I would venture to say that food is one of the most important things in our lives (besides for nutrition) that bind us to family, other people and cultures. We grow up eating a variety of food, mostly influenced by our parents and then we develop our own likes and dislikes and venture further into the culinary journey that helps make us who we are.
My mom was a decent baker, but horrible cook. When I say horrible, she would admit it, especially after one of our dogs refused her meal. Seriously! The dog snubbed his nose at human food. It was pretty funny at the time and still makes me smile some 30+ years later. That being said, she did introduce to me to one sandwich, that even to this day, I will still make from time to time.
I will preface the sandwich that I have always been a bit odd when it comes to unique sandwich combos. Then having spent 25% of my life as vegetarian, can’t believe I can actually even state that figure…but I digress, I ate this sandwich then too.
Ok, here it is…and don’t knock it til ya tried it: olive and cream cheese sandwich. It’s relatively easy. Take your favorite olives, or combination thereof, and dice ’em up. Add the olives to softened cream cheese and mix. Now, you can stop there and make a sandwich straight away.
Get creative…add a bit of lettuce or perhaps alpha sprouts. Top with a tomato and then the olive spread. Perhaps you want to use a hoagie roll or toast your bread of choice? I’m in California…add an avocado…we put that on everything. I would post a picture, but I ate my sandwich before snapping a picture. Sorry, it was just that good!
When all is said and done, it’s a sandwich from my childhood. It’s a memory of my mom. It’s one of my comfort foods.
I had almost completely forgotten about it as the pressures of home and work have kept me extremely busy. So, I am taking a minute to see how my 2016 word has been working out so far.
It’s a bit more than half-way through the year. Lots has happened and you’d know more about what if I was a better blogger. Regardless, I think “understanding” has shown through in many ways; to date.
Without getting political, I have a better understanding of where my friends’ political views stand. I don’t agree with some of them, but I can follow their reasoning. It’s also helped me to understand where I do and don’t belong. I was feeling on the fence about certain groups I was in. Learning some new information helped me know that it was time to distance myself, in and in one instance, leave a group I thought was right for me.
That being said, a friend, has been very inspirational and looks for the good in others. I have gained more understanding into what my triggers are and am working on trying to see the other side of the coin, if you will. I’m trying not to judge as much, which in turn, leads to a better understanding of people and the situations they are going through.
For the most part, “understanding” has been a very appropriate word and it suits 2016 well. I will be selecting a new word for 2017, so join me closer to the new year to see what I have chosen. You too could join the “ditch the resolution and pick a word” club.
If this has intrigued you, and you’d like a word for 2016, go ahead…select one…see how it plays out for the rest of the year. If you’re not shy about it, I’d love to know what word you chose.
A few years ago, a friend introduced me to her way to acknowledge the upcoming year. She didn’t make resolutions, but instead, chose to select a word to represent her in the new year.
As I had given up making New Year’s Resolutions, I thought this was a fabulous idea. My first year participating in this was 2014 and I had chosen, ‘Perseverance’ as my word. It was very applicable at the time. My word for 2015 was ‘Genesis’. The word turned out to be very appropriate with all the new beginnings and changes that took place this year.
As 2016 is about to roll in, I have to select a new word. The word I choose to represent me is, ‘Understanding’. My world has been a runaway train over the last few years. I’m finally gaining some perspective, made some necessary decisions, and in 2016, I’m hoping to continue my personal growth and find more understanding in my life and with those around me.
Would you like to join me in selecting a word for the New Year? If so, what word do you choose?
“I think parenting these days is definitely different from when a lot of people grew up. As much blame as we give a lot of our kids for what they’re not doing… I also try to give them as much credit for dealing with things that we didn’t have to deal with. Bullying was one on one and face to face. Now it’s all over the Internet.” (Nelly)
Nope, not doing it and you can’t make me. I’m not going to make empty promises to myself, call them “resolutions” and continue to do exactly what I have been all the years before me.
I broke the resolution chain last year and it’s staying broken. Instead of promising to do something, I choose to go a different route.
I have a friend, Dana, who inspired me to do this. Her way to start the new year is to pick a word to represent you for the entire year. Last year, my word was “perseverance”, as I was going through a lot.
In 2015, there are some new adventures that I am undertaking, including the Pink Herald, so I have chosen the word, “genesis” to see me through this upcoming year. Since genesis means “beginning”, I cannot think of a more suited word.
Next December, I will reflect on how well “genesis” fit this year. For the moment, I am excited to see what 2015 has to offer and how different things could be.
I ask you. Are you still going to pick yet another “resolution” or will you choose a word to represent you instead?
The only way to get love is to be lovable. It's very irritating if you have a lot of money. You'd like to think you could write a check: 'I'll buy a million dollars' worth of love.' But it doesn't work that way. The more you give love away, the more you get. - Warren Buffet