Eat, drink & be happy.

Life is tough. Plain and simple. Although, as tough as life can be, life can always be beautiful. Beautiful furniture and beautiful clothes, as well as beautifully tasting food has got to make any girl feel better, inside and out, right?

I’ve been reading a lot lately and trying to make sense of things. Why do people encourage you to miss them, in order to fill their void? Why does a silly government think they should take someone’s job away from them (the job in which I love more than anything, the one constant happiness in my life) when they’re making a difference in children’s lives? Why, why, why? I’ve learnt that there aren’t automatic answers to everything in life. And maybe some answers will come, or maybe they never will. But we do not control everything, and it is important to remind ourselves of this. Let go. Be free of the constant worry. If it’s meant to be, it’ll be. Everything happens for a reason, and if buying a new black dress can put a smile on your face for even 10 minutes, then why not buy the dang black dress?! Find the simple things in life that make you happy, and continue to do them, for you. Not anyone else.

"Your life is big. Keep reaching." -Oprah Your life is big. My life is big. Remember this when life seems to be going so un-possibly wrong. Things will get better. They have to.
“Your life is big. Keep reaching.” -Oprah
Your life is big. My life is big. Remember this when life seems to be going so un-possibly wrong. Things will get better. They have to.   (for a quick inspirational fix, stop by starbucks for a skinny vanilla latte, and check out Oprah’s words of wisdom on your cup cozy)

 

So what else makes me happy? Making food of course. Creating recipes by throwing food together and having them turn out delicious. That always puts a smile on my face. As many fellow gluten free people know, sandwiches aren’t generally a regular occurrence in our diets. Gluten free bread is at best okay. Even the best, fresh, bakery, gluten free bread is nothing like real fresh flour full bread. So because of this, we (or at least I) just don’t eat sandwiches very often. But sometimes a sandwich makes sense. Last week my class was going on a field trip to a farm and we were having a picnic lunch. A sandwich made sense. But I’m a high maintenance eater, so I didn’t want a plain boring bread and jam kind of sandwich. So I created a yummy Chicken Salad, the best sandwich. Yum.

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Ingredients:

(makes approx. 1-2 sandwich’s)

-1 small chicken breast

– small spoonful of light mayonnaise

– 1/2 celery stalk (diced)

– 1 tbsp. cucumber (diced)

– 1/2 tbsp. cranberries (or more if you’d like)

– 1/2 tbsp. apple (chopped) 

– sea salt and pepper

Directions: bake the chicken breast at 350F (length depending on size and thickness of chicken). Once cooked, cut up into chunks. Mix a small spoonful of mayo, chicken, chopped apples, celery and cucumber. Add in cranberries and salt and pepper. Spoon it onto gluten free bread. Voila.

Totally yummy. For you non gluten free peeps, try it on regular bread, you'll love it.
Totally yummy. For you non gluten free peeps, try it on regular bread, you’ll love it.
Pure deliciousness.
Pure deliciousness.

So now you need an outfit to look good on your picnic. Well I have a suggestion, Winners! This store is great for dresses. I wanted a long, airy dress that I can wear to work when the classroom is 100 degrees. I found the perfect dress at Winners for a perfect price. The nice thing about this dress is it can be dressed up, or down. I can wear it with Birks and minimal jewelry to school or I could add big bright jewelry and fancier shoes if I wanted to wear it out. (Gotta love black, so versatile!) I got this dress on sale for $19.99. What a deal!!

Most comfortable dress EVER. & can still get down on the floor and play with the kids in my class, now that's a dress that makes sense! Plus, the little girls in my class all complimented it, you know it's a hit when the 5 year olds tell you it's pretty. (Because lets be serious, if they didn't like it, they would be sure to tell me.)
Most comfortable dress EVER. & can still get down on the floor and play with the kids in my class, now that’s a dress that makes sense! Plus, the little girls in my class all complimented it, you know it’s a hit when the 5 year olds tell you it’s pretty. (Because lets be serious, if they didn’t like it, they would be sure to tell me.)
And what's the number one way to bring a smile to this girls face? Hanging out with the best Grandma in the entire world, on her birthday. (Can wear the dress to teach kids, AND to a birthday party. Money well spent.)
And what’s the number one way to bring a smile to this girls face? Hanging out with the best Grandma in the entire world, on her birthday. (Can wear the dress to teach kids, AND to a birthday party. Money well spent.)

Eat well, look good & be happy.

the moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before a miracle happens. don’t give up.

-tal xo

 

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