Yes You Can!

Did a talk on my latest book release ‘Yes You Can” last Sunday, and I am delighted to be given reports from people, that they are going to start working on all those ambitions and goals that they have had tucked away in their hearts and minds.  A book being published gives you satisfaction, but to hear people being motivated by it already, is something quite wonderful for an author.  It is only short, as it is going to form part of the “Yes You Can’ series, but if something short can uplift and push people on, then that motivates me to push on writing more to encourage people in life.

BOOK LINK – CLICK HERE – It is only around the 99p price point, so will not break the bank either.

yes you can

I have decided to share with you the poem which I wrote, which ends the book.  I hope you will declare it out aloud for yourself and then go and chase your dreams!

Yes I Can (Poem)

by Emily Glancy

This is my time to realise my dreams
Success can be closer, that at first it may seem
No more excuses, or putting things off
Pushing on with my goals when times get rough

Understanding that there is still more ability left within me
Striving for better, being the best I can be
Turning off negative voices, not feeling discouraged
Growing in confidence, removing fears and all worries

Refusing to let doubt and defeat creep in
Acknowledging I have the ability to excel and win
Believing in myself, optimistic in all of my plans
And when those people say I will not achieve
I say but oh yes, I know that I can!

Yes I can be bolder, braver and stronger
Have the courage and spirit not to be held back for any longer
Yes I can break down all those barriers and walls
And feel like I am thriving once and for all

I shall fight off adversity, for the Lord is by my side
No problem or trial too hard for Him to guide
His sweet whisper voice, I feel Him holding my hand
Hearing His words saying, ‘I’m with you, Yes you can!’

Extracted from the book ‘Yes I Can’ on Amazon
by Emily Glancy


Roasted Vegetable Pasta

One of my recent posts about being neighbourly, talked about how great my neighbours are, and how we even give each other food and other things.  One neighbour has an allotment, and she frequently passes beautiful vegetables over the fence to me.  So the other day, I made a beautiful roasted vegetable pasta dish and promised you the recipe.

The dish is not complex, in fact that is what is delightful about this recipe, in that the produce does the talking!


Heat your oven to around 200 degrees centigrade.

Use a large roasting tin, as this helps to roast the vegetables so that they do not steam as much.

Chop up (quite chunky) a selection of vegetables such as aubergine, peppers, courgette, mushrooms and onion.  Over the top, pour a decent amount of olive oil and then get your hands in and make sure the oil is coating the vegetables.

Place into the oven for between 30-40 minutes until the vegetables are soft and cooked through.  During the last ten minutes of cooking, prepare your spaghetti or chosen pasta and cook to the instructions.  Occasionally I make my own fresh pasta which is so beautiful with the roasted vegetables.

Once the vegetables are cooked, take them from the oven and add some passata ( I use around a third of a jar) and mix it into the vegetables.  The heat from the pan and vegetables cooks it enough.

Plate up by putting your spaghetti on first, then spoon the vegetables on top.  Tear a few fresh basil leaves, a further drizzle of olive oil and a grating of parmesan cheese if you wish.

Super healthy and delicious!

Yes You Can – Believing You Can Achieve Your Dreams, Goals & Ambitions

Now available on Amazon, my latest guide on how to believe in yourself and to follow your dreams!  This is just one part of this collection entitled ‘Yes You Can,’ as more will be added over time to complete a set.  Today it is available to download free of charge, but if you miss this offer, then it will be priced around £0.99 so will not break the bank!


yes you can

Within this guide are the following sections;-
Where did doubt creep in?
Dreams, goals and ambitions.
Believing In the Words ‘I Can’
Fear of failure.
Installing Confidence in Children
When The Going Gets Tough … Don’t Quit!
Putting things off?
Being Bold In Business & Employment
Living Proof
Yes I Can (Poem)

No matter what adversity or negative thinking is holding you back, make a decision today to change that situation around.  I look at those niggles that we get inside, where we can lose confidence in our ability and decide not to even try at something because we think we will fail.  Maybe people have said negative things about you in the past and so your self esteem is at an all time low.  There is also the issue of being in a current situation that is getting you down and where you feel depressed and not motivated.

At the end of the guide I have asked for your inspiring stories, as I would like to feature them in a separate book.  You can stay anonymous if you wish.  Was there something holding you back in your life, where you then dug deep and triumphed with some form of success?  I want to hear from you!  Please also take part in my poll below.

Be blessed and be your best!

Being Neighbourly

Have to say that I have some of the best neighbours in the world!  Not only do we look out for each other but there are often treats to be had, such as dishing out cakes or keeping an eye on property whilst being away.  This week we are monitoring each others properties, sharing produce from allotments, putting out bins and letting each other use additional driveway space.  It feels like that wonderful neighbourly spirit we knew when I was a child, where people actually knew and cared for those who lived around them.


The photo is of the wonderful produce my neighbour passed to me over then fence.  I made a wonderful roasted vegetable pasta dish, which I shall post a recipe of tomorrow.  The fact that my neighbour gave the vegetables to me, made it taste all the better.

I am thankful for my neighbours, although I know a few people who would like to be rid of theirs.  Some people must be a living nightmare to be around with excessive noise, swearing, partying and just general bad behaviour.  Your home is your sanctuary, the one place where you can shut the door on the world and have some peace if you want it.  It is a shame that some spoil that for people by only thinking of themselves.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could return to those days where our neighbour became more like an extension of our family?  Where if they needed help you could be there and give them support if they needed it.  Lets hope we can go back to traditional standards and bring back the good old days, as not everything in life changes for the better.

Low Fat Fruity Tea Loaf

I love cake but I enjoy it even more when I do not have a guilt trip about the fat content.  Of course there is nothing nicer than spreading butter on top of this, but if you are on a calorie watching diet without the butter, then this may just make you feel as if you have had something tasty without feeling bad.

fruit loaf

This will quite happily keep in an airtight container for a week. In fact it seems to be at its best a couple of days after baking.


300ml of boiling water with 3 strong tea bags in, left to brew for around 8 minutes, then remove the tea bags.
450g mixed fruit
130g light brown sugar
250g self raising flour
1 egg beaten
1/2 tsp mixed spice

Prepare a 1kg loaf tin with baking parchment.

Place the fruit into the tea and leave for around 2-3 hours. This makes the fruit plump up.

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees centigrade.

In a bowl place the flour, spice, sugar, egg and fruit mixture and stir well.

Spoon into your loaf tin and bake for around an hour. Check that the centre of the loaf is cooked by placing a sharp knife into the middle. If it comes out clean it is cooked, if any mix if left on the knife, then place back into the oven and cook for a few more minutes.

Allow the loaf to cool before turning out onto a wire rack. When fully cool you can put it into an airtight tin or container.

Slice and eat as it is, or you can spread some butter on top.