Well guys, it’s officially birthday week here at Kitchenspired. My birthday is this Saturday (August 2nd) and my husband’s birthday is this Sunday (August 3rd).
I usually don’t love to make a big deal about my birthday…but I realized the reason is because I want to save myself from disappointment. If I don’t expect much from my birthday, then I won’t be hurt, disappointed, & feel rejected if x and y didn’t happen because I expected it to be just a normal day all along. While this has kind of worked in making my past birthdays bland and boring, I have realized this year how unhealthy of a mindset this is. I’m not worth celebrating because I’m scared to be disappointed? That’s dumb.
So this year, since I’m turning 25 and I feel like this is a big deal, I am making more of an effort to celebrate. There’s a lot to celebrate!! While most of you consider birthday week a normal thing in your family, I have never celebrated my birthday week since I have always felt like a day was enough. Well, I’m soaking up my entire week this year by doing things that I enjoy.
I’m not saying all of this to put any pressure on you people to make me feel awesome on my birthday (although my husband is planning this amazing birthday party for me that I can’t WAIT for!), but more of a faith statement that I’m going to personally celebrate this life God has given me, the promises He’s made, and the way He’s made me, rather than protect myself in some kind of false humility. I’m giving me permission to love myself and receive love. Sounds easy, but when you’ve walked in insecurity and self-protection, it can be challenging.
I started celebrating TODAY by going to a group fitness class this morning at Entire Fitness here in Waco. I LOVE going there (If you live in Waco you’ve GOT to try it out!). This is a new definition of “treat” to me…while I will still have my fair share of delectable goodies and enjoy every bit of them, I’m wanting to switch my mindset about what it means to “treat” myself. Whereas this has typically included every kind of processed baked good in the past, I want to re-train my mind to treat myself with things that will love my body.
All that to say- cheers to a great birthday week and learning how to better love myself. I will keep ya posted on how this week goes. In the meantime, Enjoy this DELICIOUS recipe for Sweet & Spicy Mango Guacamole. When we went on our friend-cation in May to Arizona, one of my friends (Leigh Foster, who is a cooking GENIUS) suggested putting mango in our guacamole and it has stuck with me ever since. Owen suggested making it again this past weekend. It’s delish. Go ahead- try it out!
- 2 large hass avocados
- 1 mango
- 1/2 cup white onion, chopped
- 2 tbsp jalapeño peppers, chopped (more than this if you want it extra spicy!)
- 1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
- 1 handful cilantro, chopped
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- salt & pepper
- Cut up your mango into very small chunks (skin removed). You can use a food processor to help with this if you need.
- Cut open your avocados and remove the seeds. Scoop out the insides into a medium mixing bowl and mash with a fork.
- Add all other ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix together well. Store in fridge before serving. Enjoy! My favorite way to eat this- on top of my garlic zucchini turkey burgers. 🙂
Nutritional Information per serving (5 servings in this recipe): Calories- 155; Fat- 11.9g; Sodium- 40mg; Carb- 12.7g; Sugars- 5.3g; Protein- 2.2g