‘opportunities are endless’ is sometimes not as hard if you grab some inspiration under my blog category, “Bucket of Limitless Possibilities”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

PR’s Magic Chicken Soup

It’s that time again. The sniffling, blowing, coughing, hacking, fever, chills, aching all day, boxes of tissues, rumbling chest congestion……yes, it’s cold and flu season.  If you don’t have it, chances are you will.  Do you spend your day in what seems like an infectious petri dish?  At times, I sure feel like I do.  And with that, add feeling a sense of total helplessness that there’s nothing I can do to keep from being brought down by the “epidemic” environment.  Well there is ONE thing you can do to protect yourself…….MAKE THIS SOUP!  When you cook chicken, it releases the amino acid cysteine, which resembles a drug that is used to treat bronchitis. With its high concentration of protein and vegetables, it’s like you’re feeding your body a “super-vitamin.” The warm broth not only soothes your throat but helps you stay hydrated, too. You can’t help but feel better with this magic soup!

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 3 stalks celery chopped into ¼” pieces
  • 4 thin sliced carrots
  • 1 bunch collard greens, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1T fresh gingerroot, grated
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme*
  • 3 sprigs fresh oregano*
  • 1 t turmeric
  • ½ t cayenne pepper
  • ½ t salt
  • ¼ t pepper
  • 6 cups liquid (use the chicken stock you’ve created and add water as needed to make 6 cups)

** I remove the leafs from fresh herbs by pulling “against their growth grain” and they usually pop right off the stem. If you struggle with that, you can also place the whole sprigs in a small cheesecloth bag, then scoop out the bag before serving the meal.

  1. Place chicken in a large pot and add water (it should completely cover the bird—add more as needed) and salt.
  2. Heat to boil then turn flame down.
  3. Cover and slow cook (simmer) chicken for about 2 hours, until meat readily falls from the bone.
  4. Scoop all chicken (and bones) out of the pot with a slotted spoon, and place into a dish, then separate all meat from the bones—discarding the bones and keeping the pot of chicken broth.
  5. Set aside the chicken.
  6. Place celery, onion, and carrots into the pot and simmer until all are tender (about 15 minutes).
  7. Add the collards and remaining ingredients (except the chicken) into the pot and simmer 10 minutes.
  8. Take the cooled chicken and chop or tear into bite size pieces. Fold into the soup mixture and simmer another 15 minutes.
  9. Dish up, and you’ll be feeling better soon!

Serves at least 6 people—depending on if you want to share……

(Soup can be served with noodles or rice)

Thank you for reading my post. Does this recipe sound yummy?  If you try it out let me know what you think! All comments are greatly appreciated.  Check out more great recipes under my Killer Cookin’ blog category, and if you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’. There’s a place to do that right on my home page.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

Notable Quotable Week 7

 

 

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”

— Lao-Tzu —

Welcome to week 7 of 52 weeks of quotes meant to give you inspiration and something to think about……..please do share your thoughts in the comments on my website in this post!  The opportunities in 2019 can be endless!

 

Thank you for reading my post. What do you dream about seeing, doing, being?  Got a bucket list? A life plan?  Want to start one?  I’d love to help you get there, check out my services.  The first step to believing ‘opportunities are endless’ is sometimes not as hard if you grab some inspiration under my blog category, “Bucket of Limitless Possibilities”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

Notable Quotable Week 6

 

 

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

Albert Einstein —

Welcome to week 6 of 52 weeks of quotes meant to give you inspiration and something to think about……..please do share your thoughts in the comments on my website in this post!  The opportunities in 2019 can be endless!

 

Thank you for reading my post. What do you dream about seeing, doing, being?  Got a bucket list? A life plan?  Want to start one?  I’d love to help you get there, check out my services.  The first step to believing ‘opportunities are endless’ is sometimes not as hard if you grab some inspiration under my blog category, “Bucket of Limitless Possibilities”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

Crab and Asparagus Soup

If you’re looking for something different to serve as a light side for a special occasion, something that’s both healthy and fancy–but without a lot of cost or fuss, this recipe will impress! A simple soup with an eclectic-Asian flair; a delicious blend of seafood and greens.  There are only 7 ingredients but it tastes like so much more.  Canned crab meat is easy to find and not that expensive.  You can wow your guests in about 20 minutes. Pick up a package of egg rolls, or steamed dumplings to go with this easy dish or serve alone, it’s going to be a hit either way!

 

  • 1 lb fresh asparagus, chopped into about ½ inch pieces (snap off any “woody” ends and discard)
  • 1 C water
  • 4 C chicken stock
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • ¼ t white pepper
  • 10 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 2 7 ½ oz cans crabmeat, drained and flaked
  • 2 T cornstarch
  • 2 T cold water

 

  1. In a soup pot, combine 1st 5 ingredients and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn the heat down to simmer and cook for 10 minutes, or until asparagus becomes soft.
  3. Add in mushrooms and cook until they soften and shrink.
  4. Mix cornstarch into a cup with 2T cold water.
  5. Slowly stir mixture into the soup pot and cook on low until thickened.
  6. Stir in the crab meat and heat through.

Serves 6

How easy is THAT? Enjoy with steamed dumplings or fried wontons!

 

Thank you for reading my post. Does this recipe sound yummy?  If you try it out let me know what you think! All comments are greatly appreciated.  Check out more great recipes under my Killer Cookin’ blog category, and if you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’. There’s a place to do that right on my home page.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!