The Beauty of Uncertainty

There’s so much beauty in the not planned, being spontaneous in life, the uncertainty.

Like when a close friend of mine texted me at 3:30 and asked if I could meet him for a hike at 6:30.

I said yes and got to witness a pretty glorious mountain sunset.

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Or that I haven’t filled out my paper planner/calendar for nearly two weeks and I’m pretty sure it’s collecting dust.

And I’m okay with that.

The last couple months have brought on many moments of uncertainty.  It scares me.

But at the same time it encourages me just to enjoy the moment.

To forget all the plans and open up and be flexible.

How liberated I feel about all this!

Have you ever had a moment like that?

I’m off on yet another semi not planned day in Asheville, NC.

Happy Wednesday!

 

 

 

 

{Cooking Barefoot} Field Green and Goat Cheese Salad

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Over the past few months, I’ve become committed to a more healthy, clean eating lifestyle.

That includes a lot of salads.

I’ve been getting really creative in the kitchen and love putting different ingredients together for a salad.

I’m a huge fan of goat cheese in any meal and it made a great addition to this salad.

This recipe yields enough for 4 servings but if you love goat cheese as much as I do, you’ll need more!

You’ll Need:

  • 6-8oz. of goat cheese
  • 6-8 dry cups of washed Field Greens
  • 1 teaspoon grated Lemon Zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4-6 fresh Basil leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Baguette

Directions:

  1. Form goat cheese into 4-8 disks to desired width and thickness.
  2. In a bowl, mix lemon zest, garlic, oil and a pinch of salt.
  3. Place cheese on a plate, season with freshly ground pepper and “marinate” the goat cheese in the lemon zest mixture.
  4. Cover plate and refrigerate until served.
  5. To make Balsamic Dressing, mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt & pepper.  I do mine in a small mason jar and shake it up!
  6. Arrange greens on individual plates or bowls and add dressing.
  7. Place 1-3 discs on each plate, sliver the basil and add as a topping.
  8. Slice baguette and add 1-2 slices to each plate.

What are you favorite types of salads to make?

{VLOG} Monday Musings 4.14.14

Happy Monday luvs!

It’s a rainy one here but I am happy to be on Spring Break!

Looking forward to catching up with all of you!

Mentions in VLOG:

Martha Stewart Binder

*Keep It Simple Notebook, As I said I found this at Staples but was unable to find it online.  If you want it check you local store!

How do you spend your breaks?  Do you have organization tools for your blog?

Blessings!

{VLOG} Life and Dry Shampoo

Happy Monday luvs!

It is anything but Spring in my part of the world.

Rainy and cold all day and it was very hard to get up and go to work.

My weekend was fun but low key enough that I didn’t wear myself out.

You can find Batiste Dry Shampoo at your local Walgreens!

Do you use Dry Shampoo?

Are you ready for warmer weather?

Hope you had a great day!

{Cooking Barefoot} Healthy Lunches

As full time teacher, my time to eat lunch is a very small.  If I’m lucky, I get about 20 minutes to eat but my students are my first priority.  As easy as it is to move through the lunch line, it’s not always the best option health wise.  Further, packing a huge lunch that I don’t have time to eat didn’t really work either.  I decided at the beginning of this school year that I needed to pack smaller lunches with that packed a bigger punch.  I do my best to try to include a protein, fruit and vegetable.  One idea that I pack often is a tuna pack, berries and peppers or cucumbers:

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I know it doesn’t look like much but it fuels me for my afternoon and carries me through my afternoon runs. I’ve lost some pounds as a result so I think it’s working.

Some other ideas:

Hummus
Crackers
Cucumbers
Blueberries

Quinoa Salad
Apple

Apple
Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
Babybell Cheese
Crackers or A veggie

Greek Yogurt
Fruit
Veggie

Cold shredded chicken
Veggie
Fruit

And always plenty of water!

What are your ideas for a healthy lunch?

{VLOG} Standing in our own way…

Do you ever feel like you stand in your own way?

That’s pretty much been me over the past few years and I’m excited to finally be doing something about it.

I realize it’s been awhile but life has been a bit chaotic.

Can’t wait to catch up with all of you!

Happy Monday!