Weekend Links / / A Cleaning Circus

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Did you all have a good week? I hope you did. The weather is slowly warming up in Nashville (we hit the high 60’s this week!) and farmer’s market season is almost in full swing, both of which hint at a full-blown spring revival just around the corner. Jordan and I celebrated Leap Day by going to the doctor and seeing our sweet baby again. Leap Day will always hold a special place in my heart. ūüėČ

Did I ever mention my dad performed ultrasounds for 14 years? This was in the 70s and 80s when scans were just starting to be used, but generally only for high-risk cases. While my mom was pregnant with my siblings and me, my dad had her¬†come in for scans all the time for fun. Haha! Ultrasounds¬†didn’t become routine until more recently (my mother-in-law only had them on her last pregnancy in 1999). Science is incredible!

Onto the links!

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What I Am Eating Lately

If we are sitting around a table together, I will most likely ask if you enjoy cooking. I find the details of how people eat fascinating — especially those who don’t cook. How do you eat? Do you order take-out¬†all of the time? Do you eat cereal and snacks¬†as meals?

I remember distinctly being told by my father, if I wanted to eat, I better learn how to cook. The trick of cooking is finding good recipes and ¬†following them until you feel comfortable improvising. I don’t chop properly, but that doesn’t matter!

Food blogs and Pinterest are my go-to resources¬†for meal¬†inspiration. I still own physical¬†cookbooks, which I will flip through occasionally. One of the greatest take-aways from participating in a CSA this summer is we’ve been¬†forced to eat seasonally. On Tuesdays I pick up our box and then spend a little time washing and storing our goods properly. I’ll go online afterwards and look for different recipes to go along with what we’ve received.

These are the foods I’ve been focusing on lately.

Sweet Potatoes | Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos, Coconut Curried Kale & Sweet Potato.

Tomatos | Shakshuka, Basic Chili, Curried Potatoes with Poached Eggs (we get a lot of potatoes!).

Chick Peas | Smashed Chickpea Avocado Salad (I ate this on a bed of lettuce), Spicy Chickpea & Squash Stew.

Squash & Zucchini | Vegetable White Bean Soup, Coconut Flour Zucchini Bread.

Pumpkin | 1 Bowl Pumpkin Bread (the addition of oat & almond flour makes this bread really filling), Pumpkin White Bean Chili.

I will roast the remaining vegetables and eat them as a side dish or mixed with a batch of quinoa!

What are your favorite recipes lately?

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Weekend Links / / Semi-Vegetarian

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^ One more from Mt. Adams!

How was your week, friends? Mine began a little haphazardly (which is normal whenever you come back from a trip!) but it turned around quickly. On Tuesday I had tea with Greta, a fellow blogger in town. I love turning internet connections into real ones.

On another note, I’ve been toying with the idea of going (mostly) vegetarian. I don’t know.¬†I try not to get too crazy with my food choices¬†(as the¬†right to pick and choose what I eat is something I don’t take lightly)¬†but the¬†factory farming practices pervasive in this country leave me uneasy. I can’t ignore it anymore.¬†Listening to this Fresh Air interview on pig farming was the straw that broke the camel’s… er, pig’s back…literally.

I think often of my papa (my mom’s dad) who ran a dairy farm, the exact farm he was born on in 1923. Raising cattle, pigs and¬†chickens to only eat them later in the season was a way¬†of life, at least for a midwestern farmer.¬†This was prior to factory farming, a time when nothing was¬†wasted. He even milked all of his cows himself!

Anyway, I’ve decided to take it week by week, day by day, circumstance by circumstance. I enjoy the challenge involved in creating meals around vegetables, legumes and¬†grains. It’s been similar to the¬†challenge when I first¬†eliminated¬†dairy and gluten — it feels really daunting at first, but it gets easier and I kind of enjoy it! Early in the week, I¬†roasted a whole bunch of vegetables, cooked a batch of quinoa and prepared hardboiled eggs to help aid in quick meal preparation.

Onto the links!

Simplify Your Home: A Guide To¬†Decluttering¬†your Home¬†/ / Brittany’s tips on¬†decluttering¬†your home have come at just the right time¬†as Jordan and I are getting serious about our belongings. This afternoon we are visiting our storage unit hopefully to downsize even more. The point which really got me thinking?¬†Resist the urge to reorganize.¬†I do this often. Don’t reorganize, declutter!

Ryan Adams Cover’s T-Swift¬†¬†/ / Have you listened yet? It’s so good! I often forgot¬†Ryan Adams’ covers of Taylor Swift’s songs¬†weren’t originally his. Shake it Off¬†¬†wasn’t¬†one of my favorite songs on Taylor’s¬†1989,¬†but I really like¬†Ryan’s interruption.

Workout Wednesday: Tips for Taking Up Swimming as¬†Exercise¬†/ / Anne, while training for a triathlon, has begun¬†swimming¬†and is sharing her tips with us!¬†I grew up swimming. I wasn’t ever the fastest on my teams¬†but, technique wise, I was always fine. Swimming is a complete full body workout that¬†happens to also be low impact — unlike running.

Remember You Are Spending Your Life / / It’s easy to wish away seasons of life. I know I do it often and Chelsea’s recent post was a good reminder to not take my time for granted and to spend it wisely.

“We really have to remember that we are¬†spending¬†our lives. Whether it feels like it or not. No matter how much free time you have or how much of a choice it feels like you have about your life, you’re still spending it. From what you do on your commute to work, to your lunch break, to before bed, to your day off…whatever you do, you’re spending your life.”

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos / / I received sweet potatoes in my CSA and immediately roasted them for this recipe. Delicious! I felt full and satisfied and they were excellent as leftovers throughout the week.

Happy Weekend, All!

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