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Archive for August, 2010

my summer strawberry


what a pleasant delightย  – it’s the simple things in life, isn’t it?


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fortune cookie

mine was the very bottom fortune – and it’s so perfect & true.

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virginia woolf

The eyes of others our prisons, their thoughts our cages

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garden salad

summer is here, which means our backyard is flourishing with pure vitality!

Step 1: pick your lettuce leaves!

Step 2: create a wholesome & colorful medley of healthy veggies!

In addition to my handpicked lettuce and cherry tomatoes, I made a sizeable salad by tossing in some fresh corn kernels, broccoli, roma tomatoes, red onions, carrots, and parsley…with a splash of sesame & ginger vinaigrette and a drizzling of flax seed oil! yummy!

happy eating, folks! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Two weeks ago, I picked up this book and practically read it in one sitting… and I have become inspired more than ever to embody healthy eating – after all, you are what you eat!

The first recipe I experimented with from her book is the “Cheesy, Oozy Guacamole Bean Dip.” Fine, I admit it’s not the healthiest dish to eat, but I justify it with the fact that I used somewhat healthy, organic ingredients mostly from Trader Joe’s (baby steps, don’t judge me!).

Of note: her recipe called for nondairy sour cream. I opted for organic sour cream instead. It also called for vegan cheese, I used real cheese. I omited the chiles. I substituted the lime with a lemon.

It was a layering game, really. From bottom, up: refried beans, avocadoes + lemon juice, sour cream + taco seasoning, olives, tomatoes, and lastly, an adoring sprinkle of shredded cheese!

Bake it in the oven for about 15 minutes, and then voila! you like?

Served to the family warm and oozy! with some Trader Joe’s crackers – although methinks those um, ‘petite’ crackers were not practical for voracious dipping ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m considering recreating this dish for a bonfire tomorrow night!

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postcard

Dear Hopelessly in Love,

You’re all grown up now, aren’t you?

I can’t believe you’re falling in love right now and in a committed, “grown-up” relationship. It seriously is moving very fast – I get to see you every few months, and I’m so used to hearing how you’re out clubbing with your friends…It’s hard to fathom that you have a boyfriend/possible husband/”THE ONE” right now because I’ve only heard about him a few times. I’m happy for you though, and I hope that all these disagreements and fights will only serve to strengthen your relationship with him.

As far as going to grad school goes, PLEASE go. If you feel like that you need it for yourself, that’s certainly an indication that you should. The girl I know wouldn’t be a stay-at-home housewife catering to one man. You are the career-driven, successful, and ambitious woman that you have worked so hard to become!

I think it’s such a unique concept, how you need to learn not to be as independent as you have been the past few years, and get accustomed to the idea of being in a relationship considering he’s the real deal. I hadn’t thought of it like that…and I’m so happy that you have reached this crossroads in your life, since the choice you make is essentially building your bridge into “grown-uphood.” I know your life is changing right now, and with that, plans will change too.

But despite that, I am confident that you will not lose yourself along the way – that you will still be YOU, just this time, with a man on your arm;)

I miss you & stay safe. Oh, and yes, I love being single & carefree ๐Ÿ™‚

Your friend,

Jen

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