When you are wanting to use celery and/or green onions but would like them nice and crisp and fresh, just soak them in cold water for a bit.
I did this today while preparing a salad for dinner. I also like to make the salad ahead and leave some moisture on it, stick it in the fridge and let it get really cold and crisp before serving. There is nothing worse than wilty lettuce. Wouldn’t you agree? 🙂
I hope you enJOYed my tip today and make sure you always have FUN in the kitchen and don’t be afraid to try things. 🙂
The more I age and the more I blog here, the more I am enJOYing putting myself into my work or workandplay as I call it. 🙂
Anyhow, on that note, I thought I would start sharing some of my creative cooking ideas here on my blog. I have shared some recipes on my MaggiesVitaminsBlog but have now decided to start sharing here as well cause this is who I am. 🙂
I love cooking, thrift shopping, taking pictures, and writing to name just a few things that ignite my spirit. And I am sharing all of those things now here in this platform because that is what a blog is. It is like an online journal so PERF!
Now on to what I made for dinner last night. I love to just think about what I have on hand or what I need to use up in the fridge and then go from there. I would have fun on one of those cooking shows where you get a basket of ingredients :-). In fact, we are going to do something like this one night for fun with some friends of ours.
Last night I had some chicken thighs in the fridge and wanted a quick and easy meal as I did not have a lot of time. So this is what I did.
I took a frying pan and put some olive oil and garlic. I then put onions (cut them any way you want) and celery and browned them a bit with salt and pepper of course. Then I added sliced chicken thighs and browned the whole thing up til it had some nice browning happening.
Next I added a simple jar of store bought tomato sauce. In this instance I used a grocery store’s personal line and it was a 4 cheese sauce.
I then cooked and simmered this for about 30 minutes to make sure the chicken was thoroughly cooked and the flavors melded.
When it was time to serve I made it work for everyone. Fresh boiled potatoes for my hubby and these were the first ones from his garden. He was excited to try them. It is so rewarding when you grow your own food and it is so nice to see many people doing this these days.
And as for my daughter and I we had some pasta.
So there you go… a simple dish that you could add any type of veggie to like peppers or mushrooms etc., pick a sauce of your choice and serve it however you like.
There are many definitions of ‘Grace’ but to me, Grace is about honoring my soul and letting it flow through life. It is a divine expression of who I am and I know that my soul in eternal.
I like to think that I am in the playground of life, expressing myself, with Grace, and flitting like a butterfly, from moment to moment.
In life, Grace leads us to precious moments that often come through life’s trials, tribulations, and heartaches but is not to be taken lightly.
For example, one often learns the preciousness of life’s gifts through grieving the loss of loved ones. Things we once took for granted become even sweeter and more precious to us. This is a form of Grace.
Grace is the ebb and flow of all of life. It is the wind that blows through and dances with the branches of the tree, it is the sun glistening upon the water, it is the energy in these words as I type them, it is the gentle rain that bounces off a tin roof…. it is all of that and more….
Grace is the flow of life and the dance of the soul.
When we are open to the Grace of Life, we feel and experience life. We open our hearts to deep, deep, levels that are profound. We then truly ‘live’ and are ‘alive’.
What if we took our darkest moments and allowed them to show us the Grace of Life? What if we used them as catalyst to show us how Grace has moved us and then perhaps we would better understand why we ‘feel’ so much. We then might become enamored with our passion and our feelings and our zest for life.
I for one, now see how all of life’s moment’s both painful and JOYous have led me to Grace. Grace is life being life. Grace is life flowing through and for me.
Grace is the wind in the wings of the soul and it is a beautiful thing….
In closing, I hope that you too, enJOY the Grace of Life and that you allow life to flow through you through all of the moments, in good times and bad, and that these moments enhance your sweetness of life.
In Grace and with much LOVE to all,
Side Note: After writing this piece I realized that Grace and Gratitude MUST be tied together because it just seemed like it should be. And they are. After Googling, I found this and thought “WOW”… “We can gloss over the meaning of gratitude as simply “giving thanks”, but Gratitude is derived from the Latin word “gratia” which means gratefulness – but also grace or graciousness depending on the context. … There is true grace in Gratitude:”
That got me thinking and is a whole other blog post 🙂 Have a great day my friends!
My baby girl started high school today and it was a beautiful morning for the first day of school.
I took this picture this morning before we left for her first day of high school.
The droplets of water were so beautiful on these flowers that some call weeds, and the sun was making itself known in the background. I love the gifts of morning.
When we got to the school, the sun was shining on the school and I thought “how nice”. It felt like the sun was shining my girl on to to the next phase of her life and my beautiful butterfly was transitioning.
After dropping Sivanna off on her first day of school, I went to my car and I cried. I had so many emotions. I was excited for her and knew that she was excited. I was happy for her to be going back to school… period as her last day of regular school was Friday, March 13th.
I was happy for this feeling of new and of the excitement, but also for the feeling of a normal September morn when kids start back to school. I knew that she will remember this time as an important time in our history.
