Three Things for Thursday

1.

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…)

2.

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.

The girl with the dragon tattoo...

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.

3.

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!!)

On my 27th birthday

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?

Comments

  1. I love the idea of discussing 5 positive things with your significant other. It’s so easy to talk about the things that went wrong or bothered you duiring the day, but changing your mindset and focusing on the good does wonders I’m sure! I’m going to try this with my fiance this weekend. :) Have a great day!

  2. the girl with the dragon tattoo lol

    have you seen that movie or read the book?

  3. Oh that stew has totally been on my list too! I bet I’d like it!! Way to snap yourself out of it. It’s not always easy, but it’s definitely worth it!!! The 5 positive things sounds really fun!

  4. You are a young buck!! My birthday is Monday as well-I will be 36 :-)

  5. Oh my goodness. This post just slammed me back into my childhood! Growing up, mom used to make Tiga Diga Na, Malian peanut stew–Im pretty sure this recipe is a version of it. Thinking about it now, I have absolutely no idea where she heard of it, but Aunt Kathleen also used to make it (but at her house, we had to eat it in the traditional style, with our hands…such a mess! But you know us kids loved it…) which makes me think maybe from the refugee community that she works with. I freaking love this stuff, but I havent had it in years! I WILL be making it asap.

    Your birthday is Monday? Same as Joe! He is freaking out about turning 26…ha.

  6. ahh, i totally can relate to that feeling of stressed and anxiousness. It is then and there that i pray for a thankful spirit. It really works, yes?!

  7. NICE job on turning your mood and feelings into something positive. THAT rocks!

    I totally love the idea of birthday lists like that–go for it :)

  8. I enjoy peanut soups and don’t get me started on peanut sauce. Harder to convince my boyfriend who doesn’t like to mix peanuts and soup. I’ll just have to make this for myself when he’s out of town. ;)

  9. I get in negative moods so easily at work…where it can affect others…I always try to tell myself that my “energy” (so cheesy) can cause a ripple affect and it’s not fair to others around me. It helps…I hate making people suffer…well those who don’t deserve it!

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