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The day to day

There are so may things about life right now that are tiresome and even more things that are wonderful. I think I’ll ramble on about the wonderful for a bit.

My two obsessions right now are the kitchen and the camera. My husband recently commented on the fact that the tripod has become a permanent fixture of the kitchen. I spend what free time I have cooking and baking and then taking pictures of my creations. I am getting a little bit better about posting things to Flickr so you should visit there sometimes.

Thursday is our second date with Mariquita Farm and her wonderful Mystery Box. I love the Mystery Box for two reasons. The first is that it leads us to an increase in our vegetable consumption, which is always a good thing (not to mention these are locally grown and organic!). The second and perhaps most exciting reason is the challenge to use up all this produce.This is not an easy challenge since there is A LOT of produce in this package (well considering there are only two of us) and some of this stuff I have never even heard of, let alone met in person.

Some of the highlights: an all vegetable Shepherd’s Pie (filled with chard, turnips, carrots, shallots, rapini, leeks, fennel, spring garlic and topped with sweet potatoes) and Meyer Lemon Crème Fraîche Pasta with Rapini. I still have a couple of turnips and a bunch of parsley left over that I need to work with and there was one vegetable that was entirely too bitter for me to use, but ultimately it was a success and I’m going to do it again. The challenge this go-round is that my partner in crime will be traveling a lot which means there will only be me to feed. I guess that means I’ll have to figure out some good recipes for freezing.

On a slightly unrelated note, my dear friend wrote an amazing post about her 5th graders perspective on politics. I think this might be the best article I’ve read on politics this election season.

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We can work it out

I recently came across a great project that I think everyone should try (at least in some form) 101 Goals in 1001 Days.

I am still in the brainstorming stage trying to iron out all of my goals. At this point I’ve only come up with 40 and it has been really tough to dig up more without them feeling like fluff. Even though I haven’t officially started on the action plans, I have certainly started taking action on some things on my list and that in itself feels pretty great.

Today I came across a great article at Zen Habits that lists advice to help with one of my most important goals, to maintain a healthy and happy marriage. Since it is brand new, I want to be sure we start off strong and that it stays that way.

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If not for your health, then do it for the gas

As our recent history shows, Americans in general don’t seem to get angry about much other than rising gas prices. Perhaps the additional cost of hauling their oversized butts around will encourage them to lose some weight since the looming onset of cancer, heart disease and diabetes does not seem to be doing the trick.

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