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So Good…

This is all there is to it:

Brussels sprouts and butternut squash tossed with about a tablespoon of olive oil, bake at 350 degrees for about a half hour.  Add some dried cranberries and bake for another 3 to 5 minutes or so.

So good!

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A Winter’s Day with Sunshine

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Summer Days

I am quite smitten with these last, lingering days of summer

The sunny breezes and green, green grasses

And the incredible blue of the blue, blue skies

With soft and textured and many-layered clouds

and all the impossibly gorgeous colors

blending together

It could make a person wax poetic

if one knew how to wax that way

Vegan Choices

Here are some ideas for vegan dishes.  Sort of a visual recipe card. 

Sometimes I just need a reminder that a meal can consist of some simple choices. 

Italian green beans and tomatoes are from our garden so those choices were obvious.  The arugula was from the farmers market and we added strawberries, a little sweet onion, and cucumbers from our garden. 

Today I’m going to attempt to make a Kung Pao Tofu and if that turns out, I will post an actual recipe……and a picture, of course!

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An Italian Green Bean Blossom

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Sweet Basil on a Very Hot Day

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It’s over 90 degrees

in the sun and the shade

It’s way too hot

but I’ve got it made

Attitude is improving

as my spirits revive and

soak up sensations of

being alive

All things will pass

for bad or for good

I want to remember

(You’d think that I would)

to embrace all the fine stuff

and weather the rough

This is my time

and this is my place;

may I engage with some gusto

and a smidgen of grace

 

 

 

Shades of Summer

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Blue in a Good Way

How did blue get to mean sad?

Such a soft, calming color…

Anyway,

I’ve been feeling blue lately

(in the traditional sense)

and for no specific reason

and it’s kind of intense

I can be that way

if that’s the song I need to sing

but I would like to move on through

…and then evolve into something

in the joyful shade of blue.

‘Tis the Season

It might as well be spring!

Make It Easy on Yourself

It does take more effort to eat real food and prepare it at home.  All the chopping and cleaning and peeling and crunching and planning and shopping can be good therapy but sometimes enough is enough and maybe a person needs a break, already.

When you reach that point, it doesn’t always mean you have to rush out to a restaurant.  Which is good, because while I try to eat nutrient-dense food because I feel so much better, it also leads to me weighing less than I did so…….what was my point?

OH, right, restaurants.  I love eating out but that’s when I tend to gain weight because there is fat, sugar and I don’t even know what else in so much of what you get in a restaurant – – no matter how carefully you order.  So I like to have some really simple meals sometimes as a way to eat well without all the effort and without eating out or eating ersatz, prepackaged stuff.

And that’s why I’m suggesting this idea for a quick meal.  We bought a jar of organic marinara sauce from Aldi’s (by Simply Nature — for $1.89!); it is low in sugar and low-ish in salt and delicious.  We threw in a little fresh basil and a cut-up zucchini, cooked up some pasta (gluten-free for me; whole wheat for him) and there you have it – a light and easy entree.  We had some leaf lettuce from the garden so that served as a quick salad.