Edition of 12/18/2008

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December, 2008

Holiday Riches | Freezer Pumpkin Pie

Taste Life Newsletter
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E-Newsletter, December 2008

Welcome to TASTE LIFE!! Life is easy and we make it hard. The purpose of this monthly ezine is to empower you to take charge of your health, have more work/life balance to create more time for YOU, and to fully taste the life you love.

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5 Bork Family Holiday Gift Ideas
Purpose, Passion, Health and Happiness Gift Certificates
90 Day Intention Bracelet — Jewelry with a purpose
End of the Year Coaching Questions
Coaching Question that Could Change Your Life
Tasting Life Real People Examples
Taste Life Balance December Recipe
Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas
Where is Chere Speaking?


Dani suggests: Green gifts are great, inexpensive alternatives to your usual holiday gift giving style. The main thing to remember is to make sure the gifts are practical; then they are sure to be used and loved by your recipient. Here are few tips:

  1. To eliminate unnecessary waste, wrap your gifts in reusable bags from your local grocery store. You will not only eliminate wrapping paper waste but also provide a bonus gift they can use over and over.
  2. For the green skeptic, give them a box of compact fluorescent light bulbs and offer to help swap these for their old ones. You will prove to them that each bulb uses around 75% less energy when they get their next utility bill. (Dani has done this around our entire house!!)
  3. For the host of the holiday party, whip up this easy, natural cleaning product in a spray bottle for the host. Stick around until the end of the party to help clean up and demonstrate how great it works.

    Lane Bendzick’s Environment Friendly Cleaner — we use on counters, appliances and hard surfaces

    In a 16 oz spray bottle:
    Place 1 tsp Borax in bottle
    Add 2 Tbsp vinegar
    Add warm/hot water to nearly full.
    Shake to dissolve Borax.
    Add 2 Tbsp biodegradable dish soap
  4. Gary suggests: He spent 6 evenings changing 700 white lights to colored lights on our tree this year. (Don’t ask!) He recommends the Light Keeper Pro, www.LightkeeperPro.com, to easily change mini lights, and stay married. It is worth the $20.00 and is found at stores that sell holiday lights.
  5. Brett recommends: $5.00 gift cards for your college student’s favorite fast food place. “No more than five dollars, as the kid will just take his friends and waste the mom’s money!” Brett’s favorite is Chipolte!


  1. Quick!! Think of the top 3 people who make you feel more alive, happy and optimistic. Call them this month and thank them for being born. They are your important treasures in life — more important than money, stuff or success.

  2. Give a gift of wellness. Click here for a list of holiday gift ideas for less stress, better nutrition or more fitness.

Purpose, Passion, Happiness & Health Coaching Gift Certificate

Know someone who is tired of being tired and is ready for 2009 to find purpose, peace of mind and productivity? I can help! I am offering a 2009 Life Coaching Slice of Heaven Holiday Package.

One month of life coaching — three 45 minute telephone sessions — for $199.00 (valued at $350.00)

Click here and send me an email for more information.



Savor Your Life Today Gems of Empowerment — Jewelry with a Purpose
Give the gift that gives energy and empowerment forever.
Gift your friends, family or yourself.

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How does the bracelet work?
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  1. Make a list of the top 10 accomplishments in 2008 that you are most proud of. (You can email me a copy!)

  2. Make a list of the mistakes, regrets, things you wished you hadn’t done or said in the past year. Clean up these mistakes if it is appropriate.

  3. Make a list of the top 5 people who made the most difference in your life. Let them know!

  4. Promise yourself not to think about January until December 26. Enjoy the magic of the season.


How can I give my gift of energy to someone I cherish?

How can I give my gift of time to someone I treasure?

Since 1999 I have had a hard time describing what transpires during a coaching session. Coaching is an experiential process as well as an intellectual one. Talking about coaching isn't the same thing as being coached. Click here or call me at 952.937.5697 to reserve your complimentary, no obligation, 30-minute Coaching Session. If you are ready to take action towards obtaining the life you really want this is your first step.

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My thoughts on being “time rich” sang with many Taste Life subscribers.


