I’m ready for the weekend, how about you? There is so much to love about fall weekends. I’m hoping for some apple picking, some football watching and some good family time. We are also on countdown to a quick trip to the mountains next weekend. So much to look forward to!
It’s been fun sharing these little bits of the things that are crossing my path and making up our meals and our days. I hope you are enjoying them too. I’ve sure loved hearing about what you all are up to…as always feel free to share!
Have you heard of this fun challenge? Andrew of ‘Eating Rules’ started October Unprocessed back in 2009. Basically it challenges folks to a month of eating unprocessed foods. Sounds overwhelming, right? I thought so too, but it turns out we have made quite a few of these changes already. Read The Kitchen Test, some of the FAQs and posts from last year. If you can make it in your kitchen (once looking at the list of ingredients), then it passes the test. It’s really not as challenging as you might think. You can even have your own escape clause, to make life a bit easier. After much discussion as a family, for us this will mean buying our bread (I fail miserably at bread baking) and eating out once a week. We took the pledge, how about you? I’m thinking we’ll take it a week at a time to see how it goes. Don’t need a mutiny on my hands. (smile) It’s more about being aware of what you eat than, than feeling like a torturous challenge. As we go along, I’ll keep you all updated on how we’re doing.
Sheena’s blog has been one of my favorites for a long time. It’s a bit of a mixed bag about food, photography (gorgeous) and her adventures running the trails of Utah. Her posts are inspiring and a visual feast. She’s open about the fact that healthy eating should often include a good slice of cake, cupcakes or cookies. My kind of lady. One of my favorite tips from her lately has been adding a splash of balsamic vinegar to a mixed veggie soup…genius. Hop on over and enjoy!
Shawn Linehan is an Portland, Oregon based photographer that focuses on organic farming, sustainable businesses and eco-friendly subjects. Her light, bright, natural images convey the love she has for her subjects. I found her through Edible Portland magazine, part of the Edible Communities publishing family that includes Edible Omaha, a magazine I am lucky enough to contribute to.
I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude and positivity lately, about how the attitude of my thoughts often guides the direction of my day. We can be pulled into a wilderness of complaints and negativity, or look for solutions to change the situation. It’s certainly not always easy, but something to work on, and something I’d like to teach my boys. Focusing on the positive in my own little world seems to work, along with keeping things simple. How about you? How do you find gratitude?
I hope your weekend is wonderful! Enjoy!