Sunday, January 13, 2013
We have been blessed this year to join a farm share. So every week we get a pile of fresh produce, meat, eggs, milk... It has been the best thing that ever happened to healthy eating in my house! We start all meal planning with our veggies and our protein because those are what is most readily available in the fridge - as it should be. It has been a challenge to eat creatively and seasonally. It is winter now and the selection is much smaller, lots of sweet potatoes, potatoes, kohlrabi, some kale, and our weekly allotment of meat that we chose at the beginning (we asked for plenty because I was pregnant when we started the share and I am now nursing a 4 month-old who wears 9 month clothing, so I eat A LOT of protein!)
Well, we got our stuff for this week on Saturday, it was a busy day of chores and errands, then I got a call from a mama in labor... Short version? Our bag of beautiful farm raised, delicious meat got left on the kitchen floor over night. Blerg. My husband was almost in tears.
I have decided I am going to see this as an opportunity to choose optimism.
This week we got pork ribs that will become dinner tonight, cooked in the oven with tiny potatoes and a big salad. We got stew meat that I'm going to toss in the crock pot to become lunch at work for me and hubby this week. We got a bunch of ground beef that is going to become meat loaf (several meat loafs) One will go to a friend who is helping me out today, one will be dinner tomorrow night, and I will probably just cook up the third. Meat loaf sandwiches?
It is so easy to get sucked in to thinking that the world is out to get you, and that lame things keep happening. Truthfully, it really seems like they do keep happening right now! But I am gong to make the conscious choice, as hard as it may be, to see these these things that "keep happening" as a bountiful rain of chances to use my creativity, my problem solving skills, my optimism!
It's time for my smile muscles to do some heavy lifting. :)