Hello Chere – you know, I have been on your email list for some time now and always look forward to receiving your Taste Life — this time decided to reply as I received it at a perfect time for me — you share so much of yourself so honestly that it helps people like me more than you know — the “time rich, time poor” helped me put my priorities in order “for today” and I wanted to thank you — Merry Christmas!
— Mary R. Schuler, U of Mn Extension, Carver County, Cologne MN


Dear, dear Chere, I enjoy all your newsletters, and this is one of my absolute favorites! Many things in it resonated with me. Plus, your Time-Rich Living Idea #5 is very much in line with what I wrote about in my column this week! How cool is that?!

And regarding #2, I say perfection is DEFINITELY a form of procrastination, but it's difficult for many of us to see it that way. So often I hear the expression "Done is better than perfect." I should have that in a big sign on my wall. :>

I also loved reading about the wonderful family time you had with your mom. And—everything else.
—Betty, a columnist for the Chanhassen Villager


Hi Chere, I love the 5 tips for time rich living. Hope you are well and wish you and your family a wonderful holiday filled with good health, love and joy. You had a very positive impact on me for the short time we met. Thank you. I am still loving Curves at Hopkins and Wayzata. You are amazing!
—Bobbi Ettinger - Curves, 154 No. Blake Rd. Tele. is 952-908-1000

"Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it."
—William Feather



Pumpkin pie means celebration and family times! Yes!

I wanted to enjoy a “sweet” and a roaring fire with Gary after we decorated the Christmas tree. This pie is easy to make ahead, tasty and low in fat. The pie’s bonus is the beautiful beta carotene, which decreases cancer risk. This treat is low calorie and with a smaller serving size could make every day a holiday!

16 gingersnap cookies
1 tablespoon butter or margarine*, melted
4 cups or 1 quart vanilla non-fat or low fat frozen yogurt or ice milk softened**
1 15-ounce can solid pack pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice ***

Preheat oven to 300F.

In a blender or food processor, process cookies into fine crumbs. Slowly add melted margarine or butter. Press crumb mixture into the bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 12 minutes. Let cool.

Pie filling
Use an electric mixer to combine pumpkin, frozen yogurt and spices. Mix until well combined and spoon into cooled crust. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight.

Yield: 8 servings

Serve with warm conversation and roaring fire.

*I used Smart Balance Buttery Spread which is great for baking, frying and cooking. 1 tbsp of Smart Balance provides 80 calories, 9 grams fat, 2.5 grams saturated fat. 1 tbsp of butter provides 100 calories, 11 grams fat, 7 grams saturated fat

** I used Kemp’s Low Fat Frozen yogurt

***You can substitute tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cloves, tsp ginger and 1/8 tsp nutmeg


1/8 of pie: Calories 199, Protein 4 grams, Fat 6 grams, Sat Fat 3 grams, Carb 29 grams
Food exchanges = 2 starches

1/8 pie no crust: Calories 137, Protein 4 grams, Fat 3 grams, Sat Fat 2 grams, Carb 25 grams

If you are in a hurry and wish to use a quick frozen pie crust:

1/8 of pie: Calories 227, Protein 10 grams, Fat 9 grams, Sat fat 5 grams, Carb 37 grams


Last night Gary, Dani and I spent a lovely evening eating chili and driving around looking at holiday lights with the Tim Thoma family. A delightful evening rich in serotonin! Serotonin is a chemical in your brain that is related to feeling good. When you are depressed, or sad, you often have low levels of serotonin. Research has shown that when you are on the “receiving end of goodness” your serotonin levels actually rise. However, the better news is that when you deliver your “goodness or gift of YOU,” your serotonin levels also rise almost equally. When you increase your serotonin levels, you lower your stress levels and actually increase your inner peace and joy. So if you are feeling dazed by these supposed holidays, give yourself the best gift — the gift of serotonin to yourself and to others.

Coach Meg (Margaret Moore), my mentor and friend, suggests these gifts that will create holiday happiness for both you and the recipient of your gift.

