I finally made a recipe the other night that I’ve had bookmarked forever from Peas And Thank You: Spicy African Peanut Stew. If you haven’t made this yet, get the ingredients together and make it immediately! Since it’s a slow-cooker recipe, it’s super easy to throw together and forget about as it cooks away (though the wonderful smells will not let you forget that it’s there).
I added about a tablespoon of peanut flour to this recipe for a little extra peanut flavor (and to thicken it up a little bit). It’s topped with Greek yogurt and chopped peanuts. I also added a little freekeh on the bottom (which you can’t see) and mixed in some steamed kale (which was such a delicious addition). This was one of those meals that I liked more and more with each bite and by the end, I was totally smitten. The thing that I could not comprehend was that Greg wasn’t crazy about it. I have a hard time understanding how anyone could not be crazy about this soup (especially Greg, who has really good taste generally). Everyone’s different, I guess! But, trust me, you will love this. I promise. (And I am so happy to have some leftovers! I wonder if I can freeze soup and re-heat it next week…)
As we were eating dinner last night, I was in a foul mood. The dogs were driving me crazy and I just felt stressed out. Greg and I were sitting in silence while we ate because he was trying to tread lightly around my moodiness. I recognized this, and immediately thought “this is in your control, Lauren. You have the power to change this into a pleasant experience.” So, rather than sit there and stew in my own hormonal b*tchiness, I decided to snap out of it. I remembered this amazing post on Angela’s blog regarding gratitude and reducing negativity. She mentioned that her and her husband each point out five positive things that happened throughout the day and talk about them together. I thought this was a great idea for something to do at dinner each night. I also would love to reduce the negativity in my life (from inside and outside forces) and really need to take control of anything that I am the cause of.
I instantly felt better after we each pointed out our five positives. And the fact that we each kept thinking of more to add to the list was even better! I need to make a habit every day of recognizing (and being thankful for) all of the wonderful things that are in my life, rather than the few negatives.
I’m turning 32 on Monday. It’s not a big deal (I’ll actually be more excited about 33 because that’s my favorite number!), but hey- I like to celebrate birthdays as being thankful for another year of good health. (That being said- I can’t believe I’m that old. I was 21 just yesterday!!)
I’m trying to come up with a list of goals – a “32 before 32″ list – things I would like to accomplish while I’m in my 32nd year. I’ve seen lists like this on other blogs and just love the idea (and I’ll probably be referring back to those as I make my list!). I’d like a few of the goals to be a little more lofty than others- things that I will have to push myself to accomplish – but others can be something very simple and easily attainable. I want to get this lost posted by my birthday, so my mind is racing a little bit. If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears!
What do you do to reduce negativity in your life? Do you have any exciting goals to share?