“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake…” ~ Francis Bacon, Sr.
“The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.” — Chinese Proverb
We all know unhealthy ingredients slip into salad dressing, but you can make a simple vinaigrette at home. The formula is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. You may use olive oil, but any good vegetable oil will work, even flavored oils. Apple cider vinegar works, but I prefer balsamic or red wine vinegar. Flavored vinegars or citrus juice may be also substituted.
Add desired seasonings to the vinegar in a small bowl. Add oil slowly in a small stream while beating with a wire whisk. Beat until the oil is incorporated into the dressing. This creates an “emulsion” so the dressing does not instantly separate. This may also be done in a blender.
That’s the basic vinaigrette. Jazz it up with mustard, honey, finely chopped garlic or onion, any herbs and spices your heart desires.
“May I never miss a sunset or a rainbow because I am looking down.” — Sara June Parker
“There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate.” — Robert Brault
Ever tried a “pepperwich?” Many people are familiar with baked stuffed peppers covered with tomato sauce, but you can also stuff you favorite sandwich filling into a raw pepper shell.
Cut a large green bell pepper in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and as much white pith as you can. I also cut out the stem. Fill up your pepper shells with your favorite filling. I like an eggless egg salad made with chickpeas, but tuna salad is also nice as are sliced sandwich meats, cheese and your favorite condiments. One green pepper makes two servings.
Smiley face optional, but why not?
“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when I know there are footprints on the moon.” — Paul Brandt
“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.”— Oscar Wilde
We are bombarded with messages from popular media telling us to do this or not do that. While we would all like to find a perfect one size fits all solution or have someone else tell us how to live, that is not how life works. Life is a journey and we learn the way on the trip.
It is important to remember the words of Carl Jung, “… there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.” Finding your way through life can be a lonely experience. Continue with prayer and meditation, following inner guidance and you will find others along the way to share experiences with. Who knows, you may one day find others following you.
“Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr