Tomorrow is a complete vegan meal day. Breakfast: my favorite oatmeal with maple syrup and blueberries. Lunch: vegetable and cashew stir-fry. Snacks: carrots and homemade roasted garlic hummus, my Graze Box sweet Memphis barbecue nut mix, and a banana before cycling class.
A woman I used to take care of would stay in her pajamas and watch Rachel Ray in the morning. English breakfast tea with just enough milk to make it light. She’d make jokes about staying dangerous when buying a spontaneous extra can of cream of mushroom soup. Some of us never lose our jokes.
My best friend closes her eyes when the summer wind runs its fingers through her hair. She inhales deep, like she’s about to dive down into the sun. It is something special to watch someone fall in love with the world.
My husband keeps an art gallery of growing greens. There are wildflowers on the windowsill and succulents by the back door. He tells me the snap peas are almost ready to harvest; that he can’t wait to show our kids how the earth works, how good things require care.
In small glimpses, I am stealing snapshots of people in their purest moments. I am pasting moments over. I am scrap-booking the good in humanity, the little visions of light, and saving it when everything else goes dark.
I saw a cute idea for kids lunches online, and I thought it could be a fun way to subtly feel little, plus it helps eat healthy for those who pack meals for school, work, or other activities. (Added bonus for adorable lunch boxes. I have a sock monkey one.)
Gather a few plastic bins or tubs to put in your fridge (and maybe a few for the counter/pantry) and label them with what is going in each one. I think I’m going to have 8: main dish, main side, fruit, veggie, dairy, snack, drink and dessert. Then once a week or every two weeks, or however often you need to prepare the things to go in the bins. Then when you pack a meal, grab one out of each bin, or as many of the bins as you need.
Here are a few ideas of what to put in each bin:
- Cup Noodles
- Easy Mac
- Turkey or Ham Sandwich
- Grilled Chicken
- Hot Dog
- Thermos of Soup
Your main dish should be something that can be eaten as is, or easily microwaved.
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Pasta Salad
The main side should either help the main dish taste better, or fill in what it may be lacking in protein.
- Apple or Orange Slices
- Mixed Berries
- Fruit Cup
Look for in season fruits for the cheapest and tastiest.
i genuinely think my favorite fandom trend ever is comparing harry to vegetables. harry the baby spinach leaf. harry the broccoli floret. harry the cabbage. harry the little sugar snap pea. harry the sweet eggplant. harry the beautiful rutabaga. harry the artichoke heart. harry, the pepperiest piece of arugula. none of these things sound strange its just who he is
We returned from camping to a garden full of ripe vegetables and herbs. There are big, robust heads of bib lettuce, a sea of cilantro and parsley, dark green leaves of spinach, and two hedges of sugar snap peas. The peas now over my head and there are hundreds of pea pods that need to be eaten.
My all time favorite recipe for snap peas is fixed repeatedly throughout the snap pea season. They’re seasoned with a little soy sauce, Sriracha and dark sesame oil. Last night I decided to add some thin shreds of carrots and angel hair pasta. It was so good, I’m not sure if I’ll do it any other way again.
I posted the sautéed pea recipe last year. To make what you see in these pictures, I cut four carrots into thin strips, using my julienne peeler, which I sautéed with the peas. Meanwhile, I cooked three ounces of angel hair pasta. The vegetables were seasoned and tossed together with the pasta.
The whole meal came together in about ten minutes and we were practically licking our plates.
We got soaked in the rain yesterday while installing this succulent and rock garden, but honestly, as I dip in and out of the rain today to get a better look at it, it was worth every single second. In the middle of the circle is an old apple tree stump that has always been a royal pain to work around, not to mention a giant tripping hazard. We originally had a bench placed over the stump, but I think I like this much more. Any of the succulent babies that fell off during transplanting were popped into the holes in the stump. The kalanchoe in the front of the bed will not survive the winter, nor will the corkscrew rush and fiber optic grass, but I needed a filler until the hens and chicks established themselves here. Still not sold on the gnomes. Oh, and the stumps and rocks behind the bed are not staying. I needed something to prop a screen on top of to protect the Sugar Ann snap peas (in the barrel) from being annihilated by squirrels. Progress!