Catching Up.

Shoot, I am SO far behind on life! I didn’t even post my CSA share last week. I was inexplicably depressed all week long- despairing, laying-in-bed, up-all-night, not-eating depressed. At first I figured I was just a little low, but after a third day of picking my food over and being very much inside my head, I knew something was up. The surest way to gauge my mental state is to watch what I’m eating, and how much. It’s a great way for me to keep track of how I’m feeling psychologically, as well as an entryway into the exploration of my relationship with food. I popped in to see a naturopath, who hooked me up with some camu powder and maca, and talked to me a little bit about what behaviors might help to get out of my funk. Easy: friends, more yoga, meditation, running, writing, something school-associated, and lots of time spent outside. I took the kids to parks, rolled out my yoga mat at sunrise and sunset, meditated for thirty minutes a day, and contacted my closest friends for quality time. I have a tendency toward depression- I think most people do- but if I don’t find a way to come out of it, it can screw me up for months. However, as the years have gone on and I delve deeper and deeper into those things I love the most- the interests I cultivate so passionately- I have found my depressive states to be less frequent. I try to maintain a positive focus, and find enjoyment in everything that I do.

So here I am, catching up after two strange weeks. Last I checked in, I believe I was still washing color out of my hair…


After so much time away, I figured I’d share some pictures of what we’ve been doing these past two weeks πŸ™‚ First: last week’s CSA share:


Clockwise from top left: cherry tomatoes, 2 heads of lettuce, new potatoes, cucumbers, 2 fennel bulbs, 2 eggplant, a bunch of scallions, spring garlic, green peppers, green cabbage, an heirloom tomato, and lots of summer squash. Also:


The U-pick for that week: basil, lemon balm, nettle, chives, sage, dill, tomatillos, more cherry tomatoes, and yellow wax beans!


And flowers, of course πŸ™‚


I honestly don’t even remember how I used most of my share. My guess is either raw in salads or roasted. I wasn’t really eating, but I do remember roasting the potatoes with some sunflower seed oil and salt, which tasted pretty good to me. We also made baba ganoush from the eggplant, which the kids loved. Jack and Carolyn are such rock stars, and will eat just about any veggie. Jack even eats salad, and Carolyn has just discovered that she loves tomatoes!

I made a discovery of my own over the past few weeks: I can’t take the kids with me to u-pick anymore. Womp womp. They’re just…too active, and too busy for me to try to get my share picked.





It’s a shame, because I really enjoy bringing them, and they enjoy going and learning about the different veggies. However, when I’m alone with the two of them, I end up spending all of my time either chasing them through the fields so they don’t pull up any plants, or trying to keep them within sight so they don’t pick from plants that aren’t ripe. On Wednesday I may try to go with just Jack, although last Saturday I went alone and loved the peace.







For now, we’re going to stick to picking from our own little garden, which is really beginning to flourish!






I had intended to take pictures of our garden harvest each week, but we’ve been using all of it so quickly that it’s difficult to separate ours from what we receive from the CSA. Right now it’s all tomatoes- both cherry and roma- but the eggplant are looking great, and should be ready in a few short weeks!

Like I said, we’ve been spending a lot of time outside. I love to be outdoors, and it gives the kids space to run around and let off some of that wonderful toddler energy.

Tyler Park:





Solebury Orchards (to pick blueberries):





The farmer’s market:



Peaceable Kingdom Playground/Park:


Every Friday night they have movies in the park, so that’s what the screen in for πŸ™‚

The Playground at Tyler Park:



Jack’s new trick: climbing. EVERYTHING.



I have been trying to get them out as much as I possibly can. They’ve both been presenting some challenges lately- defiant, picking at one another, misbehaving…I know it’s just another phase, but it’s leaving me pretty worn out. Getting them out of the house gives them something to focus on besides each other (or me).

A friend of mine invited us to meet her at the Children’s Museum in New Hope, which was a huge success:









It’s difficult to put into words how ingenious this place is. There is everything and anything a child could want- a kitchen set, a mail room, a “grocery store,” a jungle gym, an “archaeological dig site,” a racetrack, a car parts station where you build your own race cars, lighted floor games, I could go on and on. The best part? The entire place is designed for kids, so I felt pretty comfortable letting Jack and Carolyn roam around and explore without chasing them down to make sure they weren’t breaking or destroying anything. It was brilliant, and I can’t wait to go back.

My Mum and I also took them to the Fallsington Library for story hour, crafts, and some playground time on Friday:





Neither one of them sat through the story, and we spent most of the hour following them around the library and keeping them off of the bookshelves. I did manage to find this guy for a quarter on the used book shelf, though!


Finally, we’ve been spending a good deal of time at the Garden of Reflection:


I’ve actually been coming here a lot on evenings I don’t have yoga, and practicing next to the fountain as the sun sets. It is unimaginably peaceful.




