For days that stink. Lifesavers and fresh basil.

It’s great to be optimistic and live and love each day at a time. But, honestly there are days all of us go through that are so damn hard that we can feel the cramps in our brains. I have a few ideas for what to think when hell seems the better option.

The future always comes. If you are looking to find a sign that your terrible time shall pass, just remember that the future will always most certainly come. Always too soon.

Thank god you’re alive. Someone else’s pain may be your gain. When you are down in the dumps, there is someone out there who is further down. It helps to compare on sad days. In other words, be grateful.

Cook something. I heard in Julie & Julia that the surest way to turn around a bad day is to cook. As Julie comments, “You know what I love about cooking? … I love that after a day when nothing is sure—and when I say ‘nothing’ I mean nothing!—you can come home and absolutely know that if you add eggs yolks to chocolate and sugar and milk, it will get thick. It’s such a comfort.” {}

Here is another way to make bad seem terribly good. Basil always makes it better. Don’t you think? Maybe the herby sweetness of the basil drives you to believe in better things?


Extra Virgin Olive Oil Herb Dip


1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon rosemary
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (or according to your taste)
freshly ground black pepper
1 pinch red pepper flakes
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


1. In a small bowl, mix together the dry spices. Add crushed garlic, stirring to combine and moisten the herbs.2. Transfer herb mixture to a small dish or bowl. Pour olive oil over herb mixture.3. Serve with fresh bread.

Photo and recipe credits: My Baking Addiction. Thank you!

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