Guacamole Goodness

Ahhhh, Eric and I are back at home. Well actually I’m writing this a day in advance but by the time it posts we’ll be at home. It’s been fun staying at my parents for the most part. Some favorite moments were the fun things we did like geocaching and going for walks. Also, we’re trying to teach Jason to pray more than just reciting the same words and so told him to tell God what he’s feeling and why. The best was when he said “God, I feel a little bit happy because I have a really great family because they love me so much!” How true.

Today is a “mental health” day. Eric’s been concerned that I haven’t really been myself, which once he pointed it out, and I spent a good amount of time in denial, I realized is very true. I’ve been so focused on my family and my physical health, that I haven’t really worked through the grieving and processing everything that has happened. Writing bits of it here has helped some, but I really just need a day with absolutely no responsibility for anyone, to focus on me. It’s funny how that somehow feels selfish, but really it’ll make me a better wife, employee, and leader. So I’m taking the day off from work and leading Bible Study to work through my feelings.

I’m excited and nervous, excited because I know this will be good for me, nervous because it’s hard to deal with your feelings sometimes. It often seems easier to just stay busy and focus on getting things done, but being leaders in a recovery program, Eric and I understand how important it is to do emotional health checks. Did you know even being busy can be a form of addiction? I know, it’s crazy! Anyway, if you ever decide to take a mental health day, it’s good to make some healthy comfort foods the day before. That way you don’t have to cook or make yourself something if you don’t feel like it, but you also don’t end up snacking on junk. Guacamole is a great comfort food that is really good for you. I often make it different ways but here’s my current recipe. I like mine nice and chunky, if you want it smooth you can put it in a food processor or cut the tomato smaller and mash the avocado.

Chunky Guacamole
serves 1-2


1 avocado chopped
1 roma tomato chopped
1 clove fresh garlic minced
1 TBS freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
dash of red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate 1-24 hours to let the flavors meld. Yeah, it’s that simple.

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No Responses to “Guacamole Goodness”

  1. Jen Schall @
    March 25, 2009 at 6:24 am #

    Another beautiful post! Sometimes it is good to take some time to yourself.

    I had a similar experience last year when my husband told me that he didn’t like being around me anymore because I was so stressed from work. Turned out it was time for a job change, but I was similarly in denial.

    Enjoy your day!

    PS – the guacamole looks delicious… I adore avocados.

  2. genkitummy
    March 25, 2009 at 7:53 am #

    diana-the guacamole looks so delicious!

  3. natalia
    March 25, 2009 at 11:08 am #

    Ciao ! You are right guacamole is the perfect confort food !!

  4. Jenn
    March 25, 2009 at 11:33 am #

    I love guacamole!!! Adding this on the to try list. =)

  5. Julie
    March 26, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    Such a great post! I love your writing.

  6. grace
    March 26, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    looks delish! i love the pictures ;o)

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