A short collection of bits and bobs from the past month.
Mexican Breakfast Salad (but not necessarily for breakfast)
Rhubarb & Rose Cake (coming soon!)
How to Be a Poet (or just good life advice) by Wendell Barry
The Long Row (sometimes you have to look at how far you’ve come, not how far you have to go)
5k vs. The Marathon – One of these days I know I’m going to be injury-free long enough to run a marathon. In the meantime, I have a special place in my heart for the 5k, mostly because there’s something absolutely cleansing about pushing to the point of the pain that sears your insides.
& Rebekakah – I have the bestest best friend. I don’t tell her enough how much I appreciate her friendship all these years (20+ but we’re not sure). She shared a little about our friendship on her blog.
Thankfulness Brings Increase – This was my New Year’s Resolution, and oddly enough it was just the resolution I needed this year.
Lentil Underground by Liz Carlisle: I had the opportunity to listen to Liz and farmer Dave speak to a group of crops and horticulture students, faculty, and community members at OSU a couple months ago. Their talk was on the nitty gritty production-side details of growing lentils and farming sustainably in a wheat-dominant region. The book is far less technical and intended for a more generalist audience. It’s a great read, especially for those who are interested in food systems and production.
Pure Green Podcast with Tara O’Brady – Tara has a lot to say about good cooking, making eating well an extension of what you’re already doing, using sensory cues, becoming a cook vs. learning to cook, finding your flavors rather than following trends, and ultimately, “no one is born a great cook. you may have good instincts but it takes time”.
The Ruminant Podcast with Steve Solomon on soil nutrients and intelligent gardening: Jordan is a small market farmer in British Columbia with an excellent farming podcast. In this episode, he had Steve Solomon, the founder of Territorial Seed Company and author to the many-editioned Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, on for a chat. Steve has so much knowledge of soil nutrient and microbe interactions after a lifetime of experimentation, and I always find myself wishing I could take his wisdom and dump it all into my brain.
This playlist, made up of mostly christian artists/songs is the one that I’ve had on repeat the last several months.