Holiday weekends in the summer – what could be better!

The Fourth of July Weekend was so much fun with lots of little ones running around, hot weather and huge thanks for the millions of men and women who have given their lives since the inception of the great country of the USA, to keep us free and safe. And those still serving in places far and wide – away from their families – and thanks too to those families whose patience, pain and fortitude at times exceeds that of their family member who guards our independence.

We are so grateful, so blessed, so thankful to live in this amazing land that has given us so much, enabled our family to immigrate and become part of the fabric of the culture, and to all of us who are giving back, paying forward, supporting others less fortunate and more.

We enjoyed much in the way of food and frolic – including some minor small fireworks which the kids and adults loved ( I thoroughly dislike fireworks and find them scary and dangerous but am always outvoted!). Here the cousins are ( Jack Jonah Noah Gabriel and cousins Sara and Alex) all waiting for Daddy to light fireworks!Displaying photo 1.JPG

And the kids were tired – so here is a short rest watching SCOOBY DOO in our bedroom until we all jumped back into the pool!

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Cousin love – Jack and his cousin Sara – same age – 7 ( Sara is one month older)

Jack and Sara Fourth of July 2014

Making Cheesy Eggs and Turkey Bacon with Gabriel ( left) and Noah ( right) using the cooking utensils thoughtfully given to them on their birth by friends Celia and Les. THANK YOU!  They do all the right things – wash their hands before, put on their aprons, get the utensils ready – and off we go! They LOVE cooking with Grandma! And I LOVE cooking with them.

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Jonah milking with our Little Farm Manager Max Arteaga – he helped to milk our whole herd of goats – then made sure all the milk was labeled and stored – with all containers sterilized – he is learning the trade and doing a GREAT job! Way to go Jonah!

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And here is Noah helping to pick up the eggs from our chickens and quail – his Zayda Clive is holding him high enough to get them out and his mom is taking the fragile eggs from him before they drop! Good job Noah – and as you can see from his face he is LOVING it! Noah and Gabriel were both wearing their gloves ( which came from friends Celia and Les with the cooking utensils from Williams Sonoma – meant for peeling potatoes – but the twins loved wearing them for all farm chores!)

IMG_6618As you can see – it was a wonderful time for everyone. And so important that the children learn about where organic and fresh food comes from – and picking an egg from a chicken, then cooking it yourself! WOW what a thrill!

Hope your holiday was equally joyful and grateful?

 

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More great things happening – life is so exciting! How blessed I am to be healthy and loved too – and able to spread the goodness around

My dear friend and social media guru Fay Feeney wrote a great article and gave me a platform to mention some governance views in it. Thank you Fay!

Here it is  - do pass it on if there are Board of Director topics in it that interest you – one of the most enjoyable non-profit positions that I hold,  is as a member of the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors for the Southern California Region ( including Nevada, Orange County, San Diego and Santa Barbara). Since I chair the Nominating and Governance committee, this role allows me to put thoughtful evaluation into considering substantive additions to our board – and we have just nominated and voted on two new members. Both are women of accomplishment from Los Angeles and Nevada – and we are thrilled to have them join our group. They will be mentioned in our next newsletter.

http://bit.ly/NACDSummerNewsletter

And in case you were pining for a recipe or two – keeping balance in my life is key at this time – here is a favorite one for summer parties and a good one to make with children. We grow many different kinds of berries – blackberries, blueberries and my very favorite, mulberries – which we grew in my home in South Africa as a child – and I used to keep silkworms who LOVE to eat the mulberry leaves and then spin away and come out as butterflies. The whole process of metamorphosis was magical to me as a little girl – indeed it still is now.

Enjoy!

MULBERRY PIE

Ingredients:

  • 2 pie crust
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 3 TBSP Cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups of fresh mulberries ( you could use strawberries, or blueberries or blackberries -raspberries get mushy)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Mix sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cinnamon, and sprinkle over mulberries.
  3. Line pie dish with one pie crust. Pour berry mixture into the crust, and dot with butter. Cut remaining pastry into 1/2 – 3/4 inch wide strips, and make lattice top. Crimp and flute edges.
  4. Bake pie on lower shelf of oven for about 50 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

EASY PEASY! And SOOO delicious with Haagen Dazs Dulce de Leche ice cream ( DO NOT COUNT CALORIES – ENJOY!!)

