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It’s Thursday

Hi my friends- how is your week?  I don’t know about you- but I am totally enjoying this cool weather.  Windows open, breeze blowing, life is good.  And I also listen to the summer oldies station on Pandora and sing the Beach Boys in my kitchen.  It’s ok- you can laugh.

picstitch (27) I have another recipe for you! Featuring Tessemae’s Balsamic Dressing. As I mentioned before here, Tessemae’s is made locally in Annapolis, Maryland and is family owned which I love.  You can find it at Whole Foods.

I always say that you must make the recipes I post- but really, this one is perfect for summer and the dressing (all natural, gluten free, vegan, and sugar free) gives it just the right zing.

Summer Strawberry Salad

picstitch (28)Organic Spring Mix

Cucumbers

Chopped Walnuts

Herbed Goat Cheese

Pepper to taste

Tessemae’s Balsamic drizzled on top

Yummmmmmmmm

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The dressing solidifies in the fridge but just leave it out for a few minutes before you use it.

I didn’t eat the nuts because they hurt my belly.  But it was good! I know sometimes we think salads can be boring but they don’t have to be.

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What are you trying to prove?

You don’t have to prove anything to anyone.  Not even to yourself.

A subconscious desire to prove ourselves may be hiding at the root of our fears, the root of our tension, the root of our need to do an be more.  Accompanying it can be a burning belied that we aren’t’ good enough, that we need to compensate for some deficiency in ourselves in order to take our place on this planet. 

We may feel like we have to earn our place, earn our right to be here.  Like we’re being watched, graded, and judged.

You don’t have to prove anything to anyone.  You’re fine just the way you are.  You have energy, vitality.  You have particular gifts and talents.  You have been learning your lessons just right in your life.

Let go of the need to prove yourself to others- to parents, people from the past, people in your life today.  Could it be the one you’ve really been trying to prove something to is yourself? The answer is simple: learn to approve of yourself.  Love and accept yourself the way you are today.  Then step right up and take your place in the universe. ~Melody Beattie

One of my friends made me read this yesterday when I was doing my usual I’m sad and feeling bad for myself because of xyz.  We all do that.  We do it every day and it takes practice not to go to that place of feeling like we need to reach perfection all the time.  The reality is is that we are each unique and wonderful people that have our own differences, talents, and characteristics that make us who we are.  You are already whole, complete, and perfect just as you are.

Happy Thursday!!

xoxo- C

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