Simple Pleasures… these are the things that really make life sweet right!?
I’m experiencing one of those “in between work” phases right now… I always find it so funny that whenever I am in such a circumstance my experience is so over powered with the looking for/and dwelling about work , that I somehow miss the beautiful experience of having so much time to myself, so much time to relish in life’s really simple pleasures… I am working on that….
In fact, something has really shifted lately. Maybe this concept of really taking my yoga off the mat is taking root more than I had realized. Certainly some of my biggest life lessons reside in my ability to remain patience, to view my circumstances with perspective, and a big part of this is relinquishing some control, you know…Letting go! Man that’s a tough one hey!
Now this isn’t to say that I have completely given up on the job search and plan to just sit quietly until I trip over an opportunity, but there is a fine line of putting in one’s due diligence and then stepping back to let the processes take place in it’s own organic (or regimented) way, as opposed to fully obsessing about things to no end.
Since I’ve made peace with the burden of my unemployment I’d have to say I’m enjoying this time to myself thing quite a lot. And since it’s winter, and quite chilly out, it has given me all kinds of time for simple home kinds of things. I can’t believe how much I truly enjoy being a full time homemaker. I’m loving the menial tidy up chores, the meal planning, but more so the meal making and sharing, and I’m super loving all the time I have for things like yoga, reading, tea and planning weekend playing in the snow adventures.
I’d say I’ve fallen into a pretty sweet rhythm as this stay at home Chels. Right now keeping a really nice home IS my work and so I will engage in it with utter devotion. I will allow it to be my practice of both Karma and Bhakti yoga, action and devotion. The fruits of our labour is not always under our control, but the actions themselves we do have ownership over.
Sooooo, on that note…. I’d like to share some of my domestic success.
This new recipe now falls into the ‘Top 5 Most Tasty Things I Make’ category.
Slow Cooked Basil-Balsamic Chicken
4 boneless chicken breasts
1Can chopped tomatoes (with liquid)
2 stalks diced celery
4 cloves mince garlic
1 small diced onion
2 large handfuls of fresh mushrooms (chopped)
1 bunch fresh basil (chopped)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp oil (sep
Heat the oil in a pan and saute the onion, garlic, celery and mushrooms, until soft.
Empty the can of tomatoes into your slow cooker or casserole dish. Use a potato masher to mash the heavy chunks of tomato for desired consistency.
Add Sauted vegetables, dried spice, balsamic vinegar, fresh basil and chicken.
Cook on low for 5-7 hours.
Before serving stir in brown sugar to cut the sharpness of the tomatoes.
Serve on a bed of rice and enjoy!