Easy as A – B – C

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That’s right.  This one’s pretty easy.  AND, it’s pretty fantastic too.

It seems as though summer is winding down.  The daylight hours linger less and less, the sounds of children playing and laughing in the streets are somewhat muted by the diesel engines of the school buses, and the fresh summer produce is beginning to dwindle.

I chose to taken advantage of every last morsel of sweet garden goodness while it still lasts.

A – Avocado
B – Berry
C – Chicken

The “c” can also denote the amazing slices of cucumber and the flavor bunch of cilantro in this salad.

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Easy as A-B-C Salad

Serves 2

2 large chicken breasts, seasoned with salt and pepper, grilled, and sliced (make sure these are warm and just off the grill!)
2 large avocados
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
1/2 large cucumber, thinly sliced
1 cup live sprouts

4 cups fresh salad greens
1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil

sea salt and pepper

In a medium sized bowl, mash the 2 avocados with plenty of salt and 3/4 of the chopped cilantro.  Add the sliced chicken (while still hot) to the avocado mixture and allow the avocado to begin to “melt.”  Assemble two large salad bowls with the remaining salad ingredients.  Divide the avocado and chicken concoction between the two bowls and mix fairly well.  Drizzle with olive oil and liberally sprinkle with additional salt and pepper and the remaining cilantro. 

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Savor the remaining days of summer…

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Ooey Gooey Farm Fresh Eggs

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Remember when I learned to poach an egg SOOOOO long ago?

It seems like an eternity ago that I had my Perfectly Poached Egg experience and evening lesson in the food mecca of the PNW.

I like steamed eggs, boiled eggs, scrambles eggs, whipped eggs, and ovas of all kinds.  But the poached egg, in its ooey gooey goodness has my heart.  Particularly when the egg is fresh from the farm (thanks, Jodi!!!), with a bright orange yolk and both a taste and texture to die for…

Poached over sautéed greens is so often adored.

Poached and pouring over a fresh summer salad is truly amazing.

Don’t forget the coarsely ground truffle salt.

My oh my…

Poached Egg Salad

Serves 1

2 cup mixed salad greens
1 large bell pepper (any color will do, except green – we want color and a tad bit of sweet), roughly but evenly chopped
1 cup fresh sprouts (I like the bite of radish and kale)
1 cup raw sugar snap peas
1 Tbs. sprouted sunnies (sunflower seeds)
2 Tbs. creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing
2-3 farm fresh eggs, Perfectly Poached

fresh ground pepper and truffle salt

Assemble the salad with the fresh greens and toss with dressing.  Any creamy dressing will do, really.
Top with Perfectly Poached Eggs and truffle salt and pepper.

Make sure to watch the yolk ooze it’s goodness throughout.

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The Hidden Power of Smiling

We are BORN TO SMILE.

Seriously.

We are actually born smiling.  Deep inside our mother’s womb, we float in peaceful bliss, donning a grin from ear to ear.  We even smile in our sleep.

Smiles signify joy and satisfaction in life.
The simple act of smiling actually does make us feel better.  AND, it’s evolutionarily contagious.  Just face it, it’s pretty darn difficult to frown at someone as they peer across the way with a smile in their eyes and a plastered smirk across their lips.  Goofy, friendly, sincere, passionate, proud and heartwarming.  All types of smiles look and feel good.

Smiles make us more attractive, appear more friendly, more likable, and even more competent.  How about that?

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Smiling reduces the stress enhancing hormones.  Of course it does!

In fact, not even chocolate or bacon can match the brain stimulation of elation created by the crack of just one little twinkling grin.  Researchers have discovered that it would take up to 2,000 chocolate bars or $25,000 to create the satisfaction of simply turning up the corners of the mouth ONCE in a day.
Seems to me like smiling would be a whole lot easier on the waistline, definitely cheaper, and so much easier…

The average individual smiles about 20 times each day.  Really?

Children, though, have SUPER POWERS.  They are our super heroes in life.  Little kiddos average up to 400 smiles and little giggles each day. (One of my very favorite sounds on earth, by the way, is the sound of babies giggling.  I cannot – you cannot – no one can – resist beaming inside at the utter vibration of happy children).  You must LISTEN.

Ron Gutman went to great lengths to explain all of these fascinations in a March 2011 TED Talk.

His delivery has also been cited in Forbes Magazine, as he remains the CFO of HealthTap in Silicon Valley.

Numerous other studies reference the studies showing that happiness really can and does begin with a simple smile.  The Power of a Smile – How Smiling Can Change Your Life and Change the World.

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Without conducting any formal research myself, I’ve always known, witnessed, and truly felt the supernatural power of a smile.  It changes my day.  It changes your day.  In every way.
I used to entertain myself as I was out and about, playing “The Smile Game.”  Perhaps slightly juvenile, the outcome of the day ahead always, always resulted in a state of bliss.  My goal was (and still is most days) to create a stunning grin on the face of all whom I encounter.  Some folks are harder than others – but even so – the task at hand is pretty great.  Fantastic.  Amazing.  Fabulous.

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So, the research is there – but more than that – we know the truth deep in our souls.

Live long.  Live happy.  SMILE.

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August 25, 2014 · 7:30 am