I then headed for a hair cut and while I was getting my hair cut, I delighted in my mind and smiled in my heart, as I heard the greeter welcome the customers as they came in the door.. “Morning”… “Morning”. And I thought was a beautiful sound that simple greeting is….
Yes, it is morning… a new morning… another day….. Morning… Morning …. Morning.
Life sure does go by quickly doesn’t it? I was reminded of this when I went to my cottage this weekend. We had not been there since early summer and when I walked into my dining room there, I saw this……
It reminded me of how fleeting life is and how even the seasons seem to pass into the next in the blink of an eye. When I saw these fallen flowers, I thought of spring/summer and it is now fall.
I like to be reminded of how fast life speeds by because it jolts me into appreciating life and every sacred moment in it.
Another thing that happened this week that really, really, jolted me was that I ran into someone that I grew up with and had not seen in probably 30 years or more. I only recognized him because of his voice, as I heard him speaking in a cheerful manner to the lady at the deli counter.
We chatted and it was so lovely to connect with him after all these years. He had shared with me that he has been dealing with cancer for 10 years and he has much outlived his prognosis date of how long he should be living for, and that he was very grateful for that.
He had recently lost his brother and I took a moment to offer my condolences around that and acknowledged how much his family has been through in recent years.
He then mentioned to me that he went and spent a few days with my own brother in our home town and how much that meant to him. I cry just recalling the JOY in his voice as he expressed his delight around their visit, especially it being where we grew up.
After once again bumping into him in the checkout line, I realized that he was catching the bus so I offered him a ride. He graciously accepted and our ride was full of heartfelt chatter. He was very excited about a garden that he maintained and it reminded me of the simple pleasures and JOYS of life.
The Jolting Moment…
Shortly before we reached his home, I said to him that it was so nice that he and my brother got to catch up. And then he said to me this… the jolt I talked about: “It was more of a saying good-bye…..”
So once again, I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face. I wondered if that was my good-bye to him as well. I hope not. I hope I get to see him again and I am grateful for the visit we had. It will forever change my life as some of these moments do.
And I have a confession..… when I heard his voice in the grocery story, I almost didn’t call out because you know I was busy and in a hurry and on a schedule. You know how it is. But I did and I am glad and I am grateful for the beautiful gifts and reminders about the sweetness of life that emerged from this whole experience.
So yes my friends, life goes by quickly. EnJOY the moments, make time for the simple things, and connect with the people in your life that matter…. The seasons of life go by quickly.
Every morning I try to read or listen to something that helps my spirit to be uplifted and ultimately so that I have more peace of mind and peace in my body. I especially do this in timesof fear or stress. It is my way of shifting my frequency from fear to love and to freedom.
Yesterday I started reading a very, very good book called “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne. Rhonda also wrote the book, “The Secret”.
Anyhow, I am doing the daily gratitude list she suggests for 28 days. I am on day 2 and thought I would share today’s gratitude list here. I actually, without realizing it, did 13 instead of 10. Awesome. The more the better and I am confident that I will not run out of ideas. It really does get easier the more you do it.
Here is my list of 13 for today:
Note to Self: find the Blessing in everything aka Love that which arises and go forth in and with love
Day 2 Gratitude List
I am grateful
for my stainless steel serving spoon I found at the thrift store because it serves me well and helps me to nourish my family and my own body.
I am grateful for the birds that sing to and for me each day. I rejoice in their song and delight in the divine music they create.
I am grateful to have ears that hear to enJOY the birds and other sounds because they give me JOY
I am grateful for opportunities, sometimes called challenges, that allow me to reflect on what is truly important to me. It helps me clarifiy my life’s purpose and I get to know more of what I really want in my life.
I am grateful for gratitude because it shifts my frequency away from fear and into peace.
I am grateful for rocks because they are a JOY to look at and to hold. Today I appointed one of my favorite rocks to be my Gratitude Rock. It fits in my hand nicely. It is smooth and best of all it is irregular. I picked this one on purpose to remind myself that life is not always smooth but that I can find gratitude in life and even in every situation, no matter how dark or scary it seems. There is always a light. There is always something I can find to be grateful for. This gives me peace.
On a side note about the rock. I was thinking I should get a rock and make it my gratitude rock and then I opened my reading app to start reading The Magic book and the very page I turned to was exactly this exercise! I love signs and confirmations!
From the book:
“In the beginning of working with these practices, it takes concentrated days in a row to make gratitude a habit. Anything that reminds you to be grateful is helping you turn your life into gold with gratitude, and that’s exactly what this magical practice is about. Lee Brower presented the gratitude rock practice in The Secret film and book, when he told us the story of the father of a dying child who used a gratitude rock to be grateful for his son’s health, and his son made a miraculous recovery. Since then the gratitude rock has been a proven success with many people the world over, who have used it for money, healing, and happiness. First, find a rock or a stone. Choose a small size that fits in the palm of your hand and that you can close your fingers around. Choose a rock that is smooth, without sharp edges, not too weighty, and that feels really good in your hand when you hold it. You can find a Magic Rock from your garden if you have one, or from a riverbed, creek, ocean, or park. If you don’t have easy access to any of these places, then ask your neighbors, family, or friends. You may even have a precious rock or stone al- ready that you can use as your Magic Rock.”
