Caesar Salad

Cheers! to my first real recipe! What’s better to toast with than a big glass of dressing… That might not be quite right. I will cheers with salad, though. 

Frustratingly, dressings are packed with unnecessary fillers and preservatives like most packaged foods, or they’re prohibitively expensive. This leads me to usually mix up a quick vinaigrette with an oil and a vinegar (balsamic and olive, for example) and salt and pepper. Occasionally, mixing up salad dressings can be nice, which brings me to this recipe.

Dressing:

1 block silken tofu

3 tbs apple cider vinegar

2 tbs kalamata olive juice (diced olives optional)

1 tbs garlic

1 tbs lemon juice

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper (I like more!)

Blend those ingredients until smooth. It should stay good in a jar in the fridge for a few days.

Now assemble your preferred greens; like crisp romaine or baby spinach. Throw on some grape tomatoes, chopped red onion, sliced up cucumber, and you have a delicious salad. This can be scaled up or down; for example, my lunch salad usually is about 5 pounds. The amount of dressing this will make could serve 4 or 12 depending on an individuals vegetable consumption!

 

Whoa! I’m back!

After that little break, I feel I should apologize to my one follower. How inconsistent, how noncommittal, how nice it would be to have one more negative here. My focus has been on school, which merits no explanation. Balancing a full life can mean that priorities dictate what gets put aside. The gap was only temporary, I intended to pause content production until my birthday and then start back up. Ahead of schedule, continuing this outlet is a possibility as I organized and planned enough to settle into a nice routine. Keeping track of hours has proved more beneficial than I would imagine counting calories, dollars, or push up could be. This approach of pushing for every moment to count really maximizes my physical exertion, creative flow, sense of wellbeing, and focus. Admitting that pure conscious awareness at all times is a discipline of the highest regard, sticking to a schedule has put me back on my path for I’m not at the end. Working on being more grateful and observant of time has opened up even more of it to use. 

I will not say, “Expect frequent posts from now on;” since I have already missed out there. Also, I do not know what may pop up. The intention exists to work on this more, that is what I will say for now. Looking forward to more posts!

Forgive.

for•give v. to cease to feel resentment against; to grant pardon to or remission of; to give up all claim on account of

A common thread in pent up emotions, forgiveness is one of the first subjects uncovered in the search for peace. Forgiving others and being forgiven are huge steps in becoming a whole person. Starting small, for me I am forgiving myself for not posting yesterday. No justification necessary, just honest releasing of judgement and liability. In a more serious situation, consequences may still be faced in lapse of continuity–but, forgiveness would be necessary to move on and learn from a mistake. Keeping perspective on how an upsetting event from the past plays a role in the present moment is major to finding validity in the process of forgiving.

Routinely Energizing: Round 1!

Tackling a topic like how to stay energized throughout the day seems a bit ambitious for one of my first few posts, so here are a few things I do to stay as sharp as I can even when under pressure or when I’m feeling foggy. The best remedies come in 3s, I have found; because they’re easy to remember, fast enough to fit into a busy life, and enough to make an impact. To guide these tips, I’ll stick to a format commonly known: Mind, Body, Spirit. Focusing on each of these at least once a day maintains a positive environment for growth.

Mind: Read. Pick up a book. For pleasure. Just a chapter a day or however much time you can spare, spend some time getting lost in a book. I reread some fiction books to revisit beloved characters, and often go back through reference books to grab more information and increase my depth. To that I say, no more!  Although, some books on my shelves covers show the signs of their treasured usage, my challenge to myself is to engross myself the first time a read a book so I never need to revisit it. By doing this I will be able to expand through reading more titles and not need to repeat a selection. This, also, means when I return to a book it will be by choice, its subduing language or compelling perspective. Reading can increase emotional responsiveness and help foster imagination, both are valuable tools in a time lacking such subtle skills. Do your brain a favor, open up a rivetting read.

Body: Stretch. Elongating muscles in a controlled manner will release tension held there or in the tendons holding bone to muscle. Since everyone is so different, explore techniques and find a routine that works for you. When exercising regularly, stretching becomes crucial to maintain strong and agile limbs. Stretching can be combined with meditation techniques and you can get a 2-for-1 combo!

Spirit: Be grateful. Take some deep breaths, close your eyes, and quietly search for what is being given to you freely. This may start as material, but will sooner or later transcend boundaries of stuff. Keeping in touch with those concepts, write down what it is that comes at no cost, no earning,

More simple tasks for each aspect will follow and can be used in any combination. Since the MBS relationship’s importance cannot be overstated, there is value in working on them in tandem. Fostering one allows the others to thrive and this can build momentum.

Block.

block: n. a solid piece of a hard substance, such as wood, having one or more flat sides; an obstruction or stoppage in mental process or speech; piece upon which persons are beheaded; set of like items handled as a unit; an obstacle or hinderance

v. to shape, mold, form, or prepare on or with a block; to indicate broadly without great detail; to strengthen, support, or retain in place by means of a block

There are a few more dozen definitions for this word, here are just a few that show its versatility. In the multi-facet word there is a struggle, some interruption that halts progress. Also, a lumping together of sums creating a generalized depiction of possibly diverse individual parts. Perhaps laughingly, another function is the place of beheadings. To compliment these interpretations there are some having a more positive task associated. For instance, being a blank form to create a product from. “To block out” can mean to relieve yourself from distractions by employing focus, or be meant to build a generic map of movements, as in theatre. From stopping nerve impulses, to the raw material from which form and function can spring, this word lies suspended between a curse and a welcome challenge to our own ingenuity.

Focus.

fo•cus: v. to direct toward a particular point or purpose; to concentrate attention or energy                                                                                  n. a center of interest or attention; a condition in which something can be clearly apprehended or perceived

What: A location to organize original content made by myself, in a variety of mediums and on a variety of subjects. Word of the day (WotD), photographs, recipes, handmade artifacts, and ideas will be shared here from my brain, camera, kitchen, and desk.

Who: My name is Joshua Dean Tavenner. I’m in my third year of working on two BA degrees at Central Washington University, studying Theatre Arts and Psychology. Born February 10th, I am proudly an Aquarius. Most aspects of (my) life are ever-changing; so, I’d be bummed to put down more in words than is necessary when describing myself–one may never know when it’s a good time to change something about oneself.

Why: The internet is vast, but if I may, I shall carve out a niche of my own. A place to display what I create and to get feedback; a place that fosters community and encourages the sharing of ideas.

When: NOW of course! My goal is to focus on staying focused. Meaning that staying present and deciding what is most essential to pay attention to is more beneficial than arbitrary, self-imposed statutes; that being said, I have big goals that will be aided by discipline and a bit of planning.

Where: Right here. Social media is fast paced and joining my output to this hub will help clarify my goals and content and keep it focused.

Not all those who wander are lost.

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