I have texture issues.
Bananas, peaches, berries, pretty much anything not blended into a smoothie--I. Just. Can't. Ask Emily about the peach-trying fiasco of 2013. Gross.
I started eating avocado because the hipster health movement made me do it. Here was the math, as I so calculatingly saw it.
Coconut oil + skin = looking like Jennifer Aniston until I'm... well... older than Jennifer Aniston (does she actually have an age?)
Avocado + anything = instantly healthy, fit, happy, instagrammable.
Avocado promises things, and I wanted in on those promises. I wasn't going to let my texture issues get in the way of my happiness. Yes, avocados promise happiness.
The tomatoes. The onions. I die. How do you get around those?
Then, I thought: You know what? I'm in my 20's. It's about time I make my own decisions, go my own way.
So I started making guac the way I wanted it. Avocado, jalapeno, garlic, lime--sometimes I dump a little Andeles salsa in there if I'm feeling adventurous. BUT only Andeles.
Aside from a delicious recipe, let's not miss the message here.
How many times do we think of things as ALL OR NOTHING?
How many times have you thrown away a possibility because "it just wouldn't work," when you never took the time to evaluate WHAT wasn't working?
When it comes to guacamole, what wasn't working for me were the tomatoes and onions. So I tossed those out and kept the rest.
What about time management? How often do you say, "I just do not have time," but you're viewing things in entire 3-hour blocks instead of breaking them down into 15 minute increments?
How many times have you said, "I wish I could have people over more often," when in actuality if you let go of your expectations for the pristine nature of your home, you could make that happen?
If we are going to craft a life that means something to us and to the Kingdom, we have to remember that crafting a life is just a matter ingredients. Recipes don't mean anything if we execute them perfectly, but can't stomach the thought of actually eating it.
Take a look at the decisions you are making in life, and make sure you are choosing things that align with a life for living, not just a life for looks.
jalapeno (1/2 a jalapeno for every 1 avocado)
lime, to taste (I think this means add it until you can taste it)
Slice avocados down the middle.
Do the pit thingy.
Slice avocado in thin slices, then dig it out with a spoon, fork, or spork.
Dice jalapenos. (Then answer the eternal question--did I wash my hands?--before you scratch your eye.)
Add jalapenos, salt, garlic powder, and lime.
THEN MASH to your heart's desired consistency.
Add more lime.
THEN, you stuff. (Line credit: Sandlot.)
Two questions today:
What are your favorite recipes that you've used as inspiration and made your own?
What are your favorite pieces of your life that you've made your own?
P.S. I want to be a person who loves fresh fruit of all kinds. I want to be a person who isn't bothered by people who walk slow in the airport or at Disneyland. I want to be a person who goes crazy over the juiciness of a garden-fresh tomato. I want to be a person who can't leave a room until everything is tidy and in it's place. But, until I morph into Gwyneth Paltrow, I'm going to make guac the way I want it and relish in the person that God made ME. Not someone else.