Thy Divin-Ity Intervention

Recipes are only guides, and at times I need to remember that. Lately, I have been very interested in making candy and have barreled right into it, like a bull in a china shop. The whole thing started when a customer issued a challenge. “Hey, Paige can you make penuche? My mom used to make penuche, when I was a kid, boy, I miss that.” That was all it took, I was off and running.

If you know me, I can get hyper diaper about a challenge someone has given me, and worry about the logistics later, Just ask my boss, she’ll mention Cider Donuts, Pirogies, Marshmallows, etc, etc. My ideas aren’t always well thought out, but eventually with a little tweaking they will generate money.

Yesterday, with much whining, complaining and failure to wrap my brain around the recipe, I attempted a penuche fudge, out of one of my favorite cookbooks Southern Living. Now, I have made caramel numerous times in the past, and I am not sure why this time would be any different. But let me tell you!!! somewhere someone pushed the “Epic Fail” button.

First attempt, I made sugar rocks that I needed to cool down before I threw them in the trash, so not to melt the liner. Second attempt, my co-worker Jasmine and I, (FYI, Jas is a baking and pastry arts graduate) wracked our brains about the whole caramel issue, do we start dry?, or do we start with a wet sand consistency? Well, wet sand consistency prevailed, only I don’t think I knew what I was doing, I had the flame to high, went from liquid sugar to crystallizing it, added more water, got impatient, blamed the sugar, the pot, the flame, the wooden spoon and the air. Finally by a stroke of divine intervention the sugar caramelized. But, guess what??? When adding it to the evaporated milk mixture and cooking it the REST of the way, I misread the thermometer and the whole method of preparation and decided to do it my way. This way consisted of throwing it in a pan, after I waited the allotted 20 minutes, doing a Hoodoo dance backwards, while blindfolded, and last but not least putting it on the speed rack for 40 seconds and then in the refrigerator for 40 seconds. The whole time, kicking myself for not researching the process. Stupid recipe anyway.

I went home, and researched the recipe, and the process and today, I made a perfect penuche fudge. But of course, I was not satisfied with my newly acquired candy making skills. I had to master the mechanics of all candy. There was a woman last year, that came in the bakery for the flavored marshmallows that we make. She said; “Hey, Paige can you make Divinity?, boy my mother used to make me divinity when I was kid, I miss that”, stumped I replied “No”, darn it another challenge.

Here are some pointers to making divinity. First, clear your calendar for the entire day. Second, use a candy thermometer that works, and have a backup one in case you throw the first one against the wall. Third, cross reference all recipes for divinity and avoid ones that have any technique involved. Trust me on this one, I have experience. Lastly, when all else fails, refer only to the “Never-fail Divinity recipes”. This last pointer saves you tons of time and clean up. Otherwise you will end up like me, boiling lots of water to melt all the sugar and egg whites stuck to the mixing bowl, the whip, the spatula, your fingers, the wall, and anything else you have touched along the way. Making candy is a messy job!

When I stumbled upon the never-fail divinity it was like the Angel Gabriel came down and handed me the the candy sceptre. His message was “Hey, over achiever, stick only to never-fail recipes”, and alas here I am, a candy semi-almost expert. A few more days, I might be able to teach a class with the “never -fail” method securely under my belt. All I need is a ruler, aviation sunglasses and a huge “I don’t care attitude”. Maybe a blackberry to play with, will reinforce the “I am too busy” persona.

What follows is the recipe that I found to be my saving grace, however true to my form…I need to spice it up just a little.

Never-fail Maple Divinity

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
7 ozs marshmallow cream
1 tsp maple extract
1 cup toasted chopped walnuts

In a heavy bottomed sauce pan mix the sugar, water, maple syrup, salt, and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil without stirring until the temperature reaches hard ball stage 250F. Place the marshmallow cream and maple extract in a mixing bowl and slowly add the hot syrup while beating. Beat the mixture until it is stiff and stands in peaks, Fold in the vanilla and nuts, and working very quickly drop by teaspoonfuls on waxed paper. Allow to sit, and then enjoy.

