I remember when I was homeschooling my kids we would do what the elementary schools did in the area and have what we called “Fun Fridays”. They could probably fill you in on some of the details, but there was always a lot less of the “work” part of school involved. We would read a lot, have tea parties, bake cookies, or go on field trips. It was a break in the routine and something we all looked forward to. I think I need that this week. It’s been a stress-filled week and I am in serious need of a break in my routine. Although I don’t think that’s going to happen until the weekend. In the meantime, I will share a few of the things that helped put a smile on my face this week.
Avocado on toast. This has to be the best breakfast ever. The first time I tried it was when I was living in Mexico about 25 years ago, made for me by a Canadian ironically. She couldn’t believe I had never tried it. It is so simple. All you need is toast, avocado, and salt. You can add lime juice or pepper or any number of other flavors, but, personally, I like the minimalist style. The avocado should stand on its own. And, if all of this talk has made you crave avocados, Huffington Post has a great list of yummy recipes all including this wonderful green fruit.
It seems like everyone around is a fan of Downton Abbey, including me. Yes, this season is a little bit of a downer (if you haven’t seen it, I won’t ruin it here), but I love the banter between Maggie Smith and Shirley MacLaine. One of my favorite characters is Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol), the cook. She’s tough, and yet has a caring side that shows itself more as the season goes on. She recently did an interview with LA Weekly giving a behind-the-scenes look at her skills as a cook, both on and off-set.
If you are on the lookout for food blogs or love looking at food photography or if you have a sweet tooth or a combination of all three, you need to check out Bakers Royale. Such wonderful images with delicious-looking recipes. Just going through the site I feel like I put on ten pounds, but it’s well-worth it.
And, last but not least, in order to work on my goal of being more positive I have been reading the blog Marc and Angel Hack Life. This morning’s post was particularly appropriate, especially item number eight:
You can be the most beautiful person on the inside and out in the whole wide world, and everybody who sees you is awestruck, but if you yourself don’t see and feel it, none of it matters.
Every moment you spend doubting your self-worth – every moment you spend negatively judging yourself – is a tragic moment, for it is a moment of your life that you chose to throw away. Don’t do this. You only have so many moments.