Thursday, October 27, 2011

Client Attorney Privilege Pesto

Sometimes you really have to laugh at the turns life takes.  You can either do that or cry or get upset and throw a tantrum.  It turns out that I prefer to laugh.  One of the moments that helped to bring me to that realization was when I decided to make pesto last summer for the first time in awhile.  I knew I had a trust worthy recipe that a previous friend had given me, but I didn't want to use it because this previous friend was now my ex-husbands attorney.  "Bleh," I thought.  "Do I really have to make her pesto recipe?!?!"  I wasn't going to, but then I realized, it's good pesto.  Why cut off my nose just because it came from some attorney who happens to represent my ex-husband and who used to be a friend?  So, I ended up giggling about the absurdity of it all and made the pesto.  It was damn fine pesto.  I recently made another batch of it with my end of summer basil harvest.  And with that, I bring you Client Attorney Privilege Pesto.

3 packed cups of fresh basil
2 large cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of pine nuts
3/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of melted butter
salt to taste

Dump all of the ingredients into your blender.

And blend!

I ended up mixing mine with pasta and shrimp to make a quick and easy dinner.  And, I was planning to show you a fabulous picture of that, but I was so hungry and it was so good, I gobbled it down before snapping a picture. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Finding Peace

Over the past few days, maybe into the past week, I have noticed a sense of peace that washes over me at times that I haven't felt since........well, since ever.  I've never had this kind of peace before.  Believe me, things are not perfect.  There are bills to be paid, court dates to worry about, work to be done, but all-in-all, I am very at peace with my life right now. 

When I look back at what I've done differently over the past few weeks, I can recognize a couple of things.  The first is that I have made a huge effort to change my way of thinking.  That is, to start thinking more positively about things.  When I feel a fear or anxiety rear its ugly head - which seems to happen mostly in the car or shower for some reason - I am practicing to retrain my brain to think positive thoughts about what I know or want in life.  I really think this is helping.

I also had a huge a-ha moment last week when I realized that I did not have to act on my emotions or let my feelings rule my actions.  I think alcoholics have a huge issue with this, and  I've been hearing things along these lines for the past year, but for some reason it just clicked for me last week.  Maybe I had to become emotionally fit enough for this to click, but I am so grateful that if finally did.  This realization has made a huge difference in how I handle every day annoyances and irritants. 

So, today I am grateful for peace and the freedom that it has given me to enjoy all of the wonderful things in my life.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fugees Family

This morning I was really excited to see a story about The Fugee Family on the CBS Sunday Morning show.  Back when I was in grad school at Agnes Scott, I had the opportunity to meet some of these kids and actually work on a project with them for one of my education classes.  For our project we had to interview a group of kids about the challenges they faced when entering school once they reached America.  I was totally blown away by how sweet, kind and appreciative these kids were.  Every single one of them faced huge adversities getting to this country and then actually surviving once they got here. 

Even more amazing to me is the strength, hope and vision of Coach Luma, the woman who saw a group of kids playing soccer and decided to help.  Two years ago, when I got to meet some of the Fugees, they were a solidified soccer team and attending a 6-week academic boot camp at Agnes Scott.   I was truly inspired by the ability of Coach Luma to put that much together for these kids.  Now, through private funding, she has bought 19 acres of property in Clarkston, GA in order to build a school dedicated to these children.  This is proof that if you have a vision, the drive and the faith, you really can make a huge difference in this world.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Quick Baby Crochet Headband

One of the many great things about not drinking is getting back into some of my old hobbies.  About 7 years ago, I took a crochet class at Michael's, and it has been a love of mine ever since.  I decided to dig through my yarn bin to see if I had any Halloween colors to make an lack-of-hair accessory for my 3-month-old.  Crochet accessories seem to be the thing for babies these days; so, there is an abundance of crochet patterns for babies on the web.  After searching through a ton, I found this one from Handmade by Erica.  I really like this one because the band itself isn't too big.  It is quick and easy to make up.  So much so that I am going to make tons in lots of colors.  Thanks Erica!  Here's my little pumpkin in the final product.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wish-You-Were-Here Pepper Sauce

While I am always 150% ready for the cooler weather of Fall when it gets here, I am always a little bit sad to have to say goodbye to my summer vegetable plants.  This year I only had a few – with a baby due in June, I knew I didn’t need to have a ton of veggies to care for.  But the ones I did have all produced fairly well, especially my cayenne pepper plant.

On Sunday. I harvested from my pepper plant for the last time this season and decided to make some hot pepper sauce.  Pepper sauce was always a staple in our family growing up.  You better believe Meme always had some on the table.  A few years back, Mama took over the making of the pepper sauce.   Last winter I actually had to buy some pepper sauce and cannot begin to tell you how blasphemous I felt when going through the check out line.  Never will I have to purchase pepper sauce again.  See below for super-easy tutorial.

While I was making up this batch of pepper sauce, I took the time to remember my Meme who passed away just a month ago.  It is nearly impossible to think that this amazing woman isn’t physically in my life any more.  However, I am so thankful to have her touch me in special little ways every single day.  On Sunday, it just happened to be the peppers.  Wish you were here, Meme!  Love you always!


A handful of fresh cayenne peppers – green, red or both
Cider vinegar
Whole peppercorns
Garlic clove

Put a small put of cider vinegar on to boil.

While waiting to boil, cut up your cayennes into thirds.

Add to your container of choice.  I went with the always reliable Ball Jar today.  You may also add a sprinkle of whole peppercorns and a garlic clove.  (This one is sans garlic because I’m taking it to my Mama.)
After you have added the peppers and extras, fill the container with the boiled vinegar and then seal up.  Let the sauce sit for 2-3 days and then enjoy!  I love mine over collards and turnips.  Yum!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Inspiration From an Old Friend

There is an old college buddy of mine that has been a blogging inspiration for me over the past year or so.  You should check her out here Jana's Thinking Place.  Jana's inspiration comes to me from her blog and also another site Band Back Together where she works as an editor. 

I truly admire Jana's no-nonsense approach to her blog.  It reminds me of hanging with my down-to-earth friend back in the college days.  Her zeal for writing, along with the stories of women and their stuggles and successes on Band Back Together are a couple of the sites that have helped me to get off my behind and starting owning my story and my life. 

It is important to remember that we are all in this life together and that we all have hardships and celebrations alike.  Why not take the time to nurture ourselves and each other?  To lift us all up so that we may all be the best we can be?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

No Fear - Figuring it Out

I have thought about starting a blog over the past year probably thousands of times, but I haven't actually done anything about it until this past week.  Why is that?  Not only have I thought about starting a blog, but I have wondered why it has taken me so darn long to do it.  Bottom line......fear. 

I have been fearful to put my problems out there for, literally, everyone to see.  I have feared what people might think about me if they knew that I have had lots of problems in the past couple of years in my life and have had to seek lots of help to sort through them. 

Well Jenny, time to get over it.  Lots of people have problems and lots of people need help and inspiration while going through their own issues.  Maybe I have something to offer to help people or to shine a little light in there day if they need.  But, what if I don't?  Ah, there is that fear coming back into play a little bit.  Suck it, fear!

Over the past year I have gotten sober with the help of the wonderful people in the rooms of AA.  One of the things I have learned in those rooms is that it takes action in order to face fears and move forward.  I look at actually starting Happy Sober Mama as taking action in order to get on with things.  Conquering fear is an ongoing thing for me, but I feel like I am making my way into figuring out how to do it.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen