Delighted to Support Desmond Tutu’s Forgiveness Challenge

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

We’re humbled to bring you this interview with Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho Tutu about their new Global Forgiveness Challenge as well as HumanJourney.com, a platform for transformational ideas that Archbishop Tutu is co-founding with book and media creator Doug Abrams. WordPress.com is delighted to be a partner in this initiative.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Mpho Tutu are trying to change the world with the Forgiveness Challenge. Get involved!

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Mpho Tutu are trying to change the world with the Forgiveness Challenge. Get involved!

What is the Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge?

The Forgiveness Challenge is a free 30-day online program developed to help people learn the practical steps to forgiveness so they can live with greater love and joy in their life.

How does the Forgiveness Challenge work?

Each day, participants receive an email from us that directs them to a new post on the website that presents an important insight into forgiveness and that offers them…

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Avocado. My Year-Round Friend.

Avocado. My Year-Round Friend.

First and foremost I’d like to give a shout out to Chobani’s recipe blog for this amazing recipe. Although I’ve made these delicious little morsels – and so has the BF woop woop! – I have no pictures to prove it. This time around, i’m piggybacking on Chobani’s delish treats!

These are SUPER easy to make and are an awesome alternative to regular fries. If eating a whole “fried” avocado seems a little rich I’d suggest cutting up some root veggies, sweet potatoes, etc. in slices and adding them into the mix.

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Ingredients: 

2 avocados
2 eggs, beaten
1 and 1/3 C bread crumbs
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cumin
5 Tbsp Plain 0% Chobani Greek Yogurt
3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
juice from 1/2 of a lemon

Cooking Instructions: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Mix bread crumbs, salt & pepper and cumin in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.
3. Cut the avocados in 1/2 and slice them vertically. *
4. Dredge the avocado slices in the breadcrumb mixture, then in the beaten egg mixture and again in breadcrumbs.
5. Place parchment paper on baking tray and gently place slices on tray.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, checking frequently as cooking time varies per oven.
7. Once done baking, transfer them to your serving tray and ENJOY!

Rules for my (Future) Daughter

I know, I know. It’s been quite a while since my last post and I’m not sure anyone out there on the interwebs even reads these things but here goes.

The older I get the more I think about getting married, having kids and what that all entails. I’m not one of those marriage obsessed girls or anything but lately it seems like all of my friends are getting married or having babies. I’m excited to, someday, have a brood of my own and a companion to share it ALL with (that’s to say someone will even want to do this crazy thing called life with me). Who knows though, I may look back at this post in 10 years, still un-married and laugh because I’m alone living on a farm and registered on farmersonly.com, but I digress, and am going on a depressing tangent.

I’ve been thinking a lot about having kids and how I’d choose to raise them, morals and values, even eating habits. If I have a daughter there are some lessons I’ve learned that I’d like to “teach” her, here they are:

*note: these will be added upon and possibly edited as they come!

1. Never get too comfortable. Never get too lazy once you’ve acquired a job, this means, keep working hard because you’ve got dignity and a reputation to uphold. Doesn’t matter what you’re career is, always work hard and take pride in your work. I’ve had some great jobs so far and as a past-slacker it’s hard not to question why I still don’t hold some of those jobs. Either way, work hard to keep the job and your good reputation afloat. Plus flattery is always nice.
On another note, never get too comfortable in a relationship. This means not letting yourself go physically and ALWAYS treating your partner just the way you did when you fell in love with them. Put on a little makeup, tell them why you fell for them, speak kind words to them, make sure they feel loved and cared for and above all else, always communicate!!!
And most importantly, never get too comfortable with where your life is. Good is good but great is even better. Always chase your dreams and explore life’s bounties. There’s always something beautiful to discover; whether it’s a person, a place, a song or a bit of art. Life has beautiful, unexpected surprises waiting for you!

Cheese with your Fresh Grass and Wine?

First and foremost I’d like to apologize for my lack of existence within the WordPress world lately but believe I may have a gem for you all within this post.

While on my hiatus from blogging, my wonderful, and adventurous, boyfriend took me to Bar Pastoral for wine and charcuterie. Pastoral is a local wine, cheese & meat shop here in Chicago that has recently opened up a wine bar, you guessed it – Bar Pastoral, which I had been dying to go to. Not only had I been itching to check out their fromage and vino selections because, of course, they’re my favorite food groups but because Bar Pastoral’s Chef, Chrissy Camba (@ChrissyCamba) competed on this season of Top Chef.

Bar Pastoral’s food menu is not limited to cheese and wine however, they offer several cured meat selections, a few charcuterie plates, small plates, ‘not so small plates’ and snacks. All of which I intend to try in the near future, or whenever the purse strings can be loosened.

During this foodie outing we opted for just beer & wine, the 5 for $25 artisan cheese selection and 2 cured meats (at $6/choice). Our selections are pictured below, along with some unintentionally hilarious descriptions. All of which I encourage you to read more thoroughly on their website.

Bar PastoralWhen I had mentioned my boyfriend being adventurous I, more specifically, meant in regards to  his willingness to try new foods. Anyone not accustomed to noshing on something described using the words, ‘fresh grass’ or ‘forest floor’ should be awarded a courageous badge of foodie honor.

At his request I only ordered one soft cheese, Fromage de Meaux, bottom right hand, and attempted to play it safe with a few other cow’s milk varieties. The meats pictured are Duck Salami and Jamon Serrano, both of which I tried! The wine I chose, 2010 Domaine des Chesnaies ‘Les Terrasses’ ($10/glass), paired perfectly with the cured meats and was a varietal I had never had before, and as I say, any new wine experience is a good experience!

All in all, our choices proved to be good ones as the meats and cheeses were delicious, in spite of their initial off-putting ‘forest floor’ and ‘fresh grass’ descriptions. I cannot wait to treat my parents to a night at Bar Pastoral next time they’re in town! Maybe we’ll even be adventurous enough to order the 2009 Terra Di Vulcano ‘Aglianico Del Vulture’, which highlights hints of ‘pencil shavings’…

The Holstee Manifesto: Lifecycle Video

The Holstee Manifesto: Lifecycle Video

As 2012 comes to a close I’d like to share with you all a video that brings tears to my eyes, gives me goosebumps and just flat out inspires me! Please enjoy Holstee’s Lifecycle video and allow it to inspire your 2013. If you’d like to find out more about Holstee, check out their gear or purchase their Manifesto, please follow the link — http://shop.holstee.com/

HAPPY NEW YEAR Y’ALL!!!