Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Wednesday meanderings . . .
How happy are you, right now, at this moment? Take a few minutes and stop whatever it is you are doing, and think about it. I bet you have to think really hard. Most of us know what makes the people in our lives that we really care about happy, but when it comes to discerning the things in life that make us happy . . . specific things in our lives that bring smiles to our faces and contentment to our hearts, we often have a problem voicing those out loud.
Is it because we feel selfish putting words to our own desires? As women, we so often put the needs of others in front of our own, and often this is quite rightly so. We are the nurturers . . . the mothers and wives . . . the daughters . . . the caring friends . . . I believe it is instilled in our very nature of being to be this way, and any woman who isn’t, well . . . she is somehow thought lesser of. I think that’s wrong. I think that, as women, we need to find the true sense of enjoyment in our lives, to become more aware of the things that makes us happy and to embrace them, and in doing so we will not only make ourselves happier, we will make those around us happier as well.
It could be something as simple as sitting in the garden and taking a few minutes to feel the sun on your face, or baking a particularly delicious batch of cookies for your children and feeling a sense of joy while you do it, rather than a sense of duty. We must learn to embrace the tender, small moments of our day that bring us contentment and peace. We must learn to see the trees in the forest individually, and call them by name. Take five minutes on a sunny warm day and sit outside our doorways sipping on a nice hot cuppa (hot chocolate in my case) and smell the warmth of a gentle spring breeze as it brushes past our face and listen to the birds singing.
I know we have chores to do, and work to complete . . . and we can’t spend the whole day dawdling and frittering our time away. I’m as busy as the next person . . . but we can find little pockets of joy in our busy days, if only we will look for them and recognize them when we find them . . . simple pleasures waiting to be enjoyed . . . small awareness’s of what makes us truly happy . . . those things uniquely our own, and only ours to savour, things often overlooked. Grab one or two today and claim them for yourself.
I'm sure it will be a better day if you do!
I think I am going to try to go into town this morning with Todd. I have a few things that I need and I can't get them by staying home. The sun is shining and it looks to be a gorgeous day. Too nice a day to waste!
Here's a delicious salad that is quick and easy to make and amazingly filling. It makes a quick lunch or a nice light supper. Perfect to make on warmer days when you have some chicken leftover from your Sunday lunch. I have even been known to pick up a rotisserie bird just to make this. It's really tasty! You can add some cheese if you are feeling really indulgent! (I'd use a good Feta or Parmesan.)We
*Roasted Chicken Salad*
A delicious and hearty meal salad that can be put together really quickly!
5 TBS olive oil
1/4 cup of white balsamic vinegar
2 tsp of Mediterranean blend or spaghetti seasoning
1 tsp sugar
3 cups torn, day old garlic foccacia or Italian bread
2 cups shredded roast chicken
3/4 cup pitted ripe olives
3 hearts of romaine lettuce, washed, dried and coarsely chopped
Whisk together 4 TBS of the olive oil, the vinegar, seasoning and sugar. Set aside.
Heat the remaining TBS of oil in a large skillet. Add the bread and cook and stir for about 5 minutes until lightly toasted. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
Add the chicken and olives to the skillet along with the dressing. Cook and stir to heat through. Return the bread to the skillet and toss to coat.
Divide the lettuce amongst 4 plates. Top each with an equal portion of the chicken mixture. Serve immediately.
Baking over in The English Kitchen today a delicious Almond Gingerbread!