A phrase that pops up frequently in recipes is “if desired.” (Add x, if desired…) I like that. I like that a lot. Not just as a cooking term, but for the myriad possibilities it presents in life.
Generally, I make choices because something needs to be done.
Laundry or dishes? Vacuum or sweep? Some days it doesn’t feel like a choice at all!
What if I added “if desired” to life’s lil’ recipe?
Vacuum, if desired…
(That just inspired me to tidy up the house, ha!)
But first, I desire salad…
“If Desired” Salad
Assorted greens (add baby spinach, if desired)
Cooked chicken breast, coarsely chopped
Avocado slices, sprinkled with fresh lime juice
Red onions, thinly sliced
Cherry tomatoes, quartered
Bleu cheese, crumbled (or Feta — whatever cheese you desire)
Freshly ground pepper & sea salt
A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
How to… layer ingredients on a plate. EAT!
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A few other things on my “if desired” list…
Finish my novel (which requires even less time online…)
Write a song that doesn’t repeat the chorus 400 times (lol) and continue to write “symphonic music.” (Workin’ on it.) I LOVED what I learned in the recent songwriting class, but sometimes music can’t be expressed in 26 letters of the alphabet. (!) Notes without words… aaahhh.
Eventually share some of my music here. (Also workin’ on it!)
Rid myself of “winter weight.” Aarrggh! It seems my metabolism has changed (again) and my penchant for pasta and baked goods MUST be curtailed…
Write with a pen and paper more often than I spend time on my computer. Hoohah, it’s deck season!
I don’t consider it an indulgence to write in front of a scenic vista, because I worked long and hard to get to this point (trucking comes to mind, as do a multitude of other jobs) and I’m grateful for this blessing. I desire to write here, as often as possible…
“Office hours ala Spring”
Most days I don’t mind making decisions, but when I desire to do things, life’s a lot more fun!
How ’bout you? What would you do, if desired?
Enjoying myriad possibilities,