The magical art of silence

I’m late to the party of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” The author already has written a sequel to her first book. Luckily, the quietude of our new surroundings (and the fact that exterior home improvement has to wait for a better month than January) is now allowing me to catch up with things I’ve meant to learn more about. This is Marie Kondo’s answer to excess: Toss almost everything and keep only what sparks joy (which may or may not spark joy tomorrow, so more stuff to toss). For many, it seems draconian. Really, it’s common sense. Her best advice is to start with culling your clothes and move up the chain of possession sentimentality; I actually think that’s smart because I lived it last year without even knowing I was practicing “KonMari.”  Continue reading “The magical art of silence”

New year, new house, new recipe

Hello! What happened to me? Well, last year we sold our Olympia house and moved to Key Peninsula. We bought a new house (new to us, it was built in 1998) and it was only December when we reached a point that we could take a small break from the endless upgrades we’ve been making to the place. I normally write about plant-based living in this blog, but bear with me on this one. I will veer back to food by the end of this. So read on. Continue reading “New year, new house, new recipe”

A new spin on Fiesta Salad and the magic of miso in dressings

Impromptu Fiesta Salad.
Impromptu Fiesta Salad.

It is now officially hot in the Northwest. Temps are hitting the 90s and today will have the added bonus of humidity. This salad used to be our go-to hot weather dish even before we went plant-based, and I’ve modified it beyond the old salad-with-a-bottle-of-Catalina-dressing version. Now it uses miso, and you would never know the difference! If you already have a salad made and a can of beans on hand, this comes together in a flash. Continue reading “A new spin on Fiesta Salad and the magic of miso in dressings”

Raw Fruit Pie with Date Nut Crust (Personal Size)

Raw fruit pie.
Raw fruit pie.

If you have the ingredients, and there are not a lot of those in this, you can put this together in about five minutes. Perfect as a personal dessert pie for guests, or for yourself for breakfast, which is what I served myself this morning.

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Believe in the Food and Nature

Reaching Carter Falls, Mount Rainier, May, 2014.
Reaching Carter Falls, Mount Rainier, May, 2014.

Hello! It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged and, since Dr. McDougall is featuring me again as one of the success stories in his newsletter, I wanted to put up a new post for those just coming to my site for the first time. Welcome. I hope if you are suffering from the debilitating effects of RA that you will find inspiration in my blog. I also want to show I am proof positive that dietary changes work if you have an inflammatory/autoimmune disease. As Dr. McDougall likes to say: “It’s the food.” I would also emphasize it is nature. Both are powerful in healing.

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Savory Oatmeal on Meatless Monday

Savory oatmeal.
Savory oatmeal.

You hear a lot of talk about “Meatless Monday” on social media. Here’s a different recipe that is plant-based and might inspire you to branch out and go meatless on your Monday … maybe for the first time ever. This recipe is affordable, quick, and so easy that you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen now.

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Back in the Hiking Groove

Trees on the trail, Mount Rainier National Park, April 2014.
Trees on the trail, Mount Rainier National Park, April 2014.

Earlier this month, we had unseasonably clear and warm days at Mount Rainier. So we celebrated by hiking. I felt better starting out this year than last year, with a full year of plant-based eating under my belt (literally!) The hike went well and I had good energy through the whole trip. Continue reading “Back in the Hiking Groove”