Here For Me & You & the Guacamole

“whole” foods guacamole

This week marks one year since I started this blog. I have to wonder how I ever got to this place spilling my private life and innermost thoughts. It’s unlike me to share in this way. To grieve and to mourn so openly not only with friends, but with complete strangers. Why am I here? This blogging thing is hard work. It’s not only the writing, but the technology, too. Why in the hell am I in this struggle?

my sweet William

my sweet William

My very first blog post brought it all back. In an instant, I remembered. Stepping out of my comfort zone. Following in his light. Being brave in the way he would want me to be brave. Celebrating his life and never forgetting HIS struggles is why I am here.100_1911

The blog started with a chocolate chip cookie recipe spirited with a little Jack Daniels and retrieved from the oven…perfectly baked…in the shape of a heart. Is it a sign from him that this is a good thing cooking, baking and sharing?

Sweet William's Fancy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Sweet William’s Fancy Chocolate Chip Cookie

It is clear that cooking and baking are my coping skills. Right now, it is what I do best and what gets me through the day. One recipe at a time like one foot in front of the other it works for me. Some recipes for my own enjoyment, some for sharing with family and friends and still others to share with complete strangers. Each and every recipe celebrating who I am, where I have been and inspired by those who I love. Every recipe, putting pieces together in hopes of making something new and whole.guacamole

And along with that I hope my story is helping others to grieve or to learn about grief. To dispel some of the myths about this subject that no one ever really wants to discuss. A subject no one ever wants to think about or be a part of it, but then it happens. Eventually it will. And so I am here.

And sharing this “whole” food recipe. Whole foods means fresh and not processed. I think this guacamole is perfect for the upcoming holidays or your favorite tailgate party. Unlike blogging it is super simple to throw together. Enjoy and from the bottom of my heart thanks for hanging out with me this past year.

Pomegranate Guacamole

2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted and mashed–chunky or smooth -your choice

juice from 2 fresh limes

1 tablespoon each finely chopped cilantro and red onion (rinse the onion in cold water to remove those nasty sulphur compounds that make us cry)

1/2 teaspoon each ground cumin, smoked paprika, kosher salt (more or less to your taste)

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Mix it all together with half the pomegranate seeds. Sprinkle the rest on top along with a sprig of cilantro. And I don’t know about you, but I hate double dipping, so pull out those shot glasses (unless of course you are doing shots of Jack Daniels) and fill them with guacamole along with some fresh carrot and jicama pretty and festive and wholesome.

15 thoughts on “Here For Me & You & the Guacamole

    • Thank you! I am learning more and more with each blog post. I just bought a book called “wordpress for dummies”

  1. Please know that you are showing me the way along my own path, and your encouragement and understanding and example keep me pushing forward as well. Love you and your family!

  2. Bless you for spreading your inspiration to all in grief. You are the Messenger of Peace and Hope…

  3. Your blog helps us all to cope with not only William’s death but for other loved ones we have lost along the way. And tying it all into a food blog is the perfect blend. For someone who’s out of their comfort zone, you sure are doing a fantastic job!

  4. PS: I made guacamole today (before seeing this). Your recipe is very similar except for the cumin, paprika and pomegranate seeds. Will try that next time!
    PSS: I LOVE that pic of you and your boy…one of my favorites

  5. Two things, I was just thinking back to the times sitting around sharing some shots from a frosty bottle of Jack Daniels with Will in the barracks. I also got home last night from a weekend trip and I have three avocados sitting on the counter and thought “man I wish had a good recipe for some good guacamole! Then I see you shared yours. It is such a small world and Will was talking to us both. Lots of love to the Keys family~

    • I think the Keys and the Waterfield families have a special bond–it is quite something when I think about it. Love to you, too and hope you like the guacamole

  6. My dear Lisa,
    Congratulations on this amazing one year mark. Thank you so much for sharing your inner most thoughts – and recipes! I have relished each segment. You are a gal of so many wonderful talents. So, when are you going to write the book???!!!???

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