Jul 19, 2012

swiss chard and gratitude

It's been quite the week, in a good way.

On Monday, my sister's fiancé successfully defended his Master's thesis.  He's officially going to be graduating this summer and starting work as an engineer in September.

Upon moving back to Ohio a (long) year ago, my husband realized that his Georgia counseling license wouldn't transfer as easily as expected.   Long story short, he took the 3 extra classes that Ohio required this past year and now is finally license-eligible.  On Tuesday, he was offered his ideal job at a small, local, private college working in their counseling center as a...counselor! It all kind of worked out somehow, because the job he got now was pretty much made for him.

I was in the car with my mom on the way to yoga when he called to tell me he was offered the job.  I was so excited and thought I would have a hard time concentrating through the yoga class.  But, the group intention that the instructor set for our practice was simply "gratitude".  I couldn't have picked it better myself.  That was actually something I could focus on.

My dad and I have also started training to walk the Columbus half-marathon in October.  My amazing husband will be running the full marathon that day.  My dad and I did our first training walk over the weekend and so far so good.

Sometimes things just fall into place.  Show "gratitude" when they do, for life's little blessings.

Swiss Chard
Recipe from my husband's family
Serves 2-4

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced or grated
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard (I used rainbow Swiss chard)
  • about 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese
Start by cleaning and cutting Swiss chard into large bite-sized pieces.  Heat a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the olive oil and garlic.  Allow the garlic to become aromatic, but not brown.  Add the Swiss chard (in a couple of batches, if necessary) and allow it to cook down, stirring it often.  Once the Swiss chard has cooked down and the stems are tender, sprinkle it with Parmesan cheese.  Serve it warm with fresh bread.


  1. The title of your post caught my eye... and the recipe was just as good! Thanks for both. :) An attitude of gratitude is definitely something to focus on!

  2. I love this post! I too like thinking of a meaningful word or intention to focus on during yoga - helps to calm my frenzied mind for sure!
    This is also my favorite preparation for Swiss chard (and most other dark leafy greens). Super quick and easy, and it goes with anything! Sometimes I also add a little squeeze of lemon, or a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts. Been loving Fresh Fork greens!


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