  • Express gratitude — The simple act of thanking people can bring happiness and well-being. Saying thank you, as it turns out, is not just good manners; it's good for you, too. University of California Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons has found that grateful people tend to be more optimistic, a characteristic that boosts the immune system.
  • Share precious time with others — Your well-being is dependent on giving and sharing in ways that make a difference in the world. Your time is the most valuable thing you can share. Make someone your favorite home-cooked meal and don’t drop it at the door, savor it together. Give your time to see a movie, hike, walk, or visit a museum — any fun outing together that is a simple pleasure and generates fond memories.
  • Forgive — Release negative emotions that follow you around like little rain clouds by forgiving those you love. You’ll both benefit. Memorialize it — make an occasion to mark, share, and celebrate your forgiveness.
  • Laugh — Arrange times with people you care about to laugh by reminiscing about old times or enjoying favorite jokes. Watch a funny television show or movie. Laughter is infectious and safe to spread.
  • Cherish family and friends — Unconditional appreciation can make anyone feel like a million bucks. Be fully present and listen mindfully without a trace of judgment. Accept people you care about wholeheartedly as they are today. Often it is best to choose a close connection over being right.
  • Say 'I love you' — The ability to love and be loved is one of the character strengths that correlates most with happiness. Make the demonstration of your love unforgettable.
  • Give a compliment — You know how good you feel when someone gives you a compliment. Return the favor and feel good too.
  • Pass along a family heirloom — Give a sentimental gift to someone close, an old framed photo, a cherished book, a sweater, or trinket. The recipient will never forget a gift close to your heart.
  • Give a "Freebie" certificate for an experience or service that would make a difference in someone’s life — an exotic home-cooked meal, a cooking lesson, a hobby session, help organizing a closet, or babysitting duties.
  • Create flow experiences — Help friends and family engage in activities that bring them flow, a state of complete absorption in a challenging activity that uses one’s strengths and stretches one’s skills.

Could you give a better holiday gift than your time and energy to the ones you love and care about? The gift list is endless! This holiday season share the present of your presence. At the same time you will boost your own serotonin levels and have the most joyful holiday season of your life.

I wish for you, my dear Taste Life reader, a serotonin filled holiday. Remember life is a gift and you can choose to open it! Warmly and with gratitude, Chere


Join me in a FREE, interactive, fun informative teleclass — MAKE 2009 YOUR BEST YEAR EVER. All you need are 2 free hours and a phone. Class meets for two consecutive weeks, one hour each week. Mark your calendars for Monday January 12 and January 19, 2008 at 7 pm CST – 7:50 CST. Grab your partner, spouse or girlfriend and create the support to make this your best year ever. Register together. Click here and I will send you the details.

“This 2 hour class jump-started my latest venture, Embrace Encouragement, where I serve as a personal coach working with musicians and artists who want to take their gifts to higher levels and new audiences."
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“I could go on and on about how much power your words and thoughts have motivated ME!! I LOVE the idea about putting my vision on separate pieces of paper - and then I can make it into a mini scrapebook for this YEAR of my Little SLICE of heaven!!! What a truly wonderful way to start out the new year I am filled with such hope and JOY!!! Sincere thanks for your wonderful spirit”

Where is Cherecoach in the media and speaking?

Health Partners Keep It Off Program, Minneapolis, MN

“Chere Bork came highly recommended and exceeded our expectations. Her energy, enthusiasm, and ability to connect with people by understanding their every day energy “drains” and “chargers” kept everyone in the audience engaged. We all came away with renewed energy to prioritize the important things in our lives, get rid of some of our “shoulds,” feeling better about ourselves and optimistic regarding our ability to make positive changes to make our lives richer and more satisfying.”

—Nancy E. Sherwood, Phd, Research Investigator, Health Partners Research Foundation, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

—Marcia Gahagan Hayes, MPH RD, Senior Research Project Manger, Health Partners Research Foundation

December 2, 2008, Institute for Professional Speaker Development, National Speaker Association, Minnesota Chapter, Co-facilitator of the 2008 – 2009 Apprentice Program, Bloomington, MN

December 4, 2008 Prince of Peace Mothers Of Preschoolers (MOPS) , Enjoy Your Holidays with Healthy Confidence, Burnsville, MN

December 17, 2008, Medtronic, 12 week telephone weight loss class graduation party

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~ imagine if it was one you loved.

Chere Bork, MS RD LN, Life Coach who puts LIFE in your lifestyle!
Owner of Savor Your Life Today Coaching and Seminars