Monthly Archives: November 2011

wednesday wisdom: pessimists only

The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.

George F. Will, American journalist


meatless monday: give thanks for detox

Holiday Eating, Round 1 is over. Give your tummy a rest and get back on track with a smoothie. It’s just like hitting the restart button on your MacBook. Combine some plants, a fluid, and a few extra goodies and you’ve got liquid medicine! This one was invented the morning after Thanksgiving: I dumped a few items from around the kitchen into the Cuisinart to see what might happen. It was light, refreshing, and not too sweet. (Health notes in parentheses are my own).

image via pinterest.

Holiday Detox Smoothie
1/2 c. unsweetened almond milk (a little plant protein to brighten the skin and eyes!)
1/2 banana (a boost of potassium counters all that holiday drinking)
1 small plum (fiber + vitamin C + mild sweetness)
1/2 green apple (for energy and vitamins)
1 tbsp. flax seed (for good digestion)
dash of cinnamon (a little warm spice livens up your system)

Blend all ingredients (add liquid first) in a blender or Cuisinart. Garnish with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon if desired. Makes 1 smoothie.

a thankful poem.

central park in fall, via pinterest.

For health and food
For love and friends;
For everything Thy goodness sends
We thank Thee.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Thanksgiving loves! Wishing you happiness & warmth & fullness. xo, S

wednesday wisdom: pessimist | optimist | realist

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William A. Ward, American writer

meatless monday: pumpkin pie smoothie

Spice (and not sugar) make this vegan pumpkin pie smoothie a pre-holiday treat that won’t undo your taste for the real stuff (4 more days and counting!). Also a great way to get rid of that pesky little dollop of canned pumpkin, once you’ve already made your pie. Adapted from BlissTree’s easy recipe. Enjoy + Happy Thanksgiving loves! xx

Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
1/2 c. unsweetened plain almond milk
1/4 c. canned pumpkin (or butternut squash)
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of allspice
pinch of cloves
1 frozen banana (in small chunks)

Place ingredients in blender in the order listed above (liquid first!). Blend to desired thickness; extra liquid or frozen banana can be added for a thinner or thicker smoothie. Bottoms up!

wednesday wisdom: one candle

It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.
Chinese Proverb

15 days (so far) of thankful: an update

old-fashioned milk jug, half filled with thankfuls. november sweetness.

You may remember November as the month of the 30 Days of Thankful Challenge. Today is the 15th, and we’re halfway through! My sweet little milk jug of daily thankful scraps is filling up nicely, and when I see it out of the corner of my eye, I sometimes glance a word or phrase and it warms my soul to remember my blessings. And isn’t that the point?! A few of the highlights:

My own personal yoga practice brings so much joy and a deep sense of peace to my life. I know that when I practice, my practice takes care of me.

The day I wrote this one was the day that a young woman jumped in front of my train at the Delancey Street stop.  We had to evacuate the train by walking on the tracks and up on to the platform, and emergency workers blocked our view and guided us beyond her body. The eerie, sad silence in the packed, rush-hour station was sobering. I don’t know if that woman lived or not; I’m thankful for the chance to live and breathe in this body.

I’ve been enormously grateful for what feels like a recent influx of inspiring, intelligent, motivated, hilarious friends. Some of these people have come into my life because we bond regularly over good coffee in a cool space, some through yoga, some through a running club. We go to dinner and read books and fly in airplanes and take yoga classes together and meet for lunch and wander through food festivals and watch football on Sundays. We plan trips upstate and to tropical places. We love each other by sharing cookies and new nail polish colors. I’m so excited to nurture these relationships and love the richness they bring to my life.

 A self-explanatory moment of happiness. Thanks, Bella dog.

Also self-explanatory.

Husband. Who makes me endless soy lattes every day. Who buys me fancy truffles for no reason at all. Who walks by a shoe store and says, “Hmm, my wife does not have a pair of black suede knee-high wedge boots” and then comes home with a pair of black suede knee-high wedge boots. True story.

So much to be thankful for, today, this week, this month! xx