Chocolate is an antidepressant, which is especially useful as you star to gain weight.~Jason Love

Introduction to Chinese Divination

Divination has long been used in Imperial China whereby the Chinese Emperor enagaged the help of royal diviner to make prediction on the outcome of battles, natural disaster or any other major events. Divination skills such as the famed Qi Men Dun Jia, Da Liu Ren, Yijing etc used the transformation of yin and yang together with the five elements to study event in term of space and time analysis.

With the analysis, it is then possible for the diviner to plan ahead and find out the best way to handle a situation so that one can attain the most favourable possible outcome. In this way, it helps to lessen anxiety and prepare the mind for any major setback. For example, a businessman unsure of whether he should import a new set of goods can seek divination help. Divination can address this difficulty by predicting the outcome of the business venture, whether the businessman will make money from the import, whether the goods will arrive safety or even to know whether the supplier is serious about the business.

How then should we consult a diviner? In most Yijing books, it is expected that one ask questions in specific ways with a time frame attached. For example, one can ask,

‘What is the outcome if I import this set of goods this month?’
‘What is the outcome if I propose to my girlfriend this evening?’
‘I went for a job interview last Saturday. Can I know the outcome of the interview?’

One cannot ask questions that lead to ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer
‘Is it good if I import the set of goods’
‘Will my girlfriend says Yes to my marriage proposal?’

In divination, it is possible to ask any question as long as the question is framed properly. We need to also determine the time frame as distance future is harder to predict due to ‘butterfly effect’. Whatever happens now affect the future greatly. It must be remembered that a diviner is no immortal. It is important that the asker relates to the diviner as much information regarding the particular event so that the diviner can make the best possible interpretation.

3 Keys to Identifying Your Divine Right Client

The other day I was chatting with my new business co-creator, Sharon Desjarlais, about what she calls your “Divine Right Client.”

This concept of the Divine Right Clients (DRC) transcends the idea of a “niche,” or “target market” by recognizing that you and your DRC aren’t just a good business fit, but an energetic match made in heaven!

From this perspective you can see that you have a karmic agreement with your Divine Right Client to bring them the exact message, healing, counseling or wisdom that they need at the perfect moment in their lives when they are ready to receive it.

Wow! Just let that sink in for a minute.

But just knowing that your Divine Right Clients are out there isn’t enough Linda. You have to know how to identify your DRC and to align yourself with their needs so that you can unlock the door to their desires with your programs or services.

Fortunately, we’ve got the 3 Keys to help you identify your DRC today!

The 1st Key:

Your Divine Right Client Has To Have a Problem & They Have to KNOW They Have a Problem

Don’t assume that your potential clients see things the same way you do. What you may perceive as a problem, they may simply accept as an inevitable part of life, business, relationships, culture, etc.

And if they don’t really see the problem, chances are they’re not looking for a solution. That puts you in the exhausting position of trying to convince potential clients that they need your help.

Unfortunately, this often leads to a lot of wasted time, money and energy that you could channel into other areas of your business and your life.

Bottom line: You can’t fix what they don’t know is broken.

The 2nd Key:

Your Divine Right Client Has to WANT a Solution

Not only must your DRC be aware that they have a problem, but they must be in enough pain as a result of their problem that they would do anything to solve it.

The more painful the problem, the more dire the need for a solution becomes, and the easier it is to connect people with the value of what you do.

Your goal is to provide your DRC with a solution that makes them breathe a sigh of relief. If they don’t, chances are there’s a disconnect between what you’re offering and what you’re clients really want.

Bottom line: It’s easy to get people to invest in solutions they want.

The 3rd Key:

You Have to WANT to Work with Your Divine Right Client (Otherwise They’re Not Really Your DRC, They’re Someone Else’s)

Believe it or not, a big part of attracting your DRC is to simply decide whom you want to work with.

Working with clients who drain your energy, push your boundaries or test your limits is a sure fire recipe for disaster. Nothing will lead to burn out and apathy faster than working with people you don’t enjoy serving. So don’t do it!

Instead, focus on attracting clients you can’t wait to wake up in the morning to work with. When you do this, your practice is filled with joy and purpose ~ for you and your Divine Right Client.

Bottom Line: Your Divine Right Client is someone you LOVE working with!