And just like that… SUMMER is gone!
Toward the end of winter, I welcome the thought of spring and summer with utmost excitement. Gorgeous flowers popping everywhere, fun summer trips, trees coming back to life, outdoor parties, colorful sun dresses, toes in the sand, fruity summer drinks and watermelon, sizzling barbecues, patio dining, pool time, and of course, the glorious sun…well, plenty of it!
No matter the challenges of Covid-19, the current social climate and the moral ambivalence that unexpectedly dominate and dampen this year’s spring and summer experience, I made a conscious choice that I will embrace and brighten up my days. Sometimes, you don’t need to leave your humble abode to delight in this season of relaxation. So many things to enjoy even in the comfort of your own backyard. You just have to find it. How I relish waking up to the quintessential summer scents, a whiff of magnolias or the smell of freshly cut grass in the air! My daily routine of afternoon swim in the backyard pool and some gardening while listening to the valuable lessons of Jordan Peterson and Ted Talks kept me going. For some reason, there’s a lovely feeling of exhaustion that comes from a relaxing or productive day spent beneath the summer sun. What could be more invigorating than a luxurious afternoon nap or curling up with a summer read? And of course, who could dispute the fun in trying a new banana bread recipe? (Did you know there’s a gazillion ways to make banana bread?)
Summer days are simply made for being completely immersed in the moment, wherever or whenever those moments would take you. The key is to find joy.
How about you? How did your summer go?
Be kind. Be fabulous.
"The purpose of life, after all,
IS TO LOVE IT, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
"When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”
– Ernest Hemingway
I’ve thought about it every time I look out from my window. I imagine running in the yard like a kid in my pajamas and feel the luscious green grass under my feet until I run out of breath. It’s a good distraction from the morning news.
After the long winter, followed by a seemingly unending series of unfortunate events, there is so much to process and a lot to weigh. We can choose to look at the headlines, be informed, but in most cases, be anxious, or worse, be afraid. Is it intellectually fulfilling? Or exceedingly exhausting?
When I’m not sure what to think of and how to feel, I know it’s time to step out and focus on the beauty that surrounds me. How I choose to feel is within my power, at least that is something I can control. Balance is what I seek. Optimism is my friend. I can start by asking myself what I am grateful for today.
Spring mornings, as ephemeral as it may seem, is worth celebrating. Because even if we say we are fine, the global epidemic is like a dark cloud hovering over us. What to do when it hit us? Major paradigm shift!
This morning, I stepped outside the confines of our home and breathed the fresh scent of morning breeze, delighted myself with the sight of wild blooms popping everywhere, and found comfort and strength in the presence of our giant trees in their very state of revival. Spring mornings are glorious. Birds chirping. Squirrels running. Splendid sunrise. Finding bliss where my mind would take me—it is the way I choose to live.
How about you? What are you grateful for today? What brings you smile?
Be kind. Be fabulous.
I am not a culinary snub. I love to mix simple techniques and kitchen hacks while creating a homemade taste. Since it has been an inconvenience to make frequent trips to the store due to lockdown, it's best to simplify it. That's what I have been doing lately!
Pasta dishes are my most favorite dishes to make. It allows me to be creative and inventive in the kitchen using readily available ingredients. And the outcome? Always delicioso!
This mussels and vegetable pasta dish in creamy red sauce is super easy, healthy and packed in flavor and yumminess. To simplify my process, since I didn't have plenty of time to work in the kitchen, I used store-bought packaged mussels that are available in the frozen section, four-cheese spaghetti sauce (or you can use marinara sauce), herbs and spices, fresh vegetables, parmesan cheese, then finished it up with my own brand of magic.
"The idea of having a special place where we can celebrate each other's uniqueness and individuality and channel our positive energy collectively inspired me to create
My Slice of Nice".
- Cora Newcomb
Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? I love breakfast and I can eat it anytime. Some people, however, can't seem to care for a bite after a long night. I feel like I need to break the fast and provide my body with food rich in sustenance and energy before starting my day.
But Why? What's the science behind it?
In the days ahead, I will share a number of breakfast ideas that are easy to make so you don't have to settle for a breakfast bar that are mostly loaded with sugar and preservatives. Back in the 1960s, nutritionist Adelle Davis famously put it: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” (Sifferlin, 2013) Here's a good read from ScienceDirect.
We all know the power of colorful fruits and vegetables and their effect in improving our overall nutritional health—that’s what we've been taught since childhood. And when it comes to color, fruits and vegetables in a rainbow of colors offer different nutritional advantages. It is certainly a healthy option when boosting our immune system is uppermost in our mind!
Here’s a recipe that offers a cornucopia of colors for your enjoyment and health benefits, so get your large serving of lutein, lycopene, carotenoids, anthocyanins, and a whole lot more!
For the complete recipe, click here.
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