Wednesday, January 09, 2013
I just read a fascinating quote on another SparkPage-- here it is:
"What if you woke up *today*, with only the things you thanked God for *yesterday*??"
So.... I've been feeling extra thankful today-- as I definitely hope for all the abundance of *today* to continue on tomorrow ;-). Today I'm focusing on enjoying and appreciating the *food* I was able to eat today:
* I'm grateful to the wonderful homemade hummus I found 'buried' in my freezer last night-- it made a *wonderful* lunch with homemade whole wheat bread and mixed salad greens (organic even!) on top, along with a cup of yogurt I just made today.
* I'm so grateful for this yogurt-- I've been making it for now almost *three years* from the *same starter*, and every bite I take of it is always *wonderful* (I started out with a small container of Activia pro-biotic yogurt.... and it just keeps getting better and better, thick like Greek yogurt). I haven't had a 'bad batch' yet. I *love* yogurt and when home eat some with almost every meal-- and often take a cup when going out.
* I'm grateful that my daughter in Israel inspired me to start grinding my own *peanut butter* -- she had made fabulous peanut butter, right in her food processor, and she'd even roasted her own peanuts. When I returned to Pennsylvania, I quickly found a great source for 'peanut butter peanuts' online, in bulk-- and ordered them, and immediately made my first batch. I'll never buy peanut butter at the store again ;-). I had a tablespoon today with a fresh crisp sweet apple.... a terrific snack ;-).
* I'm grateful for *coconut oil* and for finding a great source for this amazing food online at www.TropicalTraditions.com. I probably have about 2-3 tablespoons most days-- wonderful melted into my morning hot cereal, great melted in a hot soup or stir fry veggies. And wonderful to rub into my skin, which otherwise would be very 'winter dry' right now ;-). Love it!!!
* I'm grateful for *chia seeds*, that I sprinkle in my hot cereal each morning.... amazing ancient health food from the Southwest region. Best place to buy: www.hidalgofoods.com. Yummy and energizing!
* I'm grateful for the wonderful *spring water* on our farm, coming down gravity fed from a collecting cistern on our hill. And I don't take our water for granted, either-- this past summer our cistern went empty numerous times, until we finally found and fixed numerous leaks in the system... and until the abundant fall rains came! I'm grateful for the 1-quart water bottle with 'sippy straw' that I have sitting right by my computer desk, always ready to reach for, keeping me hydrated.
* I'm grateful for the abundance of home-canned tomato sauce my husband and I made last summer-- spaghetti anyone??? I'll be using some this evening for dinner.
* I'm grateful for the amazing *maple syrup* we have stockpiled in our basement, courtesy of our abundant maple forest right here on our farm ;-). I'm grateful that my husband is ready and willing to go out in the woods each winter to get the whole system all set up and working-- and I'm already looking forward to the wonderful smells once again of maple syrup boiling in the final stages in our kitchen :-). I'm grateful we are able to give away so much maple syrup as gifts to family and friends-- and looking forward to being able to really market it more now that my husband has gotten a few more tools to help us 'catch' it at just the right point of thickness and to strain out the 'maple sand' that otherwise sinks to the bottom of the jar ;-).
* I'm grateful for nearby stores that have wholesome brown eggs from free-range chickens-- love those bright yellow yokes! And during some seasons of the year we are fortunate enough to be able to get eggs from some of friends who raise chickens.
* I'm grateful for all our big baskets of butternut squash harvested from our garden last summer-- even though we've had more trouble this year with spoilage, we still have *plenty* for our needs, and they are delicious and wholesome.
* I'm grateful for all the *variety* in all the wonderful foods that make up my world!