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Lots of exciting events in the last month – a picture gallery of a few highlights

It has been a very busy and wonderful month – a visit to Israel leading the first delegation of the Committee of 200 Global Women’s CEO’s group who first visited Kuwait hosted by our member there Sara Akbar and then Israel. Also another C200 event for donors to our C200 Foundation which I Chair, in Vail as well as travel to board meetings in New York – and some amazing honors bestowed – how grateful I am!

A picture gallery…..

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Below at the Knesset of Israel ( Israel’s Parliament) with Aliza Lavie, member of the Knesset and Chair of the Committee on the Status of Women

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With our amazing new C200 Scholars – 7 of which are chosen from many outstanding entrants at Technion – along with C200 members and Faculty of Technion

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With the Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel – Dorit Beinisch and the head of Intel, Israel, Maxine Fassberg. Did you know that more than 85% of Intel’s global R&D comes from Israel?

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Here we are at INTEL in Israel – with the President of Intel, Renee James, my dear friend and C200 member along with other C200 members hearing about the incredible research and development being pioneered there – as well as chatting with the most senior Intel women in Israel -under the leadership there of Maxine Fassberg – a former South African as am I – we had much to discuss!

 

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At the office of Shari Arison of the Arison Group and her CEO Efrat Peled along with C200 members in Israel

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With our amazing three new C200 Scholars at Tel Aviv University chosen from a group of equally amazing young women, along with some C200 members .

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And then I was so honored to be named TOP WOMAN OF INFLUENCE IN LOS ANGELES as a Board member – voted on by 4000 business women in Los Angeles. I was surprised and am humbled and thank all who voted for me!

Larraine Segil Winner TOP WOMAN OF INFLUENCE IN LOS ANGELES on CorporateBoards

 

And one of the many lights in my life – our eldest grandson Jack. And I feel like I am reliving my life again – as he is the spitting image of his daddy our son James.

Jack at Little Farm June 2014 looks like james

Flying back from a C200 event with a friend in her plane – wow what a treat!

Larraine flying in Ginas jet home from funraiser 2014 in Vail

Taking a jeep tour with another C200 friend Laura – bundled up and having a blast!

Larraine and Laura at Funraiser C200 2014Clive eating oranges goofing around with the grandsons – two of them anyway! And of course Sunny Dog is there too!

Jack Jonah Clive with oranges in mouth June 2014

And one of my proudest accomplishments – re-creating, designing, writing, getting approval for and launching the C200 Protege Program for The Committee of 200 Global Women CEO’s Group along with Laura Herring and members of our protege committee, amazing C200 women who donated significant funds to this effort to make it possible, dedicated staff and approving board and executive committee members, multiple other C200 members who agreed to organize mentors ( Susan Nethero), be mentors and advisers, chair Protege and Faculty Evaluation committees, and so much more. I feel thrilled that at the end of my term as chair this year 2014, I am leaving a legacy for the up and coming business women of the future -which fulfills our mission and my personal one too. Here is the first class this June - 15 amazing women entrepreneurs from all over the world – Beijing China, to Nazareth Israel and throughout the USA – whom C200 members will educate and mentor to help them grow their businesses through a 2 year program. Heartfelt thanks to all the C200 members who made this possible and will carry this program forward.

C200 First Class of Protege Program June 2014

Speaking with a group of dedicated young professionals in Century City Los Angeles in June, about how to Reinvent your life and Career – a favorite topic!
Larraine giving speech to young professionals in Century City 2014And then, speaking to a group of 80 women chosen by Banco Santander to be the future business women and board members of the next generation as well as the future leaders of educational institutions of learning –  at a program designed specifically for them at UCLA  -and I was fortunate to be able to invite along with me, Gina Barroso, a C200 member and dear friend and a recent addition to the Banco Santander Board – what a great group from Poland, Russia, China, Latin America, Australia, Europe Africa and North America. They told me that we inspired them – but truly they inspired us!

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Oh by the way, did I mention that the food in Israel was world quality? Here is a dessert that looked exactly like a FABERGE EGG!! Inside was vanilla mousse….

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And not to be forgotten – we spent an evening at the GENESIS AWARDS – given by Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu to Michael Bloomberg with the help of Jay Leno – and funded by some prescient Russian Oligarchs who decided – rightly – that the Nobel Prize has been given to so many unworthy recipients that Israel needed to create its own Nobel Prize – and Mayor Bloomberg was the first recipient. What an evening – luminaries from all over the world including our C200 CEO group due to the influence of our member Margery Kraus who obtained invitations for all of us. What a night!

