Recently, there have been a lot of changes in my life. One of them, is learning the gift of not feeling guilty for coming home after a hectic day of work and propping my feet up to relax.
The house still needs cleaned, laundry still needs washed and someone still has to cook, but I don't feel so guilty for taking 10-20 minutes to do nothing but breath.
I read a book, draw and/or watch a bit of TV or play a few minutes of Pinball on the PlayStation II (that is if no one is already on it).
Sometimes I just sit and pet St. Ignatius around the ears and let him purr away my troubles.
With a glass of green tea, I've come to really enjoy the "lost moments of my day." There are also times when I treat myself and have a snack too.
Anyone who knows me very well, knows I love to eat crackers, with oyster crackers being my favorite. I try to keep a bag of them here in the office to eat at my desk, but they don't last very long.
However, I do enjoy lightly salted Saltine Crackers with cream cheese. Now the store-bought flavors of cream cheese spreads are good, I prefer to make my own treats.
Ambrosia is one of my favorites to enjoy on saltines, Wheat Thins or Ritz Crackers.
Mix one eight-ounce package of softened cream cheese, one drained eight-ounce can of crushed pineapple, a quarter cup each of toasted coconut, chopped pecans and almonds, a small bottle of drained maraschino cherries (cut in half), one tablespoon of fresh grated orange peel and two teaspoons of sugar in a mixing bowl until smooth.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until use.
This spread is also great on fresh baked bread, muffins, short bread cookies, angel food cake or served on fresh cut fruit.
I hope that you'll be able to take a few minutes out of your hectic week to relax and enjoy some good food.