Fluffy Vanilla Nougat

To make great nougat, you really need to have a plan. You have to be legit focused. And(!), consider yourself warned, there are going to be a few minutes when you can't answer the front door, or even look at your phone – boiling hot sugar is no joke. I'm going to show you how to make a fluffy, cloud-like, vanilla nougat candy. Because if you're going to eat candy now and then, it might as well be homemade. You need to read through the recipe in its entirety before starting, so you have a sense of where you're headed. You'll also need a candy thermometer.

Vanilla Nougat Recipe

To the billowy, sweet, nougat base you can add all manner of flavors and spices. Or, stir in as many seeds, nuts, and dried fruit as the nougat will hold. The version you see pictured has vanilla bean, streaks of saffron, and a medley of nuts and seeds. The version in the video is slightly different. Part of the fun is experimenting with all the different ingredients you can add. A memorable favorite – lavender with loads of toasted white and black sesame seeds.

Vanilla Nougat Recipe

Vanilla Nougat Recipe

A few notes about this nougat recipe. A lot of nougat recipes use large amounts of corn syrup. The goal here was to get rid of as much corn syrup as possible, and preferably eliminate it altogether (I'm going to give variations with it, and without below). The version with a small splash of corn syrup is, quite honestly, less temperamental. But you can make nougat without it. What you see pictured here is a nougat made from honey, sugar, egg whites, and water as the base. Then there's vanilla bean, and lots of nuts and seeds beyond that.

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Controlling Your Thoughts and Taking Big Action with Carol Elizabeth

Controlling Your Thoughts and Taking Big Action with Carol Elizabeth

Carol Elizabeth is someone who has truly created her own life. Overweight and feeling lost, Mom of three Carol Elizabeth found herself in a spot she did not expect.

In her mid 30’s she felt she had lost herself and did not understand why. She was SUPPOSED to be happy! Afterall, she was “living the dream” with what appeared to be a happy family and life.

But she felt something was missing…and felt like she was not truly living her passion or  her purpose.

Going through a divorce was painful as it happened but she quickly learned the “WHY” it was THAT event that helped her turn that PAIN into purpose. Starting by  controlling her thoughts, her actions and ultimately her diet and her movement she shifted into a whole new Carol.

Thriving in her new body, mind and spirit she decided to take yet another leap- stepping on stage and COMPETING well into her late 40’s and turning that into multiple successful businesses.

Defying the odds, Carol became a network marketing millionaire, champion fitness competitor, coach and host of the ever successful podcast “So much More”

Please welcome my friend Carol Elizabeth today and hear how she continues to LEVEL UP and create EVERYTHING from NOTHING.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How learning your why can lead to great success
  • Why you should turn your pain into purpose
  • How to shift into your greater self
  • How to ask yourself the right questions

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Super Tasty, Toasted Almond Sable Cookies

When I go to flea markets or stop by a neighborhood garage sale, I always find myself rummaging through weathered cardboard boxes looking for cookie cutters. Vintage ones, distinctive ones. You might imagine I have drawers full of them, but that's not actually true. I have two small shoe-box sized containers of cookie cutters. That's it. It doesn't actually feel like a lot to some who loves to roll and stamp cookies as much as I do, but the good ones are hard to come by. Beyond shape, I have a fondness for metal cutters with sharp edges, and good structure. Shapes that can cut cleanly through a currant or dried cranberry if need be. Today, I thought I'd show you a few of my scores, and share a favorite cookie-cutter friendly recipe as well.

Toasted Almond Sable Recipe

So, I love my Swedish heart cookie cutter. It's roughly the size of my palm and is perfectly symmetric. Here's the thing. Hearts are a popular shape for cookie cutters, yet each heart is an individual. Some plunge deep, some curve shallow and soft, some are wide and squat, some are tall and elongated…each one says something different with its shape. There are friendly hearts, serious hearts, sophisticated hearts. It's a personal preference, but I tend to like the hearts that are just about as wide as they are tall. Symmetrical, direct, with clean lines.

Toasted Almond Sable Recipe

Then there are the wild card cookie cutters that I can't pass up. Like this farmhouse collection. The shapes get a bit mushy over the years, but the primitive lines are charming and the patina on the cutters beautiful. The pig has apparently escaped – note to self to find him.

