This recent bout of spring weather has gotten me in the mood for some fresh farmers market veggies! Too bad winter has returned with a vengeance and spring vegetables are a long way off. [Read more…]
I am craving things that are green. Anything at this point. It has nothing to do with all of the store displays about St. Patty’s Day; I just need nutrients. Vitamin C, D, A, I don’t care, anything. A lime flavored popsicle would probably help trick my body into thinking it’s spring.
This warm snap doesn’t fool me; apparently after the lovely weather we’re back to “below average” temps. How is it below average if it’s….well, the average this season?
But a trip to the grocery with a critical eye to the veggies that look best right now reminds me that there is still a lot of winter produce that looks pretty good and delivers a nutrient dense punch. Oh, and is delicious.
I love making an event out of dinner. It’s often the one time of the day that the whole family is together…and my oldest is only 3. I can only imagine how hectic it’s going to get later. But over dinner we can sit and talk and ask each other about our favorite part of our day. Playing with Legos for Nicholas. Walking through the door after work for Dan. Then the dog barks, Katie starts crying, and Nicholas spills his drink. Despite the chaos, the time we spend together at dinner is my favorite part of the day.
I like the idea of passport meals–you know, make an entire theme night out of something a little different than the norm, for us: Indian food. Play Indian music, find India on a map, everyone come to the table with one fun fact about Indian culture…
Ok, seriously, who am I kidding. Like we have time for that. The reality is, we walk past an Indian restaurant on the way home from Nicholas’ school and it smells so darn good that I was inspired to try to make a couple of our favorite dishes at home. And over dinner we talked about how great it would have been to have done all of that stuff.
I still love the idea of a passport meal–go ahead, try something new. You don’t need to be an expert, just follow a recipe. And if you can do all that other stuff, you are truly inspiring. I’m going to keep it on the list as one of the great ideas that we’ll get to one of these days. Meanwhile, I’m just going to enjoy the fact that we all get to sit at the table and talk for a few minutes every day.