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And the topper for the month – our son is awarded the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Greater Los Angeles Region ( Including Hawaii!). We are so very very proud.

James winning EY award for LA 2014

And here James is with his beautiful wife Donne – two very happy people!

James and Donne at EY 2014 Winner!

 

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Living in the moment

Last week we were driving very slowly through an intersection after the light turned green when a 19 year old kid in a brand new Mercedes ( which his dad bought for him, of course) went straight through the traffic light and narrowly missed two young girls who had just stepped off the sidewalk on the same green light and nearly died under his wheels. He smashed the front side of my husband’s car and just missed broadsiding the passenger seat in which I was sitting. We were fine. The teenager was fine and the girls were fine. Yet in that moment –  all of our lives and those of the people we love and who love us could have changed forever. All because some stupid indulged spoilt kid was not paying attention ( he admitted as much ) probably texting while driving.

I am learning to live in the moment and not worry about silly stuff. I am getting better at it. I am much better than when I was younger. I suppose wisdom does come with age. But incidents like this one reaffirm my commitment NOT to sweat the small stuff and rather to enjoy all the joyful things that are with us every day – great weather, dogwoods in the East coast that fill Connecticut with pink, purples and white in the springtime, good food, affectionate pets, and best of all, loving family. Go and hug yours – after this accident we celebrated our annual Family Week – a perfect antidote to the shakes and aches that followed the shock of this event with lots of hugs and kisses all around. Below is a plant called ‘yesterday, today and tomorrow’ for the different shades of lavender – gorgeous isn’t it? From our Little Farm – how blessed I am.

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Hair loss is so aggravating – curing this would be a huge business opportunity

Losing one’s hair is a malady suffered by men and women alike. But bald men are sexy – bald women are not.  Surely if we can keep humans in space we can solve this problem? It is not just cosmetic – although that certainly is part of it – it is about self esteem. For many women their hair is their crowning glory and losing it is devastating.

I had always been blessed with luxuriously thick hair and although I have more than most I see the difference. Talking with friends and family I realize it is a common problem . When will a brilliant woman scientist come up with a remedy or cure? The guys haven’t done it yet….so it is up to us!!

Here I am with our golden haired twins. Delicious !!!

Larraine reading to Noah and gabe dec 2013

 

 

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A couple of great ideas – enjoy!

Like to bake muffins? So do I but I found an unusual use of muffin tins

Banana MuffinAbove is a traditional use of muffin tins. But there are some unorthodox ways to use them too that are very useful.

Here are a couple of good tips – so simple but they really work!!
Use a large muffin tin to cook stuffed peppers in the oven – it will help keep them upright.
Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to the water when hard-boiling eggs to make the shells incredibly easy to peel off.
Use bread tags to label power cords.
WD40 can be used to remove crayon marks from any surface! And

Finally; To prevent potatoes budding, add an apple in the bag.

 

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Belonging

This is the title of the novel that I wrote and was published by Penguin Books. It is a story about two courageous women, one a child of poverty and the other a child of plenty who are born on the same day in Johannesburg South Africa. They become lifelong friends against the backdrop of apartheid in its early then waning days. But it is more than that. It is about people who want so much to belong and yet because of the accident of birth – cannot. Perhaps the reason they are excluded is because they are black, or brown, or even white, or Jewish or Catholic – wars have been fought and continue to be fought for these reasons or less. Or because they are fat, or disabled, or poor or just different.

I was sent this video by a friend. It brought me to tears – did it do the same for you ? Even those who are different can belong. Inside we are all the same.

And if you have further interest in supporting this worthy project which was first set up 10  years ago and has now graduated multiple young people into independent lives go to:

Http://goo.gl.rfMmRB

To obtain a copy of my novel ‘Belonging’ by Larraine Segil go to Amazon.comimage

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Loving Mothers Day – how blessed I am – a Strawberry Bread Recipe for cooking with the kids

How blessed I am – I had an amazing mother – here she is with my dad just before he passed away from a massive heart attack – I was 18, he was 56 and my mother was 46. So long ago….My parents Jack (56)and Norma Estelle Wolfowitz(nee Cohen)(46)My grandmothers were pretty special too – both immigrants – one from London and one from Lithuania; I am enormously blessed to have a daughter in law who is a great mother too as is her mom and sister, and as are all my nieces and their moms, as well as my sister in law who is mom to our nephews, my own sister and her daughter and daughter in law – it is truly remarkable how amazingly fortunate we all are!

