Tuesday, May 17, 2016

You're Not Obsolete

Whether you have...

  • relocated to a new city or country
  • chosen mommy life, currently
  • dropped into an unfamiliar demographic
  • been overlooked or side-stepped
  • found a wrinkle or silver strand
  • felt unqualified or disqualified
  • blossomed late

Real or imagined, we all may feel a little lost. 

Recently, I felt lost and un-chosen. Rejected. I reached out to a dear friend. For several years she and I have held one another accountable randomly asking the other to spill it! On this occasion I let her know I needed to be transparent so I could move pass the disappointment weighing heavily on my heart. True to her nature, she surveyed the territory, unpacked the equipment and skillfully mined for gold. Her nuggets of wisdom spoke life into my dejected spirit.

There is still a place for your giftings and talents! Rediscovering your passions or reinventing yourself takes you into uncharted waters for your personal growth. Breathe. It will take courage. See with new eyes the creative ways to come alive and give encouragement and share your voice, grace and experience with others! Someone needs YOU.

If this has connected with you, summon your courage to share where you are or how you've come through it. Someone needs YOU.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tuesday Recipe: Hummus

Hummus is all the tasty rage and has as many variations as it does ways to eat it! Interestingly, many think it is made either from nuts or from some exotic ingredient. Nope! It's made from stuff you can toss in the buggy-basket from your local grocer. The key is to have a food processor.

Cilantro & Jalapeño / Chilis Hummus

1-2 cans of Chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans), drained & rinsed.
2-3 cloves Garlic
Fresh Cilantro, coarsely chopped
(including stems) the chopping of the stems prevents them wrapping around the center of your processing blade.
4 oz can Green Chiles or 1 Jalapeño, chopped with seeds
Olive Oil
1-2 Limes, zest and juice
Salt
Water
  • Toss all ingredients except oil and water into processor and click on high speed.
  • While it is processing, pour olive oil and some water down shoot until the hummus starts to look creamy. Alternately, scrape down the sides.
  • Taste, add salt. Does it need more oil or water for a creamy texture?
  • Store in lidded container in fridge! 
  • Serve with tortilla chips or veggie sticks!
Suggested Variations: 
  • Hummus with Sun Dried Tomatoes & Pine Nuts, omitting cilantro and jalapeño. Make sure your pine nuts are fresh; otherwise, you may get a metallic taste...for days.
  • Hummus with Cilantro, Sriracha & Pepperdews, one of my faves, but it looks kinda gross.
  • What about Hummus with Walnut Oil? Truffle Oil? 
  • Hummus with Lemon & Basil -- It's next on my #playwithyourfood list!
Go #playwithyourfood to create your own hummus and let me know how it turns out!