Green Goddess Dressing ~ “It’s All Good”

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I’ve been away for such a long time,

caught up in a flurry of unexpected change..


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Stability is so important to me and predictability is sometimes a scarce commodity.

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The constant reassurance of just knowing, just being in the moment

from day to day is sometimes forgotten in a world

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where fast paced living is glorified.


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For me, change has felt like an inner war raging

and I rail against the onslaught of the tidal wave.

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But the ocean’s tides return, time doesn’t stand on ceremony and our children grow.

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Early morning meditation and yoga…

deep breaths taken in a darkened room,

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with essential oil perfumed air,

is a reminder to stop the struggle and remember inner strength

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and the power and peace found in submission.. of floating on those waves..

in believing that our future is unfolding just as it should.


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All that is needed are quiet first steps


We are reminded to be grateful for all of the teachers who have blessed our lives,

and not to forget the most important teacher..

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the one that is inside of ourselves.

Our Inner Goddess


our Inner Divine Being


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The peace found in beautiful gardens brings my heart-center back into harmony..

exploring fragrant beds of blooms, new buds and spent blossoms

can rejuvenate.


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Susan and Keith have spent countless hours

creating their lush beds on an expanse of land in the heart of Mabel Lake country.

My Mom and Dad often visit to pick up a few home-grown raspberries or a new plant or two.. or three.. and I was fortunate enough to tag along for a visit.

While friends share gardening expertise..

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..this is a place where children blossom too

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and even the tiniest of frogs can coexist peacefully

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in this bucolic of  landscapes…

“It’s All Good”

Green Goddess Dressing

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It is so important to replenish strength with organic, crisp dark greens plucked from black garden loam

or from a local farmer’s market basket.


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This green goddess dressing is an adaptation from Gwyneth Paltrow’s book “It’s All Good”

There are so many lovely recipes in this book..

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that it’s become my “Go-To” cookbook for the Summer of 2013.

I don’t often purchase new cookbooks… but I knew I had to have this one when my friend made us her Go-To Tomato Sauce with Turkey Meatballs. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a tomato sauce that flavorful.

P I N this to pinterestHer recipes are healthful, contain no refined sugar, are gluten free and often vegan…
and just filled with flavor from natural herbs

They’re meant to restore balance..


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We are not Vegan, I don’t think I could ever give up honey.. and I’ve never met a recipe I couldn’t change,

so here is my version of her Green Goddess Dressing for you..

if you’d like to try Gwyneth’s recipe.. you’ll have to pick up a copy of her book.

Side Note: I made my Asparagus Ribbons Salad last night and the Green Goddess Dressing was a match made in heaven:)

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{ As always.. opinions and cookbook reviews in my blog are my own and, sadly, a free copy of her book wasn’t sent to me to try.. or anything of the sort.. I just loved it and wanted to share it with you. I hope you’re having a lovely summer! xx }


Green Goddess Dressing ~ “It’s All Good”
  • 12 large basil leaves
  • 3 tbsp chopped chives
  • 2 tbsp cilantro leaves
  • leaves from 1 sprig of tarragon
  • ¼ cup Italian Parsley (about 5 sprigs of leaves)
  • 2 scallions, green onions, chopped
  • ½ avocado, ripe
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup crème fraîche
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp chardonnay vinegar (or white wine)
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1- 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  1. Puree all the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  2. Refrigerate for up to one week.
Adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow

 Love, Smidge 5

  • What a beautiful collection of photos and thoughts!

    I hope whatever change is coming your way will be for the better, much much better

    many hugs going your way, thank you for “beautifying my afternoon” = I needed it.ReplyCancel

  • What a stunning collection of photographs, Barbara.ReplyCancel

  • Lovely photographs of a stunning garden. The perfect place to unwind. That dressing sounds good- I’ll have to try it with the herbs I have at hand! Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your time out!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful photos of a beautiful garden. Lots of thoughts, planning and hard work went into creating the gorgeous landscape, lots of love too. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Lovely thoughts, Barbara. I actually took a nice, deep breath as I was reading. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • What beautiful photos Barbara! I almost feel more relaxed just looking at them!ReplyCancel

