Crater Lake After the Storm

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Last evening's severe thunderstorm cell ignited some new fires, but at least it also provided a delightful side effect.  To answer some posters' questions, this photograph has not been retouched or enhanced in any way.

Wild fires are running rampant around the country right now, wreaking havoc, draining resources, and displacing many families from their homes. In the midst of these natural disasters, however, sometimes amazing things happen. Yesterday, the Crater Lake National Park posted this incredible, untouched photo of a double rainbow. I think “awe-inspired” is the best way to describe it.

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Colorful Kale and Cauli Salad

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Colorful Kale and Cauli salad

Fast, visually pleasing and delicious, this salad brought me great joy as my dinner. I was lazy after pilates and didn’t want to cook, so I dug through the fridge and tossed together my findings, and thus became my tasty meal.

Salad bits

  • Kale
  • Blue cheese crumbles
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Died cranberries (or cherries)
  • Pumpkin seeds (great for building immunity)
  • Pine Nuts
  • Fig & Walnut Vinaigrette (found at New Seasons)
  • Cauliflower (first tossed with the Fig & Walnut Vinaigrette)

On the docket: Oven Braised Mexican Beef

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My friend, Jessica recently underwent the Whole30 challenge, totally killed it, and posted multiple amazing Paleo recipes, including the Oven Braised Mexican Beef. It looks a-mah-zing, and I am very much looking forward to trying it myself. Hmm, perhaps another recipe to use the beef from my local, organic, totally woo-woo cow share. I’ll keep you posted on how successful I am!

Happiness – One Memory at a Time

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A dear friend of mine started an initiative last year where she documented memories on paper and stored then in a mason jar, aka the Happiness Jar. Whenever she had a challenging day or needed a pick-me-up, she would open the jar and read some memories. I decided to do the same and used a Costco-sized artichoke jar for the effort. Some said that seemed like a really large jar, and filling it in a year might be a “optimistic”, but I’m happy to announce I did it in three months.

New objective: refill the jar every three months with new memories. Challenge accepted.