'Tis the season for gatherings of friends and family, helping someone in need and great food. For the first time in a very long time, I miss my mom and dad immensly. I miss my family. I think this is due to several things; I feel closer to my brother now more than ever and I so miss my parents' hugs and the laughter that would ensue at the dinner table. I also have so much I want to tell them. I know they are watching me, if not, helping me for all that is happening in my life right now. I also know I will see them again some day when I'm called home and this gives me peace and great comfort. I have my extended family, which consists of amazing friends, old and new, Frank and his kids and for that I am deeply grateful.
This season for me is all about celebrating the 'Christ' in Christmas. Yes, I'm going to give gifts as I always do, but this year I'm thinking differently on how to shop and thinking more about the person and what they may like and not what I think I'd like! Seriously though, the holidays are about becoming more and more spiritually grounded for me. Instead of spending a ton of money on presents, I'm going to give to a few charities and to my fellowship of choice that truely puts the money to use and not in CEO's pockets. For those of you looking to do something like this, here are a few ideas. One of the top rated charities is http://www.givewell.org/international/top-charities/AMF- the AMF provides funding for long-lasting insecticide-treated net distributions (for protection against malaria) in developing countries. Another is "A Child's Life Saved." The web address is http://www.achildslifesaved.org/- CFC Code: 99332 (480)-835-1040 Strengthening impoverished families worldwide by providing basic necessities they cannot provide for themselves by feeding children, providing medicines, reducing poverty, and saving lives.
As for other ideas on giving, how about reaching out to an old friend and inviting them for dinner or a coffee. Find a family who could use a money for Christmas dinner. There are countless ways to give even if you dont have money.
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Duck eggs are my new favorite type of egg. Packed with more protien and flavor than a chicken egg. This makes a great breakfast Christmas morning before celebrating with your famiy. Below is my duck egg sandwich recipe.
Duck Egg Open-Face Sandwich- with lemon asparagus and proscuitto
2 duck egg (or 4 large chicken eggs if you can't find them)
1 Tbsp. salted French butter
2 thin slices of prosciutto
2 slices of thin sliced grain and nut bread, toasted
1/2 tsp. freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp. seasoned rice vinegar
2 tsp. lemon oil
salt and freshly-cracked pepper
10 asparagus spears, blanched
1 handful of wild arugula
1 avocado, sliced thinly
2 tsp. chipotle mayo
Whisk or shake together the lemon juice, lemon oil, seasoned rice vinegar, salt and pepper. Toss with the arugula and asparagus, and set aside.
Heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Add the butter to a frying pan and heat over high heat, until very hot. Crack in the eggs into the pan, season with salt and pepper, and immediately place in the oven. Toast the bread. Cook the eggs for 5-8 minutes, until the white of the egg is set, but the yolk is still runny.
Place the toast on the plate and spread with the chipotle mayonaisse. Place the aprugula on each piece of toast, then the slices of avocado divided by two on top. Then top with the asparagus and the proscuitto ina n artistic fashion, like the photo above. Top with the duck eggs and spread around in a drizzle more chipotle mayonaisse. Sprinkle with parsley or chives and enjoy with a glass of champagne.
With that, I close this blog with love to you and your families. Cherish them daily. Tell them they are special and encourage thier God given talents. You never know when they will be taken home, so please love each and every one of your friends. Treat all who you love and cherish with care and you will be taken care of too. Merry Christmas and may this holiday season brings you peace and joy.