I have a problem.
It happens in the grocery store frozen food aisle. See, my cart gets stuck in front of the frozen yogurt section. It get stuck. Seriously! The only way to get the cart moving again is by throwing a package of yogurt bars into the cart.
For two years now, this has been my routine. I love yogurt bars, two brands in particular, but I'm an "all are welcome" kind of yogurt bar eater. If it's in the freezer sections, I've probably tried it.
Here's the other non-revolutionary fact about making homemade frozen yogurt bars. The types of fruit are very flexible. I'm even planning on trying to replicate my favorite coffee chocolate chip yogurt bars next.
If you try them, let me know! I would love to see your photos and recipes.
Encouraging more women to become CEOs, teaching women how to invest their money... Own It by Sallie Krawcheck examines many important topics. But to me, the most gripping sentence in her book was this one:
Research indeed shows that one of the most important relationships in determining a woman's success in the workplace is the one with her father; his support gives her confidence." - Sallie Krawcheck, CEO of Ellevest
(I've personally loved having all sisters because I think it erased any boy/girl division in our house. We were side-by-side with dad taking out the trash, mowing the lawn, building houses for Bryan Building Corporation... Plus, who can forget dad declaring we had to catch the softball 1,000 times in a row before we went in for supper?)
My parents built in us a "can do" attitude, regardless of whether you're male or female, especially when it comes to our careers. They instilled in both my sister, Andrea, and me the courage to move to new cities and chase our dreams.
That might not sound impressive unless you know the hours I've worked in the news business. In Kentucky, those calls were after midnight - he still answered. In Texas and now D.C., those calls are around noon - he still picks up the phone.
I realize this post is more appropriate for Father's Day, but an email at work today reminded me of this quote from Sallie Krawcheck, and suddenly this blog started writing itself in my mind.
Yes, my father's belief in me has been instrumental in life.
Then mix that fact with one of my many favorite lines from Tim Russert's book Big Russ and Me:
There's nothing worse than disappointing your parents, and nothing better than making them proud."
So now you have child who wants to make her/his parents proud, plus parents who fully support her...? That's a recipe for success.
I thought I knew what I was getting into with this story. When I called the organizers of Together We Bake, I imagined going to shoot video of women baking and exchanging tips on how to make the best chocolate chip cookie.
Sure, I knew this story also had a serious side: women coming straight from prison or homelessness to this bake shop in Alexandria looking for a second chance at life. But I never anticipated just how honest these woman would be with me or the tears they would shed during the interview.
Up to this point in the interview, they hadn’t told me anything I didn’t expect to hear, especially since most of what they told me I had also read online in research.
Colida was just as honest when she told me about her felony embezzlement charge that happened years ago. When I asked if she was the same person today that she was five years ago, Colida said, “No, no. Not at all.”
The problem for these women is that no matter how much they change, their pasts never will.
While learning to bake for a living, these women started a friendship with an unspoken pact: to push each other to move forward and never look back.
For more information on Together We Bake, visit their website: https://new.togetherwebake.org/
Also, on Wednesday, April 5th, they will be selling their baked goods at Port City Brewing in Alexandria for Spring2ACTion Day.