Mini Mexican Pizza, and Relishing Life’s Light and Crispy Moments

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The light and crispy qualities of a Mini Mexican Pizza bring a lot of fun and whimsy to a meal, and a lot of pleasure to the one partaking; and those are just the qualities that can open us up and inspire us a little in our everyday lives when our spirit needs some uplift, too.

I so adore and appreciate those wonderful little unexpected moments in life that bring that touch of joy, inspiration, warmth, or inner peace at exactly the moment that they’re most needed.

These little moments aren’t necessarily obvious, or outwardly extraordinary in any way—quite the opposite.

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They’re just those simple little divine “blips” that occur that refresh the soul and bring a little extra light in, and remind us that though we toil most of our days, navigating the many challenges (both big and small) that life throws at us, there is indeed a lightness to our being, and always an opportunity to experience pleasure in something simple—something “light” and “crispy”, if you will—that can satisfy and fulfill.

Lately, it seems like it’s been one of those periods of time when the burdens seems like they’ve been laid on a little thick—ever feel that way?

It’s a period that seems to be taken up with lots of “have to do’s”, lots of dealing with unexpected, last-minute issues that come up, lots of keeping track, mentally, of things that need (or will soon enough need) attention.

Certainly, you know how that goes.

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And when we hit that type of rocky terrain from time to time in life, the type that seems to go more uphill than down, it’s all too easy to get depleted of that vital, necessary energy and sharpness that’s so needed to experience conscious living; and when that happens, we begin to feel drained and even a little restless and not one’s best.

Ah…but that’s where the light and crispy moments often come in; that’s where the simple, tasty pleasures make themselves available to be experienced, and be reminders that there is always light and mercy there for our refueling.

It just so happened to have been one of those weekends when my hubs and I had planned on doing nothing but replenishing ourselves and taking it easy, because things have been a little bit demanding lately, and we’ve been feeling the need to unplug; but, as happens all too often, best laid plans for recuperation can quickly change.

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And so by Sunday evening, we were both pretty drained and a bit uninspired, and feeling short on patience and energy—anything but refreshed going into yet another demanding week. And yet, we somehow felt compelled to step out, if even for a short time with our little dog, Lola, to take her to the park in the evening, so she could enjoy running free.

What’s one more thing to do, right?

But we ended up being so very glad we did go.

Our “light and crispy” moment ended up coming to us as we drove the 6 minutes down the freeway towards Lola’s favorite park in the form of the amazing golden-amber glow of the sunset as it spread over the Pacific, and it was the first thing that caused us to take a deep breath, exhale slowly, and open our eyes a little wider.

Wow! Spectacular!!

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Then, once we arrived at the park (an inviting, sprawling, green, and wonderfully empty park), the cool, fresh evening air was tinged with grass, sage, chaparral—Southern California’s own cologne; and that, coupled with the incredible smile on our dog’s face as she ran like there was no tomorrow, ears flopping wildly, and without a care in the world, lifted our hearts and opened them up again to receive an abundance of sustenance in the form of beauty, joy, and serenity, creating instant gratitude and a deep peace that enriched us both in exactly the way we needed to be enriched.

We both inhaled deeply, and looked at each other with a knowing twinkle in our eyes and with little smiles on our face. We were moveable after all, and not bent on staying in our previous state.

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Moments that are simple like this happen so effortlessly, and almost always without any planning.

All they require is that we be present and available to receive—willing to receive—a bit of nourishment and lightness from what they offer.

Light and crispy moments are light on the tongue, yet full of flavor; they entice the palette to open up and accept what is to come next, and to search for the subtle nuances and delicious, sustaining qualities that only the little unexpected-yet-amazing moments in life can somehow bring.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.

Ingrid




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  • Amber Harding March 10, 2016, 12:14 am

    It’s such a great idea! Anything pizza-fied is awesome!

  • Vicky March 10, 2016, 1:19 pm

    These look fabulous! I know the grandkids will love them. thank you for sharing.

  • Vicky March 10, 2016, 1:50 pm

    Ingrid, I just read your bio, and we share the same heritage. All four of my grandparents came from Czechoslovakia. My maternal grandmother came from a small town about 15 miles from Poland in what is now the Czech Republic, hence our love affair with pierogi and holubki[stuffed cabbage]. We visited Prague a few years ago, and when I asked about the cabbage and pierogi, the servers looked at me like I had 7 heads! I haven’t had chance to look through all of your posts, but I’m hoping to find some delicacies from Slovakia.

    • The Cozy Apron March 10, 2016, 3:12 pm

      Hi Vicki! First off, so glad the recipe looks tasty to you—hope you get the chance to prepare these for the grandkids! :-) And secondly, what a small world!! Both sets of grandparents—wow! Yes, both of my parents immigrated from what is now known as the Slovak republic. My grandmother still lives there, as well as all of our other extended family. Isn’t Prague amazing? Absolutely one of my top 3 favorite places. It’s unfortunate that the cuisine is slowly dying out in many places‚ though I’m sure that there are still some “purists” out there looking to preserve it; but I can only image the strange look you got asking for those items! I don’t have too many recipes that are necessarily eastern European here on the blog, just a couple (if you go back to our very first post from 2012 you’ll see one inspired by our heritage: http://thecozyapron.com/the-taste-of-memories/). But I’d say that I’m definitely influenced by the cuisine I grew up with, no question. I’m so glad to have you come by—thanks for your readership!

  • Erin @ Thanks for Cookin'! March 11, 2016, 12:58 pm

    What a beautiful post! “Light and crispy” moments are some of the best, aren’t they? Delicious looking recipe, too!

  • Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness March 14, 2016, 7:00 pm

    This looks so good! I think I know what I’ll be making this weekend!

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