Thoughts on “Time” and Tomatillo Avocado Dip

Using garden tomatillos, this recipe, Tomatillo Avocado Dip, is easy and fresh for summer entertaining!

Tomatillo Avocado Dip

Since our recent trip to Africa, the sensitive subject of “time” has been heavy on my heart.

I’ve found myself stopping what I’m doing, weighing if it’s “worth my time,” sometimes quickly changing my path.

Time was a big factor to my husband and me in Africa. It was constantly on the tip of our tongues, because we’re used to a snappy, productive schedule at home.

It drove us crazy at first, how slow everything moved. When they said they were coming at 9 am, it would be 10 am, and so much time was wasted just sitting around.

But then, we got used to it.

And started talking more about it.

It, being the “hush-hush” word—Time.

Thoughts on "Time" and Tomatillo Avocado Dip

Time for guests.

Most of our friends know that we make “time” to have people into our home. We enjoy it, we feel it’s important for us, connecting with others, and showing our kids how hospitality happens. We take it very seriously. In a way, it’s how we learn and grow, by being with kingdom-minded friends.

We want to freely enjoy the abundant gifts that we’ve been given through meals, family, and friendship, so we never want to take this for granted.

We may be selective who we invite over. I guess you’d call it “intentional hospitality,” because we don’t want to waste time. We want to have people over who are big-minded, interested in a communal life that exhibits radical hospitality and friendship, and can help us to become better people. I think many of our friends who reciprocate hospitality feel the same way.

Noble and good.

For most of us, our work in this world is noble and good, but only when placed in proper perspective.

I’ve decided to write more about hospitality, because it really is the mission of my blog. Yes, I love food, and there will be lots of recipes, but I want to help inspire people to get over themselves and to see what they are really missing out on.

Tomatillo Avocado Dip

Hospitality in Africa.

We lived and breathed hospitality these past few weeks in Africa. People who had hardly anything, sacrificed to cook a delicious meal for us night after night, stopped and talked to their neighbors on the dusty streets, drove 7 hours from Uganda to hear Paul talk more about his mission and help with bullying in schools, stopped and bought bottled water for us regularly, made sure that we had everything we needed.

Their posture on time oriented them toward grace and rest; toward happiness and contentment. They carved out time for people.

My husband and I talked and noticed that in the States, we Americans tend to posture time toward self-effort and exhaustion. It’s just not right.

We hear it all the time: There’s just no time.

A genesis rhythm.

We need to bring hospitality back and get into a genesis rhythm.

I don’t mean to sound rigid, but on the other hand, I really think we’re missing out, and I worry about the next generation being brought up not having a clue that inviting people into your home requires sacrifice! They think it’s as easy as seeing it on TV or in a magazine, and when they try it, it’s exhausting and takes money and work. So then they decide to not do it anymore.

Time is key in our lives. When we say “we don’t have time,” I think something is wrong.

Finding the right friends.

I really want to encourage you today to find a group of friends that you can eat and enjoy a meal with. It is important that you enjoy each other’s company and that you “click,” and learn from each other. It’s important to spend time with the right people. Some people may not be right (negative, bring you down, want to talk about themselves, want to only tell their own stories, boring, not going anywhere in life). Find a group of friends who bring you up!

Tomatillo Avocado Dip

Tomatillas in the garden.

Last week we picked tomatillos from our garden. It’s our first year to grow them and I had no idea they were so sticky inside that little husk. :)

I whipped up this delicious dip, served it with Trader Joe’s white tortilla chips, and we sat on the back patio with a bottle of wine, enjoying our friends, catching up on life, talking about real things.

Do you struggle with being too busy to invite others over for a meal?

Tomatillo Avocado Dip

Tomatillo Avocado Dip

It takes about 6 minutes to boil fresh corn on the cob!

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 tomatillos, husked and chopped
  • 1 large avocado, mashed
  • 1/4 cup red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/8 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh corn, cooked and cut off the cob
  • Fresh cilantro, minced
  • Salt
  • Chipotle Chili Pepper or hot sauce (optional)

Directions:

  1. Boil the corn for 6 minutes; cool and cut off the cob. Husk the tomatillos. Chop the other ingredients.
  2. In a bowl combine all ingredients. Mash well to form a chunky dip.
  3. Serve with chips and extra hot sauce!
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6 comments on “Thoughts on “Time” and Tomatillo Avocado Dip”

  1. I have read this three times already this morning. And I am so excited! I fell in love with your blog years ago because of the heart of hospitality you were teaching. You have always lent beauty and deliciousness, but the spiritual, human approach is what sets you apart from all the other food blogs. So exciting. xoxo
    And these words: RADICAL and INTENTIONAL. What energizing choices to describe hospitality. I love it so much!! Hospitality is NOT lazy. It is NOT passive.
    And time is such a precious resource. I totally appreciate the idea that spending it slowly is not the same as wasting it.
    Much love to you Sandy. I am so happy for this deepening experience in Africa. Thank you for sharing with us. xoxo
    (and yummm on this recipe too. LOL)

  2. Our notion of “time” in the US is definitely different than it is most places around the world. Love this post, and your heart for investing time in meaningful ways. :)

  3. Busyness definitely gets in the way of hospitality for sure! :( Sadly! I love how you say “intentional hospitality”. I agree..especially in our culture we need to be intentional. I have been looking for ways to slow down, find peace in the simple things…even hanging clothes on the line instead of mass producing loads of laundry :)

  4. Love you choice of word – “intentional hospitality”. I am very familiar with the kind of hospitality you encountered during your trip. I am originally from Bangladesh and I grew up seeing what length people go to be hospitable. It is a blessing to be able to be hospitable and surrounding oneself around hospitable friends.

  5. It’s so easy for me to feel too busy! I homeschool my four kids, so it can seem like I barely have time to breathe most days. If I’m not intentional about inviting others in it doesn’t happen. Some months it just can’t – but mostly it can, and I find we all miss out when I don’t make the effort.

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