Today I write about being more present in life and with the people in life. This is day 3 of the writing challenge for me, and this topic is perfect because it is definitely something that I am working on in my life.
The first thought that comes to mind around this is the thought around holding space and this topic has recently been coming up for me.
Holding space to me is the ultimate form of being present. When I hold space for someone, I am honoring them, respecting them, and loving them. I think the ultimate form of love is like holding space which to me means being there fully for another human being, in non-judgment, and full-on out supporting them in what they need at that particular moment in time.
I think the best explanation that I have ever read about holding space comes from my friend Heather Plett. Heather now has a book out about holding space but her original post on it is here.
I am sure you will find it to be a wonderful read. It is something that I go-to again and again.
The other thought that comes to mind around being present is listening. This is for sure something that I need to get better at. I love to talk but the true gift lies in listening. Listening to someone and just being present is a huge deal.
Lately I have been reflecting on how if feels when one is not heard. This brings to mind a vulnerable experience I had the other day and I will humbly share it here. It was very frustrating for me and now I realize part of it was that I wasn’t being heard and the struggle to communicate was real.
My Vulnerable Moment
I was taking my daughter and granddaughter through the drive through for Taco Tuesday as we headed out of town to spend some time at the lake. I was trying to keep track of what everyone wanted ex. 2 soft tacos no tomatoes, 2 soft regular, 1 soft with sour cream, etc. When we got to the speaker/order area there was a loud truck behind us and the girl could not hear what I was saying and the conversation went from bad to worse. The worst part was that I ended up getting so confused that by the time she told us to just drive up to the window to order, I couldn’t remember the order!
In my stress and frustration of not being heard I couldn’t even think straight. Guess what I did? I just started crying. I couldn’t stop myself. I looked at my daugther and just cried and and said “I can’t remember please help me”.
Now the staff member was very good about it all and I could tell she held space for me to just get through the experience. I think the kids were a bit shaken by it all, but all in all I think it was a gift for them to see my humanness.
On another, note, I am really getting more compassionate about things like the topic of forgetting. For example, I might forget someone on a guest list or forget how to spell something. Please forgive me. I don’t do it on purpose. So now I have much more compassion for others. Before you judge someone for whatever, please keep in mind that they may be struggling or stressed or whatever is going on with them.
So back to holding space and listening…. truly listening to another human being without judgement or interjections is the ultimate gift of grace that can be exchanged between two people.
Listening and looking intently into the eyes, and ultimately the soul of another, is divine.
I for one work at getting better at both holding space, being present and truly listening. And please if you are in my life and witness me forgetting to do this, please remind me. 🙂
I am in a 21 day writing journey with a group of about six thousand people and today is Day 2. We were given a prompt to write about and to help us with the creative process.
Today’s prompt was to write about a time in our lives when we felt that our prayers had been answered.
The first thing that came to mind, for me, was that my prayers are always answered but that sometimes I don’t realize that or I forget. It reminds me that everything happens for our highest good and that our job is to get in alignment with receiving that which is for our highest good.
We do this by keeping our spirits happy and keeping our vibration high and then we also need to stop resisting ‘what is’. This is probably the most difficult part of the process… is not resisting what is.
I am currently reading a book by Matt Kahn about loving whatever arises and it has been very helpful.
So back to the writing prompt, I do feel that prayers are answered but I believe that we have more input or control, or shall I say participation in prayers being answered.
I do not feel it is something outside of myself completely. I feel that I am part of the orchestration of the divine prayers received and asked for. I am a co-creator of prayers being answered.
This also reminds me of when we suffer from lack of self-worth. We don’t feel worthy to receive when goodness is right in front of us. I think this applies to prayers too. If we believe that we can receive and that things do happen for our highest good, then they can happen much easier.
When we realize that we are an active component in our prayers being answered and in and of the miracles in our life, the dance of co-creation with the divine becomes much more animated and delightful. We become more empowered and that to me is exciting.
I hope that you too feel that you are a part of the dance with the divine and that your highest good is always at the forefront of the prayers that you send out and that are answered for you.
I send you the highest of Blessings today and always and in all ways.
Today is September 1st and I can feel the new energy that this month brings. I find it very unique and beautiful.
Lately I have been getting nudges to write more. I am finding that I NEED to write. I know that I am on this earth to express myself and hopefully inspire others while I am doing just that. 🙂
I have joined, starting today, a 21 day Writing Journey with Mike Dooley. I trained under Mike to become a Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer & Coach and I love his work and his sharings. He is amazing.
Anyhow, I am excited and my soul is excited to write more and to express myself more like I am doing right here, right now. And September is always a great month to commit to those things that you love to do and that bring you 𝓙𝓞𝓨.
What about You? What is your soul calling for more of? What passions or projects are nudging you at this time? Are you listening?
I really want to encourage you to explore what is calling to you and to commit to doing more of it.
The kids are going back to school. Adults are going back to school. Learning is in the air along with pumpkin spice and everything nice, so it’s the perfect time to say full speed ahead and to honor your soul. At least I think so.
I would love to hear what creative projects you will do more of….