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Musical pairing – Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Do you ever look at your life and ask, ‘How did I get so lucky???’ No really, I have moments where I look at my life and suddenly it hits me just how fortunate I am . . . and I really do wonder, ‘Why me? How did I get so lucky?’ And this isn’t to say that I don’t have or haven’t had drama in my life . . . believe me, I’ve had plenty of drama . . . and still have times when it circles like a vulture threatening to take me down a rabbit hole . . . but I’d have to say that for 99.99 percent of the time, I live what I call a Cinderella life . . .

I have been married to my best friend for almost 14 years, my sons survived my lack of single-parenting skills and came out on the other end as good citizens, I am blessed with great family and friends who not only love and support me but will also tell me the truth even when it is hard to do so. I have the privilege of having this creative space to share our photography and video work, and The Professor and I have been invited to participate in some amazing trips that have been both eye-opening and life-changing . . . just wow . . .

I remember at one point during the Oregon trip last fall, I was standing along an outside wall in one in the most beautiful wineries I’d ever seen; I was taking it all in – the food, the wine, the incredible people I had met . . . I remember shaking my head and saying quietly to myself, ‘I cannot believe I am here experiencing all this . . . how did I get invited to be with this group of people?’ Apparently I said it loud enough that the person next to me said, ‘What do you mean, why you? You deserve to be here as much as everyone else does. Just enjoy the moment!’

And suddenly, there was an entire shift in my head . . . a shift that I literally felt in my body . . . that one single moment changed my perspective about myself forever . . . so thank you for that Cheryl . . . it was one of those life-lessons that came in a nano-second but I learned something very important that night . . . that the ‘why’ isn’t really as important as simply enjoying the experience . . .

And to be open to whatever comes our way, bad or good . . . to be good stewards of our time and creativity and to share what we’ve learned and what we know. With that in mind, we have a couple of big projects we’re excited about and hope to share those with you soon!

In the meantime, I hope you put these super delicious polenta sticks on your list of things to make. They come together quickly and can be served as a side dish with a plate of Mozza meatballs (which is a wow all by itself), or serve them with a grilled steak or chicken dish . . .

So tell me, what has wowed you lately?





  1. These look so lovely. I’ve tried to cook with polenta before but never seem to have gotten it quite right and it’s certainly never looked like what you’ve produced. I agree they would be perfect to serve at a party. The Marinara sounds amazing too!

  2. Oh goodness. I have been struggling to balance for so long. I love how insightful you are, Deb, and the polenta is gorgeous. I’ve had polenta on the mind lately, which drew me here.

  3. Right on sistah! I’m trying to really pay attention to what you said about “being good stewards of our time and creativity” and still balance serving my family too.

  4. Amen to that! Life is good… sometimes it’s not great… but it’s always good. And it always has the potential to be great.

    Speaking of great… these polenta sticks look marvelous!

  5. Those look really good. I’ve never tried cooking with polenta…but hey that’s just a fancy way to say grits right? Giggles Thanks for sharing…and hugs to YOU!

  6. Loving this recipe!

  7. Oh my word! I am craving this for breakfast something fierce. Love this recipe ;D

  8. great post! lets eat, pray, and love. 🙂 that’s the key, you have such a delicious recipe.. thanks for sharing.

  9. i love that i was challenged to reflect on my blessings…what a beautiful and delicious way to end the evening!

  10. Yes! Let’s celebrate happiness! I love this post. And I love Cheryl too. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about that trip. You deserved every minute of pleasure. Oh, and I almost forgot — I adore polenta in any form, but especially crunchy sticks. The addition of olives is brilliant.

  11. Let me say thank you for reminding me to say ‘thank you’ for my own good fortune too. XOGREG

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