The author of the article says, “Ordinary has a bad rap...there is the idea is that we should always want more,” she said, “but there’s a beauty in cultivating an appreciation for what we already have.” I agree, and I am so grateful for so much! I have a life that is full of love and spontaenity and authenticity! I don't need anything more - except for a little bit more time at the beach! Of course I am always day dreaming and planning for the future...of owning my own café near the water, starting my own tutoring company, getting paid to write and cook!, etc. etc. etc. And even though my dreams and plans change every day, and I'm still very ambitious at work and in my personal life, at the same time I am feeling a deep gratitude for what I have and who I have it with. I'm trying to focus on the present, while still preparing for the future.
I'm grateful for my caring family and my f'ing adorable nephew and for e-mail and Skype, which make them seem closer than they are.
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I'm grateful for laughing until I cry almost every day with my fiancé.
I'm grateful for my job that allows me small comforts here and there, and which allows me to travel home a few times a year.
I'm grateful for my students. Their humor and kindness teach me much more than I teach them - of this I am sure.
I'm grateful for my friends, both here and in the States. Shout outs to the besties!
I'm grateful for living in the Caribbean where I see the sun rise over the ocean every morning. True story. And, with coffee, even better!
|This is my view on the way to school every single day!|
I'm grateful for my good health and for the ability to exercise in the sun in the afternoon with an ocean view.
I'm grateful for the fact that I can make healthy food for me and my fiancé and my friends...
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...and for all the millions of things in between.
So thank you to everyone that is a part of my life and for letting me be a part of yours!
What's more, the Dijon-Rosemary Vinaigrette that dresses this hot salad blows my mind! The addition of the rosemary adds a kick to what would be a normal balsamic vinaigrette. This dressing will be my go-to from now on. My leftover fresh rosemary is drying outside now in order to chop it up and save it in the pantry for later!
Hot Lentil Salad
|Hot Lentil Salad with Gluten Free Bread! The bread is actually a pizza crust topped with olive oil and olives!|
1.5 cups cooked brown lentils, drained (I used 2 cups because that was how much was in the bag of lentils that I purchased, which means you may need a bit more salt than what's given in the recipe for the flavors to burst like they should.)
1/4 cup green onions, green part only, sliced
1 cup spinach, cooked and chopped
1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
8 olives, chopped
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
Incredibly Tasty Dijon-Rosemary Vinaigrette:
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
In a large bowl, combine the lentils, green onions, spinach, tomatoes, olives and walnuts. Mix well and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper and whisk together.
Pour over the lentil salad and mix well! Serve immediately!
a buen tiempo!
Nutritional Facts: This salad is incredibly nutritious! It is low in fat and high in fiber, which is perfect for my diet. It's also filled with an intense amount of necessary vitamins and minerals!