  • That looks like a magical escape Smidge ! Such beautiful smiles.ReplyCancel

  • I feel more relaxed already reading your poem and looking a your photos. Are you still staying with you parents or are you up at a get away cottage? I hope that the change is good and your will come back refreshed and renewed. I love green goddess salad dressing. It reminds me of growing up in the 70’s.ReplyCancel

  • I love honey, I’m a wannabe vegan I guess. That’s one thing I don’t agree with ditching for the vegan diet. Especially ethically sourced honey! Beautiful intro to your post, and yum to the dressing!ReplyCancel

  • What an absolutely gorgeous post! The gardens are breathtaking! Thanks for all of the lovely pictures. Beautiful color of green in your dressing and you know it has to be good with all of those fresh herbs. I could just pour this over some cucumbers and enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • I’ve made Green Goddess Dressing before but it wasn’t from Gweneth’s book. I was given her cookbook for my birthday but I’m yet to cook from it. I must get on with that as I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. I love the garden images – what a beautiful place to wander. It looks very tranquil xxReplyCancel

  • It may take its sweet time getting to you, Barb, but when it arrives, Summer sure does show off. The gardens are beautiful and your photography simply stunning. In every way, this was a wonderful post, Barb. Thank you taking the time to create it for us.ReplyCancel

  • Lovely post. I’ve never managed to have hostas, like the opening picture, as ours look like lace after the slugs have been at them. We’ve tried everything, but the same happens. I shall have to check out the book for recipes.
    Just to mention: I don’t know what size pictures you’re loading, but they take a long time to load. They only need to be 1100px along the longest edge…I’m sure you know all this, so I’ll shut up:)ReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

      Hi, Roger.. I’ll take a look.. I thought I’d reduced my photos enough, but it’s good to get feedback. It’s been so long since I’ve posted, I’ve likely messed things up like the earlier posts I’ve done with massive photos:D And you never have to “shut up”!ReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

      Ok.. I’ve taken a look and mine are only 1000 and then I resize down to 80%. Maybe there’s something else going on with my header slideshow! I hope it wasn’t too frustrating, Roger:DReplyCancel

  • What beautiful photos and thoughts. Do hope all is ok with you? I think this fabulous dressing is that I need right now!ReplyCancel

  • The photos are simply gorgeous! I wish I’m on a holiday there right now!ReplyCancel

  • Those pictures are breathtaking… It must have taken years to get it looking like that.. and the upkeep never-ending.. but worth it for sure… DianeReplyCancel

  • What a stunning garden of eden! I’d love to sit and sip a cuppa right there 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Hi Smidge! The gardens look like the perfect place to restore balance and peace. I can completely relate and myself have been drawn to gardens and quiet outdoor places in the last few weeks. Sometimes you just need to recharge. And I just love the picture of the tiny frog!!! The kids would have LOVED that little guy. I think I’m going to have to get a copy of this cookbook. I keep hearing so many good things about it. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

      Hi, Kristy! It was a book my girlfriend has been cooking from and not one I would normally pick up because she’s a celebrity and not a “chef”.. I have been so surprised by how great all the recipes have been. Yes.. I know your kids would love that little frog:) xxReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous photos, lovely thoughts, and a terrific recipe. Just an all around good post! Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

  • Love the photos. Love the garden. Love your thoughts and the recipe is just my kind of foodReplyCancel

  • Barb, you always tempt me with something lol. I love this. And as always, your photos are absolutely amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous nature photos!ReplyCancel

  • Smidge, your posts are absolutely the most heart warming and beautiful. I was transported to the garden, I could almost smell the beautiful scents filling the air – magical!
    I do hope everything is okay with you. Sending you much love and light in a warm hug.
    The salad dressing sounds heavenly!
    🙂 Mandy xoReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful place to relax and reconnect with all that is good in the world.ReplyCancel

  • beautiful! i love it…ReplyCancel

  • That dressing looks very very healthy!ReplyCancel

  • You have an uncanny ability to take the hand of a reader and gently guide me to where you are in place and spirit. Thank you smidge. It is all good. xoReplyCancel

  • I was thinking of putting her cookbook on my wish list, thanks for the recommendation. The dressing sounds wonderful, but the colour is incredible!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    What heavenly country…I would love to plop myself right in the midst of that beauty with a chair and a book. And your green goddess dressing would be fabulous on so many salads…the color is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Oops…that anonymous was me :/ReplyCancel

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