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Beauty is in the eye...

Of the beholder. This statement represents to me the reality that we are all different, all of us perceiving life in so many different ways. Just like the Rorschach test, using the inkblots to evaluate a subjects response to ambiguous inkblots. The beauty of this test is that they don't need to show different selections of inkblots to different subjects, they can use the same ones for each person. Each subject/person will always see something different. Just like our perception of the the world around us, each of us getting something different from what we see and experience.


Walking the trails early this morning, soaking in the beautiful full moon, a moon that has been visible for billions and billions of years, and an earth that has been around just as long. What changes has the moon gone through???? What changes has the earth gone through???? The earth we know has gone through a lot, evolution, man made lifestyles, weather, disasters, land and water changes, air quality...so many we have experienced and so many we haven't been around for. This will continue long after we are gone, again so much that goes on that has absolutely nothing to do with us.


Our seasons will continue to come and go, bringing with them all the changes, from the earth to the air. Recognizing the beauty that surrounds us, the gifts we are left with, and the lives we have been given. A full moon, what does it bring and what does it look like to you? A sunny day, what does it bring and what does it look like to you? A gray sky, what does it bring and what does it look like to you? Snow on the ground, what does it bring and what does it look like to you? Leaves changing color, what does it bring and what does it look like to you? Different things for different people, but we are all looking at the same things. May we all be able to see the beauty in that and what surrounds us, each in our own special way. We are unique that way, we are given the freedoms to take in the world as we see it before us, accepting and not trying to change what is. Our control is in our perception of it, the mind is a beautiful thing, use it wisely!! With LOVE, GRATITUDE and GRACE.


Tis the season of love, Happy Valentines Day!! Everything in this recipe should be available year round. Even though they say end of summer is best for red, yellow and orange bell peppers, they can be pretty easy to grow year round. Your local grocers and farmers markets will have them, be sure to buy organic. Basil is an easy herb to grow inside or out, buy a little planter box that will fit maybe three basil plants and place them in the kitchen, water and enjoy, if you can put them by the window even better.


Thai Basil Turkey


Ingredients:


2 tbsp sesame oil

1 1/2 lb ground turkey

4 cloves garlic, mashed

1 inch fresh ginger, grated

2 bell peppers, red, orange or yellow or two different colors, chopped

1/2 cup raw cashews, optional

1/2 cup tamari

1/4 honey

2 tbsp fish sauce

2-3 tbsp chili paste

1 cup fresh basil, torn into pieces


Directions:

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot add the ground turkey, and season with fresh ground black pepper, breaking up the turkey as it cooks.

Once the turkey is no longer pink add the garlic, ginger, bell pepper, and cashews if using, cook for about 3 minutes or until the garlic in fragrant.

Pour in the tamari, fish sauce, chili paste and honey, bring the sauce to boil over medium high heat. Cook until the turkey is coated, about another 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in the basil.

This can be served alone, over rice, rice noodles or ramen noodles.



Thai Basil Turkey





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