Spiced Shrimp and Chickpea Salad

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I came across this blog post and thought yummy, I need to make this winter be damn. Which I did it, but I warn you- nothing about my salad is South African. I am a firm believer in using what you have, not to mention my go to seasoning is herb farm (what’s yours?). I also added some crunch, as a salad needs texture. Bon Appetit! Real life confession- this salad was so damn good I made it two nights in a row. The next night I added romaine and it was even more delicious.

  • 24 extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. herb farm
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans
  • 1 tomatoes cut into half-moon slices
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, and diced
  • 3 scallions
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 4 large mint leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 celery stalk diced
  • 2 radishes sliced
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • Black pepper, to taste

PREPARTION: Mince mint, scallions, and garlic and place half of the mixture aside. Place the rest in a bowl with lemon juice, olive oil, and a dash of herb farm. Toss shrimp in mixture and set aside. Combine garbanzo beans, tomatoes, cucumber, celery, and radishes. Add remainder of scallion and garlic mixture along with lemon juice and red wine. Season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with oil and vinegar. Place shrimp on grill. Brush shrimp skewer with something?. Grill shrimp on medium high heat for two minutes per side. Remove from grill and add to top of salad.

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Day two

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Daydreaming

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“You’ve probably had the experience of reading a book or an article and suddenly realizing that you’ve spaced out and missed the meaning of a whole passage. Of course, sometimes this is because you’re tired or not that interested in what you’re reading. but at other times and moments like this has something to tell you. Next time you glaze over reading, take a break. Look up from your book, sit back and see what’s up. Notice where your mind went when it wandered and let yourself follow the thought, whether it’s a familiar daydream, a memory, your grocery list, or a song. Maybe you can discover what took you there- scan back in the text. No pressure to find an answer – just be curious. Was there something on the page that triggered a fantasy? Did a certain word or phrase remind you of someone? Or was the pace in attention your mind’s way of avoiding something unpleasant? You might not be sure, but taking this minute to acknowledge that you were gone (and now you’re back) can be calming. It’s a nice, gentle alternative to scolding yourself for spacing out, and its lets you reengage with your book, refreshed – Edward Jones

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Mushroom Soup’s return visit

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When I was a child, my mother would always set an extra plate at dinner. When you asked her why she would say, “You never know who is hungry and may come knocking at your door.” I don’t set an extra plate, as we often sit at the kitchen island or in front of the tv. However, this morning I took out a bag of mushroom soup I had frozen a while back, and I was reminded of my mother’s words. No one showed up for dinner this evening, but it made me smile that I would have been ready to ladle them up a bowl.

To revive soup, chop a little garlic and onion and let sauté until golden brown, deglaze with a bit of wine if you like. Pour in soup. Chop a few mushrooms, after all, this soup has that earthy color and some may wonder “What the hell is this?” So, mushrooms are an easy refresher. Then add in milk and top with cilantro. To make it more of a hearty meal, add Costco marinated pork. Sear two minutes each side and cook off in the oven for 12 minutes. For full soup recipe click here

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The Creative Process

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Rejoice in routine work- folding the clothes, cleaning the stove, sorting papers – that allows us to rest our thinking and make room in our minds for the creative to grow.- Calendar page

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A high five is not enough!

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I have been following this story ( Hundreds of black men turn out to encourage students, dispel stereotypes)and it truly annoys me. Do they have this day for other ethnicities? I mean seriously what the hell? I wonder if the African American community is offended. I found the goals noteworthy, but offensive. I truly believe if you want to change the narrative you can’t just plant seeds (high fiving), you have to water the seed. How about truly giving these youth 45 minutes of your time answering questions? Enlighten the young on how you chose your profession and how you really got there. How about talking about what classes need to be taken in college and what grades need to obtained? Why aren’t these 200 men making their presence known more than once a year? Why not set up a regular rotating seminar on careers? Why aren’t these concerned individuals signing up to be tutors for afterschool programs? How about talking about race and explaining at an age appropriate level why such a media extravaganza was canceled(“America only sees us on the news, in sports or entertainment. They don’t see us as fathers, as professionals.”)? This is a great solid start engaging with and supporting students and their families on issues of race and equality that critically affect their daily lives. Losing the opportunity gap for black and brown students is essential to our educational mission.

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