The Texas heat has been creeping higher and higher. The humidity has been no joke either. Sometimes when I come in from working out in the gardens spreading mulch and weeding, I admit, sometimes it’s too hot to cook an extravagant meal over the stovetop. This gazpacho is delicious, refreshing, and easy!
I stumbled across green gazpacho at a local juice bar.It was most refreshing on a hundred and three-degree day.While it was like a glorified smoothie and slightly on the sweet side, I went home to try and replicate a slightly more savory version.Perfect for a summer day!
1 pound grapes (removed from stem)
1 English cucumber, peeled and chopped
2 small Avocados, chopped
1 tablespoon of mint, minced
1/2 tablespoon of basil, minced
1/2 tablespoon of cilantro, minced
1 tablespoon of Chardonnay
Salt pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth
Chill before serving
Garnish with olive oil and cracked pepper
If you like a little more bite you can add jalapeño or a dash of cider vinegar, lemon, or lime.
In most cases, I would be drowning in guilt since my last post was weeks ago, but this year shall turn over a new leaf. No guilt, less stress.
I had a lovely holiday visiting with friends and family. I rang in the New Year with the one and only person that I would want to: my Mama and now I’m back in Austin with a fresh perspective.
The first of the year always lends itself to a fresh start. We all set goals and make resolutions that we typically find ourselves not quite reaching or perhaps breaking sooner rather than later. Resolutions such as save more money, go out less, loose weight. If there is one thing that I have learned from my mother the last few years is to set goals that are quantitative.
Sounds crazy, right? Well, not really. Think about it? “I want to loose weight” Well, that’s nice and all, but it gives you nothing to work with. “I want to loose 5 pounds.” Ok, certainly attainable. “No, no, no, I want to loose 20 pounds?” Instantly? If we could do that, I would have lost 15 last August before my trip to Vegas. So…. I want to loose 1 pound a week by March 30th by doing x, y, z…” Ok, admittedly I’m just making numbers up, but you get the idea.
2015: Magnitude for the Mind
While I have things I would like to be better about this year, none of the previously mentioned resolutions are any of them. Mine are for the mind.
1. I will read 1 book a month. (I mean, a book book, not just Martha Stewart, Edible Austin, InStyle, I mean a novel, my old art history text books, you name it. I can’t remember the last time I actually read a book cover to cover. I want anything to make me feel like I am learning again. If it’s a 300 page book thats roughly 10 pages a day. Totally Doable.)
2. I will create 1 to 2 handmade items a week and I will write 1-2 blog posts a week. (My 12 Days of Crafting Blogathon, my first craft fair, and the amazing feedback and support I got from my Instagram and Facebook following have me super motivated to try and sell my handmade items. Doesn’t sound so mentally stimulating? Creativity seems to breed more creativity. I’d say that has a great deal to do with the mind.)
3. I will enroll or audit one Summer Class (most likely at ACC) for 1 of the 3: Marketing, Small Business/Entrepreneur, or Graphic Design. (3 Classes I completely regret not taking in college. I feel I’ve missed out or am missing something. I need a little bit of knowledge to push me to the next level.)
Of course there are other things I would like to do this year: record an EP by September, participate in 3 or more craft fairs by July 1st, and spend 4-5 days in Costa Rica with my best friend in the beginning of April to name a few. It’s always best to start small. To feel overwhelmed from the beginning is never a good way to start anything. You will set yourself up for failure and that is certainly no way to start a new year.