Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I am grateful for:

Never having a shortage of reading material to spark the imagination.

Why oh why do I even browse the shelves at C.A.T.S. Resale Shop? Of course I found another intriguing book for just 50 cents.

My co-worker Kathy organizes a book club. From the library, our latest pick takes us to Italy. My stomach is already growling.

I can't imagine eBooks replacing some things.

Children's books are just so magical. This treasure was from the This-n-That Thrift Shop in Hillsdale, NJ, and awaits one very lucky young reader.

Random acts of kindness, like the weekly tea time started by Kathy. She suprised us with fresh fruit salad to accompany bluberry and cranberry orange scones. Lively conversation followed.

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. Think we don't need a revolution? The next time you are at a major supermarket, take a look what's in everyone's carts.

Each week, I laugh, I cry, I cheer on from my couch. The flashmob: bloody brilliant!

Saving money, and eating healthier, by making most of my meals at homes.

My latest picks, mostly from Old Hook Farm, a few things from Trader Joe's.

On the menu? Veggie fajitas (mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, corn); vegan spinach florentine ravioli; fresh beetroot salad, wraps with avocado, hummus, roasted red and yellow peppers, and red leaf lettuce. For breakfast: granola with fresh strawberries and almond milk, and fresh grapefruit. A really yummy dessert: strawberry mango crisp.

Eating banana cake in my parents' kitchen with a glass of iced coffee after taking the dog to the park. Check out this easy vegan banana muffin recipe.

A pot of homemade roasted cauliflower soup. Roasted anything is usually amazing in my book. I adore soup year-round.

My mom made homemade croutons to add to the soup. Simply toast whole wheat bread, cut, sauté in Earth Balance and garlic powder. Done.

The guilty pleasure of an afternoon weekend nap. My friend Slyester at the C.A.T.S. Resale Shop is an enthusiastic a napper as I am. He is often in nap prose when I see him.


MaddyG said...

Good books, good company, good food, sleeping kitty...so much lovliness to appreciate.
That strawberry mango crisp sounds divine!
I, too, am grateful for Mr. Oliver and his contagious passion. I haven't seen the latest episode yet (only the first 2). Wouldn't you just love to be apart of a flashmob?!

Catherine @ The Vegan Good Life said...

The simple pleasures of life are so soul-nourishing.

I made that crisp for a dinner party and it was a hit. A lovely spring/summer dessert. I don't think I've tried a fruit crisp I don't like.

I would so love to be part of that mob! Cooking and enthusiasm for food is worthy of breaking into dance to.

kaye said...

"There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart"
Celia Thaxter (American Poet, 1836-1894)

I picked up on your blog about being grateful, and thought you might appreciate this quote.

I am a new author of a book titled: When I Am Grateful
It's a gift book that outlines the 'stuff' that can happen to us everyday and then reminds
the reader how we can be grateful, even in the most challenging times.

You can view a book video on my site which gives you more insights.
Go to: wheniamgrateful.com

Have a Grateful Day!

Catherine @ The Vegan Good Life said...

What a lovely quote, I had not heard it until now. I will check out your site.

I am a believer in giving thanks. Gratitude allows us to focus on all that we have - not what we don't have.

Best of luck with your book.