Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday's Cucumber Salad

We decided to attempt our first garden this year. Day after day, we tend to the duties needed to facilitate a healthy garden, it has been quit fun actually. Unfortunately though, we haven't had single vegetable sprout despite our efforts. That is until this weekend. The girls ran out to help me water the other night and I caught a glimpse of a cucumber hidden beneath the prickly leaves and yellow flowers.  I pointed it out to the them and I don't know who was more excited them or me! They carefully lifted the foliage and found not one, but three perfectly green, ripe beauties!

We decided to do something tasty with the cucumbers to celebrate this large victory in the Campione's garden and made my father in laws cucumber salad. We broke out our mandolin and sliced our prize worthy cucumbers and an onion, mixed in the dressing, threw it in the fridge to chill and voila, it was time to dig in.

Now I know we are a bit partial to our very own first time home grown veggies, but those cucumbers were the best we have ever had!

Here is the recipe for a this delicious light salad, perfect for a hot, humid summer day! Enjoy!

1 cucumber(we tripled this not wanting to leave any of our cucs out:)
1 onion
5 TBS sugar (we used half the amt)
1/3 cup vinegar
2 cups warm water
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dill weed
1 TBS oil
2 all spice balls(we didn't have these so we used about a 1/2 tsp ground allspice)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Gift of memoir is on hold temporary, but it remains in my heart.

My beautiful white, blusher veil, fell delicately over my dolled up face. I was twenty six and marrying Ryan, the man I loved, but as I stood on the cement church steps, my body started to shake. Not knowing if it was the common “Cold Feet,” so many others have referred to experiencing before saying, I Do, or was I doubting, the decision I had agreed to over a year ago when he slipped the marquise diamond engagement ring on my finger? I began to feel claustrophobic, wiping my tears, I continued down the aisle to my groom, becoming a wife.   

Only seven months into our marriage, I felt stranger to myself.  Feeling like I had lost all significance in my life after giving up my passion, changing my name and moving in with my husband.  I took a leap back in time when I visited my Alma Mater, Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, my past feelings for my first love, turned NFL quarterback, surfaced and finding out if it wasn’t too late to have him back, encompassed my every thought.

Lost in life and unable to trust my gut, I turned to God.  I prayed, begged and pleaded for God to take over in my life. It wasn’t until then that I realized the significance in my life that was irretrievable had been forfeited for a reason.  Losing it all was the only way for me to become self-less and become open to receiving the most beautiful gift of grace.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wednesday Wonderful...

 “Your life is not a result of random chance, fate, or luck.  There is a master plan.  History is His story.  God is pulling the strings.  We make mistakes, but God never does.”  Purpose Driven Life

The other night on my run, I caught a glimpse of this wooden cross out of the corner of my eye.  I slowed down, my eyes still fixated, and then turned around to go back to get a closer look.  I mean look how beautiful.  It was on a lot in the neighborhood that has some major construction going on.  This simple, yet powerful sight gave me the greatest feeling of hope, love and appreciation.  There are signs everywhere that God is with us and this one in particular was simply divine. :)