Did you know today is Earth Day?
All too often I take for granted the beauty of the world that we live in. I’m in such a hurry sometimes driving to gymnastics, or soccer practice, or to pick the kids up from school, or to the grocery store that I forget to appreciate the little things. When I finally stop I am able to hear the birds chirping, the flowers blooming, the bees buzzing, the light breeze blowing through the gorgeously lush trees.
Today I am reminded to stop and enjoy those little things. It is sad that I have to have a day to stop me, but I am thankful for it. I want my kids to appreciate these things as well. I want them to know that what they have, the world they live in, is not something to take for granted. Each day we have a choice and that choice is up to us.
In our home we do what we can to keep our world clean and beautiful. We recycle, grow our own vegetable, pick up trash when we see it, and even volunteer our time back to our community. How do you help and give back to ensure that our future generation will have the same beauty to surround them? I would love some new ideas of things to do with my kids to teach them, to show them how to appreciate their Earth.
In honor of today, we shall grill! Not that we don’t grill almost every other day, but today we will grill in celebration of the Earth we live on. We love grilling Carne Asada and making homemade guacamole. My daughter loves “testing” the guacamole to make sure that it is good and not missing something. I love that she helps me in the kitchen. Normally, we put a variety of spices and seasonings on our Carne Asada and in our guacamole, but now we use our Mexican Spice and Salt and Pepper with Lime Spice that Spark Naturals recently came out with. The Mexican Spice has chili powder, cayenne powder, cumin powder, greek oregano, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, onion powder, black pepper, and lime essential oil. The Salt and Pepper Spice has just that, plus it is infused with lime essential oil.
I marinate the Carne Asada in the 6 tablespoons of Mexican Spice (more or less depending on how flavorful you like it) along with 1 teaspoon of the Salt and Pepper Spice, 1 cup of water, orange slices, 1 cup of malt vinegar, and 1/4 cup of olive oil. It is ideal if you can marinate the Carne Asada for 12-24 hours. If you can charcoal grill it, that is the preferred method but gas grilling will work too.
My recipe for the guacamole is simple! Get 4-6 ripe avocados (depending on how much you want to make), a couple dollops of sour cream, some salsa, lime juice, Mexican Spice, and Salt and Pepper Spice. Mash it all up and enjoy. There is no true science to making this. I start with a little of everything, taste test, add a little bit depending on what it needs, taste test, and continue until its perfect. Hopefully it makes it to dinner:)
I encourage you to get outdoors, enjoy the beauty around you, doing something good, and be grateful.