I could make a loooonnnnng list of resolutions because I certainly have lots of room for improvement.
But this year, I am only making ONE resolution that I know I can keep!
So, here it goes!
So, here it goes!
I am only hours away from my annual sojourn through my Memory Box, my hidden stash of memorabilia which accumulates during the year.
The sole purpose of my Memory Box is to help me capture the highlights of my year so I don’t spend the evening wishing–
–that I were more organized.
–or any number of things I think about if I allow my mind to dwell in insecurity rather than accomplishment.
It’s human nature, I guess, to think about what’s wrong, instead of what’s right. But before I let the box tell me what went right for me this year, I have a few thoughts of my own.
In spite of the fact that 2014 was one of the toughest years of my life, it was also one of the best. Here’s why! [Read more…]
I wouldn’t exactly call it a resolution but one of the healthy lifestyle changes I’m making in 2013 is to introduce more meatless meals into the Gaver diet.
So in an attempt to get the latest news about veggie living, I went to the most savvy and reliable source I know! My Facebook friends! They responded to my request for non-meat recipes in grand style.
I thought it might be fun from time to time to share one of my “new meals” with my readers so here goes! A special shout out to Jim Miller, my friend who owns an awesome video production studio called After Five Productions.
Jim sent me this recipe for Winter Portabella Mushroom Stew which received rave reviews from Dan, my food critic and husband.
Winter Portabella Mushroom Stew
4 TBS olive oil
1 large onion, cut into 1/2 inch dice
2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary (which I still have growing in a pot outside in this winter weather!)
8 oz portabella mushrooms, sliced 1/2 inch thick, gills removed
1 lb. large white mushrooms, thickly sliced
1 can (14.5) diced tomato
3 TBS tomato paste
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp sherry vinegar
2 TBS butter (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 pinches Red Pepper Flakes
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onions and rosemary and cook stirring occasionally until lightly browned, about 12 minutes; remove to a bowl.
Return the pan to the stove and add half the remaining oil. When it’s hot, add the portabella mushrooms and saute until nicely browned, about 5 minutes. Add portabellas to the onion mixture and repeat sauteing with the remaining oil and the white mushrooms.
Return everything to the pan and add the tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, 1- 1/2 cups water and vinegar. Simmer gently for 12-15 minutes, then swirl in butter. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes!
*Julie’s modifications: I did not use the butter or the pepper flakes and thickened it a bit with a small dose of flour dissolved in water (like you make gravy)
Voila! Serve with hard crusty bread and a salad.
Disclaimer: If I were organized and totally cool like the Pioneer Woman, I would have taken a picture of my stew to share with you.
But I didn’t.
We were starving and devoured it before I had time to think about my blog.
Healthy New Year everyone!
“I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred…the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happy New Year! I hope this post finds you all still reveling in the excitement and optimism that comes with starting anew.
As I reflect on the coming year, my thoughts center not on accomplishments and achievements as in years past, rather on a quiet resolve to celebrate the sacred in every day.
My list this year may seem silly or trivial to some, but my goal is to make 2012 a year that is “loaded, fragrant,” and filled with extraordinary pleasure found in ordinary things. This year I will…..
1) Nap, unapologetically!
2) Drink my tea from a floral china cup instead of the chipped mug from the cupboard.
3) Linger over lunch with a friend instead of rushing off to the next tightly scheduled appointment.
4) Buy myself flowers and not feel guilty about their limited shelf life.
5) Read books that inspire me to think, feel, or act differently.
6) Eat slowly so I actually taste and appreciate the food I’m eating.
7). Speak less and listen more.
8). Leave no antique or book store undiscovered.
9) Snap more pictures, play my piano, have more parties.
Wishing you a new year bright with promise and filled with sacred moments!
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