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The Good Life Report 5/3/19


Introducing the Good Life Report. You've gotten all of the financial questions you had answered in our office. Now you can read about the things you love. From gardening to golf, each week we will post content that interests you and tips to help you live the good life.


"If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on."

- Sheryl Sandberg


Spectacular Blood Orange Tart with Toasted Meringue

Serves 8

  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 Tbsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1¾ cup, plus 2 Tbsp., all-purpose flour
  • 1⅔ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup, plus 1 Tbsp., cornstarch
  • 3 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1½ cups fresh blood orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 5 large egg whites
  • ½ tsp. cream of tartar
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Blend together the butter, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add flour and stir until the mixture comes together into a soft dough.
  4. Carefully press the dough into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan, going up the sides to about 2 inches. 
  5. Press evenly along the bottom and sides of the pan, so the dough is about ¼-inch thick. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. Once the dough comes out of the refrigerator, line the inside of the unbaked shell with parchment paper, and put in about 3 cups of any type of dry beans or rice for weight.
  7. Place the tart shell onto a baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  8. Remove the beans and parchment and continue to bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown, then cool completely.
  1. Put the sugar, cornstarch, flour, and salt, with water and blood orange juice, into a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Whisk together and bring to a boil, stirring frequently until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  3. Blend in the butter and stir until smooth.
  4. Whisk egg yolks together in a mixing bowl.
  5. To temper the batter, pour ½ cup of the egg yolks into the blood orange mixture while whisking.
  6. Continue to temper by whisking the egg mixture into the blood orange mixture, then lower heat to medium and simmer, while whisking until thick.
  7. Once the mixture is thickened, remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes, then pour into the baked tart shell.
  8. Refrigerate the tart - it should set in about 4 hours, but don't refrigerate longer than 48 hours.
  1. Prepare the meringue with a stand mixer, using the whisk attachment. Beat the egg whites until frothy, then add cream of tartar.
  2. While continuously beating, add sugar, 2 Tbsp. at a time, until it is dissolved into the mixture.
  3. Add vanilla, and continue to beat until stiff, white peaks form.
To serve, top the tart evenly with the meringue, creating peaks. Lightly toast the peaks with a brulee torch.
Recipe adapted from Spoon Fork Bacon[7]


Fades And Draws Made Easy
This decades-old trick is a simple way to shape shots, and it is every bit as valid today.

To hit a fade - Jack Nicklaus' preferred shot - make sure to aim the face of your club where you want the ball to land. Next, align your body to the left (or right, for left-handers). To hit a draw, just do the opposite: aim the clubface where you want the ball to land. Align your body to the right (or left, for left-handers). For both fades and draws, swing the club where your body is aimed.

Tip courtesy of Golf Digest[8]


Practice Breathing For Serenity

Breathing deeply is a simple practice for calming your mind and body as well as reducing stress. There are many breathing techniques that can be used with practicing yoga, meditating, or even, on their own. Here is one simple technique can help calm the nervous system, and you can practice it wherever you want - The 4-7-8 Relaxing Breath:

  • Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whooshing sound.
  • Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose, filling your lungs as you quietly count to four.
  • Next, hold your breath for a count of seven.
  • Exhale completely through your mouth. Push all the air out, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight. You've completed one breath cycle.
  • Inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times, for a total of four breaths.

There are many other breathing techniques you can research and try for reducing anxiety, improving lung capacity, and achieving a calmer state of mind.

Tip adapted from www.drweil.com[10]


What If You Cant Recycle It?

You may have all good intentions to recycle, but there are so many rules, regulations, and multi-material consumer items, it can be hard to keep up. Here are a few tips about what to do when some of those items come into question:
  • Glass kitchenware: If these items are in good condition, you can donate them. Otherwise, if they are broken, they should go in the trash.
  • Mirrors: Forget about seven years bad luck with that broken mirror. Put it in the trash and be done with it! (This glass cannot be recycled since it is treated.)
  • Packing materials: Try taking these to a local shipping store or a small business that can use them.
  • Plastic bags: These grocery bags can be returned to some grocery stores for special handling and recycling.
  • Shredded paper: Once paper has gone through the shredder, it is too small to be recycled. You can check to see if your municipality has a local drop-off location.
Tip adapted from Real Simple[10]