This is the best thing I love to do – hang out with the grandkids! Larraine Jack Jonah Noah Gabe 2014 Mothers Day And cooking with them is what we did – to make a strawberry bread for their Mom as our gift for Mothers Day! IMG_6506 Jack and Jonah are getting really good at cracking eggs, cutting things ( not their fingers) and generally are mini chefs in training! IMG_6507 Here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of fresh sliced strawberries
  • 3 1/8 cups of All purpose Flour
  • 2 cups of white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp of Ground Cinnamon
  • I tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups of vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs beaten

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and butter and flour two loaf pans

2. Sprinkle 3 TBSP of sugar over the strawberries, mix and set aside

3. Mix dry ingredients and set aside

4. Mix oil and eggs together and add to the strawberries

5. Add the dry ingredients to the strawberry mixture and stir until moistened only.

6. Add to the pans and bake for 45-55 minutes until light brown on top and a toothpick comes out dry if tested in the middle of the loaf. Let cool for 10 minutes and turn onto cake plate.

A couple issues that I had with this:

  • The cake would not come out without some help from a spatula – and running the knife around the sides as the sugar caramelizes and sticks to the pan.
  • I had to bake for 10 minutes longer
  • The cake was not sweet enough for my grandson Jonah – but my daughter in law loved it! And only one of the twins ( Noah) could have eaten the whole thing – Gabriel – not so much.
  • I would frost it with cream cheese frosting next time. Did not have any – and ran out of grandkid-time and patience – but that would add the difference I believe.
  • This recipe was adapted from an All Recipes posting – but I left out the pecans ( don’t like nuts in my cakes) and recommend the changes above.

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ENJOY!

 

 

 

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Gluten Free Flan – the best dessert – and being gluten free is an added bonus!

Gluten Free FlanDessert Flan Gluten Free

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 3/4 cups of water
  • 1 (14 ounce) can low-fat sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a heavy skillet over medium-low heat, cook and stir sugar until melted and light brown.
  3. Pour into a 9-inch round baking dish, tilting the dish to coat the bottom completely.In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks and egg whites.
  4. Stir in water, condensed milk, vanilla and salt until smooth.
  5. Pour into prepared dish.
  6. Line a roasting pan with a damp kitchen towel.
  7. Place baking dish on towel, inside roasting pan, and place roasting pan on oven rack.
  8. Fill roasting pan with boiling water to reach halfway up the sides of the baking dish.Bake in preheated oven 1 hour, until center is just set (still a bit jiggly).
  9. Remove dish to a wire rack to cool for one hour.
  10. Then refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  11. To un mold, run a knife around the edge of the pan and invert onto a rimmed serving platter.
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Tried a new recipe – tasted really good although a bit bland – so needed dressing up so I added more lemons -MUCH better! SO simple the kids can do it!

chickens live close little farmSlow Cooker Chicken

This was sooo easy – the grandkids could have cooked it. So next time  I will make it with them! It needed some more kick – so I added a bit to it – you may wish to put some hot sauce on yours – but the flavor was yummy. And the ease of cooking made up for the mild taste!

Ingredients: Here they are ( before I chopped the garlic!)IMG_6454

 

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  • 1 organic chicken
  • 3 Meyer lemons
  • 4 Tbsp of Olive oil
  • 1/4 lb of Butter
  • Fresh chopped garlic
  • Fresh Rosemary – chopped
  • Lemon Pepper

Directions:

  1. Mix butter lemon pepper rosemary garlic and zest of the three lemons along with the juice of half a lemon together.
  2. Slide your fingers under the skin of the chicken and push the mixture under the skin wherever you can
  3. Season the outside of the chicken with lemon pepper
  4. Squeeze the remaining juice of the lemons into the slow cooker.
  5. Put what remains of the three lemons into the cavity of the chicken along with a few tablespoons of the butter/garlic/chopped rosemary mixture.
  6. Place the chicken in the slow cooker and drizzle the olive oil over it
  7. Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or until the chicken is falling off the bone ( I didn’t have 8 hours so I put it into the slow cooker for two and then into the oven in the same cooking casserole for another 1.25 hours at 395 degrees – delicious!
  8. Serve with basmati rice fried with yellow tomatoes and olive oil and a nice green salad
  9. YUM!

 

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