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Recipe | Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe

watermelon-feta-salad-1Watermelon Feta Salad

The sweetness of the watermelon is a perfect counterpart to the saltiness of the feta and the watermelon’s moisture cuts through the feta’s crumbly, sometimes dry, texture. This simple salad is great on its own, pairs well with grilled chicken, tofu, fish, or shrimp, and is the perfect addition to a summer barbecue.

Ingredients (Makes 4 servings)

6 cups cubed Watermelon
1 ½ cups crumbled Feta
¼ cup thinly sliced Red Onion
¼ cup Balsamic Vinaigrette (thin with water if desired)

Directions
1.  Lightly toss the watermelon and feta together.
2.  Top the mixture with the red onion.
3.  Drizzle it with the vinaigrette.

 

Nutrition Facts (courtesy of Calorie Count – Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe )

watermelon-feta-salad nutrition panel

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Skydiving for the first time.

Tandem Free Falling over Cape Canaveral

Tandem Free Falling over Cape Canaveral, Florida USA  was incredibly awesome!

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That’s one more item on the ole “Bucket List” checked off!  Now…

Who’s up for a little hang gliding?

 

 Skydive Sebastian Sebastian, Florida 32958 USA


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Living with Vorfreude … and skydiving!

We’re going skydiving tomorrow. Oh my! That sounded very nonchalant, now didn’t it?  Ho hum! Just another Saturday in the life of me. La-tee-DA! What shall we do? It is not, though, just another Saturday because on this particular Saturday we’re going skydiving. (“Skydive” aka “fly, Fly, FLY like a bird” if you’re inside my head … or if you’re 4 years old.)

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I have wanted to skydive (::cough:: FLY) ever since I was about nine or ten years old. And we are going. Tomorrow. In the Morning. To skydive. Obviously I am beyond the moon excited about this little adventure and when I came across  the word “vorfreude” {FOR-froy-dah} earlier today, I thought…“Could there be any word more perfect than vorfreude to describe how I am feeling?”

VorfrudeI’m turning 50 years old soon. Oh no, I don’t mean “next week” kind of soon. I’m talking about the “soon enough” kind of soon. It is “soon enough” that I think about turning 50 every. single. damn. day.

But… here’s the thing. I figure that if I’m going to have this thought in my head all the time, well then, it’d better be a good one. So… I’m choosing to be happy about this upcoming birthday. (My daughter says I’m weird about this ‘happy’ thing but I don’t mind that she thinks that.) This birthday is a big milestone and it is NOT necessary to be sad about the occasion. I mean, come on?! We only get to turn 50 once in our lifetimes, right? Therefore, let’s have some fun!

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I am “taking the road less traveled” (aka “You’re weird, Mom”) and I am celebrating my birthday every single month of the year 2014 because… one 50th birthday? Au contraire mon frère!

And beginning on January 1, I put action to words and started celebrating my 50th Birthday by choosing JUBILANT as my “One Word” for 2014. Words have always mattered very much to me. I am an empath, an introvert, and a voracious reader. Truly, you wouldn’t believe the vibrational impact words have on our psyche. So… three years ago I decided to stop making New Year’s Resolutions in favor of the “One Word” approach. One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long. In years past, I’ve chosen KIND, GRATEFUL, and MINDFUL. They were wonderful choices and did indeed color my whole world for that year.

This year, the year 2014 and the year in which I will turn 50 (my jubilee year if you will), I chose JUBILANT and it has been extraordinary the impact this one little word has had on my mindset. I AM overjoyed, exultant, triumphant, joyful, rejoicing, exuberant, elated, thrilled, gleeful, euphoric, ecstatic, enraptured, in raptures, walking on air, in seventh heaven, and on cloud nine!

Tomorrow… I am skydiving for the very first time and I am jubilant! But I am also savoring the anticipation like a fine wine… or a good Kombucha. And to think that it is only May. What’s in store for the rest of the year? Oh my but there are so many wonderful things yet to come!

Here’s to moving forward in our journeys with much Vorfreude!

And skydiving! Is it Saturday yet?


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ReBlogged //Young House Love

I love these people. Or rather I love their blog, Young House Love. It’s personable and friendly while being informative and visually attractive. Plus they’re just such a darn cute couple! They recently released a book called “Young House Love” and have a line of decorative accessories (lights, hooks) available at Target. The Petersik’s also recently added Baby Number 3 to their little family in the midst of all this DIY. I say three because “Burger” the chihuahua is a part of the family too. Nope. I was wrong. I love the people behind the blog too. Sherry and John are self-described as:

Young House LoveI just think they’re fabulous folks! I started reading Young House Love at first because I adore interior decorating and anything DIY.  Seriously. Ask my Mother. Or better yet ask yours. I was “that” friend. Yes, I was the friend your Mother invited over when we were 14 to help her move the furniture around and find a new “Look” for the living room. I’ve been rearranging furniture and doing it myself (aka DIY) my entire life.  I’m here to tell you that John and Sherry make it look good and make doing it look easy. But not only that… they also show YOU how to do it too. Win/Win!

I look forward to their emails now and have learned a lot about blogging in the process via their wonderful ‘Blogging FAQs’ you see referenced in the above picture. Click on a link and visit their blog. You’ll smile… and you’ll learn something along the way too.


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Today’s Photo QOTD – Embrace chance encounters…

 

Embrace chance encounters to dream up outlandish plans – make connections wherever you go.

The person you need to make your business successful may be sitting at the next table. Go and introduce yourself!

Richard Branson

 

 

via Embrace chance encounters – Virgin.com.