A fresh veggie salad with all the fixings and drizzled with smoked paprika vinaigrette.
I have been really enjoying all the fresh fruits and vegetables that summer is providing here and it has inspired me to branch out and try some new salad dressings. One that I came across was a smoked paprika vinaigrette.
I love smoked paprika and have the spice in my pantry, but I must admit it does collect a little dust as I don’t use it as much as I should. So of course when I saw this recipe I was intrigued. It was smoky and delicious and it sort of hinted at having bacon crumbled on the salad without the crunch, but that’s what you have croutons for, right?
I do have some good news on this front and since I am trying to turn over a new leaf to celebrate and recognize the good things and not internalize everything, I wanted to announce it.
As many of you know, I have started a journey of reducing stress in my life. This has been a very slow going process for me, but we did have a triumph this week. Normally, talking to my family causes a great deal of stress for me.
In my old world, my family would bring me their problems and I felt like I had to fix the problem or them as people. Now that I have been focusing on myself more and trying to learn how to detach myself from reacting to their behavior or situation and remaining happy and peaceful through whatever storm may be happening in their lives, I have been able to be more relaxed and not sucked into the drama which would normally steer the conversations into downward spirals and resulting with me getting off the phone completely drained and sad and/or angry. In essence, I am letting be what will be.
The good news, I received three different telephone calls from different family members this week and was able to get through them without gritting my teeth or my stomach hurting or feeling mentally taxed. It felt good. I am hopeful today and I know I still have such a long journey, but I am happy to get to this place and recognize what a big deal it is for me.