Tomatoes are not ready at home yet, so we went to the farmer’s market.
They were perfect for the tomato basil lemon cucumber beet mozzarella salad we had tonight.
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,
and goat cheese walnut apple salad.
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!
Here are my recipes. I don’t measure, so quantities are ESTIMATES only. Please adjust according to your own taste!
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)
A few dashes of salt
Equipment Required: food processor or knife
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
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons Olive oil
1/2 to 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Honey to taste
Equipment Required: pan to cook walnuts