19 Tue, 2010 § 1 Comment

On Sunday, I officially survived my 26th trip around the sun…& began our first full day in AZ.

What a gift: day 1 of our new adventure.

Even if the rain drenched my only birthday wish of doing something — & we were not able to climb in Promised Land — it was still a fabulous day filled with friends, family & food.

Grilling these butternut squash was pure genius a la Kim.

Freshly ground black pepper accented the smokiness perfectly.

Paired with Lemon Quinoa & Pine Nuts

& sauteed Cauliflower & Kale, it was an ideal birthday meal.


Don’t forget:

every girl needs a birthday cupcake —

Vegan Red Velvet to be exact —

& a wish…to ease wrestling with such a weird age.



the Day After, I.Panicked.

Too many thoughts & worries flooded my mind; I felt like I had to do everything right now — before it’s too late!

So after a few minutes hours of self-induced anxiety, I took a few breaths &


Had I forgotten why we are here?

Is this how I was going to start life in AZ?

So last night, I prepared a slow, clean meal that began by harvesting carrots & kale from Christine’s garden [I am so happy about the garden!].

No waste —

this all goes in the compost 🙂

Taking my time, meditating while I prepared dinner, I let myself enjoy the moment & let everything else settle where it may.

Last night called for comforting food, like Sweet Potato, Corn & Kale Chowder from Terry Walter’s Clean Food.  The secret key ingredient creates a rich, creamy texture: cashew butter.  I processed it from scratch [store-bought is expensive here], making sure to have a little extra for Dave’s sandwiches this week.

After spending some me-time in the kitchen…catching a glimpse of the vanishing sunset during an evening walk with Dave & Eisley…listening to Dave talk tennis court positioning over dining…& cuddling with them both during a documentary on…marijuana…

I could breath again & enjoy the excitement of the change we just made by moving to AZ.

One step — enjoy the moment — no need to get ahead of myself.


What do you do when you try to get ahead of life or stress yourself  out?  How do you slow down?

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  • […] [Dave & I are not huge fans of frosting — often too sweet — so I didn't make the icing; Dave enjoyed his with a little earth balance butter…& just as I was about to take my last bite, I remembered we had Kim's vegan cream cheese frosting leftover from my birthday cupcakes]. […]

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