Friday, August 24, 2012

Mind Body and Sloppy Joes

Look at what Baye found on the way to the bus stop this afternoon!!


We have never found anything that cool on our 4,284,951 walks.  

When Kay and Mo were little they had an obsession with nature walks.  When the weather was nice we would go on a nature walk --or an "adventure hike" -- 3-5 times a week.  Occasionally they would convince me to take them on more than 1 a day.  They would collect so many sticks, leaves, pieces of random nature-y things that I ended up buying a special backpack for our walks that was constantly stocked with ziploc bags and all the other necessities.  

I think that taking kids on walks is a total body experience for a child.  It gives them exercise, they learn about the world and in my opinion, and in my opinion connecting with nature is good for the soul.  When you go on a walk you can teach your kids about colors, numbers, shapes, and animals all while moving their bodies.

I might be a bit biased though.  I personally am a very outdoorsy person.  I'm the type of parent who pushes her kids to play outside during the comfortable months (sept-april) and spends half the day at the pool and/or beach in the summer.  

Speaking about summer, tonite's dinner was a veggie sloppy joe made with bits of various summer vegetables.

There were carrots, onions, leeks, mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, and blackbeans.  The sauce had 30 tablespoons of tomato paste, 10 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 7 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of honey, 3 tablespoons minced garlic, 4 tablespoons worchestershire sauce, and 1/2 a cup of ketchup.  

Sautee the vegetables then add the beans and sauce ingredients.  Bring everything to a boil and let it simmer for a minute or 2.  VOILA!  Easy-Peasy!!

Prompt:  What would you describe as the sweetest time in your life so far?

Answer:  I think that each point in my life has been sweet in it's own right.  But I think right now is the sweetest.  I have a house by the beach, 3 amazing kids and a husband who loves me.  I am (semi)happy with my weight and life is good.  My life is starting to come together and I'm happy.  

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