Many of us get focussed on our own lives and forget to be kind.
When you meet a stranger in the parking lot or at the grocery store, smile. You don’t have to go up and ask them for their life story, but a simple smile goes a long way. Hold the door open for people behind you coming into a store. It doesn’t matter if it is a man or woman, just hold it open.
Try to make sure you say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to people that deserve it! It actually does matter! You never know when a simple kind gesture can change someones day. Actually let the person standing behind you in the grocery line (who has 1 item) go ahead of you and your full cart.
When someone is desperately wanting to cut your line in traffic (even though they should have merged many miles ago) just smile and wave them in. Compliment someone if they are wearing or doing something you like. All of us like to be complimented, so instead of just thinking ‘oh my gosh, I LOVE those shoes,’ tell the person wearing them. It will make them smile.
Karma is a wonderful thing. Start being kind today! How do you make a difference in the world by being kind?
Here is a great slow cooker recipe! Chicken Cacciatore – a healthy choice for you and your family. Although it calls for quite a few ingredients, it is easy to put together. I used chicken breast instead of chicken thighs, but the chicken still came out so tender and juicy. Here is the recipe:
Chicken Cacciatore (300 Slow Cooker Recipes – Donna-Marie Pye)
Serves 6-8 Slower Cooker: size 3 ½ to 6 quart
- ¼ (50 ml) all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
- ¼ freshly ground black pepper
- 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1 onion chopped
- 8 oz mushrooms sliced (about 3 cups)
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 1 can (14oz/398 mL) diced tomatoes with juices
- 1 cup pasta sauce or tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp dry white wine
- 1 bay leaf
- ¼ chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
In a heavy plastic bag, combine flour, salt, Italian seasoning and pepper. In batches, add chicken pieces to flour mixture and toss to coat. Place chicken in slow cooker stoneware.
Add onion, mushrooms, celery, garlic, tomatoes, pasta sauce, wine, bay leaf and parsley to slow cooker.
Cover and cook on Low for 5-7 hours or on High for 2 ½ to 4 hours, until juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a fork. Discard bay leaf. Serve sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Tip: Serve with whole wheat spaghetti noodles, but you can also serve it with roasted potatoes and a green salad.