As promised, a few recipes about food. This salad is delightful. Each bite is creamy and packed full of flavor. I love the combination of avocado, corn and tomato. You also have a lot of freedom with this recipe. If you need to use gluten free pasta you can. The sauce is pretty basic but feel free to mess with the flavor profile. Use fresh herbs or dried. I will always encourage my readers to alter any recipe to fit into their family's comfort zone.
A side note, if you will. Typing with single space and not double space is so WEIRD! I have been in school these past six months and everything is double spaced with size 12 font. I feel like such a rebel typing in single space. Honestly, I kind of like it.
Thank you friends who took the time with my last post to send me messages (public and private). It meant so much to myself and to my husband. I didn't know how Cory would react with me sharing such a personal story and experience with the world. His comment to me was one of relief. He said it felt good to finally let everyone know that we are not perfect and that our marriage is fragile at times. We make mistakes and try to learn from them. I had to agree. I felt a release too. Cory said we weren't hiding the fact that we had a dip in our relationship, we just never openly talked about it. Twenty-eight years is a long time to be married. If in that time we did not have a few hiccups along the way, I believe, we would never grow as a couple.
Again, thank you for the support and kind words. I appreciate each comment. They always touch me more than you know. The private messages tug at my heart. I believe with all my heart that we are each living and doing our very best at any given time. Could we be better? Absoultely. That's not the issue though. Now is our only reality and it's now that we must live. Now is how we will shape our future and deal with our past. Now is sometimes easier than others. Staying present and living the best NOW that I know is keeping me positive and on track. Allowing myself to have a down moment is okay too. It's easier to work my way through those feelings or disappointments instead of harboring them. When they say to push through your each moment, good or bad, I really do believe this.
Living an authentic life is raw and complicated. Living an authentic life will make you more free than anything else. Being the real you is better than trying to be something you are not. A lesson that took me a few decades to figure out.
Love you. It's okay. Give yourself permission to be okay with yourself.
Oh, and make some pasta salad.
Pasta Salad with Corn, Tomatoes, and Avocados
1 package of your favorite pasta, cooked according to directions
1-2 avocado, diced small
1-2 tomato, diced small
1 cup of corn (frozen or canned)
1/2 cup cubed cheese (omit if vegan or use vegan cheese)
1/4 cup mayonnaise or Vegannaise
1 tablespoon chopped green onion
1/4-1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic
salt and pepper to taste
garnish--Chow Mein Noodles (if these fit into your diet plan)
garnish--fresh curly parsley
1. Prepare ingredients. Toss together in a large bowl. Taste and adjust. You can always add more seasoning but it's hard to adjust if you add to much. Top with garnishes.
2. Refrigerate any leftovers. Good for 3-5 days.
Recipe and Photo's by Sherron Watson