What a marvelous Monday it is, my friends!
Thank you for hosting, Katie! I will have to be honest with you guys and tell you in plain words: My MARVELOUS today is that I'm having a heart of gratitude!
I know I may seem overly chirpy half of the time, but that's because I always try to have my perspective filtered through God and His Word. And to show you that it is possible to remain with an attitude of thanksgiving, I have this documented for ya.
For the past few days I've been really struggling with my burning stomach symptoms of which nobody knows the cause because every time I get them it's a different diagnose. Hence, no one seems to know if it's IBS, stomach flu, too much acid, etc. But thankfully, I feel much better today. Hallelujah!
There's still some discomfort there but most likely it will be 100% gone by the end of the day. Not to mention, the bloating and extreme water retention that I'm constantly experiencing most definitely takes a toll on my body image, because it makes me feel "big" or like I've gained a whole lot of weight. It definitely doesn't help when somebody asked me if Greg and I are finally expecting!
But you know what? I brushed that off fairly quickly and forgave that person right away, because sometimes we just want to be nice to others and accidentally or unknowingly say something that's a little "out of line" without even meaning to hurt their feelings. I knew that the longer I dwelt upon that comment and negative emotion, the less I'd be able to focus on God's true love for me. I know that it is ultimately not about me--and I want to make His Grace over my life worth fighting for.
Having our eyes and hearts focused on the blessings that we have, rather than the negative aspects of life, can bring about a whole different dimension into our lives. We definitely become what we think and feel, and changing the patterns of our thoughts is so crucial when it comes to coping with our daily obstacles. In my opinion, this is one of the very basic steps to living an extraordinary life. To exceed the limits that we thought we ever had, and to reach our full potential in fulfilling the purpose that God has for every single one of us.
I hope I'm not the only one having a marvelous Monday! So why don't you share with us your marvelous? Remember that struggling with something is actually a good sign! It's a sign that we are alive and it means that we fight for what we believe is right. :)
Healthy and Tasty
Alright, so you might recall when I briefly mentioned that I had a blessed time with my family on the Fourth of July. In addition to many laughs and watching Daniel chasing Orion (our "husky" cat) around the entire night, we also had a variety of scrumptious food.
Not really. :) Because I'm sure that most of you had your fair share of delicious home cooked family meals on that day as well. And I know the world doesn't revolve around me nor my blog, but if you're the least bit interested in some delicious, refreshing, summery pasta salad, then this one is for you.
Asian Pasta Salad with Orange-Ginger Dressing
This Asian inspired dressing goes really well with pasta salad or just a plain green salad. Although this recipe includes a good amount of honey as the sweetener, it's still on the rather healthy side because honey is on the lower end of the Glycemic Index, which means that the blood sugar levels in the body will not peak as quickly as sugar does. Ultimately, this means less "sugar crash" and more energy. Youpi!
Makes approximately 1.5~2 cups
- 1/4 C rice vinegar
- 3 TBSP fresh ginger, no skin
- 1/4 C soy sauce
- 1/3 C sesame oil
- sprinkles of sesame seeds (optional)
- 2 TBSP fresh orange juice (or bottled)
- 2 TBSP orange marmalade (optional)
- 1/3 C honey
- 1/2 TBSP Miso paste (tastes better with it)
- 1 TBSP cilantro
Ingredients for Pasta
- 12 oz. whole wheat Rotini pasta (whole box)
- 1/2 C grated carrots
- 1 C Edamame beans
- Grab your food processor or Magic Bullet and add the rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and ginger. Process until the ginger root is completely pureed.
- Now add the orange juice, marmalade, Miso paste, and honey. Mix for another 30 seconds or so. Finally, add the cilantro and sesame seeds to pulse just a few times. I prefer those ingredients to remain a little more intact and visible.
- Try to dab a fork in the mixture to scoop out any stringy pieces from the ginger root. Now, it is best to refrigerate the dressing for at least a few minutes.
- Cook the pasta according to directions and make it Al Dente. Once it is finished rinse it with cold water. Add the grated carrots, Edamame beans, and chilled dressing.
- Mix everything gently with a wooden spoon and voila, it is finished!
This pasta salad was a real hit with my family! So much so that my brother in law requested the recipe so that my sister can make it for him, and naturally, he took the rest home with him to chow down on it during his lunch break. :D
Since I already knew how hectic the Fourth of July would be (hello last minute
shoving things in the closet house cleaning and cooking!), I was wise enough to think ahead the night before and got started on this salad dressing. Then, I refrigerated it overnight and I have to say that the longer it's been chilled, the better it tastes!
As you may have already noticed, I don't always go back to my recipes and use them up all that often. But that's because I hate being tied down to one recipe while all my creative juices are bursting out of my brain! Haha.
Nevertheless, this one might be a different story because it's easy, quick, and healthy enough to eat for days on end. Well, we'll see about that, so keep me accountable guys! ;)
What obstacles do you constantly find yourselves fighting to overcome?
How do you change your patterns of thought?
-I ask for prayer, read the Bible, call out Scripture, and just become vulnerable before God!
What are your favorite pasta salad recipes? Dressings?
Do you make your own dressing at home?