A Positive Attitude Toward Change

Happy Monday! The start of a new week. I have not written in awhile, feeling this block in my life. Where is life taking me? Where will I end up? What is it that I truly desire?

So I set my intentions on a new path; one that is unknown to me. Taking a leap of faith. I am studying about the Assisted Living population. I never imagined a shift of this kind but feel this strong pull to educate myself and learn. My life path has always been one of nurturing, from learning to cook at an early age, teaching young children and teens about cooking and preserving; about agriculture and sustainability, living off the land; while managing two businesses and raising a family.

Life…… What is it to you? Do you have goals but have obligations that are getting in the way? Do you wish to change the path you are on but afraid to ask yourself that question? Or feel stuck in a job, in a relationship, in a hole that is swallowing you up? Well if you are or have ever been in any of these situations, it’s called Life. Every day is a new challenge of some kind. It is a day of learning if you choose to open your eyes and heart and see it. Every day you cross someones path that needs a smile or a hug or a push to have a better day. I am blessed to live where I live. I am blessed to have so many loving people surrounding my life. I am blessed for my past and future and chose to see each day as a new beginning. Sometimes it’s hard to get going but I take on the challenge.

I realized something this morning as I looked inward to myself. If you love it enough, if your choice is to love unconditionally, to only see love; love with follow you. You and only you choose the direction you want to take. Every day learn something new. Open that door for someone, smile your brilliant smile and learn along the way. The world is open to learn every single day. The road I have chosen is a challenge; a new opportunity to help others, to continue to nurture. I was reading a post from Maria Striver’s Sunday Paper https://mariashriver.com/sundaypaper/ and she opened with a quote from Buddha and left it with a prayer:

Dear God, please help me remember to value and appreciate the life you have given me and make the most of it. Whenever I feel lost or out of control, help me come back to myself and remember that you’ve given me all I need to move forward. Amen.

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk our own path.” — Buddha

Love and Light,

Jeanine on the Scene

Summer BBQ-Grilled Flank Steak

Flank steak is a cut of beef taken from the abdominal muscles or lower chest of the steer.  Typically it is used for fajitas but if you marinate it, it becomes a flavorful piece of meat. You can add to a salad, create a chimichurri sauce to drizzle on top, stir fry with vegetables and many more options. I marinated this cut for 2 days which made it tender and very flavorful.

Happy Summer, Happy Bbq,

Love and Light,

Jeanine on the Scene

Flank Steak and ingredients for marinade

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak

Create a tender flank steak by marinating for 2 hours or overnight. The longer you marinate, the more tender the meat will be. Make sure to grill to medium rare; let sit to rest for 15 minutes and then cut against the grain.
Prep Time 1 d
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 1/2 lb. Flank Steak
  • 1/2 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 TBSP Dijon Mustard
  • 1 TBSP Pepper
  • 2 tsp. Crushed garlic


  • Whisk all ingredients in a bowl
  • Rinse Flank Steak and wipe with a paper towel
  • Place flank steak in gallon zip lock bag and add marinade; moving it all over the meat
  • Place meat in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight to marry with the meat and tenderize
  • Take meat out of refrigerator when ready to cook. Take out of marinade and set aside
  • Put marinade in a pot to heat thoroughly. Then set aside to drizzle on the cooked meat
  • Cook steak on medium high heat on a grill for 6 minutes per side.
  • Let meat set for 15 minutes before cutting against the grain
Keyword BBQ, Flank Steak