October 26th – “Lay the groundwork first.”

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At first glance, today’s zodiac was clearly mocking me! I’ve spent the past year laying groundwork on a number of projects, so I don’t have trouble in that area.

Was it really telling me that I needed to start more projects? That didn’t sound right because I already have TOO MANY pots on the stove.

I was stumped, so I did what I normally do – look at another horoscope or zodiac prediction. One horoscope informed me,

Speed through the details and you’ll miss something important. Read the small print!

Hmm…there was no small print in the five word sentence, but maybe I didn’t think deeply enough about the zodiac reading.  What groundwork haven’t I done yet?

In the middle of eating a mint cookie sandwich, it hit me. I need to work on my portfolio. I’m going to a networking event next week and it would be very helpful to put one together. I’ve avoided this task because I’ve been indecisive about pursuing this particular career path. I’m still unsure about working in that profession, but if I am going to meet people next week, I better be prepared!

Immediately, I started panicking because of the 5 day timeline. I didn’t think I had enough time to create something out of nothing and didn’t know where to start. I couldn’t focus, so I focused on something I could do. I made dinner.

I decided to lay the groundwork for a good meal by using fresh basil, lettuce, and apples from my garden.

I made a pesto fettuccine,

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and goat cheese walnut apple salad.

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At the end of dinner, I felt calmer and clearer about what I needed to do. Just like cooking, good groundwork requires good ingredients.

For my portfolio, that was me. There’s no amount of research and reading that I can do to make my work look better. I am representing myself and have everything I need to make it happen.  I went into my old files and discovered that I already did my homework. During the next few days, all I need to do is arrange and put my ideas into a unified package.

Life’s not so hard after all!

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Here are my recipes.  I don’t measure, so quantities are ESTIMATES only. Please adjust according to your own taste!

 Pesto

1 large bunch of fresh basil

2 – 3 cloves of garlic

2-3 tablespoons of parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon of pine nuts (almonds are a good substitution as well)

Olive oil

A few dashes of salt

Equipment Required: food processor or knife

Directions:

  1. Throw everything into the food processor except for the olive oil and salt. Pulse until everything is ground up. If you are using a knife, chop everything up until you are tired! It’s totally fine if you have a lot of big pieces. It’s rustic!
  2. Add olive oil until you get the consistency that you like.
  3. Add salt to taste.

 

Goat Cheese Salad

4 cups Lettuce, arugula, or spinach

1 large Apple or pear, sliced

½ cup Walnuts

½ cup crumbled goat cheese

1 tablespoon Honey

½ tablespoon butter

 

Dressing:

4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons Olive oil

1/2 to 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Honey to taste

Equipment Required: pan to cook walnuts

Directions:

  1. Make dressing: Combine all dressing ingredients except honey. Add honey to taste. If you like a thicker sauce, increase the amount of Dijon mustard.
  2. Toast walnuts: Heat pan and put on med to low. Add butter, then walnuts. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add honey and turn off stove. Stir until combined.
  3. Add all ingredients to salad!