So yesterday, Carlee had a really thoughtful post about wanting to be better than she is already. As I was responding to what she wrote, I found myself thinking about things Christopher and I have spent a lot of time talking about lately. So I thought I’d share.
I’ve been working with teen girls since I was still a teen girl. For 6 years I’ve been involved in loving, teaching, and mentoring teenage girls. In those years, I have had the same conversation a million times. Don’t compare yourself to others. You aren’t others. You are you. Usually this is because Girl1 doesn’t feel that she’s as pretty as Girl2 or as smart as Girl3 or as talented as Girl4, etc. Constantly comparing yourself to others and feeling badly about yourself as a result, is no way to live life. Now, I could talk about this for ages – give lots of examples and etc. However, that’s a post for another time.
You see, lately, Christopher and I have realized that we compare ourselves to others and use that to justify things.
“Well, yes, I bought something on sale at Target that I didn’t really need, but at least I don’t spend as much money as so-and-so spends on clothes” or “yeah, I spent $5 on Starbucks coffee this morning when I could’ve made it at home, but at least I’m not like so-and-so who buys coffee every day,” etc.
Picking up the theme? We can never grow and better ourselves as long as we are comparing ourselves to “everyone else.”
[side note: we don’t look down on the people we know who spend more money than we do – we love our friends. We just find ourselves using those people as an excuse for us to not watch our spending]
I need to compare myself to me.
Am I living better today than I did yesterday?
Am I meeting my expectations for myself instead of living to someone else’s standards?
Just some things Christopher and I have been talking about lately so I thought I’d share. 🙂
Fridays are add-more-recipes-to-the-website day! So today’s recipes are:
1 box sugar free chocolate cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
1 can sugar free cream cheese frosting (16 oz.)
1 package sugar free chocolate chips
1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
2. Mix thoroughly with 1 can cream cheese frosting (PW suggests 3/4 can for less mushy balls)
3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50)
4. Put in freezer in 1 hour.
5. Melt chocolate in microwave. We add a little canola oil to make the chocolate spread more easily.
6. Roll balls in chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm. (Use a spoon to dip and roll in chocolate and then tap off extra.)
Braised Balsamic Chicken
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
ground black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1. Season chicken breasts with ground black pepper and garlic salt. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet, and brown the onion. Set aside then brown seasoned chicken breasts.
2. Pour tomatoes and balsamic vinegar over chicken, and season with basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. Toss onions back in. Simmer until chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear, about 15 minutes.
Recipe slightly adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Braised-Balsamic-Chicken/Detail.aspx
Stuffed Crust Pizza Snacks
2 cans refrigerated pizza crust
8 oz mozzarella cheese, cut into 48 cubes
48 slices turkey pepperoni (3 oz)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 recipe Momma’s Pizza Sauce, heated
1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray two 9-inch pie pans or one 13×9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Remove dough from both cans. Unroll dough; starting at center, press out each dough rectangle with hands to form 12×8-inch rectangle. Cut each rectangle into 24 squares.
2. Top each square with cheese cube and pepperoni slice. Wrap dough around filling to completely cover; firmly press edges to seal. Place seam side down with sides touching in sprayed pie pans.
3. In small bowl, combine oil and Italian seasoning; mix well. Drizzle over filled dough in pans. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
4. Bake at 400°F. for 16 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm pizza bites with warm pizza sauce.
Recipe from Pillsbury
You guys seriously need to try the Cake Balls. They are fabulous. For real. 😀