Beet and Tahini Dip

 

Beet and Tahini Dip

I love going to my summer parish in the US! There is something comforting about going to a place every summer since 1999 and their singing of the Our Father literally brings me to tears! It truly is a spiritual experience.

Tonight our Polish priest talked about relaxing and not worrying. Is it a coincidence this was the theme of my daily reflection today from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, http://www.jesuscalling.com/  (it is also available as an app on your phone). I call that a Godincident! Clearly God knew I needed to hear this message not once but two times today. Speaking of today, I sometimes get gripped with worry about my kids, bills or the future instead of relaxing and trusting that each day is a gift regardless if I don’t like everything that I face. I know with God’s grace I can get through anything life throws at me.

As I walked out of mass I heard the two ladies behind me talking about how powerful hearing the Our Father sung makes them feel . Of course I had to chime in and turn back to tell them I couldn’t agree more! We had a nice chat with one lady telling me her mother in law had gone to the church for 43 years. Life is just too short to not enjoy the little moments! I am glad I spoke to these women.

Here are a few ways to help me relax in today and not focus on tomorrow.

So here are a few ways I worry less and relax:

  1. I constantly repeat “Jesus” in my mind. Pick a word that resonates with you. For me this small chant immediately has a calming effect on me. In particular my racing heart feels comfort and slows downs almost instantly. Give it a try!
  2. I love clutching my rosary beads when I sleep. If I wake up and go anywhere near worry I find my beads and I am back asleep in no time.
  3. A change of scenery is always helpful for getting my mind to switch gears and focus on the positive and not getting mired in the negative. A quick dog walk or grocery store trip can help me to feel refreshed and refocused.
  4. Speaking to family or friends. There is nothing better than having an empathetic ear to lean on. Knowing I am not alone and can reach out to family or friends for support at any time is a great source of comfort.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
—Matthew 6:34

God Bless,

Karen

Beet and Tahini Dip
I love my go to hummus recipe but this dip is perfect for summer, beautiful and light! Next time I will put some lemon zest on top.

1 large beet
1/4 C tahini
1 T lemon juice
1/4 C greek yogurt
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375F

  1. Wash and trim the ends of your beet, wrap in tinfoil and place on a baking sheet and bake until a fork inserts and feels soft, about 1 hour
  2. Let cool and then rub away the skin of the beet and cut in large chunks
  3. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and whiz up. Taste and adjust seasonings

I served with a piece of lightly salted Matzah that I brushed with olive and baked until nice and hot, carrot and celery stick.

 

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