Posted: 5:04 pm Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
By Staff Writer
I recently caught myself worrying…
I had a million things to do (like always,) school was starting, kids were asking (demanding) things of me, work was asking (needing) things of me, friends were feeling neglected, and there was still only 24 hours in a day.
I felt my anxiety rising, heard the sharpness in my voice, I realized I was “in my head” too much. Right about then, it occurred to me that I ought to take some of my own advice.
And that would be, you ask?
Worrying and stressing over things won’t change any situation. It won’t make a commitment disappear, it won’t solve a problem, it won’t relieve anxiety. The only thing it will change (by hindering) is your ability to function and problem-solve on a high level.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you shouldn’t THINK about things. Thinking IS problem-solving. It’s taking what we know about any given situation, anazlying our options, searching for creative solutions, and is the pre-curser for taking action.
And, I’m not saying that there aren’t worrisome things in the world, but…
OVER-thinking is the culprit. If you find yourself going over and over and over the same circular thought patterns over and over and over again, that’s worry. It’s like spinning your tires in the sand. (Pardon the coastal metaphor, this is one scenario I’m all too familiar with.) Doing so does nothing to move you forward, but only deepens the hole you’re stuck in.
So what to do instead? Well, for starters I gave myself a quick time-out. I sent myself to my room, sat myself down, and “we” had a little chat. It went something like this:
“Delilah, knock it off. You’re driving yourself nuts over things that are out of your control. You can only do what you can do, nothing more. At the end of the day you will have accomplished all that was humanly possible. Some things will get done, other will not. NO ONE WILL DIE. Go ride a ferris wheel.”
And I did.
I implore you all to give yourself a similar talking-to. Find a corner of peace in your heart. Find something positive, something beautiful, something bigger than yourself to focus on.
Let the worry go, let the peace in. As soon as I did I found things were being checked off my mental list faster than ever. I bet the same thing happens for you!
Smashed Tater Salad | Cookin’ It with Kix
I like to brag about my potato salad. Ok, let’s be honest, I like to brag, but specifically about my potato salad… I like to say it’s because I grow my own potatoes and the eggs come from my hens, but again, to be honest, I bragged about my potato salad even before I had my farm. I think it’s just because I love potato salad, and claiming I make the BEST, gives me permission to eat it. A lot of it. ‘Cuz who could pass up the best? Right?
Well, someone else has braggin’ rights; Kix Brooks. I’m lovin’ his new cookbook, Cookin’ It with Kix, and I’m lovin’ his Smashed Tater Salad. It’s all the good stuff you want in a potato salad with just a little bit different twist -er smash – because that’s what you do, ya smash those tater’s up! It’s perfect for all those tailgating parties and fall hurrah’s! Give it a try:
• 2 lbs small potatoes (the little red ones are good,) scrubbed and cut into 1/2″ pieces
• 2 tsp salt, divided
• 1/2 cup yellow or sweet red onion, minced
• 3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
• 1 tsp garlic, minced
• 3/4 cup mayonnaise
• 1/4 cup Dijon, stone ground, or yellow mustard
• 2 Tblspn fresh lemon juice
• 1 Tblspn brown sugar
• 1/2 tsp hot sauce
• 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
• 1-2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1. Boil the potatoes in enough water to cover, with 1 teaspoon of salt, until fork tender. (About 10 minutes.) Drain and transfer the potatoes to a large mixing bowl.
2. Mash the potatoes with a hand-held potato masher or sturdy fork. Don’t over mash – Keep them a little bit lumpy.
3. Mix in the onion, eggs, and garlic.
4. Mix in 1/2 cup of the mayonnaise, along with the mustard, lemon juice, and brown sugar, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the rest of the mayo if the mixture seems dry or if you want it “wetter”.
5. Season with the hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, pepper and the remaining salt. Stir well and taste.
6. Add more salt, lemon juice, mustard or whatever you think it needs for your taste buds to be happy. Yes, it’s up to you; this is your potato salad, and these are your decision to make.
7. Serve right away or chill.
This is another other of the great recipes that you can watch come together at KixBrooks.com.
And guess what? Kix is giving away autographed copies of Cookin’ It with Kix! This might be your lucky day! Sweepstakes starts today and runs through September 20. Enter HERE.
Good luck, good cookin’, and good eatin’!
Next weekend I’m having a special dinner at the farm and I wanted to make some table arrangements that would be pretty but not obscure the view of my guests in such a way that they had to play peek-a-boo with a petunia to carry on conversation with one another.
I’ve got lots of pumpkins and fall squash on the vines, as well as a LOT of cabbage, so I gave this idea a whirl. I carved out a hollow space in a few produce picks that was large enough to hold a water vessel, then made a low floral arrangement to fit the vessel.
I loved the result so much I even shared it on Facebook, which got a great response. So I’m sharing it again, here. If you like it, I hope you’ll give it a try.
If you don’t have produce to plunder, head to your local farmers market or grocery – you can usually find a bunch of mixed floral there as well. WRITE to me and tell me about your experience and what you used your arrangements for; table, mantle or other decor.
I’ve chatted with you in this newsletter about the ill-effects of worry. Don’t dig your hole in the sand deeper, my friends. Take a moment for cool reflection, find a wide board, place it under your tire, and back out (OK, I MAY have taken that metaphor just a little too far there…)
My radio program, in a nutshell, is a safe place for you to come where you can relax and unwind and unburden your heart. It’s a place we talk about what REALLY matters; the precious people in your life.
So come on in and make yourself at home. This is the place we Love Someone,