Turns out, quitting your job and being (f)unemployed is kinda awesome.
There was a freedom this weekend that I haven’t enjoyed in a long time.
A freedom to volunteer at a food pantry…grab beers + salty bar popcorn late into a warm Friday night…peruse the farmer’s market…enjoy a leisurely lunch with friends…bike to a waterfront festival…listen to French pop + Cambodian music…eat plantain tacos, chocolate ice cream + limonata with the man friend…make this easy vegan dinner…bootydance at a P.Diddy-style white party…sleep-in…run six miles with a friend…eat nachos + drink more beer (hey, it’s summer!)…and fall asleep at 9:30pm on the couch on a Sunday night, exhausted from happiness.
Yep, all of that happened this weekend.
All of it without worrying about the million things I needed to do before returning to work on Monday. Like I said, kinda awesome (although not quite as awesome as all of your lovely congratulations messages, which were, hands down, the best part of my weekend).
The really, really best part however is that I am finally getting around to cooking again!
Reunited…and it feels so good. My numerous Ball jars of cornmeal, nuts, flour, sugar, nutritional yeast and chia seeds thank me.
Did you know chia seeds were used by the Aztecs to relieve joint pain, sore skin AND stimulate saliva flow? I know, I know…what the hell is “sore skin?” Are they talking cuts? Rashes? Or what? My semi-taught, semi-young layer of flesh already feels good (and totally unsore) but one spoonful of this Chia Seed Peanut Butter, and I did start drooling. In fact, there’s a spot on the tank top I’ve worn for two days in a row to prove it.
And if you haven’t already, start adding some chia into your life.
For omega-3 fatty acids.
For calcium, zinc, iron, manganese and magnesium.
For marathon/triathlon/workout training. My friend Sarah adds some to her water bottle and swears drinking the magic gooey liquid during workouts makes her feel amazing for like three or four days afterwards. Maybe she’s crazy…or maybe she’s on to those Aztecs.
Anyways, the moral of this post is quit your job. Be (f)unemployed. Eat chia seeds.
Chia Seed Peanut Butter
Prep time: 10 minutes
2 1/2 cups roasted + salted peanuts
1/2 cup chia seeds*
*I used TruRoots Organic Chia Seeds and HIGHLY recommend them!
In a food processor or high-speed blender (like a Vitamix), blend for 3 to 4 minutes or until creamy.
Makes 1 1/2 cups peanut butter