Toasted Almond Sable Recipe

I've been making tiny shortbread in the shapes of small hearts, diamonds, spades, and clubs since I was a kid, and tend to prefer tiny cutters for butter-rich cookies. They're the type of cookies where a couple make the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon coffee or tea. Today's cookies qualify, and I picked the teardrop shape.

These toasted almond sable cookies are a take-off on Alice Medrich's charming Whole Wheat Sables, published in her book Pure Dessert a few years back. I love them, and make them a number of different ways depending on what I have on hand. This variation is hard to beat – toasty, nutty, peppered with dried currants. They're made with whole wheat and all-purpose flours, sliced almonds, and the best butter you can come by. That said, I made another variation with June Taylor's candied citrus peels for the Little Flower School class a couple weeks back – swapping finely chopped peel for the currants you'll see in the recipe below. The peel left lovely little slashes of color throughout the cookies, and bursts of citrus flavor. I really loved those too.

Super Tasty, Toasted Almond Sable Cookies

Toasted Almond Sable Recipe

For those of you who've made it this far. I made a note to myself for next time. I'm excited to try this recipe using Dorie's trick of using cultured butter – for a hint of tang. It might be the thing to put these right over the top.

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Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction with Danny J

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction with Danny J

Danny-J, is a serial entrepreneur who has created multiple successful brands and online businesses with one underlying principle: “Make People More Awesome”

She won Ali Brown’s 2012 Entrepreneur of the year award, lived through being paralyzed at age 22 and was a suicidal and pregnant teen, with quite a turn-around story.

She owned a very successful personal training and online-training business, No Excuses Fitness, and has helped thousands of people shed unwanted body fat and find inner confidence.

She coached fitness competitors to the stage and has even graced the stage as a National Level Athlete and Fitness Magazine Cover Model herself.

Danny J is one of my favorite humans! She is a  real life example of “Truth is Stranger than Fiction” and she uses her real “Jerry Springer Style Life” stories to engage with her audience, teach life lessons and inspire others to rewrite their stories.

On paper she is  an award-winning entrepreneur, coach, podcast host, entrepreneur and storyteller.

But in life she is a TRUE example of making lemonade out of lemons no matter WHAT life throws you.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • That our circumstances don’t define our outcomes
  • Why Truth is Stranger and than Fiction
  • What you can do to engage an audience
  • How you’re able to rewrite your own story today

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Helping Others Achieve the Next Level of Success with Mike Young

Helping Others Achieve the Next Level of Success with Mike Young

Mike Young helps people who have achieved a level of success in their business, that that next step forward…by looking influential, powerful, sexy, and appealing to their audience.

Mike has invested the equivalent of a Harvard degree in his own self-education for business, marketing, and branding programs. He is well studied with over 10,000 hours of dedication to learning hi craft.

As a successful Entrepreneur in 2008, Mike was living the dream. He had the house, the cars, and the EGO that went along with it.

In an instant, his world was shattered. Mike lost his company, his income, and his confidence.

Mike had to shift. He had to learn how to LEVEL UP and be able to create EVERYTHING from NOTHING.

Today, with a new outlook on accountability, mindset and life,  Mike Young focuses OUT helping some of the most popular personal brands online. Helping THEM stand out.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to rebound after losing a company
  • The art of branding yourself to level up
  • How marketing can help you achieve your dreams

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Cyber Monday Deals for You

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Real Gratitude, Real Success, with ‘The Real’ Brad Lea

Real Gratitude, Real Success, with
‘The Real’ Brad Lea

Brad Lea is CEO, Entrepreneur, Host of The Dropping Bombs Podcast and the Creator of The Bottom Line
People call Brad “The Real Brad Lea” because he keeps it real no matter what. He is a successful businessman and philanthropist. He is best known as the founder and CEO of LightSpeed VT, a global leader in web-based training and communication platforms with headquarters in Las Vegas, NV. Brad is continually striving to enhance the technology to better serve his clients.

Engaging, authentic and dynamic, Brad is passionate about helping people succeed. In fact, he’s created the Dropping Bombs podcast to help people succeed in Life and in Business.

