The world is yours!

The older I get, the more I see time really flies. It seems as though spring consisted of a week of hot July-like weather and now here comes Memorial Day and summer like a flash. When I was in school, days dragged on like forever. I couldn’t wait for the 2:45 bell to sprint out the doors. Now however, I can go to take the trash outside, and the day seems spent. I’ve never been more aware of change. People seem older, slower, and I find myself wanting to spend more time with them before they are a memory.

I lost my dad the summer after high school graduation. It was a life changing event that shook me to it’s core. Up til that point, I really was a child. The baby of the family, I had not planned life goals aside from college. I assumed one day I would get married, have children, and move away like some of friends had to make their dent in the world.

With so many graduating this weekend, I offer up some words of advice, this comes from someone who has traveled, had their heart broken, been disappointed, and nearly given up. I also found my own happiness, learned to let go, and have love and contentment which is hard in today’s standards.

First of all, learn to love yourself. You will never be capable of truly loving another until you love YOU-yes, that is possible no matter how damaged or unlovable u may feel. Secondly, cherish those closest to you. There will come a time you may loose some of those in your circle, spend time with your parents even if they embarass you, they loved you first, and be loyal to your friends, good friends are hard to find. And lastly, life is always changing, remember that for every door that closes, another will open. Not everything is an epic fail, often something great comes when you least expect it. Life is hard, but it is also so wonderful. As you make your journey through this world, be the best version of yourself and the world will be yours!

If you are traveling to a cookout or graduation party, dont show up empty handed, bring some dip! This is a crowd pleasing recipe. If you have a great summer recipe you would like yo share, email kdcole1120@gmail.com

Last Minute Party Dip

Ingredients:

Two 8-ounce blocks 1/3 less fat free cream cheese

One 7.5 oz jar marinated quartered artichokes, drained and chopped

1 cup drained oil-packed sun dried tomatoes, coarsley chopped

1 c. minced green onions (light and dark parts)

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp koscher salt

1/2 tsp black pepper, or to taste

Assorted crackers, bagel crisps, pretzels, for serving

Directions:

In a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat together the first 6 ingredients until well combined. Transfer half the dip to a small serving bowl and top with half the pepper. Store the remaining dip in the fridge and refill as necessary, topping with additional pepper before serving. Serve a variety of crackers, bagel crisps, and pretzels. Also, good with tortilla chips. Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Makes about 4 cups