Dig In!

Photo by Jennifer N. Welsh

Photo by Jennifer N. Welsh

Doesn’t this picture just make your mouth water?  I have decided to dedicate a portion of blog to what I am calling The Green Plate series.  It will focus on healthy eating for the most part with perhaps some not so Green Plates thrown in every once in a while. 🙂

I was inspired to make this very yummy and beautiful lunch yesterday.  The day was gray and ugly with the threat of yet more snow.  So I thought to myself, let’s brighten it up and will in the spring!

Menu

Spinach salad, tomatoes and avocado salad with Goddess salad dressing

Buttermilk oven-fried chicken strips

This was quite yummy, especially since I made the chicken strips with cornflakes.  Let me tell you about it!

The tanginess of the tomatoes, creaminess of the avocados, and green earthiness of the spinach was very refreshing and reminded me of summer.  Forget spring!   The chicken, simply put was like eating a savory candy bar; crunchy corn crust on the outside and tenderized buttermilk spiciness on the inside.  Oh I didn’t tell you that I added hot sauce to the butter milk to give it the kick I like.

If you like this dish, just click on the links under the menu to get you started. Follow them to the letter or if you’re like me, read them, get an idea, and then do your own thing!

Dig in!

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Transition

Time is a funny thing.  Depending on your perspective it can either be used well or poorly.

I don’t know how many times I have said that I need to make a change, but time can also be deceiving, pulling you into its spell and hypnotizing you into believing that you have a lot of it, even when you say, “I don’t have any time.”

I have been working at a company for almost 7 years where at least once a day I had mentioned to myself that I needed to make a change.  Well, sometimes change is initiated by you or sometimes change is thrust upon you.  Let the thrusting begin!

When you leave a place you have been at for 7 years, everyone at the company is losing one soul.  The person leaving, however is losing multiple souls and all at once.  If you are all “about the people,” like me, then this is excruciating, no matter how gentle the exiting process is.  You worry that you have forgotten someone in you email, you rush to give everyone a hug, you decide on how much you share and you have to make a clear distinction, in your emotional state, on how you wish  to connect with people going forward.

You are also sad.  Even if you are ready to go, are presented daily with reasons why this is a good choice, and hopeful about your future and your ability to land on your feet, your are still nervous and fearful and did I mention sad?

This is what transition feels like.

I take a few deep breaths and continue to smile because that is what I do whether I am angry and even if I’m said.  I put on some music and dance the blues away because that’s what I do.  Someone gave me a great saying today.  She said, “Every morning when you get up, say to yourself Today is going to be a great day!”  Thank you VO!  That mantra starts today.

So, here’s to transition!  May it be grueling if it must, dark and confusing at moments, but in the end be the start of great change, resulting in many great days!