Month: July 2013

Lotsa Veggies

by Erin

  • Explore someplace new
  • Be inspired
  • Read a classic
  • Try a new recipe (theme 5 of 6)
  • (Re)connect
  • Get selfishly creative

Every year for the past four years we have taken part in a CSA farm share. Not only does it help local farmers and cut down on energy consumption, but it satisfies my need to try new foods. Four years ago, I had no idea what to do with kale or boy choy or salad turnips. Four years ago, I did not voluntarily bring beets or okra into the house. Today our family has a very large repertoire of veggies we eat, an appreciation for recipe experimentation, and at least two of the three of us can tolerate beets.

Every farm season, I continue to be on the lookout for new ways to use our produce. Here are some of the new recipes that we have tried so far this season.

Carrot chips

I think that I cut these too thick to make them truly enjoyable. They were a little hard but still maintained their carrot flavor. If you do this yourself, use a mandolin like the recipe recommends.

carrot

Juices

Out of the blue I received a juicer for Christmas. It has proven a great way to blast through some of those leafy greens. In order of tastiness we’ve enjoyed juices made from:

  • 1 apple, 2 kale leaves, 2 carrots
  • 1 pear, 1 orange, 3 Swiss chard leaves, 1/2 inch of fresh ginger
  • 2 apples, 2 carrots, 2 stalks of celery (pictured)

juice

Kale Chips

Lately kale chips have been all the rage. After making these, I get it. Pretty good. Even Husband will munch on these and he vehemently dislikes kale.

kale

Cheesy Orzo with Broccoli and Carrots

I made this with quinoa instead of orzo and everyone enjoyed it.

quinoa

Spinach Cheddar Chive Scones

I would add more spinach to these just up the nutrient ante a bit. Otherwise, these were great for both dinner and breakfast.scones

In a CSA yourself? Want more veggie recipes? Here is my collection on Pinterest.

Please feel free to comment below with your favorite ways to eat seasonally.

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Just Six Words

by Erin

I was driving home from the library and listening to NPR. They were talking about the Zimmerman case (who isn’t?) and The Race Card Project. The project asked people to write about race using just six words. This is not the first time that I have encountered the “six-word” essay/story concept this year. My first exposure was through the The Baltimore Museum .  Looking into it, it seems there are a whole lot of “six words” projects and journals out there…just search and you will find.

As I am always looking for inspiration to fulfill my “be selfishly creative” resolution and as this six-word phenomenon keeps finding me, this seems like a good idea for a project. How can I create a combination of words, the right words, to express a moment in time?

So over the next few weeks, I will be attempting to write a six-word story about daily observations. As this is an easy and quick activity, anyone who would like to join me in the project (publically or privately) is welcome. You make your own rules about topic and frequency of writing, the only rule you have to follow is that it must be six words. Here are ways you can join in:

  • Keep your own journal of six word stories for you and you alone to enjoy
  • Tweet your stories and mark it with #sixwordstories
  • Update your Facebook status using only six words
  • Share your thread of stories here on the blog (if you are not already an author and would like to just participate in this project, comment on this post and I can set you up)

And where did this whole “six word” idea begin? There is a legend that someone bet Ernest Hemingway that he could not write a story using just six words. To which he replied, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” And now that you’re in the know, here’s an article about that legend.

Rebalancing … Again

There is a beauty in your presence. 

 

That’s what my Yoga Tea bag had to offer me this morning.  And I really must confess that I do not know how those freakin’ Yogi Tea people know exactly what message I need at tea time.  It’s uncanny, really. 

 

So, at last writing, I had been pretty good about committing to my five resolutions for May, and had just added five new resolutions for June.  Well … I must confess that I did not do so well with those new resolutions.  In fact, June seemed to be a month of chaos where I found myself taking those proverbial two steps backwards.  With every day that passed in June I seemed to be falling a little more behind … in my schedule, in my commitment to my Self, in my thought patterns, you name it.  I could see the snowball effect beginning to take shape, but I was also feeling more and more fatigued.  Geez Louise!  How am I supposed to get all this done if I haven’t got any energy to do it?

 

I began wondering what could be causing me to be fatigued at this level.  Then, as is often the case, paying attention lead me to the information I was seeking.  I became aware of the fact that I was working a lot, but also working later hours.  I would go into work at around 1:30 or 2p, and be there until 9p on many nights.  Then I’d walk home, and be really tired and hungry and not feel like making a proper meal (and, really, it’d be too late to make a proper meal), so I’d end up snacking on whatever was convenient.  While my snack food go-tos are much healthier than those of the average bear, they are still simple comfort foods – the sweets and salties that Mama Nature offers up and that I can concoct from Her bounty.  So, I’d be eating a lot of fruit, and some plantain chips (which are like crack to me, I admit), frozen fruit bars, and, when it really got out of hand, pints of Talenti gelato.  (So good!!)  It didn’t take long to realize that I was having a candidiasis flare up.  All those simple sugars were wreaking havoc on my body.  That was the source of the horrid fatigue!  So, I’ve started taking my probiotics again, and that is helping me heal enough to have some better judgment and will power for trying to reintroduce balance back into my daily routine.  And it’s working!

 

I had begun to let my yoga and meditation practice slip a couple of days, and now I’m back to accepting no excuses for missing my practice.  I am changing my work schedule around a bit to try to keep from working such late hours.  I’m also trying to remember to take some healthy snacks with me to work so I won’t be so hungry and tired when my shifts are over.  And I’m trying to remember to pay attention always. 

 

So, now I’m back on track.  And rather than try to come up with some new resolutions for July, I’m just going to try to get back to those ten previously listed.  I’ve re-written them below in case you’d like to try adding them to your routine, too.  If you do, I would love to hear how they’re working for you!

 

Thanks for reading!  I hope your resolutions are serving you well!

 

xoxo,

 

Melanie

 

 

Resolutions:

 

1.  Meditate daily.

2.  Practice yoga asana daily.

3.  Eat clean.  (No emotional eating.  Real, planned meals.)

4.  Do something creative every week.

5.  Drink 4 liters water daily.

6.  Go to bed by 11p every night.  Wake up by 8a every morning.*

7.  Exfoliate daily.

8.  Visit with a friend(s) once a week.

9. Spend at least one hour each week researching work-related travel opportunities.

10.  Spend at least 30 minutes daily working on my business.  (CEUs, online research, book study, website planning, class planning, workshop planning, etc. etc.)

 

*This was 6a, but I just realize that I require more sleep than that!