Pay as little attention to discouragement as possible. Plough ahead as a steamer does, rough or smooth – rain or shine. To carry your cargo and make your port is the point. ~ Maltbie Davenport Babcock
Learning To Trust
This past week has been a rough one and has left me more than a little discouraged. Blogging is hard work; certainly not for the faint of heart. Just when I think I am on my way and beginning to make headway in the bloggy world, the rug gets pulled out from underneath me. I hit the highest visitor numbers to date on my site only to see them plummet the next day. I could almost hear the crickets chirping when my hosting server went silent. Downtime is always tough because momentum is lost and you have to start the long hard climb all over again. During these times it is hard not to second guess myself and question if all the time, effort and sacrifice is worth it. Is this the path I am meant to take?
Deep in my spirit I know what the truth is. God has brought me to this moment in time for a purpose. There are too many things that have fallen into place, coalesced at the right moment, to not believe He has a hand in it. So how do I deal with the tough times and discouragement, those moments when I feel I will never be able to stop spinning my wheels? I am holding on to one word that continues to dominate my thoughts, even in the disappointing moments. That word is trust. Trust that God has a plan. Trust that he sees the future and is building something beautiful. Trust that He will take care of my needs and knows what they are better than I do.
My little blog may never be successful by the world’s standards. I may never make a substantial amount of money. I may never make a huge impact on the world around me. But God is doing something beautiful in me. He is teaching me to depend on him; to let Him take care of the future. To trust. I can live with that!
Cauliflower Salad with Ham and White Beans
Cauliflower Salad with Ham and White Beans is not your mama’s salad. Tangy cauliflower and carrots combined with sweet pepper, sugar snap peas, salty bits of ham, and creamy white beans create a delicious fusion of flavors. A wonderfully addictive salad you will make again and again. Cauliflower Salad with Ham and White Beans is destined to become a true family favorite.
- ¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar
- ½ cup white wine vinegar
- ⅓ cup raw sugar
- 2 tbsp sea salt salt
- 2 cups cold water
- 6 scallions, white and tender green parts only, cut into 1-inch lengths
- 4 cups white cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets (12 ounces)
- 2 large carrots, sliced into ¼ inch rounds
- 1 cup sugar snap peas
- 2 baby bell red peppers seeds removed, sliced into ¼ inch rings
- One 15-ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup thickly sliced ham, shredded
- ½ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 2 tablespoons salted roasted pine nuts
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Freshly ground pepper
- Place vinegar, sugar and 2 tablespoons of salt into a heavy duty plastic bag.
- Bring large saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat.
- Add scallions, cauliflower, and carrots to water and blanch until crisp-tender, about 1 minute.
- Remove vegetables using a slotted spoon and transfer to the plastic bag. Add 2 cups of cold water. Seal the bag, pressing out the air; place bag in freezer for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add snap peas and red pepper to the boiling water and blanch until peas are bright green, about 1 minute.
- Drain and cool under running water. Pat dry and cut peas diagonally into 1-inch pieces.
- Remove vegetables from freezer and drain, reserving 3 tablespoons of the pickling liquid.
- Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl. Add snap peas, red peppers, white beans, ham, parsley and pine nuts.
- In a small bowl, whisk the reserved pickling liquid with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Vegetables and dressing can be chilled separately at this time if not serving immediately. When ready to serve, pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. Serve.
Recipe adapted from Grace Parisi: Giardiniera with Ham and White Beans, Food and Wine
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