I was a little wary of setting up right next to the fountain, since the park stays pretty busy even at night, and practicing yoga alone in front of a bunch of unsuspecting strangers makes me a little nervous, but I ended up getting tons of comments about what a GREAT idea it was, and last time I went I had two other people show up and join me. Awesome πŸ™‚

I practice twice a day, every day, but most of the time it’s with the kids crawling over and around me, and toy cars rolling under my hands and feet. I’ve been making a point of leaving each evening when Luis gets home and practicing outside, either in the backyard or at a local park.






Getting down with some Krishna Das πŸ™‚

It’s made a huge difference in my ability to manage my stress. Of course, Thursdays and Sundays, I’m all about the studio πŸ™‚



Every time I go, I feel so fortunate to be able to practice in such a lovely space πŸ™‚ We have a great regular group, and it’s such wonderful energy from start to finish and beyond.

I’m trying to stay on top of the stress-management stuff. I know it’s normal to be under stress, that it helps keep us moving and motivated, but too much can be paralyzing and overwhelming. As I bring to the front of my mind all of the challenges and tasks that I am currently juggling, it doesn’t seem so bad- it’s all just a part of my life, a part of me. However, actually staying on top of everything can be really tough. Oftentimes, I feel like there just isn’t enough of me to cover all the bases. Enter: yoga. Running. Meditation. Time spent with my friends. Tea!


Tea has been huge for me. I ditched coffee- it just wasn’t doing anything for me, other than giving me headaches and a mid-day crash. I switched to green tea, with an occasional cup of Yerba Mate, and I feel so much better. The RoT Double Green is my absolute favorite πŸ™‚

I’ve also been keeping my mala close at hand. It helps to have something to focus my mind on when I feel it’s getting away from me.



I suppose I should mention that I registered for my GRE tests- both the regular and the English Subject Test. My applications for MFA/PhD programs are due by December 15th, and I’ll know in the spring where I’m headed for the last leg of my education. It’s been very surreal- I can’t believe that it’s finally happening. I passed Bucks the other day, and the realization crashed over my head that not only am I not a student there anymore, but I’m finished at Bucks, with all of my credits transferred out and my record sent off to Temple. It seems strange, after all this time, that I would have even gotten here. I think my mind needs some time to catch up to what’s really going on in my life, because lately I’ve just been sitting in disbelief while this whole other part of me soldiers forward, ordering study guides and writing my Statement of Purpose. It’s unreal.

In other news, I read at the New Hope Poetry Festival over the weekend!


It took lots of encouragement from Greg and Eileen and several glasses of wine, but I did it, with two poems! Terrifying.

I managedto snap a few photos of the latest CSA share, from last week:


L to R: celery, cucumbers, sweet peppers, long hots, scallions, 2 heads of lettuce, green beans, husk cherries (!!!!!!), summer squash, new potatoes, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, new garlic, new onions.

I am loving all of these uncured veggies- potatoes, garlic, and onions. They’re so delicate and fresh tasting!



I’m back to eating, so I’ve been enjoying this week’s share to the fullest, trying to get a nice variety of foods in to make up for the past two weeks. We got a huge load of different tomato varieties this week, and with some supplementing from my plants I was able to produce a huge batch of gazpacho and a jar of fresh sauce:



Both of these were made entirely from my CSA share and garden- no extra trips to the grocery store, just pure, local food πŸ™‚ I’ve also been rocking out the buffalo tempeh:


I’m so into it, and it needs to stop. I served it over salad with the PPK’s ranch dressing, but I’m not even going to try like it was healthy. The sauce/dressings are such a killer. I suppose it could be worse, though!

That….is a very sparse and glossed-over summary of our time, but any more pictures and I’m afraid this post will explode. Photo. Overload. This week is looking pretty busy, with a possible beach trip and LOTS of studying (8 hours on Wednesday- ACK). At least it gives me an excuse to catch some sunsets at the park πŸ™‚








Weekend to Present.

It’s Tuesday, but it definitely feels more like Monday. Can anyone relate? Jack and Carolyn were a little fussy this morning, wanting to be picked up more than usual, and Carolyn was throwing things. Not fun. It’s 4:30, and I am just sitting down to go through my pictures from the weekend.


Saturday started out at the Farmer’s Market. Even though we’re doing the CSA, I still like to go pick up a few things once a week that we haven’t gotten yet in our shares. Also, crepes.


We picked up a pint of snap peas (we ate the ENTIRE quart from the CSA in a day and a half- whoops!), three zucchini, a bunch of spring onions, two bunches of garlic scapes, and two pints of strawberries. Aaaand everything in this picture has already been eaten. We are absurd.



organic, non-GMO kettle corn. YUM.


After the Market, we drove up to our old neighborhood in Wrightstown to check out the parade celebrating Lingohocken Fire Company’s 100th anniversary. There were emergency vehicles lining the entire loop!


Jack was beside himself.









