And just like that it has been a few weeks. Here's a list of some good things I've been up to since we last chatted.
1. As you can tell from the picture above, I've started experimenting with some more plant-based recipes. I've always been fairly health conscious but in the past few weeks I've been trying all types of new recipes from vegan cookbooks. All the food thus far has been delicious and its given me so much more energy and helped my stomach issues disappear. I started a Pinterest board called Plant Based if anyone wants to follow along. Also, eating this way is one of the best things you can do for our planet earth and the animals living on it. #eatyourveggies #loveyourmother #earthday. Boom.
2. I've been doing hip-hop cycle at my gym and absolutely love it! Before my first class, I looked it up on youtube to see what it would be like and this amazing and hilarious video came up. My class is not this intense but you get the idea.
3. The next two months are going to be pretty fun as Doug and I have booked a trip to Marco Island in May and I'll be visiting my best friend in San-Diego at the end of June. If anyone has any recommendations for places to go I would love to hear.
4. I've been reading the book "How Not To Die" by Michael Greger MD. It's factual, interesting and informative. One of my favorite health related quotes by Ann Wigmore states " The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison." This book basically reiterates this by explaining how a plant-based diet can reverse or prevent disease.
5. It's been 80 degrees in Indianapolis for the past week which is just glorious. My brother and his girlfriend came to visit and we rode bikes, sunburned our noses, and sat outside on our deck playing rummy and looking for fireflies. Oh spring how I love you.
Other good things:
Will you still be running when you turn 100? This woman is.
On a farm down in Indiana. The quintessential red barn, no? Before I moved to here, I was under the impression that the state was all red barns, green pastures, and country living. Well..... The reality is a bit more concrete and highway than that. So, this weekend when we passed by this barn driving through brown county it was a necessity to turn the car right around and have a few extra minutes to ohh and ahh in all its midwestern glory. It's exactly what I imagined it would look like.
Some sunshine in the form of daffodils. I set these flowers out on the table yesterday to welcome our house guests. It's always good when family comes to visit for the weekend. Because when you can't go home for a holiday, it's pretty darn nice when they will travel to celebrate it with you.
Who knew cracked eggs could look so lovely? Last week, when I planted seeds in my peat pots I decided to do some in these egg shells as well. With the easter holiday coming up, I thought it would be a perfect way to add some natural spring time decor into our apartment and onto our table.
I decided to plant some garden cress in the shells because not only does it grow fairly quickly but can also be added to sandwiches or salads. (Who knows, maybe it will get me to eat more micro greens).These little sprouts are just starting to show and the eggs will probably grow a head of “hair” by this weekend. I also added some little flowers to a few extra eggshells in case the cress sprouted slowly. Both methods took minimal time and effort and I love how beautiful and natural they look.
What you will need:
Seed starting potting mix
Garden Cress (or other fast growing seeds i.e. wheat grass)
Flowers (I got mine from Trader Joe’s)
And a windowsill with some sunshine
Eat some eggs for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
With a knife poke hole at the top of egg and keep poking until little gap is made
Wash eggs thoroughly with soap and let dry
Fill the shells with potting mix
(If using seeds) Sprinkle seeds on top
Put a light dusting of potting mix on top of seeds
(If using flowers) Cut stems down and stick into soil
Keep soil moist but not drenched
Place at sunny window and continue to spritz water on them daily
And there you have it! So easy with almost instant gratification. I think Martha would be proud. Easter is the first holiday Doug and I are hosting at our apartment and I am so excited to put these little egglings out. Spring has sprung!