"Elin Nordegren ex-wife of famed golfer Tiger Woods recently bulldozed her $12 million home in order to build a new, nearly identical, $12 million oceanfront mansion. Was it the Winter blahs or termite ridden wood?"
What to do when you have the “Winter blahs?” Some choose exercise; a few travel and other people overeat. Elin Nordegren (ex-wife of Tiger Woods) decided that she would "blow" her 12.3 million dollar house down instead. When the press got ahold of the story many people were outraged that she showed such little monetary respect for her 17,178-square-foot oceanfront property in North Palm Beach that she purchased last year.
Did she sit there in an 'after holiday funk' and decide that her mood was so blue that her ex-husband Tiger Woods should share in her winter blahs? After the media had decided that no matter what mood Elin was in she should be quartered and hog-tied, she filed a different story. According to her builder Dan Reedy her home, located barely 10 miles from her ex-husband, no longer meets the building code and over the holidays some termites and carpenter ants moved in.
Obviously she never listened to Martha Stewart who has a lot of tips for the winter blahs Elin might have used.
Martha suggests the following:
Set realistic goals Elin. No one is a “Martha Stewart”, including Martha herself. She has an entire team that assists her when she feels down. It is suggested that you should try to “deal with your idealized fantasies of what your life needs to be, and then make decisions that are real”.
That’s right Elin; why not call an exterminator next time instead of demolishing the entire house? I hear that Orkin and Terminex have winter sales going on.
Limit your alcohol consumption since excessive drinking can lead to feelings of depression.
I guess I would not blame you if you drank Elin. Maybe if Tiger had kept it in his pants, he wouldn't have lost $110 million. Just sayin’..
Try to get necessary sunlight by sitting by a window or purchase a “light box”. Many studies have found that those suffering from winter blues experienced relief from regular use of “light boxes” which emit high intensities of light.
Well Elin, I guess it was either that or change the drapes right?
Make new connections. Good relationships with family are always important, but not always possible. Reach out to others for the support and relationships you need.
Elin, how many billions did say your new boyfriend Jamie Dingman was worth?
Don’t set yourself up for disappointment and sadness by comparing today with the “good old days” of the past. Real life is not television, and it’s certainly not similar to “The Brady Bunch".
Good thing you got married with a prenup or you would have gotten only a ½ dinged up Subaru and 1700 square feet of something. Never look back Elin!
Pace yourself and set lower expectations, so that you can be pleasantly surprised if more comes about! Most importantly, be gentle with yourself. Stop and smell the flowers!
Did the pool have termites in too Elin? Is that the reason you tore that out also? My house needs painting; I think I'm just going to tear it down and start over. I know Elin; it is just so hard to find "good wood" anywhere these days. This time of the year it's just tough for everyone all over and next time have a termite inspection before you buy a house!
Linda Seccaspina 2012
I do believe you called Tiger 'chicken' as he ran from you that fateful night. In memory of Tiger, Elin this is for you:
The chef suggests purchasing pre-made puff pastry for his recipe. Why? There are many steps to the recipe and the puff pastry he uses has the right qualities for this recipe. However, he does use an egg wash on the crust. In addition, the chef says the use of lemon zest adds just the right amount of "zing" to the recipe. The Bechamel sauce can be a little tricky but chef Leiva says to watch the sauce carefully and not let it boil. By the way, the vegetables in the recipe should be blanched for no more than 20 seconds in salted water that has reached a full, rolling boil. This chicken pot pie turns out creamy, delicious and perfect for this time of year. Get the recipe after the photo.
10 Downing Chicken Pot Pie
Makes 5 portions
1lb. roasted chicken meat
1/4 cup blanched, medium diced carrots
1/4 cup blanched, medium diced parsnips
5 cooked artichoke hearts
6 baby turnips, blanched and halved
1 quart of Bechamel sauce
1/2 cup fines herbs (chives, chervil, tarragon)
5 pre-made puff pastries
5-6” Baking vessels
1 egg (for egg wash)
1. Cut puff pastry to fit baking vessels. Set aside.
2. Divide all vegetables and chicken equally between the 5 baking vessels.
3. Using a ladle, scoop béchamel sauce over each serving of vegetables, filling each baking vessel halfway.
4. Using a zester, top each vessel with some lemon zest.
5. Divide the fines herb mixture between the 5 dishes and sprinkle on top of the béchamel sauce.
6. Place cut puff pastry on top of each vessel, cutting off any edges that may hang over.
7. Mix the egg with water to create an egg wash. Brush on top of each puff pastry.
8. Bake in a pre-heated 375 oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown on top.
9. Let pot pies rest for a few minutes, as they will be piping hot. Serve and Enjoy!
1/2 lb. butter
3 1/2 - 4 Cups AP Flour
1/2 quart Cream
1/2 quart milk
1 bay leaf
A few sprigs of Thyme
1. Heat stainless steel pot on medium. Melt butter using wooden spoon.
2. Add flour gradually, constantly stirring. Once the butter and flour creates a blonde rue, add the cream, milk, bay leaf and thyme.
3. Reduce heat to low and let cook for 15 minute, stirring constantly until it thickens to ribbon-like stage.
4. Add salt and peeper to taste.