We hung around the neighborhood for a bit while Jack climbed in and out of different vehicles, and then it was time for the parade! We watched the entire line of trucks and cars pack up and drive off. They traced a route through Wrightstown and Newtown, finally ending at the firehouse. Jack was so excited, it was priceless.

My Mum wanted Owowcow, but as we were parking, the little train that runs around the Carousel Gardens property pulled up.


Jack almost jumped out of his pants trying to get on. We couldn’t say no.










It was a day full of all of Jack’s favorite things πŸ™‚ Carolyn was totally into the animals on the train ride, she kept yelling and pointing and trying to climb out of the train.

Saturday night we all hung out at home.






more banh mi (I had leftover sauce and radishes I needed to use), served with a baked potato on the side (slathered with coconut oil, and topped with spring onions, chives, nutritional yeast, salt, and garlic powder).

And cupcakes!


Sunday was fairly low-key-






we did a big pancake breakfast in the morning with plenty of strawberries, and then I went for a run. The kids played a little with the iPad, and Jack mastered the art of the selfie:








Sunday night was donation yoga night at Yogasphere- so good. I am slowly transitioning back into practicing in a studio, and I missed it terribly. At this point in my yoga practice, I don’t feel that I get as much out of my at-home practice because I need more guidance than I or the computer can give. Plus the energy is so much better, and I don’t run the risk of little people knocking me over while I’m in Dancing Shiva.

Yesterday was a nonstop downpour, so we opted to stay inside and prep food. First up: cinnamon bun granola!


Also, grilled romaine salads topped with spring onions, dill, chives, salt, a squeeze of lime, and plenty of kimchee:


Grilled romaine is one of my favorite things ever. The flavor is just so unique, and grilling lettuce is a great way to spice up what would have been a same-old, same-old salad.


We also made almond croissants (paired with Red Chai tea).

And for dinner:


Roasted asparagus, roasted zucchini, and quinoa, all topped with homemade scape pesto.


I actually made three batches of the pesto, and froze two. I am being hopeful, and planning to keep it for the winter months, but it’s really outrageous, I’m just not certain it will last the summer…

I finished the day with a decaf latte and a soft pretzel at Starbucks while looking over some stories for tomorrow’s workshop. I met Ash and Chris Kim for a (or three) beers at Isaac’s, and went home to finish my edits.

This morning we cracked out the granola and dumped it over coconut yogurt with some strawberry chia jam. Such an easy, tasty breakfast!


A lot of these meals are test-runs to experiment with different meals for when I’m away next week. I’m trying to make everything as easy as possible so the kids don’t end up eating Cats Cookies for breakfast (that actually happened -.-). The yogurt bowls are perfect, because everything is just spooned into the dish.

While the kids napped, I dug through the fridge and took out any sautee-able greens. Turnip tops, dandelion greens, and bok choy! Into the cast iron for a few minutes, followed by two Milk House eggs:


The eggs cook while the greens wilt, but the yolk stays runny and becomes the perfect sauce for the greens. Topped with leftover scape pesto and chives.

We don’t eat eggs very often- about once a month. I buy them from a local farm, so we’re comfortable with their source and I am able to see the chickens and know that they’re out in a field and not cooped up in awful cages with their feathers falling out. However, I still believe that they are something special- it takes a chicken’s body a lot of work to produce an egg, and they should be treated with respect. For us, they’re a very special treat- something to look forward to. It really elevates the egg to another level πŸ˜‰

While the kids were asleep, I got an email from our CSA farmers inviting members to come by the farm and u-pick a quart of strawberries. Wahoo! As soon as the kids woke up we were out the door.


It was such a good day to be in the fields! Not too hot, with a great breeze and lots of sun πŸ™‚


I picked, and the kids snacked. Jack loves picking, and even tried to run over to the pea plants. It was really tough keeping Carolyn from picking the yellow, unripe strawberries, so I don’t think I’ll bring her with me next time, for the sake of the plants.



We had a visitor toward the end of our picking:






This is the cat that followed me around during the foraging workshop. He’s super sweet, and was lounging under the strawberry bushes while we finished up.


We snacked on mulberries o the way back to the car. I had only ever had them dried and pre-packaged. What a difference! There was a group of us pulling branches down and plucking off the berries.


I am so in love with this farm.


Now it’s almost six, Luis is on his way home, and I’ve got a run scheduled, followed by an hour of Vinyasa. Dinner is so shameful- rice and black beans with TJ’s salsa dumped on top. I’m probably going to throw that all onto a salad, just to get some green on the plate. Tomorrow is a long day of running, hot yoga, grocery shopping, food prep, and a writing workshop. Hoping for a full night of sleep tonight.

Friday is takeoff! My flight leaves for Minneapolis at 5:36, and then I’ll be gone for ten days. I am very, very excited, and also rather nervous, but I’m busting my butt to get everything in place to try to avoid any confusion or hiccups while I’m gone. Despite having this awesome trip planned, a small part of me is bummed I’m missing next week’s workshop. I believe I would classify that as dedication. Or passion. You choose.