He’s dropping bombs on a wide-range of topics that educate, inspire and deliver results. Brad’s bombs are explosive strategies you can leverage to obliterate any obstacle getting in the way of your personal or business success. Listen to the Official Brad Lea Podcast for exclusive content, success strategies rooted in real-life experiences and stories from the front lines. Brad’s dropping bombs. Listen up or run for cover!.

On this episode, you will learn:

  • How to master gratitude even in your lowest moments
  • The realization that there is no self-made millionaires
  • Mindset is the key to success
  • Why money does equal happiness

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Breaking The Rules To Live Your Best Life with Jasmine Star

Breaking The Rules To Live Your Best Life with Jasmine Star

Jasmine Star is a HIGHLY sought after photographer and business strategist who has built an internationally recognized and award-winning business. She’s amassed over 700,000 loyal followers on all of her social platforms in a short period of time and took the photography industry by STORM.

Despite all of this, Jasmine Star is as down to earth as they get. Raised in a hard working American Immigrant she believed herself to be under average” , overweight and not that smart.

It was trauma that brought her clarity and vision. You see, trauma struck when Jasmine’s mom was diagnosed with Brain Cancer. With that diagnosis, Jasmine learned that playing by the rules in life would bring on regret later in life . She decided she wanted to FULLY live life and have no regrets later. This led Jasmine to follow her purpose and passion.

I can’t wait for you to meet Jasmine Star today and learn how she LEVELED UP and created EVERYTHING from NOTHING.

What you’ll learn, during this episode:

  • How trauma can create hope
  • How to turn your life around due to one decision
  • How breaking the rules will lead to creating your best life

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Resourcefulness, Visualization, and Manning Up with Bedros Keullian

Resourcefulness, Visualization, and Manning Up with Bedros Keullian

Today on Leveling Up, Bedros shares how he founded Fit Body Boot Camp (which by the way, is listed on Entrepreneur Magazine’s 500 fastest growing franchises in the world and 3x , AND listed on the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing privately owned companies!

Coming to this country from communist Soviet Union as a child, Bedros Keullian had odds stacked against him. English was his second language. He was a Arminian Refuge, and his family had very little money.

At 6 years old he had a job- crawling in dumpsters searching for “expired food” to feed his family. So poor as a child, when he got lice from living in section A housing, his mom couldn’t afford lice treatment so she got resourceful. She used GASOLINE to kill the lice.

The amazing thing that Bedros DID have? RESOURCEFUL hard working parents that taught him you can ALWAYS be resourceful and that FREEDOM was an opportunity to achieve big things.

Bedros KNEW he would be successful one day. He always would talk in his teens to buddies about “WHEN THEY WOULD BE RICH…”

That VISION and self talk allowed him to turn thoughts into actions.

 And how although it has been a ROCKY road, he has continually LEVELED UP over and over again creating EVERYTHING from NOTHING.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The power of mentors
  • How opening up an being vulnerable can lead to a world of opportunities
  • How you can start to define your life starting now
  • Why your health is the catalyst for change

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What Is Model Health with Shawn Stevenson

What Is Model Health with Shawn Stevenson

Shawn Stevenson is the author of the international bestselling book Sleep Smarter and creator of The Model Health Show! He is featured as the #1 Health podcast on iTunes

Shawn has been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, Fast Company, Forbes, Men’s Health magazine, ESPN, CNN, and many other major media outlets.

Before: Solid 32% Candy, 17% Cheetos!

Growing up on microwave dinners, fast food,and candy. Food was FOOD to Shawn Stevenson.

16 years old Shawn Stevenson was diagnosed with brittle bone after breaking a hip. Standard of Care did not ask about diet or lifestyle. He was told that he wouldn’t get better and he believed it!

In a back Brace , with a body that was breaking down and gaining weight,  eating more krispy kreme donuts, swallowing pills and hanging out in bed became his routine.

One evening , after a girlfriend made a comment about his body that he didn’t like he started to reflect over pill bottles and once again sitting in bed that DOCTORS tell him he won’t get better. But THOSE doctors weren’t thinking about HIM. Decided that he needed to help himself.

Join me today as I learn from Shawn how he LEVELED UP and CREATED EVERYTHING from NOTHING!

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why sleep is so important to your health
  • How being genuine and open can grow your audience
  • The art of strong relationships
  • How Shawn was able to go from being overweight to the idea of model health

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